Darryl Johnson


  • Penrith NSW

Coaching Roles

Darryl coaches Local Athletes online as well as coaching at weekly training sessions.

Coaching Specialisations

Trail Running up to 50km, Road Running 5km to Marathon, Strength and Conditioning


Darryl first came to UP Coaching in November 2014 following a Trail Running Weekend at Lake Crackenback where his passion for running was rejuvenated. Since then Darryl has gone on to achieve some significant milestones including a sub 20 minute 5km, now down to sub 18 minutes and several 1st placings across various Parkruns. Darryl has also placed in some trail races with Running Wild podium finishes and several top 10 finishes as well. Since becoming a coached athlete in June 2015 , Darryl has seen further gains, not only in his running but his understanding of all the many inputs into what it takes to improve your running and race at your best. On discussion with Darryl it is evident that he is also passionate about seeing the progression in the runners around him and genuinely wants to assist runners reach their goals.

“I am interested in how nutrition can aid and improve your running as well as the role that strength and plyometric work plays. Also a firm believer in the adage that if you want to excel it has to hurt.”

Coach Stats

Coaching Highlights

Person Stats

Road Running PBs

  • 5km – 17:51, Penrith Lakes parkrun,
  • Marathon 3:06:50 M7 Marathon

Trail Running Race Highlights

  • 1st Place Glenbrook Marathon 25km 2016
  • 1st Place Rafferties Coastal Run 2016
  • 7th place Coastal Classic 2016
  • 1st place GOW Pairs 2017
  • Six Foot Track 2018 in 3:56:50

Personal Bests

  • 5km – 17:51
  • 10km – 37:55
  • Half  Marathon – 1:21:36
  • Marathon – 3:06:50


  • Athletics Australia Accredited Level 1 Recreational Running Coach

Darryl Johnson

Road Running
Trail Running

Hi Brendan. It’s been 12 months today since I was first welcomed into to Upcoaching community. It was a Tuesday session on the stairs and trails at Knapsack. Thank you.

Many new friends. Encouragement. Support. Laughter and most importantly a great deal of fun whilst learning a new trade. I’ve had good days. I’ve had not so good days. Tired body. Sore body. Ongoing injuries. I’m certainly not the fastest but I still managed to complete my first ever trail runs, AAA25 and UTA50, I also managed to complete my first ever C2S and Blackmores 10km. I’m on my way to being a regular Parkrun participant where ever I may be on a Saturday morning.

If I can start this running journey then anyone can. All I say to people is it’s never too late and you are never too old to take up running.

As I move into year two I look forward to running smarter, faster, stronger and longer.......and of course enjoy and embracing what the Upcoaching Community is all about. Thank you and everyone at Upcoaching 😊

Stephen Russelathlete

"I wanted to give you some feedback on David.
He is a magician! I entered the half as a last minute thing to kill time so I could watch Bec. David had me down to do 18k and 2 hours so thought it would be good timing.
I wanted to run to feel, not push hard after a big lead up and a big fall last week.
David also has been managing me through a runners knee.. so I ran without pressure and no looking at times, my expectation was circa 2:20 to do comfortably.
Today I crossed in 1:59 and had no idea I had even broken 2hrs. I had plenty left in the tank and no pain at all.
I was so excited and emotional I contacted him straight away and as is the humble nature of the man he took no credit.
Brendan, I could not be happier or healthier. Whilst, not an elite athlete, David treats me like a human and an athlete. He is a gentleman and he takes the time to understand you and what you are trying to achieve.
I am currently working close to 90 hours a week and yet he still has me wanting to crank out the kms. I feel lucky to have his advise and coaching. It is a privilege most on life are not afforded.
Thanks to both of you."

Troy DawsonLocal Athlete

Brilliant, superb, awesome, that about sums up this trip. If you are up for an adventure and don't want the hassle of finding accommodation or great food, and of course superb trails, then this is the trip for you. Brendan and his awesome team will take care of all this for you. I was blown away by the scenery of Chamonix and more importantly, went to places that I would not have had the confidence to go to by myself without the Up\P Coaching team preparing all this for me. Superb trip, highly recommends it.

Paul M