ELIE (Switzerland): Ultra-Runner
As a masters athlete who has read much of the endurance training literature, I never really felt the need for a coach until my performances started declining in a way aging alone could not explain. I eventually challenged my assumptions, did some research until I got in touch with Jonathan. His expertise and know-how were immediately apparent, so was his individualized approach to coaching as he took the time to analyse my running history in detail before he built a training plan. The additional challenge is that I have a very demanding and sometimes unpredictable work schedule, which means he has had to constantly adapt my training based on an ongoing two-way dialogue which also incorporated my response to various training stimuli. Thanks to Jonathan I am gradually getting into the best shape I have been in years and looking forward to the future, with the confidence that I am still able to run long distances at a decent pace. This is the best value you will find in the coaching industry!
AMY (South Africa): Trail Runner
In 2018 I decided to enter the Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Run. This 22km race was my longest yet, and I wanted (needed) professional help to reach this goal. So I signed up with running coach, Jonathan Black. He was friendly, professional and well informed from the start – also quite affordable.
He developed a weekly training plan, with my input, which allowed for flexibility. It felt very much like a team effort, as he would always check in after every run to see how it went. I enjoyed that he incorporated the social groups I had already been running with into our training. And that I hardly seemed to notice my progression, as he manageably increased the distance, speed and my running goals every week. His training also gave me a more focused approach to my running – especially because we varied the types of runs I did. Using apps like Strava and online schedules also made our communication and tracking easy, even though I joked that he was like the “Eye of Sauron” always watching my runs from afar!
On race day I was nervous but also confident as I had run part of the route during training. I was very pleased with my time and still felt fairly strong at the end – a testament to my training and solid preparation. I would definitely recommend using Jono’s coaching services, as I was thrilled with the result and achieved my goal. And I look forward to training with him for future races.
SIMON (Namibia): Mid-Long Track & Road
I’m so grateful for having Dylan who’s guided me for almost 30 weeks now. My training has evolved so that I race off smart training, rather than simply more training. This season’s highlights include my 800m – 1:56, & 3000m – 8:37 performances (personal bests). As a young athlete, Dylan gives me confidence moving forward.
LOUIS (England): Junior, Track & XC
Jonathan has coached me for just under 9 months and in this time I have come to absolutely trust his training program and coaching. It has provided consistent progression and personal bests throughout both cross country and the track season as a junior runner. Having training that is is carefully considered and tailored to your personal traits makes it so much easier to put in the hard work each day – you never have to worry whether you’re doing the most effective training as it is always so carefully planned and thought through. My running feels like a team effort with Jonathan due to the support and reliable quick feedback that he provides. I value my running very highly, so knowing that i’m building a great foundation with Jono’s long term approach gives me a great deal of confidence for the next few years and my senior career. The only thing that I would change is finding him earlier 🙂
LUCAS (South Africa): Trail & Road Runner
“I’m quite fanatical (and a little OCD) about doing things myself, but that doesn’t make one immune to falling into a training rut and even plateauing. Passionate, driven and intellectually motivated, Jono brings a level headed approach in producing results by seeing the athlete as someone to be sculpted: consistent quality workouts, a strong emphasis on recovery, and most of all, understanding that head space is everything”
JARED (South Africa): Long Distance Road & Trail