EIS Sheffield Indoor Meeting 19th November 2011

There was a reasonable turn out at the first major indoor event, many digging deep into their pockets to find not just the event costs but the car parking fees re-introduced this year. Given the straw poll conducted within earshot of the author, the fees did not go down well and may affect turn out at the next pre-christmas event. The news that the one false start rule will be shortly introduced for all age groups, also going down like a lead balloon. This is not a political article but surely the potential of disqualifying 11 and 12 year old children for one false start needs re-examination.

In the Under 13s our sole representative was Megan Sanders who shaved .03 off her PB in the 60m to finish 7th in her heat in 9.37s; no mean feat considering all the other competitors in her heat were under 15s. Megan jumped just below her best with 4.01m in the long jump finishing a creditable 3rd for her age group and 8th overall.

The Under 15s were slightly better represented with three athletes entering. Louie Hurley ran the 60m in 8.65s finishing 6th in his heat, behind Caoimhe Crampton who finished 3rd in the heat in a new best of 8.28s, moving up to 8th on the club all time rankings.  Caoimhe also threw a PB in the shot of 8.25m improving her from 33rd to 30th in the all time rankings. Jemma Ibbetson was our final competitor in this age group throwing 5.12m in the shot, finishing 15th and jumping 3.34m in the long jump finishing 19th.

The u17 men were on their own with no female accompaniment but performed exceptionally well with numerous personal bests.

Matt Campleman started where he left off from his outdoor endeavours with a best in the 60m of 7.45s finishing 3rd in his heat and 4th of 17 in the under 17 males,moving him up to 12th on the all time list. A further PB in the shot followed with 10.92m before he fell an agonising 1cm off his best with 3.00m in the pole vault.

Elliott Hurley was 4th overall in the 60m an excellent performance of 7.20s a new personal best and now 2nd equal on the all time list behind Tom Mosley. Given that all the under 17s events were against u20s and seniors, his performance stood out, with his time good enough to finish 1st in the under 17 stream.

James Finney had a good day with an 11.40m shot beating his previous best by nearly 2 metres, finishing 5th overall and 2nd in the under 17s. He followed this up with a first time effort of 2.80m in the pole vault.

Jack Gape had a terrific start to the day recording 7.70s in the 60m, finishing 3rd in his heat and 9th in the under 17 age group (20th on the all time list). It’s not often someone knocks over a second off their best in such a short event, but context is all important as Jack had not run a 60m for 2 years. Plenty more to come from Jack in this event with an interview with the author extracting a slow start from Jack and a bemoaning of the fact that he was not drawn in the same heat as Matt Campleman, assessing that he is much closer to him in their training runs. Jack completed a busy day with two first time performances in the shot putt new weight of 8.64m and a 2.30m pole vault effort.

Andrew Russell completed the entrants from Alan Childs multi eventers with a shot putt effort of 8.90m 3 cms behind his best and a 3.50m pole vault resulting in 4th place in the under 17s and 7th of 18 overall.

The final under 17 entrant was Jacob Fincham-Dukes who finished 1st in his 60m heat in a new best of 7.71s reduced from 8.18 and placing 24th on the all time list. A gut wrenching .01 of a second separated him from Jack Gape’s time, was how he described the outcome. An exciting time lies ahead in the triple jump with Jacob producing his second best ever jump of 11.92 (5th overall, 2nd in his age group) taking off a good 40cms behind the board and then jumping in the region of 60cms past his PB off a slight no jump on his next effort. As the author explained check marks are meant to be hit not missed by 2 feet. A learning curve for sure as if/buts and maybes don’t count in the record books. Jacob completed his day with a creditable 3rd in his 150m heat in 18.41s finding starting on a bend a difficult proposition,but his time was still good enough to merit a place on the all time list in 12th position.

In the U20s Sam Bentley was our only representative but performed excellently winning the triple jump with a fine 13.49m jump.

Our senior colleagues accompanied the juniors with Julien Gittens,moving into the V50 class this month with 11.64m in the triple jump finishing 7th and adding over 2m to the V50 club record, Steve Linsell V45 throwing 7.48m in the shot putt, a  metre or so down on his best.