Weekly Update 8-7-18 to 15-7-18

New Members

Please can you all welcome Liam Jones and Ben Gelister who have just joined the club. Also, please can you welcome back Jonathan Hardman who has rejoined after an absence of a year or two.

Its off to Snowdon for this weeks first race report
Jason and I (Rebecca Tate, aka Mildred Thehen!) completed the Always Aim High Snowdonia trail half marathon yesterday. It was the most gruelling run I’ve ever done, by a large margin! As a sub-2 hour runner on the flat, this one took me over 3 hours 30! But with over 4,000 feet elevation gain, which hurt just as much down hill as it did up hill, that’s not surprising!

We started at 9.45am from Llanberis, with the usual sunshine and a nice breeze. The first few miles were the sorts of uphill gradient we have locally, with some beautiful scenery, most memorably running along the side of a valley with the long swirly colourful snake of runners up on the path ahead and behind.

Then the proper climbing set in and we could only walk for miles, until we were up into a cloud, with the summit hoped for but never in sight! There we experienced the more traditional British summer weather: cold, windy and foggy, lovely! Eventually we reached the top, and didn’t quite head to the summit, but took the Llanberis Path back down.

This is where the falls started, with each heavy thud marking another person crashing down. The camaraderie was great, with runners stopping to help each other and check they were ok, and the cheerful injured carrying on with blood dripping from elbows, knees and alarmingly, heads.

Apparently those that I saw were alright, though in the distance the Air Ambulance seemed to be having a busy day. Hopefully all were ok.
Once we got out of the cloud, the spectacular views and sunshine returned; we ran past the halfway café and could see the little mountain trains chugging up and down, and the blue lake of Llanberis at the bottom.

As we reached the town again, via the agonisingly steep tarmac lane, we had only completed 10 miles. In some pain by now, we expected there might be a gentle jog round the lake to make up the distance. We were very wrong. “It’s only a Parkrun left now” I thought, also very wrongly. No, we were sent up to the top of the old slate quarry on the opposite side of the lake, another climb of around 800 feet all within less than a mile!

It was descending from here that I became the next faller, failing to spot a stone and going completely over on my ankle; I felt it crunch. However, having strapped it up with my neck buff, it got me back down to the finish and seems unscathed, which is more than can be said for every other bit of my legs today…!

The finish took us back to the event field, where some enthusiastic crowd support was a real boost. The event organisers had issued free cowbells to supporters, and had printed our names on the race numbers, so all the way round we were being shouted on by name by complete strangers! Gels and energy drinks at the drinks stations were very welcome too. There were lots of snacks at the finish, and stalls to browse, and a lovely atmosphere.

I came 146th out of 316 for gender, 481st overall. Jason was 5 minutes quicker, finishing 437th overall. He’s walking quite normally today, so clearly wasn’t trying hard enough!

And onto Col B for a report on the Dearnford Relay

Wednesday 11th July saw 7 teams of 3 from Helsby head over to Alderford Lake for a 6 mile multiterrain relay. Each team member running a 2 mile leg around the lake. Congratulations to Fitzy, El Capitano and myself for 3rd place in the men’s this is an improvement on the previous 2 years when we have achieved 4th place. All teams from Helsby had cracking runs with the ladies getting 4th place. We had 4 mens team in the top 19 out of 21 male teams with 3rd, 10th, 16th and 19th place. Ladies had two teams with 4th and 10th place and one mixed team who I believe came 20th put of 36 mixed teams. So my maths is not fantastic but I work out we had 7 teams who all did really well out of 79 teams.

This really is worth the ride out and putting in the diary for next year.😊
Great team spirit from all at the green army thanks for support from Richard and his boys, Joe, Mario, June and bump, Louise and Jane and anyone I may have missed off. Big thank to Mrs B for our post race picnic…..Quote a few envious looks from other teams.
Cheers Bish

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Helsby members were out in parkruns throughout the area including an amazing Helsby first and second male and first female at Phoenix Park. Full results for the week are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 2nd July to 8th July 2018

Hello Green Army

Not only do we have 1 race report this week about a certain race, not only do we have 2, but we have 3, all on the same race. Bravo!!

Lets get straight into it.

Step up Lad number 1 – Ian Rutherford

So, the best laid plans to be proper organised for this event, including a pre-visit to the North East for a full reckie of the course had long since been forgotten. The kit-check and prep starting on the Friday evening a mere few hours before setting off. At 3.50am, Saturday, Davyd pulled up and in the still dark very early morning we began to load up the car and off we set. Soon light and yet another beautiful hot and sunny day was in prospect. Travelling any distance in England so early is always fraught with difficulty; over-night road works still in place right across the motorway network so lots of detours and diversions needed but we had plenty of time to play with so it was all good. Just outside Wooler, we found an accommodating service stop for coffee. The scenery now proper stunning in the foot of the Northumbrian National Park; it was also a lot greener than the desert plains of Costa-del-Cheshire I noticed.

Having found the location easy enough we got parked and walked up to register. The folks at Wooler RC couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly and a great atmosphere was the theme for the entire day. Back to the car and Davyd now in full boy-scout role, complete with camping stove and voila – tea and toast was served. That wouldn’t be the last time today I was appreciate of his efforts.

Getting changed and final tinkering with kit, including a change of shorts – the orange ones sadly just attracting to many unwanted pests (make your own jokes) we made a slow walk back up the hill to the club-house. Still a bit of time to kill including meeting up with Geoff who was running with his friend, both having done this on numerous occasions. From the club it was about a five min walk to the start with a brief stop as Davyd and I were both selected for a random kit check. Having to carry full waterproofs, hat, gloves on what was already a scorching hot day seemed a bit excessive but I understand rules are rules.

So off we went around 200+ of us. Lots of DNS apparently; just too dam hot for a lot.

The road soon left behind, you enter the beautiful national park; most definitely one of the most picturesque parts of the country this is, I shall be visiting the area again.

The first few miles were gentle, obviously feeling fresh, the terrain nothing particularly technical and checkpoint number 1 successfully negotiated. Once up and over Cheviot knee, the climb to the proper summit begins. I could sense Davyd just starting to fall away from me. The sun now high and strong in the sky; my body temperature starting to properly climb. I kept checking back, occasionally mustering for him. The Cheviot climb was long and hard with plenty of skilled climbers demonstrating their superior and more efficient skills as they went past. Occasional turns and exchanging thumbs up with Davyd below me, I managed to successfully overcome the craggy rocky summit. The views were off the charts, totally clear sky, it was stunning. Davyd safely up, posed for the obligatory photo and on we went to the actual checkpoint at the Trig point. And that readers, is where the run flipped on its head. The terrain and decent off the Cheviot is like nothing I have ever experienced before. I remember Geoff some weeks ago and again this morning explaining it’s like jumping off a cliff, privately you’re thinking at the time, ‘oh it can’t be that bad’… but oh my, he nailed the description perfectly. Mincing very gingerly, almost at 90 degrees angle from in front of me I try to get down; not going to lie, I was thinking I was about to die. Davyd in front then proceeds to sit down and literally start to what I can only describe as ass-surfing down the mountain. I’m proper hating this now and genuinely working ever so hard just to stop myself from tumbling down the hill, not breaking a leg or worse. The decent goes on forever, Davyd is now just a distant blob and getting ever further away, there are people literally flying past me and I’m aware I’m getting in the way. There is absolutely no path, it’s just heather and brush, unable to see were each foot is planting. I’ve still no idea how I got to the bottom in one piece; but the fun was only just beginning. Across a stream the ascent of Hedgehope was now underway. It started with actual scrambling,

hauling my weary figure up onto a mound. I was having a proper meltdown. I was broken and we’d only covered around 9 miles. So, how’s Davyd I hear you ask, didn’t he have a wobble even before the Cheviot summit? This guy was amazing. Suddenly I found myself in the company of Kilian but in a Helsby vest 😉 Seriously, the transformation was dramatic. He was absolutely buzzing, full of energy and encouragement; he was dealing with my sense of humour failures well. Honestly, I’m still unclear what happened to me, did I attempt to go off to quick, had I been taking enough liquid, had I eaten enough. Just don’t know. My confidence shot, the terrain way to technical for my tarmac plodding skills I knew I was well out of my depth. Climbing the foot of Hedgehope was relatively okay, feeling a little better, I tried to pull myself together, then the terrain changed once again; away from flat open grass land, to craggy rock and heather. I was struggling again. Davyd, the top fella he is, was an endless source of encouragement and support; I kept apologising, I felt I was spoiling his day; I’ll tell everyone now; he would have knocked at least 30 mins, maybe more off his time had he wanted too. The ascent of Hedgehope was way more tough than Cheviot. Terrain so much more challenging (for me at least), I was proper cooked. And we were finally half-way, oh joy!

Roll up rollup, all the fun of the fair continued as Langlee Craggs was the next ride in town, the teddies were being proper thrown about now. We didn’t take an optimum route off the cragg face and found ourselves knee deep in brushland and heather. Getting through that, almost unable to lift my feet high enough. The danger of following people and assuming they know the route right there. Where it was runnable, I was just about capable of a slow-stagger; kept trying though, just needed to get this done. Davyd, had a bit of cramp but otherwise looked strong. The miles were getting done and the terrain became much more Ian friendly; mile 14 an impressive 11.5 mins.

The run in was yet another challenge. The rocky and eroded trail of Carey Burn. The heat in the valley was oppressive. Dusty and challenging terrain on very tired feet was a right struggle, but knowing the end was, if not in sight but relatively imminent was keeping me going. Once out of the ravine, back on to the national park track, it was the proper final acts. A shout of “Away Pet” as a local lady ran past us as if out for a park run and then establishing that England were just one up from the driver of the Northumbria Water tanker half a mile from the end.

And so, it was done. An unimpressive time, completely down to me I’m afraid. A cold hose down and then some genuine hospitality from the volunteers in the centre, lots and lots of food and drink and the England match on the big projector occupying the attention of the others.

I will never forget this day. So many special things happened and it was a proper insight in to fell running for me. Walking back to the car, past the local hostilely, the shouts for the England match loud and happy. Finally got to take my shoes off and began the journey home. Swapping drivers just before we hit the M1, all I will say is thank the lord Davyd’s car is an automatic 😉

Great report Ian, Lad number 2 looked after you well.

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Over to Lad number 2 – Davyd Michell

One Friday night its cold a wet outside, your having a few beers and your mate messages you, I’ve found a race…its 20 miles and its in Northumberland and its called the Chevy Chase, what you think?
Immediately the name caught my imagination, what a great name for fell race over the cheviots, I’m in. A few weeks later the reality dawned that i’ve never ran over 14 miles and that was on the road, still I have 4 months on training to get ready.

Fast forward that 4 months and I’d done quite a bit of training but not as much as i’d hoped, we’d planned to do some longer runs over similar terrain and even a recce, none of that actually happened, still, we’d be ok!?!
The race was on Saturday and the Thursday 2 days before I meet up with Ian for a social run and to formulate a plan of action. The plan was simple – get up a stupid o’clock and drive 230 miles north and run, then drive home.
Friday was all about getting the kit and gear together, I had most bits from my walking days but this still gave me the opportunity to obviously buy some new gear, as everyone loves new gear. So Friday morning I had the chance to try out my new running vest, perhaps a bit last minute! 🙂 much to the amusement of the Friday Fun Club

3am Saturday morning the alarm went off and I got up to go and pick up Ian, we had a 230 mile journey and registration opened at 8:30am for a kit check with the race starting at 10:30. Despite the best effort of Highways England to close off the M60 and A1 for a large section it was no match for us, we were on a mission.
We duly arrived bang on 8am, got our gear together and went and registered. This now gave is 2.5 hours of time to kill. As all good scouts know be prepared, and we were. I’d stuck the camping stove, chairs and kettle in the car so it was time to brew up and get the breakfast on. We also bumped into fellow green army runner Geoff who was also running.

10 am we headed off to the start ready to go, we were loaded up with 2 litres of water each, emergency food, waterproofs, map compass etc as this was run under fell running rules. The other issue was the weather, it was now getting pretty hot at around 25 degrees. After a random spot kit check we were ready to go.
10:30 and we were off. The first mile or so is on road before you head off onto a path and make your way to Cheviot Knee, before tackling the main accent of the 2800ft of Cheviot itself. We started off nice and steady trying not to get carried away, we were covering the ground well and reached the knee in good shape in around 70 minutes. From there the land started to rise rapidly and the main assent had well and truly started, it was at this point I started to feel it a bit, it was getting hot and I was feeling it in my legs. Ian was looking good and was making it look easy. I dug in, but it wasn’t pretty but with Ians encouragement we arrived at the summit.

The view was spectacular and we took a minute to look around whilst getting our trackers check in. The next bit we knew was going to be tough, it evolved a descent off the side of the summit without a path. We headed out following a few other runners and then the route appeared before us…wow..it really was downhill. The steepness was surprising to two tarmac slappers, we picked, fell and slid our way to the bottom and the stream that split the route up the next accent. My legs were shaking, thighs screaming and I was so hot. I’d made it down a minute or so ahead of Ian and just stood in the stream cooling off my feet and throwing water over my head in an attempt cool down.

We gathered our thoughts and then set about climbing straight up the next peak that was Hedgehope, again there was no path and we had to yomp our way up towards the ridge. I started to feel a bit better and my legs were starting to come back to life a bit after the struggle of the pervious peak. The two summits are probably only a few miles apart but that section had taken us an hour by the time we reach the next check point at the summit of Hedgehope. It had also taken its tole on us a bit as the going had been tough. The good news was that was the major climbing over, but we had only covered about half distance.

We descended Hedgehope and thankfully this was not as steep the Cheviot and set on our way to the next checkpoint. The terrain was tricky and quite technical and some parts were just awful with thick gorse, it was my turn now to offer the encouragement. We made it out of that section and we were on a path, thank god! The only issue was that the path was quite eroded and followed a stream with a 3m fall into it if you got it wrong. This coupled with the fact we were 14 miles in and there seemed to be no breeze that had blessed us on the higher ground made tough going. I was now in uncharted territory in terms of distance, but my legs were holding up well and I was having a much better second half of the run than the first.  We reached the final checkpoint at 17 miles and knew we only had 3 to go, but hells path stood in our way, a short half mile assent that normally you’d just push on over, but today was a different story. It was a tough climb and we were both now feeling it at the top, still all downhill to the finish, but even that hurt.
We joined the original road that we’d started on and had a mile or so to go. As we turned off the road to the final path we could hear the welcoming sound of the YHA were it all was going to end soon. We rounded the corner and crossed the line together, we’d done it. 5 hours 20 minutes of running, yomping and in places walking. I think its fair to say we were both knackered, the heat and terrain had done its best but we came through.
The race was impeccably orgainised, they had managed to get water out to even the most remote of checkpoints (a first for the race I understand) given the heat. We now set about replacing as many calories as we could before we had to set off home.

As I write this, reflecting on the run I’m still on a bit of a high. The opportunity to run with my mate in some stunning scenery, meet some great people on the way round and support a great small running club who put on an amazing event has made it the event of the year for me so far, which is going to be hard to beat.  My legs are in bits, stairs are an issue but I can see that this won’t be a one off.  Roll on next year…..

Reckon we could maybe muster a few more bodies for next year, this sounds like a great race

Step up Geoff Collins for report number 3

Chevy Chase Fell Race Wooler Northumberland – Sat 7 July.

What a difference a year makes.  After my attempt last year missing a checkpoint I’m back again for another go at the 62nd Chevy Chase fell race.  The conditions were very different, dry sunny and baking hot with no rain for weeks and no bog.  Last year it was very wet and spongy underfoot.

Its 20 miles through some of the finest scenery in Northumberland giving runners the opportunity to ‘channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge’ say the organisers.  The route takes you deep into the heart of the land of the ‘far horizon’.  Indeed the views were truly spectacular you could even see the distant coast towards Beadnall.  A fantastic day apart from the heat and the flies to be in the fells.

This year Helsby RC had a higher profile with two of our best, Ian Rutherford and Davyd Mitchell also taking part.  Together with my Newcastle friend Jill who knows the area well, we ran together as a team of two, with much discussion over pacing to ensure we didn’t get timed out on the check points.  There is an overall time limit of 6hrs to complete the event.  Times are tight particularly at Hedgehope, after that it gets easier.

We met Davyd and Ian in the carpark brewing up and cooking toast on a camping stove.  Madly they left at 3am and drove up on the day!  I felt so grateful for my comfy bed and leisurely breakfast at Jill’s house in Newcastle.

You go up Cheviot 2,676 feet dropping down into a deep valley before heading up Hedgehope 2,348 feet.  Total climb is over 4,000 feet.  Its organised by the friendly Wooler Running Club who take over the youth hostel as the race HQ.

It’s an unmarked route with 7 check points.  Being able to navigate is key particularly in poor visibility, and of course to make sure you find the all the checkpoints!

This was my first race since the end of last year.  Following my knee injury and diagnosis of a stress fractured patella and other age related wear and tear issues.  My training on Helsby Hill & Sandstone.

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Well done guys, really tough going in this heat

Carol Shaw sent in this report

8 Helsby runners took part in the Ladies 5K race organised by Spectrum Striders last Wednesday, July 4th.
Jane Ashbrook was first from Helsby to finish in 8th place in 21.52 and was 2nd in her age category.
Carol Shaw was next in 20th place in 23.18, then Debbie Read in 22nd place in 23.25, Vanessa Griffiths 29th in 24.09, Rhea Howard Armitage 66th  in 28.43, Leah Binns 67th in 28.50 and Donna Geer 78th in 29.29.
Many thanks to Debbie for providing us with prosecco, strawberries and chocolate after the race.
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And last but not least Roy didn’t send in a race report, but asked me kindly to include this in the blog …so here goes

We love Manchestor 10k 

Roy ran a respectable 46.51, but could have done better but got sun stroke, it was boiling hot!

Well done mate

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

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

If someone could kindly send in race reports for Dearnford Lake Relays, and maybe the midweek fell race, send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 25th June to 1st July 2018

Hello Green Army

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine, long may it continue.

Dearnford Lake Relays are next Thursday 12th July, teams have now been finalised and this is your running order, if you want to change around discuss with your teams and let me know please.

Junior and Senior Wig set off to Llyn Brenig for jaunt around the fairy freckled cow. The race prep had gone fantastically and we had found and settled into a Mcdonalds around 9:15 ish, fed and water we carried onto towards Denbigh with the temperature increasing by the minute.

For those that have done this race or have been to Llyn Brenig will know the views are breath taking and with the beautiful sunshine it was even more so. We got parked and walked down to ‘Race HQ’ which consisted of a tent and two port a loos.

Standing on the start line myself and Dad decided we weren’t going to win it today and to let the other folk have a go. We settled into our normal position at the back of the pack and waited for the start. Already too hot the race started promptly at 11:32 straight up a hill. The first 3 miles is fairly undulating but with a bit of cover from the trees around the reservoir. After a mile and a half I’d stopped for a walk (as had my dad as it turns out).

After more walking up another hill we reached the water stop and the cross over section of the race and the reservoir. We had yet another massive hill and turned around to see how much of a lead I had built up over my Dad, he was right behind me! After this an epic battle of wits and nerves was being run at around 11 minute miles with my Dad finishing 10 seconds behind me.

The finish of the race is across the damn after running through some sheltered woodlands. We crossed the line, got our god awful t shirts and headed back to the car. On the way back we stopped at a café for ham, egg and chips because after all it had been an whole hour and a half since we had last eaten.

Jackie has sent in this on the Saunders Mountain Marathon

This weekend’s sizzling Saunders Mountain Marathon weekend in the Lakes
was as tough as they come due to the heatwave!  Fortunately the Lakes
had one day’s heavy downpour 10 days ago so the main steams were flowing
& drinkable as it would have been impossible to carry all the water
needed during these 2 days – no noticable effects yet!  Don’t think I
have ever seen the Lakes as crystal clear as at the moment, the heat
normally makes things hazy but not this time for some reason.

This year the race started from Grasmere, heading up Easedale and
overnighting at Stonethwaite in Borrowdale. There was quite a Helsby
“and friends” contingent this year which meant quite a #greenarmy
encampment as we all managed to squeeze our tents in close to each other
at the overnight camp.  It also meant a lot of unexpected bumping into
each other in the hills, especially on Saturday as the courses
zig-zagged up and down and around the high rocky central fells via the
Langdale Pikes, Esk Pike, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara &
Bessy Boot. Along the way we passed tarns galore; Easedale, Codale,
Stickle, Angle, Sprinkling plus lots of diddy ones.  Some competitors
took a dip in each to cool down! On the way up Esk Pike I spoke to a
dripping lady on the Klets course who had already had 7 swims & it was
only midday!  Checkpoints to visit along the way included streams, path
junctions, hills, humps, sheep folds, tarns, ponds; some rather craftily
“hidden” away. The joy of this event is even if you are in an area you
think you know well you are guaranteed to go somethere new or approach
familiar terrirory from a completely different angle!  On Sunday the
route back was through lower territory & more grassy under foot in
parts; coming back via Greenup Edge, Ullscarf, Wythbrun, High Easedale &
finally Silver How.

Carrock Fell

Laura & Chris     6:21  4:21    10:42  5th  overall

Jackie & Kate     8:50  7:29    16:19  37th overall 1st Female Vets

Chrstine & Sue  11:20 7:35   18:55  43rd  overall (out of 43 with 24 dnf)

Rachel & Lesley  8:58   dnf    unfortunately missed the last checkpoint
on the final day.

Wansfell

Sheila & Georgina 7:73 5:58 13:22 54th overall  4th Female Vets (out of
79 with 10 dnf)

Well done to Laura on her debut at this 2 day event & for finishing 5th
overall.  I must mention this…. the highlight for me was actually
overtaking Chris & Laura at checkpoints 2 and 3 on the first day by
sneaking off on a slightly more direct route! See 1st photo to prove it!
As you can see by the results though that certainly made them gallop on
like Gazelles after that, taking 2.5 hrs less on Sat & 3hrs on Sunday!
On Saturday we kept playing cat & mouse with Lesley & Rachel too seeing
them several times including right at the end as we virtually crossed
the line together (we had slightly different start times). Top marks to
Christine & Sue for endurance on Saturday; for both of them this was
their first major navigation event and multi-day mountain race and they
kept going for 11:20 hrs on Saturday despite all that heat when many
would, & did, throw the towel in. It seemed sensible on Sunday to make a
foursome and keep together to ensure a slightly shorter day for all.  As
a postscript Kate & I did have an advantage over everyone else at the
very beginning & end with the checkpoints on the highground between
Grasmere & Langdale. Between us we know it very well, Kate being lucky
enough to spend a lot of time in Grasmere and me in Chapel Stile; so its
our back garden training ground throughout the whole of the year.

Sounds like an amazing weekend and so good to see a lot of you all turn up and have a crack at it. Well done all

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Park run seen runners out in Hyde Park. Pheonix, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

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

 

That’s all folks, please keep sending in race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 18th to 24th June 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks racing news. Firstly a gentle reminder that all reports should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com if you wish for your race to be included in the racing news, we don’t generally look at Facebook as it’s too time consuming and it’s easy to miss reports on there.

Please find a message below from Andy Smith regarding the Frodsham downhill race on Sunday:

A plea for help. In addition to all our other race related activities, once again we have been asked to help out with  course signing, finish area management and results for the Frodsham Downhill Run at the Castle Park Festival this Sunday. We already have a trusty band of Helsby RC helpers, but would benefit from a couple more volunteers to help out. If you can spare an hour or two in the morning to help out in the park or on the course please get in touch – it would be much appreciated.

It’s a great family event and I know that a fair number of our members and their families take part, so a great opportunity to support them. Run starts at 12:30 and we’ll be setting up in Castle Park from about 9:30.

Cheers
Andy

Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge

A big thank you to Alison Halsall for her report, please see below…

“The Green Army were out in force again at the annual Tough Team Race. It was a gorgeous evening for it with six ladies team and four mens team taking part. They don’t call it tough for nothing but there are some wonderful views over the Cheshire hills with most runners complaining about the last long road section rather than the steep climb up the old railway track to the welcome of the Grim Reaper. There was support on the course from Mario and Joe (who popped up in the middle of the last field as usual) and it was great to see all of the Helsby teams running to the finish line together. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable event, the chilli, cakes and beer afterwards are great too! Oh and Helsby won the 1st vet ladies prize, a bottle of prosecco each thank you very much (Jane Ashbrook, Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall)”

Pennine Barrier 50-mile Ultra Trail 

A fantastic report has been sent in by Ben Crossley for the Pennine Barrier 50 mile ultra, an amazing achievement, hat is fully tipped! Over to Ben…

“Friday 22nd June Paul Cunningham and I set off to the Dales in the ‘love machine’ (I’ll come back to this) to raise the bar to the next level in our running careers, to conquer….THE PENNINE BARRIER.

Ah yes! The ‘Big Bazza’, the ‘Penny-Barry’ an ultra-marathon trail run, consisting of 50 miles of hard hitting trail from Malham following the Pennine Way before joining up with the Yorkshire Three Peaks route.  

Of course it was going to be tough, we knew it was, not one bit of us was denying how tough this was going to be, but did we shy from the challenge.. NAH AH! Game on! Operation F’K ‘em had commenced.  

2pm there we were in the ‘love machine’ a white Citroen Rally – transit like van that had been DIY’d in to our HQ for the weekend. To be fair it had been done out quite well. There was a double gas hob, sink with pump action water dispenser. Two seat dinner area which folded into what would be my first bed of the trip. Then the further rear was a double bunk with, if I remember rightly, a throw like cloth backing of the Hindu God Ganesh.  

The vehicle had also plenty of vinyl on the outside, one in particular caught my attention and stayed with me. ‘THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. I DON’T REMEMBER EATING A F**KING LEGEND!!’  Superb! This was our home for the weekend and we loved it!  

I digressed. Ok so we arrived in Malham around 4:30 in the pm. Registered had our kit checked. Then headed for a little walk to Malham Cove followed by some grub and a shandy in the local boozer before retiring for an early night, in anticipation for the next day. 

4:30 in the am! It was time to get up. flapjack and Imodium in the gut, washed down with a couple of coffees and there we were, on the starting line bouncing ready to rumble.  

 Ben C

The race started at 6am. Front runners broke ahead from the start up to Malham Cove. This included the well-respected, West Chester’s Tom Booth and ultra-runners John Bottomly, Ken Sutor, Ben Hoyle, Aaron Reeves, Sally Ford, Mel Edwards and the ever too giddy for his own boots, Benjamin Crossley (ME).  

The idea here was to get a good start up the first climb of Malham Cove and not to be caught in the single lined traffic of the 270 runners. Once we broke out on the top of the cove, the first burst started to reduce, and the main front runners now started to make a hefty gap.  

We followed the Pennine Way up past Malham Tarn and up over them there hills to Fountains Fell. Which after a slow but steady ascent, the rapid descent was much welcomed, and I let gravity do the hard work while my legs just ticked over.  

A mile down the road was the first checkpoint. We were now 12 mile in and approaching the first of the 3 peaks. I quickly refilled my water supplies, grabbed a banana and a chocolate doughnut and hit the trails.  

Pen-Y-Ghent was as you’d expect… a motorway of people. We had to weave in and out of hikers, in fact it wasn’t just hikers, it so happened to be the Sikh Three Peak Challenge. 100s, if not 1000s of people trailing on for miles. It wasn’t till I got down to the viaduct in Ribblehead that the crowds really started to clear.  

By this point I was at check point 2. 21 miles in and starting to feel the run. It had started to get warm and I was going through water fast. I stopped at the check point for 5 minutes perhaps to refresh and have a little stretch. I had started to get a little niggle in my knee, I just knew it was down to my IT band being tight, so there I was in pigeon pose while trying to gasp the hot air in to my lungs.  

Feeling refreshed I set off towards what had been the most long winded ascent(other than Snowdon) I have ever tackled. Whernside. Eugh. It’s not so much difficult, its just long and boring, I just wanted it to be over. Even the company of single serving friendship chitty chatty you pick up on the way could not pull my head out of how much I was disliking this climb.    

Once at the top you had a clear view of the fells in the Lake District in the distance. Seeing views like this is what its all about. My head quickly cleared of negativity as I smiled to myself and muttered ‘this is f’king awesome’ .  

Happy again I descended Whernside, cheering hikers on that were climbing from the other side before arriving at the 3rd checkpoint. I’ll point out here I made a quick dash for the toilet at the local farm shop. It was the only time I needed a wee on the entire run. Your body just shuts down I’ve noticed while it concentrates on feeding blood to your muscles, rather than your organs. 

Leaving the 3rd check point, again fully stocked on water and snacks. I’ll just add here how important it is to eat on these runs. Despite how little hunger you may be feeling with your stomach shrinking but at the same time full of water.. you must eat. If there’s anything that’s going to get in your way of completing these challenges, it’s not intaking enough calories, and by this point I was most certainly feeling it. Shovelling pieces of pizza, chocolate muffin and cheese and pickle sandwiches into me yap. I carried with me protein bars and energy gels as reserves, and they all got eaten.  

Ingleborough, what a short but hefty ascent is that. You can’t see it from a distance but as you get closer, there is a vertical scramble staircase. Followed by about 40 ft of rocky terrain as you reach the trigpoint. WOW!!!  I was cream crackered at this point and starting to get very uneasy on my feet.  

I clipped my foot getting back down which almost ended badly TWICE. Once I was close to slipping off the side of the peak, which would have ended in a shredded Ben bouncing down the jaggered rocks. The second I was talking about how much of a pleb you’d feel falling in front of everyone, in doing so, I clipped my foot and started wind milling down the trail. It turns out I had the gods on my side both times and no dirt was eaten this time. Just a little shuck up and a lot more aware of my footing. 

Check point 4! And the 3 peaks had been conquered. I didn’t waste anytime at this checkpoint, knowing I only had 15 mile to go. I quickly refilled my bottles grabbed another banana and went on my way. I was gutted to realise there was still a nasty little climb going up towards Pen-Y- Ghent that we had to get up. eugh…. Why .. why more climbing.. I was starting to go through the motions here and complaining to myself while stomped up to the kissing gate. 

I turned round and couldn’t see any runners behind me. I knew I had made good timings and I was surely somewhere in the top 50.  This was my aim. I wanted a sub 11 and to be in the top 50, I want a gold medal. Not silver or bronze, but gold. GB Ultras award gold medals to the top 50, silver to 51- 100 and Bronze to anyone over that. My aim now was to hold my ground.  

As I reached the final checkpoint , which again I quickly just refilled one water bottle, I asked where I was in the race, to which the marshal replied 42nd.. “come on Ben. Home run now. Just get home”. I kept repeating this over and over in my head, while I picked off a couple of runners and seemed to be experiencing what could only be explained as the mind of someone with bipolar. I wasn’t sure whether I was happy, tired, warm, cold, sad, full of beans.. it was very confusing which all most ended terribly.  

1 mile from the end, Janet’s Fross, I lost my head. Everything started to spin, I couldn’t see straight, and I was starting to stumble. I franticly searched the pockets of my vest looking for some sort of sugar shot. I found two soggy extra strong mints. This was it!! This what I needed. In they went, and I walked for 5 minutes, before having a final push to the finish.  

I’d done it! Id completed the Pennine Barrier. I was greeted by Emma Marks, of GB Ultras and Macclesfield RC who handed me a GOLD medal while chattering ‘WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG, WE’VE BEEN WAITING”. The feeling was unbelievable, I was so exhausted but so happy I just started hugging anyone and everyone I saw. 11hrs 5mins was my finishing time and I came 39th. 

The race was won by Ken Sutor with a new course record of 8hr 19 followed by Tom Booth 8hr24 and John Bottomley 8hr45.  

The top 3 ladies were Sally Ford 9hr44, Nicola Brown 10hr8 and Mel Edwards 10hr36. 

I almost forgot.. some gritty runners went back out for the 100 mile, breaking the barrier. This was won by the impressive Craig Clements setting a new course record with 24hr51, followed by Martin Rutherford 25hr05 and Alex McMann 25hr44. Seeing these chaps come home in one piece yet broken and still humble is just pure inspiration. This is where I want to be. 

As I sat in the van on the way home the next day my mind started to flood with thoughts. ‘If I can do 50 now, why can’t I do more’. This must be what goes through anyone’s head when starting out down this road…. Our only barriers are our own minds. Well, I believe I can.. the hills and trails are where I feel comfortable in life, why wouldn’t I want to devote my time into this (again) humbling sport. I want to see how far I can push myself, see what will break me.  

 I’m going all in…”

Moel y Gamelin Fell Race

“It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of fell running, don’t get me wrong I think that as an event they are fantastic – cheap as chips to enter, always in stunning locations and they seem to always start and finish at a pub which is an added bonus! I have just never been a fan of the race itself, going up the hills is ridiculously hard and coming down is even harder, I’ve never quite got my head around it. You need to have an ability to switch off the fear gland in your brain and really let go which I have never been able to do as my tarmac slapping “don’t get injured” part of the brain goes into overdrive. I also struggle to pace them correctly and generally make a hash of it.

I promised myself that this year I would attend more of them to try and mix it up a little and get out of my comfort zone. I started with “Up the Beast” a couple of weeks ago but I had a bit of nightmare, I started well enough and was in the top ten but I didn’t respect the hills enough and slowly died a death and went backwards. It’s very different tactics compared to roads, I’m generally pretty good at pacing a road race but on a fell you can’t go off too quick and maintain a pace and I didn’t reserve enough energy on the flatter bits, I was determined to pace it better at the next one.

Moel y Gamelin popped up in my Facebook news feed and looked a great one to have a crack at, it’s 10 miles long with 2887 ft of climb and mostly on trail path. I’d never done such a long fell race before so I decided give it a go and then had to run around like a headless chicken borrowing various bits of kit off everyone (full kit required for this one, who ever needs to own a whistle??) Me and Lou loaded up the car and set off picking up Jane, Laura and Duncan Harris (Chester Tri) on route to the Horseshoe Bypass in Llangollen.

The race starts and finishes opposite the Pondersa Café and the mercury was pushing 30 degrees, probably not the most ideal conditions! A big thank you to Phil Gillard for lending me his fell shows before the start by the way, he pointed out that my road racing flats where probably not best suited to the rough and rugged terrain that was to come and how right he was! 🙂

The race started and as planned I went off very steady, the route starts on a grass hill and you quickly hit a gravel track for the long climb up to Moel y Gamelin, you then find a sharp decent which had me scrabbling for grip, thank god I had those trail shoes on! The route was very undulating, up and down up and down until around mile 4-5 where you get a bit of rest bite on flatter grassy terrain. I had managed to work my way through the traffic and here I saw Mario handing out water which went over my head, he mentioned I was in 10th place but the heat was starting to have an adverse affect on me at this point. After another mile a water stop appeared into view so I stopped, took on plenty of water and ate an energy bar, I lost a few places but the sacrifice was worth it as I was feeling more energised after this.

The route loops back and hits the gravel path again and after a short while the colossus of the final climb appears into view which is certainly the hardest, over 500 feet! I was glad I’d taken on some fuel as I was feeling pretty good here and only lost one place on the hill. After this it’s pretty much downhill and hang on to the finish where I managed to get 15th place which I was made up with. I thoroughly enjoyed the race, I’d paced it well and took on fuel and water where necessary and the views were stunning. A Helsby runner converted to a Felsby? Not quite hanging up those racing flats yet but I will definitely being doing a few more this year 🙂

Congrats to all the Felsby runners, especially Laura BH for getting second place (I think) for the ladies and first Helsby lady to finish. Adam also had a great run to bag 6th overall and first Helsby runner home. A big thank you to Louise, Joe and Mario for supporting us on the day also.”

No results out yet but keep an eye out here:
http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5810

Col T

Parkrun

Please find a link to the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns, Delamere saw a superb second place from Derek Morris who is on the comeback after some time out with injury, well done mate and a big well done to everyone who took part in one.

That’s all this week, as usual please let me know if there are any results or reports missing and I will endeavour to update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

 

 

Weekly update 11-6-18 17-6-18

Firstly a notice from Debbie Read about a Ladies 5k

Wednesday 4th July 7:30 Ladies 5k. £5:50 Entries on line or on the night (£1 extra) ages 12+

This is a lovely race organised by Spectrum Striders. Starting and finishing in Forest Park (2 minutes from M62 j11) it’s a flat, multi terrain route, mainly on traffic free tarmac or packed earth footpaths through grasslands and woods with a short stretch on road.  All abilities – last year the winning time was 19 minutes and the last runner home took 55 minutes.

Usual age category prizes. All finishers get flowers and if you stay behind and put your number in the box there’s 20 lucky dip prize winners, last year it was running socks.

The park has a children’s playground, a large playing field and a small outdoor gym-perfect for a family outing.

It would be great to see lots of green vests there, especially the less experienced of you – it’s an ideal race to start you off, not too big (about120 runners) well marshalled so you won’t get lost, family friendly venue, flowers, water but maybe most importantly for the more timid among you, no competitive men 😉 Dare I suggest picnic blankets, a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to celebrate green army under our flutter flag at the end?

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/forest-park-ladies-5k

Parkrun
Helsby members were in parkrun action throughout the area, full results can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10K, which was a club road counter. Ian Hamling saw all the hard work pay off as he bagged a well deserved sub 40 minute 10K and John Rossiter secured 2nd place in the M60 category. Congratuations to both. Full Helsby results are below

Ian Hamling Male 00:39:38
Richard Hankins 00:39:45
John Rossiter 00:43:13
Roy Gaskill 00:45:14
Kate Mann 00:54:36
Geoff Shaw 00:59:21
Janet Shaw 01:03:44

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(Thanks to Kate Mann’s Dad for the picture)

Finally, Jackie K sent in this years list of club awards

Below is the full list of trophy winners from last nights annual presentation evening TrophyFest. Thanks for making a great #greenarmy celebration of running evening and well done to everyone on every counter you’ve ran. Here’s to even more in 2018/19!! Special thanks to Dave & Lesley for the excellent BBQ and Chris for the music. The next couple of weeks of Monday & Wednesday training sessions I will be giving mini presentations before the start to those who could not make it last night.

Helsby Running Club Championships 2017-2018

Roads Championship

Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V40 Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Jim Jones
Road Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Janet Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V40 Winner Jane Ashbrook
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Road Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Debbie Read

Fells Championship

Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Jim O’Hara
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Champion Joint Adam Gordon
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s Senior Winner Max Wainwright
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V45 Winner Paul Cunningham
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V55 Winner Phil Gillard
Fell Running Championship 2017 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Collins

Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies Senior Winner Katie Lord
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Fell Running Championship 2017 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold

Cross Country Championship

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s Champion Ian Rutherford
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Davyd Mitchell
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Gareth Boyd
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Steve Riley
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Chris Morgan

Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner Lucinda Lamb
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V35 Winner Emily Smith
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Janet Robinson
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V55 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Borders League

Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Chris Fitzpatrick
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Champion Joint Ian Rutherford
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s Senior Winner Chris Collins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V45 Winner Richard Hankins
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V50 Winner Roy Gaskill
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V60 Winner John Rossiter
Borders League 2017/18 Men’s V65 Winner Charlie Roberts

Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Champion Rachel Holden
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies Senior Winner June Whitehead
Ladies V45 Winner Alison Halsall
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V50 Winner Sue Buck
Borders League 2017/18 Ladies V60 Winner Debbie Read

Club Champions

Men’s Club Champion 2017/18 Men’s Club Champion Ian Rutherford
Ladies Club Champion 2017/18 Ladies Club Champion Laura Baynham-Hughes

Mini Fells

Men’s Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Men’s Mini Fells Champion Davyd Mitchell
Ladies Mini Fells Champion 2017/18 Ladies Mini Fells Champion Katie Lord

Trail Series

Men’s Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Men’s Trail Series Champion Adam Gordon
Ladies Trail Series Champion 2017/18 Ladies Trail Series Champion Debbie Read

Runners Runner 2017/18 Chris Fitzpatrick

Most Improved Runner 2017/18 Mens Winner Chris Collins
2017/18 Ladies Winner Emily Smith

Greatest Comeback 2017/18  Richard Hankins

Best Allrounder 2017/18 Mens Winner Geoff Collins
Ladie’s Winner Tanya Downes

 

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 04/06/18 to Sunday 10/06/18

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the rather late round-up of news from the week ending on Sunday 10/06/18. As it happens there was not a great deal in the inbox  so  the one report sent in by Sue Buck about the Keswick Mountain Festival is much appreciated.

Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

A quick reminder of a couple of events coming up soon. Moel-y-gamelin  will be our next club counter on 24/06/18. Before that though we have the ever popular Tough Team Challenge on Friday 22/06/18. Details of all notable upcoming events can be seen in our Race Calendar

Moel-y-gamelin ( A Blast From The Past ! )

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Keswick Mountain Festival 2018

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A few Helsby runners took on a couple of the events on Saturday at the Keswick Mountain Festival.  Max and Katie were both marshaling at the 50km ultra on Sunday and as such, got a free entry to a race. Max did the 25k trail race along with Rachel, Chris and myself while Katie ran the 5k trail race.  Andy did the Back O’ Skiddaw 70k sportive and enjoyed it, although I believe it was hilly! 

The 25k race does a large loop of Derwent Water and starts in Crow Park, Keswick. It was definitely a race of two halves with most of the ascent in the first half on rocky paths, which were technical in places. After reaching Rosthwaite, the second half was mainly on flat forest trails. Rachel commented that it was a great route and is to be recommended.

The race was well organized, well marked and there were a lot of marshals out on the course. The weather was hot and sunny and I was very grateful for the 3 water/feed stations.  

Well done to Chris on winning the female vintage category – none of us had heard of this category, but apparently it’s for women aged between 55 and 65. 

Well done to Rachel for running despite still recovering from the LAMM the previous weekend and to me for finishing, as unfortunately I’d managed to trip up as I was admiring the view over the lake about 3 miles from the end!  Big thanks to Rachel for patching me up.  

Results are here: https://www.resultsbase.net/event/4096/results

Parkrun

There was a brilliant turnout of 9 Helsby members at Phoenix Parkrun on Saturday and some great running across the board. A big well done to Chris Fitzpatrick though who finished first in a brilliant time of  18:28 – well done Fitzy! Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

I think that’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 28/05/18 to Sunday 03/06/18

 

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly round-up and thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions. Please keep sending anything that you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First of all, a brief message from David and Lesley regarding our annual presentation evening, and also the Tough Team Challenge:

“Hi All,

our annual awards evening and family BBQ is fast approaching on the 15th June from 6.30 onwards. Everybody is welcome, fingers crossed food will be available from 7.00ish with the presentations following and music from resident DJ, Chris Igoe! Please can you confirm numbers with David and I asap. The club will be providing the food but any offers of salads/puddings will be greatly appreciated. Transportation of club BBQ  is also needed as we no longer have a van. This could be whenever is convenient for someone. Many thanks.

PS David is looking to run the Tough Team Challenge but is teamless at the mo, anybody not yet signed up and interested, please can you let David know, thank you!

Here’s to glorious sunshine, good food and a celebration of fantastic running achievements, please do come along,

Lesley and David”

Racing News

We kick off the racing news this week with two great race reports sent in by Lesley Feakes:

Brathay Windermere Marathon – Sunday 20th May 2018.

“I completed the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 20th May. The weather was pleasant, not too warm, still and generally cloudy. The event is well organised on mainly closed roads around the lake starting off from Ambleside. The route then passes through Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Windermere and the lakeside in Ambleside. Support along the way is good with plenty of water stations. It is busy through Windermere as you pass the day trippers waiting for ferries etc and the final 3 miles is on pavement next to the main road to Ambleside which is busy. The route is very undulating but the scenery is great especially on a clear day. I was aiming for 4 hours 20 but the wheels came off at mile 24 so ended in 4 hours 30, 69th lady. I really enjoyed the run and would recommend it for the organisation, scenery and a smaller marathon event than Manchester and Chester.”

3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event – Sunday 3rdJune 2018

“This weekend David and I ventured over to Llangollen to complete the 3rd Llangollen Round Challenge event. The event is held every 3 years and is organised by local people raising funds for Cancer Research. The route takes in many of our known runs such as Moel Y Gamelin, Ponderosa and views of Dinas Bran. The route begins at the high school early on Saturday morning and heads uphill initially dropping down to the aqueduct and rising again to World’s End, down to the Ponderosa, over Moel Y Gamelin, down to Carrog and then up to Moel Fferma on the North Berwyn Way and one final ascent to Vivod Mountain, with 4 miles of descent back to Llangollen. The total challenge is 35 miles but this can be completed over 2 days. There are 5 checkpoints on the route with a host of friendly volunteers and a selection of refreshments. Most people are walkers though runners are not discouraged. The weather was warm but cloudy with a slight breeze on the hills so ideal. David accompanied for the first 17 miles to the Ponderosa, with his knee feeling OK he decided to carry onto Carrog at mile 24. Here the local pub beckoned and he settled for a pint and a train ride back to Llangollen. I continued and returned to Llangollen in 9 hours 12 minutes, and first lady. I met David in the pub to enjoy a pint of Guinness ad to watch Warrington thrash Wigan in the Challenge cup quarter final, a perfect end to a very enjoyable day!

I would recommend this run/jog/walk for the scenery, challenge and friendly support. The Town Cryer greets many of the entrants as they return to Llangollen and announces their achievement!”

The Scottish LAMM– Friday 1st/Saturday 2nd June 2018

Thanks to Jackie Keasley for sending in the following report and great pics from the Scottish LAMM:

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“The Scottish LAMM has been a top class favourite for the mountain marathon connoisseur for the last 20 years. This year the organiser Martin Stone decided enough was enough (or time to retire) and would be his last one so lets make it even more memorable than all the others. Usually the location is kept secret until the day before but this year we were told at the beginning of the year. The reason being it was on North Harris in the Outer Hebrides, so boats,20180602_142856 planes and holidays needed advance planning to get there. The race centre of Tarbet is normally a very quite sleepy village, but it was certainly woken up on Thursday evening when the Cal Mac ferry docked and the running “troops” were marched off carrying kit bags to the sound of bag pipes. The event is normally ran Fri/Sat but because the island is very religious, Sunday is very much still a day of worship, rest & reflection (even the childrens swings are chanined up), so the race was ran Fri/Sat instead out of respect for  the locals. 

The weather was hot and sunny the preceding weeks and whlist delighted with the weather the organisers were concered there would be enough water in the steams and whether it would be ok to drink. In the end it wasn’t too much of a problem & gave us an excuse to stop and re-hydrate at every flowing stream we found.  For a small island, the area has a deceptively challenging number of tough rugged peaks, all rising from sea level of course, the highest being Clisham at 799m.  It’s Corbett, Graham & Marilyn rather than Munroe country, so the foot traffic is a lot lower, hence hardly any paths (and the deer and sheep don’t seem very good at making trods), so the going throughout the whole of the weekend was tough, despite some of the bogs and peat hags that had thankfully started to dry out.  The clear sunshire had jasmingiven way to hazy cloud on Friday which was a  good thing, even so quite a number of other runners blew up in the heat. There was a brilliant overnight camp on a secluded, isolated beach at Loch Crabhadail on Sat (all the race infrastructure had to be brought in by boat). A swim to wash the legs and then a long stand in cold water to bring life back into them was essential. Saturday started off misty, which was a good thing for Rachel and me as it gave us a slight navigational advantage!

We did the C class and were out 8hrs 1 min on day 1 and 6hrs 16mins on day 2.  Overall we came 42nd out of 75 in the  class. In the vet class we were 14th out of 36 and the only female pair so we were really quite chuffed at our efforts!!   The Elite A race was won by  Steve Birkenshaw  & Neil Talbott and the Score class by  Jasmin Paris & husband Konrad Rawlik – amazing as she has come back to form just 6 months after giving birth to their daughter Rowan (who was brought in by boat to the overnight camp, ahhhhh).  Plus she won the Paps of Jura ladies race the previous Saturday!! 

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To summarise:- it was magic but very hard work as no paths & lots of tussocks, rocks, heather, heat & midges! Great views though! Overnight camp at another amazing isolated beach & dip/wash in sea did the legs a power of good. No photos of during but a couple at the end!

Cheers

Jackie”

Welsh 1000 Metres Race – Saturday 2ndJune 2018

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There were three of us from Helsby took on the Welsh 1000 this year – Jim O’Hara (12th in 5:14, Ben Crossley 64th in 6:36, Jim Jones 83rd in 7:08. The Welsh 1000 is a true classic fell race, and while it is not the longest I’ve done, it is definitely one of the toughest. This year was my second go at this race and it doesn’t get any easier. The race starts by the coast at the village of Abergwyngregyn, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr and Garnedd Ugain before finishing on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), therefore ascending all five peaks of Snowdonia that are over 1000 metres.

The use of GPS devices is not allowed in this race and this year, with visibility down to about 25 metres for much of the race, it was a real test of navigation skills. The need to navigate, along with some tough climbs over distance can be a pretty good test of endurance. There’s around 9000ft of climb, including a scramble up Gribin, over about 20 miles depending on how good your route choice is. I’ve ran up the Pyg Track many times but I found that stretch really tough this year as it was so crowded, and I was just knackered by that time. I finished half hour slower this year but I’m already looking forward to having another go at it next year.

Parkrun – Saturday 2nd June 2018

As usual, Helsby RC’s consolidted parkruns result can viewed at:

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

That’s it for this week folks. Thanks to everyone who sent something to the inbox. If anything has been missed please let us know and we an update the blog or include it in next weeks round-up.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Weekly Update 14th May to 20th May

Firstly an important note from Tim Palmer

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Full results for Helsby members at parkruns last week can be found below

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

 

Laura BH sent this in from Lads Leap Inter Counties Champs

7 Helsby runners made the trip east to Glossop on Saturday for the Inter Counties Fell Champs race, Lads Leap. 3 swapped their green vests for the black and yellow of Cheshire to race against other UK counties. The races were split into a women’s and men’s race. The ladies set off at midday on a scorching day – the race is an out and back course which I am never of a fan of – hard to enjoy the descent when you know you are going to have run back up the same way very shortly! It does allow you to see the race leaders though – as they ran past I did have the overriding thought that the leaders were half my age. Not used to seeing such youth at a fell race!! The heat and less than a week after a hilly marathon didn’t provide my best performance but it was privilege to represent Cheshire and an experience to race against some very quick runners!

The Cheshire ladies came 12th (out of 14 and ahead of Merseyside!) and a big thank you to Sue and Rachel for coming to race and support, especially as the number of non counties runners was very low! Well done to Rachel for winning her category.

The Cheshire men came 14th (out of 18, and just behind Merseyside!) and thank you to Jimmy and Ben for racing and supporting the men.

And of course thank you to Joe and Mario for supporting.

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Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/ladsinter.pdf

 

Ben Williams sent this in from Roseberry Romp fell race

Work took me to Middlesbrough this week, and so I scouted the FRA website for any suitable local races. I hit on the Roseberry Romp which looked like my kind of run at 5.1 miles and 1050ft climb. Organised by the National Trust, it climbs Roseberry Topping which is an odd looking hill just south of Teesside.

On registering, there were plenty of fellrunning club vests around but also many runners without club colours, so I was reassured that I wasn’t going to be totally out of my depth. The atmosphere was very like our local short fell races – very informal and friendly, lots of people spotting my vest and asking where Helsby is – clearly news of the #greenarmy hasn’t made it to Teesside.

The race itself was good fun – I had no idea what to expect, so made a mess of the pacing. I hung back at the start and got caught in the back of the pack, not realising that most of the course was single file trail paths where passing was very difficult. I’d expected the route to be steep from the off but it wasn’t, the initial stages were mostly woodland trail with gradual climb, then there were steep climbs up Roseberry Topping itself and Little Roseberry, which isn’t much ‘littler’ than the main hill. The descents were on paths paved with rough blocks where it was hard to get any kind of rhythm, though the paths became easier lower down the hillside. The hill is high enough that it was in the clouds, so no views but it was nice and cool.

I stayed for the prizegiving, which was lucky as I got a spot prize of a pair of socks worth more than my entry fee, so winner!
Results will be on the NT Roseberry Topping facebook page apparently, no sign of them yet.

Kate Mann wrote this report for the Liverpool RnR marathon.

When I entered the Chester Marathon last year saying I just wanted to complete one marathon and never do another, everyone told me that I would be signing up to another in no time and somehow they were right!! Two half marathon PBs earlier this year had me considering whether it might now be possible to beat the 4hr 8mins that I had finished Chester in so I decided to enter the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon. I have done the half a couple of times before but never thought I’d be lining up to do the marathon distance. After a few weeks of questionable training due to a hamstring strain,

I was hopeful, though not very confident, of a sub-4 finish (starting in corral number 2, I was more than a little concerned that I had very much over estimated my finish time when registering!!). I love the city of Liverpool and the route takes in all of the sights including a lap around Everton’s Goodison Park and then (annoyingly for me) followed by a run through the foyer of Anfield. It then returns back to the city centre before heading out towards the city’s parks. The support around the course was great particularly in and round the centre, and there was plenty of water and gels available – a big relief considering how hot it was that day! The added benefit of the RnR series is the selection of bands and DJs around the route, which definitely adds to the atmosphere of the day! The last 3 or 4 miles follow the Otterspool Promenade and although it is flat, it just seems to go on for forever and ever, and unfortunately not even a breeze off the Mersey to keep us cool!

I decided at around 7 miles that I would stick like glue to the 3:45 pacers for as long as I could and found myself making friends with one of them (who I think was Italian) and he hilariously kept telling me off every time I looked at my watch or used a gel (both completely unnecessary he told me), as well as shouting at me to shorten my stride every time we went up hill at all. I found myself dropping just behind him every now and again to sneak a gel without him noticing!! He was such a great help though and kept me focused in the warm conditions. After we hit 22 miles or so, I started to drift ahead of the pacers and finished in the official time of 3:37:44 (3:38:20 according to my watch) – a marathon PB of over 30 mins.

Overall, I (weirdly) thoroughly enjoyed the race and think the RnR races are loads of fun and well organised – remains to be seen whether I will enter any more marathons though!

Big well done also to the other Helsby runners I saw on the day – Paul, Tim Ste!

Helsby RC weekly round-up 30th April to 13th May 2018

Hello Green Army

This is a fortnightly update due to a lack of reports last week so apologies for not sending something out, but we have plenty this week.

Firstly we had a very successful AGM last night, the details of what went on and what was said i’m sure will be sent around very soon. There was a few points that came up that will need our help with asap.

Ben Williams cannot continue with Sandstone Trail Race Director duties, so we are asking would anyone like to step up. Also, not just step up but maybe form part of a committee who could all help organise this great event. It would be a real shame if this one had to drop off our race calendar, so if this is of interest to you, and you will be given support along the way, please let Jackie Keasley know.

Another one was is there anyone good with spreadsheets? If that’s you again please contact Jackie, as we need someone to look after the road and fell championship results. Ben and Suzanne have stepped down, but again you will be given full support, and shown what to do.

Last one was race reports. Steve has posted today on Facebook about it and if we could get one or two more race reports in weekly that would be great, even better if it’s from new members, you don’t want to hear about me and my marathon training all the time. It helps us bloggers out loads, so if you can send something across send them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Big congratulations to Chris Collins, Adam Gordon, and Laura Baynham-Hughes who have all been selected for Cheshire at this weekends Lads Leap Fell Race. Lucinda Lamb was also chosen but i believe she is out injured, so get better soon Lucinda and good luck to the others.

Thanks to Robert Hough who sent in these reports for Liverpool Spring 10k and the Walton Park 5 miler

Most of you have probably been wondering who the random Jesus look-a-like who has suddenly started to appear at club meetings since the beginning of the year. I decided to add to this weeks blog as an opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I’m Rob, I’m a decidedly average, yet enthusiastic runner who once vowed never to join a running club. After approaches from my home town club, Widnes, and local club, Warrington, I thought Helsby a better fit for me (green really brings out my eye colour).

On Sunday, I was one of six fool hardy Helsby runners who took on the twenty-five degree heat and challenging course of the Liverpool Spring 10k. Personally, I had to revise any ideas of pushing for a personal best at the 2km point due to my ginger disposition. A special mention should go out to Jon ‘The Roz’ Rossiter in the Male Veteran 60+ category, who posted an impressive 43:19, despite the recent disappointment of Chris Fitzpatrick beating his Marathon PB by less than a minute. Ian Hamling was the first Helsby runner over the line in a personal best of 40:33. A big congratulations to Matt, Tracey and Tanya too. A splendid effort in barmy conditions. I’m not entirely sure how much off the forty odd minutes I spent running, but I’m certainly enjoying my t-shirt and medal.

Only two days later on Tuesday evening, in much more conducive conditions for running, six more Helsby compatriots turned out at Walton Park for the annual Liverpool Running Club 5 miler. On a very pleasant and much less challenging 3 lap course, 406 local enthusiasts / sadists gathered and completed the course. Again, the first Helsby runner across the finish was Ian Hamling in another personal best time of 32:02. Ian is really finding a new lease of life as he rapidly approaches the big FOUR ZERO. After ‘crying off’ from Sunday’s ‘bake off’ at the Spring 10k, Rachel Holden was the first Helsby ‘lady’ over the line despite resembling Forrest Gump’s calipers in the scene where he is chased by bullies. Manchester Marathon claims yet another victim more than a month later…….cheers Rob

 

Ha ha great first reports Rob, sorry to have disappointed ‘The Roz’ as well

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Richard Hankins sent in another Walton Park 5 Mile Race report

I think this was the first year this race has been included in the club championship. It’s a club run event, fairly low key, but well attended in Walton Park, Liverpool. The weekend had been incredibly hot. By the Tuesday it was raining and cold and I arrived damp and unenthusiastic. The event is based in the sports centre in Walton Park which offered changing rooms and lockers which were really useful for those of arriving by bike in old leaky bike gear (I was scared my good kit would get nicked). The one criticism of the event is probably that there was a lack of toilets and this led to long queues, especially for the women. The course is three laps of the park, although the route varies slightly between laps to ensure the correct distance. It is relatively flat, well marshalled and on reasonable paths, but with quite a lot of turns and congestion for the first 500 metres.  Water, medals and handy little towels for all finishers. Overall, a good event, shame it clashed with so many others.

Only 6 made it from Helsby. Ian Hamling led the boys home and Rachel Holden the girls, a notable second in category for Janet Shaw. Full results below:

Full results here

http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=453

Another newcomer Jake Homes sent in a report, thanks Jake.

When I spotted this one on the calendar I had to make sure I got along to it as it was my old school. So about 25 years after choosing anything but cross country in P.E., I was back in the school sports hall, registering to run up to the castle.

There’s not much room to get into your rhythm in the castle race as 2 mins from the start you’re turning right and heading up ‘Donkey Hill’. I’m not even sure if that’s a proper name or just some name we called it when we used it for shuttles during the under 14’s off season footy training. All this sounds like it would give me home advantage, but 25 years is long enough to forget how steep that hill is and it quickly became a case of trying to walk faster than the guy in front… while walking slow enough to not blow up I the first mile of the run.

Get to the top and have a word with yourself that it’s eased off enough to be running again, left up the short track to bring you to the bottom of the castle. It was a good stretch next: path come sheep track with trees overhanging and enough descent to try and nip round the odd runner if you pick a better line…. I didn’t always. That descent doesn’t last long though and it’s another case of keeping running, knowing that it’s plenty easy enough to run well on another day, but for some reason (Donkey Hill!) it feels a bit tougher than it should.

When you come out of the trees you get to the main event of climbing up the back of the castle. Now that is a steep ascent and running is quickly at the back of your mind and it’s hands on the knees, glancing around to see who you can try and beat to the top… or actually just stick with… or you know what, let them go as you’re doing all this again in a minute.

Good feeling to be at the top and running again, pretty spectacular views for a race you’re only a about mile or so into. Try and get the legs strong again for the switching back decent which you can do as fast as you’re brave enough to go. Pick up a place or two maybe and get to the bottom and turn right ready to go round again.

Second lap was good… well, very tough but hopefully I dropped off a bit slower than the guys around me. And once back at the top again, it’s a great feeling that it’s all downhill from here. And it really is. I’d managed to have enough left to be able to enjoy it. Picked up 3 or 4 places before ending up with a bit of a sprint finish on the school field with Phil.

Great race. Prepare to have your heart beating though your chest for the entire 4.2miles or 42 mins in my case… but a good way to spend a Wednesday evening and thanks a lot to whoever was dishing out the sandwiches and cakes at the finish. Very welcome

That’ll be Jane Bishop Jake, reckon she needs to go onto Bake off if you ask me. Yep agreed its a great race, and i hope to see loads more there yet again next year.

LBH sent this one from Excalibur Marathon

After helping out at the Sandstone trail race on Saturday a few Helsby green vests took on the slightly shorter but definitely more hilly Excalibur Marathon in the Clwydian hills. With over 5,500ft of climb over 26 miles this was the toughest race myself, Emily and Alison had taken on. Jim Jones,a seasoned pro at this event and Paul I love a hill Cunningham also made the journey to Wales to do the race.

We had glorious weather and the views were stunning. The course is great with some really runnable sections, some tasty climbs and lovely descents! I experienced some crazy cramping after mile 18 but managed to keep going with some unorthodox stretching techniques! The climb at mile 23 was a bit challenging (you dont get that at the London Marathon) but you were rewarded by knowing it is pretty much down hill after that. Emily did brilliantly and smashed her target of 6h 30. Alison ran a great race and was only beld back by her mistrust of steep descents! All our Thursday training had paid off. I was well chuffed with a trophy and little prize for 3rd spot.

So in a nutshell it was tough but really enjoyable race and we really recommend it!

Results for the Helsby crew were as follows:

19th(3rd lady) Laura BH 4h 51

22 (4th lady)Alison Halsall 4h 56

33 Paul Cunningham 5h 21

48 (11th lady) Emily Smith 5h 54

49 Jim Jones 5h 55

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Well done gang, it’s certainly a tough first marathon so total respect and great times from everyone. 

New vest co-ordinator Sue Buck sent in this report the Wray Caton Moor race

I’ve been thinking of doing this race for quite some time, but previously been put off by the fact it’s on the first bank holiday in May and involves driving up the M6. Anyway, I decided this was the year to give it a go as I do like running over boggy moorland!

The fell race is part of the annual Wray scarecrow festival, which began the week before. The theme this year was ‘Ready, Camera, Action!’

It is a fell race, but in my opinion, is very straightforward with nothing technical in it. The race starts up a steep tarmac road before going through a couple of  fields, along a concrete farm track and then onto Caton fell, which is rough moorland. Despite the hot weather, there was still a big puddle up to my knees to splash through and some boggy bits.

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Get the big fella a green vest Sue!!

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Warrington, Delamere, Widnes, & Northwich. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

 

Weekly Round up 16-4 to 22-4

Notices

Firstly a bit of “good news, bad news” to start the blog off. Please welcome new member Chris Lloyd to the club, also Derek Morris and Helen Owens are back.

Also, Tim Palmer asks that people check their Emails for the “opt in” message sent a few weeks back to stay on the clubs mailing lists.

On to the races, CBH sent in this report from the Lake District

Teenager with Altitude and the Anniversary Waltz.

A rather hot Saturday saw four Helsby vests in the stunning Newlands valley for the final running of the Teenager and Anni Waltz. The Anni Waltz was established by Wynn and Steve Cliff to mark their wedding anniversary, but with Steve’s sad passing following a long and inspirational battle with Motor neurone disease, Wynn has decided this would be the last time she runs it. I know Wynn personally as she orchestrated the support for my Bob Graham back in 2012. Steve and Wynn were true servants to fell running – involved in the FRA, Wynn was even an honorary member of the Bob Graham club having spent years supporting rounds (up to 50 per year!) The numbers at the event were simply huge and it was a fitting tribute to Steve and his life.

Max, Jimmy and I toed the line at the Teenager whilst Laura took on the Anni Waltz – those that ran it as a fell counter last year will attest to the brutal start of the Waltz. After a short run down the road it’s straight up Robinson (the last top on the Bob Graham) and then it’s round to Dale Head, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells before descending back down to the start; at 11.5 miles and 3600 feet of ascent it’s a stiff challenge. The Teenager packs in an extra 4000 feet of climb in a mere 4 additional miles – a total beast of a race.

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Unsurprisingly it was Max that took an early lead in the Teenager over Jimmy and me. Jimmy and I exchanged the lead a few times and ran together for parts, but it was easy to get totally distracted by the surrounding beauty. Days like this in the lakes are rare and the views were simply endless. I’d never been to this part of the lakes and, as always, I was blown away by it. We’re so fortunate to have it 2 hours down the road from us.
Race wise Max was off near the front and never came back into sight. He passed Laura near the top of Robinson and finished joint 18th and over 30 minutes ahead. Given the quality of field that’s a simply fantastic performance! I managed to overtake Jimmy around Whiteless Pike and then, despite descending the wrong side of the mountain due to being momentarily drawn in by the views of Buttermere, I managed to get back on track and maintain the slim lead down to Newland Hause.

From here I ran scared, never knowing where Jimmy was, whether he’d got a better line than me or when he was going to breeze past me. Suffering a bout of cramp down the inside of my left leg as I climbed from Dalehead tarn up to Maiden Moor my heart sank as I expected the inevitable. Impossible to stretch out, I had to crack on and hope it would subside. Only three streams exist on the route so water had been a problem; as I descended from maiden moor I was a dead man running. My hopes of catching up with Laura on the route were long gone.

The final descent was pitiful and the finally ~1k of road was pure torture as ghosts of Jimmy flew past me, but I hung on and finished in just under 4 hours. Laura had a great race, in a truly massive field. The results are not out yet and I couldn’t see straight to note them down on the day! Every participant received an engraved glass from their respective race, a meal and free beer. A true community race that has put £000’s to charity over the years, has kept a community centre open and all for £9 a head. I sincerely hope that somebody else picks up the race and ensure it continues… I certainly want to run it again!

Davyd Michell sent in these 2 race reports

Two Sundays ago 4 green army vests took to the start line at the Bebington oval for 4 laps of the track in the Wirral AC 1 mile. This was the 1st race of 4 in the Wirral endurance series, the others being a 3k, 5k and 10k.
Its not often that you get to run a timed mile race and this meant quite a large field of 25 runners took to the line with some familiar faces from border league races present. The pace was as expected quick and the field spread out rapidly. 1st green vest home was Fitzy in a quick 5:07.01 for 7th place, Ian was next in 13th with and impressive 5:37.09 given that he has been strong armed into the race have already done a tough hill session in the morning!. I had a good battle with Peter and just managed sneak home inside 6mins with 5:59.12 for 17th with Peter one place behind in 6:11.47. Full results are here

Mens – https://tinyurl.com/yalnw5go
Womens – https://tinyurl.com/yd2www3h

Two days later saw me on the start line in Battersea park for the Veterans Athletic Club 5 miler. This happen to coincide with a work trip to London and made a pleasant change from and evening in hotels/work. The event is open to any Vet and is held monthly on a Tuesday night, if you happen to be a member of a masters athletics club you also get a £1 discount so this was a bit of a bargain for me at £4 for a certified 5 mile race. It was a nice sunny evening and 33 runners lined up for just under 3 laps of the park. The course is flat and apart from dodging a few other parks users and makes for a pretty quick course. I came home in a uneventful 34:31 for a mid table 15th position and something to build on for future races as work will enable me able to make most of the series.

Details of the dates of the other races can be found here as I know there are a few of us that find ourselves in London for work.
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Fixtures.html

Full results here
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Results-2018.html#17/04

parkrunFull, consolidated results for the week for Helsby members can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers
Gaz

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