As many know, Leith has always historically been strong in the coaching department particulary in the track, trail, cross country and road disciplines. Over the last fifteen years or so,  Chris Sole has hosted multiple training sessions and trail runs every week of the year >> Training and Chris Bisley has recently come on board to offer his extensive knowledge on Trail & Ultra running >> Chris Bisley

Now Lydia Pattillo is stepping up into the coaching space this season and has just signed up as an Athletics New Zealand Community Coach.  This is exciting news and you can read all about it below:

Chris Sole

Community & Leith Coach

Location: Dunedin – Caledonian Ground & various locations around Dunedin

Chris grew up in Umtata and East London South Africa and as a youngster, I trained with some of the country’s elite runners. I was the SA Junior 1500m champion in 1974 and 1975 and competed at national level from 800m to 10,000m, cross-country and mountain running, continuing into the Senior and Masters age groups.. His career started as a high school mathematics teacher and athletics coach. He now works as a physiotherapist and owns his own practice in Maori Hill.

Chris has been coaching and running training sessions for Athletes in Otago since the early 2000s

Get information on his training times >> Training

Contact Chris: 021 118 8693

Email Chris 

Lydia Pattillo

Lydia is accredited to the Femmi Theory platform which focuses on supporting and empowering women in sport RUN WITH FEMMI
Lydia began competitive running at the age of 8 and through her knowledge and lived experience in the sport, can assist and guide female distance runners of any level, and their coaches, with the ages and stages of womanhood in the sport.
Lydia also has experience in assisting with health issues that can be encountered, such as, REDs, mental health, injury as well as running during preconception, pregnancy and postnatal.
Lydia has a Bachelor of Physical Education supplemented with Sports Psychology and Nutrition studies.
To contact Lydia >> Email Lydia  

If you want to find out more about coaching please get in contact in Athletics Otago: Email Athletics Otago Development