Lynsey Lawrie started coaching in 2015 and currently coaches within our Development and Junior squads. She used to be an endurance athlete – the longer the better. Half Ironman, Marathons and multi day adventure races. She was a Scottish silver medalist for Half Ironman 2004 and 2005. Lynsey dislikes athletes who do not try their hardest and likes seeing athletes improve. When asked for a funny story she said. When the fox steals athletes clothes from the track and then watching the coaches chase the fox to retrieve the items. She was born in Edinburgh and currently works as a self employed training consultant and instructional author. Lynsey is married with three boys – all compete for the club and has a pet dog. Her favorites are, Film: Forrest Gump, Food: lamb, Music: ELO and Novo AmorLO. Her hobbies include gardening and driving her kids to their other sports and keeping up with them when out mountain biking!
Jazz Tickner started volunteering to help out at her local club when she was 15 years old, and has been a fully qualified coach since 2016. She joined the Corstorphine coaching team in summer 2020 and is currently working towards her Event Group coaching qualification to specialise in jumps. At the moment she is mainly coaching the junior athletes and helping out with the sprint squad. Where she is also an athlete as well as doing long jump and triple jump! Fun fact – when she first qualified as a coach she was the youngest ever athletics coach in the UK! (she had to get special permission to enrol on the course as she didn’t meet the usual age requirement). Likes – she loves coaching technique (such as drills, sprint posture and field events). Dislikes – As a sprinter she hates endurance training and sticks to her motto of “anything further than 100m is too far!” Jazz grew up in Shropshire on the North Wales border, but has lived in Edinburgh since 2016 where she works as a Front Office Manager in a hotel. She has a pet rescue cat called Sushi and likes baking and cooking
David Arnott started coaching at Corstorphine in 2011 and has focused on middle distance and cross country/roads with our Junior Endurance Squad (for age 14 upwards) since 2017. He was voted Scottish Athletics Club Coach of the Year in 2019. David loves to run with the athletes whenever he is fit enough to do so and to get the squad out training on trails and hills whenever he can. He has been involved in athletics for over 40 years and is a former East of Scotland 1500m Champion, Scottish under 20 1500m Champion, East of Scotland U20 cross country champion and represented Scotland at U20 level at the World Cross Country Championships in Warsaw (1987). David still competes in masters events and his favourite running hat is significantly older than any of the athletes in the squad! He was brought up in Dunfermline where he was a member of Pitreavie AAC and this is where his love of athletics started. He was Club Captain when the club won the Scottish Mens League for the first time. He moved to University in Edinburgh where he was chairman of the University athletics club, a member of the Hares and Hounds and has been in Edinburgh ever since. David works in Edinburgh as a Solicitor and his 3 children Caitlin, Jamie and Mhairi are all members of Corstorphine. Athletics takes up most of his spare time but he likes to play and watch most sports.
Lewis Innes is our Junior & Senior Sprints coach and has coached since 2002. He was a thrower as a youngster and recently got back into it. He loves regular attendance and hard work. Lewis has a quotes book and also a list of the best excuses for missing training. At the top of that list there are a few, but his favourite has to be that one of his athletes texted to say they weren’t able to attend training as there was a deer in their garden keeping them hostage in their own house. That’s way better than the dog that ate my homework! He was born, raised and studied in Edinburgh and currently works as an Engineer with Edinburgh Council. He is married to Kimberly and likes to have a chicken pizza when watching Iron Man or listening to Ria Mae. Lewis also coaches Rollerderby, which Kimberley also plays and is a streamer on Twitch. He volunteers as an official in Scottish Motorsport and loves photography. So there is a lot on his plate every week!
Chris Peggie started coaching in 2012 and coaches the Development and Junior Athletes. He covers sprints, endurance, jumps (long & high) and throws (javelin & shot putt). He was a late starting athlete. initially dragged into playing football by his brothers in his late 20s. A colleague then noted he must be fit and suggested he should join the work 10km charity effort. Chris soon realised he wasn’t fit and found a Couch to 5km plan. He eventually dragged himself round the Edinburgh Bupa 10km in 52 minutes. The following weekend he did the Penicuik 10km and took a minute off his PB and was hooked. Chris joined CAAC a year after and thanks to his coach he took 10 minutes off my 10km PB in his first year. He was delighted with two Good for Age places in the London Marathon by meeting the qualifying standard of a sub-3:10 time and a second place in the Stornoway 10km (yes there were more than 2 athletes in the race). Chris says it’s always brilliant to see the Juniors delight when they get to throw a javelin, shot putt or take a leap into the long jump pit for the first time! Chris gets a lot of fun explaining why he has Pacemaker on his club kit – despite not being very fast. He was born in Edinburgh and went to Aberdeen Uni, he has now returned to his hometown where lives with his two cats and works in the governance team with Edinburgh Council. He has a broad range of favourite films, food and music and away from athletics he enjoys gaming and following Hearts
George Key has been coaching our Junior athletes since 2015. He still competes in throws in various leagues for the club but wouldn’t class himself as an athlete! George likes seeing the progression in kids from development squad level all the way up to competition level!!! He was born and raised and still lives in Edinburgh where he works with the council roads department. George is married to Angie for nearly 14 years and has four kids Robyn & Lewis (sprint squad),Lucas (junior athlete) and Isla (excited to join CAAC when she can) They have two cats Pebbles (21)!!! and Poppy nearly 1. He likes the Shawshank Redemption, anything homemade and all music types. Away from the track he likes football & cycling.
Petra Cameron started coaching in 2017 and is another coach of our Juniors, but will help wherever needed. She always enjoyed cross country as a kid and runs now whenever she can and has done a couple of marathons and a few half’s/10k events. Petra likes it when the kids turn up ready to take part and enjoy the session, but less keen when it’s clear they’d rather be somewhere/anywhere else. She was once helping with the older endurance kids and joined them on a run with another coach, she ended up being so far behind she almost got lost. Petra hails from Glasgow is married with two kids and a dog. She works in advertising with the Natwest group, liking Footloose, Thai food, any cheesy disco, exploring new places and going for long walk
David Henderson coaches the adult endurance group and started coaching in 2000. He is still an athlete, preferring Road running mainly. 10K’s, half marathons, marathons and has even dabbled in some track races for the club. David likes when athletes thank me for their achievements and dislikes wet evenings at training. He enjoys a bit of banter with my group. They give him a bit of stick regarding his pace these days but he soon tells them my PB times and that shuts them up. David is Edinburgh born and bred, is married with three great adult kids and a dog called Troon. He works as a Team Manager in local government and enjoys James Bond or action films, steak pie and anything that sounds good. Away from the track he enjoys golf, gardening and DIY.