Flintshire memorial games success

Reporter:

Kate Forrester

AN ATHLETICS tournament held in memory of a talented teenager has broken records.

The Danny Evans Memorial Games held at Deeside College on Sunday saw more than 200 athletes from across the country battle it out for medals as more than 500 spectators watched on.

The event was organised by the family of 18-year-old Danny, who died in a crash on Sealand Road in February.

The Welsh champion high jumper had been on his way to a night out with friends in Chester and his death left hundreds of people in his home town devastated.

Mum Debbie said: “Deeside College told us it was the biggest open event they have ever had – they had never seen so many people.

“The stands were all packed out and there were athletes of all ages taking part – we had teams from Blackpool, Southport, Liverpool and Warrington.

“I presented the medals to the winners and there were people coming up to us all day – it was really good.”

The tournament was arranged in a bid to raise cash for Deeside Athletics Club, of which Danny was a member, to help with the buying of a new high jump mat.

Debbie said: “The games raised about £1,000 so we have totalled up more than £7,000 now.

“The club are buying an Olympic sized mat, which costs about £4,000 and the rest is just going to be spent on whatever they need.

“We’re going to carry on with the fundraising because it is the only thing keeping us sane at the moment and it is keeping Danny’s memory alive.”

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