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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.”

Brian Hopkins

Brian began coaching some thirty years ago under the guidance of former GB Coach Tom McNab at St Albans AC. Without doubt Tom instilled in him an enthusiasm for athletics and this was so important to him in his early years of coaching.
Initially he coached middle-distance but subsequently switched to hurdles, both sprint hurdles and long hurdles.
He has been extremely fortunate in being able to guide several talented young athletes to achieve National Gold medals and is also very proud to have instigated the hugely successful 300/400 Hurdles Training Days, which have been sponsored by BLCF since 2013.

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 over 30 years and during that time I have brought athletes through to major championships at youth, junior, U23 and senior level. I have five 400m hurdlers in the squad at the moment, including Thomas Barr whom I have coached since 2010 (Tom has run 47.97s, was 4th in Rio 2016 and Bronze medallist in Berlin 2018).

My full-time job is as a coach education officer for Sport Ireland Coaching, based at the University of Limerick, where I train Coach Developers and Trainers of Coach Developers across 60 sports. I also lead the High Performance Coach Support Programme. Internationally I am an ICCE (International Council for Coaching Excellence) Global Expert in Coach Development and am one of their Master Trainers.

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.

I am currently Regional Lead for Sprints in the South East for England Athletics and was a National Coach Mentor on the England Athletics National Coaching Development Programme. I also tutor on the current coaching courses. I have coached for 30 years at my local club Marshall Milton Keynes and have also coached internationally both as a team coach and with individual athletes.

I enjoy my involvement with both athletes and other coaches and continue to learn from both of these groups.

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 ...

Jun 26 , 2022  ·  

The art of hurdling 🖼#WorldIndoorChamps ...

Mar 28 , 2022  ·  

🔥 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 ...

Feb 19 , 2022  ·  

🔥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. 🔥 ...

Nov 12 , 2021  ·  

🔥 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 ...

Oct 04 , 2021  ·  

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  ·  

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