Regional Coach Leads

Regional Coach Leads are the main point of contact for coaches in their geographical area. The Regional Coach Leads are responsible for answering queries/emails about their specific event group. They are here to answer questions on coaching and athlete progression and can help with referring to other specialists should the need arrive.  The Regional Coach Leads also organise the regional workshops programme for their event group area with the event area lead.

Sprints & Hurdles

North:

  • Graham Pilkington – gpilkington@englandathletics.org
    Graham is a Level 4 Performance Speed Coach based at Litherland Sports Park, Merseyside and has over 21 years experience as a coach. As well as coaching his own Squad he undertakes a variety of roles for British and England Athletics. These include International Coach and Team Management, AASE Programme Athlete Mentoring and the Delivery of Movement Skill and Event Integration Days for England Athletics.

Midlands:

  • Andy Paul – apaul@englandathletics.org
    Andy is a highly competent and experienced sports coach, consultant, educator, presenter and events manager, with a strong record of planning and managing successful national programmes from initiation right through to completion.  Having graduated from Birmingham’s Newman College with B.ed (Hons) in Primary Education and PE, Andy has spent his career in the field of sport and athletics, working with educators, businesses, governing bodies, and voluntary sector partners. He has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, including UK Athletics.

South West:

  • Hurdles – James Hillier – jhillier@englandathletics.org
    James is one of the top sprints and hurdles coaches in the country.  In 8 years as a coach he has personally coached Over 20 National Champions, over 30 National Medallists and a British Record Holder.  James has also coached 15 athletes to their FIRST international vest (6 for GB, 8 for England and 1 for Ireland) across 6 different events.  He is skilled at working with elite athletes and developing athletes and prides himself on strong motivational skills and technical competence.
  • Sprints – Harry King – hking@Englandathletics.org
    A former GB International sprinter and British record holder Harry has been coaching at performance level for over 15years; with experience gleaned also from a period coaching in professional football.  He has worked full time for UK Athletics as a Performance Coach and headed up the National Relay Programme both coaching and as Relays Manager.  Currently Harry is a Senior Performance Coach at Brunel University, Team Coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and newly appointed National Coach Lead for Speed and Relays.

South East

  • Hurdles – Tony Jarrett – tjarrett@englandathletics.org
    Tony is a former Silver Medallist in the 110 metres hurdles at the World Championships in 1993 and 1995; the European Championships in 1990; and Gold Medallist from the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  He is now a top class sprints and hurdles coach based in London.  Tony has coached athletes from English Schools Champions to full GB international level.
  • Sprints – Mike Leonard – mleonard@englandathletics.org
    Mike is an experienced coach and coaches athletes across a wide range of ages and abilities from club to international. He is a UK Athletics Tutor and from 2013 to 2017 was a National Coach Mentor fro Speed within the NCDP. He is passionate about athletics and enjoys sharing his coaching philosophy and ideas with other coaches.

Targeted Events

Endurance

North:

  • Helen Clitheroe –  hclitheroe@englandathletics.org
    Helen is a 2 time Olympian and European 3000m champion in 2011. She won Commonwealth bronze at 1500m and was England team coach at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is a Talent coach mentor and steeplechase coordinator for England Athletics.

Midlands:

  • Tom Craggs – tcraggs@englandathletics.org
    Tom has been coaching for 10 years working with athletes from beginners to athletes who have competed at majors championships. He has been Head Coach at two different athletics clubs and is former Coaching Development Manager for sportscoachUK. Tom has wide experience coaching in the UK and overseas as well as significant experience in strength and conditioning and nutrition. He is currently finishing an MSc in Performance Coaching.

South East:

  • Nick Anderson nanderson@englandathletics.org
    Great Britain and England Athletics running coach, PT, coach for Saucony, High5, Running Bug, Brighton marathon and charities. Nick commentates at various athletics events. With over 20 years’ coaching experience at all levels. He is a former UK Event coach for Cross Country, 5k and 10k.

South West:

  • Mark Brace mbrace@englandathletics.org
    A former Area Coach Mentor South West, he oversees the South West Endurance Network (SWEN). He organised the National Endurance Conference in 2017. He is an England Athletics Team Manager and Movement Skills Tutor.

Jumps and Combined Events

North:

  • Jamie French – jfrench@englandathletics.org
    Jamie French has been a qualified athletics coach for 23 years.  He is an experience coach education tutor and assessor who has helped to shape the current set of Coach Education courses for British and England Athletics.  He predominantly coaches Jumps and Sprints, although has coached a number of international multi-eventers, middle distance athletes and bobsleigh/Skelton.  He has recently coached a number of England and Great Britain International Athletes, and has team managed the England Athletics Jumps squad in an international competition as part of the National Coach Development Programme.  He is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, helping to deliver both the Physical Education and Spots Studies courses.  His research is predominantly in the use of High Intensity Warm Ups (HIWU) to enhance performance and interventions to be used prior to start and in-between rounds of Triple and Long Jump competitions.

Midlands:

  • Julie Dodoo – Jdodoo@englandathletics.org
    Former International heptathlete, she competed at all major championships, including the Olympic Games in Beijing.  Julie started coaching in 2008 and she is now a Level 3 Performance Coach in Combined Events.  Julie was a former NCDP mentee, UKA Apprentice coach for Combined Events 2010-2013, UKA Institute Coach for Combined Event 2010-2015 and was on the UK Sport Elite Coach Apprentice Program 2011-2013.  Julie coached Louise Hazel to 14th at the 2009 World Championships and Grace Clements to a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games in 2010

South:

  • Guy Spencer – gspencer@englandathletics.org
    Coached horizontal jumps for 20 years, it started when he was asked to look after a promising young triple jumper – “because if you don’t nobody else will”. That young athlete was Tosin Oke, and working with him over two spells has given Guy an insight with what it takes to develop an athlete from their first ever session to an Olympic final. In the ensuing two decades, Guy has been extremely privileged to work with many dedicated and talented young men and women jumpers – with some of his coaching highlights being becoming an inaugural member of the NCDP scheme in 2009, working with 13 athletes who have won medals at a National level, coaching 10 athletes who have triple jumped over 15m – including two over 16m and one over 17m, coaching the National Champions of Nigeria, Jamaica and Botswana.

South West:

  • Denis Doyle – ddoyle@englandathletics.org
    England Athletics National Coach Mentor for High Jump and North Wales Coach and Athlete Support.  Officer (all events), Denis has coached for over 47 years across all sectors of the sport from grassroots to Olympic level.  His experience also includes serving as a team manager for Great Britain and England and coaching with British, Irish and Indian teams at four Olympics and six World Championships.  He is an IAAF Level 5 Elite Jumps Coach, UKA Level 4 Performance Coach and international lecturer, and has guided over 30 athletes from several nations to international success, five at Olympic level, with ten of them setting national records. Two of his former charges include National Coach ‘Fuzz’ Ahmed and British Athletics Futures Manager Jo Summers and current European junior bronze medallist Tom Gayle.

Throws

North:

  • Nick Ridgeon – nridgeon@englandathletics.org
    Nick was a member of the National Coach Development Programme (discus / shot put) for 5 years. He coaches Alan Toward in the discus (59.33) and has been a team coach for England and the GB U/20 team. Nick is currently head of Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria University with a MSc in S&C. Nick also delivers the Movement Skills and Physical Preparation workshops.

South/South East:

  • Rob Earle – rearle@englandathletics.org
    Rob is a former National Coach Mentor for Hammer and an experienced competitor. He coached Simon Bown to 69m with the senior hammer and is experienced with shot put and discus. Additionally he delivers the Movement Skills and Physical Preparation workshops, plus some courses for UKA. Rob is also a level 5 sports therapist and has treated Olympic medallists.

Midlands:

  • Rob Careless – rcareless@englandathletics.org
    Rob was a member of the Throws National Coach Development Programme for 3 years and has coached England international level athletes in the hammer. Rob is based at Derby University and holds an honours degree in Sports Science. He is also experienced with shot put and discus.

South West:

  • Mo Pearson – mopearson@englandathletics.org
    Mo was a member of the National Coach Development Programme since its inception in 2009 and is a very experienced educator and a former Physical Education teacher. Mo is a level 4 coach in shot put and discus and completed the UK coaching Women in High Performance Coaching Programme.