Helsby weekly round-up 30th November to 6th December 2015

A fairly quiet weekend of running for the Green Army, it must be all those Xmas parties getting in the way! We had one report in the inbox so if there are any more or if you have completed a race this weekend and want to write a few words please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Borders League (Race #3 Caernarfon)

FB_IMG_14494947096552Another excellent turn out of green vests for the 3rd Borders League race in Caernarfon (staged by Cybi) with 25 of our runners toeing the line ready to do battle on the undulating 10k course. Luckily, after the comical weather last time the conditions were pretty much perfect so we had some excellent running by the troops. Colin Thompson (myself) took the honours for first Helsby runner home closely followed by Chris Fitzpatrick who had an excellent run after being out injured for a few weeks. Joanne Lacking is just getting better in each race and took 5th female overall and first back for the Helsby ladies. She also won her age group! Well done Jo. We had another category podium too, well done to Debbie Read for 2nd in her age cat and well done to everyone who turned out to support the club. The ladies managed to get a superb 2nd team on the day and the men were 6th (it’s definitely tough at the top!) The men aren’t too far behind Abergele so let’s try and get another good turn out at the next one and try to avoid the dreaded relegation zone. The next race is on Sun 24 Jan 2016 and is staged by Abergele Harriers.

As always, a big thank you to our support on the day – Joe, Mario and Serena Williams. Mario also had the task of sorting the tokens at the finish which looked like a tough job in itself!

Helsby results below. I have indicated the podium category postions where they apply.

21st Colin THOMPSON 37:11
28th Chris FITZPATRICK 37:37
52nd Adam GORDON 38:57
68th Phillip ROBERTS 39:52
80th Darren O’CONNOR 40:15
83rd Gary O’CONNOR 40:39
92nd Joanne LACKING 41:09 (1st in age cat)
96th Ian LANDUCCI 41:17
101st June SWIFT 41:37
117th Jane ASHBROOK 42:53
133rd Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 44:05
148th Roy GASKILL 45:14
159th Benjamin WILLIAMS 45:44
163rd Geoff READ 46:02
164th Stephen ROACH 46:04
165th Michael WILLIAMS 46:07
166th Vanessa GRIFFITHS 46:10
178th Carol SHAW 46:44
180th John WHITEHEAD  46:51
210th Geoff COLLINS 49:18
211th Chris HATTON 49:18
212nd Debbie READ 49:20 (2nd in age cat)
230th Rachael HOLDEN 51:18
233rd Edward ROBERTS 51:59
251st Gill FITZPATRICK 56:16

All results can be found here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

Stockport 10

A few of our runners travelled to Stockport for the 10 mile road race on Sunday, Ivan, Dave Madders and Gareth Boyd all ran well on what I believe is a tough hilly course. There aren’t any reports for this race thus far but I have managed to find the results which are shown below. Well done to all, especially Dave Madders who after a skin full the previous night still managed to put in a decent performance!

100th Ivan Davies 01:06:36
131st Gareth Boyd 01:08:41
376th Dave Madders 01:17:23

Full results here http://stk10.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Stockport-10-2015-Final.pdf

parkrun

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We don’t get many reports for the parkruns so it was nice to receive one from Andy Smith to give his account of one of these excellent 5k races. Over to Andy…

“With the Delamere Park Run cancelled, and being stuck in Cumbria this weekend with work, a sneaky outing to the Workington Park Run to flash the green vest – or at least my Helsby kag given the filthy wet conditions – seemed in order. They breed them tough in this part of Cumbria, 29 hardy souls turned out to run plus a large number of volunteer marshals. With a gale blowing off the Irish Sea it was never going to be a PB run up and back along the cycle way out of Workington, but the route did offer some protection from the elements. 22:58 isn’t my finest hour, but in such a small field at least I got a top 10 position. A quick change out of soaking running kit in the back of the car, then off to work.” http://www.parkrun.org.uk/workington/results/latestresults/

The other parkrun results can be seen below. Congrats to Col Bishop on another win at Widnes and Michael Williams for doing the double (parkrun and borders league the next day!)

Warrington parkrun

42nd Carl PRATT 00:23:06

Widnes parkrun

1st Colin BISHOP 18:15
11th Michael WILLIAMS 00:22:57

Birkenhead parkrun

47th Geoff COLLINS 00:23:41

Reminders

  • Saturday 12 December, Stadt Moers, 2pm, Liverpool & District XC
  • Sunday 13 December, Runcorn Town Park, 10am, Sunday League XC

That’s all this week folks. If there are any races or results missing please get in touch.

Cheers
Colin

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