Hampshire combined event champs

Southampton AC’s multi-eventers had a fine day in glorious sunshine at the Mountbatten stadium in Portsmouth on Bank holiday Monday, the 7th May.

The championships are split across the various age groups who all take part in a 5 event pentathlon competition with the U11 age groups taking part in a 4 event quad kids competition.  The day also sees the traditional May Day mile and 3000m running races.

The closest event was the U15 girls pentathlon with 4 girls pulling clear of the field with just the final event, the 800m to go.  Bitterne Park schoolgirl Grace Colmer was in 2nd place behind Basingstoke’s Iona Irvine but the favourite was 3rd place Aldershot’s Ella Manning who had by far the fastest 800m pb.  Mountbatten school’s Lara Scott was in 4th place.  Grace needed to stay within 4 seconds of Ella and ran the perfect race to run a huge personal best finishing just 3 seconds behind Ella and take the title.  Lara also ran a fine 800m to overtake Iona in the standings and take the bronze medal.

Further gold medal success was achieved by Amy Wall who dominated the U13 girls’ pentathlon to win by 600 points with Millie Cutts completing a fine combined event debut by taking the bronze medal.  Ellie Thatcher finished 7th.

Lucy O’Dell took a bronze medal in the U17 women’s pentathlon ensuring the club took home 2 gold and 3 bronze medals from the female combined events competitions.

The men also had a good day with Oliver Thatcher sealing the U17 men’s title with a clutch of personal best performances to finish with 2824 points.  Teammates and training partners Callum Gregson and Bradley Jenvey took the silver and bronze medals respectively with Southampton AC’s Ben Vaughan in 4th.

Travis Scottow made it a U13 double by taking the boys title.  Travis was equally dominant as Amy in the girls’ equivalent and finished 500 points clear of his nearest rival.

In the U20 men’s pentathlon Ben Upfold was 4th with Luke O’Brien in 6th.

The club won a further 4 medals in the quadkids competition which are split into 2 age groups.  In the U10 age group, Gracie Osman took the girls title with 195 points and Nathan Bell won the boys title with a massive score of 256 points.  In the U11 age group for the girls Pippa Sproul took Silver and Isabelle Wardle won bronze.  In the boys U11 age group Isaac Claisse was 6th.

In the May Day mile races, Rikki James won race 2 in the fastest time of the day and in the 3000m race, Isabel Richardson took the women’s title.