Review of 2001

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Last updated 19 December 2001

VP Pat Calnan has produced this "Review Of The Year 2001"

January
At the Kent Championships Rebecca Taylor wins the under 13 girls race in her first year in the age group and leads the team to victory.

Dave Taylor wins the Senior Men's title at the Surrey Champs.

Mohammed Sillah Freckleton and Katy Porter both retain their titles at the Southern Indoor Championships. Mohammed wins the Senior Men's 60 metre hurdles with Katy winning the Under 20 women's event.

Michael Skinner finishes 2nd in the AAA's Indoors 1500 metres which double as the Trials for the World Championships. Mark Awanah, still a junior, finishes 3rd in the long jump with 7.03.

Dan Ayrton finishes 3rd in the Junior Men's race at the Southern Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill.

February
Michael Skinner captains the England team in the Home Countries International at Cardiff. Katy Porter also competes in the sprint hurdles. Dwayne Grant and Sam Singer are both of part of Junior teams who set Welsh all comers records in the medley relays.

Michael Skinner wins the British Universities Indoor 3,000 metre title and there is a bronze for David Moulton in the 800.

There are medals galore for the Club at the Veterans Indoor National Championships. Bob Minting takes gold in the over 50's 200 and 400 metres as well as 3rd in the 800; Peter Hannell wins the over 50's 3km walk; Ken Daniel takes silver and bronze in the over 50's 3km and 1500; Denis Wallington bronze in the over 50's long jump; and Jim Day gold and silver in the over 65's pole vault and high jump.

At the National Cross Country Championships at Durham, Dan Ayrton finishes 10th in the Junior Mens Race.

March
Dwayne Grant and Sam Singer represent Great Britain in an International against France, Germany and Italy in Vittel, France.

Michael Skinner, David Moulton and Alloy Wilson repressent Great Britain Under 23s in an indoor International in Cardiff against France. Wilson is part of the 4x400 team who set a new Welsh all comers record.

At Bordeaux, France Bob Minting strikes gold (800), silver (400) and bronze (4x200) in the over 50's age group in the European Veterans Indoor Championships.

The cross country season is abandoned due to the Foot and Mouth crisis.

Mike Peel is the new Club President taking over from Mike Davies.

Olympians Sian Brice, Julian Golding, John Herring and Mark Steinle are made Life Members of the Club.

April
The Club's youngsters win the overall trophy at the Parkwood League for the 2000/2001 season.. The boys win their title and the girls finish third.

The Club's Senior Women finish teams in the Southern and National 6 Stage Relays for the first time.

Mark Steinle finishes as first Briton in the London Marathon for the second year running. He times 2.10.46 to finish 6th breaking his own Club Record in the process.

Karim Chester breaks the Club Under 17 hammer record with a throw of 56.40. Sandra Alaneme breaks the under 17 girls triple jump record with 10.61; and Victoria Thomas the Under 15 girls shot putt record with 10.00.

May
Karim Chester breaks the hammer record again and again, this time with 57.26 and then 58.55, which gives him the gold medal in the under 17's age group at the Southern Championships.

Other medals come from Katy Porter (2nd in the under 20's 100 hurdles), and from Fabian Collymore (u17's 200), Ian Allerton (u17's 400) and Neil Simpson (U20's 400) who all capture bronze.

Dwayne Grant wins the 100 and 200 at the Southern Junior Championships, breaking Mark Richardson's Championship record in the latter event.

More Club records. Emily Oliver 34.06 in the discus. Vicky Thomas 10.42 in the under 15 girls shot.

At the Inter Counties Jonathan Barbour breaks the Championship record for the 100 metres winning in 10.24.

June
Mensah Elliott races for England in Moscow and then is straight off the plane at Heathrow to help the Club qualify for the Gold Cup Final.

Sandra Alaneme breaks both the under 17's and under 20's women's Club Records for the triple jump with a leap of 11.42. It also breaks the Intermediate Girls record at the Kent Schools Championships.

Dwayne Grant runs the fastest time in the world by a junior so far as he times 20.64 for 200 metres. Both this and his 10.47 for the 100 metres are new Club Records.

Julian Golding wins the Southern 200 metre title on the same weekend that his coach Mike McFarlane is awarded the OBE. Mensah Elliott takes the 110 hurdles title for the 3rd successive year and Lash Lashore wins bronze in the 100.

The over 50's team of Doug Cocker, Ken Daniel, Bob Minting and Dennis Wallington break the British over 50's 4x400 metres record by over 10 seconds.

Jonathan Barbour wins the 100 and 200 in an Under 23 International against Spain. Michael Skinner is 4th in the 1500.

At the National Veteran Championships there are gold medals for Jim Day (over 65's pole vault);Peter Hannell (over 55's walk), Ken Daniel (over 50's 1500), Bill Foster (over 40s' 5km) and Bob Minting (over 50's 800). Minting's time of 2.05.4 is a new Club Record. Bill Clapham strikes silver in the over 70's 5km and Colin Brand takes bronze in the over 65's discus.

Sam Singer, Katy Benneworth, Abi Jacobs and Katy Porter break both the Junior and Senior Women's Club Records for the 4x100 as they time 49.6.

July
In the under 23 Championships at Bedford, Jonathan Barbour retains his 100 and 200 metre titles. His time of 20.8 for the 200 breaks Christian Malcolm's Championship record. Mohammed Sillah Freckleton wins silver in the 110 hurdles and there is a bronze for Levi Edwards in the long jump.

Dwayne Grant takes the under 20 200 metre title with 20.4 and wins silver in the 100 in 10.22. Mark Awanah sets a new best of 7.66 to finish 2nd in the long jump.

More Club Records fall - under 13 girls 1200. Rebecca Taylor 4.17.7, under 15 girls 100. Venita Akpofure 12.5, under 17's hammer. Karim Chester 60.52; under 13 girls 75 metres, Serita Solomon 10.4; and under 20 girls hammer, Emily Oliver 37.11.

Jonathan Barbour wins gold in the 100metres at the European Under 23 Championships.

Dwayne Grant is part of the Great Britain team who win gold in the 4x100 at the European Junior Championships. He also takes bronze in the 200 metres in 20.92.

The Senior men finish 7th in the Gold Cup Final. Best performance comes from Tawanda Chiwira who wins the 400 metres in 47.15.

The girls are promoted to the Southern Premier Division of the McDonalds Young Athletes League. The boys qualify for the Auxillary Final.

At the English Schools Championships Karim Chester wins bronze in the hammer. Katy Benneworth gets a gold medal as part of the Kent team who win the Intermediate Girls 4x100; Venita Akpofure gains gold for London in the Junior Girls 4x100; and there is silver for Dwayne Bovell for Kent in the Intermediate Boys 4x100.

At the World Veterans Championships, Bill Foster wins bronze in the over 40's 5,000 metres. His time of 14.52.52 proves to be the fastest by a British veteran in 2001. Bob Minting wins bronze in the over 50's 4x400. He also sets a new Club Record of 2.05.02 in finishing 5th in the 800 metres.

August
Further Club Records come form Alex Al Ameen (under 13 boys discus 28.04); Clare Silvester (under 15 girls javelin 27.27).

Jonathan Barbour competes for Great Britain at the World Championships. He is part of the 4x100 team who are disqualified. Mark Steinle is selected for the marathon but has to withdraw through injury.

The Veteran Men win the Kent League.

Mensah Elliott represents Great Britain in the "B" International against France.

At the South Of England Veteran Championships Ken Daniel wins both the 800 and 1500, while in the over 65's Jim Day takes the pole vault title.

Dwayne Grant wins for Great Britain in the under 20's international against the United States. Mark Awanah makes his GB debut in the long jump finishing 4th with 7.25.

The Senior men are relegated from Division One of the British Athletics League.

The women's team is promoted back to Division One of the Kent Women's League.

September
The women's team are promoted to Division Two of the Southern Women's League.

Tom Robinson sets a new Club Record of 3.80 in the under 17's pole vault.

Jonathan Barbour is part of the Great Britain 4x100 metre team who win gold at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane.

Colin Poole runs his 100th marathon since taking up running at the age of 50.

Three Club Records are set at the County Relays as the Club beat the best in Kent. Clare Cooper, Harriet Robinson, Venita Akpofure and Joanna South break the under 15 girls 4x100 and 4x200 records with 50.6 and 1.48.9.

Rebecca Taylor, Aimee Boyle and Clare McNamara break the under 13 girls 3x800 record with 8.13.2.

October
Mark Steinle is selected to represent Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships in Bristol but has to withdraw through injury.

The Senior men finish 8th in the National 6 stage road relay at Sutton Park. The Senior Women make their first ever appearance in the event finishing 45th.

November
Tim Dickinson is first England representative home at the Belgian Cross Cup race in Ghent. Bill Foster is part of the England Veterans team who win team gold at the Veterans Home Countries International at Falkirk.

Jennie Butler is the inaugural winner of the women's South Of The Thames Junior Championship.

December
Nick Kinsey wins the over 40's title at the Kent Veterans cross country championships at Tunbridge Wells.

Michael Skinner represents the England Under 23 team at the Reebok Cross Challenge in Edinburgh.

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