Ladies and gents, a big thank you to all who turned up last night, we were blessed with some fine weather and a relatively dry course.
A special thank you to the marshals: Joe, Bill. Andy, Kathryn, Liz, Richard and Helen – I think that is everybody but if I missed somebody out, sorry and thank you too …and of course Bev and Richard for the food.
The top 5 finishers were:
1. David Feakes
2. Bev Mitchell
3. Andy Robinson
4. Adair Broughton
5. Andy Todd
We had one minor casualty; Steve with a turned ankle and I am sure we all wish him a speedy recovery. A couple of improvements we will make for next year:
- Better organisation at the finish – perhaps make use of tags or tickets as in the Border League
- Better quality flour on the course, apparently Co Op own brand is not up to standard !!!!!
Best regards, Phil
[Edit: Nice work Phil. Good idea, good event. Smoothly put together with a good feast to follow! Steve]
The Warford 10 mile road race was most appropriately race 10 in the Helsby Summer Series. A large field of 316 runners enjoyed a well organised 3 lap course around the undulating roads of Great Warford.
Adair and myself represented Helsby with Andy Smith cycling over to provide support. Whilst he couldn’t quite match Joe’s vocal talents Andy did try to make up for it by appearing at 4 separate points of the course to cheer us on.
30 Adair Broughton 1:02:28
54 Ian Landucci 1:06:32
Those successfully completing the course were rewarded with a fine memento, not the usual tee-shirt or medal but a specially commissioned bottle of Joggers Tipple “Great Warford 10 (2009)” Ale complete with a label showing the David Lewis centre. The starting and finishing point for the race. Being a Real Ale fan I think Andy was wishing he had done the race, though Adair was slightly worried about the bits floating round in the beer until I pointed out that it was bottle conditioned. Perhaps we could commission something similar for the 4 Villages.
Full results here http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/warford.pdf
Note that we seem to have gained an extra Helsby runner (Jim O’Hara) but I think that’s just an error in the results.
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Terrific turn out of green vests last night at a very damp Ponderosa event. For anyone that doesn’t know it, this is a shortish friendly event starting from the Ponderosa Cafe at the top of the Horseshoe Pass.
The rain was falling pretty much till the start and the tops were invisible. Navigation however, was always going to be pretty straightforward with only a couple of turns to think about, all marshalled or taped. Besides which, for all of us except perhaps Adair, there’s always someone to follow. I know that new folk are often put off fell racing by the thought of getting lost. Don’t be. Just turn up and have a go, you’ll be fine (just don’t make the mistake of being first!).
With the lure of a few club counter points boosting the Helsby turnout, the race was well attended with 132 (I think) runners out there, most of whom finished with a smile on their face. There were a few well fought battles out on the course, both within the club and with other competitors.
Congrats to everyone: Adair, Mario, Steve, Ian L, Jane, Jackie, Andys S & T, Mitchells R & B, other Steve, Phil. And of course 12th man Joe for his ever-vocal support …hope I’ve not forgotten anyone.
Considering the race starts with a heartbreaking climb up the access track to the aerials and finishes with a heartbreaking slog up slow, muddy trails with leaden legs, I’m still at a loss as to why we do it. Other than because it’s great, and probably defies explanation. Try it, you’ll see.
I have some details of the Club Supported September Wirral Multi-Terrain Events.
As per usual these routes offer a variety of terrain (woods, trail, beaches and fields). These make nice late summer midweek races at about 4 or 5 miles while we still have some light remaining before the golden hues of autumn. The races are on the first four Tuesday nights of September
The races are competitive between clubs but offer a nice run out anyway. In the past we have managed two ladies teams of three and one mans team so let us see if we can do the same again at the very least.
As an idea these are the results for the previous years http://www.btinternet.com/~steve.saunders/ss/mterrain.htm
The races are about £2 an event so it is a good bargain as they are well supported and organised with spot prizes at each event.
Tuesday 1st Sept Royden Park 7.00pm – new start in opposite corner of field to allow 1 1/2 laps of field before you go into the woods to assist with the increased numbers.
Tuesday 8th Sept Harrison Drive 7.00pm – beach and trail race as per last year
Tuesday 15th Sept Visitors Centre Thurstaston 6.30pm – start as per May summer event but run right at beach and join wirral way between the cottages – 2 laps seniors 1 lap juniors finish on wirral way under bridge
Tuesday 22nd Sept Arrowe Park 6:30 – lap of field first as last year. Official Prize giving after this event
As usual, if you need any more information just ask down at the club or email.
Great Warford 10 Mile Race – Sunday 16th August 2009 10am Start
Start, Finish and Car Parking are all within the grounds of ‘The David Lewis Centre’, Mill Lane, Great Warford SK9 7UD.
Great Warford village is approximately halfway between Alderley Edge and Knutsford. The ‘David Lewis Centre’ is signposted from the A535 (Alderley Edge to Chelford) road and A537 (Knutsford to Chelford) road.
There will be prizes for the first five men/women, all veteran categories and 1st men/ladies team (3 to count). Prizegiving will be as soon as possible after the race. All profits from the race will be donated to the ‘David Lewis Centre’. ‘Red Cross’ will be providing First Aid facilities.
You will need to collect your race number between 8.30am and 9.55am from the enquiry desk at The David Lewis Centre before the race.
The course is an accurately measured 10 miles on country lanes, consisting of a small lap of approx 2 miles followed by two laps of approximately 4 miles. A short distance at the start and finish is within the grounds of The David Lewis Centre. There will be water stations just before 3 miles and 7 miles. Results will be displayed after the race and will be posted on the websites www.wilmslowrunningclub.org and www.ukresults.net
A map of the race route can be found on Bryan Dales race photos website www.racephotos.org.uk Bryan Dale will be taking photos of the race.
In addition to the toilet facilities at The David Lewis Centre, the licensee of the nearby ‘Stags Head’ Public House has kindly agreed to provide additional toilet facilities for competitors and will also be serving bacon butties to spectators from 9am.
I hope you all have an enjoyable race
Malcolm Fowler (Race Organiser)
Hi there – Please find attached a link to the full results for the ever popular Pie and Peas race http://www.valeroyalathleticclub.co.uk/
A great turnout for Helsby with 17 runners in a field of over 250 runners in total, so congratulatons to those taking part and to the good contingent watching, drinking beer, playing pool, taking photos and cheering us all on to the finish. Helsby runners and positions and times below.
15th Adair Broughton 31:00
34th Ian Landucci 33:21
70th Geoff Shaw 35:56
88th Gareth Boyd 37:21
90th David Feakes 37:30
109th Mike Searle 38:43
148th Stephen McCue 40:39
153rd Beverley Mitchell 40:47
154th Richard Mitchell 40:55
158th Carol Shaw 41:07
166th Jackie Keasley 41:51
173rd Michael McShane 42:20
183rd John Gallon 43:21
194th Lesley Feakes 44:40
204th Valarie Ball 45:41
208th Sarah Price 45:56
217th Janet Shaw 46:29
Please note the next road counter is the Great Warford 10m race on Sunday 16th August at 10.00am
The next fell counter is the Ponderosa Hill race which is next wednesday at 7.00pm
and why not be at Helsby High School for the popular Track night every monday at 7.00pm, coached by Joe Beswick, all abilities welcome.
See you all soon,
Another great turn out from Helsby at the ever popular Pie and Peas 5 miler. It’s been in our club calendar for as long as I can remember. Great to see some of the newer faces providing some competition to the older hands. Support offered by the Helsby injured contingent, who disappeared into the pub for a quick pint and game of pool during the race before emerging to cheer the runners home.
I’m sure Harry will post the results once they are available, in the meantime, a few snaps to keep you amused.