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Melinda Marchal

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  • Certified UESCA Ultrarunning Coach
  • Certified UESCA Sports Psychology specialisation
Sport(s) Coached
  • Running (marathon or shorter)
  • Ultrarunning
Level of Specialization
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert/Advanced
Other Areas of Specialization
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention
Coaching Experience

1-3 years

About Melinda

Coach and ultrarunner myself, with national success in the UK (winner of two 50 mile ultramarathons; Chester and Snowdon), and international ranking (11th at UTS100k, 2nd in age category).

In-depth knowledge of the UK ultra scene and key races.

Now living in France (Bordeaux) and training for local events with an eye on UTMB.
I have three children so I know what it’s like to juggle fitness and family, as well as the impact that motherhood has on your body.

Coaching Philosophy

I like to walk a happy medium between being a cheerleader and a drill sergeant for my athletes, pushing or encouraging as needed.

I am also a data queen, so I love to work with my athletes on their metrics, zones, load scores, etc., using the info to spot trends and triggers to get the most out of your training.

Also happy to give guidance on resistance training and strength & conditioning for performance enhancement and injury prevention.