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X-Country at Sefton Park on Saturday 25/11/17
A message from Paul Foster:
Race numbers will be available for collection between 12 noon and 13.45 on the day at the registration tent which will be near the finish
Course map and timetable are available for download on L&D website
Sandstone Trail Challenge 2018
Morunner – Saturday 18/11/17
Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in the first race report of the week – and well done Col!
Penmaenmawr Fell Race – Saturday 18/11/17
Conwy Half Marathon – Sunday 19/11/17
“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:
Peter Rodriguez – 3rd at Phoenix
Ian Hamling – 5th at Widnes
Colin Thompson – 6th at Warrington
Helsby’s consolidated RESULTS
I think that’s it for this week. If anything has been missed please let me know and I will update the blog.