The track and field season is well underway, with English athletes competing all over the globe. To help you keep up to date and celebrate fantastic performances so early in the season, we’ve put together a recent round-up! First, let’s zoom over to Switzerland as the para-athletes dominate in a series of competitions.
Swiss Nationals and Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Meet
Renowned for delivering fast times, the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Meet and Swiss Nationals attract some of Europe’s fastest wheelchair racers. The English contingent were right up amongst the action as they secured new personal bests, two European record and even a brand-new world record for Hannah Cockroft.
- Hannah Cockroft (Paul Moseley, Leeds City) T34 – 200m (28.90) and 800m (1:46.48) WORLD RECORDS
- Andrew Small (Mickey Bushell, Stockport) T33 – 200m 30.61 PB, 400m 60.81 EUROPEAN RECORD
- James Freeman (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) T34 - 1:40.30 NEW EUROPEAN RECORD
- Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) – 1500m 3:31.17, 5000m 10:46.87 NEW BRITISH RECORD
- Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins, Kirkby AC) T54 – 400m 45.78 PB, 800m 1:28.19
- Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District/Velocity) T54 – 400m 46.13 PB, 800m 1:58.22 PB, 1500m 2:45.05 PB
- Olivia Gallagher (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) T33 – 100m 22.15 PB, 400m 79.72 PB, 800m 2:39.95 PB
- Sophie Taylor (Job King, Coventry) T33 – 100m 22.65 PB
- Josh Hartley (Job King, Coventry) T53 – 400m 52.15 PB
- Natasha Settelen (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)
- Fabienne André (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) T34 – 200m 33.69, 400m 62.91 PB, 800m 2:05.22 PB
- Kare Adenegan (Job King, Coventry) T34 – 800m 1:55.88 PB
- Michael McCabe (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District/Velocity) T54 – 800m 1:35.37 PB, 1500m 2:59.00 PB
Speaking about the week of competition, Hannah said:
“This week has gone really well, there have been pretty positive results over all of my distances. It has been a great opportunity to race against some fantastic girls. The standout for me has to be my 800m, achieving a 1:46 solo is pretty quick and I’m excited to see if I can improve on that.”
Halle Throws International
Last weekend saw the return of Halle Throws International in Germany, where the most prominent names in throwing gather and compete to see who will come out on top. Lawrence Okoye (Zane Duquemin, Croydon) showed his strength in the discus as he beat the rest of the field with a throw of 64.78m.
A fantastic throw from Michael Allison (Tom Dobbing, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow) saw him take the U20 men’s javelin with a throw of 68.91m.
In the men’s shot put, Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson, City of York) threw his 6th 20 metre distance this season, finishing the competition in 3rd with a best of 20.68m.
Over in the women’s shot put, 2022 England champion Serena Vincent threw her 6th throw over 16 metres this year with 16.37m to secure second place.
We would like to thank the competition organisers for their touching tribute to the incredible Shaun Pickering, a legend of the sport both in the UK and around the world.
Portarathlon multi events – Naxos Greece
Over in Greece the decathletes and heptathletes were in action with Harry Kendall, Caius Joseph and Jordanna Morrish flying the flag for England.
It was a closely fought throughout the decathlon with England’s Harry Kendall and Jose Ferreira battling it out for top spot with Kendall sitting in the lead at the end of day one. Building on a strong first day, Ferreira just tips over 8000 points (8007) to win the overall competition, with Harry Kendall finishing in 3rd (7702 points).
In the heptathlon, Australian Tori West dominated the competition, with a comfortable lead at the end of day one, finishing the 800m 101 points ahead of 2nd place. England’s Jordanna Morrish had a solid competition, finishing in a respectable 9th place overall in a strong international field with a new PB of 5122 points.
Results – Decathlon
- 3rd place – Harry Kendall (David Hull, Tonbridge AC) 7702 points
- 5th place – Howard Bell - Scotland (John Lane, Woodford Green) 7470 points PB
- 8th place – Caius Joseph (Rafer Joseph, Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC) 7293 points
Results – Heptathlon
- 9th place – Jordanna Morrish (Rafer Joseph, Basingstoke & Mid Hants) 5122 points