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Indoor Track & Field Results for 2002

3/03/02 - GUILDFORD
19/02/02 - LARKFIELD
13/01/02 - DOVER
11/11/01 - SWANLEY

A round up of the Indoor 2002 Season

Birmingham Indoor Games, Jan 12th and 13th.

"Lash" Lashore started the season in the best possible way by posting the fastest time in the country for the 60 metres. In his semi final he clocked 6.65 for a new personal best, a time which met the qualifying standard for the European Indoor Championships. His time was two hundredths of a second quicker than Birchfield's Mark Lewis Francis who withdrew from the Final. Lash was not so quick in the final as he stumbled at the start but still won in 6.74, the same time as second place.

It was a promising day for the Club's sprinters with Gavin Neblett, Daniel Plummer and Mensah Elliott all making the semi finals of the Senior 60 metres with times of 6.87, 6.88 and 6.95; and Fabian Collymore 2nd in the Under 20's 60 in 7.05 to add to his 22.16 victory in the 200 metres. There can be little doubt that with these plus Jonathan Barbour, Julian Golding, Dwayne Grant, Michael Champion, Tyrone Swaray and more, that we now have one of the best, if not the best, sprint teams in the country.

Also in the Senior ranks David Moulton timed 1.52.72 for 800; Dave Taylor 3.54.61 for 1500; and Alloy Wilson 22.29 for 200.

There was also a personal best for Joe Godsell in the under 20's 800 as he timed 1.56, the second fastest in his age group of the day.

South Of England Indoor Championships, Bedford. Jan 19th and 20th

Katy Porter showed that she is having few problems in adapting to Senior competition as she finished second in the 60 metre hurdles. Katy, who gained a Junior International vest last year and won the junior title for the previous two seasons, timed a useful 8.8 seconds which promises much for the outdoor season where she will concentrate on the 400 hurdles.

It was silver also for Katy Benneworth in the under 20's long jump with a leap of 5.31. There was disappointment, however, for reigning Senior Men's champion Mohammed Sillah Freckleton. Looking to complete a hat trick of victories, he found himself disqualified in the heats for allegedly knocking hurdles down with his lead leg. There was frustration also for Daniel Plummer who ran 6.9 in the 60 metres semi final before withdrawing from the competition with a niggling injury. Lash Lashore decided against competing as there was no electric timing. First year junior Fabian Collymore timed 7.2 in the heats of the junior men's 60 metres.

AAA's Indoor Championships, Cardiff. February 2nd and 3rd.

The Club's athletes were prominent in their new Nike kit on BBC's Grandstand. Lash Lashore made the final of the 60 metres as a fastest loser after a slow start in his semi. He fared better in the final finishing fifth in 6.70 behind Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis Francis. The two other Blackheath competitors in the event both achieved personal bests. Daniel Plummer timed 6.77 in the semi final and Gavin Neblett 6.83 in his heat.

Mensah Elliott was hoping to achieve a European qualifying time in the 60 metre hurdles but a recent groin injury had hampered his training. Nevertheless, he was encouraged by a 7.91 timing in the semi final which equalled his personal best. A medal in the final against Colin Jackson seemed a realistic possibility but after smashing into the second hurdle his rhythm was broken and he finished 6th in 8.05.

Elsewhere on the track Joe Mills was 6th in his heat of the 1500 metres in 3.52.91 First year senior Mark Awanah was 7th in the long jump with a leap of 6.74 while Levi Edwards was 9th in 6.58.

Norwich Union Under 20's and Under 23 International, Cardiff. February 16th.

A number of younger Heathens were in action at the Norwich Union Under 20 and Under 23 International in Cardiff. Levi Edwards finished 2nd in the under 23's long jump with a leap of 6.94 and there was more success on the track. In the under 23's Daniel Plummer timed 6.87 in the 60 metres. In the under 20's Fabian Collymore clocked 7.1 in the first 60 metre B race and then won the second race in 7.06. Neil Simpson ran 7.29 for the 60 metres to add to his 22.70 in the 200.

Kent Indoor Championships

There was a medal bonanza for Blackheath athletes at the Kent Indoor Championships at Crystal Palace with Championship bests set by Clare Cooper in the under 15 girls 60 metre hurdles and Sandra Alaneme in the under 17 girls triple jump.

Clare timed 9.3 for her race and also claimed 2nd in the long jump and 60 metres. Sandra leapt 11.27 in the triple and also added a gold in the high jump with a leap of 1.60.

Elsewhere there were double golds for Katy Benneworth (under 20 girls 60m and long jump) and Alex Al Ameen (under 15's 60 hurdles and high jump). Other wins came from Nadia Gharbaoui (U17's triple jump), Dwayne Bovell (U17's 60), Andrew Johnson (U17's 60H), Harriet Robinson (U17 LJ) and Vicky Thomas (U15 SP) with perhaps the most extraordinary gold coming in the Senior Men's pole vault where 48 year old Allan Williams soared over 4.15 for victory.

Allan was not the only veteran to achieve medal success as, taking advantage of a small entry, 68 year old Gordon Hickey placed 2nd in the Senior Men's shot.

AAA's Under 20 Championships, Bimingham. Feb 23rd and 24th.

Two members of the Dave Liston coaching squad won bronze medals. Joe Godsell set a new best of 1.56.08 in the 800 metres while in the 1500 metres it was third also for new member Terry Hawkey in a time of 4.09.47. Matt Hill was 4th in the same race in 4.14.92 and it was 4th also for Fabian Collymore in a high quality 60 metres in 7.0.

Jack Wilkie made a big breakthrough in the 200 metres as he placed 5th in the final in 22.61. The Ian Dibbins coached athlete ran even faster in his semi final where he ran 22.21. Training partner Ian Allerton ran his fastest ever time indoors or out in the 400 timing 50.34 to finish 4th in his semi final. There was also a 6th place for Victoria Thomas in the under 15 girls Shot Putt in 10.33 and 8th in the under 20 girl's long jump for Katy Benneworth.

In the under 17's Dwayne Bovell reached the semi final of the 60 metres. He clocked 7.19 for 3rd place, just missing out on the final.

British Universities Championships, Glasgow. February 23rd and 24th

David Moulton won silver in the 800 metres. Levi Edwards qualified for the final of the long jump with a leap of 6.74, but then jumped 6.60 to place 6th.

European Indoor Championships, Vienna. March 1st to 3rd.

Akinola Lashore reached the semi finals of the 60 metres. His aim was to reach the final but, nevertheless, he performed with great credit and was only a few hundredths of a second off his best ever time.

Number three in the country this season behind Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis Francis, he qualified for the semis as a fastest loser timing 6.72 in his heat. He was slightly slower in the semi where he finished in 6th place in 6.76. This was his first Great Britain vest and he will now be looking for more International recognition this summer when the European Championships and Commonwealth Games take place.


Pat Calnan

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Inter County Sportshall Championship - Guildford 3 March 2002

Four Blackheath youngsters represented Kent at the Inter County Sportshall Championship held at Guildford last Sunday, 3rd March 2002.

The U13 girls team came 3rd. This included three Blackheath girls. Emily Godley, Sophie Robinson and Serita Solomon.

Alex Al-Ameen was our representative for the boys and he won silver in the high jump (he jumped the same height as the winner).

Kent have chosen 10 boys and 10 girls from Kent to attend a Sports talent camp for young athletes (school years 7 and 8) to be held in Eastbourne later this year, and our youngsters have been selected.

The three girls still have another year in this age group so they have all done very well.

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Kent County Sportshall Championships At Larkfield Leisure Centre Sunday, 19th February 2002

U11 Teams finished 6th and 16th from 25 teams

Mark Akpofure: 4th Long jump. 6th Ball throw

U13 Boys
6 Lap race
Gold medal and County Champion - Alex Al-Ameen (78.8s)
Bronze Medal - Sebastian Rulens (82.3s)

Long Jump
Silver Medal - Alex Al-Ameen (2.19m)
8th Sebastian Rulens (1.78m)

Vertical Jump
Bronze Medal - Alex Al-Ameen (53cm)

Shot Putt
Silver Medal - Alex Al-Ameen (9.90m)
5th Sebastian Rulens (7.62m)

U13 Girls

2 Lap race
5th Serita Solomon (23.9s)
12th Hannah Shomade (28.9s)

4 Lap race
4th Serita Solomon (52.1s)
5th Emily Godley (52.9s)

6 Lap race
Gold medal and County Champion - Sophie Robinson (85.7s)
Long Jump
Silver medal - Emily Godley (2.12m)
9th Sophie Robinson (1.91m)

Triple Jump
Bronze Medal - Serita Solomon (6.14m)
5th Emily Godley (5.93m)
7th Hannah Shomade (5.52m)

Speed Bounce
Gold medal and County Champion Serita Solomon (78)
3rd Sophie Robinson (73)

Vertical Jump
5th Hannah Shomade (52cm)

Shot Putt
4th Emily Godley (6.61m)
10th Hannah Shomade (5.16m)

U15 Girls
Long Jump
7th Clare Weedon (1.90m)

Speed Bounce
6th Clare Weedon (54)

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Under 13 Girls' Pentathlon
3rd Sophie Robinson
6th Emily Godley
8th Hannah Shomade

Four girls were needed for a team. The girls' team would probably have been first judging by their performances.

Speed Bounce
3rd Sophie Robinson 68
Vertical Jump
1st Hannah Shomade 54cm
Triple Jump
1st Emily Godley 6.22m

Under 13 Boys' Pentathlon
1st Alex Al-Ameen
4th Joe Mercer
6th Mark Akpofure
7th James Mercer
Team Position - Blackheath 1st

Vertical Jump
1st Alex Al-Ameen 53cm
2nd Joe Mercer 51cm
1st Alex Al-Ameen 10.21m
Triple Jump
3rd James Mercer 6.22m
2 lap race
2nd Alex Al-Ameen
3rd Joe Mercer

No under 15 or under 11 athletes competed for Blackheath

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U15 GIRLS Pentathlon
17th Shree Orelaja

U13 GIRLS Pentathlon
2nd Serita Solomon
8th Sophie Robinson
8th Emily Godley
16th Hannah Shomade
Long Jump
2nd Hannah Shomade
2nd Serita Solomon
Vertical Jump
1st Hannah Shomade
Speed Bounce
1st Serita Solomon
4 laps
1st Serita Solomon

Blackheath U13 GIRLS' TEAM came 2nd from 26 teams

U13 BOYS Pentathlon
3rd Alex Al-Ameen
5th M. Akpofure
Long jump
3rd Alex Al-Ameen
2nd Alex Al-Ameen
Vertical Jump
1st Alex Al-Ameen
2nd M. Akpofure

U11 MIXED Team
18th overall

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U15 Girls Pentathlon
3rd overall - Venita Akpofure
6th Keighly Douglas
18th Clare Weedon
22nd Shree Orelaja
2nd Venita Akpofure
Triple Jump
2nd Venita Akpofure
2 lap race
3rd Venita Akpofure

U15 Boys Pentathlon
12th overall Richard Daniel
2 lap race
3rd Richard Daniel

U13 Girls Pentathlon
3rd Overall Serita Solomon
5th " Emily Godley
10th " Sophie Robinson
13th " Hannah Shomade
Triple Jump
2nd Serita Solomon
Vertical Jump
3rd Hannah Shomade

We do not have the overall team results for the above

U11 Mixed Team
11th Overall
Speed Bounce
1st Courtney Miller

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