Non-stop schedule planned for all-rounder Halstead

Mel Halstead winning the Race For Life last month.
Mel Halstead winning the Race For Life last month.

Running, kick-boxing, football, rugby - every month brings a new challenge for Bridlington’s Mel Halstead.

And there is no sign of her busy schedule relenting as she adds boxing to her repertoire of sports.

Halstead, who trains at Blast Fitness, said: “After winning my second boxing fight at a white collar boxing show at the Pavilion in May, I was offered a licence from the European Boxing Federation (EBF) to fight at semi-pro level.

“In June, I had my first semi-pro boxing fight at Pryzm nightclub in Leeds for the Northern Area title. It was the fight of the night, according to all the spectators and promotors of the show, but unfortunatly I lost on points.

“Later in the month, I went to Naxxar in Malta to fight Mandy Cortis for the EBF National semi-pro title, the first ever female title fight in Malta. Again I lost on points.

“The experience I’ve gained from both fights has been amazing and its definitely made me want to keep progressing. I intend to go back to Malta next year and get Mandy to defend her title against me, once I’ve gained more experience.

“The support from my family and friends has been phenomenal.”

But it is not just in boxing that Halstead is making a name for herself.

In May, she won a gold and a silver at her first kick-boxing tournament, The Battle of Britain, which earned her the opportunity to join the Great Britain squad at the World Championships in Geneva.

Out of the ring, she won the Race For Life in Bridlington.

Time for a rest? Hardly.

She is due to take part in a kick-boxing tournament in Grimsby later this month and is embarking on a sponsored run for the RSPCA, ahead of running the London Marathon to support the charity next April.

August’s schedule includes Tough Mudder, a 12-mile obstacle course, and Halstead is also hoping to have another boxing fight lined up in Malta.

In September, she is competing in the Great North Run and, funding permitting, at the WUMA World Kick-Boxing Championships in Switzerland.

October brings the Bridlington Half Marathon and November includes Pain Barrier, a 10-mile mud run through swamps.

On top of all that, Halstead plays football for Hull City Ladies and rugby for Scarborough Valkyries, all of this on top of her full-time job at Pets At Home.

But competing does not come cheap.

She added: “I’m currently looking for some help to either sponsor me, Scott Lowe. Isaac Richards and Andy Desa to join the British team in Geneva. The cost for this trip is £600 which covers flights, transfers and accomodation.

“So if in any way you could help, it would be appreciated, and company logos will be put on to training tops.”

For details, email melhalstead@hotmail.co.uk.