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January Jumps Blog 2015

  • Posted: 12.02.2015
  • Author: Alan Richardson (UKA)
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Dear Coach,

January is always a busy time for coaches with the beginning of the indoor season and with coaches attending many of these in all four corners of England coach development activity slows down a little in this period. There is still great support available during this time so please pick up the phone or email your national coach mentor or myself with any questions or thoughts you have. You should still be receiving your uCoach weekly update as well and so there is much updated content available for everyone to see.


The NCDP will host a full jumps gathering at Brunel University on March 14th and 15th. An exciting programme lists presentations focusing on the themes of ‘ Coaching female performers from junior to senior’ and competition time training and development. While this is an NCDP event if you are not a member of the NCDP and wish to attend please contact your local England Athletics CCSO. If you are a member of the NCDP you should have heard from your NCM so please remember to contact them to confirm attendance. The deadline for any accommodation requests is Wednesday 4th March.

Major Competitions in the UK

We are delighted that once more we are to provide a limited numbers of tickets for both the UK Championships at Sheffield (Feb 14/15th) and the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix (Feb 21st). If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity please contact me on no later than the 9th and 13th of February respectively.

Commonwealth Youth Games

England Athletics and Commonwealth Games England are pleased to announce the criteria for selection for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

The Games take place in Samoa from 5-11 September and past participants in the Games have included Jessica Ennis, Jazmin Sawyers, Chijindu Ujah and Lawrence Clarke.

England Athletics intends to nominate the maximum number of athletes, based on the number of team places made available by Commonwealth Games England, with the aim of securing the maximum number of top four placing’s. The policy details the criteria England Athletics will use to nominate athletes to Commonwealth Games England for ratification.

Further information can be found at the link below -

Selection Policies for Great Britain Teams

All selection policies for GB teams are now on the British Athletics website and can be found at the link below. If you coach athletes aiming for World Youth, European u20 or u23 championships please see the link and read the policies.

Participation in Athletics goes up

The combined efforts of people across the sport have been hailed after figures released showed even more people have been taking part in running and athletics.

Chris Jones, England Athletics’ Chief Executive, and Dave Moorcroft, Chair of Run Group, have both praised the combined work of volunteers and organisations across the sport in creating a wide range of opportunities for people to enjoy running and athletics.

Sport England’s Active People Survey measures participation in a wide range of sports and activities. It found a total of 2.162million people aged 16 and over taking part in athletics for at least 30min a week the year from October 2013 to October 2014. This was an increase on the figure of 2.016million for the previous year. With the 14-16 age band included the figure now reaches 2.288million.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of England Athletics, said, “It is fantastic news for the whole sport to see athletics and running growing. This year we have seen record numbers of registered club athletes and tremendous work being done by volunteers and organisations across the sport in taking running and athletics to an ever broader spectrum of people.

“We at England Athletics know that we must continue to work hard to support the club volunteers, event organisers, running group leaders and other partners in all their endeavors to ensure more people become involved in our sport and are able to enjoy all the experiences and benefits it has to offer. We are very grateful to the people we work with across the sport for the expertise, enthusiasm and innovations they provide.”

Further information can be found at the link below -


England International’s

There were the traditional England Athletics tour of Vienna, Bratislava and Linz and as useful some star performances were seen from the jumpers. The standout performer was Adam Hague (Coach: Trevor Fox) clearing 5.55m in Vienna for another British record in the under 20 age group. Adam recently broke Neil Winter’s national record of 5.50 which had stood since 1992. The quality of the previous record is shown in that Adam was born only in 1997! Congratulations to both Trevor and Adam for some wonderful performances so far this season.

High Jump – Hustopescke

In a joint initiative between England Athletics Competition Department and the National Coach Development Jumps Programme nine athletes and six coaches led by National Coach Mentor Denis Doyle travelled to the first of the Moravian High Jump Tour meetings in the Czech town of Hustopescke

At the end of eleven hours of continuous high jump competitions it proved to by Italy’s night in the A events with Marco Fasinotti (2m34) and Alessia Trost (1m96) winning their respective competitions. The two English competitors, Tom Parsons (Aston Moore) finished 10th with 2m18 and Isobel Pooley (Fayyaz Ahmed) 10th with 1m80.

The men’s B competition was won by Mike Edwards (Ahmed) with 2m19 who bowed out after some close attempts at 2m25. Matt Roberts (Ahmed) set a season’s best in 2nd place with 2m16 with U23 Adam Wall (Joy Bray) in 6th setting a personal best of 2m10.

There were also solid performances from Ryan Bonifas (Steve Chapman), Matthew Watson (Erik Little) and Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Ahmed) all with 2m05

In the age group competitions Jordanna Morrish (Carol Jackson) won her junior event with 1m70 with Amelia Jennings-Mclaughlin (Susan Moncrieff) taking 3rd in her competition with the same height. Under 17 Hannah Taplin (Deirdre Elmhirst) finishing 4th in the youth event

There was tremendous team spirit throughout what was an atmospheric and inspirational event particularly for the less experienced athletes. Following his PB Adam Wall summed up the trip. ”It was an amazing experience to compete Hustopescke. This weekend was brilliant. I have come home feeling so confident and inspired”

The whole team would also like to thank physio Dan Nicholls who worked unstintingly throughout the weekend and Alice Bailey, who, as our local liaison officer in the Czech republic who did a superb job before and during our visit to make the foreign leg of the trip absolutely seamless.

The Vault Britain Series

The 2015 Vault Britain Series has begun in the same incredible fashion as 2014 with so many personal bests and once again being completely full within hours of entries going live. It is easy to see how so many jump so well with both events providing wonderful atmospheres for such an event.

Both competitions saw some great performances. Vault Cardiff saw Dan Gardner (coach Kate Dennison) and Katie James (coach Christian North) winning the two elite competitions and Jade Brewster (coach Allan Williams) and Charlie Myers (coach Chris Boundy) leading the way in the u20 competitions. Vault Manchester saw Joel Leon Benitez (coach Alan Richardson) clear a qualifying height for the World Youth Championships in Columbia with PB’s of 4.87 and 5.02m erasing his previous mark of 4.82m. The other standout performer of the day was Mark Johnson (coach: self) who broke the British m50 record on other occasions finishing with 4.52 and attempting a European record of 4.62m.

A report from Vault Cardiff can be found below

Full Results and a report from Vault Manchester can be found below

Vault London will be held at Sutton Arena on Sunday 22nd February. Further information can be found below

Combined Events

The England Athletics Combined Events championships were held in Sheffield on 10th and 11th of January with some outstanding performances once more at this championships. Full details can be found the link below.

The combined events also had the traditional GB and NI international match in January. This featured teams from GB and NI, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Results can be found below –


On 1 January 2015, a new World Anti-Doping Code came into effect. This was the result of over 18 months of active consultation by the World Anti-Doping Agency and signals a further evolution of the world-wide framework that drives the fight against doping - for further information please go to the link below:-

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“It is a requirement for the ratification of British records (senior indoors and out, juniors outdoors only) in standard events that Doping Control is conducted immediately following the record- breaking performance. Full details of record testing requirements are available on the British Athletics website

Should you break a British national record you must report to Doping Control as soon as possible after the completion of your event and request that a urine sample is collected from you and analysed (standard analysis) for the ratification of your national record.

Anti-doping organisations normally charge for record tests and you may be requested to provide details of who should be invoiced in respect of these costs.

If requested, please advise that the costs of the test should be invoiced to UK Athletics at the following address:

FAO David Herbert (Anti-Doping Manager)

UK Athletics, Athletics House,

Alexander Stadium,

Walsall Road,

Perry Barr. Birmingham.

B42 2BE

Mob: +44 (0)7803 671978

If, for any reason, the tester is unable, or unwilling, to collect your sample you should request that they provide you with written confirmation that you requested a test and the reason why the request was declined.

If there is no Doping Control presence at the event where you set your British record there is no requirement for you to make alternative arrangements to be tested. Under these circumstances the panel will take in to consideration the fact that there was no Doping Control present when considering the record application.

If you do break a British record it would be very helpful if you could contact David at advising details of your record (venue, event and date) along with confirmation of whether there was a Doping Control presence at the event and whether a sample was collected.

Interesting Reading links

Below are some interesting reading links and articles that have been sent my way in the last month.

Over-coaching -

An excellent series presented by Femi Akinsanya on developing speed for the horizontal jumps but I would recommend for all jumps coaches

Presented by Jeremy Fischer, this does what it says on the tin. Jeremy gives his perspective grounded in the US culture from the Olympic training venue in Chula Vista, San Diego, of what High Jump season planning should look like.

Event Group Integration Days

New candidates can now book onto the Event Group Sprints & Hurdles, Jumps and Throws qualifications through



Alan Richardson


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