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MEET OUR COACHES

Our experienced coaches are here to help you reach your goals in athletics. From jumps, throws, sprints or endurance, you will find a coach dedicated coach with expertise in your chosen disciplines who can help you be your best

SPRINTS

 

Nick Harris

"Athletics has been my passion from young athlete to coach. With a focus on speed and performance I coach the 60m , 100m, 200m, 300m and 400m with one to one's for other sports.  I have an athlete-centric approach to my coaching and my goal is to bring out the best in you. Potential is something that grows as it's nourished - as a coach I would like to draw your attention to two key success factors; faith in your potential and your readiness to learn."

 

Athlete honours to date

2017 , IPC world junior championships F Silver and Bronze 100m and 200m

2017   Youth Commonwealth Games M. 200m

2019  IPC world junior championships M

Bronze 400m

2019   Supported Endurance coach with speed training for 1500m F u20 European Championships. 

Jon Jackson

Jon is a highly qualified performance sprints coach, and coaches some of the fastest age-group sprinters in the Southwest.

If you are a county level sprinter, then get in touch with Jon to find out more. He coaches at Whitehall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Dean Garrett (and throws)

Dean Garrett is a highly experienced multi-discipline coach who specialises in working with and honing the skills of junior athletes. Dean is a level 2 coach in 'Children in Athletics - Jumps and Speed' and has integral in the success of the academy arm of Bristol and West AC.

Dean's role is to lead and oversee academy training sessions and also to ensure all junior athletes are provided with the opportunities required to flourish and grow within the sport.

Adebeowle Ademuyewo (Debo)

As well as a high level sprints coach, Debo is himself an elite sprinter having competed at an international level during his own athletics career. Debo welcomes athletes of all levels to his training sessions but expects dedication and hard work from all who attend. Debo specialises in 200m - 400m.

Triston Jamieson

Triston is an experienced sprints coach who specialises in the shorter disciplines (60m - 200m) and is currently coaching an elite group of16 - 23 year old athletes at the club. Triston is also a personal trainer and will be studying Strength and Conditioning at Hartpury University later this year. 

You can find Triston coaching at Whitehall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 1800 - 2000.

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 in the Diamond League!

Mike is to be found at Whitehall on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.15pm. He is happy to welcome hurdlers of all ages, genders and levels of experience. Get in touch to find out more, or come along to the track and ask for Mike.

Jeff Dickens

ENDURANCE

 

Mike Down

MD is the club`s oldest and most experienced Level 4 coach, specialising in middle distance and all forms of endurance running and conditioning. A former BMC Coach of the Year and curator of a UKA National Endurance Initiative, he has coached athletes to  compete at all the major championships - Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games. Having first qualified in 1961 he completed 60 years of service in 2021.

Chris Elson

Chris is responsible for guiding a broad spectrum of club runners to achieve their potential in endurance & middle-distance running. He conducts sessions at Whitehall on Tuesdays (endurance 6.15pm warm up & middle distance 7.10pm warm up), Thursdays (6.15 warm up) & Friday evenings (6.00pm at Whitehall and at WISE on Wednesdays (6.15pm), the last two with Nick Crewe. Currently Chris conducts two sessions at Whitehall on Saturday morning, endurance 9.40am warm up & middle-distance 10.10am warm up. Chris also manages several club teams, including the Gwent Cross Country League and National Athletic League.

Ali Hurford

"Sport has been an extremely important part of my life & I have been a member of several athletics clubs since aged 10. Initially I began my athletics career as a successful sprint hurdler followed by an interesting transition to middle distance & cross country running when I joined Bristol & West AC.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have experienced both how to train as a sprinter & endurance runner. I have been coaching the junior boys endurance group since 2004 & apart from a lot of fun it has kept me young at heart. Spending time with young athletes & their parents can be hugely rewarding & I continue to learn & adapt to the needs & requirements necessary to produce successful athletes competing for Bristol & West AC"

Nick Crew

Nick enjoys running mostly middle distances, following an England Athletics leadership in running fitness course, he started up a local group and shortly afterwards became a qualified coach.  He believes that jogging/running is for everyone and wants all our sessions to be fun, inclusive and structured so that we can learn new skills and techniques together to improve to be the best we can. If that's to meet a specific goal you have in mind or just to enjoy the experience that's fine.  It is rewarding to see people achieve their goals which is rewarding and its great to see the group supporting one another.

David 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 success story.

Since then Dave has coached a range of athletes to endurance success on a national and international stage. He now works predominantly with masters athletes.

Chris Palmer

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 team medals. Their main sessions are at Whitehall on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and on Saturdays in Ashton Court.

The junior boys’ endurance runners are team managed by Emma Withers. Contact Dave and Emma to find out more.

Dave Hart

Dave is a Event Group Endurance coach with over 50 years’ experience and a 2.20 marathon to his name.

Emma Withers

Paul Owen

I have been at B&W coaching girls endurance and middle distance for nearly 10 years, from beginners and social runners through to English Schools and top county standard. My passion is to help develop an all round training and learning experience for all young athletes.

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 at the English Schools Championships in javelin (2018) and discus (2019), and to an England u17 vest and gold medal in shot put (2015).

Ken Holmes

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.

Contact Murray for more information and current session details. He coaches at locations across Bristol and Somerset.

Hilary Nash

A level 3 sprints and development coach with wide experience of coaching sprints, jumps and throws but in recent times has concentrated on introducing young athletes to throwing events.

JUMPS

 

Paul Weston

Eugene H

Eugene is an enthusiastic, UKA qualified coach with years of experience. He is still ranked 4th all time in the u15 triple jump and holds the best ever Intermediate boys English Schools performance for since 1978. Eugene uses his experience as an elite level athlete combined with years of coaching athletes of all levels to help you reach your potential.
Eugene coaches on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Whitehall track.

ASSISTANT COACHES

 

Simon Jones

Simon Williams

Paula Casling

Ashley George