Light­ing-fast duo are record break­ers

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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

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