County title for Halstead

Mel Halstead
Mel Halstead

Not many boxers would prepare for a title fight by completing one of the country’s toughest obstacle races the day before.

But after breezing through the Tough Mudder race in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday, as part of the Blast Fitness team, Mel Halstead went to Leeds the following day and became a Yorkshire champion.

Her preparations also had the added unusual step of her becoming an auntie hours before her bout, when her sister Samantha welcomed a baby boy, Harley James, into the world.

Halstead can now call herself the European Boxing federation Yorkshire champion after beating Sophie Varley from Leeds at The Villager in Bramley.

She said: “After taking part in Tough Mudder, a 12-mile assault course, on Saturday alongside 34 members of Blast Fitness, I was a bit drained.

“However, went into the fight on Sunday and battled my way through the four two-minute rounds to get the majority vote and become the Yorkshire area champion.

“It’s taken me three attempts to finally bring a title home but I got there in the end and I’m very proud of my achievements and how far my determination has got me over the past few months.

“What made winning this title even more memorable was knowing my sister give birth on Sunday morning. And what prouder moment could I have than to know my nephew was born on the day I won my first boxing title.

“My next challenge is the Great North Run which I’m hoping to set a personal best time at, followed by the WUMA World championships in Geneva in September.”

Halstead secured the opportunity to join the Great Britain kick-boxing squad at the World Championships in Switzerland when she won a gold and a silver at her first kick-boxing tournament, The Battle of Britain, in May.

Getting to compete in the World Championships has only been possible thanks to sponsorship from Gala Bingo, Dawn Bellerby’s Nail and Beauty Bar, Greyhound, Corner Bar, Quidz Inn, Auntie Mables Cafe, Rags Restaurant, Deja-Vu Beauty Salon, Wheelie Wash, Vantage Motors, Kings Arms, and Pineapple Joes.

Having won the Race For Life at Sewerby this year, her schedule also inclues the Bridlington Half Marathon, football for Hull City Ladies and rugby for Scarborough Valkyries,