Happy new year to you all and welcome to the Xmas & New Year round-up. A few green vests were out and about racing over the festive period so let’s get started with an excellent report sent in by Ben Fletcher…
Auld Land Syne Fell race
“The Auld Lang Syne fell race is traditionally known as the end of season fell finale and attracts a strong field of runners, most in fancy dress. It is so popular you have to get your entry in quick, all 420 places sold out in 2 days, luckily our cheque arrived in the post on time and we made the start list.
We arrived at Penistone Hill in West Yorkshire and it was a tad bit chilly, we registered and got ready mingling with everything from Stormtroopers to a weightlifter with his extra large Dumbbell!
The legendary Dave Woodhead started us off with a bagpiper playing as we left the quarry and headed into the hills.
The route was a out and back with a loop taking in Top Withens summit and had a nice slippy bit in the middle where you drop down into a beck where I was having a great battle with Tony the Tiger and Suzanne was battling it out with a Stormtrooper and a Sumo.
Really recommend this race, plus you get the bonus of a bottle of Old Leg Over beer at the end.”
Ben 113th 57.10
Suzanne 329th 72.29
video of start https://youtu.be/qcmd0b4DRjA
Liverbirds (double marathon)
Ivan and Dave Madders ventured to Liverpool on new years eve to catch the first race of the Liverbirds double, over to Dave for his report….
“Each new years eve ( and new years day if you’re particularly keen ) there is a marathon along Otterspool promenade in Liverpool called the Liverbird marathon double. No frills, £20 entry, paid direct to a choice of 2 charities, supply your own drinks/supplies and you’re away.
Ivan davies and myself entered this year and duly arrived on the promenade with 200 or so other madmen for the 10am start.
The route goes alongside the Mersey from adjacent to the albert dock Travelodge up to the end of the prom at Aigburth and back with this 6.55 mile loop being ran 4 times.
Ivan being a 3 hour marathoner set off like a greyhound leaving me to shuffle along at 8.30 pace. After 2 laps the weather as forecast took a turn for the worst with strong winds and driving rain creating horrendous conditions for marathon running.
Ivan suffering with a pulled groin soldiered on for 3 laps ( in a very solid time of 2.25 ) whilst I shuffled my way to the finish in a time of around 4.24.
38 plucky souls did both days with elite runner Terry Forrest running an unbelievable 2.38/2.45 successive marathons.
Great Craic between runners made this event a worthy effort with great support from other runners plus Its not every race the winner high fives all the other competitors on his way to a 2.38!
Awful conditions but I’ll be back!”
NWSL XC Race #6 (Arrowe Park)
We had a good turn out of green vests for the penultimate cross country race in the Sunday League series and it was fantastic to get a full team out for both the men and ladies despite the appalling weather. The venue was at Arrowe Park (hosted by Pensby) and the course consisted of 2 laps of energy sapping gloopy mud around the park. Thank you to all who turned up and well done to Ben Fletcher who had a stormer to take the first Helsby home honours and top 20 finish and Joanne Lacking for another fine display of running to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Also big kudos to Tanya Downes for her first foray into XC running on what was a tough course, she seemed to enjoy it and will hopefully be back for more pain! The next and final race is on Sunday 21st February at Birchwood Park – make a note in your diaries.
A big thank you to Joe, Mario, Suzanne Fletcher and Chris Collins for their support around the course, Mario also coordinated the tokens and race positions at the finish. Please find the Helsby results below:
19th Ben Fletcher
21st Colin Thompson
61st Phillip Roberts
67th Derek Morris
96th Paul Frodsham
108th Ian Landucci
115th Tim Palmer
143rd David Feakes
202nd Edward Roberts
15th Joanne Lacking
17th Jane Ashbrook
32nd Vanessa Griffiths
68th Rachael Holden
73rd Lesley Feakes
96th Tanya Downes
The mens team were 5th on the day and the ladies 4th.
Full results here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xc/2015/race5_15.pdf
A few more parkrun results than usual due to some extra events over Christmas. Please find all results below. Congrats to Colin Bishop on a double win at Widnes and well done to everyone else who took part. Helsby results below:
84th Phil GILLARD 00:24:50
94th Geoff COLLINS 00:25:18
101st Louise MCEVELEY 00:25:43
207th Anne BELL 00:30:58
28th Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:28:22
1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:42
29th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:15
47th Chris HATTON 00:25:26
2nd Colin BISHOP 17:41
72nd Rhea THOMAS 26:56
35th Jackie KEASLEY 00:30:16
22nd Gareth BOYD 00:20:32
55th David FEAKES 00:23:30
151st Lesley FEAKES 00:28:14
160th David WIGGINS 00:28:35
161st Stephen WIGGINS 00:28:36
1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:46
15th Joanne LACKING 00:22:03
20th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:02
68th Geoff COLLINS 00:23:46
All results can be found here http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721
- Wed 6 Jan – 4VHM medal making – we need lots of help to re-packing this years medals – please come along to the HCSC bar after our training run and help out as many hands make light work, chip barms provided.
- Sat 30 Jan – Northern Cross Country Championships, Blackburn. Another good day out for runners & spectators! Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry, so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 13th Jan email@example.com
That’s all this week. If you got this far thank you for reading and please let me know if I have missed any races. Remember, all results and reports should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org otherwise we could easily miss something if posted on social media.
Keep on running!