Helsby RC weekly round-up 10th July to 16th July 2017

Hello Green Army

First of all apologies to Carl Pratt, your Tour of Merseyside report got lost in the trash folder, so it’s main billing this week.

I took part in the tour of Merseyside again for the 4th year running. 6 races in 7 days.

Sunday: Southport half marathon
Monday: thurstaston multi terrain 10k
Tuesday: Walton cycle path 10 mile
Thursday: otterspool 5 mile
Friday: knowsley X country 10k
Saturday: Wirral coastal 10 mile

15 minutes slower than last year but i did learn the art of negative splits for the first time. I see how it work now. Nice to do a bit of overtaking near the end of the races.
No mad rock festivals or holidays over the summer this year and starting to train properly again to get back to a decent pace. Still it was an awesome week and signed back up for next year. 400 places sold out in 2 hours. Nice t shirt and geeky stats attached

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Well done Carl, it’s one that i would love to do but i keep missing out on the registration.

One of the most popular races of the year is also one of our shortest, Over to Geoff Collins who sent in a report for Dearnford Lake relays

Last week’s Dearnford relay race proved to be a really exciting and worthwhile evening out. ‘That’s a long way to go for a 2 mile run’ was a comment made in our car on the way down. Nevertheless the scenic lakeside location of this event, together with the efficient and friendly organisation of Whitchurch Whippets made this a ‘must do’ event. Fortunately the flock of geese around the lake scarpered before the race started.

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There were lots of opportunities to cheer your team on while you weren’t running. Helsby had no less than 4 men’s teams, 2 ladies teams and one rather interesting mixed team, more about that one later. Helsby C men’s team included Roger Michell, Davyds dad in it. Also great to see one of our new members Katie Lord in one of the ladies team. Now Katie has a green vest there is no stopping her, having done The Druid fell race the day before!

Fortunately Roy managed to have a complete team together in the end, I know this had been looking doubtful at one stage.

My team was the mixed team. ‘Coming Ready or Not’ or the dream team as it became known on the night. In the team were two 15yr olds, my son Jonny and our family friend Amy (Amelia) Batchelor making her debut appearance in a grown up race. ‘Dream’ summed up my aspiration to expand their experience and involvement in running as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.

On the night there were some fantastic performances: Helsby A, Colin Bishop, Colin Thompson, and Danny Rider finishing in 5th place in the men’s team. Helsby B Ian Rutherford, Ian Hamling and Paul Frodsham finishing in 13th place 21st overall. The Green Flyers, John Whitehead, Roy Gaskill, Ben Crosley, 19th place 46th overall. Helsby C Davyd Michell Roger Michell Paul Cunningham, 21st place 54th overall.

The competition was high where did that Olympian for Sale member who did a 9m 49s lap come from?

For the ladies Helsby JJR team, Jo Lacking June Swift and Rachel Holden finishing in 3rd place 38th overall. Helsby Ladies B Shan McCarthy, Rhea Howard-A, Katie Lord, 13th place 93rd overall.

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Coming Ready or Not – The Dream Team

So Coming ready or Not, frankly not ready for me, to be honest running a fell race the previous day maybe not a good idea, even less so when you take one of your team out for a speed session.  A day earlier I find they go a lot faster than I can!  I knew I wouldn’t be the fastest in my team, Jonny beats me by 11 secs.  Seconds count in this race.  But our team star on the night was Amy, on a roll having been first lady finisher at Chester Parkrun the previous week.  Amy beating Jonny by 12 secs!  Amy secures our own team prize and got the coveted chocolate bar, She also ran the 3rd fastest lap time of our 7 ladies.  Coming Ready or Not finishes in 23rd place in the mixed teams, 60th place overall.  Not bad for two 15yr olds, one only just old enough to enter the event and some old guy!

As always we were grateful for Joe and Mario’s support not forgetting Jane’s fantastic refreshments.  Many thanks for supporting our young team members.

Geoff Collins

Cracking report Geoff, thank you

Danielle Ryder has been up to another crazy challenge

Race to the Stones is a 100km race from Chilterns to the North Wessex Downs along the Ridgeway which is said to be the oldest path in the UK. The race is set up so that you can race it non-stop, walk through the night or stay in an overnight basecamp and complete the 100km over two days. I plucked for the two day option and managed to talk a friend who went to Namibia with me into the challenge aswell.

We both absolutely loved the weekend! We started early on Saturday morning near Lewknor in Oxfordshire with staggered start times to spread people along the route, registration was easy and we handed our overnight bags to the assigned waiting truck and towed the line. The km’s ticked down easily as we set off at an easy pace in the rain which persisted for the majority of the morning but with the weather warm I didn’t get the rain coat out. The first day had us working our way through wooded areas with some single track, passing through the middle of some amazing corn fields and weaving our way along the Thames. Mid way camp appeared at the top of a climb after just under 7 hours on our feet and over 700m of elevation for the day. Mid way camp was amazing, limitless food including pasta, fajitas, cake, free massage, yoga sessions and hot showers. After picking up our assigned tent numbers which were extremely spacious compared to my recent mountain marathon experience, and our bags we headed for the showers, a massage, round two of food and a relax in the sun. At this point I couldn’t even imagine carrying on non-stop for the 100k! Day 2 started dry and we set off at around 6.30am.

The terrain on the second day was more open with some stunning vistas opening up on the higher ground of the North Wessex Downs. Unfortunately the kms did not disappear as nicely today. I had started to get a pain on the outside of my foot with about 6kms to go on the first day which was only an issue when walking or running. The pain had not gone by the Sunday morning which made for a long slog of a day and numerous popping of pain killers. I still loved the day and seeing the sign for 5k to go before dropping down a long descent and doing a lap of the Avebury stones was brilliant. The sense of achievement of having covered 100km on foot over the two days was amazing and we even managed a sprint finish to overtake two women we had been zig zagging all day.

The pace was slower with more walking but we still completed day 2 in under 8 hours with 600m of elevation which I am really happy with. The event was brilliant, extremely well organised with excellent food stations (I came away with more food than I took), volunteers and medics and it had a really inclusive feel with the mix of runners and walkers. You also got copious amounts of free photos – most of which were not very flattering unless you like a grimace. I would highly recommend. Now I only need to try and heal my foot so I can do some more.

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No runner takes a decent photo if you are running hard, well done Danielle

Now i’ve been told by Gaz that if it’s not just running it shouldn’t be in the blog, so here’s a Swim run report from our CBH just to annoy Gaz, it’s also a cracking read and the photo’s aren’t too bad either

Rockman Swimrun – Lysefjorden, Norway.
Two weekends, 4 flights, two swimruns. So last week was Engadin where my race partner Liz and I qualified for the Otillo world swimrun championships, but this is the race I’ve been looking forward to all year. Rockman totally grabbed me last year. Iconic bonkers start jumping from a ferry into the Fjord for a 900m swim complete with jelly fish before heading up, up, up to three more swims and a run to Preikestolen standing at 604m. This is what it looked like:
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On the way of Preikestolen I managed to slip on a 45 degree rock and my legs went completely from under me. Sliding uncontrollably towards a 10-12ft drop I managed to angle my body towards a tree and break the momentum from my fall. As I got up I realised that I’d managed to retain the fist full of sweets I’d just got from the aid station. Professional! Cracking on from there I slipped again and landed hard on my big toe which is suspected to be broken… not good less than 10k into the race! Some extremely technical running across simply the most stunning landscape followed along with another cheeky swim and more of the same until the first big Fjord swim (1600m).
Laura had come out to spectate and have a long weekend in Norway so as we entered this big swim I did my best to shout a “No Goubunku” out so Laura would know it was us. Only seconds later I was chuckling to myself as it would have just sounded like a sad middle aged man trying to reclaim his youth to those nearby and a muffled noise to those on the boat. Liz and I have finally got our tether to the right length and with Liz using hand paddles this time we seem to really hid our swimming stride. Slow over the seaside sprint we came to Songesand and Laura. At this point we lay in 5th position in the mixed (a category that has become the most competitive of the lot this year – 4 out of the first 10 finishers were mixed).
Fitzy would have loved the next bit… road; around 7k of it! As we ground our way up the never ending hill all I could think about was the waffle lady. When an aid station is cooking fresh waffles on the side of the road for you, you know you’re in a fantastic race! Dropping down to the 1700m Fjord crossing I lost my cap, but it didn’t stop us nailing the crossing in just over 30 minutes. The Fjord was meant to be ~11-13 degrees, but it didn’t feel so cold this year… we knew we had colder to come.
The next section is a 750m climb up 4444 steps. It’s brutal. A gel, a bar, two electrolyte drinks, a water and a redbull and we were sent off with a further two gels in our wetsuits by the overzealous marshals. Frankly I was off my face on sugar. Getting to the top we could see a group of three teams ahead. Our speedy Fjord crossing had put us in 4th mixed team and with the first of three swims at the top down we were going well. The next aid station was manned and we asked if any of the teams ahead were mixed… they were… 8 minutes ahead. Game on.
The second of the two 9 degree swims complete we were on the dragon’s neck. A wonderfully runnable rock section. A slight nav error added and extra swim for us, but we could see the team ahead and were closing. By the end of the final swim (7 degrees) we were just 5 minutes behind. A stunning bit of single track trail and a steep sometimes technical descent awaited. We were refusing to go quietly into the night, despite not being able to see them.
Popping out on the final bit of technical descent I spotted them. We increase the pace and dropped Laura who had been filming. In total stealth mode we were taking chunks out of them until they broke out onto the trail and she looked up. “We’ve been seen Liz, just go!” We dropped like stones and hit the trail, switchback after switchback we were gaining and I knew they were ours for the taking. We crossed the line with huge grins and a 4 second advantage.
Podium? Don’t mind if I do!
Wow, another thing to add to the bucket list i think 
 

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

And last of all, a very good mate of mine Colin Havey, is organising a comedy night down at the club, put this date in your diary, as he will have some of the best acts on the circuit coming to Helsby to make us LOL! Friday 10th November, it will sell out pretty quickly i reckon so watch this space and i will keep you all informed.

That’s it for this week, keep sending in the reports it makes our job so much easier

Happy Running

Fitzy

 

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