The winter season is heralded by the North West Road Relays held this year in the beautiful surroundings of Woodbank Park, Stockport. The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton women`s trio of Lisa Gawthorne, Claire Constable and Lauren Wilson were in great form. Lisa led off with a fine time of 14.52 in 20th spot which kept the club in contact with stronger clubs. Claire was inspirational on leg 2 overhauling seven runners and recording 14 47. Lauren then produced a truly fighting performance on the final stage losing only one spot with a time of 15.26. This carried LPS to silver in the accompanying Merseyside championships. Even without the temporary absence of captain, Kirsty Longley, the women are a force to be reckoned with.
The Under 15 Boys were without star Daniel Slater but still turned in an impressive performance. On lag 1 Matthew Richardson was a stunning third at the takeover with 8.16. This was a tough act to follow but Tom Jacques dug deep and although losing ground to twelfth had a good timing of 9.12. Joe Martin looked equally strong on the final leg recording the same time(9.12) as Tom to hang on to the position. Checking back though in the Merseyside context the club were rewarded with bronze medals.
The senior men were weakened by withdrawals and only a Merseyside quartet showed. Normally sprinter Harry Doran(12) would not be seen beyond one lap of a track but here he looked comfortable among the North West`s best. He recorded 11.43. Mark Wynne(14) followed with a stunning 12.13 and then Jonathan Bride(15) on an equally impressive 12.34 . Danny Gilbody(20) was sure to lose some ground but ran a sound 13.50. LPS were adrift of the medals on this occasion as Merseyside grows in senior strength. Peter Gaskell(12.47) and Greg Callaghan(13.25) made up an incomplete team.
Liverpool Throws and Jumps Meet
Several club members were at the Liverpool Harriers Throws and Jumps Meeting. There were decent High Jumps from Amelia McLaughlin(1.75m), Owen Southern(1.50m) and Hannah Wills(1.45m) but no personal bests. Long Jumpers Dominic O`Hanlon(5.77m), Matt Low(5.41m) and Erin Birchall(4.13m) faired similarly although Evelyn Smalley(5.32m) equalled her personal best. At Triple Dominic leapt 10.73m. Senior Women Rachel Hutchinson(37.57m) and Charlotte Christian(34.91m) enjoyed useful end-of-season Hammer Throws.