Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 18th to 24th June 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks racing news. Firstly a gentle reminder that all reports should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com if you wish for your race to be included in the racing news, we don’t generally look at Facebook as it’s too time consuming and it’s easy to miss reports on there.

Please find a message below from Andy Smith regarding the Frodsham downhill race on Sunday:

A plea for help. In addition to all our other race related activities, once again we have been asked to help out with  course signing, finish area management and results for the Frodsham Downhill Run at the Castle Park Festival this Sunday. We already have a trusty band of Helsby RC helpers, but would benefit from a couple more volunteers to help out. If you can spare an hour or two in the morning to help out in the park or on the course please get in touch – it would be much appreciated.

It’s a great family event and I know that a fair number of our members and their families take part, so a great opportunity to support them. Run starts at 12:30 and we’ll be setting up in Castle Park from about 9:30.

Cheers
Andy

Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge

A big thank you to Alison Halsall for her report, please see below…

“The Green Army were out in force again at the annual Tough Team Race. It was a gorgeous evening for it with six ladies team and four mens team taking part. They don’t call it tough for nothing but there are some wonderful views over the Cheshire hills with most runners complaining about the last long road section rather than the steep climb up the old railway track to the welcome of the Grim Reaper. There was support on the course from Mario and Joe (who popped up in the middle of the last field as usual) and it was great to see all of the Helsby teams running to the finish line together. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable event, the chilli, cakes and beer afterwards are great too! Oh and Helsby won the 1st vet ladies prize, a bottle of prosecco each thank you very much (Jane Ashbrook, Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall)”

Pennine Barrier 50-mile Ultra Trail 

A fantastic report has been sent in by Ben Crossley for the Pennine Barrier 50 mile ultra, an amazing achievement, hat is fully tipped! Over to Ben…

“Friday 22nd June Paul Cunningham and I set off to the Dales in the ‘love machine’ (I’ll come back to this) to raise the bar to the next level in our running careers, to conquer….THE PENNINE BARRIER.

Ah yes! The ‘Big Bazza’, the ‘Penny-Barry’ an ultra-marathon trail run, consisting of 50 miles of hard hitting trail from Malham following the Pennine Way before joining up with the Yorkshire Three Peaks route.  

Of course it was going to be tough, we knew it was, not one bit of us was denying how tough this was going to be, but did we shy from the challenge.. NAH AH! Game on! Operation F’K ‘em had commenced.  

2pm there we were in the ‘love machine’ a white Citroen Rally – transit like van that had been DIY’d in to our HQ for the weekend. To be fair it had been done out quite well. There was a double gas hob, sink with pump action water dispenser. Two seat dinner area which folded into what would be my first bed of the trip. Then the further rear was a double bunk with, if I remember rightly, a throw like cloth backing of the Hindu God Ganesh.  

The vehicle had also plenty of vinyl on the outside, one in particular caught my attention and stayed with me. ‘THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. I DON’T REMEMBER EATING A F**KING LEGEND!!’  Superb! This was our home for the weekend and we loved it!  

I digressed. Ok so we arrived in Malham around 4:30 in the pm. Registered had our kit checked. Then headed for a little walk to Malham Cove followed by some grub and a shandy in the local boozer before retiring for an early night, in anticipation for the next day. 

4:30 in the am! It was time to get up. flapjack and Imodium in the gut, washed down with a couple of coffees and there we were, on the starting line bouncing ready to rumble.  

 Ben C

The race started at 6am. Front runners broke ahead from the start up to Malham Cove. This included the well-respected, West Chester’s Tom Booth and ultra-runners John Bottomly, Ken Sutor, Ben Hoyle, Aaron Reeves, Sally Ford, Mel Edwards and the ever too giddy for his own boots, Benjamin Crossley (ME).  

The idea here was to get a good start up the first climb of Malham Cove and not to be caught in the single lined traffic of the 270 runners. Once we broke out on the top of the cove, the first burst started to reduce, and the main front runners now started to make a hefty gap.  

We followed the Pennine Way up past Malham Tarn and up over them there hills to Fountains Fell. Which after a slow but steady ascent, the rapid descent was much welcomed, and I let gravity do the hard work while my legs just ticked over.  

A mile down the road was the first checkpoint. We were now 12 mile in and approaching the first of the 3 peaks. I quickly refilled my water supplies, grabbed a banana and a chocolate doughnut and hit the trails.  

Pen-Y-Ghent was as you’d expect… a motorway of people. We had to weave in and out of hikers, in fact it wasn’t just hikers, it so happened to be the Sikh Three Peak Challenge. 100s, if not 1000s of people trailing on for miles. It wasn’t till I got down to the viaduct in Ribblehead that the crowds really started to clear.  

By this point I was at check point 2. 21 miles in and starting to feel the run. It had started to get warm and I was going through water fast. I stopped at the check point for 5 minutes perhaps to refresh and have a little stretch. I had started to get a little niggle in my knee, I just knew it was down to my IT band being tight, so there I was in pigeon pose while trying to gasp the hot air in to my lungs.  

Feeling refreshed I set off towards what had been the most long winded ascent(other than Snowdon) I have ever tackled. Whernside. Eugh. It’s not so much difficult, its just long and boring, I just wanted it to be over. Even the company of single serving friendship chitty chatty you pick up on the way could not pull my head out of how much I was disliking this climb.    

Once at the top you had a clear view of the fells in the Lake District in the distance. Seeing views like this is what its all about. My head quickly cleared of negativity as I smiled to myself and muttered ‘this is f’king awesome’ .  

Happy again I descended Whernside, cheering hikers on that were climbing from the other side before arriving at the 3rd checkpoint. I’ll point out here I made a quick dash for the toilet at the local farm shop. It was the only time I needed a wee on the entire run. Your body just shuts down I’ve noticed while it concentrates on feeding blood to your muscles, rather than your organs. 

Leaving the 3rd check point, again fully stocked on water and snacks. I’ll just add here how important it is to eat on these runs. Despite how little hunger you may be feeling with your stomach shrinking but at the same time full of water.. you must eat. If there’s anything that’s going to get in your way of completing these challenges, it’s not intaking enough calories, and by this point I was most certainly feeling it. Shovelling pieces of pizza, chocolate muffin and cheese and pickle sandwiches into me yap. I carried with me protein bars and energy gels as reserves, and they all got eaten.  

Ingleborough, what a short but hefty ascent is that. You can’t see it from a distance but as you get closer, there is a vertical scramble staircase. Followed by about 40 ft of rocky terrain as you reach the trigpoint. WOW!!!  I was cream crackered at this point and starting to get very uneasy on my feet.  

I clipped my foot getting back down which almost ended badly TWICE. Once I was close to slipping off the side of the peak, which would have ended in a shredded Ben bouncing down the jaggered rocks. The second I was talking about how much of a pleb you’d feel falling in front of everyone, in doing so, I clipped my foot and started wind milling down the trail. It turns out I had the gods on my side both times and no dirt was eaten this time. Just a little shuck up and a lot more aware of my footing. 

Check point 4! And the 3 peaks had been conquered. I didn’t waste anytime at this checkpoint, knowing I only had 15 mile to go. I quickly refilled my bottles grabbed another banana and went on my way. I was gutted to realise there was still a nasty little climb going up towards Pen-Y- Ghent that we had to get up. eugh…. Why .. why more climbing.. I was starting to go through the motions here and complaining to myself while stomped up to the kissing gate. 

I turned round and couldn’t see any runners behind me. I knew I had made good timings and I was surely somewhere in the top 50.  This was my aim. I wanted a sub 11 and to be in the top 50, I want a gold medal. Not silver or bronze, but gold. GB Ultras award gold medals to the top 50, silver to 51- 100 and Bronze to anyone over that. My aim now was to hold my ground.  

As I reached the final checkpoint , which again I quickly just refilled one water bottle, I asked where I was in the race, to which the marshal replied 42nd.. “come on Ben. Home run now. Just get home”. I kept repeating this over and over in my head, while I picked off a couple of runners and seemed to be experiencing what could only be explained as the mind of someone with bipolar. I wasn’t sure whether I was happy, tired, warm, cold, sad, full of beans.. it was very confusing which all most ended terribly.  

1 mile from the end, Janet’s Fross, I lost my head. Everything started to spin, I couldn’t see straight, and I was starting to stumble. I franticly searched the pockets of my vest looking for some sort of sugar shot. I found two soggy extra strong mints. This was it!! This what I needed. In they went, and I walked for 5 minutes, before having a final push to the finish.  

I’d done it! Id completed the Pennine Barrier. I was greeted by Emma Marks, of GB Ultras and Macclesfield RC who handed me a GOLD medal while chattering ‘WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG, WE’VE BEEN WAITING”. The feeling was unbelievable, I was so exhausted but so happy I just started hugging anyone and everyone I saw. 11hrs 5mins was my finishing time and I came 39th. 

The race was won by Ken Sutor with a new course record of 8hr 19 followed by Tom Booth 8hr24 and John Bottomley 8hr45.  

The top 3 ladies were Sally Ford 9hr44, Nicola Brown 10hr8 and Mel Edwards 10hr36. 

I almost forgot.. some gritty runners went back out for the 100 mile, breaking the barrier. This was won by the impressive Craig Clements setting a new course record with 24hr51, followed by Martin Rutherford 25hr05 and Alex McMann 25hr44. Seeing these chaps come home in one piece yet broken and still humble is just pure inspiration. This is where I want to be. 

As I sat in the van on the way home the next day my mind started to flood with thoughts. ‘If I can do 50 now, why can’t I do more’. This must be what goes through anyone’s head when starting out down this road…. Our only barriers are our own minds. Well, I believe I can.. the hills and trails are where I feel comfortable in life, why wouldn’t I want to devote my time into this (again) humbling sport. I want to see how far I can push myself, see what will break me.  

 I’m going all in…”

Moel y Gamelin Fell Race

“It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of fell running, don’t get me wrong I think that as an event they are fantastic – cheap as chips to enter, always in stunning locations and they seem to always start and finish at a pub which is an added bonus! I have just never been a fan of the race itself, going up the hills is ridiculously hard and coming down is even harder, I’ve never quite got my head around it. You need to have an ability to switch off the fear gland in your brain and really let go which I have never been able to do as my tarmac slapping “don’t get injured” part of the brain goes into overdrive. I also struggle to pace them correctly and generally make a hash of it.

I promised myself that this year I would attend more of them to try and mix it up a little and get out of my comfort zone. I started with “Up the Beast” a couple of weeks ago but I had a bit of nightmare, I started well enough and was in the top ten but I didn’t respect the hills enough and slowly died a death and went backwards. It’s very different tactics compared to roads, I’m generally pretty good at pacing a road race but on a fell you can’t go off too quick and maintain a pace and I didn’t reserve enough energy on the flatter bits, I was determined to pace it better at the next one.

Moel y Gamelin popped up in my Facebook news feed and looked a great one to have a crack at, it’s 10 miles long with 2887 ft of climb and mostly on trail path. I’d never done such a long fell race before so I decided give it a go and then had to run around like a headless chicken borrowing various bits of kit off everyone (full kit required for this one, who ever needs to own a whistle??) Me and Lou loaded up the car and set off picking up Jane, Laura and Duncan Harris (Chester Tri) on route to the Horseshoe Bypass in Llangollen.

The race starts and finishes opposite the Pondersa Café and the mercury was pushing 30 degrees, probably not the most ideal conditions! A big thank you to Phil Gillard for lending me his fell shows before the start by the way, he pointed out that my road racing flats where probably not best suited to the rough and rugged terrain that was to come and how right he was! 🙂

The race started and as planned I went off very steady, the route starts on a grass hill and you quickly hit a gravel track for the long climb up to Moel y Gamelin, you then find a sharp decent which had me scrabbling for grip, thank god I had those trail shoes on! The route was very undulating, up and down up and down until around mile 4-5 where you get a bit of rest bite on flatter grassy terrain. I had managed to work my way through the traffic and here I saw Mario handing out water which went over my head, he mentioned I was in 10th place but the heat was starting to have an adverse affect on me at this point. After another mile a water stop appeared into view so I stopped, took on plenty of water and ate an energy bar, I lost a few places but the sacrifice was worth it as I was feeling more energised after this.

The route loops back and hits the gravel path again and after a short while the colossus of the final climb appears into view which is certainly the hardest, over 500 feet! I was glad I’d taken on some fuel as I was feeling pretty good here and only lost one place on the hill. After this it’s pretty much downhill and hang on to the finish where I managed to get 15th place which I was made up with. I thoroughly enjoyed the race, I’d paced it well and took on fuel and water where necessary and the views were stunning. A Helsby runner converted to a Felsby? Not quite hanging up those racing flats yet but I will definitely being doing a few more this year 🙂

Congrats to all the Felsby runners, especially Laura BH for getting second place (I think) for the ladies and first Helsby lady to finish. Adam also had a great run to bag 6th overall and first Helsby runner home. A big thank you to Louise, Joe and Mario for supporting us on the day also.”

No results out yet but keep an eye out here:
http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5810

Col T

Parkrun

Please find a link to the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns, Delamere saw a superb second place from Derek Morris who is on the comeback after some time out with injury, well done mate and a big well done to everyone who took part in one.

That’s all this week, as usual please let me know if there are any results or reports missing and I will endeavour to update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

 

 

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Weekly update 11-6-18 17-6-18

Firstly a notice from Debbie Read about a Ladies 5k

Wednesday 4th July 7:30 Ladies 5k. £5:50 Entries on line or on the night (£1 extra) ages 12+

This is a lovely race organised by Spectrum Striders. Starting and finishing in Forest Park (2 minutes from M62 j11) it’s a flat, multi terrain route, mainly on traffic free tarmac or packed earth footpaths through grasslands and woods with a short stretch on road.  All abilities – last year the winning time was 19 minutes and the last runner home took 55 minutes.

Usual age category prizes. All finishers get flowers and if you stay behind and put your number in the box there’s 20 lucky dip prize winners, last year it was running socks.

The park has a children’s playground, a large playing field and a small outdoor gym-perfect for a family outing.

It would be great to see lots of green vests there, especially the less experienced of you – it’s an ideal race to start you off, not too big (about120 runners) well marshalled so you won’t get lost, family friendly venue, flowers, water but maybe most importantly for the more timid among you, no competitive men 😉 Dare I suggest picnic blankets, a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to celebrate green army under our flutter flag at the end?

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/forest-park-ladies-5k

Parkrun
Helsby members were in parkrun action throughout the area, full results can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10K, which was a club road counter. Ian Hamling saw all the hard work pay off as he bagged a well deserved sub 40 minute 10K and John Rossiter secured 2nd place in the M60 category. Congratuations to both. Full Helsby results are below

Ian Hamling Male 00:39:38
Richard Hankins 00:39:45
John Rossiter 00:43:13
Roy Gaskill 00:45:14
Kate Mann 00:54:36
Geoff Shaw 00:59:21
Janet Shaw 01:03:44

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(Thanks to Kate Mann’s Dad for the picture)

Finally, Jackie K sent in this years list of club awards

Below is the full list of trophy winners from last nights annual presentation evening TrophyFest. Thanks for making a great #greenarmy celebration of running evening and well done to everyone on every counter you’ve ran. Here’s to even more in 2018/19!! Special thanks to Dave & Lesley for the excellent BBQ and Chris for the music. The next couple of weeks of Monday & Wednesday training sessions I will be giving mini presentations before the start to those who could not make it last night.

Helsby Running Club Championships 2017-2018

Roads Championship

Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V40 Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Jim Jones
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Janet Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V40 Winner Jane Ashbrook
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Debbie Read

Fells Championship

Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Jim O’Hara
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Adam Gordon
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Senior Winner Max Wainwright
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Paul Cunningham
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V55 Winner Phil Gillard
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Senior Winner Katie Lord
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold

Cross Country Championship

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s Champion Ian Rutherford
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Davyd Mitchell
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Gareth Boyd
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Steve Riley
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Chris Morgan

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner Lucinda Lamb
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V35 Winner Emily Smith
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Borders League

Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Chris Fitzpatrick
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Ian Rutherford
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Senior Winner Chris Collins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Roy Gaskill
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V60 Winner John Rossiter
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Charlie Roberts

Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Champion Rachel Holden
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner June Whitehead
Ladies V45 Winner Alison Halsall
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Sue Buck
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Club Champions

Men’s Club Champion 2017/18 Men’s Club Champion Ian Rutherford
Ladies Club Champion 2017/18 Ladies Club Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes

Mini Fells

Men’s Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Men’s Mini Fells Champion Davyd Mitchell
Ladies Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Ladies Mini Fells Champion Katie Lord

Trail Series

Men’s Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Men’s Trail Series Champion Adam Gordon
Ladies Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Ladies Trail Series Champion Debbie Read

Runners Runner 2017/18 Chris Fitzpatrick

Most Improved Runner 2017/18 Mens Winner Chris Collins
2017/18 Ladies Winner Emily Smith

Greatest Comeback 2017/18  Richard Hankins

Best Allrounder 2017/18 Mens Winner Geoff Collins
Ladie’s Winner Tanya Downes

 

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 04/06/18 to Sunday 10/06/18

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the rather late round-up of news from the week ending on Sunday 10/06/18. As it happens there was not a great deal in the inbox  so  the one report sent in by Sue Buck about the Keswick Mountain Festival is much appreciated.

Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

A quick reminder of a couple of events coming up soon. Moel-y-gamelin  will be our next club counter on 24/06/18. Before that though we have the ever popular Tough Team Challenge on Friday 22/06/18. Details of all notable upcoming events can be seen in our Race Calendar

Moel-y-gamelin ( A Blast From The Past ! )

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Keswick Mountain Festival 2018

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A few Helsby runners took on a couple of the events on Saturday at the Keswick Mountain Festival.  Max and Katie were both marshaling at the 50km ultra on Sunday and as such, got a free entry to a race. Max did the 25k trail race along with Rachel, Chris and myself while Katie ran the 5k trail race.  Andy did the Back O’ Skiddaw 70k sportive and enjoyed it, although I believe it was hilly! 

The 25k race does a large loop of Derwent Water and starts in Crow Park, Keswick. It was definitely a race of two halves with most of the ascent in the first half on rocky paths, which were technical in places. After reaching Rosthwaite, the second half was mainly on flat forest trails. Rachel commented that it was a great route and is to be recommended.

The race was well organized, well marked and there were a lot of marshals out on the course. The weather was hot and sunny and I was very grateful for the 3 water/feed stations.  

Well done to Chris on winning the female vintage category – none of us had heard of this category, but apparently it’s for women aged between 55 and 65. 

Well done to Rachel for running despite still recovering from the LAMM the previous weekend and to me for finishing, as unfortunately I’d managed to trip up as I was admiring the view over the lake about 3 miles from the end!  Big thanks to Rachel for patching me up.  

Results are here: https://www.resultsbase.net/event/4096/results

Parkrun

There was a brilliant turnout of 9 Helsby members at Phoenix Parkrun on Saturday and some great running across the board. A big well done to Chris Fitzpatrick though who finished first in a brilliant time of  18:28 – well done Fitzy! Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

I think that’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 28/05/18 to Sunday 03/06/18

 

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions. Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First of all, a brief message from David and Lesley regarding our annual presentation evening, and also the Tough Team Challenge:

“Hi All,

our annual awards evening and family BBQ is fast approaching on the 15th June from 6.30 onwards. Everybody is welcome, fingers crossed food will be available from 7.00ish with the presentations following and music from resident DJ, Chris Igoe! Please can you confirm numbers with David and I asap. The club will be providing the food but any offers of salads/puddings will be greatly appreciated. Transportation of club BBQ  is also needed as we no longer have a van. This could be whenever is convenient for someone. Many thanks.

PS David is looking to run the Tough Team Challenge but is teamless at the mo, anybody not yet signed up and interested, please can you let David know, thank you!

Here’s to glorious sunshine, good food and a celebration of fantastic running achievements, please do come along,

Lesley and David”

Racing News

We kick off the racing news this week with two great race reports sent in by Lesley Feakes:

Brathay Windermere Marathon – Sunday 20th May 2018.

“I completed the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 20th May. The weather was pleasant, not too warm, still and generally cloudy. The event is well organised on mainly closed roads around the lake starting off from Ambleside. The route then passes through Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Windermere and the lakeside in Ambleside. Support along the way is good with plenty of water stations. It is busy through Windermere as you pass the day trippers waiting for ferries etc and the final 3 miles is on pavement next to the main road to Ambleside which is busy. The route is very undulating but the scenery is great especially on a clear day. I was aiming for 4 hours 20 but the wheels came off at mile 24 so ended in 4 hours 30, 69th lady. I really enjoyed the run and would recommend it for the organisation, scenery and a smaller marathon event than Manchester and Chester.”

3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event – Sunday 3rdJune 2018

“This weekend David and I ventured over to Llangollen to complete the 3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event. The event is held every 3 years and is organised by local people raising funds for Cancer Research. The route takes in many of our known runs such as Moel Y Gamelin, Ponderosa and views of Dinas Bran. The route begins at the high school early on Saturday morning and heads uphill initially dropping down to the aqueduct and rising again to World’s End, down to the Ponderosa, over Moel Y Gamelin, down to Carrog and then up to Moel Fferma on the North Berwyn Way and one final ascent to Vivod Mountain, with 4 miles of descent back to Llangollen. The total challenge is 35 miles but this can be completed over 2 days. There are 5 checkpoints on the route with a host of friendly volunteers and a selection of refreshments. Most people are walkers though runners are not discouraged. The weather was warm but cloudy with a slight breeze on the hills so ideal. David accompanied for the first 17 miles to the Ponderosa, with his knee feeling OK he decided to carry onto Carrog at mile 24. Here the local pub beckoned and he settled for a pint and a train ride back to Llangollen. I continued and returned to Llangollen in 9 hours 12 minutes, and first lady. I met David in the pub to enjoy a pint of Guinness ad to watch Warrington thrash Wigan in the Challenge cup quarter final, a perfect end to a very enjoyable day!

I would recommend this run/jog/walk for the scenery, challenge and friendly support. The Town Cryer greets many of the entrants as they return to Llangollen and announces their achievement!”

The Scottish LAMM– Friday 1st/Saturday 2nd June 2018

Thanks to Jackie Keasley for sending in the following report and great pics from the Scottish LAMM:

peaks

“The Scottish LAMM has been a top class favourite for the mountain marathon connoisseur for the last 20 years. This year the organiser Martin Stone decided enough was enough (or time to retire) and would be his last one so lets make it even more memorable than all the others. Usually the location is kept secret until the day before but this year we were told at the beginning of the year. The reason being it was on North Harris in the Outer Hebrides, so boats,20180602_142856 planes and holidays needed advance planning to get there. The race centre of Tarbet is normally a very quite sleepy village, but it was certainly woken up on Thursday evening when the Cal Mac ferry docked and the running “troops” were marched off carrying kit bags to the sound of bag pipes. The event is normally ran Fri/Sat but because the island is very religious, Sunday is very much still a day of worship, rest & reflection (even the childrens swings are chanined up), so the race was ran Fri/Sat instead out of respect for  the locals. 

The weather was hot and sunny the preceding weeks and whlist delighted with the weather the organisers were concered there would be enough water in the steams and whether it would be ok to drink. In the end it wasn’t too much of a problem & gave us an excuse to stop and re-hydrate at every flowing stream we found.  For a small island, the area has a deceptively challenging number of tough rugged peaks, all rising from sea level of course, the highest being Clisham at 799m.  It’s Corbett, Graham & Marilyn rather than Munroe country, so the foot traffic is a lot lower, hence hardly any paths (and the deer and sheep don’t seem very good at making trods), so the going throughout the whole of the weekend was tough, despite some of the bogs and peat hags that had thankfully started to dry out.  The clear sunshire had jasmingiven way to hazy cloud on Friday which was a  good thing, even so quite a number of other runners blew up in the heat. There was a brilliant overnight camp on a secluded, isolated beach at Loch Crabhadail on Sat (all the race infrastructure had to be brought in by boat). A swim to wash the legs and then a long stand in cold water to bring life back into them was essential. Saturday started off misty, which was a good thing for Rachel and me as it gave us a slight navigational advantage!

We did the C class and were out 8hrs 1 min on day 1 and 6hrs 16mins on day 2.  Overall we came 42nd out of 75 in the  class. In the vet class we were 14th out of 36 and the only female pair so we were really quite chuffed at our efforts!!   The Elite A race was won by  Steve Birkenshaw  & Neil Talbott and the Score class by  Jasmin Paris & husband Konrad Rawlik – amazing as she has come back to form just 6 months after giving birth to their daughter Rowan (who was brought in by boat to the overnight camp, ahhhhh).  Plus she won the Paps of Jura ladies race the previous Saturday!! 

lamm camp

To summarise:- it was magic but very hard work as no paths & lots of tussocks, rocks, heather, heat & midges! Great views though! Overnight camp at another amazing isolated beach & dip/wash in sea did the legs a power of good. No photos of during but a couple at the end!

Cheers

Jackie”

Welsh 1000 Metres Race – Saturday 2ndJune 2018

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There were three of us from Helsby took on the Welsh 1000 this year – Jim O’Hara (12th in 5:14, Ben Crossley 64th in 6:36, Jim Jones 83rd in 7:08. The Welsh 1000 is a true classic fell race, and while it is not the longest I’ve done, it is definitely one of the toughest. This year was my second go at this race and it doesn’t get any easier. The race starts by the coast at the village of Abergwyngregyn, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr and Garnedd Ugain before finishing on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), therefore ascending all five peaks of Snowdonia that are over 1000 metres.

The use of GPS devices is not allowed in this race and this year, with visibility down to about 25 metres for much of the race, it was a real test of navigation skills. The need to navigate, along with some tough climbs over distance can be a pretty good test of endurance. There’s around 9000ft of climb, including a scramble up Gribin, over about 20 miles depending on how good your route choice is. I’ve ran up the Pyg Track many times but I found that stretch really tough this year as it was so crowded, and I was just knackered by that time. I finished half hour slower this year but I’m already looking forward to having another go at it next year.

Parkrun – Saturday 2nd June 2018

As usual, Helsby RC’s consolidted parkruns result can viewed at:

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

That’s it for this week folks. Thanks to everyone who sent something to the inbox. If anything has been missed please let us know and we an update the blog or include it in next weeks round-up.

Cheers,

Jim