Jon Allen:

BIO

Hello, my name is Jon and I am the founder of Refined Running Ltd.

Mastering the skill of efficient, pain free running technique is essential whatever your sport be running or playing multi directional sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis or Hockey

I have completed 8 marathons, 20+ Half marathons and 10k events. I have a huge passion for running and in achieving qualifying times for Boston and London a thirst for development of technique.

This is all very well but how can I help you?

  • My goal is to empower you to be the best runner, athlete; whatever your sport from novice to elite by moving better, running better, running faster!
  • I am a qualified Certified Running Technique Specialist and Dynamic Movement Skills coach having been mentored by Mike Antoniades the founder and director of The Running and Movement School in London and master specialist in the field of performance, rehabilitation and Speed.
  • I am a skilled practitioner with a combined 20 successful years experience of teaching Physical Education in secondary schools, and 6 years experience of working as a Personal Trainer.
  • I am an expert at tailoring and delivering for both adults and children from novice to elite; as well as adapting exercises to suit your sport.
  • I have extensive coaching experience in football, in schools and working for Major League Soccer Camps in America and have obtained the UEFA ‘B’ Licence Award. Understanding the importance of multi directional movements and application
  • I love to educate all abilities of sports performers on mastering running technique and form in order to move efficiently and fluently. My experience of education means I am able to analyse clients to make short and long term effective change. Be a black belt in the basics and transformation will happen!

My Running Journey

Sport has played a pivotal part of my working and younger life, having played football to a high level in my youth and then continuing to play locally, running has always been a part of me. By the age of 35 I had moved away from multi directional running and started to have a zest for the challenge of longer runs 5k, 10k, half marathons- I embraced the freedom, the challenge of going further, faster; I always said I would never run a marathon, madness, why? I can’t do that? However there is a twist……

Upon the arrival of Luca, our son, I wanted to stay fit to be able to be active with him and keep up with him as he grows and develops to promote physical activity and positive movement; so I set myself a challenge….

‘To run a marathon a year in a city I have never visited with the aim of qualifying for Boston for my 40th Birthday’

It seemed far out, ambitious, silly- after all I needed to qualify; time consuming with a new baby, work but I set about the task with great support from my wife Mireille.

Rome (3hrs 40). Berlin (3hrs 18). Paris (3 hrs 30). Seville (3 hrs 15). Manchester (2hrs 59)…… I did it I qualified for Boston in 2017 and London in 2018

It took determination, commitment, discipline….but I loved every minute, my zest for running and my knowledge around the importance of strength training, mobility amplified. I even took the challenge further and ran an ultra.

I achieved, felt great and you can too!!

My Best times

10k – 36:59 – Oxford Town and Gown 2015
Half marathon – 1:22:37 – Anglesey Half Marathon 2016
Marathon – 2:59:01 – Manchester Marathon 2016
Ultra Marathon (50 miles) – 9:38:34 – Chiltern Wonderland 50 – 2019

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary PE Specialist)- University of Exeter
  • BA (Hons) – Combined Studies (Sport and Recreation)- University of Leeds
  • Certified Running Technique Specialist – The Running School London
  • Dynamic Movement Skills Coach – The Running School
  • Certified Personal Trainer – Premier Global NASM
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist – NASM
  • Group Personal Training Specialist – NASM
  • TRX Qualified Instructor
  • UEFA B Licence – FA/1st 4 Sport Qualifications