The ‘North West MILERS Initiative’ for Elite Performance Running

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The North West Milers Initiative helps athletes to go next level to become world class and to be prepared to race the biggest races in the World.

Started in 2015 with the ambition of Sanne Wolters-Verstegen to run 1’59” in the 800m, the Milers Foundation was set up to create a full time training environment with appointed Lead Coach Peter Wolters.

For Sanne this led to a whole new level of training and racing, with highlights of running 1’59” in the 800m, three years in a row now, and qualifying for the Semi Final at the 2017 Euro Indoors in Belgrade and Semi Final at the World Championships in London. Also in 2017, Sanne ran a National Record, breaking 1992 Olympic Champion Ellen van Langen’s record in the 1000m indoor. In 2018, Sanne picked up her 17th individual National Championship title and ran at the European Championships in Berlin. Performing in Tokyo2020 is the biggest goal on the horizon.

With the successes and experiences of the last years, it became clear that more athletes like Sanne are finding their limit in their current situation. So, anno 2018,  it was time to open a formal platform to help the MILERS to pursue their dream and race the biggest races possible.

At the end of 2018 Bianca Baak joined the full time programme. Bianca is a 7 times National Champion, holds the National Record U23 and won a silver at EuroU23 400mH… and a 2019 World Champs 4x400m finalist now.

Also, collaboration with other athletes started. The 2020 team has 8 athletes so far. We will elaborate on them after November 1st, when real training starts and the complete line-up is known. Some of them are on the full time programme, others are still remotely coached and are coming in for specific workouts, the occasional weekends and training camps.

Note: The North West MILERS Initiative has a big network in international athletics and can also help in the planning and logistics of races all over Europe. Lead Coach Peter Wolters holds an IAAF Athlete Representative Licence. A % of sponsorships/appearance/prize money will be withheld.