Canon Slade school in Bolton was the venue on Saturday for this year’s schools cross country international, with thefinest youngsters from England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland competing against one another.With straw covering the deep mud in partsof the course and driving rain throughout the afternoon, conditions were not for the feint hearted.In the intermediate girl’s race,Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton athlete, Rosie Johnson,was part of the leading group throughout, before eventually clinching the individual bronze and team gold for England. Dan Slater (Junior Boy)found the conditions tough and despite a fall on the first lap, he recovered to finish in a very creditable 15th place. Both athletes can now look forward to representing the north west in the junior race at the London Marathon.
A day later in Liverpool, the sun shone on those taking part in the half marathon.Club members, Mark Wynne(82.21) and Danny Gilbody (88.20) both ran PB’s, with a useful performance also from Paul Milburn (82.54). John Dobie who has shown consistent form for many years won the V/65 prize with a time of 97.02.
Former Liverpool Pembroke veteran, Kenny Beisty, travelled from Australia to compete in the race at the age of 80.
At the indoor meeting at Sale on Sunday, Kai Finch set a new PB in the high jump (1.61m), as did Hannah Wills (1.40m). Also competing were Jade Murphy (1.58m), Owen Southern (1.40m & Jess Wohler (1.30m)
Wally Bridson (sec)