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A Personal Best and 5 minutes shaved off Robin Hood Half-Marathon

“The day of the Robin Hood half-marathon went better than I imagined! I felt strong, stuck to the plan, and didn’t stop running once! In past years I would have had a walking break after 8/9 miles, but this time I just kept going and going and got myself a PB! Shaving 5 mins off my previous best. All the hard work with Gemma certainly paid off and I can’t thank her enough for her continued support in helping me achieve my goal!” – Kishan Rabheru.


As you can see, it’s been a busy few weeks for Kishan and my clients; many of them have competed in the Great North Run, Robin Hood Half-Marathon and Bournemouth Half coming up next month.

The people I work with all have their own story, but the one thing they have in common is they all realised they needed strength-training along with running technique work to make sure they were prepped and ready to make the most of their events.

Most people make the mistake of just concentrating on clocking up the miles – but that is only half the job. The key to improvement (and a faster race) lies in your muscle strength.

Kishan started training with me a few years ago for the London Marathon in 2020, he was plagued by shin-splints and although gutted the marathon was postponed because of covid – it was a blessing in disguise as we could do the necessary recovery training to allow him to complete it virtually, later in the year.

In 2021, Kishan decided he wanted to do the Robin Hood Half-Marathon and set himself the challenge of training hard for several months to get a PB. He also wanted to be able to run throughout the entire event with no walking breaks, plus, his aim was to improve his upper body strength.

The challenge was set.

We had a lot of work to do, but we also had the time to do it.

And you know me, I love a challenge.

The first thing I did was to look at his nutrition, weight training, running technique and mind-set.  His nutrition needed the most attention, he’s very lithe and very active, two massive components we have to take into consideration when working out his daily food intake.

Here are some more kind words from Kishan, who’s on a high after competing in the 2022 race last weekend.

“The PT sessions with Gemma have really helped me with my strength and conditioning; from the various weighted exercises, body weight exercises to also the running techniques she had planned for me. She is always on hand to make the necessary adjustments if I wasn’t doing anything properly but also giving me the belief to go up on the weight categories to push me that little more to get stronger.

Next stop…. London Marathon 2023!!!!”

I can’t wait to see him tonight. I’m fully expecting him to turn up to the studio with his medal around his neck and a big smile on his face.

If you want to follow in Kishan’s footsteps then why not sign up to my running workshop happening in the studio on Tuesday 18th October, cost is £10, and we have space for 8 people.

Click the link to book your spot and get your trainers ready for next year’s races.