Pensby Runners Road League

Breaking News!!!!

The second race in the Pensby RRL is a 10k at High Legh.

It is on Sunday 5th March starting at 11.00 am

The entries are open and they ARE GOING FAST so please book your place NOW at

Lymm Runners & The High Legh Community Association Welcome you to the 10th High Legh 10k Race 11am on SUNDAY 5th March With an enviable reputation for being a friendly, welcoming event, Continue Reading &…

Beacon Park Cross-Country

A total of 359 runners lined up for the second of the NWSCCL races at the dizzy heights of Beacon Park, Skelmersdale. An impressive 21 of those had their chests out displaying the jade/black Pensby vest. We welcomed back eight from the first race, along with XC newcomers Jo, Matt and Rob. The 4.5 mile course was very heavy after a week of rain and the lower paths were as muddy as it gets.

The headline performance came from the very modest Rob Grantham who took to the mud and slopes with apparent ease taking token number 1. A Pensby first I am told. Lisa Grantham battled through to take an equally impressive 6th token for the ladies race. Lucy Partridge improved on her last race taking 19th place and improved her % up the field to 16%. Great to see the return of Carole Morrison and Jo Cook to the XC circuit. Alex continues to improve and took token 48.
The gents all put in good performances with most holding or improving their %’s. Of particular note Colin Lamprey improved his % up the field from 89 to 78% – must be all those Thursday sessions.

Next race is 10 am Sunday 4th December, Walton Hall Park. Be there.

Help Needed for Royden Park Multi-Terrain Race

Pensby Runners provide the organisation for the multi-terrain race in Royden Park on Tuesday 6th September. If you are not running then please volunteer to help with marshalling duties. We need 15 marshalls in total and currently only have 2! If you are able to help please post on the Pensby Facebook page or email Gordon at

English National Cross-Country Championships 2016

Pensby Runners had 3 ladies and 8 men competing in the English National Cross-Country Championships, held this year at Donnington Park, Leicestershire. The venue proved to be an excellent choice as it had good road links, ample parking and a course that was much drier than many we have run on this season. For those who have never experienced the National it is quite an event in the running calendar. A club tent village is created from early in the morning as there are many age group races throughout the day. Fortunately, clubs are allowed to drop their tents off close to the village and Sarah and Lucy did an excellent job in siting and erecting the club flag and tent in the time it took me to park the car and walk back. Each time I have run in the National I am always impressed by the number of youngsters who take part and this year was no exception. Each race has a mass start, which for the ladies meant 739 runners and for the men 1730 runners. The first section of the course was downhill and ensured a fast start but our entry into what appeared to be a turnip field soon slowed many of us down! The course (2 laps for the ladies – 8K and 3 laps for the men – 12K) was a series of twists and turns and up and down dale, which for those of us at the back of the field did allow us to appreciate the number of runners in the race. The muddy patches of the course were of the thick and sticky variety i.e. your shoes got heavier as the race progressed. The elite runners, however, just seemed to float over the mud and I spent most of the second circuit being lapped! It was a relief to start the third lap and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet! Lucy was first home for the Pensby ladies in a time of 39 minutes and 47 seconds, unfortunately we were one runner short of a complete team. Ralph was first home for the men in a time of 57 minutes and 37 seconds but Rob and Gary also succeeded in finishing in under the hour. The men did have the required number of finishers for a team and were 109th. Well done to everybody who ran, you did your club proud. The National was also the final race in our own internal cross-country league and this year the winners are Lucy Partridge for the ladies and Dom Roberts for the men. Lucy was also the only person to complete every race in the league, well done Lucy. Unfortunately, Dom, who had previously completed all the league races, had to miss the National due to nursing duties looking after a sick Sarah, what a husband! I have attached the final cross-country league table. Don’t forget to clean your shoes and store them safely ready for the 2016-17 season.

Cross-Country Championship Races

It is now time to stand up and be counted if you wish to enter any of the 2016 Cross-Country Championship Races. Last year we were successful in finishing complete teams for both the ladies and men in the Merseyside and North of England Championships and our ladies won silver in the Merseyside Championships! For a complete team we need at least 6 men and 4 ladies but more is better as it allows for injuries and withdrawals. This year we aim to have Pensby teams in all three major championships.
Please think carefully before committing to an entry as there is a financial cost involved, which, in the past has been paid by the club. IF YOU ENTER AND SUBSEQUENTLY WITHDRAW YOU WILL BE ASKED TO REIMBURSE THE CLUB FOR THE COST OF THE ENTRY. This year the Merseyside Championships are on home soil in Arrowe Park and the Cheshire Championships are at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, The North of England Championships return to Witton Park, Blackburn and the National is in Donnington Park, Leicestershire.
If you wish to enter any or all of the races please email me at with your first and last name, your date of birth and your UKA number. The latter is particularly important as it will be checked!

Closing date for all events Tuesday 15th December
Merseyside/Cheshire Cross-Country Championships
Saturday 9th January Arrowe Park, Wirral or Reaseheath, Nantwich
Senior Ladies Distance: 7.9km Start Time:13.15 Senior Men Distance:11.9km Start Time:14.00
£3 per entry
North of England Cross-Country Championships
Saturday 30th January Witton Park, Blackburn
Senior Ladies Distance: 7.8km Start Time:14.15 Senior Men Distance:12km Start Time:15.05
£7 per entry
English National Cross-Country Championships
Saturday 27th February Donnington Park, Leicestershire
Senior Ladies Distance: 8km Start Time:14.20 Senior Men Distance:12km Start Time:15.00
£7 per entry

First Cross-Country Race

Eight intrepid Men and four gazelle like ladies ran through the mist surrounding Clarke Gardens to complete the first Pensby cross-country league race of the new season. Well done to one and all. There were various interpretations of kit suitable for cross-country from Stu’s Spiderman kit bag to Richard’s lime green spikes! I must say, however, that the prize for the best presented Pensby runner must go to Dom Roberts who even had spikes in the club colours! A big thank you to Nigel Pratten,who came along as bag man and official photographer. The course was the usual mixture of parkland, woods and stream. The ground was soft but not too muddy but don’t worry the real testing courses have yet to come! For the ladies Sarah Roberts was our first counter (4th) closely followed by Sarah Worley (7th), not bad for her first race for the club! Both were well supported by Ali Lewis (14th) and Lucy Partridge (18th). Simon Rogers (30th) was our first counter for the men, closely followed by Gary (38th). The remaining men all ran well finishing in 64th (Rob Beech), 108th (Dom Roberts), 123rd (Richard Shayle), 151st (Stuart Barnard), 171st (Gordon Scholefield) and 199 (Colin Lamprey). Thank you to everyone for supporting the club and for an enjoyable Sunday morning in the country! The good news is we can do it all again next week in Stadt Moers Park, more information and League Table to follow.

2016 Road League Nominated Races

The nominated races for 2016 are listed below.

Race 1 The Bispham 10 Mile Race 11.00 a.m. Sunday 13th March
Race 2 Seaside Run  >5k 11.00 a.m. Sunday 27th (?) March
Race 3 Chester Spring 5  5 Miles 7.00 p.m. Wednesday 13th (?) April
Race 4 Christleton 5k  5k 7.15 p.m. Friday 13th (?) May
Race 5 Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon 9.00 a.m. Sunday 29th May
Race 6 Birkenhead Park  5 Miles 7.45 p.m. Wednesday 8th June
Race 7 Colshaw Hall (Knutsford) 10k 10.00 a.m. Sunday 26th June
Race 8 Seaside Run >5k 7.00 p.m. Wednesday 30th (?) July
Race 9 Prudent Riverside 10 Miles, Lancaster, 11.00 a.m., Sunday 7th August
Race 10 Capenhurst  5k 7.15 p.m. Wednesday 17th (?) August
Race 11 Wirral Half  Half Marathon 9.30 a.m. Sunday 11th September
Race 12 Farndon 10k 9.30 a.m. Sunday 16th October

First Cross-Country Race

The first cross-country race of the new season is rapidly approaching. We would like as many Pensby members as possible to represent the club. If you have never tried it before just come along and have a go. Just a few simple rules:
1. The rules of the league demand that only first claim members count. Others can run as guests but should not go through the finish.
2. Club vests must be worn.
3. We need at least 6 men and 3 women to finish two A teams, but there is a league for B teams so 12 men and 6 woman would be brilliant, but probably wishful thinking!
4. Smile as you cross the line, knowing that you have been a vital part of the Pensby team.
Still not tempted then see here for reasons to give it a go:
We shall meet, for car sharing purposes, in the car park of B&Q, Bidston, at 8.40 a.m. for an 8.45 a.m. departure. It would be helpful if you could let me know if you intend to run. If you require any further information you can contact me on 0151 342 3463, 07773 260775 or