Helsby weekly round-up 9th to 15th November 2015

Welcome all to another edition of the racing news. Not much to report this week, but I would like to remind everybody about the final #Felsby counter (pre-entry only) & cross country (XC) races (see reminders below) and don’t forget the border league fixtures – not least because Fitzy will chase me otherwise. Speaking of which Christmas do is on the 5th – don’t say you haven’t been warned 🙂

Any race reports or items for the newsletter please send them to: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com


Long Distance, Trail & Ultras

This week we have a couple of trail races to report on, firstly we’re off to Birchwood for a lunch time 5K all for Children in Need. Tim Palmer takes up the story:

Birchwood Lunchtime 5k – in aid of BBC Children in Need
Four of us (Jackie, Janet, Laura and me) turned out for this lunchtime race which is run from Birchwood Forest Park and use the ladies 5k route. I conveniently work about 500m from the start, so was still at my desk at 12:05. Somehow I managed to be the first Helsby runner back just beating the race organiser, Julian Spence, from Spectrum Striders; soon followed by Laura as 1st Helsby lady. Thanks to Geoff Shaw for cheering us on half-way round. I don’t think any of the Green Army stopped at the burger van which the route passed within half a metre of. The results will be posted at: http://tinyurl.com/p4tc2wh
For me, it was back to work (and to discover that not all three showers in the building will work at once…!)

Helsby Results
19th Tim Palmer 20:49
26th (2nd lady) Laura Baynham-Hughes 22:29
29th (3rd lady) Janet Robertson 23:09
51st (7th lady) Jackie Keasley 26:53

Thanks Tim – Fantastic cause and great to nip in some lunch time racing! Well done all

Now Jim Jones has been doing some curb crawling… at least I think that’s what he said…

Combe Crawler

On Sunday 15/11/15 I ran in the inauugral ‘Combe Crawler’ hosted by Ilfracombe Running Club in North Devon. This race starts and finishes at Marlborough Park, the ground of Ifracombe FC, and is eight and half miles with some tough climbs and stunning views of the Devon coast. Conditions were blustery and there had been lots of rainfall prior to the race day making it tough going in parts with lots of mud. The race is mostly off road but there are a few bits of tarmac running and good runnable trails before going through the grounds of Watermouth Castle and along the coast of Watermouth Cove. There is then a further few hundred yards of fast road running as you drop down into Hele Bay and then back into the trails as you climb Hillsboro. A fast descent of Hillsboro is followed by the final tough climb on tarmac back up to the football club.

I finished 24th out of 131. Full results downloadable at http://tinyurl.com/p7ljwvz

The event was really well hosted by Ifracombe Running Club who only got together as club a couple of years a go. They are a very friendly and inclusive club and trained regularly with them whilst working in the area earlier this year. They have training runs every Thursday night from the football club at 7pm. So if your in the area just turn up for a training run. You’re sure to get a good welcome and be treated to some great running routes.

… Great work Jim! Nice to see you keeping the green army flag flying around the country.

Park Run

Some excellent performances and come back kings this week in the Park Run. Gareth Boyd showing some class in Delamere, Jo Lacking swooping 2nd, the Mighty Gaskill back at it too. It’s all in the link below, so read it and weep!


Upcoming races and reminders


Penmaenmawr (BM) 16.1km/ 564m – Capelulo Village Hall, LL346YU, GR744764 – Pre-entry only for this final fell counter

North West Sunday XC League – Race 3 – Beacon country park, Skelmersdale

Xmas is Coming and…
Wise Men buy their Xmas cards early!

I hope you guys don’t mind and I would be the first to say it’s a little early, but if you are interested in purchasing some Christmas cards please read on.

Paul has been busy with his paintbrush and with the support of the lovely Jill Davis has added another two designs to his Christmas card collection. (See above)

All proceeds go to the Rare Dementia Support fund as we have a sponsor for the printing and production costs this year.

There are 12 cards in a pack, three of each design – if you would like to order a pack please email me as I will be taking delivery of them very soon. mockingbird_59@hotmail.com

At £6 per pack you would be helping a small but wonderful charity which is a lifeline to a growing number of people and families.

Thank you.
Alison Bulmer


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