Christine back to full fitness for New York marathon

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CHRISTINE McCarthy (pictured) of Pontefract Athletics Club will take her place on the start line for the New York marathon on November 6 in buoyant mood after an excellent fifth place finish in the women’s race in Sunday’s Wistow 10 mile event.

After missing the Bridlington half marathon the previous week with a slight injury problem, Christine proved that she was back to full fitness by completing the Wistow 10 in 70 minutes, 39 seconds.

Scott Daly was the Pontefract club’s first finisher in 30th place out of the 172 finishers, clocking his fourth personal best in the last five weeks with 66 minutes, 57 seconds.

Michael Flaherty also ran well to finish in 68-51.

Vic Taylor (Over 75) was the oldest competitor to cross the finish line. He recorded one hour, 37 minutes, 16 seconds.

Faye Banks, who will also be lining up for the New York Marathon in just over one week’s time, returned to the running scene at the Bridlington half marathon and recorded an impressive one hour, 37 minutes, 37 seconds.

It was Faye’s first race since having a baby in June and her marathon in New York will come less than five months after giving birth.

Scott Daly was in outstanding form at Bridlington, crossing the line in 1-28-54.

At the beginning of October, Scott completed the Cusworth 10K in 39-37.

Michael Walker made his debut for the Pontefract club in the same race and finished in a very respectable 41-45. One week later in the BUPA Great Yorkshire 10K Run at Sheffied, Michael finished in 41-40.

In the first West Yorkshire Cross Country League race at Guiseley, Lewis Schofield finished 23rd out of 51 in the under 13 boys race with Dominic Sanderson just two places behind him in 25th.