Tour of Merseyside: stage 2 Thurstaston Multi-Terrain race recap

Thurstaston Multi-Terrain, Monday 3rd July, 5.9 miles, 19/52 miles So, the day after the Southport Half Marathon, the next stage was a challenging (for me!) multi-terrain race on the Wirral. I have done some off-road races and of course cross country, but it has never been my forte. I was targeting stage 3 for a…

Tour of Merseyside: stage 1 race recap

Southport Half Marathon, Sunday 2nd July, 13.1/52 miles Last week I took part in the multi-race challenge, the Tour of Merseyside. It comprises of 52 miles across 6 races in one week. The race has a small field, about 350 runners in total, so throughout the week you really get to know everyone taking part….

Liverpool rock n roll marathon

Oh my god, what an AMAZING day yesterday was! I had been so ridiculously nervous all the way through my taper but somehow everything just came together on the day. It was ridiculously hot and with a 10am start, it was already about 20 degrees by the time we started. I made my way to…

Liverpool Spring 10k

Last weekend it was the Liverpool Spring 10k (in some not very spring like conditions). I ran this race once in it’s previous incarnation as the Liverpool Women’s 10k in 2012. It’s good because it is right on my door stop in Sefton Park so I can literally walk to the start line. I marshalled…

Mad Dog 10k

I mentioned in my last post that I ran my first road race of the year at the Mad Dog 10k in Southport on the 7th February. I ran this race in 2014 whilst I was training for my first marathon (and before I’d joined Penny Lane Striders), so I thought I would return this…

My first cross country race

On Sunday I ran my first ever cross country race. I had done some cross country training sessions with my club twice and I volunteered at the first cross country race of our league that we host, so I decided to take the plunge. It was possibly the toughest race of the XC league, with…

MoRunners 10k

I finally did it! I finally got a 10k pb! I haveย really struggled with 10ks over the last 12 months and until today my 53.22 PB stood since July 2014. I’d PB-ed over every other distance in the last year but progressively got slower and slower in the 3 10k races I did over the…

Birchwood 10k

I’ve never been shy about my target of a sub-50 10k and I had planned to spend this summer focussing on shorter distances with the hopes of getting some 5k and 10k PBs. What I have also learnt however is that I am really bad at running in the heat. I hate it infact. I…

Round up of races

Over a month since my last post! I have still been running, but I’ve been a bit up and down really. It’s been quite hot the past month and I think that has really affected my running. I really detest running in the heat. On June 25th I ran the Warrington Road Runners 10k. It…

A great week to be a Penny Lane Strider!

I have had an awesome week full of awesome running with awesome people! Firstly, on Tuesday I went to the first Mystery 5k of the summer. The Mystery is a park in South Liverpool and is also where the Liverpool Harriers have their track and clubhouse. Every summer they host a Mystery 5k series, which…

Greater Manchester Marathon – the difficult second marathon

Oh boy. Marathon number 2 was a toughie. I was feeling quietly confident about my training. Everything seemed to be going so well. Until my taper. I didn’t get injured or anything drastic, but it felt like everything was conspiring against my sub 4.30 attempt. First, forgetting my sports bra on holiday in Belgium didn’t…