This year the two-day Senior Championships incorporated the U20 and U17 age groups at the EIS Sheffield.
Day one was a jam-packed programme with the first event, the U17W 60m Hurdles heats starting at 10am, and the last event, the SM 400m taking place on track at 18:24. In between those times there was also a busy field event schedule with 15 field events taking place throughout the day.
There were outstanding performances across the day with 4 Championship Best performances broken. In the U17M Long Jump Jerel Livingston smashed Archie Yeo’s record of 7.33 which was set in 2019 to secure the Northern Champion position in a jump of 7.41.
Joy Eze was on fire in the U17W recording a time of 7.54 to comfortably win the Championship title, breaking the record set by Shaunna Thompson of 7.57 in 2007. Joy is now ranked joint 14th on the all-time list for U17W 60m.
Onto the U20 age group and Daniel Preston from Liverpool Harriers recorded a time of 3:54.37 to retain his U20M 1500m Northern title and snatch the Championship best performance from Tiaman Crorken. This record was 3:57.49 and was set in 2017.
Ty Brockley-Langford led the senior women’s 1500m race despite being an U20. Ty was the only competitor in the U20W 1500m and therefore included in the SW line up. Ty smashed the existing record of 4:35.19 set in 2006 by Nicola Maddick and ran 4:29.28 to become Northern Champion.
There was another early start on day 2 with the U17W 800m heats kicking off the day at 10:00. The field events once again began at 10:30 with another full schedule of 16 events to take place across the day. The event concluded at 16:30 with yet another day of outstanding performances, and another 4 championship records set.
It was a day for the ladies as Jennifer Walsh bettered the championship best performance by 1 second to 9:31.13 to become the Northern Champion after being second to Danielle Hodgkinson in 2019 where Danielle ran a CBP of 9:32.41.
Naomi Ogbeta from Trafford AC broke her own record from 2019 of 13.49 and jumped 13.62 to retain her Northern Athletics Champion title. With ambitions to feature in the Tokyo 2020 line up we wish her well with her season.
Success by name and Success by nature. Success Eduan was not only crowned Northern Champion in the U17W 200m, she also broke a long-standing record by running 24.23. This record was previously set in 2008 by Shaunna Thompson.
And finally, Lucy Robinson jumped an impressive 12.16m a PB landing her the number 1 spot on TJ performances for her age group in 2020 and 18th on the all-time list. Lucy broke the record of 11.95 set in 2013 by Amy Williams.
Thank you to all the volunteers and officials at the weekend. There were 167 roles across the two days filled by officials and volunteers.