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Coach's Name: Geoff Fance Geoff Fance Pic
Coach's Discipline: Distance Running
Age Groups: U11s
Geoff is a relative newcomer to the coaching scene, having qualified as an Assistant in February 2017. He recently attained the new UKA qualification of Athletics Coach-equivalent to the old Level 2/3 award.

However, Geoff’s association with WAC goes back to 1972- as a 12 year-old schoolboy. Geoff had a 20 year competitive career at WAC and Liverpool Harriers and recorded over 600 performances.

Geoff was an accomplished runner at national level competing against the likes of Coe, Ovett, Cram and Elliott. 1984 was his best year- where he set the Cheshire AAA 800m record- which still stands today. He finished runner up in the Northern Championships (by 1/10th of a second) beating Ian Burgin, whose son Max recently set a world U17 800m record. Geoff also competed in the Olympic trials that year.

His performances spanned a sub 48 second 400 metre relay leg, a sub 32 minute 10km and a 10 mile road race (once) in 54 minutes.

Geoff’s interest in the sport was rekindled when his eldest son Chris (born 1997) took up the sport 10 years ago. Chris finished 3rd in the Northern U20 1500m Championship in 2016. Geoff’s youngest son Nick (born 2001) is a county standard junior tennis player.
Personal Achievements:
1974: Junior boy (under 15)
1st Mason Trophy - 800m
4th English Schools - 800m
Ranked 2nd in the UK 800m - 2:01.8 on cinder track (1st=2:01.7)

1976: Inter boy/youth (under 17)
1st - Mason Trophy (Northern and Midlands schools inter-counties) -800m
7th - English Schools - 800
4th - AAA Youth Championships
Ranked 4th in the UK 800m - 1:55.2 (1st=1:53.2)

Senior (Liverpool Harriers)
1st - Cheshire AAA (record) 800m-1:52.7
2nd - Northern AAA Championships 800m
Represented Northern Counties AAA
Olympic triallist (800m)
Victories in GRE British League & Cup
Northern Men Club Final - 1st
GRE British Cup Final - 800m (6th)
GRE British Cup Final - 4x400, Leg 1 (Total 3:13.4)

Professional Achievements:
UK Athletics Coach License
The under 11s boys and girls are coached jointly by Geoff and Sharon (Taylor). This autumn (2018) the under 11s teams have had some individual and team successes in the North Western/Cheshire road relays and Northern Cross Country relays Championships.