Weekly blog 26-11 to 1-12

Firstly a message from Paul Foster regarding the upcoming XC

Hi all,

The Cheshire champs xc is on Saturday 5th January 2019  at Birchwood Forest Park Warrington.  The club will be entering members for this race.
So if any of you would like to enter please respond on this page or send me a email to mooeyf@hotmail.com no later than Friday 21st December.
We will send a separate email this week.
Senior female race is 13.40 pm 8300 m
Senior male race is 14.45 pm  10400m
Thanks
Paul

Also a couple of repeat reminders about this week’s Xmas Drink on Friday at 7pm in Frodsham and Sundays Border League race in Angelsey at 11am

 
Rebecca Tate sent in this report from the Cardington Cracker

Being on my own, I took my old Saab for a good long drive down to Cardington. Even its rally heritage couldn’t deal with the field that was reserved for parking, as it promptly bottomed out on the huge muddy ruts in the gateway. This offered a taster of just how the day was going to progress. All fell races require a degree of navigation; and this one was no exception. Not the course – which was well marked and marshalled – it was finding the village hall to register – I didn’t know where I was going and like a silly sausage I followed signs that said “Start” which led me to a field.

Registration complete, the traditional pre-race toilet visit was necessary. This time I was definitely going to ensure correct navigation, and upon seeing a large queue of men, I assumed there was one single toilet, and asked if this was the case. Bizarrely, it was not and the adjacent room with virtually no queue was in fact the ladies’ loos. This caused much cackling as to the reasons why “Once the men are in there, they’re in for a good 30 minutes” giggled one lady; “Yes they’re probably reading the Sunday Times” cackled another. Quick registration, hardly any loo queuing – all odd but very welcome.

So, off to the start field, where groups of people who knew each other were shouting congratulations at each other for having won tons of other races. Not unnerving at all. And there were the usual sinewy blokes running about eagerly in the cold wearing next to nothing. I positioned myself next to an intriguing looking gentleman who was not only stretching but appeared to be adopting a variety of standing yoga poses, in his Inov8s, in a field. I never saw him after the start, so I guess it worked well for him. But then I’m also very slow.

There were 271 of us, and off we trotted across a field. What a waste of time that was – on the other side was a stile, which is worth getting there early for, because otherwise you politely queue assuming that you’ll go over the stile in order of arrival, but as is often the case a whole bunch of men who generally look like Jeremy Corbyn decide that having ambled slowly over the field, this is a great time to make up 50 places by sauntering right past everyone who got there first (by running quicker as in the spirit of a foot race), and brazenly pushing in at the front.

Thus seething, I carried on. There was next a “green lane” type of path, which was actually a muddy stream, to ensure that for the next 9 miles we’d have squelchy feet. Then through a bog and up a massive hill. It went on, and on, and on. Then came the slippery yellow moss. The best way was actually on hands and feet it was so steep and slippery. Here I observed the next source of annoyance: people who ignore the instructions and don’t carry any kit whatsoever. What a great weight advantage it must give them, and apparently without any consequences as I’ve never seen kit checks at any fell races I’ve been to.

After an age, we got to the top and here the wind was crazy, and blew me sideways. Learning to run leaning into the wind along the ridge, I tried to admire the spectacular views whilst staying upright, and then down a sharp downhill towards another hill that was shaped like a traffic cone. Inevitably that was going to be next on the route. Up we went. Actually I don’t have much memory of this one. I think it’s buried deep in my subconscious and I might wake screaming tonight as it all comes flooding back in my nightmares.

Let’s just summarise the rest of it as bogs, muddy tracks (I’m talking shin deep)  with no way to avoid the stuff, a stream, woods, more hills that took a very very long time to go up, more slippery yellow moss. Just as I was thinking how good my fell shoes are on a downhill bit, my feet slid from under me and I went over backwards. To add insult to injury I actually bounced, and landed twice. Let’s put this down to the springy nature of moss; it couldn’t possibly be having a massive bottom – my glutes of iron could never have afforded a bounce like that. Surely.

Seven miles in the constant uphill was really hurting my right Achilles now. It was relentless. I just wasn’t feeling it today, having started out grumpy, what with the cheating queue jumpers and kit avoiders. I seriously considered finding a marshal and bailing, I’d had enough. But my Garmin beeped telling me it really wasn’t far now so I carried on, and the ground levelled out to be more undulating but still with standing mud pools and clay pools to run through. Although the same distance as Clywdian hills and slightly less elevation, this felt a lot tougher. The final field couldn’t come quick enough and there it was, all done. Looking back, the scenery was amazing and I’d love to go back and run it more casually, stop to take in the views, on a nice summer day. But today it was brutal.

Back to the village hall where they served lovely soup, tea and cakes. I came 242 out of 271, not a great result, especially when compared to the first lady who did it an hour quicker and was 9th overall, taking a new course record! Mercia Fell Runners put in a really strong performance, taking 7 of the top 10 places, with a huge turnout overall.
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Full consolidated parkrun results for Helsby members are at the link below, highlights include a first place for Col Bishop at Widnes and a first lady for Jenny Illedge at Phoenix
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Cheers
Gaz

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Weekly round-up 27-10 to 4-11

Firstly a message from Paul Foster regarding the upcoming XC fixture.
Hi all
The second fixture in the Liverpool & District cross country will be held at Sefton Park on 24th November 2018

This event is pre entry, so if any Helsby runners would like to run in this.
Please email me on mooeyf@hotmail.com

No later than Monday 5th November to confirm your entry.
This is a great event in the xc calendar

It is free to all Helsby first claim members.

So to all the regulars and new members Best of Luck but please check your diary before entering.
Cheers
Paul

Race Report – Lausanne Half Marathon by Geoff Collins

Richard Hankins & I took a trip to Switzerland last weekend to run the Lausanne half marathon, together with Richard’s brother Mark, a Swiss resident.  I’d seen this race advertised while on holiday earlier in the year and decided to give it a go.  A nice t-shirt and medal are included.  In fact this was my third visit to Switzerland this year.

The half was one of several races on the day, there is a marathon option, a 10k, a walking race and even a Nordic walking race!

Pre-race preparations included the usual carb loading session on Saturday night. This was at the excellent Va Piano Pasta restaurant in Lausanne.  Together with the extended Hankins family, the venue certainly proved quite an experience.
The half marathon starts in La Tour-de-Peilz near Vevey and follows the smooth well maintained closed main road in a westerly direction.  This took us back to Lausanne along the banks of Lake Geneva to finish in front of the Olympic Museum.  Lausanne is where the International Olympic Committee HQ is based.  Race entry gives you free travel on the train to La Tour.

The race unusually didn’t start till the afternoon.  This was a bit of a pain because of waiting around in the cold, but at least the rain had stopped by then.  The afternoon start is because the half follows the marathon runners along the same route.  The organisation of this race was excellent, the route is very scenic, with views across Lake Geneva towards France and the Alps.  There are many vineyards along the steep south facing slopes on our right most of the way.

The road sweeps round a lot of gentle curves, with dips and rises giving the impression it was rarely flat.   We both thought the course seemed harder than we were expecting.  It was also very cold on the day, I struggled to stay warm which wasn’t made any easier with a noticeable headwind at times.
The half marathon wasn’t a mega huge race either, just 4,328 finishers so it never felt very crowded on the course.  There was a penned start to segregate the runners, some being held back for quite a while to create more space.

It was a lovely weekend with lots to see in Lausanne, the Olympic museum being outstanding and well worth a visit, admission 18f.  Everything the Swiss do, they seem to do very well.

Results:
Winner  Alemayehu Wodajo 1h 06m

Richard Hankins 1hr 29m
(Mark Hankins 1hr 44m)
Geoff Collins 1hr 52m.

 

Fitzy send this is from Abergele 5 mile race

Myself, the captain and Hannah had been selected for “The Shire” for this one, this race being the opposite of the last one we did together in Meerbrook which was super hilly, this one being flat as a pancake apart from the caravan park hill for a few hundred metres around mile 3, but what goes up must come down, so it was super fast coming back down.

The weather forecast had been looking grim for this one, but once we got to Abergele the winds had died down and the rain had disappeared. The issue with this race is the first 2 miles are super flat and super boring, the course being an out and back along coastal path, up the steep hill and around the caravan park to come back on yourself. If you go out too fast on the first mile your screwed which is exactly what i did. The North Wales guys we were competing against where super quick, so me thinking i’m running pretty well at the minute decided to go with them, and got taught a bit of a running lesson, after the first few miles i wanted to give in.

I managed to secure a counter for Cheshire which helped us finish second (out of 2 teams ha ha) and Hannah Cowley again coming home in first place and a women’s course record. Well done Hannah. A mention also to Junior and Senior Wiggo, apparently they turn up to this one every year, I can only assume it’s because they own a caravan out here as it’s not the greatest road race i’ve ever done. Well done guys

Full results are below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Col Thompson sent in this report from Halewood 5K
Myself, Louise, Nathan Woods and Tracy Woods all ventured over to Halewood on Saturday for the monthly 5k. Excellent organisation as always and conditions were very good for fast times, I’d be rabbiting on about how fast this course was so I was a bit nervous that I’d oversold it but luckily Nathan and Tracy both smashed it with a PB each coming in at 17:22 and 25:54 respectively. Superb running guys! Thank you to Louise for the support and photos, the full results can be found at the link below.

http://knowsley-harriers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Race-3-Nov-2018.pdf

Parkrun:
Helsby members were in action around the area, highlights included a first place for Col Bishop and a 2nd Lady for Rachel Arnold

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly update 30-9 to 7-10

Firstly, a couple messages from Chris Fitz and Sue Buck

Fitzy:
Morning all, just a week to go before the Borders League season starts next Sunday. You all excited?
Race 1 is in New Brighton and it’s an out and back along the water front, 11am start, it’s free of charge, just turn up in your Helsby vest. Anyone wanting to race who doesn’t have a vest let me know, we can put you in contact with Sue Buck
There is also a Borders league taster session on Thursday 11th 6.30pm start from Tudor Road. WA7 1BD. We shall have 7,8,9 & 10 min pacers taking you around the 5 mile Norton 5 course. Would be great to see a fair few turn up to this
All details on the Borders league on the website below
http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

Sue:
I’m going to order some more hoodies as it seems winter is here. Unfortunately, the price has gone up, so the next lot will be £18.  Please let me Sue Buck know the size as well.

parkrun
Full results for Helsby members at last weeks parkruns are below, including a first place for Jenny Illidge at Phoenix Park

https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Chester Marathon 2018 by Col Thompson

The last time I ran a marathon was in London 2013, over five years ago. At that particular time I was aiming for the coveted “sub 3” which I managed to get (just) and I swore I’d never do another one, the pain of that race is still etched into my mind to this day! I stuck to my guns on this until recently when Louise got sick and I wanted to do something to give back to the unit who cared for her last year.

I’d heard good things about the Chester Marathon, although not the flattest marathon around the organisation always gets great reviews and it’s right on our doorstep, so my place was duly booked and training started. I decided to follow a specific training plan this time from a book called “P&D Advanced Marathoning” I’ve never followed a plan before but seeing other runners I know successfully follow the plan and set themselves big PBs, it seemed like the logical thing to do.

So my 12 week training block started back in July and I had my ups and downs with it. We had one of the hottest summers on record so most of my training was done late at night, I also developed plantar fasciitis in the second week which I had to train through and I then hurt my achilles in the final week (on a treadmill in work for charity believe it or not!) but I managed to stick to the training sessions as best as I could and arrived on the start line relatively injury free. I think following an intense training plan with weekly mileage up to 70mpw was always going to be a challenge and I expected to pick up little niggles along the way.

So race day arrived, I had a target time of 2.45 in my mind but plan B was sub 2.50 if things didn’t go to plan as it would still be a big PB for me. I arrived at the race course and the weather was glorious, dry and sunny and cool with no wind, perfect! Chester race course was a great venue to host the start and finish, plenty of porta loos and everything was very easy to find, the organisation was top notch. I bumped into Spiderman AKA Gaz Boyd at one point who runs marathons for fun these days now he’s an ultra man! Great to see Gaz running well again. Race day nerves were starting to kick in and I did a short warm up and made my way over to the start line where I bumped into Fitzy who was pacing the sub 3 hour group, we shook hands and wished each other luck and then we were off…

The course takes you through Chester City centre, over the River Dee and out towards North Wales, then back to Chester with a finish at the race course. It was a nice route, gently undulating through country roads and it looped through some beautiful little villages where the locals came out to support which was nice to see. At the halfway mark everything was going to plan, I had stuck to the required pace and fuelling strategy I’d practiced in training (gel block and water every 4 miles) and was feeling great at this point, I breezed through at exactly 1.22.30. Things were pretty uneventful until I hit a hill at 16 miles and the pace dropped, I also started feeling some pain in my achilles which had been bothering me in the final week of training. After this point I just couldn’t maintain the required pace for target time and as the miles ticked by I could see the pace dropping further and further. Time for plan B! A quick mental calc and I realised if I could hang on I would still be in with a shout of sub 2.50, I then passed the 20 mile marker and I entered the dreaded final 6.2 miles! It doesn’t matter how much training you do, nothing can prepare you for those final 6 and a bit miles of hell in a marathon! It really becomes a mental and physical battle, I was desperately trying to keep the pace below 6.50 per mile and my achilles was getting worse and now the course was getting more hilly. I stopped looking at the watch and just concentrated on my gait and stride which I adjusted slightly and things settled down a little. 22, 23…then mile 24. I’d heard about the “huge hill” here and it didn’t disappoint, with 24 miles in the legs it felt like a mountain! It’s there that I heard a big cheer and someone shouting my name, I looked over and Gaz O’Connor and Helen Owens were at the top of the hill, I think I managed a small wave (sorry guys!) but it gave me the boost I needed and from there I managed to hang on in the last 2 miles and finish in 2:48:56, a ten minute PB! I was elated! My mum and Louise were there to greet me at the finish which was amazing!

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Fitzy managed to pace the sub 3 group perfectly finishing in just under 3 hours and we had some other fantastic results from the Green Army. Neil Finegan finished in 3:05:15 as he prepares for the Snowdonia Marathon and Spiderman finished in 3:54:51, well done mate. Ben Williams also had a strong run to finish in 4:12, not quite the sub 4 he was hoping for but I don’t think Chester is the best course to go for a PB and I’m sure he’ll achieve it on a flatter course.

So in summary it was one of my most memorable races, it’s always nice when you work hard for something with months of training and it pays off on race day. It also helps to have a very supportive and understanding partner, Louise has been my rock these last few months, even when I was nipping out at 10pm for a 20 mile run she never complained! The best result we got from the day was the amount of money we raised for CANtreat though, over £700! Thank you to all members who donated it really means a lot to us.

Will I do another one? If someone asked me that two days ago I’d have said double defo no, but now the pain has faded and I’ve analysed my race a bit more, I hear Manchester is one of the fastest courses in the UK…. ;-

Weekly update 6-8-18 to 12-818

Notices
Firstly a message from Phil Gillard about the Fell Relays

Ladies and gents,

We have entered 3 teams in this year’s fell relays which will be held on Saturday 20th October in Grasmere (the Lake District). For those of you who are new to this event, it is a relay event staged over four legs the first and last legs are solo affairs (this year between 4 and 5 miles), the second leg is a pairs leg (about 7 miles) and the third leg is a pairs navigation leg, so teams of 6 runners.

I have had a look over the legs and they look really interesting! – https://britishfellrelays2018.org.uk/category/course-information/leg-3/

In order to enter you need 3 things:
• To have some fell racing experience, it is ok if you are not that confident we can put you on one of the shorter legs or match you with a more experienced runner.
• To have full kit required for most fell races
• To let me know if you are interested
Once we know who is interested we will put the teams together.
I will also arrange a day up in the Lakes for those who want to reccie the routes – probably legs 1 and 2 because leg 4 is fully flagged
So please either send me a message or e-mail on phil.gillard1@btinternet.com
Cheers Phil

Jackie Keasley asks that anyone who can help with the following please contact here at jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Dear Cheshire Officials
I would be grateful if you let me know if you are available to assist at two endurance events being held in Cheshire this autumn.
The first is the North West Counties Road Relays, which is being held at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8th September 2018, first race at 10.10am. The North West Road Relays were due to be hosted by Greater Manchester this year, but they were unable to provide a suitable venue so Cheshire has stepped in at the last minute to ensure the event goes ahead. There are more details on the attached prospectus. We am looking for officials to help at the start, finish and take-overs. Please let me know as soon as possible if are available.
Secondly, the Cheshire Schools Athletic Association is hosting the Dave Sunderland Inter County Schools Cross Country event on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Knights Grange, Winsford. This annual event will involve teams from up to 10 counties. Cheshire County AA have agreed to assist Cheshire Schools at this event and again we are looking for officials to work at the start and finish. Please let me know if you are available.
Finally, please note that the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships are being held at Birchwood on Saturday 5th January 2019. I will be in touch again nearer the time to ask for availkabilities for this event.
Regards
Alan Morris

Cheshire County Officials’ Secretary
The Road Relays are being held at Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2JD

on Saturday, 8th September 2018

10:10 Under 11 Girls/Boys 3 x 1.2km £10 per team
10:45 Under 13 Girls 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
11:25 Under 13 Boys 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:00 Under 15 Girls 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:00 Under 17 Women 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:30 Under 15 Boys 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
13:00 Senior Women 3 x 6.2km £15 per team
13:00 Under 17 Men 3 x 6.2km £10 per team
14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.2km £20 per team
Age Groups as at 31 August 2018. Under 13s must be at least 11 years old on the day.
Juniors (U20s) compete in the Senior events.

ALL runners must be first claim members of their club for road running; CLUB VESTS must be worn.

All athletes must be paid up members of England Athletics

County qualification : Club athletes can only compete in the county championship in which they are eligible by birth or residence. Rule 9 UKA rule for competition 2015
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AWARDS: North West awards to the first eligible team in each event and fastest leg awards in each age category. Each County will decide on the awards for their respective County Championship.
Cumbrian Clubs are entitled to enter the North West Relays.

ENTRIES : Please note carefully

1. Online Only via Sportsoft at http://www.race-results.co.uk
2. Each club is responsible for ensuring all runners used on the day are eligible as described above as 1st claim for road running on the date of competition and their EA affiliation is paid.

Closing date for entries is Sunday 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018

No Late Entries !!

This event is organised by Cheshire County Athletic Association with the
co-operation of The Forestry Commission, Delamere Forest.
Note that parking at Delamere is pay and display: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7ptdab
Whitefield car park is the nearest to the start and finish area, and the designated car park for the event.

Fitzy sent in this poster from the British Mile Relays

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Debbie Reade sent this in from the 2 Hillforts Fell Race
Sunday afternoon saw 8 Felsbies travel to Wales to take part in the 2 Hillforts Fell Race. Great to see Mario back racing on the fells, unfortunately, something pinged in his calf and he had to walk the last 2 miles.

The race is 9.25 miles (15k) long with 2000 ft (516m) ascent and covers the two bumps along from Moel Famau – Penycloddian and Moel Arthur.
Although classed as a fell race, it’s more like a hilly multi terrain race with quite a lot of Tarmac, some fields, cart tracks, woods, wide grassy tracks and just the one technical descent amongst bracken and heather.
The route was very scenic with some beautiful views and was well marshalled at main turnings and well marked with tape at the more remote, however there were a couple of very long pathways which, although it seemed obvious which way to go it could have done with a bit more tape to reassure you that you were going the right way, especially if you couldn’t see the runner in front.

The admin however was shambolic. Entry to the race varied depending which site you used – the organiser’s said pre entry only and the Welsh Fellrunners site said entry on the day (as it happens both were valid) We decided to pre enter but that may have been a mistake as there was a software malfunction and it seems that the online entrants data was incorrect. Chris and I were down as F40, Sue was a senior, several were unattached, one of our emergency contacts got an email thanking him for entering the race – and so the list went on. Consequently, although Chris finished 1st F50 (4th lady overall) and I was 1st F60 we missed out on the wine or chocolates.

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81 runners took part – 52 male and 29 female.
Adam 7/52
Edward 13/52
Christine 5/29
Phil 33/52
Debbie 10/29
Becky 14/29
Sue 15/29
Mario 48/52

Parkrun
Full results from this weeks parkruns are below
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721
Cheers
Gaz

 

Weekly Update 8-7-18 to 15-7-18

New Members

Please can you all welcome Liam Jones and Ben Gelister who have just joined the club. Also, please can you welcome back Jonathan Hardman who has rejoined after an absence of a year or two.

Its off to Snowdon for this weeks first race report
Jason and I (Rebecca Tate, aka Mildred Thehen!) completed the Always Aim High Snowdonia trail half marathon yesterday. It was the most gruelling run I’ve ever done, by a large margin! As a sub-2 hour runner on the flat, this one took me over 3 hours 30! But with over 4,000 feet elevation gain, which hurt just as much down hill as it did up hill, that’s not surprising!

We started at 9.45am from Llanberis, with the usual sunshine and a nice breeze. The first few miles were the sorts of uphill gradient we have locally, with some beautiful scenery, most memorably running along the side of a valley with the long swirly colourful snake of runners up on the path ahead and behind.

Then the proper climbing set in and we could only walk for miles, until we were up into a cloud, with the summit hoped for but never in sight! There we experienced the more traditional British summer weather: cold, windy and foggy, lovely! Eventually we reached the top, and didn’t quite head to the summit, but took the Llanberis Path back down.

This is where the falls started, with each heavy thud marking another person crashing down. The camaraderie was great, with runners stopping to help each other and check they were ok, and the cheerful injured carrying on with blood dripping from elbows, knees and alarmingly, heads.

Apparently those that I saw were alright, though in the distance the Air Ambulance seemed to be having a busy day. Hopefully all were ok.
Once we got out of the cloud, the spectacular views and sunshine returned; we ran past the halfway café and could see the little mountain trains chugging up and down, and the blue lake of Llanberis at the bottom.

As we reached the town again, via the agonisingly steep tarmac lane, we had only completed 10 miles. In some pain by now, we expected there might be a gentle jog round the lake to make up the distance. We were very wrong. “It’s only a Parkrun left now” I thought, also very wrongly. No, we were sent up to the top of the old slate quarry on the opposite side of the lake, another climb of around 800 feet all within less than a mile!

It was descending from here that I became the next faller, failing to spot a stone and going completely over on my ankle; I felt it crunch. However, having strapped it up with my neck buff, it got me back down to the finish and seems unscathed, which is more than can be said for every other bit of my legs today…!

The finish took us back to the event field, where some enthusiastic crowd support was a real boost. The event organisers had issued free cowbells to supporters, and had printed our names on the race numbers, so all the way round we were being shouted on by name by complete strangers! Gels and energy drinks at the drinks stations were very welcome too. There were lots of snacks at the finish, and stalls to browse, and a lovely atmosphere.

I came 146th out of 316 for gender, 481st overall. Jason was 5 minutes quicker, finishing 437th overall. He’s walking quite normally today, so clearly wasn’t trying hard enough!

And onto Col B for a report on the Dearnford Relay

Wednesday 11th July saw 7 teams of 3 from Helsby head over to Alderford Lake for a 6 mile multiterrain relay. Each team member running a 2 mile leg around the lake. Congratulations to Fitzy, El Capitano and myself for 3rd place in the men’s this is an improvement on the previous 2 years when we have achieved 4th place. All teams from Helsby had cracking runs with the ladies getting 4th place. We had 4 mens team in the top 19 out of 21 male teams with 3rd, 10th, 16th and 19th place. Ladies had two teams with 4th and 10th place and one mixed team who I believe came 20th put of 36 mixed teams. So my maths is not fantastic but I work out we had 7 teams who all did really well out of 79 teams.

This really is worth the ride out and putting in the diary for next year.😊
Great team spirit from all at the green army thanks for support from Richard and his boys, Joe, Mario, June and bump, Louise and Jane and anyone I may have missed off. Big thank to Mrs B for our post race picnic…..Quote a few envious looks from other teams.
Cheers Bish

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Helsby members were out in parkruns throughout the area including an amazing Helsby first and second male and first female at Phoenix Park. Full results for the week are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly update 11-6-18 17-6-18

Firstly a notice from Debbie Read about a Ladies 5k

Wednesday 4th July 7:30 Ladies 5k. £5:50 Entries on line or on the night (£1 extra) ages 12+

This is a lovely race organised by Spectrum Striders. Starting and finishing in Forest Park (2 minutes from M62 j11) it’s a flat, multi terrain route, mainly on traffic free tarmac or packed earth footpaths through grasslands and woods with a short stretch on road.  All abilities – last year the winning time was 19 minutes and the last runner home took 55 minutes.

Usual age category prizes. All finishers get flowers and if you stay behind and put your number in the box there’s 20 lucky dip prize winners, last year it was running socks.

The park has a children’s playground, a large playing field and a small outdoor gym-perfect for a family outing.

It would be great to see lots of green vests there, especially the less experienced of you – it’s an ideal race to start you off, not too big (about120 runners) well marshalled so you won’t get lost, family friendly venue, flowers, water but maybe most importantly for the more timid among you, no competitive men 😉 Dare I suggest picnic blankets, a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to celebrate green army under our flutter flag at the end?

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/forest-park-ladies-5k

Parkrun
Helsby members were in parkrun action throughout the area, full results can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10K, which was a club road counter. Ian Hamling saw all the hard work pay off as he bagged a well deserved sub 40 minute 10K and John Rossiter secured 2nd place in the M60 category. Congratuations to both. Full Helsby results are below

Ian Hamling Male 00:39:38
Richard Hankins 00:39:45
John Rossiter 00:43:13
Roy Gaskill 00:45:14
Kate Mann 00:54:36
Geoff Shaw 00:59:21
Janet Shaw 01:03:44

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(Thanks to Kate Mann’s Dad for the picture)

Finally, Jackie K sent in this years list of club awards

Below is the full list of trophy winners from last nights annual presentation evening TrophyFest. Thanks for making a great #greenarmy celebration of running evening and well done to everyone on every counter you’ve ran. Here’s to even more in 2018/19!! Special thanks to Dave & Lesley for the excellent BBQ and Chris for the music. The next couple of weeks of Monday & Wednesday training sessions I will be giving mini presentations before the start to those who could not make it last night.

Helsby Running Club Championships 2017-2018

Roads Championship

Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V40 Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Jim Jones
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Janet Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V40 Winner Jane Ashbrook
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Debbie Read

Fells Championship

Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Jim O’Hara
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Adam Gordon
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Senior Winner Max Wainwright
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Paul Cunningham
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V55 Winner Phil Gillard
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Senior Winner Katie Lord
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold

Cross Country Championship

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s Champion Ian Rutherford
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Davyd Mitchell
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Gareth Boyd
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Steve Riley
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Chris Morgan

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner Lucinda Lamb
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V35 Winner Emily Smith
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Borders League

Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Chris Fitzpatrick
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Ian Rutherford
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Senior Winner Chris Collins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Roy Gaskill
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V60 Winner John Rossiter
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Charlie Roberts

Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Champion Rachel Holden
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner June Whitehead
Ladies V45 Winner Alison Halsall
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Sue Buck
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Club Champions

Men’s Club Champion 2017/18 Men’s Club Champion Ian Rutherford
Ladies Club Champion 2017/18 Ladies Club Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes

Mini Fells

Men’s Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Men’s Mini Fells Champion Davyd Mitchell
Ladies Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Ladies Mini Fells Champion Katie Lord

Trail Series

Men’s Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Men’s Trail Series Champion Adam Gordon
Ladies Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Ladies Trail Series Champion Debbie Read

Runners Runner 2017/18 Chris Fitzpatrick

Most Improved Runner 2017/18 Mens Winner Chris Collins
2017/18 Ladies Winner Emily Smith

Greatest Comeback 2017/18  Richard Hankins

Best Allrounder 2017/18 Mens Winner Geoff Collins
Ladie’s Winner Tanya Downes

 

Cheers

Gaz

Weekly Update 14th May to 20th May

Firstly an important note from Tim Palmer

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Full results for Helsby members at parkruns last week can be found below

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

 

Laura BH sent this in from Lads Leap Inter Counties Champs

7 Helsby runners made the trip east to Glossop on Saturday for the Inter Counties Fell Champs race, Lads Leap. 3 swapped their green vests for the black and yellow of Cheshire to race against other UK counties. The races were split into a women’s and men’s race. The ladies set off at midday on a scorching day – the race is an out and back course which I am never of a fan of – hard to enjoy the descent when you know you are going to have run back up the same way very shortly! It does allow you to see the race leaders though – as they ran past I did have the overriding thought that the leaders were half my age. Not used to seeing such youth at a fell race!! The heat and less than a week after a hilly marathon didn’t provide my best performance but it was privilege to represent Cheshire and an experience to race against some very quick runners!

The Cheshire ladies came 12th (out of 14 and ahead of Merseyside!) and a big thank you to Sue and Rachel for coming to race and support, especially as the number of non counties runners was very low! Well done to Rachel for winning her category.

The Cheshire men came 14th (out of 18, and just behind Merseyside!) and thank you to Jimmy and Ben for racing and supporting the men.

And of course thank you to Joe and Mario for supporting.

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Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/ladsinter.pdf

 

Ben Williams sent this in from Roseberry Romp fell race

Work took me to Middlesbrough this week, and so I scouted the FRA website for any suitable local races. I hit on the Roseberry Romp which looked like my kind of run at 5.1 miles and 1050ft climb. Organised by the National Trust, it climbs Roseberry Topping which is an odd looking hill just south of Teesside.

On registering, there were plenty of fellrunning club vests around but also many runners without club colours, so I was reassured that I wasn’t going to be totally out of my depth. The atmosphere was very like our local short fell races – very informal and friendly, lots of people spotting my vest and asking where Helsby is – clearly news of the #greenarmy hasn’t made it to Teesside.

The race itself was good fun – I had no idea what to expect, so made a mess of the pacing. I hung back at the start and got caught in the back of the pack, not realising that most of the course was single file trail paths where passing was very difficult. I’d expected the route to be steep from the off but it wasn’t, the initial stages were mostly woodland trail with gradual climb, then there were steep climbs up Roseberry Topping itself and Little Roseberry, which isn’t much ‘littler’ than the main hill. The descents were on paths paved with rough blocks where it was hard to get any kind of rhythm, though the paths became easier lower down the hillside. The hill is high enough that it was in the clouds, so no views but it was nice and cool.

I stayed for the prizegiving, which was lucky as I got a spot prize of a pair of socks worth more than my entry fee, so winner!
Results will be on the NT Roseberry Topping facebook page apparently, no sign of them yet.

Kate Mann wrote this report for the Liverpool RnR marathon.

When I entered the Chester Marathon last year saying I just wanted to complete one marathon and never do another, everyone told me that I would be signing up to another in no time and somehow they were right!! Two half marathon PBs earlier this year had me considering whether it might now be possible to beat the 4hr 8mins that I had finished Chester in so I decided to enter the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon. I have done the half a couple of times before but never thought I’d be lining up to do the marathon distance. After a few weeks of questionable training due to a hamstring strain,

I was hopeful, though not very confident, of a sub-4 finish (starting in corral number 2, I was more than a little concerned that I had very much over estimated my finish time when registering!!). I love the city of Liverpool and the route takes in all of the sights including a lap around Everton’s Goodison Park and then (annoyingly for me) followed by a run through the foyer of Anfield. It then returns back to the city centre before heading out towards the city’s parks. The support around the course was great particularly in and round the centre, and there was plenty of water and gels available – a big relief considering how hot it was that day! The added benefit of the RnR series is the selection of bands and DJs around the route, which definitely adds to the atmosphere of the day! The last 3 or 4 miles follow the Otterspool Promenade and although it is flat, it just seems to go on for forever and ever, and unfortunately not even a breeze off the Mersey to keep us cool!

I decided at around 7 miles that I would stick like glue to the 3:45 pacers for as long as I could and found myself making friends with one of them (who I think was Italian) and he hilariously kept telling me off every time I looked at my watch or used a gel (both completely unnecessary he told me), as well as shouting at me to shorten my stride every time we went up hill at all. I found myself dropping just behind him every now and again to sneak a gel without him noticing!! He was such a great help though and kept me focused in the warm conditions. After we hit 22 miles or so, I started to drift ahead of the pacers and finished in the official time of 3:37:44 (3:38:20 according to my watch) – a marathon PB of over 30 mins.

Overall, I (weirdly) thoroughly enjoyed the race and think the RnR races are loads of fun and well organised – remains to be seen whether I will enter any more marathons though!

Big well done also to the other Helsby runners I saw on the day – Paul, Tim Ste!

Weekly Round up 16-4 to 22-4

Notices

Firstly a bit of “good news, bad news” to start the blog off. Please welcome new member Chris Lloyd to the club, also Derek Morris and Helen Owens are back.

Also, Tim Palmer asks that people check their Emails for the “opt in” message sent a few weeks back to stay on the clubs mailing lists.

On to the races, CBH sent in this report from the Lake District

Teenager with Altitude and the Anniversary Waltz.

A rather hot Saturday saw four Helsby vests in the stunning Newlands valley for the final running of the Teenager and Anni Waltz. The Anni Waltz was established by Wynn and Steve Cliff to mark their wedding anniversary, but with Steve’s sad passing following a long and inspirational battle with Motor neurone disease, Wynn has decided this would be the last time she runs it. I know Wynn personally as she orchestrated the support for my Bob Graham back in 2012. Steve and Wynn were true servants to fell running – involved in the FRA, Wynn was even an honorary member of the Bob Graham club having spent years supporting rounds (up to 50 per year!) The numbers at the event were simply huge and it was a fitting tribute to Steve and his life.

Max, Jimmy and I toed the line at the Teenager whilst Laura took on the Anni Waltz – those that ran it as a fell counter last year will attest to the brutal start of the Waltz. After a short run down the road it’s straight up Robinson (the last top on the Bob Graham) and then it’s round to Dale Head, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells before descending back down to the start; at 11.5 miles and 3600 feet of ascent it’s a stiff challenge. The Teenager packs in an extra 4000 feet of climb in a mere 4 additional miles – a total beast of a race.

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Unsurprisingly it was Max that took an early lead in the Teenager over Jimmy and me. Jimmy and I exchanged the lead a few times and ran together for parts, but it was easy to get totally distracted by the surrounding beauty. Days like this in the lakes are rare and the views were simply endless. I’d never been to this part of the lakes and, as always, I was blown away by it. We’re so fortunate to have it 2 hours down the road from us.
Race wise Max was off near the front and never came back into sight. He passed Laura near the top of Robinson and finished joint 18th and over 30 minutes ahead. Given the quality of field that’s a simply fantastic performance! I managed to overtake Jimmy around Whiteless Pike and then, despite descending the wrong side of the mountain due to being momentarily drawn in by the views of Buttermere, I managed to get back on track and maintain the slim lead down to Newland Hause.

From here I ran scared, never knowing where Jimmy was, whether he’d got a better line than me or when he was going to breeze past me. Suffering a bout of cramp down the inside of my left leg as I climbed from Dalehead tarn up to Maiden Moor my heart sank as I expected the inevitable. Impossible to stretch out, I had to crack on and hope it would subside. Only three streams exist on the route so water had been a problem; as I descended from maiden moor I was a dead man running. My hopes of catching up with Laura on the route were long gone.

The final descent was pitiful and the finally ~1k of road was pure torture as ghosts of Jimmy flew past me, but I hung on and finished in just under 4 hours. Laura had a great race, in a truly massive field. The results are not out yet and I couldn’t see straight to note them down on the day! Every participant received an engraved glass from their respective race, a meal and free beer. A true community race that has put £000’s to charity over the years, has kept a community centre open and all for £9 a head. I sincerely hope that somebody else picks up the race and ensure it continues… I certainly want to run it again!

Davyd Michell sent in these 2 race reports

Two Sundays ago 4 green army vests took to the start line at the Bebington oval for 4 laps of the track in the Wirral AC 1 mile. This was the 1st race of 4 in the Wirral endurance series, the others being a 3k, 5k and 10k.
Its not often that you get to run a timed mile race and this meant quite a large field of 25 runners took to the line with some familiar faces from border league races present. The pace was as expected quick and the field spread out rapidly. 1st green vest home was Fitzy in a quick 5:07.01 for 7th place, Ian was next in 13th with and impressive 5:37.09 given that he has been strong armed into the race have already done a tough hill session in the morning!. I had a good battle with Peter and just managed sneak home inside 6mins with 5:59.12 for 17th with Peter one place behind in 6:11.47. Full results are here

Mens – https://tinyurl.com/yalnw5go
Womens – https://tinyurl.com/yd2www3h

Two days later saw me on the start line in Battersea park for the Veterans Athletic Club 5 miler. This happen to coincide with a work trip to London and made a pleasant change from and evening in hotels/work. The event is open to any Vet and is held monthly on a Tuesday night, if you happen to be a member of a masters athletics club you also get a £1 discount so this was a bit of a bargain for me at £4 for a certified 5 mile race. It was a nice sunny evening and 33 runners lined up for just under 3 laps of the park. The course is flat and apart from dodging a few other parks users and makes for a pretty quick course. I came home in a uneventful 34:31 for a mid table 15th position and something to build on for future races as work will enable me able to make most of the series.

Details of the dates of the other races can be found here as I know there are a few of us that find ourselves in London for work.
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Fixtures.html

Full results here
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Results-2018.html#17/04

parkrunFull, consolidated results for the week for Helsby members can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby weekly roundup 19-3 to 25-3

Firstly a message from Chris Fitz
This years Dearnford Lake Relays are to be held on Thursday 12th July 7.30pm. It opens for entries early April, and will sell out very quickly. It was £5 each last year (£15 per team), presume it will be the same this year.

For those who have not raced it before, you team up as a relay team of 3, someone runs the first leg, someone second leg, and yep you guessed it someone the 3rd leg as well (Sorry I have to explain this as Rachel still struggles to grasp what a relay means). Each leg is 1 lap of the lake as surrounding fields and is 2 miles long.

Once I know numbers we can sort teams, we try and put you in a team of similar paced runners but we will cater for everyone. After the race, it’s a beer and a burger….Bonus!

If interested contact
fitzpatrick__chris@hotmail.com

CBH sent in this report from LLantysilio Fell Race

Weather was decent for our first fell counter of the season at Llantysilio this weekend and the race was well supported by the Green Army (so much so we won a prize for the club with the most entries!) Situated just outside Llangollen, the race starts with a brief bit of road before a stiff climb up to the first top and onto a series of fields and farm tracks.

Between the sweat and tears I was just about able to enjoy the scenery before we headed up and along the fire road tracks to Moel-y-Gamelin. The clag was hanging around the tops on the way there so keeping sight of people ahead became difficult, but made for a great game of cat and mouse with no respite or place to hide. From the top, rather than dropping down to the Ponderosa on the Horseshoe pass the race turns right along a long and fantastic series of well defined single track paths which really make or break the racers. Hoovering up the guys in front on the final climb and along this single track was very positive, but in the end I ran out of distance to breach the top ten. The final section returns to the tarmac for a killer “never ending” finish.

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All in all a great race, won by friend of the club Jez Brown of Buckley and the 20 Fell points going to Adam Gordon and Laura Baynham-Hughes – Laura also managed to bag 3rd overall and was first vet 40… again a little bit more distance and that could well have been a second place. Special mention to Emily Smith who was taking on her first fell race. Coming into the finish with a massive smile on her face (and that wasn’t just pure relief). Fantastic work by all the Felsby section of the Green Army – if you’ve ever been tempted or are curious then come along next time and give it a go. There is always a lift, warm welcome and a true sense of freedom to be had.

Results and (lots of) photos can be found on the Helsby Facebook page

 

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The full consolidated results for Helsby parkruners can be found below. Highlights include a win for Colin Bishop at Phoenix and 2nd Lady for Rachael Holden at Widnes

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

 

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC Weekly Update

Notices/Reminders
****Tattenhall Border League race on Sunday is off due to the weather*****

Sport Relief 
How about getting your family to join in this fun event down at Helsby Community Sports Club on Sunday 18th March afternoon.
Please let me know asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or facebook) if you can supply someone to marshal, only looking for a dozen and they are all close to the club as the route consists of loops of the football, tennis, bowls & rugby pitches.
Also if anyone is First Aid qualified and can be on stand by on the day please let me know. It should be a much quieter day than the Four Villages & much warmer!

Sports-Relief-2018

Onto the races

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Consolidated parkrun results for Helsby members are below including the first place finish by Col Thompson at Phoenix
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Steve Riley sent this in from Darwen

A first for me – a night time fell race. Jamie D’s home club, Darwen Dashers puts on the most excellent Dark Un. Jamie signed me up for this, telling me how utterly great it was …and then realised he’d double-booked himself. Not a bother though, I lined up with work colleague Dave and combined the evening with a meeting nearby. I was pleasantly surprised to sign in and pick up the race number from an old school friend and former Darwen President – small (fell-running) world and all that.
So this was head-torch race on the moors above Darwen. Starting downhill through the woods to spread the field out and then a long steady climb, passing a couple of ghosts (marshalls), up onto the moors and into the wind, a mobile disco playing Beach Music, a mix of tracks, frozen grass, tussocks and the occasional not-so-frozen bog. Pretty good run for me – 24/72 over around 5m/800′ climbing. Dave came a brilliant 8th (I let him beat me, to avoid a difficult annual review). Crisp air, ice, brilliantly marshalled, finish in the pub, free crisps. What’s not to like?

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Benajmin Crossley sent this from Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race

Sunday 25th February, The Sun was out, the skies clear, the temperature below zero, possibly the most beautiful day of the year so far. Or so it felt for the 70+ runners all bouncing round the fields, wrapped up in thermals, ready to take part in the first Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race. Green army runners being myself and Jimmy (Bucky) O’Hara.

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Runners were handed a map each and it was left to them to navigate their way round the 17mile 27KM) unmarked course.. and depending your choices, this could be longer with more or less ascent to stretch your legs over.  In my case I covered bob on 17mile with 3,528ft climb. Did I nail the navigation with a perfect route choice? Some people may think so.. my legs certainly did not. As I’m sure most are aware covering distances like this is always tough.. but when its off road and trail that 17 miles feels more like 30, a bottle of tequila and a kick a teeth.

The group all started together but as we approached Moel Famau the group split, up and over or round leading to check point 1. I took the round and as usual went all in at the start so was blowing out of my **** by the time I reached the first check point.

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The group at this point then really started to sparse, so if you were planning on following the heard and hoping for the best you were out of luck. I soon found myself on my own, scrambling through brambles, up and down the valleys searching for the sheep tracks. Luckily the brief practise I have had in navigation, mostly theory work in my bedroom with printed off maps and my cheap compass paid off. I think once you get your head round that, and how to bring the contour lines to life then it soon makes sense (a little help of a friendly Garmin letting you know how high up you are does the trick also)

Every so often I’d stop to take a breath and enjoy the scenery. I was blown away with how clear you could see Snowdonia and Snowdon as i came across the top of Moel Dywyll. This is what really does it for me. You don’t get the same felling of freedom with such beautiful surroundings when your focusing on fast pace concrete slapping (no offence to the road runners). There is just a sense of clarity and peace I get from running trails, fells, hills. It’s an adventure not a race.

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Feel like I’ve rambled a bit here so I’ll bring it to an end. The race took us from the start in Cilcain over to the carpark below Foel Fenlli stretching out to Penycloddiau and then some, then back to Cilcian, including a final climb up the steps from the cattle grid at the bottom of Moel Arthur up to the top of Moel Llys-y-coed.

In total it took me 4hrs with Jimmy completing it in 3hr22. It was a testing but highly enjoyable race to grit your teeth and get stuck in to, which I would recommend to anyone keen on off trail running. Winning male and female were Neil Talbott (Ambleside AC) 2hr28 and Hayley Evans (Buckley) 3hr08. Full results

https://tinyurl.com/ybldv5eo

Fitzy sent this report in from Village Bakery Half

Not sure how to follow on from Phil Tomkinson’s report from last week, so I will definitely not talk about my massive PB, I promise 😊 So just a short report from me.

What a cracking day for racing Sunday was for our 1st road counter of the season, ok yes it was Baltic, ok yes there was a little bit of wind coming in from Siberia apparently, but at least it wasn’t right in your face, actually every corner you turned it seemed to be across you. 10 of us made it over to Wrexham’s finest industrial estate, which actually isn’t as bad as people make out, there’s plenty of country lanes to navigate around with most of them seeming like they are down hill, few laps past the Cornflakes factory, and then back up the slight incline at the end and a very well supported finish, to be greeted by someone giving out free Welsh cakes, rather than Bara Brith, what’s happened to the Bara Brith? It’s the only reason I turn up!

Anyway, less about me, i said i wouldn’t talk about my needs. It’s a definite PB course, very flat but that slight incline really does catch you out at the end of 13.1 fastish miles.

PB’s galore from what i could work out on social media yesterday, plus a few tears, and some not so glamorous photo’s eh Rachael. Richard Hankins, Peter Rodriguez, Kate Mann, Rob Hough, Rachael Holden, and Gary O’Connor (best of 2018 anyway) all PB’d , sorry if I have missed anyone off the list, if I have you didn’t brag enough about it like me, ooopppsss sorry like the others did on social media!
https://tinyurl.com/yamzlafn

Debbie Read sent in this from XC
Sunday saw the final cross country race of the season, and what a beautiful morning it was for running. Although it was the driest I’ve ever known the course at Birchwood, it still didn’t disappoint with the almost knee deep mud in places and of course the infamous “Julian’s Lake”.

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Due to it being half term and The Village Bakery half marathon it was a very depleted Green Army that turned up and with the exception of youngster Gareth the army were all in their 50’s and 60’s. That didn’t stop us though – we did ourselves proud – ladies finishing 7th on the day and an incomplete gents team finishing 15th.

Overall Helsby women finished 3rd out of 21 teams in the league and the gents finished joint 10th out of 21. Well done to all the runners who contributed throughout the season.
Spikes washed and drying ready for next season.

 

And finally, reports that from hereon the 25th of February will be a national holiday named “Fitzys PB Day” have yet to be confirmed.

 

Cheers

Gaz