Sutton arena hosted what has been called a ‘celebration of pole vaulting’ on what appears to be the last indoor fixture of the 2012 calendar. With the pole vault only competition running from 10am to 7pm, vaulters of all ages and abilities did not leave empty handed.

The statics were quite impressive with 108 Competitors taking part, 45 Athletes Produced 61 Lifetime Best Performances, 24 Athletes Produced 21 Season’s Best Performances. The stats keep coming as more than half of the entire field jumped higher than they have  done all winter. There are dozens of athletes that narrowly missed the heights that would have raised their Lifetime Bests.

41% of the Competitors jumped higher than they have EVER done before, with 64% of the Competitors jumping higher than last summer. At the half way point of the mammoth pole vaulting event, a text message was read out over the pa system to all the athletes and spectators;

“Sergey Bubka wishes everyone competing in Vault London2012 today GOOD LUCK and take this opportunity to achieve what you want to achieve whatever your level”.

The message seemed to give all in the arena a lift and none more so than Mark Johnson of Enfield & Haringey who displayed by far the most outstanding performance of the day, twice jumping new British M45 Record(s). The M45, who is still going off of an 18 stride run up, first went clear at 4.54m and then 4.64m. It was also great to see the current “British Senior Record Holder” Nick Buckfield, present Mark with his 1st place prize.

Meeting organiser Alan Williams said:
“Thank you so much to everyone who played a part in making this another huge success. Sutton Arena was the beating heart of British Pole Vaulting last Sunday. I am truly amazed at the results, being that this competition comes right at the tail end of the indoor season.”
The pole vault coach went onto say: “The statistics are once again truly stunning and speak for themselves…

Actually one of my favourite statistics is that our youngest competitor was just 10 years old and the most senior a mere 75 years!! A great example of the attraction that pole vaulting holds for people of all ages. The atmosphere at the event was just electric. The venue simply oozed positive support for the competitors. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, this really was an event, of pole vaulters, for pole vaulters, by pole vaulters!

Despite the usual (and anticipated) last minute withdrawals or no shows, we still had 108 Pole Vaulters competing. This was still the biggest pole vault event in the UK this year!”


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