Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton athletes were again split between two venues as they contested the medals at Blackpool & Bebington in the Lancashire & Merseyside Track & Field Championships.
Pride of place at Blackpool went to U17 Lauren Lewis who completed a double winning the 100m in 12.7sec and achieved a PB in winning the long jump with a leap of 5.27 metres. Matt Ingram (U20M) was the only other winner taking both Triple Jump (12.93m) & Long Jump (6.22m) titles. However, Billy Matthews won silver in U20M 400m race (52.5 sec) with James Metcalfe taking the bronze (55.5) in the same event. James doubled up running the 800m but had to be content with bronze this time (2:09.8) Lucy Townson (61.3) also won bronze in the women’s 400m before going one better in the 400m hurdles taking the silver medal.
At Bebington, nobody matched the double victories of Blackpool but there were plenty of excellent performances. Danny Higham was a comfortable victor in the SM 400m (48.9) while the rapidly improving Martha Simms clinched victory in the U15G Long Jump (4.66m). Jacob Slater powered to victory in the U13B 1500m with a sprint finish from 50 metres out (4:54.1), while Joe Houghton (U17M) produced his best ever performance (2:05.9) to claim a bronze medal in the 800m. At the same distance, Jonathon Bride (SM) ran his fastest time of the year (1:59.8) to take silver.
Coach Dave Brown will be pleased with the performances of his young throwers. Ben Harding took bronze (43.25m) in U20M Javelin while newcomer, Will Steel, won the U15B Javelin with a throw of 31.88m with team mate, Matthew Fairclough taking the silver (27.39m). Sister, Laura meanwhile was adding to her medal haul with 2nd place in the U20W Hammer (33.0m) and 3rd place in the Shot (7.58m).
The high jump squad won 2 gold medals with Imogen Ayres U15G (1.40m) and Kai Finch U17M (1.95m) coming out on top, but Owen Southern U17M (1.75m) and Sandy Clarkson U15B (1.60m) had to settle for silver. Alice Prescott (U17W) won two silver with her jumps of 9.40m in the triple jump & 4.73m in the long jump. Erin Birchall (4.63m) took bronze in the latter event.
The club’s veteran athletes all came away with medals. Kirsty Longley won gold in the 3K, beating all the younger age groups along the way. Mark Crompton was second in the Pole Vault (2.60m) & third in the discus (26.44m). Clare Constable, who is busily preparing for the world masters championships later in the summer, rounded off the day by taking silver in the 400 metres (61.4).
The club had one competitor competing in the Cheshire Championships held at Stretford. Jenny Pyatt set a new championship best performance in winning the U20W Discus with a throw of 41.75m