U17 Elise Thorner had yet another good weekend of heptathlon competition on 24th/25th June when in competition at the South west Schools Combined events Championships at the Bill Whistlecroft Arena in Yeovil. Elise competed as part of the Somerset schools intermediate girls team (of 4), and she came away with 3rd place overall with the team qualifying for the national schools final later in the summer. Elise goes to 8th on the UK rankings for u17 heptathlon.



Report from Al:

“On a day where the conditions were not at their best and rain was always a threat Elise equalled her PB in the first event the 80m hurdles placing 2nd in her heat with 12.78 seconds. Next up was the High Jump and a 2nd position with 1m 62 to move her up to 5th overall out of 16 competitors.


The Shot Put came next but despite a solid 8m77 performance she slipped down to 6th place overall. The final event of day one was the 200m and in the fastest heat she ran a legal time of 26.93 seconds to take 3 tenths off of her PB although some strong performances from other athletes saw her slip to 7th place overall.


Day two began with the Long Jump, usually a bogey event for Elise but she pulled out a legal 5m07 cm to record a new PB and clear the 5m barrier for the first time. and jump up to 6th place overall. The Javelin was next and despite a solid throw of 24m 38cm she slipped back to 7th place overall.


Her favourite event the 800m was up last and Elise stormed round from the front in a fantastic time of 2 mins 13.86 taking 4 seconds off of her previous Pentathlon bast 800m performance and score 909 points, more than any other athlete for a single event in the competition. The final event elevated her to a fantastic podium finish 3rd place and her first podium at the South West Schools Combined Events Championships. This also qualified Elise for the English Schools National Combined Events Championships at Boston, Lincolnshire in September. Her pentathlon score of 4484 points was a new PB and currently ranks her 8th in the UK.


Although the Somerset team could only finish 2nd behind an exceptional Devon team, her three teammates also qualified for the National Championships in September having finished in the top nine athletes in the UK who hadn't qualified as of right so the Somerset team will once again be represented at Boston in September.”