They are based in Boston, where John is further developing his contacts in Harvard University, at the same time availing the five star facilities to David as a brief change from his usual surroundings at Crystal Palace.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for David to see an American University and how they work, as well as enjoy some pretty special facilities,” said John. “This is going to be a critical development year for David, and he needs to expand his horizons wherever possible.
"We've already had a shock running into former AAA 800m champion Tim Bayley, who is working with his wife at Harvard. Talk about small world! They have a great team here, and it's a great opportunity to network with coaches their side of the Atlantic and take new ideas home."
|David attacks one of the local challenges in Harvard's football stadium|
David’s first impressions of Boston were very positive, although both athlete and coach were taken a little by surprise by the freezing temperatures and driving rain and eventual sleet and snow on arrival on Saturday:
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” said David, “as I have never been anywhere in the States other than warm weather training in Florida. Boston is a great city, and I’m looking forward to getting around the Harvard complex and seeing as much of one of the best universities in the world as possible.”
David has already kicked off his training at Harvard in style, attacking one of the big local challenges. The university’s American Football stadium houses some evil steps, and sprinting up these is a challenge failed by many.
|Harvard's football stadium steps present a massive challenge to even |
the fittest athletes!
Coach and athlete fly back to the UK on Friday (4th)