England Athletics Combined Events Championships

Three of the club’s female multi-eventers competed in the England Athletics combined Events Championships at Sheffield EIS last weekend (Jan 8/9th).
It was a fierce battle for the medals in the Snr Womens competition,Amy Marchant finishing just outside of them in 5th place (3rd in the Northern Championship).She was giving away at least two years to the top four and finished less than 100 points behind the winner.
Amy started off with a pb in the 60m hurdles (9.10s),followed by a solid 1.65m high jump.She then produced a huge pb in the Shot,adding almost a metre to her recent best,set at the December Open Meeting at the same venue.Another good performance came in the Long Jump,improving with each of her three jumps,to register a best mark of 5.20m.To round off her day,the 800m saw yet another pb with 2.33.60 for an overall score of 3597 (another pb).

After struggling to recover from injury,Jenny Lumley completed her first multi-events competition for a couple of seasons.
She ran 9.86s in the 60m hurdles and followed that with an encouraging 1.68m in the high jump,bettered only by one competitor and 5 of her 6 heights cleared coming at the the first attempt.The Shot was another good performance from Jenny,launching her best putt out to 10.81m,just short of her pb.After a first round no-jump,a 4.95m effort followed in the Long jump and Jenny will have been disappointed not to break 5m with her last attempt.The 800m rounded off her day,in a time of 2.53.27.This left her with a final score of 3127,well short of her best and well down the field,but it’s great to see Jenny back in action and i’m sure she’ll improve on these early season marks.

In the Under 20 event,Katy Marchant started the day off with a quick 9.07s in the 60m hurdles for second best time of the day.She followed it up with an equal pb of 1.65m in the High Jump,showing good consistency in having just one failure at her first attempt at that height and clearing the previous four,first time,again good enough for second place.The Shot was a first win for Katy with a best Putt of 10.81m in an event where only one other athlete broke 10m.After a no-jump in the first round,Katy Long Jumped 5.11m which was good,but Marilyn Nwawulor of Harrow AC landed a huge 5.73m jump to re-establish her lead in the overall competition.The 800m was another pb for Katy,running 2.30.36,but not quite enough to snatch the lead from Marilyn,even though she was 10 seconds quicker.Her score of 3550 was just 50 points behind the winner,but was a new pb and also earned her the Northern U20 Title.