Hello Green Army
Straight into the race reports, and I cannot believe it, Degsy’s reports are back, go make a brew, get a pack of biscuits, he’s very well known for lengthy race reports is Degs.
Ill keep it short and sweet as ever… firstly thanks to steve Riley and the club for the free place at Aintree half marathon. Woke up to pouring rain and wind but inspired by Roy’s heroics from his training run the day before his 10k. I pulled on my green vest and headed off for Aintree. I’m currently following the “cram” marathon plan in readiness for the Cybi coastal marathon…. 10 x better than the famous P&D plan… basically “cram” as many miles into 4 weeks as possible so this race landed perfectly for my plan.
I’ll start with the good;
1. Its was a free place
2. Organisation and marshals were great.
3. flat as a pancake course ( not my mrs’s lumpy pancakes)
1. 4 soul destroying laps
2. Awful weather
3. Uninspiring course
4. Not much support but to be fair i wouldn’t have stood around in that weather either
Well, at least i haven’t demolished a pack of ginger nuts, only managed one. Nice one Degs, good to see you back mate
Over to Jim Jones for his report
After weeks of endless sunshine, the great British weather resumed normality for the Kentmere Horseshoe fell race on Sunday. We were blessed with gale-force winds, horizontal rain and low clouds. Six Helsby hardy souls braved the conditions for our 7th club fell-counter. Having looked at the forecast Sunday morning, if I hadn’t already made plans to travel up with Tim and Steve I’d have quite happily stayed at home. The Kentmere is a classic 12 mile route with about 3700ft of elevation, most of it quite runnable. Navigation was tricky this year though with low cloud causing a few deviations from the usual route! No results have been put online yet but I think the finishing order for Helsby was: Chris Baynham-Hughes, Tim Palmer, Laura Baynham- Hughes, Jim Jones, Steve Riley, Rachel Arnold.
Over to …… myself for mine
9 Helsby vest’s made it over to a big hill beginning with LL in Wales for the Green Green Grass of home Fell race last Weds evening. Now as you know, i’m a road runner (beep beep), so I’m never going to be the first to say lets do this race with loads of enthusiasm, but the day before I had convinced myself i wasn’t doing it, but who could refuse a road trip with the legend that is CBH, the mad man that is Ben “Gary” Crossley, and Peter “surprise package” Rodriguez.
The one thing i do enjoy about fell races is the scenery, and this didn’t disappoint, the views all around of the Clywidian range (is that correct?) were lovely on a nice warm summers evening. After registering in the local boozer for only £4, we headed off to the start, which in itself could have been it’s own fell race, taking 15 minutes to get there and a hell of a lot of climbing en-route. We went for a bit of a warm up and checked out the start of the race, which straight away was up a big bloody hill, it was that steep i thought it was the stairway to heaven. The race organiser then told us the directions of the course, and to be perfectly honest, after he said up this hill and turn left i lost interest, and i was chuckling away to myself thinking what have i let myself in for.
A big green army shout as we headed off by just me (thanks guys) got a few laughs and off we went, and as per usual i started way too fast. The first part of the course was unforgiving for me, the climbs just went on for what seemed forever. Colin Bishop started strong and i started to lose sight of him quite quickly. We hit the top of the hill after walking the majority of it, and then what seemed like everyone overtaking me going down it, including Ben and Peter who actually shouted “get out of the way you’re too slow” or something along them lines.
I find with fell running the i struggle more going down hill than i do up, it really is an art, people just don’t care about falling over like i do, and they fly down these hills whereas i seem to put all 12 stone down with every thud of my feet. Once at the bottom of the hill the course evened out a little, and at last i started to feel at home and started to pick up the pace a bit, catching up with Ben, but there was no chance we could catch Peter who was off, himself admitting the fear of being overtook by us was inspiring him to have one of his best runs ever (we had been ripping each other all day on who would finish first and last….good bants!)
Myself and Ben then battled it out for the next few miles, along with 1st lady from Buckley. Looking at my Garmin i could see there was only about a mile to go, and i pushed on to get a decent lead over Ben and i thought thats it he’s not going to catch me, but i could also see we were still up in the gods, and with 0.8 of a mile to go we got to the top of the last hill which we had to come down. This is where i lost my head “where’s the path, where’s the trail, where’s the road down” i said to myself, all i could see was heather, thick heather, that apparently the race organiser had warned us about in his race instructions earlier on. Having to pick my legs up to knee height to try and jump over all of this heather absolutely destroyed me, whilst Ben must have just laughed at me as he just sprung down the hill like Zebedee. What i didn’t realise with fell races is you can just come straight down, rather than zigzagging like i did trying to find a trail and completely messing up. Once down to the bottom there was a short sprint to the finish and I was greeted by Bish, Peter, & Ben who had all beasted me and were looking pretty fresh.
Bish won his age cat, and Rachel Arnold i believe, but can i find the results? No chance, apparently they will be available by the summer of 2019. Even though there’s a lot of moaning in this report, i secretly enjoyed the night, and it was even better in the beer garden eating some of Jane’s picnic she brought along, which was a great way to finish the night, thank you.
As I say, unsure of the results as yet but think the order went something like this
Colin Bishop, Peter Rodriguez, Ben Crossley, Chris Fitzpatrick, CBH, Ed Halliwell, John Whitehead, Rachel Arnold, and Jackie Keasley