Athletics: County test for sprint ace

Louise Bloor, the trainig partner of Jessica Ennis-Hill at the English Institute of Sport, is set to compete in the Yorkshire Championships this weekend.
Louise Bloor, the trainig partner of Jessica Ennis-Hill at the English Institute of Sport, is set to compete in the Yorkshire Championships this weekend.
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Sheffield-based Louise Bloor will be competing in the Yorkshire Championships, which takes place tomorrow and Sunday at Cudworth.

Bloor (Trafford), a training partner of Jessica Ennis-Hill, has previously won both sprints and the long jump events but goes for the 400 metres this year. The one lap event might prove to be her best distance although to date she has only raced over the distance once. Ennis-Hill, who has regularly taken part in the tournament over the years, is not competing but starts her season in two weeks time in Edinburgh.

Rhian Hastey (Rotherham) defends his 800 metres title where his opponents include Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes. Assuming he is back from his American studies at Tulsa University, Heyes would start favourite for that event and the 1500 following a recent clocking of 3:47.8 for the longer distance in the USA.

Former winner City of Sheffield’s Todd Marshall has entered both sprints with last year’s junior 100 metres winner Ben Shields (Rotherham) moving up to senior level.

In the field events Jamie Williamson (City of Sheffield), discus champion and shot runner up last year again does both events. Busiest athlete on view will be Tom Grantham (City of Sheffield) who has entered no fewer than six events.

Others who should do well at senior level include Calli Thackery (Hallamshire) in the 800 and 1500 metres and Barnsley’s Amanda Shaw, medallist in both the 100 and 200 metres last year.