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Challenging hills and record rankings

The Cuerden Valley cross country course is the most challenging of the series in the Mid-Lancs League. The continual ups and downs offer little opportunity for even paced running but it did suit many in the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton contingent The Under 17 Men looked strong with Oliver Sutcliffe(4), Tom Corcoran(8) and Daniel Howells(10) but […]

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Tiffany Penfold

Tiff toughs it out at Leeds

The National Cross Country Championships rarely attracts media interest but is truly one of the never-to-be-missed events of the sporting calendar. Rotated around the country it came to rest in the grounds of the 250 year old Harewood House in Leeds. On a beautiful day the course was dry but with some tough demanding hills. […]

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Debbie Campbell

Debbie Queen of the Hill

There was a poignancy to the 49th running of the Parbold Hill race following the recent death of its founder Derek Dalton. The popularity of the race held over nearly 7 miles of tough hills and country he initiated remains undiminished and some 461 completed the course in perfect conditions. Superbly organised by Skelmersdale Boundary […]

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L&D Champions 2019

Resurgent LPS take District titles

There was a buzz in the air even before the start of the Liverpool and District Cross Country Championships at Allerton. The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton club were fielding strong squads in both the men’s and women’s races. From the gun LPS was prominent especially Chris Maher who is having a stunning season. He could comfortably […]

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Tiffany Penfold

Another great performance from Tiffany

The Northern Cross Country Championships were again held at Pontefract over a dry, rolling course. In spite of not racing since early December the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton international Tiffany Penfold unhesitatingly took the lead in the Junior Women`s race, pressurising her rivals. Her initial 10 second lead began to evaporate though in the final kilometre […]

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LPS Under 11 girls

Young Sarah continues to impress

After the excitement of the county cross country championships it was back to the Mid-Lancs Cross Country League at Burnley for Liverpool Pembroke Sefton athletes. Under 11 Sarah Yates is having a very impressive debut season finishing fourth but only a few metres off the winner. A really good spirit is evolving in this age […]

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Kirsty `queen of the scene’ Longley

The New Year brought the county cross country championships. Merseyside held theirs at the switchback course of Sherdley Park, fortunately good underfoot, while Lancashire hopefuls were on the more demanding slopes of Blackburn’s Witton Park. At Merseyside the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton star, Kirsty Longley, continues to defy her 41 years and took the Senior Women`s […]

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Tiffany Penfold team gold medal winner at European cross country championships 2018

Tiffany performs at the highest level

Tiffany Penfold astonished a few with her GB Under 20 selection for the European Cross Country Championships hosted in Tilburg, the Netherlands but she justified her choice with a stirring run. The course was typically `continental’ with long, flat, lakeside stretches of sand and a scattering of artificial barriers. The start was always going to […]

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Tiffany picked for GB

The classy Cross Challenge series of events turned up once more at Sefton Park with, for Senior athletes, the added spice of possible selection for the GB team that will compete shortly in the European Championships in the Netherlands. The eyes of the Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton contingent were very much on the Under 20 […]

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LPS Seniors at Arrowe Park

Chris and Tiff star at Arrowe Park

The cross country season got off for Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton harriers to an extremely wet and wind swept start. The senior men and women were partaking in the Liverpool and District League at Arrowe Park while the rest of the club made the long trip to Ulverston for a Mid Lancs League fixture. At […]

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