Friday night saw our 4th road counter which was the fast Christleton 5k, fast because many of the 11 Helsby runners saw significant times fall from their 5k PB’s. This race is now in its 25th year and historically run by Tattenhall runners. Chester Tri took over the event and organisation was as smooth as ever.
A ‘nearly’ two lap loop in Christleton, Cheshire, this race sees people travelling from all over the region to compete with some tremendous local athletes. Thankfully the rain and wind stayed away for the race which meant favourable running conditions on the night. The fast leading pace seems to filter throughout the field to help pull everyone along.
This meant PB’s were had by Adrian, Colin, Gareth, Adair and Jayne, with Adrian taking two minutes off his previous 5k time and Jayne possibly more. Roy Gaskill also took 75 seconds from his previous best. It was a good battle for each Helsby position, although a short distance compared to many of our races, from the effort displayed at the finishing line (and the photos) it was clear Helsby runners had been in a race and given it their all! Well done to Carol Shaw for a significant 2nd in her category too.
Thanks to Joe for great vocal support on the course and Mario taking photos which we can hopefully put on the Helsby flickr site soon.
Great to see Dave Pinnington out on the course taking photos
Other photos promised on http://www.sportsunday.co.uk/
And here (for £1) http://eventpics.chestertri.org.uk/Christleton-5K-2012
Full results from the Christleton 5k Chester website.
Helsby positions and times as follows:
||Tom De Jong
Other races at the weekend were the Manchester 10k which was also shown on BBC2 on Sunday morning. The eagled eyes who were watching hopefully spotted Nesta advertising the Helsby vest at the start of her race! On I-Player at the elite men’s start you should be able to see Jane and Tracy waving too! Nice one ladies for glamming up Sunday Mornings TV( much more preferable than Andrew Marr
Full results here http://www.greatrun.org/Results/AdvancedSearch.aspx
An amazing run by Jane Ashbrook saw her break the magic 40 minutes and in looking at the results for the elite women would have justified her a start in that particular race!
368th Jane Ashbrook 39.45
481st Colin Thompson 40.30
6826th Nesta Hawker 51.17
7144th Peter Causton 51.39
26113th Mike Searle 1.16.45
Dave Pinnington was also out taking photos for this race again with some spectacular shots of the elite athletes. Not all of his photos uploaded yet.
Sunday also saw the Comberbach 5k, which had Geoff Shaw and Carol Shaw running. Well done for the 5k double Carol. Geoff Shaw was 8th(ish) with Carol close behind. Janet Shaw was out on the course with Joe and Mario as was Chris BH supporting.
When details come through I will update the blog so please take a look over there, no results online yet.
Geoff was also out at the muddy Mobberly 5 mile multi-terrain race, adjacent to Manchester airport, race was last Thursday 17th May. A great run in a big and competitive field saw Janet Shaw take 1st in her category, well done Janet and Geoff Shaw was well up the field to claim 3rd in his. Bit slippy due to the mud on the route too by all accounts.
Full results at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2012/mobberley.htm
And some Photos from Mick Hall http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/home.asp
Fell legend Robbie Webster also ran at Shining Tor in the Inter-county Fell Race winning his age category for 1st v70, well done Robbie. Full results here
Phil Gillard was also out earlier on in the week at the Blackstone Edge race near Rochdale. Phil’s description below but details and results should eventually appear her
Tough little race; steep climbs, very boggy with one of those dsecents which look tempting – nice and grassy but with just the right (wrong) amount of rocks to make you think
Club AGM on Wednesday after the run with a fish supper then it’s Cader Idris Fell counter 2 on Saturday 26th May. Next road counter is the Mersey Tunnel 10k Sunday 10th June.