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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Helsby RC weekly round-up 9th April to 15th April 2018

Hello Green Army

A few notices to kick off.

A message from Tim Palmer.

Welcome Jason Tate who has just joined the Green Army, also a welcome back to Leah Binns as a club member after a year off.

Also, just a prompt to you all , if you want to continue receiving the blogs  you will now need to opt-in either by updating your settings i) by the link in the recent email [scheduled to be sent at Wed, April 18th 1:00 am] or ii) by the link in the footer of the blog. For members, they do this twice!

A quick heads up from me

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks

And another – Borders League season finale is nearly upon us

Borders League Race 7 is to be held on Weds 25th April. All details below. It would be great to get a good turn out again for the last race of the season, and guarantee our place where we belong in the top division. For anyone who has not raced this before we need to pre-register you for this one, you cannot turn up on the night and just run like normal. I need your details in by Monday 23rd April at the very latest. Please let me know if you are attending.

fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thank you

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

And Another 

Dearnford Lake Relays are open for entries. 7:30 pm Thursday 12th July 2018. Anyone want in? This will sell out very quickly, if you let me know, i will organise the teams similar to how we have done others based on power of 10 results. Mens/ladies/mixed teams can be sorted.

It’s £6 per person. Email me or let me know on our Facebook page. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/relay.aspx

And another 

Are you aware we now have a club training session on Friday mornings. Friday Fun Club (FFC) is now an official club run. 6am prompt, every Friday from Red Brow Lane, Runcorn, WA7 1QY. Park up at the canal bridge.

This is the kind of stuff we get up to below. It’s available for all abilities, nobody will be left behind, and with the brighter mornings we are expecting numbers to start increasing. We have a regular group of up to 10 at present, feel free to come along and join in

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Thanks to Carol Shaw for sending a report in

Chester Spring 5 – Wednesday April 11th 2018

20 green vests took part in our 4th race in the road series, the Chester Spring 5, last Wednesday. The weather conditions were perfect for running and although there were concerns about water out on the course, we all ran through the puddles without a problem. Chris Fitzpatrick was first home for Helsby in a chip time of 28.39, even though he had previously run the Manchester Marathon three days before!

Debbie and Carol won age category prizes, and Carol, Christina and Debbie all finished within a minute of each other. Many thanks to Geoff Collins and Neil Finnegan for their support out on the course, and as always a big thank you to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on.

Full results below

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-51

Thanks to Bish for sending this one over – Radcliffe 10k trail race

Sunday morning took me off to Radcliffe for a trail race with a sting in the tail. Radcliffe A.C. had to amend the course due to repair works on the canal. Then had to change race HQ. Finally this morning had to contend with loose horses on the course, who very kindly left plenty on poo mine’s on the course.🐎😠

Anyway the route started on the track off onto a well potholed path with plenty of puddles, over the canal then into pathways and  trails through the woods with a hill 3 miles in oh yes a final gradual climb back up the potholed path down onto the track for the finish.
With 303 runners happy to say I finished a respectable 12th with first in age cat.
Winner from Salford with a comfortable time of 36.39.
Not an expensive race to enter organised by a friendly running club worth the travel
Cheers Bish
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Nice one Bish (Poo mines? ha ha ha)

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

Big mention to Derek (Degsy) Morris, who looks like he’s joined the club again after injury just at the right time, winning Pheonix Park Run. Well done mate great to see you back

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all folks

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 02/04/18 to Sunday 08/04/18

Hello Green Army!

It looks like its been a busy week. Thanks to everyone who has sent something into the mailbox. Remember to keep sending anything that you want to be included in the weekly round-up to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Reminders:

Sandstone Trail Challenge – Saturday 12/05/2018 – Help Needed

A message from Ben Williams regarding the STC:

“Helsby RC are again organising the Sandstone Trail Challenge on Saturday 12th May. The event is sold out, most of the pre-organising is done and now we have to put on our usual great event! To do this we need volunteers – thanks to everyone who’s already offered, but we need more please. The event runs all day and into the evening, and we particularly need help later in the day. There are checkpoints to man, the finish area to look after and various other tasks – plenty to go around!

For all you bakers out there. we’ll need cakes to give out at the finish as well! 

If you can help please let me know on facebook, or by email to sandstonetrailchallenge@hotmail.com , or grab me on a Wednesday night.

thanks all!

Ben”

Mid Cheshire 5k (with curry) – Friday 27/04/2018

A message from Chris Fitzpatrick:

“Hello Green Army

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. 

Thanks

Fitzy”

Racing news:

Grisedale Grind – Wednesday 04/04/2018

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in his holiday report:

“Imagine the excitement of popping the fell calendar in your bag for a family week in the Lakes, only to find there was an evening race 10 minutes up the road? The weather was equally exciting and started to snow  a couple of hours before. It was supposed to be an out and back up Grisedale Pike but was shortened to a half height route, with a white-out on top. Just for kicks they threw in an extra climb at the start to soften us up. Magic race – recommended – hardest 2.2 miles I’ve run!”

Pollensa Half Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

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Next, we have another holiday report from Richard Hankins. Thanks Richard:

“Pollensa is a medieval town in the North of Mallorca, nestled at the foot of the Tramontanamountains. Geoff ‘been there and run it’ Collins told me about the race. At Euro 18 to enter it is good value for money. 
The route travels initially painfully slowly 1.5 times around the running track, it then heads out onto the main road from Pollensa to Palma….beautifully closed by the Guardia Civil. The first three straight miles are downhill as far as Puerto Pollensa. Around the back of the town then onto the coast for three glorious windy miles along the seafront. This town attracts a lot of English visitors – and their was a lot of love for the Helsby vest as I made my way past tourists eating their breakfast on the patio. Image-2.png-2
The last four miles were along beautiful country lanes, through ancient olive groves and citrus fruit orchards. A real treat…even better than Wrexham Industrial Estate despite the uphill gradient. The final mile was circuits of the medieval streets of the old town: great support from the locals and the town band playing as you passed through the square creating a great atmosphere.  Lots of sharp turns and cobbles, however, made this difficult running.
Overall, a fab event I’d love to do again. Not the fastest race but one of the best experiences. I didn’t get an official time as I had failed to attach the chip on the back of my number to my shoe and I only noticed after the race that everyone had. But I was 95th at 1:31 by my reckoning.”

Borders League, Mold – Sunday 08/04/2018 (Helsby v Felsby race 1 of 2)

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Thanks to Ian Rutherford for sorting out the scoring for the Helsby v Felsby competition and seeing in the following report:

Helsby v Felsby after race 1 – Borders League, Mold.

So, after the previous Borders was postponed due to bad weather, the Helsby v Felsby competition kicked off at the following Borders meeting upon the 5-mile Mold course. I think genuinely recognised as one of the tougher Borders courses on the circuit.

Thirty Greenarmy turned up for this, 18 representing Team Helsby, 12 Felsby. The lure of the Manchester Marathon extracting a few from the overall totals, I trust they’ll be back though for the return leg on the Hills.

It was a great contest too. Colin Bishop first home in 37th position overall and just 6 seconds ahead of Chris Collins in 40th. A great H v F contest in itself. With Adam and Colin both well in the top 50 it was a very satisfactory day for the Greenarmy men who have more than consolidated their position in 4th in Division 1. With twice as many runners for Team Helsby over Felsby it’s not surprising a good lead at this stage.

The women keep going from strength to strength and have the foundations of genuinely competitive racing team; led from the front by June once again. June finished second in a brilliant 31’20 with Alison Hassall 7th.

The remaining ladies all representing Team Felsby ensure a healthy lead on Team Helsby though.

The full results are as follows and show a slender lead overall for Team Helsby over Felsby which is consistent with previous years of the competition.”

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Manchester Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

Well done to all the Helsby crew who completed the Manchester Marathon on Sunday and thanks to Chris Fitzpatrick for sending in the report:

“Sunday seen 5 of the green army head over to Manchester to do the marathon along with 10,000 other competitors. This marathon is an expensive one, and in past years it hasn’t met up to certain standards you would expect, with the course being short, countless stories of baggage problems, but this time the organisers got everything right. Enough parking, a big enough baggage tent, friendly marshalls before and after the race, lots of entertainment, and the Manchester crowd from start to finish really was great. This race now has the feel of a big city marathon, and i think it will continue to grow over the coming years.

The course for those who haven’t done before it is super flat, definitely a PB course, although a few changes early on seen us run around the local streets with a lot of twists and turns but it then takes you out to Sale, Timperley and back into Manchester centre for a finish line that seems to go on forever. It was also perfect running conditions, no wind, no rain, cloudy and about 9-10c. 

I had given up booze for the whole of my training, and I had trained extremely hard putting in a lot of mileage with only 1 goal, a sub 2.45 marathon which would get me a championship place for London next year. After initially feeling great early on, i started to struggle from mile 13 onwards and my average 6.08 min/miles by mile 20 starting to turn into 6.20 plus miles, and slowly got worse and worse. I could see my goal slipping away, and the demons in my head went into overdrive when my body really started to hurt and were just saying give up. I’m happy to report i didn’t give up, however i did miss out on my time by 1 second. Well 2 seconds now as they have rounded my time up, 2.45.01, a massive PB by nearly 5 minutes, but so so disappointing to get so close, but i had nothing left in me, my feet felt like they dragged along the tarmac for the last 6 miles. Overall i am happy at the way the training went and way the race panned out, and i was even happier when i got home to be greeted by a nice cold Guinness.

Well done to everyone who ran, a marathon is only a 10k race i read afterwards, it’s a 32k warm up with a 10k race at the end. You’re not wrong there! it’s a bloody tough one as well.

Full results for Helsby runners below

http://www.chiprace.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=38&RId=1865

 

Parkrun – Saturday 07/04/2018

We had 15 Helsby members participating across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday. Great to see Colin Bishop still up there in the rankings – 2nd place at Phoenix by 1 second! Ooh… I bet that was battle. Well done Col!

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC.

That’s it for this week.

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

Helsby weekly roundup 19-3 to 25-3

Firstly a message from Chris Fitz
This years Dearnford Lake Relays are to be held on Thursday 12th July 7.30pm. It opens for entries early April, and will sell out very quickly. It was £5 each last year (£15 per team), presume it will be the same this year.

For those who have not raced it before, you team up as a relay team of 3, someone runs the first leg, someone second leg, and yep you guessed it someone the 3rd leg as well (Sorry I have to explain this as Rachel still struggles to grasp what a relay means). Each leg is 1 lap of the lake as surrounding fields and is 2 miles long.

Once I know numbers we can sort teams, we try and put you in a team of similar paced runners but we will cater for everyone. After the race, it’s a beer and a burger….Bonus!

If interested contact
fitzpatrick__chris@hotmail.com

CBH sent in this report from LLantysilio Fell Race

Weather was decent for our first fell counter of the season at Llantysilio this weekend and the race was well supported by the Green Army (so much so we won a prize for the club with the most entries!) Situated just outside Llangollen, the race starts with a brief bit of road before a stiff climb up to the first top and onto a series of fields and farm tracks.

Between the sweat and tears I was just about able to enjoy the scenery before we headed up and along the fire road tracks to Moel-y-Gamelin. The clag was hanging around the tops on the way there so keeping sight of people ahead became difficult, but made for a great game of cat and mouse with no respite or place to hide. From the top, rather than dropping down to the Ponderosa on the Horseshoe pass the race turns right along a long and fantastic series of well defined single track paths which really make or break the racers. Hoovering up the guys in front on the final climb and along this single track was very positive, but in the end I ran out of distance to breach the top ten. The final section returns to the tarmac for a killer “never ending” finish.

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All in all a great race, won by friend of the club Jez Brown of Buckley and the 20 Fell points going to Adam Gordon and Laura Baynham-Hughes – Laura also managed to bag 3rd overall and was first vet 40… again a little bit more distance and that could well have been a second place. Special mention to Emily Smith who was taking on her first fell race. Coming into the finish with a massive smile on her face (and that wasn’t just pure relief). Fantastic work by all the Felsby section of the Green Army – if you’ve ever been tempted or are curious then come along next time and give it a go. There is always a lift, warm welcome and a true sense of freedom to be had.

Results and (lots of) photos can be found on the Helsby Facebook page

 

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The full consolidated results for Helsby parkruners can be found below. Highlights include a win for Colin Bishop at Phoenix and 2nd Lady for Rachael Holden at Widnes

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

 

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th March to 18th March 2018

Hello Green Army

Lets get the notices and messages out the way first of all.

A note from Tim Palmer

Message to all club members who are a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)
Over the last few years, a number of club members have successful obtained this Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification. Unfortunately, some of those haven’t completed the final step of getting the safeguarding (DBS) check. If you haven’t done this, you are not insured as a LiRF. The UK Athletics website says: “To be insured having taken this course [LiRF] it is a legal requirement that you also apply for and gain the relevant safeguarding check provided by your Home Country. The process for this varies between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.”
However, all is not lost. It is relatively easy to get a DBS check, this can be done online on the England Athletics website with both Jo Farwell and me (Tim Palmer) being able to do the document checks. So it is just a matter of filling the form in online and then arranging to meet one of us with your various documents (passport, driving licence, utility bill, etc). We then can verify these on online and there is no need to send off the documents or copies. The full instructions are available at:

Both Jo and I have recently done these checks for club members, so please feel to ask us questions about it.
Tim
Some notices from Jackie
Important dates for your diary :-

Helsby Running Club AGM – Wednesday May 16th 8:30pm after training, in
the upstairs room at HCSC; chips or sandwiches provided.

Helsby Running Club Annual Presentation Evening – Friday 15th June, from
6:30pm at HCSC; a Summer BBQ for all the family (hopefully) followed by
our annual, Road, Fell, Trail, Cross Country & Border League awards +
overall Club Championship+ disco to celebrate too!

Please keep these dates free.

Sadly, Chris Hatton’s wife, Sandra passed away last Sunday after a
number of years of illness. Out thoughts go out to Chris and it was
great seeing him turn up to train last Wed despite a tough week. Funeral
will be early April, TBA. Sandra & Chris marshalled each year at a
number of our races without fail, until Sandra was not well enough to
turnout. I will always remember her settled in by the Motor Museum 4VHM
marshalling spot; with camping gear & stove on the go for hot brews &
handing out lashings of tasty flatjacks!

Thanks

Jackie

This weekend will also see the first of our fell counters and the second road counter.  
The fell race is Llantysilio (AS) 9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft, 11am start from Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, Nr Llangollen, GR 179448 (why never a post code for simpleton’s like me????)
The road counter is the Liverpool 10 miler, Pier Head, Liverpool, 9am start.
Good luck to anyone running them.
Also, after the abandonment of the last Borders League race at Tattenhall, this will not be re-arranged, it will be a 6 race series this season not 7. The next race up is Sunday 8th April, in Mold, 11am start. This will be the 1st leg of the Helsby V Felsby competition now as well. A massive turn out is much needed please.
Also, i am pleased to announce that the popular Friday Fun Club is now an official club run, and will be added shortly to the club website for everyone to see. Well done to Ian Rutherford and the regulars for keeping this going. For those who are not on social media, there’s normally a group of 5-10 runners most weeks that turn up at 6am prompt, Friday mornings, Red Brow Lane, Runcorn. The run normally lasts no longer than an hour and is usually around 6 miles, and depending on what racing is going on over the weekend it would normally consist of a hill session in the Firs, or a nice gentle plod around Sunny Runny, Hatton, and Daresbury. Plenty of mustering and all abilities welcome. Message Ian or myself if you have any questions.
Also talking about new runs, for anyone that cannot do 6.30pm Wednesday night club runs as they are just a little too late, then there are folk who have been meeting up at 6pm every Wednesday instead. The 6.30pm start is still the main club run and will continue to be so, but if you feel that you need to set of the little bit earlier than everyone else so you are all finishing at the same time then feel free to join the gang. Both the 6.00pm and 6.30pm groups will muster so anyone new to the runs or club, will not get left behind, we want to cater for everyone at Helsby.
Last notice, Mid Cheshire 5k is on the 27th April, and after this race last year a group of us went for a curry down Frodsham, and we are planning on doing this again. You don’t have to race to be able to qualify to come for the curry so if you want to come along let me know so I can book at table, it will probably be around 9pm ish, email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or message me on FB/Twitter.
OK onto a few race reports
 
Ras y Aran

The three Helsby vests of Jim O’Hara, Phil Gillard and myself braved the cold and blizzards and headed to Bala for Ras y Aran on Saturday. I hadn’t done the race before and was a bit worried when Chris informed me on route it was a tough one!! Now he tells me! It is an out and back race with a steady climb up and a lots of lovely descent on the way back down!  Due to the weather we did a shorted route mainly for the safety of the marshals and one I was glad of when we got turned around at check point 1 – not sure I would have fancied another 2 miles up to the summit in those conditions.  Pleased we made the trip over and big thanks to Chris and the boys for cheering us on. Also pleased to be 4th lady back and a nice bottle of vino for 1st V40. Good running from the gents. Results http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/ras%20y%20aran%20result%202018.html

 Also, Just a reminder it is our first fell counter on Saturday at Llantysilio. Would be great to see lots of green vests out on the fells. It is a great race – if you have any questions about kit requirements or route then just ask.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/llantysilio-fell-race/

Well done Laura, it was pretty bleak on Saturday, hope Phil has his leggings on and not his short shorts!!
Sue Buck dragger herself away from the sun bed to send this one in

Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k Race

The Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k is organized by the group I was running with for the benefit of the many running groups who train in the Algarve at this time of year.

I’m not normally a fan of 5ks, but I was talked into it with comments such as  “it’s hilly and they’ve dug the road up for you so it should be right up your street!” So at 4 Euros, I thought I’d give it a go and was glad that I did.

There was a record entry this year with 150 runners taking part. The course is a hilly 2 ¾ laps starting with a fast downhill and finishing on what is now known as Falesia mountain! The event is well-organized with plenty of marshals and support for the runners.

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Debbie Read was also flying the flag for Helsby and was first FV60. Well done Debbie

Full results can be found here: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flookaside.fbsbx.com%2Ffile%2FFalasia5k2018Final.pdf%3Ftoken%3DAWznpuYTbIdli7rcDahkGdDupdbQ9BeYb8GyPGANCr18vyOb3g_vWPZJq9Rf1Pxr2vh88xCaRbue0B9Oc_PuuScfV_Vc6G639Y87W_WBqHZmlJA_lkSuOt9k7WOH259SkM0ndiECjULJq2U47lvECiko2JSDgF_iq8Eb1SNE07HB2KbCY33du_v0CrQb3GK10co&h=ATPD6FsIjdXKlHi2u-L_-yaKiN6cRDZnnT1UDPWzpegax2Imj4FGbxLw2Ks4i76BubvD_qhpm7nYNeueRioBe6daxJiz2GzIPuB4w5kZ-9FiBLka6Nl89IVjTzbA

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Looks like you had a ball especially after seeing these photo’s

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Betty & Jackie sent a few bits in for the Sport Relief event last Sunday

Well done to all the Helsby Running Club volunteers,  we had 58 entries of all ages on a very cold day. Probably the only Sports Relief Mile event with a race clock and official adjudication!!

I have to say Helsby Running Club knows how to host a race!

Click on the link below for results and some photo’s

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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Delamere, Golden Beach, Ellesmere Port, Penhryn, Birkenhead, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all from me, have a nice weekend

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 26th Feb to 4th March 2018

Hello Green Army.

Did anything happen last week? I’m a bit late with the blog this week as I’ve stepped in while El Capitono is taking a well deserved break. I had thought I’d have loads of reports in the inbox but it seems the weather was too rough for road-running last week. So a few of us had to take to the fells where a bit of snow added to the fun.

Pipe Dream       Saturday 3rd March 2018

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The snow didn’t put off 4 Helsby from entering the 13th hosting of the wonderful Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog. This is one of my favourite fell races even though I never IMG_5692do well on it. It always reminds me of the 90’s video game of the Mario brothers running along the pipes. The race starts with a steep climb up steps along the pipes and you then follow the pipes over the fells for a while before descending back to Dolgarrog via fields and a wooded area, which can get a bit tricky underfoot. A relatively small field of 47 turned out this year, and we all appreciated the decision of the organisers to go ahead with the race in what could have been quite testing conditions. All went well on the day and everyone came back. Helsby were represented by Max Wainwright (4th), Chris Baynham-Hughes (16th), Phil Gillard (39th), Jim Jones (40th) and Katie Louise stepped in to help out with marshalling on the day.

And fantastic cakes were provided by the Dolgarrog Community Centre.

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The weather seems to of had an impact on park run numbers at the weekend too. We still fielded 7 Helsby runners across various park runs though. Our consolidated club results are HERE

 

New Member!

A warm welcome to Jake Holmes who has recently joined the club. Looking forward to running with you Jake.

That’s all for the short blog this week. If there happens to have been a road race not cancelled in the area, please send me details at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC Weekly Update

Notices/Reminders
****Tattenhall Border League race on Sunday is off due to the weather*****

Sport Relief 
How about getting your family to join in this fun event down at Helsby Community Sports Club on Sunday 18th March afternoon.
Please let me know asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or facebook) if you can supply someone to marshal, only looking for a dozen and they are all close to the club as the route consists of loops of the football, tennis, bowls & rugby pitches.
Also if anyone is First Aid qualified and can be on stand by on the day please let me know. It should be a much quieter day than the Four Villages & much warmer!

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Onto the races

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Consolidated parkrun results for Helsby members are below including the first place finish by Col Thompson at Phoenix
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Steve Riley sent this in from Darwen

A first for me – a night time fell race. Jamie D’s home club, Darwen Dashers puts on the most excellent Dark Un. Jamie signed me up for this, telling me how utterly great it was …and then realised he’d double-booked himself. Not a bother though, I lined up with work colleague Dave and combined the evening with a meeting nearby. I was pleasantly surprised to sign in and pick up the race number from an old school friend and former Darwen President – small (fell-running) world and all that.
So this was head-torch race on the moors above Darwen. Starting downhill through the woods to spread the field out and then a long steady climb, passing a couple of ghosts (marshalls), up onto the moors and into the wind, a mobile disco playing Beach Music, a mix of tracks, frozen grass, tussocks and the occasional not-so-frozen bog. Pretty good run for me – 24/72 over around 5m/800′ climbing. Dave came a brilliant 8th (I let him beat me, to avoid a difficult annual review). Crisp air, ice, brilliantly marshalled, finish in the pub, free crisps. What’s not to like?

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Benajmin Crossley sent this from Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race

Sunday 25th February, The Sun was out, the skies clear, the temperature below zero, possibly the most beautiful day of the year so far. Or so it felt for the 70+ runners all bouncing round the fields, wrapped up in thermals, ready to take part in the first Clwydian Sheeptracks Fell Race. Green army runners being myself and Jimmy (Bucky) O’Hara.

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Runners were handed a map each and it was left to them to navigate their way round the 17mile 27KM) unmarked course.. and depending your choices, this could be longer with more or less ascent to stretch your legs over.  In my case I covered bob on 17mile with 3,528ft climb. Did I nail the navigation with a perfect route choice? Some people may think so.. my legs certainly did not. As I’m sure most are aware covering distances like this is always tough.. but when its off road and trail that 17 miles feels more like 30, a bottle of tequila and a kick a teeth.

The group all started together but as we approached Moel Famau the group split, up and over or round leading to check point 1. I took the round and as usual went all in at the start so was blowing out of my **** by the time I reached the first check point.

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The group at this point then really started to sparse, so if you were planning on following the heard and hoping for the best you were out of luck. I soon found myself on my own, scrambling through brambles, up and down the valleys searching for the sheep tracks. Luckily the brief practise I have had in navigation, mostly theory work in my bedroom with printed off maps and my cheap compass paid off. I think once you get your head round that, and how to bring the contour lines to life then it soon makes sense (a little help of a friendly Garmin letting you know how high up you are does the trick also)

Every so often I’d stop to take a breath and enjoy the scenery. I was blown away with how clear you could see Snowdonia and Snowdon as i came across the top of Moel Dywyll. This is what really does it for me. You don’t get the same felling of freedom with such beautiful surroundings when your focusing on fast pace concrete slapping (no offence to the road runners). There is just a sense of clarity and peace I get from running trails, fells, hills. It’s an adventure not a race.

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Feel like I’ve rambled a bit here so I’ll bring it to an end. The race took us from the start in Cilcain over to the carpark below Foel Fenlli stretching out to Penycloddiau and then some, then back to Cilcian, including a final climb up the steps from the cattle grid at the bottom of Moel Arthur up to the top of Moel Llys-y-coed.

In total it took me 4hrs with Jimmy completing it in 3hr22. It was a testing but highly enjoyable race to grit your teeth and get stuck in to, which I would recommend to anyone keen on off trail running. Winning male and female were Neil Talbott (Ambleside AC) 2hr28 and Hayley Evans (Buckley) 3hr08. Full results

https://tinyurl.com/ybldv5eo

Fitzy sent this report in from Village Bakery Half

Not sure how to follow on from Phil Tomkinson’s report from last week, so I will definitely not talk about my massive PB, I promise 😊 So just a short report from me.

What a cracking day for racing Sunday was for our 1st road counter of the season, ok yes it was Baltic, ok yes there was a little bit of wind coming in from Siberia apparently, but at least it wasn’t right in your face, actually every corner you turned it seemed to be across you. 10 of us made it over to Wrexham’s finest industrial estate, which actually isn’t as bad as people make out, there’s plenty of country lanes to navigate around with most of them seeming like they are down hill, few laps past the Cornflakes factory, and then back up the slight incline at the end and a very well supported finish, to be greeted by someone giving out free Welsh cakes, rather than Bara Brith, what’s happened to the Bara Brith? It’s the only reason I turn up!

Anyway, less about me, i said i wouldn’t talk about my needs. It’s a definite PB course, very flat but that slight incline really does catch you out at the end of 13.1 fastish miles.

PB’s galore from what i could work out on social media yesterday, plus a few tears, and some not so glamorous photo’s eh Rachael. Richard Hankins, Peter Rodriguez, Kate Mann, Rob Hough, Rachael Holden, and Gary O’Connor (best of 2018 anyway) all PB’d , sorry if I have missed anyone off the list, if I have you didn’t brag enough about it like me, ooopppsss sorry like the others did on social media!
https://tinyurl.com/yamzlafn

Debbie Read sent in this from XC
Sunday saw the final cross country race of the season, and what a beautiful morning it was for running. Although it was the driest I’ve ever known the course at Birchwood, it still didn’t disappoint with the almost knee deep mud in places and of course the infamous “Julian’s Lake”.

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Due to it being half term and The Village Bakery half marathon it was a very depleted Green Army that turned up and with the exception of youngster Gareth the army were all in their 50’s and 60’s. That didn’t stop us though – we did ourselves proud – ladies finishing 7th on the day and an incomplete gents team finishing 15th.

Overall Helsby women finished 3rd out of 21 teams in the league and the gents finished joint 10th out of 21. Well done to all the runners who contributed throughout the season.
Spikes washed and drying ready for next season.

 

And finally, reports that from hereon the 25th of February will be a national holiday named “Fitzys PB Day” have yet to be confirmed.

 

Cheers

Gaz

Sport Relief 2018

We’re back for another one. Great, fun, family oriented event — as much about participation as racing!

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It’s simple, just come along and sign up on the day. We’d love to see you there for what should be a fun day. Definitely not for clubbies only, you’re more likely to be pushing a stroller than wearing a Helsby club vest …though of course if you get the bug, we’ll be happy to support you on your running journey. And if that all fails to whet your appetite …there’s a subsidised bar to rehydrate/celebrate/drown your sorrows.

Sport Relief is about bringing communities together and we’re proud to take part. It’s more fun to take part than to watch it on the telly!

Run it, walk it, skip it, come along and join in the fun and if you feel keener & fitter then there are 3 and 6 mile versions too. Age 1 up!

Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th Feb to 18th Feb 2018

Hello Green Army

Loads in this weeks blog, like Mario Ballotelli said “why always me?” Only joking, as always it makes our job easier when you send in race reports, so it’s appreciated. If you have one to send in, the address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First a few notices. 

Welcome to Trevor Lewis who has just joined the club, hope you’ve got your vest at the ready as there’s a Borders League race on 4th March, you’re welcome to come 🙂

A few messages from Jackie

Danielle is doing a talk next Wed Feb 28th at 8:30pm on her 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!

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Helsby Sports Relief Mile  – We need volunteers to help marshall this fun event.

How about getting your family to join in this fun event down at Helsby Community Sports Club on Sunday 18th March afternoon.

Please let me know asap (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or facebook) if you can supply someone to marshal, only looking for a dozen and they are all close to the club as the route consists of loops of the football, tennis, bowls & rugby pitches.

Also if anyone is First Aid qualified and can be on stand by on the day please let me know. It should be a much quieter day than the Four Villages & much warmer!

Thanks
Jackie

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A message from Paul Foster 

Hi everyone
This Sunday 24th February at 10 am is the last cross country race of the season at Birchwood. Please see details below for the event. Hope all runners have a great race
Paul

 

Right then, a message from me regarding this years Helsby V’s Felsby

Hello all

Rights it’s time for the 3rd year of Helsby V’s Felsby, it’s really very simple. You tell me who you want to run for, based on whether you think you are a road runner, or a fell/trail runner, you turn up to the 2 races or 1 if you can’t make the other, and you get points for your team for turning up, and also where you finish in the race. The whole point is to have a little bit of a laugh along the way and to have bragging rights for the next 12 months, currently Felsby have won this 2 years on the bounce, much to my disappointment, so it’s about time us roadies pulled our finger out.

The 2 races I have chosen, are Borders League race 5 @ Tattenhall, on Sunday 4th March, 11am start, this is a free of charge race, and is the road race. The fell race will be at Dinas  Bran, on Weds 9th May, think it’s a 7.15pm start. It’s a good introduction into Fell racing, and isn’t too far away, plus it’s also a Fell counter. Think you pay less than a fiver for entry to this one.

I believe Ian Rutherford is going to be the Helsby captain this year, any volunteers for the Felsby captain ? All you have to do is rally your troops to turn up to both or 1 of the races for points for your team. There’s a trophy for the winning captain, but more importantly bragging rights. We’ve had cracking numbers for these races in the past, and they are a really good laugh so please let me know who you want to race for either on our Facebook page or email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks and see you all soon

Fitzy

Right then, onto the business end, and good to have a few new bloggers this week doing our reports. Keep it up. Phil Tomkinson sent in the below

It’s always been my understanding that an unwritten rule exists regarding race reports, that the author of said report should modestly gloss over their own performance, instead highlighting the achievements of their teammates. So when it was suggested to me after Sunday’s Borders League race that I might like to write the report for it, my only disappointment was that no one would get to hear about my 38:18 personal best time and highest ever Borders League finishing position – but despite these concerns I selflessly agreed. 

Caernarfon castle provided the backdrop for the 4th race of the Borders League season. The course is a 10k loop which can be run in either direction depending on the weather, and on this occasion we went anti-clockwise, which meant the breezy coastal path was at the start and the more hilly section was at the end. The Green Army turned out in force, with 25 Helsby vests on show, a particularly impressive number considering this is one of the more distant Borders League venues. 

The Helsby ladies team had their best result of the season so far, finishing 3rd on the day and moving into 4th place in the overall standings. June Whitehead finished 2nd in the women’s race for her third successive top 5 finish, while new recruit Hannah Cowley was 2 places further back in 4th, making an excellent Borders League debut. With 3 races to go the women’s competition is starting to look wide open, and Helsby are only 36 points behind 3rd place and 70 points off table toppers Wallasey!

The men’s team also had their highest placing of the season, finishing 4th on the day, and moving up to 4th position overall. If Helsby can hold on to 4th place in what is likely to be a very close battle with Wirral AC, it will be our highest finishing position since being promoted to Division 1 in 2015. First home for the Green Army was Fitzy with an impressive sub 36 minute clocking, and there were great runs from Danny Ryder and Ian Hamling who both recorded personal bests. Inspired by Fitzy’s recent marathon training and because Sunday is long run day, several of the Helsby team ran the entire course as a pre-race warm up, and apparently plans were afoot to run a third lap to warm down afterwards. However, in the end common sense prevailed and everyone just ate some cake instead  

Thanks as always to Joe and Mario for their continued support, and to Jane for providing the cake, which I thought was somehow even more delicious than normal. I guess PB cake always tastes a little bit sweeter.

Full results can be found HERE.

Phil, can you write a report every week please mate, brilliant! I would also like to thank everyone who made the journey, again, 25 runners to the Borders League furthest outpost was impressive, just as impressive as the cakes! Quick mention to Bish as well 1st V55, & Carol 2nd FV55.

Don’t forget, Tattenhall Borders is on 4th March, it’s another great course, would be great to get over 30 to this one, and you’re welcome to join me on a warm up lap. 

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Thanks to Sue Buck for sending in this report on Parbold Hill race, looks pretty good

Janet and I ventured north on Saturday to run one of my favourite races – Parbold Hill Race. I would describe it as a multi-terrain with two hills thrown in – Parbold Hill and Harrock Hill. The race is approx. 6.75 miles long and I would say it is about 1/3 tarmac.

Conditions on Saturday were such that the off-road sections were more akin to the Beacon Park cross-country course and in fact the race organizer said it was the muddiest he’d ever seen it. Having said all that, even though it was tough and slow going, it was really good fun as you can tell by the smiles on our faces!

Well done to Janet for first FV50!

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, good luck to anyone racing this weekend (1st Road counter of the season on Sunday at the Village Bakery half marathon), bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

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:

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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”

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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