The irresistible rise of Rosie

After wintering well in the less than glamorous surroundings of cross country running Liverpool Pembroke Sefton`s rising star, Rosie Johnson, was at the Wigan Harriers Spring Open meeting to measure herself against the clock on the track. The Under 15 girl not only romped to victory over 1500m but recorded a highly impressive 4.52.5. An estimate, later confirmed, that this had propelled her to 4th in the UK Rankings. A spectacular outing to say the least.

The inclement conditions also did little to stop another bright prospect U15 Alec McSweeney lofting the Javelin out to 40.69m which also elevated him to the dizzy heights of the UK, to sixth no less. Other throwers were equally ambitious with U20 Ruth Doran putting the Shot 10.35m and the promising U17 Mark Hynd hammer throwing 25.29m  and shot putting 10.56m but more impressively, perhaps, throwing the Discus 33.34m.

The High Jumpers who similarly relished the atmosphere included Billy Williams setting at 1.80m, Amelia McLaughlin taking the U17 event with a casual 1.65m and U20 Kate Doran recording 1.60m. Two sprinters who caught the eye were Harry Doran running a swift 22.3 200m and Andrew Williams a cool 52.2 400m. Other quieter performances boded well for the club this year

Adam Thompson became the fourth LPS athlete recently to collect a Northern vest representing the region in the annual Malta Friendly International and Challenge Meet. He took the 400m race in 51.01 and combined with others to win the 4 x 100m relay. Meanwhile the ebullient Kirsty Longley was at Croxteth Park winning the Womens Diabetes 10K race in 38.07. This is somewhat quicker than her victory last year and holds out hope for an even better summer season.

Charles Gains

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