Happy Easter everyone! A good turn out at the fells and roads at the weekend, seems everyone has been burning off those Easter egg calories! Thank you for all the reports this week, please keep sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of green vests out for the parkruns and a few new PBs too! Widnes saw 3 PBs from Derek, Carl and Dave Madders and all in the top 10 with Derek on the podium for silver. Good stuff guys! Neil Finegan had another strong run for a new PB at Delamere showing a return to form after a recent injury. Well done to everyone else who took part, Helsby results below:
79 Rhea THOMAS 00:25:01
10 Edward HALLIWELL 00:19:25
7 Neil FINEGAN 00:19:18
27 Scot STEEL 00:20:51
63 Janet ROBERTSON 00:22:51
72 Louise MCEVELEY 00:23:30
60 Rachel ARNOLD 00:25:15
Ellesmere Port parkrun
21 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:23:49
2 Derek MORRIS 00:18:29
5 Carl PRATT 00:20:05
9 David MADDERS 00:20:46
Full results here: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721
On Saturday Colin Thompson found himself toeing the line at the Halewood Triangle Park with a small number of local athletes for the monthly Halewood 5k. Perfect race conditions and a pancake flat course saw him run a sub 17 minute time, 4th overall and 1st in age category. This is a brilliant little race series and is part of a Grand Prix with awards and prizes on offer if you do enough races. The best thing is they are free!
4th Colin Thompson 16:59 (1st in age cat)
More info and full results here: https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/
Air Products 10k
Colin Bishop travelled to Crewe on Easter Sunday to partake in the Air Products 10k. The course is described as “flat and fast” which Colin took full advantage of by belting out an eye watering 34:20 and 9th overall. Big congratulations to Colin for another superb time and PB!
9th Colin Bishop 34:20 (1st in age cat)
A new event from BTR saw the resurrection of the Hale 5 on Easter Sunday which has been absent from the racing calendar in recent years. Geoff and Janet Shaw ventured to Merseyside to represent Helsby and both had an excellent race with Geoff running a sub 40 minute time and Janet grabbing 2nd in her age category. Well done The Shaws!
103rd Geoff Shaw 36:56
262nd Janet Shaw 46:42 (2nd in age cat)
Full results here: http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2015&event=414&race=278
Lots of action at the fells this weekend with Andy Smith, Sue Buck and Phil Gillard all flying the Green Army flag. Andy and Phil have sent in the following reports, thanks guys. First up is Andy:
“A sunny Saturday at Easter and it’s off for a real classic fell race. Hailed as the oldest fell race in Britain, the Rivington Pike race is run in the traditional manner – from the Crown pub in Horwich. It’s a straight up – as hard as you can – to the monument on Rivington Pike. Turn, and straight back down – as quick as you can. Crowds line the whole route up and down to cheer the runners on, it’s got a great atmosphere. And to toe the start line with the legend that is Ron Hill (yes! taken part in a race with great man himself) turns participation into a privilege. A fast and furious race of 3.25 miles, with no respite for us mortals, it’s a great hard sustained effort. The winning time of 17:40 is a 5k time many of would die for on the flat, for the rest of us just happy to finish an enjoyable run out for a glorious day out on the fells.”
146th Andy Smith 27:38
221st Sue Buck (2nd claim) 32:25
And over to Phil…
Pendle race report
“So, there we were, the whole of Easter Saturday ahead of us, so many races, so little time, I thought I would give Helen the choice; Fran Four – no too remote, Rivi Pike – no too short, how about a trip to Bali – ooh that sounds great. Unfortunately my spelling isn’t great either, so when we set off on the M56, it wasn’t to the airport, it was to Lancashire and the village of Barley, just at the bottom of Pendle hill.
Driving into the village, we were greeted to the colourful site of the kid’s races which had already started – loads of little fell running munchkins in club colours, all of them with the potential to become the next Brownlees.
The village of Barley seems to be in a time warp, an honesty box in the car park, two thriving pubs, a village green and gentle stream running through.
Registering at the village hall, there was no requirement for kit and the route looked like a subset of the Stan Bradshaw race a few of us ran earlier this year.
There is something about Easter races in Lancashire, the whole of the county seems to turn out and as we left the hall you could see the trig point on Pendle hill with spectators who had made the trip up earlier in the day
Leaving Helen in the tea shop, my warm up took me on the race route, up past the reservoir and along Ogden Clough and so onto the race itself.
Nearly three hundred entrants and we were off. A steady grind for about one mile up past the reservoir, following a track to the open fell, where the terrain got a bit rougher, this was also the route down, so as well as trying to gain places it was a case of scanning the best lines in readiness for the descent. Up onto the shoulder of the hill and then the route took us back down into the valley, allowing us a lung busting climb back up to the trig point. The number of spectators seemed to have increased, I guess the warm sunshine had brought out the rambling fraternity judging by the number of walking poles and gaiters.
A lovely descent with a couple of technical sections to keep you interested and back onto the track by the reservoir for a fast downhill finish by the village hall. There was evidence of few ankle rolls and falls with a few ice buckets and blooded knees in evidence but everybody seemed in good spirit.
In true Lancashire terms this was a grand day out, the kind of event supported by the whole of the community, you couldn’t hope to mix with such friendly and positive folk.”
Oh and the result
155th Phil Gillard 49:01
Please remember it is the penultimate Borders League on Sunday 12th April in Caernarfon. We need as many green vests there as possible, if you can spare a morning we would be most grateful. Info and directions can be found here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/. A number of people meet at the club house to share lifts, details can be found on our Facebook page.
That’s all this week, if I have missed anything please get in touch and I will update the blog. Happy running all!