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Northern Indoor Athletics Championships – Sheffield, January 2022

Northern Indoor Athletics Championships for Seniors/U20’s/U17’s held at Sheffield E.I.S 15th & 16th January 2022

While other Preston Harriers were ‘mudlarking’ in Blackpool in the Mid Lancs Cross Country, a Track and Field contingent was over in Sheffield for these championships. It was an opportunity to put the winter’s training to the test.

Scott Sinclair won gold in the U20M triple jump with a PB of 14.71m. Scott was really pleased with this performance despite issues he encountered at the start of the competition when he discovered that the pole vault bed, left at the end of the runway, meant he was 6m short on his run up. Curtis Mitchell was pleased to retain his senior men’s title in the 60m hurdles with his 2nd fastest time ever. Obviously working the late shift as a doctor in A&E prior to the championships didn’t have any adverse effect.

Craig Gill, a new member to the club, was pleased to run a PB in the 200m and make the semi finals, only to be given the tight lane draw of lane 1. Craig also ran close to his personal best in the 60m too, again making the semi finals. Craig, who is from Gibraltar, is a student at Uclan and is targeting the World Indoors in March and the Commonwealth Games in August. Another Uclan student training with Preston Harriers was Ben To who set a PB of 7.13 in the 60m when making the semi finals. The students are in preparation for the BUCS Indoor Championships in February.

James Ince continued the Harriers success with a bronze medal in the U17M long jump, as did Harvey Noble with bronze in the senior men’s long jump.

Isaac Delaney continued his winning ways and good form, taking gold in the U20M shot put, while Evie Kett got through to the U17W 60m hurdles semi finals and also competed in the U17W 60m.

Queenivette Nguta was also in the U17W 60m making the finals and taking the silver medal.

Cory Middleton ran in the U17M 60m hurdles and Evie Noblett ran in the U17W progressing through to the semi finals amongst some stiff opposition. It was good competition experience for the young Harriers.

Carol Holt set a PB in the Senior Women’s 200m, looking in good form for the European Masters Indoor Championships in Braga, Portugal towards the end of February and another Masters athlete Sharon Wilkinson ran in the 400m and in the process set a British Masters Indoor W50 record of 61:22.

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