Pair show promise as club bids to raise £10k for pole vault equipment

Molly Newton-O'Brien and William Wilson.
Molly Newton-O'Brien and William Wilson.
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Junior athletes from Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club are enjoying another successful summer.

They are still unbeaten in the National Youth Development League where they compete against clubs from across the North West.

Whilst all the athletes battle hard to record some excellent personal bests across the board the club has always lost valuable points through being unable to compete in the pole vault.

Salt Ayre track has not had any pole vault equipment for a number of years meaning that not only can the club not compete in these events but also have to arrange their home fixtures in Carlisle where there is a pole vault bed.

Sharon Hinnigan, youth development team manager, realised that in order to compete a solution had to be found.

Now one evening a week she fills her car with eager athletes and travels to Preston Sports Arena where together with Preston Harriers coach, Colin Harrison, she works with Lancaster and Morecambe athletes on the event.

Two athletes are already showing a real potential.

Molly Newton-O’Brien, 14, recorded a height of 2.60m in last week’s Youth Development League fixture –setting a new all-age club record.

Molly also achieved a national grade three performance standard – which is the 14th best height achieved by any athlete in her age group in the country this year.

Impressive for an athlete who stands just 152cm tall.

William Wilson’s achievement is no less impressive.

Having only trained for the event for two weeks the 14-year-old achieved 2.30m on his first outing and he is already placed 43rd on the national rankings.

He now holds the club’s under 15 and under 17 records.

The club are now working hard fundraising in order to purchase the £10,000 worth of equipment required to offer the event at Lancaster.

Any individuals or businesses who may be able to support can contact the club on