LPS Lisa an­other GB call-up

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THIS sea­son’s North­ern Ath­letic Re­lays were held in sun-drenched Stan­ley Park, Black­pool on Satur­day. The men were re­quired to run 12 stages with four be­ing long (9.2K) and eight short stages (5K).

Mark Wynne led Liver­pool Pem­broke & Sefton off on stage one, fin­ish­ing 37th (32.57) be­fore Harry Do­ran (17.45) pulled back a few stages to hand over in 34th place.

Vet­eran Kevin Usher (32.33), Andy Fos­ter (19.13), Richard Weeks (34.02) and Luke Ed­wards (17.37) put the club in 26th place at the half­way stage.

The mo­men­tum con­tin­ued with an­other vet­eran, Sammy Rashid, run­ning 34.35 on the third of the long legs.

Jonathon Bride (17.32) ran the club’s fastest short leg, be­fore be­ing fol­lowed by brother Mike (19.09). Peter Gaskell(19.23) was fol­lowed by Sean Kirk­bride (19.05) be­fore Bernie Mur­phy (18.32) brought the team home in 25th place and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the na­tional fi­nals early next month.

The women’s team of six run­ners was re­quired to run two long legs and four short legs and they started five min­utes af­ter the men.

With the sun also bring­ing out hun­dreds of day trip­pers, the paths around the park soon be­came con­gested, with more than a few ob­sta­cles in the way of the run­ners.

Vicky Jones led the team off on the first long stage, fin­ish­ing in 40th place (43.07) be­fore Clare Con­sta­ble pulled eight places back with an ex­cel­lent run (20.42) on stage two. Char­lotte Mawd­s­ley (22.47) was fol­lowed by Hi­lary Honey­ball (37.26) on the sec­ond of the long stages and Hi­lary’s de­ter­mined ef­fort made up 11 places be­fore hand­ing over to Kirsty Macken­zie in 19th place.

Kirsty (24.04) and Anna Hulme (24.00) com­pleted the fi­nal two short legs to bring the club home in 20th place.

Over­all, it was a great day for the Edge Hill club which was a trib­ute to the coach Mark Bleas­dale and cap­tain Mark Wynne for in­still­ing a tremen­dous team spirit in both camps.

Hope­fully, they can take this for­ward to the Na­tional fi­nals at Sut­ton Park in Birm­ing­ham.

Prior to the re­lays, an in­au­gu­ral 5K cham­pi­onship was held for younger ath­letes.

Liver­pool Pem­broke & Sefton fin­ished in ninth place in the U15 Boys event, with Tom Dick­in­son (40th), Oliver Sut­cliffe (42nd)and Fletcher Fos­ter (45th) pack­ing well. LISA Gawthorne has be­come the sec­ond Liver­pool Pem­broke ath­lete to be se­lected to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain at this year’s World Duathlon Cham­pi­onships in Canada in Canada in Au­gust.

Lisa has only just re­turned from in­jury but she was de­ter­mined to suc­ceed when she trav­elled to Bed­ford Au­to­drome last week­end.

Not only did she man­age to fin­ish in third place in her age cat­e­gory, but her time was 5min 54sec faster than over the same course last year.

The Formby busi­ness­woman will now join team-mate He­len Sah­gal on the trip to Bri­tish Columbia.

LPS cap­tain Mark Wynne (right) and (inset above left) Clare Con­sta­ble in ac­tion at Black­pool

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