Radus completes three wins in a week

By Brian Sacks, September 19, 2016

Lia Radus, 14, maintained her impressive form with a hat-trick of victories on the track.

The Blackheath and Bromley athlete took victory in the 1,500m at the UK Youth Development League National final in Bedford in a time of 4:45.07.

Next she improved her 3,000m best to 10:03.68 at the Watford Open Graded Meeting, placing her second in the UK U-15 rankings.


Knyazyeva-Minenko ready to impress in Rio

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2016

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko is targeting Israel’s first Olympic track and field medal in Rio.

The 26-year-old immigrant is still haunted by her fourth place finish in London when she was representing Ukraine.

She recalled: “The triple jump is 90 per cent psychological and you’ve got to be mentally strong.


Radus takes 43 seconds off Parkrun best

By Brian Sacks, August 2, 2016

Lia Radus improved her 5K parkrun PB by 43 seconds, moving to 17th in the UK U15 rankings.

Radus, 14, completed the 5K Oak Hill parkrun in 18:52, placing fifth out of 145 competitors. Close to 100,000 runners of all ages contest parkruns each week, in almost 400 events across the country.


Nachshon makes his mark in 800m rankings

By Brian Sacks, July 22, 2016

GILAD Nachshon, 12, moved to third in the UK U13 800m rankings when recording 2:15.11 at the latest Watford Open Graded Meeting.

Fellow Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Biny Bloom, in his last race as a 12-year-old, also improved his time to 2:23.35.

Roger Bruck, 77, gained two victories in the Inter Area Masters competition at Solihull.


Knyazyeva-Minenko secures silver for Israel at European Championships

July 11, 2016

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko was jumping for joy after winning silver at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Knyazyeva-Minenko, 26, became only the second Israeli athlete to claim a medal at the event - following an outstanding performance in the triple jump.


Nachshen catches the eye at Watford Open Graded Meeting

By Brian Sacks, July 5, 2016

Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Gilad Nachshen, 12, has risen to sixth in the UK under-13 800m rankings, recording 2:16.34 at the recent Watford Open Graded Meeting.

Nachshen, who has only recently resumed running after some months off with a leg injury, will represent Hertfordshire in the forthcoming Inter-counties Championships.


Radus runs out of luck

By Brian Sacks, June 2, 2016

Lia Radus narrowly missed out on a place on the podium at the Junior British Athletics One Mile Road Championships, held as part of the Westminster Mile series of races.

Radus, 14, placed fourth in the under-15 Girls’ event in 5:13, the same time as bronze medallist Lucy Olsen.


Dowson reaches new heights in Youth Development League

By Brian Sacks, May 17, 2016

Sophie Dowson, 17, cleared 3.75m in the Youth Development League at Eton to improve her pole vault best by 13cm.

Dowson, who now competes for Blackheath and Bromley AC, placed second to Jessica Robinson, the UK’s leading young vaulter. Dowson’s new PB moves her to sixth in the UK under-20 standings.


Harriers off to a flyer in Ayrton’s field of dreams

By Brian Sacks, April 4, 2016

One recent Monday evening I visited the Allianz Stadium, Hendon, to watch a group of young athletes in training. They were members of Maccabi London Harriers (MLH) and I was there at the invitation of their head coach Murray Ayrton. It is largely through Ayrton’s vision and hard work that MLH came into being in September last year.


Stone sparkles in U16 race at Jerusalem 10k

By Brian Sacks, March 24, 2016

David Stone won the under-16 trophy at the Jerusalem 10K, finishing 68 seconds ahead of the 531-strong field.

Competing in his first race over the distance, Stone, 14, broke the tape in a time of 37:53 for the hilly and demanding road course to place 10th out of 7,364 runners overall.