From Whitemoss to Wombwell, from Southport to Sheffield…..in spite of the horrendous weather conditions, young athletes from far and wide still made the journey to Gateshead to compete in the North East’s premier indoor pentathlon. An impressive line up of talented all-rounders turned out to compete in two competitions running simultaneously; the NECAA Championships, purely for the north east clubs, and an Open Championship, as the name suggests, open to all entrants.
Two of our most talented youngsters were there take on the opposition in this five event programme; for the Under 13s, Kate Williams, and for the Under 15’s, Charlotte Rutter. They’ve both had an excellent indoor season, including regular appearances at the Gateshead Indoor Series throughout the winter months. Here’s how they got on…..
Under 13’s – Kate Some top class performances from Kate across all five events, including a new PB of 1.37m in the high jump! Not only that her final total of 2412 points smashed the previous Darlington Harriers club record of 2176. Out of the 22 athletes taking part, this was enough to be 2nd overall in the Open Championship, and 1st place in the NECAA Championship! Tremendous result, Kate, well done!
Under 15’s – Charlotte Just a week after her impressive performance at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships at Sheffield, Charlotte was back for another multi-discipline event. Although slightly different events this time – no 800m which, knowing Charlotte, I’m sure she was pleased about! Like Kate, Charlotte put on a real show, producing some excellent performances across all five events….and when the points were totted up, out of the 13 taking part, she was top of the tree! A new indoor PB of 2809 points, finishing first in both the NECAA and the Open Championships. Well done Charlotte, a fantastic achievement!
As an addition to all that, Pawel Grzaslewicz won the Senior Men’s event, making it the triple for DHAC!