Maria Hollingsworth claims School Games silver at Olympic Stadium

Maria Hollingsworth.
Maria Hollingsworth.

MARIA Hollingsworth excelled in action at the Olympic Stadium - as she secured an excellent second place at the Sainsbury’s 2012 UK School Games on Wednesday.

Competing in the 80m hurdles and representing the North East Region, the Boston and District AC competitor recorded 11.77 secs, finishing just eight-hundredths-of-a-second behind Mhairi Patience, who represented Scotland.

Given that the weather at the new Olympic Park was not conducive to really good performances, and running in lane two in the final, Maria should be pleased to clock under 11.8 secs.

Patience now moves to the top of the UK Rankings while Boston High School pupil Maria has leapfrogged over the previous leader to maintain second place on the 80m hurdles list.

At the end of a very close race at the finish line, Maria had a seven-hundredths-of-a-second advantage over third-placed Marnie Wells-Nicholls from Liverpool, representing the North West Region.

l A number of Boston and District Athletic Club representatives won championship winners’ medals at the 2012 Lincolnshire Track & Field Championships at Grantham over the weekend.

Stuart Smith won three senior men’s championship titles, taking the discus (37.56m), the hammer (34.34m) and the triple jump (10.76m) awards.

Stuart also added to his championship haul by taking silver in the javelin with a personal best 39.25m.

In the under 15 girls’ age group, Frances Nuttell secured two titles, taking home a pair of the special Olympic-year medals awarded to winners of 2012 events.

In the 75m hurdles, sprinting into a strong head wind, Frances finished well ahead of her nearest rivals, recording a wind affected 13.5 secs.

In the high jump she cleared 1.48m to secure first place and a second Lincolnshire title.

Fresh from her success at the UK School Games, Maria showed splendid form in the under 17 women’s 80m hurdles championship.

Despite the strong head wind, Maria maintained an excellent rhythm over the eight barriers, crossing the finish line to record 12.2 secs. Working to improve her strength and sprint speed over 200m, Maria also claimed a silver award in the final, clocking 28.1 secs.

In the under 17 men’s triple jump, in his first season in the age group, Ryan Smith won with a leap of 11.30m, to take his first Lincs gold award.

l Ian Scott finished 137th out of 595 runners in last weekend’s North Lincs Half Marathon, recording 1 hr 37 mins 12 secs.

In the one-mile fun run at Scunthorpe, David Scott was seventh of the 123 finishers in 6 mins 11 secs.

l In the Eye 10K Road Race, Ian Scott recorded 44 mins 54 secs in 113th place and David Scott clocked 15 mins 26 secs in 59th position in the 3K fun run.