|The first test of the track and field season is always eagerly looked forward to as a measure of possible strength. The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Under 20 side travelled to Ellesmere Port for the Northern Junior League match without any great expectation but came away with a surprise win over five other local rivals. Among the winners was an A and B victory for Mark Grimshaw(23.4) and Alex Stokes(24.0) in the 200m and a joint first for Jakob Shaw in the A High Jump(1.80m), although other male second placings like Wayne Ashall`s 51.6 400m and Liam Wignall`s 12.25m Triple Jump also caught the eye. The women were even more prolific scorers. Helen Green had a comfortable 400m win in a personal best of 62.3 but once again the throwers did the club proud. Natalie Walsh was not really pressed in the Discus with 35.58m and Anne-Marie Pennington`s 33.0m Javelin throw was also not threatened by anyone else. Rebecca Keegan took the B event equally emphatically with 30.06m to add to a B Hammer win of 25.34m.. The throwing section has developed a high level of mutual support and other throwers like Rachel Hutchinson are responding well to the encouraging shouts. Meanwhile jumper Ashley McComb is also building a quiet reputation for herself in the Pole Vault, High Jump and Triple Jump. As always useful points were gathered in the relays with the men`s 4 x 400m as dominant as ever. Sneaking home first by 8 points topped an entertaining afternoon
| Astonishing run by Jake Helm
Our Young Athletes were at Ellesmere Port for the opening match of their season. The most outstanding result was achieved by Jake Helm in the U15 800m. He literally ran away from the rest of the field winning by the length of the straight in a Grade 1 time of 2.6.05. Unsurprisingly he was named Male Athlete of the Match. Another Grade 1 performance came from Ashley Kenny in the U17 Triple Jump of 9.41m. If Wayne Ashhall had been pressed in his U17 400m, a sharp 51.8, he too would be joining the top rank. It can only be a matter of time. Grade 2, 3 and 4 results cascaded, the real measure of success not the points garnered. in the Under 17s Harry Doran won the 100m in 11.5 with team mate Danny Higham collecting the B event in 11.9. Andrew Bowen was an unbelievable distance clear of the next athlete in the 1500m Steeplechase in 4.44.4. It was a real delight to see a Pole Vaulter in the shape of Jakob Shaw(2.65m) who added this to his High Jump victory of 1.68m. As usual the throwers did well with Darren Boswarva a Hammer victor with 21.07m also a B Javelin win of 35.85m. Among the Girls Emily Carr was well clear with a Javelin throw of 25.61m. At Under 15 Sam McVann(62.8) teamed up with Simon Birch(68.6) to romp away with maximum points at 400m. Sam also took the B 100m in 13.8. Michael Bridge backed up Jake Helm to win the B 800m. Winners among the Girls were Emma Bowen(880m in 2.29.7), Fay Atkins(4.53m HJ) and Rebecca White(B 1500m). Four winners among the Under 13s were Drew Atherton(100m in 14.9), Annie McLaughlin(70m Hurdles 13.4), Amy Robinson(Shot 6.57m) and Alice Donnelly a B Long Jump. With sparkling relay wins…Male Under 17 both 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m and Under 15 4 x 400m the club was bound to do well. Overall second to West Cheshire will be deemed more than satisfactory by team managers at this point in the season.