Emanuel trails in Farah’s wake

Lee Emanuel is looking forward to a better 2015
Lee Emanuel is looking forward to a better 2015

Sheffield’s Lee Emanuel admitted slow going in yesterday’s Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix two-mile race summed up an outdoor season to forget.

In a race won by double Olympic champion Mo Farah in 8 minutes 07.85 seconds - a time that eclipsed Steve Ovett’s 36-year British record – Emanuel was left trailing in his wake, crossing the line in 8.50.18.

The 29-year-old narrowly missed out on qualification for the world indoor 1500m final in Poland to launch his year, but since switching to the outdoor season has struggled to hit the same heights.

And, after failing to produce a run befitting the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, Emanuel admitted he cannot wait for some time away from the track in order to regroup.

“I’ve not had a great season,” said the City of Sheffield athlete. “I was hoping to come here and run well but something has gone wrong, something in training perhaps. I’ve just lost my rhythm and it’s been a bit of a disaster really.

“I’ve trained too hard. I was hoping to run really fast and maybe went a bit too hard, whenever I do hard speed training my body doesn’t like it.

“I had a good indoor season and was feeling really good, so to come outdoors and fall apart, I’m devastated, but I have to look forward and get my form back.”

Emanuel, however, remains positive that 2015 can still be his year.

And, with a place in the Great Britain squad for next year’s World Championships in Beijing the cherry at the end of the year, Emanuel remains confident he can go away and make the necessary improvements.

“Next year I need to try and improve on outdoors, because indoors was great,” he added. “I don’t know where it went wrong. I know how to get myself in shape, it’s just a case of keeping it going through the summer.

“It’s been a weird season with the Commonwealth qualification being so early, maybe that had something to do with it, and I’ve been racing a fair amount since January.

“This year I was hoping to run the A standard, under 3.35 and try and sneak a medal at the Commonwealths and the Europeans.

“The European Indoors is my big target now, hopefully I can get a medal there and then making the World Championship team has got to be my target.”

* Six individual wins contributed to Yorkshire’s victory in the women’s Inter Counties Championship at Bedford over the weekend.

Despite many gaps in the team, Yorkshire’s men finished third behind Essex and Middlesex helped by two individual wins.

For the women Sheffield based Louise Bloor (Trafford) had a good win in the 100 metres clocking 11.66 with the result never in doubt whilst Karla Drew (City of Sheffield) was equally impressive winning the 100 hurdles in 13.60. Drew’s second string Kelly Clark (City of Sheffield) was fifth in 14.22.

In the field there was a win for Dearne ALC junior Abigail Roberts who won the pole vault on countback with her clearance of 3.70. Lucy Chappell (Doncaster AC) picked up useful points with fourth place in the high jump (1.68).

In the men’s events City of Sheffield decathlete Daniel Gardiner did well to place third in the long jump (7.21) and Howard Wood (City of Sheffield) clocked 9:35.74 to finish seventh in the 3000 metres steeplechase.

* Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and is committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For more information visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy.