Regular training: Wednesday evening

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

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

Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th Feb 2017

Hello Green Army

Busy week for a lot of us, a few plugs before we get onto the race reports.

The forthcoming Borders League Race on Sunday 5th March is nearly here, although we have most positions now filled, it would still be great to have another 1 or 2 marshalls or people down there cheering us on or out on the course, and if you fancy running it remember the more the merrier, would be great to get good numbers out. I might be bias but it’s going to be a great day.

Don’t forget it’s the Helsby beer festival on 4-5th March, and it’s only a fiver to get in. If you are going on the Saturday night then make sure you can still run the next day though

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A message from Jackie

The next night out will now coincide with the annual road, fell, trail, cross country & club championship presentation evening on Friday 10th March starting 7.30 down at the club. Our annual awards, buffet evening and disco with Chris spinning the discs to celebrate. Your first drink is free on the club!!!

Lesley will be in touch soon organising our bring your own buffet which always works well. Anyone with a perpetual trophy please can you bring them down the next couple of Weds (please give to Joe or Mario).

Thanks

Jackie

Right over to a few race reports starting with Phil Tomkinson’s who was out running at the Village Bakery Half.

The first road counter of 2017 was the Village Bakery Half Marathon, which took place in Wrexham on Sunday morning. I hadn’t done the race before but in the weeks leading up to it I’d heard a lot about its fantastic PB potential, a reputation that is well deserved as it’s certainly a very flat and fast course. This led to some great performances as several members the Green Army turned PB potential into PB reality. Two that really stood out were Adam Gordon and Richard Hankins, who both managed to knock about 4 minutes off their previous bests, finishing in 1:22:43 and 1:28:22 respectively. I’m particularly keen to draw attention to Richard’s effort as I effectively acted as his pace maker until he surged away from me at mile 8, so I’d like to claim a little bit of reflected glory. Ian Rutherford was originally given a time of exactly 83 minutes in the provisional results, but following a somewhat suspicious one second adjustment, has now been credited with an impressive sub 83 clocking.

An added bonus at the end of the race was that Davyd had acquired two cakes made by the club’s resident baker Jane Bishop. Exactly how this had happened was unclear, but it seemed to have somehow resulted from a Helsby vest mix up that occurred at Clarke Gardens a couple of weeks ago. As usual the cakes went down a treat, and prompted jealous looks from other runners clutching their Village Bakery Sourdough Crumpets.

Overall, it was an excellent, well organised event that I’d definitely recommend. Thanks once again to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on. The Helsby results were as follows:

Pos

First name

Last name

Chip Time

Chip Pos

Gender

Gender Pos

Category

Category Pos

65

Chris

Fitzpatrick

1:20:04

65

Male

64

Vet 40

17

103

Adam

Gordon

1:22:43

103

Male

99

Vet 40

23

105

Ian

Rutherford

1:22:59

105

Male

101

Vet 40

24

195

Derek

Morris

1:28:01

193

Male

184

Vet 40

40

206

Richard

Hankins

1:28:22

199

Male

195

Vet 45

24

239

Philip

Tomkinson

1:30:05

232

Male

224

Senior Male

118

336

Darren

O’Connor

1:34:44

337

Male

299

Senior Male

144

360

Davyd

Michell

1:35:46

357

Male

320

Senior Male

154

420

Ian

Hamling

1:38:16

421

Male

370

Senior Male

174

563

Paul

Cunningham

1:44:50

565

Male

477

Vet 45

76

688

Geoff

Collins

1:49:19

699

Male

557

Vet 60

19

769

Rachael

Holden

1:53:19

779

Female

162

Senior Female

53

821

Stephen

Roach

1:55:19

824

Male

634

Vet 40

126

822

Nathan

Davies

1:55:06

817

Male

635

Senior Male

273

939

Lesley

Feakes

2:00:18

954

Female

249

Vet 50

23

1303

Tanya

Downes

2:25:08

1297

Female

461

Vet 40

92

Full results can be found here: https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Village-Bakery-Wrexham-Half-2017#

Congratulations must also go to Davyd, keeping the cake untouched until after the race, not sure I would have done the same!

Gareth Boyd was out and about getting lost on another ultra-marathon in the Brecon to Cardiff ultra, he even had time to stream Facebook live whilst he was running which was quite amusing. Over to Gareth

Sunday

Woke up at 4.50am. Left hotel at 5.30am and headed off to the finish area. Once here, I joined the majority of other runners queuing to get a coach that would take us to the start line at Brecon. The race was due to start at 8am but start time was delayed due to toilet shortages – only 2 loos for 250 + runners 😳……I ended up having to use the ladies.

The first 6 miles ran alongside the canal before taking us up into the Brecon Beacons. Thankfully the weather was kind (just some drizzle). Much of the scenery was stunning – unfortunately some of it was dreadful – think burnt out cars #Merthyr

The winning time was 5.26.42. I finished in 114 out of 223 in a time of 8.56.02 – not great but ok

40 miles is 40 miles Boydy, respect!

Sunday also seen the last Cross Country race of the season, which has seen a mixed bag of results for us this season, mainly due to clashes with other races. Over to Bish for a summary.

This Sunday saw the last race of the XC season, as always a tough mud leg sapping course – 4 laps around Birchwood Country Park. I have to say I think this is the worst conditions I have seen Birchwood for many a season thankfully the weather held out. The green army was a little depleted with 3 men and 4 ladies turning out, however this said we didn’t do too badly, ladies finished a respectable 5th place for today’s race with the men finishing 13th.

However despite not having full teams for some of the races overall finishing places for the league are:

Helsby A Ladies….7th place with total points of 73

Helsby A Men …..9th place with total points of 72, just 1 point behind both Delamere Spartans and Knowsley Harriers

Well done and thanks to all who have taken part in this seasons XC, Spikes are now in storage!!! Thanks to Andy Smith for photos and support and as always to Jane for support, finish tokens and cake.

Bish fails to mention a great 11th place finish for himself as well. Well done mate

And finally parkrun

Runcorn, Colchester, Warrington, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes, with Joanne Lacking being 1st lady home at Pheonix Parkrun, full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 6th to 12th Feb 2017

Hello all

A quiet(ish) week for the Green Army, just one report in the inbox. If you raced last week and would like it included in the blog please fire it over to the usual email address: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Manley Mere…

We are still short on volunteers for our up and coming race on Sunday 5th March,  ideally we could do with another 3-4, if you could oblige then email me please. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

Also would be great to see as many of the green army racing this one as well, think the record is 40 runners, would be great to smash it, it’s also a lovely course so if you haven’t raced for a while or are there every month, then the more the merrier unless you have kindly volunteered.

Thanks
Fitzy

Parbold Hill Race

Report by Colin Bishop

My introduction into hill running, I have to say this is a well organised/marshalled race, route well marked out.  A few surprises along the route, styles, and a few hay-bales to hurdle, gates to open, don’t think either of us expected them,  a couple of hills and plenty of mud on a bitterly cold day. Think more mud than most XC’s we have done.Glad the snow and rain held off 😁

With lots of raised eyebrows about my choice of footwear (road shoes) 😱 off I went…..Glad to say I stayed upright and managed a respectable 9th place, with a well deserved 13th Male place for Neil.

Congratulations to both of us in winning our age groups.

Thanks to Mario, Neil’s Dad and Jane for support

Cheers Colin B (AKA Bambi on Mud!!)

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parkrun

Well done to all who tackled a parkrun over the weekend, please find a link to the consolidated Helsby RC results below. Mark Gittins takes the award for furthest parkrun this week – Melbourne!! Can’t get much further than that! Well done mate and superb time too.

Also it’s a huge well done to Debbie Read who had a fantastic run to take first lady honours at Phoenix Park, it was once again a Helsby clean sweep! Ian was also on the podium with an excellent 3rd place after a closely fought battle with Steve Thompson. Well done troops!

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

That’s all this week, please let me know if I’ve missed any races or results.

Cheers
Colin

Helsby RC Weekly Update 30-1-2017 to 5-2-2017

Firsty, a few reminders from Fitzy and Jackie

Borders league recce this coming Sunday 12th at Manley Mere, would suggest we meet for 10.45am and offski at 11am, if there is enough of us will try and sort a few paced groups, nobody will be left behind so the more the merrier, we can muster if need be, £2 will be needed to get through the gates for parking so if possible car share or run down, hopefully see you there

The 2017 road, fell and trail counters have now been fixed and they are on the blog at:-

http://tinyurl.com/jn3cx7n

The list of Helsby Summer Club counters is attached (a version suitable for your desk or the home notice board!). It will be put on the blog too.

This year the mini fells have been incorporated into the main fells in order to reduce the total number of counters as last year we feel we had too many and sometimes were spread too thinly.

There’s a great selection of races to keep us fit and busy and turning the field green … & loud!

Another date is our own Wobbler that will be held on Wednesday June 28th.  We are still waiting to confirm that this will be in an Inter Club Fell race between Spectrum, Delamere and Warrington.

Mike from Cute Fruits says The Pie & Peas & Chester Spring 5 (both in the Cheshire Grand Prix Series) and the Mid Cheshire 5K (this year an English Athletics Counter) are filling up fast so please enter to avoid disappointment.

Some dates for your diary

It’s the 8th Helsby Beer Festival on the 3rd & 4th March with 20 ales, ciders and bands playing both days.  Please come along and support this club event and at the same time keep the place ticking over!

But remember the next day, 5th March,  it’s our turn to organise and run the Border League at Manley Mere. Vanessa & Chris are busy organising this and your support in putting this event on, both marshalling and/or running in it is requested and much appreciated.

Others dates are our club Presentation Evening on Friday March 10th, 7:30, with supper and music by our own Chris Igoe. As this is before the end of the Borders League season these results will be presented at the AGM together with the club champions unless there are out & out winners before adding the Border League points!?

Our club AGM will be on Wednesday May 24th at 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
Finally we have finally issued our club Codes of Practise. These are on the blog at:-

http://tinyurl.com/gn9qrvj

Wadsworth Trog

Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones did the Wadsworth Trog long fell race on Saturday. The Wadsworth Trog, which starts and finishes in Hebden Bridge, is classed as a BL and covers approx 19 miles and over 3650ft of climbing over a lot of boggy moorland. Jim O’Hara had a great race, finishing 17th in 3:05 from 186 starters, and Jim Jones finished 116th in 3:58.

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Full results are available at

http://tinyurl.com/jhsgm89
Parkrun

Helsby runners were out in force in the areas parkruns on Saturdays, including a 3rd place for Ian Rutherford at Phoenix Park. Full result below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Lastly, the results from the Cross Country on Saturday at Clarke Gardens can be found at

http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld2017-champs-v1/

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th Jan 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. Thank you for all the reports this week, remember if you do a race and want to fire over a report please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the news please read a quick message from Fitzy regarding the Borders race at Manley Mere…

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with some marshalling duties on Sunday 5th March for our forthcoming Borders League race, we are especially keen to get 1 or 2 first aiders out on the course if at all possible. Can you let us know if you can help out, please email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

10k TT

Last Wednesday evening saw 14 runners lining up on the Greenway for the 10k time trial. A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold (the Greenway was like an ice rink!) Nice to see some new faces too.

First back was a tie between myself and Danny Ryder, first lady back was Laura BH with another fantastic run. Phil Tomkinson also broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time which shows how much he has improved and is a testament to his hard training, more to come from Phil this year I’m sure. Well done to everyone else!

Special thanks to our volunteers this week who were Louise (RD), Mario and Joe (results and timing), Tim Palmer (tail runner) and Richard Hankins (Marshall).

Results

1  Danny Ryder  39.08
1  Colin Thompson  39.08
3  Phil Tomkinson  39.51
4  Daz O’Connor  40.46
5  George Highley  40.45
6  Davyd Michell  42.46
7  Laura Baynham-Hughes  44.01 (1st lady)
8  Jay Bradley  45.15
9  Danielle Ryder  46.02
10  Roy Gaskill  46.18
11  Ben Williams  48.33
12  Geoff Collins  51.45
13  Lesley Feakes  54.52
14  Dave Feakes  54.52

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Seeing i had the privilege to run around the muddiest of courses at Birchwood a few weeks back and got a bit of stick because i said mud a lot, thought i’d send in a quick report about the Northern XC Champs on Saturday, which was 100% the worst mud i have ever seen. Over the 12k course there was honestly not one bit of grass you could run on, and after the first lap i felt awful and had such heavy legs from trudging through “the mud” that i really just wanted to give up and go home. By the time i got to the 3rd lap i had to pause for a minute whilst i was a little bit ill on the side lines. What would have been a really good course to run became a mud bath, it was 12k of wading through and trying your best not to fall over.

Myself, Steve, Degsy and Davyd were the male representatives whilst Jane, Rachel and Lesley did the same course but 2 laps for the ladies 8k race. Knowsley safari park was a great location to race at, just a pity “the mud” for me spoiled it a little, yes i know it was a XC race and you expect mud.

Full results below

http://powerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=%20180475&top=5000

Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

Three of us made the 4 hour round trip to Abergynolwyn Village in Gwynedd for the Tarren Hendre fell race. It was well worth the trip though for a tough but well hosted race by Meirionnydd Running Club. Nearly all the 2000ft of climb was in the first 3 of the 6 miles! As we descended from the clouds, the latter 3 miles was either boggy moorland or mud up to the knees as you descended through woodlands – great fun!. This was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association’s North Wales Series. Jim O’Hara was first back for Helsby in 25th place (he did have difficulty finding his way back to the car though!), followed by Phil Roberts 47th and then me, Jim Jones 75th.

Full results here: http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/tarrenhendreresult2017.html#

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

Arriving at Dark mountains this year was rather strange. This is one of my favourite events as it is just so tough. The idea is to have a full mountain marathon in one night rather than two days. It’s in winter so the weather has been bonkers every year and that’s what was so strange. It was mild and my default winter waterproof was ditched in favour of an ultra-lightweight affair. What could go wrong?

href=”https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/wp_20170129_09_37_39_pro.jpg”>wp_20170129_09_37_39_proMax and I got off to a good start. Nailed check point 1, max retrieved me from an error (which I still can’t fathom) and back on track to CP2. Then the trouble began. Navigating at night is difficult at the best of times, but when there is a freezing mist around you reducing your visibility to 3-5 metres it’s just insanely hard. We for CP2 we were just 7 metres away from a 2.5m high cairn and we couldn’t see it, we turned and ran the other way. As always our Macro navigation was fine, but our micro just let us down.

It was really cold with sustained periods of hands fully numb to the wrists and feet to the ankles (I was running in a very warm long sleeve base layer, warm Windstopper top, primaloft jumper and waterproof jacket, full windstopper legs, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture.) We had a relatively light blizzard for most of the night, snow covered frozen peat hags and groughs underfoot, long bearing based navigation over a featureless landscape in thick clag. It’s to this end that we picked up the final 4 check points in the light of the next day, finishing in 4th overall… out of 4 finishers (everyone else gave up and the winner of our class is a GB team orienteer).

Fantastic night out, deeply frustrating but strangely rewarding. I love that the running club has introduced me to Max; we never gave up, never got angry with each other, cut from the same cloth. Can’t wait to take on the Dragon’s Back with the big man in May.

WRC 5 mile trail race

A big well done to our top vet Colin Bishop on an excellent victory at the WRC winter 5 mile trail race on Saturday. Quote from Col off Facebook: “Winter WRC trail race. Came first. Really pleased” He’s a man of few words but he lets his running do the talking!

Colin’s time was 29.43 which is a fantastic time for a trail race and he beat all the young whipper snappers too! More to come this year I’m sure Bish!

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Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

Phoenix park is a little gem in the heart of Runcorn, built on the site of the old Norton Priory high school it has a skatepark, cafe, climbing boulder, childrens play area and a small reservoir. When I heard a parkrun was starting there I was very keen to try it out as it’s very local to us Runcorn members.

Myself and a few others from the club attended the trial run last week and it quickly became evident that it was going to be one of the more challenging parkruns. 2.5 laps and 3 times up a steep hill to the high point of the park, tight turns and muddy canal tow path, it wasn’t going to be a PB course that’s for sure!

The inaugural race arrived on Saturday and I ventured down, on arrival I was greeted by Jo Lacking, Phil Tomkinson, Mike Williams, Roy Gaskill and Fitzy (marshalling). The weather was awful, the course, as I expected, was quite challenging – hills, slippy mud and tight turns made it a tough and technical little course. It was thoroughly enjoyable though and a lovely little park with nice views and a fantastic team of marshalls. I’ll certainly be back for more and to help out with the marshalling in future.

Big thanks to Grant and his team for getting this up and running and all the marshalls who stood there and cheered us on in horrible wet weather. Myself and Jo Lacking were first male and female runners home making it a Green Army clean sweep! 201 runners in total toed the line which i was made up to see for the first run. Hopefully will see a few more of you there this year to support this event 🙂

Please find a link to the consolidated results from all the parkruns on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who raced!

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

That’s all this week folks. Please let me know if any results are missing and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC News from 16th to 22nd January 2017

Welcome to the round-up of a yet another busy week for Helsby RC, and thanks to everyone who has sent in a report or contribution for the blog. There’s quite a bit in the inbox this week with people continuing to be busy following our  hosting of another successful 4VHM last weekend. Whether you’ve been racing in events or organising stuff on behalf of the club, its great to see so much activity going on around the club, and with so many different people getting involved – Well done Green Army!

Dates For Your Diary

Firstly a few reminders of what’s coming up:

Tomorrow – Wednesday 25th January 2017 – its the 10k time trial, meet at  club house for 6.30pm – full details are in email already sent out by Col & Louise. If you don’t fancy the TT  there’s always someone who’ll join you for an alternative run, so still turn up.

Tomorrow – Wednesday 25th January 2017 – a reminder that we will be meeting in the bar after the run tomorrow to decide our Fell and Road Race counters for the next 12 months, so do come along if you’d  like to contribute to the process.

Saturday 28th January 2017 – Tarren Hendre  – first race in the North Wales fell running series- 12pm from Abergynolwyn Village Hall, LL36 9UU

Sunday 5th February 2017 – Liverpool & District XC League – Clarke Gardens – a message from Paul Foster:

“Hi all,

If anybody would like to run in the l&d xc at clarkes gardens allerton liverpool on sunday 5th feb 11am start

Please email me your name and date of birth by friday 27th january
If you have already entered a xc this year
I have your date of birth so just send me a message
Thanks to everyone who has already messaged me on facebook
Paul
P.s this is the last xc of the year to pre enter”

Sunday 5th March 2017 – Borders League Race 5 – Manley Mere – a message from Chris Fitzpatrick:

“Hello all, as you may or may not know we are holding the next Borders League race 5 at Manley Mere on Sunday 5th March, 11am start. Preparation for this Helsby organised race has now started and we need the lovely people of Helsby RC who are not planning on running, to help out if at all possible and Marshall. You will probably be needed from 10am through to around 12pm approx, and we will position you out on the course somewhere, all to be figured out still.

We need 22 marshalls, 2 people on lead bike (1 position already filled hopefully) and a course sweeper. If you can volunteer or if you are planning on running could possibly get a friend or family member to Marshal then that would be very much appreciated. We cannot put on these events without you’re help. Anyone who can could you email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com to let me know please.

We are also going to hold a recce of the course on Sunday 12th Feb, 11am start, I would suggest you get to Manley Mere around 10.45am, don’t forget to bring your £2 for parking.

Thanks and see you all soon

Fitzy”

Racing News

Sunday 22/01/17 Borders League Race 4 at Deeside

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Thanks to Colin Thompson for the report:

“Borders League race No.4 saw the Green Army toeing the line at a chilly Deeside sports centre, a fantastic showing of the green vest with no less than 28 of us! A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to support the club. The course is a relatively short one for a borders, just shy of 4.5 miles, but it has a sting in its tail as it takes you up and down the steep Kelsterton Lane, pretty tough going!

It’s a real shame there was a Borders and XC clash this season as I think the numbers at the XC suffered as a consequence but it’s important for us to get as many green vests to the borders as possible to avoid penalty points, our ladies team is still recovering from this from the first BL.

On to the race, a fabulous run was had by all on what was a fast but also challenging course, the start and finish on a running track is certainly a first for me! A few stand out performances belong to our BL debutants who were Danny Ryder (amazingly 20th on his first race for the club and 2nd home for Helsby – excellent stuff Danny!) Danielle Ryder also had a brilliant race and then decided to do a 13 mile cool down afterwards, that’s dedication! Matt Huntbach is flying at the moment and so is Paul Cunningham who seemed to enjoy every minute of it! Kate Mann is just getting better with each race and seemed to enjoy her first BL.

Too many other excellent individual performances to mention but it’s congratulations to Alison Halsall (also first Helsby lady home after a close battle with Jane Ashbrook) and Christina Roach who both won their respective age groups to help the ladies top the table on the day! Jane A was second in her age group also. Congrats ladies and if we can keep the momentum going we should be out of the relegation zone in the last few races.

The men came 4th team overall on the day to consolidate their 5th position in the league, great running chaps!

Thank you to Fitzy and Laura for rallying the troops before the race and also a big thank you to our support on the day – Mario and Joe!

The Helsby results can be found below:

14 Colin THOMPSON 24:27
20 Danny RYDER 24:51
30 Chris FITZPATRICK 25:16
36 Adam GORDON 25:26
49 Neil FINEGAN 25:54
63 Ian RUTHERFORD 26:41
75 Matthew HUNTBACH 26:55
84 Philip TOMKINSON 27:03
96 Jim O’HARA 27:31
104 Darren O’CONNOR 28:03
119 Richard HANKINS 28:37
125 Tim PALMER 28:45
142 Phillip ROBERTS 29:20
146 Alison HALSALL 29:26 (1st in age cat)
150 Jane ASHBROOK 29:29 (2nd in age cat)
160 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 29:51
184 James JONES 30:54
206 Danielle RYDER 31:40
221 Christina ROACH 32:19 (1st in age cat)
246 Stephen ROACH 33:40
256 Benjamin WILLIAMS 34:14
264 Paul CUNNINGHAM 34:36
274 Geoff COLLINS 35:12
292 Christopher IGOE 35:49
309 Kate MANN 36:45
310 Stephen WIGGINS 36:46
317 Chris MORGAN 37:08
345 David WIGGINS 40:00

Full results here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

The next race will be hosted by us at Manley Mere. It’s a brand new race so please come along to support the event whether marshalling or racing. Fitzy will send out all the details nearer the time.”

Also, thanks to Tim Palmer for also sending in a summary of the Borders League results.

Sunday 22/01/17 North West XC League Race 5 – Town Park, Runcorn

Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in this race report:

“Hi
short and sweet race report for this weeks XC as the team was small and sweet, only 4 men and 1 lady which was a pity as the collective points from the turn out was not that high, 305 for the men and 38 for the ladies unfortunately there will be penalties, anyway……
a cold wintery start to the race, if we had not already woken up, the start certainly got our attention with a dash through a cold watering hole lots of splashing and squealing to be heard, (think there will be some good photo’s) then on to the mud the glorious mud, two laps including a running up the side of the ski slope and two slides down it!! Glad to say all home in one piece, valiant effort from the team well deserved chocolate flapjacks afterwards,
thanks to Jane for support, flapjacks and token collection
cheers Colin B”

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More pictures courtesy of Andy Smith available HERE

Results from Town Park XC are now available HERE

Parkrun

It was great to get a report sent in about a Parkrun this week. Over to Davyd Mitchell:

Parkrun tourist report

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Unfortunately due to visiting family I was unable to take part in the Borders race, however I did manage to find a local parkrun to be a tourist at. The nearest parkrun was located in Nonsuch park, the course was 3 laps with a mixture of paths and grass, but was pretty flat. I’d underestimated the weather and Saturday morning arrived and it was –5!. The good news was the ground was hard and the grass section which looked like it could have been a bit boggy was frozen solid. 483 people toed the line and off we set, 3 cold laps later we were done. I managed a good time for me, I think this might have had something to to with trying to avoid frostbite, coming home in 19:58 for 35th. It was the usual well organized friendly event and nice to run on a different course. David”

Thanks for the report Davyd. Well, Helsby Parkrunners are certainly improving my knowledge of geography week on week! From Davyd in Nonsuch to Mark Gittins in Hervey Bay, whose been showing the Aussies how its done. Mark finished first in his Parkrun down-under in 18:47 – Well done Mark! While nearer to home Colin Bishop stayed true to form by finishing third at Widnes in 17:53. Our club’s consolidated results can be viewed HERE

Fitzy’s Caption Competition

I know you’ve all been squirming with anticipation, waiting for the winner of Fitzy’s caption competition to be announced. Well, after much deliberation the prize of a pair of 4VHM socks goes to Gareth Boyd for his brilliant entry (now captioned below).

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Tim is saying “that’s for not shouting Greeeeeeeen Armmmmmy, at the start line! “

Well done Gareth, you can collect your prize from the Quartermaster next time your at the clubhouse.

I think that’s it for this week. Hope I’ve not missed anything.

Jim

Helsby RC Weekly Update 9th – 15th Jan

Hello Green Army

It’s only right that we start with the #4vhm. Yet again another tremendous event was put on by Laura and the team, too many names to mention but for every one of you who helped in some way, thank you. I haven’t seen one bad comment on social media and everyone I have talked to gave it a big thumbs up.

I asked for as many race reports to be sent in and i would include them in the blog, and we got a massive two reports come in. Well done Ivan and Emma for taking it seriously. I would like to put in some of the best comments from members of our great club that they stuck on social media.Highlights below…

“I didn’t run but Everton had a rare win can I send you a report on that” #collectorsitem

“Shouted green army at start. Fitzy went off fast. Finished. Was cold. Traffic awful, must have been a race on somewhere. Came back to club to move some barriers and unload a mucky van. Then if that wasn’t enough had to drive to Ellesmere Port to pick some muddy ginger twonk up”

“31 Helsby Running Club runners with 10 PBs (Ian Rutherford, Tim Palmer, Davyd Michell, Neil Fergusson, Matthew Painter, Kate Mann, Emma Barnes, Claire Morton & Danny and Danielle Ryder)”

“I turned left at mile 10 and the weather turned and spat in my face. Even the Frodfather looked shocked”

A few more serious reports from Ivan and Emma below.

This was my 10th 4VHM, and possibly the wettest and windiest one I’ve ever done. Despite natures best efforts, i was truly amazed at the amount of runners that turned up to run, what i think, is one of the best races around. Great Green army shout and we were away.
I don’t know why the first hill always surprises me in the first mile, as it forms part of 2 of our winter runs, that said the crowds were fantastic all the way out to the back lanes. Myself and darren had a bit of a battle for a few miles, and he certainly kept me pushing on. Great to see some familiar faces from the club out on the course shouting support, and it really does give you a much needed boost when you’re suffering. I’m sure i saw Paul Frodsham twice, or he’s got an identical twin? The last two miles as always are almost enjoyable, especially the vocal support from the group at the golf club. Andy R , and Tanya i think? Personally, i was pleased with 1.28 as not raced much this last year so hopefully this will be a good starter for more races in 2017, if only to stop Fitzy having a dig
on Facebook. Way off a PB, but its reminded me how much i enjoy racing. Greeeeen Armyyyyyyy!!!!

So in summary..best race around, great support,no PB, weather terrible.

Superb Ivan, hope to see you at a lot more starting this Sunday 🙂

First time running the course  – conditions were not the best. In fact, there were times I thought the marshals & helpers deserved a medal for being out there in the cold & rain!
Lovely route, but that wind was a bit of a pig in places!! Support was great! Lots of encouragement from the green army  both on the road and from the sidelines.
This time last year I said I’d never do a half…. I enjoyed it so much, I might just do it again.
Time 02:13:34

Brilliant Emma, whatever next, a Marathon?

A list of full results below

http://results.sporthive.com/events/6224154364987981824/races/401072

NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME
Colin Thompson 660 MSEN 1:18:34 1:18:33
Danny Ryder 397 MSEN 1:20:52 1:20:49
Chris Fitzpatrick 1302 MV40 1:20:58 1:20:55
Neil Finegan 669 MV40 1:21:43 1:21:37
Ian Rutherford 1336 MV40 1:24:42 1:24:39
Ivan Davies 34 MV40 1:28:52 1:28:41
Darren O’Connor 425 MSEN 1:28:59 1:28:34
Alison Halsall 689 FV45 1:32:25 1:32:13
Tim Palmer 510 MV50 1:33:44 1:33:16
Christopher Murray 26 MSEN 1:34:15 1:33:49
Jane Ashbrook 1759 FV40 1:36:36 1:35:55
Davyd Michell 1755 MSEN 1:37:44 1:37:33
Alastair Rough 81 MSEN 1:38:10 1:38:01
Gareth Boyd 419 MV40 1:40:16 1:39:19
Stephen Riley 91 MV50 1:42:44 1:42:23
James Gray 695 MSEN 1:43:42 1:42:46
Danielle Ryder 396 FSEN 1:46:27 1:45:03
David Feakes 224 MV55 1:47:57 1:46:07
Kate Mann 747 FSEN 1:48:41 1:47:43
James Higgins 1338 MSEN 1:48:56 1:48:45
David Madders 1286 MV40 1:51:54 1:51:12
David Sconce 469 MSEN 1:55:23 1:54:55
Neil Fergusson 917 MV60 1:55:31 1:53:46
Lesley Feakes 223 FV50 1:56:13 1:54:23
Suzanne Fletcher 1222 FV35 1:59:09 1:57:31
Geoff Shaw 228 MV60 1:59:29 1:57:39
Matthew Painter 1133 MSEN 2:01:24 1:58:43
Rhea Thomas 1346 FSEN 2:05:00 2:02:51
Emma Barnes 236 FV40 2:15:43 2:13:34
David Wiggins 1651 MV55 2:18:58 2:17:51
Claire Morton 1021 FV55 2:25:25 2:22:46

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Caption competition. Send them in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Winner will be picked next week by whoever is on the blog….and wins another pair of #4vhm socks

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Wiggo was steeling from the rich and giving to the poor whilst he did the Sherwood Pines Park Run, Bish was coming in 2nd in Widnes, and other runners were at Ellesmere Port, Chester, & Delamere. Full list of consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Nothing else race wise to report on but it’s a big weekend for the Borders League and Cross Country teams on Sunday, and we have another clash in fixtures.

The borders league takes us to Deeside, 11am Start, post code CH5 4BR, 11am start, 10 men and 4 ladies needed please. For any newcomers, feel free to come along, all abilities are welcome and they are free to race in, just turn up with your vest on, on the day to count.

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

The Cross Country is being held at Runcorn Town Park, 10am start, 6 men and 3 ladies to count, again, just turn up in your green vest to compete. all details on steve saunders website

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

That’s all for this week, happy running.

Fitzy

 

 

Helsby Weekly Update 1 Jan – 8 Jan

Parkrun:

Helsby runners were in action at Chester, Telford, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Widnes. Highlights included a first place for Colin Bishop and a Ladies 3rd place for Adele Croxton, both at Widnes. Well done.

Full, consolidated results are at the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Saturday was the Cheshire XC Championships. Chris Fitzpatrick, who was sporting a rather fetching side parting for the occasion, sent in this report.

Birchwood Forest Park was the venue again for the Cheshire championships and due to the lack of rain over the previous few days the 4-5 lap course was by the time we got out on it extremely muddy, probably the muddiest course I have ever taken part in, and it was the thick gloopy mud that made running extremely hard and really did make you work very hard to get any speed up at all.

The ladies race set off with 7 green vests for 4 laps of the field with Jane Ashbrook, Laura BH and Christine Roach making it the 1,2,3 and the team 9th out of 18 on the day.

The men’s race had 10 green vests for 5 laps of the field with Neil Finegan continuing his excellent form coming home first and also picking up a spot on the Cheshire reserve team, having chased him for a few laps I know how well he is running, brilliant yet again Neil. He was followed by myself and Ian Rutherford close behind for the 1,2,3. The men’s overall team came 5th out of 15 teams which is a great position considering some of the bigger clubs we beat, and the old boy vets claimed 3rd place beating teams like Vale Royal and getting themselves a nice Bronze Medal. Well done Neil, myself, Ian and CBH, make sure you wear them all the time and everywhere you go.

All in all a fun but very muddy day out, big thanks to the support on the day from Foz, Mario and Joe and also the club chauffeur Davyd who’s new name is Captain Picard for his ability to get us from 0 to warp speed so quickly

Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/h6zbh5t

Also on Saturday was the Halewood 5K with Colin Thompson finishing in 2nd place overall and Jo Lacking getting 2nd Lady. Great running guys.

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC Xmas round-up 2016

Hello all

Welcome to the Xmas round-up, plenty of green vests were out in action, thank you for all the reports this week. Before we get to the news there are just a couple of reminders below.

Reminders

If anybody would like to run in the northern XC race at Knowsley safari park on Saturday 28th January 2017 Please can you let me know by Tuesday 10th Jan either on the Facebook post or send an email to mooeyf@hotmail.com.

Women’s 8k race is 2.15 pm Men’s 12k race is 3.05 pm

Cheers
Paul

Norton Intervals

To compliment Joe & Mario’s Monday night track session, myself and Roy have started to do intervals at the Norton run on Thursday evenings. They consist of 1 mile and 1k reps, tempo runs and speed drills. Come on down if you want to get some extra speed into those legs. We train on the Astmoor Industrial estate in Runcorn which is flat and traffic free. Sessions are on every Thursday at 6.30pm, all abilities welcome. Start is outside Bilfingers at the end of Tudor Road WA7 1BD. 

Tour De Llyn Lladaw

Report by Jim Jones

I started my fell running for 2017 with a run around Llyn Llydaw reservoir on New Year’s morning. Weather was pretty foul as I set off in wind rain and hail. Typically of Snowdonia weather, it did change for the better as I came off the Miner’s Track to do a clockwise circuit of Llyn Llydaw. Running around the steep banks of Llydaw was pretty tricky in places with the footing mostly boggy or slippery rocks. I took a couple of tumbles while taking in the stunning views of snow topped Crib Goch and Y Liwedd. Chip timing and staggered starts means you are just racing against the clock in this race – not that I was taking it seriously. For me its a chance to be out in the mountains knowing I’ve got a good support team – and it was very well organised and supported for just £3! The route is between 5 and 6 miles with about 600ft of climb. I haven’t seen any results yet but they should appear at: http://www.gorphwysfa.org/races.htm

Jubilee Plunge

Report by Jim Jones

Tuesday 27th December was a cold but clear day as Phil Gillard and I were among 81 fell runners gathered on top of Moel Famau for the 2 mile mad descent to the Golden Lion pub in Llangynhafal. There is no prescribed route, but options are pretty limited in such a short race. Phil and I looked at the limited route choices on our way up. It’s familiar ground to anyone who has done the Green Grass of Home or Llangynhafal Loop races. After setting off in a broad line behind a way-marker the terrain soon dictated what was most likely to be the finishing order as most slotted into single file before taking a steep ‘off piste’ descent to a single tracked road. I’d found myself running just behind Phil, and that’s probably how it would have finished – if he had seen the small drainage ditch along the roadside! I did pause to check he could pick himself up off the road, but not long enough for him to catch me up again. Great fun on a bank holiday, and just £1 to enter!

The first runner home was Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners in 11:11, followed by Jez Brown of Buckley in 11:23. Finishing for Helsby: Jim Jones, 40th, 15:43 and Phil Gillard, 43rd, 15:55.

Full results and some more pictures at: http://www.denbighharriers.com/news/

Chester Round the Walls

Report by Neil Finegan

An unusual race for the cold Boxing day morning,  with 495 runners assembled at the racecourse in Chester in a sold out event running for its 45th time.

What made it unusual was that it was a course with so many twists,turns, steps and pedestrians that you couldn’t really pick up any speed or get into a rhythm. Instead you could just enjoy the scenic route and atmosphere without the pressure of it being an all out sprint.  And lets face it, on boxing day most of us aren’t really up to a all out sprint around Chester. From the start on the racecourse we went out onto the narrow  canal towpaths before heading onto the Chester walls themselves at the cathedral.  From there it was through the clock tower,  dodging tourists (who were very supportive) and round to the river Dee.  Here the course opened out a little with wider and straight paths – so there was a chance for the last third of the 6.5 km course to stretch the legs and an opportunity finally to overtake without risking your neck!

It was a great way to burn off the excess of Christmas – a nice friendly atmosphere and to top it all as a momento you received a nice mug with a map of the course on it,filled with hot chocolate.  It is a unique race – and it was easy to see why it sold out.

First back for Helsby was Colin Bishop in 7th and winning his category,  followed by myself (15th) ,  Richard Hankins (44th who stormed out of the blocks),  Tim Palmer (60th) , Chris Morgan (263), Ste Wiggins (268) and Dave Wiggins (302)

Full results are here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Round-The-Walls# 

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Plenty of green at the parkruns over the festive season, it looks like we had one on Xmas day, NYE and NYD! It’s fantastic to have these options available to us and it’s testament to the tenacious effort of the volunteers who turn up and put on a fantastic run for us in rain wind or shine. Well done to everyone who managed to get to one. We also have a report from our top vet Colin Bishop. Over to Col…

“Just thought would let you know about Keswick parkrun, they were one of the parkruns that organised an extra run on NY day, what a lovely course, fairly flat for Keswick along the old railway line,

as usual with parkrun’s friendly welcoming group

4th position not too bad for a bitterly cold morning run

would recommend this one should anyone be up that neck of the lakes

Cheers Colin

P.S. good turnout for Helsby at Chester run the walls on Boxing Day – commemorative mug for all the finishers made a nice change”

Helsby consolidated results can be found here:

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

That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please fire them over to the usual email address and I’ll update the blog – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC News from 19th to 25th December 2016

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas and still managed to get out and do a bit of running – the Parkruns have certainly been busy! It’s been a bit of an odd week for the race calendar. There’s nothing in the inbox but I know quite a few people have been taking part in races the past few days. To avoid any confusion I’ve only included events from the Monday to Sunday, as we usually do. So there’s still plenty of time to send in reports from the past few days, and they’ll be picked up in the next blog. We did of course have the Xmas Handicap on Wednesday, which has already been covered in a separate update.

Parkrun

On Christmas Eve we had a fantastic turn out of 12 runners from Helsby at Delamere, and a total of 19 Helsby members across all Parkruns. The results were pretty awesome too. Neil Finnegan finished 3rd at the Chester Parkrun, while Darren O’Connor and David Wiggins both set new PBs. Delamere runners were not to be outdone though! New PB’s were set at Delamere by Colin Thompson, Davyd Mitchell and Tim Palmer. Meanwhile …… up in Keswick, there was a new PB by Alfie Grady.

There was an additional Parkrun on Christmas day at Delamere and we had a further 7 people participate there. Parkrun’s consolidated weekly results finish on the Saturday so hopefully any Parkruns’ hosted on Christmas Day will be included in next weeks consolidated report.

This is probably a good point to acknowledge all the time given up by Parkrun volunteers throughout the year. I know that Helsby RC members have been key to organising and marshalling some of the local Parkruns for some time now. Well done and thanks to all the volunteers.

Consolidated Parkrun results Helsby RC

Dates For Your Diary

So I think that all remains for this week’s blog is a few reminders, and dates for your diaries.

New Years Eve -31st December 2016

4 Villages Half Marathon Recce – You should have already received a detailed email about this from Colin Thompson. Meet at the club at 10.30 and there will be different paced groups to cater for all abilities so that nobody is left behind.

Also please remember that we are still looking for people to help out with the 4VHM on 15/01/17. Please contact Laura Baynham-Hughes if you haven’t already offered your services, or if you know someone else who wants to help.

New Year’s Day – 1st January 2017

I’m not aware of any road races over the next week, but there are two races in the Welsh Fell Running Calendar on New Year’s Day; the appropriately named ‘Morning After’ in Church Stretton, and ‘Tour de Lyn Lydaw’ in Snowdonia:

The Morning After – BS category race – 8km/275m 5miles/900ft – 11am, £5 on the day – Church Stretton Social Club, Essex Road, Church Stretton.

Tour de Lyn Lydaw – CS category race – 8km/181m 5miles/594ft – 10.30am, £2 on the day – Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, Snowdonia.

Saturday  – 7th January 2017

X-Country Cheshire Championships – Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington – time TBC

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And something to chew on:  according to Runners World – 3 Quality Street = 122 calories = 1 mile.

Best Wishes for 2017, from the Helsby RC Bloggers.

Jim

 

 

Helsby RC Xmas Handicap Results

Xmas Handicap

Only 19 runners on Wednesday night at our annual Xmas Handicap with quite a few more turning up afterwards some laden with cooking pots). Nevertheless it was a most enjoyable run & evening with hot soup just which just hits the spot and gives a festive feel!  Thanks to those who time keeped, Louise, Jo, Helen, Kathryn & Andy & Joe & Mario at the turnaround point, Dave & Lesley for organising the supper & all those who made a delicious variety of soups.

Well done to handicap race winner John who did the double by winning this years summer handicap too. Fastest time was Colin in a tad under 19 mins. From my perspective it was amazing being in a race being overtaken by fast runners and crossing the finishing line within sight of Colin!!  Over half the field came in within a minute so the handicaps based on the last 3 Border League results or power of 10 parkrun/5K times were not too far out!

A Happy Xmas & New Year to you all and here’s to some good running & races in 2017.

Cheers
Jackie

XMAS 2016 HANDICAP FINISH POSITIONS & TIMES
Name Position Handicap  Handicap Actual
Time   Time
John Gallon 1 32:18 00:00 32:18
Kate Mann 2 32:31 00:06 32:25
Davyd Mitchell 3 33:54 12:00 21:54
Ben Williams 4 34:08 10:00 24:08
Phil Tomkinson 5 34:16 14:00 20:16
Steve Wiggins 6 34:21 07:30 26:51
Tim Palmer 7 34:27 11:30 22:57
Phil Gillard 8 34:30 10:00 24:30
Mark Gittins 9 34:42 14:30 20:12
Richard Hankins 10 34:47 13:00 21:47
Roy Gaskill 11 34:50 11:00 23:50
Colin Thompson 12 34:58 16:00 18:58
Geoff Collins 13 35:13 08:30 26:43
Jackie Keasley 14 35:58 00:05 35:53
Jenny Illidge 15 36:52 12:00 24:52
Charlie Ashbrook 16 36:57 07:30 29:27
Jane Ashbrook 17 36:59 07:30 29:29
Chris Igoe 18 37:23 08:00 29:23
Janet Robinson 19 38:13 08:00 30:13