Zoe Murphy

Run Coach

Coaching highlights…

Coached male and female runners to pb's across various distances

Gained athletes Good for Age places in the London Marathon

Coached athletes from running no more than 10k up to completing ultra distance races

Crewed athletes through ultra races

Pacing athletes through marathons to gain pb's

Personal highlights…

1st female (3rd overall) Centurion Thames Path 100 mile 2022

4th female Dragon's Back Ultra 2021

1st female (9th overall) Autumn Centurion 100 mile ultra 2020

1st female, (9th overall) Pen Llyn Winter ultra 36 mile 2019

16th female (2nd Brit), TDS (UTMB series) 90 mile ultra 2019

1st female, Lakeland Trails 55km ultra 2019

4th female, Lakeland 100 mile ultra 2018

1st place (overall), Pen Llyn 50 mile ultra 2018

2nd female (3rd overall), Pen Llyn 75 mile ultra 2017

6th female ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2017 (Marathon pb 2:51)

Zoe offers bespoke run coaching for all levels; whether you are looking for a way to get into the sport, a way to take on your first challenge or race, or a way to take your training to the next level. Zoe has both the knowledge and experience to get you there. She appreciates that every runner is unique and have their own goals and ambitions. She works with you, your life, and your time constraints to put together a bespoke training programme that allows you to maximize your training. Training programs are tailored to best utilise your time as well as get the most out of each session.

Zoe started running in 2009 and racing competitively since 2011. Her strengths are in endurance running and racing at half, full and ultra marathon distances. Zoe enjoys working with athletes of all levels, whether a runner is new to the sport and is looking for help with how to train, through to those looking to better their previous time. She has enjoyed taking runners to the next level and showing people how to train to the best of their ability to gain maximal results from their running.

Meet Zoe

I am 38 years old and I live in a little Welsh village called Holt just 10 miles outside of Chester. As most people know, fitting training in around a full time job on a daily basis is hard, and even more so when you have a border collie dog as I do who needs a lot of exercise! This is how I found my passion for off road running, I figured I would just take the dog running to kill two birds with one stone. But what I actually discovered was a passion for something that I had no idea existed. My dog Merlin is my running partner who does lots of my long miles with me and has trained with me for marathons and ultras. I love to run with my dog in Snowdonia, Moel Famau area, Sandstone Trail, if there are hills and trails then I’m there!

When I am not running I do enjoy walking the dog, I find it a relaxing way to unwind. When I get the chance I love to get away to the snow, both skiing and snowboarding, there is nothing quite like a sunny warm day on the hill. If I get the chance I do like a bit of cycling but to be honest I'd rather be out and about on 2 legs than 2 wheels! Having a husband who is a triathlete has got me into open water swimming over the years but finding the time is normally the problem. I started a local running club in Holt in 2015 that has grown over the years encouraging beginner and top club runners to get involved. I have seen non runner progress to 5km events through to half and full marathons. I love creating that social environment where local people can get together for a run and a natter with no pressure of what their level is or how fast or slow they run.

My favourite race to date, well actually I would have to say two favourite races to date are the London marathon (that's why I've been back 3 times!), nothing will compare to that experience, it was and always will be one of the best races I have ever done. And the other is the TDS 90 mile ultra which is part of the UTMB (Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc series), a "horrendously awesome" race that was so brutal that I cannot put it into words but also the most amazing race through the Italian and French alpine mountains with some of the best support and race organising I have ever seen. One race I would highly recommend is the Snowdon Trail Marathon, a stunning race right here in the UK offering mountains, roads, stunning scenery, potential for all weathers and a true adventure. What is a trail race if it isn't an adventure?!

I believe in putting yourself out there (even when your friends and family think you’re mad!) and going beyond your comfort zone. Age is just a number and does not mean that you cannot get fitter and faster. Most people will never set foot outside of their comfort zone in fear of failure, only those who are willing to dare ever succeed. Failure is a building block to success, comeback from it fighting and next time you’ll smash it! 

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