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MICHAEL WHEELER SETS UK AGE 13 BEST FOR INDOOR SHOT
At the Crystal Palace Open Indoors on 18th December, 2004, Michael Wheeler (u15 boy) of Herne Hill Harriers - threw a new UK Indoor Age Best (Age 13) with the 4kg Shot of 14.93m.  This beat the old age best by 97cm.  To his credit, this was the first time that Michael has thrown as an u15 boy proper, but amazingly beat the previous UK indoors age best with all six of his throws in Competition 1.  In addition, Michael also goes to number 8 in the UK Indoor All Time Indoors list for the u15 boys age category (the only 13 year old - 1st year u15 boy to get into the top 10).
NATALIE HARVEY WINS SILVER MEDAL IN TEAM RACE AT EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Natalie Harvey (SLH) was 3rd Briton and finished in 13th place in the individual race. Results.
SURREY U13 GIRLS WIN TEAM RACE & PHILIP WICKS WINS U23 INDIVIDUAL RACE AT SEAA INTER-COUNTIES.
Results.
5 SURREY ATHLETES WIN 8 MEDALS AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES
Danielle Christmas (G), Joscelynn Hopeson (2G), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (G&S), Nick Stanisavljevic (S) and Bernard Yeboah (G&S) won medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games held at Bendigo, Australia. Results
PETER HARDING 1921 - 2004
Peter Harding, a founder member of Walton Athletic Club in 1942, died in St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, on November 18 at the age of 83. He had been suffering from cancer.
Harding began his running with a group of friends on the track at Stompond Lane, Walton, which had been completed just before the outbreak of the Second World War. While London was subject to intensive bombing, Walton-on-Thames was, in comparison relatively unaffected and while many tracks were taken over by the military or mothballed, the one at Stompond Lane was open and available.
Encouraged by a local council official, Harding and four friends formed Walton Athletic Club in 1942 and he was founder secretary from then until 1985. His running days were cruelly ended when he was struck down by polio while on his honeymoon but he never lost his enthusiasm for athletics or his club and was a familiar sight at Stompond Lane with a walking stick.
The new club thrived and in the 1950's boasted some of the top athletes in the country including former world 5000m record-holder Chris Chataway, former UK 1500m record-holder Bill Nankeville, four times AAA mile champion in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1952, 400m international Malcolm Yardley, pole vault international Bert Hopkins, former UK triple jump record-holder Ken Wilmshurst, Irish cross country international Terry Keegan, discus international Mark Pharoh, steeplechase international Tony Llewellyn and Welsh international Bob Roath.
Harding was also closely associated with the Road Runners Club whose founder Ernest Neville lived nearby. Stompond Lane was the venue for a host of ultra-distance track races, in which top runners like Gordon Pirie, Joe Lancaster, Arthur Keily, Mel Batty, Gerry North, Jim Alder and Jim Hogan took part in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.
Harding also launched the annual Hewitt-Jones road relay immediately after the war named after two Walton runners who were killed on active service. The relay continued until a few years ago.

Harding ended his direct involvement with the club in 1985 when he resigned as secretary. A little while later other senior officers were ousted by a parents' takeover.
"He was really Walton Athletic Club and helped get the club on its feet and keep it going," said Bruce Judd, who joined Walton in 1949. "It was very sad the way he left the club and after 1985 he never really returned although he did occasionally walk round the track to see what was going on."
Tom Pollak
ZARA HYDE-PETERS APPOINTED TO KEY UK ATHLETICS POST
Zara Hyde-Peters of Woking AC has been appointed Head of Athlete Development. In recent years Zara has co-ordinated the medal presentations at our Track & Field Championships.
NEW SURREY U20 MEN LONG JUMP RECORD
Bernard Yeboah broke the 6 years old Surrey U20 Long Jump when he jumped 7.62m at Bedford on 21st August. Click here for County Records.
NEW SURREY U17 WOMEN JAVELIN RECORD
Jade Dodd broke the County U17 Javelin record for the 5th time this season when she threw 40.98m at Carshalton on 11th September. Click here for County Records.
TOM MITCHELL 1914 -2004
Tom Mitchell, who with his younger brother Frank, formed a coaching partnership for the successful cross country and middle-distance squads of the former Mitcham Athletic Club in the 1950's and 1960's, has died just a few days short of his 90th birthday. While Frank concentrated on grooming senior athletes to international status, including middle-distance runners Tony Harris and Ann Smith (who raced in the same 800 metres final at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics won by British team-mate Ann Packer), Tom put his efforts into the youngsters in the club. Both brothers were previously members of Belgrave but, with Tom's daughter Carol, keen on running and Belgrave not, at that stage, having a women's section, they both gravitated to the Mitcham club, then based at the News of the World sports ground near Mitcham Common. Carol joined Mitcham at the age of 12 and competed internationally indoors over 800 metres at the old indoor arena at Wembley in the early 1960's. Her father coached the Mitcham quartet of Chris Marshall, Les Morrish, Keith Wallis and Graham Mountcastle which won the English junior team title at Sutton Coldfield in 1968 and the following year, Mitcham took the team silver medals. In 1964, Mitcham won the youths silver team medals and in 1967 the bronze team medals with squads coached by Tom Mitchell. Mitchell coached Dave Harvey to victory in the Southern boys championship in 1959 when the Mitcham team took the silver medals. Mitcham took the team honours in 1961, were second in 1962 and then completed a hat-trick of wins from 1964 to 1966 with former marathon international Steve Badgery winning the individual bronze and Brendan Byrne the individual silver medals in 1965 and 1966. Mitcham won the Southern junior team silver medals in 1962 and Badgery the individual bronze medal in 1967. In 1963, Badgery, who is still running with Hercules Wimbledon, won the Surrey boys cross country title in Morden Park after finishing fifth the previous year. In 1964, he won the Surrey youths title racing on Wimbledon Common. Other runners who progressed under Mitchell's guidance included Don Cope, second in the Surrey boys cross country championship in 1962 and Geoff Biscoe, third in the Surrey junior championship in 1964 and Surrey youth half-mile winner in 1961. During his working life he was an engineer at the KLG factory in Putney Vale. When he retired, he and his wife used to go on trips to watch athletics throughout the world. He lived in Stonecot Hill and is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grand child. He was particularly proud of his granddaughter, Helen McLoughlin, who, following in her mother's footsteps finished runner-up in the Southern Women's Junior cross country championship in the mid 1980's. She has only just returned from the Athens Olympics where she was working for VISA.
Tom Pollak
U17 INTER-COUNTIES, KINGSMEADOW, 29 AUGUST 2004
COUNTY RECORDS FOR JADE DODD (JAVELIN) & JEREMY ODAMETEY (TRIPLE JUMP)
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HARRY AIKINES ARYEETEY SETS NEW SURREY U17 100 METRES RECORD
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District AC) clocked 10.59/-0.9 for 100M whilst running as an U20 in the U20 Inter-Area Match held at Ipswich on 22nd August to set a new Surrey U17 record.
SURREY ATHLETES WIN 8 TITLES AT AAA U17/U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS
JOSCELYNN HOPESON SETS NEW SURREY RECORD IN U17W 100 METRES
Joscelynn Hopeson (Archbishop Tenison School, Croydon) winning time of 11.70/-1.3 broke Janet Smith's (Mitcham AC) U17 100M record of 11.79 set in 1985. Joscelynn then completed the sprint double a performance equalled by Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District AC). Other winners were Danielle Christmas (U17 800M), Charis O'Connor (U17 High Jump), Chris Scott (U17 Discus) and Ben Wilson (U17 1500m Steeplechase). Results.
SURREY WOMEN WIN INTER-COUNTY 10K ROAD RACE
Surrey women won the Team Race and Ally Outham (THH) was the 2nd individual in the National Inter-County 10K held at Bishops Stortford on 15 August. Results.
HARRY AIKINES ARYEETEY SETS NEW SURREY U17 100 METRES RECORD
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District AC) clocked 10.61/-1.0 for 100M whilst running as an U20 in the U20/U15 Inter-Counties held at Abingdon on 8th August to set a new Surrey U17 record.
JIM ALFORD 1914 -2004
We regret to announce the death of Jim Alford, a well-known Surrey coach, who was found at his home in Tooting, by former Olympic hurdler Lorna Boothe when she paid one of her frequent visits to him on 5th August. A full tribute to Jim can be found at www.ukathletics.net.

NATALIE HARVEY SETS NEW 5000M SURREY RECORD
At the IAAF Grand Prix II KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium Natalie Harvey (SLH) finished 13th in the 5000 Metres with a time of 15:14.08 to set a new Surrey record. In the same race Catherine Berry (Belgrave H) finished 18th in 15:19.78 to beat the previous record of 15:22.59. Natalie's time places her 10th in the UK All-time rankings and Catherine's time is in 13th place.
ED PRICKETT 1983 - 2004
Athletics in Surrey has suffered a tragic blow with the death in a road accident in the North-East on Sunday May 2 of former Epsom College pupil Ed Prickett. Ed, who was just 21, was one of Britain's most promising young runners, competing in the European junior cross country championships in Croatia in 2002.

A fuller tribute is contained in SCAN 39
CAU INTER-COUNTIES - BEDFORD, 30/31 MAY 2004
Any Surrey athletes who have not yet been contacted and who wish to be considered for the Surrey team should contact Paul Eales (Women) or Derek Crookes (Men) as soon as possible.
Contact telephone numbers: Paul Eales: 01737 354694; Derek Crookes: 020 8395 1582
SURREY UNDER 15 GIRLS WIN NATIONAL SPORTSHALL FINAL FOR 5TH TIME
History was set at Birmingham's NIA on Sunday 18th April when our girls won for the fifth time in succession. Results.
Rover Combined Events Initiative Maureen Jones has been appointed as the Rover Combined Events Co-ordinator for South London. Maureen can be contacted on 020 8224 7579, 07956 807 689 or maureen.a.jones@ntlworld.com


LES ALLDER
Some of Britain's brightest young talents are mourning the death of their coach Les Allder who at the age of 78 has succumbed to cancer of the lymph system. Based at Sutton Arena, Allder was responsible for developing amongst others such exciting prospects as Ricky Alexis-Smith, Harry Akines-Aryeetey and Daniel Davis all members of the home based club Sutton and District AC plus Chanelle Garnett of Herne Hill Harriers. All four, just a fraction of a large training group, have between them in recent years amassed UK, AAA and English Schools titles too numerous to mention. Included in past successes was Louise Brunning one of Britain's foremost 400m hurdlers. Allder became involved in what was then known as Mitcham AC some 30 years ago and one of his earliest roles was as team manager for their women who at the time went on to become arguably the finest team in the country. The funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday April 5 at the John Fisher Catholic Church, Cannon Hill Lane, Morden, Surrey.
NATALIE HARVEY 28TH IN WORLD CC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Natalie Harvey (SLH), in her first appearance for Great Britain, finished 28th in the Senior Women 8K at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships held on 20 March 2004 in Brussels. She was the fourth scorer for the British team which won the Bronze Medal in the Team Results.
INDOOR NEWS
Susie Williams (Birchfield Harriers - ex Walton AC) set a new Surrey Record for 400M of 54.44 at the Birmingham Games on 15 February.
Tracey Bloomfield-Grant (Pole Vault) and Joice Maduaka (60m) win AAA Indoor titles. Surrey medallists.
Joice Maduaka (60m & Relay) and Tim Abeyie (Relay) selected for European Indoor Cup at Leipzig on 14-15 February 2004.
Joice Maduaka (60m) and Tim Abeyie (200m) selected for World Indoor Championships at Budapest on 5-7 March 2004.
ROAD NEWS
Inter-Counties Half Marathon - 28 March 2004 - Details
2004 County Championships & Road League (amended 28/2/2004) - Dates
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