Welcome to this weeks blog. Before we get to the racing news please see a few words from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster below.
As some of you will already know and hopefully everyone will know the cross country season is fast approaching with a double whammy of fixtures.
Saturday 28th October is the Liverpool and district league at Arrow park wirral 2pm
Sunday 29th October is the north west Sunday league at Clarke gardens Liverpool at 10am.
To all new runners in the club you will love it.
Cross country races are free to run as long as you are first claim to Helsby and you wear your beautiful green vest.
Some races in the Saturday league are pre entry but I will send out a message nearer the time to remind everyone.
There will be additional races to pre enter like the northern’s and the Cheshire champs which again I will send out a message.
So what a great weekend to start a weekend of mud
Hopefully the green army will have a great turnout
A big thanks to Ian Rutherford for sending in a report for this race and well done to all those who attended from the Green Army.
This was the final race of the series of 7 races that comprises Cheshire County Road Race GP which has been well supported by the Greenarmy this year. Full results for the series will be available shortly. To the race itself, well, mild and settled autumn weather has prevailed all weekend and subsequently great running conditions were set for this race. A decent size field of over 700 runners assembled just south of the village of Farndon in the beautiful and rural country lanes for this 10K road race. The course is a ‘lollipop’ shape with first and last 2K ran on the same lane, in obviously opposite directions. The loop takes in the affluent villages of Stretton and Tilston and includes the very pretty Stretton Watermill. Aside from the large dwellings and garaged 4×4’s my main recollection is that the course was a little more undulating than certainly I anticipated with approx. 650ft of ascent; yes, yes calm down Felsby, I’m just saying 😉
The course was well supported when passing the village pubs and as you’d expect Mike H’s Cute Fruit events are was flawlessly organised. Unusually for 10K’s a beautiful medal was awarded to each finisher which for the Greenarmy meant the following:
|Pos||Name||Club||Chip Time||Gender Pos||Category||Cat Pos|
|30||Ian Rutherford||Helsby Running Club||39:10:00||27||Vet 45||7|
|136||Paul Roberts||Helsby Running Club||45:33:00||116||Vet 40||20|
|247||Geoff Collins||Helsby Running Club||50:31:00||196||Vet 60||11|
|267||Matt Willcott||Helsby Running Club||51:45:00||207||Vet 40||36|
|348||David Wiggins||Helsby Running Club||55:01:00||243||Vet 55||21|
|412||Stephen Wiggins||Helsby Running Club||58:10:00||271||Senior Male||85|
A few of our members flew out to Palma for their annual 10k over the weekend, looked like great fun and a stunning location to boot! Colin Bishop has kindly sent in a report for this, please read on…
“A few of us from Helsby had a little jaunt to Palma de Mallorca, myself Ian Hamling, Rachael Holden, Chris Holden (unattached), Nikki Hamling (Widnes Running Club), also believe Tanya Meredith was there too.
All took part in the Palma 10K in temperatures in excess of 24’C
With the start and finish in the shadows of the stunning Cathederal the route took us out alongside the seafront, along the marina and back again, a little challenging with some inclines and heat, as already mentioned.
Plenty of support, water stations and refreshments along the way.
I was first home from our group in 12th postion overall, 1st MV55, time 35.49, Ian second 77th position overall time 42.35 with Rachael leading the ladies in 379 overall with time of 52 minutes. Believe from FB Tanya did under 60 minutes with her first race since VLM.. Well done Tanya.
Nikki had fantastic run keeping her time under 60 minutes too, with Chris managing 1.10 for only his second 10k ever, his first being EHM 10k last month. Believe for the 10k there was over 2500 runners from at least 10 countries
Finally would like to thank Mrs B for all her support, shouts and cheers of encouragement and of course her flapjacks that hit the spot after the race.”
Fitzy returned to Delamere for the annual “Hell up North”, a 12 mile mud-fest through swamps and lakes, not for the faint hearted! Over to Fitzy with this fab report…
“Hellrunner is normally an event that brings with it pretty cold weather, and people are normally dropping like flies due to hypothermia after coming out of Lucifer’s Lake with their knee’s well and truly knocking. Well this year seen the warmest October day i can remember for a long time, and rather than putting on an extra layer i was putting my Factor Fitzy on to stop me burning.
It made all of the bogs and water crossings pleasantly delightful, although it was still muddy as always, the hills of hell where very slippy due to all the recent rain and a lot of tree felling that’s recently been done in Delamere made some of the trail paths extremely slippy and difficult to get through. It wouldn’t be called Hellrunner though otherwise, and all 1200 runners seemed to enjoy the course with some great fancy dress costumes on show, which was just slightly under 13 miles.
I was 4 mins slower than last year but improved on my 11th place last year to bag 6th, whilst new member Peter Rodriguez managed 27th position, showing us all how good a runner he is. I think it was only us 2 doing this event this year. I’ve been an ever present since 2009, and even give up my match ticket so i wouldn’t miss it. Fancy dress next year dressed as Boydy i think!!”
Steve has kindly written a few words about the Fell Relays on Sunday. Thanks Steve and well done Green Army!
“Relays: it was great. 18 runners, 3x teams, everyone played a blinder. Special thanks to Danielle & Andy, pulled in at last minute to save the day and Katie pushing her comfort zone (away from the portaloos) after a bout of food poisoning the day before.”
Full results here: http://www.britishfellrelay.org.uk
Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns, well done to Ian R and Ben Fletcher for taking 2nd place in their respective parkruns and well done to everyone else who ran.
That’s all this week, anything missing please let me know.
Thanks for reading and see you all soon! 🙂