Olympic talent moves into coaching

Sean Baldock, the finest athlete ever to come out of East Sussex, is returning to the sport in a coaching capacity.

The two-time Olympian, who retired from competing in 2005, is willing to help anybody seeking assistance with their running.

He said: "When you stop competing, you're kind of sick of it and just want to get away from it. But I keep getting asked all the time and I feel like it's the right time now."

Already working with four people, Baldock is looking to provide one-to-one private coaching for people of all ages and whatever their athletic experience.

Whether preparing for an upcoming competition or simply keen to improve running style, the 33-year-old will draw upon his top level experience to lend a hand.

Baldock is happy to assist for a one-off session or over a much longer period of time and, in the latter instance, would put a training plan together for athletes to follow.

He doesn't mind doing group coaching, but stresses that the benefits of taking part in a collective session wouldn't be as great as an individual one.

Anybody interested in receiving coaching from Baldock, who nowadays does a lot of cycling, should contact him on 07545 908955.

After joining Hastings Athletic Club as an under-11 athlete in 1987, Baldock went on to become one of the country's top 400m runners in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He ran a PB of 45.20 en route to finishing second at the AAA Championships in 2000 which secured selection for the Sydney Olympics where he raced alongside the great Michael Johnson in the heats.

Baldock later ran a 45.4 second leg to help England win gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, going one better than their runners-up finish in the same event four years earlier.

He ran a 44.9 split as Great Britain came fourth in the relay at the 2003 World Championships in Paris and was also a member of the British squad which wound up fifth in the 2004 Athens Olympics, just 0.17 seconds from bronze.

That proved to be his last major international appearance, and he now teaches sport at Claremont School and lectures on sports injuries at Sussex Coast College, as well as being a retained firefighter.