NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fechin Mc Cormick
It was an exciting and rewarding weekend for the essential long, hard weeks and months of training and commitment of our club athletes who competed at the weekend’s Northern Indoor Championships held at the traditional venue of the EIS, Sheffield. Well done to their coaches and ‘back-room’ people who helped bring them to this pinnacle of their athletic calendar .
Kelly Chadwick became the double U17 Northern sprint champion with a 60m PB of 7.68 and a 200m SB 25.5. This is her first ever Northern Athletics Championships. Kelly is an emerging sprint talent. She’s been competing only since 2009 and almost everything she touches is turning to sprint gold. She’s coached by her father Phil Chadwick.
Jono Efoloko is another sensation and is also a Northern double sprint champion. He too won in great style with his latest PB’s of 6.91 for 60m and 21.90 for 200m. This ranks him top U17 in Britain. Jona emerged only in 2012 as a tender 13 year old and has never ceased to excite with numerous club and other records.
Amy Williams jumped further than she’s done for two and a half years jumping 5.76 to take the U20 Northern title. It’s also a big indoor PB. This is quite an achievement given her recent radical changes of a new speed and fitness coach, a new technical coach and a complete change of long jump technique to which she’s still adjusting. Amy now holds the NA U13 long jump title; is the double U15 title holder and the U17 long jump and triple jump champion. Wrote her delighted family friend Tony Barbet, “Amy is back! She started the competition with two no-jumps which, a little while ago, would have caused acute anxiety and desperate coach consultation. On this occasion, she looked about as panic-stricken as a Horlicks advert. She went on to produce her best jump for two and a half years to snatch the North of England long jump title from her former training partner and close friend, West Cheshire's Olivia Montez-Brown, whose fifth jump of 5.69m had put her in the lead. Amy responded with a sixth and final leap of 5.76m to claim top spot on the podium.
Kevin Metzger won U20 triple jump gold with a leap of 14.46 which is a new indoor PB by over a metre. He now tops the Power of 10 even though he is bottom year U20. Kevin is already the double U17 Northern triple jump cham,pion with many more regional and national accolades to come
Aimee Pratt. Following a long period of injury and rehabilitation, Aimee and her team will be delighted with her U20 Northern 1500m title. She’s already the U17 1500m title holder and the 2013 1500m bronze medallist.
Annie Williams. Not only did Annie win the U17 Northern pole vault title but she did it in style with a superb PB of 3.30. She’s improved from 5th last year and clearly moving onto another level, thanks to her partnership with club coach, Matt Cullen.
Jenna Hill took the senior 3000m title with a Championship best performance (CBP) and a fantastic PB of 9:33.60. It’s no wonder she did a 5k round the block afterwards to celebrate!
Lisa James, another of Keith Hunter’s successful stable won triple jump gold and is the one club athlete who’s retained her title from last year. She almost equalled her indoor PB of 12.57 from November of last year. We welcome club newcomer Amy Addis who finished 4th behind Lisa in a new PB of 11.84 - a 50 cm improvement.
Zenni Enechi won the U17 triple jump silver medal to add to her U15 Northern long jump silver two years ago.
Alexa Mc Tiffin won the U17 800m silver medal in a fantastic PB of 2:19.54 and three seconds faster than when she won the U15 Northern silver medal last year. It’s a particularly good performance considering her winter training with her coach Paul Roden has been endurance based.
Seun Okomo won the senior high jump silver medal to add to his U20 Northern silver last year and bronze the previous year. Next year, he’ll be title holder!
Emily Cummings took the senior high jump silver medal particularly commendable in that she’s still U23. Emily already holds the U15 & U17 titles (and an U17 silver medal) and is also the U20 bronze medallist. Gold is in the air!
Nathan Roach won senior triple jump silver in his first ever major triple jump competition. To quote his coach Keith Hunter, “He had an outrageous jump of 13.98 off 5 strides as he struggled to hit the board in previous rounds
Rebekah Wilson, a member of last year’s GB’s bobsleigh team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, was ‘delighted’ to be returning to her top place amongst Britain’s best sprinters with her senior 60m bronze medal and a great new PB of 7.49. Her last Northern medal was the U20 60m title holder in 2008.
Luke Betts, though still U23, won the senior 3000m bronze medal. With his emphasis on endurance and cross-country this winter, his bronze medal is also a commendable achievement.
Meg Mc Hugh won U17 shot putt bronze – the latest accolade (with more to come) for the club’s talented multi-event athlete who most recently made her international debut representing England in the Home International Combined Events Championships.
James Davies added a senior long jump bronze medal to his 2012 U23 bronze. He’s already the U20 Northern long jump and triple jump title holder
Adam Howell took the senior triple jump bronze medal. With the U17’s silver medal, the U20’s silver medal and the U23’s bronze medal already under his belt, he’ll be wishing for that elusive gold.
Thanks to those parents/coaches who sent in photographs. Thanks also to Ernie Greenwood (http://www.darkstarphotos.com whose photos can be viewed and bought on his website.
Posted 19/01/2015 13:01