LIVERPOOL PEMBROKE SEFTON were co-hosts of the final Mid-Lancs Cross Country League match at a sunny Beacon Park, Skelmersdale.
The dramatic backdrop saw some fiercely contested races in spite of eventual league positions being largely pre-determined. It was a particularly good day for the club‘s females. The Under 15s were without star Rosie Johnson resting for the following weekend‘s inter-counties but loyally present to spur on her team mates. They responded magnificently. Charlotte Mawdsley (4) and Anna Hulme (5) led and the back up of Rosie Walsh (9), Jess Gonzalez-Green (14), Lauren Powell (15) and Kate Croft (18) obliterated the opposition and emphasised their right to the ownership of the overall team title.
There is equal enthusiasm among the Under 13’s with Megan Barnsley (10), Alex Barnsley (16), Kia Cheetham (19), Maddy Firth-Cook (24) and Ellen Murgatroyd (25) taking second team spot. But it wasn‘t all over for the ladies. Georgina Hannaway (9) and Jessica McCracken (10) performed competently as usual in the U17s but Scarlett Collins triumphed completely in the U20s category incorporated in the Senior race.
Here Kirsty Longley, whose passion for simply running remains undiminished, was second and first O35 woman. Together with Bua Kalasiram (19) and Scarlett (23) they collected fourth team spot which will ensure internal promotion next season to the top divison.
On the male side U11 Max Hayward (8) continues to impress as does Alex Dobrowski (14). At U13 there is spirit aplenty with Joel Wadsworth (20), Kieran Scillery (25), Michael Croft (26) and Ross Harrison (28) whose fourth team was very satisfactory.
The U15s have struggled team-wise and were again short of numbers although Chris Webber (12), Joe Chadderton (16) and Max Cotterill (21) put on a good show. A similar problem affects the U17s where only the brave duo of James Grundy (11) and Jonathan Bride (16) showed.
Although this league is not a priority for the club‘s junior and senior men three competed.
Chris Pedder was a truly excellent 35th and first O55 to finish, John Wealthy returned 44th with Dave Reece (48) only a few seconds adrift. Dave recorded fifth Junior. If there were club prizes for the most improved athlete of the season he would surely be in contention.
Sadly Michael Rimmer exited the European 800m championship in Gothenburg in the first round. His 1.51.04 was well below his best and the result may well be down to his inexperience indoors.
He said: “I think the one way I was going to be caught out was if there was a slow first lap.
“I’ve been in a totally different phase of training to most people. There’s not much I can take from it but I’ll go back to what I was doing beforehand.”