Athletes from across Britain joined a weekend workshop for a master class in Born to Run techniques.
They were led by Paul Tierney, the UK Born to Run master coach, who led sessions on the fells around Ambleside as well as in the lecture theatre and on the treadmill in the town’s Kelsick Centre.
Paul will be running further “bulletproof running” workshops later this summer and autumn, as well as running technique and conditioning classes in Ambleside and Kendal. See details and dates https://www.facebook.com/missinglinkcumbria/events
Paul has been involved in sport from an early age, playing the Irish sport of hurling to a high level until his early 20s. He then took up mountain running, and twice represented his country at the World Ultra Trail Championships.
He came to the Lake District in 2011 to take part in the Lakeland 100 (mile) race, came third, and fell in love with the area. He’s since been runner-up, and in 2015 – having come to live in Ambleside – he won the race. Known as the ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ this is the most spectacular long distance trail race in the UK, a circular route around the Lakeland fells on public bridleways and footpaths, with 6300m of climbing. He’s hoping to win the race again at the end of July.
Paul’s interest in coaching stemmed originally from a desire to improve his own performance but was also motivated by wanting to reduce the high injury rates among runners today.
Following a coaching course he set up a fitness business, Missing Link, with his partner Sarah McCormack, a part-time ecologist with Natural England who happens to be one of Britain’s top fell runners.
Sarah, to date, prefers “shorter” races, up to 15 miles; Paul, who won the 100 miler in 20 hours 42 minutes, is the endurance expert, and has also won the Lake District Old Counties Tops race with teammate Ben Abdelnoor (37 miles and around 10,000 feet of climbing) and completed the 66-mile, 42-summit Bob Graham round in 17 hours 59.