DONCASTER Athletic Club sprinter Ransford Anthony was a late starter in the sport, but he’s more than made up for a lost time in the last three years.
“Football used to be my main sport until I ran for Hall Cross in the Doncaster Schools Championships and went on to make the South Yorkshire team in the English Schools,” he recalled.
“That was the first time that I took it seriously.”
The teenager set a club 100m record for a Doncaster -born runner when clocking a time of 10.8 in his last race in an injury-hit season in 2011.
His preparations for his final assault on the English Schools title were hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries and he failed to qualify from the semi-finals.
But he made up for his disappointment by helping South Yorkshire finish in the silver medal position in the senior boys’ 4 x 100m relay.
“I was pleased to pick up a medal but it was a generally frustrating season for me because of all the injuries and I decided to work the hardest I’ve done over the winter in the hope that I would have an injury-free season this year, and things are going well so far in that respect,” said the 18 year-old.
“All the hard work I did in the winter paid off straight away and I equalled my personal best in my first meeting of the season at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.
“I’m confident that I can run faster this season; I just need to work on my pick-up coming out of my blocks.That’s where I think the improvement in my times will come.”
For the foreseeable future, Ransford - whose nickname is ‘Rambo’ - intends to continue to concentrate on the 100m rather than doubling up in the 200m.
He will be looking to try to improve on his silver medal in the recent Yorkshire Championships in next month’s Northern Counties Championships.
Having left school earlier this year, Ransford is ineligible for this summer’s English Schools but still plans to test himself at national level in the AAA Junior Championships.
He will continue to run for the club in league meetings this year, though his future availability could be in doubt after winning a place at the University of Bedfordshire later in the year.
“I’ve not decided about next year yet, though I’m looking forward to being a member of a training group at university rather than training mainly on my own at Doncaster.”