Helsby Weekly Update 6-9-2015 to 13-8-2015


It was quiet week for Helsby members Parkrunning, with runners out at Delemere and Widnes, The stand out performance was Neil Finegan coming 2nd at Delemere being just edged out by the mysterious “Unknown Runner”.

Full details of the weeks performances from Helsby members can be found at the link below.


Next its on to the race reports.

Jim Jones from Langdale Marathon:

Did the Langdale marathon Saturday. Only signed up last minute as had a free Saturday and saw it written up as “among the toughest road events in the UK. Exceptionally hilly” – so thought I’d give it a go. Turns out there was 3000ft over 26 miles so it was certainly undulating. Heavy rain up until the start but it stayed pretty light for duration of the race which was two laps of a half marathon route. Some 329 runners set off from Dungeon Ghyll and it was a bit weird trying to work out who was doing the half or the full. As I finished my second lap and saw most of the cars had gone it turned out only 85 had done the full marathon and i’d finished 24th in 4hrs 4mins. It was a well hosted event with chip timing and only cost £20 to enter. Also a fantastic free sports massage provided by Louis Mackay afterwards.


Derek Morris from The Wirral Half:

An army of 1 green vest took on the Wirral half marathon. The echos of “GREEN ARMY ” rang around in my head as the race started. Its a nice course and maybe one for next year’s fell calendar as I had to run  up a hill at least 15 yards long as well as running on about 10 yards of sand and 100 yards of stoned pathway made it a really tough race ? Weather was great and it’s a really good course with nice views along the coastline. 1.30.08 for me.

Lesley Feakes from Lake V Half Marathon:

This is a half marathon that I have wanted to run for a while but never got round to it when it was a club counter. A fairly flat course that feels like it is gradually going downhill for about 10 miles! Beautiful scenery with the route circling the lake and crossing the dam, well organised with a village feel. I have to say I much preferred this half to Warrington half although due to the 1.00pm start and distance it is a full day commitment. Pleased with my time of 1 hour 47 and 476 position out of approximately 1500 runners, perfect conditions with little wind and a pleasant temperature. Maybe it can return as a club counter in the future?

Jo Lacking was first home for Helsby.

Full results below.


Thanks for the reports, everyone.

Ian Hamling and Rachael Holden ran the Great North Run on Sunday, congratulations to both for completing this iconic race.

Max Wainwright and Phil Roberts ran the 50km Lakes Sky Ultra over some of the most challenging terrain on the Lake District with Max finishing 222rd in 10:19 and Phil 34th in 11:52. Great going lads.

There was a great Helsby turn out for the 3rd race in the Multi Terrain series. Full results and team standings are at http://www.stevesaunders,co.uk.

Apologies for the lack of pictures but I’ve had intermittent Internet for the last few days and had to put a lot of this together on my phone which has limited what I can do.




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