Hep, hep hooray for Godden

Nathalie Godden, left, is in fine heptathlon form
Nathalie Godden, left, is in fine heptathlon form
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Chichester Runners & AC athlete Nathalie Godden made a welcome return to heptathlon competition in the English schools’ regional combined events championships at Lee Valley in London.

The Havant College student had to swap her familiar gold colour vest of Sussex to the red and white of Hampshire to represent the county in the SG heptathlon.

She got off to a good start with a fine run in the 100m hurdles. Tackling the new heights and spacing for the first time, she returned a respectable time of 16.21sec for 689 points.

Chilly conditions saw her register a season’s best 1.54m high jump (666pts), followed by a new personal-best 8.50m (432) in the shot.

In the day’s final event, she stopped the clock in the 200m at 27.03sec (709) which brought her points total to 2,496 and end the first day in fourth.

The start of the second day didn’t go to plan – changeable wind conditions made long jumping difficult, so after two no jumps, she had to settle for a safe but well-below-par third jump of 4.56m (443).

In the javelin, again the wind played a part in performances, but a throw of 22.26m (331) consolidated her position.

Last up was the 800m, run in heavy rain, but she dug deep to record 2.47.27 (492) which dropped her down one place.

She finished in a very creditable fifth position with 3,762 points, which gives her a strong chance of being selected to represent Hampshire at the English Schools combined events championships in Lincolnshire in September.

DAVID CHURCHER