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Football: SISTER ACT! SCHOOL SPORT WITH TIM JOHNSON Linneys out on their own with unbeaten run.

SISTERS Abigail (10) and Rebecca (15) Linney remain undefeated in all school league cross country races this season.

Abigail, running for Bishop Martin Primary School, Woolton, has won four straight victories to date.

Her elder sister boasts a 100 per cent record in both the midweek and Saturday secondary competitions, representing St Hilda's.

"Abigail trains at Liverpool Harriers alongside her sister Rebecca," said proud dad and willing taxi driver Graham.

"She has benefited by being able to work with Rebecca's coach, Steve Carroll, who has had a huge involvement in her development since she was seven."

The evidence of this can be found in her list of successes that include: Small School city cross country champion (Year 5); 800m city campion (Year 5); Melbourne Open Winner 600m.

While Linney junior should be regarded as a highly promising runner, Rebecca is beginning to forge something of a reputation as a precocious talent on the national stage.

"Next year, the English Schools' cross country championships will be held in Sefton Park," she told JuniorXsport. "It is my home course and I would love to win. Most of my training at the moment is targeted towards this event.

"If I am good enough I would also like to eventually go on to represent my country at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games." If Rebecca manages to pull off a victory in the Sefton Park race it would complete a remarkable coincidence. The last time a Merseyside girl won the national inter individual title was also at Sefton Park in 1994, when Dawn Adams ran away from the rest of England to win by 26 seconds.

Last season, the Harriers runner came sixth in the English Schools and will need her training to go well to improve on that. Her impressive list of successes include: Merseyside County Schools cross country champion, Liverpool Senior Schools cross country champion (Wednesday), Merseyside Schools cross country champion (Saturday), English Schools' cross country cup individual winner, Liverpool Senior Schools champion 1500m, English Schools cross county team county champion 800m.

While her list of achievements is impressive it is nothing new. For Rebecca has been winning titles in similar quantity and quality since she began running, like her sister Abigail, in Bishop Martin Primary School.

Harriers coach and official Mike Dool-ing, who has watched her develop, said: "Rebecca showed good promise at Bishop Martin school, excelling in both swimming and running from an early age.

"After producing a good performances in the Liverpool schools primary athletic and cross country events she was invited to attend taster sessions at Liverpool Harriers. Since then she has never looked back.

"Rebecca is an integral part of a successful training group. Coach Steve Carroll successfully juggles the interests of up to 50 young girls aged from nine to fifteen on two evenings a week and getting the best out of all of them as Rebecca's athletic career demonstrates."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2007
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