Helsby RC weekly round-up 15th Jan to 21st Jan 2018

Hello Green Army

Sorry for the late blog this week, I would like to say I was waiting for a race report to come through for the 4VHM, but still none have arrived. I had completely forgot though. Please if you would like to send in a race report send the into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A big Green Army welcome to new member Richard Piggott, he and his wife Zoe, ran the 4VHM today. I hope you both enjoyed it in the tropical conditions. 

Park run seen runners out in Edinburgh, Pheonix, Hanley, Ellesmere Port, Stanford, Widnes, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

A message from 4VHM Race Director Laura Baynham-Hughes

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped put on another amazing race on Sunday. Whether you helped out pre-race, on the Saturday or were there on Sunday on the course or at the start and finish areas – you are all stars. The weather was grim but it didn’t dampen our spirits! Feedback has been fantastic so we should all be very proud of ourselves. It really is a team effort and many of you do a lot behind the scenes throughout the year which doesn’t go unnoticed by me.

If you have any feedback please feel free to email me at laura@baynham-hughes.com.

Hopefully we have a race report from a Green Army runner (errrr nope) . From my perspective it was a cracking race in challenging conditions. We had nearly 1600 runners start which is pretty impressive considering the conditions.  And some impressive Helsby results too. Overall winner was Ben Fish from Blackburn Harrriers, who came second last year and first female back was Gemma Connolly, who runs for St Helens Sutton AC. Local trophies went to Richard McGeachie and Hannah Cowley (I have already recruited Hannah – so please make her feel welcome when she comes along on Wednesday evening!) First back for Helsby was Fitzy and Alison Halsall who also picked up a Vet prize.

Cheers

Laura

It was a brilliant day despite the weather and yes the social media feed back has been brilliant. 

A quick report from myself then.

As far as road races go, that’s the worst conditions I have ever ran in, cold, wind, hail, sleet and snow were all thrown at us. Runners were dropping all over the show, from mile 6 to mile 8, there was cold weather casualties all over the place. Even last years winner who came in second, struggled in the last mile, barely able to run straight in the last two hundred metres, it just goes to show someone that fit still found it extremely hard.

Some great performances from the Green Army, 21 of us started the race, performance of the day in my opinion went to Alison Halsall who came 3rd in her V45 Category. Unsure if anyone got any PB’s but another special mention to Jane Ashbrook, who ran as Hercules the horse. By the sounds of it you’re well on the way to getting the world record.

Full results below;

https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/Results/35th-ESSAR-Four-Villages-Half-Marathon

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That’s it for this week, see you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th to 14th January 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round up. We had a clash of fixtures at the weekend but the Green Army showed its strength in depth by fielding excellent teams at both the Runcorn Town Park x-Country and the Abergele Borders League fixtures!

Reminders

As if anybody needed reminding ……….. we will again be hosting 4 Villages Half Marathon this weekend.  So good luck all Green Army members who are running in the the event and a massive thank-you to everyone who has offered to help out over the weekend.

Looking ahead to the following weekend,  we have Race 5 of the NW XC League on Sunday 28/01/18. However, it looks like the venue is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on Steve’s website

There is also the Tarren Hendre fell race on Saturday 27/01/18 at 12pm. Race HQ is at Abergynolwyn Village Hall, LL36 9UU – It’s an AS category race – 6miles/2000ft. (the route on my Strava)  Take full kit and be prepared to navigate if the weather’s bad. Further details.

Racing News

NW  XC League Race 4  at Town Park, Runcorn – Sunday 14th January.

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Green Army at Town Park. Photo courtesy of Paul Cunningham.

Thanks to Chris Murray for sending in a race report:

“A proper helping of green vests were out in force this weekend at the Runcorn Swimrun, sorry I mean XC. This always seems to be a popular race with it being on many of our doorsteps and with it clashing with the border league fixture it was nice to see so many faces. The start and finish of this course is always in shin deep water, but I think it just adds to the fun. At least for those of us who can’t be bothered to clean our cross-country shoes after a race this course allows us to start and finish with clean shoes. Clever planning or coincidence I’ll let you decide. There was plenty of support on course, especially on the approach to the fabled ski slope which was greatly needed as this is tough going on goosed legs after coping with some seriously sticky mud on course. Everyone finished with a smile and knackered legs while some of us (Davyd) finished with a smile even if it was hidden under a couple of inches of mud after his unplanned mud bath. Well done all on a hard run race.”

I haven’t seen any results from Town Park yet but they should be HERE when published.

 

Borders League Race 3 at Abergele – Sunday 14th January

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Green Army at Abergele Borders League

Thanks to John Whitehead for sending in the following race report:

Borders League Round 3 Report

“Borders League round 3 saw a fixture clash for the green army, the choice was Runcorn town Park XC with icy water, Mud and the formidable dog poo ally or a nice trip to the Seaside with sun, clear blue skies and Rhyl Sun centre just around the corner. the choice was easy, Abergele Borders League it was… 5 Miles along the seafront loop around a caravan site and back along the seafront and not a puddle or spot of mud in sight… Easy!

There was a great turn out for the #GreenArmy with 26 Runners out (20 Gents and 6 Ladies), first the Ladies where all 6 runners ranked within the Top 20 of their Category, June Swift (Whitehead) took her first borders league victory with a 20 second lead over second lady and Alison Halsall close on her heals finishing an impressive 7th Lady.

A close fort battle happened between Danny, Chris C and Fitzy, at 2 miles they were neck and neck and with 200 meters to go Danny pipped Fitzy at the line to be the first Helsby Male home.
Overall the team standings are all the fivers, Helsby Men and Women finished 5th with the men scoring 664 points and the Ladies 111 leaving both teams in overall 5th Place.
Days like Sunday when there’s a fixture clash really show how great a club Helsby really is with a great turnout at two events… #GreenArmy”

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The full results can be viewed HERE, and I’ve also lifted this post by Tim Palmer from social media:

“Congratulations to both Lucinda Lamb and Juni June Whitehead for winning the Runcorn Town Park XC and Abergele Border League respectively. Great day for the Helsby ladies particularly as our 2nd lady in both races (Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall) were in the top 10.”

If anybody does a report for the Borders League give me a shout and I’ll update the blog.

 

Parkrun

Helsby RC again fielded a strong presence with 17 athletes at various Parkruns on Saturday – pretty impressive considering the turnout we also had at the two race fixtures.  Rachael Holden and Debbie Read were the 2nd ladies home at Widnes and Ellesmere Port respectively. Well done to everyone who ran over the weekend.

Our consolidated Parkrun results are HERE

That’s it for this week. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 1st to 7th Jan 2018

Hi everyone

Happy new year and welcome to this weeks blog, before we get started please see a few words below from Paul Foster regarding the Northern XC Champs:

This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January. If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January. Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering. If runners don’t turn up at this event after entering it is costly for the club. Injuries cannot be helped and you will not receive a public flogging!

Also please give a warm welcome to new member Rob Hough. I’m sure you will all make him feel welcome, he’s already been roped into doing the Borders on Sunday! Fitzy really has no shame 😉

And finally the belated results from the Xmas handicap can be found at the following link:

https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/copy-of-xmas_handicap_calcs_unsorted_2017.xlsx

It opens on the handicap results and the previous sheet has the absolute results.

Smithhills 10k MT

Our top vet Col Bishop had another storming run at a 10k MT race at Smithhills in Bolton on Sunday, well done Bish! He has kindly sent over a few words for this race, please see below:

On a lovely crisp frosty morning with clear blue skies I headed off to Bolton Smithills country park for the monthly run organised by NMAC for a 10k multiterrain race. With a start on the grass half loop of the park before heading out of the park with a good mile or so uphill climb repeated twice. Happy to say I had podium position 1 .

Would love to say one I would recommend this one for any of our club members who are NMAC members but unfortunately it is the last one ever due to lack of interest.

Certainly blew the cobwebs away.

Cheshire XC Champs

The Green Army came out in force for the Cheshire County XC Champs on Saturday, a big well done to all those who ran, some even doubled up with a parkrun first! Over to Captain June with this fab report…

On Saturday an army of green vests were seen racing around Delemere at the Cheshire Cross Country Championships. Fantastic running by everyone who took part. The conditions were very tough….a ‘proper’ cross country course! The support around course was brilliant and certainly helped push us through the gloopy mud! Lots of happy smiley faces albeit with very muddy spikes came through the finish line. Well done all! 

Post race there were lots of nominations for the ‘Lady of the League’ and I am delighted to announce that Janet is this week’s winner for her positive vibes and wonderful smile pre, during and post race! Well done! 

Link to full results can be found here:
http://www.cheshireaa.com/results/XCC/2018/Cheshire%20XCC%20Delamere%20Forest%20-%20Sat-6-Jan-2018.pdf

parkrun

Please find the consolidated results from the Saturday parkrun, well done to all who ran one!

http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, as usual please let me know if I have missed anything. All results and reports should be sent to the inbox helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 18th December to 31st December 2018

Happy New Year Green Army

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year. Sorry about the lack of a blog last week but there wasn’t much in the inbox plus it was Christmas week, so I was far too busy to do it.

A few notices to start us off.

4VHM – 21st Jan

We are still on the look out for volunteers, if you can spare a few hours on either the Saturday or Sunday please email laura@baynham-hughes.com, or if you can marshal please email davidfeakes@btinternet.com

Borders League/XC clash of fixture 14th Jan

The Abergele Borders League Race, and Runcorn Town Park XC race clash again this season, so neither team incurs penalty points if you could message myself fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or timpalmer97@gmail.com to let us know your preference that would be very much appreciated. We can then put together teams for the day and will let everyone know before the 14th. We have also put a post on the Facebook page, so you can also reply on there.

Message from Paul re; XC

Hi all
This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January
If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January.
Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering.
If runners don’t turn up at  this event after entering is costly for the club
Injuries can not be helped and you will not receive a public flogging
Cheers
Paul

 

Can we all say hello to a new club member as well Mike Barnard (hope to see you at the Borders ha ha)

The week before Christmas seen the Christmas handicap take place, Jackie sent over a report

Merry Xmas to you, hope it was a good one. Here’s a festive Xmas Handicap Report.

 Twas the Wednesday before Xmas and 24 Xmas handicappers hoof tapping on the start line for the annual Xmas sleight ride dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane and back. Amongst the revellers were a number of Santa’s, some elves and many reindeer.

 Donner – Kate Mann, who came second last year, consolidated her ride this year and came in first in a handicap time of 29:58 (absolute 24:09) followed by the fastest reindeer in the pack Dasher – Colin B (handicap time 31:09, absolute 19:09)  with Comet – Ben C hard on his hooves 2 seconds later.  Over the next 3 minutes the main reindeer herd of 17 came in at a gallop keepings Santa’s little helpers (time keepers Louise, Jo, Helen & Kathryn, thanks too) busy on their toes. Followed over the next 4 minutes, by the return of the last half dozen of the weary scattered herd. A strange an incident as ever occurred with the last four footed friend, aka Dancer- Jane, transforming from reindeer to horse, not just any horse, this one’s going for a Guinness World record as the fastest (furry) marathoner horse of all time!

 8 minutes separating the whole herd, with the fastest 4 reindeer being  Dasher- Colin B, Prancer- Patrick,  Vixen – Daniel R & Blitzen- Phil T, all red-nosed but not a Rudolph nowhere in sight!

 A Ho Ho Ho evening was had by all in Santa’s grotto back at the stables with troughs of hot steaming soup & platters of mince pies plus a visit by Santa with everyone receiving a secret Santa present.

 Thanks to Santa’s elves Cupid-Colin T,  Olive-Betty and of course Joe & Mario for keeping the reindeer herd on the straight & narrow through Helsby and turning us around at the far end.

Over to Bish

Hi Boxing Day saw a few helsby green vests turn out to run the walls. A slightly adjusted and longer course than usual due to repair works on the walls.

Well organised and supported along the route. Well done to Emily for representing Helsby women. We had 3 Green Santa’s Stephen  Wiggins with his Dad David along with Chris Igoe.  Still smiling at the end, myself, Neil Finegan, Tim Palmer, Chris Morgan completed the team. Think we all deserved any extra mince pies we may have indulged in over the holiday period.
Happy New Year everyone Bish
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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, & Keswick. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

That’s it for now, see you all soon

Fitzy