The annual January mud fest at Witton Park lived up to expectations as our athletes took part in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships, many of whom looked like they were auditioning for the Persil automatic adverts at the end (ask your mum or dad).
It’s always great to see our younger athletes turn out for the cross country events and yesterday we had 8 brave the mud and very challenging conditions.
Jack Clancy and Cruz Edwards danced their way through the sodden ground to finish 15th and 31st respectively in the U11s boys race with Jack just 7 seconds off a top 10 finish.
In our U13 category, Matthew Bennett (13th), William Roberts (21st) and Huw Edwards (22nd). I think this was Huw’s cross country debut, so well done to him – there aren’t too many courses that are tougher than Witton Park!
Annina Carracoi was our sole representative for U13 girls and finished well in 27th. I hear she’s already signed up to run in the Northerns too!
Dan Procter continues to impress and showed his resiliance with a strong 13th place in the U15 boys and setting up a benchmark for the rest of the Procter clan who made it a family event in the Senior races later. Thanks to David’s running photos on Facebook for the great pictures of our young athletes.
Reuben Anderson, running in the youngest age bracket of U17 men finished 14th and continues to progress. Sarah Yates in the U17 ladies had a superb race and took home the silver medal with an impressive 2nd place.
Our Senior Ladies Vets team were placed once again as they finished 7th team overall. Lisa Procter finishing pick of the bunch with an impressive 11th place followed by Kate Clancy in 27th and Sharon Roberts in 34th.
In the Senior Men’s event, Dan Jones again finished well with a 26th place finish in a very strong field. Alex Procter also ensured a top 50 finish (13th U20) 2 minutes ahead of Dad, Michael, who finished 17th in the Vets race but 4th V50, which is a great achievment in what is only his 3rd or 4th race for the club. A good day was had by family Procter!
Our mud wrestling duo of Mark Hudson and Neil Roberts continue to show up those wanting to retire with determined performances to finished th V60 and 12th V55. Neil made up a trio from the Roberts family, who represented the club superbly.
Over at Halewood, Knowsley Harriers put on their monthly 5k event. The event was well attended and because Merseyside Cross Country Championships were postponed, had a strong field.
LP&S had 2 of the top 3 finishers with Joe Niven in 3rd place (15:18) getting a PB and Se Loughlin finishing in 2nd place (14:56 – Se’s 2nd best ever time) following a great battle in a crazy last KM of about 2:45 with Matt Crehan of St Helens Sutton who finshed 1st in 14:54. The top 2 finishers were also the 2nd and 3rd fastest ever at the Halewood Course.
Just as impressive as that was a performance from 77 year old John Dobie who I believe is LP&S oldest runner. He finished in 29:08!
Battersea Park Half Marathon
Staying on the hard surface, Tom Fair smashed his Half Marathon PB at Battersea Park over the weekend with a super 73:24 time. A richly deserved time for all the dedication!