All of our coaches are England Athletics qualified with a wide range of experience. 

Wherever you live in or around Bristol and whatever your age, event or experience, working with a coach can help you to enjoy athletics and achieve your potential.  See our coach bios for more information on individual coaches and details of their training sessions.

If you are interested in joining our amazing coaching team, contact our coaching coordinator Paul Filer: paulf@bristolandwestac.org 

Endurance running

Keith Brackstone

Keith has guided athletes to middle and long distance success on a national and international stage.He coaches at venues across the city on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (see the calendar for details) with a 6.45pm start, and on Saturdays when […]

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Endurance running

Dave Hart

Dave is a Coach in Running Fitness with over 50 years’ experience and a 2.20 marathon to his name.He can be found coaching endurance athletes at Whitehall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 10am.  Contact Dave to […]

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Junior endurance

Paul Owen

Paul is a UKA qualified coach and is keen to work with both junior and senior middle and long distance runners. Paul currently coaches our u11 to u17 girls in endurance running, and has supported them to individual and team medals. […]

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Juniors

Dean Garrett

Dean is the Junior Academy Head Coach and leads the provision for junior athletes. Dean is a level 1 assistant coach; and a level 2 coach in Children In Athletics, jumps, and speed. Contact Dean to find out more about […]

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Sprints

Nick Harris

Nick Harris works with club and elite GB junior athletes, coaching two to world junior championships, of of whom received a silver and bronze medal, the other a bronze. He also supported an u20 to her first european championships at […]

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Throws

Murray Grant

Murray is a highly qualified (UKA level 4) performance throws coach, who over more than 35 years has coached athletes to medals and success at all levels of competition – from the English Schools and National Championships to the Europeans and Worlds. […]

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Hurdles

Mike Strange

Mike has a long and experienced history of coaching and officiating. A UKA qualified speedwork coach, he is currently focusing on supporting hurdles. Mike has guided athletes to English Schools’ finals, and has also seen one of his athletes perform […]

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Endurance running

Chris Elson

Chris is responsible for guiding a broad spectrum of club runners to achieve their potential in endurance running. He can be found coaching on most evenings, notably with sessions at the Whitehall track on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at WISE […]

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Elite sprints

Connell Macquisten

Connell is the club’s Development Adviser, and a qualified UKA sprints coach. He supports seniors who are looking to compete over 100 – 400m, and has two international senior athletes in his groups. His proudest coaching moment to date is […]

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Endurance running

Dave Taylor

Dave has been a member of Bristol & West AC (formally Bristol Athletic Club) since 1980. He started coaching when his children took an interest in running and his daughter Lucy, u13 Avon Cross Country champion, was his first coaching […]

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Junior endurance

Dave Bedwell

Dave is a UKA qualified coach and is keen to work with both junior and senior middle and long distance runners. Dave currently coaches our u15, u17 and u20 boys in endurance running, and has supported them to individual and […]

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Throws

Hilary Nash

Hilary coaches all events and disciplines at an introductory level, across track and field, but has a focus on developing athletes in throws. He has contributed to a wide range of club successes in his extensive coaching career, and is […]

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Sprints

Tristan Jamieson

Tristan is a qualified UKA coach with a focus on sprints from 60 – 200m. He can be found at Whitehall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm, and welcomes new athletes at his sessions. Contact Tristan to find out more.

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Throws

Paul Filer

Paul is our coaching coordinator, and the main point of contact for all training enquiries. Paul is a highly qualified UKA coach (level 2 – performance) in both throws and fitness. He has coached athletes to gold and silver medals […]

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Jumps

Eugene Hechavarria

Eugene is enthusiastic coach with great experience. He is still ranked 4th all time ranking in the u15 triple jump, dating back to 1978. Eugene coaches on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Whitehall track. Eugene is a UKA qualified coaching […]

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Sprints

Jonathan Jackson

Jon is a highly qualified performance sprints coach, and coached the two fastest sprinters in the SW at u17 level in 2018. If you are a county level sprinter, then get in touch with Jon to find out more. He […]

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Junior endurance

Ali Hurford

Ali coaches our u11 and u13 endurance boys’ team – affectionately named ‘Ali’s Army’! She is a UKA qualified coach and has supported the boys to success in regional and national championships over cross country and road. Ali’s group trains […]

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Endurance running

Mike Down

Mike is a senior endurance coach, who has been qualified since 1966 and has coached athletes to international success at all major championships: Olympic, Worlds, European and Commonwealth. He coaches the senior men’s endurance first team, who train under the […]

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