News November 2007

National Cross Country Relays
Liverpool Pembroke Sefton have previously enjoyed some success and high placings in the National Cross Country Relays traditionally held at Mansfield. The present Under 15 squad is growing in confidence and Ed Rimmer led the team off in 18th place with a timing of 6.43.45. Mike Bride was not at his best but pulled the club up to 10th with a 6.42.65 posting. Toby Loveridge charged through to a final 7th spot out of 77 teams with 6.35.55. The club was a mere 21 seconds off the bronze medal and with the hard sharpening in training that will now take place at Edge Hill University before Christmas they can look forward to some good results in the New Year. The club`s B team of Sean Kirkbride(6.54.80), Adam Goldfarb(7.48.55) and Joe Hanlon(7.42.80) were 65th. An Under 17 team was led off with a sharp 9.36.50 by David Forrester followed by Chris Hesketh(10.10.15) and Tom Hanlon(10.22.45) finally finishing 35th in this very tough competition.
Our Under 13 teams are continuing to show signs of improvement. Warren Turner(7.40.80), George Curran(7.51.50) and Adam Dible(8.13.50) combined to finish a respectable 38th. Andrew Hutchinson(7.38.20), Jonathan Bride(8.59.60) and Ben Haines(8.35.00) were not far adrift in 50th spot helped by an inspired run from Andrew whose performance was the most eye-catching of the group.
Our Junior Men were 35th. Andrew Bowen(9.50.75), Rob McLaughlin(10.32.75) and Danny Gordon(10.04.15)
The end of year Track and Field rankings have started to appear and the Top 20 is a target for all ambitious athletes. LPS already has two in the Under 20 400m. The club`s GB European Youth relay gold medallist, Wayne Ashall, is ranked 15th with a time of 48.34. Not far behind in 17th place is Harry Doran with 48.51 although Doran is overall 4th in the Under 17`s. This will come as something of a consolation for a season ruined by an injury.
3 November 2007
Brilliant run from Loveridge
Since joining Liverpool Pembroke Sefton from Lincolnshire in the summer Under 15 Toby Loveridge has made remarkable progress. In a Mid-Lancashire Cross Country League race at Burnley he showed confidence and composure to win his race comfortably. With Mike Bride(3), Ed Rimmer(7) and Sean Kirkbride(14) the club had yet another winning team and spectators were reminded that last season a similar group went on to win the Northern title. John Meakin(15), Adam Goldfarb(31), Matthew Scragg(35) and Joe Hanlon(39) were 7th team demonstrating the club`s depth of strength in this age group. The Under 17s enjoyed a second team placing with David Forrester 3rd and beginning to show his immense talent once again, Paul Roberts(13), Jake Helm(20) and Tom Hanlon(22). The Under 13s were also in the placings with George Curran(6), Warren Turner(10), Andrew Hutchinson(13) and Darren McDonald(32) taking third spot,  Ben Haines(33) and Adam Dible(35) were in reserve. There was a lone Under 11 competitor in the shape of Aaron Quinn(18) and the club`s two juniors Andrew Bowen(35) and Rob McLaughlin(36) ran together in the senior race. Some of the LPS Girls are beginning to grow in confidence and edge up the field including U11 Charlotte Haines(15), U13 Erin Devlin(44) and U15`s Jade Hislop(16) and Nicole Garner(32). The two Emmas Bowen(9) and Binns(12) ran their usual sound races and Seniors Kirsty Longley(11) and Katie Highfield(81) also had creditable performances. Results  Over at Skelmersdale Beacon in the Liverpool and District Senior League match Bernie Murphy was in fine form on his favourite course finishing 8th while super-vets Graham Cairns(21) and Jeff Mason(52) also produced good runs. Unavoidable absentees contributed to the club not finishing a team. The prospects look better for the next encounter at Sefton Park which includes the UK Cross Challenge league
11 November 2007
North West Counties Athletics Academy
the following 8 LPS athletes have received invitations:
Chris Hesketh (Steeplechase)
David Forrester (1500m)
Mike Bride (1500m)
Adam Thompson( 200m)
Jessica Broady( Discus)
Emma Carr (Javelin)
Emma Carter (Javelin)
Brad Brennan (Shot)
11 November 2007
Fantastic victory for June Swift
Running for Liverpool John Moores University in the Irish Hollymount International Road Races Liverpool Pembroke Sefton’s June Swift recorded a very impressive victory in 10.42 some eleven seconds clear of her nearest rival over a demanding 3K course. June also led her university to a comfortable team win. In the men’s 10K race Adam Clansey recorded a 33.44 to snatch third place. Both athletes have made a stunning start to their winter campaign.
14 November 2007
Astonishing U17 400m rankings
For Liverpool Pembroke Sefton the publicity this year has naturally gone to the achievements of Britain’s No1 800m runner Michael Rimmer ( World Championships Semi-Final) and the club’s brace of European gold medallists, Wayne Ashall(Under 18 4 x 100m relay) and Phil Taylor (Indoor 4 x 400m). The eagerly awaited National Top 20 rankings now reveal a veritable production line of class 400m runners at the Edge Hill University track. The club can boast no fewer than 3 in the Under 17 list. In third place is Harry Doran with 48.51 for whom an early season injury probably cost him an international vest. In 7th spot is Nathan Hilton with 49.14 while Daniel Higham is 20th with 50.20. No other club in the country can match this achievement.
Just to demonstrate that this is not LPS’s only strength Christopher Hesketh turns up in the 1500m Steeplechase rankings in 15th position with an impressive 4.35.04.
18 November 2007
Sefton Park Euro Trial
There was a double team success for LPS at Sefton Park in the Mid Lancs league on Saturday 24th November. Competing in much bigger fields than usual, as part of the UK Cross Challenge Event, the U15 & u17 boys took the team awards. Dave Forrester (4th) led the U17 team home, supported by Chris Hesketh (9th) & Jake Helm (10th), Tom Hanlon was 17th Southport Waterloo were 2nd and Preston Harriers 3rd.The U15’s had a much more comfortable victory in the team event thanks to Mike Bride (2nd), Toby Loveridge(4th), Ed Rimmer(8th) & Sean Kirkbride (10th). Stephen Biggs (32nd), Adam Goldfarb(33rd) & Matthew Scragg(38th) also competed at this age group. Blackburn Harriers were 2nd & Preston 3rd U13 boys finished in 4th place, Warren Turner ran well to finish 9th, ably supported by Andrew Hutchinson(12th), Kyle Nichols(14th) & Adam Dible(25th). Darren McDonald finished 28th & Ben Haines running 2 years under the age group finished a very courageous 29th. Although there were no awards at stake at U11, there was an outstanding performance from Nathan Browne who finished 4th, Aaron
Quinn was 11th & Jonathon Bride 14th, who both improved on previous performances.There were no team finishes in the girls events, but some very creditable individual performances, none the less. In U11’s, Charlotte Haines continues to improve, finishing 9th this time around, Lauran Donaldson was 24th The conditions were heavy going, but Erin Devlin and Elizabeth Cooper battled round to finish 42nd & 43rd in the U13’s race, whilst Jade Hislop was a very creditable 12th & Nicole Garner 26th at U15 level.The best individual performance came from Becky Harrington who was 6th in the U20’s. Emma Bowen was 10th in the U17’s and Kirsty Longley having to run 2k longer this time around came home in 9th.

Also held within the trial is the Liverpool & District Cross Country Union league race in that the senior men compiled their first team performance of the season.. Bernie Murphy repeated his 8th place from Beacon Park and there were excellent performances from Sammy Rashid(13th), despite nursing a rib injury and Adam Clancy (18th). The two debutants Jon Dudley (36th) and Clark Roberts (41st) fought their own private battle, with Jon coming through over the latter part of the course. The evergreen John Dobie(94) at 61 years of age was the the final team counter. Paul Rudkin who was experiencing the cross country for the first time, found the conditions heavy going and finished in112th place.
24 November 2007


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