Border league race 2 results – Birkenhead Park 13th November 2011

Hi all

Race 2 in the Border League organised by Wallasey was held at Birkenhead Park. 4 laps enticed a good Helsby contingent to follow Albert’s sound advice and count the laps down instead of up! The total distance was somewhere in the region of 5.5 miles.

Observing  a minutes silence at 11.00am for Remembrance Day as soon as the whistle went it was just like running in Central Park, although of course on a smaller scale. Fallen leaves created a nice Autumnal backdrop and once again good weather prevailed. There were some very impressive performances by Helsby runners in their respective categories, with Albert and Robbie both second and Vanessa not far behind with a 4th place.

Finish of the day goes to Mike and Jayne having a great battle in the last few metres. Poor Joe didn’t know who to shout for!

Thanks to Phil for missing a much desired fell race to support the club and a note must also be made to the new contingent of Helsby runners who are bringing in a much needed enthusiasm and talent to the club with races like this. They are making a big difference.

With 11 men out for Helsby, we are now 2nd in Division two which is brilliant to see. Could we aim for promotion? But it’s not just the men, Helsby ladies were also 2nd in their division. Let’s hope we can keep this up. But no pressure anybody, first and foremost we have to enjoy the running.

Joe offered support on many occasions, finding a good vantage point to watch the race unfold, a benefit of laps maybe and thanks also to Mario’s support, as well as his organising of numbers at the end

Full results can be perused here:

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

Helsby positions and times as follows

15th

BROUGHTON, Adair

31:13

46th

LANDUCCI, Ian

33:26

91st

O’HARA, Jim

36:33

99th

GASKILL, Roy

36:52

131st

SHAW, Geoff

38:17

136th

SEARLE, Mike

38:29

137th

JOY, Jayne

38:29

143rd

GRIFFITHS, Vanessa

38:37

144th

GILLARD, Phil

38:39

173rd

JACKSON, Adrian

39:41

180th

BERRY, Albert

40:04

231st

FOSTER, Paul

43:51

249th

GRIEVE, Betty

44:59

288th

SHAW, Janet

48:57

293rd

WEBSTER, Robbie

49:31

The next race is organised by Tattenhall, fairly local and possibly our local ‘derby’. It’s on Sunday 11th December, I know everyone will have all their Christmas shopping done by then :d so it’ll be good to have another strong showing.

Thanks to Andy Blair from Tattenhall for use of the photos in this blog article

Adair