Penkridge runners charity relay raffle

If you wish to support our event and stand a chance to win one of these great prizes then please get your raffle tickets from any Penkridge Runners member or message via our contact page.

Penkridge fun run

Over 20 Penkridge Runners took part in the Annual Penkridge Fun Run this year, as usual there were some great results for PR. Great fun event !



Tickets will go on sale next month for your chance to win a signed top by two of the Worlds Best Athletes, Usain Bolt & Mo Farah. If you fancy your chances of winning then contact us or any Penkridge Runners Member to purchase your tickets. The draw will take place at our 400k Charity Ultra Marathon Relay Challenge on 10th August 2019 at The Monckton Recreation Centre, Penkridge. Many other great prizes available….

PR Charity Relay – New Target 400km

Penkridge Runners will be aiming to run 400km in 6 hours for two local charities; Penkridge & District Community First Responders & The Monckton Recreation Centre. Why not come along and help support our challenge, FREE entry for spectators…

SATURDAY 10th AUGUST 2019 – 10.0am – 4.0pm – Monckton Recreation Centre, Penkridge.

Couch 2 5k

A fantastic turnout for Penkridge Runners at the Chasewater Easter Egg 5k & 10k race 2019 with around 25 members taking part. This event was pencilled in the calendar for the PR Couch 2 5k runners to complete their first organised run and they didn’t disappoint. Everyone completed the course in these hot conditions, so proud of you all. 

Our C25k programme started 12 weeks ago back in January and has been so successful again this year with around 26 new starters completing the course. 

Today’s race also produced some new PB’s, Matt W knocked around 2 minutes off his previous 5k time and Paula knocked over 5mins off her previous 10k time, Kay also beat her course best from 2017 by 33secs. Jamie had a fantastic race finishing in the top 15, also congratulations to Gill who ran the Crewe 10k today finishing in 45:25, this was Gills and Jamie’s last race before London next week. 

Penkridge Runners launch 300k Relay Challenge

After weeks of planning, we are excited to announce the launch of our very own “ULTRA MARATHON RELAY CHALLENGE” & fun day, to raise funds for 2 local charities.
The 300k challenge will be made up of teams from Penkridge Runners, however the Fun Day is open to all – the more the merrier.

New Partner – Achilles Heal – Stafford

Achillesheal based in Stafford offer all Penkridge Runners a 10% discount off all treatments. . .
Biomechanical Assessment ( for runners ) Massage treatment
Pilates for athletes
Contact either Ali Glover or Brett Nagata


What are Shin Splints ?

What are shin splints?

Shin splints is a general term used to describe pain along your shin bone – your tibia – that usually develops or gets worse when you exercise, particularly when running.

If you have shin splints, the pain may be down the front or sides of your shin. It’s caused by damage to the muscles, tendons or bone tissue around your shin.

What are the symptoms of shin splints?

As anyone who has suffered from shin splints will tell you, it’s not a subtle injury. You’re more than likely to feel serious pain.

The pain usually happens when you’re exercising and may, at first, ease off during your session.

However, if it becomes too severe to continue, you need to stop. The pain may ease when you stop exercising, only to come back later. If your shin splints are particularly severe, you may have pain when you’re resting. Sometimes, you may also have mild swelling around the area that’s painful.

What causes shin splints?

The causes behind shin splints, ranging from a big increase in your activity levels to weak muscles in the legs.

A change in your activity level, such as starting a new exercise plan or suddenly increasing the distance or pace you run

Running on hard or uneven surfaces.

Wearing poorly fitting or worn-out trainers that don’t cushion and support your feet properly

Being overweight

Having flat feet or feet that roll inwards (known as over-pronation)

Having tight calf muscles, weak ankles or a tight achilles tendon (the band of tissue connecting the heel to the calf muscle)

Poor core stability

Tight calf muscles and hamstrings

Weak quadriceps or foot arch muscles

Medial tibial stress syndrome (stress on your shin bone) – it’s thought that repeated stress on your bone may cause injury to the bone tissue and the periosteum, the membrane covering it.

Stress fractures – small breaks in your tibia, caused by stress on the bone.

Muscle strain, where you overstretch certain muscles in the front of your leg and damage some of the muscle fibres.

Tendon dysfunction – general overloading of the tendon leading to changes that cause swelling and pain.

How do you treat shin splints?

There’s plenty you can do yourself, particularly in mild cases. 


Use an ice-pack to help relieve the pain. Don’t apply it directly to your skin – wrap the ice-pack in a towel and hold it in place for ten to 20 minutes at a time. You can repeat this several times a day if you need to.”

As you might expect, resting your legs is also an effective way to treat shin splints. You might be able to keep exercising during this spell, but in bad cases you can rule out running for up to three months.

Stop running and rest for a few weeks. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, you may not need to completely rest. Talk to a physiotherapist and discuss ways you can modify your exercises to help get you running again and prevent the condition recurring.

If rest isn’t helping, a physiotherapist will be able to develop a training programme that lets you gradually increase your level of activity and helps you get back to your usual exercise regime.

Stretching your calf, shin and hamstring muscles regularly, as well as strengthening your glutes, core and quads, will also help treat and prevent shin splints.