Liverpool Pembroke Sefton were engaged in their first Mid Lancs Track and Field League match at a cold and windy Blackpool. The conditions did not deter club members, many of whom posted personal bests. Without doubt the most outstanding result came from Lauren Lewis, still at primary school, who took three first placings in the Under 13 100m(13.10), Long Jump(4.19m) and Shot(5.91m). The 100m time immediately hoisted her to second in the current UK rankings. Also at U13 Owen Southern leapt a respectable 1.35m in the High Jump for runner-up spot and the Barnsley girls Alex(2.41.0) and Megan(2.41.30) ran together for 4th and 5th in the 800m.
At Under 15 another exciting sprint prospect is emerging in the shape of Ella Barton with first in the 100m(13.10) and third in the 200m(27.00), times that again propel her skywards on the national scene. Evelyn Smalley’s determination took her to an encouraging Long Jump win of 4.41m while emerging useful middle-distancers Morag Molyneux(5.10.80) and Charlotte Mawdsley(5.17.70) were 4th and 5th at 1500m. Jack Crook(4.49.60) is also beginning to look positive at 1500m. Jenny Wroblewski will be pleased with a 4th place in the Discus(13.68m).
As usual at Under 17 Amelia McLaughlin easily won the High Jump(1.65m) but it was encouraging to see Chloe Wood(1.35m) taking second. Grace Whitfield had a commendable double second placing in the Long Jump(4.15m) and Triple Jump(8.64m). Corey Cooper took the Hammer with 24.3m and Danny Wright was 4th in the 1500m(4.36.30).
At Senior level Nathan Hilton, given the conditions, ran a remarkable 48.60m for 400m as a postcript to a personal best at Sheffield the previous week of 48.28. Danny Higham was also on song with 3rd behind Nathan in 50.40 following his 49.20 at Steel City. High Jumpers Billy Williams(1.85m) and Dave McComb(1.75m) took second and third and Michael Wilson a fourth in the 1500m in 4.30.10. The afternoon closed with a magnificent front running performance from James Loftus in the 3000m who took a chunk off his personal best with 9.23.10. Ben Singleton was third in 9.56.8. Overall in the second division of the league the males ran out second and the females first on points. Promotion beckons after even one match.
The Belle Vue House 10K run at the club`s headquarters at Edge Hill University saw Ian Roberts win in 34.33 from the remarkable Amanda Crook(35.09) of Southport who was too good for the rest of the men. Greg Callaghan was 13th(37.57) and Stuart Haw 26th(40.40). An overjoyed Lisa Gawthorne was 34th(41.17) in a personal best, collecting third Female prize in the process. Vicky Jones was 148th(50.32).