Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th Feb to 18th Feb 2018

Hello Green Army

Loads in this weeks blog, like Mario Ballotelli said “why always me?” Only joking, as always it makes our job easier when you send in race reports, so it’s appreciated. If you have one to send in, the address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First a few notices. 

Welcome to Trevor Lewis who has just joined the club, hope you’ve got your vest at the ready as there’s a Borders League race on 4th March, you’re welcome to come 🙂

A few messages from Jackie

Danielle is doing a talk next Wed Feb 28th at 8:30pm on her Namibia Desert Adventure

Danielle spent a tough week last Summer running everyday in the desert with a group of work colleagues and has a film about it to show us with personal commentary too. Please come along after our club training, 8:30pm in the clubhouse lounge. Chip butty supper to sustain us first/during!


Helsby Sports Relief Mile  – We need volunteers to help marshall this fun event.

How about getting your family to join in this fun event down at Helsby Community Sports Club on Sunday 18th March afternoon.

Please let me know asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or facebook) if you can supply someone to marshal, only looking for a dozen and they are all close to the club as the route consists of loops of the football, tennis, bowls & rugby pitches.

Also if anyone is First Aid qualified and can be on stand by on the day please let me know. It should be a much quieter day than the Four Villages & much warmer!



A message from Paul Foster 

Hi everyone
This Sunday 24th February at 10 am is the last cross country race of the season at Birchwood. Please see details below for the event. Hope all runners have a great race


Right then, a message from me regarding this years Helsby V’s Felsby

Hello all

Rights it’s time for the 3rd year of Helsby V’s Felsby, it’s really very simple. You tell me who you want to run for, based on whether you think you are a road runner, or a fell/trail runner, you turn up to the 2 races or 1 if you can’t make the other, and you get points for your team for turning up, and also where you finish in the race. The whole point is to have a little bit of a laugh along the way and to have bragging rights for the next 12 months, currently Felsby have won this 2 years on the bounce, much to my disappointment, so it’s about time us roadies pulled our finger out.

The 2 races I have chosen, are Borders League race 5 @ Tattenhall, on Sunday 4th March, 11am start, this is a free of charge race, and is the road race. The fell race will be at Dinas  Bran, on Weds 9th May, think it’s a 7.15pm start. It’s a good introduction into Fell racing, and isn’t too far away, plus it’s also a Fell counter. Think you pay less than a fiver for entry to this one.

I believe Ian Rutherford is going to be the Helsby captain this year, any volunteers for the Felsby captain ? All you have to do is rally your troops to turn up to both or 1 of the races for points for your team. There’s a trophy for the winning captain, but more importantly bragging rights. We’ve had cracking numbers for these races in the past, and they are a really good laugh so please let me know who you want to race for either on our Facebook page or email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks and see you all soon


Right then, onto the business end, and good to have a few new bloggers this week doing our reports. Keep it up. Phil Tomkinson sent in the below

It’s always been my understanding that an unwritten rule exists regarding race reports, that the author of said report should modestly gloss over their own performance, instead highlighting the achievements of their teammates. So when it was suggested to me after Sunday’s Borders League race that I might like to write the report for it, my only disappointment was that no one would get to hear about my 38:18 personal best time and highest ever Borders League finishing position – but despite these concerns I selflessly agreed. 

Caernarfon castle provided the backdrop for the 4th race of the Borders League season. The course is a 10k loop which can be run in either direction depending on the weather, and on this occasion we went anti-clockwise, which meant the breezy coastal path was at the start and the more hilly section was at the end. The Green Army turned out in force, with 25 Helsby vests on show, a particularly impressive number considering this is one of the more distant Borders League venues. 

The Helsby ladies team had their best result of the season so far, finishing 3rd on the day and moving into 4th place in the overall standings. June Whitehead finished 2nd in the women’s race for her third successive top 5 finish, while new recruit Hannah Cowley was 2 places further back in 4th, making an excellent Borders League debut. With 3 races to go the women’s competition is starting to look wide open, and Helsby are only 36 points behind 3rd place and 70 points off table toppers Wallasey!

The men’s team also had their highest placing of the season, finishing 4th on the day, and moving up to 4th position overall. If Helsby can hold on to 4th place in what is likely to be a very close battle with Wirral AC, it will be our highest finishing position since being promoted to Division 1 in 2015. First home for the Green Army was Fitzy with an impressive sub 36 minute clocking, and there were great runs from Danny Ryder and Ian Hamling who both recorded personal bests. Inspired by Fitzy’s recent marathon training and because Sunday is long run day, several of the Helsby team ran the entire course as a pre-race warm up, and apparently plans were afoot to run a third lap to warm down afterwards. However, in the end common sense prevailed and everyone just ate some cake instead  

Thanks as always to Joe and Mario for their continued support, and to Jane for providing the cake, which I thought was somehow even more delicious than normal. I guess PB cake always tastes a little bit sweeter.

Full results can be found HERE.

Phil, can you write a report every week please mate, brilliant! I would also like to thank everyone who made the journey, again, 25 runners to the Borders League furthest outpost was impressive, just as impressive as the cakes! Quick mention to Bish as well 1st V55, & Carol 2nd FV55.

Don’t forget, Tattenhall Borders is on 4th March, it’s another great course, would be great to get over 30 to this one, and you’re welcome to join me on a warm up lap. 

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Thanks to Sue Buck for sending in this report on Parbold Hill race, looks pretty good

Janet and I ventured north on Saturday to run one of my favourite races – Parbold Hill Race. I would describe it as a multi-terrain with two hills thrown in – Parbold Hill and Harrock Hill. The race is approx. 6.75 miles long and I would say it is about 1/3 tarmac.

Conditions on Saturday were such that the off-road sections were more akin to the Beacon Park cross-country course and in fact the race organizer said it was the muddiest he’d ever seen it. Having said all that, even though it was tough and slow going, it was really good fun as you can tell by the smiles on our faces!

Well done to Janet for first FV50!

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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Delamere, Widnes, & Fairview. Full consolidated results below


That’s it for this week, good luck to anyone racing this weekend (1st Road counter of the season on Sunday at the Village Bakery half marathon), bye for now