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  • Writer's pictureDanielle McGifford

YDL Lower Match 3, 16th June 2024 – Reporting from our own Robin Park Stadium!

There was a tense build up to our first home fixture in a while, but the sun came out and shone down on us. It was fantastic to see visitors flocking through our doors, many in awe of our amazing facility. There to welcome them was our guest announcer Amy Hewitt, who took the brave step to pick up the microphone before being joined by our second guest announcer Aimee Glenn. What a fantastic job you both did in making sure that the events ran on time.

Onto the results:

U15 Boys

Our debut signing from Latics, Ellis Bradley, ran the 100m (12.2) and 200m (25.1) sprints, finishing in second and third place respectively as the A runner. Henry Morris ran the 100m B (13.8), and Lucas Swift set a PB in the 200m B race with 27.1. In the 300m, Josh Roberts (with tired legs following his 2-day Duke of Edinburgh expedition) ran close to his PB with 40.2 for second, whilst Charlie Capstick made his 300m debut as the B (49.5). Sam Hodgkinson then set a new PB in the 80m hurdles running 14.5 for fourth.

The distance races saw an equal PB for Will Ashcroft in the 800m (2.12) with Alexander Glenn running a 3 second PB as the B runner to finish third (2.13). Zak Manir Jolley ran the 1500m in 4.47 with Henry Jeffs-Watts making his 1500m debut as the B runner (5.18).

In the long jump, Josh Roberts jumped a 5.04m PB for second, with Lucas Swift also jumping a PB of 4m for fourth (B). Sam Hodgkinson in the high jump jumped an equal PB of 1.50m with Will Ashcroft finishing second as the B jumper (1.40m).

Some great PBs followed in the throws, with Lucas Swift throwing a massive PB in the javelin of 26.35m (previous best 18.45m). That placed him third in the A competition. Sam Hodgkinson won the B competition with 23.34m (also a 2.5m PB)! Great throwing!

In the shot, Josh Roberts increased his previous distance (7.78m) with an 8.33m putt for third. Henry Morris made his shot debut with 5.32m in the B competition coming fourth. Finally in the discus, Will Ashcroft threw 12.84m and Alexander Glenn unfortunately didn’t manage to land a legal throw on this occasion.


4x100m: Charlie Capstick, Josh Roberts, Henry Morris, Ellis Bradley – 2nd (51.1)

4x300m: Alexander Glenn, James Darby, Henry Jeffs-Watts, Zak Manir Jolley – 4th (2.59)


In the sprints, Elody Hill ran a PB in the 100m for third (13.3) with Chloe Skett as the B (14.7). As non-scorers, Lily Grace Earles ran a PB of 14.8 as the A, with Ebony Hales competing for the first time as the B (14.8). In the 200m, Natalia Prokop ran 29.1 with Evie Hampson coming third as the B (30.0). Klaudia Prokop finished the 300m in 49.9 with Grace Harris finishing in 50.2.

Over in the 75m hurdles, Lauren Hewitt (having also undertaken her Duke of Edinburgh expedition over the previous two days) ran 12.3 for second place (equal time to first), carrying some painful blisters. Skye Gordon finished second as the B (13.7).

In the distance races, it was Mia Lacey and Grace Harris running the 800m (2.46 and 2.58 respectively). Maisie Cadman finished third in the 1500m (5.00), with Nancy Miller competing for the very first time (6.20) B.

In the jumps, Lauren Hewitt took the win in the long jump with 4.58m (way down on her best – bearing in mind the sore feet), with Evie Hampson taking fourth place as the B (3.77m). Skye Gordon won the high jump with a PB 1.45m, with Lauren winning the B (1.35m).

Big PBs in the throws with Ava Wareing making her long awaited return to hammer (after breaking her finger) and adding 3m to her PB for the win (18.04m). Ava also PB’d in the discus (14.21m), as did Skye (12.30m). In the shot, Chloe Skett threw 4.79m as the A, with Evie Hampson making her shot debut (4.14m). Finally, Ava took fourth in the javelin with 16.98m.


4x100m – Natalia Prokop, Elody Hill, Evie Hampson, Lauren Hewitt – 3rd (54.0)

4x300m – Klaudia Prokop, Chloe Skett, Mia Lacey, Skye Gordon – 5th (3.19)

U13 Boys

It was PBs for Emanuel Ladson in both the 75m and 150m (10.9 and 21.4), with Evan Clarke competing for the first time in the 75m (11.6).

Leo Ashcroft ran 2.44 in the 800m with Jack Marsh as the B (2.47). Ryan Catton then set a 3 second PB in the 1200m (4.35) – well done.

It was Leo and Jack in the long jump with Leo jumping a PB (3.39m) and Jack making his long jump debut (2.89m). Ryan Catton threw 3.56m in the shot, with Jack Marsh throwing 3.10m in his first shot competition. Both Emanuel and Ryan then also competed in their first javelin competitions throwing 10.21m and 3.90m respectively.


4x100m: Evan Clarke, Jack Marsh, Ryan Catton, Emanuel Ladson – 5th (65.4)

U13 Girls

Anais Lowthian won the 75m sprint in an impressive 10.6s, with Bonnie Doveaston coming fifth in the B race (11.8s). As the non-scorers, Erin Baron ran 12.1 for third with Emily Mason winning the B race (11.3). Bonnie ran the 150m in 23.8s with Lexi Conradie finishing in 23.7. Emily also ran a PB in the 70m hurdles (13.6).

It was Anais again in the 800m running a 2 second PB to finish second in 2.34. Then in the 1200m, Katie-Lou Malley, running the distance competitively for the first time, won the race in 3.55, beating the previous club record that has stood for 19 years by 6 seconds!!!! Wow Katie – there’s no stopping you!

There really was no stopping her, as Katie came second in the long jump (3.57m) and jumped an equal high jump PB (1.25m). It was Matilda Darby who was the B long jumper (2.95m) and Erin Baron equalling her high jump PB as the B (1.10m).

Finally in the throws, Erin threw a javelin PB 12.73m for fourth, whilst Matilda came fourth in the shot (5.42m).


4x100m: Anais Lowthian, Bonnie Doveaston, Lexi Conradie, Katie Lou Malley – 3rd (60.3).

At that point we all breathed a sigh of relief that we’d got through it, and it’d actually gone pretty well! All that was left was for Amy and Aimee to play us out to some bangin tunes. Clear your diaries girls, I sense some bookings!

Points are very tight at the bottom half of the league table. Our final meeting will be make or break, so we need our army out in force to help us avoid relegation. There have been some great performances, but we are in a tough league so all points matter. Please let me or your coaches know if you are available for the final match Sunday 21st July @Witton Park, Blackburn.

Well done athletes, parents and all who helped. Also huge thanks to the Wigan Warriors staff who made sure that we had everything we needed on the day.

John Hewitt

John Hewitt

John Hewitt

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