The multi-talented Daniel Slater received a call-up to the England team for the Home Countries Schools Cross Country International match at Falkirk. He closed in sixth and collected a gold medal as a member of in the winning England squad. Having already achieved similar honours at Triathlon the day draws near when he will be faced with the choice of which sport he enjoys most. He will have noted that the gap between himself and the leader in the Scotland event was less than 30 seconds. He can be sure that should he veer towards athletics he will have the advantage of quality coaching support and superb facilities at the Edge Hill University track.
Another Liverpool Pembroke Sefton star in the making is Jenny Pyatt. At the Blackpool Winter Warm Up Open Meeting she threw the Discus an outstanding 41.52m. At Under 20 level this takes her to second on the current UK rankings. She too will be looking at the small gap, in her case one metre, between herself and the country`s best. A tantalising prospect. She is flourishing under the coaching of Dave Brown and positioning herself for possible international selection at a later date.
Also at Blackpool Under 15 Alice Prescott leapt an excellent 4.57m in the Long Jump. Quietly LPS is gaining recognition in this event as together with Sadie McNulty, Lauren Lewis and Erin Birchall the club now has four Under 15s in the top 100. Alice is also climbing the sprint ladder as she demonstrated with a sharp 200m time of 27.8. In the same group and also gaining attention is Callum Garvey with 200m in 25.5
There was little to report in the weekly 5K Park Runs but it was noted that Mike Bride ran third in 18.44 at Ormskirk and the ever-determined Fran Price 22.43. At Princess Park Robbie Wood was not far off his course best with 19.50. John Dobie recorded 25.43.