SIAB Cross Country (Ireland) – Annie Naylor again had an excellent run here representing England finishing 8th overall coming in 7th English girl the same as the previous weekend’s English Schools Championships. Annie beat all the other athletes from Ireland, Wales and just one Scottish athlete beat her. I am now really excited to see how fast we can go on the track over 1500 metres. Can she get close to that Team Russell record !!!! Esther Rowe-Towle was picked to run the relay which consisted of x 2 boys and x 2 girls. Esther went on the 3rd leg and took over in 3rd place. The relays were only 1500 metres so very short for Esther but this didn’t stop her flying around bringing the team right back into contention. The England team went on and won the Gold medal with Esther running the fastest leg for girls overall. Again Esther is super excited to improve her speed on the track this summer. Can she get close to some very impressive records over 1500 metres and 3000 metres. Well done girls what a great achievement.
Sheffield Junior Schools Cross Country Relays (Caste Dyke) – We had four of our boys representing St Wilfrids Schools. George Taylor and Will Platts running leg one and two gave the team a very healthy lead. Elliot English and Callum Quinn ran the 3rd and 4th leg and had some very good athletes chasing them down. Running very well they held on and came away Sheffield School Champions. Heather Berry had an excellent run here for the same School and came away Champions also. Well done everyone keep working hard bring on that track season.
Park Runs – George Wallace had an excellent run at Graves Park which is much slower than other local Park Runs …. Running 19.57 here must mean at a faster course he will be close to 19 mins. Elliot Reed also had a great run at the York Park run coming home in 19.46 mins. Elliot has a few more runs to challenge the Team Russell age group record and after talking to him he is confident in doing so. Issy Waugh did the Graves Junior Park Run and was just short of her personal best.
Spenborough Open Meeting – The first meeting of the outdoor season saw several of our athletes taking part. There were a few Team Russell records in the Long Jump from our new recruits we have been working with over the last few months. First year Under 15 Lilly smashed her personal best by 50 cm to beat the old Team Russell record by 5 cm which has stood for a number of years. Nathaniel Dyas who is such a raw talent improved his personal best to also set a new Team Russell record for Under 17 men’s Long Jump. Nathaniel is so quick and once he learns to control this throughout the jump phase who knows how far he can jump. Ben Morton was just short of his personal best and without the clash of events I am sure he would have beaten his previous best as training suggests. I expect Ben this season will also challenge the Team Russell record. Holly Fowler struggled to find the board today in the difficult windy conditions but wasn’t too far of her own Team Russell record which I am sure during the season will improve that. Well done to Ella Kynoch and Claudia Cole who both went in the Shot today but struggled to find their form. Both who have been throwing really well in the discus in training was well up for this event only for it to be cancelled at the end of the meeting as they had ran out of time. Well done girls keep working hard the distances will come we know you are capable of.