Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th April 2017

Hello all. A big thank you for all the reports, it’s a monster blog this week so grab a brew, put your feet up and let’s get started!

Mini Trail Series Reminder

It’s our first “Mini Trail” race of the series on Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at Thurstaston on the Wirral. The route takes in trail paths, beach and the Wirral Way, total distance for this is around 6 miles, nothing too difficult, only a bit undulating and is a stunning race on the Wirral coastline, pretty cheap to enter too at only a fiver on the night. Let’s try and get a good turn out of green vests for this folks.

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

AGM

Please keep the date of our AGM free if you can; it’s Wed 24th May following our training run, 8:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club.  It’s our time of year to reflect on last year and discuss the next one. All your comments & ideas are greatly appreciated & accepted!  Your committee (listed on our blog) have mostly said they will carry on for another year – unless of course anyone else would like to have a go!  However:-

Ian Lancucci who keeps count of all our club championships throughout the year plans to step down next year so we are looking for someone to shadow him this year to take over next.

Jo Lacking is finding it difficult to act effectively as Lady Captain with increasing work away from home so we are looking for a ladies Captain to focus on the roads & in particular the Border League.

Andy Robinson will be stepping down as Sandstone Trail Challenge organiser after this year’s race. Ben is happy to take over this role but has suggested we create a team of say 4 people to co-ordinate the race (mainly on race day). This works so well for the 4 Villages & is the best way forward to spread the load.

Agenda here: 2017 AGM agenda

Please let me know (in advance if you can), if you would like to volunteer, have any ideas or need any information to make you decide jackiekeasley@btinternet.com,

Cheers

Jackie your chair.

Sandstone Trail Challenge Sat 6 May – Cake Appeal

Those of you who are into cake baking, please, if you possibly can, bake something for the finishers in the Sandstone Trail Challenge.

We’ll have 250 hungry runners and walkers turning up in Frodsham on 6 May after doing 33 miles, & they deserve it!

Anything you can bake, please, to Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, any time on the morning of Saturday 6 May.  The finishers start arriving from about 1pm.

Thanks  very much!

Andy & Ben.

Just for info

The Thursday blue grass will be in the Lounge Wednesday the 10th as the Darts final is on the 11th their normal day. So Bowls and runners will be in the TV bar. I have sat in on the blue grass and they are quite good!!

Also the Great British Tennis weekend
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY 14th May 9am – 3pm.

Free mini tennis, junior tennis, cardio tennis, tennis express and family tennis.
All equipment provided.

BBQ lunchtime

Book your FREE place at

www.helsbytennis.co.uk

Thanks
Betty

Hale 5

Firstly the belated results from the Hale 5 (17th April) which we missed in the blog last week.

Roy Gaskill, Ian Hamling, Joanne Lacking, Rachael Holden and Geoff & Janet Shaw all competed in this fast 5 mile race around the roads of Hale Village. Roy had a cracker despite running on sore ankles :0

Well done all

Full results here http://www.ukresults.net/2017/hale5.html

Borders League No.7 – Wrexham

An excellent report sent in from our BL Coordinator Fitzy. A big thank you for rallying the troops this season! What a fantastic season we’ve had, over to Fitzy for his words on the final race at Wrexham…

“We headed over to Wrexham for our final borders league race of the season, to race a 4.4 mile industrial estate route which is part of the Village bakery half route. Another cracking turnout seen 31 green vests, who also took part in leg 1 of Helsby V Felsby (Helsby lead the way going into the 2nd leg at Dinas Bran Fell Race by 371 points to 309, no doubt all the big guns of the fell running world will be out to come from behind and take the title again)

This was a super quick race, with a lot of people recording their fastest mile splits that they have ever done in the first mile, and it didn’t half tell with strong performances from all, with the Men coming in 3rd overall again for the 3rd time running, and Helsby ladies coming in 4th. Colin Thompson coming in 1st for the men, and  Jane Ashbrook 1st for the ladies .

The mens team finished the season 5th, only 21 points off 4th spot, whilst the ladies after taking penalty points at the beginning of the season pulling it back to finish 5th as well, again only a few points separating them and 4th spot.

For us who stayed for the presentation afterwards, Helsby came home with 6 trophies in total.”

Colin Thompson 6th senior

Chris Fitzpatrick 8th senior

Laura Baynham-Hughes 4th V35

Neil Finegan 6th V40

Jane Ashbrook joint 3rd V40

Debbie Read 1st V55

Full results

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

Congratulation to everyone who took part and thanks for all your kind comments, hopefully i haven’t nagged you all too much and will see you all back in September/October for the start of the new season.”

Mid Cheshire 5k  (28th April)

Three separate reports for our 5th club counter from Ian Rutherford, Danny Ryder and Davyd Michell. Thanks guys and well done to everyone who took part.

First up is Ian…

“There was a bit of extra excitement around this race than normal as it was to incorporate the English Athletics’ Championships.  What is already a super-fast course, which attracts the best local runners, would see some genuine Elite-class on the starting line from far and wide.

In reality, apart from seeing a few more thorough warm-ups than normal; you didn’t get to see much of the elite field as a runner in the race (well I didn’t), expect it was good from a spectators vantage point though. What was great to see was lots familiar faces both those in the green vest and other clubs as well; clearly this race has fast become a local favourite.

A number of us felt we had PB potential given the fast course and that became reality for quite a few which (hopefully) has been highlighted in the results.  For me (and to keep this succinct) I would single out the following for particular mention:

Danny Ryder’s 16:51 showing what a genuinely quick runner he is and most definitely much more to come (especially if we can keep him off the bike a bit more) 😉

Davyd Michell’s whopping PB now at 19:16 over 40 seconds quicker than previous and consummate to the amount of effort and training he is sticking in…sub 19 is the next attainable target mate.

And last but by no means least, Adele Croxton, first lady home for Helsby on the night and ran a PB 21 mins dead (sadly the sub 21 was provisional – see below)

A slight frustration observed by all were that the provisional times being adjusted upwards, in some cases by 3-4 seconds; which in my case was enough to alter my equal 12 year-old 5K PB of 17:48 to 17:51 in the qualified results. Hey ho, I’m sure they did this so they knew I’d enter the summer race as well 😉

Great running everyone.”

Next is Danny Ryder…

“On Friday the 29th of April Danielle and I, along with a good number of other Helsby members ran the Mid Cheshire 5k. The race also incorporated the English 5k road champs and as a result there was a very strong field in attendance. After watching some of the rather serious looking warm ups, I thought I’d better get moving myself and went for a bit of a run around Ball Lane.

Suitably warm I made my way to start line and found somewhere out of the way of the serious looking runners. After some time, the race official managed to coerce the front guys behind the start line so the race could actually start.

The race started incredibly quickly, a combination of adrenaline and the downhill start. I tried to keep the pace in check, aware that what goes down must go up. The ‘climb’ was more of a drag really, but 20m elevation gain has never hurt so much. Once the ‘climb’ was crested there were a few rollers to deal with before the final kilometer on the main road, again downhill. I had spent the previous 4km waiting to get to this point, however once I made it there I found my legs unwilling to increase to their cadence.

Following some loud encouragement from Steve Riley and Paul Frodsham (sorry if I’ve missed anyone, it was all a bit blurry by this point) I managed to find something extra and kick on in the last 400m to gain a few places before the finish.

All in all, this was a great race with plenty of PB’s being set by all. I’ll be back in August to run again, hopefully with a bit more speed training I can come back and set another new PB. For anyone looking for a fast 5k road race run on closed roads I would definitely recommend this race.”

And finally over to Davyd…

“Friday at Kingsley saw the running of the Mid Cheshire 5k, not only was this a club counter but also this year the inaugural England 5k Championships. This gave the runners the chance to mix it with elites, and if you were good enough to run Sub 14:40 for the men and 16:40 for women you got you own changing facilities and toilets!

23 Hesby vests took park with many testing their legs to see if 2 fast races in 2 days was a good idea. The course is now getting a reputation as one of the fastest around and this meant there was a full field of 476 runners finished. The green army performed well on the day and with some fantastic support around the course, noticeably The Frodfather positioning himself strategically with 400m to go to ensure we all got that last bit of energy out, ensuring some great times, and Pbs. 1st home was Danny Ryder in a rapid 16:51, well done, but even he was 2:51 behind the winner, Ben Connor who clocked a course record 14:00…wow!
1st Helsby lady was Adele Croxton in 21:00, well done. Performance of the race for me goes to Carol Shaw who clocked 21:29 for 1st in her age category, cracking running.

Flushed with some Pbs, tired legs, hungry and thirsty 11 Helsby runners made a quick get away for the main event of the evening refueling with curry and beer in Frodsham like the afleets we are. A good evening was had by all and there were a few sore heads the next day, but it was a great way to finish off the evening and hopefully we can repeat this in future with even more of us.”

Full results of the race here
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Spring-2017#

Some photos here, curtsey of Mick Hall
http://mickhall.zenfolio.com/f668639386

If you want to run this course the good news there is another even in August, but be quick
https://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Mid-Cheshire-5K-Summer

Hartland Heartbreaker

Jim Jones has been at the long hilly stuff again, this time at the Hartland Hartbreaker. Over to Jim with this fab report…

“On Saturday I nipped down to North Devon, pitched a tent, and ran the 18 mile Hartland Hartbreaker while catching up with some pals from Ilfracombe Running Club. The race starts and finishes in the hidden grounds of Hartland Abbey and includes over 2700ft of climb around a stunning coastline. It rained all day, making a tough race that bit more interesting as there was lots of slippy mud along the cliff edges. It was great fun though with no shortage of alcohol along the route. There was a Sangria stop, then a Prosecco and a Tequila stop (but I can’t remember what order they were in!), and then halfway up the final muddy climb, there was man with a barrel of real ale! After partaking in the delicious brew, I was handed a rope to assist me up the final slippery push. It was all down hill then to the Abbey and the much talked about “river crossing” – though it was more akin to a wide stream for a fell runner. I didn’t win anything but got back uninjured and had good laugh.”

Results are here:

http://northdevonroadrunners.com/component/zoo/item/hartland-hartbreaker-18-mile-results-2017

OMM Lite

A brilliant race was had by super couple CBH & LBH, it was Laura’s first foray into mountain marathon running and what a brilliant result guys. CBH has sent in a full report…

“The bank holiday weekend saw Laura and I take on the OMM Lite – a taster for the full mountain marathon experience. There was a long and short score class on foot or mountain bikes but rather than needing to carry your camping gear and overnight food competitors parked vans, pitched tents and could buy their food from the camp or the local pub should they wish.

Having ventured out to race at the border league on a splendid Wednesday evening we immediately realised the error of our ways. Wednesday had been a revelation, dodging the drudgery of a mountain environment on such a fine evening so we could run in a rectangle around an industrial estate. Sadly, we were forced to endure the Brecon Beacons for two whole days. Disaster.

Given that Laura had never run for more than 2.5 hours before I was cautious in working out what we could achieve within the 7 hours we had. The plan had been to run for a bit and then enjoy a nice walk out together. Early doors we came across another couple and the competitor came out in the pair of us.

I’ve spent more of my life with Laura than without her, yet she still manages to surprise and amaze me. In the end we ran for pretty much the full 7 hours and clocked up 35 miles and a sprint finish to come in having used all but 40 seconds of the 7 hours. Looking at the leader board we were first. Overall. By 120 points.

The other couple came in and we were bumped into second, despite us being faster than them. A smarter route had allowed them to take in an extra 30 points but late back meant they were 28 points ahead. One small Nav error had cost us 20 points (although we would have incurred penalty points for being later home) but the real blow had been the decision to go into the woods which was convoluted vs a now obvious line. Oh well, we’d had an amazing day out and were celebrating over a few beers so mission accomplished. We’d never dreamed of being right up there, but third overall and second in the mixed was a total result.

Day 2 started well and according to plan. I’d planned out a couple of routes the night before based upon expected open controls and totalled up the values to make the decision. We got going and despite thinking she wouldn’t be able to walk after day 1, we were soon running along. We finished 22 miles later and 2.5 minutes over our allotted 5 hours due to a small issue with a fence. Checking the leader board the other couple had smashed it. I’d made the error of not doing a secondary visual check of the open controls on day 2 so there was a far more efficient route that the two orienteers had spotted.

We were still incredibly chuffed with how the weekend had gone. 3rd overall, 2nd mixed. A podium finish was well deserved for our first mountain marathon together. Hopefully the first of many!”

Results: https://www.theomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/omm-lite-overall-results-sheet1.pdf

Diggle Cake Race

Steve Riley has sent in this excellent report for the Diddle Cake Race. Any race with “cake” in the title gets my vote! Over to Steve…
“Ben F (sadly out of action) put me on to this one last year.
Saturday saw the Diggle Cake Race, 10 miles of pure evil/fun over the moors and reservoirs around Saddleworth, beyond Oldham. The charge? None. Free entry for home bakers, a fiver for the lazy/more conventional. A 2 pound donation in the hall afterwards buys you a cuppa and as much cake as you feel you’ve earned. In my case quite a lot. Strava reckoned on 2000 cals total for the day – quite a backlog to address. Some super fast performances up at the front (recognised at least one international on the list) right through to the gaggle of club mates at the rear an hour or so later, grinning at the sheer daftness of it all.
 
The race? Oh, the usual moors, steep climbs, stream crossings, tussocks, steps, fast descents. Jamie D for company who had me for a few places, despite usual protests of heavy legs and no fitness.”

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Parkrun

If you made it this far please see the consolidated results from all the park runs on Saturday. Well done to all the green vests who made it to one.

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

Phew! That’s all this week. Thank you again for all the superb reports, it really illustrates how active the club is at present. The future is definitely green! 🙂

Col T

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th Jan 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. Thank you for all the reports this week, remember if you do a race and want to fire over a report please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the news please read a quick message from Fitzy regarding the Borders race at Manley Mere…

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with some marshalling duties on Sunday 5th March for our forthcoming Borders League race, we are especially keen to get 1 or 2 first aiders out on the course if at all possible. Can you let us know if you can help out, please email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

10k TT

Last Wednesday evening saw 14 runners lining up on the Greenway for the 10k time trial. A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold (the Greenway was like an ice rink!) Nice to see some new faces too.

First back was a tie between myself and Danny Ryder, first lady back was Laura BH with another fantastic run. Phil Tomkinson also broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time which shows how much he has improved and is a testament to his hard training, more to come from Phil this year I’m sure. Well done to everyone else!

Special thanks to our volunteers this week who were Louise (RD), Mario and Joe (results and timing), Tim Palmer (tail runner) and Richard Hankins (Marshall).

Results

1  Danny Ryder  39.08
1  Colin Thompson  39.08
3  Phil Tomkinson  39.51
4  Daz O’Connor  40.46
5  George Highley  40.45
6  Davyd Michell  42.46
7  Laura Baynham-Hughes  44.01 (1st lady)
8  Jay Bradley  45.15
9  Danielle Ryder  46.02
10  Roy Gaskill  46.18
11  Ben Williams  48.33
12  Geoff Collins  51.45
13  Lesley Feakes  54.52
14  Dave Feakes  54.52

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Seeing i had the privilege to run around the muddiest of courses at Birchwood a few weeks back and got a bit of stick because i said mud a lot, thought i’d send in a quick report about the Northern XC Champs on Saturday, which was 100% the worst mud i have ever seen. Over the 12k course there was honestly not one bit of grass you could run on, and after the first lap i felt awful and had such heavy legs from trudging through “the mud” that i really just wanted to give up and go home. By the time i got to the 3rd lap i had to pause for a minute whilst i was a little bit ill on the side lines. What would have been a really good course to run became a mud bath, it was 12k of wading through and trying your best not to fall over.

Myself, Steve, Degsy and Davyd were the male representatives whilst Jane, Rachel and Lesley did the same course but 2 laps for the ladies 8k race. Knowsley safari park was a great location to race at, just a pity “the mud” for me spoiled it a little, yes i know it was a XC race and you expect mud.

Full results below

http://powerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=%20180475&top=5000

Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

Three of us made the 4 hour round trip to Abergynolwyn Village in Gwynedd for the Tarren Hendre fell race. It was well worth the trip though for a tough but well hosted race by Meirionnydd Running Club. Nearly all the 2000ft of climb was in the first 3 of the 6 miles! As we descended from the clouds, the latter 3 miles was either boggy moorland or mud up to the knees as you descended through woodlands – great fun!. This was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association’s North Wales Series. Jim O’Hara was first back for Helsby in 25th place (he did have difficulty finding his way back to the car though!), followed by Phil Roberts 47th and then me, Jim Jones 75th.

Full results here: http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/tarrenhendreresult2017.html#

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

Arriving at Dark mountains this year was rather strange. This is one of my favourite events as it is just so tough. The idea is to have a full mountain marathon in one night rather than two days. It’s in winter so the weather has been bonkers every year and that’s what was so strange. It was mild and my default winter waterproof was ditched in favour of an ultra-lightweight affair. What could go wrong?

href=”https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/wp_20170129_09_37_39_pro.jpg”>wp_20170129_09_37_39_proMax and I got off to a good start. Nailed check point 1, max retrieved me from an error (which I still can’t fathom) and back on track to CP2. Then the trouble began. Navigating at night is difficult at the best of times, but when there is a freezing mist around you reducing your visibility to 3-5 metres it’s just insanely hard. We for CP2 we were just 7 metres away from a 2.5m high cairn and we couldn’t see it, we turned and ran the other way. As always our Macro navigation was fine, but our micro just let us down.

It was really cold with sustained periods of hands fully numb to the wrists and feet to the ankles (I was running in a very warm long sleeve base layer, warm Windstopper top, primaloft jumper and waterproof jacket, full windstopper legs, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture.) We had a relatively light blizzard for most of the night, snow covered frozen peat hags and groughs underfoot, long bearing based navigation over a featureless landscape in thick clag. It’s to this end that we picked up the final 4 check points in the light of the next day, finishing in 4th overall… out of 4 finishers (everyone else gave up and the winner of our class is a GB team orienteer).

Fantastic night out, deeply frustrating but strangely rewarding. I love that the running club has introduced me to Max; we never gave up, never got angry with each other, cut from the same cloth. Can’t wait to take on the Dragon’s Back with the big man in May.

WRC 5 mile trail race

A big well done to our top vet Colin Bishop on an excellent victory at the WRC winter 5 mile trail race on Saturday. Quote from Col off Facebook: “Winter WRC trail race. Came first. Really pleased” He’s a man of few words but he lets his running do the talking!

Colin’s time was 29.43 which is a fantastic time for a trail race and he beat all the young whipper snappers too! More to come this year I’m sure Bish!

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Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

Phoenix park is a little gem in the heart of Runcorn, built on the site of the old Norton Priory high school it has a skatepark, cafe, climbing boulder, childrens play area and a small reservoir. When I heard a parkrun was starting there I was very keen to try it out as it’s very local to us Runcorn members.

Myself and a few others from the club attended the trial run last week and it quickly became evident that it was going to be one of the more challenging parkruns. 2.5 laps and 3 times up a steep hill to the high point of the park, tight turns and muddy canal tow path, it wasn’t going to be a PB course that’s for sure!

The inaugural race arrived on Saturday and I ventured down, on arrival I was greeted by Jo Lacking, Phil Tomkinson, Mike Williams, Roy Gaskill and Fitzy (marshalling). The weather was awful, the course, as I expected, was quite challenging – hills, slippy mud and tight turns made it a tough and technical little course. It was thoroughly enjoyable though and a lovely little park with nice views and a fantastic team of marshalls. I’ll certainly be back for more and to help out with the marshalling in future.

Big thanks to Grant and his team for getting this up and running and all the marshalls who stood there and cheered us on in horrible wet weather. Myself and Jo Lacking were first male and female runners home making it a Green Army clean sweep! 201 runners in total toed the line which i was made up to see for the first run. Hopefully will see a few more of you there this year to support this event 🙂

Please find a link to the consolidated results from all the parkruns on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who raced!

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

That’s all this week folks. Please let me know if any results are missing and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby weekly round-up 8th to 14th August 2016

Hi everyone

Firstly, sorry about the lateness of the blog this week, there was some confusion as to who’s turn it was. Just 2 reports in the inbox so we’ll go straight to the racing news. First up is Ben who attended another LDWA event on Saturday. Over to you Ben…

LDWA Marsden Moors Meander

Report by Ben Williams

“I plodded the LDWA ‘Marsden Moors Meander’ on Saturday, a 23 mile event in West Yorks with around 3000ft of climb.

The hard work starts immediately after the typically understated start, with a brutal climb out of Marsden and up towards Rishworth Moor. The only relief is a sharp fell-style run down into a steep valley, spoilt by the climb which goes straight back up the opposite side. The first section is probably the most varied, with repeated climbs, and a run through the farmyard of Stott Hall Farm to the first checkpoint in the shadow of Booth Wood Reservoir. The second section goes onto the moors ‘proper’ – because I was confident I knew the way I’d left the route description in my bag and of course went wrong up on Rishworth Moor. Fortunately I realised fairly quickly and managed to tab cross country to get back on the right path. The handful of people following me didn’t look impressed, but you should never blindly follow the runner in front – especially if it’s me.

I’ve made it a tradition to faceplant at least once during these events, and this time it came just before checkpoint 2 as I was chatting to another runner. I only fell into a deep muddy puddle though, so no harm done. He tried hard look concerned, fair play.

The rest of the route mostly covered open moorland, some of it on the Pennine Way. Conditions underfoot were soaking, paved paths were ok but the typical moorland peat paths were thick with mud and deep puddles. The checkpoints were great as usual, plenty of snacks and drinks and manned by really enthusiastic volunteers, and there was a welcome pasta meal and rice pudding at the end. I finished in 4h 39m, ten minutes quicker than last year which I mainly put down to my new idea of not hanging about at the checkpoints.

All in all a great day, I really do recommend LDWA events to anyone.”

2 Hill-forts Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

“On Sunday 14th August it was the 2 Hill-forts fell race. It was only the 4th year this race has been hosted but there was a good turn out of 103 runners. Just myself and Phil Gillard were there from Helsby. With just under 1900ft of ascent over 9.3 miles this is a fast course. After summiting Moel Arthur, the second of the two peaks, it was something of a 4 mile descent to the finish. The race is certainly multi-terrain, with some stretches of road and good trails through woodland and fields. For anybody watching us come down the relatively short but steep descent from Moel Arthur and onto the 4 mile run home, it must have been obvious who was used to running on the fells and who did more road running. I passed a few on the descent only to be outpaced again on the run home. Conditions were good and dry underfoot, and it was clear day but a warm one. Buckley Runners stole the show by winning both the men’s and women’s race with Jez Brown posting 63:47 and Hayley Evans posting 79:26. Helsby finishers were Jim Jones – 33rd in 82:43 and Phil Gillard – 53rd in 88:08. – NB the women’s race record remains at 74:06 by Helsby’s Jayne Joy in 2014.”

Thanks Ben and Jim for the excellent reports. If anyone else raced last week please drop an email to the usual email address and I can always update the blog (helsby-race-reports@outlook.com).

parkrun

Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun results from last Saturday. Some great running from everyone, especially Jenny Illidge for a win at Widnes and Nick Ryder with a brand new PB! Keep it up everyone!

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

That’s all this week, any problems with results etc. please let me know.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby weekly round-up 25th – 31st July 2016

Hi everyone

A diverse mix of events last week and weekend saw the Green Army undertake races ranging from parkruns, 10ks and fell races to epic 50/100 mile ultras. A huge congratulations to Graham Ireland and our second claim runner Chris Collins for tackling the 50 and 100 mile Lakeland ultra events respectively. More on that to follow with a fantastic report by our Graham.

Also, numbers seem to be on the up for our Monday night track sessions. Paul Frodsham (AKA The Frodfather) has been coaching a group with a bit more intensity added in to spice things up and it’s going very well. Paul’s session runs alongside Joe and Mario’s fantastic track session so there is something there for everyone, please come down and join us on Monday evenings at the high school, with the Borders League looming it’s a great time to add some speedwork to your training.

Before we get to the news please find a few reminders below for some up and coming events this week which may be of interest:

Reminders

  • Ponderosa fell race BS 6.4km/289m 4miles/950ft
    Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm, £5
    Ponderosa café, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen (GR 193481)
  • Deestriders Multi-terrain GP #3 (4th in mini trail series)
    Thursday 4th August, 7.30pm, £5
    Start and Finish at Tata (formerly Corus)
    Sports and Social Club
    Rowleys Drive, Shotton
    Deeside. Flintshire
    0.75m from Asda Store at Queensferry Traffic Lights heading towards Flint
  • Halewood 5k
    Saturday 6th August, 10am, free!
    The Environment Centre, Okell Drive
    Halewood, Merseyside L26 7XB


Green Green Grass Fell Race

Report by Laura B-H

“Green Green Grass fell race is a popular local race in the Clwydian hills. Not one of our counters this year, but 8 green vests still made the trip on a lovely Wednesday evening to represent Felsby. Some great running from the lads and ladies. Congratulations to Janet for winning the FV50 prize and having the biggest smile at the end of the race!”

Results for Helsby

7 Jim O’Hara M 42.06
10 Adam Gordon M40 42.56
13 Ben Fletcher M40 45.00
35 (4th) Laura Hughes F 51.24
59 (1st V50) Janet Robertson F50 56.07
67 Susanne Fletcher F 59.09
74 Ben Williams M 61.28
75 Rachel Arnold F50 62.12

 

North Wales Half Marathon

Our 9th road counter of the season (how time flies!) saw 10 green vests toeing the line in Conwy. Some excellent results on what I’m told was a tough course (beach and stiles in a road race, really??) and some Helsby runners were in the prizes too. Well done everyone! Jenny has sent in this excellent report, thanks Jen!

Report by Jenny O’Hare

“Ten of the Green Army turned out for this road counter on Saturday and results for Helsby can be viewed on this link below (thank you Ian Rutherford). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=822141024588169&set=p.822141024588169&type=3&theater

Some notable results include Laura B-H who not only came  first in her age category but also was second lady overall!  For the men, Adam Gordon and Neil Finegan finished an incredible 9th and 10th respectively and every one of us survived to run another day  – definitely worth mentioning!

As a race, this half definitely had something for everyone… sand, sea air, fast flat road, undulating hills, really steep hills, off-road tracks and trails, steep down-hills (track and road), incredible fell-style terrain and beautiful views combined with a local village atmosphere and lots of local support.

The first and last mile were across the (energy-sapping but beautiful) beach followed by four miles of fast tarmac along the promenade towards Penmaenmawr village.  The climb begins from mile 5 and follows the Old Conway road up to the Mountain View pub.  With a total climb of 312 Metres this race is not the easiest half marathon but it is stunning – and memorable.  Travelling back down Conway Mountain from mile 9 was very tricky as it was hard not to be distracted by the incredible views but it was more fell/trail than road at this point and concentration was vital.  The last few miles bring you back down towards the beach and are a good opportunity to pick up the pace again (if your legs are not destroyed) on good old solid tarmac.  Then you only have one last mile of sand to deal with…

My own personal highlights include seeing Joe and Mario at the top of the Sychnant Pass (I nearly cried), and the views…Did I mention the views??  This is a fab race if you like a challenge, or if, like me you are just not sure whether you prefer, road, trail, fell, town, coast or country, this race has everything.   I absolutely loved it!”

Excellent results everyone. Congratulations to Laura and Adam for bagging the maximum points in the road counter series, great running on a tough course!

Helsby results:

9th  Adam Gordon  01:28:51
10th  Neil Finegan  01:30:18
26th Ian Rutherford  01:40:13
29th  Phil Tomkinson  01:42:24
45th  Laura Baynham-Hughes  01:45:14 (2nd lady overall!)
106th  David Feakes  01:56:51
150th  Paul Roberts  02:01:40
1720nd  Lesley Feaks  02:05:18
238th  Jennifer O’Hare  02:14:50
294th  Tanya Downes  02:25:54

Full results here:
https://www.runwales.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/N-Wales-Half-2016.pdf

Photos here:
http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?eventid=0&groupid=4836

Lakeland 50 (50 miles, 9,500ft climbing), Dalemain to Coniston

Report by Graham Ireland

“Leaving myself plenty of time, I set off on Friday towards Coniston to see the start of the 100 mile race, (a clockwise loop starting and finishing in Coniston), watch the token rendition of Nessun Dorma, and smugly sit back knowing I’d taken the “easy” 50 mile option. That and waving off our very own Chris Collins, who hadn’t taken the easy option! Friday M6 traffic however had other plans for me, and missing all the above I managed to get there at exactly the right time to register with everyone else who’d signed up, complete with children, grandparents, dogs and what seemed like the entire population of the Lake District! 

At the compulsory briefing the next morning I looked round to size up the competition, and to my great delight I was sat next to a guy who’d been weighed in at 120kg, (compulsory weigh in at registration), and looked like he’d never ran a day in his life… At least I wasn’t going to be last, but fair play to him all the same!  Brushing off the panther sighting a few days before as just the crazy ramblings of a man from St Helens, (organisers words, not mine), and the jokes about the 100 mile competitors all working in IT, (sorry Chris), we all headed off to Dalemain for the start. 

Gun went off at 11:30 and we started on the 4 mile loop of the estate before heading out onto the course proper.  Leaving the woman with a Husky harnessed to her chest for dust, (surely there should be a rule against that… Although she did look Russian!), I blitzed the first 10 miles.  Out of the first CP and up to the highest point on the course and my day started to go downhill, literally and figuratively.  Pretty sure the Husky woman had poisoned the jelly babies at the first CP the night before! After what seemed like forever I made it down to Haweswater and round to CP2 at Mardale Head where I was met by the friendly faces of the Delamere Spartans. Big thanks to them for sorting me out and sending me on my way, topped up on soup and a questionable selection of sandwiches, (I’m a ham and cheese man myself), I limped my way off round the rest of the course.

The biggest test of will came not with any climbing or running, but at CP5 Chapel Stile, (or CP13 for the 100 milers), where we were met with a fire pit and sofas…. Is it me or is that just cruel? I managed to drag myself away… just, head torch on, for the final 10 mile push.  Things got distinctly wet thereafter under foot, with blisters and pain management the name of the game. 

By the time I hit the last CP I was feeling terrible, but with just 3.5 miles and 1000ft of climbing to go I was nearly there.  Massive thanks again to the marshal who sorted me out with with a cup of tea and told me to man up and get on with it, both of which I needed. I set off up the Tilberthwaite steps and started to feel human again, (still not sure what he put in that tea!), and bombed it down the other side into Coniston and the finish in 13 hours 17 minutes and 260th overall, over 1 hr 30 mins better than 2014. 

Tough race, but great atmosphere, very well organised, and fantastic marshals.  Would recommend to anyone looking for that sort of distance. 

Final note and massive kudos to Chris Collins who arrived in Coniston less than 1 minute before me after completing the full 100 mile course, and with an amazing overall placing.  I’m sure he’ll have his own stories to tell, but hats off sir, a truly amazing achievement.”

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Congratulations Graham and Chris, amazing achievement guys!

Helena Tipping 10k

FB_IMG_1470210867260_resizedAlso on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k which saw 3 Helsby vests pounding the roads of Wrexham Industrial Estate. The first 5k is pretty much downhill but you then need to claw back the lost elevation for the second half and if judged correctly can be a very fast course. Carol Shaw had an excellent race to win her age group and Gaz was very close to his PB, just missing out by a few seconds. I managed to achieve one of my fastest 10k times of the year so was very happy with the result. Well done everyone, a great day was had by all and thank you to Louise Spruce for her support and taking the photographs. Also a quick mention to RD Michael Harrington (cute fruits) for the flawless organisation and quick publishing of the results, I’d recommend any of his races as his team always delivers a fantastic event on the day.

Helsby results below:

12th Colin Thompson 35.34
45th Gaz O’Connor 39.04
122nd Carol Shaw 46.34 (1st in age cat)

Full results can be found here http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/helenatipping10k

Photos here:
http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?eventid=0&groupid=4836

Parkrun

An excellent weekend of parkruns saw Jenny Illidge storm around to take 1st lady at Chester parkrun and Widnes saw a podium finish for Fitzy who grabbed a brilliant 2nd place overall. Well done both and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkrun, please find the consolidated results for Helsby below:

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

That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any races or results. All future race reports to the same email address – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 25th Apr to 1st May 2016

Hi everyone

A very busy week for the Green Army and an excellent selection of reports in the inbox. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed. As usual all reports to be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Strap into your seat belts, it’s a long one!

Helsby RC Awards Presentation Evening

A fantastic evening at our annual awards cermony! Well done to everyone who won an award and a big thank you to Jackie (host), Chris Igoe (DJ), Dave & Leslie Feakes (Catering) and Donna Geer & Ian Landucci (Stataticians). Jackie has sent the following report in which includes all the winners from the evening:

Here’s a list of the awards made at our presentation evening on Friday celebrating a year of excellent running at Helsby Running Club. We can run well and party well!! Here’s a list of trophy winners for the 2015/16 club counter season. Well done to all who ran throughout the year and here’s to lots of club counters by all this season!
For those interested in the detail, a full set of results/calculations will be put on the blog soon (we need to strip out the age data before it goes viral!)
Plus
A reminder about this coming Wed #Helsby vs #Felsby competition at Dinas Bran 4.3m 1150ft, 7:15 start LL20 8TG, for those wanting to car share please meet at the club ready to leave at 6pm.
A reminder about the fist race in the mini trail series at Thurstaston Country Park  Tues 10th at 7:15, again meet at club at  6:15
Plus the running club AGM the following evening 11th after out club run, 8:30 in the
in the upstairs tea room – please come along and discuss what you want of Helsby Running Club over the next 12 months. The plan is to keep it shorter this year by having written reports circulated in advance, with questions & answers on what and how we do things followed by the all important election of officers. If anyone would like to become part of the committee then please let me know in advance of the meeting jackiekeasley@btinternet.com. Jane Ashbrook is stepping down as Ladies Club captain; we thank Jane for all her input and ideas these last couple of years.
Cheers and thanks
Jackie
Roads Championship
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Champion Chris Fitzpatrick
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Runner Up Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Senior Winner Colin Thompson
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V40 Winner Neil Finegan
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V45 Winner Gary O’Connor
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V50 Winner Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Shaw
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies Champion (Joint) Joanne Lacking
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies Champion (Joint) Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V40 Winner Jo Farwell
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V45 Winner Donna Geer
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V55 Winner Jackie Keasley
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V60 Winner Janet Shaw
Fells Championship
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Runner Up Phil Gillard
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Senior Winner Phil Roberts
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V45 Winner Jim Jones
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V50 Winner Steve Riley
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V60 Winner Andy Robinson
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Ladies Winner Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Ladies Runner Up Laura Baynham-Hughes
Cross Country Championship
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 1st Place Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 2nd Place Ben Fletcher
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 3rd Place Chris Murray
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 1st Place Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 2nd Place Lesley Feakes
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 3rd Place Vanessa Griffiths
Borders League
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 1st place Chris Fitzpatrick
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 2nd place Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 3rd place Colin Thompson
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 4th place Ian Rutherford
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 1st place Jo Lacking
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 2nd place Carol Shaw
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 3rd place Laura Baynham-Hughes
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 4th place Rachel Holden
Club Champions
Helsby Running Club Men’s Club Champion 2015/16 Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Ladies Club Champion 2015/16 Jane Ashbrook
Mini Fells
Helsby Running Club Men’s Mini Fells Champion 2015/16 Men’s 1st place Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Ladies Mini Fells Champion 2015/16 Ladies 1st place Laura Baynham-Hughes
Runners Runner
Helsby Running Club Runners Runner 2015/16 Laura Baynham-Hughes
Most Improved Runner
Helsby Running Club Most Improved Runner 2015/16 Mens Winner Ian Hamling
2015/16 Ladies Winner Alison Halsall
Greatest Comeback
Helsby Running Club Greatest Comeback 2015/16 Overall Winner Gareth Boyd
2015/16 Runner Up Claire-Louise Miller

Borders League #7 (Prestatyn)

An excellent report has been sent in from BL Coordinator Fitzy for our final race at Prestatyn:

So this was our last borders league race of the season and was probably the most important for the men, having fighting off relegation over the last 2 meetings we had to make sure we had 10 runners turn up and make sure we didn’t get any penalty points, and after an end of season fixture change for a midweek race from Shotton to Prestatyn I was a little worried we might struggle….oh how wrong was I!
Another superb turn out by the men’s and ladies team seen us fight hail, wind and rain for an out and back course along the sea front, which was great going out but not so great coming back with a full on head wind.
Some fantastic performances on the night yet again but I won’t single anyone out what I will say is it’s been a pleasure seeing you all turn up week after week and making me a very happy man. We are the envy of other clubs and I really do think that we will just get stronger, even some of the Felsby crew seemed to have enjoyed the races (probably because there free)
Some awards that we received included 1st V35 for Jo Lacking, 9th & 10th Overall men, myself and Col T, and 2nd V50 lady for Carol S.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it as much as me, now for a few months off before pre season training starts in July and I start moaning at everyone for breaking rule 4.3 thou shall not drink 48 hours before a borders league race.
For full results see below

Mid Cheshire 5k

It was great to see an array of green vests at our 5th road counter on Thursday. By all accounts the weather wasn’t very favourable but with a lightening quick course it was always a good opportunity to have a crack at a 5k PB. Over to Fitzy with another fab report…

30 of the green army travelled a hell of a long way to Kingsley on Thursday night which could only be described as a lightning fast 5k course, and I now know the reasons why, a mile downhill seen everyone post extremely quick first miles splits whilst the second wasn’t so fast as it was all “uphill”. You are then greeted with the start line again with still another 1k to run, yet again all downhill to the finish
You can see why some of the top running clubs around the northwest had plenty of runners out in a very strong field. pb’s galore were being broken much to the annoyance of Gaz and Helen sat on their sofa’s at home 🙂
If you’ve not done this before and want a PB this is the best course around by far and at a tenner it’s great value for money, they even through in hale for at least 5 mins at the end…lovely
For full results
Helsby results:
41st Chris Fitzpatrick 00:17:20
46th Colin Bishop 00:17:30 (1st in age cat)
54th Adam Gordon 00:17:41
94th Christopher Murray 00:18:52
101st James Higgins 00:19:07
104th Ian Hamling 00:19:12
108th Jane Ashbrook 00:19:15 (2nd in age cat)
113th Richard Hankins 00:19:20
133rd Paul Frodsham 00:19:44
135th Joanne Lacking 00:19:47 (2nd in age cat)
141st Davyd Michell 00:19:56
162nd Carl Pratt 00:20:23
182nd Tim Palmer 00:20:54
184th David Feakes 00:20:55
200th Michael Williams 00:21:25
201st Carol Shaw 00:21:38 (2nd in age cat)
234th Rachael Holden 00:22:29
235th Stephen Wiggins 00:22:38
245th David Madders 00:22:47
255th Debbie Read 00:23:11 (3rd in age cat)
269th Geoff Collins 00:23:35
296th David Wiggins 00:25:03
299th Jackie Keasley 00:25:16
306th Lesley Feakes 00:25:32
357th Janet Shaw 00:29:36 (2nd in age cat)

Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Twixt in between Borders, 5k and 10k Green Army members still managed to get out onto the hilly stuff. Big thanks to Tim Palmer for this report…

As a local favourite but not a counter this year, the Llangynhafal Loop saw a Helsby turn-out of 7. Janet Robertson, Sue Buck, Jim Jones and Tim Palmer running; Joe, Mario and Andy Smith supporting/marshalling/taking photos. On arrival at the Golden Lion, the weather kept most in their cars or the pub and the walk to the start wasn’t much better (some of the Helsby contingent were sure whether it was hail or snow). However the weather improved for the race. The infamous gully was as always a challenge; but the last climb (which is a bit of sting of the tail) was improved with Helsby supporters at the bottom and top – thanks Joe, Mario and Andy. Tim was the first Helsby runner home just ahead of Jim; followed by Janet and Sue. As usual, all ended up in the Golden Lion for the presentation – a highly recommended race. Full results awaiting on www.wfra.org.uk

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Saddleworth Cake Race

image1Any race with “cake” in the title is worth a go at, Ben Fletcher and Jamie Dowdall certainly thought so and found themselves towing the line in Saddleworth, over to Ben for his take on the race…

I decided to give the Saddleworth Cake Race at Diggle a go. This fell race is famous for the cakes after the race & it didn’t disappoint, there were 3 huge tables full of them! It was £5 to enter or free if you supplied a cake bargain!

At just short of 10miles 1700ft over Saddlewoth moor it’s a cracking race. I wasn’t expecting to see anyone I knew, then Jamie Dowdall in his Darwen vest shows up. After a quick chat with Jamie we were off into the hills.

Ben Fletcher 1.18.03 22nd Jamie Dowdall 1.33.18 89th

Full results

http://saddleworth-runners.co.uk/cake-race-2016/

 Liverpool Spring 10k (6th road counter)
The Liverpool Spring 10k is 2 laps of Sefton Park, billed as flat but not exactly – some energy sapping long gradients and tight turns certainly made it a bit of a challenge, as did the horrible weather. That didn’t hinder our Green Army contingent from setting PBs galore though, a huge well done to everyone for running so well and some of our newer members who have improved so much recently. Big thank you to Colin and Jane Bishop for their support on the day, Jane even had a selection of fresh baked cakes for us at the finish to replenish those depleted carbs! Result!
Please find the Helsby results below:

16th Colin Thompson 0:35:26
83rd Gary O’Connor 0:38:47
136th Richard Hankins 0:40:38
172nd Davyd Michell 0:41:47
198th Carl Pratt 0:42:00
382nd Helen Owens 0:45:43
383rd Rachael Holden 0:46:02
669th Stephen Wiggins 0:49:00
732nd Rhea Thomas 0:49:48
1092nd Tanya Downes 0:53:36
1101st David Wiggins 0:53:42

parkrun
Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun results from Saturday. Well done to everyone who ran, especially Col Bishop for another fantastic win at Widnes! Well done mate.
And finally, it’s big congratulations to June Swift and Jim O’Hara who have been selected to run for Cheshire at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships on 14th May. Well deserved after a brilliant season, be sure to congratulate them on their fantastic achievement.
Phew! That’s it this week. Many thanks for all the excellent reports, if I have missed anything please get in touch and I can always update the blog later on.
Cheers
Colin

Helsby RC Xmas & New Year round-up 2015

Hi everyone

Happy new year to you all and welcome to the Xmas & New Year round-up. A few green vests were out and about racing over the festive period so let’s get started with an excellent report sent in by Ben Fletcher…

Auld Land Syne Fell race

untitled“The Auld Lang Syne fell race is traditionally known as the end of season fell finale and attracts a strong field of runners, most in fancy dress. It is so popular you have to get your entry in quick, all 420 places sold out in 2 days, luckily our cheque arrived in the post on time and we made the start list.

untitled3New Year’s Eve (race day) arrived and we were both full of colds, but we decided to go for it anyway and just enjoy it.

We arrived at Penistone Hill in West Yorkshire and it was a tad bit chilly, we registered and got ready mingling with everything from Stormtroopers to a weightlifter with his extra large Dumbbell!

The legendary Dave Woodhead started us off with a bagpiper playing as we left the quarry and headed into the hills.

untitled4The route was a out and back with a loop taking in Top Withens summit and had a nice slippy bit in the middle where you drop down into a beck where I was having a great battle with Tony the Tiger and Suzanne was battling it out with a Stormtrooper and a Sumo.

Really recommend this race, plus you get the bonus of a bottle of Old Leg Over beer at the end.”

Results

Ben 113th 57.10

Suzanne 329th 72.29 

video of start https://youtu.be/qcmd0b4DRjA

Liverbirds (double marathon)

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Ivan and Dave Madders ventured to Liverpool on new years eve to catch the first race of the Liverbirds double, over to Dave for his report….

“Each new years eve ( and new years day if you’re particularly keen ) there is a marathon along Otterspool promenade in Liverpool called the Liverbird marathon double. No frills, £20 entry, paid direct to a choice of 2 charities, supply your own drinks/supplies and you’re away.

Ivan davies and myself entered this year and duly arrived on the promenade with 200 or so other madmen for the 10am start.

The route goes alongside the Mersey from adjacent to the albert dock Travelodge up to the end of the prom at Aigburth and back with this 6.55 mile loop being ran 4 times.

Ivan being a 3 hour marathoner set off like a greyhound leaving me to shuffle along at 8.30 pace. After 2 laps the weather as forecast took a turn for the worst with strong winds and driving rain creating horrendous conditions for marathon running.

Ivan suffering with a pulled groin soldiered on for 3 laps ( in a very solid time of 2.25 ) whilst I shuffled my way to the finish in a time of around 4.24.

38 plucky souls did both days with elite runner Terry Forrest running an unbelievable 2.38/2.45 successive marathons.

Great Craic between runners made this event a worthy effort with great support from other runners plus Its not every race the winner high fives all the other competitors on his way to a 2.38!

Awful conditions but I’ll be back!”

NWSL XC Race #6 (Arrowe Park)

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We had a good turn out of green vests for the penultimate cross country race in the Sunday League series and it was fantastic to get a full team out for both the men and ladies despite the appalling weather. The venue was at Arrowe Park (hosted by Pensby) and the course consisted of 2 laps of energy sapping gloopy mud around the park. Thank you to all who turned up and well done to Ben Fletcher who had a stormer to take the first Helsby home honours and top 20 finish  and Joanne Lacking for another fine display of running to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Also big kudos to Tanya Downes for her first foray into XC running on what was a tough course, she seemed to enjoy it and will hopefully be back for more pain! The next and final race is on Sunday 21st February at Birchwood Park – make a note in your diaries.

A big thank you to Joe, Mario, Suzanne Fletcher and Chris Collins for their support around the course, Mario also coordinated the tokens and race positions at the finish. Please find the Helsby results below:

Men
19th Ben Fletcher
21st  Colin Thompson
61st  Phillip Roberts
67th  Derek Morris
96th  Paul Frodsham
108th  Ian Landucci
115th  Tim Palmer
143rd  David Feakes
202nd  Edward Roberts

Ladies
15th  Joanne Lacking
17th  Jane Ashbrook
32nd  Vanessa Griffiths
68th  Rachael Holden
73rd Lesley Feakes

96th  Tanya Downes

The mens team were 5th on the day and the ladies 4th.

Full results here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xc/2015/race5_15.pdf

parkrun

A few more parkrun results than usual due to some extra events over Christmas. Please find all results below. Congrats to Colin Bishop on a double win at Widnes and well done to everyone else who took part. Helsby results below:

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Delamere

84th Phil GILLARD 00:24:50
94th Geoff COLLINS 00:25:18
101st Louise MCEVELEY 00:25:43
207th Anne BELL 00:30:58

Ellesmere Port

28th Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:28:22 

Widnes

1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:42
29th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:15
47th Chris HATTON 00:25:26

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Warrington

2nd Colin BISHOP 17:41
72nd Rhea THOMAS 26:56

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Gloucester North

35th Jackie KEASLEY 00:30:16 

Delamere

22nd Gareth BOYD 00:20:32
55th David FEAKES 00:23:30
151st Lesley FEAKES 00:28:14
160th David WIGGINS 00:28:35
161st Stephen WIGGINS 00:28:36 

Widnes

1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:46
15th Joanne LACKING 00:22:03
20th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:02 

Birkenhead

68th Geoff COLLINS 00:23:46

All results can be found here http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Reminders

  • Wed 6 Jan4VHM medal making – we need lots of help to re-packing this years medals – please come along to the HCSC bar after our training run and help out as many hands make light work, chip barms provided.
  • Sat 30 Jan – Northern Cross Country Championships, Blackburn. Another good day out for runners & spectators! Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry, so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 13th Jan mooeyf@hotmail.com

That’s all this week. If you got this far thank you for reading and please let me know if I have missed any races. Remember, all results and reports should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com otherwise we could easily miss something if posted on social media.

Keep on running!

Cheers
Colin

Helsby weekly round-up 16th – 22nd November 2015

Hi everyone

Jackie has taken the reins of the blog this week, we also have a few reports too. Thank you for all these, remember all reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Saturday was the 41st Penmaenmawr Fell Race the last in our Fell club counter series,  10 miles and  600m of climbing.  From the small village of Capelulo with its village hall and Fairy Glen Pub and organised by local runner Chris Near.

The drive out there was spectacular marking the start of winter finally, cold, gale force winds but sunshine, blue sky and a considerable snow covering on the Carnedds. The sea along the A55 coast line wild and threatening.

The race was pre-entry with a limit of 250 due to the narrow lanes and limited parking. Just under 200 muffled up runners were on the start line at 10:30 am, the other 50 were probably sensibly still snuggled up at home!

The first incline warmed us up but most still chose to wear their waterproof tops all the way around.  The going was surprisingly pleasant with mainly wide sheep nibbled grassy paths to the first check point at the Penmaenmawr Quarry. Then down into the notoriously boggy area cutting across to high surfaced road above Rowen, where we were greeted by Joe and Mario and the usual loud cheers + a flask of hot coffee (which I didn’t stop for as by then I was running with a local lady who was keeping a steady pace and knew the way). A high level undulating traverse with lovely views down to the Conwy valley but straight into the jaws of the wind, before a final steep descent back into Capelulo.   A bottle of local beer for all finishers. Saddleworth Runners turn up every year to take part in this race and raise funds for charity. This year they had a large boiling urn full of hotdogs which at first seemed to be selling slowly. The tea and homemade biscuits in the village hall doing much better. Plus the pub was serving free soup and rolls and was cosy and warm and packed with thirsty beer drinkers. This race was getting better and better! We were all called out of the pub and back to the village hall by Chris for the lively presentation and suddenly the sale of hot dogs hit the roof – I wonder why!

A course record and lot’s of fast ladies from the Hunters Hill Boggers (HBT) who had travelled down all the way from Edinburgh for a girlie weekend in Wales!!  A good green vests turout and some good running by all!

1  Matt Roberts 1:08:38  Calder Valley who smashed the course record, previously held by Lloyd Taggart
3  Lloyd Taggert 1:15:19
20 Ben Fletcher 1:25:51
23 Briony Curtis  1:26:30 HBT 1st lady
27 Chris Baynham-Hughes 1:37:42
39 Phil Roberts  1:30:38
50 Ian Landucci 1:34:18
59 Steve Riley 1:36:48
72 Tim Palmer 1:39:53
73 Laura Baynham-Hughes 1:39:53
94 Andy Robinson 1:43:12
164 Chris Hatton 2:00:53
167 Jackie Keasley 2:04:11

Photos here

http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/pages/gallery/2015-gallery/running-photographs/fell-running.php

 

Winner

Winner

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Steve and the winner Loving his matching gloves!

CBH has also sent in an excellent report for this race, please see below:

The overnight cold snap and fierce winds made for a great journey to the race – Snow covered peaks of the Carneddau and some serious 6 foot rollers out on the coast framed what was going to be a spectacular day. In a day that made even the most committed short wearer consider full length tights or pedal pushers for the ladies, there was a slightly more tense atmosphere than usual at the start. The best news of all though was that visibility was clear, so on a course which has so many dramatic vistas we knew we were in for a treat.

The race itself is starts with a tough ascent which then keeps on giving as it heads out to reveal the coast and Anglesey. As we started to level out Drum and Foel Fras came into view in all their splendid snow covered glory. I was not alone in my inadvertent out aloud “Wow” as we levelled out and I got a chance to look up. From the North West corner of the course the race turns south over the bogs which were remarkably kind this year, though energy sapping all the same. Coming back around to the finish there are several miles of undulating trails alongside a fantastic dry stone wall. There was snow cover in places and really gave a fantastic finish to the Felsby series. The view of the Clwydians turns into a the gentle sweeping blades of the offshore windfarm; something I always find relaxing. The descent proved as hairy as ever into the finish. Plenty of battles out there between the Felsby contingent, but none so close as Tim and Laura – Laura showing no mercy on the descent and almost snaking Tim on the line. The results show the same time, but after a photo finish the spoils were given to Tim.

In usual tradition of these reports I must just point out the cost vs reward equation: £6.50 bought every entrant a jaw dropping course, genuine personal challenge and a true sense of freedom; in addition we all got a bottle of real ale, soup and a roll. Pretty damn tough to beat I reckon.

Results wise it was Ben Fletcher put on a master class to be first home for Helsby in 1:21:51 and 20th place overall & 10th in age group. He was followed by CBH (1:27:42 – 27th) and Phil Roberts (1:30:38 – 39th). In the Ladies Laura B-H (1:39:53 – 11th lady in cat) was back first followed by Jackie Keasley (2:04:11 & 9th in Cat).

Pen_finish Pen1
Pos (age) Time Name
20th (10th) 01:25:51 Ben Fletcher
27th (12th) 1.27.42 Chris Baynham-Hughes
39th (16th) 1.30.38 Phillip Roberts
50th (7th) 1.34.18 Ian Landucci
59th (9th) 1.36.48 Steve Riley
72nd (12th) 1.39.53 Tim Palmer
73rd (11th) 1.39.53 Laura Baynham-Hughes
94th (7th) 1.43.12 Andy Robinson
164th (16th) 2.00.53 Chris Hatton
167th (9th) 2.04.11 Jackie Keasley

Full results here: pen results (1)

Then a hop skip and a jump followed via Llandudno for the evening to the final road race counter of the season in Conwy – the popular Conwy Half organised by Run Wales.

untitled5The 9:15 fun run for kids was ran in a deluge and would maybe have put kids off running for life.  However with 15mins to go the rain stopped and the sun started to come out. A number of starters were cold and drenched on the line but at least it cleared up for the start.

Starting under spectacular backdrop of the castle, across the bridge to Deganwy through some major puddles and onto the soggy beach path to West Beach LLandudno, across to East beach and the start ofthe long drag around the great Orme on the narrow road above the cliffs before returning from West Beach the same way.

untitled6Miles 7 to 9 along the Orme road with time to stop for a photo!    An impressive sub 1:30 for Neil and very close for Ian. Well done everyone and especially to David Wiggins on his comeback to halves after a 25 year break and to Chris who has been injured. A PB for Tanya and well done to Jo who though she would not do another half again!

The three of us ran around together and got plenty of come on Helsby cheers, but the best one was come on “3 peas in a pod”, as Shan says “if it had been raining we’d have been mushy peas”!

 

Gun Time Gun Position Mat Time Mat Position
Neil Finegan 01:28:57 111 01:28:42 114
Ian Rutherford 01:30:46 143 01:30:30 146
Jane Ashbrook 01:38:46 326 01:36:51 301
Jim Jones 01:45:37 557 01:44:56 611
Michael Williams 01:49:09 711 01:44:36 588
Tim Igoe 01:52:08 832 01:48:00 748
Geoff Collins 01:52:51 863 01:52:20 960
David Wiggins 02:09:22 1600 02:05:12 1565
Chris Igoe 02:09:22 1601 02:05:12 1564
Stephen Wiggins 02:09:22 1602 02:05:13 1568
Tanya Downes 02:19:49 1956 02:15:38 1942
Jackie Keasley 02:20:34 1965 02:16:23 1958
Jo Farwell 02:20:34 1966 02:16:23 1959

 

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Start – note the two father and son combinations! Still smiling at the finish!

XC Sunday League Race #3 (Beacon Park)

Not got any reports from Sundays XC but the quote of the day has to be from Sue Buck “Very muddy!!In fact at the butties afterwards, the organiser apologised for the 10 yards of the race that had no mud”
Helsby results below:
Men
18th Colin Bishop
36th Ben Fletcher
64th Gareth Boyd
96th Chris Murray
116th Darren O’Connor
129th Ian Hamling
151st David Feakes
Ladies

20th Joanne Lacking
28th Vanessa Griffiths
41st Janet Robertson
45th Rachel Arnold
62nd Suzanne Fletcher
67th Lesley Feakes

The men were 6th on the day and the ladies 7th. The next race is at Town Park, Runcorn. As it’s local let’s try and get a good turn out for this!

Full results here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xc/2015/race3_15.pdf

Tim Palmer has sent in the following report for the Arnside Knott Fell Race, over to Tim….

As my part of the multitude of Helsby runners running two races in the weekend, Jenny and I were the Green Army representatives at the Arnside Knott Fell Race (BS). This is a lovely little fell race up Arnside Knott which overlooks the Kent estuary and Morecambe Way. It has a fairly unusual feature of a fell race; in that you go down almost to sea level (the wet-side of a seawall) twice in the race. The views were stunning across the estuary into the Lakes, the cakes were excellent (as usual), the weather was excellent,…what more can you want…?
Results awaited…
Worth saying that the prize for the best ‘double’ of the weekend must go to Jackie with Penmaenmawr Fell Race followed by Conwy Half Marathon (I make that 23.5 miles with 2,500 ft of climbing). Also, Ben did the double of Pen fell race followed by XC.

Forthcoming Xmas Events

There’s is a lot coming up over Xmas and into the New Year and I’ll send an email summarising it all soon. In the meantime advance plugs for:

Our next talk – Wed 2nd Dec – Tim Palmer on Orienteering – Chip Supper – Please see separate email from Lesley

HCSC’s Christmas Party on Saturday 5th December. Message from the club exec. Please note that this is TICKET ONLY and furthermore that numbers need to be confirmed with the outside caterer, no later than Tuesday 1st December.  Can I once again ask all sections to promote this to your members, via email, text and whatever Social Media groups that you utilise (poster attached for you to circulate and display in your own areas).  I’ll contact everyone again on Monday-week for final numbers so each sporting section please try to drum up some support please and confirm numbers?  Coming together socially to support the club on the 5th is surely a step in the right direction and avoid the threat of the club closing?

If folks can go please let me know, I know its between the clubs night out in Chester and a Border League race but if you can support it please let me know. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com Unfortunately I’m away on hols so can’t make it, if anyone can offer to co-ordinate tickets I would be very grateful.

The Sandstone Trail Challenge will open for entries on 1 December.  If you want to run 33 miles on Saturday 7 May 2016 then this is the event for you!  This year all the places for runners had gone by the end of December, so you need to get your entry in asap.

Any finally, in the running clubs attempt at using the club more we have decided to open up our Xmas Handicap on Wed 23rd Dec to all sections and hope to fill the lounge. Chris Igoe has kindly volunteered to follow it all up with a Xmas disco.  It’s the night before Xmas eve so hopefully you can make it.

Phew!

Cheers
Jackie

Helsby weekly round-up 14th – 20th September 2015

Welcome to this week’s racing news. Apologies it is so late this week. Work deadlines and life got in the way! Sorry for the disruption.

Please remember to send your race reports to:

helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

otherwise we don’t know about them and could miss them. I know a number of you post into Facebook which is great, but it means we generally miss them as they get buried in the whole list of posts. If you’re at a race/ event then please decide amongst you who will put together the report so we don’t miss a thing… and we wouldn’t want to miss a thing now would we 🙂

Essentially all we’re looking for is the following:
– The name of the event and the distance & type; e.g., Sutton 6, Road.
– A small amount of detail from the event to give it some context; e.g., for last week’s LSU it could have read: ‘Long, biblical rain, insanely hilly. Fantastic’.
– The results or a link to the results with any special mentions for performances. e.g., for the LSU it could have included ‘Special mention for Phil Roberts for best swim in an ultra marathon’. Feel free to add more of course, but this gives us enough to form a decent newsletter.

Simples 🙂

This week is a tale of PBs, podium placing and the benefits of running after a heavy night… oh, and Roy’s back! Enjoy.

Child minding rota = more racing!
Finally, with the Borders and the XC season upon us and with ever pressing family commitments I posted this on Facebook this week. If you’re interested then please let me know:

Who’d be interested in joining the Helsby winter Child minding circle? With border leagues and the winter XC coming up it can be difficult for both parents to run or even just one parent to run. Rather than miss out on the fun Fitzy and I came up with the suggestion that we take it in turns to mind the children at the race. It means that you might miss one race in X races (where X is the number in the child minding circle) but you’ll get to do X-1 races which is more than 0!

Should be reasonably straight forward:
– we’ll just have a rota
– the person on the rota for that week must commit to being at the race or find somebody willing to swap
– Parents drop their children off with the person for that day in suitable clothing
– The adult(s) can bring a football, frisby, organise tag or hide and seek, cheering, etc.
– Parents finish race knackered
– Children are returned knackered from running about/ playing
– everybody’s happy!

Who’s in??

CBH.

Road Running

Sutton 6
Huge thanks to Geoff Collins for pulling together this race report for us. Nice to see people out competing in the club counters – only two left to go! For details check the race calendar here:

There was a good contingent of 13 Helsby runners at this year’s Sutton 6 10k race, with some new PB’s for some! This was the 33rd event of what originally started as a 6 mile race to raise funds to build Guilden Sutton Village Hall in 1982. More importantly this year the race was a club ‘counter’.
Weather conditions were good for running, with a light wind, the sun disappearing behind the clouds before the race started. This year the race was chip timed for the first time. This seemed to lead to a few problems it would seem! Rather than the now common chip on the number, or disposable shoe tag we got the older reusable button chip worn on the ankle with a Velcro belt!

Of course it’s always a good idea to make sure the chip is attached to you before the race starts rather than left somewhere else!

The course is mainly flat finishing on a slightly lower elevation than where it starts. However there is an incline from the junction of Wicker Lane/School Lane up Porters Hill into Oakland’s for the finish. If you don’t know the area this little hill (by Helsby standards anyway) always seems to catch people by surprise. As someone said to me later they ‘weren’t expected that in an area which looks so flat’!

Fitzy leading the chants of ‘Green Army’ at the start, apparently that’s normal I understand. Although he didn’t appear to have his special water bottle this time. I hoped this wouldn’t affect his performance, or the five Guinness and the large Chinese he consumed the night before!

The race got underway, as usual Jo and Mario making their customary encouraging appearances at different points around the course, and my resident photographer trying to catch everyone in Hare Lane. The pictures are now on Facebook. I don’t know how Jo Lacking managed to elude the camera by the way! An added attraction this year being, West Cheshire marshal Kay entertaining the runners with her cow bell in Wicker Lane!

First home for Helsby was Chris Fitzpatrick in 19th place, 1m 06s faster than his time on last year’s Sutton 6. Adam Gordon 2m 15s faster than last year. Fortunately for Adam the organisers have accepted his time and he wasn’t disadvantaged without his timing chip! First Helsby lady was Jo Lacking. Without doubt the two star performers of the day with new 10k PB’s were Jo Farwell who took a massive 3m 24s off her time in the Ellesmere 10k, and Tanya who took 1m 20s off her Ellesmere time! Well done ladies!

The full Helsby results are:

Gun time  Chip time  
Chris Fitzpatrick  00:37:04  00:36:59 7
Adam Gordon  00:37:44  00:37:43 12
Neil Finegan  00:38:05  00:38:00 15
Joanne Lacking  00:42:33  00:42:24 3
Jim Jones  00:42:52  00:42:47 9
Jane Ashbrook  00:44:58  00:44:49 4
Gary O’Connor  00:45:12  00:45:07 15
Geoff Collins  00:47:26  00:47:21 6
Geoff Shaw  00:48:14  00:48:07 12
Jo Farwell  00:54:01  00:53:49 10
Tanya Downes  00:54:25  00:54:13 12
Jen O’Hare  00:55:20  00:55:07 14
Graham Lloyd  00:55:36  00:55:19  

Ed – Nice work Fitzy, the first of the post heavy night performances!

Warrington Half & 10K
The Warrington half (or the English Half Marathon as they like to call it) received headlines last year primarily due to the incredible extras Gareth Boyd was treated to by paying extra for the VIP treatment (might be worth speak to him before signing up :)) however this year the headlines are for all the right reasons. Thanks to Jane Bishop and Neil Hughes for on the ground details.

cc15cdc7-e40f-4c8e-86b6-c8738bcb18d5In brief: Great conditions for it, cool and fresh with the sunshine breaking through, plenty of spectators lining the route, a new course this year starting near to and finishing at the Golden gates…Certainly one to consider for next year. All you need to know really! Well, ok if you want a little more then how about new member and long suffering wife of Chris, Gill Fitzpatrick, smashing out a new PB; comfortably dipping under the hour in 57:34; fantastic running Gill!

01bef563-620f-4269-85c8-93693637487bStill not enough? Well Helsby’s own lightening bolt Colin Bishop came in 2nd overall and 1st in age category with a time 35.02 – with so many fantastic performances it’s easy to take such results for granted and miss just how much Colin puts into his running so it’s nice to see the rewards being reaped by the fastest M50 in the country!

PBs weren’t just restricted to the half, Neil Hughes stormed around to pick up a new PB of 1:48:36. Huge congratulations.

Pos. Name Gun Time Chip Time Chip Pos. Gender Pos. Cat. Cat. Pos.
207 Carl Pratt 01:34:26 01:34:23 212 195 HM-M 114
690 Neil Hughes 01:49:10 01:48:36 711 591 HM-M 295
697 Stephen Roach 01:49:15 01:49:07 738 597 HM-M 300
784 Michael Williams 01:51:30 01:48:58 728 662 HM-M 331

 

Pos. Name Gun Time Chip Time Chip Pos. Gender Pos. Cat. Cat. Pos.
2 Colin Bishop 00:35:02 00:35:02 2 2 10k-M50 1
30 Ian Hamling 00:43:12 00:42:58 30 29 10k-M 18
210 Gill Fitzpatrick 00:57:34 00:54:56 203 61 10k-F 35

The Roy Gaskill 10K
Not sure what race it was, but here is the race report from Roy that he posted on Facebook. Please read the instructions at the start of the post Roy so next time there is no chance of us missing your results.

‘I finished 113 in a time of 46.40 grand 10k at aintree racecourse’

Well done Roy, great to see you back racing again.

Fell Running 

King John’s Castle
Details for this fell race are a little vague as it would appear the organisers haven’t mastered the internet… or even know it exists as there was no amount of googling that could return me the results or even any details other than other clubs like ours mentioning it as a good one for an entry into fell running. This means that unfortunately I don’t have the results yet, but we’ll ensure that once we get them we’ll get them put up on the blog for the long term record.

This race was the last of the new to fell mini series which has proved very popular within the club – certainly something to continue next year in one form or another. It’s resulted in plenty of wide eyed looks and stories of trauma, but above all dramatic scenery, smiles, exhilaration, soup, cakes and post race libations! … plus more than one additional member of the #Fellsby subsection.

Over to Laura for her race report, which is also a little vague, but the reasons for this will become apparent 🙂

More than 10 green vests turned up for King John’s castle fell race on a fabulous sunny Sunday. The field was pretty small with teams from Helsby, Denby and Buckley battling it out. The 5 mile course ended up nearer 6 as most of us went a bit wrong but there were no tears and we were all still smiling at the end! Well done to Emma Barns who completed her first fell race. A great one to try next year if you want to join team #Fellsby.

Adam Gordon managed the second of two gaffs for the week by throwing away first place due to a wrong turn, allowing Jim Jones to take the spoils for Helsby. I’m so sorry that there are no results out so I can’t tell you who came in first that was competing in the New to fells mini series from the gents. On the Ladies side, Laura Baynham-Hughes was first lady back for Helsby and first for the new to Fells mini series on the day. Laura’s performance marked the second piece of annecdotal evidence that the route to a great performance is in the prepartion the night before (Seen dancing in Rosies at 2am on the morning of the race meant Laura arrived with just minutes to spare after being convinced that the best hangover cure was a fell race). Fantastic performances all round by the sounds of things.

Cross Country

No races, but remember the season is coming up soon so get your spikes ready!

Park Run

Delamere and Widnes saw green shirts in action. here’s the link for details:

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

Please see the race calendars:
https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/2015_09_20_helsby_rc_calendar.pdf

Helsby weekly round-up 31st August – 4th September 2015

Hello everyone

A very busy week of racing for the green army so lots to report! Thank you for all the race reports, if there are any more then please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I can always update the blog at a later date.

Firstly some reminders of races and events coming up soon:

  • Don’t forget it’s multi-terrain race #2 tonight. Ladies are doing well in 3rd place,  men 17th, 5 men and 3 ladies to count. A great set of 5-6 mile fairly local races at £1 each so a bargain! 7pm start at Royden Park http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mterrain.htm
  • Mini Fell Counter – Saturday 19th September –  11am – St Johns Castle –  A 4.6 mile race starting in Lanarmon yn Ial with 865ft of climbing. A good introduction to fell running out near the Clwydian Hills with a lovely village pub at the end! Entries on the day and only a few pounds!
  • Road Counter – Sunday 20th September – 11am Sutton 6 – A local 10K race just up the road at Guilden Sutton. A pleasant flat course along mainly quite country lane. Entries online or by post and on day subject to 400 limit.   http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/roadracing/sutton6/
  • A link to Tim Palmers comprehensive race calendar can be found here https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2015-event-listing/
  • Xmas party – Friday 4th Decemeber. More details to follow from Fitzy but get it down in your diaries asap (or he will be very disappointed!)

parkrun

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Our weekly parkrun stats are below. Some good performances this week with a podium position for Janet and a new PB for Rachael! Well done all.

Delamere

45th      Janet ROBERTSON  00:23:47 (2nd lady)
47th      Geoff COLLINS         00:23:52
66th     Carol SHAW               00:24:50

Widnes

63rd     Rachael HOLDEN     00:26:25 (new PB!)

Multi-Terrain

The first of the muti-terrain races saw 12 helsby runners toeing the line in Thurstaston. A beautiful evening and perfect race conditions saw some excellent running from the Green Army. Congratulations to Max Wainwright who was first home for Helsby in 15th place overall and Jo Lacking who was first home for the ladies. The ladies are currently 3rd in the league and men are 17th. Nice to see some new faces on the night too, well done everyone.

Helsby results here:

15th      Max Wainwright      29:46
79th      Jim Jones                  33:47
84th     Jim Higgins               34:04
120th    Jamie Dowdall         35:14
174th    Geoff Collins             39:10
194th    Paul Foster                41:02

9th        Jo Lacking                 36:10
13th      Vanessa Griffiths      36:32
27th      Louise McEvely        38:14
91st       Donna Geer               47:51
92nd     Pam Hankinson        47:53
98th     Janet Shaw                 48:21

Full results can be found here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mt/2015/mtrace1_15.pdf

Road

Halewood 5k

Ian Hamling was our sole Helsby representative at the HW5k this month and ran a stormer to break the 20 minute barrier for the first time. Well done! Ian is one of our newer members and has been training hard at the track each week which is starting to pay dividends in his race times. Quality training really does work so if you would like to get some speed into your training then join us at 6.30pm each Monday at Helsby High School.

Full results for the race can be found here https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/

Trail

Brenig Trail

Ben Williams has kindly sent in a race report for the Brenig Trail race on Saturday. Over to you Ben…

Dave Wiggins and I took on the Brenig Trail race on Saturday – nine miles around Llyn Brenig reservoir on the Denbigh Moors.  The scenic course was mainly on stony or paved tracks, with a stretch of wet muddy footpath at the top end of the lake. Road shoes were the order of the day, and many people were cursing their way through the muddy stretch. The course was ‘undulating’ rather than hilly, but there was very little of it on the level apart from the heartbreaking last half mile along the dam where the finish never seemed to get any closer. The weather was fantastic, almost too hot at one point and I was grateful for a bit of shade when the trail disappeared into the forest.

The race was nice and low-key, very well organised by Denbigh Harriers and marshalled by local cadets. The turnout was boosted by Wilmslow, who I assume were using it as a club counter and who made up almost a third of the field. It deserves support and it would be good to see a few more of the Green Army there next year.

Special mention goes to Steve Wiggins who dropped (well, hobbled) in to support on his way back from the ROF, and bought the coffees as well.

Results at http://www.denbighharriers.com/downloads/Brenig_Results_2015.pdf

Montaine Trail 10k/HM (Delamere)

Sunday saw the Montaine Trail event which has proved popular with Helsby runners in the past (anything hilly and muddy seems to be a magnet for the green vest!) A tough course with a run up Old Pale is certainly not for the faint hearted but that didn’t deter the 4 runners from the Helsby contingent. Two reports have been sent in for this, thanks guys. First up is Darren:

Not really a big fan of the trails but thought I’d give this a go being so close to home. Tough route – very hilly and muddy in parts. Shoe came off going through a particularly boggy patch and going up old pale at the end was a killer! I would have said definitely not a pb course but Chris somehow managed to get one!

Well organised and enjoyable race. Really good training run for me but I’ll stick to the roads I think…..

And over to Neil Finegan for the next report…

In its second year of running, The Montane trail 26 events at Delamere on Sunday had a choice of 2 routes looping through the central part of the forest and familiar to those who have run the parkrun there.  A 10k and a half marathon choice,  both run on trails finishing together with a  final slog up the old pale – a 200 ft steep climb to take in the views before the downhill to the finish. 

The half route which I completed was a mixture of the main paths around the forest,  combined with some real “off road”  trails.  The amount of rain last week made this a tricky and mucky experience but thankfully the knee deep puddle towards the end cleaned my legs at least.   It was a tough route – only a 750ft climb in the course but the twists and turns made it difficult with the bad conditions under foot.  Every time you started to get a  rhythm and a bit of speed going you were diverted off again through the trees,  dodging the swamps,  tree roots and dog walkers. It was a beautiful September morning and the scenery made the race pass very quickly – but the popularity of the forest on a nice day with non runners added to the difficulty.  

It was a well organised event,  the kids trail event at the start (complete with off road Hill climbs) was particularly good.  A few more stewards and markers would have been appreciated in places but the race kept a nice small scale community atmosphere with 200 runners in the half and 148 in the 10k.  The winner of the half set a new course record of just under 1h 18m.  For Helsby Chris Murray knocked 5 minutes off his previous half marathon PB which is brilliant on a tough course like this.

There was 1 Helsby runner in the 10k and 3 in the half all finishing very well.

Helsby results below:

10k 

31st       Stephen Roach          00:51:55

Half Marathon

11th       Neil Finegan              01:29:28
24th       Darren O’Connor       01:36:02
32nd     Christopher Murray   01:40:13

Full results here http://www.trail26.com/events-results.html

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Fell

Cilcain

Tim Palmer has kindly sent in the following report for Cilcain, thanks Tim.

The Cilcain Mountain Race saw a good Helsby turn-out – well a good turnout from the Men Vet 50s with Jim Jones, Phil Gillard, Ian Landucci and me. Chris Hatton and Andy Robinson were there representing the more mature members and Ben Fletcher representing others. The race itself is up to top of Moel Famau and back via a slightly different route.

There is some excellent drone footage of the race – see: https://youtube/MEPXLN4ibDo – the drone did lead to some confusion with the Green Army; initial suggestions suggest the drone was…a swarm of bees, flies round the runners, a strimmer…

Unfortunately the results on the WFRA website have an Excel bug in them. From those and the info on the WFRA North Wales series, the following can be de-ciphered….

Helsby results:

31st         FLETCHER, BEN      39:45
45th        JONES, JIM               41:40
53th        GILLARD, PHIL        42:57
54th        PALMER, TIM           42:58
61st        LANDUCCI, IAN        43:55
75th        ROBINSON, ANDY   44:50 or 44:48
115th       HATTON,CHRIS       52:15

Shelf Moor

No reports for our 11th fell counter but I have found the results. Well done to Jimmy O’Hara on another strong run to take maximum points and Laura Baynham Hughes who was first lady home. Well done to everyone else who participated.

Helsby results below:

14th      Jim O’Hara                            00:50:34
38th      Ben Fletcher                         00:58:41
40th     Jim Jones                               00:59:17
54th      Paul Gilliard                          01:00:48
56th      Steve Riley                             01:01:26
71st       Laura Baynham-Hughes    01:06:29
83rd     Rachel Arnold                       01:10:38
85th      Paul Foster                            01:12:48
88th     Chris Hatton                          01:15:03
92nd     Jackie Keasley                       01:18:18

Full results here https://glossopdaleharriers.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/shelfmoor2015results1.pdf

And some photos can found here http://www.overyonderphotography.com/2015/09/06/shelf-moor-fell-race-2015-photos/

Ring O’ Fire

ring-o-fire-routeFinally a massive shout out to Gareth Boyd who completed the epic Ring O’ Fire race over the weekend. Ring O’ Fire is a 135 mile coastal ultra marathon circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey over 3 days and is one of the toughest trail races in the UK. Well done from all at Helsby RC! Also commiserations to Ste Wiggins who had to pull out of the race due to injury, I’m sure he will be back to fight another day. We will be pestering Gareth and Ste for a full report when they have both recovered but in the meantime all results can be found here http://www.ringofire.co.uk/.

 

That’s all this week, please let me know if I have missed any races or if you have any more reports please send them over and I can update the blog.

Keep on running!

Cheers
Colin

 

Helsby weekly round-up 24th – 30th August 2015

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. A busy week of racing with a mixed bag of races but lets get started with some reminders first.

  • Don’t forget it’s the Wirral Multi-terrain race series this month with the first one tonight (1st Sept). A great little race series which are not too challenging (generally 5 miles) and a good warm up gig for the cross country season ahead. We need 5 men + 3 ladies to make a full team and at £1 per race they are a bit of a bargain! All details can be found here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mterrain.htm.
  • Tim Palmer has kindly put together a comprehensive race calendar which can be found in the pane at the side of the blog under “2015 event listing / race calendar” or by clicking this link https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2015-event-listing/. It’s an excellent resource of information and has all the clubs counters plus other races listed.

Road

FB_IMG_1441100876226We had our 10th road counter of the season at the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday (how time flies!) with a somewhat low attendance from the Green Army, which was great news for those looking to grab some club championship points! Excellent running from Chris Murray who bagged himself a new 10k PB (after eventually finding the correct Ellesmere!) and the ever resilient Bish getting a top ten finish and age category win. Well done to all who took part.

Chris has sent in a brilliant report for this race which can be seen below:

“Initially I thought this race was in Ellesmere Port not knowing there was an actual place called Ellesmere so leaving what I thought was loads of time I only managed to arrive a few minutes before the start as people were already lining up to race. The weather was great and not overly warm which was a nice change from the humidity of the previous days. The course itself was relatively flat and started from Ellesmere school meandering along country lanes and scenic tow paths with the finish back the school. A nice coffee and a cake at the finish sealed a great race and a great day.

There were some impressive results with Colin Bishop finishing in a great time of 35.10 and coming 1st in his age category – well done Colin! Everybody else’s results were equally as impressive. All in all it was a great day and a great race, I know I’ll be back next year chasing down a new PB.”

Helsby results below:

10th  Colin Bishop  35.10
103rd  Jim Jones  42.45
140th  Chris Murray  45.03 (10k PB)
219th  Geoff Collins  48.07
402nd  Tanya Downes  55.33
 408th  Donna Geer  55.55
434th  Jo Farwell  57.13

Full results here http://galeforce-events.s3.amazonaws.com/Results/Ellesmere10k2015.html

SA Llego 7

Geoff Collins also ran a 10k on 22nd August at the end of his holiday in Mallorca! He has sent in this excellent report, thanks Geoff and well done.

“SA Llego 7 Malpas-Bonaire, Mallorca – 22 August .

1What better way to spend a Saturday evening at the end of a holiday in Mallorca – a 10k race! So my green vest had another outing – this time in Bonaire (pronounced Bon-eye-ray). It’s a very attractive quiet coastal resort in the hilly North East of Mallorca not far from the old town of Alcudia.

Bonaire sits below an imposing hill called Talaia d’ Alcudia. A hill well worth climbing for the stunning views towards mainland Spain. The 462 runners, just a hand full of English but mainly Spanish set off at 7pm, even at that time it was still really hot, over 30 degrees C! The route takes you out on the (closed) main road 2climbing uphill towards Alcudia before heading down into the town along the shady back lanes. Then you head towards Marina Manresa round the very pretty bay along the seafront path, off road and up over the headland more uphill and finally downhill to Bonaire. I managed to overtake Miguel a runner and local celebrity – judging by the excitement of the spectators. I ran with Miguel earlier in the holiday – more about that later.

3I finished in just over 46m, a lovely scenic run not technically difficult, but very challenging in the heat! Entry cost was just 11 euro’s, for that I got a plum coloured tech t-shirt, chip timing, with plenty to eat and drink afterwards! But no toilets not even one portaloo! Oh well a scramble down the rocks for the customary pre-race wee was unavoidable but the view was spectacular!

Miguel is one of the leaders of an organisation called Runny knows – the way in Mallorca. They organise guided running for tourists in the Pollencia Alucudia area. Organised by Johanna MacDonald a very friendly enthusiastic English runner resident on the island. Fortunately runs start early in the morning when it’s not so hot. I and a group of like-minded runners from all over the UK got together for a couple of very enjoyable runs, this year starting and finishing on the beach. An incentive being to get your clothes off at the end and into the sea! We even shared a bottle of sparkling wine on the beach; it really doesn’t get much better than that!

5Mallorca has lots to offer the runner, the North East has some fantastic hills; most of the longer races on the island take place between October and April when the weather is a lot cooler. In fact it could make a good club weekend running trip. If anyone is interested I would be more than happy to organise something.”

Fell

Harrock Hill

Jim Jones, Jamie Dowdall (2nd claim member) and Paul Foster did the 4th Harrock Hill Fell Race on Wednesday night and finished 80th, 86th and 134th respectively in a field of 202 finishers. Full results below:
http://www.ukresults.net/2015/harrock4.html

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

Chris Baynham Hughes was at the ultra long stuff again on Sunday, this time running the UTMB which is an ultra mountain race in Chamonix (close to the French Swiss border) and is over 105 miles (yes 1-0-5, that’s not a typo!) Massive kudos to Chris for even attempting such an epic race distance in tough sweltering conditions. Over to CBH for his take on the race:

So UTMB turned into my second ever DNF.  I loved it though, what a race! The course is amazing, although very groomed trails compared to the UK, that’s not such a bad thing for 105 miles. In the end though, I couldn’t control my body temp. My guess would be it was in the thirties even at 2500m and with no shade for almost the entire race it meant I got too hot, spent 45 mins trying to reduce it and must have looked bad judging by the degree of attention I was getting by the aid station team. I carried on and the heat increased further still (~35deg) stopped sweating, chundered, spent over an hour trying to reduce it and to up my blood sugar from “not critical, but borderline”. Flipped to shivering. Made the decision to continue, but then changed mind as I filled bottles and realised I had no interest in the food and wouldn’t going forward. It had taken 25 mins to decided to go on. Would have been 12 hour walk and a pyrrhic victory for me. I could easily have had a full night of sleep and started again the next morning, but that’s not why I was there.

Delayed Aftermath for me included a disturbed night of violent projectile vomiting and sleeping on the pavement of an airre like a tramp just outside of Dijon. Don’t regret any of it though, I loved every minute of the race, ran it as I wanted too, was blown away by the beauty of the trail and the pageant of ultrarunning. Amazing.

parkrun

Please find the results below for the Saturday parkruns. Well done to all who took part.

Delamere parkrun

59th David FEAKES 00:23:51
65th Geoff COLLINS 00:24:11
90th Lesley FEAKES 00:25:18
125th Tim PALMER 00:26:38
149th Jenny PALMER 00:29:00
284th Claire MORTON 00:41:34
283rd Paul BULMER 00:41:34
285th Louise MCEVELEY 00:41:35
286th Stephen WIGGINS 00:41:35

Widnes parkrun

45th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:48
76th Rachael HOLDEN 00:27:11

Social

Finally our resident party planner Chris Fitzpatrick has asked me to remind everyone about the forthcoming knees up on Friday. The plan is to catch the 6.30pm or 7.30pm train to Chester for a 7-8pm meet in the Old Harkers Arms just off City Road. It promises to be a brilliant night! All are welcome to join in the shenanigans.

That’s all this week. Many thanks to those who sent in race reports this week and remember any future reports can be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com – they help massively in compiling the round-up for the week and are very much appreciated.

Keep on running!

Cheers
Colin