Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 17/06/19 to Sunday 23/06/19

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 helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. 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 (tim.pender@foresthillshotel.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.

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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 shes 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.

 

Dave Norman

 

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..

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 10/06/19 to Sunday 16/06/19

Hi everyone,

welcome to the weekly round up. There’s loads of good stuff to read this week! Before the racing news though – a brief message from Jackie Keasley:

“A big thanks to all who turned up at last Fridays Presentation Evening, BBQ & Disco. Well done to all those who got awards. Here is the final list + an updated list of all the winners over the years since 1980!

Final List of Champs 201819.

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There’s plenty to run for this coming 2019/20 season with lots of trophies up for grabs!

Cheers

Jackie”

Leadville Heavy Half – Saturday 15th June 2019

First of the cracking reports this week has come from across the pond by Danny and Danielle Ryder. Over to Danny:-

Just before leaving for a couple of weeks holiday in Colorado, Danielle make the mistake of forwarding me a link to the Leadville Heavy Half which was happening on the middle weekend of our trip. I instantly took this as a request to sign us both and duly did. We spent 6 days running and mountain biking in Boulder, Co trying to acclimate to the 1,600m elevation of the front range. 

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On Saturday the 15th we set off from Boulder at 5am for the 2 hour drive to Leadville. Leadville is an old silver mining town, situated at 3,094m, making it the highest incorporated town in the USA. Following the boom days of it’s mining past, Leadville has become known for sporting oddities such as Burro racing (Look it up if you’ve never heard of it), Horse drawn ski racing and ultra endurance events.

In the week leading up to the event it was announced there would be a change to the traditional route. Following a year of record snow fall which had still not melted, it was decided that 1000+ runners post holing up and down Mosquito Pass was not desirable (or particularly safe).

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Following a straightforward sign on and a coffee in the busiest coffee shop in a few hundred-mile radius I made my way to the start line. Having never run at this altitude before and not knowing quite what to expect, I found a spot a few hundred runners from the start line. 

The race began up a tarmac road with a steepening gradient before joining an old mining road. I tried to keep a sensible effort up this first climb, my lungs felt surprisingly good but my Achilles both burned. I think this was due to the deceptively steep gradient. After around 2 miles of climbing there was a short but welcome descent before joining a wide road climb. There were some fantastic alpine views here and warm sunshine to take my mind off the thin air. A turn off the road led to a loose double track descent where I seemed to be making good ground. Now the warm up was over and it was time to make the 7km climb to the turn point at 3,542m. 

I put my head down and focused on my breathing and moving, resisting the urge to “just walk a little bit”, knowing I would never start running again if I did. Around 1km from the high point and I started to see the lead runners on the descent! I kept moving and finally hit the turn point. I was relived and also nervous. I ‘d coped better than expected so far and now had around 10km of descending ahead of me. The descent down the main climb was great. A wide rocky track, at a nice gradient. The support from runners on the climb was great. I had been keeping an eye out for Danielle as I descended, but was taken by surprise when I heard her cheers. She had obviously warmed up from the start and had removed a few layers. 

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I rejoined the tarmac road for a short climb, before descending the earlier climb. Road descent dispatched and now off the road and onto a climb, which earlier as a descent had offered such relief. Not so now… 

Run, walk, run walk, I dragged heavy legs over the top by any means. Over the summit and a fast 2 mile descent to the finish. First descending the dirt mining road and then a left, back onto the tarmac. Finish line now in sight but so far away. Around 1 mile of die straight tarmac descent has never felt so long. Over the finish line in 2:06:09, and now time to find water. I had taken one water bottle with me, which I had rationed all of the way around. I was later told that the aid stations were really good, but I don’t know. I’m not sure what it is about pinning on a number, I had never intended to run so hard. 

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I watched Danielle finish the race, way ahead of her anticipated schedule, so I was glad to have gotten there early. The post race food, support and 2 beers each (to go as we had a long drive ahead of us) was fantastic (and all included in the entry fee).  A quick walk around the stalls and up the main street and it was time to go and find some thicker air. 

I would definitely recommend this, or I’m sure any of the other Leadville trail series races. Just be sure to make a longer trip out of to acclimate. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Colorado whilst you do.

Danielle View Point:

After an early wake up call and a hectic dash to the start line with a couple of minutes to spare (I had to wait for Danny to get back from the coffee shop before I could join the toilet queue!) I stood nervously near the back of the crowd waiting for the start. 2 years previously we had both struggled to walk down the main street of Leadville feeling really sick and with headaches due to the altitude, so this was going to be about survival for me. 

The climbs are relentless and it didn’t take me long to join the middle of the pack runners starting to hike. I must learn to do this quicker, but I am happy to say it was the downhill I enjoyed and managed to pick people off. The front runners came past at an incredible speed (albeit they were going down hill at this point) as I hiked to the turn around point, and I was surprised to see Danny descending well when I was just past the 9.5k point. He was definitely in the top 20 at this point.

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I had hoped to finish within 4 hours due to the altitude and elevation gain and was really happy to come in 3:17:17. Unlike Danny I hadn’t pushed myself ridiculously hard, and had taken full advantage of the 4 aid stations and took some photos on the way! Having finished and had the obligatory finish photo taken, Danny found me and I quickly pressed him for how well he had done. He hadn’t even checked – 15th!

The race was really well organized and had brilliant volunteers. The free post race food was brilliant – nachos and wraps and 2 cans of beer each.  Excellent medal, and a nice mug and t-shirt to top it off.  Also I am happy to report that although I may not have come 15th like Danny I am walking normally after a 97km week of running! Now off to Durango for some more adventures.
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Port Sunlight 10K – Sunday 16th June 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in this report from the Port Sunlight 10k:

This was the second year in a row the Port Sunlight 10K has been in the club road counters. It is a BTR event and like all their races it is well planned and executed. We were lucky, heavy rain overnight subsided and by the time of the race it was warm and dry with a little light wind. The start is by the village green next to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. On the green there is a bag store and various vendors: it is a really nice setting. The course is two laps of a rather twisty course around this historic village. There are four ‘turns in the road’ where you run around a cone: not ideal if you are chasing a time, but a limitation of the site. 

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There were ten Helsby runners out, including Kate Mann who was completing the event with her Dad on father’s day. June Whitehead, six months after the birth of baby Olivia came 9th lady overall in 44:02 – a great achievement. Helen Owens, fresh from her marathon adventures finished first vet 40 in 46:35. Janet Shaw was a commendable 3rd in the Vet 65 age group. Strong performances throughout. Good to see Gaz O’Connor back on the start-line after being side-lined by injury. Be fab to see a good turnout to the next road counter: Halewood 5K on 6th July…it’s free, what’s not to like!

Oh, and did I mention I got a 10K PB….

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Next we have a couple of reports, one from Jackie and one from Geoff,  that came into the inbox after last week’s round-up had already gone out:

Scottish Mountain Marathon – Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June 2019

The weekend before last saw 4 Helsby runners make the journey up to Loch Carron, just North of Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands for the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon.  This new race was organised by Ourea events headed by Shame Ohly, the organiser of Dragons Back, Cape Wrath Ultra and many more toughies!  Shane offered to take on this Spring Scottish MM, after Martin Stone stepped down from  organising the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon after 20 years of amazing races!  It was always going to be a hard act to follow.

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Chris & Max whizzed up in a van for the weekend, I was already up there & Rachel caught the train from Helsby which dropped her off at the small request stop of Attadale, 50m from the event centre.   The area is locked inbetween the big mountains of Mullardoch, Strathfarrar & Torridon so the views were always going to be excellent. The weather was kinder than forecast except for those still out beyond mid-afternoon on Saturday when the heavens opened delivering large cold hailstones which very quickly made even minor streams fast flowing & deep causing a few crossing problems.    The checkpoints have descriptions such as knolls, cairns, boulders, stream, lochans etc.  The hardest ones to find are re-entrants (defintion “reentrant appears on the map as a U or V shape in the contour lines, pointing back into a hillside rather than sticking out of the hill (as would a spur)”. We have always found these the most difficult to find even when you are very close to them. Needless to say both days were packed with them! The good news is we have now got over our phobia of finding them!

Rachel and I steadily made our way around the dozen checkpoints each day. The going was tough as there were plenty of ups and downs interspercing the huge areas of tussocky boglands.  We climbed a Corbett each day but the routes avoided the munroes. Not sure whether that was good or bad as it would have been nice to get onto the higher rocky ridges and avoid the boglands.   The overnight camp was very wet as the river rose & looked more like yet another bog rather than a camping field. Arriving back after 9hrs 33mins, exhausted, wet & cold  it was great to be greeted by Chris & Max (who had done the short score which is 5 hours of running, so they were well rested by this time) who squashed us into a sligtly drier spot near them & kindly put our fiddly tent up as we looked on shivering. A quick change into dry clothes & hot soup & food to warm us up, whilst it continued to rain outside, made us both feel more human. Rachel did better than me though, recovering enough to emerge from the tent when it stopped raining and wander around chatting to folks & comparing notes on the day. Whilts I lay horizontal, unable to move & chat!

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Sunday weather was a repeat of Saturday but without the heavy rain with even longer stretches of bog. I managed to sink into a black one upto my thighs, but fortunately manged to get out still wearing both inovs.  Rachel did the same a few seconds later into a green one.  Another 7hrs 30mins running on Sunday & we finally made it back to the base camp. A quick wash in the river,  cuppa & meal, then Bill drove us to our overnight stay in Glasgow on a most beautiful evening passing through spectacular scenery of Glenshiel, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, BlackMount, Lomond.   The next morning we checked the results & were a bit upset that we were in the list as dnfs with mis-punches. We occured in two classes, class B on the Saturday & C on the Sunday, hence the error. Despite emailing them about the error they still 10 days later have not corrected it, which is a bit insentitive for us as we know we both checked & punched every point! A post race email sent to all competitors came in last week from Ourea and we were kind of made up to appear in it!  Heres the photo of Rachel punching!

Well done to Chris & Max who finished 2nd in their short score class, trailing the small margin of 20 points out of 560 over the 2 days.

Cheers

Jackie

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Geoff Collins has sent the next great report that just missed last week’s round-up. Thanks for the write-up Geoff:

Edgworth 10k Reservoir Challenge – Sunday 9th June 2019

“Last weekend I headed off to the very pretty village of Edgworth, about 6 miles north of Bolton in Lancashire to run a race I’d never heard of and never personally entered. The Edgworth 10k Reservoir challenge was a Christmas present from my daughter.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.26.30

Edgworth 10k is a trail race around two reservoirs, the Wayoh, Turton and Entwhistle. Quite a small event put on by a private events company. The area was absolutely stunning with beautiful views in all directions. I met up with Emma & her boyfriend and we walked round part of the Wayoh reservoir to get a feel of the place. Ideal weather conditions sunny and dry too, unlike the previous day.

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Just 256 runners took part. Strangely the greater majority of them were unattached
runners not club runners. There weren’t many older runners there either. The race start was on the Dam wall near the Black Bull pub. Loud music was being played, together with a local fitness instructor going through a warm up routine. Seemed a bit at odds with the peaceful rural location.

The dam wall was quite narrow so I got myself quite near the front at the start. But the finish was on the opposite side of the reservoir, I didn’t go and reccy that before the race.

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.05Off we went quite quickly along the wall, and headed off up the trail uphill through the trees. The trail surface was a mix of hard gravel, to mud many puddles and lots of tree roots. Lots of other people were on the trail, going in all directions but it didn’t really cause any problems. There were steps up and down to negotiate too, as you go in and out of the trees. I soon realised this wouldn’t be a PB course, but it was so enjoyable to run.

I sensed I was still quite near the front of the race, I hadn’t been overtaken by many people. I seem to go slightly better on hilly terrain relative to others, who go faster than me on the flat. The support from the marshals was amazingly encouraging all the way round. There were lots of bridges to cross, and a bit of flat tarmac by the second reservoir. You run round this before going back a short distance the way you came (steps down instead of up), before crossing over to the first reservoir but on the opposite side. You gradually climb up giving views over opposite side to the outgoing route.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.16

Time to push hard on the last section and sprint to the finish. I reach the last marshal position. ‘Up the hill into the field turn right and head to the finish’ she yells.

What? My heart sank, it was a field of wet slippery grass with a nasty right turn and what felt like a mountainous climb to the finish. I looked like a strangled Rhinoceros taking its last breath, as I spotted Emma shouting well done dad!

The winner Daniel Shaw did it in 37m 37s. I was 60th finisher in 53m 43s, and 2nd M60 out of 13. 1st M60 was only a minute ahead of me. I recommend this race, with a medal and t-shirt if anyone wants to try it next year. After the race we headed to the excellent Strawberry Duck at Entwhistle for lunch.”

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Parkrun

Well done to all Helsby members who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results below.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thanks for all the great reports. Please keep sending them to the Helsby RC inbox at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round up 3rd – 9th June

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you to the lads for eagerly welcoming myself and Susie to the blogging team.  For those who don’t know me (as I’ve only been in the club for a year) here I am soaked through to my very core in crazy committed runner style at the NW road relays at Delamere and on a pleasant summer evening at the Chester Spring 5.

So, now we’ve been introduced, on with the business…

Reminders:

  • Subs are due by 30th June.
    Those who haven’t paid by this date will be deemed to have resigned from the club (and from England Athletics).  Contact Tim Palmer if you need a payment link.
  • Friday 14th – Club Presentation Evening and BBQ, 6.30pm at the club
    email Louise HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com with numbers incl. if any vegetarians, and please bring a salad or a dessert – hope to see you all there
  • Wednesday 19th – Robbie Webster’s Wobbler, 7.30pm at Forest Hills car park
    email Chris@baynham-hughes.com if you can help out with the event

Race Reports
First up we have two reports on “Up The Beast”!

Up The Beast
by Debbie Reead

11 Helsby vests turned up for Up The Beast, a fell race not far from Loggerheads.
It’s only just over 4 miles long but it’s a tough, challenging run with two steep ascents, some steep downhills and a lovely start and finish running through the woods. If you take the opportunity there are some stunning views to be had from the top.
Helsby ladies did well with Laura being 3rd lady home and Chris winning her age category.

Up The Beast
by Laura Baynham-Hughes

Up the Beast fell race last Wednesday saw a good green army turnout. Although alas no sack of potatoes this year for being club with biggest team (Buckley were triumphant this time).

This is a great local race with a bit of everything – starting on a track through the woods we were treated to rocky climbs, grassy descents, wooded trails and a finish line next to a pub. Froddy continued his track record of getting a bit lost in the woods -at least I wasn’t following him this time!!

Well done to Christine who picked up V60 prize and I was pleased with 3rd lady and obligatory bottle of vino. Full results not out yet.

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Deestriders Off Road Series: race 1
by Debbie Read

Just 2 Helsby vests, me and Ben, turned up for the 1st race in Deestriders Off Road Series on Thursday evening.
Starting and finishing at the recreational fields of the former TATA Sports and Social Club just past the ice rink at Deeside. CH5 1PY

The race is just over 4.5 miles long and has a XC feel about it so those of you that have never done cross country before this would be an excellent introduction for you. Being as it’s summer there’s very little mud, it’s flat (bar a couple of banks going into the embankment) and like most XC races there a couple of laps of the field to start (helps thin the runners out before the course narrows) then 2 laps of the course, along the River Dee towards Connahs Quay, across some fields, into the woods, back towards the start, along the embankment, do it all again then a lap of the field to the finish. Very well marshalled and great encouragement along the way.

The next race in the series is Thursday 7:30 4th July, entries available on the night.

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Double Sandstone Trail run

Special mention to Gaz O’Connor and Paul Cunningham for their amazing 68 mile double Sandstone Trail run which took them from Frodsham to Whitchurch and then back to Frodsham.  Starting at 5am, they reached Whitchurch at 2pm and were back in Frodsham at about 10.30pm just in time for last orders.  Tremendous effort guys!

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated Helsby RC results for last week’s parkruns, well done to all members who took part.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

And finally, thank you to Jackie for representing the club at the Parish Council meeting on Monday at which they confirmed their commitment to fund £100,000 towards the new club.

That’s all folks – thanks for the great reports, keep them coming.
Emails to:
helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Karen 🙂

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 27 May to 2nd June 2019

Hi everyone

Another bumper week of reports this week, thank you so much to everyone who sent one in, it makes our job so much easier and makes the blog a lot more vibrant.

Before we get to the racing news I’d just like to welcome two new members of the blog team, Susan Woodward-Moor and Karen Horsley, please keep them busy with all your great reports. I’m looking forward to reading their blogs over the next few weeks!

First up is Fitzy with a request for a very worthy cause…

“It’s not often I send something out to everyone asking for pennies but if you can spare some £’s that would be very much appreciated. Myself and 2 work colleagues are cycling from out Slough HQ back to Preston Brook, Runcorn on 20th June over 2 days. It’s just over 204 miles and is a very worthy cause/s as we are splitting the donations between NSPCC and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) after a work colleague passed away at just 42 years of age, I’m 42 so this really hit home, he left behind two beautiful boys and a loving wife, and we are just doing a little bit to raise awareness”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russell-proudlock

10k Time Trial

Last Wednesday 29th May saw the first of our summer 10k time trials and we had 14 runners toeing the line, that’s a great turn out and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting our event.

We have decided to move the TT to the Greenway for the summer as it’s perfect for a fast run, flat and traffic free so some PB’s were up for grabs!

The clear winner was one of our newer members Darren Sankey who had a stormer to take the chequered flag in 39.01 and a new PB! Great running mate and I’m sure there’s more to come in the future. Congrats to Laura BH who was first lady back in 43.36, fantastic running Laura!

Anne and Betty both ran the 6k option and both crossed the line in 51.06, well done ladies and well done to everyone else who ran, especially Kai Horsley who had some difficulty at the halfway mark but still managed to run the return leg with Helen.

It wouldn’t be possible without the 10k TT team who were Louise Spruce (results), Tim Palmer (timing), Helen Gillard (timing) and Helen Owens (tail runner), a big thank you to you all 🙂

10k

  1. Darren Sankey 39.01
  2. Richard Hankins 41.16
  3. Chris Lloyd 41.33
  4. Alistair Rough 42.13
  5. Laura Baynham Hughes 43.36 (first lady)
  6. Dave Jones 45.11
  7. Ben Williams 48.46
  8. Sharon Case 51.25
  9. Mike Barnard 53.36
  10. Neil Fergusson 56.20
  11. Karen Horsley 1.05.45
  12. Kai Horsley 1.06.49

6k

  1. Anne Barnes 51.06
  2. Betty 51.06

Cheshire 5k Grand Prix

Report by Debbie Read

“The Cheshire 5k Grand Prix is a series of 5k races around the Lymm and Warrington area on consecutive Thursday evenings throughout May and June.
Having entered the series I unfortunately missed the 1st race at Dunham Massey due to me having a nasty bout of tonsillitis.
This series is part organised by my old running club Spectrum Striders so having taken my last antibiotic tablet that morning I thought I’d give Birchwood a go (well I had paid for it).

Having gone for a gentle trot up the lane the day before -1 mile out and back and it felt like I was running through treacle having not run for 10 days, my “race plan” was to just take it easy, enjoy the lovely route and catch up with my old running buddies.
It was a cloudy but humid evening, 6 Helsby vests turned up and I had a lovely time. 180 runners, winning time was 15:03. I got a pw for a 5k race (just scraped in under 26 minutes), but it was never going to be about the time for me, I was just glad to be back out running a lovely route.

In the pub afterwards having a fish and chips supper I was gobsmacked when one of the organisers gave me an envelope with my age category prize! And no, I wasn’t the only one in that category.

Now decisions, decisions. I’m double booked next week. Do I do the next race in this series at Bowden and hope for another envelope, or, do I do the 1st race in  Deestriders off road series?”

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Well done Debs, cracking run and well done on the age cat win!

Scissett Triathlon

Report by Denise

“Kathryn was at scissett triathlon, which was a tough bike, and run course very hilly and windy.  Kathryn managed to get 2nd in her age group and 9th overall.”

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Welsh 1000m Fell Race

Report by Jake Holmes

“This one was a last minute entry. No plans for any races, about to head off camping for a week and Ben messaged saying he was in and did I fancy it. It was a race I did fancy… sometime… but not now, I was off on my hols. But then I didn’t actually say ‘no’ you see. A couple of days of fish and chips, ice creams and campfires later and I was ready to let the entry deadline slip by when Ben messaged again, he had more work to do to get over an injury and did I want his spot? I’d run out of any excuses, of course I did, and as of last Wednesday I was on the starting list very aware it was a big event to enter on a whim.

A day in Snowdonia’s never a bad thing though, just get round it, enjoy the scenery and check another great race off the list. I hadn’t run for 10 days and had been sleeping in a tent for the last four of those so there are reasons I wouldn’t be at my best, so that’s fine. I got to Llanberis for 7am plenty of time to get registered before getting the bus back to the coast of the start. The friendly face of ever present Jim Jones was one of the first people I saw, lining up for his third straight year – fair play Jim!. He then promptly squashed my “I’m tired because I’ve been camping” excuse when he shared he’d just driven back from Cornwall about 11pm the night before and had probably had about 3 hours of broken sleep at best. Double fair play. Jim went on to finish despite all that and ticked off an impressive hat trick.

I said to myself I’d keep this write-up shorter but we’re two paragraphs in and not at the start-line yet! Sorry folks, here we are again.

If you don’t know the race, it starts at the coast and finishes 20ish miles later at the top of Snowdon heading over the 4 other 1000+ metre mountains in Wales.

80 or so of us lined up in a field next to the A55. Standing there with just a couple of marshals and two portaloos to suggest there was a race on, it felt like quite a thing that we’d be at the top of Snowdon before crossing the finish line.

Someone had given me the heads up that the first climb is tough. Soft ground and the biggest ascent of the day to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn. He wasn’t wrong. Initially I didn’t feel too bad, but as soon as it steepened I was struggling. I was conscious the cloud was low, visibility was dropping and the train of runners ahead was quickly spreading out. I pushed hard to keep runners in sight and make getting to the first checkpoint easier. I managed it, we came out above the clag and the view was HD again as I got to the first checkpoint – always a good one to tick off.

This first stretch was a sign of things to come for the day. Not the weather, the rest of the day was good and clear, but how hard the profile of the route was. Pretty testing all the way, long steep ascents and descents meant not much time for stretching the legs out and running with much rhythm. You’d be hiking for what felt like forever to get to a summit, dib at the control point and then start descending for just as long.

Hard going but some incredible views. Coming down from the Carneddau, Tryfan came into view – I was very grateful it topped out at 917m and so we could just admire it from the base rather than it being on today’s list to climb. Instead we headed up… and up…. and up… to Glyder Fawr via the grade 1 scramble of Gribin Ridge. I’m no climber so was looking forward to getting that section behind me. It was easy enough in the end, one step at a time, didn’t do too much looking back down mind. It put us onto the dramatic landscape of the Glyders and the third of the day’s 5 summits.

The long, steep, tussocky descent to Pen y Pass car park was another tester. Plenty of chance to go wrong on route choice with the mountain dropping away steeply in places which would really slow you down. Luckily a runner just ahead knew it well and picked a good line which gave me something to aim for.

Only the Pyg track to go.

It was packed! We’d spent the day off footpaths and on less popular mountains and there couldn’t have been a bigger contrast. It was a long way up (bit of a theme here) but add to that a lot of skirting round people and it made it hard. On the other hand, there were spectators (!) and so a few ‘well done’s and ‘great work’s gave little boosts to the moral every now and then.

Take a right at the top for the fourth summit of Carnedd Ugain (not far) and double back to head to the finish at the top of Snowdon.

I finished in 6h31mins – 61st out of 84. (So that ruins my theory from last race then, where I thought the Welsh fields might be easier than the Lakes!)

A really great route. The sea felt a long time ago (well it was to be fair). Looking forward to having another go next year with a bit better prep!”

 

Mynydd Myfryr

Report by Tim Palmer

“Sunday 26th May saw 9 of the Green Army at the 25th anniversary race of Mynydd Myfryr a short fell race from the village of Trefonen. Ben Williams, Neil Finegan, Phil Gilliard and Kevin ran; Tim & Jenny Palmer marshalled and Helen Gilliard, Joe & Mario supported. Neil finished 4th and got the Vet40 prize and Phil got the Vet55. Both Joe & Mario had run in the first race (25 years previously) with Mario finishing 2nd”

Race for Life 10k

“Susie Woodward-Moor ran Race for Life 10k at Temple Newsam in Leeds on Sunday 2nd June with daughters Flossy and Molly. It was great so be part of a race that’s all about well being as well as raising money for cancer research. The race started at the front of the main house and took us up and down some quite tough hills around the rolling parkland, through woods then across playing fields back into the park for a wonderful noisy celebratory finish. For the first time men were taking part in the event too which has made it more inclusive… lots of them wearing pink tutus. I would recommend this as a great family race that you can still run at a challenging speed if you want to https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/ Like most organised races they now have a policy that aims to reduce plastic waste asking you to bring your own water 💦 which is great.”

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Wincle Trout

Report by Rebecca Tate

“Jason and I ran the Wincle Trout race on Saturday, it’s one of the prettiest fell runs with fields, woods, sandy tracks, ridges with amazing views, a river crossing (knee deep) and this year a chasm to go through. The route changes every year rotating between three different farms to start from, where there is a lovely traditional village fete. Then there’s the Wincle brewery also! It’s a fairly tough little BM fell race, well organised, decent parking (if you don’t mind sheep droppings), the only downside being some queues at stiles, but it does provide a nice little rest! At the end of the race you get a trout, which tops off a fairly eccentric experience! We’ll be back next year hopefully, but seeing as entries sell out within a day we’ll have to be quick!”

Parkrun

Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results for last weeks parkruns, well done to all members who took part.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thank you again for all the ace reports, please keep them coming, the Helsby RC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T