Pot­ter ben­e­fits from new en­durance ini­tia­tive

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BETH POT­TER is one of the first ath­letes to ben­e­fit from The Na­tional En­durance Cen­tre – a newly-cre­ated sports devel­op­ment project in Leeds, writes Ja­son Henderson.

The brain­child of en­durance coach Malcolm Brown and race walks guru Andi Drake,

The Na­tional En­durance Cen­tre aims to act as a fo­rum for en­durance ath­letes, coaches and sports sci­en­tists from all dis­ci­plines to spread ideas, in ad­di­tion to act­ing as a po­ten­tial source of fund­ing for run­ners, triath­letes and race walk­ers who have nar­rowly missed out on re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port from na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies.

Pot­ter, an elite triath­lete who also won the British 10,000m ti­tle in 2017, was last week­end pre­sented with £300 by Jonny Brown­lee in Leeds as The Na­tional En­durance Cen­tre be­gan to make it­self known in the ath­let­ics and triathlon worlds.

“We hope to com­ple­ment the work done by the na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies by sup­port­ing ath­letes, coaches and sup­port staff who are op­er­at­ing at the cut­ting edge of en­durance sport,” says Brown.

“The cross fer­til­i­sa­tion of ideas across en­durance sport has helped my learning and un­der­stand­ing and we hope to pass those op­por­tu­ni­ties on to the next gen­er­a­tion of ath­letes and coaches.”

The Na­tional En­durance Cen­tre builds on suc­cesses in Leeds of the Brown­lee brothers, Laura Weight­man and Tom Bos­worth among oth­ers and Drake and Brown will be sup­ported by coaches Andy Henderson and Mike Baxter, plus phys­io­ther­a­pist Ali­son Rose.

See na­tional­en­durance­cen­tre. co.uk

Jonny Brown­lee presents Beth Pot­ter with her fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion from The Na­tional En­durance Cen­tre

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