Charlotte Paterson – Athlete Profile

Posted November 25, 2015 By David Radford

Charlotte Paterson       60m Gold        England Debut

Charlotte Paterson – Athlete Profile

Charlotte Paterson is 17 years of age and she competes in the under 20 age category. She is one of Kingston upon Hull Athletic Clubs outstanding youth athletes.

She has just come off the back of a magnificent 2015 track and field season, which has seen her win her first International vest, representing England at the ‘Welsh Indoor International’ in Cardiff, where she picked up the gold medal in the 60 metre race.

In the outdoor season she was the 100 metre gold medallist at the biggest and most prestigious youth competition on the athletic calendar. The English Schools Championships, which were held in 2015 at the International Stadium in Gateshead.

At the Northern Championships, at Sport City in Manchester, Charlotte completed the sprint double, winning both the 100 and 200 metres gold medals. This was her second sprint double of the 2015 season, having earlier won both the100 and 200 gold’s at the Humberside County Championships.

Charlotte finished the 2015 season UK ranked no. 8 at 100 metres, and was UK 13 at 200.

Charlotte’s athletic journey began at the age of 10, back in April of 2008, when she made her debut for the club at the annual ‘Kingston Spring Open Meeting’, where she finished in 4th place in the under 11 girls 150 metre race.

Her first full competitive season was in 2009 as an under 13 athlete. She reached her first major final, finishing 7th in the 80 metre race at the Yorkshire and Humberside County Championships at the Don Valley Stadium. She also won her first county vest at the Inter Counties Championships at Nuneaton, where she competed in the long jump.

The 2010 season saw further progress made. She took the long jump gold medal at the Yorkshire and Humberside Championships and collected a silver medal in the 80 metres. Gold medals in both the 100 and 200 metres were to follow at that year’s Humberside Schools Championships, with long jump gold and 200 metre silver at the English Schools Cup Final at Gateshead.

2011 saw her move up to the under 15 age category. Charlotte successfully defended both her 100 and 200 metre Humberside School’s titles, and she took silver medals at 100 and 200 metres and long jump at the Humberside County Championships. She was back on the gold trail, up at Gateshead at The English Schools Cup Final, where she won the 200 metres and the long jump competitions.

In the 2012 season she won 100 and 200 metre gold medals at the Humberside County Championships, and once again retained her Humberside Schools titles. She made her debut appearance at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead, where she ran in the heats of the 200 metres. She then won a 200 metre silver medal and a 100 metre bronze, along with her 4th County vest, at the Inter Counties Championships in Grantham.

2013 brought a move up to the under 17’s, she made her second appearance at the English Schools Championships, this time at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, where she reached the semi final stage. The 100 and 200 metre titles were once again retained at the Humberside Schools Championships and this year she also won the triple jump title for good measure. At the Northern Championships in Liverpool she won the 300 metres bronze medal and was placed 4th in the 100 metres final.

The 2014 season saw Charlotte collect the 100 metres silver medal at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham, and she also took the silver medal at the UK School Games at Sport City in Manchester.  Charlotte was also the 60 metres Northern indoor champion, and the 100 metres Northern outdoor champion. A 6th County vest was collected at the Inter Counties Championships in Derby, where she won the silver in the 100 metres.

Charlotte Paterson has just completed her 8th competitive season with Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club, her most successful season so far. After a short break to re charge her batteries, she is back at the track in full on conditioning and strengthening mode, in preparation for the 2016 indoor season. She is a good trainer and a hard worker and she is well aware that if she wants to push on and achieve her full potential, then a lot more hard work lies ahead.

When asked what she hoped the 2016 season may hold in store for her, she firstly hoped “To have a good pre-season, stay injury free and set new PB’s”.

She also expressed her desire “To gain County selection, so I can defend my championship title at English Schools. To defend my Northern title, and to win the Humberside titles again”

Did she have International ambitions “I would love to gain England selection again for the Welsh international, and my ultimate aim is to win my Great Britain kit”

Charlotte also expressed a wish to “Run abroad, in good conditions, in warm weather”


Eliot GayDavid Morgan-Harrison Holly Adams

Northern Athletics Indoor Open Meeting

Saturday 7th November 2015


Four of Kingston’s youth and junior athletes represented the club at the Northern Athletics ‘Open Meeting’, which was held at the English Institute of Sports indoor Stadium in Sheffield. It is one of the first meetings of the autumn and winter indoor season.

11 year old Holly Adams is a member of the junior training group and she made her club debut in February of 2015. Holly has competed for Kingston in the National Youth Development League, and also in the Humberside League fixtures. She is a good all round athlete who performs well in the sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. In recent weeks she has shown some potential in the throwing events and has been working with specialist throws coach Dave Bennett.

Holly competed in the under 13’s shot putt event at Sheffield, where she had to throw a 3 kilogram shot for the first time.

She performed superbly, not only winning the competition, but also setting herself a big new personal best of 8.51m.

In contrast 17 year old Eliot Gay is in his sixth competitive season with the club and is an experienced campaigner both in championship competitions and in league matches. He is the reigning Humberside Schools 100 and 200 metres champion, and is also one of the key members of Kingston’s successful youth team. Eliot has not enjoyed the best of luck on the injury front during the 2015 track and field season and has spent some time on the side lines. However he is a real force to be reckoned with under normal conditions.

He got his indoor season up and running at the ‘EIS’, where he was in action in the 60 metres and 150 metres sprints.

He won his 60 metres race, registering a time of 7.41s, which was five hundredths of a second outside of his PB.

The 150 metres saw Eliot take 2nd place, running a new PB of 17.02s, taking a whole second off his previous best.

14 year old David Morgan-Harrison competes in the blue and gold vest of Kingston and trains with Pam and Bob Piercy at Hull Achilles. He is a sprint specialist and is a member of the KuHac junior team, competing for them in the National Youth Development league fixtures.

David was in action in both the 60 metres and 150 metres races.

He took 2nd place in the 60 where he ran a new PB of 8.12s. The 150 metres saw him take a 3rd place finish and set his second new PB of the day, clocking a time of 20.18s.

12 year old Rosie Shepherd is also a member of our junior training group and competes for the Kingston junior team in the National Youth Development League and the Humberside League fixtures. She is another good all round athlete, who represents the club in sprints and middle distance races and in the jumping events. She won the high jump bronze medal at the 2015 Humberside County Championships.

At Sheffield Rosie was in action in the long jump competition, where her best jump of the day, one of 3.41m, placed her in the middle positions.

Rosie Shepherd


Shaun SmithJosh Taylor-BrownHarry Powell


The annual ‘Saucony’ English National cross country relay Championships were held at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield, on Saturday 31st of October. They have been held at this same venue since 1989.

The age of the competitors ranges from under 13 boys and girls, up to senior men and women. It is a highly competitive event, and this year saw over 1000 teams entered, from every part of England.

Kingston was represented at the championships by the clubs three leading under 20 distance and middle distance runners. All of them were experienced competitors, not only at cross country events but also on the track, and in road races.

Harry Powell is the reigning Humberside under 20 cross country champion and on the track he is the Humberside 3000 metre champion. He was also a county representative at the 2015 Inter Counties cross country championships.

Shaun Smith won the under 17 title at last Januarys Humberside cross country championships. He too won county representation at the 2015 Inter Counties, and on the track, he is the reigning Humberside 1500 metre champion.

Joshua Taylor-Brown also won a county vest at the 2015 Inter Counties, whilst on the track he is both the reigning Humberside County and Humberside Schools 800 metre champion.

All three of them are integral members of the Kingston youth team and they played a big part in the teams successful 2015 league campaign.

At Mansfield they made up the Kingston under 20 men’s at the National Relay Championships.


 Harry Powell was the lead runner and he navigated the 3 kilometre course in a time of 9:07.50s, handing over the baton in 26th place.

Shaun Smith took over the baton for the second leg and he completed his race in 9:57.90s, handing over in 40th place.

On the final leg Josh Taylor-Brown took up the baton and fought his way through the field, to cross the finishing line in 25th position, with a time of 9:52.85s.

The team finished in overall 31st place, and registered a team time of 28:58.25s.


Olivia Stevenson (4)Maggie OkulSian & Sean KerryWill Robinson2015 Hammer Circle Reunion


The 2015 Hammer Circle reunion was held at the Woodford Green Athletic Club. This was the first time that the Essex based club had hosted the event in the 63 years since the Hammer Circle was formed.

Over ninety athletes, coaches, officials and family members gathered for the weekend’s competition and social events. It is a magnificent occasion with a unique atmosphere.

The competitions are held on both the Saturday and Sunday and the best results from all the weekend’s competitions decide the winners of each age category.

Six of Kingston’s young hammer throwers travelled down to Woodford Green, along with senior members of the ‘Hull Hammer Squad’, led by coaches Dave and Diane Smith.

In the under 15 boy’s category the leading places were taken by two throwers attending their first reunion.

Shaun Kerry is an outstanding all round athlete who excels both on the track and in the field. 2015 was Shaun’s debut season as a hammer thrower and he has made excellent progress. He won the Humberside County title in May, the Humberside Schools title in June, July found him at Gateshead as a finalist in the English Schools Championships, and in August he won the Northern Championship title.

Shaun was the winner of the under 15 boy’s competition at the reunion with his best throw being one of 45.94m.


Will Robinson is in his debut season with Kingston and he has collected silver medals at the Northern Championships, Humberside County and Humberside Schools Championships, being edged out in all of them by his training partner Shaun. He also competed in the hammer final at the English Schools Championships.

He won another silver medal at Woodford Green with a throw of 43.17m.


The under 17 girl’s category saw England International and English Schools silver medallist Olivia Stevenson take 2nd place  with a best throw on the weekend of 49.96m.

Olivia won Sundays 7.26k weight throw competition, where she registered a new PB of 15.80m.

Team mate Alice Barnsdale took second place in the weight competition, with a throw of 14.26m, which was a new PB. She also registered a new PB of 44.20m, in the 4k hammer event.

Northern Champion and English Schools silver medallist Maggie Okul took 2nd place in the under 20 women’s competition, with her best throw of the weekend, one of 47.70m.

Maggie picked up another 2nd place in the 9.08k weight throw event. Her best effort was one of 13.83m.


Sian Kerry is another multi talented athlete, who has only recently taken up hammer throwing. She set a new PB in Saturday’s competition, with a throw of 25.24m. In Sunday’s event she set her 2nd new PB of the weekend, increasing her best to 28.26m.

After all the competitions had finished on Sunday afternoon, everyone gathered indoors for the annual general meeting of the Hammer Circle. Once all business had been discussed and settled for another year, came the climax of the reunion, the presentation of awards to the top athletes of the 2015 season.



The ‘Chris Preston’ Winter Handicap Trophy, is a team competition and it was won for the 2nd year in succession by the ‘Hull Hammer Squad’, who this year were represented by Olympic finalist and Commonwealth silver medallist Alex Smith, England and Great Britain international and 6 times English Schools Champion Abbi Carter, former UK record holder Olivia Stevenson, and last but most certainly not least, coach Diane Smith.


‘The Junior Ladies Cup’ which is awarded to the most promising junior lady member, was this year awarded to Maggie Okul, who in 2015 has held the UK no.2 ranking for virtually the entire season and has made a 7.21m improvement on her personal best performance.


The ‘Pauline Spick Trophy’ which is awarded to the young female thrower with the most improved personal best performance (over 50m) also went to Maggie Okul, with a 3.46m improvement over the 50m mark.



Northern Counties Cross Country Relay Championships

Posted October 22, 2015 By David Radford

Abbie Haigh Adam Fox Amy Greenacre Baldvin Magnusson Daisy Evans Finlay Pickering Harry Powell - Gregan Clarkson _ Josh Taylor Brown - Oliver Newton Jack Brothwell Jodie Martin   & Evie Watson Joseph Seed Katy Greenacre Martha Savage Natalie Bell Team Members Graves Park 17.10.15


Northern Counties Relay Championships

Graves Park Sheffield – Saturday 17th October 2015

The 2015 Northern Counties Cross Country Relay Championships were staged in Graves Park, Sheffield, on Saturday the 17th of October. It is a team event and the age groups catered for runs from the under 11’s right up to seniors. Teams were entered from athletics clubs across the whole of Northern England and a total of 901 athletes competed at the championships.

A team of 28 athletes travelled from Costello to Sheffield, to represent Kingston upon Hull Athletic club at the championships. There were six youngsters in the team who were making their cross country debuts for the club. All of them made promising starts to their careers, which bodes well, both for their future prospects and the future of the club.

The only age categories without a Kingston representative running, were in the under 11 girls and the senior women’s events.

In the under 11 boy’s relay we fielded an incomplete team of two runners. The first leg was run by 9 year old Samuel Marsh, who has been with the club for only 3 months, and was making his cross country debut for Kingston. He finished in 7th place, in a field of 19 runners, registering a time of 5:25s. It was a superb effort by the young debutant.

Not to be outdone by his team mate, 9 year old Finlay Southcoat, ran a magnificent leg two. He has only been training with the club for two months and he too was making his debut in the blue and gold Kingston vest. He took 3rd place in a race which featured 18 competitors, and he recorded a time of 5:31s.

Kingston’s under13 boy’s team featured  an ‘A’ team and an incomplete ‘B’ team. The ‘A’ team comprised of the reigning Humberside County Cross Country Champion Finlay Pickering, together with two recent recruits, Adam Fox and Thomas Smales, who were both making their cross country debuts for the club.

Thomas ran the first leg , covering the course in 6:19s, and handing over the baton in 20th place. Finlay took the baton and ran the second quickest leg of the entire race, a time of 5:23s, to hand over in first place.

Adam put in a strong run on the final leg, covering the distance in 6:07s, to bring the team home in 7th place, in a combined time of 17:49s.

The under 13 boy’s ‘B’ team saw two more young athletes making their club debuts, 11 year old Harvey Southcoat and 12 year old Harry Drew.

Harvey ran in leg one and he finished the course in 25th place, running a time of 6:42s, whilst Harry was placed 24th in leg two in a recorded time of 7:16s.

The under13 girl’s team were Jodie Martin, Katy McCabe and Evie Watson.

Jodie ran the first leg, and handed over the baton in 15th place, running a time of 6:21s. Katy took over on leg two and she covered the course in 6:48s, handing over the baton in 17th place. On the final leg Evie Watson maintained the team’s 17th place, with a run of 6:56s. The combined times for the girl’s was 20:05s.

The under 15 girl’s put out both an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team. The ‘A’ team’s lead runner was Connie Mounsey who completed the course in 8:51s, handing over in 21st place. Daisy Evans took over the baton and she handed it on in 18th place, running a time of 9:06s. Abbie Haigh ran the 3rd leg, recording a time of 9:17s. The team finished in 19th place, with a combined time of 27:14s.

The under 15 girl’s ‘B’ team saw Rebecca Chivers on the first leg, she completed the course in 8:58s, handing over in 23rd place. Katy Greenacre took over on the second leg and she ran the course in 9:36s, handing over in 23rd place. The 3rd leg was run by Lucy Savery and she crossed the finish line in 9:13s. The girl’s finished in 22nd place with a combined time of 27:47s.

Matthew Elliott, Joseph Seed and Phillip May made up our under 15 boy’s team.

Matthew ran the first leg and handed over the baton in 26th place with a run of 7:55s. Joseph took over for the second leg, which he ran in 8:14s, handing over in 20th place. Phillip ran the final leg in 8:53s, crossing the line in 23rd place. The combined time for the team was 25.02s.

Our under 17 women’s team were Natalie Bell, Martha Savage and Amy Greenacre.

Natalie ran the first leg and she handed over the baton in 15th place, running a time of 9:10s. Martha took over for the second leg, and her run of 10:13s, pulled a place back to hand the baton over in 14th place to Amy. She covered the leg in 10:03s, and crossed the finishing line in 13th place. The girl’s combined time was 29:26s

The under 17 men’s team was an incomplete one, with just two runners.

Jack Brothwell ran in the first leg and he completed the course in 7:44s, for a 20th place finish. Baldvin Magnusson finished 7th in leg two, with a run of 7:33s.

The senior men’s team was made of two senior athletes, Oliver Newton and Gregan Clarkson and two of our youth team athletes, Joshua Taylor-Brown and Harry Powell.

Harry ran the first leg and he got the team off to a good start, handing over the baton in 10th and running a time of 10:38s. Oliver Newton ran the second leg and he maintained the team’s position, running a time of 11.07s. Gregan Clarkson kept the momentum going , covering leg three in 11.06s. Josh ran the final leg in 11:23s, and the team finished in 10th place, with a combined time  of 44:13s.


Cleethorpes Beach Terrain Cross Country Races

Posted October 20, 2015 By David Radford

Martha Savage (5) Becky Chivers (2)


Cleethorpes Athletic Clubs annual cross country races, on the resorts beach, were held on Sunday 11th October 2015. The event attracted 275 entrants from runners based around the Humber estuary. Athletes of all ages from under 11’s up to veterans took part in the competition.

The competitors enjoyed some fine weather, which made for excellent running conditions.

Four of Kingston’s junior athletes journeyed over to the Lincolnshire coast, to take part in the races.

15 years old Martha Savage is a valued member of the clubs youth team, and her efforts in the middle distance events in the Youth Development League during the 2015 track and field season, were much appreciated, and she played no small part in the team’s successful promotion campaign.

Martha ran in the under 17 women’s race at Cleethorpes, where she took 7th place and completed the course in a time of 26:07s.

Her younger sister, 12 years old Esther Savage, competed in the under 13 girls race, where she finished in 15th place, completing the race in a time of 10:23s. This was Esther’s cross country debut in the Kingston vest, and there will surely be many more to come.

13 years old Rebecca Chivers is a member of the clubs junior team, and she competes in their league fixtures throughout the spring and summer. She is a talented young athlete, equally adept in both track and field events, and cross country races.

Rebecca ran in the under 15 girls event, taking a 5th place finish in the race and clocking a time of 11:29s.

Younger brother Alexander Chivers is beginning to show some potential in the middle distance events. He is not the quickest around the course just yet, but he has a ‘big heart’ and never gives up. He ran in the under 13 boys race, finishing in 20th place where he recorded a time of 14:37s.

Alex Chivers


Gregan Clarkson 20

Yorkshire Coast 10 Kilometre Race

Sunday 11th October 2015


Two of Kingston’s senior athletes enjoyed a successful day out to Scarborough on the 11th of October. They were two of the 1561 runners who travelled to the seaside resort to compete in the ‘McCain’ Yorkshire Coast 10,000 metres race.

The race took place on the town’s roads and part of the course took in the picturesque Marine Drive area, which is the road link between Scarborough’s north and south bays. It took place in great conditions for this time of the year, with the runners enjoying dry and mild conditions with the added bonus of some sunshine.

Joanne Maddick who was the women’s winner of the Hull 10K race, on the 14th of June, backed up that performance with another excellent display on the Yorkshire coast, winning the women’s race and recording a time of 37.22s, for another well deserved victory.

A man who is Probably Kingston’s busiest athlete, Gregan Clarkson, was our representative in the men’s race. He covered the course in a time of  33.43s, to take 3rd place.

On the 27th of September Gregan had won the Filey 10K Beach race, where he clocked a time of 35.53s. The day before that on the 26th he had won a 3K race at the Grimsby Open meeting, recording a time of 9:32.3s, and just for good measure he won the 800 metres race at the Grimsby meeting, running 2:10.6s.

Joanne Maddick  5


Freya & Fabian VidalEmily DyeBrody Hinson

King George V Stadium Grimsby

Saturday 26th September 2015

Seven of Kingston’s athletes made the relatively short journey over the Humber Bridge to compete at the last local track & Field Meeting of the 2015 season, which was being held at the King George V Stadium in Grimsby, the home track of both the Grimsby Harriers and the Cleethorpes Athletic Club.

There were some excellent performances from the Hull athletes, and eight new personal bests were set by them, in what was a very successful day out for our young athletes.

Among the outstanding achievements of the day was the performance of 12 year old Brody Hinson, who has only been training at Costello for a few short months, under the expert eye of sprint coach Paul Curtis. He competed in both the 100 and 200 metres sprint competitions at Grimsby.

Brody won his heat of the 100 metres, setting a new PB of 12.8s, to take his place in the final, later in the day. He stormed to victory in the final, where he once again set a new PB, taking two tenths of a second off his heat time.

In the 200 metres final he collected another victory and set his 3rd new PB of the day, with a great run of 26.3s.

Sophie O’Hara, the number 5 ranked discus thrower in Yorkshire, continued her fine run of form with a victory in the discus competition. For good measure, the two times English Schools Championships finalist, and reigning Humberside Champion, registered a new PB of 35.70m

15 year old Brett Dorley has suffered with hamstring problems throughout 2015 and has had a frustrating season. He is not back at his best yet, but he was back in competition at the King George Stadium. He ran in the 100 and the 200 metres finals, taking 2nd place in both. He recorded a time a time of 12.1s, in the 100 and ran the 200 in 25.3s.


Sophie McIntyre is in her first competitive season with Kingston, having made her debut at the clubs open meeting in April of 2015. She has represented the junior team in the National Youth Development League and is learning her trade in ‘Open’ competitions. She set two new PB’s at Grimsby, the first was in heat 3 of the 100 metres, which she ran in a time of 15.0s, and the second was in heat 1 of the 200 metres where she clocked 31.5s. She also ran in the 70 metres hurdles race where she recorded a time of 14.4s.

9 years old Freya Vidal is in her debut season with the club and she has been making steady progress at ‘Open Meetings’ throughout the 2015 track & field season. She ran a new PB of 13.6s, to take 3rd place in heat 2 of the 80 metres sprint. A run of 26.5s in heat 1 of the 150 metres gave her 5th place. She also competed in the long jump, where she set a second new PB of the day with a leap measuring 3.06m.

Older brother Fabian Vidal, took 4th place in heat 2 of the 100 metres, running a time of 15.7s. He saw further competition in the long jump and the shot putt events. The long jump saw him register a distance of 3.83m, and in the shot he threw 5.85m.

13 years old Emily Dye specialises in sprints, hurdles and long  jump. She ran in heat 2 of the 100 metres race, taking 5th place in 14.6s. In the long jump competition her best effort of 4.11m, gave her a 5th place finish.

Brett DorleySophie O'Hara


Jess TownsendSam CroneySophie O'HaraJoshua TranmerFaye Oliver




Five of Kingston’s young athletes made the journey across to Cleckheaton to take part in the annual ‘Ivan Stringer’ Memorial Open meeting. Three of them were members of the clubs junior squad, in Sam Croney, Faye Oliver and Jessica Townsend, and they were joined by Sophie O’Hara and Joshua Tranmer from the youth team.

Faye Oliver is 13 years of age and is in her 3rd competitive season with Kingston. She is a promising young discus thrower and shot putter and was the silver medallist in the shot event at the 2015 Humberside County Championships. She was also selected to represent her County at the 2015 Inter County Championships

At the Cleckheaton meeting Faye competed in the 80 metres sprint race and in the discus throw. She was the winner of the discus event, where she registered a new PB of 23.05m. The 80 metres race saw her take 3rd place with a run of 12.2s.

Jessica Townsend is also 13 years old and she is in her 5th competitive season, she represents Kingston in both track and field and cross country competitions and in recent months has turned her hand to the throwing events. Jess joined her team mate Faye in the discus throw, where she threw a new PB of 15.69m, to give her a 5th place finish in the competition.

Samuel Croney too is 13 years of age, and he is in his 3rd season of competition with the club. He was a County representative in 2014. He was in action in the 100 metres sprint race, the 80 metres hurdles and the long jump.

Sam was the winner of the 100 metres race, where he ran a time of 13.1s. He took 2nd place in the 80 metres hurdles race, which saw him set a new PB of 13.4s, and a distance of 4.27m gave him 3rd place in the long jump competition.


Joshua Tranmer is 15 years old and competes in the under 17 age category, where he specialises in the discus and shot events. He is the reigning Humberside Schools discus champion and was the bronze medallist at the 2015 Northern Championships. Josh has been a County representative in each of the last three seasons.

He competed in the discus competition at Cleckheaton, which he duly won, registering a throw of 34.72m.

Sophie O’Hara also specialises in the discus and shot events, and she competes in the under 17 age category. She is the reigning Humberside County Champion at both discus and shot and is also the current Humberside Schools shot champion. She has earned County selection in each of the last three seasons.Sophie won the discus competition, pulling out  her 3rd best throw of the 2015 season, one of 35.53m.


Nathan Hood  9 Venus Morgan (9)

English Schools Combined Events National Final

Bedford International Stadium

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015


Kingston upon Hull’s Venus Morgan was the Humberside Schools team’s leading female performer when the English Schools Athletics Association staged their National Combined Events Championships at an unseasonably warm Bedford International Stadium. With virtually all of England’s top young combined events athletes present the championships produced their usual high standard of competition, with the girls in particular no doubt inspired by the performances of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson on the world stage over the last few months.

14 year old Venus, a pupil at Cottingham High School contested the junior girl’s pentathlon, although her participation was in doubt until the last moment due to a chest infection. Despite this the reigning county school’s champion began her campaign with an outstanding run in her favourite event the 75m hurdles clocking a personal best of 11.55 seconds. With points being awarded on the basis of an athlete’s performance in each event this also gave Venus her highest individual score of the day, bringing her 728 points. The shot also saw Venus close to her best with 9.19m (477 points) followed by a high jump of 1.54m (666 points) only 3 cm short of her best. Another personal best of 5.03m followed in the long jump, collecting 567 points to maintain a position in the top 10 which she had held throughout the day. The final event of the day, the 800m, brought a typical battling performance from Venus to clock 2:37.57 sec (601 points), enough to top the 3,000 point barrier for the first time, ending up in 9th place with 3,039 points.

This was the last competition of what has been a busy but highly successful season for Venus, and also her final pentathlon. Moving into the under 17 age group she  now looks forward to the challenge of the heptathlon spread over 2 days of competition, with the 200m and javelin being the new disciplines to work on prior to her debut at the 7 event competition next summer.

Also in competition at the championships was 16 year old Nathan Hood, who is Kingston’s leading male multi-eventer. He was in action in the 2 day Octathlon event, in the under 17 men’s age group. He was taking on the finest youth athletes in England, and he was looking to give his best efforts and hopefully set himself some new personal best performances.

Saturday’s timetable saw him in action in the 400 metres race, and the long jump, discus and javelin events.

The 400 metres saw Nathan run a new personal best time of 60.21s. His best effort in the long jump saw him register a distance of 5.19m, whilst his best throw in the discus circle was one measuring 21.02m. He launched the javelin out to a distance of 29.49m.

Sunday’s competition saw Nathan on the track for the 100 metres hurdles race, and the 1500 metres middle distance race. His field events were the high jump and the shot putt.

The track events saw him produce two further personal best performances. He ran the 100 metres hurdles in a new PB of 17.66s, and in the 1500 metres, which is not one of Nathan’s favourite events he ran a new PB of 5:12.66s.

Out on the field, his best clearance in the high jump was a height of 1.55m, whilst in the shot circle his best throw of the day was one of 8.10m.

His final points total for the competition was 3131, whist this was not enough to get him near the medal contenders it was another good learning experience to carry forward with him.

A winter of strength and conditioning now await him, in preparation firstly for the new indoor season during the winter, and the 2106 track & field season in the spring.

2016 will see Nathan move up into the under 20 age group, which also means a move up to the decathlon event.