Another fantastic week of frenzied activity by club members, many thanks to everyone who has sent in a report. Please keep sending in your race reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t sent one in we would love to hear from you. Thanks.
A warm Helsby welcome to Mark Hammerton, Chris Larkin and Mark Rockcliffe who just joined to the club. Please introduce yourselves to us all if you get a chance.
Important message from Tim:
Please can I remind everyone that you need to pay your Helsby Running Club annual subscription by this Sunday (30 June 2019) to remain a member of the club and a registered athlete with England Athletics.There were 22 people outstanding on Mon 24th. If you have any questions or any problems paying, please contact Tim Palmer, Membership Secretary.
Robbies Wobbler Race Report Wednesday 19th :Chris Baynham-Hughes
A close but stunning evening greeted the 146 Wobblers for the 2019 Robbie Webster’s Wobbler race. Following the 10 or so days of rain, Robbie looked down and supplied the sun thus revealing the real beauty of Frodsham woods through long shadows and a setting sun. Despite the rain of the previous days, the terrain was remarkably firm and the heat of the day meant one could feel the moisture evaporating off the trails.
The race set off to a flying start with Chris Larkin (39.11) leading from the front and Mr. Biggs of Chester Try (39.13) literally on his heels the whole way. Rumour has it there was a leading runner from Penny Lane that needed to have a word with himself (missing the switchback turn on the way down from the monument) which may have only served to make the race tighter at the front, as Robbie Green came in 3rd in 40:20, but it was clear that Chris had no intention of letting his lead go. Given that the course record is 39.02, I don’t think it will be long before it falls.
In the ladies race it was a close affair too. Liz Turner (47.39) of Penny Lane who took the win and the ladies trophy. Susie Fourie of Chester Tri is no stranger to the North West fell running podium and pushed Liz hard; returning just 29 seconds later to take second and the first ladies vet prize. Kate MacFarlane of Penny Lane managed to create a gap over Kerry Riley of West Cheshire to take 3rd by 44 seconds; home in a time of 49.02.
Vets wise, it was Duncan Harris (M50) who was first home just 41 seconds ahead of long time reigning Vets champ and M40 winner Jez Brown (42.23). Paul ‘The Frodfather’ Frodsham took the M60 in 50.09 and the legend that is John Morris claimed the wine for his M70 win. In the ladies Susie had already claimed the W40 prize so it was down to Helsby’s own Rachel Arnold (W50) and Debbie Reed (W60) to claim the remaining vets categories. Olivia Nicholsen picked up the WU23 category in 60:54.
Thank yous + Offer:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshals. I’ve had a lot of positive messages for the race and the friendliness and encouragement shown by the marshaling team. The race doesn’t happen without them and they embody all that is good about Helsby running club.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to Forest Hills; again, this race would be extremely difficult and probably unsustainable without their help. They also have a fantastic offer on for all those that came and wobbled, as participants can join the health club for just £25 per month. This would be the monthly price for the year, includes all the classes, gym, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, pool, etc. the contract is monthly; i.e., you can give notice within the 12 months. Bargain. If you’re interested then mail or visit Tim Pender (email@example.com)
Provisional results are attached in both PDF and Excel. Any errors/ name corrections (some handwriting is harder to read than others!) please let me know – ideally via messenger to the facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RobbieWebstersWobbler/ NOTE: This is the best place to get news of next year’s race.
Jake Holmes sent in this report on Robbies Wobbler
First time at the Wobbler and I was looking forward to running on a lot of the route we know from Wednesday nights. After loads of rain, the sun had come out for the evening and the trail was in great condition with just a couple of slightly soggy spots.
The theme of the advice from others runners was to not go too hard from the start. I thought I’ve been guilty of being too cautious before though, and so as CBH said go I set off to get nearish to the front so I wouldn’t get caught in traffic as the route quickly narrowed on the first climb.
The theory was: I’d go hard, on the first climb and maybe be further up the field than I deserved, then try and recover in the middle and then have a strong finish.
What happened was I went hard (about two thirds of the way up the first climb I moved over to let Kevin Smith come past – maybe too hard then!). I knew runners would be coming past but I think it all made me carry on going harder than I should have been
Wheels came off quite significantly about 2.5miles in. Laura came past very easily about now. I felt like I had enough left to not be slowing down, but a stitch showed up that pretty much stopped me walking never mind running. So there I was walking/jogging very slowly, with runners passing me by at a rate. This shuffle went on for another mile or something during which time I resigned to having messed it up, figuring it had lost me minutes.
It eventually passed and running became easier. A guy I recognised from Spectrum had just come past not long earlier so that was the target. I made back 5 or 6 places in that mile or so and did manage to catch him on the last climb up to the very welcome finish.
So I made a mess of it. Looking forward to next year though, to try a bit more of a sensible approach from the beginning and see if that improves things. If you ever wonder if you’ve gone a bit too easy at the start, there is always plenty more climbing to use up whatever you might have left.
Thanks to everyone involved in organising and marshalling – great race.
Thanks to Betty for the speed blur she added to my pic to make it look like I was moving quicker than I was.
Thanks Jake for sending that in. Great to hear about it from a runners perspective.
Warrington 10k – Thursday 20th June : Karen Horsley
Having seen this race shared to the club Facebook page I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the end of Kai’s exams and a good one for his first 10k. Organisedby Warrington Road Runners the Warrington 10k is a two and a half lap, very flat, meandering course in and around Woolston Park.
All day Kai had been complaining of a pain in his lower leg and had been limping around the shops as we picked up the last few things he needed for his prom. I was reluctant to make him race if he wasn’t up to it, but we decided that he should come along and give it a go. I told him to start slowly, walk if he needed to and only increase his pace if he felt comfortable enough. I was pleased to lose sight of him around the 1 km mark as this meant he was doing ok.
I enjoyed the race, not particularly the running part as I’m still working on getting back to fitness, but the course was very pleasant, and the weather was cool with just a couple of showers. But what really made it a good race was the support from the marshals, with very encouraging and sometimes humorous comments – ‘run faster than the midgies!’
Kai was waiting at the finish, which I think he’ll have to get used to being somewhat speedier than me, but I was pleased with my time. We enjoyed the post-race leg massage and chocolate chip flapjack. Quick selfie and then we set off home
Shortly after we got home the provisional results came in, and news that Kai had finished in a very impressive 51:58 with a dodgy leg! I can’t wait to see what his next 10k time is…
Well done both Kai and Karen what a result! Thanks for sending that report in.
Thanks very much to guest reporter Dave Norman for sending this next report.
Tattenhall Tough Team race on Friday 21st (7.15 p.m..ish)
Its Friday morning and Juni June puts out a distress signal, she can take no more sleepless nights and needs a replacement to run in her team with Alison and Jane, mmm! quite fancy that, so a couple of discreet messages later and I’m in. Dave Norman former Helsby stalwart and all round good egg is back in the fold, for one night only as they say in the movies.
Now I’ve known Jane for years and know she’s a very competent runner, but what of Alison?? A sneaky bit of detective work via Facebook and I have to say I’m more than a little disappointed, no pictures of an aging short legged lady, but this girl looks the part, a racing snake, there goes my plans of a nice bimble in the Cheshire countryside, I need to man up here.
I dig my trusty twenty five year old green vest out and shake out the mothballs and just to freshen it up a bit I find a nice pink aerosol under the kitchen sink, not sure what it was but it had nice flowers on the can and seemed to work a treat. This vest has seen good times, not the line of coke sniffed off a super models stomache or puking up in a gutter in Benidorm good times, but 15:40 5k and wins in Birkenhead park or far flung places like Stockport and Chorley type good times. It still fits, happy days.I better make a good impression so a quick shower after painting my windows all day, Rather than the normal gloss white I decided to go with a one coat paint with a eggshell finish, although not as shineyas gloss it does have a nice translucent look to it when the evening light is right, I digress.I now need to get the paint off my hands and finish off by clipping my fingernails, first impressions and all that.
Friday evening and I met my team on a stunning summers evening, all pleasantries and introductions out of the way and nobody mentioned or indeed even noticed my fingernails or my sweet smelling vest, unlike a few in the throng with “sweat” smelling vests (fellow team mates not included)after a delayed start (almost 90 teams to register, a record)of half an hour we were off and chatted a little in the early road miles before we got to the more challenging off road section, we were well up the field and going well, the dreaded railway was reached and Jane set the pace with Alison right behind her, we were catching teams up ahead all the time and were glad to see the grim reaper up ahead, he very kindly gave everybody a hand up the last rocky step, such a nice act for a harbinger of death with such a nasty reputation I thought, though I did notice his very poor nail hygiene in contrast to my pristine nails, he never noticed my nails either, perhaps I should have painted them bright red, or even Helsby green, I began to wonder if he knew what a manicure was, I kept my counsel and didn’t say anything, after all you don’t want to offend a big guy who is holding an even bigger scythe, or is it a sickle, guess I wont ask him that either. We crack on with slightly wobbly legs but soon get into our running, into open country side now, we pass Joe in his usual place and he tells us we’re third mixed team, the road section arrives and we set a cracking pace with no teams in sight behind us, the last off road section is negotiated and we’re on the cricket pitch, the pace raises a notch, is it Alison or Jane that’s cracking on, I don’t believe they would leave me now, has Helsby running club changed so much, not in my day surely, the pace goes up another notch, then another, gladly we enter the finish tunnel side by side by side, just like Coe, Ovett and Cram back in the day. Job done, and first mixed vets team to put the icing on the cake, congratulations all round as we watch some of the other teams finish.
A great evenings racing with great people, thanks to Jane, thanks to Alison and thanks to Juni June, I hope this article has helped you with your sleeping problems, also thank you to all at Helsby for letting me be a member again for the day!
Top picture Coe Ovett and Cram. Bottom picture Halsall, Ashbrook and Norman (just in case you got them mixed up)
P.S. one coat eggshell finish paint can be bought in Bromborough paints in Frodsham, if you show your green vest I have negotiated a 10% discount.
P.P.S.I am doing special rates on pedicure and manicures for all Helsby members for the next month, just quote voucher code grim reaper.
P.P.P.S. voucher does not cover pedicure for any Felsby(health and safety)
P.P.P.P.S. I bet Jackie doesn’t ask me to write a blog again.
Thanks Dave for saving the day and sending in your very informative report – congratulations to all of you on your fantastic victory.
Moel y Gamelin Sunday 23rd : Janet Robertson
A small Helsby contingent of Leslie Feakes, Rachel Arnold, Jim O’Hara and Janet Robertson completed the Moel y Gamelin fell race. The race is around 10 miles with just under 3,000 foot of climb. The route is simple to follow, with some very pleasant ground underfoot once you turn off the main stony path. A lovely surprise was seeing Joe and Mario out on the course providing welcome encouragement – thanks you two! Unusually for a fell race there was even the luxury of a water station at about 6 miles. We also received an Inov8 water bottle at the finish … all for an entry fee of £5. Great runs from everyone and well done to Rachel on her second age category win in one week!
Thanks Janet for sending that in, sounds like a great event.
Colshaw Hall 10k Sunday 23rd June 10.00am : Susie Woodward-Moor (Me)
I ran like the devil on Sunday at the Colshaw Hall 10k (wearing Race number 666)! Actually I was not happy with my time but I have a string of excuses ready.
Three Helsby Club members ran – results below; Well done Robert and Ben!
It’s a really lovely 10k passing through the Cheshire countryside past Jodrell Bank’s majestic dish. Very cool to run past it wondering who is communicating with who (or is it whom). Apparently it is used for investigating radio waves from planets and stars which is pretty mind blowing and distracts you from the discomfort of the road for a minute or two. The route undulates constantly,rarely flattening out properly and I found it pretty tiring on this lovely warm day.
It is always an enjoyable and well organised race. You get a proper goody bag and medal and there’s lots of atmosphere. If anyone fancies a change of scene I would definitely recommend it.
Well done Ben.
That’s all folks..