Firstly over to Fitzy for the Border League Race 1 report
30 Helsby Vests where out in force at the season opener in nearby Capenhurst for 2 laps of a measured 5 mile course. A record attendance for this race as well seen 386 runners rock up, with some real quality on show.
Buckley seem to have strengthened again and took the lead at the top of the mens division whilst Ellesmere Port took the lead in the womens race.
Due to there being a lot of clashes in the race calendar i was over the moon to see so many of the #greenarmy in attendance, and everyone including El Capitano brought their voices with them, we were by far the loudest and proudest on the day. It really is a sight for my sore eyes, and after months of gentle persuasion (nagging) i am ever so grateful for each and every one of you that turned up. A big mention to the usual support crew of Joe, Mario, Jane and Leah, oh and I saw Jo Farwell there as well, thanks for the support, and for the rugrats for minding the bags in our deluxe tent.
Col T came home first for the men and a good solid start seen us finish 5th on the day, not far behind West Cheshire, whilst Jane Ashbrook was first home for the ladies, and 6th place on the day for them. It’s not all about placings though, it’s about turning up and enjoying the banter we all seem to have, well I do so I hope you lot do as well.
There’s a lot more to come from us over the next 6 months, and I’m confident that both mens and ladies teams can push on up the league, which again seems like the quality has gone up another level yet again.
Full results below http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/
See you at the next
Richard Hankins sent in this from the Sandstone A race (won by Max Wainwright)
It was unfortunate that the Sandstone Trail Race clashed with Borders and Congleton this year. Regardless, there was a very strong showing from Helsby: especially in the 17.2 mile A race. The weather was far better on the day than the forecast, warm, still and dry. The previous days however, had seen a prolonged downpour of rain. I ran the route the preceding week and the deterioration in course conditions was marked. The hills were not too bad, but the fields were awful to run through, covered in slippery clay mud. Staying on your feet was at times a real challenge and not all of us managed to.
Seven of us took on the A race with Max Wainwright literally leading the field, his time of 01.59.29 would be impressive any year, but in these conditions it was stunning. Alison Halsall also had a really strong race coming home second lady. Alison and I traded positions several times over the first five miles and towards the end she had better speed than I could muster, almost beating me to the line (although my brain was too oxygen deprived to realise). Neil Finnegan finished well in the top 10 overall and Lesley Feakes also finished in the top 10 for her category with strong performances from David Smith and Gareth Boyd too.
In the B race there was also numerous strong performances. Chrsitina Roach won her age category. Geoff Shaw took the chance to compete with Cute Fruits picking up the organising this year and came third in his category. Chris Morgan also put in an impressive display in the Vet 60 category
A Race Results
B Race Results
Geoff Collins sent this report in from Congleton Half.
On a very busy weekend for races Jim Jones & Geoff Collins headed off to run the Congleton Half Marathon. This was a difficult decision for me but felt duty bound to enter the race having nominated it as a club counter. Of course I didn’t know how many other races would be on that day!
Definitely cleaner than the Sandstone trail, the roads were still very wet and with plenty of farm muck and mud, clean legs were not the order of the day.
It’s put on by Congleton Harriers and had only 418 finishers. The race HQ is Congleton High School with the start and finish on Black Firs Lane a short distance away. It’s a rural undulating course around the country lanes of North West Congleton. Not unlike our own four villages course but a bit more hilly with over 500 feet of climb. The route is an out and back towards the settlement of Newsbank onto the villages of Marton up to Gleadsmoss, Kermincham Heath, and Swettenham. Oh they call the race Sting in the Tail and the eye catching yellow tee-shirts have a large scorpion on them. No there weren’t any predatory arachnids on the course but there are a significant series of climbs over the course, especially the last bit up Radnor Bank to the finish.
We both thought this race seemed harder than we were expecting Jim was hopeful of a time similar to his impressive Macclesfield Half result the week before, I was just hoping for a better time than I got. But it’s a very well run event put on by a friendly local club. Very good support from the marshals on the course, cheap to enter just £18 and a nice goody bag, entries were possible on the day. It would be a good counter next year if the dates don’t clash!
1st Simon Myatt 1hr 14m Trentham Running Club.
Jim Jones 1hr 37m.
Geoff Collins 1hr 51m.
Helsby runners were out at Ellesmere Port, Errdig, Phoenix, Chester and Delamere parkruns. Full results are below.