Boston athletes go the distance

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BOSTON and District Athletic Club distance runners have been putting themselves through their paces.

In the very testing Belchford 10K in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Ian Scott and Emma Penniston both conquered the hilly terrain.

Ian was 22nd (46mins 22 secs) and Emma finished 39th (51mins 47 secs).

Frances Mills and Emma Penniston were among the 6,000 runners who contested the Lincoln 10K. Emma crossed the line in 1,491 (52 mins 01 secs) and Frances secured 3,110th (1hr 10 secs).

l TWELVE Boston youngsters represented Lincolnshire in the East Midlands Regional Sportshall Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Competing against under 13 and 15 teams from Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, the Yellowbellies gave a very good account of themselves at Grantham’s Meres Leisure Centre.

The outstanding performance in the under 13s boys’ championships came from Freddie Carr, taking gold in the standing long jump. The young Boston and District Athletic Club representative’s best leap was 2.12m.

Clubmate Matthew Connelly finished in sixth in the vertical jump (41cm).

Four Boston Grammar School representatives were also in the under 13s boys’s team.

Kieran Pickwell was fourth in the vertical jump (40cm) and Aaron Bradshaw just missed out on a medal in the four-lap race (53.4 sec) and the standing long jump (5.88m).

William Parsons was fifth in the shot and eighth pin the four-lap contest.

Elihah-Jean Pennington finished seventh in both the high jump and two-laps race. The team claimed third overall.

The under 13 girls’ section saw Hermione Wright ran two storming legs in the Lincs 4x2-lap and 4x1-lap relays events, the latter winning the regional title. The Lincolnshire girls finished third overall.

Three Boston lads competed for Lincolnshire in the depleted under 15s boys’ squad.

In their first experience of inter-county competition, Rares Demeter finished 20th overall, seventh in speed bounce being his best individual effort.

Robert Porter was 22nd overall, joint eighth in the standing long jump, assisting Lincolnshire to fourth team overall.

The under 15 girls’ squad suffered absentees, but three Boston and District AC members put up a valiant fight, helping Lincs to fourth team position.

Lara Smith produced a good score of 75 in speed bounce to secure joint fourth place. She also did well to record fifth in standing long jump as she ended up in 12th individual place.

Selena Wells achieved 14th place, her highest individual position being sixth in the shot (8.06m). Frances Nuttell was 21 overall, also coming sixth in the vertical jump.