Indoor British 3000m glory for Emmanuel
Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) won the 3000 metres at the British Indoor Championships at Sheffield at the weekend in 7:55.61.
He ran a shrewd race, taking the lead with just over a lap to go and proving too strong for Tom Farrell (Border). It is the second indoor title for Emanuel, who booked his place in the World Championship team.
Sheffield based Louise Bloor (Trafford), coached by Toni Minichiello, had a storming run in the 200 metres, leading from the gun to win easily in a personal best of 23.39. Kristie Edwards (City of Sheffield) was fifth in 24.42. Unfortunately for Bloor this is a non championship event at World level. Earlier Bloor had placed third in a high class 60 metres in 7.36.
Luke Cutts (City of Sheffield) retained his pole vault title with 5.60. With the contest won at that height he had a go at 5.77 which is the qualifying mark for the Worlds Indoors but he did not get close. Cutt’s team mate Adam Hague was fifth with 5.30
Daniel Gardiner (City of Sheffield) was runner up in the long jump (7.67) ahead of former UK record holder Chris Tomlinson.
* Former winner Hatti Archer, on the comeback trail after having her first child, was in top form in the National Cross Country Championships at Donington Park on Saturday.
In a race won by Lily Partridge (Aldershot) Archer finished an excellent fifth and led Hallamshire to a set of silver medals behind hot favourites Aldershot. Backing up Archer were Lizzie Adams (25th), Hannah Fletcher (45th) and Xanthe Wray (65th), the same quartet that won the Northern title. Rotherham, led by Sam Johnson, 40th, finished fourth.
Jonny Hay (Aldershot) won the men’s race with Morpeth taking the team title. Hallamshire rose to the occasion in style finishing, Steve Bayton their first runner, 21st. The other Hallamshire counters in a terrific performance were Bertie Houghton, 34th, Rob Little, 63rd, Dave Archer, 76th, Andy Challenger, 117th and Aiden Smith, 141st. The massive event had 1700 finishers and 123 teams.
In the junior men’s race Connor Milnes (Hallamshire) was 23rd and Luke Cotter (Rotherham) 30th.
The under 17 men’s race saw Cameron Bell (Hallamshire) finish an excellent seventh with George Phillips (Doncaster), 26th and Joe Massingham, 27th, leading Rotherham to ninth place whilst in the under 17 women’s race Amelia Lancaster excelled to finish 11th.
In the under 15 girls race Grace Harris (Rotherham) had a fine run to finish 15th leading Rotherham to sixth.
In the youngest age group, under 13, Hallamshire’s Jodie Hill narrowly missed a medal when she finished fourth, with Hallamshire 12th in the team race whilst her brother Taylor Hill was seventh in the boys race. He was one behind Scott Nutter (Barnsley AC) who had yet another outstanding run. Chesterfield, led by Dan Brown, 30th, finished ninth team.