Shot at the big time for special Hannah

BIG SHOT: All-conquering Nene Valley Harriers thrower Hannah Molyneaux.
BIG SHOT: All-conquering Nene Valley Harriers thrower Hannah Molyneaux.

All-conquering Nene Valley Harriers (NVH) thrower Hannah Molyneaux has been a breath of golden air at the club with her dominant form this season.

The super-confident 14-year-old, who joined NVH after moving to Lincolnshire with her family earlier this year, managed a clean sweep of England Athletics, Northern, Anglian, Lincolnshire and School (both Anglian and Lincolnshire) shot put titles at under-15/under-17 level.

BIG SHOT: Nene Valley Harriers' Hannah Molyneaux claims gold in the shot put at the England Athletics under-15/under-17 championships in Bedford.

BIG SHOT: Nene Valley Harriers' Hannah Molyneaux claims gold in the shot put at the England Athletics under-15/under-17 championships in Bedford.

Coached near Bourne by double Commonwealth and double European indoor shot put champion, Holbeach’s Geoff Capes, Hannah said: “It’s quite a good feeling to have the grand slam which allowed Geoff to give me a three-week break from shot putting.

“But Geoff will be setting higher targets for me next year after evaluating what I’ve done this season.”

Hannah, who lives in Lincoln, was initially trained in Bournemouth by former Commonwealth Games shot putter Welshman Paul Rees and has built on his work with Capes, smashing the British under-15 shot put record when going out to 14.34m at the Northern Athletics Under-15/Under-17 Championships last month.

Rob Molyneaux, Hannah’s dad, added: “We moved up to Lincolnshire purely for a change of lifestyle and someone at Loughborough University recommended Geoff to us as a coach for Hannah who started off as a multi-event athlete.

It’s quite a good feeling to have the grand slam but my coach (Geoff Capes) will be setting higher targets for me next year after evaluating what I’ve done this season.”

British under-15 shot put record holder Hannah Molyneaux

“But then she started looking at the shot, discuss and javelin, with the weight training she’s putting in making her stronger.

“It was quite daunting when we first met Geoff because he’s a big fella and Hannah was so quiet, but because she trains with older athletes, it pushes her to do better.

“Hannah likes to mix with the other athletes at competitions, but Geoff has made her tougher and she’s now aiming to get to world youth level athletics.”

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