Jack Turner and Olivia Dobson were both looking to put in solid performances at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships, in Bedford, over the bank holiday weekend. After the 2 day competition both come away winning the U18 event.
Turner competed in the decathlon, 10 disciplines over 2 days. At the end of day one he’d racked up 3650 points from performances in; 100m 11.36 (PB), LJ 6.54m, Shot Putt 12.57m, HJ 1.95m and 400m 51.15. However, he had his sights set on qualifying for the European Youth Games, in Hungary, in July and was gunning for the qualifying standard of 6900 points.
Day 2 saw Turner achieve; 14.40 110mHu, 40.67m discus, 3.52m Pole Vault, 48.22m Javelin, 4:31.99 1500m (PB) and finishing on 7034 points. This performance won the U18 event and beat Daley Thompson’s best age group score (6935 points). Turner is now in 2nd place on the UK All Time U18M Decathlon rankings, 1 point behind Exeter Harrier Sam Talbot, and has achieved the British Athletics selection standard for Gyor.
With the women’s U18 heptathlon qualifying standard set at 5400 points for the European Youth Games, and currently only 1 women on the 2018 IAAF rankings having achieved this, Dobson had her work cut out. On day one she ran, jumped and threw; 100mHu 14.82, HJ 1.71m, Shot Putt 13.34m and 200m 26.71. Resulting in a points’ score of 3219. Day two; LJ 5.44m, Jav 37.51 and 800m 2:33.35. She ended the day on 5173, winning the U18 competition and placing her 3rd on the IAAF U18 World Rankings. However, despite this great performance still not quite enough to secure a place at the Euros.
Also competing in the Senior Decathlon, at Bedford, was Exeter Harriers, and Loughborough Uni student, Fionn Wright. He achieved; 11.29 100m (PB), 6.49 LJ, 11.95m Shot Putt (PB), 1.68m HJ, 52.47 400m, 17.96 110mHu (PB), 36.20 Discus (PB), 3.22m Pole Vault, 44.20m Jav, 5:16.52 1500m resulting in an overall-points score of 5825, a new PB, placing him 21st.
Full results here