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 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

 

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC round-up 6-3-2017 to 12-3-2017

 

Presentation Night

Friday Night was the club presentation night, a great time was had by all thanks to Jackie Keasley, Ian Landucci, Donna Geer and Chris Igoe for all the work setting the night up.

Parkrun

Helsby members were parkrunning throughout the North West and and also a guest appearance in London from a travelling Davyd Michell. Highlights include a first place for Col Thompson and a first lady for Jo Lacking both at Phoenix Park.

Full, consolidated results for the club are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

On to the racing….

Shan McCarthy sent in this report from Bath Half Marathon.

I travelled down to beautiful Bath last weekend to run the ‘Bath Half’ with 12,700 other runners, and it lived up to be the brilliant event which I was expecting, a big-atmosphere half marathon, lined with literally constant support even at the parts furthest out from the Start/Finish.

The race starts and finishes on the stunning Great Pulteney Street, and straddles both sides of the River Avon. The course is, according to the IAAF course measurer, ‘Flat with three undulations’. For someone who doesn’t really ‘do’ hills, I was relieved that the undulations were fairly kind and lined with jelly babies and hundreds of enthusiastic supporters.

The first mile of gentle downhill from the Start makes you feel invincible and tempts you to go out way too fast, but later turns into a seemingly endless gradual crawl uphill to the Finish. I expected to need my playlist to get me through the tough times but thanks to the fantastic atmosphere, the Aftershokz were largely redundant though it seems I did accidentally ‘last number redial’ the dentist in Frodsham who thankfully didn’t answer with it being Sunday. I had thought it being a two-lap race would be a bit mentally challenging, but instead I was happy to revisit the 8 or so bands which added to the buzzing atmosphere, and the added bonus was seeing the Elite runners in action. Good to see the male winner was a Northern lad, Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers – 1:05:16) Perfect running conditions despite incorrect forecast of hours of rain.

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Nice medal, tech Tshirt, lots of goodies at the end… Shared a video on my FB wall for anyone considering taking part. Many inspiring and tearjerking causes being run for, and a fabulous £2.2 million plus raised for charities. Managed an 8 or 9 minute improvement on my last half with 2:13. If you do travel down to do this one day, don’t do what I did… miss the signs outside several of the pubs/bars close to the Abbey which offered a free drink to all Bath Half finishers

Danielle Ryder journeyed to Barcelona for the Marathon.

I ran the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday as part of a 30+ group from work, so unfortunately the Helsby vest did not make an appearance and instead we wore matching fluorescent yellow INEOS branding so that the film crew could spot us on the way round! It was my first major city marathon with 20k+ runners and I must admit I was impressed at how well organised it was. The route took you past some of the major sites of the city, but  I think I missed a few trying to not fall over the other runners. I can definitely say I am not used to running with so many other people.

So what about the race. I found myself in the queue for the toilets pre-race, and made the bad decision of losing my bottle with 5minutes before the start and leaving the queue! Not the best idea when the people who I was in the queue with walked past me before I had started! Lesson learnt! So with this in mind, I was stood the the start line dying for a wee. I lasted 2km before spotting a cafe with a toilet sign on the back wall and running in and shouting at the waitress asking if I could use the toilet, obviously with no intention of not using it if she had said no. So with these fun and games to start, I set off too quick and went against the advice I had given some of my work colleagues before the start who were running there first ever marathons, and for some mad reason thought, lets see how long I can hold the pace. The first half went brilliantly and even up to 30km I was feeling good but it was the last 12km I started to struggle and slow slightly. The support along the route was amazing with no empty roads and lots of bands and dancers regularly down the route.

The amount of people racing and pushing disabled people was amazing and made me man up on numerous occasions. This combined with Batman wearing all black and running in Crocs and a guy running with a huge Eiffel Tower frame on his shoulders made me think i had it easy just dragging myself around. The weather was in the high teens and definitely felt warmer than I was used to but we were defiantly lucky it was overcast. It was humid but at least I wasn’t getting sunburnt which had nearly happened on the Saturday. Flash back to Saturday afternoon while eating Paella and staring longingly at the people on the table next to me drinking Sangria! I somehow held strong and avoided the alcohol!

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After running past quite a few people collapsed at the side of the road in the final few kms and managing to keep moving up the incline to the finish, I went for the sprint finish to find myself totally boxed in and not able to speed up. Saying this I crossed the line in 3:51:54 with a big PB, knocking 20 minutes off my previous time. I was aiming for 4hrs so I was happy I ran on feel and ignored the watch! Standing at the finish and meeting the others in the group finishing their first ever marathons was brilliant and I had a beaming smile for the next few hours. That was until I stepped on the plane and crammed my legs into the plane seat for an uncomfortable 2 hours.

Overall I think Barcelona Marathon was a brilliant, well organised event and I would recommend it if you like your city marathons. Personally I like the quieter races but I wouldn’t say no to running it again. Oh I forgot to say the course was undulating. . .
Debbie Reed sent in this report from Falesia, Portugal.

On our annual warm weather training at a little place called Falesia on The Algarve of very March, part of the program is a hilly, 3 lap, 5k road race.It attracts all types of runners ranging from high class international to slow plodders.

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This years results were
142 starters
137 finishers
1st male (Hamburg) 15:02
1st Female (Russia) 16:01
Mike Gratton (Winner of London Marathon 1983) 18:??
Debbie Read 22:39

Lastly an offer from Bob Benson for anyone who fancies giving Race Directing a go

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/race-organisation/
Race Organisation – Borders League

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

Borders League membership currently numbers 17. Given that 7 races are staged each season, member clubs can be expected to organise a League race every two or three …
To support this we have had an offer from Gavin Lightwood of UK Athletics to deliver a Race Directors Training Course. Please see the attached Course Program.
The cost of the course is £50 per candidate, but if we get 10 or more, then the fee will drop to £40. Maximum numbers per course is 30.
We Borders League Committee have also agreed that we will use money from our BL account to subsidise each candidate 50% of the cost i.e. reducing this fee to £20 for this course. (if we get more than 10)

At this stage we are sounding the interest.
We have no course dates, but assuming we get a positive “buy-in” the course is likely to be held at Trafford AC Clubhouse in Manchester and on a Saturday.

Please sound this proposal with your Club Officials/Helpers/Runners and only 1 Representative per club reply to me with the numbers that you would expect to “buy-in” with. To allow sufficient discussion I’ll close my survey on Sunday 19th March (- or earlier if all clubs have replied).

As the next couple of weeks go I’ll work towards screwing-down proposed dates and venue.

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby weekly round-up 27th Feb – 5th March 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. The Borders pretty much dominated our weekend with us hosting a race this season and the Green Army can be proud of staging a fantastic event, kudos to Chris Fitzpatrick and Vanessa for working hard behind the scenes and putting it all together!

Before we get to the racing news please see some reminders below for events and races coming up soon:

Reminders

Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
Llantysilio
(AS)
9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft
Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, nr Llangollen, GR 179448
http://www.tattenhallrunners.com

Sun 26/03/2017 09:30
Cheshire 10K
Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA
http://www.cheshire10k.com/

Also don’t forget this Friday, 10th March (tomorrow)  is our annual presentation evening starting at 7:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club Lounge. We have invited representatives from the groups that helped us out at this years Four Villages and at the start of the evening we will be handing out their donation cheques. Then it’s onto supper, our annual running club presentation, with entertainment and disco by our own Chris Igoe.  Plus your first drink courtesy of the running club!  Hope to see you there!

Helsby Vs Felsby

Ok so another big race weekend out of the way. Can only mean one thing, onto the next one. After the success of last years Helsby V Felsby, part 2 will take place very soon. For anyone who does not know about this then its a brilliant laugh, us roadies take on the Felsby crew and vice versa. We nominate a road race which will be our last borders league race on Weds 26th April, in Wrexham, this will be the 1st leg, and the Dinas Bran Fell race on Weds 3rd May will be the second leg, starting at 7.15pm.

All i need is for you to contact me, send me an email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or via Facebook, to let me know whether you are a road runner or a fell runner? I will then try and make the teams as fair as possible and work out a points scoring system. Would also be nice to have 2 new captains to rally the troops this year. It was brilliant to see the numbers increased at both races last year, and us roadies need to take the trophy off the Fell runners to restore a bit of pride, and before CBH’s head gets too big.

So who’s in? Stick the dates in your diary, everyone who turns up will be getting points for your team, so don’t just think you have to be fast, the more the merrier.

More details to follow soon.
Cheers Fitzy

10k TT

First up is the belated results from last month’s 10k TT, apologies for the delay. It’s congratulations to Phil Roberts for a superb run to take first home honours and Danielle Ryder for another fantastic run to take the win for the ladies. The last and final one of the season is on 29th March. A reminder will go out nearer the time but please put this date in your diaries, it would be great to get a big turnout for the final one of the season.

Results

1  Phil Roberts  40.42
2  Colin Thompson  42.26
3  Jay Bradley  45.25
4  Roy Gaskill  46.57
5  Danielle Ryder  50.02 (1st lady)
6  Peter Causton  54.20
7  Charlie Roberts  55.38

Borders League No.5 – Manley Mere

Rubbish weather but a fantastic race put on by the Green Army, a big thank you to Chris Fitz and Vanessa for working hard to deliver a fantastic race. Fitzy sent over a few words which are below:

To whoever was involved at todays race, whether it was giving up your time, running or supporting.

Well the weather certainly tried to put a spoiler on todays race but it did not dampen our spirits. Myself, Vanessa & Jackie would like to thank you all for giving up your spare time to help out with our Borders League race. The feedback on social media has been brilliant and plenty of people commented at the end of the race to say how much they enjoyed it. Even race adjudicator David Nalder had this to say.

Congratulations, great race. Nice course. Well organised and marshalled.

Man of many words, but considering the weather that was thrown at us we should all be extremely proud of putting on yet another great event, and it would not have taken place without you, so again, thank you very much.

Just waiting for the results now, but looks like the mens and ladies teams smashed it today.

See you all soon Chris, Vanessa & Jackie

Fitzy was correct, both the men’s team and ladies team smashed it on the day with a 3rd and 2nd team place respectively, with regards to the men’s team position I think that is the best result for a very long time, maybe since the Frodfather days so superb running chaps!

As for the individual performances there are just too many to mention but some stand out results belong to Debbie Read, Alison Halsall and Colin Bishop who all won their age categories. A massive well done everyone, it goes to show what a strong team we have when we get a big turn out!

Thank you to all the volunteers who marshalled on the day and Jane Bish for the fantastic cakes!

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Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Cat Cat Rank
16 16   Colin THOMPSON 29:15 SM 12
19 19   Colin BISHOP 29:26 MV55 1
21 21   Chris FITZPATRICK 29:33 SM 13
28 28   Chris COLLINS 29:49 SM 18
35 35   Adam GORDON 30:15 MV40 6
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 30:29 MV40 7
52 52   Ian RUTHERFORD 31:18 MV40 13
53 53   Mark GITTINS 31:23 SM 28
56 56   Jim O’HARA 31:29 SM 30
86 81   Philip TOMKINSON 33:07 SM 44
99 93   Richard HANKINS 33:47 MV45 14
106   8 Jane ASHBROOK 34:06 FV40 2
108   9 Alison HALSALL 34:17 FV45 1
109 100   Chris MURRAY 34:18 SM 48
119   11 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 34:54 FV35 5
120 109   Gareth BOYD 34:54 MV40 23
124 112   James JONES 35:12 MV50 6
126 113   Phillip ROBERTS 35:17 MV40 24
130   14 Joanne LACKING 35:22 FV35 6
140 123   David SMITH 35:36 SM 56
159 139   Jay BRADLEY 36:55 SM 60
161 140   Roy GASKILL 37:05 MV50 9
185 153   Phil GILLARD 38:10 MV55 10
202   40 Debbie READ 39:05 FV55 1
203   41 Danielle RYDER 39:06 SF 8
210 166   Paul CUNNINGHAM 39:33 MV45 30
212   45 Carol SHAW 39:45 FV50 6
216 171   Stephen ROACH 39:53 SM 67
223   48 Janet ROBERTSON 40:09 FV50 7
259 194   Christopher IGOE 42:16 MV50 18
261 195   Stephen WIGGINS 42:24 SM 70
278   77 Leah BINNS 44:09 SF 15
284   80 Michelle HARDWICK 44:57 FV35 18
285   81 Emily SMITH 45:08 FV35 19
293 207   David WIGGINS 46:47 MV55 17

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

parkrun

The Green Army was out in force on Saturday at the various parkruns and the ladies were the dominant force! It’s congratulations to Rachael Holden who was first lady home at Phoenix parkun and Janet Robertson was first lady at Ellesmere Port! Well done ladies and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkun.

Consolidated Helsby results below:

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

That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any results or races. All reports can be sent to the usual email address – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

 

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th February 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up, starting with  couple of dates for your diaries.

Sunday 05/03/17 11am Start – Manley Mere Borders League

First of all a message and reminder from Chris Patrick that we are hosting the next fixture of the Borders League:

“Borders league comes home this weekend, yes it’s our turn to host it. By now, all marshalls should know their positions, and what times they need to be there for. Any problems please let me know. Marshalls vests can be picked up from the club, there are some behind the reception desk.

Also, for anyone not volunteering, we need you to race, the more the merrier. It would be great to see a load of us there, remember, it’s not just the counters that count, even if you finish outside of them, you are stopping the other clubs finishing higher up the places, so it really does help. I’m hoping for good weather, and remember to get into Manley Mere you need 2 x £1 coins for the gate.

See you all on Sunday

Fitzy”

I think we may also still be looking for a couple of people to help supervise the parking for an hour before the race. So if you can help please give Fitzy a shout.

Other Races this coming weekend that may be of interest:

Saturday 04/03/17 – 10am – Halewood 5k www.knowsleyharriers.com/alder-hey-5k/

Sunday 06/03/17 – 11am – Cloud Nine (BM) fell race www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/clud9.htm

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Also, don’t forget the Helsby RC Presentation Evening on Friday 10/03/17 at 7.30pm – you should have already received a separtate  email about it . Please remember to let David or Lesley know by  8th March if you’ll be attending so they have an idea of how many to cater for.

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Racing News

Stockport Trail Half Marathon 26/02/17

A big congratulations to Jane Ashbrook for her podium position at the Stockport Half Marathon on Sunday, and thanks for the following report Jane:

“I ran the Stockport Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. A well organised event from a pub in Marple. The route went along the Middlewood Way and back along the canal. On the advice of my professional running husband (who did the race last year) I wore road shoes, which after a week of torrential rain turned out not to be the best idea! I was sliding about like Colin Bishop and nearly fell in the canal a few times! Despite that I had a good run and was surprised to find out I finished 3rd lady in 1:36ish! Fairly reasonably priced for a half and lovely home made flap jacks and decent medal at the end made it worth the 45minute drive and a race I will definitely do again, particularly because part of my prize is a free entry to next years race!!”

Parkrun

Helsby RC had 17 athletes participating in 5 parkruns across the area on Saturday. There are a few notable performances in the consolidated results below. Neil Finnegan was first home at the Ellesmere Port parkrun in a time of 18:52,  and Debbie Read was 2nd lady with a PB. Over at the Phoenix parkrun Carl Pratt and Michael Williams also  achieved PBs while Suzanne Fletcher also ran Phoenix ,for the first time and finished 2nd lady.  Well done everyone, our club consolidated results are HERE.

Message from our Chair

A brief message from Jackie Keasley regarding recent committee role changes:

“Tim Palmer has taken some of the work load off our Treasurer Jo Farwell and is our new Membership Secretary.

Donna Geer & Jen O Hare are our new club kit co-ordinators looking after our supply of club vests, club training tops, hoodies and buffs etc.

Thanks to all and welcome to your new roles.

Cheers

Jackie”

And with TimPalmer keeping us updated, in his additional role as membership secretary, as new members join us, we’d like to welcome Dave Smith to the Green Army. Hoping to see you burning off some green energy soon Dave.

I think that’s it for this week.

Thanks, Jim.

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

Hello Green Army

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

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

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

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A message from Jackie

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

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

Thanks

Jackie

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

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

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

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

Pos

First name

Last name

Chip Time

Chip Pos

Gender

Gender Pos

Category

Category Pos

65

Chris

Fitzpatrick

1:20:04

65

Male

64

Vet 40

17

103

Adam

Gordon

1:22:43

103

Male

99

Vet 40

23

105

Ian

Rutherford

1:22:59

105

Male

101

Vet 40

24

195

Derek

Morris

1:28:01

193

Male

184

Vet 40

40

206

Richard

Hankins

1:28:22

199

Male

195

Vet 45

24

239

Philip

Tomkinson

1:30:05

232

Male

224

Senior Male

118

336

Darren

O’Connor

1:34:44

337

Male

299

Senior Male

144

360

Davyd

Michell

1:35:46

357

Male

320

Senior Male

154

420

Ian

Hamling

1:38:16

421

Male

370

Senior Male

174

563

Paul

Cunningham

1:44:50

565

Male

477

Vet 45

76

688

Geoff

Collins

1:49:19

699

Male

557

Vet 60

19

769

Rachael

Holden

1:53:19

779

Female

162

Senior Female

53

821

Stephen

Roach

1:55:19

824

Male

634

Vet 40

126

822

Nathan

Davies

1:55:06

817

Male

635

Senior Male

273

939

Lesley

Feakes

2:00:18

954

Female

249

Vet 50

23

1303

Tanya

Downes

2:25:08

1297

Female

461

Vet 40

92

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

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

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

Sunday

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

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

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

40 miles is 40 miles Boydy, respect!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And finally parkrun

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hello all

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

Manley Mere…

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

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

Thanks
Fitzy

Parbold Hill Race

Report by Colin Bishop

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

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

Congratulations to both of us in winning our age groups.

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

Cheers Colin B (AKA Bambi on Mud!!)

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parkrun

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Colin

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

Firsty, a few reminders from Fitzy and Jackie

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/jn3cx7n

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

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

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

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

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

Some dates for your diary

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/gn9qrvj

Wadsworth Trog

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

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Full results are available at

http://tinyurl.com/jhsgm89
Parkrun

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

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

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

Cheers
Gaz

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

Hello all

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

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

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

10k TT

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

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

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

Results

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

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

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

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

Full results below

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

Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

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

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

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

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

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

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

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

WRC 5 mile trail race

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

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

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Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC News from 16th to 22nd January 2017

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

Dates For Your Diary

Firstly a few reminders of what’s coming up:

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

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

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

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

“Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and see you all soon

Fitzy”

Racing News

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

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Thanks to Colin Thompson for the report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Helsby results can be found below:

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in this race report:

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

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More pictures courtesy of Andy Smith available HERE

Results from Town Park XC are now available HERE

Parkrun

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

Parkrun tourist report

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

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

Fitzy’s Caption Competition

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

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

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

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

Jim