City of Sheffield and Dearne finished fourth in the final round of the British League (Premier Division) at Lee Valley, London.
They led the league going into the final match with Birchfield needing to finish three places above them to take the title. The Midland club rose to the occasion and won the match which gave them a one point winning margin in the final standings. It was a frustrating day for Sheffield, so near to winning, but to finish runner up is no mean achievement.
Their best event, predictably, was the pole vault where Luke Cutts (5.30) and Adam Hague (5.20) scored maximum points.
The track programme gave them a good start, Jack Houghton finishing second in the 400 hurdles (50.09) and Rick Yates winning the B race in 51.40. Sheffield also scored well in the 800 metres through David Dempsey, second in 1:51.26 and 17-year-old James Gormley, second in the B race (1:54.10).
Mark Plowman was third in the discus for Sheffield with 51.48 and Gareth Winter runner-up in the B event (45.16). Winter was also third in the shot (16.70) with Daniel Brunt second in the B event (13.20).
Match score: 1 Birchfield 345; 2 Woodford Grn 339; 3 Newham & Essex 317; 4 City of Sheff &Dearne 293; 5 Shaftsbury Barnet 281; 6 Sale 246; 7 Enfield & Haringey 203; 8 Glasgow 163.
Final standings: 1 Birchfield 25; 2 City of Sheffield 24; 3 Shaftsbury Barnet 20 (1144); 4 Sale 20 (1090); 5 Woodford Green 18 (1151); 6 Newham and Essex 18 (1136); 7 Enfield and Haringey 15; 8 Glasgow 4.
* Carl Ryde (Doncaster AC) won the Askern 10 mile road race yesterday, leading the field of over 400 all the way to clock 54:56. Hallamshire’s Dave Archer was runner up in 55:41 with 51 year old Simon Wright third and leading veteran in 55:58. Helen Cross (Pockington) won the women’s race in 63:26 with runner up Fiona Davies (Rotherham), 64:33, the top South Yorkshire runner. The race incorporated the South Yorkshire Championship.