Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 17th – 21st Dec 2014

Hi everyone

Wednesday saw our annual Xmas Handicap race and it was great to see a good mix of old and new faces making this a big event on the night. Well done to Ellen Harris for storming around for the win and thank you to Jackie for taking the time to organise this and all our volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. Also big thank you to Dave & Lesley for coordinating the soup and mince pies for our supper. For those who missed Jackies original email please see her race report and results below:

“Our tightly contested annual Xmas Handicap followed by a Soup Supper and Secret Santa took place last Wednesday with 35 runners fighting it out along to the High School and back. Thanks to the timing marshals and Joe & Mario for turning runners around at Godscroft Lane. Congratulations to winner Ellen Harris, who has joined us as a result of Jane’s recent 16-23 taster sessions. Lots of banter about allocated handicaps, but in the middle of the field there were a lot of very close packed finishing times with plenty of runners to chase down on the final chip shop straight. Colin ran at the back most of the race due to a rather adverse handicap! He still did the fastest time though! Well done to everyone who took part.   Best Santa prezzie of the evening has to be the turkey hat!!”

Full results below:

XMAS 2014 HANDICAP START TIMES HANDICAP TIMES  
             
             
    Rounded Starting Time Position Handicap Actual
FirstName LastName   00:08:00   Time Time
Ellen Harris   00:00 1 25:53 25:53
Michelle Hardwick   02:30 2 27:26 24:56
Jake Oldfield-Connor   04:30 3 31:03 26:33
Donna Geer   03:00 4 31:42 28:42
Alison Butler   00:30 5 31:43 31:13
Graham Lloyd   05:30 6 31:50 26:20
Tim Igoe   09:30 7 31:59 22:29
Adam Gordon   12:00 8 32:59 20:59
Benjamin Williams   07:30 9 33:06 25:36
Charlie Close   10:00 10 33:10 23:10
Adrian Jackson   11:00 11 33:12 22:12
Shan McCarthy   05:00 12 33:21 28:21
Emma Barnes   02:30 13 33:28 30:58
Chris Ashbrook   07:00 14 33:31 26:31
John Gallon   04:30 15 33:43 29:13
Jenny O’Hare   04:30 16 33:47 29:17
Rachel Arnold   08:00 17 33:48 25:48
Joanne Lacking   11:00 18 33:49 22:49
Phil Gillard   11:00 19 33:52 22:52
Christopher Igoe   05:30 20 33:53 28:23
Carol Shaw   09:30 21 33:54 24:24
Mike Searle   09:30 22 33:57 24:27
Andy Robinson   10:30 23 33:59 23:29
James Higgins   12:30 24 34:01 21:31
Janet Robertson   09:00 25 34:04 25:04
Gareth Boyd   12:30 26 34:06 21:36
Roy Gaskill   12:00 27 34:33 22:33
Jane Ashbrook   11:30 28 34:47 23:17
Vanessa Griffiths   10:00 29 34:53 24:53
Mike McShane   03:00 30 35:02 32:02
Stephen Wiggins   09:30 31 35:10 25:40
Carl Pratt   10:00 32 35:14 25:14
Colin Thompson   14:45 33 35:32 20:47
Mike Farwell   10:00 34 36:08 26:08
Claire Louise Miller   07:00 35 38:59 31:59

 

  XMAS 2014 HANDICAP START TIMES ABSOLUTE TIMES  
             
             
    Rounded Starting Time Position Handicap Actual
FirstName LastName   00:08:00   Time Time
Colin Thompson   14:45 33 35:32 20:47
Adam Gordon   12:00 8 32:59 20:59
James Higgins   12:30 24 34:01 21:31
Gareth Boyd   12:30 26 34:06 21:36
Adrian Jackson   11:00 11 33:12 22:12
Tim Igoe   09:30 7 31:59 22:29
Roy Gaskill   12:00 27 34:33 22:33
Joanne Lacking   11:00 18 33:49 22:49
Phil Gillard   11:00 19 33:52 22:52
Charlie Close   10:00 10 33:10 23:10
Jane Ashbrook   11:30 28 34:47 23:17
Andy Robinson   10:30 23 33:59 23:29
Carol Shaw   09:30 21 33:54 24:24
Mike Searle   09:30 22 33:57 24:27
Vanessa Griffiths   10:00 29 34:53 24:53
Michelle Hardwick   02:30 2 27:26 24:56
Janet Robertson   09:00 25 34:04 25:04
Carl Pratt   10:00 32 35:14 25:14
Benjamin Williams   07:30 9 33:06 25:36
Stephen Wiggins   09:30 31 35:10 25:40
Rachel Arnold   08:00 17 33:48 25:48
Ellen Harris   00:00 1 25:53 25:53
Mike Farwell   10:00 34 36:08 26:08
Graham Lloyd   05:30 6 31:50 26:20
Chris Ashbrook   07:00 14 33:31 26:31
Jake Oldfield-Connor   04:30 3 31:03 26:33
Shan McCarthy   05:00 12 33:21 28:21
Christopher Igoe   05:30 20 33:53 28:23
Donna Geer   03:00 4 31:42 28:42
John Gallon   04:30 15 33:43 29:13
Jenny O’Hare   04:30 16 33:47 29:17
Emma Barnes   02:30 13 33:28 30:58
Alison Butler   00:30 5 31:43 31:13
Claire Louise Miller   07:00 35 38:59 31:59
Mike McShane   03:00 30 35:02 32:02

 

A festive themed parkrun on Saturday saw a good turn out from Helsby at Delamere and Ben flying solo at Ellesmere Port. Colin Bishop had a great run for sub 18 minutes and first back for Helsby whilst Ellen Harris, fresh from her victory at the Handicap race, saw her first lady home. Also congratulations to Phil Gillard for setting a new PB on the day! Well done everyone.

Delamere parkrun

A total of 207 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #90

 

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jacob BROWN Vale Royal AC 00:16:40
7 1 Tessa MCCORMICK Vale Royal AC 00:17:40
10 9 Colin BISHOP Helsby RC 00:17:48
39 35 Phil GILLARD Helsby RC 00:21:27
115 25 Ellen HARRIS Helsby RC 00:26:26
151 41 Jane ASHBROOK Helsby RC 00:29:52
188 127 Ivor JOHNSTONE Helsby RC 00:35:09
200 130 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:39:24
201 71 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:39:25
202 131 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:39:26

 

Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 54 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #9

 

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard FARLEY West Cheshire AC 00:20:04
10 1 Anest MÜLLER West Cheshire AC 00:22:21
24 20 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:25:39

 

Saturday also saw our long trail specialist Andy Robinson run the epic Tour de Helvellyn, full report from Andy below:

“On Saturday I ran the Tour de Helvellyn: 38 miles and 8000ft of climbing in the Lake District. It’s a great event, starting from Askham, south of Penrith. It goes over the moors to Ullswater, then over Boredale Hause (399m) to Patterdale, over Sticks Pass (749m) to the north end of Thirlmere. This year we then had to run on the back road along Thirlmere, as the usual route in forestry was temporarily closed. I didn’t enjoy that bit much. The it was back to paths & tracks from Dunmail Raise steeply up Raise Beck to cross the pass (574m), skirt Grisedale Tarn & yomp down the valley to Patterdale. Then we retraced the outward route over Boredale Hause & back to Askham. Conditions were great: wet underfoot of course, but cool and with the wind against us in the first half, making the return feel a lot easier. It was certainly a lot easier than when I ran it in 2011 when there was deep snow on Sticks Pass. I had a really good run, finishing in 8:06:04, 37th of 154 finishers. I was first V60 by 90 minutes, and 6th V50. I’d have been 4th V50 if I hadn’t started off too early & had to wait 10 minutes for the first checkpoint to open. No idea how I managed to run so well – I wasn’t expecting it. If anyone wants a good challenging winter ultra in the mountains, this is the race to do!”

Full results are here.

Excellent running Andy and well done for your age category win!

 

Reminders from Jackie:

There will be no more 2014 Monday night training sessions; the next one is Jan 5th. A big thank-you to Joe, Mario and Jane et al for putting everyone through their rigorous weekly training sessions at both Helsby High School and Castle Park in 2014. Here’s a reminder of what’s going on over the Xmas period into the start of 2015 on the running front:-

Thu     25th Dec     Xmas Day Delamere Park Run 9.00 am  to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!   (NOTE – No club run Xmas Eve!!).

Fri       26th Dec      Goshawk Run 12:00 pm;an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run.  It’s also the Race the Walls in Chester.

Sun    28th Dec      Cross Country Counter No 6, North West Sunday League, Stadt Moers, 10:00 am. To lift share please meet at the club ready to leave at 9am. It would be great to see the Green Army out in force for this to run off all the turkey and mince pies. Our flag and tent will be there.

Wed   31st Dec      Four Villages Course Reccie.  As its New Year’s Eve, it has been suggested we meet at the club at 9:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. More details from Carol    carols21@hotmail.co.uk
10K Time Trail to see the New Year out in style! Colin Thompson is organising a final time trail of the year, meet at the club at 6:30pm.

Sat     3rd Jan
         Cross Country Counter No 7, Cheshire Cross Country Championships, Bolesworth Castle, near Tattenhall. 1 pm ladies, 2 pm men, junior races from 11 am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.  Pre –entry which is now closed. As a club we are expected to marshal a spot on the course. Please can we have a number of volunteers to help out whilst watching. Please let Janet Robinson know asap Janetmrobertson@gmail.com   Mon 5th Jan            Last date for entering the Northern XC Championship in Yorkshire, please let Paul know mooeyf@hotmail.com 

Mon 5th Jan             First Monday Night Training session of the New Year at Castle Park, 6.30pm.

Wed 7th Jan             First Club Night of the New Year, our usual training run followed by a talk by Andy Robinson on “Ultra Running”, hopefully to inspire us to do even longer runs in 2105!. Chip Barm supper.

Sun     11th Jan       Cross Country Counter No 8, North West Sunday League, Runcorn Town Park, 10 am. We need to support Warrington Road Runners in organising this race., If any one can help marshal this race please let Janet Robinson know in advance Janetmrobertson@gmail.com

Sun     11th Jan       Border League No 3, Birkenhead Park, 11 am.
Please note the Runcorn  Town Park Sunday League Cross Country on the 11th Jan actually clashes with the Border League at Birkenhead. Thus that day we need a good turn out at BOTH races plus volunteer marshals for the XC, to emphasise : if you can help marshal please at this and/or the Cheshire Championships on 3rd Jan please let Janet know asap.

A big thanks to all everyone for making 2014 a memorable year for Helsby Running Club. Thanks for everyone contributions which have all added up to a busy, successful and enjoyable year of club running. A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all and your families and supporters. Here’s to a very successful running 2015 for you and Helsby Running Club.

Cheers  Jackie
Your Chair

 

That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please email me col808@hotmail.com and I will update the blog. If I don’t see you before have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cheers
Colin T

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