Our coaches love running and helping our people develop a like (and sometimes love!) for this sport. While this is important it's not the only thing that it takes to be a great coach.
To us there are three important criteria that we use when we are looking at coaches for our team, these are:
1. They have to be experienced runners or have a personal training background;
2. They have to have knowledge about the sport of running;
3. They have to have a love of people.
We are proud of our coaching team as all of them fit this criteria... and they are great people!
Aine is a joker who always has a smile super glued on her face. But don't be deceived, she has achieved so much as an athlete.
She defines life with this saying: 'Do what you love, love what you do'.
Check out some of her running achievements.
Ran competitively for 10 years
Spent 3 years in America on a Sports Scholarship for Cross- Country and Track at Providence College
Represented Great Britain in Road, Track and Cross- Country Races
Has lived in NZ since 2009 years and loves the amazing places to run here!
Alex always enjoyed running growing up but it wasn’t until she was 24 and in her final year at University when she joined a ½ marathon training group that she specifically started to focus on running. Until then, she’d been more of a gym bunny and the idea of running a half marathon or joining a running club was a bit intimidating.
Once she joined the training group she really caught the running bug after experiencing the benefits of structured training and being with like minded people. From there she got serious about running and some running career highlights include:
Oceania Marathon Champion -2013
Christchurch Half Marathon Winner- 2013
NZ Marathon Champion/Auckland Marathon Winner- 2012
NZ Half Marathon Champion/Wellington Half Marathon winner- 2013
Motatapu off-road marathon winner- 2010
Athletics Canterbury Road Runner of the year 2012-2013
These days Alex gets her endorphin fix from a mixture of running and group fitness classes. She is excited to become a part of Extra Mile Runners team and help others to make real improvements in their running and general fitness.
Bevan James Eyles
Bevan is one of the world's top fitness professionals and started Extra Mile Runners back in 2009.
He has been New Zealand Group Fitness Instructor of the Year three times;
He raced as a pro Ironman Triathlete;
He tours the world training fitness instructors for Les Mills;
He has spend over 10 years learning to motivate and drive people to be their personal best;
He feels he knows how to bring the best out of people;
Check out some of his fitness content here: www.bevanjameseyles.com
Gail is a top age group triathlete, competing around the world representing NZ for the past eight years. Her highlight (so far) has been qualifying then representing at the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Gail is a Company Director / Owner of Motels in Amberley, North Canterbury, a qualified Architectural Draughtsperson and Mum to three sensational children.
Her family and fitness are extremely important to her and she is passionate about helping others find their 'happy place' through achieving their health and fitness goals.
Geoff is a coach, trainer and exercise consultant with a certificate in F.I.T training, he's worked as an International presenter for Les Mills Fitness programmes and as a coach developing athletes.
While focusing on cycling now, Geoff still loves the simplicity of running and the benefits that come from it.
'Get up to Five, Club10k and RaceTeam have been fantastic, the sense of community and common purpose within the group is inspiring and refreshing, these guys rock! Bev and Jo have created something really special and I'm proud to be part of it'.
Jess is an energetic, friendly person who loves people. She has a huge passion for exercise and educating people in exercise which has lead her to complete a sport and exercise science degree and become a group fitness instructor.
Jess has played tennis competitively for 12 years competing regionally as well as internationally and she also turned her hand at rowing where she won 2 national grade titles. She loves running and attributes years of frequent running to helping her performance in her sporting career and group fitness.
Jess is currently completing a post graduate diploma in sport and exercise science in the hope to further her career in the fitness industry so she can continue to help and educate others.
Jo manages the administration and logistics of the business and also coaches when she can.
A passionate runner herself, Jo loves the group dynamic and camaraderie that comes with being part of a team all working towards a goal together and often trains with RaceTeam for half marathons.
"I love seeing our crews help each other along, on those days where they face a challenge where they have self doubt, they help each other and motivate each other and get there. To see someone achieve a goal they have been working towards for 8-10 weeks, whether it is 5km or 21km is quite amazing - and so incredibly inspiring, I find myself motivated and inspired by our runners every single day. That is what we do this for".
Katherine has been involved in Athletics since a young age. She has represented NZ at a number of international meets including Oceania champs, world university games and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She was awarded a 4 year scholarship to the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma where she gained a sport and exercise science degree and later a diploma in sports massage therapy.
She is currently working towards future Commonwealth’s, World champs and Olympics and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the Extra Mile team!
Katherine’s notable achievements:
Oceania champion 400m
Commonwealth Games Representative
4x conference USA champion 800m
NCAA All American
Kylie is our latest coach to join the team. She has always been involved in sports including playing netball at provincial level. Always an active runner; a switch to triathlon in the last few years has seen her represent NZ at Age Group level.
With a qualification in Physiotherapy and a Post Grad Diploma in Sports Medicine, Kylie has worked with people from all walks off life. She joins our team to help motivate others to be the best version of themselves they can be and to see the benefits in regular exercise.
Mat originally hails from the UK where his love of running began in the hills of the Peak District. He moved to New Zealand in 2010 and took on the mighty mountains of the South Island, entering numerous races whilst also setting personal goals to keep his running motivation. Mat has competed internationally in orienteering and has raced in numerous long distance and ultra events where he enjoys the mental as well as the physical challenge that running brings.
Mat's biggest personal achievement is his 52 Peaks Challenge, where he tackled 52 NZ mountains in as many weeks, taking in some of the country's most picturesque areas. This took him to some of his favourite running locations across New Zealand, including The Remarkables, Arthur's Pass, The Kaikoura Range, and the Kapiti Coast.
Mat has coached athletes at a national level in both running and orienteering specific skills, and looks forward to sharing his infectious enthusiasm for running with the Extra Mile Runners.
Nynke is “the new kid on the block” all the way from the UK. She has a bright personality which people warm to and her bubbly nature with them always ensures that they will achieve their full potential. Nynke is friendly and energetic and is always willing to help people improve. She has always aspired to be a role model and support others to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Nynke has been selected to represent the Scottish West team at various running events throughout all age groups. Additionally, whilst competing at Under 21’s age group she accomplished a long-term goal to become Scottish Champion by winning the 5K Scottish
Championships. She also narrowly missed out on becoming UK champion, finishing 2nd in the UK Cross Country Challenge Series.
Sam has been into sports in some way for most of her life playing and coaching both netball and tennis. Sam joined the Extra Mile Runners crew back in 2009 for the very first RaceTeam programme where there were only 12 in the team and she definitely caught the running bug! After seeing what she was capable of and achieving through running, it sparked her own passion to help others to grow and reach their health and fitness goals.
"It's a real honour and buzz being part of the journey that people take to challenge themselves and reach their goals"
Sam is a qualified nutritionist and is always keen to help our team with any nutrition plans that may be required - whether it be for healthier living, weight loss, endurance training...or all of the above! Feel free to get in touch with Sam via our Contact Page.
Sam has also completed her personal training qualification, is a group fitness instructor at Les Mills and works closely with Jo in the "behind the scenes" stuff of Extra Mile Runners..if you contact us you are likely to hear back from Sam.
Adam is a Wellington born father of 2 and for the past decade has been involved with Les Mills as a Group Fitness Instructor, Head Trainer, and a Regional and International Presenter. He is a self-confessed sports fanatic and loves any chance to keep active. Thanks to his wife, Adam learnt to swim late in life and ended up completing 3 Ironman Races and representing New Zealand in both Olympic and Long Distance Triathlon in Germany and Hawaii. From there he has had the opportunity to coach and mentor numerous athletes.
Adam's lifetime passion is cycling and can be seen most weekends out on the roads of Wellington or recovering at the local café.
He treasures the opportunity to train and motivate others and has coached Intermediate Girls Cricket and continues to be a committed Senior Netball Coach for the local College.
"I’m excited to work with the Team at Extra Mile Runners and help people chase their dreams and achieve their short and long term goals. With the right support, anything is possible".
NZ Traithlon Representative, Olympic and Long Distance
3 X Ironman Finisher
Head Trainer, RPM/SPRINT at Les Mills, Wellington
Multiple Triathlon, Half Ironman and Marathon Finisher
Father of 2
Certified Group Fitness Instructor RPM and Sprint
DVD Presenter Les Mills RPM
Anj (Anjie) hails from the U.K and has been in New Zealand for over 7 years.
Her fitness background started in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet, obtaining first places in her field, before turning towards learning martial arts of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She instructs BodyCombat at Les Mills Extreme, Wellington.
When she’s not in her day job as an IT Project Manager, or as a student to her part-time Personal Trainer qualification, Anjie is a travel junkie and loves to combine travel with fitness events. She has built her own social enterprise company ‘Runcation’ where she takes people on holiday with her and helps guide them to achieve distances from 10k, 21km and full marathons. Notably, the Great Wall of China, Rarotonga, Cambodia and Tahiti have been some of her favourite places to visit, explore and workout! Next up is the Everest Marathon.
Anj is driven by connecting people through travel, exercise, food, fun, social return and adventure. Her passion is to share achievement through travel and fitness.
Hutt born and breed, Brogan is an enthusiastic ex-Army Physical Training Instructor and now Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He is a lover of all sports but particularly enjoys Tennis, League/Rugby, Disc Golf, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
He is an avid trail runner and has completed multiple Half-Marathons and Adventure Race’s. In 2018 his goal is to complete a 50km trail run, with the long-term goal being a 100km trail run.
Brogan graduated from AUT in 2014 with a degree in Physiotherapy. Since then he has been Wellington based, working in the private practice sector treating a range of musculoskeletal injuries and post- operative clients. He has a specialty interest in movement biomechanics and injury prevention.
Brogan currently works for Proactive rehab, out of the Hutt City Les Mills. He loves being in this motivated and fitness orientated environment where he can push people to reach their potential and restore their function.
Rebecca (Bex) Bell
Born and bred in Wellington, Bex is a self-confessed endorphin junkie. Bex discovered the ‘fitness life’ in 2010 when she won a membership at Les Mills and started attending group fitness classes. Before that, she had never been much of a fitness person but soon realised the amazing connections and positivity fitness and movement brings to your life - including meeting her wonderful husband at the gym! She is a certified group fitness instructor and head trainer for BodyCombat and also teaches CXWORX classes at Les Mills, Extreme.
Bex has a PhD in criminal psychology and is passionate about understanding behaviour change, motivation, mindset and high performance. In her down time you’ll find her curled up with her nose in the latest personal development books.
Bex is so excited to be part of the Extra Mile Runners Whānau and the sense of community that comes from conquering a big goal together that can feel very scary at first. She can’t wait to meet you and support you in your running journey!
Originally from the UK but came over to New Zealand in 2008 and has stayed ever since. Hazel was involved in Extra Mile Runners in Christchurch between 2012 and 2013 coaching before moving to Wellington.
Hazel is a physiotherapist and has worked within the sports medicine field for the past seven years, she currently works at Capital Sports Medicine.
Hazel’s main sport is hockey, playing premier club and representative level in the past. She also enjoys exploring the vast options of trail runs and mountain bike tracks in Wellington.
“I thoroughly enjoy working with Extra Mile Runners, there is a fantastic sense of community that I love being a part of. Helping people to achieve their goals whether it be 5km, 10km or a half marathon (and sometimes fixing their injuries or niggles along the way) was extremely rewarding and I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Wellington team”.
Born and raised in Nelson, Jordan completed his MSc in geography at the University of Canterbury before shifting to Wellington to join an engineering firm.
From a young age, Jordan has been competitive in a diverse range of athletic and endurance events including mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon, duathlon, ocean swimming, sprinting, middle-distance track, trail running and 21 half marathons.
Jordan loves challenging others to get the most out of themselves both physically and mentally, and helping them to set and exceed their exercise goals.
Larna's passion for fitness first started with Dance (American Jazz Ballet and Hip Hop) at Hutt City Dance Centre in Lower Hutt. After joining the gym in 2005 she began instructing a dance class then started instructing Body Jam (dance class) at Les Mills in 2006. Larna has been instructing at Les Mills for over 10 years and is a certified instructor in Body Jam, Sh'bam (dance) and RPM ( indoor cycle class), she also completed my personal training certificate in 2010.
In 2013 Larna completed her first quarter and half Ironman triathlon at Ironmaori. This event left her forever changed and inspired as she watched many people from all ages, sizes and fitness levels cross the finish line. After doing two more half Ironman's in 2014 and with the support of many other Ironmaori athletes she completed her first full Ironman in Taupo 2015. Larna continues to participate in many half marathon, cycling and Triathalon events.
As an instructor at Les Mills and as a triathlete Larna is passionate about helping others to dream big and achieve more out of their health and fitness. She loves the moment when people discover that moving is like breathing...you just can't live without it.
Larna is currently a manager at Les Mills Extreme in Wellington and when not doing what she loves at work she is usually in training for her next triathlon, running trails or mountain biking in the hills.
Lua has always been sporty but never been a self confessed "runner". When he had the opportunity to see the Extra Mile Runners group in action he was inspired in seeing a group, most of whom were also self confessed "non-runners" getting out there and doing it. When the opportunity came along to be a run coach Lua jumped at the chance.
Watching his partner Rachel inspire, motivate, have fun and seeing the difference she and the rest of the Extra Mile Runners team are making in the fitness and lives of our runners motivated Lua to start running himself!
Lua is currently studying Team Fitness training and takes the Scots College 1st XV fitness session at Elevate+ Gym, he also works with the Island Bay church community once a month taking them through fitness classes.
"To me fitness has to be positive and fun' - Lua
Based in Wellington, Rachel’s passion and drive is to help people achieve their goals no matter how big or small – she loves to have fun while we achieve their goals.
Rachel has been a Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor for the past 18 years teaching RPM/BodyPump/CXWORX/GRIT Strength and is currently studying to become a Personal Trainer.
“My own running group was formed when I started training a group of non runners. They competed in their first 10km race, I then trained the group for their first ½ marathon. I loved watching these ladies cross the finish line and achieve something they didn’t think they could.”
Successfully competed in 10km and half marathon races
Competed at the National Duathlon Champs 2012 winning age group
Won Ironmaori Short Distance Duathlon 2 years in a row
Competed in the Crazy Man Duathlon