Review of 2000

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Last updated 28 December 2000

VP Pat Calnan has produced this "Review Of The Year 2000"

January

Michael Skinner and Colin Norris take the Kent Junior and Under 13 Cross Country titles at Sevenoaks, and the Club wins the team gold in both these races too.

At the Southern Indoor Championships the Club walk away with four gold medals from Lash Lashore (Senior 60 metres), Mohammed Sillah Freckleton (Senior 110 hurdles), Marvin Bramble (Senior triple jump), and Katy Porter (Under 20 women's 60 hurdles). There is silver for Levi Edwards in the long jump, 1 centimetre off gold, and bronze for Tom Robinson in the under 17s pole vault.

Will Bolton wins the Senior Boys race at the Kent Schools Championships at Mote Park.

The Senior Mens team win the Southern Cross Country title for the 7th time in 8 years. For the 4th time in 5 years a Blackheath athlete is the individual winner as Dave Taylor claims his first individual title. Andy Arrand, Joe Mills, Jeremy Bradley, Roy Smith and Giles Clifford complete the scoring team.

Emeka Udechuku takes silver in the shot putt at the AAA's indoor championships with Julian Golding taking bronze in the 200.

 

February

Dave Heath finishes 6th in the World Cross Country Short Course Trials and just misses out on selection for the Great Britain team. Fabian Collymore wins bronze in the 200 metres at the AAA's Under 17 Championships. Gordon Hickey smashes the UK over 65 shot record at the Southern Counties Veterans Championships with a putt of 13.29. Jim Day picks up gold in the high jump and pole vault as well as silver in the triple jump.

Katy Benneworth breaks the Championship record in the Kent Indoors under 17s long jump with a leap of 5.38. Sanadra Alaneme wins the under 15s high jump and shot.

Julian Golding is the first Club member to win a medal at a European Indoor Championship when he finishes 3rd in the 200 metres.

Dave Taylor finishes a fine 4th in the Senior Mens race at the National Cross Country Championships at Stowe school. Bill Foster wins the 3000 metres at the National Veterans Indoor Championships. Jim Day wins the over 65s pole vault and 60 metre hurdles and also claims silver in the high jump.

 

March

Roy Smith becomes only the 5th Heathen ever to win the Club 5, 7.5 and 10 mile titles in the same season. Dave Heath receives a late call up to the Great Britain team for the short course race at the World Cross Country Championships. He responds by finishing as the first man home for the team in 38th, 12th European. Three Club members win medals at the British Universities Indoor Championships at Cardiff. Emeka Udechuku takes gold in the shot; "Lash" Lashore silver in the 60 metres; and Michael Skinner bronze in the 800.

The Club changes its name from Blackheath Harriers to Blackheath Harriers Bromley.
The Clubs youngsters win the overall boys and girls trophy in the Parkwood League. Bill Foster is second in the National Veterans Cross Country Championships at Grimsby.

 

April

Mark Steinle finishes first Briton in the London Marathon and so gains automatic selection for the Sydney Olympics. His time of 2.11.18 breaks Dave Taylor's Club Record.

Seven Club members win grants from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund to help with their training.

Emeka Udechuku wins gold at both the shot and discus at the British Universities Championships at Stoke On Trent. His throw of 56.82 in the discus breaks the 30 year old Championship Record and there is gold also from "Lash" Lashore in the 100 metres.

 

May

Highlights of the Kent County Championships are Championship Records for Dwayne Grant and Samantha Singer. Grant celebrates his selection for the following weeks Great Britain Junior team by clocking 10.57 for the under 20 100 metres. Sam Singer times 2.13 for 800.

Grant follows his County success with double gold in the 100 and 200 at the Southern Under 20 Championships at Watford. Further golds come from Katy Porter in the under 20 women's 100 hurdles while Sandra Alaneme wins the under 15 girls high jump with a new best of 1.65.

 

June

Club members win four gold and two bronze medals at the Southern Senior Championships at Brighton. Jonathan Barbour equals Julian Golding's Club 100 metre record winning in 10.28. Mensah Elliott retains his 110 hurdles title as the race is re-run after a false start. Emeka Udechuku wins both the shot and discus titles. Michael Champion takes bronze in the 200 and first year senior Levi Edwards is also third in the long jump.

Former World Record holder for the mile, half mile, 800 metres and three quarters of a mile, Sydney Wooderson is awarded an MBE for his "services to Blackheath Harriers and athletics".

The Club announce a new sponsorship deal with BG Electrical Associates Ltd and Sportsmatch worth 10,000 a year. The money is to be targeted at expanding the Club's links with local schools in the Borough of Bromley.

 

July

Athletes from the Club win five gold medals at the AAA's under 23 Championships at Bedford. Jonathan Barbour takes the 100 and 200; Emeka Udechuku the shot and discus; and Chris Moss the 800.

Mark Steinle smashes the Club 10,000 metre record at the Olympic Trials race at Watford. His time of 28.04.48 takes 31 seconds off the record set by Bob Richardson in 1969. It is also an Olympic qualifying time.

Dwayne Grant wins gold in the Senior Boys 200 metres at the English Schools Championships at Sheffield. There is also silver from Mark Awanah in the long jump and Paul Archer in the shot.

Bob Minting wins the European Veterans Over 50s 800 metre title in Jyvaskyla, Finland. He is also 2nd in the 400.

Barbour, Moss and Udechuku win the 100, 800 and discus for the Great Britain under 23 match against France and Germany in Liverpool.

Joseph Godsell wins the silver medal in the AAAs Under 17s Championship 800 metres. His uncle Bob Minting wins golds at 200, 400 and 800 at the National Veteran Championships at Bedford. He also gets silver in the 100 and 400 hurdles and bronze in the high jump. Not to be outdone Jim Day wins gold in the over 65s pole vault and high jump and silver in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. Gordon Hickey wins the shot in the same age group and Peter Hannell wins the over 50s 3km walk.

 

August

The Senior men's team gain promotion back to Division One of the British Athletics League.

The Southern League Division Five team complete an unbeaten season to gain promotion and the youngsters win the Kent Boys And Colts League title for the eighteenth successive year.

At the Olympic Trials Emeka Udechuku is the Clubs highest placer finishing 3rd in the discus. However, he fails to achieve the Olympic qualifying distance. There are 4th places for Mensah Elliott (110 Hurdles) and Chris Moss (800) but disappointment for Julian Golding who goes out in the semi finals of the 200 metres. Subsequent tests reveal he is suffering from a viral complaint. Despite his problems he is still selected for the Great Britain Olympic 4x100 metre relay team.

Dwayne Grant finishes 3rd in both the 100 and 200 at the AAA'S Under 20s and World Championships Trials. Nange Ursell takes silver in the 400 hurdles and there is bronze for Mark Awanah in the long jump. Grant is subsequently selected for the 200 and 4x100 at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile.

 

September

The Clubs youngsters complete another excellent season with 2nd place in the McDonalds National Young Athletes Boys Auxiliary Final at Birmingham. Amongst a wealth of personal bests there are two new Club records. Under 15 Andrew Johnson's 11.78 is the best ever wind assisted 80 metre hurdles performance by a Club member. Fabrice Serybi breaks the under 13s shot record with 10.49.

Jonathan Barbour wins the 100 and 200 metres in a Great Britain International against France. There are 2nd places for Mensah Elliott (110 Hurdles) and Chris Moss (800).

Barbour has another double victory in an under 23 match against Spain.

Sian Brice crashes out of the inaugural Olympic women's triathlon. She is brought down on the cycling section and is refused permission to rejoin the race as an official deems her bike unfit.

Dave Taylor runs the fastest leg of the day at the Southern Road Relay Championships at Aldershot.

 

October

Mark Steinle's Olympics ultimately ends is disappointment as he finishes 56th in the marathon in 2.24.42. Up with lead group and feeling comfortable, he suffers stomach cramps and suffers on the second half of the course.

Dwayne Grant's track season ends on a high at the World Junior Championships in Santiago. He breaks the Club junior 200 metre record as he times 20.88 to qualify for the Final. He is then part of the Great Britain team who strike gold in the 4x100 metres relay.

Mark Steinle is selected for the World Half Marathon Championships in Mexico but has to withdraw with injury.

The Club's Marathon Appeal raises 9,121.42 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

November

Dave Taylor gains selection for the Great Britain team for the European Cross Country Championships after finishing 5th in the Trials race at Margate. Daniel Ayrton narrowly misses out on a place in the Junior team.

Adam Walker, Director Of Development at UK Athletics, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley, Councillor David and Mrs Helen Crowe are guests of honour at the annual Club Dinner.

Joseph Godsell and Paul Archer receive Excellence Awards from the London Borough of Bromley in recognition of their 2nd places at the AAA's under 17s 800 metres and the English Schools Senior Boys shot putt.

 

December

Dave Taylor is 4th scorer for the Great Britain team who finish 6th at the European Cross Country Championships in Malmo, Sweden. He places 37th.

Sydney Wooderson receives his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The Senior team round off the year with a win in the County Road Relay Championships at Rochester Airport.

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