Massive set of results, in more ways than one! Whilst probably being the longest set of results email it’s undoubtedly the most successful one too.
Last Sunday 11th May saw Phil Gillard stateside running “in the California Mothers day Marina 5K, the race took place in glorious sunshine with the backdrop of the Golden Gate bridge
Shouts of “green army” were heard right across the bay”
It was the Thurstaston Multi-terrain Tuesday 13th May and a gorgeous night too. Check out the sunset photos below! Jayne Joy continued her great form with first in for Helsby and first lady overall breezing round the course for 15th position. It is also an honour and fantastic news that the Helsby legend Paul Frodsham is back in the green vest. Well done to the five who ran and to Mario and Joe for support on the course.
15th Jayne Joy 38.03 (1st lady overall)
24th Paul Frodsham 39.50 (1st in age cat)
26th Chris Baynham-Hughes 40.09
47th Jim Jones 44.03
67th Adrian Jackson 46.22
Full results can be found below
Photos from Thurstaston on our Helsby Flickr website
Also on Tuesday was the Wavertree Mystery 5k where Colin and Tom ran and both secured PB’s. How good is Helsby running club at the moment!
6th Colin Thompson 17.22
32nd Tom Dejong 19.21
Full results here:
Not to be outdone for a Tuesday night midweek sports special Andy Smith did the Moorclose 10k in Cumbria. Race report from Andy below.
“Tuesday night was the Moorclose 10km race in West Cumbria. Local whispers had that it was a fast course, although looking at the 100ft lump negotiated twice on the out and back course led me to suspect that this was going to be only relatively fast for the area. Still, it was a nice evening and hot on the heels of my parkrun debut at the weekend sounded like a good idea.
The course was along a tarmaced cycle path following one of the many disused railway tracks which cris-cross this former mining district. The first 3k went gently and continuously uphill, followed by a fast 2k descent to the turn. Then back up what was now a 2k climb, waving to all the runners still on their way out before the final 3k descent back to the finish.
After the race there was a buffet laid on by the organising club, Cumberland AC, although by the time I got to it there was only cake left (life can be so tough sometimes). Was it a fast course? Hard to say, I had a good run, finishing in 58th place in a time of 43:37, a couple of minutes faster than my last 10k back in the autumn, So I’m very happy with that.”
58th Andy Smith 43.37
For full results see the following link
It was 62nd Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 17th with Colin Bishop in a good race with some strong opposition. First male in for Helsby was Colinfor 4th place and first female was Janet Robertson 38th overall.
Colin Thompson had a winning run over at the Warrington Park Run 5k for a new course PB.
Also on Saturday we go from 5k’s to the Apocalypse 50 Ultra in Shropshire where Gareth Boyd and Chris Fitzpatrick took on the beauty of the Shropshire hills. Race report from Chris below.
“We travelled down on the Friday evening to Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, for a 9am start the next morning, little did we know we know we would be running to around 11pm that night, after setting ourselves a target time of around 12 hours ish! Right from the off it was a hard slog up a 1500ft ascent, and it hit home quickly how tough this event and how big some of these hills were going to be, but they were worth it, I cannot describe the views on show, they were spectacular looking over the Shropshire skyline. It was a cracking day to go out running but maybe a little too hot for a 50 mile ultra, but the checkpoints were well stocked and lots of friendly faces out on the course, great camaraderie between competitors and the miles were starting to get ticked off slowly but surely.
We had our drop bags with lots of goodies in at mile 30 and got to the pub only taking 1 slightly wrong turn, the next 10 went brilliantly and we felt really strong coming out of the 40 mile checkpoint, were it went all a bit wrong. We turned off just for a few moments and followed the 100 mile runners instead of going a different direction with the 50 milers, once we realised our mistake we backtracked and got back on course, and it started to go dark, we bumped into a lovely lady called Fiona, who knew her arse from her elbow unlike myself and Gareth and we agreed to run the last part together, but whilst it was pitch black, and talking about park runs, we missed a vital turning and ended up getting lost again, which to be honest is a little scary at that time of night, however we back tracked again, made the right turning and managed to come through the finish around 14 hours, to a few people still out on the course clapping us in.
Obviously because it was Gareth’s birthday I let him win!”
Apocalypse 50 route here http://beyondmarathon.com/apocalypse-100/apocalypse-50-route/
Jim Jones was at the Mount Famine fell race in Hayfield, a race which has previously been a club counter for us. Race report from Jim below and well done.
“Really enjoyed the route once we’d go the rather daunting start out of the way. The start was a hand over fist scramble up through an overgrown wooded area followed by some fantastic views on a scorcher of a day. The event was well organised and the village of Hayfield is a great setting. Well worth the drive out.” http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/temples-bin/hc.pl?a=list&d=hc&f=mount-famine-2014 Here’s the route from my Garmin should you want to post it http://connect.garmin.com/activity/501216816
Cader Idris was also on Saturday and this year the race was in the North Wales Fell Series. Race report from Chris Baynham-Hughes below
“A really great day out in fantastic conditions is probably the best way to describe the Cader Idris fell race this year. From the stunning drive down through Bala to the magnificent view I took in within the 0.5 seconds I managed to look away from the trail. It really is just up and down race wise and a race where picking the right line to avoid the tricky boulder fields can make a big difference. Glorious sunshine, fantastic support and nowhere to hide on the course. Splendid! Another fine Win for Jimmy who proved his action man status by taking a significant fall yet still taking the Helsby win by ~5 minutes. Phillip Roberts chose to mark his recent joining of the club by taking on this beast so hats off to him and very much looking forward to seeing him at the rest of the fell races. Great showings from Phil Gillard and Alec Robertson and support from Joe, Mario and Jo Lacking made the day…. The beer I won as a spot prize went down nicely too.”
23rd Jim O’Hara 1.42.03
34th Chris Baynham-Hughes 1.47.24
120th Phillip Roberts 2.08.41 (discrepancy with results, not confirmed)
154th Phil Gillard 2.16.24
177th Alec Robertson 2.25.23
Full results and photos can be found on the Welsh Fell Runners website below
It was a bug turnout for Helsby at the Chester Half Marathon which was our 5th road club counter of the year so far. Full results can be found below but I’ve used finishing position and chip times on these results. First in for Helsby was Jim Higgins for the full 20 points followed closely by first Helsby female Alison Halsall who was also 3rd in her age cat. Great running from everyone involved.
273rd James Higgins 1.33.42
319th Alison Halsall 1.35.14 (3rd in age cat)
541st Dave Feakes 1.39.08
799th Tom DeJong 1.44.50
800th Roy Gaskill 1.45.05
1079th Tim Igoe 1.45.57
1237th Dave Madders 1.50.09
1359th Carol Shaw 1.52.07
1439th Lesley Feakes 1.50.59
1480th Louise McEveley 1.50.49
1705th Derek Gallagher 1.55.38
2105th Elizabeth Thomas 1.57.06
2561st Jen O’Hare 2.01.14
2973rd Chris Igoe 2.07.40
3368th Shan McCarthy 2.08.35
4061st Donna Geer 2.21.55
4110st Helen Owens 2.21.55
5057th Tanya Downes 2.42.57
Sunday was one of our clubs much loved hill races near Trefonen, Oswestry, the Mynydd Myfyr where Joe Beswick was there to watch and Tim and Jenny Palmer had a run out.
Full results of Mynydd Myfyr are not yet available but should appear here in time
Also on Sunday 18th May I had the pleasure of witnessing an absolutely brilliant race by Jayne Joy who was representing Cheshire in the Inter-counties Fell Race at Witton Park near Blackburn. Jayne came home in a phenomenal 6th overall in a classy field in warm conditions. Make sure you get your autographs now!
Jayne helped secure Cheshire 5th county overall.
Ladies 9.97k, 390 m ascent
6th Jayne Joy (Helsby & Cheshire) 46.59
26th Luisa Candioli (Spectrum & Cheshire) 51.08
40th Steph Ward (Pennine & Cheshire) 54.50
46th Karen Forster (Spectrum & Cheshire) 59.33
Full results below.
Check out the Helsby Flickr photos directly below and links to other photographers on the course
In other news,
Buckley’s Simon Roberts has taken charge of the Hot Foot up Famau Fell Race. If anyone can help Simon on the night, marshal, photos, results etc then please contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org, This race is at Moel Famau on Wednesday 18th June.
The postponed Vale Royal Lions Weaver Run is now scheduled for Sunday 22nd June where there will be 7 mile and 3 mile race. Register and details on www.entrycentral.com
Keep on running