Lighting-fast duo are record breakers
SUPERFAST siblings have shattered two long-standing athletics records.
Joseph Herbert, 11, ran the 150 metres in a lighting time of 20.8 seconds – breaking the Under-11 record set in 2007.
Meanwhile, at the same event, his little sister Lucy, nine, flew across the finish line in the 60 metres in nine seconds flat, smashing an Under-nine record dating back to 1988.
The pair were running for Upton Priory Primary School in the annual Dis- trict Athletics Championship at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.
Steve Kendrick, headteacher, said: “Everyone in the Upton Priory School community is so very proud of Lucy and Joseph’s achievements.
“To break not one, but two long-standing records is clear testimony to how hard the children have worked on their running skills.
“In a day and age that is seemingly dominated by computers, mobiles and game consoles, it gives us immense pleasure to see two very young talented individuals dedicate themselves to the sport of athletics. Watch out for these two in the Olympics 2024 and remember the name Herbert.”
The siblings live with mum Justine and dad Neil on Jasmine Avenue in Broken Cross.
They started their athletics training 18 months ago with Sale Harriers and now get extra help and advice from coach Geoff Barratt at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.
Joseph said: “Lucy started training with Sale 18 months ago and I used to go along to watch. But after a few sessions I was invited to join in.
“We’ve both always been into sports and have always raced each other.
“But Lucy is naturally fast, I have had to put a lot more training in.”
Joseph, who will go to Fallibroome Academy from September, trains in sprinting as well as high jump and long jump. He also plays on the wing for Macclesfield Rugby Club U11s.
He said breaking the record, which had been held by Thomas Ramsey, another former Upton Priory pupil, felt ‘brilliant’.
Lucy has clear ambitions for the Olympics.
She said: “I love running, but prefer only to do the 60m and 100m sprints rather than long distance.
“My ultimate dream is to keep getting better and better and run in the Olympics for my country.”
Hetty Hill also put her name in the record books at the event with a 13.9m throw in the Girls Turbo javelin.
‘We’ve both always been into sports and always raced each other’
●● Rev John Buckley and his wife Christine with parishioners after the farewell service in Pott Shrigley, above. Left: Stills from the video they made in secret as a thank-you
●● Siblings Lucy and Joseph Herbert both set records at the District Athletics Championships