The English Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield are always an exciting introduction to the season, attracting the nation`s very best. The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton duo of Daniel Slater and Rosie Johnson excelled in their respective age groups. Daniel led for LPS in the Under 15 race and handed over third(6.15.50) in a nail-biting finish with less than a second separating him from a Bath and Charnwood athlete. This turned out also to be the rankings for the afternoon. With a couple of courageous runs from Matt Richardson(5th in 6.55.15) and Dan Jones completing in 6.52.85 the club ran out 10th in some significant company. Importantly they were second Northern team home.
Rosie Johnson, now an Under 17, is never overawed by big occasions and was an impressive second on Leg 1 with 8.43.70. Overall this was, like Daniel, the third best performance of the day. Rosie was followed by Anna Hulme(10.29.20) in 20th spot and Charlotte Mawdsley(10.40.90) finishing 25th. Sixth in the North is a satisfactory result. Encouragingly the club turned out two Junior Men`s teams. The A Team had James Loftus (9.57.85) at 52nd, Alistair Nelson(9.36.40) jumping to 33rd and Kyle Nicholls(10.12.20) holding on to that spot to the finish. The B-teamers of Aaron Jarvis(10.28.95 and 69th), Jonathan Bride(10.47.85 and 56th) and Rob Parkinson(10.46.75 and 47th) completed a good afternoon for LPS.
Over at Halewood the monthly 5k was held with Lisa Gawthorne finished 29th place and was second lady home in 19.51. Robbie Wood was 41st in 20.19 and John Dobie 53rd in 21.28.