Helsby Weekly Update 31 Oct to 6 Nov

Firstly,  quick reminders from Paul Foster about the L&D cross country race at Sefton Park and Chris Fitz  about the upcoming Xmas do…

L&D Cross Country

The next Liverpool and district XC on Sat 26th November Sefton Park Liverpool at 2pm is a pre entry event.

All names have to be submitted a week on Wednesday 16th November so if anybody would like to run please send me your name and date of birth to:

mooeyf@hotmail.com

So please don’t forget to email me with your details..

To all new runners this is still a free event for every Helsby runners as long as you are first claim and wear your Helsby vest..

Thanks Paul..

Christmas Do

Helsby Christmas night out will be on Saturday 10th Dec, usual set up, starting in Helter Skelter at 7.30pm, Christmas jumpers a must, greener the better

Thanks

Chris
Border League Race 2 at Chester.

Fitzy sent in this report from the race.

There was a great turn out for the second Border League race at Chester on Sunday. A total of 36 runners helped give the Ladies team 2nd place and the Mens team 4th place on the day.

We had a very chilly start on Sunday morning at our second borders league race of the season in nearby Upton, which was being held by West Cheshire on the very fast Spring 5 course. This is a very popular race in April when it’s warmish, and Sunday seen a record number of runners turn up, 431 in total, which is a record by 61.  Another brilliant turn out by the green army seen 36 of us in total take counters.

Some great performances on the day seen Colin Thompson first home for the men, followed by myself and Bish, also a quick note to people turning up and helping us out after racing the night before, CC, take a bow son, and we even had local celebrity Fell Runners Ben Fletcher and Jim O’Hara helping the men’s team out coming in 4th on the day, and moving us up to 5th in the Division 1 table. 7 men ran subs 30 mins and top 10 counter all within 91st place, which just goes to show we have real strength in numbers now, exciting times ahead!

Alison Halsall, followed by Joanne Lacking, and Laura BH made up the top 3 for the women and a great performance to bring them in 2nd on the day, however they are still rooted to the bottom of the top division because of race 1’s penalty points. It wont be long before they are heading up that table if they continue to put in great performances like yesterday.

The next race is on Dec 4th and is at Birkenhead Park, would be great to get decent numbers to this one again, although it will clash with a cross country race so i will be in contact for a bit of careful planning so we don’t get any penalty points for either team.

Thanks again for the support of Jane, Mario and Joe out on the course as always

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Individual race results:

http://tinyurl.com/zjtow2v

Team race results

http://tinyurl.com/juxdlhn

Overall team standing after Race 2

http://tinyurl.com/z8su52w

Dublin Marathon report by Jo Farwell.
This was my second dalliance with the Dublin Marathon, both as support entourage, but this time with the ‘Green Army Girls on Tour’

The group of 10 set off to the Emerald Isle at not even the crack of dawn on Saturday, yes there really are two 5 o’clocks in the day! All runners were very reserved on the flight out, lots of nervous giggles and alas no ‘flight juice’ for Nesta.

Upon arriving to our extremely sumptuous guest house and dumping our bags, we set off in search of the best Irish Breakfast in Dublin. All I can say is thank goodness we didn’t use the facilities before we’d ordered!!!

It was then off to the Expo and a mammoth 6 mile hike later the GAGs had registered, no turning back now, and we were back at our extremely sumptuous guest house to check in, and for room swaps, blimey, so soon, it was only early afternoon!

Once settled into our new rooms, air freshener and breakfast purchased for the morning, some Guinness and a bit of carbo loading were in order, not to mention a few more nervous giggles and a ‘bit of magic’! It was then back to our extremely sumptuous guest house for an early night and an extra hour in bed…. 

After a very noisy night, that’s those in the room without the air freshener, race day was upon us, and more nervous giggles on the way to the start, fortunately it wasn’t a 6mile hike to get there.
Now, I can’t tell you much about the race, but with the start and finish just outside the city centre, the course of one lap took the runners north of the river for the first half, around the zoo, (leave that monkeys banana alone now) and through the very scenic Phoenix Park, or so I’ve been told. It’s then back south over the river for the second half, around the University College Dublin with the final straight two mile run back to the finish.

Now the girlies did a ‘grand’ job, staying together until about mile 11, then finding their own pace…. results are

Jenny – debut marathon – 4.36.56
Louise – 4.36.56
Nesta’s first road marathon – 4.55.39
Donna’s second marathon in 6 mths – 5.05.09

Epic running from all 4 GAGs!!!

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Have to say, the support entourage did a ‘grand’ job too, kept popping up like Fenella the Kettle Witch or rather Joe and Mario, when you least expect it! Walking near on 12 miles we managed to see the girls at 4 points throughout the race, all looking great throughout. Can’t say the same for the supporters mind, not even time for a pee stop, never mind coffee and cake!!

A well earned post race Guinness to celebrate was thoroughly deserved and enjoyed by all, no more nervous giggles, just lots of laughs and crazy statements like ‘I really enjoyed that’!!

The remainder of the weekend was spent re-hydrating and re-fuelling with good food, good drink, good friends and lots more laughs and of course a mandatory trip to the Guinness factory.
Well…. when in Dublin!

A great weekend was had by all, but last note has to go to Louise McEveley, who not only accepted her mission and carried it through not once, but twice…..!! 😉

Brilliant report, cheers Jo.

Ben Williams sent in this report from the Kilburn Kanter

I ran the LDWA Kilburn Kanter on Saturday. This is a great little event taking in footpaths and tracks in the countryside near Thirsk. The weather was grim, with persistent rain giving way to hail on the moors, and underfoot conditions were tough in places. The scenery and atmosphere were fantastic though, with plenty of banter between runners and lots of support from the checkpoints.

There are four big climbs on the 24-mileroute, and having done this event twice before I feel that I was better able to judge how much energy to put in on different sections.

I was in a cat-and-mouse battle with another runner over the last couple of stages, which helped keep my pace up on the sections where I normally tire. I completed the event in 4 hours 54, 27 minutes quicker than last year, so pleased with that. No pictures, I didn’t dare get my phone out of my pocket in the monsoon.

Results may appear here sometime –

http://tinyurl.com/o2vv87k

parkrun

Helsby members were in action at Delamere, Ellesmere Port and Widnes parkruns. Full, consolidated results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Thats it for this week, as usual can you please send your race reports to:

helsby-race-reports@outloook.com

Cheers
Gaz

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Weekly Update 26th Sept to 2nd Oct

Border League

Firstly a reminder that the Border League season starts this coming Sunday. First race is in Caernarfon and starts, as usual at 11am. Lets have a great turn out from the Green Army.

Details:

http://tinyurl.com/zzax8od

parkrun.

Helsby members were in action at parkruns throughout the area. Notable performances include Colin Bishops 3rd place at Princes Park and Chris Morgans first run as a Helsby member at Birkenhead.

Full, consolidated Helsby results are below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday was Chester marathon and metric with Derek Morris and Dave Madders doing the full

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Tanya Downes sent in this report from the Metric.

Chester Metric Marathon
A beautiful October day, who could ask for better running conditions. Lone metric Helsby runner set out for a steady training run for my November marathon in Athens with the added bonus of a medal, t-shirt and goodies at the finish line. An undulating course reminded me of a baby grand national ride, very proud of myself running all the way back up sandy lane ( getting used to hills at last). Great support and such a lovely course. Would definitely recommend for next year for anyone wanting just a little extra to that half marathon distance. Took it steady at my marathon training pace and came home in 2 hours 50 with a little sprint finish. Paced my Chester road runner friend to a 1/2 marathon PB , which was fantastic. Felt fresh and no aching legs the next day…….. onwards to the next challenge.

Glencoe Marathon

Also on Sunday was the Glencoe marathon which was run my Adam Gordon, Ste Wiggins and Roy Duffy. The race unfortunately left all 3 runners too exhausted to write a report for the blog but full results are below, including an impressive top 30 finish for Adam.
http://tinyurl.com/hczo2xz

Sandstone Trail Race – View from the Back!!

A wonderful Autumnal day yesterday for the 40th Sandstone Trail Race with a healthy Helsby turnout for the A and B races. A chilly start with the mist burning off first thing then sunshine and very clear views, for those going at a slow enough pace to look up!
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My experience of the long race was quite different to previous years!!  Firstly I nearly did not start as despite entering early as usual I was on the waiting list until only last week.  In the A race I am normally soon running fairly alone in the peace & tranquillity at the back of the field, but this year I seemed to have company all the way.  Within the first few miles I was amazed to have runners moving slower than me in “packs” chatting away with conversations such as the latest episode of Emmerdale.

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Then to my alarm/annoyance continual swearing at every slight incline and muddy patch. Surely I thought if you have entered a 17 mile race, in October along the Sandstone Trail, these are to be expected … and relished! I put on a spurt to get away from these noisy runners (some walking so early on) and eventually found myself at one with the surroundings; birds chirping away merrily with the odd heavy breathing from fellow individual runners disturbing the silence!

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Soon the miles were steadily gobbled up and I passed through Beeston, which again was quiet as the B mass start occurred 15 mins earlier.  Then I started catching up with the B runners and again unlike other years lots of them. Most moving/walking in groups some even stopping along the way to take selfies!!!  Again a sight I have not witnessed on this race before!!

Most memorable along this section were several groups of backpackers merrily cheering and shouting “Come on Helsby”. I soon worked out that they were all from Helsby High and delighted to see their same Helsby vest being worn by us. Up the field they gave each Helsby runner a cheer too – a big thanks Helsby High!

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Thanks to Geoff and Janet for organising this race over the many years and to all yesterday’s marshals with quite a number from Helsby. Next year this race will be organised by Cute Fruits – hope the same winning formula (and price!) continues.

Well done everyone and special mention to prize winners Jim,  3rd overall and Alison 3rd lady in the A race and 5th place to Ben in the B race.

A race
4th  Jim O-Hara       2:04:34
38th Alison Halsall 2:29:06
48th Laura Baynham-Hughes 2:33:07
59th Chris Murray 2:39:14
85th Andy Robinson 2:48:41
97th Dave Feakes 2:52:20
108th Lesley Feakes 2:56:45
118th Rachel Arnold 3:01:41
132nd Paul Foster 3:08:04
137th Jackie Keasley 3:15:27
171 finishers, 9dnf

Vanessa retired injured at Rock Farm – hope no long term damage done.

B race

5th Ben Fletcher 1:15:02
11th Richard Hankins 1:22:00
77th Michele Hardwick 1:44:57
80th Debbie Reed 1:45:14
91 Suzanne Fletcher 1:48:21
105 Sue Buck 1:50:52
184 finishers, 1 dnf

Cheers
Jackie

Also, congratulations to Heslby second claim Chris “The Machine” Collins for his second place in the B race.

 

Wirral Multi Terrain Series.

The final Wirral Multi terrain race at Arrowe park saw 12 green vests toeing the line. A pretty good turn out for the finale but overall attendance has been a bit poor this year, it’s a shame these races aren’t more popular with our members as it’s a fantastic series in some lovely locations and at £1 per race they are a bargain too! Maybe it’s the mid-week logistics and also September can be a bit difficult with holidays etc. Lots of other races around at the moment too.

Anyway on to the race, the course is 2 laps of Arrowe park through fields, woods and trail. We had some very impressive running on the night and over the whole series, well done to everyone who took part.

Helsby results below:

Men

9th Colin Thompson 26:07
13th Adam Gordon 26:28
18th Neil Finegan Helsby 26:50
44th Ian Rutherford 28:19
74th Mark Gittins 29:37
75th Richard Hankins 29:40
152nd Dave Madders 33:59
167th Tim Igoe 35:09
186th Chris Igoe 36:47
187th Stephen Wiggins 37:09

Ladies

36th Debbie Reid 35:22
67th Liz Dobson 39:29

Full results can be found here
http://tinyurl.com/zsctw5v

Results overall for the series are here
http://tinyurl.com/jqrgzhx

Special congratulations to Adam and Debbie Read for their podium finishes over the series taking 3rd in their respective age categories. Well done both!  Also of note is the 7th place in the team rankings for Helsby Men.

Thank you to Joe and Mario for their support during each race, as always it’s much appreciated guys.

 

Also a quick note from Max Wainwright to say he ran Saddleworth Edges fell race on Saturday, his first ‘proper’ fell race since last November and came in 8th.
Well done, Max

 

Last weekend Gary O’Connor (me) ran the King Offas Ultra . I’ve tried to keep the report as short as you can keep a 3 and half day race report……
King Offas Dyke Race.

Last Friday evening I started the 186 mile, 4 day Offas Dyke race in Chepstow, South Wales heading towards the finish in Prestatyn on the North Wales coast.

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The first 60 miles or so, run in one stint during Friday night and Saturday afternoon, went without too much drama until I left the Kington checkpoint for the 17 mile trip to the next CP where I intended to rest until Sunday morning. A predicted “short, rain shower” turned out to be an extended, torrential downpour that left me soaked through to the skin and making navigation errors that started putting me behind the schedule I’d set myself.

I finally got to the CP at 82 miles around 1am, about 4 hours hours behind where I’d hoped to be, with several blisters affecting my running, all my kit soaked and really demoralsed. I got a few hours sleep on a row of seats and set off around 5am for the 100 mile checkpoint at Montgomery, this 20 mile section turned out to be the low point of my weekend and the only period where I had serious doubts as to my ability to finish the race. The section was extremely hilly, I only made the time cut off for the checkpoint by an hour or so as I couldn’t put too much weight on my feet on the downhill parts and was (I think!) in last place.

The excellent medics at Montgomery burst and taped my blisters and I was at least able to maintain a pace that meant I could get to the next checkpoint without getting timed out. The next 50 miles were all done with the sole aim of holding this pace and finishing the race without getting DNF’d on time.

I got to the 150 mile checkpoint at Llandegla at around 7pm on Monday near the back of the pack, having had reasonably “easy” days on Sunday and Monday due to blistering. This meant my legs were relatively fresh and I decided to just have a quick sleep and eat before heading across the Clywdians to the finish in Prestatyn, 36 miles away at 10pm.

The last section went better than I could have possibly hoped for, I felt strong, positive and the miles just melted away until, before I knew it, I was standing on the trails above Prestatyn at 10am on Tuesday morning, roughly15 places higher than I’d been the morning before.

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The run didn’t go exactly to plan, I’d hoped to approximately run 85 miles Friday/ Saturday, 65 miles Sunday and 40 miles Monday to finish late Monday evening but I ended up doing 80, 35 (slow) and 75 which left me finishing Tuesday morning but was more than happy with my time given the problems I’d had on the second day.

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I finished the race 26th out of 45 finishers (85 starters), having done just under 200 miles due to various navigation errors and 29000 ft of elevaton in a time of 87 hours.

Helsby RC update 28 Aug to 4 Sept

Firstly a Fundraiser reminder from Betty.

Static Bike Fundraiser

At Tesco’s Helsby – Sept 24th 6AM to Midnight
It would be great if the green army could get a block of time
We can also raise more by having more than one person riding
in the 1/2 hour – so instead of one rider at £40, 2 riders ar £80
There will be a kids bike as well!!!!

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Parkrun

Full, consolidated results for Helsby members at last weeks parkruns are below:

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Colin Thompson sent in this report from a brutal sounding Halewood 5K on Saturday.

I was all on my lonesome for the Halewood 5k on Saturday but managed to put in pretty decent run in torrential conditions. The standard was very high, the top 3 all under 16 minutes, I managed to get my fastest time of the year with 17.18 in 12th place so very pleased with that one!

Full results can be found here
http://tinyurl.com/hd2szuv

 

Neil Finegan sent in this report of his win at the Clwydian 15 trail race

Not so much a race report as a recommendation for next year.  The Clwydian series has been running for a few years offering 5, 15 or 30 mile options in this vertically challenging part of the world.   They are relatively small and low key events offering excellent value for money.

The start point is the Golden Lion Inn Llangynhafal,  familiar to anyone who has ran the green green grass fell race and the routes take in Penycloddiau, Offas Dyke path, Moel Arthur then Gronfoel .  The 15 mile route that I did had 1145 metres of climbing over its 24k.  The course was petty well marked (and a map was provided at the start) with feed points (cake, water and coke) and tag watches provided at the start allowed you to assess your splits after the race and let the organisers keep track of the runners. It was a real mix of terrain – from the typical fell running steep slopes to stone gully climbs, through to some decent farmers trails where you could pick up some speed. Some of the climbs were tough but the views at the top of Moel Arthur were amazing.

For someone like myself who has taken part in a lot of the shorter fell races the 15 gave the opportunity to push on a bit further and take in the stunning scenery.  I honestly can’t recommend it enough for anyone looking to push their limits.

As for the race itself,  well no one wanted to take the lead at the start faced with a near 300m climb in the first 3 kilometres, so after a few minutes of slow shuffling  I just went for it and spent the rest of the race thinking I was being chased down.  I struggled on to the end (extra km due to wrong turns) only to find that I was nearly 15 minutes ahead of the guy in second and set a new course record.

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Neil also took the overall 1st prize in the Deeside Multi Terrain series earlier in the week so a cracking few days running from him.
Next up, 2 reports from Shelf Moor fell race. The first from Steve Riley, the second for Laura BH.

Steve….

Fast becoming a favourite race, Shelf Moor saw a small but perfectly formed Helsby turnout with 5 green vests toeing the line near Glossop. The local rifle club was unable to to strike fear into the heart of our brave warriors …that came a mile in when the gentle incline of the stream valley abruptly swung left to take in the brutal climb of James Thorn. Topping out at just over 2000′ the climbing was all done in pretty much one big pull.

Ben was not to be seen after the start, coming home in a very respectable top 20 finish (always a stiffer standard in these Peak District races) and knocking a few mins off last year’s time. Laura and Steve swapped places for a close tussle to the end, Janet coming in soon after. Phil came in some time later with a smile on his face after some navigation practise. We ran a good mile or two in the mist and despite a well flagged route, it was easy to go off piste (note to curious fell runners – this hardly ever happens, we usually come back with the same number we set off with). Good work Phil pulling it back. Tea and cakes to finish naturally.

Thanks also to CBH, James and Rhys for high quality cheering at a couple of places on the course.

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Laura

Sunday saw the next race in the Fell series and 5 green vests made the trip east to Old Glossop for the Shelf Moor fell race. This is a cracking race with a bit of everything. I have decided I need more practice running across bogs – was not very good at taking the racing line! No official results yet but Ben Fletcher was first home for Helsby men followed by Steve R. I finished first for the Helsby ladies (after Steve) and then Janet. Mr Gillard illustrated why they require you to carry a map and compass and was last back after a bit of a detour (it got a bit misty on the tops). Luckily unlike me he can actually use a map and compass! Great running everyone.

This race was also part of the interclub competition. There were a few out for Spectrum, not sure if final results are out yet – will post them once they have been announced!

Chris Bayham-Hughes’ report from the epic UTMB Trail Race including some absolutely amazing photographs.

It’s done. Mission accomplished. The iconic trail race that has captured my imagination for the past 4 years (and has beaten me once) has been completed. For those that don’t know of it, UTMB is to ultra distance trail running what London is to Marathons. Starting and finishing in Chamonix competitors run 105 miles through 3 countries with over 10k of ascent (and 10k of descent). It’s a beast.

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I’ve just started writing a list of magic moments and I totalled over 20, they were generalised, long and spanned pages. So I realise I need to cut this down for consumption. I’ll post up a full blog with photos on my blog site: http://www.baynham-hughes.comn/Blog in due course and I’ll also continue to try to get this back on line and up to date…. My mum will want to read it at least ?

In short:
It was very hot again – 32 C @ 1000m
Incredible atmosphere throughout, from whole towns out with “allez, allez allez” & cow bells, to a young lady flasher, to getting to run with personal friends
I loved almost every inch of the course (the final descent is just cruel if your feet have gone)
I stuck to my race plan and cooled my entire body at every water source and aid station
I left Champex Lac with a smile on my face (I got the bus of shame back from here last year)
Totally shredded my feet – steamed them to trench foot and then the blistered everywhere; also a good 0.5 cm deep gashes through both of them due to the trench foot
Breath-taking views throughout
Incredible personal support and thanks for all the texts!
Amazing support for my fundraising – truly humbling!

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One thing that left a lasting impression was the thunderstorm directly over head whilst I was on the climb out of Champex. I love a storm, but being on a mountain side next to people with poles and it literally feeling like the lightening was missing us by inches was a good lesson in how quick mountain weather can change. I developed a need to get off the mountain very quickly and was keen to stay clear of anybody with poles, a large number of fillings or that was unusually tall!

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In the end I took just over 34 hours (I’d have broken 34 if my feet hadn’t been agony) and placed 184th out of 2300 runners (over 40% of the field dropped out). I thoroughly enjoyed it, but not sure staying 100 vertical metres was a great idea (it was as it was with friends, but it did take ~ an hour for Laura to push me up the hill as I kept losing my balance and falling backwards due to the pain in my feet).

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Well worth the 4+ year obsession.
My webcams:

My own go pro footage to follow.

 

Lastly, Fitzy has turned to the darkside and tried his hand at a triathlon. Heres his report….

Ok so it’s not a report fully focusing on running, but thought I’d let you know how I got on in my first Triathlon.

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8 weeks ago I decided to take the plunge, and enter a sprint distance, 400m pool swim, 20k bike and 5k run. I know it doesn’t sound a lot but for me who could not swim very well at all, the swim part of this was always my worry, but a few lessons off my daughters swimming teacher soon sorted out my breathing technique, and 8 weeks of a few hours in the pool each week, got me to the start line raring to go, and I’m glad to say I probably enjoyed the swim more than the bike and run.

There is definitely room for improvement on the swim, the bike was pretty good and I was 2nd fastest on the run, and came 9th overall which I was over the moon about.

70% of participants were first timers, so this created a really friendly atmosphere, the organisation and facilities was brilliant and the marshals were some of the best I’ve seen encouraging people all the time. For a starter event this was great value at £20. I need to now man up a bit and go for an open water Tri, although that won’t be until next spring as the winter approaches.

My message to you all, if you really don’t fancy doing something like I have for years with swimming, it’s always put me off, then have a go, you might just surprise yourself and get a proper good kick out of it just like I have this weekend.

Helsby Tri club anyone?

Full results below

http://tinyurl.com/z7l8ank

Oh, and Ste Roach was there too.
Thanks for all the reports sent in. As usual please send them to

helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly Update 30th July to 7th August

Parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Chester, Ellesmere Port, Croxteth and Widnes parkruns. Notable runs included a first placed female for Jenny Illidge and a second place overall for Neil Finegan at Chester.

Full Helsby results are below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Ponderosa Fell Race

A small band of dedicated fell runners arrived at the top of the Horseshoe pass for the Ponderosa Fell race on Wednesday 3rd, the 7th fell counter of the season. It was a bit blowy for August, but luckily the wind was behind us up the first climb. You then had to concentrate hard through a narrow and deep sheep trod to avoid losing your footing, but were then rewarded by a lovely grassy runnable path back down the valley. It was then a final push up hill to the finish – pleased I had been warned about this, not sure about uphill finishes though! Joe and Mario, our ever faithful marshal/cheering team were out on the course providing much needed encouragement and racing tips.

There was also an interesting approach to prize giving – you were basically given your prize as you crossed the line – full respect for working it out on the hop but slightly odd to be handed a bottle of wine as you cross the finish line!

Results
9th Ben Fletcher 30:07 (1st V40)
34th Tim Palmer 33:25
39th Laura Baynham-Hughes 34:36 (2nd F)
71st Vanessa Griffiths 40:23
74th Rachel Arnold  40:50

Would be great to see a few more out for the next few counters which are coming up in August/Sept. The next race, the Darwen Gala Memorial, is also in the mini fell series so if you want to give the fells a go this would be a great choice.  Shelf Moor is also in the inter club competition so a good turnout is needed to give us the chance of retaining the trophy!

1. Saturday 20 August, 3pm  –  Darwen Gala Memorial (BS)

2. Monday 29 August, 1pm  –  ICC        Cilcain Show Mtn Race (AS)  –  ICC

3. Sunday 4 September, 11am  –  Shelf Moor (AS)  –  ICC

 

Deestriders Multi Terrain Grand Prix

The 3rd race in the Deestriders GP and 4th in our mini trail series, the course is roughly a 4.5m long multi-terrain that takes in some playing fields, track and woods. 7 Helsby men were showing the green vest at this one, no ladies present though!

Full results for the race should show here soon:

http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/Ofr/OFR2016

Next and last race in the series is Friday 2nd Sept 7pm.

Cheers
Col T

 

Halewood 5K

The green army had a treble of 1st place Category wins at The Halewood 5k on Saturday morning, MV35 for myself and 2nd overall, FV50 for Carol Shaw and FV55 for Debbie Read.

Seeing that it was only the 3 of us doing it then we were all pretty happy with that on what was a lovely summers morning, this free event on the first Saturday of every month is another great way of Improving your speed, is a very flat course and has loads of PB potential and is something different to your park runs and is very local which makes it ideal. Would be great to see a few more new faces next month on 3rd September

Cheers

Fitzy

Full Results

http://tinyurl.com/gouc7ag

 

Results from Wednesdays Pie and Peas race.

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Davyd Michell sent in a report from the mid week Endurance Series.

Wednesday saw the last in the Wirral Endurance track series. This is a series of track races ranging from 1 mile to 10K and a chance to run at the famous Bebbington oval, location of the Chariots of Fire film.

Tonight’s race was 5k and blustery conditions met the 25 runners, the race was split into two fields with the fast boys in race 1 and the remainder including myself in race 2. A good competitive race was had by all, and as the field was seeded this lead to some great close racing. I was happy with my 20:13 finish for 4th place.

This is unfortunately the last in this years series and I only found out about it a bit too late, but will keep an eye open for the series next year. The great news is that its only a £1 to enter on the night.

Full Results are here
http://tinyurl.com/hzu86ws

Davyd

 

Chris BH sent this report in from from Stavanger

Once again, not entirely running, but there was 35k of running so it may be worth including.

Rockman Swimrun.

Nice place to run
On Thursday I headed out to Stavanger, Norway to take part in Rockman. A swimRun in the Lysefjorden (home to Pulpit rock and the Kjerag). After not being able to help myself and doing 20 miles around the Fjord on the Thursday I still felt great going into the race. The start was unlike anything I have experienced. We were taken on fast ferries and then they got in as close as possible to the edge before slowly backing away as we all jumped in. So picture the scene, you’re heading towards the sheer cliff face, the hooter goes and the front pair look at each other, then eventually jump whilst we all shout stop to the pilot before they get run over! Next thing I know I’m on the edge ready to jump in, adrenaline through the roof as I hit the water (strapped by a leash to my partner) and then race to the first buoy. Anybody that has been in a race with an open water swim will know the chaos that goes on; add to that everybody is really two people joined by a bungee and it’s something you simply don’t forget.
That's me in the front
We struggled on the first swim as our bungee was too short so I was literally towing my mate for the best part of a KM as he couldn’t use his arms in any sort of rhythm. So climbing up the cliff side path to the next swim was spent trying to undo tight knots in our leash. Three swims later and we finally got the length right and were on our way to Pulpit rock. It seemed a terrible waste to spend just a few moments there scoffing salted liquorice and chocolate. From there on the course just kept on giving. Incredible views, sweet single track, rough technical terrain supported by fixed chains in places. More swims, more climbs and ultimately a swim across the Fjord to the south side to take on the longest wooden stair case in the world (4444 steps). Luckily the food at the aid stations was incredible (at one station the girls had cooked waffles on site thanks to a massive extension plug) Once at the top we had a short cold swim before getting onto possibly the nicest single track trail descent I have ever done; it went on forever!

Into the Fjord

I’ve tried to work out if it’s just the honeymoon period of finding a new sport that has me so hooked on SwimRun, but actually it’s just everything. The environments that these races are in, the opportunity to take on an incredible journey simply using your own power, the insanity of the swims, iconic locations… for Rockman to have been better it would have had to have been the same of everything, just staged on the moon.  was that good.

10 swims, 6 km in total
10 runs, 35 km in total
2500 m elevation gain

This probably explains it better: http://tinyurl.com/z88knrb We finished 17th in ~9 hours 23 minutes. I just hope I can get a place again next year.

 

Jackie Keasley sent in this report from the Round the Rock Ultra in Jersey.

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A very hot day, 23C+, on Jersey yesterday for the 48 mile round the rock ultra. The route is a roller coaster around the whole island with narrow coastal paths and beaches – stunning views all day so extra stops to snap photos! Because the tide was out I cut/splashed across 3 beaches & probably cut 3 miles off. It was optional but allowed!! Great support with extra drinks stations provided by Bill & friends Andy & Sarah who hired a car & kept popping up all day with a picnic!! Time 11hrs 10 mins, 50 mins inside cut off! ! Can’t walk today but happy!

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Finally, Ian L has published the latest road and fell standings on:

http://tinyurl.com/j7auo5k

This shows that all are still close (except Ladies Fell). The summary is:

After 9 out of 13 races

Men’s Road
1. Adam Gordon
2. Col Thompson

Ladies Road
1. Jo Lacking
2. Tanya Downes

After 7 out of 13 races

Men’s Fell
1. Jim O’Hara
2. Chris BH

Ladies Fell
1. Laura BH
2. Rachel Arnold

Thanks for all the reports this week. As usual please send them to

helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

Weekly update 3 July to 10 July

Firstly a poster from Betty regarding the club clean up operation this weekend.

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parkrun

Helsby members were in action at Widnes, Ellesmere Port, Delamere, Birkenhead park and Widness. Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Next up a couple of reports from Wednesdays Ladies 5K at Forest park, Warrington, the first from Debbie Read, the second from Tanya Downes.

This lovely little race, organised by Spectrum Striders is an ideal race for both experienced runners (course record: 16:59) and novices (last one home this year 41:15)

Starting and finishing on grass, the mainly flat course is a mixture of footpaths, woodland trails and pavements.
All runners get flowers at the finish and if you hang around at the prize giving there are 20 lucky dip prizes-usually running socks, to be won.

Forest Park ladies 5k

7 Helsby ladies and one spartan ran last wednesday at forest park 5k, hosted by spectum striders. Luckily the rain held off the 155 runners, although hot and humid it was good running weather. A multi terrain route took us through woodland paths with a tarmac middle section. Enjoyed by all, some good times gained and flowers at the end.
29th Debbie Read 23:19
38th Suzanne Fletcher 24:28
47th Leah Binns 25:14 ( helsby 2nd claim)
49th Tanya Downes 25:28
67th Jenny OHare 27:07
80th Emma Barnes 28:46
101st Donna Geer 30:36
105th Pamela Peake 31:09.

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Thursday night saw a great turn out from Helsby for the 2nd Deestriders Multi Terrain Grand Prix with club captain Col Thompson again securing 2nd place overall. Well done, Col.

Tanya also sent in this report from the Surrey Badger Half Marathon on Sunday.

Surrey badger 1/2 marathon

One lone helsby runner set off for the hills of the south downes in surrey to participate in the surrey badger 1/2 marathon. A perfect day for running, slightly overcast but still warm. A very “undulating ” trail course with some wicked inclines and equally spectacular declines thrown in for good measure; beautiful views, supportive marshals and a vineyard start and finish. Knocked 19 minutes off my last visit there so very pleased with myself.
2:19, a lovely badger t-shirt and bottle of beer

If you fancy a race further a field, this, any many of the others in Dorking are well worth a weekend away for.
Tanya x

Carl Pratt ran the week long Tour of Merseyside, here’s his report.

Tour of Merseyside 2016 – 6 races in 7 days! 52 miles total. The aim was to beat last years time of 06h:10m:50s.

No detailed blog this year but here’s my summary….
Sunday – Race 1 – Southport half marathon.

New route this year with a section through the town. (last year was an out and back on a long boring B road so definitely an improvement).

Started off looking like it was going to be a sub 1:30 and a PB but got to 6 miles, hitting the prom and an almighty headwind hit taking away the dream of a PB.

2015 – 01h:33m:19s

2016 – 01h:33m:27s
8 seconds slower.

Monday – Race 2 – Thurstaston 6 mile multi terrain
Conditions much better than last year. Bit of a niggling blister on my toe but managed to forget about it and run a decent race. It starts on the beach, goes up hills and steps very similar to our summer route and ends on a flat trail for a couple of miles. Managed to keep up a nice pace up to the finish and gain a few seconds back from the total cumulative time.
2015 – 44m:08s
2016 – 43m:22s
46 seconds quicker

Tuesday – Race 3 – 10 mile Walton loop line cycle track
A very rare negative split race for me. First 5 miles were a struggle but managed to find something from somewhere for the last 5 miles. The results showed 10 places were made up in the 2nd half of the race from 49th to 39th place. Happy with that.
2015 – 01h:09m:33s
2016 – 01h:09m:54s
21 seconds slower

Thursday – Race 4 – 5 mile Otterspool (basically PLS 10k without going off the prom)
Tradition is fancy dress day on the Thursday . have taken it far too seriously in previous years and not done the fancy dress so got persuaded to join in this year. The spandex and 80s rock wig on the hottest race gives me the excuse for this one!
2015 – 34m:12s
2016 – 34m:52s
40 seconds slower

Friday – Race 5 – Stadt Moers XC
Legs decided to lock up on this one, maybe the laces were too tight. Didn’t enjoy this roller-coaster profile course this year but managed to hang in and avoid a total disaster.
2015 – 41m:44s
2016 – 42m:40s
56 seconds slower

Saturday – Race 6 – 12 mile costal – New Brighton to Hoylake and back
The final race left me 1min, 12 seconds behind last year with a time of 01:26:42 needed. I calculated that I could do this with 4m:25s/km on the Garmin. Not impossible but would require a very good race.

Up to 5 and a half miles it was paced perfectly, however the turnaround mile was on the beach which was very wet and sludgy. Managed to get off the beach still in contention with just over 5 miles to go but the extra weight in the soaked trainers took its toll and knocked me back to around 4m:50s/km so sadly no chance of the personal record.
01h:27m:54s
01h:28m:32s
38 seconds slower

Total Overall
2015 – 06h:10m:50s
2016 – 06h:12m:47s
1 minute 57 seconds slower

As always a really good event, already booked on for next year. The running is starting to feel good again after a frustrating Achilles injury. Sub 6 hour for 2017? Maybe!

 

Janet Robertson sent in a report from the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon,

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) 2016

In January, with six months preparation time ahead, agreeing to enter the SLMM to mark my 50th birthday seemed a brilliant idea. In June, preparation began. I managed a few slightly longer than usual runs, blew the cobwebs off my compass and altimeter, and looked (unsuccessfully) for my copy of the book “Mountain Navigation for Runners”.
On 2nd July, when after five hours ‘running’ we found ourselves battling against severe wind, lashing rain and resultant cold on the high mountain ridge at High Street, I wondered whether for next year’s birthday I might just go to the pub.

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These events require more than fitness. Jackie Keasley and Rachel Arnold have a long history of completing mountain marathons, including a recent win at the Highlander. It is this experience that enables them to find a small wrinkle in a contour line 2 km away across featureless moorland. I was partnered with Rachel for the weekend while Jackie opted for a weekend walking her course with non-Helsby member Georgina who had been knocked back by injury, and another non-Helsby team Sheila with son Adam. Rachel’s navigational skills were masterful and she patiently herded me in the right direction, even during her own personal battle when she lost all feeling in her feet due to the cold.

As well as the issues of navigation and the effects of the cold, the serious nature of travelling over mountainous terrain was highlighted by two incidents which led to competitors having to be helicoptered off the final descent on day one. Happily, both were reported to be OK.

Spirits were high at the overnight campsite. One unique feature of the SLMM is that you can order beer to collect on your arrival! After a delicious evening meal of beanfeast and noodles, rated by Rachel as looking “disgusting”, we settled down for the night on bubble wrap (Rachel) and a bed made of balloons (me) in a miniscule tent.

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Day two started with an epic wait in the toilet queue, to be met with an organiser who had the glamorous job of handing out rations of toilet paper. After that, a pleasant if tiring day followed, with nice weather, stunning views, and a flatter course.

Results: who cares, we got back in one piece and had an amazing time …
Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson (Carrock Fell). Total time 12:04:18. 51st. 1st VF.
Jackie Keasley & Georgina (Wansfell). Total time 09:54:05. 61st. 3rd VF.

The results from Wednesdays Summer Handicap.

By handicap position

Jamie Kong 1
Graham Ireland 2
Dave Wiggins 3
Dave Feakes 4
Andy Robinson 5
Tom de Jong 6
Phil Gillard 7
Ben Williams 8
Adam Gordon 9
Vanessa Griffiths 10
Tim Igoe 11
June Swift 12
Dave Goodier 13
Chris Igoe 14
Ste Wiggins 15
Phil Roberts 16
Laura BH 17
Charlie Roberts 18
Geoff Collins 19
Kate Mann 20
Nick Ryder 21
Helen Owens 22

and by finishing time

Adam Gordon  17 56
Phil Roberts  19 17
June Swift  20 25
Graham Ireland  20 35
Laura BH 21 27
Phil Gillard 22 2
Andy Robinson 22 4
Dave Feakes 22 25
Jamie Kong 22 49
Nick Ryder 22 52
Vanessa Griffiths 23 1
Tim Igoe 23 10
Dave Goodier 23 55
Ben Williams 24 16
Tom de Jong 24 18
Helen Owens 25 39
Dave Wiggins 25 42
Geoff Collins 25 50
Kate Mann 26 1
Ste Wiggins 26 7
Chris Igoe 27 36

Charlie Roberts 28 8

Lastly a quick picture from Friday nights BBQ, many thanks to all that attended and helped in the organisation.

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Thanks for all the reports, please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.
Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC Weekly Update.

Upcoming events.

Tattenhall Tough Team

A quick message from Fitzy regarding the above.

Going to sort the teams out this week for team on Friday 17th, if you want to be part of this event send me a quick email Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Entries for the September 26th road club counter Macclesfield Half entries are now
open at http://www.macc-half.co.uk.

Robbie Webster’s wobbler – 29th June

Chris BH sent in this request….

I’ll be sending out an official mail, but just a quick note to ask for volunteers for the wobbler at the end of the month please. The wobbler goes ahead and has a great feel to it because of the fantastic support from the Helsby marshals. As has been custom for a few years now, the wobbler also features as one of our inter-club counters so if we are to win again then we need all hands to the pump (all toes to the line). Remember, Spectrum took home the ladies team prize on the night so we need to win that back! If you can do any of the following please let me know:
1.       Help marshal on the night.
2.       Bake cakes for the post race knees up at the club (we raised over £150 for the Nepal earthquake last time)

NOTE: As per the notes from Jackie and the AGM, there is an expectation that everybody in the club pitches in to help in AT LEAST ONE of these events or gets a substitute to do so whilst they race. These events help ensure our fees stay low, so if you’re thinking of running the 4VHM, SST or the wobbler then please consider putting yourself or somebody else forward in your place. Please don’t let this put you off racing.
If you can help please mail
thewobbler@baynham-hughes.com

 

Parkrun

Helsby runners were in action at a host of parkruns this Saturday. Highlights were second places for Colin Bishop and Neil Finegan at Princes Park and Ellesmere Port respectively.

Full parkrun results for Helsby runners can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Colin Thomspon was at both the Deeside Multi Terrain and Halewood 5K races, he’s sent in reports from both.

Deestriders Off Road GP

The second race of our mini trail championships and race #1 in the series, this course is a 5 mile long (approx) multi-terrain that takes in some fields, track and woodland. 8 Helsby runners were showing the green vest at this and we had some good battles out on the course in lovely sunshine. A no show from the ladies so would be nice to see some at the next one on 7th July.

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Results below:

2nd Colin Thompson 26.39
12th Jim Higgins 30.12
13th Ian Rutherford 30.14
17th Paul Frodsham 30.44
22nd Richard Hankins 31.29
25th Davyd Mitchell 32.30
59th Geoff Collins 37.02
71st Ste Wiggins 38.31

http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/Results/OFRJUNE2016.pdf
Halewood 5k

Saturday saw myself, Helen Owens, Jo Lacking, Carol Shaw & Davyd Mitchell all lining up for the Halewood 5k on a hot and humid morning. A good day at the office for the Green Army saw myself 3rdoverall, Jo Lacking 2nd lady overall and course PB and Helen & Carol both 1st in their respective age groups! Well done gang.

Results here:

3rd Colin Thompson 17.28 (1st in age cat)
20th Jo Lacking 19.54 (2nd lady overall, 1st in age cat)
24th Davyd Mitchell 20.44
29th Carol Shaw 21.13 (1st in age cat)
36th Helen Owens 22.17 (1st in age cat)

http://tiny.cc/ny9yby

Chris BH sent in the following report from the Welsh 1000n Peaks race

Welsh 1000m Peaks

A scorching day saw four Helsby members (3 Helsby vests as I was in civvies) toe the line for the monstrous Welsh 1000m peaks race. It’s a true long distance fell running test. The route starts at sea level a mile from the car parks for Aber falls, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr,  Pen- y- Pass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) – that’s a whopping 31.86 km (19.80 miles), 2678m (8785ft) of ascent. To say that the views were magnificent would be a total understatement… although it’s difficult to see them through the sweat and tears.

It’s fair to say that this race has seen it’s casualities from the club over the years. This was my 5th running of the race having first done it in 2011. The conditions this time were similar to that first year where I ended up sitting down for 5 minutes wondering if I could continue. I’ve returned every year since to try and get my dignity back after that day. Both Jimmy and Max have also both had their quarrels with the course over the years, but it’s addicitive and it’ll be interesting to see if Ben and Phil (debutants this year) will be back for more punishment in 2017. I think it’s fair to say that this race puts you on your backside. It’s not the distance as such, it’s just the constant long climbs followed by long descents and no ridges to run to catch your legs back.

Persistence pays off in this race though. Jimmy arrived at the finish in a magnificent third place! Seriously remarkable run in the conditions. Sadly Jimmy has been given a time penalty which puts him down to 7th in the overall standings. To the letter of the law this is a fair penalty to give as Jimmy ran with a photocopy of the map rather than an officially printed bought one, but for me this is totally bogus. Firstly the difference in weight of an official version vs the one that Jimmy carried is negligible and would have had no bearing on the speed he covered the course. I realise it’s a safety issue, but he’s run the course 3 times in this race alone, it was also perfect conditions. As fell runners we’re bound by the rules (quite rightly) to carry a map, Jimmy did that, it’s simply a technicallity that has led to this 10 minute penalty. Secondly, the scrutiny placed on the map is due to his position, so I’d question whether everybody else that came after Jimmy had the same scrutiny. I’ve no doubt 4th (now third) did, but 5th and 6th and beyond? In my eyes Jimmy flew the flag for the club and came up trumps with a magnificent run; the final standings on paper take nothing away from this.

Ben finished with a smile on his face as did Phil. Both put in fantastic performances given the heat and the crowds on Snowdon. Fantastic work boys!

Heading back down the mountain the classic question was posed though and had unsurprising results:
Ben: “Did you enjoy that Phil?”
Phil: “No!”
I wouldn’t’ bet against them being back for more!

Results:
Jim O’Hara – 7th (3rd) – 4:53:19 (4:43:19 – 10 minute penalty for map, see above)
Chris B-H – 19th – 5:30:29
Phil Roberts – 20th – 5:31:11
Ben Fletcher – 36th – 5:57:58

 

Jackie Keasley sent in this report from the Highlander Mountain Marathon.

Rachel & Jackie had a very hot, sunny and exhausting couple of days running around Glen Cannich amongst the Affric, Mullardoch & Strathfarrer high mountains. In their first and last Highlander Mountain Marathon; the race has been going for 10 years but the organisers have decided that this will be the final one which is a great shame. Its had a great following as it has the attraction of dancing on the Saturday evening with food and drink available for purchase throughout the evening .. or until they run out of beer!!!  The last couple of years both the LAMM and Highlander have competed against each other at similar times of the year and the organisers have decided to focus on one and guarantee it happening and being full. There is also an issue with the land owners as its harder and harder each year to get permissions so hopefully focusing on one will give these events a better chance.

We competed in the C class which covered about 25K each day and 1200+m climbing (if you followed the planners routes) and involved finding 10 well scattered check points.  As in any mountain marathon you very rarely follow paths (and in this part od Scotland there are not many) and spend most of the time going up, down or contouring along ankle twisting rough slopes. Each morning started misty but then we climbed above the clouds (watching deer scatter having suddenly lost their hiding places) to see the still snow covered mountain tops appear above a sea of cloud. It then didn’t take long for the hot sun to burn off everything and blast out it’s heat. We had 7 hours plus of very tough going each day. Normally on these events we have a good natter and catch up for at least some of the time but I could honestly say it was so tough to go keep going in the heat and terrain that all energy was preserved and the odd conversation about navigation, discomfort and wow that’s a fantastic view was all that was said throughout!

Saturdays campsite in Strath Farrer was beautiful located, the stream was deep and icy cold and we joined a lot of runners standing in it to thigh level for 15 minutes to help recovery. It made them numb so it worked for me but it didn’t settle Rachel’s huge blisters and mega underlying aches and pains.  A meal was provided as soon as we finished on Saturday, we ate it them cooked ourselves another 2 course one (plus chocolate) to refuel and hydrate for the next day.  The ceilidh band struck up and it was mazing how many managed to join in energetically! We didn’t think we would have the energy but then were asked to dance and managed to enjoy a  rather long rendition of the Dashing White Seargent – in running shoes and on grass of course!  This guaranteed (along with a couple of drinks) a good nights sleep!

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More of the same the next day but Sunday mentally if not physically always seems easier because its the final push.  We finished on a high having just made it back (from 15 hours of what we thought was slow tussock shuffling!) in time for the presentation to hear our names called our for 1st lady vets in C class. We were presented with trophies that thoroughly reminded us (see photo) of our couple of days in the Scottish Hills!  Then it was over to Bill for the endurance part as he drove us home in the camper van with the odd comfort, tea and burger (yes that’s all you can get on the M74 on a Sunday evening) break to get back at 2am. A great memorable weekends running!

Andy Robinson ran the Northhants Ultra and sent in this brief report

Northants Ultra

35 miles in the Northamptonshire countryside, and a bit too flat and fast for me!  Mind you, I’m going well at the moment and took 2 minutes off my PB and (I think) about 40 minutes off the MV60 course record.  I’ve got a trophy and prize to prove it.  I’ve posted a full race report at Runfurther.com, full race results at

gobeyondultra.co.uk/Results_2016.

1st:  Stephen Marks, Rugby & Northants AC, 4:12:29 (course record)
30th:  Andy Robinson, Helsby RC, 5:34:21
171 finishers

As usual all reports to
helsby-race-results@outlook.com

Cheers
Gaz

Helbsy RC News 1-5-2016 to 8-5-2016

Upcoming races.

14th May 13:00 Fell Champs Counter at Moel Ellio

20th May 19:15 Road Champs Counter at Christleton 5K

We  also have Tattenhall tough team challenge coming up on Friday 17th June, to anyone newbies it’s an excellent event, I think we can still pay on the night so wondering who’s interested, you can send me your team of 3 or just respond saying yes you fancy it and we shall work teams out closer the time. Thanks Fitzy

Special note:

The setup of Chester parkrun in the grounds behind the countess of Chester hospital is now nearing conclusion.  They are putting on a test run next Tuesday 17th May at 18:30.  At present they have about 25 Chester tri members coming to try out the course and provide some feedback – an invite was sent to Helsby but appears to have not got through.

If anyone is free next Tuesday for a 5k then please feel free to attend – your feedback could be important in the setup of the run and it is a good chance for the organising team to be put to the test.  The venue is the countess of Chester country park.

Parkrun :

Helsby members were in action at Widnes, Ellesmere Port, Warrington and Pennington. Highlights included a win for Col Bishop at Pennington and a course PB for Rhea Thomas at Warrington.

Full, consolidated results for Helbsy parkrunners are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Halewood 5K.

Gaz O’Connor, Joanne Lacking and Helen Owens all recorded course PBs at the fast and flat (and also not net downhill) Halewood 5K on Saturday . Special mention must go to Helen for impressively continuing her quest to improve her race times at the expense of her race photographs.

 

 

Louise McEveley was the sole Helsby representative at Rainow 5 Fell Race and reports it was a stunning afternoons running. Louise finished the race in just under 53 minutes. Well done, Louise.

Helsby vs. Felsby (Dinas Bran Fell Race)

The Green Army headed over to Llangollen last Wednesday night for our second instalment of Helsby v Felsby, to what was a Fell counter race as well. Helsby were taking a 26 point lead into the race over our mountain loving chums, and I for one was confident we could compete with them “it’s only 4.4 miles” I was saying to myself, how hard can it be? I had to re-think that thought after seeing a few casualties drop out due to other commitments, but I was still hoping for a good turn out, as the main aim of this was to increase numbers at our borders league and fell races.

Whilst registering I heard someone say there was only 30 runners in the event last year, so when I counted the number of heads with green tops on in our pre race photo I was amazed that we had 27 runners starting the race, eventually to find out 79 in total ran in, so we made up more than a third of the field…..amazing.

We started on a very flat field, brilliant, to be told 1 lap of the field, out and take a right up a little bit of an incline. We left the field and there was a lot of tarmac with a little incline, we turned the next corner to be greeted by what can only be described as one hell of a horrendous hill. Us that were about to run the Sandstone Trail a few days away, started to worry a little (well us roadies did, ok well just me and Ian Rutherford). You gradually climb the hill to then head onto the fells which even at the bottom gave us spectacular views of the surrounding valleys so I was keen to get to the top and see the rest. I must admit, I can see why Felsby love running in these hills, it was a superb summers evening and to turn around and see a trail of runners all climbing this massive hill was amazing. Now how Joe got to the top of it before all of us and looking not out of breath at all baffles me……”weyyyyyyyy heyyyyyyyy c’mon Helsby” he shouted as per usual, it always inspires me to put that little bit extra in and I am sure it does with the others.

Then it dawns on you, that you have to come down, and this is what sets a fell runner apart from a roadie, I’m quite strong going up hills, but coming down hill is a skill, and I was getting over taken by everyone, they seem to glide down the hill like a ballerina, it’s brilliant to watch, although soul destroying at the same time. We did another lap of the hill going back up and down again, to wind our way down to a very fast finish.

Some great performances on the night, Jim O’Hara proving he’s king of the hills, and Laura Baynham-Hughes showing us all how its done and coming in first for the ladies. Chris Baynham-Hughes only beat me because he pulled me back on the start line by they way!!

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Now I think we all know the results and it pains me to say Felsby battered us on the night, and overall over the 2 legs had a clear winning margin, 965 points to 758 points for Helsby. They had their big guns out on the night that mattered, but all in all I think we all had a lot of fun over the 2 races and it will be something we will look to do again next year, it proved to be a resounding success. I have a little trophy to present to CBH the winning teams captain, picture to follow, if I can tear him away from all the media attention he’s now getting after his Sandstone Trail Challenge win at the weekend.

See you all soon…Fitzy
The 2016 Sandstone Trail Challenge (by Andy Robinson)
I’ll write a more complete account of the day and post it to the STC web pages in the next day or two.  The photos will be going online too, once I’ve got them to Steve & he’s found the time to post them.  In the meantime…
We had a great day, with no major problems other than the usual shredding of my nerves.  Many pies were eaten.  The weather was a bit hot for running, but not nearly as hot as it could have been, as the sun was behind hazy clouds for most of the day.  The slower walkers got rained on, but nobody from Helsby RC came even close to that.  201 runners and walkers started off from Whitchurch, and 179 of them finished.  Helsby had 13 starters and 11 finishers.  I’ve no intention of naming and shaming Dave Madders and Chris Murray – at least they gave it a good go.  Where exactly was Ivan though?  I shall want to see the letter from his parent or guardian.

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Helsby came in 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th, and we had 4th woman home too.  Stand up Chris Baynham-Hughes, Chris Fitzpatrick, Jim O’Hara, Phil Roberts and Jane Ashbrook!  If you can.  Chris’s storming of Frodsham Hill to get past Lawrence Eccles again was one of the performances of the day.  We also reclaimed the MV70 title and record – or rather Ian Hilditch did – another of the day’s highlights.

Full Helsby results:
1.  4:50  Chris Baynham-Hughes
3.  4:54  Chris Fitzpatrick
6.  5:07  Jim O’Hara
9.  5:16  Phil Roberts
22.  5:50  Jane Ashbrook (4th woman)
23.  5:53  Jim Higgins
24.  5:54  Gareth Boyd
35.  6:18  Ian Rutherford
36.  6:18  Derek Morris
80.  7:39  Ste Wiggins
92.  8:18  Ian Hilditch  (Ian reclaimed the MV70 record by knocking 8 minutes off Adrian Sumption’s 2015 record)

Other highlights were:

2.  4:51  Lawrence Eccles of Penny Lane Striders
4.  5:01  Chris Collins, first Spartan home
5.  5:06  Dave Clamp of Knutsford Tri, setting a new MV50 record
11.  5:21  Luci Lamb, first woman, and 2nd Spartan
57.  7:02  Carole Morrison of Pensby Runners, first FV50
110&111  9:28  Pip Adamson and Oliver Ormrod, joint first men under 18
127  10:10  Shannon McCue, first woman under 18, and a new record
129  10:10  Jean Lyon, first ever FV70, and a new record of course!

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Sandstone Trail Challenge (by Ian Rutherford)

This is my review of the Sandstone Trail Challenge from a first timers’ perspective. Having never ran beyond marathon distance before this was another new running experience initiated as part of my Green Army membership. I would describe my specific training for this as ‘indifferent’. As a lot of you know I run good mileage month to month generally but stepping this up in terms of complementing trail terrain, adding mileage to individual runs – some now in excess of marathon distance and joining this all together with hillier profiles really took it out of me.

Meeting up at the community centre helped relieve a few nerves; lots of friendly faces; lots of combined experience helping me get to grips with the task ahead. The pre race organisation was flawless and despite spending what felt like hours driving to Whitchurch just underlining what a very long way we have to run back really is, well that and Steve Wiggins’ speech 😉 I found myself on the start line on a sunny and already warm Saturday morning.

Bizarre to some no doubt, one of my biggest fears was actually getting lost during the run (training runs on the SST suggested this as a real and likely scenario) so with that in mind I had set to try and stay with some those with experience of the trail. So with best wishes from The Major and Andy’s watch striking the start time, we were off! So within 25 minutes or so that plan to stick with those with SST experience was already going wrong. The first few mile was pleasant easy running along the canal; my initial plan to tag with Phil Roberts was already crossed off; I felt I was already running too fast (trying to pay the distance the respect it deserves you understand) but still only observed him getting further and further away; no probs I thought I know Jane is behind me and there’s obviously still a good group of us together at this early stage – so just keep going as is.

The next few miles of undulating fields; mostly ploughed and hardened in the recent warm sunny spell made for really uncomfortable ‘ankle-breakers’ – running with any tempo was a struggle and for the first time that day I had practical reminder that this was not going to anything other than a real test to just finish. Getting to Duckington was my first milestone and the semi familiar scene having run the ‘A-Race’ last year. Again not much opportunity for site seeing but the views on the highest parts of the SST around here were just stunning – but unsurprisingly this was hard work; at times the climbing became nothing more than a yomp (I remember running them in the A-Race but clearly already 10-12 miles in and with more than 20 still to do, I was mindful). The field started to thin out around me now and was running mostly on my own; always paranoid I’d missed a yellow sign.

A word about the check-points/water stations (official and unofficial) – again brilliantly organised; so friendly, couldn’t do enough to help and really great encouragement again from so many friendly faces – a big thank-you!

From around this point I was joined by Deggsy, he looked strong and soon was starting to get away from me and mentally crossed another one off my list to run with. Just before the 4th checkpoint Jim and Gareth came alongside – again both looking way stronger than me. We arrived at the checkpoint roughly together and were soon joined by Jane who didn’t even look to be breaking a sweat. Much liquid and Jaffa-cakes later; the legs now seriously tired and stiffening with every stop the four of us set off together; Jane had a brief reunion with her family on the roadside who had managed to find her. We entered the trail once again and a rather pompous lady on horse-back thought it’d be good to give us a ‘gee-up’ “You’re about to get overtaken by a girl” she told the three of us; a quick glance behind confirmed what we knew – “That’s not a girl” I replied “That’s Jane!”  The steep climbs saw us mix running with more yomping but Jane just carried on and on with the higher-pace; by now I was also struggling to match Gareth and Jim’s climbing ability and with Jane long-gone I found myself stranded again. On one of the straighter field sections I could just glance Degs again and I seemed to be albeit slowly getting closer. Within a couple of mile, I was with him again and we remained together for the rest of the run. It was great to company on that final section – cheers Degs.

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Counting off the miles to the final checkpoint we ambled – anything approaching good flowing running long since a distant memory; we eventually arrived into Manley Common having thankfully lost the crowds of Delamere Forest and honestly I’ve never been more relieved to see Joe & Mario in my life. Fozy kindly refilled my hydro-pack (thanks mate) and off again once more. On home turf but in that we know how tough it is; we stumbled through the hilly sandstone. With less than a third of a mile to go, following the zig-zag path down to the end of the trail before you hit the road in Frodsham I managed to fall over and end up on my backside; normally this would be no biggie but for the first time in six hours my calf muscles weren’t carrying me and they ballooned in spasm – I gave a massive yelp; a lady runner passed us and then thankfully Degs put his Sunday league football knowledge into practices and pushed back my feet to stretch the muscle – PAIN!

Arriving across the field in to the community centre together; a smiling Jackie to confirm our finish I was all in. It took me a good few mins to get my head together I must be honest – refreshed with a cheese pie and a cuppa!

Official time for me (and Degs) was 6h 18mins; really happy (and proud) to just finish this absolute beast of a race; on the day there were many better and I spent the next hour or so in their company at the community centre absolutely listening to their experiences and feeling made up for everyone. What a day and thanks for all who made it possible.
Also there was the Sandstone Trail Marshals’ Run, on Monday 2 May:

6:32  Andy Robinson
7:16  Ben Williams
11:15  Charlie Roberts

Ste and Dave Wiggins and Ellen Roberts provided support, so many thanks to them.  Ben’s run took 40 minutes off his PB and was a really good performance in pretty muddy conditions

Thanks for all the race reports everyone, please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC update 3-4-16 to 10-4-16

Upcoming Events:

Firstly a quick reminder from Chris F about the upcoming Border League/ Helsby vs. Felsby Challenge on this coming Sunday at 11am/

It’s borders league time… yes it’s that time of month again and it’s even bigger this month as the northwests finest fell runners will be turning up and trying to take us on our own Tarmac patch!!! Expect Phillip Roberts Chris Baynham-Hughes Adam Gordon (yes that’s right he’s defected to Felsby) all Tarmac slapping this coming Sunday, were over in Mold, if your using a sat nav use CH7 1HT, it’s a measured 5 mile race and starts at 11am.

Final teams cannot be decided until the day of the race for Helsby v Felsby but it’s pretty even up to now, maybe 1 or 2 more Felsby men needed, I expect this to be the biggest gathering of green yet to date, oh and for all you Felsby crew it’s free but you don’t get a pie and a pint afterwards so bring your own!!

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Wed 20th April – 8:30pm – Phillip Pearson – President of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside Athletic Club – on his book “Fit To Run; The complete guide to injury-free running”

Message from Phil – I will be bringing some copies of my book.  If any of your members would like to purchase one at £10 instead of the official £12.99 they are welcome.  However, please stress that this is not with the intention of making profit (it just about covers my costs) and if nobody buys one I would not be at all offended or worried!

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Borders League 7 (Deestriders) Wed 27/04/2016 19:15  NB. Moved to Prestatyn

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

 CGP Road Mid Cheshire 5K (CGP) Thu 28/04/2016 19:15 Kingsley Cricket Club, Kingsley,
Cheshire, WA6 8HY

http://www.cutefruitevents.com/mid-cheshire-5k/4587287345

Club Helsby RC – Presentation Evening Fri 29/04/2016 19:00
Helsby Community Sports Club,
Chester Rd, Frodsham WA6 0DL,
United Kingdom

 

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Helsby runners were in action across the area, highlights include a 2nd place for Colin Tompson at Warrington and a PB for the ever improving Davyd Mitchell at Delamere. Full, consolidated results for Helby RC parkrunners can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Race reports

Fitzy also sent in the following report from sunny Manchester

The sun was out on Sunday and I’ve got Brit abroad vest lines to prove it! 6 of the green army made it over Manc land after plenty of months training for what for some was there A race (ok just me) but even so 26.2 miles is to be respected so a lot of graft went into training for this one for all of us.

Bad traffic and a quite horrendous baggage drop off zone didn’t help my pre race nerves but I managed to get to the start line 1 minute before the race started.

It was near perfect race conditions and the hooter sounded and we were all off. One thing Manchester marathon does well is it attracts a big field, and it really is sight to see so many runners in the distance pounding the pavement along the streets of Manc land. For me I had a great start and felt really fresh going through the half way point, and it was a bonus as seen all the other Helsby runners apart from Jenn. Boydy was in a Cheerleaders outfit and I felt like going over and giving him a kiss he looked stunning, Gaz and Helen were running as someone else, but I still managed to spot them “greeeeeeeeeeeeeenarmy” was at its loudest when they passed. Then little quiet Louise with the loudest shout of the day she really does have a gob on her.

Now for £60 plus £10 for parking I expect this marathon to run like clockwork and a few of the mile markers were out of sync, the course measured a bit long, and I know this annoyed some people, but overall a great day was had, until people got to the baggage area that is to be greeted by long queues. A nice PB for me, Louise got a Good for Age entry at next years London marathon for her fantastic time, and Jenn running her first marathon was very impressive indeed. Big shout out to Gaz and Helen who managed sub 6 hrs, fantastic running from them both and even more so from Gaz having to put up with Helen for that amount of time!

98th out of 9260  Chris Fitzpatrick 2 hrs 49 mins 54 secs
3805th Louise McEveley 3 hrs 55 mins 29 secs
4007th Gareth Boyd 3 hrs 57 mins 20 secs
4404 Jenn Naylor 4 hrs 41 secs
8289th Helen Owens & Gaz O’Connor 5hrs 7 mins 33 secs (Gaz beat Helen BTW)

It will be interesting to see in the coming days what feedback this marathon gets, it’s perfect for PB hunters, but it did let itself down this year if you ask me with some of the basics  a big race should get right.
Jim Jones’ report from even sunnier Lanzarote.

Haria Maraton de Montana

On Saturday 9th April I took part in  a ‘trail race’ hosted by he Haria Trail team in Lanzarote. There were 3 races on the day a 42k, a 26k and a 10k. I opted for the 26k. The race started and finished in the town of Maguez. My preference for the British imperial system of measurement for logging my miles,  and my very poor Spanish gave me a couple of difficulties. We set off straight into a gradual climb off course volcanic sand as we left Maguez and it was not long before we were running a ridge with stunning views. The temperature quickly rose to around 22c with a light wind for the first few miles. It was then pretty much up and down with some tough climbs and fast descents.

I reckoned there to be about 40 runners who set off in the 26k race and I was quite happy being with the first half until I got to about 10 miles. By then the field was well spread out and I realised I could see no one in front or behind! It wasn’t a navigation event and I was just thinking how well marked the course was when I realised I couldn’t see the next flag. So I carried on until I did picked up another flag,  but then found myself taking to a couple of Spanish runners on the 42k route.  The guys did their best to put me right but when I said I had already ran 10 ‘miles’ they thought  I was looking for the 10k route – confusing or what!.

By this time I was wishing it was a navigation event, and that I wasn’t relying on route markers. So I retraced my steps and picked up where I went wrong. I can only surmise that I drinking water as missed the sign because it did seem obvious when I eventually found it. The unexpected additional miles were tough but I felt a bit better about my error when I managed to pass a couple of 26k runners for the second time during the last couple of miles.
Ban Williams sent in this report from the Woldsman 50 mile ultra

Ste Wiggins and I took on the LDWA Woldsman 50 mile event on Saturday.

Ste’s an old hand at these ultras but this was the first time for me to take on this distance. I’ve entered a few LDWA events in the past, but only up to 30-ish miles.
The route took us around parts of East Yorkshire, past a deserted medieval village, two ruined churches, and a long row of dead moles hung on a farm gate (we sped up at that point…). There were no really big hills, but plenty of short sharp climbs and long gradual drags, and so the total ascent mounted up. The weather was mixed, heavy rain in the morning made the field sections very muddy – the sun came out in the afternoon but the damage underfoot was already done and long sections were really slippy underfoot and pretty much unrunnable. Unfortunately this slowed our time right down, and we had to finish in the dark, luckily the closing sections were fairly easy to navigate. Although the only time on the whole day we got lost was within half a mile of the finish, where we took a wrong turn in a wood, but luckily came out in near enough the right place.

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As usual with LDWA, the event was impeccably organised and very low-key, which for me adds to their attraction. There were well-stocked checkpoints around every six miles, breaking the run up nicely into manageable chunks, and meaning I could eat my own bodyweight in sausage rolls and flapjacks on the way round.

One hint I would offer to anyone doing these type of events is to read any blogs written by past entrants, these give a good idea of what to expect and maybe some navigation tips. Doing this meant at least we were prepared for the route to be long, and so we weren’t left crying at the roadside when the watch ticked over 50 miles (though we both felt like it)

Total distance – 51.67 miles
Ascent – 4790 feet
Time – 13h 44min

Tanya Downes was kind enough to send in 3 reports from Ashford Half. Luckily enough they were all identical so I’ve chosen to post the middle one.

Ashford and district 1/2 marathon
On a glorious sunny day I set off to complete a sneaky 1/2 marathon to start my family break away. There had been a late change of route due to flooding at the running club headquarters and the photocopied map via email didn’t show much. About 400 people doing either the 1/2 or full marathon (2 laps) started out at 9am. And up we ran, I have never seen so many roads that go up with so little down to compensate, it was described as undulating ( i think it must have been written by Phil Roberts) and made Helsby feel flat. By mile 7 my legs were goosed. A walk / run got me home in 2:35 and after only 3 weeks back running I was pleased with that. Beautiful day, fantastic scenery and friendly running club. Hills on Wednesdays for me I think.

Arley Hall 10K.

Donna Geer, Emma Barnes and Rebecca Gibson rann Arley 10K on Sunday, Emma and Rebecca got PBs with Donna doing very well coming back from injury prior to running London Marathon next weekend. Well done ladies

Thanks for the reports guy and gals as usual please send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby Weekly Update 7-3-2016 to 13-3-2016

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Helsby runners were out in force at Delamere, Widnes, Warrington, Croxteth and Ellesmere Port parkruns. Full consolidated results are at the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Jim Jones sent in this report from Carding Mill Canter….

It was great to get back into the fells at the Carding Mill Canter on Saturday, after four months of forced rest. It was the first time I’d ran this race, or been to the Carding Mill Valley – and what a great place it is! The valley is managed by the National Trust and could be a great family day out. The race was just over 5 miles with about 1700ft of climb. The sky was overcast with some light drizzle as the race started, but the clouds remained high enough for us to enjoy the views. We were straight into a tough 600ft climb after the first stream crossing, which was just after the start. I did my best to stay out of ‘race mode’ and enjoy the run without setting off any more injury worries. Thankfully it worked, so I’m now looking forward to the Ras Yr Aran next Saturday and hopefully trying to keep one or two other green vests in sight.

Full results below.

http://tinyurl.com/hlqto7h

CBH sent in the following report from Edale Skyline Fell Race

Picture the scene, it’s Saturday morning, you’re just about to head out to the park run at 8:30 and a text arrives asking if you’re lost. “Noooooooo!!!!” cue frantic dash around the house to grab fell kit, cursing the fact you were convinced the race was on Sunday…. Until of course you realise that it is on Sunday and the panic turns to amusement as you realise that the person you’d offered a lift to has been sat in their running gear for the past 45 minutes waiting for you to turn up. Naturally I wouldn’t be so indiscrete as to name names, but suffice to say it amused me as I ran around Delamere.

So Phil Roberts and I arrived to a misty Edale which was soon to burn off to reveal perfect running weather. For those that don’t know Edale, it’s a classic fell race and I’d argue it’s equivalent to running 50k at marathon pace. Despite it only being 21 miles it fits in 1373m or over 4500 ft in old money. After a stiff zig zag ascent the route circles over Edale starting with the rough technical side of Kinder, onto cracking trails out to Win Hill before dropping like a stone to Hope and the prospect of a long open climb to Lose Hill and on to Mam Tor. Since it was such an incredible day there were countless parascenders hand gliders and supportive tourists until we got off Mam Tor. This is where the race starts to bite. Two sections remain, the peat bogs and marshes around to kinder then the bogs, rocks and, frankly, slog of Kinder back to the start. Jimmy and Sharon cheered us into the first of the two sections… always good to see a friendly face out there enjoying the race.

The final two sections featured plenty of snow and a guarantee that you couldn’t trust anywhere you put your feet. This led to the highlight of my race… stopping to help a stranded runner out of a bog. It was like birthing a calf! Two of us had his arms and I genuinely started to believe that his shoulder would dislocate before we even got him out past his hips! I love the fact that whilst racing in the fells everybody’s first priority is for the welfare of themselves and other racers. I won’t lie though, this was the only real enjoyment to be had over Kinder once you’re 16 miles in. I can’t explain the joy of seeing the final check point at Ringing Roger; I got gasps and a cheer for my nimble footwork skipping across rocks as I passed a Chinese family and went all out at the final descent. All in all it was a great day in the office.

Local rivalry wise it was Jez Brown of Buckley who took the spoils in 3:21:54 (17th) followed by me 3:36:17 (29th), Dave Douglas and Nick Wishart(Spartans) a sunburnt Phil Roberts 4:10:41 (95th) and Jon Hardman (Cheshire Hill racers) 4:49:47. Unfortunately I can’t find any photos of Phil and his pipe yet, but after two days of being in his running kit ready for the race I reckon it had to be soaked off him. J

Full results:
http://tinyurl.com/hjgd354
CBH

Liverpool Half Marathon.

Col Thompson sent in a report from Sundays race in Liverpool.

The Liverpool half marathon will always hold a special place in my heart, a few years ago I wheezed my way around in my first ever half marathon and I have loved it ever since. It’s not the fastest half around and quite expensive to enter compared to the club organised events but the atmosphere and meticulous organisation from BTR certainly makes up for the hefty entry fee.

The course is a Liverpool city centre start and finish, running up to Sefton park via Upper Parliament St (the only significant hill really) a lap of the park, down to Otterspool prom and a 4 mile sprint to the finish outside the Liver building.

We had glorious weather for the 11 green vests and 5000 other runners who lined up to tackle the 13.1 mile distance and some superb running saw some new PB’s too. Excellent running from Fitzy who was snapping at my heels for most of the way and took a substantial chunk off his PB. Well done mate, bodes well for the Manchester marathon. Jim Gray also ran his socks off for a new PB although he reports he was “running through treacle” for most of the way! It’s also worth mentioning that Alison Halsall had a fabulous run to steal 3rd in her age group. Well done Alison! A big well done to everyone else too, especially Clare Miller who took a late entry and ran her first race since giving birth not long ago.

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Please see all Helsby results below. I have shown chip times as these are normally the more flattering 🙂

25th COLIN THOMPSON 01:17:26 (PB)
28th CHRIS FITZPATRICK 01:17:41 (PB)
373rd ALISON HALSALL 01:32:47 (3rd in age cat)
514th CARL PRATT 01:36:21
832nd JAMES GRAY 01:40:50 (PB)
928th NATHAN DAVIES 01:43:54
1085th STEPHEN ROCHE 01:46:01
1518th MICHAEL WILLIAMS 01:43:46
3111th DAVID WIGGINS 02:05:23
3112th STEPHEN WIGGINS 02:05:23
4269th CLARE MILLER 02:24:11

Knighton 20 miler.

Neil Finegan wrote the following report from Knighton 20 miler.

In its first year of running,  the Knighton 20 is the replacement for the old Stafford 20 and most runners who have completed both courses agreed that it was a massive improvement on the old course.

It was certainly popular –  a sold out event with runners doing either the 20 miles or the relay option (for the sensible runners)  And it was a beautiful spring day – the sun beating down on the runners for the first time this year with not a cloud in the sky.  Thankfully the organisers installed some nice flooded road sections to run through – obviously working on the assumption water soaks up through your shoes.   The course was on country lanes,  described as “undulating” (about a 600ft climb over the course) On the long straights you could see the whole course ahead of you and by lap 3 there was the impressive sight of over 500 runners competing in the 2 events snaking their way through the countryside.
It was well supported,  particularly through the start area where the groups of relay race runners added to the atmosphere.  And a great cross section of club runners to chat to on the way around – most runners were treating the race as intense training towards another big event (mainly marathons and ultras) and this gave the race a nice friendly atmosphere.
A nice scenic race,  technical t-shirt and a warm welcome for just £14 – decent value for money.  Perfect for anyone training for a spring marathon who wants to push themselves that bit harder in training. The biggest issue was just the fact that it was 3 laps.  That whole problem of running past the start again and trying not to give in to the temptation to stop. But the beauty of the countryside around Knighton,  combined with perfect weather made it a great race.

There were 3 Helsby runners,  myself (2:14) Gareth Boyd (2:49) and Dave Madders who “retired” at the end of the second lap. Over 400 runners completed the 20 mile race with the top 5 managing to come in under 2 hours.

Reminders:

Don’t forget folks Wednesday training is our Fartlek run to Frodsham. All abilities welcome and is a brilliant speed session.

We have group leaders organised as follows:

Group A – Paul Frodsham (sub 45 min 10k approx.)

Group B – June Swift (sub 53 min 10k approx.)

Group C – Jane Ashbrook (above 53 min 10k + beginners)

Tim’s Talk on Orienteering

This Wednesday 16th March, Tim will talk on orienteering including some useful tips for navigating when we are running. In the club bar at 8:30, sandwiches provided. Lesley will be in touch about numbers.

Sport Relief Mile
Sunday 20th March at 2pm – the afternoon of the Tattenhall Border League Race.  1, 3 or 6 mile options. Why not come along & watch & support all our milers? It’s open to all ages (under11’s accompanied by an adult), young & old, & you can run or walk it or be wheeled! So why not take part?   Entries on the day or at

http://www.sportrelief.com

We are organising this. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help. I’ll be in touch next week. Nearly there with help but another couple would be great. Please let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours.

jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

It should be good fun!

Finally an important message from Fitzy regarding the Tattenhall Border League race on this coming Sunday,

Ok so you’ve had a month off from me pestering you, it’s back to business, you could use this as a warm up to next months Helsby V Felsby race as well. Yes its borders league race 5 next Sunday 20th March, and after the last turnout and fabulous performances on the day both the men’s and ladies teams are in much better positions than they were, still room for improvement though eh! The race is at Tattenhall, right on our doorstep, I want a record borders league turnout next weekend if possible, it’s stands at 35 currently, I’m sure it can be beat. 11am start as per usual …. Green army

Cheers
Gaz

 

 

 

 

Helsby Update: 8th Feb 2016 to 14th Feb 2016

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Helsby members were at Delamere, Warrington, Bexley Park, Lyme Park and Widnes parkruns. Highlights included wins for Colin Bishop and Colin Thompson at Croxteth Hall and Warrington respectively, an age category win for Donna Geer at Bexley and a PB for Davyd Michell at Delamere. Full, consolidated results are at the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Saturday

Jackie Keasely, Ste Wiggins and Andy Robinson did the Anglesark Amble on Saturday and Jackie posted this report.

“Anglesark Amble over the Lancashire moors north of Bolton, misty on Winter Hill this morning then sunshine but cold wind the rest of the day. 39.3km 1230m of climbing. Well done Andy with an excellent time of 4.50, not that much slower than 5 years ago when at pinnacle of fitness for completing the Joss Naylor round a few months later. Steve & I chatted our way round in 6.07, thanks for the banter & encouragement! Best food ever at the end of a race! Local speciality dish of Potato Pie & red cabbage! Just hit the spot & very colourful!”

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Also on Saturday Phil and Charlie Roberts ran the Bangor 5 mile fell race, heres what Charlie had to say about the day….

“High sole mates…..Our Phill brutally forced me to enter the Bangor 5 mile fell race.As it happend it turned out a beautiful clear sunny day the run from a village called ?????. up to Moel y Ci peak and back had everything mud forest rocky inclines and well marked and marshaled also beautiful views of snow capped mountains. The most bizzare thing on the first mile on a steep muddy incline near the crest of hill three horses charged through about twenty off us from the rear at a fine old speed one them wacked me with its flank as it went past….Any how I was not last 1hour 14 minutes and at the end we had chicken soup and barms well done Eryi??? . Pursued by chickens last month and horses today……”

Village Bakery Half Marathon

Sunday saw a fab turn out from the Green Army at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon. With conditions nearly perfect for running, Neil Finegan scored a PB (1:21:22) and was first home for the men while Jo Lacking (1:30:45) was first lady also in a PB time.

Other fab performances included PBs for Rachael Holden, Jenn Naylor and Adam Gordon. A special mention must go to Helen Owen who, despite having the sniffles and wearing see through leggings (not a good look for women of a certain age), managed to enjoy the day AND record a solid time. Fab running everyone.

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As usual a big “thanks” to Joe and Mario for their great support at various points along the course.

Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/zzbgs8z

As usual please send all race reports to helsby_race_reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz