© 2019 by John Charles

About Me

I am John Charles, the Running Podiatrist. I have a huge passion for running and how it can help your physical and mental health. I use my skills and knowledge as a Podiatrist to help others improve their lower limb health and achieve their running and physical health goals.

I discovered running at the age of 19 when my dad entered me and my brother in the Nike Run London 10k event through the lush surroundings of Richmond Park. The prospect of training, and a hilly course on the day, was daunting but I was instantly hooked by the joys of running through the parks and streets of London.

I remember being so nervous and excited on the day, with thousands of over runners all in their distintive yellow t-shirts. The buzz of running pulled me through to a 54 min time and I haven’t looked back since. I have taken part in some amazing events including the London and Melbourne Marathons, Ironman Australia (with a swim and bike first!), competed for clubs and univeristies at national and county championships, met many inspirational people and running as allowed me to do this!

I worked for the London Marathon Running Store for 8 years and my interest in runners and running led me to becoming a Podiatrist. I worked in London and then settled in Melbourne which is a perfect place to run and help other runners! I currently work at clinics in South Yarra and Prahran, am a member of Hawthorn Triathlon Club and am closely involved with a number of local running groups.

I love working with runners and believe that everyone should have the opportunity and tools to enable them to run pain-free and with enjoyment. I use detailed assessment, treatment and programs to help you achieve your running goals.

My values are:

  • Teamwork - closely working with you and your network

  • Enthusiasm - to celebrate and promote your progress

  • Integrity – to act ethically and honestly

  • Respect – to listen and understand your thoughts, feelings and opinions

  • Excellence – to strive for excellence for my practice and your outcomes

  • Impact – to empower, enable and inspire you

Professional Qualifications

  • Podiatrist - BSc from Southampton University (UK)

  • Running Coach - Level 2 Recreational Running

  • Member Australian Podiatry Association

  • Member Australian Academy Podiatric Sports Medicine

Personal Achievements

  • Melbourne Marathon - 2011 and 2013

  • London Marathon - 2010

  • Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie - 2019

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong - 2017, 2018

  • Challenge Shepparton Long Course Triathlon - 2014, 2016, 2017

Personal Bests

  • 1500m - 4:12

  • 3000m - 9:25

  • 5000m - 15:59, Hyde Park, Serpentine 5k

  • 10000m - 32:31, Eastleigh 10k

  • Half Marathon - 1:12:50 - Edinburgh Half Marathon 2010

  • Marathon - 2:44:21 - Melbourne Marathon 2011

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