News from the weekend’s Combined Events Championships

Combined Events Championships

We had a good sprinkling of medals from the Sussex Combined Events Championships at Sutton over the weekend, but perhaps more importantly a good number of pbs to end the season with. I have most (though not all) of the results from the weekend.

Our 2 masters athletes earned medals from their 5 event pentathlon on Saturday. Phil Rogers was second – with a season best of 5.33 metres in the long jump coming as a pleasant surprise – and Oliver Harnett third. Oliver running away with the 1500 metres at the end of the day was great to see.

Also on Saturday Cameron Wells came a good second in the under 15 boys 5 event pentathlon with pbs in the hurdles, shot and long jump – though not in the high jump. (And there was no pole vault among his 5 events.)

Our 3 under 17 girls – Georgie Tingley, Rebekah Tyler and Erin Harnett – competed on both days in their 7 event heptathlon with Rebekah finishing third, Erin fourth and Georgie sixth. As many of the events were new to Georgie she chalked up a number of pbs. Rebekah ended the first day with a very strong run in the 200 earning her a pb of 26.60 seconds while Erin’s pb high jump of 1.50 metres was her first day highlight. Both Rebekah and Erin started the second day with long jump pbs – 4.81 and 4.74 metres – though the final 800 metres event was tough.

Michael Sullivan was also competing on both days in the 8 event under 17 octathlon and was up against a number of bigger athletes, who were better suited to most of the events. His best performance came in the very last event – the 1500 metres – with a pb to add to a range of pbs in his other events.

Rachel Tyler competed on Sunday in the under 15 girls 5 event pentathlon and her best performance saw her clearing 1.44 metres for a pb in the high jump.

Apart from Cameron Wells all of our competing athletes will be in the same age-groups next year. The combined events championships are a great way to end the season, especially if the weather behaves itself – as it did this year – and it would be great to see more of our athletes taking part.

What’s happening over the coming week ?

With the summer season more or less finished we now have a 3 week break from training, though there are still some open meetings throughout September for those who want to get a late season pb. Dorian Szatmari is still hoping to set a new club under 17 long jump record.

Our coaches are meeting on the evening of Thursday September 13 to review the summer season and to look forward to the forthcoming autumn and winter training sessions.

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