Sprint duo are tipped for top

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SI­MON CARTER

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.”

Mike Carter

Sam Wor­thing­ton and Bran­don Mor­gan

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