City club looks to make its mark in the capital


City of Sheffield Athletics Club begin their British League (Premier Division) campaign at Lea Valley, London, today. Sixth of the eight teams last year, Sheffield should do well against the country’s leading clubs.

Jamie Williamson should be a big points scorer in the shot and discus; he also throws the hammer.

The B string discus throw is Roger Skedd who will be one of the busiest athlete of the day, taking part in the 110 hurdles, javelin and long jump as well as the discus.

The pole vault is a strong event for Sheffield with Luke Cutts paired with talented Adam Hague, 15.

New recruit Andre Wright, recent winner of the British Students Indoor 200 metres, does both sprints for Sheffield with Tim Burn listed for the 400 metres.

Joe Lancaster, 17, gets a chance at senior level in the 400 metres after a splendid 400 metre win last week in the Northern League. There is a Sheffield debut for Eritrean distance runner Weynay Ghebresilasie. Based in the North East, Ghebresilasie has signed for Sheffield for British League competition and does the 5000 metres tomorrow. With Matt Bowser as his B string partner, it is a strong event for Sheffield.

Sunday’s Sheffield Half Marathon starts and finishes at Don Valley Stadium for the last time.

Last year’s winner, John Franklin (Metropolitan Police) heads the big entry and is looking for another victory. Franklin, 27, is from Sheffield and went to Birkdale School.

He has already won one half marathon this year and was 31st in the London Marathon.

Among the local runners expected to among the leaders are Ben Beattie (Hallamshire) and Philip Hoole (Rotherham).

The race, which incorporates the Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Championships, starts at 9am.