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

Coaching Highlights

to come

Person Stats


Road Running PBs

  • 5km –
  • 10km –
  • Half –
  • Marathon –
  • 50km –
  • 100km –

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

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