Senior girls pipped for a medal

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Jonathan Shield, 20th in the junior boys race, was South Yorkshire’s best placed runner at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Ilton, Somerset.

Evan Webb, 33rd, Harry Moore, 77th and Devon Stead, 78th, also did well in this age group giving South Yorkshire ninth place.

The best South Yorkshire team performance came in the senior girls race where they finished fourth. Here they were well led by Fiona Bell who finished 30th and the other counters were Natasha Hatswell, 55th, Beth Ansell, 59th, Hannah Fletcher, 70th, Calvi Thompson, 72nd and Emma Parkinson, 135th.

In the senior boys Tom Bains was the best South Yorkshire runner in 30th place whilst at intermediate boys level Josh Naisbitt, 26th, and Joe Lancaster, 61st, ran well. In the junior girls race, Mary McCarthy, 36th, Amani Wilson, 58th and Maddie Pearce, 81st, all ran well whilst Charlotte Slack, was the best South Yorkshire runner in the intermediate girls race finishing 76th

n Double amputee Oscar Pistorius’ hopes of competing in this summer’s London Games received a further boost as he again ran inside the Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard for the 400 metres. The 25-year-old South African, the 100m, 200m and 400m Beijing Paralympic champion, recorded a time of 45.20 seconds in winning the 400m at the Provincial Championships in the selection event for his country’s National Championships.