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Atheletics: Cooper in charge at Rufford in medal run; LOCAL ATHLETICS.

Byline: BY PHIL THOMAS Daily Post Correspondent

SUE COOPER led SouthportWaterloo to a plethora of prizes in the Rufford 10k, finishing second lady overall and first veteran in her age group.

Cooper was followed in third place by Tracy Peters while Karen Faloon and Chris Cutner also collected age best prizes.

Cooper, Peters and Faloon scooped the team prize with Steve James winning the over-70 men's award.

Liverpool Harriers finished sixth in the National Young Athletes final at Sport City, Manchester. However, high jumpers Katarina Thompson and Marnie Wells-Nichols set new meeting records in the under-17s and U13s categories, Thompson clearing 1.75 and Nichols 1.51.

Sophie Bell-Moran and Aylish McKenzie ensured maximum points by winning the B events, while Jack Meredith and Mark Winslade ensured a whitewash in the hurdles.

In the Cheshire League match at Trafford, St Helens-Sutton took third place overall, high jumpers Michael Causer (1.53) and Sophie Rigby (1.35) setting new personal bests.

Luke Reddy (Liverpool) was seventh at the Trafford 10k, Wirral's Chris Henry collecting the O50s men's prize. The first Merseyside runner home at the Lancaster Half Marathon was Francis Martin, who finished 14th in 80.51.

The main road event this week are the County relays which take place at Marbury Park, Northwich on Saturday.

The events include the county championships for Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Liverpool and St Helens-Sutton have entered teams in every age group, Wirral all bar the senior women's race, Penny Lane Striders are contesting the senior men's and women's events only and Liverpool Pembroke Sefton the senior men's contest.

Warrington and West Cheshire contest most titles in the Cheshire Championship where the biggest challenge appears to come from Vale Royal.

Clubs are asked to note that the approach to the park is on back country roads and that there will be a car parking fee (pounds 1 for three hours - pounds 2 all day).

Elsewhere there are 10k races at Burton in Kendal, Sandbach and Cleckheaton while there are still places available in the Great Langdale Half Marathon.

The Great Langdale Marathon race is full.

On the track there is the first of two track and field meetings at Stanley Park, Blackpool. The second one follows in two weeks time and must be pre-entered.

Next year's Northern track and field League dates have been set for Saturday, May 2, Saturday, June 6, Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 2.

It is understood that, following the promotion of Preston to division one, division two (west) will be contested by Blackpool, Manx AC, St Helens-Sutton, SouthportWaterloo and Liverpool Pembroke Sefton.

Dates will be confirmed at the League AGM in November.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 11, 2008
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