Wes Gibson

Based: Bathurst

NSW Coaching Roles Wes coaches Distant Athletes online, runs a weekly training session locally in Bathurst, offers group training sessions and regularly assists Brendan coaching at weekend group training sessions and multi-day camps. Coaching Specialisations Mountain Ultra Trail Running, Road Running, Strength and Conditioning and Injury Rehabilitation.

Wes works with beginner through to elite athletes and has over 3 year’s experience working at UP Coaching. Profile Wes is a secondary PD/H/PE school teacher based in Bathurst NSW and a high-performance trail runner. Wes is an experienced trail runner who is continuing to climb the rankings. Since breaking through with a 4th at TNF50 in 2013, Wes has regularly appeared on the podium of many trail races of varying distances. Wes values the element of versatility as an athlete and often competes on the road too, with a Marathon PB of 2h 56m and a Half Marathon PB of 1h 15min.

“As a coach, I believe that my role is assisting my athletes to develop to their potential. I apply sound principles focusing on all components of fitness, specific athlete goals, individual strengths and weaknesses to my athlete’s program, aiming at giving each runner the best opportunity to run both happily and successfully.

As a coach, I am constantly learning and believe that through my best practice all my clients can also learn and develop as both athletes and individuals.”

Coach Stats

Coaching Highlights

Robyn Bruins – 4th Female K2C, 1st Female GNW100 2016, UTA 100 6th Female

Katherine Costello – UTA 50 2nd Vet Female 2016

Amy Daniel – 1st Female Rafferty’s Run

Person StatsPerson Blog

Personal Stats


Knapsack 3hr Pairs 2nd (1st Mixed Team) 8 laps.
2nd Narrowneck 20km Run
2nd Bathurst Half Marathon 75:50 (PB)
4th TNF 50
3rd Glow Tunnel Half Marathon 1:35:27
2nd Bush Capital Marathon 3:15
2nd Mudgee Marathon 2:56:05 (PB)


2nd Wentworth Falls Short Course 1:25:43
27th 6 Foot Track Marathon 3:56:17 (PB)
1st Lithgow King of the Mountain
12th Buffalo Stampede Ultra Skymarathon 10:32 (PB)
1st Big Trail Run 47km 4:03:58
1st Mt Arthur Challenge 39:27
1st Centennial Park Ultra 50km Mixed Pairs
1st Running Wild Glenbrook 25km (27.7km) 2:00:23
5th Edgell Jog 26:53 (PB)
2nd Big Coast Run Kamay NP 30km 2:14:28


1st Overall STS Summer Series Long Series Manly Dam
2nd Running Wild Knapsack 3hrs 8 Laps
1st Running Wild Wentworth Falls 1:23:22 (PB)
1st Lithgow King of the Mountain
5th Orange Volcanic Mountain Challenge 52:45 (PB)


1st Lithgow King of the Mountain
2nd Mt Arthur Challenge

Personal Bests

  • 5km –  17:24
  • 10km – 75:50
  • Half  Marathon – 83:21
  • Marathon – 2:56:05


  • Level 1 Athletics Coach
  •  Secondary PD/H/PE Teaching
  • Senior First Aid Certificate + CPR Certificate
  • Working with Children Check (2017)

Wes’s blog, For The Run Of It, is a great read.

Wes Gibson

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

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