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 News from 15th to 21st May 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to anyone who has sent reports in this week. Please keep sending  any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

I know that everyone’s thoughts will be with families and friends of those affected by Monday night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.  There are a couple of Manchester events included in our events race calendar below, which the organiser’s  website currently confirms “will go ahead as planned “.

We also have our next club Fell and (mini) Fell Counter listed this weekend. Mynydd Myfyr Hill run is a good route for those of you wanting to try out fell running.

Reminders:

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Racing News:

Latrigg Fell Race – Wednesday 17/05/17

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It is great to see Andy Smith back running in the fells after what seems a lot time off with injury. Looking forward to running with you again Andy, and thanks for sending in this report:

“After grumbling the previous week about excessive amounts of climb in a short fell race (blog passim), last Wednesday saw me heading to Keswick after work in search of more ascent in a shorter distance. With 950 feet of climb in 2.4 miles, at least the Latrigg race has the decency to describe itself as a category A fell race.
The race starts in Fitz park and heads out along the stony track heading towards Skiddaw. Shortly after crossing the A66 overbridge, you leave the stony track and climb steeply (very steeply) through trees, eventually breaking out on to the fellside to be rewarded with fine views off to the right of Derwentwater leading away to Borrowdale and ahead to the ridge line of the Dodds and Helvellyn, basking in the glow of warm evening sunlight. Plenty of time to enjoy the view as the climb continues to the summit of Latrigg. Top reached and it’s turn for home and an impossibly steep descent.
Latrigg is one of the classic lakeland fell races and the course record is still held by the legendary Kenny Stuart from the 1980s. I wasn’t going to be bothering Kenny’s record any time soon, any battles I would be enjoying were going to be right at the other end of the field. However, a long way in front of me Finlay Wild from Lochaber was having a serious crack at Kenny’s record. Finlay’s wining time of 17:28 was the fastest the course has seen for many years, but still didn’t come close to scratching Kenny’s time of 16:37. Kenny himself was in residence back at the club house to help handing out prizes at the presentation.
I wasn’t quite last, and at 32:13 even snatched a handful of seconds of my previous time. To be in the presence of one of the great heros of our sport, and to bear witness to a serious challenge on one of his long standing records was an honour. A spot prize of three bottles of locally crafted beer completed a perfect evening in the fells, all combining to make for a very memorable return to fell running.

Andy”

Christleton 5K – Friday 19/05/17

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Friday evening saw 10 of us take part in the Christleton 5k, which was our 6th club road  counter. It was a glorious summer evening and there was great support along the way, with at least as many Helsby members cheering us along the route as there was running. Christleton is a fast course and some great times were had. Chris Fitzpatrick was first back for us in 17:06 followed by Richard Hankins in 18:54. I managed a 5k PB of 20:08 while Carol Shaw and Janet Shaw both came first in their categories.

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Old County Tops – Saturday 20/05/17

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in the photos and following report from the Old County Tops long distance event:

“Jim O’hara and I ran the Old County Tops on Saturday, a long distance event in the Lakes linking Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man. I say ‘ran’, I expect Jim and old county topsTattenhall’s Peter Taylor (it’s a pairs event) ran quite a lot. We trudged a fair bit and were not far off DFL – I had a bad day, got my food and drink wrong and was pleased to get home intact. Hadn’t appreciated how much rough, boggy ground there was and long stretches of bad weather made it stiff upper lip territory (nearly 30% drop-outs). I ran it with my boss Dave Haygarth from Rossendale – probably one of the worst kind of team building exercises you can do 🙂

Jim and Pete had a really good run and came in around 20th.

Steve”

Excalibur Trail Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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There were 10 of us who participated in this race last year. This year, it was just me! I felt I had a bit of unfinished business with this race, as last year it was my first long race after returning from an injury. This year, the day stayed dry and started off pretty pleasant in the Clwydians but became really humid and then hot as the sun broke through later. I drank 3 litres of water while running but was still dehydrated and cramping up at the end. The free sports massage at the end was great for the cramps though. This year saw a slightly amended route with the race starting and finishing at the lower car park of Moel Famau. This resulted in something of a ‘sting in the tail’,  as the last mile now includes a climb before dropping back down to the finish. I had hoped to sub 5 hours but was about 2 minutes over. A good result though as still about 15 mins faster than last year, and I finished 20th overall.

Chester Half Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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Ten Helsby vests were in the Chester Half Marathon this year, with some cracking results again. Jane Ashbrook seems to be keeping her form from London with a 3rd place category finish. Great results from Chris Collins and Neil Finnegan too, who both had a top 50 finish. Well done everyone!

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Parkrun – Saturday 20/05/17

Despite it being such a busy racing week, Helsby still put out 13 runners across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday morning. Some great results that can be viewed in our club’s consolidated report HERE

I think that’s it for now.

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th May to 14thth May 2017

Hello Green Army

A bit of sad news to start the blog this week. Former club member Albert Berry, 73 years young, passed away earlier this week. Lots of lovely comments have been posted on the Facebook page and we want to send our thoughts to his family and friends. A sub 30, 10k runner in his prime Albert was a very talented runner, but very modest at the same time. He made everyone new to the club very welcome on club nights, and he loved the social pint and a chat afterwards. He will be missed.

Albert’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 24th May at St Michael’s R C Church, St Michael’s Road, Ditton, Halton, Widnes WA8 8TF, and afterwards at St Michael’s Rooms.

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Some good news now, our very own Joe Beswick has been given Honorary Membership of the Fell Runners Association, both for his running exploits in his earlier years and now his support. This is another achievement to put on his running CV, very well deserved Joe, be sure to congratulate him if you see him, I’m sure he will tell you a few stories about his exploits.

 A message from Betty

Mersey Weaver District Scouts are fundraising their way to Norway for the world’s northernmost jamboree in the Arctic Circle, The Helsby Community Sports Club, have teaming with up to organise a Fundraising family fun day on 3rd June

Our fun day on 3rd June Helsby Community Sports Club is shaping up to be a great day. Alongside the family fun fair, climbing wall, and birds of prey display from LORD of the WINGS, children’s soft play area, dog show with Vets Helsby and vintage tractors, Go Ape have confirmed they will be attending with a couple of instructors and swegways, there will be demonstrations from Deva Cheerleading Academy – Chester and, Filipino Eagles, Childrens Martial Arts, face painting from Party Faces, lots of community groups have signed up to have stalls, the sporting sections from the club will be providing taster sessions, there will children’s story telling with SHOUT OUT BOO 2 and lots lots more

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Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Conwy & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Geoff Collins sent in a report on the Thurstaston Summer Multi Challenge race 9th May.

Seven Helsby runners entered the race this year up from two last year, but sadly we had no ladies this time. Wirral and Merseyside clubs were well represented among the 194 finishers but not many from the Cheshire clubs. Weather conditions were much better than last year with a nice sunny evening and dry conditions. However Colin and myself managed to get an age category prize!

This is a really cracking good multi terrain race. Just £4 to enter starting in the same place as the September one by the caravan site. The usual shuffling backwards, forwards and sideways to allow cars past took place before the race could start. The course takes you towards the slipway down onto the beach and back to Heswall rather than Caldy.

There is just over a mile of running on the beach which was quite wet in places, I think for me this was the best bit of the race glorious in the setting sun and the views across the Dee estuary. Just before the sewage works you head off the beach on a track and climb up to a narrow road past a few houses heading towards Broad Lane. This continues as you cross the Wirral Way on a bridge heading up towards The Dales the next off road section. The unwelcome sight of steps going up comes into view! Then it’s a bit of a loop round the wooded Dales before yes you guessed, more steps going down again! Back to the road and onto the Wirral way finally onto the grassy headland dodging the rabbit holes to the finish. I was frantically trying to catch Tim on the closing stages of the race.

Many thanks to Christleton High School Art Dept for the photo

Results

1 Phil Robertson Wirral AC U30M 34.01 the winner

11 Colin Bishop Helsby (1st 055M) 37.37

44 Davyd Michell Helsby U40M 42.45

57 Jim Jones Helsby O50M 43.48

103 Tim Igoe Helsby O30M 48.41

110 Geoff Collins Helsby (3rd O60M) 49.35

138 Chris Morgan Helsby O60M 53.19

139 Chris Igoe Helsby O50M 53.27

Geoff Collins

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Bargain at £4 if you ask me.

Debbie Read sent in a report for The Llangollen 10k trail race

The Llangollen 10k trail race was recommended to me by a running buddy who did it last year – I’m passing the baton and recommending it to you.

The most beautiful 10k trail run in the UK is the heading on their website, and while it is undoubtedly very pretty, personally I’d class it as a multi terrain as there’s a fair bit of road in it.
“Welsh undulating” it starts in the sports field next to the Dinas Bran Leisure centre starting field and after a lap and a half of the grass running track we headed out past the leisure centre, UP the first stretch of road (having done the fell race last week I was starting to worry) then back DOWN into the sports field and DOWN onto the canal, ALONG for a couple of kilometres. Then it was UP a lane, OVER a bridge, UP a track, ALONG a track. At this stage the leaders were starting to pass me on their way back to the canal. UP a field with long grass, AROUND the field (grass still long – hard work I can tell you). DOWN the field onto the track – my turn to pass those on their way up, ALONG the track, DOWN a lane and back onto the canal (drink station) After a couple of kilometres and seeing the car park and hearing the finish on the other side of the canal we passed the 9k sign “that can’t be right” said the bloke doing battle with me but it was – OVER the bridge, UP onto the sports field, UP onto the road, DOWN the road to the leisure centre, back onto the sports field and 300 metres on the running track to finish where the Town Cryer rang everybody across the finish line.

Limited to 500 runners (sold out with a waiting list), a well organised, well marshalled race.

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Just the mention of Dinas Bran would scare some of us off doing this, but I must admit stunning scenery in this neck of the woods.

Good to see Andy Smith back running after a lengthy spell out with injury, Andy sent in this report

Whitehaven Habourside 5k

My word, is nothing flat in this corner of western Cumbria ? For those of you wondering how much ascent you can get in 5k road race, the answer from the Whitehaven Harbourside 5k is in excess of 200 feet ! On a sunny, but somewhat breezy, spring evening last Tuesday, 136 runners of all abilities lined up on the cobbles of the harbourside in Whitehaven. This gives a nice flat, fast, traffic free start to the race…

Now Whitehaven sits in a natural bowl on the coastline, so once off the harbour, the only way out is up.  After half a mile round the harbourside the steep climb begins past the distinctive Candlestick Chimney, one of the last few remains of Wellington Pit.  This is a sufficiently steep climb that the race needs two lead bikes : one to the foot of the climb, the second taking over when the leaders reach the top. The path snakes round the Candlestick with engraved flagstones underfoot lamenting the passing of the pits which had brought so much employment to the area, whilst also acknowledging how hard and dangerous the work was.

Climb over and the runners are rewarded with fine views over the Irish Sea with the coast line carrying on to St Bees Head (starting point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route). Our curent focus is a little closer to hand in the form of the preserved pit head winding gear at Haig Pit Mining Museum, which forms the half way mark and turning point. One 180 degree turn around a traffic cone, and we are heading back the way we came. This time with views to the north and the wind farm off the Galloway coast, across the Solway Forth, just visible in the distance. The evening sunlight just catching their sails. Somehow, the steep descent back to the harbour didn’t seem to give as much back to tired legs going down as it had extracted from them coming up and once back on the cobbles of the harbour it was the usual story of just trying to keep it all together in the last half mile of a tough 5k as I sought to sprint to the finish. With that 200+ feet of climb in the early stages, this was never going to be a PB cpurse, so I’m happy with a finishing time of 23:26 and 47th position. The winning times were 17:38 for the men, 20:42 for the ladies.

All in all, a fun little race. Traffic free round the harbour and over cliff top paths and surprisingly scenic, given that apart from a handful of preserved remains, there is no other evidence in the landscaping of the industrial past of this small coastal town. Definitely one to keep in my diary for next year.

Andy

Sounds like a great 5k, but where are you mile splits mate?

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby Weekly Update 1-5-17 to 7-5-17

A busy week this week, but before we get to the reports here’s a quick notice about the Deeside Multi Terrain series that starts early next month and runs through the summer.

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Firstly, from Col T at Amberswood 10K Trail Race 

Myself and Louise ventured over to Wigan for the trail 10k on Sunday, a lovely course around Amberswood which takes in path, trail, grass and bridleways. It was quite a low key event with only around 250 runners but it was expertly hosted by Wigan Harrier with excellent marshalling and loads of encouragement from the volunteers.

The award ceremony at the finish reminded of a fell race with all the banter and spot prizes! As I was the sole Helsby runner at this race I thought I’d do my best to fly the flag for the club and managed to sneak a win after a battle of cat and mouse with a guy from Bramley AC most of the way around so I was very happy with the result and prize.
All in all a great morning out in the sun and would highly recommend this race to anyone looking for well organised cheap trail race.

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Results here:
http://www.ukresults.net/2017/wigan10k.html

Fitzy sent this in from the Helsby vs. Felsby fell race at Dinas Bran

Another great turnout for leg 2 of Helsby V Felsby at the Dinas Bran Fell race at least a third of the field was in a green vest, it was like an invasion of Llangollen!

So provisional results that I know you all want to hear, I won’t go into too much detail but I think they are correct.

Helsby Men 9 runners
Felsby men 5 runners
Helsby women 0 runners
Felsby women 7 runners
Helsby men 220 points v Felsby men 129
Helsby women 0 points v Felsby women 196
Total Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
1st Leg Helsby 371 v Felsby 309
2nd Leg Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
Total Helsby 591 v Felsby 634

Winners and deservedly so Felsby who retain the title, I’ll present the wine and trophy to Adam Gordon who we have just chosen in the car on the way home as the Felsby captain and turncoat 🙂

Thanks to everyone who took part, the main aim was to bolster numbers and I think it worked again, had a blast.

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Paul Cunningham sent in this, also from Dinas Bran.

Arrived early excited in  knowing I was going to set a new PB yes my first ever Fell Race – fantastic turn out by the green army felt like a local run around Helsby Hill – beautiful evening weather perfect.

To be honest a more relaxed atmosphere than a road race – I even managed to stand on the startline like an elite runner but felt out of place and slowly manoeuvred myself towards the rear of the pack – home sweet home.

The race started 2 laps of a small field through a gate onto a steep hill  – I kept a steady pace happy to reach the top without too much trouble – tight right onto another hill with an even steeper incline within a minute I was struggling  crying out for a water station – looked at the watch and we had completed 0.7miles.

I couldn’t believe it I had to walk  the remainder of the hill – once onto the off road pathway I began running once more after all it was a race and started to enjoy my surroundings – turned a corner and a marshal pointed us right – I looked up and started to cry all I could see was a stream of Sherpas sorry runners making headway up the mountain face  – picked my line and felt every muscle in my legs and back burn – forehead stuck to the ground I made slow progress – once I eventually got to the Hillary step swapped over onto oxygen I pushed on to the summit – we had a weather window and had to grasp the opportunity  – delirious from reaching the summit I turned and shouted “ Yo Adrian I did It”.

Now time for the downhill – within a few meters I realized that I had grown up into a responsible adult  who doesn’t  like to take chances  – full risk assessment completed site specific and I snagged the descent  – more safety rails required and ground uneven needs urgent attention

Such a rush running at full pelt downhill – It’s great to be alive – then we had the pleasure of doing it all over again as 2 laps required.

Finished back on the playing field greeted by the rest of the Green Army – absolutely loved every second of this race.

Fell running leave the watch at home and amaze in your surroundings.

Congratulations to Felsby – Fell runners are fit as hell.

Now for a couple of reports, from Fitzy and Andy Robinson, from this years Sandstone Challenge.

I say it every year but it’s the best pound for pound race about, for £20 you get a coach to the start in Whitchurch, 5 checkpoints well stocked with food and water, and plenty of marshalls willing to help you out. Once your weary legs get back to Frodsham community centre you are greeted by the local scouts who wait hand and foot on you whilst you try and recover. What more could you ask for?
A win maybe? Again for me it wasn’t to be, after CBH hunting me down around mile 30 last year and me finishing 3rd, it happened again in virtually the same spot, with winner Lee Ireland passing me with 2 miles to go. Having ran with him for around 26 miles, i went approx 90 secs ahead going into the last checkpoint, but I just had nothing left when i got to Frodsham hill, even though Chris Collins tried his up most to gee me up and get me up that hill. I did go one better this year coming in 2nd, although a little disappointed i was very happy about my 12 minute PB, finishing on 4 hours 42 mins on a very quick and dry course in near perfect conditions.

Most years this is a good enough time to win it. I can’t even blame my navigation errors, 3 of them within the first 3-4 miles. This is my 4th time running this, but i get lost around a running track me so it’s par for the course these days. This race really did take me to a dark place at the end, I gave everything i had, I’ve never felt so exhausted and took me a good hour to come around. Never again i said, but I’m sure i will be back again next year.

Well done to everyone involved, i cannot thank you all enough

Fitzy

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Andy Robinson sent in this info from the SSC

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2017
This year’s Challenge went well again, with a record 206 finishers and a record amount of food eaten.  Conditions were great underfoot, with no mud at all, and it was a cool day with perfect running conditions.

The results, a race report and a link to hundreds of photos are all on the Challenge webpage at

helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/sandstone-intro.htm

There were 7 Helsby runners, all of them heroes of course:
2nd: Chris Fitzpatrick, 4:42
33rd: Phil Roberts, 5:58
34th: Gaz O’Connor, 5:59
35th: Jim Jones, 6:00
39th: Gareth Boyd, 6:09
81st: Lesley Feakes, 7:06
84th: Roy Duffy, 7:16
Finally, the full results for Helsby runners at parkruns last weekend can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th April 2017

Hello all. A big thank you for all the reports, it’s a monster blog this week so grab a brew, put your feet up and let’s get started!

Mini Trail Series Reminder

It’s our first “Mini Trail” race of the series on Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at Thurstaston on the Wirral. The route takes in trail paths, beach and the Wirral Way, total distance for this is around 6 miles, nothing too difficult, only a bit undulating and is a stunning race on the Wirral coastline, pretty cheap to enter too at only a fiver on the night. Let’s try and get a good turn out of green vests for this folks.

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

AGM

Please keep the date of our AGM free if you can; it’s Wed 24th May following our training run, 8:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club.  It’s our time of year to reflect on last year and discuss the next one. All your comments & ideas are greatly appreciated & accepted!  Your committee (listed on our blog) have mostly said they will carry on for another year – unless of course anyone else would like to have a go!  However:-

Ian Lancucci who keeps count of all our club championships throughout the year plans to step down next year so we are looking for someone to shadow him this year to take over next.

Jo Lacking is finding it difficult to act effectively as Lady Captain with increasing work away from home so we are looking for a ladies Captain to focus on the roads & in particular the Border League.

Andy Robinson will be stepping down as Sandstone Trail Challenge organiser after this year’s race. Ben is happy to take over this role but has suggested we create a team of say 4 people to co-ordinate the race (mainly on race day). This works so well for the 4 Villages & is the best way forward to spread the load.

Agenda here: 2017 AGM agenda

Please let me know (in advance if you can), if you would like to volunteer, have any ideas or need any information to make you decide jackiekeasley@btinternet.com,

Cheers

Jackie your chair.

Sandstone Trail Challenge Sat 6 May – Cake Appeal

Those of you who are into cake baking, please, if you possibly can, bake something for the finishers in the Sandstone Trail Challenge.

We’ll have 250 hungry runners and walkers turning up in Frodsham on 6 May after doing 33 miles, & they deserve it!

Anything you can bake, please, to Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, any time on the morning of Saturday 6 May.  The finishers start arriving from about 1pm.

Thanks  very much!

Andy & Ben.

Just for info

The Thursday blue grass will be in the Lounge Wednesday the 10th as the Darts final is on the 11th their normal day. So Bowls and runners will be in the TV bar. I have sat in on the blue grass and they are quite good!!

Also the Great British Tennis weekend
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY 14th May 9am – 3pm.

Free mini tennis, junior tennis, cardio tennis, tennis express and family tennis.
All equipment provided.

BBQ lunchtime

Book your FREE place at

www.helsbytennis.co.uk

Thanks
Betty

Hale 5

Firstly the belated results from the Hale 5 (17th April) which we missed in the blog last week.

Roy Gaskill, Ian Hamling, Joanne Lacking, Rachael Holden and Geoff & Janet Shaw all competed in this fast 5 mile race around the roads of Hale Village. Roy had a cracker despite running on sore ankles :0

Well done all

Full results here http://www.ukresults.net/2017/hale5.html

Borders League No.7 – Wrexham

An excellent report sent in from our BL Coordinator Fitzy. A big thank you for rallying the troops this season! What a fantastic season we’ve had, over to Fitzy for his words on the final race at Wrexham…

“We headed over to Wrexham for our final borders league race of the season, to race a 4.4 mile industrial estate route which is part of the Village bakery half route. Another cracking turnout seen 31 green vests, who also took part in leg 1 of Helsby V Felsby (Helsby lead the way going into the 2nd leg at Dinas Bran Fell Race by 371 points to 309, no doubt all the big guns of the fell running world will be out to come from behind and take the title again)

This was a super quick race, with a lot of people recording their fastest mile splits that they have ever done in the first mile, and it didn’t half tell with strong performances from all, with the Men coming in 3rd overall again for the 3rd time running, and Helsby ladies coming in 4th. Colin Thompson coming in 1st for the men, and  Jane Ashbrook 1st for the ladies .

The mens team finished the season 5th, only 21 points off 4th spot, whilst the ladies after taking penalty points at the beginning of the season pulling it back to finish 5th as well, again only a few points separating them and 4th spot.

For us who stayed for the presentation afterwards, Helsby came home with 6 trophies in total.”

Colin Thompson 6th senior

Chris Fitzpatrick 8th senior

Laura Baynham-Hughes 4th V35

Neil Finegan 6th V40

Jane Ashbrook joint 3rd V40

Debbie Read 1st V55

Full results

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

Congratulation to everyone who took part and thanks for all your kind comments, hopefully i haven’t nagged you all too much and will see you all back in September/October for the start of the new season.”

Mid Cheshire 5k  (28th April)

Three separate reports for our 5th club counter from Ian Rutherford, Danny Ryder and Davyd Michell. Thanks guys and well done to everyone who took part.

First up is Ian…

“There was a bit of extra excitement around this race than normal as it was to incorporate the English Athletics’ Championships.  What is already a super-fast course, which attracts the best local runners, would see some genuine Elite-class on the starting line from far and wide.

In reality, apart from seeing a few more thorough warm-ups than normal; you didn’t get to see much of the elite field as a runner in the race (well I didn’t), expect it was good from a spectators vantage point though. What was great to see was lots familiar faces both those in the green vest and other clubs as well; clearly this race has fast become a local favourite.

A number of us felt we had PB potential given the fast course and that became reality for quite a few which (hopefully) has been highlighted in the results.  For me (and to keep this succinct) I would single out the following for particular mention:

Danny Ryder’s 16:51 showing what a genuinely quick runner he is and most definitely much more to come (especially if we can keep him off the bike a bit more) 😉

Davyd Michell’s whopping PB now at 19:16 over 40 seconds quicker than previous and consummate to the amount of effort and training he is sticking in…sub 19 is the next attainable target mate.

And last but by no means least, Adele Croxton, first lady home for Helsby on the night and ran a PB 21 mins dead (sadly the sub 21 was provisional – see below)

A slight frustration observed by all were that the provisional times being adjusted upwards, in some cases by 3-4 seconds; which in my case was enough to alter my equal 12 year-old 5K PB of 17:48 to 17:51 in the qualified results. Hey ho, I’m sure they did this so they knew I’d enter the summer race as well 😉

Great running everyone.”

Next is Danny Ryder…

“On Friday the 29th of April Danielle and I, along with a good number of other Helsby members ran the Mid Cheshire 5k. The race also incorporated the English 5k road champs and as a result there was a very strong field in attendance. After watching some of the rather serious looking warm ups, I thought I’d better get moving myself and went for a bit of a run around Ball Lane.

Suitably warm I made my way to start line and found somewhere out of the way of the serious looking runners. After some time, the race official managed to coerce the front guys behind the start line so the race could actually start.

The race started incredibly quickly, a combination of adrenaline and the downhill start. I tried to keep the pace in check, aware that what goes down must go up. The ‘climb’ was more of a drag really, but 20m elevation gain has never hurt so much. Once the ‘climb’ was crested there were a few rollers to deal with before the final kilometer on the main road, again downhill. I had spent the previous 4km waiting to get to this point, however once I made it there I found my legs unwilling to increase to their cadence.

Following some loud encouragement from Steve Riley and Paul Frodsham (sorry if I’ve missed anyone, it was all a bit blurry by this point) I managed to find something extra and kick on in the last 400m to gain a few places before the finish.

All in all, this was a great race with plenty of PB’s being set by all. I’ll be back in August to run again, hopefully with a bit more speed training I can come back and set another new PB. For anyone looking for a fast 5k road race run on closed roads I would definitely recommend this race.”

And finally over to Davyd…

“Friday at Kingsley saw the running of the Mid Cheshire 5k, not only was this a club counter but also this year the inaugural England 5k Championships. This gave the runners the chance to mix it with elites, and if you were good enough to run Sub 14:40 for the men and 16:40 for women you got you own changing facilities and toilets!

23 Hesby vests took park with many testing their legs to see if 2 fast races in 2 days was a good idea. The course is now getting a reputation as one of the fastest around and this meant there was a full field of 476 runners finished. The green army performed well on the day and with some fantastic support around the course, noticeably The Frodfather positioning himself strategically with 400m to go to ensure we all got that last bit of energy out, ensuring some great times, and Pbs. 1st home was Danny Ryder in a rapid 16:51, well done, but even he was 2:51 behind the winner, Ben Connor who clocked a course record 14:00…wow!
1st Helsby lady was Adele Croxton in 21:00, well done. Performance of the race for me goes to Carol Shaw who clocked 21:29 for 1st in her age category, cracking running.

Flushed with some Pbs, tired legs, hungry and thirsty 11 Helsby runners made a quick get away for the main event of the evening refueling with curry and beer in Frodsham like the afleets we are. A good evening was had by all and there were a few sore heads the next day, but it was a great way to finish off the evening and hopefully we can repeat this in future with even more of us.”

Full results of the race here
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Spring-2017#

Some photos here, curtsey of Mick Hall
http://mickhall.zenfolio.com/f668639386

If you want to run this course the good news there is another even in August, but be quick
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Summer

Hartland Heartbreaker

Jim Jones has been at the long hilly stuff again, this time at the Hartland Hartbreaker. Over to Jim with this fab report…

“On Saturday I nipped down to North Devon, pitched a tent, and ran the 18 mile Hartland Hartbreaker while catching up with some pals from Ilfracombe Running Club. The race starts and finishes in the hidden grounds of Hartland Abbey and includes over 2700ft of climb around a stunning coastline. It rained all day, making a tough race that bit more interesting as there was lots of slippy mud along the cliff edges. It was great fun though with no shortage of alcohol along the route. There was a Sangria stop, then a Prosecco and a Tequila stop (but I can’t remember what order they were in!), and then halfway up the final muddy climb, there was man with a barrel of real ale! After partaking in the delicious brew, I was handed a rope to assist me up the final slippery push. It was all down hill then to the Abbey and the much talked about “river crossing” – though it was more akin to a wide stream for a fell runner. I didn’t win anything but got back uninjured and had good laugh.”

Results are here:

http://northdevonroadrunners.com/component/zoo/item/hartland-hartbreaker-18-mile-results-2017

OMM Lite

A brilliant race was had by super couple CBH & LBH, it was Laura’s first foray into mountain marathon running and what a brilliant result guys. CBH has sent in a full report…

“The bank holiday weekend saw Laura and I take on the OMM Lite – a taster for the full mountain marathon experience. There was a long and short score class on foot or mountain bikes but rather than needing to carry your camping gear and overnight food competitors parked vans, pitched tents and could buy their food from the camp or the local pub should they wish.

Having ventured out to race at the border league on a splendid Wednesday evening we immediately realised the error of our ways. Wednesday had been a revelation, dodging the drudgery of a mountain environment on such a fine evening so we could run in a rectangle around an industrial estate. Sadly, we were forced to endure the Brecon Beacons for two whole days. Disaster.

Given that Laura had never run for more than 2.5 hours before I was cautious in working out what we could achieve within the 7 hours we had. The plan had been to run for a bit and then enjoy a nice walk out together. Early doors we came across another couple and the competitor came out in the pair of us.

I’ve spent more of my life with Laura than without her, yet she still manages to surprise and amaze me. In the end we ran for pretty much the full 7 hours and clocked up 35 miles and a sprint finish to come in having used all but 40 seconds of the 7 hours. Looking at the leader board we were first. Overall. By 120 points.

The other couple came in and we were bumped into second, despite us being faster than them. A smarter route had allowed them to take in an extra 30 points but late back meant they were 28 points ahead. One small Nav error had cost us 20 points (although we would have incurred penalty points for being later home) but the real blow had been the decision to go into the woods which was convoluted vs a now obvious line. Oh well, we’d had an amazing day out and were celebrating over a few beers so mission accomplished. We’d never dreamed of being right up there, but third overall and second in the mixed was a total result.

Day 2 started well and according to plan. I’d planned out a couple of routes the night before based upon expected open controls and totalled up the values to make the decision. We got going and despite thinking she wouldn’t be able to walk after day 1, we were soon running along. We finished 22 miles later and 2.5 minutes over our allotted 5 hours due to a small issue with a fence. Checking the leader board the other couple had smashed it. I’d made the error of not doing a secondary visual check of the open controls on day 2 so there was a far more efficient route that the two orienteers had spotted.

We were still incredibly chuffed with how the weekend had gone. 3rd overall, 2nd mixed. A podium finish was well deserved for our first mountain marathon together. Hopefully the first of many!”

Results: https://www.theomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/omm-lite-overall-results-sheet1.pdf

Diggle Cake Race

Steve Riley has sent in this excellent report for the Diddle Cake Race. Any race with “cake” in the title gets my vote! Over to Steve…
“Ben F (sadly out of action) put me on to this one last year.
Saturday saw the Diggle Cake Race, 10 miles of pure evil/fun over the moors and reservoirs around Saddleworth, beyond Oldham. The charge? None. Free entry for home bakers, a fiver for the lazy/more conventional. A 2 pound donation in the hall afterwards buys you a cuppa and as much cake as you feel you’ve earned. In my case quite a lot. Strava reckoned on 2000 cals total for the day – quite a backlog to address. Some super fast performances up at the front (recognised at least one international on the list) right through to the gaggle of club mates at the rear an hour or so later, grinning at the sheer daftness of it all.
 
The race? Oh, the usual moors, steep climbs, stream crossings, tussocks, steps, fast descents. Jamie D for company who had me for a few places, despite usual protests of heavy legs and no fitness.”

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Parkrun

If you made it this far please see the consolidated results from all the park runs on Saturday. Well done to all the green vests who made it to one.

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

Phew! That’s all this week. Thank you again for all the superb reports, it really illustrates how active the club is at present. The future is definitely green! 🙂

Col T

Helsby RC News from 17th to 23rd April 2017

Welcome to the weekly round up and thanks to everyone who has sent reports to the inbox this week – there’s a good few this week. Please keep sending anything in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Firstly though, a couple of reminders:

Tomorrow – Wednesday 26/04/17 at 7.15pm – Borders League Race 7.

It’s the final race of the series tomorrow, to be staged at Wrexham AC with a presentation after the race. Let’s have another great turn-out to consolidate the hard work done so far!

Next Wednesday 03/05/17 at 7.15pm – Dinas Bran Fell Race

At Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen. This is our next Club Fell Counter and also a Mini Series Counter. I believe the Dina’s Bran and tomorrow’s Borders race are also included in the Helsby v Felsby series ( See Fitzy’s FB posts for more details).

Racing News:

Goldrush Trail Race – Saturday 22/04/2017.

We had two Helsby Trail runners over in Coed Y Brenin on Saturday. Danny and Danielle Ryder participated in the GoldRush Trail. Thanks for sending in the report guys:

“The Ryders made a day trip out to Coed y Brenin for the Goldrush Trail race on Saturday which is arguably the best waymarked running route at Coed y Brenin. A short 8.5mile route makes the most of the amazing singletrack on offer with some really technical climbs and descents, and amazing views. The race didn’t start until 1, so a leisurely drive including a stop for breakfast and cake still got us to the venue with time to have one of the cafes excellent flapjacks and for Danny to drag me on a really hilly warm up! As normal I said my good byes to Danny at the start line and left him at the front to find a space further down the field. It was an amazing run with some of the best weather we have ever had at Coed y Brenin with a remarkably dry trail – it was my first time running the entire route and keeping dry feet! Despite this Danny still managed a fall, but I suppose that’s excusable as he did finish 6th overall. I can definitely say the track sessions on a Monday night and the hill sprints have helped me this year as I overtook on the climbs, but I definitely need to work on my descents as they always catch me back up. Luckily for me the route finishes on a steady fireroad climb so I managed to overtake two females to come 9th female overall. It was a brilliantly organised race and we would recommend any of the races at Coed y Brenin. This is our third race at the venue having ran their winter half marathon route and their 3 hour night trail wales races. Definitely recommend a Helsby day trip if anyone fancies it – really good showers and a café J

Danielle and Danny”

Full result for the Goldrush Trail Race are HERE

 

‘Teenager with Attitude’ and the ‘Anniversary Waltz’ fell races – Saturday 22/04/2017

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We had a few of the Helsby crew up in The Lakes on Saturday for two fell races, one of which was another of our club counters. Thanks to Tim Palmer for sending in the report:

” Saturday saw a small team of Green Army runners heading for the Lakes for two ‘overlapping’ fell races – Jim O and Phil R for the monster Teenager with Altitude race (15.4 miles 7,600 ft ascent) aka Teenager aka TWA – as I didn’t run it, I can’t say much other than Jim was the first home and both Jim and Phil looked as though they had a challenging run.

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Suzanne, Laura, Phil G and I opted for the slightly lesser Anniversary Waltz race (11.5 miles 3,600 ft ascent) which shares it is the same last 7.5 miles with TWA. The Anniversary Waltz race is held each year to celebrate the marriage of Wynn and Steve Cliff, the race organisers, in 1996. The Pete Bland race map says it ‘has some of the worst and best of Lakeland fell racing. The worst – the 2.5miles of track and road out of Little Town. The very best – the final descent off Catbells, a downhill finish to the free beer in the Village Hall.’ I don’t fully agree with this – the worst is actually a nice warm-up for things to come and the best should include the amazing run from High Spy to Maiden Moor – lovely running, great views. I do agree with the ‘brutally direct’ comment about the climb up Robinson – mile 4 has ¼ mile of vertical ascent with bits at 1 in 2.81E43435-FFA8-4ADD-A0D8-35F5858810B5

Laura was first home for Helsby, followed by Tim, then Phil, and then, Suzanne who crossed the line with Sharon and Jen from Tattenhall (after possibly a more social race than the rest of us). A great day in lovely weather and terrain – a fell race to remember – brilliant day out.

Still waiting for results to be published online. The Anniversary Waltz is our 2nd fell counter with Phil and Jim’s times in TWA being multiplied by 0.63 to give them Anni Wa times.

Thanks to Ben, Andy, Sue, CBH and the mini BHs for support out on the course (and some managed a chat with Joss Naylor, a fell racing legend)”

Loads more pics are available HERE and HERE

London Marathon – Sunday 23/04/17

We had 5 Helsby members running in the London Marathon on Sunday and some fantastic times were had. Well done everyone!

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Park run – Saturday 22/04/17

Parkruns were busy this weekend with 18 Helsby athletes participating in 7 different events and as far afield as the USA, from where Ben Williams has sent a brilliant report (below). A couple of other notable finishers were a new PB’s for Colin Thompson (17:35 and 1st place) at Phoenix, and Jim Higgins (21:57) at Delamere.

Helsby’s consolidated parkrun results can be viewed HERE. Well done all park runners, and thanks to Ben for the report:

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun

“After booking our holiday to the US, I realised that with some careful planning I could run my 100th parkrun there. So after running my 99th a couple of weeks back, a couple of volunteering stints meant the plan was a goer.

Parkrun is still relatively new in the US, but there are three in the Washington DC area – I found myself heading for Roosevelt Island DC parkrun, the most central of the three. The venue is an island in the Potomac river which serves as a monument to Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a beautiful green oasis surrounded by the city, but with jets roaring overhead every few minutes to remind you you’re in the capital city.

The turnout was pretty small, with a lot of tourists. I met runners from Bristol, Hampshire, Dublin, as well as Australia and the US. I don’t know why numbers aren’t higher amongst Americans, I passed plenty of runners on the way there so it’s not that they don’t run. Prior to DC we’d been to Boston, which is a running-mad city and they don’t have a parkrun at all – I don’t get it.

The run itself was lovely, trail paths which reminded me of Delamere, and a long section across a raised boardwalk crossing a swamp. It was mostly flat with small undulations, including a tiny but nasty climb at about 4.5k just to turn legs to jelly at the end. I was hoping for a single-figures finish but got passed by two guys near the end, putting me 10th. A finish position I’m never likely to repeat in any race!

Because the field was so small, everyone stayed to watch the last runners come in, have a chat and sign the visitors book before heading our separate ways back to the city. It’s a brilliant, low-key, friendly event I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves over there.

Cheers
Ben”

Wirral Track Endurance Series 2017

Davyd Mitchell sent in this report which includes details of the Track Endurance Series. There are still 3 events that can be entered this year – details in Davyd’s report (thanks Davyd) :

“A couple of Wednesdays ago I attended the Wirral Endurance track series. This is a series of track races ranging from 3k to 10K and a chance to run at the famous Bebbington oval, location of the chariots of fire film.
Tonight’s race was 5k and blustery conditions met the 15 runners as we took the line, abilities were wide ranging which unfortunately meant I got lapped a bit, lapped a runner and spent 5k chasing 1 runner to no avail. This did have the benefit of me finishing 12th and being happy with my 19:54 for a PB.
This was the first in this years series of 4 races, the next is a 3k followed by 10k and then the final 5k. The great news is that its only a £2 to enter on the night, so would be great to see a few of us do this.

Results and details of the series can be found HERE

Davyd”

That’s it for this week folks. If I’ve missed anything let me know and I’ll update the blog. Keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Hopefully see you all tomorrow at Wrexham for the Borders League,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up 10th April to 16th April 2017

Hello Green Army

It’s hard work putting these race reports together seeing we don’t get that many in these days, come on help us bloggers out a little and send in a quick race report please, address as per usual, helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices of events coming up in the next few weeks and also 2 of our most popular races of the year that sell out pretty quickly, so get in there fast.

Tattenhall Tough Team is to be held on Friday 23rd June 7pm, it’s a brilliant event where you team up with 3 runners, and run the 9 mile course taking on the famous railway or stairway to hell as they call it. You can enter on the night in past years but it gets busier and busier so wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. I’m not organising it this year as to be honest it’s a nightmare to sort out loads of teams so I ask you all to sort out your teams and get the forms printed off and sent in asap. On Facebook we have started organising teams so if you are not on FB feel free to email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com and I’ll let people know you are interested.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/tough-team-race/

Dearnford Lake relays is to be held on Thursday 13th July 7.30pm, again its teams of 3 and you all run as fast as your legs will carry you for 2 miles and then hand over to your partner to run the next and again for the last leg. This will sell out, so get your entries in fast. I know Bish and Jane have been helping organise via Facebook but again if you are not on FB email me again if you are needing to join a team.

http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/relay.aspx

This is what we have so far

Men – I have tagged as Helsby Men ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ are: –

 

A

Colin Thompson

Colin Bishop

Chris Fitzpatrick

 

B

Ian Rutherford

Ian Hamling

Ivan Davies

 

C

Davyd Michell

Jim Higgins

Paul Cunningham

 

Women

A

Joanne Lacking

Rachael Holden

Juni Swift

 

B

Rhea Howard – Armitage

Shan McCarthy

Gill Fitzpatrick

 

Borders League

 

It’s the last race in the borders league season next Weds 26th April, 7.15pm, to be hosted by Wrexham AC. Again a big turnout is needed please so we don’t incur penalty points. Both mens & ladies teams have done so well this season lets finish the season on a high.

 

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

 

Also, it’s Helsby V’s Felsby 1st leg, so whoever turns up (numbers are low at present) then just let me know who you want to run for as you will get points for your team. The 2nd leg is the Dinas Bran Fell Race on 3rd May. I really want to boost numbers at our fell races and this one is brilliant, more details to follow next week.

 

Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Over to the captain for the weeks only race report.

 

Our 4th road counter saw a sea of green vests lining up to tackle this lovely 5 mile route looping around the back roads of Mickle Trafford. This race in particular is what I love about club organised races, cheap as chips to enter, a fast course and a friendly rivalry and banter with all the local running clubs makes it one of my personal favourites.

 

The course itself can be a PB course if tackled correctly, it has a fast first 2 miles which is all down hill but you need to leave something in the tank for the slow drag back up to the finish. We saw plenty of PB’s from the troops with myself, Fitzy, Ian R, Davyd, Adam, Debbie Read, Tanya Downes (2 minute PB!) and I think Wiggo? all taking slices off our 5 mile PBs, there may have been more I haven’t heard about so please let me know if you got a PB. It’s also congratulations to Jane Ashbrook who is looking in fine shape for the London Marathon and had a superb run for first Helsby lady home. Carol Shaw had a fabulous run to win 2nd in her age group as did John Gallon who was 3rd and a little further down the field it was great to see Shan, Rebecca Gibson, Charlie, Emma Barnes and Chris Morgan all putting in a valiant effort to tidy up the Helsby pack.

 

Thank you to our support on the night, Louise Spruce, Michelle Gordon (and kids), Serena Williams, John Earlston, the Frodfather and of course Joe and Mario.

 

Helsby results below:

 

14 Colin Thompson 27:53

26 Chris Fitzpatrick 28:44

38 Adam Gordon 29:30

45 Ian Rutherford 29:44

57 Jim O’Hara Helsby 30:12

93 Richard Hankins 31:55

113 Davyd Michell 32:55

114 Christopher Murray 32:45

127 Jane Ashbrook 33:23

153 John Peaker 34:31

188 Gary O’Connor 35:46

202 Carol Shaw 36:27 (2nd in age cat)

218 Roy Gaskill 37:07

219 Debbie Read 37:03

255 Geoff Collins 38:51

257 Geoff Shaw 39:01

263 Christopher Igoe 39:08

270 Stephen Wiggins 39:16

307 Edward Roberts 41:15

318 Chris Morgan 41:45

331 Jackie Keasley 42:30

341 Tanya Downes 42:55

368 Shan McCarthy 45:02

377 David Wiggins 46:21

380 Emma Barnes 46:32

382 Rebecca Gibson 47:07

387 John Gallon 48:12 (3rd in age cat)

423 Janet Shaw 48:37

 

Full results here

 

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-5

 

And last of all a special mention to Debbie Read, who had a couple of very successful racing results – a 5 mile pb at The Spring 5 and a WAVA pb (82.15%) at Chester parkrun – all just a few weeks before 60th!

 

She has put this down to the Castle Park Monday night sessions, “those hilly footpaths are hard work but I can honestly say I’m going to miss them throughout the summer – thanks Joe and Mario. I’ll be at the high school but it won’t feel the same”

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races, especially the London crew

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby RC Weekly Update 2-4 to 9-4

Short and not so sweet this week, I’m afraid. No race reports sent in and due to an dodgy internet connection I’ve been unable to pester people to do any, So if you’ve got 20 seconds to spare, read on.

Border League Race 6: New Brighton – 9th Apr 2017

Warm spring sunshine on the seafront contrasted vividly with conditions for race 5. 316 runners lined up for the penultimate race of the season, to run a 5.15 mile course which followed the seafront pavement and coastal embankment for two miles, before turning inland, circling Wallasey Golf Club, coming back to the seafront, and returning along the pavement once more.

First home for Helsby men was Col Thompson while the clubs first lady was Alison Halsall.

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Helsby men were 3rd overall on the day and the ladies 6th which left both teams 5th in respective divisions.

Full team and individual results are below.

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

parkrun

Helsby runners were racing at Chester, Ellesmere Port, Delamere, Phoenix Park and Penrhyn parkruns including a 3rd place finish for Col Thompson at Delmere.

Full club results are below

http://tiny.cc/zlmiky

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby weeky round-up 27th Mar to 2nd Apr 2017

Hello all

Welcome to the weekly racing news. Big thank you to Neil and Fitzy for the reports this week, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I can always update the blog. The website to send reports to is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Before we get to the results round-up please see a few reminders below.

Reminders

Wednesday club training: Please note that our summer hill training runs will start “officially” on Weds 19th April. For those who are new to the club it’s a group hill run and there are various distances and pace groups to choose from.

Monday track training (Helsby High School): For the speedy stuff the interval training at the high school running track will start on Mon 24th April. Please come on down, it’s all inclusive and a great workout. Various groups and options to choose from.

Borders league time again this Sunday and it’s critical that if you haven’t ran a borders league race before and you want to run the last one of the season at the end of April you must run this one. Let’s get another great turnout, and take New Brighton by storm. Men’s and ladies teams are in great positions so let’s continue this, who’s in?

11am start post code is CH45 2PB

Ps: green socks please

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wirral-Border-League-Information-Sheet.pdf

Chester Spring 5 (road counter 4)
Weds 12th April 2017
7pm start
Upton School
Chester
CH2 1NN
http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk

Mid Cheshire – 5K (road counter 5)
Fri 28th April 2017
7.15pm start
Kingsley Cricket Club
Kingsley
Cheshire
WA6 8HY
http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/cutefruitevents ***LIMITED PLACES LEFT**

10k TT

A big thank you to everyone who turned up for the final 10k TT of the winter season last Wednesday, made a nice change to do it in the light 🙂 We had a brand new course record from new kid on the block Richard McGeachie in a phenomenal 35.20! Well done Rich, superb running mate!

A little further down the field and new member Susie Woodwood-Moor took a huge chunk of time off her previous PB and crossed the line in 52.51 and was our first and only female in the 10k. Shan was our sole runner in the 6k and ran an excellent race to take the chequered flag in 34.39. Well done to everyone else and thank you to everybody who has supported the time trial over the last few months, we hope you have all enjoyed it.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Louise Spruce (race director) Joe & Mario (timing) and all those who have volunteered to tail run, marshal and help out with the timing this season. Thank you all! Also a big thank you to Meadow Lea Farm Cafe for the use of their car park. See you all in October 🙂

Cheers
Col

6k

1 Shan McCarthy 34.39

10k

1 Richard McGeachie 35.20
2 Phil Tomkinson 43.20
3 James Gray 46.31
4 Geoff Collins 50.14
5 Charlie Roberts 52.13
6 Susie Woodward-Moor 52.51

Hills, Sunshine, Free Beer – Darwen Half Marathon (3rd Road Counter)

Report by Neil Finegan

Set in the picturesque Lancashire countryside, the rolling hills of Darwen provides a pretty unique/difficult race in that none of it is flat. 13.1 miles of crawling up hills and running down the other side, a race which is impossible to pace as your speed fluctuates with the terrain. So you have to go with the flow, survive the uphills and embrace the downhills as you would in a fell race rather than your typical road race.

It is a small scale event, hosted by the Darwen Dashers running club (500 runner capacity). Starting in the town centre (with an immediate 1km climb to give you a taste of what is to come) the race consists of 3 big climbs (around 300- 400ft each) The route is superb, through country park via winding and undulating roads. It was a clear sunny day and you could see for miles around – something to take the mind off the next long climb.  The last hill at mile 10 is particularly brutal, a real steep climb – one of those hills that send the legs to jelly at the top.  But then comes a brilliant finish – the last 2 miles are all on a fast gradual downhill – a bit like our own towers lane finish but longer.

You really can’t fault the organisation – £20 for a fantastic course, t-shirt, medal, fruit and free beer.  A real friendly atmosphere and a race that is unforgettable in many ways – there aren’t many half marathons where you can run the last mile at 5:20 minute mile pace.

The race winner was a local legend, Ben fish – normally a 1:05 marathon runner – he finished in just under 1:10 on this difficult course. It was my second year of running this course and I was chuffed to knock 90 seconds off my time from last year with a 1:24 finish in 16th.  Richard Hankins was also in the top 50 and running a course like this at just over 7 M/M pace is a real achievement.  Third home for Helsby (and 4th in his age category) was Geoff Collins in 1:53.

A lot of very happy (and relieved) runners at the finish.
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Pos    M    F    Forename    Surname    Cat    Cat/Pos    ChipTime    GunTime   
16 0016 Neil Finegan M40 (006/039) 01:24:15 01:24:17
44 0044 Richard Hankins M45 (009/029) 01:33:37 01:33:40
149 0128 Geoff Collins M60 (004/008) 01:53:38
Ed: Cracking run Neil, great time considering you have been out injured for a few months. Welcome back!

Liverpool Half Marathon & 10 Miler

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick
A beautiful sunny day down on the Liverpool water front with a bit of head wind, lovely i thought. My aim was to get a PB, but anything under 1h19 and i’d still be happy. I know this is a bit of an expensive half but apart from our very own 4VHM this would be the next best half marathon race i’ve done, it runs like clockwork, its a fast course, and there’s plenty of support out on the streets of Liverpool. BTR never get it wrong.

I started just behind a Violin, yes a 6ft Violin. i didn’t overtake the Violin until the last 2 miles as well, it was pretty fast, respect to whoever was in that costume. The route consists of the first 2 miles out of town, up upper parliament street and heading over to Sefton Park. A big loop of the park see’s you head over to Otterspool prom, and like myself most runners are looking for a PB until you hit the waterfront. The next 4 miles are fighting the head wind and demons in your head that say give up, all the way to the finish. When that headwind isn’t about it’s a cracker of a course although i enjoyed todays race a lot more that i ever have done.

First Name Surname Gender Category Category Position 5 Mile 10 Mile Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time
Chris Fitzpatrick Male M40+ 4 00:29:07 00:58:51 01:18:40 29 01:18:37
Carl Pratt Male MOPEN 395 00:36:10 01:12:37 01:41:26 690 01:36:15
Stephen Roach Male M40+ 131 00:38:21 01:19:10 01:46:46 991 01:45:53
Paul Roberts Male MOPEN 529 00:39:01 01:19:54 01:46:46 992 01:46:37
Tanya Downes Female F40+ 101 00:46:30 01:35:33 02:12:29 2820 02:09:03
Claire Morton Female F55+ 25 00:51:09 01:41:06 02:17:56 3101 02:13

 Full results for the half

http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2505

Also a mention to El Capitano, who came 4th in the 10 mile race

Full results for the 10 miler
Loads of green vests out and about at the various parkruns. Well done to all who took part in one. Please find all the consolidated results for Helsby RC below.
I think that’s it this week. Please let me know if anything is missing.
Keep on running…..
Col T

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th March 2017

Hello everyone, well its been a busy weekend for Helsby RC and there are some good write -ups in the inbox this week. Firstly though, just a reminder that its our next road counter this Sunday 2/04/17 – Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Online entries close tonight 29/03/17 at 23:55. So still time to get your entry in HERE.

Helsby RC have another new member! A warm welcome to Susie Woodward-Moor who has recently joined the Green Army.

So now on with the racing news:

Llantysilio Fell Race – Saturday 25/03/17

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Thanks Laura for sending in this report:

“Saturday saw the first race in the club’s Fell series, the Llantysilio fell race, with 10 green vests hitting the hills on an absolute cracker of a day. Contrary to popular belief it is possible to have a fell race with glorious sunshine and no need for the normally required kit of full body waterproofs! Starting at the Sun Inn in Rhewl (near Llangollen) the route starts with a nice ascent up on to an undulating ridge (okay quite a few big ups and downs), before the descent down to the finish 6 miles and 2100ft of climb later. It is a lovely route, lots of running to be had and some stunning views. Big thanks to Joe and Mario for support – Joe was perched on the side of a mountain for the first big climb taking photos – all that was missing was his picnic. Thanks also to Andy Smith for support and photos and Tattenhall club for putting on a great race again. Official results not out yet, but from memory the Helsby team order was:

Jim O’Hara 2nd
Neil Finegan 7th
Phil Roberts
Laura Baynham-Hughes (3rd lady)
Phil Gillard
Steve Riley
Janet Robertson
Rachel Arnold
Sue Buck
Charlie Roberts”

Cheshire 10k (Arley Hall) – Sunday 26/03/17

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A report from Colin Thompson on our second club road counter of the season:

“There was a modest turn out of green vests at our second road counter at the Cheshire 10k, a shame because this is one of the flattest 10k’s around and with perfect running conditions it was a great opportunity to hunt down a PB. To be fair it did fall on a weekend of ultras and fell races, hopefully we won’t get any more clashes this year.

On to the race and it was excellent running by the troops and loads of new PB’s too, congratulations to Kate Mann who raced a stormer to take first Helsby lady home and big kudos to Fitzy for winning his age category and bagging a new PB! Well done to everyone else and big thank you to Wiggo (our support crew).

Please find all Helsby results below:

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Full results

It’s also worth a look on the Cheshire 10k FB page as there are loads of photo’s which are free to download.

Cheers
Col T”

Chester Ultra Marathon – Saturday 25/03/17

Five of us ran the Ultra on Saturday and Helsby won a trophy for 2nd Team. In such a long race  we probably had our highs and lows at different stages. For me the low was the last 20 miles! The high was the support along the way and at the finish, particularly from the Helsby gang -Boydy, Frodders, Phil, Charlie, Jim, Sharon – thanks guys!

Thanks Degsy and Ben for sending in their accounts below:

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Not much movement here, but still won 2nd Team Prize!

“Chester ultra My first “one off” 52 mile run. Up at 4am,what’s all that about? thought only CBH and Fitzy done that! Kit check before the race to check I had my map and compass which in my hands may aswell be a chocolate fire guard. Great to see gaz, Jim, wiggo and Ben from the green army at check in. 6am race start just as it got light. Having no idea how to pace one of these things I was made up to run with gaz who does this crazy sh!t for fun. 1st 13 miles across fields and along the river dee were great for passing the miles away. Great to to see boydy at the 1st 2 check points screaming the famous “Green army”. Then next 10 miles were pretty tough along a canal section and into dunham on the hill. At this stage I thought there is no way I’m gonna do another 28 miles. Next up onto helsby hill, frodsham hill and then onto the sandstone trail, by far the best 20 miles of the race and we even got a cry of “Green army” off some random fella in the middle of the sandstone trail haha. Great to see frodders at around mile 32 (he’s much better at running than working the camera on his phone) after waiting 3 hours for frodders to take our photo we plodded on missing a gate at mile 42 (gaz should of been looking out better 😉) after ducking under electric fences and climbing barbed wire ones we realised maybe we had veered off course. Phones out to find the route and we were back on track for the last section along a canal back into Waverton. Really tough last 6 miles into the finish. Absolutely loved it. Brilliant weather, organisation, checkpoints, volunteers, marshals…. can’t wait to sign up again

Sorry for the long report (my usual reports couldn’t do this event justice)
Degsy”

Another view from the Chester Ultra from Ben:

“Well, what a brilliant event! I took part in this ultra on Saturday, along with Degs, Jim, Gaz and Ste. I was nervous about entering this event, as it’s the first ‘running’ ultra I’ve entered (as opposed to LDWA events) and I was worried it might be a bit ‘elite’ for me, but there was no need to worry. As part of the event build-up, the organisers ran organised recces of the route, in manageable sections. I only made the first of these, but it was good to meet other runners, and it meant there were a few familiar faces around on the day.

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The event briefing took place just as dawn broke, without a cloud in the skies. The ground was frozen, but things warmed up as soon as the sun came up, and by the time we reached Chester city centre it was getting hot. I’d set off to run with Ste, but he was struggling with a cold and so in true Top Gear style, I dropped him at the first checkpoint (sorry mate). I felt I ran well for the whole first half of the run, and reached halfway in around 4 and a half hours. However, the first half was mostly flat and paved – all of the hills and muddy trails came in the second half. After climbing Helsby Hill the next part of the route to Frodsham covered our Wednesday run, and it was nice to be on familiar ground. The climb up Frodsham Hill took it out of me, and I struggled from then on, running down any hills but pretty much walking the rest. Then the sting in the tail came at Beeston, where we turned off the Sandstone Trail and on to a long, 6-mile drag along the canal to the finish. I was broken by then, I could only shuffle a few hundred yards at a time before having to walk, and in the end I couldn’t even shuffle. I don’t think I cried but I felt like it, and that canal towpath goes on forever. I was overjoyed to see the finish, and to run the final few yards with my nephew.

Overall it’s a lovely route, passing a lot of familiar places. The whole event was made even better by the camaraderie between the runners, the support of the checkpoints and the fantastic weather. Thanks to the Helsby members who were out and about supporting too – cheers Gareth, Betty and Paul. It’s great to see familiar faces when you need a boost.

cheers
Ben”

Helsby finishers were:

Derek Morris, 23rd, 09:14 / Gaz O’Connor, 30th, 09:26 / Jim Jones, 80th, 10:57 / Ben Williams, 115th, 12:06 / Steve Wiggins, 157th, 13:48

Full results for Chester Ultra are HERE

Coniston 14 – Saturday 25/03/17

Jackie Keasley and Jane Ashbrook were up in the Lakes on Saturday enjoying the views around Coniston. Thanks Jackie for sending in the report and pics:

“Jane and I ran the Coniston 14 race on Saturday in glorious conditions. Not as hilly as Lantisillio and not as long as the Chester UItra but very picturesque with snow on the summits and warm sunshine.

Jane in London Marathon training ran to and from the race from her campervan spot in Hawkshead. Bill drove me leisurely to the start line ready for my 22nd running of the Coniston 14 race, it’s one I’ll never tire of, especially when you turn around at the far end of the lake and get this view.

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Well done to Jane who finished 133rd overall, 14th lady (in a field of over 1100,), 3rd in her age category in 1:41:58. I took it steadily, took in the views and took longer than ever before 2:15:25, 721st. One to saviour.

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PS It’s the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon club road counter next Sunday, 2nd April. An excellent hilly half around the Lancashire Moors organised by Darwen Dashers. On-line entries close on Wednesday 29th March at 23:55 http://dashers.org.uk/events/half
I have an entry that unfortunately I cannot use so if anyone wants it and can swap the name they are welcome. darwenhalf@gmail.com Please let me know 

Cheers
Jackie”

 

Parkrun – Saturday 25/03/17

We had 8 Helsby runners participating across 5 different Parkruns on Saturday. Well done Debbie Read who finished as 2nd lady at Delamere. Our club consolidated results are HERE

Think that’s it for this week folks. Let me know if I have missed anything and I’ll update the blog.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

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

 

Hello Green Army

Not a lot in the inbox this week, so a quick mention to the fell and road counter’s coming up this weekend. Saturday see’s Felsby go to Llantysillio Fell Race, 11am start, 6.2 miles of grass, mud and probably lots of hills. Sunday will see us roadies head to Arley Hall for the Cheshire 10k, 9.30am start, which I am told is on a very fast course. It’s also mother’s day, happy mother’s day to all you mums out there.

Also whilst we are talking about Fell and road races, don’t forget Helsby V’s Felsby takes place again soon, email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com if you want to take part. Basically we get as many to run the last borders league race on Weds 26th April in Wrexham, and then the following Weds we race again at the Dinas Bran Fell race near Llangollen. Just nominate yourself as a Fell or road runner, turn up and I will sort the rest out.

Park run seen runners out (and falling over) in Runcorn, Newbury, Warrington, Delamere, Workington, Widnes and Croxteth. Full consolidated results below

 

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A message from Jackie

 

A bit belated because I left for a week’s remote hut to hutting in deepest Norway early the morning after out presentation evening.

 

Here’s a summary of who won what. Thanks to all who made the evening and compiled the statistics. It was great too getting all the community groups that helped in the Four Villages together at the start of the evening to personally give out their donation cheques too.  I’ll put the video on the 4V website sometime soon. Congratulations to all category winners and to everyone who turned up to run in all our club counters last season, may it inspire you all to run a record number of counters this season too!

 

Roads Championship
Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Men’s Runner Up Neil Finegan
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Men’s V45 Winner Gary O’Connor
Men’s V50 Winner Dave Feakes
Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Ladies Champion Joanne Lacking
Ladies Runner Up Tanya Downes
Ladies Senior Winner Rachel Holden
Fells Championship
Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
Men’s Runner Up Ben Fletcher
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Baynham-Hughes
Men’s V40 Winner Phil Roberts
Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Ladies Winner Laura Baynham-Hughes
Ladies Runner Up Sue Buck
Ladies V50 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship
Men’s 1st Place Colin Bishop
Men’s 2nd Place Neil Finegan
Men’s 3rd Place Gareth Boyd
Ladies 1st Place Suzanne Fletcher
Ladies 2nd Place Rachel Arnold
Ladies 3rd Place Christina Roach
Club Champions
Neil Finegan
Laura Baynham-Hughes
Mini Fells
Mens Winner Neil Finegan
Ladies Winner Suzanne Fletcher
Trail Series
Mens Winner Colin Thompson
Ladies Winner Debbie Read
Runners Runner
Jackie Keasley
Most Improved Runner
Mens Winner Adam Gordon
Ladies Winner Alison Halsall
Greatest Comeback
Gareth Boyd

 

The Border Leagues wards will be made after the tow final races are completed. Note we were able to give the club championship awards out because with two races to go Neil & Laura were uncatchable! Even more amazing!

 

Nesta says – Just wanted to let you know I raised £198 on Friday night!!! Really chuffed x   All for her Leukaemia London Marathon fund raising. Good luck to all in London.

 

Plus thanks for my Runners Runner votes this year, makes another one chuffed!

 

Over to the single race report of the week and it sounded like a cracker, Geoff Collins do tell us more…

 

Race Report Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon – 19 March 2017

Richard Hankins and I headed down to Gloucestershire for the Forest of Dean Trail Half Marathon.  This proved to be a really cracking good value race.  It certainly exceeded my expectations in the search for a different half marathon experience, attracted by the good race reviews. Richard’s expectations were exceeded too, more about that later!

For those that don’t know the area, The Forest of Dean is 42 square miles of ancient woodland that has an industrial past.  It’s also quite undulating.  It forms a triangular plateau bounded by the river Wye to the west and North West, and the River Severn to the South.  The nearest large town is Monmouth on the other side of the River Wye.

The race is run by the local rotary club costing just £23 to enter. It starts near the impressive building called the Speech House.  Now a posh hotel, it was once the HQ for the area hosting the Court of Speech.  A sort of local parliament which managed the forest, game and mineral resources.  There is an abundance of wildlife in the forest including wild boar, deer and birdlife.  But the race safety notices didn’t include the boar his time!

Richard & I together with his friend Giles who kindly put us up, did the race with his running partner friend Claire and Colleague Jana.  We were very good moderated ourselves in the Dog and Muffler PH the previous evening, carb (over?) loading on the sumptuous food.

However Claire clearly didn’t seem quite so well prepared.  A late night out with lots to drink complaining she was totally hung over! I seriously wondered if she would start the race let alone be able to finish it!  But finish it she did in just over 2 hours!

The race was started by a local athlete and Paralympic medallist Andy Lewis who got gold in the first-Paralympic Triathlon event at the 2016 Paralympics.

The weather was fortunately dry but a bit windy but the course was quite sheltered.  The first mile of this race is on the road before you enter the forest.  The trails lead toward a steep downhill slope.  After that apart from two marshalled road crossings the course is entirely on really good trail surfaces.  With long sweeping curves up or down and few tight bends, this was a much cleaner and dryer race than some recent road races!  Road shoes would be absolutely fine for this course.  In short this was a well organised and very friendly race we really enjoyed, with a nice medal and the proceeds go to charity.

The early stages of this race were quite easy and quick with mainly downhills until mile 5.  Between miles 5 to 8 it’s mainly uphill, 8 to 10 is downhill and finally 10 to 12 uphill before levelling at 13 miles.  In total I reckon a good 800 feet of climb!  That last climb really finished me off!

Results (2,254 finishers).

1st male finisher Chris McMillian 1h 14m 39s

1st lady finisher Katherine Matthews 1h 24m 36s

97th Richard Hankins 1h 30m 56s

691th Geoff Collins 1hr 52m 19s.

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Star performer on the day was Richard finishing in the top 100!  A fantastic achievement for what is quite a challenging half marathon course, when the first finisher’s time was 1hr 14m.  Richard was only 2 mins slower than his Village Bakery time!

The Rotary Club organise another trail half in September if anyone is interested see www.forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk

 

Well done chaps

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races

 

Bye for now

Fitzy