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Armstrong edges gold in sprint thriller.

Byline: BY PHIL THOMAS

SOUTHPORTWATERLOO had contrasting fortunes over the weekend, gaining success in the Northern Under-17 Championships at Wigan but fielding more officials than athletes in the National Junior League at Bebington the following day.

The Sandgrounders collected gold at Wigan when James Armstrong won the 100m in a blanket finish, Josh Hughes the U15 event and Adam Davies, who threw over 56 metres, the hammer.

There were also medals for hurdler Enrico Dalle-Mulle and Jordan Kelly in the triple jump.

But the following day only Rhea Ellis and Louise Leek turned up at Bebington contesting the 1500m, which was won by Amy Rose Talbot (St Helens-Sutton) in a new club record time.

Saints also gained maximum points through Thaddeus Anim-Somuah (100m), Oliver Roberts with a new club record in the shot and steeplechaser Matthew Jackson.

Host club Wirral scored numerous wins including Becky McLinden (400m), Georja Busetto (3000m) and Tom Madden (3000m) to beat Liverpool Pembroke Sefton by a single point.

LPS saw sprinters Harry Doran (200m) and Danny Higham (400m) score winning points with Charlotte Christian taking the hammer.

In the Championships at Wigan David Forrester won the U17 1500m title by three seconds from Matthew Crehan while club-mate Chris Hesketh won a three-athlete contest for the gold medal in the steeplechase.

In the Junior League at Gateshead Liverpool were sixth and lie fifth overall. Niall Ellison and Andrew Allen produced a maximum in the javelin while Harry Harper won the 3000m by 0.01 of a second in a sprint finish.

At Wigan Katarina Thompson took the under-17 long jump and high Jump titles, Jack Meredith was an easy hurdles victor and Amy Forrester unexpectedly took the 300m crown.

Attention switches back to League competition with some vital matches taking place in the Young Athletes League. In the Northern Premier Division, Wirral have a match at home to relegation-threatened West Cheshire and Wakefield but expect to finish behind pacesetters Sale Harriers.

Wigan entertain league leaders Liverpool with Kingston-Upon-Hull providing stiff opposition and relegation team Blackpool making up the numbers.

SouthportWaterloo, in third place, travel to Preston, whose form has been patchy, with a solid LPS team and a poor Blackburn team completing the line-up.

In Division One the only local match of significance is at Macclesfield, where the host club, who lead the division, take on third-placed Warrington with Ribble Valley favourites to beat St Helens- Sutton, who are without Danni McGifford, John Ashcoft and Jamie Webb.

This weekend's road races include the Lancaster 5k race and the Peter Lowe Memorial 5k at Hollins Green.

David Forrester won the U17 1500m title by three seconds from Matthew Crehan

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SouthportWaterloo's James Armstrong (right) won the 100m
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Date:May 29, 2008
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