News April 2001

20 team in Northern 12 Stage Relay
In bitterly cold conditions LPS came home 20th in the Northern 12 stage relay at Leeds. This ensured  qualification for the National 12 stage later this month. Getting away to a good start Nathan Vengdaslerm brought home in 6th place, solid packing saw us ahead of Liverpool Harriers until the 9 stage when lead us for the first time a stronger tail saw Liverpool get away over the last two legs. Team captain Jim Eden will have the under 17 men’s squad at his disposal for the national which should see club Secretary Robbie Wood out of the squad.
7th April 2001
Under 17s just miss out on medals
In a battle to the line LPS under 17 men just missed out on bronze medals at the national by 2 seconds! Dan Taylor, Alan Stewart, Mark Donoghue & Henry Stewart who have been missing out on the medals all season will have the consolation of knowing they are one of the most improved squads and should be making a big impression this summer on the track. the under 17 Ladies had a solid run coming home 15 with Nicola Gunderson, Amy Potter and Laura Davenport. The under 15 girls came home in 12 place with Kiera Vogel running the 7th fastest time of the day. The under 15 boys came home in 21 place. The under 13 girls ran out in 50 place and the under 13 boys came home in 13th spot.
8th April 2001
Brian Currie 4th at Southport
Showing a welcome return to form Brian Currie ran 31.56 to finish 4th in the Southport 10k. The race was won by ex LPS man Rob Berry in 31.16 from a field of over 700! Sammy Rashid was next home in 17th spot in 33.18. Brian was unable to make the Northern 12 stage last week but Club Captain Jim Eden, will look to Brian’s availability for the National 12 stage in two weeks time.
13th April 2001
Nathan Vengdaslerm 33rd in London Marathon
After his good run on the opening leg in the Northern 12 stage at Leeds, Nathan ran his first London marathon in an excellent 2.23.46 to come home in 33rd place. Passing through 10k in 33.00 he reached the halfway point in 69.35. the 40k was passed in 2.15.39. This made him the 13th GB athlete to finish. Coming into marathon running late in his career although he had run 1.44 for twenty miles back in the 1993 he never ran his first marathon until 1999 and missed last years London through illness. Nathan now ranks 4th on the all time club list of fastest marathon runners behind Marty McLoughlin 2.17.27, Ritchie Brown 2.19 and Peter Malcomson 2.21
22nd April 2001
Good times in bad weather
Atrocious weather conditions on Sunday 22nd April were not conducive towards top class performances.  However, in the Melborne Cup held at Wavertree,  Phil Taylor (50.6 secs), Michael Zaim (52.1 secs)  and Dave Stroud (56.4 secs) all achieved PB’s in the Men’s 400 metres.
Also, in the U15 long jump, more PB’s were collected by Joey Wegrzyn (4.92 metres) and John Edwards (4.6 metres).  With the new Track & Field season only just beginning, these results look very promising and given fair weather conditions and good competition all the lads can confidently look forward to notching up further improvements over the coming months.
22nd April 2001
Disappointment in 12 Stage Relay
LPS failed to finish a team in the National 12 stage relay at Birmingham. Club Captain Jim elected to run a similar team to Leeds, although without fastest man at Leeds Nathan missing, due to him still recovering from last weeks London marathon added to Jim’s problems. A team on paper but in reality we ended up with only 10 stages completed. John Kilbane failed to show up and with only eleven runners Peter Normile who had made the long journey decided to get home early to catch up on his collage work. The disappointment of all who had made the long journey was clear.
In what was a poor day for Liverpool clubs Liverpool Harriers had themselves disqualified on stage 4 for running Phil McGlory who is an under 17 . Wirral carried the Merseyside flag by being our only finishers in 56th place
28th April 2001
 Junior League
A great performance on 29th April by the men’s track and field junior squad saw them comprehensively win the first fixture in the Mersey Division of the National Junior Athletic  League at the Bebington Oval. A combined score of 379 points left their nearest rivals West Chehire and Wirral trailing by over 100 points in a match where every LPS athlete could be proud of their achievements. Highlights included a sprint double and two PB’s from Michael Zaim, PB’s from Matthew Atkinson in the javelin and from Paul Edwards in the long jump and a terrific 4 x 100m relay win by the sprint team.  Although the squad lacked field competitors, enough of the lads volunteered for both the A and B categories in every event and earned valuable points towards the total.  It was a magnificent team effort and would have been better still if someone had remembered to bring the pole for the pole vault!
Full Results National Junior Athletic League Bebington Oval (29 April 2001)
100m   Michael Zaim (11.2s)
Paul Edwards (11.9s) 200m
Michael Zaim (22.5s)
Danny Holland (23.8s) 400m
Phil Taylor (50.7s)
Russell Genge (55.9s) 110H
Mark Donoghue (21.8s)
Dan Taylor (21.9s) 400H
Mark Donoghue (66.4s)
Tom Wade (71.4s) 800m
Henry Stewart (2m 02.7s)
Alex Spencer (2m 09s) 1500m
Henry Stewart (4m 23.2s)
Alex Spencer (4m 32.1s) 3000m
Dan Taylor (9m 35s)
Dan Hutton (9m 55.2s) 2000mSC
Mark Donoghue (6m 33.8s)
Tom Wade (6m 51s) 4x100m Relay   Michael Zaim, Paul Edwards, Phil Taylor, Danny Holland (45.4s)
4x400m Relay   Michael Zaim, Russell Genge, Paul Edwards, Phil Taylor (3m 36.1s)
Hammer   Dan Hutton (9.79m)
Alex Spencer (8.41m) Triple Jump
Matthew Atkinson (11.28m)
Russell Genge (9.32m) Javelin
Matthew Atkinson (37.24m)
Henry Stewart (23.58m) Shot
Matthew Atkinson (8.3m)
Tom Wade (6.64m) High Jump
Dan Taylor (1.5m)
Tom Wade (1.45m) Discus
Matthew Atkinson (20.35m)  Dan Hutton (10.48m)
29th April 2001


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