Liverpool Pembroke Sefton track and field athletes gathered at Wavertree for the Liverpool Harriers Open meeting, the first outdoor opportunity to test themselves for the imminent summer campaign. Victories are welcome but times were all important and Under 13 Lauren Lewis provided two stand-out results. She easily took the 75m in a scintillating 11.1 and followed this with 150m victory in 21.8, performances that propelled her to 8th and 12th respectively in the current UK rankings. She also added a long jump victory of 3.99m. An outstanding talent and a credit to the careful conditioning approach of coach, Mike Dandy.
Another Lauren, Ramsey this time, ran a splendid U13 75m in 11.4 and a 150m in 22.2. Other girls in action included, in the far from helpful conditions, a sound 1500m in 5.27.9 by U15 Charlotte Mawdsley. A personal best was achieved by U1l Scarlet Whitfield (75m in 13.2) while at U15 level there was a good 13.8 100m from Ella Barton. Evelyn Smalley will also be content with a 100m in 14.3 and a long jump of 4.10m. Another who relished the occasion was Jessica Wohler(100m in 14.6).
On the male side there was a promising debut for U13 Isaac Cardwell at 75m hurdles (16.2). The senior men opted to test themselves at 200m, Adam Thompson(22.7), Nathan Hilton(22.9) and Danny Higham(23.1). Andrew Williams(11.4) and Nathan Hilton(11.4) also ran 100m. Rob Parkinson took the 800m in 2.06.50 with David Reece on 2.15.60 and Joe Chadderton with 2.24.80. James Loftus challenges for the best performance of the day with an unchallenged 3000m in 9.32.80 which carries him into the current U20 top 40. Finally there was the rarely run one mile race with three LPS athletes in the line-up. Michael Wilson came away with 4.54.80 and Jonathan Bride 5.01.80. But mixing it confidently with the men was U17 club cross country international, Rosie Johnson, sixth out of 14 with an excellent 5.07.00. An auspicious start to her season.
Meanwhile LPS’s `Queen of the Road’ Kirsty Longley was taking the first lady position at the Lymm 10K in a relaxed 39.40 well clear of any female challenge. Additionally at Crewe Lisa Gawthorne was not only victorious in the 5K in 20.20 she beat all the men as well! A sub-20 aim is now firmly in her sight. LPS ladies love the roads.