Pontefract athlete Rebecca achieves club first

Pontefract Athletics Club's Rebecca Bell.
Pontefract Athletics Club's Rebecca Bell.

Rebecca Bell became the first athlete from Pontefract Athletics Club to win a medal in a Northern Athletics outdoor track and field championships when she won the silver medal for finishing second in the under 13 girls shot putt in last weekend’s championships at Middlesbrough.

Rebecca was occupying the bronze medal position after a personal best throw of 8.37 metres in round four, but she improved further in the sixth and last round with a throw of 8.59 metres to take silver.

Earlier in the day, after finishing fifth in her heat of the 100 metres in 14.78 seconds, Rebecca came fourth in the long jump, improving her personal best by 40 centimetres to set a club record of 4.49 metres.

This was just four centimetres short of the bronze medal position.

Maria Schofield was also in outstanding form at the Northern Athletics championships and was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the under 15 girls hammer.

With five out of her six throws over 40 metres, Maria finished fifth with 41.91 metres, less than one metre behind the bronze medal throw.

Maria was also in good form in the shot putt, where she also finished fifth with a throw of 10.65 metres.

Cameron Howes finished ninth in the under 15 boys high jump with 1.55 metres.

Cameron was in excellent form in last week’s Yorkshire and District Athletics League match at Wakefield.

He won all three of his events in the under 15 boys age group.

He set a club record of 1.65 metres when winning the high jump and he won the long jump, equalling the club record with 4.97 metres.

He also won the 80 metres hurdles in 13.7 seconds.

There were many other outstanding performances from the Pontefract athletes with Maria Schofield and Jasmine Bate also winning all three of their events.

Maria won the under 15 girls hammer with a huge throw of 41.50 metres.

She won the shot putt with another impressive performance, setting a club record with 10.79 metres. She also won the discus with 20.09 metres.

Jasmine came first in the under 13 girls high jump with 1.35 metres. A throw of 7.88 metres secured first place in the shot putt with Isabelle Stones a close second with 7.69 metres. Jasmine also won the 70 metres hurdles in 12.5 seconds with Rebecca Bell a close second in that event with 12.6 seconds.

Other event winners from the Pontefract club were:

Robert Bate (under 15 boys 100 metres - 12.1 seconds and shot putt - 7.94 metres), Cameron Sweeting (under 17 men’s long jump - 4.55 metres), Jack Mattison (under 13 boys 75 metres hurdles - 15.3 seconds), Luke Shillito (under 13 boys shot putt - 6.40 metres), Matthew Tam-McMillan (under 13 boys long jump - 4.46 metres), Olivia Elliott (under 15 girls javelin - 11.98 metres), Isabelle Stones (under 13 girls 150 metres - 22.1 seconds) and Abigail Clegg (under 13 girls 800 metres (2 minutes 47.7 seconds).

Emily Plimmer had a good run in the under 13 girls 1,200 metres to finish second in four minutes, 11.8 seconds.

The under 13 girls 4 x 100 metres relay team of Rebecca Bell, Abigail Clegg, Jasmine Bate and Isabelle Stones came first, setting a club record of 58.6 seconds.

The under 13 boys 4 x 100 metres relay team of Jack Mattison, Matthew Tam-McMillan, Luke Shillito and Jack Bower also came first and they also set a club record of 59.6 seconds.

Pontefract Athletics Club finished second out of the four clubs in this Division One match. The result was: 1 Skyrac, 513 points, 2 Pontefract (370), 3 Longwood (270), 4 Keighley and Craven (238).

Pontefract ended the four match season in second place behind Skyrac.

In last Saturday’s Pontefract Park Run, Christine McCarthy finished second in the women’s race in 21 minutes 49 seconds. Scott Daly finished eighth overall out of 198 in 19-09.