Record turnout for cross challenge at Sefton Park

There was a record turnout of LPS athletes for the annual Cross Challenge event held in Liverpool’s Sefton Park. This event gave all local youngsters the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the 4 home countries. Persistent rain during the week ensured the ground underfoot was extremely soft and the early races soon ensured this was converted into mud for the later races. Winter sunshine was prominent for most of the day, interrupted only by the odd shower. LPS compete in the Mid-Lancs league, so their results had to be extracted from the overall results.

The best individual performance came from Tom Walsh whose fine run in the U11 race brought him home in 4th place. With support from Zac Dickinson (17) & Nathan Naylor(37) the team finished in 3rd place. Georgia Hurst was best placed in the U11G team finishing in 17th place and with Amy Enlish(20), Hannah Williamson(26) & Eve Hannaway(30), the team finished 5th. Both U13 teams finished 8th .Adam Oakley had a fine run in the boys race to finish 17th & he was well supported by James Read(34) & Connor Kingan (36) who completed the team score. The three counters for the girls were Fiona Byrne (24), Olivia Morgan(36) & Kate Sutcliffe(42)
Oliver Sutcliffe is in fine form at present and this showed in his 7th place finish in the U15B race. Fletcher Foster excelled to come home in 19th place but Tom Corcoran could have expected a higher place finish than 22nd. This confirmed a 5th place finish for the team. The girls matched this position with Jenny Williamson (17), Annabelle Corlett(25) & a fine run from Hannah Doyle(29) completed the scoring. The U17 women failed to complete a team with Harriet Foley(18) and Amelia Hitchmough being the sole runners. The U17M team were led home by Ross Harrison who can be well pleased with his 7th place. Tom Dickinson(12),Joe Houghton(25) & Thomas Corlett (26) ensured a 4th place finish for the team.
The senior women had an excellent 3rd place finish with Kirsty Longley 3rd individual, followed by Helen Sahgal(15) and Tiffany Penfold 21st but also 2nd individual in the under 20 age group. Dan Slater tried his luck in the Junior race of the Cross Challenge event and finished in 48th place.
All youngsters had the chance to ‘rub shoulders’ with the best and will have learnt from this experience.
There was much improved turnout from the senior men for the second Mid-Lancs fixture.Club captain, Mark Wynne (53) was the first LPS runner
home, followed by Jonathan Bride (67), who was just ahead of U20, Joe Gordon, in 74th place. Kyle Nicholls(88) travelled from Leicester to
compete & he was the club’s 4th counter before Sean Kirkbride (105)and Danny Gilbody (122) completed the team score. The ‘A’ team finished in
11th place of the 31 finishers. Mike Gall (160) was fist home for the ‘B’ team, before a number of club debutants, Steven Foley(169), Mike Hitchmough (181) & Daryl Mullen (188)came in.Chris Pedder (210)& Des McIvor(227) enabled the ‘B’ team to finish 24th overall. With many of the team now in the veteran categories, the club was able to complete an O50 team in 6th place and the O40 team finished 8th.
The next Mid-Lancs race takes place at Leigh Sports Village on December

Photos Chris Usher

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