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Team effort pays off; ATHLETICS with Rob Kelly SPORT NAME Harriers get promoted.

Byline: Rob Kelly

LIVERPOOL Harriers were crowned champions of the British Athletics League Division One at the final match of the season, which was held at Wavertree Athletics Stadium.

They finished well clear of nearest rivals Cardiff AC and Glasgow City by a margin of more than 200 points to secure their place in the British Athletics League Premier Division next season.

Stand-out performances in the final match included Jason Harvey who won the 400 metre hurdles impressively in 50.64 seconds, whilst in the 100 metres event James Williams also rose to the occasion by winning in 10.77 despite the windy conditions on the day.

In the throwing competitions it was Ben Fisher who top scored for the host club with 61.07 metres in the javelin, and in the hammer throw it was the ever reliable Mike Bomba with a terrific 66.54 metres.

Jonny Mellor, who claimed a comfortable victory in the 3,000 metres (8.20.93) gave full credit to the team management.

He said: "Big thanks must go to team managers Len Steers and Brian Jones for putting together such a strong team with a fantastic team spirit."

Liverpool Pembroke Sefton successfully overcame relegation fears with ease in their final Northern League encounter at Manchester's Sport City, and secured Northern League Division Two status for another year.

Many club members participated in a number of different events to claim an unlikely overall match win.

Individual highlights included a double victory in the high jump in the form of Billy Williams (1.93m) and Amelia McLaughlin (1.74m).

In the 400 metres Danny Higham really did save his best for last with a personal best time and 1st place with a rapid 48.5 seconds.

Ladies track and field captain Kirsty Longley performed her duty with pride by claiming a fantastic treble win in the 800m (2.23.5), 1500m (4.56.00) and 3000m (10.23.6) and then topped this off with a solid anchor leg of the 4 x 400m relay team to give LPS third place.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2013
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