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George Gandy - Question for Tinman

by Cadfan » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:28 pm

Hi Tinman,

I've been reading up on 1500m training over the past couple of weeks and came across a post on Letsrun by you in 2003 asking for information about George Gandy the longstanding coach at Loughborough University including his circuits he prescribes his athletes. I was wondering what your main takeaways from him were and your thoughts on his coaching methods.

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Re: George Gandy - Question for Tinman

by Tinman » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:26 pm

George Gandy was the brilliance behind Seb Coe’s ascension to world record ability.
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Re: George Gandy - Question for Tinman

by Spider Man » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:50 pm

It should be noted that Seb Coe's coach throughout his career was his dad Peter ...

George did play an important part in Seb's development between the ages of 18 & 22 whilst he was at University (Loughborough) mainly in terms of Seb's weight training & general conditioning (through circuits, plyometrics etc.) ... Seb would jump in & out of specific runs/sessions where they complemented the programme that his dad set, which was mainly based around Frank Horwill's 5-pace programme.

As someone who trained as part of George Gandy's group for a number of years, I can confirm that George was (& still is) an excellent coach. ... Interestingly, his training philosophy (I would say) is nearer that of Harry Wilson (Steve Ovett's coach) than that of Peter Coe. ... It follows a kind of traditional British approach (pragmatic) with some individual nuances thrown in. ... It's periodised, varied, & tailored around individual needs for those who get George's individual attention. ... Currently, George's Tuesday night sessions still draws in around 70 athletes (mainly current or ex Loughborough University students)

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Re: George Gandy - Question for Tinman

by Tinman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:59 pm

Seb ran 1:42.33 for 800m, if my memory is correct, while studying for his final exams at Loughborough University. Seb was about age 22, if I recall correctly. That summer, Seb broke the world record for the mile (I think he ran under 3:49) and the 1500m world record (around 3:32). I remember reading about it in Runner's World magazine, which back then had fantastic articles about the great track men like Ovett, Coe, Wulhouter, Juantorena, Moorcroft, Salazar and Virgin, Walker, Dixon, Quax, Grant, Coghlan, Treacey, Rogers, Shorter, Brown, Malley, and many others.

Also, about that time, Seb ran in a national road relay (I think 4 miles, maybe it was 5) and ran the fastest time ever for the leg; faster than Mike McCleod and Brendan Foster, even, which was impressive since those two guys were distance specialists.

Peter "borrowed" his training approach from Coach Frank Horwill, who borrowed a lot from various coaches like Stampfl and Igloi.
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