Hallamshire star Andy is a no-show for event

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Andy Heyes (Hallamshire) is a late withdrawal from Hallamshire’s team to run in Northern 12 Stage Road Relay Championship at Sefton Park, Liverpool, tomorrow.

There are four long stages of 4.9 miles and eight of 2.8 miles with Heyes due to do the opening stage, a long one.Hallamshire, who had high hopes of emulating last year’s performance when they finished 10th, will struggle to do so without their number one runner. In the women’s race Rotherham were below par last year but have since won medals in all the Northern championship races on the road and over the country and should again challenge for the top three.

n Women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has criticised Nike after reports the company is to sponsor Justin Gatlin. Nike has re-signed the controversial American sprinter, despite the fact the 33-year-old has served two doping suspensions. Radcliffe said: “I am very disappointed. I don’t believe it reflects the core values of the Nike that I am proud to represent.”