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 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

Helsby RC Update 12th – 18th Dec

Hello Green Army

Not a lot to report on currently with it being the Christmas season, but if anyone or anyone you know would like to help out or Marshall at the forthcoming 4VHM on Jan 15th then please email laura@baynham-hughes.com , as we are still looking for volunteers to help out on race day.

We had park runners at Warrington, Chester, Delamere, & Penrith, full list of consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday seen the last Cross Country for the year take place at Arrow Park, and we managed to get 6 gents and 6 ladies to the start line which meant no penalty points were incurred at what is a very difficult time of year to get to. Great performances from Colin Bishop and Neil Finegan seen them come in 9th and 18th, whilst the ladies team did well on the day with Christine Roach coming home first, followed by Debbie Read and Rachel Arnold.

The men came 9th and ladies 11th, which means the men sit joint 8th and ladies joint 11th overall. Runcorn Town Park is next up at the end of January. A full list of the results below

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

As i said not a lot to report on which means i can’t mess the blog up this time…can I?

On behalf of all the bloggers, myself, Colin, Gaz and Jim, have a great Christmas and New Year.

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC update 4th Dec to 11th Dec

Announcements.

Sun 18th December – 4th Sunday League XC Club Counter – Arrow Park – 10am – For those who want to lift share please meet at the club at 9am.

Wed 21st Dec – Xmas Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with staggered starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.

For the supper Lesley & Dave will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up. I’m currently compiling the handicaps and plan to use your latest Border League Results, if you’ve not run one then firstly why (!?!?) & secondly please let me have your latest 5K/10K times.

jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Message from Lesley – We are looking for volunteers to provide a pan of home made soup, please let me know if you are able to help out

davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Many thanks, Lesley

Xmas Day –  Delamere Park Run 9 am, to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!  It has now been confirmed that this ParkRun is definitely on so get your presents unwrapped early and aim for Delamere!
Parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Delamere, Widnes and Bramley parkruns. Highlights included a first place for Colin Thompson at Delamere and 2nd place for Colin Bishop at Widnes. Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

There were no reports submitted this week. Helsby runners were at the cross country at Beacon Park on Saturday the 10th and the results are supposed to be at the link below, unfortunately at the time of writing the link appears to be dead.

http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld-cross-country/

Not one of my better blogs, sorry.

Gaz

Helsby weekly round-up 28th Nov -4th Dec 2016

Hello all

A busy weekend of racing but before we get to the news please some reminders from Jackie below for some events and races coming up soon

Wednesday 7th Dec Club talk by our own Gareth Boyd  entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail!  On his completion of this Summer’s mammoth UK coast to coast Ultra.  In the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, following on from our training run, at 8:30pm, with a free supper. So we order the right number please let Lesley & Dave know you are coming davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Helsby RC Xmas night out – Saturday 10th December, meeting at Helter Skelter at 7.30pm, Christmas jumpers a must!!

Sat 10th December – 3rd Liverpool & District XC Club Counter – Beacon Park

Sat 10th December – Helsby Community Sports Club Xmas Party with a meal & band.

10th & 11th December – Four Villages Residents Letter Drop – We have leaflets to give out along the route advising of the road closures. Laura has a team for this but would always welcome more help.  Laura@baynham-Hughes.com. Entries are building up slower than normal this year and we could do with advertising our race as much as possible. We have some fliers to give out which are on the front desk at the Sports Club or available from Laura. If you can distribute them at races you go to, work, sport, leisure centres, clubs, community centres, shops etc it would all help reach our limit.

Sun 18th December – 4th Sunday League XC Club Counter – Arrow Park

Wed 21st Dec – Xmas Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with staggered starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up. I’m currently compiling the handicaps and plan to use your latest Border League Results, if you’ve not run one then firstly why (!?!?) & secondly please let me have your latest 5K/10K times. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Xmas Day –  Delamere Park Run 9 am (TBC) , to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!

Boxing Day – Goshawk Run 12:00 pm, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run. This run was instituted by John Claire, our club chair for many years race. Sadly John passed away this year but I am sure folks will turn up as always  to run  in his memory. It’s also the Race the Walls in Chester, 10:30am, but you probably need to pre-enter https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Round-The-Walls

Sat 31st Dec – Four Villages Course Reccie.  It has been suggested we meet at the club at 10:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. Splitting into paced groups of 1.30, 1.45 & 2hr times approx. Colin will co-ordinate and if you would like to volunteer to pace a group please let him know col808@hotmail.com

Sat 7th Jan – Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Birchwood. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.   But please don’t be put off; it’s a great team day out for all levels of runners. You must be born in Cheshire or have resided here for last 9 months. Pre-entry so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before Xmas,   mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat 14th Jan – Four Villages Set up Morning, very important so  please come along and help set up this year’s race. Many hands make light work and it’s great fun too seeing what lies behind organising such a large race. More info from Laura in the New Year.

Sat 15th Jan – Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 10:30am.. Whether you run or help on the day let’s hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by race director Laura & the whole of Helsby Running Club. If you can marshal or help on the day and have not already said please let Dave Feakes know davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com or Laura.   Laura@baynham-Hughes.com

New Thursday Night Speed Training at Runcorn – Colin & Roy are now running speed sessions from Tudor Road Runcorn, 6:30pm, WA7 1SX each Thursday. Rotating through each month, the sessions will include 4 x 1 mile repeats, 5 mile run (options are fartleks, tempo runs etc), 6 x 1k repeats, pyramid session, 5 mile run. For more information contact Roy Gaskill & Colin on facebook or col808@hotmail.com .

Hope to see you out and about running on the run up to Xmas and into 2017. A Happy Xmas and an enjoyable New Year to you all.

Jackie
Your chair

Now to the news, thank you very much for all the reports this week it makes our job so much easier. Remember all future reports should be sent to the usual email address which is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First up is an excellent report from our BL Co-ordinator Fitzy…

Borders League Race No. 3 – Birkenhead Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

“This Sunday seen 21 of us take a trip over to Birkenhead for Race 3 in the Borders League Season. A lot of clashes with the Cross Country and Fell Counters meant a lower than normal turn out but there was still enough of us to make sure we didn’t get any penalty points. 

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Neil & Ian battle it out!

A nice cold winters morning greeted us for what is  if you ask me one of the more boring races of the season, 4 laps of the park, a truly inspiring run, so even more made up we got the numbers that we did on the day. Some great individual performances, seeing Colin Thompson come home 17th, followed by myself and Neil Finnegan making up the top 3, but my man of the match performance for the men was Ian Rutherford, who pushed Neil all the way to the line, so much so he made him sick! Top running by Ian who is just getting stronger and stronger each week. Us men finished 6th of the day, but still remain in 5th just out of the relegation places. Also glad to see Ian Hamling didn’t get too hurt with the little cut he had on his hand from a fall, he’s a brave lad isn’t he.

The ladies ran incredibly well coming in 3rd on the day which means they are probably only 1 more race away from dragging themselves back from the foot of the table and slowly climbing back up to where they belong near the top. Laura BH, Alison Halsall and Flo Jo all pushing each other really hard to finish 1,2,3 for the ladies. 

 

Race 4 will see us go to Deeside on Sunday 22nd Jan, it’s a week after the 4VHM so another good turn out would be appreciated, and hopefully we will get it. 

Thanks again to the continued support of Mario and Joe, and also Louise with her mince pies.”

Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
17 17   Colin THOMPSON 30:41 SM 11 Helsby RC
26 26   Chris FITZPATRICK 31:37 SM 18 Helsby RC
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 32:18 MV40 7 Helsby RC
40 40   Ian RUTHERFORD 32:21 MV40 8 Helsby RC
46 46   Adam GORDON 32:43 MV40 11 Helsby RC
78 76   Philip TOMKINSON 33:50 SM 35 Helsby RC
88 85   Mark GITTINS 34:06 SM 41 Helsby RC
143   13 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 36:32 FV35 5 Helsby RC
146 132   Ian HAMLING 36:38 SM 58 Helsby RC
153   15 Alison HALSALL 36:55 FV45 1 Helsby RC
155   16 Joanne LACKING 36:58 FV35 7 Helsby RC
164 146   James JONES 37:24 MV50 14 Helsby RC
168 150   Davyd MICHELL 37:29 SM 63 Helsby RC
176   21 Jane ASHBROOK 37:51 FV40 5 Helsby RC
209 180   Roy GASKILL 39:10 MV50 20 Helsby RC
239   43 Christina ROACH 40:45 FV55 1 Helsby RC
242 199   Stephen ROACH 40:56 SM 72 Helsby RC
243 200   Benjamin WILLIAMS 40:57 SM 73 Helsby RC
244 201   Michael WILLIAMS 40:59 SM 74 Helsby RC
273 218   Geoff COLLINS 42:42 MV60 15 Helsby RC
326   89 Emily SMITH 48:00 FV35 17 Helsby RC

A big well done to Alison Halsall and Christina Roach for a win in their respective age categories! Great stuff ladies 🙂

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

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NWSLXC – Otterspool

Report by Chris Murray

“Having missed out on the previous two XC fixtures I was determined to get to Otterspool for the 11am start of the 3rd Sunday league race come Hell or high water/Santa dash. With 2 other club meets on the same day there was still a modest turn out of 9 Helsby faces. The race itself was 3 laps of the field and woods with a few “hills” and mud thrown in for good measure; a varied and fun course. The only negative that could be said about the route was that there were a few bottle neck sections where you could get held up but a bit of friendly shoving and elbowing seen you through without to much lost time. All in all a great race and a great performance by the Green Army contingent.”

Helsby Men
13 Colin Bishop
75 Chris Murray
91 Gareth Boyd
96 Darren O’Connor
126 Stephen Riley
151 John Whitehead
167 Paul Foster

Helsby Ladies
37 Suzanne Fletcher
38 Rachel Arnold

Men’s team 11th overall
Ladies team 15th overall

Cardington Cracker

Report by Sue Buck

“What a cracking race it was too. A beautiful, winter’s day saw 5 of the Fellsby contingent make their way south down to the small village of Cardington in Shropshire. The race is run over 4 hills of varying gradients, from the steep, nearly hands and knees climb up the Lawley, to the last gentle ascent over the Wilderness. I had done this race in 2013 and remembered really enjoying it. What I hadn’t remembered was that it is actually quite tough, covering 9 miles and 2600ft of ascent. 

The race starts in a field, with a sprint to a gate, and then meanders over to the Lawley. Having climbed the Lawley, we were treated to a frosty ridge run, with fantastic views over the Shropshire countryside, followed by a fast, grassy descent.

I found the ascent up Caer Caradoc particularly tricky this time as it was steep, relentless and slippery in places. It was worthwhile though as at the top, we were once again treated to a ridge run, with fantastic views, before the steep descent to the stream. 

A bit of flat running took us to the start of the 3rd ascent, starting on the side Helmeth Hill, past the Gaerstone Rock and then finishing with the checkpoint on Willstone Hill. At this point, I took the opportunity to take in where I’d been as you could see the whole course.

The descent off Willstone Hill was very steep and very slippery. Someone mentioned that in races gone by, people had used bin liners to slide down some of these hills and to be honest, a bin liner descent would have suited me better!! 

The last sting in the tail is the gentle ascent over the Wilderness, before the dropping down over the fields to the finish. I had a good race, knocking 4 minutes off my previous time. 

Great running everyone, but a particular shout out to Tim, who’d knocked 9 minutes off his previous time in 2014.”

Helsby results:

Pos   Time Name

19  1:26:58 O’HARA, Jim
48  1:33:33 FLETCHER, Ben
97    1:42:49 ROBERTS, Phillip
100  1:43:11 PALMER, Tim
231  2:19:43 BUCK, Sue

251 finishers, last finisher 2:51:44.

Full results: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0ZWxmb3JkYXRobGV0aWNjbHVifGd4OjZhYWY3MzIyZmQ5MjU4YTI

Thanks to Andy for standing out in the cold taking pictures!

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/49120421@N08/sets/72157677455470635/

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Stockport 10

Report by Debbie Read

“Sunday 4th December – so many races, so much choice! Feeling somewhat guilty for not doing a club race I entered one of my favourite races the Stockport 10 – a hilly (I like hills), 10 mile (I like 10 miles) mainly Tarmac (not my favourite) with a mile or so of trail (Yey)
Standing on the start line in perfect running conditions David and I wished each other well and we set off around the athletic track alongside 1500 runners, David leaving me in his wake. After leaving the track, we ran through the park for a mile or so then hit the pavements, roads, housing estates, farm tracks and trails of Stockport and after a final long hill at mile 8-9 re-entered the park and did a lap of the track to finish.
A well organised race with lots of marshals – would recommend it.

p.s. In the clubhouse after the race I was talking to a Stockport runner next to me – I was wearing my Green Army Hoody and he told he’s entered the 4 villages. We compared our race times and he told me he did 50:03 ( looking at the results he was only the winner!) 5 minute miles, could we be on for a new course record?”

468th Debbie Read 1.21.52 (3rd in age cat)

Ed: Debbie is too modest to mention she got 3rd in her age group. Well done Debbie, great result in such a large field of runners! Not sure what happened to Dave, his result comes up as DNF, is that Drunk and never finished? 😉

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Please see the consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to all who took part.

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

That’s all this week, thanks again for all the fab reports. Anything missing please let me know.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby Racing News 21st-27th November 2016

Hello Green Army

So sorry for the late round up this week, Father Chris has been busy with his Elf antics, although there’s not much to write about, it’s been a quiet week, however we have a very busy week coming up.

A few notices first of all

We have the Borders League @ Birkenhead, Cross Country @ Otterspool, and Cardington cracker fell race, all on Sunday 4th December.

Anyone wanting to meet up from the club house I would advise 9.45am for the Borders league, and maybe 8.45am for the cross country.

The post code for the Borders League is CH43 8SQ, See link below for full details.

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

Paul Foster has sent in a mesage about the Cross Country

CHANGE OF VENUE RACE 3 SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER.

 
Please note the new venue is Jericho Lane L17 5AR – the football pitches towards the bottom of the Lane on the left.
Also note that there is limited parking on Jericho Lane and Otterspool Drive, so please try to car share wherever possible. The post race refreshments and results will be in the Cellar Bar at Aigburth Peoples Hall, L17 0DJ which is back over Aigburth Road and next to Sefton Park and is sign-posted (about 5 minutes walk).
The start of the race is 11.00 am to avoid a clash with the Santa Dash. Please advise all your members of the changes.
Also NOTE we are not sure if you can wear spikes yet…so worth bringing two pairs just in case

Also, my mate Boydy is doing a talk on how to not get lost on an ultra, see below for details; 

 Wed 7th Dec Gareth Boyd talk entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail! On this summer’s UK coast to coast Ultra, guaranteed to warm you up and make you feel tired & exhausted.

Our talks follow on from our club training run in the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, starting as soon as we have “showered”, recovered, bought drinks and had a bite to eat, at about 8:30pm. The club will provide food to help sustain us (chip butty season is upon us with the cold nights!). To help with the food order please let Lesley know by at least the day before if you are coming along davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

At our last talk the London Marathon Draw took place and Steve Wiggo & Jane A were the lucky runners drawn out the hat. Good luck to them and anyone else training for Spring Marathons. 

gareth

Also a message from Betty about the Helsby Festival this weekend

If your little Elves fancy joining thi Saturday’s  Ho Ho Helsby parade,
meet at Vicarage Lane, St Pauls before 6:00pm. Festive dress and prams allowed!!!
I plan on wearing my Helsby Hi-vis vest and Santa hat!!!
Sort of a Santa Dash all welcome – the road will be a full closure so the fast
ones can race ahead if they like!!

There was also a bit of confusion about the Helsby Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December, as this clashes with the Helsby Community Sports Club Christmas Party. These are separate events, the Sports club event is ticket only at £25 including a meal.  Ask at the bar if you fancy it, however i think the majority of us will be heading into Frodsham starting in Helter Skelter at 7.30pm for a night of fun and singing as per usual. Christmas jumpers compulsory unless you wear your Helsby vest.

For any new members who haven’t experienced a Helsby RC Christmas Party make sure you come down you will be more than welcome, they are great nights out.

So onto the only race report of the week, from last Saturdays Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park Liverpool, from moi. 

A lot us us panicked about getting to the start line on time for this one due to the bridge being extremely busy, but we all got there just in time, although Ian Rutehrford looked whiter than daz white after experiencing Davyd’s driving in his new car. On what was a very cold day, with lots of fog around Sefton Park, it was a perfect day for running with Olympians Andy Vernon, Callum Hawkins and eventual winner Andrew Butchart, and a strong ladies line up with past winner Jemma Steel towing the line, who also won yet again on the day.

It really is great to see these professional athletes do what they do best and make it look so easy. The mens race consisted of 3 laps of a pretty flat field, with a little mud, but nothing as bad as Skem which was much harder, reckon we would take a few Olympians out if they ran a course like that.

Rachel and Suzanne put in good performances for the ladies whilst Col T, Ben and Bish made up the top 3 for the men. This if you like a bit of cross country is the one to do, it’s great being at an event hearing the roaring of the crowds, and seeing the mass start must be amazing to watch as well. Well done to all who took part

Results below

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=148464&type=full&servicetype=Attachment

That’s all for this week enjoy your running

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

10k TT results 30-11-16

Hi all

Thank you to everyone who turned up to support the 10k TT on Weds evening, we had 14 runners lining up at the Greenway on a cool crisp evening, an evening that saw 2 brand new course records! It’s congratulations to new member Danny Ryder who, on only his second visit to the club, smashed the club record with a brilliant 37.07! Well done Danny, a lot more to come from you I’m sure. Laura B-H had an excellent run to steal Jo’s crown and lower the ladies record to 43.25, well done Laura and well done to everyone else, it was great to see some fantastic running from the troops.

Also a big thank you to the 10k TT team who are Louise Spruce (RD), Joe & Mario (timing/results), Chris Fitzpatrick (marshall) and Davyd Michell (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys.

Next one to put into your diaries is Weds 28th December, hope to see you all there again.

Full results here: 10k-tt-30-11-16-v2

Cheers
Col T