Bernice bids to keep the Flames flying

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Sprinter Bernice Wilson (Birchfield) is hoping she can help Sheffield Flames defend their title in the McCain City Challenge in Cardiff tomorrow as she puts the finishing touches to her preparation for the European Indoor Championships, in Paris on March 4-6.

The series features teams from eight cities who compete in two matches, with the team with the highest overall points score being crowned 2011 McCain City Champions.

Wilson has been among the top sprinters in the UK during the indoor season, finishing second in the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships at the EIS and in the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham.

She said: “The McCain Challenge will be a great competition for the build up to the European Indoor Championships. It always features good quality athletes so it will add to my preparation.”

Flames finished second in Match 1 at Sheffield’s EIS, and will be looking to go one better in Cardiff

Luke Cutts (Dearne ALC/City of Sheffield) in thePole Vault and Jamie Williamson (City of Sheffield ) in the shot should be big points scorers in the field events for the Sheffield team whilst the track squad is boosted by the inclusion of top 800 metres runner Mukhtar Mohammed.

Chris Craig (Sale) will be aiming to repeat his 200 metres victory in the first match for the Sheffield team.

The English Indoor Championships at Under 20, under 17 and under 15 level are at Birmingham tomorrow and Sunday. Adam Kahn (City of Sheffield) is favourite for the under 17 triple jump whilst Abigail Bishell (City of Sheffield) and Lauren Frid (Barnsley) should do well in the under 17 60 metres.

Calli Thackery (Hallamshire) is entered for both the 800 and 1500 metres at under 20 level and City of Sheffield all rounder Josiah Filleul does the long jump and hurdles in the under 15 age group.