Top GB coach moves to King’s Athletics as new track opens

Top GB sprints coach, Lloyd Cowan (MBE) has joined King’s Athletics as head sprints coach.

Cowan’s move to King’s Athletics also marks his move back to the refurbished Southwark Park Athletics Centre, where he worked for many years before the track fell into disrepair.

The track was officially launched this week by leader of Southwark Council, Peter John.


The flood-lit, six-lane track forms part of Phase One of plans to reinstate Southwark Park’s athletics facilities. The next phase of the project will be to refurbishment of the pavilion.

Cowan is joined by team GB 400m sprinter, Conrad Williams and Chanel Hemmings who make up the sprints and jumps coaching staff.

Speaking on his appointment, Cowan said “I’m delighted to give back to the community”

Cowan, 54 specialised in the 110 and 400m hurdles during his time as a GB athlete. He retired from athletics at 39 and moved into coaching.

He quickly established himself as one of the top coaches in the country, coaching international medal winning athletes including former UCL student and Olympic 400m champion, Christine Ohuruogu.

In 2015, Cowan was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and made an MBE for services to athletics

Joining Cowan at King’s is GB 400m runner, Conrad Williams.

Williams, 34, has competed for GB in the 4X400 at European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.



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