Army Dominate At The Inter-Services Athletics

The Army have completed the double winning both the men's and women's Inter-Service titles...

The Army have completed the double, winning both the men's and women's athletics Inter-Service titles.

On a day of class performances from all three Services, the Army women enjoyed the perfect start on the track as Danielle Hodgkinson smashed an Inter-Services record.

She bossed the field to take victory in the women's 5000m. Her win coming just a fortnight after finishing in the top ten at the British Championships.

Despite leading from start to finish, the mental health nurse displayed fortitude and endeavour to come home in 16.14.14 minutes, eclipsing the previous record (17.06.00 minutes) by almost a minute.

Elsewhere, other athletes were working hard defending titles, winning points for their Service.

Michaela Harrison blew away the cobwebs and the opposition to defend her women's 400m hurdles crown.

Fellow RAF athlete Cameron Walker Shepherd was locked in a dogfight with Army opponent Peter Moreno on the pole vault runway. 

In the end, it was the Jamaican international who saw off his fellow contender with a leap of 4 metres 80cm.

Now with backing from the Air Force, he's aiming to compete at next years Pan American Games.

Moreno bounced back from defeat in the pole vault to canter home in the men's 110-metre hurdles.

Nigeria's Decathlon Champion made light work of the field to take victory as he retained his title.

It was the perfect work out before he heads back to Nigeria for the African Championships.

Another of the Army's elite heading to Africa is Alhagie Drammeh.

The Gambia sprint sensation held off a determined effort from Senior Service star Dale Willis to hold onto his men's 400-metre title for another season.

Royal Navy runner Rachel Aldridge timed her dash to the line in the women's 800metres to perfection.

Overall though there was no stopping the Army men as they edged the RAF into second with the Navy trailing third.

The return to the track of several of the Army's leading ladies saw them retain the women's title too.