News 2000

Boardman win’s Liverpool & District title again
Jimmy Boardman regained his Liverpool & Distinct title after being hard pressed through out the race by team mate Colin Jones. Jones lead for most of the race only for Boardman to save just enough to pass Colin on the last lap.The athletes had observed a minutes silence prior to the race in memory of Harry Kinnear the well respected time keeper from Liverpool Harriers who died earlier in the week. In clear winter sunshine the Liverpool & District one of the oldest leagues in the country began their 2000 campaign. Sammy Rashid making the trip across from Sheffield was rewarded by closing in the team to ensure a LPS victory.
15th January 2000
Gallagher takes indoor title
Tony Gallagher now competing at U/17 age group began his 2000 campaign with a victory at the North of England indoor champs at Blackpool. Winning the competition with a throw of 13.78, Tony will represent England Schools at an indoor schools home international fixture at Cardiff on 27 February. Also competing at the same meeting was Katy Green who just missed out on a medal in the U/15 girls long jump with a jump of 4.46
16th January 2000
Steve Garland opens indoor campaign
A strong field assembled for the AAA indoor heptathlon at Birmingham last weekend. The event was won by Paul Jones in a new Welsh record of 5277 points. Steve came 7th with 4651. Alex Kruger (Sheffield)  was 5th with 4807.
11th January 2000
Stewart leads home to bronze medals
Henry Stewart in 11th place lead home the U/17 men to a bronze medal at the Northern champs at South Shields. this was after our U/15 had just missed out on medals finishing in 5th place. The U/13 team came 8th. Kiera Vogel in 7th place lead her U/15 team to 4th place while Nicola Bear in 19 spot lead home the U/13 team. Jon Rice came 18 in the junior race, while a less than full strength senior men’s team did enough to finish in 10th place.
29th January 2000
Birch wins National for third time.
Courtney Birch yet again proved why she is considered one of the brightest talents in U.K cross country running by winning her third consecutive National Cross Country at Stowe. Winning by almost half a minute she led home our under 15s girls to 4th place in the team race. Kiera Vogel in her first year in this age group was 11. Our under 17 men finished 8th in their event. The senior men enjoyed the trip South with Tom Snape first home in 86 place. Our senior men came 23 in the senior team race (7th Northern team)
27th February 2000
Birch wins English Schools Cross Country (11-3-00)
Courtney Birch regained her English Schools title at Parliament Hill Fields in another convincing performance which left a quality field trailing in her wake. Her winning margin of 16 seconds from the talented Charlotte Wickham showed yet again what a prospect she is.
11th March 2000
Busy weekend for LPS
Courtney Birch added the schools international title to her already impressive at Scotland at the weekend. This is the second time that she has completed the treble of winning English school, International school and the National cross country all in the same season.  At the Young athletes national road relays LPS under 15 team claimed the silver medal after a hard battle with Wirral. the under 13 boys came 16 and the under 17s came 8  Results
Mark Bleasdale ran the anchor leg for LPS at the Northern 12 stage relay at Sunderland to bring us home in 14 place. Mark who reaches the grand age of 40 stepped into the breach at the last moment to ensure LPS line up at Sutton Park for the National 12 stage later this month.
1st April 2000
London Marathon
The 2000 London marathon saw a group of LPS athletes making their way down to the capital for another crack at this fast course. Dave Shaw was first home in 2.40 followed Geoff Mason 2.49 then Bobby Frodsham in 2.54. Dave Reagan ran 3.27. I await to hear from Geoff Bersford, Jamie Doolan and Paul Rudkin.
Snape takes bridge race
Tom Snape won a hard battle from Nathan Vengdaslerm to win the Millennium Bridge Race, Keith Hatton running as well as ever was third. This was Tom’s first road back on home ground since he won the Hale 5 at Christmas. Mark Bleasdale was third LPS man home.
23rd April 2000
Nathan takes Waterloo 15k
On a busy weekend for LPS athletes saw us finish 19 in the National 12 stage relay at Sutton Coalfield we placed first Merseyside team home ahead of Liverpool H & Wirral Results Brain Currie made a welcome come back after a long lay off and showed all his old form when he finished 3rd in the Croxteth Park 10k Results
Nathan Vengdaslerm run out a comfortable winner the Waterloo 15k ahead of team mate Rob Berry, Marty McLoughlin was placed in the top 12. Gill Darby was the winner of the L/35 age group.
1st May 2000
Rimmer under two mins at County Champs
LPS athletes had a rewarding weekend in the Wavertree sunshine at the County T&F champs. CBP fot Jon Rice J/M 3000 9.13.4, Caroline O’Brian U/17 800 2.21.5 a race in which she had to dig deep to hold off our own Nicola Gunderson 2.22. Michael Rimmer set two CBP in U/15 1500 4.15.8 & 800 in 1.59.3, Henry Stewart won the U/17 800, Mark Donaghue won the U/17 s/c in 4.39.9. Special mention for senior men’s hammer winner Merrik Bousfield 37.99 who threw pb in shot12.84 7 discus 35.35 at the age of 51!
14th May 2000
Medals at N0EAA Junior Champs
LPS athletes picked a number of medals the second part of the NoEAA champs at Wigan. Michael Rimmer did a CBP in winning the U/15 1500 in 4.11.1. Tony Gallagher picked up a bronze in the U/17 discus. This is Tony’s first year year in this age group. Mark Donoghue picked a bronze in the U/17 1500 s/c in 4.34.6. Sarah Blackwell won a silver in U/17 100 in 12.53, Kiera Vogel won the bronze in U/15 s/c in 4.47.7
25th June 2000
Courtney Birch wins English Schools
Well done to the ever consistent Cortney Birch won the English  school 3000 in  9.42.98. This is in addition to her cross country titles. Sarah blackwell was a finalist in the 100m running 12.39. Nicola Gunderson came 5th in her smi of the 800 after running 2.15.48 in the heats. Kiera Vogel was also a finalist coming 5th in the 1500 in 4.42.42.
1st July 2000
Three wins in the same weekend
It was a busy weekend for LPS,  our young girls won their match at Wrexham with match score of 269 ahead of host club Wrexham with 208. Wins for Sarah Blackwell, Katie Green, Fiona Hunter, Nicola Gunderson, Kiera Vogel, Nicola Bear, This leaves the girls in second place close behind Warrington with one match to go.The boys won their home match in the Northern Premier match at Ormskirk. LPS ran out clear winners with 271 points from second team Blackpool with 164. .At Barnsley the senior men won a tight fixture in the first round of the Northern Inter Club Cup. In winning the last event the 4×400 we won the fixture by 1 point from Liverpool Harriers with Wakefield 3. Well done to Sammy Rashid who came second in the 5000 in 16.18.8 after coming second in the 10,000 in 33.40.8 not a bad afternoons work. Well done to these strong teams.
3rd July 2000
Big push now needed in final BAL fixture
LPS senior men’s A team are left with it all to do after a disappointing turn out at Derby. In what should have been a safe fixture LPS failed to produce the results and trailed in 7th. This leaves us with the task of repeating the exploits of the opening match if we are to hold our B.A.L status. Given our strength we should be able to save the day by a good turn out at Bedford on 6 August
9th July 2000
Alan Woods wins Mystery 5
Making a welcome return to local road races top LPS athlete Alan Woods was a clear winner of Liverpool Harriers mystery 5 mile road, held at Wavertree Playground. Tony McDevitt Wirral AC running as well as ever stayed with Alan until the last mile. Keith Hatton Liverpool Harriers was third.
12th July 2000
Y/A Girls win match at Deeside
A fine team win for our McDonalds girls team at Deeside on 23 July saw them consolidate their position at the top of the league. Wins for Nicola Gunderson, Elizabeth Cramp, Pamela Green, Anna Caunce, Lucia Carmichael, Heather Wells and Nicola Bear was enough to ensure a 15 point victory on the day and give us a 102 final league victory. we now look forward to premier league status next season. Well done to all both athletes, coaches and parents who support this team so well.Our Boys competing at Bebbington Oval finished 3rd behind Sale and Wirral.
24th July 2000
Michael Rimmer 1.55.56 UK age record
Micheal Rimmer continued his outstanding season by setting a UK under 15 age record at Trafford in the BMC 800. Taking up the pace after a 56 second first lap Rimmer held on to set the new mark in winning this open race. This record adds to his English Schools and NoEAA titles already won this season.
25th July 2000
Mixed fortunes for men’s teams, Ladies 3rd
It was a day of mixed fortunes for our senior men. After a difficult season the A team finally finished 7 overall which will see us back into a paper match to see if we go into the qualifier to maintain our BAL status. Dave Brown and his loyal team have worked hard in the face of a number difficulties this season and he deserves a big thank you for his hard work and countless phone calls.
At Ormskirk it was a different story with Paul Rudkin’s B team finishing second one point behind Lancaster this was enough to send them up for the third consecutive season. The introduction of a number of the club’s top young athletes in the final two fixtures made the push for promotion a certain target. Well done to Paul and his team who have done wonders in the last three seasons.
The final match in our ladies campaign saw them finish 5th on the day but 3rd overall narrowly missing out on second place with an equal league points as Manx AC but less overall mach points. A busy day for Nicola Gunderson won 200,300, and 800 meters. Amy Potter won the long jump. Leanne Cooper won the 100 and placed 2nd in the 200, Nicola Bear also won her 800 race. Anna Counce won the javelin and Kiera Vogel the 1500. Laura Yant won her long jump Maria Barrett won her javelin.
5th August 2000
LPS teams perform well at Risley
A fresh start for LPS senior men under new captain Jim Eden saw them come home forth in the North West Relay. The event which also incorporated the Liverpool & District saw us finish second behind Liverpool Harriers who for the second consecutive year ran the same ineligible athlete. We have lodged a complaint and given that this matter was fully discussed after last years event feel that the L&D must act to amend the results. The under 13 girls came 14, the under 15s came forth with Kiera Vogel and Nicola Bear running second and third fastest times. The senior ladies came 16. The event proved popular with the athletes and officials. Host Club Spectrum Striders made a first class job of the course.
26th September 2000
Senior men safely through to Nationals
It was a day of mainly sunshine at Sefton Park for the NoEAA 6 stage relay. Tom Snape got us of to a fine start bringing us in 5. Solid running through out saw us finish in 12 place. A great improvement on last season performance! We trailed in behind Liverpool Harriers, who this time fielded a team of eligible athletes and had a strong run to finish in 4 place.
30th September 2000
Tom 3rd Brian 5th in Liverpool 10k(8-10-00)On a busy day for LPS athletes Tom Snape came 3 in the ever popular City of Liverpool 10k with team mate Brian Currie showing that his getting back to his best again close behind in 5 place. John Kilbane was 16 and Peter Normile was 23. The race was won Mick Hawkins of Bingley Results
Nathan so close at Manchester
Nathan Vengdaslerm came close to lifting the Manchester marathon title in a close race he came home 4 in 2.25.14. The race was won by Robert Deakin in 2.23.53. Nathan who came down with a heavy cold just before last year’s event will have mixed feeling as his time was quite good but being so close yet not in the top three!
Under 17s take silver medals at NoEAA relays
LPS fielded teams in all events at the NoEAA young athletes relays at Blackpool. The under 17 men took silver medals just behind Sale with our B team coming home in 10 place. Under 13 girls came 19, Under 15 girls 7 with Kiera Vogel running 8 fastest time. Under 17 ladies also came 7 with Laura Davenport running the 9 fastest time on her LPS debut. Back to the boys and the under 13s came 6. and the under 15 came home 4
8th October 2000
Courtney wins Liverpool Reebok Opener
Courtney Birch was a clear winner of the junior women’s race at Liverpool. Coming in 9 overall in a top class senior/junior field. This was Courtney’s first outing in this age group and she must have caught the eye of the junior selectors with this run. It was no great surprise to those who have seen the Millfield Schoolgirl win successive English Schools’ Cross Country titles; indeed, she has never lost a cross country race at any level on her amazing progress through the age-groups.But Courtney herself was surprised. “I didn’t really know where I was in relation to the other juniors,” she said. “I kept hearing people shout, but you never know whether they are right or not. I’ve had an ankle injury for the last three or four weeks, so I was simply looking for a strong run to increase my confidence.”   The senior men’s incorporated the Liverpool & District our men struggled but finished a team in second place which should leave us with the target of Liverpool Harriers to try and over-hall in the next two fixture.
15th October 2000
Snape quickest as we finish 47 Tom Snape was off first at a wet and windy Sutton Park in the National 6 stage relay champs. The lads did their best in tricky conditions but we finished a distant four minutes down on Liverpool H In fairness both clubs under performed and will look to field stronger teams during the winter.
28th October 2000
Under 15s make top 10
The National young athletes relays are always well contested events and this year our girls performed well with the under 15s coming home 10 with Kiera Vogel the quickest of the team. The under 17s also built on the strong run at the Northern to finish 21s with new girl Laura Davenport running the fastest leg. Our under 13s worked hard and have a bright future with a number of young girls in this team they came home 39.
29th October 2000
lps-athletics make web site of the month
The club web has won the web site of the month at Martin Rix excellent records site  This came as great surprise. Don’t forget from next week the URL will change to
3rd November 2000
Silver for Under 15s at Mansfield
The National cross country relays saw good team performance by the lps young boys team. Pride of place went to the U/15s team who took the silver medals after being caught on the last leg by fastest man of the day Moran of Trafford. Michael Rimmer was second fastest. the U/17 came 5th after Henry Stewart brought them up four places on the last leg. this age group was won by Liverpool Harriers. The U/13s came 14th with after being 9th at the end of the first leg. Well done to John Bradshaw and all his lads. The girls who at the young athletes relays two weeks ago had the day off.
11th November 2000
Jon 2nd as title slips away
Jon Rice was second home to ex LPS man Rob Berry (now running in SWAC colours) at Beacon Park. On a very heavy and testing course we packed six in 45 but that was only good enough for second place behind Liverpool Harriers who look set to break our stranglehold on this title. Closing the team in was Mark Bleasdale who is now well into the veteran ranks. A great battle lower down the field in the V/50 cat between John Dobie and the much improved Ritchie Webster, which  saw John just hold off Ritchie.
25th November 2000
Nathan 2nd at Walton 4
Nathan Vengdaslerm came home second in the KIND Walton park 4 mile. After a long battle Simon McKevitt of Liverpool H  the winner. LPS packed 3 in the first 10 with Daniel Taylor 5 U/20  and Darrel Snodin V50 7th
3rd December 2000
Good day at Preston Michael Rimmer was the winner of the U/15 race at the Mid Lanc league at Preston on a very difficult course. Good packing saw us win this and the U/17 in which Henry Stewart was second home
2nd December 2000.
Busy Christmas at LPS
Sammy Rashid was not only the winner of our Christmas handicap held at West derby on 23 December he was also the fastest  runner. In a handicap which favoured the faster man Sammy cut through the field. His winning time of 21.14 was 19 seconds faster than second man Alan Stewart. A successful day with almost 40 people turning at West Derby for this annual event. It is a busy Christmas at LPS with Tom Snape now back home in Liverpool finishing second in the Hale 5 behind England International Tony O’Brian. On the same day (17 December) three LPS vets took part in the Gaston Rolents 10k in Brussels with Robbie Wood leading home John Dobie and Richie Webster.
24th December 2000
Jon Rice second at  Speke 10k
Christmas cheer for LPS as Jon Rice, Brian Currie and Dan Hutton won the team race at the annual Speke 10k for the second year. Running well on the roads Jon made up for going of course in the Christmas handicap by finishing a place higher than last year. Liverpool harriers came second in a close event which had 1 point between the two clubs. Gill Derby also won the ladies over 35 vets prizes.
26th December 2000


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