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Local Athletics: Green for go in 10k; Race success in Croxteth.

Byline: BY PHIL THOMAS Daily Post Correspondent

LIVERPOOL'S Peter Green was an easy winner of the Croxteth 10k beating the fast improving Xavier Desse (Wirral) by 58 seconds in a time of 32.42.

Steve Freeman (Liverpool) was third, closely followed by Ian Magill (Liverpool Running Club), Warrington's Barry Timmins and Carl Parry (St Helens-Sutton).

The women's race went to Parry's club colleague Gemma Connelly, who beat University student Sam McRobbie with Natalie Cheers (LRC) third.

John McCole (Liverpool) and Samantha Howard (SouthportWaterloo) were the winners of the Waterloo 15k on Bank Holiday Monday. McCole beat former Northern Cross Country Champion Bashir Hussein (Stockport) by two seconds in 51.43 with James Meldrew (Liverpool), Paul Cadwallader (LPS) and David Hamilton (SouthportWaterloo) making up the top five.

Howard's time was 61.40, over a minute ahead of Liverpool veteran Christine Murphy, Katherine Ward (SouthportWaterloo) and Julia Eccleston (St Helens-Sutton) completing the top four.

James Armstrong (SouthportWaterloo) scored a sprint double in the National Young Athletes League match held at Derby, his 23.7 earning him one of the athlete of the match awards. The Wirral long jump pair of Martin Brown and Alexander Russell won two of the other three awards.

Wirral lie third in the Premier Division and the Sandgrounders fifth after the first round.

Liverpool lead the table after winning at Blackburn scoring 477 points. The athlete of the match awards were not named although Jack Meredith's hurdles in 11.9 was apparently the only grade one track performance in the males' match.

West Cheshire defeated LPS at Ellesmere Port, St Helens-Sutton surprisingly beating Manx AC for third place.

Warrington moved into the top six with a win over Deeside, Leigh and Blackley

Anne Rosbotham (Wirral), Michelle Mercer (SouthportWaterloo) and the St Helens-Sutton pair of Karen Jarvis and Louise Hogg, have been selected to represent Merseyside at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships over the Settle Hills on Saturday, July 1.

The men's team is Liverpool's Jonny Mellor and Adam Peers (Liverpool) with Tony Smith and Marc Laithwaite (St Helens-Sutton). Laithwaite is also the team manager.

St Helens-Sutton are the only Merseyside, Cheshire or Lancashire club to compete in this year's British Cup semi-finals, which take place at Stoke at the end of July.

Entries for the Northern Championships to be held at South Leeds Stadium at the end of May close tomorrow. Entries can be downloaded from the North of England website.

Well-known local starter Bertie Knowles was elected Vice President of the Merseyside County AA in place of Pat Green.

Last year's committee members Graham Pilkington and Tom Carson were not re-nominated for the committee, cross country team manager Sue Clague was a new addition and there are two vacancies.

McCole takes Bank Holiday honours at Waterloo

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Date:May 4, 2006
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