Athletics - Farah aid Fudge named British Athletics' head of endurance

Barry Fudge is determined to transfer his success with double Olympic champion Mo Farah across to others after being named as British Athletics' head of endurance.

Fudge is the current lead of sport science and a key figure behind the success of Farah, who has won both the Olympic and World Championship 5,000m and 10,000m titles over the last two years.

He is the first of three key appointments within the new Olympic Performance Programme and will oversee an endurance set up enabling British coaches the chance to up-skill and develop.

They will do so alongside some of the world's best coaching set-ups with a view to supporting key coach-athlete pairings towards podium success at World Championship and Olympic level.

The changes are part of performance director Neil Black's restructure of the team that will prepare British Athletics for Rio 2016 with Rob Denmark and Jon Bigg the first coaches to benefit from it.

Coaches to 800m talent Jessica Judd and 1500m runner Charlie Grice respectively they have been appointed as contracted coaches and will travel to Farah's Portland base alongside Fudge.

There they will work with Farah's coach Alberto Salazar and Fudge said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to take the work we have done with Mo and use those learnings across a number of other coach-athlete pairings.

"We will have the benefit of working alongside some of the most talented endurance coaches in the world, but I am also excited about the opportunities this brings to home grown coaching talent like Rob and Jon and others like them.

"The aim will be to offer the best possible input and support to our top medal hopes whilst working alongside our developing coach and athlete talent to bridge that gap toward podium performances."

© Sportsbeat 2013