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Eight Lanes on... Jumpsfest and Throwsfest

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Sophie Hancock
All in a days work - Sophie Hancock set a world record in Throwsfest 2006
Each E-Inspire, we focus on giving you a quick and painless guide on any subject matter in athletics in eight easy-to-digest points.


For this issue read eight lanes on Jumpsfest and Throwsfest 2008



What is it? Jumpsfest and Throwsfest is the event specific competition festival staged as part of the UK Challenge Series. Top field eventers get the entire stadium to themselves for a day – throws and jumps rule and there isn’t a runner in sight.


Three time’s a charm! This is the third year that Jumps and Throws fest will be held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Timetabled across two days the 2008 meeting will be held on the 28th and 29th of June.


Double rewards As well as forming part of UKA’s successful challenge series, Jumpsfest and Throwsfest – or Fest 2008 as it is being referred to – has an impressive prize structure available – even better is that there are prizes available across all seeding groups, as well as a disabled athlete prize structure to ensure there are rewards for all.


ThrowsFest Competitor with Javelins
It's so easy to enter the hardest thing you have to do is choose your implement

Easy does it – Online entry, online updates, downloadable instructions – Fest 2008 – like the rest of the UK Challenge series is so user friendly there is simply no excuse for not taking part. If you are a jumps or throws athlete, there will be an event and competition appropriate for you over the weekend. Just follow this link to visit the website now.


All together now – Fest 2008 is the perfect platform for both Olympic and Paralympic athletes to hone their preparations for the busy weeks ahead. Sophie Hancock – recently nominated by UKA to the British Paralympic Association as part of our Paralympic squad set an F40 Discus World Record in Throwsfest 2006. She hopes to regain that mark in Beijing this September.


But don’t just take our word for it – One Mr Geoff Capes says: It (Throwsfest) is a great showpiece and there should be more events like it, and all throwers should attend. It's also a great opportunity for coaches  and they should aim to attend to exchange views and discuss different aspects of coaching." We agree - and the same applies to all you jumpers out there. 


A line from the man in charge – Paul Aldridge – UKA events manager, and general Fest-Guru says: “Jumps and Throwsfest is the only event of its type in the country. It mixes Under 17, Junior, senior, veteran and disabled athletes all based on ability with a prize pot of £10,000. We expect to attract 500 athletes over two days.”


And now a word from our sponsors – UK Athletics has supported the Throws and Jumps Fest meeting since they first started in 2005, and they have grown in size since that time. The format has attracted many potential sponsors and supporters and UKA hopes to be able to make a major announcement soon.