Sunday, 2nd July 2017
Following the trip to Scotland earlier this year, Julia Winogrodzka competed in the Scottish National Combined Events Championships at the Grangemouth Stadium on the banks of the Firth of Forth – a 440 mile round trip. She again took part in the U13 Girls Pentathlon as a visiting athlete, with the competition opened to everyone and there being no equivalent Combined Events English Champs in this age category.
Next was the 70m Hurdles and, with a very strong tailwind of 3.7 m/s Julia, being quite tall, struggled a bit with the tight spacing of the hurdles. Her result however, 11.63s, was good enough to win this event.
After the sprint it was the time for Julia’s favourite – the Long Jump. The future heptathlete put in a great effort with each subsequent jump being better than the previous one – 4.95m followed by 5.02m and a finish of 5.10m – strengthening her position as the current best long jumper in UK in her age group.
Subsequently Julia finished second in the shot put with a throw of 8.26m – another PB which put her well in front in the overall pentathlon standings before the last event, 800m, in which she clocked yet another PB with a time of 2:39.77 for 5th place in the event.
Julia won the pentathlon with a total score of 2718 points which puts her fourth on the all-time list. Second place went to Saskia Wade of Whitemoss AAC with 2553 points and bronze was won by Paige Stevens representing Falkirk Victoria Harriers with a score of 2519.
All three medallists made the all-time list and the top five girls from this competition are now leading the 2017 rankings – which only goes to show the very high level of these Championships.