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  • Writer's pictureDanielle McGifford

Upper YDL Match 2 – Records broken (but thankfully no bones)!! - 26th May 2024

Leigh Sports Village was the venue for the second league match for our upper YDL athletes. Despite struggling for numbers in the U20 category and also male athletes overall, we came out in second place which was a great result!

In the U20 men it was our jumpers who filled the places. Will Jackson and Jack Hilton between them took on all three of the jumps and winning in each of their respective competitions. Long jump – Will 6.57m win for the A, Jack 6.33m win for the B. High jump – Will 1.90m win A, Jack 1.70m win B (and a huge PB – he hadn’t done it for a while)! Triple jump – Jack 14.20m win A, Will 12.29m win B. Well done both!

In the 4x100m relay team, Zain Elfarmwy and Owen Baron stepped up from the U17s, to join Will and Jack, with the team finishing in 4th place with 47.5s.

The U20 women was another category where we were struggling for athletes with just one female athlete in the age group competing (Floss Bardon) and the other places filled with our U17 women.

Starting with Floss, she took on the pole vault, taking second place (just a cm under her PB) with a 2.15m vault. Floss also later competed for the first time in javelin with a throw of 9.23m. Over in the shot, Olivia Berry made her debut with a 4.90m putt and Katie Bonner had a go at the discus but failed to register a legal throw on this occasion.

In the sprints, Holly Capstick (still on the road to recovery) and Olivia Berry ran the 100m (13.2s and 14.5s respectively), then it was Grace Winrow and Olivia in the 200m races (29.3s and 30.4s). Amy Hewitt ran her first 400m hurdles race in a very decent 72.3s for second place, whilst Nour Kholeif ran 2.40 in the U20 800m race, also finishing in second.

Over in the jumps, Jess Taggart won the U20 triple jump with 8.87m, whilst Emma Pimblett tried her hand at high jump, with a winning 1.30m jump. Finally, in the U20 long jump competition Amy Hewitt (after just returning from injury) suffered further trauma after hitting the sand and turning her ankle to gasps from the crowd. Get well soon Amy, we all wish you a very speedy recovery.

The U17 men category was managed by just two athletes, Zain Elfarmwy and Owen Baron.

Zain ran the 100 and 200m races, both in PB times of 12.3s (1 second PB) and 25.1s (1 second PB also). Zain also jumped a huge PB in the long jump with 5.21m for second place (that’s a full meter PB). Well done Zain!

Owen took the win in the 400m hurdles with 57.8s and finished second in the 400m (55.7s). Owen then also won the high jump with a huge 1.75m (who knew – except Carl your coach – that you could high jump)! Amazing!

Finally, our largest category by far was the U17 women.

In the 100m, Emma Pimblett finished in 12.7s (exact same time as the first placed athlete) but was dubiously judged into second, whilst Grace Winrow ran 13.9s for third in the B race. Kady Hall took second in the 200m A (28.0) with Jess Taggart finishing the B race in 29.3s. Isobel Dyson ran a very strong 300m to finish second in the A race (42.4s) with Nour Kholeif running 49.1s in the B.

In the 80m hurdles, Aimee Glenn took second in the A race with 13.6s and Lucy Stretton won the B in 14.2s. Then taking on her first 300m hurdles race, Jess Taggart finished in 56.3s as the A, with Lucy Stretton running a strong race to win the B in 54.3s.

On to the distance races and it was Katie Bonner who ran a 7 second PB to finish the 800m in third (2.39), Whilst Esme Clark finished second in the B in 2.44. Lucy Orrell ran her debut 3000m race and won in 12.23. Well done girls.

In the jumps, Kady won the high jump with 1.43m, with Aimee Glenn taking second in the B competition with a 1.30m PB. Halle Walsh came second in the long jump (4.68m) with Lucy Stretton finishing second as the B (3.71m). Then Emma Pimblett won the triple with a PB (and first time over 11m, 11.09m) with Halle winning the B (9.67m). Not forgetting our pole vaulter Claudia Berry who won her competition with a 3.00m vault.

Finally in the throws, Yasmin Baker took second in the discus (22.78m) with Nour Kholeif throwing 11.10m as the B, plus Yas also took third in the javelin with a PB of 27.08m, with Lucy Orrell throwing 11.18m as the B. Completing the throws was Yas once again in the shot this time taking second (12.97m) with Amy Hewitt winning the B competition (10.36m) immediately prior to her injury.

Onto everyone’s favourite event of the day, the relays.

First saw the 4x100m U17W team (Aimee Glenn, Halle Walsh, Grace Winrow and Jess Taggart) take second place in 53.2. Then to conclude the day, the 4x300m team (Kady Hall, Emma Pimblett, Lucy Stretton and Isobel Dyson) broke the previous club record (from 2010) finishing in 2.56 for the win!!!!! Well done everyone!

Despite the low numbers, we seem to have done enough to get ourselves up to second place in the league so massive well done to all who competed.

As always, thank you once again to the parents and officials who helped out during a particularly challenging day that came with drama! Team Wigan!!!!

John Hewitt

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