In 2008 Sue and Andrew O’Brien became known as the “Couple on the Run” when, side by side, they ran 8 marathons in 8 countries in 8 weeks together. They live by the philosophy that by harnessing the principles of exercising with a partner and applying this to other areas of our everyday lives we can achieve more. With almost 100 marathons under their belt, overcoming a case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the early detection of their son’s life threatening condition and personal and professional successes all attributed to their running partnership, who are we to argue?
They claim fitness is one part of the equation, but it plays only a small part. The greater benefits include sharing the motivation to get things started, the commitment to regularity and enjoying quality time with one another. All leading to greater understandings, shared goals and ultimately lessons in life.
The O’Briens combine a diverse yet complementary experience base. Sue is a fitness expert and former Australian Triathlon representative, while Andrew is an award winning CEO, expert in creating Desired Futures™, corporate adviser and talented facilitator.
Applying their Desired Futures™ and Partnerunning™ principles of vision, strategy, planning, communication, teamwork, relationships and fitness, the O’Briens inspire and educate business and individuals to perform at their best.
Sue is now a sought after speaker and workshop presenter and is recognised as a leading fitness expert who is a living example of what is possible when you put your expertise in to practice. Sue loves her profession and has worked in the Fitness industry for more than 25 years regularly teaching 15 to 20 indoor cycle, aerobics and body balance classes each week while working with individual clients and developing Partnerunning.
Sue is a mother of two who many years ago started running with her father former Essendon great Jack Clarke and brother Ian. Before taking up marathon running Sue was a regular winner of state and national age group triathlons and twice represented Australia at the world triathlon championships. Sue has a Bachelor of Education and is a regular contributor to her own learning as well as to the learning of others.
Andrew took up running in his 30’s in order to improve his health and fitness after living an unhealthy lifestyle during his 20’s. It was during this effort to regain his health that Andrew met Sue and before too long decided to run a marathon as a goal for recovering from illness. In 2004 Andrew was the Customer Service Institute of Australia’s Victorian CEO of the year and has worked in industries including retail, food service, sport and fitness, facility management and higher education.
A number of free courses are available for both individual and partner running. Details are available on the Partnerunning Facebook page or at www.partnerunningcommunity.com