Ronnie Staton Running Coach
Ronnie’s Life Approach…
Life is without doubt beautiful but it can also be incredibly demanding. There is no hiding from that.
Physical exercise plays a huge factor in how I make sense of my life and the world around me and I am not alone in that.
Setting huge challenges, with a high risk of failure and pursuing those to extreme limits has broken down my foundations that I once thought I needed.
It wasn’t until they were destroyed that I realised they were nothing but labels, pre-conceptions and limitations I had about the world and myself in general.
Throughout the journey of education, planning, training, preparation and execution, I established some form of balance physically, mentally and spiritually.
I don’t separate my life, coaching, events or personal running ambitions. They all come together as one.
In running, I have found a peace I needed and a freedom I didn’t even know existed. I didn’t find these wonderful gifts out on the trail or in nature, although they help.
I found them internally through the process of setting out of reach goals relative to my current situation.
These goals insisted that I grew just to make the start line. Along this incredible journey, my entire character developed more towards the man I wish to become.
I don’t believe this journey will or should ever end but the sense of progression is fulfilling beyond words.
As a runner, a race director, a coach and everything else I am fortunate enough to be involved with, including being a Human Being; I see no passion in being anything less than the very best I can be.
Please note I make no reference of measurement to one’s goals.
I have witnessed individuals break through personal barriers and come through more hardship to complete a 5km Park Run than an athlete finishing 100 miles.
Goals are of course relative and personal.
Ronnie’s Coaching Approach…
As a coach I provide you with a customised and progressive training programme, supported by proven coaching methods and sessions. Most importantly, the plan is written from a perspective that is in line with your aspirations, background and life factors.
I have found the consistency of training, which comes from appropriate programming, far outweighs the details of specific key workouts performed for only short periods of time. The ideal is to have both. I strive to get all runners to the stage where consistency and such quality work hand in hand over time to maximise results.
What is my vision with the coaching?
That all of my runners work hard to get the best from themselves and in the process enjoy their training and racing. Ultimately I only succeed as a coach when the coaching is life enhancing to the runner, this is always my main ambition.
Such runners gain immense rewards as a result.
On the flip side, if a runner does not have or wish to work towards a goal then their likely outcome is disappointment, frustration or a feeling of being ‘stuck in a rut’.
This lack of purpose means that they will not see any value in my services.
However, if you are serious about your running, are motivated and willing to succeed, whatever your level, then you will see the value in what I offer.
I only work with a select amount of runners at any one time, spread around the UK, to ensure a quality service.
We both have to feel you are right for the coaching and feel equally happy to proceed – which we can openly discuss in the initial process.
This is FREE of charge before a consultation is booked.
If you have big goals relative to you that you want to achieve and are willing to invest yourself or have any questions or doubts on whether this service is for you then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Ronnies Mini Bio:
Qualifications & Experience
Favourite Ultra Running Achievements
Favourite Coaching Moments/Achievements
90 Minute Consultation
What we cover in this session:
*Please note all coaching & programme packaged runners must attend this session. However, there is absolutely no obligation to go onto a package after this appointment. As a stand alone one off session many runners have found this to be incredibly valuable in reducing injury and increasing performance.
How the Coaching/Programming packages work
* Note: I do not coach runners I cannot meet at least once for a full assessment and stride technique session. This is in your best interests as a runner and in mine as a coach. This system of coaching will reduce injury risk and enhance performance.
Sometimes it is a case of getting you started on your programme and then meeting up at convenient date in the near future. This tends to work better for more experienced runners so I recommend beginners see me as soon as possible to prevent injury occurring in the early stages of the plan. We tend to meet at South Wheatley Village Hall on our first meet (DN22 9DL).
The first session involves my analysis and correction of any imbalances that may exist and, of course, to teach a strong running form. As a result, we aim to minimise the likelihood of injury whilst boosting athletic performance. Ultimately, any future contact sessions will enable us to work together more effectively on the online program, which makes up the bulk of the coaching process. This is where your real progression takes place.
The Online Programming consists of 4 – 16 week training cycles depending on goals for the coaching package and up to six months at a time on the programming package.
The program itself is in a simple format using the software ‘Training Peaks’, which we can both update. This is live and customised towards your training targets. Regular email/Facebook communication acts as a summary to your training cycles and a discussion of your upcoming objectives.
You are not alone in training with myself and a club community is continuing to grow with the runners I coach. In addition, there is a private Facebook group where I post any updates and session notes to help us along as a group.
It is also a great way for runners to remain on track via support and encouragement and it highlights the achievements of everyone within this small but committed club.
Running Coaching FAQs
The Programming Package is one edit of the plan. Once we sign it off I do not re-edit it. Contact is less than the coaching. I will advise but not re-edit. Further appointments are available but at a fee. This can still be highly effective for many and of course the plan is still bespoke to you.
Coaching Packages And Pricing
Coaching Package Designed For UK Resident Runners
Designed for UK resident runners I use the ‘Training Peaks’ software. The plan is interactive and as your coach I can see your plan updates at all times.
**One to one meets are arranged at a convenient time to us both and where necessary, often phase based to training every four to six months but we work this between us.
Remember I have to see you in person at least once and then on the odd occasion to run the physical tests, keeping integrity to the service whilst also accommodating the coaching from a long distance to great effect.
Monthly fee of £60
The coaching package benefits from interaction via regular email/Facebook contact and regular updates through the programme itself as I receive your session feedback.
Your training programme can be modified where needed with advice about race/event selection.
Running aspirations with those on this package often stretch well beyond the 12-month diary. I am keen to keep a close and regular contact with you whilst in the pursuit of our goals.
Programming Package Programming Guidance Only
Using the ‘Training Peaks’ software this option is suited to the runner needing/wanting programming guidance only.
This is a ‘one off’ programme, charged as a ‘pay on delivery’ fee in one sum rather than monthly.
Fee is costed at £20-40 per month depending on the runner’s goals.
This can work very well for a runner training for a specific race in mind over a definite period of time and seeks only session guidance without the dynamic coaching/progression.
This tends to work better for more experienced runners of 10k to Marathon distance, but can work for all circumstances with the right individual.
I view the plan provided as an ideal/guide for the runner at the time it was written bespoke for them.
Interaction, contact and modification of the programme is limited in this package hence the reduced fee.
Note that for this progrmming option I still must see you in person at some point to assess your body/coach run style.