Sprint duo are tipped for top
KING’S School sprint twins Sam Worthington and Brandon Morgan are among the favourites for the 300 metres and 4 x 100 metres at the English Schools Amateur Athletic National Championship in Birmingham this weekend (July 7 and 8).
In what is amazingly the fourth largest annual athletics event staged worldwide the powerhouse pair are among the Cheshire team’s top tips to bring home the medals.
Sam, 14, from Chelford is the current 300m Under-15 Cheshire Champion and 300m Cheshire Schools’ Champion Nationally, Sam is ranked the 8th fastest at 300m with a personal best of 37.10 seconds; a time which equaled the Sale Harriers club record for the 300m, currently held by the European junior sprints champion, Jona Efoloko.
Brandon, 14, from Macclesfield was runner up to Sam in the 300m Cheshire Schools Championship and is ranked 11th with a personal best time of 37.60 seconds.
On June 17, both boys were selected to represent Cheshire Schools in the 300m at the inter-county Mason Trophy Champi- onship in Birmingham. Despite stiff competition from 10 other county teams, including Manchester and Birmingham, Sam won gold and Brandon picked up a brilliant bronze with the Cheshire team finishing as overall winners.
The next day Sam and Brandon joined forces with their Sale Harriers team mates, Toby Allan and Abraham Fobil, to compete in the under 15 boys 4x 300m relay at Sport-city, Manchester.
The foursome convincingly won the race in a time of 2minutes 33.4 seconds, which broke the British under 15 boys national record, previously held by Blackheath & Bromley running club in 2minutes 33.5 seconds.
Both the boys say they owe something to their genetics. Sam’s father Carl, a former top sprinter and recognised sprint technician, coaches the pair at Sale Harriers and Brandon’s mum, then Sinead Earles, was also a top class runner.
Sam said: “I’d love to pursue the sport professionally and know that you only get back what you put it.” Brandon said: “When you see the finish line you have to believe you can do it.”
King’s Director of Sport Chris Thomson said: “To have one national class sprinter at the school is wonderful, to have two is almost unbelievable.
“Their success owes much to the work of their parents and the advantages of training with Sale Harriers, one of the top clubs in the country.”
Sam Worthington and Brandon Morgan