North West County Squad
On Saturday 5th April, 6 LPS team members took part in North West County squads. They were selected for these Academy Squads because they were best in the North West on the Power of Ten. The athletes were chosen by UK Athletics, and they attended 3 winter training sessions in all. The final session took place at SportCity, Manchester. The LPS team members are: Mike McBride, Emma Carter, Jess Broady, Michael Carmona Jones, Adam Thomson and Danny Higham.
Double Easter Victories
Two club athletes tasted individual success for the first time when they competed in races over the Easter weekend. On Good Friday, Ed.Rimmer (11.18) was the first home in a field of 112 in the annual Southport Fun Run. There was an excellent run too by Kyle Nicholls (11.34) who took the bronze medal. Over in the Isle of Man, despite facing a force 8 gale along the promenade at Port Erin, Andrew Hutchinson competed in the Manx Harriers Easter Festival of Races and won the boys 3K race in a time of 9.55
Murphy Top of London Charts
LPS’s Bernie Murphy claimed Merseyside bragging rites in the Flora London marathon. Bernie completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course in a personal best time of 2hrs.29 min.to finish in an impressive 43rd place overall. He reached the half-way stage in 1:14.29 and despite the testing conditions, he managed to maintain that pace throughout. Sammy Rashid having had a difficult lead up to the event still went ahead and completed the race in 3:37:06, which I would guess is about an hour slower than Sammy may have hoped for given better luck
Throwers make the point
Liverpool Harriers held their annual Jumps & Throws meeting at Wavertree and saw two LPS throwers set PB’s in the javelin. Drew Atherton threw 36.01m to go straight to the U15 Power of Ten North-West rankings. Emma Carter also threw the javelin further than she had ever done before with a throw of 29.57m.
Report Wally Bridson 16 April
Fine start to the season for LPS athletes
Traditionally the summer track and field season starts for most athletes with the Liverpool Harriers Open Meeting at Wavertree. It was an occasion blessed with very cold weather but there were still many encouraging performances for the club to relish. Sarah Beth Wroblewski (Yr 5) marked her first year in the sport with a quick 11.7 for 75m and equally delighted was Tawanda Lungu (Yr 7) who posted 11.0 over the same distance. Kyle Nicholls (Yr 8/9) was an untroubled winner of the 1500m in 5.12.5 as was Joseph Hanlon (Yr 7) in taking the 800m in 3.30.8 followed by no fewer than 4 other LPS athletes( Andrew Hutchinson, Jake Oldham, Darren McDonald and David Reece) all under 3.47, a very encouraging sign for the club’s middle distance prospects.
Among the more senior members probably the two best performance came from Junior Jack McGinn who took the 400m race in 50.1 and the strong run of David Forrester in the U17 800m of 2.01.7. In the latter event the depth of the club was again in evidence with another four runners (Chris Hesketh, Toby Loveridge, Michael Bride and Jake Helm) under 2.13. The club’s U17 200m specialists Adam Thomson(23.3) and Callum Burns (23.6) both looked good as did Senior Michael Zaim with an 11.4 100m and a 22.7 200m. Junior Danny Higham will also be reasonably content with an 11.5 100m and 51.1 400m. There was no doubt though that the most delighted athlete of the day was Junior Charlotte Christian whose Hammer Throw of 35.23m was not only a personal best but gained her the qualifying mark for the Isle of Man in the forthcoming `Island Olympics’ in Scandinavia.
Have you joined the LPS PB/08 Club?
The track and field season has hardly begun and dozens of members are already posting personal bests. Take Rose Hutchinson’s Throws Group for example…
Out of nine members 6 have already got PBs. They are Drew Atherton(U15 Javelin 36.01m), Emma Carter(U17 Javelin 29.62m) plus four U20`s Mike Jones (Javelin 38.44), Rachel Hutchinson(Hammer 29.38m), Emily Carr (Javelin 32.69m) and Charlotte Christian (Hammer 35.23). Jess Broady, Mike Jones and Kevin Jones are also poised to join the club shortly.
Charlotte Christians throw qualified her to represent the Isle of Man in the Island Games next year but if she can pass 40m before June that will put her in contention for spot in the Junior Commonwealth Games in India this year. A big incentive!
Wayne Ashall in Malta
Wayne Ashall, the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 400m star, was in Malta representing a North of England team against numerous Mediterranean countries. Hampered by an achilles injury he still managed a fourth spot in his favourite event with a time of 49.62 but was also part of a victorious 4 x 100m relay squad. Results
Meanwhile his colleagues were at a National Junior League match in Ellesmere Port. Among the men Jack McGinn`s 200m in 22.9 caught the eye as did the prolific Mike Jones who took the Shot Putt with 9.30m, the Discus with 24.13m and a useful second in the Hammer with 33.18m. The Women as usual garnered valuable points with Rachel Hutchinson in particular clearing 1.90m in the Paul Vault and throwing a personal best in the Hammer of 32.15m and team mate Jess Broady(29m) in close attendance. The club ran out third team on the day to North Wales and Cheshire Tigers.
The club was also promoting their annual 10K Road Race in Croxteth Park, organised superbly by Robbie Wood, which attracted over 200 runners. Graham Cairns was 7th in 36.11 and first Over 50 while Kirsty Longley occupied 32nd position(40.32) but third in the Women`s event. The biggest cheer though was reserved for Joe McAloon who continues to astound at the age of 75 completing the course with a big smile in 73.28