International Athletes

Through the years over 50 athletes from Southampton Athletic Clubs have represented their country in a number of disciplines. Household names such as Todd Bennett, Christine Benning, Donna Hartley, Kris Akabusi and Roger Black have competed in the Olympics, World and European Championships and the Commonwealth games.

Current SAC international athletes include Oliver Bromby, Mahamed and Zakariya Mahamed and Alexander Teuten. In addition, David Henson MBE and Bethany Woodward have competed for GB in World and European Paralympics Championships. A short biography is shown below in alphabetical order. If you would like to understand more about the following athletes you will find information on Wikipedia.

Adam Bridge

Represented: Great Britain

Represented GB in the marathon in Greece after running 2 hours 19 minutes to win selection.

Alan Cronin

Represented: England

Represented England at the 100m hurdles in 1975 at Crystal Palace against the URS in August and against France in July, with a best time of 14.19.

Alan Drayton

Represented: England

A GB decathlete who competed for England in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia.

Alexander Teuten

Represented: Great Britain

Represented GB at the European Cross Country Championships at Edinburgh in 2018 and was the BUCS Cross Champion in 2017.

Alison Wyeth

Represented: Great Britain

Represented Great Britain at the Olympic
Games in 1992 and 1996, as well as at three World Championships, finishing 5th in the 3000 metres final at the 1993 World Championships. She won AAAs Championship titles at 1500m (1993), 3000m (1989) and 5000m (1995), and twice won the UK Athletics Championships title at 1500 m (1990–91).

She represented England in the 3,000 metres event, at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Four years later she represented England and won a bronze medal in the 3,000 metres event, at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Commonwealth games Auckland,NZ

Andy Morgan-Lee

Represented: Great Britain

Andy represented England at cross country in 1994 (Aldershot)1995,1996, 1997 at Ghent in the Belgium Cross Cup and 1998 in Brussels also Belgium Cross Cup.
In 2001 he represented GB in the World Half marathon Championships in Bristol.

Angus Maclean

Represented: Great Britain

Represented England at Cross Country and track with times of 1.48 for 800m; 3.39 for 1500m; 8.04 for 3000m and 14.38 for 5000m.

In 1999 he represented GB at Riga in the world junior track.

In 2000 he represented England U23 at Glasgow, Loughborough and Spain.

In 2001 he represented GB in the World University Championships in China; in the European under 23 champs at Amsterdam and the world cross country championships in Belgium.

In 2002 in the European Indoor Championships in Vienna; a GB v France v Spain in France and the world Cross country Championships in Switzerland.

In 2003 in the World Cross Country Championships in Japan. In 2004 in the EBG Cork Games Road race.

In 2005 he was selected for GB in the Ekiden Relay road relay.

Bethany Woodward

Represented: Great Britain

A British Paralympics athlete who competed in sprint events in T37 events. Representing England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she won a silver medal in the long jump. Representing Great Britain in the IPC Athletic World Championships London 2012 winning a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze in the 4 x 100 relay. She also won a silver medal in the 100m and a bronze in the 400m at the European Championships, Swansea 2014.

Billy Nixon

Represented: England

In 1996 he represented England in a Cross Country at Bristol.

Ceri Mitchell

Represented: England

Represented England at cross country in Belgium

Best times 2.08 800 / 4.20 1500 / 9.33 3k / 16.18 5k

Christine Benning

Represented: Great Britain

A middle-distance runner who competed mainly in the 1500 metres, 3000 metres and XC. In the 1500 m, she represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, finishing fifth in the final. She won a silver medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.

At the World Cross Country Championships, representing England she won a team Gold in 1974 in Italy, a bronze in 1978 in Scotland and a silver in 1984 in the USA.
Won the National Cross Country title in 1983page3image4283286624

David Dear

Represented: Great Britain

Competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics, the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and won a bronze medal at the 1970 Commonwealth games in Edinburgh.

Debbie Calloway

Represented: England

Discus thrower and now successful coach. Represented England at the 1994 Commonwealth games in British Columbia.

Donna Hartley

Represented: Great Britain

In 1978, Hartley won two Commonwealth gold medals in Edmonton, Canada, where she won the 400 metres and the 4×400 relay. In 1979, she was European cup semi finalist winner in both 400, and 400 relay again. She also was runner up in European cup finals in 1975, and 1977 in 400, and 400 relay again.

In 1980, she competed at the Moscow Olympic Games where she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 relay.

Dr David Henson

Represented: Great Britain

A British parasport athlete competing mainly in T42 sprint events. He has represented Britain at the Invictus Games, World and European Championships. In 2016 he was selected for the Summer Paralympics in Rio, winning a bronze medal in the 200m sprint (T42). He also won a silver medal in the 200m at the European, Grosseto, Italy in 2016 and a bronze medal in the 200m at the World Championship, London in 2017.

Eric Reginald Downer

Represented: England

He joined the club in1945.He was the nephew of Reginald Gosney who also coached him.

in 1948 he competed in the international cross country champs and was the 1st English athlete to finish.

Winner of universities champs in 1950 and 1951 and the of inter services cross country.

Before he became an international he competed successfully in Hampshire and Southern Champs,

Fayyaz “Fuzz” Ahmed

Represented: England

Represented England in the High Jump at the 1986
Commonwealth games in Edinburgh.
Is now the National High Jump Coach.

Frank Martin

Represented: Great Britain

Middle distance

Freya Jones

Represented: England

Represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 2014.

Gary Barber

Represented: Canada

Represented Canada in the 1500m at Montreal in 1989 with a time of 3:40.14, and at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990 win a time of 3:53.76.
Originally from England he was the English Schools 800m champion.

Georgie Parnell

Represented: Wales

Georgie Parnell Wales Track ran 2.09 800 / 4.39 1500 / and was selected to run for Wales on the track.

Grace Clements

Represented: England

Grace won a heptathlon bronze medal for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.

Harold Downer

Represented: England

Represented England at Cross Country

Harry Simmons

Represented: Great Britain

High jumped at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands.