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UK Challenge Awards

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William Sharman has been named the first UK Challenge Athlete of the Month winner, for his performances during May.

The Belgrave Harrier scored a total of 375 points, thanks to a 13.85w 110 hurdles victory in the Inter Counties Championships at Bedford and a 14.22 win in the first round of the British League matches at Hendon.

 

The 13.85 win in Bedford netted him 201 points while the 14.22 earned him another 174 and so securing the award along with the accompanying prize of a Polar Heart Rate monitor.

 

Sharman also won the British Universities 110m hurdles in May. While he is primarily a hurdler (fourth in last year's European U23 Championships), he is also one of the county's top multi-eventers. The 21 year-old topped the UK Decathlon rankings in 2005 with a score of 7384 points, before deciding to focus on sprint hurdles.

 

The athlete coming second in May was Sharman's hurdling rival Duncan Mallins with 368 points.

 

The women only had one competitive opportunity to score points in May, at the Inter Counties Championships. Kadi Ann Thomas's (Milton Keynes AC) 11.43 in the 100m, worth 216 points, was the top performance and she wins adidas footwear.

The UK Challenge series provides British athletes just below that of international standard and aspiring athletes, with top-class competition throughout the summer and throughout the UK.

 

Altogether there are 48 events throughout the season to score points in culminating in the UK Challenge final at Manchester on 27 August.