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 to representing Australia at World Junior Championships and World Cross Country, I’ve been a passionate distance runner for over 20 years.

Highlights through this period range from winning the Australian junior title over 1,500m in 2000 and placing 2nd in the open national 1,500m in 2003, to coming third in the Zatopek 10,000m in 2005, winning the 6ft Track Marathon and placing 2nd at the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. While my background is in track racing, I have a newfound love of the trails that has seen me return to training after giving the sport away in 2006. Now, the focus is on the long stuff and sharing my love of running with others.


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 running coach and podiatrist, 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.