Athletics: Sprinter Ransford’s living life in the fast lane

Sprinter Ransford Anthony. Picture: Marie Caley
Sprinter Ransford Anthony. Picture: Marie Caley

Doncaster Athletic Club sprinter Ransford Anthony has never looked back since swapping his football boots for a pair of spikes.

Football’s loss has definitely been athletics’ gain.

Sprinter Ransford Anthony. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 05-08-14 Anthony MC 5

Sprinter Ransford Anthony. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 05-08-14 Anthony MC 5

For the 21-year-old student has developed into one of the fastest men in the country over 100 and 200 metres.

The former Doncaster Rovers junior has shown rivals a clean pair of heels in both the Yorkshire and Northern Championships this season.

Ransford did the sprint double in the Yorkshire Championships at Cudworth, clocking 10.65 seconds for the 100m and 22 seconds dead in the 200m.

He opted to just run the 100m in the Northern Championships in Manchester because of a slight hamstring problem, clocking 10.72 into a head wind.

“It would have been good to run the 200 metres because I beat the guy who won it in the Yorkshire Championships.” he said.

Former Hall Cross pupil Ransford also ran well in the National Under-23s Championships, finishing just outside the medals in fourth place in the 100m despite suffering from a slight hamstring problem.

Ransford’s best season to date in the sport is in stark contrast to his 2013 campaign.

“I had a horrible time last year,” he recalled.

“I was studying in Bedford and joined Bedford AC, for whom I ran the odd race in the British League and the Southern League.

“I was working with a new coach, who was a good coach, but it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t benefit from any of the sessions.

“That happens sometimes, it’s nobody’s fault.

“So I decided to cut short my season and start to get ready for 2014.

“I moved up to Leeds Met to continue my studies and linked up with a group run by Brian Scobie, who coaches at the university as well as Leeds City Athletic Club.

“I worked hard during the winter, concentrating on specific points, and it made a lot of difference.

“I’ll be having a meeting with my coach when I go back to Leeds next month and we’ll reflect on the season before we start planning what to do this winter.

“I’m training at Doncaster in the meantime.

“There are still a lot of areas where I feel can improve and which we didn’t work on because of fears over injuries.

“Nothing will be decided until I’ve spoken to my coach, who knows far more than I do.

“But I’ll definitely be starting from a much better base than at the end of last season.

“Hopefully there will be more to come from me in 2015 if I can keep clear of injuries.”