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Bruce Longden (1939 – 2012) The Man

Bruce was born in Sheffield, England. He studied at Woodhouse Grammar School, before moving on to Loughborough College (now Loughborough University), where he graduated in 1962 in Physical Education and Geography.

He went on to teach for 2 years in Romford, Essex, before becoming Head of PE at the Boys Grammar, Kings School, Grantham for 4 years. Then the traveling passion started to be realized when he moved to Geneva, Switzerland for 4 years as Deputy Director/Recreation Director at the International School (Lycee des Nations), returning to the UK in 1973, as Recreation Director of Crawley College of Technology, until 1977.

Although he was already coaching at this time, it became his career in 1977 when he became National Athletics Coach (South of the Thames), for the British Amateur Athletic Board (now UK:A). Moving to Oslo, Norway in 1984 (until 1988), as Head Coach for the Norwegian Athletic Federation. After a brief spell as a Facilities Manager at Northwood Stadium, Stoke, he returned as a National Coach (North of the Thames) in 1991 with the British Athletics Federation (now UK:A), and remained there until its’ financial breakdown towards the end of the 90s.

Whilst continuing to coach his own squad of athletes, he used his expertise in other sports (tennis, football, rugby union and rugby league), and continued to travel, establishing yet further links with coaches in different countries.

Having attended far too many major championships to list here, he coached athletes to World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medals (and world records), worked as a visiting overseas coach for the International Athletic Federation (IAAF), European Athletic Association (EAA) and The British Council, but his passion remained, and he continued to help as many athletes and coaches as he could, helping them to achieve their personal own goals.

Reminder that our next BLCF 300/400 HURDLES TRAINING DAY is on Sunday 13th November at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 10.30am until 2pm.No pre-booking needed but please pay at Reception on arrival. (£10, card payments only).Expect plenty of hurdles work!! Sprint hurdlers welcome too.Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.#BLCF #hurdlestraining #hurdlesdevelopment ...
EA/BLCF SPRINT HURDLES WORKSHOPSWe are delighted to announce that the Sprint Hurdles Workshops introduced last winter, will be taking place again this winter. Please save these dates:Saturday 29 OctoberSaturday 26 NovemberSaturday 17 DecemberThe Workshops will be available at both Chelmsford and Sutton, as in 2021. The lead coaches will also be the same Julie Pratt-Benterman, at Chelmsford, and Lorna Booth at Sutton.As soon as booking details are available, we will post these links on the group.#BLCF#EnglandAthletics#hurdlesdevelopment ...
SAVE THE DATESWe are delighted to announce the provisional dates for the BLCF 300m/400m Hurdles Training Days for this winter. These will be at Lee Valley. Please get the following dates into your diaries, and look out for further information with regard to booking your place.Sunday 23 October 2022Sunday 13 November 2022Saturday 3 December 2022Sunday 26 February 2023Sunday 19 March 2023Saturday 25 March 2023#BLCF#hurdlesdevelopment#thefutureofhurdling ...
No other words needed, other than amazing!👑 ...
Scintillating, sensational....Sydney McLaughlin everybody! 🤯🤯🤯She just broke her own world 400m hurdles record at the US Champs! 51.41! Can’t wait to see what she can do on the same track at the #worldathleticschamps #USATFOutdoors #nationalchamps #400mhurdles #worldrecord ...
The art of hurdling 🖼#WorldIndoorChamps ...
🔥 It's a very busy weekend at Lee Valley, today see's the BLCF/Lee Valley Sprint Hurdles Open Meeting, so good luck to all those athletes taking part. We hope you are able to run well, and reduce those PBs if you can!Tomorrow, Sunday 20 February, sees the next of our BLCF 300/400m Hurdles Training Days, from 10h30 until 14h00. Thanks to Brian Hopkins, Julie-Pratt Benterman, Dave Rice and Eric Brees, who will all be there assisting the athletes, and of course their own personal coaches.Lastly, please everyone travel safe, as the weather has been terrible over the last few days. #BLCF #LeeValleyAthleticsCentre #hurdles ...
🔥Don't forget the first of the BLCF 300m/400m Hurdles Training Day at Lee Valley on Sunday, 14 November.Brian Hopkins will be joined by Lawrence Lynch for this one. Don't miss out on learning from an athlete who has represented England and Great Britain, in the 400m Hurdles, at numerous Championships during his career.If you want to secure your place for all the Sunday sessions (14 November, 12 December, 20 February, 6 March and 3 April) just call Lee Valley Athletics Centre on 020 8344 7230, and they will assist you. 🔥 ...
🔥 BLCF 300m/400m Hurdle Workshops 🔥Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the first workshop at Lee Valley on 10 October, has been cancelled. The good news is that we have dates for 5 more!14 November 202112 December 202120 February 20226 March 20223 April 2022All are on Sundays, and the times will be 10:30 until 14:00. As soon as we have the booking link from Lee Valley, we will post this so that you can guarantee your place.Thanks to everyone for their patience and we look forward to seeing you all again at the Workshops.#BLCF #hurdles #LeeValley ...
Timeline photos🧐 I attributed as much as 70% of my ability to win my Olympic gold medal to my mental strength. 🏃‍♀️ Today was the women’s 400m hurdle final.As you can imagine, this brought back alot of memories for me.Warming up out on the track I knew I had done everything I could to be ready to race.In this picture I am going through the race in my head. Something I had probably done thousands of times already, in the lead up to this very moment. It is so important to look after your mental strength as well as your physical! Something that has been highlighted in this Olympic games by the likes of Adam Peaty MBE and Simone Biles I say ‘Long may it continue’#Wellbeingwednesday #WCW #Optimiseyourage #wednesdaywords #Wednesdaywisdom #TokyoOlympics #Mentalstrength #wellbeing #mentalwellbeing ...
🔥 SAVE THE DATES 🔥BLCF is delighted to announce the return of the 300m/400m Hurdles workshops at Lee Valley, after a winter's absence due to Covid-19, later this year. Get these dates into your diaries now:Sunday 10 OctoberSunday 14 NovemberSunday 12 DecemberFurther information, including times, costs and how to book, will be available as soon as possible.2022 dates are under discussion, but cannot be confirmed until the indoor fixture dates are known.#hurdles #development #BLCF #leevalley ...
And more 400m Hurdles times broken. Great run by Femke Bol at the Stockholm Diamond League today #400mhurdles #worldclass #recordskeepfalling ...
Check this out! I believe we have Matt Elias to thank for this breakdown#400mHurdles #worldrecord #worldclass ...
And this is such a truly genuine reaction #hurdles #worldrecord #athleticsweekly ...
No words needed #hurdles #worldrecord ...
Check out this run by Sydney McLaughlin.Her first run over the 400m Hurdles since 2019 #hurdles #worldclass ...

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