Our coaches

We have a number of talented and dedicated coaches who volunteer their time to train our atheletes. All our coaches are UK Athletics trained with a valid DBS. As part of the UK Athletics coaching policy all coaches are required to complete a safeguarding module. 

Peter Haynes

Peter has been coaching juniors and senior athletes for the past twenty years from 800m to marathon. He’s a qualified steeplechase coach and also coached a number of multi sport athletes from Triathlon and Modern Pentathlon. During this time some of his athletes have gone to compete at local, regional, national and for Great Britain in European and world events, on track, road and cross country.

Simon Lynch

Simon has been coaching since 2012, firstly in an assistant capacity, and since 2015 as a lead coach. He holds an Open University degree in Sports, Fitness and Coaching. Simon is also a keen endurance runner, with his preferred distances being marathons and ultra-marathons.

Jon Tilt

Jon has  been coaching for over 20 years and is a qualified sports massage therapist. He learned his trade under Tony Fern and is now leading his own group focusing on 400-800m.

He competes at masters level, recently winning world titles at 400m and 400m hurdles.

Tracey Jones

Tracey is first aid trained. She began coaching as an assistant coach in the Jumps event group at SAC under the mentorship of Erik Little and as the lead coach since 2015. Tracey’s coaching is drills based and the athletes are encouraged to develop the skills and movement patterns required for these technical events. She will coach any athlete at any level and expects athletes to work hard and to enjoy training.  
Tracey came late to the sport of Athletics but can sometimes be seen competing with the Masters team or running in a local road race.

Katy Odell

Katy first gained her coaching qualification whilst as an athlete. Tim & Katy bring a wealth of knowledge to the club’s sprints/hurdles group having competed as a senior GB international in the 400m & Scottish international for the 100H for several years.  Their focus is that athletes reach their full potential and be the best they can be.

Tim Odell

Tim & Katy bring a wealth of knowledge to the club’s sprints/hurdles group having competed as a senior GB international in the 400m & Scottish international for the 100H for several years.  Their focus is that athletes reach their full potential and be the best they can be.

Derek Warn

Derek Warn

Derek is a qualified coach in pole vaulting. He also regularly competes for the club.

James Mann

James Mann

James specialises in coaching athletes from 11 – 18 in track, road and cross country that are looking to compete in events from 800m+  

James’ passion is supporting athletes on their journey from competing at local events through county squads and ultimately onto the national stage. 

He is also a qualified British Triathlon Coach, a member of the UK Performance Coaches Association, a Certified Performance Nutritionist, a member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the Sport and Exercises Sciences Association.

James is a UK Anti Doping Advisor, is paediatric first aid trained. 

Gemma Saint

Gemma Saint

Gemma is first aid trained. She has been coaching with the club since 2016, when she started as a volunteer with the academy. She’s always enjoyed playing sport or running and when her daughters joined athletics, she got involved with SAC. Gemma coaches sprints on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and coaches with the academy on a Wednesday.

Rod Lock

Rod is a UK level 4 performance coach from 800m to marathon. He has been coaching for 25 years and has been privileged to coach many international athletes and medal winners on all surfaces including track, road and cross country. From 800m to World Cross and European Cross championships. His coaching philosophy is based on multi-tier, multi-pace training with attention to individual coaching. 

Noel O’Dowd

Noel a UKA Level 3 Endurance Coach and Ironman qualified Triathlon Coach with 15+ years of coaching experience. 

Noel has been a lifelong athlete, who still competes at Masters level and  coaches senior athletes to regional and national standards.  

Prior to the pandemic, he supported England Athletics programme to develop the depth of talent in the marathon with the goal of achieving twenty women under 2:40 and twenty men under 2:20. 

Noel coaches groups from 13 years to Masters, 1500m to marathon and triathlon.

Mike Chambers

 Mike Chambers is a UKA Level 3 Endurance Coach and qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Massage Therapist. 

Mike was a junior athlete at Southampton City AC in the late 80s and early 90s competing to national level and at English Schools Championships and winning county titles over 400m and 800m. Mike previously coached middle distance athletes at Winchester & District AC, many of whom secured county, regional and national medals. Mike is still competing as a Masters athlete from 800m to 10k road races.


NPM Junior Endurance Group

 NPM is simply an abbreviation for Noel, Peter and Mike as this group is coached by Noel O’Dowd, Peter Haynes and Mike Chambers. Between us, we have over 40 years of coaching experience up to national and international level. You can see more details on the Coaches Page. 

This is a group for 13 -17 year olds athletes. We coach from 400m up, in track, cross-country and road.

We also coach senior groups, so we have a clear development pathway for athletes, all the way through to senior. 

Our philosophy is Fun – Fit – Fast and our goal is to nurture and develop promising junior athletes into successful senior competitors. We encourage and support athletes to compete and develop their full potential. We keep the group small to ensure we coach at the individual level.  

At these ages and experience we like the athletes to try a broad range of drills/distances etc to lay down good foundations and not specialise too quickly. Though we do some sprint sessions, the group’s interest is on longer distances from 400m up. 

Noel acts as the focal point for this group – noel.odowd@icloud.com


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