Q&A with Steve Jones tonight at Scotstoun
24th March 2010
Britain’s fastest marathon runner, and former world record-holder, Steve Jones, headlines a Q&A session for the Bank of Scotland National Countdown squad endurance coaches and athletes tonight at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow from 18:30-20:30.
The 54-year-old, who has held his title for 25 years, coaches Scottish talent such as Freya Murray (Edinburgh AC) and Kathy Butler (Windsor Slough and Eton) along with hosting the likes of Nicola Hood (Victoria City Park Glasgow) for training sessions in world renowned distance running hub Boulder, Colorado where the Welshman is based. Catching a flight out West for training sessions next month is Clare Gibson (Kilbarchan AC). Jones also administers scottishathletics’ Women’s Altitude Endurance Project.
“Steve is a great coach, he's very positive and inspiring to be around. My confidence has improved massively since I started working with him, even from the first time I went to Boulder. I’ve seen big improvements in my cross country, road and track performances and I’m enjoying competing more,” said Freya Murray.
In making trips to the States every six months since September 2008, Murray’s managed to shave off 1.13 in her 5000m performance. She heads across the pond again in May.
“Jonesy”, as he is known among friends, runs an elite professional training group offering the extra element of altitude training in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. His list of high profile athletes includes Jorge Torres, who represented the US in the 10,000m in Beijing, American long distance runner Alan Culpepper and New Zealand triathlete Fiona Docherty-to name a few.
Known for his simplistic and straightforward approach to running, Murray elaborated on Jones’ coaching style: “Steve has a hard work philosophy that I love. The training he sets isn't complicated or overly scientific, but it works for me. It's nice to be coached by someone who has competed at the highest level and has been the best in the world.”
The session in Glasgow will give attendees the chance to ask questions of the inspiring mentor, and given his instinctive philosophy towards running, guests can look forward to direct and credible answers.
Jones commented: “It’s good to be heading back to Scotland, particularly to take a look at the newly refurbished Scotstoun stadium. Coaching is obviously a real passion of mine, so the opportunity to pass on knowledge and encouragement is one I’m happy to take.”
Karen Tighe, Bank of Scotland Sponsorship Manager, said: "Bank of Scotland is delighted that members of the Bank of Scotland National Countdown Camp will have the opportunity to meet such an experienced athlete and coach as Steve Jones. Steve's existing work with Freya Murray and Kathy Butler has already proven to be highly successful and it can only be of benefit to other members of the Bank of Scotland Countdown Camp to ask Steve about his training methods and glittering career."
Fast facts on Steve Jones
Steve Jones holds the record for Britain’s fastest marathon runner from his own personal best time of 20.07.13 at the 1985 Chicago Marathon. In this race he crossed the half marathon point in 61:43, still believed to be the fastest half marathon split of all time.
He held the world record for 12 months after winning the Chicago Marathon in 1984, and set a world record with a time of 2.08.05.
Stephen Henry Jones was born August 4, 1955 in Ebbw Vale, Wales. He began running cross country at 15 before starting a career as an RAF aircraft technician. Starting as steeplechaser for the RAF, Jones progressed to the 5,000m and then the 10,00 track events before turning to true competitive running.
1500m - 3.42.3
Mile - 4.00.6
3,000 - 7.49.8
5,000m - 13.18.6
10,000 - 27.32.00
3,000 s/c - 8.32
Half Marathon - 60.59
Marathon - 2.07.13
'84 Chicago Marathon - 1st - 2.08.05
'85 London Marathon - 1st - 2.08.16
'85 Chicago Marathon - 1st - 2.07.13
'88 New York Marathon - 1st - 2.08.20
'92 Toronto Marathon - 1st - 2.10.06
'78 Commonwealth Games - 5k - 11th - 13.54
'82 European Games - 10k - 7th - 28.22
'82 Commonwealth Games - 10k - 7th - 29.13
'83 World Championships - 10k - 12th - 28.15
'84 Olympic Games - 10k - 9th - 28.28
'86 Commonwealth Games - 10
*Athletes and coaches interested in attending the Q&A session should contact Mary Anderson at email@example.com.