Impressive Hackett nets national gold

Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett
Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett

Natalia Hackett headed the medal parade for South Yorkshire at the English Schools National Championships in Gateshead.

The 15-year-old Sheffield High School pupil struck gold in impressive style in the Intermediate Girls 3000 metres as she finished 12 seconds clear in 9 minutes 40.8 seconds.

Natalia, a member of Hallamshire Harriers, is now third in the National Under-17 rankings.

Rotherham’s Adam Hague retained his junior pole vault title with a clearance of 3.75 metres, some 30 cms higher than last year.

Elliott Payne, of King Edwards, collected a bronze in the Junior Boys High Jump with 1.84m, the same height as the runner-up and just three centimetres behind the gold medallist. Rotherham’s Ben Shields won silver in the Senior 100 metres with a time of 10.84 seconds and Sheffield’s Adam Khan snatched a second successive bronze in the Intermediate triple jump beating his previous bext by a massive 36cm with a leap of 14.41 metres.

Hallamshire Harriers Under-17, Under-20, and Senior athletes finished runners-up to runaway Division Four leaders Newark AC in match three of the Northern Track and Field League. They currently stand fourth with the final match on August 14.

More used to finding his way around the local woodland in orienteering, Martin Ward competed in an incredible seven events – 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, 800m, 100m Hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, and the 4x400 relay!

Hallamshire’s Under-13s, 15a and 17s boys and girls teams finished fourth overall in Division One of the Young Athletes League.