Long Distance Legend helps develop coaches

As part of the England Athletics endurance mentoring scheme, Head of Endurance Shane Smith has recently attended two workshops together with some of the middle distance squad giving a terrific insight into Nutrition, Foot & Ankle conditioning, and training for longer 5000m & 10,000m events.

At the last workshop world class long distance legend Ian Stewart gave a fascinating insight into his career which saw him win a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics, and become European 5000m Gold medallist in 1969, Commonwealth 5000m Gold medallist in 1970, European indoor gold medallist 1969 & 1975, world cross champion in 1975, and set a 10 mile world record in 1977 to bring his illustrious career to an end.

Steward who also helped Mo Farah make the transition into a world class athlete was also a former Head of Endurance for UK Athletics so there was plenty of pressure when Shane was asked to do a 20 minute presentation to Ian and the other coaches/ athletes present on Kettering Town Harriers Middle Distance set up, and explain the some of the challenges facing a club level coach and give some insight into the training the squad undertake. All seemed to go well and the talk was well received, a copy of the presentation can be found here: www.ktharriers.com/userfiles/file/newsletters/Club%20Level%20Coaching.pdf