I only did my first half 5 years ago on the way to preparing for a bucket list goal of a marathon with three other mates. So while I have done longer runs over the past few years it is only this year that I have engaged in the hard sets that your sessions afford. So now at age 47 and with no real running background from school years etc I am continually surprised and encouraged by what your sessions are helping produce.
Touch wood injury and illness stays at bay until after the end September.
Keep up the great work – you really do provide a unique and outstanding community service.
Pat, I would like to thank you for the assistance and support you provided in the build up to the 2014 Gold Coast Marathon.
I enrolled in your Online training program and participated in the early morning runs at Southbank in the lead up to the race.
Through this combination, I managed a Marathon PB by 20min and still days after the race am delighted with my results and my personal improvement.
On the day of the race, I wore a PCRG shirt and the support received via PCRG supporters was well received.
I am looking forward to further runs with you and your group in the lead up to my next goal.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon
I just wanted to say thanks very much for all your assistance and support in allowing me to reach my goal of a sub 4hr Marathon. I know that when you were running you could nearly have done 2 Marathons in that time but for me it is a huge thrill. A few years ago I could never have imagined running a Marathon let alone going under 4 hrs. I was telling colleagues and friends before the run that this was my Grand Final and it certainly felt like a winning one as I had a great day. I am still on a high and the only thing missing was the Mad Monday celebrations.Once again the support and lift i got from the PCRG entourage made a huge difference. It is a great team with great people. You can be really proud of the brand you have built up over the years and the culture within it. I am enjoying the Group as much as ever and I can only hope that I can get a few more years out of my old legs. I will really miss the camaraderie when I do finish. I don’t know if I will ever surpass this Gold Coast effort but one thing I know is that I am really looking forward to getting back into it and giving it my best shot. Thanks again Pat.
As I was running home this morning I felt grateful for what a fabulous day it had turned out to be after that rain and storm this morning, and on reflection how good I felt after the session and how pleased I was that I made the effort and didn’t let the weather deter me.
I’m so proud to be a part of PCRG and just wanted to let you know that I’m glad I met you back in 2006. You (PCRG) sessions have never left me feeling like they were a waste of time or effort and you really encourage each and every one of the group no matter where they sit in the pack.
Bit soppy I know but I just had this “moment” this morning where I felt really good about my training and the huge part that you play in making it achievable.
I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am to you. You Truly have changed my life. Your wisdom, confidence and heart that you have put in and shown to me (and the rest of PCRG) for the marathon and to running in general has been an inspiration.
You have taught me determination and gave me the skills to persist at what I thought was only ever in my dreams, for that I will always give thanks for you and I’m so privileged that you are my coach.
I could never of done the marathon without your guidance. You really are a amazing person and coach.
Can’t wait for the next challenges, and are so looking forward to setting new goals in my running with PCRG.
I really do thank you Pat
The rain was poring down last Sunday and I only saw 4 other runners during the whole period I was out. All had PCRG clothing and gave a wave and smile. I said to one of the runners “only PCRG runners are motivated enough to get out anytime day or night, rain or shine”.
Just want to say that I appreciate what you’ve done for me and the group.
“As a busy mother of two with significant public responsibilities, regular exercise, especially running, has always been important to me – it keeps me healthy & keeps me sane. Over the last couple of years I had begun to find it difficult to stick with a routine and maintain my motivation.
Pat’s group is for everyone from elite competitive runners to middle aged mums like me! However – be prepared – being a PCRG member is about a lot more than running – it’s about meeting great people, having fun (even when it hurts), being challenged to do better & being inspired to achieve.
Every day I attend a session is a good day – adrenalin and the whole group outcome carries me through – even on the really tough days.
I’m a big fan and recommend PCRG to anyone looking for a great start to the day.”
Qld Premier 2007 – 2012
Following the Gold Coast Marathon, I had two goals – firstly, to finish a marathon strongly and then, to be hovering closer to the three-thirties rather than the fours.
Getting on board with the on-line programme and the PCRG sessions after the Gold Coast made both these ambitions a reality. The structure of your programme was spot on, the training advice and support through emails was excellent, and the PCRG sessions invaluable. It makes me wonder why I didn’t get a professional on board earlier.
online client/PCRG member
For a newbie, whose ink hasn’t dried on his application to join the PCRG Team, what a Sunday the 2010 Gold Coast Airport Marathon was and how good is it to be part of the PCRG Team. Encouragement along the entire course, down at Burleigh Heads, back at Southport at the start/finish line, the turn around at Runaway Bay and from fellow PCRG team runners out on the course.
Through the tough 36-39 K section I remembered your words Pat to dig deep and believe in all those training runs you have banked. (Also a few words to Kerryn).Then out of the crowd a ‘GO PCRG’ would sound and spirits lift again. Turning for home, onto the Gold Coast Highway, around the 40-41K mark and knowing the finish line was in reach, some of that “magic” you talked about Pat, kicked in, weary legs lift, and I put most of it down to the cheering from all the PCRG suporters who lined the course to bring you home. The last K was a bit of a blur and I didn’t see faces, but I sure did hear everyone of you. The PCRG support was overwhelming and I have to admit I did get a little emotional running that last K. Thanks to all the PCRG supporters who stayed to cheer team members home, you don’t know how much it helps. All that was left to do was to finish and do the PCRG singlet proud.
To all of the PCRG Team/Family/Supporters, well done, you should be very proud of what you achieved both on the course and with the money raised, through Everyday Heroes, for charity.
Pat you have a wonderful loyal PCRG team that hold you in the highest regard. Your dedication, motivation, wit and willingness to pass on your wealth of knowledge (and even your dodgy 10 seconds to go watch) helps us feel proud of ourselves and what we can achieve if we try. I once read, “Failure is not, not succeeding, but rather not trying”
Proud to wear the PCRG singlet!
Just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you!!!! You have been such a great motivator and have given the most enjoyable sessions – all of which have helped me so much with my running and health!!
And I’m pleased to say that I FINALLY cracked my 1:48 half marathon that I had done 3 times in a row… yahoo!! Did a net time of 1:44 at Gold Coast so I’m pretty over the moon!
Thanks again for being so inspiring and for spreading the running bug…cos I sure have caught it!!
Thanks so much for your help and support Pat!!
Well what can I say. Yesterday was extremely enjoyable & rewarding to say the least. My official net time was 1h 35m 40s. A time I’m really proud of given the fact my main goal was sub 1.40. Having you in my pacing group was very motivational & a big bonus as I’m sure it probably bought me 4 or 5 mins. The training program you did up for me along with joining PCRG was the best decision I’ve made when it comes to improving & enjoying my running.
A huge thanks mate & I look forward to continuing with the group for a long time to come.
Gold Coast Half Marathon
online client & PCRG member
Thank-YOU so much – I’m absolutely stoked to run 3.44.56. I gotta say, last Sunday was one of the biggest highlights in my life so far, I absolutely enjoyed every step.
What a fantastic group PCRG is!!! I was very pleased and honoured to wear the PCRG singlet. I arrived at the tent on my own and as soon as I walked in PCRG runners were talking to me and calmed my nerves! Also along the course PCRG members were so encouraging and at the finish. The spirit in PCRG is incredible and very uplifting.
A few friends had told me the GC atmosphere was really good and I was completely and utterly blown away by it. There was always someone to talk to out on course and it was great to hear other people’s stories about why they are running it and what they’ve run before and also, the number of spectators – there was always someone cheering.
And as for you!! – You know my running capabilities better then I do without even having to see me run!! This year so far, you predicted 67min for Run for the Kids and I came in at 66.47 and you believed that I would run close to 3hr45 for the marathon when I thought id run 4hours+. Thankyou so much for getting me there, I really enjoyed the marathon program, it was so great to see the whole campaign planned out, to be fully what sessions are ahead and also to have your consistent feedback and encouragement. At times when I doubted my own ability, I at least always know never to doubt your program!!
So, I am stoked to join the marathon club. Before I started training for GC, I thought I’d run it and be done with running and maybe I’d try another sport. Here’s what I’ve learnt out of this: I am a runner, I absolutely love it, and I am far, far from ‘done’!!!!!!
Your often stated words about the difference making the effort to get out of bed and train even in the worst weather makes to improvement was ringing in my ears and so I got up and did the session on my usual Wynnum/ Manly waterfront route. I was surprised to find I was the only person running or walking that morning which has never happened before although my family and co-workers seemed to think I was the nutty one, not all the wise people who stayed in bed. Well after my 6 minute PB on Sunday, I’m the one with the great big smile on my face and that great memory which is mine for life.
Thanks for all your encouragement and sharing of your vast running experiences Pat. Such things are beyond monetary value.
I can’t thank you enough for your assistance in helping me achieve my goal for the Gold Coast half marathon. I wanted to run under 2 hours and I managed 1.57.38. I am so stoked to have accomplished this. I have never ever imagined that I could have ever run a 1/2 marathon. I could not have done this without your support.
The day was so much fun and I can not wait to do this again. The support from all of PCRG on the day was awesome.
Gold Coast Half Marathon
Pat you always have the energy for everyone and answer all of our questions, e.g. sitting on the shuttle bus on our way to the Gold Coast Marathon Margaret got talking to a nice guy (as she does) from NZ. He said he was one of your online clients and was amazed at how instant your respond to emails. As we got off we wished each other good luck, I was surprised he ended up spotting me on the marathon course and ran over to the side and waved encouragement.
In the past 2 years of running we have met the most amazing people very supportive and happy people you are all our PBs. Thanks and happy running always to everybody in PCRG. If we could do it anyone can!!
Margaret and Michelle Williams
Keep up the great “motivation” work and it’s up to each of us to help encourage and motivate others in the group (the way we do) as we get nearer to the Gold Coast or whatever goal we have set ourselves to achieve.
Thanks again for your encouragement and constant assistance – it’s a joy to be a part of the PCRG.
Andy Steele – PCRG
Just a quick message to thank you for the speed sessions this week. With the heat and humidity that we have experienced over the last few weeks, speed work is definitely tough.
Thanks also to yourself for running the last 100m or so. It really does make a difference to the motivation (and eventually performance) when there is such support given by members of the running group.
Hopefully I will improve my speed and I look forward to being able to support other runners as they have supported me this week.
It was an excellent weekends race (Gold Coast). I enjoyed sharing the experience with the group. We all did so well and this is a direct effect of everyone’s commitment to running and your wonderful sessions that carry us through the hard patches in a race. I heard quite a few people say they hit a rough patch and would think about a hard session you had them do and this carried them through. personally I did a six minute pb bringing my half marathon time from 101 minutes down to 95.
The only training I did differently was to do your speed work, so thanks for helping me reach that goal.
I look forward to doing 90 minutes as the next goal and will eventually get there. See you back at training next Tuesday. This week is time to recover, refresh and drink red wine. Thanks again.
Six months ago I never knew I could feel so alive. I love running and have seen the benefits of your program from day one, even though I have been running for years.
I truly believe being part of your group really takes it to another level. To be out there with other runners twice a week is highly motivating and very rewarding. There is no elitism in the group and in fact the biggest encouragement during my progress has come those who are much much faster than me, yet are happy to give advice and are genuinely excited when I – and others – do well.
I did ANOTHER PB this morning. My first ever Sub 12 performance. It was hard, it was great and I was ecstatic but what was even better was that all my friends were so happy for me afterwards as well.
Your speed sessions are great. They are definitely challenging for me but it has made my long, slow runs much more comfortable and enjoyable.
I have also found that I think more clearly and get more done on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Brisbane Running Group
Pat, just thought I would share my feelings on my first 3k time trial. It felt like a Marathon, the pace fast the competition awesome, felt empty at the end and the support from co runners great and positive. “Hey Jan, you looked strong at the end etc”. I feel part of a very exclusive group under a very good coach, it was wonderful. Thanks again Pat, I am really excited about running again, looking forward to Thursday.
Brisbane Running Group
A big thanks for this morning’s speedwork session. I thought I really pushed myself to the red line for just about all of it and came away thinking I could not have gone any harder. Just feeling fantastic today and your help has been nothing short of sensational. I may be a little unbalanced but, heck I’m enjoying speedwork with the group! What a great and positive bunch. No doubt the endorphins will settle a little soon but it feels pretty good at the moment.
Brisbane Running Group
Pat, each morning that I struggle through the cool down, I reflect on how privileged I am to train under your instruction and guidance. This is what keeps me going amidst thoughts of wanting to walk or more recently, to jump in the water at South Bank. The running group offers me so much inspiration and the people are so encouraging and supportive. I have never worked so hard in all my life and I have never felt so good.
Thank you for helping me to achieve my goals and fulfill my dreams.
Brisbane Running Group
Pat I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you so much for your help during the GC Marathon. I was elated to do a PB of 3 hours 50 secs and I know I could not have done it without your support.
It was an amazing experience to run under your watchful eye the whole way. “Slow down Jo”, “Hang in there..” “.. back off now..” “time to relax and enjoy the view” etc It’s no wonder you lost your voice somewhere after 38k with so many of us to nurture through the journey. I’m sure you must have run at least 48 km. You reminded me of a cattle dog constantly running back and forth and around the pack to bark at the heels of the stragglers and rounding up those who foolishly tried to take off too soon.
Your words of wisdom were inspiring to everyone in “Pat’s Pack” and the energy that was generated by that tight little bunch was truly exciting.
Thanks so much. I’ll be back again next year, looking for your blue balloon and hoping to shave off that 50 secs (or maybe more!).
eDiscovery Pty Ltd
I can’t wipe the smile off my face as I ran 3hrs 30.13 at the Gold Coast. That’s a PB by nearly half an hour off my old 1993 London Marathon time of 3hrs 59. something !
I’ve only been in Australia since the end of February this year but joining your speed group straight away was the best thing I’ve ever done for my running as it has paid off so much. All my times have improved.
THANK YOU Pat ..I still can’t quite believe it.
A very happy Liz
I have recently seen that I won my age division in the Brisbane Half Marathon we ran a few weeks ago.
Thank you for your on going support and assistance. I am now running as well as I did during my 20′s (more than 15 years ago). There is no doubt the speed sessions are contributing to my fitness and strength. I have also found your group to be supportive and inclusive of all runners.
I was talking to work mates the other day about running. Why do you run? Why do you run so far on weekends? Are you trying to get into the Olympics or something? Trying to explain that I enjoy it proved a little difficult.
If only I could explain the feeling post race Sunday.
Mate, thanks again for your support and encouragement on Sunday. That race rates as the most enjoyable race I have ever done. The four of us and yourself working to achieve a goal and achieving it (by a long way) was great.
On our little run around New Farm park this morning the four of us were on a high recounting different parts of the race. You know this feeling. This is why I run. How do I explain that to people who don’t run.
Post Brisbane Half Marathon 2004
“Pat Carroll is a very supportive coach for runners at all levels. I teamed up with Pat after having run the April 2002 Canberra Marathon on a time of 3:12. We designed a 12 week program which resulted in a Gold Coast Marathon (July 2002) time of 2:59 – bloody hard work but a great result at 41 years old. I credit the improvement to Pat’s programs and weekly speed sessions.
I’ve continued working with Pat in 2003 and continue to achieve PB’s. Pat is one of our great Australian runners and it is fantastic to be coached by such a champion”.
Ferny Hills – QLD
“Having been running with Pat for a couple of years now, my running has improved but more importantly the enjoyment I get from running has really increased. I enjoy working hard in my training but I also enjoy the social atmosphere, sense of humour and working through challenging goals.
Pat brings all that and more to his running group. His own accomplishments speak for themselves – but the thing I enjoy most is that he challenges me to believe in my goals and turn them (however small by comparison) into reality. 5 PB’s in 2003 – gotta be happy with that!”
Information and Strategic Technology
Jones Lang LaSalle
“My running training was beginning to become a bit of a chore. I started skipping days here and there and I wasn’t really enjoying it. After a small break, I decided I needed some input into my training. I made some enquiries and discovered Pat took a couple of speedwork sessions a week and provided training programs.
I’ve been running with Pat’s group for about a month now and am thoroughly enjoying it. The speed work sessions are always a good solid workout and really get the ticker and lungs working.
Pat is very encouraging and gets everyone to work at their full potential. These speed work sessions coupled with Pats training programs have been exactly what I needed. I look forward to training now and all aspects of my fitness are benefiting”.
“Running with Pat has greatly improved my times and my enthusiasm for running after many years in the sport. The variety of the sessions maintains that interest. His enthusiasm, encouragement and words of wisdom are invaluable. I will continue to run with Pat while he continues to coach”.
Having been involved in this great sport of running for 20 years – I had reached the crossroads. Boredom was setting in, motivation had reached an all time low and the training program I had used for years had lost its appeal. Changes were needed, so I started looking around for a new mentor who could help make the necessary changes.
After discussions with a running associate, I decided to contact Pat Carroll, an icon of running in Queensland, who was using his vast knowledge and experience to help others achieve their running goals through Training Programs tailored to their particular needs, taking into account fitness levels of each runner.
Having been involved with Pat’s group for a year now, I would thoroughly recommend his training programs and group to anyone – no matter whether you’re just starting a fitness program or have been running by yourself for a while and need more of a challenge! One of Pat’s great strengths is his ability to communicate to runners of all levels.
The training programs provide a great deal of variety and with the extra motivation provided through Pat’s Group training sessions, running becomes a much more rewarding experience – rather than just a daily chore.
“Although it had been nearly 20 years since I had done any competitive running Pat gave me the confidence to get back into it and then supported me in my goals with a realistic and achievable program and personal coaching.
Now I get more enjoyment out of running than ever and my times just keep getting better.”
“I have been running under Pat’s regime for almost a year now and during that time my times have dropped dramatically. (eg. my 15km time has dropped by about 12 minutes!). I am now consistently running 4 min pace or under in races and I have not been injured all year (touch wood!). I am sure that this is entirely due to Pat’s guidance and support. Most importantly, he has shown me the value of consistency.
Not only is he a running legend but he is also a “wise old dog” and he practices what he preaches! It would be great to see more women coming along. I used to be back of the pack – by a long way. But over a long period of time I have gradually clawed my way up to keep some of the guys honest and it feels GREAT!. Come on girls – YOU CAN DO IT!!”
eDiscovery Pty Ltd
I have experienced Pat Carroll’s knowledge and expertise in the running field for the year 2003. I found Pats training programs full of interest and they were enjoyable to do and maintain.
Working with Pat over the internet was rewarding and never a problem. His knowledge was wide and variable in the sporting field. I found him a very good coach at all times.
I have been a casual runner for a number of years and have trained by myself. After a fairly poor Gold Coast Half Marathon, I made a conscious decision to improve my fitness and performance.
I joined Pat’s group with a fair degree of trepidation, as I knew he had a number of elite runners in his squad. I felt that I would be out of my league. I found out very quickly though, that he caters for runners of all standards.
He is a very inspiring and supportive coach who leads by example. With his training methods and guidance, I am performing at a level well in excess of what I had expected to achieve. I am confident that the goals I have set myself will be surpassed and that I will need to re-set those goals so as to lift the bar even higher.
Partner – Hopgood Ganim Lawyers