Tributes to Bruce Longden

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Tributes From Coaches and Athletes

Tributes from fellow coaches and athletes who have had the
opportunity to work or train with Bruce Longden.

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Kevin Tyler
UK Athletics – Head of Coaching and Development

“Longden’s work with two of Great Britain’s most successful athletes will forever be regarded as one of the greatest coaching achievements of all time.”
“The coaching community has lost a true great but his achievements in guiding athletes to reach their full potential will act as an inspiration.”

Doug Turner
Former Athlete

I had the privilege of having Bruce as my chaperone for the 200m at the 1997 World Indoors in Paris. We shared many a joke, or a laugh, but he always kept me focused on the job. He was a true professional of the sport, a gentleman with a unique skill that centred around the athletes – others could learn from this! You will be missed Bruce x

Lucy Gill
Cambridge University 2001 – 2002

He was such a wonderful man and someone i will always remember clearly and fondly. I was so grateful for the time he spared to work with us. I find myself recalling many of his fabulous stories quite often, particularly during the recent Olympics.

Jennifer Stoute
Former Athlete

Sorry to hear about Bruce, I am totally at a loss for words. I always thought he would outlive us all with his canning personality and his zest for life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I can still hear him now ‘Jennifer shut up moaning and get on with it’.

Trevor Day

I was one of many who was influenced and inspired by Bruce when he was a teacher at King’s School Grantham in the 60’s.
47 years later I can still clearly remember Bruce – the wisecracking, pushy guy who was a teacher, a coach and also a friend. He really knew how to get the best out of people and we kept in touch until the mid 70’s. I contacted him again about 5 years ago and it was great to catch up and exchange news. I’m now 62 and live in Australia but I’ll never forget Bruce.

Dame Kelly Holmes
Olympic Champion

I would like to send my condolences but also my heartfelt thanks for all the work he has done in athletics helping and inspiring athletes.

David Rice
Athletics Coach at The Hawcs

“I must have been one of the luckiest coaches in the UK, not only did I work for Bruce through his time as the National Coach for North of the Thames, after that he continued to be my mentor and a friend. I cannot begin to describe how much I learnt from him. I always felt that UK:Athletics never fully appreciated his coaching abilities and experience, or his ability and depth of knowledge to educate coaches. He will be badly missed by the sport and the many people whose lives he touched.”

Eric Brees
Enfield and Haringey AC, UK

“My Mentor, The Master.”

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: ...

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. 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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