Athletes make big strides

By Brian Sacks, January 5, 2015

It was a year of solid progress for most of the community’s established young athletes, writes Brian Sacks.

James Bongart (javelin), Jessica Hurley (300m) and Ellie Edwards (200m) all won county titles in their age groups.


Fabulous four can take a bow

By Brian Sacks, January 5, 2015

Young talent was in such plentiful evidence this year that four athletes have been chosen to receive the 2014 Daniel Sacks Award for Outstanding Young Athletic Achievement. The winners are sprinter Eden Davis, middle-distance runner Lia Radus and pole vaulters Sophie Dowson and George Grant.


Goodman happy with comeback run

By Brian Sacks, November 24, 2014

Richard Goodman was in philosophical mood after returning to top-flight international competition in Burgos, Spain.

Lining up as part of a four-strong England team at the Atapuerca International cross country race, Goodman, a student at St Mary’s Twickenham, completed the 10km course in 32nd position in 30:07, placing inside the top quarter of the field.


Sir Arthur passed test of time with distinction

By Brian Sacks, November 3, 2014

The late Sir Arthur Gold has become the fourth Jewish inductee into the British Athletics Hall of Fame.

His son, Jonathan, was presented with the award earlier this month by fellow inductee, athletics historian and journalist Mel Watman.


Kastor breaks half-marathon world record

By Brian Sacks, October 3, 2014

Deena Kastor demonstrated her return to top form by setting a world masters record in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

The 2004 Olympic marathon medallist placed third in 1:09:37, less than a minute behind Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya. Kastor’s time beat the previous Over-40 best by 19 seconds.


Radus making giant strides

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2014

Lia Radus produced a storming anchor leg to put Shaftesbury Barnet amongst the medals at the under-13 Southern three-stage road relays in Aldershot.

Starting her leg in 11th place, Radus moved through the field to secure bronze for the team. Her split time of 8:15 for 2.291km was fourth fastest amongst more than 230 runners.


Radus on the rampage

By Brian Sacks, September 19, 2014

Lia Radus,12, broke the Shaftesbury Barnet under-13 club record on her way to winning the 1,500m in the Eastern Young Athletes League Plate final in Ipswich.

Her time of 4:59.5 places her 12th in the UK U13 rankings.

Tackling the same distance in the Boys under-13 division, fellow Shaftesbury athletes Judah Yawitch,11, and Matti Harris recorded 5:04.1 and 5:14.7 respectively.


Grant takes gold at Youth Development meet

By Brian Sacks, September 12, 2014

George Grant gained an impressive victory at the UK Youth Development League National final, a competition matching the eight most successful clubs in the country.

Grant’s clearance of 3.95m in the pole vault was the second highest of his career so far, and the Shaftesbury Barnet athlete took victory despite being the only under-17 competitor in the field.


Medal hat-trick for Bruck in Birmingham

By Brian Sacks, August 26, 2014

Roger Bruck won a gold and two silvers in the M75 division of the British Masters Championships in Birmingham.

Bruck won the high jump in 1.18m, the event staged indoors because of bad weather, and took silvers in the long jump and 200m, but was fourth in the 100m.


Flying start for GB at JCC Games

August 26, 2014

Team Maccabi GB got straight down to business in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games 2014 with 17 medals including four gold, nine silver and four bronze on the first day.

And the medals kept pouring in on day two with the delegation winning an incredible 46 across all sports.