Teignbridge Trotters Running Club
Newton Abbot, Devon
Established 1982
Born to Run

Meet the Coaches

Karen O'Brien ~ Coach Coordinator

Karen joined the Trotters in November 2014 and is one of our many leaders. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having completed numerous Ironman events. 

The Trotters are fortunate to have an experienced, dedicated group of coaches, whose main aim is to provide structured training for our members, catering from complete beginners right through to the more experienced runner.

Our coaches are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and to offer advice whenever needed.

Karen O'Brien was elected Coach Coordinator in January 2019. 

LIRF is a leader in running fitness qualification

All our coaches and leaders have a valid DBS certificate

For all coaching enquiries please email Karen; coachcoordinator@teignbridgetrotters.co.uk

Eleanor Taylor ~ Level 2

Eleanor joined the Trotters in 2004 and has been a level 2 coach since 2008.

Gary Watson ~ Level 2 

Gary joined the Trotters in 1996. He became a level 2 coach the following year. He specialises in efficient running and is the club's longest serving coach.

Jan Caunter ~ Level 2 

Jan joined the Trotters in 1999 and became a level 2 coach in 2004.

Neil Pallant ~ LIRF 

Neil (AKA Big Mac) joined the Trotters in 2010 and became a coach in 2012. He was voted 'coach of the year' in 2015.

Lance Mason ~ LIRF

Lance (AKA Skippy) joined the Trotters in 2011 and became a coach in 2013.

Jacki Woon ~ LIRF

Jacki joined the Trotters in 2011 and became a coach in 2014. Jacki has won coach of the year twice!

Sharon Sharples ~ Level 1

Sharon (AKA Fizz) joined the Trotters in 2008 and became a level 1 coach in 2011.

Alan Boone ~ LIRF

Alan joined the Trotters in 2009 and became a coach in ?

Keith Anderson ~ LIRF

Keith joined the Trotters in 2011 and became a coach in 2014. He has previously been the coach coordinator.

Mel Dunn ~ LIRF

Mel joined the Trotters in 2011 and became a coach in 2014.

Ewan Walton ~

Ewan joined the Trotters in 2003 and became a coach in ?

Caroline Clark ~ LIRF

Caroline joined the Trotters in 2011 and became a coach in 2013.

Clare Youngman ~ Level 2

Clare joined the Trotters in 2001 and became a level 2 coach in 2009.

Emma Donovan ~ LIRF

Emma joined the Trotters in 2013 and became a coach in 2015

Derek Skinner ~ LIRF

Derek joined the Trotters in 2013 and became a coach in 2017

Wilf Taylor ~ ?

Wilf joined the Trotters in 2004 and became a coach in ?

Ian Langler ~ Level 2

Ian joined the Trotters in 2005 and became a coach in ?

Helen Anthony ~ LIRF

Helen (AKA Zippy) joined the Trotters in 2007 and became a coach in 2014

Nathan Elphick ~ LIRF

Nathan (AKA Lovely) joined the Trotters in 2009 and became a coach in 2018.

Wendy Goldthorp ~ LIRF

Wendy joined the Trotters in 2016 and became a coach in ?

We also have large number of committee approved 'Leaders'. These are members of the club who can lead a social run. They are;

Adam Johnson, Allen Taylor, Bruce Campbell, Peter Blakesley, Roger Hayes, Karen O'Brien, Graeme Baker, Marie Farrelly, Suzie Mills, Lucy Evans, Peter Hayward, Kevin Besford, Graydon Widdicombe, Travis Wood and Jamie Barnett.