Meet the authors

Keith Bateman

Keith Bateman - Competitor and coach

Competitor and running technique coach

From the age of 45 Keith’s running times improved dramatically, culminating in a host of State, National and World age-group records. The records that he set in the 55-age-group were faster than the records he set in the 45-age-group! At the time of writing, he has broken, and still holds:

  • 38 State Records age-group records,
  • 15 Australian age-group records,
  • five 55-age-group World Records
    • 1500m (4:12.35)
    • 1 mile (4:35.04)
    • 3000m (8:56.80)
    • 5000m (15:29.7) and
    • 10,000m (31:51.86).

Keith currently conducts private coaching sessions (keithbatemancoaching.com) and coaches cross-country and middle-distance track running at a Sydney school. His technique-change lessons combine with Heidi’s Strengthening and Rehabilitation programs to form the core of this book. Keith also provides a chapter for coaches who want to introduce technique change for their runners.

Technique-change sessions

Sessions generally take place in Coogee, Sydney (other places when we travel) and last approx 50 to 70 mins for 1 person, longer if you book in friends too (max group of 4). Keith’s sessions follow the lessons in the book, since the book developed from those sessions.

Keith videos each client at the start and finish of each session. These are uploaded so clients can study them online and compare before and after sequences in conjunction with a detailed follow-up email.

After the sessions, clients have a clear picture of what they were doing and what they need to do to improve.

Both clients and book readers may join the Facebook Help Group for help and advice, including posting videos to help with their continuing progress to fast, injury-free running.

Clients are strongly advised to follow the principles and strengthening exercises laid out in the book, which includes using thin, flat, flexible shoes and reducing training to just a few Kilometres while their muscles, tendons and ligaments adjust to a different workload.

Session times and location

Meeting places vary by day and time – a Google Map is included in the confirmation email and the session reminder text (the day before the session).

Please check here for available session times.

Heidi Jones

Heidi Jones, Bondi podiatrist
Bondi podiatrist Heidi Jones

Competitor and podiatrist
(Dip. Pod., MA. Pod. A)

Heidi has been a life-long runner and became a podiatrist to fix running injuries. She graduated in 1996 and she runs her own clinic at Bondi, called Feet On The Move.

After orthotics failed to meet her expectations, Heidi devised a foot-strengthening program as an alternative. This has proven to be very successful in treating runners, non-runners and children.

Heidi combines her strengthening program with Keith’s technique-change lessons to form the core of this book. Heidi also provides a chapter for podiatrists and other medical professionals treating runners, which describes how to implement her program.

Feet on the move

19 years to 2016; Senior Podiatrist at St Vincent’s hospital high risk foot clinic, specializing in diabetic podiatry

General treatment: removal of corns, calluses, warts, nail cutting etc

Biomechanical assessment/gait analysis/unique running injury treatment without orthotics