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Elite athletes take coaching roles within UK Athletics

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Craig Winrow
Craig Winrow

Two former British Number ones have taken up performance roles with UK Athletics this month.

Atlanta Olympics 800m representative Craig Winrow, and Commonwealth shot putter Mark Edwards both move into key coaching positions – but neither have been allowed to pause for breath before leaping into action.

For Edwards has already started his role as a disability performance coach for throws by jetting off to Australia where athletes part of the World Class Pathway headed to earlier this this month for warm weather training.

His appointment, overseen by Tim Jones, UK Athletics’ Senior Performance Manager for Disability, rounds off a series of coaching appointments set to lead the Paralympic athletes towards Beijing success.

“UK Athletics has worked hard over the past few months to build a dedicated team of coaches for all our disability athletes – Mark’s addition brings this process to a successful conclusion,” he said.

“We have now got an excellent team of coaches who have experience of performing at World level and I am confident they will inspire our athletes towards even greater achievements culminating in success at the Beijing Paralympics.”

Meanwhile, Craig Winrow has started his work under the watchful eye of Senior Performance Coach Mark Rowland based at St Mary’s College.

Winrow, who is still heading the UK All time list as part of the fastest junior 4x400m relay team from 1990 (alongside David Grindley, Adrian Patrick and Mark Richardson) joins staff at the endurance centre in a developmental role helping to oversee athletes based their whilst developing his skills as a performance coach. Additionally he will also use his vast middle distance experience to fulfil the role of UK event coach for the 800/1500m.

The key appointment further demonstrates the support being channelled through to UK endurance runners by the essential partnership between UK Athletics and the London marathon – who are jointly funding the role along with the Endurance Event Group.