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MEET THE COACHES

sarah
mccormack

COACH PROFILE

UK Athletics-Certified Trail & Fell Running Coach

PhD Biogeochemistry, MPhil Chemistry BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Mountain Running World Cup Winner 2019

Italian Mountain Running & Vertical Kilometre Champion 2020

Top ten - World/European Mountain Running Championships - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018

Winner, Snowdon International Mountain Race 2014, 2015, 2019

European Cross Country Championships Team Gold 2012

Irish Cross-Country Champion 2014

5k PB 15:46 / 10k PB 33:33

What motivates me as a coach is the process of getting to know individual athletes and developing a training approach that works best for each unique runner.   I believe my mixed background in track, cross country, trail and mountain running gives me a big base of experience to draw from when designing a training plan to meet both the unique needs of the runner and the specific demands of their target events.  It's incredibly rewarding to be a part of the success of other runners and to have the chance to share in their achievements."

paul
tierney

COACH PROFILE

UESCA-Certified Ultra-Running Coach

Lydiard-Certified Running Coach

BSc (Hons) Business Studies

Lakeland 100 podium, 2011, 2012, 2015

Wicklow Way Ultra podium, 2011-2015, 2017

Former Wicklow Way record holder

Wainwrights Round 2019

Team Ireland / World Ultra Trail Championships 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018

Tor des Geants 330km 2017, 2018, 2021

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Coach

Certified Biomechanics Coach & ACE Personal Trainer

I've been involved in competitive sport from a young age, getting my start by playing hurling for my local club and eventually for my county.  I got into endurance sports during my time in Australia, and ultimately gravitated towards fell and ultra-trail running.  I have always enjoyed working with other athletes and helping them to achieve their goals through fun and challenging training.  I feel that my strength as a coach lies in my ability to understand and communicate well with my athletes."

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jacob
adkin

COACH PROFILE

UESCA-Certified Ultra-Running Coach

BEng Mechanical Engineering

Winner, European Mountain Running Championships 2019

Winner, Mont Blanc VK 2018, 2019

World Mountain Running Championships 6th 2018, 8th 2019

10th, Sierre-Zinal 2018

Record-holder, Langstrath Fell Race

Record-holder, Blencathra Fell Race

Record-holder, Kentmere Fell Race

Record-holder, Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race

Heralding from Scotland originally, I moved to the Lake District after completing university at Edinburgh. Growing up on cross-country, I found my groove in hill and mountain running and have gone on to compete abroad at international events and more recently in the fell running scene.

The appreciation for and enjoyment of the process of training and maximising performance is something I love to share with athletes, helping them realise a rewarding journey as well as an end goal."

LOUISE
merceR

COACH PROFILE

UESCA-Certified Ultra-Running Coach

Lydiard-Certified Running Coach

MSc Environmental Science

XTerra Trail World Championships, 4th, 2018

Mountain Running World Cup, 7th place, 2019

Snowdon International Mountain Race silver, 2017

NCAA Division 1 scholarship athlete (Utah), Cross-Country/Track

I started off running in wellies around my family’s farm, and eventually progressed to represent Scotland in track, cross country and mountain running. The mountain running community and beautiful alpine trails have led me to focus on trail running.  As a coach, I enjoy working with athletes to develop tailored plans that fit around their work and lifestyle. It's extremely rewarding to see training and racing goals being met through this collaborative approach."

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GET IN TOUCH

Missing Link Coaching

Unit 16, The Mill Yard

Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR

email: enquiries@missinglinkcoaching.co.uk

tel: +44 (0) 7960 470 415

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