Review of 2003

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Last updated 29 December 2003

IPP Pat Calnan has produced this "Review Of The Year 2003"

January
Rebecca Taylor is the first person to win the Kent Under 13 girls cross country title for three years in a row. Ella Fisher takes the under 17 girls title at the County Championships in Sevenoaks.

Further afield Tim Dickinson regains the Senior Menís title at the Lancashire Championships.

Club members win a host of medals at the Southern Under 20ís Indoor Championships at Bedford. Highlights are wins for Montell Douglas in under 20 womenís 60 metres; Sandra Alaneme in the under 20 womenís triple jump; and Amy Gibbs in the under 15 girlís 60 metres.

Len King, a Vice President since 1962 dies a week before his 90th birthday.

The Senior Men win team bronze medals at the Southern Cross Country Championships in Exeter. Dave Taylor is 4th in the Senior Menís race with Rebecca Taylor 5th in the Under 13 girls race.

There are more medals at the AAAís Under 20 Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Montell Douglas strikes gold in the under 20 womenís 60 metres and there are bronze medals for Jamie Atkinson (Under 20 menís 1500), Harriet Robinson (under 17 girls 60 metre hurdles) and Amy Gibbs (under 15 girlís 60 metres).

February
Julian Golding wins the 200 metres at the Lansing Linde Severnside International Trophy Meeting in Cardiff. Fabian Collymore for Wales and Jamie Atkinson for England both make their International debuts in the Under 20s match in the 60 metres and 1500 metres and Montell Douglas represents England Seniors in the 60 metres.

Julian Golding is part of the Great Britain team that set a British best in the medley relay at the inaugural European Indoor Cup.

Allan Williams wins the menís over 45s pole vault at the British Masters Indoor Championship in Glasgow.

Vice President Dr Jim Scott-Wilson dies. He had been a Club member for 59 years.

Rebecca Taylor is 5th in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Nottingham. Dave Taylor finishes 5th and leads the Senior Men to 7th in the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill.

March
Julian Goldingís hopes of winning a place in the British team for the World Indoor Championships are dashed when he has to pull out of the Trials after the first round of the 200 with a hamstring injury. Blackheath Harriers, Bromley and Bromley AC merge to form Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC.

On the roads Spencer Newport and Rory Byrne time 66.32 and 66.42 at the Wilmslow Half Marathon and Dave Taylor wins the Hillingdon 20 in 1.51.04.

Allan Williams finishes 3rd in the over 45ís pole vault at the European Masters Indoor Championships in San Sebastian, Spain.

John Robinson is the new Club President.

April
The newly merged Club are promoted from the Beta Division to the Alpha Division of the Alpha/Beta Trophy Meeting.

Rebecca Taylor runs the 2nd fastest time of the day at the Nike AAAís Of England Young Athletes Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield.

Spencer Newport runs the fastest long leg of the day at the Nike Southern 12 Stage Road Relay at Milton Keynes.

With Mark Steinle missing Nick Kinsey is the Club Marathon champion. Andy Tucker is the only other member to run inside 3 hours. Francoise Rulens is first woman home for the Club. The Clubís nominated charity is the Bromley Autistic Trust and £7,368 is eventually raised. Mike Peel and Pete Shepheard continue their record of having competed in every London Marathon. Ella Fisher is 2nd in the 15-17 year olds age group in the Mini Marathon.

Dave Taylor wins all four races at the Guernsey Easter Running Festival.

The Club win both the opening Divisions One and Two matches in the Kent Womenís League.

Julian Golding, Jonathan Barbour and Dwayne Grant represent Great Britain in the 4x100 in a relays meeting in Philadelphia.

A small piece of History is made at the first Kent Veterans League fixture of the season as the women win their first ever match.

The Senior Women achieve their highest ever placing of 13th in the National 6 Stage Road Relay at Sutton Coldfield.

There are also wins in the Southern Womenís League and for the Women in the Medway Division of the National Junior Athletics League.

A Sporting Dinner held at Chapter One (restaurant of the year) raises over £2000 to go towards Athletics in Bromley. Mary Peters is the guest speaker.

May
The Young Athletes League starts in the best possible way as the Club win the first ever joint boys and girls scoring match at Norman Park. They win the second match at Newham too.

Both teams in the Southern Menís League have a good month. The B team are 5th in Division One and the C team top Division 4 East after three matches.

Mark Steinle is selected, subject to fitness, for the marathon at the World Championships in Paris in August.

Over 30 gold medals are won at the Kent County track and field Championships at Ashford. These include Internationals like Lash Lashore and Mensah Elliott but perhaps the most noteworthy feat is Jim Day making his 50th consecutive appearance in these Championships. This is marked by a special presentation from the County.

The Senior Men only finish 7th in the opening British League match at Edinburgh. Back at Norman Park the women maintain their unbeaten record in the Southern League comfortably defeating Belgraveís women (who go on to win the UK Womenís League qualifying match in September) Liz Hughes wins the pole vault at the Inter Counties Championships at Bedford.

More medals are won by athletes from the Club than from any other at the South of England Under 20 Championships at Watford. These are 3 golds, 9 silvers and 5 bronze. Golds come from Flo Clark (under 15 girls discus), Karim Chester (under 20ís Hammer) and Alex AlAmeen (under 15 boys 80 hurdles).

June
Karim Chester makes his GB Junior International debut in the match at Loughborough and throws a new best of 53.40.

At the British Masters Championships at Derby there are golds for Colin Brand (over 65ís javelin and discus), Gordon Hickey (over 65ís shot), Chris Woodcock (over 60ís 5,000) and Jim Day (over 70ís pole vault). Woodcock also gets silver in the 10,000 as does Ken Daniel in the over 50ís 1500. The Women lose their 100% record in both the Southern League and Kent League.

Dave Taylor wins the South Of England 10km road race title at Poole.

Barbara Ganley, former Bromley Secretary dies at the age of 74.

Itís three wins out of three for the Young Athletes team as they triumph again at Deangate.

Liz Hughes wins the pole vault at the Southern Championships at Portsmouth with 4 metres, the same height as coach Allan Williams achieved in finishing 9th in the Senior Menís contest.

Itís gold also for Amir Williamson in the under 17ís Hammer. There are silvers for Michael Skinner (1500), Spencer Newport (5000) and Mohammed Sillah Freckleton (110 hurdles) Fabian Collymore takes gold in both the 100 and 200 in the under 20 age group at the Welsh Championships . Simon Williams is 3rd in the Senior Javelin.

Colin Poole and Dave Lewis complete the famous Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Julian Golding anchors the Great Britain 4x100 team home to 3rd place in the European Cup in Florence.

Karim Chester wins the Hammer at the Under 23 Championships at Bedford. Mark Awanah takes 2nd in the long jump and Pieter Koekemoer is 3rd in the 400 hurdles. Sandra Alaneme sets a new Club Record of 12.25 in the under 20 womenís triple jump.

The young athletes lose their joint scoring unbeaten run at Croydon but the girls win their match again making a place in the National Final a strong likelihood.

July
The British League team finish 4th in their 2nd League match at Watford.

Karim Chester represents the GB Junior team in an International match in Italy.

Thereís another win in the Southern Womenís League, this time at Guildford.

The young athletes lose their joint scoring unbeaten run at Croydon but the girls win their match again making a place in the National Final a strong likelihood.

Allan Williams wins the over 50ís pole vault at the World Masters Championships in Puerto Rico clearing 4.25. Itís gold too for Helen Godsell as she moves down an age group to help the over 40ís 4x100 team to victory with a new National Record of 50.94.

Dwayne Grant is part of the GB Under 23 4x100 team that wins gold at the European Championships in Bydgoszcz in Poland.

O2 and Talk2Me Corporate combine to sponsor the Club Championships which help to provide some vital competition the week before the English Schools.

The Clubís athletes are in the medals at the English Schools Championships in Sheffield. Karim Chester wins the Senior Boys Hammer. There is silver for Amir Williamson (Inter Boys Hammer) and Katy Benneworth (Senior Girls Long Jump) and bronze medals for Stuart Harvey (Inter Boys javelin), Harriet Robinson (Inter girls 80 hurdles), Sandra Alaneme (Senior Girls triple jump), Alex AlAmeen (Junior Boys 80 metre hurdles) and Flo Clark (Junior Girls discus). Sandra Alanemeís 12.55 leap in the triple jump is a new UK age 17 best.

Amir Williamson wins the Hammer at the Schools Home Countries International in Cardiff. Robert Bain is 4th in the 3km walk.

The Girls qualify for the National Final as the Club win the Final Young Athletes League match of the season at Norwich.

The Combined Senior Menís and Womenís team miss out on place in the Golden Jubilee Cup Final. They finish 2nd to Windsor in the semi final at Eton.

The Club win both Divisions One and Two of the Kent Womenís League.

Mark Steinle withdraws from the World Championships Marathon as he has not been able to train sufficiently.

Julian Golding wins the AAAís 200 metre and World Championship trial race in Birmingham a contest that features 4 of the top 6 200 metre runners of all time. He gains automatic selection for Paris.

Dwayne Grant finishes 6th. Mohammed Sillah Freckleton takes the Bronze medal in the 110 hurdles. Liz Hughes is 5th in the pole vault.

The youngsters secure the under 15ís and under 13ís titles in the Kent Boys And Colts League. The Veterans secure the Kent Division title of the Vets League and the women gain promotion from Division Two.

The junior men continue their progress to a National Final place with a 3rd place in the Southern Premier match at Harrow while the women have another runaway victory in the Medway Division.

August
After his win at the World Trials Julian Golding is in action in the BAL at Sheffield where the team finish 4th again.

Despite finishing last in their final match at Bournemouth the Menís B team achieve 3rd place overall in Division One of the Southern League, the Clubís highest ever B team position. The C team win their final match at Ware and secure promotion from Division Four East as champions.

The Women are victorious again in the Southern League at Reading.

Bob Minting sets an age 53 best in the 800 as he times 2.05.1.

Julian Golding finishes 2nd to Christian Malcolm in the 200 metres at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.

Mohammed Sillah Freckleton wins the 110 hurdles at the UK Athletics Domestic Grand Prix Series at Cardiff. Michael Skinner wins the 1500 metres.

A number of youngsters enjoy success at the AAAís Under 17ís and Under 15ís Championships in Sheffield. First year under 17 Stuart Harvey wins the javelin. Clare Cooper wins bronze in the 80 hurdles as does Robert Bain in the 5km walk and Scott Blackwell in the under 15ís 400.

The Junior Men secure a place in the National Final at Derby while the women win the Medway Division to claim a place in the Southern Premier Division qualifying match.

Julian Golding is knocked out in the 2nd round of the 200 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Paris. A knee injury means that he is rested from the sprint relay with Dwayne Grant receiving a very late call up to the squad.

The Senior Men end the season 4th in the British League Division 2.

The month ends on a triumphant note as the Girls win the UKA Young Athletes Final in Birmingham after a titanic 7 hour battle with reigning champions Liverpool Harriers with the lead changing constantly. This is the first time ever the Girls Final has been won by a Southern Club.

The Club win the menís Southern Counties Veterans Final at Battersea with a squad that includes former GB marathon International Bill Foster and one time 2.20 high jumper Trevor Llewelyn.

September
The Senior Women finish 4th in Division One of the Southern League and are invited to take part in the qualifying match for the UK Womenís League. A weakened team finish in 4th place just missing out on one of the two qualifying places.

The Junior Menís team finish 8th in the National Final at Derby with a severely reduced squad.

The Junior Women win the Southern Premier Division qualifying match of the National Junior League. Michael Skinner runs the 3rd fastest time of the day at the Southern 6 Stage Road Relay at Aldershot. Robert Bain gains the silver medal at the English Schools Walks Championships in Sheffield.

Richard Daniels qualifies to represent Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand in December.

Mark Steinle finishes 7th out of 47,001 runners in the Great North Run. His time of 62.55 proves to be the fastest by a Briton all year.

At the Kent Relays there are 7 golds, 8 silvers and 5 sets of bronze medals won by the various age group teams.

The Clubís athletes win 17 gold medals at the Kent Veteran championships including 8 for Jim Day.

October
At the British Masters Throws Pentathlon at Burton On Trent Gordon Hickey (over 70 men) and Beatrice Simpson (over 45 women) both break British Records in winning their age groups and Colin Brand is just shy of his own British record in winning the over 65ís.

Four of the Clubís athletes, Robert Bain, Holly Williams, Julia Stacey and Jessica Bain represent the South Of England in the Inter Area walks match in Derby. Robert wins the under 17ís 5km race.

Michael Skinner finishes 2nd in the first of the Reebok Cross Challenge races in Falkirk.

Sarah Olney retains her javelin title at the National Championships for athletes with a moderate learning difficulty. She also wins the shot.

Mark Steinle finishes 16th in the Chicago Marathon. His time of 2.15.41 proves to be the fastest time for the distance by a British male in 2003 but is still slower than Paula Radcliffeís winning London Marathon time.

Olympian John ďKipperĒ Herring dies at the age of 68. He represented Great Britain in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and worked for the London Marathon Organisation for many years.

November The Club report the deaths of three of its more Senior members, John Furniss who joined in 1933, Leslie Cornish (1931) and Dennis Bentley (1952).

Michael Skinner runs the 3rd fastest time of the day at the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield. He is just seconds outside the previous course record which is broken by two other athletes.

Club Vice President Mike Winch is elected Vice President of UK Athletics.

Both the under 13 and under 15 girls remain unbeaten after three rounds of the Kent Womenís Cross Country League.

December
Brenda Brent is named Volunteer Of The Year in the Bromley Sports Awards. John Baldwin is recognised for his Contributuion to Sport in the Borough. At least five of the Clubís athletes are to receive Excellence Awards at the Presentation which takes place in January 2004.

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