European Combined Events Challenge success
Wales sent a strong team of Senior Women Heptathletes to Manchester this weekend for the European Combined Events challenge, which was run alongside the English U15, U17 Combined events Championships.
The 4 Women were eager to finish the season strongly after such a difficult 2 years and they started well with solid early morning Hurdles races and continued the trend in the High Jump, each getting within a few centimetres of their personal bests. Personal Bests then followed in the Shot for Jodi Beynon (Swansea)11.55m and Lauren Evans (Cardiff) 11.10m and then despite the headwind more lifetime best performances in the 200m for Grace Morgan 26.13 (Cardiff), Lauryn Davey 25.90 (Swansea) and Lauren Evans 25.79, putting the Girls in strong positions overnight in the overall competition.
Day 2 started will chilly conditions but the athletes managed to achieve good Long jump distances despite the early start keeping on par with the rest of the strong field which set up an exciting last 2 events. Personal bests then Followed for Lauren Evans 33..89m and Grace Morgan 31.48m in the Javelin with Lauryn Davey 35.28m slightly frustrated to be unable to reproduce her huge throws of the Welsh championships and unfortunately Jodi Beynon recording 3 no throws and withdrawing from the competition. All down to the 800m. the 3 remaining Girls, Lauren Evans 2.23, Grace Morgan 2.26 and Lauryn Davey 2.20 gave everything and were rewarded with lifetime best times by 3,4 and 5 seconds respectively, a fantastic finish to a successful weekend.
- Lauren Evans took 3rd place overall, 5254pts lifetime best score.
- Lauren Davey took 4th place, just 74 points behind! 5180pts Lifetime best score
- Grace Morgan took 8th Place overall, 4754pts Lifetime best score.
- Lauren moves to 5th on the Welsh all time list and Lauryn to 7th.
Wales have never before had more than one athlete over 4500 in the same year (we have 4 over 4500 with 2 over 5000 this year). The team then stayed to support the younger age groups and could be heard shouting for fellow Welsh athletes long into the Manchester evening.
The Athletes would like to thank Welsh Athletics for the opportunity, Coach Mike Guest and Physio Ollie Wilding, both were invaluable to the success of the weekend. Also thank you to the Parents and family who travelled and make the atmosphere so special.
Fyn Corcoran, National Talent Development Coordinator, Jumps & Combined Events
Hear from the girls in the video below: