PBs at the Northern League and a great night at the Birkenhead Park 5

Last weekend saw another exciting day of Track and Field when match 2 of the Northern League was held at the Oval, Bebington.  And on Wednesday the club hosted it’s annual road race, the Birkenhead Park 5.

The Northern League first.  The highlight of the match must be our fantastic U17 lady sprinter Obi Curry winning the 200m in fine style in 25.0.  This puts her inside AAA grade 1 standard and gives her a national standard time for the English Schools.  Obi also won the 100m in 12.4 sec.  Joe Wigfield continued his great form with a win in the 1500m with a new PB of 4.04.9 and Sam Lansborough took the 100/200 double.  Both our men’s and ladies relay teams did us proud winning the 100 and 400m races.  The team finished in 3rd place in the league, a good result.  Full results can be found here- 2017_Match_2_2W-Northern leage match 2


Now Emily Kearney kindly reports for us on the Birkenhead Park 5.

The Birkenhead Park 5 mile race has been an annual fixture in the club’s racing calendar for over four decades now, and in its second year under the direction of Ronan Kearney has been named as one of the top five mile road races in the country by Athletics Weekly.

Despite the filthy weather on Wednesday night, online pre-entries and the promise of electronic chip times attracted a record 298 entries, plus a very well supported fun run featuring some excellent times from some of Wirral AC’s younger athletes. In the main race, Phil Robertson battled it out with the rain to run a blistering 25.59, the first Park 5 Wirral AC winner in over a decade. The phenomenal Kirsty Longley of LPS ran 29.10, a time that currently ranks her second in the nation.

With £600 up for grabs courtesy of Nigel Crompton at the Runner’s Hub, as well as spot prizes from Ron Hill (and Haribo for a lucky few) competition was fierce, as the near-record number of finishers testifies. The whole night ran smoothly, and with electronic times there was no hanging around in the rain all night waiting for results. The post-race survey has yielded a 95% rating of ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ for the overall race experience, with the introduction of chip timing, and the fast results that enabled being a point of particular approval.

Many thanks to our sponsors at Urenco, to Nigel Crompton for the prize winnings, to Dan Craigen of Nifty Events for the timing, to Nick Lindsey for all his expert help setting up the course, to all the volunteers who managed entries, or who stood in the rain marshalling and directing, and to Ronan Kearney for pulling such an exceptionally successful night.

Full results can be found here- https://wirralac.niftyentries.com/Results/Birkenhead-Park-51 and results from the fun run can be found here Birkenhead Park fun run times 2017

…and last of all your editor had a nice trip out to Horwich for the Two Lads Fell Race.  We do that too at wirral AC you know!

This weekend sees action on the track with the Merseyside School’s Athletics Championships being held at the Oval, and on the road with the senior section competing in the famous Welsh Castles Relay.  Enjoy!

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