Oonagh Dunnett P.E.T. Coach
I feel lucky to say I have had, in my opinion, several really good races in my time, but I have also had my fair share of terrible races too so I completely understand that this wonderful sport comes with its up’s and down’s!
My best race competing for Scotland was when I finished 1st in my age group at the Celtic Cup Cross Country in Dublin in 2011. On paper, I should have been the last Scottish athlete out of our team of six to cross the line, but I totally surprised myself with my performance, and equally surprised Sophie who was waiting full of excitement at the airport for me when I arrived home!
My best result at club level was my 4th place at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships in 2011 and regionally my best performance was at the Interdistricts in Edinburgh in 2012 where I placed 3rd.
Now that I have taken a more recreational approach to running, I use it to maintain a good level of aerobic fitness for the weight training I do in the gym, and still enjoy all the physical and mental benefits that comes from running.
To see my running journey, check out my Power of Ten profile
I started running at 8 years old when I joined my local athletics club, and began competing in cross country and track from the age of 9.
From then, I was fortunate enough to compete at club, regional and national level, gaining over 10 Scotland vests over the disciplines of cross country, road and hill running. All of my time training and competing at this level was made possible by Sophie, who managed to perfectly balance her roles of my Mum and Coach☺️
Although running for me is now more recreational, I have completed two multi day ultra’s in the last three years so I still have the same respect and understanding of the requirements of racing as when I was a junior.
Through my own experience of training and racing, I have managed to gain a vast amount of knowledge about the sport and a lot of this has come from the coach/athlete relationship I had with Sophie. I have learned so much from her style of training and preparations for races, and will continue to use her guidance and mentorship as I complete my UK Athletics Coaching qualifications where I aim to develop my own style of coaching while encompassing the ethos of Performance Endurance Training.
I am excited to pass my knowledge and experience onto athletes to help them achieve their training/racing goals.
UKA Leader in Running Fitness (2022)