Chris Griffiths

 UK Athletics Level One Coach (Development)

UK Athletics Coach No 02/122497


How did you become involved in athletics coaching?
I used to take my oldest son, James, to VRAC three times a week and spend an hour or so waiting around for him while he trained. After a few months I started joining in the sessions and and progressed to coaching a little while after that.
What achievement are you most proud of from your competing days?
At the age of 17 I held the U20 stadium record (1:56.9) for 1500m at my local track in Essex where I grew up. 
What inspires you about coaching?
My main inspiration is the fantastic group of young people we have at VRAC. The camaraderie and support they give each other is wonderful to see.
What is your favourite coaching session?
I really enjoy the long runs on a Sunday. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and it's a great opportunity to catch up on what everyone has been doing during the week 
Who is your athletics hero?
My athletics hero is Haile Gebrselassie. As well as being a superb athlete he always has a smile on his face even at the end of a race, regardless of whether he has won or not.
What is your top tip to aspiring athletes?
I could choose the obvious like train hard or eat well but for me the most important thing is to enjoy your sport and keep smiling. You never know, you might end up as good as Haile!!

What do you do when you're not coaching?
When I'm not coaching, running around after my three children or working as Engineering Manager for a company which manufactures pumps, I enjoy gardening, reading and watching most kinds of sports.