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Helsby weekly round-up 9th – 14th September 2014

Hello all

Final results (Race 4) are now out for the Deeside Multi-terrain series, a Friday night on 5th September. Two out for Helsby. There should also be results available for the final placing of the series but they are yet to go online.

11th         Derek Morris                                     30.04
32nd        Jim Jones                                             34.53

http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/Results/ORGPSEPT2014.pdf

It was race 2 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series, a trail and beach run near Wallasey on Tuesday 9th September which had 340 runners out in total. Was it the nice weather or the beach that attracted so many? Colin Thompson looked good for a top ten to be first Helsby male home and Joanne Lacking showing her good form for first Helsby lady home.

9th           Colin Thompson                               24.49
61st         Tom DeJong                                       27.27
76th         Adam Gordon                                   28.02
111th      Tim Igoe                                               30.05
129th      Jim Jones                                             30.37
168th      Geoff Shaw                                        32.59
170th      Stephen Wiggins                              33.09
21st         Jo Lacking                                            31.17
30th         Vanessa Griffiths                             31.48
49th         Helen Owens                                     34.04
51st         Carol Shaw                                          34.17
76th         Jackie Keasley                                   36.58

Helsby Mens ‘A’ Team (first 5 runners) were 15th on the night, and ‘B’ team were 43rd. Helsby ladies ‘A’ team (first 3 runners) were 11th on the night and ‘B’ team were 25th. Great effort everyone.

Special mention goes to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place for her age category after the first two races.

Race organisor states next Race Tuesday 16th September starts at 18:30 at the bottom of Station Road, Thurstaston. Please ask all runners to park sensible and see you Tuesday.

Full Results and current team standings can also be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Delamere Park run 5k number 77 was on Saturday 13th September with Ed Halliwell in fine fettle taking the green vest honours. Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady home. Well done to Alfie, Jim and Jane who combined for a trio of PB’s for the course. Well done to the nine Helsby runners.

14 Edward HALLIWELL 20:00 VM40-44 68.75 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 6
21 Alfie GRADY 20:42 JM15-17 65.22 % M 20 Helsby RC New PB! 26
25 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
34 Jane ASHBROOK 21:49 VW35-39 69.67 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 28
100 Jackie KEASLEY 25:33 VW55-59 70.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 5
158 Louise MCEVELEY 30:30 VW45-49 53.66 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 43
159 Stephen WIGGINS 30:31 SM20-24 42.44 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 27
160 Paul BULMER 30:44 VM55-59 50.00 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 18
209 Ivor JOHNSTONE 39:33 VM45-49 36.41 % M 139 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 14

Full Results

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Colin Thompson was the only Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run number 34 but he certainly made it count with a sub 18 minute run for 1st overall.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:55 VM35-39 73.58 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 45

Full Results

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

It was the Peris horseshoe and half on Saturday with two intrepid adventurers in Tim Palmer and Jim O’Hara nailing one of each. Tim’s excellent race report below.

The Peris Horseshoe (Ras Pedol Peris) is one of the classic Welsh fell races. The full horseshoe is AL 17.5 miles 8597ft ascent (28.2km 2590m) and half is AM 8.5 miles 4500ft ascent (13.7km 1372m). As it was my first long fell race, I opted for the Half Horseshoe that finishes at Pen-y-Pass (and at the finish was glad that I made that choice!) The half starts in Llanberis haf hour before the full race; after a few hundred metres on the flat, it is straight onto the steep climb through the quarries and beyond to the summit of Elidir Fawr (924m / 3,031ft). After 3 miles with ½ mile of ascent and just over an hour, I was at the summit – the tremendous views and downhill cheered my spirits. It is then onto Y Garn (947m / 3,017ft) and Glyder Fawr (999m / 3,247ft) – both with substantial climbs onto them. I was passed by the two leaders of full Peris Horseshoe  on the climb up Y Garn – my spirit was again cheered to see that even they couldn’t run up it. After a fast descent, I was passed a cheerful Jim at the top of Devil’s Kitchen, who soon disappeared out of sight on the climb up Glyder Fawr. The descent off Glyder Fawr to Pen-y-Pass was steep and the best route isn’t obvious – there were almost as many variants on it as runners! It was then on to finish, cheered on by an enthusiastic and vocal Jenny by the bins of the youth hostel (as described by Mike Blake, the race director, in his briefing). My time was 2:51 – full results awaited. Whilst I was racing, Jenny had found a nice 5 mile run (with about 400ft of climb) around Llyn Padarn for the car park in Llanberis – well marked just follow the posts with the white ring on them. The weather was kind to both of us with sunny spells and some cloud; I benefited from the cooler temperatures on the mountain tops and the light breeze.

Report from Mike Blake of Eryri

http://www.eryriharriers.org.uk/peris-horseshoe-report/

Full results should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website shortly (I’ll update blog when results are out but I believe Jimmy had an amazing 6th place in the full horseshoe, kudos Jimmy, we are liking the cut of your jib)

www.wfra.org.uk

Sunday 14th September was the popular Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and ‘Degsy’ Morris was first in for Helsby with Joanne Lacking in excellent form for 1st Helsby lady. Results below showing chip time and gun time and well done to all who ran.

185th      Derek Morris          1.32.51
205th       Tom DeJong           1.34.05
220th       Joanne Lacking     1.34.29
244th       Dave Madders        1.35.42
550th       James Gray             1.47.00
797th       Emily Smith            1.57.18

Full results

http://www.ukresults.net/2014/vyrnwy.html

In other news

I will be away travelling in South America for a few weeks so it would be great if someone could do the round-up starting from Monday 29th September including Monday 6th October and Monday 13th October!

It may be best if it’s on a rota basis rather than put the onus on one individual? Chester chronicle like the information submitted as early as possible now and they can be contacted on their email chester.sport@cheshirenews.co.uk, basically with runners names and times and the event only.

I’ll mention again before I go.

Keep on running

Adair

Helsby weekly round-up 2nd – 7th September 2014

Hi all

Tuesday 2nd September was Race 1 of the September Multi-terrain series was a 4.7m affair at Royden Park near Thurstaston. Nine out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first home for the men and Vanessa first from the Helsby ladies.

11th         Colin Thompson               29.34
69th         Tom DeJong                       33.00
130th      Steve Riley                          36.58
133rd      Adrian Jackson                  37.19
147th      Geoff Shaw                        38.51
25th         Vanessa Griffiths             38.09
32nd        Jo Lacking                            38.28
50th         Helen Owens                     41.08
63rd        Carol Shaw                          43.18

Mens ‘A’ Team 19th and Ladies ‘A’ Team were 11th and Ladies ‘B’ Team were 37th.

Race organiser apologises for delays exiting car park but supposedly the Hotel owner had decided to deliberately block his car at an exit and was being more than a little awkward.

Full results are available from www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Next Race is at Harrison Drive opposite the Derby pool 19:00 start, tonight!

Delamere Park Run on Saturday 6th September saw ten green vests with Ed Halliwell leading the Helsby contingent home. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady.

12 Edward HALLIWELL 20:35 VM40-44 66.80 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 5
18 Gareth BOYD 21:03 VM40-44 65.80 % M 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 12
20 Alfie GRADY 21:31 JM15-17 62.74 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:48 25
26 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 23
45 Jim JONES 23:07 VM45-49 63.30 % M 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 16
59 Rachel ARNOLD 24:38 VW50-54 69.76 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 12
62 Lesley FEAKES 24:49 VW45-49 66.76 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 26
162 Paul BULMER 31:26 VM55-59 48.89 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 17
163 Claire MORTON 31:31 VW55-59 56.69 % F 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:05 13
164 Louise MCEVELEY 31:32 VW45-49 51.90 % F 55 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 42

 

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Sunday 7th September saw Shelf Moor Fell Race, the third of our Inter-club series of races and a good race by Jimmy saw him take home the full 20 points. Rachel Arnold was 1st Helsby lady home. As this was the third and final race in the Inter-club series I have heard that Helsby have done enough to take home the title so well done to everyone who has been involved in any of the races!

Steve Rileys comments from facebook “Top run out today at Shelf Moor, Glossop. Smiley faces at the end from Jimmy (after a 5000′ warm up yesterday), Phil , Steve, Paul, Janet, Rachel and Jackie. Joe in full voice as per usual. About 6 miles and 1500′. Hills, sunshine, peat bogs, rocks, smiles. Rumour has it we did enough to snatch the inter club championships from Spectrum, Pensby and Tattenhall. Get in!”

11th         Jim O’Hara                          50.31
56th         Phil Gillard                           1.02.36
59th         Steve Riley                          1.02.52
78th         Paul Foster                         1.09.09
79th         Rachel Arnold                    1.09.21
81st         Janet Robertson               1.10.34
92nd        Jackie Keasley                   1.17.10

Details and results here

http://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/club-races/shelf-moor-fell-race/

https://glossopdaleharriers.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/shelfmoor2014results1.pdf

Regarding the Inter-club series please find all the relevant results from the Spectrum website

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/club-champs/team-competitions/inter-club-fell-competition/archive/1785-2014-race-3-shelf-moor-fell-race-glossop

and well done to Spectrum for organising and collating all the results.

Sunday saw a great result for Adrian at the Delamere Montane Trail 10k where he was 18th from over 160 runners. He ran so well he was awarded a special pink t-shirt, full evidence will appear on the blog shortly

18th         Adrian Jackson                  50.17

The Adrian

The Adrian

Full results available below

http://www.trail26.com/ultratrail26/delamere-sept-7th-2014.html

Also on Sunday Jenny and Tim Palmer ran in the Lakes. A report from Tim below

“Jenny and I ran in the Lakeland Trails Derwentwater 10k Trail Race on Saturday and we too received pink T shirts for doing so. The race starts at Fitz Park In Keswick and is very much a race of three parts: after a lap of the park, it is 2.5 miles along the old railway (now a cycle/foot path) alongside (and sometimes over) the River Greta, then a steep climb 400ft in about 1.5miles finished off an exhilarating fast descent back to Keswick. The weather was kind to us and the views were great.

Jenny 1:00:53 122nd out of 278
Tim 0:49:04 31st out of 278 

Full results are:http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Keswick14/rptResult10km.html

Note: that on the provisional results we are listed as Deeside Orienteering Club, not Helsby – this should be changed on the full results”

Sunday was also the Salford 10k with four out for Helsby and a storming run by Ivan Davies saw him take home first for a Helsby in a classy sub 40 time. Not sure who the 4th runner was but Dave Madders has been watching too much Doctor Who and was in more than one time and place so all credit to him.

107th      Ivan Davies                         39.30
126th      Roy Gaskill                          40.20
186th      Dave Madders                  42.18
244th      Dave Madders                  43.30

Results available here http://www.tdl.ltd.uk

If I’ve missed anything from the round-up please let me know as I’ll update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running

Adair

Anglesey Ring of Fire Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Hello all

CBH (or GBH as Phil calls him) has asked me to send something out about our boys weekend away doing the “Epic” Ring Of Fire 135 Ultra race where you circumnavigate around the beautiful Island of Anglesey.  CBH rants on a little doesn’t he so I will try and keep this short as possible (very hard).  First of all, before we even got to the start line last Friday, the amount of well-wishers, and good luck message from everyone, especially the Helsby RC posse was nothing short of amazing and gave us all the boost we needed.

We arrived at Hollyhead Breakwater Park all a little nervous and were praying for good weather, strong winds and a cloudy sky greeted us but thankfully the rain stayed off until later that night so we touched lucky. CBH went off like he was a Gazelle being chased by a Lion, (he was the Gazelle I was the Lion) and if it wasn’t for his constant “selfies” he might have had a good chance of finishing 1st on that day, endless climbs up and down beautiful countryside summed up day 1 and over 6500ft of the total weekends 13000ft ascent/descent was on this first day. I eventually caught up with him and we managed to finish Day 1 together after taking a wrong turn after some great advice from Boydy. Phil came in a few hours later and we were all wondering where Ste Wiggo was and getting a little worried, for him to stroll in to our digs for the night at a leisure centre with a big smile on his face around 10.30pm that night, as only Wiggo could! Showers, food and a little sleep all put us in good spirits for day 2, which was the one I certainly feared the most.

To run 65 miles in a day is a massive effort, to run it, after having very little sleep and after being woken up at 4.45am (by CBH’s trombone like bum) is pretty hard. We all took off from the Leisure centre we had stayed at, no injuries, just tired legs and frazzled brains from day 1, the only way personally I could see myself getting around today was to break the day up into little chunks, so hour by hour, we kept ticking off the miles, coming into the checkpoints to a lot of smiling faces, especially from Jackie and Bill, I for one, cannot thank the you enough if you took the time to come and cheer us on at some point, you really were inspiring me to keep on going, even though my face didn’t look like I appreciated it at times, hearing “green army” chants was just what I needed to hear. Again myself and CBH spent a lot of time together day 2 (this has led to rumours I know!) meeting new friends along the way, sharing stories, and really looking forward to our Ice Cream at Beaumaris and seeing CBH’s family who had travelled down for the day to cheer him on, whilst I was having some food, his 2 little lads chatted away to me, and it took all the pain away from my tiring legs, we came through the half-way point, changed clothes, and foolishly for me changed socks, which is where it all started to go downhill for me personally. Blisters! If you’ve had them before then you will know what I’m talking about, but I had blisters on blisters, and for the last 35 miles of day 2 felt like I was running on pins, it really was excruciating pain. Our aim was to get in before the dark, which we managed to do, just, 6am – 8.15pm, over 14 hours running/walking and we had finished day 2. This is where I have total respect for Phil Roberts and Ste Wiggins, for Phil to navigate at night, and also to come in at 3.05am, have 1 hours sleep, and then get up and go again on the last day amazes me, I think I would have given up, and although Ste got pulled up at 4am and 60 miles into the 65 he needed to complete, which was the cut-off point, he would have no doubt continued to run and probably would have gone into day 3 without any sleep if he would have been allowed to.

I was that tired that next morning, that day 3 was all about just finishing, whether I ran or walked. We got to the start line at 6am that Sunday morning, only 60 ish people had now managed to make this point out of 131 starters, and everyone shuffled out of Almwch down onto the beach for the last 33.6 miles. Straight away, every step hurt my blisters, but I’d come this far so wasn’t giving up now, we seen Phil just before the race started and he looked in good spirits even with 1 hours sleep. We came into one of the check points to find bacon and sausage butties were on offer which cheered me right up, although I was now struggling to eat anything and drink anything. Another day of plodding and ticking off miles on what was a cracking day weather-wise, although this did lead to sunburnt Calves, neck and ears!! Forgot the Factor Fitzy. My only regret from the last day was I could not keep up with CBH, when you do something like this you don’t want to slow people down, or be the one who has to leave someone behind, so we had agreed all weekend we will do our own thing, only think there was 25 mins difference in the end, plenty of smiling Helsby faces at all the checkpoints again, especially, Jackie, Bill and Laura. I really did think I would get lost a lot more than I did on this course, but I had to finish in style didn’t I, taking a slightly wrong turn which meant I came across the finish line backwards! The event photographer made me run over the finish line the correct way, and this just finished me off.

Have spoken to all the lads since, we are have a lot more stories we can tell you all, we were all down and out for a few days after, some calling in sick, some with temperatures, some with rock like calves, and if your out for drinks on Friday, I will be sure to tell you all about them. Last mention must go to Gareth Boyd, who was like a personal maid, most of the weekend, running to get us coffee, helping with our bags etc, I really do appreciate it and can’t wait to see you run this next year, I will be supporting you mate!

Was that short enough :)

Chris F

Helsby weekly round-up 30th August – 1st September 2014

Hi all

Still waiting on results for the Crowden Horseshoe and the Ring of Fire…but for now

Delamere Park Run 5k number 75 on Saturday August 30th saw a good podium finish for Colin Bishop who was 2nd overall in 17.31. Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady home for 67th overall in 24.16. Well done to Alex and Claire who both recorded PB’s on the day. Nine out for Helsby in total.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:31 VM50-54 86.96 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 39
16 Alex FITZMAURICE 20:16 SM25-29 63.65 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 3
34 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 22
45 Jim JONES 22:46 VM45-49 64.28 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 15
67 Janet ROBERTSON 24:16 VW45-49 67.45 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 18
87 Lesley FEAKES 25:25 VW45-49 65.18 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 25
106 David WIGGINS 26:16 VM55-59 58.50 % M 90 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:08 6
117 Claire MORTON 27:05 VW55-59 65.97 % F 21 Helsby RC New PB! 12
206 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:03 VM45-49 43.57 % M 146 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 13

Full results for the Delamere Park run as below

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Also on Saturday was the Warrington Park Run 5k number 32 which saw Tom DeJong inside the top ten for 6th overall in 19.23 and first Helsby man home followed by Joanne Lacking who was first Helsby lady and a brilliant 2nd lady overall for 29th in 22.05 followed by 4th lady overall Helen Owens in 37th in 23.29

6 Tom DE JONG 19:23 SM20-24 67.24 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10
29 Joanne LACKING 22:05 SW30-34 67.47 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:48 8
37 Helen OWENS 23:29 VW35-39 64.73 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:20 10

Full results for Warrington Park run as below

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

Saturday was the Maesgwm Muddle a new race for Snowdonia and not one for the faint hearted weighing in at 8.7miles with 2789ft climb. A good description of the route is included in Phil Gillard’s great race report below

“Shall we have starter and pudding?

One of my favourite training runs in Snowdonia starts in Llanberis, goes south down the Snowdon valley with a climb up to Foel Goch, along the ridge to Foel Gron and onto Moel Ellio, from there it is a grassy descent back down to Llanberis. It is homely run which leaves you very satisfied afterwards, much like steak and ale pie, chips and peas in your favourite pub.

I was delighted to learn that Mike Blake had created a new race called the Maesgwm Muddle which used this route as its core, I was even more delighted to learn that it had been chosen as one of the rounds of the British Fell Championship. So on Friday, Helen and I set off to camp in Llanberis with the anticipation of a nice walk on the Friday, do the race on the Saturday and a few beers to celebrate on the Saturday evening. What a great way to spend a weekend, enhanced by the site of Jimmy and Sharon who also ran

The start and finish of the race was right next to our campsite, so a quality field runners set off in full view of Helen, sat in her camp chair, drinking a Costa.

So, back to that steak and ale pie; steak and ale pie is a great main course and is a good wholesome meal in its own right, our starter prior to the main course was a hands and knees climb up Moel Cynghorion (much like climbing the stairs when you were two years old) followed by a steep descent back into the Snowdon valley. This ascent / descent was in the third mile of the race which I recorded as a 29 minute mile!

Ok the starter was a bit filling but I am sure I will enjoy the pie and chips and I did; a mile or so up a gradual track followed by a few hundred meters of climb up to the Foel Goch and then the ridge which was fantastic despite the swirling mist. The grassy descent was equally as good.

You know that feeling when you feel full but everybody else orders a pudding and you feel obliged to join in, well it was a bit like that the pudding was a steady, muddy climb through some beautifully coloured heater and then retrace your steps back to onto my normal route back to Llanberis.

A real tough race in some fantastic company and by the way we ate out that night and I did have starter, main and pudding”

40th         Jim O’Hara                          1.44.02
137th      Phil Gillard                           2.14.16

Full results are available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk

And photos here http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/pages/gallery/2014-gallery.php?gall_id=444

And here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets/72157646666902477/

Sunday 31st August was the Crowdon Horseshoe. This is a race of 8 miles and 1699ft ascent. Race report by Jim Jones

“I did the Crowden Horsehoe today. It was a great route but a tough 8 mile course. The sheer drops along some of the paths are not for the faint hearted! There were also some really rocky paths with several streams to negotiate on the way out, and an uneven rocky descent on the way back. The peat bogs across the top were a challenge in themselves with no way of knowing if they would be ankle or waist high until you went through them. The weather was good today but it’s a course where you could easily go astray (as has apparently happened with some runners on previous years) if the weather closes in. It was good to see the hosts doing random kit checks. This is a popular race and the big turn out today caused quite a bottleneck at the first style, so anyone wanting to get ahead will have needed to fly off the start.”

Route below: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/579813836

Not seen the results yet but I think they’ll appear here: http://www.dpfr.org.uk/results/index

As hopefully many of you are aware it was the Anglesey Ring of Fire this weekend, amounting to about 33 Park Runs over three days! Among the many were four intrepid Helsby adventurers. We have no results as yet but photos are courtesy of Jackie have now been uploaded to our flickr account as below

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157647121876475/

I’ve also had some information from Jackie as attached

To be going on with, From their Facebook page:-

And the Ring O’ Fire 2014 winner is John Knapp #71 in a time of 23:25

Second is Val Swinger #128 in a time of 23:44

Third is Dion Leonard #43 in a time of 24:56

135 signed up. 106 started. 56 finished. The stats tell a story. It’s a tough but beautiful race. Well done to everyone who tried and a huge congratulations to those hardy 56 who finished. Thanks to everyone who made it so special. A massive thanks to our army of marshals who sacrifice a lot to support us. So long as the demand is there Bing, Q, Rich and team will keep the fire burning. Hope to see you back in 2015. We’ll be launching next year’s event in the next few weeks. Results will also be uploaded in next day or two. Sleep first!

Good luck to everyone running in the September Multi-Terrain series this month, a fabulous set of races to be part of!

Keep on running

Adair

Wirral multiterrain series

The Wirral multi-terrain series take place in the first four Tuesdays in Sept. Various terrain such as sand, rocks, mud and hills, distances between 4 and 6 miles. The venues are:

 
2nd September      Roydon Park, Thurstaston, 7pm
9th September       Harrison Drive, North Wirral Coastal Park, Wallasey, 7pm
16th September     Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, 6:30pm
23rd September     Cherry Orchard, Arrow Park, Birkenhead, 6:30pm

 

Entry £1. No registration, just tell the Helsby Running Co-ordinator you are here, usually Joe , I think its your best 3 races to count in the series. Great races, all recommended. To lift share for the first couple, meet at the club ready to leave at 6pm, this will give plenty of time to park up as it’s a popular race with limited parking.

Helsby weekly round-up 20th – 24th August 2014

Helsbians

The eagerly anticipated Robbie Wobbler was held for the second year on Wednesday August 20th and a great turnout on the evening saw another success for Helsby Running Club. Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for his email regarding the race and his brilliant handling of the event as well as everyone involved.

Full results as below.

http://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/results-and-reports/

Also on Wednesday night was the Capenhurst 5k with two fantastic performances from Joanne and Helen

105th      Joanne Lacking                  20.09
160th      Helen Owens                     22.58

Full results and photos are at http://www.ellesmereportrunningclub.org.uk/capenhurst_5k.htm

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k with nine Helsby vests on show. An excellent 2nd place overall for Colin Bishop saw him 1st in for Helsby as was Janet Robertson for 3rd in her category. Well done to all who ran.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:30 VM50-54 87.05 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 38
23 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:35 SM25-29 59.77 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:33 2
59 Janet ROBERTSON 23:51 VW45-49 68.62 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 17
64 David FEAKES 24:21 VM50-54 61.53 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 21
82 Lesley FEAKES 25:11 VW45-49 65.78 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 24
95 Jackie KEASLEY 26:10 VW55-59 68.28 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 4
117 Claire MORTON 27:43 VW55-59 64.46 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 11
121 Jen O’HARE 27:59 VW40-44 54.97 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
184 Ivor JOHNSTONE 35:00 VM45-49 41.14 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 12

 

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Two out a the Warrington Park Run also on Saturday with a number one spot for Colin Thompson followed by Tom DeJong securing a fabulous new PB in the process. Both Helsby runners were inside the top ten.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 44
9 Tom DE JONG 19:08 SM20-24 68.12 % M 9 Helsby RC New PB! 9

 

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

Jim Jones was doing his bit for the Scottish Independence debate by sticking Cheshire on the map on the Northern part of our United Kingdom. His race report below

“The race went from the island of Berneray to Lochmaddy on the Island of North Uist. (the islands are connected by a causeway). We were taken to the start by bus and spoilt with a very generous lunch, after a hot shower, in the Hammersay House Hotel at the finish. The route was undulating on a single track road with fantastic scenery all the way.  It was a well hosted event and a great excuse to visit a fantastic place.

17th         Jim Jones                             1.47.02

route below:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/573523049

Also – a race report from the local community newsletter:

2 Islands Half Marathon – Berneray to Lochmaddy

The third running of this annual race took place on Saturday 24 August in near perfect conditions. A record number of runners and walkers took part (48), including those from Berneray, Uist and the islands, but also this year from the mainland, the south of England, Germany and Australia!

Ross Clark of Hunters Bog Trotters set a record time for the event of 1:16:56, shaving 11 minutes off the previous fastest time – yes he went pretty much like a rocket!

The organisers would like to thank all for coming – it seems folk enjoyed it, and many are aiming to come back for more next year! The organisers also want to thank all those who helped and especially the management and staff of Hamersay House Hotel in Lochmaddy, who put on a splendid spread for us after the event and provided a great venue for the presentations and some much-needed R&R! The full results are available here. There are plenty of pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

(2014 results should be updated soon)

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cilcain Show Race, a loop from Cilcain to Moel Famau and back. Jackie’s race report below

‘Tom, Phil Roberts, Max and me did the Cilcain Moel Famau fell race yesterday. Results not out yet. Great race to do on a wet bank holiday! Mist virtually down to Cilcain itself! Cool for running, as muddy as it gets. Well done to Max for a top finish and to Phil & Tom for battling it out on the uphill road finish after all the mud (results not out yet, so not sure on their exact positions). Good to see Steff Charman back fell running again. Mick has a good run too.  The rain didn’t dampen the ever faithful support from Joe & Mario, thanks. Just spotted the pair of them at Lynn Ogwen at Saturdays Tryfan down hill race for Peter Douglas’s memorial too! Photo on the Welsh Fell Runners Website at http://www.wfra.org.uk).  Village day very well supported despite the rain, the usual, live music, morris dancers, dog show, greasy pole, best marrow and victoria sponge etc etc.  I spent my left over entry money on produce from the plant store, the lads on a well earned pint at the pub!

Details and hopefully 2014 results should appear on the Cilcain show page soon.

http://www.cilcainshow.org.uk/page30.html

or possibly the Welsh Fell Runners website http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

As always ,if I’ve missed any events or races then please let me know to keep the blog updated. It’s great to receive race reports no matter what the discipline or distance so thanks to all who send them in.

Keep on running

Adair

2014 Road and Fell Championship Updates

Due to popular demand you will now find the latest standings for the 2014 Road and Fell championships on their home pages.

If you like Half Marathons you are in for a treat with the last 2 races in the road series. Firstly we have the Warrington Half on 23rd September and then to round off the series the Conwy Half on 23rd November. I did the Conwy Half a couple of years ago and can thoroughly recommend. It starts and finishes under the walls of Conwy castle and follows the coast line most of the way. Well OK there is a bit of a climb up the Great Orme but what goes up must come down and once down its flat running all the way to the finish.

Just have look at the videos on the Conwy Half website to see how scenic it is

http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

As for the fell championship it’s only just getting going with 7 races still to go. The next one is at Shelf Moor on 7th September.

If you still haven’t tried the Fells yet you really should. If you fancy an easier one to start try the King John’s Castle on 20th September. This is a fairly local race just over the Welsh Border and is very runnable though the last 20m up a near vertical slope makes the sprint finish interesting.