When: Tuesday afternoons @ 5:30pm; Thursday mornings @ 5:30am; Weekend long rides/runs  

Where: Various locations (Barlow Park, Cairns Esplanade, Yellow/Red Arrows etc.) - follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for this month's squad sessions - January calendar available below

Cost: First 2 sessions FREE!! Then $10 per session (invoiced at the end of each month). INCLUDED in all athlete programs for only $5 per week extra.

Sessions: Technique, video analysis, hill sessions, aerobic, track/speed sessions - the sessions depend upon what races and events are upcoming

Who: EVERYONE is welcome to join from juniors to masters athletes, from absolute beginners to experienced runners and triathletes

How: No need to register, but please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to sessions to check-in and ensure we start on time. Bring along appropriate nutrition (minimum water bottle). Meet and run with a fun crew!!


  • What if I am new to running/triathlon? 

Smurf Squad sessions cater for all ages and abilities and have a "no drop" policy. That is, no one is left behind! This will mean faster runners or cyclists back tracking along our route to keep everyone generally together, splitting the group in to similar abilities or keeping the session to a short closed circuit. Either way, we aim to keep everyone as together as possible

  • How long are Smurf Squad sessions?

Weekday sessions will generally be around 50-75 minutes. This will depend on the type of session and your current capacity. Some athletes may run longer if training for a longer event, and other shorter if beginning their running or triathlon journey or training for a shorter event.

Weekend sessions can be anywhere from an hour to multiple hours depending upon what events are coming up. But rest assured, you won't be pushed to go longer or do more than you are comfortable with.

  • Can I bring friends and family?

YES!! We welcome everyone to Smurf Squad regardless of age or ability. Most sessions (except those on trails, hilly runs or at the track) are also great to bring the little ones in the pram. Remember, your first 2 sessions are free, then $10 per session after that (invoiced at the end of the month)

  • Do I have to be on a Smurf & Smurfette Program to attend?

No, you don't have to commit to a full program to attend Smurf Squad. BUT, athletes on full programs receive all Smurf Squad sessions for only $5 per week extra on top of other coaching fees

  • I have a specific race coming up. Will Smurf Squad cater for my needs?

YES, as much as we can! We differentiate sessions to the individual needs of participants as much as possible. Though, in our calendar for the month, you can see the specific focus of individual Smurf Squad sessions

  • What if I have more questions?

Just send through an email to Josh at or contact us via the box in the footer of this page. We will get back to you asap

The Coach

Josh (aka. Smurf) had been coaching runners and triathletes for the past 54 years with lots of success including;

* Numerous 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon finishers
* Ultramarathon finishers including 200 mile, 100mile, 100k, 50mile and Backyard Ultra's
* 70.3, Long Course and Short Course World Championship Athletes
* Junior State Triathlon Championship Athletes
* Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 and Ironman Wins and Podium Places
* Ultraman Finishers

As an athlete, he has had significant success in running and triathlon, including;

  • Winner 2021 and 2023 3 Marathons 3 Days 

  • Winner & Course Record 2023 Kuranda to Port Douglas Trail Ultra

  • 2nd Place 2023 Unreasonable East 200 Miler

  • 2nd Place ("Assist") running 36 hours and over 240km's, 2022 Dead Cow Gully Backyard Ultra

  • 2nd Place 2022 BVRT 50 Miler

  • 2021 Half Marathon PB @ GC Running Festival - 1:19:39

  • 2021 Marathon PB (solo self-supported) - 2:56:07

  • 5 x Ironman Triathlon Finisher

  • 2 x Australian Age Group Triathlon Team Representative (2011 - Beijing, China Short Course; 2013 - Belfort, France Long Course)


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