Mike Strange is a Level 3 Performance Coach specialising in Hurdles working at Whitehall Track on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. Until he retired in 2008 as the Athletics Development Officer to the West of England he was also a UKA Coach Tutor, Coach Assessor and Coach Mentor. Mike is happy to coach aspiring hurdlers of all levels at all ages and genders. He promises to pass on any that reach the highest standards to specialist coaches at various Centres of Excellence.
Mike moved to Bristol to pursue his business career in 1968 and immediately joined the Bristol Club. Previously he was a member of the Thames Valley Harriers, National League winning side competing as a 400m hurdler and was Coached by Ron Roddan. Mike picked up most of his knowledge of speed coaching from Ron. Ron over time worked with many UK Internationals and is most famous for coaching Linford Christie to Olympic Gold in the 100m in Barcelona in 1992.
Mike remained under Ron’s distant guidance in Bristol for quite a few years and achieved his 400m hurdles pb of 55.4 secs in 1969. He began coaching in Bristol whilst still competing by offering advice to other hurdlers on a casual basis and then began involvement in county coaching events under the wing of National Coach Dave Kaye.
In 1987 after a 3 year work secondment to the USA Mike began taking on speed athletes in a group that he formed at Whitchurch Stadium. This group grew until Mike coached most of Bristol’s male sprinters, 400m runners and hurdlers. With the closure of Whitchurch Mike moved back to Whitehall where he had begun with the Club in 1968. However he dropped pure sprint coaching at this time in favour of concentration solely on hurdling.