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Blog: The Vault Britain Series 2014

  • Posted: 11.03.2014
  • Author: Alan Richardson (UKA)
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The new vault Britain Series of ‘Pole vault only’ competitions finished last weekend with the third competition at Vault Manchester. With all three competitions in London, Cardiff and Manchester full within a day of opening for entries, over 240 vaulters taking part and more than ninety Personal Best heights achieved, the series has been a huge success.

Alan Richardson, Event Group Lead- Jumps and Combined Events said of the series

“The Vault Britain series has provided the next step for British pole vaulting to take steps to challenge the world’s best as well as offering wonderful opportunity to increase participation levels in the event. 2014 has seen the best ever performances in a number of age groups and this has been supported by the three high quality events that have taken place in London, Cardiff and Manchester. Each event has provided competitors with a lively and fun competitive environment designed to maximise performance of all athletes. I hope to see the series grow in future years and believe that as well as British Athletics and England Athletics support of coaches these competition opportunities can see British Pole Vault grow both in performance but also in participation numbers”

This year’s winners, who had to have competed in at least two of the three events to qualify for the prize money were:-

Senior Men: Nick Cruchley Senior Women: Rachel Gibbens

U20M: Harry Coppell U20W: Georgia Pickles

Thanks to the British Athletics Supporters club who sponsored the U20 age group prizes. Jon Mason, a BASC director said:

"The British Athletics Supporters Club is delighted to have sponsored the inaugural Vault Britain series. All three events were oversubscribed and the quality of vaulting across all age groups was first-rate. The Vault Britain series and British pole vaulting can only go from strength to strength."

He also made a presentation last weekend at Vault Manchester to Harry Coppell who for the second year running won the BASC Young athlete of the year.

Vault London - January

Nearly one hundred vaulters took part at the Vault London event. A huge numbers of season bests and personal best were set. Organiser of the event, Allan Williams said:

'I am immensely proud of what VAULT LONDON has done for pole vaulting in the region over the last eight years. Encouraging new young talent into pole vaulting and providing a great competitive opportunity for established vaulters too. Now that it is part of the VAULT BRITAIN SERIES, I look forward to seeing even more people benefit from the conducive conditions that Vault Cardiff and Vault Manchester also offer as our event grows and expands. Some very exciting times ahead...'

Vault Cardiff - February

Eighty competitors ventured to Cardiff to compete in the second event in the series with the two highlights being three new PBs for 15 years old, Joel Leon Benitez from Notts AC who improved his PB to 4m 81 to extend his lead at the top of the POT U17M rankings and Rebecca Gray, Cornwall who increased her PB and go third in the U17W rankings. Scott Simpson and his team did a great job organising the event.

Vault Manchester – March

Held for the ninth time held at Sport City, Manchester, VM14 completed the series last Saturday. Last year’s Vault Manchester winners Luke Cutts and Holly Bleasdale were at the World Championships in Sopot so could not defend their titles and so the Elite competition winners went to Nick Cruchley, Halesowen and Sally Peake, Birchfield Harriers. Boosted by International athletes from Holland and Switzerland, including the Dutch male and female champions and the Swiss Indoor champions, VM14 was a huge success. The highlight of the day was 16 years old Adam Hague, from The Dearne club, increasing his PB to 5m 28 and Charlie Myers, Middlesboro going up to 5th in U20 rankings with an 18cm increase in his PB. Thirty Five PB’s, a record for Vault Manchester, were achieved on the day. The event was also supporting Sport relief and raised almost £600 on the day!

Andy Byres, Vault Manchester and Vault Britain organiser said:

“The inaugural Vault Britain Series has seen three great competitions. Thanks must go to all the vaulters, coaches, parents, officials, sponsors and organisers who made these events special and so enjoyable for everyone who attended them. The relaxed atmospheres and fun environments at all these competitions has helped produced some great vaulting and results”

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Vault Britain Series 2014

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