Border league race 1 results Sunday 21st October 2012

Hi all

It was a misty morning for those driving from the northwest, at least until the Welsh border where blue skies welcomed the early starters for the opening ceremony of this season’s Border League inter-club competition held at Caernarfon. The start and finish were a short distance from the castle, a splendid backdrop for the first 4k alongside the estuary, with its shimmering silver speckles of autumn daylight on what was a very still day.

256 runners competed and completed the approx. 10km course, a flat start but with some undulations to take everyone just outside their comfort zone and equally take the pressure off it being a PB course.

Sixteen runners out for Helsby which highlighted the growing improvement of both our ladies and men’s teams: 

16th                        Adair Broughton                      36.31
59th                  Ian Landucci                           39.43
68th                  Jim O’Hara                             40.15
88th                  Jayne Joy                               41.11
91st                  Roy Gaskill                             41.26
106th                Colin Thompson                      42.26
117th                Jane Ashbrook                        43.23 (2nd in age cat)
139th                Adrian Jackson                       44.45
140th                Albert Berry                             44.48 (1st in age cat)
150th                Geoff Shaw                            45.27
154th                Vanessa Griffiths                    45.44 (3rd in age cat)
160th                Carol Shaw                             46.01 (1st in age cat)
164th                Helen Owens                          46.20
195th                Tom DeJong                           48.03
224th                Chris Hatton                            51.47
252nd               Janet Shaw                             56.41

A fantastic showing once again by the six Helsby ladies, with Jayne and Jane superb for top ten finishes and Jane, Vanessa and Carol all on podium finishes for their age categories. This gave the newly promoted Helsby ladies team a brilliant 3rd overall which really helps to consolidate their position in the Division 1 right behind Chester Tri.

It was a good result too for the men with a full complement of ten securing 4th position in Division two, which is probably one of our strongest showings for some time. Star performance once again goes to Albert Berry for securing pole position in his category.

Many thanks to Mario who not only supported, helped with traffic management (on a busier course than expected with cars) but also sorted the numbers out at the end.

Thanks also to Albert for printing and providing some great photos of everyone who was at the Sandstone Race a few weeks ago.

Full results of the Borders available here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Race 2 is Capenhurst, nearly on our doorstep so will be good to have a big field of Helsby for this race on Sunday 11th November at 11.00am. Remember it’s a roughly 10k course and flat and fast, free to enter, just need to wear the club vest.

Be good

Adair

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