Cross country and flooding are the themes of the weekend, particularly on Sunday when the two merged at Birchwood, Warrington. Dave Pinnington from Penny Lane Striders was out on course to capture the splashes and smiles as photographs will show. There will be lots of photographs for Dave to upload over the next few days so keep checking up.
Dave was also out at Sefton capturing the Helsby hardcore of Andy Smith and Jayne who actually did both races over the weekend. Steve Riley was also out on Saturday, all three taking part in the European XC trials. This is a great opportunity to challenge against the best the country has to offer and although muddy there were some extremely talented and fast runners about as results will show.
The senior ladies race of one small and two large laps (approx. 8.5 km course) also incorporated the U23’s, starting some 40 minutes before the mens race. With muddy and slippy conditions Jayne was the only Helsby contender in this race and finished a brilliant 67th making her 47th senior lady in a class field of 170. Looking at results I think she was in the top 5 of the Cheshire runners. With Jayne only running for less than 2 years hopefully she can take a lot of pride from that performance.
Steve and Andy were competing in a massive field of 480 runners and it was great to see the Helsby vest on display, interestingly it’s a Helsby Harriers vest in the results! This was 3 large laps approx. 9.8km. Top male finisher was sub 30 minutes so showed how fast they are running. Well done to Steve and Andy. Full results here: (just scroll to bottom of page for excel file)
67th Jayne Joy 32.58
365th Steve Riley 44.53
458th Andy Smith 51.30
Joe and Mario were out on the course in support, as was Colin Bishop and wife Jane and Richard Mitchell.
Saturday’s photographs European XC trials at Sefton Park, Liverpool from Dave Pinnington. Photo courtesy of Dave Pinnington
Full results for Sundays XC organised by Spectrum Striders are available on Steve Saunders website www.stevesaunders.co.uk but please find Helsby runners times extrapolated below.
Jayne Joy as consistent as ever pulled off a victory even after a solid performance on Saturday. In fact all Helsby ladies did the team proud with three top ten finishes of Vanessa and Janet Robertson and all in the top half of the field with Lesley having a strong run for 21st.
We had a few less men this time but I thought great runs, especially Tom who is now controlling his races a lot better and Dave Feakes and Adrian finishing well. Colin Bishop was once again top performer in his age category and I’m sure a top ten beckons for him soon.
7th Adair Broughton
15th Colin Bishop
68th Adrian Jackson
77th David Feakes
81st Tom Dejong
112th Andy Smith
1st Jayne Joy
9th Vanessa Griffiths
10th Janet Robertson
21st Lesley Feakes
Helsby ladies won the team prize with Helsby men in 5th which gives the combined team as 4th place. Remember, Helsby are also teamed alongside Lymm & Warrington.
Once again Joe, Mario and Jane and daughter and ex member Wayne Percival were out on the course providing great support so many thanks to them.
If you want to see what the course was like please see Andy Smith in action here
It was also brilliant to see young Mr Robertson with a fantastic win in the junior race! Robert has been seen at the track this stunning people with his pace.
Sunday Photographs at Birchwood Forest Park…spot the grass and enjoy! Photos courtesy of Dave Pinnington
Steve Riley mixing it with the best
Sunday also saw the David Staff Memorial Fell Race which Paul Foster ran in. I’ve had no report in for this race yet but well done to Paul. Paul ran a lot with Helsby last year so good to see him back!
Full results http://www.ukresults.net/2012/staff.html
142nd Paul Foster 55.04
Some words from Paul about this race
“I enjoyed the David staff fell race which had 180 runners,a great start and finish in the woods under the bandstand,which helped at the beginning with the little shower but it soon cleared up with blue sky. It was an excellent course with a few up’s and down’s but good running in between…With the vast field it’s a great race for all running abilities so I would recommend the race for the fell series next year, but not sure how it works if cross country is on the same day..”
And last but certainly not least Andy Robinson ran in the Famous Grouse Fell Race. Some results and details from the website are below with Andy coming in a fantastic 66th
66th Andy Robinson 52.13
Hopefully see a few of you with wellies tonight at Castle Park, might even be like Birchwood all over again
Next cross country counter is Sunday 2nd December at the localish Arrowe Park. This is another Northwest league event with a later time due to a Santa Dash earlier that morning.
It’s also our last fell counter at the weekend at Cardington so maybe a difficult choice has to be made about which race to do,
In the meantime, enjoy your running