Athletics leads in busy season: the past year has seen many outstanding performances by individuals in both cross-country and road running. (athletics).

The highlight of the year which generated much pride in our Section was to see Stuart Hall, the Plympton Firefighter from Devon Fire and Rescue Service, participating in the marathon race for England in the Commonwealth Games held in Manchester last July. He is only the third Fire Service athlete to achieve such distinction with Phil Goedluck of London (100 metres and 200 metres) and Geoff Smith, ex Merseyside (10km) the others.

His twlefth position from 20 finishers in 2 hours 19 minutes and 36 seconds may not have been his fastest time, but as John Inverdale said on BBC TV at the time "what a magnificent performance"--and so say all of us!

National League/ Championship Events

Within our domestic calendar of events the most prolific winner in the men's category in 2002 was Glen Whellams from Cheshire with five wins, namely at the: Fire Service National Cross County over six miles at Bradford in 33 min and 33 sec; Dick Wedlock International 10km Road Race in Glasgow in 31 min 47 sec; St Annes 10 mile Road Race in Lancashire in 52 min and 28 sec; West Yorkshire five mile road race at Cleckheaton in 26 min and 37 sec; and the 5,000 m in the Fire Service Track and Field Championships at Bolton in 15 min 19. …

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