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The Support Coaches for
The Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation

David Rice

UKA Level 4 Coach Sprints, Hurdles and Combined Events. David Was Bruce’s Performance Manager and Coach Education Manager during Bruce’s period as the BAF North of the Thames National Coach.

“I learnt so much from Bruce, I am delighted to be able to be given a chance of continuing his work.”

Hayley Harrison

My name is Hayley Harrison and I live, work and coach in Ireland. My specialist event (as an athlete and coach) is the 400m hurdles and that is how I first met Bruce – he was involved in the national squad that I was attending as an athlete, many years ago! 4 years later, it was he who led me through my Level 4 (Senior Coach as it was then) 400mH specific, coaching award and at that time I became the first woman in Europe to achieve the award. I have been coaching for 28 years, 8 years in the UK and 20 years in Ireland (having previously competed internationally for 5 years) and during that time I have brought athletes through to major championships at youth, junior, U23 and senior level. There are three major championship 400m hurdlers in the squad at the moment, including the Irish record holder Thomas Barr (48.65sec) whom I have coached since 2010.

I am currently the Irish National Hurdles co-ordinator and National hurdles coach and my husband (Drew) and I currently have a squad of 25 athletes (sprinters, jumpers & hurdlers) all based in Limerick, Ireland. My full-time job is as a coach education officer for Coaching Ireland, based at the University of Limerick, where I train both tutors (who deliver coach education programmes) and tutor trainers (who train the tutors), I also assist the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to develop their coach education programmes.

Jorg Peter

National Coach, Youth Team, and National Coach, 400m U20 men – DLV (Germany)

I was lucky enough to get to know Bruce personally, and without any hesitation he allowed me to learn from his huge treasure trove of knowledge about athletics, and in particular 400m Hurdles. It is an honour, for me personally, to be able to help the Foundation in continuing to transmit his legacy and ideas.

Nick Dakin

Director of Athletics Loughborough University, England
Specializes in coaching 400m and 400m hurdles with European medalists and World/ Olympic Finalists in both events.

‘’Just as it was a privilege to work with Bruce himself , it is also a privilege to be able to work with the Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation to help further develop talent in this great sport of ours’’

Peter Sutcliffe

Peter was a UK National Event Coach for many years, as well as a UK Athletics Team Coach and England Athletics Team Coach on a number of occasions.

‘I am delighted to be involved with the Foundation as I have always had the greatest respect for Bruce’s coaching achievements and welcome the opportunity to continue his coaching philosophy.’

Mike Leonard

A member of Bruce’s education team for the BAF North of the Thames Region and a UKA Level 4 Sprints Coach.

Bruce helped me enormously especially as a novice coach finding my way into coaching.
Bruce was someone you could always talk to and ask his advice. It was great to work as part of that team under his leadership. It’s great to have the opportunity to now give something back to the Foundation set up to continue his legacy