On the eve of the Brighton Marathon, on Friday 12th April we were lucky enough here at the College to have a visit from Gerard "GP" Pearlberg (BCJS 1971-75, S. 1975-80), who delivered an inspiring talk on "How to run Faster, Longer, Easier...". Cameron Dashwood, Head of School, who went on to run the marathon that weekend, was there, as were many of our pupils, parents, OBs and teachers and a handful of runners from Rockinghorse (who GP was running for himself that weekend).
As a professional running coach with years of experience of coaching first class athletes around the globe, GP delivered a motivating lecture, and we hope he will return next year, when we are looking forward to holding the event out on the Home Ground so that we can put some of his ideas into practice straight off!
For those of you that missed the lecture, you can still benefit from GP's wealth of experience - his book "Run Tall, Run Easy" can be ordered from the runningbuzz.com website (we have a copy in the OB office, and it is well worth the investment!).
The Rockinghorse is a Brighton based charity, familiar to all locals for their wonderful efforts fundraising for sick children in Sussex.
- Full time USA Professional Track & Field Coach
- International speaker at marathons and other events in USA, Canada, and South America
- Has a unique and formidable accent and powerful voice that resonates with the spectator and participant alike.
- He's been an athlete for over 30 years in various sports on multiple continents.
- He's a runner who trained himself from a novice to an elite athlete-from a 10-minute miler and 4:41:00 marathoner to a 4:20 miler and 2:34 marathoner, respectively.
- Has completed hundreds of road and track races.
- Author of Run Tall, Run Easy: The Ultimate Guide to Better Running Mechanics.
- Has extensive broadcasting experience in TV and radio.
- Has been a professional coach for 15 years and has coached thousands of runners to compete in the marathon-from first timers to Olympic athletes.
- His philosophy as a coach is "Helping Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things" and this down-to-earth, blue collar approach marries beautifully with the runners scratching and clawing their way to the end of their 26 mile journey.