At the weekend in first the Sale Harriers open meeting, Dearne Valley pole vaulter Adam Hague jumped 5.41m; a PB, an indoor British Junior record and a height that places him first in the world for the U18 age group. 5.41m is just four centimetres below the World Youth record, which Hague now aims to break.
The GB Junior athlete admits he didn’t know how impressive the jump was. “I didn’t even realise until after the competition that it’s a British Indoor Junior record! I’m definitely aiming to break the outdoor record too next season, which is 5.50m set in 1992 by Neil Winter.”
The junior athlete trains in Sheffield with GB record holder for the pole vault, Luke Cutts, “Winter training has been going really well so far, I’m really happy with it. I believe my results are reflecting my training. My whole training group is doing amazing and Luke is really helping as usual, with things like adjusting to new poles.”
Hague explains that one of his aims for the outdoor season is to break the GB Junior pole vault record. Having already jumped an indoor British Junior record, Hague looks set for an impressive 2015 season.
“I’ve already achieved my main aim for the indoor season which was to jump a new PB so I need to come up with some new goals now!
Indoors is important to me because it gives me confidence that the outdoor season will go great as well.”
The athlete, who is currently studying on an Athlete Development course at Barnsley College, also competed in the 60m at the weekend, setting a new PB of 7.36 seconds.
“I just wanted to measure my speed and I was really happy with my result, speed is important on the runway and my speed is good at the moment which I am happy about.”
He explains how winter training for a pole vaulter differs to the outdoor season’s training; “I think for a pole vaulter, winter training is just about putting on a bit of muscle and improving your technique for the new season. Then in the outdoor season we generally focus on technique and being consistent.”
“This winter, I have started doing weights work and technique work and they have both contributed to my performance. I am also supported by TASS, British Athletics Futures programme, Sweatshop and Adidas so all these things have helped improve my ability to train and my performance, which I hope will continue to get better.”
The Dearne Valley athlete reached the final at the World Junior Championships last season in Oregon, coming 8th and equalling his PB which was then 5.35m. He explains that next season he hopes to make the team for the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden.