Doesn’t anyone have a quiet weekend anymore?
Trail up the Beast was our fourth fell counter and first Inter-Clubfell race on Tuesday 10th June. Looks like 23 were out for Helsby which is a brilliant turnout and leading the field home were Jimmy and Jane for full club points. Not sure who won at the prize giving so please let me know as I can update the blog accordingly. I do know Tom DeJong was first Under23 so well done to him.
Helsby positions and times as below.
9 JIM O’HARA 38.21
15 COLIN THOMPSON 41.07
22 CHRIS BAYNHAM-HUGHES 41.44
36 TOM DE JONG 44.24
41 STEVE RILEY 46.10
44 PHIL GILLARD 46.23
46 PHILIP ROBERTS 46.31
50 MARIO FOSCHI 47.13
63 JAMES HIGGINS 48.52
64 JANE ASHBROOK 48.59
65 DAVID FEAKES 49.15
77 JIM JONES 52.41
79 PAUL FOSTER 52.57
83 TIM PALMER 54.11
85 VANESSA GRIFFITHS 54.27
91 ADRIAN JACKSON 55.10
106 JACKIE KEASLEY 58.12
108 LESLEY FEAKES 59.28
114 DAVID HILTON 61.00
117 LIZZIE THOMAS 62.38
119 JENNY PALMER 62.55
121 NESTA HAWKER 65.02
132 ALEC ROBERTSON 81.10
Full results of the Beast race are on www.wfra.org.uk
On Wednesday Jim Jones was out at the Holcombe Two Towers fell race, his 2nd race in two days! Our 2nd claim runner Jamie Dowdall also had a great run at this race.
26th Jamie Dowdall 42.07 (2nd claim)
59th Jim Jones 49.28
For full results and map please see links below.
Not content with 2 races in 2 day, Jim headed to the Walsh Two lads fell race for race number 3 in 3 days!
130th Jim Jones 47.23
For full results and map please see links below.
Saturday 14th June was the Delamere Park 5k where seven Helsby runners were out. Tom DeJong was first Helsby man home for a new course PB and Jim Jones was in the top ten. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.
Full results, http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/
It was the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday with according to Andy Smith “A bit of light relief for some after the Sandstone last weekend, a fast 5km on the road.
A few green vests made the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday. Fortunately the damp weather had taken a lot of heat out of the day and made for good running conditions, although the damp roads were a little greasy in places.Sadly after 13 years this may be the last occassion that this classic race enjoying a village location and a fast course may be held. Warrington Borough Council have proved difficult, insisting on many road closures and the need to hire traffic management companies, which has added considerably to the costs. Nevertheless, strong running from the Helsby contingent with both Donna and Jen securing PBs, much to their delight”
64th Andy Smith 21.17
74th Janet Robertson 21.53
86th John Thompson 22.48
118th Jennifer O’Hare 25.58
123rd Donna Geer 27.57
Full results and details as below.
Also on Saturday was the Whinlatter Forest race incorporating the Eurpoean Championships Trial and Race 2 of the UKA three race Mountain Race Challenge, where our very own Elite athlete Jayne Joy ran a great race to finish 7th overall in a superb field and to feature in the prizes.
7th Jayne Joy 40.36
For more details and full results please see the website below, a fantastic achievement I’m sure you will all agree.
Many thanks also go to Joe and Mario who gave some great support on the day, very much appreciated from Jayne.
Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant Horseshoe was an inaugural race in the North Wales Fell Series also on Saturday, a particularly tough race by all accounts. Jim O’Hara continues his good form to be first in for Helsby on the day.
Race report from Phil Gillard
“On Saturday Jimmy, Chris, Jackie and myself made our way to one of the remotest and beautiful valleys in the Snowdon range for the Cwm Pennant race, clocked as 15.6 miles and 6000 feet. The route is a classic with a fairly flat run out to the first climb up Moel Hebog, followed by some runnable undulating work to visit Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn. The route down to Bwlch y Ddwy-elor via Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl is the most challenging navigation but rewarded with the sight of a checkpoint with water and Bill Keasley taking photos (Bill is not a permanent fixture, he was only there for the race). Time then for the climb up to Trum y Ddysgl and onto the next part of the ridge which goes over an edge and a climb over a Jurrasic Park like landscape onto the plateau of Craig Cwm Silyn which is a fairly runnable until you reach the summit of Garnedd Goch and then down a quad burning heather & boulder infested descent off Cwm Ciprwth. So far we have had grassy and rocky ascents and descents, mountain and trail like tracks but no road, well don’t be disappointed, there is a 3km section of tarmac to finish, what more could you ask.
The organisers describe it as a behemoth of a race and they are right, the reward is some stunning scenery and mountain isolation and also, being a classic horseshoe allows you to look back at the full extent of your achievement. The advice I would give is to get your navigation right because if you need to ask for directions you will won’t be able to pronounce the route !”
And some words from Jackie
“Jimmy, Chris, Phil & I made the journey to Cwm Pennant on Saturday for this gem of a long race, 4th race in the WRFA series.
The weather was kind, sunny spells, a pleasant breeze and clear all the way around for slower runners (i.e. me!). A very well organised race with plenty of cheery marshalls at all 10 checkpoints with smiles, encouragement, mars bars and jelly babies and 2 essential drinks stops.
The words of a Dark Peak runners blog (tested to destruction) sums it up.
So. What a race. It has it all. Steep ascents. Steep descents. Crazy no-path nightmare heather bashing, excellent views, scrambly bits, runnable climbs, non-runnable climbs, sneaky local lines and an horrific final section along the road.
You could almost call it the Jura of Wales. A race of real character, and I feel proud to have done it this year, the second year of its running. Math has done well to create something that could well become a real classic of the calendar. There were 40 runners last year, 80 this year. I suspect there may well be a few more next year. Fantastic day out.”
27th Jim O’Hara 3.09.39
29th Chris Baynham-Hughes 3.12.57
66th Phil Gillard 4.06.50
71st Jackie Keasley 4.25.37
Photos from Bill Keasley below
think i’ll just run all of these for something to do
Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O
Heads down and working hard
All smiles from Phil
Full results on www.wfra.org as well as a race description and race map. For photos see below
Sunday saw 7th road counter of the current season for the Sport in the Port 10k where Helsby’s Derek Morris took full honours in a superb sub-40 race. Well done to Louise for first Helsby lady home to take the full points.
32nd Derek Morris 38.37
45th Roy Gaskill 40.23
160th Stephen Wiggins 46.10
199th Derek Gallagher 47.25
236th Louise McEveley 48.57
417th David Wiggins 55.05
Results and other details on the link below.
Moel-y-Gamelin on Sunday saw Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones out for the club but I’ve not found the official results as yet. I’ll post on the blog once available.
In other news from Jackie;
Next weekend is the Helsby Community Sports Club Workforce weekend. Thanks to those who have said they can get come along to help; we are up to 15 runner volunteers so far.
- Please come along on Saturday morning 21st June, 9:30 onwards, or asap after the Park Runs.
I will know more after this Tuesday’s workforce meeting, but tasks runners will be involved in are deep cleaning and painting the ladies’ shower room and loos, moving our 4 Villages Race store to the alcove in the TV lounge, plus more painting & cleaning in and outside and landscaping the front of the club! So please bring along your sense of humour, work clothes, scrubbing brushes/buckets/clothes/de-grouter tool/cleaning equipment. John G will bring his tools to build the new store. Petrol strimmers and gardening tools (just in case). Painting equipment will be provided.
The weekend after, Friday 27th June, its our presentation evening, in our revamped club house! A packed evening which will kick off at 6:30 with:-
- our annual highly contested summer handicap (which includes a couple of laps of Helsby Hill, all speeds catered for). Please let Phil know your 5K and 10K race times (email@example.com)
- followed by a BBQ. Club to provide cooked food, please let Dave & Lesley know if you are coming along and bringing either nibbles, salad or sweet. firstname.lastname@example.org
- annual presentation evening (the 2013/14 awards in road, fell, cross country and Border League have now been determined and include lots of you!) So please come along; you may have won an award!
- and finally a disco; Chris & Tim Igoe will put on some dancing music for us!
- Family and friends welcome
Keep on running