Helsby RC weekly round up 15th – 21st July

Summer has well and truly arrived hitting us with temperatures in the 30s and thunderstorms, challenging weather makes for challenging running.

Wednesday 17th July was the Summer handicap, thank you Phil Gillard for the below report and for your organisation of this event.

Firstly a big shout out for all the marshals (Joe, Bill Mario, Louise, Jenny and Helen) on what was a damp Wednesday evening when 18 determined runners lined up on the quarry car park for this year’s summer handicap. Two laps up over and round the hill for the approximate 2.5 mile course.

Order of finishing below:

1
Ben Tumilty
2 Tom Atherton
3 Steve Riley
4 Peter Rodriguez
5 Ben Crossley
6 Dave Feakes
7    Tracey Woods
Mike Barnard
Vanessa Griffiths
10  Richard Hankins
11  Steve Wiggins
12  Ian Landucci
13  Leah Binns
14  Debbie Reed
15 Chris Igoe
16  Janet Robertson
17 Lesley Feakes
18 Chris Collins
Non handicapped times:
Name Minutes Seconds
Chris Collins 17 28
Ben Crossley 19 29
Peter Rodriguez 20 20
Richard Hankins 21 35
Ben Tumilty 22 10
Steve Riley 22 15
Dave Feakes 22 47
Ian Landucci 22 57
Tom Atherton 24 33
Vanessa Griffiths 25 41
Mike Barnard 25 48
Leah Binns 26 34
Steve Wiggins 26 43
Janet Robertson 26 57
Debbie Reed 27 22
Tracey Woods 27 23
Lesley Feakes 27 44
Chris Igoe 29 10

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

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

Karen 🙂

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 8th to 14th July 2019

Hi everyone

Apologies for the late blog this week, we have a few reports in the Helsby inbox so let’s get cracking!

Reminders

Save the date, the second DIRT event is coming! Can you promote among your clubs please.
DIRT is the Delamere Interclub Relay Trail event, organised by Delamere Spartans. The event is a fun team event, and comprises four loops of between 4 and 8km within Delamere forest with roughly 500m of climb (1650 ft) using established paths and trails.
• Race 1: 5.1k (3.2 miles), 47m ascent: individual runner
• Race 2: 6k (4 miles), 260m ascent (850’): pairs
• Race 3: ~6-8k (4-5 miles) (note distance is approximate: runners will be given numbers of four location posts and asked to collect them in the fastest time: pairs
• Race 4: ‘Park run’: 5km (3.1 miles), 29m ascent: individual runners

The first race starts at 16.00 on Saturday 21 September 2019, with runners tagging their team mates as they finish their leg. Each race starts and finishes by the barrier at the bottom of the main path up Old Pale. Race HQ is the main car park on the left past the visitor centre.

The event is open to runners from Delamere Spartans, Helsby, Pensby Runners, Tattenhall Runners, Spectrum Striders and Wirral Vikings.

Teams can be between 3 and 6 runners, the ideal being 5 or 6. Smaller team mean that runners will have to complete more than one leg! Entry is £2.50 per runner which includes parking.

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Report by Jackie Keasley

Last weekend was the 41st Lakeland Mountain Marathon, this time moving east across the M6 to the Howgill Fells. It was a very hot weekend, especially on Saturday. Fortunately there has been rain over the previous weeks and the streams had quite clean flowing water in which we were able to drink, with so far, no side effects. It was always going to be tough, with steep sided hills leading to fairly flat tops it was quite obvious the planners would not keep us to the ridge tops. 3 ladies pairs entered the Carrock Fell class, Danielle & me, Rachel & Christine + Jane & Anne (from Wirral). So it was always going to be competitive!

Starting at 8:30 on Satuday, we climbed steadily up the 1st hill with Chris BH & running mate Adam (of Ring of Fire Fame) in our sight for the first few minutes, they were doing the harder Scafell Class. A long up followed by one of many long ankle turning traverses, then an incredibly steep down, in bouncy waist deep heather, several topples later we reached one of many sheepfolks nestling in the valley bottom. A steep up the otherside almost to the higest point on the Howgills, The Calf, so steep it was best to use all fours in places. A short section of flat ridge running before, guess what; a steep down, a steep up…& on & on the pattern repeated itself for the next 10 hours!   At 3:30 we were at checkpoint 5 of 11, in the baking heat thinking this is much longer & tougher than normal for this class. The comforting factor (in one sense!) was the fact that we were still moving along with plenty of other pairs around us, rather than being Bill no Mates at the back. Just when we were hoping some miracle would happen in temrs of effort, the course took us out of the Howgills, across the Kirby Stephen to Sedburgh A road and onto the high limestone pavements of Wild Boar Fell in the Yorkshire Dales!! Here we caught up with Rachel & Christine (who has started a mnute after us & overtook us before checkpoint 1), with Rachel flagging in the heat & not feeling too well. Lots of teams grouped together at this stage to raise moral & look after each other. Fortunately a series of streams shown on the map, had fresh enough water in (not guranteeded on limestone on a dry day). This perked us all up for the day finale, which guess what, still continued with plenty of up & down right to the end at the overnight camp near Cautley Spout, an idylic spot enjoyed by SLMMs & midges! We finished 6 secs apart on day 1 with Jane & Anne coming in 37min ahead. Chris & Adam had a nighmare day, coming in 4 sec short of being timed out at 8pm. The #Greenarmy were the last to retire to our tents, we sat drinking beer in the marquee comparing our days all agreeing the courses were a tad long & strenuous, even compared to normal.

A good nights sleep & a much more sensible course length on Sunday; a cooler, more overcast day, led to much more managable running. Rachel & Christine navigated & ran well to pull 20 mins ahead of us. We caught up with Jane & Anne & did the last 4 checkpoints together. Chris & Adams nighmare continued with a mispunch at checkpoint. 3 & retirement.

It really was a great weekend honest!  Photos attached & a competitor video here to show you the slopes. http://www.slmm.org.uk/#video19

Home – Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon – SLMM

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants.

http://www.slmm.org.uk

Carrock Fell

42nd    Jane & Ann               9:08:03       6:16:02 15:24:05

44th     Rachel & Christine   9:45:01      5:47:30 15:32:31

46th     Danielle & Jackie     9:45:07       6:06:34 15:51:41

out of 55 finishers with 22 dnfs.

Scafell

Chris & Adam            11:14:22     3mp

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Report by Ben Crossley

Saturday 13th July, cloudy, 16 degrees. The perfect conditions for a race. This was my third year on the start line for the Tal-y-Fan.

I was joined with 4 other green vests. Jim O’Hara, Chris Larkin, Jackie Keasley and Sue Buck. Along with the felsby gang, I brought my friend Ted along for his first fell race also. We were ready!

The first 3 miles of this race is up up up! and it pretty much splits nicely in to three parts. You get a mile of an insane 25% road incline to start you off. Its brutal. Really tests your legs and base fitness out. 2nd part is a mile of old roman road. Broken cobbles with puddles, mud and sheep sh!t. Then just when your lungs are about to burst you’re presented with a mile fell climb/ scramble up to the summit.

All three years of this have been a different experience for me. First year I walked it all. 2nd year, thanks to a challenging push by Ben F and JimO I ran it all. This year I sort of held my own with the equivalent of a doggy paddle all the way up. It was tough, but I got there at this point with Jim always in sight of me.

The Tal-y- Fan race is advertised as an 8 miler, but that could differ, depending on what line you take from the summit down to the stone circle in Penmaenmwar. This year it was hard to find that line. The clag had set in, and it was tough to see anything more than a couple of meters in front of you.

From past experience, I knew you had to take an unnatural line, aiming north east across the marsh. So that’s what I did.  Praying my internal compass was in check I bounced down the hills and over marsh, the only other thing I could go by was the voices from other runners piercing through the wind and low clouds.

Finally, out of the clag but still bouncing over the marsh I started to see other runners, I had gone right. Well as right as anyone else. Jim and a group of 5 other runners where heading across the marsh and were following the same line as myself… ok, I’ll give Jim his dues here, he was leading the group and I did see him pointing out that we had to go further right to get to the stone circle. (There you go mate.. but that’s all you’re getting).

Everyone was charging full pelt through the circle and down towards the farmers tracks. This entire section is my favourite, you really get to open your legs up for a couple of miles, this is where you can make time up for what you lost with the god-awful uphill struggle from the start of the race.

I’d really started to close the gap between the group, Jim and I and I was still feeling strong, by the time we’d reached the water check point. At this point last year, is where my race was over, I’d completely drained myself. This year, I had more to give, yes, my legs were heavy, my feet were sore, my heart was pounding and my lungs burning, but I was still moving.

I saw Jim take the left turning down the final grass descent heading towards the road. Now Jim is fast on the down hills. I once planted a seed in his head saying I was the fastest in the club at descending, now every run I have done with Jim, I feel he’s made a point to prove that wrong and he didn’t disappoint here. I didn’t think I’d see him again after this and smiled knowing he’d really put that graft in to make sure there was enough space between us both for a home run.

MISTAKE!!! he’d let his guard down. Once, I passed through the farmers gate at the bottom, my foot was down and took on the final road descent as fast as my legs could possibly shift. I could see Jim, every corner I went round, hill I peeped over the closer he got to me, until just by the  Ty Gwyn Hotel the gap started to shift, the weather changed, the tidal wave reached its breaking point, the volcano erupted, the clouds broke!! I took him. I felt his eyes shift slightly, he knew it was me and he put his foot down to pull ahead, the young OX had more in the tank.. and I pushed harder, taken the reins of the race and with that fire in me I didn’t let go of the pace. I did it!! I finally bet Jim in a fell race. I was made up… and completely shattered.

You can see the determination in my face in the below picture and the look of a man who knew he’d been had in Jim’s. (I’m talking myself up here, but later speaking with our beloved Mario, he said “yeah, Jim must have been tired”  .. hahaha good ol’ Maz bringing me back down to earth.)

The results of the race from the green army were as followed

6th – Chris Larking – 01:13:00

17th Myself – 01:24:14

18th Jim O’Hara – 01:24:35

and Jackie and Sue bring the team back home together in 02:04:00

My Friend Ted sadly finished dead last, in 02:17:00

full results can be found here. http://rowenconwy.org.uk/activities/fell-race/tal-y-fan-fell-race-results-2019/

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Alderford Relays

Report by Colin Bishop

Thursday evening saw Whitchurch Whippetts host their annual relay around the lake.

Weather held off to see Danny Ryder set off on the first leg to come home in 5th position, I took over leg 2 pleased to say managed to hand over to Colin Thompson in third position who kept us in third position.

Great support out on the course from Mario, Danielle and Mrs B for providing post race picnic 😁

Parkrun

 Please find the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns below, a big well done to all Helsby runners who took part 🙂

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-07-13

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

Cheers
Col T

Weekly blog: 1st July to 7th July

Firstly, a message from Jackie.

Pre-entries are open for the ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’, a fell running relay around the high Patterdale skyline for teams of 8 in 4 legs on October 6th .Its limited to 70 teams and pre-entries need to be in by 9th August. Please let me know (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com) if you are interested in being one of the team members & if we have 8 we will put in a pre-entry. Previous fell running at A &/or L advised.

http://hbmr.org.uk/entries/

Cheers

Jackie

Karen Horsley sent this report from Forest Park Ladies 5k Wednesday 3rd July

A warm summer’s evening welcomed 182 runners to Birchwood Forest Park for the annual 5k ladies race hosted by Spectrum Striders, apparently this was the highest turnout in the 27 year history.

There were five Helsby vests present, despite the photo only showing four – I missed the team photo having been completely oblivious to the huge green flag marking our meeting point, it’s a good job such a high level of observation isn’t required to follow the runner in front or I’d never finish a race!I

The 5k course was a good mix of woodland paths and road with enough welcoming shade to prevent overheating from the hot sun. Our ladies ran well (myself excluded) as the below results show with Kathryn making a fabulous debut to take 1st junior in a time of 25:15, and our top three finishers placing 5th in the team competition. Well done ladies.

Helsby Results

Rachael Holden – 10th position overall and 3rd in her age category with a time of 22:36

Leah Binns – finished in 24:35 and 4th in her age category, 24th overall

Debbie Read – in 25th place and hot on the heels of Leah, Debbie finished in 24:39 and was 3rd in her age category

Kathryn Schofield, as mentioned above had a great race coming in as first junior and 29th overall

And then there was me, mid-field with a pain in my leg (whatever next?!) finishing in 32:09

Finally, a special mention of future member, Alice Willcott, who finished in a fantastic time of 26:20 and was 2nd junior home, well done Alice.

Helsby Finishers: Rachael – Leah – Debbie – Kathryn – Alice – Karen

Consolidated club parkrun results are below

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

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – 24/6/19 to 30/6/19

Hello Green Army

Better late than never, thanks for sending the reports in, don’t forget we can’t do a blog without the reports. Keep sending them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices firstly from Tim

Possible first aid course

I am trying to gauge whether there would be interest if I organised a first aid course for Helsby Running Club. It is likely that the club would be able to provide some subsidy but I have not looked into the costs as yet. The courses that I am thinking of are either a one day (8hr) course promoted by England Athletics or a two day (16hr) Outdoor First Aid course (as recognised by various outdoor sport governing bodies eg MLTB, BCU, RYA). The likely venue is Helsby Community Sports Club. Please email Tim on tim@timjenny.me.uk if you are interested in one or both (or reply via Facebook).

Also, if you have a valid first aid certificate and would be happy to be included on a list of Helsby RC first aiders, please can you fill in this very simple online form https://forms.gle/4EZvYHmCRzyRKfog9?fbclid=IwAR2ZIIa7YRzBrvk_y0MioORBi_sfhF9_eadMBhJX_MfkVTWTqGzmN1yrPeI

Tim Palmer

Membership forms

Just to let you know that there is now an online membership form – https://forms.gle/47WUVW1gqJuqipd68 . It is also linked https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/membership-form-join-us/

Regards

Tim

Onto the reports, Jim Jones is first up. 

I visited Hamburg last weekend and did the Hella Half Marathon while I was there. The weather turned out to be as forecast– hot!! It was 28C at the 10.30am start line and rose to 34C before the race was over. The heat really tested the typically excellent German organisation on this occasion. There were water stations every couple of miles, showers and hoses set up along the way, and even the Hamburg fire engines had turned out to hose runners down. However, the logistics of getting drinks to some 8000 runners caused difficulties at a couple of the water stations. The irony of ‘Hella’ being a drinks company was not lost on me! Fortunately I didn’t experience any problems along the route. It was a fantastic way to see the city of Hamburg and there was loads of support along the way. Finishing in 1hr 54mins, it was the slowest half I’ve completed but I was happy that I wasn’t one of the 500 that dnf. Despite any problems caused by the heat, the event was the high point of a great weekend in Hamburg , and I’ll be doing it again next year. 
 
Jim
helsby 1
Sue Buck has sent in the following
Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Series Race 2
Debbie had entered the full series and had mentioned how much she enjoyed race 1, so I thought I give this one a go.
The route is about 4.7 miles long. It starts with 2 laps of a field before venturing out to run roughly alongside the Dee twice, with an excursion into fields and a short bit of forest.  It’s a mix of terrain, but mainly grass and very flat apart from a couple of short ups onto a couple of banks. The fields were a rock hard under foot, and a bit uneven in places, but my ankle passed that test with flying colours!! We did think this might be a good course for someone to try who wanted to try cross country without the mud.  Hope to see some more #greenarmy at the next one! No results out as yet.
Sue
Great work, looks like a good series
Bish has sent in the next few reports
Hi all
Sale Sizzler is a series of 5k runs at Wythenshaw park. It is fast and flat which attracts a lot of interest. Although I have to race as first claim so with my red vest not green thought I would send in a report.
Last Thursday saw me head off to Manchester on a lovely warm sunny evening to join over 600 runners!
Race was won by D Clowes in an impressive 14.50. I set my sights on just getting around as fast as I could. V55 record at 17.01 in my sights. Well I managed to complete the course in 16.58 😁 Not that prize money for course PB was any incentive 🤔
I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies chasing a PB or just a nice race in the park.
Cheers Bish
Hi, Me again😂
Saturday saw WRC hold the summer 5 mile trail race of their 5 mile series which gets you a segment of medal which when you complete all four races slots together to make one large medal.
Well although Saturday started clouded it was very warm out there. The course takes you through wooded areas trails and paths around Colliers Moss Warrington. With plenty of support on the course and at the finish glad to say I came home first😁.
As this is on the doorstep for most of us I would recommend this series you can even do a virtual run and get some bling🥇👍
Cheers Bish
Excellent time on the 5k Bish congrats

Consolidated Parkrun results below.

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

That’s all this week folks

Cheers

Fitzy