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:

thumbnail_20170719_202120.jpgHelsby RC Summer Handicap – Wednesday 19/07/2017

“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

Helsby RC News from 5th to 11th June 2017

Thanks to everyone who has sent in contributions for the blog this week. Please keep sending any race reports, or any other items you want including, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. Apologies for the rather late distribution of the blog this week, I’d have sent it out last night if I wasn’t Hotfooting up Moel Famau, …… but you can read about that in next week’s blog.

Reminders

This week we start with a few reminders and upcoming events:

Friday 16/06/2017 – 6.30pm – A chance to support the Helsby Community Sports Club and win some prizes at Bingo (see the flyer at the end of this blog)

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Wednesday 21/06/17 – 7.15pm – Up the Beast – our next counter in the Fell (mini) series. Race HQ is at the Miners Arms, Maeshafn, CH7 5LR – hope to see a few of you there.

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Friday 23/06/17 – 7.15pm – Tough Team Race – a great event for teams of 3 hosted by Tattenhall Runners – Race HQ is at Tattenhall Recreation Club, CH3 9QF

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Next, a polite reminder from our membership secretary, Tim Palmer:

“Thanks to all of those of you have paid your 2017 subs. If you haven’t paid your subs, please could you do so now because if we don’t receive payment by 30th June, we will assume that you want to resign. If you haven’t received the various emails about subs or have any questions, please contact Tim on email

For those marathon aficionados, we haven’t got enough members to get us two London Marathon places. We are currently just on one 😞. This is the position at Friday 9th so please prompt others to pay and pay yourself.

Kind regards

Tim”

Racing News

Jim O’Hara’s Paddy Buckley Round – Saturday 10/06/17 to Sunday 11/06/17

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Many thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for sending in a summary of Jim O’Hara’s epic achievement over the weekend. It was a privilege to be able to join Jim for just part of it. Over to CBH:

“Not sure if anybody else will write in but I just wanted to highlight Jimmy’s heroics on the weekend.

This weekend Jimmy O’Hara took on the Paddy Buckley Round. This is the Northern Snowdonia equivalent of the Bob Graham Round… only it’s universally recognised as being ~1h15m harder! Jim set off from Capel Curig at 10am on the Saturday with Peter Taylor from Tattenhall runners in what was described as atrocious weather. It got worse. By the time the pair got to Llanberis Pete had called it a day and Jimmy cracked on determined to finish.

Max, Chris Collins and Phil Roberts had all supported Jimmy on the various legs with Jim 19055820_1345759598806376_8742422086759971742_oJones, Phil Gillard and myself showing up for the glory leg! What I witnessed was an demonstration of true resolve, grit and courage in the face of some of the worse mountain weather I’ve been out in. Heading over the final leg we were blown about like rag dolls, but at no point was Jimmy looking to quit. I never thought I’d experience wind like I did on the 50th Fellsman where it was easily in the 60’s, but that was nothing compared to this. At one point I was lifted clean off my feet by the wind and dumped 2 metres to my left! I’ve been blown over before, but never lifted up, I’d estimate the wind was ~70-90mph… And Jimmy kept on going.

Being out for such a long time can play havoc with your body. The combination of sleep deprivation and lack of perspective can lead to poor decision making and disorientation. Given that this area is my playground I tend to think of it as being safe, but if it wasn’t for the lightening reactions of jim Jones Jimmy may well have ended up blown off a cliff – jim literally caught Jimmy by his jacket and kept him from being blown off the ridge…. And Jimmy kept on going.
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The ultimate benchmark for the fell running rounds is 24 hours, but for me and for everyone else I speak to who have done one we all comment on how weather dependent completion is. The Paddy doesn’t have a 24 hour cut off for completion and I’d challenge anybody in the world to have completed in under 24 this weekend. Jimmy crossed the line in under 30 hours having given everything to it. 99% of people would have given up, but Jimmy’s determination was never dented. A true fell warrior that I’m fiercely proud to know personally. First completion of the Paddy Buckley by a Helsby RC member. James O’Hara I am in awe and I salute you sir!

CBH”

Blaydon Races – Friday 09/06/17

Debbie Read was up in the North East this weekend and sent in this report from a Friday night event ……… before doing a Parkrun the following morning!

image1Last weekend I spent the weekend in Newcastle with these lovely running buddies of mine from my old club Spectrum Striders. One of them, Mike, is a Jordie and was telling us about the Blaydon Race and it sounded like an good opportunity to have a weekend away.

The Blaydon Race is an iconic running event in Newcastle. It’s on the evening of 9th June every year and it’s a celebration of the memorable day in 1862 when the working classes travelled from Newcastle to Blaydon to have a drunken day at the races. It follows the route they took which these days is mostly dual carriageway.

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This year the race sold out in less than 3 hours and there were over 4000 finishers.
The course is 5.6 miles long and this year the winning time was 27:47 with the last runner home just under 1hr 30.”

Bolton Hill Marathon – Saturday 10/06/17

Thanks to Paul Cunningham for sending in this report and reminding us all of the joys and challenges of trail running:

“It all started when Fitzy shared a Time2Run Event on his timeline – The Iconic HillRunner 50% trail 50% country roads sounds enjoyable – with a bottle of Budweiser in hand I paid the nicely priced £32 to enter.

The morning of the race the heavens had opened and blessed us with perfect running conditions – stood on the start line drenched – bang the race had started – I felt really good the first 400m until I came to the base of the first climb – Jack must have dropped his hill beans here as the road seemed to disappear into the clouds – to some of the crazy sorry elite members of the Green army this might not have been such a test but for me this 4 mile climb turned into a mental battle -the first couple of miles on road then onto trail – up onto Winter Hill – the views from up here are meant to be quite spectacular on a clear day – this morning due to low cloud cover visibility down to approx. 20m – carried on running upstream as all the ruts full of flowing water onto the West Pennine Moors past White Coppice down onto Anglezarke Reservoir – the course is lollipop shaped so when I reached mile 10 the leader was at mile 16 – Impressive piece of long distance running I thought and the leader was running well too – at the half way point I stopped for some photo opportunities ankle deep in the overland flooding hoping to try my hand at some trout tickling – running through Rivington pike into Barn Bridge Village and back for the return leg – the rain had now stopped and I started to really enjoy my surroundings – between miles 19-22 it’s now uphill and a slow slog up to winter Hill – now I could clearly see the telecoms tower which this morning I run past and could not see due to the low lying cloud cover – I did walk quite a bit of this section of the race as walking seemed faster than running – well couldn’t run so had to walk is more like the truth – the one thing that kept me going was I knew I had a nice downhill finish back into Moss Bank Park – I finished in 5hrs 13 min 80th overall of a small field of 125 – today I found out that I really do enjoy the trail side of running it just feels so right – my hardest test to date and look forward to my next running challenge – Bolton Hill Marathon is a cracker”

Keswick Mountain Festival – Saturday 10/0617

Jane Ashbrook sent us a report from the Keswick Mountain Festival which took place over the weekend. Thanks Jane:

“I ran a 25k trail race as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival on Saturday. This was a 4 day event incorporating cycling races, swimming races, triathlons, walking events, talks and music.

We camped in a muddy field and had a fantastic evening on Saturday at the music festival…who one K T Tunstall was so good!

Highlight of my weekend was an evening with Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks on Friday night…they are so normal and inspirational that I am now convinced that the Bob Graham round is something everyone should have a go at!

25k Jane Ashbrook 2:44:13 14th Female
10k Chris Ashbrook 58:54 52nd Male

It’s a great event for families, however I’ll probably give it a miss next year as I am dying to have a go at the Welsh Castles Relay…..who’s in?”

Some information on the Welsh Castles Relay HERE.

Parkrun – Saturday 10/06/17

We had 13 Helsby runners out at various Parkruns around the country on Saturday. Great to see Colin Bishop and Colin Thompson finishing 1st place in their respective events. Well done to everyone who ran on Saturday. Our club consolidated results can be seen HERE

Calderdale Way Ultra – 03/06/17

A report sent in by Daniel Ryder that just missed last week’s blog. Thanks for still taking the to sent it in Daniel – and well done!:

“I missed the blog last week, but I ran the Calderdale Way Ultra Short Route on the 3rd June. At 28.5miles and 1300m of climbing it was my longest and hilliest run to date.
As many of you know I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Namibia at the back end of May which consisted of a lot of running, biking and hiking. Having returned from doing 12 hour days of exercise to sitting at a desk at work I was feeling rather out of sorts and in a moment of madness spotted the Calderdale Way Ultra which was only 3 weeks away. Plucking for the short route (the long route was 50.5miles) I thought what have I got to lose and entered on the pretense that I wouldn’t have to do much more mileage and could just Calderdaleuse my fitness from Namibia to hopefully complete it. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone! The short route started at 12.15 so that we would overlap with the long route runners who had started at 6am. The late start meant I could actually have a lie in before the 1.5hr journery to Todmordon where the race HQ was. From there a bus took me to the start point, mid-way around the route. The Calderdale way is a way-marked circular route, but like any way-marked walking path it can be quite difficult to navigate at times. We had been warned before the race that a level of navigation was required and that we would be issued with a map and instructions. Having signed up relatively late I hadn’t had chance to recce any of the course and getting lost was one of my biggest concerns.

It was a surreal experience standing with another 60 runners in the middle of a park, with no marked starting line waiting for the organiser to set us off. I must admit we did get a few funny looks from the locals when we arrived and then promptly all spread out into the woods to try and find some cover for a last minute wee. We were set off at 12.15 and I was amazed how quickly the field spread out. Part of my game plan had been to try and stay with a group so that I could hopefully avoid getting lost. This didn’t quite go to plan. The aid stations were every 7-8miles and the first leg of the race was the flattest with a short section along a canal. A 1940’s event with people dressed up made for a very surreal experience. I was happy to leave this section and make it out of the crowds, but this meant the start of the first real climb of the day. I had been running with a girl for a few miles up to this point, but had been thinking of dropping back as the pace seemed too high for me to hold for another 20miles. The decision was taken out of my hands as she powered up the hill where I dutifully dropped into a fast hike and caught up with a group of three guys who were working together. One had the map and one had the gps route on his watch while the third was a clinger on, so I thought it seemed sensible to stick with them to avoid getting lost. We stuck together as a 4 until the 2nd water station at 15miles where myself and the other guy who hadn’t been navigating sped up. This was potentially a bad move as neither of us knew the way. We soon caught up with two people on the long route, who told us that they had got extremely lost at the start and had done about an extra 5 miles! We left these pair when we caught sight of a couple who I had seen at the start and I had overheard them saying they had recced the route. The scenery in this second half was particularly nice and we ran as a four until after the last water station. I was lucky that they stopped me going the wrong way a number of times where way markers where well hidden, but for some reason I felt brave with only 6 miles to go and decided to push on alone. At this point the weather had turned somewhat and the rain had started. The navigation was going reasonably well until I reached Todmordon again and I knew I only had a couple of miles to go. The guy who I had been running with for the majority of the race caught me on the descent into town and we promptly got lost together and ended up trying to ask a local for directions. Unsurprisingly the couple who had recced the course then caught us and pointed us in the right direction! The last two miles had a very steep ascent and descent and the heavens had opened properly at this point, ignoring the sun cream that was running into my eyes and not wanting to stop to put a coat on – I was already drenched by this point I ploughed on and found the finish line. I had finished, and felt surprisingly good! 6hr 20 and 8th female. All in all, a really good day out.

The event was brilliantly organised with excellent volunteers. The atmosphere was brilliant, and I felt no pressure on the day but to go out and enjoy myself. The cut off times were generous allowing 8 hours for the short route. I can safely safe I thoroughly enjoyed feeling none of the pressures I often feel at road races where I want to beat a time. I would say this was considerably more civilised than a road marathon. If you are thinking of trying an Ultra, the short route is a brilliant introduction. The scenery was amazing and I will definitely be tempted to run it again next year, but I may up the anti and try the 50 miler.”

I think that’s it for this week. Hope to see as many of you as possible at Maeshafn on Wednesday for a run Up the Beast!

Jim

 

Bingo

 

 

Helsby RC News from 15th to 21st May 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to anyone who has sent reports in this week. Please keep sending  any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

I know that everyone’s thoughts will be with families and friends of those affected by Monday night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.  There are a couple of Manchester events included in our events race calendar below, which the organiser’s  website currently confirms “will go ahead as planned “.

We also have our next club Fell and (mini) Fell Counter listed this weekend. Mynydd Myfyr Hill run is a good route for those of you wanting to try out fell running.

Reminders:

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Racing News:

Latrigg Fell Race – Wednesday 17/05/17

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It is great to see Andy Smith back running in the fells after what seems a lot time off with injury. Looking forward to running with you again Andy, and thanks for sending in this report:

“After grumbling the previous week about excessive amounts of climb in a short fell race (blog passim), last Wednesday saw me heading to Keswick after work in search of more ascent in a shorter distance. With 950 feet of climb in 2.4 miles, at least the Latrigg race has the decency to describe itself as a category A fell race.
The race starts in Fitz park and heads out along the stony track heading towards Skiddaw. Shortly after crossing the A66 overbridge, you leave the stony track and climb steeply (very steeply) through trees, eventually breaking out on to the fellside to be rewarded with fine views off to the right of Derwentwater leading away to Borrowdale and ahead to the ridge line of the Dodds and Helvellyn, basking in the glow of warm evening sunlight. Plenty of time to enjoy the view as the climb continues to the summit of Latrigg. Top reached and it’s turn for home and an impossibly steep descent.
Latrigg is one of the classic lakeland fell races and the course record is still held by the legendary Kenny Stuart from the 1980s. I wasn’t going to be bothering Kenny’s record any time soon, any battles I would be enjoying were going to be right at the other end of the field. However, a long way in front of me Finlay Wild from Lochaber was having a serious crack at Kenny’s record. Finlay’s wining time of 17:28 was the fastest the course has seen for many years, but still didn’t come close to scratching Kenny’s time of 16:37. Kenny himself was in residence back at the club house to help handing out prizes at the presentation.
I wasn’t quite last, and at 32:13 even snatched a handful of seconds of my previous time. To be in the presence of one of the great heros of our sport, and to bear witness to a serious challenge on one of his long standing records was an honour. A spot prize of three bottles of locally crafted beer completed a perfect evening in the fells, all combining to make for a very memorable return to fell running.

Andy”

Christleton 5K – Friday 19/05/17

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Friday evening saw 10 of us take part in the Christleton 5k, which was our 6th club road  counter. It was a glorious summer evening and there was great support along the way, with at least as many Helsby members cheering us along the route as there was running. Christleton is a fast course and some great times were had. Chris Fitzpatrick was first back for us in 17:06 followed by Richard Hankins in 18:54. I managed a 5k PB of 20:08 while Carol Shaw and Janet Shaw both came first in their categories.

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Old County Tops – Saturday 20/05/17

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in the photos and following report from the Old County Tops long distance event:

“Jim O’hara and I ran the Old County Tops on Saturday, a long distance event in the Lakes linking Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man. I say ‘ran’, I expect Jim and old county topsTattenhall’s Peter Taylor (it’s a pairs event) ran quite a lot. We trudged a fair bit and were not far off DFL – I had a bad day, got my food and drink wrong and was pleased to get home intact. Hadn’t appreciated how much rough, boggy ground there was and long stretches of bad weather made it stiff upper lip territory (nearly 30% drop-outs). I ran it with my boss Dave Haygarth from Rossendale – probably one of the worst kind of team building exercises you can do 🙂

Jim and Pete had a really good run and came in around 20th.

Steve”

Excalibur Trail Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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There were 10 of us who participated in this race last year. This year, it was just me! I felt I had a bit of unfinished business with this race, as last year it was my first long race after returning from an injury. This year, the day stayed dry and started off pretty pleasant in the Clwydians but became really humid and then hot as the sun broke through later. I drank 3 litres of water while running but was still dehydrated and cramping up at the end. The free sports massage at the end was great for the cramps though. This year saw a slightly amended route with the race starting and finishing at the lower car park of Moel Famau. This resulted in something of a ‘sting in the tail’,  as the last mile now includes a climb before dropping back down to the finish. I had hoped to sub 5 hours but was about 2 minutes over. A good result though as still about 15 mins faster than last year, and I finished 20th overall.

Chester Half Marathon – Sunday 21/05/17

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Ten Helsby vests were in the Chester Half Marathon this year, with some cracking results again. Jane Ashbrook seems to be keeping her form from London with a 3rd place category finish. Great results from Chris Collins and Neil Finnegan too, who both had a top 50 finish. Well done everyone!

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Parkrun – Saturday 20/05/17

Despite it being such a busy racing week, Helsby still put out 13 runners across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday morning. Some great results that can be viewed in our club’s consolidated report HERE

I think that’s it for now.

Jim

Helsby RC News from 17th to 23rd April 2017

Welcome to the weekly round up and thanks to everyone who has sent reports to the inbox this week – there’s a good few this week. Please keep sending anything in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Firstly though, a couple of reminders:

Tomorrow – Wednesday 26/04/17 at 7.15pm – Borders League Race 7.

It’s the final race of the series tomorrow, to be staged at Wrexham AC with a presentation after the race. Let’s have another great turn-out to consolidate the hard work done so far!

Next Wednesday 03/05/17 at 7.15pm – Dinas Bran Fell Race

At Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen. This is our next Club Fell Counter and also a Mini Series Counter. I believe the Dina’s Bran and tomorrow’s Borders race are also included in the Helsby v Felsby series ( See Fitzy’s FB posts for more details).

Racing News:

Goldrush Trail Race – Saturday 22/04/2017.

We had two Helsby Trail runners over in Coed Y Brenin on Saturday. Danny and Danielle Ryder participated in the GoldRush Trail. Thanks for sending in the report guys:

“The Ryders made a day trip out to Coed y Brenin for the Goldrush Trail race on Saturday which is arguably the best waymarked running route at Coed y Brenin. A short 8.5mile route makes the most of the amazing singletrack on offer with some really technical climbs and descents, and amazing views. The race didn’t start until 1, so a leisurely drive including a stop for breakfast and cake still got us to the venue with time to have one of the cafes excellent flapjacks and for Danny to drag me on a really hilly warm up! As normal I said my good byes to Danny at the start line and left him at the front to find a space further down the field. It was an amazing run with some of the best weather we have ever had at Coed y Brenin with a remarkably dry trail – it was my first time running the entire route and keeping dry feet! Despite this Danny still managed a fall, but I suppose that’s excusable as he did finish 6th overall. I can definitely say the track sessions on a Monday night and the hill sprints have helped me this year as I overtook on the climbs, but I definitely need to work on my descents as they always catch me back up. Luckily for me the route finishes on a steady fireroad climb so I managed to overtake two females to come 9th female overall. It was a brilliantly organised race and we would recommend any of the races at Coed y Brenin. This is our third race at the venue having ran their winter half marathon route and their 3 hour night trail wales races. Definitely recommend a Helsby day trip if anyone fancies it – really good showers and a café J

Danielle and Danny”

Full result for the Goldrush Trail Race are HERE

 

‘Teenager with Attitude’ and the ‘Anniversary Waltz’ fell races – Saturday 22/04/2017

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We had a few of the Helsby crew up in The Lakes on Saturday for two fell races, one of which was another of our club counters. Thanks to Tim Palmer for sending in the report:

” Saturday saw a small team of Green Army runners heading for the Lakes for two ‘overlapping’ fell races – Jim O and Phil R for the monster Teenager with Altitude race (15.4 miles 7,600 ft ascent) aka Teenager aka TWA – as I didn’t run it, I can’t say much other than Jim was the first home and both Jim and Phil looked as though they had a challenging run.

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Suzanne, Laura, Phil G and I opted for the slightly lesser Anniversary Waltz race (11.5 miles 3,600 ft ascent) which shares it is the same last 7.5 miles with TWA. The Anniversary Waltz race is held each year to celebrate the marriage of Wynn and Steve Cliff, the race organisers, in 1996. The Pete Bland race map says it ‘has some of the worst and best of Lakeland fell racing. The worst – the 2.5miles of track and road out of Little Town. The very best – the final descent off Catbells, a downhill finish to the free beer in the Village Hall.’ I don’t fully agree with this – the worst is actually a nice warm-up for things to come and the best should include the amazing run from High Spy to Maiden Moor – lovely running, great views. I do agree with the ‘brutally direct’ comment about the climb up Robinson – mile 4 has ¼ mile of vertical ascent with bits at 1 in 2.81E43435-FFA8-4ADD-A0D8-35F5858810B5

Laura was first home for Helsby, followed by Tim, then Phil, and then, Suzanne who crossed the line with Sharon and Jen from Tattenhall (after possibly a more social race than the rest of us). A great day in lovely weather and terrain – a fell race to remember – brilliant day out.

Still waiting for results to be published online. The Anniversary Waltz is our 2nd fell counter with Phil and Jim’s times in TWA being multiplied by 0.63 to give them Anni Wa times.

Thanks to Ben, Andy, Sue, CBH and the mini BHs for support out on the course (and some managed a chat with Joss Naylor, a fell racing legend)”

Loads more pics are available HERE and HERE

London Marathon – Sunday 23/04/17

We had 5 Helsby members running in the London Marathon on Sunday and some fantastic times were had. Well done everyone!

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Park run – Saturday 22/04/17

Parkruns were busy this weekend with 18 Helsby athletes participating in 7 different events and as far afield as the USA, from where Ben Williams has sent a brilliant report (below). A couple of other notable finishers were a new PB’s for Colin Thompson (17:35 and 1st place) at Phoenix, and Jim Higgins (21:57) at Delamere.

Helsby’s consolidated parkrun results can be viewed HERE. Well done all park runners, and thanks to Ben for the report:

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun

“After booking our holiday to the US, I realised that with some careful planning I could run my 100th parkrun there. So after running my 99th a couple of weeks back, a couple of volunteering stints meant the plan was a goer.

Parkrun is still relatively new in the US, but there are three in the Washington DC area – I found myself heading for Roosevelt Island DC parkrun, the most central of the three. The venue is an island in the Potomac river which serves as a monument to Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a beautiful green oasis surrounded by the city, but with jets roaring overhead every few minutes to remind you you’re in the capital city.

The turnout was pretty small, with a lot of tourists. I met runners from Bristol, Hampshire, Dublin, as well as Australia and the US. I don’t know why numbers aren’t higher amongst Americans, I passed plenty of runners on the way there so it’s not that they don’t run. Prior to DC we’d been to Boston, which is a running-mad city and they don’t have a parkrun at all – I don’t get it.

The run itself was lovely, trail paths which reminded me of Delamere, and a long section across a raised boardwalk crossing a swamp. It was mostly flat with small undulations, including a tiny but nasty climb at about 4.5k just to turn legs to jelly at the end. I was hoping for a single-figures finish but got passed by two guys near the end, putting me 10th. A finish position I’m never likely to repeat in any race!

Because the field was so small, everyone stayed to watch the last runners come in, have a chat and sign the visitors book before heading our separate ways back to the city. It’s a brilliant, low-key, friendly event I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves over there.

Cheers
Ben”

Wirral Track Endurance Series 2017

Davyd Mitchell sent in this report which includes details of the Track Endurance Series. There are still 3 events that can be entered this year – details in Davyd’s report (thanks Davyd) :

“A couple of Wednesdays ago I attended the Wirral Endurance track series. This is a series of track races ranging from 3k to 10K and a chance to run at the famous Bebbington oval, location of the chariots of fire film.
Tonight’s race was 5k and blustery conditions met the 15 runners as we took the line, abilities were wide ranging which unfortunately meant I got lapped a bit, lapped a runner and spent 5k chasing 1 runner to no avail. This did have the benefit of me finishing 12th and being happy with my 19:54 for a PB.
This was the first in this years series of 4 races, the next is a 3k followed by 10k and then the final 5k. The great news is that its only a £2 to enter on the night, so would be great to see a few of us do this.

Results and details of the series can be found HERE

Davyd”

That’s it for this week folks. If I’ve missed anything let me know and I’ll update the blog. Keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Hopefully see you all tomorrow at Wrexham for the Borders League,

Jim

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th March 2017

Hello everyone, well its been a busy weekend for Helsby RC and there are some good write -ups in the inbox this week. Firstly though, just a reminder that its our next road counter this Sunday 2/04/17 – Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Online entries close tonight 29/03/17 at 23:55. So still time to get your entry in HERE.

Helsby RC have another new member! A warm welcome to Susie Woodward-Moor who has recently joined the Green Army.

So now on with the racing news:

Llantysilio Fell Race – Saturday 25/03/17

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Thanks Laura for sending in this report:

“Saturday saw the first race in the club’s Fell series, the Llantysilio fell race, with 10 green vests hitting the hills on an absolute cracker of a day. Contrary to popular belief it is possible to have a fell race with glorious sunshine and no need for the normally required kit of full body waterproofs! Starting at the Sun Inn in Rhewl (near Llangollen) the route starts with a nice ascent up on to an undulating ridge (okay quite a few big ups and downs), before the descent down to the finish 6 miles and 2100ft of climb later. It is a lovely route, lots of running to be had and some stunning views. Big thanks to Joe and Mario for support – Joe was perched on the side of a mountain for the first big climb taking photos – all that was missing was his picnic. Thanks also to Andy Smith for support and photos and Tattenhall club for putting on a great race again. Official results not out yet, but from memory the Helsby team order was:

Jim O’Hara 2nd
Neil Finegan 7th
Phil Roberts
Laura Baynham-Hughes (3rd lady)
Phil Gillard
Steve Riley
Janet Robertson
Rachel Arnold
Sue Buck
Charlie Roberts”

Cheshire 10k (Arley Hall) – Sunday 26/03/17

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A report from Colin Thompson on our second club road counter of the season:

“There was a modest turn out of green vests at our second road counter at the Cheshire 10k, a shame because this is one of the flattest 10k’s around and with perfect running conditions it was a great opportunity to hunt down a PB. To be fair it did fall on a weekend of ultras and fell races, hopefully we won’t get any more clashes this year.

On to the race and it was excellent running by the troops and loads of new PB’s too, congratulations to Kate Mann who raced a stormer to take first Helsby lady home and big kudos to Fitzy for winning his age category and bagging a new PB! Well done to everyone else and big thank you to Wiggo (our support crew).

Please find all Helsby results below:

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Full results

It’s also worth a look on the Cheshire 10k FB page as there are loads of photo’s which are free to download.

Cheers
Col T”

Chester Ultra Marathon – Saturday 25/03/17

Five of us ran the Ultra on Saturday and Helsby won a trophy for 2nd Team. In such a long race  we probably had our highs and lows at different stages. For me the low was the last 20 miles! The high was the support along the way and at the finish, particularly from the Helsby gang -Boydy, Frodders, Phil, Charlie, Jim, Sharon – thanks guys!

Thanks Degsy and Ben for sending in their accounts below:

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Not much movement here, but still won 2nd Team Prize!

“Chester ultra My first “one off” 52 mile run. Up at 4am,what’s all that about? thought only CBH and Fitzy done that! Kit check before the race to check I had my map and compass which in my hands may aswell be a chocolate fire guard. Great to see gaz, Jim, wiggo and Ben from the green army at check in. 6am race start just as it got light. Having no idea how to pace one of these things I was made up to run with gaz who does this crazy sh!t for fun. 1st 13 miles across fields and along the river dee were great for passing the miles away. Great to to see boydy at the 1st 2 check points screaming the famous “Green army”. Then next 10 miles were pretty tough along a canal section and into dunham on the hill. At this stage I thought there is no way I’m gonna do another 28 miles. Next up onto helsby hill, frodsham hill and then onto the sandstone trail, by far the best 20 miles of the race and we even got a cry of “Green army” off some random fella in the middle of the sandstone trail haha. Great to see frodders at around mile 32 (he’s much better at running than working the camera on his phone) after waiting 3 hours for frodders to take our photo we plodded on missing a gate at mile 42 (gaz should of been looking out better 😉) after ducking under electric fences and climbing barbed wire ones we realised maybe we had veered off course. Phones out to find the route and we were back on track for the last section along a canal back into Waverton. Really tough last 6 miles into the finish. Absolutely loved it. Brilliant weather, organisation, checkpoints, volunteers, marshals…. can’t wait to sign up again

Sorry for the long report (my usual reports couldn’t do this event justice)
Degsy”

Another view from the Chester Ultra from Ben:

“Well, what a brilliant event! I took part in this ultra on Saturday, along with Degs, Jim, Gaz and Ste. I was nervous about entering this event, as it’s the first ‘running’ ultra I’ve entered (as opposed to LDWA events) and I was worried it might be a bit ‘elite’ for me, but there was no need to worry. As part of the event build-up, the organisers ran organised recces of the route, in manageable sections. I only made the first of these, but it was good to meet other runners, and it meant there were a few familiar faces around on the day.

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The event briefing took place just as dawn broke, without a cloud in the skies. The ground was frozen, but things warmed up as soon as the sun came up, and by the time we reached Chester city centre it was getting hot. I’d set off to run with Ste, but he was struggling with a cold and so in true Top Gear style, I dropped him at the first checkpoint (sorry mate). I felt I ran well for the whole first half of the run, and reached halfway in around 4 and a half hours. However, the first half was mostly flat and paved – all of the hills and muddy trails came in the second half. After climbing Helsby Hill the next part of the route to Frodsham covered our Wednesday run, and it was nice to be on familiar ground. The climb up Frodsham Hill took it out of me, and I struggled from then on, running down any hills but pretty much walking the rest. Then the sting in the tail came at Beeston, where we turned off the Sandstone Trail and on to a long, 6-mile drag along the canal to the finish. I was broken by then, I could only shuffle a few hundred yards at a time before having to walk, and in the end I couldn’t even shuffle. I don’t think I cried but I felt like it, and that canal towpath goes on forever. I was overjoyed to see the finish, and to run the final few yards with my nephew.

Overall it’s a lovely route, passing a lot of familiar places. The whole event was made even better by the camaraderie between the runners, the support of the checkpoints and the fantastic weather. Thanks to the Helsby members who were out and about supporting too – cheers Gareth, Betty and Paul. It’s great to see familiar faces when you need a boost.

cheers
Ben”

Helsby finishers were:

Derek Morris, 23rd, 09:14 / Gaz O’Connor, 30th, 09:26 / Jim Jones, 80th, 10:57 / Ben Williams, 115th, 12:06 / Steve Wiggins, 157th, 13:48

Full results for Chester Ultra are HERE

Coniston 14 – Saturday 25/03/17

Jackie Keasley and Jane Ashbrook were up in the Lakes on Saturday enjoying the views around Coniston. Thanks Jackie for sending in the report and pics:

“Jane and I ran the Coniston 14 race on Saturday in glorious conditions. Not as hilly as Lantisillio and not as long as the Chester UItra but very picturesque with snow on the summits and warm sunshine.

Jane in London Marathon training ran to and from the race from her campervan spot in Hawkshead. Bill drove me leisurely to the start line ready for my 22nd running of the Coniston 14 race, it’s one I’ll never tire of, especially when you turn around at the far end of the lake and get this view.

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Well done to Jane who finished 133rd overall, 14th lady (in a field of over 1100,), 3rd in her age category in 1:41:58. I took it steadily, took in the views and took longer than ever before 2:15:25, 721st. One to saviour.

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PS It’s the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon club road counter next Sunday, 2nd April. An excellent hilly half around the Lancashire Moors organised by Darwen Dashers. On-line entries close on Wednesday 29th March at 23:55 http://dashers.org.uk/events/half
I have an entry that unfortunately I cannot use so if anyone wants it and can swap the name they are welcome. darwenhalf@gmail.com Please let me know 

Cheers
Jackie”

 

Parkrun – Saturday 25/03/17

We had 8 Helsby runners participating across 5 different Parkruns on Saturday. Well done Debbie Read who finished as 2nd lady at Delamere. Our club consolidated results are HERE

Think that’s it for this week folks. Let me know if I have missed anything and I’ll update the blog.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th February 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up, starting with  couple of dates for your diaries.

Sunday 05/03/17 11am Start – Manley Mere Borders League

First of all a message and reminder from Chris Patrick that we are hosting the next fixture of the Borders League:

“Borders league comes home this weekend, yes it’s our turn to host it. By now, all marshalls should know their positions, and what times they need to be there for. Any problems please let me know. Marshalls vests can be picked up from the club, there are some behind the reception desk.

Also, for anyone not volunteering, we need you to race, the more the merrier. It would be great to see a load of us there, remember, it’s not just the counters that count, even if you finish outside of them, you are stopping the other clubs finishing higher up the places, so it really does help. I’m hoping for good weather, and remember to get into Manley Mere you need 2 x £1 coins for the gate.

See you all on Sunday

Fitzy”

I think we may also still be looking for a couple of people to help supervise the parking for an hour before the race. So if you can help please give Fitzy a shout.

Other Races this coming weekend that may be of interest:

Saturday 04/03/17 – 10am – Halewood 5k www.knowsleyharriers.com/alder-hey-5k/

Sunday 06/03/17 – 11am – Cloud Nine (BM) fell race www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/clud9.htm

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Also, don’t forget the Helsby RC Presentation Evening on Friday 10/03/17 at 7.30pm – you should have already received a separtate  email about it . Please remember to let David or Lesley know by  8th March if you’ll be attending so they have an idea of how many to cater for.

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Racing News

Stockport Trail Half Marathon 26/02/17

A big congratulations to Jane Ashbrook for her podium position at the Stockport Half Marathon on Sunday, and thanks for the following report Jane:

“I ran the Stockport Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. A well organised event from a pub in Marple. The route went along the Middlewood Way and back along the canal. On the advice of my professional running husband (who did the race last year) I wore road shoes, which after a week of torrential rain turned out not to be the best idea! I was sliding about like Colin Bishop and nearly fell in the canal a few times! Despite that I had a good run and was surprised to find out I finished 3rd lady in 1:36ish! Fairly reasonably priced for a half and lovely home made flap jacks and decent medal at the end made it worth the 45minute drive and a race I will definitely do again, particularly because part of my prize is a free entry to next years race!!”

Parkrun

Helsby RC had 17 athletes participating in 5 parkruns across the area on Saturday. There are a few notable performances in the consolidated results below. Neil Finnegan was first home at the Ellesmere Port parkrun in a time of 18:52,  and Debbie Read was 2nd lady with a PB. Over at the Phoenix parkrun Carl Pratt and Michael Williams also  achieved PBs while Suzanne Fletcher also ran Phoenix ,for the first time and finished 2nd lady.  Well done everyone, our club consolidated results are HERE.

Message from our Chair

A brief message from Jackie Keasley regarding recent committee role changes:

“Tim Palmer has taken some of the work load off our Treasurer Jo Farwell and is our new Membership Secretary.

Donna Geer & Jen O Hare are our new club kit co-ordinators looking after our supply of club vests, club training tops, hoodies and buffs etc.

Thanks to all and welcome to your new roles.

Cheers

Jackie”

And with TimPalmer keeping us updated, in his additional role as membership secretary, as new members join us, we’d like to welcome Dave Smith to the Green Army. Hoping to see you burning off some green energy soon Dave.

I think that’s it for this week.

Thanks, Jim.