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  • Writer's pictureDanielle McGifford

Emily vaults the English Schools entry standard as our youngsters kick off YDL in style.

On a surprisingly sunny day at Trafford, our U13/U15 athletes embarked on their 2024 YDL campaign.

Starting with the U15 girls…

Lauren Hewitt kicked the day off for the U15 girls with a great run in the 75m hurdles to win her race with an equal PB of 12.3s. Skye Gordon followed, making the move to the 75m hurdles this year and setting a PB of 13.4s to take second place in the B race. The two both then moved across to the high jump reversing roles with Skye taking the win with a PB of 1.40m and Lauren taking second place with 1.30m (a way off her 1.53m best following some technical issues but enough for Wigan to take 1st and 2nd).

In the pole vault, Emily Wilson added a huge 20cm to her previous best and secured the English Schools entry standard with a massive 2.70m vault (on her first attempt)!!!!! Well done Emily!

In the sprints, Chloe Skett ran a PB of 14.5s in the 100m, whilst Elody Hill improved her 200m PB running 28.6s. Skye Gordon and Evelyn Hampson then both made their 300m debuts setting PBs of 47.3s and 50.5s respectively.

The distance races saw Maisie Cadman step up to the 1500m, setting a 5.06 PB with Holly Nicholls setting a 6s PB (5.31). Mia Lacey also ran her first competitive 800m in 2.44.

In the throws, Lauren Hewitt took a clear win in the shot with her first throw of 9.94m (before racing across to the relay). Ava Wareing took 2nd in the B competition with 5.50m (even with a broken finger)! Ava also took second place in both the discus (12.18m) and javelin (20.31m), with Lily Grace Earles taking third in the B competition (11.64).


4x100m – Chloe Skett, Elody Hill, Emily Wilson, Lauren Hewitt – 3rd place (54.3s)

4x300m – Skye Gordon, Evelyn Hampson, Holly Nicholls, Mia Lacey – 4th place (3.22)

U15 Boys…….

Our multi eventer Sam Hodgkinson started the day by stepping up to the 80m hurdles and setting a 17.4s PB. Sam also came 3rd in the high jump (1.45m), with Henry Mcleod taking second place B (1.35m) – a little below his 1.45m best but forced to withdraw following a disagreement with the bar.

Over in the long jump, Josh Roberts added 30cm to his previous PB jumping 4.86m for second place. Henry Morris jumped 3.88m as the B.

Josh impressed once again in the sprints taking half a second off his 300m PB for second place (41.6s). Henry Jeff-Watts took 3rd place in the B with 47.6s. Henry Morris and Charlie Capstick took on both the 100 and 200m races with Henry running his first 200m race (28.6s) and Charlie taking 3rd place in the 100m B (13.9s).

William Ashcroft and James Darby were both close to their PBs in the 800m races with Will taking 2nd place (2.20) and James running 2.45. Whilst Alexander Glenn ran a huge PB in the 1500m (4.52) with Zak Manir-Jolley coming second in the B race with 4.59.

The throws saw Josh Roberts come third in the shot (7.69m) and Charlie Capstick winning the Javelin B (12.39).


4x100m – Charlie Capstick, Henry Morris, Sam Hodgkinson, Josh Roberts – 4th (55.4)

4x300m – Alexander Glenn, James Darby, William Ashcroft, Zak Manir-Jolley – 2nd (3.00)

U13 Girls…….

In the sprints, Lexi Camradie ran an impressive 11.3s on her 75m debut, whilst Bonnie Doveaston ran a PB of 12.0s. Erin Baron also ran 12.0 in her first competitive race coming 3rd as a non-scorer. Bonnie and Lexi also ran the 150m withBonnie close to her PB (24.8s) and Lexi setting a PB of 24.2s.

In the distance races, Katie-Lou Malley was the standout athlete running an amazing 2.28 PB placing her 11th in the UK and 2nd in the Northwest. Great running Katie! Meanwhile Emily Pennington made her debut in the 1200m running 4.33.

In their first long jump competitions Matilda Darby jumped 3.12m and Lexi Camradie 3.02, whilst in the high jump it was Katie-Lou Malley jumping 1.20m and Erin Baron 1.10m.

Finally in the throws it was two third places in the shot for Matilda and Katie-Lou (5.51m and 4.92m), with Erin and Matilda taking on the javelin (10.31 and 8.23).


4x100 – Lexi Camradie, Bonnie Doveaston, Matilda Darby, Katie-Lou Malley – 5th (63.9s)

U13 Boys……

It was all eyes on Zain Porter-Alam as he took his first 75m hurdles race in his stride. Showing enormous promise over the (alarmingly high) hurdles, Zain completed the race in 16.5s. Cool as a cucumber…….

In the 75m sprints, Charlie Stretton and Emanuel Ladson both ran PBs (11.2s and 11.1s), whilst in the 150m Charlie and Zain both set PBs of 22.2s and 23.7s.

Emanuel Ladson jumped 1.20m to take third in the high jump with Charlie jumping 1.05 and Zain in his first long jump getting 2.99m.

In the 800m, Leo Ashcroft ran a PB of 2.41 for third, whilst Ryan Catton set a PB of 3.05. Leo also threw 8.71m in the javelin.


4x100m – Leo Ashcroft, Emanuel Ladson, Zain Porter-Alam, Charlie Stretton – 3rd (60.6)

And finally……

Overall – great attitudes and team spirit from all athletes who took part – some of whom it was their very first time competing. Thanks to all coaches and parents who helped and supported on the day. Wigan are in 5th place in the league after match 1. Match 2 will be on 19th May at Leigh Sports Village. Please let your coach know if you are available and help us to climb up the league table.

John Hewitt

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