A busy weekend of racing for the Green Army with 3 road races and a fell to report. Thank you for all the reports sent to the inbox, please keep them coming each week, they should be sent to the usual email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before we get started just a few word regarding Wednesday training:
It’s our first Wednesday hill run of the year and it will be in a similar format to the road with 4 different groups to cater for all abilities.
Traditional hill run muster:
- Middle walk (top of first steep off road section, Helsby hill)
- Middle walk (top of steep road section, Frodsham hill)
- Top of Sandstone steps.
- Bench after Frodsham Golf course with views across to Helsby.
- Bench at top of Snidley Moor.
- Bottom of steep hill at Sandy Lane junction.
- Commonside at Sandstone trail junction.
- Cross roads end of Commonside (option to run straight back to club via The Rock).
- Trig point Helsby Hill.
Groups as winter runs:
A: sub 43 min 10kers
B: sub 53 min 10kers
C: 53 min+ 10kers
Beginners: not regularly running 10k (hill route will be cut short appropriate to group)
Please muster within your group and run back to the tail runner at each muster point.
You are welcome to push yourself and run up a group but you must inform the group leader if you start to get dropped and either run on at your own pace or fall back to the next group. The idea is that each group should not be too spread out, but we don’t want to lose anyone on the hill!!
We need some volunteers to lead each group on Wednesday, if you can help please get in touch.
Now on to the news…
Fron Four Fell Race
It’s great to see Jim Jones back competing after being out with injury for a while, he was our sole Helsby representative at the Fron Four fell race but he certainly made it count by stealing 3rd V50! Well done Jim!
Jim has sent in this brief race report…
I was one of only about 20 runners who ran the Fron Four fell race near Caernarfon on Saturday 2nd April, the weather possibly deterring a few people. I knew it was going to be a tough one, having done it last year with the sun shine. This year there were some strong winds and a heavy rainfall resulted in any pathways turning into streams. The wind didn’t even keep the cloud away, and I found myself having to run on a compass bearing a couple of times. The race is listed as 7.1 miles with 2350ft of climb but this obviously depends on your route choice – I’ve actually done well over 8 miles each time. I picked up a prize for 3rd vet 50.
Results should appear at http://www.wfra.me.uk
Myself, Ivan and Dave Madders returned to Halewood for the monthly 5k event. Ivan had a great run in preparation for his half marathon the next day….more on that later.
Please find the Helsby results below:
9th Colin Thompson 17:39
24th Ivan Davies 19:02
43rd Dave Madders 22:06
A few people have asked about this race, please find a link below to the website showing all the details. Remember this is a free event on a super fast course, it would be nice to see a few more club members there each month.
Darwen Heritage Half Marathon
3 of our green troops ventured to Darwen for the Heritage half marathon on Sunday. By all accounts it wasn’t exactly easy with over 1200 ft of climb! Well done to Jackie, Ian and Neil for flying the Helsby flag, Ian has also sent in this excellent report…
Has the argument for supporting running races put on by runners for runners ever have been made so compelling? Darwen Dashers should be rightly proud of this ‘new’ race; the organisation was flawless and thanks to our very own Paul Foster for advertising it in the first place!
£17 – a half marathon in the fantastic and stunning Lancs countryside, medal, beer and tech t-shirt! Even the spring sunshine came out right on cue!
From over 400 runners, there were three green vests on display – myself, Neil and our very own Commander in Chief Jackie.
The race is described as “similar to the old ‘Roller Coaster’ route, but with a new venue and slight alterations…on scenic undulating roads south of Darwen Lancs.” Well rollercoaster is an excellent description as there are so very few actually flat sections:
The support from the local area was amazing, outside the obvious ‘big-commercial’ events I have never experienced anything like it; even in some of the most rural areas, there was plenty of cow-bells and encouragement from the road-side; and I’ll be honest it was not only appreciated but much needed – this was a tough run!
Neil as we know goes from strength to strength and finished in 13th position overall and was 2nd in MV40 Cat; absolutely brilliant run to complete this challenging course in a staggering 1’25:56. Although as is the way these days, I couldn’t get near him; I was made up with my run of 1’29:48 which was effective for 29th overall and 7th in MV40 cat. Both Neil and I ensured we had the ear of the Race Director at the end with the microphone to ensure Jackie got a big Green Army welcome – beaming smiles and waving Jackie crossed the tape at 2’09:50 and 4th in her category!
1st Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers) Snr Men 01:12:40 (next in was 1’19 wow!)
13th Neil Finegan M40 (2nd from 57 in cat) 01:25:56
29th Ian Rutherford M40 (7th from 57 in cat) 01:29:48
298th Jackie Keasley F55 (4th from 7 in cat) 02:09:50
Assuming the Dashers put this on next year we could do an awful lot worse as a club than promoting this race hard! I also have deliberately not mentioned Darwen Dashers naked charity calendar (doh!), thankfully Jamie Dowdall was away when they shot it!
Good photos of Neil & Ian on these links
Wilmslow Half Marathon
Another half marathon on Sunday saw 4 Helsby vests toeing the line at the Wilmslow half. It was almost 5 runners but luckily Ivan found out he hadn’t actually entered the race after opening his race pack in the morning and found a different race entry altogether and promptly returned to bed! I shall pass you over to Jim Gray who has sent in another fab report…
Wilmslow Half Marathon was brilliant to take part in this year – the event was well organised, the crowd support along the way was great and the sun was shining. So much so that a concerned spectator shouted that she hoped I was wearing sun cream!..
The route reaches out from Wilmslow into the Cheshire countryside taking runners (almost 4000 on sunday) on a wide loop around Mobberley and back. The course undulates and there’s a good mix of gentle downhills and flat stretches however you start noticeably climbing again from about 7 miles steadily all the way back to the finish. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding the last 3 miles particularly challenging and you really have to dig deep to push on to the end, definitely is all part of the fun.
Well done to Ste Roach who trimmed a massive six minutes off his recent liverpool time to run 1:40.23.
Four Helsby runners in action:
Ste Roach: 1:40.23
Me (Jim) 1:42:39
Mike Williams: 1:46:41
Paul Roberts: 2:12:47
Full results here: http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php
All the consolidated Helsby results from last Saturdays parkruns can be found below. Well done all who took part, especially Colin Bishop and Joanne Lacking who both won silver at Widnes and another PB for the ever improving Davyd Mitchell at Delamere. Nice one!
Geoff Collins has sent the following request:
London Marathon race report, surely not yet, is this an April fools day joke? No it isn’t yet but it will be in three weeks time!
I have a request, I’m running this year’s London Marathon for the charity Save the Children. I did say I would never do this again for charity, but somehow after a glass of wine or two I changed my mind!
Most people at Helsby might not know I‘m doing this for charity and might like to sponsor me. I would be very grateful if anyone could sponsor me for this good cause. You can do this via; virginmoneygiving.com/GeoffCollins or www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Collins2 I’m also writing a blog about my preparations for this on Word Press under Geofftherunner.
Thats’ all this week. Thanks again for all the great reports. Please let me know if I have missed anything.