Pensby runners take on the heat for Liverpool Spring 10K

Late winter featured of occasional ‘beast from the east’ related race cancellation, whilst spring this year appears to have brought with it the opposite kind of weather issue.  After a melting hot London Marathon, some Pensby Runners faced up to the heat in the Liverpool Spring 10K.

 

Some Pensby finishers and a local interloper! 

Run over a faster course this year, the race attracted about three and a half thousand runners.  The race organisers were trialing a new route, starting by the Metropolitan Cathedral and travelling up to Princes Park along the long, straight Princes Road, before heading on into various loops in and around Sefton Park.  This avoided some of the up hill sections that featured in previous iterations that both started and finished in Sefton and afforded a larger start zone and the option to stagger the starting of each pen.  I thought it was a great race, but it was certainly tough.  Despite being very flat, if not net down overall, the ‘uphill’ sections really hit my legs and some of the loops and hairpins in of the latter stages were more psychologically challenging than anything else.  The less said about that slightly uphill run in at the finish the better….

 

The race was the second on our road league, and on the Merseyside Grandprix, and it was great to see a decent number of runners out in Pensby vests and recording some cracking times despite the weather.  Simon Rogers gets special mention for being the first home, and for very much flying the Pensby flag in the grand prix.  He’s due to continue heading up his agre group.  A big well done though to all the Pensby Runners taking part and thanks to Gary for the photos (more available here).  Hopefully everyone’s legs will have recovered in time for either Walton Park 5 mile, or the Thurstaston Multi Terrain race tonight!

 

Rob, Ralph and Simon pushing up Hope Street.  (Rob is the one dressed as a teenager!)