Four Liverpool Pembroke Sefton athletes qualified for the British Championships at Birmingham. The club`s main hope lay with 800m multi-winner Michael Rimmer even though he was still not 100% well after back surgery. Two weeks previous he had run an encouraging 1.47.62 in Poland and things were looking on the up as he cruised through his heat in 1.49.10. However, the Final was a different matter and in a decidedly tactical race he was outsprinted by new star Kyle Langford to record 1.50.4. Second in the national championships would have satisfied most athletes but Michael`s disappointment was obvious as he left the track. Another hard winter`s training beckons.
Also at the Alexander Stadium Rosie Johnson found herself up against some very experienced seniors in the 1500m and faded to 11th in her heat in 4.30.77. Another who will be disappointed. In the High Jump Amelia McLoughlin found herself up against an inspired Isobel Pooley who broke the British record. Amelia`s 1.75m leap was good enough only for sixth place in such distinguished company. But perhaps the LPS athlete who came away with the broadest smile of the weekend was Harry Doran, also in the 800m. Although he was only fifth in his heat his time of 1.50.06 would have placed him highly in the subsequent Final. He has good reason to savour the prospect of next season.
The bulk of the club was at Lancaster for a Mid-Lancs League match. There were numerous top positions and point scorers. Among the Seniors Jonathan Bride(800m in 2.08.7), Kyle Nicholls(1500m in 4.26.2) and Billy Williams(High Jump with 1.85m) were prominent and Dominic O`Hanlon secured a neat double in the Long Jump(5.65m) and Triple Jump(11.42m). David Brown launched the Javelin to a satisfactory 39.08m.
At Under 17 Matt Ingram is making excellent progress as he triple jumped to 11.83m, while Ben Harding was again highly placed in the Javelin with 37.20m. In the same age group Evelyn Smalley was prolific with wins in the 100m(13.4), 200m(27.8) and Long Jump(4.68m). Other high scorers here were Lucy Townson(300m in 49.9), Flossie Dickinson (800m in 2.29.4), Charlotte Mawdsley (1500m in 5.29.7) and Nicole Hernandez-Coulson(Discus 21.14m).
The Under 15`s also enjoyed success. Jacob Mangan(100m in 12.7), Ross Harrison (1500m in 4.53.3) and Kai Finch(High Jump with 1.65m) performed admirably. Lauren Lewis was again scintillating with victories in the 100m(13.0) and Long Jump(4.82m). Sadie McNulty captured the High Jump(1.40m) and there were encouraging results for Erin Birchall(100m in 13.7) and Long Jump(4.69m).
Finally at Under 13 Sam Latimer was in excellent form taking both the 100m(13.6) and 200m(28.10) while Jennifer Williamson raced to a commendable 2.46.9 for 800m. Matt Russo ran well for a 5.30.4 1500m. Overall the men were third in the points table but the girls slipped to fifth.
The Southport Half Marathon saw Vet Steve Lennon run a very decent 1.27.51. Danny Gilbody was on 1.32 50 while Samantha Wade will be more than satisfied with her 1.33.31. The Ormskirk 5K Park Run saw James Loftus run a good 16.53 and Daniel Wright 19.32.