Joggers duo target success in ESAA National Championships at weekend

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Jamie Sales and Maisey Snaith will be looking to do themselves proud when they compete in the ESAA National Championships this weekend.

The 14-year-old duo, who are both second claim Newmarket Joggers, will go up against the best young athletes from across the country in the English Schools event at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Sales will be competing in one of two heats in the Junior Boys’ 1500m tomorrow, with high hopes of securing one of the 12 places up for grabs in Saturday afternoon’s final.

The Dullingham teenager is the current Cambridgeshire county champion in both the 1500m and 3000m, and mum Sarah believes competing in such a prestigious event will only help Jamie improve.

“Jame would like to continue to improve and move even higher up the UK rankings for the 1500m,” she said.

“Competing against the very best in the country this weekend should help him to do that, as he always performs well in fast races.

“Last year he got a personal best at the National Prep Schools Athletics Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium. So he performs well in big races.

“He would like to get a personal best and come away feeling that he performed really well. It would be a bonus to make it to the final.”

Elsewhere, Snaith has decided to run in the 200m this weekend, after qualifying for both that and the 100m events earlier this year.

The Burwell teenager is set to race in one of three heats in the Junior Girls 200m on Saturday morning, with places in the final later that day up for grabs to the highest finishers.

Snaith is also a county champion for Cambridgeshire, and dad Barrie is hoping Maisey’s injury and illness problems from earlier in the year are well behind her.

“She had a knee problem earlier in the season and went to see an osteopath, where we found out it wasn’t a fracture,” he said.

“Training has been very good. She’s had a few little issues, so the race may have come a bit too soon as she’s still playing catch up.

“She’s due to make significant improvements on her time this weekend, and is showing good early signs for the England Under 15 Championships in Bedford at the end of August.”

n Moulton’s Callum Wilkinson improved his personal best by more than half a minute to finish second in the British Championships on Sunday.

Wilkinson completed the 5km walk in 20 minutes and 21.57 seconds, with Tom Bosworth (19.00.73) setting a new British record to take the win.