About me



I'm Rachel Sheldrake, a passionate and  experienced runner, both trail and off-road. Having taken up hill and mountain walking as a teenager and road running as an adult, over the past 15 years or so my love of running and the hills have merged. I've taken part in quite a few triathlons too, including Helvellyn and the iconic Norseman iron-distance race.

Over the years I've been running seriously, I've been fortunate enough to run in some incredible places, both in this country and beyond, including the Lake District, where I lived for several years, the Peak District, Scotland, and on many of our national and local trails too. I love nothing more than heading out with my running shoes and a map to explore new routes, no matter where they are.

Having worked as a teacher for many years, I've always loved helping people achieve in every aspect of their lives - and especially through the great outdoors. My desire to enable others to improve themselves through having new experiences, learning new skills and gaining confidence has led me to a career coaching and leading in the sport that I love.

You can read about my latest training and running adventures here https://mudandmiles.co.uk/category/my-running/

You can learn more about me, my background and what makes me tick in this 'Inspiring Individuals' post by the adventurer and photographer Gareth Mate.

My coaching

I'm a qualified and experienced running coach, one of the few that have trained specifically in trail, fell and mountain running (and I can and do coach road running too!) Whether coaching beginners or experienced runners, on or off-road, my focus is on working in partnership with my clients to build confidence and develop knowledge of how to run well. I focus on improving fundamental movement skills - such as agility, balance and co-ordination - as well as developing running-specific strength. The result? Stronger, faster runners, who are less prone to injury too!

Whilst I coach both men and women, I specialise in helping women to make the most of their female physiology when training, particularly those who are in, or post, menopause. I've set up the Running Through Menopause group on Facebook, which has over 1600 active members, where I provide support and advice to women from all over the world.

Being inclusive is very important to me, so whether you are an experienced runner or a total beginner, confident in your running ability or not, you'll be very welcome at Mud and miles coached sessions, runs  and 1:1 sessions too.

I am a Level 2 accredited coach for Training Peaks and use this online coaching platform to provide traning plans and programmes for my one-to-one coaching clients.

I am also regularly on the 'expert' panel for Trail Running Magazine, and contribute to articles for both this and Women's Running UK magazines.


My qualifications



I hold full public liability and professional indemnity insurance through England Athletics and UK Coaching.




Take the next step

Have a look at what I can do for your running. From one-to-one coaching to group coaching, guided trail runs and weekends away, there's something to suit everyone.