Forget about mile splits and pace. Off road running is about mastering the terrain and taking in the outstanding scenery that Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and neighbouring regions have to offer. If you're fed up of having to empty your pockets to enter pan-flat races around industrial estates or deserted B-roads, off-road running might just be your saviour.
Off Road Training
Head torch run
Bring a head torch! They are quite cheap, but if you don't want invest just yet, let us know so we can see about a loan. Also, trail shoes or old shoes. Spare shoes for the way home!
Ideally XC shoes e.g. spikes, or your grippiest trail/fell shoes (e.g. with rubber 'studs' or lugs which stick out)
Runs outside Liverpool
Please contact the run leader or Anne on email@example.com so that we have numbers and can alert you to last minute changes
Do so when possible: saves money and saves the planet :) (post on the forum, FB or ask Anne)
Full waterproofs, spare long sleeved top, hat, gloves, water, food, whistle, survival bag or emergency blanket, mobile phone with What3Words app installed on it). Leader decides on the day if conditions allow for reduced kit.
Last minute cancellations
We aim to avoid this but the pool of leaders is much smaller for off-road and we may not be able to find an alternative leader at short notice. Off-road running is also more likely to cancel due to adverse weather conditions that are not an issue on the road (e.g. high winds in woodlands). Before attending an off-road run you should check the forum (or Facebook) to make sure it is going ahead.
Just ask Anne on firstname.lastname@example.org
Off Road Championship
To be in with a shout of a trophy, at least 5 races will need to be completed, with your best 5 scores counting towards the final results. Refer to the club's constitution for further details.
Races are scored based on finishing position, with the first man or woman home for the club scoring 50 pts, the next 49 pts, and so on. The best 5 results for each competitor count towards the championship. There are prizes for the the winner and runner up in the MOpen, FOpen, MVet & FVet categories. To be in with a chance of winning a trophy, you need to complete a minimum of five races.
For more information about off road running at Penny Lane Striders, contact our off road captain Anne Oxbrough