The 18th NORTH WEST COUNTIES ROAD RELAYS
(Inc. Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside Championships).
Being held at Stanley Park Blackpool, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ on Saturday, 09th September 2017
13:20 Senior Women 3 x 5.2km £15 per team
14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.6km £20 per team
Anyone interested please being in a team contact Jackie on
ALL runners must be first claim members of their club for road running;
CLUB VESTS must be worn.
All athletes must be paid up members of England Athletics
This is a new, local race organised by Warrington Athletic Club.
The Warrington Athletic Club Olympians 8 mile Road Race is now open to entries on the Run Britain website. It’s on Sunday 27th August at 9.30am starting from Victoria Park. it’s in the new Warrington Road Race Grand Prix.
The Run Britain website states it is a 8 mile 2 lap road race on paths within and outside Victoria Park Warrington, starting and finishing on a running track and taking in some of Warrington’s iconic landmarks.
Onto the reports, Ben C sent in this from the Ponderosa Fell Race
We arrived to a wet, foggy and what could have been said to be a miserable setting in the hills of Llangollen for the Ponderosa 2017 fell.
We could not see anything from the end of the carpark. Still, as always, the runner’s vibes were high as we all set off walking down to sign up with our pennies ready. Took us a good 5minutes… must have been 30 meter, the Frodfather, being stopped by every man and his dog to say hello, “must be some sort of local running celebrity”, “think it’s his tan to be honest”. £4 to run, no kit check, savvy!
Back to the car we trotted to get suited and booted, “bladdy hell, its gunna be a wet one, is it a coat job?” “You kidding??!! We’re from Helsby, Vests only!!” and there we were jogging up field, vests out for the ladies, high-fiving Joe and Mario whist en route as we headed to the start.
7pm arrived and the runners assembled, 9 of us from team Helsby (Paul Frodsham, Paul Cunning ham, Debbie Read, Christine Roach, Rachel Arnold, The Roberts Due, Jim O’Hara and myself). The whistle blew and off we went,
92 runners started the ascent. It wasn’t a complete nightmare to be fair, most managed to keep a steady pace all the way up. After the ascent, there was a narrow lose stoned bike trail that we had to single line dash across, seemed to go on forever. Everyone eagerly trying to get a chance to pass those in front whilst not falling over on the unstable rocks under our shoes… wasn’t going to happen. By this point the rain had stopped and the low clouds had started to pass.
The trail final opened up down a descent, runners finally getting their chance to take the person in front of them, others taking a minute to catch their breath, whether it by the ascent or the view of the rainbows over the valley. Either way it was beautiful!
As we finally winded our way down and around the hill, we meet with Mario once again, warning us that we were about to hit a bog! and didn’t we just. There was no running through this.. runners piling up on one another, struggling to keep their shoes on. Christine fell in, luckily not all the way, but it was up to her knees. My runners are still a wet, mushy mess now at home stinking out the kitchen.
The finish line was there! If we could just make it up this final little ascent. I’d like to think everyone struggled with that last bit. I know I sure did.
We made it! The race was over. We had all managed to get our sorry for nothing, wet, boggy asses over the finish line, all with smiles on our faces!!
The race was won by Michael Corrales (NWRRC) 26.59mins followed by two runners from Mercia Fell Runners, Billy Stirling 27.44mins and James Craig 28.04mins.
Our own Jim O’Hara came 9th with a time of 29.55. Well Done Jim!!
I’m proud to say I was only 20 seconds behind the Frodfather with a time of 35.00mins (I thank you) Debbie and Christine were the winners of their categories!! Absolutely smashing it as usual! Much respect ladies!
Over all, for a 4 mile course and the weather leaving us with an ‘orrible stinky bog, it was a tough but enjoyable race.
Fitzy sent in this from the Pie and Peas race.
My first race back from injury and really wasn’t sure whether to race or not but what a race to come back to, pies & peas at the end of it. This sells out pretty quickly every year and i can now understand why, held in a lovely little village, which is very tight for the cars to get down and also the runners.
We arrived just in time for the heavens to open, and that continued exactly until the end of the race. The race takes you out of the village road of Davenham and onto the trail paths surrounding it, down to the Salt works and what i think was the River Weaver, a bit of undulation and back into the village for a lap of the green and past the finish line.
A few great results from Adam Gordon, 2nd Vet 40 and 15th Overall, 9 out of the top 10 were Vale Royal in a very strong field, and Carol Shaw 1st FV55. All in all 10 Helsby vests out on a thoroughly enjoyable night, and then back to the Legion for the best bit, pie and peas….lovely stuff
Full results here
Jim Jones sent in this from The Peaks Skyline race
On Sunday 06/08/17 I completed the Peaks Skyline race which starts and finishes in Buxton. The route is 29.7 miles long with some 6600ft of climb and takes you to the five trigs of Axe Edge, The Roaches, Shutlingshoe, Shining Tor, Burbage Edge. I finished in 7 hours which was longer than I’d anticipated. But it was my first long run since I injured my knee in the Snowdon race 3 weeks ago. Not being able to run distance or hills while injured but continuing to eat like an ultra runner didn’t help much yesterday. I struggled the last few miles but at least the rain stayed away – and I stayed on my feet for a change. I finished 67th from 105 runners.
Helsby runners were in parkrun action across the area. Highlights include a 1st place for Col Thompson at Phoenix Park. Full results for Helsby members are below
Thats it for this week. As usual all reports to firstname.lastname@example.org