Group training has resumed at Pensby Runners from Tuesday August 4th in line with England Athletics Guidance. The first night back was a great success afforded by staggered starts, groups setting off at different times and social distancing measures observed.
England Athletics released updated guidance to clubs this week in light of the continued spread of covid 19. In line with their guidance we have decided to cancel all training sessions, handicaps etc… until at least the end of April. The health and wellbeing of our club members is out highest priority and this seems the only logical choice of action at this time.
For a lot of us our social runs with the club are hugely important not just for our physical health, but for our mental wellbeing as well. We will continue to share news, photos and general updates over the club’s Facebook page, and I will endeavour to keep a feed of news coming out from the website. If anyone would like to share in setting up any other lines of communication – email groups, whatsapp groups etc… and if any club members need any sort of help / support / food deliveries or anything else their Pensby friends could help with, contact me at ralphpawling(at)gmail.com
Friday’s AGM was well attended, and provided an opportunity to say a huge thank you to the committee members who stood down this year, whose service to the club committee in various roles cumulatively spans many decades.
The AGM also saw the presentation of a £500 donation to the Wirral Deaf Children’s society, collected by their representative Alison Wallace. The club, in partnership with the Wirral Seaside Runs, were able to donate £1000 in total to the charity this year. We also nominated our charity for 2020, which is the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead, who work with the homeless and needy in the local area.
The big prize presentation of the night was to Andy Sumner, who picked up the 2019 Achiever of the Year award for his fantastic efforts over ultra distances. In particular, the award was in recognition of Andy’s completion of the gruelling Lakeland 100, which takes in over 100 miles of Lake District terrain and over 6300 meters of ascent. What was particularly impressive about the achievement was that Andy was returning to the race having previously dropped out with only 9 miles of the route to go. To overcome that psychological barrier, as well as the incredible physical fatigue associated with running straight through two nights, as truly impressive. Well done Andy!
Thank you to all the runners who took part in the 2019 Pensby Road League. The whole season of road running, starting back in January with a huge turnout for the Four Villages Half Marathon, was a great success. People seemed to take to the addition of the parkrun this year, and thanks to Gordon and Mark, who put on another outstanding series of Wirral Seaside Runs, there was plenty of opportunity for ‘cross over’ between the league and other favourite local running events.
The final race of the league season was the Club 10 mile on September 23rd, which was very popular once again, with 27 runners taking part and many people coming back to the club afterward for drinks and cake. A huge thanks to everyone who helped to time, guide and marshal that event.
Tracy Pennington and myself took the two titles this year, and although we had a little breathing room by the final race, it was great to see proper competition for the top places throughout the year as well as some battles going on between rivals in the age groups.
The 2020 league will again start with the Four Village Half Marathon organised by Helsby running club. This is a very popular race, so do get your entries in here.
Great running everyone!
Well done to all the Pensby Runners who took on the London Marathon today. Helen, the two Robs, Alex, Jayne, Andie and Michael – congratulations to all of you. Fantastic running all round.
A big well done to Andy Sumner as well who knocked 24 minutes off his PB at the Three Peaks race, in what sounded like absolutely atrocious weather. That’s a very tough race on any day, but this weekend’s conditions sounded particularly trying!
I imagine I’m not the first SM officer to make that terrible joke….but a big well done to Ruth, Ursula and Julie who in combination were the first women’s team at the Cloud 9 hill race. Ursula was 4th women overall, with Julie and Ruth both first in their vet categories. There were six Pensbys out in total, and the results saw shifts at the top of both the men’s and women’s fell leagues, with Nigel and Ruth leapfrogging their rivals.
Well done as well to Dan and Andy who ran the 50 mile Chester Ultra. Andy is an old hand at these super long distance events, but this was Dan’s first ultra, so a particularly big well done to him!
Finally, last weekend saw the final two events of the Cross Country League – the Nationals at Harewood House Leeds, and the local Birchwood race. Good turn outs a both, but particularly at the Nationals where 13 Pensbys took part. Rob Beech was victorious in the men’s league, taking part in all but the very final event, while Lucy Partridge continues her strong form, taking the women’s league and running all but two events. It was a really close on though, with Lucy pipping Alex Roydon by a single point right at the very last. A really competitive league throughout. Great work all season by Rob Chalmers who organised the best attended XC league in years!
Great running all!
For anyone subscribing to this news feed, who is not a Facebook user and so will not have seen my post on the group page, the Supercup is soon to start for 2019.
The first race in the series will be at Birchwood Cross Country on Sunday 24th Feb, and the full list of fixtures can be found on the Supercup page here: http://www.pensbyrunners.co.uk/races-leagues/pensby-supercup/?preview_id=610&preview_nonce=ac57f89642&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true
This year I’ve incorporated two Seaside Runs – please see therefore the slightly amended rules on bonus points!
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.
Several cross country events to round up this week, after the country champs last weekend and the Runcorn league race this weekend.
The Merseyside country championships were held at Sherdley Park in St Helens. The going was rather good to be honest – very little in the way of mud, asides from two rather pathetic patches that you would have had to have tried very hard to have run through. What the course lacked in the way of quagmires, it made up for in hills. There was barely time to get your breath back after each ascent before the next one kicked in. The fellrunners in the club I’m sure would claim that they were but pimples, but then the XC crew would probably counter that such things become more of a challenge when you actually run up them. Anyway, the whole day was a great success, because as well as putting out 22 runners overall, we also picked up some medals!! Carole Morrison, Simon Rogers, Gordon Scholefield and Roy Fisher all going home with age category prizes. And we had, hands down, the best gazebo.
Gordon and Roy bring home some metalwork for Pensby!
But wait, there were more medals to come, over in Birchwood where the Cheshire country champs were taking place. We don’t know much about the weather conditions or the state of the course underfoot, but Rob Grantham was quoted as saying that five laps of the park were ’emotional’. Enough said. Rob picked up a medal, as did Nigel Pratten. Paul Alexander made it home!
So overall a pretty successful weekend for the travelling Pensbys. Kudos to both Mr Chalmers junior and senior. Rob has really been driving the cross country league this year, and should take a big chunk of the credit for the continuing strength of the turnouts of jade vests. Ian, may or may not have been robbed of a vet 70s medal at Sherdley park, having either finished fourth, or finished at an age for which there was not a category, or both – anyway, he was robbed. He should at least have been given a wooden spoon for finishing in the auspicious last position. Ian remarked that by completing a county champs cross country race, he’d ticked something off his bucket list. Having three laps of a chilly Sherdley park on your bucket list is the sign of a true runner. All hail Ian C!
Moving on to this weekend, even with a few regulars elsewhere, we had 15 runners in Runcorn for what sounded like a windy, rather than overly muddy event at Town Park. Rob Grantham was 4th male overall, Lucy Partridge 23rd female. Everyone else made it to the end (OK, there were probably some great finishing positions, but I’m just being too lazy to check), and by all accounts Emma Grantham saved her dad with some cracking baking, play sous chef, to Helen Measures, who has really upped the catering game this season.
Team Pensby at Town Park, Runcorn this weekend
Next up, a little jolly to West Yorkshire for the North of England Champs.
Eight Pensby Runners attended the Jubilee plunge today at the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal. The weather was almost balmy compared to last year’s icy descent, with decent enough grip underfoot. Everyone made it up to the summit in time (just), and safely back down to the pub again. A special mention going to Andrew S and Paul C, who were not only festively outfitted, but also ran the whole way with a deceptively heavy (and decorated) Christmas tree carried between them. Good work!
The new year is nearly upon us, so it’s time for a very quick update on the cross country championships as we transition from the 2018 section into 2019. So far 38 Pensby Runners have competed over the course of the opening three fixtures, Clarke Gardens, Beacon Park and Arrowe Park. We had a particularly strong showing at our home fixture, Arrowe Park, with 30 runners competing, despite heavy marshalling and organising responsibilities for the club. Next up it’s the Northern Championships on January 5th in St Helens. Roll on 2019, and Happy New Year to all!