Young Emily makes impressive debut

Faye Banks produced her best ever performance in a cross country race.

Faye Banks produced her best ever performance in a cross country race.

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Emily Plimmer of Pontefract Athletics Club made an impressive cross country debut in the first West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting of the season at Wakefield last weekend.

Emily, who is only nine years old, was competing against girls one year older than her in the under 11 girls age group over a distance of about 1,500 metres.

Despite her age disadvantage, Emily had an excellent run to finish seventh out of 65, which is the highest finishing position by an athlete from the Pontefract club since it was formed in March, 2010.

Isabelle Stones came 27th and Abigail Clegg finished 35th in the same race, which placed the Pontefract club seventh out of ten complete teams in that age group.

Pontefract’s Faye Banks was also in outstanding form.

Faye produced her best ever performance in a cross country race by finishing 16th out of 70 in a very competitive senior women’s race.

This was the highest finishing position by a senior athlete from the Pontefract club in the four years since it was formed.

Scott Daly finished 80th out of 3,885 competitors in the inaugural running of the York Marathon. Scott was hoping to beat three hours, but after passing half way on schedule in 1-29-24, he faded slightly in the second half and finished in three hours, four minutes, 11 seconds. Darren Evans completed the marathon in three hours, 59 minutes, 55 seconds.

Christine McCarthy continued her good run of form by finishing eight in the women’s race out of a large field of 640 in the Bridlington half marathon in one hour, 33 minutes, 29 seconds.