Mark Perry   Optimal Running

Coaching road-runners for improved performance at 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon race distances.


Having been an active runner and triathlete since 2006, taking up coaching was definitely the right decision for me. I completed a UK Athletics Level Two 'Coach in Running Fitness' qualification, starting me on my coaching path. Beginning at local running club level, I coached a wide range of athletes, achieving success in local and regional running leagues and competitions.

In 2013, I formed my business 'Optimal Running', a progression from amateur to professional coaching. I now work predominantly as an online coach, developing runners in all aspects of the sport.

My training philosophy is built on the work of proven coaches, athletes, sports scientists, personal knowledge and experience in the sport. From that field of knowledge, I am definitely influenced by the coaching philosophy of Renato Canova, adapting his methods to suit runners of all abilities.

It is important to recognise that all runners are different in their physical characteristics, and must be treated as individuals when creating training and racing schedules. With that in mind, I will learn about your running history, and lifestyle, before we start working together.

My coaching plans are structured to work in 'phases' or 'blocks' anywhere between 4-26 weeks, dependent on your current fitness level. Plans will always target your primary event or race, working towards your personal goals for each, although you can also include interim 'support' races within each plan.

Welcome aboard!


United Kingdom

Preferred Athlete Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional


1-on-1 Coaching, Consultations, Group Coaching, Local Coaching, Remote Coaching

Sport Types





Bakehouse Close
United Kingdom
LE67 2DF