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Ryan Shand

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Athletics Australia - Level 2 Coach

Ryan Shand


Ryan started running initially as a means to an end – a goal to lose weight and get fit and healthy for his family and to keep up with his two energetic kids. Starting in 2017 at 143kg Ryan soon became a regular parkrunner and soon got his run/walk times of 32 minutes down to ~20 minutes with the weight coming down to under 100kg within a year.

After hitting a plateau and a marathon debut performance that was less than expected including the dreaded bonk, Ryan reached out to Tony for coaching. As a coached athlete since 2018, Tony and Ryan have become close friends and under Tony’s guidance Ryan has hit personal best times across all distances from 5km-50km.

Ryan is passionate about nutrition and it has been a cornerstone of his journey from 2017 through today, starting from focusing on nutrition for weight loss and now working with a specialist dietician for performance optimization.

A massive shoe geek, Ryan regularly researches the latest in technological advancements and latest prototypes being tested by the elite athletes.

Ryan is keen to sharing his learnings and loves to encourage and support the local running community. Ryan formalized his coaching in 2018 & 2019 as a running coach with a goal to help other reach their goals

Ryan Shand


Running Highlights

2021 Bunbury Marathon (2:47 PB) – 3rd Place
2021 Australia Day Ultra 25km (1:37) – Winner
2019 Fremantle Running Festival Half (1:18 PB) – 7th Place
2019 Lake Joondalup parkrun (16:30PB)
2019 Sydney Marathon – WA Representative for Athletics Australia’s National Marathon Championships (2:49) – Top 50
2019 Sydney City2Surf 14km (0:51) – Top 200 of 70,000 runners
2019 Australia Day Ultra 50km (3:46) – 2nd Place

Core Event team member helping to start Wanneroo parkrun 2018-2020

“If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up.” David Goggins

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