A NEW series of circuit training for runners is to be launched in both Kendal and Ambleside by two of the country’s top coaches.

Paul Tierney and Sarah McCormack, who run Missing Link Coaching, will lead the six-week blocks of classes for runners of all abilities.

Designed to improve strength and fitness, the sessions will include warm up and mobility drills, running specific strength and conditioning drills in a circuit style format, and technique drills to improve running form.

“The main aim of the class is to reduce risk of injuries, improve runners' strength, endurance and consequently their running performance,” said Paul.

A running and movement coach and sports massage therapist, Paul has represented Ireland twice at the World Ultra Trail Championships and was the 2015 Lakeland 100 Mile Race Winner.

He said: “My interest in coaching stemmed from the frustration caused by frequent running-related injuries. I was certain that by improving running technique and skill it is possible to run pain-free and get the most from your training. Eventually this led to me wanting to pass on what I learned to others to help them reduce their injury risk and improve performance.

“I'm passionate about helping others improve their movement because I've seen the difference it can make to the success, enjoyment, and general well-being of those I coach.”

Dr Sarah McCormack has won the European Cross Country Championships team gold medal (2012), Scottish 5000m title (2012, 2013), Scottish 10k title (2012), Irish Inter-Clubs Cross Country title (2014), and Snowdon International Mountain Race (2014, 2015) as well as securing two top-ten finishes in the World Mountain Running Championships (2013, 2015).

She said: “I enjoy being able to combine my background in science with my experience in training and racing to help others get more from their running while also improving health and well-being.”

The classes start on April 3 at Rothay Park, Ambleside, and April 6 at Kendal Green in Kendal, each at 7pm. Participants sign up for the whole course, which costs £50, though to facilitate those on holidays over Easter, the team is running 7 classes for the price of 6, so even if you are away for a week, you should still be able to attend 6 classes.

For further details visit www.eventbee.com/v/missinglinkcoachingcircuitsambleside#/tickets