The 2020 January Ten

1 Welcome to 2020 and be sure to use your Decathletes of Europe Decathlon and Heptathlon calendars to help you plan your year. 2 One of the first competitions of the year was the England Athletics Combined Events Championships in Sheffield on 4-5 January, where Ashley Bryant competed in his first multievent since 2017. It…

Review: X-Athletics, Clermont Ferrand

On a crisp, clear afternoon in the shadow of the Puy-de-Dôme, the invigorating smell of burning wood wafted through the picturesque town of Clermont-Ferrand. But it wasn’t the good people of Aubière stoking their bonfires. Rather, it was the arrival of Manuel Eitel on 11-12 January 2020 to burn up the boards at the X-Athletics…

Preview: X-Athletics Clermont Ferrand

In January 2019 the competitors at the X-Athletics meeting in Clermont Ferrand were vying for places at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. This year, the prize at stake during the season is participation at the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing in March, where there are 6 places – 5 based on top scores, and…

I Can Has 6000 Points?

There’s no humour like niche athletics humour. There’s no meme like an athletics meme. And no country does athletics memes like Estonia does athletics memes. On the Number 35 bus last weekend from Tallinn city centre to the Estonian Athletics Combined Events meeting at Lasnamäe Sport Stadium, the site of Ashton Eaton’s then world heptathlon record…