Helsby RC weekly round-up from 27th August to 2nd September 2019

Hello Green Army

Quick message from Jackie about the road relays and inter club relays.

This Saturday, 8th it’s the Norrthern West Counties Road Relay Championships in Delamere Forest. We have 2 ladies & 2 mens teams entered. Good luck to all taking part.  

Then a couple of weeks later it’s the  

DELAMERE INTER CLUB RELAY TRAIL (DIRT) – Sat 22nd Sept

  • Time of first leg – 16:00
  • Location – the big expanse of grass near Delamere visitors centre
  • The event will be an interclub relay between ourselves, Delamere Spartans, Spectrum Striders, Pensby and Tattenhall
  • All legs will be within the forest with no road crossings
    • Leg 1 – single runner, 5K – set course
    • Leg 2 – pairs, 8K – set course
    • Leg 3- pairs, 9K – route choice
    • Leg  – single, 5K – set course
  • Categories will be Male, Female, Male vet, Female vet and mixed
  • The cost will be £2.50 per runner to cover the fee we are being charged by the Forestry Commission, including parking in the carpark close to the start of the Park Run where the concerts are held.   All entries on day.
  • Club vests need to be worn

The ethos of the event is low key and social, so we will put up gazebos and encourage runners to bring family and food for a picnic afterwards – no BBQs!

If you have not already done so please email Phil if you would like to take part (phil.gillard1@btinternet.com) and be matched into teams.
Or if you have already made up a team great & just turn up & enter on day but if you let us know you are a team already it will help us ensure we have enough team battens on the day!
Helsby Running Club are helping orgainsie legs 1 (Railway Slalom) & 4 (Park Run) by putting out the signs & marshalling.
I could do with 3 more course marshals + a couple of timing marshals kso if you now anyone or are not running but would like to join in then please let me know.jackiekeasley@btinternet.com 

This is a trial event (to possibly take the place of the interclub fell counters) and it would be great to see a healthy Green Army turnout to support this new event.

Cheers
Jackie

Ben Williams has sent in a report for the Firelighter

Just a short report from the Firelighter ultra on Anglesey, on Friday 31st August. This is the first day of the famous Ring O’Fire which for the second year was available as an ultra in its own right. The route follows the Anglesey Coastal Path around the western and northern coast, from Holyhead to Amlwch. The weather was perfect, almost too hot and it was quite a relief when sunset neared and things cooled down.
After a slow start caused by congestion on the narrow paths leaving the start area, I soon settled down to a slow plod, reassured that everyone around me was doing the same thing. There are three checkpoints, and the course gets progressively tougher after each one, the most difficult section being around Cemaes Bay. The checkpoints are a long way apart so I was lucky in having support from Serena and Dad who kept me supplied with water. Otherwise I would have struggled in the heat. A particular highlight was stopping for a rest on the clifftop near Ynys Y Fydlyn and seeing dolphins playing in the sea.
I finished in darkness, about 15 minutes up on last year’s time. Results are at https://ringofire.niftyentries.com/Results/Ring-O-Fire-2018?
Well done Ben, that first day is the best day on ROF, but probably one of the hardest as well. 
No more running reports i’m afraid….. that’s all folks!!! Hold on a minute, just found a Triathlon report i can throw in. Over to errrrrr me……
Sundowner 70.3

OK OK OK, it’s not just about run reports, others get away with sending in Swim Run reports, walking reports and they still get into the blog with no issues or moans, plus i’m doing the blog this week so here’s my take on my first 70.3 Middle Distance Triathlon. (Gaz will be deleting this right now i think).

Myself and Peter Rodriguez decided that if we ever grow a pair and want to do a full iron man, then we need to do a half iron man firstly, to dip our toes in the water a little before entering the biggy. Obviously you need to train for 3 disciplines, however, it’s pretty hard trying to fit them all into a 7 day week. Running, no problem, swimming, no problem, especially over the summer we’ve just had, but biking has been particularly hard, it takes up so much time, and neither of us have particularly enjoyed it.

A 70.3 triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. We found the flattest race possible, no hills even in the water!!! We traveled up to Allerthorpe Lake, just outside of York last Saturday and set up camp. It was a great setting, the weather was superb and we just wanted it to all be over quickly so we could get into the after party tent, whilst watching the sun go down. It’s a midday start but myself and Peter put a realistic time down when entering, and found ourselves going off with the last wave and the fast guys. This was a mistake. The start of the swim was horrible, I actually thought i was being drowned, and was certainly not prepared for the amount of times i would be hit by someone, or barged out of the way, Peter even shouting at people under water, which made me laugh. 3 laps of the lake and we came out in a respectable 44 mins, both of us within 5-6 seconds of each other, straight into transition 1, chuck on all the bike gear and out onto the super flat and lovely roads for 2 laps of a 28 mile course.

Most of our training rides we have been averaging around 17.5-18mph, so it was good to see us both averaging 19.5mph for the full 56 miles, and seeing us make a little bit of ground up on some seriously expensive bikes, some people spend more on their bikes than they do on their cars. My back was not in a good place for the first 28 miles but as then pain went from my back into my thighs i got through it in 2hrs 55 with Peter coming in a few minutes ahead in around 2hrs 52.

Back into transition 2, throw your running shoes on, and out onto a multi terrain course for the first mile or so, then heading back out onto the roads for 3 laps of about 4 and a bit miles for the half marathon route. This was particular hard now, i thought i’d easy get in under 1hr 30, but after 56 miles on the bike your legs just don’t work, however with running being my strongest discipline, i overtook a lot competitors to come out with the 4th fastest time on the day for the half marathon, in 1hr 35, followed by Peter in 1hr 41.

I finished in 104th in 5hrs 20, Peter finished in 125th in 5hrs 26, out of about 500 starters. Both of us very pleased with our first 70.3, and the after party was pretty good as well. If anyone fancied doing this distance then this would be highly recommended, it was a superb event and looking back it really was a great weekend, once the pain had subsided.

Now, do we or do we not book the full iron man………….

104th 532 CHRIS Fitzpatrick M 92nd M 40-44 17th 05:20:33 +01:12:02
125th 535 Peter Rodriguez M 110th M 40-44 21st 05:26:58 +01:18:27

https://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1QF

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CheersFitzy

Parkrun seen runners out and about in Pheonix, Warrington, Catterick, Chester, Delamere, Keswick, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Street.
Full consolidated results below;
Last word from me, Christmas Party, Friday 30th November, or Friday 7th December? Drop me an email or message on Facebook, we shall go with the most popular option
See you all soon
Fitzy 
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Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd – 29th July 2018

Hello Green Army

Straight into the race reports, and I cannot believe it, Degsy’s reports are back, go make a brew, get a pack of biscuits, he’s very well known for lengthy race reports is Degs.

Ill keep it short and sweet as ever… firstly thanks to steve Riley and the club for the free place at Aintree half marathon. Woke up to pouring rain and wind but inspired by Roy’s heroics from his training run the day before his 10k. I pulled on my green vest and headed off for Aintree. I’m currently following the “cram” marathon plan in readiness for the Cybi coastal marathon…. 10 x better than the famous P&D plan… basically “cram” as many miles into 4 weeks as possible so this race landed perfectly for my plan.
I’ll start with the good;
1. Its was a free place
2. Organisation and marshals were great.
3. flat as a pancake course ( not my mrs’s lumpy pancakes)
The bad;
1. 4 soul destroying laps
2. Awful weather
3. Uninspiring course
4. Not much support but to be fair i wouldn’t have stood around in that weather either
Cheers everyone
Degsy
Well, at least i haven’t demolished a pack of ginger nuts, only managed one. Nice one Degs, good to see you back mate

 

Over to Jim Jones for his report

After weeks of endless sunshine, the great British weather resumed normality for the Kentmere Horseshoe fell race on Sunday. We were blessed with gale-force winds, horizontal rain and low clouds. Six Helsby hardy souls braved the conditions for our 7th club fell-counter. Having looked at the forecast Sunday morning, if I hadn’t already made plans to travel up with Tim and Steve I’d have quite happily stayed at home. The Kentmere is a classic 12 mile route with about 3700ft of elevation, most of it quite runnable. Navigation was tricky this year though with low cloud causing a few deviations from the usual route! No results have been put online yet but I think the finishing order for Helsby was: Chris Baynham-Hughes, Tim Palmer, Laura Baynham- Hughes, Jim Jones, Steve Riley, Rachel Arnold.

Cheers,

Jim

Over to …… myself for mine 

9 Helsby vest’s made it over to a big hill beginning with LL in Wales for the Green Green Grass of home Fell race last Weds evening. Now as you know, i’m a road runner (beep beep), so I’m never going to be the first to say lets do this race with loads of enthusiasm, but the day before I had convinced myself i wasn’t doing it, but who could refuse a road trip with the legend that is CBH, the mad man that is Ben “Gary” Crossley, and Peter “surprise package” Rodriguez.

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The one thing i do enjoy about fell races is the scenery, and this didn’t disappoint, the views all around of the Clywidian range (is that correct?) were lovely on a nice warm summers evening. After registering in the local boozer for only £4, we headed off to the start, which in itself could have been it’s own fell race, taking 15 minutes to get there and a hell of a lot of climbing en-route. We went for a bit of a warm up and checked out the start of the race, which straight away was up a big bloody hill, it was that steep i thought it was the stairway to heaven. The race organiser then told us the directions of the course, and to be perfectly honest, after he said up this hill and turn left i lost interest, and i was chuckling away to myself thinking what have i let myself in for.
A big green army shout as we headed off by just me (thanks guys) got a few laughs and off we went, and as per usual i started way too fast. The first part of the course was unforgiving for me, the climbs just went on for what seemed forever. Colin Bishop started strong and i started to lose sight of him quite quickly. We hit the top of the hill after walking the majority of it, and then what seemed like everyone overtaking me going down it, including Ben and Peter who actually shouted “get out of the way you’re too slow” or something along them lines.
I find with fell running the i struggle more going down hill than i do up, it really is an art, people just don’t care about falling over like i do, and they fly down these hills whereas i seem to put all 12 stone down with every thud of my feet. Once at the bottom of the hill the course evened out a little, and at last i started to feel at home and started to pick up the pace a bit, catching up with Ben, but there was no chance we could catch Peter who was off, himself admitting the fear of being overtook by us was inspiring him to have one of his best runs ever (we had been ripping each other all day on who would finish first and last….good bants!)
Myself and Ben then battled it out for the next few miles, along with 1st lady from Buckley. Looking at my Garmin i could see there was only about a mile to go, and i pushed on to get a decent lead over Ben and i thought thats it he’s not going to catch me, but i could also see we were still up in the gods, and with 0.8 of a mile to go we got to the top of the last hill which we had to come down. This is where i lost my head “where’s the path, where’s the trail, where’s the road down” i said to myself, all i could see was heather, thick heather, that apparently the race organiser had warned us about in his race instructions earlier on. Having to pick my legs up to knee height to try and jump over all of this heather absolutely destroyed me, whilst Ben must have just laughed at me as he just sprung down the hill like Zebedee. What i didn’t realise with fell races is you can just come straight down, rather than zigzagging like i did trying to find a trail and completely messing up. Once down to the bottom there was a short sprint to the finish and I was greeted by Bish, Peter, & Ben who had all beasted me and were looking pretty fresh.
Bish won his age cat, and Rachel Arnold i believe, but can i find the results? No chance, apparently they will be available by the summer of 2019. Even though there’s a lot of moaning in this report, i secretly enjoyed the night, and it was even better in the beer garden eating some of Jane’s picnic she brought along, which was a great way to finish the night, thank you.
As I say, unsure of the results as yet but think the order went something like this
Colin Bishop, Peter Rodriguez, Ben Crossley, Chris Fitzpatrick, CBH, Ed Halliwell, John Whitehead, Rachel Arnold, and Jackie Keasley
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Please find the consolidated parkrun results below for last Saturday.

http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2018-07-21

That’s all folks, please keep sending your reports in. The Helsby inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 2nd July to 8th July 2018

Hello Green Army

Not only do we have 1 race report this week about a certain race, not only do we have 2, but we have 3, all on the same race. Bravo!!

Lets get straight into it.

Step up Lad number 1 – Ian Rutherford

So, the best laid plans to be proper organised for this event, including a pre-visit to the North East for a full reckie of the course had long since been forgotten. The kit-check and prep starting on the Friday evening a mere few hours before setting off. At 3.50am, Saturday, Davyd pulled up and in the still dark very early morning we began to load up the car and off we set. Soon light and yet another beautiful hot and sunny day was in prospect. Travelling any distance in England so early is always fraught with difficulty; over-night road works still in place right across the motorway network so lots of detours and diversions needed but we had plenty of time to play with so it was all good. Just outside Wooler, we found an accommodating service stop for coffee. The scenery now proper stunning in the foot of the Northumbrian National Park; it was also a lot greener than the desert plains of Costa-del-Cheshire I noticed.

Having found the location easy enough we got parked and walked up to register. The folks at Wooler RC couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly and a great atmosphere was the theme for the entire day. Back to the car and Davyd now in full boy-scout role, complete with camping stove and voila – tea and toast was served. That wouldn’t be the last time today I was appreciate of his efforts.

Getting changed and final tinkering with kit, including a change of shorts – the orange ones sadly just attracting to many unwanted pests (make your own jokes) we made a slow walk back up the hill to the club-house. Still a bit of time to kill including meeting up with Geoff who was running with his friend, both having done this on numerous occasions. From the club it was about a five min walk to the start with a brief stop as Davyd and I were both selected for a random kit check. Having to carry full waterproofs, hat, gloves on what was already a scorching hot day seemed a bit excessive but I understand rules are rules.

So off we went around 200+ of us. Lots of DNS apparently; just too dam hot for a lot.

The road soon left behind, you enter the beautiful national park; most definitely one of the most picturesque parts of the country this is, I shall be visiting the area again.

The first few miles were gentle, obviously feeling fresh, the terrain nothing particularly technical and checkpoint number 1 successfully negotiated. Once up and over Cheviot knee, the climb to the proper summit begins. I could sense Davyd just starting to fall away from me. The sun now high and strong in the sky; my body temperature starting to properly climb. I kept checking back, occasionally mustering for him. The Cheviot climb was long and hard with plenty of skilled climbers demonstrating their superior and more efficient skills as they went past. Occasional turns and exchanging thumbs up with Davyd below me, I managed to successfully overcome the craggy rocky summit. The views were off the charts, totally clear sky, it was stunning. Davyd safely up, posed for the obligatory photo and on we went to the actual checkpoint at the Trig point. And that readers, is where the run flipped on its head. The terrain and decent off the Cheviot is like nothing I have ever experienced before. I remember Geoff some weeks ago and again this morning explaining it’s like jumping off a cliff, privately you’re thinking at the time, ‘oh it can’t be that bad’… but oh my, he nailed the description perfectly. Mincing very gingerly, almost at 90 degrees angle from in front of me I try to get down; not going to lie, I was thinking I was about to die. Davyd in front then proceeds to sit down and literally start to what I can only describe as ass-surfing down the mountain. I’m proper hating this now and genuinely working ever so hard just to stop myself from tumbling down the hill, not breaking a leg or worse. The decent goes on forever, Davyd is now just a distant blob and getting ever further away, there are people literally flying past me and I’m aware I’m getting in the way. There is absolutely no path, it’s just heather and brush, unable to see were each foot is planting. I’ve still no idea how I got to the bottom in one piece; but the fun was only just beginning. Across a stream the ascent of Hedgehope was now underway. It started with actual scrambling,

hauling my weary figure up onto a mound. I was having a proper meltdown. I was broken and we’d only covered around 9 miles. So, how’s Davyd I hear you ask, didn’t he have a wobble even before the Cheviot summit? This guy was amazing. Suddenly I found myself in the company of Kilian but in a Helsby vest 😉 Seriously, the transformation was dramatic. He was absolutely buzzing, full of energy and encouragement; he was dealing with my sense of humour failures well. Honestly, I’m still unclear what happened to me, did I attempt to go off to quick, had I been taking enough liquid, had I eaten enough. Just don’t know. My confidence shot, the terrain way to technical for my tarmac plodding skills I knew I was well out of my depth. Climbing the foot of Hedgehope was relatively okay, feeling a little better, I tried to pull myself together, then the terrain changed once again; away from flat open grass land, to craggy rock and heather. I was struggling again. Davyd, the top fella he is, was an endless source of encouragement and support; I kept apologising, I felt I was spoiling his day; I’ll tell everyone now; he would have knocked at least 30 mins, maybe more off his time had he wanted too. The ascent of Hedgehope was way more tough than Cheviot. Terrain so much more challenging (for me at least), I was proper cooked. And we were finally half-way, oh joy!

Roll up rollup, all the fun of the fair continued as Langlee Craggs was the next ride in town, the teddies were being proper thrown about now. We didn’t take an optimum route off the cragg face and found ourselves knee deep in brushland and heather. Getting through that, almost unable to lift my feet high enough. The danger of following people and assuming they know the route right there. Where it was runnable, I was just about capable of a slow-stagger; kept trying though, just needed to get this done. Davyd, had a bit of cramp but otherwise looked strong. The miles were getting done and the terrain became much more Ian friendly; mile 14 an impressive 11.5 mins.

The run in was yet another challenge. The rocky and eroded trail of Carey Burn. The heat in the valley was oppressive. Dusty and challenging terrain on very tired feet was a right struggle, but knowing the end was, if not in sight but relatively imminent was keeping me going. Once out of the ravine, back on to the national park track, it was the proper final acts. A shout of “Away Pet” as a local lady ran past us as if out for a park run and then establishing that England were just one up from the driver of the Northumbria Water tanker half a mile from the end.

And so, it was done. An unimpressive time, completely down to me I’m afraid. A cold hose down and then some genuine hospitality from the volunteers in the centre, lots and lots of food and drink and the England match on the big projector occupying the attention of the others.

I will never forget this day. So many special things happened and it was a proper insight in to fell running for me. Walking back to the car, past the local hostilely, the shouts for the England match loud and happy. Finally got to take my shoes off and began the journey home. Swapping drivers just before we hit the M1, all I will say is thank the lord Davyd’s car is an automatic 😉

Great report Ian, Lad number 2 looked after you well.

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Over to Lad number 2 – Davyd Michell

One Friday night its cold a wet outside, your having a few beers and your mate messages you, I’ve found a race…its 20 miles and its in Northumberland and its called the Chevy Chase, what you think?
Immediately the name caught my imagination, what a great name for fell race over the cheviots, I’m in. A few weeks later the reality dawned that i’ve never ran over 14 miles and that was on the road, still I have 4 months on training to get ready.

Fast forward that 4 months and I’d done quite a bit of training but not as much as i’d hoped, we’d planned to do some longer runs over similar terrain and even a recce, none of that actually happened, still, we’d be ok!?!
The race was on Saturday and the Thursday 2 days before I meet up with Ian for a social run and to formulate a plan of action. The plan was simple – get up a stupid o’clock and drive 230 miles north and run, then drive home.
Friday was all about getting the kit and gear together, I had most bits from my walking days but this still gave me the opportunity to obviously buy some new gear, as everyone loves new gear. So Friday morning I had the chance to try out my new running vest, perhaps a bit last minute! 🙂 much to the amusement of the Friday Fun Club

3am Saturday morning the alarm went off and I got up to go and pick up Ian, we had a 230 mile journey and registration opened at 8:30am for a kit check with the race starting at 10:30. Despite the best effort of Highways England to close off the M60 and A1 for a large section it was no match for us, we were on a mission.
We duly arrived bang on 8am, got our gear together and went and registered. This now gave is 2.5 hours of time to kill. As all good scouts know be prepared, and we were. I’d stuck the camping stove, chairs and kettle in the car so it was time to brew up and get the breakfast on. We also bumped into fellow green army runner Geoff who was also running.

10 am we headed off to the start ready to go, we were loaded up with 2 litres of water each, emergency food, waterproofs, map compass etc as this was run under fell running rules. The other issue was the weather, it was now getting pretty hot at around 25 degrees. After a random spot kit check we were ready to go.
10:30 and we were off. The first mile or so is on road before you head off onto a path and make your way to Cheviot Knee, before tackling the main accent of the 2800ft of Cheviot itself. We started off nice and steady trying not to get carried away, we were covering the ground well and reached the knee in good shape in around 70 minutes. From there the land started to rise rapidly and the main assent had well and truly started, it was at this point I started to feel it a bit, it was getting hot and I was feeling it in my legs. Ian was looking good and was making it look easy. I dug in, but it wasn’t pretty but with Ians encouragement we arrived at the summit.

The view was spectacular and we took a minute to look around whilst getting our trackers check in. The next bit we knew was going to be tough, it evolved a descent off the side of the summit without a path. We headed out following a few other runners and then the route appeared before us…wow..it really was downhill. The steepness was surprising to two tarmac slappers, we picked, fell and slid our way to the bottom and the stream that split the route up the next accent. My legs were shaking, thighs screaming and I was so hot. I’d made it down a minute or so ahead of Ian and just stood in the stream cooling off my feet and throwing water over my head in an attempt cool down.

We gathered our thoughts and then set about climbing straight up the next peak that was Hedgehope, again there was no path and we had to yomp our way up towards the ridge. I started to feel a bit better and my legs were starting to come back to life a bit after the struggle of the pervious peak. The two summits are probably only a few miles apart but that section had taken us an hour by the time we reach the next check point at the summit of Hedgehope. It had also taken its tole on us a bit as the going had been tough. The good news was that was the major climbing over, but we had only covered about half distance.

We descended Hedgehope and thankfully this was not as steep the Cheviot and set on our way to the next checkpoint. The terrain was tricky and quite technical and some parts were just awful with thick gorse, it was my turn now to offer the encouragement. We made it out of that section and we were on a path, thank god! The only issue was that the path was quite eroded and followed a stream with a 3m fall into it if you got it wrong. This coupled with the fact we were 14 miles in and there seemed to be no breeze that had blessed us on the higher ground made tough going. I was now in uncharted territory in terms of distance, but my legs were holding up well and I was having a much better second half of the run than the first.  We reached the final checkpoint at 17 miles and knew we only had 3 to go, but hells path stood in our way, a short half mile assent that normally you’d just push on over, but today was a different story. It was a tough climb and we were both now feeling it at the top, still all downhill to the finish, but even that hurt.
We joined the original road that we’d started on and had a mile or so to go. As we turned off the road to the final path we could hear the welcoming sound of the YHA were it all was going to end soon. We rounded the corner and crossed the line together, we’d done it. 5 hours 20 minutes of running, yomping and in places walking. I think its fair to say we were both knackered, the heat and terrain had done its best but we came through.
The race was impeccably orgainised, they had managed to get water out to even the most remote of checkpoints (a first for the race I understand) given the heat. We now set about replacing as many calories as we could before we had to set off home.

As I write this, reflecting on the run I’m still on a bit of a high. The opportunity to run with my mate in some stunning scenery, meet some great people on the way round and support a great small running club who put on an amazing event has made it the event of the year for me so far, which is going to be hard to beat.  My legs are in bits, stairs are an issue but I can see that this won’t be a one off.  Roll on next year…..

Reckon we could maybe muster a few more bodies for next year, this sounds like a great race

Step up Geoff Collins for report number 3

Chevy Chase Fell Race Wooler Northumberland – Sat 7 July.

What a difference a year makes.  After my attempt last year missing a checkpoint I’m back again for another go at the 62nd Chevy Chase fell race.  The conditions were very different, dry sunny and baking hot with no rain for weeks and no bog.  Last year it was very wet and spongy underfoot.

Its 20 miles through some of the finest scenery in Northumberland giving runners the opportunity to ‘channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge’ say the organisers.  The route takes you deep into the heart of the land of the ‘far horizon’.  Indeed the views were truly spectacular you could even see the distant coast towards Beadnall.  A fantastic day apart from the heat and the flies to be in the fells.

This year Helsby RC had a higher profile with two of our best, Ian Rutherford and Davyd Mitchell also taking part.  Together with my Newcastle friend Jill who knows the area well, we ran together as a team of two, with much discussion over pacing to ensure we didn’t get timed out on the check points.  There is an overall time limit of 6hrs to complete the event.  Times are tight particularly at Hedgehope, after that it gets easier.

We met Davyd and Ian in the carpark brewing up and cooking toast on a camping stove.  Madly they left at 3am and drove up on the day!  I felt so grateful for my comfy bed and leisurely breakfast at Jill’s house in Newcastle.

You go up Cheviot 2,676 feet dropping down into a deep valley before heading up Hedgehope 2,348 feet.  Total climb is over 4,000 feet.  Its organised by the friendly Wooler Running Club who take over the youth hostel as the race HQ.

It’s an unmarked route with 7 check points.  Being able to navigate is key particularly in poor visibility, and of course to make sure you find the all the checkpoints!

This was my first race since the end of last year.  Following my knee injury and diagnosis of a stress fractured patella and other age related wear and tear issues.  My training on Helsby Hill & Sandstone.

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Well done guys, really tough going in this heat

Carol Shaw sent in this report

8 Helsby runners took part in the Ladies 5K race organised by Spectrum Striders last Wednesday, July 4th.
Jane Ashbrook was first from Helsby to finish in 8th place in 21.52 and was 2nd in her age category.
Carol Shaw was next in 20th place in 23.18, then Debbie Read in 22nd place in 23.25, Vanessa Griffiths 29th in 24.09, Rhea Howard Armitage 66th  in 28.43, Leah Binns 67th in 28.50 and Donna Geer 78th in 29.29.
Many thanks to Debbie for providing us with prosecco, strawberries and chocolate after the race.
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And last but not least Roy didn’t send in a race report, but asked me kindly to include this in the blog …so here goes

We love Manchestor 10k 

Roy ran a respectable 46.51, but could have done better but got sun stroke, it was boiling hot!

Well done mate

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Widnes & Whitehaven. Full consolidated results below

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

If someone could kindly send in race reports for Dearnford Lake Relays, and maybe the midweek fell race, send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 25th June to 1st July 2018

Hello Green Army

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine, long may it continue.

Dearnford Lake Relays are next Thursday 12th July, teams have now been finalised and this is your running order, if you want to change around discuss with your teams and let me know please.

Junior and Senior Wig set off to Llyn Brenig for jaunt around the fairy freckled cow. The race prep had gone fantastically and we had found and settled into a Mcdonalds around 9:15 ish, fed and water we carried onto towards Denbigh with the temperature increasing by the minute.

For those that have done this race or have been to Llyn Brenig will know the views are breath taking and with the beautiful sunshine it was even more so. We got parked and walked down to ‘Race HQ’ which consisted of a tent and two port a loos.

Standing on the start line myself and Dad decided we weren’t going to win it today and to let the other folk have a go. We settled into our normal position at the back of the pack and waited for the start. Already too hot the race started promptly at 11:32 straight up a hill. The first 3 miles is fairly undulating but with a bit of cover from the trees around the reservoir. After a mile and a half I’d stopped for a walk (as had my dad as it turns out).

After more walking up another hill we reached the water stop and the cross over section of the race and the reservoir. We had yet another massive hill and turned around to see how much of a lead I had built up over my Dad, he was right behind me! After this an epic battle of wits and nerves was being run at around 11 minute miles with my Dad finishing 10 seconds behind me.

The finish of the race is across the damn after running through some sheltered woodlands. We crossed the line, got our god awful t shirts and headed back to the car. On the way back we stopped at a café for ham, egg and chips because after all it had been an whole hour and a half since we had last eaten.

Jackie has sent in this on the Saunders Mountain Marathon

This weekend’s sizzling Saunders Mountain Marathon weekend in the Lakes
was as tough as they come due to the heatwave!  Fortunately the Lakes
had one day’s heavy downpour 10 days ago so the main steams were flowing
& drinkable as it would have been impossible to carry all the water
needed during these 2 days – no noticable effects yet!  Don’t think I
have ever seen the Lakes as crystal clear as at the moment, the heat
normally makes things hazy but not this time for some reason.

This year the race started from Grasmere, heading up Easedale and
overnighting at Stonethwaite in Borrowdale. There was quite a Helsby
“and friends” contingent this year which meant quite a #greenarmy
encampment as we all managed to squeeze our tents in close to each other
at the overnight camp.  It also meant a lot of unexpected bumping into
each other in the hills, especially on Saturday as the courses
zig-zagged up and down and around the high rocky central fells via the
Langdale Pikes, Esk Pike, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara &
Bessy Boot. Along the way we passed tarns galore; Easedale, Codale,
Stickle, Angle, Sprinkling plus lots of diddy ones.  Some competitors
took a dip in each to cool down! On the way up Esk Pike I spoke to a
dripping lady on the Klets course who had already had 7 swims & it was
only midday!  Checkpoints to visit along the way included streams, path
junctions, hills, humps, sheep folds, tarns, ponds; some rather craftily
“hidden” away. The joy of this event is even if you are in an area you
think you know well you are guaranteed to go somethere new or approach
familiar terrirory from a completely different angle!  On Sunday the
route back was through lower territory & more grassy under foot in
parts; coming back via Greenup Edge, Ullscarf, Wythbrun, High Easedale &
finally Silver How.

Carrock Fell

Laura & Chris     6:21  4:21    10:42  5th  overall

Jackie & Kate     8:50  7:29    16:19  37th overall 1st Female Vets

Chrstine & Sue  11:20 7:35   18:55  43rd  overall (out of 43 with 24 dnf)

Rachel & Lesley  8:58   dnf    unfortunately missed the last checkpoint
on the final day.

Wansfell

Sheila & Georgina 7:73 5:58 13:22 54th overall  4th Female Vets (out of
79 with 10 dnf)

Well done to Laura on her debut at this 2 day event & for finishing 5th
overall.  I must mention this…. the highlight for me was actually
overtaking Chris & Laura at checkpoints 2 and 3 on the first day by
sneaking off on a slightly more direct route! See 1st photo to prove it!
As you can see by the results though that certainly made them gallop on
like Gazelles after that, taking 2.5 hrs less on Sat & 3hrs on Sunday!
On Saturday we kept playing cat & mouse with Lesley & Rachel too seeing
them several times including right at the end as we virtually crossed
the line together (we had slightly different start times). Top marks to
Christine & Sue for endurance on Saturday; for both of them this was
their first major navigation event and multi-day mountain race and they
kept going for 11:20 hrs on Saturday despite all that heat when many
would, & did, throw the towel in. It seemed sensible on Sunday to make a
foursome and keep together to ensure a slightly shorter day for all.  As
a postscript Kate & I did have an advantage over everyone else at the
very beginning & end with the checkpoints on the highground between
Grasmere & Langdale. Between us we know it very well, Kate being lucky
enough to spend a lot of time in Grasmere and me in Chapel Stile; so its
our back garden training ground throughout the whole of the year.

Sounds like an amazing weekend and so good to see a lot of you all turn up and have a crack at it. Well done all

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Park run seen runners out in Hyde Park. Pheonix, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

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

 

That’s all folks, please keep sending in race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 30th April to 13th May 2018

Hello Green Army

This is a fortnightly update due to a lack of reports last week so apologies for not sending something out, but we have plenty this week.

Firstly we had a very successful AGM last night, the details of what went on and what was said i’m sure will be sent around very soon. There was a few points that came up that will need our help with asap.

Ben Williams cannot continue with Sandstone Trail Race Director duties, so we are asking would anyone like to step up. Also, not just step up but maybe form part of a committee who could all help organise this great event. It would be a real shame if this one had to drop off our race calendar, so if this is of interest to you, and you will be given support along the way, please let Jackie Keasley know.

Another one was is there anyone good with spreadsheets? If that’s you again please contact Jackie, as we need someone to look after the road and fell championship results. Ben and Suzanne have stepped down, but again you will be given full support, and shown what to do.

Last one was race reports. Steve has posted today on Facebook about it and if we could get one or two more race reports in weekly that would be great, even better if it’s from new members, you don’t want to hear about me and my marathon training all the time. It helps us bloggers out loads, so if you can send something across send them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Big congratulations to Chris Collins, Adam Gordon, and Laura Baynham-Hughes who have all been selected for Cheshire at this weekends Lads Leap Fell Race. Lucinda Lamb was also chosen but i believe she is out injured, so get better soon Lucinda and good luck to the others.

Thanks to Robert Hough who sent in these reports for Liverpool Spring 10k and the Walton Park 5 miler

Most of you have probably been wondering who the random Jesus look-a-like who has suddenly started to appear at club meetings since the beginning of the year. I decided to add to this weeks blog as an opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I’m Rob, I’m a decidedly average, yet enthusiastic runner who once vowed never to join a running club. After approaches from my home town club, Widnes, and local club, Warrington, I thought Helsby a better fit for me (green really brings out my eye colour).

On Sunday, I was one of six fool hardy Helsby runners who took on the twenty-five degree heat and challenging course of the Liverpool Spring 10k. Personally, I had to revise any ideas of pushing for a personal best at the 2km point due to my ginger disposition. A special mention should go out to Jon ‘The Roz’ Rossiter in the Male Veteran 60+ category, who posted an impressive 43:19, despite the recent disappointment of Chris Fitzpatrick beating his Marathon PB by less than a minute. Ian Hamling was the first Helsby runner over the line in a personal best of 40:33. A big congratulations to Matt, Tracey and Tanya too. A splendid effort in barmy conditions. I’m not entirely sure how much off the forty odd minutes I spent running, but I’m certainly enjoying my t-shirt and medal.

Only two days later on Tuesday evening, in much more conducive conditions for running, six more Helsby compatriots turned out at Walton Park for the annual Liverpool Running Club 5 miler. On a very pleasant and much less challenging 3 lap course, 406 local enthusiasts / sadists gathered and completed the course. Again, the first Helsby runner across the finish was Ian Hamling in another personal best time of 32:02. Ian is really finding a new lease of life as he rapidly approaches the big FOUR ZERO. After ‘crying off’ from Sunday’s ‘bake off’ at the Spring 10k, Rachel Holden was the first Helsby ‘lady’ over the line despite resembling Forrest Gump’s calipers in the scene where he is chased by bullies. Manchester Marathon claims yet another victim more than a month later…….cheers Rob

 

Ha ha great first reports Rob, sorry to have disappointed ‘The Roz’ as well

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Richard Hankins sent in another Walton Park 5 Mile Race report

I think this was the first year this race has been included in the club championship. It’s a club run event, fairly low key, but well attended in Walton Park, Liverpool. The weekend had been incredibly hot. By the Tuesday it was raining and cold and I arrived damp and unenthusiastic. The event is based in the sports centre in Walton Park which offered changing rooms and lockers which were really useful for those of arriving by bike in old leaky bike gear (I was scared my good kit would get nicked). The one criticism of the event is probably that there was a lack of toilets and this led to long queues, especially for the women. The course is three laps of the park, although the route varies slightly between laps to ensure the correct distance. It is relatively flat, well marshalled and on reasonable paths, but with quite a lot of turns and congestion for the first 500 metres.  Water, medals and handy little towels for all finishers. Overall, a good event, shame it clashed with so many others.

Only 6 made it from Helsby. Ian Hamling led the boys home and Rachel Holden the girls, a notable second in category for Janet Shaw. Full results below:

Full results here

http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=453

Another newcomer Jake Homes sent in a report, thanks Jake.

When I spotted this one on the calendar I had to make sure I got along to it as it was my old school. So about 25 years after choosing anything but cross country in P.E., I was back in the school sports hall, registering to run up to the castle.

There’s not much room to get into your rhythm in the castle race as 2 mins from the start you’re turning right and heading up ‘Donkey Hill’. I’m not even sure if that’s a proper name or just some name we called it when we used it for shuttles during the under 14’s off season footy training. All this sounds like it would give me home advantage, but 25 years is long enough to forget how steep that hill is and it quickly became a case of trying to walk faster than the guy in front… while walking slow enough to not blow up I the first mile of the run.

Get to the top and have a word with yourself that it’s eased off enough to be running again, left up the short track to bring you to the bottom of the castle. It was a good stretch next: path come sheep track with trees overhanging and enough descent to try and nip round the odd runner if you pick a better line…. I didn’t always. That descent doesn’t last long though and it’s another case of keeping running, knowing that it’s plenty easy enough to run well on another day, but for some reason (Donkey Hill!) it feels a bit tougher than it should.

When you come out of the trees you get to the main event of climbing up the back of the castle. Now that is a steep ascent and running is quickly at the back of your mind and it’s hands on the knees, glancing around to see who you can try and beat to the top… or actually just stick with… or you know what, let them go as you’re doing all this again in a minute.

Good feeling to be at the top and running again, pretty spectacular views for a race you’re only a about mile or so into. Try and get the legs strong again for the switching back decent which you can do as fast as you’re brave enough to go. Pick up a place or two maybe and get to the bottom and turn right ready to go round again.

Second lap was good… well, very tough but hopefully I dropped off a bit slower than the guys around me. And once back at the top again, it’s a great feeling that it’s all downhill from here. And it really is. I’d managed to have enough left to be able to enjoy it. Picked up 3 or 4 places before ending up with a bit of a sprint finish on the school field with Phil.

Great race. Prepare to have your heart beating though your chest for the entire 4.2miles or 42 mins in my case… but a good way to spend a Wednesday evening and thanks a lot to whoever was dishing out the sandwiches and cakes at the finish. Very welcome

That’ll be Jane Bishop Jake, reckon she needs to go onto Bake off if you ask me. Yep agreed its a great race, and i hope to see loads more there yet again next year.

LBH sent this one from Excalibur Marathon

After helping out at the Sandstone trail race on Saturday a few Helsby green vests took on the slightly shorter but definitely more hilly Excalibur Marathon in the Clwydian hills. With over 5,500ft of climb over 26 miles this was the toughest race myself, Emily and Alison had taken on. Jim Jones,a seasoned pro at this event and Paul I love a hill Cunningham also made the journey to Wales to do the race.

We had glorious weather and the views were stunning. The course is great with some really runnable sections, some tasty climbs and lovely descents! I experienced some crazy cramping after mile 18 but managed to keep going with some unorthodox stretching techniques! The climb at mile 23 was a bit challenging (you dont get that at the London Marathon) but you were rewarded by knowing it is pretty much down hill after that. Emily did brilliantly and smashed her target of 6h 30. Alison ran a great race and was only beld back by her mistrust of steep descents! All our Thursday training had paid off. I was well chuffed with a trophy and little prize for 3rd spot.

So in a nutshell it was tough but really enjoyable race and we really recommend it!

Results for the Helsby crew were as follows:

19th(3rd lady) Laura BH 4h 51

22 (4th lady)Alison Halsall 4h 56

33 Paul Cunningham 5h 21

48 (11th lady) Emily Smith 5h 54

49 Jim Jones 5h 55

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Well done gang, it’s certainly a tough first marathon so total respect and great times from everyone. 

New vest co-ordinator Sue Buck sent in this report the Wray Caton Moor race

I’ve been thinking of doing this race for quite some time, but previously been put off by the fact it’s on the first bank holiday in May and involves driving up the M6. Anyway, I decided this was the year to give it a go as I do like running over boggy moorland!

The fell race is part of the annual Wray scarecrow festival, which began the week before. The theme this year was ‘Ready, Camera, Action!’

It is a fell race, but in my opinion, is very straightforward with nothing technical in it. The race starts up a steep tarmac road before going through a couple of  fields, along a concrete farm track and then onto Caton fell, which is rough moorland. Despite the hot weather, there was still a big puddle up to my knees to splash through and some boggy bits.

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Get the big fella a green vest Sue!!

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Warrington, Delamere, Widnes, & Northwich. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 9th April to 15th April 2018

Hello Green Army

A few notices to kick off.

A message from Tim Palmer.

Welcome Jason Tate who has just joined the Green Army, also a welcome back to Leah Binns as a club member after a year off.

Also, just a prompt to you all , if you want to continue receiving the blogs  you will now need to opt-in either by updating your settings i) by the link in the recent email [scheduled to be sent at Wed, April 18th 1:00 am] or ii) by the link in the footer of the blog. For members, they do this twice!

A quick heads up from me

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks

And another – Borders League season finale is nearly upon us

Borders League Race 7 is to be held on Weds 25th April. All details below. It would be great to get a good turn out again for the last race of the season, and guarantee our place where we belong in the top division. For anyone who has not raced this before we need to pre-register you for this one, you cannot turn up on the night and just run like normal. I need your details in by Monday 23rd April at the very latest. Please let me know if you are attending.

fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thank you

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

And Another 

Dearnford Lake Relays are open for entries. 7:30 pm Thursday 12th July 2018. Anyone want in? This will sell out very quickly, if you let me know, i will organise the teams similar to how we have done others based on power of 10 results. Mens/ladies/mixed teams can be sorted.

It’s £6 per person. Email me or let me know on our Facebook page. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/relay.aspx

And another 

Are you aware we now have a club training session on Friday mornings. Friday Fun Club (FFC) is now an official club run. 6am prompt, every Friday from Red Brow Lane, Runcorn, WA7 1QY. Park up at the canal bridge.

This is the kind of stuff we get up to below. It’s available for all abilities, nobody will be left behind, and with the brighter mornings we are expecting numbers to start increasing. We have a regular group of up to 10 at present, feel free to come along and join in

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Thanks to Carol Shaw for sending a report in

Chester Spring 5 – Wednesday April 11th 2018

20 green vests took part in our 4th race in the road series, the Chester Spring 5, last Wednesday. The weather conditions were perfect for running and although there were concerns about water out on the course, we all ran through the puddles without a problem. Chris Fitzpatrick was first home for Helsby in a chip time of 28.39, even though he had previously run the Manchester Marathon three days before!

Debbie and Carol won age category prizes, and Carol, Christina and Debbie all finished within a minute of each other. Many thanks to Geoff Collins and Neil Finnegan for their support out on the course, and as always a big thank you to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on.

Full results below

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-51

Thanks to Bish for sending this one over – Radcliffe 10k trail race

Sunday morning took me off to Radcliffe for a trail race with a sting in the tail. Radcliffe A.C. had to amend the course due to repair works on the canal. Then had to change race HQ. Finally this morning had to contend with loose horses on the course, who very kindly left plenty on poo mine’s on the course.🐎😠

Anyway the route started on the track off onto a well potholed path with plenty of puddles, over the canal then into pathways and  trails through the woods with a hill 3 miles in oh yes a final gradual climb back up the potholed path down onto the track for the finish.
With 303 runners happy to say I finished a respectable 12th with first in age cat.
Winner from Salford with a comfortable time of 36.39.
Not an expensive race to enter organised by a friendly running club worth the travel
Cheers Bish
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Nice one Bish (Poo mines? ha ha ha)

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Warrington, Delamere, Widnes, Stretford, & Northwich. Full consolidated results below

Big mention to Derek (Degsy) Morris, who looks like he’s joined the club again after injury just at the right time, winning Pheonix Park Run. Well done mate great to see you back

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all folks

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th March to 18th March 2018

Hello Green Army

Lets get the notices and messages out the way first of all.

A note from Tim Palmer

Message to all club members who are a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)
Over the last few years, a number of club members have successful obtained this Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification. Unfortunately, some of those haven’t completed the final step of getting the safeguarding (DBS) check. If you haven’t done this, you are not insured as a LiRF. The UK Athletics website says: “To be insured having taken this course [LiRF] it is a legal requirement that you also apply for and gain the relevant safeguarding check provided by your Home Country. The process for this varies between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.”
However, all is not lost. It is relatively easy to get a DBS check, this can be done online on the England Athletics website with both Jo Farwell and me (Tim Palmer) being able to do the document checks. So it is just a matter of filling the form in online and then arranging to meet one of us with your various documents (passport, driving licence, utility bill, etc). We then can verify these on online and there is no need to send off the documents or copies. The full instructions are available at:

Both Jo and I have recently done these checks for club members, so please feel to ask us questions about it.
Tim
Some notices from Jackie
Important dates for your diary :-

Helsby Running Club AGM – Wednesday May 16th 8:30pm after training, in
the upstairs room at HCSC; chips or sandwiches provided.

Helsby Running Club Annual Presentation Evening – Friday 15th June, from
6:30pm at HCSC; a Summer BBQ for all the family (hopefully) followed by
our annual, Road, Fell, Trail, Cross Country & Border League awards +
overall Club Championship+ disco to celebrate too!

Please keep these dates free.

Sadly, Chris Hatton’s wife, Sandra passed away last Sunday after a
number of years of illness. Out thoughts go out to Chris and it was
great seeing him turn up to train last Wed despite a tough week. Funeral
will be early April, TBA. Sandra & Chris marshalled each year at a
number of our races without fail, until Sandra was not well enough to
turnout. I will always remember her settled in by the Motor Museum 4VHM
marshalling spot; with camping gear & stove on the go for hot brews &
handing out lashings of tasty flatjacks!

Thanks

Jackie

This weekend will also see the first of our fell counters and the second road counter.  
The fell race is Llantysilio (AS) 9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft, 11am start from Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, Nr Llangollen, GR 179448 (why never a post code for simpleton’s like me????)
The road counter is the Liverpool 10 miler, Pier Head, Liverpool, 9am start.
Good luck to anyone running them.
Also, after the abandonment of the last Borders League race at Tattenhall, this will not be re-arranged, it will be a 6 race series this season not 7. The next race up is Sunday 8th April, in Mold, 11am start. This will be the 1st leg of the Helsby V Felsby competition now as well. A massive turn out is much needed please.
Also, i am pleased to announce that the popular Friday Fun Club is now an official club run, and will be added shortly to the club website for everyone to see. Well done to Ian Rutherford and the regulars for keeping this going. For those who are not on social media, there’s normally a group of 5-10 runners most weeks that turn up at 6am prompt, Friday mornings, Red Brow Lane, Runcorn. The run normally lasts no longer than an hour and is usually around 6 miles, and depending on what racing is going on over the weekend it would normally consist of a hill session in the Firs, or a nice gentle plod around Sunny Runny, Hatton, and Daresbury. Plenty of mustering and all abilities welcome. Message Ian or myself if you have any questions.
Also talking about new runs, for anyone that cannot do 6.30pm Wednesday night club runs as they are just a little too late, then there are folk who have been meeting up at 6pm every Wednesday instead. The 6.30pm start is still the main club run and will continue to be so, but if you feel that you need to set of the little bit earlier than everyone else so you are all finishing at the same time then feel free to join the gang. Both the 6.00pm and 6.30pm groups will muster so anyone new to the runs or club, will not get left behind, we want to cater for everyone at Helsby.
Last notice, Mid Cheshire 5k is on the 27th April, and after this race last year a group of us went for a curry down Frodsham, and we are planning on doing this again. You don’t have to race to be able to qualify to come for the curry so if you want to come along let me know so I can book at table, it will probably be around 9pm ish, email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or message me on FB/Twitter.
OK onto a few race reports
 
Ras y Aran

The three Helsby vests of Jim O’Hara, Phil Gillard and myself braved the cold and blizzards and headed to Bala for Ras y Aran on Saturday. I hadn’t done the race before and was a bit worried when Chris informed me on route it was a tough one!! Now he tells me! It is an out and back race with a steady climb up and a lots of lovely descent on the way back down!  Due to the weather we did a shorted route mainly for the safety of the marshals and one I was glad of when we got turned around at check point 1 – not sure I would have fancied another 2 miles up to the summit in those conditions.  Pleased we made the trip over and big thanks to Chris and the boys for cheering us on. Also pleased to be 4th lady back and a nice bottle of vino for 1st V40. Good running from the gents. Results http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/ras%20y%20aran%20result%202018.html

 Also, Just a reminder it is our first fell counter on Saturday at Llantysilio. Would be great to see lots of green vests out on the fells. It is a great race – if you have any questions about kit requirements or route then just ask.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/llantysilio-fell-race/

Well done Laura, it was pretty bleak on Saturday, hope Phil has his leggings on and not his short shorts!!
Sue Buck dragger herself away from the sun bed to send this one in

Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k Race

The Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k is organized by the group I was running with for the benefit of the many running groups who train in the Algarve at this time of year.

I’m not normally a fan of 5ks, but I was talked into it with comments such as  “it’s hilly and they’ve dug the road up for you so it should be right up your street!” So at 4 Euros, I thought I’d give it a go and was glad that I did.

There was a record entry this year with 150 runners taking part. The course is a hilly 2 ¾ laps starting with a fast downhill and finishing on what is now known as Falesia mountain! The event is well-organized with plenty of marshals and support for the runners.

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Debbie Read was also flying the flag for Helsby and was first FV60. Well done Debbie

Full results can be found here: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flookaside.fbsbx.com%2Ffile%2FFalasia5k2018Final.pdf%3Ftoken%3DAWznpuYTbIdli7rcDahkGdDupdbQ9BeYb8GyPGANCr18vyOb3g_vWPZJq9Rf1Pxr2vh88xCaRbue0B9Oc_PuuScfV_Vc6G639Y87W_WBqHZmlJA_lkSuOt9k7WOH259SkM0ndiECjULJq2U47lvECiko2JSDgF_iq8Eb1SNE07HB2KbCY33du_v0CrQb3GK10co&h=ATPD6FsIjdXKlHi2u-L_-yaKiN6cRDZnnT1UDPWzpegax2Imj4FGbxLw2Ks4i76BubvD_qhpm7nYNeueRioBe6daxJiz2GzIPuB4w5kZ-9FiBLka6Nl89IVjTzbA

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Looks like you had a ball especially after seeing these photo’s

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Betty & Jackie sent a few bits in for the Sport Relief event last Sunday

Well done to all the Helsby Running Club volunteers,  we had 58 entries of all ages on a very cold day. Probably the only Sports Relief Mile event with a race clock and official adjudication!!

I have to say Helsby Running Club knows how to host a race!

Click on the link below for results and some photo’s

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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Delamere, Golden Beach, Ellesmere Port, Penhryn, Birkenhead, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all from me, have a nice weekend

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th Feb to 18th Feb 2018

Hello Green Army

Loads in this weeks blog, like Mario Ballotelli said “why always me?” Only joking, as always it makes our job easier when you send in race reports, so it’s appreciated. If you have one to send in, the address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First a few notices. 

Welcome to Trevor Lewis who has just joined the club, hope you’ve got your vest at the ready as there’s a Borders League race on 4th March, you’re welcome to come 🙂

A few messages from Jackie

Danielle is doing a talk next Wed Feb 28th at 8:30pm on her Namibia Desert Adventure

Danielle spent a tough week last Summer running everyday in the desert with a group of work colleagues and has a film about it to show us with personal commentary too. Please come along after our club training, 8:30pm in the clubhouse lounge. Chip butty supper to sustain us first/during!

Plus

Helsby Sports Relief Mile  – We need volunteers to help marshall this fun event.

How about getting your family to join in this fun event down at Helsby Community Sports Club on Sunday 18th March afternoon.

Please let me know asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or facebook) if you can supply someone to marshal, only looking for a dozen and they are all close to the club as the route consists of loops of the football, tennis, bowls & rugby pitches.

Also if anyone is First Aid qualified and can be on stand by on the day please let me know. It should be a much quieter day than the Four Villages & much warmer!

Thanks
Jackie

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A message from Paul Foster 

Hi everyone
This Sunday 24th February at 10 am is the last cross country race of the season at Birchwood. Please see details below for the event. Hope all runners have a great race
Paul

 

Right then, a message from me regarding this years Helsby V’s Felsby

Hello all

Rights it’s time for the 3rd year of Helsby V’s Felsby, it’s really very simple. You tell me who you want to run for, based on whether you think you are a road runner, or a fell/trail runner, you turn up to the 2 races or 1 if you can’t make the other, and you get points for your team for turning up, and also where you finish in the race. The whole point is to have a little bit of a laugh along the way and to have bragging rights for the next 12 months, currently Felsby have won this 2 years on the bounce, much to my disappointment, so it’s about time us roadies pulled our finger out.

The 2 races I have chosen, are Borders League race 5 @ Tattenhall, on Sunday 4th March, 11am start, this is a free of charge race, and is the road race. The fell race will be at Dinas  Bran, on Weds 9th May, think it’s a 7.15pm start. It’s a good introduction into Fell racing, and isn’t too far away, plus it’s also a Fell counter. Think you pay less than a fiver for entry to this one.

I believe Ian Rutherford is going to be the Helsby captain this year, any volunteers for the Felsby captain ? All you have to do is rally your troops to turn up to both or 1 of the races for points for your team. There’s a trophy for the winning captain, but more importantly bragging rights. We’ve had cracking numbers for these races in the past, and they are a really good laugh so please let me know who you want to race for either on our Facebook page or email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks and see you all soon

Fitzy

Right then, onto the business end, and good to have a few new bloggers this week doing our reports. Keep it up. Phil Tomkinson sent in the below

It’s always been my understanding that an unwritten rule exists regarding race reports, that the author of said report should modestly gloss over their own performance, instead highlighting the achievements of their teammates. So when it was suggested to me after Sunday’s Borders League race that I might like to write the report for it, my only disappointment was that no one would get to hear about my 38:18 personal best time and highest ever Borders League finishing position – but despite these concerns I selflessly agreed. 

Caernarfon castle provided the backdrop for the 4th race of the Borders League season. The course is a 10k loop which can be run in either direction depending on the weather, and on this occasion we went anti-clockwise, which meant the breezy coastal path was at the start and the more hilly section was at the end. The Green Army turned out in force, with 25 Helsby vests on show, a particularly impressive number considering this is one of the more distant Borders League venues. 

The Helsby ladies team had their best result of the season so far, finishing 3rd on the day and moving into 4th place in the overall standings. June Whitehead finished 2nd in the women’s race for her third successive top 5 finish, while new recruit Hannah Cowley was 2 places further back in 4th, making an excellent Borders League debut. With 3 races to go the women’s competition is starting to look wide open, and Helsby are only 36 points behind 3rd place and 70 points off table toppers Wallasey!

The men’s team also had their highest placing of the season, finishing 4th on the day, and moving up to 4th position overall. If Helsby can hold on to 4th place in what is likely to be a very close battle with Wirral AC, it will be our highest finishing position since being promoted to Division 1 in 2015. First home for the Green Army was Fitzy with an impressive sub 36 minute clocking, and there were great runs from Danny Ryder and Ian Hamling who both recorded personal bests. Inspired by Fitzy’s recent marathon training and because Sunday is long run day, several of the Helsby team ran the entire course as a pre-race warm up, and apparently plans were afoot to run a third lap to warm down afterwards. However, in the end common sense prevailed and everyone just ate some cake instead  

Thanks as always to Joe and Mario for their continued support, and to Jane for providing the cake, which I thought was somehow even more delicious than normal. I guess PB cake always tastes a little bit sweeter.

Full results can be found HERE.

Phil, can you write a report every week please mate, brilliant! I would also like to thank everyone who made the journey, again, 25 runners to the Borders League furthest outpost was impressive, just as impressive as the cakes! Quick mention to Bish as well 1st V55, & Carol 2nd FV55.

Don’t forget, Tattenhall Borders is on 4th March, it’s another great course, would be great to get over 30 to this one, and you’re welcome to join me on a warm up lap. 

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Thanks to Sue Buck for sending in this report on Parbold Hill race, looks pretty good

Janet and I ventured north on Saturday to run one of my favourite races – Parbold Hill Race. I would describe it as a multi-terrain with two hills thrown in – Parbold Hill and Harrock Hill. The race is approx. 6.75 miles long and I would say it is about 1/3 tarmac.

Conditions on Saturday were such that the off-road sections were more akin to the Beacon Park cross-country course and in fact the race organizer said it was the muddiest he’d ever seen it. Having said all that, even though it was tough and slow going, it was really good fun as you can tell by the smiles on our faces!

Well done to Janet for first FV50!

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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Delamere, Widnes, & Fairview. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, good luck to anyone racing this weekend (1st Road counter of the season on Sunday at the Village Bakery half marathon), bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 15th Jan to 21st Jan 2018

Hello Green Army

Sorry for the late blog this week, I would like to say I was waiting for a race report to come through for the 4VHM, but still none have arrived. I had completely forgot though. Please if you would like to send in a race report send the into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A big Green Army welcome to new member Richard Piggott, he and his wife Zoe, ran the 4VHM today. I hope you both enjoyed it in the tropical conditions. 

Park run seen runners out in Edinburgh, Pheonix, Hanley, Ellesmere Port, Stanford, Widnes, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

A message from 4VHM Race Director Laura Baynham-Hughes

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped put on another amazing race on Sunday. Whether you helped out pre-race, on the Saturday or were there on Sunday on the course or at the start and finish areas – you are all stars. The weather was grim but it didn’t dampen our spirits! Feedback has been fantastic so we should all be very proud of ourselves. It really is a team effort and many of you do a lot behind the scenes throughout the year which doesn’t go unnoticed by me.

If you have any feedback please feel free to email me at laura@baynham-hughes.com.

Hopefully we have a race report from a Green Army runner (errrr nope) . From my perspective it was a cracking race in challenging conditions. We had nearly 1600 runners start which is pretty impressive considering the conditions.  And some impressive Helsby results too. Overall winner was Ben Fish from Blackburn Harrriers, who came second last year and first female back was Gemma Connolly, who runs for St Helens Sutton AC. Local trophies went to Richard McGeachie and Hannah Cowley (I have already recruited Hannah – so please make her feel welcome when she comes along on Wednesday evening!) First back for Helsby was Fitzy and Alison Halsall who also picked up a Vet prize.

Cheers

Laura

It was a brilliant day despite the weather and yes the social media feed back has been brilliant. 

A quick report from myself then.

As far as road races go, that’s the worst conditions I have ever ran in, cold, wind, hail, sleet and snow were all thrown at us. Runners were dropping all over the show, from mile 6 to mile 8, there was cold weather casualties all over the place. Even last years winner who came in second, struggled in the last mile, barely able to run straight in the last two hundred metres, it just goes to show someone that fit still found it extremely hard.

Some great performances from the Green Army, 21 of us started the race, performance of the day in my opinion went to Alison Halsall who came 3rd in her V45 Category. Unsure if anyone got any PB’s but another special mention to Jane Ashbrook, who ran as Hercules the horse. By the sounds of it you’re well on the way to getting the world record.

Full results below;

https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/Results/35th-ESSAR-Four-Villages-Half-Marathon

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That’s it for this week, see you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 18th December to 31st December 2018

Happy New Year Green Army

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year. Sorry about the lack of a blog last week but there wasn’t much in the inbox plus it was Christmas week, so I was far too busy to do it.

A few notices to start us off.

4VHM – 21st Jan

We are still on the look out for volunteers, if you can spare a few hours on either the Saturday or Sunday please email laura@baynham-hughes.com, or if you can marshal please email davidfeakes@btinternet.com

Borders League/XC clash of fixture 14th Jan

The Abergele Borders League Race, and Runcorn Town Park XC race clash again this season, so neither team incurs penalty points if you could message myself fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or timpalmer97@gmail.com to let us know your preference that would be very much appreciated. We can then put together teams for the day and will let everyone know before the 14th. We have also put a post on the Facebook page, so you can also reply on there.

Message from Paul re; XC

Hi all
This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January
If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January.
Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering.
If runners don’t turn up at  this event after entering is costly for the club
Injuries can not be helped and you will not receive a public flogging
Cheers
Paul

 

Can we all say hello to a new club member as well Mike Barnard (hope to see you at the Borders ha ha)

The week before Christmas seen the Christmas handicap take place, Jackie sent over a report

Merry Xmas to you, hope it was a good one. Here’s a festive Xmas Handicap Report.

 Twas the Wednesday before Xmas and 24 Xmas handicappers hoof tapping on the start line for the annual Xmas sleight ride dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane and back. Amongst the revellers were a number of Santa’s, some elves and many reindeer.

 Donner – Kate Mann, who came second last year, consolidated her ride this year and came in first in a handicap time of 29:58 (absolute 24:09) followed by the fastest reindeer in the pack Dasher – Colin B (handicap time 31:09, absolute 19:09)  with Comet – Ben C hard on his hooves 2 seconds later.  Over the next 3 minutes the main reindeer herd of 17 came in at a gallop keepings Santa’s little helpers (time keepers Louise, Jo, Helen & Kathryn, thanks too) busy on their toes. Followed over the next 4 minutes, by the return of the last half dozen of the weary scattered herd. A strange an incident as ever occurred with the last four footed friend, aka Dancer- Jane, transforming from reindeer to horse, not just any horse, this one’s going for a Guinness World record as the fastest (furry) marathoner horse of all time!

 8 minutes separating the whole herd, with the fastest 4 reindeer being  Dasher- Colin B, Prancer- Patrick,  Vixen – Daniel R & Blitzen- Phil T, all red-nosed but not a Rudolph nowhere in sight!

 A Ho Ho Ho evening was had by all in Santa’s grotto back at the stables with troughs of hot steaming soup & platters of mince pies plus a visit by Santa with everyone receiving a secret Santa present.

 Thanks to Santa’s elves Cupid-Colin T,  Olive-Betty and of course Joe & Mario for keeping the reindeer herd on the straight & narrow through Helsby and turning us around at the far end.

Over to Bish

Hi Boxing Day saw a few helsby green vests turn out to run the walls. A slightly adjusted and longer course than usual due to repair works on the walls.

Well organised and supported along the route. Well done to Emily for representing Helsby women. We had 3 Green Santa’s Stephen  Wiggins with his Dad David along with Chris Igoe.  Still smiling at the end, myself, Neil Finegan, Tim Palmer, Chris Morgan completed the team. Think we all deserved any extra mince pies we may have indulged in over the holiday period.
Happy New Year everyone Bish
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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, & Keswick. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

That’s it for now, see you all soon

Fitzy

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