June 2017: Ella scoops silver in hammer

ATHLETE Ella Hall won two medals in the Greater Manchester Athletics County Championship at Longford Stadium, Trafford.

The Year 8 student at Haslingden High School has been a member of Bury Athletics Club since she was nine and competed in the hammer, shot put and relay.

Ella, 13, from Edenfield, said: “I only took up the hammer about six months ago, before that I would compete in the pentathlon and mostly sprinting. In the final I managed to throw the hammer 17m 49cm, which got me a silver medal in the U15s.

“I also came fourth in the U15s shot final, but had been in third place until the last competitor managed to throw just 6cm further than I had done.

“There were hundreds of people competing.”

As a team, Ella helped Bury Athletics Club to third in the 4x100m relay.

She said: “One of my cousins was attending the athletics club and I wasn’t a member of any clubs so decided to give it a go and have not looked back.

“I train two to three times a week and I enjoy it because it is a bit of fun and social.”