Top all-rounder Kidd wins athlete of year accolade

DAVID Kidd (right) receives the Cyril Jones athlete of the year award from club treasurer Ian Appleyard.
DAVID Kidd (right) receives the Cyril Jones athlete of the year award from club treasurer Ian Appleyard.
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David Kidd won the Cyril Jones athlete of the year award at Pontefract Athletics Club’s presentation evening at Pontefract RUFC.

Kidd won the award for being the club’s best all round athlete across the three disciplines of road running, cross country running and track and field athletics in 2012.

Although primarily a road runner, he surprised everyone by winning the gold medal for finishing top of the senior men’s individual points table in the West Yorkshire Track and Field League.

Christine McCarthy collected four awards on the night, just as she had done at the previous year’s presentation.

Her first trophy was for being the ladies marathon runner of the year. This was in recognition of her national standard performance in the Chicago Marathon where she finished in 277th position in the ladies race and seventh woman over 50 out of a massive field of 37,437 in three hours, 18 minutes 11 seconds.

Christine also received the award for being the Ladies Grand Prix winner. This was for best performances throughout the year in a series of 12 races over various distances from 5K to 20 miles.

Her third trophy was for finishing top of the road running rankings in distances over 10K, 10 miles and half marathon. Her fourth award was for being the ladies cross country runner of the year.

Scott Daly received three awards. He was the men’s Grand Prix winner and also the men’s cross country runner of the year.

His third award was for being the overall winner of the club’s series of three races in Pontefract Park over a distance of 5K.

Michael Flaherty was the men’s marathon runner of the year after completing the Manchester Marathon in three hours, 19 minutes, 54 seconds. He also received the award for being runner up in the road running rankings.

Will Carter received the award for male junior track and field athlete of the year. Will won the gold medal in the under 17 men’s discus in last year’s West Yorkshire Track and Field Championships. He was the first athlete from the Pontefract club to win a gold medal in these championships and he also won the bronze medal in the javelin.

In the West Yorkshire Track and Field League, he finished just outside the medals in fourth place in the individual points table.

Maria Schofield was the female junior track and field athlete of the year for the third year running.

During the year, Maria set five club records in the under 13 girls age group. Three of those were in hurdles events over various distances and the other two were in the shot putt and the discus. In the West Yorkshire Track and Field Championships, Maria won the bronze medal in the discus.

Faye Banks was the ladies overall winner of the 5K series of races in Pontefract Park, Dominic Sanderson was the overall winner of the junior boys 2K series and Amy Brain was the overall winner of the junior girls 2K series.

Age group winners in the club’s series of three track and field competitions at the Kings School were - Under 11 boys: Cameron Howes. Under 11 girls: Emily Plimmer. Under 13 boys: Dominic Sanderson. Under 13 girls: Maria Schofield. Under 15 boys: Kye Evans. Under 15 girls: Lois Whitaker. Under 17 men: Will Carter. Under 17 ladies: Fern Burnley.

Awards for winning an event at the club’s track and field championships at Thornes Park Stadium went to Megan Bashforth, Abigail Clegg, Oliver Scogings, Joe Morton, Cameron Howes, Maria Schofield, Amy Brain, Max Stark, Emily Carter, Kye Evans, Will Redmond, Lewis Schofield, Natalie Carr, Will Carter and David Kidd.