The team at Lee Valley Athletics Centre are deeply saddened to hear the news of the tragic passing of former Olympic medallist and coach, Mike McFarlane. This sudden news will no doubt bring immense sorrow to the British athletics community, as we mourn the loss of a true Team GB legend.
Mike McFarlane had been a prominent figure at Lee Valley Athletics Centre since its opening in 2007, dedicating his time to running his speed schools and working closely with athletes of all ages and abilities. Mike’s commitment to nurturing talent and helping athletes reach their full potential has been unwavering throughout the years, and Mike remained actively involved in coaching until his recent passing.
Mike McFarlane's remarkable achievements on the track have left an incredible mark on the history of British athletics having proudly represented Team GB and earned an Olympic silver medal as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. His success extended to the Commonwealth Games, where he triumphed with a gold medal in the 200m event in Brisbane in 1982. He further displayed his excellence by securing silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m four years later.
His sporting accomplishments aside, Mike McFarlane's lasting legacy lies in the profound impact he had on countless athletes whom he mentored and guided throughout his coaching career.
Matthew Robinson, General Manager at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, said: “We’re all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mike McFarlane, the renowned Olympic sprinter and coach. We extend our deepest condolences to Mike McFarlane's family, friends, and the entire athletics community affected by this loss. Rest in peace Mike, and may his memory continue to inspire and motivate all those who follow in his footsteps.”
George Vaughan, a casual staff member was coached by him for 5 years, and knew him and his family very well also added: "Mike was a beloved coach and inspiration to many people. He will be remembered for his unique coaching style and being able to get the best out of every athlete he coached. He was a father figure, friend and coach to many. Rest in eternal peace Coach Mac."