City of Sheffield finished fifth in the third round of the British League (Premier Division) at Hendon on Saturday and are fifth overall with one match to go. Sheffield have been consistent throughout the series whilst the other clubs have fluctuated widely.
In the latest match the leaders Shaftsbury Barnet slumped to sixth and were deposed as leaders by City of Manchester, the league name of Sale Harriers.
For Sheffield the best performance came from Luke Cutts in the pole vault. He beat a top class field with a height of 5.40, his best outdoor mark of the year. After a superb indoor season he has struggled to regain form after an injury but his latest win gives him a boost in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.
Another Sheffield athlete due to compete at Glasgow where he does the decathlon, John Lane,was a good points scorer for Sheffield with runner up spot in the 110 metres hurdles clocking 14.84.
Andre Wright did well in the sprints for Sheffield finishing third in both the 100 (10.79) and 200 metres (21.39). Tim Burn won the B 200 for Sheffield in 21.54.
Scottish international Grant Plenderleith was third in a top class 400 metres in 46.86, a personal best. Plenderleith, Wright, Burn and Lane combined to finish second in the 4 by 400 relay I 3:10.33.
Other top performances from Sheffield athletes, all in third place, included Steve Garrett, 400 hurdles (52.50), Carl Hardman, 5000 metres (14:31.25) and Mark Plowman, discus (54.95).
Match score: 1 Newham and Essex 317; 2 City of Manchester (Sale) 302; 3 Birchfield 287; 4 City of Liverpool 282; 5 City of Sheffield 272; 6 Shaftsbury Barnet 264; 7 Enfield and Haringey 251; 8 Cardiff 178
League standings after three matches: 1 Manchester 21; 2 Shaftsbury Barnet 18; 3 Birchfield 13 (806); 4 Cardiff 13 (736); 5 Sheffield 12.5; 6 Newham 12; 7 Enfield 9.5; 8 Liverpool 9
Adam Hague (Dearne ALC) set a new personal best of 5.35 in the pole vault in a junior international in Mannheim, Germany. Hague cleared 5.35 at his second attempt before failing at 5.40 to finished third.