About First42k

Discover the First42k story and the small team of running nuts that are 100% committed to helping you to run your first marathon, and even enjoy it!

Who’s behind it Why we started First 42k

Who’s behind First 42k?

With a wealth of experience in endurance running, coaching, sports nutrition, healthy eating and building online learning platforms, our team has the technical skills and the real-world experience to help you to complete your first marathon, no matter your current level of ability.

Sean Bell

Sean is the driving force behind the First42k program and, as Keynote Speaker and Personal Trainer, uses his passion for running together with supporting causes and charities close to his heart to inspire others to chase their own dreams.

Sean completed his first marathon, The Melbourne Marathon, in October 2017 and from the moment he crossed the finish line, he knew that it was just the beginning of his running journey!

A year prior, Sean’s good friend and football team-mate passed away to an unexplained death at 18 years old. His shock passing broke Sean’s heart and inspired him to honour his friend by living each day as he did; with 100% effort, a big smile and a handshake for everyone he met.

After achieving his first marathon, Sean realised that it was often thinking of his friend in the tough training sessions that helped him push through the pain to complete his workouts.

In 2018, Sean began to connect his running to causes and charities close to his heart. Not only to draw greater inspiration with his running but to make a big difference for the people and families who need it most. At 21 years old, Sean ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, raising $30,000 for The Compassionate Friends Victoria, a charity that supports grieving families after the death of a child. Since then, he has gone on to win the Bali Hope Ultra (an 84km race across Bali) in 2019 and has completed two separate 24-hour runs, both times raising thousands of dollars and significant awareness for the respective charities.

In 2022, Sean will partner with Make-A-Wish Australia to take on his biggest challenge yet, the ‘Run for Wishes’. Averaging approximately 60kms of running every day, this 14,000km run around Australia will take him 8-9 months to complete and help raise funds to make the wishes of critically ill children come true!

Jase Cronshaw Head Coach at First42k

Jase Cronshaw

As the head coach responsible for the First42K training program Jase is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete and the co-owner and co-founder of V&B Athletic Endurance Specialists.

As an accomplished endurance athlete, Jase has run thousands of kilometres in endurance events since completing his first ultra-marathon in 2012. He has raced in numerous countries including New Zealand, Australia and Bali.

Jase is passionate about fitness coaching and ultra-endurance events. Being actively involved in health and fitness initiatives within his local community, he coaches a free weekly run club and regularly volunteers at trail running events, helping people discover the same enjoyment he gets from running.

David "DJ" Jones

David “DJ” Jones

A long-distance cyclist, endurance athlete and soft sand running specialist, DJ is the First42K resident wordsmith. He is also co-founder and co-owner of V&B Athletic Endurance Specialists.

DJ is passionate about using his love of endurance running and cycling events to help others achieve things they may have (like himself) previously thought impossible. He has raced in numerous countries including Australia, Bali, France, Italy, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

When he’s not out running or cycling ridiculously long distances DJ enjoys long moonlit walks along the beach and collecting small stray animals as ornaments for his charm bracelet.

Luke Hopkins

As an avid trail runner and creator of online platforms, Luke is moved to be a part of the First42k team – to help people at all levels of experience to run their first marathon, as he first did at the Buffalo Stampede in Bright, VIC.

Luke has a wealth of experience in delivering exceptional user experiences both through his design agency BFG, as well as from 8 years of leanings whilst growing the health food company PBCo, which he co-founded back in 2011.

Outside of trail running and (mostly) away from the computer, Luke runs the sustainable flat-pack furniture company, Ecosium, which uses a large portion of its proceeds to help replant Australian bushland.

Chloe McLeod

Chloe is the co-founder and co-owner of the Health & Performance Collective and as a passionate Sports Dietitian, Chloe is stoked to be part of the First42km team – to help people of all levels of experience to run their first marathon!

Chloe is an Advanced Sports Dietitian, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and an expert in gut health, food intolerances and sports nutrition.

Among her many achievements, including the First42K nutrition program, Chloe created a world-class online course, The FODMAP Challenge, helping individuals identify gut intolerance symptoms, and is the lead author of the book ‘Anti-Inflammatory Eating’.

Kate Running Yoga Guru at First 42k

Kate Hall

Kate is the founder and owner of the Pure Hot Yoga and is the First42K resident Yogi.

Kate stumbled by yoga some 18 years ago, it was love at first sight.

She teaches, practices and learns, and loves to share and create! Yoga is her path, Kate is all about balance on and off the mat. She enjoys a glass of wine, loves chocolate and anything sweet, a chef by trade she doesn’t mind playing in the kitchen but now days prefers to be cooked for!

She encourages her students to enjoy the journey of yoga rather than focus on the destination. She believes, as a teacher we learn as much from our students as our students learn from us!

Why we started First 42k

It is so special helping others achieve personal bests, especially their first marathon!

When people hear that I ran 50 marathons in 50 days, I regularly get asked, “how did it feel to finish on day 50?”

I answer, “Day 50 was special, but day 49 was one of the most fulfilling days of my life. On Day 49, 3 of my friends, Sarah, Dean and Chris, ran their first-ever marathon. To be by their side the whole way and give them a big hug at the end was a moment that I will cherish forever. It was incredibly fulfilling knowing that through what I was doing in running the 50 marathons in 50 days, I had helped them believe that they too could run further than they ever have before and ultimately achieve their first 42k!”

We want to promote running as a team sport, not an individual sport.

In my first marathon, I experienced real generosity and the power of humanity when a man put his hand on my back and started pushing me up the hill at the 38km mark (The Tan Track).

I hit the wall. My legs were cramping severely, and I was starting to fall over, feeling dizzy. Mentally I knew that I was close to the finish line, but I didn’t know if I would make it. I was starting to fear that I wouldn’t.

Next minute the man gave me a zooper dooper he had picked up from an amazing lady who was there on the side supporting random runners. I smashed it down, and I instantly felt a little better. I slurred, “thank you, can I please have another one”. She gave me another zooper dooper which I know was pivotal In helping me get to the finish line!

I never learnt the names of those two people, nor did I get the opportunity to thank them, but they taught me that running is a team sport, not an individual sport. Without them, who knows, would I have completed my first 42k?

To allow others to reap the benefits of the greatest running coaches on the planet!

I was never the runner I am today until I met Jase and DJ. Since being introduced to them in September 2018, I have run approximately 100 marathons, 2 x 24-hour runs, won an 84km ultra-marathon across Bali and completed my first 100km race, the Oscars 100 Hut 2 Hut trail ultra-marathon.

I don’t say that to impress you, but to impress upon you that these guys are some of the greatest running coaches in the industry! I also feel stronger than ever, and I haven’t had a severe injury that has kept me out of running.

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “who is your coach? And can he or she coach me as well because I’d love to run marathons as you do?” Therefore I knew for others to have the success I have had with running, then they would need to be coached by Jase and DJ. I went to them with the idea of First 42k, and they loved it! The rest is history.

Lastly, I’ve learned that there is so much involved in running a marathon. It is not just about running. It’s essential to know how to support yourself with optimal nutrition and hydration. You must train in a specific way that allows you to become strong enough to complete it injury-free.

From my experience, I know that your running journey is easier when you’re supported by coaches with substantial experience and have achieved the result you are after yourself.

Running marathons changed my life, making me happier, healthier and more confident.

We have built First 42k to give you the answers to everything you need to know about how to run your first marathon so that you can experience the joy that comes with it and potentially have a life-changing experience as well!