The Leeds Beckett Athletics club has seen some of the UK’s top athletes pass through its ranks from gold medal winning Team GB paralympian Kadeena Cox to double gold medal winning Team GB Triathlete Alistair Brownlee. Led by Head Coach Andrew Henderson the athletics team pride themselves on being a close-knit group ensuring everyone feels welcome whilst performing at the top of their game. The main focus of the track & field season is three major annual BUCS events including:
- Cross Country
- Indoor Track & Field Championships
- Outdoor Track & Field Championships
meet our coach
Head Coach Andrew Henderson has experience coaching some of the UK’s most talented athletes using his passion for the sport to propel them to the top of their game.
MEET OUR HEAD COACH Andrew Henderson
Leeds offers everything an athlete could need, from the state-of-the-art facilities here at the university to the incredible, natural training ground we have all around us here in Yorkshire - it's a runner's paradise, full of vast hills, trails, moors and canals...
Former Leeds Beckett student and now Head Coach of Athletics, Andrew Henderson has experience coaching some of the UK’s most talented track & field athletes using his passion for the sport to propel them to the top of their game. Now in his 13th year at Leeds Beckett and with almost nine years as Head Coach the team is going from strength to strength, with a number of BUCS, Commonwealth and Olympic medals to its name. Notable alumni of the team include double Olympic champion Triathlete Alistair Brownlee, gold medal winning Paralympian Kadeena Cox and multiple World Triathlon gold medalist Alex Yee.
Andrew moved to Leeds to pursue his passion for coaching, undertaking a degree in Sport and Leisure Management before completing his coaching qualifications and becoming the coach of the Athletics Endurance Team. Andrew's success has been recognised through a number of awards: he received the Dave Sunderland Coaching award and the BMC coach of the year in November 2019, and has been nominated for the 2020 Leeds Sports Awards.
Andrew Henderson, Head Coach
Everything you need to know
Train to win
The Athletics Team is based up at our Headingley Campus alongside our eight lane running track, field space and all the equipment you could need to pursue your track & field career. The team trains five times a week during the evenings and weekends to work around your studies. You’ll have sessions with the whole club and ones specifically focused on your discipline, alongside strength and conditioning / recovery sessions.
13 LBU athletes competed a the Rio Olympics
Commonwealth Games Champions
LBU is home to multiple Commonwealth Games meadlists including Laura Weightman, Alexandra Bell and Alex Botterill
Leeds Beckett has a number of athletes competing at the highest level for their country