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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please find a link below to the Helsby RC consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to everyone who took part in one.
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…