Weekly blog 20th May to 26th May

Notice: Please come along & support this “Keeping Well in the Community” event to be held at Helsby Community Centre between 10 & 2 on Sat 8th June.Betty will be there running a HRC stall telling folks about the benefits of running & HRC, Helens couch to 5K & Frodsham Joggers. Please pop in if you can to see what’s going on & support Betty spreading the running word!

CBH sent in this report from his Dragon’s Back/ Wales Coast to Coast attempt.

What a week – many of you will know I’ve been away racing down Wales in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for those with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). I’ve been truly humbled by the response, support and generosity I received from my friends, colleagues and even some people I don’t know! It’s a very personal charity given that they helped me to get back on my feet so Thank you so very much for providing the fuel to the fire I needed to finish.If you missed out first time around and wish to contribute to this amazing cause please visit here, I’d love to burst £3k: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cbh-dragon so if you’ve got a spare fiver or even more then please don’t be shy 😊

The race itself went even better than I predicted. Starting off I felt really under prepared due to a lack of mountain miles in my legs. Injuries have really taken their toll over the last 18 months and so to finish the incredible day 1 route within 20 minutes of my 2017 time was really surprising. A quick wash in the stream and plenty of food later I was starting to fear I’d gone too hard and would feel the impact the next day.

Day 2 is arguably the toughest due to the terrain; it’s certainly the roughest in Wales. Navigation was going well and there was more scope for good lines Vs the suggested route. The route gives loads of scope to play with the mountains; working with them more than trying to dominate and conquer them. Dropping off the first Rhinog I took a chance that I could find a good wide line and it paid off. I saved ~30 minutes and only had two 6ft drops to content with. The mental boost that a well navigated line gives is huge and I comfortably flew across the rest of the course despite the heat.

The heat played a huge part in the race, it wasn’t just hot, it was also close, meaning you simply don’t cool down as the sweat clings rather than evaporates. Combine that with the lack of streams around in both Northern and Southern Snowdonia and it’s a real problem.

Day 3 started well, but after a massive high in Machynlleth (due to a slush puppy machine, ice cream, bottle of coke and a trip to the chippy for a fish bap) I felt totally drained on the second half, plus my right knee was really hurting and would prove to be a problem going forward. Whilst I had fantastic company I just felt it was a roasting hot death march. I struggled to eat that evening and felt done.Sleep is a healer. I woke up positive and got going. I had soon caught up with my friends and we made reasonable time across to the half way drop bag. The second half of the day I got on it.

The Elan valley is covered in tussocks (baby’s heads) so it’s hard to move swiftly, but I managed to keep it moving and really put some time away. Maybe it was the promise of a hog roast at the pub next to Day 4 camp? Getting in I had a horrible wash in the lake (freezing and sharp rocks!) I tucked away 4 portions of lasagne and headed to the pub for the hog roast. Back in the game.

Day 5 I woke up with a really negative mind. Everything was wrong, but once I got going all that negativity disappeared. I was flying (relatively). The consequence of this was that I was in and out of the half way drop bag before Laura and the boys arrived… maybe I was just desperate to get on the stunning Fans of the Black Mountain. More great lines, shortcuts and sheep trods meant I hit the ice cream van with good time, only to make the amateur mistake of only ordering one cornetto!

Still, I cracked on and finished strongly. As I dropped down the final road section ignoring the pain in my knee I was put firmly in my place as I was passed by a young lady pushing a pram and walking her dog… okay, so that was Jasmin Paris, but it still tickled me. Hitting the final corner Laura I heard Laura and the body cheering. My beautiful boys grabbed my hands and ran across the final field and the line with me. Best finish ever!

Epilogue:This was my third Dragon’s Back, that puts me in excellent company – one of only five to have completed three. Those that have followed the others will know I’ve always had a dream to add day 6 on and run the additional 30 miles down to Mumbles Pier in Swansea, thus completing a coast to coast. To add the additional day once everybody else had gone home was mentally tough but so rewarding, especially given the quality of ice cream in the Mumbles! Hitting the beach two miles earlier than I had expected was sound tracked by Sunscream’s ‘I’m only chasing my dreams’. Apt.

Huge thanks to everyone that has supported me – you provided the fuel to keep me going

Gaz Boyd sent this in from his 24 hour charity run around Chester walls

Running Around The Bend

24 hours along Chester Walls-raising funds for Hospice of The Good ShepherdAt 9am Sunday 26th May, I left Chester Town Hall and started my Running challenge.
Just after 9am on Monday 27th May, I arrived back at my starting point – having covered 90 miles (over 47 laps of The Walls)Here’s my tale about the 90 mile journey.During the first 6 miles, I tried to get into a running rhythm (not going off too quick was key, as this ‘adventure’ was definitely going to be a ‘marathon’ rather then a sprint). The light initial rain showers were actually pleasant and I felt energised and excited.

Now, it’s probably no surprise that when one starts to run around The Walls at least 10 times or more, one starts to become recognised by individuals working along the route. This was certainly the case with 2 local artists by The Eastgate Clock and The Dee – both very friendly, encouraging and supportive.

After nearly 3 hours, the fundraising campaign stepped up a gear and I grabbed a quick ‘pitstop’ to change into my first fancy dress costume = Spider-Man. Despite being rather warm, it definitely generated a lot more interest and increased the support/cheers from passers by. Families asked for selfies in return for a donation – great fun.

Support throughout from family and friends was overwhelming and without them the 24 challenge would have been a lot tougher. Special thanks to Mike, Tim and Bex (with family), Natalie, Richard H (Green Army), Joanna, Lisa and Dale, Rob and Martin. Of course HUGE thanks to my wife Karen. Local businesses were also really supportive – special thanks goes to That Beer Place, Hypha and Chip’d – awesome chips!At about 3pm it was time to ‘switch’ into my 2nd fancy dress costume = Cheerleader.

Once again this helped generate more generous donation collections. It’s worth noting that Spider-Man is definitely a more popular costume with everyone.

As well as the fabulous support throughout, I was overwhelmed by the kind donations (both online and bucket collection). Amazing!The weather ‘gods’ were certainly looking after me during the 24 hours and I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Chester is a stunning city. At this stage my running had reduced to a walk/run strategy – my legs not surprisingly becoming increasingly tired/fatigued.

I was really disappointed with this but recognised that the key thing was just to keep moving forward.Between 11am to 4am, what could have been a tough period was actually quite good fun. As previously mentioned, the support from the running community (bringing food/snacks/water) was awesome and with chat/banter, the crazy scary black cat by Chester Castle and the entertainment provided by pub/club goers, time flew by!Sunrise was around 4.30am and with only hours to go, I marched (staggered) on.

I am embarrassed to say that at around 6.15am, myself, Martin and Rob stopped for a short ‘pitstop’ at a well known food retailer – here, I felt very faint, struggled to eat anything, was almost sick and had a ‘fight ‘ with a toilet role 🙄. Enough said about that……..At 9.02am, I arrived back at The Town Hall and to the theme of Rocky, hurled myself up the steps before celebrating!

Fundraising to date is around £1500. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT. This is an experience I’ll never forget.To sponsor me go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GarethBoyd

Col Bishop was at Buxton Half and sent in this report

Bank holiday Monday saw me line up on a very wet and wimdy morning outside the Buxton Opera house heading off up Axe Hill for the start of the Buxton half marathon. With constant climbing i found myself that high up i was running in the clouds with my ears popping. The route took in Axe Hill, Dowel Dale, Chrome Hill, Park house Hill, Glutton Dale, Briarlow Bar and Harpur Hill finishing at the Pavilion Gardens.

The winner came home in 1hr 17min, I am pleased to say I came in 11th overall managing to win V50 category which isn’t too bad considering I am nearer 60 than 50 😊

Whilst I have said this is by far the toughest road race I have ever run I would certainly recommend this if anyone fancies a challenge with fabulous scenery

Cheers Bish

Full consolidated parkrun results are below
https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

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Weekly blog 15-4-2019 to 21-4-2019

Firstly a message from Tim Palmer

Hopefully all members should have received an email about updating your emergency contact details. We would be grateful if you could update or add these to your profile on England Athletics on myAthletics Portal.

If you haven’t had this email, a copy is available at:

https://mailchi.mp/1687e8c9a36d/helsby-rc-emergency-contact-details

Thanks

Tim Palmer

 

Karen Horsley sent in this report from Bodelwyddan parkrun

One of mine and Kai’s running goals for the year is to run 10 different parkrun courses. Last week we’d planned to do Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun but as I was unwell we delayed it until this week.

Saturday morning: the sun was bright, the temperature was high – 20 degC at 9am in North Wales in April… what is going on with the weather?!

I’d read that Bodelwyddan parkrun was a mainly trail course including woodland, so I’d imagined jogging serenely through dappled shade etc. In reality there was a long uphill section in full sun before getting to the shady woodland, and as a two lap course we had to do it twice. It was so hot!

As I’m still on the comeback from injury (how long can I get away with saying that?) I’d set myself a reasonable target of 33 minutes, but with the hill times two, a photo stop and a shoelace that needed retying I was happy to finish at just over 34 minutes and six minutes behind my speedy son!

Bodelwyddan Castle is a new parkrun, yesterday was event 28 and coincidentally my 28th parkrun. It is a beautiful course, with great marshals and fabulous views. Definitely worth the drive out.

 

 

Helsby runners were in action throughout the area, full consolidated results are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly round-up 18th Feb to 24th Feb

 

Firstly, a message from Jackie.

UKA All England Club Team Marathon Championships

How about HRC entering the inaugural UKA All England Marathon Club Team Championships? Giving club runners the opportunity to compete against one another as a single club unit at the popular MBNA Chester Marathon on 6 October. Club runners of all abilities will be able to contest for a national team title in a mixed team format. For our club size we need 4 men & 3 ladies. Who is up for this please, email jackiekeasley@btinternet if you are or reply to facebook feed.

More Info Here:- closing date for team entries 31July but you need to enter individually too.

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/england-competitions/national-championships/champions-of-the-road/#clubteaminfo

Susie Woodwardmoor sent this in from the National XC Champs

Four of us took part in the Senior Womens race at the ECCA National Cross Country Championships, Harewood House on Sat 23rd Feb. A sparkling day, clear blue skies, colourful flags heralding the scores of clubs that take part, fluttering in the sunny breeze – it was like being at a festival (in stark contrast to last years grey chilly conditions). Hundreds of friends and families supporting the runners (many with dogs for those of us who like to bring them along). A happy and exciting atmosphere.

The race starts with an exhausting climb up clingy longish grass but evens off along a lovely smooth plateau dipping down then up again, meandering around the the rolling parkland with beautiful open views across the landscape to the house, it’s a wonderful venue, especially on a day like this. The senior women’s race is two laps long an 8km route.. long enough. Lovely as it is, it’s quite a tough course and we appreciated the support from Mario and Rachel’s son Paddy (who came 450th out of 2000 senior men representing his university) . The hills are not much fun and we are all a bright shade of pink at the end but we loved it and would recommend it as a great event, worth the travel. A mud free X country…

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Results  http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/news/saucony-english-national-xc-results-2019Champs

Debbie Read sent this report in from Birchwood XC

Sunday saw the last cross country of the season at Birchwood, Warrington. Due to a mixture of it being half term and other races happening over the weekend a very depleted Green Army were in attendance-just 2 men and 3 women turned up.

Leaving Helsby in the fog, the race was run in beautiful spring sunshine and despite being told duff information that conditions underfoot were dry and firm we all had a good time.
My shoes are washed, drying ready for next season – can’t wait. 

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The end of season saw Helsby men finish 14th out of 24 clubs and the ladies 10th

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The full consolidated parkrun results for Helsby members are below.

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

Highlights would have normally included the 1st place for Chris Fitzpatrick at Phoenix Park. However, the shine was well and truly taken off the win when it came to light that Fitzy had resorted to wearing his expensive new cheating shoes at what is supposed to be a friendly timed run. Oh, the shame!

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly blog 20-1-18 to 27-1-18

Firstly a request from Tim of Delamere Spartans asking if Helsby could help them out with some marshalling at a race they’ve been asked to organise as part of Manley Spring Fair on May Day Bank Holiday.

The race will be a 10k race from Manley Village Hall on Bank holiday Monday the 6th May 2019. It will go out to  the Forest via Manley Common, around the Kingsley area of the Forest and back. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day with Marshalling. We are having a child’s race at 11:30 around Manley Common and an adult race at 12:30. We require Marshall’s for both so any that are in the Forest will need to be available for a few hours.

I can’t promise any food or refreshments but am working on it and they will be allowed free entry into the Spring Fair that is taking place at the same time.
If anybody is interested please will they give me a call and email.
Regards
Tim
Tel 07970498263
timholloway92@gmail.co

Fitzy sent in this report from the Border League race at Tattenhall

Another great turn out for race 4 seen 38 Helsby runners make the short journey over to Tattenhall to race around their 6 mile undulating course on a very windy day which made the conditions pretty tough to race in, 372 runners in total battling the elements.

Hannah Cowley made it her 3rd win this season in the ladies competition, with Alison Halsall coming 1st in the FV45 category. The ladies were 3rd on the day and sit 3rd in the league table just 22 points behind 1st place with 3 races to go.

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Paul Frodsham turned back the clock with a run coming home 2nd in MV60 category for the men, which seen a best finish of the season so far on the day, also coming in 3rd, with some great performances all round. The men strengthening their position in the top flight now remaining in 5th but pulling away from the relegation zone, and just 101 points away from 4th place.

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A full month off now until the next one on March 3rd over in Birkenhead park.  

Full results below
http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/
Cheers
Fitzy

Steve Riley sent this in from Marmot Dark Mountains race

Two Helsby pairs met in the dark for this weekend’s Marmot Dark Mountains, based at the splendid Lowther Hall in the eastern Lakes. A race that bills itself as a 2-day mountain marathon squeezed into one night, this one seems to be as much about preparation and managing yourself as about speed.

Chris Baynham-Hughes and Max Wainwright came away with a podium position and in impressive 3rd place in the Short Score Class. They’d have bagged a few more points if their watches hadn’t been set to BST and they’d raced home an hour too early 🙂

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A slightly less glorious finish for Jake Holmes and Steve Riley in the B class, who struggled to find one of the cheekier checkpoints (hey, it was dark!) in the worst of the night’s weather. The wet snow and the search in the cold and dark started to bite home and the emergency bivvy sac was broken out to put every bit of clothing on and stuff some more food down. We cut our race short and dropped down to valley level to get back to safety, tails between legs. An adventure was had.

Finally,  club parkrun results from last week are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

Xmas/ New Year round-up



Firstly, apologies for the missing/ late blogs over Christmas and New Year. Please contact Chris Fitzpatrick for further details.

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Here are the consolidated results for Helsby from New Years Day, also, the previous week Rebecca Tate won her age category at Delemere.
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Xmas Handicap results

Thanks to those who came along to the Xmas Handicap last Wednesday. Well done to Steve Wiggins who won the handicap cup & Kevin Smith  who ran the fastest time overall. . 
Name            Position  H/C  H/C    Run
                         Time                 Time
Steve Wiggins      1 29:38 01:30 28:08
Kate Mann            2 30:59 05:00 25:59
Jennie Illidge         3 31:55 08:00 23:55
Emily                     4 31:59 04:00 27:59
Ben Tumilty           5 32:03 09:00 23:03
Carol Shaw            6 32:10 07:30 24:40
Geoff Collins          7 32:13 06:00 26:13
Kevin Smith           8 32:14 11:30 20:44
Dave Jones           9 32:27 10:00 22:27
John Whitehead    10 32:42 08:30 24:12
Laura B-H              11 32:47 09:30 23:17
Hayley Brooks       12 32:55 07:00 25:55
Debbie Read         13 33:04 06:30 26:34
Roy Gaskill            14 33:01 08:30 24:31
Rachel Arnold        15 33:13 04:30 28:43
Tim Palmer             16 33:15 09:00 24:15
John Gallon            17 33:17 00:00 33:17
Janet Robinson      18 33:19 07:30 25:49
Mollie Stradling       19 33:08 03:30 29:38
Ivan Davies             20 33:57 11:30 22:27
Charlie Ashbrook    21 34:07 07:00 27:07
Jane Ashbrook       22 34:09 07:00 27:09
Neil Fergusson       23 34:17 07:00 27:17
Jackie Keasley       24 35:14 03:00 32:14
Trisha Van Rooyen 25 35:19 06:00 29:19
Colin Thompson      26 36:15 12:30 23:45
Anne Barnes           27 42:44 00:30 42:14
Betty Grieve            28 42:44 00:30 42:14

Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year to you all. See you in 2019

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

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.

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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

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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