Veteran Christine is too quick for her younger rivals

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CHRISTINE McCarthy of Pontefract Athletics Club impressively won the women’s race in Saturday’s Darrington five-mile fun run.

Despite being just one month short of her 52nd birthday, Christine (pictured) showed a clean pair of heels to all her younger rivals, making short work of the steep Wentbridge hill before powering home in 34 minutes, 26 seconds.

Faye Banks from the Pontefract club finished third in the women’s race in 36-06. This was also a remarkable performance considering that Faye is four and a half months pregnant.

Scott Daly came fourth overall out of 80 finishers in 31-37 with Michael Flaherty fifth in 31-52.

There were also good performances from David Kidd (10th in 33-54), Terry Minett (19th in 36-15) and Darren Evans (28th in 38-23).

Cyril Jones finished in 41-25 and Paula Lawrance, in her first race for the club, finished in 46-01.

In last Wednesday’s West Yorkshire Track and Field League meeting at Wakefield, Cameron Howes finished fourth in the under 11 boys long jump with 3.64 metres.

He also ran well in the 600 metres, producing a personal best of two minutes, 8.22 seconds. Oliver Scogings did 3.08 metres in the long jump and 2:25.25 in the 600 metres in his first appearance for the club.

In the under 13 boys age group, Dominic Sanderson clocked 2:51.73 in the 800 metres. Lewis Schofield finished fifth in the long jump with 4.27 metres in the under 15 boys age group.

In the under 17s, William Carter was fourth in the shot putt with 7.21 metres and fourth in the 100 metres hurdles in 21.67 seconds. He also clocked 29.13 in the 200 metres. In the senior men’s events, David Kidd finished fourth in the long jump with 4.45 metres, just ahead of Michael Walker, who was fifth with 4.41 metres.

In the 800 metres, Michael Walker was sixth in 2:23.76, one place ahead of David Kidd, who finished in 2:30.99. David also clocked 28.20 in the 200 metres.

Megan Bashforth clocked 13.22 in the under 11 girls 75 metres and Emily Carter recorded 4.91 metres in the under 15 girls shot putt.

In the under 13 girls 80 metres, Amy Brain finished in 13.09 seconds, just ahead of Maria Schofield, who clocked 13.34.

In the shot putt, Maria did 5.62 metres with Amy registering 4.38 metres.