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:

Reminders

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

…. AND LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST!!
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?

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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.
CBH.

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

http://tinyurl.com/hrdaxqm

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

Parkrun

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!
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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!
Colin

 

 

 

 

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