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OUR running & Trail running coaching team

Sidney WILLIS : Founder, Senior Coach

I have always loved sports and this love grew as I got older. When I was a teenager, I played tennis at national level and then switched to outdoor sports such as rock climbing and trail running. I have performed in many road and mountain races throughout Europe and Australia, from 10km to 100km ultra’s, which especially fuelled my passion for steep mountains.

I love training and have great eye for detail, so in 2015 I created Hungry Runner to coach fellow sport enthusiasts. Since then, I have coached over 200 athletes, from fun runner to top performer. My coaching style is highly collaborative and follows recent developments in sport science.
I believe that a great coaching experience is based on quality coach/athlete collaboration, training individualisation, and a strong science-based program. To further my knowledge, performance analysis and sports science, and to offer the highest level of coaching to my athletes, I am currently studying for a master’s degree in high performance sports at UTS.

Some of my racing experience is visible HERE

Sidney: Running, ultra running and trail running coach
AusFit certification PT
Athletics Australia certified coach
Training peaks coach
Certified Stryd running with power coach
Certified CORE body temp coach
Julie: Running, ultra running and trail running coach
Julie brunker : Expert Coach

A believer in living life to the fullest, I’ve always made health and fitness a priority.  Hockey, running, touch football, surfboat rowing, boxing, pilates and yoga are just some of the sports I’ve participated in.  I think it’s important to find something you enjoy and can do consistently.  Most recently for me that’s been trail running, it truly is my happy place, stunning sunsets and great company are definite highlights.

Having been a tutor, personal trainer, half marathon pacer and now a teacher, it seems I have a predilection for supporting others to realise their potential.  From beginners to runners wanting to add some structure with an individualised program I look forward to working with you and celebrating together when you achieve your goals.

Athletics Australia certified coach
Dane Lennon : Expert Coach

From an early age, I've enjoyed running. Although I never competed in anything seriously except for some interschool cross-country. As an adult I become a weekend warrior, using running as a way to get out of the house and clear my head. It wasn't until Covid hit that I started setting meaningful goals. After running the same road for months, I decided to try my hand at trail running and a passion was born! I still remember that first day and I haven't looked back since.

I eventually found Hungry Runners and joined them on a 20k lap around Pallerenda. I was out paced by the speed and endurance of the other runners, and it inspired me to take my training even more seriously. After several years of dedication, and a few podium finishes, I've found a new passion helping others achieve their own running goals! What sets me apart is my analytical mind (I'm an engineer by day). With me as your coach, you can expect a methodical approach to training that takes into account your abilities and goals. I'll be as relaxed or as serious as you want and work with you to develop a plan that works best for you, so you can achieve your personal best and reach your running goals. Whether you are looking to run your first 5k or complete that 50km ultra, I want to help you succeed.

Some of my racing experience is visible HERE

Dane Running coaching Townsville_edited.
Athletics Australia certified coach
Justin Townsville group run leader
Bella Townsville group run leader
Anthony Townsville group run leader
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