Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up.
First of all a reminder of what’s coming up this weekend:
If you haven’t already entered the Snowdonia Marathon then its too late now but you can still just turn up for the X-Country on Sunday. The North West Cross Country League is a series of 6 races on a Sunday morning. They are free to enter, just turn up in your club vest. The first one is at Clarke Gardens. Details can be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk or ask around at the club.
Next, we have a couple of posters sent in by Betty to remind us of local Helsby Club events. Please attend and support the club if you can:
London Marathon entries
A message from our Jackie Keasley:
“London Marathon Club Place. – it looks as if we will get 1 entry for our club for next years London Marathon. Appplications for club places open Nov 5th, so we will not know for sure until after this date.
Anyway, to give us an indication of who is in the draw, please can you send me your rejection slip/email if you would like to be entered in the draw. Please note our club rule for this.
Code 2 London Marathon Places
Each year Helsby Running Club gets allocated some London Marathon places (currently 2). Club members who have entered the London Marathon but are unsuccessful in securing a place through the general ballot can be entered into the draw for these places. Those wishing to be entered into this draw must supply their rejection slips plus there is a further requirement that they must have competed in at least two Border League races in the previous 12 months before the draw (usually held in November).
Cheers in running
(email me or hand it to me or Joe or Phil on a Wed)”
Fell Relays – Saturday 20th October 2018
Thanks Sue Buck for sending in a report regarding your leg of the British Fell Relays on Saturday, and well done to all who took part.
“What a fantastic event! This was my first time at the fell relays and I thoroughly enjoyed leg 4. We were greeted in Grasmere with drizzle and cloud. I was very nervous as it was team event (I didn’t want to let anyone down) and I knew that we would be competing against the top fell runners, despite Andy reassuring me that all abilities ran.
Luckily by the time leg 4 started, the weather had improved, with the only murky bit being during the ridge run after Heron Pike. The route was varied, starting with some tarmac, hundreds of steps, a ridge run, some contouring and then a mud slide down ‘THAT hill’ as it seems to be known as on the fell runner’s Facebook page. Apparently the commentator had said just before leg 4 started that he’d never seen such a steep descent in a fell race – good job I’d not heard that!!
I was lulled into a false sense of security coming off Stone Arthur as the first bit wasn’t that steep or slippery and I even overtook someone. However, suddenly it turned in to a mud slide. Even trying to get into the bracken didn’t help! I slipped down three times, before a woman behind me suggested that the 3 of us just got down on our backsides and slide down! It was hilarious, with cries of “rock” echoing up the hillside! It seems that I need to add sledging to my training!!
Eventually it became grass again and I was able to run.
Well done to all the Helsby teams – we did ourselves proud. Special thanks to Phil, Laura and anyone else who was involved in the organization.”
Loggerheads Trail 10 mile – Saturday 21st October 2018
A bit closer to home on Saturday, three of us completed the Loggerheads 10 mile race. A great route that does a couple of laps of the 5 mile option available on the same day. There was also canine race option on the same day. There was plenty of ups and downs in the race and its one of a few low key events now hosted Outfit around the Clwydians.
Helsby finishers: Jim Jones 9th, Steve Wiggins 49th and Roy Duffy 50th.
Clwydian Hills Fell Race – Sunday 21st October 2018
Well done Rebecca for the super personal best, year on year in this race, and thanks for sending in the report:
Winter Hill Mast Race – Sunday 21st October 2018
Richard Hankins has been about doing interesting races again. Thanks for the report Richard and well done:
I like races that are relatively flat with good underfoot conditions, so the last couple ofweekends have been ‘off piste’ for me. This week I only travelled as far as Lancashire to run the Winter Hill Mast Blast. The race was run to celebrate 50 years of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team which I was a member of from 1990 to 1999. I love the West
Pennine Moors and the opportunity to spend the day up there was too appealing to miss. I prepared perfectly, attending a Billy Bragg gig the night before, completely losing count of the number of beers I’d drunk and waking up horribly hungover. Like any sensible runner faced by an exposed hill race who was unwell and unable to keep down their breakfast I took precautions (a second banana). The profile of the race was somewhat hellish. Starting with a steep 150M climb along a rocky and gravelly track followed by an ascent of the Pike only to then run down the other side of the hill before working your way back up to the summit. Then followed a couple of kilometres of open moorland. Rivington Moor is particularly soggy and at one point I sank to my knees and only just escaped with both running shoes. I haven’t run that moor for 20 years and I delighted in being back out there. The last part of the race was through the Terraced Gardens on very uneven cobbled paths. I think you’d have to define it as a multi-terrain as it mixed trails, with fields, open moorland and the utility road to the mast. The organisation was fab, it was well marked and marshalled throughout. Difficult underfoot and it is a race that would be easy to pick up an injury at (as a few poor folks did). I came 15th overall and third Vet 45. Hopefully, it’ll become an annual event: I’d love another crack at it.
Well one to Colin Bishop for his finish in 1st place at Phoenix, and everyone else who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Our consolidated club result are HERE
That’s more or less it for this week, but I just wanted to mention Chris Igoe for being such a stalwart of the Wednesday night runs and an avid reader of the weekly blog – Cheers Chris!