Ellis Cross, Jack Simpson and Callum Abberley head to the English Schools’ Championships this weekend in Gateshead. Ellis Cross will be running for Warwickshire and Callum and Jack in the colours of Staffordshire.
First up will be Callum, he will be running in the 1500m heats Friday morning followed by Jack in the 800m heats. Saturday will feature Ellis Cross in the senior boys 3000m in what will be his last appearance at the English Schools T&F Championships as he will be out of age next year. If Jack and Callum progress through their heats they will feature before Ellis on the Saturday in their respective final.
Firstly I am delighted that this year we have three athletes arriving in Gateshead. Most of all I am very pleased that Jack Simpson has achieved the qualifying time out of age. He has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months and if I recall, hasn’t pulled out of a training session. Now that’s what I call hard work! It shows that success comes when hard work has been put in. I believe the experience this year will set him up for ‘big’ things next year, however our plan is to go out there and record another new personal best.
Currently Ranked in the UK – 32nd U17 Mens
Route to Final – First 2 and Two Fastest Losers (3 Heats)
Callum Abberley is running in the Junior Boys 1500m; Last year he finished 10th in heat one. This year the race is wide open as the top 12 in England are within four seconds of each other. Everyone in the group knows of Callum’s ability but which Callum will we see on the day. If Callum is on form and believes in himself, he runs so fast all you can do is laugh in admiration. He missed the majority of winter due to a calf injury that he had sustained before he started running down the Tamworth track.
Currently Ranked in the UK – 12th U15 Boys
Route to Final – First 5 and Two Fastest Losers (2 Heats)
Ellis Cross is ready and raring to go after having run some quick 1500m times this year as well as winning a tough 10k recently. If Ellis commits himself he could cause an upset this weekend. I hope he at least sets his sights on the current Tamworth AC 3000m record that is 8:31. If the race is tactical, Ellis definitely has the speed now to go with the top athletes. Ellis has run at English Schools for the last four years.
Currently Ranked in the UK – 22nd Junior Men