Helsby’s double iron man !!

Hi everyone

I know that my arresting subject title for this email will have had you all scurrying to your computer in response to my clarion call for the Ironman race!!

Of course the reality is far different because in fact within the club we have only 2 official ‘Ironmen’; Ivan Davies & Dave Madders.

And it was Dave who last weekend put himself on the line for a second time in what is arguably the ultimate all-round endurance challenge of them all, namely swimming 2.4 miles (open water mind, no namby pamby swimming pools you know!), cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles consecutively in the salubrious surroundings of Dartford! And that’s not all! Just to put extra spice into the challenge (a standard Ironman for Dave is SO yesterday!), the race started at the ‘interesting’ time of 6 o’clock in the evening, which means that  competitors get the ‘opportunity’ to race right through the night, finishing around breakfast time the following morning! How attractive is that!

Well I’m delighted to report that despite those minor challenges, Dave knocked over an hour off his debut Ironman time from last year, finishing in an official time of 13:22:41 (that’s 13 hours by the way!).

Results here


I also know that Dave’s race build-up was far from smooth, with a dodgy hamstring and a chest infection which curtailed his training for 4-5 weeks; making his achievement all the more impressive. He also suffered a ‘clothing malfunction’ during the swim where his goggles kept filling with water and he lost time having to repeatedly stop and empty them. However in the second discipline, Dave’s bike strength really came to the fore and he averaged over 17 ½ mph for the entire 112 mile bike section (despite stopping several times to take on food). Now having been forced myself recently to take to 2 wheels in search of my cardiovascular ‘fix’, I can confidently report that 17 ½ mph is a damn good speed to maintain for an hour, let alone over 6 hours – and whilst I have the luxury of resting my saddle-hardened buttocks after my much shorter efforts, Dave followed up with a full marathon in a touch over 4 hours!


Now Dave is far too modest to highlight his impressive achievement – so I am! Hence BIG congratulations to Dave, our club double Ironman champion.

Best wishes                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Mike Searle, Training Director, body4life Health & Fitness

mike.searle@body4life.co.uk   www.body4life.co.uk

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Weekend round-up 18-19th August 2012

Hi all

There was another good variety of running and other activities this weekend for us to examine and thanks to Mike Searle for his email regarding Dave’s outstanding achievement from his night-time ironman. (article on above blog link) I’m more than a little bit in awe as I’m sure everyone else is.

On Saturday 5 green vests were racing the train, and with a train time of 1.48.27 Helsby’s Jane Ashbrook was closest in a big field of over 800 runners.

For full results see below


Helsby positions and times as below:

133rd                Jane Ashbrook            1.50.33
328th                Dave Feakes              2.04.00
385th                Janet Robertson         2.07.39
478th                Lesley Feakes             2.15.05
503rd                Jackie Keasley           2.18.00

And some photos of the day here


Sunday was the Birchwood 10k which was also a Cheshire Grand Prix event which always attracts a strong field. Spectrum Striders organise this one and preliminary results already on their website. Geoff Shaw was first in for Helsby.


Helsby positions and times as follows:

259th                Geoff Shaw                  45.18
397th                John Thompson           49.30

Hopefully I’ve not missed anyone but if so please send me details or race reports as I can add them to the blog.

Wednesday sees our 9th Road Counter the fast and flat Capenhurst 5k. A local race, often very popular with local runners too but you should be ok to turn up on the night if you haven’t already entered.

Details here & online entry & previous results here


Monday night tracks still progressing well, Helsby high school 6.30pm on Mondays for those who still want to give these a try