Helsby RC News for week ending 24/07/16

Welcome to the weekly round up, starting with a reminder of what’s coming up over the next week:

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – The Green Green Grass of Home – a great little fell race of 5 miles and 1500ft of climb which has been well attended by Helsby in the past – 7.30 pm £4.00 on day only. Allow 15mins to get to start – Venue: Golden Lion Inn, Llangynhafal, near Denbigh (GR 129633).

“Saturday 30th July 2016 – North Wales Half Marathon – Our next club road counter. I did this a few years ago before word got out about what a good race it is. It’s a bit hilly and has ‘a bit’ of off road too! If the weather’s good you’ll get a great view of the castle before you drop back into Conwy for the home run. Hopefully anybody wanting to do it will have already entered as, looking at their website, it may now be full.

Saturday 30th July 2016, 2pm –Push up the Pincyn Another cracking fell race that is also a good family day out. The race is integrated into the annual village show at Clawddnewydd, Denbighshire.  It’s  6.2miles with 1300ft of climb  but quite a good introduction to fell running. Be prepared to climb over the bale of hay on the way out and then again on the home run!

Sunday 31st July 2016 , 10am – Helena Tipping Wrexham 10K 10:00 The Clubhouse, Wrexham Industrial The Clubhouse, Wrexham Industrial Estate, LL13 9RG

Sunday 31st July 2016 – Arenig Fawr Fell Race – One I haven’t done yet but looks a toughie – AM 13km/1000m 8miles/3300ft PM/LK/NS/ER, Details: 1.00 pm £4.00 on day only, Venue: Parking and registration near Arenig quarry (GR SH 830392).

Hopefully we’ll have some reports from the above races for the blog next week. Remember to send any contributions to: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com


Mystery 5k

It was great to hear from Tom De Jong again who has submitted a race report from the Mystery 5k on Tuesday last week:

“Tuesday saw the mystery 5k event, Colin Thompson and myself took part in this monthly event and it is a reasonably fast course. There was a really strong field and Colin Thompson ran a superb time getting into the top 10 of a high standard race. I ran myself as I’m trying to get my 5k times down which seems to be working, it’s a great race if anyone is interested doing the next 1. here are the results.

7th Colin Thompson 17.17
80th Tom De Jong 22.25


Holme Moss Fell Race

Holme Moss FR was on Sunday. Still awaiting the results but thanks to Ben Fletcher for sending in the report:

“Me, Jim and Phil decided to tackle the Holme Moss fell race, now there is some confusion over what the distance is of this race, the website says 15.9m but people who have ran it before say 18m, well it was 18m.

The start of the race is at Cartworth Moor Cricket Club which is the 2nd highest in the country. We were blessed with almost ideal running conditions both underfoot and climate wise, I say almost as it was a little humid. The forecast had predicted dark clouds and heavy rain from midday, the worst we got was light rain for all of 5 minutes, which was a welcome relief in the humid air.

The race started and after a short bit on a track we plunged down onto the lower slopes of the moors and bogs.

Holme Moss lays claims to be one of the best climbs on the fell scene. After descending Bareholme Moss and crossing the brook you’re ‘treated’ to a tough scramble up through rocks and bracken before the imposing Laddow Rocks come into view. Whilst standing at the foot of Laddow it looks almost impossible to ascend, especially when rock climbers are spotted roped up onto its rock face, after a short scramble we were up onto the top.

For many the race really starts once Laddow is climbed and the Pennine Way is reached, places and time can really be picked up whilst running up the slabs towards Black Hill.

The final climb up from Riding Wood is only short, but blimey it’s steep. Holding the undergrowth for leverage!!

The Cricket Club was a welcome sight after 18miles of tough running.”

The results should be published at: http://www.holmfirthharriers.com/club-events-a-results

Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run

Gaz O’Connor won the Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run over the weekend. Well done Gaz!  He did send in a race report but I censored 25% of it and that only left three words. Still- a valiant effort 😉 well done mate.

Snowdonia Trail Marathon

The marathon with a sting in the tail! Sunday saw the second hosting of this race which is now definitely on my list of favourite races. This year I again clocked well over 28 miles despite it being a prescribed route. Difference being I knew what to expect this year and ran it 28 minutes faster, finishing 75th from 414. Conditions were similar to last year – very wet and slippy but the wind and rain wasn’t quite as persistent. The route starts in Llanberis and takes in Rhydd du, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, and Pen y Pass before Snowdon and then taking you on a long fast descent back to Llanberis. The last few miles being the ‘sting’ for those expecting to find the finish at around 26 miles. Its a trail race that does seem to be popular with a lot of runners used to the road and quite a few people seemed to be struggling because of their choice of footwear. I know I’m not as fit as I was when I ran this race last year and therefore reckon my improvement on last year is simply down to shoes that I was comfy in (mudclaws) and 12 more months experience of mountain running.


We had 9 people out at various parkruns on Saturday. Consolidated club results can be viewed by following this link, but congratulations to Colin Thompson who finished first at Widnes in 18:02

Marshalling at The Lakes Skyrunning Event

Chris Baynham-Hughes queried whether this was appropriate for the blog. Well I think it is, so it’s in the blog. Cheers Chris.

“This weekend I was out on duty in my role for SkyRunningUK. This took the form of marking out ~ ¼ of the course (Ambleside up Fairfield, down to Grisdale tarn, up Dollywaggon Pike to Helvellyn then across Swirral edge to Catstycam and down to the dam wall) looking after competitors, registration, carrying a full sized video tripod up St Sundays Crag, marshalling on the top of Pinnacle ridge and finally getting to run out ~1/2 the course chatting to competitors so I can write up some sort of report. For those of you that have ever thought about marshalling at an event like this, I thoroughly recommend it. It was a terrifically rewarding experience to give back to the sport that we love and the competitors appreciation really shines through.

The event organiser had employed a team of 5 camera men including a drone pilot to capture some footage of the race. They have already put out a teaser which can be found at the link below. Let’s just say that the weather was a little different from when Max and Phil had a run at this last year (here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLbzEuO6eWY ) This year’s race: https://www.facebook.com/LakesSkyUltra/videos/1780773285469621/ “

I think that’s all the racing news for this week. Please do keep sending any reports in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. Even a couple of lines, and maybe a link to the results,  all helps to pull the blog together.

Club Constitution update

Just to finish, you may well have already received an separate email about this – after last Wednesday’s club run, the Club adopted a new constitution (and supported the HCSC bar takings) – see: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/constitution/ for the details.

Happy Running,


Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (11/7/16 to 17/7/16)

Hello Green Army

It’s warm out there at the minute, not ideal running weather unless you’re stood around at the side of a running track topping up your tan whilst coaching others eh Froddy!

Park Run – So I’ve only just started going to park run, and what a great event it is. I nearly sent in a report of my 4th place at Widnes this week, sure you all wanted to hear about that, but luckily for you lot there’s a few race reports come in so I will spare you all. Maybe another week. Don’t forget the more reports in this blog the better, please lets see some new races reports, they are great to read. Send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

We had runners out in the Wire, Widnes, Chester, & Delamere.

List of consolidated results below


Laura BH sent in a report for another of our Fell Counters

7 Felsby travelled to the Lakes on Sunday for the next fell counter in the Helsby Fell series, the Kentmere horseshoe. This was my first classic lakes fell race and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was glorious as over 300 competitors set off up a steep track before heading onto the fells. The 12 miles took in 1000m of climb and the tops of Ill Bell, Highstreet and Kentmere pike, where my cheering squad popped up with cow bells and high fives. It was then downhill with a pretty hairy finish down what I can only describe as a river bed! Was a bit concerned before the race as it was my first time on a pretty much unmarked course but I needn’t have worried as the visibility was good and I had plenty of people to follow! A great day out and definitely worth the trip.

Results for Helsby

21st Jim O’Hara 01:46:10

74th Ben Fletcher 02:02:24

83rd Philip Roberts 02:04:07

143rd Laura B-Hughes 02:15:26 (19th Female)

147th Tim Palmer 02:16:15

162nd Steve Riley 02:2-:54

177th Jim Jones 02:22:49

267th Sue Buck 03:12:46 (64th Female)


Over to Degs for another in depth race report he is now becoming famous for, must have taken a fair few hours to put this together, cheers Degs

A green army of 1 took on the Cheshire half marathon at Arley Hall. It’s was a decent event around the country lanes of northwich with stunning views of bushes either side of the road, although not all roads were closed so a few cars did pass but I didn’t see any probs. My race went in stages as follows


  1. Mile 1-5 felt like i was Mo Farah
  2. Miles 6-10 i felt like I was running in treacle
  3. Miles 10-13 felt like I was running up the down escalators.


All in all a good event but a bad race for me. Lesson learnt for me was you must get the long training runs in you can’t blag 13 miles.




Jackie was up to her usual antics at the weekend doing another tough challenge, when you going to do a nice easy 5k?

Lyke Wake Walk Challenge

Saturday 9th July 5:40am Sheepwash Car Park was my start time for the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk Challenge which covers the entire length of the North Yorkshire Moors, starting in Osmotherley and finishing 42 miles later on the north sea coast at Ravenscar. The start times from 5am were handicapped to try and get everyone finished by 5pm. This club organized race by the Quaker Running Club from Darlington is a gem with the most amazingly organized check points every half dozen miles or so along the route, each with very friendly support, deck chairs, and buffet food varying from rice pudding and peaches through to water melon and sausages, with tons of cake varieties all washed down with flat coke or tea!  After the Saunders the other weekend, wet and fog bound July Saturdays are the norm and today was no exception with heavy rain forecast from 10 till mid afternoon – and the timing was spot on! This together with a lot of rain the previous month and in particular the previous week guaranteed a bog fest!. The previous Saturday the local mountain rescue team were called out to rescue someone stuck in a bog! When I recced the 2nd half a few weeks previous I sunk in up to my thighs but fortunately managed to extract myself! On refection I reckon a marathons worth of the total distance was bog or mud all in generous proportions!

Anyway it was an amazing day, in the quiet early morning shift I was lucky enough to pal up with a guy called Howard for the first half and we egged each other on sharing stories (he was recovering from a brain tumor op earlier this year and was determined to run to recover) and he also led a few variations which were slightly longer but less hilly & muddy & therefore faster! As the rain set in and the boggiest part of the course started I pulled ahead but didn’t feel too bad leaving him as by now the race was getting populated as the faster runners came though. It’s a real tonic to do a handicapped race and have company all the way through the race (normally as the going gets tough towards the end it gets very lonely out there at the back of the field!).   Late afternoon the weather improved and the sea loomed in the distance which gave me the kick I needed to keep on running rather than walk. The last couple of miles I even managed to upt the pace when  I realised sub 10 hours was possible, straight into finish in the grounds of the Raven Hotel which we had managed to book into for the night for a good wash & dinner proudly wearing my mum’s Lyke Wake Walk badge!.

For those Ultra runners out there I can recommend this one, just over £20 to enter and the best organized friendly club race there is … after the Sandstone Trail Challenge of course! Next year’s race in Saturday 8th July.

1st male Ben Hamilton 6:06

1st female Shelli Gordon 6:58

70th Jackie Keasley 9:52

Out of 111 with 5 dnf.

Dearnford Lake Relay

This event gets more and more popular each year and entries sold out before race day, meaning we could only put 4 teams into it this year, we will definitely book something earlier next year as it didn’t disappoint yet again. It’s a long way to run a leg of 2 miles in part of a 3 leg race. After a somewhat difficult journey getting to the venue after a bike accident on roads close by, we all managed to get there just on time for the start, which seen our team that finished 4th the last 2 years, to actually grab 3rd spot overall. Colin Thompson, Colin Bishop and myself where over the moon. The ladies upstaged us though grabbing 2nd place overall, stop being so good!! The 2nd mens team came 11th overall, and the mixed team 22nd. A great night was had by all, only problem was we didn’t stop for a burger and a pint, due to the crash making it a bit difficult to get home. There’s always next year.

Full results


Dates for your diary

Not a lot going on this weekend, but a quick mention about Monday night training at Helsby High on the grass track. We had an excellent session just gone, we had the 5k time trial, thanks Helen, Joe & Mario’s normal track session, and Paul Frodsham speed session, which consisted of 16 x 400m sprints with 1 mins recovery, next week it will be 8 x 800m, come along and give them a go, all sessions cater for everyone, fast or slow ish.

We have provisional dates for the borders league races for next season, I will post them once they are all confirmed.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!


Weekly update 3 July to 10 July

Firstly a poster from Betty regarding the club clean up operation this weekend.



Helsby members were in action at Widnes, Ellesmere Port, Delamere, Birkenhead park and Widness. Full results are below.


Next up a couple of reports from Wednesdays Ladies 5K at Forest park, Warrington, the first from Debbie Read, the second from Tanya Downes.

This lovely little race, organised by Spectrum Striders is an ideal race for both experienced runners (course record: 16:59) and novices (last one home this year 41:15)

Starting and finishing on grass, the mainly flat course is a mixture of footpaths, woodland trails and pavements.
All runners get flowers at the finish and if you hang around at the prize giving there are 20 lucky dip prizes-usually running socks, to be won.

Forest Park ladies 5k

7 Helsby ladies and one spartan ran last wednesday at forest park 5k, hosted by spectum striders. Luckily the rain held off the 155 runners, although hot and humid it was good running weather. A multi terrain route took us through woodland paths with a tarmac middle section. Enjoyed by all, some good times gained and flowers at the end.
29th Debbie Read 23:19
38th Suzanne Fletcher 24:28
47th Leah Binns 25:14 ( helsby 2nd claim)
49th Tanya Downes 25:28
67th Jenny OHare 27:07
80th Emma Barnes 28:46
101st Donna Geer 30:36
105th Pamela Peake 31:09.


Thursday night saw a great turn out from Helsby for the 2nd Deestriders Multi Terrain Grand Prix with club captain Col Thompson again securing 2nd place overall. Well done, Col.

Tanya also sent in this report from the Surrey Badger Half Marathon on Sunday.

Surrey badger 1/2 marathon

One lone helsby runner set off for the hills of the south downes in surrey to participate in the surrey badger 1/2 marathon. A perfect day for running, slightly overcast but still warm. A very “undulating ” trail course with some wicked inclines and equally spectacular declines thrown in for good measure; beautiful views, supportive marshals and a vineyard start and finish. Knocked 19 minutes off my last visit there so very pleased with myself.
2:19, a lovely badger t-shirt and bottle of beer

If you fancy a race further a field, this, any many of the others in Dorking are well worth a weekend away for.
Tanya x

Carl Pratt ran the week long Tour of Merseyside, here’s his report.

Tour of Merseyside 2016 – 6 races in 7 days! 52 miles total. The aim was to beat last years time of 06h:10m:50s.

No detailed blog this year but here’s my summary….
Sunday – Race 1 – Southport half marathon.

New route this year with a section through the town. (last year was an out and back on a long boring B road so definitely an improvement).

Started off looking like it was going to be a sub 1:30 and a PB but got to 6 miles, hitting the prom and an almighty headwind hit taking away the dream of a PB.

2015 – 01h:33m:19s

2016 – 01h:33m:27s
8 seconds slower.

Monday – Race 2 – Thurstaston 6 mile multi terrain
Conditions much better than last year. Bit of a niggling blister on my toe but managed to forget about it and run a decent race. It starts on the beach, goes up hills and steps very similar to our summer route and ends on a flat trail for a couple of miles. Managed to keep up a nice pace up to the finish and gain a few seconds back from the total cumulative time.
2015 – 44m:08s
2016 – 43m:22s
46 seconds quicker

Tuesday – Race 3 – 10 mile Walton loop line cycle track
A very rare negative split race for me. First 5 miles were a struggle but managed to find something from somewhere for the last 5 miles. The results showed 10 places were made up in the 2nd half of the race from 49th to 39th place. Happy with that.
2015 – 01h:09m:33s
2016 – 01h:09m:54s
21 seconds slower

Thursday – Race 4 – 5 mile Otterspool (basically PLS 10k without going off the prom)
Tradition is fancy dress day on the Thursday . have taken it far too seriously in previous years and not done the fancy dress so got persuaded to join in this year. The spandex and 80s rock wig on the hottest race gives me the excuse for this one!
2015 – 34m:12s
2016 – 34m:52s
40 seconds slower

Friday – Race 5 – Stadt Moers XC
Legs decided to lock up on this one, maybe the laces were too tight. Didn’t enjoy this roller-coaster profile course this year but managed to hang in and avoid a total disaster.
2015 – 41m:44s
2016 – 42m:40s
56 seconds slower

Saturday – Race 6 – 12 mile costal – New Brighton to Hoylake and back
The final race left me 1min, 12 seconds behind last year with a time of 01:26:42 needed. I calculated that I could do this with 4m:25s/km on the Garmin. Not impossible but would require a very good race.

Up to 5 and a half miles it was paced perfectly, however the turnaround mile was on the beach which was very wet and sludgy. Managed to get off the beach still in contention with just over 5 miles to go but the extra weight in the soaked trainers took its toll and knocked me back to around 4m:50s/km so sadly no chance of the personal record.
38 seconds slower

Total Overall
2015 – 06h:10m:50s
2016 – 06h:12m:47s
1 minute 57 seconds slower

As always a really good event, already booked on for next year. The running is starting to feel good again after a frustrating Achilles injury. Sub 6 hour for 2017? Maybe!


Janet Robertson sent in a report from the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon,

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) 2016

In January, with six months preparation time ahead, agreeing to enter the SLMM to mark my 50th birthday seemed a brilliant idea. In June, preparation began. I managed a few slightly longer than usual runs, blew the cobwebs off my compass and altimeter, and looked (unsuccessfully) for my copy of the book “Mountain Navigation for Runners”.
On 2nd July, when after five hours ‘running’ we found ourselves battling against severe wind, lashing rain and resultant cold on the high mountain ridge at High Street, I wondered whether for next year’s birthday I might just go to the pub.


These events require more than fitness. Jackie Keasley and Rachel Arnold have a long history of completing mountain marathons, including a recent win at the Highlander. It is this experience that enables them to find a small wrinkle in a contour line 2 km away across featureless moorland. I was partnered with Rachel for the weekend while Jackie opted for a weekend walking her course with non-Helsby member Georgina who had been knocked back by injury, and another non-Helsby team Sheila with son Adam. Rachel’s navigational skills were masterful and she patiently herded me in the right direction, even during her own personal battle when she lost all feeling in her feet due to the cold.

As well as the issues of navigation and the effects of the cold, the serious nature of travelling over mountainous terrain was highlighted by two incidents which led to competitors having to be helicoptered off the final descent on day one. Happily, both were reported to be OK.

Spirits were high at the overnight campsite. One unique feature of the SLMM is that you can order beer to collect on your arrival! After a delicious evening meal of beanfeast and noodles, rated by Rachel as looking “disgusting”, we settled down for the night on bubble wrap (Rachel) and a bed made of balloons (me) in a miniscule tent.



Day two started with an epic wait in the toilet queue, to be met with an organiser who had the glamorous job of handing out rations of toilet paper. After that, a pleasant if tiring day followed, with nice weather, stunning views, and a flatter course.

Results: who cares, we got back in one piece and had an amazing time …
Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson (Carrock Fell). Total time 12:04:18. 51st. 1st VF.
Jackie Keasley & Georgina (Wansfell). Total time 09:54:05. 61st. 3rd VF.

The results from Wednesdays Summer Handicap.

By handicap position

Jamie Kong 1
Graham Ireland 2
Dave Wiggins 3
Dave Feakes 4
Andy Robinson 5
Tom de Jong 6
Phil Gillard 7
Ben Williams 8
Adam Gordon 9
Vanessa Griffiths 10
Tim Igoe 11
June Swift 12
Dave Goodier 13
Chris Igoe 14
Ste Wiggins 15
Phil Roberts 16
Laura BH 17
Charlie Roberts 18
Geoff Collins 19
Kate Mann 20
Nick Ryder 21
Helen Owens 22

and by finishing time

Adam Gordon  17 56
Phil Roberts  19 17
June Swift  20 25
Graham Ireland  20 35
Laura BH 21 27
Phil Gillard 22 2
Andy Robinson 22 4
Dave Feakes 22 25
Jamie Kong 22 49
Nick Ryder 22 52
Vanessa Griffiths 23 1
Tim Igoe 23 10
Dave Goodier 23 55
Ben Williams 24 16
Tom de Jong 24 18
Helen Owens 25 39
Dave Wiggins 25 42
Geoff Collins 25 50
Kate Mann 26 1
Ste Wiggins 26 7
Chris Igoe 27 36

Charlie Roberts 28 8

Lastly a quick picture from Friday nights BBQ, many thanks to all that attended and helped in the organisation.



Thanks for all the reports, please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

July & August Dates for your Diary!

Helsby Running Club – July & August Dates for your Diary

There’s a lot going on this next couple of months on the HRC running front. Here’s a reminder so you can hopefully come along and join in.

Firstly it’s our Annual Club Summer Handicap on Helsby Hill this evening. Meet at the club at 6:30pm.

Thursday 7th July – Deeside Off Road Grand Prix – Race 2 – our second counter in our Trail Mini Club Championships. A 4.5 mile off road race from Tata Sports & Social Club at Shotton CH5 1PY. To lift share meet at the club at 6:30pm.  Here’s the details and entry form:- https://gallery.mailchimp.com/44f7135cdac47fa6325506208/files/OffRoadEntryForm2016.pdf

Friday 8th July  – HRC Summer BBQ – 7:30pm start at the club – We are keeping the handicap and  BBQ separate in order to make this a summer social evening open to family, friends and their children and in doing so supporting the HCSC by promoting bar takings!  The club will provide the BBQ items but please bring along a salad or pudding/sweet to make the usual excellent spread. Please email Lesley letting her know you are coming and what you are bringing. davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com.

Wednesday 20th July  – HRC Extraordinary General Meeting – 8:30pm in the bar after our club run.  As mentioned at our recent AGM a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to produce a new club constitution that will allow us to apply for Community Associated Sports Club Status (CASC) which will benefit Helsby Running Club into the future. Here are links to the agenda, new draft constitution and our new club codes pf practice. The meeting won’t take long but we do need a quorum to get this through so please come along!  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/44f7135cdac47fa6325506208/files/2016_EGM_agenda.pdf https://gallery.mailchimp.com/44f7135cdac47fa6325506208/files/HelsbyRC_DRAFT_new_constitution_v6.pdf https://gallery.mailchimp.com/44f7135cdac47fa6325506208/files/Codes_of_Practise_2016.pdf

Saturday & Sunday 16 & 17th July  – Helsby Community Sports Club Force Weekend –The Rugby section are organising their annual RugbyForce weekend and will be tackling a number of projects which will benefit all sections. There are many small jobs that could be done with a little effort to help improve the club house and keep us chugging along until new build comes along.  i.e. refurbishing the club’s upstairs meeting room ahead of it being transformed into a gym, partitioning the bar alcove to create a new meeting room, carrying out a deep-clean and some general maintenance on the club kitchen, painting the snooker room and a longer stretch of the green railings outside the club (the first impressions as you enter the club!). All materials will be provided, but please bring tools along if you can.

Here’s a video link of what’s required:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=tUrzTNdCdlA&app=desktop

Message from Rugby section – In the spirit of working together as one club, that as per the last refurbishment exercise in 2014, we could count on all of the club’s sections to support this.  I’d therefore like to ask for each of the sections to publicise the event to their own members, but also having done so – to look at potential jobs that you’d like to undertake and feedback as to what you’ll take responsibility for.  This is a great opportunity to come together and remind ourselves about what we are really about…a Community Club.

As we use the kitchen area for our functions, it would be good to get involved with this as well as other general tasks. Please if you can help out even for just a few hours let me know -it would be great to get volunteers from our whole wide membership not just our regular volunteers!!  jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Inter Club Fell Championship – Last week’s Wobbler saw Helsby take the lead in this year’s inter club mini fell championship:-

Points Points No of Runners
grand total sub-total bonus men ladies
320 Helsby RC 260 60 27 13
227 Spectrum Striders RC 221 6 8 5
133 Delamere Spartans 133 0 5 2
82 Warrington RR 82 0 6 1

Full results on http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/club-champs/team-competitions/inter-club-fell-competition/race-1-robbie-websters-wobbler

There has been a mix up with Spectrum having put down Teggs Nose as the next Counter (we thought it was Shelf Moor). So there is an extra date for your diary.

Saturday 13th August – Teggs Nose – 2:30pm – BM 11.7K 525m – Organised by Macclesfield Harriers.   Note the final counter in this series is the Moel Fammau Mountain Race on Summer Bank Holiday Monday.

Cheers and see you very soon hopefully!

Jackie Keasley
Your Chair

Helsby weekly round-up 27th June to 3rd July 2016

Hi everyone

Lots of action again this week, before we start the news please just find some reminders below:


Wednesday 6th July  – HRC Annual Summer Handicap – meet at the club at 6:30pm for a warm up jog up through the quarry to the top car park followed by 2 loops of Helsby Hill. Phil is organising this and if you have not already let him know, please email your latest 10K or 5K times in advance phil.gillard1@btinternet.com.

Friday 8th July  – HRC Summer BBQ – 7:30pm start at the club – We are keeping the handicap and the BBQ separate in order to make this a summer social evening open to family, friends and their children and in doing so supporting the HCSC by promoting bar takings!  The club will provide the BBQ items but please bring along a salad or pudding/sweet to make the usual excellent spread. Please email Lesley letting her know whose coming and what you are bringing. davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Wednesday 20th July  – HRC Extraordinary General Meeting – 8:30pm in the bar after our club run.  As mentioned at our recent AGM a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to produce a new club constitution that will allow us to apply for Community Associated Sports Club Status (CASC) which will benefit HRC in the future. The paperwork and explanation for this will be sent out this week. It won’t take long!


The first of 2 SwimRun reports sent in by CBH, thanks very much Chris. First up is the Llanberis SwimRun…

LLanberis SwimRun

Last Saturday was a first for me as I took on a relatively new emerging sport: SwimRun. The races consist of multiple swims and multiple runs. The runs are completed in a wetsuit which often have been modified as this is a new-ish sport and manufacturers are still catching up. There are similarities here with mountain marathons in that spending hours modifying your kit to shave a few grams off or improve performance is part of the fun for me – I won’t lie, I winced as I cut the lower legs from my swimming wetsuit, but it turned out far easier than I expected and it’s given me a new sport to spend hours over the kit; it’s sad, but hey, I never claimed to be interesting.

The daddy of all SwimRun races is ÖTILLÖ; a drunken bet that led to a couple of guys swimming and running across the Stockholm archipelago. Swim to the island, run across it, swim to the next one, etc. A race I hope to take on next year and the winners take ~9.5 hours. The sport is usually undertaken in pairs, but I spotted this one and I could go solo. I’m a “swammer” as I had spent my life up to the age of 13 pickled in Chlorine 9 times per week and galas on the weekend. In the end I lost the love for it and if I’ve been in the pool more than ten times since then to swim lengths then I’d be surprised. I got back into swimming over the winter and then haven’t really done much since easter, but what the heck I thought, I can run a bit so I fancied a good go

The event took place with all the swims in Llyn Padarn  and the figure of eight route took us around the other lake that you’re not allowed to swim in and up into the slate quarry. It was billed as 4 runs and 4 swims, but in reality it was 3 long swims and a short swim matched with 1 long run, 1 short run and 2 superfluous runs – definitely one for the dolphins rather than the whippets.
  • 300m run, 1.2k swim
  • 8.3k run, 1.2k swim
  • 2.6k run, 1.8k swim
  • 50m run, 200m swim
I was first in the water and 5th out (by as reasonable distance), 2nd in the water, 4th out, 3rd in the water, 5th out. Running in the wetsuit was far nicer than I expected, although you do look like a bit of a mentalist running down the road into Llanberis in a bright orange swimcap, goggles, wetsuit with a blow up tow float strapped to your back!
It was gutting to get passed in the swim and the bias of the course (each one will have its bias) such that you can’t pull it back. I guess that is what happens when you don’t do something for over a ¼ of a century! Brilliant fun and certainly something a bit different, plus I learnt loads. My next one is on Saturday in the Lake district which on paper looks skewed more towards the runner – 38k run and 6k swim. This time I’ll be in a pair though with my mate Tin from Chester Tri – I think we’ll do more laughing than racing! at this.
The event took place with all the swims in Llyn Padarn  and the figure of eight route took us around the other lake that you’re not allowed to swim in and up into the slate quarry. It was billed as 4 runs and 4 swims, but in reality it was 3 long swims and a short swim matched with 1 long run, 1 short run and 2 superfluous runs – definitely one for the dolphins rather than the whippets.
  • 300m run, 1.2k swim
  • 8.3k run, 1.2k swim
  • 2.6k run, 1.8k swim
  • 50m run, 200m swim
I was first in the water and 5th out (by as reasonable distance), 2nd in the water, 4th out, 3rd in the water, 5th out. Running in the wetsuit was far nicer than I expected, although you do look like a bit of a mentalist running down the road into Llanberis in a bright orange swimcap, goggles, wetsuit with a blow up tow float strapped to your back!
It was gutting to get passed in the swim and the bias of the course (each one will have its bias) such that you can’t pull it back. I guess that is what happens when you don’t do something for over a ¼ of a century! Brilliant fun and certainly something a bit different, plus I learnt loads. My next one is on Saturday in the Lake district which on paper looks skewed more towards the runner – 38k run and 6k swim. This time I’ll be in a pair though with my mate Tin from Chester Tri – I think we’ll do more laughing than racing!

Breca Buttermere SwimRun

Second weekend on the trot I’m out for a SwimRun and boy was it an improvement! With 17 legs combining to make 38km of running and 6km of swimming this made for a far better mix. The swim legs were no more than 1km and many of the runs were relatively short too, so the frequency of transition made it far more fun. Swims were in Buttermere and Cummock Water, the runs went further north West and also provided a trip down memory lane as we passed the final three summits of the Bob Graham round (thankfully only visiting the Dale Head top).
This week I was paired up with my long time endurance event co –conspirator Tin. Entered into the race with first names ‘Onoda’ as team ‘No Goubunku’ (long story) we were approaching this as a fun day out and an opportunity to catch up. A shambolic start and narrow track meant we walked down to the first swim with the leaders a third to half way across before we’d even made the shore. That said, we weren’t in the slightest bit bothered as we set out across Buttermere.
For the swims we tethered together using a bungee cord with karabiner clips; as we approached the water, Tin would attach to my belt and off we’d go. Naturally it would have been a good idea to have tried this out before hand and to have got the chord distance correct, alas that would have been far too sensible so we found it was way too long on the first swim. Following a reasonably technical trail to link us to the second swim we had two key incidents: firstly Tin had shortened the cord and was now tapping my feet with his hand paddles (really annoying) and secondly we came across a rock which once I’d passed it I set off only to pull poor Tin over it on his backside. Whilst fantastically amusing at the time this pulled the cord so tight we couldn’t adjust it to the right length.
The third run leg had a great bit of climb in and we just cracked on at a steady but reasonably stiff pace. We never pushed ourselves into the red, but didn’t slack off either and as a result we moved up into a bit of space. The briefing had stated there was a marker every 200m… there wasn’t and we lost time in a few places, but although reasonably oblivious, we’d clearly been holding our own in the swims and doing well in the runs; so much so that when I enquired whether we were in the top 20 or 30 and the response came back “seventh” we were astonished. I replied, “Maybe we should start getting competitive Tin?”, Tin replied to the marshal: “That is literally the worst thing you could have said to him!” … how dare he… me, competitive? Never! J
To be honest though, we didn’t push much harder, but we certainly didn’t slack off and a couple of swims and runs later we were on our way up to the linking path between Dale Head and Robinson. As we hit it and headed directly towards Dale Head we’d already moved into 5th place; hovering up those with less experience of running the fells. At the Dale Head summit we were comfortably in 4th having run at a good 30 degree lean into the 30mph side wind across the ridge. The descent only served to give us more breathing room and we eventually finished in that position thoroughly pleased with an outstanding day out.
Running in a wetsuit might be rather odd, but the whole SwimRun concept has totally grabbed me. The endurance style events I take part in are a big sacrifice for the family. As I get older (and slower) I’m finding it is becoming more about sharing this experience with somebody else and not just for 10 miles or so, but for the whole event. It’s part of the reason I love Mountain Marathons and it totally works in this context. Better still it appears that this is a sport I can be genuinely competitive at again. My final SwimRun for the year is at the beginning of August and I can’t wait (http://tinyurl.com/z88knrb – cheesy trailer here) . It’s certainly something I’ll be doing a lot more of in 2017.
Quick video link for the swimrun from last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbAzJav3Wgk&feature=youtu.be I’m number 19 at the start and first swimmer off.
Couple of pictures. Maybe a new fell outfit form me in the swimming cap?




Robbie Webster’s Wobbler

Another message from CBH regarding the very successful Robbie Webster Wobbler memorial race last Wednesday:

Not sure if you’ll get any competitor reports so thought I best add something in. My overall report has been written, but waiting for the press before releasing it ourselves. Suffice to say it was a very successful evening and I would like to thank everybody that helped or offered to. We had a huge increase in runners again and, for the first time, no injuries – pretty impressive given the conditions. The race is made by the marshals and the cake bakers though so thank you one and all. We made over £100 in donations for cakes and we’re going to be making a donation from the proceeds of the race too.
In summary: it was muddy, there were lots of smiling faces, fantastic feedback on Twitter and Facebook, 20 different running clubs represented, everybody got back safe and sound.
Thanks Everyone.

Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race

thumbnail_alwenGaz O’Connor has sent in a report for the Fairly Freckled Cow Trail Race. Those who follow Gaz on Strava will have seen the amount of miles he puts in each week, 70+! It’s certainly paying off in his race times, well done mate. Over to Gaz….

This trail race, organized by Denbigh Harriers is 11km (6.7 miles) around the Alwen Reservoir. Mainly pathways with one big incline in the middle but otherwise reasonably flat and nothing too tricky underfoot . Myself, Phil Gillard , Ste Wiggins and David Wiggins were the 4 Helsby runners toeing the start line.

I finished 9th overall in 46:14. Phil was 32nd in 51:57, Ste was 76th in 59:45 and David was 83rd in 61:17. I also picked up a 3rd place North Wales Trail Championships medal in the M40 category.

Full results are below


All in all a great race, well marshalled, signposted in beautiful surroundings.Recommended.

Halewood 5k

5 Green vests lined up for the monthly Halewood 5k on Saturday. An excellent race was had by all, a few age category podiums and the men’s team attained first team on the day! Great result chaps!

Helsby results below:

2nd  Colin Thompson  17.23 (1st in age cat)
7th  Chris Fitzpatrick  18.02 (2nd in age cat)
14th  Gaz O’Connor  19.03 (2nd in age cat)
21st  Davyd Mitchell  20.42 (3rd in age cat)
26th  Tom DeJong  24.06

Full results here – http://tinyurl.com/jg6sgr3


Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun times for Helsby. on Saturday. Well done to Bish for another win at Widnes (how many is that now?!) and Neil for a 2nd place at Ellesmere port. One of our new member Phil Tomkinson managed to achieve a big PB at Warrington and a 5th place finish, one to watch in future for sure! Well done everyone else who took part and flying the flag for Helsby.
And last but no means least it’s another huge congratulations to Colin Bishop. Winning parkrun wasn’t enough for him on Saturday so he decided to travel to Radcliffe on Sunday for the NMAC 5k multi terrain and win that too! Inspiring stuff, well done Col!
That’s all this week. Thanks for all the reports, remember if you do a race and want a report included in the round-up please fire it over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.
Happy running!