NENE Valley Harrier Emma Hornsby has taken to pentathlon like a duck to water.
The Bourne Grammar School pupil came an impressive sixth overall in the United Kingdom and won a Northern Athletics bronze medal at the under-15 girls’ Pentathlon Championships at the EIS in Sheffield.
It was the Manthorpe athlete’s first-ever competitive pentathlon outing.
The Harriers’ Kate Hampson said: “Over the last five months, Emma has trained really hard in all the disciplines as well as working on improving her fitness, so this was thoroughly deserved.”
After the first two events, the 60m hurdles and high jump, Hornsby was as high as fifth. That was largely thanks to a high jump of 1.47m, which beat her personal best (PB) and equalled the Nene Valley club record.
Unfortunately, the next event was her weakest – the shot putt. A disappointing putt of 7.12m, despite it being a PB, meant she dropped down to eighth overall with two events to go.
But a season’s best leap of 4.70m in the long jump and a PB of 2.40.99 minutes in the 800m saw Hornsby climb back up to 6th overall and secured her third in the North of England.
Her overall total of 2,722 points was also a new club record.
• Results: 60m hurdles (9.8secs); High jump (1.47m, PB and equal club record); Shot (7.12m, PB); Long jump (4.7m); 800m (2.40.99, PB). Total - 2,722