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