Graham Hand


  • Penrith, NSW

Coaching Roles

  • Coaches locally based and online athletes
  • Assists Brendan at weekly training sessions, weekend clinics and overnight camps
  • Individually coaches at the Thursday at Paker St Oval
  • 1:1 consulting and training, particularly in the field of running technique.

Coaching Specialisations

  • Beginner to Intermediate Runners
  • Road Running 5km to Marathon
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Running Technique
  • Cross Training for Runners
  • Technology Utilisation

Graham came to being a runner through his local parkrun event after a long career in semi-professional soccer and mountain biking.

Since coming to Brendan, he has worked his way up from being a coached athlete to now having his Level 2 Coaching Certificate.

Graham runs UP Coaching Penrith out of Parker St Oval on Thursday afternoons.

Graham is Run Director at Nepean River and Penrith Lakes parkrun.

“I got into coaching as I really enjoy seeing someone reach a goal. For me I was able to help at least 5 people at parkrun hit PB’s and have helped other UP Coaching athletes develop their fitness and grow as athletes. I expect that my athletes do the training I set out but at the same time I am open to getting regular input from my athletes as coaching should be an adaptable process.”

As a coach, I want to develop my athletes and see them reach their potential and I will study and grow myself as a Coach daily through experience and education.

Level 1 Certified
Level 1 Certified
Coach Stats

Coaching Highlights

Rita Hall

  • UTA 50 – 2015 10:31:21
  • UTA 50 – 2016 9:30:25

Mark Page

  • Parkrun PB 20:05 down from 32:45 Mins in 2015
  • Marathon Time 2015 5:20:45 Gold Coast Marathon 2015
  • Marathon Time 2016 3:54:05 Western Sydney 2016

Terie Jane Thompson

  • Half Marathon Time 2015 5:20:45 Gold Coast Marathon 2015
  • Half Marathon Time 2016 3:54:05 Western Sydney 2016
  • Kedumbla Half 2015 – 03:15:36
  • Kedumbla Half 2016 – 02:43:26
Person Stats

Road Running PBs

  • 5km – 17:31, Penrith Lakes parkrun, 16/01/16
  • 10km – 36:56, Striders 10k Homebush, 02/07/16
  • Half – 1:19:53, Blacktown Running Festival, 31/07/16
  • Marathon – 2:54:57, Melbourne Marathon, 16/10/16

Road Running Career Highlights

  • 2016 – 5th, Blacktown Running Festival Half Marathon
  • 2016 – 1st Outright, 12h Team Ultra with Coach Stephane Moulin, Narrabeen All Nighter
  • 2015 – 1st Outright and 1st Mixed Team, 50km Paired Relay with Coach Kelly-ann Varey, Centennial Park Ultra

Trail Running Race Highlights

  • 2018 – Winner Narrabeen Allighter
  • 2018 – Knapsack Lap Race, 2nd Place Male Pair with Coach Brendan Davies
  • 2018 – Six Foot Track 4:45:54
  • 2017 – UTA100 –
  • 2017 – GOW 2nd Mail pair in 100km Relay with Rocket Rod
  • 2016 – UTA50, 6:26:14
  • 2016 – Knapsack Lap Race, 1st Place Male Pair with Coach Brendan Davies
  • 2015 – Knapsack Lap Race, 1st Place Male Pair with Grant McFadden


  • Athletics Australia Accredited Level 2 Recreational Running
  • Athletics Australia Accredited Level 1 Community Coach
  • Working with Children Check WWC1248992E
  • ASADA Level 1 and Level 2 Anti-Doping qualification
  • Level 1 Football Coach
  • Senior First Aid with CPR

Graham Hand

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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