Denise’s career in athletics culminated in her winning the Gold medal for the
heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She won many other medals at major
championships including a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. She was twice
runner up in the heptathlon at the World Championships and she also won both
the European and Commonwealth titles. Her pb of 6831 points remained the
highest score by a GB athlete until 2012. Her score is still the second highest
score by a GB athlete of all time.
Denise was awarded an OBE in 2001 and now works in the media.
Ian Stewart pictured right
Ian is an Olympic medallist from the Munich 1972 Games where he won the
bronze medal in the 5000m. He was one of the leading distance runners of
the 1970’s when he also won the 5000m Gold medal at the 1970
Commonwealth Games where he beat the then world record holder, Ron
Clarke and the Olympic 1500m champion Kip Keino, He was also the European
Champion in 1969 and the World Cross Country Champion in 1975.
Ian is now the UK Head of Endurance.
Zoe took up athletics as a discus thrower at the age of 13 with her local
club in Yate near Bristol. She first picked up the hammer in a league match
to cover for a team mate getting married and then decided it was her best
event. Zoe who has been a member of Birchfield Harriers for ten years has
represented England at the last two Commonwealth Games. As a 21-year old,
she finished eighth with a 59.57 metres throw in a competition won by her
long time coach, Lorraine Shaw. She advanced three places to fifth in
Melbourne in early 2006. Zoe has now graduated from the University of
Gloucester after combining training at 6:30 in the morning, studying and a
full time job with a courier company. Zoe won the hammer at the Olympic
Games Trials in 2008 and a few days later, she secured her selection for
Beijing with a career best distance of 68.63 metres. This performance took
her to second on the UK All Time rankings.
Mickey made his impressive Olympic debut in Beijing winning a surprise 100m
silver at the Paralympic Games in a European record of 14.86s. He then bettered
that with a Gold medal in a time of 14.75 at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Mickey was born with a very rare medical condition called Lumbar Sacral Spinal
Agenesis Congenital Paraplegia, which means he is ‘missing’ seven vertebrae
from the lower part of the back.
Mark was originally coached by the late Steve Platt and set UK age group 100m
records at 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, and turned down the chance to run in the
Sydney Olympics to chase World Junior Championship gold in Santiago, which he
achieved. In 2001, having set a world junior record indoors over 60m to win
world bronze at age 18, he then ran a scintillating 9.97 in the quarter-finals
at the World Championship, but was denied a World Junior record as the wind
gauge malfunctioned. In 2004 Athens Olympic Games he ran a triumphant anchor
leg in the 4x100m relay to hold off USA’s Maurice Greene and take the British
team to gold in the 4x100m at the Olympic Games – making him the youngest
British Athletics Olympic champion since 1936. He was awarded the MBE in the
2005 New Year Honours. He is now coached by Linford Christie and has recently
begun competing again following an injury that caused him to miss the entire
2008 summer season.
Despite losing his funding in 2010 Mark came back to top form winning an
individual silver medal in both the European championships and the
Commonwealth Games and also anchored the 4 x 100m team to medals in both
In the individual 400m his results were not outstanding; however, he was an
exceptional anchor leg relay runner, anchoring the British team to a number of
medals.Brown competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in
Los Angeles in the 4 x 400 metre relay, where, closing fast, he won the Silver
medal with his team mates Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook and Todd Bennett. Brown’s
final leg time of 44.3 seconds resulted in a time of 2:59.13 which was a
British and European record at the time and the first time a British team had
bettered 3 minutes for the event.The European Championships in 1982 saw the
team, once again anchored by Brown, win the Silver medal behind the West
German team, in 3:00:68 secs.At the Rome World Championships of 1987, he ran
another excellent final leg in 44.34, which earned the team a Silver medal
in a European Record time of 2:58:86 secs.