Colne twins ready for English Schools Athletics Championships

Twins Luke and Matt Thompson
Twins Luke and Matt Thompson

There’ll be double trouble at the English Schools Athletics Championships this weekend as talented twins Luke and Matt Thompson are set to compete.

The identical teenagers, from Colne, have been running for Pendle Athletics Club for four years but will represent North Yorkshire in the 800m at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium this weekend.

The pair, both 14, discovered a love for athletics while at Laneshawbridge Primary School when taking part in the region’s cross country events and continued to excel at Ermysted’s Skipton Grammar School.

Their current 800m and 1500m times rank them in the top three in the North West and in the top 25 in the UK. In May, Luke won the Lancashire AA 800m and - alongside his brother - has been selected to represent Lancashire in the Inter-Counties Championships in Hull at the end of July.

The siblings had also been in League 2 Morecambe FC’s academy earlier in the year.