News October 2007

Silver medals for LPS Under 15s
Liverpool Pembroke Sefton hosted the North of England Young Athletes Road Relays on a beautiful day at Croxteth Park. The club`s reputation for collecting medals in these championships was further enhanced as the Under 15 boys rose to the occasion with a magnificent second place. Ed Rimmer was first away and ran a sound 11.00 on Leg 1 in ninth spot. Newcomer from Lincolnshire, Toby Loveridge, obviously delighted with his new club, was the fastest on his stage with 10.43 lifting LPS to 5th. Although losing valuable seconds on the final changeover Mike Bride showed his class charging past 3 runners and recording the second fastest time of the day with 10.23, only 6 seconds off the victorious Warrington team. John Meakin(11.27) and Peter Gaskell(14.42) competed but without a final runner. The club had two Under 13 teams George Curran(12.55), Warren Turner(12.18) and Andrew Hutchinson(13.05) who were 12th and Adam Dibble(12.57), David McDonald(13.41) and Ben Haines(13.41) who were 14th. At the other end of the age scale LPS had runners in the massive Liverpool 10k Road Race in Sefton Park which attracted over 2000 competitors. Running brilliantly Bernie Murphy finished 5th with 33.09 and collected the first Over 40 prize. His preparation for the Amsterdam Marathon in a few weeks time looks well on course. Likewise Graham Cairns was 17th in 35.42, this time collecting the first Over 50 award. The indefatigable Kirsty Longley, 79th in the race in 39.22,  was 6th Female home.
7th October 2007

Toby Loveridge, Ed Rimmer  and Mike Brid

Toby Loveridge, Ed Rimmer and Mike Bride

National Young Athletes Relays 21 October
The National Young Athlete Road relays were held as usual in the picturesque Sutton Park, Birmingham. Having won this event last year and recently finishing second in the Northern equivalent the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Under 15 team, were hopeful of a high placing. As one would expect from a national competition the standard was fierce and although Ed Rimmer ran very strongly on Leg 1 his time of 13.55 was only good enough for 33rd spot. Toby Loveridge then put in a magnificent display on Leg 2 overhauling 14 runners to hand over 19th(13.19). Mike Bride was also on form and his 13.09 carried him past another 5 runners to 14th placing overall. Third of the Northern teams was respectable but the quality elsewhere this year is outstanding.

The Under 17`s also found themselves in a tough race. David Forrester in 12.39 was 27th at the takeover but clubmate Chris Hesketh was on form and his 12.40 brought LPS down to 16th. Tom Hanlon ran well but his 13.38 lost ground and the club had to settle for 23rd. Having experienced such a lot of national success last season club members will naturally be somewhat disappointed but there are other prospects beckoning the winter and the training will be stepped up at the Edge Hill University site.

In the Southport 10K Fun Run bubbly personailty Kirsty Longley netted yet another prize finishing 3rd in the Women`s race. Adam Clansey was 6th amongst the men.
21 October 2007

Mid-Lancs CC League Leyland 27 October
A reasonable turnout for the first event. Not unexpectedly the best individual result came in the U15 race from Toby Loveridge who was second in 15.28 with Ed Rimmer third in close attendance with 15.37. Joe Hanlon was 34th in 18.16. A good result also for the U13s…4th team with Warren Turner 11th(12.45), Andrew Hutchinson 17th(12.58), Darren McDonald 25th(13.24), Ben Haines 26th(13.32) and Jonathan Bride 34th(15.07). The U17s went one team place better with David Forrester 4th(23.08), Tom Hanlon 13th(24.29) and Jake Helm 17th(25.16). Our lone competititor in the U11 race was Aaron Quinn(12th in 9.22).
The girls also made a good start to the season. Two Under 11s Charlotte Haines(14th with 9.38) and Lauren Richardson(39th/11.54) and three Under 13`s Scarlett Collins(13th/10.20), Elizabeth Cooper(42nd/11.17) and Erin Devlin(57th/13.37). As usual Emma Bowen(8th/18.00) and Emma Binns(9th/18.03) turned in solid performances.
At Senior level Kirsty Longley has improved over two and a half minutes on the same course as last year and correspondingly gone from 23rd to 7th(25.57). Amazing. June Swift at 35th(28.22) and Katie Highfield 75th(32.41) completed a team in about 12th place. Andrew Bowen was impressive in his first senior cross country race 21st(36.12), evergreen vet, Greg Callaghan, was 56th(38.31) and Rob McLaughlin 65th(38.52). A good start to the season with individual and team prospects very much alive.


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