News January-February 2001

Barrett & Rice win Merseyside titles
LPS had only two winners at the Merseyside champs held at Clarkes Garden M Barrett under 17 ladies and Jon Rice junior men. The under 17 ladies showed great form with three in 4 to take the team title. Kiera Vogel 3rd in under 15 girls, Michael Rimmer 2nd in under 15 boys and Henry Stewart 2nd in under 17 boys. the senior men came 2nd behind Liverpool Bernie Murphy showing some of his old form by finishing 5
7th January 2001
Liverpool & District Retained
After what has been one of the most frustrating cross country seasons in a long while LPs senior men won the Liverpool & District title in fine style despite a strong challenge from Liverpool Harriers. Bernie Murphy lead the team home in 3rd place followed by last years winner Jim Boardman, Jon Rice, Brain Currie, Sammy Rashid and Greg Callaghan. A splendid turn out of athletes and supporter on a lovely January afternoon all but made up for a disappointing season.
13th January 2001
LPS pick up Lancashire titles
Not to be out done by the seniors John Bradshaw’s young athletes did well at the Lancashire championships held at Towneley Park, Burnley. The under 13 boys won the team title ahead of Blackpool, David Wilkie 2nd Tom McCarten 8th Ben Simmons 10th and Rob Bland 11th scored 31 points 6 less than Blackpool. the under 15 matched the under 13 with another fine victory ahead of host club Burnley. Robert Stocks 2nd Martin Dolman 7th young Bobby Walmsley8th (his Dad was running the Liverpool & District) and Thor Andersen 12 was enough to score a 20 point victory. In the under 17 race Alan Stewart was 2nd with Simon McClone 18. Anna Caunce ran well in the under 15 girls to finish 8th
13th January 2001
PB at Birmingham
In what turned out to be a very busy weekend a group of our young sprinters made the journey to Birmingham for the indoor competition. The reward was at least one PB for all concerned. Derek Baker informs me that it was a worth while exercise and all the lads enjoyed the competition, Michael Zaim (under 20)ran 7.35 for the 60m & 22.91 for the 200, In the under 17 the results as below
Paul Edwards         7.56secs        24.18secs
John Murray           7.69secs        25.17secs
Andrew Scott        8.21secs        26.08secs
Steve Milton           8.06secs
Phil Taylor            23.38secs        51.23secs
David Stroud       25.03secs        54.92secs
Mark Hagan         26.44secs        58.09secs
14th January 2001
Courtney second at Cardiff
Courtney Birch enjoyed her first outing of the new year with a second place at Cardiff in the Reebok cross country challenge. Running in the under 20 although she is still a first year under 17 Courtney came second to Scotland’s Colette Fagan. All eyes will now be on Courtney to see if she decides to run the National at under 17 or elects to race the under 20’s
14th January 2001
Zaim rewarded with another PB
Michael Zaim continued with his good form by running his second PB  in consecutive weekends. Michael made his way through to the junior men’s 60m final running a 7.24 pb in the semis. In a strong final he finished 5th in 7.43. LPS had seven athletes entered in the champs but due to poor weather only Michael made it across to Sheffield. Results
21st January 2001
Mixed day at Northern
In what turned out to be a day of mixed emotions at a high quality North of English champs LPS came so close in a number of events without winning a single one. The ever consistent Kiera Vogel was 5th in the under 15 girls event in which the team won bronze medals. Our County winning under 17 ladies came 7th. The under 13 boys came 6th. The under 15boys had glory taken away by one point by our friends at Liverpool Harriers Michael Rimmer was 4th, silver medals still a just reward for this hard working group. The under 17 men believed they had won the bronze medals only to have them taken away after a recording error, still a good performance by this talented under 17 team. Jon Rice was 8th in the under 20 race. Our senior men came 15 with Alan Woods making his first winter appearance in 43rd spot. Results
27th January 2001
Courtney 3rd in GB debut
Making her first appearance in GB colours Courtney Birch finished in 3rd place at Lisbon at the junior international meeting. Courtney still only an under 17 showed the experience that was needed to deal with such a high class field. GB packed 3 athletes in the first 4 to claim the team race.
28th January 2001
PB’s all round at Birmingham
The Club were well represented at the 2nd Midland Indoor Open Meeting at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham on the weekend of 3rd-4th February. The hard winter training is paying dividends for the boys as PBs once again went tumbling. Coaches Ray Twentyman and Trish Farrell have put in a lot of time and effort in recent months and the boys have responded brilliantly with a series of excellent performances. The results are as follows:
60metres 200metres 400metres
Michael Zaim (U20) 7.45secs 22.79secs (PB)
Paul Edwards (U17) 7.6secs
Danny Holland (U17) 7.57secs (PB)
John Murray (U17) 7.65secs (PB) 24.43secs (PB)
Stephen Milton (U17) 8.08secs
Phil Taylor (U17) 23.54secs 50.75secs (PB)
Mark Hagan (U17) 25.93secs (PB) 56.45secs (PB)
4th February 2001
Michael Rimmer picks up top Uunder 15 Award
Michael Rimmer received his award for the AAA Best U15 Athlete of 2000 due to his outstanding efforts at 800 metres. Michael who set a UK under 15 age record of 1.55.56 at Trafford in July to add to his English schools and Northern Titles. Michael who is a popular lives in Southport,  joined LPs from Southport Waterloo last year John Bradshaw has been coaching Michael for a couple of years and believes that he will a name for the future. Along with Courtney Birch LPS has two of the top young middle distance athletes in the country
24th February 2001
Mixed fortunes at AAA U/20 indoor
(24-02-01) The weekend of 24th and 25th February saw the Club participate in the AAA U20 Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.  There were mixed fortunes for the boys with the U17 sprinters Danny Holland, Paul Edwards and John Murray not progressing beyond the heats of the 60metres.  However, Michael Zaim achieved another personal best in the U20 200 metres by reaching the semi-final in 22.64secs.  He missed the final by a whisker. There was disappointment for Phil Taylor who qualified fastest for the U17 400metres final only to be disqualified in the final after finishing second in under 50 seconds
24th February 2001
Juniors just miss out for medals at National
Both our junior team’s just missed out on team medals in the National Cross Country Champs held at Durham. Our under 15 girls lead home by Kiera Vogel came 4th, while the Under 17 men also came 4th the position the finished in the Northern earlier in the month. Alan Stewart was 22 leading home the team. Laura Davenport lead home the under 17 ladies in 53 position with the team coming 11. Jon Rice was a solid 18th in the junior men’s race. Jim Eden lead home the depleted senior ranks in 185 place which was a good run for Jim getting in the top 200 Full results
24th February 2001


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