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Our City Running School is our first centre to be opened right in the heart of the city. It is a continuation of our relationship with Sweatshop in joining with them on this exciting new running destination. The facility will include a state of the art gym, physio practice, an altitude centre and one of the largest Sweatshop stores in the country. 

Our centre is managed by Verity Ansell our head of UK Training and Development and Mike Antoniades Founder and Performance Director of The Running School.


Mike Antoniades


Mike has been a coach for 26 years and has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has worked with a number of professional athletes and clubs from different sports including soccer, rugby, basketball and track and field. He is a qualified UEFA A Coach, Speed Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Rehabilitation Specialist.

Mike has run Sport Dimensions, the sister company of The Running School, since 2001 and launched The Running School in 2008


Chris Fletcher

Running School Coach & Manager of City

Chris is a fully qualified Running School Coach, Dynamic Movement Skills Coach and Certified Personal Trainer with a Diploma in Food and Nutrition Therapy.

Chris has always been a keen runner having spent 10 years with a high level of fitness as a Royal Marine Commando. This saw Chris running most days from short and fast 3 mile runs up to cross country 30 mile ultra marathons. He speaks from experience having run all types of distances in all types of climates.


Stefanie Mills


Stefanie has a MSc in Sports Biomechanics from Liverpool John Moore’s University, having previously graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a BSc (HONS) in Sport and Exercise Science.

Stefanie is passionate about running technique and sports footwear development. She has previously attended ASICS professional development workshops specifically looking at: the Physiological and Biomechanical demands of running; Rehabilitation of the injured runner; and the Future of Running.

Stefanie's research has included turning biomechanics of semi professional footballers wearing varied stud configurations and landing forces when running and walking.

James Barrett-Boyce - Running background - ex - county 800 metre runner and competed in several half marathons.
- Surrey schools middle distance athletics champion
- Skiing background - ex English Team Racer.
B.A.S.I 1 member (British Association of Ski Instructors) - i spent several years training and coaching ski instructors in technique and body alignment.
I.S.I.A member (International Ski Instructors Alliance) - i spent 10 years teaching and coaching in Megeve,French Alps.
-Fitness Background- Advanced Level 4 Master Personal Trainer - Core Conditioning and Weight Management specialist.
Elite Nutritional Advisor
Fitness Industry Coach and Lecturer (Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition).
Master Bootcamp Trainer

I have been involved in professional sport from an early age with my passion lying with athletics (specifically 400m and 800m),skiing, and fitness training.
I have coached and taught in all three of these areas for 20 years to all ages and abilities and am ultimately passionate about instilling health and fitness benefits.
In 2010 i had my first DVD filmed and published "Ski-Fit with James Barrett-Boyce".