YDL lower (1) Sportcity

Peter Shaw

The club’s U13 & U15 team have won the Northern Premier title ten times in twelve years. In the first match of the season on home ground of Sportcity, we won the match beating reigning champions Preston by over 60 points. The highlight was THEA BROWN who won three U13 girl’s events. Last Monday  at Trafford Thea broke her own club high jump record with a jump of 1.55m which ranks her No.1 in the country whilst her 75m hurdle time ranks her 2nd in the UK. The man of the hour was WILL PARKER who ran three tough races all within one hour and still managed a big PB over 1500m.

Our pole vaulters made a massive contribution to the overall points total by winning all four pole vault events. Well done to MORGAN WHITE, SHONA WILKINSON, RUARI Mc DONALD and ELLIE WOLFENDEN. Morgan was also runner up in hurdles and high jump events. 

Our Harrier tradition was upheld in middle distance events with wins from twins EVAN and ETHAN SAV AGE, WILL STANWAY, JAMES KNOCKTON, TAYLOR EDWARDS, IZZY BURKE, JASMINE REED, FREDDIE MEREDITH, SARA CLOUGH, IZZY APPLEBY, ELLIE GILDART and EVA KARALIUS. FREDDIE MEREDITH currently ranks No.1 in the UK and won his U13 800m race by ten seconds.  OSCAR SCHOFIELD, who recently finished runner up in the GB Biathlon Championships ran a Grade 1 performance to finish runner-up in the U13 1500m and is to be congratulated on his selection to the GB Biathlon team.

Our sprinters and hurdlers performed well with victories from SUCCESS EDUAN (2 wins), NWOSU NATACHI (2 wins), HOLLY GARNER (2 wins)THEA BROWN and HERMIONE MASON who also teamed up with NIAMH BOYD, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS and FAVOUR JOSEPH to win the long relay. Newcomer SETIRA REID finished runner up in the girl’s 75m whilst on Monday she ran a time which ranked her No 1 in the UK for 150m.

Our high and long jumpers performed well with victories from THEA BROWN (2 wins), BASIL ZOLA (who competed with great success in four events) and ELISE FRYER-FRANCIS who is a multi-eventer who competed in four events winning three of them.


This match was the first of three that will decide the NW title and then we go onto the Northern final at Preston on Saturday July 20th. Keep this date free because we need the strongest possible team then.

Massive thanks to our officials whose efforts added a massive 56 points to our total and to team managers CARL WORTHINGTON (Girls) and SINEAD ROACH (Boys).

Thanks too to Carl Worthington and Dave Greenwood for the photos in the gallery. See more at Darkstar Photos.