David Kennedy


Southern Edge of Metropolitan Perth


Online Athletes and local all ages group

Coaching Specialisations:

Longer Ultra Marathons, Trail, Road, Track 800m- 24hours +


After a long apprenticeship racing on the road and shorter triathlons David read Ultramarathon Man by Dean Kananzes just before his 2nd marathon. He was in the process of organising the first 6 Inch Trail Marathon and from here it was a slippery slope to longer and longer ultras.

In 2011 David made his first 24 Hour team and was Australia’s top performer with a PB of 236.928K and took home the Commonwealth Championship silver medal. 24 Hour World Championships followed in 2012 & 2013 where he finished 32nd and 52nd. After this he decided to concentrate on shorter ultras and had one of his most enjoyable ever races running (and Race Directing) the first WTF 100 Mile with 3 24 hour team mates and finishing 2nd again in 17:38.

The following year a sub 30 hour Coast to Kosci was only good enough for 7th in the best field ever assembled at this race. In this race there were top 10 finishers from Western States (2), Badwater (4), UTMB and World 24 Hour.

Finally, the focus on shorter ultras started to pay off with an 8:37 trail 100K in 2015 and an 8:04 on the road in 2016.

Coach Stats

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Person Stats


Road Running PBs

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Road Running Career Highlights

Trail Running Race Highlights

Trail Running Career Highlights

Other Career Highlights



  • Advanced First Aid Certificate
  • Working With Children Check Approval

Coaching Role: Michael assists Local coaches at weekly training sessions.

Coaching Specialisation: Trail Running; all distances. Road Running; all distances.

David Kennedy

Road Running
Trail Running

Lake Crackenback was a truly memorable experience. The Running, YOGA, Accommodation and food was perfectly catered for.

Can not wait to go back. Thanks, UP Coaching for organising an awesome getaway.

Vanessa Cullen
Vanessa Cullen

Run with Confidence has helped my running and race preparation for Western Sydney Half marathon.

The Skills I learnt over the course helps my form and has improved my running immensely. Thanks, UP Coaching.

Donna Voysey
Donna Voysey
Hills District, NSW

It was an eye-opening experience and privileged to attend a trail running camp lead by Australia's leading trail runner. Brendan is a great communicator who passionately shares his extensive knowledge and love for running. I left the camp equipped & inspired to run my first solo trail running event, all 100kms of it. With Brendan's help, I achieved the goal I set out for.

So impressed by my experience of Brendan's coaching I encouraged two of my children (aged 13 & 14) to attend a kids trail running clinic which he also led. My children, at different levels, were both inspired and enjoyed the clinic. I was greatly impressed to see how Brendan was able to connect with the all the children and once again pass on not only his knowledge but a passion for the sport.

Joel Mac

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