Helsby RC weekly round-up 19th to 25th June 2017

Hello Green Army

Very very busy week, would be wouldn’t it eh Gaz. So here we go.

Tim Palmer has asked me to include this, so before anyone thinks a certain blogger is trying to blow his own trumpet….think again 🙂

Fell & Road standings as at 29 May 2017 are available at:
Thanks Ian Landucci has done on these.
Club Counters
I know that we all have very busy lives, but we have noticed a drop in the numbers attending club counters, both for Fell and Road. Any ideas at all to improve these numbers, i’m happy to collate the information and feedback and then go back to the committee to discuss. Email me your thoughts, be honest, i wont mention names if that helps but would love to hear of you the club members if we can help improve what races we take part in. My email is fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com
Laura has given us a date for the 4VHM kick off meeting on Monday 24th July 

It is that time of the year again when thoughts turn to January and the ESSAR 4 Villages Half Marathon, which Helsby Running club organise. There will be a kick off meeting on Monday 24th July at 8pm at Helsby Sports Club (after Monday night track session). If you would like to get involved in this year’s race then please come along to the meeting. We will be discussing plans for the race (provisional date is Sunday 21st January) and it is an opportunity to share any ideas on how we can make the race even better! Look forward to seeing lots of you at the meeting.

Many thanks Laura

Like your Music, anyone fancy a Helsby RC night out? have a look at the below. A message from the Sports Club

Hi all, please find attached the poster for helsfest, could you all circulate this with your members. Also include that if any members wish to purchase tickets I am offering a discounted price of £10 for members if purchased through me at the club 🙂
Also I am in need of some volunteers for the day for some general marshalling duties. If anybody is interested in helping out on the day please let me know, the club will benefit hugely from the alcohol sales of this event.
Many thanks


Stand up Carl Pratt for the first race report of the day

In unusual circumstances I asked my wife Ali if we could go to the in law’s caravan in Rhyl for a night on Friday. The catch was the fact that North Wales half marathon was on the Saturday morning! How convenient! I planned the race as an ideal warm up leading up to Southport half next Sunday, which kicks of the 52 mile tour of Merseyside over the course of the week. Anyway the half marathon on Saturday was a lot smaller than I expected with only 137 runners.

A strong tail wind on the way out allowed a nice sub 4:20/km which if kept up would have led to a sub 1h:30 and a pb. However we all know what happens next! The final 6 miles was directly into the 15mph headwind and cut my pace down to 5:00-5:30/km. Good for training but kills the chance of the time you want.

1:37:29 and a 17th place overall finish. So happy enough with that. Whilst here I’d like to note that I’m still doing a fair bit of running but being a new dad has taken priority and most of the training is done early in the day so don’t get a chance to do many club training sessions these days. Might have to get over Wednesday though to break the trail shoes back in for the 2nd and 5th leg of next weeks tour of Merseyside!

Good luck with the “Tour” Carl I know a lot of us wanted to do this

Blogger Jim turned back to his natural habitat in the hills of Wales instead of the tarmac of Cheshire

I don’t know whether Max Wainright has sent a race report in, but he did well on the V3k Ultra on Saturday, finishing 23rd in just 9hrs 20 mins. Renowned as being one of the toughest races in the UK, the V3k Ultra takes in all 15 peaks in Wales that are over 3000ft and covers a distance of around 34 miles. I did the V3k Ultra last year and it was indeed one of the toughest things I’ve done, I had signed up for it again this year but decided to transfer to the V3k Half instead. My race started at Ogwen with a climb up Pen yr Ole Wen and was about 13 miles along the less technical terrain of the Carneddau. I finished the V3k Half in 7th place at 3hrs 5 mins, but I felt like a bit of a fraud when I found myself running alongside some of the lead runners of the Ultra who had already been out there for 6 hours before me!  I’d recommend the half to anyone wanting to try what is still  tough terrain, but without the more exposed climbs of Crib Goch and Tryfan.

Great work chaps, if I could navigate it’s one i would love to do

Tim sent in this for Moel-y-Gamelin Fell Race

After the hot and sunny weather of the last week or so, the drizzle and low cloud at the top of Horseshoe Pass came as a bit of surprise on Sunday, but made for pleasant running conditions (compared to the heat) although less pleasant for the marshals. The race manages two ascents of Moel y Gamelin and Joe is right – the last one is a stiff climb. 

It was a small Green Army turnout of 4 for this fell counter; thanks to Joe and Mario for their support (twice for the slower Helsby runners!) at the far end. There was also a brief appearance of Jim O on a bike just before the start.

 Where we lacked quantity, we made up for with quality with two top 10 finishes (Adam in 7th and Neil in 9th) and a category win for Adam. The race winner, Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane Striders) finished in 1:13:56 and there were 49 finishers.

7 ADAM GORDON HELSBY MV 40 1 1:22:49
27 TIM PALMER HELSBY MV 50 7 1:40:58
39 JIM JONES HELSBY MV 50 11 1:49:11

 At least Lawrence didn’t take you the wrong way!!!



LBH sent this report in from one of our latest Fell Counters

Wednesday night saw the postponed Up the Beast race, one of our Fell counters and part of the Mini Fell series.  It was very hot and humid with a big storm threatening at the start of the race. 9 Green vests had made the journey to The Miners Arms in Maeshafn and we were pleased the start was through the shade of the woods. This is a cracking race, just over 4 miles with about 1500ft of climb. I honestly only really remembered the first climb from last year – I must have blocked them out – so the other 2 were a bit of a surprise! Also I didn’t get lost this year (no Froddy to follow!) Great running from Felsby on the night, well worth the trip on a hot summer’s evening.

 Helsby Results

1st in 38.40 Lawrence Eccles from Penny Lane Striders (he didn’t get lost again)

6 Max Wainwright

14 Adam Gordon

30 Laura B Hughes (1st lady)

40 Phil Gillard

41 Jane Ashbrook (4th lady)

44 Jim Jones

46 Davyd Michell

58 Rachel Arnold

68 Paul Cunningham

 Full results at http://www.wfra.me.uk/

Well done everyone decent turnout as well which is brilliant.


Davyd decided to run on Fathers day, whats that all about?

On fathers day last Sunday I took part in the British Masters 5k championships. This is a race for anyone over the grand old age of 35 and a member of there area masters club, in our case that’s the Northern Masters Athletic Club. The race takes place in Horwich just outside Bolton and is part of their festival of sport, so there is races of all types going on from an open 5k race to under 8 children’s cycle races.
The Masters race has its own independent race although we are combined with the race walkers who started 3 mins ahead of us runners. The course is a 3 laps of the town centre on closed roads, the course is not known as a quick one due to a smallish drag up to the finish which by the time you reach the final lap and finish at the top feels much tougher than you might expect. The weather on the day was hot and humid and made for tough going despite the short distance. 144 competitors took to the line with the oldest being over 80 and as expected, being the masters champs, the field was of high quality. This was confirmed by me just managing to outsprint a V70 to the finish in 20:29…and finishing in 63rd position.
It was great to be part of another big race on closed roads with a good astrosphere, especially as my Dad was also competing in the walk. Results are on the attached link

And its worth looking at some of the times and ages, some are very impressive, like the winner of the V70 category running sub 20 minutes!..

Thanks Davyd

I’m sure Davyd has told me his Dad has a 10k PB of 36 mins….walking, not running! Amazing!!

El Capitano headed over to Liverpool for one of our road counters

Our 8th road counter at the Penny Lane 10k on Sunday saw only 2 Helsby runners turn up to fly the green army flag, myself and Richard Hankins. A shame as this 10k ticks all the boxes, perfect club organisation by Penny Lane Striders, cheap entry fee and a nice route along the Otterspool Promenade with a small trail section to keep things interesting enough. Maybe the clash with Tough Team was to blame as the fell counter also suffered a low turn out too.

My legs were pretty heavy after the TTC on Friday but after a quick warm up the old legs loosened up and I was ready to go and surprisingly achieved a course PB (35.35) and 11th place. Very happy with that one! Richard showed he is going well with another sub 40 run (39.34) and 48th place. Well done Rich!

Rich seems to be at every race we do these days! well done guys

Friday night seen the green army go over to Tattenhall for the Tough Team Challenge. no report for this one but what a night, mens team coming in 1st, well done to Col, Bish and Danny, showing the 2nd placed team how to run as a team and not individuals, the clue is in the title, and the ladies team coming in 3rd, well done Jane, Alison, and Jenny, brilliant work and by the amount of smiles i seen at the top of the railway, everyone had lots of good fun.




Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Ally Pally, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Widnes, & Birkenhead. Full consolidated results below


thank god thats over, that’s it for this week, bye for now




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