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First of all, a brief message from David and Lesley regarding our annual presentation evening, and also the Tough Team Challenge:
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”
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:
“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, 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 given 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!!
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!
Welsh 1000 Metres Race – Saturday 2ndJune 2018
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:
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.