Meet the Coaches

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Dave Byrne

Running has been a major part of my life since I was in my early teens. From being a little athlete and representing Australia at World Junior Championships to running at senior ranks at World Cross Country Championships and now as an elite ultra marathon runner, I’ve been a passionate distance runner for over 20 years.

My early life was spent as a track athlete, primarily focused on the 800m and 1,500m. I also competed at longer distances from 3,000m to 10,000m. In the winter season it was all about cross country and road racing. Once I felt I had gotten as much as I could out of myself at the shorter distances I transitioned across to the trail and ultra scene, which is where my passion now lies.

Peter Feain – Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology


Peter played AFL for 20 years, including 1st grade for Balmain Tigers. He also travelled the state competing in squash tournaments as a junior on top of playing Mens A grade. Peter now focuses on endurance events, having completed three Forster Ironman Triathlons & numerous other tri’s, cycling, swimming and running events including the Sydney & Canberra marathons. Peter also works as a podiatrist and physio, but spends most of his time as a personal trainer, Exercise Physiologist and Strength & Conditioning coach at Sydney Uni.

*We are also in partnership with Run Crew, which allows us to provide group sessions and direct athletes to the best coach for their needs.

Ben St Lawrence

Ben is the former Australian 10,000m record holder (27:24.95), 2012 and 2016 Olympian and twice City to Surf winner. Ben brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and extensive experience as an elite athlete. He has an excellent communication style and his psychology degree gives Run Crew members an edge in mental preparation. Ben continues to compete, adding marathons to his list of achievements – with hopes of winning his local race, Six Foot Track Marathon, in the future!

Gary ‘Tiger’ Howard

Thanks to 10 years as a massage therapist, Gary has developed an understanding & eye for biomechanics that helps runners improve efficiency and minimise injury risk. As a runner, he’s a jack-of-all-trades. Naturally suited to sprinting (100m-400m), his passion for distance running has dragged him to a 75min half mara. He is currently fitting his running between commitments as a coach, massage therapist & father of two young boys. He continues to compete at 800m, winning a silver at the World Masters, and still runs sub-2:00 as a 40-something-year-old.