Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (9-11-14 to 16-11-14)

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (9-11-14 to 16-11-14)

Saturdays Parkruns saw Helsby runners at Delamere and Ellesmere Port. Colin Bishop secured second place at Delamere with Emma Barnes getting a PB at the same race. Full results for Helsby runners at both races can be found at the link below.


Also on Saturday was the Under 23s mile race with Jonathan Quigg winning the male race in 6.23 closely followed by Harry Peake in 6.31, while Ellen Harris lead home the ladies in 7:35 with Beth McCarthy in second place in 8:07. Pictures below:

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Chris Bayham-Hughes, Jim O’Hara and Max Wainwright journeyed to the Brecon Beacons to attempt the 46 mile ultra. Chris’ report is below.

The line up was a little different this year at what is generally the last big race of the season for me; The Brecon Ultra. My first official ultra back in 2011 (although I had soloed the Sandstone Trail) is ~46 miles of trails ranging from canal tow path, farmers fields, fire road and awkward rocky bridleway to more fields, country lanes and back to the canal tow path… oh, and you do two loops. This year Jim ‘Tap it out’ O’Hara and Max Wainwright joined me – Max only joining us with about 1 week to go due to a drop out from the usual guys I go with. It’s a very sociable ultra and great for beginners as the navigation is very simple and the terrain is forgiving given that it also packs in 5600ft of climb. The first real hill is not really runable but the other two are…. although this also makes it tough as you don’t get a nice walk here and there without feeling guilty!

Max had been out doing some last minute panic training with a 13, 16 and 27 miler in the week leading up to the race, but Jimmy and Max headed out together whilst I caught up with some friends and tried to run a more sensible pace for me. Every year now I arrive knackered at the start line for this due to all the other adventures I’ve conspired to pack in leading up to it. Once we left the canal and headed up the views of the beacons were just awesome. Greens combined with browns, bronze and ambers to give a breathtaking visual feast. Added to this we were above the clouds which added a different dimension and uplifted the soul even more. Max and Jimmy passed the half way point in under 3 hours… yes, that’s right, 23 miles and 2800ft of climb with some sections of rough terrain in it, in under 3 hours, so to put this into context, I’d argue this is the equivalent of comfortably dipping under a 3 hour marathon knowing there is a second 23 miles to come – impressive stuff! I had fallen heavily twice but had a solid first lap in roughly 3 hours and 22 minutes, and I started to think that getting back in time to watch the match (Wales international) was possible; by the end of the canal (~3 miles later) I knew it wasn’t!

I’d high hopes for the boys though, I knew they were comfortably top 5 and both were going strongly. I started to slip down the field as my year caught up on me. As the field stretched more and more it was impossible to know how close any chasers were or if anybody else ahead was struggling. I knew I wasn’t going to catch anybody so I continued to enjoy the view and plod it out; I won’t lie, I wanted it to be over. Finally arriving at the finish in 14th in ~7:53 I was almost an hour slower than my best on the course (6:56) but I was far more interested in how Max and Jim had done.

The stories varied and a shared hatred for the canal tow path (apparently shared by all the faster runners whereas the slower runners aren’t so keen on the hills second time around). Jimmy told me; “Two doctors tried to pull Max off on the mountain” to which I thought; “That’s a bit beyond the call of duty!” until I realised that mind was in the gutter and in actual fact Max had pushed himself to a point where he was white/ grey and wobbling a little as he came off the mountain. Max had been firmly in 3rd until mile 32, eventually finishing in a superb 7th position with Jimmy in 10th. I have no doubt that both Jimmy and Max would make great ultra runners if they wished to. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be long before they were winning races outright. The results aren’t up, but I think Max was back in ~7:15 and Jimmy 10-15 minutes behind him. What’s a few minutes between friends anyway! Tepid showers, a couple of beers and fish and chips on the way home topped off a another great race and great year.”


Congratulations to Helen Gillard who ran her first 10K on Sunday- the Stilton Stumble, completing the undulating course in 60.14. Well done, Helen.


Tim Palmer ran the Arnside Knott Fell Race on Sunday and kindly submitted this report:

I was supported by Jenny and some friends from Settle Harriers. The race is a scenic route through the woods up to the summit of Arnside Knott; it maximises the available climb by taking you below the high tide mark after the 1st hill and before the 2nd hill. The cakes are truly excellent and a major challenge of the race is choosing which cake to have…! The field in both the senior race and the junior races beforehand was dominated by Ambleside.”


Jackie Keasley has passed on the following upcoming dates and races.

Sat       22nd Nov   Fell Counter No 10, Penmaenmawr Fell Race, 10m, 600m, 10:30 am, a tough but popular fell counter. IF you wish to car share please email Chris B-H  chris.baynham-hughes@atos.net

 Sun      23rd Nov   Final Road Counter, Conwy Half Marathon, 10 am.  Voted one of the top 5 scenic marathons there is still time to enter http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

 Sat       29th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm  Note this is a pre-entry race, please let Paul Foster know by 18th Nov mooeyf@hotmail.com


Lastly, a reminder from Chris Fitzpatrick that the Xmas Christmas do is now Saturday 29th November 7.30pm at Helter Skelter in Frodsham.. Xmas jumpers are compulsory, anyone not conforming to the dress code will be expected to perform a forfeit on the Karaoke. You have been warned!!!




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