What they have said about Mark’s Coaching.
"Mark is so much more than just a coach. I thought I could swim, he taught me to swim properly. Mark's sessions and ongoing unconditional support has given me the confidence to take on new challenges and push myself to new levels. On top of that, he's simply a great guy that wants all of his trainees to do the best they can. Highly recommended. Marks out of 10? At least 20."
Mark you've made a huge difference to me on more levels than I ever thought.
I wanted to do an ironman but and i had never even done a sprint triathlon. Everyone thought i was mad ( my friends family & patients) every coach i contacted said come back in 2 -3 years time. Mark took me under his wing told me all i needed to know and i successfully completed Ironman Austria in under 14 hours. He believed in me without his time effort pertinence i would not have even got to the start line.
Roger the dentist from London
Mark's coaching helped me achieve my first Ironman in my first season of triathlon in 12 hours 10 minutes. The following year, still with Mark, I'd knocked an hour and a half off my PB and raced 10 hours 42 minutes on the same course. I'm using Mark again as I seek to lower my time even further. His coaching style is clear, effective and inclusive. I wouldn't be without him.
Jevon O’Neil (45) Buckinghamshire England 10:42 Ironman finisher
I have had the privilege of training under the guidance of Coach Ironmate, Mark Kleanthous for the past three years.
Mark’s knowledge base of the sport of triathlon combined with his experience as an athlete and coach has aided my development as an elite athlete. I could draw upon his guidance in my training, establishing specific key sessions that would enhance my performances and developing a tailored individual programme which balanced the demands of my lifestyle. His friendly yet no nonsense approach helped in providing a focus throughout my season of racing on a national and international level.
Mark’s commitment as a coach, aided by his clear communication of inspiring and motivating when the times were tough, lead to an upwards progression in my performances as an elite performer.
Dave Brown – Australia
Elite Duathlete & Triathlete (34) 11th place UK Ironman 9:16 finisher. Qualified for World ironman Triathlon Championships Kona and Xterra world championships. 6th place overall in Zoffingen World long distance duathlon Switzerland. Over 25 outright wins under Marks guidance.
Mark’s knowledge is amazing, explains what to do when. He is also very inspirational & motivational.
3rd in World Police Triathlon championships Canada (25-29 Age)
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon San Francisco 12th (25-29 age)
First time Ironman Finisher Switzerland time: 11:42
Abi Gooch (30) Buckinghamshire
He provided me with simple easy to understand information and help. Huge variety of training never felt I was repeating a past session.
Qualified for Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon San Francisco
Ironman Finisher at first attempt 11:42 Austria
Kirsty Bishop (34) Buckinghamshire
"You can't get this from a book, until Mark writes it! Mark was my first coach and knew exactly how to convert me from a long term competitive runner to the sport of triathlon. Mark used his wisdom and experience to weave marathons, half marathons, 70.3 into my IM plan and make them productive. I could see as weeks started to build on each other mark knew how to get the most improvement. Fueling, pace, sequencing were all perfect and when to rest. I have since placed consistently at the Olympic and 70.3 distance and have completed 2 IM .I go back to what Mark taught me over and over again, with the same result Success. When other coaches say no, Mark knows how to go! I am across the the pond ,even so his enthusiasm was contagious. I later met Mark at Kona and Cozumel and he was just as real in person, face to face or long distance you can go wrong with IRONMATE"
It's different, scientific, and as a true Triathlete has made all the mistakes and knows how to overcome them; the old adage come's into play “If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you
Always got". Mark certainly thinks outside the box nd gets results As a novice Triathlete, compared to Mark, he always is positive about my performances and looks for the 'good' not the 'bad'
Always enthusiastic and willing to help, and always has practical adviceon how to overcome a training or race performance problem Useful information on equipment and kit required for running, swimming, cycling and triathlon, and even plays the odd game bowling ( I've never seen another soul with quite the same style !)
Excellent Ironmate newsletter, which I've followed some of the training tips, also useful 2 week before marathon plan I used to get to the start line of marathon s leaving all my best running in the training runs.Taught me training is training and not a race so you want to be 'firing on all
cylinders 'on race day not before and not immediately afterwards.Good tips on nutrition and sport's drinks, when to eat and drink during endurance events, how often and what.
And the one that I've taken on personally is A mistake is only a mistake if the same thing happens twice in other wordsLearn from it and benefit from it (shame I didn't listen to you about
Drinking too much water when in Malaysia!
Mervyn Philips (50) Bedfordshire England
I’ll keep you on my left shoulder for ‘ironman common sense’ & all you told me. Thanks very much for all yoru time effort & advice.
UK Ironman Finisher 12:15
I could never have finished my first Ironman after 3 attempts without your help and information from your web site.
Please do not use my name as I had a coach, who I will not be using anymore.
I wish I had come across you before my 3 earlier attempts.
Anonymous (55) Berkshire England
Marks enthusiasm information and energy is second to none.
He has only had time put a small amount of knowledge on his web site.
A highly respected coach by other single and multi- sport coaches.
Female National Champion
British Duathlon Championships
Sunday, April 28, 2002
10k run/38k bike/5k run
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