With no birthdays, anniversaries or bar mitzvahs to announce this week we can get straight to the running. First off some club champs news and upcoming races.
2016/17 Borders League Championships –
Congratulations to last season Border League series Championship winners
1st Colin Thompson
2nd Chris Fitzpatrick
3rd Ian Rutherford
4th Neil Finegan
1st Laura Baynham-Hughes
2nd Alison Halsall
3rd Joanne Lacking
4th Jane Ashbrook
Apologies I’ve been trying to give these awards out over the last month or so, the original plan was at the Summer Handicap but only Ian was there! Colin was presented his at Saturdays Phoenix Park (where Davyd celebreated his 50th parkrun & birthday). Will give the rest out as I see folks and if not at the 1st Borders League on 1st Oct.
Wirral September Multi-terrain Series
Tuesday evenings in Sept are nearly upon us! That means it’s the popular Wirral Multi-Terrain series of four races, these are also part of this years Trail club counters. Each of the 4 races is held over various terrain such as sand, rocks, mud and hills at distances between 7.5k and 10k. They are varied, competitive but great fun with no prior experience required! So why not give them a try?! Just turn up wearing your Helsby vest, give a £1 to Joe or Mario on the night and t…hen hand them your position tag after finishing.
That’s it, the rest is done by us submitting your club details. Either try an individual race or take part in the series.
Royden Park, Thurstaston – 1900
for lift sharing please meet at the club at 6pm.
Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston19:00
Harrison Drive, North Wirral Coastal Park, Wallasey
Toby Carvery, Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, CH49 5LW
Helsby runners were in action in Saturdays parkruns. Highlights include Colin Thompson and Ian Rutherford finishing first and third respectively at Phoenix park. Full results for club members can be found at the link below.
Jackie K sent this on from Harrock Hill Race
Last Wednesday there was a mad crawl (rather than dash, the traffic was horrendous ) along the M56 & M6 to get to the Farmers Arms at Bispham Green near Parbold for the 2nd race in the Inter Club Fell Relays between Spectrum, Warrington Road Runners, Delamere (no Spartans in sight) & Helsby. It was touch and go whether we made it for the 7pm start but thanks to phoning through to Chris & Debbie to get them to register us we just made it to the start line.
A glorious sunny evening with the sun setting as we ran a very undulating course over, around and back over Parbold Hill with a lovely section through the private estate of up Harrock Hall. Lots of mud particularly at the many cow field gates plus quite a bit of single file running. Not really a fell race but a very good trail race. A great pub to end up in for the prize giving that was a gem. Splendid boxes of vegetables, fresh from the nearby fields of the Fylde were presented to all prize winners plus series winners as this was the last of 4 races throughout the Summer. Janet was was 2nd lady V50 and made this arty vegetable arrangement with her prize. Will update you with the Inter Club competition results so far when they are calculated by Spectrum. This was race 2 of 3, the 3rd and final race in this mini-series being our fell club counter King Johns Castle on Sept 16th. We have the interclub championship trophy to retain so a good turnout will hopefully bring it home again!
Ian Rutherford was at the Mid Cheshire 5k in mid week.
This race has quickly established as a must do race for anyone looking to secure a fast time or even PB. As such it attracts a very high-quality field. As most people remember it secured the England Champs status at the Spring running of this event with the top 50 all running inside 16 mins.
There were 17 green vests on display last Thursday for what turned out to be ideal running conditions in an otherwise disappointing August.
Full Helsby RC results are as follows, however to comment upon a few noticeable performances:
Watching Mark Gittins gliding past, very smooth action and completed a fantastic 17’11. As we know Mark is capable of some genuinely quick running and it looks like he is getting right back to his potential once again. Great to see with the Borders on the horizon. Well done June Swift, Helsby first lady and 8th overall in her cat. Very good to see Phil Tomkinson back racing and considering his length of lay off a decent 20’08 I’d say.
There were PB’s for Mike Williams, Ben Crossley & myself…finally (apols if I have missed anyone else).
Other well-placed category finishers worth note are Vanessa Griffiths 8th and Chris Morgan 7th. Fantastic.
Last and by no means least, we’re very proud in as stated a massively competitive race to have a green-army clad category winner – very well done to Carol Shaw; a very decent 21’55.
Ste Wiggins sent in this report from Giberdyke 10 milers
As I am not cool enough to go to festivals like some of our other members I was tasked with taking my younger brother to Leeds festival, my plan was to stay down the road and pick him up in 4 days time. Once I had actually dropped him off I thought it would be a good idea to a final race as a last prep for the Ring O Fire and to give me something to do. I scoured runners world and eventually found the Giberdyke 10 miler. I managed to get a last minute place and settled down on Saturday night for an early night with the disco lights and rave music from the punters coming back from Leeds Fest. The Mayweather McGregor fight was on that night and at 4:13 am (or whatever time the other tents started shouting) I was awoken. I put my coat on and went back to sleep (yes it was that cold in the van or the ‘Villa de T5 Transporter’).
I arrived at Giberdyke in good time and got my race number, I sat in the van trying to stay awake and contemplated a warm up. Eventually I figured I should, from jogging up and down the road I knew this would be a slow run. Whether it was the lack of sleep, half cooked mushroom pasta (Mushroom for improvement . . .) or the two weeks in Portugal but I opted to plod round and use it as prep for the ROF.
We joined the start line and the sun was starting to beat down on our backs, I had my last yawn and got ready for the off. The route consisted of farmers fields and an industrial estate, nice enough for the first 0.2 of a mile but a bit boring otherwise . .
My plan was to stick to 9 – 10 minute miles and take it easy, the first 5 miles went perfectly to plan but my emporium of excuses was catching up with me and in the next 5 miles I needed a wee, felt incredibly sleepy and had a sore stomach. Fortunately the route being flat meant I could just toddle along but unfortunately I had no shade to hide in. I pushed on with the industrial estate coming into view and knew I was nearly home. It was now a race between the clock and my stomach. Fortunately enough I hung onto the stomach aspect. I did the 10 miler in 1:39:xx not a great time but not bad after 14 days of Lager.
All in all a great race, for £14 I got a T shirt, some cracking chaffed bits and a look at some caravans. Champion!
To keep the swimmers happy I got back had a shower and dived into some lager.
Thats it for this week. As usual please sent race reports to firstname.lastname@example.org