Manchester gets set to welcome combined event warriors this weekend. The England Athletics U17 and U15 Combined Events Championships 2019 (incorporating the Northern and Midlands Championships) takes place this weekend (3 & 4 August), at the Manchester Regional Arena. Combined event athletes notably being a hardy and extremely hardworking/training bunch, will descend on Manchester en masse. With very healthy entry figures reflecting the strength of multi-event athletics in the country this year; it’s the women that come out on top with the highest number of competition entries – a whopping 100 women and girls competing. Competition will no doubt be tough across the two days for all athletes competing, but these athletes are made of the tough stuff!
U17 Women’s Heptathlon (52 entrants)
The heptathlon consists of – 100 metres hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 metres, long jump, javelin throw, and the 800 metres; 7 events, 52 entrants, get set for a battle for glory! With the largest field of entrants, competition amongst the women across the seven events is set to be fierce. Abigail Pawlett (Stockport Track & Field, Joe Frost) who was the silver medallist last year and currently ranked number 1 will look to claim the title. She’ll face tough competition from current number 2, Ella Rush (Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Club, Michael Baker), as well as from her Stockport teammates and the 50 plus women who will be hot on her heels.
U17 Men’s Decathlon (24 entrants)
The decathlon consists of – 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and the 1500 metres; 10 events, 24 entrants, the ultimate battle between the greatest athletes. A first-time decathlon for most of the field will see two of the top ranked octathletes go head to head for the title. With current number 1, Jami Schlueter (Yeovil, Alan Richardson) competing for England in the Nations Cup in Dublin this weekend, we’ll see a head to head between Oliver Thatcher (Southampton Athletic Club, Andrew Fisher) number 2 and George Seery (Thanet AC) number 4. But with such a strong field, amongst the toughest athletes, it could be anyone’s game... watch this space!
U15 Girls Hexathlon (48 entrants)
The hexathlon consists of – 75m hurdles, long jump, javelin, high jump, shot put, and the 800m; 6 events, 48 entrants, all eyes on the prize! With the second highest number of entrants coming from the girls this year, the winner could come from anywhere, competition is sure to be edge of your seat. We’ll see indoor gold and silver medallists battle it out for the outdoor top-spot, Erin Lobley (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield, Joe Frost) who took gold and Eloise Hind (Oxford City AC, Marcia Marriott) who took the silver in Sheffield in March this year. Here come the girls… get set for great competition from all of the field!
U15 Boys Octathlon (15 entrants)
The octathlon consists of – 100 metres, long jump, 110 metres hurdles, high jump, 400 metres, shot put, javelin throw, and the 1000 metres; 8 events, 15 entrants, tough competition between a tight crowd! We’ll see Sammy Ball (Reading AC, Michael Dyer) ranked number 1, and who won the indoor title in Sheffield back in March this year look to retain his title, with a tantalising taste for gold. This being the competition with the fewest entrants, but still with 15 contenders, everyone will be hot on Sammy's heels – buckle-up for a battle!
Good luck and thank you!
We wish all athletes competing the very best of luck, success and strong competition, and give thanks to all the technical officials, voluntary helpers and medical staff for all their hard work over the two days.
Useful information & links
Manchester Regional Arena address: Rowsley Street, Manchester, M11 3FF
Time: from 10am