Helsby weekly round-up 06th to 12th November 2017

Hi all

Quiet week last week, only one report in the inbox! If you did a race and want it including in the blog please fire it over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the racing news please find a few reminders from Jackie below.

A reminder that next Wednesday after our club run is our next cub talk. Supper provided, 8:30 start.

Wed 22nd Nov  – Norwegian Trilogy – Jackie. Virtually no running but lots of mountains, sea, snow, sun & scenery.

The next 10K (with 6k option) is the Wednesday after

Wed 29th Nov – Godscroft Time Trial – 6:30 at club – warm up to start

We’ve not heard yet about how many London Marathon place our club has been allocated. It’s usually mid-November. If we have heard by next week we will hold the draw at next weeks club talk.  To be entered into the draw you need a 2018 rejection slip plus to have competed in at least 2 Border League Races in the previous 12 months.  Please can you email jackie your rejection slips asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com). (PS Suzie & Rachel, I’ve already got yours).

A couple of advance warning Xmas events:-

Fri 2nd Dec – Helsby Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham

Christmas jumpers complusory, Meet in Helter Skelter at 7:30pm for starters!

Sat 2nd Dec – 7pm, its the Ho Ho Helsby Xmas parade & Xmas Tree lighting ceremony.

Please come along with family & friends and join in the fun. If you are local and would like to help marshal the event, pleae let Betty know (betty.grieve@liverpool.ac.uk)

Wed 20th Dec – Annual Xmas Handicap Run followed by Xmas Santa & Supper.

3.3 mile dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane & back wth handicap starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to value of £5 for the Secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.& finally …

Planning ahead for the Four Villages, our stock of white stakes for hanging tape from seems to have dwindled. Not sure if they were returned from previous races, but if you have them please can you let me know, save having to buy new ones.

Cheers & thanks Jackie

North West Sunday League XC – Beacon Park

Thanks for Fitzy for sending in the sole race report this week…over to Fitzy…

What perfect running conditions Sunday morning brought us, clear blue sky’s and not too cold, perfect I thought, until we got to Beacon Park, Skelmersdale. We arrived and somehow the temperature had dropped and a pretty chilly wind had arrived. Nobody seemed up for this race upon arrival, especially myself, everyone saying they felt like they had zero energy and really couldn’t be bothered.

That was until we started taking the Michael out of one another’s attire and started racing. Skem’s XC course is brilliant, a big lap of the top field, and then down into the secluded trails of Beacon Park, seeing us complete 2 laps, the second a lot harder than the first. The mud didn’t disappoint, very thick, lots of it especially on the second lap, and plenty of big climbs some gradual, and some very steep, and as per usual plenty of folk trying their best to stay on their feet, some better than others.

Some great pictures on social media and a few highlights of the day were definitely Steve Riley’s different coloured footwear, Ian Rutherford’s hand knitted gloves and finally Emily Smiths photo of her going around the puddles.

Huge congratulations to Lucinda Lamb, coming home in 1st Place overall, making it a 100% record in her first two outings in the L&D Sunday league, and that helped cement the ladies 3rd Place overall in the league. Better to come from the men I’m sure but still a respectable mid table finish on the day.

Next up is Arrowe Park, on 10th December, would be great to get another great turnout

Full results below
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Parkrun

Please find the consolidated results from the Saturdays parkruns. Congrats to Bish for a second place at Widnes and a big well done everyone from the club who ran.

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

That’s all this week, please let me know if I have missed any results or races and I will update the blog.

Cheers
Colin T

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Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 9th to 15th October 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks blog. Before we get to the racing news please see a few words from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster below.

As some of you will already know and hopefully everyone will know the cross country season is fast approaching with a double whammy of fixtures.

Saturday 28th October is the Liverpool and district league at Arrow park wirral 2pm

Sunday 29th October is the north west Sunday league at Clarke gardens Liverpool at 10am.

To all new runners in the club you will love it.

Cross country races are free to run as long as you are first claim to Helsby and you wear your beautiful green vest.

Some races in the Saturday league are pre entry but I will send out a message nearer the time to remind everyone.

There will be additional races to pre enter like the northern’s and the Cheshire champs which again I will send out a message.

So what a great weekend to start a weekend of mud

Hopefully the green army will have a great turnout

Cheers Paul

Farndon 10k

A big thanks to Ian Rutherford for sending in a report for this race and well done to all those who attended from the Green Army.

This was the final race of the series of 7 races that comprises Cheshire County Road Race GP which has been well supported by the Greenarmy this year.  Full results for the series will be available shortly.  To the race itself, well, mild and settled autumn weather has prevailed all weekend and subsequently great running conditions were set for this race.  A decent size field of over 700 runners assembled just south of the village of Farndon in the beautiful and rural country lanes for this 10K road race.  The course is a ‘lollipop’ shape with first and last 2K ran on the same lane, in obviously opposite directions.  The loop takes in the affluent villages of Stretton and Tilston and includes the very pretty Stretton Watermill.  Aside from the large dwellings and garaged 4×4’s my main recollection is that the course was a little more undulating than certainly I anticipated with approx. 650ft of ascent; yes, yes calm down Felsby, I’m just saying 😉

The course was well supported when passing the village pubs and as you’d expect Mike H’s Cute Fruit events are was flawlessly organised.  Unusually for 10K’s a beautiful medal was awarded to each finisher which for the Greenarmy meant the following:

 Pos Name Club Chip Time Gender Pos Category Cat Pos
30 Ian Rutherford Helsby Running Club 39:10:00 27 Vet 45 7
136 Paul Roberts Helsby Running Club 45:33:00 116 Vet 40 20
247 Geoff Collins Helsby Running Club 50:31:00 196 Vet 60 11
267 Matt Willcott Helsby Running Club 51:45:00 207 Vet 40 36
348 David Wiggins Helsby Running Club 55:01:00 243 Vet 55 21
412 Stephen Wiggins Helsby Running Club 58:10:00 271 Senior Male 85

Palma 10k

A few of our members flew out to Palma for their annual 10k over the weekend, looked like great fun and a stunning location to boot! Colin Bishop has kindly sent in a report for this, please read on…

“A few of us from Helsby had a little jaunt to Palma de Mallorca, myself Ian Hamling, Rachael Holden, Chris Holden (unattached), Nikki Hamling (Widnes Running Club), also believe Tanya Meredith was there too.

All took part in the Palma 10K in temperatures in excess of 24’C

With the start and finish in the shadows of the stunning Cathederal the route took us out alongside the seafront, along the marina and back again, a little challenging with some inclines and heat, as already mentioned.

Plenty of support, water stations and refreshments along the way.

I was first home from our group in 12th postion overall, 1st MV55, time 35.49, Ian second 77th position overall time 42.35 with Rachael leading the ladies in 379 overall with time of 52 minutes. Believe from FB Tanya did under 60 minutes with her first race since VLM.. Well done Tanya.

Nikki had fantastic run keeping her time under 60 minutes too, with Chris managing 1.10 for only his second 10k ever, his first being EHM 10k last month. Believe for the 10k there was over 2500 runners from at least 10 countries

Finally would like to thank Mrs B for all her support, shouts and cheers of encouragement and of course her flapjacks that hit the spot after the race.”

Cheers
Bish

 

Hellrunner

Fitzy returned to Delamere for the annual “Hell up North”, a 12 mile mud-fest through swamps and lakes, not for the faint hearted! Over to Fitzy with this fab report…

“Hellrunner is normally an event that brings with it pretty cold weather, and people are normally dropping like flies due to hypothermia after coming out of Lucifer’s Lake with their knee’s well and truly knocking. Well this year seen the warmest October day i can remember for a long time, and rather than putting on an extra layer i was putting my Factor Fitzy on to stop me burning.

It made all of the bogs and water crossings pleasantly delightful, although it was still muddy as always, the hills of hell where very slippy due to all the recent rain and a lot of tree felling that’s recently been done in Delamere made some of the trail paths extremely slippy and difficult to get through. It wouldn’t be called Hellrunner though otherwise, and all 1200 runners seemed to enjoy the course with some great fancy dress costumes on show, which was just slightly under 13 miles.

I was 4 mins slower than last year but improved on my 11th place last year to bag 6th, whilst new member Peter Rodriguez managed 27th position, showing us all how good a runner he is. I think it was only us 2 doing this event this year. I’ve been an ever present since 2009, and even give up my match ticket so i wouldn’t miss it. Fancy dress next year dressed as Boydy i think!!”

Full results

https://www.resultsbase.net/event/3870/results

Fell Relays

Steve has kindly written a few words about the Fell Relays on Sunday. Thanks Steve and well done Green Army!

“Relays: it was great. 18 runners, 3x teams, everyone played a blinder. Special thanks to Danielle & Andy, pulled in at last minute to save the day and Katie pushing her comfort zone (away from the portaloos) after a bout of food poisoning the day before.”

Full results here: http://www.britishfellrelay.org.uk

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns, well done to Ian R and Ben Fletcher for taking 2nd place in their respective parkruns and well done to everyone else who ran.

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

That’s all this week, anything missing please let me know.
Thanks for reading and see you all soon! 🙂

Cheers
Colin T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 11th to 17th September 2017

Hello Green Army

Welcome to this weeks round-up. A few of our members have been out and about on road, trail and fell so let’s get started…

Firstly it’s big congratulations to our top mountain and fell runner Max Wainwright for running the Glen Coe Skyline race, looking at the photos it looks totally bonkers! A top 50 finish is outstanding, hopefully Max will get a report over to us soon telling us all about his adventure.

Wirral Multi Terrain Race 2 – Thurstaston

Please find a link to last Tuesdays Wirral Multi Terrain results below:

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mt/2017/mtrace2_17.pdf

A great turn out of the green vests saw 13 toeing the line, CC was first back for the Helsby men (7th overall) and Alison Halsall was first back for the ladies (9th overall). Well done both!

Debbie also won her age category and now sits at the top of her table. Well done to Deb and well done everyone else who turned out for the club, I had a hamstring niggle so decided to sit this one out and offer some support from the side lines, it was great seeing everyone putting in some serious effort, also nice to see everyone stay behind and cheer in Betty at the finish, that’s what teamwork is all about!

Thank you to Mario for sorting out the tags and thank you to the support from Louise, Jenny and Joanne Illidge and Leah. Don’t forget the final race is at Arrowe Park next Tuesday 26th Sept.

Sutton 6

Our penultimate road counter of the year saw 10 green vests at Guilden Sutton for the fabulous Sutton 6 race. Great low key event, cheap as chips to enter and a well organised and marshalled course. What more would you want?

I managed to fight off a challenge from Fitzy to take the full points for the men and Susie Woodward-Moor had a great run to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Well done everyone!

Helsby Results:

16           Colin Thompson                35:58
22           Chris Fitzpatrick               36:44
35           Ian Rutherford                  38:14
54           Richard Hankins               39:47
81           Peter Rodriguez                42:03
83           Jim Jones                            42:19
142         Geoff Shaw                        48:19
146         Susie Woodward-Moor   48:55
149         Geoff Collins                      49:03
226         Janet Shaw                         01:01:06

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EHM 10k & Half Marathon

No reports for these 2 races in the inbox, if you did either the 10k or half please fire over a quick report so we can include it in the blog. I do know Colin Bishop managed to get a brilliant 3rd place and 1st in his age group in the 10k. Well done Bish!

Results here: http://ehm.contest-sports.com/results/

Wirral 10k

Debbie Read has sent over this fantastic report for the Wirral 10k. Over to Deb…

“Lucy is 9 years old and has an inoperable and terminal brain tumour. Her uncle, a runner from The Wirral, has started a fund raising page called Lucy’s Pineapple Fund. Lucy, who loves pineapples is now in Mexico receiving treatment.

BTRrunliverpool organise many races on Merseyside including The Whistle Stop Tour, Run the Tunnel and The Santa Dash. They hosted The Wirral 10k/half marathon at the weekend and had some goodies left over.

Using the power of social media a local running club on The Wirral arranged a “casual run”  open to all on their club night using the officially measured 10k route. Runners were asked to pay a £5 donation to Lucy’s Pineapple Fund (many gave more) and in return they got a technical T-shirt, a medal and a goody bag curtesy of BTR.

So, on a sunny but very windy evening I found myself, along with about 100 other runners, running along New Brighton Prom.

We started near the clown roundabout and ran along the pedestrianised promenade following the lead bike towards Seacombe. At the ferry terminal the lead bike became a human traffic cone and encouraged everyone on their return to the clown, and boy did we  need it! What was a tail wind on the way out made it a very challenging 5k return journey – the last 1k in particular as we turned the corner at the fort was brutal. At the finish line we were all given our goodies, along with lots of snacks, drinks and homemade cakes.
No marshals, no timing, no prize winners but what a fabulous event.

I believe nearly £1000 was raised.

(Jim, do I get a point? )”

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Burton 10k

Betty has sent in a report for the Burton 10k, thank you Betty and well done.

“Sunday I ran the Burton 10k fun run, it was my first time at this event and it is a lovely course with good facilities and management.

There are 5 and 10k routes, open to adults and children, plus a mini fun run on the field for tots aged under 5yrs.

It was great seeing club runners from the local area doing the 5k with their kids.
The course has full road closures and starts on roads heading toward Ness Gardens before turning down toward the Dee estuary with stunning views before continuing on the Dee cycle path and boardwalk.

The Course returns to the Galdstone community centre, for the finish, where the under 5’s egg and spoon race was underway. There is a family BAB, refreshments and Bar.
I would recommend this race for a fun family day out.”

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King John’s Fell Race

Please find the results from King John’s fell race and our 11th counter below.

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/King%20John_s%20Castle%202017.xlsx?token=AWwNI7YdAL7fdc2kzuSQs1X7unQLRFqxcPZngDRxGgbMsXX_jhl-7s0Uas1D-fvxnmPelVjiE1hPSSl-5eI-3gUdAio-313o9i39x9GW5-TgdWMYisTujJBhXdFtVXgroUTqfjINueBfGdohZHpd-RMtUZi_ggLvt2megfsmCAfceHaZhJQzWG2-eZ3FOfFkNM-8eGnKXyecbO-j37pATfhO

No reports for this so I can’t comment much about the race but looking at the results it appears Adam G had a stormer for a top 3 finish and first Helsby runner home! Well done mate. Also well done to Laura BH for first Helsby lady and age cat winner!

parkrun

Please find a link to the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. Well done to Jane Ashbrook for an excellent first lady at Delamere!

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

That’s all this week folks, sorry about the delay this week. If I have missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Happy running!

Cheers
Colin

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th April 2017

Hello all. A big thank you for all the reports, it’s a monster blog this week so grab a brew, put your feet up and let’s get started!

Mini Trail Series Reminder

It’s our first “Mini Trail” race of the series on Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at Thurstaston on the Wirral. The route takes in trail paths, beach and the Wirral Way, total distance for this is around 6 miles, nothing too difficult, only a bit undulating and is a stunning race on the Wirral coastline, pretty cheap to enter too at only a fiver on the night. Let’s try and get a good turn out of green vests for this folks.

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

AGM

Please keep the date of our AGM free if you can; it’s Wed 24th May following our training run, 8:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club.  It’s our time of year to reflect on last year and discuss the next one. All your comments & ideas are greatly appreciated & accepted!  Your committee (listed on our blog) have mostly said they will carry on for another year – unless of course anyone else would like to have a go!  However:-

Ian Lancucci who keeps count of all our club championships throughout the year plans to step down next year so we are looking for someone to shadow him this year to take over next.

Jo Lacking is finding it difficult to act effectively as Lady Captain with increasing work away from home so we are looking for a ladies Captain to focus on the roads & in particular the Border League.

Andy Robinson will be stepping down as Sandstone Trail Challenge organiser after this year’s race. Ben is happy to take over this role but has suggested we create a team of say 4 people to co-ordinate the race (mainly on race day). This works so well for the 4 Villages & is the best way forward to spread the load.

Agenda here: 2017 AGM agenda

Please let me know (in advance if you can), if you would like to volunteer, have any ideas or need any information to make you decide jackiekeasley@btinternet.com,

Cheers

Jackie your chair.

Sandstone Trail Challenge Sat 6 May – Cake Appeal

Those of you who are into cake baking, please, if you possibly can, bake something for the finishers in the Sandstone Trail Challenge.

We’ll have 250 hungry runners and walkers turning up in Frodsham on 6 May after doing 33 miles, & they deserve it!

Anything you can bake, please, to Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, any time on the morning of Saturday 6 May.  The finishers start arriving from about 1pm.

Thanks  very much!

Andy & Ben.

Just for info

The Thursday blue grass will be in the Lounge Wednesday the 10th as the Darts final is on the 11th their normal day. So Bowls and runners will be in the TV bar. I have sat in on the blue grass and they are quite good!!

Also the Great British Tennis weekend
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY 14th May 9am – 3pm.

Free mini tennis, junior tennis, cardio tennis, tennis express and family tennis.
All equipment provided.

BBQ lunchtime

Book your FREE place at

www.helsbytennis.co.uk

Thanks
Betty

Hale 5

Firstly the belated results from the Hale 5 (17th April) which we missed in the blog last week.

Roy Gaskill, Ian Hamling, Joanne Lacking, Rachael Holden and Geoff & Janet Shaw all competed in this fast 5 mile race around the roads of Hale Village. Roy had a cracker despite running on sore ankles :0

Well done all

Full results here http://www.ukresults.net/2017/hale5.html

Borders League No.7 – Wrexham

An excellent report sent in from our BL Coordinator Fitzy. A big thank you for rallying the troops this season! What a fantastic season we’ve had, over to Fitzy for his words on the final race at Wrexham…

“We headed over to Wrexham for our final borders league race of the season, to race a 4.4 mile industrial estate route which is part of the Village bakery half route. Another cracking turnout seen 31 green vests, who also took part in leg 1 of Helsby V Felsby (Helsby lead the way going into the 2nd leg at Dinas Bran Fell Race by 371 points to 309, no doubt all the big guns of the fell running world will be out to come from behind and take the title again)

This was a super quick race, with a lot of people recording their fastest mile splits that they have ever done in the first mile, and it didn’t half tell with strong performances from all, with the Men coming in 3rd overall again for the 3rd time running, and Helsby ladies coming in 4th. Colin Thompson coming in 1st for the men, and  Jane Ashbrook 1st for the ladies .

The mens team finished the season 5th, only 21 points off 4th spot, whilst the ladies after taking penalty points at the beginning of the season pulling it back to finish 5th as well, again only a few points separating them and 4th spot.

For us who stayed for the presentation afterwards, Helsby came home with 6 trophies in total.”

Colin Thompson 6th senior

Chris Fitzpatrick 8th senior

Laura Baynham-Hughes 4th V35

Neil Finegan 6th V40

Jane Ashbrook joint 3rd V40

Debbie Read 1st V55

Full results

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

Congratulation to everyone who took part and thanks for all your kind comments, hopefully i haven’t nagged you all too much and will see you all back in September/October for the start of the new season.”

Mid Cheshire 5k  (28th April)

Three separate reports for our 5th club counter from Ian Rutherford, Danny Ryder and Davyd Michell. Thanks guys and well done to everyone who took part.

First up is Ian…

“There was a bit of extra excitement around this race than normal as it was to incorporate the English Athletics’ Championships.  What is already a super-fast course, which attracts the best local runners, would see some genuine Elite-class on the starting line from far and wide.

In reality, apart from seeing a few more thorough warm-ups than normal; you didn’t get to see much of the elite field as a runner in the race (well I didn’t), expect it was good from a spectators vantage point though. What was great to see was lots familiar faces both those in the green vest and other clubs as well; clearly this race has fast become a local favourite.

A number of us felt we had PB potential given the fast course and that became reality for quite a few which (hopefully) has been highlighted in the results.  For me (and to keep this succinct) I would single out the following for particular mention:

Danny Ryder’s 16:51 showing what a genuinely quick runner he is and most definitely much more to come (especially if we can keep him off the bike a bit more) 😉

Davyd Michell’s whopping PB now at 19:16 over 40 seconds quicker than previous and consummate to the amount of effort and training he is sticking in…sub 19 is the next attainable target mate.

And last but by no means least, Adele Croxton, first lady home for Helsby on the night and ran a PB 21 mins dead (sadly the sub 21 was provisional – see below)

A slight frustration observed by all were that the provisional times being adjusted upwards, in some cases by 3-4 seconds; which in my case was enough to alter my equal 12 year-old 5K PB of 17:48 to 17:51 in the qualified results. Hey ho, I’m sure they did this so they knew I’d enter the summer race as well 😉

Great running everyone.”

Next is Danny Ryder…

“On Friday the 29th of April Danielle and I, along with a good number of other Helsby members ran the Mid Cheshire 5k. The race also incorporated the English 5k road champs and as a result there was a very strong field in attendance. After watching some of the rather serious looking warm ups, I thought I’d better get moving myself and went for a bit of a run around Ball Lane.

Suitably warm I made my way to start line and found somewhere out of the way of the serious looking runners. After some time, the race official managed to coerce the front guys behind the start line so the race could actually start.

The race started incredibly quickly, a combination of adrenaline and the downhill start. I tried to keep the pace in check, aware that what goes down must go up. The ‘climb’ was more of a drag really, but 20m elevation gain has never hurt so much. Once the ‘climb’ was crested there were a few rollers to deal with before the final kilometer on the main road, again downhill. I had spent the previous 4km waiting to get to this point, however once I made it there I found my legs unwilling to increase to their cadence.

Following some loud encouragement from Steve Riley and Paul Frodsham (sorry if I’ve missed anyone, it was all a bit blurry by this point) I managed to find something extra and kick on in the last 400m to gain a few places before the finish.

All in all, this was a great race with plenty of PB’s being set by all. I’ll be back in August to run again, hopefully with a bit more speed training I can come back and set another new PB. For anyone looking for a fast 5k road race run on closed roads I would definitely recommend this race.”

And finally over to Davyd…

“Friday at Kingsley saw the running of the Mid Cheshire 5k, not only was this a club counter but also this year the inaugural England 5k Championships. This gave the runners the chance to mix it with elites, and if you were good enough to run Sub 14:40 for the men and 16:40 for women you got you own changing facilities and toilets!

23 Hesby vests took park with many testing their legs to see if 2 fast races in 2 days was a good idea. The course is now getting a reputation as one of the fastest around and this meant there was a full field of 476 runners finished. The green army performed well on the day and with some fantastic support around the course, noticeably The Frodfather positioning himself strategically with 400m to go to ensure we all got that last bit of energy out, ensuring some great times, and Pbs. 1st home was Danny Ryder in a rapid 16:51, well done, but even he was 2:51 behind the winner, Ben Connor who clocked a course record 14:00…wow!
1st Helsby lady was Adele Croxton in 21:00, well done. Performance of the race for me goes to Carol Shaw who clocked 21:29 for 1st in her age category, cracking running.

Flushed with some Pbs, tired legs, hungry and thirsty 11 Helsby runners made a quick get away for the main event of the evening refueling with curry and beer in Frodsham like the afleets we are. A good evening was had by all and there were a few sore heads the next day, but it was a great way to finish off the evening and hopefully we can repeat this in future with even more of us.”

Full results of the race here
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Spring-2017#

Some photos here, curtsey of Mick Hall
http://mickhall.zenfolio.com/f668639386

If you want to run this course the good news there is another even in August, but be quick
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Summer

Hartland Heartbreaker

Jim Jones has been at the long hilly stuff again, this time at the Hartland Hartbreaker. Over to Jim with this fab report…

“On Saturday I nipped down to North Devon, pitched a tent, and ran the 18 mile Hartland Hartbreaker while catching up with some pals from Ilfracombe Running Club. The race starts and finishes in the hidden grounds of Hartland Abbey and includes over 2700ft of climb around a stunning coastline. It rained all day, making a tough race that bit more interesting as there was lots of slippy mud along the cliff edges. It was great fun though with no shortage of alcohol along the route. There was a Sangria stop, then a Prosecco and a Tequila stop (but I can’t remember what order they were in!), and then halfway up the final muddy climb, there was man with a barrel of real ale! After partaking in the delicious brew, I was handed a rope to assist me up the final slippery push. It was all down hill then to the Abbey and the much talked about “river crossing” – though it was more akin to a wide stream for a fell runner. I didn’t win anything but got back uninjured and had good laugh.”

Results are here:

http://northdevonroadrunners.com/component/zoo/item/hartland-hartbreaker-18-mile-results-2017

OMM Lite

A brilliant race was had by super couple CBH & LBH, it was Laura’s first foray into mountain marathon running and what a brilliant result guys. CBH has sent in a full report…

“The bank holiday weekend saw Laura and I take on the OMM Lite – a taster for the full mountain marathon experience. There was a long and short score class on foot or mountain bikes but rather than needing to carry your camping gear and overnight food competitors parked vans, pitched tents and could buy their food from the camp or the local pub should they wish.

Having ventured out to race at the border league on a splendid Wednesday evening we immediately realised the error of our ways. Wednesday had been a revelation, dodging the drudgery of a mountain environment on such a fine evening so we could run in a rectangle around an industrial estate. Sadly, we were forced to endure the Brecon Beacons for two whole days. Disaster.

Given that Laura had never run for more than 2.5 hours before I was cautious in working out what we could achieve within the 7 hours we had. The plan had been to run for a bit and then enjoy a nice walk out together. Early doors we came across another couple and the competitor came out in the pair of us.

I’ve spent more of my life with Laura than without her, yet she still manages to surprise and amaze me. In the end we ran for pretty much the full 7 hours and clocked up 35 miles and a sprint finish to come in having used all but 40 seconds of the 7 hours. Looking at the leader board we were first. Overall. By 120 points.

The other couple came in and we were bumped into second, despite us being faster than them. A smarter route had allowed them to take in an extra 30 points but late back meant they were 28 points ahead. One small Nav error had cost us 20 points (although we would have incurred penalty points for being later home) but the real blow had been the decision to go into the woods which was convoluted vs a now obvious line. Oh well, we’d had an amazing day out and were celebrating over a few beers so mission accomplished. We’d never dreamed of being right up there, but third overall and second in the mixed was a total result.

Day 2 started well and according to plan. I’d planned out a couple of routes the night before based upon expected open controls and totalled up the values to make the decision. We got going and despite thinking she wouldn’t be able to walk after day 1, we were soon running along. We finished 22 miles later and 2.5 minutes over our allotted 5 hours due to a small issue with a fence. Checking the leader board the other couple had smashed it. I’d made the error of not doing a secondary visual check of the open controls on day 2 so there was a far more efficient route that the two orienteers had spotted.

We were still incredibly chuffed with how the weekend had gone. 3rd overall, 2nd mixed. A podium finish was well deserved for our first mountain marathon together. Hopefully the first of many!”

Results: https://www.theomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/omm-lite-overall-results-sheet1.pdf

Diggle Cake Race

Steve Riley has sent in this excellent report for the Diddle Cake Race. Any race with “cake” in the title gets my vote! Over to Steve…
“Ben F (sadly out of action) put me on to this one last year.
Saturday saw the Diggle Cake Race, 10 miles of pure evil/fun over the moors and reservoirs around Saddleworth, beyond Oldham. The charge? None. Free entry for home bakers, a fiver for the lazy/more conventional. A 2 pound donation in the hall afterwards buys you a cuppa and as much cake as you feel you’ve earned. In my case quite a lot. Strava reckoned on 2000 cals total for the day – quite a backlog to address. Some super fast performances up at the front (recognised at least one international on the list) right through to the gaggle of club mates at the rear an hour or so later, grinning at the sheer daftness of it all.
 
The race? Oh, the usual moors, steep climbs, stream crossings, tussocks, steps, fast descents. Jamie D for company who had me for a few places, despite usual protests of heavy legs and no fitness.”

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Parkrun

If you made it this far please see the consolidated results from all the park runs on Saturday. Well done to all the green vests who made it to one.

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

Phew! That’s all this week. Thank you again for all the superb reports, it really illustrates how active the club is at present. The future is definitely green! 🙂

Col T

Helsby weeky round-up 27th Mar to 2nd Apr 2017

Hello all

Welcome to the weekly racing news. Big thank you to Neil and Fitzy for the reports this week, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I can always update the blog. The website to send reports to is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Before we get to the results round-up please see a few reminders below.

Reminders

Wednesday club training: Please note that our summer hill training runs will start “officially” on Weds 19th April. For those who are new to the club it’s a group hill run and there are various distances and pace groups to choose from.

Monday track training (Helsby High School): For the speedy stuff the interval training at the high school running track will start on Mon 24th April. Please come on down, it’s all inclusive and a great workout. Various groups and options to choose from.

Borders league time again this Sunday and it’s critical that if you haven’t ran a borders league race before and you want to run the last one of the season at the end of April you must run this one. Let’s get another great turnout, and take New Brighton by storm. Men’s and ladies teams are in great positions so let’s continue this, who’s in?

11am start post code is CH45 2PB

Ps: green socks please

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wirral-Border-League-Information-Sheet.pdf

Chester Spring 5 (road counter 4)
Weds 12th April 2017
7pm start
Upton School
Chester
CH2 1NN
http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk

Mid Cheshire – 5K (road counter 5)
Fri 28th April 2017
7.15pm start
Kingsley Cricket Club
Kingsley
Cheshire
WA6 8HY
http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/cutefruitevents ***LIMITED PLACES LEFT**

10k TT

A big thank you to everyone who turned up for the final 10k TT of the winter season last Wednesday, made a nice change to do it in the light 🙂 We had a brand new course record from new kid on the block Richard McGeachie in a phenomenal 35.20! Well done Rich, superb running mate!

A little further down the field and new member Susie Woodwood-Moor took a huge chunk of time off her previous PB and crossed the line in 52.51 and was our first and only female in the 10k. Shan was our sole runner in the 6k and ran an excellent race to take the chequered flag in 34.39. Well done to everyone else and thank you to everybody who has supported the time trial over the last few months, we hope you have all enjoyed it.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Louise Spruce (race director) Joe & Mario (timing) and all those who have volunteered to tail run, marshal and help out with the timing this season. Thank you all! Also a big thank you to Meadow Lea Farm Cafe for the use of their car park. See you all in October 🙂

Cheers
Col

6k

1 Shan McCarthy 34.39

10k

1 Richard McGeachie 35.20
2 Phil Tomkinson 43.20
3 James Gray 46.31
4 Geoff Collins 50.14
5 Charlie Roberts 52.13
6 Susie Woodward-Moor 52.51

Hills, Sunshine, Free Beer – Darwen Half Marathon (3rd Road Counter)

Report by Neil Finegan

Set in the picturesque Lancashire countryside, the rolling hills of Darwen provides a pretty unique/difficult race in that none of it is flat. 13.1 miles of crawling up hills and running down the other side, a race which is impossible to pace as your speed fluctuates with the terrain. So you have to go with the flow, survive the uphills and embrace the downhills as you would in a fell race rather than your typical road race.

It is a small scale event, hosted by the Darwen Dashers running club (500 runner capacity). Starting in the town centre (with an immediate 1km climb to give you a taste of what is to come) the race consists of 3 big climbs (around 300- 400ft each) The route is superb, through country park via winding and undulating roads. It was a clear sunny day and you could see for miles around – something to take the mind off the next long climb.  The last hill at mile 10 is particularly brutal, a real steep climb – one of those hills that send the legs to jelly at the top.  But then comes a brilliant finish – the last 2 miles are all on a fast gradual downhill – a bit like our own towers lane finish but longer.

You really can’t fault the organisation – £20 for a fantastic course, t-shirt, medal, fruit and free beer.  A real friendly atmosphere and a race that is unforgettable in many ways – there aren’t many half marathons where you can run the last mile at 5:20 minute mile pace.

The race winner was a local legend, Ben fish – normally a 1:05 marathon runner – he finished in just under 1:10 on this difficult course. It was my second year of running this course and I was chuffed to knock 90 seconds off my time from last year with a 1:24 finish in 16th.  Richard Hankins was also in the top 50 and running a course like this at just over 7 M/M pace is a real achievement.  Third home for Helsby (and 4th in his age category) was Geoff Collins in 1:53.

A lot of very happy (and relieved) runners at the finish.
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Pos    M    F    Forename    Surname    Cat    Cat/Pos    ChipTime    GunTime   
16 0016 Neil Finegan M40 (006/039) 01:24:15 01:24:17
44 0044 Richard Hankins M45 (009/029) 01:33:37 01:33:40
149 0128 Geoff Collins M60 (004/008) 01:53:38
Ed: Cracking run Neil, great time considering you have been out injured for a few months. Welcome back!

Liverpool Half Marathon & 10 Miler

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick
A beautiful sunny day down on the Liverpool water front with a bit of head wind, lovely i thought. My aim was to get a PB, but anything under 1h19 and i’d still be happy. I know this is a bit of an expensive half but apart from our very own 4VHM this would be the next best half marathon race i’ve done, it runs like clockwork, its a fast course, and there’s plenty of support out on the streets of Liverpool. BTR never get it wrong.

I started just behind a Violin, yes a 6ft Violin. i didn’t overtake the Violin until the last 2 miles as well, it was pretty fast, respect to whoever was in that costume. The route consists of the first 2 miles out of town, up upper parliament street and heading over to Sefton Park. A big loop of the park see’s you head over to Otterspool prom, and like myself most runners are looking for a PB until you hit the waterfront. The next 4 miles are fighting the head wind and demons in your head that say give up, all the way to the finish. When that headwind isn’t about it’s a cracker of a course although i enjoyed todays race a lot more that i ever have done.

First Name Surname Gender Category Category Position 5 Mile 10 Mile Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time
Chris Fitzpatrick Male M40+ 4 00:29:07 00:58:51 01:18:40 29 01:18:37
Carl Pratt Male MOPEN 395 00:36:10 01:12:37 01:41:26 690 01:36:15
Stephen Roach Male M40+ 131 00:38:21 01:19:10 01:46:46 991 01:45:53
Paul Roberts Male MOPEN 529 00:39:01 01:19:54 01:46:46 992 01:46:37
Tanya Downes Female F40+ 101 00:46:30 01:35:33 02:12:29 2820 02:09:03
Claire Morton Female F55+ 25 00:51:09 01:41:06 02:17:56 3101 02:13

 Full results for the half

http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2505

Also a mention to El Capitano, who came 4th in the 10 mile race

Full results for the 10 miler
Loads of green vests out and about at the various parkruns. Well done to all who took part in one. Please find all the consolidated results for Helsby RC below.
I think that’s it this week. Please let me know if anything is missing.
Keep on running…..
Col T

Helsby weekly round-up 27th Feb – 5th March 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. The Borders pretty much dominated our weekend with us hosting a race this season and the Green Army can be proud of staging a fantastic event, kudos to Chris Fitzpatrick and Vanessa for working hard behind the scenes and putting it all together!

Before we get to the racing news please see some reminders below for events and races coming up soon:

Reminders

Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
Llantysilio
(AS)
9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft
Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, nr Llangollen, GR 179448
http://www.tattenhallrunners.com

Sun 26/03/2017 09:30
Cheshire 10K
Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA
http://www.cheshire10k.com/

Also don’t forget this Friday, 10th March (tomorrow)  is our annual presentation evening starting at 7:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club Lounge. We have invited representatives from the groups that helped us out at this years Four Villages and at the start of the evening we will be handing out their donation cheques. Then it’s onto supper, our annual running club presentation, with entertainment and disco by our own Chris Igoe.  Plus your first drink courtesy of the running club!  Hope to see you there!

Helsby Vs Felsby

Ok so another big race weekend out of the way. Can only mean one thing, onto the next one. After the success of last years Helsby V Felsby, part 2 will take place very soon. For anyone who does not know about this then its a brilliant laugh, us roadies take on the Felsby crew and vice versa. We nominate a road race which will be our last borders league race on Weds 26th April, in Wrexham, this will be the 1st leg, and the Dinas Bran Fell race on Weds 3rd May will be the second leg, starting at 7.15pm.

All i need is for you to contact me, send me an email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or via Facebook, to let me know whether you are a road runner or a fell runner? I will then try and make the teams as fair as possible and work out a points scoring system. Would also be nice to have 2 new captains to rally the troops this year. It was brilliant to see the numbers increased at both races last year, and us roadies need to take the trophy off the Fell runners to restore a bit of pride, and before CBH’s head gets too big.

So who’s in? Stick the dates in your diary, everyone who turns up will be getting points for your team, so don’t just think you have to be fast, the more the merrier.

More details to follow soon.
Cheers Fitzy

10k TT

First up is the belated results from last month’s 10k TT, apologies for the delay. It’s congratulations to Phil Roberts for a superb run to take first home honours and Danielle Ryder for another fantastic run to take the win for the ladies. The last and final one of the season is on 29th March. A reminder will go out nearer the time but please put this date in your diaries, it would be great to get a big turnout for the final one of the season.

Results

1  Phil Roberts  40.42
2  Colin Thompson  42.26
3  Jay Bradley  45.25
4  Roy Gaskill  46.57
5  Danielle Ryder  50.02 (1st lady)
6  Peter Causton  54.20
7  Charlie Roberts  55.38

Borders League No.5 – Manley Mere

Rubbish weather but a fantastic race put on by the Green Army, a big thank you to Chris Fitz and Vanessa for working hard to deliver a fantastic race. Fitzy sent over a few words which are below:

To whoever was involved at todays race, whether it was giving up your time, running or supporting.

Well the weather certainly tried to put a spoiler on todays race but it did not dampen our spirits. Myself, Vanessa & Jackie would like to thank you all for giving up your spare time to help out with our Borders League race. The feedback on social media has been brilliant and plenty of people commented at the end of the race to say how much they enjoyed it. Even race adjudicator David Nalder had this to say.

Congratulations, great race. Nice course. Well organised and marshalled.

Man of many words, but considering the weather that was thrown at us we should all be extremely proud of putting on yet another great event, and it would not have taken place without you, so again, thank you very much.

Just waiting for the results now, but looks like the mens and ladies teams smashed it today.

See you all soon Chris, Vanessa & Jackie

Fitzy was correct, both the men’s team and ladies team smashed it on the day with a 3rd and 2nd team place respectively, with regards to the men’s team position I think that is the best result for a very long time, maybe since the Frodfather days so superb running chaps!

As for the individual performances there are just too many to mention but some stand out results belong to Debbie Read, Alison Halsall and Colin Bishop who all won their age categories. A massive well done everyone, it goes to show what a strong team we have when we get a big turn out!

Thank you to all the volunteers who marshalled on the day and Jane Bish for the fantastic cakes!

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Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Cat Cat Rank
16 16   Colin THOMPSON 29:15 SM 12
19 19   Colin BISHOP 29:26 MV55 1
21 21   Chris FITZPATRICK 29:33 SM 13
28 28   Chris COLLINS 29:49 SM 18
35 35   Adam GORDON 30:15 MV40 6
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 30:29 MV40 7
52 52   Ian RUTHERFORD 31:18 MV40 13
53 53   Mark GITTINS 31:23 SM 28
56 56   Jim O’HARA 31:29 SM 30
86 81   Philip TOMKINSON 33:07 SM 44
99 93   Richard HANKINS 33:47 MV45 14
106   8 Jane ASHBROOK 34:06 FV40 2
108   9 Alison HALSALL 34:17 FV45 1
109 100   Chris MURRAY 34:18 SM 48
119   11 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 34:54 FV35 5
120 109   Gareth BOYD 34:54 MV40 23
124 112   James JONES 35:12 MV50 6
126 113   Phillip ROBERTS 35:17 MV40 24
130   14 Joanne LACKING 35:22 FV35 6
140 123   David SMITH 35:36 SM 56
159 139   Jay BRADLEY 36:55 SM 60
161 140   Roy GASKILL 37:05 MV50 9
185 153   Phil GILLARD 38:10 MV55 10
202   40 Debbie READ 39:05 FV55 1
203   41 Danielle RYDER 39:06 SF 8
210 166   Paul CUNNINGHAM 39:33 MV45 30
212   45 Carol SHAW 39:45 FV50 6
216 171   Stephen ROACH 39:53 SM 67
223   48 Janet ROBERTSON 40:09 FV50 7
259 194   Christopher IGOE 42:16 MV50 18
261 195   Stephen WIGGINS 42:24 SM 70
278   77 Leah BINNS 44:09 SF 15
284   80 Michelle HARDWICK 44:57 FV35 18
285   81 Emily SMITH 45:08 FV35 19
293 207   David WIGGINS 46:47 MV55 17

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

parkrun

The Green Army was out in force on Saturday at the various parkruns and the ladies were the dominant force! It’s congratulations to Rachael Holden who was first lady home at Phoenix parkun and Janet Robertson was first lady at Ellesmere Port! Well done ladies and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkun.

Consolidated Helsby results below:

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

That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any results or races. All reports can be sent to the usual email address – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 6th to 12th Feb 2017

Hello all

A quiet(ish) week for the Green Army, just one report in the inbox. If you raced last week and would like it included in the blog please fire it over to the usual email address: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Manley Mere…

We are still short on volunteers for our up and coming race on Sunday 5th March,  ideally we could do with another 3-4, if you could oblige then email me please. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

Also would be great to see as many of the green army racing this one as well, think the record is 40 runners, would be great to smash it, it’s also a lovely course so if you haven’t raced for a while or are there every month, then the more the merrier unless you have kindly volunteered.

Thanks
Fitzy

Parbold Hill Race

Report by Colin Bishop

My introduction into hill running, I have to say this is a well organised/marshalled race, route well marked out.  A few surprises along the route, styles, and a few hay-bales to hurdle, gates to open, don’t think either of us expected them,  a couple of hills and plenty of mud on a bitterly cold day. Think more mud than most XC’s we have done.Glad the snow and rain held off 😁

With lots of raised eyebrows about my choice of footwear (road shoes) 😱 off I went…..Glad to say I stayed upright and managed a respectable 9th place, with a well deserved 13th Male place for Neil.

Congratulations to both of us in winning our age groups.

Thanks to Mario, Neil’s Dad and Jane for support

Cheers Colin B (AKA Bambi on Mud!!)

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parkrun

Well done to all who tackled a parkrun over the weekend, please find a link to the consolidated Helsby RC results below. Mark Gittins takes the award for furthest parkrun this week – Melbourne!! Can’t get much further than that! Well done mate and superb time too.

Also it’s a huge well done to Debbie Read who had a fantastic run to take first lady honours at Phoenix Park, it was once again a Helsby clean sweep! Ian was also on the podium with an excellent 3rd place after a closely fought battle with Steve Thompson. Well done troops!

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

That’s all this week, please let me know if I’ve missed any races or results.

Cheers
Colin

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th Jan 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. Thank you for all the reports this week, remember if you do a race and want to fire over a report please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the news please read a quick message from Fitzy regarding the Borders race at Manley Mere…

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with some marshalling duties on Sunday 5th March for our forthcoming Borders League race, we are especially keen to get 1 or 2 first aiders out on the course if at all possible. Can you let us know if you can help out, please email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

10k TT

Last Wednesday evening saw 14 runners lining up on the Greenway for the 10k time trial. A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold (the Greenway was like an ice rink!) Nice to see some new faces too.

First back was a tie between myself and Danny Ryder, first lady back was Laura BH with another fantastic run. Phil Tomkinson also broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time which shows how much he has improved and is a testament to his hard training, more to come from Phil this year I’m sure. Well done to everyone else!

Special thanks to our volunteers this week who were Louise (RD), Mario and Joe (results and timing), Tim Palmer (tail runner) and Richard Hankins (Marshall).

Results

1  Danny Ryder  39.08
1  Colin Thompson  39.08
3  Phil Tomkinson  39.51
4  Daz O’Connor  40.46
5  George Highley  40.45
6  Davyd Michell  42.46
7  Laura Baynham-Hughes  44.01 (1st lady)
8  Jay Bradley  45.15
9  Danielle Ryder  46.02
10  Roy Gaskill  46.18
11  Ben Williams  48.33
12  Geoff Collins  51.45
13  Lesley Feakes  54.52
14  Dave Feakes  54.52

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Seeing i had the privilege to run around the muddiest of courses at Birchwood a few weeks back and got a bit of stick because i said mud a lot, thought i’d send in a quick report about the Northern XC Champs on Saturday, which was 100% the worst mud i have ever seen. Over the 12k course there was honestly not one bit of grass you could run on, and after the first lap i felt awful and had such heavy legs from trudging through “the mud” that i really just wanted to give up and go home. By the time i got to the 3rd lap i had to pause for a minute whilst i was a little bit ill on the side lines. What would have been a really good course to run became a mud bath, it was 12k of wading through and trying your best not to fall over.

Myself, Steve, Degsy and Davyd were the male representatives whilst Jane, Rachel and Lesley did the same course but 2 laps for the ladies 8k race. Knowsley safari park was a great location to race at, just a pity “the mud” for me spoiled it a little, yes i know it was a XC race and you expect mud.

Full results below

http://powerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=%20180475&top=5000

Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

Three of us made the 4 hour round trip to Abergynolwyn Village in Gwynedd for the Tarren Hendre fell race. It was well worth the trip though for a tough but well hosted race by Meirionnydd Running Club. Nearly all the 2000ft of climb was in the first 3 of the 6 miles! As we descended from the clouds, the latter 3 miles was either boggy moorland or mud up to the knees as you descended through woodlands – great fun!. This was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association’s North Wales Series. Jim O’Hara was first back for Helsby in 25th place (he did have difficulty finding his way back to the car though!), followed by Phil Roberts 47th and then me, Jim Jones 75th.

Full results here: http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/tarrenhendreresult2017.html#

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

Arriving at Dark mountains this year was rather strange. This is one of my favourite events as it is just so tough. The idea is to have a full mountain marathon in one night rather than two days. It’s in winter so the weather has been bonkers every year and that’s what was so strange. It was mild and my default winter waterproof was ditched in favour of an ultra-lightweight affair. What could go wrong?

href=”https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/wp_20170129_09_37_39_pro.jpg”>wp_20170129_09_37_39_proMax and I got off to a good start. Nailed check point 1, max retrieved me from an error (which I still can’t fathom) and back on track to CP2. Then the trouble began. Navigating at night is difficult at the best of times, but when there is a freezing mist around you reducing your visibility to 3-5 metres it’s just insanely hard. We for CP2 we were just 7 metres away from a 2.5m high cairn and we couldn’t see it, we turned and ran the other way. As always our Macro navigation was fine, but our micro just let us down.

It was really cold with sustained periods of hands fully numb to the wrists and feet to the ankles (I was running in a very warm long sleeve base layer, warm Windstopper top, primaloft jumper and waterproof jacket, full windstopper legs, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture.) We had a relatively light blizzard for most of the night, snow covered frozen peat hags and groughs underfoot, long bearing based navigation over a featureless landscape in thick clag. It’s to this end that we picked up the final 4 check points in the light of the next day, finishing in 4th overall… out of 4 finishers (everyone else gave up and the winner of our class is a GB team orienteer).

Fantastic night out, deeply frustrating but strangely rewarding. I love that the running club has introduced me to Max; we never gave up, never got angry with each other, cut from the same cloth. Can’t wait to take on the Dragon’s Back with the big man in May.

WRC 5 mile trail race

A big well done to our top vet Colin Bishop on an excellent victory at the WRC winter 5 mile trail race on Saturday. Quote from Col off Facebook: “Winter WRC trail race. Came first. Really pleased” He’s a man of few words but he lets his running do the talking!

Colin’s time was 29.43 which is a fantastic time for a trail race and he beat all the young whipper snappers too! More to come this year I’m sure Bish!

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Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

Phoenix park is a little gem in the heart of Runcorn, built on the site of the old Norton Priory high school it has a skatepark, cafe, climbing boulder, childrens play area and a small reservoir. When I heard a parkrun was starting there I was very keen to try it out as it’s very local to us Runcorn members.

Myself and a few others from the club attended the trial run last week and it quickly became evident that it was going to be one of the more challenging parkruns. 2.5 laps and 3 times up a steep hill to the high point of the park, tight turns and muddy canal tow path, it wasn’t going to be a PB course that’s for sure!

The inaugural race arrived on Saturday and I ventured down, on arrival I was greeted by Jo Lacking, Phil Tomkinson, Mike Williams, Roy Gaskill and Fitzy (marshalling). The weather was awful, the course, as I expected, was quite challenging – hills, slippy mud and tight turns made it a tough and technical little course. It was thoroughly enjoyable though and a lovely little park with nice views and a fantastic team of marshalls. I’ll certainly be back for more and to help out with the marshalling in future.

Big thanks to Grant and his team for getting this up and running and all the marshalls who stood there and cheered us on in horrible wet weather. Myself and Jo Lacking were first male and female runners home making it a Green Army clean sweep! 201 runners in total toed the line which i was made up to see for the first run. Hopefully will see a few more of you there this year to support this event 🙂

Please find a link to the consolidated results from all the parkruns on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who raced!

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

That’s all this week folks. Please let me know if any results are missing and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC Xmas round-up 2016

Hello all

Welcome to the Xmas round-up, plenty of green vests were out in action, thank you for all the reports this week. Before we get to the news there are just a couple of reminders below.

Reminders

If anybody would like to run in the northern XC race at Knowsley safari park on Saturday 28th January 2017 Please can you let me know by Tuesday 10th Jan either on the Facebook post or send an email to mooeyf@hotmail.com.

Women’s 8k race is 2.15 pm Men’s 12k race is 3.05 pm

Cheers
Paul

Norton Intervals

To compliment Joe & Mario’s Monday night track session, myself and Roy have started to do intervals at the Norton run on Thursday evenings. They consist of 1 mile and 1k reps, tempo runs and speed drills. Come on down if you want to get some extra speed into those legs. We train on the Astmoor Industrial estate in Runcorn which is flat and traffic free. Sessions are on every Thursday at 6.30pm, all abilities welcome. Start is outside Bilfingers at the end of Tudor Road WA7 1BD. 

Tour De Llyn Lladaw

Report by Jim Jones

I started my fell running for 2017 with a run around Llyn Llydaw reservoir on New Year’s morning. Weather was pretty foul as I set off in wind rain and hail. Typically of Snowdonia weather, it did change for the better as I came off the Miner’s Track to do a clockwise circuit of Llyn Llydaw. Running around the steep banks of Llydaw was pretty tricky in places with the footing mostly boggy or slippery rocks. I took a couple of tumbles while taking in the stunning views of snow topped Crib Goch and Y Liwedd. Chip timing and staggered starts means you are just racing against the clock in this race – not that I was taking it seriously. For me its a chance to be out in the mountains knowing I’ve got a good support team – and it was very well organised and supported for just £3! The route is between 5 and 6 miles with about 600ft of climb. I haven’t seen any results yet but they should appear at: http://www.gorphwysfa.org/races.htm

Jubilee Plunge

Report by Jim Jones

Tuesday 27th December was a cold but clear day as Phil Gillard and I were among 81 fell runners gathered on top of Moel Famau for the 2 mile mad descent to the Golden Lion pub in Llangynhafal. There is no prescribed route, but options are pretty limited in such a short race. Phil and I looked at the limited route choices on our way up. It’s familiar ground to anyone who has done the Green Grass of Home or Llangynhafal Loop races. After setting off in a broad line behind a way-marker the terrain soon dictated what was most likely to be the finishing order as most slotted into single file before taking a steep ‘off piste’ descent to a single tracked road. I’d found myself running just behind Phil, and that’s probably how it would have finished – if he had seen the small drainage ditch along the roadside! I did pause to check he could pick himself up off the road, but not long enough for him to catch me up again. Great fun on a bank holiday, and just £1 to enter!

The first runner home was Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners in 11:11, followed by Jez Brown of Buckley in 11:23. Finishing for Helsby: Jim Jones, 40th, 15:43 and Phil Gillard, 43rd, 15:55.

Full results and some more pictures at: http://www.denbighharriers.com/news/

Chester Round the Walls

Report by Neil Finegan

An unusual race for the cold Boxing day morning,  with 495 runners assembled at the racecourse in Chester in a sold out event running for its 45th time.

What made it unusual was that it was a course with so many twists,turns, steps and pedestrians that you couldn’t really pick up any speed or get into a rhythm. Instead you could just enjoy the scenic route and atmosphere without the pressure of it being an all out sprint.  And lets face it, on boxing day most of us aren’t really up to a all out sprint around Chester. From the start on the racecourse we went out onto the narrow  canal towpaths before heading onto the Chester walls themselves at the cathedral.  From there it was through the clock tower,  dodging tourists (who were very supportive) and round to the river Dee.  Here the course opened out a little with wider and straight paths – so there was a chance for the last third of the 6.5 km course to stretch the legs and an opportunity finally to overtake without risking your neck!

It was a great way to burn off the excess of Christmas – a nice friendly atmosphere and to top it all as a momento you received a nice mug with a map of the course on it,filled with hot chocolate.  It is a unique race – and it was easy to see why it sold out.

First back for Helsby was Colin Bishop in 7th and winning his category,  followed by myself (15th) ,  Richard Hankins (44th who stormed out of the blocks),  Tim Palmer (60th) , Chris Morgan (263), Ste Wiggins (268) and Dave Wiggins (302)

Full results are here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Round-The-Walls# 

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Plenty of green at the parkruns over the festive season, it looks like we had one on Xmas day, NYE and NYD! It’s fantastic to have these options available to us and it’s testament to the tenacious effort of the volunteers who turn up and put on a fantastic run for us in rain wind or shine. Well done to everyone who managed to get to one. We also have a report from our top vet Colin Bishop. Over to Col…

“Just thought would let you know about Keswick parkrun, they were one of the parkruns that organised an extra run on NY day, what a lovely course, fairly flat for Keswick along the old railway line,

as usual with parkrun’s friendly welcoming group

4th position not too bad for a bitterly cold morning run

would recommend this one should anyone be up that neck of the lakes

Cheers Colin

P.S. good turnout for Helsby at Chester run the walls on Boxing Day – commemorative mug for all the finishers made a nice change”

Helsby consolidated results can be found here:

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

That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please fire them over to the usual email address and I’ll update the blog – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC Xmas Handicap Results

Xmas Handicap

Only 19 runners on Wednesday night at our annual Xmas Handicap with quite a few more turning up afterwards some laden with cooking pots). Nevertheless it was a most enjoyable run & evening with hot soup just which just hits the spot and gives a festive feel!  Thanks to those who time keeped, Louise, Jo, Helen, Kathryn & Andy & Joe & Mario at the turnaround point, Dave & Lesley for organising the supper & all those who made a delicious variety of soups.

Well done to handicap race winner John who did the double by winning this years summer handicap too. Fastest time was Colin in a tad under 19 mins. From my perspective it was amazing being in a race being overtaken by fast runners and crossing the finishing line within sight of Colin!!  Over half the field came in within a minute so the handicaps based on the last 3 Border League results or power of 10 parkrun/5K times were not too far out!

A Happy Xmas & New Year to you all and here’s to some good running & races in 2017.

Cheers
Jackie

XMAS 2016 HANDICAP FINISH POSITIONS & TIMES
Name Position Handicap  Handicap Actual
Time   Time
John Gallon 1 32:18 00:00 32:18
Kate Mann 2 32:31 00:06 32:25
Davyd Mitchell 3 33:54 12:00 21:54
Ben Williams 4 34:08 10:00 24:08
Phil Tomkinson 5 34:16 14:00 20:16
Steve Wiggins 6 34:21 07:30 26:51
Tim Palmer 7 34:27 11:30 22:57
Phil Gillard 8 34:30 10:00 24:30
Mark Gittins 9 34:42 14:30 20:12
Richard Hankins 10 34:47 13:00 21:47
Roy Gaskill 11 34:50 11:00 23:50
Colin Thompson 12 34:58 16:00 18:58
Geoff Collins 13 35:13 08:30 26:43
Jackie Keasley 14 35:58 00:05 35:53
Jenny Illidge 15 36:52 12:00 24:52
Charlie Ashbrook 16 36:57 07:30 29:27
Jane Ashbrook 17 36:59 07:30 29:29
Chris Igoe 18 37:23 08:00 29:23
Janet Robinson 19 38:13 08:00 30:13