Following successive weekends in low-key events, Jessica Ennis faces her biggest test of the indoor season when she competes for Great Britain in the Aviva International at Glasgow, today.
The world heptathlon champion does two events in this five way international against teams from USA, Sweden, Germany and a Commonwealth team. First she faces world hurdles champion Lolo Jones, (USA) in the 60 metres hurdles. Ennis caused an upset last year when she beat the hurdles specialist, setting a UK record of 7.95 seconds.
Ennis ran a speedy 8.03 at Loughborough last weekend and the two look to be set for another epic contest.
However, they may not have it all their own way. Ennis’s teammate, Tiffani Ofili, making her British debut, has run faster than Ennis with 7.94 and has also run faster than former Wombwell runner Angie Thorpe’s UK outdoor record. A former world junior champion, Ofili, born in Michigan, has dual nationality, having attained her British credentials only two months ago. Her presence should spice up the event even further.
Ennis makes her second appearance in the long jump. Here she will be looking for distance rather than victory.
n Hallamshire are medal contenders in the senior races at today’s Northern Cross Country Championships at Sunderland. Yorkshire men’s champions, the Hallamshire squad missed out on Northern medals last year finishing fourth.
They have a stronger team this time, led by Oxford Blue Andy Heyes who was runner-up in the junior race last year.
The same team that won this year’s Yorkshire title are in action again. Rob Little, Andy Thake, Tom Jenkins, Rob Baker and Dave Archer are all capable of packing towards the front of the field.
Hallamshire’s Hatti Dean, women’s winner last year, is training in Kenya.