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Peta Bee and Patrick (Paddy) McGrath

Contact DetailsPlease contact Peta and Paddy via the Enquiry form on the contact us page
Power of Ten LinkPeta Bee
Events CoachedMiddle-distance and Endurance:
Track: 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m
Road: 5k, 10k, half marathon
Cross Country
Ages CoachedUnder 13 (U13) Boys and Girls (School Years 6 and 7)
Under 15 (U15) Boys and Girls (School Years 8 and 9)
Under 17 (U17) Men and Women (School Years 10 and 11)
Under 20 (U20) Junior Men and Women
Senior Men and Women
Other information:The athletes in this group train and compete all year round, with training on Tuesday – first Tuesday of the month at Thames Valley Athletic Centre in Eton SL4 6HN, 6.15-7.30, with all other Tuesday sessions mostly at Little Marlow Athletics Track SL7 3RS, 5.30-7.00 (some may be at TVAC) – on Thursdays in the summer season at Thames Valley Athletic Centre 6-7pm and in the winter season at Furze Platt senior school SL6 7NQ, 6-7pm – on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am, where venues rotate around Dorney Lake, Burnham Beeches and Windsor Great Park.
Athletes in this group are expected to race for the club every 2-4 weeks all year round – in spring/summer this is mainly track & field and in autumn/winter this is mainly road running and cross country. This is a very large group (50+), with 2 very good and very successful coaches, supported by 5 assistant coaches.
The number of weekly sessions athletes in this group will train depends on age and experience, but generally under 11s and under 13s in school years 5-7 are expected to train a minimum once weekly, progressing to a minimum twice weekly from year 8, three times a week from year 9 and four times a week in the older age groups.

We work as a coaching partnership bringing different strengths to help our athletes across the board. We have vast experience in guiding athletes up to international level:

Paddy ran for Ireland and Northern Ireland at track and cross country with PBs ranging from 3:44 for 1500m to 29.08 for 10km and 64.10 for the half marathon. He had an athletics scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has since coached at all levels from beginner to England and Ireland internationals, the winning junior men’s (U17) team at the English National Cross Country champs and several European and World Masters champions.

Peta has a degree in sports science and a Masters degree in nutrition as well as her EA coaching qualifications. She ran for Wales as a teenager and in her twenties and set up the UK Athletics Working Party on Eating Disorders, a panel of leading experts. Peta is also an award-winning health and fitness journalist for The Times newspaper and Performance Editor of Athletics Weekly and the author of 12 books, including the best-selling Fast Exercise with TV’s Dr Michael Mosley. She was shortlisted for the prestigious British Milers’ Club Coach of the Year in 2017.

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