Firstly a message from Paul Foster regarding the upcoming XC fixture.
The second fixture in the Liverpool & District cross country will be held at Sefton Park on 24th November 2018
This event is pre entry, so if any Helsby runners would like to run in this.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
No later than Monday 5th November to confirm your entry.
This is a great event in the xc calendar
It is free to all Helsby first claim members.
So to all the regulars and new members Best of Luck but please check your diary before entering.
Race Report – Lausanne Half Marathon by Geoff Collins
Richard Hankins & I took a trip to Switzerland last weekend to run the Lausanne half marathon, together with Richard’s brother Mark, a Swiss resident. I’d seen this race advertised while on holiday earlier in the year and decided to give it a go. A nice t-shirt and medal are included. In fact this was my third visit to Switzerland this year.
The half was one of several races on the day, there is a marathon option, a 10k, a walking race and even a Nordic walking race!
Pre-race preparations included the usual carb loading session on Saturday night. This was at the excellent Va Piano Pasta restaurant in Lausanne. Together with the extended Hankins family, the venue certainly proved quite an experience.
The half marathon starts in La Tour-de-Peilz near Vevey and follows the smooth well maintained closed main road in a westerly direction. This took us back to Lausanne along the banks of Lake Geneva to finish in front of the Olympic Museum. Lausanne is where the International Olympic Committee HQ is based. Race entry gives you free travel on the train to La Tour.
The race unusually didn’t start till the afternoon. This was a bit of a pain because of waiting around in the cold, but at least the rain had stopped by then. The afternoon start is because the half follows the marathon runners along the same route. The organisation of this race was excellent, the route is very scenic, with views across Lake Geneva towards France and the Alps. There are many vineyards along the steep south facing slopes on our right most of the way.
The road sweeps round a lot of gentle curves, with dips and rises giving the impression it was rarely flat. We both thought the course seemed harder than we were expecting. It was also very cold on the day, I struggled to stay warm which wasn’t made any easier with a noticeable headwind at times.
The half marathon wasn’t a mega huge race either, just 4,328 finishers so it never felt very crowded on the course. There was a penned start to segregate the runners, some being held back for quite a while to create more space.
It was a lovely weekend with lots to see in Lausanne, the Olympic museum being outstanding and well worth a visit, admission 18f. Everything the Swiss do, they seem to do very well.
Winner Alemayehu Wodajo 1h 06m
Richard Hankins 1hr 29m
(Mark Hankins 1hr 44m)
Geoff Collins 1hr 52m.
Fitzy send this is from Abergele 5 mile race
Myself, the captain and Hannah had been selected for “The Shire” for this one, this race being the opposite of the last one we did together in Meerbrook which was super hilly, this one being flat as a pancake apart from the caravan park hill for a few hundred metres around mile 3, but what goes up must come down, so it was super fast coming back down.
The weather forecast had been looking grim for this one, but once we got to Abergele the winds had died down and the rain had disappeared. The issue with this race is the first 2 miles are super flat and super boring, the course being an out and back along coastal path, up the steep hill and around the caravan park to come back on yourself. If you go out too fast on the first mile your screwed which is exactly what i did. The North Wales guys we were competing against where super quick, so me thinking i’m running pretty well at the minute decided to go with them, and got taught a bit of a running lesson, after the first few miles i wanted to give in.
I managed to secure a counter for Cheshire which helped us finish second (out of 2 teams ha ha) and Hannah Cowley again coming home in first place and a women’s course record. Well done Hannah. A mention also to Junior and Senior Wiggo, apparently they turn up to this one every year, I can only assume it’s because they own a caravan out here as it’s not the greatest road race i’ve ever done. Well done guys
Full results are below
Col Thompson sent in this report from Halewood 5K
Myself, Louise, Nathan Woods and Tracy Woods all ventured over to Halewood on Saturday for the monthly 5k. Excellent organisation as always and conditions were very good for fast times, I’d be rabbiting on about how fast this course was so I was a bit nervous that I’d oversold it but luckily Nathan and Tracy both smashed it with a PB each coming in at 17:22 and 25:54 respectively. Superb running guys! Thank you to Louise for the support and photos, the full results can be found at the link below.
Helsby members were in action around the area, highlights included a first place for Col Bishop and a 2nd Lady for Rachel Arnold