Lots to report this week from podiums and PB’s to trophies and dodgy dance moves!
Thursday 26th saw the Warrington 10k at Woolston park. This is a 2 lap course starting in the centre of the park, then 2 laps around the surrounding roads, fields, woodland and a bit of trail path thrown in. With this being a Cheshire Championship race it was a higher standard than usual with 2 new mens and ladies course records broken on the night. 3 Helsby vests were out, with good running from Tom Dejong taking 8 minutes off last years time and securing a new PB in the process. Well done also to John Thompson who ran a great race and is getting some form back after being out with injury for some time.
Helsby results below:
22nd Colin Thompson 36:35
75th Tom Dejong 40:59
183rd John Thompson 47:54
On Friday 27th, 14 Helsby vests turned out for the summer handicap. Many thanks to Phil for organising the race, and thanks to all the marshalls and runners who turned up on a wet Friday night to do battle. Great running from all, but the clear winner was Adrian Jackson who stormed around the course to take the title. Well done Adrian!
Please find the final race positions below:
1. Adrian Jackson
2. Laura Baynham-Hughes
3. Jane Ashbrook
4. Jim Higgins
5. Janet Robertson
6. Gareth Boyd
7. Tim Palmer
9. Chris Igoe
10. Roy Gaskill
11. Louise McEveley
12. Jackie Keasley
13. Chris Fitzpatrick
14. Betty Grieve
On Saturday 28th 4 Helsby vests turned out to run the 67th Delamere parkrun. Brilliant running once again from Colin Bishop who took the top spot in 17:57. Also well done to Emma Barnes who was first Helsby lady home.
Helsby results here:
1st Colin Bishop 17:57
9th Ivan Davies 20:26
124th Emma Barnes 32:20
137th David Madders 34:32
Full results here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/
Also on Saturday saw Chris Baynham-Hughes and Andy Robinson compete in the Vegan 3000s Ultra Race. Full report from Chris below:
V3K Ultra – The Vegan 3000s Ultra race (aka The Welsh 3000 footers
Saturday morning (4am!!!) saw Helsby runners Andy Robinson and Chris Baynham-Hughes jump on a coach bound for Nant Gwynant (South Side of Snowdon) to take on the Welsh 3000 footers. For those that don’t know about them, there are 15 * 3000 foot peaks in Wales which are neatly compacted between three ranges: the Snowdon Range, The Glyderau and The Carneddau. Although the traditional challenge starts from the peak of Snowdon and finishes at the peak of Foel Fras, we were lucky enough to have to climb Snowdon first and then finish in Rowen making the entire course 55km and 4500m of ascent.
Andy had made the race part of the ultra running championships which he and a couple of others have taken over and it was also the first Skyrunning UK race to be held… oh, we had to stick to a vegan diet too as part of the World’s only vegan ultra race. Everything else aside, the route is nothing short of magnificent. Some things are classic for a reason and anything involving Crib Goch is bound to be special.
We were very fortunate with the weather to start with, however it deteriorated over the day to leave myself (at least) thoroughly confused and disorientated. As the event took off I found myself in the very unusual position of race leader, although thankfully two of the guys cracked on to ensure I felt more at home. Summiting Snowdon in 1 hour and 4 minutes things were going well. So well that some nifty footwork on the ridge to Crib Goch meant I returned to “one time race leader” for that summit and in an act of pure comedy have been the subject of tweets to Killian, Anna Frost and Emily Frosberg (who replied clearly talking about the runner rather than the race… ahem, maybe not!)
Losing places on the descent but gaining on the climb saw me firmly in third place until the top of Glyder Fawr where I spent a good five minutes looking for a clip that hadn’t been put out yet (as I found the guy putting them out as I hit Glyder Fach). Disaster then struck as the clag came in and I managed to come off the Glyders heading towards Pen-y-Pass. Furious with myself I tracked along the miners path to find my 15 minute lead on the guy in 4th cut to nothing.
Having never been in 3rd position in a race before I found myself very keen to retain the position and managed to put some space between us again. The clag on the Carneddau was dreadful and a bad line to Yr Ellen allowed others to catch up including a guy I know to be far faster than me. In many respects the clag became my saviour after that, despite a lot of zigzagging I made the remaining tops. As I began the descent from Foel Fras (pretending Jimmy was behind me so I wouldn’t ease up) my secret weapon arrived in the form of new member Phil Roberts out on the Foel Fras fell race. The boost to find a fellow Helsby runner was unbelievable and mentally had me on a short fell race with him towards the finish over Drum and whooping on the awesome grassy descent to the roman road. I fell behind Phil before we got to the Roman road, but his work had been done, allowing me to hold onto a podium finish; my first ever.
Meanwhile Andy Robinson who had not run for 4 months due to injury cracked on round to take a magnificent 36th place. Given the competition, the extreme nature of the event and his absence from the hills that is nothing short of amazing! I’m sure he’ll agree it was an outstanding day out and one for our expanding band of Ultra runners to think about for next year.
- Chris Baynham-Hughes – 3rd – 9h 11m 0s
- Andy Robinson – 36th – 13h 33m 42s
Brilliant report Chris and well done on your podium position, and well done to Andy too. It seems you can’t keep Helsby off the podium right now!
On Sunday 29th 4 Helsby runners travelled to Warrington for the Arley Hall 10k. Good running once again from all, with Joanne and Derek in fine form securing new PB’s. Well done guys!
Race report from Roy:
“Well Colin this is the report for the arley summer 10k, what a great morning for a race, conditions perfect, me and jo arrived about 1 hr early needed to had stiff legs from the handicap followed by dancing (tell me did I look stupid, if so I wont do it again) cos left car in helsby me jo and chris fitz had to run for are cars 7 miles, anyway good race from all of us, I dont want to go on about me, but Derek brill race from him pb, joanne also got a pb outstanding running will convince her to do the we love Manchester ha ha, and also ste wigs, what about him he was racing a horse let him tell you about that. and also are new runner alfie grady good result from him”
19th Derek Morris 38:16
38th Roy Gaskill 40:15
80th Alfie Grady 43:21
82nd Joanne Lacking 43:18
132nd Stephen Wiggins 46:21
And last but by no means least….the Helsby Running Club awards night! Full report from Jackie to follow but I’d just like to take the opportunity to say what an absolutely fantastic evening it was. There was laughter, fine food & drink, great company and some very interesting dance moves happening (video evidence on Facebook!) Also, of course, was the main awards event organised and hosted brilliantly by Jackie. A massive thank you to Jackie, Dave & Leslie for the buffet, Donna & Ian for the stats and Chris Igoe for being our new resident DJ! Also well done to everyone who won an award. The enthusiasm and hard work shown by all club members over the past year is what makes our running club so special. Here’s to another great year of running!
Next Sunday, 6th July 12:30 is the Frodsham Downhill Race, from Forest Hills down to the Castle Park. Helsby help the organisers with this race, John G is doing the signs and Gareth is looking for a few people to help with timekeeping. Please let Gareth know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help out. Thanks
Plus planning has already started for the Four Villages, how time flies! There will be a kick-off meeting in the clubhouse after our club on Wed 9th July, 8:30. Chip balms provided to sustain us.
Friday evening was a memorable handicap, BBQ, presentation & disco. A big thanks to everyone for making it a success despite the heavy rain for the handicap and BBQ. Nothing stops Helsby RC enjoying itself!
Lots of awards were given out, congratulations to all who ran in a total number of 529 club counters! The details of all the club championships will be put on the blog asap.