Multiple Liverpool athletes competed in Sheffield on the weekend.
The event featured the national U20, U17 and U15 Championships with over 1000 athletes competing to rise the ranks and mark themselves on the national stage.
Two Liverpool Harriers in particular shone, adding medals to the club’s history and breaking club records in the meantime.
Henry Nwoke shared 60m gold and tied the club’s senior club record with his 6.77s effort that was matched by reigning champion Jeremiah Azu, with bronze going to Jeriel Quainoo.
The tie was the first since the 1982 senior men’s 200m at the Commonwealth Games – outlining the rarity of the feat.
Much of the excitement centred around the 60m, the large crowd’s appetite whetted by some exceptional heats and semis, which set up what proved to be some pretty sensational finals.
The U20 men’s race more than lived up to its star-studded billing and needed a – very – close and long look at the photo finish.
Nwoke, coached by Mike Sweeney, followed up with silver a day later in the 200m with a time of 21.46s.
Speaking with England Athletics, Henry was more than satisfied with his day’s work. “So, I’m really happy especially as it was my best time.”
Fellow Harrier Mia Morrisroe broke Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s U17 60m club record with a 7.73s personal best.
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Having ran 7.77 twice this winter and 7.8 on 7 different occasions, @miamorrisroe came to @englandathletics champs looking for a PB, she ran 7.73 for a PB and club record!! 👊 The final was intimidatingly fast, yet she still managed to better her original PB with 7.76 in a race which felt rough for her. Shows the progression where that doesn’t feel good enough!! 🙌 200 tomorrow where she is ranked 2nd in the UK this year 👀 #athletics #athletic #athlete #athletemotivation #track #trackandfield #sprint #speed #highjump #jump #jumping #training #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #instafit #decathlon #heptathlon #multievents #coach #coaching #motivation #coachingtips #power #iifym #gym #gymlife #strength #strengthandconditioning #strengthtraining
The time was good enough for her to claim silver.
Morrisroe similarly won bronze a day later in the 200m U17 final with a time of 24.62s.
Wirral’s Brady-Jones (Sarah Kearney) won the U17 women’s 800m. Her opening lap saw her fly through in 30 seconds, before whipping through 400m in 61.8s and holding the lead with a win of 2:10:00.
With the athletes looking to compete on the global stage in the future, the Championships posed as another step in their growing career.
Picture by Mick Garratt under Creative Commons License