Welcome to this weeks blog, we had three brilliant reports in the inbox this week, thank you so much to those who contributed, it makes our job so much easier.
Before we get to the racing news please find a message below from Janet with the confirmed dates for this seasons NWSL cross country champs.
For new members or those who have not done these yet, this is a great series of races which are free to enter, just turn up in your club vest. Each race is followed by a social get together with tea and sandwiches.
28 October Clarke Gardens
18 November Beacon Park
16 December Arrowe Park
13 January Runcorn Town Park
3 February Croxteth Park
24 February Birchwood
A big thanks to the organisers for trying hard to avoid clashes with other races. Other cross country events are:
Nationals, Harewood House, Leeds, 23 February Northerns, Pontefract Racecourse, 26 January Cheshires, Birchwood, 5 January
Liverpool and District Cross Country Races are already included in Tim Palmer’s amazing race calendar.
Report by Colin Bishop
Thursday evening saw several of the Green Army head over Chirk for 3 leg multi-terrain relay 2miles each. Helsby put up 4 teams 2 Male and 2 Female.
The 3 Cs first home for Helsby 4th place overall but 3rd in senior mens category
Greenwithenvy …Ian, Davyd and Peter home in 12th place.
Helsbellies1…Christina, Laura and Carol home 2nd in senior ladies category with Helsbellies2 …Debbie, Jackie and Vanessa 5th for ladies senior category
The course had a downhill start with few climbs and downhill finish over multi-terrain.
The relay also involved us carrying a baton which included our chip 😲 wish I could spell that the way Michael Johnson pronounces it. 😄😄😄 Fabulous scenery. Well worth putting in the diary for next year.
Results can be found here:
Race the Train
Report by Sue Buck
I’d last done this race in 2015 when a few of camped to celebrate Jane’s birthday. I can’t remember whose idea it was to camp and run it again, but as I’d particularly enjoyed the event party afterwards, I decided to join in the fun and camp for the weekend.
Jackie and I had a relaxing morning before setting off to cheer Janet on as she ran the 10k.
Janet looked strong and happy as she came past us and beat the train!! Well done Janet!
The 14km is very much a race of 2 halves. The first 7 miles are on tarmac (first mile), followed by good farm tracks and footpaths, so it’s possible to run quite hard. The route then turns round and follows a muddy single track on the side of a hill, through some forest, the ‘bog of doom’ and a short traverse before rejoining the route from the 1st half for about 3.5 miles back to Tywyn.
The race is very well-organized, with water stations at a lot of the farms, well-marshaled, loads of support and has the feel of a big road race with a lot of cheering and high-fiving in the town. One for the diary for next year, although as lovely as the 14 miler is, the 10k covers the best part of the course!
I’ve not had a race go quite this well in a very long time and to be honest, I was not expecting it either as I was convinced that I wasn’t very fit for various reasons. I was worrying during the first half that I’d gone out a bit quick, but felt OK, so kept trying to ignore that nagging doubt. Just after the turn round, something weird happened and the endorphins really kicked in and I felt great – I clearly need a 7 mile warm up!! This feeling kept with me for the rest of the race!!! Was this down to the half a malt loaf I’d eaten pre-race???
Imagine my surprise at the after show party when I discovered I was first FV50!!! Jackie said she’d never seen me move so fast when I ran up to get my prize!!!
Well done to all the Helsby vests that ran. Richard Hankins was first home for the men and narrowly missed beating the train and Chris was first home for the women.
Full results here: http://www.racethetrain.com/results-for-2018/
Ellesmere Port 5k
Report by Richard Hankins
The Ellesmere Port 5K was the 9th of our 12 road counters for this year. A local club race around Capenhurst it has been on the calendar for some years. Last year number collection was an issue and the race started late, but the use of i-pad check in removed those issues. The race starts on the main road which isn’t closed before the runners line up and this makes the event chaotic at this stage. Once off it is a largely flat single loop finishing at Urenco, but very congensted for the first 500 metres if the start line melee leaves you out of place. Ten Helsby runners turned out, one of the best turn outs for a road event this year. The weather was fine with a bit of a headwind but times were not stunning with only one runner below 16 minutes. Chris Fitz led the team home in 20th place at 17:41. Notable performances also from Ian and Peter and a new PB for Rachael.
Overall, a convenient local race. But, never seems that fast and would definitely benefit from more loos!
|Position||Finish time||Number||First name||Last name||Net time||Net position||Club||Club Position||Gender||Gender position||Category||Category position|
|20||00:17:41||230||Chris||Fitzpatrick||00:17:37||20||Helsby Running Club||1||Male||19||Vet 40||5|
|48||00:18:41||267||Ian||Hamling||00:18:37||50||Helsby Running Club||2||Male||45||Senior Male||29|
|58||00:19:08||233||Peter||Rodriguez||00:19:03||58||Helsby Running Club||3||Male||54||Vet 40||11|
|81||00:20:01||156||Richard||Hankins||00:19:53||79||Helsby Running Club||4||Male||73||Vet 45||12|
|97||00:20:33||106||James||Higgins||00:20:28||99||Helsby Running Club||5||Male||87||Senior Male||39|
|111||00:21:02||270||Robert||Hough||00:20:57||114||Helsby Running Club||6||Male||99||Senior Male||41|
|143||00:22:02||142||Trevor||Lewis||00:21:53||143||Helsby Running Club||7||Male||119||Vet 45||17|
|148||00:22:23||268||Rachael||Holden||00:22:18||151||Helsby Running Club||8||Female||26||Senior Female||8|
|155||00:22:32||39||Roy||Gaskill||00:22:25||157||Helsby Running Club||9||Male||128||Vet 50||16|
|198||00:24:18||265||Geoff||Collins||00:24:09||199||Helsby Running Club||10||Male||151||Vet 60||9|
|213||00:24:49||1||Chris||Morgan||00:24:39||216||Helsby Running Club||11||Male||159||Vet 65||5|
|268||00:28:30||226||Gillian||Fitzpatrick||00:28:16||268||Helsby Running Club||12||Female||80||Vet 35||13|
|283||00:30:18||228||Janet||Shaw||00:30:07||283||Helsby Running Club||13||Female||93||Vet 65||2|
|305||00:35:49||11||Stephanie||Charman||00:35:37||305||Helsby Running Club||14||Female||108||Vet 65||4|
And last (but by no means least 😉 please find a report from Fitzy below for the Birchwood 10k, his first outing in a Cheshire vest and well deserved! Over to Fitzy….
Anyway, out of the 6 runners for Cheshire, I managed to break into the top 4 counters which would go towards us scoring. That was all i wanted to do, make sure I wasn’t last home, and make sure I got a counter. I loved the experience, but I said yes thinking i would get a free race entry and free Cheshire vest, I was wrong, I paid for the entry, and paid for the vest. I have since found out the fell lads got the vest for free and race entry….whats going on, I need to change over to Felsby no doubt.
Anyway we came 3rd, out of 3 counties ha ha, coming in behind Staffs and North Wales, with some really strong runners at the top end of the list, the Cheshire ladies however had a great run and came first, so well done to them.
Also well done to Peter, Ian, John and Karen, full results below.
Helsby men also came 6th out of 38 teams with a total time of 2:41:23
Chris Fitzpatrick 36:32
Peter Rodriguez 39:58
Ian Hamling 40:39
John Rossiter 44:14
Please find the consolidated parkrun results below. Well done to all the Green Army members who took part in one.
That’s all this week folks, thanks again for all the fab reports, please keep them coming – firstname.lastname@example.org.