Personal trainer LondonHi, and welcome to The Hackney Trainer Blog. My name is Carole O’Leary, and I’m a fully qualified personal trainer living and helping clients just like you in Hackney, Islington and North East London areas.

My clients have a varied lifestyle and are all ages and sexes. But they do tend to have one thing in common: they hate the gym!
Luckily for them – and you – so do I. :) That’s why 100% of my training is held outside of those sweaty, competitive, testosterone-fueled cages.

My favourite place to train is in local parks, but I’m also delighted to work with clients in their home. As a proud Hackney and life long London resident I love finding and using the great green spaces it has to offer or using the urban furniture to create varied and challenging workouts . To get in contact regarding personal training click here

I also like to keep up with the local gossip, finding out what’s going on locally and sharing it here on the blogg, especially any  local sporting and fun active events. So feel free to pop by or press the facebook like button in the right hand margin to get updates.

LONDON SANTA RUN – 1 December 2012

6k fun run around Battersea Park

Yes its that time of year again! To start thinking about donning your Santa Suit and taking off around Battersea Park for a festive 6k, in what has become an Apple Puff tradition. In 2010 we had a team of 5 run and last year we where a merry team of 11.

Santa Run Battersea Park 2010

The Puffed Apples Team 2010

The 6k Santa Run raises funds for Disability Snow Sport UK

What Disability Snowsport UK does- They  work to make sure that anyone with a disability, may it be learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people.

They are a membership organisation, and welcome anyone of any levels of skiing and fitness. Catering for complete novices to snowsports all the way to experienced Armed Forces men and women for example.

Having been inspired by the 2012 Paralympics I’m sure the event will be super busy this year.

To sign up for your place head over to

This year it will be a challenge for me to as I will be coming back from maternity leave so will be a good motivator to get me back into shape. May even run it with Santa’s little helper, get the baby involved right from the start!

If you’d like to take part as part of the puffed apples team then just send me an email.

Hope to see you there hoo hoo hoo.


Santa Run 2011 Battersea Park

The Puffed Apples Team 2011




King’s Cross Urban Jog


Urban Jogs arrive at Kings Cross! If you love jogging and passionate about seeing and experiencing London’s urban environment, then why not join Ade’s urban jog tour of Kings Cross with tour leader, fitness expert and urbanist Ade Aboaba and urbanist Michael Owens.

For more info go to


Free Cycle training London

Cycle with confidence in London

The Breeze network is British Cycling’s exciting recreation programme to get more women riding a bike. It is about fun, friendly and social bike rides in a local area – led by women for women. Funded by Sport England, Breeze relies on a hugely important group of volunteer champions to make the programme happen. Without their amazing energy, enthusiasm and commitment to get women bike riding, we simply wouldn’t be able to offer these exciting experiences.

The Breeze Network are looking for a number of Breeze champions across England.  There is no need to be a cycling expert – just be confident on a bike and keen to help others. They are looking for enthusiastic people to get involved in the Breeze network and inspire women to get more out of their bike, have fun with friends and get a recognised qualification at the same time.

If your interested in becoming a Breeze Champion or you’d like to find a local ride to join go to the British Cycling Breeze Bike Rides for Women website for more details.


London Walks- Wild Hackney

Guided Walk in Hackney by Liane Hartley

The bank holiday weekend is traditionally a good time to get out and about and explore or go for a refreshing walk as we often don’t have the time in our normal weekdays to have a wonder or divert from the normal beaten track.

But you don’t have to take off to the country to enjoy a walk/ramble. Why not join up with a group walk to explore your local area, stumble across things you’ve lived around the corner from but never knew existed.

Urban walks can be surprising not just with the juxtaposition of city architecture from varying decades but the hidden green spaces that pop up along the way, quirky cafes, street art and much much more.

So why not sign up for The Wild Hackney Walk on Saturday 5th May and discover some local gems.



Tower Running London

Ready for a breakfast challenge?

Fed up of the usual around the park runs, why not try a tower run!

Tower running is a sport involving running up the internal  stairs of  tall man-made structure, in this case the Hilton Park Lane, London, so not only does it give you a chance to challenge yourself but it also allows you to have a nosey in the Hilton.

This year’s Mayfair Park & Tower Race will take place at 8.30 am on Friday 18th May 2012.
Come and join us as we race around the Serpentine in Hyde Park, pass through the subway under Park Lane, and then charge into the Hilton on Park Lane and power our way up the 28 flights of stairs to the respite of Galvin’s at Windows and the welcome sight of a Pommery reception!

Tower Racing London

Tower Race London

For more information go to

London Tower Race



Coffee Run members complete their first 5k

The six weeks 5k training plan pays off


Lucy and Imogen at the Parkrun 5K finish line


“I’ve really enjoyed the course, I felt I improved a lot, great sense of achievement and lovely encouraging atmosphere.” Lucy 32

“I thought I might be too old to start running but being part of the group made all the difference & I’ve just run my first 5km in 32.04 minutes without stopping!!” Imogen 48

Members of the first Coffee Run complete their first ever 5k last Saturday as part of the Hackney marshes Parkrun.

After just 6 weeks of training the group managed to complete the 5k in 32.04 minutes without having to stop!!!

A long way from the first day of the Coffee Run training programme when the group was introduced to running by starting with a one minute jog followed by a one minute walk repeated 10 times. . . which they found challenging as many had not run since school.

Well done, I hope your very proud of yourselves and looking forward to training you again to beat that time on 26th May when the second Coffee Run Group will be taking part in the Hackney Marshes 5k.


The National Lottery Olympic 5 Mile Race

The first to cross the Olympic finish line. . .

Keir outside the Olympic Stadium with his medal

…. well one of the first few hundred, 1335th to be precise.

Having entered the Ballot myself hoping to get a place I was disappointed to be told I had been unsuccessful. I was lucky enough to be invited along to watch my client Keir Wingrove be one of the first to cross the Olympic finish line yesterday. Finishing the race in a respectable time of 00:38:53. Well Done Keir!!!

I have visited the stadium once before and actually got my feet on the track but I was still jealous, it would have been amazing to have been able to come into the stadium as everyone starts to cheer, feeling your speed pick up with the atmosphere and super fast springy track, that people are predicting will see the smashing of records left right and centre.

It was a great day out with participants clearly being over the moon at having the chance to be part of something very special as many approached the finish line rather then sprint for glory they dropped to their knees to kiss the floor, stopped turned to the crowd to pose for a family member’s camera, or some of the more adventurous cartwheeling to the crowds delight.

The stadium can’t have been even a 5th of its crowd capacity so its hard to imagine just have loud and amazing the atmosphere will be those big events during 2012, but I for one can’t wait…




Cycling Safely in London

The dangers of cycling around London


The harsh 1940's, shock tactic campaigning



Here is a link to a safety campaign from the 1940′s, very interesting to see how times have changed but still some relevant advice…. well see what you think!?!


The London Gin Craze WalkHackney Personal Trainer

I’m always on the look out for interesting walks to get people out there moving. This walk caught my eye as its a great walk around London with a chance to pick up some more unusual history then the run of the mill Jack the Ripper Tour. Oh and you get a nice refreshing tipple of Gin at the end, Chin Chin Old Chap!!!

Dutch Courage and Mothers’ Ruin:

Richard Barnett

Eighteenth-century London was awash with cheap, fiery gin. William Hogarth and Henry Fielding railed against it; politicians legislated against it; doctors blamed it for destroying the health of the nation. But what was the truth behind the epidemic of depravity? Celebrate Richard Barnett’s new book The Dedalus Book of Gin by taking a guided walk into the darker side of Enlightenment London. We’ll tour the historical gin hotspots of Soho and Covent Garden, and end with a book-signing and a glass of gin at Treadwell’s Bookshop. Tickets cost £15 and include a copy of The Dedalus Book of Gin and a complimentary glass of gin. The event is supported by Hendrick’s Gin.

Personal Trainer Hackney E5

Price: £15.00 includes book and glass of gin. Time: 2.45 for 3.00 pm start near Trafalgar Square.


The Hotelympia 10K

26th Feb 2012 – Excel London

0 9:30am Start

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