Up And Running is a Junior Run Squad based in Centennial Parklands at Randwick in Sydney.
23 year old head coach Jordan Williams has achieved great success with his young athletes in a short period of time. Having assisted other coaches in the past with young runners, Jordan decided to branch out on his own to form the squad in 2016 after earning his accreditation through the NSW Athletics Recreational Running Course.
As a junior runner himself Jordan was a NSW Athletics Cross Country Team Representative at four National Championships. He also enjoyed track running with his Randwick Botany Club where he ran in an undefeated relay team for several years at 800 and 1500 metre distances. His best individual result on the track was a Silver Medal in 2000 metre steeplechase at the NSW All Schools Championships.
The young athletes under his care have been producing some outstanding results in track, road and cross country events. In the first few months of starting his “Up And Running” squad Jordan saw four of his young runners Bailey Habler, Sophie Ferenczi and George Verco qualify for the Australian Cross Country Championships at Stromlo in Canberra.
This success continued through the summer track season with several runners including Eleanor Miller, Paris Tier and Rhys Shariff achieving podium finishes in Little Athletics Championships at State and National level, many smashing former personal best times.
The 2017 Cross Country season is testament to the positive training environment at the squad sessions with seventeen juniors across all ages qualifying for the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships later this month. Further to this four Sophie Ferenczi, Alex Field, Eleanor Miller and Paris Tier have all qualified for the NSW Athletics Team for the Athletics Australia Cross Country Championships in August.
Jordan was also a former junior surf athlete competing in National Surf Life Saving events for Coogee Surf Club where he was Nippers Captain. He has taken his sand running skills into the coaching domain where Sophie Ferenczi and Paris Tier both achieved State and National medals in the 2km Beach Run through his private tuition on the beach.
Another young athlete who is showing great development under the “Up And Running” Program is Lachlan Stanfield who has focused on road racing and fun run events where he has not only taken out Age Group wins but has finished on the podium in several Open categories. Brothers Kade and Billy Zavetsanos have used their running training to build success in Triathlon with several Gold Medal finishes to their names.
Jordan believes his days as a NSW Junior have given him the ability to relate to his young athletes at their level sharing his knowledge of race day experiences, helping them to use their skills to prepare for the big event.
“Up And Running” boasts more than fifty runners between the age of 6 and 16. The Squad’s catch cry “We Make Running Fun” reflects the positive and supportive atmosphere at all training sessions.
The squad is supported by Running Science Rozelle and 2XU Paddington and runners receive weekly and monthly prizes of merchandise and vouchers for their efforts and achievements in training and racing.
Each week of the monthly program includes a speed, hill and endurance session with a Sunday long run on offer to the older group runners. Other activities include School Holiday Run Camps around the coastline and on the sands of Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.
Up And Running meet each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm in front of the main restaurant in Centennial Park.
Visit www.upandrunning.sydney for more information