Linda Hernando

Based in

  • Blue Mountains and Penrith


Squad Coach


Road running, Master’s athletics


5km- 50km

Linda took up running late in life at 48 as a mother looking for a way to get fit, lose some weight and be a good role model for the family. Having never been a runner she was quickly surprised at how much she enjoyed it and soon became a regular at parkrun.

Linda joined Up Coaching with a view to taking her running beyond the 5km distance of parkrun. Linda has now competed in numerous half marathons and marathons competing in Masters athletics and working her way towards an Ultimate goal of qualifying for Tokyo marathon in Semi-Elite category.

Linda has recently attained her Athletics Level 1 Run Leader coaching accreditation through Athletics NSW.

“I decided to move into coaching as a further extension of the work I do with parkrun. I feel running has given me so much and I have a great opportunity to assist others to experience the same changes to their life. Seeing others achieve goals they never thought possible is just amazing and brings me a great deal of satisfaction.”

Coaching Stats

Linda does not have any Coaching stats at the moment.

Person Stats


Road Running PBs


5K 0:20:06 2019 Penrith Lakes parkrun #232
10K 0:42:46 2019 2019 Sydney Harbour 10k
Half Marathon 1:33:19 2019 2019 Sydney Half
Marathon 3:34:07 2017 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

UTA50 2016  8:32:25

Career Highlights

Age Category Winner

28/07 Linda Hernando 2019 Sydney Harbour 10k 10KM 42:46 431 1 48 4:16
26/05 Linda Hernando 50th YMCA Canberra Half … Half Marathon 1:40:10 1 11 4:44
31/03 Linda Hernando NAB RunWest 12km Fun Run 53:59 146 1 23 4:29


  • Level 2 Recreational Running Coach
  • Working With Children Check Approval

Coaching Role:  Linda assists Local coaches at weekly training sessions. Linda also runs sessions at Rooty Hill.

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

Linda Hernando

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