Kidd’s exhausting effort rewarded with gold medal

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DAVID Kidd of Pontefract Athletics Club is the joint winner of the gold medal in the senior men’s individual points table in this year’s West Yorkshire Track and Field League.

David is the first member of the Pontefract club to win a gold medal for finishing at the top of the points table in any of the age groups in the West Yorkshire League.

In the sixth and final league meeting this year at Wakefield, David competed in the 100 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 3,000 metres and the discus.

His exhausting effort was rewarded with four points for finishing third in the 3,000 metres, two points for fifth in the 800 metres and one point for sixth in the 400 metres moving him up from fourth to joint first with a total of 28 points for the season.

There were some good performances from other Pontefract athletes in the younger age groups with Maria Schofield finishing second in the under 13 girls discus and setting a club record of 17.47 metres. Will Carter finished second in the under 17 men’s long jump with 4.88 metres and third in the discus with 22.28 metres. Dominic Sanderson came second in the under 13 boys 75 metres hurdles in 15.87 seconds.

Faye Burnley finished fourth in the under 13 girls shot putt with 6.58 metres just ahead of Maria Schofield, who was fifth with 6.56 metres.

Fern Burnley was fourth in the under 17 ladies javelin with 11.51 metres and fifth in the discus with 14.59 metres.

Cameron Howes was fifth in the under 11 boys long jump with 3.59 metres and Morgan Farrar, making his first appearance for the Pontefract club, finished fifth in the under 15 boys shot putt with 7.41 metres.

In Saturday’s Pontefract Park Run, Christine McCarthy (pictured) won the women’s race for the third time this year. Her winning time of 20 minutes 52 seconds was the quickest of her seven runs over the 5K distance in Pontefract Park.

Scott Daly finished second overall in the race in 19-03 with David Kidd fifth in 19-47. Cyril Jones finished in 24-46 with new member Paula Lawrance crossing the line in exactly 27 minutes.