Lon­g­ley dou­bles Ladies catch eye

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THE sec­ond fix­ture in the North­ern League di­vi­sion 2W took place at a sun drenched Leigh Sports Vwillage on Sun­day.

De­spite field­ing a de­pleted team LPS (356) clinched third place, be­hind Leigh Har­ri­ers (405) and Team Isle of Man (368).

Liver­pool Har­ri­ers were 4th (322), Manchester Har­ri­ers were 5th, with Black­pool in 6th place (301).

The hot con­di­tions were never go­ing to pro­duce fast times in the mid­dle dis­tance events, but it didn’t stop ex­cel­lent runs from Kirsty Lon­g­ley and Helen Sah­gal. Kirsty com­fort­ably won both the 3K (10:01.8) and 1500m (4:44.1), while Helen equalled her sea­son best in win­ning the 800m (2:19.7) as well as tak­ing vic­tory in the ‘B’ 1500m (5:01.6). Young­ster, Han­nah Doyle took 3rd place in the ‘B’ 3K.

The fe­male throw­ers were in fine form too with Jenny Py­att, Paula Mur­ray, Jess Groves and Laura Fairclough all prov­ing to be high point scor­ers. Jenny won both the dis­cus (39.65m) and ‘B’ javelin (33.10m) and picked up 3rd place in the shot.

Paula won the javelin with a throw of 33.43m, was 2nd in the dis­cus (22.64m) and made a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion in both re­lays.

Fif­teen year old Jess Groves con­tin­ues to im­prove and she took sec­ond place in both the ham­mer (27.66m) and the shot (7.88m).

Laura Fairclough, in her first out­ing of the sea­son was third in the ham­mer with a throw of 32.26m.

Long jumpers Lau­ren Lewis (5.31m) and Erin Bir­chall (5.21m) again took max­i­mum points, with Lau­ren also fin­ish­ing sec­ond in both 100m (12.3) and 200m (26.1) and Lau­ren third in the ‘B’ 100m (12.9).

It was mainly the jumpers who took max­i­mum points in the men’s events. Matt In­gram, again proved he is class act, win­ning both the long (6.86m) and triple jumps (13.37m) and also con­tributed with a 4th place fin­ish in the 100m (11.5), which was a pb.

High jumpers Kai Finch (1.85m) and Owen South­ern (1.85m) also took max­i­mum points in their event, with Owen also a com­fort­able win­ner of the ‘B’ 200m (23.3).

Mar­cus Bathie con­tin­ues to gain con­fi­dence in the hur­dles and he had a com­fort­able vic­tory in the 400m event, as well as a 3rd place fin­ish in the triple jump (10.19m) and 4th place in the ‘B’100m (11.60) which smashed his pb in the process

The vet­eran throw­ers con­tinue to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions, with Dave Brown, Mark Cromp­ton and Mark Line, all mak­ing valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the points to­tal. Dave Brown was third in the dis­cus (29.88m), javelin (34.27m) and ‘B’ ham­mer (21.99m) while Mark Line was 3rd in the ham­mer (32.90m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ shot.

Mark Cromp­ton was 2nd in the B’ dis­cus (26.94m) and 4th in the ‘B’ javelin (28.21m) as well as 4th place in the pole vault (2.70m). Fel­low vet­eran, Dave McComb, man­aged 2nd place in the pole vault with a jump of 2.50m. Other no­table track per­for­mances on the day came from Danny Higham who was 2nd in the 200m (22.6), Adam Jones, 3rd in the 1500m (4:21.7) which equalled his sea­son’s best and vet­eran Kevin Usher who fin­ished 3rd in the ‘B’ 5K (17:28.5).

At the end of the day it was an ex­cel­lent team per­for­mance with all ath­letes con­tribut­ing to the club’s third place fin­ish.

None more so that four­teen year old Aurora Dunne whose 5th place fin­ish in the triple jump(8.60m) was a per­sonal best for her.

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