Firstly a bit of “good news, bad news” to start the blog off. Please welcome new member Chris Lloyd to the club, also Derek Morris and Helen Owens are back.
Also, Tim Palmer asks that people check their Emails for the “opt in” message sent a few weeks back to stay on the clubs mailing lists.
On to the races, CBH sent in this report from the Lake District
Teenager with Altitude and the Anniversary Waltz.
A rather hot Saturday saw four Helsby vests in the stunning Newlands valley for the final running of the Teenager and Anni Waltz. The Anni Waltz was established by Wynn and Steve Cliff to mark their wedding anniversary, but with Steve’s sad passing following a long and inspirational battle with Motor neurone disease, Wynn has decided this would be the last time she runs it. I know Wynn personally as she orchestrated the support for my Bob Graham back in 2012. Steve and Wynn were true servants to fell running – involved in the FRA, Wynn was even an honorary member of the Bob Graham club having spent years supporting rounds (up to 50 per year!) The numbers at the event were simply huge and it was a fitting tribute to Steve and his life.
Max, Jimmy and I toed the line at the Teenager whilst Laura took on the Anni Waltz – those that ran it as a fell counter last year will attest to the brutal start of the Waltz. After a short run down the road it’s straight up Robinson (the last top on the Bob Graham) and then it’s round to Dale Head, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells before descending back down to the start; at 11.5 miles and 3600 feet of ascent it’s a stiff challenge. The Teenager packs in an extra 4000 feet of climb in a mere 4 additional miles – a total beast of a race.
Unsurprisingly it was Max that took an early lead in the Teenager over Jimmy and me. Jimmy and I exchanged the lead a few times and ran together for parts, but it was easy to get totally distracted by the surrounding beauty. Days like this in the lakes are rare and the views were simply endless. I’d never been to this part of the lakes and, as always, I was blown away by it. We’re so fortunate to have it 2 hours down the road from us.
Race wise Max was off near the front and never came back into sight. He passed Laura near the top of Robinson and finished joint 18th and over 30 minutes ahead. Given the quality of field that’s a simply fantastic performance! I managed to overtake Jimmy around Whiteless Pike and then, despite descending the wrong side of the mountain due to being momentarily drawn in by the views of Buttermere, I managed to get back on track and maintain the slim lead down to Newland Hause.
From here I ran scared, never knowing where Jimmy was, whether he’d got a better line than me or when he was going to breeze past me. Suffering a bout of cramp down the inside of my left leg as I climbed from Dalehead tarn up to Maiden Moor my heart sank as I expected the inevitable. Impossible to stretch out, I had to crack on and hope it would subside. Only three streams exist on the route so water had been a problem; as I descended from maiden moor I was a dead man running. My hopes of catching up with Laura on the route were long gone.
The final descent was pitiful and the finally ~1k of road was pure torture as ghosts of Jimmy flew past me, but I hung on and finished in just under 4 hours. Laura had a great race, in a truly massive field. The results are not out yet and I couldn’t see straight to note them down on the day! Every participant received an engraved glass from their respective race, a meal and free beer. A true community race that has put £000’s to charity over the years, has kept a community centre open and all for £9 a head. I sincerely hope that somebody else picks up the race and ensure it continues… I certainly want to run it again!
Davyd Michell sent in these 2 race reports
Two Sundays ago 4 green army vests took to the start line at the Bebington oval for 4 laps of the track in the Wirral AC 1 mile. This was the 1st race of 4 in the Wirral endurance series, the others being a 3k, 5k and 10k.
Its not often that you get to run a timed mile race and this meant quite a large field of 25 runners took to the line with some familiar faces from border league races present. The pace was as expected quick and the field spread out rapidly. 1st green vest home was Fitzy in a quick 5:07.01 for 7th place, Ian was next in 13th with and impressive 5:37.09 given that he has been strong armed into the race have already done a tough hill session in the morning!. I had a good battle with Peter and just managed sneak home inside 6mins with 5:59.12 for 17th with Peter one place behind in 6:11.47. Full results are here
Two days later saw me on the start line in Battersea park for the Veterans Athletic Club 5 miler. This happen to coincide with a work trip to London and made a pleasant change from and evening in hotels/work. The event is open to any Vet and is held monthly on a Tuesday night, if you happen to be a member of a masters athletics club you also get a £1 discount so this was a bit of a bargain for me at £4 for a certified 5 mile race. It was a nice sunny evening and 33 runners lined up for just under 3 laps of the park. The course is flat and apart from dodging a few other parks users and makes for a pretty quick course. I came home in a uneventful 34:31 for a mid table 15th position and something to build on for future races as work will enable me able to make most of the series.
Details of the dates of the other races can be found here as I know there are a few of us that find ourselves in London for work.
Full results here
parkrunFull, consolidated results for the week for Helsby members can be found below