David Ashworth

David is based in Johannesburg where he currently coaches full-time. As a part of David’s undergraduate degree, he elected to study physical education at the University of the Witwatersrand, which he completed in 2016.

David has coached athletes of all levels, training across a wide range of distances (from their first 5km to the Washie 100 miler), for four years. During this time, David has undertaken further coaching and endurance-related study through the University of Cape Town and has also completed his ASA coaching certificate.

David’s approach to training is highly scientific and based on extensive reading and research into the sport. His training plans are heavily influenced by the approach adopted by Comrades-legend Bruce Fordyce, as well as the work undertaken by Arthur Lydiard.

Ann Ashworth

Ann is a qualified advocate and junior member of the KwaZulu Natal Bar practicing in Kloof, Durban as well as Sandton, Johannesburg.

While Ann has coached adult athletes of all levels and ages, across a range of disciplines (e.g. trail running), her preference is to assist runners focusing on half marathon to ultra-distance road running events. This is because Ann’s coaching technique draws heavily from her own experience as an ultra-distance athlete and the lessons she has learnt while training and racing since 2008.

At present, Ann coaches a number of elite and sub-elite athletes within the Phantane Athletics Club, as well as several non-elite athletes simply looking to improve their times and/or increase the distances over which they are able to race and train.