Testimonials

Mike Abrahams (V60 Master Athlete - 400m, 800m, 1500m)
Warren Peek (Marathon)
Jamie Giles (Marathon)
Sarah Cheetham (Marathon)
Henry Simpson (Marathon)
Lian Lockert (Marathon)
Bob Ward (Marathon)
Lizzy Cadbury (Marathon)
Natalie Paul (Runner)
Matt Segal (Marathon)
Lisa Pettit (V40 Master Athlete - cross country, 5k - 1/2 marathon)
Michelle Kruger (V40 Master Athlete - cross country)
Darren McNeely (Senior - Marathon)
Richard Browne (V40 Master Athlete - 10K-Marathon)
James Woolfendon (Triathlete - Age 30 to 35 category)
Klaus Oestergaard (Based in Geneva and London) (World's Toughest Mudder 2013 New Jersey and 2014 Nevada)

 

They say there are three things that affect your performance. Talent, nutrition and training. In the talent department - I’d give myself 3/10. There's nothing you can do about it.
Nina introduced me to a dietician and that made a significant difference. But it's training that made the biggest improvement. And this is where Nina is a star. Just the right balance of hard work, rest, encouragement, empathy, persuasion and friendship. Sometimes it's even fun. She helped me realise my mad dream of running 1500m for GB in the World Masters Championships in Italy - having never run on a track in my life before. Crossing the line having smashed my personal best - finishing 45/60 has to be one of the proudest moments of my life. I was running against guys who had been to the Olympics and world championships, real world class athletes. And since then I’ve run PBs in 5M, 5K, 3K 800m and 400m.

If you want a running coach, I'd recommend Nina. If you don't want a running coach, I'd still recommend Nina!

 

I worked with Nina after a recommendation from Six Physio. In February 2017 I was suffering with an ITB injury when I started being coached by her with my goal being the London Marathon that year (April). Nina tailored a bespoke plan to suit me whilst I couldn't run which involved lots of rowing and cross training to increase my aerobic fitness. Once I was getting on top of the root cause of my injury, she worked closely with me, to get me running again pain free and increase my mileage safely to the point where I was ready for the Marathon. Nina has a wealth of invaluable knowledge from diet, race fuelling, managing injury and if she was ever in doubt of anything, she would work closely and quickly with my physio and her extended network to get the best outcome for me. It is no exaggeration to say that I wouldn't have completed the marathon if it wasn't for Nina's help and support throughout!

 

I was referred to Nina by Rowan at Six Physio after suffering an injury to my foot six weeks before my first Marathon that meant I could not run for at least four weeks. Panic stricken as I was she quickly and calmly put together a program of exercise that meant I could keep my aerobic fitness up and complete the Marathon safely and in good working order. She was patient (I am not a gym user and she talked me through the whole process- from joining a gym to setting each machine), responsive (never far from contact) and most importantly really cared not only about what I wanted to achieve but also my long-term health. I have her to thank for being able to complete a massive athletic goal, and look forward to working with her in future in improving my overall condition and running ability.

 

I would not have finished the London Marathon 2017 without the fantastic coaching from Nina. She knew exactly how to overcome my shin injury by her in-depth knowledge of all things associated with running. She was always the other end of the phone whenever I needed her. I have a lot to thank her for! I would definitely recommend Nina to all my fellow runners.

 

Just to say a huge thank you for getting me from a bit of a physical wreck when Six Physio referred me to you, to crossing the finish line at the London Marathon 2016 in under 4 hours - how did you do it? Your firm but friendly guidance through the 3 months of training was invaluable and fear of having to explain to you why I had a missed a session was a big motivator not to! Your advice has changed my diet, my exercise routine and my expectations of what I can achieve - onwards to the London Ultra Duathlon!

 

I signed up to run the 2015 New York Marathon, which I believed would be easily attainable given I have been running for a number of years and have completed 3 half marathons in the last year. I was in no way prepared for the step up in mileage and training required or for the plethora of injuries that I would be plagued with. After suffering from many months of on and off shin splints/borderline stress fractures, resulting in pain every time I ran, I thought the marathon dream was to be out the window. Then Nina was recommended to me through a friend of a friend. She introduced me to and worked closely with Carla Lodewijks at Six Physio to nurse me through the next 8 weeks and get me fit and ready to run my first marathon. This was no mean feat given that I had to travel considerably during that time period, including Spain, Scotland, Canada and the US - so Nina had to be super flexible and adaptable throughout the plan to take into account limited facilities, travel days, busy schedules and jet lag. However, a combination of Nina's attention to detail, daily messages of encouragement and occasional tough love, together with Carla's miracle healing hands, resulted in a successful marathon finish in 4.28 . They both went above and beyond the call of duty, liaising with each other regularly to ensure they were on the same page and I was ready to increase mileage and training - they definitely spent more time worrying about me than I did! I can't recommend Nina's (or Carla's) services highly enough.

 

I was receiving treatment from Six Physio for a suspected stress fracture of my shin bone, which I suffered during training three months before my first marathon (scheduled for May 2015). I was desperate to resume training with just nine weeks to go, as my participation was designed to raise awareness about my father's charity, but I was warned that I could not run until I had recovered properly from my injury. Six Physio put me in touch with Nina who worked a miracle. She devised a training programme for me to undertake in the gym before I resumed running in order to build up my fitness. Nina really pushed me to make best use of the rowing, bike and x trainer and to channel my frustration productively. Once I was ready to start running again, Nina put together an accelerated programme to get me ready for the race. It was quite intensive and I had my doubts about whether I could really prepare properly with just six weeks of running, but Nina provided a constant stream of encouragement as well as expert advice about a whole range of issues, including my diet. I almost could not believe it when I was able to line up for the race just seven weeks after starting to run again. I finished it in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 46 seconds. I was so happy to cross the finishing line. Quite simply, I would not have been able to start, let alone complete, the race if it had not been for Nina.

 

I decided to run the 2014 London Marathon, and having always kept quite fit and being a regular runner (of up to 5 miles) I felt this was a realistic goal. Everything was going fine until the end of January when I ran 10 miles and my knee began to hurt. I had a lot of physio and nothing seemed to be working to get me past about six miles. The physios were great but they couldn't give me an injury and marathon specific training plan which would get me through the marathon, so they recommended Nina and about 8 weeks prior to the race I got in touch. Nina gave me extremely detailed instructions, which I followed to the second as she gave me the confidence to totally trust in what she was telling me to do; that this would give me the best possible chance of doing the marathon. I'd speak to her/email/text most days and she would tailor the training plan based on the results of the previous day. I made it to 20 miles pain free two weeks prior to the marathon, and then completed the race on the day, which I can honestly say I wouldn't have been able to do without her - I am absolutely delighted!

Nina is flexible, motivating, and pleasant to work with - I can't recommend her enough.

 

Nina's personalised strength and conditioning workout has made a real improvement to my running and overall muscle tone and definition. Within a week, I started to feel a stronger push-off on my runs. And after a few months, my arms and abdominals have better definition, tone and strength. I was very impressed by her ability to plan a routine with exactly the right amount of weight to start - and also something to strive for. Nina is kind, supportive, and enthusiastic in her instruction. She also has a wealth of knowledge from which she can draw to tailor her advice to match your goals. I would highly recommend her!

 

Thanks Nina so much for all of your help, advice and most importantly your encouragement - there is simply no way I could have gone from a non-runner to conquering the London marathon (2014) without your help. Not only that, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of the training despite some of the injury set-backs. Having the goal of running the marathon is great, but you helped me divide it up into manageable blocks. It's also fair to say that I have quite a lot going on in my life and really would not have had the time without getting a personalised training plan, and even then the constant communication and encouragement was a support that I could not have done without. Thank you thank you for making a little dream come true.

 

I’ve been training with Nina for two and a half years and she has helped me develop from a middle of the pack road runner into a master track athlete. There have been numerous benefits to being coached by her. These include having a structured, disciplined approach to training, reaching my goals, technical feedback, mentoring and lastly access to Nina’s huge experience.

There are also 2 key reasons I work with her:-
1) My running with Nina has improved beyond recognition in form and power. Too many articles, runners and coaches concentrate on getting faster and that's all. With Nina as my running coach my style improved significantly. It's about getting the most efficient and economical form I can from every stride and I've achieved this with the drills and exercises Nina has given me. My power has come from the strength work I've done with her – this is an area Nina excels in.
2) I've learnt how to race. I'd never really thought about how I race before - you just run fast. Now I'm thinking about how to run every step, when should I accelerate, how do I run that bend, how I respond if a runner tries to overtake. The results are a more confident racer and faster times; a 31 second improvement in my 1500m time in one season. And it's not just on a track that I've applied these lessons - they work just as well on the road!

 

I have worked with Nina in the capacity of coach/athlete for the past twelve months. Being sports mad I had engaged in various sporting activities during my 43 years. Six years ago I decided to take up running seriously as I always liked to set myself new challenges. My decision to work with Nina led me to achieving a European Masters Team Silver Cross Country medal in March 2013 in San Sebastian. Nina is fully committed to developing every facet required for me to achieve my potential. This has included setting individualised training programmes with regular verbal and written feedback, building workable schedules around my work/family and social commitments, advice on dietary and supplement requirements, emotional and mental management, video samples to support training sessions, 24/7 coaching support and advice.

Nina has a passion and drive that inspires you to believe in yourself and works in close partnership to help you achieve your goals.

 

In Dec 2008 I had the Fukuoka marathon in Japan as my main target for the year as well as the optimistic target of running sub 2:30. I approached Nina in May 2008 after hearing some positive feedback from other athletes. Having made some decent progress with my running I was now at a stage were I was looking at improving my running style and further improve my strength and conditioning with the aim of developing better running economy and retaining my running form in the later stages of a race when fatigue kicks in. After several weeks of technical drill sessions with Nina there was a clear improvement in my running style with a noticeable improvement in both leg turnover and leg drive. Strength and conditioning was another area I was keen on improving as with the increase in mileage that I was planning on adopting for my marathon training I needed to give myself a better opportunity to hopefully avoiding injury along the way. The strength work Nina gave me was very well structured with a clear plan of what to and when, with regular feedback and review. As the body adopted so did the training plan with an increase in the weight I could lift and progression in the difficulty of the core exercises I undertook. As the months progressed and the marathon came closer I was finding that when I ran I felt stronger than I had in the past and the higher mileage wasn't proving to be causing any concern. Race day came and everything went to plan with the end result being an 8 minute improvement and a finishing time of 2:29. I firmly believe the work I did with Nina with her background in sport and her wealth of experience from competing herself at a high level, along with her strong knowledge on strength and conditioning training had a lot to do with me finding the extra improvements I needed in my running in order for me to achieve my marathon goal. Nina's ability to demonstrate each drill clearly and when needed break it down into a step by step basis enabled me to learn the various technical drill exercises quicker than I had expected or in the case of the strength work the correct technique to focused on the desired muscle group.

 

Nina's comprehensive strength/conditioning programme is proving invaluable in my training. It provides the essential background work that running training alone does not give. Her strict way of demonstrating or guiding you through a lift or drill, helps in ensuring you are learning it properly. Even through a past period of injury, Nina produced a tailor-made training schedule which helped me to maintain an excellent level of fitness and develop more stability in order to reduce the chance of the same injury re-occurring.

 

In under 2 years Nina has transformed my Triathlon racing completely. In fact I have recently broken into the sub 2:30 category for the first time ever - meaning that her training schedule resulted in an overall reduction of 20 minutes in a race. This is thanks to her fantastic knowledge of sports training - especially pinpointing areas of weakness and by implementing a varied week by week training schedule. She is constantly in touch and offers great motivation when times get tough. I could honestly not recommend her highly enough.

 

 

Nina has been coaching me for the last two years during which time I have been preparing for the 24 hour endurance race "World's Toughest Mudder". She made a significant and invaluable impact on my training in the run up to the competitions. Nina provided a highly organised training that was very detail orientated. Nothing was left to chance or coincidence. Her calibration of the programme was perfect, making sure throughout the programme that I did not over train while she got me to perform to 100% of my ability on the day. Her attention to detail and her engagement was very reassuring, and in particular her commitment and constantly following up on my progress was great. Nina is a passionate professional who made all the difference to my performance.

I can only give Nina the highest possible recommendation for anyone looking to get their most out of their sport.
2013. New Jersey. 4th place. Team competition
2014. Nevada. 3rd place. Team competition

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