April’s News!

Wow, where to start?


Firstly a huge well done to the Pensby Runners who took part in today’s Chester Half Marathon.  There were some brilliant times, but probably most notably achievement goes to Lucy Shayle who was running her first half marathon. Great running and great to see such a good turn out – 15 Pensby Runners altogether.


There were eight Pensbys at the scorching London Marathon last weekend.  Some old hands like Andie Gow and some first timers like Rob Chalmers, who was running as our club allocation representative.    I was driving back to Liverpool at the time, stopping in service stations on the M6 to keep track with everyone’s progress on the app, very happy to see each running safely crossing the line in what were very challenging conditions.

Andie running in the heat of London (thanks Mark for the photo


On the same day, Rob Beech was up on the coast for a slightly cooler (I think only a touch though) Blackpool Marathon, and only went a came fourth in 2:50!  Wow!


We had 17 Pensby Runners out for the second Wirral Seaside Run of the 2018 series, from Leasowe Lighthouse down to New Brighton.   For the second time this year the runners had a tail wind most of the way, so there were some pretty fast times.  Although a couple of people commented on how we exfoliated they felt after being sandblasted from the left hand side by the gusts whipping in off the beach. Well done to all the runners, and to Mark, Gordon and the rest of the team who make the series happen.  I’ve posted some photos of the race here, and you can find out more about the series at the official website here.

Happy Pensbys in last week’s Seaside Run – deceptive peaceful looking beach views as well.  It was windy!!


Going back a little further now there were 11 runners from the club out for a sunny Liverpool Half Marathon, on March 25, with Jayne also our one runner in the 10 miler – and great to see her running so strongly after coming back from injury.  And continuing the strong representation at the local races, nine of us pitched up for a the Tunnel 10K on April 15th.  It was my first time running this race and I was left feeling like I had some unfinished business with that uphill out of the tunnel!  I’m already down for next year’s race and I’m sure I won’t be alone.  On the same day, Simon Rogers was out lone representative at the St Helens 10K – the first race of the road league and rather under supported. Hopefully the league will start to get up a head of steam at next weekend’s Liverpool Spring 10K.


Helen and Rob running in the Liverpool Half Marathon



Finally, the Summer fell league starts soon with the Ysgol Dinas Bran Race on May 9th – a new midweeker for our league, down in Llangollen.  Andrew Sumner was out getting some training in at the Yorkshire Three Peaks race this weekend.  It’ll put him in good stead for the Pedol Peris which makes an appearance on this year’s league.

Thanks as always to Chris for documenting some of the weekend and weeknight training runs – in all weathers as you can see from the second shot!


As always, a lot of great training runs, and club handicaps going on, both midweek and on the weekend. Thanks to all of our many coaches for leading these – do come and join us some time if you are not (yet) a member!!