Jessica Ennis-Hill made a modest start to her competitive season at the Loughborough International meeting yesterday.
Competing in her weakest event, the javelin, the Olympic Heptathlon champion recorded 41.69 in eighth place, perhaps some three or four metres below expectation but a performance that has got her back into the competitive groove.
There was an outstanding performance from Scott Lincoln (City of York) in the shot. Yorkshire champion Lincoln had already gone a tantalising one centimetre short of the 19-metre mark recently but at Loughborough he smashed that mark with 19.45m.
On the track, Alex Bell (Pudsey and Bramley) ran a confident 800m, taking the lead after the pacemaker dropped out at the bell and never looking like being caught. Her time was 2:02.79, impressive for early season.
There was a splendid long jump win for Daniel Gardiner (City of Sheffield and Dearne) who recorded a personal best of 7.86m, while his Sheffield team-mate Joe Dunderdale comfortably won the javelin with a throw of 72.17m.
Adam Hague (City of Sheffield) was below his best in the pole vault with 5.15m, beaten by Middlesborough’s Charlie Myers (5.25m), with Sheffield’s Nick Cole third.
Hallamshire’s Bertie Houghton had a fine run in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was second in 8:58.58 and finished so strongly that he almost snatched the verdict.
City of Sheffield combined eventers Karla Drew and John Lane were in good form in the hurdles, Drew finishing runner-up in the women’s race in a personal best of 13.36 secs with Lane then winning the men’s B race in 14.31 secs
A guest 400m was won by Leeds City’s Yorkshire junior champion Connor Wood in 47.46 with City of Sheffield’s Liam Ramsay clocking 47.71 in second place.
Wakefield junior Abby Ward continued her good form, placing third in the high jump with 1.86.