Future stars line up for English Schools’ in Birmingham

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Ethan Hussey was third at the England Under-20 Championships. Melissa Gresswell/ @Lissgphotography

Many great names have won English Schools’ titles over the years such as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Paula Radcliffe.

This weekend sees the sport’s potential future stars add to that list as they make the trip to Birmingham for the English Schools Athletics Association Track and Field Championships.

The competition will be available to watch live on this page of runjumpthrow.com starting on Friday at 10am BST, with viewers in North America able to watch on RunnerSpace.com.

There are many interesting battles and impressive performances to look forward to across the two-day competition and there will be a dedicated field stream featuring split-screen coverage of simultaneous events.

Events are grouped into three categories with junior (under 15), intermediate (under 17), and senior (under 19) action taking place.

North Yorkshire’s Ethan Hussey could make it a hat-trick of English Schools gold medallists in the 1500m, with the UK Under 17 leader once again looking very strong heading into the intermediate boys’ race to defend his title.

Greater Manchester’s Hannah Kelly will also get the chance to add to her collection in the senior girls 200m, which sees her try and retain last year’s gold medal.

The unstoppable Ethan Brown (Kent) is another athlete to watch in the senior boys 400m. Having won last year, the European under 18 silver medallist is also aiming to kick on from his dominant victory in the England under 20 championships this year.

It could be another interesting sprint battle in the junior girls 100m, as indoor star Trezeguet Taylor (Greater Manchester) once again goes up against Middlesex’s Niah Wedderburn-Goodison, with both having gold on their minds after just losing out last year. Wedderburn-Goodison is equal third on the UK all-time list for under 15 athletes with Olympic medallist Katharine Merry.

Meanwhile it will be a close battle in the field when senior boys javelin champion Tom Hewson prepares for another fierce contest against last year’s intermediate boys winner Max Law, with the two already clashing at the national championships three weeks ago where Law came out on top.

Multi-talented jumper Temi Ojora enters the competition on the back of two impressive national under 20 gold medals in the high jump and triple jump.

The Buckinghamshire athlete only just scraped gold last year in the inter girls high jump, but this year has saved her very best performances for the big occasions and will be very tough to beat.

The strong Sussex duo of Emilie Oakden and Amelie Hatchard will also look to overthrow defending junior girls pole vault champion Lucinda White, with Oakden looking for her first English Schools gold after conquering the indoors.

A timetable for the event, along with further information, can be found here.