Championship record for Jess

Jessica Ennis set a new championship record for the 60m hurdles in the Northern Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport.

She outclassed the opposition in a time of 8.15 seconds.

There was an added bonus for her in the shot putt when she finished runner-up to City of Sheffield teammate Amy Hill with a throw of 14.11 metres - a distance which Ennis has only exceeded twice in competition.

Hill clinched her fourth title and smashed her own championship record in the process with 14.96 metres.

Jess won her heat in the 60m in 7.44 but didn’t contest the final after feeling a slight niggle in her knee. She also pulled out of the high jump, scheduled for the second day.

Jamie Williamson had a comfortable win in the men’s shot putt with 17.21 metres while Luke Cutts cleared 5.40 metres in the pole vault.

In the junior age group, Sheffield’s Luke South took the 400 metres in a new personal best of 48.43 seconds while liam Ramsey won silver in the 200 metres, hurdles and pole vault.

Adam Khan struck double gold in the Under-17 hurdles and triple jump and Josh Filleul bagged silver in the hurdles and high jump and bronze in the shot and long jump.

Meanwhile, Ennis has been nominated for yet another award.

Sheffield’s wonder woman is one of the names on the shortlist for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, the winner of which will be unveiled at a televised Awards Ceremony staged in Abu Dhabi on Monday, February 7.

Jess is up against three tennis players - Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, three-time Laureus winner Serena Williams and Denmark’s World No1 Caroline Wozniacki – plus American ski star Lindsey Vonn and Croatian high jump sensation Blanka Vlasic.

Sheffield athletics legend and Laureus Academy Member Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee, said: “In a couple of years Jessica has turned herself into one of the best athletes in the world and she just seems to be getting better and better. Everyone in Britain will be hoping that she can carry this brilliant form through to 2012 and win an Olympic gold medal in London. She thoroughly deserves her nomination after an immensely successful year.”