Treats for all F5000 fol­low­ers

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Scene By You - BY JAMES CLEARY BY STEVE HIRST

ATEENAGE Edge Hill Univer­sity stu­dent is aim­ing to rep­re­sent Great Britain on the world stage af­ter en­joy­ing suc­cess in her first in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Tif­fany Pen­fold, who is in the se­cond year of a sports ther­apy de­gree course, com­peted at the Eu­ro­pean U20 Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Til­burg, The Nether­lands, help­ing GB earn team gold af­ter a very en­cour­ag­ing de­but dis­play.

She im­pressed se­lec­tors at the Eu­ro­pean tri­als hav­ing al­ready pro­duced some eye-catch­ing runs last year.

A time of 9.37:25 in the 3000m in July – her only track run at the dis­tance – ranks her eighth in Britain.

In her first road race, over 5k, her time of 17:02 was the third-best in the U20 age group. These per­for­mances cul­mi­nated in a sixth-place fin­ish at the British Ath­let­ics Cross Chal­lenge held at Sefton Park, Liver­pool in No­vem­ber.

“Lead­ing up to the GB call-up, my coach and I agreed it would be un­likely I made the team, as it was the top five that made au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion”, she ad­mit­ted.

But, for­tu­nately Tif­fany got the un­ex­pected nod. The jour­ney has not been easy for the 19-year-old stu­dent from Egre­mont in Cum­bria.

Tif­fany has had to en­dure se­ri­ous in­jury prob­lems which made her con­sider a fu­ture with­out the sport she first took up at the age of eight when, en­cour­aged by a neigh­bour, her­self and her sis­ter joined the Cum­ber­land fell run­ners club.

“It was al­ways a bit of fun at the week­ends, and it wasn’t un­til I was 12 that I started train­ing with one of the coaches’ group on a Tues­day and Thurs­day as well,” she rec­ol­lected.

Her pro­gres­sion meant that she fo­cused solely on the track – and at the age of 15 she qual­i­fied for the English schools’ 800m, hav­ing won her first county cham­pi­onships race.

But in­jury ruled her out of com­pet­ing – and nearly out of ath­let­ics al­to­gether. I ba­si­cally quit the sport I loved and lost all my fit­ness. I lost any drive I once had,” she said.

Tif­fany’s hunger for run­ning even­tu­ally re­turned in her fi­nal year of sixth form at West Lakes Academy, with train­ing tak­ing place in a do­mes­tic set­ting.

“I de­cided to have a look at Edge Hill and loved the cam­pus and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“I looked at dif­fer­ent de­grees and af­ter suf­fer­ing with in­jury, which put an abrupt end to the best sea­son I ever had, I de­cided to ap­ply for sports ther­apy. The knowl­edge which I have gained from the course sup­ple­ments my train­ing well, as I have a deeper un­der­stat­ing of a wide ar­ray of in­flu­en­tial sub­jects, such as anatomy, in­jury pre­ven­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.” The move to the West Lan­cashire univer­sity saw Tif­fany link up with Liver­pool Pem­broke & Sefton Har­ri­ers & Ath­letic Club, al­low­ing her re­ally step up her train­ing. Tif­fany’s fell run­ning back­ground means she has al­ways pur­sued mid­dle dis­tance run­ning, with her e a r l y track ex­pe­ri­ence com- ing at 800m and 1500m – although longert­erm it could be 3000m which she con­cen­trates on, with cross-coun­try nat­u­rally com­ple­ment­ing her work in to the off-sea­son.

Con­tin­ued Tif­fany: “It helps run­ners build strength through the tough win­ter sea­son, in prepa­ra­tion for the sum­mer on the track.

“I have never sat down and de­cided to be a ‘cross-coun­try run­ner’.

“How­ever, they just com­ple­ment each other in the op­pos­ing sea­sons.”

There is some tail­ing off in her train­ing now, and even a few days off be­fore her first ac­tion of 2019, at this month’s county cham­pi­onships.

But the main early-year fo­cus is on the World Cross-Coun­try Tri­als sched­uled to be held at Prest­wold Hall in Lough­bor­ough on Satur­day, March 9, with the main event be­ing held at the end of the same month in the city of Aarhus in Den­mark. Af­ter that, the track sea­son pro­vides cause for op­ti­mism.

“The tri­als will be dif­fi­cult, as I will have moved up to the U23 age cat­e­gory,” ex­plained Tif­fany.

“As the youngest, I ex­pect the older girls will be stronger and more ex­pe­ri­enced. Nev­er­the­less, I will give it my best shot. Re­gard­ing the track sea­son, my coach and I have agreed to fo­cus on 3k.”

She added: “We be­lieve I have po­ten­tial over the dis­tance, and with spe­cific train­ing, we’re hop­ing I could re­ally make some­thing out of it.” MO­TOR sports en­thu­si­asts from the West Lan­cashire area with mem­o­ries of the For­mula 5000 se­ries, which made reg­u­lar vis­its to Oul­ton Park in Cheshire have a great op­por­tu­nity to re­live those golden days.

The His­toric Sports Car Club is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the spec­tac­u­lar se­ries at Autosport In­ter­na­tional at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham from to­day un­til Sun­day.

The Club will mark the golden an­niver­sary of the UK de­but of the spec­tac­u­lar cat­e­gory with a show­case six-car dis­play of the mighty five-litre sin­gle-seaters.

Cars from Lola, Sur­tees, Gur­ney and Hep­worth will be on show, many as now raced with the HSCC.

A num­ber of driv­ers from the pe­riod who raced at the pic­turesque Oul­ton Park cir­cuit that con­tin­ues to be a favourite with West Lan­cashire race fans are ex­pected to be at the show.

Driv­ers of the stand­ing of Tony Trim­mer, Mike Wilds and Mike Walker all have For­mula 5000 firmly in­scribed on their ca­reer records.

All three are still ac­tive rac­ers.

Less of­ten seen around race pad­docks these days are Damien Magee and Teddy Pilette, but both are due to be on hand at the NEC for what prom­ises to be a ter­rific event.

Now aged 73, Belfast­born Magee raced F5000 in 1974 on his way to a brief spell in For­mula 1 with Wil­liams, while cel­e­brated Bel­gian racer Pilette, now aged 76, won the 1973 and 1975 Eu­ro­pean ti­tles for the stan­dard-set­ting VDS team.

For­mer rac­ing driv­ers Ray Allen, Chris Craft, Dave Berry, Alan Rollinson, Gor­don Spice, Ian Ash­ley and Cyd Wil­liams are all plan­ning to at­tend the spe­cial event along with renowned F5000 en­trant Sid Tay­lor and Nick Gethin, son of mul­ti­ple F5000 cham­pion, Peter.

Edge Hill Univer­sity stu­dent Tif­fany Pen­fold

A For­mula 5000 Lola be­ing raced in the past.

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