Mollie, 12, smashes three records at Wisbech Grammar School’s athletics championship

A PROMISING athlete secured a place in her school’s sporting history after smashing three records at an athletics championship.

Mollie Allen, 12, tore up Wisbech Grammar School’s record books with a sensational display at the lower school’s event last Wednesday.

She shaved almost 30 seconds off the 1,500m record, set by Annabel Van Daalen in 2009, crossing the line in five minutes 34 seconds.

The Year 7 pupil from Wimblington also added two metres to the triple jump record leaping a distance of 8.63m and set a new long jump best of 4.12m.

Allen said: “I didn’t realise I’d broken any records so I just felt really proud when I found out. It’s nice to know that when people look back in the record books my name will be there.

“As the day went on I just became more confident but I don’t feel like winning is everything at this stage. I just try my best, get on with it and doing well just seems to happen.”

Her phenomenal success on the day included 100m glory, a second-placed finish in the discus and 4x100m relay triumph for her Peckover House team.

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The 12-year-old - who swims for Cambridgeshire - was crowned Victrix Ludorum (overall female winner on the day).

Her record-breaking performance comes just weeks after she powered through a field of more than 3,000 runners to finish second in Peterborough’s 5km Race for Life.

Her proud mum Alison said: “The family are really proud of what Mollie achieved. She seems to take it all in her stride because she’s always been good at sport - we know she’s really talented.”

Tim Chapman, head of Peckover House, said: “I am delighted with Mollie’s successful start and I think she’s one to watch for the future.

“Twenty-six seconds off the 1,500m is a huge chunk. She didn’t shave the record - she destroyed it.”