Helsby RC weekly round-up 8th May to 14thth May 2017

Hello Green Army

A bit of sad news to start the blog this week. Former club member Albert Berry, 73 years young, passed away earlier this week. Lots of lovely comments have been posted on the Facebook page and we want to send our thoughts to his family and friends. A sub 30, 10k runner in his prime Albert was a very talented runner, but very modest at the same time. He made everyone new to the club very welcome on club nights, and he loved the social pint and a chat afterwards. He will be missed.

Albert’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 24th May at St Michael’s R C Church, St Michael’s Road, Ditton, Halton, Widnes WA8 8TF, and afterwards at St Michael’s Rooms.

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Some good news now, our very own Joe Beswick has been given Honorary Membership of the Fell Runners Association, both for his running exploits in his earlier years and now his support. This is another achievement to put on his running CV, very well deserved Joe, be sure to congratulate him if you see him, I’m sure he will tell you a few stories about his exploits.

 A message from Betty

Mersey Weaver District Scouts are fundraising their way to Norway for the world’s northernmost jamboree in the Arctic Circle, The Helsby Community Sports Club, have teaming with up to organise a Fundraising family fun day on 3rd June

Our fun day on 3rd June Helsby Community Sports Club is shaping up to be a great day. Alongside the family fun fair, climbing wall, and birds of prey display from LORD of the WINGS, children’s soft play area, dog show with Vets Helsby and vintage tractors, Go Ape have confirmed they will be attending with a couple of instructors and swegways, there will be demonstrations from Deva Cheerleading Academy – Chester and, Filipino Eagles, Childrens Martial Arts, face painting from Party Faces, lots of community groups have signed up to have stalls, the sporting sections from the club will be providing taster sessions, there will children’s story telling with SHOUT OUT BOO 2 and lots lots more

Scouts Helsby Family Funday

Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Conwy & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Geoff Collins sent in a report on the Thurstaston Summer Multi Challenge race 9th May.

Seven Helsby runners entered the race this year up from two last year, but sadly we had no ladies this time. Wirral and Merseyside clubs were well represented among the 194 finishers but not many from the Cheshire clubs. Weather conditions were much better than last year with a nice sunny evening and dry conditions. However Colin and myself managed to get an age category prize!

This is a really cracking good multi terrain race. Just £4 to enter starting in the same place as the September one by the caravan site. The usual shuffling backwards, forwards and sideways to allow cars past took place before the race could start. The course takes you towards the slipway down onto the beach and back to Heswall rather than Caldy.

There is just over a mile of running on the beach which was quite wet in places, I think for me this was the best bit of the race glorious in the setting sun and the views across the Dee estuary. Just before the sewage works you head off the beach on a track and climb up to a narrow road past a few houses heading towards Broad Lane. This continues as you cross the Wirral Way on a bridge heading up towards The Dales the next off road section. The unwelcome sight of steps going up comes into view! Then it’s a bit of a loop round the wooded Dales before yes you guessed, more steps going down again! Back to the road and onto the Wirral way finally onto the grassy headland dodging the rabbit holes to the finish. I was frantically trying to catch Tim on the closing stages of the race.

Many thanks to Christleton High School Art Dept for the photo

Results

1 Phil Robertson Wirral AC U30M 34.01 the winner

11 Colin Bishop Helsby (1st 055M) 37.37

44 Davyd Michell Helsby U40M 42.45

57 Jim Jones Helsby O50M 43.48

103 Tim Igoe Helsby O30M 48.41

110 Geoff Collins Helsby (3rd O60M) 49.35

138 Chris Morgan Helsby O60M 53.19

139 Chris Igoe Helsby O50M 53.27

Geoff Collins

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Bargain at £4 if you ask me.

Debbie Read sent in a report for The Llangollen 10k trail race

The Llangollen 10k trail race was recommended to me by a running buddy who did it last year – I’m passing the baton and recommending it to you.

The most beautiful 10k trail run in the UK is the heading on their website, and while it is undoubtedly very pretty, personally I’d class it as a multi terrain as there’s a fair bit of road in it.
“Welsh undulating” it starts in the sports field next to the Dinas Bran Leisure centre starting field and after a lap and a half of the grass running track we headed out past the leisure centre, UP the first stretch of road (having done the fell race last week I was starting to worry) then back DOWN into the sports field and DOWN onto the canal, ALONG for a couple of kilometres. Then it was UP a lane, OVER a bridge, UP a track, ALONG a track. At this stage the leaders were starting to pass me on their way back to the canal. UP a field with long grass, AROUND the field (grass still long – hard work I can tell you). DOWN the field onto the track – my turn to pass those on their way up, ALONG the track, DOWN a lane and back onto the canal (drink station) After a couple of kilometres and seeing the car park and hearing the finish on the other side of the canal we passed the 9k sign “that can’t be right” said the bloke doing battle with me but it was – OVER the bridge, UP onto the sports field, UP onto the road, DOWN the road to the leisure centre, back onto the sports field and 300 metres on the running track to finish where the Town Cryer rang everybody across the finish line.

Limited to 500 runners (sold out with a waiting list), a well organised, well marshalled race.

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Just the mention of Dinas Bran would scare some of us off doing this, but I must admit stunning scenery in this neck of the woods.

Good to see Andy Smith back running after a lengthy spell out with injury, Andy sent in this report

Whitehaven Habourside 5k

My word, is nothing flat in this corner of western Cumbria ? For those of you wondering how much ascent you can get in 5k road race, the answer from the Whitehaven Harbourside 5k is in excess of 200 feet ! On a sunny, but somewhat breezy, spring evening last Tuesday, 136 runners of all abilities lined up on the cobbles of the harbourside in Whitehaven. This gives a nice flat, fast, traffic free start to the race…

Now Whitehaven sits in a natural bowl on the coastline, so once off the harbour, the only way out is up.  After half a mile round the harbourside the steep climb begins past the distinctive Candlestick Chimney, one of the last few remains of Wellington Pit.  This is a sufficiently steep climb that the race needs two lead bikes : one to the foot of the climb, the second taking over when the leaders reach the top. The path snakes round the Candlestick with engraved flagstones underfoot lamenting the passing of the pits which had brought so much employment to the area, whilst also acknowledging how hard and dangerous the work was.

Climb over and the runners are rewarded with fine views over the Irish Sea with the coast line carrying on to St Bees Head (starting point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route). Our curent focus is a little closer to hand in the form of the preserved pit head winding gear at Haig Pit Mining Museum, which forms the half way mark and turning point. One 180 degree turn around a traffic cone, and we are heading back the way we came. This time with views to the north and the wind farm off the Galloway coast, across the Solway Forth, just visible in the distance. The evening sunlight just catching their sails. Somehow, the steep descent back to the harbour didn’t seem to give as much back to tired legs going down as it had extracted from them coming up and once back on the cobbles of the harbour it was the usual story of just trying to keep it all together in the last half mile of a tough 5k as I sought to sprint to the finish. With that 200+ feet of climb in the early stages, this was never going to be a PB cpurse, so I’m happy with a finishing time of 23:26 and 47th position. The winning times were 17:38 for the men, 20:42 for the ladies.

All in all, a fun little race. Traffic free round the harbour and over cliff top paths and surprisingly scenic, given that apart from a handful of preserved remains, there is no other evidence in the landscaping of the industrial past of this small coastal town. Definitely one to keep in my diary for next year.

Andy

Sounds like a great 5k, but where are you mile splits mate?

That’s it for this week, bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby Weekly Update 1-5-17 to 7-5-17

A busy week this week, but before we get to the reports here’s a quick notice about the Deeside Multi Terrain series that starts early next month and runs through the summer.

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Firstly, from Col T at Amberswood 10K Trail Race 

Myself and Louise ventured over to Wigan for the trail 10k on Sunday, a lovely course around Amberswood which takes in path, trail, grass and bridleways. It was quite a low key event with only around 250 runners but it was expertly hosted by Wigan Harrier with excellent marshalling and loads of encouragement from the volunteers.

The award ceremony at the finish reminded of a fell race with all the banter and spot prizes! As I was the sole Helsby runner at this race I thought I’d do my best to fly the flag for the club and managed to sneak a win after a battle of cat and mouse with a guy from Bramley AC most of the way around so I was very happy with the result and prize.
All in all a great morning out in the sun and would highly recommend this race to anyone looking for well organised cheap trail race.

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Results here:
http://www.ukresults.net/2017/wigan10k.html

Fitzy sent this in from the Helsby vs. Felsby fell race at Dinas Bran

Another great turnout for leg 2 of Helsby V Felsby at the Dinas Bran Fell race at least a third of the field was in a green vest, it was like an invasion of Llangollen!

So provisional results that I know you all want to hear, I won’t go into too much detail but I think they are correct.

Helsby Men 9 runners
Felsby men 5 runners
Helsby women 0 runners
Felsby women 7 runners
Helsby men 220 points v Felsby men 129
Helsby women 0 points v Felsby women 196
Total Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
1st Leg Helsby 371 v Felsby 309
2nd Leg Helsby 220 v Felsby 325
Total Helsby 591 v Felsby 634

Winners and deservedly so Felsby who retain the title, I’ll present the wine and trophy to Adam Gordon who we have just chosen in the car on the way home as the Felsby captain and turncoat 🙂

Thanks to everyone who took part, the main aim was to bolster numbers and I think it worked again, had a blast.

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Paul Cunningham sent in this, also from Dinas Bran.

Arrived early excited in  knowing I was going to set a new PB yes my first ever Fell Race – fantastic turn out by the green army felt like a local run around Helsby Hill – beautiful evening weather perfect.

To be honest a more relaxed atmosphere than a road race – I even managed to stand on the startline like an elite runner but felt out of place and slowly manoeuvred myself towards the rear of the pack – home sweet home.

The race started 2 laps of a small field through a gate onto a steep hill  – I kept a steady pace happy to reach the top without too much trouble – tight right onto another hill with an even steeper incline within a minute I was struggling  crying out for a water station – looked at the watch and we had completed 0.7miles.

I couldn’t believe it I had to walk  the remainder of the hill – once onto the off road pathway I began running once more after all it was a race and started to enjoy my surroundings – turned a corner and a marshal pointed us right – I looked up and started to cry all I could see was a stream of Sherpas sorry runners making headway up the mountain face  – picked my line and felt every muscle in my legs and back burn – forehead stuck to the ground I made slow progress – once I eventually got to the Hillary step swapped over onto oxygen I pushed on to the summit – we had a weather window and had to grasp the opportunity  – delirious from reaching the summit I turned and shouted “ Yo Adrian I did It”.

Now time for the downhill – within a few meters I realized that I had grown up into a responsible adult  who doesn’t  like to take chances  – full risk assessment completed site specific and I snagged the descent  – more safety rails required and ground uneven needs urgent attention

Such a rush running at full pelt downhill – It’s great to be alive – then we had the pleasure of doing it all over again as 2 laps required.

Finished back on the playing field greeted by the rest of the Green Army – absolutely loved every second of this race.

Fell running leave the watch at home and amaze in your surroundings.

Congratulations to Felsby – Fell runners are fit as hell.

Now for a couple of reports, from Fitzy and Andy Robinson, from this years Sandstone Challenge.

I say it every year but it’s the best pound for pound race about, for £20 you get a coach to the start in Whitchurch, 5 checkpoints well stocked with food and water, and plenty of marshalls willing to help you out. Once your weary legs get back to Frodsham community centre you are greeted by the local scouts who wait hand and foot on you whilst you try and recover. What more could you ask for?
A win maybe? Again for me it wasn’t to be, after CBH hunting me down around mile 30 last year and me finishing 3rd, it happened again in virtually the same spot, with winner Lee Ireland passing me with 2 miles to go. Having ran with him for around 26 miles, i went approx 90 secs ahead going into the last checkpoint, but I just had nothing left when i got to Frodsham hill, even though Chris Collins tried his up most to gee me up and get me up that hill. I did go one better this year coming in 2nd, although a little disappointed i was very happy about my 12 minute PB, finishing on 4 hours 42 mins on a very quick and dry course in near perfect conditions.

Most years this is a good enough time to win it. I can’t even blame my navigation errors, 3 of them within the first 3-4 miles. This is my 4th time running this, but i get lost around a running track me so it’s par for the course these days. This race really did take me to a dark place at the end, I gave everything i had, I’ve never felt so exhausted and took me a good hour to come around. Never again i said, but I’m sure i will be back again next year.

Well done to everyone involved, i cannot thank you all enough

Fitzy

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Andy Robinson sent in this info from the SSC

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2017
This year’s Challenge went well again, with a record 206 finishers and a record amount of food eaten.  Conditions were great underfoot, with no mud at all, and it was a cool day with perfect running conditions.

The results, a race report and a link to hundreds of photos are all on the Challenge webpage at

helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/sandstone-intro.htm

There were 7 Helsby runners, all of them heroes of course:
2nd: Chris Fitzpatrick, 4:42
33rd: Phil Roberts, 5:58
34th: Gaz O’Connor, 5:59
35th: Jim Jones, 6:00
39th: Gareth Boyd, 6:09
81st: Lesley Feakes, 7:06
84th: Roy Duffy, 7:16
Finally, the full results for Helsby runners at parkruns last weekend can be found below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC News from 17th to 23rd April 2017

Welcome to the weekly round up and thanks to everyone who has sent reports to the inbox this week – there’s a good few this week. Please keep sending anything in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Firstly though, a couple of reminders:

Tomorrow – Wednesday 26/04/17 at 7.15pm – Borders League Race 7.

It’s the final race of the series tomorrow, to be staged at Wrexham AC with a presentation after the race. Let’s have another great turn-out to consolidate the hard work done so far!

Next Wednesday 03/05/17 at 7.15pm – Dinas Bran Fell Race

At Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen. This is our next Club Fell Counter and also a Mini Series Counter. I believe the Dina’s Bran and tomorrow’s Borders race are also included in the Helsby v Felsby series ( See Fitzy’s FB posts for more details).

Racing News:

Goldrush Trail Race – Saturday 22/04/2017.

We had two Helsby Trail runners over in Coed Y Brenin on Saturday. Danny and Danielle Ryder participated in the GoldRush Trail. Thanks for sending in the report guys:

“The Ryders made a day trip out to Coed y Brenin for the Goldrush Trail race on Saturday which is arguably the best waymarked running route at Coed y Brenin. A short 8.5mile route makes the most of the amazing singletrack on offer with some really technical climbs and descents, and amazing views. The race didn’t start until 1, so a leisurely drive including a stop for breakfast and cake still got us to the venue with time to have one of the cafes excellent flapjacks and for Danny to drag me on a really hilly warm up! As normal I said my good byes to Danny at the start line and left him at the front to find a space further down the field. It was an amazing run with some of the best weather we have ever had at Coed y Brenin with a remarkably dry trail – it was my first time running the entire route and keeping dry feet! Despite this Danny still managed a fall, but I suppose that’s excusable as he did finish 6th overall. I can definitely say the track sessions on a Monday night and the hill sprints have helped me this year as I overtook on the climbs, but I definitely need to work on my descents as they always catch me back up. Luckily for me the route finishes on a steady fireroad climb so I managed to overtake two females to come 9th female overall. It was a brilliantly organised race and we would recommend any of the races at Coed y Brenin. This is our third race at the venue having ran their winter half marathon route and their 3 hour night trail wales races. Definitely recommend a Helsby day trip if anyone fancies it – really good showers and a café J

Danielle and Danny”

Full result for the Goldrush Trail Race are HERE

 

‘Teenager with Attitude’ and the ‘Anniversary Waltz’ fell races – Saturday 22/04/2017

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We had a few of the Helsby crew up in The Lakes on Saturday for two fell races, one of which was another of our club counters. Thanks to Tim Palmer for sending in the report:

” Saturday saw a small team of Green Army runners heading for the Lakes for two ‘overlapping’ fell races – Jim O and Phil R for the monster Teenager with Altitude race (15.4 miles 7,600 ft ascent) aka Teenager aka TWA – as I didn’t run it, I can’t say much other than Jim was the first home and both Jim and Phil looked as though they had a challenging run.

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Suzanne, Laura, Phil G and I opted for the slightly lesser Anniversary Waltz race (11.5 miles 3,600 ft ascent) which shares it is the same last 7.5 miles with TWA. The Anniversary Waltz race is held each year to celebrate the marriage of Wynn and Steve Cliff, the race organisers, in 1996. The Pete Bland race map says it ‘has some of the worst and best of Lakeland fell racing. The worst – the 2.5miles of track and road out of Little Town. The very best – the final descent off Catbells, a downhill finish to the free beer in the Village Hall.’ I don’t fully agree with this – the worst is actually a nice warm-up for things to come and the best should include the amazing run from High Spy to Maiden Moor – lovely running, great views. I do agree with the ‘brutally direct’ comment about the climb up Robinson – mile 4 has ¼ mile of vertical ascent with bits at 1 in 2.81E43435-FFA8-4ADD-A0D8-35F5858810B5

Laura was first home for Helsby, followed by Tim, then Phil, and then, Suzanne who crossed the line with Sharon and Jen from Tattenhall (after possibly a more social race than the rest of us). A great day in lovely weather and terrain – a fell race to remember – brilliant day out.

Still waiting for results to be published online. The Anniversary Waltz is our 2nd fell counter with Phil and Jim’s times in TWA being multiplied by 0.63 to give them Anni Wa times.

Thanks to Ben, Andy, Sue, CBH and the mini BHs for support out on the course (and some managed a chat with Joss Naylor, a fell racing legend)”

Loads more pics are available HERE and HERE

London Marathon – Sunday 23/04/17

We had 5 Helsby members running in the London Marathon on Sunday and some fantastic times were had. Well done everyone!

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Park run – Saturday 22/04/17

Parkruns were busy this weekend with 18 Helsby athletes participating in 7 different events and as far afield as the USA, from where Ben Williams has sent a brilliant report (below). A couple of other notable finishers were a new PB’s for Colin Thompson (17:35 and 1st place) at Phoenix, and Jim Higgins (21:57) at Delamere.

Helsby’s consolidated parkrun results can be viewed HERE. Well done all park runners, and thanks to Ben for the report:

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun

“After booking our holiday to the US, I realised that with some careful planning I could run my 100th parkrun there. So after running my 99th a couple of weeks back, a couple of volunteering stints meant the plan was a goer.

Parkrun is still relatively new in the US, but there are three in the Washington DC area – I found myself heading for Roosevelt Island DC parkrun, the most central of the three. The venue is an island in the Potomac river which serves as a monument to Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a beautiful green oasis surrounded by the city, but with jets roaring overhead every few minutes to remind you you’re in the capital city.

The turnout was pretty small, with a lot of tourists. I met runners from Bristol, Hampshire, Dublin, as well as Australia and the US. I don’t know why numbers aren’t higher amongst Americans, I passed plenty of runners on the way there so it’s not that they don’t run. Prior to DC we’d been to Boston, which is a running-mad city and they don’t have a parkrun at all – I don’t get it.

The run itself was lovely, trail paths which reminded me of Delamere, and a long section across a raised boardwalk crossing a swamp. It was mostly flat with small undulations, including a tiny but nasty climb at about 4.5k just to turn legs to jelly at the end. I was hoping for a single-figures finish but got passed by two guys near the end, putting me 10th. A finish position I’m never likely to repeat in any race!

Because the field was so small, everyone stayed to watch the last runners come in, have a chat and sign the visitors book before heading our separate ways back to the city. It’s a brilliant, low-key, friendly event I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves over there.

Cheers
Ben”

Wirral Track Endurance Series 2017

Davyd Mitchell sent in this report which includes details of the Track Endurance Series. There are still 3 events that can be entered this year – details in Davyd’s report (thanks Davyd) :

“A couple of Wednesdays ago I attended the Wirral Endurance track series. This is a series of track races ranging from 3k to 10K and a chance to run at the famous Bebbington oval, location of the chariots of fire film.
Tonight’s race was 5k and blustery conditions met the 15 runners as we took the line, abilities were wide ranging which unfortunately meant I got lapped a bit, lapped a runner and spent 5k chasing 1 runner to no avail. This did have the benefit of me finishing 12th and being happy with my 19:54 for a PB.
This was the first in this years series of 4 races, the next is a 3k followed by 10k and then the final 5k. The great news is that its only a £2 to enter on the night, so would be great to see a few of us do this.

Results and details of the series can be found HERE

Davyd”

That’s it for this week folks. If I’ve missed anything let me know and I’ll update the blog. Keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Hopefully see you all tomorrow at Wrexham for the Borders League,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round-up 10th April to 16th April 2017

Hello Green Army

It’s hard work putting these race reports together seeing we don’t get that many in these days, come on help us bloggers out a little and send in a quick race report please, address as per usual, helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices of events coming up in the next few weeks and also 2 of our most popular races of the year that sell out pretty quickly, so get in there fast.

Tattenhall Tough Team is to be held on Friday 23rd June 7pm, it’s a brilliant event where you team up with 3 runners, and run the 9 mile course taking on the famous railway or stairway to hell as they call it. You can enter on the night in past years but it gets busier and busier so wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. I’m not organising it this year as to be honest it’s a nightmare to sort out loads of teams so I ask you all to sort out your teams and get the forms printed off and sent in asap. On Facebook we have started organising teams so if you are not on FB feel free to email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com and I’ll let people know you are interested.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/tough-team-race/

Dearnford Lake relays is to be held on Thursday 13th July 7.30pm, again its teams of 3 and you all run as fast as your legs will carry you for 2 miles and then hand over to your partner to run the next and again for the last leg. This will sell out, so get your entries in fast. I know Bish and Jane have been helping organise via Facebook but again if you are not on FB email me again if you are needing to join a team.

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

This is what we have so far

Men – I have tagged as Helsby Men ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ are: –

 

A

Colin Thompson

Colin Bishop

Chris Fitzpatrick

 

B

Ian Rutherford

Ian Hamling

Ivan Davies

 

C

Davyd Michell

Jim Higgins

Paul Cunningham

 

Women

A

Joanne Lacking

Rachael Holden

Juni Swift

 

B

Rhea Howard – Armitage

Shan McCarthy

Gill Fitzpatrick

 

Borders League

 

It’s the last race in the borders league season next Weds 26th April, 7.15pm, to be hosted by Wrexham AC. Again a big turnout is needed please so we don’t incur penalty points. Both mens & ladies teams have done so well this season lets finish the season on a high.

 

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

 

Also, it’s Helsby V’s Felsby 1st leg, so whoever turns up (numbers are low at present) then just let me know who you want to run for as you will get points for your team. The 2nd leg is the Dinas Bran Fell Race on 3rd May. I really want to boost numbers at our fell races and this one is brilliant, more details to follow next week.

 

Park run seen runners out in Runcorn, Chester, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

Over to the captain for the weeks only race report.

 

Our 4th road counter saw a sea of green vests lining up to tackle this lovely 5 mile route looping around the back roads of Mickle Trafford. This race in particular is what I love about club organised races, cheap as chips to enter, a fast course and a friendly rivalry and banter with all the local running clubs makes it one of my personal favourites.

 

The course itself can be a PB course if tackled correctly, it has a fast first 2 miles which is all down hill but you need to leave something in the tank for the slow drag back up to the finish. We saw plenty of PB’s from the troops with myself, Fitzy, Ian R, Davyd, Adam, Debbie Read, Tanya Downes (2 minute PB!) and I think Wiggo? all taking slices off our 5 mile PBs, there may have been more I haven’t heard about so please let me know if you got a PB. It’s also congratulations to Jane Ashbrook who is looking in fine shape for the London Marathon and had a superb run for first Helsby lady home. Carol Shaw had a fabulous run to win 2nd in her age group as did John Gallon who was 3rd and a little further down the field it was great to see Shan, Rebecca Gibson, Charlie, Emma Barnes and Chris Morgan all putting in a valiant effort to tidy up the Helsby pack.

 

Thank you to our support on the night, Louise Spruce, Michelle Gordon (and kids), Serena Williams, John Earlston, the Frodfather and of course Joe and Mario.

 

Helsby results below:

 

14 Colin Thompson 27:53

26 Chris Fitzpatrick 28:44

38 Adam Gordon 29:30

45 Ian Rutherford 29:44

57 Jim O’Hara Helsby 30:12

93 Richard Hankins 31:55

113 Davyd Michell 32:55

114 Christopher Murray 32:45

127 Jane Ashbrook 33:23

153 John Peaker 34:31

188 Gary O’Connor 35:46

202 Carol Shaw 36:27 (2nd in age cat)

218 Roy Gaskill 37:07

219 Debbie Read 37:03

255 Geoff Collins 38:51

257 Geoff Shaw 39:01

263 Christopher Igoe 39:08

270 Stephen Wiggins 39:16

307 Edward Roberts 41:15

318 Chris Morgan 41:45

331 Jackie Keasley 42:30

341 Tanya Downes 42:55

368 Shan McCarthy 45:02

377 David Wiggins 46:21

380 Emma Barnes 46:32

382 Rebecca Gibson 47:07

387 John Gallon 48:12 (3rd in age cat)

423 Janet Shaw 48:37

 

Full results here

 

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-5

 

And last of all a special mention to Debbie Read, who had a couple of very successful racing results – a 5 mile pb at The Spring 5 and a WAVA pb (82.15%) at Chester parkrun – all just a few weeks before 60th!

 

She has put this down to the Castle Park Monday night sessions, “those hilly footpaths are hard work but I can honestly say I’m going to miss them throughout the summer – thanks Joe and Mario. I’ll be at the high school but it won’t feel the same”

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races, especially the London crew

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

Helsby RC Weekly Update 2-4 to 9-4

Short and not so sweet this week, I’m afraid. No race reports sent in and due to an dodgy internet connection I’ve been unable to pester people to do any, So if you’ve got 20 seconds to spare, read on.

Border League Race 6: New Brighton – 9th Apr 2017

Warm spring sunshine on the seafront contrasted vividly with conditions for race 5. 316 runners lined up for the penultimate race of the season, to run a 5.15 mile course which followed the seafront pavement and coastal embankment for two miles, before turning inland, circling Wallasey Golf Club, coming back to the seafront, and returning along the pavement once more.

First home for Helsby men was Col Thompson while the clubs first lady was Alison Halsall.

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Helsby men were 3rd overall on the day and the ladies 6th which left both teams 5th in respective divisions.

Full team and individual results are below.

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

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Helsby runners were racing at Chester, Ellesmere Port, Delamere, Phoenix Park and Penrhyn parkruns including a 3rd place finish for Col Thompson at Delmere.

Full club results are below

http://tiny.cc/zlmiky

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby weeky round-up 27th Mar to 2nd Apr 2017

Hello all

Welcome to the weekly racing news. Big thank you to Neil and Fitzy for the reports this week, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I can always update the blog. The website to send reports to is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Before we get to the results round-up please see a few reminders below.

Reminders

Wednesday club training: Please note that our summer hill training runs will start “officially” on Weds 19th April. For those who are new to the club it’s a group hill run and there are various distances and pace groups to choose from.

Monday track training (Helsby High School): For the speedy stuff the interval training at the high school running track will start on Mon 24th April. Please come on down, it’s all inclusive and a great workout. Various groups and options to choose from.

Borders league time again this Sunday and it’s critical that if you haven’t ran a borders league race before and you want to run the last one of the season at the end of April you must run this one. Let’s get another great turnout, and take New Brighton by storm. Men’s and ladies teams are in great positions so let’s continue this, who’s in?

11am start post code is CH45 2PB

Ps: green socks please

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wirral-Border-League-Information-Sheet.pdf

Chester Spring 5 (road counter 4)
Weds 12th April 2017
7pm start
Upton School
Chester
CH2 1NN
http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk

Mid Cheshire – 5K (road counter 5)
Fri 28th April 2017
7.15pm start
Kingsley Cricket Club
Kingsley
Cheshire
WA6 8HY
http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/cutefruitevents ***LIMITED PLACES LEFT**

10k TT

A big thank you to everyone who turned up for the final 10k TT of the winter season last Wednesday, made a nice change to do it in the light 🙂 We had a brand new course record from new kid on the block Richard McGeachie in a phenomenal 35.20! Well done Rich, superb running mate!

A little further down the field and new member Susie Woodwood-Moor took a huge chunk of time off her previous PB and crossed the line in 52.51 and was our first and only female in the 10k. Shan was our sole runner in the 6k and ran an excellent race to take the chequered flag in 34.39. Well done to everyone else and thank you to everybody who has supported the time trial over the last few months, we hope you have all enjoyed it.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Louise Spruce (race director) Joe & Mario (timing) and all those who have volunteered to tail run, marshal and help out with the timing this season. Thank you all! Also a big thank you to Meadow Lea Farm Cafe for the use of their car park. See you all in October 🙂

Cheers
Col

6k

1 Shan McCarthy 34.39

10k

1 Richard McGeachie 35.20
2 Phil Tomkinson 43.20
3 James Gray 46.31
4 Geoff Collins 50.14
5 Charlie Roberts 52.13
6 Susie Woodward-Moor 52.51

Hills, Sunshine, Free Beer – Darwen Half Marathon (3rd Road Counter)

Report by Neil Finegan

Set in the picturesque Lancashire countryside, the rolling hills of Darwen provides a pretty unique/difficult race in that none of it is flat. 13.1 miles of crawling up hills and running down the other side, a race which is impossible to pace as your speed fluctuates with the terrain. So you have to go with the flow, survive the uphills and embrace the downhills as you would in a fell race rather than your typical road race.

It is a small scale event, hosted by the Darwen Dashers running club (500 runner capacity). Starting in the town centre (with an immediate 1km climb to give you a taste of what is to come) the race consists of 3 big climbs (around 300- 400ft each) The route is superb, through country park via winding and undulating roads. It was a clear sunny day and you could see for miles around – something to take the mind off the next long climb.  The last hill at mile 10 is particularly brutal, a real steep climb – one of those hills that send the legs to jelly at the top.  But then comes a brilliant finish – the last 2 miles are all on a fast gradual downhill – a bit like our own towers lane finish but longer.

You really can’t fault the organisation – £20 for a fantastic course, t-shirt, medal, fruit and free beer.  A real friendly atmosphere and a race that is unforgettable in many ways – there aren’t many half marathons where you can run the last mile at 5:20 minute mile pace.

The race winner was a local legend, Ben fish – normally a 1:05 marathon runner – he finished in just under 1:10 on this difficult course. It was my second year of running this course and I was chuffed to knock 90 seconds off my time from last year with a 1:24 finish in 16th.  Richard Hankins was also in the top 50 and running a course like this at just over 7 M/M pace is a real achievement.  Third home for Helsby (and 4th in his age category) was Geoff Collins in 1:53.

A lot of very happy (and relieved) runners at the finish.
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Pos    M    F    Forename    Surname    Cat    Cat/Pos    ChipTime    GunTime   
16 0016 Neil Finegan M40 (006/039) 01:24:15 01:24:17
44 0044 Richard Hankins M45 (009/029) 01:33:37 01:33:40
149 0128 Geoff Collins M60 (004/008) 01:53:38
Ed: Cracking run Neil, great time considering you have been out injured for a few months. Welcome back!

Liverpool Half Marathon & 10 Miler

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick
A beautiful sunny day down on the Liverpool water front with a bit of head wind, lovely i thought. My aim was to get a PB, but anything under 1h19 and i’d still be happy. I know this is a bit of an expensive half but apart from our very own 4VHM this would be the next best half marathon race i’ve done, it runs like clockwork, its a fast course, and there’s plenty of support out on the streets of Liverpool. BTR never get it wrong.

I started just behind a Violin, yes a 6ft Violin. i didn’t overtake the Violin until the last 2 miles as well, it was pretty fast, respect to whoever was in that costume. The route consists of the first 2 miles out of town, up upper parliament street and heading over to Sefton Park. A big loop of the park see’s you head over to Otterspool prom, and like myself most runners are looking for a PB until you hit the waterfront. The next 4 miles are fighting the head wind and demons in your head that say give up, all the way to the finish. When that headwind isn’t about it’s a cracker of a course although i enjoyed todays race a lot more that i ever have done.

First Name Surname Gender Category Category Position 5 Mile 10 Mile Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time
Chris Fitzpatrick Male M40+ 4 00:29:07 00:58:51 01:18:40 29 01:18:37
Carl Pratt Male MOPEN 395 00:36:10 01:12:37 01:41:26 690 01:36:15
Stephen Roach Male M40+ 131 00:38:21 01:19:10 01:46:46 991 01:45:53
Paul Roberts Male MOPEN 529 00:39:01 01:19:54 01:46:46 992 01:46:37
Tanya Downes Female F40+ 101 00:46:30 01:35:33 02:12:29 2820 02:09:03
Claire Morton Female F55+ 25 00:51:09 01:41:06 02:17:56 3101 02:13

 Full results for the half

http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2505

Also a mention to El Capitano, who came 4th in the 10 mile race

Full results for the 10 miler
Loads of green vests out and about at the various parkruns. Well done to all who took part in one. Please find all the consolidated results for Helsby RC below.
I think that’s it this week. Please let me know if anything is missing.
Keep on running…..
Col T

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th March 2017

Hello everyone, well its been a busy weekend for Helsby RC and there are some good write -ups in the inbox this week. Firstly though, just a reminder that its our next road counter this Sunday 2/04/17 – Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Online entries close tonight 29/03/17 at 23:55. So still time to get your entry in HERE.

Helsby RC have another new member! A warm welcome to Susie Woodward-Moor who has recently joined the Green Army.

So now on with the racing news:

Llantysilio Fell Race – Saturday 25/03/17

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Thanks Laura for sending in this report:

“Saturday saw the first race in the club’s Fell series, the Llantysilio fell race, with 10 green vests hitting the hills on an absolute cracker of a day. Contrary to popular belief it is possible to have a fell race with glorious sunshine and no need for the normally required kit of full body waterproofs! Starting at the Sun Inn in Rhewl (near Llangollen) the route starts with a nice ascent up on to an undulating ridge (okay quite a few big ups and downs), before the descent down to the finish 6 miles and 2100ft of climb later. It is a lovely route, lots of running to be had and some stunning views. Big thanks to Joe and Mario for support – Joe was perched on the side of a mountain for the first big climb taking photos – all that was missing was his picnic. Thanks also to Andy Smith for support and photos and Tattenhall club for putting on a great race again. Official results not out yet, but from memory the Helsby team order was:

Jim O’Hara 2nd
Neil Finegan 7th
Phil Roberts
Laura Baynham-Hughes (3rd lady)
Phil Gillard
Steve Riley
Janet Robertson
Rachel Arnold
Sue Buck
Charlie Roberts”

Cheshire 10k (Arley Hall) – Sunday 26/03/17

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A report from Colin Thompson on our second club road counter of the season:

“There was a modest turn out of green vests at our second road counter at the Cheshire 10k, a shame because this is one of the flattest 10k’s around and with perfect running conditions it was a great opportunity to hunt down a PB. To be fair it did fall on a weekend of ultras and fell races, hopefully we won’t get any more clashes this year.

On to the race and it was excellent running by the troops and loads of new PB’s too, congratulations to Kate Mann who raced a stormer to take first Helsby lady home and big kudos to Fitzy for winning his age category and bagging a new PB! Well done to everyone else and big thank you to Wiggo (our support crew).

Please find all Helsby results below:

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Full results

It’s also worth a look on the Cheshire 10k FB page as there are loads of photo’s which are free to download.

Cheers
Col T”

Chester Ultra Marathon – Saturday 25/03/17

Five of us ran the Ultra on Saturday and Helsby won a trophy for 2nd Team. In such a long race  we probably had our highs and lows at different stages. For me the low was the last 20 miles! The high was the support along the way and at the finish, particularly from the Helsby gang -Boydy, Frodders, Phil, Charlie, Jim, Sharon – thanks guys!

Thanks Degsy and Ben for sending in their accounts below:

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Not much movement here, but still won 2nd Team Prize!

“Chester ultra My first “one off” 52 mile run. Up at 4am,what’s all that about? thought only CBH and Fitzy done that! Kit check before the race to check I had my map and compass which in my hands may aswell be a chocolate fire guard. Great to see gaz, Jim, wiggo and Ben from the green army at check in. 6am race start just as it got light. Having no idea how to pace one of these things I was made up to run with gaz who does this crazy sh!t for fun. 1st 13 miles across fields and along the river dee were great for passing the miles away. Great to to see boydy at the 1st 2 check points screaming the famous “Green army”. Then next 10 miles were pretty tough along a canal section and into dunham on the hill. At this stage I thought there is no way I’m gonna do another 28 miles. Next up onto helsby hill, frodsham hill and then onto the sandstone trail, by far the best 20 miles of the race and we even got a cry of “Green army” off some random fella in the middle of the sandstone trail haha. Great to see frodders at around mile 32 (he’s much better at running than working the camera on his phone) after waiting 3 hours for frodders to take our photo we plodded on missing a gate at mile 42 (gaz should of been looking out better 😉) after ducking under electric fences and climbing barbed wire ones we realised maybe we had veered off course. Phones out to find the route and we were back on track for the last section along a canal back into Waverton. Really tough last 6 miles into the finish. Absolutely loved it. Brilliant weather, organisation, checkpoints, volunteers, marshals…. can’t wait to sign up again

Sorry for the long report (my usual reports couldn’t do this event justice)
Degsy”

Another view from the Chester Ultra from Ben:

“Well, what a brilliant event! I took part in this ultra on Saturday, along with Degs, Jim, Gaz and Ste. I was nervous about entering this event, as it’s the first ‘running’ ultra I’ve entered (as opposed to LDWA events) and I was worried it might be a bit ‘elite’ for me, but there was no need to worry. As part of the event build-up, the organisers ran organised recces of the route, in manageable sections. I only made the first of these, but it was good to meet other runners, and it meant there were a few familiar faces around on the day.

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The event briefing took place just as dawn broke, without a cloud in the skies. The ground was frozen, but things warmed up as soon as the sun came up, and by the time we reached Chester city centre it was getting hot. I’d set off to run with Ste, but he was struggling with a cold and so in true Top Gear style, I dropped him at the first checkpoint (sorry mate). I felt I ran well for the whole first half of the run, and reached halfway in around 4 and a half hours. However, the first half was mostly flat and paved – all of the hills and muddy trails came in the second half. After climbing Helsby Hill the next part of the route to Frodsham covered our Wednesday run, and it was nice to be on familiar ground. The climb up Frodsham Hill took it out of me, and I struggled from then on, running down any hills but pretty much walking the rest. Then the sting in the tail came at Beeston, where we turned off the Sandstone Trail and on to a long, 6-mile drag along the canal to the finish. I was broken by then, I could only shuffle a few hundred yards at a time before having to walk, and in the end I couldn’t even shuffle. I don’t think I cried but I felt like it, and that canal towpath goes on forever. I was overjoyed to see the finish, and to run the final few yards with my nephew.

Overall it’s a lovely route, passing a lot of familiar places. The whole event was made even better by the camaraderie between the runners, the support of the checkpoints and the fantastic weather. Thanks to the Helsby members who were out and about supporting too – cheers Gareth, Betty and Paul. It’s great to see familiar faces when you need a boost.

cheers
Ben”

Helsby finishers were:

Derek Morris, 23rd, 09:14 / Gaz O’Connor, 30th, 09:26 / Jim Jones, 80th, 10:57 / Ben Williams, 115th, 12:06 / Steve Wiggins, 157th, 13:48

Full results for Chester Ultra are HERE

Coniston 14 – Saturday 25/03/17

Jackie Keasley and Jane Ashbrook were up in the Lakes on Saturday enjoying the views around Coniston. Thanks Jackie for sending in the report and pics:

“Jane and I ran the Coniston 14 race on Saturday in glorious conditions. Not as hilly as Lantisillio and not as long as the Chester UItra but very picturesque with snow on the summits and warm sunshine.

Jane in London Marathon training ran to and from the race from her campervan spot in Hawkshead. Bill drove me leisurely to the start line ready for my 22nd running of the Coniston 14 race, it’s one I’ll never tire of, especially when you turn around at the far end of the lake and get this view.

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Well done to Jane who finished 133rd overall, 14th lady (in a field of over 1100,), 3rd in her age category in 1:41:58. I took it steadily, took in the views and took longer than ever before 2:15:25, 721st. One to saviour.

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PS It’s the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon club road counter next Sunday, 2nd April. An excellent hilly half around the Lancashire Moors organised by Darwen Dashers. On-line entries close on Wednesday 29th March at 23:55 http://dashers.org.uk/events/half
I have an entry that unfortunately I cannot use so if anyone wants it and can swap the name they are welcome. darwenhalf@gmail.com Please let me know 

Cheers
Jackie”

 

Parkrun – Saturday 25/03/17

We had 8 Helsby runners participating across 5 different Parkruns on Saturday. Well done Debbie Read who finished as 2nd lady at Delamere. Our club consolidated results are HERE

Think that’s it for this week folks. Let me know if I have missed anything and I’ll update the blog.

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th March 2017

 

Hello Green Army

Not a lot in the inbox this week, so a quick mention to the fell and road counter’s coming up this weekend. Saturday see’s Felsby go to Llantysillio Fell Race, 11am start, 6.2 miles of grass, mud and probably lots of hills. Sunday will see us roadies head to Arley Hall for the Cheshire 10k, 9.30am start, which I am told is on a very fast course. It’s also mother’s day, happy mother’s day to all you mums out there.

Also whilst we are talking about Fell and road races, don’t forget Helsby V’s Felsby takes place again soon, email me Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com if you want to take part. Basically we get as many to run the last borders league race on Weds 26th April in Wrexham, and then the following Weds we race again at the Dinas Bran Fell race near Llangollen. Just nominate yourself as a Fell or road runner, turn up and I will sort the rest out.

Park run seen runners out (and falling over) in Runcorn, Newbury, Warrington, Delamere, Workington, Widnes and Croxteth. Full consolidated results below

 

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

A message from Jackie

 

A bit belated because I left for a week’s remote hut to hutting in deepest Norway early the morning after out presentation evening.

 

Here’s a summary of who won what. Thanks to all who made the evening and compiled the statistics. It was great too getting all the community groups that helped in the Four Villages together at the start of the evening to personally give out their donation cheques too.  I’ll put the video on the 4V website sometime soon. Congratulations to all category winners and to everyone who turned up to run in all our club counters last season, may it inspire you all to run a record number of counters this season too!

 

Roads Championship
Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
Men’s Runner Up Neil Finegan
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Fitzpatrick
Men’s V40 Winner Adam Gordon
Men’s V45 Winner Gary O’Connor
Men’s V50 Winner Dave Feakes
Men’s V55 Winner Colin Bishop
Ladies Champion Joanne Lacking
Ladies Runner Up Tanya Downes
Ladies Senior Winner Rachel Holden
Fells Championship
Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
Men’s Runner Up Ben Fletcher
Men’s Senior Winner Chris Baynham-Hughes
Men’s V40 Winner Phil Roberts
Men’s V50 Winner Tim Palmer
Ladies Winner Laura Baynham-Hughes
Ladies Runner Up Sue Buck
Ladies V50 Winner Rachel Arnold
Cross Country Championship
Men’s 1st Place Colin Bishop
Men’s 2nd Place Neil Finegan
Men’s 3rd Place Gareth Boyd
Ladies 1st Place Suzanne Fletcher
Ladies 2nd Place Rachel Arnold
Ladies 3rd Place Christina Roach
Club Champions
Neil Finegan
Laura Baynham-Hughes
Mini Fells
Mens Winner Neil Finegan
Ladies Winner Suzanne Fletcher
Trail Series
Mens Winner Colin Thompson
Ladies Winner Debbie Read
Runners Runner
Jackie Keasley
Most Improved Runner
Mens Winner Adam Gordon
Ladies Winner Alison Halsall
Greatest Comeback
Gareth Boyd

 

The Border Leagues wards will be made after the tow final races are completed. Note we were able to give the club championship awards out because with two races to go Neil & Laura were uncatchable! Even more amazing!

 

Nesta says – Just wanted to let you know I raised £198 on Friday night!!! Really chuffed x   All for her Leukaemia London Marathon fund raising. Good luck to all in London.

 

Plus thanks for my Runners Runner votes this year, makes another one chuffed!

 

Over to the single race report of the week and it sounded like a cracker, Geoff Collins do tell us more…

 

Race Report Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon – 19 March 2017

Richard Hankins and I headed down to Gloucestershire for the Forest of Dean Trail Half Marathon.  This proved to be a really cracking good value race.  It certainly exceeded my expectations in the search for a different half marathon experience, attracted by the good race reviews. Richard’s expectations were exceeded too, more about that later!

For those that don’t know the area, The Forest of Dean is 42 square miles of ancient woodland that has an industrial past.  It’s also quite undulating.  It forms a triangular plateau bounded by the river Wye to the west and North West, and the River Severn to the South.  The nearest large town is Monmouth on the other side of the River Wye.

The race is run by the local rotary club costing just £23 to enter. It starts near the impressive building called the Speech House.  Now a posh hotel, it was once the HQ for the area hosting the Court of Speech.  A sort of local parliament which managed the forest, game and mineral resources.  There is an abundance of wildlife in the forest including wild boar, deer and birdlife.  But the race safety notices didn’t include the boar his time!

Richard & I together with his friend Giles who kindly put us up, did the race with his running partner friend Claire and Colleague Jana.  We were very good moderated ourselves in the Dog and Muffler PH the previous evening, carb (over?) loading on the sumptuous food.

However Claire clearly didn’t seem quite so well prepared.  A late night out with lots to drink complaining she was totally hung over! I seriously wondered if she would start the race let alone be able to finish it!  But finish it she did in just over 2 hours!

The race was started by a local athlete and Paralympic medallist Andy Lewis who got gold in the first-Paralympic Triathlon event at the 2016 Paralympics.

The weather was fortunately dry but a bit windy but the course was quite sheltered.  The first mile of this race is on the road before you enter the forest.  The trails lead toward a steep downhill slope.  After that apart from two marshalled road crossings the course is entirely on really good trail surfaces.  With long sweeping curves up or down and few tight bends, this was a much cleaner and dryer race than some recent road races!  Road shoes would be absolutely fine for this course.  In short this was a well organised and very friendly race we really enjoyed, with a nice medal and the proceeds go to charity.

The early stages of this race were quite easy and quick with mainly downhills until mile 5.  Between miles 5 to 8 it’s mainly uphill, 8 to 10 is downhill and finally 10 to 12 uphill before levelling at 13 miles.  In total I reckon a good 800 feet of climb!  That last climb really finished me off!

Results (2,254 finishers).

1st male finisher Chris McMillian 1h 14m 39s

1st lady finisher Katherine Matthews 1h 24m 36s

97th Richard Hankins 1h 30m 56s

691th Geoff Collins 1hr 52m 19s.

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Star performer on the day was Richard finishing in the top 100!  A fantastic achievement for what is quite a challenging half marathon course, when the first finisher’s time was 1hr 14m.  Richard was only 2 mins slower than his Village Bakery time!

The Rotary Club organise another trail half in September if anyone is interested see www.forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk

 

Well done chaps

 

That’s it for this week, good luck in all your up and coming races

 

Bye for now

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

Helsby RC round-up 6-3-2017 to 12-3-2017

 

Presentation Night

Friday Night was the club presentation night, a great time was had by all thanks to Jackie Keasley, Ian Landucci, Donna Geer and Chris Igoe for all the work setting the night up.

Parkrun

Helsby members were parkrunning throughout the North West and and also a guest appearance in London from a travelling Davyd Michell. Highlights include a first place for Col Thompson and a first lady for Jo Lacking both at Phoenix Park.

Full, consolidated results for the club are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

On to the racing….

Shan McCarthy sent in this report from Bath Half Marathon.

I travelled down to beautiful Bath last weekend to run the ‘Bath Half’ with 12,700 other runners, and it lived up to be the brilliant event which I was expecting, a big-atmosphere half marathon, lined with literally constant support even at the parts furthest out from the Start/Finish.

The race starts and finishes on the stunning Great Pulteney Street, and straddles both sides of the River Avon. The course is, according to the IAAF course measurer, ‘Flat with three undulations’. For someone who doesn’t really ‘do’ hills, I was relieved that the undulations were fairly kind and lined with jelly babies and hundreds of enthusiastic supporters.

The first mile of gentle downhill from the Start makes you feel invincible and tempts you to go out way too fast, but later turns into a seemingly endless gradual crawl uphill to the Finish. I expected to need my playlist to get me through the tough times but thanks to the fantastic atmosphere, the Aftershokz were largely redundant though it seems I did accidentally ‘last number redial’ the dentist in Frodsham who thankfully didn’t answer with it being Sunday. I had thought it being a two-lap race would be a bit mentally challenging, but instead I was happy to revisit the 8 or so bands which added to the buzzing atmosphere, and the added bonus was seeing the Elite runners in action. Good to see the male winner was a Northern lad, Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers – 1:05:16) Perfect running conditions despite incorrect forecast of hours of rain.

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Nice medal, tech Tshirt, lots of goodies at the end… Shared a video on my FB wall for anyone considering taking part. Many inspiring and tearjerking causes being run for, and a fabulous £2.2 million plus raised for charities. Managed an 8 or 9 minute improvement on my last half with 2:13. If you do travel down to do this one day, don’t do what I did… miss the signs outside several of the pubs/bars close to the Abbey which offered a free drink to all Bath Half finishers

Danielle Ryder journeyed to Barcelona for the Marathon.

I ran the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday as part of a 30+ group from work, so unfortunately the Helsby vest did not make an appearance and instead we wore matching fluorescent yellow INEOS branding so that the film crew could spot us on the way round! It was my first major city marathon with 20k+ runners and I must admit I was impressed at how well organised it was. The route took you past some of the major sites of the city, but  I think I missed a few trying to not fall over the other runners. I can definitely say I am not used to running with so many other people.

So what about the race. I found myself in the queue for the toilets pre-race, and made the bad decision of losing my bottle with 5minutes before the start and leaving the queue! Not the best idea when the people who I was in the queue with walked past me before I had started! Lesson learnt! So with this in mind, I was stood the the start line dying for a wee. I lasted 2km before spotting a cafe with a toilet sign on the back wall and running in and shouting at the waitress asking if I could use the toilet, obviously with no intention of not using it if she had said no. So with these fun and games to start, I set off too quick and went against the advice I had given some of my work colleagues before the start who were running there first ever marathons, and for some mad reason thought, lets see how long I can hold the pace. The first half went brilliantly and even up to 30km I was feeling good but it was the last 12km I started to struggle and slow slightly. The support along the route was amazing with no empty roads and lots of bands and dancers regularly down the route.

The amount of people racing and pushing disabled people was amazing and made me man up on numerous occasions. This combined with Batman wearing all black and running in Crocs and a guy running with a huge Eiffel Tower frame on his shoulders made me think i had it easy just dragging myself around. The weather was in the high teens and definitely felt warmer than I was used to but we were defiantly lucky it was overcast. It was humid but at least I wasn’t getting sunburnt which had nearly happened on the Saturday. Flash back to Saturday afternoon while eating Paella and staring longingly at the people on the table next to me drinking Sangria! I somehow held strong and avoided the alcohol!

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After running past quite a few people collapsed at the side of the road in the final few kms and managing to keep moving up the incline to the finish, I went for the sprint finish to find myself totally boxed in and not able to speed up. Saying this I crossed the line in 3:51:54 with a big PB, knocking 20 minutes off my previous time. I was aiming for 4hrs so I was happy I ran on feel and ignored the watch! Standing at the finish and meeting the others in the group finishing their first ever marathons was brilliant and I had a beaming smile for the next few hours. That was until I stepped on the plane and crammed my legs into the plane seat for an uncomfortable 2 hours.

Overall I think Barcelona Marathon was a brilliant, well organised event and I would recommend it if you like your city marathons. Personally I like the quieter races but I wouldn’t say no to running it again. Oh I forgot to say the course was undulating. . .
Debbie Reed sent in this report from Falesia, Portugal.

On our annual warm weather training at a little place called Falesia on The Algarve of very March, part of the program is a hilly, 3 lap, 5k road race.It attracts all types of runners ranging from high class international to slow plodders.

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This years results were
142 starters
137 finishers
1st male (Hamburg) 15:02
1st Female (Russia) 16:01
Mike Gratton (Winner of London Marathon 1983) 18:??
Debbie Read 22:39

Lastly an offer from Bob Benson for anyone who fancies giving Race Directing a go

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/race-organisation/
Race Organisation – Borders League

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk

Borders League membership currently numbers 17. Given that 7 races are staged each season, member clubs can be expected to organise a League race every two or three …
To support this we have had an offer from Gavin Lightwood of UK Athletics to deliver a Race Directors Training Course. Please see the attached Course Program.
The cost of the course is £50 per candidate, but if we get 10 or more, then the fee will drop to £40. Maximum numbers per course is 30.
We Borders League Committee have also agreed that we will use money from our BL account to subsidise each candidate 50% of the cost i.e. reducing this fee to £20 for this course. (if we get more than 10)

At this stage we are sounding the interest.
We have no course dates, but assuming we get a positive “buy-in” the course is likely to be held at Trafford AC Clubhouse in Manchester and on a Saturday.

Please sound this proposal with your Club Officials/Helpers/Runners and only 1 Representative per club reply to me with the numbers that you would expect to “buy-in” with. To allow sufficient discussion I’ll close my survey on Sunday 19th March (- or earlier if all clubs have replied).

As the next couple of weeks go I’ll work towards screwing-down proposed dates and venue.

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC News from 20th to 26th February 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up, starting with  couple of dates for your diaries.

Sunday 05/03/17 11am Start – Manley Mere Borders League

First of all a message and reminder from Chris Patrick that we are hosting the next fixture of the Borders League:

“Borders league comes home this weekend, yes it’s our turn to host it. By now, all marshalls should know their positions, and what times they need to be there for. Any problems please let me know. Marshalls vests can be picked up from the club, there are some behind the reception desk.

Also, for anyone not volunteering, we need you to race, the more the merrier. It would be great to see a load of us there, remember, it’s not just the counters that count, even if you finish outside of them, you are stopping the other clubs finishing higher up the places, so it really does help. I’m hoping for good weather, and remember to get into Manley Mere you need 2 x £1 coins for the gate.

See you all on Sunday

Fitzy”

I think we may also still be looking for a couple of people to help supervise the parking for an hour before the race. So if you can help please give Fitzy a shout.

Other Races this coming weekend that may be of interest:

Saturday 04/03/17 – 10am – Halewood 5k www.knowsleyharriers.com/alder-hey-5k/

Sunday 06/03/17 – 11am – Cloud Nine (BM) fell race www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/clud9.htm

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Also, don’t forget the Helsby RC Presentation Evening on Friday 10/03/17 at 7.30pm – you should have already received a separtate  email about it . Please remember to let David or Lesley know by  8th March if you’ll be attending so they have an idea of how many to cater for.

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Racing News

Stockport Trail Half Marathon 26/02/17

A big congratulations to Jane Ashbrook for her podium position at the Stockport Half Marathon on Sunday, and thanks for the following report Jane:

“I ran the Stockport Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. A well organised event from a pub in Marple. The route went along the Middlewood Way and back along the canal. On the advice of my professional running husband (who did the race last year) I wore road shoes, which after a week of torrential rain turned out not to be the best idea! I was sliding about like Colin Bishop and nearly fell in the canal a few times! Despite that I had a good run and was surprised to find out I finished 3rd lady in 1:36ish! Fairly reasonably priced for a half and lovely home made flap jacks and decent medal at the end made it worth the 45minute drive and a race I will definitely do again, particularly because part of my prize is a free entry to next years race!!”

Parkrun

Helsby RC had 17 athletes participating in 5 parkruns across the area on Saturday. There are a few notable performances in the consolidated results below. Neil Finnegan was first home at the Ellesmere Port parkrun in a time of 18:52,  and Debbie Read was 2nd lady with a PB. Over at the Phoenix parkrun Carl Pratt and Michael Williams also  achieved PBs while Suzanne Fletcher also ran Phoenix ,for the first time and finished 2nd lady.  Well done everyone, our club consolidated results are HERE.

Message from our Chair

A brief message from Jackie Keasley regarding recent committee role changes:

“Tim Palmer has taken some of the work load off our Treasurer Jo Farwell and is our new Membership Secretary.

Donna Geer & Jen O Hare are our new club kit co-ordinators looking after our supply of club vests, club training tops, hoodies and buffs etc.

Thanks to all and welcome to your new roles.

Cheers

Jackie”

And with TimPalmer keeping us updated, in his additional role as membership secretary, as new members join us, we’d like to welcome Dave Smith to the Green Army. Hoping to see you burning off some green energy soon Dave.

I think that’s it for this week.

Thanks, Jim.