Weekly round-up 14th Sept to 20th Sept

 

Firstly some great news from 4 Villages Half Marathon race director, Laura Baynham-Hughes

Amazing news – the 4 Villages Half Marathon has been voted the best half marathon in the North! Thank you to everyone who helped get people voting – £1k prize and promo in Runners World is a great result! We open for entries on 1st October 2020 – online entry here https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/Four-Villages-Half-Marathon-2020.

This year we are also the qualifying race for the England Athletics Masters Team – more info here https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/england-competitions/england-teams-and-selection/england-age-group-masters/half-marathon-masters-team-opportunities/

We are having a 4VHM Team meeting on Wednesday 16th October @8pm at the club. If you would like to get involved in this year’s race please come along or drop me an email https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721if you are interested but can’t make the meeting (Laura@baynham-hughes.com). The more people that help the better – we want to make sure we live up to our ‘Best Half Marathon’ accolade.

Paul Cunnigham sent this report on from his amazing adventure on Offas Dyke

Offas Dyke is a large linear earthwork that roughly follows the current border between England and Wales. The structure is named after Offa the Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia from 757 until 796AD who is traditionally believed to have ordered its construction.

The Dyke is approx. 181miles in length and roughly 80 km of the dyke can still be seen today – enough History.

The morning had arrived – four trains and 5 hours later myself and Gaz O Connor arrived in Chepstow meeting up with Dave Jones and Trisha Clements at registration – well this was  after we had taken a wrong turn out of the station and walked approx. 1.2 miles in the opposite direction carrying four days’ worth of kit – Gaz even managing to lose his waterproof jacket all before registration.

A short coach trip took us from registration to  a rock situated at the top of a small hill signalling the starting point of the Offas Dyke.

You receive a small coin at this point to carry with you along the Dyke and at the finish you give back your coin – if you don’t finish you have to keep hold of the coin and return two years later and try again – I liked this concept but definitely didn’t want to hold onto the coin for a few years.

The race started Friday 8pm and the four of us decided to run together for the first few miles – Gaz had completed the race two years previously so I was in good hands and we started at a nice comfortable pace – before I knew it we had run 19 miles and into our first CP Monmouth  – the facilities were good Hot and Cold food and drinks at hand – I think here we just replenished our drink containers picked up some food and out the door within 15 mins.

Headed out towards Pandy and here entered some woodland and under torchlight we seemed to move really well once more across the ground – running at night is a magical experience and something that I do enjoy – Dave and Trisha seemed to be in their element and were soon out of sight and running away from us quite easily.

Entered Pandy Village Hall 36 miles completed and starting to feel like the race is now underway.

Stayed here for a Mug Shot and a warm brew before leaving and out towards Hay on Wye

Out of Pandy is the first noticeable steady climb which takes you onto the Brecon Beacons The Black Mountains – this is the highest part of the course.

There is a harvest full moon in the night sky really bright and illuminating the surrounding area Im at peace with the world.

Dawn is approaching and the sun is ready to show itself from below the horizon – a splash of red covers the sky to our right yet the full moon is still on our left and doesn’t want to leave – a battle commences between both lunar objects fighting for the sky – we take a minute and say nothing just staring – how lucky I thought to be here right at this moment to witness this awesome spectacle  – the sun eventually wins and a large shadow is cast over  the mountains – The Black Mountains aptly named.

52 miles completed as we enter Hay on Wye Parish hall – this is a major CP so we have our drop bag with all our personal belongings – first thing I notice is some runners are sleeping taking a break – I suppose we have been up for more than 24 hrs but myself or Gaz are not ready for sleep.

I complete some foot care and change into a new set of running attire – bacon sausage and egg batch hot brew and away we go.

It’s going to be a hot day – another really nice running section and we are soon into our stride – unfortunately after a few miles Gaz doesn’t seem to be moving as well as previously and takes a hard fall – I heard the thud and hoped he would be ok –  Gaz battled on for a few more miles but then insisted that I go ahead and run my own race as he was unsure how his was going to pan out – that’s Gazs story so I’ll leave that there.

I checked myself over and felt great – time to open up the legs and I really did enjoy the next few miles – in and out of CP4 Kington Markwick Hall 68 miles and onto Knighton – between these CPs I met up with 3 guys from Holland Maarten Martino and Franscio whom we had nicknamed The Euro Express earlier due to their effective strategy and how quickly they moved between Checkpoints – they allowed myself to run the next 15 miles with them into CP5 – now here is where you make your first real make or break decision – we are 82 miles in and extremely tired – do you push on through the night into Montgomery completing the hardest section of the race 18 miles roughly taking 7 hours or do you rest up and attack later.

My Plan A was always to try and get to Montgomery 100miles without any sleep – I decided to have 1 hrs rest at Knighton and kick on – leaving the checkpoint approx. 02.00am I was ready to see what I was made of – I soon found out – jelly that’s what I was made of the hills were relentless – not huge 1500ft climbs but continuance short steep 400 footers that really got you blowing out of your backside – the descents aren’t any easier and the burning through your quads as well as feet keeps you focused.

Also through lack of sleep the hallucinations started – I saw people – clowns – scare crows – monkeys – a bear – pythons a skeleton tried to give me flowers – nothing scary but if honest quite enjoyable and got me through the next long hours – I arrived in Montgomery shattered and ready for sleep.

Montgomery another major CP – CP6 so my drop bag was waiting – again change of clothing sorted feet out fed myself and hunkered down in a quite part of the Activity centre for 2 hrs rest – woke up more food replenished my own stocks and onto LLanymynech.

My reward for running through the night is I know the next 20 miles are quite flat apart from one or two climbs to Buttingham – I knew this section as Christine Roach had kindly showed us around a few weeks earlier as herself – Sue Buck – Danielle Ryder – Debbie Read and Jackie Kearsley had done most or all of the Offas Dyke over the previous months – when I was meant to leave the dyke to locate CP7 LLanymynech Village hall I somehow missed my exit and completed my first large navigational error – took me almost 5 miles and over and 80 minutes to put right – I was feeling punchy and decided that another sleep was definitely required.

Chippy tea provided wolfed down personal care taking care of and 90 minutes rest.

This next section onto Froncysyllte  – the rest has done me good and again im running really well and enjoying myself – here I meet up with a Becky Wightman whom had won the 100 miler two years previously – great girl really chatty and kept my spirits high – Becky was powering over the ground and was killing the navigation – I felt like a passenger – unfortunately Becky somehow had pulled a muscle behind her right knee and struggled instantly – the ultra-running community is a close one and ive quickly learnt that you stay and help out your fellow competitor as one day it could be you – Becky didn’t complain once and dug in – I was totally impressed and later found out that she works as a full time fireman – made of steely stuff that girl.

Froncysyllte is where the famous aqueduct is situated and is a marvel of engineering – it is now Monday morning and getting to close to 60 hours since we started this epic adventure.

Having plenty of time to think or not to think is a cracking way to find out alitle bit about yourself – your innerself and if honest I believe I am a decent person whom likes to treat people how I wish to be treated  – I like me –  life is for living – don’t get hung up on minor things or any things for that matter – enjoy what you have and show love and compassion to all.

Leaving CP8 138 miles in this is when I knew I was going to finish this race  – I powered into llandegla taking approx. 3.5 hrs to complete the 12 miles – I was on fire ha-ha – Llandegla last major checkpoint CP9 where we had access to our drop bags – beef stew and crusty bread for breakfast taking my footwear off I could see two large blood blisters that had appeared on the side of my feet – my feet started to feel really hot and I couldn’t sooth them – medic takes a quick look but wouldn’t allow me to burst blisters in fear of infection – more tape and plasters but knew the next 30 miles home maybe difficult – also this is where I also found out that Trisha had taken a heavy fall also a day or so ago and was no longer in the race – she was first lady at the time – Dave retired at same time I believe – devastating news and Im sure they will be back in two tears time.

Knew this next section between llandegla and Bodfari as only run  it a couple of weeks ago – I was moving slow and this was my lowest point – 150+ miles into a race and first low point – I’ll take that any race – anyone who’s run this part of the Offas dyke knows there are a few nice climbs and the views are spectacular – as I was climbing up to the fort top of Moel Famau I heard my named called  -it was Jackie – yes Jackie actually in this country I couldn’t believe it – I took a big hug and wiped the tears from my eyes – I was extremely emotional and was more than happy for the company – Jackie lifted my spirits no end and before I knew it we were at Moel Arthur where Becky was waiting at the bottom with refreshments and croissants – I had only left Becky less than 24 hrs ago as she dropped out of race and now she’s supporting instantly – what a girl – I started to tell Jackie a story about Becky when I had totally got Becky and Story mixed up and knew I was confused alitle more tired  than I thought.

Soon I was back on my own heading towards final CP when approx.. 4miles out another friendly face – Jake Holmes had decided I was moving too slowly and wanted to kick me in the backside – soon enough we were in the Bodfari CP and the heat from the log cabin was just lush – medic looks at my feet tells me I don’t have any more blisters and tapes up a few issues – I could of carried on through the night as only 12 miles remained but I wasn’t getting picked up until 10.00am Tuesday morning  – so I fed my face and bedded down for a solid 7 hours – 7 hours of the most wonderful sleep I have ever had – I left CP10 with a guy from the South – Ashley Ward and we shared our life stories to each other as if we had known each other for a lifetime – the coast was now in sight as light took over from the darkness – another beautiful morning without another sole in sight – we felt alive and so lucky – Ash and myself jogged into town to be met by friends – family – and the volunteers and crew who had made are dreams and ambitions possible.

We touch the finishing rock situated front of the Nova centre in a time which is totally irrelevant 84 hrs 22 minutes  and my first thought was………This wasn’t a race it was an adventure and I cannot wait for the next one

Full parkrun results for Helsby runners are below, including a Helsby 1-2-3 in the men’s race at Phoenix Park

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

Cheers
Gaz

Weekly Roundup from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th September

Here’s the latest race reports from last week and reminder from Chris. Thanks to everyone who has sent one in. 

Please keep sending them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Thanks.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Message from Chris Fitz

 

Less than a week to go before the DIRT relays in Delamere. They start at 4pm so if we could get to Delamere car park just past the visitors centre for no later than 3.30pm that would be great. £3 per person 

Confirmed so far

Jackie Keasley
Sue Buck
Mildred Thehen
Tracy Woods
Jane Ashbrook
Alison Halsall
Helen Owens
Christine Roach
Debbie Read
Lesley Feakes
Rachel Arnold

Laura Baynam Hughes

Myself
Stephen Wiggins
Davyd Michell
Paul Frodsham
Colin Thompson
Ian Rutherford
Richard Hankins
Benno Mace-Crossley
Ian Llanduci
Dave Feakes
Peter Rodriguez

One more please?

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

 

 

Bacchus Half Marathon 8th Sept

 

I had heard of races set in vineyards in France, which sounds lovely but a bit of a trek to get there, so when I discovered that there are also such races in Surrey, I booked myself and Jason in straight away! This event was held at Denbies Vineyard, along with 10k or Marathon options, depending on your fitness / drinking propensity. With 5 wine-tasting drinks stations on offer, the Half seemed like a good distance to do. As we knew people locally, and were invited to dinner the night before, we ended up getting some practice in with a bottle of red between two of us. This kind of felt like training for this particular event. 

 

On the day, the weather was perfect – cool but sunny. The estate itself is stunning, really beautiful set in rolling countryside. We’d not factored in a lot of elevation – of course when you think about it vineyards tend to be set on slopes though – so this was a 1,500 feet of elevation race! Apart from all the wine on offer around the course, there is also a focus on fancy dress which we’d not really appreciated when booking, but will definitely go for it next year. There were people dressed as bunches of grapes, butterflies, a strawberry, a rhinoceros, various superheroes, the 118 runners, robbers, aliens and nuns, and a rather eccentric man who had an inflatable doll and was insistent that everyone high-five his blow-up lady friend 😮  Obviously everyone was terribly polite and obliged, then scarpered off quickly through the grapes. Here we are at the start looking quite sensible:

 

 

At each drinks station there were samples of the various wines produced by the estate, with a lovely sparkling wine at the first station. (Non-alcoholic was available, but we weren’t there for the water!). Jason and I asked a helpful volunteer to take a picture of us at each drinks station – and a friendly lobster took our picture at this one, then asked if we could return the favour as her pincers made taking selfies quite tricky. There was music playing, which you could hear along the course so far, all helping to create a very jovial atmosphere.

 

The first few miles were running up and down hills in grassy vineyards, then we started to move away from the main estate and into a forest, where drinks station number two was located, along with a tartan-clad gentleman playing some bagpipes. Here was some cheese and a still white wine on offer.

Out of the forest, the terrain became dry and chalky, along grassy tracks and stone paths through the top of a beautiful valley with gorgeous views, eventually to drinks station number 3, with another white, and various energy bars on offer. Whilst Jason used the portaloos, I made use of the wine tasting (amounts weren’t limited) and sampled a fair bit. There was a live band playing here too, and no-one was really hurrying to get on with the race. 

 

Not far along from here was drinks station number 4 with a lovely rose and more of a country-music type band. [Jason was actually wearing suncream, I think it’s just a dodgy picture. But look at those lovely tasting cups of rose!]

 

Through more forest, where munchies set in and I had to have some emergency jelly babies to keep me going, and eventually we came to the top of the estate, which was stunning, set high up overlooking the main buildings, and with the last mile entirely downhill. But before that was drinks station number 5 with a cheeky red and more sparking white, with all sorts of tasty samosa type snacks and another live rock band.

 

We lingered for a bit, then ran to the end, earning a disgraceful half marathon time (though actually our running time excluding the stops was around 2 hours 20 which isn’t too bad considering we were non-too sensible by the end!), a t-shirt, medal, hog roast and drinks voucher for… more wine! We basked in the sun for a bit then dragged ourselves off to start the trek home. 

 

If you want to do something a bit different, perhaps as a group, in fancy dress, as serious or not as you want to make it, and enjoy a trail race in a beautiful setting, this could be the race for you! It was one of the most fun running events we’ve been to, and despite the quite long travelling time, we definitely want to go back next year.

 

 

Essar Guilden Sutton 10k 15th September

 

Several of us gathered at the Essar Sutton 6 – a number of us regular participants in this speedy 10k. It was a bit damp when we set off but stayed dry. It’s a great easy to get to and cheap race. There’s two laps of a loop then a wider route along the roads around Guilden Sutton. I am always grateful for the gentle downhill on the 7th Kilometre but the last 2k are hilly..

 

 

Great result for Hannah who came first (of course!) and also achieved a PB. Many congratulations to her.

 

 

Although the course undulates it seems to yield really good results. We also achieved first place in the Ladies team. Great results for the fellas too.

 

Well done everyone.

 

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK – KEEP SENDING THOSE REPORT IN!

Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 2/9/19 to Sunday 8/9/19.

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.

Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Karen Bell and Peter Causton who I understand have recently joined us. Looking forward to running with you both  sometime soon.

Upcoming Events

A reminder that there is loads coming up over the next week. See the snapshot of our club calendar below, or view the full calendar at: https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

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Also thanks to Janet Robertson for sending in details of a new local race coming up in November:

Save the date … Weds 20th November

Marbury Night 5 

Northwich Running Club have come up with a great idea to give a bit back to the North West XC League running community.  They are planning a new 5 mile night race that has the feel of a Club XC with mud, hilly bits, woodland and a bit of water as well as team prizes. Headtorches will be essential.  The entry fee includes refreshments afterwards and is being offered at a discounted price of £6 to members of clubs that run in the NW XC league – so that includes Helsby!    Entries are not open quite yet but save the date.  Hope that lots of you are interested – it sounds like a fun event!

Racing News

Wirral 10k – Sunday 8th September 2019

Thanks to Karen Horsley for sending in a report from the Wirral 10k. Well done everyone who ran – some awesome results for Helsby!

“Pre-race nerves or excitement had me awake at 2.30am and I didn’t manage to achieve much sleep after that, however a hearty breakfast set me up for the race.

Wirral 10k (and half marathon) was blessed by the running gods today as the weather was perfect for racing. Early sunshine became grey skies as the start time approached and the majority of runners will have completed the 10k before the sun made a second appearance. The half marathon runners will have had more sunshine to contend with but at around 17 deg C at least it wasn’t too hot.

Logistically the race was great, with plenty of parking which was near the start line, a good number of portaloos, and the distances helpfully marked in both km and miles.

Knowing there was a real possibility that I might struggle to make the distance I began at a steady pace, however on reaching the 1km marker and feeling good I kept going to the 2 mile marker where I took a short walk break before running on to the half way point. The first 5k I completed in around 31 -32 minutes. A brief stop for water and I was off again. The second 5k was more difficult, but then I’d expected that it would be so was prepared to run/walk as I needed. By around 7k my leg was starting to ache more, but as it was an out and back course I had to make my way back to the start/finish line one way or another so carried on but at a slightly slower pace.

The half marathon route followed the same first six miles with the 10k runners taking a left at the clown roundabout to head to the finish. What a welcome sight it was to see the clown sculpture as I made my way along New Brighton promenade, and knowing that the end was close. I even had enough in my legs for a little sprint finish (albeit a slow sprint). I finished in an official time of 01:07:11 which was the sub-70 minutes I had hoped for and didn’t collapse with exhaustion on the finish line. All in all a good result!

The only downside to the race is that there wasn’t a great deal of spectators on route, I rather like being cheered on by random supporters and sadly there wasn’t much cheering happening.

But my first of three 10k races in September is now ticked off and I totally deserve a couple of days of rest.

Helsby Results

Well done everyone on some great running!

  • Richard Hankins 00:39:37  – 9th male and 1st in age cat
  • Trevor Lewis 00:43:37  – 19th male and 2nd in age cat
  • Geoff Shaw 00:51:08  – 1st in age cat
  • Kai Horsley 00:54:42
  • Janet Shaw 01:04:02 – 2nd in age cat
  • Karen Horsley 01:07:11″

Northwest Road Relays – Sunday 8th September 2019

Thanks to June Swift for sending in a report on behalf of the Ladies Team at the Road Relays from Sunday:

“SILVER for the Ladies at the North West Relays
Sunday epitomised what running for Helsby RC is all about….working together as a team and encouraging each other to push outside our comfort zone and improve. We put on our green vests and ran our little legs off and were rewarded with a SECOND Cheshire team and NINTH team overall out of a field of 51 teams from across the North West.
Hannah led the charge with a storming run clocking up a new PB (17.37). Even after taking a tumble (due to Fitzy’s distracting Hannah on a hair pin bend – tut tut!!) Hannah showed true grit (pardon the pun!) and jumped back up to take third fastest lady overall – amazing! Tracy (aka the running machine) had a fantastic run showing her strength and determination to not let her nerves get the better of her and brought the team home in 14th place. I was on last leg and nearly missed Tracy’s handover as I was too busy nattering – some things never change! I managed to chase down a few teams (including my old club Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton AC) and crossed the line in 9th place overall.
I’m so proud of both Hannah and Tracy for putting on their green vests, fastening up their laces and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.  We were all super nervous at the start line but together we supported one another and together we succeeded. The future is looking very bright for Helsby Ladies – together we can achieve great things!  
Let me know if you need any pictures and I can send them across.
Cheers,
June”

Parkrun

Well done all 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

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 5/8/19 to Sunday 18/8/19

Hello Green Army

Apologies for not sending out anything last week, I was too busy uploading photo’s to Facebook. So this week you have double the reports…..2 ha ha. Oh and Col’s TT results.

A notice from myself and Tim Palmer about the North West Road Relays. It would be great to get a few more runners so we can enter a couple of mens and ladies teams, but numbers really are low right now. This was a brilliant event last year.

The road relays are being held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk on Sunday 8 September 2019. These were held last year in Delamere Forest; we hope for better weather.

Women’s team are made up of three runners each doing 5km. Men’s teams are made up of four runners each doing 5km. The start times are 13:00 (women) and 14:30 (men)

Tim and myself have volunteered to co-ordinate entries of teams for the club so please let me know by Thursday 29 August 2019 at the latest if you are interested. Please note this competition is only open to first claim runners (second claim runners should approach their first claim club).

http://merseysidecountyaa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/The-20-th-NORTH-WEST-COUNTIES-ROAD-RELAYS-2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2CStWypx-FqTJQZL2EuROSvX2kWY_M3FX1aEXfu0H7EgUdZ0PLKhNyaMo

Email tim@timjenny.me.uk or fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Or contact us on our Facebook page, you can look at my photos whilst your there.

Rebecca Tate has sent in a race report for the Cybi Coastal Marathon

This was only the second event here, around the coast of Holy Island off Anglesey. I expected a lot of dedicated expert marathoners here, but there were a number of first timers like myself, and surprisingly even though there was a limit of 200 people you were never alone, it felt like a bigger run – in a good way!
As my first marathon I’d followed the training schedule and trained up to 20 miles. The route map showed that 20 miles was undulating coastal trail, after which the elevation spiked up as the path went over the summit of Holyhead mountain (technically a hill, but the name is fairly intimidating!). So I was going to consider this as a 20 miler, then I’d enjoy the excuse of the hill to walk up it and run back down the last few miles.

Well, all was going to plan. We set off over the first few miles at a fairly brisk pace through the town of Holyhead, which took us past the station and some built up parts, which diverted into urban trail, and then to the coast. It became really pretty, with deserted white sand beaches, little rocky coves, patches of woodland, flowers and butterflies. At one point we crossed a road bridge, with millpool-like water on one side, and a hollow where the water was being sucked under the bridge. At another place we ran on the beach past some moored boats, then there were fields, sand, marsh (boarded, so we didn’t get wet), rocks, narrow tracks through heather, vast open grassland.

Marshalling was fairly scarce, but we’d all been  told to follow the coastal path signs, which was straightforward enough – but we had to be scanned at every checkpoint. The first checkpoint was on a pavement and they provided oranges, peanuts, crisps and sweets – all very welcome even though I’d come prepared with my own food and drink. It was fairly hot – at least 20C with only a mild breeze, and a thin layer of cloud keeping the worst of the sun off. I drank to thirst, which turned out to be quite a lot, filling up my bottles at every checkpoint, but I was glad of having trained in all weathers including the heatwave.

The second checkpoint at around 10 miles was on a beach, and was stunning. There was a bit of a queue for scanning here, but everyone was pretty jovial, and we didn’t seem to be feeling the miles yet. Towards CP 3 the miles started to grind – a dodgy piece of signposting meant that a group of people ahead went the wrong way, and despite our shouts didn’t hear and carried on. I heard they put in a few extra miles finding their way back to CP3, which seemed to take forever coming and made me panic in case it was our group that had gone wrong. It was on a beach front though, where people out to enjoy the sun and beach cheered us on.

We continued through tiny villages and some roads, cliffs, narrow trails, past gorgeous rocky coves with crystal clear water which was so tempting to pop in and have a quick dip, but I’d overtaken an Ironman, and various other people, and was feeling slightly competitive, so I carried on. The pace slowed down with some hills and tracks too narrow or rocky to run on easily. CP4 came up suddenly, which felt good, then we started the long slog upwards to South Stack lighthouse CP5, after which was Holyhead Mountain.

This didn’t turn out to be the doddle I’d imagined. “I run up Moel Famau loads, it’ll be OK” I’d assumed. Well, it was steep, rocky, tall steps, not as rough or long as The Gulley, but not far off in terms of effort which, after 21 miles, was actually quite tricky! The final CP was at the summit, where we got scanned then had to be like mountain goats to take a narrow and steep rocky path down again on our jelly legs. The tricky terrain continued, up and down on rocky paths that couldn’t be run on without fresh legs. This is where nausea set in – with my heart pounding, I started wretching, and decided to sit down for a bit to clear my head. I couldn’t face any more electrolyte drink or food, so hoped I’d clear up without it. With only 2 or 3 miles to go, there was no chance of stopping now!

After a minute, everything felt better so I carried on. My legs were hurting now, it was a case of hanging on in there until the end, wherever that was. With the nausea I’d lost a good number of places, which was disappointing, but eventually the mountain was done and we reached coastal grass tracks, some road, then the Lifeboat house was finally in view. Although my time was 6 hours – considerably longer than I’d expected – there were plenty of people cheering on finishers and a lovely atmosphere at the end. One of the Lifeboat guys was waiting with a hose to spray us to cool down, there was soup, bread, tea, flapjacks and more fruit. I came 92nd out of a starting list of 200 (though only around 150 made it to the start it seems), so whilst 6 hours is a long time, it seems like a reasonable one for this particular marathon, and 7th in my age group isn’t too bad (yes, there was plenty more than 7 in it!)

As we drove away, feeling broken (Jason ran this too, as I’d kindly entered him for it too!), I decided that I’d definitely done that bucket list item and wouldn’t be doing a marathon ever again. However, the next day with hardly any muscle stiffness and feeling remarkably perky, I’m eyeing the next one…!
Sounds like a tough day at the office, well done Rebecca
Jake has also sent us in an essay, sorry report, thank you Jake. 
Sorry… these reports aren’t getting any shorter 😬

Beacons 100 Ultra

This one hurts… not so much the event… although that did of course… but the punchline.

Paul Cunningham, still on his post Chester 100 high: “you free a couple of weeks on Saturday to do a 100 miler in the Brecon Beacons?” What? Of course not, who’d say yes to a question like that? But he’d planted the seed and we soon found the Beacons 100 a month later, which I could pretend was enough time to prepare.

An 8pm Friday start meant a drive down that afternoon and half an hours kip for us in the car as the last sleep we’ll get till Sunday. The weather on a reccy a couple of weeks earlier had been baking hot with water shortage a problem. This was not going to be a worry this weekend with heavy rain and high winds promised for most of the 48 hour maximum allowed time. I don’t mind the bad weather but we’d signed up to a summer ultra so the nerves were definitely there as we ate our pre race lasagne in a pub down the road waiting for the start.

The route is a tour of the Brecon Beacons: Starting in Chrickhowell in the east, heading to the far west and back, taking any opportunity to go over a bump and back to the valley it can. Paul and I had decided to stick together, the company over two nights of it would be very welcome.

About 45 of us on the start line and the race got going. it stayed dry for 20 minutes and then the weather started to deliver what it had promised. It heads straight up to 2500ft and we were on the first ridge around 9:30pm or something, head torches were turning on and Paul asked another runner we’d been keeping with (Bev) if she fancied sticking together through the night which she liked the sound of so we became a three. 

(It’s already a long writeup and we’re on mile 5 or something so lets crack on)

The first 20 miles consisted of getting used to the terrain and conditions…. 5 metre visibility by head torch, very wet – running in streams that previous weeks had been bone dry paths, getting battered by the winds and realising Bev was a good runner. We encouraged her to head off if she wanted a couple of times but she was happy to stay together (a long way still to go).

CP2 was in the valley and at the start of 8K along a canal to get us to the next big haul. We took it in turns leading and it was good to be able to run at a better pace and get some miles behind you without the ‘stubbing your toe on a rock / heart in mouth as you catch yourself from falling’ type thing that’s never far away running on the tops. We knew what was next though as we’d done it on our only reccy: a straight line 600 metre ascent in about 2.5 kilometres. On our reccy, it took forever, and that’s when we could see. The climb was exposed too so as soon as we got going we’d be in the weather again. We decided we’d regroup every 100 metres or so as stopping for 30 seconds or whether every now and then would be better than being further apart and waiting for longer at the top.

It was crazy. Genuinely never seen weather like it. Easy as much energy being spent staying on the path (stream) as it was moving forward. Regrouping would involve crouching, hands on the ground to keep steady with your back to the weather and your hood as far over as you could pull it. Bev’s head torch got blown off at one point!

The summit was very welcome. No more climbing now tonight, we just need to get on the right path down to Brecon and start (in my head) leg 2 of 3 – ‘Saturday Day’. It was about a 6K descent that we all just got on and did without much in the way of chat, just get it done and get out of the weather which wasn’t easing as things got lighter or even lower really.

In the valley at CP3 finally the wind has eased and you realise how noisy it’s been for the last 7 hours as you’re able to talk to each other without shouting. A couple of guys who’d been catching us arrived 5 mins after and promptly handed in their trackers (the wind wasn’t for them) and they dropped out of the race. Talking to a marshal, they weren’t the first. 

We had another 8K valley stretch now heading into Brecon (thankfully before any cafes had opened as the draw might have been a bit much) before starting to head back up to the tops with the third, ‘big haul’ out of a valley to a summit. By far the hardest ascents were in the first half of the course and all three of us were in great shape, all smiles, moving well and plenty of chat. I don’t think anyone actually said it, but we were enjoying the extra challenge of the weather and it was doing us a favour in that others weren’t enjoying it so much.

“We’re going up into the weather again, has everyone eaten? … Same again in regroup regularly on the way up…” 

We were heading to the top of Cribyn. We’d seen it from the other side on our reccy and it looked a big thing then. This climb from the valley though went on and on, just didn’t stop. The wind was as bad as ever and the rain (or hail?) was hitting you like you were standing behind a gritter lorry. It was motivation to keep going to get it done but you were going up into it for a long time before there’d be any relief. Every brow I was trying to picture… ‘is this it? I thought it was steeper?’. And then there it was 100yards in front we saw the ridge you needed to take heading straight up to the summit… nice and dramatic with the rain whipping over it. Bev said “other races would have had diverts by now you know…” i checked my phone but no messages from the safety team so carry on it is.

About 10metres onto the ridge and a gust pushes me off balance. Admittedly it wasn’t far to go as it was almost hands on scrambling anyway, but Bev almost went straight after the combo led her to say out loud what we were probably all thinking… “this isn’t safe”. Either side of the ridge (which i think was only a couple of metres wide) the mountain dropped steeply away so the wrong gust of wind could have been dangerous. We sat down and made a plan to come off route and drop onto a path which avoided the summit but took us back to the route shortly after, adding a kilometre or something. The decision wasn’t taken lightly. None of us wanted to miss any part of the route but Cribyn will be there another day and so lets make sure we all are! The organisers had made it clear that if anything felt unsafe, don’t do it. This qualified.

We set off and called it in so they knew what were were doing, they completely agreed and actually thought we’d called to drop out. “No we’re having a great day… we just aint going up there!”.

Another summit (Pen-y-Fan – highest of the route) and into the valley again for CP4. A cup of tea… banana and anti chafe stick where needed! We’ve been in the top 10 the entire race and now we find out there have been more dropouts – we’re up to 6th overall (with 4th and 5th heading off just 5 mins ahead of us) and Bev has gone from 3rd woman to 1st! It was a great checkpoint and we set off raring to get to CP 5 and over half way. Only 8 miles this stretch. 

It went on for ever (spotting a theme here)… it had a good climb at the start but then over that it was an undulating expanse of Brecon Beacons moors. My watch was in my bag charging so I didn’t have a gauge on time or distance. Every hill we headed over, I was convinced we should be seeing CP5 and it wasn’t there. CP5 meant drop bags which meant dry clothes, restock of food and the start of the ‘last stretch’ into the finish: A ridge I’d been looking forward to since I first saw the route, then another 10miles to put us into the night again before 15miles of the route we reccyed. After that was the final 10miles down hill and flat to the finish. We were all still in great shape and, although it sounds early with 40 something miles to go, we knew we were going to finish and Bev had a great chance for the win. 

There it was, an A-road which meant the checkpoint. Painfully steep descent as a last test but it didn’t matter… we’d were there. Bev had her fella and a mate crewing for her who we’d met at earlier checkpoints and as I got to them I said “that was a hard stretch” but only got half a smile back. Seemed odd but they knew what we were about to hear a second later from the marshal: “Sorry guys, the race has been cancelled due to the weather. We’re pulling everyone off the mountain.”

Absolutely gutted. You don’t know what you’re putting in until you hear it’s all over out of your control. Paul said he understood and how dangerous it was up there. He was was completely right of course and he looked to me to back it up but I couldn’t get my head round it. I managed to say I understood but it didn’t stop it being very painful. We were managing the weather… we had dry kit, plenty of food, moving in a group etc etc we were fine! But another night of it with people tired cold and wet and scattered about remote parts of the mountains on their own… it would have been too easy for someone to get in trouble. Bev pulled us in for a hug. It had been quite a thing.

So that was the Beacons 100 (or half of it). 20 hours, 60miles and 17000ft gets you pretty focused and with the rest of the route well visualised… it’d take a few days to stop replaying it. Which, as you can maybe tell from the write-up, I’ve not quite done yet 🙂

Same time next year then.

Sensible decision by the organisers by the sounds of it, but well done, really great efforts by both of you.

 

No report as yet but another big well done to Danny Ryder, the Captain and Bish, coming 3rd at the Chirk Castle Relays last Thursday. There is a you tube clip that has appeared of the event, have a watch, it might just persuade you to do it next year, it’s a cracking event.

TT Results from a week or 2 back
Please find the (very) belated results from the 10k TT on 31st July. Sorry for the delay!
A big well done to our Bish for the win, smashing it in 35.56 and running one of the fastest ever times on the course, well done mate, you are on fire at the moment! Congratulations to Jane Ashbrook for a quality run to take the chequered flag for the ladies and also big kudos to Lauren Cooke who I believe ran her furthest ever distance to complete the course in 1.00.47, great stuff! Well done to everyone else, it was great to see some quality running and close battles and thank you for supporting the event, the feedback seems really positive and I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.
Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the event ran smoothly, they are Louise Spruce (RD & results), Helen Gillard (results), Debbie Read (timing) and Ben Tumilty (tail runner).
Results:
  1. Colin Bishop  35.53
  2. Richard Hankins  41.56
  3. Peter Rodriguez  43.12
  4. Chris Lloyd  43.14
  5. Jane Ashbrook  45.51 (1st lady)
  6. Tracy Woods  51.13
  7. Neil Fergusson  53.16
  8. Lauren Cooke  1.00.47
See you at the next one!
Cheers
Colin

Parkrun

 

Well done everyone who took part in a park run last week. Our consolidated club results are available HERE

Please keep sending contributions into:  helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

 

See you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

 

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 29/7/19 to Sunday 4/8/19

Another fairly quiet week this week but we have a few notices and race reports. Please keep sending in your reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

 

 

Notice from Laura Baynham-Hughes

 

Calling all Fell Runners! The British Fell Relays 2019 will be taking place in the Peak District National Park on Saturday, October 19th. We have entered three teams (Open Men’s, Open Ladies and Men’s Vets). Please can you let me know via email (laura@baynham-hughes.com) if you would like to be in a team.

 

For those who haven’t competed before each team is 6 people. Leg 1 – solo leg, Leg 2 – pairs, Leg 3 – pairs with navigation, Leg 4 – solo. It is great fun and a brilliant end to the fell running season. Some fell running experience is required but if you are interested then please let me know as there are plenty of races before the event for you to give fell racing a try! For more info on the relays please visit https://britishfellrelays2019.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Colin Bishop for this report .. well done everyone great results. Congratulations Colin and John! 

 

Helena Tipping 10K Wrexham – 28th July 

 

Well British Summer didn’t disappoint last weekend as several of us headed off to Wrexham for Helena Tipping 10K. Yes it was tipping down. We were wet through before we even started. 

 

One loop around the open roads of the industrial estate, fairly flat with occasional undulation.

 

Charlie Hulson of Liverpool Harriers came in first place with a blistering time of 29.59 

 

Results for Helsby

Colin Bishop 35.23 ….V55 1st

Ian Hamling  42.28

John Rossiter 45.01….V65 1st

Rachael Holden 46.07

Mike Barnard 50.08

Stacey Andrew 1.09.45

Well done everyone

 

Cheers Bish 

 

 

 

 

 

North Wales Half Marathon Conwy – Sunday 4th August

 

This is the first time I’ve run this race, an unlikely roads counter. I’ve not run a race like it before: it starts and finishes on a beach and goes over Conwy Mountain at around mile 10. It is a true multi-terrain, it is neither a road, trail, hill or beach race, it is one on its own.

 

Due to starting on the beach it is tide dependent. So the start was at 09:00: which is at least an hour earlier than my body is happy with. Jim Jones, Trevor Lewis and I made the early morning cross border journey. The event HQ is in the Mulberry Pub at Mulberry Marina just outside Conwy. A fab setting and the organisers has laid on plenty of accessible parking. With a field of only 400 it had the feel of a small event, but with a big event organiser.

 

The race departs on the beach and then heads South approximately 1.5 miles along the sand. The direct route that most runners took went through a number of rock pools and across uneven sands. I opted for drier, flatter, longer route (us roadies don’t like wet trainers). With 1.5 miles of squidgy sand this really is a race to start slowly. After the sand comes approximately five miles of road which is predominantly level following the coast. There is then a sharp turn left and up through Penmaenmawr on pavements. Notably, no roads were closed, but the locals were very obliging and there were plenty of marshals. After a long uphill drag on roads we went off onto the trails. This was approximately a three mile section. The sea was shimmering and the views fantastic: some of the most enjoyable running I’ve done this year took us over the summit of Conwy Mountain. We then returned via roads to Mulberry Marina with one mile of sand at the finish. I must say the last mile on the beach was hard….

 

We were all happy with our results: I came in first for Helsby in 27th (1:38:26), Trevor was second home in 82nd (1:51:40) with Jim Jones just behind in 88th (1:52:57).

 

Definitely a race I’d like to run again next year. Be nice to get a bigger turnout and maybe even a few ladies?!

 

Richard Hankins

 

 

Thanks Richard for that report – Well done everyone. I did that race a couple of years ago and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fell or road running.. which covers everyone I think..

 

Cheers

Helsby RC weekly round-up. Monday 22/07/19 to Sunday 28/07/19

Hello Green Army,

It’s a short round-up this week with just the one race report sent in by Debbie Read. If there are any other reports to come in from last week please still send them and they can be included in the next round-up.

I’ve put a snapshot of what’s coming up over the next week below. We have two club counters coming up – North Wales Half Marathon on Sunday and the Pie and Peas on Wednesday. You’re probably a bit late for the Pie and Peas if you haven’t already entered as there is a waiting list. The North Wales Half Marathon is closed to online entries but their website says that there will be a limited number of entries on the day. I’ll be doing the North Wales Half so I’m hoping I’ll see a few green vests there.

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Don’t forget you can view the full calendar at: https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/helsby_rc_calendar-31-07-2019.pdf

Now over to Debbie:

Gyrn Gallop Fell Race – Saturday 27/07/2019

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On Saturday Vanessa and I (and the ever welcome supporters Joe, Mario and Bobby) drove out Oswestry way to take part in the Gyrn Gallop fell race.

I’d never done this race before though Vanessa had and she encouraged me to have a go saying I’d enjoy it, and enjoy it I did!

Held in conjunction with the small fair inside the village hall it’s just over 6 miles long with 350 metres of ascent and with running surfaces of tarmac, farmer’s track, packed earth and grass it’s more of a multi terrain than a typical fell race.
The route is a straight forward out and back, no technical bits, and 100% runnable – well apart from the couple of fences you have to clamber over near the top.
Starting with a mile or so downhill on road, followed by a steady, relentless, gentle off road climb right up to the summit, a u-turn around a marshal then a glorious 2 miles+ of grassy, downhill running before the dreaded mile of uphill road  back to the finish. It’s possibly my favourite race to date.

Back at the village hall £3 got you a cup of tea and as much cake and sandwiches you could fit on your plate.

34 runners (25 male, 9 female)
1st male 00:44:51
1st female 00:54:26
Vanessa 01:03:53
Debbie 01:07:09
Last finisher 01:19:36

Being such a small field and being 5th and 6th females home, I suppose it was not surprising that Vanessa and I would win age category prizes – having won several disappointing bottles of wine in the past I chose chocolates this time and Vanessa chose the more practical box of SIS energy gels.

A lovely event, fantastic organisation and marshalling by Oswestry Olympians.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for next year.

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Parkrun

Well done everyone who took part in a park run last week. Our consolidated club results are available HERE

Please keep sending contributions into:  helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

Helsby RC weekly round up 15th – 21st July

Summer has well and truly arrived hitting us with temperatures in the 30s and thunderstorms, challenging weather makes for challenging running.

Wednesday 17th July was the Summer handicap, thank you Phil Gillard for the below report and for your organisation of this event.

Firstly a big shout out for all the marshals (Joe, Bill Mario, Louise, Jenny and Helen) on what was a damp Wednesday evening when 18 determined runners lined up on the quarry car park for this year’s summer handicap. Two laps up over and round the hill for the approximate 2.5 mile course.

Order of finishing below:

1
Ben Tumilty
2 Tom Atherton
3 Steve Riley
4 Peter Rodriguez
5 Ben Crossley
6 Dave Feakes
7    Tracey Woods
Mike Barnard
Vanessa Griffiths
10  Richard Hankins
11  Steve Wiggins
12  Ian Landucci
13  Leah Binns
14  Debbie Reed
15 Chris Igoe
16  Janet Robertson
17 Lesley Feakes
18 Chris Collins
Non handicapped times:
Name Minutes Seconds
Chris Collins 17 28
Ben Crossley 19 29
Peter Rodriguez 20 20
Richard Hankins 21 35
Ben Tumilty 22 10
Steve Riley 22 15
Dave Feakes 22 47
Ian Landucci 22 57
Tom Atherton 24 33
Vanessa Griffiths 25 41
Mike Barnard 25 48
Leah Binns 26 34
Steve Wiggins 26 43
Janet Robertson 26 57
Debbie Reed 27 22
Tracey Woods 27 23
Lesley Feakes 27 44
Chris Igoe 29 10

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated Helsby RC results for last week’s parkruns, well done to all members who took part.

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

That’s all folks, short and sweet this week – thanks for the great reports, keep them coming.
Emails to:
helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Karen 🙂

Weekly blog: 1st July to 7th July

Firstly, a message from Jackie.

Pre-entries are open for the ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’, a fell running relay around the high Patterdale skyline for teams of 8 in 4 legs on October 6th .Its limited to 70 teams and pre-entries need to be in by 9th August. Please let me know (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com) if you are interested in being one of the team members & if we have 8 we will put in a pre-entry. Previous fell running at A &/or L advised.

http://hbmr.org.uk/entries/

Cheers

Jackie

Karen Horsley sent this report from Forest Park Ladies 5k Wednesday 3rd July

A warm summer’s evening welcomed 182 runners to Birchwood Forest Park for the annual 5k ladies race hosted by Spectrum Striders, apparently this was the highest turnout in the 27 year history.

There were five Helsby vests present, despite the photo only showing four – I missed the team photo having been completely oblivious to the huge green flag marking our meeting point, it’s a good job such a high level of observation isn’t required to follow the runner in front or I’d never finish a race!I

The 5k course was a good mix of woodland paths and road with enough welcoming shade to prevent overheating from the hot sun. Our ladies ran well (myself excluded) as the below results show with Kathryn making a fabulous debut to take 1st junior in a time of 25:15, and our top three finishers placing 5th in the team competition. Well done ladies.

Helsby Results

Rachael Holden – 10th position overall and 3rd in her age category with a time of 22:36

Leah Binns – finished in 24:35 and 4th in her age category, 24th overall

Debbie Read – in 25th place and hot on the heels of Leah, Debbie finished in 24:39 and was 3rd in her age category

Kathryn Schofield, as mentioned above had a great race coming in as first junior and 29th overall

And then there was me, mid-field with a pain in my leg (whatever next?!) finishing in 32:09

Finally, a special mention of future member, Alice Willcott, who finished in a fantastic time of 26:20 and was 2nd junior home, well done Alice.

Helsby Finishers: Rachael – Leah – Debbie – Kathryn – Alice – Karen

Consolidated club parkrun results are below

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

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – 24/6/19 to 30/6/19

Hello Green Army

Better late than never, thanks for sending the reports in, don’t forget we can’t do a blog without the reports. Keep sending them into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

A few notices firstly from Tim

Possible first aid course

I am trying to gauge whether there would be interest if I organised a first aid course for Helsby Running Club. It is likely that the club would be able to provide some subsidy but I have not looked into the costs as yet. The courses that I am thinking of are either a one day (8hr) course promoted by England Athletics or a two day (16hr) Outdoor First Aid course (as recognised by various outdoor sport governing bodies eg MLTB, BCU, RYA). The likely venue is Helsby Community Sports Club. Please email Tim on tim@timjenny.me.uk if you are interested in one or both (or reply via Facebook).

Also, if you have a valid first aid certificate and would be happy to be included on a list of Helsby RC first aiders, please can you fill in this very simple online form https://forms.gle/4EZvYHmCRzyRKfog9?fbclid=IwAR2ZIIa7YRzBrvk_y0MioORBi_sfhF9_eadMBhJX_MfkVTWTqGzmN1yrPeI

Tim Palmer

Membership forms

Just to let you know that there is now an online membership form – https://forms.gle/47WUVW1gqJuqipd68 . It is also linked https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/membership-form-join-us/

Regards

Tim

Onto the reports, Jim Jones is first up. 

I visited Hamburg last weekend and did the Hella Half Marathon while I was there. The weather turned out to be as forecast– hot!! It was 28C at the 10.30am start line and rose to 34C before the race was over. The heat really tested the typically excellent German organisation on this occasion. There were water stations every couple of miles, showers and hoses set up along the way, and even the Hamburg fire engines had turned out to hose runners down. However, the logistics of getting drinks to some 8000 runners caused difficulties at a couple of the water stations. The irony of ‘Hella’ being a drinks company was not lost on me! Fortunately I didn’t experience any problems along the route. It was a fantastic way to see the city of Hamburg and there was loads of support along the way. Finishing in 1hr 54mins, it was the slowest half I’ve completed but I was happy that I wasn’t one of the 500 that dnf. Despite any problems caused by the heat, the event was the high point of a great weekend in Hamburg , and I’ll be doing it again next year. 
 
Jim
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Sue Buck has sent in the following
Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Series Race 2
Debbie had entered the full series and had mentioned how much she enjoyed race 1, so I thought I give this one a go.
The route is about 4.7 miles long. It starts with 2 laps of a field before venturing out to run roughly alongside the Dee twice, with an excursion into fields and a short bit of forest.  It’s a mix of terrain, but mainly grass and very flat apart from a couple of short ups onto a couple of banks. The fields were a rock hard under foot, and a bit uneven in places, but my ankle passed that test with flying colours!! We did think this might be a good course for someone to try who wanted to try cross country without the mud.  Hope to see some more #greenarmy at the next one! No results out as yet.
Sue
Great work, looks like a good series
Bish has sent in the next few reports
Hi all
Sale Sizzler is a series of 5k runs at Wythenshaw park. It is fast and flat which attracts a lot of interest. Although I have to race as first claim so with my red vest not green thought I would send in a report.
Last Thursday saw me head off to Manchester on a lovely warm sunny evening to join over 600 runners!
Race was won by D Clowes in an impressive 14.50. I set my sights on just getting around as fast as I could. V55 record at 17.01 in my sights. Well I managed to complete the course in 16.58 😁 Not that prize money for course PB was any incentive 🤔
I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies chasing a PB or just a nice race in the park.
Cheers Bish
Hi, Me again😂
Saturday saw WRC hold the summer 5 mile trail race of their 5 mile series which gets you a segment of medal which when you complete all four races slots together to make one large medal.
Well although Saturday started clouded it was very warm out there. The course takes you through wooded areas trails and paths around Colliers Moss Warrington. With plenty of support on the course and at the finish glad to say I came home first😁.
As this is on the doorstep for most of us I would recommend this series you can even do a virtual run and get some bling🥇👍
Cheers Bish
Excellent time on the 5k Bish congrats

Consolidated Parkrun results below.

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

That’s all this week folks

Cheers

Fitzy

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 17/06/19 to Sunday 23/06/19

Another fantastic week of frenzied activity by club members, many thanks to everyone who has sent in a report. Please keep sending in your race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. If you haven’t sent one in we would love to hear from you. Thanks.

 

A warm Helsby welcome to Mark Hammerton, Chris Larkin and Mark Rockcliffe who just joined to the club. Please introduce yourselves to us all if you get a chance.

 

Important message from Tim:

Please can I remind everyone that you need to pay your Helsby Running Club annual subscription by this Sunday (30 June 2019) to remain a member of the club and a registered athlete with England Athletics.There were 22 people outstanding on Mon 24th. If you have any questions or any problems paying, please contact Tim Palmer, Membership Secretary.

 

 

Robbies Wobbler Race Report Wednesday 19th :Chris Baynham-Hughes

 

A close but stunning evening greeted the 146 Wobblers for the 2019 Robbie Webster’s Wobbler race. Following the 10 or so days of rain, Robbie looked down and supplied the sun thus revealing the real beauty of Frodsham woods through long shadows and a setting sun. Despite the rain of the previous days, the terrain was remarkably firm and the heat of the day meant one could feel the moisture evaporating off the trails.

The race set off to a flying start with Chris Larkin (39.11) leading from the front and Mr. Biggs of Chester Try (39.13) literally on his heels the whole way. Rumour has it there was a leading runner from Penny Lane that needed to have a word with himself (missing the switchback turn on the way down from the monument) which may have only served to make the race tighter at the front, as Robbie Green came in 3rd in 40:20, but it was clear that Chris had no intention of letting his lead go. Given that the course record is 39.02, I don’t think it will be long before it falls.

In the ladies race it was a close affair too. Liz Turner (47.39) of Penny Lane who took the win and the ladies trophy. Susie Fourie of Chester Tri is no stranger to the North West fell running podium and pushed Liz hard; returning just 29 seconds later to take second and the first ladies vet prize. Kate MacFarlane of Penny Lane managed to create a gap over Kerry Riley of West Cheshire to take 3rd by 44 seconds; home in a time of 49.02.

Vets wise, it was Duncan Harris (M50) who was first home just 41 seconds ahead of long time reigning Vets champ and M40 winner Jez Brown (42.23). Paul ‘The Frodfather Frodsham took the M60 in 50.09 and the legend that is John Morris claimed the wine for his M70 win. In the ladies Susie had already claimed the W40 prize so it was down to Helsby’s own Rachel Arnold (W50) and Debbie Reed (W60) to claim the remaining vets categories. Olivia Nicholsen picked up the WU23 category in 60:54.

Thank yous + Offer:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshals. I’ve had a lot of positive messages for the race and the friendliness and encouragement shown by the marshaling team. The race doesn’t happen without them and they embody all that is good about Helsby running club.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Forest Hills; again, this race would be extremely difficult and probably unsustainable without their help. They also have a fantastic offer on for all those that came and wobbled, as participants can join the health club for just £25 per month. This would be the monthly price for the year, includes all the classes, gym, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, pool, etc. the contract is monthly; i.e., you can give notice within the 12 months. Bargain. If you’re interested then mail or visit Tim Pender (tim.pender@foresthillshotel.com)

Provisional results are attached in both PDF and Excel. Any errors/ name corrections (some handwriting is harder to read than others!) please let me know – ideally via messenger to the facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RobbieWebstersWobbler/ NOTE: This is the best place to get news of next year’s race.

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wobbler-results-2019

 

Jake Holmes sent in this report on Robbies Wobbler

First time at the Wobbler and I was looking forward to running on a lot of the route we know from Wednesday nights. After loads of rain, the sun had come out for the evening and the trail was in great condition with just a couple of slightly soggy spots.

The theme of the advice from others runners was to not go too hard from the start. I thought I’ve been guilty of being too cautious before though, and so as CBH said go I set off to get nearish to the front so I wouldn’t get caught in traffic as the route quickly narrowed on the first climb.

The theory was: I’d go hard, on the first climb and maybe be further up the field than I deserved, then try and recover in the middle and then have a strong finish. 

What happened was I went hard (about two thirds of the way up the first climb I moved over to let Kevin Smith come past – maybe too hard then!). I knew runners would be coming past but I think it all made me carry on going harder than I should have been

Wheels came off quite significantly about 2.5miles in. Laura came past very easily about now. I felt like I had enough left to not be slowing down, but a stitch showed up that pretty much stopped me walking never mind running. So there I was walking/jogging very slowly, with runners passing me by at a rate. This shuffle went on for another mile or something during which time I resigned to having messed it up, figuring it had lost me minutes.

It eventually passed and running became easier. A guy I recognised from Spectrum had just come past not long earlier so that was the target. I made back 5 or 6 places in that mile or so and did manage to catch him on the last climb up to the very welcome finish.

So I made a mess of it. Looking forward to next year though, to try a bit more of a sensible approach from the beginning and see if that improves things. If you ever wonder if you’ve gone a bit too easy at the start, there is always plenty more climbing to use up whatever you might have left.

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and marshalling – great race.

Thanks to Betty for the speed blur she added to my pic to make it look like I was moving quicker than I was.

Thanks Jake for sending that in. Great to hear about it from a runners perspective.

 

 

Warrington 10k – Thursday 20th  June : Karen Horsley

Having seen this race shared to the club Facebook page I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the end of Kai’s exams and a good one for his first 10k. Organisedby Warrington Road Runners the Warrington 10k is a two and a half lap, very flat, meandering course in and around Woolston Park.

All day Kai had been complaining of a pain in his lower leg and had been limping around the shops as we picked up the last few things he needed for his prom. I was reluctant to make him race if he wasn’t up to it, but we decided that he should come along and give it a go. I told him to start slowly, walk if he needed to and only increase his pace if he felt comfortable enough. I was pleased to lose sight of him around the 1 km mark as this meant he was doing ok.

I enjoyed the race, not particularly the running part as I’m still working on getting back to fitness, but the course was very pleasant, and the weather was cool with just a couple of showers. But what really made it a good race was the support from the marshals, with very encouraging and sometimes humorous comments – ‘run faster than the midgies!’  

Kai was waiting at the finish, which I think he’ll have to get used to being somewhat speedier than me, but I was pleased with my time. We enjoyed the post-race leg massage and chocolate chip flapjack. Quick selfie and then we set off home

Shortly after we got home the provisional results came in, and news that Kai had finished in a very impressive 51:58 with a dodgy leg! I can’t wait to see what his next 10k time is…

Well done both Kai and Karen what a result! Thanks for sending that report in.

 

 

Thanks very much to guest reporter Dave Norman for sending this next report.

Tattenhall Tough Team race on Friday 21st (7.15 p.m..ish)

 

Its Friday morning and Juni June puts out a distress signal, she can take no more sleepless nights and needs a replacement to run in her team with Alison and Jane, mmm! quite fancy that, so a couple of discreet messages later and I’m in. Dave Norman former Helsby stalwart and all round good egg is back in the fold, for one night only as they say in the movies.

Now I’ve known Jane for years and know shes a very competent runner, but what of Alison?? A sneaky bit of detective work via Facebook and I have to say I’m more than a little disappointed, no pictures of an aging short legged lady, but this girl looks the part, a racing snake, there goes my plans of a nice bimble in the Cheshire countryside, I need to man up here.

I dig my trusty twenty five year old green vest out and shake out the mothballs and just to freshen it up a bit I find a nice pink aerosol under the kitchen sink, not sure what it was but it had nice flowers on the can and seemed to work a treat. This vest has seen good times, not the line of coke sniffed off a super models stomache or puking up in a gutter in Benidorm good times, but 15:40 5k and wins in Birkenhead park or far flung places like Stockport and Chorley type good times. It still fits, happy days.I better make a good impression so a quick shower after painting my windows all day, Rather than the normal gloss white I decided to go with a one coat paint with a eggshell finish, although not as shineyas gloss it does have a nice translucent look to it when the evening light is right, I digress.I now need to get the paint off my hands and finish off by clipping my fingernails, first impressions and all that.

Friday evening and I met my team on a stunning summers evening, all pleasantries and introductions out of the way and nobody mentioned or indeed even noticed my fingernails or my sweet smelling vest, unlike a few in the throng with “sweat” smelling vests (fellow team mates not included)after a delayed start (almost 90 teams to register, a record)of half an hour we were off and chatted a little in the early road miles before we got to the more challenging off road section, we were well up the field and going well, the dreaded railway was reached and Jane set the pace with Alison right behind her, we were catching teams up ahead all the time and were glad to see the grim reaper up ahead, he very kindly gave everybody a hand up the last rocky step, such a nice act for a harbinger of death with such a nasty reputation I thought, though I did notice his very poor nail hygiene in contrast to my pristine nails, he never noticed my nails either, perhaps I should have painted them bright red, or even Helsby green, I began to wonder if he knew what a manicure was, I kept my counsel and didn’t say anything, after all you don’t want to offend a big guy who is holding an even bigger scythe, or is it a sickle, guess I wont ask him that either. We crack on with slightly wobbly legs but soon get into our running, into open country side now, we pass Joe in his usual place and he tells us we’re third mixed team, the road section arrives and we set a cracking pace with no teams in sight behind us, the last off road section is negotiated and we’re on the cricket pitch, the pace raises a notch, is it Alison or Jane that’s cracking on, I don’t believe they would leave me now, has Helsby running club changed so much, not in my day surely, the pace goes up another notch, then another, gladly we enter the finish tunnel side by side by side, just like Coe, Ovett and Cram back in the day. Job done, and first mixed vets team to put the icing on the cake, congratulations all round as we watch some of the other teams finish.

 

A great evenings racing with great people, thanks to Jane, thanks to Alison and thanks to Juni June, I hope this article has helped you with your sleeping problems, also thank you to all at Helsby for letting me be a member again for the day!

 

 

Top picture Coe Ovett and Cram. Bottom picture Halsall, Ashbrook and Norman (just in case you got them mixed up)

P.S. one coat eggshell finish paint can be bought in Bromborough paints in Frodsham, if you show your green vest I have negotiated a 10% discount.

P.P.S.I am doing special rates on pedicure and manicures for all Helsby members for the next month, just quote voucher code grim reaper. 

P.P.P.S. voucher does not cover pedicure for any Felsby(health and safety)

P.P.P.P.S. I bet Jackie doesn’t ask me to write a blog again.

 

Dave Norman

 

Thanks Dave for saving the day and sending in your very informative report – congratulations to all of you on your fantastic victory.

 

 

Moel y Gamelin Sunday 23rd : Janet Robertson 

A small Helsby contingent of Leslie Feakes, Rachel Arnold, Jim O’Hara and Janet Robertson completed the Moel y Gamelin fell race.  The race is around 10 miles with just under 3,000 foot of climb.  The route is simple to follow, with some very pleasant ground underfoot once you turn off the main stony path.  A lovely surprise was seeing Joe and Mario out on the course providing welcome encouragement – thanks you two!  Unusually for a fell race there was even the luxury of a water station at about 6 miles.  We also received an Inov8 water bottle at the finish … all for an entry fee of £5.  Great runs from everyone and well done to Rachel on her second age category win in one week!

  

Thanks Janet for sending that in, sounds like a great event.

 

Colshaw Hall 10k Sunday 23rd June 10.00am : Susie Woodward-Moor (Me)

 

I ran like the devil on Sunday at the Colshaw Hall 10k (wearing Race number 666)! Actually I was not happy with my time but I have a string of excuses ready.
Three Helsby Club members ran – results below; Well done Robert and Ben! 

 

It’s a really lovely 10k passing through the Cheshire countryside past Jodrell Bank’s majestic dish. Very cool to run past it wondering who is communicating with who (or is it whom). Apparently it is used for investigating radio waves from planets and stars which is pretty mind blowing and distracts you from the discomfort of the road for a minute or two. The route undulates constantly,rarely flattening out properly and I found it pretty tiring on this lovely warm day.

It is always an enjoyable and well organised race. You get a proper goody bag and medal and there’s lots of atmosphere. If anyone fancies a change of scene I would definitely recommend it.

 

Well done Ben.

 

That’s all folks..