Mixed day for Cooke at the Combined Championship

Heather Cooke
Heather Cooke

Gainsborough athlete Heather Cooke had a mixed day at the Indoor England Combined Events Championships in Sheffield.

The teenager was competing at the Englush Institute of Sport, and finished the day 18th out of nearly 40 youngsters in her first attempt at a combined national event.

Cooke was fourth best out of the Northern England category, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.

In the first event she recorded a time of 9.73 for the 60m hurdles, a somewhat disappointing time after a slow start.

Cooke then moved on to the high jump and achieved 1.38m, just two centimetres below her personal best.

Dad Gary told the Standard: “This was very acceptable as she has had very little time for practice and coaching on this event.”

Next was the shot putt, and using a 4kg putt for the first time she recorded a distance of 6.47m.

Gary added: “Again this was a decent result as she has hardly practiced this discipline and was under a little pressure as her first attempt of three was a failure.”

The long jump followed, and the Queen Elizabeth High School student jumped 4.66m.

This was below what she was hoping for, as her personal best is 5.08m.

However, she had not recorded a distance in her first jump once again so there was an element of pressure.

Finally, at 5.30pm, having started at 9.30am, she ran in the 800m.

Cooke recorded a time of 2.32.4, which favourably compares with her outdoor personal best of 2.32.3.

Gary said: “This was a most gutsy performance after a long day.”

“She set out at a good pace and managed the race well, finishing a tired but satisfied athlete.”

The Combined Event was Cooke’s final indoor event of the year, and she begins her outdoor competitions on 30th March.

Her dad added: “Overall her indoor results have been very encouraging, she has achieved several PBs and near PBs and it is generally regarded that indoor times are harder to achieve than outdoor.”