Marina Armstrong – Interview


Marina Armstrong is a track & field coach based in the U.K. and achieved her Masters in Athletics in 1983 in Moscow. She has since relocated to the UK where she has continued her coaching career, now holding a UKA Level 3 Sprints and Hurdles Qualification. She has been coaching regularly in the UK since 2005 and in this time has developed a strong group of hurdlers who have amassed a large number of English Schools and English Championships medals as well as International representative honours.

Most notably she coached Jacob Paul (European and World Junior Championships) and Shona Richards Silver medal in 400m Hurdles with a new National Junior Record at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Her athletes were first and second in both male and female 400m Hurdles at the U23 Championships this season.



In1983 I graduated as an architect and at the same time I reached the USSR national final after which I was invited to Moscow to train with the USSR National Team. I carried on professional athletics until 1987, finally giving it up due to injuries.

At the time the idea of coaching didn?t appeal to me, but it was in the year 2000 that I found my way back to the track, thanks to my young daughter who decided to start athletics, to my surprise.

I still didn?t want to coach and it was a few years later that three 400m hurdlers approached me and asked me if I would be able to help them. They were in their last year of school and I thought that I would just coach for a year until they went to University?. That was in 2005?

I believe that coaching is not a profession; it is a calling.

If it was not for my daughter dragging me to the track, and for those three girls that approached me in 2005, I would have missed my calling.

The success that my squad has enjoyed so far is due to our dedication, work ethic, honesty and their talent.

I believe in the continuation of learning and research. The moment I say ?I know it all?, my athletes should find a different coach.