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Shane Smith - Head Endurance Coach

I am a level 2 Endurance Coach and I have been at KTH since 2005 when my daughter started at the club as a 12 year old, I watched with interest all the training sessions and the Endurance Coach encouraged me to take my coaching qualifications and allow me to help out and since this I have never looked back. I coach 4-5 sessions a week and attend most races to watch my squad perform. We have achieved much success over the years, and this is all down to the hard work the squad put in, they are highly motivated and keen to compete.

Recent success include numerous county champions/ medal winners both individual and team, representation at regional and national championships including English Schools, and medal success at regional events. In the last 2014 track season the squad broke no less than 10 long established club records to etch their name in the rich 120 year history of the club, and 8 were ranked in the UK top 50. This is something I am highly proud to have been a part of, and the squad capped off a successful 2014 by winning the team of the year at the Kettering sports awards.

My coaching style is quite laid back, however I am passionate about endurance running and I try to help athletes of all abilities to train hard & enjoy success. I am part of the England Athletics mentoring scheme and I constantly do research to ensure I stay abreast of the latest developments in sports science and training methods.

I am also passionate about an athlete centred approach, I keep close contact with athletes & parents and monitor development, avoiding over training & over racing. I believe in a long and happy career in athletics and do not subscribe to the short term success at any cost approach. I believe any athlete irrespective of their ability can succeed if they work hard and I will always find time for an athlete who wants to improve and is prepared to work at it. I am delighted to have been recognised as Kettering coach of the year in 2012/ and 2014 at the Kettering sports Awards. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions [email protected]