Record-breaking athlete Cameron is jumping for joy

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CAMERON Howes of Pontefract Athletics Club was in record breaking form at the first of two indoor athletics competitions at Thornes Park Stadium, Wakefield.

Still only nine years old, it was Cameron’s first victory in an open meeting, beating 21 other competitors in the under 11 boys long jump.

His winning jump of 3.69 metres set a new club record for under 11 boys at the Pontefract club, improving the previous record by a massive 32 centimetres.

Cameron also set a club record in the 50 metres sprint, finishing equal third out of 22 in 8.3 seconds. He also clocked 11.4 seconds in the 50 metres hurdles.

Maria Schofield (pictured), now in her first year as an under 13 girl, was also in record breaking form. Maria finished equal first in the 50 metres hurdles, setting a new Pontefract club record for under 13 girls with 10.3 seconds.

Maria also produced a personal best in the long jump. Her 3.59 metres gave her second place out of 14, just two centimetres behind the winner. She also clocked 8.8 seconds in the 50 metres.

Faye Burnley was fourth in the under 13 girls long jump with a very creditable 3.42 metres. Faye also recorded 8.6 seconds in the 50 metres.

Other performances from Pontefract athletes were Adam Stephenson (8.4 seconds in under 13 boys 50 metres), Lewis Schofield (4.24 metres in under 15 boys long jump), Kye Evans (7.6 seconds in under 15 boys 50 metres and 4.01 metres in long jump), William Carter (7.8 seconds in under 17 men’s 50 metres, 4.45 metres in long jump and 10.5 seconds in 50 metres hurdles), Abbie Forshaw (8.8 seconds in under 13 girls 50 metres, 12.1 seconds in 50 metres hurdles and 2.48 metres in long jump), Amy Brain (9.1 seconds in under 13 girls 50 metres and 2.74 metres in long jump), Emily Carter (8.7 seconds in under 15 girls 50 metres and 2.87 metres in long jump) and Fern Burnley (3.11 metres in under 17 ladies long jump).

Pontefract Athletics Club was well represented in the Northern Cross Country Championships, which were held in Pontefract Park.

It was the first time that the championships had been staged at Pontefract Park since 1993.

National Cross Country champion Steve Vernon, from Stockport Harriers, was an impressive winner of the high quality senior men’s 12K race, his fourth victory in these championships, in 39 minutes 52 seconds.

James Capon was the first of seven finishers from the Pontefract club in the senior men’s event.

James had a good run to finish 268th out of 685 in 50-08.

Other finishers from the Pontefract club in the senior men’s race were Scott Daly (377th in 53-00), Michael Flaherty (407th in 53-59), Nick Kennett (456th in 55-41), David Kidd (536th in 58-45), Wayne Lancaster (589th in 61-39) and Darren Evans (635th in 64-16).

Christine McCarthy had a good run to finish 125th out of 235 in a high quality senior women’s 8K race in 40 minutes 15 seconds.

Lizzie Adams from Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield was the race winner in 30 minutes, 40 seconds.

In the younger age group races, Lewis Schofield came 127th in the under 13 boys race with Dominic Sanderson finishing 160th.

Maria Schofield was 169th in the under 13 girls race with Jordan Black 147th in the under 15 girls event.