First step to the national finals

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For the all-rounder, the Derbyshire Schools Combined Events Championships is the first step along the way to regional and hopefully national finals in the combined events. Taking place after a day at school requires staying power not to mention the ability to run, jump and throw.

At their first foray into combined events Jethro McGraw and Jack Allen representing Belper School made it a one, two in the junior boys pentathlon. Jethro lead from the first discipline, the 80m hurdles and never relinquished the lead.

Jack Allen settled into second place after the second discipline, the shot putt, and remained there with some solid performances.

Megan Bruce (Kirk Hallam) contested the schools junior girls pentathlon for the first time and she too came away with a silver medal.

Kelly-Jay Payling (Swanwick Hall School), something of a veteran at this event, was rewarded for her effort over the two-day inter girls heptathlon with a bronze medal.

Jethro, Jack, Megan and Kelly-Jay will now go on to contest the Midlands Schools Combined Events Championships, this year hosted by Derbyshire Schools AA at Moorways on June 25 and 26.