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

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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

Sue

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

Helsby RC weekly round-up 20th November to 26th November 2017

Hello Green Army

Short blog this week, but a few important notices.

It’s Borders League Race 2 this Sunday 3rd, and we are heading over to Birkenhead Park for the famous 4 laps. Yes i know it’s a little dull but your continued support and great turnouts recently really is appreciated, remember 4 counters for the ladies, 10 for the men, the more the merrier and all abilities welcome, just bring your club vest. More details on the link below.

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

This Friday night, 1st December, it’s the annual Xmas Party, and we are sticking with tradition, Helter Skelter 7.30pm, Xmas jumpers a must, and a good old knees up, hopefully see some of you new members there as well and the old crew. Make sure you bring your singing voices.

Park run seen runners out in Pennington Flash, Delamere, & Erddig, Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Over to Bish for this weeks only race report

Well the green army turned up on a bitterly cold wet Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to run with some of the best in the country.

Rachael Holden was the green soldier for the ladies doing one loop and 2 laps of the course. Think it was 5 miles. (Hope I got that right). The men did one loop and 3 laps just short of 6 miles. Difficult to stay upright on one of the muddiest courses I have ran in a long time.
Respectable finishes for all. Thanks to Mario, Joe and Jane for support & for post run treats.
Cheers Bish
Think Bish is being very modest, as he had a cracking run and was first home for the men and teaching me a lesson how to pace a cross country race, well done
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Here is a link to another race report, showing the quality of the field on the day
That’s all for this week, so see you all on Friday night and if not then Sunday
#greenarmy
Cheers
Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd Oct – 29th Oct

Hello Green Army

Sorry for the blog being late this week, it’s been a busy week. Few notices before last weeks race reports

The Helsby Community Sports Club Fireworks is this  Friday evening. 
It’s a major fund raiser for the club so please try and come along & 
bring the family to enjoy the display and activities & support your club.

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A message from Foz regarding up and coming cross country races

Hi everyone
The next cross country race in the  Liverpool and district’s league, is  in Sefton park on Saturday 25th November.
The race is pre entry and I will be sending the entries in for Helsby. So if you would like to run please let me know via email mooeyf@hotmail.com or Facebook. I will set up a page on Facebook after this weeks blog.
I will need to have all names in by Sunday 12th November at the latest
Anybody new to this event, there is a women’s race first then the men’s race.
It is a great event in the xc calendar.
I will send a message out before the day to confirm times for the start of the races  but they will be in the afternoon.
Any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thanks Paul
Also another note regarding this as i know it was brought up at the AGM, if you are putting your name down for this race or any of the future pre-entry races, please try your very best to attend, the club actually pays the entry fee’s for these races, i think some are unaware of this and think it’s a free of charge race like the Sunday league races, it’s not. We all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of us racing, and sometimes it cannot be helped. Don’t let that put you off entering though, they are great races…..Cheers…FITZY 

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Widnes, & Exeter. Full consolidated results below, and also Bish’s report from Exexter Park Run

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Due to commitments couldn’t start the XC season this weekend so took part in the less muddy parkrun at Exeter. One lap along the river around the university playing Fields and back to the finish. As usual with any parkrun very friendly and welcoming would say at least half of the runners were parkrun tourists. The first two runners finished well under sub 16 mins.

Definitely one to recommend if anyone is visiting Exeter Lots of after run breakfast opportunities along the quayside
Always a good reason to run 😊
Cheers Bish

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Over to CBH and another adventure, why can’t he just send in a simple borders league report ? 

OMM Elite 2017

 2017 saw The OMM* (Original Mountain Marathon) celebrate its 50th year, so it seemed ridiculous not to enter. Max and I entered the Elite class which is 85km of true mountain running and orienteering. The OMM is a massive event and it dwarfs all other mountain marathons with 2000 competitors and I should have been raring to go, but it was going to be a bitter sweet outing for me as it would be my last run for 3 months due to an old stress fracture. Still, I was about to spend two days in my favourite running event format along with Max, so I was certainly planning to go out on a high.

We woke to find the forecast had been spot on: Clag from 450m and windy, but it was reasonably warm for the time of year and we set out as the drizzle started. Langdale is my favourite part of the lake district and the course was set between Langdale and Wasdale so it was pretty much perfect, but certainly lumpy. We made good progress on the first climb, nailed the first check and headed up over Sargent Man for the second check which again we hit spot on despite the poor visibility. The line from 2 to 3 involved a lot of contouring and I was pretty sure we had it spot on. Just as Max uttered “Can we just check we’re on the right line?” Jim Mann and his team mate came past like a bullet with Steve Birkenshaw and his partner just a metre or two behind. Max and I got caught up in it too and it was truly exhilarating. Racing across in those conditions watching the two teams duke it out was really something special. We lost them in the clag 5 or 10 minutes later and Max was struggling with a foot injury he’s yet to get to the bottom of.

 To cut a long story short we managed to tag two more check points before Max made the right call and decided to head back due to the pain in his foot. So right there and then the race was over. It’s a really difficult thing to do when you have another person in the team. You don’t want to let them down or ruin their fun. Of course this is never the case. There are so many moving parts in paired endurance races that you just have to take it on the chin.

Max wanted me to continue and I was having so much fun we decided to split with Max heading back to camp and me continuing on my own. Both being highly experienced in the mountains and carrying the kit for an overnight stop meant that the risk was really low. There were thousands in the area who could pass on a message, there were safety points all over the map so we split and I cracked on. A few checkpoints later I had a nightmare in the clag and the fiendish terrain. Ultimately I lost so much time that I timed out at the next check point. All was not lost though, despite the frustration I was still having a cracking time. The OMM is no picnic and the Elite class really affords little margin for error. Simply put I made too many. We’d had an awesome day out despite how it ended for both of us it was really fitting for my final run to be at such an incredible event. The organisation was really first class. I’d totally recommend this event to everybody (despite the time of year!) taking on a score class so you can decide when to call it a day, or even one of the linear course is just a perfect way to spend a weekend. Many people fear the navigation, but you really needn’t… you have a go, you do your best and whether you finish or not, you’ll certainly have chalked up an adventure!

 * Formerly the KIMM (Karrimor International Mountain Marathon)

 If you want to read in a bit more detail then: http://ultracbh.zohosites.com/omm-elite-2017.html

 CBH

Nice one chaps, hope you both get over your injuries quickly

This weekend seen the start of the Cross Country season, no reports come in, but luckily for you all i was at both, so a little summery below

Saturday seen a gang of us head over to Arrow Park for the season’s opener, which was 3 laps of a field (6 miles), just behind the hospital, with a few hills thrown in, a little bit of mud, and plenty of wind. I was expecting a much bigger turn out for this one but i think due to the Sunday league race being the day after, a lot of people stayed away, apart from Liverpool Harriers, there was plenty of them.

Froddy roled back the years with an impressive run and a age category win in the M55 category, and Ian Rutherford rolled down the hill with an impressive 2nd in the M45 category.

Full results below

https://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/2017-18-arrowe-park-results-v2/

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Sunday seen an even bigger gang of us head over to Clarke Gardens, Liverpool, for the Sunday league opener. This was the exact opposite of Saturday, 479 runners turned up to this one, it was amazing looking back after the start seeing a mass of colours running around the park on what was a perfect morning for running.

Some great performances from both teams, on what was a great cross country course, measuring just under 5 miles, even though part of the woods resembled bits of the hellrunner course. The highlight for me was seeing a Penny Lane Strider come over the finish line heading back to his tent, covered, and i mean covered head to toe in mud, obviously going for a bit of a tumble along the way.

A massive shout out to Lucinda Lamb, wearing the green vest for the first time i think, coming home in 1st place for the ladies, followed by Jenny Illidge and jane Ashbrook. Chris Collins was home first for the men, El Capitano next followed by myself.

The men finished 8th out of 21 teams on the day, the ladies 4th out of 18 teams, with a lot more to come i think this season especially with a lot of new faces turning up and everyone seeming to enjoy it. Wait until you get to Birchwood Park and it’s lashing down!!!

Full results below

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xc/2017/race1_17.pdf

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That’s it for this week, don’t forget, Helsby RC Xmas Party, Friday 1st Dec, 7.30pm, Helter Skelter, Xmas jumpers a must

See you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 2nd to 8th Oct 2017

Hello Green Army

My turn for the blog, and yes as per usual its a busy one when i seem to do it normally with CBH’s auto-biographies that go on forever, or loads of race reports keeping me very busy. Love it though, wouldn’t want it any other way, keep sending them in please, helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Ok first announcement, and the most important one, Helsby RC Christmas Party Night out has been confirmed for Friday 1st December. Christmas jumpers compulsory. Meeting in Helter Skelter at 7.30pm, we shall see where the night then takes us. Would be great to see some of the new members there.

Over to Jackie for a couple of race reports to kick this weeks off

View from the Sidelines

Not being fit enough to enter the tough final Fell counter of the season, The Langdale Horseshow, the next best thing was to go up and spectate.

A wet, soggy, misty. muddy, windy day nearly got the organisers changing to the bad weather course as the race tent had blown away overnight and the start field a quagmire. Anyway at the final hour, the full course was decided on and at 11am the runners set off at a gallop up Stickle Gill to Thundacarr Knots and then along the the whole Langdale Valley skyline around to Pike O Bisco. Max & Jimmy were our only Green vest reps today with Phil, Kate (with dogs Lucy & Beth) & me supporting. Having seen them set off we climbed Bowfell Band as fast as possible (sweating in full waterproofs) to get to 3 Tarns (the half way point) just in time for the first speedy runners to come through followed soon by Max and Jimmy.  The number of runners we saw fall, slip & slide down Bowfell was incredible. We were the only folks supporting as a few others
had arrived but found it too cold to stay and wait. After no more than 30mins supporting we were frozen and ran down following the grassy then steep slopes of the aptly named Hell Gill. At the bottom we waded a deep wide stream carrying Kates panicking dogs! A final clamber over greasy slabs just above a series of steep slippy drops to substantial
waterfalls got us down to the calm flat of the valley. We missed Max finishing but were just in time for Jimmy. Looking around the field of runners there were tons of cut legs & injuries, with everyone saying how horrendous it was underfoot all the way around, the toughest Langdale yet & how nobody had seemed to enjoy it! They all looked elated to be
back though! Considering we had only spectated we had had our work cut out and I for one was exhausted but on a high, especially for Max & Jimmy completing such a toughie!

1st Carl Bell 2:13:14
46th Max 3:43:47
116th Jimmy 3:08:48 (unsure if these are the correct way around or not but well done guys)

The next morning I headed down to Farnden, the 16 mile point of the Chester Marathon. At the top of hill climb from the river, with lots of cheering crowds and a local young band playing outside the village coffee shop, it was a buzzing place to support. Soon Darrren, Paul, Ben, Kate, Tim, Graham, Chris and Ste came through. Daz was looking really strong & going too fast for me to  get a snap, and apologies I hadn’t realised
Lesley was running so missed her (photos attached). Then I went on into Chester to Sandy Lane, the top of the the last hill at 25 miles before the home straight onto the Racecourse. A great atmosphere, makes me want to come out of road marathon retirement & do our local one! Well done to all finishers!

Darren 3:02:50
Paul 3:50:51
Ben 4:02:04
Kate 4:08:47
Tim 4:28:34
Chris 4:39:35
Graham 4:39:56
Lesley 5:24:30

Steve 5:30:20

Lesley also sent this to me………..Hi Jackie, I was running with a friend and her son who hadn’t done a marathon before. They both struggled a little from about mile 11! But we had fun and they completed it and raised £600 for Cancer Research.

Jackie

I also know CBH and his mate where supporting 2 guys running as a horse, yes a horse, i think it may have beaten Wiggo as well by a nose. 

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 Ben Williams also did a Chester report, thanks for sending this in Ben

Sunday was my first marathon, and although I have done ultras in the past I knew this would be a whole different ball game. I’d never run continuously for 26 miles, or covered that many miles on hard surfaces. I was worried that my lack of training for this event would find me out very quickly. When people asked what my target was, it genuinely was ‘finish it’. Other than that, I figured that doubling my ‘comfortable’ HM pace and adding a bit would give me a 4 hour target.
It was good to catch up with the Green Army at the start area, before getting into the relevant starting pen ready for the off. Once we started I settled in behind the three 4-hour  pacers, who were bantering and giving out little tips as we went through the city and out to Eccleston. Heading down Rake Lane I edged ahead of them, mainly to escape the big group of runners who were following them. I never pulled far ahead, just enough to keep some space around me. I passed Ste Wiggins on the out-and-back section around halfway but otherwise I didn’t see any Green Army runners out on the course.
After leaving Aldford the support thinned out a bit, and I started to struggle along the country lane. The pacers passed me as we crossed the bypass back into Huntington, and I didn’t have the legs to match their pace. The closing stages were a struggle, I walked up Sandy Lane hill and again near the Groves, before the final run in to the racecourse to finish in 4.02.05 (chip time).
The support around the course was great, thanks to all the Green Army who were out and about. There were great turnouts in each of the villages too, with bands playing and a real ‘event’ feel to things. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone as a first marathon. Well done to all the Helsby runners and friends who ran it.
Ben
Kate Mann also sent in what i think is her first report and hopefully first of many, thanks Kate

‘As I ran my first marathon this weekend, I thought it might be fitting to send in my first ever race report as well! After putting it off for a years, I finally entered the Chester marathon and as Ste Wiggins will attest I was more than a little nervous for it!

Conditions for the first half were pretty perfect and I tried to stick with the 4:15 pacers to avoid going out too quickly. Having drifted ahead of the pacers, at around 8 miles I was joined by Chris, Tim and Graham for a while which really gave me a boost and we got plenty of cheers for Helsby! After hitting the half way mark I decided I would try and up the pace a bit and really settled into it and, it was a lovely surprise to see Jackie in Farndon, at the top of the first significant incline of the route at around 16 miles.

In training I had never managed to do more than 18 miles so it was a little scary running past the 18 mile marker, however at this point I was surprisingly really enjoying myself! The rain started to set in as I reached 22 miles and my garmin was also flashing low battery so there was plenty of incentive to speed up on the way back into the city centre to finish in 4:08.

The majority of the course is gently undulating country roads which my training on the 4vhm route prepared me well for, and the hill at 24 miles is close enough to the finish that it wasn’t too demoralising even with the rain (especially with Jackie supporting again at the top!). The finish at the race course is on grass which was a bit of a mud bath but with the impressive medal and finishers bag , it was well worth it!

As with the Chester Half, it was a really well organised race with plenty of water, gels and sports drinks on route, and although a lot of it is country roads there is plenty of support as you pass through each village. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who was looking to run their first marathon as it’s reasonably flat with a good atmosphere, and I would also imagine that it would be a decent route to try for a PB.’

Thanks, Kate

I see you wrote you started to ‘enjoy yourself.’…really Kate? Well done on your first marathon and race report

There was also some sad news coming out of the Chester metric marathon on Sunday, that a local running club member Trevor Cording of Northwich Running Club (NRC) had passed away during the race. I see from social media a few of our members knew him, so we would like to send our condolences from all at Helsby RC to all of his Family, friends, and running buddies. 

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Bish pulled himself away from eating Jane’s cakes for 2 minutes to send this over, cheers Bish
Croxteth Park on a crisp autumn morning. Lovely morning for a 10k. Rain held off for over 500 runners. Starting at the church a mix of long tarmac paths and muddy trails. Two laps around the park saw podium positions for Liverpool Harriers 123, & 6th position for me and 1st V55. I would recommend this one especially as it raises money for a great cause.
Maybe a future road counter Bish?
Over to El Capitano for a report on Cheshire Half marathon 

Myself and Fitzy managed to blag a couple of free places through the club (thanks Steve Riley J) so I picked him up in the morning and off we went to the lovely Arley Hall for the Cheshire Half Marathon.

It was a surprisingly low key event with only around 400 runners which I actually prefer as it feels less corporate and has a more relaxed atmosphere, it reminded me of a club organised event very much like the 4 Villages or the Village Bakery. I have to say the organisation was very well done with easy parking, some entertainment, stalls and plenty of porta-loos so well done to the Cheshire Half team.

The course is essentially 2 laps of the 10k route with a bit added on so some fast times should have been up for grabs, unfortunately my legs just didn’t want to play ball on the day and I fell off the pace early but was still happy to get into the top 10 with 1.21.24.

Fitzy had a great run which saw him arrive home in 7th place with 1.19.36, well done mate. Great for the club to have 2 runners in the top ten! A very enjoyable race on nice rural country lanes (with some locals coming out to support) and a pretty flat course too, I shall definitely have another crack at it in the future so if you get any more free places let me know 😉

Full results here

http://results.racetimers.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16487&RId=4137

Yes i echo Col’s remarks about the event, surprised this isn’t pulling in more runners as was very well organised 

Jim Jones is putting in some serious mileage at the minute, and seems to be racing every week, over to Jim

I did the Trefriw Mill Fell Race on Saturday 07/10/17. It was the first time I had ran this race which is billed as not being for the ‘feint hearted’ and only for ‘experienced fell runners’ with ‘navigational skills’. It seems that a combination of people taking heed of the race description (quite correctly) and a clash of other fixtures on the day resulted in a small field of around 37 runners.

The race is 10.5 miles with around 3000ft of climb. The terrain has everything from exposed ridges to thick forests and lots of exposed tree roots along the shore of Llyn Geironydd. Heavy rainfall during the hours preceding the race made the rocky descents very slippy and the bogs very deep! Navigation was tricky at times too and knowledge of the route was an advantage to some who managed to pick better lines than I did between the checkpoints.

This was the final race to count in the North Wales Fell Running Series in which I was pushed down from 2nd to 3rd place in my age category by the results of this race. Still, I was happy to receive a a very nice slate trophy for 3rd place. I also picked up a similar trophy  for Jim O’Hara for him being 3rd Senior male in the series.

Cheers,

Jim has also sent this over 

Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)

The standings up until 8th October can be viewed at:

https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/turning-up-competition-tuc-cup/

 

Please let me know if there are any races missing.

I’m sure there are points that still need to be credited to supporters of races, so please message me if you’ve supported Helsby at a race and not been given a point for it. Its easy enough finding out who ran  from the results, but I wouldn’t know if you turned up as a supporter unless you’ve been mentioned in a race report or if I was there myslef.

Thanks,
Jim

So that’s it for this week, just a reminder, we are back at Castle Park on Monday nights now for the winter, 6.30pm start.

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 4th to 10th September 2017

Hello Green Army

Not a lot in the inbox at all this week so it’s a quiet one, well apart from another chapter in CBH’s auto-biography.

A quick note from Laura

ESSAR 4 Villages Half Marathon

The Four Villages Half Marathon which is on Sunday 21st January opens for entries on 1st October for what will be the 35th race. You can enter online from 1st October at https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/35th-ESSAR-Four-Villages-Half-Marathon.

 For new members, this race is organised by Helsby Running Club and is a popular race in the running calendar. As a reminder if you are a Helsby member and would like to run then we kindly ask that you nominate a volunteer to help out on race day or that you help out on Saturday 20th January. We are only able to put on this race with the help of all club members and the income from the race enables us to keep subs lower than they would otherwise have to be. The race also supports lots of local community groups and charities! I have kept a number of places in reserve for club members to give you time to organise your volunteer for race day. Any questions then give me (Laura@baynham-hughes.com) a shout.  And of course if you are able to help out in the run up to the race then please let me know as there is lots to do!

 Finally please spread the word once we are open as it would be great to get record numbers running for our 35th race!

I believe we have a fell and road counter this weekend, Saturday 16th is King John’s Castle Fell race, and Sunday 17th is the Sutton 6 road race. 

All the previous seasons results can be found here so would be great to get good turn out’s this weekend.

https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2017-road-and-fell-champs/ –

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Big mention to Ste Wiggins and Col Thompson, both running their 100th park runs within the last week, well done guys. Col celebrated with a win at Pheonix whilst Wiggo celebrated with a biscuit, along with a few others from the Green Army

CBH has been swimming again (and a bit of running) although after watching the highlights and seeing some of it live, i can honestly say i would not have ventured out in a boat, never mind swim in the conditions he did. Over to Chris

It’s swimming, but not as I’ve ever known it!

ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Championships

What a few days! On Sunday I found myself on a boat on my way to Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago. Sitting two hours from Stockholm itself amidst over the 3000 islands that make up the archipelago Sandhamn is beautiful and well worth a visit in its own right, but we arrived with the sole purpose of making our way to Utö, some 75km away. Taking in 24 runs (65k) and 22 swims  (10k+!) it is a truly epic adventure. The runs were a mixture of wet and dry rocks, “trail” (from walking as we ducked branches and moved around trees through to nice forest trails) through to fire road and even a bit of Road (you’d have loved it Fitzy) and the swims were… well… something else!

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This little video gives an impression of the conditions ( https://www.facebook.com/otillorace/videos/1417863121644623/ ), but the conditions on here are pretty benign compared to other parts of the water. The longer swims had the exits marked by a powerful strobe, but frequently we were unable to see them due to the size of the swell, having to tread water for a few moments to confirm we were heading in the right direction and weren’t drifting/ being pulled of course by the currents. The swell made breathing difficult, not least because of a concertina effect that as I went to breathe Liz would get pulled back by the wave and I would get pulled under before I could catch my breath, the elastic would then propel Liz forward onto my feet, dunking my legs so I couldn’t make any progress in the swim! On the swim linked above Liz was being propelled so far forward that her goggles were bouncing off my feet! Without doubt these were the most challenging conditions I’ve ever swum in.

 The first swim found my style deeply mismatched to the conditions. One of the strange things about swimrun is that competitors are allowed to use aids; e.g., many run with pull buoys (floats that sit between the thighs) and almost everybody uses hand paddles. Paddles slow down your stroke and the larger the paddle the slower the stroke; however the swimrunner must balance this against a natural slowing of their stroke over the course of the event, so the paddles make a real difference later on. Due to this I use large hand paddles and my technique is therefore based upon a very streamlined, slow, but very powerful, stroke for maximum efficiency. As Helmuth Graf von Moltke, famously said; “No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy” Moltke is less well remembered for saying; “a slow stroke doesn’t help you survive in 1.5-2m swell and currents from all angles!” Missed strokes and getting a mouthful of brackish water were the order of the day.

Considering that the vast majority of competitors are now qualified or highly experienced (there is a point system to gain entry) the already high failure rate needs to be considered in that context. The organisers stated that the swims would be ~15 degrees which is quite warm, but they were certainly much colder. With so many swims and so many short runs, keeping warm was a challenge and we saw a number of competitors dropping because they simply couldn’t warm up. Thankfully I’d listened to one of the teams on the boat in this regard and had put on my neoprene vest, or we could have quite easily become one of the statistics. The ‘pig swim’ at 1.4k is followed by a number of short island hops and saw many teams desperately trying to get beyond them to the half marathon stage. At 20k it’s just short, but once past the 2k of ducking branches, climbing over fallen trees and desperately trying not to rip our wetsuits we were able to get into a real groove. Forrest tracks punctuated by traditional Swedish architecture ranging from ‘love shacks’ to seriously impressive properties gave way to a road and we started to really eat up the teams. We might not have been quick, but we were consistent!

Once the half marathon has been ticked off we figured we were just a hop and a skip from the finish, but the swims took on a whole new experience. With strong currents from our left, but wind and waves from our right it was totally confusing. Starting further up the island to adjust for the current, but still finding ourselves swimming almost perpendicular to the current and ‘ferry gliding’ across gave cause for concern. At one point I became convinced we were going to miss the island and buried myself physically to make it to the exit point; I have never hugged a rock so hard! We survived and made it to the finish in Utö in 11th place in the mixed category in 11h 21m 53s. I think we were first Brits and only one non-Swedish team finished ahead of us. Against the best in the world I’ll take that!

The winning team took less than 8 hours to complete the course. Just to put that into context, the winners covered 75k, 10k of which was swim, and I reckon maybe 30-40k was heads up running rather than rock hopping, tree dodging, etc. They have to manage getting in and out of the swim, swim in shoes and run in a wetsuit…. At nearly 10k per hour. If that is not just mind blowing then I don’t know what is!

An incredible adventure, absolute bucket list race and certainly one of the more ridiculous things I’ve done. One more way to take on mother nature and see just how small we really are!

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Well done CBH great work.

I know a few others had races last weekend, Ian Rutherford and Richard Hankins both did Lake Vyrnwy, with Ian coming in 1st V45 and Rich getting a PB, well done guys. 

Last Thursday seen quite a few of us do the 1st Steve Saunders Multi-terrain race over on the Wirral, this being my first one, and it was extremely enjoyable, they are on every Tuesday in September and are a massive £1 to enter. Results and fixtures below

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

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That’s it for this week. See you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 14th to 20th August 2017

Hello Green Army

Couple of notice’s before we do the reports.

Davyd turns 40 this weekend and to celebrate he will be doing Pheonix Park Run on Saturday, 9am start. It’s also his 50th Park run, and i believe he’s bringing cakes, so would be a great way to start his weekend of celebrating with some of the green army. Happy birthday mate.

We have a dilemma, our last road counter at Congleton half on 1st October, clashes with the first Borders League race and also the Sandstone A & B races. There are a few that have already entered, so the committee decided to add another (13th) road counter in, so people who normally commit to the Borders and the always popular Sandstone races, still have chance to do one more road counter. We have decided that Conwy Half on 19th November will be the additional race. This was also chosen so it didn’t clash with any of the Sunday XC dates that have just been finalised, list of dates coming out very soon.

Richard Hankins wanted to remind us of the following race

It’s is the Cilcain show race on Monday.  Details here http://cilcainshow.org.uk/page30.html .

Right then, onto the race reports, over to Ben Fletcher who is back running, great news for the Borders League team that is 🙂 

After a long absence from racing due to injury, I finally got to do my first race of the year, the Weasdale Horseshoe fell race. The race is part of the Ravenstonedale Show which is a typical Cumbrian show, with sheepdog trials, tug of war, wellie wanging and even the egg and spoon race which I fancied entering in myself!

The Weasdale Horseshoe is roughly 8.5 miles with just over 2000ft of climbing which takes you over the Howgill Fells of Hooksey, Randygill Top and Green Bell.

The race started at the top of the showfield before heading out onto the open fells over some very boggy tussock ground, which was good fun as I ended up knee deep in mud and ditches a few times. Once on the open fell the route choice is up to you, as long as you have reached the two checkpoints, which I found straight forward, unlike a few runners who got lost and decided to add a bit extra on! Once round the horseshoe it was back down and through the mud and ditches and back into the showfield which was a uphill finish, just what you want with a crowd watching you!

I finished in 12th place and 3rd v40.

Results

1st Phil Davies (Borrowdale FR) 59.39

12th  Ben Fletcher (Helsby RC)  1.17.14

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Good to see you back Ben

Jackie and a few others have been racing trains again. 

This weekend it was “Race the TRain” weekend in Tywyn, mid Wales.
What a grim start to the weekend! A wet week in Wales followed by a 2 hour intense deluge Friday evening meant we “surfed” our campervan into the camping field/mooring skidding very close to Dave & Lesley’s Delila.  Then sat snug in the van listening to the rain outside waiting for Rachel & Mollie to arrive close to midnight!  They insisted on putting their tent up despite me trying to persuade them to squeeze into our van. A quick discussion before we settled down made me sleep at lot easier. Lesley & I had entered the full 14 miler & Rachel & Mollie the 10 K but Rachel volunteered to swap with me. A fine deal I thought as I’ve taken a few bumps/falls these last few weeks & felt 14 miles of mud was tempting another one.
Even more rain overnight,  but it dawned slightly brighter & drier thank goodness. The 10K meant a morning ride on the steam train to the far end of Tal-y-Lyn valley. Mol & I shared a cabin with a chatty  group of runners from Holland, over specially for the race.  Yes its an international race!  Then at 11am we were off. When you’ve done the full race many times then the 10K is a delight!   The full race is out and back, the first few miles road & repeated at the start & finish with a large off road loop consisting of 5 miles of meandering & undulating fields & farmland to the train terminus at Abergynolwyn. Then a higher run back climbing & undulating along the valley sides. The 10K consisted of the return higher & hillier loop, but the difference is you do it on fresh legs. So it was thoroughly enjoyable with much more energy for the muddy, slippery sometimes calf deep boggy bits!   Mollie did really well, shooting off way ahead of me but alas a slip and her road shoes slowed her down & I caught up and we encouraged each other over the final miles (only for her to sprint ahead again in the final uphill 100m!).
There was a great viewing spot close to our campsite where the trail crosses the railway line and our support team were there to cheer us on before making their way to the start of the long race at 2pm.  Time for a quick shower & snack before making our way to the same bridge to clap the full race runners on their way. A quick nip into Tywyn for afternoon tea (where all the shops were running out of cakes due to the sudden influx of hungry runners) & then back to the same spot to cheer everyone back in.   Mud, smiles, sweat  & grimaces galore; there was even someone hopping (over the stony bits) who had lost his shoes miles earlier in the very deep bog!   Rachel & Lesley came in looking challenged & fairly beaten but by the time we made our way to the finish to greet them they were their usual happy selves and on a high at their achievement – as we were!    All washed down by a great evening back on the campsite with celebration drinks & BBQ to finish the day off perfectly. A slow & short wander along the beach to Aberdovey for coffee & cakes on Sunday, getting back to the vans just before the afternoon rain set in!  Yet another memorable and most enjoyable Race the Train “Summer” weekend! It comes fully recommended!
Cheers Jackie
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Last week seen the 12th road counter at the Ellesmere Port 5k (Capenhurst as we know it) and there was a fair few green vests out

Some great performances, first back for the Men was Colin Bishop and 1st in his V55 Age Cat, 1st back for the women Jane Ashbrook and 1st in her Age cat, really good work considering she was still jet lagged. 10 Helsby vests in total

Full results here; https://eprc.niftyentries.com/Results/Ellesmere-Port-RC-5K

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Keswick, Widnes, Croxteth, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Have a great bank holiday weekend

Fitzy