Firstly a big apology for the lateness of the blog this week, there was some confusion on my part as to who’s turn it was to do the blog!
Without further ado here are the reports from last week, big thanks to Phil G, Chris Collins and Laura BH for sending them in.
Summer Handicap 2018
Firstly a big thanks to all the marshals, timekeepers etc.
The positions were as follows:
The times were as follows:
Snowden International 2018
Report by Chris Collin
So I arrive in Llanberis to a cloudy sky, slight drizzle coming from it and not a mountain in sight. It was very humid I may add.
Running late (which isn’t like me but I believe it’s fashionable) me and my supporter Binnsy decided we would put the hammer down and jog to registration so I didn’t miss it.
Got there with minutes to spare and got sorted out, Leah took this time to stop her lungs from burning and catch her breath back 🙂
Managed to find my Spartan friend Alex Mason and fellow club runner Jane Ashbrook before we headed off into the clouds.
To the race, we are go!! Started mid pack with the mindset of easing into it and steadily climb at a consistent pace for as long as my legs would allow. This strategy worked well. In and out of cloud throughout, very humid and not much breeze. Once I hit the summit was when my race began, I gave it my all from touching the top and made up numerous places during the descent. Happy with my effort knocking exactly 3 minutes off my 2017 go at it.
Jane wasn’t very confident going into this race and even doubted if she was capable of finishing it. Why she had these thoughts I will never know, she really did herself proud. She says she enjoyed it and would happily do it again. I think there’s more time to come off should she train specifically for the mountain and go into it with confidence in the future.
To summarise, Snowdon International is a big race with history behind it but has a great atmosphere and runs like clockwork.
North Wales Half Marathon
Report by Laura Baynham Hughes
Chris and I headed to Conwy on Saturday for the North Wales half. This was a bit of Uni reunion with our mate joining us from London and it was also great to see the green vest of Alec on the start line too. My mate claims I didn’t tell him about the first mile and last mile on the beach (I did) and the quite generous amount of climb! I did this race two years ago and enjoyed the mix of sand, road, trail, hills and descent, helping to keep the 13 miles interesting. The road section tracks the coast before you head over the A55 and back into Penmenmawr. Then it is up the ‘big’ hill and onto the off road section. A nice descent is followed by a not so nice 2 miles on the tarmac before you hit the beach again trying to find firm sand to get you to the finish line.
It is quite a small race compared to the other Run Wales races but had a good atmosphere. Luckily the weather was cooler and there was even a bit of drizzle to make sure we didn’t overheat. Reckon there are a few Helsby members who could give winning this race a pretty good crack (winning time was 1h 27)! Chris finished in very respectable 12th ( 1 h 35:45), I was chuffed to finish 2nd lady, especially as I was a fair few minutes slower this time (1h 45.58) and Alex finished 198th in time of 2h 14. Great to see you back racing Alec.
Please find the consolidated parkrun results below for last Saturday. Big well done to Bish for a win at Phoenix and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkrun:
That’s all folks, please keep sending your reports in. The Helsby inbox is firstname.lastname@example.org.