Pensby Runners set off at a trot into 2019, so I’m playing catch up somewhat in rounding up the news for January.
Obviously, the weather took something of a turn toward the end or the month and we had some of our first snowing training sessions. It’s quite magical to start a session on a chilly but otherwise average night, and to end it running home along pristine white streets, leaving the first footprints in the snow. We also had a successful AGM, kept to time by chairman Roy. At that event Ian Chalmers began a collection of race tops, which were donated to a local charity that helps the Wirrals homeless – something that made it into the news pages of the Wirral Globe website.
The Road League began at the Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby, and we had a very healthy turnout of 30 runners at what has been a traditional curtain raiser for the road season for quite a few years now. This year the snow and ice held off, and despite a little rain early on, the conditions were perfect throughout the race.
As the road season starts, the cross country nears an end. Twelve Pensbys attended the Northern Championships in Pontefract last weekend. Often these bigger events are an absolute mudbath, with hundreds and hundreds of pairs of feet churning up the course over the day’s races. However, this year was an exception (as has been the case at many of the local races as well), and the going was firm, with just a couple of quaggy spots. We may not have been the fastest team on the day (although we certainly held our own), but we probably had the best tent! There was also a pre-race presentation to ‘Rocket’ Rob Beech, to mark is 100 marathon achievement in late 2018. The penultimate XC race of the merseyside league is tomorrow at Croxteth, with the nationals coming up in Leeds on Feb 23rd.