Following Jessica Ennis-Hill’s spectacular comeback, another Sheffield athlete is due to return to international competition 18 months after giving birth.
Hallamshire’s Hatti Archer has been selected for the British team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships at Betws-y-Coed on Saturday.
She last ran in a British vest in the European Track Championships in 2012. Prior to that she had produced some fine performances for British teams on the track and over the country.
Over the last few months she has eased herself back into training after giving birth to daughter Sophie, albeit at a much lower level than before her pregnancy.
Local park runs and some low key fell races in Derbyshire persuaded her to enter the British Mountain running Championships, also at Betws-y-Coed, where she surprised herself by finishing fourth.
Her team mates in the British squad – rated as having a good chance of medals – are Sarah Tunstall (Kendal), Emily Collinge (Vegetarian) and Emma Clayton (Leeds City).
# The Northern road relay championships take place tomorrow at Blackpool.
Hallamshire were tenth in the men’s six stage race last year, in what was a top quality event.
With just one change from last year, the Hallamshire squad look capable of at least equalling that performance this time around.
Dave Archer, in a ‘sharpener’ for next week’s Berlin Marathon, does the first stage followed by Hallamshire’s top runner Andy Heyes.
Connor Milnes, Ben Beattie and Tom Bains follow with Andy Challenger taking the anchor leg.
In the women’s four stage race, former winners Rotherham narrowly missed out on medals last year, when they finished fifth, and they should again be among the leading contenders.
City of Sheffield are likely to be prominent in some of the younger age groups.
Last year they won both the boys and girls races at under 15 level and were third in the under 17 boys race.