Regular training: Wednesday evening

We have just published our summer training program (April to September 2019) – it can found here: Club Nights

Also, our 2019 Road and Fell Championships is about half way through; see: 2019 road and fell champs  for details. Confused? Talk to the committee.

We’re a welcoming group that looks out for each other. Can you run 3 or 4 miles at whatever pace? You’re in! Don’t be intimidated, nothing too hard and we have folk of all paces out.

We meet every Wednesday for a 6:30pm start at the Helsby Community Sports Club.  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…

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Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 8th to 14th July 2019

Hi everyone

Apologies for the late blog this week, we have a few reports in the Helsby inbox so let’s get cracking!

Reminders

Save the date, the second DIRT event is coming! Can you promote among your clubs please.
DIRT is the Delamere Interclub Relay Trail event, organised by Delamere Spartans. The event is a fun team event, and comprises four loops of between 4 and 8km within Delamere forest with roughly 500m of climb (1650 ft) using established paths and trails.
• Race 1: 5.1k (3.2 miles), 47m ascent: individual runner
• Race 2: 6k (4 miles), 260m ascent (850’): pairs
• Race 3: ~6-8k (4-5 miles) (note distance is approximate: runners will be given numbers of four location posts and asked to collect them in the fastest time: pairs
• Race 4: ‘Park run’: 5km (3.1 miles), 29m ascent: individual runners

The first race starts at 16.00 on Saturday 21 September 2019, with runners tagging their team mates as they finish their leg. Each race starts and finishes by the barrier at the bottom of the main path up Old Pale. Race HQ is the main car park on the left past the visitor centre.

The event is open to runners from Delamere Spartans, Helsby, Pensby Runners, Tattenhall Runners, Spectrum Striders and Wirral Vikings.

Teams can be between 3 and 6 runners, the ideal being 5 or 6. Smaller team mean that runners will have to complete more than one leg! Entry is £2.50 per runner which includes parking.

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Report by Jackie Keasley

Last weekend was the 41st Lakeland Mountain Marathon, this time moving east across the M6 to the Howgill Fells. It was a very hot weekend, especially on Saturday. Fortunately there has been rain over the previous weeks and the streams had quite clean flowing water in which we were able to drink, with so far, no side effects. It was always going to be tough, with steep sided hills leading to fairly flat tops it was quite obvious the planners would not keep us to the ridge tops. 3 ladies pairs entered the Carrock Fell class, Danielle & me, Rachel & Christine + Jane & Anne (from Wirral). So it was always going to be competitive!

Starting at 8:30 on Satuday, we climbed steadily up the 1st hill with Chris BH & running mate Adam (of Ring of Fire Fame) in our sight for the first few minutes, they were doing the harder Scafell Class. A long up followed by one of many long ankle turning traverses, then an incredibly steep down, in bouncy waist deep heather, several topples later we reached one of many sheepfolks nestling in the valley bottom. A steep up the otherside almost to the higest point on the Howgills, The Calf, so steep it was best to use all fours in places. A short section of flat ridge running before, guess what; a steep down, a steep up…& on & on the pattern repeated itself for the next 10 hours!   At 3:30 we were at checkpoint 5 of 11, in the baking heat thinking this is much longer & tougher than normal for this class. The comforting factor (in one sense!) was the fact that we were still moving along with plenty of other pairs around us, rather than being Bill no Mates at the back. Just when we were hoping some miracle would happen in temrs of effort, the course took us out of the Howgills, across the Kirby Stephen to Sedburgh A road and onto the high limestone pavements of Wild Boar Fell in the Yorkshire Dales!! Here we caught up with Rachel & Christine (who has started a mnute after us & overtook us before checkpoint 1), with Rachel flagging in the heat & not feeling too well. Lots of teams grouped together at this stage to raise moral & look after each other. Fortunately a series of streams shown on the map, had fresh enough water in (not guranteeded on limestone on a dry day). This perked us all up for the day finale, which guess what, still continued with plenty of up & down right to the end at the overnight camp near Cautley Spout, an idylic spot enjoyed by SLMMs & midges! We finished 6 secs apart on day 1 with Jane & Anne coming in 37min ahead. Chris & Adam had a nighmare day, coming in 4 sec short of being timed out at 8pm. The #Greenarmy were the last to retire to our tents, we sat drinking beer in the marquee comparing our days all agreeing the courses were a tad long & strenuous, even compared to normal.

A good nights sleep & a much more sensible course length on Sunday; a cooler, more overcast day, led to much more managable running. Rachel & Christine navigated & ran well to pull 20 mins ahead of us. We caught up with Jane & Anne & did the last 4 checkpoints together. Chris & Adams nighmare continued with a mispunch at checkpoint. 3 & retirement.

It really was a great weekend honest!  Photos attached & a competitor video here to show you the slopes. http://www.slmm.org.uk/#video19

Home – Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon – SLMM

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants.

http://www.slmm.org.uk

Carrock Fell

42nd    Jane & Ann               9:08:03       6:16:02 15:24:05

44th     Rachel & Christine   9:45:01      5:47:30 15:32:31

46th     Danielle & Jackie     9:45:07       6:06:34 15:51:41

out of 55 finishers with 22 dnfs.

Scafell

Chris & Adam            11:14:22     3mp

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Report by Ben Crossley

Saturday 13th July, cloudy, 16 degrees. The perfect conditions for a race. This was my third year on the start line for the Tal-y-Fan.

I was joined with 4 other green vests. Jim O’Hara, Chris Larkin, Jackie Keasley and Sue Buck. Along with the felsby gang, I brought my friend Ted along for his first fell race also. We were ready!

The first 3 miles of this race is up up up! and it pretty much splits nicely in to three parts. You get a mile of an insane 25% road incline to start you off. Its brutal. Really tests your legs and base fitness out. 2nd part is a mile of old roman road. Broken cobbles with puddles, mud and sheep sh!t. Then just when your lungs are about to burst you’re presented with a mile fell climb/ scramble up to the summit.

All three years of this have been a different experience for me. First year I walked it all. 2nd year, thanks to a challenging push by Ben F and JimO I ran it all. This year I sort of held my own with the equivalent of a doggy paddle all the way up. It was tough, but I got there at this point with Jim always in sight of me.

The Tal-y- Fan race is advertised as an 8 miler, but that could differ, depending on what line you take from the summit down to the stone circle in Penmaenmwar. This year it was hard to find that line. The clag had set in, and it was tough to see anything more than a couple of meters in front of you.

From past experience, I knew you had to take an unnatural line, aiming north east across the marsh. So that’s what I did.  Praying my internal compass was in check I bounced down the hills and over marsh, the only other thing I could go by was the voices from other runners piercing through the wind and low clouds.

Finally, out of the clag but still bouncing over the marsh I started to see other runners, I had gone right. Well as right as anyone else. Jim and a group of 5 other runners where heading across the marsh and were following the same line as myself… ok, I’ll give Jim his dues here, he was leading the group and I did see him pointing out that we had to go further right to get to the stone circle. (There you go mate.. but that’s all you’re getting).

Everyone was charging full pelt through the circle and down towards the farmers tracks. This entire section is my favourite, you really get to open your legs up for a couple of miles, this is where you can make time up for what you lost with the god-awful uphill struggle from the start of the race.

I’d really started to close the gap between the group, Jim and I and I was still feeling strong, by the time we’d reached the water check point. At this point last year, is where my race was over, I’d completely drained myself. This year, I had more to give, yes, my legs were heavy, my feet were sore, my heart was pounding and my lungs burning, but I was still moving.

I saw Jim take the left turning down the final grass descent heading towards the road. Now Jim is fast on the down hills. I once planted a seed in his head saying I was the fastest in the club at descending, now every run I have done with Jim, I feel he’s made a point to prove that wrong and he didn’t disappoint here. I didn’t think I’d see him again after this and smiled knowing he’d really put that graft in to make sure there was enough space between us both for a home run.

MISTAKE!!! he’d let his guard down. Once, I passed through the farmers gate at the bottom, my foot was down and took on the final road descent as fast as my legs could possibly shift. I could see Jim, every corner I went round, hill I peeped over the closer he got to me, until just by the  Ty Gwyn Hotel the gap started to shift, the weather changed, the tidal wave reached its breaking point, the volcano erupted, the clouds broke!! I took him. I felt his eyes shift slightly, he knew it was me and he put his foot down to pull ahead, the young OX had more in the tank.. and I pushed harder, taken the reins of the race and with that fire in me I didn’t let go of the pace. I did it!! I finally bet Jim in a fell race. I was made up… and completely shattered.

You can see the determination in my face in the below picture and the look of a man who knew he’d been had in Jim’s. (I’m talking myself up here, but later speaking with our beloved Mario, he said “yeah, Jim must have been tired”  .. hahaha good ol’ Maz bringing me back down to earth.)

The results of the race from the green army were as followed

6th – Chris Larking – 01:13:00

17th Myself – 01:24:14

18th Jim O’Hara – 01:24:35

and Jackie and Sue bring the team back home together in 02:04:00

My Friend Ted sadly finished dead last, in 02:17:00

full results can be found here. http://rowenconwy.org.uk/activities/fell-race/tal-y-fan-fell-race-results-2019/

Tal y Fan fell race results 2019 – Rowen

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Alderford Relays

Report by Colin Bishop

Thursday evening saw Whitchurch Whippetts host their annual relay around the lake.

Weather held off to see Danny Ryder set off on the first leg to come home in 5th position, I took over leg 2 pleased to say managed to hand over to Colin Thompson in third position who kept us in third position.

Great support out on the course from Mario, Danielle and Mrs B for providing post race picnic 😁

Parkrun

 Please find the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns below, a big well done to all Helsby runners who took part 🙂

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-07-13

That’s all this week folks, thank you for all the race reports, please keep them coming. The Helsby inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Weekly blog: 1st July to 7th July

Firstly, a message from Jackie.

Pre-entries are open for the ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’, a fell running relay around the high Patterdale skyline for teams of 8 in 4 legs on October 6th .Its limited to 70 teams and pre-entries need to be in by 9th August. Please let me know (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com) if you are interested in being one of the team members & if we have 8 we will put in a pre-entry. Previous fell running at A &/or L advised.

http://hbmr.org.uk/entries/

Cheers

Jackie

Karen Horsley sent this report from Forest Park Ladies 5k Wednesday 3rd July

A warm summer’s evening welcomed 182 runners to Birchwood Forest Park for the annual 5k ladies race hosted by Spectrum Striders, apparently this was the highest turnout in the 27 year history.

There were five Helsby vests present, despite the photo only showing four – I missed the team photo having been completely oblivious to the huge green flag marking our meeting point, it’s a good job such a high level of observation isn’t required to follow the runner in front or I’d never finish a race!I

The 5k course was a good mix of woodland paths and road with enough welcoming shade to prevent overheating from the hot sun. Our ladies ran well (myself excluded) as the below results show with Kathryn making a fabulous debut to take 1st junior in a time of 25:15, and our top three finishers placing 5th in the team competition. Well done ladies.

Helsby Results

Rachael Holden – 10th position overall and 3rd in her age category with a time of 22:36

Leah Binns – finished in 24:35 and 4th in her age category, 24th overall

Debbie Read – in 25th place and hot on the heels of Leah, Debbie finished in 24:39 and was 3rd in her age category

Kathryn Schofield, as mentioned above had a great race coming in as first junior and 29th overall

And then there was me, mid-field with a pain in my leg (whatever next?!) finishing in 32:09

Finally, a special mention of future member, Alice Willcott, who finished in a fantastic time of 26:20 and was 2nd junior home, well done Alice.

Helsby Finishers: Rachael – Leah – Debbie – Kathryn – Alice – Karen

Consolidated club parkrun results are below

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – 24/6/19 to 30/6/19

Hello Green Army

Better late than never, thanks for sending the reports in, don’t forget we can’t do a blog without the reports. Keep sending them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices firstly from Tim

Possible first aid course

I am trying to gauge whether there would be interest if I organised a first aid course for Helsby Running Club. It is likely that the club would be able to provide some subsidy but I have not looked into the costs as yet. The courses that I am thinking of are either a one day (8hr) course promoted by England Athletics or a two day (16hr) Outdoor First Aid course (as recognised by various outdoor sport governing bodies eg MLTB, BCU, RYA). The likely venue is Helsby Community Sports Club. Please email Tim on tim@timjenny.me.uk if you are interested in one or both (or reply via Facebook).

Also, if you have a valid first aid certificate and would be happy to be included on a list of Helsby RC first aiders, please can you fill in this very simple online form https://forms.gle/4EZvYHmCRzyRKfog9?fbclid=IwAR2ZIIa7YRzBrvk_y0MioORBi_sfhF9_eadMBhJX_MfkVTWTqGzmN1yrPeI

Tim Palmer

Membership forms

Just to let you know that there is now an online membership form – https://forms.gle/47WUVW1gqJuqipd68 . It is also linked https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/membership-form-join-us/

Regards

Tim

Onto the reports, Jim Jones is first up. 

I visited Hamburg last weekend and did the Hella Half Marathon while I was there. The weather turned out to be as forecast– hot!! It was 28C at the 10.30am start line and rose to 34C before the race was over. The heat really tested the typically excellent German organisation on this occasion. There were water stations every couple of miles, showers and hoses set up along the way, and even the Hamburg fire engines had turned out to hose runners down. However, the logistics of getting drinks to some 8000 runners caused difficulties at a couple of the water stations. The irony of ‘Hella’ being a drinks company was not lost on me! Fortunately I didn’t experience any problems along the route. It was a fantastic way to see the city of Hamburg and there was loads of support along the way. Finishing in 1hr 54mins, it was the slowest half I’ve completed but I was happy that I wasn’t one of the 500 that dnf. Despite any problems caused by the heat, the event was the high point of a great weekend in Hamburg , and I’ll be doing it again next year. 
 
Jim
helsby 1
Sue Buck has sent in the following
Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Series Race 2
Debbie had entered the full series and had mentioned how much she enjoyed race 1, so I thought I give this one a go.
The route is about 4.7 miles long. It starts with 2 laps of a field before venturing out to run roughly alongside the Dee twice, with an excursion into fields and a short bit of forest.  It’s a mix of terrain, but mainly grass and very flat apart from a couple of short ups onto a couple of banks. The fields were a rock hard under foot, and a bit uneven in places, but my ankle passed that test with flying colours!! We did think this might be a good course for someone to try who wanted to try cross country without the mud.  Hope to see some more #greenarmy at the next one! No results out as yet.
Sue
Great work, looks like a good series
Bish has sent in the next few reports
Hi all
Sale Sizzler is a series of 5k runs at Wythenshaw park. It is fast and flat which attracts a lot of interest. Although I have to race as first claim so with my red vest not green thought I would send in a report.
Last Thursday saw me head off to Manchester on a lovely warm sunny evening to join over 600 runners!
Race was won by D Clowes in an impressive 14.50. I set my sights on just getting around as fast as I could. V55 record at 17.01 in my sights. Well I managed to complete the course in 16.58 😁 Not that prize money for course PB was any incentive 🤔
I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies chasing a PB or just a nice race in the park.
Cheers Bish
Hi, Me again😂
Saturday saw WRC hold the summer 5 mile trail race of their 5 mile series which gets you a segment of medal which when you complete all four races slots together to make one large medal.
Well although Saturday started clouded it was very warm out there. The course takes you through wooded areas trails and paths around Colliers Moss Warrington. With plenty of support on the course and at the finish glad to say I came home first😁.
As this is on the doorstep for most of us I would recommend this series you can even do a virtual run and get some bling🥇👍
Cheers Bish
Excellent time on the 5k Bish congrats

Consolidated Parkrun results below.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks

Cheers

Fitzy

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 17/06/19 to Sunday 23/06/19

Another fantastic week of frenzied activity by club members, many thanks to everyone who has sent in a report. Please keep sending in your race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. If you haven’t sent one in we would love to hear from you. Thanks.

 

A warm Helsby welcome to Mark Hammerton, Chris Larkin and Mark Rockcliffe who just joined to the club. Please introduce yourselves to us all if you get a chance.

 

Important message from Tim:

Please can I remind everyone that you need to pay your Helsby Running Club annual subscription by this Sunday (30 June 2019) to remain a member of the club and a registered athlete with England Athletics.There were 22 people outstanding on Mon 24th. If you have any questions or any problems paying, please contact Tim Palmer, Membership Secretary.

 

 

Robbies Wobbler Race Report Wednesday 19th :Chris Baynham-Hughes

 

A close but stunning evening greeted the 146 Wobblers for the 2019 Robbie Webster’s Wobbler race. Following the 10 or so days of rain, Robbie looked down and supplied the sun thus revealing the real beauty of Frodsham woods through long shadows and a setting sun. Despite the rain of the previous days, the terrain was remarkably firm and the heat of the day meant one could feel the moisture evaporating off the trails.

The race set off to a flying start with Chris Larkin (39.11) leading from the front and Mr. Biggs of Chester Try (39.13) literally on his heels the whole way. Rumour has it there was a leading runner from Penny Lane that needed to have a word with himself (missing the switchback turn on the way down from the monument) which may have only served to make the race tighter at the front, as Robbie Green came in 3rd in 40:20, but it was clear that Chris had no intention of letting his lead go. Given that the course record is 39.02, I don’t think it will be long before it falls.

In the ladies race it was a close affair too. Liz Turner (47.39) of Penny Lane who took the win and the ladies trophy. Susie Fourie of Chester Tri is no stranger to the North West fell running podium and pushed Liz hard; returning just 29 seconds later to take second and the first ladies vet prize. Kate MacFarlane of Penny Lane managed to create a gap over Kerry Riley of West Cheshire to take 3rd by 44 seconds; home in a time of 49.02.

Vets wise, it was Duncan Harris (M50) who was first home just 41 seconds ahead of long time reigning Vets champ and M40 winner Jez Brown (42.23). Paul ‘The Frodfather Frodsham took the M60 in 50.09 and the legend that is John Morris claimed the wine for his M70 win. In the ladies Susie had already claimed the W40 prize so it was down to Helsby’s own Rachel Arnold (W50) and Debbie Reed (W60) to claim the remaining vets categories. Olivia Nicholsen picked up the WU23 category in 60:54.

Thank yous + Offer:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshals. I’ve had a lot of positive messages for the race and the friendliness and encouragement shown by the marshaling team. The race doesn’t happen without them and they embody all that is good about Helsby running club.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Forest Hills; again, this race would be extremely difficult and probably unsustainable without their help. They also have a fantastic offer on for all those that came and wobbled, as participants can join the health club for just £25 per month. This would be the monthly price for the year, includes all the classes, gym, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, pool, etc. the contract is monthly; i.e., you can give notice within the 12 months. Bargain. If you’re interested then mail or visit Tim Pender (tim.pender@foresthillshotel.com)

Provisional results are attached in both PDF and Excel. Any errors/ name corrections (some handwriting is harder to read than others!) please let me know – ideally via messenger to the facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RobbieWebstersWobbler/ NOTE: This is the best place to get news of next year’s race.

wobbler-results-2019

wobbler-results-2019

 

Jake Holmes sent in this report on Robbies Wobbler

First time at the Wobbler and I was looking forward to running on a lot of the route we know from Wednesday nights. After loads of rain, the sun had come out for the evening and the trail was in great condition with just a couple of slightly soggy spots.

The theme of the advice from others runners was to not go too hard from the start. I thought I’ve been guilty of being too cautious before though, and so as CBH said go I set off to get nearish to the front so I wouldn’t get caught in traffic as the route quickly narrowed on the first climb.

The theory was: I’d go hard, on the first climb and maybe be further up the field than I deserved, then try and recover in the middle and then have a strong finish. 

What happened was I went hard (about two thirds of the way up the first climb I moved over to let Kevin Smith come past – maybe too hard then!). I knew runners would be coming past but I think it all made me carry on going harder than I should have been

Wheels came off quite significantly about 2.5miles in. Laura came past very easily about now. I felt like I had enough left to not be slowing down, but a stitch showed up that pretty much stopped me walking never mind running. So there I was walking/jogging very slowly, with runners passing me by at a rate. This shuffle went on for another mile or something during which time I resigned to having messed it up, figuring it had lost me minutes.

It eventually passed and running became easier. A guy I recognised from Spectrum had just come past not long earlier so that was the target. I made back 5 or 6 places in that mile or so and did manage to catch him on the last climb up to the very welcome finish.

So I made a mess of it. Looking forward to next year though, to try a bit more of a sensible approach from the beginning and see if that improves things. If you ever wonder if you’ve gone a bit too easy at the start, there is always plenty more climbing to use up whatever you might have left.

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and marshalling – great race.

Thanks to Betty for the speed blur she added to my pic to make it look like I was moving quicker than I was.

Thanks Jake for sending that in. Great to hear about it from a runners perspective.

 

 

Warrington 10k – Thursday 20th  June : Karen Horsley

Having seen this race shared to the club Facebook page I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the end of Kai’s exams and a good one for his first 10k. Organisedby Warrington Road Runners the Warrington 10k is a two and a half lap, very flat, meandering course in and around Woolston Park.

All day Kai had been complaining of a pain in his lower leg and had been limping around the shops as we picked up the last few things he needed for his prom. I was reluctant to make him race if he wasn’t up to it, but we decided that he should come along and give it a go. I told him to start slowly, walk if he needed to and only increase his pace if he felt comfortable enough. I was pleased to lose sight of him around the 1 km mark as this meant he was doing ok.

I enjoyed the race, not particularly the running part as I’m still working on getting back to fitness, but the course was very pleasant, and the weather was cool with just a couple of showers. But what really made it a good race was the support from the marshals, with very encouraging and sometimes humorous comments – ‘run faster than the midgies!’  

Kai was waiting at the finish, which I think he’ll have to get used to being somewhat speedier than me, but I was pleased with my time. We enjoyed the post-race leg massage and chocolate chip flapjack. Quick selfie and then we set off home

Shortly after we got home the provisional results came in, and news that Kai had finished in a very impressive 51:58 with a dodgy leg! I can’t wait to see what his next 10k time is…

Well done both Kai and Karen what a result! Thanks for sending that report in.

 

 

Thanks very much to guest reporter Dave Norman for sending this next report.

Tattenhall Tough Team race on Friday 21st (7.15 p.m..ish)

 

Its Friday morning and Juni June puts out a distress signal, she can take no more sleepless nights and needs a replacement to run in her team with Alison and Jane, mmm! quite fancy that, so a couple of discreet messages later and I’m in. Dave Norman former Helsby stalwart and all round good egg is back in the fold, for one night only as they say in the movies.

Now I’ve known Jane for years and know shes a very competent runner, but what of Alison?? A sneaky bit of detective work via Facebook and I have to say I’m more than a little disappointed, no pictures of an aging short legged lady, but this girl looks the part, a racing snake, there goes my plans of a nice bimble in the Cheshire countryside, I need to man up here.

I dig my trusty twenty five year old green vest out and shake out the mothballs and just to freshen it up a bit I find a nice pink aerosol under the kitchen sink, not sure what it was but it had nice flowers on the can and seemed to work a treat. This vest has seen good times, not the line of coke sniffed off a super models stomache or puking up in a gutter in Benidorm good times, but 15:40 5k and wins in Birkenhead park or far flung places like Stockport and Chorley type good times. It still fits, happy days.I better make a good impression so a quick shower after painting my windows all day, Rather than the normal gloss white I decided to go with a one coat paint with a eggshell finish, although not as shineyas gloss it does have a nice translucent look to it when the evening light is right, I digress.I now need to get the paint off my hands and finish off by clipping my fingernails, first impressions and all that.

Friday evening and I met my team on a stunning summers evening, all pleasantries and introductions out of the way and nobody mentioned or indeed even noticed my fingernails or my sweet smelling vest, unlike a few in the throng with “sweat” smelling vests (fellow team mates not included)after a delayed start (almost 90 teams to register, a record)of half an hour we were off and chatted a little in the early road miles before we got to the more challenging off road section, we were well up the field and going well, the dreaded railway was reached and Jane set the pace with Alison right behind her, we were catching teams up ahead all the time and were glad to see the grim reaper up ahead, he very kindly gave everybody a hand up the last rocky step, such a nice act for a harbinger of death with such a nasty reputation I thought, though I did notice his very poor nail hygiene in contrast to my pristine nails, he never noticed my nails either, perhaps I should have painted them bright red, or even Helsby green, I began to wonder if he knew what a manicure was, I kept my counsel and didn’t say anything, after all you don’t want to offend a big guy who is holding an even bigger scythe, or is it a sickle, guess I wont ask him that either. We crack on with slightly wobbly legs but soon get into our running, into open country side now, we pass Joe in his usual place and he tells us we’re third mixed team, the road section arrives and we set a cracking pace with no teams in sight behind us, the last off road section is negotiated and we’re on the cricket pitch, the pace raises a notch, is it Alison or Jane that’s cracking on, I don’t believe they would leave me now, has Helsby running club changed so much, not in my day surely, the pace goes up another notch, then another, gladly we enter the finish tunnel side by side by side, just like Coe, Ovett and Cram back in the day. Job done, and first mixed vets team to put the icing on the cake, congratulations all round as we watch some of the other teams finish.

 

A great evenings racing with great people, thanks to Jane, thanks to Alison and thanks to Juni June, I hope this article has helped you with your sleeping problems, also thank you to all at Helsby for letting me be a member again for the day!

 

 

Top picture Coe Ovett and Cram. Bottom picture Halsall, Ashbrook and Norman (just in case you got them mixed up)

P.S. one coat eggshell finish paint can be bought in Bromborough paints in Frodsham, if you show your green vest I have negotiated a 10% discount.

P.P.S.I am doing special rates on pedicure and manicures for all Helsby members for the next month, just quote voucher code grim reaper. 

P.P.P.S. voucher does not cover pedicure for any Felsby(health and safety)

P.P.P.P.S. I bet Jackie doesn’t ask me to write a blog again.

 

Dave Norman

 

Thanks Dave for saving the day and sending in your very informative report – congratulations to all of you on your fantastic victory.

 

 

Moel y Gamelin Sunday 23rd : Janet Robertson 

A small Helsby contingent of Leslie Feakes, Rachel Arnold, Jim O’Hara and Janet Robertson completed the Moel y Gamelin fell race.  The race is around 10 miles with just under 3,000 foot of climb.  The route is simple to follow, with some very pleasant ground underfoot once you turn off the main stony path.  A lovely surprise was seeing Joe and Mario out on the course providing welcome encouragement – thanks you two!  Unusually for a fell race there was even the luxury of a water station at about 6 miles.  We also received an Inov8 water bottle at the finish … all for an entry fee of £5.  Great runs from everyone and well done to Rachel on her second age category win in one week!

  

Thanks Janet for sending that in, sounds like a great event.

 

Colshaw Hall 10k Sunday 23rd June 10.00am : Susie Woodward-Moor (Me)

 

I ran like the devil on Sunday at the Colshaw Hall 10k (wearing Race number 666)! Actually I was not happy with my time but I have a string of excuses ready.
Three Helsby Club members ran – results below; Well done Robert and Ben! 

 

It’s a really lovely 10k passing through the Cheshire countryside past Jodrell Bank’s majestic dish. Very cool to run past it wondering who is communicating with who (or is it whom). Apparently it is used for investigating radio waves from planets and stars which is pretty mind blowing and distracts you from the discomfort of the road for a minute or two. The route undulates constantly,rarely flattening out properly and I found it pretty tiring on this lovely warm day.

It is always an enjoyable and well organised race. You get a proper goody bag and medal and there’s lots of atmosphere. If anyone fancies a change of scene I would definitely recommend it.

 

Well done Ben.

 

That’s all folks..

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 10/06/19 to Sunday 16/06/19

Hi everyone,

welcome to the weekly round up. There’s loads of good stuff to read this week! Before the racing news though – a brief message from Jackie Keasley:

“A big thanks to all who turned up at last Fridays Presentation Evening, BBQ & Disco. Well done to all those who got awards. Here is the final list + an updated list of all the winners over the years since 1980!

Final List of Champs 201819.

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There’s plenty to run for this coming 2019/20 season with lots of trophies up for grabs!

Cheers

Jackie”

Leadville Heavy Half – Saturday 15th June 2019

First of the cracking reports this week has come from across the pond by Danny and Danielle Ryder. Over to Danny:-

Just before leaving for a couple of weeks holiday in Colorado, Danielle make the mistake of forwarding me a link to the Leadville Heavy Half which was happening on the middle weekend of our trip. I instantly took this as a request to sign us both and duly did. We spent 6 days running and mountain biking in Boulder, Co trying to acclimate to the 1,600m elevation of the front range. 

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On Saturday the 15th we set off from Boulder at 5am for the 2 hour drive to Leadville. Leadville is an old silver mining town, situated at 3,094m, making it the highest incorporated town in the USA. Following the boom days of it’s mining past, Leadville has become known for sporting oddities such as Burro racing (Look it up if you’ve never heard of it), Horse drawn ski racing and ultra endurance events.

In the week leading up to the event it was announced there would be a change to the traditional route. Following a year of record snow fall which had still not melted, it was decided that 1000+ runners post holing up and down Mosquito Pass was not desirable (or particularly safe).

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Following a straightforward sign on and a coffee in the busiest coffee shop in a few hundred-mile radius I made my way to the start line. Having never run at this altitude before and not knowing quite what to expect, I found a spot a few hundred runners from the start line. 

The race began up a tarmac road with a steepening gradient before joining an old mining road. I tried to keep a sensible effort up this first climb, my lungs felt surprisingly good but my Achilles both burned. I think this was due to the deceptively steep gradient. After around 2 miles of climbing there was a short but welcome descent before joining a wide road climb. There were some fantastic alpine views here and warm sunshine to take my mind off the thin air. A turn off the road led to a loose double track descent where I seemed to be making good ground. Now the warm up was over and it was time to make the 7km climb to the turn point at 3,542m. 

I put my head down and focused on my breathing and moving, resisting the urge to “just walk a little bit”, knowing I would never start running again if I did. Around 1km from the high point and I started to see the lead runners on the descent! I kept moving and finally hit the turn point. I was relived and also nervous. I ‘d coped better than expected so far and now had around 10km of descending ahead of me. The descent down the main climb was great. A wide rocky track, at a nice gradient. The support from runners on the climb was great. I had been keeping an eye out for Danielle as I descended, but was taken by surprise when I heard her cheers. She had obviously warmed up from the start and had removed a few layers. 

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I rejoined the tarmac road for a short climb, before descending the earlier climb. Road descent dispatched and now off the road and onto a climb, which earlier as a descent had offered such relief. Not so now… 

Run, walk, run walk, I dragged heavy legs over the top by any means. Over the summit and a fast 2 mile descent to the finish. First descending the dirt mining road and then a left, back onto the tarmac. Finish line now in sight but so far away. Around 1 mile of die straight tarmac descent has never felt so long. Over the finish line in 2:06:09, and now time to find water. I had taken one water bottle with me, which I had rationed all of the way around. I was later told that the aid stations were really good, but I don’t know. I’m not sure what it is about pinning on a number, I had never intended to run so hard. 

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I watched Danielle finish the race, way ahead of her anticipated schedule, so I was glad to have gotten there early. The post race food, support and 2 beers each (to go as we had a long drive ahead of us) was fantastic (and all included in the entry fee).  A quick walk around the stalls and up the main street and it was time to go and find some thicker air. 

I would definitely recommend this, or I’m sure any of the other Leadville trail series races. Just be sure to make a longer trip out of to acclimate. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Colorado whilst you do.

Danielle View Point:

After an early wake up call and a hectic dash to the start line with a couple of minutes to spare (I had to wait for Danny to get back from the coffee shop before I could join the toilet queue!) I stood nervously near the back of the crowd waiting for the start. 2 years previously we had both struggled to walk down the main street of Leadville feeling really sick and with headaches due to the altitude, so this was going to be about survival for me. 

The climbs are relentless and it didn’t take me long to join the middle of the pack runners starting to hike. I must learn to do this quicker, but I am happy to say it was the downhill I enjoyed and managed to pick people off. The front runners came past at an incredible speed (albeit they were going down hill at this point) as I hiked to the turn around point, and I was surprised to see Danny descending well when I was just past the 9.5k point. He was definitely in the top 20 at this point.

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I had hoped to finish within 4 hours due to the altitude and elevation gain and was really happy to come in 3:17:17. Unlike Danny I hadn’t pushed myself ridiculously hard, and had taken full advantage of the 4 aid stations and took some photos on the way! Having finished and had the obligatory finish photo taken, Danny found me and I quickly pressed him for how well he had done. He hadn’t even checked – 15th!

The race was really well organized and had brilliant volunteers. The free post race food was brilliant – nachos and wraps and 2 cans of beer each.  Excellent medal, and a nice mug and t-shirt to top it off.  Also I am happy to report that although I may not have come 15th like Danny I am walking normally after a 97km week of running! Now off to Durango for some more adventures.
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Port Sunlight 10K – Sunday 16th June 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in this report from the Port Sunlight 10k:

This was the second year in a row the Port Sunlight 10K has been in the club road counters. It is a BTR event and like all their races it is well planned and executed. We were lucky, heavy rain overnight subsided and by the time of the race it was warm and dry with a little light wind. The start is by the village green next to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. On the green there is a bag store and various vendors: it is a really nice setting. The course is two laps of a rather twisty course around this historic village. There are four ‘turns in the road’ where you run around a cone: not ideal if you are chasing a time, but a limitation of the site. 

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There were ten Helsby runners out, including Kate Mann who was completing the event with her Dad on father’s day. June Whitehead, six months after the birth of baby Olivia came 9th lady overall in 44:02 – a great achievement. Helen Owens, fresh from her marathon adventures finished first vet 40 in 46:35. Janet Shaw was a commendable 3rd in the Vet 65 age group. Strong performances throughout. Good to see Gaz O’Connor back on the start-line after being side-lined by injury. Be fab to see a good turnout to the next road counter: Halewood 5K on 6th July…it’s free, what’s not to like!

Oh, and did I mention I got a 10K PB….

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Next we have a couple of reports, one from Jackie and one from Geoff,  that came into the inbox after last week’s round-up had already gone out:

Scottish Mountain Marathon – Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June 2019

The weekend before last saw 4 Helsby runners make the journey up to Loch Carron, just North of Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands for the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon.  This new race was organised by Ourea events headed by Shame Ohly, the organiser of Dragons Back, Cape Wrath Ultra and many more toughies!  Shane offered to take on this Spring Scottish MM, after Martin Stone stepped down from  organising the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon after 20 years of amazing races!  It was always going to be a hard act to follow.

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Chris & Max whizzed up in a van for the weekend, I was already up there & Rachel caught the train from Helsby which dropped her off at the small request stop of Attadale, 50m from the event centre.   The area is locked inbetween the big mountains of Mullardoch, Strathfarrar & Torridon so the views were always going to be excellent. The weather was kinder than forecast except for those still out beyond mid-afternoon on Saturday when the heavens opened delivering large cold hailstones which very quickly made even minor streams fast flowing & deep causing a few crossing problems.    The checkpoints have descriptions such as knolls, cairns, boulders, stream, lochans etc.  The hardest ones to find are re-entrants (defintion “reentrant appears on the map as a U or V shape in the contour lines, pointing back into a hillside rather than sticking out of the hill (as would a spur)”. We have always found these the most difficult to find even when you are very close to them. Needless to say both days were packed with them! The good news is we have now got over our phobia of finding them!

Rachel and I steadily made our way around the dozen checkpoints each day. The going was tough as there were plenty of ups and downs interspercing the huge areas of tussocky boglands.  We climbed a Corbett each day but the routes avoided the munroes. Not sure whether that was good or bad as it would have been nice to get onto the higher rocky ridges and avoid the boglands.   The overnight camp was very wet as the river rose & looked more like yet another bog rather than a camping field. Arriving back after 9hrs 33mins, exhausted, wet & cold  it was great to be greeted by Chris & Max (who had done the short score which is 5 hours of running, so they were well rested by this time) who squashed us into a sligtly drier spot near them & kindly put our fiddly tent up as we looked on shivering. A quick change into dry clothes & hot soup & food to warm us up, whilst it continued to rain outside, made us both feel more human. Rachel did better than me though, recovering enough to emerge from the tent when it stopped raining and wander around chatting to folks & comparing notes on the day. Whilts I lay horizontal, unable to move & chat!

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Sunday weather was a repeat of Saturday but without the heavy rain with even longer stretches of bog. I managed to sink into a black one upto my thighs, but fortunately manged to get out still wearing both inovs.  Rachel did the same a few seconds later into a green one.  Another 7hrs 30mins running on Sunday & we finally made it back to the base camp. A quick wash in the river,  cuppa & meal, then Bill drove us to our overnight stay in Glasgow on a most beautiful evening passing through spectacular scenery of Glenshiel, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, BlackMount, Lomond.   The next morning we checked the results & were a bit upset that we were in the list as dnfs with mis-punches. We occured in two classes, class B on the Saturday & C on the Sunday, hence the error. Despite emailing them about the error they still 10 days later have not corrected it, which is a bit insentitive for us as we know we both checked & punched every point! A post race email sent to all competitors came in last week from Ourea and we were kind of made up to appear in it!  Heres the photo of Rachel punching!

Well done to Chris & Max who finished 2nd in their short score class, trailing the small margin of 20 points out of 560 over the 2 days.

Cheers

Jackie

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Geoff Collins has sent the next great report that just missed last week’s round-up. Thanks for the write-up Geoff:

Edgworth 10k Reservoir Challenge – Sunday 9th June 2019

“Last weekend I headed off to the very pretty village of Edgworth, about 6 miles north of Bolton in Lancashire to run a race I’d never heard of and never personally entered. The Edgworth 10k Reservoir challenge was a Christmas present from my daughter.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.26.30

Edgworth 10k is a trail race around two reservoirs, the Wayoh, Turton and Entwhistle. Quite a small event put on by a private events company. The area was absolutely stunning with beautiful views in all directions. I met up with Emma & her boyfriend and we walked round part of the Wayoh reservoir to get a feel of the place. Ideal weather conditions sunny and dry too, unlike the previous day.

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Just 256 runners took part. Strangely the greater majority of them were unattached
runners not club runners. There weren’t many older runners there either. The race start was on the Dam wall near the Black Bull pub. Loud music was being played, together with a local fitness instructor going through a warm up routine. Seemed a bit at odds with the peaceful rural location.

The dam wall was quite narrow so I got myself quite near the front at the start. But the finish was on the opposite side of the reservoir, I didn’t go and reccy that before the race.

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.05Off we went quite quickly along the wall, and headed off up the trail uphill through the trees. The trail surface was a mix of hard gravel, to mud many puddles and lots of tree roots. Lots of other people were on the trail, going in all directions but it didn’t really cause any problems. There were steps up and down to negotiate too, as you go in and out of the trees. I soon realised this wouldn’t be a PB course, but it was so enjoyable to run.

I sensed I was still quite near the front of the race, I hadn’t been overtaken by many people. I seem to go slightly better on hilly terrain relative to others, who go faster than me on the flat. The support from the marshals was amazingly encouraging all the way round. There were lots of bridges to cross, and a bit of flat tarmac by the second reservoir. You run round this before going back a short distance the way you came (steps down instead of up), before crossing over to the first reservoir but on the opposite side. You gradually climb up giving views over opposite side to the outgoing route.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.16

Time to push hard on the last section and sprint to the finish. I reach the last marshal position. ‘Up the hill into the field turn right and head to the finish’ she yells.

What? My heart sank, it was a field of wet slippery grass with a nasty right turn and what felt like a mountainous climb to the finish. I looked like a strangled Rhinoceros taking its last breath, as I spotted Emma shouting well done dad!

The winner Daniel Shaw did it in 37m 37s. I was 60th finisher in 53m 43s, and 2nd M60 out of 13. 1st M60 was only a minute ahead of me. I recommend this race, with a medal and t-shirt if anyone wants to try it next year. After the race we headed to the excellent Strawberry Duck at Entwhistle for lunch.”

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Parkrun

Well done to all Helsby members who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results below.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thanks for all the great reports. Please keep sending them to the Helsby RC inbox at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round up 3rd – 9th June

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you to the lads for eagerly welcoming myself and Susie to the blogging team.  For those who don’t know me (as I’ve only been in the club for a year) here I am soaked through to my very core in crazy committed runner style at the NW road relays at Delamere and on a pleasant summer evening at the Chester Spring 5.

So, now we’ve been introduced, on with the business…

Reminders:

  • Subs are due by 30th June.
    Those who haven’t paid by this date will be deemed to have resigned from the club (and from England Athletics).  Contact Tim Palmer if you need a payment link.
  • Friday 14th – Club Presentation Evening and BBQ, 6.30pm at the club
    email Louise HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com with numbers incl. if any vegetarians, and please bring a salad or a dessert – hope to see you all there
  • Wednesday 19th – Robbie Webster’s Wobbler, 7.30pm at Forest Hills car park
    email Chris@baynham-hughes.com if you can help out with the event

Race Reports
First up we have two reports on “Up The Beast”!

Up The Beast
by Debbie Reead

11 Helsby vests turned up for Up The Beast, a fell race not far from Loggerheads.
It’s only just over 4 miles long but it’s a tough, challenging run with two steep ascents, some steep downhills and a lovely start and finish running through the woods. If you take the opportunity there are some stunning views to be had from the top.
Helsby ladies did well with Laura being 3rd lady home and Chris winning her age category.

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by Laura Baynham-Hughes

Up the Beast fell race last Wednesday saw a good green army turnout. Although alas no sack of potatoes this year for being club with biggest team (Buckley were triumphant this time).

This is a great local race with a bit of everything – starting on a track through the woods we were treated to rocky climbs, grassy descents, wooded trails and a finish line next to a pub. Froddy continued his track record of getting a bit lost in the woods -at least I wasn’t following him this time!!

Well done to Christine who picked up V60 prize and I was pleased with 3rd lady and obligatory bottle of vino. Full results not out yet.

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Deestriders Off Road Series: race 1
by Debbie Read

Just 2 Helsby vests, me and Ben, turned up for the 1st race in Deestriders Off Road Series on Thursday evening.
Starting and finishing at the recreational fields of the former TATA Sports and Social Club just past the ice rink at Deeside. CH5 1PY

The race is just over 4.5 miles long and has a XC feel about it so those of you that have never done cross country before this would be an excellent introduction for you. Being as it’s summer there’s very little mud, it’s flat (bar a couple of banks going into the embankment) and like most XC races there a couple of laps of the field to start (helps thin the runners out before the course narrows) then 2 laps of the course, along the River Dee towards Connahs Quay, across some fields, into the woods, back towards the start, along the embankment, do it all again then a lap of the field to the finish. Very well marshalled and great encouragement along the way.

The next race in the series is Thursday 7:30 4th July, entries available on the night.

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Double Sandstone Trail run

Special mention to Gaz O’Connor and Paul Cunningham for their amazing 68 mile double Sandstone Trail run which took them from Frodsham to Whitchurch and then back to Frodsham.  Starting at 5am, they reached Whitchurch at 2pm and were back in Frodsham at about 10.30pm just in time for last orders.  Tremendous effort guys!

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated Helsby RC results for last week’s parkruns, well done to all members who took part.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

And finally, thank you to Jackie for representing the club at the Parish Council meeting on Monday at which they confirmed their commitment to fund £100,000 towards the new club.

That’s all folks – thanks for the great reports, keep them coming.
Emails to:
helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Karen 🙂

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 27 May to 2nd June 2019

Hi everyone

Another bumper week of reports this week, thank you so much to everyone who sent one in, it makes our job so much easier and makes the blog a lot more vibrant.

Before we get to the racing news I’d just like to welcome two new members of the blog team, Susan Woodward-Moor and Karen Horsley, please keep them busy with all your great reports. I’m looking forward to reading their blogs over the next few weeks!

First up is Fitzy with a request for a very worthy cause…

“It’s not often I send something out to everyone asking for pennies but if you can spare some £’s that would be very much appreciated. Myself and 2 work colleagues are cycling from out Slough HQ back to Preston Brook, Runcorn on 20th June over 2 days. It’s just over 204 miles and is a very worthy cause/s as we are splitting the donations between NSPCC and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) after a work colleague passed away at just 42 years of age, I’m 42 so this really hit home, he left behind two beautiful boys and a loving wife, and we are just doing a little bit to raise awareness”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russell-proudlock

10k Time Trial

Last Wednesday 29th May saw the first of our summer 10k time trials and we had 14 runners toeing the line, that’s a great turn out and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting our event.

We have decided to move the TT to the Greenway for the summer as it’s perfect for a fast run, flat and traffic free so some PB’s were up for grabs!

The clear winner was one of our newer members Darren Sankey who had a stormer to take the chequered flag in 39.01 and a new PB! Great running mate and I’m sure there’s more to come in the future. Congrats to Laura BH who was first lady back in 43.36, fantastic running Laura!

Anne and Betty both ran the 6k option and both crossed the line in 51.06, well done ladies and well done to everyone else who ran, especially Kai Horsley who had some difficulty at the halfway mark but still managed to run the return leg with Helen.

It wouldn’t be possible without the 10k TT team who were Louise Spruce (results), Tim Palmer (timing), Helen Gillard (timing) and Helen Owens (tail runner), a big thank you to you all 🙂

10k

  1. Darren Sankey 39.01
  2. Richard Hankins 41.16
  3. Chris Lloyd 41.33
  4. Alistair Rough 42.13
  5. Laura Baynham Hughes 43.36 (first lady)
  6. Dave Jones 45.11
  7. Ben Williams 48.46
  8. Sharon Case 51.25
  9. Mike Barnard 53.36
  10. Neil Fergusson 56.20
  11. Karen Horsley 1.05.45
  12. Kai Horsley 1.06.49

6k

  1. Anne Barnes 51.06
  2. Betty 51.06

Cheshire 5k Grand Prix

Report by Debbie Read

“The Cheshire 5k Grand Prix is a series of 5k races around the Lymm and Warrington area on consecutive Thursday evenings throughout May and June.
Having entered the series I unfortunately missed the 1st race at Dunham Massey due to me having a nasty bout of tonsillitis.
This series is part organised by my old running club Spectrum Striders so having taken my last antibiotic tablet that morning I thought I’d give Birchwood a go (well I had paid for it).

Having gone for a gentle trot up the lane the day before -1 mile out and back and it felt like I was running through treacle having not run for 10 days, my “race plan” was to just take it easy, enjoy the lovely route and catch up with my old running buddies.
It was a cloudy but humid evening, 6 Helsby vests turned up and I had a lovely time. 180 runners, winning time was 15:03. I got a pw for a 5k race (just scraped in under 26 minutes), but it was never going to be about the time for me, I was just glad to be back out running a lovely route.

In the pub afterwards having a fish and chips supper I was gobsmacked when one of the organisers gave me an envelope with my age category prize! And no, I wasn’t the only one in that category.

Now decisions, decisions. I’m double booked next week. Do I do the next race in this series at Bowden and hope for another envelope, or, do I do the 1st race in  Deestriders off road series?”

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Well done Debs, cracking run and well done on the age cat win!

Scissett Triathlon

Report by Denise

“Kathryn was at scissett triathlon, which was a tough bike, and run course very hilly and windy.  Kathryn managed to get 2nd in her age group and 9th overall.”

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Welsh 1000m Fell Race

Report by Jake Holmes

“This one was a last minute entry. No plans for any races, about to head off camping for a week and Ben messaged saying he was in and did I fancy it. It was a race I did fancy… sometime… but not now, I was off on my hols. But then I didn’t actually say ‘no’ you see. A couple of days of fish and chips, ice creams and campfires later and I was ready to let the entry deadline slip by when Ben messaged again, he had more work to do to get over an injury and did I want his spot? I’d run out of any excuses, of course I did, and as of last Wednesday I was on the starting list very aware it was a big event to enter on a whim.

A day in Snowdonia’s never a bad thing though, just get round it, enjoy the scenery and check another great race off the list. I hadn’t run for 10 days and had been sleeping in a tent for the last four of those so there are reasons I wouldn’t be at my best, so that’s fine. I got to Llanberis for 7am plenty of time to get registered before getting the bus back to the coast of the start. The friendly face of ever present Jim Jones was one of the first people I saw, lining up for his third straight year – fair play Jim!. He then promptly squashed my “I’m tired because I’ve been camping” excuse when he shared he’d just driven back from Cornwall about 11pm the night before and had probably had about 3 hours of broken sleep at best. Double fair play. Jim went on to finish despite all that and ticked off an impressive hat trick.

I said to myself I’d keep this write-up shorter but we’re two paragraphs in and not at the start-line yet! Sorry folks, here we are again.

If you don’t know the race, it starts at the coast and finishes 20ish miles later at the top of Snowdon heading over the 4 other 1000+ metre mountains in Wales.

80 or so of us lined up in a field next to the A55. Standing there with just a couple of marshals and two portaloos to suggest there was a race on, it felt like quite a thing that we’d be at the top of Snowdon before crossing the finish line.

Someone had given me the heads up that the first climb is tough. Soft ground and the biggest ascent of the day to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn. He wasn’t wrong. Initially I didn’t feel too bad, but as soon as it steepened I was struggling. I was conscious the cloud was low, visibility was dropping and the train of runners ahead was quickly spreading out. I pushed hard to keep runners in sight and make getting to the first checkpoint easier. I managed it, we came out above the clag and the view was HD again as I got to the first checkpoint – always a good one to tick off.

This first stretch was a sign of things to come for the day. Not the weather, the rest of the day was good and clear, but how hard the profile of the route was. Pretty testing all the way, long steep ascents and descents meant not much time for stretching the legs out and running with much rhythm. You’d be hiking for what felt like forever to get to a summit, dib at the control point and then start descending for just as long.

Hard going but some incredible views. Coming down from the Carneddau, Tryfan came into view – I was very grateful it topped out at 917m and so we could just admire it from the base rather than it being on today’s list to climb. Instead we headed up… and up…. and up… to Glyder Fawr via the grade 1 scramble of Gribin Ridge. I’m no climber so was looking forward to getting that section behind me. It was easy enough in the end, one step at a time, didn’t do too much looking back down mind. It put us onto the dramatic landscape of the Glyders and the third of the day’s 5 summits.

The long, steep, tussocky descent to Pen y Pass car park was another tester. Plenty of chance to go wrong on route choice with the mountain dropping away steeply in places which would really slow you down. Luckily a runner just ahead knew it well and picked a good line which gave me something to aim for.

Only the Pyg track to go.

It was packed! We’d spent the day off footpaths and on less popular mountains and there couldn’t have been a bigger contrast. It was a long way up (bit of a theme here) but add to that a lot of skirting round people and it made it hard. On the other hand, there were spectators (!) and so a few ‘well done’s and ‘great work’s gave little boosts to the moral every now and then.

Take a right at the top for the fourth summit of Carnedd Ugain (not far) and double back to head to the finish at the top of Snowdon.

I finished in 6h31mins – 61st out of 84. (So that ruins my theory from last race then, where I thought the Welsh fields might be easier than the Lakes!)

A really great route. The sea felt a long time ago (well it was to be fair). Looking forward to having another go next year with a bit better prep!”

 

Mynydd Myfryr

Report by Tim Palmer

“Sunday 26th May saw 9 of the Green Army at the 25th anniversary race of Mynydd Myfryr a short fell race from the village of Trefonen. Ben Williams, Neil Finegan, Phil Gilliard and Kevin ran; Tim & Jenny Palmer marshalled and Helen Gilliard, Joe & Mario supported. Neil finished 4th and got the Vet40 prize and Phil got the Vet55. Both Joe & Mario had run in the first race (25 years previously) with Mario finishing 2nd”

Race for Life 10k

“Susie Woodward-Moor ran Race for Life 10k at Temple Newsam in Leeds on Sunday 2nd June with daughters Flossy and Molly. It was great so be part of a race that’s all about well being as well as raising money for cancer research. The race started at the front of the main house and took us up and down some quite tough hills around the rolling parkland, through woods then across playing fields back into the park for a wonderful noisy celebratory finish. For the first time men were taking part in the event too which has made it more inclusive… lots of them wearing pink tutus. I would recommend this as a great family race that you can still run at a challenging speed if you want to https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/ Like most organised races they now have a policy that aims to reduce plastic waste asking you to bring your own water 💦 which is great.”

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Wincle Trout

Report by Rebecca Tate

“Jason and I ran the Wincle Trout race on Saturday, it’s one of the prettiest fell runs with fields, woods, sandy tracks, ridges with amazing views, a river crossing (knee deep) and this year a chasm to go through. The route changes every year rotating between three different farms to start from, where there is a lovely traditional village fete. Then there’s the Wincle brewery also! It’s a fairly tough little BM fell race, well organised, decent parking (if you don’t mind sheep droppings), the only downside being some queues at stiles, but it does provide a nice little rest! At the end of the race you get a trout, which tops off a fairly eccentric experience! We’ll be back next year hopefully, but seeing as entries sell out within a day we’ll have to be quick!”

Parkrun

Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results for last weeks parkruns, well done to all members who took part.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thank you again for all the ace reports, please keep them coming, the Helsby RC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Weekly blog 20th May to 26th May

Notice: Please come along & support this “Keeping Well in the Community” event to be held at Helsby Community Centre between 10 & 2 on Sat 8th June.Betty will be there running a HRC stall telling folks about the benefits of running & HRC, Helens couch to 5K & Frodsham Joggers. Please pop in if you can to see what’s going on & support Betty spreading the running word!

CBH sent in this report from his Dragon’s Back/ Wales Coast to Coast attempt.

What a week – many of you will know I’ve been away racing down Wales in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for those with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). I’ve been truly humbled by the response, support and generosity I received from my friends, colleagues and even some people I don’t know! It’s a very personal charity given that they helped me to get back on my feet so Thank you so very much for providing the fuel to the fire I needed to finish.If you missed out first time around and wish to contribute to this amazing cause please visit here, I’d love to burst £3k: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cbh-dragon so if you’ve got a spare fiver or even more then please don’t be shy 😊

The race itself went even better than I predicted. Starting off I felt really under prepared due to a lack of mountain miles in my legs. Injuries have really taken their toll over the last 18 months and so to finish the incredible day 1 route within 20 minutes of my 2017 time was really surprising. A quick wash in the stream and plenty of food later I was starting to fear I’d gone too hard and would feel the impact the next day.

Day 2 is arguably the toughest due to the terrain; it’s certainly the roughest in Wales. Navigation was going well and there was more scope for good lines Vs the suggested route. The route gives loads of scope to play with the mountains; working with them more than trying to dominate and conquer them. Dropping off the first Rhinog I took a chance that I could find a good wide line and it paid off. I saved ~30 minutes and only had two 6ft drops to content with. The mental boost that a well navigated line gives is huge and I comfortably flew across the rest of the course despite the heat.

The heat played a huge part in the race, it wasn’t just hot, it was also close, meaning you simply don’t cool down as the sweat clings rather than evaporates. Combine that with the lack of streams around in both Northern and Southern Snowdonia and it’s a real problem.

Day 3 started well, but after a massive high in Machynlleth (due to a slush puppy machine, ice cream, bottle of coke and a trip to the chippy for a fish bap) I felt totally drained on the second half, plus my right knee was really hurting and would prove to be a problem going forward. Whilst I had fantastic company I just felt it was a roasting hot death march. I struggled to eat that evening and felt done.Sleep is a healer. I woke up positive and got going. I had soon caught up with my friends and we made reasonable time across to the half way drop bag. The second half of the day I got on it.

The Elan valley is covered in tussocks (baby’s heads) so it’s hard to move swiftly, but I managed to keep it moving and really put some time away. Maybe it was the promise of a hog roast at the pub next to Day 4 camp? Getting in I had a horrible wash in the lake (freezing and sharp rocks!) I tucked away 4 portions of lasagne and headed to the pub for the hog roast. Back in the game.

Day 5 I woke up with a really negative mind. Everything was wrong, but once I got going all that negativity disappeared. I was flying (relatively). The consequence of this was that I was in and out of the half way drop bag before Laura and the boys arrived… maybe I was just desperate to get on the stunning Fans of the Black Mountain. More great lines, shortcuts and sheep trods meant I hit the ice cream van with good time, only to make the amateur mistake of only ordering one cornetto!

Still, I cracked on and finished strongly. As I dropped down the final road section ignoring the pain in my knee I was put firmly in my place as I was passed by a young lady pushing a pram and walking her dog… okay, so that was Jasmin Paris, but it still tickled me. Hitting the final corner Laura I heard Laura and the body cheering. My beautiful boys grabbed my hands and ran across the final field and the line with me. Best finish ever!

Epilogue:This was my third Dragon’s Back, that puts me in excellent company – one of only five to have completed three. Those that have followed the others will know I’ve always had a dream to add day 6 on and run the additional 30 miles down to Mumbles Pier in Swansea, thus completing a coast to coast. To add the additional day once everybody else had gone home was mentally tough but so rewarding, especially given the quality of ice cream in the Mumbles! Hitting the beach two miles earlier than I had expected was sound tracked by Sunscream’s ‘I’m only chasing my dreams’. Apt.

Huge thanks to everyone that has supported me – you provided the fuel to keep me going

Gaz Boyd sent this in from his 24 hour charity run around Chester walls

Running Around The Bend

24 hours along Chester Walls-raising funds for Hospice of The Good ShepherdAt 9am Sunday 26th May, I left Chester Town Hall and started my Running challenge.
Just after 9am on Monday 27th May, I arrived back at my starting point – having covered 90 miles (over 47 laps of The Walls)Here’s my tale about the 90 mile journey.During the first 6 miles, I tried to get into a running rhythm (not going off too quick was key, as this ‘adventure’ was definitely going to be a ‘marathon’ rather then a sprint). The light initial rain showers were actually pleasant and I felt energised and excited.

Now, it’s probably no surprise that when one starts to run around The Walls at least 10 times or more, one starts to become recognised by individuals working along the route. This was certainly the case with 2 local artists by The Eastgate Clock and The Dee – both very friendly, encouraging and supportive.

After nearly 3 hours, the fundraising campaign stepped up a gear and I grabbed a quick ‘pitstop’ to change into my first fancy dress costume = Spider-Man. Despite being rather warm, it definitely generated a lot more interest and increased the support/cheers from passers by. Families asked for selfies in return for a donation – great fun.

Support throughout from family and friends was overwhelming and without them the 24 challenge would have been a lot tougher. Special thanks to Mike, Tim and Bex (with family), Natalie, Richard H (Green Army), Joanna, Lisa and Dale, Rob and Martin. Of course HUGE thanks to my wife Karen. Local businesses were also really supportive – special thanks goes to That Beer Place, Hypha and Chip’d – awesome chips!At about 3pm it was time to ‘switch’ into my 2nd fancy dress costume = Cheerleader.

Once again this helped generate more generous donation collections. It’s worth noting that Spider-Man is definitely a more popular costume with everyone.

As well as the fabulous support throughout, I was overwhelmed by the kind donations (both online and bucket collection). Amazing!The weather ‘gods’ were certainly looking after me during the 24 hours and I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Chester is a stunning city. At this stage my running had reduced to a walk/run strategy – my legs not surprisingly becoming increasingly tired/fatigued.

I was really disappointed with this but recognised that the key thing was just to keep moving forward.Between 11am to 4am, what could have been a tough period was actually quite good fun. As previously mentioned, the support from the running community (bringing food/snacks/water) was awesome and with chat/banter, the crazy scary black cat by Chester Castle and the entertainment provided by pub/club goers, time flew by!Sunrise was around 4.30am and with only hours to go, I marched (staggered) on.

I am embarrassed to say that at around 6.15am, myself, Martin and Rob stopped for a short ‘pitstop’ at a well known food retailer – here, I felt very faint, struggled to eat anything, was almost sick and had a ‘fight ‘ with a toilet role 🙄. Enough said about that……..At 9.02am, I arrived back at The Town Hall and to the theme of Rocky, hurled myself up the steps before celebrating!

Fundraising to date is around £1500. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT. This is an experience I’ll never forget.To sponsor me go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GarethBoyd

Col Bishop was at Buxton Half and sent in this report

Bank holiday Monday saw me line up on a very wet and wimdy morning outside the Buxton Opera house heading off up Axe Hill for the start of the Buxton half marathon. With constant climbing i found myself that high up i was running in the clouds with my ears popping. The route took in Axe Hill, Dowel Dale, Chrome Hill, Park house Hill, Glutton Dale, Briarlow Bar and Harpur Hill finishing at the Pavilion Gardens.

The winner came home in 1hr 17min, I am pleased to say I came in 11th overall managing to win V50 category which isn’t too bad considering I am nearer 60 than 50 😊

Whilst I have said this is by far the toughest road race I have ever run I would certainly recommend this if anyone fancies a challenge with fabulous scenery

Cheers Bish

Full consolidated parkrun results are below
https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 13/05/2019 to 19/05/2019

Hello Green Army

It was the AGM last week, and lots of goings on, below are all the people elected at the 2019 Spring AGM and the people to go to if you need help with anything. Also, if you can spare any time to help out with the endless amount of tasks we have, please let one of us know. Many hands make light work. It would be great to see some new faces helping out.

2019/2019 Helsby Running Club Committee:

Chair Vacant; (Jackie to handover this Summer)
Secretary; Phil Gillard
Treasurer; Jo Farwell
Men’s Captain; Colin Thompson
Men’s Vice captain;Mario Foschi
Ladies’ Captain; June Swift
Ladies’ Vice Captain; Debbie Reed
Ladies’ Fell Captain; Laura Baynham-Hughes
Head Coach; Joe Beswick
Webmaster; Steve Riley
Press Officer; Carol Shaw
Social secretaries; Lou Spruce & Helen Gillard
Half Marathon Director; Laura Baynham-Hughes
Assistant Half Director; Michelle Hardwick
Sandstone Trail Director; Dave and Lesley Feakes
Sandstone Trail Assistants; tba
Wobbler Director; Chris Baynham-Hughes
HCSC Rep; Betty Grieve
HCSC New Build Reps; Phil Gillard, Tim Palmer
Border League Co-ordinators; Vanessa Griffiths, Chris Fitzpatrick
Cross Country Co-ordinators; Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson
Membership Co-ordinator; Tim Palmer
Calendar Co-ordinator; Tim Palmer & Karen Horsley
Club Statisticians; Geoff Collins & John Whitehead
Welfare Officers; Jane Ashbrook, Lou Spruce, Geoff Collins
Vest Co-ordinator Sue Buck
Blog Editors; Jim Jones, Chris Fitzpatrick,
Gaz O’Connor, Colin T, Karen Horsley,
Susan Woodward-Moor

A message also from Jackie, who I’m sure you will agree has lived and breethed the running club for the past 7 years and is about to pass on her wealth of knowledge to the next chairperson.

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A quick update of committee changes from this weeks AGM. Great to see some new faces (blue text) joining but we still need a ChairPerson. Phil will issue the minutes soon & come up with a phased change over of chair with the possibility of a few changes along the way to make the task more attarctive to someone! Any interest and offers please come & chat to us.

We have decided to keep Wednesday training on the hill at Helsby as it really is so pleasant at this time of the year. So its not Delamere this Wed (15th), it’s the usual meet up at the club and hill run. We will go to Delamere later on in the Summer when we will all be wanting a change & to avoid the nettles! Next weeks (22nd) it’s the Greenway Time Trial, please come and try it out in the light and support Col & Lou.

Frodsham Downhill Run 

On Sunday 7th July its the Frodsham Downhill Run, 12:30 start. Each year we help out at this race, If anyone can spare a few hours in the middle of the day to helpAndy Smith  at the finish and other tasks that would be great. A few fresh faces helping this year would be much appreciated!  Please let me or Andy know (adsmith600@btinternet.com)

Club Presentation Evening

Out club presentation evening is on Friday June 14th, 7pm. Please keep the date in your diary.

I need to collect the perpertual trophies in please. Calling Colin Thompson Adam Gordon Ian Rutherford Chris Collins Richard Hankins Rachel Holden, Emily Smith

Please can you pass them on to either Laura or Joe Beswick asap. Thanks

Cheers

Jackie

So who watched dots all weekend? I did, as i kept an eye on Paul Cunnigham’s and Ben Crossley’s super human attempt to complete the big one, the 100 mile Chester Ultra. Paul has sent us in a report.

Drop bags done  – full mandatory kit checked and packed – enough snacks to open a tuck shop and a nervous twitch started which showed  I was entering a race that I knew I may not finish.

Ben Crossley and myself stood at the start line listening to the race director give us our last instructions – I’d like to say we were calm and in a zen like state but personally I was bricking it.

The race takes you along the River Dee – The Old Dee Bridge along the North Cheshire Way eventually onto Helsby Hill –  Frodsham Hill –  Sandstone Trail through Delamere Forest – Beeston Peckforton and Bickerton out to Whitchurch return along the SST to Bickerton Hill then off out to Tilston before making your way back  to Farndon and picking up the canal at Chester back to Waverton – absolute gem of a route.

Race begins and after 1 mile Ben says only 99 to go – my response wasn’t the kindest – please don’t do that mate or words to that effect.

Heading to CP1  4 guys left us to make a claim on their hopeful prize – I decided to let them go.

5 miles into the race the same 4 guys came up behind us – yes they had come off course and had been running fast in the wrong direction – which meant for at least a very short time Ben and I were actually in the leading group.

CP1  and CP2 we run straight through – first 12 miles completed in under 2 hours – we are now into our running and I have totally relaxed looking forward to the next CP.

Looking at the full race counting down from 100 miles would have destroyed my mental state so I went into the race breaking it down into more comfortable figures – CP1 to CP2 7 miles – CP2 to CP3 5 miles which helped massively.

Between CP1 and 2 we met Jim O’Hara always full of positivity and smiles luckily he was on his bike scoping out the Chester Half happening the next morning.

Into CP3 Durham on the Hill and replenish drinks and take a few snacks – straight out the door.

Coming off Helsby Hill bump into CBH doing some late late micro managing as still undecided what shoes he’s going to wear for Dragons Back – going for the triple crown – mans on a totally different level – go smash it mate.

Up the stairs to Frodsham Hill and Steve “Come on legs Bellefonte” Riley was waiting to give us encouragement and run a section – very much appreciated mate – also informed that we approx.28-30 miles in and holding 16th position – well this information just made me that little bit more determined plus I

Gets a big cuddle off Jane Ashbrook – its turning into a perfect morning.

Since leaving the roads for the trails and fells I spend a fair amount of time on the SST considering im a Birkenhead lad and knew the next 40 miles.

Weather was perfect for running I was moving the best across the ground that I had for some time and all past injury/niggle doubts hadn’t even come into my head – yep I was totally in my element and really now enjoying the task at hand.

I kept waiting for a tap on my shoulder from Ben my running partner that’s now turned into a solid friendship he’s a  quality fella very strange and with plenty of issues – I love him like a brother –  the tap never arrived  – Im going to leave that there that’s Bens Story.

Meanwhile Im kicking his @rse lol

CP4  – CP5 completed onto CP6 first bag drop Beeston Village Hall – I had a full change of clothing – and changed into my trail shoes – first 48 miles completed in road shoes which had been a great decision – forced some noodles down and back out the door – my target now was to get to CP7 Whitchurch and get as close to CP8 before total darkness.

CP7 63 miles in grab a hot coffee and can’t believe how good I feel – although still almost 40 miles to go it’s the first time I actually knew for sure I was going to complete the race – another personal shot of adrenalin.

Started out of Whitchurch along the canal back onto the fields – it’s just a very slight but steady climb across the fields and by the time dusk was falling  I had managed to make it back to where we turn off the SST and head out to Tilston

Headlamp on the next 6 miles seem take forever and  noticed I wasn’t enjoying the styles anymore – this section that runs down sandy Lane up Hall lane to Bostock Hall across Wrexham Road and around Carden Park Golf Club is slightly overgrown and Im glad I completed my very last recce of this section just a few days earlier.

Gets into CP8 79 miles completed and the volunteer on the door gave me a message which was from Ben and Emma our coach – basically giving me another quality shot of adrenalin just at the time  when I needed it most – plus a bag full of Bens Goodies – he’s Vegan so some nuts and plants didn’t get me drooling I can tell you.

Wrapped up like a polar bear headlamp on I left with 3 other guys to trundle through the night  – cutting through fields and woodland in darkness with a few strange men on a Saturday night is a hobby of mine not a way of life – magical under torchlight crunching across the ground.

By the time we made it to CP9 there wasn’t much conversation going on and if honest I was starting to feel like when will this ever end.

Marshalls at CP9 couldn’t do enough these guys knew you were knackered informed us that only 10 miles to go – also if we wanted to break 24hrs we had 2 hrs 35 min to do it.

Slowly left CP9 knowing that the prize was in grasp – before leaving for the race I asked Gaz for some words of wisdom  – dig deep be stubborn those last miles hurt – well he wasn’t joking they did hurt – someone also told me that when dawn breaks you get another rush of energy – dawn chorus started I got ready for this rush of energy – well from experience I can now confirm that in my case it’s an old wives tale – didn’t happen.

The canal again seemed to go on forever but then we arrived at Egg bridge Rd the start of the race HQ – yes –  then in a cruel twist the organisers had made an out and back section on the canal to make sure the race was a minimum of 100miles – could see the finish line and had to walk to bridge 116 out n back 1.5 miles – these last miles felt harder than the whole race – turned off the canal onto the field and over the finish line – The first of many big races I hope – finished in 19th position 25hrs 11 min and got my Gold Buckle – What an experience.

Unbelievable achievement Paul to complete it, respect! I know after speaking to Ben he was a little down afterwards, but even completing what you did was amazing and i am sure you will smash it next year.

Jake Holmes has been pretty busy recently, a report on another jaunt of his

Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race

After the usual midweek negotiation with the wife, a pass out on Saturday was granted. Adam Gordan was a step ahead in rallying support for a trip up to Ambleside and the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race and I don’t need much persuasion so we found ourselves on the start line.

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The course was pretty simple, up to the top of Fairfield via a couple of other checkpoints, round the top of the valley and back down the other side. I liked the idea of not having to worry about nav (you had to carry a map but it was a clear day and there was never any danger of needing it) and wondered if all this ultra-running would translate into fitness on a shorter race?

Errm… i think it probably did? What it didn’t do was suddenly make me able to cruise up the side of a mountain like it was nothing! Adam set off at a fair pace quicker than I was going to manage so I was soon just trying stick with the runner next to you. I think previously I’ve been guilty of being too cautious – that’s the ultra-running “hold on there’s another 10hours of this yet so take it easy” thought process – so i set off quick to get past the a load of runners and put myself further up the field from early on. I paid for that fairly quickly as it started climbing steeply and people were passing me more than I was anyone else.

That all meant I pushed hard getting up that hill.. and it’s a long 4 or 5 miles of climbing to get to the top. It eased every now and then for an odd 20 second break but then kicked up sharply again. Proper.

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I’d lost a few places on the steepest climbs but these runners weren’t getting far ahead and actually some of those that had past me at the beginning were still within reach so I started to feel I was holding my own… in my little section of runners… somewhere in the second half of the field 😂.

As we got onto a flatter section near the summit, everyone was bunched up heading single file along a sheep track so after the swamp filled 20 hours I’d put up with at the Fellsman, I happily skipped along the dry spongy tussocks to the side of the path and took back 10 or more places in one go. We’d done the hard climbing now… I was enjoying the runnable sections and looking forward to the downhill.

The downhill was a thing too… the other 4 or so miles of the race! Quick, technical, often a plenty of line choices so you could pass people. There was one steep stretch the size of a football field, of rocks the size of beach balls, just not as colourful or as comfy to land on. An old fella came past two of us at a pace and it showed what you could do if you were brave enough. I managed to keep with him on and then on then one of the next short ups, a guy chatted to me and then headed off as if he thought I wasn’t going to see him again. To be fair he was quick descending and stretched out a gap a couple of times but, again, it pushed me to keep up. With about 400 metres to go we’d caught 3 or 4 other people and I had a go and went passed them all ready to keep ahead to the finish. We were almost in the valley now and so it’s the end. I could see the car park coming quickly.

Ahh but hang on… we didn’t start at the car park… we’d had a 3/4 of a mile walk to the start! I turned right on to the slight incline of the track….

‘Ok, a road 1k time trial. Head up. Push on. They won’t be coming back at you, you’ll have broken their spirit with that impressive finish to the descent.’

‘But it’s still a long way to the finish… and after the effort you’ve just put on to get to the bottom first. The rain and cool hasn’t arrived either. You’re hot. Legs are heavy. Don’t be that guy to look behind. Someone’s there now though…’

I eased off a little as he was on my shoulder. I’ll catch my breath and as they push to go past, I’ll go again and cruise away from them.

They go… I go to go… but can’t go. Nothing left, they ease away and I take comfort out of the fact it wasn’t one of the runners I’d just past, but someone having a very strong finish and passing all of us. Another couple of hundred very heavy metres and across the finish line.

Dear me that was hard.

2h 3mins and 139th for me, from a field of 240ish (I think). It felt like I’d had a better run than that. Adam mentioned it was a strong field. He finished about 10 mins earlier and in the top 100 (again a bit lower than he’d normally be).

Maybe these lakes races are a high standard. I’ll take that as an excuse.

Sounds horrendous, but quality read as always, cheers Jake

Please find the consolidated results from last Saturday’s parkruns. Once again well done to all who took part, it’s great to fly the Helsby flag at these events.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-04-20

Please keep sending in your race reports, I haven’t seen one for the Chester half which was a road counter so if anyone could put something together that would be appreciated. The email address in helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 29/04/2019 to 12/05/2019

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another round-up. I’ve left it a little late this week as there hasn’t been a lot in the inbox recenty. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Club Membership

First, a brief message from Tim Palmer:

“Thanks to all who have already paid your 2018/19 Helsby Running Club annual subscription . Those that haven’t, please can you pay as soon as possible. You should have an email from noreply@englandathletics.org.uk with a payment link for credit/debit card. If you don’t pay by 30 June, you will cease to be a Helsby RC member and an EA registered athlete on 1 July .

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Please note there is nothing to pay for honorary members and new members who joined since 1 Jan 2019.

If any non-members are interested in joining the club, please contact me for details and a form. We only need 13 more first claim members and we should get 2 London Marathon places rather than 1 .”

Moel Eilio fell race – Saturday 11/05/2019

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A view of Snowdon from Moel Cynghorion. Taken during the Moel Eilio fell race.

Four of us from Helsby RC ran in the Moel Eilio fell race on Saturday, Ben Fletcher was first home for Helsby, finishing in 28th place, followed by Jim Jones, Janet Robertson and Phil Gillard. This race affords some great views of Snowdon as you go over Moel Eilio, Foel Gron, Foel Goch, and Moel Cynghorion before a steep descent back to Llanberis form where the race started. With nearly 3,200ft of in just  under 8 miles it’s a tough fell race but not too technically challenging.

 

Sandstone Challenge – Saturday 11/05/2019

And another cracker it was too. Our directors will no doubt pen a few words of thanks when they’ve got their breath back – three cheers Dave and Leslie! But in the meantime thanks all for coming and making it happen, turning up to run and walk and for the countless small and not so small acts behind the scenes needed to get the show on the road. THANKS!

Provisional results for 2019 here. Lots of pics here on our Flickr site

 

Leeds Half Marathon – Sunday 12/05/2019

Well done to Susie and Flossy Woodward-Moor on completing the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. Thanks for sending in the pic and write-up Susie.

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“Flossy and Susie Woodward-Moor ran the Leeds Half Marathon together on Sunday 12th for the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. It was a beautiful sunny day and the whole route was pretty packed with people, dogs, kids, banners, sweets being handed out and people with hosepipes cooling us down. Choirs and bands serenaded us as we ran past. A really wonderful atmosphere. We raised about £600 which was fantastic. Definitely recommend it as a fun happy Half to do although pounding the tarmac on a hot day was tough for the last 2 miles.”

 

Mold Sprint Triathlon – Saturday 12/05/2019

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Congratulations to Kathryn Schofield for being the First Female Junior to finish in the Mould Sprint Triathlon last Saturday. Results are available HERE

 

Helsby RC rankings for 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon

Tim Palmer has sent this great snippet of info on our national rankings:

“Ever wondered how you compare with others in the club? The links below give you the all time list for men and women for 10k, half marathon and marathon and “stadium” track & field athletics events.

Looking at three of our hard working/running blog writers, we get rankings of 3rd, 5th, 32nd, 3rd, 4th, 43rd, 1st, 3rd and 19th across the three distances. Some really good performances.

Helsby RC – Women – 10k, HM and Mar list

Helsby RC – Men – 10k, HM and Mar list

A limitation of these lists are that they based on the Power of 10 and Run Britain Rankings data which is only been comprehensively collected from about 2010 (although a few earlier results are included). This means that it ignores some earlier results by Helsby runners eg 1hr 10m for a Four Villages Half Marathon, 2hr 57m by a Vet 50 man for a London Marathon.

As some will know via Facebook, I am working on a more comprehensive list.

Regards

Tim”

Parkrun

Here are our consolidated club park run reports from the past two weeks:

Saturday 12/05/19

Saturday 04/05/19

That’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim