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 17th to 23rd April 2017

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

Firstly though, a couple of reminders:

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

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

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

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

Racing News:

Goldrush Trail Race – Saturday 22/04/2017.

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

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

Danielle and Danny”

Full result for the Goldrush Trail Race are HERE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loads more pics are available HERE and HERE

London Marathon – Sunday 23/04/17

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

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Park run – Saturday 22/04/17

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

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

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Ben”

Wirral Track Endurance Series 2017

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

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

Results and details of the series can be found HERE

Davyd”

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

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

Jim

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

Hello Green Army

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is what we have so far

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

 

A

Colin Thompson

Colin Bishop

Chris Fitzpatrick

 

B

Ian Rutherford

Ian Hamling

Ivan Davies

 

C

Davyd Michell

Jim Higgins

Paul Cunningham

 

Women

A

Joanne Lacking

Rachael Holden

Juni Swift

 

B

Rhea Howard – Armitage

Shan McCarthy

Gill Fitzpatrick

 

Borders League

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Over to the captain for the weeks only race report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Helsby results below:

 

14 Colin Thompson 27:53

26 Chris Fitzpatrick 28:44

38 Adam Gordon 29:30

45 Ian Rutherford 29:44

57 Jim O’Hara Helsby 30:12

93 Richard Hankins 31:55

113 Davyd Michell 32:55

114 Christopher Murray 32:45

127 Jane Ashbrook 33:23

153 John Peaker 34:31

188 Gary O’Connor 35:46

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

218 Roy Gaskill 37:07

219 Debbie Read 37:03

255 Geoff Collins 38:51

257 Geoff Shaw 39:01

263 Christopher Igoe 39:08

270 Stephen Wiggins 39:16

307 Edward Roberts 41:15

318 Chris Morgan 41:45

331 Jackie Keasley 42:30

341 Tanya Downes 42:55

368 Shan McCarthy 45:02

377 David Wiggins 46:21

380 Emma Barnes 46:32

382 Rebecca Gibson 47:07

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

423 Janet Shaw 48:37

 

Full results here

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby RC Weekly Update 2-4 to 9-4

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

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

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

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

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

Full team and individual results are below.

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

parkrun

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

Full club results are below

http://tiny.cc/zlmiky

Cheers

Gaz

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

Hello all

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

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

Reminders

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

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

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

11am start post code is CH45 2PB

Ps: green socks please

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

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

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

10k TT

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

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

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

Cheers
Col

6k

1 Shan McCarthy 34.39

10k

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

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

Report by Neil Finegan

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

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

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

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

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

Liverpool Half Marathon & 10 Miler

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

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

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

 Full results for the half

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

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

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

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th March 2017

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

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

So now on with the racing news:

Llantysilio Fell Race – Saturday 25/03/17

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Thanks Laura for sending in this report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please find all Helsby results below:

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Full results

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

Cheers
Col T”

Chester Ultra Marathon – Saturday 25/03/17

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

Thanks Degsy and Ben for sending in their accounts below:

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

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

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

Another view from the Chester Ultra from Ben:

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

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

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

cheers
Ben”

Helsby finishers were:

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

Full results for Chester Ultra are HERE

Coniston 14 – Saturday 25/03/17

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Jackie”

 

Parkrun – Saturday 25/03/17

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

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

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

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

 

Hello Green Army

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

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

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

 

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