CITY of Sheffield compete in the second round of the British Athletics League (Premier Division) at Hendon, today.
A disappointing opening round with a weakened team left Sheffield in seventh place and they are anxious to climb out of the relegation zone.
They are below-strength again but so are the other teams, with the meeting coming just after the Olympic Trials and in the middle of the European Championships.
However, javelin thrower Lee Doran, winner of the trial, was not in the European team and turns out for Sheffield again following his man-of-the-match award in the first match. Doran’s winning distance at the trials was 79.72 metres. Another 2.28 would see him hit the A standard for Olympic selection. The British League is an unlikely platform for that sort of achievement but, Doran will give it his best shot.
Matt Lambley returns in the hammer for Sheffield with Jamie Williamson, Daniel Brunt and Simon Bissell covering the rest of the throws. Sheffield are strong in the 800 metres with Sam Elllis and Rhian Hastey while Carl Hardman (5000ms) and Howard Wood (steeplechase) should do well. Matt Hudson is in the 200 and the 110 hurdles.
The third round of the Northern League takes place tomorrow. Sheffield (third) and Doncaster (fourth) compete at Derby while Rotherham, leaders in Division 3EC, have a home fixture which includes Barnsley AC (second) and Chesterfield (fourth). Hallamshire, fourth in Division 4EC, are at Grantham.
Several locals are included in the Yorkshire team for the Northern Under-17 and U-15 Inter Counties at Wigan.
Kristie Edwards attempts a sprint double whilst Joe Anderson goes for the shot and javelin.