Helsby weekly update 30-09-17 to 5-11-17

Parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Widnes, Horton, York, Phoenix Park and Delamere. The undoubted highlight of the of the day was Ian Rutherfords well deserved first place at Phoenix.

Full results are below

https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Col Thompson sent in this report from Abergele 5.

I was lucky enough to get selected to run for Cheshire again at the Abergele 5 Inter-counties champs against North Wales so on Sunday I slipped into my Cheshire vest and made my way over there. The weather was pretty horrific, gale force winds, hail and rain so I spent most of the time sitting in my car trying to keep warm before the start. I’m definitely a fair weather runner! The course is very similar to the one used in the borders league so it’s an out and back along a coastal path with a small diversion around a caravan park. The wind was against us on the way out so it made for a slow and tactical first half with everyone trying to use each other as a wind break, but on the way back it was a case of eye balls out and hang on to the finish. I managed to get 29.06 , 15th overall and 4th Cheshire counter (6 per team), both the men’s and ladies teams won on the day so it was a great result for everyone!

It was also nice to see a few green vests there, Bish had a fantastic race to win the overall v55 category and the Wiggo’s had a great run too. Well done chaps!

Full results can be found here:

https://tinyurl.com/y8ax7du3

Cheers
Colin T

Fitzy, king of the uncapitalised personal pronoun, sent in this from Arley Hall

Saturday seen me head back to Arley Hall and compete again in the Cheshire 10k after winning my age category back in March, and also getting my 10k PB, so i fancied giving it another go on a really fast course. The weather was very different to March, heavy rain with a bit of wind, made for an absolutely brutal start, especially traipsing over the waterlogged muddy fields to pick up your race number and and go to the toilet. I was muddier by the start of this race than I was at the previous weekends XC at Arrowe Park, and it was a road race.

I started the race really well and everything was going to plan up until a mile and a half out because as per usual i’d gone off far to fast yet again, when will i learn. With it being a very local race i was expecting to see a lot more from the green army there, but I only seen Carol Shaw, who ran a brilliant race to secure second in her age category. I managed to finish with my second fastest 10k, so i was more than happy with the end result. I would recommend this race to all you road loving tarmac slappers, hopefully we can get it as a road counter next year and get a few more down to a great race, even if the weather did spoil it a little.

The winner, Matt Clowes, all the way from Cardiff running club ran 29 mins 44 secs, and with the top ten all coming in under 34 mins, it was a very strong field

Fulls results

https://tinyurl.com/yar32ut2

As usual please send all reports to:

helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

 

 

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Helsby round up 25-10-2017 to 1-10-2017

Firstly over to Fitzy for the Border League Race 1 report

30 Helsby Vests where out in force at the season opener in nearby Capenhurst for 2 laps of a measured 5 mile course. A record attendance for this race as well seen 386 runners rock up, with some real quality on show.

Buckley seem to have strengthened again and took the lead at the top of the mens division whilst Ellesmere Port took the lead in the womens race.

Due to there being a lot of clashes in the race calendar i was over the moon to see so many of the #greenarmy in attendance, and everyone including El Capitano brought their voices with them, we were by far the loudest and proudest on the day. It really is a sight for my sore eyes, and after months of gentle persuasion (nagging) i am ever so grateful for each and every one of you that turned up. A big mention to the usual support crew of Joe, Mario, Jane and Leah, oh and I saw Jo Farwell there as well, thanks for the support, and for the rugrats for minding the bags in our deluxe tent.

Col T came home first for the men and a good solid start seen us finish 5th on the day, not far behind West Cheshire, whilst Jane Ashbrook was first home for the ladies, and 6th place on the day for them. It’s not all about placings though, it’s about turning up and enjoying the banter we all seem to have, well I do so I hope you lot do as well.

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There’s a lot more to come from us over the next 6 months, and I’m confident that both mens and ladies teams can push on up the league, which again seems like the quality has gone up another level yet again.

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

See you at the next

Richard Hankins sent in this from the Sandstone A race (won by Max Wainwright)

It was unfortunate that the Sandstone Trail Race clashed with Borders and Congleton this year. Regardless, there was a very strong showing from Helsby: especially in the 17.2 mile A race. The weather was far better on the day than the forecast, warm, still and dry. The previous days however, had seen a prolonged downpour of rain. I ran the route the preceding week and the deterioration in course conditions was marked. The hills were not too bad, but the fields were awful to run through, covered in slippery clay mud. Staying on your feet was at times a real challenge and not all of us managed to.

Seven of us took on the A race with Max Wainwright literally leading the field, his time of 01.59.29 would be impressive any year, but in these conditions it was stunning. Alison Halsall also had a really strong race coming home second lady. Alison and I traded positions several times over the first five miles and towards the end she had better speed than I could muster, almost beating me to the line (although my brain was too oxygen deprived to realise). Neil Finnegan finished well in the top 10 overall and Lesley Feakes also finished in the top 10 for her category with strong performances from David Smith and Gareth Boyd too.

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In the B race there was also numerous strong performances. Chrsitina Roach won her age category. Geoff Shaw took the chance to compete with Cute Fruits picking up the organising this year and came third in his category. Chris Morgan also put in an impressive display in the Vet 60 category

A Race Results

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B Race Results

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Geoff Collins sent this report in from Congleton Half.

On a very busy weekend for races Jim Jones & Geoff Collins headed off to run the Congleton Half Marathon. This was a difficult decision for me but felt duty bound to enter the race having nominated it as a club counter. Of course I didn’t know how many other races would be on that day!

Definitely cleaner than the Sandstone trail, the roads were still very wet and with plenty of farm muck and mud, clean legs were not the order of the day.

It’s put on by Congleton Harriers and had only 418 finishers. The race HQ is Congleton High School with the start and finish on Black Firs Lane a short distance away. It’s a rural undulating course around the country lanes of North West Congleton. Not unlike our own four villages course but a bit more hilly with over 500 feet of climb. The route is an out and back towards the settlement of Newsbank onto the villages of Marton up to Gleadsmoss, Kermincham Heath, and Swettenham. Oh they call the race Sting in the Tail and the eye catching yellow tee-shirts have a large scorpion on them. No there weren’t any predatory arachnids on the course but there are a significant series of climbs over the course, especially the last bit up Radnor Bank to the finish.

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We both thought this race seemed harder than we were expecting Jim was hopeful of a time similar to his impressive Macclesfield Half result the week before, I was just hoping for a better time than I got. But it’s a very well run event put on by a friendly local club. Very good support from the marshals on the course, cheap to enter just £18 and a nice goody bag, entries were possible on the day. It would be a good counter next year if the dates don’t clash!

1st Simon Myatt 1hr 14m Trentham Running Club.
Jim Jones 1hr 37m.
Geoff Collins 1hr 51m.

parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Ellesmere Port, Errdig, Phoenix, Chester and Delamere parkruns. Full results are below.

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

Cheers

Gaz

 

 

 

 

Weekly round up 21-8 to 28-8

With no birthdays, anniversaries or bar mitzvahs to announce this week we can get straight to the running. First off some club champs news and upcoming races.

2016/17 Borders League Championships –

Congratulations to last season Border League series Championship winners

Men
1st Colin Thompson
2nd Chris Fitzpatrick
3rd Ian Rutherford
4th Neil Finegan

Ladies
1st Laura Baynham-Hughes
2nd Alison Halsall
3rd Joanne Lacking
4th Jane Ashbrook

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Apologies I’ve been trying to give these awards out over the last month or so, the original plan was at the Summer Handicap but only Ian was there! Colin was presented his at Saturdays Phoenix Park (where Davyd celebreated his 50th parkrun & birthday). Will give the rest out as I see folks and if not at the 1st Borders League on 1st Oct.

 

Wirral September Multi-terrain Series

Tuesday evenings in Sept are nearly upon us! That means it’s the popular Wirral Multi-Terrain series of four races, these are also part of this years Trail club counters. Each of the 4 races is held over various terrain such as sand, rocks, mud and hills at distances between 7.5k and 10k. They are varied, competitive but great fun with no prior experience required! So why not give them a try?! Just turn up wearing your Helsby vest, give a £1 to Joe or Mario on the night and t…hen hand them your position tag after finishing.

That’s it, the rest is done by us submitting your club details. Either try an individual race or take part in the series.
Races are:-

5th Sept
Royden Park, Thurstaston – 1900
for lift sharing please meet at the club at 6pm.

12th Sept
Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston19:00

19th Sept
Harrison Drive, North Wirral Coastal Park, Wallasey
18:30

26th Sept
Toby Carvery, Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, CH49 5LW
18:30

 

Parkrun

Helsby runners were in action in Saturdays parkruns. Highlights include Colin Thompson and Ian Rutherford finishing first and third respectively at Phoenix park. Full results for club members can be found at the link below.

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

 

Jackie K sent this on from Harrock Hill Race

Last Wednesday there was a mad crawl (rather than dash, the traffic was horrendous ) along the M56 & M6 to get to the Farmers Arms at Bispham Green near Parbold for the 2nd race in the Inter Club Fell Relays between Spectrum, Warrington Road Runners, Delamere (no Spartans in sight) & Helsby. It was touch and go whether we made it for the 7pm start but thanks to phoning through to Chris & Debbie to get them to register us we just made it to the start line.

A glorious sunny evening with the sun setting as we ran a very undulating course over, around and back over Parbold Hill with a lovely section through the private estate of  up Harrock Hall. Lots of mud particularly at the many cow field gates plus quite a bit of single file running. Not really a fell race but a very good trail race.  A great pub to end up in for the prize giving that was a gem. Splendid boxes of vegetables, fresh from the nearby fields of the Fylde were presented to all prize winners plus series winners as this was the last of 4 races throughout the Summer. Janet was was 2nd lady V50 and made this arty vegetable arrangement with her prize.  Will update you with the Inter Club competition results so far when they are calculated by Spectrum. This was race 2 of 3, the 3rd and final race in this mini-series being our fell club counter King Johns Castle on Sept 16th. We have the interclub championship trophy to retain so a good turnout will hopefully bring it home again!
1
Steve Riley
M50
Helsby
00:45:24
2
Phil Gillard
M55
Helsby
00:48:58
3
Christina Roach
L55
Helsby
00:49:06
4
Janet Robertson
L50
Helsby
00:49:16
5
John Whitehead
M
Helsby
00:49:24
6
Debbie Read
L60
Helsby
00:50:27
7
Rachel Arnold
L55
Helsby
00:52:41
8
Chris Hatton
M65
Helsby
00:54:35
9
Jackie Keasley
L55
Helsby
01:01:37

Ian Rutherford was at the Mid Cheshire 5k in mid week.

This race has quickly established as a must do race for anyone looking to secure a fast time or even PB. As such it attracts a very high-quality field. As most people remember it secured the England Champs status at the Spring running of this event with the top 50 all running inside 16 mins.

There were 17 green vests on display last Thursday for what turned out to be ideal running conditions in an otherwise disappointing August.

Full Helsby RC results are as follows, however to comment upon a few noticeable performances:

Watching Mark Gittins gliding past, very smooth action and completed a fantastic 17’11. As we know Mark is capable of some genuinely quick running and it looks like he is getting right back to his potential once again. Great to see with the Borders on the horizon. Well done June Swift, Helsby first lady and 8th overall in her cat. Very good to see Phil Tomkinson back racing and considering his length of lay off a decent 20’08 I’d say.

There were PB’s for Mike Williams, Ben Crossley & myself…finally  (apols if I have missed anyone else).

Other well-placed category finishers worth note are Vanessa Griffiths 8th and Chris Morgan 7th. Fantastic.

Last and by no means least, we’re very proud in as stated a massively competitive race to have a green-army clad category winner – very well done to Carol Shaw; a very decent 21’55.

 

Ste Wiggins sent in this report from Giberdyke 10 milers

As I am not cool enough to go to festivals like some of our other members I was tasked with taking my younger brother to Leeds festival, my plan was to stay down the road and pick him up in 4 days time. Once I had actually dropped him off I thought it would be a good idea to a final race as a last prep for the Ring O Fire and to give me something to do. I scoured runners world and eventually found the Giberdyke 10 miler. I managed to get a last minute place and settled down on Saturday night for an early night with the disco lights and rave music from the punters coming back from Leeds Fest. The Mayweather McGregor fight was on that night and at 4:13 am (or whatever time the other tents started shouting) I was awoken. I put my coat on and went back to sleep (yes it was that cold in the van or the ‘Villa de T5 Transporter’).

I arrived at Giberdyke in good time and got my race number, I sat in the van trying to stay awake and contemplated a warm up. Eventually I figured I should, from jogging up and down the road I knew this would be a slow run. Whether it was the lack of sleep, half cooked mushroom pasta (Mushroom for improvement . . .) or the two weeks in Portugal but I opted to plod round and use it as prep for the ROF.

We joined the start line and the sun was starting to beat down on our backs, I had my last yawn and got ready for the off. The route consisted of farmers fields and an industrial estate, nice enough for the first 0.2 of a mile but a bit boring otherwise . .

My plan was to stick to 9 – 10 minute miles and take it easy, the first 5 miles went perfectly to plan but my emporium of excuses was catching up with me and in the next 5 miles I needed a wee, felt incredibly sleepy and had a sore stomach. Fortunately the route being flat meant I could just toddle along but unfortunately I had no shade to hide in. I pushed on with the industrial estate coming into view and knew I was nearly home. It was now a race between the clock and my stomach. Fortunately enough I hung onto the stomach aspect. I did the 10 miler in 1:39:xx not a great time but not bad after 14 days of Lager.

All in all a great race, for £14 I got a T shirt, some cracking chaffed bits and a look at some caravans. Champion!

To keep the swimmers happy I got back had a shower and dived into some lager.

Thats it for this week. As usual please sent race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz