Firstly and from all of us at Helsby let’s wish Joe good luck and a speedy recovery in his upcoming operation. We’ll see you soon Joe!
Mario will be taking the Monday night sessions while Joe is in recovery but there will be no session this coming Monday due to it being a bank holiday. Normal service resumes Monday 2nd September.
September will be a busy month for those wanting to race. We have the Robbie Webster Wobbler Inter-Club Race on the 4th September so it will be great to have a good turn-out for that race and give us a good chance of winning the Inter-club series this year but each Tuesday of September also brings us the Wirral Multi-Terrain series of races which are also team as well as individual events. They are worth having a look at and have always been popular with Helsby runners.
More details here: http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mterrain.htm
So what have Helsby members been upto?
This weeks round-up starts off with a brilliant performance last Sunday 11th August by Jo Farwell in the Whitchurch Olympic Triathlon. Congratulations to Jo and please read her race report below:
“On Sunday 11th Aug, almost 5 years to the day since my last triathlon, I completed the Whitchurch Olympic Triathlon. The Weather seemed perfect when leaving home, but the wind had started to pick up by the time I was racking my bike. The race started at 9am in Dearnford Lake which was beautifully warm at 19.5C. However, with 180 bodies fighting for open water there was lots of argy-bargy with plenty kicking, punching and elbowing! Even by lap 4 when the field had spread out, the course was that short that there was still a lot of scrapping going on.
Onto the bike, and a totally uninspiring course of 4 laps along the A41 / A49 bypass….not quite the ‘cycle around the country lanes’ I was expecting. The numerous roundabouts, the fact that the roads were open to traffic and with the wind made this a terrible bike course. And then finally the run, again 4 laps, this time around the lake so a little more picturesque. However, running on uneven grass doesn’t make for the fastest course, but all the supporters around were very encouraging.
I finished with a time of 3.04.34, a little slower than I’d have liked but I knocked 1.40 off my swim and over 2 minutes off my run, but need to work on my bike as I lost over 4 minutes.
However, I came 2nd in my age category and 9th overall….so gotta be happy with that!
Looking now for my next one!”
Saturday morning 17th August was the 24th Delamere Park run with quite a few Helsby greens in attendance and three Delamere PB’s from Colin Thompson, Jo Farwell and Hugh Barnes. Colin Thompson was also 3rd home overall showing what a good and consistent season he is having. Well done also to Lesley being first Helsby lady home.
Full results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/
and Helsby runners positions and times below.
But I should also report on probably the furthest Park Run I’ll have to write-up…The Sydney Park Run and please find attached a race report from Lesley
“David and I have been in Australia for a couple of weeks and managed to complete a Park Run whilst in Sydney last Saturday. The run is held in Sydney Park about 4 miles south of the city centre. Course is mainly tarmacked and includes 2 laps of the park with some small inclines. We were made to feel very welcome and there were several other tourists running including a man who had won a flight to Sydney through Park Run to run Sydney Park Run! I think the field was slightly weakened due to a big run taking place in the city on the Sunday, 85,000 ran the City to Surf run to Bondhi Beach. I wished we’d known as we could have squeezed this in before flying home!
Results as follows:
27th David Feakes 22.19
45th Lesley Feakes 24.04 (5th female)
Closer to home but still a fair distance away, also on Saturday was our 8th Fell counter of the season and definitely the toughest race in the calendar to date. Five Helsby members made the substantial journey to the Nant-y-Moch reservoir and were welcomed by support from Joe and Mario on what was not just a club counter but a race in the Open Welsh Series and in the North Wales Series. There are two race reports on the WFRA website below so I’ll not reiterate about the weather conditions but very wet and very windy should suffice, ideal racing conditions then. Good runs were had by all Helsby runners but at least two of them ran a couple of km more than required (Adair and Chris) but with other runners also going wrong in places there couldn’t be too much complaining overall. It would, however, be interesting knowing what times could be achieved if the optimum route was chosen….Jayne Joy was a brill 3rd lady overall which helps cement her position in the North Wales series. Maybe in another few years once the tussock memories have faded a little we’ll head back there…
9th Adair Broughton 2.32.43
11th Chris Baynham-Hughes 2.32.58
38th Jayne Joy 2.50.09 (3rd lady overall)
45th Andy Robinson 3.06.05
61st Jackie Keasley 4.00.56
Full Results and race reports available from the Welsh Fell Runners Website here www.wfra.org.uk
Photos from Alistair Tye here http://www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/nantymoch2013.html
Sunday was the local Birchwood 10k and full results are already available on the Spectrum website here and looks like we have another great runner in the club in Chris Fitzpatrick.
47th Chris Fitzpatrick 37.53
129th Ed Halliwell 41.43
225th Geoff Shaw 45.42
563rd Janet Shaw 56.52 (3rd in age category)
Also some distance away and a popular race for Helsby runners over the last few years was Saturday’s Race the Train near Tywyn. The 30th year of the event and Helsby had a race the train winner in Degsy Morris.
The Rotary Challenge train time 1h 48m 07s
147th Degsy Morris 1.45.18
755th Nesta Hawker 2.23.54
Hope I’ve not missed any events, if so let me know as I’ll always keep the blog updated if I can.
As always, keep on running