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'This may sound a bit melodramatic but is isn’t an exaggeration to say that EMR changed my life. A little over a year ago, I was struggling with a series of trying years and a big weight gain following stopping smoking. I clicked on the “Get up to Five” programme more out of random desperation than any real belief that it was a doable goal for me.
In 15 months I have come from running 30 seconds at a time to just completing my first half marathon. The key difference for me has been the structure and support from the Extra Mile Crew. Everything was broken down into small, realistic goals and the group is just full of great people. From the close friends I’ve made to random encouragement from the ‘old hands’ but most of all from the wonderful coaches who are so helpful and encouraging.
Being part of Extra Mile Runners has been an extraordinary experience for me. It’s helped me find my way out of a difficult time and to start being a better version of myself. I’ve also had an absolute ball!
'Race Team Epic training group was by far the most organised and professional, but still fun group I have ever run with. I have been a runner all my life and have run with different groups in both Ireland and Auckland, and this one takes the cake. My speed, fitness and commitment to running has improved immensely in the last 10 weeks and I just can’t wait for the next one to start!! For anyone wanting to join a running group who are both supportive and encouraging and just a whole bunch of fun, I say go on and join Extra Mile Runners. Totally addicted to this running group now and you will be too!!!'
'Thanks to all the members of RaceTeam. A great experience, awesome support, I met lots of awesome people working towards the same challenge. I would never have completed a half marathon without the help and guidance of this group - I highly recommend this group to anyone wanting to challenge themselves.'
'I’ve really enjoyed RaceTeam, everyone is so encouraging and it raised my confidence levels just by achieving the training goals each week. The coaches are knowledgeable and helped me navigate nutrition, injury prevention and technique. I highly recommend Raceteam to anyone who wants to do a half marathon as it really works! I will definately be back next time!'
'Raceteam offers a great structured programme for each race, with a very supportive crew. Thanks again for another chance to enjoy something that I never imagined I would!'
'Wow, what an awesome experience and what amazing people Bevan, Jo and all the coaches are. I have loved every minute of my Raceteam experience and have pushed myself harder that I thought I could. This is thanks to all the coaches and and all the other fantastic runners you meet when you join Raceteam. If you want to experience an amazing running journey and meet some new people I recommend joining! I never imagined I would ever run a half marathon and now I have - thanks guys, you rock!!'
'Hi, my name is Libby and I’m a Race Team addict. Let me tell you about my journey. I’m an average person. Let me explain that, I don’t have long legs, nor am I very skinny and I don’t come from a strong sporty background, I am just Jo average person. I enjoyed taking my dog for a walk and did a few cycle classes..click here to read more '
'WOW what a journey..starting with Get up to Five just 8 months ago and worked my way through to RaceTeam. I never would have believed that I would have been a runner but it is something that has become part of my life. I have re-found my balance. The sessions are challenging but meeting up with your fellow teammates and the support from the coaches is irreplaceable. Extra Mile Runners are truly a community. the icing on the cake is the buzz and empowerment you get when you cross that line and achieve your goal. Opens up your eyes to new possibilities. Looking forward to the next challenge. '
'I never imagined that I would fall in love with running and certainly not that I would complete a half marathon! Thank you to Bevan and his amazing coaching team. This programme incorporates the winning formula of camaraderie, expertise, personal coaching, enthusiasm and good times! '
'Once again I have enjoyed the camaraderie of the group. Huge encouragement from the coaches. Achieved my goal "completed the Half Marathon". I learnt a lot about strategies, pace, nutrition and understanding my body. '
'To be able to run a half marathon was a goal of mine for a while "this year I will finally do it" had been my New Year's resolution. When I stumbled across RaceTeam not only did the support from Bevan, Jo and the coaches make me believe I could do it - but the team environment made me truly enjoy myself, a thought I would have previously believed to be mad!. This journey has taught me a lot about myself and the contentment that comes from doing something that is so challenging, rewarding and good for you! '
'From the couch to a half marathon in a few months sounds impossible. Extra Mile Runners will take you there step by step with lots of friendly support and expert coaching along the way. Life changing. '
'I have never enjoyed running. It was always hard and I thought I couldn't do it. After watching a friends success after doing Club10k and RaceTeam last year she told me I had to try it. I was hooked within 3 weeks of Club10k. The coaches broke it down into easy steps and the feedback on technique has been invaluable. RaceTeam has certainly been a challenge and crossing the finish line at the end of my first half marathon is a memory I will cherish forever! '
'Extra Mile Runners are an extremely supportive and fun group, from the coaches through to your fellow members. Its not just about running, its about friendships, community and the skills you learn not only improve your running but also have a positive impact on other areas in your life. The whole experience has surpassed any of my expectations. Not only has my running improved but I’ve met an amazing group of people, some of whom have become very good friends. I ran my first ever half marathon in June. The next one planned is Sydney with a bunch of my new friends from extra mile runners! '
'My journey, Get up to Five to RaceTeam – who would have ever thought! “One step at a time”, anybody can do this! I am living proof!! Great beginnings started in Feb 2012, running 2mins, (then huffing & puffing). Now the achievement of a 21km run, (still huffing & puffing), the greatest feeling crossing the finish line with the help of the entire running group! Coach Dave and Bevan, you keep us going! You really rock! The wonderful friends I have made are the best! Didn’t believe I could enjoy the “my time” of running in the rain, wind and cold weather. Who said running is lonely – not at Race Team!!! There is always somebody to chat to along the way. Bring on the next half in Wanaka!! .'
'If someone had have told me I’d be running in rain, wind, heat and with snow on the ground a year ago I would never have believed them. This running group has given me the motivation to get out there - something that I would have never done on my own. Loved every minute.'
'RaceTeam has given me real purpose – new goals and new challenges that I look forward to achieving over the next years. Above all though, three times a week I get to be “me” – surrounded by my running buddies, who don’t judge me on my speed (thankfully), my fashion sense (thankfully) or any of my other shortcomings!'
'Wow, two days after our fabulous weekend away and I am still buzzing. I can’t express how amazing it feels to be part of a wonderful group of people. I can now run 21km successfully so am enjoying all the benefits that go along with increased fitness and health and have made awesome friends. So pleased I have found something special for “me”. Thanks so much!'
'People ask me why I keep going to RT. There are millions of reasons but the main two are the comradery you get from running with and belonging to a group and the second is the opportunity to keep on improving. The coaches all have this wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share and are just so supportive and encouraging. The way the programmes have been set up means that all levels are challenged. The tempo and speed sessions (something I would never do on my own) helped me to knock 20 mins of my PB at the chch marathon. Something I know I would never have achieved without RT. Thank you guys.'
'For the last ten years the one goal on my bucket list that I've constantly said that I'll do is run a Half Marathon. But until joining RaceTeam this goal has gone unfulfilled with me feeling like a failure and the person that never follows through with anything. Well, not anymore ;-) I never would have achieved this goal without your support and guidance and for this I want to say a huge thanks!!! I've learnt heaps about myself and how I can achieve my goals in the future.'
‘Race Team is more than just a running group and program it is help, advise and encouragement from a group of outstanding people’
‘At 52, not very fit, and never having run more than 11km before, getting to 21km in 10 weeks looked like it was going to be hard and painful. The coaches can get carthourse like me to the finish line as well as helping the hares in the group to trim back their PB's. It's not just more fun training with others, the training works better too.’
'A professional, supportive, world class training organisation. They have inspired and kick started by long term training schedule and goals. Loved it!' 21 years running including two Ultra Marathons.
'I've become a much better runner because of this programme. Not only am I fitter, but I've learnt the techniques which have make me not just a faster runner, but at the same time reduced my risk of injury. I've also met a great bunch of people who are just so supportive. It was so great to come in after our hard race and hear people cheering you and shouting your name.'
'RaceTeam has given me the motivation and confidence to get into running again. The encouragement from Bevan and the other coaches to keep going when struggling was really helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend the training programme to anyone.'
'RaceTeam was an awesome programme that laid out the foundation for the Marlborough Half. Not only the training but all the nutritional can race day planning allowed me to carve 10mins off my previous race time. Awesome experience, I would highly recommend this programme.'
'In the beginnnig, RaceTeam scared the hell out of me, in the middle I thought it was going to break me but in the end it made me! This has been a journey I'll never forget!'