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

Hi Everyone,

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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Keswick Mountain Festival 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parkrun

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

I think that’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

 

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

 

Hi Everyone,

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

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

“Hi All,

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

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

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

Lesley and David”

Racing News

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

Brathay Windermere Marathon – Sunday 20th May 2018.

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

3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event – Sunday 3rdJune 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers

Jackie”

Welsh 1000 Metres Race – Saturday 2ndJune 2018

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

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

Parkrun – Saturday 2nd June 2018

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

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

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

Cheers,

Jim

 

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

Hello Green Army!

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

Reminders:

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

A message from Ben Williams regarding the STC:

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

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

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

thanks all!

Ben”

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

A message from Chris Fitzpatrick:

“Hello Green Army

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

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

Thanks

Fitzy”

Racing news:

Grisedale Grind – Wednesday 04/04/2018

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in his holiday report:

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

Pollensa Half Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Manchester Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

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

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

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

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

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

Full results for Helsby runners below

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

 

Parkrun – Saturday 07/04/2018

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

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC.

That’s it for this week.

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

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

Hello Green Army.

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

Pipe Dream       Saturday 3rd March 2018

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

And fantastic cakes were provided by the Dolgarrog Community Centre.

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

 

New Member!

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

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

Cheers,

Jim

 

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

Hi Everyone.

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

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

Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and see you training & “talking” soon

Jackie”

 

Racing News

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

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

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

Results

 

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

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

Another reminder from our Betty,

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

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

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

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

Thank you
Betty”

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Parkrun – 10th February 2018

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

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

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

 

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

Hi Everyone,

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

Reminders

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

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

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

Racing News

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

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

Thanks to Chris Murray for sending in a race report:

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

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

 

Borders League Race 3 at Abergele – Sunday 14th January

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Green Army at Abergele Borders League

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

Borders League Round 3 Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Parkrun

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

Our consolidated Parkrun results are HERE

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

Thanks,

Jim

 

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

Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great Christmas everyone, and stay safe.

Jim

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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