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UK Athletics

Showler-Davis and Lannon take Senior Honours

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An outstanding performance from Dean Showler-Davis (Winchester & District A.C), coached by Billy Jewers sealed his victory in the Senior Men’s Combined Events Championship on 10 and 11 June, whilst there were plenty of personal bests across the two days of competition at a sunny Northwood Stadium in Stoke.


Showler-Davis in only his second year of Combined Events, amassed eight personal best performances on his way to building a points score of 7146 to move to 28th on the UK All-Time Under 23 list.  James Wright (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies A.C) also added 127 points to his personal best to take third place with 6906, just 10 points behind AAA silver medallist, Edward Dunford (Birchfield Harriers), who finished the day with 6916 points.


In the Senior women’s category, both of the top two athletes produced personal best scores.  Katia Lannon (Sale Harriers Manchester) and coached by former GB High Jump International Val Rutter, led into the final event just 17 points clear and both athletes raced to new personal best times over 800m, won by Lannon in 2:16.05. Lannon secured the AAA title with a total of 5071 points, whilst Grace Clements (Dartford Harriers) beat the elusive 5000 points barrier for the first time, finishing with a final score of 5039.


There was excellent depth in the Junior Men’s competition with the leading five competitors scoring over 6550 and Daniel Awde (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies A.C.), coached by Greg Richards, going over 7000 points for the first time. Daniel’s performances included a brilliant 4.53m clearance in the pole vault, which would currently rank him third for the event in the UK this season.


Awde will now have his sights set on achieving the UKA standard for the World Junior Championships in Beijing when he competes for the GB Junior team in Berne, Switzerland in July. In second place was Guy Stroud (Exeter Harriers), now recovered from a broken bone in his foot, which delayed the start of his winter training until December, after being a member of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the World Youth Championships in Maarakech last summer. Stroud finished the two days with a total of 6700.


In third and fourth place in the Junior Men’s competition were Ricardo Beckford (London Heathside A.C.) and Francis Baker (City of Norwich A.C.) separated by only 3 points, they achieved a total of 6583 and 6580 respectively.


Dominique Blaize (Kingston A.C. & Polytechnic Harriers), dominated the Junior Women’s category, she led from start to finish to amass a personal best score of 5164. This gave her an improvement of 140 points and but for the headwinds in the sprint events and a disappointing high jump could have been close to the UKA qualifying standard of 5400 for the World Junior Championships in Beijing. 


The AAA Silver medal went to Gemma Weetman (Oswestry Olympians A.C.) improving on her recent success at the Woodford Green Combined Events Meeting to add a further 143 points to her personal best, finishing the weekend with an impressive time of 2:20.76 to win the 800m and achieve a final score of 4993.


In third place was Mairead Murphy from Ireland and fourth place was secured by Amy Hill (City of Sheffield A.C.) with 4714 points in her first Heptathlon since moving up from the Under 17 Age Group.