John Lane takes decathlon title at England Combined Events Championship
John Lane became the new English decathlon champion after victory in the National Combined Events Championship in Bedford.
The City of Sheffield and Dearne athlete scored an impressive total of 7,786 points to claim the title.
A good opening in the 100m, in 10.75s, put him in second place before a 7.21m long jump saw him move top of the leaderboard – a position he would never relinquish.
A 2.02m high jump was close to his personal best.
Lane was never under any pressure on the second day.
Doncaster’s Aiden Davies was in second place after eight events before a disappointing show in the javelin saw him dropped to fifth.
He clawed back some of the ground in the 1,500m (4:33.61) but remained in fifth, finish on 7,141 with the consolation of being runner-up to Lane in the Northern title.
Amy Hodgson easily beat her previous best in the heptathlon, scoring 5,203 points to claim fourth place – her first time beating the 5,000 point milestone.
The Rotherham athlete, like Lane, is coached by Toni Miniciello.
Hodgson lead after the opening event, the 100m hurdles (13.99) and finished the day in third place before slipping out of the top three on Sunday after her weakest event, the javelin, but it was enough for her to claim the Northern title.
City of Sheffield and Dearne's Katy Robinson took Northern bronze after finishing ninth overall.
Cameron Bell (Hallamshire) had a superb run in the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Manchester, finishing fourth.
Running in a top class 1,500m A race, Bell came in with 3:46.27, knocking five seconds off his previous best for the distance.
City of Sheffield and Dearne’s Jonathan Shields won the B race in 3:47.13, also running a new personal best by almost three seconds.
Beth Ansell set a new best of 4:23.02 over the same distance in the women’s race.
Oliver Dane clocked 1:53.34 over 800m.