Helsby RC weekly round-up from 5th to 11th February 2018

Hi Everyone.

Welcome to another weekly round up. Thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions to the mailbox this week. Please keep sending anything you want including in the blog to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First up – its always great to have new members amongst the Helsby ranks, so a very warm welcome to Hannah Cowley – who I hear was the first local lady in the 4VHM! Looking forward to running .. er .. I mean trying to keep up with you Hannah :-

Reminders

This Sunday! – 18th February – Borders League – Race 4 – 11am at Caernarfon.

We need as many Green Army as possible. Weather looks promising for the weekend so you’ll be in for some great views of the castle on a fast 10k course. http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

Wednesday 28th February at 8.30pm  – Our next running club talk – Namibia Desert Adventure

“Danielle spent a tough week last Summer running everyday in the desert
with a group of work colleagues and has a film about it to show us with
personal commentary too. Please come along after our club training,
8:30pm in the clubhouse lounge. Chip butty supper to sustain us
first/during!

For our Winter series of talks we hope to have a March one too on CPR
and using de-fibrillators (the club has one, and there are more and more
around these days); a very useful thing for us to all know about. Date
to be confirmed.

Thanks and see you training & “talking” soon

Jackie”

 

Racing News

Sunday 11/02/18 – Northern Masters Athletic Club Cross Country Champs

Well done to Colin Bishop for another fantastic result in a Helsby vest – and thanks for sending in the write-up Col. Results and a good picture from the day are in the link below Bish’s report:

“Sunday saw all wintery weather conditions snow, hail, sleet rain and wind so it only seemed sensible to head off for XC. So off I went to Asthon U Lyne for 10k course which had just had a 5k lady”s race completed on It, so to be expected plenty of puddles and leg sapping mud.
Happy to say I stayed upright despite my best impressions of Bambi on mud 😲
Pleased with 3rd position overall with 2nd in age category.
Cheers Bish”

Results

 

Sunday 11/02/18 – Liverpool & District XC Champs

XC was also on at Clarke Gardens on Sunday – not seen any race report yet but there are plenty of Helsby names in the results There’s also a load of pictures from the day here

Another reminder from our Betty,

who has been as busy as ever out and about in the Helsby community:

20180210_124124

Betty at the Helsby Health Centre’s KWIC keeping well in the community event

Sunday March 18th -Helsby Running Club and Helsby Community Sports Club sponsor the return of Helsby Sports Relief Family Fun-Run! (see flyer below).

“We will need marshals and hopefully loads of families from the club and local village’s
Jane another run for Hercules!!

Thank you
Betty”

20180212_193506

Parkrun – 10th February 2018

There were 11 Helsby members participating in various Parkuns on Saturday. Well done to Debbie Read who was the first lady to finish at Phoenix  –  and to everyone else who ran at the weekend. Our consolidated club results

That’s it for this week. If I’ve missed anything please let me know and I’ll update the blog.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Helsby RC weekly round-up 29th Jan to 4th Feb 2018

Hello all

Very quiet week of running for the Green Army last weekend, no reports in the inbox so only a reminder and the parkrun results. If you completed a race which we don’t know about please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I can always update the blog later on.

Reminders

 

Borders League

Please see a message from Fitzy regarding the next Borders League race…

Hello all

I know the 18th Feb is probably half term week for a lot of our members but you can always bring the kids with you, i will be 🙂

Although this one of the furthest away in all of our races it’s still quite popular. This is on the measured 10k course, with some great views of the castle and sea front. So we don’t incur any penalty points, we need 4 ladies, and 10 men please. We have been doing well of late so lets keep up the momentum. If you could let me know via Facebook or email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com that you can attend, just so I can make sure we can field full teams it would be appreciated. I know June has already been drumming up support.

For any new members who don’t know what these are about, its 7 road races normally from Oct-April, all staged by competing clubs in the league who take it in turn to host them, they are free of charge, all you do is turn up in your race vest, run and take a counter at the end and hand it to myself or normally Mario who collates all the finish positions. They really are great events, and we always have a bit of a laugh along the way. Always remember, it doesn’t matter whether you come in the top 4 ladies or top 10 men, you are stopping other teams scoring just by turning up, so the more the merrier.

Post code for the day is LL54 5RP, these are the recreational grounds with limited parking, there are more parking spots at the castle car park, LL55 2PB, £1.50 it will cost you.

Hope to see you all there
Fitzy

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

parkrun

Please find a link to all the parkrun stats from Saturday. Congratulations to Bish for a win at Phoenix Park, it was their first birthday celebration and they reversed the course, it didn’t slow our Bish down though! Congrats to everyone else who ran one. Consolidated results are below:

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

Sorry but that’s all this week folks, it is possibly the shortest blog I’ve ever done! Hopefully we will have an inbox full for next week 🙂

Keep on running folks!

Cheers
Col T

 

Helsby Roundup 22-1-18 to 28-1-18

 

First up a couple of quick messages, the first from Paul Foster re the Cross Country

If anybody would like to run in the last Liverpool and District cross country at Clarke gardens on Sunday 11th February.
Race starts at 11 am. .
The race is pre entry so please send me your name to mooeyf@hotmail.com
No later than the 5th February
Thanks
Paul

and secondly, a reminder from Tim Palmer that the Chester Spring 5 race (Wednesday 11th April, 7pm), which is a club road counter this year is now taking entries

Also congratulations to Hannah Cowley for collecting her 1st Local Lady trophy from the 4 Villages Half Marathon.

hannah

Parkrun

In addition to the local runs, Helsby members were in action at parkruns as far apart as Edinburgh, Hanley and Stamford. Full results for the club are below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Phil Tomkinson sent this from the Northern XC Champs in Liverpool

On Saturday, 8 members of the Green Army had a day out to Leeds for the Northern Cross Country Championships at Harewood House. It was a big event with almost 2400 competitors, across the 10 senior and junior races, including more than 400 in the senior women’s race and over 700 in the senior men’s race.

An early highlight for me was receiving a programme that contained full start lists for each race. It gave the names of all the Helsby team, our club colours and the starting pen we were allocated to. At this point I was beginning to feel like a proper athlete, although that feeling diminished somewhat as I found myself trailing behind several hundred of the best club runners in the North of England.

It was a challenging course consisting of two laps around the scenic Harewood House estate. There was plenty of mud and lots of hills, including a tough uphill start. Soon after crossing the finish line I declared it the toughest XC I’d ever done, but considering I seem to make a similar claim at the end of every cross country, that may not have been an accurate assessment. However, the consensus was that it had indeed been very testing, just as you would expect a regional championship to be.

The overall standard was excellent. There can’t be that many occasions all year where so many outstanding club runners are at the same event. In the men’s race none of us managed to break into the top 400! However, it was a great effort from all the Green Army runners, particularly the Helsby ladies who claimed 51st place in team competition. It was a brilliant event to be part of, at a really good venue, which is apparently being considered to host the National XC Championships next year.

xc

 

Also from the XC Champs, Col Bishop sent this report in.

On what felt like a lovely spring morning the green army headed off to Liverpool for XC. New course consisted off two and a half laps of the park. One of the flatest XC courses I’ve done for a while but certainly the wettest. Some puddles where deep enough to call plunge pools seeing some of us at least waist deep in dirty muddy cold smelly water twice. Each time it seemed to get deeper. Having said all of that a thoroughly enjoyable course. Cracking performances by all. Ladies team with a respectable 33 points. Men did not do too badly either with 518 points with four of the team in the top 100.
Thanks to Mario and Jane for support today and a warm welcome to Richard Piggott on his Helsby XC debut . As usual thanks to Mrs B for our post race cakes.

 

Chris BH sent in this report from the Marmot Dark Mountain event

Some events really grip you and have you returning every year. Marmot Dark Mountains is one of those. Max and I have been competing as a pair for several years now but this year I reluctantly gave up my place due to a stress fracture to my shin that needed to heal. Having successfully returned to running ½ a month earlier than expected and my replacement suffering with a similar condition, I was able to step back in and we were able to continue our MDM streak. Having been out for so long it was just fantastic to be out again in the hills with Max; we work really well together, never argue and rarely get grumpy despite the duration of these events… when we do get grumpy the other person fills them with sugar or insists they put on another layer, depending upon the source of the grump. Knowing your partner in these events in crucial… especially in an area like the Forest of Bowland where the tussocks are man eaters and the bogs and grips will have you up to your neck.

This year due to my return we changed to the short score class, a mere 8 hours long – the logic being that if there were any problems we could return to base or just walk our way around instead and temper our ambition. I certainly didn’t want to go back to square one with my shin. The last minute change meant we started last. Initial annoyance at this soon parted to delight as we realised we could turn up, register having eaten enough fish and chips to put ourselves in a food coma, and then go for a few hours sleep in the van. Thus we started with at least 2 hours sleep in the tank which was a huge luxury.

Feeling the pace on the initial run out it still took us 30 minutes to reach the terrain we were going to face for the evening. Difficult was a huge understatement. Tussocks, heather, bogs, random holes… you name it, it’s there! Our route took in three controls before heading East and, in hindsight, gave us the most practical view of how to run the terrain. In many of these events, the straight line is picked, but here we needed to be smart about using paths which were longer, but an order of magnitude quicker. One particular crossing stuck in my mind. Having crossed through into a complex area with defined fences and crossings we found ourselves shimmying across a well weathered board, holding onto a fence for hand holds to cross around 5 metres of a bog that probably would have been neck deep… thankfully after that there was a trod that was really quick and took us down to a manned check point.

chris and max

An event should be judged on the civility as well as the challenge, so being offered a shot of port at this check point by a very good friend of ours certainly ticked that box. It provided a warmth to our spirits and our bodies as we proceeded to hoover up points and be smart about leaving other points on the course as they would have eaten up huge amounts of time for little reward. We picked up a tale at this point and were followed for 3 check points. In a night event this is a hazard as your torches give you away. It’s really frustrating to be doing all the Nav. The clag came in and we made an error at one check point having headed off too far to the right to hit the check point. We realised this relatively quickly and lost probably 10-15 minutes overall, so not a huge problem. This error allowed us to confirm our tail though as they immediately turned around after asking us if we’d found the control. If they had continued looking for it then fair enough, but they literally followed us and pretended to adjust kit, look at the map, tie shoelaces, etc. Poor form. A little pat on the shoulder and a pointed comment to confirm that we knew what they were doing meant we were able to lose the tail on the next section and get on with finishing up the night.

chisandxx2

Coming into our final cluster of controls the weather got considerably worse. Based upon the map we expected pure hell, but were pleasantly surprised to hit the first control very quickly, then the second… three, possibly five to go! Alas the ground between us and the next control was just hellish. Knee to thigh high heather, random holes, tussocks, a serious side wind and the worst rain of the night, low energy and Max was getting dangerously cold due to an old (no longer) water proof. We fought our way around focused on finding shelter so Max could get his primaloft and water proof trousers on. Looking back now I realise that the point where I almost fell down the steep side we were contouring on (the ground gave way due to water and poor foot placement) was the re-entrant we were looking for, but it was far less pronounced than the map suggested. It was worth 25 points. As max put on his gear I re-assessed the map and we decided to keep going. We’d either hit the control or we’d hit the next control. We’d been 20 m too low and I’d simply not looked up.

We nailed the next control, dropped down to bag a 50 pointer and had started back hoping to bag a 20 pointer in the re-entrant between us and the finish. The run out on the road to the course had taken 30 minutes and we had the aim to hit the road with roughly 30 minutes to go to get back. Before we’d even got to the top of the hill we were at T-minus 30 and were clearly going to hit penalty points. Having dropped to pick up 50 points rather than play it safe, our mission now was to get back without losing more than 50…. But since it meant an easy 20 going begging we wanted to make that less than 30. In the end we lost 7. Job done.

All in all it was a fantastic and unexpected return to the hills. Once again, Max and I had worked really well as a team… and once again we’d ended up as the bridesmaid rather than the bride. Having made the 10 minute mistake we’d ended up just under 7 minutes over time and lost 7 points and probably the 20 pointer in the final re-entrant. The weather coming in on us and missing that 25 point control had also knocked points. We scored 463 points and the winning team was 495 – 463 + 7 + 25 equals…. Curses. Of course that’s not a fair reflection of the errors the other teams above us had made and what could have been for them. Whilst there were a number of other places we could have picked up the minutes we’d needed, there is no point in dwelling on what could have been. We‘d had a fantastic night out on the hills and have already entered our next mountain marathon (albeit a mini one – 4 hours long) which is on Sunday in Bethesda if anybody is interested. Come and have a go, it’s a fantastic escape.
Hope you are well,
Chris Baynham-Hughes

As usual please send race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 15th Jan to 21st Jan 2018

Hello Green Army

Sorry for the late blog this week, I would like to say I was waiting for a race report to come through for the 4VHM, but still none have arrived. I had completely forgot though. Please if you would like to send in a race report send the into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A big Green Army welcome to new member Richard Piggott, he and his wife Zoe, ran the 4VHM today. I hope you both enjoyed it in the tropical conditions. 

Park run seen runners out in Edinburgh, Pheonix, Hanley, Ellesmere Port, Stanford, Widnes, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

A message from 4VHM Race Director Laura Baynham-Hughes

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped put on another amazing race on Sunday. Whether you helped out pre-race, on the Saturday or were there on Sunday on the course or at the start and finish areas – you are all stars. The weather was grim but it didn’t dampen our spirits! Feedback has been fantastic so we should all be very proud of ourselves. It really is a team effort and many of you do a lot behind the scenes throughout the year which doesn’t go unnoticed by me.

If you have any feedback please feel free to email me at laura@baynham-hughes.com.

Hopefully we have a race report from a Green Army runner (errrr nope) . From my perspective it was a cracking race in challenging conditions. We had nearly 1600 runners start which is pretty impressive considering the conditions.  And some impressive Helsby results too. Overall winner was Ben Fish from Blackburn Harrriers, who came second last year and first female back was Gemma Connolly, who runs for St Helens Sutton AC. Local trophies went to Richard McGeachie and Hannah Cowley (I have already recruited Hannah – so please make her feel welcome when she comes along on Wednesday evening!) First back for Helsby was Fitzy and Alison Halsall who also picked up a Vet prize.

Cheers

Laura

It was a brilliant day despite the weather and yes the social media feed back has been brilliant. 

A quick report from myself then.

As far as road races go, that’s the worst conditions I have ever ran in, cold, wind, hail, sleet and snow were all thrown at us. Runners were dropping all over the show, from mile 6 to mile 8, there was cold weather casualties all over the place. Even last years winner who came in second, struggled in the last mile, barely able to run straight in the last two hundred metres, it just goes to show someone that fit still found it extremely hard.

Some great performances from the Green Army, 21 of us started the race, performance of the day in my opinion went to Alison Halsall who came 3rd in her V45 Category. Unsure if anyone got any PB’s but another special mention to Jane Ashbrook, who ran as Hercules the horse. By the sounds of it you’re well on the way to getting the world record.

Full results below;

https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/Results/35th-ESSAR-Four-Villages-Half-Marathon

helsby 1.jpg

That’s it for this week, see you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th to 14th January 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round up. We had a clash of fixtures at the weekend but the Green Army showed its strength in depth by fielding excellent teams at both the Runcorn Town Park x-Country and the Abergele Borders League fixtures!

Reminders

As if anybody needed reminding ……….. we will again be hosting 4 Villages Half Marathon this weekend.  So good luck all Green Army members who are running in the the event and a massive thank-you to everyone who has offered to help out over the weekend.

Looking ahead to the following weekend,  we have Race 5 of the NW XC League on Sunday 28/01/18. However, it looks like the venue is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on Steve’s website

There is also the Tarren Hendre fell race on Saturday 27/01/18 at 12pm. Race HQ is at Abergynolwyn Village Hall, LL36 9UU – It’s an AS category race – 6miles/2000ft. (the route on my Strava)  Take full kit and be prepared to navigate if the weather’s bad. Further details.

Racing News

NW  XC League Race 4  at Town Park, Runcorn – Sunday 14th January.

26231222_10213367081444868_8676011681342595177_n

Green Army at Town Park. Photo courtesy of Paul Cunningham.

Thanks to Chris Murray for sending in a race report:

“A proper helping of green vests were out in force this weekend at the Runcorn Swimrun, sorry I mean XC. This always seems to be a popular race with it being on many of our doorsteps and with it clashing with the border league fixture it was nice to see so many faces. The start and finish of this course is always in shin deep water, but I think it just adds to the fun. At least for those of us who can’t be bothered to clean our cross-country shoes after a race this course allows us to start and finish with clean shoes. Clever planning or coincidence I’ll let you decide. There was plenty of support on course, especially on the approach to the fabled ski slope which was greatly needed as this is tough going on goosed legs after coping with some seriously sticky mud on course. Everyone finished with a smile and knackered legs while some of us (Davyd) finished with a smile even if it was hidden under a couple of inches of mud after his unplanned mud bath. Well done all on a hard run race.”

I haven’t seen any results from Town Park yet but they should be HERE when published.

 

Borders League Race 3 at Abergele – Sunday 14th January

26733657_10156114351158980_3372563272658440291_n

Green Army at Abergele Borders League

Thanks to John Whitehead for sending in the following race report:

Borders League Round 3 Report

“Borders League round 3 saw a fixture clash for the green army, the choice was Runcorn town Park XC with icy water, Mud and the formidable dog poo ally or a nice trip to the Seaside with sun, clear blue skies and Rhyl Sun centre just around the corner. the choice was easy, Abergele Borders League it was… 5 Miles along the seafront loop around a caravan site and back along the seafront and not a puddle or spot of mud in sight… Easy!

There was a great turn out for the #GreenArmy with 26 Runners out (20 Gents and 6 Ladies), first the Ladies where all 6 runners ranked within the Top 20 of their Category, June Swift (Whitehead) took her first borders league victory with a 20 second lead over second lady and Alison Halsall close on her heals finishing an impressive 7th Lady.

A close fort battle happened between Danny, Chris C and Fitzy, at 2 miles they were neck and neck and with 200 meters to go Danny pipped Fitzy at the line to be the first Helsby Male home.
Overall the team standings are all the fivers, Helsby Men and Women finished 5th with the men scoring 664 points and the Ladies 111 leaving both teams in overall 5th Place.
Days like Sunday when there’s a fixture clash really show how great a club Helsby really is with a great turnout at two events… #GreenArmy”

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 22.54.19

The full results can be viewed HERE, and I’ve also lifted this post by Tim Palmer from social media:

“Congratulations to both Lucinda Lamb and Juni June Whitehead for winning the Runcorn Town Park XC and Abergele Border League respectively. Great day for the Helsby ladies particularly as our 2nd lady in both races (Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall) were in the top 10.”

If anybody does a report for the Borders League give me a shout and I’ll update the blog.

 

Parkrun

Helsby RC again fielded a strong presence with 17 athletes at various Parkruns on Saturday – pretty impressive considering the turnout we also had at the two race fixtures.  Rachael Holden and Debbie Read were the 2nd ladies home at Widnes and Ellesmere Port respectively. Well done to everyone who ran over the weekend.

Our consolidated Parkrun results are HERE

That’s it for this week. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 18th December to 31st December 2018

Happy New Year Green Army

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year. Sorry about the lack of a blog last week but there wasn’t much in the inbox plus it was Christmas week, so I was far too busy to do it.

A few notices to start us off.

4VHM – 21st Jan

We are still on the look out for volunteers, if you can spare a few hours on either the Saturday or Sunday please email laura@baynham-hughes.com, or if you can marshal please email davidfeakes@btinternet.com

Borders League/XC clash of fixture 14th Jan

The Abergele Borders League Race, and Runcorn Town Park XC race clash again this season, so neither team incurs penalty points if you could message myself fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or timpalmer97@gmail.com to let us know your preference that would be very much appreciated. We can then put together teams for the day and will let everyone know before the 14th. We have also put a post on the Facebook page, so you can also reply on there.

Message from Paul re; XC

Hi all
This year’s Northern cross country championship will be held at Harewood house Leeds on Saturday 27th January
If anybody would like to run in this event please can you email me no later than the 10th January.
Runners will be entered and paid by the club, but please check your dates before entering.
If runners don’t turn up at  this event after entering is costly for the club
Injuries can not be helped and you will not receive a public flogging
Cheers
Paul

 

Can we all say hello to a new club member as well Mike Barnard (hope to see you at the Borders ha ha)

The week before Christmas seen the Christmas handicap take place, Jackie sent over a report

Merry Xmas to you, hope it was a good one. Here’s a festive Xmas Handicap Report.

 Twas the Wednesday before Xmas and 24 Xmas handicappers hoof tapping on the start line for the annual Xmas sleight ride dash from Tesco to Godscroft Lane and back. Amongst the revellers were a number of Santa’s, some elves and many reindeer.

 Donner – Kate Mann, who came second last year, consolidated her ride this year and came in first in a handicap time of 29:58 (absolute 24:09) followed by the fastest reindeer in the pack Dasher – Colin B (handicap time 31:09, absolute 19:09)  with Comet – Ben C hard on his hooves 2 seconds later.  Over the next 3 minutes the main reindeer herd of 17 came in at a gallop keepings Santa’s little helpers (time keepers Louise, Jo, Helen & Kathryn, thanks too) busy on their toes. Followed over the next 4 minutes, by the return of the last half dozen of the weary scattered herd. A strange an incident as ever occurred with the last four footed friend, aka Dancer- Jane, transforming from reindeer to horse, not just any horse, this one’s going for a Guinness World record as the fastest (furry) marathoner horse of all time!

 8 minutes separating the whole herd, with the fastest 4 reindeer being  Dasher- Colin B, Prancer- Patrick,  Vixen – Daniel R & Blitzen- Phil T, all red-nosed but not a Rudolph nowhere in sight!

 A Ho Ho Ho evening was had by all in Santa’s grotto back at the stables with troughs of hot steaming soup & platters of mince pies plus a visit by Santa with everyone receiving a secret Santa present.

 Thanks to Santa’s elves Cupid-Colin T,  Olive-Betty and of course Joe & Mario for keeping the reindeer herd on the straight & narrow through Helsby and turning us around at the far end.

Over to Bish

Hi Boxing Day saw a few helsby green vests turn out to run the walls. A slightly adjusted and longer course than usual due to repair works on the walls.

Well organised and supported along the route. Well done to Emily for representing Helsby women. We had 3 Green Santa’s Stephen  Wiggins with his Dad David along with Chris Igoe.  Still smiling at the end, myself, Neil Finegan, Tim Palmer, Chris Morgan completed the team. Think we all deserved any extra mince pies we may have indulged in over the holiday period.
Happy New Year everyone Bish
helsby 1
helsby 2

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, & Keswick. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

That’s it for now, see you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC Round-up from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th December 2017.

Hi Everyone,

Well it looks like people have already started hanging their running shoes up for Christmas as there’s nothing in the inbox this week. I know we’ve just had the X-mas Handicap last night, but we can cover that in next week’s round-up.

I’m sure there must have been some people out there at events the past week, so if anyone fancies sending in a report we can still include it in the next round-up.

I’ve had a couple of niggles myself that have stopped me from running the past couple of weeks so I haven’t been out and about much lately. However, the trainers went back on yesterday and I’m itching to get back on the hills. So as there’s nothing in the inbox I’m gonna  highlight a couple of events that I’ve got my eye on over the festive period.

Jubilee Plunge – Saturday 30/12/2017 at 2pm  – £1.00 entry on the day  – 2 mile/1500ft of descent

Venue:                Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, (GR 129633). Register by 1.00pm. 50 min walk  to start.

If you don’t like running ‘up’ hills then this might be for you ;-). The race starts on Moel Famau by the Jubilee Tower. You then simply run as fast as you can back down to the Golden Lion while trying to stay on your feet. Phil Gillard and I did this race last year – I did the better job of staying on my feet – lol.

Tour de Llyn Llydaw – Monday 01/01/2018 at 10.30am – £2.00 entry on the day – 5 mile/594ft of climb.

Venue:             Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, (GR 647556)

This is a great low key event,  guaranteed to ‘freshen you up’ after the festivities.  Take heed though, this can be a serious run in bad weather so do take the appropriate kit. I did this one last year. The route goes up the Miners Track to Llyn Llydaw , which you then run around before returning via the same route. If you fancy it, check the weather beforehand and get there early as parking is very limited at Pen y  Pass.

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 18.58.54

 

Parkun

So the only round up is from the Parkruns, which were also relatively quiet on Saturday. We did have 7 members out across Birkenhead and Delamere though. Consolidated results for Helsby are HERE.

Have a great Christmas everyone, and stay safe.

Jim

Helsby weekly round-up 2-10 December 2017

Hello everyone

Welcome to this weeks round-up. We had a few members out and about in the freezing cold and also some members going abroad for some winter sun! Before we get started please see a message from our XC Co-ordinator Paul Foster regarding the Cheshire XC champs next year:

The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.

I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.

Entering all the names together saves on administration fees so if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at mooeyf@hotmail.com or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.

The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.

Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.

Thanks
Paul

Borders League (Race #2) Birkenhead Park

Our first report is a belated one for the Borders League last Sunday (3rd Dec). Roy Gaskill has posted a few words on Facebook regarding the race, please see below:

“Borders League episode 2 we were short of a few of our favs but we still managed a team both men’s team with Fitzy coming in first for Helsby, and June Swift coming in first for the ladies, as for me ran it and just paced it.

The full results can be found here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

NWSLXC (Arrowe Park)

Well done to everyone who ran the cross country at Arrowe Park on Sunday, the conditions looked a bit tricky and very cold! Bish has kindly sent in a report for this race:

“We must be mad or trying to get ourselves on Santa’s good list turning up at Arrowe Park XC this Sunday. Snow and bitterly cold the green and Barmy Army turned out! One small loop and two large loops of the park. Muddy,icy and freezing underfoot, safe to say for all of us our feet were numb after the first loop. A massive well done for all who managed to stay upright.

Well done Lucy for first home for Helsby ladies and second lady overall Laura BH second lady for Helsby and third lady home Jenny Illidge. Chris Collins brought it home for the men second for me and third for Ian Rutherford.with top 100 finishes for Davyd Gareth and Steve.

Well done for all who turned up thanks to Joe Mario and Jane for support today also for post race treats.

Sorry if I have missed anyone but my brain is still thawing out😨”

Cheers
Bish

24862360_572311289789309_5484548721981818453_n

Lanzarote Half Marathon

Two of our members escaped the cold weather to run a half marathon in stunning Lanzarote (not that we’re jealous…much 🙂 Both Jackie and Debbie have sent in reports for this race, over to Jackie first…

“A warm story to cheer you up this weekend.

Last Saturday was Lanzarote race weekend. With a marathon, half marathon, 10k & 5k on offer. The marathon route hugs the coast between Costa Teguise, through the capital Arracife and on to Costa Carmen…. & return. The half starts in Carmen, the 10k in Arrecife, all finishing in Teguise. It’s advertised as 90% sea views and average temperature of 19 deg C. It goes along the quiet, pedestrian, traffic free promenade all the way, with just one short detour around the Affecife, port area, past the desalination plant, power station & oil refinery – all essential for a hot holiday island! The temperature was much hotter bring in the mid 20’s, but with a welcome breeze fortunatley.

Debbie & Geoff ran the half & I did the 10k as the half was full & a marathon was far too much for me at the moment. Time to cheer the marathon runners (8am start), a leisurley breakfast, morning coffee cheering Debbie past (10.30 start) before strolling to the 10k start at mid day. Quite holiday like really!

Well done to Debs & Geoff with times of 1:58 & 1:51 for the half. Debs looking good with 10k to go. It was surpisingly hilly with thankfully a sea breeze for the final 10k which I managed in 55:27. We were all in the top 3 of our age categories, but whilst in previous years they have generously given out 3 prizes per category, sadly this year it was only 1!!! Still a brilliant race day out for all. Throughly recommended!”

Debbie next…

“The Lanzarote Half was on the hottest day of our holiday-too hot for running. It was a point to point which meant we had to get up at 6:20 for the hours drive to the race finish to pick up the bus to drive back the way we’d come to get dropped off at the start in Puerto del Carmen!

The route followed the coastal footpath – at one point we were between the sea and the airport, a bit surreal when the planes came in to land what seemed inches over our heads (think the U2 video)

Just before the halfway mark (also the start of the 10k) running through Arrecife Jackie was sitting at a pavement cafe drinking a coffee waiting for the start of her race. When she asked me if I was enjoying it I gave her a resolute NO!

The course then went into the road through some hilly(ish) uninspiring industrial areas into Costa Teguise and the finish.

A well organised race with drink stations every 2 or 3k, lots of free food and drink at the end, a gong of a medal, t-shirt and drawstring bag.

Not the best of times for me – just under 2 hours but given the heat and 13 miles of running into the wind, it’ll do.”

 

parkrun

Please find the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. No Phoenix sadly as conditions were too icy, a few managed to get out to other parkruns though. Well done to everyone who ran one.

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

That’s all this week. As always please let me know if any results or races are missing, I can always update the blog later on. Remember all race reports to be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby update 27-11 to 2-14

Very quiet week in the build up to Christmas. Just the parkrun results and a couple of notices, the first from Jackie K and the second from Paul Foster.

Here are the consolidated club results from Delamere, Widnes, Newcastle, Ellesmere Port and Phoenix Park.

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

 

Jackies notice…

The draw for our single London Marathon club place took place before
training last Wed. Charlie Roberts was pulled out the hat first, we wish
Charlie all the best in training and on Aprils race day.

The next 10K & 6K Time Trial which is back along Greenway (from the
Guilden Sutton to Chester & back, torches & reflective gear essential)
was pencilled in for Dec 13th, in order to try and get a 3rd one in
before the end of the year. Captain Colin has suggested it may be more
popular and will avoid the Xmas rush up to Xmas, if we delay it and do
the time trial between Xmas & New Year. So please put December 27th in
your diaries for this.

Please remember its the Xmas Handicap Race on 20th December (a time to
break away from the Xmas rush and come and contest this annual (fancy
dress if you wish) gallop from Tesco to Godscroft Lane & back before
going back to the club house for a bite to eat & Secret Santa (please
bring along a wrapped £5 present). Dave & Lesley will be in touch soon
organising the food and asking for volunteers to bring along pans of hot
soup (that’s if we decide to do the same as the last few years, it just
hits the spot!).

That’s it for now

Jackie

….and Paul Fs…..

The Cheshire cross country championship is fast approaching us now. The venue this year is Delamere forest, January 6th 2018.

I will be entering Helsby runners before Xmas so I don’t get caught out in the festive spirit and forget. Please confirm your name before Thursday 21st December.

Entering all the names together saves on administration fees

So if any Helsby folk would like to run please email me at mooeyf@hotmail.com or respond on Facebook. I will post a Facebook page once the blog is out this week.

The club pays for all the fees for every runner so please check dates before entering to make sure that you can run.

Look forward to seeing an army of green vests around the forest.

Thanks,
Paul

 

All the best

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 20th November to 26th November 2017

Hello Green Army

Short blog this week, but a few important notices.

It’s Borders League Race 2 this Sunday 3rd, and we are heading over to Birkenhead Park for the famous 4 laps. Yes i know it’s a little dull but your continued support and great turnouts recently really is appreciated, remember 4 counters for the ladies, 10 for the men, the more the merrier and all abilities welcome, just bring your club vest. More details on the link below.

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

This Friday night, 1st December, it’s the annual Xmas Party, and we are sticking with tradition, Helter Skelter 7.30pm, Xmas jumpers a must, and a good old knees up, hopefully see some of you new members there as well and the old crew. Make sure you bring your singing voices.

Park run seen runners out in Pennington Flash, Delamere, & Erddig, Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Over to Bish for this weeks only race report

Well the green army turned up on a bitterly cold wet Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to run with some of the best in the country.

Rachael Holden was the green soldier for the ladies doing one loop and 2 laps of the course. Think it was 5 miles. (Hope I got that right). The men did one loop and 3 laps just short of 6 miles. Difficult to stay upright on one of the muddiest courses I have ran in a long time.
Respectable finishes for all. Thanks to Mario, Joe and Jane for support & for post run treats.
Cheers Bish
Think Bish is being very modest, as he had a cracking run and was first home for the men and teaching me a lesson how to pace a cross country race, well done
helsby 1
Here is a link to another race report, showing the quality of the field on the day
That’s all for this week, so see you all on Friday night and if not then Sunday
#greenarmy
Cheers
Fitzy