Helsby RC weekly round-up 21st to 27th May 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this week’s blog, a big thank you to everyone who has sent in a report this week, it makes our job so much easier! Please keep them coming to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before we get to the racing news please see a reminder below about some races next month which you may be interested in, these are all club counters.

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Edinburgh Marathon

Report by Richard Hankins

I have always said I’d Never run a marathon: the training trashes your weekends and the last 5 miles are hell I thought. However, after June Swifts efforts last year at the Edinburgh Marathon I thought I’d give one a go. The training was tricky due to the harsh winter weather and as expected destroyed many a weekend. It also compromised my holiday when I slipped on a long run and ended up in a Majorcan hospital. The marathon was at the start of the school hols and my wife has family in Fife so we were able to combine it with a holiday.

The event itself is really well done. It starts on the university grounds, passes the national museum and Scott monument before heading out to the coast. The weather was cool and overcast but with a 15 mph headwind from mile 5 to 17. The route follows the coast along a scenic old road past fishing ports and arcades heading due East. At 17 miles it diverts in a semi-circle through the grounds of a stately home and reruns on the same road in the opposite direction to finish in Musselburgh. The support was amazing with kids handing out sweets and oranges and bands playing. Loads of water stations and gel stations. I went off too fast completing each of the first three miles in under 7 mins. I then held steady at 7.10 for 10 miles and around the halfway mark hit my 7:30 target. By mile 18 I couldn’t hold it and the last five

miles each took over 8 minutes. They were hellish and I had to stop for cramp twice. I limped home however finishing in 3:25 about 5 mins slower than I hoped.

Finishing 7 miles from the start creates a further challenge. Miranda ended up getting an Uber to Musselburgh as the train was full. We managed to get a bus back but it took well over an hour. Overall a great race and fast and flat, but likely to be effected by coastal weather.

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North Cheshire 5k

Report by Debbie Read

Last Thursday saw the start of The North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix – a series of 5k races over 5 weeks around the Warrington/South Manchester area. The 1st race (my favourite) was set amongst the deer in the grounds of Dunham Massey on a beautiful summer evening. Just two green vests represented Helsby in the subtly challenging course. Davyd came home in 20:23 and despite tweaking my back gardening I finished in a time of 24:28, managing to get myself £15 prize money! (Since been spent on pain killers) The next race is on Thursday at Birchwood, mainly traffic free, entry on the night available.

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Ras Moel Eilio

Report by Tim Palmer

A hot windy day in Llanberis saw 7 Green Army runners in Llanberis for the Ras Moel Eilio – a favourite with some Felsby. It climbs Meol Eilio at the end of the ridge that runs NW from Snowdon. It follows this for some way before dropping steeply (about 1/2 mile at 40% grade) back to the valley with a fast (if your legs are still working) run for a couple of miles to the finish. The run along (and up and down) the ridge offers fanatastic views.

The race winner did the 7.75miles and 3000ft of climb (and descent) in 1:06:32 with first lady finishing in 1:25:35. The Helsby results were:

27th 1:26:51 Jim O’Hara

41st 1:33:07 Ben Crossley

45th 1:34:38 Laura Baynham-Hughes (5th lady)

59th 1:41:28 Tim Palmer

67th 1:48:47 Jim Jones

79th 1:57:16 Paul Roberts

86th 2:04:52 Sue Buck

In all, there were 91 finishers

Thanks to Andy Smith for support and photos and Chris, James and Rhys Baynham-Hughes for support.

Parkrun

Please find a link below to the Helsby RC consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to everyone who took part in one.

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

That’s all this week folks, thanks again for all the fab reports, if I have missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th April 2018

Hello all

Lots to report this week so let’s get started!

Reminders

No track this coming Bank Holiday, Joe and Mario are having a well earned break. Track will commence the following week.

We have a couple of races coming up:

Tuesday 8th May – Walton Park 5 mile (6th road counter), still places left:

https://www.active.com/liverpool-merseyside/running/distance-running/walton-park-5-miler-2018

Tuesday 8th May – Thurstaston Multi-Terrain Challenge – Pay on the night (£5 aff)

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

Felsby Vs Helsby – Dinas Bran fell race – Weds 9th May – Pay on the night

Tough Team Challenge

Last shout to anyone who would like to take part in the Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge on 22nd June.

I have four men’s teams confirmed so far, these are:

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Bish
Danny Ryder

Rich Hankins
Ian Hamling
Gaz Boyd

Mike Williams
Phil Gillard
Roy Gaskill

Trevor Lewis
Ed Halliwell
Froddy

Please let me know by Sunday as I’ll be posting entries out then (col808@hotmail.com) or Facebook.

Dearnford Relay

Last shout out to anyone wanting to take part in the Dearnford Lake Relays in July. Fitzy has the following up to now who would like to take part. Ideally we need 2 more, and he will then sort teams.

Fitzy
Vanessa
Rachael Holden
John Whitehead
Col Thompson
Leah
Gill Fitz
Froddy
Roy
Helen Owens
Bish
Paul C
Jane A
Geoff C
Davyd
Jim Higgins

Please message Fitzy if you wish to take part.

Borders League – Shotton

Report by Fitzy

Last Weds seen us travel over to Shotton to take part in the last race of our Borders League season. Both men’s and ladies teams had built up a good season’s points tally  to pretty much guarantee top flight status. 20 Helsby runners attended this one, 16 men and 4 ladies all started along side the River Dee, on a chilly and windy evening. The course seen you head along the river side to double back on yourself, and head off down the Greenway cycle path, a little loop of the local industrial estate and then back along the riverside to a very fast finish, on which was a very flat course.

First home for the men was myself followed by Chris Collins and the captain Col Thompson, first home for the ladies was Rachael Holden, followed by Debbie Read and the returning Helen Owens (welcome back). The ladies team incurred penalty points on the night as only had 3 finishers which meant they finished last on the night but 5th overall. The mean came 5th on the night, but 4th overall for their highest season finish to date for quite some time.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has taken part this season, whether you ran, supported or baked cakes, you know who you all are. I think it’s only right that I would love for us to try and move up the table next year, but i would love to see us get more and more runners to these races. It is noticed how many smiley green army faces there is month after month, and I’ve also been told we are all pretty loud as well.

Pre-season training starts in August, so you can all have a few months off now from me nagging and I’ll be back later in the summer to start pestering away again for the new season in Sept/Oct.

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Mid-Cheshire 5K

Report by Carol Shaw

13 Helsby runners took part in Mid Cheshire 5K at Kingsley on Friday April 27th. The rain held off throughout the race, and the running conditions were perfect. Chris Fitzpatrick was the first runner home with a pb time of 16.53. Chris’ efforts were also captured on the film footage from the drone! Rachel Holden also got a pb with a time of 22.22. Carol won an age category prize. Dave Feakes, Carol and Rachael finished within seconds of each other. Susie Woodward Moor ran well and finished in 22.48. Almost exactly the same time as last year. Thanks to Vanessa, Andy and Sue for their support out on the course.

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Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Report by Laura Baynham Hughes

Saturday saw the 2nd fell counter of the season with a trip over to North wales for the Llangynhafal Loop. This is a regular counter in the Helsby fell championship, a great local race and this year was also part of the North Wales Fell series. 4 ladies and 4 men donned the green vest for a jaunt around the hills on a glorious day – not forgetting Joe and Mario out on the course and my own personal cheering squad of the B-H boys! You always have to be a bit concerned when the first thing the race director says to you on arrival is ‘ don’t worry, but there is a bull in the field you need to walk through to get to the start, if you are concerned you can go down the lane and around – up to you!” Right, through the field it is then!

Luckily we all made it to the start field in one piece and had a really enjoyable race. Max had a cracker, finishing in 3rd place overall, Janet enjoyed a sprint finish thanks to Anne from Wirral (first time Janet wasn’t beaming as she crossed the line!), great to see Rebecca back joining the fellsby crew and I was chuffed with my 2nd place (more wine for the fridge!). Hope to see some more #greenarmy vests at next fell counter which is Lads Leap in Glossop on 19 May. If you want to give the fells a go but not sure about kit or got any questions just ask as it would be great to see more green vests enjoying these great races.

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Please find a link to the HRC consolidated results. Well done to everyone who took part, especially Jenny Illidge for a fantastic win at Phoenix Park!!
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thank you to everyone who sent in a report, we couldn’t do the blog without you so keep them coming!! The HRC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 26th March to 1st April 2018

Hi all

Firstly can we give a warm welcome to our new members, we have had three people joining us in less than a week which is great news! They are Ian Peers, Rebecca Tate and Mark Amphlett. Welcome to the club! We hope you enjoy your time here at Helsby Running Club.

Before the racing news please see a message from Jackie below:

Thinking ahead to warmer (& drier) running this Summer ….

Our 4th Trail series counter is Race the Train, it’s a great opportunity to make it a HRC club camping weekend. There something for all the family with steam train rides and..

Rotary Challenge (14 miles)
Quarry Challenge (10k)
Dolgoch Challenge (5.5 miles)
Tynllwynhen Challenge (3.5 miles)
& Toddlers Trot
http://www.racethetrain.com/

The last couple of years we have used a Towyn campsite within close walking distance of the start, finish, town & beach. If you would like to come along & join in the Summer run & fun then the campsite details are:-

http://pallmallfarmcaravanpark.org.uk/

Pall Mall Campsite Towyn 01654 710384.   Note it’s the Towyn in Gwynedd. LL36 9RU, not the one near Rhyll!
It’s best to reserve a spot by giving them a ring now (no depost required) as Towyn fills up with tons of running club campers (to add to the atmosphere).  Hopefully see you there!

Reminders

Our 4th road counter (the Chester Spring 5) is next Wednesday 11th April. It’s a fast 5 mile course and compared to other road races is good value for money at only £11 entry fee. We normally get a good turn out from HRC so get your entries in folks!

All details can be found in this link:
https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Spring-51

Rivington Pike Fell Race

Report by Tim Palmer

On Easter Saturday, Max and I ran in the Rivington Pike Fell Race, one of the oldest fell races having been run since the 1880s. It is a short fell race, 3 miles and 700 feet of climb from Horwich to the top of Rivington Pike and back– so a bit like a Parkrun on steroids! The course record by John Wild in 1981 of 15:53 is very impressive.

This year, about 350 runners took part with a good representation of north-western clubs – both road and fell. The course has a bit for both as about half of it is on tarmac; although I was grateful for fell shoes on the steep descent from the top of the Pike. Max finished 19th in 21:05 and I finished 142nd (13th Vet 50) in 26:47.

Thanks to Katie for support at the top gate; and to Horwich RMI Harriers & AC for putting the race on.

Hale 5

Sadly no reports for our 3rd road counter at the Hale 5 race which is a shame as it looked like a fantastic event, it would have been nice to get a review from a runners perspective.

Congratulations to Ian Hamling for first Helsby runner home in a very impressive time of 31:35 (which I believe is a PB) and Rachael Holden who scored another PB in 37:21 to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Also well done to John Rossiter for an age group win and well done to all seven green vests who turned up. Brilliant running all!

Helsby results below:

41th Ian Hamling 31:35
65th John Rossiter 34:22 (1st in age cat)
85th Roy Gaskill 36:11
109th Rachael Holden 37:21
178th Geoff Shaw 40:26
267th Edward Roberts 43:34
427th Janet Shaw 50:47 (3rd in age cat)

Full results here –
http://www.ukresults.net/2018/hale5.html

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Well done to everyone who managed to get to a parkrun on Saturday morning, the weather was pretty miserable but that didn’t deter our hardy members! Congrats to Bish for a win at Phoenix (after a cracking battle with myself) it’s good to see him getting his speed back. Also a great run from Janet Robertson saw her second lady at Delamere. Well done to everyone else, parkruns are brilliant for a bit of quality training so it’s good to see people using them each week.

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A link to the Helsby consolidated results can be found here:
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, don’t forget if you do any racing and want it to be included in the blog the following week please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 5th to 11th March 2018

Welcome to this week’s round-up. It was a very busy weekend of racing for the Green Army, it’s great to see so many of you out and about racing. Before the news Jackie has sent in a quick reminder regarding the Sport Relief Fun Run…

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It’s for all ages and abilities so come along and join the fun & raise money for Sport Relief & our nominated local charities (suggestions welcome). Have got a number of volunteers and helpers on the day but for the full set could do with 4 more, please let me know if you can help asap jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Thanks
Jackie

Chester Ultra

Report by Gareth Boyd

Got up at silly o’clock last Saturday for a short drive to Waverton. Registered and was welcomed by a friendly ‘Green Army’ face – Mr Ben Williams (who was kindly volunteering throughout the day). No fancy dress this time – not for ultras 😉 but made sure that I appeared on the front of starting line for race pics 😎. 6am the race started and I made sure that I held an easy pace, not going off too quickly and dying half way around. The 1st 5/6 miles are run on road and then you join the canal – after this it was basically like playing ‘can you spot an area of ground which isn’t muddy! ‘ I kid you not – it was like cross country but approx 40 miles of it 😲😳.

At approx 25 miles we reached Helsby Hill and I was greeted by Betty and Steve (cheers guys) – great to see you guys. We then headed over to Frodsham Hill and then in Delamere.

The last 10k runs along yet another canal – a muddy canal of course.  At this stage most of us were keen to get the race over and done with – I managed to pass a number of runners and finish in position 57. I actually had to pass the finish line twice, as 1st time around, the official camera wasn’t around 🙄. The reward – ok, the usual t-shirt and a lovely burger and hot drink. Awaiting office results but think my finish time was 10.40 hours. Worth noting that Charlie Sharp smashed the course record by 20 mins – now 7.12 hours #wow . Unlikely Charlie, however, I didn’t fall during the race 😎

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Knighton 20

Report by Fitzy

Sunday seen me travel down to Stafford to take part in my marathon warm up race, a 3 lap, 20 miler along the country lanes of Knighton. This race formerly known as the Stafford 20 attracts a lot of people like myself, who are looking for a long distance race which is ideal preparation for our spring marathons, mostly Manchester or London. It was pretty much near perfect running conditions, a bit overcast and nice and cool.

If you haven’t already heard , because I’ve not really talked about it much, I’ve given up drinking since new year, and I am following a 14 week plan and so far so good, not missing one session, and following the high mileage this plans sets you, and I’m reaping the rewards at present, although there are a few downsides but I’ll make up for that come April 8th.

I had heard from a few club members that the course had been moved to a new location but the country roads where pretty much the same and were undulating with some long climbs. The first mile and a half was all down hill, so I set off at my marathon race pace and was happy with the first 3 miles, until I hit the first hill which you could see the top of as well in the distance. It was nothing too bad but a long drawn out climb is in my opinion worse than a short steeper climb. Once over the top, it reminded me a lot of the 4VHM course, lots of ups and downs, but nothing too bad. My pace held on to my average needed and lap 1 ended with a big steep climb back up to the club house and past the car park, the very same car park that after 2 laps of it David Madders thought, nah, I’m going home after passing his car one too many times for his liking a few years back.

Lap 2, more of the same really, held onto the pace quite well, was starting to bank a few seconds on each mile, for them to be clawed back on the climbs, but all along I was thinking if I can do this on this course, then I should be able to hold out on marathon day, as Manchester only has 150ft of elevation on the whole 26.2 miles compared to 700ft on 20 for this course. The last lap seen me overtake 6th, and then 5th who had come to a stop with cramp, finding myself finishing in 4th but 1st MV40 home, earning a nice £25 voucher and a crisp £10 note. My finish time was 2 hours 3 mins and 25 secs. A very enjoyable day out and more importantly it’s now given me the confidence going into the marathon in just under 4 weeks time and I feel full of confidence. I cannot wait to crack open that first beer on 8th April, just hope it’s a PB victory beer.

Full results are here:
https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/results%20velo-runner-knighton-20.pdf

Loggerheads 10k

Report by Darren O’Connor

I attended the loggerheads 10k trail race on Saturday morning and it was good to see fellow Helsby runner Mike Barnard in attendance too. The 10k route was 2 x 5k laps around loggerheads Country Park which involved hills, technical descents and a quite large leg busting stair climb. I have to admit, I found the course challenging – particularly the stair climb which zapped my legs (queue laughs from the fell runners) However it was a lot of fun and catered for all abilities including the option to do a 5k loop and even run with your dog if you wanted. I finished in 17th place overall so could be worse. For me, this race really highlighted the difference in running on trails compared to roads and should serve as a wakeup call if I’m going to have any hope of getting round the Causeway Coast trail ultra in September!

The Howarth Hobble

Report by Ian Rutherford

1Sandwiched between two beautiful spring days, the unrelenting rain-spray of the M6, M65 en-route to West Yorkshire kind of set the tone for the what was in-store on this particular Saturday.  Observing the roadside snow drifts didn’t do much to uplift my cheer as we meandered through the hills towards the pretty village of Haworth.  In the car was the entire Greenarmy cast, hill runner extraordinaire Max Wainwright himself (asleep in the back of the car), driver Ben Crossley and googlemaps navigator my good-self.  That was as much navigation as I was prepared (or qualified) to do for the rest of the day I can assure you.  Arriving in good time for registration and set-up we made our way to the start line in the main street (note they made us start at the bottom of the steep hill).  Just shy of 400 runners (and probably a handful of hiker-walkers) assembled in the rain and heavily overcast conditions, though light winds and mild temperatures in truth didn’t make it feel too bad at all if I’m honest.

Max had already hooked up Buckley’s Jez Brown and Ben and myself wandered further back on the start line to do some last-minute faffing with our kit.  At around 8.10 we were off and the slow trot up the cobbled hill began.

The course is a 32-mile anti-clockwise loop from / to Haworth over the West Yorks and East Lancs hills taking in sizeable towns of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.  Total elevation for the course is approx. 5000ft.

Things get interesting and picturesque quickly as we run alongside the vast reservoir at Stanbury.  The terrain is already demanding and within the first few miles everyone is already wet-footed and soaked through.  The slippy rock makes running at any speed difficult but given the number of already steep climbs this became less of an issue and some yomping had already begun.

Ben was finding the terrain much easier underfoot and made light-work of the climbs; he even had time to take some excellent pics.  We found ourselves chalking off the miles efficiently enough, going through the checkpoints and securing a quick biscuit. At roughly the half-way stage we observed some supporters/helpers one of which carrying a sign indicating hotdogs and sure enough around the bend, on top of the moor was Checkpoint 4 with tables laden with hotdogs (and veggie dogs), soup, tea etc.  Very welcome.  At this point mine and Ben’s elation was quickly curtailed, seeing Max, fully clothed and if honest looking somewhat off-colour.  It was obvious his race had finished.  After ensuring he was okay and that his lift back to Haworth was happening, Ben and myself plodded onwards.

We were both moving well and constantly picking up people, taking comfort that we were definitely going the right way.  On one of the faster downhill sections, I had my customary fall and with Ben’s first-aid help managed to bandage my knee up sufficiently.  We lost around 10 mins in doing so.

The most significant elevation is ‘backended’ on this course, with two huge moorland hills, Stoodley Pike being one of them with its ghostly monument poking through the mist and lots of cobbled-road coming in to Hebden climbing up to Heptonstall.  Ben took a shot of whiskey at the check-point just before this, the biggest climb, at roughly 20 miles, me, I went for a cheese and onion pasty.

Both tired now and hearing that the penultimate checkpoint had ran out of water didn’t go down well and Ben, now flagging a tad, demonstrated his resourcefulness in taking water from a trail-side spring.   Replenished and perked up, we tried upping our pace with minute on, minute off running / walking these final very steep climbs.  The most significant snow drifts were evident on these final moors just before re-entering Haworth, knee-deep in places.

A final push, both running well, we made it back to the finish clocking an unremarkable 6hours 48m finishing in joint 167th but it was chalked off and with huge grins we got some refreshment and joined a snoozing Max in the car.

For the record this year’s winning time is an amazing 4hours 33m by Ken Sutor of Cheshire Hash and Buckley’s Jez Brown (who a lot of us know at the club) was a brilliant 8th in 4hours 59m.

 

 

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Please find a link to the Saturday parkruns below. Well done to everyone who ran, especially our Bish with a brilliant win at Phoenix Park!

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

That’s all this week folks, thank you so much for all the brilliant reports, it makes our job a lot easier and gives a bit of variety to the blog each week. Please keep them coming, the email address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running!

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 29th Jan to 4th Feb 2018

Hello all

Very quiet week of running for the Green Army last weekend, no reports in the inbox so only a reminder and the parkrun results. If you completed a race which we don’t know about please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I can always update the blog later on.

Reminders

 

Borders League

Please see a message from Fitzy regarding the next Borders League race…

Hello all

I know the 18th Feb is probably half term week for a lot of our members but you can always bring the kids with you, i will be 🙂

Although this one of the furthest away in all of our races it’s still quite popular. This is on the measured 10k course, with some great views of the castle and sea front. So we don’t incur any penalty points, we need 4 ladies, and 10 men please. We have been doing well of late so lets keep up the momentum. If you could let me know via Facebook or email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com that you can attend, just so I can make sure we can field full teams it would be appreciated. I know June has already been drumming up support.

For any new members who don’t know what these are about, its 7 road races normally from Oct-April, all staged by competing clubs in the league who take it in turn to host them, they are free of charge, all you do is turn up in your race vest, run and take a counter at the end and hand it to myself or normally Mario who collates all the finish positions. They really are great events, and we always have a bit of a laugh along the way. Always remember, it doesn’t matter whether you come in the top 4 ladies or top 10 men, you are stopping other teams scoring just by turning up, so the more the merrier.

Post code for the day is LL54 5RP, these are the recreational grounds with limited parking, there are more parking spots at the castle car park, LL55 2PB, £1.50 it will cost you.

Hope to see you all there
Fitzy

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

parkrun

Please find a link to all the parkrun stats from Saturday. Congratulations to Bish for a win at Phoenix Park, it was their first birthday celebration and they reversed the course, it didn’t slow our Bish down though! Congrats to everyone else who ran one. Consolidated results are below:

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

Sorry but that’s all this week folks, it is possibly the shortest blog I’ve ever done! Hopefully we will have an inbox full for next week 🙂

Keep on running folks!

Cheers
Col T

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 1st to 7th Jan 2018

Hi everyone

Happy new year and welcome to this weeks blog, before we get started please see a few words below from Paul Foster regarding the Northern XC Champs:

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

Also please give a warm welcome to new member Rob Hough. I’m sure you will all make him feel welcome, he’s already been roped into doing the Borders on Sunday! Fitzy really has no shame 😉

And finally the belated results from the Xmas handicap can be found at the following link:

https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/copy-of-xmas_handicap_calcs_unsorted_2017.xlsx

It opens on the handicap results and the previous sheet has the absolute results.

Smithhills 10k MT

Our top vet Col Bishop had another storming run at a 10k MT race at Smithhills in Bolton on Sunday, well done Bish! He has kindly sent over a few words for this race, please see below:

On a lovely crisp frosty morning with clear blue skies I headed off to Bolton Smithills country park for the monthly run organised by NMAC for a 10k multiterrain race. With a start on the grass half loop of the park before heading out of the park with a good mile or so uphill climb repeated twice. Happy to say I had podium position 1 .

Would love to say one I would recommend this one for any of our club members who are NMAC members but unfortunately it is the last one ever due to lack of interest.

Certainly blew the cobwebs away.

Cheshire XC Champs

The Green Army came out in force for the Cheshire County XC Champs on Saturday, a big well done to all those who ran, some even doubled up with a parkrun first! Over to Captain June with this fab report…

On Saturday an army of green vests were seen racing around Delemere at the Cheshire Cross Country Championships. Fantastic running by everyone who took part. The conditions were very tough….a ‘proper’ cross country course! The support around course was brilliant and certainly helped push us through the gloopy mud! Lots of happy smiley faces albeit with very muddy spikes came through the finish line. Well done all! 

Post race there were lots of nominations for the ‘Lady of the League’ and I am delighted to announce that Janet is this week’s winner for her positive vibes and wonderful smile pre, during and post race! Well done! 

Link to full results can be found here:
http://www.cheshireaa.com/results/XCC/2018/Cheshire%20XCC%20Delamere%20Forest%20-%20Sat-6-Jan-2018.pdf

parkrun

Please find the consolidated results from the Saturday parkrun, well done to all who ran one!

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

That’s all this week folks, as usual please let me know if I have missed anything. All results and reports should be sent to the inbox helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby weekly round-up 2-10 December 2017

Hello everyone

Welcome to this weeks round-up. We had a few members out and about in the freezing cold and also some members going abroad for some winter sun! Before we get started please see a message from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster regarding the Cheshire XC champs next year:

The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.

I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.

Entering all the names together saves on administration fees so if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at mooeyf@hotmail.com or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.

The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.

Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.

Thanks
Paul

Borders League (Race #2) Birkenhead Park

Our first report is a belated one for the Borders League last Sunday (3rd Dec). Roy Gaskill has posted a few words on Facebook regarding the race, please see below:

“Borders League episode 2 we were short of a few of our favs but we still managed a team both men’s team with Fitzy coming in first for Helsby, and June Swift coming in first for the ladies, as for me ran it and just paced it.

The full results can be found here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

NWSLXC (Arrowe Park)

Well done to everyone who ran the cross country at Arrowe Park on Sunday, the conditions looked a bit tricky and very cold! Bish has kindly sent in a report for this race:

“We must be mad or trying to get ourselves on Santa’s good list turning up at Arrowe Park XC this Sunday. Snow and bitterly cold the green and Barmy Army turned out! One small loop and two large loops of the park. Muddy,icy and freezing underfoot, safe to say for all of us our feet were numb after the first loop. A massive well done for all who managed to stay upright.

Well done Lucy for first home for Helsby ladies and second lady overall Laura BH second lady for Helsby and third lady home Jenny Illidge. Chris Collins brought it home for the men second for me and third for Ian Rutherford.with top 100 finishes for Davyd Gareth and Steve.

Well done for all who turned up thanks to Joe Mario and Jane for support today also for post race treats.

Sorry if I have missed anyone but my brain is still thawing out😨”

Cheers
Bish

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Lanzarote Half Marathon

Two of our members escaped the cold weather to run a half marathon in stunning Lanzarote (not that we’re jealous…much 🙂 Both Jackie and Debbie have sent in reports for this race, over to Jackie first…

“A warm story to cheer you up this weekend.

Last Saturday was Lanzarote race weekend. With a marathon, half marathon, 10k & 5k on offer. The marathon route hugs the coast between Costa Teguise, through the capital Arracife and on to Costa Carmen…. & return. The half starts in Carmen, the 10k in Arrecife, all finishing in Teguise. It’s advertised as 90% sea views and average temperature of 19 deg C. It goes along the quiet, pedestrian, traffic free promenade all the way, with just one short detour around the Affecife, port area, past the desalination plant, power station & oil refinery – all essential for a hot holiday island! The temperature was much hotter bring in the mid 20’s, but with a welcome breeze fortunatley.

Debbie & Geoff ran the half & I did the 10k as the half was full & a marathon was far too much for me at the moment. Time to cheer the marathon runners (8am start), a leisurley breakfast, morning coffee cheering Debbie past (10.30 start) before strolling to the 10k start at mid day. Quite holiday like really!

Well done to Debs & Geoff with times of 1:58 & 1:51 for the half. Debs looking good with 10k to go. It was surpisingly hilly with thankfully a sea breeze for the final 10k which I managed in 55:27. We were all in the top 3 of our age categories, but whilst in previous years they have generously given out 3 prizes per category, sadly this year it was only 1!!! Still a brilliant race day out for all. Throughly recommended!”

Debbie next…

“The Lanzarote Half was on the hottest day of our holiday-too hot for running. It was a point to point which meant we had to get up at 6:20 for the hours drive to the race finish to pick up the bus to drive back the way we’d come to get dropped off at the start in Puerto del Carmen!

The route followed the coastal footpath – at one point we were between the sea and the airport, a bit surreal when the planes came in to land what seemed inches over our heads (think the U2 video)

Just before the halfway mark (also the start of the 10k) running through Arrecife Jackie was sitting at a pavement cafe drinking a coffee waiting for the start of her race. When she asked me if I was enjoying it I gave her a resolute NO!

The course then went into the road through some hilly(ish) uninspiring industrial areas into Costa Teguise and the finish.

A well organised race with drink stations every 2 or 3k, lots of free food and drink at the end, a gong of a medal, t-shirt and drawstring bag.

Not the best of times for me – just under 2 hours but given the heat and 13 miles of running into the wind, it’ll do.”

 

parkrun

Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. No Phoenix sadly as conditions were too icy, a few managed to get out to other parkruns though. Well done to everyone who ran one.

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

That’s all this week. As always please let me know if any results or races are missing, I can always update the blog later on. Remember all race reports to be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

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

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.

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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