National Indoor Age Group Championships – 22/02/2020

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Zak Ferguson (Rotherham Harries) decided to run indoors this weekend instead of the National Cross Country Championships. After a great run at the Northern Indoor Championships over 800 metres and big personal best it was the 800 metres we decided to go for here again. After a good block of training working on speed with Emily, Zak was looking good to challenge for a medal. Sticking exactly to the plan Zak came away with a superb Bronze medal and big personal best and only 0.80 seconds separating the first three. Next up for Zak is the English Schools Cross Country Championships and then we will refocus and come up with a plan for the track season where we will hopefully qualify for the English Schools Championships.

Shen Wigfield-Turner (Hallamshire Harriers) had a very busy weekend going in the 800 metres on Saturday and 1500 metres on Sunday. We didn’t really ease down for these Championships as our main target is the outdoor season but Shen wanted to run a few races indoors to see where she is. Saturday’s 800 metre’s went exactly to plan where we ran an indoor personal best just shy of her outdoor best and was Shen’s second fastest ever time. Unfortunately Shen just missed out on the final by 0.30 seconds in what was a very strong field. This did however allow Shen to run in the 1500 metres on the Sunday. Only ever running one before last summer where she went though 800 metres in 2.16 this was a bit of a gamble but knowing championship races they are usually slow and this would benefit Shen if it came down to a blow up over the last 400 metres. The race went exactly to plan and Shen stuck to the plan and ran a superb last 400 metres timed at 67 seconds and was closing in on the front two over the last 100 metres. A personal best and an excellent Bronze medal only beaten by two of the countries best middle distance runners. Bring on the outdoor season.

Well done to Lilly Hughes (City of Sheffield & Dearne) who finished 3rd in her heat of the Under 15 Girls 200 metres. A great achievement to make these championships and run under the English Schools qualifying time this winter. This time last winter Lilly had only run 29 seconds. Looking forward to the outdoor season where we will try some 300 metre races also. Daphney Adebayo (City of Sheffield & Dearne) struggled to find her rhythm in both the Shot and Long Jump but kind of expected this as we have changed lots in the last few months so is going to take some time to get used to. Seriously this girl has something and get ready for some serious distances in both the Shot and Long Jump this summer. Holly Fowler (Hallamshire Harriers) went in the Under 17 ladies Triple Jump. Again not quite finding her rhythm on the runway. A slight injury to the thigh didn’t help preparation but Holly still managed to get a solid jump in just 21 cm short of her personal best. Now time to get a good block of training in and hopefully qualify for the English Schools this summer.

Well done everyone keep working hard and bring on the outdoor season and some warm weather.

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