Testimonials


What people are saying about the Running Hub!

 RACHAEL'S KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE BODY EFFECTS YOUR TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE IS SECOND TO NONE. Following injury in July 2018, I joined The Running Hub for a run analysis and a helping hand in recovery and a return to running. It took time and patience and Rachael from The Running Hub was there every step of the way. Her sessions, exercises, strength classes and training plan have been invaluable. Her knowledge and understanding of how the body effects your technique and performance is second to none. I can now confidently say I’m a strong runner who will never be without a running coach again. I have since got PB's in all my events - 10km - 3 minutes 15 seconds, 10 miles - 8 minutes 42 seconds, HM - 15 minutes 39 seconds!"

Sarah WilbyPocklington Runners

 BEFORE I STARTED MY SESSIONS AT THE RUNNING HUB, I WAS RUNNING WITH QUITE A DEGREE OF PAIN.... after a few miles and was really struggling and was going to quit running altogether but Rachael analysed my run technique and adapted how I ran together with strength work for my weaknesses and gave me new belief and confidence and since then I have improved my time for the Ferriby 10 mile race by over 7 minutes."

Craig WaitesHornsea Harriers

 THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC! I went to see Rachael to work on my run technique after having an initial running analysis done by her. The results have been fantastic! I get much less discomfort in my knees now and I recently smashed 2 whole minutes off my 5k PB. Rachael is great to work with. She is encouraging, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about all things running. She literally lives and breathes it!""

David PickeringJolly Triathlon Club, Osteopath

 RACHAEL IS THAT COACH WHO SPARKS THE PASSION FOR A LOVE OF RUNNING! SINCE WORKING WITH HER, I HAVE PB'D IN ALL DISTANCES. I’ve worked with Rachael now for 5 years. Initially, I found her advertised on Facebook and needed her to get me through the last few weeks of my first marathon training after having my little boy 7 months earlier (don’t ask) but I can honestly say since then I have never looked back! The thing about Rachael is you get everything you need in terms of a coach and personalised programmes .... but in addition to that you also get so much more! You get that person who will listen when you are having ‘meltdowns’ and feel stuck in a rut ... you get that nagging conscience in the back of your head that tells you to back off before you get injured or to buck up and get out there when’s it wet and dark. She is the only person I know who can shout at you without actually shouting at you! How she does that I’ll never know! When coaching you she doesn’t just make you a better runner, she makes you a more rounded athlete and instils an importance of strength work and mobility. She supports you all the way and if you do happen to pick up an injury she motivates you to get back on it safely and gives you alternatives so you don’t loose any fitness. She is that coach who sparks that passion for a love of running, teaches you that running is a way of life and always tells you whatever you are training for you've got this! It doesn’t matter what age you are, how long you've been running or if you are a beginner, she is amazing and the progress you can see once you start working with her is undeniable! Since working with her I have PB’d in all distances. I’ve gone from 58 minutes in a 10k to 46:13 this year. I’ve gone from 1:59 in the half to 1:46 last year and have got my 5k to 22 minutes. I’m 2 minutes off sub 4 in the marathon. I’m determined to get that! Rachel is alway the coach I want by my side! Ill never change! Thank you Rachael for always going above and beyond for us x"

Joanne Unsworth

 I HAVE BENEFITED MASSIVELY FROM THE COMBINATION OF RUN TECHNIQUE ANALYSIS & COACHING AND STRENGTH SESSIONS! I’ve worked with Rachael on and off for a couple of years and I feel I have benefited massively from the combination of run technique analysis and coaching and strength sessions, and more recently also from stretch and mobility classes, DMS sessions and online coaching. I am so much more aware now of how I run, and of how my body moves, and the best exercises I can do to target weaknesses or imbalances and tight muscles, and I feel as though I am a much stronger runner as a result. I’ve been taking part in a virtual race series recently, and as well as my times for the four virtual 10k events I have done all under 43 minutes (which is more occasions than I’ve run that sort of time in actual races), in the last event I ran 42:19 to knock almost 10 seconds off my 18-month old 10k PB! To do this when ‘racing’ alone is (I think!) a great testament to the huge benefits I’ve received in the last few months from DMS and strength and mobility work, as well as my previous technique coaching, and of course I have to mention Rachael’s incredibly knowledgeable and really friendly coaching technique! I would definitely recommend Rachael as a coach!"

Emma SimmonsPocklington Runners

 I'VE GAINED SO MUCH FROM ATTENDING SESSIONS WITH THE RUNNING HUB. RACHAEL HAS SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE TO GIVE. After my initial analysis, I learnt about the leg cycle which made me feel stronger and more confident in my running. One change that particularly stood out was when Rachael taught me to stand tall running up hills, not to lean into them. The first time I tried this it felt amazing. I felt so much stronger and felt like I wanted to run the hill again! With the DMS sessions, I can feel the difference it makes to my legs, they feel lighter and stronger instead of the normal 2 - 3 miles they take to warm up! The Strength classes have given me overall body support for running. I've especially felt the difference when running off road, again I feel so much stronger. Whether the strength class is face to face, in the village hall or online because of lockdown the social aspect is brilliant, you always come away with that 'Feel Good Factor 🙂 I've loved the coffee morning chats which Rachael started during lock down they gave me something to focus on. Giving me my motivation back for running which I'd lost because of lockdown. The benefits of working with my Heart Rate for endurance runs and hill running has been brilliant. I went out on one run watching my heart, picked off 5 hills, running 13 miles and still felt good, a fantastic feeling. Thanks Rach 🙂x"

Stephanie MarshallPocklington Runners

 THE 15 MINUTE DMS SESSIONS ARE SO USEFUL. My balance and core strength has definately improved and my glutes have never worked so hard. Even over 8 weeks I’ve noticed an improvement A bonus is they’re great fun too."

Amanda SelvaratnamSweat Equity

 RACHAEL WAS POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. I went to see Rachael at the Running Hub for some Run Technique Coaching. Even though the sessions were tough, Rachael was positive and encouraging the whole way through. Following those sessions, not only did I have a number of comments on how much my running technique had improved, but I also managed to cut a minute off my 5k PB!"

Lindsey Taylor

 RACHAEL'S EXCEPTIONAL BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE, COMBINED WITH HER RELAXED, FRIENDLY MANNER MAKE HER THE PERFECT COACH! Rachael’s exceptional breadth of running knowledge, combined with her relaxed, friendly manner, make her the perfect coach for anyone looking to improve any aspect of their running."

Leanne MaycockPocklington Runners

 I HAVE RECOMMENDED RACH TO MANY RUNNERS - SHE IS EXCEPTIONAL! I have been working with Rach both with online training and face to face coaching. She is always keeping up to date with the latest evidence and brings enthusiasm and passion to motivate me. She coached me to run a 100 mile race and my recovery afterwards was incredible As a physio I know that Rach has a fantastic knowledge of body and mind and that's what you need as a runner. I have recommended Rach to many runners - she is exceptional!"

Julianne JamesonAlmost Athletes & Vegan Runners, Physiotherapist

 BEING COACHED BY RACHAEL HAS REALLY BOOSTED MY CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF IN MYSELF AS A RUNNER. I have been working with Rachael for about 18 months, I started seeing her for help with my run technique when training for my first marathon. I love Rachael’s sessions her patience is endless and her coaching doesn’t stop when the hour is up. I also attend Rachael’s strength classes which she has adapted to do virtually along with Stretch, DMS and a support group to help people through the current pandemic. These are a lifeline during these stressful and daunting weeks. I have more recently started being coached by Rachael which has really boosted my confidence and belief in myself as a runner and given me a real focus when having to run solo, great Coach and friend. xx"

Clare ChappellPocklington Runners

 I FINALLY GOT MY SUB-30 MINUTE 5KM. THIS SEEMED SO FAR OFF AS I WAS RUNNING A 33 MINUTE 5KM! Thank you for the strength training sessions, I just smashed my 5k PB (28:36) by almost 2 minutes since my last PB in March! And finally got a sub-30 minute 5kM! I kept thinking of your run technique training throughout, focusing on my form with no music or podcasts to distract me. This was my goal when I saw you a year ago but at that point it seemed so far off as I was doing 33 minute 5km then. Although I've tried to do some strength work in the last year by myself, I'm definitely working harder in your 2 online sessions a week, and having aching muscles!"

Laura Castley

 I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE RUNNING HUB. AFTER SEEING RACHAEL, I KNOCKED 12 MINUTES OFF MY HALF MARATHON TIME! Both myself and my 11yr old son have been to the Running hub. For me I had an in depth running analysis, followed by structured sessions to work the identified areas of weakness and to improve my running form. My son has dyspraxia so it was to work on his co-ordination and movement. All our sessions were excellent and very informative. Rachel has a lovely, friendly manner and was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend The Running hub and after seeing Rache,l I knocked 12mins off my half marathon time!"

Pam Johnson

 I'M ENJOYING MY TRAINING SO MUCH MORE, THANKS TO RACHAEL'S KNOWLEDGE, DIRECTION, ENTHUSIASM AND MOTIVATION. I highly recommend Rachael at the Running Hub. I started in the Hub with a run technique analysis in August 2019 following a raft of niggles and injuries, and swiftly signed up to my first course of run technique coaching sessions as I wanted to learn how to fix my weaknesses and become a better, stronger and injury free runner. One course was not enough to satisfy my curiosity and desire to become a better, stronger runner so I signed up for more! Since lockdown I have regularly taken part in the DMS sessions, strength classes & mobility classes, and signed up to an initial 12 week online coaching programme. Nearly a year on from meeting Rachael for the first time in the hub, I have a continually growing toolbox of activities to help me run much stronger, more consistently, more focused and more correct. Not forgetting I'm enjoying it all so much more, thanks to Rachael's extensive knowledge, direction, enthusiasm and motivation.""

Rachel ReedPocklington Runners

 I HAVE DEFINITELY HAD LESS INJURIES SINCE DOING THE RUN TECHNIQUE SESSIONS! I’ve been lucky enough to have had running technique coaching from Rachael. She’s super friendly, professional and knowledgeable. The sessions really made me think about how I ran. It’s hard work and there’s homework to do. But Rachel gives you all the support and help you need. I definitely have had less injuries since doing the sessions. I also attend Rachael’s strength classes and stretch and mobility sessions. These are great fun and work you hard. These sessions have most definitely helped my running. I feel stronger, more flexible and more confident. Thanks Rachael for all your hard work, encouragement and support."

Ellie EastwoodSports Massage Therapist, Pocklington Runners

 I CAN RUN LONGER DISTANCES MORE EASILY AND SHORTER DISTANCES MORE QUICKLY. I went to the Running Hub as I needed my running technique evaluated prior to commencing training for my one and only marathon in 2019. Rachael Hunt (no relation) was professional, patient, thorough and sorted out my running imperfections (which were many) such that I found I could then run longer distances more easily and shorter distances more quickly. Marathon completed and in a none-too-shabby time!"

Rob HuntPocklington Runners, York Park Run Director

 I HAVE BENEFITED SO MUCH FROM THE 6 WEEKS OF RUN TECHNIQUE COACHING. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Running Hub. I have benefited so much from the six weeks of run analysis I did last year, the regular strength classes and the run coaching programme I am currently on. They have all hugely improved my running and importantly, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Rachael is a brilliant coach, she is really supportive and seriously knows her stuff!"

Lucy WardPocklington Runners

 I ONLY WISH I'D KNOWN ABOUT IT SOONER! I love my speed and movement sessions with the running hub. Rachael is very knowledgeable and has tailored an excellent programme to support and improve my squash game which is my primary sport. After only a few weeks of DMS I am so much faster and improving every week. I only wish I’d known about it sooner!"

Susie LeeDunnington 1st ladies (1st div york and district)

 THE INITIAL ANALYSIS WAS FASCINATING AND INSIGHTFUL! Having started running in 2017 I hadn't really considered my technique. I had decided to run my first marathon and the Running Hub was recommended to me by a number of friends. The initial analysis was fascinating and insightful. The explanation of how seemingly small, subconscious movements impact on my technique gave me plenty to think about. In the following sessions we continued to work on various aspects of my running technique and on exercises that support it. Having completed the sessions I feel a much stronger runner and take away lots of learning points and exercises that should help me to continue to develop my running and achieve my goals. I would thoroughly recommend Rachel to anyone."

Matthew WilcockPocklington Runners

 GETTING A BIOMECHANICAL RUN ANALYSIS WAS THE BEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE FOR MY RUNNING! Much better money spent than on a new pair of fancy shoes or a shiny watch! I’m fairly new to running, and it’s taught me so much, hopefully it will help me stay injury free, and it will definitely allow me to run faster and further! There were so many things I was doing wrong that I would have had no idea unless I was filmed on a treadmill like that. Cannot recommend The Running Hub enough 10/10!"

Charles HeyVegan Runners

 RACHAEL IS REALLY WELCOMING AND KNOWLEDGEABLE AND SHE MAKES ALL THE CLASSES GREAT FUN! I recently started with the Running Hub & did a running analysis after a couple of running friends passed on glowing reports about it. I love that it is aimed at what you can do to support your running technique and ability, compared to general cross training classes. Rachael is really welcoming and knowledgeable, and she makes all classes great fun and the chat sessions really informative. Rachel has helped me to focus on what will help me personally and I will definitely be continuing to work with her when these lockdown days have passed."

Sally WadeSweat Equity

 HER SPEED HAS HUGELY INCREASED! Wow, my little girl is a runner. Thank you so much, you have completely transformed her and given her an amazing love of running. In only a few weeks you have completely changed her running, she no longer runs with dinosaurs hands 😂 & her speed has hugely increased. You are absolutely fantastic, Ella has taken on everything you have taught her and enjoys going out and practising. Can’t wait to see how her race season continues xx"

Clare Adrian