Doncaster’s Aiden Davies ends on a high note

Aiden Davies: Silver medal
Aiden Davies: Silver medal

DONCASTER Athletic Club’s Aiden Davies ended a memorable track & field campaign in style with a silver medal in the English Schools Combined Events finals at Bedford at the weekend.

The silver medal complements the English Schools’ silver that he picked-up at Gateshead in July for the 400m hurdles and confirms Aiden as the second best all-round athlete for his age in the country.

Finishing in the top two again earns him another International vest and the chance to represent England at the Combined Events Indoor International to be held at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow in December.

Aiden posted three individual personal best performances over the weekend - leaping 6.40m in he long jump, putting the shot 13m and throwing the javelin 36.52m.

He clocked-up an overall personal best points score of 5,106 which puts him second in the UK Power of 10 rankings and is a new DAC record - beating Liam Ramsay’s previous best of 5085 points.

Aiden played second fiddle all weekend to the awesome talent of Nicholas Hunt from Dorset, whose points score of 5,786 in qualifying for this event is the second highest ever for an Intermediate Boy in English Schools’ competition.

He could not quite match that performance at the weekend, but still achieved a very impressive score of 5,511 and was never really challenged for the lead from the first event. Kieran Russ (4,843) was third.

The Silver medal for Aiden puts him in good company, as South Yorkshire’s ‘Golden Girl’ Jessica Ennis also finished in second place in the ESAA Inter Girls’ Heptathlon when she competed some 11 years ago.

Lucy Chappell, who set new personal best performances in the 80m hurdles and javelin. The Doncaster athlete, who was a year younger than most of her rivals, finished in 16th place in the same event with a points tally of 3,919.

Team-mate Leah Toop, also a first-year Intermediate, was 20th with 3.811.

Chloe Bewley set three new personal bests when finishing 22nd in the Junior Girls’ Pentathlon.