Darrell Maynard

Darrell Maynard2010 was a very successful year for Darrell Maynard, Welsh Athletics lead coach for Endurance. In September he was voted Welsh Performance Coach of the Year as part of UKA’s Annual National Awards. This success was followed by being part of Wales’s Athletics Team Coaching staff under the leadership of National Coach, John Dagata at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The Welsh Team returned successfully with 5 medals and all 23 athletes made finals.

Darrell’s training group is made up of both able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities. Over the years he has coached some of Britain’s top athletes including Dai green, Richard Hill and Gareth Warburton. His successes with athletes with disabilities include Tracey Hinton, John McFall and most recently 19 year old Jenny McLoughlin who at the 2010 Commonwealth Games won Silver in the T37 100m.

Back in 1979 17 year old Darrell Maynard signed up for 12 yrs to serve in the British Army (3rd Batt Royal Anglian Regiment) where he spent time in Germany and Northern Ireland. From 1983 to 1991 he served as a Regimental Physical Instructor for most of his time. His ability as a middle distance track athlete enabled him to become British Army Champion at 800m and one mile, British Combined Services Champion at 800m and British Army of the Rhine 800m Champion. On leaving the Army Darrell became a Police Training Instructor at the Police Training College in Cwmbran from 1991 to 2006. All these career experiences would later contribute much to his success as an Athletics coach. During these years Darrell continued to compete, winning several Track titles and representing Wales. He won many British Masters Titles at 400m and 800m and represented G.B. at the European Masters Championships winning the over 40’s 800m title and 400m Silver in a British M40 record time.

Slowly but surely Darrell applied his skills to the world of Athletics coaching setting up a coaching group that attracted both talented able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities. Success soon followed. Darrell’s own high fitness levels have enabled him to act as a successful guide runner in major global Disability Championships. In 2006 he was voted the Welsh Sports Council’s Performance Coach of the Yea, an award that was richly deserved. That year also the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) voted Darrell Performance Coach of the Year (All Sports). Darrell is a UKA Level 4 Coach Endurance and UKA Level 3 Speed and Disabilities Coach.

The  following are some of the coaching achievements of Darrell’s career:

2002 Commonwealth Games, Team Wales Coach (Athletes with Disabilities)
2004 Paralympics Games, G.B. Team Coach
2006 World Championships, GB Team Coach (Athletes with Disabilities)
2006 Commonwealth Games, Team Wales Coach (Athletes with Disabilities)
2007 IBSA World Championships, GB Team Coach (Impaired Vision)
2008 Paralympics Games, G.B. Team Coach
2010 Commonwealth Games, Team Wales Endurance Coach
2011 World Championships, GB Team Coach (Athletes with Disabilities)

Notable Athletes

The term “The Coaches’ Tree” is often used to describe the network of different coaches that an athlete has during the journey that is made from their earliest years in the sport to the pinnacle of their career. Darrell Maynard is one of the branches of that tree in the career of Dai Greene as he was Dai’s coach from 2005 to 2007. During this period former Welsh Commonwealth Games’ 400m hurdle specialist, Dr Wynford Leyshon was also part of Dai’s team.

Dai Greene
(Highlights 2005-2007)

2005 European Junior Championships 400m hurdles Silver
2006 Commonwealth Games Team Melbourne
2006 European Senior Championships 4 x 400m Relay Squad
2007 European Indoor Championships 4x400m Relay Squad
2007 European U23 Championships 400m hurdles Gold

At the end of 2007 it was Benke Blomkvist, the then Welsh National Coach from Sweden, who took over as Dai’s coach to direct Dai onwards and upwards in his career. Finally Malcolm Arnold, former hurdles’ coach to World Record Holders John Akii Bua and Colin Jackson, guided Dai to European and Commonwealth Gold’s and a PB of 47.88 in 2010.

Written by Gwyn Williams

Richard Hill – England & Great Britain (2005 – 2008)
P.B. 800m 1:45.10 (2006)

2005 European Junior Championships, Finalist
2006 European Championships
2007 World University Games, Finalist
2007 European U23 Championships
2007 UK Indoor Championships, 800m Gold
2007 UK Outdoor Championships Medallist

Gareth Warburton – Wales & Great Britain (2002 to present day)
P.B.400m  46.45 (2006), P.B. 800m 1:46.47 (2010)

2005 AAA u23 Championships, 400m Silver
2005 European Indoor Championships, 4x400m Relay Silver
2006 Commonwealth Games, 400m
2007 UK Indoor Championships, 400m Gold
2007 European Indoor Championships
2010- U.K. Outdoor Championships 800m Silver
2010 Commonwealth Games, 800m 4th, 4 x 400m Relay Finalist

Jonathan Lavers - Gibraltar (2005 – 2009)
P.B. 400m 47.97

2007 World Championships

Tracey Hinton – Great Britain (2004 – present day)
T11 100m 13.14 (2008), 200m 26.32 (2007), 400m 58.89 (2008)

2004 Paralympic Games
2006 World Championships
2007 IBSA World Championships, 400m Gold, 800m Gold, 200m Silver
2007 Paralympics World Cup
2008 Paralympic Games
2008 Paralympics World Cup
2009 Paralympics World Cup

John McFall – Great Britain (2005 – 2008)
T42 100m 12.81 (2008)

2005 European Championships, 200m Bronze
2006 World Championships, 100m Silver, 200m Bronze
2007 European Championships, 200m Bronze 
2008 Paralympic Games, 100m Bronze

Jenny McLoughlin – Wales & Great Britain (2007 – 2010)
T37 100m 15.14 (2009), T37 200m 31.98 (2009)

2008 Paralympic Games
2008 Paralympics World Cup
2009 Paralympics World Cup
2010 Commonwealth Games, T37 100m Silver

Caryl Granville – Wales & Great Britain
400m Hurdles 59.95, Pentathlon 3789 points

Pentathlon GB (U23)
UK Championships, 400mHurdles Bronze

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