Athletics Australia - Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach 2018
Athletics Australia - Level 1 Community Athletics Coach 2018
IAAF Kids Athletics Coach
Community Coaching General Principles - Australian Sports Commission 2018
PBTR – Child Protection 2018
PBTR - Harassment and Discrimination 2018
PBTR - Let Kids Be Kids 2018
Getting in the Zone - Australian Sports Commission 2018
Goal Setting - Australian Sports Commission 2018
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
(ASADA) - Level 1 Anti-doping 2017
St Johns Ambulance Australia 2017
- Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Provide basic emergency life support
- Provide first aid
Endurance Training Leader (ETL) British Army 2006
UK Athletics Level 2 Track & Field Coach 2004
UK Athletics Level 1 Track & Field Coach 2002
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”
- Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt
First and foremost, Tony has a passion for running. He doesn’t profess to be born with natural talent, but over 20 years in the Armed Forces has given him a discipline and work ethic that is second to none.
Tony has combined his passion and work ethic to help others succeed in their running goals.
He is a firm believer in keeping an open mind to what is considered the best way to coach runners. Whilst he is a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach, Tony believes in continually innovating and is always learning new coaching methods strategies to assist others in meeting their running goals, whether this is for runners simply starting to run through to ultra-distance marathons. The key point is that Tony recognises we are all different and therefore applies the most appropriate training strategy for his runners.
2021 Sandman 50km 1st (3:45)
2021 Australia Day Ultra 50km 2nd (3:23)
2020 Busselton Marathon 3rd
2020 Australia Day Ultra 50km 3rd
2019 Busselton Marathon 2nd
2019 Berlin Marathon (2:42)
2019 City to Surf Marathon 5th (2:45)
2019 Pipeline Marathon 2nd
2019 Rottnest Marathon 3rd
2019 Bunbury 50km 2nd
2019 Australia Day Ultra 50km 1st
2018 Sandman 50km 1st
2018 Rottnest Marathon 3rd
2018 Running Works 50km 1st
2018 Bunbury 50km 1st
2018 Australia Day Ultra 100km 3rd
2018 Darwin 10km 2nd
2017 Yaberoo 50km 4th
2017 Vine Runner Half 3rd
2016 Australia Day Ultra 50km 4th
2016 Goldfields Marathon 1st
2016 World Masters Marathon 7th (Age Group)
2016 Busselton Half Ironman (5:01)
2016 Feral Pig 50km 1st
2016 Bunbury 50km 1st
2016 Lighthorse 12 Hour Ultra 2nd
Accreditation & qualifications
Athletics Australia Accredited Coach 2020
Athletics Australia - Level 1 Run Coach 2020
Perth Trail Series - Event Ambassador
“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits” Anon
An avid trail runner, Ben has gravitated towards longer and challenging race formats. While not always on top of the podium Ben has had much success in his amateur running years dating back to his first road ultra in 2014 finishing eighth in the 50km event.
After years of writing programs from hard-earned lessons and assisting others to succeed in their own events Ben has formalised his qualification as a Level 1 Run Coach to join the Tony Smith Run Coaching Team, complimenting Tony’s road race expertise specialising in training for trail events.
Ben believes in using goals and races for motivation while having some flexibility in training targets to keep training for those goals fun and effective.
With a similar military background to Tony, Ben has similar values when it comes to training dedication and commitments to both his clients and their goals.
2019 Great Southern Endurance Run, 171km with 10,500m v+, Silver buckle finish in 37 hours 30 - 8th
In addition, Ben has raced or volunteered at almost every trail event in Perth including a previous event ambassador for the Perth Trail Series
Accreditation & qualifications
Athletics Australia Accredited Coach 2019
Athletics Australia - Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach 2019
PBTR – Child Protection 2019
PBTR - Harassment and Discrimination 2019
“A runner must run with dreams in their heart” Emil Zatopek
Gareth had a late start into running after playing team sports for most of his life and found that running was the best way of him staying healthy whilst balancing work and a young family.
Gareth’s strengths and enjoyments lie in seeing others succeed. After taking on a volunteer weekly coaching role at a large running group, Gareth wanted to learn more about the key principles and theories involved in training and coaching and formalized this by becoming an accredited coach in 2019.
Open-minded when it comes to running and coaching, he is always looking to improve and consider new research and methods and how to apply them in training plans for today’s busy society.
Gareth enjoys being a part of the local running community and will often be at a local parkrun willing to jump in and help pace someone to a PB.