For many the English Schools Cross Country Championships represent the high point of the season. Liverpool Pembroke Sefton had six members at Wollaton Park, Nottingham for these hard fought races. In the Intermediate boys Daniel Slater was impressive once more hanging in with the very best in the country and finishing a good seventh. There was added joy as he led Merseyside to silver team medals. His high placing guarantees him an England vest in the forthcoming schools international. There are not many who have done this and also collected the same honour in the Triathlon.
In the Junior Boys Joe Houghton(Mersey) was 199th and Tom Dickinson(Lancs) was 228th. Anna Hulme(Lancs) was 163rd in the Senior Girls.
The St Helens 10K attracted a massive field of over 1700 runners. Charlotte Mawdsley tackled the distance for the first time and came away with 113th and third Senior Lady with a superb 42.22. The 17 year old is finding her distance. Andrew Conway was 191st with 45.05.
There was the usual battery of local 5K road races. At Halewood Aaron Jarvis(16.24) and Mark Wynne(16.28) dominated the field and are part of the LPS pack who are chasing the classy sub-16 minute barrier. A surprise winner of the Crosby event was Paul Milburn(19.42) usually only seen on the track at 400m hurdles.
In the Sale Harriers Open Meeting the track and field contingent continued preparations for the imminent track and field season. Still successfully chasing faster times Jack Crook ran 600m in 1.26.5. Emma Givens ran 60m in 8.31 and 200m in 27.11 while Jorden Pilkington was on 8.64 for 60m and Evelyn Smalley 27.68 for 200m. The usual group of accomplished High Jumpers showed with Billy Williams(1.85m), Kai Finch(1.80m), Owen Southern(1.60m), Deborah Dasse(1.55m), Sadie McNulty(1.50m) and Imogen Ayres(1.40m) stating their cases forcefully.