Grass Roots: Mixed fortunes for local athletes in second round of UK Youth Development League

Action from the UK Youth Development League Athletics lower age group East 1 round 2 meeting at Woodbourn Road in Sheffield. Finley Beighton from Rotherham Harriers taking part in the U13 boys 75m Hurdles.
Action from the UK Youth Development League Athletics lower age group East 1 round 2 meeting at Woodbourn Road in Sheffield. Finley Beighton from Rotherham Harriers taking part in the U13 boys 75m Hurdles.
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South Yorkshire clubs had mixed fortunes when the second round of the UK Youth Development League (Under 15 and Under 13) took place last weekend.

In the Northern Premier 1, City of Sheffield and Dearne AC finished third out of the six clubs and are third overall. There is little chance of them catching leaders Sale but they could well overhaul Preston, currently runners up.

Harriett Simpson from Hallamshire Harriers taking part in the U15 girls 75m Hurdles.

Harriett Simpson from Hallamshire Harriers taking part in the U15 girls 75m Hurdles.

A big points scorer for Sheffield was Ewan Dai who had a double win in the under 15 shot (11.14) and discus (34.98). Also prominent was Callum Hay who won the 200m (27.0) and was runner-up in the long jump.

In Premier 2, Chesterfield are in second place behind Gateshead but are close enough to have a chance of the title. Lauren Hill won the under 15 Hammer (45.12) for Chesterfield and also contributed in the hurdles and javelin, whilst Emma Botham won the discus (30.36) and scored useful points in the shot and high jump.

Host club Doncaster were last and languish at the foot of the table, despite some good individual performances - which included a splendid under 13 double by Nicole Lannie in the 70m hurdles (11.4) and long jump (4.65).

In Division 1 East, Rotherham won by a huge margin and have a healthy lead at the top of the table over Middlesborough.

Joss Birks from Rotherham Harriers taking part in the U13 boys shot.

Joss Birks from Rotherham Harriers taking part in the U13 boys shot.

Rotherham were particularly strong in the under 15 girls’ section with wins from Keiva Rennocks (1500m), Charlotte Kerr (high jump) and Jasmine Waters (pole vault), backed up by several runner up spots and some good B string performances.

This was Hallamshire’s home fixture at Woodbourn Road and they finished third. Tatjana Wilson had an unusual double in the Hallamshire colours, winning the under 13 shot as well as her main event the 800 metres (2:25.5). Hallamshire’s indefatiguable Tilly Simpson went on her winning way in the under 15 800m with another stunning run in 2:08.3 - only Simpson herself has run faster in the UK this year. She also got in some useful speed work in the 300m, winning in 42.4.

The third round matches are on June 2st. Premier 1 is at SportCity, Manchester whilst Chesterfield host Premier 2 at Spinkhill and Rotherham are at home in East 1.