Speedy Abigail sets new club record

Abigail Clegg set a new club record for Pontefract AC.
Abigail Clegg set a new club record for Pontefract AC.

Abigail Clegg of Pontefract Athletics Club was in superb form in a West Yorkshire Track and Field league meeting at Cleckheaton.

Abigail finished second in the under 11 girls 600 metres, knocking more than four seconds off the club record with an impressive time of one minute, 56.07 seconds.

Emily Plimmer, aged only nine, was fifth in the same event in 2-06.89.

Abigail was also fourth in the long jump with 3.27 metres, two places behind Isabelle Stones, who did well to jump 3.57 metres despite having problems with a foot injury.

Cameron Howes also set a club record in the under 13 boys age group with 22.45 seconds in the 150 metres. He also recorded 4.10 metres in the long jump and 2:46.91 in the 800 metres.

Catherine Whitworth produced another outstanding performance to win the under 13 girls high jump, equalling the club record with 1.35 metres, which is an England Athletics Grade 2 standard. Maria Schofield finished third in the same event with 1.30 metres.

Kye Evans finished third in the under 15 boys 100 metres in 12.63 seconds and he was also third in the high jump with 1.35 metres.

Will Redmond produced a personal best in the under 17 men’s long jump, finishing fourth with 5.52 metres. He also came sixth in the 100 metres with 12.52 seconds.

In the senior men’s 1,500 metres, David Kidd dipped under five minutes for the first time, finishing in 4:57.36.

Pontefract Athletics Club strengthened its grip at the top of Division One. The club now has 259 points with Bingley Harriers in second place with 230 and Holmfirth Harriers third with 191.

Members of the Pontefract club’s road running section had a very enjoyable coach trip to last Sunday’s Lytham St Annes Carnival 5K. On a glorious sunny day, Christine McCarthy finished fourth in the women’s race in 21 minutes 13 seconds.

Michael Flaherty was the club’s first finisher in 22nd place out of 157 in 19 minutes 19 seconds. Other good performances came from Nick Kennett (20-31) and Will Carter (21-58).

Some of the club’s junior athletes competed in the one mile fun run with some of the parents of the young athletes also joining in the carnival atmosphere. Cameron Howes was the club’s first junior finisher in the fun run. He crossed the line in 11th place out of a large field in 6 minutes 21 seconds.