Olympic sport of the day - athletics

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon with team mates Louise Hazel (right) and Katrina Johnson-Thompson, after the 800m event during day eight of the London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium,, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon with team mates Louise Hazel (right) and Katrina Johnson-Thompson, after the 800m event during day eight of the London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium,, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Olympic Stadium opened its doors to the athletics competitors on Friday and thrilled the crowd and TV audiences alike with a triumphant weekend of sport.

Team GB golden girl Jessica Ennis and 10km Olympic champion Mo Farrar gave the performances of their lives - and thanks to local investment Northamptonshire has its own successful multi-eventers.

Northamptonshire Sport provides coaching to local clubs who have seen a huge improvement in national rankings.

The county has always produced great athletes and young contenders from Daventry and Corby are continuing the tradition.

Keiron Russ and Sam Meyler from Daventry are placed in the U17s UK top 10 for multi-eventers, and rising star Niamh Bailey from Kettering is providing some great performances and personal best times across the board in the U20 competitions.

In single events, Lucy Hatton from Corby is ranked second in the UK in the U20s 60-metre hurdles and an impressive 12th in the UK for all age groups.

We have some great athletics facilities in the Kettering and Corby areas. If you fancy having a go then contact Bill Boyd, Northamptonshire Athletics network officer, by email bboyd@northamptonshire.gov.uk, or call 07970 812177.

Or have a look at Northamptonshire Sport

Kettering Town Harriers offer training throughout the year from qualified coaching staff and meet from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

They also compete as a club in many local and national events. On August 11 they are hosting a free come and try Startrack session between 10am and midday (register online here to receive a free poster) or come along on the day to give athletics a go.

Kettering Town Harriers are also hosting an open competition on August 19 which is open to the entire community to come along and have a go.

Open to athletes nine years and over, the day will include many of the Olympic events contested this summer.

Visit www.ktharriers.com for full details.