Success for Pontefract athletes in open meeting

Emily Plimmer.
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Pontefract Athletics duo Emily Plimmer and Cameron Howes both had excellent wins in last Saturday’s Wakefield Track and Field Open meeting, which attracted a huge entry of more than 450 competitors from all over the north of England.

Emily won the under 11 girls 600m race in emphatic style, finishing more than three seconds clear of a large field in two minutes, 02.28. She was also third in the long jump with 3.41m.

Cameron won the under 13 boys high jump with a clearance of 1.35m, was third in the long jump with 4.01m and had a good run in the 100m to clock 14.27 seconds. His younger sister, Caitlin, only nine years old last month, leaped 2.91m in the long jump and cleared 4.00m in the shot putt.

Isabelle Stones finished third in the under 11 girls 80m, setting a club record of 12.10 seconds. She was also second in the long jump and shot putt.

Second places were achieved by Matthew Tam-McMillan in the under 11 boys 75m and Dominic Sanderson in the under 15 boys long jump.

Rebecca Bell, in her first race over 800m in the under 13 girls age group, finished a good third and competed well in the 100m and 200m.

Will Carter finished third in the under 20 men’s 110m hurdles and cleared 2.30m in his first pole vault outing.

Callum Brain was second in the under 17 men’s shot putt. His younger sister, Amy, clocked a decent time in the under 15 girls 800m and a good 4.06m in the long jump.

The “family club” nature of the Pontefract club was highlighted when Sue Brain, mother of Callum and Amy, set three club records in the ladies over 35 age group with 6.18m in the shot putt, 17.04m in the discus and 13.26m in the javelin. Richard Howes, father of Cameron and Caitlin, won the senior men’s javelin and set two club records in the over 40 and over 50 age groups with 5.16m in the long jump and 1.35m in the high jump.

One day later, in the Wigan Open Meeting, Cameron won the under 13 boys long jump, setting a club record of 4.48m. He also won the high jump with 1.41m. Caitlin Howes, competing against girls one year older than herself, tasted victory for the first time in an open meeting, winning the under 11 girls long jump with 3.13m.

In the road running section, in last Sunday’s Wakefield Hospice 10K, Angela Hannon finished ninth in the women’s race and first woman over 45 in 42 minutes, 27 seconds. Michael Flaherty finished 76th out of 1342 in 42-05.

Scott Daly was fifth out of 203 in last Saturday’s Pontefract Park Run in 18 minutes, 48 seconds.