A diverse mix of events last week and weekend saw the Green Army undertake races ranging from parkruns, 10ks and fell races to epic 50/100 mile ultras. A huge congratulations to Graham Ireland and our second claim runner Chris Collins for tackling the 50 and 100 mile Lakeland ultra events respectively. More on that to follow with a fantastic report by our Graham.
Also, numbers seem to be on the up for our Monday night track sessions. Paul Frodsham (AKA The Frodfather) has been coaching a group with a bit more intensity added in to spice things up and it’s going very well. Paul’s session runs alongside Joe and Mario’s fantastic track session so there is something there for everyone, please come down and join us on Monday evenings at the high school, with the Borders League looming it’s a great time to add some speedwork to your training.
Before we get to the news please find a few reminders below for some up and coming events this week which may be of interest:
- Ponderosa fell race BS 6.4km/289m 4miles/950ft
Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm, £5
Ponderosa café, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen (GR 193481)
- Deestriders Multi-terrain GP #3 (4th in mini trail series)
Thursday 4th August, 7.30pm, £5
Start and Finish at Tata (formerly Corus)
Sports and Social Club
Rowleys Drive, Shotton
0.75m from Asda Store at Queensferry Traffic Lights heading towards Flint
- Halewood 5k
Saturday 6th August, 10am, free!
The Environment Centre, Okell Drive
Halewood, Merseyside L26 7XB
Green Green Grass Fell Race
Report by Laura B-H
“Green Green Grass fell race is a popular local race in the Clwydian hills. Not one of our counters this year, but 8 green vests still made the trip on a lovely Wednesday evening to represent Felsby. Some great running from the lads and ladies. Congratulations to Janet for winning the FV50 prize and having the biggest smile at the end of the race!”
Results for Helsby
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North Wales Half Marathon
Our 9th road counter of the season (how time flies!) saw 10 green vests toeing the line in Conwy. Some excellent results on what I’m told was a tough course (beach and stiles in a road race, really??) and some Helsby runners were in the prizes too. Well done everyone! Jenny has sent in this excellent report, thanks Jen!
Report by Jenny O’Hare
“Ten of the Green Army turned out for this road counter on Saturday and results for Helsby can be viewed on this link below (thank you Ian Rutherford). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=822141024588169&set=p.822141024588169&type=3&theater
Some notable results include Laura B-H who not only came first in her age category but also was second lady overall! For the men, Adam Gordon and Neil Finegan finished an incredible 9th and 10th respectively and every one of us survived to run another day – definitely worth mentioning!
As a race, this half definitely had something for everyone… sand, sea air, fast flat road, undulating hills, really steep hills, off-road tracks and trails, steep down-hills (track and road), incredible fell-style terrain and beautiful views combined with a local village atmosphere and lots of local support.
The first and last mile were across the (energy-sapping but beautiful) beach followed by four miles of fast tarmac along the promenade towards Penmaenmawr village. The climb begins from mile 5 and follows the Old Conway road up to the Mountain View pub. With a total climb of 312 Metres this race is not the easiest half marathon but it is stunning – and memorable. Travelling back down Conway Mountain from mile 9 was very tricky as it was hard not to be distracted by the incredible views but it was more fell/trail than road at this point and concentration was vital. The last few miles bring you back down towards the beach and are a good opportunity to pick up the pace again (if your legs are not destroyed) on good old solid tarmac. Then you only have one last mile of sand to deal with…
My own personal highlights include seeing Joe and Mario at the top of the Sychnant Pass (I nearly cried), and the views…Did I mention the views?? This is a fab race if you like a challenge, or if, like me you are just not sure whether you prefer, road, trail, fell, town, coast or country, this race has everything. I absolutely loved it!”
Excellent results everyone. Congratulations to Laura and Adam for bagging the maximum points in the road counter series, great running on a tough course!
9th Adam Gordon 01:28:51
10th Neil Finegan 01:30:18
26th Ian Rutherford 01:40:13
29th Phil Tomkinson 01:42:24
45th Laura Baynham-Hughes 01:45:14 (2nd lady overall!)
106th David Feakes 01:56:51
150th Paul Roberts 02:01:40
1720nd Lesley Feaks 02:05:18
238th Jennifer O’Hare 02:14:50
294th Tanya Downes 02:25:54
Full results here:
Lakeland 50 (50 miles, 9,500ft climbing), Dalemain to Coniston
Report by Graham Ireland
“Leaving myself plenty of time, I set off on Friday towards Coniston to see the start of the 100 mile race, (a clockwise loop starting and finishing in Coniston), watch the token rendition of Nessun Dorma, and smugly sit back knowing I’d taken the “easy” 50 mile option. That and waving off our very own Chris Collins, who hadn’t taken the easy option! Friday M6 traffic however had other plans for me, and missing all the above I managed to get there at exactly the right time to register with everyone else who’d signed up, complete with children, grandparents, dogs and what seemed like the entire population of the Lake District!
At the compulsory briefing the next morning I looked round to size up the competition, and to my great delight I was sat next to a guy who’d been weighed in at 120kg, (compulsory weigh in at registration), and looked like he’d never ran a day in his life… At least I wasn’t going to be last, but fair play to him all the same! Brushing off the panther sighting a few days before as just the crazy ramblings of a man from St Helens, (organisers words, not mine), and the jokes about the 100 mile competitors all working in IT, (sorry Chris), we all headed off to Dalemain for the start.
Gun went off at 11:30 and we started on the 4 mile loop of the estate before heading out onto the course proper. Leaving the woman with a Husky harnessed to her chest for dust, (surely there should be a rule against that… Although she did look Russian!), I blitzed the first 10 miles. Out of the first CP and up to the highest point on the course and my day started to go downhill, literally and figuratively. Pretty sure the Husky woman had poisoned the jelly babies at the first CP the night before! After what seemed like forever I made it down to Haweswater and round to CP2 at Mardale Head where I was met by the friendly faces of the Delamere Spartans. Big thanks to them for sorting me out and sending me on my way, topped up on soup and a questionable selection of sandwiches, (I’m a ham and cheese man myself), I limped my way off round the rest of the course.
The biggest test of will came not with any climbing or running, but at CP5 Chapel Stile, (or CP13 for the 100 milers), where we were met with a fire pit and sofas…. Is it me or is that just cruel? I managed to drag myself away… just, head torch on, for the final 10 mile push. Things got distinctly wet thereafter under foot, with blisters and pain management the name of the game.
By the time I hit the last CP I was feeling terrible, but with just 3.5 miles and 1000ft of climbing to go I was nearly there. Massive thanks again to the marshal who sorted me out with with a cup of tea and told me to man up and get on with it, both of which I needed. I set off up the Tilberthwaite steps and started to feel human again, (still not sure what he put in that tea!), and bombed it down the other side into Coniston and the finish in 13 hours 17 minutes and 260th overall, over 1 hr 30 mins better than 2014.
Tough race, but great atmosphere, very well organised, and fantastic marshals. Would recommend to anyone looking for that sort of distance.
Final note and massive kudos to Chris Collins who arrived in Coniston less than 1 minute before me after completing the full 100 mile course, and with an amazing overall placing. I’m sure he’ll have his own stories to tell, but hats off sir, a truly amazing achievement.”
Congratulations Graham and Chris, amazing achievement guys!
Helena Tipping 10k
Also on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k which saw 3 Helsby vests pounding the roads of Wrexham Industrial Estate. The first 5k is pretty much downhill but you then need to claw back the lost elevation for the second half and if judged correctly can be a very fast course. Carol Shaw had an excellent race to win her age group and Gaz was very close to his PB, just missing out by a few seconds. I managed to achieve one of my fastest 10k times of the year so was very happy with the result. Well done everyone, a great day was had by all and thank you to Louise Spruce for her support and taking the photographs. Also a quick mention to RD Michael Harrington (cute fruits) for the flawless organisation and quick publishing of the results, I’d recommend any of his races as his team always delivers a fantastic event on the day.
Helsby results below:
12th Colin Thompson 35.34
45th Gaz O’Connor 39.04
122nd Carol Shaw 46.34 (1st in age cat)
Full results can be found here http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/helenatipping10k
An excellent weekend of parkruns saw Jenny Illidge storm around to take 1st lady at Chester parkrun and Widnes saw a podium finish for Fitzy who grabbed a brilliant 2nd place overall. Well done both and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkrun, please find the consolidated results for Helsby below:
That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any races or results. All future race reports to the same email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.