Momentum Sports Company Information

Momentum Sports is a sports company focusing on all aspects of athletics, but primarily running events which was set up in 2000 and has grown year on year since then to the point where it is now one of the biggest set ups in the UK. We aim to provide a full range of services for athletes from professional online coaching, by a team of fully qualified coaches, to a free encyclopaedia of running knowledge, to a guide on how to choose all the best kits for the sport. These facilities are designed to help you get the most from your sport, all via one website.

Basically, we live, breathe and eat running!

Coaching

Our main training base is in Kingston-upon-Thames (KT1 3PB), although we do train at other venues locally as well. We have about 250 athletes training with us off literally all standards and ages (from 6 to - well quite a lot, it wouldn't be polite to say!) and from total beginners to international level. We are always happy to take on new athletes across all disciplines.

Online Coaching

The online coaching is interactive with sessions being set for each individual in training, who will report back on what they have achieved. These results will be used as the basis for the setting of the following training sessions. Whilst this may not be the same as having a coach constantly present at your sessions, it provides the individual access to a wealth of knowledge from a group of qualified professional athletes and coaches who are setting a schedule designed specifically for you.

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Running Training Information

As well as the online coaching there is an encyclopaedia of information aimed at helping you to train more effectively. This is provided in the form of words, pictures and videos, with help on the following topics, amongst many others - stretching, weights, circuits, nutrition and race preparation in addition to dozens of pages on running training. We also include sections on all the kit you will need to make your running experience as good as it can be.

Kit Guides

We like to keep abreast of all the best equipment and clothing you can get to enjoy this great sport of ours. Use our guides to make an informed decision about your purchases.

The Team

The following coaches make up the senior coaching staff for Momentum Sports, all run groups at the track, with some also coaching athletes online

Richard Holt

Richard Holt started Momentum Sports in 2000 and seen it grow from a "one man band" to a large team of coaches and athletes over the years. He is a 400m hurdler, who was a AAAs finalist in 1995 and multiple British Masters Champion and has been coaching athletes with a wide range of abilities since 1993. He is a fully qualified UK:Athletics coach in both sprints and endurance with experience of coaching all levels from total beginner to international level.

Richard is Head Coach of both Momentum Sports and Kingston & Poly Atheltics Club and has provided expert advice to various magazines eg Runners World and Mens Fitness, written a book and coached at a wide range of schemes and in many schools as well as running Momentum Sports for two decades.

Vanessa Hammett

Was one of the top 400m hurdlers in the country when she was a junior athlete.

Having had a break from the sport, she returned to coach athletes about 15 years ago, particularly youngsters, and has brought a wealth of experience and enthausiasm to help the athletes in her charge - guiding them to many county titles and English Schools performances in that time.

She also coaches a good number of our online athletes, is a qualified sports masseur and is one of main lead coaches for Kestrel Club.

Having been part of the Momentum Sports team since the very early days, our success is down in no small part to her never ending support and dedication.

John Shepherd

John was an international long jumper in the 1985 before becoming both a leading Masters and athlete and coach. He was the editor or Ultrafit magazine and has written many books on coaching of all ages. He is currently features editor at Athletics Weekly. He is also the coach to the 2013 European Junior Long Jump champion. With Momentum Sports he runs our jumps and multi-events squad, who are starting to achieve some great results across the board.

Pat Logan

Again, Pat is both an outstanding athlete and coach.

He has been the M50 World Champion at both 100m and 200m as well as many other medals in masters athletics over the years.

He coaches a very strong group of junior sprinters at Momentum Sports, with many county champions and club records being broken by his squad - who have gone from strength to strength under his tutelage.

He has also been our main Kestrel Club coach for a number of years now, seeing the club develop to now having 6 sessions across the course of a week.

Nicky Atkins

Started running in 2000, after training for a 5K fun run and has never looked back.

She is a key member of Kingston AC and Polytechnic Harriers competing on the track from 800 to 10,000m. She also competes over cross country (her favourite discipline - for Nicky it can never be too muddy!!) and on the road up to marathon distance and has competed at the top level as a Masters athlete in the UK.

She holds a UKA level 2 endurance coaching licence and as well as coaching online has a group of "more mature" athletes at Kingston & Polytechnic who compete over the longer distances.

Richard Vassall

Another athlete turned coach, Richard ran under 3.50 for 1500m in his day and brings this experience to our novice juniors, who have progressed beyond the Kestrel Club at Kingston and Poly. His dedicated group show what can be achieved by application with an experienced coach in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Mary Dimbleby

Mary was an athlete in the past and got back into the sport through her children, who were both successful athletes in their own right.

She is now building a reputation as an effective coach in her own right running our group for novice and intermediate level adult sprinters. This group has grown a lot in the last few years in no small part due to her expertise and ability to work well with her athletes.

She is also a key member of the Kingston and Poly set up having been a club membership secretary and team manager for a number of years.

David Wellstead


With PBs of 6.86 for long jump and 14.98 for triple jump, David was an accomplished athlete well acquainted with the needs of speed and power for athletics events. He leads our group of more junior sprinters and has seen many of them surprising both themselves and others with the speed of their improvements.

Other Coaches

As well as the dedicated groups above, we have many other coaches working with us (often also our better athletes training with us) and other people to thank - who have either coached in the past with us or help with the running of the Kestrel Club or other aspects of the website. Thanks to one and all.

The Kestrel coaches include Max Perez-Diaz, Sam Ige, Mae Thompson, Phoebe Law, Rebecca Keddie, Rhianna Reynolds, Harry Reynolds, Bryony Ross, Alice Clemens and Jessica Westley amongst many others.

We'd also like to thank the following for their great help over the years Tom Parry, Chris Hall, Gill Broderick, Lucy MacAlister, Nicole Kendall, Martin Airey, Mark Roberts, Owen Lewis, Humphrey Waddington, Liam Bulson, Linda Staines, Gary Staines, Nicky Mills, Keith Holt and Fiona Holt.

Finally, we have to thank all the athletes who have been involved with Momentum Sports over the years. Unbelieveable as it may seem, we've helped over 2000 athletes in the two decades we've been running, with over 300 still with us, lots of whom have been with us more than a decade. It's been a fun journey, which still has a long way to go!

Contact Details

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Phone Number: 01252 643166 or 07799 194069

 


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