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IN MANS­FIELD, Hallamshire’s top trio of Ruby Simp­son, Ge­or­gia Robert­son and Emma Ship­ley took gold in their age group but the club’s youth sec­tion is grow­ing so pos­i­tively right now they fielded three teams and could have put five out if the rules had al­lowed it.

Simp­son holds the UK un­der-15 800m record with 2:13.87 from 2017, while Ship­ley is No.2 on the UK un­der-13 rank­ings for the event this year, just two sec­onds be­hind Simp­son.

Robert­son, mean­while, spends more time train­ing as a swim­mer than a run­ner but is also part of coach Steven Mar­shall’s group in the Sh­effield area and she com­bined with the 800m duo to take the ti­tle 15 sec­onds ahead of Vale Royal, who were an­chored by the fastfin­ish­ing Holly Weedall, while Corn­wall AC’s long trip paid off with a hard-fought bronze.

“We’re very proud of them,” said Mar­shall, who added he hoped they would win more medals in years to come as they progress through the age groups.

Hallamshire is best known for be­ing the breed­ing ground of a cer­tain Se­bas­tian Coe, but of the club’s cur­rent suc­cesses, Mar­shall ex­plained: “The only rule we have is that we’re not train­ing peo­ple for other sports, but we’re train­ing ath­letes to be ath­letes.”

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