Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 23rd to 29th December 2019

Happy new year everyone!

Not much in the inbox last week, I assume you were all enjoying yourselves too much over Christmas! Remember if you do a race please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com, even just a few words or link to the results will be enough, generally if the bloggers weren’t at the race we won’t know about it!

Firstly a message from our Chair Phil:

I trust you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, I certainly did. My running was curtailed a bit by the fact that on Boxing Day, I pulled a stomach muscle celebrating Grimsby’s first goal in 6 matches against Macclesfield but ho hum.

Just a couple of things to mention; we are looking forward to another fantastic 4VHM, Laura’ team are well ahead with the preparations but still need more volunteers, so when these requests come out, please consider that the club’s success is based upon the hard work of the club pulling together.

In anticipation of a successful event and by way of celebration, Paul Frodsham has agreed to give a talk on the History and humour of the club after the club run on Wednesday 22nd January, it is bound to be great fun. Chip butties will be provided, so if you would like to attend please let Louise and Helen know via HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com

Cheers Phil

Northwest Sunday League XC – Arrowe Park

Please find the belated results from the cross country race at Arrowe Park on 15th December. Well done to Chris Murray who was first home for the Green Army and Rachel Arnold who was first over the line for the ladies.

53rd Chris Murray
85th Kevin Smith
164th Steve Riley
209th Chris Morgan

38th Rachel Arnold
56th Sue Buck
57th Debbie Read

parkrun

There were two parkruns last week, there was an extra one on Christmas Day which I can’t seem to find the link for unfortunately. Well done to everyone who took part in one, the consolidated results from the Saturday parkrun is below:

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

That’s all this week, good luck to everyone who is running at the Cheshire XC tomorrow!

See you soon

Cheers
Col T

Weekly update: 2nd Dec to 8th Dec

 

Just the one race report this week, Richard Hankin sent this in from the Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon

I’ve been running a half a month as part of my marathon training. There are few halfs in December but I found this one on the internet. Run by Outfit it has been going for 10 years and goes out from the village of LLandyrnog near Denbigh.

Steve Wiggo had also signed up having run it before. Culturally, its more like a fell race than a half with only 111 participants and numbers handed out on the day. Chip timing was done using the organisers mobile phone!

The course has around 600 foot of ascent: it is an odd course, constantly undulating with some fast runnable hill sections. Run on open roads these were at times very narrow and covered in mud and slime. But the area is beautiful and the event is friendly and at £22 pretty good for a road half.

They provide no cups, just water butts at a few locations. I found this useless and on a hot day it wouldn’t work at all. The ‘feed station’ at halfway was also a box of jelly babies in a hedge that I missed.

I didn’t see another runner from mile 2 to the finish and it felt a little like a time trial….but, I enjoyed it and will be back next year.

I came fifth in 1:31, Wiggo was 68th in 1:56.
Richard

parkrun
Full results from the various parkruns from this week are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

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

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

Message from the Chair.

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

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



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

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

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



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

Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 11/11/19 to Sunday 24/11/19

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to those of you who have sent something to the inbox this week. Sorry if you missed the blog last week but there wasn’t anything in the inbox. Please remember to send any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Reminder

Borders League Race 3 –  11am Sunday 1st December – Birkenhead Park

A reminder from Fitzy:

“Borders league race 3 next Sunday, Birkenhead Park is the venue, 11am start. Its 4 laps around the park, very flat and quick course. I’m hoping for another huge turnout like last time out, who’s in?

Postcode for the college is CH43 8SQ

 

Racing News

Marbury Night 5 – Wednesday 20th November 2019

Well done to the Helsby ladies who completed the Marbury 5 on Wednesday night – and thanks to Laura for the report:

“On Wednesday Carol, Vanessa and I headed to Marbury Park for the inaugural Marbury Night 5 event organised by Northwich Running Club. Head torches at the ready we headed off for a great 5 mile route around the park on tracks, muddy paths, over bridges and past lakes. The atmosphere was great and the route was well marked with loads of marshals which seemed to be having as much fun as we were! A tasty cup of hot soup at the end finished off a great event. Just over 150 runners took part and results can be found here http://marbury-night-race.com/?fbclid=IwAR1iy7GZF5p4kH9CJDq9l2TxceUtllx9PeTaOrNgRgQv21Hx8Inls9LIvV8

Thanks

Laura”

 

Liverpool and District X-Country – Sefton Park – Saturday 23rd November 2019

Over to Susie Woodwardmoor for a write up on the weekend’s x-country. Thanks Susie!

“Great atmosphere at the L & D  X Country event at Sefton Park on Saturday. Loads of events taking place one after the other, lots of stalls and loads of spectators. 
Four women ran in the Senior women’s race with Hannah Cowley putting in a great performance despite the numerous muddy slippy corners that the Sefton Park route contains. Sue Buck stormed into second place for Helsby ladies. Well done ! Great effort. Love this race. Need new spikes before the next X country, mine have split!
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The Senior men’s race saw 8 Helsby runners taking part in what looked like a competitive field. Three laps in challenging and deteriorating conditions looked tough but they glided over the mud. Great turnout! Fantastic job! 
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See you next year Seffie Park! “

Combe Crawler – Sunday 24th November 2019

I ran in the ‘Combe Crawler’ on Sunday. The race starts and finishes at Marlborough Park, the home ground of Ilfracombe FC, and is an eight and half mile race with some tough climbs and stunning views of the coast. With heavy rain the preceding days there was plenty of mud and water but no rain on race day. The route is mostly off road but there are a couple of tarmac stretches and some good runnable trails. With 1700ft of climb in 8.5 miles it’s not an easy race. The race has the strapline “Bringing you to your knees over 8.5 hilly miles” however its usually the social event afterwards that brings me to my knees – and I’m pleased to say this year was no different!
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Parkrun

Our club consolidated results for Saturday 23/11/2019
Our club consolidated results for Saturday 16/11/2019
That’s it for this week,
Cheers,
Jim

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 28th Oct to 3rd Nov 2019

Hi everyone

Not much in the inbox this week, just the one report and the 10k TT results. I’m sure more people have been out and about racing, if you did a race and would like to let us know about it please send a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. Just a few words or a link to the results would be great, generally if the bloggers weren’t at the race we won’t know about it!

Before we get to the racing news Fitzy has sent over a rallying call for the Borders League on Sunday…

Borders league race 2 this Sunday in Deeside, it’s a 9.30am start so hopefully with it being local and early we can get a good turnout. Post code is CH5 4BR

Who’s playing out?
Fitzy

10k Time Trial

Please find last Wednesdays 10k TT results below. A fantastic run by one of our new members Mike Fryer saw him take the chequered flag and dip under 40 minutes, great stuff mate, there’s more to come for sure! Lauren Cooke was our first (and only) lady with a superb run in 1.07.58 Well done Lauren, and well done to everyone who took part, it’s great to see members turning out each month and supporting the event.

Big thanks to our volunteers who were Jake Holmes (timing), Richard Hankins (marshall) and Ben Tumilty (tail runner). We’re having a break over Christmas so our next event will take place on 29th January, hopefully see you all there!

Results:

  1. Mike Fryer 39.04
  2. Daz O’Connor 41.07
  3. Chris Lloyd 42.33
  4. Ian Llanducci 46.03
  5. Ben Williams 48.53
  6. Lauren Cooke 1.07.58 (1st lady)

Snowdonia Marathon

Rebecca Tate has sent in a brilliant report for the Snowdonia Marathon last month, well done Rebecca!

“Saturday 26th October dawned grey, cold and raining, ready for almost 3000 of us to run on the roads around Mount Snowdon. I kept warm in a cafe for 2 hours before the start, which involved drinking a lot of tea and coffee as etiquette requires, but then spent the following 4 hours wishing there weren’t quite so many waterfalls and streams around reminding me of how badly I needed the loo (of which there were none!). 

By the time we started the rain had almost eased off, and it soon became dry once we were going, turning into perfect cool running weather in the end. 

There is 3000 feet of elevation on this course, and Pen-Y-Pass was the first of the big hills, but strangely it wasn’t really noticeable [mantra “it’s not as steep as The Yeld” kept me going, though it must be said it was considerably longer!] and we were soon heading back downhill towards Beddgelert, which was packed with people cheering. There was plenty of support around the route, very regular drinks stops, and having found a new friend to run with, we chatted away and the miles passed quickly. I realised that – far from needing to panic about the cut-off time at mile 18 (which I ended up within by one and a half hours) I was actually on for a time here! 

My “walk 20 / run 20” method up the final massive hill worked a treat, I overtook a lot of people – though I knew at the time it was here that would cause me a lot of pain the next day. And I was right! At the top of that hill was a Mad Hatters Tea Party – the oddest sight in the middle of nowhere, somewhere on the slopes of Snowdon – “cup of tea?” asked a big flouncy dress, and I didn’t mind if I did. However, just a quick slurp then onwards as I wanted a decent time. 

The next part was all trail – which was good because I don’t get on with road running or road shoes, and had done all of this in my trail shoes as a result. Those in road shoes were now sliding about all over the place – it had rained so much, the path was a stream flowing over the stones, with the grass on each side turned to bog. I kept upright, but the steepness of the descent was very very painful bearing in mind this was now mile 24 or 25. But all that melted away when we got into Llanberis and the streets were lined with people cheering us on, there was the finish for a decent paced final run up, and I felt quite emotional about it all. I got a time of 4 hours 39 minutes which is a PB for me, and was delighted. 

I would happily do this race again, as the atmosphere, organisation, frequency of drinks stations and the views were outstanding. It’s going to become a ballot entry system next year, so it may be more difficult to get in. Onwards now to London 2020 where I understand it’s not quite so undulating  ;-)”

Parkrun

Please find a link below to the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns, well done to everyone who took part in one. The standout performance was from Darren Sankey who had a stormer to win Phoenix parkrun in 18.34 and attaining a new PB in the process, anyone who has ever ran Phoenix will appreciate how quick that is as it’s a very hilly challenging course. Well done Darren!

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

That’s all folks, keep on running!

Cheers
Col T

Weekly Roundup from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th October

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

Remember, remember the 1st November…
 

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

Snowdon 100

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

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

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

Clwydian Hills Fell Race 

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

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

BYE

Weekly blog 14 Oct to 20th Oct

 

Just a couple of notices this week, the first from Jackie and the second from Fitzy.

Next Saturday 26th October, 10-2,  at Elton Community Centre there is a KWIC Pop-in. Keeping Well In the Community. 
If you can spare half an hour or please pop down and support me running a HRC stand to promote the benefits of running to Physical & Mental Health  for all.

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Thanks
Jackie

Christmas party time, what date is best for people, will go with the most popular? Usual night, Helter Skelter for 7.30pm then onto wherever the night takes us, normally wherever Karaoke is on.

Fri 29th Nov
Fri 6th Dec
Sat 7th Dec
Fri 13th Dec

Please email me with your choice if you are looking to attend. Sat 7th is the popular option at the minute

<fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks
Fitzy

parkrun

Full results for Helsby members can be found at the link below. This week’s highlight was a win for Darren Sankey at Knowsley parkrun

https://tinyurl.com/y2lncx2p

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 7/10/19 to Sunday 13/10/19

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to those of you who have sent something to the inbox. Please remember to send any contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Upcoming Events

A reminder that the next 4VHM meeting will be on Wednesday 23/10/19 at 8pm at the clubhouse.

This coming coming Sunday is the first race of the North West XC League at Beacon Park (snapshot below). But don’t forget that you can see all our local races on our race calendar:  https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

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Racing News

Borders League – Race 1: Caernarfon – Sunday, 13th October 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in a report on the 1st Borders League Fixture of the year:

Fitzy begged pleaded and eventually resorted to doughnuts to encourage the faithful down to Caernarfon. The furthest of the races in the Border League we always worry that we’ll struggle for numbers. Even Hannah Cowley joined in the pre-race encouragement via Facebook. On the day 18 Helsby men and 8 women turned out to endure the wonders of a British Autumn, despite numerous clashes, ill health etc.

It’s actually a really nice course. A couple of miles along the coast adjacent to the Menai Straits then inland and uphill for a couple of miles. There is a middle section along a relatively narrow open road with cars, vans and the odd lorry travelling in both directions. This section is a bit iffy as is the sharp and slippery left hand corner on a steep downhill at the end of it. At that point I thought I was about to start the descent and was more than a little disappointed to find another half a mile of uphill ahead of me. The finish is by the coast adjacent to the castle….a great location. That said with the driving rain it was easy to miss the views….especially if the rain had forced you to take your glasses off and you could no longer differentiate between the local PCSO and a runner for Chester Tri.

Hannah Cowley definitively demonstrated a return to form finishing a comfortable two minutes ahead of the second lady and achieving the course record. The rest of the ladies team ran admirably and they came third on the day. We’re looking forward to more success this year for the ladies…perhaps a team championship win is possible?

The men were led home by Mr Borders himself, Fitzy, in an impressive 35:52 followed by solid results for Nathan Woods and Kevin Smith. I knew the men’s team were in trouble when I came in 4th counter having proudly held P.11 for the team for the past four years. We did well for numbers and enthusiasm but the results show the speed wasn’t there across the men and we came last. But, we avoided any penalty points and we start the season in a challenging but recoverable position.

Overall, a great little event and I’d encourage anyone of any speed or level of experience to make these events. They’re free and friendly, real grassroots sport at a regional level.

Richard Hankins

Full results from Caernarfon are HERE

Palma Half Marathon – Sunday 13th October 2019

Thanks to Debbie Read for sending in a report from her race in Palma over the weekend:

Well I survived!
On what was an unseasonably hot Sunday I took part in the Palma half marathon.
A very well organised event, there was a choice of entering the 10k, half marathon or marathon, all starting in front of the iconic Palma Cathedral.
Having looked at the courses the 10k was a straight forward out and back along the seafront and marina.thumbnail_IMG_2219
The half marathon continued on into the historic part of the city and the marathon was 2 laps. I chose the half purely for the scenic old town.

Loving running on trails and woods, I was giving up the will to run after about 6k, what with the relentless tarmac/concrete but most of all the exposed sun and unforgiving heat.thumbnail_image1Despite taking full advantage of the sponges and water at every water station I was overheating and was truly regretting having entered, asking myself why I’d entered such a long road race. Heading back towards the cathedral and considering dropping out at the 10k mark I heard a “Green Army! Oh, it’s Debbie” shout from a runner heading their way out – it was ex Green Army member Tanya! Well that gave me the boost I needed.

At 12k we turned into the old town where the course zig zagged and meandered through a mixture of narrow cobbled alleys, wide boulevards and the ring road, however they were mostly in the shade and I got my mojo back and actually started to enjoy myself.
Although I’d trained for the race, given the conditions it was never going to be about the time, just to finish, which I’m pleased I did. 2:06

Palma is a lovely city and I’d recommend visiting it, just maybe not to run 13 miles on Tarmac, concrete and stone in a heatwave when you’re a forest trail lovin’ kind of gal.

Parkrun – Saturday 12th October 2019

Well done everyone who did a park run at the weekend. Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s all for this week. If anyone still has something to contribute from the weekend then please do still send it in and we will include it in the next round-up.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Weekly round-up 14th Sept to 20th Sept

 

Firstly some great news from 4 Villages Half Marathon race director, Laura Baynham-Hughes

Amazing news – the 4 Villages Half Marathon has been voted the best half marathon in the North! Thank you to everyone who helped get people voting – £1k prize and promo in Runners World is a great result! We open for entries on 1st October 2020 – online entry here https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/Four-Villages-Half-Marathon-2020.

This year we are also the qualifying race for the England Athletics Masters Team – more info here https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/england-competitions/england-teams-and-selection/england-age-group-masters/half-marathon-masters-team-opportunities/

We are having a 4VHM Team meeting on Wednesday 16th October @8pm at the club. If you would like to get involved in this year’s race please come along or drop me an email https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721if you are interested but can’t make the meeting (Laura@baynham-hughes.com). The more people that help the better – we want to make sure we live up to our ‘Best Half Marathon’ accolade.

Paul Cunnigham sent this report on from his amazing adventure on Offas Dyke

Offas Dyke is a large linear earthwork that roughly follows the current border between England and Wales. The structure is named after Offa the Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia from 757 until 796AD who is traditionally believed to have ordered its construction.

The Dyke is approx. 181miles in length and roughly 80 km of the dyke can still be seen today – enough History.

The morning had arrived – four trains and 5 hours later myself and Gaz O Connor arrived in Chepstow meeting up with Dave Jones and Trisha Clements at registration – well this was  after we had taken a wrong turn out of the station and walked approx. 1.2 miles in the opposite direction carrying four days’ worth of kit – Gaz even managing to lose his waterproof jacket all before registration.

A short coach trip took us from registration to  a rock situated at the top of a small hill signalling the starting point of the Offas Dyke.

You receive a small coin at this point to carry with you along the Dyke and at the finish you give back your coin – if you don’t finish you have to keep hold of the coin and return two years later and try again – I liked this concept but definitely didn’t want to hold onto the coin for a few years.

The race started Friday 8pm and the four of us decided to run together for the first few miles – Gaz had completed the race two years previously so I was in good hands and we started at a nice comfortable pace – before I knew it we had run 19 miles and into our first CP Monmouth  – the facilities were good Hot and Cold food and drinks at hand – I think here we just replenished our drink containers picked up some food and out the door within 15 mins.

Headed out towards Pandy and here entered some woodland and under torchlight we seemed to move really well once more across the ground – running at night is a magical experience and something that I do enjoy – Dave and Trisha seemed to be in their element and were soon out of sight and running away from us quite easily.

Entered Pandy Village Hall 36 miles completed and starting to feel like the race is now underway.

Stayed here for a Mug Shot and a warm brew before leaving and out towards Hay on Wye

Out of Pandy is the first noticeable steady climb which takes you onto the Brecon Beacons The Black Mountains – this is the highest part of the course.

There is a harvest full moon in the night sky really bright and illuminating the surrounding area Im at peace with the world.

Dawn is approaching and the sun is ready to show itself from below the horizon – a splash of red covers the sky to our right yet the full moon is still on our left and doesn’t want to leave – a battle commences between both lunar objects fighting for the sky – we take a minute and say nothing just staring – how lucky I thought to be here right at this moment to witness this awesome spectacle  – the sun eventually wins and a large shadow is cast over  the mountains – The Black Mountains aptly named.

52 miles completed as we enter Hay on Wye Parish hall – this is a major CP so we have our drop bag with all our personal belongings – first thing I notice is some runners are sleeping taking a break – I suppose we have been up for more than 24 hrs but myself or Gaz are not ready for sleep.

I complete some foot care and change into a new set of running attire – bacon sausage and egg batch hot brew and away we go.

It’s going to be a hot day – another really nice running section and we are soon into our stride – unfortunately after a few miles Gaz doesn’t seem to be moving as well as previously and takes a hard fall – I heard the thud and hoped he would be ok –  Gaz battled on for a few more miles but then insisted that I go ahead and run my own race as he was unsure how his was going to pan out – that’s Gazs story so I’ll leave that there.

I checked myself over and felt great – time to open up the legs and I really did enjoy the next few miles – in and out of CP4 Kington Markwick Hall 68 miles and onto Knighton – between these CPs I met up with 3 guys from Holland Maarten Martino and Franscio whom we had nicknamed The Euro Express earlier due to their effective strategy and how quickly they moved between Checkpoints – they allowed myself to run the next 15 miles with them into CP5 – now here is where you make your first real make or break decision – we are 82 miles in and extremely tired – do you push on through the night into Montgomery completing the hardest section of the race 18 miles roughly taking 7 hours or do you rest up and attack later.

My Plan A was always to try and get to Montgomery 100miles without any sleep – I decided to have 1 hrs rest at Knighton and kick on – leaving the checkpoint approx. 02.00am I was ready to see what I was made of – I soon found out – jelly that’s what I was made of the hills were relentless – not huge 1500ft climbs but continuance short steep 400 footers that really got you blowing out of your backside – the descents aren’t any easier and the burning through your quads as well as feet keeps you focused.

Also through lack of sleep the hallucinations started – I saw people – clowns – scare crows – monkeys – a bear – pythons a skeleton tried to give me flowers – nothing scary but if honest quite enjoyable and got me through the next long hours – I arrived in Montgomery shattered and ready for sleep.

Montgomery another major CP – CP6 so my drop bag was waiting – again change of clothing sorted feet out fed myself and hunkered down in a quite part of the Activity centre for 2 hrs rest – woke up more food replenished my own stocks and onto LLanymynech.

My reward for running through the night is I know the next 20 miles are quite flat apart from one or two climbs to Buttingham – I knew this section as Christine Roach had kindly showed us around a few weeks earlier as herself – Sue Buck – Danielle Ryder – Debbie Read and Jackie Kearsley had done most or all of the Offas Dyke over the previous months – when I was meant to leave the dyke to locate CP7 LLanymynech Village hall I somehow missed my exit and completed my first large navigational error – took me almost 5 miles and over and 80 minutes to put right – I was feeling punchy and decided that another sleep was definitely required.

Chippy tea provided wolfed down personal care taking care of and 90 minutes rest.

This next section onto Froncysyllte  – the rest has done me good and again im running really well and enjoying myself – here I meet up with a Becky Wightman whom had won the 100 miler two years previously – great girl really chatty and kept my spirits high – Becky was powering over the ground and was killing the navigation – I felt like a passenger – unfortunately Becky somehow had pulled a muscle behind her right knee and struggled instantly – the ultra-running community is a close one and ive quickly learnt that you stay and help out your fellow competitor as one day it could be you – Becky didn’t complain once and dug in – I was totally impressed and later found out that she works as a full time fireman – made of steely stuff that girl.

Froncysyllte is where the famous aqueduct is situated and is a marvel of engineering – it is now Monday morning and getting to close to 60 hours since we started this epic adventure.

Having plenty of time to think or not to think is a cracking way to find out alitle bit about yourself – your innerself and if honest I believe I am a decent person whom likes to treat people how I wish to be treated  – I like me –  life is for living – don’t get hung up on minor things or any things for that matter – enjoy what you have and show love and compassion to all.

Leaving CP8 138 miles in this is when I knew I was going to finish this race  – I powered into llandegla taking approx. 3.5 hrs to complete the 12 miles – I was on fire ha-ha – Llandegla last major checkpoint CP9 where we had access to our drop bags – beef stew and crusty bread for breakfast taking my footwear off I could see two large blood blisters that had appeared on the side of my feet – my feet started to feel really hot and I couldn’t sooth them – medic takes a quick look but wouldn’t allow me to burst blisters in fear of infection – more tape and plasters but knew the next 30 miles home maybe difficult – also this is where I also found out that Trisha had taken a heavy fall also a day or so ago and was no longer in the race – she was first lady at the time – Dave retired at same time I believe – devastating news and Im sure they will be back in two tears time.

Knew this next section between llandegla and Bodfari as only run  it a couple of weeks ago – I was moving slow and this was my lowest point – 150+ miles into a race and first low point – I’ll take that any race – anyone who’s run this part of the Offas dyke knows there are a few nice climbs and the views are spectacular – as I was climbing up to the fort top of Moel Famau I heard my named called  -it was Jackie – yes Jackie actually in this country I couldn’t believe it – I took a big hug and wiped the tears from my eyes – I was extremely emotional and was more than happy for the company – Jackie lifted my spirits no end and before I knew it we were at Moel Arthur where Becky was waiting at the bottom with refreshments and croissants – I had only left Becky less than 24 hrs ago as she dropped out of race and now she’s supporting instantly – what a girl – I started to tell Jackie a story about Becky when I had totally got Becky and Story mixed up and knew I was confused alitle more tired  than I thought.

Soon I was back on my own heading towards final CP when approx.. 4miles out another friendly face – Jake Holmes had decided I was moving too slowly and wanted to kick me in the backside – soon enough we were in the Bodfari CP and the heat from the log cabin was just lush – medic looks at my feet tells me I don’t have any more blisters and tapes up a few issues – I could of carried on through the night as only 12 miles remained but I wasn’t getting picked up until 10.00am Tuesday morning  – so I fed my face and bedded down for a solid 7 hours – 7 hours of the most wonderful sleep I have ever had – I left CP10 with a guy from the South – Ashley Ward and we shared our life stories to each other as if we had known each other for a lifetime – the coast was now in sight as light took over from the darkness – another beautiful morning without another sole in sight – we felt alive and so lucky – Ash and myself jogged into town to be met by friends – family – and the volunteers and crew who had made are dreams and ambitions possible.

We touch the finishing rock situated front of the Nova centre in a time which is totally irrelevant 84 hrs 22 minutes  and my first thought was………This wasn’t a race it was an adventure and I cannot wait for the next one

Full parkrun results for Helsby runners are below, including a Helsby 1-2-3 in the men’s race at Phoenix Park

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

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly Roundup from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th September

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

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

Thanks.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Message from Chris Fitz

 

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

Confirmed so far

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

Laura Baynam Hughes

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

One more please?

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

 

 

Bacchus Half Marathon 8th Sept

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Essar Guilden Sutton 10k 15th September

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Well done everyone.

 

 

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