Helsby RC Weekly Round-up – Monday 10/06/19 to Sunday 16/06/19

Hi everyone,

welcome to the weekly round up. There’s loads of good stuff to read this week! Before the racing news though – a brief message from Jackie Keasley:

“A big thanks to all who turned up at last Fridays Presentation Evening, BBQ & Disco. Well done to all those who got awards. Here is the final list + an updated list of all the winners over the years since 1980!

Final List of Champs 201819.

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There’s plenty to run for this coming 2019/20 season with lots of trophies up for grabs!

Cheers

Jackie”

Leadville Heavy Half – Saturday 15th June 2019

First of the cracking reports this week has come from across the pond by Danny and Danielle Ryder. Over to Danny:-

Just before leaving for a couple of weeks holiday in Colorado, Danielle make the mistake of forwarding me a link to the Leadville Heavy Half which was happening on the middle weekend of our trip. I instantly took this as a request to sign us both and duly did. We spent 6 days running and mountain biking in Boulder, Co trying to acclimate to the 1,600m elevation of the front range. 

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On Saturday the 15th we set off from Boulder at 5am for the 2 hour drive to Leadville. Leadville is an old silver mining town, situated at 3,094m, making it the highest incorporated town in the USA. Following the boom days of it’s mining past, Leadville has become known for sporting oddities such as Burro racing (Look it up if you’ve never heard of it), Horse drawn ski racing and ultra endurance events.

In the week leading up to the event it was announced there would be a change to the traditional route. Following a year of record snow fall which had still not melted, it was decided that 1000+ runners post holing up and down Mosquito Pass was not desirable (or particularly safe).

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Following a straightforward sign on and a coffee in the busiest coffee shop in a few hundred-mile radius I made my way to the start line. Having never run at this altitude before and not knowing quite what to expect, I found a spot a few hundred runners from the start line. 

The race began up a tarmac road with a steepening gradient before joining an old mining road. I tried to keep a sensible effort up this first climb, my lungs felt surprisingly good but my Achilles both burned. I think this was due to the deceptively steep gradient. After around 2 miles of climbing there was a short but welcome descent before joining a wide road climb. There were some fantastic alpine views here and warm sunshine to take my mind off the thin air. A turn off the road led to a loose double track descent where I seemed to be making good ground. Now the warm up was over and it was time to make the 7km climb to the turn point at 3,542m. 

I put my head down and focused on my breathing and moving, resisting the urge to “just walk a little bit”, knowing I would never start running again if I did. Around 1km from the high point and I started to see the lead runners on the descent! I kept moving and finally hit the turn point. I was relived and also nervous. I ‘d coped better than expected so far and now had around 10km of descending ahead of me. The descent down the main climb was great. A wide rocky track, at a nice gradient. The support from runners on the climb was great. I had been keeping an eye out for Danielle as I descended, but was taken by surprise when I heard her cheers. She had obviously warmed up from the start and had removed a few layers. 

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I rejoined the tarmac road for a short climb, before descending the earlier climb. Road descent dispatched and now off the road and onto a climb, which earlier as a descent had offered such relief. Not so now… 

Run, walk, run walk, I dragged heavy legs over the top by any means. Over the summit and a fast 2 mile descent to the finish. First descending the dirt mining road and then a left, back onto the tarmac. Finish line now in sight but so far away. Around 1 mile of die straight tarmac descent has never felt so long. Over the finish line in 2:06:09, and now time to find water. I had taken one water bottle with me, which I had rationed all of the way around. I was later told that the aid stations were really good, but I don’t know. I’m not sure what it is about pinning on a number, I had never intended to run so hard. 

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I watched Danielle finish the race, way ahead of her anticipated schedule, so I was glad to have gotten there early. The post race food, support and 2 beers each (to go as we had a long drive ahead of us) was fantastic (and all included in the entry fee).  A quick walk around the stalls and up the main street and it was time to go and find some thicker air. 

I would definitely recommend this, or I’m sure any of the other Leadville trail series races. Just be sure to make a longer trip out of to acclimate. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Colorado whilst you do.

Danielle View Point:

After an early wake up call and a hectic dash to the start line with a couple of minutes to spare (I had to wait for Danny to get back from the coffee shop before I could join the toilet queue!) I stood nervously near the back of the crowd waiting for the start. 2 years previously we had both struggled to walk down the main street of Leadville feeling really sick and with headaches due to the altitude, so this was going to be about survival for me. 

The climbs are relentless and it didn’t take me long to join the middle of the pack runners starting to hike. I must learn to do this quicker, but I am happy to say it was the downhill I enjoyed and managed to pick people off. The front runners came past at an incredible speed (albeit they were going down hill at this point) as I hiked to the turn around point, and I was surprised to see Danny descending well when I was just past the 9.5k point. He was definitely in the top 20 at this point.

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I had hoped to finish within 4 hours due to the altitude and elevation gain and was really happy to come in 3:17:17. Unlike Danny I hadn’t pushed myself ridiculously hard, and had taken full advantage of the 4 aid stations and took some photos on the way! Having finished and had the obligatory finish photo taken, Danny found me and I quickly pressed him for how well he had done. He hadn’t even checked – 15th!

The race was really well organized and had brilliant volunteers. The free post race food was brilliant – nachos and wraps and 2 cans of beer each.  Excellent medal, and a nice mug and t-shirt to top it off.  Also I am happy to report that although I may not have come 15th like Danny I am walking normally after a 97km week of running! Now off to Durango for some more adventures.
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Port Sunlight 10K – Sunday 16th June 2019

Thanks to Richard Hankins for sending in this report from the Port Sunlight 10k:

This was the second year in a row the Port Sunlight 10K has been in the club road counters. It is a BTR event and like all their races it is well planned and executed. We were lucky, heavy rain overnight subsided and by the time of the race it was warm and dry with a little light wind. The start is by the village green next to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. On the green there is a bag store and various vendors: it is a really nice setting. The course is two laps of a rather twisty course around this historic village. There are four ‘turns in the road’ where you run around a cone: not ideal if you are chasing a time, but a limitation of the site. 

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There were ten Helsby runners out, including Kate Mann who was completing the event with her Dad on father’s day. June Whitehead, six months after the birth of baby Olivia came 9th lady overall in 44:02 – a great achievement. Helen Owens, fresh from her marathon adventures finished first vet 40 in 46:35. Janet Shaw was a commendable 3rd in the Vet 65 age group. Strong performances throughout. Good to see Gaz O’Connor back on the start-line after being side-lined by injury. Be fab to see a good turnout to the next road counter: Halewood 5K on 6th July…it’s free, what’s not to like!

Oh, and did I mention I got a 10K PB….

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Next we have a couple of reports, one from Jackie and one from Geoff,  that came into the inbox after last week’s round-up had already gone out:

Scottish Mountain Marathon – Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June 2019

The weekend before last saw 4 Helsby runners make the journey up to Loch Carron, just North of Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands for the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon.  This new race was organised by Ourea events headed by Shame Ohly, the organiser of Dragons Back, Cape Wrath Ultra and many more toughies!  Shane offered to take on this Spring Scottish MM, after Martin Stone stepped down from  organising the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon after 20 years of amazing races!  It was always going to be a hard act to follow.

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Chris & Max whizzed up in a van for the weekend, I was already up there & Rachel caught the train from Helsby which dropped her off at the small request stop of Attadale, 50m from the event centre.   The area is locked inbetween the big mountains of Mullardoch, Strathfarrar & Torridon so the views were always going to be excellent. The weather was kinder than forecast except for those still out beyond mid-afternoon on Saturday when the heavens opened delivering large cold hailstones which very quickly made even minor streams fast flowing & deep causing a few crossing problems.    The checkpoints have descriptions such as knolls, cairns, boulders, stream, lochans etc.  The hardest ones to find are re-entrants (defintion “reentrant appears on the map as a U or V shape in the contour lines, pointing back into a hillside rather than sticking out of the hill (as would a spur)”. We have always found these the most difficult to find even when you are very close to them. Needless to say both days were packed with them! The good news is we have now got over our phobia of finding them!

Rachel and I steadily made our way around the dozen checkpoints each day. The going was tough as there were plenty of ups and downs interspercing the huge areas of tussocky boglands.  We climbed a Corbett each day but the routes avoided the munroes. Not sure whether that was good or bad as it would have been nice to get onto the higher rocky ridges and avoid the boglands.   The overnight camp was very wet as the river rose & looked more like yet another bog rather than a camping field. Arriving back after 9hrs 33mins, exhausted, wet & cold  it was great to be greeted by Chris & Max (who had done the short score which is 5 hours of running, so they were well rested by this time) who squashed us into a sligtly drier spot near them & kindly put our fiddly tent up as we looked on shivering. A quick change into dry clothes & hot soup & food to warm us up, whilst it continued to rain outside, made us both feel more human. Rachel did better than me though, recovering enough to emerge from the tent when it stopped raining and wander around chatting to folks & comparing notes on the day. Whilts I lay horizontal, unable to move & chat!

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Sunday weather was a repeat of Saturday but without the heavy rain with even longer stretches of bog. I managed to sink into a black one upto my thighs, but fortunately manged to get out still wearing both inovs.  Rachel did the same a few seconds later into a green one.  Another 7hrs 30mins running on Sunday & we finally made it back to the base camp. A quick wash in the river,  cuppa & meal, then Bill drove us to our overnight stay in Glasgow on a most beautiful evening passing through spectacular scenery of Glenshiel, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, BlackMount, Lomond.   The next morning we checked the results & were a bit upset that we were in the list as dnfs with mis-punches. We occured in two classes, class B on the Saturday & C on the Sunday, hence the error. Despite emailing them about the error they still 10 days later have not corrected it, which is a bit insentitive for us as we know we both checked & punched every point! A post race email sent to all competitors came in last week from Ourea and we were kind of made up to appear in it!  Heres the photo of Rachel punching!

Well done to Chris & Max who finished 2nd in their short score class, trailing the small margin of 20 points out of 560 over the 2 days.

Cheers

Jackie

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Geoff Collins has sent the next great report that just missed last week’s round-up. Thanks for the write-up Geoff:

Edgworth 10k Reservoir Challenge – Sunday 9th June 2019

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Edgworth 10k is a trail race around two reservoirs, the Wayoh, Turton and Entwhistle. Quite a small event put on by a private events company. The area was absolutely stunning with beautiful views in all directions. I met up with Emma & her boyfriend and we walked round part of the Wayoh reservoir to get a feel of the place. Ideal weather conditions sunny and dry too, unlike the previous day.

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Just 256 runners took part. Strangely the greater majority of them were unattached
runners not club runners. There weren’t many older runners there either. The race start was on the Dam wall near the Black Bull pub. Loud music was being played, together with a local fitness instructor going through a warm up routine. Seemed a bit at odds with the peaceful rural location.

The dam wall was quite narrow so I got myself quite near the front at the start. But the finish was on the opposite side of the reservoir, I didn’t go and reccy that before the race.

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.05Off we went quite quickly along the wall, and headed off up the trail uphill through the trees. The trail surface was a mix of hard gravel, to mud many puddles and lots of tree roots. Lots of other people were on the trail, going in all directions but it didn’t really cause any problems. There were steps up and down to negotiate too, as you go in and out of the trees. I soon realised this wouldn’t be a PB course, but it was so enjoyable to run.

I sensed I was still quite near the front of the race, I hadn’t been overtaken by many people. I seem to go slightly better on hilly terrain relative to others, who go faster than me on the flat. The support from the marshals was amazingly encouraging all the way round. There were lots of bridges to cross, and a bit of flat tarmac by the second reservoir. You run round this before going back a short distance the way you came (steps down instead of up), before crossing over to the first reservoir but on the opposite side. You gradually climb up giving views over opposite side to the outgoing route.Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 20.27.16

Time to push hard on the last section and sprint to the finish. I reach the last marshal position. ‘Up the hill into the field turn right and head to the finish’ she yells.

What? My heart sank, it was a field of wet slippery grass with a nasty right turn and what felt like a mountainous climb to the finish. I looked like a strangled Rhinoceros taking its last breath, as I spotted Emma shouting well done dad!

The winner Daniel Shaw did it in 37m 37s. I was 60th finisher in 53m 43s, and 2nd M60 out of 13. 1st M60 was only a minute ahead of me. I recommend this race, with a medal and t-shirt if anyone wants to try it next year. After the race we headed to the excellent Strawberry Duck at Entwhistle for lunch.”

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Parkrun

Well done to all Helsby members who took part in a Parkrun on Saturday. Please find the the consolidated Helsby RC results below.

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

That’s all this week folks, thanks for all the great reports. Please keep sending them to the Helsby RC inbox at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers,

Jim

 

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Helsby RC weekly round up 3rd – 9th June

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you to the lads for eagerly welcoming myself and Susie to the blogging team.  For those who don’t know me (as I’ve only been in the club for a year) here I am soaked through to my very core in crazy committed runner style at the NW road relays at Delamere and on a pleasant summer evening at the Chester Spring 5.

So, now we’ve been introduced, on with the business…

Reminders:

  • Subs are due by 30th June.
    Those who haven’t paid by this date will be deemed to have resigned from the club (and from England Athletics).  Contact Tim Palmer if you need a payment link.
  • Friday 14th – Club Presentation Evening and BBQ, 6.30pm at the club
    email Louise HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com with numbers incl. if any vegetarians, and please bring a salad or a dessert – hope to see you all there
  • Wednesday 19th – Robbie Webster’s Wobbler, 7.30pm at Forest Hills car park
    email Chris@baynham-hughes.com if you can help out with the event

Race Reports
First up we have two reports on “Up The Beast”!

Up The Beast
by Debbie Reead

11 Helsby vests turned up for Up The Beast, a fell race not far from Loggerheads.
It’s only just over 4 miles long but it’s a tough, challenging run with two steep ascents, some steep downhills and a lovely start and finish running through the woods. If you take the opportunity there are some stunning views to be had from the top.
Helsby ladies did well with Laura being 3rd lady home and Chris winning her age category.

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by Laura Baynham-Hughes

Up the Beast fell race last Wednesday saw a good green army turnout. Although alas no sack of potatoes this year for being club with biggest team (Buckley were triumphant this time).

This is a great local race with a bit of everything – starting on a track through the woods we were treated to rocky climbs, grassy descents, wooded trails and a finish line next to a pub. Froddy continued his track record of getting a bit lost in the woods -at least I wasn’t following him this time!!

Well done to Christine who picked up V60 prize and I was pleased with 3rd lady and obligatory bottle of vino. Full results not out yet.

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Deestriders Off Road Series: race 1
by Debbie Read

Just 2 Helsby vests, me and Ben, turned up for the 1st race in Deestriders Off Road Series on Thursday evening.
Starting and finishing at the recreational fields of the former TATA Sports and Social Club just past the ice rink at Deeside. CH5 1PY

The race is just over 4.5 miles long and has a XC feel about it so those of you that have never done cross country before this would be an excellent introduction for you. Being as it’s summer there’s very little mud, it’s flat (bar a couple of banks going into the embankment) and like most XC races there a couple of laps of the field to start (helps thin the runners out before the course narrows) then 2 laps of the course, along the River Dee towards Connahs Quay, across some fields, into the woods, back towards the start, along the embankment, do it all again then a lap of the field to the finish. Very well marshalled and great encouragement along the way.

The next race in the series is Thursday 7:30 4th July, entries available on the night.

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Double Sandstone Trail run

Special mention to Gaz O’Connor and Paul Cunningham for their amazing 68 mile double Sandstone Trail run which took them from Frodsham to Whitchurch and then back to Frodsham.  Starting at 5am, they reached Whitchurch at 2pm and were back in Frodsham at about 10.30pm just in time for last orders.  Tremendous effort guys!

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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

And finally, thank you to Jackie for representing the club at the Parish Council meeting on Monday at which they confirmed their commitment to fund £100,000 towards the new club.

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

Karen 🙂

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 27 May to 2nd June 2019

Hi everyone

Another bumper week of reports this week, thank you so much to everyone who sent one in, it makes our job so much easier and makes the blog a lot more vibrant.

Before we get to the racing news I’d just like to welcome two new members of the blog team, Susan Woodward-Moor and Karen Horsley, please keep them busy with all your great reports. I’m looking forward to reading their blogs over the next few weeks!

First up is Fitzy with a request for a very worthy cause…

“It’s not often I send something out to everyone asking for pennies but if you can spare some £’s that would be very much appreciated. Myself and 2 work colleagues are cycling from out Slough HQ back to Preston Brook, Runcorn on 20th June over 2 days. It’s just over 204 miles and is a very worthy cause/s as we are splitting the donations between NSPCC and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) after a work colleague passed away at just 42 years of age, I’m 42 so this really hit home, he left behind two beautiful boys and a loving wife, and we are just doing a little bit to raise awareness”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russell-proudlock

10k Time Trial

Last Wednesday 29th May saw the first of our summer 10k time trials and we had 14 runners toeing the line, that’s a great turn out and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting our event.

We have decided to move the TT to the Greenway for the summer as it’s perfect for a fast run, flat and traffic free so some PB’s were up for grabs!

The clear winner was one of our newer members Darren Sankey who had a stormer to take the chequered flag in 39.01 and a new PB! Great running mate and I’m sure there’s more to come in the future. Congrats to Laura BH who was first lady back in 43.36, fantastic running Laura!

Anne and Betty both ran the 6k option and both crossed the line in 51.06, well done ladies and well done to everyone else who ran, especially Kai Horsley who had some difficulty at the halfway mark but still managed to run the return leg with Helen.

It wouldn’t be possible without the 10k TT team who were Louise Spruce (results), Tim Palmer (timing), Helen Gillard (timing) and Helen Owens (tail runner), a big thank you to you all 🙂

10k

  1. Darren Sankey 39.01
  2. Richard Hankins 41.16
  3. Chris Lloyd 41.33
  4. Alistair Rough 42.13
  5. Laura Baynham Hughes 43.36 (first lady)
  6. Dave Jones 45.11
  7. Ben Williams 48.46
  8. Sharon Case 51.25
  9. Mike Barnard 53.36
  10. Neil Fergusson 56.20
  11. Karen Horsley 1.05.45
  12. Kai Horsley 1.06.49

6k

  1. Anne Barnes 51.06
  2. Betty 51.06

Cheshire 5k Grand Prix

Report by Debbie Read

“The Cheshire 5k Grand Prix is a series of 5k races around the Lymm and Warrington area on consecutive Thursday evenings throughout May and June.
Having entered the series I unfortunately missed the 1st race at Dunham Massey due to me having a nasty bout of tonsillitis.
This series is part organised by my old running club Spectrum Striders so having taken my last antibiotic tablet that morning I thought I’d give Birchwood a go (well I had paid for it).

Having gone for a gentle trot up the lane the day before -1 mile out and back and it felt like I was running through treacle having not run for 10 days, my “race plan” was to just take it easy, enjoy the lovely route and catch up with my old running buddies.
It was a cloudy but humid evening, 6 Helsby vests turned up and I had a lovely time. 180 runners, winning time was 15:03. I got a pw for a 5k race (just scraped in under 26 minutes), but it was never going to be about the time for me, I was just glad to be back out running a lovely route.

In the pub afterwards having a fish and chips supper I was gobsmacked when one of the organisers gave me an envelope with my age category prize! And no, I wasn’t the only one in that category.

Now decisions, decisions. I’m double booked next week. Do I do the next race in this series at Bowden and hope for another envelope, or, do I do the 1st race in  Deestriders off road series?”

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Well done Debs, cracking run and well done on the age cat win!

Scissett Triathlon

Report by Denise

“Kathryn was at scissett triathlon, which was a tough bike, and run course very hilly and windy.  Kathryn managed to get 2nd in her age group and 9th overall.”

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Welsh 1000m Fell Race

Report by Jake Holmes

“This one was a last minute entry. No plans for any races, about to head off camping for a week and Ben messaged saying he was in and did I fancy it. It was a race I did fancy… sometime… but not now, I was off on my hols. But then I didn’t actually say ‘no’ you see. A couple of days of fish and chips, ice creams and campfires later and I was ready to let the entry deadline slip by when Ben messaged again, he had more work to do to get over an injury and did I want his spot? I’d run out of any excuses, of course I did, and as of last Wednesday I was on the starting list very aware it was a big event to enter on a whim.

A day in Snowdonia’s never a bad thing though, just get round it, enjoy the scenery and check another great race off the list. I hadn’t run for 10 days and had been sleeping in a tent for the last four of those so there are reasons I wouldn’t be at my best, so that’s fine. I got to Llanberis for 7am plenty of time to get registered before getting the bus back to the coast of the start. The friendly face of ever present Jim Jones was one of the first people I saw, lining up for his third straight year – fair play Jim!. He then promptly squashed my “I’m tired because I’ve been camping” excuse when he shared he’d just driven back from Cornwall about 11pm the night before and had probably had about 3 hours of broken sleep at best. Double fair play. Jim went on to finish despite all that and ticked off an impressive hat trick.

I said to myself I’d keep this write-up shorter but we’re two paragraphs in and not at the start-line yet! Sorry folks, here we are again.

If you don’t know the race, it starts at the coast and finishes 20ish miles later at the top of Snowdon heading over the 4 other 1000+ metre mountains in Wales.

80 or so of us lined up in a field next to the A55. Standing there with just a couple of marshals and two portaloos to suggest there was a race on, it felt like quite a thing that we’d be at the top of Snowdon before crossing the finish line.

Someone had given me the heads up that the first climb is tough. Soft ground and the biggest ascent of the day to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn. He wasn’t wrong. Initially I didn’t feel too bad, but as soon as it steepened I was struggling. I was conscious the cloud was low, visibility was dropping and the train of runners ahead was quickly spreading out. I pushed hard to keep runners in sight and make getting to the first checkpoint easier. I managed it, we came out above the clag and the view was HD again as I got to the first checkpoint – always a good one to tick off.

This first stretch was a sign of things to come for the day. Not the weather, the rest of the day was good and clear, but how hard the profile of the route was. Pretty testing all the way, long steep ascents and descents meant not much time for stretching the legs out and running with much rhythm. You’d be hiking for what felt like forever to get to a summit, dib at the control point and then start descending for just as long.

Hard going but some incredible views. Coming down from the Carneddau, Tryfan came into view – I was very grateful it topped out at 917m and so we could just admire it from the base rather than it being on today’s list to climb. Instead we headed up… and up…. and up… to Glyder Fawr via the grade 1 scramble of Gribin Ridge. I’m no climber so was looking forward to getting that section behind me. It was easy enough in the end, one step at a time, didn’t do too much looking back down mind. It put us onto the dramatic landscape of the Glyders and the third of the day’s 5 summits.

The long, steep, tussocky descent to Pen y Pass car park was another tester. Plenty of chance to go wrong on route choice with the mountain dropping away steeply in places which would really slow you down. Luckily a runner just ahead knew it well and picked a good line which gave me something to aim for.

Only the Pyg track to go.

It was packed! We’d spent the day off footpaths and on less popular mountains and there couldn’t have been a bigger contrast. It was a long way up (bit of a theme here) but add to that a lot of skirting round people and it made it hard. On the other hand, there were spectators (!) and so a few ‘well done’s and ‘great work’s gave little boosts to the moral every now and then.

Take a right at the top for the fourth summit of Carnedd Ugain (not far) and double back to head to the finish at the top of Snowdon.

I finished in 6h31mins – 61st out of 84. (So that ruins my theory from last race then, where I thought the Welsh fields might be easier than the Lakes!)

A really great route. The sea felt a long time ago (well it was to be fair). Looking forward to having another go next year with a bit better prep!”

 

Mynydd Myfryr

Report by Tim Palmer

“Sunday 26th May saw 9 of the Green Army at the 25th anniversary race of Mynydd Myfryr a short fell race from the village of Trefonen. Ben Williams, Neil Finegan, Phil Gilliard and Kevin ran; Tim & Jenny Palmer marshalled and Helen Gilliard, Joe & Mario supported. Neil finished 4th and got the Vet40 prize and Phil got the Vet55. Both Joe & Mario had run in the first race (25 years previously) with Mario finishing 2nd”

Race for Life 10k

“Susie Woodward-Moor ran Race for Life 10k at Temple Newsam in Leeds on Sunday 2nd June with daughters Flossy and Molly. It was great so be part of a race that’s all about well being as well as raising money for cancer research. The race started at the front of the main house and took us up and down some quite tough hills around the rolling parkland, through woods then across playing fields back into the park for a wonderful noisy celebratory finish. For the first time men were taking part in the event too which has made it more inclusive… lots of them wearing pink tutus. I would recommend this as a great family race that you can still run at a challenging speed if you want to https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/ Like most organised races they now have a policy that aims to reduce plastic waste asking you to bring your own water 💦 which is great.”

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Wincle Trout

Report by Rebecca Tate

“Jason and I ran the Wincle Trout race on Saturday, it’s one of the prettiest fell runs with fields, woods, sandy tracks, ridges with amazing views, a river crossing (knee deep) and this year a chasm to go through. The route changes every year rotating between three different farms to start from, where there is a lovely traditional village fete. Then there’s the Wincle brewery also! It’s a fairly tough little BM fell race, well organised, decent parking (if you don’t mind sheep droppings), the only downside being some queues at stiles, but it does provide a nice little rest! At the end of the race you get a trout, which tops off a fairly eccentric experience! We’ll be back next year hopefully, but seeing as entries sell out within a day we’ll have to be quick!”

Parkrun

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

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

That’s all this week folks, thank you again for all the ace reports, please keep them coming, the Helsby RC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Weekly blog 20th May to 26th May

Notice: Please come along & support this “Keeping Well in the Community” event to be held at Helsby Community Centre between 10 & 2 on Sat 8th June.Betty will be there running a HRC stall telling folks about the benefits of running & HRC, Helens couch to 5K & Frodsham Joggers. Please pop in if you can to see what’s going on & support Betty spreading the running word!

CBH sent in this report from his Dragon’s Back/ Wales Coast to Coast attempt.

What a week – many of you will know I’ve been away racing down Wales in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for those with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). I’ve been truly humbled by the response, support and generosity I received from my friends, colleagues and even some people I don’t know! It’s a very personal charity given that they helped me to get back on my feet so Thank you so very much for providing the fuel to the fire I needed to finish.If you missed out first time around and wish to contribute to this amazing cause please visit here, I’d love to burst £3k: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cbh-dragon so if you’ve got a spare fiver or even more then please don’t be shy 😊

The race itself went even better than I predicted. Starting off I felt really under prepared due to a lack of mountain miles in my legs. Injuries have really taken their toll over the last 18 months and so to finish the incredible day 1 route within 20 minutes of my 2017 time was really surprising. A quick wash in the stream and plenty of food later I was starting to fear I’d gone too hard and would feel the impact the next day.

Day 2 is arguably the toughest due to the terrain; it’s certainly the roughest in Wales. Navigation was going well and there was more scope for good lines Vs the suggested route. The route gives loads of scope to play with the mountains; working with them more than trying to dominate and conquer them. Dropping off the first Rhinog I took a chance that I could find a good wide line and it paid off. I saved ~30 minutes and only had two 6ft drops to content with. The mental boost that a well navigated line gives is huge and I comfortably flew across the rest of the course despite the heat.

The heat played a huge part in the race, it wasn’t just hot, it was also close, meaning you simply don’t cool down as the sweat clings rather than evaporates. Combine that with the lack of streams around in both Northern and Southern Snowdonia and it’s a real problem.

Day 3 started well, but after a massive high in Machynlleth (due to a slush puppy machine, ice cream, bottle of coke and a trip to the chippy for a fish bap) I felt totally drained on the second half, plus my right knee was really hurting and would prove to be a problem going forward. Whilst I had fantastic company I just felt it was a roasting hot death march. I struggled to eat that evening and felt done.Sleep is a healer. I woke up positive and got going. I had soon caught up with my friends and we made reasonable time across to the half way drop bag. The second half of the day I got on it.

The Elan valley is covered in tussocks (baby’s heads) so it’s hard to move swiftly, but I managed to keep it moving and really put some time away. Maybe it was the promise of a hog roast at the pub next to Day 4 camp? Getting in I had a horrible wash in the lake (freezing and sharp rocks!) I tucked away 4 portions of lasagne and headed to the pub for the hog roast. Back in the game.

Day 5 I woke up with a really negative mind. Everything was wrong, but once I got going all that negativity disappeared. I was flying (relatively). The consequence of this was that I was in and out of the half way drop bag before Laura and the boys arrived… maybe I was just desperate to get on the stunning Fans of the Black Mountain. More great lines, shortcuts and sheep trods meant I hit the ice cream van with good time, only to make the amateur mistake of only ordering one cornetto!

Still, I cracked on and finished strongly. As I dropped down the final road section ignoring the pain in my knee I was put firmly in my place as I was passed by a young lady pushing a pram and walking her dog… okay, so that was Jasmin Paris, but it still tickled me. Hitting the final corner Laura I heard Laura and the body cheering. My beautiful boys grabbed my hands and ran across the final field and the line with me. Best finish ever!

Epilogue:This was my third Dragon’s Back, that puts me in excellent company – one of only five to have completed three. Those that have followed the others will know I’ve always had a dream to add day 6 on and run the additional 30 miles down to Mumbles Pier in Swansea, thus completing a coast to coast. To add the additional day once everybody else had gone home was mentally tough but so rewarding, especially given the quality of ice cream in the Mumbles! Hitting the beach two miles earlier than I had expected was sound tracked by Sunscream’s ‘I’m only chasing my dreams’. Apt.

Huge thanks to everyone that has supported me – you provided the fuel to keep me going

Gaz Boyd sent this in from his 24 hour charity run around Chester walls

Running Around The Bend

24 hours along Chester Walls-raising funds for Hospice of The Good ShepherdAt 9am Sunday 26th May, I left Chester Town Hall and started my Running challenge.
Just after 9am on Monday 27th May, I arrived back at my starting point – having covered 90 miles (over 47 laps of The Walls)Here’s my tale about the 90 mile journey.During the first 6 miles, I tried to get into a running rhythm (not going off too quick was key, as this ‘adventure’ was definitely going to be a ‘marathon’ rather then a sprint). The light initial rain showers were actually pleasant and I felt energised and excited.

Now, it’s probably no surprise that when one starts to run around The Walls at least 10 times or more, one starts to become recognised by individuals working along the route. This was certainly the case with 2 local artists by The Eastgate Clock and The Dee – both very friendly, encouraging and supportive.

After nearly 3 hours, the fundraising campaign stepped up a gear and I grabbed a quick ‘pitstop’ to change into my first fancy dress costume = Spider-Man. Despite being rather warm, it definitely generated a lot more interest and increased the support/cheers from passers by. Families asked for selfies in return for a donation – great fun.

Support throughout from family and friends was overwhelming and without them the 24 challenge would have been a lot tougher. Special thanks to Mike, Tim and Bex (with family), Natalie, Richard H (Green Army), Joanna, Lisa and Dale, Rob and Martin. Of course HUGE thanks to my wife Karen. Local businesses were also really supportive – special thanks goes to That Beer Place, Hypha and Chip’d – awesome chips!At about 3pm it was time to ‘switch’ into my 2nd fancy dress costume = Cheerleader.

Once again this helped generate more generous donation collections. It’s worth noting that Spider-Man is definitely a more popular costume with everyone.

As well as the fabulous support throughout, I was overwhelmed by the kind donations (both online and bucket collection). Amazing!The weather ‘gods’ were certainly looking after me during the 24 hours and I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Chester is a stunning city. At this stage my running had reduced to a walk/run strategy – my legs not surprisingly becoming increasingly tired/fatigued.

I was really disappointed with this but recognised that the key thing was just to keep moving forward.Between 11am to 4am, what could have been a tough period was actually quite good fun. As previously mentioned, the support from the running community (bringing food/snacks/water) was awesome and with chat/banter, the crazy scary black cat by Chester Castle and the entertainment provided by pub/club goers, time flew by!Sunrise was around 4.30am and with only hours to go, I marched (staggered) on.

I am embarrassed to say that at around 6.15am, myself, Martin and Rob stopped for a short ‘pitstop’ at a well known food retailer – here, I felt very faint, struggled to eat anything, was almost sick and had a ‘fight ‘ with a toilet role 🙄. Enough said about that……..At 9.02am, I arrived back at The Town Hall and to the theme of Rocky, hurled myself up the steps before celebrating!

Fundraising to date is around £1500. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT. This is an experience I’ll never forget.To sponsor me go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GarethBoyd

Col Bishop was at Buxton Half and sent in this report

Bank holiday Monday saw me line up on a very wet and wimdy morning outside the Buxton Opera house heading off up Axe Hill for the start of the Buxton half marathon. With constant climbing i found myself that high up i was running in the clouds with my ears popping. The route took in Axe Hill, Dowel Dale, Chrome Hill, Park house Hill, Glutton Dale, Briarlow Bar and Harpur Hill finishing at the Pavilion Gardens.

The winner came home in 1hr 17min, I am pleased to say I came in 11th overall managing to win V50 category which isn’t too bad considering I am nearer 60 than 50 😊

Whilst I have said this is by far the toughest road race I have ever run I would certainly recommend this if anyone fancies a challenge with fabulous scenery

Cheers Bish

Full consolidated parkrun results are below
https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 13/05/2019 to 19/05/2019

Hello Green Army

It was the AGM last week, and lots of goings on, below are all the people elected at the 2019 Spring AGM and the people to go to if you need help with anything. Also, if you can spare any time to help out with the endless amount of tasks we have, please let one of us know. Many hands make light work. It would be great to see some new faces helping out.

2019/2019 Helsby Running Club Committee:

Chair Vacant; (Jackie to handover this Summer)
Secretary; Phil Gillard
Treasurer; Jo Farwell
Men’s Captain; Colin Thompson
Men’s Vice captain;Mario Foschi
Ladies’ Captain; June Swift
Ladies’ Vice Captain; Debbie Reed
Ladies’ Fell Captain; Laura Baynham-Hughes
Head Coach; Joe Beswick
Webmaster; Steve Riley
Press Officer; Carol Shaw
Social secretaries; Lou Spruce & Helen Gillard
Half Marathon Director; Laura Baynham-Hughes
Assistant Half Director; Michelle Hardwick
Sandstone Trail Director; Dave and Lesley Feakes
Sandstone Trail Assistants; tba
Wobbler Director; Chris Baynham-Hughes
HCSC Rep; Betty Grieve
HCSC New Build Reps; Phil Gillard, Tim Palmer
Border League Co-ordinators; Vanessa Griffiths, Chris Fitzpatrick
Cross Country Co-ordinators; Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson
Membership Co-ordinator; Tim Palmer
Calendar Co-ordinator; Tim Palmer & Karen Horsley
Club Statisticians; Geoff Collins & John Whitehead
Welfare Officers; Jane Ashbrook, Lou Spruce, Geoff Collins
Vest Co-ordinator Sue Buck
Blog Editors; Jim Jones, Chris Fitzpatrick,
Gaz O’Connor, Colin T, Karen Horsley,
Susan Woodward-Moor

A message also from Jackie, who I’m sure you will agree has lived and breethed the running club for the past 7 years and is about to pass on her wealth of knowledge to the next chairperson.

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A quick update of committee changes from this weeks AGM. Great to see some new faces (blue text) joining but we still need a ChairPerson. Phil will issue the minutes soon & come up with a phased change over of chair with the possibility of a few changes along the way to make the task more attarctive to someone! Any interest and offers please come & chat to us.

We have decided to keep Wednesday training on the hill at Helsby as it really is so pleasant at this time of the year. So its not Delamere this Wed (15th), it’s the usual meet up at the club and hill run. We will go to Delamere later on in the Summer when we will all be wanting a change & to avoid the nettles! Next weeks (22nd) it’s the Greenway Time Trial, please come and try it out in the light and support Col & Lou.

Frodsham Downhill Run 

On Sunday 7th July its the Frodsham Downhill Run, 12:30 start. Each year we help out at this race, If anyone can spare a few hours in the middle of the day to helpAndy Smith  at the finish and other tasks that would be great. A few fresh faces helping this year would be much appreciated!  Please let me or Andy know (adsmith600@btinternet.com)

Club Presentation Evening

Out club presentation evening is on Friday June 14th, 7pm. Please keep the date in your diary.

I need to collect the perpertual trophies in please. Calling Colin Thompson Adam Gordon Ian Rutherford Chris Collins Richard Hankins Rachel Holden, Emily Smith

Please can you pass them on to either Laura or Joe Beswick asap. Thanks

Cheers

Jackie

So who watched dots all weekend? I did, as i kept an eye on Paul Cunnigham’s and Ben Crossley’s super human attempt to complete the big one, the 100 mile Chester Ultra. Paul has sent us in a report.

Drop bags done  – full mandatory kit checked and packed – enough snacks to open a tuck shop and a nervous twitch started which showed  I was entering a race that I knew I may not finish.

Ben Crossley and myself stood at the start line listening to the race director give us our last instructions – I’d like to say we were calm and in a zen like state but personally I was bricking it.

The race takes you along the River Dee – The Old Dee Bridge along the North Cheshire Way eventually onto Helsby Hill –  Frodsham Hill –  Sandstone Trail through Delamere Forest – Beeston Peckforton and Bickerton out to Whitchurch return along the SST to Bickerton Hill then off out to Tilston before making your way back  to Farndon and picking up the canal at Chester back to Waverton – absolute gem of a route.

Race begins and after 1 mile Ben says only 99 to go – my response wasn’t the kindest – please don’t do that mate or words to that effect.

Heading to CP1  4 guys left us to make a claim on their hopeful prize – I decided to let them go.

5 miles into the race the same 4 guys came up behind us – yes they had come off course and had been running fast in the wrong direction – which meant for at least a very short time Ben and I were actually in the leading group.

CP1  and CP2 we run straight through – first 12 miles completed in under 2 hours – we are now into our running and I have totally relaxed looking forward to the next CP.

Looking at the full race counting down from 100 miles would have destroyed my mental state so I went into the race breaking it down into more comfortable figures – CP1 to CP2 7 miles – CP2 to CP3 5 miles which helped massively.

Between CP1 and 2 we met Jim O’Hara always full of positivity and smiles luckily he was on his bike scoping out the Chester Half happening the next morning.

Into CP3 Durham on the Hill and replenish drinks and take a few snacks – straight out the door.

Coming off Helsby Hill bump into CBH doing some late late micro managing as still undecided what shoes he’s going to wear for Dragons Back – going for the triple crown – mans on a totally different level – go smash it mate.

Up the stairs to Frodsham Hill and Steve “Come on legs Bellefonte” Riley was waiting to give us encouragement and run a section – very much appreciated mate – also informed that we approx.28-30 miles in and holding 16th position – well this information just made me that little bit more determined plus I

Gets a big cuddle off Jane Ashbrook – its turning into a perfect morning.

Since leaving the roads for the trails and fells I spend a fair amount of time on the SST considering im a Birkenhead lad and knew the next 40 miles.

Weather was perfect for running I was moving the best across the ground that I had for some time and all past injury/niggle doubts hadn’t even come into my head – yep I was totally in my element and really now enjoying the task at hand.

I kept waiting for a tap on my shoulder from Ben my running partner that’s now turned into a solid friendship he’s a  quality fella very strange and with plenty of issues – I love him like a brother –  the tap never arrived  – Im going to leave that there that’s Bens Story.

Meanwhile Im kicking his @rse lol

CP4  – CP5 completed onto CP6 first bag drop Beeston Village Hall – I had a full change of clothing – and changed into my trail shoes – first 48 miles completed in road shoes which had been a great decision – forced some noodles down and back out the door – my target now was to get to CP7 Whitchurch and get as close to CP8 before total darkness.

CP7 63 miles in grab a hot coffee and can’t believe how good I feel – although still almost 40 miles to go it’s the first time I actually knew for sure I was going to complete the race – another personal shot of adrenalin.

Started out of Whitchurch along the canal back onto the fields – it’s just a very slight but steady climb across the fields and by the time dusk was falling  I had managed to make it back to where we turn off the SST and head out to Tilston

Headlamp on the next 6 miles seem take forever and  noticed I wasn’t enjoying the styles anymore – this section that runs down sandy Lane up Hall lane to Bostock Hall across Wrexham Road and around Carden Park Golf Club is slightly overgrown and Im glad I completed my very last recce of this section just a few days earlier.

Gets into CP8 79 miles completed and the volunteer on the door gave me a message which was from Ben and Emma our coach – basically giving me another quality shot of adrenalin just at the time  when I needed it most – plus a bag full of Bens Goodies – he’s Vegan so some nuts and plants didn’t get me drooling I can tell you.

Wrapped up like a polar bear headlamp on I left with 3 other guys to trundle through the night  – cutting through fields and woodland in darkness with a few strange men on a Saturday night is a hobby of mine not a way of life – magical under torchlight crunching across the ground.

By the time we made it to CP9 there wasn’t much conversation going on and if honest I was starting to feel like when will this ever end.

Marshalls at CP9 couldn’t do enough these guys knew you were knackered informed us that only 10 miles to go – also if we wanted to break 24hrs we had 2 hrs 35 min to do it.

Slowly left CP9 knowing that the prize was in grasp – before leaving for the race I asked Gaz for some words of wisdom  – dig deep be stubborn those last miles hurt – well he wasn’t joking they did hurt – someone also told me that when dawn breaks you get another rush of energy – dawn chorus started I got ready for this rush of energy – well from experience I can now confirm that in my case it’s an old wives tale – didn’t happen.

The canal again seemed to go on forever but then we arrived at Egg bridge Rd the start of the race HQ – yes –  then in a cruel twist the organisers had made an out and back section on the canal to make sure the race was a minimum of 100miles – could see the finish line and had to walk to bridge 116 out n back 1.5 miles – these last miles felt harder than the whole race – turned off the canal onto the field and over the finish line – The first of many big races I hope – finished in 19th position 25hrs 11 min and got my Gold Buckle – What an experience.

Unbelievable achievement Paul to complete it, respect! I know after speaking to Ben he was a little down afterwards, but even completing what you did was amazing and i am sure you will smash it next year.

Jake Holmes has been pretty busy recently, a report on another jaunt of his

Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race

After the usual midweek negotiation with the wife, a pass out on Saturday was granted. Adam Gordan was a step ahead in rallying support for a trip up to Ambleside and the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race and I don’t need much persuasion so we found ourselves on the start line.

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The course was pretty simple, up to the top of Fairfield via a couple of other checkpoints, round the top of the valley and back down the other side. I liked the idea of not having to worry about nav (you had to carry a map but it was a clear day and there was never any danger of needing it) and wondered if all this ultra-running would translate into fitness on a shorter race?

Errm… i think it probably did? What it didn’t do was suddenly make me able to cruise up the side of a mountain like it was nothing! Adam set off at a fair pace quicker than I was going to manage so I was soon just trying stick with the runner next to you. I think previously I’ve been guilty of being too cautious – that’s the ultra-running “hold on there’s another 10hours of this yet so take it easy” thought process – so i set off quick to get past the a load of runners and put myself further up the field from early on. I paid for that fairly quickly as it started climbing steeply and people were passing me more than I was anyone else.

That all meant I pushed hard getting up that hill.. and it’s a long 4 or 5 miles of climbing to get to the top. It eased every now and then for an odd 20 second break but then kicked up sharply again. Proper.

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I’d lost a few places on the steepest climbs but these runners weren’t getting far ahead and actually some of those that had past me at the beginning were still within reach so I started to feel I was holding my own… in my little section of runners… somewhere in the second half of the field 😂.

As we got onto a flatter section near the summit, everyone was bunched up heading single file along a sheep track so after the swamp filled 20 hours I’d put up with at the Fellsman, I happily skipped along the dry spongy tussocks to the side of the path and took back 10 or more places in one go. We’d done the hard climbing now… I was enjoying the runnable sections and looking forward to the downhill.

The downhill was a thing too… the other 4 or so miles of the race! Quick, technical, often a plenty of line choices so you could pass people. There was one steep stretch the size of a football field, of rocks the size of beach balls, just not as colourful or as comfy to land on. An old fella came past two of us at a pace and it showed what you could do if you were brave enough. I managed to keep with him on and then on then one of the next short ups, a guy chatted to me and then headed off as if he thought I wasn’t going to see him again. To be fair he was quick descending and stretched out a gap a couple of times but, again, it pushed me to keep up. With about 400 metres to go we’d caught 3 or 4 other people and I had a go and went passed them all ready to keep ahead to the finish. We were almost in the valley now and so it’s the end. I could see the car park coming quickly.

Ahh but hang on… we didn’t start at the car park… we’d had a 3/4 of a mile walk to the start! I turned right on to the slight incline of the track….

‘Ok, a road 1k time trial. Head up. Push on. They won’t be coming back at you, you’ll have broken their spirit with that impressive finish to the descent.’

‘But it’s still a long way to the finish… and after the effort you’ve just put on to get to the bottom first. The rain and cool hasn’t arrived either. You’re hot. Legs are heavy. Don’t be that guy to look behind. Someone’s there now though…’

I eased off a little as he was on my shoulder. I’ll catch my breath and as they push to go past, I’ll go again and cruise away from them.

They go… I go to go… but can’t go. Nothing left, they ease away and I take comfort out of the fact it wasn’t one of the runners I’d just past, but someone having a very strong finish and passing all of us. Another couple of hundred very heavy metres and across the finish line.

Dear me that was hard.

2h 3mins and 139th for me, from a field of 240ish (I think). It felt like I’d had a better run than that. Adam mentioned it was a strong field. He finished about 10 mins earlier and in the top 100 (again a bit lower than he’d normally be).

Maybe these lakes races are a high standard. I’ll take that as an excuse.

Sounds horrendous, but quality read as always, cheers Jake

Please find the consolidated results from last Saturday’s parkruns. Once again well done to all who took part, it’s great to fly the Helsby flag at these events.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-04-20

Please keep sending in your race reports, I haven’t seen one for the Chester half which was a road counter so if anyone could put something together that would be appreciated. The email address in helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 29/04/2019 to 12/05/2019

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another round-up. I’ve left it a little late this week as there hasn’t been a lot in the inbox recenty. Please keep sending any contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Club Membership

First, a brief message from Tim Palmer:

“Thanks to all who have already paid your 2018/19 Helsby Running Club annual subscription . Those that haven’t, please can you pay as soon as possible. You should have an email from noreply@englandathletics.org.uk with a payment link for credit/debit card. If you don’t pay by 30 June, you will cease to be a Helsby RC member and an EA registered athlete on 1 July .

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Please note there is nothing to pay for honorary members and new members who joined since 1 Jan 2019.

If any non-members are interested in joining the club, please contact me for details and a form. We only need 13 more first claim members and we should get 2 London Marathon places rather than 1 .”

Moel Eilio fell race – Saturday 11/05/2019

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A view of Snowdon from Moel Cynghorion. Taken during the Moel Eilio fell race.

Four of us from Helsby RC ran in the Moel Eilio fell race on Saturday, Ben Fletcher was first home for Helsby, finishing in 28th place, followed by Jim Jones, Janet Robertson and Phil Gillard. This race affords some great views of Snowdon as you go over Moel Eilio, Foel Gron, Foel Goch, and Moel Cynghorion before a steep descent back to Llanberis form where the race started. With nearly 3,200ft of in just  under 8 miles it’s a tough fell race but not too technically challenging.

 

Sandstone Challenge – Saturday 11/05/2019

And another cracker it was too. Our directors will no doubt pen a few words of thanks when they’ve got their breath back – three cheers Dave and Leslie! But in the meantime thanks all for coming and making it happen, turning up to run and walk and for the countless small and not so small acts behind the scenes needed to get the show on the road. THANKS!

Provisional results for 2019 here. Lots of pics here on our Flickr site

 

Leeds Half Marathon – Sunday 12/05/2019

Well done to Susie and Flossy Woodward-Moor on completing the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. Thanks for sending in the pic and write-up Susie.

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“Flossy and Susie Woodward-Moor ran the Leeds Half Marathon together on Sunday 12th for the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. It was a beautiful sunny day and the whole route was pretty packed with people, dogs, kids, banners, sweets being handed out and people with hosepipes cooling us down. Choirs and bands serenaded us as we ran past. A really wonderful atmosphere. We raised about £600 which was fantastic. Definitely recommend it as a fun happy Half to do although pounding the tarmac on a hot day was tough for the last 2 miles.”

 

Mold Sprint Triathlon – Saturday 12/05/2019

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Congratulations to Kathryn Schofield for being the First Female Junior to finish in the Mould Sprint Triathlon last Saturday. Results are available HERE

 

Helsby RC rankings for 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon

Tim Palmer has sent this great snippet of info on our national rankings:

“Ever wondered how you compare with others in the club? The links below give you the all time list for men and women for 10k, half marathon and marathon and “stadium” track & field athletics events.

Looking at three of our hard working/running blog writers, we get rankings of 3rd, 5th, 32nd, 3rd, 4th, 43rd, 1st, 3rd and 19th across the three distances. Some really good performances.

Helsby RC – Women – 10k, HM and Mar list

Helsby RC – Men – 10k, HM and Mar list

A limitation of these lists are that they based on the Power of 10 and Run Britain Rankings data which is only been comprehensively collected from about 2010 (although a few earlier results are included). This means that it ignores some earlier results by Helsby runners eg 1hr 10m for a Four Villages Half Marathon, 2hr 57m by a Vet 50 man for a London Marathon.

As some will know via Facebook, I am working on a more comprehensive list.

Regards

Tim”

Parkrun

Here are our consolidated club park run reports from the past two weeks:

Saturday 12/05/19

Saturday 04/05/19

That’s it for now,

Cheers, Jim

 

 

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 22nd to 28th April 2019

Hi everyone

Welcome to this week’s blog, sorry for the slight delay I was waiting on some key reports from last week. It was a bumper week with all types of races, London Marathon, ultra running, fell and the Borders League, so let’s get started…first up is Ed Halliwell…

Race Report – Shropshire Way Ultra (50 miles) – 27 April 2019

I signed up to do the Saunders Mountain Marathon in July this year after doing a couple of fell events towards the end of last year and remembering how much I enjoy them. I ended up watching a few fell running videos on Youtube over Christmas to get myself in the mood, drifted into Ultra videos, and somehow by Boxing Day I’d signed up to do this. Bearing in mind I was only running up to about 10 miles at the time, I suspect alcohol may have been involved, but my memory is hazy. Anyway, four months of somewhat accelerated distance training saw me up to regular 25 mile weekend runs and at 7am on Saturday I was at the start line, hoping that the other 25 miles would kind of just happen on the day.

The weekend before had been the heatwave, so I was praying that it wouldn’t be the same weather for Saturday. I certainly got my wish as it wasn’t a heatwave, but I must learn to be more specific with praying as the heatwave was replaced by gale force winds and rain. Not sure how many people had entered (it was the first year of the race, so maybe not many), but only 43 people were foolish enough to still actually turn up. Looking around, I got a sudden fear that everyone else looked like they knew what they were doing, and I was going to roll in last…

The race started with a 7 mile loop around the Ellesmere countryside, which involved a lot of long grass just to ensure our feet were properly drenched before the main 43 mile loop. I felt pretty comfortable after that, and was sitting in the top half of the field. The next section was one of the two long canal sections. This was around 15 miles to the next checkpoint in a village south of Oswestry. We came off the canals for a little while due to a closed towpath, but mostly it was quite dull, but got a lot of miles under the belt.

The next two sections contained the climb, around 750m in total I think the Race Director said, over around 17-18 miles to Chirk. I’d picked up some ultra running poles (“cheat sticks” as I believe they’re called!) cheaply a few weeks ago, and had one bit of climbing practice with them a couple of weeks beforehand. I was unsure whether or not to take them, but I had them attached to my pack and started using them. I have to say I don’t think I’d have finished without them, the extra help they gave on the climbs, and ultimately anywhere, was invaluable.

Around half way through this section I started having serious problems with my right knee, so between about 30 and 35 miles I ceased being able to run downhill. This kind of helped me keep pace on the uphills, but it was disappointing to be hobbling down descents.

This hilly section was most exposed to the wind, especially along Offa’s Dyke, and I was nearly blow straight off it a couple of times, I reminded myself I’d chosen the hills for ‘interest’ and ploughed on. This section also started to throw up navigational issues, as the orange spray painted arrows seemed absent in places (possibly washed away) and sometimes just seemed plain wrong. Several runners reported going off course. I went off course at one point, but fortunately had my compass and could see a tree line to help with navigation, so got back on track. I switched to relying on my map for navigation.

By the end of the hills, my knee was hurting so much I couldn’t run much even on the flat. I was able to keep a good power hiking pace up, but the 10 mile ‘run-in’ along the canals was really frustrating, as I had the energy to run still, but couldn’t manage more than about 50 metres at a time at most. At the last checkpoint I was in 15th place, but took around two and half hours for the final ten miles and slipped back to 19th in the end, in 11 hours and 42 minutes, with 34 out of 43 finishing the run. It wasn’t the time I was looking for in the run-up to the race, but the combination of weather and my knee meant I was happy just to finish, and in mid-table respectability.

I’m sure the signposting issues will be much improved last year, and the countryside is nice, so hopefully this race will expand in future years. Not sure I’ll be putting my body through it again though…. 🙂

Shropshire Photos

 

Some inspirational running from club members at the London Marathon last Sunday, it was great being able to track everyone and watch the finish live on TV! A big well done to everyone who took part, some big PBs were seen on the day too. Over to Jackie with her superb report.

London Marathon

After battling to get to London, during Storm Hannah on Saturday, things settled down overnight. Runners made their way to Greenwich Park on a cloudy, quite cool morning, with occasional rays of sunshine, spots of rain & blasts of wind throughout the rest of the day .  Ideal cool running conditions made for an amazing race day.  Some great times by Helsby Running Club members.

Richard Hankins    3:21:52
Jane Ashbrook       3:34:01
Rachel Holden       3:42:19
Hayley Brooks        3:58:44
Jackie Keasley        4:04:52
Jason Tate               4:15:07

& the winnners times  …

Kipchoge                   2:02:37  1st man
Mo                             2:05:59  1st Brit
Kosgei                        2:18:20  1st lady
Perdue                       2:25:38   1st Brit

I was running in a charity place, for Team YHA, with a team of 15 including Alex Staniforth (of Everest & West Cheshire fame) who managed a great time of 3:14:19 wearing a quaility street YHA triangle.  He said he was more challenged by getting his costume across London in the wind on Saturday than by wearing it on Sunday!

I set off faster than I intended, taking over a minute off my ParkRun time these days. Feeling comfortable I thought I might as well carry on rather than slow down  & managed to keep going for the next 20  miles before dropping below my typical ParkRun pace!  Stopped at 11 & 17 miles for a quick chat, refuel & photos with Bill & co. At mile 17 I managed to stuff down a huge piece of granola flapjack & jelly babies which lifted my fading pace. The last 6 miles were tough but the sights & the amazing crowds all the way round keep cheering you on,  handing you sweets, drawing you to the finish.

Very pleased with a time of 4:04:52 as I was aiming for 4:30, which is my good for age time! 50th V60 lady out of 331.

It was great being part of team YHA. It added an extra dimension and being in the charity runner start was really humbling, with all the different causes with slogans and outfits about why folk were running.   I’m currently over 80% towards my target of £1500 so there is is still time for you to add to this great fund !

https://www.justgiving.com/fundr…/Jackie-Keasley-London-2019

Here’s some happy memories of the weekend.

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Steve Riley has been playing on the fells again, looked like a great race Steve! Please read on for his report…

Prestatyn to Meol Gyw

Dave Jones and me had a cracking day out on the new Sea to Summit event from Prestatyn to Moel Gyw in the Clwyds. The lowest key marathon ever – free jelly babies and no ballot! Dave played a blinder and came in 4th. Nice warm up for his hundred miler. Cough! Glad we had Sunday’s weather not Saturday’s 😀

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Jake Holmes has sent in an epic race report for an epic race! Thanks for sending in such a comprehensive report Jake, get the popcorn out folks it’s a great read.

Fellsman Race report – Saturday 27th (and a bit of Sunday 28th!) April

What a ridiculous event!

It’d been in my head since January as something I wouldn’t mind having a stab at and at and 3 weeks earlier I was chatting to a guys at a different race who’d done it twice, was in it again and in the same breath telling me how hard it was while trying to persuade my to sign up. A few days of back and forths later and I had!

From their website: “The Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales…. the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants’ skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness.” I was after a challenge and reckoned this qualified.

Heading up the night before the weather was poor and getting worse… but that’s all part of it (I kept telling myself). Didn’t stop the butterflies from showing up! There were plenty of checkpoints to duck out at if things went wrong of course but no one wants to do that.

Saturday morning and after the most thorough kit check I’ve ever been through – first aid kit with various bandages, emergency bivvy, 5 long sleeve tops, 2 full length trousers, emergency food and, most importantly, 4 safety pins(??) –  we were bused the hour over to the start and come 8:30am we were off.

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Half a mile in and alongside me arrives they guy who persuaded me to sign up. He’d come with another mate and I thought I’d tag on to see if the pace worked as company for the day would make for a completely different event. It worked well and we were soon up and over the first mountain, Ingleborough, two checkpoints were ticked off and we were heading up Whernside.

Skip ahead a bit and Our first taste of heading straight up the face of a hill, off footpath, was to Gragareth summit. The wind picked up, hail started coming down the size of frozen peas and you realise a bit more of what you’re in for. It was that harsh it was funny and spirits were good as we approached the CP to see the commitment the Marshalls were putting in too!

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From the beginning, total miles and time were irrelevant. It was all about completing and whether it was 12noon or 2pm I couldn’t have told you. The race is broken down into 25 checkpoints and it was all about getting to the next one. They’re on tops, in valleys, at the end of footpaths or surrounded by bog. Some a mile apart, some 7 miles apart.

Over the next few hours, we got well acquainted with bog, more wind and rain (thankfully not too much more hail). The bigger targets became the catered checkpoints which came every so often… with different offerings: sausage rolls, pasta, beans, flapjack, biscuits. You had to carry a cup for hot drinks and my favourite was handing it over, to be given it back full of chilli! Finished that, handed in again for a quick wash before I got my cup of tea 🙂

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Come 7pm, and everyone is put into groups of at least 4 to run through the night. This made Fleet Moss CP17 our checkpoint we’d be grouped at. We decided it was the chance to reset things before heading into the night. Fresh/additional layers, gloves, hat, anything you needed. Because of that coming, I didn’t worry about how cold my hands were getting from the wind and rain and  by the time we got there, I couldn’t pinch the buckle on my bag to get it off… “err.. excuse me mate, do your hands work? any chance of a bit of help”. We’d been in and out of other checkpoints in 10mins top, but we knew to take our time here to get things right again.

We’d been running as a three all day and a girl had joined us a little earlier which meant we had an evenly paced 4 ready to go. Two other guys were waiting for a group though so they were added and became a 6. You’re not sure what you’ll get then, might be someone who’s struggling but not wanting to give up yet, which could make settling to a good pace tricky. Turns out we landed on our feet with a couple of hardy yorkshiremen who’d completed the race 12 times between them. This also meant that instead of having to check the map every time you started to doubt your nav, we had John who just led the way like he could have done it blind folded. Big plus!

The first CP of note after grouping and night arriving was Middle Tongue (great name). We found ourselves at the foot of a big ol’ climb. New guys were pushing the pace and Dave (the guy I knew from previous) was struggling which started to stretch our group out. It was a real of climb. Nature of it all being by head torch and about 5 or 10m visibility meant as the slopes steepened, you didn’t know what you were climbing in to. A steep moorland slope turned into a much steeper rocky face to negotiate round, before a 3m scramble to get over onto the tops. The little tent CP at the top was a very welcome site.

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The next CP, Cray, was a catered one.. a tent we could catch our breath in and have a cup of tea. I had a dry pair of socks in my bag I’d been thinking about most of the day and now was the time. All a bit pointless as I put my feet straight back into the sodden inov8’s but for 2 minutes it felt great :). Dave decided to call it a day here, to be fair, he didn’t look great and there was still another 17 miles to go or something. His pal gave him a suitable amount of stick but it all made sense as there were first aiders about and better to duck out here than have trouble on the tops somewhere.

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After another couple more hours of bog dodging, we got to the only part of the course I knew. I’d done my one recce the week before of the last climb and about 8 of the last 12miles. It was a good call as it meant getting to that had been my target, in my head shortening the route by 10 miles. Get there and I’m on the home straight. Turns out the home straight was about 3.5 hours but by that point no one was dropping out. (It was somewhere along here I started to lose my voice. Not through shouting or even talking that much, I guess it had just had enough of the whole thing and decided to take a break. Made for an interesting first day back at work but it’s pretty much back now).

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The sun started to come up, the birds started singing and we started dropping down off the last fell and back to Threshfield and the finish at 6am Sunday.

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I’d only gone and completed it!

Official results aren’t in yet, but from the tracker.. 330ish started… 100 dropped out (higher than usual due to the weather) and I finished about 135th (which is pretty irrelevant, but top half is always nice).

What a mad event. It’s fair to say I’m still sleeping pretty heavily.

 

Over to Fitzy for a report on the final Borders League at Prestatyn. Congratulations on a superb season in such a tough league, the standard was very high this year so to be battling it out in the top league is testament to the quality runners we have. Huge big thanks to Fitzy for rallying the troops and making sure we have full teams each week!

Borders League Race No. 7

Weds 24th April seen the green army travel over to Prestatyn for the season finale, already in the knowledge that Hannah Cowley had secured 1st lady, but hoping the ladies could put another great performance in and somehow finish champions. Even if the the injured Hannah would have run, I think the Buckley team overall were just a little bit too strong finishing 51 points ahead in the final standings.

There has been some great performances from the ladies this season, but what has most impressed me is the number of ladies now turning up to race these month after month. There have been years gone by were we always struggled for the 4 counters, and have even incurred penalty points in past seasons. It’s not just Hannah who has stolen the headlines this season, Laura BH coming in a very good 2nd place in the FV40, Alison Halsall 1st place in FV45, and Debbie Read 1st in FV60.

I’m not sure if the ladies have ever won the Borders league before, maybe someone can correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the strength and depth now of this team of ladies can definitely go one better next season.

After a difficult start to the season the mens team have got bigger, and stronger each race. I think we all agree that we have never seen such a competitive borders league like this since the days of Froddy back in the 1980’s/90’s. Our bacon was probably saved from relegation when loads of of turned up and showed our commitment over in Anglesey, other teams in the league just could not compete with our numbers that day.

There’s been some fantastic performances from lots of the men this season, but Colin Bishop yet again is my stand out performance winning the MV55 category. I know how much Bish loves this club, even though he’s always moaning, as Jane says “if he’s not moaning he”s not well”

Another 4th place finish 2 seasons running for the men, above teams with quality runners like Prestatyn and Wirral. I think it’s my aim to push us to 3rd next year but with EPRC and Wrexham coming up from Div 2, i think it’s going to be more competitive than ever.

Next season will see us host a race, we are working hard right now to organise this and i cannot wait for October and the season to start all over again. Thank you to each and every one of you who have turned up in your droves month after month, my highlight being the Chester Spring 5 course race, us getting a photo outside the club house and then all walking down to the start. It was like a scene out of Braveheart and us going into battle.

Pre-season training starts in August, rule 4.3 is not in place right now so make the most of it.

See you all soon

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

Tim Palmer has sent over some interesting stats about the borders league, please see below:

This is an analysis of the winning times at Birkenhead Park over the seasons – which shows that these are becoming faster by perhaps a minute over the last 10 seasons or so.

Borders League

 

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Please find the consolidated results from last Saturday’s parkruns. Once again well done to all who took part, it’s great to fly the Helsby flag at these events.

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-04-20

Phew! That’s all folks, thanks if you got this far. It’s great to see so many reports in the inbox, please keep the coming each week, the email address in helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

Weekly blog 15-4-2019 to 21-4-2019

Firstly a message from Tim Palmer

Hopefully all members should have received an email about updating your emergency contact details. We would be grateful if you could update or add these to your profile on England Athletics on myAthletics Portal.

If you haven’t had this email, a copy is available at:

https://mailchi.mp/1687e8c9a36d/helsby-rc-emergency-contact-details

Thanks

Tim Palmer

 

Karen Horsley sent in this report from Bodelwyddan parkrun

One of mine and Kai’s running goals for the year is to run 10 different parkrun courses. Last week we’d planned to do Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun but as I was unwell we delayed it until this week.

Saturday morning: the sun was bright, the temperature was high – 20 degC at 9am in North Wales in April… what is going on with the weather?!

I’d read that Bodelwyddan parkrun was a mainly trail course including woodland, so I’d imagined jogging serenely through dappled shade etc. In reality there was a long uphill section in full sun before getting to the shady woodland, and as a two lap course we had to do it twice. It was so hot!

As I’m still on the comeback from injury (how long can I get away with saying that?) I’d set myself a reasonable target of 33 minutes, but with the hill times two, a photo stop and a shoelace that needed retying I was happy to finish at just over 34 minutes and six minutes behind my speedy son!

Bodelwyddan Castle is a new parkrun, yesterday was event 28 and coincidentally my 28th parkrun. It is a beautiful course, with great marshals and fabulous views. Definitely worth the drive out.

 

 

Helsby runners were in action throughout the area, full consolidated results are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 8th to 14th April 2019

Hello Green Army

A little bit behind with the blog from last week, apologies, it’s still the weekend in theory so you can forgive me. Gaz will update you with another one in a few days i’m sure.

A few notices first of all, it’s Border League race 7 on Weds. It’s a 4 mile race so it’ll be a quick one and the presentation is afterwards with hopefully some coming home to Helsby. Would be great to finish off the season with another great turnout. Details below

Race 7 19:30 Wed 24 Apr 2019: staged by Prestatyn RC, Ffrith, post code LL19 7AR.

We are having our annual curry night this Friday 26th, after the Mid Cheshire 5k, let me know if you want to join in, plenty of time to get home, and get showered and changed and back out again. Booking the table for 9.30pm at India Garden. Contact me on social media or fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks for Richard Hankins sending in a report. 

I love the Lakes and will generally take opportunities to get out there for a day. A friend of mine suggested we meet up for this race: we’ve done two other races in the series over the last couple of years and I liked them both. The weather was cold but clear so I took the opportunity to get the motorbike out and travelled the scenic route via the ferry to Hawkshead. There are a series of races on the day with the 10K trail race the best attended. A small event site was established on the recreational fields with a range of traders, food stall, loos etc. Inov8 were there selling their shoes and if you wanted to try them out you could wear a pair in the race and return them after.
The route is hilly, to say the least, rising from Hawkshead up to Claife Heights and then down onto the banks of Windermere. It was at times very rocky underfoot and only two weeks before London Marathon I was nervous of injury and really took it easy in some sections. There were a few fallers who were quickly picked up by Coniston MRT who were out on the course. The initial section was paths but later opened up to wide runnable forest trails. At 13km there is a long (approx 1m) very steep incline. The organisers call this the coffin trail and it was adorned with rather naff skeletons and images of coffins. After that the last 3K are fast, fun downhill.
This is one of the races I’ve most enjoyed. The views were glorious, the weather perfect an the atmosphere was good. I wasn’t particularly fast at 1:28:45 and 46th out of 150. But for once, the point wasn’t to be quick…it was to enjoy the run and come back in one piece. I reckon I might be back for this race next year.
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Would be good if a few of us could get back to this one, sounds great
Wed 10th April see a huge turnout for the Chester Spring 5 which was the 3rd road counter of the season. 
Colin Bishop ran a great race finishing 1st from the Helsby contingent, but is not on the results below, i think due to being 2nd claim, still a quality performance, i believe one of the fastest in the country in his age group this year. Hannah Cowley finishing 1st lady, another excellent performance on the night. Janet Robertson came 3rd FV50, Debbie Read came 2nd FV60, and Jackie Keasley came in 3rd FV60. Well done tyo call that ran greats races.
26 28:03 312 chris fitzpatrick Helsby Running Club 28:02 26 Male 26 Male Vet 40 8
27 28:12 300 Hannah Cowley Helsby Running Club 28:12 27 Female 1 Senior Female 1
87 32:29 305 Richard Hankins Helsby Running Club 32:19 87 Male 81 Male Vet 45 12
107 33:12 319 James O’Hara Helsby Running Club 33:08 110 Male 100 Senior Male 40
121 33:41 50 Davyd Michell Helsby Running Club 33:35 120 Male 113 Male Vet 40 25
132 34:19 332 June Whitehead Helsby Running Club 34:13 131 Female 11 Senior Female 5
150 35:05 267 Ian Landucci Helsby Running Club 34:55 147 Male 134 Male Vet 55 7
168 36:16 401 Benjamin Tumilty Helsby Running Club 35:51 163 Male 147 Senior Male 50
183 37:28 299 Helen Owens Helsby Running Club 37:04 181 Female 26 Female Vet 40 4
184 37:31 218 Rachael Holden Helsby Running Club 37:06 182 Female 27 Female Vet 35 5
198 38:02 301 Gary O’Connor Helsby Running Club 37:37 194 Male 167 Male Vet 50 22
203 38:12 77 Roy Gaskill Helsby Running Club 38:04 204 Male 172 Male Vet 50 23
219 38:40 395 Janet Robertson Helsby Running Club 38:30 219 Female 36 Female Vet 50 3
227 38:59 17 Mike Barnard Helsby Running Club 38:48 229 Male 187 Male Vet 45 26
234 39:18 91 Carol Shaw Helsby Running Club 39:09 238 Female 42 Female Vet 55 4
241 39:29 167 Geoff Collins Helsby Running Club 39:18 242 Male 196 Male Vet 60 14
242 39:29 47 Kai Horsley Helsby Running Club 39:00 234 Male 197 Under 20 Male 10
244 39:30 89 Debbie Read Helsby Running Club 39:21 245 Female 47 Female Vet 60 2
299 42:39 333 Stephen Wiggins Helsby Running Club 42:10 296 Male 228 Senior Male 68
307 43:14 412 Geoff Shaw Helsby Running Club 43:02 308 Male 230 Male Vet 65 13
316 43:45 334 Christopher Igoe Helsby Running Club 43:15 312 Male 236 Male Vet 55 18
347 46:26 221 Jackie Keasley Helsby Running Club 46:04 349 Female 95 Female Vet 60 3
363 47:36 160 David Wiggins Helsby Running Club 47:05 360 Male 259 Male Vet 60 21
406 51:07 413 Janet Shaw Helsby Running Club 50:55 408 Female 137 Female Vet 65 4
408 51:14 46 Karen Horsley Helsby Running Club 50:39 406 Female 138 Female Vet 45 20
John Whitehead and Geoff Collins are updating the club counters as well now so these will get sent out every month now with the blog.

For those of you that don’t know every year we run Club Championships with various disciplines to compete in from ROAD / FELL / MINI FELL / TRAIL/ CROSS COUNTRY AND BORDERS LEAGUE. Myself and Geoff Collins are stato and collate the results for every race. There are certain Races that count towards each championship all of which are on the Helsby page (LINK:https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2019-road-and-fell-champs/) and prizes for overall winners and various Category prizes.

Everyone who takes part in one of these events gets points, 1st for Helsby gets 30 pts, 2nd 29 pts etc and points are allocated by Gender so the more events you enter the better chance you have in the championships. In the Fell and Road Championships where there are 10 race’s we’ll only take your best 7 results.

In the past we’ve never really shouted about the results until presentation night but to help increase a little competition and increase the Helsby presence at some of these events we thought we’d try and do a monthly update until we only have a few events left in each championships.

Road:

In the Road Championships so far we have had 3 events and the leaders for both the men and ladies are the only Helsby vests to compete in all 3 events, the on fire Chris Fitzpatrick lead the men while the unicorn that is Helen Owns leads the Ladies

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 Next Race is the Spring 5k in Kingsley on the 26th April with the dry weather continuing extra places are being made available!!

Fell:

As for the Fell’s we are only one race in so plenty of time to get involved and most races start and finish at a Pub too! Pipe Dream was the first Race with only 4 Helsby vests out, Rachel Arnold took the only Ladies Points on Offer while Tim Palmer claimed the victory for the Helsby men bagging himself 30 points.

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 Next Race is the Llangynhafal Loop on the 27/04/2019 this is 7.6KM in length and classified as an AS race (Basically short in distance with S**t loads of accent, but don’t let that put you off)

Best Regards
John

Well done all who took part in a park run Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s it for now, Remember to keep sending any reports or other stuff you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

 

Cheers

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 1st to 7th April 2019

Hello Green Army,

I’m a little late with the round-up for the week ending 7th April, but we do have a couple of cracking write-ups about the Manchester Marathon and the Lakes Mountain 42 from the week before last.

Manchester Marathon – Sunday 7th April 2019

So first, it’s over to Chris Fitzpatrick for his report on the Manchester Marathon:

“5 green vests turned up to Manchester on Sunday for what can only be described as perfect running conditions, 11c, cloudy, and no wind. I somehow still managed to get tan lines though…ginger skin eh!
As you all know very well, my sole purpose of this race last year was to get a championship entry time for London, which is sub 2.45, and i missed out by 2 seconds. I may joke about it but it seriously annoyed me that i got so close but missed out. So this year, instead of a 14 week training plan, i started on Dec 3rd, and an 18 week plan, and rather than giving up the Guinness, i decided not to abstain and continue to enjoy myself. I’m not going to lie, the last few months have been pretty difficult for me, but the one thing that’s kept me going is being focused on this marathon, and the training has really helped me get through it.
Last year i trained harder, this year it was about slowing my recovery runs down and training smarter, and it’s really helped. The plan for the day was to do the first 10k in around 6-6.10 min miles, then for the next 13-14 hit 6.10-6.15 mins miles. My target was 6.17, and the first half of the race went by and i hit 1.21 for 13 miles feeling really good. This is when the going starts to get tough, but not this year, i got to 17 miles and felt really good still, 18 came and went and 19 as well, so i was then preparing myself for the dreaded 20 mile point, where the wall normally hits you. I hit 20 miles, but nothing, i even went a little faster. The next 4 miles i was expecting my legs to go, but nothing, i was really enjoying this now, passing a lot of tired legs in the process.
The last 2 miles i started to feel it but i knew i was on the home straight, but knowing i had the sub 2.45 well within my grasp i really pushed on and came home in 2hr24m26s. I was over the moon, very emotional, but loved every minute of it, which is the first time i’ve ever said that on a marathon.
Great to hear everyone finished, and some good performances on the day from the rest of the green army, Ian, Rob, Matt and Wiggo.
Good luck to everyone doing London in a few weeks, i hope you all enjoy it as much as i enjoyed Manchester. It may be a very expensive race, but it’s very well organised now, and it’s got the big city marathon feel to it, and is getting more and more popular each year.
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Cheers
Fitzy”
So well done everyone who completed the Manchester Marathon and thanks for sending in the report Fitzy. With my preference being for off-road running I usually switch off when people start talking  about road training plans, but your hard work and success even captivated me this time. Well done mate!

Lakelands Mountain 42 – Saturday 30th March 2019

Now over to Jake Holmes and his epic run in the mountains:
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There was a great atmosphere at the Race HQ the next morning… 5am or whatever so it was like everyone was in “it’s early so keep it down” mode, but with a real buzz about what was coming up. We headed outside to the start in the middle of Askham, and the surreal quietness of it all continued as Joe (race organiser) stood on a box and quietly said “go… shhh…”. 170 odd runners set off in silence.

Of course, everyone set off too quickly. Or I did anyway. It’s hard not to. How do you start a race with at whatever your ’hilly 42 mile run’ pace is? What even is that? Still, it was too quick.. I’m sure I’ll learn at some point.

The route split nicely into four sections…

Seriously, look at that view…

Leg one was Fantastic, lovely being out so early, perfect weather, gentle climb past the first check point at Load Pot Hill and not technical which let you look up and appreciate where you actually were. Heading up to High Street summit took us close to the edge dropping away down to Haweswater and the most jaw dropping view… it was like being in the Alps! Tourist mode took full hold and I had to stop and take a picture. Combo of the weather, winter sun, feeling good… whatever… I was loving it…

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High Street Summit gave the second stamp on the card and head off down to Patterdale and the first big tick. Wasn’t as smooth down as I’d have liked though. It was a long descent and I was trying to keep with the runners around me. The last stretch, a steep, broken rocky path, really beat up the legs and we were only 15 or so miles in. Mmmm…

I’d recced the next section, so it was good to know what was coming. Left the checkpoint with some chatty runners but another sign I might be a bit too high up the field came when a couple of them started talking about attempting the Bob Graham this summer. Right… maybe I drop back a bit? I didn’t have to think about it long before they’d made the decision for me and I had no problem watching them head off.

The grumpy bit…

This was my first stretch of the day on my own… Carry on up just above Grizdale Tarn and at the end, follow the steep rocky path down to Thirlmere and a checkpoint at the foot of Helvellyn. Easy enough… until the fog came in. A couple of minutes earlier, I’d seen a runner ahead take the lower of two paths. I was sure I’d done the higher one on my recce but for some reason followed like a sheep. It put me hitting the tarn square on… I was almost in it before I saw it the visibility had dropped that much! No biggy I thought, follow it to the right and you’re pretty much where you should be… just with wet feet. The thing with Grizdale Tarn, is it’s kind of round, so when you can’t see anything, you’re never quite sure if you’re at the end, or still on the side or what. Talking to one local runner a bit later, he’d managed to walk right round it twice before he found his way off! Anyway, just as I decided now was the moment, the mist cleared and I saw I was right, but in quite a bowl that I had to climb up out of. I could hear runners, that had been a long way behind, high up on the other path and obviously having more fun. Sigh. Climb up out of here then.

Pain behind my left knee made the descent a slow process. I moved my arms purposefully and made sure I frowned to make it look like I was descending quickly but it didn’t help. A couple more runners came past. As I got to the bottom I looked back to see a train of runners taking a route that cut a big corner… that I hadn’t! Wow, this was really a section to forget.

All good again…

I took my time to sort myself out at Thirlmere checkpoint. Reset things, restocked pockets with sweet things and started a fresh up Helvellyn for section three. I remembered on the recce easily passing day walkers on the way up but for some reason today’s walkers were more sprightly. With my new found positivity, I stopped singing ‘the greatest showman’ to myself and pointed out that my 23 miles and a few thousand feet so far, gave them an advantage. That recce knowledge of the path helped loads and I was actually enjoying the ups and caught a couple of the places I’d lost. The summit was a good moment! Highest point of the day. Only one more big climb to go. And that’s on the last leg. However you said it sounded good.  Steep decent initially (ouch) and then easy running into the Patterdale finish of section three. One to go.

The home straight…

The lump in the last leg comes straight away in the shape of Place Fell. Not as high as Helvellyn but by this point it doesn’t need to be! Trig point at the top won the award for ‘gnarliest checkpoint of the day’.image003

I’d been chopping and changing with three other runners over the last hour or so, so ended up sticking with them from here. Random conversations about cheese (we were pretty sick of sweet stuff) and National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation helped past the last few miles back over Askham Fell and into the village hall in 11hours 58mins to a free mug and very welcome bowl of Carrot and Coriander soup.

It’s funny how quickly after the race you start to forget the pain and long drags! I’m sure there was a stretch in the last 6 miles when I was asking myself “is this really how I want to spend my time?” …. “Don’t forget at the end, you might not want to do this stuff.”

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It was pretty though…

Last night I signed up to the 62 mile Fellsman in two weeks time.

 

Parkrun

Well done all who took part in a park run on Saturday. Great to see Bish in pole position at Phoenix again. Our consolidated club results can be seen HERE

That’s it for now, Remember to keep sending any reports or other stuff you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

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