Charlie Roe, a master student of UEA and president of the Athletics Club, completed the national heptathlon championships in Sheffield with an outstanding performance. The events of the championship, held on January 4th and 5th, included 60m, long jump, shot putt, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault, and 1000m.
Charlie came 4th in his under 23 age group in Great Britain, and 10th in the senior age group, which places him in the top 100 all-time scores ever recorded in the indoors heptathlon by a British athlete. He long jumped 6.87 metres, high jumped 1.91m, and ran a 2.40minutes 1km, as well as getting personal best performances in 60m, long jump, shot putt, and hurdles.
Charlie has been training for decathlon/heptathlon ever since joining the UEA Athletics club, with the ambition of representing England and Great Britain. He said that “the athletics facilities at UEA have allowed me to train as a full time athlete alongside my studies”. Charlie participated in the competition with the purpose of testing his shape before peaking in the summer for the BUCS multi events championships.
About his results, Charlie said: “I believe that this performance lays the foundation for me to medal at the BUCS championships in the summer, as well as getting selected for England in the decathlon this year”. As well as preparing for this summer, Charlie is also aiming to compete at the commonwealth games in Australia in four years.
With four personal best performances Charlie believes to be in the best shape of his life and he is still improving. We wish him the best of luck for this summer’s BUCS championship and for his future plans! Well done Charlie!