of Wight AC
twin sister Bryony
an Under 17, she won the series.
In 2001 she was ? in the
English Schools Track and Field (Exeter) at 3000m.
English Schools Track and
Field Championships 2001
was 4th in the Senior Girls race at the English Schools Cross Country
Championships in Chelmsford, in a time of 16:06.
finished second to her
twin sister Bryony in the U20s race at the Hampshire cross-country championships
Bryony Frost, third
and fourth in Cardiff, made the front page of a tabloid newspaper and BBC
The Frosties, as they
have become known — twins, blonde and undeniably pretty — have a
contract with adidas that others of similar ability can only envy, but
reports that they rejected a million-pound modelling contract to
concentrate on their athletics careers are denied by the family. What is
admitted is that they remain committed and ambitious in their chosen
“Their heads could
have been turned,” Sheila
Frost, their mother, said. “Adidas
wanted them to do something this Wednesday but it is a big training day
and they had to say no.”
Their sights are set on the trials next month for the World Cross Country
Championships, but, most of all, on representing Britain in the
steeplechase at the European Junior Championships next summer.
the Frosts finished first and second in the Hampshire Cross-country
Championships in January, they were one of five sets of identical twins
representing the Isle of Wight club.
Bryony, first, and
Kathryn, second, led the under-20 age group. They are Britain’s
best-known twin athletes of the present generation because their pin-up
looks have earned them a lucrative sponsorship deal with adidas. As Sheila
Frost, their mother, said: “They
have got bright, lively, faces and heads turn when they come into a
Their sponsors’ hope
is that the twins will realise their dream to compete in the Olympics.
Both won English Schools medals last year, Kathryn on the track, Bryony at
cross country, and both have international honours.
Being a twin is
greater than the power of one, according to Sheila Frost. “It
is definitely beneficial for their athletics,” she
said. “Apart from
the safety aspect — and I would be concerned if one was out running on
her own at six in the morning — they spur each other on.”
They are at each
other’s side constantly, reading the same subject at the same university
— biology at Loughborough — even sharing a bank account and one pool
of clothes. “They
have got just one vast wardrobe and if one buys an outfit, it would be their
“If they do split up
and go their separate ways, I do not know how they will divide their
stuff. They are like an old married couple, the things they do and share
together. It worries me sometimes if they will ever find a partner who
will live up to their twin.”
But being a twin can
be painful, too. “I
was in a department store once and I thought I saw Bryony walking towards
me,” Kathryn Frost
recalled. “And I
walked head first into a floor-to-ceiling mirror.”
was pipped by her
twin sister Bryony to the winning line in
the under-20 women's 800 and 1500m at the Hampshire AA championships in May.
GLAMOUR TWINS WILL
NOT FORGET THEIR ROOTS
THE Isle of Wight's
Frost twins are opting out of the Island Games in Guernsey this week (June
28-July 4) to concentrate on booking their tickets to Finland next month.
The petite, blonde
19-year-olds, whose striking looks have had sponsors and model agencies
flocking after them, have set their sights on 2,000 metres steeplechase
success at the European Under-20 Championships in Tampere (July 24-27).
And they are hoping to
cement their selection at this weekend's AAA Under-20/23s at Bedford.
Although on this
occasion the Sandown-based sisters have placed personal goals ahead of
Isle of Wight pride, Kathryn and her identical twin Bryony have stressed
that they have no intention of neglecting their Island roots.
somewhat apologetically: "We
did want to do the Island Games and we will definitely compete in them
again in the future, but this is our last year as under-20s and we're
hoping to concentrate on the steeplechase in Finland.
done the Island Games once and Bryony's done them twice, but sometimes
things clash. It happened to me two years ago when the Games were held at
the same time as the European Juniors in Italy."
Finland should be a formality for the former Sandown High students, who
are taking a year out of education to concentrate on athletics but hope to
go to Loughborough University next year.
Kathryn, the elder of
the pair by less than 15 minutes, broke the British record when finishing
fourth at Eton two weeks ago in six minutes 50.50 seconds.
Bryony, who tends to
get the better of her sister over the shorter distances, also dipped under
the 6.55 European Junior qualifying mark, finishing two places adrift of
Kathryn in 6.54.27.
A top-two finish at
Bedford would rubber-stamp their selection, but the pair are so far ahead
of their rivals that it's hard to see anyone threatening their places.
Kathryn explained: "We're
the only two to have done the qualifying time so far, so it's looking as
if we will go to Finland. At the moment I'm ranked seventh in Europe's
under-20s, but both Bryony and I have only run one steeplechase this year,
so hopefully we can go quicker."
The steeplechase is
still in its infancy as a women's event, but it is due to gain
international recognition at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.
At their current rate
of progress, the Frosts could be potential golden girls for the 2008
Beijing Olympics but the inseparable pair, who are coached by Geoff Watkin
on the Island, are not yet certain where their future lies.
Kathryn explained: "We
still like running a lot of other distances, so we're keeping our options
open for the moment. It's possible we may choose different events in the
end, but we're still experimenting with the distances we like."
Athletics can be a
highly individual and somewhat selfish sport, but there is no sign of any
inter-sister rivalry in the Frost household. As Bryony once said: "It's
impossible to feel disappointed when you lose to your sister - it's better
losing to Kathryn than to a stranger."
Already sponsored by
Adidas, the eye-catching Frosties - dubbed the 'Kournikovas of athletics'
by the national press - are now being courted by Lucozade.
Last year they
reportedly turned down a £1m offer to embark on a dual modelling career,
but they still do the occasional photo shoots.
"We do a bit of
modelling now and then, but it doesn't take up a lot of our time," Kathryn
don't let it interfere with our training and racing. We want to stay
focused on athletics."
UK Steeplechase - The
Under 20 record books were dominated by the FROST twins (Isle of Wight AC).
Kathryn took the 2000m steeplechase record to 6:50.50. Then on an historic day
at the European Junior Championships, Bryony
clocked 6:49.10 before in the next heat Kathryn ran 6:43.31. The 3000m
steeplechase record also had a dramatic revision during the summer: from the
11:28.87 by Ruth WALLER (Sale Harriers Manchester) to 10:43.88 by Kathryn Frost.
Kathryn and Bryony Frost,
twins from the Isle of Wight have recently become Breast Cancer Campaign's
Sporting Patrons. The girls who are ranked first and second in the UK for the
junior women's 2000m steeplechase have agreed to help Breast Cancer Campaign in
encouraging people to take part in various events. Kathryn and Bryony said:
"Breast Cancer affects
so many, almost everyone knows someone who has suffered from the disease. We
hope to raise awareness of breast cancer in general and support Breast Cancer
Campaign in raising vital funds to help keep researching the cure into
||19th on the predicted
British 2020 rich list. Bryony and Kathryn Frost, twins aged 19: Athletes,
currently rated UK junior number one and two for steeplechase, tipped for
success in 2012 Olympic Games; predicted value by 2020 - £5m.
1st and 2nd among United Kingdom juniors,
5th and 6th in the World, in the women’s 2,000 metres steeplechase - an
event that will gain international recognition at the 2005 World
Championships in Helsinki - the Frost twins are a great hope for British
Born within 15 minutes
of each other Kathryn and Bryony joined
an athletics club together aged 10 and have competed together ever since.
They both study human
biology at Loughborough University having successfully studied biology,
sociology and history A Levels (Bryony
AAB, Kathryn BBA).
The Frost twins have
received unparalleled media attention and have appeared in a number of
national newspapers and magazines courted as attractive, feminine and
intelligent female sports stars.
Their long-term goal
is the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki and the 2008 Olympic Games in
and Bryony Frost, twins from the Isle of White became Breast Cancer
Campaign's Sporting Patrons in 2003. The girls who are ranked first and
second in the UK for the junior women's 2000m steeplechase are currently
studying Human Biology at Loughborough University. As well as encouraging
people to take part in our sporting events such as Life Cycle, the twins
attended our annual Pink Ribbon Ball last year and collected a cheque for
£500,000 from Bill Grimsey of The Big Food Group in May 2004.