Short blog this week, but a few important notices.
It’s Borders League Race 2 this Sunday 3rd, and we are heading over to Birkenhead Park for the famous 4 laps. Yes i know it’s a little dull but your continued support and great turnouts recently really is appreciated, remember 4 counters for the ladies, 10 for the men, the more the merrier and all abilities welcome, just bring your club vest. More details on the link below.
This Friday night, 1st December, it’s the annual Xmas Party, and we are sticking with tradition, Helter Skelter 7.30pm, Xmas jumpers a must, and a good old knees up, hopefully see some of you new members there as well and the old crew. Make sure you bring your singing voices.
Park run seen runners out in Pennington Flash, Delamere, & Erddig, Full consolidated results below
Well the green army turned up on a bitterly cold wet Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to run with some of the best in the country.
Rachael Holden was the green soldier for the ladies doing one loop and 2 laps of the course. Think it was 5 miles. (Hope I got that right). The men did one loop and 3 laps just short of 6 miles. Difficult to stay upright on one of the muddiest courses I have ran in a long time.
Respectable finishes for all. Thanks to Mario, Joe and Jane for support & for post run treats.
Think Bish is being very modest, as he had a cracking run and was first home for the men and teaching me a lesson how to pace a cross country race, well done
Here is a link to another race report, showing the quality of the field on the day
The entries will be paid for before you get there so no one will have to mess about wasting time.
I know last year they said they weren’t but for some reason the message never got to the people giving out the numbers.
Any problems on the day feel free to contact me
Sandstone Trail Challenge 2018
A brief reminder from Andy Robinson:
“The Sandstone Trail Challenge opens for entries on 1 Dec at midnight. If you want a place, you’ll have to stay up late & get in quick: the runners’ places went within 10 hours last time.”
Morunner – Saturday 18/11/17
Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in the first race report of the week – and well done Col!
Nice crisp morning on Saturday saw a great turnout for Morunner at Croxteth Park
Plenty of top lip accessories both real and fake and funnily enough male and female top lips. 😁
The 10k course was 2 laps of the parkrun course near enough.
Plenty of cheering along the way and encouragement from the 5k runners who had started 10 minutes earlier.
Happy to report I finished 2nd with a respectable time of 36.38
Nice moustache medal at the finish.
Penmaenmawr Fell Race – Saturday 18/11/17
Thanks to Laura for sending in a report about the Pen fell race:
“Eight green vests plus supporters took the trip to Penmaenmawr for the annual Penmaenmawr Fell race on Saturday. It was a cracking day and the views across the coast and mountains were definitely worth the effort of the climb and the joy of the ‘bog’ crossing. Although at least there wasn’t snow on the ground this year. This is one of my favourite races, really runnable and fantastic views. Runners enjoy most of the climb in the fist part of the race, then it is across the bog hoping to only go in up to your knees rather than your shorts, then a mostly flat run back in (with bonus of support from Mario and Joe) finishing with a very sharp descent to the finish line. All there is left to do after the 10+ miles is collect your race beer! Great running by the whole green army team, big thank you to Joe and Mario, Chris and boys for the support!”
Great to get two aspects on the same race with reports coming in from Richard Hankins and Geoff Collins. First report was sent in by Richard:
“Seven of us crossed the border for the Conwy Half Marathon today – the last road counter of 2017. It was run in near perfect conditions: beautiful sunshine, light winds and a little chilly. Jim Jones rocked up despite running in the fell race the day before which is impressive. Fitzy, the great proponent of this additional race was nowhere to be seen?
For those who have not done it the race deserves to be in the Runners World five most scenic half marathons. Starting on the Quay alongside Edward the 1st impressive castle built to suppress the Welsh Princes of Gwynned. It crosses the bridge, passes through Deganwy and into Llandudno. It then circles the Great Orme in an anticlockwise direction. This introduces two miles of consistent climb and was pretty tough, but beautiful. The route then follows the river back to Conwy. It isn’t a run to aim for a PB on. More one to savour the views and the atmosphere.
Three thousand had entered this year selling the race out and a good starting position was essential to prevent a frustrating mile stuck in traffic. Its well organised and friendly and I’d certainly recommend it. Perhaps Fitzy will make it next year?”
And now, over to Geoff:
I’ve just read the report I wrote for last year’s Conwy half. It would be good to have this race as a club counter next year I wrote! Well sometimes wishes do come true, and this was to be the last of our club road counters being our 13th race.
I love this race for the beautiful scenic coastal location, where do you get better views than this?
Or this? Spot the three runners in the water below?
I think I must qualify as an ‘ever present’ having done eight out of the nine races.
Weather conditions were perfect on the day, little wind completely dry, and sunny towards the end of the race. Ideal for going up the Great Orme! But it’s a hard race with over 816 feet of climb, but with a very fast descent! This year the number of finishers was up on last year at 2,555.
A bit touch and go whether I would make it to the start line with a touch of PFPS in one knee and recovering from a cold. I wouldn’t recommend you do it the Physio tells me. I decide to ignore his advice, top up on pain killers and hope I’m still alive at the end. Yes I know I shouldn’t do it!
This race would also determine all the age category winners. The men’s V50’s & V60’s has seen a lot of friendly completion this year. It would be down to who turned up for this race and their finishing
order that would be the decider. There was also going to be an unexpected surprise change at the top of the ladies leader board with Janet as the only Helsby lady in this race too.
Eight Helsby runners turned up, including Richard Hankins going for his record tenth counter and myself for my ninth counter.
The Helsby finish order was;
Richard Hankins 1hr 31
Jim Jones 1hr 40m
Mike Williams 1hr 43m
Roy Gaskill 1hr 48m
Geoff Collins 1hr 54m
Geoff Shaw 1hr 57m
Matt Willcott 1hr 56m
Janet Shaw 2hr 25m.
Finally I thought I would do a quick check on who has run the most miles in this year’s road counters. It must be Richard with 10 races to his credit, but no it isn’t.
This is who has run the most miles;
1st Geoff Collins 72.9m 9 races
2nd Richard Hankins 72.1m 10 races
3rd Jim Jones 47.9m 7 races
1st Janet Shaw 36.7m 7 races
2nd Tanya Downes 27.4m 4 races
3rd Carol Shaw 26.7m 6 races.
Parkrun Saturday 18/11/17
Well done all Parkrunners. We had 11 Helsby out at various Parkruns on Saturday with some impressive results and rankings:
Quiet week last week, only one report in the inbox! If you did a race and want it including in the blog please fire it over to email@example.com.
Before the racing news please find a few reminders from Jackie below.
A reminder that next Wednesday after our club run is our next cub talk. Supper provided, 8:30 start.
Wed 22nd Nov – Norwegian Trilogy – Jackie. Virtually no running but lots of mountains, sea, snow, sun & scenery.
The next 10K (with 6k option) is the Wednesday after
Wed 29th Nov – Godscroft Time Trial – 6:30 at club – warm up to start
We’ve not heard yet about how many London Marathon place our club has been allocated. It’s usually mid-November. If we have heard by next week we will hold the draw at next weeks club talk. To be entered into the draw you need a 2018 rejection slip plus to have competed in at least 2 Border League Races in the previous 12 months. Please can you email jackie your rejection slips asap (firstname.lastname@example.org). (PS Suzie & Rachel, I’ve already got yours).
A couple of advance warning Xmas events:-
Fri 2nd Dec – Helsby Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham
Christmas jumpers complusory, Meet in Helter Skelter at 7:30pm for starters!
Sat 2nd Dec – 7pm, its the Ho Ho Helsby Xmas parade & Xmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Please come along with family & friends and join in the fun. If you are local and would like to help marshal the event, pleae let Betty know (email@example.com)
Wed 20th Dec – Annual Xmas Handicap Run followed by Xmas Santa & Supper.
3.3 mile dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane & back wth handicap starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to value of £5 for the Secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.& finally …
Planning ahead for the Four Villages, our stock of white stakes for hanging tape from seems to have dwindled. Not sure if they were returned from previous races, but if you have them please can you let me know, save having to buy new ones.
Cheers & thanks Jackie
North West Sunday League XC – Beacon Park
Thanks for Fitzy for sending in the sole race report this week…over to Fitzy…
What perfect running conditions Sunday morning brought us, clear blue sky’s and not too cold, perfect I thought, until we got to Beacon Park, Skelmersdale. We arrived and somehow the temperature had dropped and a pretty chilly wind had arrived. Nobody seemed up for this race upon arrival, especially myself, everyone saying they felt like they had zero energy and really couldn’t be bothered.
That was until we started taking the Michael out of one another’s attire and started racing. Skem’s XC course is brilliant, a big lap of the top field, and then down into the secluded trails of Beacon Park, seeing us complete 2 laps, the second a lot harder than the first. The mud didn’t disappoint, very thick, lots of it especially on the second lap, and plenty of big climbs some gradual, and some very steep, and as per usual plenty of folk trying their best to stay on their feet, some better than others.
Some great pictures on social media and a few highlights of the day were definitely Steve Riley’s different coloured footwear, Ian Rutherford’s hand knitted gloves and finally Emily Smiths photo of her going around the puddles.
Huge congratulations to Lucinda Lamb, coming home in 1st Place overall, making it a 100% record in her first two outings in the L&D Sunday league, and that helped cement the ladies 3rd Place overall in the league. Better to come from the men I’m sure but still a respectable mid table finish on the day.
Next up is Arrowe Park, on 10th December, would be great to get another great turnout
I was lucky enough to get selected to run for Cheshire again at the Abergele 5 Inter-counties champs against North Wales so on Sunday I slipped into my Cheshire vest and made my way over there. The weather was pretty horrific, gale force winds, hail and rain so I spent most of the time sitting in my car trying to keep warm before the start. I’m definitely a fair weather runner! The course is very similar to the one used in the borders league so it’s an out and back along a coastal path with a small diversion around a caravan park. The wind was against us on the way out so it made for a slow and tactical first half with everyone trying to use each other as a wind break, but on the way back it was a case of eye balls out and hang on to the finish. I managed to get 29.06 , 15th overall and 4th Cheshire counter (6 per team), both the men’s and ladies teams won on the day so it was a great result for everyone!
It was also nice to see a few green vests there, Bish had a fantastic race to win the overall v55 category and the Wiggo’s had a great run too. Well done chaps!
Fitzy, king of the uncapitalised personal pronoun, sent in this from Arley Hall
Saturday seen me head back to Arley Hall and compete again in the Cheshire 10k after winning my age category back in March, and also getting my 10k PB, so i fancied giving it another go on a really fast course. The weather was very different to March, heavy rain with a bit of wind, made for an absolutely brutal start, especially traipsing over the waterlogged muddy fields to pick up your race number and and go to the toilet. I was muddier by the start of this race than I was at the previous weekends XC at Arrowe Park, and it was a road race.
I started the race really well and everything was going to plan up until a mile and a half out because as per usual i’d gone off far to fast yet again, when will i learn. With it being a very local race i was expecting to see a lot more from the green army there, but I only seen Carol Shaw, who ran a brilliant race to secure second in her age category. I managed to finish with my second fastest 10k, so i was more than happy with the end result. I would recommend this race to all you road loving tarmac slappers, hopefully we can get it as a road counter next year and get a few more down to a great race, even if the weather did spoil it a little.
The winner, Matt Clowes, all the way from Cardiff running club ran 29 mins 44 secs, and with the top ten all coming in under 34 mins, it was a very strong field
Sorry for the blog being late this week, it’s been a busy week. Few notices before last weeks race reports
The Helsby Community Sports Club Fireworks is this Friday evening. It’s a major fund raiser for the club so please try and come along & bring the family to enjoy the display and activities & support your club.
A message from Foz regarding up and coming cross country races
The next cross country race in the Liverpool and district’s league, is in Sefton park on Saturday 25th November.
The race is pre entry and I will be sending the entries in for Helsby. So if you would like to run please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook. I will set up a page on Facebook after this weeks blog.
I will need to have all names in by Sunday 12th November at the latest
Anybody new to this event, there is a women’s race first then the men’s race.
It is a great event in the xc calendar.
I will send a message out before the day to confirm times for the start of the races but they will be in the afternoon.
Any questions please feel free to contact me.
Also another note regarding this as i know it was brought up at the AGM, if you are putting your name down for this race or any of the future pre-entry races, please try your very best to attend, the club actually pays the entry fee’s for these races, i think some are unaware of this and think it’s a free of charge race like the Sunday league races, it’s not. We all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of us racing, and sometimes it cannot be helped. Don’t let that put you off entering though, they are great races…..Cheers…FITZY
Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Widnes, & Exeter. Full consolidated results below, and also Bish’s report from Exexter Park Run
Due to commitments couldn’t start the XC season this weekend so took part in the less muddy parkrun at Exeter. One lap along the river around the university playing Fields and back to the finish. As usual with any parkrun very friendly and welcoming would say at least half of the runners were parkrun tourists. The first two runners finished well under sub 16 mins.
Definitely one to recommend if anyone is visiting Exeter Lots of after run breakfast opportunities along the quayside
Always a good reason to run 😊
Over to CBH and another adventure, why can’t he just send in a simple borders league report ?
OMM Elite 2017
2017 saw The OMM* (Original Mountain Marathon) celebrate its 50th year, so it seemed ridiculous not to enter. Max and I entered the Elite class which is 85km of true mountain running and orienteering. The OMM is a massive event and it dwarfs all other mountain marathons with 2000 competitors and I should have been raring to go, but it was going to be a bitter sweet outing for me as it would be my last run for 3 months due to an old stress fracture. Still, I was about to spend two days in my favourite running event format along with Max, so I was certainly planning to go out on a high.
We woke to find the forecast had been spot on: Clag from 450m and windy, but it was reasonably warm for the time of year and we set out as the drizzle started. Langdale is my favourite part of the lake district and the course was set between Langdale and Wasdale so it was pretty much perfect, but certainly lumpy. We made good progress on the first climb, nailed the first check and headed up over Sargent Man for the second check which again we hit spot on despite the poor visibility. The line from 2 to 3 involved a lot of contouring and I was pretty sure we had it spot on. Just as Max uttered “Can we just check we’re on the right line?” Jim Mann and his team mate came past like a bullet with Steve Birkenshaw and his partner just a metre or two behind. Max and I got caught up in it too and it was truly exhilarating. Racing across in those conditions watching the two teams duke it out was really something special. We lost them in the clag 5 or 10 minutes later and Max was struggling with a foot injury he’s yet to get to the bottom of.
To cut a long story short we managed to tag two more check points before Max made the right call and decided to head back due to the pain in his foot. So right there and then the race was over. It’s a really difficult thing to do when you have another person in the team. You don’t want to let them down or ruin their fun. Of course this is never the case. There are so many moving parts in paired endurance races that you just have to take it on the chin.
Max wanted me to continue and I was having so much fun we decided to split with Max heading back to camp and me continuing on my own. Both being highly experienced in the mountains and carrying the kit for an overnight stop meant that the risk was really low. There were thousands in the area who could pass on a message, there were safety points all over the map so we split and I cracked on. A few checkpoints later I had a nightmare in the clag and the fiendish terrain. Ultimately I lost so much time that I timed out at the next check point. All was not lost though, despite the frustration I was still having a cracking time. The OMM is no picnic and the Elite class really affords little margin for error. Simply put I made too many. We’d had an awesome day out despite how it ended for both of us it was really fitting for my final run to be at such an incredible event. The organisation was really first class. I’d totally recommend this event to everybody (despite the time of year!) taking on a score class so you can decide when to call it a day, or even one of the linear course is just a perfect way to spend a weekend. Many people fear the navigation, but you really needn’t… you have a go, you do your best and whether you finish or not, you’ll certainly have chalked up an adventure!
* Formerly the KIMM (Karrimor International Mountain Marathon)
Nice one chaps, hope you both get over your injuries quickly
This weekend seen the start of the Cross Country season, no reports come in, but luckily for you all i was at both, so a little summery below
Saturday seen a gang of us head over to Arrow Park for the season’s opener, which was 3 laps of a field (6 miles), just behind the hospital, with a few hills thrown in, a little bit of mud, and plenty of wind. I was expecting a much bigger turn out for this one but i think due to the Sunday league race being the day after, a lot of people stayed away, apart from Liverpool Harriers, there was plenty of them.
Froddy roled back the years with an impressive run and a age category win in the M55 category, and Ian Rutherford rolled down the hill with an impressive 2nd in the M45 category.
Sunday seen an even bigger gang of us head over to Clarke Gardens, Liverpool, for the Sunday league opener. This was the exact opposite of Saturday, 479 runners turned up to this one, it was amazing looking back after the start seeing a mass of colours running around the park on what was a perfect morning for running.
Some great performances from both teams, on what was a great cross country course, measuring just under 5 miles, even though part of the woods resembled bits of the hellrunner course. The highlight for me was seeing a Penny Lane Strider come over the finish line heading back to his tent, covered, and i mean covered head to toe in mud, obviously going for a bit of a tumble along the way.
A massive shout out to Lucinda Lamb, wearing the green vest for the first time i think, coming home in 1st place for the ladies, followed by Jenny Illidge and jane Ashbrook. Chris Collins was home first for the men, El Capitano next followed by myself.
The men finished 8th out of 21 teams on the day, the ladies 4th out of 18 teams, with a lot more to come i think this season especially with a lot of new faces turning up and everyone seeming to enjoy it. Wait until you get to Birchwood Park and it’s lashing down!!!
Full results below
That’s it for this week, don’t forget, Helsby RC Xmas Party, Friday 1st Dec, 7.30pm, Helter Skelter, Xmas jumpers a must