Akehurst sends warning out to rivals

City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
The start of the Gosport Half Marathon race as James Baker, wearing 85, hits the front early on. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Adam Akehurst celebrated silver at the Woodford Green Combined Events but warned his rivals: There’s plenty more to come from me.

The City of Portsmouth multi-eventer continued his athletics resurgence after a sustained period out of the sport by claiming the runners-up spot at the prestigious event over the weekend.

It was the former England international’s first serious decathlon run-out since 2010 and only his fourth outing of the season.

But Akehurst showed he can still mix it with the best and is on the right track to regain his best form.

His overall points total over the two days of action, which was won by Birchfield Harriers’ Edward Dunford, was 6,165.

That’s well down on the 25-year-old’s 2007 personal best of 6,777.

But with conditions on both days marred by the wind and rain, overall scores hardly mattered.

And with Akehurst feeling as fit as he’s ever done and benefiting from his latest workout, he believes he’s got plenty left in the tank to challenge for more honours.

‘To come second was quite good but I wasn’t totally happy with how things went,’ said Akehurst.

‘It was important to get another decathlon under my belt but the weather was terrible and that meant I was a long way down on what I wanted to achieve in terms of points – I had set a target of about 6,500.

‘Everyone was down on their points but I don’t think mine shows my true potential.

‘There’s definitely a lot more to come from me between now and the end of the year.

‘It’s still quite early in the season and I’d like to think I can get up to near my PB at the national championships in three weeks time.

‘I’m feeling really sharp at the moment. I know what my strengths and weaknesses are and know I need to work on my speed endurance.’

Akehurst’s bid for further glory will be enhanced by a run out at this month’s Hampshire Championships – a meet he has excelled in over the years.

However, he admitted the national championships in June remain his top priority.

‘I’m not down to do loads at the Hampshires,’ he said.

‘I need to concentrate all my efforts on the weekend after.’