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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.

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 ...

Aug 04 , 2021  ·  

🔥 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 ...

Jul 26 , 2021  ·  

And more 400m Hurdles times broken. Great run by Femke Bol at the Stockholm Diamond League today #400mhurdles #worldclass #recordskeepfalling ...

Jul 04 , 2021  ·  

Check this out! I believe we have Matt Elias to thank for this breakdown#400mHurdles #worldrecord #worldclass ...

Jul 03 , 2021  ·  

And this is such a truly genuine reaction #hurdles #worldrecord #athleticsweekly ...

Jun 28 , 2021  ·  

No words needed #hurdles #worldrecord ...

Jun 28 , 2021  ·  

Check out this run by Sydney McLaughlin.Her first run over the 400m Hurdles since 2019 #hurdles #worldclass ...

Jun 07 , 2021  ·  

BLCF is absolutely delighted to add it's name to all the Hurdles events at the Chelmsford Open Meetings listed in the information below. Entries open Monday 3 May. #hurdles #competition #performance #chelmsford #BLCF ...

Apr 27 , 2021  ·  

The best of Sally Pearson in the Wanda Diamond League ...

Apr 25 , 2021  ·  

Ask The Athlete – Sally Gunnell on if she'd rather win another indivudal or team gold ...

Mar 30 , 2021  ·  

The Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation shared a video from the playlist Torun 2021 | Event Replays.
The Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation
Women's 60m hurdles final | Torun 2021 ...

Mar 13 , 2021  ·  

A very strong message, and wise words, from one of our Trustees, Sally Gunnell on International Women's Day #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge#IWD2021 💜#ChooseToChallengeI raise my hand to challenge gender inequality and bias.When I was an elite athlete, I was told several negative things about myself and my ability, by influential individuals in my sport, that had I chosen to listen to them, I may not have achieved my 4 major track titles.Luckily for me I chose not to listen to them. The people that were important to me were positive and supportive.I say to all women, you have the power to be the best you can be. Choose to believe in yourself, choose to be positive, choose to be your best. Choose it for YOU! You got this! 💜#powerfulwomen #genderequality #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #womeninspiringwomen #womeninbusiness #womeninfluencers #mondaymotivation #mondayvibes #monday ...

Mar 08 , 2021  ·  

The Best of Keni Harrison - Wanda Diamond League ...

Mar 01 , 2021  ·  

The Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation shared a video from the playlist 2021 World Athletics Indoor Tour.
The Bruce Longden Coaching Foundation
Men's 60m hurdles world record | World Athletics Indoor Tour ...

Feb 25 , 2021  ·  

And more good news!Following yesterdays announcement from the Prime Minister on outdoor organised sport resuming from Monday 29th March. We are now pleased to announce our proposed dates for this years Nuneaton Open Events.While we await full conformation from England Athletics & British Athletics, You can now view our full information at our website: shorturl.at/foAOQ ...

Feb 24 , 2021  ·  

Some good news!UoB Track Series is back for 2021!Following yesterday’s announcements, we are delighted to inform you that our track and field meetings should be all clear to take place this summer. Provisional dates are as follows:• April 21st• May 12th• June 9th• July 14thStay tuned for further updates regarding timetables and entries. https://www.ubsportathletic.co.uk/uob-track-seriesUoB Track Series organising committee x ...

Feb 24 , 2021  ·  

Very wise words from Sally Pearson #trainhard #beyourself #hurdlingthroughlife #staysafe #stayhealthyandfit ...

Dec 04 , 2020  ·  

With the new Government regulations put in place yesterday, and the ever changing situation with regard to guidelines from England Athletics, we will not be holding any 300m/400m Hurdles Training days from October to December 2020. We did have dates booked, which we have now cancelled, and still have dates booked for January to March 2021, and will make a decision towards the end of the year with regard to these.Obviously we are all disappointed that we cannot go ahead with these, but the most important thing is the safety of you all, both coaches and athletes. Train when you can, in a safe environment.So please continue to stay safe and stay healthy. ...

Sep 23 , 2020  ·  

Aug 11 , 2020  ·  

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