Helsby RC weekly round-up 14th to 20th August 2017

Hello Green Army

Couple of notice’s before we do the reports.

Davyd turns 40 this weekend and to celebrate he will be doing Pheonix Park Run on Saturday, 9am start. It’s also his 50th Park run, and i believe he’s bringing cakes, so would be a great way to start his weekend of celebrating with some of the green army. Happy birthday mate.

We have a dilemma, our last road counter at Congleton half on 1st October, clashes with the first Borders League race and also the Sandstone A & B races. There are a few that have already entered, so the committee decided to add another (13th) road counter in, so people who normally commit to the Borders and the always popular Sandstone races, still have chance to do one more road counter. We have decided that Conwy Half on 19th November will be the additional race. This was also chosen so it didn’t clash with any of the Sunday XC dates that have just been finalised, list of dates coming out very soon.

Richard Hankins wanted to remind us of the following race

It’s is the Cilcain show race on Monday.  Details here http://cilcainshow.org.uk/page30.html .

Right then, onto the race reports, over to Ben Fletcher who is back running, great news for the Borders League team that is 🙂 

After a long absence from racing due to injury, I finally got to do my first race of the year, the Weasdale Horseshoe fell race. The race is part of the Ravenstonedale Show which is a typical Cumbrian show, with sheepdog trials, tug of war, wellie wanging and even the egg and spoon race which I fancied entering in myself!

The Weasdale Horseshoe is roughly 8.5 miles with just over 2000ft of climbing which takes you over the Howgill Fells of Hooksey, Randygill Top and Green Bell.

The race started at the top of the showfield before heading out onto the open fells over some very boggy tussock ground, which was good fun as I ended up knee deep in mud and ditches a few times. Once on the open fell the route choice is up to you, as long as you have reached the two checkpoints, which I found straight forward, unlike a few runners who got lost and decided to add a bit extra on! Once round the horseshoe it was back down and through the mud and ditches and back into the showfield which was a uphill finish, just what you want with a crowd watching you!

I finished in 12th place and 3rd v40.

Results

1st Phil Davies (Borrowdale FR) 59.39

12th  Ben Fletcher (Helsby RC)  1.17.14

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Good to see you back Ben

Jackie and a few others have been racing trains again. 

This weekend it was “Race the TRain” weekend in Tywyn, mid Wales.
What a grim start to the weekend! A wet week in Wales followed by a 2 hour intense deluge Friday evening meant we “surfed” our campervan into the camping field/mooring skidding very close to Dave & Lesley’s Delila.  Then sat snug in the van listening to the rain outside waiting for Rachel & Mollie to arrive close to midnight!  They insisted on putting their tent up despite me trying to persuade them to squeeze into our van. A quick discussion before we settled down made me sleep at lot easier. Lesley & I had entered the full 14 miler & Rachel & Mollie the 10 K but Rachel volunteered to swap with me. A fine deal I thought as I’ve taken a few bumps/falls these last few weeks & felt 14 miles of mud was tempting another one.
Even more rain overnight,  but it dawned slightly brighter & drier thank goodness. The 10K meant a morning ride on the steam train to the far end of Tal-y-Lyn valley. Mol & I shared a cabin with a chatty  group of runners from Holland, over specially for the race.  Yes its an international race!  Then at 11am we were off. When you’ve done the full race many times then the 10K is a delight!   The full race is out and back, the first few miles road & repeated at the start & finish with a large off road loop consisting of 5 miles of meandering & undulating fields & farmland to the train terminus at Abergynolwyn. Then a higher run back climbing & undulating along the valley sides. The 10K consisted of the return higher & hillier loop, but the difference is you do it on fresh legs. So it was thoroughly enjoyable with much more energy for the muddy, slippery sometimes calf deep boggy bits!   Mollie did really well, shooting off way ahead of me but alas a slip and her road shoes slowed her down & I caught up and we encouraged each other over the final miles (only for her to sprint ahead again in the final uphill 100m!).
There was a great viewing spot close to our campsite where the trail crosses the railway line and our support team were there to cheer us on before making their way to the start of the long race at 2pm.  Time for a quick shower & snack before making our way to the same bridge to clap the full race runners on their way. A quick nip into Tywyn for afternoon tea (where all the shops were running out of cakes due to the sudden influx of hungry runners) & then back to the same spot to cheer everyone back in.   Mud, smiles, sweat  & grimaces galore; there was even someone hopping (over the stony bits) who had lost his shoes miles earlier in the very deep bog!   Rachel & Lesley came in looking challenged & fairly beaten but by the time we made our way to the finish to greet them they were their usual happy selves and on a high at their achievement – as we were!    All washed down by a great evening back on the campsite with celebration drinks & BBQ to finish the day off perfectly. A slow & short wander along the beach to Aberdovey for coffee & cakes on Sunday, getting back to the vans just before the afternoon rain set in!  Yet another memorable and most enjoyable Race the Train “Summer” weekend! It comes fully recommended!
Cheers Jackie
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Last week seen the 12th road counter at the Ellesmere Port 5k (Capenhurst as we know it) and there was a fair few green vests out

Some great performances, first back for the Men was Colin Bishop and 1st in his V55 Age Cat, 1st back for the women Jane Ashbrook and 1st in her Age cat, really good work considering she was still jet lagged. 10 Helsby vests in total

Full results here; https://eprc.niftyentries.com/Results/Ellesmere-Port-RC-5K

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Have a great bank holiday weekend

Fitzy

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