1985 UK Athletics Championships

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1985 UK Athletics Championships
Host city Antrim, Northern Ireland
Main stadium Antrim Stadium
LevelSenior
TypeOutdoor
1984
1986


The 1985 UK Athletics Championships was the national championship in outdoor track and field for the United Kingdom held at Antrim Stadium, Antrim. It was the second time that a national track and field championship was held in Northern Ireland, after hosting the 1981 event.

UK Athletics Championships

The UK Athletics Championships was an annual national championship in track and field for the United Kingdom, organised by the British Athletics Federation. The event incorporated the 1980 Olympic trials for the British Olympic team. The venue for the event was rotational and designed to be inclusive – all four Home Nations hosted the event during its twenty-year existence, as well as several areas of England.

Track and field sport involving various running, jumping and throwing disciplines

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and some of the jumping events take place. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.

Antrim, County Antrim town and civil parish in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland

Antrim is a town and civil parish in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, half a mile northeast of Lough Neagh. It had a population of 20,001 people in the 2001 Census. It is the county town of County Antrim and was the administrative centre of Antrim Borough Council. It is 22 miles (35 km) northwest of Belfast by rail.

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It was the ninth edition of the competition limited to British athletes only, launched as an alternative to the AAA Championships, which was open to foreign competitors. However, due to the fact that the calibre of national competition remained greater at the AAA event, the UK Championships this year were not considered the principal national championship event by some statisticians, such as the National Union of Track Statisticians (NUTS). Many of the athletes below also competed at the 1985 AAA Championships. [1] [2]

AAA Championships

The AAA Championships was an annual track and field competition organised by the Amateur Athletic Association of England. It was the foremost domestic athletics event in the United Kingdom during its lifetime. It was succeeded by the British Athletics Championships.

Fatima Whitbread won her fifth consecutive women's javelin throw UK title. Both the men's and women's champions defended in the 5000 metres (Eamonn Martin, Angela Tooby) and shot put (Billy Cole, Judy Oakes), as did men's hammer thrower Dave Smith. Linford Christie and John Regis recorded the same times in both the 100 metres and 200 metres finals. Christie was given the 100 m title while the two shared the 200 m title. Christie was the only athlete at the competition to win two titles. [1]

Fatima Whitbread British athlete; former javelin thrower

Fatima Whitbread MBE is a British former javelin thrower. She won the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, having broken the world record with a throw of 77.44 metres in the qualifying round the previous day. She went on to win the 1987 World Championships in Rome. She is also a two-time Olympic medallist, winning bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her former world record throw makes her one of only two women in history to have thrown the javelin over 75 metres.

Javelin throw track and field athletics event where the javelin is thrown

The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin, a spear about 2.5 m in length, is thrown. The javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined area. Javelin throwing is an event of both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon.

5000 metres long-distance track running event

The 5000 metres or 5000-meter run is a common long-distance running event in track and field. It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics, run over 12.5 laps of a standard track. The same distance in road running is called a 5K run. The 5000 m has been present on the Olympic programme since 1912 for men and since 1996 for women. Prior to 1996, women had competed in an Olympic 3000 metres race since 1984. The 5000 m has been held at each of the World Championships in Athletics in men's competition and since 1995 in women's.

The main international track and field competition for the United Kingdom that year was the 1985 European Cup. Three UK champions medalled at that event: Whitbread in the javelin, Angela Tooby in the 10,000 m and Tom McKean in the 800 metres. Derek Redmond was third in the 400 metres at the European competition, despite coming second at the UK race. [3] [4]

The 1985 European Cup was the 10th edition of the European Cup of athletics.

Thomas McKean is a Scottish former middle-distance runner. He won numerous gold and silver medals at world and European level.

800 metres middle-distance running event

The 800 metres, or 800 meters, is a common track running event. It is the shortest common middle-distance running event. The 800 metres is run over two laps of the track and has been an Olympic event since the first games in 1896. During indoor track season the event is usually run on a 200-metre track, therefore requiring four laps.

Medal summary

Men

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 metres Linford Christie 10.5 John Regis 10.5 Gus McCuaig 10.6
200 metres Linford Christie
John Regis
21.59Not awarded Gus McCuaig 21.73
400 metres Phil Brown 45.26 Derek Redmond 45.66 Steve Heard 45.74
800 metres Tom McKean 1:49.12 David Sharpe 1:49.32 Richard Lynch 1:49.84
1500 metres Mark Rowland 3:43.40 Alan Mottershead 3:44.10 Gary Staines 3:44.22
5000 metres Eamonn Martin 13:44.07 Ashworth Laukam 13:48.01 Dick Callan 13:48.39
10,000 metres Mark Scrutton 28:42.01 Karl Harrison 28:42.88 Steve Anders 28:55.63
110 m hurdles Wilbert Greaves 14.10 Kieran Moore 14.39 Steve Buckeridge 14.62
400 m hurdles Phil Beattie 51.40 Trevor Burton 51.46 Steve Sole 51.72
3000 metres steeplechase Kevin Capper 8:42.6 Colin Walker 8:43.5 Steve Marzillus 8:50.9
10,000 m walk Ian McCombie 41:25.90 Martin Rush 43:43.42 David Hucks 44:19.69
High jump Geoff Parsons 2.08 m Ricky Robinson 2.05 m Rupert Charles
Floyd Manderson
2.00 m
Pole vault Andy Ashurst 5.00 m Phil Lovell 4.80 m Richard Gammage 4.60 m
Long jump Denis Costello 7.37 m Ian Ward 7.32 m John King 7.28 m
Triple jump Eric McCalla 16.42 m Femi Abejide 15.62 m Francis Agyepong 15.28 m
Shot put Billy Cole 18.03 m Andy Vince 16.94 m Graham Savory 16.64 m
Discus throw Paul Mardle 57.94 m Graham Savory 54.12 m Gary Herrington 51.56 m
Hammer throw Dave Smith 77.04 m Mark Sterling 59.14 m Shane Peacock 55.00 m
Javelin throw Mick Hill 76.62 m Steve Pearson 76.22 m Marcus Humphries 72.24 m

Women

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 metres Jayne Andrews 11.63 Sybil Joseph 11.67 Kaye Jeffrey 11.75
200 metres Kathy Cook 23.69 Joan Baptiste 23.89 Sybil Joseph 24.10
400 metres Linda Keough 52.81 Angela Piggford 53.42 Sian Morris 54.26
800 metres Liz MacArthur 2:05.50 Karin Steer 2:06.30 Carol Sharp 2:06.76
1500 metres Bridget Smyth 4:11.12 Gillian Settle 4:12.19 Yvonne Murray 4:12.35
3000 metres Yvonne Murray 9:00.97 Susan Tooby 9:06.76 Liz Lynch 9:08.34
5000 metres Angela Tooby 15:28.00 Susan Tooby 15:32.19 Jill Clarke 15:34.16
100 m hurdles Judy Simpson 13.47 Judith Rodgers 13.71 Lesley-Ann Skeete 13.76
400 m hurdles Aileen Mills 58.66 Simone Gandy 58.68 Lucy Elliott 60.39
5000 m walk Ginney Birch 23:20.00 Susan Ashforth 23:55.27 Helen Elleker 24:07.97
High jump Janet Boyle 1.86 m Sharon McPeake 1.80 m Judy Simpson 1.80 m
Long jump Margaret Cheetham 6.30 m Judy Simpson 6.29 m Lorraine Campbell 6.21 m
Shot put Judy Oakes 17.50 m Myrtle Augee 17.08 m Sandra Smith 14.54 m
Discus throw Julia Avis 48.46 m Karen Pugh 47.16 m Catherine Bradley 45.70 m
Javelin throw Fatima Whitbread 64.02 m Sharon Gibson 59.62 m Anna Lockton 54.76 m

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