England Athletics Combined Events Championships – Sheffield (EIS) 7-8th Jan 2012

Katy Marchant was the outstanding athlete for Leeds City, going one better than last year, winning the England & Northern U20 Pentathlon titles with a remarkable performance.

Her score of 3935 added almost 400 points to her best, smashed the club Senior and U20 records and places her 4th on the UK all time list, one place behind Jessica Ennis.

In the opening event, the 60m hurdles, Katy improved her own Senior & U20 record,clocking a fabulous 8.73s, the fastest of the day.

The high jump was again a superb event for Katy, breaking her pb twice, with a first attempt clearance at 1.71m and then 1.74m on the second try.

On the all time club ranking, this moves her above sister Amy into 3rd place, but she was beaten into second place by precocious youngster,14 years old Morgan Lake who made the next height of 1.77m. 

A big pb in the shot followed, Katy adding a massive 67cms to her previous best with 12.28m to win the event, amazingly not improving her position in the club rankings.

A fourth pb in a row followed in the long jump with 5.47m, moving Katy up to 10th on the U20 all time list and again she was out-jumped by Morgan Lake, who was also having an amazing day.

The only event in which Katy didn’t register an absolute pb was the last event, the 800m, even then, she still ran an indoor best with 2.29.89, to wrap up an incredible day.

In the Senior Pentathlon, Jenny Lumley showed that she’s on her way back to top form, posting her best score since 2007 with 3488 and a fine 8th place (4th Northern) in a strong field.

In the opening event, Jenny’s 60m hurdles time of 9.53s was her best for a number of years and she followed it with what I’m sure will be her most pleasing performance, finishing 2nd in the high jump with 1.71m, again, her best clearance in recent years.

In the shot Jenny putt a solid 10.53m, possibly a little down on what she’d have liked, but followed it up with a fine 5.36m long jump, again, her best for some time.  

An 800m of 2.38.36 rounded off an excellent day and I’m sure encouraged by this performance, Jenny will kick on and re-capture her very best form.

Adam Timms finished a very encouraging 12th place in the Senior Heptathlon, only recently returning to competition after long term injury.

His score of 5043, adding almost 900 points to James Sleigh’s previous club record and earned him the Northern Bronze medal.

Adam was 3rd in his heat of the 60m with 7.36s, not far off his best and then jumped an excellent indoor pb in the long jump with 6.96m, the 3rd best of the day.

In the shot, Adam had a best putt of 11.43m, within half a metre of his best and jumped to par in the high jump with 1.83m.

On day 2, Adam blasted to 8.47s in the 60m hurdles, winning his heat and going 3rd on the club all time list.

He then soared to a pb in the pole vault, with 4.25m, the best effort from a club member since 2009, moving him up one place to 10th on the all time list.

A run of 2.59.41 for the final event, the 1000m, was another pb and just makes it onto the all time list.