Goodman stumped

By Brian Sacks, February 24, 2011

A course best described as a quagmire, and a 40-minute start delay, may have cost Richard Goodman victory in the Under 20 National Cross country Championship at Alton Towers.

Locked in a duel with 19-year-old Johnny Hay throughout the 8km race, Goodman, 17, gave way over the last two kilometres to finish second, 100m behind Hay.


Goodman in charge

By Brian Sacks, February 3, 2011

Richard Goodman, 17, converted meticulous preparation into perfect execution in winning the Under 20 South of England cross country championship in cold and muddy conditions at Parliament Hill in north west London.

Pushing hard from the start, he broke away after 1km and had extended his lead to 100m by the end of the 8km race.


Richard Goodman on the up

January 13, 2011

Richard Goodman's first race back after injury could hardly have been tougher, but in it he proved he can hold his own against the very best runners from Europe and America.

The event was the 8.2km Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, televised live on BBC. The starting line-up included Mo Farah, European 5,000m and 10,000m champion, and nine-time European Cross Country champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine.

Coming 27th overall behind winner Mo Farah, Goodman, 17, came third amongst the Under 23s, beaten by a 21-year-old and a 20-year-old respectively.


Athletes pass the test of time

November 11, 2010

Earlier this year, the JC launched the Daniel Sacks Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Athletics Achievement. We have attempted to discover and record all performances by UK Jewish athletes aged 11-16 in adjudicated competitions and to encourage wide participation within the open athletics scene. We can now announce the winners for this first year of the award.


Teen athlete tops personal bests

September 16, 2010

Richard Goodman, 17, brought his track season to a close with personal bests at either end of the middle distance range. First he beat top class senior opposition to win the 800m in the British Athletics League final in Hendon. His time of 1:53.47 improved his personal best by 1.27 seconds, and his win helped Shaftesbury Barnet to win the title of Top UK Athletics Club.


Jewish athletes win big at UK meeting

By Brian Sacks, August 19, 2010

Two Jewish athletes performed with distinction at the Diamond League event at Crystal Palace. In the top UK meeting of the year, Richard Goodman of Stanmore won the Under 20 3,000m while Jillian Schwartz of Israel came second in the pole vault.

Competing against older and faster runners, Goodman, 17, did not start his race as favourite. A hamstring injury two weeks beforehand had restricted his preparation to strength work in the gym and two speed sessions in the week before the race.


Danielle’s jump start in Barcelona

By Alex Carson, August 5, 2010

Danielle Frenkel, 22, set a new women's high jump record for Israel in its debut at the European Athletics Championship in Barcelona

She cleared the bar at 1.92m in the qualifying round advancing her to the final where she managed to clear only 1.85m followed by three failed attempts at 1.89m, handing victory to Croatia's Blanka Vlasic, reaching 2.03m.

Frenkel remains optimistic and happy with her overall performance, despite not being victorious in the finals and finishing 12th and last place.


Ellie, 13, is one in a thousand

July 22, 2010

Ellie Edwards had the opportunity of a lifetime when she attended a unique masterclass in Manchester.

Edwards, 13, received specialist coaching from sprint legends Tyson Gay, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Kim Collins, Linford Christie and Felix Sanchez at the indoor athletics track at Sport City.

A Sale Harrier and Manchester High School athlete, Edwards had been invited to the session after winning the Manchester Street Sprints competition last year.

The stars were in Deansgate for the Great City Games which were held on Sunday at a specially constructed street track.


Kastor finishes 18th at London Marathon

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

Deena Kastor finished 18th at the Virgin London Marathon. The 2006 winner had her preparations disrupted by the volanic ash travel backlog and overcame an arduous two-day journey from America via Paris.

The American marathon record holder crossed the line in 2:36:20, her slowest time for any marathon she had completed since taking up the event nine years ago.


Bruck's record broken

April 8, 2010

Roger Bruck’s unbeaten record at the British Masters Athletics Championships has come to an end. Having previously won the National Pentathlon and Southern Counties 60 metres, Long Jump and High Jump. This time, however, he had to settle for silver in both the high and long Jump in the National Championships.