Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th February 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up, starting with  couple of dates for your diaries.

Sunday 05/03/17 11am Start – Manley Mere Borders League

First of all a message and reminder from Chris Patrick that we are hosting the next fixture of the Borders League:

“Borders league comes home this weekend, yes it’s our turn to host it. By now, all marshalls should know their positions, and what times they need to be there for. Any problems please let me know. Marshalls vests can be picked up from the club, there are some behind the reception desk.

Also, for anyone not volunteering, we need you to race, the more the merrier. It would be great to see a load of us there, remember, it’s not just the counters that count, even if you finish outside of them, you are stopping the other clubs finishing higher up the places, so it really does help. I’m hoping for good weather, and remember to get into Manley Mere you need 2 x £1 coins for the gate.

See you all on Sunday

Fitzy”

I think we may also still be looking for a couple of people to help supervise the parking for an hour before the race. So if you can help please give Fitzy a shout.

Other Races this coming weekend that may be of interest:

Saturday 04/03/17 – 10am – Halewood 5k www.knowsleyharriers.com/alder-hey-5k/

Sunday 06/03/17 – 11am – Cloud Nine (BM) fell race www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/clud9.htm

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Also, don’t forget the Helsby RC Presentation Evening on Friday 10/03/17 at 7.30pm – you should have already received a separtate  email about it . Please remember to let David or Lesley know by  8th March if you’ll be attending so they have an idea of how many to cater for.

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Racing News

Stockport Trail Half Marathon 26/02/17

A big congratulations to Jane Ashbrook for her podium position at the Stockport Half Marathon on Sunday, and thanks for the following report Jane:

“I ran the Stockport Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. A well organised event from a pub in Marple. The route went along the Middlewood Way and back along the canal. On the advice of my professional running husband (who did the race last year) I wore road shoes, which after a week of torrential rain turned out not to be the best idea! I was sliding about like Colin Bishop and nearly fell in the canal a few times! Despite that I had a good run and was surprised to find out I finished 3rd lady in 1:36ish! Fairly reasonably priced for a half and lovely home made flap jacks and decent medal at the end made it worth the 45minute drive and a race I will definitely do again, particularly because part of my prize is a free entry to next years race!!”

Parkrun

Helsby RC had 17 athletes participating in 5 parkruns across the area on Saturday. There are a few notable performances in the consolidated results below. Neil Finnegan was first home at the Ellesmere Port parkrun in a time of 18:52,  and Debbie Read was 2nd lady with a PB. Over at the Phoenix parkrun Carl Pratt and Michael Williams also  achieved PBs while Suzanne Fletcher also ran Phoenix ,for the first time and finished 2nd lady.  Well done everyone, our club consolidated results are HERE.

Message from our Chair

A brief message from Jackie Keasley regarding recent committee role changes:

“Tim Palmer has taken some of the work load off our Treasurer Jo Farwell and is our new Membership Secretary.

Donna Geer & Jen O Hare are our new club kit co-ordinators looking after our supply of club vests, club training tops, hoodies and buffs etc.

Thanks to all and welcome to your new roles.

Cheers

Jackie”

And with TimPalmer keeping us updated, in his additional role as membership secretary, as new members join us, we’d like to welcome Dave Smith to the Green Army. Hoping to see you burning off some green energy soon Dave.

I think that’s it for this week.

Thanks, Jim.

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th Feb 2017

Hello Green Army

Busy week for a lot of us, a few plugs before we get onto the race reports.

The forthcoming Borders League Race on Sunday 5th March is nearly here, although we have most positions now filled, it would still be great to have another 1 or 2 marshalls or people down there cheering us on or out on the course, and if you fancy running it remember the more the merrier, would be great to get good numbers out. I might be bias but it’s going to be a great day.

Don’t forget it’s the Helsby beer festival on 4-5th March, and it’s only a fiver to get in. If you are going on the Saturday night then make sure you can still run the next day though

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A message from Jackie

The next night out will now coincide with the annual road, fell, trail, cross country & club championship presentation evening on Friday 10th March starting 7.30 down at the club. Our annual awards, buffet evening and disco with Chris spinning the discs to celebrate. Your first drink is free on the club!!!

Lesley will be in touch soon organising our bring your own buffet which always works well. Anyone with a perpetual trophy please can you bring them down the next couple of Weds (please give to Joe or Mario).

Thanks

Jackie

Right over to a few race reports starting with Phil Tomkinson’s who was out running at the Village Bakery Half.

The first road counter of 2017 was the Village Bakery Half Marathon, which took place in Wrexham on Sunday morning. I hadn’t done the race before but in the weeks leading up to it I’d heard a lot about its fantastic PB potential, a reputation that is well deserved as it’s certainly a very flat and fast course. This led to some great performances as several members the Green Army turned PB potential into PB reality. Two that really stood out were Adam Gordon and Richard Hankins, who both managed to knock about 4 minutes off their previous bests, finishing in 1:22:43 and 1:28:22 respectively. I’m particularly keen to draw attention to Richard’s effort as I effectively acted as his pace maker until he surged away from me at mile 8, so I’d like to claim a little bit of reflected glory. Ian Rutherford was originally given a time of exactly 83 minutes in the provisional results, but following a somewhat suspicious one second adjustment, has now been credited with an impressive sub 83 clocking.

An added bonus at the end of the race was that Davyd had acquired two cakes made by the club’s resident baker Jane Bishop. Exactly how this had happened was unclear, but it seemed to have somehow resulted from a Helsby vest mix up that occurred at Clarke Gardens a couple of weeks ago. As usual the cakes went down a treat, and prompted jealous looks from other runners clutching their Village Bakery Sourdough Crumpets.

Overall, it was an excellent, well organised event that I’d definitely recommend. Thanks once again to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on. The Helsby results were as follows:

Pos

First name

Last name

Chip Time

Chip Pos

Gender

Gender Pos

Category

Category Pos

65

Chris

Fitzpatrick

1:20:04

65

Male

64

Vet 40

17

103

Adam

Gordon

1:22:43

103

Male

99

Vet 40

23

105

Ian

Rutherford

1:22:59

105

Male

101

Vet 40

24

195

Derek

Morris

1:28:01

193

Male

184

Vet 40

40

206

Richard

Hankins

1:28:22

199

Male

195

Vet 45

24

239

Philip

Tomkinson

1:30:05

232

Male

224

Senior Male

118

336

Darren

O’Connor

1:34:44

337

Male

299

Senior Male

144

360

Davyd

Michell

1:35:46

357

Male

320

Senior Male

154

420

Ian

Hamling

1:38:16

421

Male

370

Senior Male

174

563

Paul

Cunningham

1:44:50

565

Male

477

Vet 45

76

688

Geoff

Collins

1:49:19

699

Male

557

Vet 60

19

769

Rachael

Holden

1:53:19

779

Female

162

Senior Female

53

821

Stephen

Roach

1:55:19

824

Male

634

Vet 40

126

822

Nathan

Davies

1:55:06

817

Male

635

Senior Male

273

939

Lesley

Feakes

2:00:18

954

Female

249

Vet 50

23

1303

Tanya

Downes

2:25:08

1297

Female

461

Vet 40

92

Full results can be found here: https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Village-Bakery-Wrexham-Half-2017#

Congratulations must also go to Davyd, keeping the cake untouched until after the race, not sure I would have done the same!

Gareth Boyd was out and about getting lost on another ultra-marathon in the Brecon to Cardiff ultra, he even had time to stream Facebook live whilst he was running which was quite amusing. Over to Gareth

Sunday

Woke up at 4.50am. Left hotel at 5.30am and headed off to the finish area. Once here, I joined the majority of other runners queuing to get a coach that would take us to the start line at Brecon. The race was due to start at 8am but start time was delayed due to toilet shortages – only 2 loos for 250 + runners 😳……I ended up having to use the ladies.

The first 6 miles ran alongside the canal before taking us up into the Brecon Beacons. Thankfully the weather was kind (just some drizzle). Much of the scenery was stunning – unfortunately some of it was dreadful – think burnt out cars #Merthyr

The winning time was 5.26.42. I finished in 114 out of 223 in a time of 8.56.02 – not great but ok

40 miles is 40 miles Boydy, respect!

Sunday also seen the last Cross Country race of the season, which has seen a mixed bag of results for us this season, mainly due to clashes with other races. Over to Bish for a summary.

This Sunday saw the last race of the XC season, as always a tough mud leg sapping course – 4 laps around Birchwood Country Park. I have to say I think this is the worst conditions I have seen Birchwood for many a season thankfully the weather held out. The green army was a little depleted with 3 men and 4 ladies turning out, however this said we didn’t do too badly, ladies finished a respectable 5th place for today’s race with the men finishing 13th.

However despite not having full teams for some of the races overall finishing places for the league are:

Helsby A Ladies….7th place with total points of 73

Helsby A Men …..9th place with total points of 72, just 1 point behind both Delamere Spartans and Knowsley Harriers

Well done and thanks to all who have taken part in this seasons XC, Spikes are now in storage!!! Thanks to Andy Smith for photos and support and as always to Jane for support, finish tokens and cake.

Bish fails to mention a great 11th place finish for himself as well. Well done mate

And finally parkrun

Runcorn, Colchester, Warrington, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes, with Joanne Lacking being 1st lady home at Pheonix Parkrun, full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 6th to 12th Feb 2017

Hello all

A quiet(ish) week for the Green Army, just one report in the inbox. If you raced last week and would like it included in the blog please fire it over to the usual email address: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Manley Mere…

We are still short on volunteers for our up and coming race on Sunday 5th March,  ideally we could do with another 3-4, if you could oblige then email me please. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

Also would be great to see as many of the green army racing this one as well, think the record is 40 runners, would be great to smash it, it’s also a lovely course so if you haven’t raced for a while or are there every month, then the more the merrier unless you have kindly volunteered.

Thanks
Fitzy

Parbold Hill Race

Report by Colin Bishop

My introduction into hill running, I have to say this is a well organised/marshalled race, route well marked out.  A few surprises along the route, styles, and a few hay-bales to hurdle, gates to open, don’t think either of us expected them,  a couple of hills and plenty of mud on a bitterly cold day. Think more mud than most XC’s we have done.Glad the snow and rain held off 😁

With lots of raised eyebrows about my choice of footwear (road shoes) 😱 off I went…..Glad to say I stayed upright and managed a respectable 9th place, with a well deserved 13th Male place for Neil.

Congratulations to both of us in winning our age groups.

Thanks to Mario, Neil’s Dad and Jane for support

Cheers Colin B (AKA Bambi on Mud!!)

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parkrun

Well done to all who tackled a parkrun over the weekend, please find a link to the consolidated Helsby RC results below. Mark Gittins takes the award for furthest parkrun this week – Melbourne!! Can’t get much further than that! Well done mate and superb time too.

Also it’s a huge well done to Debbie Read who had a fantastic run to take first lady honours at Phoenix Park, it was once again a Helsby clean sweep! Ian was also on the podium with an excellent 3rd place after a closely fought battle with Steve Thompson. Well done troops!

http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week, please let me know if I’ve missed any races or results.

Cheers
Colin

Helsby RC Weekly Update 30-1-2017 to 5-2-2017

Firsty, a few reminders from Fitzy and Jackie

Borders league recce this coming Sunday 12th at Manley Mere, would suggest we meet for 10.45am and offski at 11am, if there is enough of us will try and sort a few paced groups, nobody will be left behind so the more the merrier, we can muster if need be, £2 will be needed to get through the gates for parking so if possible car share or run down, hopefully see you there

The 2017 road, fell and trail counters have now been fixed and they are on the blog at:-

http://tinyurl.com/jn3cx7n

The list of Helsby Summer Club counters is attached (a version suitable for your desk or the home notice board!). It will be put on the blog too.

This year the mini fells have been incorporated into the main fells in order to reduce the total number of counters as last year we feel we had too many and sometimes were spread too thinly.

There’s a great selection of races to keep us fit and busy and turning the field green … & loud!

Another date is our own Wobbler that will be held on Wednesday June 28th.  We are still waiting to confirm that this will be in an Inter Club Fell race between Spectrum, Delamere and Warrington.

Mike from Cute Fruits says The Pie & Peas & Chester Spring 5 (both in the Cheshire Grand Prix Series) and the Mid Cheshire 5K (this year an English Athletics Counter) are filling up fast so please enter to avoid disappointment.

Some dates for your diary

It’s the 8th Helsby Beer Festival on the 3rd & 4th March with 20 ales, ciders and bands playing both days.  Please come along and support this club event and at the same time keep the place ticking over!

But remember the next day, 5th March,  it’s our turn to organise and run the Border League at Manley Mere. Vanessa & Chris are busy organising this and your support in putting this event on, both marshalling and/or running in it is requested and much appreciated.

Others dates are our club Presentation Evening on Friday March 10th, 7:30, with supper and music by our own Chris Igoe. As this is before the end of the Borders League season these results will be presented at the AGM together with the club champions unless there are out & out winners before adding the Border League points!?

Our club AGM will be on Wednesday May 24th at 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
Finally we have finally issued our club Codes of Practise. These are on the blog at:-

http://tinyurl.com/gn9qrvj

Wadsworth Trog

Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones did the Wadsworth Trog long fell race on Saturday. The Wadsworth Trog, which starts and finishes in Hebden Bridge, is classed as a BL and covers approx 19 miles and over 3650ft of climbing over a lot of boggy moorland. Jim O’Hara had a great race, finishing 17th in 3:05 from 186 starters, and Jim Jones finished 116th in 3:58.

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Full results are available at

http://tinyurl.com/jhsgm89
Parkrun

Helsby runners were out in force in the areas parkruns on Saturdays, including a 3rd place for Ian Rutherford at Phoenix Park. Full result below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Lastly, the results from the Cross Country on Saturday at Clarke Gardens can be found at

http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld2017-champs-v1/

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th Jan 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. Thank you for all the reports this week, remember if you do a race and want to fire over a report please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the news please read a quick message from Fitzy regarding the Borders race at Manley Mere…

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with some marshalling duties on Sunday 5th March for our forthcoming Borders League race, we are especially keen to get 1 or 2 first aiders out on the course if at all possible. Can you let us know if you can help out, please email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

10k TT

Last Wednesday evening saw 14 runners lining up on the Greenway for the 10k time trial. A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold (the Greenway was like an ice rink!) Nice to see some new faces too.

First back was a tie between myself and Danny Ryder, first lady back was Laura BH with another fantastic run. Phil Tomkinson also broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time which shows how much he has improved and is a testament to his hard training, more to come from Phil this year I’m sure. Well done to everyone else!

Special thanks to our volunteers this week who were Louise (RD), Mario and Joe (results and timing), Tim Palmer (tail runner) and Richard Hankins (Marshall).

Results

1  Danny Ryder  39.08
1  Colin Thompson  39.08
3  Phil Tomkinson  39.51
4  Daz O’Connor  40.46
5  George Highley  40.45
6  Davyd Michell  42.46
7  Laura Baynham-Hughes  44.01 (1st lady)
8  Jay Bradley  45.15
9  Danielle Ryder  46.02
10  Roy Gaskill  46.18
11  Ben Williams  48.33
12  Geoff Collins  51.45
13  Lesley Feakes  54.52
14  Dave Feakes  54.52

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Seeing i had the privilege to run around the muddiest of courses at Birchwood a few weeks back and got a bit of stick because i said mud a lot, thought i’d send in a quick report about the Northern XC Champs on Saturday, which was 100% the worst mud i have ever seen. Over the 12k course there was honestly not one bit of grass you could run on, and after the first lap i felt awful and had such heavy legs from trudging through “the mud” that i really just wanted to give up and go home. By the time i got to the 3rd lap i had to pause for a minute whilst i was a little bit ill on the side lines. What would have been a really good course to run became a mud bath, it was 12k of wading through and trying your best not to fall over.

Myself, Steve, Degsy and Davyd were the male representatives whilst Jane, Rachel and Lesley did the same course but 2 laps for the ladies 8k race. Knowsley safari park was a great location to race at, just a pity “the mud” for me spoiled it a little, yes i know it was a XC race and you expect mud.

Full results below

http://powerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=%20180475&top=5000

Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

Three of us made the 4 hour round trip to Abergynolwyn Village in Gwynedd for the Tarren Hendre fell race. It was well worth the trip though for a tough but well hosted race by Meirionnydd Running Club. Nearly all the 2000ft of climb was in the first 3 of the 6 miles! As we descended from the clouds, the latter 3 miles was either boggy moorland or mud up to the knees as you descended through woodlands – great fun!. This was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association’s North Wales Series. Jim O’Hara was first back for Helsby in 25th place (he did have difficulty finding his way back to the car though!), followed by Phil Roberts 47th and then me, Jim Jones 75th.

Full results here: http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/tarrenhendreresult2017.html#

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

Arriving at Dark mountains this year was rather strange. This is one of my favourite events as it is just so tough. The idea is to have a full mountain marathon in one night rather than two days. It’s in winter so the weather has been bonkers every year and that’s what was so strange. It was mild and my default winter waterproof was ditched in favour of an ultra-lightweight affair. What could go wrong?

href=”https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/wp_20170129_09_37_39_pro.jpg”>wp_20170129_09_37_39_proMax and I got off to a good start. Nailed check point 1, max retrieved me from an error (which I still can’t fathom) and back on track to CP2. Then the trouble began. Navigating at night is difficult at the best of times, but when there is a freezing mist around you reducing your visibility to 3-5 metres it’s just insanely hard. We for CP2 we were just 7 metres away from a 2.5m high cairn and we couldn’t see it, we turned and ran the other way. As always our Macro navigation was fine, but our micro just let us down.

It was really cold with sustained periods of hands fully numb to the wrists and feet to the ankles (I was running in a very warm long sleeve base layer, warm Windstopper top, primaloft jumper and waterproof jacket, full windstopper legs, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture.) We had a relatively light blizzard for most of the night, snow covered frozen peat hags and groughs underfoot, long bearing based navigation over a featureless landscape in thick clag. It’s to this end that we picked up the final 4 check points in the light of the next day, finishing in 4th overall… out of 4 finishers (everyone else gave up and the winner of our class is a GB team orienteer).

Fantastic night out, deeply frustrating but strangely rewarding. I love that the running club has introduced me to Max; we never gave up, never got angry with each other, cut from the same cloth. Can’t wait to take on the Dragon’s Back with the big man in May.

WRC 5 mile trail race

A big well done to our top vet Colin Bishop on an excellent victory at the WRC winter 5 mile trail race on Saturday. Quote from Col off Facebook: “Winter WRC trail race. Came first. Really pleased” He’s a man of few words but he lets his running do the talking!

Colin’s time was 29.43 which is a fantastic time for a trail race and he beat all the young whipper snappers too! More to come this year I’m sure Bish!

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Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

Phoenix park is a little gem in the heart of Runcorn, built on the site of the old Norton Priory high school it has a skatepark, cafe, climbing boulder, childrens play area and a small reservoir. When I heard a parkrun was starting there I was very keen to try it out as it’s very local to us Runcorn members.

Myself and a few others from the club attended the trial run last week and it quickly became evident that it was going to be one of the more challenging parkruns. 2.5 laps and 3 times up a steep hill to the high point of the park, tight turns and muddy canal tow path, it wasn’t going to be a PB course that’s for sure!

The inaugural race arrived on Saturday and I ventured down, on arrival I was greeted by Jo Lacking, Phil Tomkinson, Mike Williams, Roy Gaskill and Fitzy (marshalling). The weather was awful, the course, as I expected, was quite challenging – hills, slippy mud and tight turns made it a tough and technical little course. It was thoroughly enjoyable though and a lovely little park with nice views and a fantastic team of marshalls. I’ll certainly be back for more and to help out with the marshalling in future.

Big thanks to Grant and his team for getting this up and running and all the marshalls who stood there and cheered us on in horrible wet weather. Myself and Jo Lacking were first male and female runners home making it a Green Army clean sweep! 201 runners in total toed the line which i was made up to see for the first run. Hopefully will see a few more of you there this year to support this event 🙂

Please find a link to the consolidated results from all the parkruns on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who raced!

http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks. Please let me know if any results are missing and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers
Col T