****Tattenhall Border League race on Sunday is off due to the weather*****
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Onto the races
Consolidated parkrun results for Helsby members are below including the first place finish by Col Thompson at Phoenix
Steve Riley sent this in from Darwen
A first for me – a night time fell race. Jamie D’s home club, Darwen Dashers puts on the most excellent Dark Un. Jamie signed me up for this, telling me how utterly great it was …and then realised he’d double-booked himself. Not a bother though, I lined up with work colleague Dave and combined the evening with a meeting nearby. I was pleasantly surprised to sign in and pick up the race number from an old school friend and former Darwen President – small (fell-running) world and all that.
So this was head-torch race on the moors above Darwen. Starting downhill through the woods to spread the field out and then a long steady climb, passing a couple of ghosts (marshalls), up onto the moors and into the wind, a mobile disco playing Beach Music, a mix of tracks, frozen grass, tussocks and the occasional not-so-frozen bog. Pretty good run for me – 24/72 over around 5m/800′ climbing. Dave came a brilliant 8th (I let him beat me, to avoid a difficult annual review). Crisp air, ice, brilliantly marshalled, finish in the pub, free crisps. What’s not to like?
Benajmin Crossley sent this from Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race
Sunday 25th February, The Sun was out, the skies clear, the temperature below zero, possibly the most beautiful day of the year so far. Or so it felt for the 70+ runners all bouncing round the fields, wrapped up in thermals, ready to take part in the first Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race. Green army runners being myself and Jimmy (Bucky) O’Hara.
Runners were handed a map each and it was left to them to navigate their way round the 17mile 27KM) unmarked course.. and depending your choices, this could be longer with more or less ascent to stretch your legs over. In my case I covered bob on 17mile with 3,528ft climb. Did I nail the navigation with a perfect route choice? Some people may think so.. my legs certainly did not. As I’m sure most are aware covering distances like this is always tough.. but when its off road and trail that 17 miles feels more like 30, a bottle of tequila and a kick a teeth.
The group all started together but as we approached Moel Famau the group split, up and over or round leading to check point 1. I took the round and as usual went all in at the start so was blowing out of my **** by the time I reached the first check point.
The group at this point then really started to sparse, so if you were planning on following the heard and hoping for the best you were out of luck. I soon found myself on my own, scrambling through brambles, up and down the valleys searching for the sheep tracks. Luckily the brief practise I have had in navigation, mostly theory work in my bedroom with printed off maps and my cheap compass paid off. I think once you get your head round that, and how to bring the contour lines to life then it soon makes sense (a little help of a friendly Garmin letting you know how high up you are does the trick also)
Every so often I’d stop to take a breath and enjoy the scenery. I was blown away with how clear you could see Snowdonia and Snowdon as i came across the top of Moel Dywyll. This is what really does it for me. You don’t get the same felling of freedom with such beautiful surroundings when your focusing on fast pace concrete slapping (no offence to the road runners). There is just a sense of clarity and peace I get from running trails, fells, hills. It’s an adventure not a race.
Feel like I’ve rambled a bit here so I’ll bring it to an end. The race took us from the start in Cilcain over to the carpark below Foel Fenlli stretching out to Penycloddiau and then some, then back to Cilcian, including a final climb up the steps from the cattle grid at the bottom of Moel Arthur up to the top of Moel Llys-y-coed.
In total it took me 4hrs with Jimmy completing it in 3hr22. It was a testing but highly enjoyable race to grit your teeth and get stuck in to, which I would recommend to anyone keen on off trail running. Winning male and female were Neil Talbott (Ambleside AC) 2hr28 and Hayley Evans (Buckley) 3hr08. Full results
Fitzy sent this report in from Village Bakery Half
Not sure how to follow on from Phil Tomkinson’s report from last week, so I will definitely not talk about my massive PB, I promise 😊 So just a short report from me.
What a cracking day for racing Sunday was for our 1st road counter of the season, ok yes it was Baltic, ok yes there was a little bit of wind coming in from Siberia apparently, but at least it wasn’t right in your face, actually every corner you turned it seemed to be across you. 10 of us made it over to Wrexham’s finest industrial estate, which actually isn’t as bad as people make out, there’s plenty of country lanes to navigate around with most of them seeming like they are down hill, few laps past the Cornflakes factory, and then back up the slight incline at the end and a very well supported finish, to be greeted by someone giving out free Welsh cakes, rather than Bara Brith, what’s happened to the Bara Brith? It’s the only reason I turn up!
Anyway, less about me, i said i wouldn’t talk about my needs. It’s a definite PB course, very flat but that slight incline really does catch you out at the end of 13.1 fastish miles.
PB’s galore from what i could work out on social media yesterday, plus a few tears, and some not so glamorous photo’s eh Rachael. Richard Hankins, Peter Rodriguez, Kate Mann, Rob Hough, Rachael Holden, and Gary O’Connor (best of 2018 anyway) all PB’d , sorry if I have missed anyone off the list, if I have you didn’t brag enough about it like me, ooopppsss sorry like the others did on social media!
Debbie Read sent in this from XC
Sunday saw the final cross country race of the season, and what a beautiful morning it was for running. Although it was the driest I’ve ever known the course at Birchwood, it still didn’t disappoint with the almost knee deep mud in places and of course the infamous “Julian’s Lake”.
Due to it being half term and The Village Bakery half marathon it was a very depleted Green Army that turned up and with the exception of youngster Gareth the army were all in their 50’s and 60’s. That didn’t stop us though – we did ourselves proud – ladies finishing 7th on the day and an incomplete gents team finishing 15th.
Overall Helsby women finished 3rd out of 21 teams in the league and the gents finished joint 10th out of 21. Well done to all the runners who contributed throughout the season.
Spikes washed and drying ready for next season.
And finally, reports that from hereon the 25th of February will be a national holiday named “Fitzys PB Day” have yet to be confirmed.