Arrowe Park Cross-Country

Many thanks to Gordon, John and all of the marshals for organising Sunday’s Cross -Country Race in Arrowe Park and to our master bakers Rob Beech and Paul Alexander for providing the post-race cakes.

We had 30 runners out, too. Fantastic! Great running everyone, especially those taking part in their first XC race of the season: Wendy Lee, Ali Lewis, Tracy Pennington, Simon Rogers, Nigel Crompton, Jeff Adams, Mark Ezard, Nikos Giotakis, Steve McConville and Steve Ellis. Hope to see you again soon.

Here is the provisional league table following Sunday’s race. Congratulations to Ali Lewis, first Pensby home in the Women’s race (16th overall) and to our first man Rob Grantham who was 4th overall. Lucy Partridge and Rob Beech retain top spots in the league.

The next race is the County Championships on 5th Jan, which you need to sign up for in advance. You can race in the County of your birth or the one in which you live and I’m sending the entries off for Cheshire and Merseyside in the next ten days. Please contact Rob Chalmers if you’d like to participate. Every Pensby runner will be awarded 10 points in the league for this one, regardless of finishing position.

Beacon Park Cross-Country Race

Fine weather again for the second Cross Country race of the season at Beacon Park this morning. Skelmersdale has never looked so good and what better destination for Ralph (3rd Pensby male) and Felicity (running for Penny Lane) to spend their honeymoon after getting married last weekend.

Congratulations to debutant Gary Johnstone (9th Pensby), running his first Cross Country race since he was at school 40 years ago and welcome to the team for their first race of the season: Chairman Roy (11th), Claudia (3rd Pensby female) and Rob Grantham who popped in on his way to work to collect 4th place overall and 1st Pensby home.

The early league positions are taking shape with Rob Beech, Ralph and Alistair Malpas heading the men’s table and Lucy Partridge, Alex Royden and Angela Peerless the women’s. Great running everyone!

Today’s cakes were a Dorest Apple by Richard Shayle (7th) and a last-minute Chocolate Tiffin by me (8th). Do join us at the next race in Arrowe Park on December 16th when Rob Beech and Paul Alexander will supply your post-race sugar fix.

New Cross-Country Season

As Autumn approaches the new cross-country season beckons. Here are the dates to put in your diary. Who will be the one who manages to run all 9?

League Races & Dates

RACE 1 Sun. 28th October 2018, 10.00 a.m., Clarke Gardens
RACE 2 Sun. 18th November 2018, 10.00 a.m., Beacon Park Skelmersdale
RACE 3 Sun. 16th December 2018, 10.00 a.m., Arrowe Park, Wirral
RACE 4 Sat. 5th January 2018, Merseyside Championships , OR Cheshire Championships, OR Other County Championship (Start Times to be advised)
RACE 5 Sun. 13th January 2019, 10.00 a.m., Town Park, Runcorn
RACE 6 Sat. 26th January 2019, North Of England Championships, (Pontefract Racecourse)
RACE 7 Sun. 3rd February 2019, Croxteth Hall Country Park
RACE 8 Sat. 23rd February 2019, English National Cross-Country Championships, Harewood House, Leeds (Start Time to be advised)
RACE 9 Sun. 24th February 2019, 10.00 a.m., Forest Park, Birchwood

Seaside Runs

Just to let everyone know that the first Seaside Run (5K) for 2018 is only just over four weeks away. Here is the complete list of dates for the season.

Dates for 2018

RACE 1 Wednesday 28th March (6.30 p.m.)

RACE 2 Wednesday 25th April (7.00 p.m.)

RACE 3 Wednesday 30th May (7.00 p.m.)

RACE 4 Wednesday 27th June (7.00 p.m.)

RACE 5 Wednesday 25th July (7.00 p.m.)

RACE 6 Wednesday 29th August (7.00 p.m.)

See for more information

Merseyside Grand Prix Update

We have just received the following information about the 10 Mile Race to be held in October:
“With the Kirkby Milers Safari 10 Miler being confirmed in the MGP, we have another 400 places to be released on 1st Feb at 06.00am. The first lot of 600 places sold out in 36 hours in November and we expect these 400 to go fairly quickly. We would like it if you could let your club members know of the sale times for the last batch of numbers. The race limit will be 1000.”
If you wish to enter the race you may have to get up early!!!

Pensby Runners Join the Merseyside Grand Prix

For 2018 Pensby Runners Road League will be part of the Merseyside Road Grand Prix Competition. Details of the Grand Prix and therefore our Road League can be found at:

Briefly the Grand Prix will comprise of 10 events, with a club’s best 6 scores counting toward the team award.
There will also be an individual competition, with a runner’s best 5 scores to count.
Men and women are scored separately.
The Grand Prix is open only to first claim, EA registered athletes.
For clubs registered for the Grand Prix, no special entry requirements apply. Runners just enter races as they would for any other open road race, and the Grand Prix Coordinator will identify eligible runners in the results supplied by the race organiser.
Points are awarded based on finishing position (as determined by gun times) within the Grand Prix on the following basis:
(All ineligible and non-scoring runners are removed from the results first)
Men: 150-149-148-…..-3-2-1 with 6 to score for a team
Women: 150-149-148-…..-3-2-1 with 4 to score for a team
If a National Grand Prix Final is organised, then the leading men’s team and leading ladies’ team at that time will be invited to represent Merseyside in the Grand Prix Final.
There will be Awards for the overall Grand Prix series for the first 3 Men’s & Women’s Teams, and the first 3 Individual Men & Women.
There will also be Awards in the following veterans categories: M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65+, F35, F40, F45, F50, F55, F60+
The number of Awards for each veteran category will depend upon the number of runners in that category taking part in the Grand Prix races as determined by the Grand Prix Coordinator.
The races for 2018 are as follows:

Sunday 4th March Race 1: St Helens 10K
Sunday 6th May Race 2: Liverpool Spring 10K
 Tuesday 8th May Race 3: Walton Park 5
Wednesday 6th June Race 4: Birkenhead Park 5 (Provisional date)
Sunday24th June Race 5: Penny Lane 10K
Sunday 1st July Race 6: Southport Half Marathon
Wednesday 11th July Race 7: Sefton Park 5 (Provisional date)
Tuesday 7th August Race 8: Mystery 5K (Provisional date)
Saturday 1st September Race 9: Halewood 5K
Sunday 7th October Race 10: Knowsley Safari Park 10 Miles


Arrowe Park Cross-Country Race

It was a snowy one. I think the real heroes of the day were our club marshals who had to endure some pretty chilly weather on a soggy morning at Arrowe Park. For the 285 runners it was a little warmer after the first mile or so. But the ground conditions were as testing as I have known and it was a real challenge to keep the legs turning over.

We had 9 ladies and 16 gents line up for Pensby. Really great to see Helen Measures and Lucy Shayle completing their third XC races of the season. They are both lavished with points and the two are 1 point apart in the Pensby ladies League with Sarah Roberts chasing them down one point behind. Lisa, Carole, Steph, Ali, Catherine Howell and Lucy made sure we had strong ladies teams. The ladies were 2nd team on the day holding off rivals Helsby. The ladies hold 4th overall at the half way stage.

It’s a two way race in the gents league with Simon Rogers holding off defending champion Alistair Malpas by 2 points. Richard Shayle tweaked an ankle and dropped back from his usual position. We also welcomed John Hunt and nice to see Ciaran Lynch make an XC appearance again. Well done all the XC regulars as the gents hold their 9/22 position in the league overall.

Next XC race is the County Championships; back at Arrowe Park for our Mersyside members and Delamere Forest for our Cheshire set. Next league race is Town Park, Runcorn on sunday 14th January.

Final Road League Race A Great Success

Twenty five runners (9 Ladies and 16 Men) turned out on Sunday 19th November for the Pensby Road Race League 10 mile run.

The weather was kind to us, with hardly any wind and dry, and probably just the right temperature!

The course was well received by all, however the uphill section from the Caldy roundabout to the Mere Lane was described as “seeming to go on for ever”

Rob Grantham was first man home in a very impressive 61:07, Simon was second after a tussle all the way round with Liam who was third only 7 seconds behind. I think there had been a few mind games there!

Alistair had a great race and came in 4th, followed by Mark Smith.

This meant that Simon retains the League title for another year, well done Simon, and commiserations to Mark who has been leading the league all through the year, only to be pipped at the post.

Gary Parker was 6th, Ian Shorrock 7th, Des McIvor 8th

8 very quick runners there, well done all.

Then it was the Ladies turn….

First lady home, Lisa Grantham in 72.49 and picking up 15 league points and so wins the Ladies League, well done Lisa.

Then Jenny Sanderson was next in 10th place, terrific run, followed in by Ali Lewis and Stephanie Auge Loach in 12th

Andie Gow was 13th and was followed by more ladies, Wendy Lee, and Fiona McGivern (with her own personal moving Fan Club) in 15th place

Rob Chalmers was next with a sprint finish, followed by Adrian Mercer,John Suckley, Roy Fisher, Gordon Scholefield and Stephen McConville.

Victoria Ford was next which gives here the points required to stay in 2nd position in the league, congratulations Vicky

New Girl Helen Measures did well in her first race in the league as did Elizabeth Gartshore and Ian Chalmers completed the field over the line

Well Done all, great turnout and a great Pensby atmosphere as usual.

Now for some Great Big Thank You’s

To Gordon Scholefield for setting the course which I am sure will be used again

Jill and Mike for manning the Water Station

And of course all the cake bakers, I only got to taste a couple and they were gorgeous, Wendy Lee and Gordon Scholefield did a cracking job, I believe others did too so well done. They had been snaffled before I got there!

And of course to my wife Sue, who was on the stop watch.

And finally to all the runners taking part for making it all so enjoyable and worthwhile

Thank You


Final Road League Race 2017

Pensby Runners Road League 10 Mile Race

The final Road League race for 2017 will be on Sunday 19th November, starting at 9.30 a.m. As it is the final race of the series we thought it might be nice if runners brought coffee and cake to consume after the event. The club will be open for use of the toilets and shelter, if required, but unfortunately we are unable to use the upstairs area as there is a private function booked. We aim to present the Road League Trophy once everyone has finished. The event is not an official race and there is no need to pre-enter, but it would be useful to know how many are thinking of taking part. Please use either Facebook or email to confirm attendance. For insurance purposes the event is for members only and as there may well be no marshals it is reliant upon individual runners to familiarise themselves with the route, detailed below.

The route starts at the mobile phone mast close to the Shell Garage and then drops down to the Wirral Way, via Baskervyle and Station Road, joining the Wirral way at the end of Davenport Road. The Wirral Way is followed all the way to Croft Drive in Calday. Runners then need to turn right up Croft Drive and then turn right at the top along Croft Drive East. At the end of Croft Drive East, turn right along Calday Road to the roundabout at Calday crossroads. At the roundabout the route turns right, passing Calday Rugby Club on the left, up Thurstaston Hill and all the way back to Heswall following Telegraph Road. At Mere Lane runners should cross over and stay on the left through Heswall, turning left at the Glegg Arms roundabout and finishing at Chalkwell Drive. The Garmin route is a little over 10 miles but I have run the route a few times and have measured it as closer to 10 miles.

A link to the route can be found below.

New Cross-Country Season

Welcome to the Cross country season 2017/18 season.

The club needs runners to mix sweat with mud, laughs, a measure of team spirit and usually cake. The first race is Sunday 29th October and kicks off at 10am with the usual soft introduction at Clarkes Gardens, Allerton.

We need new runners to give this is a try and seasoned XC runners to return for another exciting season. If you’re new all you need is some off road trainers or spikes and you MUST wear club vest. No need to preregister just turn up at the start line for a 10am start. You will be handed a token when you cross the finish line which you will return to me on the day to record your token number. Results will then be posted later that week. Its FREE. No times are taken in XC, it’s all about the position against rival clubs. Many of whom you will have run against in the September MT series.

Lift share from the club leaving at 0840.