TRT Running – Coach Gary

I am a coach, runner, mentor and just a simple guy who loves athletics and the community around it. Last year I formed a club TRT Running. A few people have asked me what TRT stands for:

Track-Road-Trail. Our personal motto is ‘I run them all’.

Like life, there is a journey on how I arrived here. Whilst I participated in Little A’s & Cross Country at school, life took a different direction. At 33 years of age a mate asked to run a 10k with him and at 95 kilograms I ran the River Run in Brisbane. That was over 12 years ago.

A lot has happened since then. My mantra in life from an early age is ‘Create A Purpose & Be Patient About It’. I use this with all my runners, coaching and the club.

I started out jogging, became a personal trainer and stepped into my first running coach role with Can Too on the Northern Suburbs. In 2012 I started my own running group with three runners training for the Great Ocean Road half marathon. By 2016 that had grown to 60 runners.

This was when the idea of TRT came to mind. The sport is not just track. Look at the thousands that compete in road races, and trail races sellout in a matter of days. TRT just made sense.

With the business mentoring of Michelle McAdam we rebranded, became affiliated with Athletics NSW, have 5 coaches who we train over 110 adult runners in Sydney, across Australia and internationally.  I also train 60 junior runners and 20 teenagers.

We are just a recreational running club on the Northern Beach / Suburbs. Sure, we have some quality runners, however 95% of the group are out there to have fun, socialize and personally challenge themselves. This is the future of athletic clubs in my mind.

In our group we train track runners for 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 10000 metre races.

Jump onto the road and its 5k, 10k, ½ Marathon, Marathon, 50k & 100ks.

Then we have the runners who love dirt and the real long stuff. Trail races from 10k to 100 miles and multi day events up to 320kms. And we have the track ultra runners who love running laps for 12 hours or 24 hours. Think about it, that is a choice of over 20 different types of racing. Fast, dirty and mentally challenging. This is fun for me.

Fun, as constructing a program for a runner is the easiest part. It takes time to know your runner, build trust, develop the relationship and understand what makes that person tick. You also have to understand the behind the scenes stuff. That’s called life. It has the biggest impact on most runners, and all of our coaches take a runners life serious. We are there for them, helping…  That is our community basically. And this is why I coach. I love trying to get the best out of a person in every aspect.

I am pretty lucky.

Coaching on the Northern Beaches & Suburbs we are lucky to have so many places to train at. Trails, beaches, open roads, ovals it is just so amazing as a coach to have this at our feet. 7 days a week I am out and about. Ten group coaching sessions during the week, road and trail on the weekend. Races, programming, chatting with runners, meeting new runners, working with the other coaches, thinking about the growth and what we can always do better. Throw in my own desires to compete, it can get pretty busy. But this community gives so much. With that why wouldn’t I do what I do.  Being an ok runner at 45 years of age, I have had the opportunity to combine my running with travel.

2015 & 2016 100km World Championship in Netherlands & Spain. Nine of our team running Berlin Marathon. Taking some of my runners to China in 2016 & 2017 for desert & road races. Japan in 2017 and as I write this having just completed Tokyo marathon in 2hrs:31:49 I believe if you are able to combine what you love with travelling the world, life isn’t too bad.

And as a coach, that is what I want to focus on. Giving runners opportunities. And this is what TRT Running is. A club of the future, creating opportunities in running and life.

For more information on TRT Running; head to their website: https://trtrunning.com.au/