Silver star Aidan earns new best

Doncaster Athletic Club athlete Aidan Davies competes in the high jump at the English Schools' Combined Events Championships held at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.
Doncaster Athletic Club athlete Aidan Davies competes in the high jump at the English Schools' Combined Events Championships held at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.

AIDAN Davies has followed in the footsteps of golden girl Jessica Ennis by winning silver at the English Schools Combined Events Championships.

Ennis was runner up in the intermediate girls heptathlon in 2001.

And Doncaster Athletic Club star Davies achieved the same result in the intermediate octathlon at the competition in Bedford last weekend.

Clubmates Lucy Chappell, Chloe Bewley and Leah Toop also competed at the championships.

Davies was second behind Dorset’s Nicholas Hunt who secured the second highest points total in the championship’s history.

But the 16-year-old earned a new personal best of 5106 to move second in the UK rankings.

It also hands him the Doncaster AC record, beating Lia, Ramsay’s previous best by 21 points.

There were three individual PBs for Davies over the weekend – a long jump of 6.40m, a shot putt of 13.00m and a javelin throw of 36.52.

His performance earned Davies an international vest and the opportunity to represent England at the Combined Events Indoor International at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow in December.

Chappell enjoyed a series of solid performances over the two day event, achieving personal bests in the 80m hurdles (12.34s) and the javelin (23.74m).

Heading into the final event, the 800m, Chappell sat in tenth place knowing a good run would put her in the top six.

However, being placed in the fast heat ensured a tough first 400m where Chappell managed to keep up with the pack only for it to sap her energy for the second.

Chappell finished the heptathlon in 16th place with a total of 3919.

But still only the ‘baby’ of the intermediate age group, Chappell will be back for another go next year.

Toop was also competing in her first year as an intermediate girl and finished the competition in 20th place with a total of 3811 points.

Chappell and Toop were part of the South Yorkshire team that finished in second placed in the team competition.

Bewley picked up three personal bests in the five discipline event junior girls pentathlon.

The youngster ran the 75m hurdles in 13.49s, threw 7.80m in the shot and cleared 1.57m in the high jump.

A final total of 2537, also a personal best, saw her finish 22nd out of 40 athletes.