News February 2002

Greg Callaghan Leads us home at Parbold
On a bright and sunny February afternoon 5 LPS athletes made the short trip to Parbold for the 32nd running of this popular event. Not to be out done by the athletes LPS Officials turned out in even larger numbers to help make this yet another successful day for our Skem/Boundary friends. Coming home in 23rd place Greg was followed home by Robbie Wood 80th 52.07,  98 John Dobie 53.30, 104 Dave Fairclough 53.40 and Gill Darby 166 58.14. Out of the 403 finishers 243 were over the age of 40! What does this tell us about about our sport at this level?  To complete an enjoyable afternoon the guest beer at the Farmers Arms ‘Bombardier’, was in top form and did not touch the sides. After a hard seven mile slog over hills through mud (and more) it was just the ticket.
16th February 2002
Alan Stewart leads us to National Title
LPS picked up their second  National Cross Country Title in six years as our Under 17 men won their Championship Title at a windswept Ashton Park Bristol. On an interesting and well laid out course Alan Stewart was always in contention with the leading group and was rewarded for his gutsy run with a 9th place in this quality field. Rory Smith was next home in 19th place Ben Jones & Michael Rimmer closed the team into victory in 49th & 50th places. Chris Watson 59th, Rob Walsmsley 65th, David Philips 112nd, Andrew Donaldson 125th and  Ian Revell 142nd all contributed to this outstanding result. A tense 40 minutes was had by all the LPS party as we waited for the results which were received with great pleasure. This caps a wonderful season for these lads who have won the Counties (both Merseyside & Lancashire) the Northern Championships and now the icing on the cake the National. Much praise must go to John Bradshaw & Dave Jeffs for their hard work and enlighten views. These lads have done not only LPS proud but also local athletics. Results
Staying in the same age group LPS ladies came home a very respectable 8th with Kiera Vogel first home in 59th place next was Laura Davenport in 78th with Michelle Barret 116 & Amy Potter 129 Results
Our junior men performed well and 11th with Henry Stewart leading this team home in  70th, followed by Mark Donoghue 92nd and Dan Hutton 93 with Tom wade closing us in 112 Results
On such a memorable day it was a pity that we could not field a senior men’s team! Bernie Murphy 81st and Jon Rice 140th ran well in what turned into a snowstorm with gale force winds for this the final race of the day.  (Photo Charles Gains)
23 February 2002

Taylor & Murray run pbs indoors
On a busy weekend for LPS athletes it was another trip down the motorway this time only as far as Birmingham for the AAA under 20s indoor championships. Phil Taylor kept up his impressive form with two pbs on his way to the final in the 400. His reward was a 5th placing and a 49.17. Not to be outdone John Murray also made the final of the under 17s 400 event and was also 5th in a new pb of 51.83. Also in that age group Dave Stroud got into the semis with a 53.83 which was also a new pb. Danny Holland and Paul Edwards ran the 60 metre in 7.5 & 7.7.
Nicky Gunderson has taken to the indoors and ran another pb of 2.16.85 in the under 20s 800. Coaches Ray Twentyman and Tricia Farrell will be pleased with this form and must have high hopes for the coming T&F season
24 February 2002


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