A very busy week of racing for the Green Army and lots to report. Thank you to everyone who has contributed with race reports and results, it is much appreciated. Remember all reports can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the news there are just a few reminders about some races and events on the horizon.
- Druid fell race today (Wed). Lovely and friendly fell race, hilly but not technical – 5m and 1200′. Starts Druid inn on the Mold-Ruthin road after loggerheads. 7:30 start. So club meet 6:15 anyone that wants to lift share.
- A reminder that our club presentation evening is this Friday 17th July. The plan is to start with a BBQ (fingers crossed for the weather), followed by the presentations, then end the evening dancing to the fabulous Chris Igoe disco with sounds of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s …… to the present day! The proceedings will start 7.30 ish (families are very welcome). The club will provide meat and veggie options but donations of salads/puddings are welcome please. Please can you let Lesley know if you will be attending and whether you can provide pudding/salad by Wed 15th July. email@example.com
- Sunday 19th July 1pm Kentmere Horseshoe (fell club counter).
Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon
A missed report from last week, apologies Ed. Please find his fantastic report for the SLMM below:
“After having put my name down for the SLMM a couple of times in the past, only to later pull out through injury both times, 2015 was the year I actually made it to the start line. My son James is now a keen runner and so we went for the Bedafell class, which is for 14-18 year olds plus their parents. There was a bit of added spice as one of our friends and his daughter were also running, and he’s got a few MMs under his belt.
After travelling there in the morning, our Saturday run started at 9:17, four minutes behind our friends. With me being a Scout leader and James an Explorer Scout, we managed to overturn that four minute deficit by the time we’d finished map plotting at the start, so we headed off up the hill together and found the first control without too many problems. Shortly after that however we hit the clag, and I had a poor couple of controls navigation-wise as I can’t really judge distance up in the hills. Our friends were long gone by then, but the rest of the day went broadly better, apart from struggling to find the second-last control as I’d marked the obvious re-entrant on my map when it turned out to be another one. After wondering around in the mist for a while it was good to get a decent amount of running in.
James led the charge down the hill to the overnight camp, as his young knees are much better than my crocked ones. Of course our friends had their tent up and were relaxing by the time we made it down, having lost 32 minutes 26 seconds overall. Still, we were still doing OK overall in the top third, so were pretty pleased with our first attempt.
We were blessed with a lovely afternoon and evening at camp, with most people wandering round in bare feet. I’m sure in some Mountain Marathons the camp is hard work, but we chose the Saunders in the hope of good weather and got lucky, which makes the camp pretty pleasant (especially with being able to pre-order beer!).
Packing for a MM is clearly a balance between comfort and weight, and suffice to say we had plenty to eat and a good night’s sleep with the option we chose. Our friends started day 2 about 15 minutes before us as they were worried about the weather closing in. Day 2 is a bit of a procession at the start, as a lot of people are going the same way and starting close together, but after a while the route choices kick in and the field is more spread out. The main climb came fairly early in day 2 with the sun beating down on us, which made navigation for me a lot easier, as I was able to take lots of bearings and pick points on the horizon to aim out. James was also running well so it felt like we were having a very good day. Even contouring round the main hill through boggy ground felt good as we were running (and in the right direction!).
After one more big climb it was time for the big run downhill to the finish, about 2.5 miles with a couple of controls on the way. Again James led the way with me grimacing behind, and nearly falling just before hitting the finish field. It was all smiles from us at the finish as we felt we’d had a great day on the hills and make a good fist of day 2. Loads of decent food, included in the entry fee, was waiting at the finish.
We couldn’t see our friends at this stage, so presumed they were waiting by the car, but after 20 minutes we saw them arrive. Precise calculations weren’t possible with tired brains, but it looked like there might be less than a minute between us overall. Soon the latest version of the results went up, and we’d beat them on day 2 by 32:51, so after a total time of seven and a half hours we’d managed to beat them by 25 seconds! If you’ve thought about a MM in the past like I have, then just go for it. James and I managed about half a dozen runs of up to an hour and a half before the event, you don’t need to be a full-on ultra runner to do it, and the memories will last a long time. Hopefully the sunburn will fade though!”
Fantastic running Ed, well done to you and James.
Our fell running stalwart Jim Jones has been in action again and has sent in two reports this week. Thanks Jim. First up is his Shepherds Stirton Fell Race report for Wednesday 8th July:
“On Wednesday night I did the Rob Shepherd’s Stirton Fell Race. Brilliantly hosted by Keighley & Craven AC, this local race of 5.5 miles and 1200ft of climb was just what I love a bout fell racing. Turned up at a grid reference and exchanged £3 for a number. Ran a great route and chatted with likeminded people while having the complimentary beer and chocolate bar at the end. I finished 31 out of 96.”
Full results here http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2913
And not one to shy away from two fell races in two days he was at it again on Thursday. Over to you again Jim…
“On Thursday night I did the Bull Hill Fell Race. Another popular midweek race which must have been a local club counter as there was over 200 doing this race. The big turn out probably did me a favour in slowing the pace down by creating a few bottlenecks as I’d raced the night before and had a marathon coming up at the weekend. The route was more technically challenging than I’d anticipated for a BS category. Conditions were pretty good but I still saw 3 runners take a tumble around me – fortunately hurting nothing more than their pride as far as I know. Not seen the results yet but I’d be surprised if I even got in the first 100 on this one. A great job done by Radcliffe AC hosting this event.”
Thursday night 9th July was the Dearnford Lake Relay event with a huge turnout from the Helsby contingent. Each team consisted of 3 legs each of 2 miles as a relay. There were 36 out in the green vest and some fantastic performances too. There were over 110 teams out in total so it shows how well Helsby did on the night. Lots of stats to work through at the link below for the full results. Teams and placings are shown below with an individuals time next to their name. Helsby ladies had three of the top ten fastest lap times on the night with Jenny Illidge (fresh from her GB rowing excursion), June Swift and Alison Halsall all having an excellent run. The ladies also secured 2nd and 3rd team on the night! Colin Bishop was in the top ten for male lap times. Well done to everyone on the night and a fantastic event to highlight the current strength of Helsby RC.
Thank you to Carol for sorting the ladies teams and thanks to our support team on the night Joe and Mario. Also a big thank you to Jane Bishop for providing the flapjacks and cookies at the finish. It was great to see a lot of new faces too, I hope you all enjoyed it!
4th Helsby Mens Team 1 33:09
…Colin Bishop (M) 10:50
…Chris Fitzpatrick (M) 11:06
…Colin Thompson (M) 11:13
11th Helsby Mens Team 2 37:51
…Ivan Davies (M) 12:06
…Dave Madders (M) 13:35
…Jim Higgins (M) 12:10
12th Helsby Mens Team 3 38:11
…Darren O’Connor (M) 12:27
…Neil Hughes (M) 12:53
…Tim Igoe (M) 12:51
15th Helsby Mens Team 5 40:05
…Ian Rutherford (M) 12:28
…Roy Gaskill (M) 14:27
…Ian Hamling (M) 13:10
17th Helsby Mens Team 4 43:41
…Chris Igoe (M) 15:43
…John Whitehead (M) 13:43
…Ste Wiggins (M) 14:15
2nd Helsby Ladies Team 1 37:55
…Jane Ashbrook (F) 13:12
…June Swift (F) 12:12
…Jenny Illidge (F) 12:31
3rd Helsby Ladies Team 2 41:17
…Joanne Lacking (F) 3 5 13:28
…Vanessa Griffiths (F) 4 3 14:47
…Alison Halsall (F) 3 6 13:02
8th Helsby Ladies Team 3 48:22
…Suzanne Fletcher (F) 15:13
…Nicola Cash (F) 17:00
…Gill Fitzparick (F) 16:09
9th Helsby Ladies Team 6 48:31
…Debbie Read (F) 14:18
…Alison Butler (F) 18:06
…Tanya Downes (F) 16:07
11th Helsby Ladies Team 7 49:07
…Lesley Feakes (F) 15:44
…Jenny O’Hare (F) 16:48
…Rhea Thomas (F) 16:35
16th Helsby Ladies Team 4 50:12
…Helen Owens (F) 14:55
…Rebecca Gibson (F) 17:51
…Emma Barnes (F) 17:26
17th Helsby Ladies Team 5 50:35
…Carol Shaw (F) 14:51
…Laura Broughton (F) 18:32
…Shan McCarthy (F) 17:12
Full results can be found at this link http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/Relay.aspx
Chirk Half Marathon
Sunday saw our 6th race in the road championships and 13 Helsby vests ventured to Chirk to do battle and fight it out for those valuable club points. Thank you to Jackie for sending a report and well done to everyone who participated in the event, some very impressive times in what looked like a tough and undulating course. It’s great to see some new names in the results too.
“Sunday morning saw a Green Army contingent line up for attack at the top of a steep hill outside the portcullis castle entrance; a great vantage point with with clear sunny views east to our home territory of the Sandstone edge. The inaugural Chirk Castle Half organised by RunWales was a gem; the road equivalent of the Wobbler, with plenty of unrelenting hills. A great course through the picturesque grounds of Chirk Castle, shady lanes, sheep dodging, some off road, before the big descent down into Chirk village itself. Past the parish church with the bells ringing out and cheers from Joe and Mario before entering another picturesque private estate of Brinkinalt. Back through the village and more encouragement from our cheer leader twins before the long hot haul back up the hill and into the castle grounds. Still not quite half marathon distance yet, so an extra up then down before the grand finale. Through the main lower gates and up the 1 km main drive with an 80 m steadily rising climb thrown in. Plenty of green army encouragement from the Helsby brigade plus the commentator, who by this time had taken our side. Then the final crawl over the finish in front of the castle gates. Only 309 finishers but a great race which hopefully will be on again next year and well worth supporting.
Helsby men were defeated narrowly with the men’s team prize going to local boys Wrexham AC. Vannessa got the V50 ladies prize and Jane, Vanessa and Jackie the ladies’ team prize. Victory medals were awarded to all foot soldiers.
A special mention to Steve who did the weekend double, running Pen-Y-Fan the previous day and a big welcome and well done to Michael and Gillian for their first outing wearing their Helsby uniform!
10th Chris Fitzpatrick 01:28:06
14th Neil Finegan 01:29:17 (2nd in age cat)
16th Adam Gordon 01:31:59
32nd Ian Rutherford 01:38:41
53rd Jane Ashbrook 01:44:08
72nd Vanessa Griffiths 01:47:53 (1st in age cat)
75th Christopher Murray 01:48:04
86th Ben Williams 01:50:23
122nd Michael Williams 01:55:48
165th Jackie Keasley 02:03:44 (3rd in age cat)
185th Carol Shaw 02:07:06
207th Stephen Wiggins 02:10:32
228th Gillian Fitzpatrick 02:13:52
Lions Bridge Marathon
It’s great to see Gareth Boyd back doing what he does best and running marathons again after being out of action for a while following an operation. Please see his report from the Lions Bridge Marathon below:
Yesterday, Jim and Gareth headed off to Astley to take part in the Lions Bridge Marathon. The course was most off road (with only a little road to cover) and involved a 6 lap un-inspiring course – no offence Astley, but your never win Travel/Trip Advisor awards!
Jim sped off at the start – Gareth never saw him again, until the finish! 45 runners completed the event – and with these low key events – the banter was great. Full results link below:
18th Jim 4:09:23
23rd Gareth 4.13.25
Jim (slightly disappointed with his time) is now off to seek out his next challenge. Gareth meanwhile will be doing John Wayne impressions for a few weeks – lesson to all ‘its not big and clever not to train properly for a marathon.
Tour of Merseyside
Carl Pratt has written an excellent blog about his adventures at the “Tour of Merseyside” organised by BTR. For those who haven’t heard of this event it’s a 52-mile challenge which covers six races over seven days ranging from 5 mile trail races to half marathon distance. A very popular event and I believe next years event has already sold out! Please find a link to Carls blog here http://carlpratt.wix.com/tom2015
We Love Manchester 10k
Both Roy Gaskill and James Bessant ran the “We Love Manchester 10k” on Sunday. Please find a short report from Roy and link to the results below:
“Myself and Jay Bessant went to Manchester today to do the We Love Manchester 10k (fourth one for me) as you know I’ve not run any road races since last year due to a breathing problem, as for Jay he has overcome an injury and as he’s new to this did pretty well.”
374th Roy Gaskill 47.23
716th James Bessant 51.46
Well done chaps.
And last (but not least) please find a link to the consolidated park run stats for Saturday. Some notable performances were Colin Bishop comfortably winning at Widnes and a new PB for Ian Hamling. Well done gents. http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721
That’s all this week, please get in touch if I have missed anything.
Happy running all!