Helsby weekly round-up 18th to 22nd July 2012

Hi all

Colin, Geoff and Janet ran in the Sefton Park 5 Mile on Wednesday 18th July which saw a big field of 334 on the night. Colin was showing his good form again managing a new PB of 31:16 and position 38. Full Results in the following link:

Dave Pinnington was also out on the course for some great action shots, link below


38th      Colin Thompson          31.16
102nd   Geoff Shaw                35.22
243rd    Janet Shaw                 43.34

Saturday saw Jayne and Adair head to the South Pennines for the Turnslack Fell race. Some interesting details here


Although an 8 mile race with 2000’ climb thrown in this was not a race that allows you to gain any momentum due to the boggy nature of the course. Apart from a little track leading from the church at the start of the race it is all on undulating or hilly tussocky land full of hidden bog traps. For most of this race you are one footstep away from a face plant! Great run in though once the last wall has been climbed and a race I’d love to see in the club counters due to its uniqueness all round. (Terrain, Location, Prize giving) It also included team prizes so possibly one for Helsby ladies to do in the future?

Race leaders ran brilliantly and took a commanding lead but a second race broke out for positions 4th to 7th which was fun to be part of. It was a flagged course but was still possible to go the wrong way and there was lots of talking in the race to choose the optimum route between that particular group of people. Majority of the 85 runners in the race were from Calder Valley, Todmorden and Horwich which even included some people asking where Helsby was. Hopefully with the likes of Jayne winning these races outside her own territory it could help to put Helsby on the map.

Also Great to see Jayne rescuinga vole that was about to be ironed by a tractor after the race and she certainly didn’t ‘Doolittle’ during the race either with possibly her best run to date to secure 1st lady on a very tough course. Interestingly lady in 2nd from Preston Harriers has worn an International vest.

A welcome hose down in the church after the run to wipe off the best of the Pennines (was it holy water?) and then the hardest part of the day choosing which cake to eat. Or cakes I should say. Prizes included toilet rolls, baked beans, rice but no alcohol this time so ladies winner went for the multi-coloured water pistol. Maybe it’ll be seen on Helsby hill sometime on a Wednesday run?

4th        Adair Broughton          1.14.17
28th      Jayne Joy                   1.22.59

Full results here http://fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=1408

Phil Gillard headed to Bowland and did the Warton Crag race, also on Saturday. This race is advertised as approx. 6 miles and 180m of climb – no results yet but should appear on the event website shortly http://wartonfellrace.blogspot.de/

In Phil’s words “Another race from a village carnival, I really enjoy the atmosphere of being around people enjoying themselves and their sense of community, it was also good to meet up with Martin Contrviend but wasn’t able to learn anything further about the GGoH route for Wednesday because he hasn’t thought of it yet.

The race route followed a short steep road out of the village before hitting the climb up to the crag with the terrain being similar to “our hills”, once over the top of the hill, there was a gentle descent through woods and back into meadow land, which followed an undulating route by Leighton Hall and then back up the other side of the crag via the woods. Once we were back over the hill again, the sound of the PA system from the carnival indicated we were on the final run in and thoughts of tea and cakes permeated the need to concentrate on the descent.

A very runnable fell / trail race suitable for anybody who does our Wednesday runs with the carnival atmosphere being a real bonus. There is a similar race on Saturday; the Push up the Pincyn”

(For details on the Pincyn see the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk and click on upcoming race)

This is what the race organisor sent out


The route may have to be adjusted slightly but runners will still have to negotiate soggy fields, The Bale!, climbing The Pincyn and challenging, rooty forest tracks. 6 miles of mmmmmmm pleasure!

Start will now be at the Canolfan Cae Cymro (village hall) far end of the village: LL152NF.
£4 doesn’t get you much these days but I can guarantee a good sweaty hours
entertainment and a cuppa!.


Hope to see you there, whatever the jet-stream throws at us. Neil Coppack”

This coming Sunday 29th July also sees the Great Warford 10 Mile which is our 7th Road Club Counter.

However, this Wednesday is our 7th Fell Counter the Green Green Grass of Home. A race whose course morphs each year into a topological treasure trove and often feels like a Mobius Strip but if you like the Clwydians this is the race for you. Details once again on the upcoming race listing on the Welsh Fell Runner website www.wfra.org.uk

As always if I’ve missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Still having track sessions with Joe and Mario 6.30pm Monday nights Helsby High School. Good time to make the most of the weather!