There was a record turnout of Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton athletes at the fourth Mid-Lancs League meeting held at Litherland Sports Park. Eighty youngsters took advantage of the glorious sunshine to put on an impressive display which saw both male and female teams record comfortable victories. The girl’s team’s total of 195 points beat Preston (164) & Blackpool (121) while the boy’s total of 182.5 was too much for Blackpool (155) & Blackburn (144).
The jumpers can always be relied upon for points and so it proved. Kai Finch (SM) secured maximum points with his leap of 1.90m, while Tom Kwissa (1,85), Owen Southern (1.80m) & Jamie Hopkins (1.70m) made it a 1,2,3 at U17 level. Debbie Dasse (SW) & Imogen Ayres (U17W) both cleared 1.50m to win their respective events. Jacob Garrity equalled his pb (1.55m) to finish 2nd at U15 level, as did Alexander Steele (1.35) at U13, while Niamh Doyle (1.45m) was 3rd U15G. In the horizontal jumps, Matt Ingram(SM) comfortably won the long (6.81m) & triple jump (12.88m), Jamie Hopkins recorded a new pb in winning the U17 long jump (5.57m) and although below her best, Erin Birchall won the U17W long jump with 4.94m. Grace Mitchell (U15) was 2nd in the long jump (4.54m) while Scarlett Whitfield was 3rd in both long (4.19m) & triple jump (8.85m).
There were some impressive performances from members of the throws group, with Jack Bamber (U13) improving his pb in the javelin by over 7 metres to 27.45m to clinch first place, while Hope Kennedy got closer to the 30 metre barrier in winning the U15G javelin with a throw of 29.42m.
The sprinters too made their mark. Lauren Lewis again impressed in winning the U17W 100m (13.2) & was closely followed by Erin Birchall in second place (13.5). Lucy Townson (SW) won the 400m (66.3), Abigael Bamber was 3rd in U15G 100m (13.3) while Lucy Bousfield (31.7) & Ethan Edwards (27.6) both did well in winning their 200m heats. Liam Harrison(U15) continues to improve since moving to the sprints group & he finished 3rd in both 100m (13.0) & 200m (26.0).Callum Garvey maintained his form to finish 3rd in U17 100m (12.1) with Owen Southern going one better to finish 2nd in the 200m (23.7)
Middle distance athletes were not to be outdone, despite the hot conditions. Oliver Sutcliffe (10:02.7), Tom Corcoran (10:16.1) & Michael Henderson (10:55.0) combined well to win the only team event of the day, the 3K. Mark Roberts was a comfortable winner of the U15 1500m (4:37.80), while Hannah Doyle (5:54.5) & Phoebe Lucas (5:55.7) made it a 1,2 in the U17W event. Jenny Williamson (U17) dropped down to 800m & made it look easy winning in 2:28.9. Se Loughlin continues to improve & he finished 2nd in U15B 800m (2:16.7), as did Cameron Ayres (U13) in the 1500m in a new pb time of 5:07.5
There were many others who contributed to the overall points totals including a number of relay teams for the first time. All the results can be found on the Mid-Lancs website
Two LPS athletes competed in the British Championships which were held at Alexander stadium in Birmingham over the weekend. Elliot Jones continued his fine form by running under 11 sec. again. His time of 10.86 sec. placed him 5th in his heat, but this was not sufficient to get him through to the semi-final. Michael Rimmer competed in the 800m, an event he has won on 5 previous occasions, but although he finished 2nd in his heat, his time of 1:50.70. was well below his season’s best and he did not qualify for the final.
Southport 10k & Half Marathon
Despite the blisteringly hot conditions at Southport Andrew Foster finished 4th and first V40 and in the process he managed a new pb of 37.08.
In the half marathon Richard Beesley was 51st in 1.27, Victoria Gilbody also running a new pb was 114th in 1.35, Sam Carr 176th in 1.40 and mark Hudson 210 in 1.42