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

 

 

 

 

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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

Helsby RC News from Monday 17th to 23rd July 2017

Welcome to the weekly roundup everyone.

First of all I just want to catch up on our Summer Handicap results,  which just missed our round up from last week. Thanks to Phil Gillard for organising this event again and sending in the message and results below:

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“A big thank you to all the helpers; everybody out on the course and in the clubhouse.

Results by position

Results by position

The rain held off for a dry run in good conditions, nice to see Nick getting his nav right for once and new member Ben getting on the podium. My thought for the day; when will Ste Wiggins ever catch his dad?”

Results by time

Results by time

Summer Handicap 2017

Summer Handicap 2017

 

Reminders

Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)

The trial of our new in-club competition starts on Tuesday 1st August and will be running until  31st December 2017. You will be awarded points when you race for the club.

All you have to do to get credited points is make sure that we know you have ran (wearing a Helsby vest) or supported at a race. You can make sure we know by emailing helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Race reports will be very welcome but not obligatory for you to be credited points – we just need to know about the race you have completed or supported. Parkruns are not included but we will award a point for anyone getting a PB at a parkrun, if you let us know about the PB.

The aim is simply to accrue as many points as possible which will be awarded as follows:

1 point awarded for any UKAA, FRA or WFRA recognised race.
1 point awarded for other ‘notable’ races
1 point awarded to members organising or marshalling at a Helsby RC event, and therefore unable to race.
1 point awarded for turning up and supporting Helsby RC at a race – even if you are not running yourself!
1 point for achieving a PB at a parkrun.

 

Green Green Grass of Home Fell Race – Wednesday 26th July 2017

Our next club Fell and Mini-Fell Counter is oat 7.30pm Wednesday 26/07/17 from the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, LL16 4LN

 

Club Championship Tables

A note form Ben & Suzanne Fletcher that we have updated the club championships road/fell https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2017-road-and-fell-champs/

Racing News

Northumberland Coastal Run – 23 July 2017

Thanks to Geoff Collins for sending in the following race report from the Northumberland Coastal Run:

For the second time in three weeks I find myself in the North East of England again. This time for the Northumberland Coastal run organised by local running club Alnwick Harriers. Alnwick of course is much better known for its famous castle and garden, which featured in the Harry Potter films. The Northumberland Coastal Run recently won a Bronze award in the Half Marathon category at the ‘Race of the Year Awards 2017’ held at the O2 in London!

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This multi terrain race starts on the beach at Beadnell, a former fishing village, not so quaint now with a large number of new houses built there. The locals call it Gosforth-on-Sea as most of the houses are second homes for the better off in Newcastle! The race finishes on the beach at Alnmouth. Its a bit longer than a half marathon just under 14 miles. A very efficient fleet of buses take the runners to the start from Alnmouth. This year I ran with two friends, Carl also a colleague from work (a former Frodsham Harriers member), and Jill a friend and former colleague from Newcastle.

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But the real ‘race’ started in January to secure one of the 1200 places. You only have a matter of a few hours and anxious moments spent on the computer before it sells out!

The scenery and views of the coastline are stunning. This race has three quite long stages on beaches so is very tide dependant. But this year there was a lot of rain before the race, and the forecast was for more on the day. In fact the weather here was a complete contrast to that other members of the Green Army were enjoying in Snowdonia! But hey ho a light northerly wind was blowing – great when you are going south!

The first 2m takes you along the beach up over the sand dunes to Newton links. The beach was very wet, there are some small rivers to cross. it’s not long before I’m wet from the waist down and now it’s raining too. Then there is a short section of tarmac road to get you past the rocky headland of Newton Point and down into Embleton Bay. Now a longer section of beach run. As the bay curves the shortest route takes you very close to the waves!

Then it’s up the dunes again as you climb the coastal path towards the ruin of Dustanburgh Castle. I couldn’t believe just how muddy and slippery it was this year. Now I’m regretting my choice of footwear – road shoes! Past the castle there is a bend in the path. Everyone slows down keeping left. Then I pull off a real masterstroke of opportunity, a clear area to the right beckons. I go for it. Too late I realise it’s a just a muddy drop. I can’t stop and pretend I’m skiing without the skis as I lurch from one side to the other. An alternative explanation is I made a mistake. Somehow I’m still upright at the bottom having past 6 or7 runners.

Then you drop down to the village of Craster where they smoke Kippers. A sign says roughly half way that’s encouraging! Out of Craster it’s climbing up the coastal path onto the

headland again. Then there is a long section of path some of it very muddy, I’m starting to look and feel like I’m on a cross country run. It’s hard going underfoot when your feet are slipping so much. Why didn’t I put trail shoes on?

Then the route takes you to Boulmer the site of the now closed Search & Rescue helicopter base. Finally you’re down onto the last section of beach at Foxton. Now it’s just 2m to go curving past Marden Rocks before you can just make out the finishing arch on Alnmouth Beach. Lots of rocks seaweed and breakwaters need to be negotiated or jumped as you race to the finish.

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The support from the Alnwick Harrier marshals and spectators is really good, and one runner I spoke to even knew our Gareth Boyd what a small world! In fact this is a well organised race with a very nice t-shirt at the end, even a choice of colour, would you prefer blue or black? Spectacular scenery all the way, it’s even better if the sun is shining. I loved every minute of it. I will be back next year. Shame about the weather and my poor choice of footwear.

The results (990 finishers)

1st Ian Harding 1h 12m Morpeth Harriers.

1st lady Jane Hodgson 1h 25m Morpeth Harriers.

394th Carl Hayes 1h 54m.

464th Geoff Collins 1hr 59m Helsby RC.

772th Jill Young 2h 18m.

Parkrun – Saturday 22nd July 2017

Delamere was popular this weekend with 9 of the 14 Helsby park runners turning up there on Saturday. Well done everyone. Our club consolidated  park run report is available HERE

I think that’s it for this week. Please keep sending your reports into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC News from 26th June to 2nd July 2017

Hi Everyone, and thanks for the reports and contributions this week. Please keep sending them in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

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Frodsham Downhill Run 2017

Before the past week’s racing news we have a few reminders and a brief from Phil Gillard on our upcoming Summer Handicap:

Reminders

Thursday 6th July 7.30pm – 2nd Fixture of Deestriders Off-Road Grand Prix – £5 on the night (if not already entered the series) at Tata (formerly Corus) Sports and Social Club, Rowleys Drive, Shotton

Sunday 9th July 9.30amUKFast We Love Manchester 10k is our next Club Road Counter at Etihad Stadium, M11 3FF

Wednesday 12th July 7.30pmThe Druid is our next Club Fell and Mini Fell Counter at the Druid Inn, Llanferres.

 

Summer Handicap

“Ladies and gents,

The date for this years summer handicap is Wednesday 19th July. It is open to every club member and if you run on the hill on a Wednesday evening, you are more than qualified to enter.

For those of you who are not familiar with the event, we meet at the club at 18:30 as normal and then jog on mass through the quarry to the car park at the top of the quarry. Handicaps are then given out with the faster runners setting off after the slower runners, so that everybody should cross the finish line at the same time 😊

The route is straight up to the top of the hill, down the other side and then back to the quarry car park via Middle Walk, the joy of this route is that you get to do it twice with the finish being at the end of your second run along Middle Walk. Following everybody finishing, then we all toddle off back to the club for a BBQ organised by Dave and Lesley.

I can now envisage that you are all chomping at the bit to get involved, so this is what you need to do:

  1. If you want to run, send me your latest 5k or 10k time by 14th July – 
  2. If you want to marshal / help out, please let me know and I will assign you a position / job
  3. If you want to come to the BBQ, please let Lesley and Dave know via email

If you have any questions, please let me know

Phil”

 

Racing News

 

Robbie Webster’s Wobbler – 28/06/2017

Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for taking the lead on yet another successful Wobbler and sending in the following report:

“Despite the miserable conditions 100 wobblers turned out last Wednesday to take on the now infamous Robbie Webster’s Wobbler. Prior to the event I’d had a message from Robbie’s daughter saying how Robbie would be so proud of the race – made it a really special year to hear such kind words. Robbie’s nephew and his son also ran which was a fantastic honour to have them there.

The race doesn’t happen without the fantastic club support and marshals – thank you so much to all of you that came out to help and make the event so special… especially in that weather! Huge thank you to all the cake bakers too.. I’m not 100% sure on the end amount raised there, but I’m waiting to hear from Robbie’s daughter as to whether they have a chosen charity for the money to go to. We had fewer people back this year, no doubt as people wanted to get dry and warm!

The race itself was not without mishap and controversy this year. Despite the directions of “keep to the main path and go straight until you reach a marshall or clear signs” was mis-interpretted by a penny lane runner leading the race on the first ascent which resulted in him taking a 270 degree turn off the path. Our very own Steve Riley found himself as the “one time race leader” as a result! Thankfully there were no more mishaps and the end result was a fair one.

The results are up on the blog – 2017 RWW page. No team trophies for us this year… we need a full house next year!

Thanks again.

CBH.”

 

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Loweswater – 1st & 2nd July 2017

We had a few Helsby ladies taking on the mountains over the weekend. Thanks to Janet Robertson for sending in this report:

“Three teams comprising of Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson, Christine Roach & Danielle Ryder (Carrock Fell Course) and Sue Buck & friend (Wansfell Course) travelled to the Lake District to take part in the Saunders Mountain Marathon. This two day event involves navigating around the Lake District carrying camping kit, fuel, stove and food. It was very hilly. And very steep. And very long. Rachel once again demonstrated her superb skills as a navigator. Virtually none of the first day involved paths and we were treated to varied and ‘interesting’ terrain, including some entertaining river crossings. Conditions at the overnight camp were extremely wet, but despite the persistent rain, tents were pitched and we settled down to a delicious meal of beanfeast and noodles. After a surprisingly restful night sharing Rachel’s bed of wafer thin bubble wrap (having had some technical issues with my balloon bed) the four of us were off again, finishing the two days of the Carrock Fell course in a total of just over 12 hours. Now I will pass over to Sue for her perspective on her first mountain marathon….

This was my first mountain marathon and I decided to walk it , mainly because I wanted to practice some navigation skills and I didn’t want the pressure of running as well, so I asked my friend Lorna to partner me. Lorna isn’t a runner, but is ex-military so she can navigate.

We did Wansfell – the shortest of the classes. Still quite tough though in my opinion!

Day 1:

Highlights:

Weather was glorious until about mid-afternoon.

We didn’t get lost, we found all the controls and the routes we’d picked.

I did navigate for at least half of it and helped with some of the rest 🙂

Cup-a-soup is just so good when you are wet and cold.

Lowlights:

Weather turned just at the moment when the ground underneath got technical with a particularly nasty, steep and technical descent off Gale Fell. Best option was to slide down on your backside and try to avoid the rocks!!

Wearing walking boots and not fells shoes, particularly on a steep muddy, bracken path where studs would have just been great and where the water went over the top of my boots so I was walking in a puddle for about an hour.

Adventure food – who puts peas in spaghetti bolognese??

Not having dry socks – no idea why, but at least I had some plastic bags! It was irrelevant the next day as almost immediately my feet were wet as we had to ford a stream!

No camera – will try to remember that for next time!

Day 2.

Highlights:

Weather was mostly dry all day and therefore we had views 🙂

Finding control 6 a lot more quickly than we thought – Lorna was convinced that it was going to be difficult, but it wasn’t in the end down to her navigation skills.

Finishing it without missing any controls!

The food at the end!

Lowlights:

I didn’t do much navigating and left it to Lorna.

Tiredness caused us to make at least 3 mistakes that probably cost us about 45 minutes.

We took forever to find control 4 – we both thought we were somewhere other than we were on the map, albeit on the same fence line, but luckily we found it eventually. Jackie’s words of wisdom about ‘knowing exactly where you are on the map at all times’ were ringing in my ears!

The last steep ascent through a muddy forest!

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would like to do another one with the intention of running some of it

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End of Day 1

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Rachel’s delicious cooking yum! And so well presented …”

 

Chevy Chase Fell Race 01/07/2017

Geoff Collins sent in the following report about the Chevy Chase Fell Race – Thanks Geoff:

“Misadventure in the Cheviots – Race Report Chevy Chase Fell Race – Sat 1 July.

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I almost didn’t write this report, nows a good time to take the dog out if you’re expecting another worthy tale of an epic PB. There isn’t one. But then I thought no it’s worth telling this story. Sometimes things don’t go to plan but it’s still worth having a go.

This year was the 61st Chevy Chase fell race. The Chevy Chase is a 20 mile race through some of the finest scenery in Northumberland giving runners the opportunity to ‘channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge’ say the organisers. Finest scenery maybe, I would say more like 20 miles of hell in a peat bog! The route takes you deep into the heart of the land of the ‘far horizon’ which is code for you’re never going to get there!

You summit both Cheviot 2,676 feet and Hedgehope 2,348 feet. Total climb is 4,000 feet. Its organised by Wooler Running Club who take over the youth hostel as the race HQ.

I’m the first to admit I’m a road runner really not a fell runner. But I have always wanted to have another go at this having done it once 20 years ago.

The route is entirely unmarked you chose you own path and there are 7 check points. The weather up to two days before the race was very warm and dry, but 48 hours of rain soon changed all that. At least on the day it was dry and sunny with perfect visibility.

Armed with all the clutter you must carry for a fell race, I felt like I was embarking on some major expedition to a faraway land. Starting on the road to Wooler Common 227 runners set off immediately its uphill from the off. Soon you are on the fell which was indeed very wet and muddy.

I followed the runners towards the first checkpoint at Broadstruther so far so good. Then towards Cheviot Knee next check point. The climb is unrelenting towards Cheviot checkpoint 3, which seems to take forever to get to. All the runners are well, not running now everyone is walking. There is a fair headwind but the views are spectacular. I reach the summit in 1hr 51m. I’ve no idea if that’s good or bad but I’m there. So far so good no need to look at the map or the other clutter of paper I’ve got. Famous last words.

Now over the summit comes the first bit of descent. I follow the other runners over a stile and towards the edge of the summit. The view down into the heather covered valley was astonishing. Astonishingly steep that is. People hesitated at the edge there were cries of despair. Some were jumping down and falling over. A guy shouted ‘this is how you do it’ and promptly launched himself off like he was on a slide on his backside. Everyone followed, there was a mass of bouncing rolling and falling bodies’ down the hill, accompanied by screaming and howls from people in pain. So this is fell running eh? Eventually you try and regain your footing I kept falling over. The heather is soft I started not to care if I fell over anymore, I ‘got bits of vegetation inside my shorts. Bottom of the valley is Harthope Burn a watercourse in I go and scramble up the other side on all fours. A female runner tries to overtake me and loses her grip and careers back into me, so fell running is a contact sport then? We apologise smile and carry on. But then the climb starts for Hedgehope it’s a case of trying to find firm ground there isn’t any. It’s very wet on the ground I don’t care anymore. I reach Hedgehope after 2hr 54m. At this point I remember there are cut off times on check points. To my alarm I realise I’m only 16m ahead of the cut off at Hedgehope. That’s a bit tight really not much room for error.

Now the next two decisions I make would alter the whole outcome of my day. I need a toilet stop. Still runners in front so I wait until they are out of sight over a small hillock. Then I continue where are the runners in front now? Nowhere to be seen. Time to get the map out. Where’s the checkpoint? It’s not marked on the map, the point I’m at is just off the map copy. I fumble for the bit of paper with checkpoints on. Where exactly am I, the clocks ticking, must make a decision, quickly, cut off times. Harder to think when you’re getting tired. Head left its going down I speed up. A walker is coming towards me, ‘that’s an interesting route your taking he says’. Is he joking? Which way is Langlee Craggs I gasp? Up there he points back to where I’d come from. Then the awful realisation struck me I must be at least 400 feet lower and gone the wrong way. 10 minutes to go I retrace my steps it’s really hard work. I’m never to going to make it. So after a few expletives I contemplate what to do, retire? Carry on? Try to regain the route missing the check point out entirely? But of course I knew what the penalty would be. I turned my watch off.

I regain the route towards Brands Corner checkpoint, I pass it they don’t notice me. Then I head along a path close to another watercourse think it’s called Hell Path. It’s very rough and eroded and lots of overhanging vegetation, slip here and you’re in the fast flowing river nice. At this point I teamed up with a lady runner from Elvet Striders (from Durham) who looked like she needed a bit of encouragement. We ran together for the last 4.5 miles to the finish. This was probably the best part of the race for me. Partly because it was the end, and my companion was quite engaging and seemed to appreciate my sense of humour. We had a bit of a laugh. Jokingly I said I’ll chase you to the finish then, amazingly we both had enough energy to do that.

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Interestingly there were 29 non finishers, who retired or missed checkpoints seemed a lot, out of 227 starters I though. Still I got the t-shirt and the cakes at the end.”

Frodsham Downhill Run 02/07/2017

A massive congratulations to Elliot Michell for completing the Frodsham Downhill Run, and well done to Dad Davyd for sending in this report:

“On Sunday I did my best run of the year, this wasn’t because it was the furthest or fastest, it was because it was my eldest sons first race. Elliott is 4 1/2 and has been asking to do the downhill run for at least 6 months, so much so that he’s been practicing on every bit of downhill pavement between home and school. So the big day came on Sunday and we duly arrived at Forest Hills for registration and picked up our numbers. It was great to see some familiar Green Army faces and have a chat even if pre race nerves seemed to have kicked in for Elliott. The race starts at the memorial on the top of Frodsham hill and at 12:30 we were off, we set off at a good pace but were being overtaken my loads of children sprintingimage-2 past. Not panicking we kept moving well and we soon started to overtake people who had set of way too fast, Elliott was running really well and you could see the determination on his face to catch and overtake people. By the time we got to Howey Lane and a mile had gone past he was starting to get tired, but his determination kept him going, we entered castle park and again it was great to see the Green army marshals cheering everyone on. We rounded the corner and spotted the finish line and my wife Kate cheering and he put on a sprint finish and crossed the line ahead of me in a cracking time of 12:30. He looked shattered but the smile on his face was priceless, I was so proud of him to run the whole way without a break and was amazed at the the amount of competitiveness in him already.
Big thanks to everyone from the club who said well done and chatted to him, despite his shyness I know he was very happy.
David”

 

Parkrun 01/07/2017

Saturday saw 9 Helsby members participating across 5 different parkruns. The most notable results coming Phoenix parkrun where Colin Thompson and Ian Rutherford finished in 1st and 3rd places respectively. Well done Guys! Our Club’s consolidated results are available HERE

 

Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)

Finally for this week, just a brief heads-up on a competition we are going to trial from 1st August to 31st December 2017 where you will be awarded points when you race for the club. I’ll be sending out an email in the next couple of weeks to let you know about it but here’s a summary.

The aim is simply to accrue as many points as possible which will be awarded as follows:

  • 1 point awarded for any UKAA, FRA or WFRA recognised race.
  • 1 point awarded for other ‘notable’ races
  • 1 point awarded to members organising or marshalling at a Helsby RC event, and therefore unable to race.
  • 1 point awarded for turning up and supporting Helsby RC at a race – even if you are not running yourself!
  • 1 point for achieving a PB at a parkrun.

All you have to do to get credited points is make sure that we know you have ran (wearing a Helsby vest) or supported at a race.  You can make sure we know by emailing  helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Race reports will be very welcome but not obligatory for you to be credited points – we just need to know about the race you have completed or supported. Parkruns are not included but we will award a point for anyone getting a PB at a parkrun, if you let us know about the PB.

 

That’s it for this week. Thanks again for the reports that have been sent in.

Jim