British Athletics have today confirmed that Terrence Mahon is leaving his lead endurance coach post.
Mahon, who was based at Loughborough Institute, was appointed the position in autumn 2012, but has opted to return to the USA later this year.
In the time he has been here though, he has helped develop programme plans for the period leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games, and 2017 IAAF World Championships.
Mahon spoke of his departure: “I am pleased to have worked closely with some very talented British coaches and support staff during this period in implementing a multi-faceted approach to training – including all aspects of the sports science and medical team in place at the national performance Institute.
“There is a talented body of endurance coaches in the UK not to mention world class individuals such as Barry Fudge who plays such a crucial part in Mo Farah’s success, and there is no reason why that success cannot grow.
“I wish everyone at British Athletics the best in the run up to 2016, and will follow GB athletes’ progress in future.”
Neil Black, British Athletics’ Performance Director, added: “Terrence has worked hard in what has been a challenging post 2012 year to align our endurance programmes going forward towards 2016 and 2017, and I thank him for his contribution to British Athletics this year.
“We have some exciting plans for our endurance programme including some key opportunities for our home grown coaches going forwards, and I look forward to outlining these plans very soon.”
Mahon’s retreat will be sad news for many. The American has coached numerous high profile distance runners, including Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall and Morgan Uceny, and brought a lot to the table for British Athletics.