Keith Brackstone


I qualified as a coach back on 4th May 1979 at the Army School of Physical Training on a week long course run by the Amateur Athletic Association as it then was. I have been on the England Athletics’ National Coach Mentor program for middle distance and endurance since its inception.

I am a level 3 Endurance Performance Coach and am also qualified to coach speed, jumps and throws plus strength and conditioning.

I specialise in coaching middle distance and endurance sessions for adults with an emphasis on the performance end of the spectrum but also coach recreational runners and young athletes at middle distance and endurance.

I coach at Whitehall on a Monday night, Whitehall on a Tuesday night from April to August inclusive and Coombe Dingle on a Tuesday night from September to March inclusive, I coach at WISE on Wednesday nights and Coombe Dingle on Thursday nights. I also coach on Saturdays if the club isn’t competing. [I produce a monthly schedule of my sessions which is publicised on the club’s web-site.]

I competed between 1965 and 1996 (32 seasons) on the track, road and cross-country including 22 consecutive years on the RAF representative team and ran cross-country for England in 1980 and the marathon for England in 1988. I was also a member of the 1980 Bristol Team which won the 12-stage road-relay in a record time which still has not been beaten.

The thing I most enjoy about athletics is helping athletes reach their full potential at any event they choose to compete at.


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