The best in the country meet annually at Mansfield to test themselves in the English Cross Country Relays. Liverpool Pembroke Sefton sent four teams. There were two Under 20 Junior squads and James Loftus led for the A team. His time of 9.46 carried him to 51st followed by Warren Turner on 9.51 who powered through to 35th followed by an equably formidable Alistair Nelson on 9.44 which lifted the club to a final 25th and, significantly, 6th in the North. Sean Kirkbride(58) ran an excellent 9.54, Rob Parkinson(55) 10.49 and Kyle Nicholls (10.21) which brought the B-teamers home 47th. The Under 15 Boys had a similar solid result with Dan Slater(28) on 6.53, Jack Crook(22) on 7.09 and Matt Richardson closing with 7.29 and a 29th placing.
Toby Loveridge led for the Senior Men in 11th spot with a highly creditable 16.00. This time turned out to be 6th in the Under 23 age category and raises hopes for his appearance in a few weeks at the trials for the European Championships that will be held on home territory in Sefton Park. Ian Roberts(59) followed in 18.41, Mark Wynne(64) with 19.30 and Rob Bland (68) closing in on 19.16. This early test shows that LPS is looking in good shape and will be making an impact on the local scene as the winter season unfolds.
At the Halewood 5k four LPS athletes turned out in this popular event. First home in was Kirsty Longley in 23rd place oveall and second female in 18.17, next was Graham Cains in 33rd place in 18.45, this was Graham’s first run at the monthly Halewood event. Robbie Wood 44th in 19.31 just pipped John Halson in 45th place with 19.32. Results