10 September 2008
Olympians Daniel Awde (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) and Julie Hollman (Birchfield) have taken series titles for the UK Athletics Combined Events Challenge, which ran over the course of the summer season, showcasing Britain’s impressive domestic strength. They each won £150 for their consistent efforts.
Ben Hazel (Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC) took second place in the series and similarly sits in second place for the Decathlon on the UK Athletics Power of Ten rankings, while Ricardo Beckford (London Heathside) claimed third in the Challenge.
In the women’s competition, Hollman’s impressive and consistent performances were run to a close second by Phylis Agbo (Thames Valley), who currently lies third in the UK Athletics Power of Ten Heptathlon rankings. Grace Clements (Dartford Harriers) who recently jumped personal best’s of 5.84m and 44.28m in the long and triple jump respectively at the International Combined Events competition in Woerden, Netherlands, finished third.
In the men’s juniors Andrew Robinson (Preston Harriers) took the Challenge title. Alex MacGregor (Exeter Harriers) finished second overall. Third place was not awarded.
Katrina Thompson (Liverpool Harriers) took the women’s junior title following a hugely successful summer campaign in which she set personal best’s in a variety of disciplines. She currently sits in seventh place in the UK Athletic Power of Ten rankings and first in the U20 rankings for the Heptathlon despite still being Under 17 age group. Kaneesha Johnson (Colchester Harriers) claimed second place while Alice Lennox (City of Stoke) finished third overall.
Since it’s first pilot event in 2006 the combined series has grown from strength to strength, providing the strata of British athletes just below that of our international standard with effective, professional competition from the beginning of the season in May through to September.
Visit the UK Challenge section for full results