Liverpool Pembroke & Seftons foray into division three saw us open with a lengthy away day to Whitehaven. Despite several gaps on the team sheet there was no need to worry as the team recorded it’s first opening day win for several years. It was a joy to see so many youngsters coming through the ranks.
Pride of place goes to Mat Ingham who’s double winning 6.45m and 13.20m long and triple jumps were the best by a club jumper for some years. Not to be outdone Lauren Lewis won the ladies triple jump with her first attempt at the event and Erin Birchall took the long jump win. The vertical jumpers weighed in with Kai Finch clearing 1.95m to secure victory by almost a foot ! Billy Williams won the B string for maximum high jump points.
Jenny Pyatt won all ladies throws except for the hammer where Rachel Hutchinson was runner up with 38.33m, her longest throw for 3 years.
The sprints were very strong as ever. Harry Doran secured a 200m/400m double as Billy Mathews and Joe Milton backed him up winning the B strings. Lauren Lewis and Emma Givens secured a similar A B double in the ladies 100m. Lucy Townson was our only hurdler finishing second in the 400m version and second again in the flat event; a tough double by any measure.
Evergreen Clare Constable covered the 200m, 400m and 800m in preparation for her trip to the European Masters Championships in Denmark later this Summer; and still had the strength for a relay leg.
Jonathon Bride had a busy day with a runners up spot in the A 1500m, a win in the B 800m and a good leg in the long relay.
Finally, in a sight that has become pleasingly familiar these days, the men won both relays by handsome margins.
While there were some gaps our quality shone through and A wins were almost always backed up with good second string points. It is important for the club to keep our stay in division three to just a single season and we’ve set about the task in some style. We came, we saw, we conquered.
East Cheshire 352
Salford Met 315
Border Harriers 240
Horwich & Chorley 208
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