Northern Indoor Open Meeting :
We had six athletes entered in this very popular meeting with six new Team Russell records.
Daphney Adebayo (City of Sheffield & Dearne) went in the Under 17 Ladies Shot and set a new record going over 12 metres not quite the distance we were after but it’s a good start to the indoor season. We have been working on a new technique the last two months which has been going really well. A few more competitions will hopefully see Daphney throw the distances we have been hitting in training week in week out.
Lilly May Hughes (Hallamshire Harriers) set two new personal best in the 60 metres and Long Jump breaking her own Under 15 Girl records. Lilly wasn’t happy with her performances. A few more months using the blocks in training should see Lilly bring that 60 metre time down in preparation for the longer sprint events in the summer. This was also the first time using the new run up in the Long Jump so again a few more competitions should hopefully see Lilly get close to that 5 metre mark.
Ben Morton (Hallamshire Harriers) set a new personal best in the Under 15 Boys Long Jump breaking his own record. Ben is still on a fairly short run up which we will be changing in the next few weeks which will hopefully see him go way over 5 metres this season. Ben also set a new personal best in the 60 metres but wasn’t quite enough to break Hakeem’s record.
George Wallace (City of Sheffield & Dearne) went in the 1000 metres. The target was to go through 800 metres in a personal best as training suggest he is in way better shape than his personal best and then hang on in the last 200 metres. George was just short of the target through 800 metres but only just and then pushed on with 200 metres to go and ran under 3.10 setting a new record Under 15 Boys record.
Zak Ferguson (Rotherham Harriers) decided to have a speed work out today going in the 600 metres. The target was to go of hard through 400 metres and then see what he had left. Spot on through 400 metres in just over 60 seconds Zak dug in and finished in 1.34 setting a new Under 15 Boys record. After struggling with niggles last summer and not racing we have managed to get on top of things and it is slowly starting to show with the last couple of races. Another few months under our belt and we will hopefully have Zak ready to target some English Schools qualifying times over 800 metres and 1500 metres.
Well done also Molly Gray (City of Sheffield & Dearne) who went in the Under 13 Girls 60 metres and was just short of her personal best.
Sheffield Junior Schools Cross Country (Bradfield) :
Five of our young athletes tackled what is one of the toughest cross country courses I have ever been to in 17 years and with the recent weather made it even more difficult.
Year 3/4 Girls Race – Neve Connelly (Year 3) finished an impressive 9th. Kitty Walker (Year 4) 17th and Isabelle Reed (Year 3) 50th.
Year 5/6 Girls Races – Matilda Withycombe (Year 5) had another great run finishing 3rd overall and first Year 5 home. Jorja Turner (Year 5) also ran very well here to finish 25th.
South Yorkshire Cross Country League (Kiveton Park) :
Under 15 Girls – An excellent clean sweep from our athletes with Annie Naylor (Hallamshire Harriers) continuing her excellent early season form coming home over 30 seconds in front. Rebecca Evans (City of Sheffield & Dearne) followed Annie home in 2nd place with Bobbie Waugh (Hallamshire Harriers) again improving as we said she would with each race finishing 3rd. Polly Platts (Hallamshire Harriers) finished 10th.
Under 13 Boys – Will Platts (City of Sheffield & Dearne) ran well to finish 6th and George Wallace (City of Sheffield & Dearne) followed him home in 7th place with Elliot English (City of Sheffield & Dearne) 13th. A tough few months ahead of us now will hopefully see the boys ready for the Yorkshire Championships in the New Year.