Notice from Laura Baynham-Hughes
Calling all Fell Runners! The British Fell Relays 2019 will be taking place in the Peak District National Park on Saturday, October 19th. We have entered three teams (Open Men’s, Open Ladies and Men’s Vets). Please can you let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to be in a team.
For those who haven’t competed before each team is 6 people. Leg 1 – solo leg, Leg 2 – pairs, Leg 3 – pairs with navigation, Leg 4 – solo. It is great fun and a brilliant end to the fell running season. Some fell running experience is required but if you are interested then please let me know as there are plenty of races before the event for you to give fell racing a try! For more info on the relays please visit https://britishfellrelays2019.org.uk/
Thanks to Colin Bishop for this report .. well done everyone great results. Congratulations Colin and John!
Helena Tipping 10K Wrexham – 28th July
Well British Summer didn’t disappoint last weekend as several of us headed off to Wrexham for Helena Tipping 10K. Yes it was tipping down. We were wet through before we even started.
One loop around the open roads of the industrial estate, fairly flat with occasional undulation.
Charlie Hulson of Liverpool Harriers came in first place with a blistering time of 29.59
Results for Helsby
Colin Bishop 35.23 ….V55 1st
Ian Hamling 42.28
John Rossiter 45.01….V65 1st
Rachael Holden 46.07
Mike Barnard 50.08
Stacey Andrew 1.09.45
Well done everyone
North Wales Half Marathon Conwy – Sunday 4th August
This is the first time I’ve run this race, an unlikely roads counter. I’ve not run a race like it before: it starts and finishes on a beach and goes over Conwy Mountain at around mile 10. It is a true multi-terrain, it is neither a road, trail, hill or beach race, it is one on its own.
Due to starting on the beach it is tide dependent. So the start was at 09:00: which is at least an hour earlier than my body is happy with. Jim Jones, Trevor Lewis and I made the early morning cross border journey. The event HQ is in the Mulberry Pub at Mulberry Marina just outside Conwy. A fab setting and the organisers has laid on plenty of accessible parking. With a field of only 400 it had the feel of a small event, but with a big event organiser.
The race departs on the beach and then heads South approximately 1.5 miles along the sand. The direct route that most runners took went through a number of rock pools and across uneven sands. I opted for drier, flatter, longer route (us roadies don’t like wet trainers). With 1.5 miles of squidgy sand this really is a race to start slowly. After the sand comes approximately five miles of road which is predominantly level following the coast. There is then a sharp turn left and up through Penmaenmawr on pavements. Notably, no roads were closed, but the locals were very obliging and there were plenty of marshals. After a long uphill drag on roads we went off onto the trails. This was approximately a three mile section. The sea was shimmering and the views fantastic: some of the most enjoyable running I’ve done this year took us over the summit of Conwy Mountain. We then returned via roads to Mulberry Marina with one mile of sand at the finish. I must say the last mile on the beach was hard….
We were all happy with our results: I came in first for Helsby in 27th (1:38:26), Trevor was second home in 82nd (1:51:40) with Jim Jones just behind in 88th (1:52:57).
Definitely a race I’d like to run again next year. Be nice to get a bigger turnout and maybe even a few ladies?!
Thanks Richard for that report – Well done everyone. I did that race a couple of years ago and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fell or road running.. which covers everyone I think..