Enjoy. Perform. Succeed.

Barb Augustin

Tony Benson.

Frances Lipscombe

Other Coaches

Barb Augustin

Barb is the head coach. Most of your contact will be with her. For more on Barb, see "About Us"

Barb is pleased and proud to be able to call on the following two coaches. Tony is Barb's mentor and provides high-level advice. Frances coaches runners and kindly allows EPS-Triathlon athletes to take advantage of the additional sessions she provides.

Tony Benson ASM.

Tony is the Coaching Director for the Benson's-EPS group and is mentor coach to Frances Lipscombe and Barb Augustin. Tony founded Benson's EPS in 1994.

Tony was a 1972 Olympic 5000m Representative, the 5th ranked 5000m runner in the world in 1971, a Pacific Conference Games 1500m Gold Medallist. He also run a sub 4 minute mile, held the Australian 2000m record, recorded the 8th fastest 3000m (7:50.2) of all time and the fastest ever 'best on record' road 10k in 1971 of 27:37. His major victories were in IAAF Stockholm, Oslo, Cologne, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. He is the last Australian runner to win a major IAAF Grand Prix 5000m race.

Australia Track & Field Coaches' Association National Consultant who has lectured for the IAAF/IOC in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, including five tours of Kenya, held the Head Coach position for the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games teams and the National Coaching Director positions for the Philippines and Australia.

Following his retirement from running Tony qualified as a Level 5 Track and Field coach and a Level 3 Triathlon coach who has coached athletes into the Olympic Games and World Championships and triathletes to World Elite Championship level as well as co-authoring the acclaimed coaching book "Run With The Best".

Now semi-retired, Tony's interest these days is one-on-one video running  technique and analysis.


Frances Lipscombe.

Frances is the Head Coach and Program Manager for EPS-Running.

Frances' lifelong interest in athletics and in particular running started at age 10 when she became involved with Little Athletics. Frances ran at Junior state championship level running at most distances up to the marathon as a club and recreational runner.

Frances began coaching in 2005 and has coached 2 talented juniors to National All Schools Championships (top 10) and 5 juniors to State All Schools Championships (including 2 medallists).

Frances is an ATFCA/ Athletics Australia accredited Level 4 middle distance and distance coach. Currently Frances coaches all level of athletes from recreational adults looking to run their first marathon, club runners, school groups to juniors on a pathway to elite.