Holly and Jake bounce back after testing time

BACK WITH A BANG: Holly Broughton in action at the weekend.
BACK WITH A BANG: Holly Broughton in action at the weekend.

AFTER enduring a year from hell, talented young athletes Holly and Jake Broughton are back with a vengeance.

The Earby-based brother and sister both starred on the track at the Lancashire County Championships at Stanley Park, Blackpool over the weekend.

And their success drew a veil over a tough time in which Holly and Jake had to give up athletics for a time, after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.

Jake nearly died last year, as the carbon monoxide affected him badly, in particular his joints, so he had to take a break for his body to recover.

Holly practically had given up because the effects of the carbon monoxide caused her immense problems with her breathing, and triggered her asthma.

But Ribble Valley Athletics Club coach Don Lennon talked her back into the sport last April, and has brought her back through a recovery schedule.

And his faith has paid dividends - the commitment both Holly and Jake have shown has to be admired.

The pair have just returned from warm weather training in Majorca over the Easter period with Ribble Valley AC, having been put through a gruelling schedule ready for the track season.

On Saturday, Holly got her first race under her belt, running the Under 17 1,500m, which took a lot of guts and determination.

While disappointed to finish fifth, she gave a remarkable performance, and vows that the only way is up as she aims to race herself fit.

Jake also gave a stunning effort to bring back a bronze medal in the Under 15 400m - a race he had never run before!

He was leading, only to be pipped at the finish, but, nevertheless, enjoyed a proud moment.

Jake also recorded a big personal best in the heats of the 100m, before finishing sixth in the final.

He had his first track events the weekend before, at the Young Athletes League meeting at Hyndburn, with new PBs in the 100m and long jump, which he won.

The future also looks bright for Jake, who has only just moved into the Under 15s section from the Under 13s.