John West

John West is an inspiration to all at Teesdale Athletic Club and far beyond, having worked and competed for the club tirelessly since 1990.

John joined the club in 1990 and became a coach for the club. John was mentored though part of his training at Loughborough University by Olympic 400 metre Legend, David Hemery. During training at Birmingham in 2003 John considered himself highly fortunate to spend time with Mick Lewis Francis 100M World champion. John achieved a level 4  coach certification, something very few others have done.

John's preferred distance is 10k.  In 1998 John was first home in his age category in the 10k at Carlisle posting a sub 42 minutes time. John repeated this feat at the 1999 City of Liverpool and at age 65 bettered 40 minutes for the distance.

He coaches at the club 6 hours a week, training 5 to 7 year olds, 8 -11 year olds, 11-16 in track and field and the Seniors. John is also President of the club, having previously served as Secretary and Chairman.

John really enjoys working with the young and says it helps to keep him fit and active.  He can often be seen running up Barney bank on training nights and believes that no matter your age 5 or 95 it is a fabulous way to keep active and fit.

It is immediately evident how proud John is of the club, its members and its successes.   He talks glowingly of Clare Robson’s third place in the National English school champions 1500M and Helen Armitage’s 2nd in The English Schools Cross Country.

John is unequivocal that effort and commitment are the most important traits for his runners, suggesting “ whether you are a serious competitive runner or a social jogger no matter where you come if you give 100% you are just as good as those who come first."  He is particularly keen to encourage athletes to remain in the club after they become teenagers

John foresees a bright future for the club and is particularly delighted at the prospect of the renewed running track, for which the club are seeking funding in a joint application with Teesdale School, with lighting and fencing.