About Our Coaches

Ultimate Athletics coaches are all high level athletes themselves and like to practise what they preach! A fun and vibrant bunch with expertise in various disciplines, from all over the Globe.

From the U.K. Mat Ashton has represented G.B in Cross Country and takes our elite distance running athletes through their paces at Barsha Park, Joseph Maynard former Welsh 800m Champion coaches the 400m specialists. Philippa Wilson and Paula McCarthy are our hepthathlon experts coaching High Jump, long jump, hurdles and Javelin. Bernard Mensah is specialist in 100m and 200m from the presitigious London Club, Belgrave Harriers.

From USA, Youssef Rochdi Qualified with USATF qualification is an accomplished Marathon Runner based at our Abu Dhabi venues. He is the organiser of our Ultimate Cross Country Challenge and the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Training sessions.

Matthew Carroll also from the USA is a Long Jump and high jump specialist at our New York University academy.

Khalid Al Abaidy Graduate from St Marys University London and experienced coach, ranks in the top 10 in the UK for Steeplechase and 1500m and has a wealth of knowledge from his former training partner double, double Olympic Champion Mo Farah!

Brian Aringo is our Kenyan Sprinter a bundle of explosive energy and exciting ideas which the kids love to try! We also welcome Kenyan 400m runner Grace Maina to the Team this Season and Eric Banabas from Ghana, who specialises in speed endurance with the longer sprint athletes.

From New Zealand, Yu Song is a high Jump specialist who can teach Fosbury Flop to a beginner in a matter of minutes!

Micheal Ssali Ugandan Distance runner, is an Avid 10k runner and also an expert in fitness and conditioning.

Coaches are available for private sessions to all our members upon request.

We are very fortunate to have sponsorship from New Balance and thank them for our stylish performance wear and event support. All Ultimate Members receive a 20% discount off New Balance gear in Go Sports stores when presenting their membership card at the counter! Check out The New Balance Run Club which is free to the public in an effort to get you moving and promote a healthy active lifestyle.

Special Thanks also to Up and Running who provide us with Medical Assistance at our Dubai Racenights. All Ultimate Members receive a 15% discount on their medical services by presenting their membership card at the Clinic.


Rafael Roots

It’s has been a great pleasure for me to take part in the Race Night events over the past few years. Racing is not only an opportunity for me to challenge and push myself, it revives old memories of that young *me* back in high school. It’s also nice other old athletes taking part in it. We got to meet each other and share old memories which brings bonds between us. It also give a chance to inspire our younger brothers and kids.

I definitely look forward to this coming season.

Thank you for organising such a great event.

Nike Coach and Founder of the RootsCamp Fitness

Tilly Black

“I have been at Ultimate many years and enjoy it very much. All of the coaches are kind and push you to your limits. The Racenights allow you to track your progress throughout the season whilst encouraging everybody to work hard and improve PB’s (whilst still having fun!).”

Tilly Black - Age 12, Ultimate Athletics

Dannish Walker-Khan, 27, Former GB

“Ultimate athletics race nights are an awesome event to really promote athletics in the UAE. Compared to the UK the level of competition over here is completely different, so it is nice to see a company that are trying to get more and more people involved and raise the level of competition. It’s just a shame that there’s no electronic timing as it would be awesome to get on the British ranking system in future events, as the tracks and conditions are ideal for running fast times!”

Athlete, Personal Trainer

Andy Clements

“The Ultimate 60m with New Balance is a great opportunity for athletes over 30 to challenge themselves and others from various sporting backgrounds, in a friendly but competitive all out sprint race. As a masters International 400m hurdler, although such a short sprint is out of my comfort zone, I enjoy the buzz and love meeting like minded runners. The past couple of years I’ve used the race nights as an opportunity to sharpen up, before successfully medalling at World and European championships.”

Head of PE and GB Masters 400m hurdler

Ismail Senyange

“There are a couple of reasons why I always take part in the racenight; first to inspire the young’s who wish to take running as a profession; secondly to improve my personal best especially in the 3k; third to check on the progress of my training.
With the benefits, I get to see my weakness during the race and also get to know where I loose time from when I start to tire out.
The atmosphere is quite good because you get to meet a lot of people, the cheering is good as well. The fact that there are a couple of races going on you get the see how other people are running.
I always want during my first race of the season to get my personal best time or meet record before I start tiring out with many races, so I will be heading for a personal best God willing.”

Sketchers Brand Ambassador

Kimbely Baptiste

“Ultimate Athletics racenights are a great source of competition and offers people of all ages and ability the platform to compete and test themselves. Being a National level athlete these racenights allow me to monitor how well my training is going and I am able to compete in competitive races whilst in the UAE. Quality competitions, that is well organized, that offers a great atmosphere and competitive events is hard to come by in the UAE and Lisa is doing a fantastic job of providing all 3 and more.”

26, Crawley AC/Ultimate Athletics

Megan Dingle

“Racenight is the perfect opportunity to put all the training together and into practice. It gives athletes along with their coaches a regular goal to work towards and the aim is to improve as well as maybe show areas that need improvement for next time. I look forward to getting to race against others that I don’t necessarily train with – it’s good to get together with like minded peers on a night like Racenight where we are all there to race the best we can and support each other.”

Athlete - Ultimate Athletics