Athletics

Army Do The Double At Inter Services Athletics Championships

Both the men and the women's titles will stay with the Army after the event in Nuneaton.

The Army have retained both the men’s and women’s Inter Service Athletics Championships.

The event was held at Nuneaton’s Pingles Stadium where track, field and tug of war competitions took place.

The Army men have held on to the title since winning it in 2012, while the Army women are champions for the fifth consecutive year.

In the first-ever women’s pole vault competition at an Inter Services, the Navy’s Able Seaman Niamh Rowley finished third.

She said: “I competed when I was out of the Navy a couple of years ago and that was the last time I vaulted competitively.

“I’m here and I’m glad I did it because I enjoyed it.”

The Army’s Private Kewe King came in second and the winner of the competition came from the Royal Air Force.

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Rawlinson set herself a new personal best in victory as she reached 3.30 before falling.

She said: “I’m over the moon with it.

“I’ve been chasing that height this season and it was the England qualifying height so I’m really pleased to have finally got it.”

Pte King was among a number of athletes who took part in a number of competitions.

She achieved a personal best in the triple jump and flew to victory in the high jump with a pleasing performance.

She said: “I’m very happy. I’ve got a few PBs as well, which is good.”

In the first ever women’s pole vault competition at an Inter Services, the Navy’s Able Seaman Niamh Rowley finished third in her first competition in some time.
In the first-ever women’s pole vault competition at an Inter Services, the Navy’s Niamh Rowley finished third.

The track events were highly competitive and there was a dead-heat in the women’s 100 metres between two Army runners.

Despite that, Lance Corporal Micha Taylor and Private Kimoe Wright managed to joke about the result.

“We’ve raced before, but obviously somebody has upped their game,” said LCpl Taylor.

There was a sprint double for the RAF’s Flying Officer Michael Meascer. He won both the 100m and 200m races to keep the RAF in with a shout of the title.

Michael Meascer crosses the finish line.
The RAF’s Flying Officer Michael Meascer crosses the finish line.

The Army have their own running stars in top form and leading cross-country competitor Dani Hodgkinson won the 800m and 1,500m races.

In the 400m races, there was a double for the Royal Navy. Rachel Barber took the women’s race and the men’s event was won by Naval Airman Dale Willis.

The Army’s Pete Morino was a multi-event champion, taking home the gold medals from the men’s pole vault, 100m hurdles as well as finishing second in the high jump.

The Army’s Pete Morino was a multi-event champion.
The Army’s Pete Morino was a multi-event champion.

Meanwhile, Welsh international netballer Corporal Fern Davies showed her talent away from the court. She won the women’s 110m hurdles and surprised herself in the process.

She said: “It was really good. I was a bit nervous and I didn’t have much confidence in myself.

“Usually, I just go for it and it works out. It did today and I’m happy for it.

The RAF did win the men’s 1500m race through Russ Mountford, but the Army won all of the relay races to seal both titles.