News October 2008

Kirsty in great form 19th October
Kirsty in great form Liverpool Pembroke Sefton star, Kirsty Longley, was in great form at Southport’s Victoria Park in the Asics Natterjack 10K Road Race, comfortably taking first in the Women’s race with 38.44, a personal best that she will try to lower to sub-38 before the year is out. New member Lisa Gawthorne posted a very good 44.28 timing. Another indication of the club’s growing senior women possibilities. Elsewhere in the men’s category Adam Clansey ran 34.40.

Strong performance from LPS in National Road Relay Championships 19th October
The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Under 17 and Under 15 squads were at Sutton Coldfield for the National 3 Stage Road Relay Championships. The club has a good record in this event and it was no surprise they figured prominently in the U17 event. On Stage 1 Toby Loveridge ran a strong lead-off finishing 16th in 12.28. Mike Bride(13th) improved with a 12.40 timing leaving it to David Forrester(12.08) to storm through a further 5 places and ensure LPS was first home(8th) of the Northern clubs. The B trio of Jake Helm(48th with 13.07), Chris Hesketh(35th with 13.16) and Sean Dignam(13.45) closed in 36th. Overall a good indication of the club’s potential for the cross country season. Alistair Nelson in only his second outing for the club ran an impressive 19th(13.13) on Stage 1 of the U15 event and with the assistance of George Curran(35th with 14.25) and a strong finish from Sean Kirkbride(13.38) secured 25th spot. Also in back up were a B team of Kyle Nicholls( 71st with 14.50), Warren Turner (66th with 15.29) and David Reece(61st with 16.03). The potential here also suggests a good winter.
Report Charles Gains

Sammy 3rd Vet place at Great North Run
Sammy Rashid showed he has not lost his talent and liking for road running when he placed 3rd over 40 in the Great North Run on 5th October with a time 1:15:32. After a couple of difficult years with injury Sammy is obviously back in good form.

Alistair shines  5th October
The Northern Athletics Young Athletes Relays were held at the picturesque Croxteth Hall on a sunny afternoon and provided some early winter season racing opportunities for clubs. There is always a pleasant surprise packet and this year it took the form of Under 15 Alister Nelson. The Burscough Priory schoolboy had only taken up serious running with the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton a few months ago but was so highly rated by coach, John McCarten, he was given the tough lead spot in the three stage race. In spite of facing the best in the north in his first race he showed great maturity to come home in 9th place in 10.52. As he is at the lower end of the age group and available again next year this was even more impressive. It was to be the club’s best time although both George Curran(11.19) and Sean Kirkbride(11.19) put in strong runs and edged the club home in 7th.The B team of Kyle Nicholls(12.35), Warren Turner(12.28) and David Reece(12.35) were 23rd.
The LPS Under 13 squad are also looking good for the coming cross country matches and could shine in the Mid-Lancs League. Nathan Browne(12.12), James Grundy(12.50) and Albert Curran(13.05) were 12th but also had support in 20th place with Ben Haines(13.48), Jonathan Bride(14.01) and Chris Watkinson(13.33). An encouraging day for the club especially as it was promoting the event on its own territory. Organiser, Robbie Wood, yet again did a wonderful showcasing job for the sport.

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