Our Coaches


Whether you are training to improve your 10 km time, to survive your first ultra-marathon, or to crush the beer mile, Longboat coaches can help get you to the finish line faster.

Every Longboat member receives informal training advice when they run with the club (whether they want it or not). Members who sign up for coaching services are also assigned to one of the club’s coaches (bios listed below). The coaches work individually with members to develop a custom training program and offer advice on goal setting, pacing and injury prevention.

There is a $50 annual fee for coaching services. Athletes are expected to maintain regular communication with their coach and provide reports on their progress. If you are interested, contact the Coaching Coordinator (Laura McLean) by email at coach.

Laura McLean
Laura joined Longboat in the fall of 2011 and has won a number of club awards including New Member of the year 2012 and Runner of the Year 2015. 2017 will be her first season as coaching coordinator, she looks to develop flexible and fun training groups amongst coached athletes

Please email Coach to contact her.

Lucas Wilson
 Lucas started running with Longboat in the fall of 2013,  joined the coaching group in 2015, and became coaching coordinator in 2016.  He competed at a national level as a cross-country skier in his youth, and helped coach the U of T varsity cross-country ski team while he attended grad school.

Lucas prides himself on creatively adapting running programs to accommodate busy schedules and multi-faceted athletic goals.  Lucas commutes daily from High Park to Queen’s Park – running, biking, and occasionally skiing – and plays soccer twice a week.

 Lucas Wilson
Steve Metzger
Steve has coached elementary school cross-country and track and field for the past 11 years and began coaching adults in 2009 with a Running Room Marathon clinic. From the beginning, he has focused on the safe development of athletes whatever the age, focusing on gradual growth, injury prevention, consistent work and personal fulfillment.

Currently, he is in the process of being certified as a NCCP Club Coach (Endurance).

Tim Uuksulainen
Tim has been an active runner since 1969 and coach since 1978. Tim helped co-found the Longboat Road Runners, where he served as the club’s first head coach from 1981- 1990. Tim is a NCCP level 3 certified Distance Coach and has coached at the high school and university levels and at several clubs since 1978. Some of Tim’s athletes have won medals at OFSAA, Canada Games, Ontario University Cross Country Championships, while others have represented Canada internationally at the World Cross Country Championships, Eikeden Relay and International marathons. Several of his athletes have won the Around the Bay 30km and marathons in Toronto, Grandmas, PEI, Massey and Niagara Falls. Although Tim has been coaching for a long time, coaching new athletes is always a unique experience as every athlete is different. Each one has their own goals, aspirations and the challenges of juggling work, school and family lives. He thinks Longboat has always been the perfect club to balance running and demands of life. The fun and challenging part has been to work as a team of two, to try and realize an individual’s potential over time. It is always very satisfying when athletes have reached or exceeded their goals. Tim has contributed articles to several running magazines over the years including Runners World, Canadian Running, Ontario Roadrunner and Athletics Magazine. He has completed over 600 races with personal best times of: 5K 14:58, 8K 25:02, 10K 31:15, Half Marathon 1:11:40, Marathon 2:32:28.
Michelle Clarke
Over 30 years of running experience, starting at the age of 10. I’ve raced every distance from 800M to 80km. My biggest moments as an adult runner was winning the Boston to Big Sur challenge in 2013 (was also 2nd Canadian female at Boston that year). In 2013 I also went on to win The Northface trail Marathon in San Francisco and the following year competed in my first ever ultra, finishing 10th overall in 80km on trail. I’ve won the Chilly Half Marathon several years in a row as well as winning the Women’s Half Marathon in the same year. Most recently, in 2015 I competed in the National Masters track and field in France, focusing on the 1500M distance. I am also the Canadian record holder for W40 in the 5000M indoor event.
My passion for running goes beyond winning, and as a coach I hope to inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals big and small.
I’m a certified personal trainer, injury management specialist, yoga instructor. I’m also a Jack Daniels and NCCP level II trained sport and endurance coach.
Michelle Clarke find me on IG @michelletherunner

 Michelle Clarke
George Hubbard
George has been coaching, mentoring and pacing road, track and cross-country athletes since 1984. Since then, he has provided over 250 (mostly) goal-based programs. Most have been road runners of 5k to marathon. George has been very successful in designing programs to help runners achieve their goals. He tracks their results, and so far, when the program has been completed, the goal success sits at 87%. For example, he has successfully helped a marathoner from 4:17 to 3:21 in 2.5 years. George was Club Coach from 2007-2009, and also worked on the Executive as Secretary, VP and Newsletter Editor (2002-2007 inclusive). On the running front, he has been a Run Director for over 100 events ranging from mile races to marathons; relays to triathlons. He has also sat on committees for 100 plus other events. George joined Longboat in 2000. Since then he has received a number of Club Awards, including New Member of the Year, Member of the Year and Special Achievement Award. He has run too many races to count! Some of his personal bests include Mile 4:36, 5K 16:44, 8K 27:38, 10K 34:14, 15K 57:28, Half Marathon 1:19:24, 30K 2:02:52, Marathon 3:04:14, 50 mile 10:24:17


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