Hello Green Army
It’s hard work putting these race reports together seeing we don’t get that many in these days, come on help us bloggers out a little and send in a quick race report please, address as per usual, firstname.lastname@example.org
A few notices of events coming up in the next few weeks and also 2 of our most popular races of the year that sell out pretty quickly, so get in there fast.
Tattenhall Tough Team is to be held on Friday 23rd June 7pm, it’s a brilliant event where you team up with 3 runners, and run the 9 mile course taking on the famous railway or stairway to hell as they call it. You can enter on the night in past years but it gets busier and busier so wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. I’m not organising it this year as to be honest it’s a nightmare to sort out loads of teams so I ask you all to sort out your teams and get the forms printed off and sent in asap. On Facebook we have started organising teams so if you are not on FB feel free to email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com and I’ll let people know you are interested.
Dearnford Lake relays is to be held on Thursday 13th July 7.30pm, again its teams of 3 and you all run as fast as your legs will carry you for 2 miles and then hand over to your partner to run the next and again for the last leg. This will sell out, so get your entries in fast. I know Bish and Jane have been helping organise via Facebook but again if you are not on FB email me again if you are needing to join a team.
This is what we have so far
Men – I have tagged as Helsby Men ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ are: –
Rhea Howard – Armitage
It’s the last race in the borders league season next Weds 26th April, 7.15pm, to be hosted by Wrexham AC. Again a big turnout is needed please so we don’t incur penalty points. Both mens & ladies teams have done so well this season lets finish the season on a high.
Also, it’s Helsby V’s Felsby 1st leg, so whoever turns up (numbers are low at present) then just let me know who you want to run for as you will get points for your team. The 2nd leg is the Dinas Bran Fell Race on 3rd May. I really want to boost numbers at our fell races and this one is brilliant, more details to follow next week.
Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below
Over to the captain for the weeks only race report.
Our 4th road counter saw a sea of green vests lining up to tackle this lovely 5 mile route looping around the back roads of Mickle Trafford. This race in particular is what I love about club organised races, cheap as chips to enter, a fast course and a friendly rivalry and banter with all the local running clubs makes it one of my personal favourites.
The course itself can be a PB course if tackled correctly, it has a fast first 2 miles which is all down hill but you need to leave something in the tank for the slow drag back up to the finish. We saw plenty of PB’s from the troops with myself, Fitzy, Ian R, Davyd, Adam, Debbie Read, Tanya Downes (2 minute PB!) and I think Wiggo? all taking slices off our 5 mile PBs, there may have been more I haven’t heard about so please let me know if you got a PB. It’s also congratulations to Jane Ashbrook who is looking in fine shape for the London Marathon and had a superb run for first Helsby lady home. Carol Shaw had a fabulous run to win 2nd in her age group as did John Gallon who was 3rd and a little further down the field it was great to see Shan, Rebecca Gibson, Charlie, Emma Barnes and Chris Morgan all putting in a valiant effort to tidy up the Helsby pack.
Thank you to our support on the night, Louise Spruce, Michelle Gordon (and kids), Serena Williams, John Earlston, the Frodfather and of course Joe and Mario.
Helsby results below:
14 Colin Thompson 27:53
26 Chris Fitzpatrick 28:44
38 Adam Gordon 29:30
45 Ian Rutherford 29:44
57 Jim O’Hara Helsby 30:12
93 Richard Hankins 31:55
113 Davyd Michell 32:55
114 Christopher Murray 32:45
127 Jane Ashbrook 33:23
153 John Peaker 34:31
188 Gary O’Connor 35:46
202 Carol Shaw 36:27 (2nd in age cat)
218 Roy Gaskill 37:07
219 Debbie Read 37:03
255 Geoff Collins 38:51
257 Geoff Shaw 39:01
263 Christopher Igoe 39:08
270 Stephen Wiggins 39:16
307 Edward Roberts 41:15
318 Chris Morgan 41:45
331 Jackie Keasley 42:30
341 Tanya Downes 42:55
368 Shan McCarthy 45:02
377 David Wiggins 46:21
380 Emma Barnes 46:32
382 Rebecca Gibson 47:07
387 John Gallon 48:12 (3rd in age cat)
423 Janet Shaw 48:37
Full results here
And last of all a special mention to Debbie Read, who had a couple of very successful racing results – a 5 mile pb at The Spring 5 and a WAVA pb (82.15%) at Chester parkrun – all just a few weeks before 60th!
She has put this down to the Castle Park Monday night sessions, “those hilly footpaths are hard work but I can honestly say I’m going to miss them throughout the summer – thanks Joe and Mario. I’ll be at the high school but it won’t feel the same”
That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races, especially the London crew
Bye for now