Potter benefits from new endurance initiative
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