Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 7/10/19 to Sunday 13/10/19

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to those of you who have sent something to the inbox. Please remember to send any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Upcoming Events

A reminder that the next 4VHM meeting will be on Wednesday 23/10/19 at 8pm at the clubhouse.

This coming coming Sunday is the first race of the North West XC League at Beacon Park (snapshot below). But don’t forget that you can see all our local races on our race calendar:  https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

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Racing News

Borders League – Race 1: Caernarfon – Sunday, 13th October 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in a report on the 1st Borders League Fixture of the year:

Fitzy begged pleaded and eventually resorted to doughnuts to encourage the faithful down to Caernarfon. The furthest of the races in the Border League we always worry that we’ll struggle for numbers. Even Hannah Cowley joined in the pre-race encouragement via Facebook. On the day 18 Helsby men and 8 women turned out to endure the wonders of a British Autumn, despite numerous clashes, ill health etc.

It’s actually a really nice course. A couple of miles along the coast adjacent to the Menai Straits then inland and uphill for a couple of miles. There is a middle section along a relatively narrow open road with cars, vans and the odd lorry travelling in both directions. This section is a bit iffy as is the sharp and slippery left hand corner on a steep downhill at the end of it. At that point I thought I was about to start the descent and was more than a little disappointed to find another half a mile of uphill ahead of me. The finish is by the coast adjacent to the castle….a great location. That said with the driving rain it was easy to miss the views….especially if the rain had forced you to take your glasses off and you could no longer differentiate between the local PCSO and a runner for Chester Tri.

Hannah Cowley definitively demonstrated a return to form finishing a comfortable two minutes ahead of the second lady and achieving the course record. The rest of the ladies team ran admirably and they came third on the day. We’re looking forward to more success this year for the ladies…perhaps a team championship win is possible?

The men were led home by Mr Borders himself, Fitzy, in an impressive 35:52 followed by solid results for Nathan Woods and Kevin Smith. I knew the men’s team were in trouble when I came in 4th counter having proudly held P.11 for the team for the past four years. We did well for numbers and enthusiasm but the results show the speed wasn’t there across the men and we came last. But, we avoided any penalty points and we start the season in a challenging but recoverable position.

Overall, a great little event and I’d encourage anyone of any speed or level of experience to make these events. They’re free and friendly, real grassroots sport at a regional level.

Richard Hankins

Full results from Caernarfon are HERE

Palma Half Marathon – Sunday 13th October 2019

Thanks to Debbie Read for sending in a report from her race in Palma over the weekend:

Well I survived!
On what was an unseasonably hot Sunday I took part in the Palma half marathon.
A very well organised event, there was a choice of entering the 10k, half marathon or marathon, all starting in front of the iconic Palma Cathedral.
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The half marathon continued on into the historic part of the city and the marathon was 2 laps. I chose the half purely for the scenic old town.

Loving running on trails and woods, I was giving up the will to run after about 6k, what with the relentless tarmac/concrete but most of all the exposed sun and unforgiving heat.thumbnail_image1Despite taking full advantage of the sponges and water at every water station I was overheating and was truly regretting having entered, asking myself why I’d entered such a long road race. Heading back towards the cathedral and considering dropping out at the 10k mark I heard a “Green Army! Oh, it’s Debbie” shout from a runner heading their way out – it was ex Green Army member Tanya! Well that gave me the boost I needed.

At 12k we turned into the old town where the course zig zagged and meandered through a mixture of narrow cobbled alleys, wide boulevards and the ring road, however they were mostly in the shade and I got my mojo back and actually started to enjoy myself.
Although I’d trained for the race, given the conditions it was never going to be about the time, just to finish, which I’m pleased I did. 2:06

Palma is a lovely city and I’d recommend visiting it, just maybe not to run 13 miles on Tarmac, concrete and stone in a heatwave when you’re a forest trail lovin’ kind of gal.

Parkrun – Saturday 12th October 2019

Well done everyone who did a park run at the weekend. Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s all for this week. If anyone still has something to contribute from the weekend then please do still send it in and we will include it in the next round-up.

Cheers,

Jim

 

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Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 2/9/19 to Sunday 8/9/19.

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to those of you who have sent something to the inbox. Please remember to send any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Karen Bell and Peter Causton who I understand have recently joined us. Looking forward to running with you both  sometime soon.

Upcoming Events

A reminder that there is loads coming up over the next week. See the snapshot of our club calendar below, or view the full calendar at: https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

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Also thanks to Janet Robertson for sending in details of a new local race coming up in November:

Save the date … Weds 20th November

Marbury Night 5 

Northwich Running Club have come up with a great idea to give a bit back to the North West XC League running community.  They are planning a new 5 mile night race that has the feel of a Club XC with mud, hilly bits, woodland and a bit of water as well as team prizes. Headtorches will be essential.  The entry fee includes refreshments afterwards and is being offered at a discounted price of £6 to members of clubs that run in the NW XC league – so that includes Helsby!    Entries are not open quite yet but save the date.  Hope that lots of you are interested – it sounds like a fun event!

Racing News

Wirral 10k – Sunday 8th September 2019

Thanks to Karen Horsley for sending in a report from the Wirral 10k. Well done everyone who ran – some awesome results for Helsby!

“Pre-race nerves or excitement had me awake at 2.30am and I didn’t manage to achieve much sleep after that, however a hearty breakfast set me up for the race.

Wirral 10k (and half marathon) was blessed by the running gods today as the weather was perfect for racing. Early sunshine became grey skies as the start time approached and the majority of runners will have completed the 10k before the sun made a second appearance. The half marathon runners will have had more sunshine to contend with but at around 17 deg C at least it wasn’t too hot.

Logistically the race was great, with plenty of parking which was near the start line, a good number of portaloos, and the distances helpfully marked in both km and miles.

Knowing there was a real possibility that I might struggle to make the distance I began at a steady pace, however on reaching the 1km marker and feeling good I kept going to the 2 mile marker where I took a short walk break before running on to the half way point. The first 5k I completed in around 31 -32 minutes. A brief stop for water and I was off again. The second 5k was more difficult, but then I’d expected that it would be so was prepared to run/walk as I needed. By around 7k my leg was starting to ache more, but as it was an out and back course I had to make my way back to the start/finish line one way or another so carried on but at a slightly slower pace.

The half marathon route followed the same first six miles with the 10k runners taking a left at the clown roundabout to head to the finish. What a welcome sight it was to see the clown sculpture as I made my way along New Brighton promenade, and knowing that the end was close. I even had enough in my legs for a little sprint finish (albeit a slow sprint). I finished in an official time of 01:07:11 which was the sub-70 minutes I had hoped for and didn’t collapse with exhaustion on the finish line. All in all a good result!

The only downside to the race is that there wasn’t a great deal of spectators on route, I rather like being cheered on by random supporters and sadly there wasn’t much cheering happening.

But my first of three 10k races in September is now ticked off and I totally deserve a couple of days of rest.

Helsby Results

Well done everyone on some great running!

  • Richard Hankins 00:39:37  – 9th male and 1st in age cat
  • Trevor Lewis 00:43:37  – 19th male and 2nd in age cat
  • Geoff Shaw 00:51:08  – 1st in age cat
  • Kai Horsley 00:54:42
  • Janet Shaw 01:04:02 – 2nd in age cat
  • Karen Horsley 01:07:11″

Northwest Road Relays – Sunday 8th September 2019

Thanks to June Swift for sending in a report on behalf of the Ladies Team at the Road Relays from Sunday:

“SILVER for the Ladies at the North West Relays
Sunday epitomised what running for Helsby RC is all about….working together as a team and encouraging each other to push outside our comfort zone and improve. We put on our green vests and ran our little legs off and were rewarded with a SECOND Cheshire team and NINTH team overall out of a field of 51 teams from across the North West.
Hannah led the charge with a storming run clocking up a new PB (17.37). Even after taking a tumble (due to Fitzy’s distracting Hannah on a hair pin bend – tut tut!!) Hannah showed true grit (pardon the pun!) and jumped back up to take third fastest lady overall – amazing! Tracy (aka the running machine) had a fantastic run showing her strength and determination to not let her nerves get the better of her and brought the team home in 14th place. I was on last leg and nearly missed Tracy’s handover as I was too busy nattering – some things never change! I managed to chase down a few teams (including my old club Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton AC) and crossed the line in 9th place overall.
I’m so proud of both Hannah and Tracy for putting on their green vests, fastening up their laces and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.  We were all super nervous at the start line but together we supported one another and together we succeeded. The future is looking very bright for Helsby Ladies – together we can achieve great things!  
Let me know if you need any pictures and I can send them across.
Cheers,
June”

Parkrun

Well done all everyone who did a park run at the weekend. Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s all for this week. If anyone still has something to contribute from the weekend then please do still send it in and we will include it in the next round-up.

Cheers,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 22/07/19 to Sunday 28/07/19

Hello Green Army,

It’s a short round-up this week with just the one race report sent in by Debbie Read. If there are any other reports to come in from last week please still send them and they can be included in the next round-up.

I’ve put a snapshot of what’s coming up over the next week below. We have two club counters coming up – North Wales Half Marathon on Sunday and the Pie and Peas on Wednesday. You’re probably a bit late for the Pie and Peas if you haven’t already entered as there is a waiting list. The North Wales Half Marathon is closed to online entries but their website says that there will be a limited number of entries on the day. I’ll be doing the North Wales Half so I’m hoping I’ll see a few green vests there.

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Don’t forget you can view the full calendar at: https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

Now over to Debbie:

Gyrn Gallop Fell Race – Saturday 27/07/2019

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On Saturday Vanessa and I (and the ever welcome supporters Joe, Mario and Bobby) drove out Oswestry way to take part in the Gyrn Gallop fell race.

I’d never done this race before though Vanessa had and she encouraged me to have a go saying I’d enjoy it, and enjoy it I did!

Held in conjunction with the small fair inside the village hall it’s just over 6 miles long with 350 metres of ascent and with running surfaces of tarmac, farmer’s track, packed earth and grass it’s more of a multi terrain than a typical fell race.
The route is a straight forward out and back, no technical bits, and 100% runnable – well apart from the couple of fences you have to clamber over near the top.
Starting with a mile or so downhill on road, followed by a steady, relentless, gentle off road climb right up to the summit, a u-turn around a marshal then a glorious 2 miles+ of grassy, downhill running before the dreaded mile of uphill road  back to the finish. It’s possibly my favourite race to date.

Back at the village hall £3 got you a cup of tea and as much cake and sandwiches you could fit on your plate.

34 runners (25 male, 9 female)
1st male 00:44:51
1st female 00:54:26
Vanessa 01:03:53
Debbie 01:07:09
Last finisher 01:19:36

Being such a small field and being 5th and 6th females home, I suppose it was not surprising that Vanessa and I would win age category prizes – having won several disappointing bottles of wine in the past I chose chocolates this time and Vanessa chose the more practical box of SIS energy gels.

A lovely event, fantastic organisation and marshalling by Oswestry Olympians.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for next year.

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Parkrun

Well done everyone who took part in a park run last week. Our consolidated club results are available HERE

Please keep sending contributions into:  helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 10/06/19 to Sunday 16/06/19

Hi everyone,

welcome to the weekly round up. There’s loads of good stuff to read this week! Before the racing news though – a brief message from Jackie Keasley:

“A big thanks to all who turned up at last Fridays Presentation Evening, BBQ & Disco. Well done to all those who got awards. Here is the final list + an updated list of all the winners over the years since 1980!

Final List of Champs 201819.

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There’s plenty to run for this coming 2019/20 season with lots of trophies up for grabs!

Cheers

Jackie”

Leadville Heavy Half – Saturday 15th June 2019

First of the cracking reports this week has come from across the pond by Danny and Danielle Ryder. Over to Danny:-

Just before leaving for a couple of weeks holiday in Colorado, Danielle make the mistake of forwarding me a link to the Leadville Heavy Half which was happening on the middle weekend of our trip. I instantly took this as a request to sign us both and duly did. We spent 6 days running and mountain biking in Boulder, Co trying to acclimate to the 1,600m elevation of the front range. 

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On Saturday the 15th we set off from Boulder at 5am for the 2 hour drive to Leadville. Leadville is an old silver mining town, situated at 3,094m, making it the highest incorporated town in the USA. Following the boom days of it’s mining past, Leadville has become known for sporting oddities such as Burro racing (Look it up if you’ve never heard of it), Horse drawn ski racing and ultra endurance events.

In the week leading up to the event it was announced there would be a change to the traditional route. Following a year of record snow fall which had still not melted, it was decided that 1000+ runners post holing up and down Mosquito Pass was not desirable (or particularly safe).

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Following a straightforward sign on and a coffee in the busiest coffee shop in a few hundred-mile radius I made my way to the start line. Having never run at this altitude before and not knowing quite what to expect, I found a spot a few hundred runners from the start line. 

The race began up a tarmac road with a steepening gradient before joining an old mining road. I tried to keep a sensible effort up this first climb, my lungs felt surprisingly good but my Achilles both burned. I think this was due to the deceptively steep gradient. After around 2 miles of climbing there was a short but welcome descent before joining a wide road climb. There were some fantastic alpine views here and warm sunshine to take my mind off the thin air. A turn off the road led to a loose double track descent where I seemed to be making good ground. Now the warm up was over and it was time to make the 7km climb to the turn point at 3,542m. 

I put my head down and focused on my breathing and moving, resisting the urge to “just walk a little bit”, knowing I would never start running again if I did. Around 1km from the high point and I started to see the lead runners on the descent! I kept moving and finally hit the turn point. I was relived and also nervous. I ‘d coped better than expected so far and now had around 10km of descending ahead of me. The descent down the main climb was great. A wide rocky track, at a nice gradient. The support from runners on the climb was great. I had been keeping an eye out for Danielle as I descended, but was taken by surprise when I heard her cheers. She had obviously warmed up from the start and had removed a few layers. 

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I rejoined the tarmac road for a short climb, before descending the earlier climb. Road descent dispatched and now off the road and onto a climb, which earlier as a descent had offered such relief. Not so now… 

Run, walk, run walk, I dragged heavy legs over the top by any means. Over the summit and a fast 2 mile descent to the finish. First descending the dirt mining road and then a left, back onto the tarmac. Finish line now in sight but so far away. Around 1 mile of die straight tarmac descent has never felt so long. Over the finish line in 2:06:09, and now time to find water. I had taken one water bottle with me, which I had rationed all of the way around. I was later told that the aid stations were really good, but I don’t know. I’m not sure what it is about pinning on a number, I had never intended to run so hard. 

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I watched Danielle finish the race, way ahead of her anticipated schedule, so I was glad to have gotten there early. The post race food, support and 2 beers each (to go as we had a long drive ahead of us) was fantastic (and all included in the entry fee).  A quick walk around the stalls and up the main street and it was time to go and find some thicker air. 

I would definitely recommend this, or I’m sure any of the other Leadville trail series races. Just be sure to make a longer trip out of to acclimate. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Colorado whilst you do.

Danielle View Point:

After an early wake up call and a hectic dash to the start line with a couple of minutes to spare (I had to wait for Danny to get back from the coffee shop before I could join the toilet queue!) I stood nervously near the back of the crowd waiting for the start. 2 years previously we had both struggled to walk down the main street of Leadville feeling really sick and with headaches due to the altitude, so this was going to be about survival for me. 

The climbs are relentless and it didn’t take me long to join the middle of the pack runners starting to hike. I must learn to do this quicker, but I am happy to say it was the downhill I enjoyed and managed to pick people off. The front runners came past at an incredible speed (albeit they were going down hill at this point) as I hiked to the turn around point, and I was surprised to see Danny descending well when I was just past the 9.5k point. He was definitely in the top 20 at this point.

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I had hoped to finish within 4 hours due to the altitude and elevation gain and was really happy to come in 3:17:17. Unlike Danny I hadn’t pushed myself ridiculously hard, and had taken full advantage of the 4 aid stations and took some photos on the way! Having finished and had the obligatory finish photo taken, Danny found me and I quickly pressed him for how well he had done. He hadn’t even checked – 15th!

The race was really well organized and had brilliant volunteers. The free post race food was brilliant – nachos and wraps and 2 cans of beer each.  Excellent medal, and a nice mug and t-shirt to top it off.  Also I am happy to report that although I may not have come 15th like Danny I am walking normally after a 97km week of running! Now off to Durango for some more adventures.
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Port Sunlight 10K – Sunday 16th June 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in this report from the Port Sunlight 10k:

This was the second year in a row the Port Sunlight 10K has been in the club road counters. It is a BTR event and like all their races it is well planned and executed. We were lucky, heavy rain overnight subsided and by the time of the race it was warm and dry with a little light wind. The start is by the village green next to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. On the green there is a bag store and various vendors: it is a really nice setting. The course is two laps of a rather twisty course around this historic village. There are four ‘turns in the road’ where you run around a cone: not ideal if you are chasing a time, but a limitation of the site. 

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There were ten Helsby runners out, including Kate Mann who was completing the event with her Dad on father’s day. June Whitehead, six months after the birth of baby Olivia came 9th lady overall in 44:02 – a great achievement. Helen Owens, fresh from her marathon adventures finished first vet 40 in 46:35. Janet Shaw was a commendable 3rd in the Vet 65 age group. Strong performances throughout. Good to see Gaz O’Connor back on the start-line after being side-lined by injury. Be fab to see a good turnout to the next road counter: Halewood 5K on 6th July…it’s free, what’s not to like!

Oh, and did I mention I got a 10K PB….

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Next we have a couple of reports, one from Jackie and one from Geoff,  that came into the inbox after last week’s round-up had already gone out:

Scottish Mountain Marathon – Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June 2019

The weekend before last saw 4 Helsby runners make the journey up to Loch Carron, just North of Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands for the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon.  This new race was organised by Ourea events headed by Shame Ohly, the organiser of Dragons Back, Cape Wrath Ultra and many more toughies!  Shane offered to take on this Spring Scottish MM, after Martin Stone stepped down from  organising the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon after 20 years of amazing races!  It was always going to be a hard act to follow.

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Chris & Max whizzed up in a van for the weekend, I was already up there & Rachel caught the train from Helsby which dropped her off at the small request stop of Attadale, 50m from the event centre.   The area is locked inbetween the big mountains of Mullardoch, Strathfarrar & Torridon so the views were always going to be excellent. The weather was kinder than forecast except for those still out beyond mid-afternoon on Saturday when the heavens opened delivering large cold hailstones which very quickly made even minor streams fast flowing & deep causing a few crossing problems.    The checkpoints have descriptions such as knolls, cairns, boulders, stream, lochans etc.  The hardest ones to find are re-entrants (defintion “reentrant appears on the map as a U or V shape in the contour lines, pointing back into a hillside rather than sticking out of the hill (as would a spur)”. We have always found these the most difficult to find even when you are very close to them. Needless to say both days were packed with them! The good news is we have now got over our phobia of finding them!

Rachel and I steadily made our way around the dozen checkpoints each day. The going was tough as there were plenty of ups and downs interspercing the huge areas of tussocky boglands.  We climbed a Corbett each day but the routes avoided the munroes. Not sure whether that was good or bad as it would have been nice to get onto the higher rocky ridges and avoid the boglands.   The overnight camp was very wet as the river rose & looked more like yet another bog rather than a camping field. Arriving back after 9hrs 33mins, exhausted, wet & cold  it was great to be greeted by Chris & Max (who had done the short score which is 5 hours of running, so they were well rested by this time) who squashed us into a sligtly drier spot near them & kindly put our fiddly tent up as we looked on shivering. A quick change into dry clothes & hot soup & food to warm us up, whilst it continued to rain outside, made us both feel more human. Rachel did better than me though, recovering enough to emerge from the tent when it stopped raining and wander around chatting to folks & comparing notes on the day. Whilts I lay horizontal, unable to move & chat!

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Sunday weather was a repeat of Saturday but without the heavy rain with even longer stretches of bog. I managed to sink into a black one upto my thighs, but fortunately manged to get out still wearing both inovs.  Rachel did the same a few seconds later into a green one.  Another 7hrs 30mins running on Sunday & we finally made it back to the base camp. A quick wash in the river,  cuppa & meal, then Bill drove us to our overnight stay in Glasgow on a most beautiful evening passing through spectacular scenery of Glenshiel, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, BlackMount, Lomond.   The next morning we checked the results & were a bit upset that we were in the list as dnfs with mis-punches. We occured in two classes, class B on the Saturday & C on the Sunday, hence the error. Despite emailing them about the error they still 10 days later have not corrected it, which is a bit insentitive for us as we know we both checked & punched every point! A post race email sent to all competitors came in last week from Ourea and we were kind of made up to appear in it!  Heres the photo of Rachel punching!

Well done to Chris & Max who finished 2nd in their short score class, trailing the small margin of 20 points out of 560 over the 2 days.

Cheers

Jackie

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Geoff Collins has sent the next great report that just missed last week’s round-up. Thanks for the write-up Geoff:

Edgworth 10k Reservoir Challenge – Sunday 9th June 2019

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Edgworth 10k is a trail race around two reservoirs, the Wayoh, Turton and Entwhistle. Quite a small event put on by a private events company. The area was absolutely stunning with beautiful views in all directions. I met up with Emma & her boyfriend and we walked round part of the Wayoh reservoir to get a feel of the place. Ideal weather conditions sunny and dry too, unlike the previous day.

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Just 256 runners took part. Strangely the greater majority of them were unattached
runners not club runners. There weren’t many older runners there either. The race start was on the Dam wall near the Black Bull pub. Loud music was being played, together with a local fitness instructor going through a warm up routine. Seemed a bit at odds with the peaceful rural location.

The dam wall was quite narrow so I got myself quite near the front at the start. But the finish was on the opposite side of the reservoir, I didn’t go and reccy that before the race.

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I sensed I was still quite near the front of the race, I hadn’t been overtaken by many people. I seem to go slightly better on hilly terrain relative to others, who go faster than me on the flat. The support from the marshals was amazingly encouraging all the way round. There were lots of bridges to cross, and a bit of flat tarmac by the second reservoir. You run round this before going back a short distance the way you came (steps down instead of up), before crossing over to the first reservoir but on the opposite side. You gradually climb up giving views over opposite side to the outgoing route.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.16

Time to push hard on the last section and sprint to the finish. I reach the last marshal position. ‘Up the hill into the field turn right and head to the finish’ she yells.

What? My heart sank, it was a field of wet slippery grass with a nasty right turn and what felt like a mountainous climb to the finish. I looked like a strangled Rhinoceros taking its last breath, as I spotted Emma shouting well done dad!

The winner Daniel Shaw did it in 37m 37s. I was 60th finisher in 53m 43s, and 2nd M60 out of 13. 1st M60 was only a minute ahead of me. I recommend this race, with a medal and t-shirt if anyone wants to try it next year. After the race we headed to the excellent Strawberry Duck at Entwhistle for lunch.”

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Parkrun

Well done to all Helsby members who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results below.

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

That’s all this week folks, thanks for all the great reports. Please keep sending them to the Helsby RC inbox at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers,

Jim

 

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

 

 

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