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Athletics

About the club

We offer opportunities to train & compete on a regular basis in Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Racing & Race Walking throughout the year in both open events and inter University competitions.

Our major focus is on the three major annual BUCS events, the Cross Country, the Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

We also offer athletics club members assistance to obtain Governing Body coaching qualifications that they can use to deliver athletics sessions to the local community and to enhance their own career opportunities in sport.

Leeds Beckett University is also the Performance Centre for Race Walking in the country with Andi Drake based here on campus.  Furthermore, we also have very good links with Leeds Universities Athletics Club sharing facilities but also coaching athletes and organising events together.  

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Andrew Henderson - Head of Athletics

Andrew was a team coach to the European Cross 2014 and has been endurance coach to numerous England Athletics Teams since 2014. 

He has coached athletes from junior to senior level including:

  • Laura Weightman 1500m European 2014 and Commonwealth medallist 2014 & 2018, 6th World Championship 2017 and Olympic Finalist 2012 & 2016
  • Alexandra Bell Commonwealth Games 5th 2018
  • Emma Clayton World Mountain medallist 2013 & 2015 and European Mountain medallist 2015
  • Georgia Malir junior European Mountain Champion 2014
  • Bronwen Owen 6th European juniors 5000m 2015
  • Alex Botterill Commonwealth Youth 800m Champion 2017
  • Andrew has also coached Ethan Hussey junior boys 1500m English Schools Champion 2017 and third quickest U/15 all-time 1500m in the UK

For more information about being a part of Leeds Beckett’s Athletics Club contact Andy by email A.E.Henderson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Plus Icon Training at Leeds Beckett

Athletics facilities available at our Headingley Campus include:

  • 8 lane outdoor track with full license for all events
  • Indoor track at South Leeds Stadium 8 miles away
  • Jogging trail around track area for warm up or session (500m)
  • Halls available for indoor training

Headingley Campus facilities:

  • New and improved gym
  • Strength & conditioning suite
  • Dedicated strength & conditioning coach
  • Swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Dedicated sports halls and arena
  • Athletics track
  • Soccer pitches
  • Rugby pitches
  • 3G pitches
  • All-weather pitches
  • Les Mills Fitness Classes

City Campus

  • Gym
  • Fitness suite 
  • Fitness classes
Plus Icon Endurance training in Leeds
  • Leeds to Liverpool Canal (Off road and tarred)
  • Weetwood Valley trails (Off road)
  • Many parks in Leeds for grass sessions (West Park, Bodington, Roundhay and many more)
  • The Chevin (Yorkshire Dales)
  • Roads and pathways are good for training too
  • Hills for sessions 
Plus Icon Additional facilities
  • Alter-G
  • Biomechanical Testing
  • Physiological Testing
  • Altitude/Climate Chamber
Plus Icon Injury treatment

Leeds Beckett University has a free Injury Clinic at our Headingley Campus - giving students the experience they need for massage and injury treatment under supervision from qualified staff (only available during term times)

There are also various physio clinics in Leeds but we generally use Coach House Sports Physiotherapy Clinic (Alison Rose’s clinic physio to Kelly Holmes and Jessica Ennis)


Plus points

  • 8 lane outdoor track
  • Outdoor jogging trail
  • Indoor throwing nets
  • Dedicated hall for athletics
  • Strength & Conditioning gymnasium
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