Colin Lancaster

Colin Lancaster Running Coach


Professional coach with 35 years’ experience.

Level 2 Lydiard Coach and UK Lydiard Instructor.

Level 3 UK Athletics Coach

England and Welsh Athletics Education Tutor for Leading in Running Fitness and Coaching Assistant Courses.

Co-founder of ‘Chatty, Sparkly Runners


Coaching Interest:

I coach athletes of all ages, in all events from 800m to Ultrarunning.



I currently coach two Midland Cross Country Champions and have coached many young athletes to international level.

I have coached one athlete to 4th in the Chester Marathon but I am equally proud of the runners of all abilities whom I work with. I spend most of my coaching time having fun with ‘Chatty, Sparkly Runners’.


Area of Expertise & Speciality:

Structuring Lydiard Training and making runners aware of their training paces.

Experience as an Athlete:

Over the years I have run all events from 800m to Ultra races.

I was a national standard athlete in the 1980’s and trained with Steve Ovett in Brighton and Peter Elliot in Leeds, being advised by Wilf Paish.


Coaching Philosophy

‘It’s not how fast you go but the volume you do that makes you a better runner’.

‘Anyone can set a hard session. The key to good coaching is getting the recovery right.’

‘Some coaches observe a little and say a lot. The best coaches observe a lot and say very little but what they say makes a big impact.’

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