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BrianMac - Coach & Web Master


Brian Mackenzie (BrianMac) is a Level 4 Performance Coach (Sprints & Combined Events) with British Athletics, the United Kingdom's National Governing body for Track and Field Athletics. He has 45+ years of experience as a competitive endurance athlete and 35+ years of experience as a track and field athletics coach working with male and female athletes of all ages competing in sprints (100m, 200m & 400m) and combined events. Brian maintains his fitness training with his four legged friend, Amber.

Brian Mackenzie - Coach and Web Master

Coaching Experience

Click here to see the progress of Brian's Athletes over the years. Several athletes represented Great Britain at a junior and senior level in their preferred event.

2016 to date: Coaching combined event athletes at Lincoln and Wellington Athletic Club (LWAC).

2003 to 2018: British Athletics Coach Tutor & Assessor delivering coaching courses and conducting coach assessments.

2002 to 2016: Coaching sprint, middle distance and combined event athletes at the Chelmsford Athletic Club (CAC). Coaching male and female athletes aged 15 to 30+ years of age.

2009 to 2016: Member of the 400 metres British Athletics National Coach Development Programme (NCDP).

2000 to 2002: Coaching sprint, middle distance and combined event athletes at Cambridge University. Coaching male and female athletes aged 18 to 30 years of age.

1984 to 2002: Coaching sprint, middle distance and combined event athletes at the Harlow Athletic Club. Coaching male and female athletes aged 11 to 25 years of age.

Sports Coach Website

1996 to date: Designed, developed and maintained the "Sports Coach" website that provides training and coaching advice worldwide for athletes, coaches and students studying sport-related qualifications. "Sports Coach" is recommended for GCSE and "A" level PE students by Edexcel and PE Teachers by the TeacherNet website.

Read the Sports Coach Biography page to discover why and how the website started and how it developed into the popular site of over a thousand pages today.

Journals and Books

In 2003 Brian joined forces with Electric Word plc, the publishers of "Peak Performance", to launch "Brian Mackenzie's Successful Coaching", and in 2005 they launched "Your Personal Trainer".

2003 - 2007: Editor of "Brian Mackenzie's Successful Coaching"

2005 - 2007: Editor of "Your Personal Trainer"

2005 - Produced the following books:

  • "The Nine Elements of Fitness" (ISBN: 1-905096-18-6)
  • "The World Sports Science Performance Workbook" (ISBN: 1-905096-07-0)
  • "101 Performance Evaluation Tests" (ISBN: 1-905096-18-6)

2004 - Produced the following book:

  • "The World Sports Science Training Workbook" (ISBN: 1-905096-03-8)

Athletic Experience

Brian has competed in various sports, including tennis (played at Wimbledon), squash, race walking, football, rugby, archery, and running. His preferred sport is running, which he became interested in when he was 15 years old. Over the years, Brian has competed in track, road, cross country, fell, and mountain races (Ben Nevis, Ben Lomond, and Snowdon) over distances ranging from 5km to 50km. In 1997 his running exploits ended following a spine operation that resulted in nerve damage to the left calf muscle. Brian continues to train 3 or 4 times a week with aerobic workouts comprising of cycling or spinning.

The Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenge

During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020/21, I signed up for "The Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenges" and completed many of their challenges.

The mileage for each challenge was accomplished by walking my dog and cycling on my static bike. Details of the challenges I completed can be viewed by selecting this link.

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - The Open University (Computing and Mathematics)
  • Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate (City & Guilds 7307)


Brian is a member of:

Claim to Fame

Singapore AAA championships 1969 - Silver medals in the 20km & 50km race walk.

Personal Best Times

The following are Brian's personal best times for various distances and events.

Event Personal Best Time Year Event Personal Best Time Year
Road Races
5 miles 27 min 12 sec 1975 10 miles 54 min 20 sec 1974
15 miles 1 hr 27 min 1976 20 miles 1 hr 56 min 1976
½ Marathon 1 hr 14 min 1983 Marathon 2 hr 30 min 1976
Race Walking
3k (track) 14 min 5 sec 1969 6 miles 48 min 19 sec 1968
20k 1 hr 59 min 45 sec 1969 50k 5 hrs 4 min 1969
Mountain and Fell Races
Ben Nevis 1 hr 47 min 1981 Ben Lomond 1 hr 15 min 1980
Cairngorm 1 hr 22 min 1979 Snowdon 1 hr 27 min 1982

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work, then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (1997) BrianMac - Coach & Web Master [WWW] Available from: [Accessed