News March 2006

Mid Lancs Report
This is the time of year when local athletes begin to turn their attention towards the forthcoming track and field season. However, for the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton runners there were a couple of outstanding cross country events left. In the Mid-Lancashire Cross Country League Under 17 race at Hyndburn Martin Cooke(8), Joe McKenna(12) and Danny Gordon(14) were a solid 2nd team. Elsewhere Michael McCarten was 14th in the U15 race, Emma Bowen 10th in the parallel girls event and Stephanie Swift an encouraging 4th in the U17 women’s race. Runners were scarce on the grounds as several were preparing themselves for the big Inter-Counties event at Nottingham the following week.
Here Jake Helm had a storming run and spearheaded the Lancashire team by finishing a highly creditable 31st in the U15s. The LPS find of the season Michael McBride recorded an equally impressive 35th for Merseyside at U13 level. Skelmersdale’s Andrew Bowen’s brave early assault in the U17 race failed and he slipped to what for him will be a disappointing 91st. The fixture lists now are out for the summer side of the sport and athletes at the Edge Hill College track will be focusing on sharpening up programmes in the next few weeks.
11 March 2006
English Schools Championships
Nine LPS athletes took part in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield  on 25 March.
Junior Boys, group Jake Helme (Lancashire) was a very respectable 10th next home was David Forester (Merseyside) 19th, Chris Hesketh (Lancashire) 58th and Michael Bride (Merseyside) after being caught in a pile up at the start came 232.In the Junior Girls Emma Bowen (Lancashire) was their sixth counter in 104.
Inter Boys we had only one athlete in this event Andrew Bowden (Lancashire) was their first counter in 40th place.
Seniors Steph Swift running for Lancashire was 114 in the girls event while Martin Cook running for Merseyside was 230
25 March 2006


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