Weekly blog 20th Jan to 26th Jan

Hello Green Army

You will all be glad to know that the 2020/21 club counters have now been finalised (with a few dates and start times TBC)

We have done it a bit differently this year, as we wanted to encourage as much participation as possible and make it accessible for everyone. We have had dwindling numbers recently so are doing it this way for this upcoming season, and if we need to change things for next season we can, but the committee got together and thrashed out loads of ideas and this is what we come up with.

Basically, there are 5 disciplines, Road, Fell, Trail, Borders and Cross Country. The Borders and Cross country dates are TBC as we don’t get these fixtures until July/Aug time. There will be 7 races in each discipline. Your best 5 are to count and a a minimum of 3 are needed to qualify for a prize. You will also notice that there are no clashes (yet).

Here is the big change. To qualify for Club Overall Champion, you have had to have ran at least 2 races out of the 7 from each discipline. So that means you’re going to see me on the fells getting lost somewhere in Wales sometime soon.

See more details on our much improved website below with is ace btw (thanks Steve R)

https://www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/club-championships/summer-road-fell-and-trail-races/

Can I also thank everyone who contributed to this, Tim, Ben, Laura, Phil, Karen, Col, June, Debbie and anyone else, too many to mention who were at the meetings. We have tried to cater for everyone, there will even be a turning up cup I believe as well, so watch this space.

Any questions fire them over
Thanks
Fitzy

Warrington 5 mile trail series
Race 1: Winter 25th January 2020
by Karen Horsley

If you’re averse to a little mud then this race is definitely not for you!

I’d first heard of this series in 2018 and my plans to run last year were scuppered through injury which left me even more keen to sign up for the 2020 races. It was a lovely surprise to find out that Geoff and Hayley (and Geoff’s friend Carole) were also running, although through illness Hayley couldn’t join us.

Race 1 - Karen end

The four race series is organised by Warrington Running Club and the course start is at Colliers Moss, near Warrington. It’s chip timed and the medals are themed around the seasons with the remaining races being held on 28th March (spring), 27th June (summer), and 17th October (autumn). It was fairly pleasant weather for the winter race, not too cold, not too windy, not too bright, as 368 brave souls waited for the start.

Race 1 - Kai warrior

The series Facebook page had promised mud and they certainly weren’t kidding. The race began along a nice solid track but soon had us slipping and sliding along a single file path, up and down hills and through muddy water troughs with plenty of marshals on hand to help if needed. The 5 miles seemed to pass by relatively quickly because we were having so much fun, as Geoff said, “with mud and puddles almost deep enough to swim in” – how could this race be anything other than fun?! The camaraderie on course was great with loads of encouragement from race marshals, other runners and spectators, I especially liked the young girl on the last hill climb shouting that we’d conquered all the mud! Great running by all, fabulous goody bags and medals and a great sense of pride at what we’d achieved. Very much looking forward to the next race.

Race 1 (1)

Geoff: 00:46:04

Kai: 00:49:55

Carole: 00:57:28

Karen: 01:02:30

Race 1- team

 

 

Parkrun

Below are the full results for Helsby members at parkrun this week

https://tinyurl.com/y2lncx2p

Cheers

Gaz

 

Monday 13th – Sunday 19th January 2020!

First blog of the year…

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 2020 promises to be a fantastic year for runners! 

Please please can people send in reports and updates for us to share in this blog. They can be short and sweet or longer as you wish. It’s really interesting to hear first hand what everyone has been up to. 

Send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

 

Thanks very much to Debbie for this report ..

 

Saturday saw me don my 2nd claim club vest and join 10 Delamere Spartans to partake in the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia. 

Despite having to scrape ice off the car before leaving home the weather for the run was absolutely glorious – cold, crisp, sunny with not a breath of wind – it certainly showed Coed y Brenin at it’s best.  

Starting at the visitors centre the 1st mile is straight uphill – bit of a shock, but a sign of things to follow! The challenging race is approximately 8 miles of fire tracks and 5 miles single file woodland tracks with the uphills tough and the downhills very enjoyable. With feed stations at 6&10 miles providing drinks and torq gels it’s a very well organised race with encouraging marshals and very well marked.

 

At the finish you get a travel cup with either soup/tea or coffee and a genuine Buff buff.

If you like running in Delamere and you’re not afraid of hills I’d recommend this race – apparently they do a summer version where you’ve got the option of doing 10k, half or full marathon.

 

 

 Thanks sounds tough but lovely!

 

 Marshalls Eye View of the 4VMH 

A misty day with some sunshine leaking through set the scene for the 4VHM. The conditions were ideal. Not too cold and roads frost free. The Helsby machine worked brilliantly setting everything up as planned. 

I was posted at an early post then moved to the last marshalling post and therefore saw the runners when they were looking both fresh and exhausted. The atmosphere was fantastic at both positions. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves enormously. 

 

 

The support for the runners was fantastic with a really vocal crowd at the last post cheering everyone on right till the end. 

 

 

Our youngest helper!

 

 

Lots of support from clubs..

 

 

And lots of shouting and encouragement from the lovely marshalls..

 

 

I absolutely love helping at this event. It is wonderful to support such an inclusive race.  Mick and Phil brought a smile to everyone’s face as they flew round. 

 

Looking forward to next year already.  Many thanks to the team of organisers who do a brilliant job every year.

 

That’s it … keep sending in your news…😀

Thanks.

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

Happy new year everyone!

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

Firstly a message from our Chair Phil:

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

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

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

Cheers Phil

Northwest Sunday League XC – Arrowe Park

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

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

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

parkrun

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

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

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

See you soon

Cheers
Col T

Weekly update: 2nd Dec to 8th Dec

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Gaz

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

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

Message from the Chair.

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

Hi Everyone,

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

Reminder

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

A reminder from Fitzy:

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

Postcode for the college is CH43 8SQ

 

Racing News

Marbury Night 5 – Wednesday 20th November 2019

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

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

Thanks

Laura”

 

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

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

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

Combe Crawler – Sunday 24th November 2019

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

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

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

Hi everyone

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

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

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

Who’s playing out?
Fitzy

10k Time Trial

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

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

Results:

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

Snowdonia Marathon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parkrun

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

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

That’s all folks, keep on running!

Cheers
Col T

Weekly Roundup from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th October

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

Remember, remember the 1st November…
 

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

Snowdon 100

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

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

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

Clwydian Hills Fell Race 

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

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

BYE

Weekly blog 14 Oct to 20th Oct

 

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

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

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Thanks
Jackie

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

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

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

<fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks
Fitzy

parkrun

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

https://tinyurl.com/y2lncx2p

Cheers
Gaz

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

Hi Everyone,

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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Racing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Hankins

Full results from Caernarfon are HERE

Palma Half Marathon – Sunday 13th October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Parkrun – Saturday 12th October 2019

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

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

Cheers,

Jim