Want to know a little more about us?

We are a team of running and strength coaches who get more out of seeing our athletes thrive than our own accomplishments. We strive to set a welcoming and motivational atmosphere in every single session. With our combined 20 years of coaching experience we have all found our niche and specialty.


Everyone ‘knows’ how to run, it is North Shore Running & Outdoor Fitness’ vision to teach the North Shore on what they don’t know about running, endurance training & strength principles.

We strive for adherence, acceptance, honesty, flexibility, respect & charity. We value commitment and integrity.

You won’t just be joining a social run club; you will be entering a community of university educated, professional leaders & like-minded, committed recreational runners. You can expect affordable training options, free programs, social gatherings and individual goal setting & achievement on your journey to habitual running and fitness.

We place a big focus on longevity, we want to see you running into the golden years. You can expect us to educate you on appropriate training loads, strength training, nutrition and injury prevention.

No, you are not too slow, you are not too unfit, and your goals are not too big or small for us!

Our friendly group of trainers and members is perfect for:

  • Anyone and any fitness levels from those just starting out with a more active lifestyle to fitness fanatics

  • Those returning from illness, injury or pregnancy

  • Fitness enthusiasts who want to ramp up their training

  • Competitive athletes needing an edge to improve their performance

  • Runners of all levels who like to run in various distances from those new to running, from 5km to ultra marathon, on the roads and the trails

  • Directed by an exercise scientist, periodised programs cater for beginner runners to advanced competitors.

  • Your first week of training is completely free and Saturday Run Club will always be free!

  • You're not too slow, and you're not too unfit, so join us now!

Meet Our Coaches

Our team comprises of qualified running coaches, personal trainers, and sports and exercise scientists.

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Claire Paterson

Running and Strength & Conditioning Coach

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With over 15 years experience in the sports and fitness industry, and as a PhD candidate in Sport and Exercise Science, Claire thrives on keeping up-to-date with the latest science behind training principles for all levels of fitness.

She is mainly found in our strength and conditioning facility coaching clients for performance, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and general conditioning. As a qualified pre- and post-natal trainer she has a passion for helping mums return to running and exercise with pelvic floor and core integrity!


If you're training with Claire get ready for a challenging but achievable program! 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Candidate, Sport and Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Human Movement (Honours), University of Technology Sydney and University of Sunshine Coast 

  • Athletics Australia Level Two Recreational Running Coach

  • ASCA Level One Strength and Conditioning Coach 

  • Safe Return to Exercise accredited pre- and post-natal trainer

  • Fitness Australia registered gym instructor and personal trainer

  • Safe Return to Exercise accredited pre- and post-natal trainer

  • Swimming Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes

  • First Aid and CPR qualified

Claire is your first point of contact for any queries or concerns.

Get in Contact:

Ph: +61 422 554 029

Email: claire@nsrunningfitness.com.au

Andrew Smith

Running Coach & Personal Trainer


The most passionate, motivated running coach in Sydney!  In early 2018 Andy made a career change to allow him to pursue his passion for fitness and running. Andy will be your coach for all running related sessions. He will push you within your limits, while keeping an eye on your training load and technique 

Whilst heavily immersed in the running concept of “longer is better”, with numerous marathon, Ironman Triathlon and trail ultramarathon finishes, Andy still thrives on testing his performance with races of any distance and loves to share his passion for running, health and fitness with everyone around him !


  • Certificate IV Master Trainer Fitness, Australian Institute of Fitness (finishing top of class by winning the Institute “Energizer” award)



  • 10 x road Marathon finishes (pb 2:54:47)

  • 2015 Antarctica Marathon finisher (5th outright and 1st place age category)

  • 50+ Half Marathon finishes (pb 1:20:05)

  • 2 x Ultra Trail Australia 100km finishes (pb 12:25:17 for 3rd place age category)

  • 4 x Ironman Triathlon finishes (pb 11:06:20)

  • Australian team representative in the 2015 World Duathlon Age Championships

Get in Contact:

Ph: +61 412 522 047

Email: coach_andy@nsrunningfitness.com.au