About Paddy

Padd McGrathRunning is an enduring passion in my life. Speedy at primary school, it wasn't until I was 19 that I began to take the sport seriously. Approached in a bar by a former teacher who was setting up a running club, I tentatively agreed to give up the fags and have a go.

As turning points go, it was colossal. In years that followed, I won an athletics scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University in America and represented both Northern Ireland and Ireland at track and cross-country. As a member of first Belfast Olympic and then London Irish Athletics Club, I became the Northern Ireland cross-country champion, Middlesex county champion on the track, finished 7th in the British Inter-County cross country championship and ran a range of UK nationally-ranked PBs (see right).

These days I run purely for enjoyment and since I stopped competing, coaching has been my focus. With a UK Athletics Level 2 coaching qualification, I have guided countless runners at all levels from those looking to complete their first 5km or marathon through to athletes competing at international level and the winning junior team in an English National Cross Country Championship.

My belief is that no runner is too slow or too fast to benefit from tailored training. There is always room for improvement. With my experience and the backing of my expert support team coupled with your commitment, you running dreams can become reality.

"Paddy was a talented competitor, has always been a successful motivator and is now an expert and gifted coach."

Marty Deane, 2:15.51 marathon runner; 6th in Commonwealth Games