Another good day for LPS Harriers

The final fixture of the Liverpool and District Cross Country League was held at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston in excellent conditions. There was little doubt that Liverpool Harriers would take the title once more but this season has seen Liverpool Pembroke Sefton senior men turn out greater numbers, reflected in improved standing. Although short of one or two key men the start saw four engaging with the leading group of runners. Kyle Nicholls, home from Leicester University, was tucked in behind James Loftus and it was clear that there was something of a private battle going on in 6th and 7th place. The result was literally down to the line as Kyle dipped to get the edge. Ian Roberts was also performing strongly and collected 12th with Mark Wynne running himself to a standstill on 15th. The packing was good so far but the gap to the next two was worrying. It took the courage of evergreen Graham Cairns(34) and John Halson(43) to seal the deal. A total of 117pts looked good but rivals Wirral were packing magnificently and collected 109pts. Liverpool Harriers were well away first on 66pts. After the scores for the three matches were added up though LPS were second overall, beating the Wirral lads by 11pts.

The back-up squad was led by a fit-looking Greg Callaghan(48) and consisted of  Jonathan Bride(50), Chris Pedder(54), Rob Parkinson(57), Aaron Houseman(59) and Danny Gilbody(71). Clare Constable(63) was sixth female in. It is clear the club has taken steps forward this season and beginning to reassert itself as a club to be respected again over the country.

Charles Gains

Dave Pinnington’s photos

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