Hello Green Army
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
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.
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)
If you want to read in a bit more detail then: http://ultracbh.zohosites.com/omm-elite-2017.html
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.
Full results below
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
See you all soon