Norfolk trio ready for Indoor British Championships action

Tom Hook leads the way in the Wymondham 10K on New Year's Day 2015.

Tom Hook leads the way in the Wymondham 10K on New Year's Day 2015. - Credit: Archant

Three athletes from Norfolk will be competing at the Sainsbury's Indoor British Championships in Sheffield this weekend.

The event is being held at the British Institute for Sport, where Team GB spots for the European Indoors are up for grabs.

Star attractions in Sheffield will include former World Youth Championships gold medal winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson and former World Championship 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows.

Sprinter James Dasaolu, whose family live in Norwich, has not entered the 60m sprint but Dereham high jumper Chris Baker does return to the event.

The 24-year-old won silver at last year's Indoor British Championships with a jump of 2.24m but pushed his indoor PB up to 2.28m at a British Athletics League meeting in Birmingham later in the year. Baker missed out on a Commonwealth medal last summer, finishing fourth in Glasgow with 2.25m. He competes tomorrow at 2.20pm.

City of Norwich AC long-distance runner Tom Hook is set to make his debut at the event in the 1,500m from 5.35pm today.

The 19-year-old, from Cringleford, enjoyed an excellent season in 2014. He ran the second fastest U20 time in the UK in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase, as well as the third fastest for the mile in a PB time of 4:09.83.

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Hook, who studies at St Mary's University in Twickenham, warmed up for the event a fortnight ago by competing in the British Universities & Colleges Sports Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park in Brighton.

He finished fifth in the men's B race, completing the 8km course in 27 minutes and 11 seconds.

Great Yarmouth AC's Sophie McKinna competes in the women's shot put from 6.05pm tonight. The 20-year-old former European Athletics Junior Championships silver medallist finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer.