Regular training: Wednesday evening

Latest: we have a growing band of beginners and intermediates …a very welcoming group that looks out for each other and is growing in confidence. Ideal for anyone not wanting to tackle the full distance. Give it a go!

We meet every Wednesday for a 6:30pm start at the Helsby Community Sports Club. We’re now on the summer program of mainly offroad runs — don’t be intimidated, nothing too hard and we have folk of all paces out. Getting started: give it a go. Come and say hello, make yourself known. Something like “Hello I’m new, I’d like to go for a run” should do the trick. More…

Helsby RC Racing News 15th – 21st June 2015

Good day to you all! Owens here. I shall get straight on to the juicy bits…

parkrun results

Delamere parkrun

Jim Jones: 20:52

Louise McEveley: 26:10

Mike Searle: 28:26

David Wiggins: 34:19

Paul Bulmer: 34:19

Stephen Wiggins: 34:19

Ellesmere Port parkrun

Ben Williams: 23:09


Warrington parkrun

Carl Pratt: 20:57


Widnes parkrun

Chris Hatton: 25:38

 

Hotfoot up Moel Famau

On to the “Fellsby” does Hotfoot up Moel Famau. This is a fantastic but pretty brutal short distance fell race, I first “ran” it 3 years ago as my first ever race for Helsby RC (had only ran off road with club once beforehand) and was convinced by one of the father’s from my girls school (Paul Porter, a great Geordie bloke who sadly, due to injury, no longer runs) that “aye lass, it’ll be fine. Road shooos?   Courrsseee yee’ll be alreet”. Suffice to say, the air was blue when I saw him at the finish! I had to toss myself down the first half of the race due to having no grip from my road shoes and then on a death wish up the stone gulley, to see Joe at the top shouting “WAYYY HEYYY!!” is one of my best memories of my Helsby RC racing “career”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t run it last week but there was a great turn out for the Green Army and Adam Gordon has provided a report along with the results…

“Wednesday evening saw a great turnout of fell veterans and newbies from Helsby for Race 3 of the club’s Fell Mini Series, and the second race in the Inter-Club Fell Championship.

At 3.5miles and 1,200 feet of ascent, the race might have been short but it certainly packed a punch (known as the “The Gully”).  A few Helsby contenders emerged a bit bruised and bloodied but generally with big smiles on their faces.  The award for the most spectacular tumble should probably go to Ian Rutherford for his impromptu double somersault on the descent to the finish line, which drew gasps and cheers from onlookers, as he continued virtually without breaking his stride.

This was certainly a challenging introduction to the fells for the newbies with reactions ranging from “absolutely loved it” to “horrid”.  It remains to be seen who is drawn back for the next race of the fell mini-series!

A strong performance by the Green Army on the night means that Helsby are now in a commanding position at the top of the Inter-Club Championship having won the first two races.”

Position Name Time Category
16 Adam Gordon 40.15 M40
20 Philip Roberts 41.06 SM
23 Neil Finegan 41.36 M40
35 Ian Houghton 44.21 M40
52 Steve Riley 47.58 M50
53 Andy Robinson 48.02 M60
56 Phil Gillard 48.18 M50
58 Tim Palmer 48.25 M50
67 Laura Baynham-Hughes 49.2 SF
79 James Gray 51.29 SM
82 Louise McEveley 51.47 F40
85 Ian Rutherford 52.08 M40
87 Neil Hughes 52.28 SM
90 Rachel Arnold 52.34 F50
95 Christopher Murray 53.37 SM
108 Suzanne Fletcher 58.14 SF
110 Jackie Keasley 59.55 F50

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Tattenhall Tough Challenge

On Friday was the annual Tattenhall Tough Team, a cracking event that is very popular. It consists of 3 members (can be mixed or same sex teams) who all have to complete the 9 mile route around the roads of Tattenhall, Burwardsley and then on to the Sandstone Trail and the shockingly steep old mining track.   Cracking results from Helsby RC, with Max, Chris Fitz and Colin T steaming in as first team! Well done lads! I bet Colin T still wore his bright orange racers too!   Then first ladies team for Helsby (2nd overall) was June Swift, Alison Halsall and Laura BH. Great running everyone and it is wonderful to see the growth of the club on events like these, as we cater for every speed and ability and support each other. Here is Chris Fitz’s wonderful report of the evening…

“Friday saw the much anticipated Tattenhall Tough Team race, which for those that don’t know is basically a grueling 9 miles on the road, on the trail and of course on “the railway” which is ridiculously steep and is also known for seeing the grim reaper at the top of it.

As we all know Helsby RC is going from strength to strength so seeing the amount of green vest’s take over the clubhouse before the race was amazing. So come race time you would have have chosen a team of similar ability so basically you don’t run off on your other team mates, what’s the point of that? Some teams do do it mind you. I was in a team with Max “downhill princess” Wainwright and Col “El Capitano” Thompson, I was fearing the worst and Max is a beast on the trails and Col, well he’s flying on the tarmac at present, but we decided or I decided to put my foot down and we ran at my pace, which for the first 3 miles on the tarmac was pretty quick, and I was regretting it slightly by the time we hit the trails.

We were neck and neck with another team made up of experienced runners who I recognised from the borders league races, and knowing I always got beat by them, didn’t fill me with confidence, but we were holding our own and got into the woods just ahead of our rivals. We were flying down hill until we came to the famous railway line, now how Thomas ever got his Tank Engine up that hill beats me. I think everyone has a go at trying to run up it but after about 20 steps you are dragging yourself up it whilst your calf’s and back scream out at you, it’s that long you can’t even see the top. Eventually you get to the top where a photographer takes probably what is a horrible photo of yourself blowing out your backside :)

Max looked like he had tip toed up to the top and was looking really fresh and ready to go, by now our rivals were flying down the hill and overtook us going into the green fields, where Joe met us with screams of “waaaaaaaaaaaa heyyyyyyyyyyyyy you can do it Helsby!”

I was really struggling to keep up with Max and Colin now and just thought if I could hang on to the back of them and get to the road section then I could possibly catch up, but our rivals were pulling away, luckily a few stile’s slowed them all down, unlike Max who hurdled them, whilst the rivals looked on in amazement at the “downhill princess”. It’s at this point I said to Col just stay with their front 2 runners as their 3rd placed guy was now slowing up, and for the next 2 miles I quietly snuck up on him, to reach about a mile from the finish to finally overtake him, and from then on, I knew we had done it, finally coming around to the finish line with Max and Colin just finishing and clapping me over the line, which for me was by far my proudest moment of my time at Helsby RC.

More green army members started to flood through the finish and big shout out to Laura, June and Alison for coming 2nd ladies team, and Chris “I’m really 45″ Baynham-Hughes, Neil and Ivan for coming 1st Vets team. All in all, a good night out for the “Green Army”. Another massive shout out to the usual’s who are unsung heroes of our club, Joe, Nanny McSpruce, Jackie, Chris Igoe and even Adrian coming over from St Helens to cheer us all on, it doesn’t go un-noticed, and I even heard someone saying “you’re taking over the world” … that’s why it’s ace being part of the #greenarmy #fellsby”

Results are here:

http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=138519

Beacon Batch fell race

Jim Jones, who seems to race more fells around the Country than a mountain goat on illegal substances, sends us a report from his race at the Beacon Batch fell…

“I have been working in the South West so looked what was on the fell running calendar for midweek in the area. Found the Beacon Batch fell race starting from near to the village of Burrington on Tuesday night. A five mile race with a climb of only 1000ft to the highest point in the Mendips it was pretty much a sprint all the way round compared to my usual stomping ground of North Wales. Some great views though with the highlight being a herd of wild Exmoor Ponies that kept crossing our line. I finished 26th from 92”- results below:

http://www.westonac.co.uk/results/2015/Beacon_Batch_2015_Prov_Result.pdf

A raw, alpha male bonding weekend in North Wales was enjoyed by Gaz, Chris BH, Chris Fitz, Max, Phil Roberts and his Dad, Charlie. I have seen many photographs of this weekend and I fear I am scarred for life by the topless sight of a number of them, bathing in a cold Welsh lake. Gaz has written a little report about their loved up Boys on Tour trip…

“Phil Roberts kindly organised a lads weekend away staying in a cabin at the foot of Moel Siabod, just outside Betws y Coed. The plan was for a run out in the morning followed by a BBQ and drinks in the evening.

Five intrepid souls, Phil, Col T, Fitzy, Gaz and Charlie, embarked on the run 2500 foot up Moel Siabod. Despite getting lost, taking an unneeded detour and having to listen to Fitzy do his best impression of a 6 year old on a car trip (“Are we nearly there yet?”) every 2 minutes, all 5 made the summit in one piece. Right on cue the weather picked up, the clouds cleared and we were rewarded with some amazing views of the surrounding parts of Snowdonia.

A quick run down the mountain, or slow run down in Gaz’s case, completed the 9 mile run and it was time for a bath in the local river before hitting the pub and then firing up the BBQ. We were joined later on by Chris Baynham-Hughes and Max Wainwright for a night of drinking and sing-a-long music, courtesy of Phil’s mate Mattie who was a whizz on the guitar….although the less said about the singing from the group, the better!!!

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Upcoming events/races

A quick reminder that it is the Penny Lane Striders 10k race on Sunday 28 June, entries are still open.

The family friendly Frodsham Downhill race is on Sunday July 5th and it is great fun for all, a 1 mile downhill race which starts at top of Bellemonte Road and goes all the way down to Castle Park. Entries close on 27 June.

Club Force weekend

Also, this weekend is Club Force weekend again. Last year saw over 100 people volunteer some or all of their time over the weekend to help spruce up the clubhouse and surrounding areas and a fantastic job was done. It would be really great if we could see similar numbers come forward to help again. There are a number of tasks, from painting, joinery and tea making etc that are required and even if you can only offer a couple of hours, it would be appreciated. This is vital to the survival of the clubhouse.

Strimmers , paint brushes , spades , brushes ,buckets , sponges etc will all be helpful. If anyone has a specific job they’d like to see done or suggestions then please contact Stuart.Wilkinson@essar.com or Terenceoneil@aol.com.

Helsby RC Weekly Update 8-6-14 to 15-6-2015

Parkrun

Helsby runners were at Delamere, Ormskirk, Ellesmere Port and Widnes Parkruns this week with PBs for Neil Finegan at Ormskirk and Chris Hatton at Widnes. Full, consolidated Helsby Parkrun results can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon.

Derek Morris, Gill Fitzpatrick, Jenny O’Hare, Tanya Meredith, Emma Barnes and Ste Roach ran the Half Marathon on Sunday. Other than that Jenny and Emma got PBs, details are sketchy at the moment as no race report has been submitted (tut, tut!) and the race results arn’t searchable by club so apologies if I’ve missed anyone out who ran the race or got a PB. Congrats all.

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….and, in surely the most concise and succinct race report seen on these pages for quite a while, Ivan Davies informs us from the Potteries Half marathon that “Stoke is a dump (I’m paraphrasing here in case you are reading this blog before the watershed) and flipping (again, paraphrasing) hilly”. Thanks for the report Ivan.

Helsbys resident ultra marathoner, Andy Robinson, sent in the following report.

On Saturday I ran the Three Rings of Shap LDWA event:  62 miles in Cumbria, with about 2400 metres of climbing.  87 entered, 28 finished (all but half a dozen were runners), and I came in 6th.  Ken Sutor won in an astonishing time of 10:38:30, taking an hour off the record, and finishing two hours before Karen Nash, who finished second.  I finished some time later in 14:18:45.  My race report and a link to results are on Runfurther.com.

Well done and cheers for the report, Andy

Lastly a few reminders…..

There are a couple of club counter races coming up, the Pie and Peas road counter is open for entries, it takes place on Wednesday 5th August. Also this Wednesday is the mini-fell counter “Hot Foot Up Moel Fammau, the start is 7:30pm with a meet up at the club at 6:15 to share lifts.

Also the club summer handicap is a week Wed on 24th, meet at the club at the usual 6:30, for gentle warm up to start on Helsby Hill, two laps of the Hill from the quarry carpark.


For those of you who are new to the event; it is suitable for anybody who runs on the hill on a Wednesday, so just about everybody in the club
The idea is that the slower runners set off first and the fastest runners last using a handicap system which is designed to create a blanket finish :) So those of you who are not used to being at the front will have that feeling of leading a race and those of you who are used to being at the front will get to know what is it like to be at the back end of the field.
We meet at the club at 18:30 as usual and then all run up to the quarry car park (to warm up). The course is a two lap course up and around the hill. Once everybody is back then we warm down on the way back and have a social and prize giving
So what do you need to do
1) Let me know if you will be running – phil.gillard1@btinternet.com
2) If you are running, let me know your current expected  (road) 5K or 10K time – no cheating as I will check
3) Let Dave and Lesley know if you will attend the social afterwards and what sandwiches/barms you can bring, club will provide salads/crisps etc.  – davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Please see the following meassage for Jackie Keasley regarding the now cancelled Hospice Half.

Just looked at my diary and we had the hospice half pencilled in for next Sunday 21st. With one thing and another on my part its not been organised plus we need a bit more time to work out the final donation figures, so its off.”

One more final thing, a few club volunteers are needed to help marshal the Frodsham Downhill Race on 5th July 11am registration, 12:30 start. If anyone can help please let Jackie know. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Cheers

Gaz

Mike McShane

Mike McShane

Typical Mike (with hat) helping out last month at the Sandstone Trail Challenge. Efficient, self-deprecating, genial.

With great sadness we report the death of our stalwart member Mike McShane. Clubmate Mike Searle who knew Mike for over 20 years and also worked with him at Body4Life was asked by the family to speak at Mike’s service yesterday, 15 June (and with a fellow club member also on the funeral staff, it was a family affair in many senses of the word). Newer members of the club may be surprised to hear just how fast and how keen Mike was in his hard racing days!

I’m delighted to report back that we were able to give Mike McShane a very good send-off with plenty of ‘Green Army’ Hoodies in evidence. Mike’s family were very grateful for everyone’s attendance and they were delighted with our choice of ‘hi-visibility’ garments!

I first met Mike over 20 years ago when I ran for the first time with Helsby Running Club. Mike kindly shepherded me around the mid-week club run and over the following years he shepherded me a whole lot more. Mike was there with help and support when I was setting up my business 13 years ago and he was always there with help and advice throughout each of the next 13 years. We also trained together and travelled to races together.

The full tribute is here — not because Mike doesn’t deserve the space but precisely because the words should stay around longer than it takes them to drop off the first page.

Helsby RC Racing News 1st – 7th June 2015

Hello all

Thank you for all the race reports this week, if anyone has any other reports or races I have missed please send them over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I can include in the blog.

Firstly some reminders…

  • Tattenhall Tough Team on Friday 19th June & Grocontinental Relay on Thursday 9th July at Dearnford Lake.
    • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved in either of the events please email him col808@hotmail.com
    • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com

Joe has asked me to remind everyone of two fell races coming up:

And there is a road counter coming up at the end of June:

  • Penny Lane 10k (road counter) Sunday 28th June. Probably best to get entries in now although I believe you can enter on the day providing the limit isn’t reached.

Deestriders Off Road GP (4.5m) 

Thursday saw the first race in the Deestriders off road GP. This is a great little race series (4 to do) with a mix of flat grass, tarmac footpaths and trail so nothing too challenging with only a couple of sharp undulations. We had 3 runners out for the Green Army, Colin Thompson, Jim O’Hara and Dave Madders with Colin first back for Helsby.

Helsby results below:

3rd           Colin Thompson               27.05 (1st in age cat)
6th           Jim O’Hara                          28.29
41st         Dave Madders                  34.59

Full results here: http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/Results/OFRJUNE2015.pdf

The next race is on 2nd July http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/Forms/OffRoadEntryForm2015.pdf 

Halewood 5k

Dave Madders was our sole Helsby representative at the Halewood 5k. Fantastic running saw him belt out a 21.48 and 2nd in his age category. Well done Dave!

Full results here: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxoYWxld29vZDVrcmVzdWx0c3NlcnZpY2V8Z3g6NDRiNDJiMDQ4ZThmNjE0Yw

For anyone who is unaware of this race series, they are monthly timed 5k races, Saturday 10am at the Halewood Environment Centre. The course is fast and traffic free and best of all they are totally free!

Mersey Tunnel 10k

Another big event from the BTR team on Sunday saw the annual Mersey Tunnel 10k which is a unique race in that it’s one of the few times you can traverse the tunnel on foot. The course is fairly straight forward, start is at Blackstock Street at the Wallasey tunnel entrance, through the tunnel and up onto Egremont promenade with the finish a few miles north at New Brighton Promenade. As always with BTR races the organisation was fantastic – like a well-oiled machine and with a lovely bit of bling at the finish, nice tech-tee-shirt & goody bag plus a unique racing experience I’d say it’s just about worth the entrance fee. The results? Only 2 Helsby runners out for this as far as I can tell, windy conditions on the prom scuppered any chances of a PB with myself managing 36.56 and Carl 43.59. A huge turn-out of runners saw over 2500 finishers so a good result for the Green Army. One of the highlights for me was finding myself detached from the lead group and running on my own only for a police motorbike to appear and pace me along the promenade! It felt like I was race leader!

13th         Colin Thompson               36.56
156th      Carl Pratt                             43.5

http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1899

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Welsh 1000m Peaks

Chris Baynham-Hughes has sent in this fantastic race report for the Welsh 1000m. Over to you Chris…

“It was a tough day in the office on the awesome Welsh 1000m peaks race. Gusts of up to 45mph predicted, I reckon is was persistent and easily 60+ as it knocked me sideways plenty of times. I was convinced I had windburn on my tongue at one point! Three of the Fellsby regulars were there to take on this challenge which is at the more extreme end of fell racing.

To give you a true image of this race you need a bit of history. It’s a highlight of my calendar and a race I’ve been doing for the past 5 years as it robbed me of all my dignity on my first outing and I vowed to get it back one year. Still not had the perfect race, but maybe next year! In the first year I spent 3 minutes sat on the Gribbin ridge wondering what to do, the race had totally put me on my backside and I genuinely didn’t know if I was going to complete it. 

Last year in-form Jimmy O’Hara arrived suitably nervous of just how enormous the task was. By his own admission, Jimmy learnt a lot that day, having been caught short on the Carneddau due to a freak beetroot shot type drink (something cyclists drink apparently) and also due to carrying about 6+ kg of excess baggage. This year he arrived lean and mean. For Max it was his first time on the course, so would he suffer the same fate? 

Personally I had a terrible first leg (over the Carneddau) but got stronger and finished just over the magic 5 hours, but given the ridiculous wind that I couldn’t even move forward against at more than one point, and my lack of mountain work recently I was very happy with that…. plus I only screamed out loud at the wind twice.

As always Snowdon was packed with tourists and 3 peaks challengers. Knowing there was a slight possibility I could dip under the 5 hours I gave it everything to get up there. Just as I was arriving at the fingerstone on the Snowdon ridge I heard, “Good afternoon Christopher” – I looked up to see Max. The conversation went like this:

“Hey, nice one, did you win it?”

“Did I **** I haven’t even finished yet!”

“What are you doing, you’re 2 minutes from the top!”

“Have you got any food?”

“I’ve got a gel if you want it?”

“Nah…… …….err…  Yes please”

(me 5 yards on from Max’s position) “I’ll chuck it down here, I can’t make it back down again!” 

We both finished completely spent, which would have been fine if the café had been open. Alas not. I was helped into my waterproofs by a Buckley runner (just spectating this time) and it wasn’t long before Max and I were helping another runner off the mountain as they were struggling with exposure. 

Do once again the Welsh 1000s had proved itself worth of turning even the most talented of fell runners to their knees on their first outing. I genuinely believe that this race can put you on your backside like no other, but then again, that’s part of the appeal. It’s a genuine test and a genuine adventure. I totally recommend it! That said, after 3 outings on this race it might just be time to retire these shoes.”

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Jimmy O’Hara – 4:51:55 ish – 19th

CBH – 5:06:43 ish – 31st

Max – 5:15:37 ish – 35th 

http://www.welsh1000m.org/results/results_A.html

Massive well done to Chris, Max and Jimmy, great going lads.

Lakeland Trail Coniston Marathon 

Lesley has sent in another excellent report. Seems she can’t stop racing at the moment!

“I completed the Lakeland Trail Coniston Marathon this weekend. The weather was ideal with cool temperatures and light drizzle for the first half of the race and warm sunshine for the last couple of hours. The course is marshalled and follows a mainly high level route around Lake Coniston taking in a circuit of Tarn Hows. The route is mainly on trails that are very runnable and the scenery is great. I was aiming for 5 hours and finished in 4 hours 55 mins, 138 out of 214 finishers. I would recommend this race but Lakeland Trails are not cheap at £44 and I have to say the feed stations do not compare to the LDWA events, a few crisps were all that was on offer by the time I got there, no t- shirts in my requested size and only 5 portaloos for hundreds of runners, not that I’m moaning! Locally organised events like the fells are much better  value and have a friendlier feel in my opinion.”

Well done Lesley on achieving your sub 5 hours!

Parkrun 

Please find below the results from our weekly parkruns. Congratulations to Neil Finegan, Louise McEveley and Joanne Lacking for all getting on the podium at their respective parkruns and a new PB from David Wiggins at Delamere. Good stuff people!

Warrington parkrun

6              Michael WILLIAMS          00:23:49

Delamere parkrun

3              Neil FINEGAN                   00:18:30
23           Jim JONES                          00:20:36
35           Scot STEEL                          00:21:24
123         David WIGGINS                 00:25:46
170         Donna GEER                       00:28:08
239         Rachel ARNOLD                00:32:05
263         Paul BULMER                    00:34:25
264         Stephen WIGGINS            00:34:29
275         Ivor JOHNSTONE             00:35:16
288         Jen O’HARE                       00:37:42

Lyme Park parkrun

21           Louise MCEVELEY             00:24:42

Ellesmere Port parkrun

17           Benjamin John WILLIAMS    00:22:42

Widnes parkrun

13           Joanne LACKING              00:21:20
45           Chris HATTON                  00:26:06

That’s all this week, again if I have missed anything please let me know and I can always update the blog later on.

Happy running all!

Colin

Robbie Webster’s Wobbler 2015 – Race report

Thank you so much for all of you that took part in the wobbler, be that running, supporting or marshalling. It was testament to all of you that we experienced another fantastic race and saw so many of you back at the club. Thank you to those of you that filled out the questionnaire on the entry form – let’s just say there is clear demand for a race series, I hope we’ll be able to achieve that in 2016. For further details and to keep in touch please see details at the base of this post. I will also add those to the mailing list that wanted to be kept informed.

RD’s report:

Wednesday evening saw the third running of ‘Robbie Webster’s Wobbler’ memorial race. This year was tinged with sadness and shock at the passing of another Helsby club member Mike McShane who unexpectedly passed away the day before. A minutes silence was respected at the start of the race and our thoughts are with Mike’s family and friends during what must be a terribly shocking and sad period.

Spectacular weather blessed the 108 competitors that toed the line for the fiendish climbs and beautiful trails Frodsham hill has to offer. The race stats slightly extended to 5.3 miles and 1220ft of ascent due to the popularity of the event and the narrow first climb.

It was fantastic to see people from so many of the local clubs. We had runners from all of the following: Ambleside AC, Buckley Runners, Helsby RC, Penny Lane Striders, West Cheshire AC, Delamere Spartans, Spectrum Striders, Warrington AC, Tattenhall, Knutsford Tri and Northwich RC – simply fantastic and I saw more than a few inter club rivalries ignited J

Talented Helsby Fell runner Max Wainwright led from the start and held on to take the win and new course record despite relentless pursuit from the Buckley’s formidable Jez Brown (Vet 40 winner). Outstanding performances from veterans Tim knight (V50) and Andy Robinson (V60) saw them take the title – the V50 category appearing the hardest fought with just 9 seconds separating first and second and exactly 3 minutes separating the top 11.

The ladies title was equally hard fought with a superb run by Victoria Walls of Spectrum Striders, hotly pursued by Carolyn Stamper-Clark of Delamere Spartans and the formidable Karen Forster who took the Ladies Vet 50 category and overall Vets trophy. The Vet 40 title went to Suzanne Eccleston and Vet 60 to Steph Charman.

Helsby Men retained the team trophy but in a battle separated by just 7 seconds Spectrum snatch the spoils from Helsby in the Ladies team event.

Sadly we had a number of the markers removed/ taken down and some posts stolen. I marked the course three times with the last round being just two hours before the start of the race, yet a number of key markers were still removed. I’m afraid I don’t understand the mentality. I sincerely hope it didn’t impede your enjoyment of the race and nobody got lost so I was relieved!

Back at the club house Mike Searle gave a touching and humorous eulogy for Mike McShane before prize giving, the odd beer or two back and homemade cakes. The now famous Helsby RC cake bakers did us proud as did the generosity of the runners in donating over £120 to the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake appeal.

We would especially like to thank the Forest Hills Hotel for generously allowing use of their car park and facilities. This is a local, community run event and without support from Forest Hills, the marshals and the cake bakers, this race wouldn’t be a success and there certainly wouldn’t have been over 100 extra smiling faces in Frodsham that evening.

Results:

The full results are out: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/results-and-reports/

Photos:

We’ll be putting up all photos we have on the run Helsby flickr stream (https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby )  and Mick Charman has already got a set up here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/helsby/sets/72157653612534728  so if you have any from the event please contact Steve Riley or me to get details of how you can upload or pass them to us so we can.

See you next year for a wobble!

Chris

Feedback:

I always like to improve on things so I’d love to hear any feedback you have on the event, if anything doesn’t work, what really does, would you return, etc. Please do get in touch, it’s all appreciated (positive or negative). I had some great feedback from the registration team so we’ve got plans for a few changes there next year.

Keeping up to date:

I’ve set up a mailing list which can be joined from this page: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2015-robbie-websters-wobbler/ this will be used to keep people informed of the Wobbler and assuming I get it organised, the 2016 trail series which got a resounding ‘yes’ when I asked for interest on the entry forms – thank you very much for taking the time to answer that for me.

I’ll also keep the Blog page up to date just as soon as we set the dates. I’m thinking the first Wednesday of each month for the trail series starting in June, but watch this space.

 

Helsby RC Racing News 25th – 31st May 2015

It is with great sadness I send out this weeks results as we have just heard the devastating news regarding our long standing member Mike McShane who sadly passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Everybody will be advised further as more information is available.

 

Welcome to this weeks racing news. Firstly some reminders:

  • Tattenhall Tough Team on Friday 19th June & Grocontinental Relay on Thursday 9th July at Dearnford Lake.
    • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved in either of the events please email him col808@hotmail.com
    • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com
  • Penny Lane 10k (road counter) Sunday 28th June.
  • Robbie Webster’s Wobbler Plenty of Marshals now, so thanks to every body that has volunteered!
    • Please see cake appeal mail sent earlier – all proceeds going to Nepal Earthquake victims

 

 

Excalibur Marathon

We had 3 green vests battling the epic Excalibur Marathon. This race is not for the faint hearted, with 26.2 miles and over 5500ft of climb it is a monster of a course, but that didn’t deter Roy Duffy and Louise McEvelely from travelling to the Clwydians to take it on. Fantastic running saw good results with Roy and Louise crossing the finish line together (Louise also a fabulous 3rd in her age category) Well done folks! It’s also great to see Roy come back in style after a recent injury.

Helsby results:

68th         Louise McEveley              6:08:09
69th         Roy Duffy                            6:08:10

All results here http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1890

Roy & Louise with an interloper

Roy & Louise with an interloper

 

LDWA

Only one report this week, Lesley and Dave Feakes competing in a LDWA event at Llongollen, over to Lesley with this fantastic report…

“I completed a LDWA event on Saturday as a walker just to try out the distance for an ultra later in the year. I completed the 35 mile Llangollen Round Challenge that basically covers all the hills/mountains around Llangollen including Moel y Gamlin and Ruabon mountain. Luckily the weather was dry and cool perfect running/walking conditions. There were about 10 runners competing and I would definitely recommend it as a short ultra. As per usual the checkpoints were manned by very helpful marshals with a range of goodies to feed on. The course was fully marked so I did not need to look at a map once! The course starts and finishes in the centre of Llangollen and you are greeted by the town crier as you near the finish line. The event runs every couple of years and I would definitely consider running it next time as I think it is probably easier than walking it and a bit quicker. I finished in 10 hours 30 mins, a bit longer than expected but came in about 15th behind the runners and a few walkers so not too bad a result. To reflect on the day David and I decided to venture into the Helter Skelter for a couple of drinks. Much to our surprise some of Helsby’s elite runners were there, almost unrecognisable in suits after a day at the races! (horses not fells) An entertaining end to a great day’s walking.”

 

Parkrun

Please find below the results from the Saturday parkruns. Stand out performance this week belongs to Neil Finegan for a brilliant win at Ellesmere Port! Well done Neil.

Warrington parkrun

A total of 314 runners took part.

View full results for Warrington parkrun event #73

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
46 44 Michael WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:22:58
129 23 Rhea THOMAS Helsby RC 00:26:34

 

Delamere parkrun

A total of 246 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #113

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
35 4 Joanne LACKING Helsby RC 00:22:08
77 12 Helen OWENS Helsby RC 00:24:15
80 13 Rachel ARNOLD Helsby RC 00:24:37
83 14 Suzanne FLETCHER Helsby RC 00:24:43
214 144 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:33:48
215 71 Claire MORTON Helsby RC 00:33:50

 

Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 84 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #33

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Neil FINEGAN Helsby RC 00:18:48
22 19 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:23:42

 

Widnes parkrun

A total of 164 runners took part.

View full results for Widnes parkrun event #20

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
2 2 Colin BISHOP Helsby RC 00:17:24

 

That’s all this week, if there are any results or races I have missed please let me know col808@hotmail.com or helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks
Colin

Wobbler Update

Just thought I’d drop out an update based upon course conditions last night for all you Wobblers.

I would have to describe the conditions as “Fun” and don’t expect to finish with clean legs.

For those of you wondering which shoes to wear, Trainers with good grip are advised!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Race details

  • Wednesday 3rd June.
  • Registration from 6:15-7 pm
  • Race Starts @ 7:15pm
  • Parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham, WA6 6HH
  • Race entry = £5
  • Pay on the day
  • Cakes and prize giving back at the club house (Helsby Community Social Club) after the race

Full details: Here 

 

 

New race – Warrington Way 40

warrington-wayOur friends at Lymm Runners have just announced the Warrington Way 40 Mile Trail Race is open for entries. The Warrington Way is a 40 mile circular walking/running route in Cheshire, circumnavigating the town of Warrington. It starts and finishes in Lymm, and goes anticlockwise around the town of Warrington.

Most of the Way is off-road, on footpaths, field crossings, farm tracks, canal towpaths and the like but there are some sections on road and some major road crossings to be aware of. Much of the route is in the Cheshire countryside but the Way takes in the area’s industrial and transport heritage – including crossing the Bridgewater Canal, the Manchester Ship Canal, the St Helens Canal, and the River Mersey; the West Coast mainline and Liverpool to Manchester mainline railways; and the M6, M62, and M56 motorways!

You can enter the Warrington Way either as a solo runner (planning to do the full 40 miles) or as a relay team of 4 (each doing one 10 mile stage). More information and entry at www.lymmrunners.org.uk/warrington-way.

Helsby RC Racing News 18th-24th May 2015

It’s that exciting time of the week again!  I bet you all have been waiting with utter delight and excitement to see what the Green Army have been up to.

Track Running

On a May spring evening, Chris Fitzpatrick and Colin Thompson decided to turn pro athletes and rock up to a Trafford AC Grand Prix 5k race on a track in Stretford.  Only 6 others decided this was also a good idea and armed with their Garmins and 2 day hangovers, they ran 12 laps of the Stretford track.  Colin finished in 6th position in 17:19 with Chris finishing in 7th, not too far behind in 17:35.  (Gaz kindly informing him, this was second to last…).   There was much despair when Chris clocked his Garmin had 3.23 miles as the distance and thought the track was long…  A hilarious discussion on Facebook ensued with Chris coming out looking a right plonker.   However, well done lads.

The Most Excellent Fell Adventures of Max, Phil & Jim (and other fell racing adventures…)

Some brilliant fell running is happening at the moment at Fellsby RC.  Joe Beswick is positively 18 again with all the excitement of it all!

There is a wonderful bromance developing at Helsby RC, between Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts and Jimbo Jones (with the added delight of CBH at many of these shindigs).   They spend many a Spring weekend flouncing up fells, holding hands whilst discussing what is the best gear to look as feminine as possible, in.  Phil seems to be adept at picking the most girly of fell shoes.

They kicked the weekend off with a very tough race at Moel Eilio, 3000ft of climb in 9 miles and Max who is on fire at the moment, finished in a brilliant 2nd place in 1:11.  The most improved fell mincer has to be Phil Roberts though, he is a racing snake at the moment and all down to clean eating, not drinking like a Docker and consistent training, Phil finished in an impressive 20th place in 1:20 .  Chris Baynham-Hughes behind Phil in 1:24 (35th)  and finally Jim Jones in a not too shabby 1:33 and 56th place.

Report from Chris….

Warm, close weather and good visibility greeted four intrepid Fellsby runners on Saturday for what has to be one of the great fell race routes; Moel Eilio. A long steep start took us up to the top of Moel Eilio after which we were treated to fantastic undulating ridge running and utterly spectacular Snowdonia scenery to distract us from the effort to get to the top of Moel Cynghorion. Broadly it was the reverse of the 2013 fell relays leg 2 route (which borrows heavily from the magnificent Paddy Buckley route), this meant from the top of Cynghorion it was a bonkers descent back down to Llanberis.

Four very happy faces returned safe and well – despite Jim running backwards to play with his new toy (GoPro), Phil Roberts putting in a major shift to deliver a fantastic run (kicking my backside by about 5 minutes) and mighty Max proving he can’t be that much of a downhill Princess as he glided home to an absolutely stunning second place finish in a North Wales Counter. He’s reported to have had a look that casually said “Meh, I’ve got it covered” when he was informed about the runner behind him. Now I know Max is a class act, but he stretched even beyond my expectations of him on this one. Hat is tipped yet again! So the lesson I’m taking away is that three out of the four have been racing in the fell at every opportunity this year and give evidence to the theory of “the more you race the better you get”, whereas I need to get practicing in the hills if I’m going to get close to being competitive again.

Fantastic day that couldn’t even be marred by Max’s hair looking more and more like Bieber’s every time we see him.

Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run, Trefonen

The first of our “mini fell series” saw a superb turn out of green vests on Sunday. Even the organiser thanked us before the start which was replied with a resounding cry of “Green Army!” Around 20 vests lined up for the short undulating route around the hills of Trefonen. This course is a great introduction to fell/hill racing, challenging enough to make you work hard with the sharp hills but also short enough to not have you crawling over the finish line. A flat tarmac finish was a welcoming surprise and by the looks of things everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. An award ceremony in the village hall afterwards saw Max win a prize for a fantastic 2nd place overall and first home for the Helsby men whilst Joanne Lacking was first home for the Helsby ladies (and 1st in her age cat). Also a big congratulations to Janet Robertson for winning her age category on the day. A black Labrador called Eddie also tried to steal the limelight but they had no category for Canines :-) A huge congratulations to all our fell beginners, no results have been published so far so we are unable to determine the positions in the series but this will be updated in the blog once they become available.

Hutton Roof fell race

Over to Phil Gillard for report on the Hutton Roof…

Bank holiday races are great; normally based around a village fete, not too taxing so the locals can join in and loads and loads of brilliant cakes – the Hutton Roof race is no exception. Just on the cusp of North Yorkshire and South Cumbria; a picturesque little village with lovely people who bake brilliant cakes (have I mentioned that before?).

The one disadvantage of Bank holiday races is the traffic, Saturday brought lots of slowing moving traffic in abundance and so the Helsby runners who set off to run the race found getting there on time the most challenging part of the day (but once you got there the cakes were brilliant). The one exception being Jane who was staying close by anyway (Jane enjoyed the cakes too). Mario, Jane and Phil made it, although Mario was just on time, Steve Riley made it but not in time to race (despite not being able to race, he got the opportunity to try the cakes)

The race itself starts from the fete and then takes you on a climb similar in height and gradient to Helsby hill, things then level out onto a single track through some woods and then out onto the limestone ridge with fantastic views – good fast running on grass, the temptation here is to go fast and not save enough for the major climb of Farleton Knott – about 400m of hands on knees work which is rewarded by a traverse of some gnarly bit of rocks and then a fast return over grassland and back through the woods with a nice downhill finish. Seven miles of sheer unadulterated joy, a race anybody who is used to our hill run would find really rewarding.

One piece of advice I would give to the organisers is perhaps to have cake stops rather than water stops, we had to wait until we finished and fortunately there were loads left despite Helen running amok with cake tokens from my wallet.

All three Helsby runners came in pretty close succession and were then able to enjoy the cakes along with Joe who earned his reward (of cake) as a result of his fantastic support.

Ox Ultra, Oxfordshire

Then we had our ultra fell runner stalwart, Andy Robinson complete the Ox Ultra, which in his words he describes as “36 miles of fast trail running, but in my case, not so fast”.  Ha!  Well 26th out of 158 finishers seems very fast to me and a huge well done to you, Andy.  Very inspirational to many.

parkrun

Delamere parkrun results:

Louise McElveley: 22:49
Janet Robinson: 22:49
Rhea Thomas: 27:13
Claire Morton: 33:09
Paul Bulmer: 33:09
Steven Wiggins: 33:09

Warrington parkrun results:

Joanne Lacking: 21:33 (3rd female)

Widnes parkrun results:

Colin Thompson:  17:43 (3rd male)
Derek Morris: 25:43

Special mention to Jane Ashbrook and Louise McEveley who this weekend, are both running marathons.  Jane is running Edinburgh and Louise is a maniac and has chosen the Excalibur in Wales, for her first 26.2 miler!  Good luck ladies!  Go smash it!

Helen

Helsby RC Racing News 11th-17th May 2015

 

Apologies for the delay to the delivery of your weekly news, entirely my fault as I thought I was doing it next week! Right, on with the News, I won’t lie, it’s massive! It also has details of a new County level runner to join the few that have swapped their green vest for a black Cheshire one. I’ll leave you to find out all about it below.

Couple of events to point out (full details at the bottom of this mail):

  • Club night out in Frodsham – Fitzy is organising so you know it’ll be good!
    • ‘Hola Green Army So the planned night out is still going ahead, usual routine, Sunday 24th May, 7.30pm, Helter skelter, and then on to a few other boozers nothing too heavy, hopefully see you there :)  Fitzy ‘
  • Road: Grocontinental relay on Thursday 9th July at Dearnford Lake
    • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved please email him col808@hotmail.com
    • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com
  • Fell Counter – Hutton Roof Crags #Fellsby
  • North Wales Fell counter – Moel Eilio #Fellsby
  • NEW to Fells Mini Series #Fellsby
    • Mynydd Myfyr
    • Robbie Webster’s Wobbler
      • I’ve got plenty of Marshals now, so thanks to every body that has volunteered!
      • Please see cake appeal mail sent earlier – all proceeds going to Nepal Earthquake victims

Have a great half term and enjoy your running wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!

CBH.

Road Running

Windermere Marathon

The Marathon results continue to fly in for the Helsby road runners. Given the location and course profile I think that Darran O’Connor needs to make the most of his form and training by getting out with the Fellsby contingent, but let’s not detract from the story in hand – over to you Darran on what was a clearly stunning performance!

“All the months of long runs and hill sprints boiled down to this. The course profile and message boards all warned of the hills but a quick course reccy on Saturday had me worried I’d get round in one piece. My original goal of beating my only previous marathon time of 3:26:00 was really looking doubtful. The morning of the race lifted my spirits as the conditions were perfect for running. Walking to start line I was full of nerves – luckily I met Helen Owens just before we set of and she was in her usual good spirits. We set of to the sound of a local drum band which gave me a boost. 

I had a pacing plan in mind and my hand was covered in biro to remind me of the worst hills! The hills started almost right away – the steepest of all was at mile 7 which reduced most people to walking (not me!!) randomly there were 2 guys playing bag pipes half way up the killer hill! I stuck to my plan through out until I got to mile 20 where there was another 1 mile of horrible hills. I was hoping to up the pace in the last 4 miles but my legs were spent by that time and these ended up being my slowest miles in the race.

Finished in 51st place with a new pb of 3:19:14. Over the moon with that! Saw Helen cross the line and she looked really strong finishing with a big smile! I would recommend this race to anyone – the atmosphere, scenery and organisation were great. Definitely the hardest race I have ever done – I think a flat one is on the menu for my next one!”

Fantastic performance Darran. And yet another marathon for Helen.. how many this year already? Helen beat the efforts of Ivan and me to come as close to a major time milestone as possible in a time of 3:59:59! Kudos.

Christleton 5K

Won in a stunning 14:31 you know a race has attracted a top field when Colin is not even in the top 50 despite an incredible PB of 16:27!!!!

Amazing runs across the board with PBs all over the place. Unfortunately apart from Colin, Fitzy and Laura BH I don’t know who else PB’ed as I’ve not got a report or a list of everybody’s previous PBs! Congratulations to all runners flying the #GreenArmy flag!

 Pos First name Last name Club Chip Time Chip Pos Category Pos
57 Colin Thompson Helsby RC 16:27 58 Senior 37
86 Chris Fitzpatrick Helsby RC 17:07 85 Senior 54
123 Adam Gordon Helsby RC 17:38 119 Over 40 22
132 Neil Finegan Helsby RC 17:47 129 Over 40 23
166 Ian Rutherford Helsby RC 18:41 166 Over 40 28
195 Ian Landucci Helsby RC 19:33 197 Over 50 8
203 Christopher Murray Helsby RC 19:45 202 Senior 97
209 Tim Igoe Helsby RC 19:58 208 Senior 101
215 Joanne Lacking Helsby RC 20:07 213 Over 35 3
248 Laura Baynham-Hughes Helsby RC 21:10 247 Over 35 5
266 Geoff Shaw Helsby RC 22:16 267 Over 60 9
298 Jo Farwell Helsby RC 24:45:00 299 Over 45 6
309 Donna Geer Helsby RC 25:39:00 309 Over 45 8
311 Mike Searle Helsby RC 25:55:00 311 Over 50 15
319 Janet Shaw Helsby RC 28:10:00 320 Over 60 1

Results are here: http://chestertri.niftyentries.com/Results/Christleton-5K-2015

Chester Half Marathon
With a predominantly flat course Chester is a favorite within the tarmac lovers of the club. This course has a sting in the tail as the finish is up the hill past Telfords Warehouse and through the Northgate.

A new course record was set in 1:02 and change – phew!

First home for Helsby was Degs in a cracking 1:25 followed by Alison Halsall in a superb 1:30! Well done to all that took to the line. Full Results below:

 

Pos Fname Surname Club Cat Cat Pos Gun Time Chip Time Chip Pos
138 Derek Morris Helsby RC MV40 23 01:25:57 01:25:46 140
313 Alison Halsall Helsby RC FV45 2 01:31:01 01:30:39 316
368 Adrian Jackson Helsby RC MV40 62 01:32:25 01:31:54 368
507 Scot Steel Helsby RC MV40 91 01:34:45 01:34:32 525
748 Louise Mceveley Helsby RC FV45 7 01:38:59 01:38:17 773
1059 David Madders Helsby RC MV40 161 01:43:06 01:42:28 1134
1095 Paul Roberts Helsby RC MSEN 585 01:43:36 01:42:30 1137
1639 Lesley Feakes Helsby RC FV50 16 01:49:29 01:48:24 1746
3441 Donna Geer Helsby RC FV45 103 02:07:25 02:03:17 3471

If there are any race reports for either of the two races above then send them in and they will be added to the blog pages.

Fell Running

Now to the main event – I’m not bias at all :)

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This year The #Fellsby contingent were slighltly lower in numbers due to various commitments, but Jimmy, Jim Jones, Phil Roberts and friend of the club Jeff McQueen all took to the start line for a breathless adventure. Sadly the results are still not out yet, but it’s clear from the photos that the boys had a great time out there!

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Under the radar at the Inter County Fell Running Championships

Max thought he could get away with it but social media has uncovered that he ran in a Cheshire vest at the Inter Country fell running championships!!!

No surprise to those of us that have seen him run uphill – “Glides” is the word I use! Over to Max for details (which I had to prize out of his modest self!

‘A 7 ish mile fell race in betws y coed. Two laps of a very fast course with lots of twists and turns one big ascent. Nice and sunny day bit too fast for me though. Think I did fairly well but not sure what position I came in as I haven’t checked – second out of the Cheshire vests though’.

Well Max, I finally found the results and here are the cut down version with a few people in for context. Tom Addison was 8th in 48:27! Awesome run Max, especially considering the course didn’t play to your strengths. Maybe it was the Alan Partridge super short shorts? (Context: see this link from 2:52 – http://tinyurl.com/ooas8xg ) I’m sure the rest of the club will join me in congratulating you!

Pos   Num  Name  Club Time
1 367   Andrew Douglas Scotland West 45:26
2 341   Chris Smith Middlesex 46:15
3 385   Tom Adams Yorkshire 47:14
29 308   Andrew Lamont Cheshire 52:03
38 336   Rob Grantham Merseyside 53:50
47 350   Jez Brown North Wales 54:41
49 305   Max Wainwright Cheshire 55:11
67 307   Tom McGaff Cheshire 58:12
71 309   Karl Steinegger Cheshire 58:36

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Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Helsby has a few long distance fans – completing challenges from the Bob Graham and the Ring o’Fire to our very own Sandstone trail Race Challenge.

Until now we only had one centurion, but it would appear that number has now doubled! Over to Andy for the details!

Apocalypse 100
‘This weekend I ran the Apocalypse 100 in Shropshire, 100 miles, including 3 ascents of the Long Mynd.

It was an awesome event! Great weather, brilliant views across Shropshire & the Welsh hills. We didn’t have time to stop for picnics though. Best bit: hammering down off the Long Mynd to the finish. Worst bit: offroute in the middle of a rape field at 1am in pitch dark.

I ran the first half with Nigel Aston, then the 2nd half on my own, through the night. Good to see Nigel, & he helped me through a rough patch at around miles 35 to 45. Good to see Charlie Sharpe, Carmine de Grandis & Alison Brind too – all doing the 50-mile option (which was just the first half of the 100).

I must have paced it about right, since I finished 4th in about 24:09:14. Daniel Hendrikson won in 20:15:14, Paul Collier 2nd in 20:56:00. The full results are here, & I’ve written a race report and posted it toRunfurther.com. Charlie Sharpe won the 50-mile race.’

Huge Kudos Mr. Robinson – a top 5 finish to boot! Clearly a great way to relax after putting on an excellent race the week before. Here are the belated details from the other side of an ultra event.

Sandstone Trail Challenge

I’ve now put a report up on the club website here, and I’ve attached a few of the best photos of club members.

We had 198 finishers, half walkers, half runners as usual.   The results are out, and you can find them here.  We had a great day on Saturday, with fine performances from the Helsby runners.  First home was Charlie Sharpe in 4:33, first woman was Tracy Entwistle in 5:23.  Helsby runners were:

7th Chris Fitzpatrick, 5:05
35th Jim Jones, 6:08
46th Jane Ashbrook, 6:29 (7th woman)
49th Derek Morris, 6:42
85th & 86th Ste Wiggins & Ben Williams, 7:43
110th Ian Hilditch, 8:52

I hope I haven’t missed anyone out there, but it’s possible!

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Trail running

Found this in the junk mail box… no idea why it got redirected, but as a result it got missed from previous reace news – time to rectify that!

http://www.lakelandtrails.org/staveley/results.php Jenny and I (Tim) did yet another Lakeland Trails race this weekend. As usual lovely scenery and atmosphere, quite fast as the major ascents were on tarmac – country lanes. A big plus as far as Jenny and I were concerned is that it starts and finishes with a few hundred metres if Wilfs – excellent for pre race brews and post race lunch. As usual for these races, 10k turns into 11.5k…

Park Run

Great to see green vests still making an appearance on the Park run scene. If you’re new to the club and haven’t been out racing yet then the Park run is a perfect start. Really relaxed, great atmosphere and ALL abilities.

Cheeky first place for the evergreen Mr. Colin Bishop and great to see Louise S, Rhea, Andy Smith, Rachel, Jenny O’Hare and Paul Bulmer being guided around by Louise M and Claire Morton.

Well done all!

Full results here: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Upcoming races and reminders

Races

Date: Sat 23rd May

Fell Counter: 
Hutton Roof Crags (BM) 11.3km/ 397m
When: 14:30
Where: Hutton Roof Village Hall, nr Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2PG
Further Details: www.huttonroof.org.uk
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3530
Includes Country Fair so bring the family!

For those of you looking for a PDF version of the calendars, please click this link.

http://tinyurl.com/p4spezs

If you have any events to add to it then please contact Tim Palmer

PS – You’ll notice some of the events are in several times, that is because they are in multiple calendars which is better for those that use the electronic calendars. For the PDF users it’ll be an annoyance, but just scroll on by! :)

Date: Sat 23rd May
Moel Eilio (AM) 12.9km/ 915m (NW Counter)
When: 13:00
Where: Outside Plas Garnedd , Llanberis, LL55 4LF
Calendar: North Wales Fell Counters

Date: Sun 24 May 2015
Mynydd Myfyr (BS) 6.5km/ 150m – £4-5
When:11:30
Where: Trefonen Village Hall, approx. 2 miles SW of Oswestry. SY10 9DY
Calendar: New to Fells (Mini Series)
Description:
A great introduction to off-road running and racing. Approximately 6.5 Kilometres (4 miles) of mixed terrain on trail paths, through farmland and wooded areas and country lanes including climbs totaling 150 metres plus (500ft). Supporting the delightful Trefonen Hill Walk Weekend, which raises funds for various charities. Prizes for first 3 Men and Women plus age group prizes 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+ Venue is SY10 9DA.
Entries are taken on the day. More details can be found at oswestryolympians.com

Wed 27 May 2015
19:30 – 20:30 Batch Bash (AS) 4.8km/ 305m
Where: Yew Tree Inn, All Stretton, SY6 6HG
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3880

Sat 30 May 2015
08:00 – 12:30 Excalibur (BL) 42.2km/ 1676m
Where: Moel Famau Car Park GR173612
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3607

11:00 – 12:00 Duddon (AL) 29km/ 1830m
Where: Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley, Cumbria.
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3665

Sun 31 May 2015
Snowdon HM £23
Calendar: NCC – Road

10:30 – 11:30 Edenfield (BM) 10.3km/ 477m
Where: Edenfield Cricket Club, Gincroft Lane, BL0 0JW
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3705

12:30 – 13:30 Saddleworth (AS) 4.8km/ 290m
Where: Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7NH.
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3671

Wed 3 Jun 2015
Robbie Webster’s Wobbler (AS)
When: Registration from 6:15-7pm. Race start 7:15
Where: Best Western Forest Hills Hotel, Overton Dr, Frodsham, WA6 6HH
Description: A fantastic little race run by Helsby RC with cakes. Want more? See: http://tinyurl.com/pv2njjn
Calendar: New to Fells (Mini Series)

Thursday 9 Jul 2015
Grocontinental Relay
Where: 
Dearnford Lake.
Description: We had a good attendance from the Green Army last year so we are putting together teams again. Teams of 3 each do a 2 mile leg. All good fun! Please find a link here to the event flier with all the details http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/DLR/DLR_Entry.pdf

  • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved please email him col808@hotmail.com
  • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com