Heavy overnight rain had left plenty of surface water at Bebington Oval, the venue for this year’s Mersesyside schools championships. Entries were disappointing, no doubt put off by the weather forecast of rain all day.
From an LPS perspective it was Dave McComb’s high jump group who took the plaudits, winning all the age groups they competed in. Inter Boys, Kai Finch (1.85m) & Owen Southern (1.70m) took first & second place , with Kai securing selection for the Merseyside team to compete at next month’s English Schools Championships in Birmingham. Sandy Clarkson (1.55m) won the junior boys event, while Imogen Ayres (1.50m) & Niamh Doyle (1.45m) made it a 1,2 in the junior girls event. Jorden Pilkington(1.40m) took gold in the IG & silver in the 80m hurdles (14.0).
Bill Steel javelin’s throw of 33.98m was his longest throw ever & he comfortably won the JB event, with Jessica Groves winning bronze in the girl’s equivalent (17.61). At inter girls level, Alice Prescott won the triple jump (9.79m) & Erin Birchall took silver in the long jump (4.99m). A determined finish over the last 50 metres secured a silver medal for Joe Houghton in the inter boys 800m (2:06.2)
LPS had three athletes competing in the Greater Manchester schools championships held at Stretford. Billy Matthews (senior boy) won the bronze medal in the 400m (51.8), as did James Metcalfe (SB) in the 800m (2:05); Charlotte Mawdsley finished 5th (12:40.5) in the senior girls 3,000 metres.
At the Lancashire schools championships at Blackpool, Lauren Lewis was delighted with her winning jump of 5.30m in the inter girls age group. This confirms her selection for Lancashire at the English schools event. Abigail Bamber was 4th in the final of the JG 100m with a time of 13.4 which was just short of her season’s best. Lucy Le Marinel also narrowly missed out on a medal with her 4th place finish in the IG 100m final (14.3). At junior level, Scarlett Whitfield & Ebony Raw couldn’t be separated in the girl’s high jump, with both girls clearing 1.38m to claim a bronze medal.
Matt Ingram (Senior Boy) took first place in the triple jump with a season’s best performance of 13.43m, while Glen Sherwin’s run of 2:12.5 in the 800m secured him a bronze medal in the same age group. Lucy Townson (SG) completed a double success winning both 400m (60.7) & 400m hurdles (78.1) At Inter level, Tom Dickinson (4:24.2) & Adam Jones (4:26.2) made it a 1,2 in the 1500m, but Ross Harrison narrowly missed out on a medal despite a good run in the 3,000m (9:37.7) to finish in 4th place.
Merseyside Grand Prix
The latest event in the Merseyside Grand Prix was the 5 Mile race at Birkenhead Park on the Wirral. Kirsty Longley won the women’s event by almost 3 minutes (29.11), with Victoria Gilbody finishing in 36.30. In the men’s race, Mark Wynne was pleased with his 3rd place finish (26.50) while Danny Gilbody (32.27) was 43rd & Andrew Conway (35.06) was 67th.