Mollie breaks track record

Mollie Allen (12) in action at the end of the relay.
Mollie Allen (12) in action at the end of the relay.

A promising athlete has slashed nearly half a minute off a current record to secure a convincing win in a 1500-metre race at Wisbech Grammar School’s annual athletics championships.

Mollie Allen (12) completed the race on a grass track at the lower school contest in five minutes 34.44 seconds, shaving more than 26 seconds off the record set by Annabel Van Daalen, after finishing second at Peterborough’s five-kilometre Race for Life in an all-age field of more than 3000 female runners.

Her performance in the metric mile event would put her about 150th in the national rankings in her age group this season and in the top 20 in the eastern region.

The year seven pupil, who lives in Wimblington, also came in first in the 100 metres, (14.20 seconds), triple jump (8.63 metres) and long jump (4.12 metres).

Sports teacher Mr Phillip Webb said: “It was a great achievement on sports day and Mollie ran really well in all events.”