A really good turn out for Team Russell at the first big meeting of the season. The conditions were tough on Saturday whilst Sunday turned out to be a nice day although the headwind in the home straight proved tricky for the sprinters. There were two new Team Russell records broke over the weekend and a total of 8 medals won.
Medals Won :
Ella Kynoch (City of Sheffield & Dearne) was first up in the Under 15 Girls Discus. After winning this event last year and going in as favourite to retain her title things didn’t go quite as planned to start with. Two no throws put the pressure on to get a valid throw in to allow Ella another 3 throws. Ella got a safe throw in and was through to the next round of throws. Finding her rythm in the 5th round sending the Disucs out to 29.70 metres this was enough to regain her title and come away with the Gold Medal.
Holly Fowler (Hallamshire Harriers) was up next in the Under 17 Girls Triple Jump. Still fairly knew to this event and going of the 9 metre board for the first time proved tricky in the first few rounds. Holly again like Ella found her rhythm after a couple of rounds and went out to a personal best and in doing so set a new Team Russell record. Holly came away with the Silver Medal. Much more to come from Holly once she masters that second phase.
Annie Naylor (Hallamshire Harriers) went in the Under 15 Girls 1500 metres. After a great cross country season we knew Annie was in good shape and had a chance of making that English Schools qualifying time. A fairly relaxed pace for the first 800 metres. With 600 metres to go Annie pushed on and gave herself a great chance of achieving the time we were after. Crossing the line in 4.47 we had done what we set out to do and achieved that English Schools qualifying time in Annie’s first race. She finished 2nd in a very competitive field with three of the girls running under that English Schools qualifying time.
Neve Hardcastle (Longwood Harriers) went in the Under 17 Girls 1500 metres. Neve has been working really hard in training and it showed here. Our plan was to go out with the leader and hold on for as long as we could. Neve did exactly this and was rewarded with a personal best by over 7 seconds and came away with the Silver medal. The English Schools standard is 4.44 and Neve ran 4.44.96. A few more races should see us go under that time. I am excited to work with Neve over the next year to see just how fast we can go over 800 metres and 1500 metres.
Adam Hirst (City of Sheffield & Dearne) went in the Under 15 Boys 3000 metres. This was Adams first race over this distance so didn’t really know what to expect. The weather by this time was raining heavy and this wind had picked up. Adam stuck to his task and ran really well coming away with a Silver Medal in a very respectable time for his first outing over this distance.
Harry Atkinson (City of Sheffield & Dearne) went in the Under 15 Boys Javelin. Fairy new to this event Harry is improving week in week out and once we get him stronger over the winter I am excited to see how far we can go next year. Harry was in 4th place going into the last round. Saving his best until the final round Harry managed to sneak past 4th place and come away with the Bronze medal with a new personal best and was just shy of the Team Russell record.
Emily Simpson (City of Sheffield & Dearne) stepped up distance to the 1500 metres after last weekends great result at the BUCS Championships over 800 metres. Sitting in over the first 800 metres before going to the front and stretching out the field. Emily came away with the gold medal and a new personal best but wasn’t happy with the time as she knows she is great shape to run much quicker. On to Manchester now tomorrow night to chase a quick time over 1500 metres we know she is capable of.
Harry Roffey (City of Sheffield & Dearne) stepped up and age group to the Under 20 Mens. After missing most of the winter Harry is working hard to get fit and challenge the English Schools qualifying time. The plan was to stick with the leader who had run faster than Harry this summer and see how long we could hang on for. Harry did exactly this and held on well to finish in 2nd place setting a new personal best and Team Russell record.
Personal Best :
Holly Brewster (Longwood Harriers) – Under 15 Girls – Made the final of the 800 metres finishing in 7th and finished 5th in the 1500 metres final which was a new personal best
Elliot Reed (City of Sheffield & Dearne) – Under 13 Boys – Long Jump
Khalid Edwards (Hallamshire Harriers) – Under 15 Boys – Long Jump – 4th
George Bellamy (City of Sheffield & Dearne) – Under 17 Men – 800 metres
George Kriel Parr (City of Sheffield & Dearne) – Under 15 Boys – 800 metres – 5th
Lilly May Hughes (Hallamshire Harriers) – Under 15 Girls – 200 metres – 8th
A big well done to the rest of our athletes that competed also ….
George Seymour (City of Sheffield & Dearne) – Made the final of the Under 13 Boys 100 metre Final finishing in 7th place.
Nathaniel Dyas (Hallamshire Harriers) – Under 17 Men’s Long Jump
George Taylor (City of Sheffield & Dearne) Under 13 Boys 800 metres
Elliot English (City of Sheffield & Dearne) Under 13 Boys 800 metres
Will Platts (City of Sheffield & Dearne) Under 13 Boys 800 metres. Will made the final and finished in 6th place very close to a personal best. Will was the only athlete first year of the age group to qualify for the final.
Claudia Cole (City of Sheffield & Dearne) Under 17 Ladies Shot Putt
A great weekend everyone you should be proud of your achievements.