CROSBY STORMERS

5th Year Celebration Party at the Hightown Cricket Club (by Liz Stanfield) June 2014

The barbecue unfortunately didn't take place because of the unpredictable weather, but it didn't stop our Stormer ladies meeting up for a lovely bite to eat and a natter. Five years on and Crosby Stormers is still going strong with new ladies joining all of the time. What was lovely about tonight was sharing the evening with Cynthia Carter (co-founder) myself and the ladies. We are so proud of what has been achieved from what was a little article that was placed in the Herald five years ago asking for 'beginner runners'. Here we are now branching out to Formby, Ormskirk and Kirkby. At a cost of 50p a week it has been a really cheap way of getting fit, but also making friendships for life. As runners we talk about injuries a lot !!! so bike riding, circuit training, walking in the mountains,  and nights out of course has been added to what was JUST a running group. I would like to say thank you to our running leaders, the leisure centers who allow us to meet up every week at no cost, the Crosby Herald and the Champion for putting articles in the paper, and to all the lady runners who are part of our amazing group. Without you we would not have raised hundreds of pounds for various charities. 'Here's to the next five years and more'


Stormers Celebrate their 5th anniversary with a Spring 5k fun run April 2014

What a lovely evening and a fabulous way of celebrating our 5th year as an all ladies running group. Over 30 ladies turned up and registered to take part in a timed 5k run ending up along the prom. All of the money raised on the evening will be donated towards the chosen charities this year, Freshfield Animal Resuce and The Salvation Army. What better way to end the evening than with a yummy Stormers cake sale. Thankyou to the Crosby Leisure centre for allowing the group to use their facilities.

Liverpool half - March 2014

Below our the Stormer ladies from our Crosby, Formby and Kirkby groups. They all completed a tough half marathon, especially the last 4 miles which were extremely windy. For some of the ladies it was their first half marathon, so a big congratulations to them. The training the ladies have been putting in throughout the past few months hasn't been easy, especially on the cold, Saturday mornings. For some of the ladies this is a stepping stone for the big one in May, The Rock 'N' Roll marathon. Well done to everyone that took part, the organisers and the volunteers, it was a huge success.  

 2014 so far

January - Awards evening celebrating the success of our wonderful ladies during 2013. Below are the winners of our prestigious awards. From left to right Bev Hughes, Sue Gormley, Jane Williams, Kate Whittle, Jane Norcott, Sue Riddle and Chris Phoenix. Other ladies who were unable to be present on the evening Rachael Clarke and Colette Heron were also winners of the shining star award.  Over 1,000 has been raised towards the British heart foundation and the Spinal Action unit group throughout 2013, from running events, cake sales, and 50p voluntary contributions. A big thank you to Crosby leisure centre and Formby pool for all the support with all of the charity events we have held and the use of their premises every week.

Mencap fun run December 2013 - by Liz Stanfield

The Stormers had a giggle taking to the streets of Formby dressed as Santa. The rest of the evening was spent cake eating, listening to music and enjoying great company. We raised a great sum of 300 pounds for the South Sefton Mencap cottage in Mariners Road, Blundellsands.  This was the final fundraiser for 2013. The Stormers have done incredible over the past year raising over 2,000 for charities including the British Heart foundation, the spinal injury unit in Southport, Leonard Cheshire home and the Brain tumour research charity. 

Festive fun run December 2013

Christmas fun run for Mencap - Monday 2nd December at Formby pool. The run will start at approximately 7pm. There will be a three mile and five mile route. Three pounds to enter and a lovely cake sale at the end with a raffle. The event is open to family and friends, minimum age is 16. Entries on the night before 6.45pm.  

Please contact Liz Stanfield or Jan Mullin  - Phone numbers on contact page

2nd and 3rd November 2013

THE DIRTY DOUBLE - What a fabulous weekend for our ladies above. They headed up to the Lakedistrict and completed the Helvellyn trail run on Saturday and Ullswater on the Sunday. Talk about stamina and incredible team work. The ladies enjoyed a lovely weekend of eating, running, and drinking!!!  Well done to our Crosby, Formby and Kirkby Stormers, especially Bev Hughes as a newcomer, superb peformance in both runs.

September 2013 

A great start to our Autumn season - Helen Lodge meets Mo Farah at the Great North Run (above)

Some of our ladies headed up to Newcastle to take part in this very popular half marathon, well done to everyone that took part including Raz Daz, Sue Riddle, and Helen Lodge. One of our ladies Helen was very lucky to meet Mo Farah. 



A lovely night to remember on a Sunny evening in June by Liz Stanfield 

Our first ever Stormers five mile fun run for the Leonard Cheshire home in Formby took place on Monday the 3rd June. Crosby, Formby and Kirkby ladies came together, oh and not to mention ladies and some brave men from SouthportWaterloo AC. The evening was glorious and the sun just shone all night long.  The residents at the home enjoyed a cup of tea and a cake, with a grand raffle after the run. We raised over £600 through entry fees, a raffle and a yummy cake sale. The money will be used to help refurbish the sensory room at the home. It was a real privilege for the ladies to get involved in  this very worthy cause, and so close to were we all live. The volunteers at the home, the staff and the residents were so lovely and we have spoken about this becoming a regular event. A huge thankyou to our marshals on bikes and John Parrot who gave up his time to start the run off. Not to forget the kind donations towards the raffle and cake sale from the Stormers. Here's to next year!

Our Edinburgh girls - May 2013

After months of training our Stormer ladies headed off to Edinburgh and took part in what was a very hot marathon. Quite a few of the ladies were running for charities. One of the charities that benefited  was Alzheimer's. Janet Woods and Lyn McLingchey  both sisters were running for this charity. All of the ladies did incredibly well after months of training they managed to step over the finish line in very respectable times. Well done also to Lynn Smith, Chrissie Stewart, Emma Latham, Angela Holmes and Claire Lyons who enjoyed her very first marathon. 

The Stormers five miler will be on June 3rd starting at the Leonard Cheshire home in Formby at 7pm. All of the proceeds will be donated towards the Leonard Cheshire to help with the refurbishment of the sensory room. The cost is £5 and you will have a chance to buy a cuppa and a cake at the end of the run. Family and friends are welcome to come along and take part or cheer you on. The run is not a public event, only Stormers and friends. If you would like to take part please contact me through my email on the contacts page.  

Liz Stanfield

Liverpool Spring 10k May 5th 

Above is Christine Smith looking extremely comfortable at the Liverpool Spring 10k on Sunday May 5th. It was great to see Christine in her Stormers vest with a big smile on her face.  Reading the results page it was lovely to see Crosby, Formby and Kirkby Stormers listed. All three groups are proving to be a great success, and next month it will be fabulous to see all of them come together for the Stormers five miler in Formby. 

 Liverpool half marathon March 2013 

Above our Crosby, Formby and Kirkby ladies took part in the ever popular Liverpool half marathon. The run was started by Eddie Mountford a distinguished amateur Liverpool runner who is nearly ninety and has completed 30 marathons.  8,400 runners took part which is an increase by 800 from last year, with people running from Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and most European countries. For some of our ladies it was their first half marathon, after months of training they should be proud of completing this course, well done Stormers. 


The Maddog 10k and the Standish trail run February 2013
At the beginning of February Crosby and Formby Stormers took to the roads of Southport and competed in the ever popular Mad Dog 10k. This run is organised by Adrian Shandley and the work that goes into this fun event is amazing. There was a fabulous turn out of over 1,200 runners, a record for this run. It was a cold, windy day but it did not stop our ladies heading up to Southport and completing the run, as you can see above some dressed up as dogs!! 
Some of our Formby ladies ran in memory of Donna Osbourne a local Formby lady who sadly passed away before Christmas. They raised £260 which will be donated towards the Brain tumour research charity.

At the end of February a group of ladies from Crosby and the Kirkby Stormers completed the Standish trail run. This run is organised by Wigan Phoenix running club, and is becoming more and more popular with the ladies. The course covers various trails through woodland and muddy fields. Marie Caveen was first home in the V.60 category, Jeanette McCormack was second in the V.50 category, and Helen Lavelle was best as part of a team for SouthportWaterloo. Well done to all the ladies that took part in the run. Below Marie and her running buddy from Kirkby Stormers enjoying the trail run.

Stormers Awards evening - celebrating the great success of 2012

Below from left Jeanette McCormack, Caroline Kenyon, Therese Dawson, Helen Goodwin, Leah and Stephanie Jackson and Sue Rosin picked up awards for lots of different reasons. The Super trooper award was given to Therese for being the most improved runner throughout 2012 and for completing lots of different runs always with a smile on her face. The Rocky award was given to Jeanette for her enthusiasm, dedication, and drive in setting up a Stormers group in Kirkby. Sports personality was given to Caroline Kenyon for her consistent and patient approach with the ladies in the group, and for being a great motivator in encouraging ladies to take part in the Lakeland trail runs. Sue Rosin was given the Forest Gump award for her energy, positive involvement with both groups, success in completing lots of different runs, and her bubbly personality. Helen Goodwin was given the Runners runner award which was an award nominated by the whole group. She is a running leader and has shown so much positiveness throughout 2012, turning up every week and showing great leadership skills. She also ran the Liverpool marathon for charity. Leah and Stephanie Jackson received a new award called 'the shining star award' for being excellent role models to the younger generation and for also taking part in the Liverpool marathon. Despite set backs they completed the gruelling 26.2 miles in memory of their granddad. Formby Stormers Runners runner award was given to Helen McGregor for being a brilliant leader and motivator at Formby pool. Helen completed the Great North Run for Scope. She has always got a smile on her face and encourages so many ladies in the group week in week out. The night was enjoyed by everyone. The Spinal unit and the British heart foundation benefited from the money we raised on the evening. 

Thank you to Joe Thomas from the Crosby Herald for putting our articles in the local papers.

Thank you to Steve McCormack for taking great pictures of the ladies running throughout 2012.

Thank you to the Crosby and Formby leisure centres for allowing the groups to meet up.

Thank you to the runners and leaders for all your enthusiasm every week. 


Happy Christmas and a happy new year- December 2012

What an amazing year we have had. With the moral, enthusiasm and motivation the groups have gone from strength to strength. Thank you to our running leaders for encouraging the ladies every week, and  for the Crosby and Formby leisure centres for allowing the group to use their premises to meet up. What we must also not forget is as well as getting fit, the great friends we have made and the money we have raised for various charities through our contributions of 50p each week. Below is a picture of the ladies and Mark Blackburn on the Boxing day run at Formby. 

The Magical month of October 2012 (by Liz Stanfield)

6/7th

The month started with Michelle Spencer and members of SouthportWaterloo taking part in the Rab mountain marathon. This is a two day event of navigating your way across mountains, and camping on the top on day one. An incredible achievement for Michelle and friends.

On the same day a group of our Stormer ladies headed to Coniston for a 15k trail race. This was Tez Dawson's first trail race and she was 'buzzing' at the end of it. This run takes you through some of the most beautiful scenic routes in the Lake District. These runs are proving to be very popular with our ladies.

Liz and Helen travelled to Burnley as well taking part in their first Cross Country fixture with SouthportWaterloo. The course was not too hilly, but extremely muddy and a very fast. The runners enjoyed a nice piece of 'healthy cake'  at the end thanks to our cake baker Helen Lavelle. 

On the Sunday travelling all the way to Brussels was Jane Williams from the Formby Stormers. She completed her first half marathon in a very respectable time of 2.14. Jane quotes 'Well it's done and the Belgian beer at the end tasted marvellous. Hot and hilly but happy with 2.14. Now time to indulge in the chocolate'. Also both Crosby and Formby ladies took part in the Natterjak Seaside 10k on the same day. The weather was glorious the whole weekend. 

14th October - Marathon day

The big day had arrived and what perfect weather conditions, mild and no winds whatsoever. Over four thousand people took to the Streets of Liverpool. Both Crosby and Formby Stormers took part and completed the gruelling 26.2 miles. The run started on the Wirral and our first sighting of the ladies was as they came through the tunnel at just over the halfway mark, to the sound of African drummers may I add. The atmosphere was electrifying and emotional for both the spectators and the runners. The training the ladies have put in is amazing and it was lovely to see the likes of McMillan and Kidney research charities benefiting through sponsorship. A huge well done to Maggie Cooke, Helen Goodwin, Steph and Leah Jackson, Angela Holmes. Ali Williams, Debbie Pendleton, Chrissie Stewart, Bex Dennehey, Sue Rosin, Jeanette McCormack, Marie Caveen, Alexandra Brennan and Jane McLoughlan. Also well done to the ladies who took part in the Wirral 10k. 

Below Jane McLaughlin and family celebrating her wonderful achievement.

 Joe and Michelle pictured below from SouthportWaterloo - RAB mountain marathon 

 Below our Stormer ladies after the Liverpool 2012 Marathon

Lyn and Janet with their winning medals

Bupa Great North run September 16th 2012

What a fantastic day it must have been for some of our Stormer girls to be taking part in a half marathon with Mo Farah, our Olympic Legend. Congratulations to Bex Dennehey, Helen McGregor, Susan Riddle, and pictured above our lovely stormer sisters Lyn McGlinchey and Janet Woods. One of our girls Helen Mcgregor ran for the charity Scope a charity supporting disabled people and their familes. So a huge well done to Helen for running for such a fabulous cause. 

 Article my Lynn Smith - Olympic games maker

I got my uniform a few weeks ago - I had to go to West Ham to collect it! I sorted out a place to stay - I found a room in a shared house in South Woodford, with 3 other girls. I'll be on duty at the opening ceremony, too - meeting & greeting all the VIP's. I was at the Stadium on Saturday & was shown where we will be working from - basically the VIP lounge and stand and there is a good possibility that we will bump into the Queen /Prime minister, etc, etc. The VIP lounge is very nice - big comfy sofas, supplied by John Lewis & nice pink rugs. then there is the 5 star catering and free drinks. I won't be able to partake in any of that - I think we get a butty in a bag & a packet of crisps, but we do get a seat for the opening ceremony, so that's enough for me. I'll also be at the closing ceremony. On reflection, the whole thing is a big circus, with the atheletes way down in the pecking order, but I don't mind going along with it because it is an experience of a lifetime.

Good luck Lynn from all of the Stormers, we are all very proud of you :)


THE OLYMPIC TORCH COMES TO CROSBY FRIDAY 1ST JUNE 2012 - BY LIZ STANFIELD

IN MARCH THIS YEAR IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT I WOULD BE CARRYING THE TORCH THROUGH CROSBY, THE PLACE I HAD GROWN UP IN. I STILL GET GOOSE BUMPS WHEN I THINK ABOUT HOW I FELT WHEN I WAS TOLD I WOULD BE RUNNING ALONG BURBO BANK ROAD. THE MEMORIES OF JOGGING WITH MY DAD ON CROSBY BEACH WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND TO BE RUNNING ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE WITH AN OLYMPIC TORCH WAS THE MOST AMAZING PRIVILEGE. THE FIRST THING I COULD THINK OF WAS MY FAMILY AND THEN THE CHARITY I FEEL VERY STRONG ABOUT 'JOSPICE', FOR DIFFERENT REASONS, MY FAMILY BECAUSE THEY WOULD FEEL VERY PROUD OF ME, AND JOSPICE BECAUSE I NEW I COULD RAISE A FEW BOB FOR THEM BY CARRYING THE TORCH.  ON THE MORNING I MET A MAN CALLED FRANKIE MEADOWS WHO WAS A TORCH BEARER ALONG THE PROM, HE WAS WHAT YOU WOULD CALL 'AN UNSUNG HERO' FRANKIE HAS PUT YEARS AND YEARS INTO JUNIOR FOOTBALL TEAMS AND TRULY DESERVED HIS PLACE ON THE PROM. I REMEMBER HIM SAYING TO ME 'HERE'S TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS'. I NODDED MY HEAD, BECAUSE I FELT EXACTLY THE SAME. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE STORMER LADIES FOR NOMINATING ME, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU LOVELY PINK LADIES ON THE DAY CHEERING ME ON WITH MY FAMILY. A MONTH ON MY FACE STILL LIGHTS UP EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT IT.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY LOOKED AT THIS, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES OUT BECAUSE IT IS 'TRULY AMAZING'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx3jOA0a-_4

1st July 2012


26th May 2012

At theStavely18k trail run the sun shone down on our Stormer ladies. As you can see from the picture above the Lakeland trail runs are so laid back, well done to Claire Lyons, Caroline Kenyon, Cynthia Carter, and Alison Belford for completing this run.

May 12th 2012

Four Stomers headed up to Chester on Sunday for the half marathon. Above Sue Rosin, Jeanette McCormack, Lynn Smith and Helen Lavelle stand proudly with their finishing medals. Jeanette had a fantastic run, getting a personal best time of 2.03(04). Her training has been very diverse over the past few months and the sessions on the track have certainly paid off.

May 6th 2012

The month of May has been a brilliant month for the Stormers. Above are some of our Crosby and Formby ladies who took part in Sefton Park women's 10k on Sunday 6th May. Congratulations to Denise Taubman , Helen McGregor and Therese Dawson for completing their first 10k 

What an amazing turnout for the Waterloo 15k on bank holiday Monday. Over 15 ladies from the Crosby and the Formby groups took part in a fairly tough run in what was a typical bank holiday forecast, cold and windy. The ladies however, were rewarded with a lovely muffin at the end of the run thanks to Helen Lavelle. Just on the home finish above Angela and Louise look extremely comfortable as they smile for the camera.


Waterloo15k 

Above are the ladies with their finishing medals



Hawkshead trail challenge Saturday 28th April 2012

Above are Sally Kershaw, Jenny Williams and Alison Belford from the Formby Stormers who successfully completed the 17k trail run in Hawkshead at the weekend. The trail races are becoming more popular with the ladies, which shows they are growing in confidence and putting the time in with their training, well done girls. 

Times:

Sally  (2.08)   Jenny  (2.08)    Alison  (2.07:57)

Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IclWbtYU2e0&feature=youtu.be - See if you can spot the girls on this link !!

Helen and Michelle enjoy a 14 mile run around Coniston Lake Saturday March 31st 2012

The Coniston race is unusual. The hilly route follows the 13.875 miles of road that circles Coniston water and there are stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Helen and Michelle had a great run. Helen Lavelle finished this tough run in 152(49) and Michelle Mercer in 154(41). Superb times.


Vintage Sports relief fun run March 2012

What an enjoyable evening, a run followed by cakes, scones and a cup of tea. The ladies managed to raise £200 from the sale of cakes and voluntary contributions on the night. Above is a picture of some of the brave ladies who ran around Crosby in fancy dress.  The evening was so popular there have been talks about more vintage tea parties on running nights! 

Above are the Crosby and Formby Stormers after the Liverpool half marathon in March.  One of our youngest runners Rachel Lyons from Formby was amongst the ladies completed the run in 2.11(23). Below is Sue Rosin in action, looking very relaxed. Sue finished the run in 2.23(54).  This was Carol Kerfoot's first half marathon and what a brilliant time of 2.13(40). Well done to all the ladies that took part. 

 

12th February - Southport Maddog 10k

Crosby and Formby ladies took part in this well ogranised 10k, a very fast and flat course taking in 5k along the prom. Most of the ladies in the Formby group had not completed this distance before so it was a brilliant achievement. Please have a read of the article below.

http://www.formbytimes.co.uk/formby-sport/2012/02/21/formby-stormers-hitting-the-roads-in-search-of-new-members-66401-30367635/


28th January 2012 - Awards evening

What an inspiring evening looking back on some of the ladies achievements during 2011. Reaching dreams of completing 10k's, half marathons, full marathons, tough trail runs through the mountains and turning up week in week out in all weather conditions.  


Rocky Award was given to Marie Caveen for her dedication to her diverse training. Taking part in tough sessions during 2011, whether it was  on the track or on the road, plus her long runs from Kirkby to Litherland and the mileage she put in over the weekends as part of her training schedule. Marie showed so much determination in training for the London Marathon and successfully completed it in an impressive time of 5.15 for the Marina Dalglish charity.


Super trooper Award was given to Angela Holmes. Angela started to run with Run England in 2010.  Managing only a few laps of Litherland track at the time. Over the past year Angela still trains with Run England on a Monday, and turns up every week to run with the Stormers on a Wednesday and Saturday. She has been a real inspiration to the group and has gone from strength to strength. During 2011 Angela successfully completed Hell up North, and the Chester Half marathon in 2.07. Angela has improved so much, and has gone from strength to strength. Maybe we will see Angela taking part in the Liverpool Marathon in 2012 !


Forest Gump Award was given to one of our dedicated leaders Lynn Smith. Lynn trained so hard during 2011, despite injuries she just kept coming back without moaning and just got on with it. Her positiveness and enthusiasm has been amazing. Not only has Lynn given so much of her time to her training but to supporting other ladies in the group at Crosby and Formby.

Lynn pounded the streets for miles and completed so many diverse runs during 2011, some of the runs included Hell in the Middle, half marathons, Liverpool marathon and the Lakeland trail runs, what a year! A truly deserved award.


Sports personality Award was given to Bex Dennehey. Humorous, friendly, crazy in a nice way, always there for everyone, enthusiastic, likes dressing up! passionate, never gives up, and managed to raise a brilliant sum of 1,145 for the Bobby Moore Fund for cancer research, in memory of her dad by running in the Liverpool Marathon 2011. An incredible young lady with a heart of gold.


Crosby Stormers Runners runner Award 2011 was given to Carole Kerfoot. Carol joined the group in January 2011. She runs every week with the group and despite having a really busy life working and looking after her children, she still manages to get tough Saturday runs in. She encourages other ladies and is now training for the Liverpool half marathon this year. Well done Wonder woman!


Formby Stormers Runners runner Award 2011 was given to Janet Mullin. Jan started with the Formby Stormers group from the beginning in January 2011. Jan is a UK athletics leader for Formby Stormers and has been a real inspiration, not only with her running but sharing ideas, supporting ladies and being extremely motivated. Jan took part in the Formby Santa dash and is now training for the Maddog in February. 


Below are the ladies who received awards on the night. Well done girls!







December 2011

Christmas runs - Formby Santa dash, Langdale Christmas Pudding run and a lovely Cross Country run around Ashurst Beacon has kept the ladies really busy. Despite the cold, frosty weather it has not stopped our hardy girls getting out and taking part in some lovely runs. 

A big thankyou to Steve McLean from SouthportWaterloo AC who led a group of Crosby and Formby ladies and our friends from SouthportWaterloo around Ashurst Beacon. The ladies managed a really difficult 6.4 mile run, which included hills, cowpats, muddy fields, and a running stream. The ladies really enjoyed the run taking in some lovely scenery and wildlife. We are planning more of these social runs around Parbold in the New year, please look out for the dates on the guestbook. 

Liz Stanfield


 

Langdale Christmas Pudding run - Helen Lavelle completed this really undulating 10k in 49.58, which is fantastic for a run like this. I finished the run in 50.34 a minute or so behind on last year's time, never mind I'm getting older now ! The organisation and atmosphere was brilliant. No medals just a lovely Christmas Pudding to all finishers. Well done to the race organisor Rod and to the man who allowed Helen and I to hold the most beautiful Owl.

Helen and Liz with their Christmas Puddings - Langdale

Charity fun run with Pudsey 16th November 2011

Lots of ladies turned out in fancy dress to run for the Surrana Louise Gleeson Stepping Stone appeal. Surrana came along to the leisure centre with her mum Kerry and blew the whistle to start the run off. The Stormers have managed to raise well over two hundred pounds, with more money still to be collected. Thank you ladies for running the streets of Crosby in your sparkly tutus! Thank you also to our Formby Stormer ladies who also took part in the fun run.

Liz Stanfield

November fun 2011

November has been a really busy month for the Stormers. On November 5th a few of our ladies took part in the final Lakeland trail series. Here are some of the beautiful pictures that were taken on the day. Claire Lyons, Caroline Kenyon and Lynn Smith ran 18 miles over two days. Lynn said they had a fabulous time and would recommend these trail runs to everyone.

Liz Stanfield



Sponsored fun run - Wednesday 16th November  

On the above date the group are going to take part in a sponsored fun run for Suranna Gleeson. She is a 4 year old who has cerebral palsy diple. Please visit www.surannassteppingstone.co.uk for more information. I will be handing out sponsor forms to the Crosby and Formby ladies. As it is children in need on the Friday you might want to do the run in fancy dress!!  All voluntary contributions on the night will be donated towards this appeal.

Thanks Liz

 

 Stormers go trail racing and complete and tough 15k challenge in Conniston - 1st October 2011

Eight ladies took part in the trail race on Saturday. The carnival atmposphere and banter between everyone was fantastic. Bumping into people from past races is something you get a real buzz out of and catching up on what other runs you have taken part in. The weather was a little warm for running a 15k but the views on route made up for how hard it was. The climb was about 1,000 feet, running along bridleways, footpaths and through some of the most scenic and beautiful countryside.  After the run some of the ladies stayed in the Holly How hostel which I would highly recommend, especially the scrumptious breakfast in the morning !

Results: Helen Lavelle (1.37) Liz Stanfield (1.38) Helen Lodge and Sally Kershaw (1.48) Trish Blythe (1.50) Lynn Smith (2.02) Caroline Kenyon and Claire Lyons (2.04)

Well done ladies

Liz Stanfield


 25th Setember 2011

The Liverpool 2011 Marathon run up by Lynne Smith

Our Marathon training, so far 

There will be 12 Crosby Stormers competing in this year’s Liverpool Marathon on 9th October. Each of us have different reasons for doing it and a variety of tales of how we are getting through the training. I can’t speak for everyone, but I hope this article encompasses a general feel for everyone’s experience so far. 

This time last year, if someone had suggested that I should do the 2011 Liverpool marathon, I definitely would have said ‘you must be joking!’ However, here we are with 3 weeks to go to the marathon and I am near the end of my training.  

The miles of training finally took its toll on my old trainers – they’ve now lost all their tread and cushioning is non-existent. Still, they had a good innings – 225 miles in the past 7 weeks. 

All the marathon trainees have been putting in many miles each week for about the last 3 months. Our long runs have increased from 14miles, then 18, then 20 & 21 miles and with so many Stormers available, there has been no need for us to run on our own.   

Our longer runs have taken us out to parts of the countryside, which we would not usually see and there have been some pleasant sightings of a variety of wildlife, including one little bunny rabbit which was on a suicide mission - running towards six of us, on a narrow path.  It realised that being trampled by 6 pairs of trainers is not a good way to go, so it narrowly avoided us by diving into the bushes.  

Someone suggested having a cold bath after a run. I hadn’t tried one before. I think it would have been a good idea to get in slowly, though. I would not recommend getting in the bath as if it was lovely warm water. It’s a big shock to the system, which creates a need to scream like a banshee. Thankfully, there was no-one else in the house. 

Anyway, there are 3 weeks to go before the big day, so we are all winding down our training. The long runs are now a respectable 12 miles. Oh for a nice little 10K! 

A dozen Stormers will take to the streets of Liverpool on October 9th. Hopefully, next year there will be more


This write up says it all, a big good luck ladies from the Crosby Stormers. 


Liz Stanfield


Stormers go Dragon boat racing for Jospice - 3rd September

What a brilliant day and great fun was had by all in what was for all of us our first ever Dragon boat experience. The event took place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Our first race was hilarious as we were all out of time and looked like the key stone cops, however as the morning went on we started to improve and came away with a big whopping cup. Thankyou girls you were amazing.

Liz Stanfield



Three Stormers takes part in the Derwentwater trail race in the Lakes  - 3rd September 2011

Three ladies travelled up to  Keswick to take part in the Derwentwater trail run. They all completed the run in really impressive times. Lynn Smith (1.52.49) Claire Lyons (1.52.50) and Caroline Kenyon (1.56.25). These trail runs are in the most beautiful places and are extremely laid back. Please log on to www.lakelandtrails.org for other trail runs coming up. The Coniston trail race is the next trail run on the 1st October.

Liz Stanfield

RNLI SUMMER BEACH RUN - Saturday 6th August 2011 

Above Alice Lytton is home for the summer from St. Andrew's and still manages to pop along to the local 10k and humbly pick up a trophy, oh and a voucher to buy herself some new trainers with. Alice is an absolute inspiration to senior runners completing this tough run in 49.55. 'Well done Alice we are proud you are a Stormer'

Liz Stanfield


The Badger 10k trail race - Preston 7th August 2011 

What a lovely evening as we approached Cuerden Valley for a 'training run' Apologies to the ladies for not realising it was a full on race, however I am extremely proud of Bex, Claire and Lynn for taking part and completing the run in extremely impressive times. As Bex ran over the finishing line she said 'that is the hardest 10k I have ever done in my life'. I must say it was very undulating but great fun.

The trails were through beautiful countryside with numerous hills and farmland.  Everyone who took part in the run were in great spirts and it was lovely to see some of my fellow runners from Southportwaterloo on the course. No medals however at the end but a lovely cup of tea and a muffin was enjoyed by the ladies.

The organisation of the run was exceptional so a huge thank you to the event organisors of this fabulous trail race. We will most definitely be returning next year with more of us.

Results: Liz (56.48) Bex (103.57) Claire Lyons (1.04.54) Lynn Smith (105.28)

Liz Stanfield


Ladies enjoy a training run around Parbold  - July 15th 2011

Standing in the Farmers Arms doorway watching the rain pour down heavily we braved it and started a lovely run around Parbold. This is a fabulous training run with my friends from Southport Waterloo running club. Lots of stiles, cow pats, hills, mad cows in fields looking at you apprehensively. Apart from that a great run with lots of banter and stops to re-charge your batteries. This was Lynn Smith's first run on this course and she did exceptionally well and I think she even enjoyed it ! The rain eased off after twenty minutes or so and the weather was perfect for running in. I would suggest this run to anyone, it is not serious at all, just a good social run and most definitely improves your stamina in time. The views are lovely and it makes a great change running off the road. Well done also to Helen Lavelle for taking part again, and a special thankyou to Helen for making a lovely cake for our treat afterwards with a cuppa in the Farmers Arms. Thank you for your company ladies It was lovely.

Liz Stanfield

Below are some of the runners from the last training run in June


 A brilliant weekend for some of our Crosby Stormer ladies  

Kentmere 17K challenge - Satruday 4th June 2011

A 17k trail challenge in the lakes was enjoyed by some of our ladies on Saturday including myself. Arriving at Staveley to the sound of lady drummers and a very excited man on the microphone I made my way to the ice cream van and soaked up the lovely atmosphere. 

What a beautiful course with some incredible scenery.  The trails climbed out from Staveley above the Kentmere Valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village. Caroline Kenyon and Claire Lyons completed the challenge in just under two and a half hours and I finished in just over 2 hours. The lakeland trail series is extremely laid back in that some people were walking with picnics. The next lakeland trail challenge is in Keswick on the1st September. 



Jospice laps around the lake - Sunday 5th June 2011

Not quite as sunny as Satruday but perfect running conditions. Quite a few of our Stormers turned up to support Jospice. This is the first time this event has been ran and over 50 runners took part. It was lovely to see Alice who has been away at University running and completing 5 laps. Bernie, Chris, Cath, Caroline, Jackie, Jeanette, Alex, Maria, Maggie, Angie, Christina and ladies from the Formby group also ran a good few laps. (each lap approximately 1.5 miles) Oh, and I must not forget Lynn who ran with her dog. The dog was even lucky enough to receive a medal at the end. 

Hopefully this is the start of something and Crosby Stormers will continue to support laps around the lake in years to come. A brilliant venue and a well organised event by Jospice.  A Special thanks go to the Jospice team and my good friend and coach Ann Dignan who gave up her Sunday morning to time everyone coming in.


Liz Stanfield

Bex , Angie, Bernie and Lynn in action

 

Bernie, Joanne and Christina take part in the Race for life at Victoria Park Southport Sunday 15th May 2011

Well done to our three ladies who took part in a 5k run around Victoria Park on Sunday for a wonderful cause.   Bernie  completed the run in 34.49, her best time ever, Joanne in just over 32 minutes and Tina 31.09 minutes. The ladies had a lovely day and were quite impressed with the goody bag they received. 

Liz Stanfield


Monday 2nd May 2011 Bank holiday 5k and 15k run

Please have a look at the 15k gallery there are some great pictures of our Stormers who were out in force on a very warm and windy day.  

A  lovely group picture of our lady runners who took part in the Liverpool half marathon on Sunday the 28th March. Well done ladies for completing it well within the two hours. The Liverpool full marathon in October is something you might like to start thinking about !!

Liz Stanfield

 

Sunday 21st March -  Jamie Bulger Memorial 5k Knowsley Hall

The 5km race saw more than 490 runners taking part - including some who travelled from the USA and Canada. It was followed by a toddler trot with more than 30 youngsters taking part.

Before the start mother-of-three Denise, 43, and her husband Stuart, 35, led runners and supporters in a one-minute round of applause in tribute to James, who should have celebrated his birthday last Wednesday.

Smiling Denise said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to that so many people gave up their time to join in this event. It is very encouraging and heart-warming to see the level of support and it was good to have a happy event to help us mark James' birthday.

It was lovely to see some of our Crosby Stormers ladies take part in this event. Hopefully this will be an annual event raising money for this really good cause. Please have a look at the website www.forjamie.org for more information on the great work they are doing.

Liz Stanfield


Saturday - Hell in the Middle Staffordshire 12th February 2011

A gruelling 11 mile run through the most  beautiful, scenic part of Staffordshire . Hell in the Middle or maybe just Hell all the way around. Ok , we all know what cross country running involves but this took cross country to the limit. Lynn Smith one of our regular runners entered this run last year and told me about it. An amazing experience of trail running through forest land and a few hidden swamps, ditches and bogs. It was lovely to see Lynn's son taking part with her, apparently they had a bet on who would finish first. Not sure how much Lynn lost but she did amazing to complete this really tough event.  Thanks Lynn for encouraging me to do it as well !!

Liz Stanfield



Sunday 30th January 2011 - ' The Sunday Stormers' 

Turning around the corner from my house on a cold Sunday morning, I was only expecting to meet Bex. At least ten ladies in bright coloured running tops were waiting eagerly for me outside the Nags Head. Oh dear, I wish I had planned a proper route. Mmmmm I thought, a few farmers fields, a bridge and a climb over a few fences, no problem. The run took us through Sefton, the Cheshire Lines and Little Crosby. Some of the ladies decided to run 9 miles, 10.2 miles later we had completed a lovely run. A special well done to Jane McCloughlin who joined the group. Hopefully she has the confidence now to take part in the Liverpool half marathon in March. 

Liz Stanfield


28th January 2011 - Awards evening at the Tapas Tapas

What a fantastic evening we all had celebrating some great achievements from 2010. After a lovely meal and a raffle for Jospice, in which we raised approximateley £60 some fantastic awards were given to the following ladies:

Sports personality - Chrissie Stewart

During her time at Crosbystormers she has encouraged ladies to run with the group, she has brought many laughs and funny stories to our runs. Most of all Chrissie has been a brilliant team member, turning up week in week out to support the group from the very beginning.  It is also lovely to see Chrissie who is a mum of six encourage  her daughter Lucy to run with the Stormers, here's to Mary becoming a stormer when she is older. Well done Chrissie!

Forrest Gump Award - Claire Lions

Claire who had never ran when she joined  Crosbystormers and  who struggled at first to run to the coastguard station from the leisure centre has completed 10k's and half marathons during 2010.  An amazement achievement  over such a short period of time. Claire who is also one of our group leaders is  a great motivator to other ladies who run in the group. Well done Claire!

Rocky Award - Sharon Offlands

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday training sessions Sharon is there. She trains  really hard and has improved so much over the past year. She never gives up and always has a smile on her face no matter how hard the sessions have been. Well done Sharon!

Super Trooper Award - Bernadette Parkes

Bernadette never gives up, she is an inspiration to the running group. She is so positive about running and life and this certainly rubs off on other ladies. From walking last year Bernie now runs over 4 miles. Well done Bernie!  

Liz Stanfield


Saturday 22nd January - ' The famous five and the dog'

A bleak Saturday morning and about 15 ladies took off along the prom. Most of us did not really feel like running today because it was so cold. However once we all got going, everyone seemed to chirp up a little as we had a good old chin- wag running along. The group split up after 3 miles and five of the ladies, me included and Maggie's dog decided to take the cross country trail through Little Crosby meeting a few gamekeepers on the way, oh and the farmer! One of the runners Rebecca is training for the Liverpool Marathon thoroughly enjoyed the run today, successfully completing a 14k run which is just under 9 miles. It is days like this this that you are glad you got out of bed to make the effort to run with the stormers. Thank you ladies for your company and well done.

Liz Stanfield

Beautiful Little Crosby





Monday 17th January - A great start to Formbystormers

Without any notice going into the paper about 12 ladies ran on Monday. The word is getting around quick and a lot of Formby ladies have contacted me already. I can imagine in the Spring and summer there are some fabulous routes. Just to let you know the cost to park is 1.80 for two hours in the car park.  I have been in touch with the Formby times and hopefully over the next few weeks an advertisement will certainly increase the numbers. Again, Formby was waiting for this to happen. I spoke to one of the ladies on the run and she had found out about the group through her sister who runs with the Crosby ladies. She enjoyed her first run ever, completing 2 miles. Thanks to the Crosby girls who turned up to support our new group.

Liz Stanfield

 

5th January 2011

A brilliant turn out and it was lovely to see yet more new faces. There must have been at least 50 lady runners pounding the streets of Crosby. Despite the snow setting everyone back with training everyone managed to complete the session. Another few weeks and you will feel that you have never been away!

Social - Friday 28th January (7.45pm)

I have booked Tapas Tapas for the above date. There is a really good offer on, 50% off your meal. If you would like to go please bring a £5 deposit on Wednesday. (only 25 places available I'm afraid)

 

Tuesday track session/Saturday runs - continue as normal

 

 

December 2010

Quite a few of our runners took part in the Jospice Santa dash this year. It was the first time Jospice had organised this run and it was extremely successful. The ladies enjoyed a 2k run around crosby followed by a few drinks and some lovley sandwiches at the Birkey Hotel. The night was really enjoyable and well organised by the volunteers at Jospice. I am sure we will be returning back next year with even more lady runners.

 

The Snow

Although it looks beautiful, the snow was not what we were quite expecting. It is very dangerous to run in so we have decided to put running on hold until the snow clears. I will put a message on the front page when we are back up and running.

Liz Stanfield

 

Winter is here - November 2010 

Our Stormers are still turning up week in week out on a Wednesday and Saturday. The beginners group which we now call the 'Sprinters' are doing exceptionally well. Bernadette Parkes is now successfully running 3 miles without any stops, she has been an absolute inspiration to the ladies running group, so well done Bernadette from the Stormers.

Saturday morning runs - A great start to the weekend and a good sociable, relaxed run which normally takes the group around Little Crosby. The aim of the Saturday run is to try and increase your training to more than one day a week. It also gives the ladies a chance to get out of the 'house chores'.

Liz Stanfield



 

RNLI SUMMER 5K/10K RUN - Crosby beach 31st July 2010


Over 100 people turned up to run in the RNLI 10k along Crosby beach on Saturday morning. A great cause supporting the RNLI lifeguards.
It was not the best conditions  to run in but it seems that it did not put off some of our Crosbystormer ladies. The first lady came in at 47 minutes. (a Leeds University student). Congratulations to Alice Lytton who came in second at 47.58. Well done also to all the other ladies from the group who completed the 5k or 10k run.

Liz Stanfield

Coast to coast bike ride - I know it is not running but I would just like to say a huge big thankyou for the kind donation Crosbystormers gave me towards the Redballoon learner centre. I managed to complete the 146 mile cycle ride without any hitches, good job as I did not even have a bicycle pump with me! 
Thankyou once again Liz x


Sefton 5k team challenge 16th June -  what a great night for our Crosbystormer teams

Crosby Lakeside adventure was the perfect place to run a 5k race on such a lovely sunny evening. I never realised how big the Crosby Marina was! Our Stormers were out in force and looking fab in our new t-shirts. We had three teams competing, and came 7th, 19th and 35th out of 85 teams. Apsolutely brilliant performances made by all the ladies. Individual results can be seen on the following link: www.active-sefton.co.uk. A special mention goes to Alice Lytton who was the first lady home for Crosbystormers in a brilliant time of 22.40.

The organisation of the event was excellent and the goody bag was even better. We will all be back next year, with a lot more teams. Photograph to follow shortly.

Liz Stanfield
Sunny Abersock 10K  - Saturday 5th June

Helen Blanchard successfully completed the Abersock 10k on Saturday. This is a beautiful scenic course and starts through the centre of Abersock and overlooks the harbour. There is a hill which is approximately 0.3 miles and the run ends with a long mile stretch along the beach. Helen completed the 10k in 63 minutes. A fantastic acheivement for Helen who seems to have got the running bug.


Liz Stanfield



Crosby stormers - goes from strength to strength

As a group we have shown that there was a great need to start a running group in Crosby. I must say I am really enjoying watching the numbers grow each week and so many women loving the whole experience. The motivation and encouragement which is quite evident on club night is brilliant. There is no pressure at all, just a big group of lady runners all running to acheive there own personal targets. There must be well over 50 runners in the group now, with new runners turning up week in week out.

T-Shirts - just a reminder we will be getting our Crosby Stormers T-Shirts soon! no-one will miss us then. 

Remember you can email Cynthia or I if you want any advise on training etc.

Good luck to all runners who are taking part in the Liverpool tunnel run tomorrow, believe it or not the run is quite hilly!

Liz Stanfield (29th May 2010)


Liverpool women's 10k - Sunday 9th May

What a most memorable day. We all met at Crosby leisure centre and followed Jeanette in convoy to Sefton Park. Everyone was in really good spirits and eager to get to the park to absorb the atmosphere. We parked up and had a ten minute walk through Princess Park to Sefton Park, chatting on the way. Chris and Steve being the only males were a great support. Steve the photographer and I think Chris sunbathed for a few hours if I can remember right, next to the ice cream van !

Anyway, we all did an aerobic warm up to some catchy tunes in the park, and then it was time to line up for the big run. All of our stormers completed the 10k in what was very warm conditions. It was lovely to see one of our ladies running in memory of her grandad. I was quite emotional watching all of the runners coming over the finish line. It was a fantastic achievement for them, most of whom have not ran in a 10k before. Please look at the pictures on the 10k link page, I will put more on over the next few days.

Well done and thank you for making the day a success

Liz


21st April 2010 - 'how lucky we are'

What a lovely evening to run. Thank you Maggie and Maria for taking the beginners group out tonight. I believe they all did really well. Yet again a few more new faces, Michelle who is training for the Sefton Triathlon has joined the group, good luck with your training.

A really great mixed session tonight with the longer distance group. We trailed around the fields to Little Crosby and the sun was beaming down on us. It was gorgeous, and  even better it costs nothing to put your trainers on and run. We are so lucky to have these routes right on our doorstep. The group I lead managed over 6 miles, quite a mixed session with a few crocodiles thrown in 'not literally' a line of runners behind each other and the person at the back sprints to the front. The ladies did incredible, and are most definitely  prepared for the women's10k next month. 

A really big thank you to our coaches Cynthia, Lynn, Maria and Maggie who give up there time to come along and encourage our lady runners.

Liz 


Spring is here'  14th April 2010 

Congratulations to Kate Williamson who completed the Paris Marathon on Sunday. A fantastic time of 4 hours and 33 minutes. Our first club runner to complete a marathon.

Saturday runs are still taking place at 10am at Crosby Leisure centre. It was lovely to see more new members on Wednesday, thank you everyone for your continued support and making the club a great success.

Liz


27th March 2010

Just to wish all you lady runners who are taking part in the Liverpool half marathon tomorrow Good luck. Enjoy the experience it is amazing. Well done with all of your training and remember to try and take some pictures for the website if you can.

The race starts and finishes close to the Albert Dock weaving past the Anglican Cathedral then through Princes Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Park and back along the waterfront. It is a fast course in favourable conditions. If you are not running try and get along with your family I assure you it is great to watch.

Can I also thank anyone who came to the Jamie Bulger house charity evening last night at the Hightown cricket club. We raised approx 1,600 which is brilliant. All money going to the Red Balloon learner centre in Liverpool.

Remember the Good Friday runs at Victoria Park, Southport. For more details visit Southport/Waterloo running club on the Links page.

See you Wednesday, looking forward to not running in the dark.

Liz
















Bupa Great North run September 16th 2012

What a fantastic day it must have been for some of our Stormer girls to be taking part in a half marathon with Mo Farah, our Olympic Legend. Congratulations to Bex Dennehey, Helen McGregor, Susan Riddle, and pictured left our lovely stormer sisters Lyn McGlinchey and Janet Woods. One of our girls Helen Mcgregor ran for the charity Scope a charity supporting disabled people and their familes. So a huge well done to Helen for running for such a fabulous cause. 



Article my Lynn Smith - Olympic games maker

I got my uniform a few weeks ago - I had to go to West Ham to collect it! I sorted out a place to stay - I found a room in a shared house in South Woodford, with 3 other girls. I'll be on duty at the opening ceremony, too - meeting & greeting all the VIP's. I was at the Stadium on Saturday & was shown where we will be working from - basically the VIP lounge and stand and there is a good possibility that we will bump into the Queen /Prime minister, etc, etc. The VIP lounge is very nice - big comfy sofas, supplied by John Lewis & nice pink rugs. then there is the 5 star catering and free drinks. I won't be able to partake in any of that - I think we get a butty in a bag & a packet of crisps, but we do get a seat for the opening ceremony, so that's enough for me. I'll also be at the closing ceremony. On reflection, the whole thing is a big circus, with the atheletes way down in the pecking order, but I don't mind going along with it because it is an experience of a lifetime.


Good luck Lynn from all of the Stormers, we are all very proud of you :)



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