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Running Coach Melbourne is a professional running coaching service.

RCM offers speciality training for clients of any ability. Our coaches are registered with Athletics Australia and have several years' background in top level athletics as well as other sports such as AFL football.

RCM specialises in fitness, developing correct running technique, weight loss strategies and training to compete at a professional level.



About The Proprietors/Coaches

Mark Howard, 39, has been involved in athletics for over 20 years as an athlete, coach and CEO of the Victorian Athletic League. Mark is accredited with Athletics Australia as a Level 3 coach. Mark is the original proprietor and creator of Running Coach Melbourne. Mark has assisted people as young as 7 to 60 years of age and is willing to assist any person of any athletic ability. Mark believes that having the correct running technique is the most essential tool to gaining speed and running long distances such as the Marathon.

Mark is a member of the Doncaster Athletics Club and coaches runners at this track. He coaches a group of runners from 6pm from Monday to Thursday and holds weekend sessions from 9am. Mark encourages athletes of any ability to join his group, whether a novice or an elite runner Mark can tailor a training plan to suit your requirements. He can also assist with an online training program for runners who cannot attend his sessions.

Mark has a background in AFL having played over 150 games in the Essendon District Football League. He has trained and assisted Calder Cannons players, Eastern Rangers TAC cup players and has assisted players to get drafted to the AFL. From an athletics perspective Mark has trained elite runners of all age including Victorian state championship runners, Australian national junior representatives as well training professional runners to win at the Stawell Gift carnival. Some of Mark's recent notable performers include Hamish Adams (Stawell 120m Junior winner), Ewan Webber (Victorian State Championships qualifier), Rob Adin (400m at Stawell in 45.83secs), Sebastian Vetich (100m Victorian State Champion 2016), Eve Parry (2016 Australian National qualifier 200m & 400m).

Mark's professional achievements in the Victorian Athletic League include winning the 3 major 400m professional events, including the Bendigo Black Opal (46.24 sec), the richest professional 400m event in Australia. Mark has recently returned to competing after a long period off and recently ran an 8km race in 32.34sec and completed the 2012 Melbourne Marathon in 3hrs 58mins.

Mark is also the owner of a sporting consultancy service

To book an appointment with Mark, email or phone 0402 199 463.


Hamish Adams, (18 years old) is an accredited coach with Athletics Australia and is extremely passionate about his running, diet and nutrition. Hamish first started training under the guidance of coach Mark Howard and has now gained a passion to coach aspiring athletes to achieve their goals. Hamish is great with working with junior athletes and has inspired many young athletes during his time training with the squad at Doncaster, some of which have reached state and national championship levels.

Hamish has competed for his School Yarra Valley Grammar (Yarra) and is the current 100m open record holder. Hamish has been competing in the Victorian Athletic League since he was 14 years old in multiple distances ranging from 70m-400m. Hamish has also competed successfully in cross country athletics with the Victorian Cross Country League. Hamish also enjoys other sports like AFL, Cricket, Tennis and Boxing.

Notable Achievements -

  • Winner Maribyrnong 2013, 120m under 17
  • Winner Association of Grammar Schools Victoria 2014, 200m
  • Winner Stawell Gift 2014, 120m under 20
  • Winner Wangaratta 2015, 120m restricted sprint
  • 2nd Place, Stawell gift 2015, 400m open backmarkers 46 sec
  • Winner Stonnington 2017, 100m junior boys 10.55 sec
  • Hamish is able to train runners at the Croydon and Doncaster Athletics tracks. For bookings with Hamish please call 0499 773 282.


    Eric Sapac is an accredited coach with Athletics Australia. He has a passion for coaching athletes of all abilities. From the fun runner to the serious competitor, Eric believes that all athletes should have a goal to work towards. Whether it be completing a 6km fun run, running a Marathon or improving your 100 metre PB.

    Along with coaching, he competes in the Victorian Athletic League in multiple distances ranging from 70m-1600m. Over the winter months, he runs in Cross Country events ranging from 5km -16km. Eric has experienced much success over the last few years winning races ranging from 300 metres ranging all the way to 8km. The range of distances he competes in provides him with a wealth of knowledge in regards to the training methods required for each event. Also, with a rich background in Soccer and Aussie Rules Football, he has developed a thorough understanding of how to improve the athlete’s speed, agility and conditioning in order for them to perform at a higher level.

    Professional Wins -

  • Dandenong 300m Open (2009) 34.74sec
  • VRTA Epping 400m Novice (2009) 46.45sec
  • VRTA Epping 550m Open (2009) 1min10.1sec
  • Peninsula Gift 1600m Open (2009) 4mins12sec
  • Maryborough 400m Open (2010) 46.53sec
  • Victorian Cross Country League (Two Bridges) 8km (2011) 29mins29sec
  • Stawell Athletic Carnival 800m (2012) 1min50.13sec
  • Notable Performances -

  • 2nd Place - Ringwood Gift 400m Open (2010)
  • 3rd Place - Camden Classic 400m Open (2010)
  • 3rd Place – Stawell Gift Carnival 550m Open (2011)
  • Bendigo Black Opal 400m finalist (2011)
  • To book an appointment with Eric, email or phone 0422 063 845.

    Please note that Eric Sapac is currently working in the UK, he will be back with RCM shortly.


    Rob Adin, 37, is a former age grade representative and senior club rugby player in New Zealand as well as a premier level rower and university rowing coach. Rob's interest in athletics began following a serious mountain biking accident. Rob has now been involved in athletics for several years training with some elite coaches and runners based in Melbourne. Rob has competed with Athletics Victoria in the cross country series, Run Melbourne, completed the Melbourne Marathon half marathon and has run some professional races with the Victorian Athletic League with his best result winning the 400m Open at the Stawell Gift 2015 carnival. Rob has also competed in mountain bike and road cycling events, triathlons, tough mudder and ocean swim events.

    Rob now has developed a keen interest in coaching athletes of all levels and assisting them to achieve their goals. Rob has a focus on general fitness, correct running technique, stretching and encourages athletes to undertake pilates as part of their training. Rob is based in the CBD area of Melbourne and can assist any runners who are seeking training sessions in the city area.


    Nick Howard was previously a local footy player in the Essendon district football league before getting into the sport of athletics. He started athletics to get his fitness up for the football season but found a passion for athletics. He has now trained under a number of coaches in the Victorian Athletic League gaining a wealth of experience from different people in the sport. Since coming into athletics he has won three professional races, the 400m novice at St Albans in 2010, the 300m at Euroa in 2011 and more recently the 400m at Waverley in 47.61sec. Nick is now a coach himself passionate about helping people of all abilities with their speed and technique.


    Matt Shiel decided to compete in Athletics in 2007 to get fit for pre-season football. Matt's notable performances have been making the finals at 400m Bendigo Black Opal classic, Stawell Backmarkers, Frontmarkers and Novice. He also won the Ringwood novice 400m.

    Before devoting time to athletics he had placed and won fun runs and triathlons in his age group.

    Matt also played American Football for college teams Auburn Tigers, Alabama and Mercer Bears, Georgia in the United States. He was first team All So-Con Punter and named on the College Football Award List. Whilst in the U.S he was able to learn from elite Strength and Conditioning coaches.

    Predominately from a background in Aussie Rules Football where he has played and coached at representative/TAC cup level he will be able to set up programs to enable you to play at a higher standard.

    With an interest in training programming and methods he is committed to fulfilling every athlete's goals to improve their technique, speed, power and endurance.


    Shane McKenzie started life in Adelaide competing for Westport Little Athletics Club and later for his school. He then progressed to the SAAL where he achieved great success in a short space of time. Shane is a 4 time Bay Sheffield Finalist (twice runner up, SAAL Athlete of the year at age 17) and school 100 yard record holder. In 1992, Shane qualified for the 1992 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea in the 4x100m relay team. Shane has also played Rugby League, AFL, Cricket and Basketball over the years, all with great success, simply from having superior speed over his competitors.

    Over the years several injuries hampered his development until around 2002 where he learned the value of proper mechanics for sprinting from a former Russian Triple Jump Champion and Coach. Shane applied this knowledge as he trained towards selection in the 2006 Winter Olympics Team as a Bobsleigh Athlete. Shane attributes his 2006 Olympic success, 2010 Olympic campaign (missed selection by 1 place) and almost 10 years injury free at elite level performance, down to proper mechanics of movement. Sprinting is a skill, and like all skills, it must be learned and practised on a regular basis until it is second nature.

    Shane coaches athletes out of Ringwood Athletic Club, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from Collingwood on Wednesday. Training times are from approx 4pm weekdays and 10am weekends by appointment only. His eye for technique and efficient movement has established him as a respected and highly regarded coach within the athletic community. He works using old-school Russian methodology applying a modern scientific approach, within an encouraging and highly motivated environment. His motto is "perfection through repetition", so correct movement isn't thought about, it's done unconsciously.

    Shane specialises in sprinting to middle distance for track and field athletes, soccer players, Rugby League/Union, Basketball, tennis and AFL to name a few. Shane is currently a Level II Athletics Australia Accredited Coach, with Level III accreditation on the very near horizon.

    Shane has a 100m p.b. of 10.56sec, has won over 35 SAAL & VAL Sprint races spanning 20 years, represented Australia at 1992 World Junior Championships Athletics, and represented Australia at World Cup Level in 2 man Bobsleigh 2003/04-2009/10, including 1 Olympic Games in 2006. Shane is also the Vice President of the Victorian Runners and trainers Association, a sprint coach at Ringwood Athletic Club and Australian Women's Bobsleigh team push coach.

    To book an appointment with Shane, email or phone 0404159952


    Rupert van Dongen is an Athletics Australia accredited Level 3 Distance Running coach with 20 years experience. Based in Melbourne, he has coached athletes from complete beginners through to elite runners. He has coached elite development squads, state representative teams and a range of schools and community groups. A particular area of interest is providing supportive, enjoyable training groups to allow adult runners of all standards to develop. Also a secondary teacher, qualified fitness instructor and former VFL Boundary Umpire, he continues to run competitively.

    Rupert has managed official training programs for events such as Run for the Kids, Run Melbourne and the Melbourne Marathon and for companies such as adidas and Nike and 2XU. He has successfuly trained individuals and groups to complete events from 5km through to ultramarathons. He can provide group and individual training sessions, training programs and technical advice.


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    Running training for athletes of all levels. RCM specialises in fitness, developing correct running technique, weight loss strategies and training to compete at a professional level. We also offer Corporate Group Training sessions. RCM assists footballers, school kids, professional athletes, personal one-on-one training, corporate groups and anyone willing to obtain a peak level of fitness.