Lots of green vests in action at the weekend and two race reports sent in, thank you, it’s very much appreciated. Please keep them coming as they really help compile the blog each week, especially if the author isn’t at the race! The email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 14th Feb Village Bakery Half Marathon Road Counter (race full)
Wed 17th Feb Dave’s Talk on Swimming the Channel
Sun 21st Feb Sunday League XC (race #6 final in the series)
Sun 28th Feb High Legh 10k Road Counter (race full)
W/E 5/6th March Helsby Beer Festival
Sun 6th March Wrexham 20 mile road race. A new race which is probably worth mentioning for those spring marathon runners.
Details here – http://www.runwales.com/events/wrexham/
Long Mynd Valleys
Our first fell counter of the season and 3 of our Felsby contingent were out in force. Well done chaps. CBH takes over the reins with his full report:
“The first Fell counter of the year got off to a stiff start! Numerous injuries to the Felsby team (and one person reporting that their “fell shoes broke in half”) meant numbers were down on the day. It was a tough start to the year with 18.5k and 1370m (4500ft) of climb – most of which was in the last 5k – but a very rewarding one. The weather was overcast and grey, but thankfully no clag which would have made completing this race a very different prospect!
For those that haven’t run in the Long Mynd before it is fantastic, rising either side of Church Stretton the terrain is steep and a mix of grass, heather, tussocks and the odd muddy path. The views are fantastic although the course gave little option to view it as we tumbled down steep descents and climbed slippy re-entrants.
In the end Jimmy O’Hara took the spoils for Helsby with a stunning run; comfortably under the two hour watershed. I followed on as did Phil Roberts and a myriad of familiar faces. Fantastic atmosphere afterwards as runners tried in vain to wash off the mud in the streams and grab their soup and roll before some standard car park nudity.
Next up is Llantysilio on the 26th March. A cracking race put on by Tattenhall, hopefully injuries will have abated by then and Felsby will be back to a full contingent… I even heard a rumour that Chris Fitzpatrick may slip on some serious daps and join in… you heard it here first ladies and gents!”
Helsby results here:
10th Jim O’Hara 1:55:55
39th Chris Baynham-Hughes 2:08:57
54th Phillip Roberts 2:17:14
Full results at http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/2734
Next Counter: 26th March 11am – Llantysilio (AS) [NW] Distance: 9.9km / 6.2m Climb: 640m / 2100ft
L&D XC Clarke Gardens
Chris Murray seems to be a big fan of the muddy stuff and found himself the sole Helsby representative at the L&D XC in Clarke Gardens. Well done on an excellent race and for flying the Helsby flag. Please find Chris’s report below:
“The L&D Champs was another fantastic XC race last weekend held in Clarke Gardens by Mossley Hill AC. The sun was out and the mud was shin deep but that didn’t deter 152 brave souls from braving the farm yard conditions. As the sole Green Army vest I did my best to get a good time and not let the side down finishing 72nd in a time of 44 mins 16 sec. The course itself was four shorter laps making up a total of 6 miles rather than the 3 laps of the Sunday League course with the last couple hundred yards a energy sapping quagmire. All in all I had fun and I’m looking forward to the next race on the 21st at Birchwood Forest Park.”
Nick Beer 10k
New member Davyd Michell ventured over to Llandudno in stormy conditions to partake in the Nick Beer 10k. This race is a popular one and always attracts a strong brace of athletes and Davyd ran his socks off to produce a superb PB in 46.17 and 152nd place. Well done and great time considering you go up and down the Orme and it was blowing a gale! must be all those tempo runs you’ve been doing 🙂
All results can be found here http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2164
The Halewood 5k is a free monthly 5k race which starts at the Environment Centre in Halewood and is an out and back course along the Transpennine Trail. It’s almost completely flat so it attracts some of the best local runners and has even had some national runners take part – Jonny Mellor holds the course record at 14.45!
5 Helsby vests toed the line on Saturday morning, Colin Bishop in his first HW5k race was first back for Helsby, 3rd overall and 1st in his age category. Well done Col! Jo Lacking had a superb run to finish first for the Helsby ladies, 4th lady overall and 1st in age cat. Rachael Holden just keeps getting better and got another PB and it’s great to see Ian Hamling running well again to dip under 21 minutes.
Please see Helsby results below:
3rd Colin Bishop 17.23 (1st in age cat)
6th Colin Thompson 17.36 (1st in age cat)
24th Joanne Lacking 20.28 (1st in age cat)
25th Ian Hamling 20.45
46th Rachael Holden 23.19 (New PB!)
If you would like to get involved in one of these excellent races they are staged on the first Saturday of each month at 10am.
Please find below all Helsby results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to Ryan Cash for a new PB and well done to everyone else for taking part.
13 Neil HUGHES 00:21:17
36 Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:01
96 Ryan CASH 00:26:08 (New PB!)
12 James HIGGINS 00:20:43
30 David FEAKES 00:23:19
57 Derek GALLAGHER 00:25:16
68 Rachel ARNOLD 00:25:38
100 Lesley FEAKES 00:27:20
That’s all this week. Thanks for reading and if I have missed any results or reports please let me know.