Welcome to this weeks round-up. We had a few members out and about in the freezing cold and also some members going abroad for some winter sun! Before we get started please see a message from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster regarding the Cheshire XC champs next year:
The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.
I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.
Entering all the names together saves on administration fees so if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.
The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.
Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.
Borders League (Race #2) Birkenhead Park
Our first report is a belated one for the Borders League last Sunday (3rd Dec). Roy Gaskill has posted a few words on Facebook regarding the race, please see below:
“Borders League episode 2 we were short of a few of our favs but we still managed a team both men’s team with Fitzy coming in first for Helsby, and June Swift coming in first for the ladies, as for me ran it and just paced it.
The full results can be found here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/
NWSLXC (Arrowe Park)
Well done to everyone who ran the cross country at Arrowe Park on Sunday, the conditions looked a bit tricky and very cold! Bish has kindly sent in a report for this race:
“We must be mad or trying to get ourselves on Santa’s good list turning up at Arrowe Park XC this Sunday. Snow and bitterly cold the green and Barmy Army turned out! One small loop and two large loops of the park. Muddy,icy and freezing underfoot, safe to say for all of us our feet were numb after the first loop. A massive well done for all who managed to stay upright.
Well done Lucy for first home for Helsby ladies and second lady overall Laura BH second lady for Helsby and third lady home Jenny Illidge. Chris Collins brought it home for the men second for me and third for Ian Rutherford.with top 100 finishes for Davyd Gareth and Steve.
Well done for all who turned up thanks to Joe Mario and Jane for support today also for post race treats.
Sorry if I have missed anyone but my brain is still thawing out😨”
Lanzarote Half Marathon
Two of our members escaped the cold weather to run a half marathon in stunning Lanzarote (not that we’re jealous…much 🙂 Both Jackie and Debbie have sent in reports for this race, over to Jackie first…
“A warm story to cheer you up this weekend.
Last Saturday was Lanzarote race weekend. With a marathon, half marathon, 10k & 5k on offer. The marathon route hugs the coast between Costa Teguise, through the capital Arracife and on to Costa Carmen…. & return. The half starts in Carmen, the 10k in Arrecife, all finishing in Teguise. It’s advertised as 90% sea views and average temperature of 19 deg C. It goes along the quiet, pedestrian, traffic free promenade all the way, with just one short detour around the Affecife, port area, past the desalination plant, power station & oil refinery – all essential for a hot holiday island! The temperature was much hotter bring in the mid 20’s, but with a welcome breeze fortunatley.
Debbie & Geoff ran the half & I did the 10k as the half was full & a marathon was far too much for me at the moment. Time to cheer the marathon runners (8am start), a leisurley breakfast, morning coffee cheering Debbie past (10.30 start) before strolling to the 10k start at mid day. Quite holiday like really!
Well done to Debs & Geoff with times of 1:58 & 1:51 for the half. Debs looking good with 10k to go. It was surpisingly hilly with thankfully a sea breeze for the final 10k which I managed in 55:27. We were all in the top 3 of our age categories, but whilst in previous years they have generously given out 3 prizes per category, sadly this year it was only 1!!! Still a brilliant race day out for all. Throughly recommended!”
“The Lanzarote Half was on the hottest day of our holiday-too hot for running. It was a point to point which meant we had to get up at 6:20 for the hours drive to the race finish to pick up the bus to drive back the way we’d come to get dropped off at the start in Puerto del Carmen!
The route followed the coastal footpath – at one point we were between the sea and the airport, a bit surreal when the planes came in to land what seemed inches over our heads (think the U2 video)
Just before the halfway mark (also the start of the 10k) running through Arrecife Jackie was sitting at a pavement cafe drinking a coffee waiting for the start of her race. When she asked me if I was enjoying it I gave her a resolute NO!
The course then went into the road through some hilly(ish) uninspiring industrial areas into Costa Teguise and the finish.
A well organised race with drink stations every 2 or 3k, lots of free food and drink at the end, a gong of a medal, t-shirt and drawstring bag.
Not the best of times for me – just under 2 hours but given the heat and 13 miles of running into the wind, it’ll do.”
Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. No Phoenix sadly as conditions were too icy, a few managed to get out to other parkruns though. Well done to everyone who ran one.
That’s all this week. As always please let me know if any results or races are missing, I can always update the blog later on. Remember all race reports to be sent to email@example.com.