Wow, what a week. Sarah Grant celebrated her birthday with a call up for the England Masters 5km team in Tenby in July. Summer holidays in South Wales then!
Only a couple of days later club icon, Mark Wynne, received the same news and joins the list of LPS athletes representing their country. This is another fantastic achievement for the club, Mark, Sarah and the Run Coach team.
In field events, Debbie Dasse, Mark David Line and Mark Crompton excelled in the Joe Moran Memorial meeting at Sportcity. Debbie taking 1st place in the high jump with the 2 Marks taking just about everything else!
During the week Chloe Leather continued to impress by finishing 2nd in the Boars Head 8 mile fell race. The achievement was even more impressive as she was leading but took a tumble. Despite this, she finished a short 11 seconds behind.
Back to the international theme, there was the small matter of Lisa Gawthorne taking part in the duathlon world championships in Romania. Just after 1pm on Sunday we received the amazing news that Lisa had attained the bronze medal, making her 3rd in the world!!
On the same day at the British Masters meeting Tony O’Brien chalked up another amazing performance by comfortably winning gold in the M50 800m in 2:09 to become British Champion. The full day’s event can be seen here, Tony’s 800 starts at about 7:14.40.
Northern League Meeting
We hosted the northern league meeting on Sunday in conditions that were more suited to Dorothy and Toto than an athletics meet.
Our early starters in the field gave us a strong base with 1st places for Tom Kwissa in the high jump (A) 1st place in the high jump “B” for Sandy Clarkson, 1st for Mark Crompton in the pole vault where there was also an impressive 2nd places for Dave McComb in the B competition. In the ladies competition our athletes also excelled with Millie O’Hanlon and Lauren Wright winning the A & B event in high jump. Debbie Dasse smashed the field in the triple jump A event with Jessica Groves taking 1st place in the B event.
So let’s “discus” throwing events …
Hats off to Anna Peers who with a throw of 38.95 was around 14 metres further than the next placed athlete, whilst over in the B event , the multi talented Katelyn Swift finished 1st by over 4 metres.
Anna also took 1st place in the Javelin with a distance of 37.15 with Shannon McGarry taking 1st place in the B event.
Christopher Arnold took 1st place in both shot and discus and with Dave Brown 1st in the B event.
….Stop, it’s hammer time ….Paul White finished 2nd with 32.86 in a tight competition, but take a bow Jessica Groves who finished 1st with a throw of 34.11 and Katelyn Swift winning the B event in 29.57. You can’t touch this ….
In the track events our sprinters performed well against a really strong wind. Oliver Coyne and Ian Roberts completing the 100m in 11.8 and 12.10 setting the scene for the 200m where we finished 1st in the A race thanks to Ethan Edwards (22.50) and Jarred Nicholls (24.20).
Thanks to Neil Roberts there a few phots of the day.
In the ladies events we have Lucy Le Marinel and the swift sisters, Katelyn and Bethany, to thank for putting more points on the board with credible performances in the 100, 200 and 400m. Debbie Dasse, fresh from the British Masters competition only a few hours earlier took 2nd place in the 100m hurdles in 18.30.
Harrison May-Joynson took 3rd place in the men’s 400m A race on 52.90 with jarred Nicholls 2nd in the B race in 55.20.
The men’s 800m was a strong field but Fletcher Foster finishing 3rd in the A race (2:04.6) and Adam Jones finishing 2nd in the B race (2:09.2) put in strong performances.
In the corresponding ladies event we fielded a mother and daughter team of Anna and Rachel Yates. I’m not sure we have ever done that before but 15 year old Anna Yates finished in 2nd place (2:42) in the A race and Rachel 2nd in the B (2:45.8). Both ladies later took part on the 400m relay.
Our middle distance runners continued to fare well in the 1500 event where Jake Dickinson came home 2nd in the A race in 04:11.70 and Adam Jones winning the B event in 4:18.7.
Super performances from Kirsty Longley, who finished 2nd by 0.3 seconds in the ladies 1500m A race(4:49.2) and from debutant Sharon Roberts, who later made up part of the 400m relay team.
Team captain, Chris Melling, volunteered Joe Niven for the 3000 steeplechase and Adam Jones the 400m hurdles. Both pulled off comfortable wins with Joe completing in 10:51 and Adam in 61:8.
The club was well represented in the longer distance events with Joanna Durkin (11:49.6) and Sarah Grant (12:12.90) both having strong results in the 3000m.
The Men’s 5000m was a competitive affair with some super strong athletes setting the pace. Chris Maher had a great run in 16:09.70 to finish 3rd and AL Grant in 18:27.8, also 3rd in the B race.
As the day closed we had ladies teams in the 4x100m and 4X400m relay. Both finished in 3rd place.
The final event of the day was the men’s 4X400m and following in tradition our athletes upped their game to finish 1st ahead of a decent Wirral team.
As a club over all we finished 2nd on the day, thanks in no small part to the team spirit generated which meant we had participants in most events…… you’ve got to be in it to win it .. points make prizes and all that….
A great week for LPS!