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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
Book your FREE place at
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
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
Some photos here, curtsey of Mick Hall
If you want to run this course the good news there is another even in August, but be quick
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:
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!”
Diggle Cake Race
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.
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! 🙂