Linton Gardiner claimed his second nation al title of the season as he added the English Schools under 17 Octathlon gold medal to his national decathlon title at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The Kerry Eddie coached athlete opened his competition with fourth place in the long jump with 6.32m. A third place in the discus with a personal best of 38.54m moved Gardiner into the lead which he then extended with a 50.46 second 400m pb to end the opening day with an 80 point lead that he never relinquished. The following morning saw the sixteen year old run 13.71 for the 100m hurdles before clearing 1.91m in the high jump. A shot put of 11.14m and 1500m in 4:39.86 saw Gardiner finish with 5359 points. This score places him fourteenth on the UK all time lists and improved his own Cheltenham Harriers record.
In the under 17 girl’s heptathlon Mollie Courtney finished fifteenth with 12.24 seconds in the 80m hurdles,1.61m in the high jump, 6.91m in the shot, 27.32 seconds in the 200m, 4.77m in the long jump, 19.60m in the javelin and 2:41.21 in the 800m. Nathaniel Hatherley came twenty-eighth in the under 15 boys pentathlon with 11.92 seconds in the 80m hurdles, 7.66m in the shot, 4.84m in the long jump, a 1.48m clearance in the high jump and a time of 2:36.82 in the 800m.