Runner Christine is a four-time winner

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CHRISTINE McCarthy (pictured) won four awards at Pontefract Athletics Club’s presentation night at Pontefract RUFC.

Trophies and shields were presented to club members for outstanding performances in 2011 across the three disciplines of road running, cross country running and track and field athletics.

Christine’s first award was as the ladies marathon runner of the year in recognition of her national standard performance in the New York Marathon last November when she clocked three hours, 20 minutes exactly.

She also won the club’s road running rankings award. This was given for the best average performance over distances of 10K, 10 miles and half marathon.

Her average time for these was again a national standard performance on the World Association of Veteran Athletes tables and calculations.

Christine collected a further award for being the ladies grand prix winner. This was given for performances throughout the year in a series of 12 races over various distances from 5K to half marathon.

Her fourth award was for being the ladies winner of the club’s 5K series of races in Pontefract Park.

Michael Flaherty won the road running grand prix. He also collected awards for men’s marathon runner of the year and for being runner up in the road running rankings.

Lewis Schofield also received four awards. His first award was for male junior track and field athlete of the year.

During the year, he set four club records in the under 13 boys age group. These were in the 800 metres, discus, long jump and high jump.

His high jump record of 1.45 metres was an England Athletics grade one standard. He also won two bronze medals at the West Yorkshire Track and Field championships in the high jump and 800 metres.

His second award was for winning the junior boys 2K series of races in Pontefract Park. He then picked up further trophies as male junior cross country runner of the year and for winning the under 13 boys track and field series of three competitions at the Kings School.

Lewis’s haul of four trophies was emulated by his younger sister Maria.

Her first award was for female junior track and field athlete of the year.

During the year, Maria set three club records in the under 11 girls age group. These were in the 50 metres hurdles indoors, the long jump and the 600 metres.

At the West Yorkshire Track and Field championships, Maria won a silver medal in the shot putt and bronze medals in the long jump and 600 metres.

She also won a bronze medal for finishing third in the individual points table for under 11 girls in the West Yorkshire Track and Field League.

Her second award was for winning the junior girls 2K series of races in Pontefract Park.

She then picked up further trophies as female junior cross country runner of the year and for winning the under 11 girls track and field series of three competitions at the Kings School.

Nick Kennett received the award as men’s winner of the 5K series of races in Pontefract Park and Scott Daly won the award for men’s cross country runner of the year.

Other winners in the track and field series of three competitions at the Kings School were Cameron Howes (under 11 boys), Amy Haigh (under 13 girls), Stephen Haigh (under 15 boys), Natalie Carr (under 15 girls) and Lucy-Jo Appleyard (under 17 ladies).

Medals were also awarded for regular appearances in the young athletes league, the West Yorkshire Track and Field League and the West Yorkshire Cross Country League.

For the Young Athletes League, these were awarded to Kye Evans, William Carter, Emily Carter, Stephen Haigh, Amy Haigh, Bradley Haigh, Lewis Schofield, Natalie Carr, Jordan Black, William Godridge, Lucy-Jo Appleyard, Cherrie Hammond, Faye Burnley and Fern Burnley.

For the West Yorkshire Track and Field League, medals were awarded to Lewis Schofield, Maria Schofield, William Carter, Emily Carter and Cameron Howes.

For the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, medals went to Cameron Howes, Maria Schofield, Lewis Schofield and Dominic Sanderson.