Manchester International returns
The Manchester International sees England taking on a Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ulster, a GB & NI Under 20 team as well as a combined British Athletics League/ UK Women’ League team. Athletes competing at the UK CAU & England Athletics Senior AAA’s Championships will be putting themselves in the frame for the opportunity to represent their country in this international fixture.
The Manchester International will take place on Wednesday 16th August at Manchester Regional Arena (formerly known as SportCity). Last year the event saw performances including Joel Fearon (Birchfield Harriers, Michael Khmel) follow up his 9.96 clocking at the England Athletics senior championships with a 10.00 clocking and Jessica Judd (Chelmsford, Mick Judd) taking the women’s mile.
England Athletics Teams and Competitions Manager, Andy Day, said, “Last year the Manchester International provided a great spectacle for the spectators as well as a tremendous competition opportunity for the athletes involved.
“From an English perspective, a key part of this is the England international team. However, we are also pleased to be able to provide an opportunity that extends to other home countries and British junior athletes. The combined British Athletics League/ UK Women’ League team also gives another group of athletes an opportunity to taste international competition. These athletes made the most of the opportunity presented last year to take second place in the team competition.”
The England Senior Championships at Bedford on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July. As well as this event doubling as the UKCAU Inter Counties the English winners in the events that make up the Manchester International will be picked for the England team. The selection considerations will be:
- Winner of the England Athletics Senior Championships will be selected
- Performance at the England Athletics Senior Championships
- Power of 10 rankings
Selections are due to be made on Tuesday 1 August.
Once again the day of the Manchester International will see a Community Athletics Competition taking place during the afternoon with the International meeting taking place in the late afternoon/ evening.
The provisional order of events for the competition is given below.
3000m Race Walk Mixed
100m Guest Men
100m Guest Women
400m Hurdles Men
400m Hurdles Women
Young Athletes 4x100 Girls
Young Athletes 4x100 Boys
110m Hurdles Men
100m Hurdles Women
2000m Steeple Women
2000m Steeple Men
4 x 400m Women
4 x 400m Men
Pole Vault Men
Triple Jump Women
High Jump Men
Long Jump Women
Pole Vault Women
Long Jump Men
High Jump Women
Triple Jump Men
*All events are subject to change.
Entry to the England Senior Championships will be available at http://england.athletics-uk.org.