Morpeth Harrier Amy Lott performed superbly at the Sheffield Indoor Arena on Saturday 12th January 2019,
when finishing an agonising fourth in the final of the Under 17 Women’s 60m Hurdles,
in the first day of competition in the Northern Athletics Indoor Championships.
Posting a lifetime best of 9.11s (equal ninth in the UK, and equal second for a first year Under 17),
she just missed out on a Bronze medal behind Doncaster’s Nicole Lannie (9.06s).
Event winner Abigail Pawlett of Stockport, and Silver medallist Melissa Coxon also posted lifetime bests of 8.66s and 8.94 respectively, which place them first and third in the current UK Rankings.
Despite just missing out on a medal, Lott can feel justifiably pleased with her performance,
a factor which also pleases her devoted Coach Dave Thomas, who unfortunately missed out
on the occasion due to him having to attend a UK Athletics Coaching Course.
Fellow North East athletes Charlotte Rutter and Philippa Ellis of Darlington
and Gateshead respectively, both second years in the age group, also made it to the final.
Rutter finished sixth in 9.20s, whilst Ellis trailed in a disappointing eighth and last in 12.99s,
after unfortunately injuring herself at the third flight of hurdles.
Lott’s performance will obviously prove encouraging, as she tackles other
Indoor Championships in the forthcoming weeks.