Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 25/11/19 to Sunday 1/12/19

Hello! Hope everyone has been enjoying running in the lovely winter sunshine. Please let us know what you have all been up to at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.
Thanks very much.

Message from the Chair.

Cycle club talk on Wednesday 4th Dec (tomorrow)
Calling all members, we need you. Helsby Cycle Club are putting in a lot of effort to give us a good evening tomorrow night (after the club run) so lets get down to the club and support them.
HCC will be telling us about what they do and setting up some interactive stations for us to have a go. I would like us to be building up some strong links and supporting this new member of the HCSC family, as endurance athletes we have loads in common and loads we can be doing together. 
Not forgetting the draw for our London Marathon place which will be happening during the evening, if you have a rejection slip and qualifying races ffom the Border League, then you are eligible. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE DRAW BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT ON WEDNESDAY, THEN LET ME KNOW (phil.gillard1@btinternet.com)
Chip butties will be provided, please let Louise / Helen know if you are going to be coming – HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com  
Thanks Phil

Borders League Race 3: Birkenhead Park, 1st December 2019



This Sunday saw a great turnout for the third Borders League race on a beautiful but crispy and frosty morning. The park looked stunning with lovely autumn colours catching the sun. Once we had found the posh loos (in the nearby college) we were all very happy.
We had to go very carefully round the many twists and turns of the four lap route round the park. The frost on the ground did not appear to melt despite the herd of runners stomping repeatedly across it. 
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Great results for Helsby with the Division 1 men standing sixth in the tables and Division 1 women an impressive 3rd. Helsby men Vets in 4th place and Vet women 3rd. 

Well done everyone – such a great series. See detailed results below.

Next Borders is Abergele on Sunday 12th January at 11.00am. Be there or be square.



Lastly a reminder about this Saturdays Christmas bash (7th December) amidst HoHo Helsby celebrations 
Plan is to still meet up in Railway for 5pm, Beer Heroes for 6pm and maybe meeting in Helter Skelter around 8-9pm (Chris F can confirm)
That’s all for this week. Happy running 😀.

Weekly Roundup from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th October

Not a huge amount in this week’s Halloween Blog – keep letting us know what you’ve been up to. Not everyone sees the facebook posts so its great to get your race reports sent through for everyone to see. Send them to Helsby-Race-reports@outlook.com

Remember, remember the 1st November…
 

Thanks very much to Jake Holmes for sending this report (it didn’t come in time for the week it took place but here it is a week or so late – well worth a read!) Well done Jake amazing job.. 100 miles!!!

Snowdon 100

People who’ve read my reports before will know they can go on… so for those in a hurry… “I completed Snowdon 100 Ultra on the weekend… it was great… a lot went on!”
There you go, no complaints please.   Now to return to form… and for those with some time.

There’s a 50 and a 100 mile race. Starting at 6am Saturday in Betws heads out to the hills and goes up Tryfan, Snowdon, the Glydwrs and Pen yr Olwen before heading back to Betws (finish for the 50 and half way for the 100) via a big divert to get some final ‘less hilly’ miles in. 
There were 40 or so of us on the 100 start line and when we set off I found it comfortable being up in the front group. I knew I wouldn’t be there all day but it was flat for a few miles so wanted to get those under my belt nice and quickly. The following few hours gave good climbs and pretty strong winds and rain. I’m gonna skip ahead to the last climb of the 50, Pen yr Olwen. It’s a tough one but the weather was fine and so when we (I was chatting to a couple of runners on the way up) got to the top to be told the route was being altered a bit to avoid a ridge because of the weather (it was still fine) I was pretty disappointed. 
Jump to about 45 miles and I’m running on my own back to Betws. It’s about 9pm and has been by head torch for a couple of hours. This was the hardest bit mentally… the altered course was bothering me…
‘So if we’ve just been diverted off Pen yr Olwen now, what are they going to do with the 100 route? I’ve seen the course before so what’s the point in heading out again to do what might end up only being 80miles or something? The kids are at home, you could just knock it on the head and have Sunday with them’. ‘Is this really how you want to spend your time?’ 
 
Yeh you see, bad times. 4 miles from the Betws though, a group of 5 or so head torches come bobbing along catching me. Just what was needed – a bit of chat and a good pace with some guys chuffed to be coming to the end of their race. I jumped on and picked up the pace to stay with them. Almost as soon as I did I knew I was carrying on regardless of the final distance. In Betws they crossed the line and I caught up with Wayne (Race Director) who said the weather hadn’t come in and it all looked good to do the full course. The change hadn’t reduced miles, just avoided a ridge. Great. 20 min sit down and faff and a cup of noodles and off back onto the course. 
 
Arrived at the next CP at around 1am Sunday to a sleeping marshal and to hear I was in 4th! Really?! That’s what he said so maybe but whatever I was happy I was going well and picturing maybe finishing in daylight!
 
3am and the first proper mistake: I’m on a moor and can’t find the footpath I need. It’s tiny, the bracken is big and my head torch gives me about 5metres of visibility. I give up and decide to take a bearing and just go for it. The next 40 mins is a battle of stomping through bracken scratching the hell out of my legs and making v slow progress down to the reservoir. I got there but it was not the smartest thing to do. I saw a head torch on the hill behind me. I’d lost a good half hour I reckon.
 
6:30am: through the next checkpoint, where they were reviewing incoming weather, and I was half way up Pen yr Olwen again before they decided.. I saw the head torch behind me again and so when I got to the face of bouldery rocky type terrain near the top, I just took up it scrambling without much planning. This was the second mistake. I did well and got high then looked up to think… well I can’t go up that bit… then turned to see.. well I can’t go back down the way I’ve just come. Oh bugger. 
 
I then spent what felt like an hour of traversing, going up a bit, down a bit, kept coming to dead ends. Cloud came in, visibility dropped and the rock and moss got soaking wet. I’d spend 10minutes getting to a spot to then think… ‘woh…. can I do that… but there’s nothing to hold and that’s too far down. Dammit..’ and I’d have to turn around. I genuinely felt stuck there for a minute. Had a word with myself and managed to get back down. Took a closer look at the gpx and found the path which was further round, still steep, but all doable. When I got to the top the relief was pretty big but I knew I’d just lost an hour and that head torch guy must have passed me. Still, it was done. 33 to go.
 

A couple hours of running through the weather the marshals had been expecting (70mph wind and rain had arrived on the Carneddau and they’d stopped other runners coming up) and I see someone running towards me!? It’s Paul Cunningham! Came along at just the right time… it had been pretty hard since about 2am and I reckon it was on its way to 11am now so a smiley face (I don’t think he has any other type) was just the ticket.
The other thing that happened about now was I started getting pains up my right ankle. I don’t remember a specific moment but it quickly had me walking. I thought it’d be something to run off but for now it was fairly slow progress – Paul kept the pace up, pointing the way… and mostly in the right direction 🙂 . 
The stretch from the next CP was along the valley on a good path. John (head torch guy) and I were there at the same time but he set off running 5mins before me and I knew I had a walk ahead so let him go. Lots going on in my head now, mostly along the lines of ’30 miles is a long way to walk… so you’re not going to do that’. After a few miles of hiking at a decent pace, with the poles being invaluable, I gave myself targets of hobble/running to the next tree… and then I’d get there and change the tree I was aiming for. Quite soon I was running again (with a bit of pain) and when I caught John before the next CP I was mentally back in a great place.
 
85mile CP marshal: “How are you feeling?”
Me: “Yeh great thanks”
Marshal: “Good, ok so we’ve changed the route because of the weather and everyone’s going down the valley”
 
There was only one mountain left! And the weather wasn’t bad. I was ready to have a moment after going through all this to get this close and potentially not do the full course. The CP manager was switched on though and when she realised me and John were two of 6 who’d so far done the full course, she let us go up. John had been suffering on the last leg though and he didn’t want to so off I headed while the rest of the field stayed low toward Betws.
It was great to know there were no more chances of route alterations and I had the full course in the bag. It was windy again up top but dry and after what took longer than expected, I followed a ridge down back to the valley at Capel Curig as it turned dark.
Ok now it started to get a bit weird. 90 miles done I’d been going for about 38 hours so was pretty tired. Hadn’t seen anyone for 3 hours and now all I can see is the bit of trail lit by the head torch surrounded by dark. Running water had been the constant sound for a lot of the race and even more here where most of the paths were streams. I suppose your mind just starts to create things for you to think about other than the cycle of ‘where’s your next step’, ‘is this the right way’, ‘is your ankle still ok’. That’s when in the corner of my eye I saw a guy in a white hoody standing about 10metres away. It didn’t immediately freak me out. I knew there was no-one there. I’d heard about lack of sleep and extended running causing hallucinations so thought maybe this is where we are then… though I definitely wasn’t looking for one! I stopped and turned to look straight at it, and at that point he turned away so I could see his back. I mean what the f*@k. I looked back at the trail and he turned back to face me again. Ok now I was freaked out. I looked back at it and it turned again. It was obviously a tree, or a rock or something, but no matter how much I knew that… I could not stop it looking like a guy standing there. 
 
I ran on. I was ok with it at the time… partly because I knew it wasn’t there… and partly I think cause I was knackered and didn’t have the energy to let it bother me. Thinking about it freaks me out more now than it did at the time. Soon after this though I started seeing things in everything. It was a bit like when a cloud looks like something, but I didn’t need to think about it… it just was something the second I looked at it. A bush would be a deer… over here something would look two rabbits playing chess… leaves on the floor would have smiley faces on them, there’s be a doll lying in the path up ahead etc. I’d have to get on top of them before they turned back to the leaves or rocks or whatever they were. I knew it was just something to do to break up the hours so again I was kind of ok with it but it was a bit much at times. The only times it did make my hairs stand on end were the couple of other times I saw a person. Always just a dark shape in the trees or down by the river or something, but again, once I thought I’d seen it, I couldn’t make it look like anything else. Lack of things to think about for so long… mixed in with the tiredness and the dim light from the head torch. Whatever – very weird!
 
Into the last 2 or 3 miles… ‘thank god’ I hear you say… I was saying something similar. It went on for longer than I thought it would. Misty so you still couldn’t see much but it was a decent path just following the river in. I started to question whether I’d passed Betws. Now for anyone who hasn’t been, Betws y Coed is a town with shops, hotels, pubs, a train station… you can’t miss it. Check of the phone and the watch and I could see I was on track, but I still wasn’t convinced. There was a footpath about 5m down to the right… “maybe I should be on that?” It would make no difference at all but this is what I was what was going through my head. I looked back at the path I was on and there was an inflatable penguin lying on its side.
 
OH FOR GOD SAKE!…. I JUST WANNA FINISH.
 
There was no penguin. A second after and it had turned back to the boulder it always was.
10 mins later and I’m running across the green and under the finish line banners (to take 6th place!) 41 hours after I started. My wife and a mate had come down to pick me up. It was great to see people I knew, but also I might have still been asleep in my car now if they hadn’t! I’d been hobbling quite a bit for the last few hours but straightened up for the finish of course. Soon after I couldn’t put any weight on my ankle. Next day it was worse. Sprain. Ice and crutches for a bit then.
 
Finished it though… and overall… loved it. This time last year a 15 miles was the furthest I’d run off road… now there’s a 100 miler ticked off  

Clwydian Hills Fell Race 

I am attaching a couple of photos of Sundays Clwydian Hills Fell Race that Andy Smith posted on Facebook – I was due to do it too but was struck down with a horrible bug. It looked absolutely beautiful. Well done everyone! Very jealous.

That’s all folks.. keep em coming in please..

BYE

Weekly Roundup from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th September

Here’s the latest race reports from last week and reminder from Chris. Thanks to everyone who has sent one in. 

Please keep sending them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Message from Chris Fitz

 

Less than a week to go before the DIRT relays in Delamere. They start at 4pm so if we could get to Delamere car park just past the visitors centre for no later than 3.30pm that would be great. £3 per person 

Confirmed so far

Jackie Keasley
Sue Buck
Mildred Thehen
Tracy Woods
Jane Ashbrook
Alison Halsall
Helen Owens
Christine Roach
Debbie Read
Lesley Feakes
Rachel Arnold

Laura Baynam Hughes

Myself
Stephen Wiggins
Davyd Michell
Paul Frodsham
Colin Thompson
Ian Rutherford
Richard Hankins
Benno Mace-Crossley
Ian Llanduci
Dave Feakes
Peter Rodriguez

One more please?

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

 

 

Bacchus Half Marathon 8th Sept

 

I had heard of races set in vineyards in France, which sounds lovely but a bit of a trek to get there, so when I discovered that there are also such races in Surrey, I booked myself and Jason in straight away! This event was held at Denbies Vineyard, along with 10k or Marathon options, depending on your fitness / drinking propensity. With 5 wine-tasting drinks stations on offer, the Half seemed like a good distance to do. As we knew people locally, and were invited to dinner the night before, we ended up getting some practice in with a bottle of red between two of us. This kind of felt like training for this particular event. 

 

On the day, the weather was perfect – cool but sunny. The estate itself is stunning, really beautiful set in rolling countryside. We’d not factored in a lot of elevation – of course when you think about it vineyards tend to be set on slopes though – so this was a 1,500 feet of elevation race! Apart from all the wine on offer around the course, there is also a focus on fancy dress which we’d not really appreciated when booking, but will definitely go for it next year. There were people dressed as bunches of grapes, butterflies, a strawberry, a rhinoceros, various superheroes, the 118 runners, robbers, aliens and nuns, and a rather eccentric man who had an inflatable doll and was insistent that everyone high-five his blow-up lady friend 😮  Obviously everyone was terribly polite and obliged, then scarpered off quickly through the grapes. Here we are at the start looking quite sensible:

 

 

At each drinks station there were samples of the various wines produced by the estate, with a lovely sparkling wine at the first station. (Non-alcoholic was available, but we weren’t there for the water!). Jason and I asked a helpful volunteer to take a picture of us at each drinks station – and a friendly lobster took our picture at this one, then asked if we could return the favour as her pincers made taking selfies quite tricky. There was music playing, which you could hear along the course so far, all helping to create a very jovial atmosphere.

 

The first few miles were running up and down hills in grassy vineyards, then we started to move away from the main estate and into a forest, where drinks station number two was located, along with a tartan-clad gentleman playing some bagpipes. Here was some cheese and a still white wine on offer.

Out of the forest, the terrain became dry and chalky, along grassy tracks and stone paths through the top of a beautiful valley with gorgeous views, eventually to drinks station number 3, with another white, and various energy bars on offer. Whilst Jason used the portaloos, I made use of the wine tasting (amounts weren’t limited) and sampled a fair bit. There was a live band playing here too, and no-one was really hurrying to get on with the race. 

 

Not far along from here was drinks station number 4 with a lovely rose and more of a country-music type band. [Jason was actually wearing suncream, I think it’s just a dodgy picture. But look at those lovely tasting cups of rose!]

 

Through more forest, where munchies set in and I had to have some emergency jelly babies to keep me going, and eventually we came to the top of the estate, which was stunning, set high up overlooking the main buildings, and with the last mile entirely downhill. But before that was drinks station number 5 with a cheeky red and more sparking white, with all sorts of tasty samosa type snacks and another live rock band.

 

We lingered for a bit, then ran to the end, earning a disgraceful half marathon time (though actually our running time excluding the stops was around 2 hours 20 which isn’t too bad considering we were non-too sensible by the end!), a t-shirt, medal, hog roast and drinks voucher for… more wine! We basked in the sun for a bit then dragged ourselves off to start the trek home. 

 

If you want to do something a bit different, perhaps as a group, in fancy dress, as serious or not as you want to make it, and enjoy a trail race in a beautiful setting, this could be the race for you! It was one of the most fun running events we’ve been to, and despite the quite long travelling time, we definitely want to go back next year.

 

 

Essar Guilden Sutton 10k 15th September

 

Several of us gathered at the Essar Sutton 6 – a number of us regular participants in this speedy 10k. It was a bit damp when we set off but stayed dry. It’s a great easy to get to and cheap race. There’s two laps of a loop then a wider route along the roads around Guilden Sutton. I am always grateful for the gentle downhill on the 7th Kilometre but the last 2k are hilly..

 

 

Great result for Hannah who came first (of course!) and also achieved a PB. Many congratulations to her.

 

 

Although the course undulates it seems to yield really good results. We also achieved first place in the Ladies team. Great results for the fellas too.

 

Well done everyone.

 

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK – KEEP SENDING THOSE REPORT IN!

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 29/7/19 to Sunday 4/8/19

Another fairly quiet week this week but we have a few notices and race reports. Please keep sending in your reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

 

 

Notice from Laura Baynham-Hughes

 

Calling all Fell Runners! The British Fell Relays 2019 will be taking place in the Peak District National Park on Saturday, October 19th. We have entered three teams (Open Men’s, Open Ladies and Men’s Vets). Please can you let me know via email (laura@baynham-hughes.com) if you would like to be in a team.

 

For those who haven’t competed before each team is 6 people. Leg 1 – solo leg, Leg 2 – pairs, Leg 3 – pairs with navigation, Leg 4 – solo. It is great fun and a brilliant end to the fell running season. Some fell running experience is required but if you are interested then please let me know as there are plenty of races before the event for you to give fell racing a try! For more info on the relays please visit https://britishfellrelays2019.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Colin Bishop for this report .. well done everyone great results. Congratulations Colin and John! 

 

Helena Tipping 10K Wrexham – 28th July 

 

Well British Summer didn’t disappoint last weekend as several of us headed off to Wrexham for Helena Tipping 10K. Yes it was tipping down. We were wet through before we even started. 

 

One loop around the open roads of the industrial estate, fairly flat with occasional undulation.

 

Charlie Hulson of Liverpool Harriers came in first place with a blistering time of 29.59 

 

Results for Helsby

Colin Bishop 35.23 ….V55 1st

Ian Hamling  42.28

John Rossiter 45.01….V65 1st

Rachael Holden 46.07

Mike Barnard 50.08

Stacey Andrew 1.09.45

Well done everyone

 

Cheers Bish 

 

 

 

 

 

North Wales Half Marathon Conwy – Sunday 4th August

 

This is the first time I’ve run this race, an unlikely roads counter. I’ve not run a race like it before: it starts and finishes on a beach and goes over Conwy Mountain at around mile 10. It is a true multi-terrain, it is neither a road, trail, hill or beach race, it is one on its own.

 

Due to starting on the beach it is tide dependent. So the start was at 09:00: which is at least an hour earlier than my body is happy with. Jim Jones, Trevor Lewis and I made the early morning cross border journey. The event HQ is in the Mulberry Pub at Mulberry Marina just outside Conwy. A fab setting and the organisers has laid on plenty of accessible parking. With a field of only 400 it had the feel of a small event, but with a big event organiser.

 

The race departs on the beach and then heads South approximately 1.5 miles along the sand. The direct route that most runners took went through a number of rock pools and across uneven sands. I opted for drier, flatter, longer route (us roadies don’t like wet trainers). With 1.5 miles of squidgy sand this really is a race to start slowly. After the sand comes approximately five miles of road which is predominantly level following the coast. There is then a sharp turn left and up through Penmaenmawr on pavements. Notably, no roads were closed, but the locals were very obliging and there were plenty of marshals. After a long uphill drag on roads we went off onto the trails. This was approximately a three mile section. The sea was shimmering and the views fantastic: some of the most enjoyable running I’ve done this year took us over the summit of Conwy Mountain. We then returned via roads to Mulberry Marina with one mile of sand at the finish. I must say the last mile on the beach was hard….

 

We were all happy with our results: I came in first for Helsby in 27th (1:38:26), Trevor was second home in 82nd (1:51:40) with Jim Jones just behind in 88th (1:52:57).

 

Definitely a race I’d like to run again next year. Be nice to get a bigger turnout and maybe even a few ladies?!

 

Richard Hankins

 

 

Thanks Richard for that report – Well done everyone. I did that race a couple of years ago and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fell or road running.. which covers everyone I think..

 

Cheers

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 17/06/19 to Sunday 23/06/19

Another fantastic week of frenzied activity by club members, many thanks to everyone who has sent in a report. Please keep sending in your race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. If you haven’t sent one in we would love to hear from you. Thanks.

 

A warm Helsby welcome to Mark Hammerton, Chris Larkin and Mark Rockcliffe who just joined to the club. Please introduce yourselves to us all if you get a chance.

 

Important message from Tim:

Please can I remind everyone that you need to pay your Helsby Running Club annual subscription by this Sunday (30 June 2019) to remain a member of the club and a registered athlete with England Athletics.There were 22 people outstanding on Mon 24th. If you have any questions or any problems paying, please contact Tim Palmer, Membership Secretary.

 

 

Robbies Wobbler Race Report Wednesday 19th :Chris Baynham-Hughes

 

A close but stunning evening greeted the 146 Wobblers for the 2019 Robbie Webster’s Wobbler race. Following the 10 or so days of rain, Robbie looked down and supplied the sun thus revealing the real beauty of Frodsham woods through long shadows and a setting sun. Despite the rain of the previous days, the terrain was remarkably firm and the heat of the day meant one could feel the moisture evaporating off the trails.

The race set off to a flying start with Chris Larkin (39.11) leading from the front and Mr. Biggs of Chester Try (39.13) literally on his heels the whole way. Rumour has it there was a leading runner from Penny Lane that needed to have a word with himself (missing the switchback turn on the way down from the monument) which may have only served to make the race tighter at the front, as Robbie Green came in 3rd in 40:20, but it was clear that Chris had no intention of letting his lead go. Given that the course record is 39.02, I don’t think it will be long before it falls.

In the ladies race it was a close affair too. Liz Turner (47.39) of Penny Lane who took the win and the ladies trophy. Susie Fourie of Chester Tri is no stranger to the North West fell running podium and pushed Liz hard; returning just 29 seconds later to take second and the first ladies vet prize. Kate MacFarlane of Penny Lane managed to create a gap over Kerry Riley of West Cheshire to take 3rd by 44 seconds; home in a time of 49.02.

Vets wise, it was Duncan Harris (M50) who was first home just 41 seconds ahead of long time reigning Vets champ and M40 winner Jez Brown (42.23). Paul ‘The Frodfather Frodsham took the M60 in 50.09 and the legend that is John Morris claimed the wine for his M70 win. In the ladies Susie had already claimed the W40 prize so it was down to Helsby’s own Rachel Arnold (W50) and Debbie Reed (W60) to claim the remaining vets categories. Olivia Nicholsen picked up the WU23 category in 60:54.

Thank yous + Offer:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshals. I’ve had a lot of positive messages for the race and the friendliness and encouragement shown by the marshaling team. The race doesn’t happen without them and they embody all that is good about Helsby running club.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Forest Hills; again, this race would be extremely difficult and probably unsustainable without their help. They also have a fantastic offer on for all those that came and wobbled, as participants can join the health club for just £25 per month. This would be the monthly price for the year, includes all the classes, gym, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, pool, etc. the contract is monthly; i.e., you can give notice within the 12 months. Bargain. If you’re interested then mail or visit Tim Pender (tim.pender@foresthillshotel.com)

Provisional results are attached in both PDF and Excel. Any errors/ name corrections (some handwriting is harder to read than others!) please let me know – ideally via messenger to the facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RobbieWebstersWobbler/ NOTE: This is the best place to get news of next year’s race.

wobbler-results-2019

wobbler-results-2019

 

Jake Holmes sent in this report on Robbies Wobbler

First time at the Wobbler and I was looking forward to running on a lot of the route we know from Wednesday nights. After loads of rain, the sun had come out for the evening and the trail was in great condition with just a couple of slightly soggy spots.

The theme of the advice from others runners was to not go too hard from the start. I thought I’ve been guilty of being too cautious before though, and so as CBH said go I set off to get nearish to the front so I wouldn’t get caught in traffic as the route quickly narrowed on the first climb.

The theory was: I’d go hard, on the first climb and maybe be further up the field than I deserved, then try and recover in the middle and then have a strong finish. 

What happened was I went hard (about two thirds of the way up the first climb I moved over to let Kevin Smith come past – maybe too hard then!). I knew runners would be coming past but I think it all made me carry on going harder than I should have been

Wheels came off quite significantly about 2.5miles in. Laura came past very easily about now. I felt like I had enough left to not be slowing down, but a stitch showed up that pretty much stopped me walking never mind running. So there I was walking/jogging very slowly, with runners passing me by at a rate. This shuffle went on for another mile or something during which time I resigned to having messed it up, figuring it had lost me minutes.

It eventually passed and running became easier. A guy I recognised from Spectrum had just come past not long earlier so that was the target. I made back 5 or 6 places in that mile or so and did manage to catch him on the last climb up to the very welcome finish.

So I made a mess of it. Looking forward to next year though, to try a bit more of a sensible approach from the beginning and see if that improves things. If you ever wonder if you’ve gone a bit too easy at the start, there is always plenty more climbing to use up whatever you might have left.

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and marshalling – great race.

Thanks to Betty for the speed blur she added to my pic to make it look like I was moving quicker than I was.

Thanks Jake for sending that in. Great to hear about it from a runners perspective.

 

 

Warrington 10k – Thursday 20th  June : Karen Horsley

Having seen this race shared to the club Facebook page I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the end of Kai’s exams and a good one for his first 10k. Organisedby Warrington Road Runners the Warrington 10k is a two and a half lap, very flat, meandering course in and around Woolston Park.

All day Kai had been complaining of a pain in his lower leg and had been limping around the shops as we picked up the last few things he needed for his prom. I was reluctant to make him race if he wasn’t up to it, but we decided that he should come along and give it a go. I told him to start slowly, walk if he needed to and only increase his pace if he felt comfortable enough. I was pleased to lose sight of him around the 1 km mark as this meant he was doing ok.

I enjoyed the race, not particularly the running part as I’m still working on getting back to fitness, but the course was very pleasant, and the weather was cool with just a couple of showers. But what really made it a good race was the support from the marshals, with very encouraging and sometimes humorous comments – ‘run faster than the midgies!’  

Kai was waiting at the finish, which I think he’ll have to get used to being somewhat speedier than me, but I was pleased with my time. We enjoyed the post-race leg massage and chocolate chip flapjack. Quick selfie and then we set off home

Shortly after we got home the provisional results came in, and news that Kai had finished in a very impressive 51:58 with a dodgy leg! I can’t wait to see what his next 10k time is…

Well done both Kai and Karen what a result! Thanks for sending that report in.

 

 

Thanks very much to guest reporter Dave Norman for sending this next report.

Tattenhall Tough Team race on Friday 21st (7.15 p.m..ish)

 

Its Friday morning and Juni June puts out a distress signal, she can take no more sleepless nights and needs a replacement to run in her team with Alison and Jane, mmm! quite fancy that, so a couple of discreet messages later and I’m in. Dave Norman former Helsby stalwart and all round good egg is back in the fold, for one night only as they say in the movies.

Now I’ve known Jane for years and know shes a very competent runner, but what of Alison?? A sneaky bit of detective work via Facebook and I have to say I’m more than a little disappointed, no pictures of an aging short legged lady, but this girl looks the part, a racing snake, there goes my plans of a nice bimble in the Cheshire countryside, I need to man up here.

I dig my trusty twenty five year old green vest out and shake out the mothballs and just to freshen it up a bit I find a nice pink aerosol under the kitchen sink, not sure what it was but it had nice flowers on the can and seemed to work a treat. This vest has seen good times, not the line of coke sniffed off a super models stomache or puking up in a gutter in Benidorm good times, but 15:40 5k and wins in Birkenhead park or far flung places like Stockport and Chorley type good times. It still fits, happy days.I better make a good impression so a quick shower after painting my windows all day, Rather than the normal gloss white I decided to go with a one coat paint with a eggshell finish, although not as shineyas gloss it does have a nice translucent look to it when the evening light is right, I digress.I now need to get the paint off my hands and finish off by clipping my fingernails, first impressions and all that.

Friday evening and I met my team on a stunning summers evening, all pleasantries and introductions out of the way and nobody mentioned or indeed even noticed my fingernails or my sweet smelling vest, unlike a few in the throng with “sweat” smelling vests (fellow team mates not included)after a delayed start (almost 90 teams to register, a record)of half an hour we were off and chatted a little in the early road miles before we got to the more challenging off road section, we were well up the field and going well, the dreaded railway was reached and Jane set the pace with Alison right behind her, we were catching teams up ahead all the time and were glad to see the grim reaper up ahead, he very kindly gave everybody a hand up the last rocky step, such a nice act for a harbinger of death with such a nasty reputation I thought, though I did notice his very poor nail hygiene in contrast to my pristine nails, he never noticed my nails either, perhaps I should have painted them bright red, or even Helsby green, I began to wonder if he knew what a manicure was, I kept my counsel and didn’t say anything, after all you don’t want to offend a big guy who is holding an even bigger scythe, or is it a sickle, guess I wont ask him that either. We crack on with slightly wobbly legs but soon get into our running, into open country side now, we pass Joe in his usual place and he tells us we’re third mixed team, the road section arrives and we set a cracking pace with no teams in sight behind us, the last off road section is negotiated and we’re on the cricket pitch, the pace raises a notch, is it Alison or Jane that’s cracking on, I don’t believe they would leave me now, has Helsby running club changed so much, not in my day surely, the pace goes up another notch, then another, gladly we enter the finish tunnel side by side by side, just like Coe, Ovett and Cram back in the day. Job done, and first mixed vets team to put the icing on the cake, congratulations all round as we watch some of the other teams finish.

 

A great evenings racing with great people, thanks to Jane, thanks to Alison and thanks to Juni June, I hope this article has helped you with your sleeping problems, also thank you to all at Helsby for letting me be a member again for the day!

 

 

Top picture Coe Ovett and Cram. Bottom picture Halsall, Ashbrook and Norman (just in case you got them mixed up)

P.S. one coat eggshell finish paint can be bought in Bromborough paints in Frodsham, if you show your green vest I have negotiated a 10% discount.

P.P.S.I am doing special rates on pedicure and manicures for all Helsby members for the next month, just quote voucher code grim reaper. 

P.P.P.S. voucher does not cover pedicure for any Felsby(health and safety)

P.P.P.P.S. I bet Jackie doesn’t ask me to write a blog again.

 

Dave Norman

 

Thanks Dave for saving the day and sending in your very informative report – congratulations to all of you on your fantastic victory.

 

 

Moel y Gamelin Sunday 23rd : Janet Robertson 

A small Helsby contingent of Leslie Feakes, Rachel Arnold, Jim O’Hara and Janet Robertson completed the Moel y Gamelin fell race.  The race is around 10 miles with just under 3,000 foot of climb.  The route is simple to follow, with some very pleasant ground underfoot once you turn off the main stony path.  A lovely surprise was seeing Joe and Mario out on the course providing welcome encouragement – thanks you two!  Unusually for a fell race there was even the luxury of a water station at about 6 miles.  We also received an Inov8 water bottle at the finish … all for an entry fee of £5.  Great runs from everyone and well done to Rachel on her second age category win in one week!

  

Thanks Janet for sending that in, sounds like a great event.

 

Colshaw Hall 10k Sunday 23rd June 10.00am : Susie Woodward-Moor (Me)

 

I ran like the devil on Sunday at the Colshaw Hall 10k (wearing Race number 666)! Actually I was not happy with my time but I have a string of excuses ready.
Three Helsby Club members ran – results below; Well done Robert and Ben! 

 

It’s a really lovely 10k passing through the Cheshire countryside past Jodrell Bank’s majestic dish. Very cool to run past it wondering who is communicating with who (or is it whom). Apparently it is used for investigating radio waves from planets and stars which is pretty mind blowing and distracts you from the discomfort of the road for a minute or two. The route undulates constantly,rarely flattening out properly and I found it pretty tiring on this lovely warm day.

It is always an enjoyable and well organised race. You get a proper goody bag and medal and there’s lots of atmosphere. If anyone fancies a change of scene I would definitely recommend it.

 

Well done Ben.

 

That’s all folks..