ATHLETICS & CROSS COUNTRY
The Athletics Club offers coaching and competition provision for all abilities and experience. Our coaching team are present 6 days of the week to help all athletes realise their full potential. With a fantastic international standard Athletics Track on campus, we now host hugely successful summer Open Competitions with the BMC and England Athletics. It has long been an endurance power-house winning 13 BUCS cross-country Team Titles in the past 15 years and producing over 50 Great Britain representatives in the same time period.
Recent recruitment of coaches across all athletic disciplines, combined with its ‘Athletics Talent Hub’ status look set to catapult the University to the forefront of domestic athletic provisions.
Head of Athletics, Luke Gunn:
Luke is a former International Steeplechaser and also works as the British Athletics Talent Hub Manager. He coaches many current GB internationals, whilst also working as a Great Britain and England Team Coach.
Previously Sports Scholarship Manager and TASS Hub Manager at the University of Birmingham, as well as University Co-ordinator for England Athletics.
Jumps & Combined Events Coach, Jade Surman:
Jade a former International Heptathlete, has now been coaching at the University for 5 years. She has produced multiple BUCS Medallists and England Junior and Senior representatives. Jade is has been team manager for both England Teams and at the World University Games. Jade is a point-of-contact for the British Athletics Talent Hub and is also lead coach for the Youth Talent Programme.
Jade leads on recruitment for power-based athletes to the University, across all sprints, jumps and throws events.
Endurance Coach & Coordinator, Dean Miller:
Dean is a Paralympian for 2012 and European medallist over 1500m (T37). Dean is an alumnus from Birmingham, who moved into coaching 3 years ago with immediate success. Dean works with the British Athletics Para-Futures programme, as well as being a point-of-contact for the Talent Hub endurance athletes.
Dean also leads on the Street2Stadium initiative from British Para-Athletics, as well as being lead coach for the Youth Talent Programme. Dean is currently on a UKSport Coaching National Programme and is the lead recruitment coordinator for the University of Birmingham.
Sprints Coach, Dominic McNeillis:
Dominic has been coaching at the University for 4 years, after many successful years at local club Halesowen AC. Dominic is fully UKA qualified in Sprints, Jumps and Combined Events making him a very versatile and highly technically knowledgable; coaching junior internationals across all the disciplines.
Dominic was also a member of the initial National Coaching Development Programme (NCDP) cohort.
Throws Coach, Jan Aarre:
Jan has led the Universities Throws Group for 4 years, covering all events from Shot Put, Discus, Hammer and Javelin. Before this Jan was a lead coach at local Birchfield Harriers, working primarily with their junior throwers with great success. Jan is a member of the England Athletics Mentoring Scheme with National Throws coaches.
British Athletics – the University is the first to pilot the ‘Athletic Talent Hub’, which supports top junior talent in the region
London Marathon – in conjunction with the Talent Hub, London Marathon also partner to aid the development of endurance performance in the region for athletes and also to host its annual Young Athlete Camp
British Milers Club – the University hosts regional and gold standard meetings in partnership with the BMC competition provider
England Athletics – the University was the first recipient of the Gold Charter Mark scheme for England Athletics
Level of university competition
British University & College Sport ‘BUCS’:
- Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May)
- Indoor Track & Field Championships (February)
- Cross-Country Championships (February)
- 10,000m Championships (April)
- Combined Events Championships (May)
The Cross-Country team also compete in the Midland and Birmingham Cross-Country Leagues throughout (November-February)
- Inter-Varsity Indoor Athletics (January)
- Dual Match vs Cardiff Met (November)
- Ivy League Match v Harvard, Yale, Cornell & Penn Universities (every 2 years)