Jura Fell Race was on Saturday 25th May and our Chairman Jackie was in attendance and which she completed brilliantly in just over 6 hours for 207thplace…. Please note this race is 28km with 7 mountain summits and total climb of 2370m! Huge congratulations to Jackie for that one. For full details of the race see here or to see Jackie’s full report of the race please visit the separate blog article
Saturday morning was the Delamere Park run with another convincing win by one of the fastest runners in Cheshire, Colin Bishop. First lady home for Helsby was Vanessa for a fantastic 26th place.
|1||Colin BISHOP||17:50||VM50-54||84.77 %||M||1||Helsby RC||PB stays at 00:17:47||6|
|26||Vanessa GRIFFITHS||21:59||VW45-49||74.45 %||F||4||Helsby RC||New PB!||3|
|39||Carol SHAW||23:05||VW50-54||73.50 %||F||9||Helsby RC||PB stays at 00:22:24||7|
|47||Helen OWENS||23:57||VW35-39||63.19 %||F||11||Helsby RC||First Timer!||3|
|79||Derek GALLAGHER||27:22||VM60-64||58.59 %||M||54||Helsby RC||PB stays at 00:21:49|
For full results see here
Saturday was also the Welsh 1000m peaks race, certainly a tough one in the Calendar. Chris Baynham-Hughes was the sole representative for Helsby. Please find Chris’s race report below
“Cracking weekend out in Llanberris with the family. Reliably woken up by the boys I headed out to my 3rd attempt at the Welsh 1000m peaks race. Two years previous I’d had my worst showing in a Helsby vest which saw me sat down half way around realising I’d bitten off more than I could chew. Once the pain had faded a couple of weeks later I vowed to return and get my dignity back. Alas last year was a wash out and revised course, so the good weather forecast was very well received.
The truth was that I had it easy, I just had to get to the top of Snowdon taking in all five 1000m peaks in Wales starting from the coast. Laura on the other hand was attempting to climb Snowdon from LLanberris with Rhys (4 in August) and James (2 in July). All was going well until the descent from the Carneddau to Llyn Ogwen where I badly rolled my ankle. I hobbled down in serious pain and my heart sank as 15+ people passed me. On the verge of my first DNF in order to limit the damage I decided to run the flat road and see how it was. I was able to isolate it so I figured I may as well try the up. It wasn’t too bad so I cracked on up the knarly Gribin ridge which turned into a semi-rock climb. Agony down the red spot path lead to salvation on the way up Snowdon. Genuinely running up the PYG track with good form was a world away from the sorry excuse for a shuffle that I had managed two years previous. Descending from Garnedd Ugain I tripped and narrowly missed my face on the rocks; at the same time my leg cramped and I let out a yelp much to the distress of those around me who thought I’d cracked my face on the rocks. Thankfully not so just enough left to push (literally with the tourists) to the end.
The real hero of the day was Laura though, whilst they didn’t make it to the top, they did get well over half way! All that was left was to enjoy the sunshine of the weekend. Turned out we were camping next to the chap that came second; he was in the lead on Snowdon before Colin Donelly passed him “like a very relaxed train”… not bad for a vet 50
Whilst I lamented what could have been I was also really pleased with the end result all things considered. 16th in 4:52:25. “
16th Chris Baynham-Hughes 4.52.25
For photos of the day please visit www.wfra.org.uk
Official website and full results available here http://www.welsh1000m.org/
Saturday afternoon Hollin’s Green 5k race was our 6th road counter of the season. Nine men were out and the two men’s teams finished 8th and 15th. 1st lady home for Helsby was Janet Shaw.
Helsby positions and places as follows
40th Adair Broughton 18.47
51st Gareth Boyd 19.04
61st Ivan Davies 19.29
66th Ian Landucci 19.53
106th Dave Madders 21.05
114th John Thompson 21.48
120th Geoff Shaw 22.01
130th Andy Smith 22.27
169th Ian Hilditch 24.44
197th Janet Shaw 26.34
For full details and results see here
Sunday was the brilliant Hospice run and hopefully a full report and photos will be in the Chronicle shortly as well as an update on the blog.
Elsewhere on Sunday three Helsby runners were out enjoying the weather at the Edenfield Fell Race, organised by Rossendale Running Club. Jayne Joy on winning form in the fells has continued that success even further from home. Jayne was first lady home, first home for Helsby and was three seconds off the course record. The great achievement shows Jayne is now turning fell running into an art form. Also running were Adair Broughton and Paul Foster.
20th Jayne Joy 53.11
43rd Adair Broughton 56.51
80th Paul Foster 65.35
For a map and previous race report please see here
Full Results availablehere here
Also out on Sunday was the Helsby long distance trail winner Andy Robinson in the Northants Ultra 35. Andy’s race report as follows “too flat and too much road”!
15th Andy Robinson 5.36.03
Results available here
Well done once again to everyone getting the Helsby vest out on display