Meet the Coaches

 

We are a team of dedicated and enthusiastic runners eager to share our knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals. Eliminate the stress and monotony of unsupported training and allow us to take care of all the details for you, while providing the added accountability and motivation you need to succeed.

Andy Horton

Mark Sykes

Marlene Sykes

Andy Horton

 

Andy took up running a little later in life and gradually developed an infectious passion for every aspect of the sport, the side effects of which have been weight stabilisation, increased feelings of euphoria, fun social activities and many valued friendships. From uplifting group runs to the camaraderie and excitement of race day, setting and striving for goals with like-minded friends has been a thoroughly enriching experience. So much so that, along with Mark and Marlene, he founded Newmarket Road Runners as a way of bringing the joy of running to the community as well as taking existing runners to new levels of excellence. A veteran of some 15 marathons and countless other races with a good share of unbridled disasters, Andy is well qualified as a life–changing guide whether it’s from the couch to your first 5k or as an engaging coach towards a shiny new PB! Andy is currently complementing his vast running experience by pursuing the North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professionals (NAASFP) Marathon Running Coach certification.

 

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Mark Sykes

 

Mark started running by following a ”couch to 5k” program, although he didn’t discover the joy of this sport until later training for his first half marathon. That race turned out to be a spring board to a whole new lifestyle in which Mark has discovered a passion for not only running, but the science and art behind it. Through his own research and almost exclusive self-coaching, he has improved from a 2:12 debut half marathon to a 1:23 personal best. In addition to his own running endeavours, he has been unofficially coaching dozens of members of the local running community for the past five years. This, combined with his own 10+ years of running experience and his current pursuit of the North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professionals (NAASFP) Marathon Running Coach certification, make Mark an excellent coach to support all levels of runners. Whether you are new to running, hoping for a PB or simply looking for some extra accountability, he looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

 

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Marlene Sykes

 

Marlene first pursued running as a means to lose weight almost 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back since completing her first race. She quickly learned that the joy and satisfaction gained through this sport by far outweigh the benefit of shedding pounds. Running has afforded Marlene some of her most memorable moments, rewarding experiences and cherished friendships, and she will happily tell you that it has changed her life. From a 4:42 debut marathon to a 3:34 personal best and over 100 other road races including the Boston Marathon, she continues to chase the thrill of the next finish line. Equal parts solo runner and social runner, she will rarely turn down the opportunity to lace up and hopes to continue sharing this enthusiasm with the local community. Having coached a Running Room Marathon Clinic of 50+ members in 2012, she has since spent four years helping to organize a more casual running club. Her leadership experience and engaging spirit make Marlene an asset to our coaching team.

 

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