11 September 2009
As the British domestic track and field season draws to a close UKA can proudly announce winners of the Race Walking and Combined Events Challenges within the hugely popular McCain Challenge series.
The McCain Combined Events Challenge, which saw athletes compete throughout the season for points at numerous events, today announced Edward Dunford (Birchfield Harriers) and Lucy Boggis (Shaftesbury Barnet) as men’s and women’s senior winners. Both athletes will receive £200 in prize money for their valiant efforts and now sit in seventh and fifth places respectively on the senior McCain Powerof10 rankings for the decathlon and heptathlon.
With 81 athletes in contention over the course of the season David Feeney (Amber Valley) did well for second place and Martin Brockman (Medway & Maidstone) for third in the senior men’s, while Louise Wood (Chelmsford) Jessica Taylor (Sale) grasped second and third respectively overall in the women’s field.
For the first time a prize fund was offered to the junior age group participants. Incentivised by a £75 cheque for the winner, £50 and £25 for second and third, a large group of young athletes dedicated themselves to the seven event long season.
Junior winners were Jack Andrew (Sale) U20 and Alice Lennox (City of Stoke) U20. Followed by Sam Sleap (Basingstoke & Mid Hants) U20 and Ben Gregory (Vale of Aylesbury) U20, who took second and third places overall in the men’s contest. In the women’s, Jasmin Dotzek (Crawley) U20 ranked second and in third was Katy Sealy (Ipswich).
The McCain Race walking Challenge, which saw 49 athletes sign up to the seven event series, began in April at the CAU Inter County Championships and finished on the 3 September at the McCain UK Race Walking Challenge Final held in Leeds. Race Walking is noted for its ability to provide competition for a wide spectrum of ages, which was clearly demonstrated in this year’s competition.
Olympic and World Championship athlete Jo Jackson (Redcar) took an impressive win in the women’s field with 624 points. She was followed by Diane Bradley (Tonbridge) V45 with 239 points and Fiona McGorum (Leicester) U23, who finished on114.
In the men’s event Scott Davis (Ilford) took the top spot with 428 points. With veterans Paul Evenett (York) V40 and Trevor Jones (Steyning) V50 taking second and third.
Winners Jackson and Davis received £250 winner’s cheque for their top performances, while second and third placers took home £150 and £100.
For full results and rankings visit:
Race Walking http://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/mccain-race-walking-challenge/
Combined Events http://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/uk-challenge/combined-events-challenge/