An fantastic team performance in the final YDL upper league meeting

Our U17 and U20 men’s team manager Steve Spence reports-

The fourth and final match of the Upper YDL season took place yesterday (Sunday) and came at an inconvenient time for many of our athletes who were away in holiday.  At the beginning of the day we were in first position in the North West One division and needed one more win to secure top position and a chance of promotion to the premier league.

The boys team was very much depleted in numbers with only ten being available to make the three hour journey to the Borders town of Whitehaven. The girls U17 team had six athletes with Emily Darroch being the sole athlete in the ladies U20 team. However, while we may have been depleted in numbers the athletes were more than equipped with honesty, determination and plenty of team spirit. Each athlete competed in their maximum number of events, a real feat, with some athletes competing in events for the first time.  These included Miles Morton in the triple jump and 200m, Arran Kearney in the 1500m steeple chase, Joseph Johns in the 400m and Emily Darroch and Eleanor Dobson in the triple jump.

Joe Johns and Andy Porter kicked off proceedings with the hammer, both winning their events and Joe throwing a new PB.  As the match progressed it became evident that we were being outnumbered by the Wigan contingent who appeared to have many more athletes in attendance.  However our lads and ladies never gave up and gave it their all to secure second position on the day which put us on equal league points with Wigan who ran out eventual winners in the division by a mere 67 points. We actually accrued more than 500 points on the day with a team of only 17 athletes which highlights the efforts of everyone they should all be very proud of themselves.

As the rain came down the spirit within the men’s team was in full view and demonstrated by the efforts of Mike Rooke in the 2000m steeple chase who showed great strength in clearing every barrier to take win us nine points. This came prior to a quality effort from Arran Kearney in his first 1500m steeple chase where his exploits in the water jump caused much laughter and created a heart felt round of applause from every spectator in the stand.

The unwaverable efforts of our U20 and U17 lads 4x400m relay teams  and girls 4x300m teams capped off a day where those in attendance witnessed an inspiring bunch of young men and ladies giving their all for the cause. It really was an absolute pleasure to witness each and every one of their performances.

Credit and appreciation should also be given to our team of dedicated officials Gill Fallon, Joe Fallon, Sue Wilding, Jane Palmer and Joe Green who again, and like each and every match this season, turned out in numbers (and in the rain) to contribute with their full quota of points and bonus points for the team – Thank you all!

Also a big mention to the coaches Pam Green, Paul Brown, Norman Waterson and Ian McBain who travelled to support the team and also to the parents Don Darroch, Calvin Morton, Rebecca Curry and Sue Wigfield who also made the long trip to be there and witness some great grass roots athletics.

A final note to the athletes. It is a shame your efforts did not end in the result you all so richly deserved but let’s hope that next year we can secure top spot right through to the end of the season because you all deserve promotion to the top division. Roll On 2018…

Enjoy the rest of your Summer


Full results can be found here

Our ladies team manager Norman Waterson also highlighted the following performances-

  • Obi Curry winning the  100m in 12.7s, and 200m 26.0s and anchoring both relay winning teams 4×1 53.2, 4×3 3-02.0.
  • Catherine Gallagher winner of the 300m in 42,8s, 800m 2-24.7 and part of the winning relays.
  • Juliet Hodder winner of the 1500m in 4-51.5, 3000m 10-25.1 and 2nd in the B 200m 28.5 plus the 4x300relay.
  • Eleanor Dobson 3rd in the B 800m in 2-45.7, 2nd in the B 1500m 5-44.8, plus the 4×300 relay.
  • Molly Williams 3rd in the B 100m in 14.2,  3rd in the B 300m 51.5,and 4×100 relay.
  • Erin Flynn 3rd Long Jump 4.58m and 4x100relay, limited with injury.
  • Emily Darroch our only U20 athlete 2nd 100m 12.8, 2nd 200m 27.2, 2nd Long Jump 4.25m, 1st Javelin 10.72m.
  • Harvey Darroch-PB in the 100m, 11.6s and 200m ,23.9 both in the Mens U17 races.

The overall support throughout our team was great and a credit to all the athletes yesterday.

Also a big thanks to all our Officials who officiated and helped with the team it was greatly appreciated.


Coming up this weekend…’s the Cheshire Track and Field League this Sunday at Warrington with events for U11s upwards.  Speak to Lisa Nuttall or your coach if you wish to take part.

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