Harriers youngsters impress at National Indoor Championships at EIS, Sheffield

Worksop Harrier Emily Race
Worksop Harrier Emily Race

A pair of Worksop Harriers wore the club’s colours with pride at the National Age Group Indoor Championships last weekend.

The duo were in action at the English Institute of Sport, on a busy weekend for the club’s juniors and seniors.

Emily Race competed in the Under 15s category in both the 60m sprint and the 60m hurdles over the two day championships.

On the Saturday she recorded two personal bests in the 60m sprint, finishing her heat in third place in 8.36 seconds and then improving this to 8.35 seconds to finish eighth in the semi-final.

On Sunday she returned for the 60m hurdles where she reached the final, finishing in an excellent fifth place (9.54) after setting a personal best 9.4sec and taking third in her heat, and 9.41 in the semi-final.

This was an excellent achievement with Race finishing fifth out of 56 girls, with nearly all of the top Under 15 hurdlers in the UK in the competition.

The Worksop youngster is currently ranked 12th in England and 14th in the UK.

Clubmate James Lonsdale qualified for the Under 17s 800m, finishing his heat fourth in 2:06:37.

He now has a ranking in the top 50 athletes in the whole of the UK.

The Harriers were delighted to see their athletes impress at national level, with more expected from them this summer.

A spokesperson lauded their efforts and potential: “Emily is in excellent condition at the moment and should go on to enjoy a very good outdoor season.”

“As well as performing at the highest level in the 75m hurdles, it is likely that she will also attain a very high UK Ranking in the pentathlon.”

“James is getting stronger and faster by the week. He should break two minutes for the 800m, and then go very close to four minutes for the 1,500m this coming summer.”

On a more local level of competition the Harriers had a good turnout at the Retford Half Marathon.

Tom Shaw (12th, 1;20:47) led the team home, followed by Tracey West (3rd lady, 1st V45, 1:29:49).

The rest of the Harriers finished as follows, in a field of over 700 runners at the Retford Athletics Club organised event: Colin Laughton (76th, 1:30:18), Jon Stott (84th, 1:31:37, PB), Teresa McPake (7th lady, 1:31:38, PB), Rob Smith (111th, 1:34:43), Peter Fendley (122nd, 1:36:17), Tony Jenks (144th, 1:37:41), Jo McLean (192nd, 1:42:29, PB), Nigel Dawber (225th, 1:45:30), John Shephard (372nd, 1:55:51), Samantha Bowns (444th, 2:02:28) and Kerry Dickinson (608th, 2:31:54).