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”
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 🙂
- Darren Sankey 39.01
- Richard Hankins 41.16
- Chris Lloyd 41.33
- Alistair Rough 42.13
- Laura Baynham Hughes 43.36 (first lady)
- Dave Jones 45.11
- Ben Williams 48.46
- Sharon Case 51.25
- Mike Barnard 53.36
- Neil Fergusson 56.20
- Karen Horsley 1.05.45
- Kai Horsley 1.06.49
- Anne Barnes 51.06
- 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?”
Well done Debs, cracking run and well done on the age cat win!
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.”
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!”
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.”
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!”
Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results for last weeks parkruns, well done to all members who took part.
That’s all this week folks, thank you again for all the ace reports, please keep them coming, the Helsby RC inbox is email@example.com.