Athletics: Sheffield and Dearne in good shape

Luke Cutts from Dearne ALC
Luke Cutts from Dearne ALC
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City of Sheffield and Dearne AC are poised to win the British League (Premier division) for the first time when the final round takes place tomorrow at Lee Valley. After three rounds they are two points clear of Birchfield and Sale with champions Shaftsbury Barnet a further point away.

Birchfield and Sale need to beat Sheffield by three places and Shaftsbury Barnet need to be four places clear, possible but unlikely considering that Sheffield are due to field their strongest team of the series.

Andre Wright, winner of the 100 metres in the last match, runs again, partnered by Todd Marshall in the 100 and Tim Burn in the 200.

Burn also does his number one event, the 400 metres, a strong event for Sheffield with Scottish international Grant Plenderleith also running.

Northern champion David Dempsey and promising junior Joe Lancaster form a strong pairing in the 800 metres whilst the 1500 also looks a strong event for Sheffield. Here James Gormley, fifth in the World Youth Championships, is partnered by Lee Emanuel, unlucky to miss selection for the World Championships in Beijing.

Emanuel is also listed for the 3000 metres with Carl Hardman, which should give good points for Sheffield.

The hurdles, too, are strong, Jack Houghton and Rick Yates doing the 400 metres and Yates and Liam Ramsay the 110 metres.

Decathlete Ramsay is also due to do the long jump and triple jump.

The strongest field event for Sheffield is pole vault with Luke Cutts and junior Adam Hague, equal third on this year’s UK rankings, going for maximum points. Mark Plowman and Gareth Winter form a strong pairing in the discus with Winter also in the shot with Daniel Bunt.

The relays look positive for Sheffield with Burn and Yates expected to do the four by 100 and the four by 400.

League standings: 1 City of Sheffield and Dearne 19; 2 Birchfield 17 (856); 3 City of Manchester (Sale) 17 (844); 4 Shaftsbury Barnet 16; 5 Enfield and Haringey 13; 6 Newham and Essex 12; 7 Woodford Green 11; 8 City of Glasgow 3.

The final round of the Northern League is also tomorrow (Sat). City of Sheffield and Dearne head Division 2EC by six points from Chesterfield and Rotherham and cannot be caught. Their match is at Rotherham.

Lincoln Wellington lead Doncaster by two points in Division 3EC with Hallamshire a further point away. Hallamshire host the match at Woodbourn Road. Barnsley AC, fourth in Division 4EC are at Boston.

Local road runners will be in action in the popular Askern 10 mile race which incorporates the South Yorkshire Championships.