LYNDAL MALONEY - HEAD COACH
Hi! My name is Lyndal Maloney and I am a runner, athletics and running coach, educator, mother, wife and founder of Serotonin Running.
Why am I a coach? For the sheer pleasure of helping someone reach their goals - whether it be helping them cross the finish line in their first race, or getting them through the mental and physical challenges of a long and difficult trail run. My specific interest and expertise is in training women in accordance with their unique female physiological traits, including younger women, peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women.
I have over twenty years of running in my legs, with a lot of knowledge gained along the way. I enjoy all types of running - from road to trail, 5 k's to 100 kilometre races! Some of my favourite race experiences have been the Hume and Hovell 100, TNF 100 and UTA 100, UTA50, Tarawera Marathon, 6 Foot Track Marathon, Mt Solitary Ultra, Glenbrook Marathon, SMH Half Marathon, and the Australia Day Knapsack Race. I train smart, listen to my body, and in return, I get to enjoy participating in so many amazing races in the Blue Mountains, in Australia, and overseas.
We are extremely fortunate to have Lou Clifton join our team – her experience in training for and racing in epic ultras, as well as her coaching accreditation and her genuine desire to help other runners, will see any athlete in her team tick off some big goals.
Here’s a bit of Lou’s story -
“I did a few trail races in 2014 and then TNF50 (now UTA) in 2015. At that time, I was very into rock climbing and running complemented that but it was not my main sport. I came 9th female at TNF and started being coached to see how I could improve. As I progressed with my running it got harder to maintain my climbing training as well as a demanding full-time job, so I had to choose between two sports I love. For me, running was simpler – you can run anywhere, on your own, in any weather and with less gear. Whilst I travelled and climbed all over the world, you see more when you run!
Three years on and running has really changed my life – I have met some amazing people and completed some incredible races. I love my regular social coffee runs. The mental challenge of running is fascinating to me (as it was with climbing). The interaction of the mental and physical is so remarkable. Although it is a cliché, the journey always beats the outcome. There will always be someone faster than you, so the race is only against yourself, body and mind. For me the passion comes from the preparation, commitment, sharing a bonding experience with others in training and the challenges the race brings. What has been unexpected when I started running is the support I have had from friends and strangers. It is very meaningful and rewarding to me to inspire or assist someone to achieve their goals.”
Lou has achieved some remarkable results over the last few years. Here’s some of her favourites:
1st Hounslow classic double (1st and 10th)
5th Tarawera Ultra Trail (1st 40-49)
11th Lavaredo Ultra Trail (2nd 40-49)
42nd World Trail Running champs (5th 40-49)
1st Great North Walk 100km
1st Mount Solitary ultra
3rd Ultra Trail Australia 100km (1st 40-49)
4th Six Foot (1st 40-49)
5th Behind the Rocks ultra 50 miles (1st 40-49 and category CR)
Salomon Ultra Academy Training camp in Utah in 2017
8th Eiger Ultra Trail (5th 40-49)
1st Ultra Easy 100km (My first 100km! Loved it!)
1st Mt Difficulty Ascent
2nd Hounslow Classic Ultra
4th Buffalo Stampede Ultra