Kempson joins online coaching revolution after Aussie trip

Lloyd Kempson.
Lloyd Kempson.

Nene Valley Harriers’ rising star Lloyd Kempson has recently returned from Australia, where he spent a year training with elite athletes.

And he’s hoping it turns out to be time well spent - not just for himself but for fellow athletes wishing to improve their times.

Donovan Capes.

Donovan Capes.

While Down Under, the 22 year-old trained with a group of top-class athletes at Running Club Sydney. Many were internationals and sub four- minute milers.

And they introduced him to online coaching, which has really taken off over the last few years in Australia.

Kempson believes it could benefit UK distance runners and has joined the online revoluation by setting up his own company.

Although still in its infancy in the UK, a number of household running names such as Eilish McColgan and Callum Hawkins, who recently ran a 60:00 half-marathon, have set up their own online coaching businesses.

Kempson has now joined this select group with his company Project Run.

Kempson said: “This method of coaching has clear advantages over the current fashion of hiring a personal trainer, both in cost and availability, as it gives you access to your coach at any time each and every day.”

As well as helping others improve their times Kempson will be looking to assist Nene Valley in their quest for track and field success this year.

He is also keen to revise his 5k and 10k fastest times which currently stand at 15:34 and 33:04 respectively.

Kempson has represented Nene Valley since the age of 11, winning many races and cementing his reputation as a combative and talented athlete as the years have gone by.

The former Spalding Grammar School student is coached by one of Britain’s leading long distance running experts, Cambridge-based Mark Vile, and is a former Lincolnshire Under 23 cross-country champion and Westminster Mile winner.

He was racing within 12 hours of touching down after the long flight back from Sydney in January, enjoying a sixth-place finish in the North Midlands Cross-Country League at Nottingham and the following day he led the Ferry Meadows Frostbite League race at the halfway stage,before an injury niggle forced him out of the action.

For further information on Kempson’s Project Run visit https://www.teamprojectrun.com/about

SHOTACULAR

Outstanding young shot-putt prospect Donovan Capes concluded his first ever indoor season on a high note in Holbeach on Sunday.

The 11 year-old Nene Valley Harrier, a pupil at the Bourne Academy, won the Under 13 age group competition at a “Shotacular” event hosted by his famous grandad Geoff Capes at Holbeach Youth Centre.

And he won in style, producing his first throw over 10 metres to take the honours with a huge personal best of 10.65m and move up to number two in the UK Under 13 indoor rankings.