Les has been a member of BUH since 1989 and is a life member. Former sprinter, senior county 100m champion and national masters medallist and a Committee member since 2005. He is a former club Chairman, President and Coaching Director.
Les has been a sprint coach at BUH since 2006 and is a Level 2 speed coach.
He was part of the National Coach Development Programme for speed for 3 years. He was mentored by former World Championship athlete Clarence Callender for 2 years and was the lead coach for the England women’s sprint team at the Manchester International in 2018.
Les is currently coaching two separate sprint groups – a junior group aged 10-14 and a senior group 14 and over.
Les has coached Hannah Kelly since 2010 who was English Schools U20 national champion at 200m in 2018 and 6th in the semi final of the European U20 championships at Boras Sweden in 2019.She has competed for Great Britain U20’s on 6 occasions.
He has also coached Callum Elliot to the 200m silver medal at the U15 England Athletics indoor championships and other National event finalists: Demi Lee Scott, Georgia Lever, Taiwo Taiwo, Ben To and Julia Winogrodzka. Les has coached 13 athletes to compete at the English Schools National Championships.
Les has a pre-requisite that athletes compete at the highest level of competition that they are capable of competing at, whether that’s league, county, regional, national or international.
He fully supports club athletes at competitions around the country.
He endeavours to develop athletes to be the best they can be based on training progression over a number of years – not aiming for short term success but based on athletes achieving their best in their 20’s.
Les understands the needs of both male and female athletes from U13 to senior and sets training programmes that are appropriate for their development.
He likes to work with, and mentors, other coaches supporting them on their coaching journey.