Henley ironman report – Dave Madders

Mike (Searle)

Thanks for the amazing write up.

I think Ivan and I probably both thought that as the marathon is such a low key portion of the ironman most of the other club members wouldn’t really be too interested in our tales but I’ll put a few words together to try and describe just what its like to complete an ironman triathlon.

Both Ivan and I embarked on our training around New Year having entered the ironman event at Henley for September 18th. It should be noted that at this point Ivan was a novice swimmer and I couldn’t do the crawl at all !!

We were already ok at the running department; both of us having ran 5 or so marathons. We started out by training on the bike whilst supplementing that with the club run on Wednesday nights and the odd half marathon at the weekend (Stockport 10, four villages, Wilmslow, Chester ) gradually we built up the endurance to a point where we were entering cycle sportive events which are basically well organised bike rides usually over long distances of at least 50 miles and up to 120 miles.

We both then started swimming lessons with a company called ‘swimtime cheshire’ and after 6 number 1/2 hour lessons at £20 each we were both swimming brilliantly, money well spent!

We then both did Edinburgh marathon in May and started to practice open water swimming at Salford Quays on Saturday mornings which is also very well organised.

I took a week off work and cycled from lands end to John O Groats in a week which definitely made me a stronger rider and we both entered a few mini and Olympic triathlons one of which, Llandudno, cycled up the Orme 3 times!

In short, prior to the ironman we had each done the 3 ironman distance disciplines but never on the same day. After 9 months of training we were ready to tackle the ironman (and stupidly we now realise we picked one of the toughest courses on the circuit. The Henley ironman swims in the Thames then takes the bike out into the Chiltern Hills for 112 miles of cycling and with 6000ft of ascent en route! )

After registering and placing equipment into the transition areas on the day before, the following day then started with a 4.45 alarm call which enabled us to arrive at the start point at 5.30. It was dark and only 5 degrees when we first got into the Thames for 1.2 miles upstream then 1.2 miles back downstream and to be honest the swim in the Thames wasn’t pleasant and later gave Ivan a tummy bug! Then it was out onto the bike on what was a very tough 3 lap course and I think we both underestimated just how much the 2.4 mile swim takes it out of you prior to the bike. The numerous feed stations were excellent dishing out water energy drinks and gels as well as bananas and oranges.

The support from the crowd and the people of Henley who’s small town was cut off for the day with all the bike route being on closed roads was unlike any race I’ve ever done before including London marathon. It was phenomenal and like having all your friends lining the route. After around nine hours we were both exhausted by the swim and bike but trainers were on and the marathon about to commence, which was a mixture of roads tow paths parks and fields round a 10.5k course which you repeated 4 times. The cut off finishing time for Henley was 16 hours whereas ironman UK at Bolton is 17 hours but that still meant we both had 7 hours to complete the marathon which you can do walking if you have to but we both shuffled round the first 2 laps without stopping. The third lap I was absolutely shattered and making do with a run walk shuffle strategy. After passing the start line for the final time though, as well as being in pain for the last hour or so I managed to get back running again, thinking to myself its just a 10k to go.

Someone said to me on the last lap, is this your first ironman? I said yes and he said enjoy the finish.

With the ironman taking so long, the finishers arrive at the finish one at a time and everyone receives a heroes welcome, high fiving the crowd on the way to the line. Very special.

It was tough and they don’t call it ‘ironman’ for nothing plus at between £300-£400 entry fee they’re not cheap to enter but I’m hooked now and looking at doing 2 next year and getting the finishing time down

Dave Madders

Cheshire aa road racing gp results & handicap results

Hi all

Please find attached a link to the Cheshire AA Road Race GP results.


Cheshire AA each year choose a series of races for all Cheshire runners. Sutton 6 was the last race so final standings are now available. Alongside these results, Cheshire AA also produce a handicap scheme which is useful to show how an individual is improving or has run in a particular race. It is also a great indicator of form.

First for Helsby over the year and from a total pool of 449 Cheshire runners Carol Shaw was 9th overall, which is a brilliant achievement! Geoff Shaw was 23rd overall so well done to both these Helsby runners and be sure to congratulate them when you see them.

For all positions and placings just click on the link below which should take you to an excel file




Wirral MT race 3 results – thurstaston

Hi all

Please find attached link to the results for Race 3 of the Wirral MT series.

“Please find attached copy of latest results which can also be found on


See you all at the last race and the presentation. Please remind all runners that the series is the best 3 out of 4 and in the event of a tie the highest finisher in the last race is deemed the winner and a new of places will be decided at the last race.

Good luck everyone.

Steve Saunders www.stevesaunders.co.uk

The course was on the Wirral Way at Thurstaston with some beach on each lap. Thankfully not as windy as the last race but equally tough I’m sure. Some great results once again for the Green Vests on show. Helsby positions and places as follows


6th           Adair Broughton               28.55
39th         Ian Landucci                       32.03
65th         Paul Porter                         34.30
83rd        Geoff Shaw                        35.42
105th      Adrian Jackson                  37.19


20th         Carol Shaw                          38.35
42nd        Nesta Hawker                   42.19
46th         Betty Grieve                      43.25
47th         Janet Shaw                         43.56
49th         Jackie Keasley                   44.21

Overall standings so far can be found here:


Well done to all taking part.

Photos of the night below are courtesy of Mick Charman. Nice sunset Mick!

Special thanks to Mario who has been sorting the numbers and results on the night as well as to Joe, Steph and Mick for support during the race.

Next race is at Arrowe Park on Tuesday night with a 6.30pm start.

Helsby’s Ironmen

Hi everyone

I think that it has probably escaped most club members notice but we have amongst our number, 2 pioneering athletes who have competed in and successfully completed (in very impressive times) what is arguably the most arduous event in the calendar.

Many club members will have completed a marathon who I’m sure like me, feel that 26.2 miles of non-stop running is more than enough effort for a single event.

Well how about swimming 2.4 miles (in open water, not a warm, calm swimming pool), immediately followed by 112 miles on the bike before you even lace up your running shoes to tackle the 26.2 – a total of 140.6 miles consecutively and continuously.

That’s the Ironman triathlon for you. To my knowledge, no club member has ever attempted, yet alone successfully achieved this fantastic goal and now we have 2 in our midst.

On Sunday 18th September at the Challenge Henley Ironman event, Ivan Davies and Dave Madders came, saw and conquered! Their build-up and preparation has only taken 9 months and now they can officially be awarded the moniker ‘ Ironman’. So a huge WELL DONE to them both, hopefully, once they’ve replaced the 75,000 calories that they burned up during the race, they’ll be back down at the club very soon to regale us with their tales of getting kicked in the face during the swim, what it feels like to be exhausted at mile 112 on the bike still knowing that there’s 26.2 miles to run and how on earth you manage to fuel up (yet alone attend to natures necessary bodily functions!) during an event of that length! I’m looking forward to the stories!



Ivan Davies: 13 hours, 19 minutes, 12 seconds

Dave Madders: 14 hours, 21 minutes, 27 seconds

Photos will be posted here soon:


I’m sure if anyone fancies having a crack at the event themselves next year, Dave & Ivan would be only too pleased to pass on a few tips!

Well done guys – amazing!

Best wishes

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Wirral mt race 2 results – Harrison drive

Hi all

Results now out for last Tuesdays ever so slightly breezy beach run at Harrison Drive nr Wallasey.

Some great results placing Helsby runners in the podium rankings for age categories.

Full results link here:


Current rankings here: (note this will be best three races out of the four)


Helsby placings on the night as follows:


7th           Adair Broughton               25.25
39th         Ian Landucci                      28.14
81st         Paul Porter                         30.51
110th      Geoff Shaw                          33.05
122nd      Paul Foster                         33.55


24th         Carol Shaw                         33.46
51st         Betty Grieve                        37.11
59th         Janet Shaw                        40.10

Thanks also to Joe, Mario, Steph and Mick for support on the night. Some fabulous photos by Mick Charman below.

Next race is Tuesday night but at the earlier time of 6.30pm. Unfortunately a little bit of sand once again but ‘hopefully’ less wind. Race details on www.stevesaunders.co.uk but race is at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston.

Guilden sutton six

A new race to me, and a good one. This long-standing race started life as a 6 miler and later mutated into a metric 10k. Well organised by West Cheshire, with kilometre markers all the way around, making it easy to gauge your efforts.

Starting in the village, with the now traditional ‘traffic management’ faff, we were soon off on a short lap followed by a bigger anti-clockwise loop. For the most part we ran on quiet country lanes with a brief excursion down the footpath of the main A51, where the noise came as a rude shock. By the time we were back on the lanes we were all digging in for the last 2k to the finish, where the main hilly challenges of the course (in truth only minor) made themselves felt. The final little rise up to the finish seemed harder than it should have been, especially when you’re conscious of the runner behind closing in!

Helsby turnouts from Adair, Ian, Steve, Geoff, Adrian, Carol and Janet in what was the penultimate road series counter. A PB for Adair with a few seconds off an already impressive best for the distance. Great morning for running! A still day and actually quite warm.

Full results can be found at the link below


Helsby positions and times as follows

16th         Adair Broughton               35.41
45th         Ian Landucci                       38.39
102nd      Steve Riley                          43.53
103rd      Geoff Shaw                        44.06
133rd      Carol Shaw                          46.09
138th      Adrian Jackson                  46.55
194th      Janet Shaw                         55.20.


Wirral MT race 1 royden park results

Results out for the first September multi-terrain race at Royden Park

This race was a lap of the field, followed by a trail run through the woods and then over the red rocks and back through the woods, a two lap course. We did have a little rain on the night but considering the possible forecast things weren’t too bad at all. A few hiccups on the night, including bruised arms and stitches but I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves!

Some photos on the blog courtesy of Mick Charman.

Great support as always from Joe and Mario and Steph.

Full results here


And current standings in age category’s can be found next to the name

Men’s results placing Men’s teams in 14th and 34th place

9th           Adair Broughton               29.28
47th         Ian Landucci                       33.07
83rd        Paul Porter                         35.27
84th         Geoff Shaw                        35.30
100th      Phil Gillard                           36.42
103rd      Adrian Jackson                  36.54
136th      Paul Foster                         40.46

Ladies Results placing their teams in 8th and 21st

14th         Jayne Joy                             37.46
18th         Vanessa Griffiths             38.10
34th         Carol Shaw                          41.05
49th         Betty Grieve                      44.25
56th         Janet Shaw                         45.59

Next race is at Harrison Drive at 7.00pm this Tuesday, mainly a beach race with some trai, for further details please see http://www.steve saunders.co.uk