Jess’s double games test in Manchester

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Jessica Ennis makes her outdoor season debut in the Great City Games in Manchester tomorrow. Last year, on the specially laid track in Deansgate, she beat Olympic Gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu over 150 metres.

The 150 metres is again on her schedule against top UK sprinters Katharine Endacott and Laura Turner. Ennis will also clash with fellow British athlete Tiffany Ofili in the 100m hurdles.

Only recently eligible for Britain, Ofili made an immediate impact in the European Indoor Championships, taking the silver medal. The fact she beat Ennis’s UK indoor record only adds to the interest in their latest clash.

Ennis had to pull out of the Indoor Championships with injury but is now back in shape to defend her World title in August. She is also preparing to take on the cream of the world’s heptathlon talent at her first combined events competition of the season in Gotzis, Austria later this month.

The Manchester meeting means Ennis will not be at the Yorkshire Championships at Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth, tomorrow and Sunday.

Todd Marshall (Sheffield) defends his 100 metres title, Rotherham’s Louise Bloor (Trafford) goes for a sprint double and Sam Ellis (Sheffield) tackles the 1500 metres. Start is 10am on both days.

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