A little later than expected but the results have finally arrived for the Padfield Plum Fair Scamper 12th September
8 green vests were on show for Helsby in a laid back village fete, on what was a drizzly and wet morning that turned into a near blue sky for the race.
Some solid competition lined up at the start including the dogged and determined Pennine runners and those with the local knowledge Glossopdale Harriers. What could Helsby offer against such staunch opposition except the simple joy of running up hills!
Joe was already out on the course choosing his best position for maximum vocal range, as the runners began what is a fairly short fell race at 5.5 miles. Although not a huge climb it is still a tough course due to it being runnable with a long steady climb. Total ascent of the course is roughly 1050ft. Danny was already out in front but chased closely all the way by a strong Holmfirth runner. The rest of the Helsby pack were chasing hard.
With Joe’s cheers near the end of the race just what Danny needed to edge the race with a win by two seconds, three other Helsby runners worked hard to place in the top 20. It was going to be a close call with Pennine for the team prize.
Luckily Helsby achieved it by one point, or in real terms, one position. Well done everybody and for Helsby this is something to be very proud of.
Each team member received an interesting t-shirt…..you’ll have to ask! as well as some cans of Foster. We’d hit the big time for sure.
Danny was not the only winner as Robbie Webster continued his excellent prize winning form to finish first in his age category.
Results are attached but Helsby positions and times below
1st Daniel Chan 38.48
7th Adair Broughton 41.35
15th Chris Baynham-Hughes 43.07
17th Jim O’Hara 43.36
39th Phil Gillard 50.42
44th Alec Robertson 51.34
59th Andy Smith 60.07
60th Robbie Webster 60.19
Last fell race of the current season will be the Clwydians