Personal Coaching

Personal coaching to suit your needs


I strongly believe that running is for everyone to enjoy, regardless of your ability or age. Whether you are a complete novice, intermediate or an experienced runner, running should be an enjoyable and rewarding part of your life.

  • Whatever your aspirations I can tailor a training session/schedule to suit your specific requirements:

  • Perhaps you are training for a new distance

  • You wish to obtain that elusive Personal Best

  • You are a complete beginner looking to run your first race or fun run

  • You would like to improve your technique in order to run more efficiently

  • May be you are returning from an injury or illness


My aim is to help you improve your running and achieve your targets/goals, over your chosen distance or event. I'm experienced and qualified to coach all aspects of running:

  • Middle Distance Track Athletes

  • Marathon - Ultra Marathon

  • Road Running 5km, 10km, 5 miles, 10 miles, half marathon, 20 miles

  • Fun Runs / Park Runs

  • X-Country


Sometimes you just lose your motivation. I'm here to help you set yourself new goals that are challenging but most importantly achievable. Your personal schedule will be motivating, specific, varied and fun.


A few words from my clients

Lauren Phillips

"I have trained with Simon for just under 5 years and he has helped me improve my running technique. I’m not a County standard runner but I have gone from an average athlete to best in my school year with his help. Every time I train he give me tips on how to improve my running style and even make training enjoyable. Simon has given me confidence so I now feel comfortable with taking the warm up for the younger groups. They have also encouraged me to want to coach other people."

Gavin Allen

"I have know Simon Mennell for the past 5 years, and I not only look at him as my coach but a trusted friend now. He first started coaching my son Luke when he was 10 and has since gone on to coach my other son and myself. Without Simons coaching and enthusiasm for the sport I would not be getting the results I am today. He is one of the most knowledgable and nicest people I know not only with the coaching side but advice on how to deal with injuries. He has continued to keep my eldest teenage son interested without pushing him and he truely cares about the children and adults he coaches. Personally speaking I feel he makes Braintree athletics club what it is."

Tom Fox

“A while back I decided to join a Running & Fitness club hosted by Simon; I was very unfit at the time & could run for about 2 minutes max. Being the newest member, Simon focused mostly on training me to be able to keep up with the other runners… Sessions passed and I’ve quickly got better. I recently completed a five-mile run and I feel like I’ve come a long way.”

Joseph Nourse - Experienced Runner

"I am a Year 12 student. I recently took part in the Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, representing North West Essex, where I finished 7th in the Senior Boys race. I also finished 8th in the Essex County Championships in Colchester. As well as this, I recently became the Eastern Counties Indoor Champion over 1500m at Lee Valley. Last year I also gained two Essex individual titles outdoors as well and becoming number one in the UK for u17 in 2013 for 10miles. Simon's Coaching over the last 4 years, and dedication to me as an individual athlete has been invaluable. Whatever your goals or ability I most certainly recommend Simon."

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