Helsby May Bank Holiday round-up 2014

Hi all

It was the Christleton 5k on Friday but any concerns about weather were without foundation if results are anything to go by! Good turnout for Helsby in what was already the 6th road counter of the season with Colin Thompson taking the Helsby win in a fantastic time of 16.43 for 58th overall. Well done to Vanessa for first Helsby lady home in 233rd overall.

58th                   Colin Thompson                        16.43
128th                 Derek Morris                             18.21
159th                 Tom DeJong                           19.13 (ran under Ivans name)
176th                 Roy Gaskill                               19.37
179th                Jim Higgins                              19.46

185th                 Ian Landucci                              19.51
233rd                 Vanessa Griffiths                      21.02
235th                 Joanne Lacking                         21.08
244th                 Dave Madders                          21.19
255th                 Mike Searle                               21.45
258th                 Carol Shaw                               21.48
278th                 Geoff Shaw                              22.28
294th                 John Thompson                      23.24

Full results

http://events.chestertri.org.uk/christleton-5k/results/

Saturday morning saw the 63rd Delamere Parkrun 5k with three out for Helsby. Colin Bishop secured first in for Helsby and a fantastic 2nd overall.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:43 VM50-54 85.98 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:38 28
27 Jim JONES 22:13 VM45-49 65.87 % M 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 11
42 Derek GALLAGHER 23:52 VM60-64 67.81 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 16

 

Full results

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

Saturday was also the Bedgelert to Snowdon Challenge. This was a tough race from Bedgelert to the summit of Snowdon and attracted some of the best runners from across the country including England Internationals and Commonwealth runners. A fantastic race to support and we had Jayne Joy first in for Helsby for 17th place followed by Jim O’Hara in 24th. Thanks to Joe and Mario out on the course in support.

Some photos of the day on the Helsby Flickr website

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644842817374/

Results should appear on the WFRA website shortly

www.wfra.org.uk

Saturday was the Hutton Roof Fell Race with three green vests out. Report from Phil Gillard with a couple of links he sent below, for photos and results

“Really nice romp across the Yorkshire Moors with one stiff climb from a lovely village show. A shower before the race made the limestone a bit slippy but apart from that perfect..”

Some nice photos here

http://www.racingsnakes.com/HuttonRoof.php

and a report from Paul Foster here

“This was my 2nd visit to the Hutton Roof fell race in 2 years, great 7.5 mile race with 1300 ft of climb. The race is part of the Hutton Roof fete which is good for a family day out if the weather holds out and of course the homemade cakes.

Drove up with Jamie Dowdall and arrived in plenty of time to register and go hunting for the homemade cakes. Just as we were heading towards the village hall for a brew I heard my name being shouted, with not many clubs from the North West it was good to see another Helsby runner Phil Gillard..

The race it’s self is a great race, small climb to get you up onto the first level then runnable gradual climbs until you drop down before the scramble up the face of Hutton Roof crag then it’s back with more gradual climbs and descents back to the finish.

I would recommend this race for anyone wanting to try a fell race.”

37th                   Jamie Dowdall              1.00.27 (2nd claim)
129th                 Phil Gillard                    1.11.20
178th                 Paul Foster                   1.16.41

For full results

http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/hutton.pdf

Jackie completed her second Jura race on Saturday – an achievement in itself, the provisional results have her finishing in 6:01:25 – 178th position

More information can be found here

http://www.jurafellrace.org.uk/

Sunday was also the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon where Helsby’s Tom DeJong and Gareth Boyd ran. I’ve had a message from Tom his time was 3.52.28 and he ran in the name of Jed and Gareth finished in 3.54.49. Well done Tom and Gareth.

Full results

http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/resultslookup.aspx

If I’ve missed any events then please let me know and hopefully you’ve all had a nice bank holiday weekend.

Keep on running

Adair

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Very new news – Jayne Joy picked for England!

ImagePardon the interruption — we’ve just heard this morning that our grinning off-road specialist Jayne Joy has been picked for an England vest!

More details when we have them but everyone from Helsby couldn’t be happier. A great supporter of the club, an unassuming winner with great spirit — Jayne is always just as interested in what happens to us donkeys at the gruntier end of the field as the thoroughbreds at the front. Well done!

The picture shows her in typical form, happy but grafting hard, from last week’s inter-counties fell championships where she came in first Cheshire and 6th overall against top opposition. Anyone new to the club might be surprised to learn that she only started running around 3 years ago. Go Jayne.

 

Pic: Thanks to Adair, from the runhelsby flickr.

Helsby weekly round-up 11th May – 18th May 2014

Hi all

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”

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ApD7v9oJafFQdDZXVkt1U1NZWFJpdXB1eU9KX0ZHd3c&output=html

Californication

Californication

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

www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Photos from Thurstaston on our Helsby Flickr website

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644662135105/

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:

http://www.liverpoolharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/5k_Race1_2014.pdf

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

http://www.cumberlandac.org.uk/

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.

4 Colin BISHOP 17:45 VM50-54 85.82 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:38 27
37 Stephen WIGGINS 22:57 SM20-24 56.43 % M 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 22
38 Janet ROBERTSON 23:00 VW45-49 70.43 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 16
117 Derek GALLAGHER 28:26 VM60-64 56.92 % M 88 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 15

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

Colin Thompson had a winning run over at the Warrington Park Run 5k for a new course PB.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 38

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

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

Cheers!

Cheers!

Oi, you!

Oi, you!

 

Full results and photos can be found on the Welsh Fell Runners website below

www.wfra.org.uk

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

http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php

http://www.activeleisureevents.co.uk/half-marathon.aspx

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

http://www.oswestryolympians.com/seniors/seniors-news/item/323-mynydd-myfyr

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.

Go Jayney!

Go Jayney!

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.

http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/fra.pdf

Check out the Helsby Flickr photos directly below and links to other photographers on the course

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644317825800/

http://www.runningpix.co.uk/

http://www.whiteflyerphotography.com/events/Inter%20Counties%20Fell%20Championships%202014/index.html

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 simon.roberts@chester.ac.uk, 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

As always

Keep on running

Adair

Helsby weekly round-up May 7th – May 11th 2014

Hi all

Great variety of events once again this week from Andy’s 5k to a superb mountain marathon from Steve Riley!

Still awaiting results for last Wednesday’s Dinas Bran Hill Run at Llangollen. If anyone comes across the results then please let me know and I’ll update the blog accordingly. Some photos of the night below. This is a good race and as usual Helsby runners featured prominently in the results so well done to all prize winners. Jim O’Hara was first Helsby male home and Jayne Joy was first female also taking the course record.

Thumbs Up for Hills

Thumbs Up for Hills

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644154387547/

Saturday’s Delamere Park Run saw six out for Helsby with Andy’s first Delamere Park Run seeing him on top of the Helsby podium with 31st overall. Louise McEveley was first lady for Helsby in 58th. Congratulations to David Wiggins for his course PB.

31 Andy SMITH 22:46 VM50-54 65.81 % M 29 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
58 Louise MCEVELEY 24:57 VW45-49 65.60 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 36
77 David WIGGINS 26:08 VM55-59 58.80 % M 66 Helsby RC New PB! 4
106 Claire MORTON 27:54 VW50-54 63.20 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 8
122 Jane ASHBROOK 28:57 VW35-39 52.27 % F 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 23
123 Rachel ARNOLD 28:59 VW50-54 59.29 % F 28 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 9

 

Full Delamere Park Run 5k results below:

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

Colin Thompson was the sole Warrington Park Runner for Helsby this week but an 18 minute run saw him 5th overall.

5 Colin THOMPSON 18:00 VM35-39 73.24 % M 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 37

 

Full results for Warrington Park Run 5k below:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

Also on Saturday was the eagerly anticipated Excalibur Marathon with four Helsby runners out testing their bodies to the limit. Race report from Steve Riley below.

“Top, top event on familiar ground to many. Full bonus points to Nestafor picking this as her debut marathon, with a mighty 6000ft of climbing! Rotten weather with some strong winds, a bit of rain and (I hear) some hail. Mind you, the weather was actually way better than forecast, so a lucky escape! Mist over the top of Moel Famau and a familiar fast finish into the top car park at Bwlch Penbarrass where hot stew, sweet tea, friendly faces and Famau-brewed beer awaited us.  Nesta, Jim, Steve, Steve, Sharon”

Race results with Gun Times.

31st      Steve Riley                 5.11.46
102nd   Nesta Hawker             6.33.10
103rd    Sharon Basford         6.33.33 (Tattenhall)
104th    Jim O’Hara                 6.33.34
105th    Stephen Wiggins         6.33.14

For more race details see

http://www.conquerexcalibur.org.uk/

or to peruse the full results http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1571 or to take a look at the remarkably photogenic runners http://www.sportsunday.co.uk/conquer-excaliber

Saturday was a trip into Bolton and the Last Drop Loop Fell Race now in its 2nd year. With a large increase in numbers participating and a longer course due to a ‘parade lap’ being added Helsby’s Jayne Joy secured her second win in as many days with a new course record by minutes also. Great support from Mario and Joe on the day too.

18th      Jayne Joy                   45.15

For more information and full results please see below

http://www.boltonunitedharriers.co.uk/

Some photos of the day also

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644555521056/

Also on Saturday was the Bollington 3 Peaks Fell Race with two good performances from Philip and Jim in what was another big increase in field size from previous years.

101st    Philip Roberts              54.02
120th    Jim Jones                   55.59

For full results please see the Macclesfield website below.

http://www.macclesfield-harriers.co.uk/index.php/fell-running-mainmenu-26/fell-articles/1177-boll

Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10k with two runners out for Helsby. Colin Bishop was a brilliant 11th overall taking his age category win in an awesome 35.19 and Jane Ashbrook was 149th overall for 4th in her category in 43.52.

11th      Colin Bishop                35.19
149th    Jane Ashbrook            43.52

Full results of Port Sunlight can be found here:

http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1577

There are two notable races I’d like to mention this week.

Tuesday night 7.15pm at Wirral Country Park, is the Thurstaston Multi-terrain Challenge a 10k approx. race of beach, road and trail running and well worth a run out if you want something low key and a little from the norm. More details can be found below

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mtthurstaston.htm

On Sunday there is a good introductory fell race, the Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race at Trefonen. In recent years this has been popular as it’s been in our Fell Counters and on the May Bank Holiday weekend but hopefully the date change and fact it’s not a counter won’t deter too many. Please ask Joe on Wednesday for more details if interested.

http://www.trefonen-hillwalk.com/18th_may_-_mynydd_myfyr_hill_run.html

www.oswestryolympians.co.uk/seniors/senior_homepage.htm

Keep on running

Adair

Helsby weekly update till 5th May 2014

Hi all

Firstly, let’s all congratulate Jayne Joy for being picked to represent Cheshire in the upcoming Inter-county Fell Race at Witton Park on 18th May 2014. More details below, be sure to click on the Inter-counties tab.

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/mountain-running-challenge/

It was the usual busy weekend for Helsby with a variety of races

Saturday 3rd May 2014 was the 60th Delamere Park Run and we had two PB’s for Helsby, firstly with Colin Bishop in first overall in a superb 17.38 and with Claire Morton in 134th in 27.35. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:38 VM50-54 86.39 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 26
44 Stephen WIGGINS 22:56 SM20-24 56.47 % M 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 21
79 Louise MCEVELEY 24:35 VW45-49 66.58 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 35
81 David HILTON 24:49 SM30-34 52.38 % M 72 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
134 Claire MORTON 27:35 VW50-54 63.93 % F 29 Helsby RC New PB! 7

Full results below

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

Roy Gaskill decided to venture further afield and he entered the Marple 5k Park Run on Saturday to finish 17th overall in 20.22. Roy states “very accurate course a bit different from park runs I’ve done with no tarmac and lots of fields and few tracks and not very flat.”

17 Roy GASKILL 20:22 VM45-49 71.85 % M 16 Helsby RC First Timer! 12

The Halewood 5k saw Ivan Davies secure a course PB as well as Tom DeJong securing 1st in his u20 age category and knocking a big chunk off his previous best to finish 22nd in 19.25. Great result for Tom after his recent first time under 20 minutes and this race highlighted Ivan’s improving form.

18th       Ivan Davies                   19.12
22nd       Tom DeJong                 19.25
38th       Dave Madders              20.59
39th       Joanne Lacking            21.11      

https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/home/weekly-results

It was the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race on Saturday afternoon which was also a club fell counter and a fantastic turn-out for Helsby saw 18 green vests out in the field of 82 in total. Impressive performances all round saw Jim O’Hara first senior male home with Jayne 1st lady overall. Other notable prize winners on the day were Janet, Mario and Alec but some wonderful and exciting performances all round, especially the Phil Gillard and Dave Feakes downhill race-off! Well done also to Lizzie who chose quite a difficult first fell race. Rumours are Mario is still locked away playing with his prize…………you’ll have to ask him when you see him.

Special congratulations to Jackie who not only ran the Loop but then didn’t stop and continued to Abergele. Awesome!

5th Jim O’Hara 45.55 1st in cat
8th Jayne Joy 47.10 1st Lady
15th Chris Baynham-Hughes 48.35
31st Phil Gillard 54.46
32nd David Feakes 54.56
34th Steve Riley 55.27
41st Janet Robertson 57.48 1st in cat
42nd Jim Jones 57.55
43rd Tim Palmer 58.11
47th Mario Foschi 59.18 1st in cat
51st Jane Ashbrook 59.59
53rd Alec Robertson 60.12 2nd in cat
58th Andy Smith 60.46
63rd Lesley Feakes 61.42
67th Jackie Keasley 65.01
68th Paul Foster 65.02
74th Jennifier Palmer 70.27
75th Lizzie Thomas 73.33

 

Helsby Fell Runners at the Llangynhafal Fell Race May 2014

Helsby Fell Runners at the Llangynhafal Fell Race May 2014

 

Thanks to Joe out on the course cheering and marshalling and to the brilliant cheers from Laura and her support choir consisting of Charlie, James and Rhys.

For full results and a link to photos please see the Welsh Fell Runners website below

http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

https://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/sets/72157644499473784/

Sunday was the Liverpool Spring 10k at Sefton Park where Colin Thompson and new recruit Gaz were the Helsby representatives. Colin kept up his good form with a great time of 35.21 nudging him ever nearing to the sub 35 he is more than capable of Gaz had a brilliant sub 40 PB as well. Well done!

Race report from Colin below

“Myself and new Helsby recruit Gaz O’Connor ran the Liverpool Spring 10k on Sunday. The course starts in the middle of Sefton Park by the café and is a 2 lap course, a few twists and turns and quite undulating. I must admit, I ran this race last year and didn’t enjoy it at all, it was a hot day, the course was tough (with a set of steps at the half way point –thankfully removed for 2014) and I blew up towards the end and lost a load of time and places. I was determined to have a better race this time round. I took to the start line in pen 1 and the usual Merseyside suspects were there, more notably John Connolly of Penny Lane Striders and Neil Cosgrove who runs for Knowsley. I have been in some close battles with them recently but always seem to lose out by a few seconds so was determined to stay with them to the finish this time. The gun went off and the pace was quick from the start, my garmin read 5:30 min miles which is my 5k pace! I felt ok though and settled with a group from Liverpool Harriers. First lap done at 5k mark at 5:37 pace and on target for the sub 35 I’ve been chasing, but things changed rapidly. I started to struggle. It was a hot day again and there are some tough sections on the course which have some killer hills. I was still with the Liverpool Harriers runners but John came running past around the 8k mark and the group started to pull away. I dug in deep but really had nothing left. The finish is on a steep climb around 100m long, I tried to put on a sprint but my legs were jelly, I crossed the line and looked at the garmin and was very surprised to see 35:21, I really thought I’d lost more time on that second lap but actually beat my Arley Hall PB, I lost out to John but ahead of Neil for once! I was made up with the result and gives me huge confidence going into future 10ks, where hopefully on a flatter course and cooler conditions I can get my target time! Big thanks to Louise, Col Bishop and Jane for their support on the day, and a big congratulations to Gaz for a great run also going sub 40 and getting a PB in the process. This is a great race and a big event, around 3000 on the day, brilliant organisation and a fantastic samba band adds to the atmosphere.”

14th                   Colin Thompson            35.21
62nd                   Gaz O’Connor               39.06

Helsby Runner Colin Thompson (left) at the Liverpool Spring 10k

Helsby Runner Colin Thompson (left) at the Liverpool Spring 10k

 

For full results

http://www.chipresults.co.uk/Default.aspx?Event=2014LiverpoolSpring10K

For more details and pics of the day please see

http://www.merseyraces.co.uk/index.html

In a rather pleasant day off work Helsby’s Jayne Joy headed to Glossop for the James Thorn Fell Race. With someone removing all the flags from what was the night before a flagged course many people ended up running off course or adding extra miles including race leader Andi Jones who remarkably still ended up 2nd after a long detour. No results as yet but Jayne achieved a 2nd place finish so another podium in the bag. It’s also worth noting that Ex Helsby fell runner Danny Chan was a brilliant 3rd in this event and is now running for Pennine. If you are reading Danny, good to see you and keep up the great achievements on the fells.

More details here with results to follow

http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3342

If I’ve missed any events please let me know and I’ll update the blog but if you do want to be in the round-up then it’s always good to let me know.

In other news

As mentioned in a previous email, Dinas Bran on Wednesday, be good to have a good Helsby turnout as I’ll hopefully be there with the camera. Lads, a bit of make-up wouldn’t go amiss, the girls look great.

Adrian has asked if anyone would like their names on their Helsby Hoody. It costs about £3 for a full name. Please see Adrian on a Wednesday to arrange.

Keep on running

Adair