Who are we?
At AAA Racing/Coaching we like to keep things simple but try not to neglect the fundamental aspects of our events and programs. In order to do this we are conscious of our own experiences and how/why we came about.
It's of paramount importance to us that all our activities are conducted safely and securely, with the well being of our participants, clients and crew at the fore.
It's our believe that if the event is safe, everything else falls into place - meeting the needs of our clients, participants and all stakeholders being the end result.
To achieve this, not only to we draw on over twenty years of experience across multiple disciplines but also design and implement strict race management and risk management strategies which are applicable to all events that we stage and how we conduct our coaching.
In short, it's our belief that a safe event is a good event and a good event means we have delivered. This is applicable to both our event management and our coaching strategies.
Embracing the social aspects of racing as well as the competitive, we seek the opinions of those participating in organising events with a view to ensuring we're not just putting on another race in an already congested calendar.
AAA Racing has come about as a result of 13 years of coordinating and organising trail and ultra running events in South East Queensland and, more recently, interstate. From early on assisting with the oldest 100 mile event in Australia to more recently directing national championship events.
Coming from a background of rugby union, MTB, golf(!), road and trail running and physical training instruction, as well as extensive exeperience in ultra running both here in Australia and overseas, the AAA Coaching team can guide you from the initial steps to hitting the road to preparation for your first ultra run.
Having raced MTB and played rugby union at club representative level in his homeland of Wales, in recent years race director, Alun Davies, has run 60+ events of marathon or greater (including 46 ultra marathons), as well as cycling many 'Grand Fondo' events.
With multiple 100 mile finishes on the trail, more recently he's ventured into the world of triathlon which meant having to learn to swim from scratch (!). The end goal is to train successfully toward Ironman and possibly Ultraman before turning his attention back to the marathon and ultra-trail running.
Susannah has an ultra-running resume that would be the envy of many. With her roots in Scotland, she has represented Australia at multiple Commonwealth and World Championships and is no stranger to the toughest events on the calendar.
One of only three people to complete the original and thus far only Australian 'Slam' (GH100, GNW100, GOW100 and C2K in the same year), she has also completed the Badwater Ultra Marathon and the West Highland Way 100 mile in Scotland (twice).
With many, many more achievements against her record, there's not enough space to list them here, but suffice to say, you'd be hard pushed to find an athlete with her level of experience in race organization.
No matter what your goal, we're not your typical coaching setup. Our coaching is based on experience across a multi-sport background from fundamental fitness right up to Australian representation at ultra distances – rugby union, MTB, road and trail running (almost different sports!) – with the running element spread from 5 km for no end but fitness to 100 mile ultra-marathons and beyond.
Whether you’re simply looking to get fit, run your best Parkrun, embarking on your first marathon or fronting up for an ultra-marathon, we can tailor a schedule to suit or a session by session fitting.
We can coach on-line, one to one (dependent on location) or in a group, whatever suits.
We start by making an individual assessment and analysis to determine your current level of experience, technique and, probably most important, your goals. This is done with a combination a one to one analysis and a visual assessment (where applicable)
From here, we can go one several ways:
A fortnightly fee (payable bi-weekly or four weekly) which will include a monthly training plan provided in advance (once an initial adjustment period of 2 weeks has been carried out - variable dependent on the needs of the individual)
One on one sessions can be conducted in person dependent on location. Ongoing sessions carried out in person will incur an hourly fee unless part of a customised package.
Group sessions – details dependent on the nature and needs of the group (see below).
Our coaching will include advice on general conditioning with a cross training plan if applicable.
Group coaching and corporate group fees are determined depending group size, location and the nature of coaching required.
AAA Racing & Coaching supports two favoured charities:
(managed by Paul Guard)
(managed by Cassie Smith)
Jill and Roger Guard were both dedicated doctors and believed deeply, like MSF, in upholding the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. Both passed tragically among the passengers on board MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. The family have setup the donations page in their honour. Roger in particular was a stalwart of the running community and completed many ultras including many 100 mile events across Australia as well as being heavily involved with Toowoomba Road Runners for most of his running life.
If you would prefer to donate locally, both worked extensively in Toowoomba as well
as supporting MSF and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation would welcome a donation in their honour:
Karen Masnata was a much loved friend of Cassie Smith's and so many others. After a three year battle with cancer we sadly lost Karen in 2016 and Cassie set up the Legacy in her honour. One in particular is the 7 from 7 - an event that Cassie runs herself and basically runs a marathon a day for a week with many participating and raising funds. Karen's wish was raise both awareness and much needed funds for Bowel Cancer Australia which is a charity that receives no government funding.
Cassie has undertaken many running challenges for the Legacy and details can be found on the Facebook page: The Karen Masnata Legacy
If you'd like to donate directly, the funding page is here: KML Donations
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