Running for glory

YORKSHIRE is justifiably proud of its proud tradition of track and field athletics from David and Sheila Sherwood winning medals at the 1968 Olympics to champions such as Seb Coe and Peter Elliott and then, more recently, Jessica Ennis-Hill who did so much to maintain the profile of athletics.

Britains Amy-Eloise Markovc celebrates after winning the women's 3000 meters final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.

Now there’s the much-travelled Amy-Eloise Markovc who is proud to represent Wakefield Harriers and who produced one of the performances of the 2021 sporting year to date when winning the 3,000 metres at the European Indoor Championships with a dominant piece of running.

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And, given the BBC’s commitment to broadcasting athletics on terrestrial television, such success, at the outset of a belated Olympic year, bodes well for inspiring a new generation of competitors, inspired by Amy-Eloise and other new names to the public, to put on a pair of running shoes – and see where that journey takes them. That’s the joy of sport.

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Britains Amy-Eloise Markovc in gold medal action at the European Indoor Championships.