Nuttall leaves UK Athletics for Qatar coaching role

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John Nuttall

Yesterday it was annouced by the national governing body that endurance coach John Nuttall will be leaving his post for a new role in Qatar.

In December the former athlete joined Terrence Mahon at UKA to oversee the national endurance programme through to the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. The former lead coach at the National Performance Institute in Loughborough has now accepted a role as head coach at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

“The British Athletics Endurance Programme has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and it’s been a privilege to have been involved in some of the success stories,” said Nuttall.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with some world-class athletes on the track, cross-country and road both at training venues and major championships around the world. The time is right for me to move on to a fresh challenge.

“I wish British Athletics all the best in the future.”

Nuttall was the lead endurance coach for the London 2012 Olympic Games and currently coaches European Indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe as well as Lee Merrien (marathon) and Gemma Steel (cross country). 

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said:

“On behalf of British Athletics I would like to place on record our thanks to John who has been a great support to the endurance programme in recent years and leaves it in very good health.

“We wish him well in what is obviously a very exciting opportunity.”

Nuttall will remain in position at British Athletics until early October.

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First published on: 11 September, 2013 12:00 am

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