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Trustees of the
Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation

Julie Longden

Julie is 59 years old, and was married to Bruce for almost 19 years.

She now lives in Paarl, South Africa.

She has been involved in sports administration, management and coaching for most of her life, and is a qualified UKA Level 4 Performance Coach. She has been an Authorised IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Athletes’ Representative, and is currently working at Paarl Girls’ High School, as a coach, LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) organiser and mentor.

Alison Longden

Alison is 49 years old, the daughter of Bruce, she lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

My own interest in athletics was fuelled by my Dad’s enthusiasm for coaching, and the athletes he personally coached.

I’m delighted to be involved with the Foundation and continue his work in a different way.

David Rice

Dave is 70 years old, and has been married to Eileen for 47 years. They have two sons. He lives in Hertford.

He has been involved in coaching, since the early 80’s, achieving numerous levels of coaching awards in sprints & hurdles, and combined events, under the old British Amateur Athletic Board (BAAB)/British Athletics Federation (BAF), and is now a Level 4 UK:A Performance Coach.

In 1992, whilst National Coach (North of the Thames Region), Bruce appointed Dave his Performance Manager and together they developed one of the strongest coach education regions in the UK. Dave continued as Coaching Administrator for the South of England (SEAA) – 19 counties – after the demise of BAF in 1999/2000, eventually chairing the SEAA Coaching Committee, until the formation of UK:A.

He continued to co-ordinate, and arrange, coaching courses, workshops, etc, during the early years of UK:A. He has also been team manager for various teams including England (East Region) UK School Games and London North Lions. East of England Combined Events Co-ordinator/Coach for Rover Initiative, and East of England Region.

Throughout this time he has continued to coach his own group of successful athletes, helping them to achieve honors at all levels.

Norman Groves

Norman is 67 years old, and has been married to Pauline for 46 years, living for the last 22 years in Hatfield Heath, Hertfordshire.

He has two children, Esme and Dominic, and between them they have produced four wonderful grandchildren. Many years ago his two godchildren, Rachel and Ben, came into their lives permanently, and have given them three more ‘grandchildren’, so all in all he and Pauline are blessed.

Norman has now retired, having worked full-time for the family company, he was the Financial Director, but took a sideways step, a few years ago, to take life easier.

He likes to keep himself fit, and is involved with heart rehabilitation classes twice a week and walks strenuously every day. He loves watching all sports, especially cricket and football. He is a season ticket holder at Essex County Cricket Club. His other great love, which he shares with Pauline, is traveling and they enjoy planning where their next trip will be.

Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally is 46 years old, and married to Jonathan Bigg. She has 3 sons, and lives in West Sussex.

Sally remains the only woman ever to hold all four major track titles (Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European) concurrently. In her specialist event, 400m Hurdles, she won Olympic Gold (1992 Barcelona), World Championship Gold (1993 Stuttgart), European Championship Gold (1994 Helsinki), Commonwealth Games (1990 Edinburgh, 1994 Victoria). Additionally, when winning the World title in 1993, she set a new 400m Hurdles world record.

When she ended her athletic career, she joined the BBC sports team and was seen regularly on athletics programme until 2006, interviewing athletes on the finish line and bringing the trackside atmosphere into millions of living rooms across the UK. She has appeared in numerous tv shows including Question of Sport and Total Wipeout, and is a regular on the Breakfast News sofas.
Her current mission, along with her husband Jon, is to promote health and well-being for everybody in the UK, and she is a passionate supporter of initiatives that encourage families to be more active. Her Corporate work, helping companies to bring health and well-being into the workplace, confirms her formidable reputation as an influence at the highest levels of business.

Jon Bigg

Jonathan is 46 years old, and is married to Sally Gunnell. He has 3 sons and lives in West Sussex. He is a qualified UKA Level 3, and British Triathlon Level 1, coach.

He has been involved in sport continually from a early age, having started as a very promising middle distance athlete, he was soon noticed by Steve Ovett, Britain’s 800m Olympic gold medallist; and started training with him at the age of 16. This experience enabled him to progress his own athletic career, gaining international vests at 800m on the track, and joining numerous overseas team tours.

Jonathan’s running career was tragically cut short due to an injury but this gave him the opportunity to have a huge input into Sally’s career. Obviously he learnt a lot about the pressures, and strains, on a top class athlete, which he now draws on advising his own successful group of athletes.

Outside of coaching he has headed up many commercial campaigns for Sally that has given him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest worldwide corporate businesses.

Jon and Sally currently run a very successful corporate health programme. It helps businesses, and organisations, understand why leading a healthier life is important to them and just how much of a difference this can make to their personal and work life.