About me – Karen Burles
Cantley Park Instuctor and Technique Specialist
Personal Trainer, Running Instructor, Running Technique Instructor, Body Pump, Insanity and RPM Instructor and mother of 3 children aged 13, 11 and 9.
From the age of 13 when I was ‘spotted’ at a school’s yellow pages athletics meeting I have always been involved in running. I ran for Reading Athletics Club from the until I was 26, competing across the country for my club and Berkshire. I was a sprinter back then and my biggest achievement was coming 7th in the National Championships at 400m when I was 19.
I had a break from the more competitive side of running to have a family but then returned to running by running two London Marathons to help me return to pre-pregnancy shape and then another to break my dream 4-hour barrier in 2013 at London once again.
Long distance running doesn’t come easy to me, physically I believe that everyone can achieve what they want to – it’s just in the preparation – its the mental battle we all face that’s my real challenge.
After eight years in marketing I re-trained as Personal Trainer and now specialise as a Running Coach and Running Technique instructor. I also work for FastTrack Fitcamp running health and fitness bootcamps in Wokingham.
Further challenges have included the Luxenborg Marathon, Men Vs Mountain (running up Snowdon) and I completed my first 50 mile ultra Marathon in February 2016.
My focus for summer 2016 was to return to my roots of track running as +35 Sprinter and I very nervoulsy competed in the National Vetrans Athletics grabbing a Silver medal over 400m, 4th In the 200m and 6th in the 100m.
Running is my love, its my passion and over the years I have helped many people discover the bug they never realised they had and give them the confidence to BELIEVE they can do it, whether it’s running that first 5k without stopping or going on further and achieving a long term goal of a marathon.
For me, it is a joy to help clients start with something they never thought they could do. With my positive energy and can do attitude, I pride myself on helping people achieve the unthinkable.