Youngsters ramp it up

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ORGANISERS of Longridge Field Day's first ever skateboarding competition say the event was a huge success.

Organiser Rob Cowell commented: "The buzz that the event has created is reverberating all across the North West - from Bolton to Blackpool, Kendal to Clitheroe, and also on forums all over the internet.

"The atmosphere on the day was electrifying, with the crowd in awe of the spectacle that the skaters were providing. With soaring temperatures adding to the sizzling atmosphere, the audience, from young families to the elderly, all agreed that everybody will be talking about this for weeks to come and eagerly awaiting our next event.''

Mr Cowell added that he hoped the success of the event and the positive and responsible attitude of everyone involved would now "silence any remaining critics of Longridge Skatepark".

Winners and runners up walked away with new skateboards, cash prizes, trophies, medals, t-shirts, videos, bags, hats, magazine subscriptions, keyrings and stickers - all of which were generously provided by big name sponsors from the skate industry and the business community in Longridge.

Organisers would like to thank the following for supporting the event: Scene skate shop, Team Extreme, Sidewalk magazine, and all of the local sponsors.

The team - Chris Black, Rob Cowell, Esca Salisbury, Sarah Hicks, Andrea Dixon, Phil and Sinead Gornall, Harvey Bainbridge, Mark Freejack, Harry Roberts, Mark Houghton, Adam Hicks, Caroline Holden, Longridge Youth Club, Nathan Luck, Trevor, Jack Holden, Daniel Sanderson, Jess Hall, Gareth, Ryan Walsh, Sam Lindsay, and, most importantly, all the skaters who came down to make the day such a success.

Results

13 and under category

1 Connor Hill, eight, Bolton

2 Taylor Linford, seven, Clitheroe

3 Jordan Hill, six, Bolton

14 to 17 category

1 Channon Wallace, 17, Kendal

2 Chris Lord, 16, Accrington

3 Hayden Dean, 14, Lytham St. Annes

18 and over category

1 Ryan Walsh, 20, Longridge

2 Luke Whitehead, 19, Kendal

3 Dennis Atherton, 36, Bolton