Sale Harriers multi eventers make their markFor the group of Sale Athletes who go by the name “multi eventers” the England Athletics Combined Event championship held at the EIS in Sheffield at the beginning of January is the start of their 2010 competitive season.
Despite the terrible weather around the country in early January 90% of the competitors entered made it to Sheffield for the two day event. All the hard winter training at Sportcity was to be put to the test over this weekend and as a result, Sale Harriers' multi eventers certainly made their mark, bringing back medals and also gaining GB qualification for an international to be held in the South of France in early March.
By the end of the first day Jack Andrew was leading the U20 men; an impressive pole vault of 4.7m scored him a huge amount of points, this vault could only be credited to vault coach Matt Cullen, who had travelled to Sheffield to help the multi eventers during the vault competition. Going into the second day a very impressive hurdles still kept Jack in first place, by the end of the day with only the 1000m race left Jack was 80 points clear of his nearest rival Seb Rodgers from Brighton. Seb - who was a very good 1000m runner - could not shake Jack off his shoulder no matter how hard he tried...and the under 20 men’s gold medal was on its way to a Sale Harriers athlete.
Jack Andrew also took the gold in the North of England championships, with James Davies taking the silver. Adding to this, heptathlete Jess Taylor took the U23 England Athletics silver medal as well as the North of England Gold medal.
Consequently both Jack and Jess were selected to represent Great Britain in France in early March.
The athletes’ thanks are directed to Chris Bartram, Neil Donbavand, Matt Lawrence, John Crotty and Dorel Greta involved throughout the long winter training program held at Sportcity, Manchester. Chris is on the National Coach Development Programme for combined events.
Congratulations to both Jack and Jess, and good luck in France!
(Pictured are Jack and Jess with lead coach Chris Bartram)
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