A quiet weekend for LPS 28 June
Something of a break in a frenetic programme for LPS. Three members were at Bedford for the U20 UKA Champs all contesting the 400m. Wayne Ashall(50.4), Harry Doran(49.60) and Danny Higham(50.12) had useful heat times but only Harry and Danny went forward to the semi-finals. Here they both succumbed with Harry(49.32) finishing seventh and Danny(49.66) sixth. At Stretford for the BMC meeting Kirsty Longley continued to improve posting a 1500m personal best by one second to 4.40.66. Adam Clansey ran a 1.58.27 800m.
Another silver medal for Doran at Northern 21 June
The Northern Senior and Junior Championships at Sport City, Manchester saw no fewer that 3 LPS members reach the final of the U20 400m. Harry Doran secured the silver medal in a brilliant personal best time of 48.15 with Danny Higham(4th in 49.40) and Wayne Ashall(6th in 50.37). Also in the U20 1500m David Forrester was a somewhat disappointed 7th in 4.08.27 after running a highly promising heat time of 4.02.07. Other U20 finalists were Rhea Ellis(9th 1500m in 4.52.20) and Chris Hesketh(9th 1500m Steeplechase in 6.30.97).Also present were Harry Boyd(1500m in 4.18.23) and senior Adam Clansey(1500m in 4.20.79). Results
The clubs Young Athletes were at Litherland for the fourth match of the Northern Premier League. This is a competition heavily weighted to numerically strong clubs who can cover the multiplicity of events. It was not surprising, therefore, that the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton more slim-line squad struggled against the might of Blackpool and Chesterfield finishing third and teetering on the edge of overall relegation. Nevertheless, there were some stunning individual performances with the club`s class sprinters Adam Thomson (first U17 400m in 51.10) and rising star, Andrew Williams (first U15 400m in 53.50).Not to be outshone the girls produced a Grade 1 performer in the shape of Amelia McLaughlin (first U13 High Jump with 1.42m).
There were some interesting `double acts’ as in the U17s where Mike Bride and Ed Rimmer took the 1500m with 4.19.4 and 4.46.0 respectively. The 3000m pair of Jai-Vernon McGuigan((9.31.7) and Toby Loveridge(10.08.1), 1500m Steeplechasers, Sean Kirkbride(5.05.7) and Adam Goldfarb(5.08.4) and Hammer Throwers Mike Carmona-Jones(43.24m) and Tom Johnson(36.69m) did likewise. Other individual winners included Kevin Carmona-Jones (Discus 26.62m) and Billy Williams (High Jump 1.75m).
At U15 Andrew Williams added the 100m(12.10) to his 400m win and Danny Holloran took the Discus with 27.03m. Brett Adamson’s 200m victory in 24.70 also attracted some attention. At U13 there is yet another emerging sprint talent, Alex Higham, who took both the 100m(13.70) and 200m(28.60). Equally successful team mates were Ben Haines (Shot 7.51m) and Daniel McComb (High Jump 1.30m). Among the girls U13 Amelia McLaughlin showed she could hurdle as well as jump, taking the 70m race in 12.9 with Holly Moran(14.1) in B winning support.
The afternoon concluded with three relay wins the U17 4 x 400m 3.38.30(Mike Stam, Adam Thomson, Jesse Roberts, Stuart Dolman), U15 4 x 100m in 50.30(Joel Hutchinson, Andrew Freeman, Andrew Williams, Brett Adamson) and the same four combining to take the 4 x 400m in 3.57.90
Michael moves up a notch 16 June
After an opening European mini-tour starting in Montreuil-sous-Bois, Paris, where Michael Rimmer recorded 1.47.04 in third place, he was off to the Golden League match in Berlin where he stepped up both his time 1.46.31 and position, second. He and his coach, Norman Poole, will be mightly pleased with such an auspicious start to the season that could well end up again in Berlin for the World Championships.
County Schools Championships
Club members, all representing Sefton, were very much in evidence at the County Schools Championships There was a good turn out in The Merseysides at the Oval ,Bromborough where Senior Dean Matthews achieved what he has threatened all season leaping to a 13m triple jump victory. His 13.44m was so convincing his sights immediately turned to 14m. At Inter level Adam Thomson again showed his 400m class with a 50.4 win paralleled in the Junior 400m by Andy Williams with 53.9. Perhaps the afternoon’s most interesting result came in the Junior 200m where the club`s new acquisition from Australia Brett Adamson won in 24.3 to add to a third placed 100m(12.3).
Other prominently placed athletes from the Senior ranks included Dave Forrester(2nd 800m in 1.57.7), Chris Hesketh(third 800m in 1.58.8 and Sean Dignam(fourth 800m with 2.02.5). Harry Boyd took the 1500m(4.12.1), Simon Birch (double first Shot 9.09m High Jump 1.60m) and Rhea Ellis(second 1500m 4.54.5). The Inters also provided winners at High Jump(Billy Williams 1.85m), Discus(Mike Carmona-Jones 35.41m), Hammer(Tom Johnson 37.03m) with second placers, Toby Loveridge (1500m 4.10.5) and Olivia Fell(Triple Jump 9.96m). A third slot went to Mike Bride(1500m 4.13.6). Junior success came from long jumper Emily Canning(4.14m). Year 7 provided Amelia McLoughlin(second 75m Hurdles 12.6 and first High Jump 1.45m) with Ben Haines similarly successful at the High Jump with 1.25m.
The Lancashire championships at Blackpool witnessed a very spirited run from Junior Alistair Nelson who chopped a huge seven seconds off his personal best in the 1500m to race away from the opposition in 4.24.9. Sprinters were also prominent with 200m winners in the shape of Stuart Dolman in 23.3 and Joel Hutchinson with 24.5. Inter Annie McLaughlin was second with 27.0. Also in this age group Sean Kirkbride and Adam Goldfarb were on their own in the Steeplechase with 5.15.4 and 5.17.2 respectively.
National Junior League (Merseyside)
In a crowded weekend the Junior Leage match at Wigan was a sufferer in terms of attendance. A fairly routine encounter was enlivened by some unexpected hurdling from Chris Hesketh(400m in 59.60), Billy Williams first in the High Jump with 1.85m, still teetering on 1.90m, double victors Nathan Hilton(52.10) and Wayne Ashall(51.80) at 400m and Tom Hanlon(2.01.40) and Sean Dignam(2.04.40) at 800m. The men`s sprint relay quartets mopped up as usual. With only three women enthusiasts Toria Swift, Nicole Garner, Grace Stewart available the club expected a hammering but were pleasantly surprised to finish fifth out of eight teams..A full strength squad could easily capture third spot.
Kirsty cruises on
There are not enough superlatives in the book to describe Kirsty Longley. She took the long trip to Watford to compete in the BMC meeting and came away with a personal best in the 1500m of 4.41.63. A fantastic example of commitment.
Another astonishing run from Kirsty 11 June
At one of the regular Stretford graded evening meetings Kirsty Longley took an astonishing bite out of her previous best for 3000m to run 10.23.52. Her amazing season continues. Rhea Ellis also collected a PB with 10.26.85. Other notable performances came from Harry Doran(400m 49.72), Tom Hanlon(800m 1.58.98), Mike Bride(1500m 4.24.0) and Toby Loveridge(3000m 9.17.37) with Harry Boyd on 9.25.78. But one of the best runs of the evening came from Jai-Vernon McGuigan who posted an eye-opening 9.24.21 for his 3K.
Michael Rimmer Update 11 June
After missing a chunk of winter training due to a foot injury Michael Rimmer then discovered he had breathing problem due to a big drop in lung capacity. After help from the UKA medical team he has been prescribed inhalers that have relieved the problem. He was obviously not at his best in an early BMC Milers Club 1500m at Stretford where he clocked for him a modest 3.47.95. Now on the way back to full recovery he was expected to turn out at the Super 8 competition in Cardiff but due to a logo dispute all Nike sponsored athletes were withdrawn. This left a problem but his agent quickly arranged for an alternative run in Montreuil( Paris) where he finished third in the 800m in 1.47.01 behind Jeff Lastennet( France) 1.46.48 and Jackson Kivuna (Kenya) 1.46.91. He will have to miss a planned BMC run at Watford in order to run in another quality meeting in Berlin as part of his summer build up.
Britain’s number one 800m runner will be passing on his knowledge to young athletes between the ages of 10 and 15 at a specially arranged UKA Academy Training Session at Edge Hill University on Wednesday, 1st July between 4.00-6.00pm. Those wishing to take part in this master class have to submit in writing 50 words explaining why they would like to attend. They can enter on line at: www.uka.org.uk …and then follow the links grassroots-Aviva UKA Academy-competitions using Liverpool as the venue.
A miserable day at Litherland 6 June
It was a somewhat miserable day at Litherland for the Northern Senior Track and Field Match Division 2W). The poor weather reflected the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton overall performance as the club slumped to fifth place mainly due to a poor turn out. However, there were some bright moments principally that of international, Phil Taylor, taking both the 100m(11.6) and 200m(22.4) as part of his season’s preparation. One had to look hard for other individual winners but down in the field events the indefatigable Mark Line racked up useful wins and points for the club in the Discus(34.42m) and Pole Vault((3.00m) and the maturing Dean Matthews was the Triple Jump victor(12.68m). Among the women only Charlotte Christian’s second placed Hammer Throw (37.10m) stood out. Although the afternoon was rounded off pleasantly with predictable relay wins in the 4 x 100m(Danny Higham, Phil Taylor, Nathan Hilton, Ian Milsom) in 44.9 and the same quartet doubling up in the 4 x 400(3.32.5), it was far from one of the club’s best days. A more united effort will be required at the next two matches if relegation is not to be stared in the face.