Founder of JHPC (John Hamlett’s Professional Coaching)

Chairman of the HOT Athletics Club Elite Athletes

Founder of John’s New Lifestyle

Founder of N.E.W. (Nutrition, Energy & Weight Management)

At Present: Coach of Elite Athletes Gift Kelehe & Gordon Lesetedi




John E Hamlett is a seasoned professional athlete, having completed more than 70 marathons and has for the past 35 years used his professional experience to coach athletes to improve their performance. His personal successes include completing the 800m sprint in 1minute 48 seconds and having won the prestigious “Jock of the Bushveld” challenge, besting the record with 7 minutes as well as winning the East London based, Buffalo Marathon.

His personal best performance was completing a marathon in Botswana (1983) within 2 hours 18 minutes, solidifying his dominance as a serious contender.

John’s athletic career started at the age of 15 and due to his successes naturally progressed to him becoming an expert coach, teacher and sports nutritionist. He is also a qualified Gym, Aerobics, Swimming instructor and Tri-Athlon coach. He is also certified in Sports Nutrition and Fitness, providing a sound base for holistic lifestyle-based training and coaching which has become his primary focus in preparing athletes. 


This approach had been particularly effective in eliminating the Russian dominance over the Comrades Marathon in 2001, where John played a significant role in preparing Andrew Kelehe for his victory. Before, Andrew had competed in the Two Oceans Marathon for many years and finished second and top 10 several times but was unable to win the challenge.

During the past three decades, John has been instrumental in coaching athletes whom have competed and earned 60 Comrades gold medals, earned several silver medals and progressed to completing personal best times in ultra-distance marathons, whilst maintaining dominance in first and second places for overall team performance in the Comrades Marathon.


Being recognised as a Coach-of-Coaches is supported by the achievement of athletes being coached by his and their successes include amongst others:


2013:  David Gatebe won the Two Oceans Marathon

2015:  Gift Kelehe won the 90th Comrades Marathon

2016:  David Gatebe won the Comrades Marathon, breaking the long- standing Russian record (since 2007) by 4 minutes


2016:  South African team represented by amongst others, Gift Kelehe, David Gatebe and   Bongmusa Mtembu, won the 100km World Championships in   Spain – Bongamusa   finished second overall

2017:  Prodigal Kumalo won UCTC 100km Trail Run over Table Mountain

2018:  Ann Ashworth won Comrades Marathon 2018, whilst Gordon Lesetedi   got his first gold   medal (6th position), David Gatebe (8th position) and Gift Kelehe   (9th position) and   Prodigal Kumalo (11th position)

2019:  Ann Ashworth got her 2nd gold medal in Comrades (4th position), Gordon Lesetedi got   his 2nd Gold medal (9th position), Siya Mqambeli got his 1st Gold medal (10th position)

As chairperson and coach of HOT, John is preparing the HOT Athletics Club Elite team for the prestigious Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons in 2019 and aims to break the existing record, whilst attempting for the entire team to complete in the Top-10 and winning the coveted Overall Team Prize.


John remains committed to the support of athletes under his guidance and aims to provide them with competitive advantage and support through his holistic lifestyle coaching methods to unlock and improve on their potential and encourage performance excellence.


John Hamlett, a well-known Ultra distance coach, offers online training programmes for those interested in running their first Half Marathon, Marathon or Ultra Distance Marathon.

John's coaching provides a programme to increase or enhance your running fitness level, while minimizing the chances of incurring injuries.

John coaches long-distance athletes but can also assist those wanting to start with 5km and 10km runs.