Train like Jessica Ennis-Hill with Olympic equipment at stadium

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Olympic-level technology has been installed at a Sheffield athletics stadium - so residents can train like golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The elite equipment at Sheffield Hallam University’s stadium allows athletes to see lap times, watch instant replays and get tips on technique.

Dr John Kelley, project lead and sports engineer at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Our unique project allows schools, running clubs, students and anyone else using the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium access to gold-standard facilities.

“Whatever your ability, anyone can come along and have the experience of using the kind of technology used by our sporting superstars.

“This has obvious benefits for people already involved in local athletics groups, but we want to use this project as a way to engage the wider community.

“This is about attracting new people to the sport and showing how becoming active can also be lots of fun.”

The project has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research and is funded by the University and Sheffield Council.

Hallam has allocated £125,000 from its higher education innovation funds and the council contributed £25,000 from its athletics development fund to pay for the high-tech equipment.