Helsby RC weekly round-up 21st to 27th May 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this week’s blog, a big thank you to everyone who has sent in a report this week, it makes our job so much easier! Please keep them coming to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before we get to the racing news please see a reminder below about some races next month which you may be interested in, these are all club counters.

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Edinburgh Marathon

Report by Richard Hankins

I have always said I’d Never run a marathon: the training trashes your weekends and the last 5 miles are hell I thought. However, after June Swifts efforts last year at the Edinburgh Marathon I thought I’d give one a go. The training was tricky due to the harsh winter weather and as expected destroyed many a weekend. It also compromised my holiday when I slipped on a long run and ended up in a Majorcan hospital. The marathon was at the start of the school hols and my wife has family in Fife so we were able to combine it with a holiday.

The event itself is really well done. It starts on the university grounds, passes the national museum and Scott monument before heading out to the coast. The weather was cool and overcast but with a 15 mph headwind from mile 5 to 17. The route follows the coast along a scenic old road past fishing ports and arcades heading due East. At 17 miles it diverts in a semi-circle through the grounds of a stately home and reruns on the same road in the opposite direction to finish in Musselburgh. The support was amazing with kids handing out sweets and oranges and bands playing. Loads of water stations and gel stations. I went off too fast completing each of the first three miles in under 7 mins. I then held steady at 7.10 for 10 miles and around the halfway mark hit my 7:30 target. By mile 18 I couldn’t hold it and the last five

miles each took over 8 minutes. They were hellish and I had to stop for cramp twice. I limped home however finishing in 3:25 about 5 mins slower than I hoped.

Finishing 7 miles from the start creates a further challenge. Miranda ended up getting an Uber to Musselburgh as the train was full. We managed to get a bus back but it took well over an hour. Overall a great race and fast and flat, but likely to be effected by coastal weather.

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North Cheshire 5k

Report by Debbie Read

Last Thursday saw the start of The North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix – a series of 5k races over 5 weeks around the Warrington/South Manchester area. The 1st race (my favourite) was set amongst the deer in the grounds of Dunham Massey on a beautiful summer evening. Just two green vests represented Helsby in the subtly challenging course. Davyd came home in 20:23 and despite tweaking my back gardening I finished in a time of 24:28, managing to get myself £15 prize money! (Since been spent on pain killers) The next race is on Thursday at Birchwood, mainly traffic free, entry on the night available.

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Ras Moel Eilio

Report by Tim Palmer

A hot windy day in Llanberis saw 7 Green Army runners in Llanberis for the Ras Moel Eilio – a favourite with some Felsby. It climbs Meol Eilio at the end of the ridge that runs NW from Snowdon. It follows this for some way before dropping steeply (about 1/2 mile at 40% grade) back to the valley with a fast (if your legs are still working) run for a couple of miles to the finish. The run along (and up and down) the ridge offers fanatastic views.

The race winner did the 7.75miles and 3000ft of climb (and descent) in 1:06:32 with first lady finishing in 1:25:35. The Helsby results were:

27th 1:26:51 Jim O’Hara

41st 1:33:07 Ben Crossley

45th 1:34:38 Laura Baynham-Hughes (5th lady)

59th 1:41:28 Tim Palmer

67th 1:48:47 Jim Jones

79th 1:57:16 Paul Roberts

86th 2:04:52 Sue Buck

In all, there were 91 finishers

Thanks to Andy Smith for support and photos and Chris, James and Rhys Baynham-Hughes for support.

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Please find a link below to the Helsby RC consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to everyone who took part in one.

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

That’s all this week folks, thanks again for all the fab reports, if I have missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

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Weekly Update 14th May to 20th May

Firstly an important note from Tim Palmer

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Full results for Helsby members at parkruns last week can be found below

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

 

Laura BH sent this in from Lads Leap Inter Counties Champs

7 Helsby runners made the trip east to Glossop on Saturday for the Inter Counties Fell Champs race, Lads Leap. 3 swapped their green vests for the black and yellow of Cheshire to race against other UK counties. The races were split into a women’s and men’s race. The ladies set off at midday on a scorching day – the race is an out and back course which I am never of a fan of – hard to enjoy the descent when you know you are going to have run back up the same way very shortly! It does allow you to see the race leaders though – as they ran past I did have the overriding thought that the leaders were half my age. Not used to seeing such youth at a fell race!! The heat and less than a week after a hilly marathon didn’t provide my best performance but it was privilege to represent Cheshire and an experience to race against some very quick runners!

The Cheshire ladies came 12th (out of 14 and ahead of Merseyside!) and a big thank you to Sue and Rachel for coming to race and support, especially as the number of non counties runners was very low! Well done to Rachel for winning her category.

The Cheshire men came 14th (out of 18, and just behind Merseyside!) and thank you to Jimmy and Ben for racing and supporting the men.

And of course thank you to Joe and Mario for supporting.

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Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/ladsinter.pdf

 

Ben Williams sent this in from Roseberry Romp fell race

Work took me to Middlesbrough this week, and so I scouted the FRA website for any suitable local races. I hit on the Roseberry Romp which looked like my kind of run at 5.1 miles and 1050ft climb. Organised by the National Trust, it climbs Roseberry Topping which is an odd looking hill just south of Teesside.

On registering, there were plenty of fellrunning club vests around but also many runners without club colours, so I was reassured that I wasn’t going to be totally out of my depth. The atmosphere was very like our local short fell races – very informal and friendly, lots of people spotting my vest and asking where Helsby is – clearly news of the #greenarmy hasn’t made it to Teesside.

The race itself was good fun – I had no idea what to expect, so made a mess of the pacing. I hung back at the start and got caught in the back of the pack, not realising that most of the course was single file trail paths where passing was very difficult. I’d expected the route to be steep from the off but it wasn’t, the initial stages were mostly woodland trail with gradual climb, then there were steep climbs up Roseberry Topping itself and Little Roseberry, which isn’t much ‘littler’ than the main hill. The descents were on paths paved with rough blocks where it was hard to get any kind of rhythm, though the paths became easier lower down the hillside. The hill is high enough that it was in the clouds, so no views but it was nice and cool.

I stayed for the prizegiving, which was lucky as I got a spot prize of a pair of socks worth more than my entry fee, so winner!
Results will be on the NT Roseberry Topping facebook page apparently, no sign of them yet.

Kate Mann wrote this report for the Liverpool RnR marathon.

When I entered the Chester Marathon last year saying I just wanted to complete one marathon and never do another, everyone told me that I would be signing up to another in no time and somehow they were right!! Two half marathon PBs earlier this year had me considering whether it might now be possible to beat the 4hr 8mins that I had finished Chester in so I decided to enter the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon. I have done the half a couple of times before but never thought I’d be lining up to do the marathon distance. After a few weeks of questionable training due to a hamstring strain,

I was hopeful, though not very confident, of a sub-4 finish (starting in corral number 2, I was more than a little concerned that I had very much over estimated my finish time when registering!!). I love the city of Liverpool and the route takes in all of the sights including a lap around Everton’s Goodison Park and then (annoyingly for me) followed by a run through the foyer of Anfield. It then returns back to the city centre before heading out towards the city’s parks. The support around the course was great particularly in and round the centre, and there was plenty of water and gels available – a big relief considering how hot it was that day! The added benefit of the RnR series is the selection of bands and DJs around the route, which definitely adds to the atmosphere of the day! The last 3 or 4 miles follow the Otterspool Promenade and although it is flat, it just seems to go on for forever and ever, and unfortunately not even a breeze off the Mersey to keep us cool!

I decided at around 7 miles that I would stick like glue to the 3:45 pacers for as long as I could and found myself making friends with one of them (who I think was Italian) and he hilariously kept telling me off every time I looked at my watch or used a gel (both completely unnecessary he told me), as well as shouting at me to shorten my stride every time we went up hill at all. I found myself dropping just behind him every now and again to sneak a gel without him noticing!! He was such a great help though and kept me focused in the warm conditions. After we hit 22 miles or so, I started to drift ahead of the pacers and finished in the official time of 3:37:44 (3:38:20 according to my watch) – a marathon PB of over 30 mins.

Overall, I (weirdly) thoroughly enjoyed the race and think the RnR races are loads of fun and well organised – remains to be seen whether I will enter any more marathons though!

Big well done also to the other Helsby runners I saw on the day – Paul, Tim Ste!

Helsby RC weekly round-up 30th April to 13th May 2018

Hello Green Army

This is a fortnightly update due to a lack of reports last week so apologies for not sending something out, but we have plenty this week.

Firstly we had a very successful AGM last night, the details of what went on and what was said i’m sure will be sent around very soon. There was a few points that came up that will need our help with asap.

Ben Williams cannot continue with Sandstone Trail Race Director duties, so we are asking would anyone like to step up. Also, not just step up but maybe form part of a committee who could all help organise this great event. It would be a real shame if this one had to drop off our race calendar, so if this is of interest to you, and you will be given support along the way, please let Jackie Keasley know.

Another one was is there anyone good with spreadsheets? If that’s you again please contact Jackie, as we need someone to look after the road and fell championship results. Ben and Suzanne have stepped down, but again you will be given full support, and shown what to do.

Last one was race reports. Steve has posted today on Facebook about it and if we could get one or two more race reports in weekly that would be great, even better if it’s from new members, you don’t want to hear about me and my marathon training all the time. It helps us bloggers out loads, so if you can send something across send them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Big congratulations to Chris Collins, Adam Gordon, and Laura Baynham-Hughes who have all been selected for Cheshire at this weekends Lads Leap Fell Race. Lucinda Lamb was also chosen but i believe she is out injured, so get better soon Lucinda and good luck to the others.

Thanks to Robert Hough who sent in these reports for Liverpool Spring 10k and the Walton Park 5 miler

Most of you have probably been wondering who the random Jesus look-a-like who has suddenly started to appear at club meetings since the beginning of the year. I decided to add to this weeks blog as an opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I’m Rob, I’m a decidedly average, yet enthusiastic runner who once vowed never to join a running club. After approaches from my home town club, Widnes, and local club, Warrington, I thought Helsby a better fit for me (green really brings out my eye colour).

On Sunday, I was one of six fool hardy Helsby runners who took on the twenty-five degree heat and challenging course of the Liverpool Spring 10k. Personally, I had to revise any ideas of pushing for a personal best at the 2km point due to my ginger disposition. A special mention should go out to Jon ‘The Roz’ Rossiter in the Male Veteran 60+ category, who posted an impressive 43:19, despite the recent disappointment of Chris Fitzpatrick beating his Marathon PB by less than a minute. Ian Hamling was the first Helsby runner over the line in a personal best of 40:33. A big congratulations to Matt, Tracey and Tanya too. A splendid effort in barmy conditions. I’m not entirely sure how much off the forty odd minutes I spent running, but I’m certainly enjoying my t-shirt and medal.

Only two days later on Tuesday evening, in much more conducive conditions for running, six more Helsby compatriots turned out at Walton Park for the annual Liverpool Running Club 5 miler. On a very pleasant and much less challenging 3 lap course, 406 local enthusiasts / sadists gathered and completed the course. Again, the first Helsby runner across the finish was Ian Hamling in another personal best time of 32:02. Ian is really finding a new lease of life as he rapidly approaches the big FOUR ZERO. After ‘crying off’ from Sunday’s ‘bake off’ at the Spring 10k, Rachel Holden was the first Helsby ‘lady’ over the line despite resembling Forrest Gump’s calipers in the scene where he is chased by bullies. Manchester Marathon claims yet another victim more than a month later…….cheers Rob

 

Ha ha great first reports Rob, sorry to have disappointed ‘The Roz’ as well

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Richard Hankins sent in another Walton Park 5 Mile Race report

I think this was the first year this race has been included in the club championship. It’s a club run event, fairly low key, but well attended in Walton Park, Liverpool. The weekend had been incredibly hot. By the Tuesday it was raining and cold and I arrived damp and unenthusiastic. The event is based in the sports centre in Walton Park which offered changing rooms and lockers which were really useful for those of arriving by bike in old leaky bike gear (I was scared my good kit would get nicked). The one criticism of the event is probably that there was a lack of toilets and this led to long queues, especially for the women. The course is three laps of the park, although the route varies slightly between laps to ensure the correct distance. It is relatively flat, well marshalled and on reasonable paths, but with quite a lot of turns and congestion for the first 500 metres.  Water, medals and handy little towels for all finishers. Overall, a good event, shame it clashed with so many others.

Only 6 made it from Helsby. Ian Hamling led the boys home and Rachel Holden the girls, a notable second in category for Janet Shaw. Full results below:

Full results here

http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=453

Another newcomer Jake Homes sent in a report, thanks Jake.

When I spotted this one on the calendar I had to make sure I got along to it as it was my old school. So about 25 years after choosing anything but cross country in P.E., I was back in the school sports hall, registering to run up to the castle.

There’s not much room to get into your rhythm in the castle race as 2 mins from the start you’re turning right and heading up ‘Donkey Hill’. I’m not even sure if that’s a proper name or just some name we called it when we used it for shuttles during the under 14’s off season footy training. All this sounds like it would give me home advantage, but 25 years is long enough to forget how steep that hill is and it quickly became a case of trying to walk faster than the guy in front… while walking slow enough to not blow up I the first mile of the run.

Get to the top and have a word with yourself that it’s eased off enough to be running again, left up the short track to bring you to the bottom of the castle. It was a good stretch next: path come sheep track with trees overhanging and enough descent to try and nip round the odd runner if you pick a better line…. I didn’t always. That descent doesn’t last long though and it’s another case of keeping running, knowing that it’s plenty easy enough to run well on another day, but for some reason (Donkey Hill!) it feels a bit tougher than it should.

When you come out of the trees you get to the main event of climbing up the back of the castle. Now that is a steep ascent and running is quickly at the back of your mind and it’s hands on the knees, glancing around to see who you can try and beat to the top… or actually just stick with… or you know what, let them go as you’re doing all this again in a minute.

Good feeling to be at the top and running again, pretty spectacular views for a race you’re only a about mile or so into. Try and get the legs strong again for the switching back decent which you can do as fast as you’re brave enough to go. Pick up a place or two maybe and get to the bottom and turn right ready to go round again.

Second lap was good… well, very tough but hopefully I dropped off a bit slower than the guys around me. And once back at the top again, it’s a great feeling that it’s all downhill from here. And it really is. I’d managed to have enough left to be able to enjoy it. Picked up 3 or 4 places before ending up with a bit of a sprint finish on the school field with Phil.

Great race. Prepare to have your heart beating though your chest for the entire 4.2miles or 42 mins in my case… but a good way to spend a Wednesday evening and thanks a lot to whoever was dishing out the sandwiches and cakes at the finish. Very welcome

That’ll be Jane Bishop Jake, reckon she needs to go onto Bake off if you ask me. Yep agreed its a great race, and i hope to see loads more there yet again next year.

LBH sent this one from Excalibur Marathon

After helping out at the Sandstone trail race on Saturday a few Helsby green vests took on the slightly shorter but definitely more hilly Excalibur Marathon in the Clwydian hills. With over 5,500ft of climb over 26 miles this was the toughest race myself, Emily and Alison had taken on. Jim Jones,a seasoned pro at this event and Paul I love a hill Cunningham also made the journey to Wales to do the race.

We had glorious weather and the views were stunning. The course is great with some really runnable sections, some tasty climbs and lovely descents! I experienced some crazy cramping after mile 18 but managed to keep going with some unorthodox stretching techniques! The climb at mile 23 was a bit challenging (you dont get that at the London Marathon) but you were rewarded by knowing it is pretty much down hill after that. Emily did brilliantly and smashed her target of 6h 30. Alison ran a great race and was only beld back by her mistrust of steep descents! All our Thursday training had paid off. I was well chuffed with a trophy and little prize for 3rd spot.

So in a nutshell it was tough but really enjoyable race and we really recommend it!

Results for the Helsby crew were as follows:

19th(3rd lady) Laura BH 4h 51

22 (4th lady)Alison Halsall 4h 56

33 Paul Cunningham 5h 21

48 (11th lady) Emily Smith 5h 54

49 Jim Jones 5h 55

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Well done gang, it’s certainly a tough first marathon so total respect and great times from everyone. 

New vest co-ordinator Sue Buck sent in this report the Wray Caton Moor race

I’ve been thinking of doing this race for quite some time, but previously been put off by the fact it’s on the first bank holiday in May and involves driving up the M6. Anyway, I decided this was the year to give it a go as I do like running over boggy moorland!

The fell race is part of the annual Wray scarecrow festival, which began the week before. The theme this year was ‘Ready, Camera, Action!’

It is a fell race, but in my opinion, is very straightforward with nothing technical in it. The race starts up a steep tarmac road before going through a couple of  fields, along a concrete farm track and then onto Caton fell, which is rough moorland. Despite the hot weather, there was still a big puddle up to my knees to splash through and some boggy bits.

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Get the big fella a green vest Sue!!

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

 

Your news please!

typewriterJust a quick reminder – PLEASE send your news in so we’ve all got something to read in the weekly blog updates.

Our blog writers have an uphill job getting reports out of you (and we know Col hates hills). Make their job easy – send it in! Doesn’t have to be about fast stuff. Maybe you got your parkrun under 30 mins for the first time?

Let’s hear from some of the new people – what was your first Borders League like? What was it like turning up for a club run for the very first time? If you’re at a race, have a quick word at the finish “Who’s going to send a couple of sentences about this?”. Don’t worry about the Enger-lish. Come on, don’t be shy!

Email: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th April 2018

Hello all

Lots to report this week so let’s get started!

Reminders

No track this coming Bank Holiday, Joe and Mario are having a well earned break. Track will commence the following week.

We have a couple of races coming up:

Tuesday 8th May – Walton Park 5 mile (6th road counter), still places left:

https://www.active.com/liverpool-merseyside/running/distance-running/walton-park-5-miler-2018

Tuesday 8th May – Thurstaston Multi-Terrain Challenge – Pay on the night (£5 aff)

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

Felsby Vs Helsby – Dinas Bran fell race – Weds 9th May – Pay on the night

Tough Team Challenge

Last shout to anyone who would like to take part in the Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge on 22nd June.

I have four men’s teams confirmed so far, these are:

Col T
Bish
Danny Ryder

Rich Hankins
Ian Hamling
Gaz Boyd

Mike Williams
Phil Gillard
Roy Gaskill

Trevor Lewis
Ed Halliwell
Froddy

Please let me know by Sunday as I’ll be posting entries out then (col808@hotmail.com) or Facebook.

Dearnford Relay

Last shout out to anyone wanting to take part in the Dearnford Lake Relays in July. Fitzy has the following up to now who would like to take part. Ideally we need 2 more, and he will then sort teams.

Fitzy
Vanessa
Rachael Holden
John Whitehead
Col Thompson
Leah
Gill Fitz
Froddy
Roy
Helen Owens
Bish
Paul C
Jane A
Geoff C
Davyd
Jim Higgins

Please message Fitzy if you wish to take part.

Borders League – Shotton

Report by Fitzy

Last Weds seen us travel over to Shotton to take part in the last race of our Borders League season. Both men’s and ladies teams had built up a good season’s points tally  to pretty much guarantee top flight status. 20 Helsby runners attended this one, 16 men and 4 ladies all started along side the River Dee, on a chilly and windy evening. The course seen you head along the river side to double back on yourself, and head off down the Greenway cycle path, a little loop of the local industrial estate and then back along the riverside to a very fast finish, on which was a very flat course.

First home for the men was myself followed by Chris Collins and the captain Col Thompson, first home for the ladies was Rachael Holden, followed by Debbie Read and the returning Helen Owens (welcome back). The ladies team incurred penalty points on the night as only had 3 finishers which meant they finished last on the night but 5th overall. The mean came 5th on the night, but 4th overall for their highest season finish to date for quite some time.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has taken part this season, whether you ran, supported or baked cakes, you know who you all are. I think it’s only right that I would love for us to try and move up the table next year, but i would love to see us get more and more runners to these races. It is noticed how many smiley green army faces there is month after month, and I’ve also been told we are all pretty loud as well.

Pre-season training starts in August, so you can all have a few months off now from me nagging and I’ll be back later in the summer to start pestering away again for the new season in Sept/Oct.

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Mid-Cheshire 5K

Report by Carol Shaw

13 Helsby runners took part in Mid Cheshire 5K at Kingsley on Friday April 27th. The rain held off throughout the race, and the running conditions were perfect. Chris Fitzpatrick was the first runner home with a pb time of 16.53. Chris’ efforts were also captured on the film footage from the drone! Rachel Holden also got a pb with a time of 22.22. Carol won an age category prize. Dave Feakes, Carol and Rachael finished within seconds of each other. Susie Woodward Moor ran well and finished in 22.48. Almost exactly the same time as last year. Thanks to Vanessa, Andy and Sue for their support out on the course.

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Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Report by Laura Baynham Hughes

Saturday saw the 2nd fell counter of the season with a trip over to North wales for the Llangynhafal Loop. This is a regular counter in the Helsby fell championship, a great local race and this year was also part of the North Wales Fell series. 4 ladies and 4 men donned the green vest for a jaunt around the hills on a glorious day – not forgetting Joe and Mario out on the course and my own personal cheering squad of the B-H boys! You always have to be a bit concerned when the first thing the race director says to you on arrival is ‘ don’t worry, but there is a bull in the field you need to walk through to get to the start, if you are concerned you can go down the lane and around – up to you!” Right, through the field it is then!

Luckily we all made it to the start field in one piece and had a really enjoyable race. Max had a cracker, finishing in 3rd place overall, Janet enjoyed a sprint finish thanks to Anne from Wirral (first time Janet wasn’t beaming as she crossed the line!), great to see Rebecca back joining the fellsby crew and I was chuffed with my 2nd place (more wine for the fridge!). Hope to see some more #greenarmy vests at next fell counter which is Lads Leap in Glossop on 19 May. If you want to give the fells a go but not sure about kit or got any questions just ask as it would be great to see more green vests enjoying these great races.

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Please find a link to the HRC consolidated results. Well done to everyone who took part, especially Jenny Illidge for a fantastic win at Phoenix Park!!
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thank you to everyone who sent in a report, we couldn’t do the blog without you so keep them coming!! The HRC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T