Helsby RC Racing News 13th – 19th April 2015

This is the news!*

PBs and Sunshine in this week’s issue. As a standing reminder: Please remember to send any race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com otherwise it is unlikely to get into the news!

*homage to the genius of The day today

Road Running

Manchester marathon

d48f06b6-30bf-40c5-bb60-6102a9836060On Sunday, 4 foolish souls hot footed off to the “Stadium of Dreams” with dreams of PB’s. Chris Fitz, Ivan, Gaz and myself (Helen) rocked up in their grubby green vests and err, stood in portaloo queues with statue of Alex Ferguson eyeing them up suspiciously.  Myself, Gaz and Ivan have all ran Manchester past few years and all had good results from there, it’s a fast, flat PB course. Chris however, had trained for London, only to wait for his number to arrive, it never did and he was told he had not completed his entry. What a plonker. Chris then decided best solution was to smash the Manchester tarmac instead. 66fb1a2f-16ed-49fe-a302-22613622e87cTo the race… All the blokes were gunning for under 3 hours, Chris for a PB under 2:55. Training had gone great for all of them bar Gaz had picked an Achilles niggle up and had not ran much over last few weeks, leaving him feeling lacking in fitness. The weather was on our side, the course was not extended an extra half mile and the support was fantastic, especially from Jo Lacking who took some amazingly stunning shots of us. <sarcastic>  Brilliantly, Chris finished at 2:50, a PB of 5 mins. Then Ivan was not too far behind in a HUGE PB in 2:59, day before his 40th birthday! Poor Gaz, he just had a bad race but still finished in a cracking 3:10, excellent for a V65! Surely a record… I managed a 3:50. Was happy with that. I’m never gonna be a Paula Radcliffe but at least I only fell over a traffic cone mile 6 and didn’t defecate on the road.
Chester Spring 5
A lovely evening in Chester saw a large green army contingent deployed to battle it out over the 5 mile course, helped to a large extent by it being local and a road club counter. A course broadly consisted of an opening flat section, followed by a reasonable length of descent, a bump back up and a flat finish.

With 29 runners in the mix it was always going to be full of club rivalry just within the Helsby ranks, let alone against the other local clubs. Fantastic performances on the day and consistent with this year’s theme, a large number of PBs falling.

Colin Thompson took the Helsby win by placing 16th overall in 28:04 with Chris Fitzpatrick bagging 31st in 29:20. Derek Morris paced the race to perfection taking third place in the final mile and then teaching the eventual 4th place a very sound lesson in finishing, bagging 47th on the night.

In the ladies Jo Lacking stormed round in 34:14 looking to take that form into London on the weekend with Carol Shaw taking 2nd and Helen Owens taking 3rd (no trips over cones in this race!) PBs all round I believe.

Fantastic performances across the board – well done Helsby!

Full Helsby results here: http://tinyurl.com/m69yar3

 

Arley Hall 10K
Four brave souls made it to Arley for a 10k on Saturday, three of whom were up for a 10k double with Whitley the next day. No race report but the results are here, well done ladies:

Pos Name Chip Time Gender Pos Club
483 RHEA THOMAS 00:50:49 117 HELSBY RC
493 JO FARWELL 00:51:05 121 HELSBY RC
593 DONNA GEER 00:53:43 169 HELSBY RC
903 CAROL SHAW 01:01:56 399 HELSBY RC

 

Whitley 10k
After some very warm weather, Sunday morning was overcast and rather cool. This didn’t deter the Green Army from turning up in force for the Whitley 10k, a local race down quiet, traffic free lanes. Despite being a bit lumpy in the second half, this race has become a popular addition to the local racing scene in recent years. Well supported by local clubs, it’s a good opportunity to meet up with friends and rivals.

The weather conditions turned out to be near perfect for running. First home for Helsby was the ever green Colin Bishop to secure 5th position overall and  an age category win. First home for the Ladies was Carol Shaw. Special mention also to heroic efforts from Jo Farwell and Donna Geer in racing their second 10k of the weekend.

Full results at http://chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2015&event=419&race=1284

Pos.  Name  Gun Time          Chip Time
 
5     Colin Bishop     0:35:11    0:35:11   
38    Carl Pratt 0:41:29    0:41:24   
103   Carol Shaw 0:46:12    0:46:02   
110   Andy Smith 0:46:28    0:46:18   
126   Geoff Shaw 0:47:35    0:47:29   
146   Lesley Feakes    0:49:13    0:48:54   
205   Edward Roberts   0:52:30    0:52:19   
269   Jo Farwell 0:57:03    0:56:42    271 
272   Donna Geer 0:57:14    0:56:54    274  

Thanks to Andy Smith for the write up!

Fell Running 

Ras y Moelwyn

bdcc4133-54d2-4839-88e6-e4a2faa38377Blaenau Ffestiniog was the starting point for the latest counter in the Helsby RC Fell Racing club championships, Ras y Moelwyn. Blaenau Ffestiniog has an incredible slate mining history (the mines are well worth the visit) and also has superb mountain biking, a giant zip wire and a lovely set of shops; it also has a narrow gauge railway which is hard not to see it as the inspiration for Ivor the Engine… it also rains there… a lot! It’s positions amongst the mountain does mean it has a far higher than average rainfall which is why it was not just incredible to be there whilst a British championship race was on, but also when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

The race winds up from Blaenau to the top of Moelwyn Mawr (great), makes the technical traverse down and up to Moelwyn Bach (small) before heading back to Blaenau via Llyn Stwlan and over Moel-yr-hyda. So essentially it’s a long, long slog up, technical steep descent, steep up, steep descent, short flat bit before more up, a steep descent and finally back onto the track you can put the foot down on.

Being part of the 2015 British championships was really special. There was a real village fate/ gala feel to the event and the place was packed with 362 competitors, yet, as with part of what I love about fell running, if you didn’t happen to pass through the town that day then you would never know such a fantastic event was taking place. This, for me, makes fell racing special and one of the UKs best kept secrets.

6ba1bcf2-ca05-4469-b46e-06421f941874Andy Robinson must have had the wrong specs on, arriving head to toe in black thermals (full leggings, long sleeve top and gloves) under his vest as the nine Helsby runners toed the line in glorious sunshine. Interesting interclub battles afoot with Max and Jimmy fighting it out for the top spot, Phil Roberts and I both desperate for third place, a cracking run by George saw him split the difference between Phil R and Phil G and Phil, Jim and Andy all very close to each other made it a real battle for points.

Having over taken me at the end of mile 2, Phil slowly edged ahead all the way up the Moelwyns whilst I cursed my road running legs. The section around Moel-yr-hyda was a real tussle as I took the lead on the way up and into the descent with Phil pushing to overtake all the way down. This battle boiled over in an act of pure timing as Phil saw his chance to overtake and I slipped in the same split second. The result was a flying backhander right across Phil’s face, cracking him on the nose and smearing his fancy new sunglasses with mud. Unfortunately this had the opposite effect one might expect and he flew ahead, but once we hit the track the familiarity of a hard surface enabled a late surge for the final mile or so. Since Phil has been calling me GBH since he has known me it was nice to finally earn the nickname, however at the rate Phil is gaining speed it won’t be long before I won’t even be able to see him in the final mile!

0a7548ad-eb7d-47f2-a6a1-94fd603f6f0aHaving over taken me at the end of mile 2, Phil slowly edged ahead all the way up the Moelwyns whilst I cursed my road running legs. The section around Moel-yr-hyda was a real tussle as I took the lead on the way up and into the descent with Phil pushing to overtake all the way down. This battle boiled over in an act of pure timing as Phil saw his chance to overtake and I slipped in the same split second. The result was a flying backhander right across Phil’s face, cracking him on the nose and smearing his fancy new sunglasses with mud. Unfortunately this had the opposite effect one might expect and he flew ahead, but once we hit the track the familiarity of a hard surface enabled a late surge for the final mile or so. Since Phil has been calling me GBH since he has known me it was nice to finally earn the nickname, however at the rate Phil is gaining speed it won’t be long before I won’t even be able to see him in the final mile!

In the end Max took top Helsby points, as did Jane, but neither made it into the top 100 on a day that saw the best of the best competing. Nothing could stop the smiles though and there was no doubt of a good day being had by all!

Name Pos. Time
Max 101 01:33:31
Jimmy 124 01:36:54
CBH 176 01:43:24
Phil Roberts 182 01:44:18
Ian (George) 248 01:53:00
Phil Gillard 277 02:00:26
Jim Jones 306 02:06:24
Andy Robinson 308 02:06:30
Jane 321 02:09:56

Results: http://www.wfra.me.uk/

Park Run

The various Park runs are still the best way to get some regular hard work in. ten Helsby vests were out last weekend in Ellesmere park, Widnes, Ormskirk, Warrington and Delamere. A cheeky win for Colin Thompson too. Nice.

Full details can be found here

Upcoming races and reminders

Today – 7pm
Wrexham Border League (Road)
Postcode: LL13 9RG

Sunday 10:10
London Marathon (Road)

Wednesday 29th April – Chris B-H will talk on
Mountain Marathons and kit – the sorts of tricks people use to bring down weight, what they eat, which way to run,  navigation, overnight camping, the ever growing number and type of events.  To add balance to this Jane, Rachel, Lesley and Jackie will chip in with their experiences from further back in the field carrying heavier loads!  (note change of date for this talk from that advertised a while back as the original date of the 15th clashed with the Spring 5)

AGM on Wednesday May 13th following our club run, 8:30 in the club house.
It’s a time to reflect the highlights of the past year (hopefully no low lights) and set the scene for the coming year. Please come along and share your ideas and thoughts for running (and much more) with Helsby Running Club in 2015/2106 and lets try and make it happen! (see separate email/blog for more information)

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