Fun in the mud and a dash across Leeds 

Witton Park – Mid Lancs 

Cross Country season started with a lively event at Witton Park, Blackburn.  LPS was well represented and it was great to see a number of our younger athletes taking part for the first time. 

In the under 11 girls, the diminutive Poppy Colothan finished superbly in 11th place, completing the course in 7:29.  Over in the boys’ race, Mathew Bennett showed his potential with a brilliant second place finish, just 4 second behind the leader.  We were pleased to see two more of our under 11 boys , Zach Macleod and Thomas Yates also having great races to help the team to a 6th place finish. 

Gabby Taylor and Hattie Loughrey, also in her first club cross country, represented our U13 girls. Both putting in strong performances and loving the experience. 

In the boys’ race for the same age group Tom Freeman and William Roberts both had good top 25 finishes.

Moving up the age groups, Sarah Yates continues to impress with a 7th place finish in the u15 girls. 

The two Daniels, Daniel Proctor and Daniel Berry (making his return for the mud) representing the u15 boys both out in decent performances in a competitive field. 

Well done to Aidan Berry, who made his LPS debut in a tough U17 race, he finished well in 20:33. 

Sharon Roberts and Tracy Berry represented our senior ladies with credible performances finishing in 27:15 and 28:11 respectively. 

In the senior men, Joe Niven put in a top performance finishing 4th in 32.28. Dan Jones, continues to re-emerge and finished 24th from the field of 237 with an excellent time of 34:43. 

Captain Adam Fields cane home in 50th and Thomas Harkin in 67th, both finishing strongly with times of 37:21 and 38:14. 

The senior men’s team show they have strength in depth over a number of events as Tom Mattack and Iain Myers resolutely completed the course in 43:53 and 47:23 to give the team an 11th place finish overall. 

Northern Cross Country Relays – Graves Park, Sheffield 

A début attendance for the club this year at the relays with stand out performances from Ross Harrison and Joe Niven.  Ross, who has had a superb year was the 6th fastest overall on the day. 

Tony O’Brien and Thomas Harkin continued the strong start with times of 11:19 and 12:50. 

Kev usher running in 3rd keg had a strong run and pulled 5 places back with a time of 12:06. 

Tom Mattack, in anchor leg came home in 14:09 with the team finishing 34th of 67. 

Green Drive 5 mile race – Lytham 

Super effort from Lisa Gawthorne and Andrew Conway at Green Drive 5 miler at Lytham.

Lisa posting another big Pb by 78 secs finishing in 30:16. 

Andrew followed up with a big seasons best of 36:40.

Leeds Abbey Dash- 10k road race 

We had three athletes at this years Abbey Dash, which is a hugely popular and high quality 10k race from Leeds City centre to Kirkstall Abbey and back.  

Kirsty Longley running in the V45f category finished the race in 35:08 meaning she was 1st in her category and finished 212th overall. 

Chris Maher in the senior male category finished 136th over all in 33:26. 

Stand out performance of the day was by Sé Loughlin, who in his 3rd ever 10k and 1st one of the year, finished 56th overall in a time of 31:39. This was one second outside his PB and pushes him into the UK top 20 for the U20 age group. 


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