Helsby weekend round-up 1st – 2nd March 2014

Hi all

It was the 51st Delamere Park Run on Saturday 1st March and it was a Feakes double taking the honours for first club members home. Well done to Dave and Lesley.

45 David FEAKES 23:31 VM50-54 63.71 % M 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 17  
91 Lesley FEAKES 26:14 VW45-49 63.15 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 20  
113 Louise MCEVELEY 27:17 VW45-49 59.99 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 28  
156 Jane ASHBROOK 30:07 VW35-39 50.25 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 20  
174 Paul BULMER 31:40 VM55-59 48.53 % M 126 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 8  
175 Claire MORTON 31:56 VW50-54 55.22 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:52 4  

Latest results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

The Pipe dream Fell race on Saturday saw Jim Jones into a top 50 placing on this tough up and downer in Dolgarrog. Jim’s race report is below.

“I did the Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog on Saturday. The weather turned out well with it being a bright cool morning but it was still wet and muddy underfoot throughout the race. It was the first time I’d done this race and I’d heard a lot about the steep ascent up the steps right after the start. However, there was a route change this year on account of some major works being undertaken on the pipe. So we set off on a very steep zig zag climb through the woods to the left of the pipe and rejoined the pipe after about 0.8 of a mile. We then followed the pipe along the top to then what seemed a mad dash back down to Dolgarrog.

The descent was a real mixed bag and technically challenging. There really did seem to be a bit of everything from grassy tussocks, woodland with a stream-bed and plenty of rocks and roots to negotiate, to metalled road, and even a construction site! (which I understand was a further temporary deviation in the route this year). Again, being a newcomer to fell running, the descent was where I lost a lot of time. But at least I now know where to cut the corners next year, as there was some scope to choose your route.

Eryri, who host the race, are inviting feedback on their blog as to whether to keep the zig zag climb instead of the steps for next year.”

44th                   Jim Jones                     57.10

Pipe Dream Report and Results

http://www.eryriharriers.org.uk/pipe-dream-report-and-results/

A Bowland runners report

http://bowlandfellrunners.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/pipe-dream-2014-dolgarrog-north-wales/

Saturday also saw the Carding Mill Canter with three from Helsby heading to the valley to challenge the best Mercia have to offer. Jimmy kindly obliged to put Helsby on the map with a superb top ten finish with great runs from Chris and Phil also on what was a gorgeous day to be out on the hills.

7th                     Jim o’Hara                                48.27
22nd                   Chris Baynham-Hughes           51.19
76th                   Phil Gillard                                62.01

Full results here http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/2451

Other details here http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/237

Sunday 2nd March saw 247 runners out for Race 4 of the Border League season with 17 of these being Helsby green vests. This was a lapped race round upper Birkenhead Park and the good turnout for Helsby saw Helsby ladies in a fantastic 3rd place in Division 1 which also saw Helsby men’s team 3rd in Division 2. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby as well as 1st in his age category. Vanessa Griffiths in one of the performances of the day secured 2nd place in her age category.

Thanks to Joe, Mario and Jayne and also to those on the day offering support and organising the tokens.

Helsby positions and times as follows.

15th

Colin BISHOP

31:14:00

26th

Colin THOMPSON

32:03:00

85th

Roy GASKILL

36:01:00

101st

Tom DEJONG

36:59:00

127th

Jane ASHBROOK

38:37:00

128th

Joanne LACKING

38:42:00

131st

Vanessa Griffiths

38:58:00

143rd

Dave MADDERS

39:40:00

154th

Mike SEARLE

40:19:00

187th

Tim PALMER

42:40:00

198th

Louise MCEVELEY

43:47:00

199th

Michelle HARDWICK

43:59:00

207th

Ben WILLIAMS

44:55:00

213th

Nesta Hawker

45:55:00

225th

Emily SMITH

47:30:00

228th

Jenny PALMER

48:21:00

236th

Shan MCCARTHY

49:58:00

Full results here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Please also find some information from Louise regarding the new Thursday night sessions.

“Hi all

Col and I went to try Chris Baynham-Hughes and Roy Gaskill’s session this evening at Phoenix Park.

I found it to be a very enjoyable and varied session with a wide range of activities that had been carefully thought about to improve overall running fitness.

The activities were suitable for myself and Colin despite the difference in pace and ability.

The park was very quiet, had plenty of lighting and the pathyways made it perfect for running in colder/rainier weather.

I would highly recommend!

Lou & Colin”

As always, keep on running

Adair

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