High Peak Running 

Bespoke Coaching and Guiding in the Lake District 

We offer online coaching, face to face running technique courses and Lake District route recces.  Our online coaching is built around you the athlete, incorporating up to date scientific practises into a training and support plan that will ensure you are achieving, and enjoying your running to your full potential.


UKA certified Coaches Brennan and Kat deliver coaching plans for all abilities. 


Please get in touch to find out more from High Peak Running.

 Coach: Brennan Townshend 

 Coach: Katerina Polyakova 

Brennan Townshend is one of the top fell and mountain runners in the UK and he is our head coach at High Peak Running. Last year Brennan won many races including 3 Peaks, Garmin Mourne Sky race, Skiddaw, Buttermere Sailbeck and Grisedale Horseshoe. He was also UK Skyrunning Champion in 2018 and top 20 in the Skyrunning world championships that year.

Brennan has been coaching endurance athletes for the past seven years, using scientific driven plans to get the best performance from athletes and prepare them for races, events, and reach fitness goals. Brennan’s passion for running and attention to detail within a training plan will deliver you to your peak performances and progress you as a runner.

As well as race related goals Brennan coaches and supports athletes for Bob Graham, Abraham Tea round, Ramsey Round, Paddy Buckley and Welsh 3000’s. This can include recces, training plans and support on the day.

Brennan is a qualified UK Athletics and United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy running coach and Association of British Cycling Coach, studying at the Open University BSc of Sport Science and Coaching. Professional development is always at the heart of Brennan’s personal learning and development as a coach.

At High Peak Running we offer running workshops to develop athletes skills for trail, sky and fell running. These can be 1-1. 

Kat is a Russian born mountaineer. Mostly she has climbed in remote areas of Russia, now Kat is exploring the fells of the Lake District as a Fell Runner. 
At the age of 7 Kat summited her first Peak in Winter - Greater Chimgan (3,309 m) of the Chatkal Mountain range. Since then mountains like Gokio Ri, Belukha, Mt Blanc,Tete Blanche,  Ben Nevis and many more have been keeping her busy.

High altitude training, ice climbing, rock climbing and road/fell running has provided Kat with a great base to develop her running coaching.

She is passionate about sharing knowledge and building confidence in female athletes. She aims show that anyone is able to

enjoy running and compete.

Last year She successfully completed; Buttermere Sail beck, Ring of Steall, Mourne Skyline, Skiddaw and the Snowdon Trail Half marathon. This included 3rd in the Skiddaw Fell Race and top 10 finish in

Ireland in her first season of transitioning from road to fell.

Kat is a qualified UK Athletics running coach, working with scientific proven coaching methods to make you faster, stronger, gain endurance and improve mountain running skills.


She is a mother of one and understand’s how difficult and challenging it is to fit training in to everyday life. But it’s possible. Every online coaching plan is built and tailored around you.