Pensby Runners brave all kinds of weather in huge weekend of running worldwide

Wow, this news roundup certainly took a while to round up!


Despite some varied and often inclement weather, there were a lot of Pensby Runners determined to get out and race in one form or other, somewhere in the world!!

The weekend started early with our quarterly Chairman’s Challenge event, which for anyone outside of the club or new to it, takes in three of the highest and lowest points in the Heswall area of the Wirral, where we train.  The title ‘challenge’ is no joke, with 993 feet of climb in the 7.6 mile route.  Nine runners turned out on Friday night, lower than normal numbers, but not surprising given the amount of running and travelling the rest of the weekend had in store.  Well done to those who ran, and thanks to those who helped keep time.

Australia was the starting point for Saturday’s running – the wonderfully named Wollongong Park Run (I have always secretly wanted to work at the University of Wollongong because of its name), where Tracy and Brian rocked up to grab 1st and 2nd places in their age groups.    Back in the UK we had runners and volunteers out at Birkenhead and Princes Park.

The Cross Country Nationals were down in London at Parliament Hill on Saturday afternoon, and four of our runners made the trip south to take part.  A huge well done to Helen, Rob, Andie and Nigel, not only for your running but also for making the effort to get down there on a freezing cold day and literally fly the flag for the club.  There were well over three thousand runners in the senior categories, quite an event and one we’re very proud to have some jade vests competing in.  Next year the Nationals come North, and hopefully we’ll take even more of our runners along.

Then on Sunday the intrepid cross country crew were at it again – Rob quite literally having run the day before in London – at Birchwood country park.  Six of our runners turned out in total, and special mentions goes to Lucy who came 6th in the ladies field.  By all accounts it was another rather ‘fresh’ race.


Meanwhile on the road, there were Pensbys in action both in the UK and on the Continent.  Rebecca was down in Brighton for the Brighton half, in arctic conditions, her first, and run in a brilliant time – well done Rebecca.  In Wrexham five Pensbys including your truly were out for the Village Bakery half, where notably Kate smashed five minutes off her PB in what were at times quite breezy conditions – I found them hard going in comparison to other years at the VB.  Ben was at Oulton Park half and admitted that after a while the laps start to get to him – although it was his third time back there, so there must be something going for the route!  And finally on the road, we had two runners, Rob and Iain, running in the Malta Marathon, and two more, Emily and Victoria, running in the half.  In contrast to the UK weather it sounded rather hot and humid over there, but the waterside photos all looked rather appealing!!


And rounding things off, some of our fell runners, Dave, Paul and Lisa to be precise, were out in the Clwydians taking part in the 18.5 mile Sheeptracks race.  This is a tricky run, with 4500 feet of climb and a lot of navigation required – but plenty of cake as a reward for your hard work at the end!  It sounded like they all got home in one piece – as you can see from Paul’s photo there was some concentration of the navigation element required.

Well done everyone! I’m sure I missed a few people out (apologies), but what a weekend of running!



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

Sunday Running

Just a quick Sunday report – after a rather grey and wet Saturday, the sun came out for us all on Sunday and quite a few Pensby’s braved the ice and even a little snow, to catch a few rays and put in some miles.


The normal Sunday run group went off from Thurstaston for a a bit of beach and trail.

And Jeff, Ciaran, Andy, Dave and Fiona headed up into the snowy Carneddau in Snowdonia to take part in the Mini Mountain Marathon.


Meanwhile I had a lone plod on the Liverpool side of things, where Sefton Park was looking pretty in the early morning sunshine!



Weekend Round Up

Another busy weekend for Pensby Runners.  Well done to the five Pensbys who headed to Leeds on Saturday for the Northern Cross Country champs.  It sounded like a very runnable course, but not without it’s claggy sections.  A particularly big well done to Claudia, who was representing the club whilst running her first ever XC. Quite a start!













On Sunday we had 12 runners out at the Croxteth Hall cross country.  It’s a new course, and I thought it was a lot of fun – pretty fast in sections, with a nice mix of woodland trail and open grass paths, and several stinky knee deep water features to wade through :)  Special mentions this time for Sarah, who came first lady, having not long returned to cross country, and to Rob and Paul, who had already competed in Leeds the day before, and came back for more :)


The Junior Fun run went out on Sunday – thanks Stella and Peter, and there was the usual Sunday Run on the Wirral way, for the ‘grown ups’.


Finally, Andrew Pettitt only went and won a marathon!  I’m hoping he will provide a full report – but it’s fair to say that the club are very proud of him!




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 out in force for chilly start to the road season

Well done to the 28 Pensby’s who braved the 35th Essar Four Villages half marathon on Saturday.  This race is considered by many to be opening event of the road season in this part of the world, and traditionally it has been well attended by club members.  One of its quirks is that you never quite know if it’s actually going to go ahead, with previous years seeing last minute cancellations for snow and ice.  This year however, it was only freezing cold rain that the runners had to contest with ;)  Although there did seem to be rather a lot of that!  It was great to see a number of club members running PBs and everybody seeming to enjoy themselves a great deal despite the inclement conditions!  A big well done as well to Sam Cox, who completed her first half marathon in equally challenging conditions, and on trail, at the Coed-y-Brenin Buff Winter Trail Half in North Wales.  A great start to 2018!

Rob Chalmers in celebratory mood at the end of the Four Villages – deservedly so after starting 2018 with a new half marathon PB.


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.