Mick Thompson & Dave Ansell
Endurance and XC Coach's
Mick Thompson and Dave Ansell are both UKA qualified coaches and have been coaching athletes for the last 25 years. We have worked with athletes from as young as 11 to senior level.
A large number of our athletes have achieved county standard at either club or school level, others have progressed to regional level and International level.
Our own personal backgrounds in the sport influences our coaching beliefs. We believe in building a strong platform from which young athletes can aspire to becoming successful seniors. Between us we have around 100 years of competitive experience.
We have competed on the track, road, cross country and fell. Dave’s expertise lies in middle distance events and Mick’s experience in endurance running. We both believe that a solid middle distance background is essential to whatever distance you may end up running as a senior.
We have always welcomed anyone to the group irrespective of ability. What makes us happy is to see athletes improve, everything else is a bonus. Our athletes have always worked hard in training but we like to keep the atmosphere fun and relaxed.
Despite our increased years we still join in with many of our sessions, so we know what athletes are going through in a training.