Helsby RC weekly round-up 10th April to 16th April 2017

Hello Green Army

It’s hard work putting these race reports together seeing we don’t get that many in these days, come on help us bloggers out a little and send in a quick race report please, address as per usual, helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices of events coming up in the next few weeks and also 2 of our most popular races of the year that sell out pretty quickly, so get in there fast.

Tattenhall Tough Team is to be held on Friday 23rd June 7pm, it’s a brilliant event where you team up with 3 runners, and run the 9 mile course taking on the famous railway or stairway to hell as they call it. You can enter on the night in past years but it gets busier and busier so wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. I’m not organising it this year as to be honest it’s a nightmare to sort out loads of teams so I ask you all to sort out your teams and get the forms printed off and sent in asap. On Facebook we have started organising teams so if you are not on FB feel free to email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com and I’ll let people know you are interested.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/tough-team-race/

Dearnford Lake relays is to be held on Thursday 13th July 7.30pm, again its teams of 3 and you all run as fast as your legs will carry you for 2 miles and then hand over to your partner to run the next and again for the last leg. This will sell out, so get your entries in fast. I know Bish and Jane have been helping organise via Facebook but again if you are not on FB email me again if you are needing to join a team.

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

This is what we have so far

Men – I have tagged as Helsby Men ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ are: –

 

A

Colin Thompson

Colin Bishop

Chris Fitzpatrick

 

B

Ian Rutherford

Ian Hamling

Ivan Davies

 

C

Davyd Michell

Jim Higgins

Paul Cunningham

 

Women

A

Joanne Lacking

Rachael Holden

Juni Swift

 

B

Rhea Howard – Armitage

Shan McCarthy

Gill Fitzpatrick

 

Borders League

 

It’s the last race in the borders league season next Weds 26th April, 7.15pm, to be hosted by Wrexham AC. Again a big turnout is needed please so we don’t incur penalty points. Both mens & ladies teams have done so well this season lets finish the season on a high.

 

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

 

Also, it’s Helsby V’s Felsby 1st leg, so whoever turns up (numbers are low at present) then just let me know who you want to run for as you will get points for your team. The 2nd leg is the Dinas Bran Fell Race on 3rd May. I really want to boost numbers at our fell races and this one is brilliant, more details to follow next week.

 

Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Over to the captain for the weeks only race report.

 

Our 4th road counter saw a sea of green vests lining up to tackle this lovely 5 mile route looping around the back roads of Mickle Trafford. This race in particular is what I love about club organised races, cheap as chips to enter, a fast course and a friendly rivalry and banter with all the local running clubs makes it one of my personal favourites.

 

The course itself can be a PB course if tackled correctly, it has a fast first 2 miles which is all down hill but you need to leave something in the tank for the slow drag back up to the finish. We saw plenty of PB’s from the troops with myself, Fitzy, Ian R, Davyd, Adam, Debbie Read, Tanya Downes (2 minute PB!) and I think Wiggo? all taking slices off our 5 mile PBs, there may have been more I haven’t heard about so please let me know if you got a PB. It’s also congratulations to Jane Ashbrook who is looking in fine shape for the London Marathon and had a superb run for first Helsby lady home. Carol Shaw had a fabulous run to win 2nd in her age group as did John Gallon who was 3rd and a little further down the field it was great to see Shan, Rebecca Gibson, Charlie, Emma Barnes and Chris Morgan all putting in a valiant effort to tidy up the Helsby pack.

 

Thank you to our support on the night, Louise Spruce, Michelle Gordon (and kids), Serena Williams, John Earlston, the Frodfather and of course Joe and Mario.

 

Helsby results below:

 

14 Colin Thompson 27:53

26 Chris Fitzpatrick 28:44

38 Adam Gordon 29:30

45 Ian Rutherford 29:44

57 Jim O’Hara Helsby 30:12

93 Richard Hankins 31:55

113 Davyd Michell 32:55

114 Christopher Murray 32:45

127 Jane Ashbrook 33:23

153 John Peaker 34:31

188 Gary O’Connor 35:46

202 Carol Shaw 36:27 (2nd in age cat)

218 Roy Gaskill 37:07

219 Debbie Read 37:03

255 Geoff Collins 38:51

257 Geoff Shaw 39:01

263 Christopher Igoe 39:08

270 Stephen Wiggins 39:16

307 Edward Roberts 41:15

318 Chris Morgan 41:45

331 Jackie Keasley 42:30

341 Tanya Downes 42:55

368 Shan McCarthy 45:02

377 David Wiggins 46:21

380 Emma Barnes 46:32

382 Rebecca Gibson 47:07

387 John Gallon 48:12 (3rd in age cat)

423 Janet Shaw 48:37

 

Full results here

 

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-5

 

And last of all a special mention to Debbie Read, who had a couple of very successful racing results – a 5 mile pb at The Spring 5 and a WAVA pb (82.15%) at Chester parkrun – all just a few weeks before 60th!

 

She has put this down to the Castle Park Monday night sessions, “those hilly footpaths are hard work but I can honestly say I’m going to miss them throughout the summer – thanks Joe and Mario. I’ll be at the high school but it won’t feel the same”

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races, especially the London crew

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th March 2017

 

Hello Green Army

Not a lot in the inbox this week, so a quick mention to the fell and road counter’s coming up this weekend. Saturday see’s Felsby go to Llantysillio Fell Race, 11am start, 6.2 miles of grass, mud and probably lots of hills. Sunday will see us roadies head to Arley Hall for the Cheshire 10k, 9.30am start, which I am told is on a very fast course. It’s also mother’s day, happy mother’s day to all you mums out there.

Also whilst we are talking about Fell and road races, don’t forget Helsby V’s Felsby takes place again soon, email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com if you want to take part. Basically we get as many to run the last borders league race on Weds 26th April in Wrexham, and then the following Weds we race again at the Dinas Bran Fell race near Llangollen. Just nominate yourself as a Fell or road runner, turn up and I will sort the rest out.

Park run seen runners out (and falling over) in Runcorn, Newbury, Warrington, Delamere, Workington, Widnes and Croxteth. Full consolidated results below

 

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

A message from Jackie

 

A bit belated because I left for a week’s remote hut to hutting in deepest Norway early the morning after out presentation evening.

 

Here’s a summary of who won what. Thanks to all who made the evening and compiled the statistics. It was great too getting all the community groups that helped in the Four Villages together at the start of the evening to personally give out their donation cheques too.  I’ll put the video on the 4V website sometime soon. Congratulations to all category winners and to everyone who turned up to run in all our club counters last season, may it inspire you all to run a record number of counters this season too!

 

Roads Championship
Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Men’s Runner Up Neil Finegan
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Men’s V45 Winner Gary O’Connor
Men’s V50 Winner Dave Feakes
Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Ladies Champion Joanne Lacking
Ladies Runner Up Tanya Downes
Ladies Senior Winner Rachel Holden
Fells Championship
Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
Men’s Runner Up Ben Fletcher
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Baynham-Hughes
Men’s V40 Winner Phil Roberts
Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Ladies Winner Laura Baynham-Hughes
Ladies Runner Up Sue Buck
Ladies V50 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship
Men’s 1st Place Colin Bishop
Men’s 2nd Place Neil Finegan
Men’s 3rd Place Gareth Boyd
Ladies 1st Place Suzanne Fletcher
Ladies 2nd Place Rachel Arnold
Ladies 3rd Place Christina Roach
Club Champions
Neil Finegan
Laura Baynham-Hughes
Mini Fells
Mens Winner Neil Finegan
Ladies Winner Suzanne Fletcher
Trail Series
Mens Winner Colin Thompson
Ladies Winner Debbie Read
Runners Runner
Jackie Keasley
Most Improved Runner
Mens Winner Adam Gordon
Ladies Winner Alison Halsall
Greatest Comeback
Gareth Boyd

 

The Border Leagues wards will be made after the tow final races are completed. Note we were able to give the club championship awards out because with two races to go Neil & Laura were uncatchable! Even more amazing!

 

Nesta says – Just wanted to let you know I raised £198 on Friday night!!! Really chuffed x   All for her Leukaemia London Marathon fund raising. Good luck to all in London.

 

Plus thanks for my Runners Runner votes this year, makes another one chuffed!

 

Over to the single race report of the week and it sounded like a cracker, Geoff Collins do tell us more…

 

Race Report Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon – 19 March 2017

Richard Hankins and I headed down to Gloucestershire for the Forest of Dean Trail Half Marathon.  This proved to be a really cracking good value race.  It certainly exceeded my expectations in the search for a different half marathon experience, attracted by the good race reviews. Richard’s expectations were exceeded too, more about that later!

For those that don’t know the area, The Forest of Dean is 42 square miles of ancient woodland that has an industrial past.  It’s also quite undulating.  It forms a triangular plateau bounded by the river Wye to the west and North West, and the River Severn to the South.  The nearest large town is Monmouth on the other side of the River Wye.

The race is run by the local rotary club costing just £23 to enter. It starts near the impressive building called the Speech House.  Now a posh hotel, it was once the HQ for the area hosting the Court of Speech.  A sort of local parliament which managed the forest, game and mineral resources.  There is an abundance of wildlife in the forest including wild boar, deer and birdlife.  But the race safety notices didn’t include the boar his time!

Richard & I together with his friend Giles who kindly put us up, did the race with his running partner friend Claire and Colleague Jana.  We were very good moderated ourselves in the Dog and Muffler PH the previous evening, carb (over?) loading on the sumptuous food.

However Claire clearly didn’t seem quite so well prepared.  A late night out with lots to drink complaining she was totally hung over! I seriously wondered if she would start the race let alone be able to finish it!  But finish it she did in just over 2 hours!

The race was started by a local athlete and Paralympic medallist Andy Lewis who got gold in the first-Paralympic Triathlon event at the 2016 Paralympics.

The weather was fortunately dry but a bit windy but the course was quite sheltered.  The first mile of this race is on the road before you enter the forest.  The trails lead toward a steep downhill slope.  After that apart from two marshalled road crossings the course is entirely on really good trail surfaces.  With long sweeping curves up or down and few tight bends, this was a much cleaner and dryer race than some recent road races!  Road shoes would be absolutely fine for this course.  In short this was a well organised and very friendly race we really enjoyed, with a nice medal and the proceeds go to charity.

The early stages of this race were quite easy and quick with mainly downhills until mile 5.  Between miles 5 to 8 it’s mainly uphill, 8 to 10 is downhill and finally 10 to 12 uphill before levelling at 13 miles.  In total I reckon a good 800 feet of climb!  That last climb really finished me off!

Results (2,254 finishers).

1st male finisher Chris McMillian 1h 14m 39s

1st lady finisher Katherine Matthews 1h 24m 36s

97th Richard Hankins 1h 30m 56s

691th Geoff Collins 1hr 52m 19s.

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Star performer on the day was Richard finishing in the top 100!  A fantastic achievement for what is quite a challenging half marathon course, when the first finisher’s time was 1hr 14m.  Richard was only 2 mins slower than his Village Bakery time!

The Rotary Club organise another trail half in September if anyone is interested see www.forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk

 

Well done chaps

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th Feb 2017

Hello Green Army

Busy week for a lot of us, a few plugs before we get onto the race reports.

The forthcoming Borders League Race on Sunday 5th March is nearly here, although we have most positions now filled, it would still be great to have another 1 or 2 marshalls or people down there cheering us on or out on the course, and if you fancy running it remember the more the merrier, would be great to get good numbers out. I might be bias but it’s going to be a great day.

Don’t forget it’s the Helsby beer festival on 4-5th March, and it’s only a fiver to get in. If you are going on the Saturday night then make sure you can still run the next day though

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A message from Jackie

The next night out will now coincide with the annual road, fell, trail, cross country & club championship presentation evening on Friday 10th March starting 7.30 down at the club. Our annual awards, buffet evening and disco with Chris spinning the discs to celebrate. Your first drink is free on the club!!!

Lesley will be in touch soon organising our bring your own buffet which always works well. Anyone with a perpetual trophy please can you bring them down the next couple of Weds (please give to Joe or Mario).

Thanks

Jackie

Right over to a few race reports starting with Phil Tomkinson’s who was out running at the Village Bakery Half.

The first road counter of 2017 was the Village Bakery Half Marathon, which took place in Wrexham on Sunday morning. I hadn’t done the race before but in the weeks leading up to it I’d heard a lot about its fantastic PB potential, a reputation that is well deserved as it’s certainly a very flat and fast course. This led to some great performances as several members the Green Army turned PB potential into PB reality. Two that really stood out were Adam Gordon and Richard Hankins, who both managed to knock about 4 minutes off their previous bests, finishing in 1:22:43 and 1:28:22 respectively. I’m particularly keen to draw attention to Richard’s effort as I effectively acted as his pace maker until he surged away from me at mile 8, so I’d like to claim a little bit of reflected glory. Ian Rutherford was originally given a time of exactly 83 minutes in the provisional results, but following a somewhat suspicious one second adjustment, has now been credited with an impressive sub 83 clocking.

An added bonus at the end of the race was that Davyd had acquired two cakes made by the club’s resident baker Jane Bishop. Exactly how this had happened was unclear, but it seemed to have somehow resulted from a Helsby vest mix up that occurred at Clarke Gardens a couple of weeks ago. As usual the cakes went down a treat, and prompted jealous looks from other runners clutching their Village Bakery Sourdough Crumpets.

Overall, it was an excellent, well organised event that I’d definitely recommend. Thanks once again to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on. The Helsby results were as follows:

Pos

First name

Last name

Chip Time

Chip Pos

Gender

Gender Pos

Category

Category Pos

65

Chris

Fitzpatrick

1:20:04

65

Male

64

Vet 40

17

103

Adam

Gordon

1:22:43

103

Male

99

Vet 40

23

105

Ian

Rutherford

1:22:59

105

Male

101

Vet 40

24

195

Derek

Morris

1:28:01

193

Male

184

Vet 40

40

206

Richard

Hankins

1:28:22

199

Male

195

Vet 45

24

239

Philip

Tomkinson

1:30:05

232

Male

224

Senior Male

118

336

Darren

O’Connor

1:34:44

337

Male

299

Senior Male

144

360

Davyd

Michell

1:35:46

357

Male

320

Senior Male

154

420

Ian

Hamling

1:38:16

421

Male

370

Senior Male

174

563

Paul

Cunningham

1:44:50

565

Male

477

Vet 45

76

688

Geoff

Collins

1:49:19

699

Male

557

Vet 60

19

769

Rachael

Holden

1:53:19

779

Female

162

Senior Female

53

821

Stephen

Roach

1:55:19

824

Male

634

Vet 40

126

822

Nathan

Davies

1:55:06

817

Male

635

Senior Male

273

939

Lesley

Feakes

2:00:18

954

Female

249

Vet 50

23

1303

Tanya

Downes

2:25:08

1297

Female

461

Vet 40

92

Full results can be found here: https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Village-Bakery-Wrexham-Half-2017#

Congratulations must also go to Davyd, keeping the cake untouched until after the race, not sure I would have done the same!

Gareth Boyd was out and about getting lost on another ultra-marathon in the Brecon to Cardiff ultra, he even had time to stream Facebook live whilst he was running which was quite amusing. Over to Gareth

Sunday

Woke up at 4.50am. Left hotel at 5.30am and headed off to the finish area. Once here, I joined the majority of other runners queuing to get a coach that would take us to the start line at Brecon. The race was due to start at 8am but start time was delayed due to toilet shortages – only 2 loos for 250 + runners 😳……I ended up having to use the ladies.

The first 6 miles ran alongside the canal before taking us up into the Brecon Beacons. Thankfully the weather was kind (just some drizzle). Much of the scenery was stunning – unfortunately some of it was dreadful – think burnt out cars #Merthyr

The winning time was 5.26.42. I finished in 114 out of 223 in a time of 8.56.02 – not great but ok

40 miles is 40 miles Boydy, respect!

Sunday also seen the last Cross Country race of the season, which has seen a mixed bag of results for us this season, mainly due to clashes with other races. Over to Bish for a summary.

This Sunday saw the last race of the XC season, as always a tough mud leg sapping course – 4 laps around Birchwood Country Park. I have to say I think this is the worst conditions I have seen Birchwood for many a season thankfully the weather held out. The green army was a little depleted with 3 men and 4 ladies turning out, however this said we didn’t do too badly, ladies finished a respectable 5th place for today’s race with the men finishing 13th.

However despite not having full teams for some of the races overall finishing places for the league are:

Helsby A Ladies….7th place with total points of 73

Helsby A Men …..9th place with total points of 72, just 1 point behind both Delamere Spartans and Knowsley Harriers

Well done and thanks to all who have taken part in this seasons XC, Spikes are now in storage!!! Thanks to Andy Smith for photos and support and as always to Jane for support, finish tokens and cake.

Bish fails to mention a great 11th place finish for himself as well. Well done mate

And finally parkrun

Runcorn, Colchester, Warrington, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes, with Joanne Lacking being 1st lady home at Pheonix Parkrun, full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC Weekly Update 9th – 15th Jan

Hello Green Army

It’s only right that we start with the #4vhm. Yet again another tremendous event was put on by Laura and the team, too many names to mention but for every one of you who helped in some way, thank you. I haven’t seen one bad comment on social media and everyone I have talked to gave it a big thumbs up.

I asked for as many race reports to be sent in and i would include them in the blog, and we got a massive two reports come in. Well done Ivan and Emma for taking it seriously. I would like to put in some of the best comments from members of our great club that they stuck on social media.Highlights below…

“I didn’t run but Everton had a rare win can I send you a report on that” #collectorsitem

“Shouted green army at start. Fitzy went off fast. Finished. Was cold. Traffic awful, must have been a race on somewhere. Came back to club to move some barriers and unload a mucky van. Then if that wasn’t enough had to drive to Ellesmere Port to pick some muddy ginger twonk up”

“31 Helsby Running Club runners with 10 PBs (Ian Rutherford, Tim Palmer, Davyd Michell, Neil Fergusson, Matthew Painter, Kate Mann, Emma Barnes, Claire Morton & Danny and Danielle Ryder)”

“I turned left at mile 10 and the weather turned and spat in my face. Even the Frodfather looked shocked”

A few more serious reports from Ivan and Emma below.

This was my 10th 4VHM, and possibly the wettest and windiest one I’ve ever done. Despite natures best efforts, i was truly amazed at the amount of runners that turned up to run, what i think, is one of the best races around. Great Green army shout and we were away.
I don’t know why the first hill always surprises me in the first mile, as it forms part of 2 of our winter runs, that said the crowds were fantastic all the way out to the back lanes. Myself and darren had a bit of a battle for a few miles, and he certainly kept me pushing on. Great to see some familiar faces from the club out on the course shouting support, and it really does give you a much needed boost when you’re suffering. I’m sure i saw Paul Frodsham twice, or he’s got an identical twin? The last two miles as always are almost enjoyable, especially the vocal support from the group at the golf club. Andy R , and Tanya i think? Personally, i was pleased with 1.28 as not raced much this last year so hopefully this will be a good starter for more races in 2017, if only to stop Fitzy having a dig
on Facebook. Way off a PB, but its reminded me how much i enjoy racing. Greeeeen Armyyyyyyy!!!!

So in summary..best race around, great support,no PB, weather terrible.

Superb Ivan, hope to see you at a lot more starting this Sunday 🙂

First time running the course  – conditions were not the best. In fact, there were times I thought the marshals & helpers deserved a medal for being out there in the cold & rain!
Lovely route, but that wind was a bit of a pig in places!! Support was great! Lots of encouragement from the green army  both on the road and from the sidelines.
This time last year I said I’d never do a half…. I enjoyed it so much, I might just do it again.
Time 02:13:34

Brilliant Emma, whatever next, a Marathon?

A list of full results below

http://results.sporthive.com/events/6224154364987981824/races/401072

NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME
Colin Thompson 660 MSEN 1:18:34 1:18:33
Danny Ryder 397 MSEN 1:20:52 1:20:49
Chris Fitzpatrick 1302 MV40 1:20:58 1:20:55
Neil Finegan 669 MV40 1:21:43 1:21:37
Ian Rutherford 1336 MV40 1:24:42 1:24:39
Ivan Davies 34 MV40 1:28:52 1:28:41
Darren O’Connor 425 MSEN 1:28:59 1:28:34
Alison Halsall 689 FV45 1:32:25 1:32:13
Tim Palmer 510 MV50 1:33:44 1:33:16
Christopher Murray 26 MSEN 1:34:15 1:33:49
Jane Ashbrook 1759 FV40 1:36:36 1:35:55
Davyd Michell 1755 MSEN 1:37:44 1:37:33
Alastair Rough 81 MSEN 1:38:10 1:38:01
Gareth Boyd 419 MV40 1:40:16 1:39:19
Stephen Riley 91 MV50 1:42:44 1:42:23
James Gray 695 MSEN 1:43:42 1:42:46
Danielle Ryder 396 FSEN 1:46:27 1:45:03
David Feakes 224 MV55 1:47:57 1:46:07
Kate Mann 747 FSEN 1:48:41 1:47:43
James Higgins 1338 MSEN 1:48:56 1:48:45
David Madders 1286 MV40 1:51:54 1:51:12
David Sconce 469 MSEN 1:55:23 1:54:55
Neil Fergusson 917 MV60 1:55:31 1:53:46
Lesley Feakes 223 FV50 1:56:13 1:54:23
Suzanne Fletcher 1222 FV35 1:59:09 1:57:31
Geoff Shaw 228 MV60 1:59:29 1:57:39
Matthew Painter 1133 MSEN 2:01:24 1:58:43
Rhea Thomas 1346 FSEN 2:05:00 2:02:51
Emma Barnes 236 FV40 2:15:43 2:13:34
David Wiggins 1651 MV55 2:18:58 2:17:51
Claire Morton 1021 FV55 2:25:25 2:22:46

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Caption competition. Send them in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Winner will be picked next week by whoever is on the blog….and wins another pair of #4vhm socks

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Wiggo was steeling from the rich and giving to the poor whilst he did the Sherwood Pines Park Run, Bish was coming in 2nd in Widnes, and other runners were at Ellesmere Port, Chester, & Delamere. Full list of consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Nothing else race wise to report on but it’s a big weekend for the Borders League and Cross Country teams on Sunday, and we have another clash in fixtures.

The borders league takes us to Deeside, 11am Start, post code CH5 4BR, 11am start, 10 men and 4 ladies needed please. For any newcomers, feel free to come along, all abilities are welcome and they are free to race in, just turn up with your vest on, on the day to count.

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

The Cross Country is being held at Runcorn Town Park, 10am start, 6 men and 3 ladies to count, again, just turn up in your green vest to compete. all details on steve saunders website

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

That’s all for this week, happy running.

Fitzy

 

 

Helsby RC Update 12th – 18th Dec

Hello Green Army

Not a lot to report on currently with it being the Christmas season, but if anyone or anyone you know would like to help out or Marshall at the forthcoming 4VHM on Jan 15th then please email laura@baynham-hughes.com , as we are still looking for volunteers to help out on race day.

We had park runners at Warrington, Chester, Delamere, & Penrith, full list of consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday seen the last Cross Country for the year take place at Arrow Park, and we managed to get 6 gents and 6 ladies to the start line which meant no penalty points were incurred at what is a very difficult time of year to get to. Great performances from Colin Bishop and Neil Finegan seen them come in 9th and 18th, whilst the ladies team did well on the day with Christine Roach coming home first, followed by Debbie Read and Rachel Arnold.

The men came 9th and ladies 11th, which means the men sit joint 8th and ladies joint 11th overall. Runcorn Town Park is next up at the end of January. A full list of the results below

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

As i said not a lot to report on which means i can’t mess the blog up this time…can I?

On behalf of all the bloggers, myself, Colin, Gaz and Jim, have a great Christmas and New Year.

Fitzy

 

Helsby Racing News 21st-27th November 2016

Hello Green Army

So sorry for the late round up this week, Father Chris has been busy with his Elf antics, although there’s not much to write about, it’s been a quiet week, however we have a very busy week coming up.

A few notices first of all

We have the Borders League @ Birkenhead, Cross Country @ Otterspool, and Cardington cracker fell race, all on Sunday 4th December.

Anyone wanting to meet up from the club house I would advise 9.45am for the Borders league, and maybe 8.45am for the cross country.

The post code for the Borders League is CH43 8SQ, See link below for full details.

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

Paul Foster has sent in a mesage about the Cross Country

CHANGE OF VENUE RACE 3 SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER.

 
Please note the new venue is Jericho Lane L17 5AR – the football pitches towards the bottom of the Lane on the left.
Also note that there is limited parking on Jericho Lane and Otterspool Drive, so please try to car share wherever possible. The post race refreshments and results will be in the Cellar Bar at Aigburth Peoples Hall, L17 0DJ which is back over Aigburth Road and next to Sefton Park and is sign-posted (about 5 minutes walk).
The start of the race is 11.00 am to avoid a clash with the Santa Dash. Please advise all your members of the changes.
Also NOTE we are not sure if you can wear spikes yet…so worth bringing two pairs just in case

Also, my mate Boydy is doing a talk on how to not get lost on an ultra, see below for details; 

 Wed 7th Dec Gareth Boyd talk entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail! On this summer’s UK coast to coast Ultra, guaranteed to warm you up and make you feel tired & exhausted.

Our talks follow on from our club training run in the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, starting as soon as we have “showered”, recovered, bought drinks and had a bite to eat, at about 8:30pm. The club will provide food to help sustain us (chip butty season is upon us with the cold nights!). To help with the food order please let Lesley know by at least the day before if you are coming along davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

At our last talk the London Marathon Draw took place and Steve Wiggo & Jane A were the lucky runners drawn out the hat. Good luck to them and anyone else training for Spring Marathons. 

gareth

Also a message from Betty about the Helsby Festival this weekend

If your little Elves fancy joining thi Saturday’s  Ho Ho Helsby parade,
meet at Vicarage Lane, St Pauls before 6:00pm. Festive dress and prams allowed!!!
I plan on wearing my Helsby Hi-vis vest and Santa hat!!!
Sort of a Santa Dash all welcome – the road will be a full closure so the fast
ones can race ahead if they like!!

There was also a bit of confusion about the Helsby Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December, as this clashes with the Helsby Community Sports Club Christmas Party. These are separate events, the Sports club event is ticket only at £25 including a meal.  Ask at the bar if you fancy it, however i think the majority of us will be heading into Frodsham starting in Helter Skelter at 7.30pm for a night of fun and singing as per usual. Christmas jumpers compulsory unless you wear your Helsby vest.

For any new members who haven’t experienced a Helsby RC Christmas Party make sure you come down you will be more than welcome, they are great nights out.

So onto the only race report of the week, from last Saturdays Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park Liverpool, from moi. 

A lot us us panicked about getting to the start line on time for this one due to the bridge being extremely busy, but we all got there just in time, although Ian Rutehrford looked whiter than daz white after experiencing Davyd’s driving in his new car. On what was a very cold day, with lots of fog around Sefton Park, it was a perfect day for running with Olympians Andy Vernon, Callum Hawkins and eventual winner Andrew Butchart, and a strong ladies line up with past winner Jemma Steel towing the line, who also won yet again on the day.

It really is great to see these professional athletes do what they do best and make it look so easy. The mens race consisted of 3 laps of a pretty flat field, with a little mud, but nothing as bad as Skem which was much harder, reckon we would take a few Olympians out if they ran a course like that.

Rachel and Suzanne put in good performances for the ladies whilst Col T, Ben and Bish made up the top 3 for the men. This if you like a bit of cross country is the one to do, it’s great being at an event hearing the roaring of the crowds, and seeing the mass start must be amazing to watch as well. Well done to all who took part

Results below

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=148464&type=full&servicetype=Attachment

That’s all for this week enjoy your running

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby Weekly Blog 10/10/16-16/10/16

Hello Green Army

Big mention to all the warriors who turned up last week and again this morning to my Runcorn Town park XC recce, this mornings run consisted of really cold temperatures compared to what we have been used to recently and everyone was moaning which was a good sign as we trundled our way around 5 muddy and enjoyable miles. If i haven’t put anyone off yet then its a 6am meet up with a 6.05am start at Runcorn Ski slope car park every Friday morning, all speeds catered for. Head torch is recommended.

Whilst i’m talking about training runs, we hold a session at Castle Park, Frodsham on Monday nights 6.30pm, which consists of hill repeats, tempo and interval training. Club nights as per normal are on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm from Helsby Community Sports Club, and Thursdays our very own Roy Gaskill runs a 5 ish mile road run around the Norton 5 route, 6.30pm again from Tudor Road, Runcorn. Plenty to keep you fit through the winter months.

Also, for anyone new to the club, and old who haven’t tried them before, this Sunday see’s the start of the cross country season, and similarly to the Borders league races, they are completely free of charge, you just turn up in your club vest and run…simples. The venue for this weekend is Clarke Gardens in Liverpool, 10am start, post code L19 5NF. These really are brilliant races to take part in.

Right, onto the serious stuff…..PARK RUN!

Full list of consolidated results below, but we had runners out in Warrington,Chester, Ellesmere Port, Widnes, and Wepre (where on earth is Wepre?)

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

First of this weeks reports comes in from El Capitano, over to Col.

Myself and Ivan took part in the inaugural Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday and I must say I was very impressed with the organisation of this race. Parking was a doddle at Old Trafford (spaces are pre-booked online), the course was actually pretty flat for once and the support from the marshals and crowds of people who came out to cheer on the runners was brilliant. We also had a choir half way around the course which is a first for me. The only thing the organisers couldn’t control was the weather, the heavens opened up as we were lining up for the start but it is Manchester after all so is to be expected! 🙂

Unfortunately both myself and Ivan were suffering from the dreaded man-flu, although you would never had known, we both soldiered on without any fuss 😉 We were a way off our best times but I would recommend this HM to anyone chasing a PB, I think after the success of this event it will be become a very popular fixture in the north west. Also big thanks for the shout out of Green Army! from Daz O’Connor who was dressed as a giant banana and running the opposite way, great to see him back running again!

Helsby results below:

135th Colin Thompson 1.20.38

481st Ivan Davies 1.29.54

 Full results here http://www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com/

 

Good work by mummy’s brave little soldiers, men just get on with stuff don’t they, even with man-flu. What i really wan to know is why was Darren dressed as a giant banana?

It was the Fell relays last Saturday up in Loch Lomond, Scotland, and for anyone who hasn’t done them before i would really recommend it having done the previous 2 years, even as a road runner I really enjoyed the days out, this time it was overnight stays and a party afterwards, sounds boss! Over to fell running legend CBH (who I always beat by the way!) 

Ben and I took on the navigation leg for the fell relays this year and even before I got into the holding pen I knew there was a good chance of issues. I use a thumb compass and the strap was set for thick gloves…. Clearly I’ve not been out Nav-ing since last Christmas then! Steve had got us off to a cracking start and with our two fastest runners out on the course Ben and I got into the holding pen and scrutinised the map. It was a huge bonus to get the map before we started as we were able to take some time to review the macro route choices we had, identify attack points and thus not make a silly mistake/ not miss an obvious feature we could use to help us in the thick clag.
Max rounded the corner putting on a show looking calm as if he’d been out for a jog whilst Jimmy looked like he was hanging on his chin strap. Max confessed later he was just working it for the crowd and he was really dying on the inside, but they had just scorched the course gaining almost 50 places and were 27th fastest overall. I felt I was in for a very long day as I was really struggling to keep up with Ben on the track, but in a flash we were at check point one and in for a steep climb.
Our original plan had been to take the fence line and then drop down and up (route 1) but once on the terrain we had a rethink and decided to contour around. The rough ground evened out our speeds a bit and confidence grew as we started ticking off our collecting features. As we zeroed in on CP2 I suddenly convinced myself we’d overshot it which lost us a few minutes as if we’d have kept going we’d have pretty much hit it spot on. Thankfully we saw a number of teams lost and even split in the clag so we cracked on for CP3.
CP3 turned into a nightmare. We dropped into the wrong re-entrant and lost a lot of time desperately searching in zero visibility. Once we’d finally got it we ran on a bearing straight to CP and would have hit it spot on if we weren’t temporarily redirected by Nicky Spinks. At this stage though I was doubting my micro nav so another few minutes went by. The ground was rough, big peat hags and tussocks galore – both Ben and I were immobilised in bogs on several occasions. Nav was spot on for the final two and we were then on the race in for the finish. To our shame we arrived just as the mass start went out – gutting as we’d lost time on three CPs despite being within 50m of each one. Lesson is to practice micro nav more as the macro is pretty spot on. Still, it was a great day out and the support was awesome.
The evening do was terrific as was the postrace food, lots of familiar faces and some new friends made. Think I tucked into the beers a little bit too much though :oO
Hope you are well,
CBH

 

I couldn’t make the Fell relays this year because it was my most important race of the year, and it didn’t disappoint, Hellrunner, which is described as the UK’s toughest half marathon (not sure about that). 13.1 miles of mud, hills of hell, lucifers lido, and the famous bog of doom. It didn’t disappoint yet again, i’ve done this every year since it started in 2009 and love it, my best finish to date coming in 11th place in 2hrs 4 mins, and i think i was the only representative this year, although Tanya took a cracking photo pf me in the bog of doom below. I would love to do something for charity next year, and get as many involved from Helsby RC as possible. Just think its like a long cross country race.

That’s all for this week, sorry it’s taken a while to send out. Happy running 🙂

 

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (12/9/16 to 18/9/16)

Hello Green Army

It’s a busy one this week, lots going on in the Helsby racing world which is great to see and also great to read about, thanks to all the contributors, remember send your race reports into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Park Run – I said to CBH after seeing his 15,000 ft of elevation over the weekend (race report below), that my 22 ft of elevation in Widnes made me feel super human and he should check it out on Strava. Getting beaten by a 14 year old last week and pipped in the final straight last Saturday, may just push me over the edge. 1st place still eludes me, maybe I should knock the Friday night bevy’s on the head and give it a real good go, after all it’s a proper serious race after all.

We had runners out in the Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes

List of consolidated results below

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

Right enough about me and onto the good stuff.

Roy Gaskill kind of sent a report over via Facebook about the EHM 10k, over to Roy

A fantastic 10k EHM race in Warrington yesterday, quiet a few pb’s I hear, great to hear this. I also had a PB and a confidence builder I decided I had to pace this to what I am now, and not what I was a couple of years ago, and you know what it totally worked and when I finished I still had a bit to give, so I can build on this new pace starting at our first borders league 10k in Wales next month. Well done to all our runners in this race and our leading runner Colin Bishop in a good time considering he is injured, and our first lady finisher Joanne Lacking, followed by Rachael Holden, well done to everyone

Results for the 10k

http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/events/english-half-marathon-10k-2016/

Unsure if anyone did the EHM half marathon but here are the results as well

http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/events/english-half-marathon-2016/

Ian Rutherford took time out from social media to send over a report, thanks chief.

King John’s Castle Fell Race – Saturday 17th September.

The Raven Inn in the small but beautiful village of Llanarmon-yn-lal at 11am was the start of this Clwydian hill race where five members of the Greenarmy hit the start-line.

A small but competitive field assembled and started by race organiser Jon Linley who interestingly said that next year will be the last time he will organise the race and is pleading for someone to take this on; be such a shame to see this disappear from the calendar.

Within the first half mile is the quick scramble over the ruins of King John’s Castle which is nothing more than a large mound and the race then begins proper.  A great route of trail, open fell, hill running continues with many styles, gates and fences to contend with.  As ever the Joe and Mario support crops up in a couple of places around the course; towards the end I could hear in the distance the vocal encouragement each of them was offering to Neil who ran an excellent race finishing a very comfortable 2nd – great running again from the man in such wonderful form.

After a few navigational challenges the year before saw a few improvements to the course marking and apart from one of the young Buckley runners who I observed missing a style all seemed to get home the correct way.  Despite how the race is listed all of us measured this at around 5.3 miles and around 1,100 ft of climb – a great mini fell race!

Helsby Results Neil Finegan 2nd Ian Rutherford 14th  Janet Robertson 22nd  (4th Lady)  Suzanne Fletcher 30th  Sue Buck 35th

Thanks to Andy Smith for some excellent pics too!

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Now following on from my 22ft of elevation, over to CBH for his 15ft plus 14,985ft, on what looked like a very scary course to us road runners, some stunning photos though

Salomon Glencoe Skyline 55KM, 4750M
What a weekend of running! As I was helping out with the event I was up in Kinlochleven on the Friday morning to help get ready for the first vertical kilometre (1km of vertical ascent, max of 5km of distance to achieve it. Uphill only). For me this meant moving a radio repeater around Munros around Na Gruagaichean, but for the competitors it meant and all out sprint to the top and was awesome to watch. I on the other hand looked like I was either going fishing or that I had the largest ever selfie stick as we’d forgotten to take the spanner to undo the mast.
Day 2 saw the first running of the Ring of Steall (29km, 2500m) and by far the best of the weather. I on the other hand was preparing for the Glencoe Skyline by… marking the route! 7.5 hours on the mountain in glorious weather was superb on the one hand, but not great race prep! It did afford me the opportunity to see my first Brocken Spectre though which was pretty awesome. The views were utterly incredible and they just go on… forever. Really magical.
The morning of the race was a rush. I was exhausted from a week of minimal sleep (away with work) and 2 hard days in the mountains. At the last minute I decided I needed to tape my heals and literally sprinted to the start line. The plan was to start slow and taper off. The first 10k was pretty standard trail running along the West Highland way, but in the light it was really special. Arriving at the climb/ scramble (the route takes in curved ridge – exposed grade 3 scramble) we hit a bit of a traffic jam which was frustrating. Faster runners don’t necessarily make faster climbers and in the interests of safety there were large sections where there was no overtaking; still we could take in the incredible views whilst they were still there.
The “running” climbs were brutally steep; the mountains in Glencoe are genuinely different to the rest of the UK. Even when on a ridgeline, each peak seems to have a long descent before a sharp ascent to the summit. It’s something you rarely get in Snowdonia and certainly very rare in the lakes; it’s like everywhere is Tryfan! Taking in the section I marked was great until the mistle descended and the majority of runners reached for their windproof. Almost 30 countries were represented at the event as it was a world series race.
Killian Jornet wasn’t there as he’s been looking at the speed attempt on Everest, but his sister was and I ran with her for a while… until we got to the descent where she showed without doubt that she was a skier – dropped like a stone, but in total control. The 800m straight descent to the road was brutal and I’d argue it was the most dangerous part of the course as the wet stone was treacherous. I had a plan though as I jumped straight onto the scree and surfed down.
The reward for our efforts so far was a 8-900m straight climb back up so we could take on the Aonach Eagach ridge. Like curved ridge, this was a scramble (grade 2) and very exposed. The mistle and rain had made the rock wet and enabled me to move through the field a bit as some racers struggled over it. All that was left were a few marshy bumps and back onto the West Highland way for a sprint finish. The last few K’s flew by as I was dreaming of food and a shower!
With a totally stacked field of world class talent it was always going to be tight at the front. Won by Jon Albion (who had played cat and mouse with Tom Owens all race) in 6:33. I, however, was nowhere near that, finishing 81st in 10:46. I went for the adventure and certainly got it. Amazing weekend.
Pics:
From the VK
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The view!
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Fishing with the radio repeater about halfway up the VK course
From the skyline course from when I was out course marking:
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Brilliant work from Chris considering he’s just back from UTMB as well. Good clip on this link as well
Couple of reports come in for the Sutton 6 from Geoff and Richard, which was another road counter

Race Report Sutton 6 Sunday 18th September

Surprisingly Just 6 green vests took to the streets of Guilden Sutton for the Sutton 6, despite this being a club points counter.   This year race numbers were down anyway, possibly because of other races elsewhere.  There were just 129 finishers this year, rather than the 200 (or more) plus in previous years.  A bright sunny day beckoned just a tad warmer than ideal for running.  This year the timing chips were on the numbers, no danger of leaving them behind!

Helsby’s team of 5 gents and one lady were nevertheless up for the challenge and looking forward to racing close to home with no worries of being stuck in traffic.  And with good support from the crowds for the local runners.  Also for some the chance to run past their own houses!  As always we were grateful for support from Mario and Joe.

The course is two laps of Bellue Vue Lane, Guilden Sutton Lane and Hare Lane before heading past Chester Rugby Club along the A51 and return up Wicker Lane to the Village, where there is a slight incline to the finish line by the Village Hall.

Results for Helsby were:

9th Colin Thompson 35m 59s

16th Neil Finegan 37m.04m

35th Richard Hankins 41m 12s

68th Dave Madders 47m 36s

72nd Geoff Collins 48m 38s

86th Tanya Downes 53m 25s

Amazingly Neil managed to knock almost a minute off his PB from last year… despite doing rather well at the King John’s Fell race the day before! Richard taking over 4m off his time last year, and Tanya who was well pleased clocking a new PB, 1m off her last years’ time and picking up a spot prize!

We all enjoyed the race, Col thought it was bit harder than he was expecting, I certainly enjoyed the competition between Guilden Sutton runners, as Val Ornsby (Chester Tri) Claire Mallon, Richard Batterham (West Cheshire) and myself battled it out!

Geoff Collins.

I believe the Sutton 6 has been a long term favourite of Helsby runners having its origins as a six mile race back in the 80’s. A small local race centred on Guilden Sutton, attendance was a bit down this year on previous years due to the numerous clashes in the calendar. It is an undulating course passing twice under the motorway (and twice over it) with a steady ascent from the lowest point which is around the 8K mark and a steep 50M just before the finish. It isn’t a stunning course (although nice in places) but the vibe of the event makes up for that. A fun run follows the main event and the local Scouts provide tea and cakes to the participants. A relatively small turn out from Helsby for the penultimate roads counter: five men (lead home by Colin in 9th) and one woman, Tanya, who came 2nd in her category. Quite how Neil ran in the King John’s Castle fell race the previous day – apparently stopped and waved for the cameras at 9K and got a PB I will never know. Full results, below:

Richard Hankins

Thanks chaps, always a popular one but as stated lots of races this weekend clashing

 

And final race report from Ben Williams who was out plodding (30 miles!!!!!!)

I plodded the LDWA Open to Offas event on Saturday, a 30 mile circular route with over 5000ft of climb. It starts from Cilcain and climbs steadily to the north end of the ridge before following the Offas Dyke path (with a few deviations) over all of the major Clwydian hills, and includes bits of most of the local fell races. I’d been with the leading pack up to Moel Arthur, but I couldn’t keep up with them on the climbs after that. After crossing Foel Fenlli (of ‘the Druid’ race fame) the gradients ease off for a while, but by then my legs were wrecked and I was struggling. The homeward stretch has one more sting in the tail, Pothole Crags (of ‘Up the Beast’) and then flattens out for a nice run in past Loggerheads and along the Leete Path. The weather was perfect, almost too hot at times, and I got through a lot more water than I usually would on these events. As usual there were plenty of well-stocked aid stations on the route, and it was good to see Ian Hilditch manning checkpoint 6.
I managed to take an hour off last year’s time, as did a chap who finished just behind me having done the same last year, and finished in 7h 39m.

Cheers
Ben

Once again Tim Palmer has provided us with a brilliant updated race calendar, please let him know if you spot any more races you want on here for others to know about

tim@timjenny.me.uk

There is an updated race calendar at: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2015-16-event-listing/

Dates for your diary

Macclesfield Half Marathon this coming Sunday, penultimate race of the road counters. entries still open I believe right up until the day of the race

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

 

Helsby Race Reports 22nd -28th August

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (22/8/16 – 28/8/16) 

Hello Green Army

Best way to start the weekly report if you ask me is to give massive congratulations to two of our hardy ultra runners, a round of applause please for Gareth Boyd and Chris Baynham-Hughes, Gareth completing a 200 miler from coast to coast, starting in Southport, and ending up in Hull over 4 days, and CBH completing Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, 170km I think around the French Alpes. Can’t wait to read there race reports, I’ll give you guys some time to send them in considering you can probably barely walk right now (then again you don’t write with your feet). I know having ran a few ultras with these 2 numpties how hard it must be of been……..for other competitors having to listen to their voices for such long periods. RESPECT gents truly unbelievable achievement.

Park Run – We had runners out in the Chester, Delamere, & Widnes this week, volunteers needed for Widnes next week if anyone can help out, then again most park runs need volunteers, give them a shout if you can.

List of consolidated results below

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

First of the race reports come from Chris Murray

Eleven green vests braved the rain on Wednesday evening for the Mid Cheshire 5k in Kingsley. The bad weather seems to be a common theme with this race as we had the cold and hail to contend with when it was run in April. There were some quick times due to the first and last miles being all downhill with Colin Thompson coming home first out of the Helsby squad in 17.04 and Chris Fitzpatrick following closely in 17.26. I battled with Philip Tomkinson for 3rd Helsby vest across the line but he left me in the rain finishing in 18.34. A special mention goes to Debbie Read finishing first in her age category and Vanessa winning fastest female Kingsley resident; not sure there is a prize for that last one.

All the results can be found here: http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-2-2016?ResultSetupId=923e5e04-99d8-4513-a4fc-f54c5fcee00e

Cheers Chris, it’s a proper hilly one this one, if ran backwards

Suzanne Fletcher sent in a report for the St Helens Dream Trail Race

I saw this race advertised and with it being local and cheap to enter I thought I’d give it a go. Ran by St. Helens Sutton AC it offered both a 5k & 10k option, I went with the 10k being two 5k loops and it was tough! Set in Sutton Manor Park and around the iconic Dream statue, it was a tough course with plenty of hard short hills, mainly on grass and gravel tracks, it reminded me of a XC but in sunshine & warm weather !

Results out of a field of 181.
1st Catherine Howard of Knowsley Harriers 41.09
20th Phil Tomkinson 46.04
68th Suzanne Fletcher 55.12 (11th lady)

Sounds like a perfect course for a winter XC maybe

Over to Richard Hankins for I think a report on a former club counter race in years gone by, the Ellesmere 10k

 

Looking at the results from previous years this has been a popular event with Helsby runners, although I think this year I was the only one. The promise of a fast course and some fantastic motorcycling roads en route attracted me. Its a well organised club event which is cheap to enter and the facilities were good. The ‘fabulously fast’ course is a nice mixture of rolling country roads and a few K on tracks around the mere and along the canal. There were, however, far more inclines than expected and the much hyped PB potential seemed a bit mythical to me. The results were also unusually hard to find – no text or email, although you can find them on the timing company’s website if you google around. Overall, its a nice race to do – but not a classic. I finished 40th out of 556 and 6th MV 40 in a rather disappointing 41:33.

Dates for your diary

Road runners, it’s the Halewood 5k this Saturday 3rd September, a free timed event organised by Knowsley Harriers, its a fast out and back course, check it out.

Felsby crew will be travelling to Shelf Moor Fell Race this Sunday, which is a 5.7 mile race and packs a hefty 1499ft of ascent/descent. Nice!

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

 

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (11/7/16 to 17/7/16)

Hello Green Army

It’s warm out there at the minute, not ideal running weather unless you’re stood around at the side of a running track topping up your tan whilst coaching others eh Froddy!

Park Run – So I’ve only just started going to park run, and what a great event it is. I nearly sent in a report of my 4th place at Widnes this week, sure you all wanted to hear about that, but luckily for you lot there’s a few race reports come in so I will spare you all. Maybe another week. Don’t forget the more reports in this blog the better, please lets see some new races reports, they are great to read. Send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

We had runners out in the Wire, Widnes, Chester, & Delamere.

List of consolidated results below

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

Laura BH sent in a report for another of our Fell Counters

7 Felsby travelled to the Lakes on Sunday for the next fell counter in the Helsby Fell series, the Kentmere horseshoe. This was my first classic lakes fell race and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was glorious as over 300 competitors set off up a steep track before heading onto the fells. The 12 miles took in 1000m of climb and the tops of Ill Bell, Highstreet and Kentmere pike, where my cheering squad popped up with cow bells and high fives. It was then downhill with a pretty hairy finish down what I can only describe as a river bed! Was a bit concerned before the race as it was my first time on a pretty much unmarked course but I needn’t have worried as the visibility was good and I had plenty of people to follow! A great day out and definitely worth the trip.

Results for Helsby

21st Jim O’Hara 01:46:10

74th Ben Fletcher 02:02:24

83rd Philip Roberts 02:04:07

143rd Laura B-Hughes 02:15:26 (19th Female)

147th Tim Palmer 02:16:15

162nd Steve Riley 02:2-:54

177th Jim Jones 02:22:49

267th Sue Buck 03:12:46 (64th Female)

https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2016-road-and-fell-champs/

Over to Degs for another in depth race report he is now becoming famous for, must have taken a fair few hours to put this together, cheers Degs

A green army of 1 took on the Cheshire half marathon at Arley Hall. It’s was a decent event around the country lanes of northwich with stunning views of bushes either side of the road, although not all roads were closed so a few cars did pass but I didn’t see any probs. My race went in stages as follows

 

  1. Mile 1-5 felt like i was Mo Farah
  2. Miles 6-10 i felt like I was running in treacle
  3. Miles 10-13 felt like I was running up the down escalators.

 

All in all a good event but a bad race for me. Lesson learnt for me was you must get the long training runs in you can’t blag 13 miles.

 

Degsy

 

Jackie was up to her usual antics at the weekend doing another tough challenge, when you going to do a nice easy 5k?

Lyke Wake Walk Challenge

Saturday 9th July 5:40am Sheepwash Car Park was my start time for the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk Challenge which covers the entire length of the North Yorkshire Moors, starting in Osmotherley and finishing 42 miles later on the north sea coast at Ravenscar. The start times from 5am were handicapped to try and get everyone finished by 5pm. This club organized race by the Quaker Running Club from Darlington is a gem with the most amazingly organized check points every half dozen miles or so along the route, each with very friendly support, deck chairs, and buffet food varying from rice pudding and peaches through to water melon and sausages, with tons of cake varieties all washed down with flat coke or tea!  After the Saunders the other weekend, wet and fog bound July Saturdays are the norm and today was no exception with heavy rain forecast from 10 till mid afternoon – and the timing was spot on! This together with a lot of rain the previous month and in particular the previous week guaranteed a bog fest!. The previous Saturday the local mountain rescue team were called out to rescue someone stuck in a bog! When I recced the 2nd half a few weeks previous I sunk in up to my thighs but fortunately managed to extract myself! On refection I reckon a marathons worth of the total distance was bog or mud all in generous proportions!

Anyway it was an amazing day, in the quiet early morning shift I was lucky enough to pal up with a guy called Howard for the first half and we egged each other on sharing stories (he was recovering from a brain tumor op earlier this year and was determined to run to recover) and he also led a few variations which were slightly longer but less hilly & muddy & therefore faster! As the rain set in and the boggiest part of the course started I pulled ahead but didn’t feel too bad leaving him as by now the race was getting populated as the faster runners came though. It’s a real tonic to do a handicapped race and have company all the way through the race (normally as the going gets tough towards the end it gets very lonely out there at the back of the field!).   Late afternoon the weather improved and the sea loomed in the distance which gave me the kick I needed to keep on running rather than walk. The last couple of miles I even managed to upt the pace when  I realised sub 10 hours was possible, straight into finish in the grounds of the Raven Hotel which we had managed to book into for the night for a good wash & dinner proudly wearing my mum’s Lyke Wake Walk badge!.

For those Ultra runners out there I can recommend this one, just over £20 to enter and the best organized friendly club race there is … after the Sandstone Trail Challenge of course! Next year’s race in Saturday 8th July.

1st male Ben Hamilton 6:06

1st female Shelli Gordon 6:58

70th Jackie Keasley 9:52

Out of 111 with 5 dnf.

Dearnford Lake Relay

This event gets more and more popular each year and entries sold out before race day, meaning we could only put 4 teams into it this year, we will definitely book something earlier next year as it didn’t disappoint yet again. It’s a long way to run a leg of 2 miles in part of a 3 leg race. After a somewhat difficult journey getting to the venue after a bike accident on roads close by, we all managed to get there just on time for the start, which seen our team that finished 4th the last 2 years, to actually grab 3rd spot overall. Colin Thompson, Colin Bishop and myself where over the moon. The ladies upstaged us though grabbing 2nd place overall, stop being so good!! The 2nd mens team came 11th overall, and the mixed team 22nd. A great night was had by all, only problem was we didn’t stop for a burger and a pint, due to the crash making it a bit difficult to get home. There’s always next year.

Full results

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

Dates for your diary

Not a lot going on this weekend, but a quick mention about Monday night training at Helsby High on the grass track. We had an excellent session just gone, we had the 5k time trial, thanks Helen, Joe & Mario’s normal track session, and Paul Frodsham speed session, which consisted of 16 x 400m sprints with 1 mins recovery, next week it will be 8 x 800m, come along and give them a go, all sessions cater for everyone, fast or slow ish.

We have provisional dates for the borders league races for next season, I will post them once they are all confirmed.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!