Kirsty smashes course record
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.