Sport in brief

December 18, 2008

Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Richard Goodman, 15, won the combined Under 17 and Under 20 North Thames Cross Country Championships in Kingsbury.

Competing against runners-up to four years his senior, Goodman of Stanmore finished 55 seconds clear of the rest of the field. “Before the race, former world record holder Dave Bedford told me that I could be the next Dave Bedford, and that I had the perfect physique for cross-country and middle-distance. That encouragement inspired me to run what I think is one of my best races.”


GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.


Manny happy returns for novice daredevil

By JCReporter, December 10, 2008

First-time competitor Manny Cohen, 51, surprised everyone including himself when he finished ninth at the 2008-2009 British Bobsleigh Championships held at the challenging Cesana Pariol track in Italy.

The ex-Hasmonean pupil, who is chairman of the RM Group, joined top athletes including Dean Macey, Jason Gardner and Craig Maclean to compete against the GB Team.


Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.


Sport in brief

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

CRICKET Mark Blackston is the Northern Jewish League player of the season. The Bury & Whitefield all-rounder helped the team win the NJCL Cup. Huddy Lieberman received the young player award. David Cohen won the top player award in the Under 14 category.

CHESS Israel took silver, their first ever medal, after beating the Netherlands at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.


Harriers’ teen spirit shines through

By Brian Sacks, November 27, 2008

Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' young middle-distance stars Sagie Benaim and Richard Goodman started the cross-country season in fine fashion. In the London Championships at Parliament Hill, Goodman, 15, won the Under 17 race by a comfortable 20-second margin, while Benaim, 18, came a close second in the under-20 race.


Goodman races to middle distance double

By Brian Sacks, August 8, 2008

Athletics Stanmore athlete Richard Goodman won both the 800m and 1500m under-17 races in the Young Athletes League in Norwich last week.

Goodman, 15, achieved one of his season's ambitions by breaking the two minute barrier, winning in 1:59.8. Delighted with the performance, he said: "I ran a tactical race and was very pleased to win in such good time. I had just completed a very tough training week for elite young athletes at St Mary's College, Twickenham.

"But it made this win all the more worthwhile."


Goodman enjoying the best of times

By Brian Sacks, July 4, 2008

Fifteen-year-old Stanmore middle distance runner Richard Goodman has qualified for the English Schools Athletics Championships by cutting his 1500m personal best to 4:05.59, an improvement of more than six seconds.

This time puts him in the top 20 in the country in the under-17 age group, and only one of this top 20 is younger than Goodman himself. Goodman will now be the sole under-17 representative for Middlesex Schools in this event at the Championships, which are taking place in Gateshead next weekend.


Schools' fast track to success

June 13, 2008

King Solomon and JFS took the honours at Maccabi GB’s annual secondary schools track and field day at Copthall, North West

Five schools including JFS, Hasmonean, Immanuel College, Yavneh College and King Solomon braved the bad weather with more than 150 girls battling it out in the the 70m hurdles, 100m, 300m, 800m, long jump, javelin, shot put and 4x100m relay.

There was nothing to choose between the Year Eight athletes from JFS and King Solomon School as both teams ended the morning level on points and shared the trophy.


Goodman destined for great things

By Brian Sacks, May 30, 2008

Richard Goodman, 15, began the track season in style, winning the Middlesex Under-17 800 metres title in 2:01.

The previous week the JFS pupil scored a fine double, coming first in the 800m and 1500m at the Southern League Premier Division in Hendon. The Stanmore runner won both events with personal bests of 2:00 and 4:11 respectively.