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Tributes From Britain’s Gold Medal winners

Sally Gunnell

“He was a dedicated and knowledgeable coach, a great thinker, and above all, a decent man. He will be greatly missed by many.”

Sally Gunnell became the golden girl at the Barcelona Olympics with her 400m hurdles win. A year later she became World Champion and smashed the world record. Her fierce competitiveness and sunny personality on screen have made her a household name.

Sally revealed how it felt to win Olympic gold, the pressure at the top, how she banished self doubt and why she’s looking forward to watching the wildcard winners at London 2012.

Daley Thompson

“Bruce Longden, one of the best coaches this country has ever produced. It was an honour to have you in my life.”

Thompson, born to a Nigerian father (from where his name Daley derives) and Scottish mother, went to a boarding school in Sussex from the age of seven, and when he was 14, he was introduced to his local athletics club, Haywards Heath Harriers, by his headmaster.

It was the start of something special. He made an immediate impression, and the following summer he was fourth in the English Schools Intermediate 200m. Thompson returned to London on leaving school and joined Newham & Essex Beagles where, yet again, eye-catching performances were instant and it was not long before he was on top of the podium when he won the 60m gold at the AAA Junior Championships in 1975. He was only 16.

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

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