Helsby RC weekly round-up from 29/04/2019 to 12/05/2019

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another round-up. I’ve left it a little late this week as there hasn’t been a lot in the inbox recenty. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Club Membership

First, a brief message from Tim Palmer:

“Thanks to all who have already paid your 2018/19 Helsby Running Club annual subscription . Those that haven’t, please can you pay as soon as possible. You should have an email from noreply@englandathletics.org.uk with a payment link for credit/debit card. If you don’t pay by 30 June, you will cease to be a Helsby RC member and an EA registered athlete on 1 July .

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Please note there is nothing to pay for honorary members and new members who joined since 1 Jan 2019.

If any non-members are interested in joining the club, please contact me for details and a form. We only need 13 more first claim members and we should get 2 London Marathon places rather than 1 .”

Moel Eilio fell race – Saturday 11/05/2019

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A view of Snowdon from Moel Cynghorion. Taken during the Moel Eilio fell race.

Four of us from Helsby RC ran in the Moel Eilio fell race on Saturday, Ben Fletcher was first home for Helsby, finishing in 28th place, followed by Jim Jones, Janet Robertson and Phil Gillard. This race affords some great views of Snowdon as you go over Moel Eilio, Foel Gron, Foel Goch, and Moel Cynghorion before a steep descent back to Llanberis form where the race started. With nearly 3,200ft of in just  under 8 miles it’s a tough fell race but not too technically challenging.

 

Sandstone Challenge – Saturday 11/05/2019

And another cracker it was too. Our directors will no doubt pen a few words of thanks when they’ve got their breath back – three cheers Dave and Leslie! But in the meantime thanks all for coming and making it happen, turning up to run and walk and for the countless small and not so small acts behind the scenes needed to get the show on the road. THANKS!

Provisional results for 2019 here. Lots of pics here on our Flickr site

 

Leeds Half Marathon – Sunday 12/05/2019

Well done to Susie and Flossy Woodward-Moor on completing the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. Thanks for sending in the pic and write-up Susie.

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“Flossy and Susie Woodward-Moor ran the Leeds Half Marathon together on Sunday 12th for the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. It was a beautiful sunny day and the whole route was pretty packed with people, dogs, kids, banners, sweets being handed out and people with hosepipes cooling us down. Choirs and bands serenaded us as we ran past. A really wonderful atmosphere. We raised about £600 which was fantastic. Definitely recommend it as a fun happy Half to do although pounding the tarmac on a hot day was tough for the last 2 miles.”

 

Mold Sprint Triathlon – Saturday 12/05/2019

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Congratulations to Kathryn Schofield for being the First Female Junior to finish in the Mould Sprint Triathlon last Saturday. Results are available HERE

 

Helsby RC rankings for 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon

Tim Palmer has sent this great snippet of info on our national rankings:

“Ever wondered how you compare with others in the club? The links below give you the all time list for men and women for 10k, half marathon and marathon and “stadium” track & field athletics events.

Looking at three of our hard working/running blog writers, we get rankings of 3rd, 5th, 32nd, 3rd, 4th, 43rd, 1st, 3rd and 19th across the three distances. Some really good performances.

Helsby RC – Women – 10k, HM and Mar list

Helsby RC – Men – 10k, HM and Mar list

A limitation of these lists are that they based on the Power of 10 and Run Britain Rankings data which is only been comprehensively collected from about 2010 (although a few earlier results are included). This means that it ignores some earlier results by Helsby runners eg 1hr 10m for a Four Villages Half Marathon, 2hr 57m by a Vet 50 man for a London Marathon.

As some will know via Facebook, I am working on a more comprehensive list.

Regards

Tim”

Parkrun

Here are our consolidated club park run reports from the past two weeks:

Saturday 12/05/19

Saturday 04/05/19

That’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

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Helsby RC weekly round-up from 1st to 7th April 2019

Hello Green Army,

I’m a little late with the round-up for the week ending 7th April, but we do have a couple of cracking write-ups about the Manchester Marathon and the Lakes Mountain 42 from the week before last.

Manchester Marathon – Sunday 7th April 2019

So first, it’s over to Chris Fitzpatrick for his report on the Manchester Marathon:

“5 green vests turned up to Manchester on Sunday for what can only be described as perfect running conditions, 11c, cloudy, and no wind. I somehow still managed to get tan lines though…ginger skin eh!
As you all know very well, my sole purpose of this race last year was to get a championship entry time for London, which is sub 2.45, and i missed out by 2 seconds. I may joke about it but it seriously annoyed me that i got so close but missed out. So this year, instead of a 14 week training plan, i started on Dec 3rd, and an 18 week plan, and rather than giving up the Guinness, i decided not to abstain and continue to enjoy myself. I’m not going to lie, the last few months have been pretty difficult for me, but the one thing that’s kept me going is being focused on this marathon, and the training has really helped me get through it.
Last year i trained harder, this year it was about slowing my recovery runs down and training smarter, and it’s really helped. The plan for the day was to do the first 10k in around 6-6.10 min miles, then for the next 13-14 hit 6.10-6.15 mins miles. My target was 6.17, and the first half of the race went by and i hit 1.21 for 13 miles feeling really good. This is when the going starts to get tough, but not this year, i got to 17 miles and felt really good still, 18 came and went and 19 as well, so i was then preparing myself for the dreaded 20 mile point, where the wall normally hits you. I hit 20 miles, but nothing, i even went a little faster. The next 4 miles i was expecting my legs to go, but nothing, i was really enjoying this now, passing a lot of tired legs in the process.
The last 2 miles i started to feel it but i knew i was on the home straight, but knowing i had the sub 2.45 well within my grasp i really pushed on and came home in 2hr24m26s. I was over the moon, very emotional, but loved every minute of it, which is the first time i’ve ever said that on a marathon.
Great to hear everyone finished, and some good performances on the day from the rest of the green army, Ian, Rob, Matt and Wiggo.
Good luck to everyone doing London in a few weeks, i hope you all enjoy it as much as i enjoyed Manchester. It may be a very expensive race, but it’s very well organised now, and it’s got the big city marathon feel to it, and is getting more and more popular each year.
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Cheers
Fitzy”
So well done everyone who completed the Manchester Marathon and thanks for sending in the report Fitzy. With my preference being for off-road running I usually switch off when people start talking  about road training plans, but your hard work and success even captivated me this time. Well done mate!

Lakelands Mountain 42 – Saturday 30th March 2019

Now over to Jake Holmes and his epic run in the mountains:
image004“A 6am start meant I headed up the night before. Space to sleep on the floor of the village hall/Race HQ didn’t sound the best way to start any race but I figured it was better than a 2:45 get up at home and I’d have ticked off all the pre-race faff the night before. Best guess, I had three hours of broken sleep but the deal did include a tasty bowl of pre-race porridge.image001

There was a great atmosphere at the Race HQ the next morning… 5am or whatever so it was like everyone was in “it’s early so keep it down” mode, but with a real buzz about what was coming up. We headed outside to the start in the middle of Askham, and the surreal quietness of it all continued as Joe (race organiser) stood on a box and quietly said “go… shhh…”. 170 odd runners set off in silence.

Of course, everyone set off too quickly. Or I did anyway. It’s hard not to. How do you start a race with at whatever your ’hilly 42 mile run’ pace is? What even is that? Still, it was too quick.. I’m sure I’ll learn at some point.

The route split nicely into four sections…

Seriously, look at that view…

Leg one was Fantastic, lovely being out so early, perfect weather, gentle climb past the first check point at Load Pot Hill and not technical which let you look up and appreciate where you actually were. Heading up to High Street summit took us close to the edge dropping away down to Haweswater and the most jaw dropping view… it was like being in the Alps! Tourist mode took full hold and I had to stop and take a picture. Combo of the weather, winter sun, feeling good… whatever… I was loving it…

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High Street Summit gave the second stamp on the card and head off down to Patterdale and the first big tick. Wasn’t as smooth down as I’d have liked though. It was a long descent and I was trying to keep with the runners around me. The last stretch, a steep, broken rocky path, really beat up the legs and we were only 15 or so miles in. Mmmm…

I’d recced the next section, so it was good to know what was coming. Left the checkpoint with some chatty runners but another sign I might be a bit too high up the field came when a couple of them started talking about attempting the Bob Graham this summer. Right… maybe I drop back a bit? I didn’t have to think about it long before they’d made the decision for me and I had no problem watching them head off.

The grumpy bit…

This was my first stretch of the day on my own… Carry on up just above Grizdale Tarn and at the end, follow the steep rocky path down to Thirlmere and a checkpoint at the foot of Helvellyn. Easy enough… until the fog came in. A couple of minutes earlier, I’d seen a runner ahead take the lower of two paths. I was sure I’d done the higher one on my recce but for some reason followed like a sheep. It put me hitting the tarn square on… I was almost in it before I saw it the visibility had dropped that much! No biggy I thought, follow it to the right and you’re pretty much where you should be… just with wet feet. The thing with Grizdale Tarn, is it’s kind of round, so when you can’t see anything, you’re never quite sure if you’re at the end, or still on the side or what. Talking to one local runner a bit later, he’d managed to walk right round it twice before he found his way off! Anyway, just as I decided now was the moment, the mist cleared and I saw I was right, but in quite a bowl that I had to climb up out of. I could hear runners, that had been a long way behind, high up on the other path and obviously having more fun. Sigh. Climb up out of here then.

Pain behind my left knee made the descent a slow process. I moved my arms purposefully and made sure I frowned to make it look like I was descending quickly but it didn’t help. A couple more runners came past. As I got to the bottom I looked back to see a train of runners taking a route that cut a big corner… that I hadn’t! Wow, this was really a section to forget.

All good again…

I took my time to sort myself out at Thirlmere checkpoint. Reset things, restocked pockets with sweet things and started a fresh up Helvellyn for section three. I remembered on the recce easily passing day walkers on the way up but for some reason today’s walkers were more sprightly. With my new found positivity, I stopped singing ‘the greatest showman’ to myself and pointed out that my 23 miles and a few thousand feet so far, gave them an advantage. That recce knowledge of the path helped loads and I was actually enjoying the ups and caught a couple of the places I’d lost. The summit was a good moment! Highest point of the day. Only one more big climb to go. And that’s on the last leg. However you said it sounded good.  Steep decent initially (ouch) and then easy running into the Patterdale finish of section three. One to go.

The home straight…

The lump in the last leg comes straight away in the shape of Place Fell. Not as high as Helvellyn but by this point it doesn’t need to be! Trig point at the top won the award for ‘gnarliest checkpoint of the day’.image003

I’d been chopping and changing with three other runners over the last hour or so, so ended up sticking with them from here. Random conversations about cheese (we were pretty sick of sweet stuff) and National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation helped past the last few miles back over Askham Fell and into the village hall in 11hours 58mins to a free mug and very welcome bowl of Carrot and Coriander soup.

It’s funny how quickly after the race you start to forget the pain and long drags! I’m sure there was a stretch in the last 6 miles when I was asking myself “is this really how I want to spend my time?” …. “Don’t forget at the end, you might not want to do this stuff.”

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It was pretty though…

Last night I signed up to the 62 mile Fellsman in two weeks time.

 

Parkrun

Well done all who took part in a park run on Saturday. Great to see Bish in pole position at Phoenix again. Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s it for now, Remember to keep sending any reports or other stuff you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 4th to 10th March 2019

Hello Green Army,

Thanks everyone who has sent something to the inbox this week. It’s great to be able to put a few write-ups together and share what Helsby RC members have been competing in over the week.

First of all a brief reminder – and thanks to Tim Palmer for compiling this:

Upcoming races in Helsby RC championships

In the remainder of March and in April 2019, the following races count towards the club championships

Racing News

UK Counties X-Country Championships – Loughborough – Saturday 9th March 2019

We kick-off the racing news with a report from Hannah Cowley who has again done Helsby RC proud, while representing Chesire in the Inter Counties  X- Country Championships. Well done Hannah, and thanks for sending in the report:

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“I was lucky enough to have been selected for this race from the Cheshire qualifiers back in January. Although this inter countries was my third ever XC race, you could east say the nerves and excitement were above anything Ive had before a race. I travelled down with my mum, dad and lucky charm (Libby the dog), my race wasn’t until 11:45am but I made sure I had plenty of time to walk a section of the course and soak up the atmosphere and see if I could spot a few famous runner faces who were running for national XC qualification. 

Before the race I was hoping to come within the top 100 and try to be the first or second Cheshire vest over the line, this would be a huge achievement for a newby. 

For the start of the race we all lined up in our pens. When the pistol sounded I managed to get a quick start. The weather was not ideal, strong headwinds for the majority of the undulating course making the flats a constant battle, with a mix of hail and sunshine changing throughout the race. As this was the first time women were completing the same distance as the men (10km) I thought this added distance would be an advantage for me as I prefer the longer distances. The mud on the course made my legs increasingly heavy as we continued round the course but as a helsby runner the hilly bits I was able to push myself up and climb a few potions. For the home straight I pushed and gave everything I could to make sure no one could take my position away. 

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Following all the support from the Green Army in the week, I managed to push myself to 37th place, and was the first Cheshire vest over the finish line. I was over the moon! Who would have thought 12 months ago I would be in that position. Hopefully with more preparation and more race experience under my belt, I can get back there next year and do even better. 

I also wanted to throw into this report a massive THANK YOU to all the Green Army for your support and luck, you were defiantly there i spirit getting me around the course.”

Haworth Hobble – Saturday 9th March 2019

Next we have two reports from Jake Holmes and Benjamin Crossley about their valiant efforts on what is one of the toughest fell races. Firstly, over to Jake:

Howarth Hobble Race report – 32 miles of wind, rain, hail and hotdogs.

“6am and Mr Crosley arrives at mine to do the driving up to Yorkshire for the best value race I have ever done. £12 for 32 miles in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. When it comes to pounds per mile, thats a tough one to beat, but enough about me being tight.

We were cutting things fine, but arrived with 25 mins to the 8am start. No problem until Ben reaches into the back to get his pack only to realise it’s safe and sound at home where he left two hours earlier! Nightmare. The car park Marshall was quick to offer to help and started emptying his rucksack to lend him. A spare map, the odd cereal bar and a pair of gloves, and we’d put together a new pack (of sorts). A long way from ideal race prep but he’s on the start line. I think he’s sharing his own report so I’ll let him tell the rest of his story.

Being with Ben, who likes to hang out around at the business end of races these days, put me at the front on the start line again. Out of place, but it gave me 20 yards on some of the runners so I’ll take whatever I can get. Someone on the side of the road says… “ok, go.” and everyone starts running. I assume he was an official and not just a spectator having a laugh. I love a low key race.

I’ve got to talk about the weather… for about the first half of the race or so, it was proper. Serious head wind and rain. Amongst stronger runners I was slowly getting passed, but I was expecting it, and it was going to be a long day so I was conscious not to be daft trying to keep up. I don’t mind the bad weather, all part of it with hilly races this time of year, but your sense of humour does get tested when it starts giving you horizontal hail! At one point I had my hood that far over my head I could just see my feet, having to take a face full whenever I looked up to check I was still on the trail. Everyone’s in it though. Sooner or later it’s be on your back 🙂

The halfway point brought kinder weather, some good runnable stretches and out of no where… a checkpoint with hotdogs! All good for boosting moral and the miles started to tick away nicely. 

While the route never got really high, there was plenty of climbing; lots of, not too technical, but not easy trail and it was just generally a big day out, so I was made up to make it back into Haworth, with a little bit left (a tiny bit). I finished in 6:17, 129th out of 295. I was quietly hoping to get to close to the top third, so not quite, but I got the impression there were some hardy runners out there, returning for their nth time, so I was happy with the result.

Helpful marshalls, plenty of checkpoints for water and food refills and a bowl of stew for you at the finish line. If you fancy an early season test, put it on your list. Did I mention it was £12?”

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And now over to Ben:

“Myself and Jake hit the road to take on the Hobble, first year for Jake, second year for me. I’ll tell the race from my point, I’m sure Jake will tell you his story. 

The race that got the better of me. Firstly let me start with forgetting my kit bag, which I didn’t notice until we pulled up in the carpark 2hr away from home 🤦‍♀️not s great start and to be honest I think the race was done from there, after scrambling and scrounging around I managed to pull together the bear essentials. But it was MY kit, which I think played on my mind more than it should have. 

Then the weather, I mean it wasn’t just raining, it’s was PISSING it down, super strong headwinds that if you weren’t leaning into them you were either getting blown back or to the side. This made it impossible to keep a good form/posture which then lead on to knee, groin and hamstring pain. Then the cold. My baby maker was done in, it stung so much by the hard hitting freezing rain and had shrank to the size of a button mushroom. 

So I decided around the 18mile mark that I should probably call it a day before i do any serious damage. My hips, knees and ankles are misaligned as it is ( currently arranging an assessment with a body mechanic to fix me up) So with running awkwardly battling the gods it wasn’t going to end well. Then the added mind games of this isn’t my kit. My race was done. 

I turned back to head to the last checkpoint I passed, not really realising how far back it was, 45 minutes hobbling (no pun intended… the race name) by this point I was so cold I could barely speak. Hyperthermia was setting in. 

I was soon scooped up into the back of a camper van by one of the race assistants (thank you lovely lady) who wrapped me up in a massive sleep bag, three felt blankets and her coat. The van was apparently waaarm, but I was uncontrollably shivering for about an hour. 

The lovely tea, soup and veggie dogs soon brought me back to life and I was escorted back to race HQ on a shuttle bus. There I got changed in to dry, clean clothes, ate lots and drank lots of coffee. I’m now back home in the bath and I’m in good health. 

Massive Thanks to everyone who stopped, checked I was ok and helped a fellow runner out. It’s appreciated. Sometimes we gotta make these decisions, I could have carried on, but it also could have ended very badly. 

I was actually on track for completing the race 2hrs or so faster than last year, around the 5hr 15min mark, but there’s a fine line between being a ‘hero’ and just being a dick. 

Today wasn’t my race. There will always be other races.

Benjamin.”

Well done guys that is truly a tough day out.

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This was after my first Haworth Hobble!

Knighton 20 – Sunday 10th March 2019

And now, over to Fitzy who has been flying the flag for the Green Army with a fantastic result over in Stafford:

Knighton 20 with my cheating shoes

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“So i used the Knighton 20 last year in the build up to my spring marathon, so i thought i would enter it again after recording a pretty decent time last time around. I was in two minds as to race this or use it as a training run, but once you get to the start line there was never any way i was going to do the latter.
It’s a 3 lap course with plenty of climbing to be done, but for everything you have to climb up, you have to come down it, so the plan was to race hard on the up’s and recover on the way down. This year though i have a new pair of road shoes, some say they are cheating shoes 🙂 After seeing everyone who finished in front of me at the Village bakery half marathon in a pair of these cheating shoes, i decided to buy myself some to see how they performed. A park run and borders league later, i thought they were well worth the investment, having a cracking race at the borders. So could they do the same in a 20 miler?
Stafford seemed to miss all the rain, hail and snow whilst i was out doing the race, but a big downpour before the race meant a lot of the country lanes were flooded, however the wind was still pretty bad, it never seemed to be in your face or behind you, but was always trying to push you over from the sides for the full 20 miles.
Lap 1 went well, felt pretty good, after trying to stay with 1st and 2nd place for all of a mile, i got into a consistent pace and concentrated on my own race, on lap 2 i was caught up by 4th place runner, we had a little chat, found out he had broken 2 world records recently at London, dressed as a bride and a flower. I pulled away from the record holder on the steep climb on lap 2, and managed to get around lap 3 really starting to enjoy myself as I got a lot of encouragement from some of the runners i was passing, me shouting back to them and also giving them support. It’s a really friendly race, quite low key, but a good one to attend if you need a good event to attend before you marathon.
I finished the race in 2hrs 2mins, knocking about 55 secs of my PB, and coming 3rd place thanks to my new cheating shoes.
Full results”

Pipe Dream Fell Race – Saturday 9th March 2019

Thanks to Tim Palmer for sending in a report on one of my favourite races, and which always has me reminiscing about the 80’s and the Super Mario Brothers games:

Pipe Dream fell race (4.2 miles and 1280 feet of climb)

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“A blustery morning saw a small Green Army contingent (Rachel Arnold, Phil Gilliard, Jim Jones and Tim Palmer) in Dolgarrog for our first fell counter of the 2019 championship. Pipe Dream is a classic short fell race (steep up and steep down) with a twist (the steepest ascent is on steps alongside two large hydro-electric pipes – hence the name). The advantage and disadvantage of a steep ascent is that you get all the major ascent out of way in the early part of the race – in this case, a 1000 foot of climb in the first mile. Overall, a great little race and a nice way to start the Fell Champs.thumbnail_Ascent_alongside_the_pipes

As a civil engineer working on flood risk, any visit to Dolgarrog is tinged with sadness, as in 1925, the Eigau and Coedty dams failed; creating catastrophic flooding in Dolgarrog killing 16 people. Many more could have been killed had they not been in the local theatre watching a film that night.  The race route passed near the Coedty dam and the descent followed roughly the path of the flooding.”

A copy of the results is available at: https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/pipe_dream_2019.xlsx

 

Parkrun – Saturday 9th March 2019

Well done everyone who participated in a Parkrun on Saturday. There were 17 Helsby members across various park runs. Our club consolidated report is HERE

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to keep sending any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 4th to 10th February 2019

Hi folks,

short and sweet this week, with just the one report which has been sent in by Colin Bishop. Thanks Bish –  and well done on the medals guys:

Northern Masters XC Championships 2019 – Saturday 9th February 2019

“Saturday saw Knights Grange in Winsford host Northern Masters XC championships. It was 3 large loops of a slightly undulating course which in places had the residual winds of storm Eric gusting in your face draining your breath, and in parts once you got your breath back your legs were zapped by the mud. Cheered on by Mario, Joe, Bobby and Jane, Davyd successfully represented Helsby achieving a silver medal in MV40 category. He won’t mind me saying he also successfully managed to stay upright…..Maybe the thought of cake at the finish line. I myself managed an individual silver but was in my red vest so won’t go on too much.

For those who are eligible to run as a Vet these races are really something to be considered.
Once again well done Davyd
Cheers Bish”

Upcoming Events

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Parkrun

The Helsby RC consolidated Parkrun results for Saturday 9th February are HERE

Please keep sending any contributions for the blog to: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 7th to13th January 2019

Four Villages Half Marathon – Sunday 20th  January

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out over the weekend. No doubt Helsby RC will again work had in hosting another great event. Good luck to to you all, whether you are running or helping out – and have fun!

Racing News

Nothing in the inbox this week, so I’ve cobbled together a few lines about the cross country on Sunday:

North West X-Country League – Race 4 Town Park, Runcorn, 13/01/2019

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It was a great turn out on Sunday for the Green Army at Runcorn Town Park for the 4th race in the North West X-Country League. There were some great results by Helsby49949250_10157062050528799_3640539959422615552_o individuals but the show was stolen on the day by the Helsby ladies team. Helsby’s
Hannah Cowley won the ladies race, but with Jenny Illidge (13th) Laura Baynham-Hughes (18th) and super running from the rest of the ladies, first place in the team race was also secured by Helsby ladies – Brilliant work! While in the mens race, Chris Fitzpatrick was first back for Helsby in 20th. Other good individual finishes in the mens race meant that Helsby men finished 12th from 23 on the day in 49238895_10157062065938799_4510967429018419200_owhat was a very competitive field. Well done everybody! It was also great to see a lot of support from Helsby non-runners around the course. Andy Smith was also out there with his camera again and took some great action pictures that can be seen HERE

With two more fixtures still to go in the series there is still everything to run for. Full results and details of the next two fixtures can be seen HERE 

Parkrun

Some good results by Helsby RC across various parkruns on Saturday. Well done Jenny Illidge for being the first lady to finish at Phoenix. Our consolidated club report can be seen HERE

That’s it for this week but please keep sending any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Have a great week and once again, good luck for Sunday!

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 10th to 16th December 2018

Hi Folks,

Not a lot in the inbox this week so straight over to Laura with a reminder about our 4 Villages Half Marathon

4 Villages Half Marathon – We need you!

With just over a month to go to the Essar 4 Villages Half Marathon on Sunday 20th January, preparations are well under way.

For new members, this is our annual half marathon organised by the club. We normally have around 2000 entries and raise over £10,000 for local charities and groups. It also supports the club, helping to keep subs down. However a successful race is only possible with the support of all club members so we need your help!

How you can get involved

Sat 19th Jan – help out by packing goody bags and getting the club house ready for race day. (9.30am until approx midday) – email Laura Baynham-Hughes

Sunday 20th Jan – you can either volunteer to marshal on the route (please email
Richard Stradling or Rachel Arnold  if you can help) or help out at the start and finish areas (email Laura Baynham-Hughes).  Times vary depending on your role but you will be needed for some hours between 9-2pm

Please remember if you are planning on running the race then you need to provide a volunteer for the Sunday or to help out on the Saturday.

Many thanks
Laura

PS If you are going to a race in the next few weeks please take some flyers to hand out at the finish – there is a stack at the front desk at the sports club!

Racing News

NW Sunday XC League race 3 – Arrowe Park on Sunday 16/12/18

On Sunday we had a good turn out at Arrow Park for the 3rd race of the NW X-Country League. The Ladies finished 8th and the men 17th  out of a total 25 teams in the competition. This was a good result considering that our teams were mostly made up of vets on the day. The XC league website is down at the moment so I can’t see the individual standings but you should be able view all the results one the website’s back up  at: http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk

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Blast from the past! – Arrow Park December 2015

Parkrun – Saturday 15/12/18

Well done to everyone who ran in a parkrun on Saturday, the Helsby consolidated results can be found at the following link:

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

That’s it for this week.

Happy Christmas everyone 🙂

Jim

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 12th to 18th November 2018

Hello Green Army,

Welcome to another Helsby RC weekly round-up. We have a couple of reports from the   Conway Half Marathon this week and a report from the Radcliffe 13 Arches Half Marathon. If there was anything else going on over the weekend please let us know and we’ll update the blog or include it in next week’s write up.

Send any contributions to: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Reminders:

The second fixture in the Liverpool & District cross country will be held at Sefton Park on this Saturday 24th November 2018. This is a pre-entry race which is now closed but anybody entered will already know about it. There’ll still be plenty of space for supporters if you fancy going along and shouting “Green Army!”

Racing News

Conway Half Marathon – Sunday 18/11/2018

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The first of two reports from the Conway Half has been sent in by Richard Hankins:

“On Sunday 12 of us ventured over the border for the 10th edition of the Conwy Half Marathon. It was a glorious day, if a little chilly. The race had sold out in advance and the quayside was throbbing…perhaps a little too much so. The queue for the loos was 20 minutes long and it was very hard to find anybody else from the club. The route is essentially 5 miles of fairly undulating road over the bridge and through Deganwy to pastedImage-2Llandudno. This is followed by two miles of gruelling uphill as you take the road around the Orme. Then 2 miles downhill and back along the same undulating roads. The start is in a glorious location at the foot of the castle and the views from the Orme are spectacular if the weather is good, which it was. I wouldn’t say, however, that it is a fast course and it is one that is unforgiving if you go off too fast. This year there was a 15mph Easterly wind which strangely made the descent really difficult.”

Some impressive times were achieved with Chris Fitz first home in 1:22:20, I was second in 1:28:19, and an unhappy Peter Rodriguez third in 1:36:30. David Pearce came in at 1:36:56, Tim Igoe 1:43:01, Laura Sayer-Hall 1:49:24 (first Helsby lady), Michael Williams 1:50:51, Geoff Collins 1:51:13, Sandy Williams 1:56:52, Matt Willcott 1:59:43, Chris Igoe 2:21:27 & Steve Wiggins 2:39:13

It was absolutely Fab out there…lets hope form similar weather in 2019!”

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Conway Half Marathon – Sunday 18/11/2018

And thanks to Chris Fitzpatrick for also sending in a report:

“This was the last road counter of the season, but also clashed with the Cross Country at Skem, so didn’t think that many would turn up but was surprised to see plenty of the green army had ventured over to this beautiful part of North Wales. I haven’t been to Conwy since i was a kid. I have drove past it numerous times but what a great venue to hold a half marathon. Ok, so there was not enough parking, there was not enough toilets and it was really busy at the start/finish line, plus it wasn’t the cheapest event, so I was already having second thoughts about coming back again.
I soon forgot about that though on the start line as i looked back to see a line of runners as far as the eye could see, it was quite some sight. The start is right next to the castle, and you head out over the water, take a sharp left turn into Deganwy, hug Llandundo golf course, then head over to the pier before starting climb up the Great Orme. I’m not actually sure why it’s called the Conwy half? Ok, it starts and finishes in Conwy, but only about 0.20 of a mile is actually in Conwy isn’t it? Strange!
A fairly fast start for the first 4 miles, you start to hit the undulating roads taking you out towards Llandundo Pier. Once arriving here you are greeted by some great views, which just get better and better as you start the long slow climb to the top of the Great Orme for the next 3 miles or so. It was a cracking day for racing, clear blue skies with a bit of a chilly wind which certainly helped push us up the Orme, but frustratingly hindered us coming down it with a full on head wind whilst trying to run as fast as you possibly could, this really took it out of me. Actually i think going up the Orme seemed easier than coming down it as once your at the bottom again trying to get the legs going just seemed impossible the last 3 miles were a real struggle which takes you back along the route you had come out on heading back towards the castle.
Some enthusiastic crowds greeted us back over the water, i reckon i lost a few few seconds high fiving folk along the bridge. I certainly underestimated just how hard a half marathon this one is, but still pretty pleased with the end result. I managed to have a catch up with most of the helsby contingent throughout the morning apart from wiggo who arrived pretty late, but well done to all who completed it, it’s one of the tougher half marathons I’ve run, if not the toughest to date. 
Hope i haven’t missed anyone out but well done to Peter, Mark, Richard, Matt, Mike, Wiggo, The Igoe’s, Laura, Geoff and anyone else who did it, it was quite an enjoyable morning.
I shall be back next year and hope it’s still in the road counters for next season 
Full results below”

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13 Arches Trail Half Marathon – Sunday 18/11/2018

Thanks to Rebecca aka Mildred for sending in this write up. A trail race previously unknown to me that I might take a look at next year 🙂

“Hi
Here’s a report of the Radcliffe 13 Arches half marathon:
Jason Tate and I went this Sunday to Radcliffe to do a race that Jason had done last year, but it was the first time here for me. He said it was a bit hilly at first, but assured me that the last 5 miles are flat alongside a canal. With Jason having comfortably beaten me over the Sandstone trail 17 a few months ago, the race was on. 
Off we trotted down quite muddy narrow paths of urban trail, with a fast first few miles, the top of Jason’s head visible a little way ahead of me and pulling away – ah well, I’ll just do my best. Mile 3 or 4 some bloke came charging past in the wrong direction through the mud – a bit odd, but nothing to see here, move along please. Mile 6 or 7 I’d completely lost Jason, he must have put in a blinder and was steaming ahead, no surprises there. The trail became more pretty with Autumnal woods and then we started heading homeward. There were some junior marshals doing incredibly well offering tubs of jelly babies and apparently not eating any. Not me, I couldn’t resist a jelly baby or two. 
My piriformis issue started nagging a lot, but the thought of a trail (muddy and undulating) sub 2 hour time spurred me on. Also I was looking forward to those last 5 miles of flat canal running. I was still wondering about this on mile 9 as I climbed an enormous hill. In fact the canal never materialised! 
I’d been warned the run comes up a bit short of a proper half marathon so I carried on for a lap of the playing field after going through the finish and got a 1 hour 57 time, really happy with that. I went back to claim my medal, and strangely, there was Jason only just finishing. It turned out, he’d been that bloke who’d gone running past in the wrong direction at the start – having dropped his hat! (You know when I say I struggle recognising people?…) So I’m not sure exactly which of us won, but we both came back in sub 2 hours which was our best trail halves to date.
I’m doing the Trail Running Magazine “Run 1000 miles” challenge this year, which was forced me to increase my mileage consistently and it’s really reaped results. I need to do more speedwork I know, but the endurance I’ve got now from the miles is paying dividends as I’m climbing up the rankings these days, from just around midfield last year to 8th out of 43 in my age category today, and 35th woman overall out of 169 which I’m very pleased with. Next year I’ll really try to do more track sessions!
Thanks
Rebecca 
(Mildred Thehen)”
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Parkrun

Another great performance from Colin Bishop for his finish in 1st place at Phoenix again on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Our consolidated club results are HERE

 

That’s it again for this week,

Cheers,

Jim

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Thought I’d finish by sharing a picture I took from Snowdon on Monday morning 🙂

 

 

 

Helsby weekly round-up from 15th to 21st October 2018

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up.

Reminders:

First of all a reminder of what’s coming up this weekend:

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If you haven’t already entered the Snowdonia Marathon then its too late now but you can still just turn up for the X-Country on Sunday. The North West Cross Country League is a series of 6 races on a Sunday morning. They are free to enter, just turn up in your club vest.  The first one is at Clarke Gardens.  Details can be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk or ask around at the club.

Next, we have a couple of posters sent in by Betty to remind us of local Helsby Club events. Please attend and support the club if you can:

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London Marathon entries

A message from our Jackie Keasley:

“London Marathon Club Place. – it looks as if we will get 1 entry for our club for next years London Marathon.   Appplications for club places open Nov 5th, so we will not know for sure until after this date.

Anyway, to give us an indication of who is in the draw, please can you send me your rejection slip/email if you would like to be entered in the draw. Please note our club rule for this.

Code 2 London Marathon Places

Each year Helsby Running Club gets allocated some London Marathon places (currently 2). Club members who have entered the London Marathon but are unsuccessful in securing a place through the general ballot can be entered into the draw for these places. Those wishing to be entered into this draw must supply their rejection slips plus there is a further requirement that they must have competed in at least two Border League races in the previous 12 months before the draw (usually held in November).

Cheers in running

Jackie 
(email me or hand it to me or Joe or Phil on a Wed)”

Racing News

Fell Relays – Saturday 20th October 2018

Thanks Sue Buck for sending in a report regarding your leg of the British Fell Relays on Saturday, and well done to all who took part.

“What a fantastic event! This was my first time at the fell relays and I thoroughly enjoyed leg 4. We were greeted in Grasmere with drizzle and cloud. I was very nervous as it was team event (I didn’t want to let anyone down) and I knew that we would be competing against the top fell runners, despite Andy reassuring me that all abilities ran.

Luckily by the time leg 4 started, the weather had improved, with the only murky bit being during the ridge run after Heron Pike. The route was varied, starting with some tarmac, hundreds of steps, a ridge run, some contouring and then a mud slide down ‘THAT hill’ as it seems to be known as on the fell runner’s Facebook page. Apparently the commentator had said just before leg 4 started that he’d never seen such a steep descent in a fell race – good job I’d not heard that!!

I was lulled into a false sense of security coming off Stone Arthur as the first bit wasn’t that steep or slippery and I even overtook someone. However, suddenly it turned in to a mud slide. Even trying to get into the bracken didn’t help! I slipped down three times, before a woman behind me suggested that the 3 of us just got down on our backsides and slide down! It was hilarious, with cries of “rock” echoing up the hillside! It seems that I need to add sledging to my training!!

Eventually it became grass again and I was able to run.

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Well done to all the Helsby teams – we did ourselves proud. Special thanks to Phil, Laura and anyone else who was involved in the organization.”

Loggerheads Trail 10 mile – Saturday 21st October 2018

A bit closer to home on Saturday, three of us completed the Loggerheads 10 mile race. A great route that does a couple of laps of the 5 mile option available on the same day. There was also canine race option on the same day. There was plenty of ups and downs in the race and its one of a few low key events now hosted Outfit around the Clwydians.

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Photo courtesy of SJ Photography

Helsby finishers: Jim Jones 9th, Steve Wiggins 49th and Roy Duffy 50th.

Clwydian Hills Fell Race – Sunday 21st October 2018

Well done Rebecca for the super personal best, year on year in this race, and thanks for sending in the report:

“The optimistically named App “Accuweather” forecast the weather to start raining at 11am (precisely the race start time) and to finish raining at around 2pm – after the race stopped. Luckily, this app doesn’t always live up to the promise its name suggests and the beautiful Clwydian Hills were almost sunny the whole time. Locals were dressed in shorts and vests complaining of the unseasonal heat (10C), but for me it was perfect tights and long sleeve top weather, nice and soft underfoot and not too muddy. 
Last year I was around 10 months into my running comeback (after a break of many years), and after a few recces I was very daunted by this race and relieved to finish it though I came next to last with a time of 2 hours 44 minutes. So this time round, it felt like a good measure to see what improvement I’ve made over a year. 
For a start, being able to keep up with the mid-pack helped considerably with the navigation (ie not needing to do any!) up until the half way point, after which I started to slip behind but from there I remembered the route from last year. The miles fell away, and whilst the whole thing was as gruelling as ever with 9 miles of pain and 2,700 feet of elevation, it didn’t feel quite as difficult as last time. Even the gully didn’t seem to take so long. Well in fact it didn’t – last year that mile segment took 36 minutes whereas this year it was a mere 27! Overall I shaved 25 minutes off my time from last year and came 87th out of 101 starters, which felt like good progress. 
As usual, the people manning the checkpoints, handing out the soup, organising the event were all lovely and jolly, and did a sterling job. I really love this race and look forward to being back next year, 
thanks
Rebecca (Mildred The Hen)”

 

Winter Hill Mast Race – Sunday 21st October 2018

Richard Hankins has been about doing interesting races again. Thanks for the report Richard and well done:

I like races that are relatively flat with good underfoot conditions, so the last couple ofScreen Shot 2018-10-24 at 21.03.17weekends have been ‘off piste’ for me. This week I only travelled as far as Lancashire to run the Winter Hill Mast Blast. The race was run to celebrate 50 years of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team which I was a member of from 1990 to 1999. I love the West
Pennine Moors and the opportunity to spend the day up there was too appealing to miss. I prepared perfectly, attending a Billy Bragg gig the night before, completely losing count of the number of beers I’d drunk and waking up horribly Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 21.03.47hungover. Like any sensible runner faced by an exposed hill race who was unwell and unable to keep down their breakfast I took precautions (a second banana). The profile of the race was somewhat hellish. Starting with a steep 150M climb along a rocky and gravelly track followed by an ascent of the Pike only to then run down the other side of the hill before working your way back up to the summit. Then followed a couple of kilometres of open moorland. Rivington Moor is particularly soggy and at one point I sank to my knees and only just escaped with both running shoes. I haven’t run that moor for 20 years and I delighted in being back out there. The last part of the race was through the Terraced Gardens on very uneven cobbled paths. I think you’d have to define it as a multi-terrain as it mixed trails, with fields, open moorland and the utility road to the mast. The organisation was fab, it was well marked and marshalled throughout. Difficult underfoot and it is a race that would be easy to pick up an injury at (as a few poor folks did). I came 15th overall and third Vet 45. Hopefully, it’ll become an annual event: I’d love another crack at it.

Parkrun

Well one to Colin Bishop for his finish in 1st place at Phoenix, and everyone else who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Our consolidated club result are HERE

That’s more or less it for this week, but I just wanted to mention Chris Igoe for being such a stalwart of the Wednesday night runs and an avid reader of the weekly blog – Cheers Chris!

Happy Running,

Jim

 

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

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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

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