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Aldershot, Farnham and District AC

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Alan Leiper

>Allan Leiper

2015 Masters World Decathlon Champion
Allan Leiper, Aldershot Farnham and District AC started his athletic career as a high jumper at his school, Heron Wood, back in 1971 but he very rarely made selection for the school high jump team because there were two very good high jumpers in the school at the time. One of those, Floyd Manderson (Also AFD) went on to jump 2.25m and compete for GB in many internationals and at the Seoul Olympics in 1988
In 1973, Allan diversified and tried the Pole Vault using a metal pole he quickly started to show potential by being selected to represent the school at the Hampshire County Champs.
In 1976, Allan was spotted by Pete Lyons, an established Pole vault coach based in Al dershot. Pete had helped UK record holder at the time, Brian Hooper. Pete proceeded to introduced Allan to fiberglass vaulting poles. In June 1977 Allan came last in the AAA Junior Championships held at Aldershot however he persevered and within 12 months Allan worked hard on his technique and went from 2.80m to 4.32m and in July 1978 at the age of 17 Allan was selected to compete for GB Under 21’s against the USA and West Germany after the world famous decathlete Daley Thompson dropped out of the team to concentrate on the Commonwealth Games.
In 1978 Allan came second in the AAA Junior Championships and then in 1979 Allan was proud to eventually become with a height of 4.50m, “
AAA Junior Champion”. Allan went on to have many other GB junior and Scottish senior internationals at Pole vault, and in 1980 Allan won a Bronze edal at the UK Senior championship at Birmingham behind both Brian Hooper and his now coach Allan Williams.
Allan was proud to be a Scottish Champion over the years at both indoor for the PV, and Heptathlon and outdoors in the Decathlon. Over a 22 year period Allan became one of Scotland’s most capped athletes with over 50+ internationals and Scottish team captain.
In 1987, Allan started turning his attention to decathlon. In addition to the Pole Vault Allan had also competed for Scotland at 110 hurdles and filled in where needed at Shot, High Jump and relays.
Allan also competed for Scotland in 11 home countries decathlons and found the comradery amongst the decathletes extremely friendly and competitive but also very compelling. Allan had his last international at the age of 39 and then went on to become a Scottish Team Coach.
In 2005, at the age of 45, Allan decided to do the Decathlon at World Masters Athletic Championships in San Sebastian, Spain. This was Allan’s first taste of Masters athletes on a World stage. After leading the decathlon up until his favourite event, the Pole Vault, his 8>th event, he proceeded to waited six and a half hours to come into the pole vault competition after his initial warming up. Allan went on to failed his opening height and fell back to 5th overall. 7 days later he redeemed himself by coming back to the individual PV event and won a bronze medal with a height of 4.00 meters, his first World medal.
In 2015, ten years later, after many Silver medals at World and European level in both Pole vault and decathlon Allan eventually achieved his goal and dream to become “World Masters Decathlon Champion” when in Lyon, France against the biggest field he’d ever competed within, 49 athletes, he won the Gold medal with a new British record of 7220 points.
In Nov 2016, Allan had to endure major de-compression surgery on his back however, he fought hi way back to compete 4 months later. In March 2017, at the World Master Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea Allan won a Silver medal in The Shot Putt, he also came 4th in the Discus and 5th in the Pole Vault. In May 2017, Allan had surgery again this time on his Knee but just 4 weeks later he went on to win a gold medal in the Pole vault at the British Masters Championships and complete another 6 events and go on to win the Silver in the Shot and Bronze in the High jump.
In Aug 2017, Allan will be in Aarhus, Denmark hoping to win medals in the Decathlon, Pole Vault and Shot at the European Masters Athletic Championships.
Allan started competing at AFD in 1974, he has competed for his club every year since joining. He regularly competes in the Southern Athletic League and over the years he very rarely competes in less than 5 events and on one occasion competed in 11 events on the same afternoon.
Allan has also competed over a 41 year period at the Hampshire County Athletic Championships winning over 100+ medals across many events. In May 2017 at the age of 56, Allan was still very pleased to win two medals at county level.