Northeast Pentathlon Championships Sunday 19th March

GatesheadOn Saturday I made the long trip up to Gateshead for my final indoor competition of the season. This was going to be a real test as it would be the first time I had completed 5 events in one day, for several years. It wasn’t a traditional pentathlon which would normally include, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, high jump and 1000m but the 1000m was changed to a flat 60m sprint due to the limitations of the indoor facility.

Sunday started with the 60m hurdles. I had only ever completed one full 60M over the men’s hurdles before so my expectations weren’t too high, but happily I was able to run a PB, only 0.08sec improvement, but any improvement at this stage is great.

Next was Long Jump. Now, I certainly was not expecting big things here as my run up has been played with a lot, but you deal with what you need to deal with. A season best came out in my second jump following a woeful first jump. My final jump was no good either but once again progress and lots to work on.

There was a very long wait between the long jump and shot putt but the shot is something I have been working on hard and the rewards were there. Another PB and lots to work on but for me I was very pleased with this.

I have been making changes to my high jump run up and was concerned that I still hadn’t got it quite right. Yet in the warm up I felt as though I had a big jump in me. Sadly, I was only able to equal my PB that I set in Sheffield in January. So, there is still plenty of work to do.

The last event was the 60m which we didn’t start until 6pm some 9 hours after I had arrived at the stadium, I was feeling tired, both physically and mentally. I have been working really hard on my sprinting, as it impacts most of the events in the decathlon.  The hard work paid off as I set another PB. Only 5 one hundredths of a second, but a PB is a PB and I was happy.

Overall a very pleasing day in Gateshead, with 3 PBs, 1 equal PB and 1 season best. am aiming to get PBs or seasons bests every time I compete as it shows progress in my performance.  Now for a couple of days’ rest before getting back to training before my next competition on the 15th April outdoors competing for MK in the southern men’s league.


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