Sheffield shot down in Flames

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Sheffield Flames were beaten by North London lions in the second meeting of the McCain Indoor City Challenge at Lea Valley, London on Saturday.

The Sheffield squad led for much of the meeting but wins in both relays sealed victory for the London team and they took the title for the total points over the two meetings.

Louise Bloor (Trafford) won the 200 metres for Sheffield by a comfortable margin in 24.20 after taking the runner up spot in the 60 metres (7.54). This completed an excellent indoor season for the former Rotherham athlete who has been an ever present in the Flames team since the Indoor City Challenge started.

The other Sheffield win came from 40 year old Anthony Whiteman in the 1500 metres.

Former Olympian Whiteman, who is based in Scunthorpe, ran a phenomenal time of 3:44.12 which broke the World veterans record.

The were runner up spots for Sheffield athletes Luke Cutts in the pole vault (5.21), Tim Burns in the 400 (48.56) David Feeney in the 60 hurdles (8.10), Louse Hazel in the 60 hurdles (8.35) and Katy Marchant in the combined events (2269).

n Doncaster’s Lucy Chappell finished third in the under 17 women’s heptathlon and the English Junior Combined Events Championship at Sheffield’s EIS at the weekend. Chappell, who scored 3168 points, won the Northern title held in conjunction.

Joseph Hobson (City of Sheffield) was fourth in the under 15 pentathlon with 2317 points and was runner up at Northern level.

Carl Thackery (Hallamshire) was top veteran in yesterday’s Dewsbury 10K. In a race won by Lincoln’s Matt Bowser in 29:59, Thackery, 49, finished 13th overall in a high quality field in a time of 33:21.