News March 2008

Under 15s take League Title
The final Mid-Lancs Cross Country League match was held at Blackburn and the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Under 15 squad were a relaxed second placed team, the previous results having already confirmed that the championship trophy would return once more to the Edge Hill University base. Chris Hatton(5), Ed Rimmer(9), John Meakin(12) and Adam Goldfarb(21) were the scorers with Jake Oldham(28) also available. It`s been another successful season for this age group with Northern silver medals in the autumn relays, bronze in the cross country championships and a fine 6th slot in the National race. Although not running on this occasion Toby Loveridge is also confirmed as the age groups most prominent individual.

The Under 13s record for consistency continued at the tough Witton Park course with Kyle Nicholls(7), Warren Turner(11), Andrew Hutchinson(14) and David Reece(21) finishing third team and having Darren McDonald(35) and Ben Haines(37) usefully in reserve. Overall though they secured the silver medals and will be content with that performance. The highly promising Nathan Browne was fourth in the Under 11 race indicating his excellent progress, supported by an equally impressive Aaron Quinn in 8th spot. Among the girls Under 11 Erin Devlin was 27th, Under 13 Charlotte Haines 36th and the duo of Jade Hislop(18) and Nicole Garner(34) competed for LPS in the Under 15 event.
1 March

So close for Kirsty
In a previous report we stated that Kirsty Longley had topped the overall Senior Women’s Mid-Lancs CC League. This was true in her age group. Unfortunately there were three Vets ahead of her and she was narrowly squeezed out of the final medals. She will be slightly disappointed with this but it demonstrates just have far she has come in two seasons. Those other girls had better watch out next winter!
4 March

Final results of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League 4 March
A fine haul of medals for LPS. Toby Loveridge(U15 Boys) individuals overall winner. There was a team gold for the U15s Boys edging Blackburn by one point. The U13s Boys took the silver medals comfortably. The U17s Men tied on points for the top spot with Southport Waterloo and Rossendale but on the count back were awarded silver behind our local neighbours. A good season but there is plenty to suggest that next year could be even better. Team management is `pleased and quietly confident’.
Sammy`s great run
By all accounts there was controversy in the Liverpool Half Marathon as several runners went off course but Sammy Rashid kept his cool to post a very respectable 1.15.49 for 10th place and second Over 40. Sammy will be very pleased with this in his build up to the London Marathon.
4 March

LPS athletes lead county schools teams
The English Schools Cross Country Championships were hosted this year in Liverpool`s Sefton Park. A good course and excellent organisation was enjoyed by athletes from all over the country. Although not among the more successful teams Liverpool Pembroke Sefton athletes performed well. David Forrester led home the Merseyside team in the Intermediate Boys race in 54th place closely followed by Toby Loveridge in 58th spot. Merseyside closed in 7th team. Running in the same age group Paul Roberts was 156th and Chris Hesketh 240th for the Lancashire squad. The club`s sole representative in the Junior Boys race, Sean Kirkbride was 94th but had the distinction of leading home his Lancashire colleagues to 18th placing
8 March

Frustration for Toby
Toby Loveridge (Mersey) has enjoyed a fantastic first season with LPS but his luck ran out at the Inter-counties Championships at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park. Leading briefly in the Under 15 event disaster overtook him on a sharp bend, he pulled a hamstring and was forced to drop out. A frustrating experience that happens to most athletes at some time or other. His focus will now shift to the track season and lowering his personal best times. In the same event Mike Bride (Mersey) will be more than content with his 140th spot after an injury prone year. Chris Hatton recorded 166th for Lancashire.
At Under 13 level Kyle Nicholls was 132nd and fourth counter in the Lancashire team that finished 16th. Warren Turner was 169 for Merseyside. Also in a Merseyside vest Kirsty Longley had what was a poor run for her after fighting a virus for several weeks. At 191st in the Senior Women’s race she was still third in for Merseyside. A small consolation
15 March

Bernie`s Fantastic Bath Result!
Bernie Murphy finished an amazing 18th in a field of 10,000 in the classy Bath Half-Marathon. Going through 10K in 33.38 he clocked a very respectable 1.11.29 for the full course. He is really enjoying his running these days and this sets him up well for the London Marathon in April.
16 March

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