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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
48 (11th lady) Emily Smith 5h 54
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.
Get the big fella a green vest Sue!!
Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Warrington, Delamere, Widnes, & Northwich. Full consolidated results below
That’s it for this week, bye for now