Yorkshire Track and Field Championships

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A great weekend for all our athletes with some excellent individual performances. Plenty of personal best and a few Team Russell records along the way. This is the best Yorkshires in terms of medals brought home by our athletes. We had 4 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals and also a very close 4th place finish too.

Emily Simpson made up for a very disappointing year last year coming home with two Gold Medals in the Under 20 Ladies 800m and 1500m. A front run 800m where she came very close to her personal best and then a very slow first 1000m in the 1500m but yet still came very close to her personal best with a very fast last 500m. Much more to come this year where Emily will target going under 2.10 in the 800m and under 4.30 in the 1500m. Emily is a great example to people that are struggling stick with it and you will come out much stronger in the end. Cyane Robinson also had a great weekend bringing home a Silver medal in the 800m and Bronze medal in the 1500m. A personal best in the 1500m of that very slow first 1000m shows there is much more to come. Racing over 800m tonight in Manchester looking to get as close to that 2.10 barrier as possible. Annie Naylor who was running her first ever 1500m race had the challenge of running the heats in the morning and final later on in the day. Doing exactly what we planned in the heat Annie made it comfortably through to the final. The final was going to be tough but we had a plan and Annie stuck to it. Letting the front two runners go ahead as they set of at a really quick pace Annie slowly caught them and with 150m to go went in to second place and with 30 metres to go over took the leader and came home with the Gold medal. A great time and still another year n the age group. I really don’t think Annie knows just how good she could be. Ella Kynoch had a great Championships coming home with the Gold medal in the Under 15 Girls Discus just short of her personal best and then went on to set a new best in the Shot and finish a very close 4th. Again Ella still has next year in this age group.

Josh Kynoch had a great day trying to juggle his training with his exams that start today is never easy. Josh had a great weekend coming away with two Bronze medals. Setting a new personal best in the Discus in far from ideal conditions so much more to come there and then throwing the best he has for a while in the Shot. Josh’s throw was the same distance as the Silver medal but lost out on count back by 2cm. Teoni Ojibah is starting to run the times we know she is capable of. Making the final in the 100m in a very strong field Teoni went on to finish in 5th place. It is the longer distances where Teoni will eventually turn too and it showed here with an excellent run in the 300m to finish in 3rd place running 2 seconds faster than last year. Once this girl starts believing in her self you will see some super quick times over 300/400m. Zak Ferguson went in the heats of the Under 13 Boys 800m on the Saturday comfortably making it through to the final on the Sunday. We again had a plan as we knew this was going to be a tough race as a few of the boys had run quicker than Zak. Sticking to the plan – Zak did exactly what we planned and in doing so brought home a bronze medal and a new personal best.

A big well done to Adam Hirst who is slowly getting back in to shape ran a seasons best in the 800m just missing out on his personal best on the Saturday and then went on to run a best in the 1500m on the Sunday. A good block of training now should see Adam run much quicker times by the end of the season. Well done to Jamie Rhodes who left himself quite a lot to do in the final part of the race but finished strongly to finish in 10th place overall. Polly Platts gave it a good go in the Under 15 Girls 1500m although feeling under the weather. Polly still has next year in the age group so I am sure she will be back looking at making the final.

Well done everyone a great weekend.

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