Thriving club is on the right track for success

Pontefract Athletics Club's young athletes.
Pontefract Athletics Club's young athletes.

MEMBERSHIP is booming at Pontefract Athletics Club.

It increased virtually every week throughout the summer and is continuing to do so even though the outdoor track and field season has now finished.

The club’s total membership is now rapidly approaching 100 and about 50 of the club’s junior athletes aged eight to 16 are attending athletics training at Pontefract’s Kings School every Monday night.

From April to September, club members train outdoors on the school field and from October to March, training is indoors using the sports hall and the gymnasium.

On Wednesday nights, training sessions are held at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, Wakefield, and sessions are now also being held at Thornes Park Stadium on Saturdays.

Club chairman Cyril Jones is delighted with the increase in membership and feels that the Olympics has provided clubs with an excellent opportunity to move forward. He is optimistic that the increase in numbers will enable the club to compete effectively with some of the longer established clubs in next year’s West Yorkshire Track and Field League and the new Yorkshire and District Junior Athletics League, which is in the process of being formed.

The club now has four fully qualified athletics coaches and one assistant coach, having recently acquired the services of Allen Whitworth, who was a senior coach with the former British Amateur Athletics Federation for many years.

Anyone aged nine or over by April 1, 2013, who is interested in joining Pontefract Athletics Club is welcome to contact Mr Jones on 01977-702986 or, alternatively, send an e-mail to him at

Road runners, who wish to join the Pontefract club, are also welcome to contact Mr Jones. Road running training sessions are currently held on Thursday nights (6.30pm start) from Pontefract Rugby Union Club.

In Saturday’s Pontefract Park Run, the club’s Scott Daly finished eighth out of 131, clocking 19 minutes, five seconds for the 5K distance. David Kidd was 10th in 19-33.