Kirsty smashes course record

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY WALLY BRID­SON

FOUR LPS run­ners made the short jour­ney across the river to com­pete in the Birken­head park 5 mile race.

On what is tra­di­tion­ally a fast course, Kirsty Lon­g­ley de­mol­ished the course record when she won the women’s race in a time of 27.46.

Her run was so im­pres­sive that she beat the sec­ond run­ner by well over three min­utes.

In do­ing so Kirsty’s time puts her in 4th place over­all in the coun­try and first in her over 40 category. The race it­self also saw the high­est num­ber(128) of fe­male com­peti­tors com­plete the course.

Lisa Gawthorne (O35) also set a new pb time of 31.34 in fin­ish­ing in 3rd place, while Chris Ped­der (O60) can be pleased with his per­for­mance (31.23) in fin­ish­ing 46th in the men’s race as too can Andy Con­way (O50) who fin­ished 78th (34.06)

FOR many young­sters, Satur­day was the fi­nal day for them to achieve the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards for this year’s English Schools Track & Field Cham­pi­onships.

LPS ath­letes were mainly split be­tween Be­bing­ton Oval (Mersey­side) and Stan­ley Park, Black­pool (Lan­cashire) as the venues for this year’s county schools cham­pi­onships. Con­di­tions at both venues were ideal, so the stage was set for some out­stand­ing per­for­mances.

At Be­bing­ton, it was the high jumpers who stole the show.

Owen South­ern won the In­ter­me­di­ate Boys event with a leap of 1.95m, his best ever.

At ju­nior level, Sandy Clark­son took gold with 1.75m in the boy’s event while Ni­amh Doyle won the girl’s event (1.60m), both record­ing pb’s in the process.

Al­though ab­sent on the day, Kai Finch had al­ready reached the qual­i­fy­ing standard for the forth­com­ing school’s cham­pi­onships. In ad­di­tion Tom Kwissa (1.75m) & Imo­gen Ayres (1.50m) both claimed sil­ver at In­ter­me­di­ate level.

I doubt many other clubs in the coun­try will be able to match the achieve­ments of Dave McComb’s high jump squad.

Also at Be­bing­ton, Bill Steel had an im­pres­sive cham­pi­onships, win­ning both the shot (12.91m) and javelin (43.21m) at ju­nior boys level.

Kirsty Lon­g­ley and Lisa Gawthorne

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