2016 kicks off with a bang this weekend when our senior and U20 athletes compete for the indoor pentathlon (women) or indoor heptathlon (men) crowns at the EIS in Sheffield. The England Athletics indoor Walks champs will be held in conjunction with the event on the Sunday for all age groups.
The weekend will be incorporating MCAA, Northern Athletics and Welsh Combined Events Championships and Walks, and the SEAA Walks.
Entry is by programme purchase on the door.
Pentathlon for senior and under 20 women:
60mH, High Jump, Shot, Long Jump, 800 Metres
Heptathlon for senior and under 20 men:
60m, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump, 60mH, Pole Vault, 1000m
The senior men contest 7 events over the weekend and the entry list includes the 2014 and 2015 outdoor champions Jack Andrew (Club: Sale Harriers Manchester, Coach: Ian Grant) and Liam Ramsay (Club: City Of Sheffield AC, Coach: Mike Corden) respectively, as well as Anthony Hogg (Club: Gateshead Harriers, Coach: Sam Stanislaus) who moves up to the Senior age group following a win at last year’s event as an under 20 athlete. 2015’s top ranked under 23 David Hall (Club: Dartford Harriers AC, Coach: Ian Grant) is also entered, and one to watch out for is Maxim Hall (Club: Dartford Harriers AC, Coach: James Copeland) who was 4th last year and took bronze in the outdoor decathlon championships. With 43 entries for this event, the competition will be stiff.
The senior women compete in an indoor pentathlon. There are many familiar faces in the 30-strong entry, including outdoor heptathlon champion Elise Lovell (Club: Hastings AC, Coach: Stephen King) and three of last year’s top 4 indoor pentathletes including Commonwealth Games bronze heptathlon medallist Jessica Taylor (Club: Sale Harriers Manchester, Coach: Mike Holmes), Jo Rowland (Club: Crawley AC, Coach: Antonio Minichello) who is no stranger to England Athletics medals, number 2 ranked Jessica Tappin (Club: Thames Valley H, Coach: Mike Holmes), and U23 Katie Stainton (Club: Birchfield Harriers, Coach: Kelly Sotherton) who won the ESAA heptathlon and took silver in the U20 England Age Group heptathlons in 2013.
The 2015 under 17 champion Sam Talbot (Club: Exeter Harriers, Coach: Eldon Lake) is entered as an under 20 and is up against 5th UK ranked and last year’s Scottish indoor heptathlon champion and England U17 silver medallist in 2014 Tom Chandler (Club: Central AC, Coach: Ian Grant) who has had a year already in the age group. A number of last year’s U18 decathletes also join the mix; Reuben Esien (Club: Solihull & Small Heath AC, Coach: Paul Deakin), Dylan Carlsson-Smith (Club: Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, Coach: Ian Grant), Joseph Hobson (Club: City Of Sheffield AC, Coach: Mike Corden) and Will Marklew (Club: Stevenage & North Herts AC, Coach: Norma Harris) covering a wide geographical spread over England!
Thirty athletes are entered for the U20 women’s indoor pentathlon. Morgan Lake (Club: Windsor Slough Eton & H, Coach: Eldon Lake) has held world U18 records in heptathlon and pentathlon and U20 HJ record holder and is entered to compete in Sheffield. Last year’s U17 indoor champion Ada’ora Chigbo (Club: North Somerset AC, Coach: ) also took high jump silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa and competed in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia. Niamh Emerson (Club: Amber Valley AC, Coach: David Feeney) was 2nd last year both indoors and out and also has a strong high jump. Annabelle Pask (Club: Coventry Godiva H, Coach: Paul Harrison) was U17 champion in 2014 and English School’s gold last year. Third nationally ranked Michelle Hughes (Club: Havering AC, Coach: Tony Benton) is still 17 years old but already third nationally ranked for the U20 indoor pentathlon in 2015.
There are 53 entrants for the Walks events – 1k for U17, U15 and U13 and 3k for senior and U20. British senior indoor and outdoor champion Tom Bosworth (Club: Torbay AC, Coach: Andi Drake) should be putting the other athletes through their paces but a number of top overall ranked men are vying for the U20 crown; Cameron Corbishley (Club: Medway & Maidstone AC, Tom Partington (Club: Manx Harriers, Coach: Steve Partington), Guy Thomas (Club: Tonbridge AC, Coach: Martin Rush) and Callum Wilkinson (Club: Enfield & Haringey AC, Coach: Mick Graham). Emma Achurch (Club: Leicester Walking Club, Coach: Steve Arnold) is the current Senior Women’s indoor champion and will be hoping to regain that title.
Note entries are still open for our Age Group indoor champs and Age Group indoor combined events champs. See www.englandathletics.org/champs for more information.