Helsby RC weekly round-up from 17th to 23rd September 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another Helsby RC weekly round-up. Apologies for it being a bit late this week but I was busy in Devon. I’ve been doing a bit of running on Dartmoor while working down there. As it was my last week, I had a couple of farewell events to attend, including another Wednesday night of stunning views with pureTRAIL.uk

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Wednesday night run on Dartmoor with pureTRAIL.uk

If you are ever in the vicinity of Dartmoor on Wednesday evening I would recommend meeting up with these guys at 6.30pm. They update there website with a new meeting place each week. No charge, just turn up in suitable gear (including a head torch) and run some great trails with  Pure Trail Running

Upcoming Events:

A couple of worthwhile causes for mention this week

Fundraising for CANtreat

A message from Colin T: “As some of you are aware I’m running the Chester marathon on 7th October to raise money for CANtreat, a charity very close to my heart as this is the unit where Louise was treated for breast cancer last year. Just my way of giving something back after the amazing care they gave her. No pressure at all to donate but any amount will be very much appreciated.

The link is here should you wish to donate:
https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Thompson25

Thanks
Col T”

Halton Haven Santa Dash

 11am Sunday 2nd December 2018, Victoria Park Widnes

Santa Dash 2017

Laura  has asked that the Halton Haven Santa Dash be mentioned, as this is one of the charities which we support though our 4 Villages Half Marathon. So if you are free on 2nd December why not consider a fun day out while supporting the Haven at the same time. Full details are available HERE

 

Racing News

Meerbrook 5k – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Thanks to Colin Thompson for sending this report in, and very well done peeps. Fantastic to see so many Helsby members running at county level :

“Myself, Fitzy and Hannah were all picked to run for Cheshire at the Meerbrook 15k on Saturday, that’s 3 Helsby runners out of a team of 7! Not bad for a little running club like ours. I’ll be honest I didn’t know much about this race beforehand and hadn’t researched the route or past results but it’s a unique distance and it was always going to be a PB. As we approached Meerbrook it became evident it wasn’t going to be a flat course either, in fact there is over 1000ft of climb, it was going to be very interesting!

We met up with the other Cheshire runners and after the usual pre-race banter and photos we were on the start line and off. What followed was one of the most undulating and difficult road races I’ve ever done, the hills were relentless with no flat bits anywhere, as you climbed and descended one hill another one would follow! Me, Fitzy and Jez Brown (Buckley) pretty much stuck together and were like cat and mouse, Jez pulled away from us after the half way mark and Fitzy got the edge on me after pulling out a superb final mile (4.58!) and we took 14th and 15th respectively, 2nd & 3rd Cheshire counter. A cracking race which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The star of the day was Hannah though, she was first lady by a country mile and third fastest female ever in a time of 1:00:05. To put that into perspective only two women have ever ran faster, Gemma Steel and Olivia Walwyn, both GB internationals. The scary thing is there is a lot more to come!

Results on the day, Cheshire men were 3rd out of 4 counties (North Wales, Staffordshire & Shropshire) and ladies team 2nd. A big well done to all who took part. I think this could be one for a road counter in future, a unique race with some challenging hills to offer something a bit different.

Cheshire results:
Men:
2nd Jonathan Smith 55:31 (Lymm)
14th Chris Fitzpatrick 59:00 (Helsby)
15th Colin Thompson 59:05 (Helsby)
16th Gaz Davies 59:11 (Warrington)
Ladies:
23rd Hannah Cowley 1:00:05 (1st lady)(Helsby)
44th Gemma Barnett 1:06:24 (Vale Royal)
61st Carol Bird 1:10:09 (1st age cat)(Biddulph)

Delamere Inter-club Relay Trail (DIRT)

Saturday 22nd September

Thanks Jackie Keasley for sending in the DIRT  results. A great victory for Helby’s mens and Ladies teams. There’s also a video link of the event below the table, courtesy of Delamere Spartan’s Dave Douglas:
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Southport Seaside 10k – Sunday 23rd September

Thank-you Karen Horsley for sending in a report on the Southport Seaside 10k:

“Mid-week the forecast for Southport was wet, persistent all-day long rain, however on the day the sun was shining and we were treated to a warm run with a gentle breeze. Great conditions for running a PB on this, two lap, almost entirely flat course. If you haven’t run Southport before each 5k lap circles the marine lake, it’s a beautiful place to run.

Pre-race warm-up completed I determinedly told hubby and kids “sub-60 here I come!” Despite my anxiety around crowds I positioned myself between the 55 and 60 minute pacers and completed my first 5k in a little over 28 minutes, tiring a little at this point my pace slowed and I had to take a few short walk breaks but (as I said) I was determined to get sub-60 and picked my pace back up from the 8k mark, sprint (ish) to the finish and a definite sub-60!

Well done to Robert, first Helsby vest home in 42:52, also to Stephen and David Wiggins for their great times.

Helsby results:

Robert Hough 42:52

Stephen Wiggins 55:34

Karen Horsley 58:26

David Wiggins 01:02:52″

 

English Half Marathon, 10k and 5k –  14-16th September at Warrington

Karen also sent in our results from the English Half Marathon, 10k and 5k last weekend, Thanks Karen

Helsby results:

Half:

Neil Finegan 01:21:36

Gareth Boyd 01:45:19

10k:

Ian Hamling 40:45

John Rossiter 43:35

Rachel Holden 47:33

Matt Willcott 53:33

Karen Horsley 01:02:25

Gill Fitzpatrick 01:03:48

5k:

Phil Tomkinson 18:41

Matt Willcott 27:31″

Parkrun – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Well done to Colin Bishop for finishing 1st at Phoenix and to Rachel Holden who was first lady to finish at Widnes. Our consolidated  club results for all park runs on Saturday can be seen HERE

New Club Member

A warm welcome to Becky Pearce who has just joined us. Hope to be able say hello on one of our club runs soon Becky.

I think that’s if for this week. Please keep sending any contributions in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

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Helsby RC weekly round-up from 20th to 26th August 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another Helsby RC weekly round-up.

Upcoming Events

Borders League and Cross Country Fixtures – Tim Palmer has recently updated the calendar to include all these fixtures which are free to enter for club members. Just turn up on the day in your club vest and run. You can view the calendar HERE

Request for Assistance – Next, we have a request for assistance at two County Events. Please let Jackie Keasley know if you are able to assist with either of the events in the email pasted below:

“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”

Helsby Sports Club Event – Betty Grieve has sent in a reminder of an opportunity to support Helsby Sports Club and have a good night out on Friday 7th September:

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Racing News

The Race Across Scotland – Saturday 18th August 2018

Our first report this week is from Gareth Boyd about his amazing crossing of Scotland. Thanks for sending in the report Gareth – and well done mate! I thought the crossing of Dartmoor was epic (see below) but you’ve trumped me 😉

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“The Race Across Scotland – commenced 6.10am 18th Aug. It covers the breadth of Scotland on terrain best used for sheep grazing and hiding bodies 

The route covers at least 212 miles and over 29,000 feet. It’s far more scenic than the Transpennine Trail but for at least 70% of the course, terribly terribly boggy/wet 

Originally there were 200 entrants, of which 130 made it to the start line. 68 runners had to retire during the event, leaving 62 who finished within the 100 hours time limit.

I finished in 90 hours 58 mins. Position 38.

It was great to finish another 200 mile + race but I’m disappointed that I walked much of the course. 

The winning time was 65.03

Worth noticing that Delamere Spartans own Becky Wightman had a superb race and finished joint 2nd lady” 

 

The Crossing of Dartmoor – Saturday 25th August 2018

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Those of you who view my Strava feed will have noticed I’ve been running on Dartmoor quite a bit over this summer. While working in the area I have been meeting up with a group of off-road runners each Wednesday night at a different location somewhere on Dartmoor for a 6ish mile run. The Wednesday night runs are hosted by puretrail.uk and are free for anybody to attend. Just check their website on the Wednesday morning for that day’s meeting point and turn up in suitable off-road gear at 6.30pm. So if you are anywhere near Dartmoor I would highly recommend looking them up.
Puretrail also organise a lot of off-road races in the southwest region. On Saturday I completed The Crossing of Dartmoor – a 34 mile race from the picturesque village of Belstone at the northern edge of Dartmoor to South Brent on the southern edge of the national park. After a heavy downpour on the Friday it was pretty boggy underfoot but we were blessed with a window of good weather all day Saturday. Had the weather closed in, as it often does on Dartmoor, it would have been a completely different kind of race. As it turned out we had pretty good running conditions and a chance to take in the views, which included lots of Dartmoor ponies along the way. We had an unfortunate encounter with a hornets nest at mile 32 and I was stung on the back of the head! It hurt a lot! Other than that, it was a fantastic day out. I finished the race 32nd of 86 in 7hrs 1min.
Puretrail have a Facebook page dedicated to the weekly Wednesday night runs.

 

Barrow Summer Saunter Half Marathon – Sunday 26th August 2018

Most people train for a half marathon but Colin Thompson just throws half marathons into his training plan! Well done Colin on a  great run, and thanks for sending in the report:

“I’m currently into the 7th week of the P&D marathon training plan and some of the quality training runs are long runs at marathon pace. Sunday was due to be the longest and final one of the plan, 18 miles with 12 at MP and rather than run around a deserted industrial estate on my own like I’d done with the previous runs I thought I’d find a local half marathon so I’d have some company and it’s always easier running fast in race conditions. Local half marathons on the date were pretty thin on the ground but one which stood out was a fairly low key race in Barrow in Furness, a race series called “Summer Saunter” which comprised a 5k, 10k, HM and marathon on a lapped coastal course all on the same day. Perfect! We decided to make a weekend of it so B&B was booked and off we went.

On race day the weather was pretty horrendous, there were strong winds and heavy rain, not ideal for a fast run! We arrived a little late so I didn’t have time to warm up so my plan was to run the first mile “easy” and then pick up the pace and run the final 12 miles at the required pace. Looking around I was surprised how few had turned out, there were 50 runner max, the weather must have put off a few people!

The race started and I stuck to the plan, ran the first mile easy then settled into a fast but controlled pace, after the third mile I noticed I’d worked my way into second place and was gaining on the race leader, a local runner who was doing the 10k. This is where things started to go a bit wrong. I hadn’t planned to lead the race at all and didn’t want to overtake him as the course was a bit confusing, I didn’t know the area and there were no marshals anywhere, only a few signs and bits of tape. I didn’t want to get lost so I decided to track him thinking I’d run the first lap with him and then I’d know the route for the second lap, he was doing a good pace so seemed like a sensible move. Foolishly I stopped taking any notice of the signs too! As we approached mile 4 he stopped and threw his hands up and announced that we’d gone wrong somewhere, we’d actually ran a mile past a “turn here” sign so by the time we’d figured this out and tracked back we had ran 2 miles the wrong way and lost a load of time! It’s ok I thought it’s just a training run so I tried to settle back into the required pace but I was really battling the elements, then the course went into fell mode and meandered over some steep slag banks, trail, wooden steps and a twisty slippery dock. I decided at that point to forget about pace and just concentrate on running a good race and see if I could maybe catch the leaders on the second lap. Unfortunately first place was just too far ahead but I did manage to get second place somehow, not bad considering I’d lost so much time!

It was a shame it went wrong, I probably would have been upset if I was properly racing it and lost out on a win due to a navigation error, they should at least have had a marshall at the turn around point as the sign wasn’t very clear. The guy who was running the 10k was very upset and actually demanded his money back! I was a little more diplomatic and explained that for future events they should have more marshals out on course but this race series is in it’s infancy so hopefully they will address this for future events. On a nicer sunnier day it would be a good little event to have a go at if you are in the area, just remember to read the signs!

Cheers
Col T”

Ras y Cnicht – Sunday 26th August 2018

It was great to see Adam Gordon’s name in the results of yet another fell race over the weekend. In a very respectable finish position too! Nice work Adam!

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“A short report on a very short race!
A weekend camping in Beddgellert with the family gave me the perfect opportunity to take on the 9th fell counter of the year. A bit of research promised a short race of just over 6km and 560m of ascent, steep rocky terrain, a scramble to the summit and some of the best views in Snowdonia. It was not to be!
The weather was awful. Strong winds and torrential driving rain meant that it was considered too dangerous to race to the top, so the race was cut short and we were turned around before the final scramble to the summit.  There would have no views to be had anyway. The weather also meant that only about half the usual number of runners turned up, and I was the only Helsby vest (hidden under my waterproofs) on the start line. I wouldn’t have been there either if I hadn’t been staying so close.
The race itself was an exercise in getting up and down without doing myself and injury. I made it to the top in 4th place but lost a few places on the way down because I just wasn’t brave or mad enough to let go on the wet, rocky slopes.
In the end, I managed to stay on my feet and hang on for 7th place. All good fun but I’m glad I hadn’t made the 4 hour round trip for it.  If the race had been on Saturday? which was a beautiful day, it would have been a cracker!
Full result HERE
Cheers
Adam”

Parkrun – Saturday 25th August 2018

Well done to Chris Fitzpatrick and Peter Rodriguez who finished 1st and 2nd respectively at Phoenix on Saturday. Our consolidated club results for all parkruns on Saturday can be seen HERE

 

That’s it for this week folks. If I’ve missed anything please let me know and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up, from Monday 30/07/18 to Sunday 05/08/18

Reminders

Sunday 12th August 2018 – 2 Hillforts Fell Race

The next counter in our club Fell Championship Series is this Sunday at the 2 Hillforts Fell Race. This year it is also our next race in the Inter Club Fell Series so we need as many Helsby vests to turn up as possible. From what I remember of this race there shouldn’t be any navigational difficulties and a lot of it is quite runnable. Details of the race can be found HERE

Wednesday 15th August 2018 – Ellesmere Port RC 5k (formerly Capenhurst 5K)

We also have our next club counter in the Road Championship Series this coming week. Its a fast local race and all details can be found HERE 

 

Racing News

Cybi Coastal Marathon – Saturday 4th August

Thanks to Ben Williams for sending in this report on the Cybi Coastal Marathon. It was good to read as this sounds right up my street. Possibly one for next year. Over to Ben:

“Saturday 4th August was the inaugural Cybi Coastal Marathon, circumnavigating Cybi Island off Anglesey using the coastal path plus a diversion up to the top of Holyhead Mountain. The event is inspired by the Ring O’Fire, and it’s very much like a one day version of that. The route included paved paths, roads, trail, beach, clifftop path and a rocky scramble. There was very little shade on whole sections, and on a day where the weather was much hotter than forecast that took its toll.

Personally I took off far to quickly on the runnable first section, and just got progressively slower from there. There were excellent Green Army performances by Craig Connor and Degsy Morris, who came in 8th and 15th respectively, and a strong effort by Ste Wiggins who unfortunately timed out at the last checkpoint. 

Hopefully this will become an annual event, and I’d recommend it to anyone. 
cheers
Ben”

Vale of Clwyd 10k – Sunday 5th August 2018

New Course Record!

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Myself and Hannah Cowley entered the VOC 10k on Sunday morning. Conditions were hot and sunny for this undulating course around the country lanes of Llandyrnog. I’ve done this race a few times now and always enjoy the ‘local’ feel about this race. The hot weather made a lot of runners try and run in the shade of the high hedges. Despite the conditions, Hannah Cowley had an amazing first run at this event. She finished 4th overall and won the Ladies Race with a new course record of 37:57. She smashed the previous course record of 40:03 which has stood since 2014! I finished quite a while after Hannah in 8th place but managed to pick up 1st Vet 50 category. All in all a good morning for Helsby RC.

Full results can be seen HERE

 

Pie and Peas Race – Wednesday 01/08/2018

We had 13 Helsby vests at the Pie and Peas Race last Wednesday. If anybody has a write, please send it in and we’ll add it to the blog. In the meantime the results can be seen HERE. 

 

Parkrun – Saturday 04/08/2018

As is usual, we had loads of runners at various Parkruns on Saturday, Our consolidated club report is available HERE

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There wasn’t anything in the inbox this week, but if there’s anything you want including in the next round-up please send it to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 04/06/18 to Sunday 10/06/18

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the rather late round-up of news from the week ending on Sunday 10/06/18. As it happens there was not a great deal in the inbox  so  the one report sent in by Sue Buck about the Keswick Mountain Festival is much appreciated.

Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

A quick reminder of a couple of events coming up soon. Moel-y-gamelin  will be our next club counter on 24/06/18. Before that though we have the ever popular Tough Team Challenge on Friday 22/06/18. Details of all notable upcoming events can be seen in our Race Calendar

Moel-y-gamelin ( A Blast From The Past ! )

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Keswick Mountain Festival 2018

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A few Helsby runners took on a couple of the events on Saturday at the Keswick Mountain Festival.  Max and Katie were both marshaling at the 50km ultra on Sunday and as such, got a free entry to a race. Max did the 25k trail race along with Rachel, Chris and myself while Katie ran the 5k trail race.  Andy did the Back O’ Skiddaw 70k sportive and enjoyed it, although I believe it was hilly! 

The 25k race does a large loop of Derwent Water and starts in Crow Park, Keswick. It was definitely a race of two halves with most of the ascent in the first half on rocky paths, which were technical in places. After reaching Rosthwaite, the second half was mainly on flat forest trails. Rachel commented that it was a great route and is to be recommended.

The race was well organized, well marked and there were a lot of marshals out on the course. The weather was hot and sunny and I was very grateful for the 3 water/feed stations.  

Well done to Chris on winning the female vintage category – none of us had heard of this category, but apparently it’s for women aged between 55 and 65. 

Well done to Rachel for running despite still recovering from the LAMM the previous weekend and to me for finishing, as unfortunately I’d managed to trip up as I was admiring the view over the lake about 3 miles from the end!  Big thanks to Rachel for patching me up.  

Results are here: https://www.resultsbase.net/event/4096/results

Parkrun

There was a brilliant turnout of 9 Helsby members at Phoenix Parkrun on Saturday and some great running across the board. A big well done to Chris Fitzpatrick though who finished first in a brilliant time of  18:28 – well done Fitzy! Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

I think that’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 28/05/18 to Sunday 03/06/18

 

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions. Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First of all, a brief message from David and Lesley regarding our annual presentation evening, and also the Tough Team Challenge:

“Hi All,

our annual awards evening and family BBQ is fast approaching on the 15th June from 6.30 onwards. Everybody is welcome, fingers crossed food will be available from 7.00ish with the presentations following and music from resident DJ, Chris Igoe! Please can you confirm numbers with David and I asap. The club will be providing the food but any offers of salads/puddings will be greatly appreciated. Transportation of club BBQ  is also needed as we no longer have a van. This could be whenever is convenient for someone. Many thanks.

PS David is looking to run the Tough Team Challenge but is teamless at the mo, anybody not yet signed up and interested, please can you let David know, thank you!

Here’s to glorious sunshine, good food and a celebration of fantastic running achievements, please do come along,

Lesley and David”

Racing News

We kick off the racing news this week with two great race reports sent in by Lesley Feakes:

Brathay Windermere Marathon – Sunday 20th May 2018.

“I completed the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 20th May. The weather was pleasant, not too warm, still and generally cloudy. The event is well organised on mainly closed roads around the lake starting off from Ambleside. The route then passes through Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Windermere and the lakeside in Ambleside. Support along the way is good with plenty of water stations. It is busy through Windermere as you pass the day trippers waiting for ferries etc and the final 3 miles is on pavement next to the main road to Ambleside which is busy. The route is very undulating but the scenery is great especially on a clear day. I was aiming for 4 hours 20 but the wheels came off at mile 24 so ended in 4 hours 30, 69th lady. I really enjoyed the run and would recommend it for the organisation, scenery and a smaller marathon event than Manchester and Chester.”

3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event – Sunday 3rdJune 2018

“This weekend David and I ventured over to Llangollen to complete the 3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event. The event is held every 3 years and is organised by local people raising funds for Cancer Research. The route takes in many of our known runs such as Moel Y Gamelin, Ponderosa and views of Dinas Bran. The route begins at the high school early on Saturday morning and heads uphill initially dropping down to the aqueduct and rising again to World’s End, down to the Ponderosa, over Moel Y Gamelin, down to Carrog and then up to Moel Fferma on the North Berwyn Way and one final ascent to Vivod Mountain, with 4 miles of descent back to Llangollen. The total challenge is 35 miles but this can be completed over 2 days. There are 5 checkpoints on the route with a host of friendly volunteers and a selection of refreshments. Most people are walkers though runners are not discouraged. The weather was warm but cloudy with a slight breeze on the hills so ideal. David accompanied for the first 17 miles to the Ponderosa, with his knee feeling OK he decided to carry onto Carrog at mile 24. Here the local pub beckoned and he settled for a pint and a train ride back to Llangollen. I continued and returned to Llangollen in 9 hours 12 minutes, and first lady. I met David in the pub to enjoy a pint of Guinness ad to watch Warrington thrash Wigan in the Challenge cup quarter final, a perfect end to a very enjoyable day!

I would recommend this run/jog/walk for the scenery, challenge and friendly support. The Town Cryer greets many of the entrants as they return to Llangollen and announces their achievement!”

The Scottish LAMM– Friday 1st/Saturday 2nd June 2018

Thanks to Jackie Keasley for sending in the following report and great pics from the Scottish LAMM:

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“The Scottish LAMM has been a top class favourite for the mountain marathon connoisseur for the last 20 years. This year the organiser Martin Stone decided enough was enough (or time to retire) and would be his last one so lets make it even more memorable than all the others. Usually the location is kept secret until the day before but this year we were told at the beginning of the year. The reason being it was on North Harris in the Outer Hebrides, so boats,20180602_142856 planes and holidays needed advance planning to get there. The race centre of Tarbet is normally a very quite sleepy village, but it was certainly woken up on Thursday evening when the Cal Mac ferry docked and the running “troops” were marched off carrying kit bags to the sound of bag pipes. The event is normally ran Fri/Sat but because the island is very religious, Sunday is very much still a day of worship, rest & reflection (even the childrens swings are chanined up), so the race was ran Fri/Sat instead out of respect for  the locals. 

The weather was hot and sunny the preceding weeks and whlist delighted with the weather the organisers were concered there would be enough water in the steams and whether it would be ok to drink. In the end it wasn’t too much of a problem & gave us an excuse to stop and re-hydrate at every flowing stream we found.  For a small island, the area has a deceptively challenging number of tough rugged peaks, all rising from sea level of course, the highest being Clisham at 799m.  It’s Corbett, Graham & Marilyn rather than Munroe country, so the foot traffic is a lot lower, hence hardly any paths (and the deer and sheep don’t seem very good at making trods), so the going throughout the whole of the weekend was tough, despite some of the bogs and peat hags that had thankfully started to dry out.  The clear sunshire had jasmingiven way to hazy cloud on Friday which was a  good thing, even so quite a number of other runners blew up in the heat. There was a brilliant overnight camp on a secluded, isolated beach at Loch Crabhadail on Sat (all the race infrastructure had to be brought in by boat). A swim to wash the legs and then a long stand in cold water to bring life back into them was essential. Saturday started off misty, which was a good thing for Rachel and me as it gave us a slight navigational advantage!

We did the C class and were out 8hrs 1 min on day 1 and 6hrs 16mins on day 2.  Overall we came 42nd out of 75 in the  class. In the vet class we were 14th out of 36 and the only female pair so we were really quite chuffed at our efforts!!   The Elite A race was won by  Steve Birkenshaw  & Neil Talbott and the Score class by  Jasmin Paris & husband Konrad Rawlik – amazing as she has come back to form just 6 months after giving birth to their daughter Rowan (who was brought in by boat to the overnight camp, ahhhhh).  Plus she won the Paps of Jura ladies race the previous Saturday!! 

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To summarise:- it was magic but very hard work as no paths & lots of tussocks, rocks, heather, heat & midges! Great views though! Overnight camp at another amazing isolated beach & dip/wash in sea did the legs a power of good. No photos of during but a couple at the end!

Cheers

Jackie”

Welsh 1000 Metres Race – Saturday 2ndJune 2018

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There were three of us from Helsby took on the Welsh 1000 this year – Jim O’Hara (12th in 5:14, Ben Crossley 64th in 6:36, Jim Jones 83rd in 7:08. The Welsh 1000 is a true classic fell race, and while it is not the longest I’ve done, it is definitely one of the toughest. This year was my second go at this race and it doesn’t get any easier. The race starts by the coast at the village of Abergwyngregyn, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr and Garnedd Ugain before finishing on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), therefore ascending all five peaks of Snowdonia that are over 1000 metres.

The use of GPS devices is not allowed in this race and this year, with visibility down to about 25 metres for much of the race, it was a real test of navigation skills. The need to navigate, along with some tough climbs over distance can be a pretty good test of endurance. There’s around 9000ft of climb, including a scramble up Gribin, over about 20 miles depending on how good your route choice is. I’ve ran up the Pyg Track many times but I found that stretch really tough this year as it was so crowded, and I was just knackered by that time. I finished half hour slower this year but I’m already looking forward to having another go at it next year.

Parkrun – Saturday 2nd June 2018

As usual, Helsby RC’s consolidted parkruns result can viewed at:

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

That’s it for this week folks. Thanks to everyone who sent something to the inbox. If anything has been missed please let us know and we an update the blog or include it in next weeks round-up.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 02/04/18 to Sunday 08/04/18

Hello Green Army!

It looks like its been a busy week. Thanks to everyone who has sent something into the mailbox. Remember to keep sending anything that you want to be included in the weekly round-up to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Reminders:

Sandstone Trail Challenge – Saturday 12/05/2018 – Help Needed

A message from Ben Williams regarding the STC:

“Helsby RC are again organising the Sandstone Trail Challenge on Saturday 12th May. The event is sold out, most of the pre-organising is done and now we have to put on our usual great event! To do this we need volunteers – thanks to everyone who’s already offered, but we need more please. The event runs all day and into the evening, and we particularly need help later in the day. There are checkpoints to man, the finish area to look after and various other tasks – plenty to go around!

For all you bakers out there. we’ll need cakes to give out at the finish as well! 

If you can help please let me know on facebook, or by email to sandstonetrailchallenge@hotmail.com , or grab me on a Wednesday night.

thanks all!

Ben”

Mid Cheshire 5k (with curry) – Friday 27/04/2018

A message from Chris Fitzpatrick:

“Hello Green Army

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. 

Thanks

Fitzy”

Racing news:

Grisedale Grind – Wednesday 04/04/2018

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in his holiday report:

“Imagine the excitement of popping the fell calendar in your bag for a family week in the Lakes, only to find there was an evening race 10 minutes up the road? The weather was equally exciting and started to snow  a couple of hours before. It was supposed to be an out and back up Grisedale Pike but was shortened to a half height route, with a white-out on top. Just for kicks they threw in an extra climb at the start to soften us up. Magic race – recommended – hardest 2.2 miles I’ve run!”

Pollensa Half Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

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Next, we have another holiday report from Richard Hankins. Thanks Richard:

“Pollensa is a medieval town in the North of Mallorca, nestled at the foot of the Tramontanamountains. Geoff ‘been there and run it’ Collins told me about the race. At Euro 18 to enter it is good value for money. 
The route travels initially painfully slowly 1.5 times around the running track, it then heads out onto the main road from Pollensa to Palma….beautifully closed by the Guardia Civil. The first three straight miles are downhill as far as Puerto Pollensa. Around the back of the town then onto the coast for three glorious windy miles along the seafront. This town attracts a lot of English visitors – and their was a lot of love for the Helsby vest as I made my way past tourists eating their breakfast on the patio. Image-2.png-2
The last four miles were along beautiful country lanes, through ancient olive groves and citrus fruit orchards. A real treat…even better than Wrexham Industrial Estate despite the uphill gradient. The final mile was circuits of the medieval streets of the old town: great support from the locals and the town band playing as you passed through the square creating a great atmosphere.  Lots of sharp turns and cobbles, however, made this difficult running.
Overall, a fab event I’d love to do again. Not the fastest race but one of the best experiences. I didn’t get an official time as I had failed to attach the chip on the back of my number to my shoe and I only noticed after the race that everyone had. But I was 95th at 1:31 by my reckoning.”

Borders League, Mold – Sunday 08/04/2018 (Helsby v Felsby race 1 of 2)

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Thanks to Ian Rutherford for sorting out the scoring for the Helsby v Felsby competition and seeing in the following report:

Helsby v Felsby after race 1 – Borders League, Mold.

So, after the previous Borders was postponed due to bad weather, the Helsby v Felsby competition kicked off at the following Borders meeting upon the 5-mile Mold course. I think genuinely recognised as one of the tougher Borders courses on the circuit.

Thirty Greenarmy turned up for this, 18 representing Team Helsby, 12 Felsby. The lure of the Manchester Marathon extracting a few from the overall totals, I trust they’ll be back though for the return leg on the Hills.

It was a great contest too. Colin Bishop first home in 37th position overall and just 6 seconds ahead of Chris Collins in 40th. A great H v F contest in itself. With Adam and Colin both well in the top 50 it was a very satisfactory day for the Greenarmy men who have more than consolidated their position in 4th in Division 1. With twice as many runners for Team Helsby over Felsby it’s not surprising a good lead at this stage.

The women keep going from strength to strength and have the foundations of genuinely competitive racing team; led from the front by June once again. June finished second in a brilliant 31’20 with Alison Hassall 7th.

The remaining ladies all representing Team Felsby ensure a healthy lead on Team Helsby though.

The full results are as follows and show a slender lead overall for Team Helsby over Felsby which is consistent with previous years of the competition.”

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Manchester Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

Well done to all the Helsby crew who completed the Manchester Marathon on Sunday and thanks to Chris Fitzpatrick for sending in the report:

“Sunday seen 5 of the green army head over to Manchester to do the marathon along with 10,000 other competitors. This marathon is an expensive one, and in past years it hasn’t met up to certain standards you would expect, with the course being short, countless stories of baggage problems, but this time the organisers got everything right. Enough parking, a big enough baggage tent, friendly marshalls before and after the race, lots of entertainment, and the Manchester crowd from start to finish really was great. This race now has the feel of a big city marathon, and i think it will continue to grow over the coming years.

The course for those who haven’t done before it is super flat, definitely a PB course, although a few changes early on seen us run around the local streets with a lot of twists and turns but it then takes you out to Sale, Timperley and back into Manchester centre for a finish line that seems to go on forever. It was also perfect running conditions, no wind, no rain, cloudy and about 9-10c. 

I had given up booze for the whole of my training, and I had trained extremely hard putting in a lot of mileage with only 1 goal, a sub 2.45 marathon which would get me a championship place for London next year. After initially feeling great early on, i started to struggle from mile 13 onwards and my average 6.08 min/miles by mile 20 starting to turn into 6.20 plus miles, and slowly got worse and worse. I could see my goal slipping away, and the demons in my head went into overdrive when my body really started to hurt and were just saying give up. I’m happy to report i didn’t give up, however i did miss out on my time by 1 second. Well 2 seconds now as they have rounded my time up, 2.45.01, a massive PB by nearly 5 minutes, but so so disappointing to get so close, but i had nothing left in me, my feet felt like they dragged along the tarmac for the last 6 miles. Overall i am happy at the way the training went and way the race panned out, and i was even happier when i got home to be greeted by a nice cold Guinness.

Well done to everyone who ran, a marathon is only a 10k race i read afterwards, it’s a 32k warm up with a 10k race at the end. You’re not wrong there! it’s a bloody tough one as well.

Full results for Helsby runners below

http://www.chiprace.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=38&RId=1865

 

Parkrun – Saturday 07/04/2018

We had 15 Helsby members participating across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday. Great to see Colin Bishop still up there in the rankings – 2nd place at Phoenix by 1 second! Ooh… I bet that was battle. Well done Col!

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC.

That’s it for this week.

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 26th Feb to 4th March 2018

Hello Green Army.

Did anything happen last week? I’m a bit late with the blog this week as I’ve stepped in while El Capitono is taking a well deserved break. I had thought I’d have loads of reports in the inbox but it seems the weather was too rough for road-running last week. So a few of us had to take to the fells where a bit of snow added to the fun.

Pipe Dream       Saturday 3rd March 2018

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The snow didn’t put off 4 Helsby from entering the 13th hosting of the wonderful Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog. This is one of my favourite fell races even though I never IMG_5692do well on it. It always reminds me of the 90’s video game of the Mario brothers running along the pipes. The race starts with a steep climb up steps along the pipes and you then follow the pipes over the fells for a while before descending back to Dolgarrog via fields and a wooded area, which can get a bit tricky underfoot. A relatively small field of 47 turned out this year, and we all appreciated the decision of the organisers to go ahead with the race in what could have been quite testing conditions. All went well on the day and everyone came back. Helsby were represented by Max Wainwright (4th), Chris Baynham-Hughes (16th), Phil Gillard (39th), Jim Jones (40th) and Katie Louise stepped in to help out with marshalling on the day.

And fantastic cakes were provided by the Dolgarrog Community Centre.

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The weather seems to of had an impact on park run numbers at the weekend too. We still fielded 7 Helsby runners across various park runs though. Our consolidated club results are HERE

 

New Member!

A warm welcome to Jake Holmes who has recently joined the club. Looking forward to running with you Jake.

That’s all for the short blog this week. If there happens to have been a road race not cancelled in the area, please send me details at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 5th to 11th February 2018

Hi Everyone.

Welcome to another weekly round up. Thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions to the mailbox this week. Please keep sending anything you want including in the blog to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First up – its always great to have new members amongst the Helsby ranks, so a very warm welcome to Hannah Cowley – who I hear was the first local lady in the 4VHM! Looking forward to running .. er .. I mean trying to keep up with you Hannah :-

Reminders

This Sunday! – 18th February – Borders League – Race 4 – 11am at Caernarfon.

We need as many Green Army as possible. Weather looks promising for the weekend so you’ll be in for some great views of the castle on a fast 10k course. http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

Wednesday 28th February at 8.30pm  – Our next running club talk – Namibia Desert Adventure

“Danielle spent a tough week last Summer running everyday in the desert
with a group of work colleagues and has a film about it to show us with
personal commentary too. Please come along after our club training,
8:30pm in the clubhouse lounge. Chip butty supper to sustain us
first/during!

For our Winter series of talks we hope to have a March one too on CPR
and using de-fibrillators (the club has one, and there are more and more
around these days); a very useful thing for us to all know about. Date
to be confirmed.

Thanks and see you training & “talking” soon

Jackie”

 

Racing News

Sunday 11/02/18 – Northern Masters Athletic Club Cross Country Champs

Well done to Colin Bishop for another fantastic result in a Helsby vest – and thanks for sending in the write-up Col. Results and a good picture from the day are in the link below Bish’s report:

“Sunday saw all wintery weather conditions snow, hail, sleet rain and wind so it only seemed sensible to head off for XC. So off I went to Asthon U Lyne for 10k course which had just had a 5k lady”s race completed on It, so to be expected plenty of puddles and leg sapping mud.
Happy to say I stayed upright despite my best impressions of Bambi on mud 😲
Pleased with 3rd position overall with 2nd in age category.
Cheers Bish”

Results

 

Sunday 11/02/18 – Liverpool & District XC Champs

XC was also on at Clarke Gardens on Sunday – not seen any race report yet but there are plenty of Helsby names in the results There’s also a load of pictures from the day here

Another reminder from our Betty,

who has been as busy as ever out and about in the Helsby community:

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Betty at the Helsby Health Centre’s KWIC keeping well in the community event

Sunday March 18th -Helsby Running Club and Helsby Community Sports Club sponsor the return of Helsby Sports Relief Family Fun-Run! (see flyer below).

“We will need marshals and hopefully loads of families from the club and local village’s
Jane another run for Hercules!!

Thank you
Betty”

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Parkrun – 10th February 2018

There were 11 Helsby members participating in various Parkuns on Saturday. Well done to Debbie Read who was the first lady to finish at Phoenix  –  and to everyone else who ran at the weekend. Our consolidated club results

That’s it for this week. If I’ve missed anything please let me know and I’ll update the blog.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th to 14th January 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round up. We had a clash of fixtures at the weekend but the Green Army showed its strength in depth by fielding excellent teams at both the Runcorn Town Park x-Country and the Abergele Borders League fixtures!

Reminders

As if anybody needed reminding ……….. we will again be hosting 4 Villages Half Marathon this weekend.  So good luck all Green Army members who are running in the the event and a massive thank-you to everyone who has offered to help out over the weekend.

Looking ahead to the following weekend,  we have Race 5 of the NW XC League on Sunday 28/01/18. However, it looks like the venue is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on Steve’s website

There is also the Tarren Hendre fell race on Saturday 27/01/18 at 12pm. Race HQ is at Abergynolwyn Village Hall, LL36 9UU – It’s an AS category race – 6miles/2000ft. (the route on my Strava)  Take full kit and be prepared to navigate if the weather’s bad. Further details.

Racing News

NW  XC League Race 4  at Town Park, Runcorn – Sunday 14th January.

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Green Army at Town Park. Photo courtesy of Paul Cunningham.

Thanks to Chris Murray for sending in a race report:

“A proper helping of green vests were out in force this weekend at the Runcorn Swimrun, sorry I mean XC. This always seems to be a popular race with it being on many of our doorsteps and with it clashing with the border league fixture it was nice to see so many faces. The start and finish of this course is always in shin deep water, but I think it just adds to the fun. At least for those of us who can’t be bothered to clean our cross-country shoes after a race this course allows us to start and finish with clean shoes. Clever planning or coincidence I’ll let you decide. There was plenty of support on course, especially on the approach to the fabled ski slope which was greatly needed as this is tough going on goosed legs after coping with some seriously sticky mud on course. Everyone finished with a smile and knackered legs while some of us (Davyd) finished with a smile even if it was hidden under a couple of inches of mud after his unplanned mud bath. Well done all on a hard run race.”

I haven’t seen any results from Town Park yet but they should be HERE when published.

 

Borders League Race 3 at Abergele – Sunday 14th January

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Green Army at Abergele Borders League

Thanks to John Whitehead for sending in the following race report:

Borders League Round 3 Report

“Borders League round 3 saw a fixture clash for the green army, the choice was Runcorn town Park XC with icy water, Mud and the formidable dog poo ally or a nice trip to the Seaside with sun, clear blue skies and Rhyl Sun centre just around the corner. the choice was easy, Abergele Borders League it was… 5 Miles along the seafront loop around a caravan site and back along the seafront and not a puddle or spot of mud in sight… Easy!

There was a great turn out for the #GreenArmy with 26 Runners out (20 Gents and 6 Ladies), first the Ladies where all 6 runners ranked within the Top 20 of their Category, June Swift (Whitehead) took her first borders league victory with a 20 second lead over second lady and Alison Halsall close on her heals finishing an impressive 7th Lady.

A close fort battle happened between Danny, Chris C and Fitzy, at 2 miles they were neck and neck and with 200 meters to go Danny pipped Fitzy at the line to be the first Helsby Male home.
Overall the team standings are all the fivers, Helsby Men and Women finished 5th with the men scoring 664 points and the Ladies 111 leaving both teams in overall 5th Place.
Days like Sunday when there’s a fixture clash really show how great a club Helsby really is with a great turnout at two events… #GreenArmy”

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The full results can be viewed HERE, and I’ve also lifted this post by Tim Palmer from social media:

“Congratulations to both Lucinda Lamb and Juni June Whitehead for winning the Runcorn Town Park XC and Abergele Border League respectively. Great day for the Helsby ladies particularly as our 2nd lady in both races (Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall) were in the top 10.”

If anybody does a report for the Borders League give me a shout and I’ll update the blog.

 

Parkrun

Helsby RC again fielded a strong presence with 17 athletes at various Parkruns on Saturday – pretty impressive considering the turnout we also had at the two race fixtures.  Rachael Holden and Debbie Read were the 2nd ladies home at Widnes and Ellesmere Port respectively. Well done to everyone who ran over the weekend.

Our consolidated Parkrun results are HERE

That’s it for this week. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

 

Helsby RC Round-up from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th December 2017.

Hi Everyone,

Well it looks like people have already started hanging their running shoes up for Christmas as there’s nothing in the inbox this week. I know we’ve just had the X-mas Handicap last night, but we can cover that in next week’s round-up.

I’m sure there must have been some people out there at events the past week, so if anyone fancies sending in a report we can still include it in the next round-up.

I’ve had a couple of niggles myself that have stopped me from running the past couple of weeks so I haven’t been out and about much lately. However, the trainers went back on yesterday and I’m itching to get back on the hills. So as there’s nothing in the inbox I’m gonna  highlight a couple of events that I’ve got my eye on over the festive period.

Jubilee Plunge – Saturday 30/12/2017 at 2pm  – £1.00 entry on the day  – 2 mile/1500ft of descent

Venue:                Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, (GR 129633). Register by 1.00pm. 50 min walk  to start.

If you don’t like running ‘up’ hills then this might be for you ;-). The race starts on Moel Famau by the Jubilee Tower. You then simply run as fast as you can back down to the Golden Lion while trying to stay on your feet. Phil Gillard and I did this race last year – I did the better job of staying on my feet – lol.

Tour de Llyn Llydaw – Monday 01/01/2018 at 10.30am – £2.00 entry on the day – 5 mile/594ft of climb.

Venue:             Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, (GR 647556)

This is a great low key event,  guaranteed to ‘freshen you up’ after the festivities.  Take heed though, this can be a serious run in bad weather so do take the appropriate kit. I did this one last year. The route goes up the Miners Track to Llyn Llydaw , which you then run around before returning via the same route. If you fancy it, check the weather beforehand and get there early as parking is very limited at Pen y  Pass.

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So the only round up is from the Parkruns, which were also relatively quiet on Saturday. We did have 7 members out across Birkenhead and Delamere though. Consolidated results for Helsby are HERE.

Have a great Christmas everyone, and stay safe.

Jim