There was double delight for Matt Ingram at the first Mid-Lancs track & field meeting held at Blackburn’s Witton Park. His leap of 13.89 metres in the triple jump not only broke the club’s junior record, but put him 3rd on the all time club rankings. Just for good measure he comfortably won the long jump event as well with a jump of 6.61m. Also in the senior rankings, Luke Edwards put in an excellent performance to win the 800 metres in 1:58.3 and Kai Finch won the high jump, in what was a modest performance for him of 1.70m. Ross Harrison ran well to finish 3rd in the 1500m (4:14.7) It was good to see Debbie Dasse back in action, after a long time out with injury, as she won the high jump event (1.48m)
Under 17 Callum Garvey produced a sprint double, winning the 100 metres in 12 sec and setting a new pb of 24.1 to win the 200 metres. He was well supported in the 100m by Ciaran Scroggie (12.2) who finished third and in the 200m by Owen Southern 24.3 (3rd), Harry Steele 24.6 (4th) and Marcus Bathie 25.4 (7th). Earlier Owen had won the high jump (1.80m), with Tom Kwissa (1.70m) making it a one-two. There were no individual winners amongst the girls, but a number picked up valuable points on the day. Alice Prescott (46.8) was 2nd in the 300m, as was Imogen Ayres in the high jump (1.35m), Jessica Groves (9.13m) in the shot and Bethany Swift in the 300m (59.2). Bethany also finished 3rd in the discus (10.68m), with Jenny Williamson 3rd in the 1500m (5:39.9)
Bill Steel dominated the throws in the U15 age group, winning both the javelin (38.12m) and shot (11.63m). In addition he was part of 1,2,3 in the 800m event. Mark Roberts, who has been out injured for a long time, returned to winning ways with an excellent time of 2:14.6 to win the event, with Bill (2:20.4) just beating newcomer, Se Loughlin, (2:20.6) to the line. Sandy Clarkson (1.60m) continued the club’s success in the high jump event. Ethan Edwards, despite being at the lower end of this age group, manged a very creditable 4th place finish in the 200m (27.5). There were a number of winning performances from the girls. Martha Simms set a new pb of 4.77 metres in winning the long jump, Hope Kennedy continued her fine run of form in the javelin (26.01m) and Niamh Doyle returned to winning ways in the high jump (1.40m). There was a good all round performance from Abigael Bamber who set 3 pb’s in finishing 2nd in the 75m hurdles (12.6), 3rd in the 100m (13.3) & 4th in the shot (7.97m).
There were fewer U13 athletes on the day but there was a fine performance from Katelyn Swift who set a new pb in winning the discus (16.58m), while Chloe Bousfield was 2nd in the 1500m (5:46.0) and Alex Steele won the boy’s high jump (1.30m)
Overall the boys finished in 3rd place (149), behind Preston (216) and Blackburn (181). The girls also finished 3rd (129.5) behind winners Blackburn (178) and second place Preston (148)
Outstanding Performance from Elliot
There was an outstanding run from Elliot Jones at Sunday’s Open meeting held at Wigan’s Robin Park. His victory in the 100 metre race was in a time of 10.72 sec and puts him 6th in the UK senior rankings. There were some other notable performances from under 20 LPS athletes at the same venue. James Metcalfe ran 1:59.06 and Jack Crook 2.00.32 in the 800 metres. At senior level, Danny Higham won the 400 metres in 49.9 sec.
West Lancs Triathlon
Edge Hill played host once again to the popular West Lancashire short course triathlon and LPS had two members participating. Dan Gilbody finished in 30th position in 62.35 while Robbie Wood was 113th (second over 60) in 73.22.
A total of 438 athletes complete the event.