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

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

This tour was extremely well planned and managed by all. Once there everything was taken care of for us and the accommodation was stunning, conveniently located and very comfortable. Food catered for everyone’s dietary needs and was really tasty, plus there was never a shortage for breakfast, lunch & dinner on hungry runners tummy’s. 
The running itself was truely such an exceptional experience. Being able to run in these stunning locations, with coaches of such a high caliber is a experience very few get to enjoy. All runner abilities where catered for, so no one was left behind. I would 100% encourage others to take part in this experience, as I certainly hope to again.

Rebecca D
I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural France Up & About Chamonix tour in July 2018!

The tour was very well organised and the cost included accommodation, catering, travel & daily guided scenic running / hiking adventures.
The accommodation was a beautiful chalet which was spacious and very comfortable and included a hot tub & Spa and only a 5 minute walk to the little village of Chamonix.  
The catering was brilliant, the food was just amazing catering for many different dietary requirements and there were always leftovers which definitely did not go to waste.
There was a perfect mix of daily running, time to relax & unwind, shop or sightsee and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting an adventure without all the hassle involved in planning etc. 
Well done UP Coaching tour team

Nicki Conners

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