Hurdler Maria Hollingsworth makes promising senior debut, while Boston and District AC hosts 12-hour endurance race

Maria Hollingsworth.
Maria Hollingsworth.

MARIA Hollingsworth made an excellent 100m hurdles debut in her first senior competition.

The Boston and District AC representative was competing at the Counties Athletic Union Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford, recording 14.92 secs to finish sixth in her heat.

Considering her inexperience over the 100m version of the sprint hurdles event, Maria’s sub-15 seconds time achieved at top level was a most encouraging performance.

Endurance runners from across the United Kingdom converged on Boston and assembled at Witham Way Country Park on Sunday to compete in the annual six and 12-hour races organised by Boston and District Athletic Club.

Both competitions started at 7.30am in ideal conditions.

Winner of the six-hour race was 38-year-old Kevin Doyle from Rotherham.

He completed a remarkable 50 miles 74 yards in the allotted time.

In third position was Helen James (nee Mapplebeck), a former Boston High School student who, now aged 39, lives in Loughborough.

She recorded 42 miles and 540.5 yards.

The oldest competitor was 79-year-old Geoff Oliver from Billesdon, Leicestershire, who covered 34 miles 1240.2 yards.

Three dedicated runners continued on into the afternoon and evening in an attempt to complete the 12-hour challenge.

Thirty-one-year-old Julie Calkins from York covered 65 miles 626 yards to become the outright winner.

In the process, she notched up the 100k ultra distance in 11 hours 25mins 02 secs.

Next Sunday the final Lincolnshire Track and Field League match of season will be held at Grantham’s South Kesteven Stadium.

The match includes the final 2012 County Championship events with Lincolnshire awards for both 4x100m and 4x400m relays events in all respective age groups, 5k and 10k championships and under 13 combined events on offer to the first three finishers eligible and with a Lincolnshire qualification.