Lace Up Running is a fun, social fitness group developed and run by positive, inspiring people to enable you to get fit, feel happy, in an all-inclusive environment. You’ll meet like minded people and make everlasting friendships. Let us share in your fitness journey!

Sometimes the hardest part of your running journey is just lacing up.

Lace Up Running is a fun, social fitness group developed and run by positive, inspiring people to enable you to get fit, feel happy, in an all-inclusive environment. You’ll meet like-minded people and make everlasting friendships. Let us share in your fitness journey!
We’d love you to get to know other clients in our Lace Up community through our closed Facebook group, meeting up on our group runs or catching up at events.

Get fit and feel happy with positive and inspiring people.

Our community

We’d love you to get to know other clients in our Lace Up community through our  closed FB group, meeting up on our group runs or catching up at events.

Get social

We’ll facilitate social events where we can to help you make new connections as often people you meet though running can be your mates for life!

We’re local

We are based on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and have an established, extensive online presence. We love working with people in person or remotely – whatever works for you is where your best results will come.

We’re flexible

We realise no two people are alike! We take the time to get to know you and have flexible plans that help you reach your goals. We enjoy sharing your running journey with you.

Lace Up Running partners with:

Our Coaches

Benita Willis

Benita’s expertise lies with runners of all ages and abilities from beginners to elites including cross country, road, track, trail, ultra and triathletes wanting to improve their run leg. Benita has 22 years of experience in the running industry as a professional athlete and coach. She enjoys helping people of all ages and abilities with their running. She loves to coach first-timers just as much as those who are experienced. Benita brings her unique elite background and knowledge to help people achieve their goals.

Anthony Purton

Anthony is all about balance, he has competed over distances ranging from 5k to 100km. He excels in supporting athletes to plan and train for events of 5k through to 160km ultra-marathons. Anthony’s biggest passions lie in developing athletes to realise their personal potential and he thrives in supporting them do this whilst managing the balance of life and sport. He is a qualified Athletics Australia Intermediate Level 2 Coach and qualified PT. Anthony is a great motivator and loves helping people achieve their goals.

Tennille Ellis

Tennille will help you achieve those PB's you've been chasing. She has years of elite level athlete experience as one of Queensland's top performing female distance runners. Tennille is a valued member of the Gold Coast running community and is passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities. Her formal coaching education includes an Athletics Australia level 2 in Recreational Running as well as fifteen years in the sport firstly as a recreational runner then progressing to elite.

Benita

I started running when I was ten years old. I grew up near the beach just north of Mackay. At low tide, it was great for running. My dad loved running, and I started running with him. Running has allowed me to travel the world, meet some incredible people, see some fantastic places and hear some inspirational stories. I enjoy running to keep fit as I get older; it’s such a time-efficient exercise. I’m a little busier now during the day (then when I was a full-time athlete) and running helps me maintain my fitness goals when busy!

In 2004 Willis achieved what is arguably one of the most significant victories in Australian athletics when she won the World Cross Country Championships. She is the only Australian ever to win this race — arguably the hardest race in the world.

“Benita Willis is without doubt, Australia’s greatest female distance runner.”
– Sam Burke, runnerstribe.com

Benita’s academic qualifications include a human movement/ education degree and a post-graduate certificate in Sports Nutrition. She also has a World Athletics Level 4 Coach Certification and a Certificate 4 in Personal Training, which includes current first-aid qualifications and insurance for all clients. Benita is a member of the World Athletics Athlete Commission, an Events Management Qld Board Member, Director of Qrun and was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2018.

4
time Olympian
10
Australian distance records
1
world champion
4
world championship medalist

Coaching Packages

  • Online coaching A

  • $ 100 /AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
  • Unlimited emails

    Training peaks athlete account (online training app)

    Phone or skype calls when needed

    Race planning/ preparation program a week ahead

    Free social runs

    Catch up in person at events

    Closed FB group access

    Cost price club clothing

    3 month minimum

  • Online coaching B

  • $ 35 /WK
  • Race planning/ preparation program a week ahead

    Training peaks athlete account (online training app)

    1 x phone / skype call when program starts

    Free social runs

    Closed FB group access

    Discounted club clothing

    3 month minimum, price excludes GST

  • Package C

  • $ 30 /MO
  • Free social runs

    Discounted club clothing

    Half price static training plan

    Closed FB group access

    3 month minimum, price excludes GST

  • Elite athlete coaching

  • $ 100 /AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
  • Marketed at triathletes, runners who are already established, looking for specialised improvement.
    At the front in races.

  • STATIC TRAINING PLAN

  • $ 100 /TOTAL
  • 10 week plan

    ($10/ week)

Ready to start training?

Enquire now

Benita also offers…

SCHOOLS + TEENAGE GIRLS TRAINING
  • Sports Awards night guest speaker
  • Elite Junior mentoring
  • Coaching
RACE + PRODUCT AMBASSADOR
  • Commentator at events
  • Guest speaker at functions
  • Lead key training sessions leading up to your event
CORPORATE PROGRAM
  • Guest speaker for your corporate event
  • Group fitness programs
  • Personal training
FITNESS FOR SPORTS TEAMS
  • Aimed at running based sports in the off season
  • AFL, WAFL, Soccer, Hockey, Rowing, Triathlon
Are you interested in running the Melbourne Marathon?
Let us make a tailored plan just for you! Contact us for more information.

Get in touch

Based on the Gold Coast and Brisbane

Send us a message on the form opposite for further information.
If you know what training package you want to start, please write the package in the form and we will be in touch.

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