Meet Dan


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Dan is a passionate and driven trail, road and mountain runner. Coming to running relatively late after finishing his undergraduate degree at Loughborough University, Dan has rapidly improved. Dan earned himself a sponsorship deal to become a Salomon UK athlete in 2019 has been selected to represent England in Road and Mountain running. Dan is determined to excel on the international stage.


Dan studied to a masters level at Loughborough University whilst also working as a fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach and as an assistant athletics coach. He then went to spend a winter training in the Swiss Alps.  


Dan is determined to fulfil his potential and help others reach theirs whilst truly enjoying the process. Dan is a Personal Trainer and Online Running Coach that takes a holistic and interpersonal approach to training. Dan coaches clients at Nuffield Health Telford, in the Shropshire Hills, and online. 

Notable Results

  • England Road Running Team

  • England Mountain Running Team 

  • 5k road pb: 14.32

  • 10k road pb: 30.37

  • Half Marathon pb: 65.30

  • Trail Half Marathon Wales - 1st

  • Snowdonia Marathon Eryri - 2nd

  • Shropshire Fell Running Champion

  • Shropshire Cross Country Champion

  • Winner of various regional trail, fell and road races 

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Dan offers:

  • Individualized online coaching for runners which includes s & c programming, education on the principles of training, and constant communication to achieve your goal whether you are a total beginner or elite athlete 


  • Running Coach (United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy Certified)​

  • (MSc) - Loughborough University

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor

  • UKSCA Weightlifting for Performance

Please get in touch at: daniel.connolly@gmx.co.uk or 07495173240 to book a free initial consultation or to find out more.



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Billy Cartwright (English fell running champion and international mountain runner):

"I have progressed from a very low mileage to 90 miles per week within a year.  I owe this breakthrough in training to Dan, who through his extensive knowledge in S&C has made my body strong enough to do the training I needed to do to represent my country in mountain running.

Dan is always friendly, encouraging and a pleasure to work with. He has also educated me enough that I am now competent to carry out my own sessions independently and I know the reasons why I am doing each exercise."

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