Primarily the Road League continued last Tuesday at Walton Park 5 Mile race, where seven Pensby Runners turned out to race – six in vests and one in disguise! This is a great little race – well organised and very well supported, consisting of three laps around the park. Laps two and three contain a little bit of up, but for the most part the course is flat and, on Tuesday we had fairly ideal weather – a warm day that had cooled off to a very bearable temperature by race time at 7:15pm. This resulted in great times all round and a couple of new additions to the Road League table.
Pensby team at the finish of Walton Park 5 mile
The only down side was that on the very same night, the Thurstaston Multi Terrain Challenge was taking place over on the Wirral. Participation and support Steve Saunder’s annual Wirral Way lung buster are a real tradition for many people at the club, so some otherwise road-racers opted for the MT instead. In the end 33 runners from the club took part in the race, which involves sections on trail, beach and briefly on tarmac. Notably Lucy was second lady on the night, with Rob third overall and Zach coming in an impressive 12th. Thanks to Steve and team for another really enjoyable event!
Pensbys at the start, and hitting the beach, in the Multi Terrain Challenge
Last but not least, three of us made the trip down to Llangollen for the Ysgol Dinas Bran fell race, the first of the 2018 Summer Fell League. This is the first time this race has featured in a Pensby league and I think the general consensus was very favourable. It’s a short race, at under 5 miles, but it packs a decent punch. Heading from the school (after a cross country-like lap of the playing filed to spread the runners out) you pretty much immediately hit a very steep road climb, followed by an uphill and then undulating section of trail. This takes you to the real hill climb, up the side of a grassy slope leading up to a castle, which you circle before descending sharply down a zig-zag of stony paths (very good fun). You repeat this hill circuit before a rather foot-roasting descent home down that steep section of trail and road. Slightly damp conditions underfoot made for tricky, greasy descents. The cakes and tea at the finish were excellent. I think this one will feature again in the future.