Coaches

Jamie Russell

I first started coaching in 2004 not long after my athletics career was put on hold due to a serious injury to the foot. A very successful junior career been ranked inside the top 3 for both High Jump and multi events from Under 15 level to Under 20 level Nationally.

I am committed to the importance of offering an individualised program for young athletes that takes into account their strengths and weaknesses, their future goals and passion for athletics. It is by offering an “athlete centred” approach that individuals can realise their potential and gain support both when achieving their goals and when there are challenges.

Due to my personal athletic skills, I am able to train athletes in running (from sprints to long distance), jumps (high, long and triple jump) and throws (shot and discus). My athletes choose to specialise in just one or a selection of events and I am able to guide them in the area that suits their personal skills and attributes. The support that I offer does not finish at the training session, as I advise the athletes on what training they need to be doing at home which is vital to building strength and endurance for face to face training and competition.

Through my athletic experience, I am able to support athletes when they compete, be that at their first competition to national level as I appreciate the pressures that the individual athlete undergoes and the best way to overcome that in order to be in a position to produce the best possible results on the day. I am often present when my athletes compete offering support and guidance during a time that can be stressful for the young athlete.

The highlight of my career was winning the National Junior College Championships in Texas whilst I was 19 and jumping 2.19m before having three very good attempts at 2.23m. In the same meet I also helped my 4x400m relay team to finish in 5th place running a 48 seconds relay leg.

Athletes Coached to English School Championships

  • 2005 – Ellie Mosley – Junior Girls – High Jump
  • 2006 – Kay Humberstone – Inter Girls – High Jump (5th Place)
  • 2008 – Lauren Potter – Inter Girls – 300m
  • 2009 – Natalia Hackett, Laura Goodwin – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2010 – Natalia Hackett – Junior Girls – 1500m
  • 2010 – Natalia Hackett – Inter Girls – Cross Country (23rd Place)
  • 2010 – Laura Goodwin – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2011 – Natalia Hackett – Inter Girls – 3000m (1st Place)
  • 2011 – Natalia Hackett – Inter Girls – Cross Country (11th Place)
  • 2012 – Laura Goodwin – Inter Girls – 800m & Inter Girls Cross Country
  • 2012 – Aaron Thorpe – Inter Boys – Cross Country
  • 2012 – Maddie Pearce – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2013 – Emily Simpson – Junior Girls – 1500m & Junior Girls Cross Country
  • 2013 – Mariella De Lara – Junior Girls – Cross Country (49th Place)
  • 2013 – Aaron Thorpe – Inter Boys – 800m
  • 2013 – Alfie Manthorpe, Julian Slater – Junior Boys – Cross Country
  • 2014 – Emily Simpson – Junior Girls – 800m & Junior Girls Cross Country
  • 2014 – Emily Simpson – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2014 – Mariella De Lara – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2014 – Alfie Manthorpe, Julian Slater – Junior Boys – Cross Country
  • 2014 – Ana Garcia – Junior Girls – Cross Country (42nd Place)
  • 2014 – Aaron Thorpe – Senior Boys – Cross Country
  • 2015 – Emily Simpson – Inter Girls – 800 (Finalist)
  • 2015 – Alfie Manthorpe, Julian Slater – Inter Boys – Cross Country
  • 2015 – Ana Garcia – Junior Girls – Cross Country
  • 2016 –  English Schools Track & Field Championships – Emily Simpson (800m), Cyane Robinson (800m), Alfie Manthorpe (3000m)
  • 2016 – English Schools Cross Country – Emily Simpson (24th), Alfie Manthorpe, Olivia Parkes, Victor Baycroft
  • 2017 – English Schools Cross Country Championships – Alfie Manthorpe, Julian Slater, Emily Simpson, Olivia Parkes, Cyane Robinson, Esther Rowe-Towle, Molly Rowe-Towle
  • 2018 – English Schools Cross Country Championships – Emily Simpson (63rd), Cyane Robinson (39th), Annie Naylor, (48th) Polly Platts (230th), Adam Hirst (255th)
  • 2018 – English Schools Track & Field Championships – Cyane Robinson – Silver Medal (1500m), Emily Simpson (1500m), Esther Rowe Towle (3000m)

Carol Garcia


Carol Garcia joined Team Russell June of 2016 and with Carols expertise and knowledge exciting times ahead …….. Carol generally works with the younger distance runners and does the core session on a Friday.

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist that since qualifying has worked rehabilitating both in and out-patients in many different settings in Sheffield. I am now a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University teaching under and post graduate students.

 

My interest in athletics is the important role that strengthening and conditioning plays in enhancing performance and the prevention of injury. In addition, through my previous clinical skills I have skills in motivation, counselling and behaviour change which will help support athletes in their approach to training and competing.

 

It is through the  consideration of the complete athlete, through the various phases of their development, that will facilitate their achievement and therefore maximise potential.

Athletes Coached to English Schools Championships

  • 2017 – English Schools Cross Country Championships : Alfie Manthorpe, Julian Slater, Emily Simpson, Olivia Parkes, Cyane Robinson, Esther Rowe-Towle, Molly Rowe-Towle.
  • 2018 – English Schools Cross Country Championships : Emily Simpson (63rd), Cyane Robinson (39th), Annie Naylor (48th), Polly Platts (230th), Adam Hirst (255th)
  • 2018 – English Schools Track & Field Championships – Cyane Robinson – Silver Medal (1500m), Emily Simpson (1500m), Esther Rowe Towle (3000m)