City runner in barging controversy

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Sheffield Flames lost their title at the City Indoor Challenge at Cardiff on Saturday.

North London won, as they did in the first match in Sheffield and they took the title comfortably with the Sheffield squad in second place overall.

There was an easy win for Sheffield in the women’s 60 metres where Bernice Wilson, warming up for the European Indoor Championships, scored in 7.4 and Rotherham’s Louise Bloor made it a sprint double for Sheffield winning the 200 metres comfortably in 24.65.

There was another Sheffield win in the women’s 800 metres when Laura Kirk triumphed in the closest finish of the day. Making her bid on the last lap, Kirk held on for victory in 2:10.21

Sheffield were unlucky when three potential winners failed to score.

Chris Craig, who won the 200 metres in the first match, was disqualified for false starting, Mukhtar Mohammed, hot favourite for the 800, was disqualified for barging, and pole vault star Luke Cutts failed to record a height. Struggling with a back injury, Cutts came in at 5.22 but had three failures.

There were second places for Sheffield athletes Amy Hill in the shot (14.65), Anthony Whiteman in the 1500 (3:50.00), Emma Lyons in the pole vault (4.21), Matt Roberts in the high jump (2.15) and Liam Ramsay in the combined events.

There was a superb performance from Adam Hague (The Dearne ALC) in the under 15 pole vault at the English Junior Indoor Championships held at Birmingham at the weekend. After breaking the championship record with 3.92, Hague went on to break a 17 year old UK record for his age group by clearing 4.06 at his first attempt. The old record was held by Barnsley’s Christian Linskey, one of the pioneers of a string of successful vaulters coming from the Barnsley area where coach Trevor Fox is doing a remarkable job.

There were two medals for Kristie Edwards (City of Sheffield). Second in the 60 metres on the first day in 8.00, she followed that with a bronze medal in the 200 yesterday in 26.40.

Alicia Barrett (Chesterfield) was third in the under 15 hurdles in 9.25 and Lucy Chappell (Doncaster) was bronze medallists in the under 15 high jump with a 1.62 metre clearance.