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

 

 

 

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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

Helsby RC News – from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November 2017

Welcome to another weekly round up. Great to see a few emails in the inbox this week letting us know what everyone’s been up to. Please keep sending anything in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

X-Country at Sefton Park on Saturday 25/11/17

A message from Paul Foster:

“Thanks to all the 16 runners who have entered this Saturday”s xc at Sefton park 
Ian Rutherford          Gareth Boyd 
Andy Smith                Phil Tomkinson 
Chris Fitzpatrick       Ian Hamling 
Neil Finegan              Ste Wiggins 
Peter Rodriguez       Colin Bishop
Davyd Michell           Colin Thompson 
Ste Riley                     Rachel Holden 
Michael Williams 
 The senior women’s event will start at 13.15 and the senior men’s at 14.05

Race numbers will be available for collection between 12 noon and 13.45 on the day at  the registration tent which will be near the finish

Course map and timetable are available for download on L&D website

https://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld-cross-country/ 

 

The entries will be paid for before you get there so no one will have to mess about wasting time. 
I know last year they said they weren’t but for some reason the message never got to the people giving out the numbers.
Any problems on the day feel free to contact me 
Paul”
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Sandstone Trail Challenge 2018

A brief reminder from Andy Robinson:
“The Sandstone Trail Challenge opens for entries on 1 Dec at midnight.  If you want a place, you’ll have to stay up late & get in quick: the runners’ places went within 10 hours last time.”
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Racing News

Morunner – Saturday 18/11/17

Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in the first race report of the week – and well done Col!

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Nice crisp morning on Saturday saw a great turnout for Morunner at Croxteth Park 
Plenty of top lip accessories both real and fake and funnily enough male and female top lips. 😁
The 10k course was 2 laps of the parkrun course near enough.
Plenty of cheering along the way and encouragement from the 5k runners who had started 10 minutes earlier.
Happy to report I finished 2nd with a respectable time of 36.38
Nice moustache medal at the finish.
Cheers Bish”
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Penmaenmawr Fell Race – Saturday 18/11/17

Thanks to Laura for sending in a report about the Pen fell race:
“Eight green vests plus supporters took the trip to Penmaenmawr for the annual Penmaenmawr Fell race on Saturday. It was a cracking day and the views across the coast and mountains were definitely worth the effort of the climb and the joy of the ‘bog’ crossing. Although at least there wasn’t snow on the ground this year. This is one of my favourite races, really runnable and fantastic views. Runners enjoy most of the climb in the fist part of the race, then it is across the bog hoping to only go in up to your knees rather than your shorts, then a mostly flat run back in (with bonus of support from Mario and Joe) finishing with a very sharp descent to the finish line. All there is left to do after the 10+ miles is collect your race beer! Great running by the whole green army team, big thank you to Joe and Mario, Chris and boys for the support!”
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Conwy Half Marathon – Sunday 19/11/17

Great to get two aspects on the same race with reports coming in from Richard Hankins and Geoff Collins. First report was sent in by Richard:

“Seven of us crossed the border for the Conwy Half Marathon today – the last road counter of 2017. It was run in near perfect conditions: beautiful sunshine, light winds and a little chilly. Jim Jones rocked up despite running in the fell race the day before which is impressive. Fitzy, the great proponent of this additional race was nowhere to be seen? 

For those who have not done it the race deserves to be in the Runners World five most scenic half marathons. Starting on the Quay alongside Edward the 1st impressive castle built to suppress the Welsh Princes of Gwynned. It crosses the bridge, passes through Deganwy and into Llandudno. It then circles the Great Orme in an anticlockwise direction. This introduces two miles of consistent climb and was pretty tough, but beautiful. The route then follows the river back to Conwy. It isn’t a run to aim for a PB on. More one to savour the views and the atmosphere.

Three thousand had entered this year selling the race out and a good starting position was essential to prevent a frustrating mile stuck in traffic. Its well organised and friendly and I’d certainly recommend it. Perhaps Fitzy will make it next year?”

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And now, over to Geoff:

I’ve just read the report I wrote for last year’s Conwy half. It would be good to have this race as a club counter next year I wrote! Well sometimes wishes do come true, and this was to be the last of our club road counters being our 13th race.

I love this race for the beautiful scenic coastal location, where do you get better views than this?

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Or this? Spot the three runners in the water below?

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I think I must qualify as an ‘ever present’ having done eight out of the nine races.

Weather conditions were perfect on the day, little wind completely dry, and sunny towards the end of the race. Ideal for going up the Great Orme! But it’s a hard race with over 816 feet of climb, but with a very fast descent! This year the number of finishers was up on last year at 2,555.

A bit touch and go whether I would make it to the start line with a touch of PFPS in one knee and recovering from a cold. I wouldn’t recommend you do it the Physio tells me. I decide to ignore his advice, top up on pain killers and hope I’m still alive at the end. Yes I know I shouldn’t do it!

This race would also determine all the age category winners. The men’s V50’s & V60’s has seen a lot of friendly completion this year. It would be down to who turned up for this race and their finishing

order that would be the decider. There was also going to be an unexpected surprise change at the top of the ladies leader board with Janet as the only Helsby lady in this race too.

Eight Helsby runners turned up, including Richard Hankins going for his record tenth counter and myself for my ninth counter.

The Helsby finish order was;

Richard Hankins 1hr 31

Jim Jones 1hr 40m

Mike Williams 1hr 43m

Roy Gaskill 1hr 48m

Geoff Collins 1hr 54m

Geoff Shaw 1hr 57m

Matt Willcott 1hr 56m

Janet Shaw 2hr 25m.

Finally I thought I would do a quick check on who has run the most miles in this year’s road counters. It must be Richard with 10 races to his credit, but no it isn’t.

This is who has run the most miles;

Mens

1st Geoff Collins 72.9m 9 races

2nd Richard Hankins 72.1m 10 races

3rd Jim Jones 47.9m 7 races

Ladies

1st Janet Shaw 36.7m 7 races

2nd Tanya Downes 27.4m 4 races

3rd Carol Shaw 26.7m 6 races.

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Parkrun Saturday 18/11/17

Well done all Parkrunners. We had 11 Helsby  out at various Parkruns on Saturday with some impressive results and rankings:

Peter Rodriguez – 3rd at Phoenix

Ian Hamling – 5th at Widnes

Colin Thompson – 6th at Warrington

Helsby’s consolidated RESULTS

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I think that’s it for this week. If anything has been missed please let me know and I will update the blog.

Thanks

Jim

 

Helsby RC News – from Monday 16th October to Sunday 22nd October 2017

Welcome to another weekly round-up. Please remember to keep sending  any race reports, even if it’s only a couple of sentences, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Upcoming Events

A message from Paul Foster regarding the upcoming X-Country Season:

Hi all 

As some of you will already know and hopefully everyone will now. The cross country season is fast approaching with a double whammy of fixtures.

Saturday 28th October is the Liverpool and district league at Arrow park wirral  2pm 

Sunday 29th October is the north west Sunday league at Clarke gardens Liverpool at 10am 

To all new runners in the club you will love it. Cross country races are free to run as long as you are first claim to Helsby and you wear your beautiful green vest. Some races in the Saturday league are pre entry but I will send out a message nearer the time to remind everyone. There will be additional races to pre enter like the northern’s and the Cheshire champs which again I will send out a message.

So what a great weekend to start a weekend of mud. Hopefully the green army will have a great turnout 

Cheers Paul”

Racing News

Warrington RC 5 mile Trail Race (4th of 4) – Saturday 21/10/17

Thanks to Colin Bishop for sending in the first of the race reports this week:

Saturday at Colliers Moss saw the last in this race series. 4 races over the year one for each season, with separate bling that fits together to make one big piece of bling. 20171021_165659

This was a tough multiterrain course mostly dirt paths undulating and muddy in parts. Plenty of twists and turns.

Well organised well marshalled plenty of support. Cracking goody bag. Postvrace cookies thanks to Mrs B.

Have to say pleased with 3rd position

Would strongly recommend this series for next year not sure if it could be considered for a club counter but sure there would plenty of the Green Army who would enjoy it.

Cheers Bish”

 

Standish Hall 10k Trail Race – Saturday 21/10/17

Thanks to Debbie Read for the following report:

On Saturday afternoon I braved Storm Brian and ventured up the M6 to do the Standish Hall 10k Trail Race.

It’s a traditional enter on the day club run organised by Wigan Phoenix and happens twice a year – February and October. Entry fee is £6 and all finishers get a Wigan Pie!
Using bridlepaths and woodland, the two lap course is relatively flat with no major hills, however, due to all the recent rain the going was heavy in places this year but if, like me, you don’t mind a bit of mud, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable.
There were 133 runners and I finished 9th female in 56:00.”

Serpent 6 Mile Trail Race – Sunday 22/10/17

A 2nd Report from Colin Bishop – thanks Bish:

Well along with the unwanted company of Brian (storm Brian that is)  I headed over to Bolton to take part in the new Serpent 6 mile trail run.  

This testing twisting and turning uphill downhill with uphill finish was challenging and enjoyable. Unfortunately direction arrows were vandalised by Brian sending some runners the wrong way meaning they ran a shorter distance than others and somehow myself and a few others ran more than the 6 miles – Typical

Having said all that it is one I would do again providing Brian doesn’t turn up again

Cheers Bish”

Results: HERE

Clwydian Hills Fell Race – Sunday 22/10/17

On Sunday just four Helsby runners ran in the Clwydian Hills Fell race. With Joe and Mario out in support the relatively small Helsby turnout still made their presence known as the 5th Placed Team from 37 Clubs that were represented on the day. We were 37165918823_56f15aa3ab_b-2 fortunate with the weather as the rain stayed off and visibility remained good for the duration of the race. There was however, some strong winds and plenty of mud along the route of 8.5 miles and 3300ft of ascent.

There were 118 finishers with Helsby’s results below and it was great to see a new member having such good result – welcome to Helsby RC Lucinda!

Chris Collins 9th (85:49)

Lucinda Lamb 35th overall, 5th Lady (96:08)

Jim Jones 52nd (106:21)

Laura Baynham-Hughes 62nd overall, 2nd Vet 40 Lady (109:36)

 

I’d like to extend a big thank you to North East Wales Search & Rescue (NEWSAR) who, as always, did fantastic job of organising and hosting this event. Please take a minute to see how you can support NEWSAR at no cost to yourself via their fundraising page https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/newsar/

Parkrun Saturday 21/1017

Our club consolidated results for all Parkruns this Saturday are below. The Delamere Parkrun on Saturday was the final counter in our Club Trail Series, so anyone who ran at Delamere on Saturday will also get a point for the TUC competition.

Helsby consolidated Parkrun results

That’s all the racing news for this week. I’d just like to extended a warm welcome to Sandy Williams who has also recently joined us and I hear is looking forward to the Borders League. We’re looking forward to running with you Sandy.

Please keep sending any reports or anything you want including in the Blog to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

 

Helsby RC News – from Monday 11th to Sunday 24th September 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up. There really isn’t much at all in the inbox this week. Please try and send any race reports, even if it’s only a couple of sentences, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Turning up Competition (TUC Cup)

Don’t forget – the best way of making sure you accrue points for the TUC Cup is to send a race report, or just a link to the results of a race to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

The current standings and races that have been included are in the link below. If you attended a race and its not in the list, even if you was there as a supporter,  just let me know and I will add it.

TUC CUP standings

 

Upcoming Events

Borders League – Fixture 1 at Ellesmere Port – Sunday 01/10/17

We need as many people as possible at our first race of the Borders League this Sunday. Anyone who has ran in this competition before will know that it is a fantastic series of races, and totally free to enter for club members. Just turn up in your club vest – and remember to shout “Green Army!” at the start. Full details are available HERE

Congleton Half Marathon – Sunday 01/10/17

We also have our next Club Road Counter  this Sunday which unfortunately clashes with the Borders League fixture. We have however now  added the Conway Half Marathon to the end of the Road Counter Series so that you still have an opportunity to get points for the Road Series if you are doing the Borders League.  Details of our Road Counter Series are HERE

 

Racing News

With the absence of any reports in the inbox, I can only mention the races I’ve attended myself over the last week. I’m sure there will have been more going on but I didn’t find much from my quick trawl of social media.  If anything has been missed please let us know and we’ll include it in the next blog.

Wirral Multi-Terrain race 3 of 4 at Harrison Drive, Wallasey – Tuesday 19/09/17

We were blessed with a beautiful evening for a run along Wallasey Beach on Tuesday night. The start was delayed for 15 minutes to allow people time, after an incident on the motorway, to get there. Hopefully everyone who wanted to race did so. This is probably my favourite fixture of the 4 because the mile or so run along the beach on the way out, and then again on the return, helps spread the field a bit. It seems to suit me as I need a couple of miles to get going! And I don’t seem to get caught up in the congestion that can occur at some of the other fixtures. We had nine Helsby vests in the race and Mario was there in support. Colin Thompson was first home for Helsby in the mens race in 3rd place followed by Adam Gordon in 9th. Laura Sayer-Hall was first home for Helsby in the ladies race. Well done everybody who ran. The fixture results are available HERE

Macclesfield Half Marathon – Sunday 24/09/17

I decided to tip up for the Macc Half on Sunday as there were still entries on the day. The undulating course seemed to suit me and I surprised myself with a Half Marathon PB of 95:40. As I ran onto the sports track at the finish the commentator on the PA system identified me as Helsby Runner and announced the “great race in January” that we host. So a positive result there too 🙂

Parkrun

It’s great to see Helsby continuing to show Parkrunners how to do it. Some fantastic results across the Parkruns again for Helsby, but notable that Fitzy finished 1st at Phoenix again and Colin Bishop was 2nd at Widnes. Maybe we should start taking the opportunity to promote Helsby RC at Parkruns by wearing our training tops more often? – Just a thought.

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC

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And finally for this week, if you’re free on Friday night then why not take the opportunity to support Helsby Community Sports Club and pop along to the the live music night from 7.30pm. Details below.

Thanks,

Jim

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Helsby RC News – from Monday 28/08/17 to Sunday 03/09/17

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up. Please keep sending any race reports, or anything you want including, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Before the racing news there are a couple of messages and reminders.

Sunday League XC

A message from Jackie regarding the upcoming X-Country League:

“Please find the provisional Sunday League XC dates for your diary. A full list of our Winter club counters including Borders, Liverpool & District + Sunday League XC will be issued once all is confirmed. 
 
 
“Following the recent Sunday League XC fixtures meeting the following dates were agreed for the coming season. Every attempt was made to avoid clashes, but as usual, there are unfortunate unavoidable clashes due to the very busy nature of our sport

The fixtures are as follows :-

29 October Clarkes Gardens hosted by Penny Lane Striders

12 November Beacon Park hosted by Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers

10 December Arrowe Park hosted by Pensby Runners

14 January Town Park Runcorn hosted by Warrington Road Runners

28 January Walton Hall Park hosted by Liverpool Running Club. Please note that this race is still to be confirmed and the date and venue may change.

25 February Forest Park Birchwood hosted by Spectrum Striders.

Race 5 will be advised when finally confirmed.”

In addition, the Northerns are 27th January (Leeds) and the Nationals are 24th Feb (London). The Cheshire Cross Country Champs will be Saturday 6th January 2018 (Delamere according to the event listing on http://cheshireaa.com/fixtures.aspx).

Plus the Liverpool & District dates are:

Fixtures 2017/18
Match 1  28th October Arrowe Park

Match 2  25th November Sefton Park
Match 3  9th December Beacon Park
Champs 11th February Clarkes Gardens

Hope to see you running in the mud soon!

Cheers

Jackie”

Hi’ Vis’ Vests and Hoodies

A brief message from Donna regarding club kit:

“Good evening ladies and gentleman…. it is fast approaching the time when we will soon need to wear hi-viz vests when running back to club or even out on our own! If anybody needs one please let me know I will be at club most Wednesday’s for the next few weeks if anybody requires one. If anybody also would like a hoodie please let me know what size you want so we can order some in before it’s chilly enough to require them! Please email me if you want or post below with sizes and requirements safe running everyone

 

Club Drop in Sessions & Coach Development

Another message from Jackie:

“Please see message below from Nick Settle from England Athletics
Anyone interested in any of these courses please let me know. There’s one to take you from being a run leader (LiRF, Leader in Running Fitness) to a coach if anyone is interested. Our club has many qualified LIRF’s (Colin, Chris B-H, Gareth, Roy, Mario, Graham, Donna, Jennie, Carol) but if anyone else would like to train as a new one please let me know. 
 
Coach Development

 England Athletics have created an new winter/spring coach development programme to help your coaches to further improve your athletes’ performance and reduce their risk of injury. There are a number of local coach development workshops organised in regions, including Movement Skills, Physical Preparation, Athletics 365, LiRF to CiRF and specific technical days.

For workshop details and to sign up, visit: www.englandathletics.org/coachdevelopment

Please can you send this message and attached poster onto your club coaches and promote with-in the club. 

Thanks for read and speak to you soon.

Many thanks

Nick 

Nick Settle
Club Support Manager (Cheshire, Cumbria, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland & County Durham)”

Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)

There has now been a full month of the TUC competition and there is now a page on the club blog where the current standings will be updated.

Remember you will only be credited points if we know about the race. If there are any races missing just let me know and I will update the spreadsheet. Whilst I attend a few races myself I don’t always remember who’s attended in support. So again, if anyone is missing points for attending a race just let me know and I’ll update it.

I reckon the current leader of the men’s table must be down to a lack of reporting of races by everyone else!

Mens Table

Ladies Table

Supporters Table

Entries highlighted in green indicate member did not run but attended in support. The TUC Cup page can be viewed HERE

 

Racing News

Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix – Final Race – Friday 01/09/17

So now for some racing news, and the first report has been sent in by Richard Hankins about the final race of the Deestriders off road GP:

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“Friday saw the last of the four races in the annual off road grand prix series run by Deestriders. The club have been struggling with a lack of facilities and as a result the series was late to be announced. By the third race the rugby club’s changing rooms had been boarded up with a sign stating they did not meet health and safety requirements and nobody must enter. For the final race we were told the club house would be open and there would be the usual awards ceremony. Dave Wiggins, Chris Igoe, Colin Bishop and myself turned out for Helsby. It was a perfect evening, cool with a light breeze, despite that the overall turnout was down. We set off as usual, I tried to keep up with Col Bishop which worked perfectly for about 100 metres before he buggered off.  The front three runners, all from Prestatyn, immediately showed pretty outstanding speed which they retained throughout the race. Col ran a brilliant race – fourth placed by my reckoning (results have not been published) and well ahead of fifth. I pulled out with a sore shin about a mile in, having already completed the required number of races I didn’t think it was worth exacerbating the injury further. Dave and Chris kept up a good tempo for a respectable finish. We then headed in for the awards ceremony. Whilst the clubhouse had been opened, the bar had not, so there was no food or drink. As the lights had also failed we all sat there as darkness descended. Then came a bizarre awards ceremony at the start of which it was announced that the results may be wrong as they couldn’t see the scores in the darkness. Two people wearing head torches handed out the trophies. I took third vet 45, which has greatly increased my number of running trophies from 0. Col B took nothing however, as they had erroneously missed his results for the race off the final calculation – he was clearly the winner of the vet 55 category and deserved better. Sad to see our friends at Deestriders doing their best in such difficult circumstances….let’s hope for better next year.”

Thanks for sending in the report Richard. It is good to see that the results have since been updated and published. Great to see 3 Helsby runners with podium places in the series results:

Colin Bishop – 1st vet 55, Richard Hankins – 3rd vet 45, Jim Jones – 3rd vet 50

Full results HERE

Ben Nevis Race – Saturday 02/09/17

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On Saturday I was one of 600 who took on the classic Ben Nevis Race. I’d never been up the Ben before so what better way could there be than racing up there! It is a true classic and certainly a challenge to get back down in a decent time given the steepness of the descent. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the da and the views were fantastic. I was still a bit nervous form a tumble I took in the Snowdon race a few weeks ago so took my time and – and a few pictures along the way. I still finished in a reasonable time of 2hrs 50mins and had a great day out.

Results are HERE

Ring O’ Fire & Firelighter – 01/09/17 to 03/09/17

We had 3 Helsby warriors in Anglesey over the weekend. Well done guys and thanks to Ben Williams for sending in this great report:

“I don’t really know where to start with this one. For those who don’t know it, the Ring O’Fire is a 3-day, 135-mile circumnavigation of Anglesey, using the coastal path. This year the first day was opened as a stand-alone ultra in its own right, called the Firelighter. Ste Wiggins and I entered the full event, and Boydy entered the Firelighter. Each checkpoint had a cutoff time, which had been tightened this year, making the average pace needed a bit challenging.

The first day covers just over 35 miles, from Holyhead to Amlwch. After a sendoff from the Mayor of Holyhead and the local MP, along with Max and Katie, off we went through Holyhead and across onto Anglesey itself. I knew the first section was flat, and I wanted to make the most of that and fresh legs and so I headed off quickly to build a cushion against the dreaded cutoff. I managed to pass CP1 with probably an hour to spare, and from there on until CP3 my dad kept popping up with snacks and encouragement as well. The route got progressively harder as it turned the corner onto the north of the island, where the clifftop path keeps diving down into narrow coves and then climbing back out again – usually with massive wooden steps. There was an unofficial water stop where a couple had moored their yacht on a secluded beach and were handing out snacks and drinks, seems like a nice life! At one point my foot slipped sideways on a clifftop path and I cramped up, unable to move while following runners had to climb past me on the single track as I apologised profusely.

I managed to keep my time cushion, though I didn’t extend it, and finished day 1 in the dark after 8h 45m (35.3 miles on my Garmin).  Gareth finished the Firelighter in 7h 14m, and unfortunately Ste had to drop out.

I didn’t take ‘advantage’ of the offer of overnight floorspace in Amlwch leisure centre, and instead went back to a cosy cottage for a chippy tea and a bath.

The second day began well, everyone ran in a group through Amlwch and so I set a reasonable pace for the first few miles. Again the cutoff times would be a challenge, but I built a small cushion by CP1. However then the wheels fell off, although there were other runners in my orbit I was really running alone and struggling to make progress. No injuries beyond cramp, I just couldn’t get myself going somehow – walking was fine, but I just couldn’t run. Shortly after leaving CP1 I had to stop because of pain in my right thigh – looking back I think it was ‘just’ cramp, but I wasn’t sure if I’d damaged something. From that point on my average pace dropped below what was required, and as I hobbled towards CP2 I made the decision that I’d had enough. I wasn’t timed out – I had about 15 minutes to spare, but I would have been timed out at CP3 and I felt better quitting rather than being forced out.

I’m not sure I’ll be back, I’ve got even more respect for the Green Army who’ve done this event now and I think it’s a step too far for me. I’m glad I tried though, and I learnt a lot.”

 

Parkrun

We had 14 Helsby athletes out at various Parkruns on Saturday. Fitzy was showing them how to do it again at Phoenix with another 1st place while Debbie Read was 1st lady to finish over at the Ellesmere Port Parkrun. Well done everyone!

Consolidated club report.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading.

Jim

Helsby RC News – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th August 2017

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly Round up. Please keep sending any race reports or anything you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events and Reminders

We kick off this week with a few reminders –  firstly an email from Jackie Keasley:

A reminder of our next Interclub Fell Championship counter
In (between Helsby, Spectrum, Warrington & Delamere Spartans).

Wednesday 23-Aug-2017 7:30pm Harrock Hill (nr Parbold) 8.4k / 275m 5.2 miles / 902ft

Message from club member Gareth Boyd – Chester Running Tours

I’d like to invite Helsby RunningClub members on a free 5k tour on the evenings of 22nd and 29th Aug. 7pm start. For info please see http://www.chesterrunningtours.co.uk/

Those of you who are interested should email Gareth at info@chesterrunningtours.co.uk highlighting which date works best for them. We wish Gareth good luck in his new running for all venture.

The 18th NORTH WEST COUNTIES ROAD RELAYS

Last year Delamere this year Blackpool!

Stanley Park Blackpool, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ
Saturday, 09th September 2017

13:20 Senior Women 3 x 5.2km £15 per team
14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.6km £20 per team

Club will pay. All runners must be first claim members of Helsby for road running; CLUB VESTS must be worn. County Qualification: Club athletes can only compete in the County Championship in which they are eligible by birth or residence.

Last call for GreenArmy team members please? So far we have Fitzy, Gaz, Col T, Roy & Jane. It would be great to say make up 2 men’s & 1 ladies team. Please let me know asap if you are interested in making up our teams

Thanks & Cheers

Jackie”

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And a reminder from Phil Gillard regarding the 2017 Fell Relays:

2017 fell relays

The 2017 fell relays will be held in Llanberis on Sunday 15th October, for those of you not familiar with the event it is where all the great and good of the fell running community meet up for a brilliantly inclusive relay race. The format of the event is:

Leg 1 – solo runners – 8.8k
Leg 2 – pairs – 14.9k
Leg 3 – pairs – navigation
Leg 4 – solo – 8.35k

with each runner handing over to the next member of the team.

This year we have entered two male teams and one female team.

Laura has already started organising the ladies team, so ladies if you want to take part, then please get in contact with her 

For the chaps, if you want to take part, please get in contact with me –

There are two pre-requisites for being able to take part:

You need to have all the safety kit – windproof / waterproof trousers and jacket (with hood), gloves, hat, whistle and compass, along with a bumbag or similar to carry it in
A couple of AM races under your belt

There is still plenty of time to get all this together

So, let Laura or I know if you would like to take part in the best fell running day of the year

Phil”

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Racing News

2 Hillforts Fell Race – Sunday 13/08/17

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A great race report has been sent in by Chris Collins:

“Firstly I will start by saying I’m not normally 1 for blogs nor am I an English grammar teacher but Jim asked me so nicely to do this and I couldn’t think of a valid excuse not to so here we go…

Sunday afternoon,1pm race start and the weather looks good as well as the temperature being near the 20’s. After spending a week in France eating and drinking I knew I wouldn’t have ran if I didn’t turn up. Having done this race before I knew what to expect, low key, great organisation, great atmosphere and on a good day some nice views from the 2 hill tops.

Once registered I spotted Jim Jones, we chatted and he told me how he had raced yesterday. Secretly inside I was over the moon knowing he may be heavy legged made my confidence grow at the fact I could be first home for our club!

Anyway to the race. This course is basically a long climb up to Penycloddiau (where there was once a hillfort) slight drop in altitude before a shorter climb up to the top of Moel Arthur (you guessed it, there used to be a hillfort there too) from there it’s all downhill to the finish.

For anyone who is interested results and a race round up can be found here http://walkrunclwydian.co.uk/2-hillforts-fell-race-2017-results/

Highly recommend the events Joe Cooper and Out-Fit put on regularly, not only do they have a great feel he also does these events to raise money for chosen charities.

Big shout to Jim for turning up and giving a good race after already giving his all on Saturday, I’m sure if he hadn’t of ran Saturday he would have had me!”

Thanks again for the report Chris. It was also great to see Leah there in support and taking photos.

NB Chris Collins was a little too modest to say in his report that he finished in 4th Place and won the MOPEN category! Well done mate!

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Maesgwm Muddle fell race – Saturday 12/08/17

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Jim O’Hara and myself did the Maesgwm Muddle race on Saturday, Sharon Basford was also along running for Tattenhall, and what fun we had. It was a 10 mile race with some 3800ft of climb. The route loosely covers the Moel Eilio race route in reverse – with a couple of out and back add-ons! The most notable add-on being the first climb and then 20747973_1405593029489699_7589964420039885550_odescent of Moel Cynghorion, which was very steep, grassy and wet. Coming down a few opted to slide on their backsides. I tried it for a while until my sizeable load caused me to pick up so much speed I was worried I might not be able to put the breaks on! Visibility was bad on top, and a few people who didn’t know the route were using map and compass or tagging on to those who knew the route (or had gpx!). This was definitely one of the more technical races regarding descents that I’ve done, with the more experienced fell runners able to make good time on the downhill. It was a well hosted event by Mike Blake of Eryri and a great day out. Not seen the results yet but they should appear on the WFRA site.

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Parkrun

Well done to everyone who was out at Parkruns this weekend. Phoenix Park runners were shown what Helsby RC are all about when Chris Fitzpatrick turned up for the first time there – and finished 1st! Followed in 2nd place by Ian Rutherford! Brilliant running guys. Our Parkrun cosolidated report is available HERE

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That’s it for this week. Happy running!

Jim