Our Team

Hello!

I am Margarita, the founder of Coastal Crew Running and your coach. I have been an avid runner for over 15 years. Last year I completed my coaching certification to broaden my knowledge on many aspects of recreational running and be able to address the needs of runners of different levels.

My goal is simple – to help you on your running journey, be with you every step of the way (quite literally –  during our group runs!). I will be your trusted guide, your biggest fan and supporter. Together, we will achieve your set goals and share a joy of success. Us, women, tend to forget to carve “me” time way too often but it is essential to re-charge, re-fresh and recuperate so we can go home and continue to be the best wives, moms, sisters, aunts and so on! By lacing your shoes and heading out of the door for your group or home run you are guaranteed to come home happy, energized and accomplished.

Every runner has started somewhere. I myself, discovered running in my early 20’s. I learned that there was a Running Room store in the area where I just moved. They had a running club on Wednesday nights for runners of all abilities. I decided to kill two birds with one stone – meet active people in a new neighborhood and learn how to run. It ended up being the best decisions I have ever made as I created new friendships and got addicted to recreational running.

Many 5km, 10km and half-marathons later I still find running to be my addiction of choice – it gives me a sense of accomplishment and comfort of knowing that I am in no competition with anyone but myself. My success depends on me and my abilities. I met some fantastic people in a running community in both Canada and Australia. I am inspired by their accomplishments but we all are on our own journey and I encourage you to enjoy yours: move at your own speed, celebrate your successes (as small as it might seem) and listen to your body.

Xx
Margarita

Kateryna - Level 2 Recreational Running Coach

Kateryna was always into running and loved long distance running since high school. Before moving to Australia, she used to run with a group of friends pretty much every evening. Once she moved to Sydney, she decided to take her running to the next level and completed her first City2Surf in 2013. Since then, she has been participating in different running events every year, including City2surf, Blackmores Running Festival, SHM and others. 

A few years ago, she challenged herself and completed Spartan obstacle course and absolutely loved it. Recently Kateryna completed her very first UTA22 and mini triathlon. She is currently training for her 4th Half Marathon and is keen to incorporate more trail running in her repertoire. 

Kateryna has a contagious bubbly personality, passion for running and genuine desire to help other women in their running journey! 

Kateryna holds Certificate III in Fitness and running coaching certification with Athletics Australia.

Belinda - Level 1 Recreational Running Coach

Belinda has been an avid runner since she was a child cutting laps in the backyard around the hills hoist or coaching her siblings through intricate and elaborate obstacles courses. She’s since moved on from the backyard to challenging herself in 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon distances. 

For Belinda, it’s never really been about the speed of her runs but rather getting outside, clearing her head and focusing on the here and now – getting faster, fitter and stronger is a beautiful side benefit of running.

She’s passionate about community and helping others achieve their goals. 

As a Level 1 Recreational Running Coach she wants to help you on your running journey.

Jua - Level 1 Recreational Running Coach

Jua has been running since the age of 7. Starting with the 60m school dash, proceeding to become the junior South African champion on the 80m hurdles and long jump, and later furthering her passion for track and field as a Senior Athlete winning medals at both the South African and Dutch National Championships on the 400m hurdles and 800m respectively.

As track runner she occasionally competed in road races as part of endurance training, and there she set her personal best times on the 10km (34:49) and 15km (57:49) Since becoming a mum of two, she transitioned fully to road running, now running for health benefits and for sanity. She completed various half marathons across the globe, with a personal best time of 1:29:14 and made her debut at the Amsterdam marathon in 2019, finishing in 3:43:08.

In December 2020 she and her family emigrated to Australia, and she now enjoys running in and around the beautiful scenery of Cronulla. She agrees that “a good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything” and is excited to help others ENJOY recreational running!

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