Another busy week for Helsby members, (hence it taking a while with the weekend round-up). A very active running scene in the northwest and Wales it seems.
For the early risers it was once again the Saturday morning Delamere Park 5k Run which saw another good turnout for Helsby with 9 out in force, and with Steve Riley leading from the front.
For full results please see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/
18th Steve Riley 21.21
23rd Vanessa Griffiths 22.17
24th Dave Feakes 22.18
27th Carol Shaw 22.44
39th Lesley Feakes 25.00
51st Ian Hilditch 26.04
58th Jo Farwell 27.55
81st Roz Jones 36.27
86th Jane and Charlie 45.03
Some great performances if you look at the records. Thanks to Steve Riley for pointing out that Ian Hilditch is a category record holder!
A few hours later and a few more miles away a hardy group of Helsby vests began the Llantisilio fell race in North Wales, start and finish at the Sunn Inn, Rhewl. This race has been a club counter before and is organised by Tattenhall Runners. It was a good day too with even a hint of blue sky on occasion along the tops.
It was another superb win for Jayne shortly after her cross country efforts and shows her consistent as well as improving quality in the North Wales fell scene. Jayne wasn’t too far behind Chris and Adair at the final climb, with Chris himself having a strong run and by rights should actually have been first home for Helsby if it wasn’t for misdirection within the last few hundred metres of the race. Good runs by Janet and Andy gave us five out for Helsby in a field of 86 runners.
Thanks to Joe and Mario out on the course in support.
12th Adair Broughton 61.04
16th Chris Baynham-Hughes 62.21
25th Jayne Joy 66.07
64th Janet Robertson 78.41
77th Andy Smith 90.41
For a short race report and full results just visit the Welsh Fell Runners website at the link below
Pete Douglas and Alistair Tye were both out taking pictures on the day
Sunday saw the Liverpool Half Marathon with four out for Helsby, another great run by Ben saw him knock a full five minutes from his PB, also joined by Laura and Clare in achieving their half marathon PB’s too. Derek was first home for the club (you’ll have to introduce yourself to me Derek as I’m not sure who you are!)
1186th Derek Gallagher 1.43.58
1855th Clare Miller 1.49.18 PB!
2047th Laura Baynham-Hughes 1.49.06 PB!
2686th Ben Williams 1.54.29 PB!
Full results for Liverpool Half and link to photographs please see link below
St Patricks Day also saw Roy Gaskill run at Tatton Park for Age UK in the ‘Wrap up and Run 10k’, in what he thought was a road race but turned out to be a multi-terrain event incorporating quite a few muddy fields. After slipping a few times a determined Roy still managed a brilliant 28th in a field of over 600 runners with a time of 43.21, one of the performances of the weekend!
28th Roy Gaskill 43.21
Please see the event website and full race results from the links below
I have received a brilliant race report by Dave Madders regarding the Gin Pit Double so this deserves it’s own web article on the blog which can be found on the Helsby Blog shortly
In brief, Dave and Gareth did a marathon on Saturday and Sunday with excellent times to boot. Please take a few minutes to read how they got on. 23 runners attempted the double, Gareth’s and Daves positions were 14th and 18th. Brilliant achievement guys and well done from all at Helsby
Full results and other information here
Sunday also saw the first event in the long trail series, the Heptonstall Fell Race. Andy Robinson secured what was a tough 20 points, thoroughly earned and in his words “I won’t call it an easy twenty points though. A great race, finishing up a very steep climb from Hardcastle Crags up to the finish in Heptonstall.”
For full details and results on the Heptonstall race please see the website below
123rd Andy Robinson 2.51.16
Please note the next Long Distance Trail counter is the Baslow Boot Bash on Saturday 8th June.
This is a friendly 26-mile LDWA event on paths and tracks in the Peak District, with both runners and walkers. A good introduction to longer events, it’s a personal challenge rather than a race. I had an email yesterday (18 March) saying it is filling up, so if you want to run this one, get your entry in asap. There’s a 15-mile option as well, but the club counter is the full 26 miles. Car sharing would make sense
Please see official website for more details
Castle Park training still ongoing at 6.30pm Mondays and we’ll update as soon as we switch venues to the track sessions at Helsby High School
Keep on running