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A small, but special selection of video highlights of Reading Ac members past and present

1964 Olympics in Tokyo - 800m Women's Final

Here is a highlight clip of Ann Packer, a member of Reading Athletic Club at the time, competing in Olympic 800m final and winning the Gold Medal. Having been disapointed by her run in the 400m in which she only won silver! Ann made ammends in the 800m final by winning the gold medal in what was then a world record time of 2.01.1, which is still the senior club record to this date.

1984 Olympics 4x100 Relay Final for Women - Los Angeles

The 4x100 Womens Relay Final from 1984. A special moment for Reading Athletic Club as 3 of the Great Britain team were club members and came through the ranks as youngsters at Reading Ac. A young Simone Jacobs can be seen on the first leg, Kathy Smallwood can be seen running her usual second leg, with Beverley Callender running her accustomed third leg. These 3 ladies, combined with Heather Oakes, won the bronze medal. You can see them here in lane 1, whilst a better view of the Great Britain team can be seen towards the end of the video. Enjoy!

1982 WAAA Women's 200m Final

Action here from the Women's WAAA 200m Final in 1982. Here you can see Reading Athletic Club member's Kathy Smallwood-Cook and Bev Callender both in action and finishing 1st and 2nd respectively!
This was just one race in many in which Kathy and Bev dominated the British sprint scene in the early 80's

1980 Moscow Olympics - 4x100 Womens 4x100 Relay

Here is a clip from the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 4x100 women's final. Here 2 Reading Ac athletes, Kathy (Smallwood) Cook and Beverley (Goddard) Callender are part of the team that ran 42.43, which was and still is a British record. Kathy can be seen running leg 2 and Beverley can be seen running leg 3.

Kathy Cook Highlights on the National stage.

A nice little package showing the highlights of Kathy Cook. Kathy began her athletics career with Reading Ac and went on to become arguably Britain's most successful female sprinter of all time. She is the club record holder for the 100m, 200m and 400m events in the senior age groups and still holds records in some of the younger age groups. She is still the British record holder over 200m and 400m and is a member of the 4x100 relay team that still holds the British record.

English Schools Junior Girls 100m Final - 2010

And for something a little more recent! Here we see the English Schools Track and Field Championships Junior Girls 100m Final in which 2 Reading Ac members are in action. In lane 1, Jessica Pointing representing Berkshire and in lane 3, Lukesha Morris also representing Berkshire.
The video shows Lukesha storming through in the final 30m to win the gold medal, in what was then a personal best of 12.26, with Jessica finishing 5th with 12.62.


This is obviously just a small portion of Reading Athletic Club success, as many other noteable highlights on the international stage are out there to be found, from Gerry Stevens, Nigel Spratley etc.
If you have, or know where any footage you feel should be included on this page, please do email
webmaster@readingac.com with a link to the footage or that you may be able to pass on to be added.