Harriers are top of the class

Emily Borthwick
Emily Borthwick

FOUR Wigan Harriers competed at the English Schools Championships last weekend – with two returning with medals.

Danielle McGifford, representing Merseyside, and Greater Manchester’s Emily Borthwick, Zoe Hughes and Katie Farrimond made the trip to the event in Bedford.

McGifford claimed gold in the heptathlon, adding to the gold she won in the long jump – at the individials – in the summer.

The 17-year-old’s points tally of 4,961 smashed her existing PB and put her fourth in the country’s Under-20s – behind three girls older than her.

Meanwhile, Borthwick claimed silver at the combined events – an improvement on last year’s 4th place result.

And the Deanery High pupil now qualifies her to represent England in a home Countries International in December.

This success comes on the back of another silver medal in early August at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships as well as a silver medal at the English Schools Championships in the high Jump event.

Olympian Jenny Meadows, who mentors the 15-year-old as part of her ‘Track Ambition’ scheme, said: “I am sure Emily was inspired by Jessica Ennis in London, although she is not sure what her chosen event will be in the future –whether it be continuing the multi events like Jess, or specialising in one. “

Zoe Hughes, 14, and Borthwick helped their team to a third-placed finish. Runshaw College student Katie Farrimond finished 27th in her event.

Harriers’ Sharon Walls, who coaches McGifford and Farrimond, said: “It’s brilliant to have four competitors involved.”