Welcome to the weekly roundup everyone.
First of all I just want to catch up on our Summer Handicap results, which just missed our round up from last week. Thanks to Phil Gillard for organising this event again and sending in the message and results below:
Helsby RC Summer Handicap – Wednesday 19/07/2017
“A big thank you to all the helpers; everybody out on the course and in the clubhouse.
The rain held off for a dry run in good conditions, nice to see Nick getting his nav right for once and new member Ben getting on the podium. My thought for the day; when will Ste Wiggins ever catch his dad?”
Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)
The trial of our new in-club competition starts on Tuesday 1st August and will be running until 31st December 2017. You will be awarded points when you race for the club.
All you have to do to get credited points is make sure that we know you have ran (wearing a Helsby vest) or supported at a race. You can make sure we know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Race reports will be very welcome but not obligatory for you to be credited points – we just need to know about the race you have completed or supported. Parkruns are not included but we will award a point for anyone getting a PB at a parkrun, if you let us know about the PB.
The aim is simply to accrue as many points as possible which will be awarded as follows:
1 point awarded for any UKAA, FRA or WFRA recognised race.
1 point awarded for other ‘notable’ races
1 point awarded to members organising or marshalling at a Helsby RC event, and therefore unable to race.
1 point awarded for turning up and supporting Helsby RC at a race – even if you are not running yourself!
1 point for achieving a PB at a parkrun.
Green Green Grass of Home Fell Race – Wednesday 26th July 2017
Our next club Fell and Mini-Fell Counter is oat 7.30pm Wednesday 26/07/17 from the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, LL16 4LN
Club Championship Tables
A note form Ben & Suzanne Fletcher that we have updated the club championships road/fell https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2017-road-and-fell-champs/
Northumberland Coastal Run – 23 July 2017
Thanks to Geoff Collins for sending in the following race report from the Northumberland Coastal Run:
For the second time in three weeks I find myself in the North East of England again. This time for the Northumberland Coastal run organised by local running club Alnwick Harriers. Alnwick of course is much better known for its famous castle and garden, which featured in the Harry Potter films. The Northumberland Coastal Run recently won a Bronze award in the Half Marathon category at the ‘Race of the Year Awards 2017’ held at the O2 in London!
This multi terrain race starts on the beach at Beadnell, a former fishing village, not so quaint now with a large number of new houses built there. The locals call it Gosforth-on-Sea as most of the houses are second homes for the better off in Newcastle! The race finishes on the beach at Alnmouth. Its a bit longer than a half marathon just under 14 miles. A very efficient fleet of buses take the runners to the start from Alnmouth. This year I ran with two friends, Carl also a colleague from work (a former Frodsham Harriers member), and Jill a friend and former colleague from Newcastle.
But the real ‘race’ started in January to secure one of the 1200 places. You only have a matter of a few hours and anxious moments spent on the computer before it sells out!
The scenery and views of the coastline are stunning. This race has three quite long stages on beaches so is very tide dependant. But this year there was a lot of rain before the race, and the forecast was for more on the day. In fact the weather here was a complete contrast to that other members of the Green Army were enjoying in Snowdonia! But hey ho a light northerly wind was blowing – great when you are going south!
The first 2m takes you along the beach up over the sand dunes to Newton links. The beach was very wet, there are some small rivers to cross. it’s not long before I’m wet from the waist down and now it’s raining too. Then there is a short section of tarmac road to get you past the rocky headland of Newton Point and down into Embleton Bay. Now a longer section of beach run. As the bay curves the shortest route takes you very close to the waves!
Then it’s up the dunes again as you climb the coastal path towards the ruin of Dustanburgh Castle. I couldn’t believe just how muddy and slippery it was this year. Now I’m regretting my choice of footwear – road shoes! Past the castle there is a bend in the path. Everyone slows down keeping left. Then I pull off a real masterstroke of opportunity, a clear area to the right beckons. I go for it. Too late I realise it’s a just a muddy drop. I can’t stop and pretend I’m skiing without the skis as I lurch from one side to the other. An alternative explanation is I made a mistake. Somehow I’m still upright at the bottom having past 6 or7 runners.
Then you drop down to the village of Craster where they smoke Kippers. A sign says roughly half way that’s encouraging! Out of Craster it’s climbing up the coastal path onto the
headland again. Then there is a long section of path some of it very muddy, I’m starting to look and feel like I’m on a cross country run. It’s hard going underfoot when your feet are slipping so much. Why didn’t I put trail shoes on?
Then the route takes you to Boulmer the site of the now closed Search & Rescue helicopter base. Finally you’re down onto the last section of beach at Foxton. Now it’s just 2m to go curving past Marden Rocks before you can just make out the finishing arch on Alnmouth Beach. Lots of rocks seaweed and breakwaters need to be negotiated or jumped as you race to the finish.
The support from the Alnwick Harrier marshals and spectators is really good, and one runner I spoke to even knew our Gareth Boyd what a small world! In fact this is a well organised race with a very nice t-shirt at the end, even a choice of colour, would you prefer blue or black? Spectacular scenery all the way, it’s even better if the sun is shining. I loved every minute of it. I will be back next year. Shame about the weather and my poor choice of footwear.
The results (990 finishers)
1st Ian Harding 1h 12m Morpeth Harriers.
1st lady Jane Hodgson 1h 25m Morpeth Harriers.
394th Carl Hayes 1h 54m.
464th Geoff Collins 1hr 59m Helsby RC.
772th Jill Young 2h 18m.
Parkrun – Saturday 22nd July 2017
Delamere was popular this weekend with 9 of the 14 Helsby park runners turning up there on Saturday. Well done everyone. Our club consolidated park run report is available HERE
I think that’s it for this week. Please keep sending your reports into email@example.com.