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…

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th to 14th January 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round up. We had a clash of fixtures at the weekend but the Green Army showed its strength in depth by fielding excellent teams at both the Runcorn Town Park x-Country and the Abergele Borders League fixtures!

Reminders

As if anybody needed reminding ……….. we will again be hosting 4 Villages Half Marathon this weekend.  So good luck all Green Army members who are running in the the event and a massive thank-you to everyone who has offered to help out over the weekend.

Looking ahead to the following weekend,  we have Race 5 of the NW XC League on Sunday 28/01/18. However, it looks like the venue is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on Steve’s website

There is also the Tarren Hendre fell race on Saturday 27/01/18 at 12pm. Race HQ is at Abergynolwyn Village Hall, LL36 9UU – It’s an AS category race – 6miles/2000ft. (the route on my Strava)  Take full kit and be prepared to navigate if the weather’s bad. Further details.

Racing News

NW  XC League Race 4  at Town Park, Runcorn – Sunday 14th January.

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Green Army at Town Park. Photo courtesy of Paul Cunningham.

Thanks to Chris Murray for sending in a race report:

“A proper helping of green vests were out in force this weekend at the Runcorn Swimrun, sorry I mean XC. This always seems to be a popular race with it being on many of our doorsteps and with it clashing with the border league fixture it was nice to see so many faces. The start and finish of this course is always in shin deep water, but I think it just adds to the fun. At least for those of us who can’t be bothered to clean our cross-country shoes after a race this course allows us to start and finish with clean shoes. Clever planning or coincidence I’ll let you decide. There was plenty of support on course, especially on the approach to the fabled ski slope which was greatly needed as this is tough going on goosed legs after coping with some seriously sticky mud on course. Everyone finished with a smile and knackered legs while some of us (Davyd) finished with a smile even if it was hidden under a couple of inches of mud after his unplanned mud bath. Well done all on a hard run race.”

I haven’t seen any results from Town Park yet but they should be HERE when published.

 

Borders League Race 3 at Abergele – Sunday 14th January

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Green Army at Abergele Borders League

Thanks to John Whitehead for sending in the following race report:

Borders League Round 3 Report

“Borders League round 3 saw a fixture clash for the green army, the choice was Runcorn town Park XC with icy water, Mud and the formidable dog poo ally or a nice trip to the Seaside with sun, clear blue skies and Rhyl Sun centre just around the corner. the choice was easy, Abergele Borders League it was… 5 Miles along the seafront loop around a caravan site and back along the seafront and not a puddle or spot of mud in sight… Easy!

There was a great turn out for the #GreenArmy with 26 Runners out (20 Gents and 6 Ladies), first the Ladies where all 6 runners ranked within the Top 20 of their Category, June Swift (Whitehead) took her first borders league victory with a 20 second lead over second lady and Alison Halsall close on her heals finishing an impressive 7th Lady.

A close fort battle happened between Danny, Chris C and Fitzy, at 2 miles they were neck and neck and with 200 meters to go Danny pipped Fitzy at the line to be the first Helsby Male home.
Overall the team standings are all the fivers, Helsby Men and Women finished 5th with the men scoring 664 points and the Ladies 111 leaving both teams in overall 5th Place.
Days like Sunday when there’s a fixture clash really show how great a club Helsby really is with a great turnout at two events… #GreenArmy”

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The full results can be viewed HERE, and I’ve also lifted this post by Tim Palmer from social media:

“Congratulations to both Lucinda Lamb and Juni June Whitehead for winning the Runcorn Town Park XC and Abergele Border League respectively. Great day for the Helsby ladies particularly as our 2nd lady in both races (Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall) were in the top 10.”

If anybody does a report for the Borders League give me a shout and I’ll update the blog.

 

Parkrun

Helsby RC again fielded a strong presence with 17 athletes at various Parkruns on Saturday – pretty impressive considering the turnout we also had at the two race fixtures.  Rachael Holden and Debbie Read were the 2nd ladies home at Widnes and Ellesmere Port respectively. Well done to everyone who ran over the weekend.

Our consolidated Parkrun results are HERE

That’s it for this week. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 1st to 7th Jan 2018

Hi everyone

Happy new year and welcome to this weeks blog, before we get started please see a few words below from Paul Foster regarding the Northern XC Champs:

This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January. If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January. Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering. If runners don’t turn up at this event after entering it is costly for the club. Injuries cannot be helped and you will not receive a public flogging!

Also please give a warm welcome to new member Rob Hough. I’m sure you will all make him feel welcome, he’s already been roped into doing the Borders on Sunday! Fitzy really has no shame 😉

And finally the belated results from the Xmas handicap can be found at the following link:

https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/copy-of-xmas_handicap_calcs_unsorted_2017.xlsx

It opens on the handicap results and the previous sheet has the absolute results.

Smithhills 10k MT

Our top vet Col Bishop had another storming run at a 10k MT race at Smithhills in Bolton on Sunday, well done Bish! He has kindly sent over a few words for this race, please see below:

On a lovely crisp frosty morning with clear blue skies I headed off to Bolton Smithills country park for the monthly run organised by NMAC for a 10k multiterrain race. With a start on the grass half loop of the park before heading out of the park with a good mile or so uphill climb repeated twice. Happy to say I had podium position 1 .

Would love to say one I would recommend this one for any of our club members who are NMAC members but unfortunately it is the last one ever due to lack of interest.

Certainly blew the cobwebs away.

Cheshire XC Champs

The Green Army came out in force for the Cheshire County XC Champs on Saturday, a big well done to all those who ran, some even doubled up with a parkrun first! Over to Captain June with this fab report…

On Saturday an army of green vests were seen racing around Delemere at the Cheshire Cross Country Championships. Fantastic running by everyone who took part. The conditions were very tough….a ‘proper’ cross country course! The support around course was brilliant and certainly helped push us through the gloopy mud! Lots of happy smiley faces albeit with very muddy spikes came through the finish line. Well done all! 

Post race there were lots of nominations for the ‘Lady of the League’ and I am delighted to announce that Janet is this week’s winner for her positive vibes and wonderful smile pre, during and post race! Well done! 

Link to full results can be found here:
http://www.cheshireaa.com/results/XCC/2018/Cheshire%20XCC%20Delamere%20Forest%20-%20Sat-6-Jan-2018.pdf

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Please find the consolidated results from the Saturday parkrun, well done to all who ran one!

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

That’s all this week folks, as usual please let me know if I have missed anything. All results and reports should be sent to the inbox helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 18th December to 31st December 2018

Happy New Year Green Army

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year. Sorry about the lack of a blog last week but there wasn’t much in the inbox plus it was Christmas week, so I was far too busy to do it.

A few notices to start us off.

4VHM – 21st Jan

We are still on the look out for volunteers, if you can spare a few hours on either the Saturday or Sunday please email laura@baynham-hughes.com, or if you can marshal please email davidfeakes@btinternet.com

Borders League/XC clash of fixture 14th Jan

The Abergele Borders League Race, and Runcorn Town Park XC race clash again this season, so neither team incurs penalty points if you could message myself fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or timpalmer97@gmail.com to let us know your preference that would be very much appreciated. We can then put together teams for the day and will let everyone know before the 14th. We have also put a post on the Facebook page, so you can also reply on there.

Message from Paul re; XC

Hi all
This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January
If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January.
Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering.
If runners don’t turn up at  this event after entering is costly for the club
Injuries can not be helped and you will not receive a public flogging
Cheers
Paul

 

Can we all say hello to a new club member as well Mike Barnard (hope to see you at the Borders ha ha)

The week before Christmas seen the Christmas handicap take place, Jackie sent over a report

Merry Xmas to you, hope it was a good one. Here’s a festive Xmas Handicap Report.

 Twas the Wednesday before Xmas and 24 Xmas handicappers hoof tapping on the start line for the annual Xmas sleight ride dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane and back. Amongst the revellers were a number of Santa’s, some elves and many reindeer.

 Donner – Kate Mann, who came second last year, consolidated her ride this year and came in first in a handicap time of 29:58 (absolute 24:09) followed by the fastest reindeer in the pack Dasher – Colin B (handicap time 31:09, absolute 19:09)  with Comet – Ben C hard on his hooves 2 seconds later.  Over the next 3 minutes the main reindeer herd of 17 came in at a gallop keepings Santa’s little helpers (time keepers Louise, Jo, Helen & Kathryn, thanks too) busy on their toes. Followed over the next 4 minutes, by the return of the last half dozen of the weary scattered herd. A strange an incident as ever occurred with the last four footed friend, aka Dancer- Jane, transforming from reindeer to horse, not just any horse, this one’s going for a Guinness World record as the fastest (furry) marathoner horse of all time!

 8 minutes separating the whole herd, with the fastest 4 reindeer being  Dasher- Colin B, Prancer- Patrick,  Vixen – Daniel R & Blitzen- Phil T, all red-nosed but not a Rudolph nowhere in sight!

 A Ho Ho Ho evening was had by all in Santa’s grotto back at the stables with troughs of hot steaming soup & platters of mince pies plus a visit by Santa with everyone receiving a secret Santa present.

 Thanks to Santa’s elves Cupid-Colin T,  Olive-Betty and of course Joe & Mario for keeping the reindeer herd on the straight & narrow through Helsby and turning us around at the far end.

Over to Bish

Hi Boxing Day saw a few helsby green vests turn out to run the walls. A slightly adjusted and longer course than usual due to repair works on the walls.

Well organised and supported along the route. Well done to Emily for representing Helsby women. We had 3 Green Santa’s Stephen  Wiggins with his Dad David along with Chris Igoe.  Still smiling at the end, myself, Neil Finegan, Tim Palmer, Chris Morgan completed the team. Think we all deserved any extra mince pies we may have indulged in over the holiday period.
Happy New Year everyone Bish
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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, & Keswick. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

That’s it for now, see you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC Round-up from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th December 2017.

Hi Everyone,

Well it looks like people have already started hanging their running shoes up for Christmas as there’s nothing in the inbox this week. I know we’ve just had the X-mas Handicap last night, but we can cover that in next week’s round-up.

I’m sure there must have been some people out there at events the past week, so if anyone fancies sending in a report we can still include it in the next round-up.

I’ve had a couple of niggles myself that have stopped me from running the past couple of weeks so I haven’t been out and about much lately. However, the trainers went back on yesterday and I’m itching to get back on the hills. So as there’s nothing in the inbox I’m gonna  highlight a couple of events that I’ve got my eye on over the festive period.

Jubilee Plunge – Saturday 30/12/2017 at 2pm  – £1.00 entry on the day  – 2 mile/1500ft of descent

Venue:                Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, (GR 129633). Register by 1.00pm. 50 min walk  to start.

If you don’t like running ‘up’ hills then this might be for you ;-). The race starts on Moel Famau by the Jubilee Tower. You then simply run as fast as you can back down to the Golden Lion while trying to stay on your feet. Phil Gillard and I did this race last year – I did the better job of staying on my feet – lol.

Tour de Llyn Llydaw – Monday 01/01/2018 at 10.30am – £2.00 entry on the day – 5 mile/594ft of climb.

Venue:             Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, (GR 647556)

This is a great low key event,  guaranteed to ‘freshen you up’ after the festivities.  Take heed though, this can be a serious run in bad weather so do take the appropriate kit. I did this one last year. The route goes up the Miners Track to Llyn Llydaw , which you then run around before returning via the same route. If you fancy it, check the weather beforehand and get there early as parking is very limited at Pen y  Pass.

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So the only round up is from the Parkruns, which were also relatively quiet on Saturday. We did have 7 members out across Birkenhead and Delamere though. Consolidated results for Helsby are HERE.

Have a great Christmas everyone, and stay safe.

Jim

Helsby weekly round-up 2-10 December 2017

Hello everyone

Welcome to this weeks round-up. We had a few members out and about in the freezing cold and also some members going abroad for some winter sun! Before we get started please see a message from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster regarding the Cheshire XC champs next year:

The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.

I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.

Entering all the names together saves on administration fees so if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at mooeyf@hotmail.com or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.

The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.

Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.

Thanks
Paul

Borders League (Race #2) Birkenhead Park

Our first report is a belated one for the Borders League last Sunday (3rd Dec). Roy Gaskill has posted a few words on Facebook regarding the race, please see below:

“Borders League episode 2 we were short of a few of our favs but we still managed a team both men’s team with Fitzy coming in first for Helsby, and June Swift coming in first for the ladies, as for me ran it and just paced it.

The full results can be found here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

NWSLXC (Arrowe Park)

Well done to everyone who ran the cross country at Arrowe Park on Sunday, the conditions looked a bit tricky and very cold! Bish has kindly sent in a report for this race:

“We must be mad or trying to get ourselves on Santa’s good list turning up at Arrowe Park XC this Sunday. Snow and bitterly cold the green and Barmy Army turned out! One small loop and two large loops of the park. Muddy,icy and freezing underfoot, safe to say for all of us our feet were numb after the first loop. A massive well done for all who managed to stay upright.

Well done Lucy for first home for Helsby ladies and second lady overall Laura BH second lady for Helsby and third lady home Jenny Illidge. Chris Collins brought it home for the men second for me and third for Ian Rutherford.with top 100 finishes for Davyd Gareth and Steve.

Well done for all who turned up thanks to Joe Mario and Jane for support today also for post race treats.

Sorry if I have missed anyone but my brain is still thawing out😨”

Cheers
Bish

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Lanzarote Half Marathon

Two of our members escaped the cold weather to run a half marathon in stunning Lanzarote (not that we’re jealous…much 🙂 Both Jackie and Debbie have sent in reports for this race, over to Jackie first…

“A warm story to cheer you up this weekend.

Last Saturday was Lanzarote race weekend. With a marathon, half marathon, 10k & 5k on offer. The marathon route hugs the coast between Costa Teguise, through the capital Arracife and on to Costa Carmen…. & return. The half starts in Carmen, the 10k in Arrecife, all finishing in Teguise. It’s advertised as 90% sea views and average temperature of 19 deg C. It goes along the quiet, pedestrian, traffic free promenade all the way, with just one short detour around the Affecife, port area, past the desalination plant, power station & oil refinery – all essential for a hot holiday island! The temperature was much hotter bring in the mid 20’s, but with a welcome breeze fortunatley.

Debbie & Geoff ran the half & I did the 10k as the half was full & a marathon was far too much for me at the moment. Time to cheer the marathon runners (8am start), a leisurley breakfast, morning coffee cheering Debbie past (10.30 start) before strolling to the 10k start at mid day. Quite holiday like really!

Well done to Debs & Geoff with times of 1:58 & 1:51 for the half. Debs looking good with 10k to go. It was surpisingly hilly with thankfully a sea breeze for the final 10k which I managed in 55:27. We were all in the top 3 of our age categories, but whilst in previous years they have generously given out 3 prizes per category, sadly this year it was only 1!!! Still a brilliant race day out for all. Throughly recommended!”

Debbie next…

“The Lanzarote Half was on the hottest day of our holiday-too hot for running. It was a point to point which meant we had to get up at 6:20 for the hours drive to the race finish to pick up the bus to drive back the way we’d come to get dropped off at the start in Puerto del Carmen!

The route followed the coastal footpath – at one point we were between the sea and the airport, a bit surreal when the planes came in to land what seemed inches over our heads (think the U2 video)

Just before the halfway mark (also the start of the 10k) running through Arrecife Jackie was sitting at a pavement cafe drinking a coffee waiting for the start of her race. When she asked me if I was enjoying it I gave her a resolute NO!

The course then went into the road through some hilly(ish) uninspiring industrial areas into Costa Teguise and the finish.

A well organised race with drink stations every 2 or 3k, lots of free food and drink at the end, a gong of a medal, t-shirt and drawstring bag.

Not the best of times for me – just under 2 hours but given the heat and 13 miles of running into the wind, it’ll do.”

 

parkrun

Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. No Phoenix sadly as conditions were too icy, a few managed to get out to other parkruns though. Well done to everyone who ran one.

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

That’s all this week. As always please let me know if any results or races are missing, I can always update the blog later on. Remember all race reports to be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby update 27-11 to 2-14

Very quiet week in the build up to Christmas. Just the parkrun results and a couple of notices, the first from Jackie K and the second from Paul Foster.

Here are the consolidated club results from Delamere, Widnes, Newcastle, Ellesmere Port and Phoenix Park.

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

 

Jackies notice…

The draw for our single London Marathon club place took place before
training last Wed. Charlie Roberts was pulled out the hat first, we wish
Charlie all the best in training and on Aprils race day.

The next 10K & 6K Time Trial which is back along Greenway (from the
Guilden Sutton to Chester & back, torches & reflective gear essential)
was pencilled in for Dec 13th, in order to try and get a 3rd one in
before the end of the year. Captain Colin has suggested it may be more
popular and will avoid the Xmas rush up to Xmas, if we delay it and do
the time trial between Xmas & New Year. So please put December 27th in
your diaries for this.

Please remember its the Xmas Handicap Race on 20th December (a time to
break away from the Xmas rush and come and contest this annual (fancy
dress if you wish) gallop from Tesco to Godscroft Lane & back before
going back to the club house for a bite to eat & Secret Santa (please
bring along a wrapped £5 present). Dave & Lesley will be in touch soon
organising the food and asking for volunteers to bring along pans of hot
soup (that’s if we decide to do the same as the last few years, it just
hits the spot!).

That’s it for now

Jackie

….and Paul Fs…..

The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.

I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.

Entering all the names together saves on administration fees

So if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at mooeyf@hotmail.com or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.

The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.

Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.

Thanks,
Paul

 

All the best

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 20th November to 26th November 2017

Hello Green Army

Short blog this week, but a few important notices.

It’s Borders League Race 2 this Sunday 3rd, and we are heading over to Birkenhead Park for the famous 4 laps. Yes i know it’s a little dull but your continued support and great turnouts recently really is appreciated, remember 4 counters for the ladies, 10 for the men, the more the merrier and all abilities welcome, just bring your club vest. More details on the link below.

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

This Friday night, 1st December, it’s the annual Xmas Party, and we are sticking with tradition, Helter Skelter 7.30pm, Xmas jumpers a must, and a good old knees up, hopefully see some of you new members there as well and the old crew. Make sure you bring your singing voices.

Park run seen runners out in Pennington Flash, Delamere, & Erddig, Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Over to Bish for this weeks only race report

Well the green army turned up on a bitterly cold wet Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to run with some of the best in the country.

Rachael Holden was the green soldier for the ladies doing one loop and 2 laps of the course. Think it was 5 miles. (Hope I got that right). The men did one loop and 3 laps just short of 6 miles. Difficult to stay upright on one of the muddiest courses I have ran in a long time.
Respectable finishes for all. Thanks to Mario, Joe and Jane for support & for post run treats.
Cheers Bish
Think Bish is being very modest, as he had a cracking run and was first home for the men and teaching me a lesson how to pace a cross country race, well done
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Here is a link to another race report, showing the quality of the field on the day
That’s all for this week, so see you all on Friday night and if not then Sunday
#greenarmy
Cheers
Fitzy

Helsby RC News – from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November 2017

Welcome to another weekly round up. Great to see a few emails in the inbox this week letting us know what everyone’s been up to. Please keep sending anything in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

X-Country at Sefton Park on Saturday 25/11/17

A message from Paul Foster:

“Thanks to all the 16 runners who have entered this Saturday”s xc at Sefton park 
Ian Rutherford          Gareth Boyd 
Andy Smith                Phil Tomkinson 
Chris Fitzpatrick       Ian Hamling 
Neil Finegan              Ste Wiggins 
Peter Rodriguez       Colin Bishop
Davyd Michell           Colin Thompson 
Ste Riley                     Rachel Holden 
Michael Williams 
 The senior women’s event will start at 13.15 and the senior men’s at 14.05

Race numbers will be available for collection between 12 noon and 13.45 on the day at  the registration tent which will be near the finish

Course map and timetable are available for download on L&D website

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

 

The entries will be paid for before you get there so no one will have to mess about wasting time. 
I know last year they said they weren’t but for some reason the message never got to the people giving out the numbers.
Any problems on the day feel free to contact me 
Paul”
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Sandstone Trail Challenge 2018

A brief reminder from Andy Robinson:
“The Sandstone Trail Challenge opens for entries on 1 Dec at midnight.  If you want a place, you’ll have to stay up late & get in quick: the runners’ places went within 10 hours last time.”
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Racing News

Morunner – Saturday 18/11/17

Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in the first race report of the week – and well done Col!

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Nice crisp morning on Saturday saw a great turnout for Morunner at Croxteth Park 
Plenty of top lip accessories both real and fake and funnily enough male and female top lips. 😁
The 10k course was 2 laps of the parkrun course near enough.
Plenty of cheering along the way and encouragement from the 5k runners who had started 10 minutes earlier.
Happy to report I finished 2nd with a respectable time of 36.38
Nice moustache medal at the finish.
Cheers Bish”
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Penmaenmawr Fell Race – Saturday 18/11/17

Thanks to Laura for sending in a report about the Pen fell race:
“Eight green vests plus supporters took the trip to Penmaenmawr for the annual Penmaenmawr Fell race on Saturday. It was a cracking day and the views across the coast and mountains were definitely worth the effort of the climb and the joy of the ‘bog’ crossing. Although at least there wasn’t snow on the ground this year. This is one of my favourite races, really runnable and fantastic views. Runners enjoy most of the climb in the fist part of the race, then it is across the bog hoping to only go in up to your knees rather than your shorts, then a mostly flat run back in (with bonus of support from Mario and Joe) finishing with a very sharp descent to the finish line. All there is left to do after the 10+ miles is collect your race beer! Great running by the whole green army team, big thank you to Joe and Mario, Chris and boys for the support!”
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Conwy Half Marathon – Sunday 19/11/17

Great to get two aspects on the same race with reports coming in from Richard Hankins and Geoff Collins. First report was sent in by Richard:

“Seven of us crossed the border for the Conwy Half Marathon today – the last road counter of 2017. It was run in near perfect conditions: beautiful sunshine, light winds and a little chilly. Jim Jones rocked up despite running in the fell race the day before which is impressive. Fitzy, the great proponent of this additional race was nowhere to be seen? 

For those who have not done it the race deserves to be in the Runners World five most scenic half marathons. Starting on the Quay alongside Edward the 1st impressive castle built to suppress the Welsh Princes of Gwynned. It crosses the bridge, passes through Deganwy and into Llandudno. It then circles the Great Orme in an anticlockwise direction. This introduces two miles of consistent climb and was pretty tough, but beautiful. The route then follows the river back to Conwy. It isn’t a run to aim for a PB on. More one to savour the views and the atmosphere.

Three thousand had entered this year selling the race out and a good starting position was essential to prevent a frustrating mile stuck in traffic. Its well organised and friendly and I’d certainly recommend it. Perhaps Fitzy will make it next year?”

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And now, over to Geoff:

I’ve just read the report I wrote for last year’s Conwy half. It would be good to have this race as a club counter next year I wrote! Well sometimes wishes do come true, and this was to be the last of our club road counters being our 13th race.

I love this race for the beautiful scenic coastal location, where do you get better views than this?

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Or this? Spot the three runners in the water below?

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I think I must qualify as an ‘ever present’ having done eight out of the nine races.

Weather conditions were perfect on the day, little wind completely dry, and sunny towards the end of the race. Ideal for going up the Great Orme! But it’s a hard race with over 816 feet of climb, but with a very fast descent! This year the number of finishers was up on last year at 2,555.

A bit touch and go whether I would make it to the start line with a touch of PFPS in one knee and recovering from a cold. I wouldn’t recommend you do it the Physio tells me. I decide to ignore his advice, top up on pain killers and hope I’m still alive at the end. Yes I know I shouldn’t do it!

This race would also determine all the age category winners. The men’s V50’s & V60’s has seen a lot of friendly completion this year. It would be down to who turned up for this race and their finishing

order that would be the decider. There was also going to be an unexpected surprise change at the top of the ladies leader board with Janet as the only Helsby lady in this race too.

Eight Helsby runners turned up, including Richard Hankins going for his record tenth counter and myself for my ninth counter.

The Helsby finish order was;

Richard Hankins 1hr 31

Jim Jones 1hr 40m

Mike Williams 1hr 43m

Roy Gaskill 1hr 48m

Geoff Collins 1hr 54m

Geoff Shaw 1hr 57m

Matt Willcott 1hr 56m

Janet Shaw 2hr 25m.

Finally I thought I would do a quick check on who has run the most miles in this year’s road counters. It must be Richard with 10 races to his credit, but no it isn’t.

This is who has run the most miles;

Mens

1st Geoff Collins 72.9m 9 races

2nd Richard Hankins 72.1m 10 races

3rd Jim Jones 47.9m 7 races

Ladies

1st Janet Shaw 36.7m 7 races

2nd Tanya Downes 27.4m 4 races

3rd Carol Shaw 26.7m 6 races.

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Parkrun Saturday 18/11/17

Well done all Parkrunners. We had 11 Helsby  out at various Parkruns on Saturday with some impressive results and rankings:

Peter Rodriguez – 3rd at Phoenix

Ian Hamling – 5th at Widnes

Colin Thompson – 6th at Warrington

Helsby’s consolidated RESULTS

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I think that’s it for this week. If anything has been missed please let me know and I will update the blog.

Thanks

Jim

 

Helsby weekly round-up 06th to 12th November 2017

Hi all

Quiet week last week, only one report in the inbox! If you did a race and want it including in the blog please fire it over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the racing news please find a few reminders from Jackie below.

A reminder that next Wednesday after our club run is our next cub talk. Supper provided, 8:30 start.

Wed 22nd Nov  – Norwegian Trilogy – Jackie. Virtually no running but lots of mountains, sea, snow, sun & scenery.

The next 10K (with 6k option) is the Wednesday after

Wed 29th Nov – Godscroft Time Trial – 6:30 at club – warm up to start

We’ve not heard yet about how many London Marathon place our club has been allocated. It’s usually mid-November. If we have heard by next week we will hold the draw at next weeks club talk.  To be entered into the draw you need a 2018 rejection slip plus to have competed in at least 2 Border League Races in the previous 12 months.  Please can you email jackie your rejection slips asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com). (PS Suzie & Rachel, I’ve already got yours).

A couple of advance warning Xmas events:-

Fri 2nd Dec – Helsby Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham

Christmas jumpers complusory, Meet in Helter Skelter at 7:30pm for starters!

Sat 2nd Dec – 7pm, its the Ho Ho Helsby Xmas parade & Xmas Tree lighting ceremony.

Please come along with family & friends and join in the fun. If you are local and would like to help marshal the event, pleae let Betty know (betty.grieve@liverpool.ac.uk)

Wed 20th Dec – Annual Xmas Handicap Run followed by Xmas Santa & Supper.

3.3 mile dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane & back wth handicap starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to value of £5 for the Secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.& finally …

Planning ahead for the Four Villages, our stock of white stakes for hanging tape from seems to have dwindled. Not sure if they were returned from previous races, but if you have them please can you let me know, save having to buy new ones.

Cheers & thanks Jackie

North West Sunday League XC – Beacon Park

Thanks for Fitzy for sending in the sole race report this week…over to Fitzy…

What perfect running conditions Sunday morning brought us, clear blue sky’s and not too cold, perfect I thought, until we got to Beacon Park, Skelmersdale. We arrived and somehow the temperature had dropped and a pretty chilly wind had arrived. Nobody seemed up for this race upon arrival, especially myself, everyone saying they felt like they had zero energy and really couldn’t be bothered.

That was until we started taking the Michael out of one another’s attire and started racing. Skem’s XC course is brilliant, a big lap of the top field, and then down into the secluded trails of Beacon Park, seeing us complete 2 laps, the second a lot harder than the first. The mud didn’t disappoint, very thick, lots of it especially on the second lap, and plenty of big climbs some gradual, and some very steep, and as per usual plenty of folk trying their best to stay on their feet, some better than others.

Some great pictures on social media and a few highlights of the day were definitely Steve Riley’s different coloured footwear, Ian Rutherford’s hand knitted gloves and finally Emily Smiths photo of her going around the puddles.

Huge congratulations to Lucinda Lamb, coming home in 1st Place overall, making it a 100% record in her first two outings in the L&D Sunday league, and that helped cement the ladies 3rd Place overall in the league. Better to come from the men I’m sure but still a respectable mid table finish on the day.

Next up is Arrowe Park, on 10th December, would be great to get another great turnout

Full results below
a href=”http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated results from the Saturdays parkruns. Congrats to Bish for a second place at Widnes and a big well done everyone from the club who ran.

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 and I will update the blog.

Cheers
Colin T

Helsby weekly update 30-09-17 to 5-11-17

Parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Widnes, Horton, York, Phoenix Park and Delamere. The undoubted highlight of the of the day was Ian Rutherfords well deserved first place at Phoenix.

Full results are below

https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Col Thompson sent in this report from Abergele 5.

I was lucky enough to get selected to run for Cheshire again at the Abergele 5 Inter-counties champs against North Wales so on Sunday I slipped into my Cheshire vest and made my way over there. The weather was pretty horrific, gale force winds, hail and rain so I spent most of the time sitting in my car trying to keep warm before the start. I’m definitely a fair weather runner! The course is very similar to the one used in the borders league so it’s an out and back along a coastal path with a small diversion around a caravan park. The wind was against us on the way out so it made for a slow and tactical first half with everyone trying to use each other as a wind break, but on the way back it was a case of eye balls out and hang on to the finish. I managed to get 29.06 , 15th overall and 4th Cheshire counter (6 per team), both the men’s and ladies teams won on the day so it was a great result for everyone!

It was also nice to see a few green vests there, Bish had a fantastic race to win the overall v55 category and the Wiggo’s had a great run too. Well done chaps!

Full results can be found here:

https://tinyurl.com/y8ax7du3

Cheers
Colin T

Fitzy, king of the uncapitalised personal pronoun, sent in this from Arley Hall

Saturday seen me head back to Arley Hall and compete again in the Cheshire 10k after winning my age category back in March, and also getting my 10k PB, so i fancied giving it another go on a really fast course. The weather was very different to March, heavy rain with a bit of wind, made for an absolutely brutal start, especially traipsing over the waterlogged muddy fields to pick up your race number and and go to the toilet. I was muddier by the start of this race than I was at the previous weekends XC at Arrowe Park, and it was a road race.

I started the race really well and everything was going to plan up until a mile and a half out because as per usual i’d gone off far to fast yet again, when will i learn. With it being a very local race i was expecting to see a lot more from the green army there, but I only seen Carol Shaw, who ran a brilliant race to secure second in her age category. I managed to finish with my second fastest 10k, so i was more than happy with the end result. I would recommend this race to all you road loving tarmac slappers, hopefully we can get it as a road counter next year and get a few more down to a great race, even if the weather did spoil it a little.

The winner, Matt Clowes, all the way from Cardiff running club ran 29 mins 44 secs, and with the top ten all coming in under 34 mins, it was a very strong field

Fulls results

https://tinyurl.com/yar32ut2

As usual please send all reports to:

helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz