Little Miss Dynamite scorches to success

Little Miss Dynamite Hayley Jones
Little Miss Dynamite Hayley Jones

HAYLEY Jones was in scorching form as Wigan Harriers stormed to more medal success.

The Robin Park-based club enjoyed tremendous success at both senior and Under-20s level at the Northern Athletics outdoor championships at the weekend.

Competing against big clubs from across the midlands, north and Scotland, they covered themselves in glory at the rain-lashed Manchester Sport City.

And sprint ace Jones was among those who earned a place on the podium.

Jones - nicknamed Little Miss Dynamite - appeared to have a point to prove after being left out of the Great Britain squad for the European Team Championships.

She stormed to 100m glory in 11.31 (wind speed +1.8) - a time which would have been good enough to beat the British competitor in the 100m race in Gateshead. It was also the fastest time recorded in the UK this year and was within the B standard qualifying times for the World Championships in Moscow later this year.

There was also a gold for Alexandra Russell in the long jump final (6.16m) and Samantha Fraser won silver in the high jump with a leap of 1.63m.

In the triple jump Kelly Hilton won bronze (12.68m) and Rachel Culshaw finished third in the 400m hurdles, clocking 63.70.

Also in the U20s, Micaela Brindle won gold in the long jump thanks to a leap of 5.87m - a staggering 65cm clear of her nearest competitor. Lianne Bibby finished second in the javelin (45.25m) and in the men’s, Ben Whipp won gold (55.15m).

Scott Jones claimed gold in the shot putt (12.98m) and two Harriers reached the final of the women’s triple jump, Rachel Williamson finishing second (12.02m) and Nicole Wainwright 6th (10.70).

Emily Borthwick won gold in the 400m final (56.11) and finished fifth in the 200m, with 26.28.

Their fantastic results came just a week after the Harriers’ success at the U20s national championships in Bedford, which saw Coppell, Williamson, Brindle and Bibby claim medals.