Christmas Round-up 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

We’re conscious that there is some confusion each week as to who is doing the report, so we’ve decided to create a central email address to send in any reports you have from the week. If you get it over to this mailbox by the end of Monday then it’ll make the news! We really appreciate and love to hear from you all and your thoughts on races so drop them here and we’ll make sure we all get to share it: Thanks,
Chris, Col, Gaz.

Right, on with the round up

Road Running

Halewood 5km TT
Let’s kick off with a win! Yes speedster Joanne showed husband to be Phil who wears the running shorts in their house by beating him and taking the overall ladies win! Well done Jo, nice to see Phil put in his place! A great run from Helen Owens saw her close to snatching a new PB for the course. Full results are here. Looks like it could be a great little series, details are here

Fell Running 

Bowstones Fell Race:
Phil and Charlie Roberts “overcame the ice, mud and the bottle of trooper ale for all those that finished the Bowstones fell race. Very enjoyable!”

Not sure if Phil’s talking about the race or the beer there, but why separate! Sadly I don’t think the results are up yet so apologies to anybody else that ran it!

Cross Country

Roving report Phil Gillard brings us news from the…

Cheshire Champs

Janet Robertson described the conditions as gloopy, which is an adequate description of the conditions, however looking into the word gloopy in a bit more detail, it is also the Russian word for stupid, usually referring to a moment of specific stupidity in a usually intelligent person. So taking this definition a bit further – 11 intelligent runners from Helsby in a moment of specific stupidity decided to pit their running wits against the best that Cheshire could offer.

The setting was the Bolesworth estate, the kind of weekend pad that Joe and Mario are used to frequenting; being replete from a breakfast of kedgeree and devilled kidneys, they collected Bob (the dog) from the gamekeeper and strolled down onto the rolling parkland to help marshal. Their marshalling position was next to the ornamental lake, a great place from which to cover all of the laps of a complicated series of courses which allowed runners of all ages to make use of the this fantastic location.

The atmosphere at these events changes as the day progresses, the morning is taken up by the junior races, it is great to see the little people racing off cheered on by parents and coaches alike, as the size and age of the participants increases, the size of the field decreases until we get to later on in the day and we move into the senior races where we see the club tents and banners start to turn up. The Helsby flag being the most stylish of course with our “GREEN ARMY” brand standing out.

The heritage of the setting was appropriate for the chivalry extended in the running order of the races – women and children first and so, when it came to the Senior Mens race, the conditions were very very muddy. These conditions were a major contribution to Roy’s muscle strain which forced him to drop out, Roy if you want to look for the cause of you injury, look no further than the “pesky kids” and womenfolk for creating these conditions.

Onto the races; Danny Cliffe won the mens race by a country mile, the womens race was a great contest between two Vale Royal runners with Sarah Murphy coming out on top; Sarah is the daughter of Helsby club members Trevor and Josie Murphy. Helsby vests were spread throughout the field with strong running and great effort from all participants – Colin T, Gareth, Adrian, Tim, Andy, Tom and Roy for the men and Jenny, Janet, Laura and Rachel for the ladies. Jenny was asked to be reserve for the Cheshire team and Rachel won her vet category. Full results are on this link

Thanks Phil and really fantastic result for both Rachel and Jenny – could we soon be seeing another of the Green Army donning the Cheshire vest? I think the bid puddles helped, once a kayaker… 🙂

Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Andy Robinson starts the year as he means to continue it!

Hardmoors 30

On New Year’s Day I ran the Hardmoors 30 ultra: 30 miles on disused railway line and coastal path around Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby in North Yorkshire.  The coastal path was great as usual, but the old railway got a bit boring after a bit.  Anyway, the weather was good: shorts & thermal top worked OK, & the race was one of John Steele’s, so very well organised.

The full results are at  First in was Ben Hamilton in 3:43:01, & I came in 46th out of 192 finishers in 5:09:44, & won a trophy for first MV60.  I’ll get a write-up of my race onto the Runfurther website later today.

Top work Andy! A trophy is a fantastic way to start the year (so I’m told). For those thinking of dabbling in the world of Ultra distance running I can also recommend Jon’s Hardmoors events – a nicer guy you will not meet!

Park run

Delamere: Results are here, well done to all those that got out there and ran off the Turkey, especially Ed for his new PB and Max Wainwright for winning it! Max was clearly feeling strong as he was quoted in his post race interview as saying; “I’d have rather done 50k my body would have found it easier. Nice run home on the sandstone trail though.”

St. Helens: Colin zipped in to finished 2nd (to a 20 year old whose park run PB is 15:43!) Whilst Adrian managed to set a PB! Full results here

Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 11 JAN. 10am
Name: Runcorn Town Park (XC – club counter)
Further Details: Battle of the locals… will Chris Fitzpatrick’s secret training on the course pay off or will the Colin’s romp home to victory? Or will neither go due to the border league clash?

‘Sunday League’ events include free tea & sandwiches after the race, for race info see click on X-country

Sun 11th Jan. 11am
Name: Birkenhead Boarder League (Road)

Club Talk: Andy Robinson will be talking about the wacky world of Ultra distance running on Wednesday night after the club run. If you want to enjoy chips whilst you listen then please ensure you’ve let Dave and Lesley know as per the email circulated by Jo last week.