Helsby RC News from 15th to 21st May 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to anyone who has sent reports in this week. Please keep sending  any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

I know that everyone’s thoughts will be with families and friends of those affected by Monday night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.  There are a couple of Manchester events included in our events race calendar below, which the organiser’s  website currently confirms “will go ahead as planned “.

We also have our next club Fell and (mini) Fell Counter listed this weekend. Mynydd Myfyr Hill run is a good route for those of you wanting to try out fell running.

Reminders:

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Racing News:

Latrigg Fell Race – Wednesday 17/05/17

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It is great to see Andy Smith back running in the fells after what seems a lot time off with injury. Looking forward to running with you again Andy, and thanks for sending in this report:

“After grumbling the previous week about excessive amounts of climb in a short fell race (blog passim), last Wednesday saw me heading to Keswick after work in search of more ascent in a shorter distance. With 950 feet of climb in 2.4 miles, at least the Latrigg race has the decency to describe itself as a category A fell race.
The race starts in Fitz park and heads out along the stony track heading towards Skiddaw. Shortly after crossing the A66 overbridge, you leave the stony track and climb steeply (very steeply) through trees, eventually breaking out on to the fellside to be rewarded with fine views off to the right of Derwentwater leading away to Borrowdale and ahead to the ridge line of the Dodds and Helvellyn, basking in the glow of warm evening sunlight. Plenty of time to enjoy the view as the climb continues to the summit of Latrigg. Top reached and it’s turn for home and an impossibly steep descent.
Latrigg is one of the classic lakeland fell races and the course record is still held by the legendary Kenny Stuart from the 1980s. I wasn’t going to be bothering Kenny’s record any time soon, any battles I would be enjoying were going to be right at the other end of the field. However, a long way in front of me Finlay Wild from Lochaber was having a serious crack at Kenny’s record. Finlay’s wining time of 17:28 was the fastest the course has seen for many years, but still didn’t come close to scratching Kenny’s time of 16:37. Kenny himself was in residence back at the club house to help handing out prizes at the presentation.
I wasn’t quite last, and at 32:13 even snatched a handful of seconds of my previous time. To be in the presence of one of the great heros of our sport, and to bear witness to a serious challenge on one of his long standing records was an honour. A spot prize of three bottles of locally crafted beer completed a perfect evening in the fells, all combining to make for a very memorable return to fell running.

Andy”

Christleton 5K – Friday 19/05/17

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Friday evening saw 10 of us take part in the Christleton 5k, which was our 6th club road  counter. It was a glorious summer evening and there was great support along the way, with at least as many Helsby members cheering us along the route as there was running. Christleton is a fast course and some great times were had. Chris Fitzpatrick was first back for us in 17:06 followed by Richard Hankins in 18:54. I managed a 5k PB of 20:08 while Carol Shaw and Janet Shaw both came first in their categories.

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Old County Tops – Saturday 20/05/17

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in the photos and following report from the Old County Tops long distance event:

“Jim O’hara and I ran the Old County Tops on Saturday, a long distance event in the Lakes linking Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man. I say ‘ran’, I expect Jim and old county topsTattenhall’s Peter Taylor (it’s a pairs event) ran quite a lot. We trudged a fair bit and were not far off DFL – I had a bad day, got my food and drink wrong and was pleased to get home intact. Hadn’t appreciated how much rough, boggy ground there was and long stretches of bad weather made it stiff upper lip territory (nearly 30% drop-outs). I ran it with my boss Dave Haygarth from Rossendale – probably one of the worst kind of team building exercises you can do 🙂

Jim and Pete had a really good run and came in around 20th.

Steve”

Excalibur Trail Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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There were 10 of us who participated in this race last year. This year, it was just me! I felt I had a bit of unfinished business with this race, as last year it was my first long race after returning from an injury. This year, the day stayed dry and started off pretty pleasant in the Clwydians but became really humid and then hot as the sun broke through later. I drank 3 litres of water while running but was still dehydrated and cramping up at the end. The free sports massage at the end was great for the cramps though. This year saw a slightly amended route with the race starting and finishing at the lower car park of Moel Famau. This resulted in something of a ‘sting in the tail’,  as the last mile now includes a climb before dropping back down to the finish. I had hoped to sub 5 hours but was about 2 minutes over. A good result though as still about 15 mins faster than last year, and I finished 20th overall.

Chester Half Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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Ten Helsby vests were in the Chester Half Marathon this year, with some cracking results again. Jane Ashbrook seems to be keeping her form from London with a 3rd place category finish. Great results from Chris Collins and Neil Finnegan too, who both had a top 50 finish. Well done everyone!

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Parkrun – Saturday 20/05/17

Despite it being such a busy racing week, Helsby still put out 13 runners across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday morning. Some great results that can be viewed in our club’s consolidated report HERE

I think that’s it for now.

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th May to 14thth May 2017

Hello Green Army

A bit of sad news to start the blog this week. Former club member Albert Berry, 73 years young, passed away earlier this week. Lots of lovely comments have been posted on the Facebook page and we want to send our thoughts to his family and friends. A sub 30, 10k runner in his prime Albert was a very talented runner, but very modest at the same time. He made everyone new to the club very welcome on club nights, and he loved the social pint and a chat afterwards. He will be missed.

Albert’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 24th May at St Michael’s R C Church, St Michael’s Road, Ditton, Halton, Widnes WA8 8TF, and afterwards at St Michael’s Rooms.

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Some good news now, our very own Joe Beswick has been given Honorary Membership of the Fell Runners Association, both for his running exploits in his earlier years and now his support. This is another achievement to put on his running CV, very well deserved Joe, be sure to congratulate him if you see him, I’m sure he will tell you a few stories about his exploits.

 A message from Betty

Mersey Weaver District Scouts are fundraising their way to Norway for the world’s northernmost jamboree in the Arctic Circle, The Helsby Community Sports Club, have teaming with up to organise a Fundraising family fun day on 3rd June

Our fun day on 3rd June Helsby Community Sports Club is shaping up to be a great day. Alongside the family fun fair, climbing wall, and birds of prey display from LORD of the WINGS, children’s soft play area, dog show with Vets Helsby and vintage tractors, Go Ape have confirmed they will be attending with a couple of instructors and swegways, there will be demonstrations from Deva Cheerleading Academy – Chester and, Filipino Eagles, Childrens Martial Arts, face painting from Party Faces, lots of community groups have signed up to have stalls, the sporting sections from the club will be providing taster sessions, there will children’s story telling with SHOUT OUT BOO 2 and lots lots more

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Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Conwy & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Geoff Collins sent in a report on the Thurstaston Summer Multi Challenge race 9th May.

Seven Helsby runners entered the race this year up from two last year, but sadly we had no ladies this time. Wirral and Merseyside clubs were well represented among the 194 finishers but not many from the Cheshire clubs. Weather conditions were much better than last year with a nice sunny evening and dry conditions. However Colin and myself managed to get an age category prize!

This is a really cracking good multi terrain race. Just £4 to enter starting in the same place as the September one by the caravan site. The usual shuffling backwards, forwards and sideways to allow cars past took place before the race could start. The course takes you towards the slipway down onto the beach and back to Heswall rather than Caldy.

There is just over a mile of running on the beach which was quite wet in places, I think for me this was the best bit of the race glorious in the setting sun and the views across the Dee estuary. Just before the sewage works you head off the beach on a track and climb up to a narrow road past a few houses heading towards Broad Lane. This continues as you cross the Wirral Way on a bridge heading up towards The Dales the next off road section. The unwelcome sight of steps going up comes into view! Then it’s a bit of a loop round the wooded Dales before yes you guessed, more steps going down again! Back to the road and onto the Wirral way finally onto the grassy headland dodging the rabbit holes to the finish. I was frantically trying to catch Tim on the closing stages of the race.

Many thanks to Christleton High School Art Dept for the photo

Results

1 Phil Robertson Wirral AC U30M 34.01 the winner

11 Colin Bishop Helsby (1st 055M) 37.37

44 Davyd Michell Helsby U40M 42.45

57 Jim Jones Helsby O50M 43.48

103 Tim Igoe Helsby O30M 48.41

110 Geoff Collins Helsby (3rd O60M) 49.35

138 Chris Morgan Helsby O60M 53.19

139 Chris Igoe Helsby O50M 53.27

Geoff Collins

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Bargain at £4 if you ask me.

Debbie Read sent in a report for The Llangollen 10k trail race

The Llangollen 10k trail race was recommended to me by a running buddy who did it last year – I’m passing the baton and recommending it to you.

The most beautiful 10k trail run in the UK is the heading on their website, and while it is undoubtedly very pretty, personally I’d class it as a multi terrain as there’s a fair bit of road in it.
“Welsh undulating” it starts in the sports field next to the Dinas Bran Leisure centre starting field and after a lap and a half of the grass running track we headed out past the leisure centre, UP the first stretch of road (having done the fell race last week I was starting to worry) then back DOWN into the sports field and DOWN onto the canal, ALONG for a couple of kilometres. Then it was UP a lane, OVER a bridge, UP a track, ALONG a track. At this stage the leaders were starting to pass me on their way back to the canal. UP a field with long grass, AROUND the field (grass still long – hard work I can tell you). DOWN the field onto the track – my turn to pass those on their way up, ALONG the track, DOWN a lane and back onto the canal (drink station) After a couple of kilometres and seeing the car park and hearing the finish on the other side of the canal we passed the 9k sign “that can’t be right” said the bloke doing battle with me but it was – OVER the bridge, UP onto the sports field, UP onto the road, DOWN the road to the leisure centre, back onto the sports field and 300 metres on the running track to finish where the Town Cryer rang everybody across the finish line.

Limited to 500 runners (sold out with a waiting list), a well organised, well marshalled race.

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Just the mention of Dinas Bran would scare some of us off doing this, but I must admit stunning scenery in this neck of the woods.

Good to see Andy Smith back running after a lengthy spell out with injury, Andy sent in this report

Whitehaven Habourside 5k

My word, is nothing flat in this corner of western Cumbria ? For those of you wondering how much ascent you can get in 5k road race, the answer from the Whitehaven Harbourside 5k is in excess of 200 feet ! On a sunny, but somewhat breezy, spring evening last Tuesday, 136 runners of all abilities lined up on the cobbles of the harbourside in Whitehaven. This gives a nice flat, fast, traffic free start to the race…

Now Whitehaven sits in a natural bowl on the coastline, so once off the harbour, the only way out is up.  After half a mile round the harbourside the steep climb begins past the distinctive Candlestick Chimney, one of the last few remains of Wellington Pit.  This is a sufficiently steep climb that the race needs two lead bikes : one to the foot of the climb, the second taking over when the leaders reach the top. The path snakes round the Candlestick with engraved flagstones underfoot lamenting the passing of the pits which had brought so much employment to the area, whilst also acknowledging how hard and dangerous the work was.

Climb over and the runners are rewarded with fine views over the Irish Sea with the coast line carrying on to St Bees Head (starting point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route). Our curent focus is a little closer to hand in the form of the preserved pit head winding gear at Haig Pit Mining Museum, which forms the half way mark and turning point. One 180 degree turn around a traffic cone, and we are heading back the way we came. This time with views to the north and the wind farm off the Galloway coast, across the Solway Forth, just visible in the distance. The evening sunlight just catching their sails. Somehow, the steep descent back to the harbour didn’t seem to give as much back to tired legs going down as it had extracted from them coming up and once back on the cobbles of the harbour it was the usual story of just trying to keep it all together in the last half mile of a tough 5k as I sought to sprint to the finish. With that 200+ feet of climb in the early stages, this was never going to be a PB cpurse, so I’m happy with a finishing time of 23:26 and 47th position. The winning times were 17:38 for the men, 20:42 for the ladies.

All in all, a fun little race. Traffic free round the harbour and over cliff top paths and surprisingly scenic, given that apart from a handful of preserved remains, there is no other evidence in the landscaping of the industrial past of this small coastal town. Definitely one to keep in my diary for next year.

Andy

Sounds like a great 5k, but where are you mile splits mate?

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby Weekly Update 1-5-17 to 7-5-17

A busy week this week, but before we get to the reports here’s a quick notice about the Deeside Multi Terrain series that starts early next month and runs through the summer.

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Firstly, from Col T at Amberswood 10K Trail Race 

Myself and Louise ventured over to Wigan for the trail 10k on Sunday, a lovely course around Amberswood which takes in path, trail, grass and bridleways. It was quite a low key event with only around 250 runners but it was expertly hosted by Wigan Harrier with excellent marshalling and loads of encouragement from the volunteers.

The award ceremony at the finish reminded of a fell race with all the banter and spot prizes! As I was the sole Helsby runner at this race I thought I’d do my best to fly the flag for the club and managed to sneak a win after a battle of cat and mouse with a guy from Bramley AC most of the way around so I was very happy with the result and prize.
All in all a great morning out in the sun and would highly recommend this race to anyone looking for well organised cheap trail race.

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Results here:
http://www.ukresults.net/2017/wigan10k.html

Fitzy sent this in from the Helsby vs. Felsby fell race at Dinas Bran

Another great turnout for leg 2 of Helsby V Felsby at the Dinas Bran Fell race at least a third of the field was in a green vest, it was like an invasion of Llangollen!

So provisional results that I know you all want to hear, I won’t go into too much detail but I think they are correct.

Helsby Men 9 runners
Felsby men 5 runners
Helsby women 0 runners
Felsby women 7 runners
Helsby men 220 points v Felsby men 129
Helsby women 0 points v Felsby women 196
Total Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
1st Leg Helsby 371 v Felsby 309
2nd Leg Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
Total Helsby 591 v Felsby 634

Winners and deservedly so Felsby who retain the title, I’ll present the wine and trophy to Adam Gordon who we have just chosen in the car on the way home as the Felsby captain and turncoat 🙂

Thanks to everyone who took part, the main aim was to bolster numbers and I think it worked again, had a blast.

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Paul Cunningham sent in this, also from Dinas Bran.

Arrived early excited in  knowing I was going to set a new PB yes my first ever Fell Race – fantastic turn out by the green army felt like a local run around Helsby Hill – beautiful evening weather perfect.

To be honest a more relaxed atmosphere than a road race – I even managed to stand on the startline like an elite runner but felt out of place and slowly manoeuvred myself towards the rear of the pack – home sweet home.

The race started 2 laps of a small field through a gate onto a steep hill  – I kept a steady pace happy to reach the top without too much trouble – tight right onto another hill with an even steeper incline within a minute I was struggling  crying out for a water station – looked at the watch and we had completed 0.7miles.

I couldn’t believe it I had to walk  the remainder of the hill – once onto the off road pathway I began running once more after all it was a race and started to enjoy my surroundings – turned a corner and a marshal pointed us right – I looked up and started to cry all I could see was a stream of Sherpas sorry runners making headway up the mountain face  – picked my line and felt every muscle in my legs and back burn – forehead stuck to the ground I made slow progress – once I eventually got to the Hillary step swapped over onto oxygen I pushed on to the summit – we had a weather window and had to grasp the opportunity  – delirious from reaching the summit I turned and shouted “ Yo Adrian I did It”.

Now time for the downhill – within a few meters I realized that I had grown up into a responsible adult  who doesn’t  like to take chances  – full risk assessment completed site specific and I snagged the descent  – more safety rails required and ground uneven needs urgent attention

Such a rush running at full pelt downhill – It’s great to be alive – then we had the pleasure of doing it all over again as 2 laps required.

Finished back on the playing field greeted by the rest of the Green Army – absolutely loved every second of this race.

Fell running leave the watch at home and amaze in your surroundings.

Congratulations to Felsby – Fell runners are fit as hell.

Now for a couple of reports, from Fitzy and Andy Robinson, from this years Sandstone Challenge.

I say it every year but it’s the best pound for pound race about, for £20 you get a coach to the start in Whitchurch, 5 checkpoints well stocked with food and water, and plenty of marshalls willing to help you out. Once your weary legs get back to Frodsham community centre you are greeted by the local scouts who wait hand and foot on you whilst you try and recover. What more could you ask for?
A win maybe? Again for me it wasn’t to be, after CBH hunting me down around mile 30 last year and me finishing 3rd, it happened again in virtually the same spot, with winner Lee Ireland passing me with 2 miles to go. Having ran with him for around 26 miles, i went approx 90 secs ahead going into the last checkpoint, but I just had nothing left when i got to Frodsham hill, even though Chris Collins tried his up most to gee me up and get me up that hill. I did go one better this year coming in 2nd, although a little disappointed i was very happy about my 12 minute PB, finishing on 4 hours 42 mins on a very quick and dry course in near perfect conditions.

Most years this is a good enough time to win it. I can’t even blame my navigation errors, 3 of them within the first 3-4 miles. This is my 4th time running this, but i get lost around a running track me so it’s par for the course these days. This race really did take me to a dark place at the end, I gave everything i had, I’ve never felt so exhausted and took me a good hour to come around. Never again i said, but I’m sure i will be back again next year.

Well done to everyone involved, i cannot thank you all enough

Fitzy

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Andy Robinson sent in this info from the SSC

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2017
This year’s Challenge went well again, with a record 206 finishers and a record amount of food eaten.  Conditions were great underfoot, with no mud at all, and it was a cool day with perfect running conditions.

The results, a race report and a link to hundreds of photos are all on the Challenge webpage at

helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/sandstone-intro.htm

There were 7 Helsby runners, all of them heroes of course:
2nd: Chris Fitzpatrick, 4:42
33rd: Phil Roberts, 5:58
34th: Gaz O’Connor, 5:59
35th: Jim Jones, 6:00
39th: Gareth Boyd, 6:09
81st: Lesley Feakes, 7:06
84th: Roy Duffy, 7:16
Finally, the full results for Helsby runners at parkruns last weekend can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th April 2017

Hello all. A big thank you for all the reports, it’s a monster blog this week so grab a brew, put your feet up and let’s get started!

Mini Trail Series Reminder

It’s our first “Mini Trail” race of the series on Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at Thurstaston on the Wirral. The route takes in trail paths, beach and the Wirral Way, total distance for this is around 6 miles, nothing too difficult, only a bit undulating and is a stunning race on the Wirral coastline, pretty cheap to enter too at only a fiver on the night. Let’s try and get a good turn out of green vests for this folks.

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

AGM

Please keep the date of our AGM free if you can; it’s Wed 24th May following our training run, 8:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club.  It’s our time of year to reflect on last year and discuss the next one. All your comments & ideas are greatly appreciated & accepted!  Your committee (listed on our blog) have mostly said they will carry on for another year – unless of course anyone else would like to have a go!  However:-

Ian Lancucci who keeps count of all our club championships throughout the year plans to step down next year so we are looking for someone to shadow him this year to take over next.

Jo Lacking is finding it difficult to act effectively as Lady Captain with increasing work away from home so we are looking for a ladies Captain to focus on the roads & in particular the Border League.

Andy Robinson will be stepping down as Sandstone Trail Challenge organiser after this year’s race. Ben is happy to take over this role but has suggested we create a team of say 4 people to co-ordinate the race (mainly on race day). This works so well for the 4 Villages & is the best way forward to spread the load.

Agenda here: 2017 AGM agenda

Please let me know (in advance if you can), if you would like to volunteer, have any ideas or need any information to make you decide jackiekeasley@btinternet.com,

Cheers

Jackie your chair.

Sandstone Trail Challenge Sat 6 May – Cake Appeal

Those of you who are into cake baking, please, if you possibly can, bake something for the finishers in the Sandstone Trail Challenge.

We’ll have 250 hungry runners and walkers turning up in Frodsham on 6 May after doing 33 miles, & they deserve it!

Anything you can bake, please, to Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, any time on the morning of Saturday 6 May.  The finishers start arriving from about 1pm.

Thanks  very much!

Andy & Ben.

Just for info

The Thursday blue grass will be in the Lounge Wednesday the 10th as the Darts final is on the 11th their normal day. So Bowls and runners will be in the TV bar. I have sat in on the blue grass and they are quite good!!

Also the Great British Tennis weekend
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY 14th May 9am – 3pm.

Free mini tennis, junior tennis, cardio tennis, tennis express and family tennis.
All equipment provided.

BBQ lunchtime

Book your FREE place at

www.helsbytennis.co.uk

Thanks
Betty

Hale 5

Firstly the belated results from the Hale 5 (17th April) which we missed in the blog last week.

Roy Gaskill, Ian Hamling, Joanne Lacking, Rachael Holden and Geoff & Janet Shaw all competed in this fast 5 mile race around the roads of Hale Village. Roy had a cracker despite running on sore ankles :0

Well done all

Full results here http://www.ukresults.net/2017/hale5.html

Borders League No.7 – Wrexham

An excellent report sent in from our BL Coordinator Fitzy. A big thank you for rallying the troops this season! What a fantastic season we’ve had, over to Fitzy for his words on the final race at Wrexham…

“We headed over to Wrexham for our final borders league race of the season, to race a 4.4 mile industrial estate route which is part of the Village bakery half route. Another cracking turnout seen 31 green vests, who also took part in leg 1 of Helsby V Felsby (Helsby lead the way going into the 2nd leg at Dinas Bran Fell Race by 371 points to 309, no doubt all the big guns of the fell running world will be out to come from behind and take the title again)

This was a super quick race, with a lot of people recording their fastest mile splits that they have ever done in the first mile, and it didn’t half tell with strong performances from all, with the Men coming in 3rd overall again for the 3rd time running, and Helsby ladies coming in 4th. Colin Thompson coming in 1st for the men, and  Jane Ashbrook 1st for the ladies .

The mens team finished the season 5th, only 21 points off 4th spot, whilst the ladies after taking penalty points at the beginning of the season pulling it back to finish 5th as well, again only a few points separating them and 4th spot.

For us who stayed for the presentation afterwards, Helsby came home with 6 trophies in total.”

Colin Thompson 6th senior

Chris Fitzpatrick 8th senior

Laura Baynham-Hughes 4th V35

Neil Finegan 6th V40

Jane Ashbrook joint 3rd V40

Debbie Read 1st V55

Full results

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

Congratulation to everyone who took part and thanks for all your kind comments, hopefully i haven’t nagged you all too much and will see you all back in September/October for the start of the new season.”

Mid Cheshire 5k  (28th April)

Three separate reports for our 5th club counter from Ian Rutherford, Danny Ryder and Davyd Michell. Thanks guys and well done to everyone who took part.

First up is Ian…

“There was a bit of extra excitement around this race than normal as it was to incorporate the English Athletics’ Championships.  What is already a super-fast course, which attracts the best local runners, would see some genuine Elite-class on the starting line from far and wide.

In reality, apart from seeing a few more thorough warm-ups than normal; you didn’t get to see much of the elite field as a runner in the race (well I didn’t), expect it was good from a spectators vantage point though. What was great to see was lots familiar faces both those in the green vest and other clubs as well; clearly this race has fast become a local favourite.

A number of us felt we had PB potential given the fast course and that became reality for quite a few which (hopefully) has been highlighted in the results.  For me (and to keep this succinct) I would single out the following for particular mention:

Danny Ryder’s 16:51 showing what a genuinely quick runner he is and most definitely much more to come (especially if we can keep him off the bike a bit more) 😉

Davyd Michell’s whopping PB now at 19:16 over 40 seconds quicker than previous and consummate to the amount of effort and training he is sticking in…sub 19 is the next attainable target mate.

And last but by no means least, Adele Croxton, first lady home for Helsby on the night and ran a PB 21 mins dead (sadly the sub 21 was provisional – see below)

A slight frustration observed by all were that the provisional times being adjusted upwards, in some cases by 3-4 seconds; which in my case was enough to alter my equal 12 year-old 5K PB of 17:48 to 17:51 in the qualified results. Hey ho, I’m sure they did this so they knew I’d enter the summer race as well 😉

Great running everyone.”

Next is Danny Ryder…

“On Friday the 29th of April Danielle and I, along with a good number of other Helsby members ran the Mid Cheshire 5k. The race also incorporated the English 5k road champs and as a result there was a very strong field in attendance. After watching some of the rather serious looking warm ups, I thought I’d better get moving myself and went for a bit of a run around Ball Lane.

Suitably warm I made my way to start line and found somewhere out of the way of the serious looking runners. After some time, the race official managed to coerce the front guys behind the start line so the race could actually start.

The race started incredibly quickly, a combination of adrenaline and the downhill start. I tried to keep the pace in check, aware that what goes down must go up. The ‘climb’ was more of a drag really, but 20m elevation gain has never hurt so much. Once the ‘climb’ was crested there were a few rollers to deal with before the final kilometer on the main road, again downhill. I had spent the previous 4km waiting to get to this point, however once I made it there I found my legs unwilling to increase to their cadence.

Following some loud encouragement from Steve Riley and Paul Frodsham (sorry if I’ve missed anyone, it was all a bit blurry by this point) I managed to find something extra and kick on in the last 400m to gain a few places before the finish.

All in all, this was a great race with plenty of PB’s being set by all. I’ll be back in August to run again, hopefully with a bit more speed training I can come back and set another new PB. For anyone looking for a fast 5k road race run on closed roads I would definitely recommend this race.”

And finally over to Davyd…

“Friday at Kingsley saw the running of the Mid Cheshire 5k, not only was this a club counter but also this year the inaugural England 5k Championships. This gave the runners the chance to mix it with elites, and if you were good enough to run Sub 14:40 for the men and 16:40 for women you got you own changing facilities and toilets!

23 Hesby vests took park with many testing their legs to see if 2 fast races in 2 days was a good idea. The course is now getting a reputation as one of the fastest around and this meant there was a full field of 476 runners finished. The green army performed well on the day and with some fantastic support around the course, noticeably The Frodfather positioning himself strategically with 400m to go to ensure we all got that last bit of energy out, ensuring some great times, and Pbs. 1st home was Danny Ryder in a rapid 16:51, well done, but even he was 2:51 behind the winner, Ben Connor who clocked a course record 14:00…wow!
1st Helsby lady was Adele Croxton in 21:00, well done. Performance of the race for me goes to Carol Shaw who clocked 21:29 for 1st in her age category, cracking running.

Flushed with some Pbs, tired legs, hungry and thirsty 11 Helsby runners made a quick get away for the main event of the evening refueling with curry and beer in Frodsham like the afleets we are. A good evening was had by all and there were a few sore heads the next day, but it was a great way to finish off the evening and hopefully we can repeat this in future with even more of us.”

Full results of the race here
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Spring-2017#

Some photos here, curtsey of Mick Hall
http://mickhall.zenfolio.com/f668639386

If you want to run this course the good news there is another even in August, but be quick
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Summer

Hartland Heartbreaker

Jim Jones has been at the long hilly stuff again, this time at the Hartland Hartbreaker. Over to Jim with this fab report…

“On Saturday I nipped down to North Devon, pitched a tent, and ran the 18 mile Hartland Hartbreaker while catching up with some pals from Ilfracombe Running Club. The race starts and finishes in the hidden grounds of Hartland Abbey and includes over 2700ft of climb around a stunning coastline. It rained all day, making a tough race that bit more interesting as there was lots of slippy mud along the cliff edges. It was great fun though with no shortage of alcohol along the route. There was a Sangria stop, then a Prosecco and a Tequila stop (but I can’t remember what order they were in!), and then halfway up the final muddy climb, there was man with a barrel of real ale! After partaking in the delicious brew, I was handed a rope to assist me up the final slippery push. It was all down hill then to the Abbey and the much talked about “river crossing” – though it was more akin to a wide stream for a fell runner. I didn’t win anything but got back uninjured and had good laugh.”

Results are here:

http://northdevonroadrunners.com/component/zoo/item/hartland-hartbreaker-18-mile-results-2017

OMM Lite

A brilliant race was had by super couple CBH & LBH, it was Laura’s first foray into mountain marathon running and what a brilliant result guys. CBH has sent in a full report…

“The bank holiday weekend saw Laura and I take on the OMM Lite – a taster for the full mountain marathon experience. There was a long and short score class on foot or mountain bikes but rather than needing to carry your camping gear and overnight food competitors parked vans, pitched tents and could buy their food from the camp or the local pub should they wish.

Having ventured out to race at the border league on a splendid Wednesday evening we immediately realised the error of our ways. Wednesday had been a revelation, dodging the drudgery of a mountain environment on such a fine evening so we could run in a rectangle around an industrial estate. Sadly, we were forced to endure the Brecon Beacons for two whole days. Disaster.

Given that Laura had never run for more than 2.5 hours before I was cautious in working out what we could achieve within the 7 hours we had. The plan had been to run for a bit and then enjoy a nice walk out together. Early doors we came across another couple and the competitor came out in the pair of us.

I’ve spent more of my life with Laura than without her, yet she still manages to surprise and amaze me. In the end we ran for pretty much the full 7 hours and clocked up 35 miles and a sprint finish to come in having used all but 40 seconds of the 7 hours. Looking at the leader board we were first. Overall. By 120 points.

The other couple came in and we were bumped into second, despite us being faster than them. A smarter route had allowed them to take in an extra 30 points but late back meant they were 28 points ahead. One small Nav error had cost us 20 points (although we would have incurred penalty points for being later home) but the real blow had been the decision to go into the woods which was convoluted vs a now obvious line. Oh well, we’d had an amazing day out and were celebrating over a few beers so mission accomplished. We’d never dreamed of being right up there, but third overall and second in the mixed was a total result.

Day 2 started well and according to plan. I’d planned out a couple of routes the night before based upon expected open controls and totalled up the values to make the decision. We got going and despite thinking she wouldn’t be able to walk after day 1, we were soon running along. We finished 22 miles later and 2.5 minutes over our allotted 5 hours due to a small issue with a fence. Checking the leader board the other couple had smashed it. I’d made the error of not doing a secondary visual check of the open controls on day 2 so there was a far more efficient route that the two orienteers had spotted.

We were still incredibly chuffed with how the weekend had gone. 3rd overall, 2nd mixed. A podium finish was well deserved for our first mountain marathon together. Hopefully the first of many!”

Results: https://www.theomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/omm-lite-overall-results-sheet1.pdf

Diggle Cake Race

Steve Riley has sent in this excellent report for the Diddle Cake Race. Any race with “cake” in the title gets my vote! Over to Steve…
“Ben F (sadly out of action) put me on to this one last year.
Saturday saw the Diggle Cake Race, 10 miles of pure evil/fun over the moors and reservoirs around Saddleworth, beyond Oldham. The charge? None. Free entry for home bakers, a fiver for the lazy/more conventional. A 2 pound donation in the hall afterwards buys you a cuppa and as much cake as you feel you’ve earned. In my case quite a lot. Strava reckoned on 2000 cals total for the day – quite a backlog to address. Some super fast performances up at the front (recognised at least one international on the list) right through to the gaggle of club mates at the rear an hour or so later, grinning at the sheer daftness of it all.
 
The race? Oh, the usual moors, steep climbs, stream crossings, tussocks, steps, fast descents. Jamie D for company who had me for a few places, despite usual protests of heavy legs and no fitness.”

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Parkrun

If you made it this far please see the consolidated results from all the park runs on Saturday. Well done to all the green vests who made it to one.

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

Phew! That’s all this week. Thank you again for all the superb reports, it really illustrates how active the club is at present. The future is definitely green! 🙂

Col T