Millfield’s new endurance squad overseen by Malcolm Brown

Millfield’s new endurance squad overseen by Malcolm Brown

Brownlee brothers coach Malcolm Brown is joining Millfield’s sport staff to shape the newly formed cross sport endurance squad.  

Malcolm will be coming to Millfield to work on campus with the 40+ endurance athletes several times a year, imparting his experience of coaching the highly decorated triathlete brothers, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, and guiding Vicky Holland to become the first female triathlete in history to win an Olympic medal for Team GB. 

He will be spending time with individuals to discuss their goals and develop their training pathways, planning and reviewing the training programme, and hosting talks with students, parents and staff. As well as in person sessions, he will also deliver some coaching remotely. 

The endurance squad has been formed to bring all endurance runners across triathlon, pentathlon, cross country and athletics together twice a week to train, ensuring every athlete has the right level of competition within the group to help their development. It also increases the number of social interactions the endurance athletes have across sports.  

Malcolm is co-founder and a Performance Coach based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre. He is also a former endurance running coach for UK Athletics. Before moving into triathlon, he spent 25 years working with the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe. 

He has coached athletes to international gold medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level and was British Triathlon’s Olympic Performance Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He was Director of Sport at Leeds Beckett University from 2002-2009. 

Bringing his wealth of knowledge in endurance running and triathlon, Malcolm will be working alongside Millfield’s Head of Triathlon Christian Brown (no relation) who leads the endurance squad, Head of Athletics Neil Wheeler and Head of Pentathlon Antonia Cord.  

Malcolm Brown said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the multi sport endurance squad at Millfield. Firstly, it is a privilege to work with young students at a critical time in their development as athletes and people. Further, the school has demonstrated vision in creating the project, confirming its position as a world leading environment for youth development in sport. Finally, we are going to have fun!” 

Christian Brown said “The newly formed endurance squad represents youth sport and development at its best and will create a training environment that is totally unique within a school. Our students are very lucky to have Malcolm on board. This means we will have four or more coaches on the track at training sessions, bringing together a huge amount of knowledge and experience that will benefit our athletes. We can build a picture of statistics around each individual and get to know them really well and understand what works for them and what they find more challenging that we need to work on.” 

Neil Wheeler said: “We have athletes performing at a range of different levels so this squad enables everyone to have someone to push them on and work with and Malcolm’s coaching will be invaluable in helping them develop.”  

Malcolm will be visiting the campus in February for his first in person sessions.  

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