Jessica Ennis is in action at the Aviva UK Indoor Championships at the EIS tomorrow and Sunday and following a low-key start to her competitive year, she will get her campaign into gear with four events.
Tomorrow Ennis tackles the high jump and shot. She is clear favourite for the high jump where she goes for her fourth National Indoor title in six years. A leap of 1.88 metres proved good enough last year but she might have to go higher this time to beat the challenge of Isobel Pooley (Aldershot) who cleared that height in Sheffield at last week’s City Challenge.
The shot is also on the first day and here Ennis is not looking for a medal but rather a decent distance. She opened her season with 13.95 metres and would be disappointed if she did not get over the 14 metre mark. On Sunday, Ennis does the long jump and will be looking to improve on last week’s 6.19 metres. Shara Proctor is expected to win this on the evidence of a 6.59 season’s opener in Glasgow and the opposition could motivate Ennis towards her best indoor distance (6.44m in Doha two years ago) when winning the World Indoor Pentathlon.
Ennis completes a busy weekend with the 60 metres hurdles. She gave a top class performance in last week’s City Challenge clocking 8.05 seconds. Surprisingly, this is a title she has not won but that should be corrected on Sunday.
The weekend’s Championships double as trials for this year’s World Indoor Championships next month, something that need not concern Ennis as she will go into the team automatically to defend her pentathlon title.
Luke Cutts, aged 23, (Dearne ALC) should challenge for a medal in the pole vault.
His best of 5.62 metres was set three years ago and he needs to get back to that sort of level. Former Rotherham athlete Louise Bloor (Trafford) is aiming for medals in both the 60 and 200 metres. Barnsley high jumper Adele Lassu will be in action against Ennis whilst Jamie Williamson (Sheffield) goes in the shot.
Richard Buck, who competes for City of Sheffield in British League competition, is in the 400 metres. Buck has a fine indoor record and a win would give him a fourth title in this event in five years.
The action starts at noon tomorrow and 10:50am on Sunday.