The Lighthouse is open for public access and guided tours between March and November on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month from 12:00 until 16:00. The last tour starts at 15:30.
£2.50 for adults. £1 for children who must be 1.06 metres tall to take the tour.
The Wirral Seaside Runs were originally established in 1985 as one of several races along the seafront of Wirral. They are a series of monthly races starting near Leasowe Lighthouse and along the embankment to finish in Harrison Drive, Wallasey.
The race organisers are Pensby Runners – a club that meets at Heswall Squash Club every Tuesday and Friday. As with many such events, organisation is not as simple as it appears – licencing, not clashing with other races and state of the tides all need to be taken into consideration.
The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse (FOLL) started opening the lighthouse for the runners to be able to hold their registration point in the dry and out of the wind. Runners pay a small registration fee and fill out a form before pinning on their number and setting off for the start line.
All runners are welcome, and registration begins 1 hour before the race starts. Any competitor who manages to complete six races in the season is recognised for their achievement with a special medal.
In 2017 Mark Roberts and Gordon Scholefield (race directors) organised a series of six short fun runs over the season. For 22 years, Roy Fisher and his wife undertook this task and this year has been notable because the UKA (United Kingdom Athletics) has recognised this event as an official 5km. race.
At their end of season presentation evening in September (also held at the lighthouse), about 45 people heard Gordon Scholefield explain how they had applied for a licence from the UKA and the process involved in obtaining it. A total of 552 people took part in the races this year with a staggering 221 running the course in the last race. There were 29 individuals who completed all six races and they were recognised with a wooden shield each.
For the record, Dan Jarvis holds the record as the fastest man, clocking up an amazing 14min.59sec. with the lady’s record going to Ellen-Mary Kearney at 18min.46 sec.
Gordon explained how runners are put into 12 different categories – classified by age and gender. Points are then awarded to the winner, second, third, etc. with the scores being calculated for the best of five of the six races. The person with the most points at the end of the series won an award. Roy Fisher, Chairman of the Pensby runners presented prizes to those winners who were present.
Fiona Doherty and her colleague Mandy McGonigle were thanked for their sterling work manning the registration desk and given some ‘bubbly’ to celebrate with. A further prize for the most enthusiastic runner went to Alan Potts who comes along with his father – whatever the weather!
The Chairman of the Friends group, Geoffrey Brown, was on hand to receive a generous donation from the race organisers and described how the association between the two groups had started. He saw the ladies registering runners, sheltering in the doorway of the lighthouse building and suggested they come inside!
The whole evening was a very happy finale to a successful season. If you are interested in taking part next year, please look at http://www.seasideruns.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/7169620707/ for more information