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John E. Hamlett - The Founder and Designer of John's New Lifestyle

John E. Hamlett - The Founder and Designer of John's New Lifestyle


Chairman of the HOT Running Club & Manager & Coach of PAR Elite Running Club, 

John E. Hamlett is the esteemed founder and designer of John's New Lifestyle, an innovative approach to healthy living. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, John serves as the chairman of HOT Running Club and Manager & Coach of PAR Elite Running Club, showcasing his expertise in the field.

With a remarkable athletic background, John has completed over 70 marathons and utilized his extensive experience to coach athletes for the past 35 years. He has achieved personal triumphs such as a remarkable 1-minute 48-second completion of the 800m sprint and securing victory in the esteemed "Jock of the Bushveld" challenge with a record-breaking time of 7 minutes. Furthermore, he triumphed in the Buffalo Marathon held in East London. A standout achievement was his personal best in the Botswana marathon of 1983, where he finished in an impressive time of 2 hours and 18 minutes, solidifying his position as a formidable competitor.

John's athletic journey commenced at the young age of 15, and his remarkable successes naturally led him to become an expert coach, teacher, and sports nutritionist. He possesses qualifications as a Gym, Aerobics, Swimming instructor, and Triathlon coach, along with certifications in Sports Nutrition and Fitness. These credentials form the foundation for his holistic approach to training and coaching athletes, which has become his primary focus.

This approach proved instrumental in challenging Russian dominance over the Comrades Marathon in 2001, where John played a significant role in preparing Andrew Kelehe for his victorious moment. Andrew had previously participated in the Two Oceans Marathon for several years, finishing as a runner-up and in the top 10 multiple times but falling short of claiming victory.

Over the past three decades, John has played a pivotal role in coaching athletes who have earned an impressive tally of 65 Comrades gold medals, numerous silver medals, and personal best times in ultra-distance marathons. His coaching prowess has consistently led to first and second-place team performances in the Comrades Marathon.

Acknowledged as a Coach-of-Coaches, John's success is underscored by the achievements of athletes under his guidance. Notable accomplishments include David Gatebe's triumph in the Two Oceans Marathon in 2013, Gift Kelehe's victory in the 90th Comrades Marathon in 2015, and David Gatebe's record-breaking win in the Comrades Marathon in 2016, surpassing the longstanding Russian record by 4 minutes. The South African team, comprising athletes such as Gift Kelehe, David Gatebe, and Bongmusa Mtembu, emerged victorious in the 100km World Championships held in Spain that same year, with Bongmusa securing second place overall. Subsequent achievements include Ann Ashworth's Comrades Marathon victory in 2018, where Gordon Lesetedi earned his first gold medal and David Gatebe, Gift Kelehe, and Prodigal Kumalo secured impressive positions. In 2019, Ann Ashworth claimed her second gold medal, Gordon Lesetedi earned his second gold medal, and Siya Mqambeli claimed his first gold medal. The 2022 Comrades Marathon witnessed Helena Joubert securing her inaugural gold medal in the seventh position, while Gordon Lesetedi showcased a remarkable display of resilience, climbing from 57th to 11th place despite an Achilles injury. His remarkable performance in the final stretch of the race demonstrated his status as the fastest athlete.

As the chairperson and coach of HOT Running Club, John is currently preparing the Elite team for the upcoming Comrades Marathons in 2023. His aim is to break existing records while ensuring that the entire team finishes in the Top-10 and secures the coveted Overall Team Prize.

John's unwavering commitment to supporting athletes under his guidance drives his desire to provide them with a competitive advantage and support through holistic lifestyle coaching methods. His ultimate goal is to unlock and enhance their potential while fostering a culture of performance excellence.

Recognized as a renowned ultra-distance coach, John offers online training programs for individuals interested in participating in their first Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra Distance Marathon. These programs are designed to enhance running fitness levels while minimizing the risk of injuries.

Additionally, John is deeply passionate about assisting individuals of all body types, including those who are obese, thin, or simply seeking a healthy lifestyle. His company, Nutrition, Energy & Weight Management, has positively impacted the lives of thousands. Offering a range of specifically engineered products, John empowers individuals to embrace ultimate healthy living.

John Hamlett

Fitness & Nutritionist Specialist

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