Personal Coaching

 

I started running in 2001 and so have 17 years' experience of fell and ultra running, successfully completing over ten 24 hour Rounds holding the record for the Ladies Lakeland 24 hour round with 64 Peaks in 23.15 hours from 2011 to 2020. I also held the Ladies records for all three UK rounds; BG 18.06, Paddy 19.02 and Ramsay 19.39. In 2016 I broke the record for the Double Bob Graham finishing in 45.30 hours and in 2018 attempted a Double Ramsay Round and completed completed in 55.56 hours. I completed the Double Paddy Buckley round in 2019 in a time of 57.25 hours.

In 2021 I attempted the Ladies lake District record as it had been broken in 2020 by Carol Morgan. I attempted in May initially but aborted on Leg 4. I trained hard over the summer and had a successful attempt in August 2021 completing the 65 Peaks in a time of 23.45 hours.

In racing I prefer long mountainous fell races such as 10 Peaks Extreme winning outright and current course record holder, the Ultra Tour Mont Blanc (11th & 16th) , E’Chappee Belle (2nd),  Grand Raid Pyrenees (1st twice), Grand Raid Re-Union (4th) and Ultra Tour Monta Rosa (1st). I have turned my attentions to the Tor des Geants and completed the 330km, 28,000m race in 2019 coming joint 10th in a time of 106 hours. I am returning in 2021 to race there again.

I am also a beef farmer and hold a BA in Business Studies. I really do understand what it’s like trying to balance a demanding unpredictable job, training and racing while determined to enjoy life especially after my cancer diagnosis in 2006.  I can help you train specifically for all levels of Ultras from 26 miles to 100 miles and the 24 hour rounds. I can develop your racing strategy, improve your racing fueling and increasing your mental strength. As a certified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) with the Fell Running Association I also run coaching sessions with Girls on Hills in Scotland  https://www.girlsonhills.com/ and Due North  https://duenorthevents.com/

I am also available for coaching a group of runners - maximum 15 to the same goal / race. I did this for the first time from October 2020 to July 2021 and it was a very successful partnership. I am confident now that I can apply what I learnt to further groups / clubs wanting a bespoke plan and advice to bring everyone on to complete the event to their potential. Please contact me with details and I will provide a quote etc.  

Coaching Stories

I believe in running lower mileage but quality mileage and in developing you a plan that fits in around your work, home and lifestyle. None of the successes below were on high training workload plans but all felt strong in their races and all were successful; with many being surprised with their result. I  enjoy helping and seeing people achieve their dreams and I coach a lot of women who have to juggle busy work life with family committments however are very capable of completing their dreams. These ladies have all benefited from bespoke training plans and individual coaching advice to get them to successful completions. I also specialise in coaching the older woman, being one myself!!

2020/2021 - I coached a group of 12 runners from Bollington Harriers to a successful completion for all the group of the Lakeland Trails 55k in July 2021. This was through Covid lockdowns and restrictions which added to the challenge immensely for all of us. I created a bespoke plan for the group which had options for extra miles or less miles depending on the ability and time commitments of the individual runners. I also researched the race and provided various schedules along with advice on how to complete the course successfully. We had a couple of face to face meetings and supplemented this with Zoom meetings which worked very well. I was very proud of them all completing on the day and look forward to catching up with them all in October. LT55k feedback from Bollington Harriers to Nicky.docx

2021 - Fiona Fulwood - successful Bob Graham completion. Again through lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 I coached Fi with bespoke plans on the Bronze plan to a successful BG completion in July 2021 where she sailed round making it all look very easy!

2021 - Sally Parkin and Michelle Garbutt completed the Spine Challenger in under 50 hours and Hayley Liversey completed the Spine Sprint in sub 13 hours.

2019 - Dan Milton to a Dragon's Back completion.

2018 - James Gregory coached to a 17th place in the Celtman Triathlon , Roger Barr to a 23.45 hour Bob Graham, Alex Pilgrim from a Half Marathon runner to a successful finisher in the two day, 100km Race to the Stones , Tim Hayle (endorsement below) to a 23.23 hour Bob Graham, Chris Elland to a sub 23 hour Bob Graham.

2017 - James Gregory coached to a sub 20 hour Thames Path 100 , Anthony Prior to being a CCC Finisher, Emma Williams was a UTMB Finisher -  CCC & UTMB , Elisabet Barnes 3rd and Rebecca Ferry 4th Ladies respectively at Everest Trail Race

Endorsements

Tim Hayle - Coaching Endorsement

Nicky’s coaching was the foundation for my successful Bob Graham attempt.  Before working with Nicky I’d been a regular road runner between 5k and half marathon distance and only occasionally venturing into the fells.  Her training plan for me was far more structured than anything I’d done before.  It was stretching but achievable and I saw real progress. Along the way I got a marathon PB and ran the three peaks fell race for the first time which was a fantastic experience, largely thanks to Nicky’s tactics.  Her knowledge of the Bob Graham route helped me prepare for recce’s, try out different routes and learn from my navigational mistakes.  Her confidence in me built confidence in myself and whilst I only had glimmers of hope up until the final weeks, going into it I felt I had a real shot.  Her final bits of advice turned out to be crucial when the wheels threatened to come off.  The feeling at Moot Hall was amazing and I marvel at the idea that anyone could then go out and do the whole thing again.   

Details and Contact

Please call me on 07548 283545 or email nicky@blackcows.co.uk to book any of the Training programmes listed below. If you have questions or would like a chat to help you decide if coaching is right for you and which plan to opt for then please contact me. If you would like something not listed above then please do not hesitate to contact me for an informal chat.

In all the below options I research your current level of fitness by asking you to complete a Questionnaire then I'll study your race results and current training schedule using Strava and your given information. I will then make up a plan tailored to your work/life commitments and deliver it in 8 week blocks. Throughout the coaching I can adapt the plan depending on your life demands / training commitments change. I will keep an ongoing Training Log of how you are progressing (unless you prefer I didn't) so that I can adapt the next plan to build on your current training. I will also research the race / round that you are doing and provide a race strategy for you.

Training Plans and Prices

Setup (£100)

Setup is required for all plans due to their bespoke nature and the complex process of the research that I will do into your previous training and race results. In the setup you fill in a questionnaire and we have the necessary conversations and correspondence to ensure the plan will meet your needs and suit your schedule and preferences. You only pay setup once, unless you take a break of 6+ months from the coaching in which case a new setup may be required.

Bronze: Basic Training Plan (£65 per calendar month)

This is the most basic option and ideal if you have one A race and prefer to be self-sufficient with minimal support. With this option I deliver for you a completely bespoke 8 week Training plan (without strength training). Throughout the plan you have weekly e-mail support about your progression, races entered and any setbacks. I will change the plan to reflect this.

Silver: Flexible Training Plan & "A" Race analysis, schedules and maps (£100 calendar month)

With this option I deliver completely bespoke Training plans to you in blocks of 8 weeks. We will  exchange weekly emails to review your progress and plan / change the next phase. I will research your A races in depth and provide you with bespoke analysis, pacing schedule and race strategy. This would be suitable if you are happy to be reasonably self-sufficient but would like regular guidance, questions answered and the benefits of a more flexible plan.

Gold: Flexible Unlimited Training and Plyometric Plans (£150 month)

With this option I deliver a completely bespoke Training and Plyometric (strength training) plans to you, typically in blocks of 8 weeks. We will exchange weekly emails to review your progress and plan the next phase. I will research and deliver, for all your races, race analysis, schedules and racing strategies that are bespoke to you.  I will also provide advice and  guidance on all aspects of Ultra racing / rounds such as nutrition, pacing, injuries and support.

One off Coaching Days

I am also happy to provide bespoke one to one coaching for between £200 and £400 depending on group size, location and requirements. Please contact me on the details above.

Christmas and Birthday Vouchers

I am happy to provide vouchers for bespoke coaching plans and days for birthdays and Christmas presents. Contact me with your requests and I'll give you a quote. A one day coaching on a one to one or group basis is roughly £150.