Sheffield shine in young athletics league

City Of Sheffield in action at Spinkhill
City Of Sheffield in action at Spinkhill
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In a busy weekend for young athletes, South Yorkshire clubs were in action in the Northern section of the Youth Development Leagues.

In the upper age group (under 20 and u nder 17), City of Sheffield are in Premier 1 and gave a good account of themselves, finishing third behind Edinburgh and Glasgow in their home fixture at Spinkhill.

At the halfway stage of the four match competition, the Scottish duo head the table and it is unlikely that Sheffield can get back on terms.

But they are safely in third place with little chance of being overtaken by Gateshead, Sale or Wakefield.

Without having the depth to beat the Scottish clubs, Sheffield had some outstanding winners including Adam Hague in the under 20 pole vault (4.80), Josh Filleul in the 400 hurdles (56.19) and a splendid personal best from Josh Naisbitt in the 800 metres (1:58.43).

Abigail Roberts won her specialty, the pole vault (3.80) and added useful points by winning the B javelin.

Georgia Oldfield made the vault a maximum event for Sheffield with a win in the B string. Amy Hodgson won the 100m hurdles and long jump. All rounder Hodgson, 18, had, only the week before, finished fourth in the English Heptathlon championship.

At Spinkhill she won the 100 metres hurdles in a personal best of 14.81 as well as finishing first in the long jump. For good measure she was also runner up in the high jump and part of the winning Sheffield sprint relay team. There was also a personal best of 4:41.70 for Sheffield’s Eleanor Curran in her 1500 metres win.

At under 17 level Joe Hobson scored a double in the long jump and discus whilst Evan Webb clocked 1:58.43 in winning the 800 metres, virtually the same time as the under 20 winner.

In Premier 2 Doncaster AC were narrowly beaten by Preston, giving a three way tie at the top of the section between Doncaster, Preston and Kingdom AC.

Aiden Davies demonstrated the value of a combined event athletes when he won four events for Doncaster, including the 400m (50.3), 400m hurdles (54.6) and discus (39.90). All this just a week after his silver medal in the English Under 20 Decathlon.

Another all rounder, Lucy Chappell, won the hurdles (15.0) and high jump (1.70) for the Doncaster team, as well as running in the winning relay team.

Hallamshire are in a lower tier of the league, North East 2, but look well set for promotion having won both matches. In their home fixture at Woodbourn Road at the weekend they were easy winners with some outstanding performances.

These included a splendid sprint double by Adeel Khaliq in the under 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.3) and an under 17 middle distance double from Cameron Bell in the 800m (2:02.3) and 1500m (4:14.0).