Helsby RC weekly round up 26th Aug to 1st Sept

Welcome to all readers and welcome to the start of autumn bringing with it lots of club events to get involved in.

Sunday 8th September is the North West Road Relays, this year being held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk.  Men in teams of four with each runner completing 5km, and three runners in the women’s teams again running 5km each.

Then on Saturday 21st September, the second DIRT event is coming up, and as reigning champions in both the mens and ladies categories, we would love it if we can muster up 2-3 teams. Ideally a mens, ladies and possibly a mixed team. All details below. Please email me at fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or drop me a message on Facebook to register your interest and I’ll sort the teams out. It was a brilliant event last year, and there are a few new clubs included this year so it looks like it’ll be good fun.

DIRT is the Delamere Interclub Relay Trail event, organised by Delamere Spartans. The event is a fun team event, and comprises four loops of between 4 and 8km within Delamere forest with roughly 500m of climb (1650 ft) using established paths and trails.
• Race 1: 5.1k (3.2 miles), 47m ascent: individual runner
• Race 2: 6k (4 miles), 260m ascent (850’): pairs
• Race 3: ~6-8k (4-5 miles) (note distance is approximate: runners will be given numbers of four location posts and asked to collect them in the fastest time: pairs
• Race 4: ‘Park run’: 5km (3.1 miles), 29m ascent: individual runners

The first race starts at 16.00 on Saturday 21 September 2019, with runners tagging their team mates as they finish their leg. Each race starts and finishes by the barrier at the bottom of the main path up Old Pale. Race HQ is the main car park on the left past the visitor centre.

The event is open to runners from Delamere Spartans, Helsby, Pensby Runners, Tattenhall Runners, Spectrum Striders and Wirral Vikings.

Teams can be between 3 and 6 runners, the ideal being 5 or 6. Smaller team mean that runners will have to complete more than one leg! Entry is £2.50 per runner which includes parking.

* Thank you Fitzy for the above info!

Also coming up:

  • the Wirral Multi-terrain series on Tuesday evenings through September
  • L&D cross-country league starting Saturday 12th October
  • Border League starting Sunday 13th October
  • North West cross-country league starting Sunday 20th October

Finally, Steve Riley has shared via facebook the great news that we’ve been nominated for the ‘Best Half Marathons North‘, you can vote for the 4VHM using the below link.

https://www.letsdothis.com/challengeawards/best-of-the-uk/half-marathons-north

Thank you.


Mid-Cheshire 5k (summer)

Eight Helsby runners took part in the summer 5k in Kingsley on Thursday 29th August, results as below.

Hannah Cowley  17:50
Daz Sankey  18:06
June Whitehead  19:06
Trevor Lewis  20:29
Rachael Holden  21:59
Neil Fergusson  23:35
Chris Morgan  26:31
Karen Horsley  31:59

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated Helsby RC results for last week’s parkrunners, well done to all, as well as those who volunteered on Saturday.

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

That’s all folks, this blog comes alive through your contributions, so thanks and keep the reports coming.

Email to: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Happy running!
Karen 🙂

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Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 8th to 14th July 2019

Hi everyone

Apologies for the late blog this week, we have a few reports in the Helsby inbox so let’s get cracking!

Reminders

Save the date, the second DIRT event is coming! Can you promote among your clubs please.
DIRT is the Delamere Interclub Relay Trail event, organised by Delamere Spartans. The event is a fun team event, and comprises four loops of between 4 and 8km within Delamere forest with roughly 500m of climb (1650 ft) using established paths and trails.
• Race 1: 5.1k (3.2 miles), 47m ascent: individual runner
• Race 2: 6k (4 miles), 260m ascent (850’): pairs
• Race 3: ~6-8k (4-5 miles) (note distance is approximate: runners will be given numbers of four location posts and asked to collect them in the fastest time: pairs
• Race 4: ‘Park run’: 5km (3.1 miles), 29m ascent: individual runners

The first race starts at 16.00 on Saturday 21 September 2019, with runners tagging their team mates as they finish their leg. Each race starts and finishes by the barrier at the bottom of the main path up Old Pale. Race HQ is the main car park on the left past the visitor centre.

The event is open to runners from Delamere Spartans, Helsby, Pensby Runners, Tattenhall Runners, Spectrum Striders and Wirral Vikings.

Teams can be between 3 and 6 runners, the ideal being 5 or 6. Smaller team mean that runners will have to complete more than one leg! Entry is £2.50 per runner which includes parking.

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Report by Jackie Keasley

Last weekend was the 41st Lakeland Mountain Marathon, this time moving east across the M6 to the Howgill Fells. It was a very hot weekend, especially on Saturday. Fortunately there has been rain over the previous weeks and the streams had quite clean flowing water in which we were able to drink, with so far, no side effects. It was always going to be tough, with steep sided hills leading to fairly flat tops it was quite obvious the planners would not keep us to the ridge tops. 3 ladies pairs entered the Carrock Fell class, Danielle & me, Rachel & Christine + Jane & Anne (from Wirral). So it was always going to be competitive!

Starting at 8:30 on Satuday, we climbed steadily up the 1st hill with Chris BH & running mate Adam (of Ring of Fire Fame) in our sight for the first few minutes, they were doing the harder Scafell Class. A long up followed by one of many long ankle turning traverses, then an incredibly steep down, in bouncy waist deep heather, several topples later we reached one of many sheepfolks nestling in the valley bottom. A steep up the otherside almost to the higest point on the Howgills, The Calf, so steep it was best to use all fours in places. A short section of flat ridge running before, guess what; a steep down, a steep up…& on & on the pattern repeated itself for the next 10 hours!   At 3:30 we were at checkpoint 5 of 11, in the baking heat thinking this is much longer & tougher than normal for this class. The comforting factor (in one sense!) was the fact that we were still moving along with plenty of other pairs around us, rather than being Bill no Mates at the back. Just when we were hoping some miracle would happen in temrs of effort, the course took us out of the Howgills, across the Kirby Stephen to Sedburgh A road and onto the high limestone pavements of Wild Boar Fell in the Yorkshire Dales!! Here we caught up with Rachel & Christine (who has started a mnute after us & overtook us before checkpoint 1), with Rachel flagging in the heat & not feeling too well. Lots of teams grouped together at this stage to raise moral & look after each other. Fortunately a series of streams shown on the map, had fresh enough water in (not guranteeded on limestone on a dry day). This perked us all up for the day finale, which guess what, still continued with plenty of up & down right to the end at the overnight camp near Cautley Spout, an idylic spot enjoyed by SLMMs & midges! We finished 6 secs apart on day 1 with Jane & Anne coming in 37min ahead. Chris & Adam had a nighmare day, coming in 4 sec short of being timed out at 8pm. The #Greenarmy were the last to retire to our tents, we sat drinking beer in the marquee comparing our days all agreeing the courses were a tad long & strenuous, even compared to normal.

A good nights sleep & a much more sensible course length on Sunday; a cooler, more overcast day, led to much more managable running. Rachel & Christine navigated & ran well to pull 20 mins ahead of us. We caught up with Jane & Anne & did the last 4 checkpoints together. Chris & Adams nighmare continued with a mispunch at checkpoint. 3 & retirement.

It really was a great weekend honest!  Photos attached & a competitor video here to show you the slopes. http://www.slmm.org.uk/#video19

Home – Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon – SLMM

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants.

http://www.slmm.org.uk

Carrock Fell

42nd    Jane & Ann               9:08:03       6:16:02 15:24:05

44th     Rachel & Christine   9:45:01      5:47:30 15:32:31

46th     Danielle & Jackie     9:45:07       6:06:34 15:51:41

out of 55 finishers with 22 dnfs.

Scafell

Chris & Adam            11:14:22     3mp

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Report by Ben Crossley

Saturday 13th July, cloudy, 16 degrees. The perfect conditions for a race. This was my third year on the start line for the Tal-y-Fan.

I was joined with 4 other green vests. Jim O’Hara, Chris Larkin, Jackie Keasley and Sue Buck. Along with the felsby gang, I brought my friend Ted along for his first fell race also. We were ready!

The first 3 miles of this race is up up up! and it pretty much splits nicely in to three parts. You get a mile of an insane 25% road incline to start you off. Its brutal. Really tests your legs and base fitness out. 2nd part is a mile of old roman road. Broken cobbles with puddles, mud and sheep sh!t. Then just when your lungs are about to burst you’re presented with a mile fell climb/ scramble up to the summit.

All three years of this have been a different experience for me. First year I walked it all. 2nd year, thanks to a challenging push by Ben F and JimO I ran it all. This year I sort of held my own with the equivalent of a doggy paddle all the way up. It was tough, but I got there at this point with Jim always in sight of me.

The Tal-y- Fan race is advertised as an 8 miler, but that could differ, depending on what line you take from the summit down to the stone circle in Penmaenmwar. This year it was hard to find that line. The clag had set in, and it was tough to see anything more than a couple of meters in front of you.

From past experience, I knew you had to take an unnatural line, aiming north east across the marsh. So that’s what I did.  Praying my internal compass was in check I bounced down the hills and over marsh, the only other thing I could go by was the voices from other runners piercing through the wind and low clouds.

Finally, out of the clag but still bouncing over the marsh I started to see other runners, I had gone right. Well as right as anyone else. Jim and a group of 5 other runners where heading across the marsh and were following the same line as myself… ok, I’ll give Jim his dues here, he was leading the group and I did see him pointing out that we had to go further right to get to the stone circle. (There you go mate.. but that’s all you’re getting).

Everyone was charging full pelt through the circle and down towards the farmers tracks. This entire section is my favourite, you really get to open your legs up for a couple of miles, this is where you can make time up for what you lost with the god-awful uphill struggle from the start of the race.

I’d really started to close the gap between the group, Jim and I and I was still feeling strong, by the time we’d reached the water check point. At this point last year, is where my race was over, I’d completely drained myself. This year, I had more to give, yes, my legs were heavy, my feet were sore, my heart was pounding and my lungs burning, but I was still moving.

I saw Jim take the left turning down the final grass descent heading towards the road. Now Jim is fast on the down hills. I once planted a seed in his head saying I was the fastest in the club at descending, now every run I have done with Jim, I feel he’s made a point to prove that wrong and he didn’t disappoint here. I didn’t think I’d see him again after this and smiled knowing he’d really put that graft in to make sure there was enough space between us both for a home run.

MISTAKE!!! he’d let his guard down. Once, I passed through the farmers gate at the bottom, my foot was down and took on the final road descent as fast as my legs could possibly shift. I could see Jim, every corner I went round, hill I peeped over the closer he got to me, until just by the  Ty Gwyn Hotel the gap started to shift, the weather changed, the tidal wave reached its breaking point, the volcano erupted, the clouds broke!! I took him. I felt his eyes shift slightly, he knew it was me and he put his foot down to pull ahead, the young OX had more in the tank.. and I pushed harder, taken the reins of the race and with that fire in me I didn’t let go of the pace. I did it!! I finally bet Jim in a fell race. I was made up… and completely shattered.

You can see the determination in my face in the below picture and the look of a man who knew he’d been had in Jim’s. (I’m talking myself up here, but later speaking with our beloved Mario, he said “yeah, Jim must have been tired”  .. hahaha good ol’ Maz bringing me back down to earth.)

The results of the race from the green army were as followed

6th – Chris Larking – 01:13:00

17th Myself – 01:24:14

18th Jim O’Hara – 01:24:35

and Jackie and Sue bring the team back home together in 02:04:00

My Friend Ted sadly finished dead last, in 02:17:00

full results can be found here. http://rowenconwy.org.uk/activities/fell-race/tal-y-fan-fell-race-results-2019/

Tal y Fan fell race results 2019 – Rowen

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Alderford Relays

Report by Colin Bishop

Thursday evening saw Whitchurch Whippetts host their annual relay around the lake.

Weather held off to see Danny Ryder set off on the first leg to come home in 5th position, I took over leg 2 pleased to say managed to hand over to Colin Thompson in third position who kept us in third position.

Great support out on the course from Mario, Danielle and Mrs B for providing post race picnic 😁

Parkrun

 Please find the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns below, a big well done to all Helsby runners who took part 🙂

https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2019-07-13

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

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 31st Dec to 6th Jan 2019

Hi all

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to this weeks blog, before we get to the race reports please find a quick message from Betty below regarding the new club house:

“Helsby Community Sports Club News
Exciting news about our new Club Development. Everything is now signed off for both the new club house build & the enabling housing scheme. In anticipation of this the an application for the Jan/Feb TESCO BAGS OF HELP APPEAL has been made for new furniture for the new club of £4K.

PLEASE VOTE !! AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN !!

We are up against up against Alvanley CC and Kingsley community centre, so hoping for a win with your help!”

Wirral Way Half Marathon

Big thanks to Bish for the following report, it’s been a while since he’s done a half marathon and he had a superb run. Please read on….

“Sunday saw me heading off in the dark to Wirral Country Park to take part in Time2Run event – Wirral Way Half Marathon. Following registration and number collection buses shuttled us off to the start near Hooton station for a staggered start of just over 400 runners I believe.

Apart from a little drizzle early on weather conditions were perfect both temperature wise and under foot. The route saw us take a point to point for approximately 10 miles with a loop to the finish. Well stocked feed stations x3 plenty of company along the way from other runners, dog walkers and cyclists.

I finished 6th overall which was a little disappointing when I crossed the finish line in 4th place😔 however did get first V55 😊

A well organised event and would recommend this one for your diary.”

Church Stretton Fell Race

An excellent report has been sent in by Geoff Collins for this race…

“I decided to kick off my New Year with a £5 to enter race on New Year’s Day. This took me to Church Stretton in Shropshire. I found out about this from friends a couple of years ago. Its organised by the West Midlands Mercia Fell Running Club who wear yellow tops with a leaping stag logo! Fortunately there weren’t any (Stags) to be seen.

So with a favourable weather forecast I arrive in the very quant small town of Church Stretton. It looks like a something from bygone times with little shops, and friendly locals. Church Stretton sits nestling in a valley, with The Long Mynd hills rising to the West. It’s also known as little Switzerland because of the way the houses are slotted into the hillside. Further along the Long Mynd is the famous Midland Gliding Club, who launch their gliders using bungies that is worth seeing too!  

There is always something a bit random and causal about fell races. I arrive to register at the location stated on the website, only to find a closed social club. Hmm this is odd but I go for a wander, and spot a yellow sign near the church – registration this way, yes the race HQ had moved to the scout hut here…      

So with time to spare I go on a reccy. There are no maps of the course buts it’s about 5m, fully marked and marshalled, and no requirement to carry any kit. I meet Dave one of the organisers, originally a Tattenhall runner who now lives here. He kindly showed me the start and finish sections of the course. So it starts in the Vicarage field and climbs steeply up a wet slippery slope before reaching a footpath which winds up the side of the Carding Mill Valley. You head towards the highest point on the Long Mynd, Pole Bank at 1,693, but don’t go up it fortunately.                                    

It’s a mass start for the 5m race, there is a 3m option which includes walkers. The scramble round the trees to the left up that wet slippery grassy slope was tricky, because it was difficult to grip, but once the main path was reached everyone seemed to be in the right place. Having gone up a steep hill, then it’s down into the Carding Mill Valley along a short section of tarmac and back up the other side. In fact the scenery was quite good with the terrain constantly changing as you went along.

None of it was that technical, but nothing was flat, just a bit of tarmac here and there, and about 900 feet of climb in total. The finish was back in the Vicarage field with an annoying loop round three sides.

Afterwards soup and rolls were served in the scout hut. The lucky ones getting seconds too. There were a couple of Buckley runners from our area, Chris and Fenella Higgins, we all agreed running was better than a hangover on New Year’s Day! I expected the prizes to be random produce or maybe a bottle of wine, but no they had a few small trophies!

I finished in 90th place out of 153 runners in 49m 31s, male winner was Clive Morgan U/A 35m 30s, first lady Jules Toone 41m 56s U/A.”

 

Cheshire XC Champs (Birchwood)

What a fanatastic day last Saturday at the Cheshire Cross Country Championship Races was for Helsby.

Congratulations to Hannah Cowley who won the ladies Cheshire Cross Country Championship and Christina Roach for getting the V60 award. There was also a very nice mention in the Warrington news!

https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/sport/17339130.hannah-cowley-wins-cheshire-cross-country-championships-womens-race/

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parkrun

Please find the consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns, well done to everyone who took part.

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

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

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 3rd to 9th December 2018

Hi all

A very short blog this week as there were no reports or messages in the inbox so just a few words about the Borders League on Sunday…

Borders League #3 – Trac Mon, Ty Croes

Message from Fitzy:

“Thank you all so much for making the journey to Anglesey to race Borders League race 3, didn’t get a photo today but think you’ll all agree it was great running around that track today, great turn out, 25 of us in total!”

The men finished 4th on the day and the ladies 3rd. Due to a couple of clubs not providing full teams the men have now moved out of the relegation zone and have cemented a strong position in 5th place overall and the ladies are now 3rd. Well done everyone and see you in January for the next one, I’m sure Fitzy will be rallying the troops nearer the time.

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Parkrun

Well done to everyone who ran in a parkrun on Saturday, the Helsby consolidated results can be found at the following link:

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

Please keep sending in those race reports, the Helsby inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com . The blog will be a very bleak place without them!

Cheers
Colin

Helsby weekly round-up 8th – 14th October 2018

Hello everyone

Welcome to this week’s round-up. Loads of ace reports have been sent in this week, thank you so much for these, makes our job so much easier! It’s great to see lots of new faces each week at training and at the Borders League on Sunday, hopefully you are all enjoying your time at Helsby RC!

Before we get to the news please see a flyer below for the Helsby Fireworks display on Friday 2nd November:

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Palma 10k

Bish and Jane flew over to sunny Palma at the weekend to take part in their annual 10k, a few other members and friends joined them and made a weekend of it, looked like a great laugh! read on for Bish’s report on the shenanigans…

“While many of the green army made a start on the Borders League some of us along with some ex Helsby club mates and a few Widnes Running club members followed the sun for the Palma 10k and half marathon. Don’t think there was any takers for the marathon. Apparently  there was over 10,000 runners across all 3 distances.

On a welcomed cloudy but very warm morning 26C we headed off from the start with lots of support from all nationalities.

Danielle Ryder headed off first for the half marathon, safe to say I think she welcomed all the shouts of encouragement from both the green army and the temporary green army members 😉 

The rest of us started the 10k glad to we completed the course maybe not in times we wanted. I am pleased to say I came in first for the team in 10th place retaining my V55 title for the third consecutive year.

Great to see Tanya Meredith there too.

Loud support from Chris Holden, Nicola Kozer and Jane Bishop 

Safe to sage the post race beers went down a treat 😎”

Team Helsby:

Colin Bishop
Ian Hamling
Rachael Holden
Danielle Ryder
Temporary Club Members 😉
Nikki Hamling
Will Kozer

Ullswater Trail Race

Richard Hankins is on a mission at the moment, he’s an ever present at the club counters / races and training nights and he slipped away to Ullswater at the weekend for the trail race! Nice result mate, please read on for his full report.

“As storm Callum passed I made my way to the Lake District to run the Ullswater Trail Race with a work colleague. A 14km route from Howtown to Glenridding facilitated by a ferry trip to the start. The roads were covered in gravel and stones from the previous days storm and the temperature had plunged to 8 degrees but looked ok for a trail run.

Upon arrival I found that Ullswater has risen sufficiently to stop all sailings and flood the car park of the cafe we were meeting in, and the car park of the ferry company. As a result an alternative wet weather route was in place. A quick internet search and it becomes apparent that the trail race route has not been run since 2014 with the alternative route used each year. The route started on the roads and then over a few rough fields before thumbnail_44106595_2190256894377730_4587895576099553280_oheading off onto the fells at the Patterdale end of the lake. There were a number of streams still running across the paths and a 15m stretch of ankle deep water within the first two miles. The route proceeded along the lake and then up onto Place Fell : a long and rocky ascent of approx 300m. This was followed by an immediate steep descent on a very wet and gravelly path that I found barely runable. The views were stunning but the route required careful attention to your feet and there was little time to enjoy it. The marshalling and general organisation was good and it is a race I wouldn’t mind doing again…especially if i actually got a ride on the steamer. Results haven’t been published yet, according to the website the ‘timing system is just drying out’!

Results are out, I finished 27th and my fellow runner Nick Barr 60th/292.

Hell Up North (Little Devils Fun Run)

Rebecca Tate has sent in two reports this week, great stuff Rebecca! First up is her take on Hell up North (Little Devils Fun Run) and the next one is her race at Anderton Boat Lift…

“Of course I wasn’t going to go swimming through mud for fun at the weekend, that’s not proper running! However I accompanied my daughter on the Little Devil’s fun run, which was two small laps of a bit of Eddisbury hill. The medal was fantastic. However the promised goody bag contained protein shake powder, a can of taurine/caffeine drink and a packet of men’s razor blades. I later emailed the organiser to ask who in their right mind thought that this was a good idea, and to suggest that if a balloon, a bit of chocolate and cheap pen would be too margin-busting then no goody bag at all would have been better, to avoid disappointment. In fairness, the organiser emailed back to admit it was his idea, and promise a little something in post to make up for the disappointment. I’m not sure whether to be excited or afraid.”

Anderton Boat Lift Half Marathon

“What a great venue! If you had people coming to support, or to mind children while you run or whatever, there’s plenty to look at with the boat lift, a nice cafe and lovely shop. There is loads of parking (pay and display, not a high charge – especially compared to £10 Delamere parking for Hell Up North!).

For people racing, there was a warm marquee with coffees, bag storage, and well organised race registration. Most astonishingly, there were no queues for the women’s toilets. It was chip timed, so no jostling at the start. If all this wasn’t enough already, there were 6 excellent drinks/food stations, with a choice of water or electrolyte drinks and jelly babies / jelly beans / flapjacks and other stuff that I didn’t notice because it was all about the jelly babies for me. If I wasn’t going for a sub-2-hour time I could have happily spent more time with the jelly babies.

But back to the race – it was 2 laps of a trail course that went through Marbury park, Neumann’s flashes and along the River Weaver. I’ve not done a laps race before, but this worked well and didn’t feel repetitive, with nice scenery and slightly undulating through the woods but otherwise flat, with the potential for fast times. Unfortunately the reason why lots of people smashed their PBs was because the course appears to have measured short, at around 12.5 miles!

The weather was chucking it down and quite cold, with a huge puddle that turned up a few miles from the end and there was no way round it so like any proper trail race we ended up splattered with mud with squelching shoes. That’s not the bit I remember though – the great organisation, venue, medal, marshalling and feed stations are what stick mostly in my mind. The medal is a picture of the boat lift which is awesome, and the goody back was full of nice snacks. There was a sports therapist on hand to offer free sessions which was a huge help for sorting out my recent piriformis issues.

Entries were limited to 500, but only 163 raced – this was the first time this event has been held but I hope it’s back again next year, with a course revision to make up the full distance. Despite glute and hamstring pain all the way round, I got in at 1 hour 52 and half, 21st woman home, and first out of the whole of Helsby Running Club (woohoo!) OK, in fact I was the only person from the whole of Helsby Running Club attending, but a win is a win 😉 Hopefully it won’t clash with other races next time and there’ll be loads of us there next year!”

Borders League #1 – New Brighton

Fitzy was a very happy bunny on Sunday, read on to find out why…

“One very happy Border’s League Coordinator (that’s my official title apparently).

What impressed me most about our Borders League team on Sunday was the amount of new faces that turned up. Yes I’ve been harassing you on social media for the past 2 months, yes I’ve been sending out loads of email reminders about our first race of the season, but everyone looked like they had a ball, and were enjoying being part of the green army. (once the pain of the race had subsided on an extremely fast course).

Job done if you ask me. That’s what it’s all about. Some people say it’s very elitist, but i disagree. Ian Rutherford pointed out his time was quicker than his last time he ran this course last year, but lost about 50 positions in the process. OK, the standard is very high right now, and it was the 2nd biggest turnout for a Borders League race, but for every 5 minute miler, there’s a 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11, & 12 minute miler as well. This series of races caters for everyone.

I knew we would get a great turn out after doing our first Borders League taster session on the Thursday before the race, 16 of us turned up, in rotten weather, to run around an industrial estate in Runcorn. So i would like to thank each and everyone of you that turned up on Thursday and Sunday, and i’d like a shout out all the new members who raced their first Borders League race and i’m hoping you will all be back for many more.

Well done Nathan Woods, Kevin Smith, David Pearce, Florence Woodward-Moor, & Becky Pearce.

A couple of mentions for some great performances on the day. Hannah Cowley leading the way again, coming home 1st lady a whole minute ahead of her nearest challenger. Alison Halsall 1st in her age category, Christina Roch, 3rd in hers, Debbie Read doing what she does best and coming 1st in her age category. A great days running by Nathan, Kev and David, 3 of our newest members, and a shout out to the younger of the two Woodward-Moor’s, Flo making her debut beating Mum, which I believe she enjoyed a lot.

The ladies finished 3rd on the day, only 14 points off top spot. The men finished 6th with a decent score, but looking at other teams results, i think this year is going to be a really tough battle at the top, but loads more to come from the men I’m sure.

See you all in Upton on 11th Nov for the next one….9.30am start for that one”

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

Hellrunner up North – Delamere

Our hardy Chair Jackie showed them how’s it’s done, running Hell Runner with a fractured arm! Excellent running Jackie, and an age group win to boot! Read on for her full report…

“Well Fitzy has done this the last 9 years and chose chosen running buddy Peter to join him in the swamps this year. I did it 9 years ago & decided to give it a go before this sort of thing ceases to be fun any more!

Storm Callum shut Delamere to the public the previous day so the organisers did really well to put up the marquees & mark out the course, which covers every nook & cranny of Delamere there is on the west side of the B road. There was still the aftermath of the storm with gusting winds & rain in the morning. But there was so much to concentrate on and most was under the canopy of the trees, so the weather became insignificant compared to all the other natural forest elements! The sun did show it’s face for a short period in the afternoon. The really good news was that the air temperature was barmily warm for an October day which helped with the many immersed sections along the way; plus at the end that instant freezing, get me home & dry asap feeling didn’t happen. 

Chris & Peter were in the first earlier wave (the expensive one!) &  I was in the 3rd (“cheaper”) wave an hour or so later; might as well give it time to get tracked & even muddier. A fairly normal start up & down New Pale Heights & back past the start field to get warmed up. Then into the forest for a zig zag route, with very short spells on the wide tracks. Followed by dozens of sudden dodges to the side into the thick of the forest in search of obstacles; fallen trees, steep slippery banks, water slides, streams, bogs, swamps, drainage channels, & some very awkward sections through many of Delameres newly felled trees with all their jutting branches & trunks. The first major water feature was near Hatchmere, I don’t think it was part of Hatchmere but not far off it!  A recently flooded area that had been ploughed into furrowed lines. The route went along a long narrow muddy peaty ridge which you sank into up to your knees with deep water on each side. Several folks lost their shoes in this one & bravely continued having been unsuccessful in digging them out.  Another involved 400m across a lake of fairly open peaty water, with the bottom being ridged & full of the usual cut down trees; so you were at one stage balancing on a trunk or ridge with water upto your knees and the next stride out of depth so swimming was the best mode until you crunched into the next hidden obstacle. Chesire Search & Rescue did a brilliant job; balancing in wading wellies & full dry suits on exposed tree trunks in the middle of the water guiding & encouraging folks through, with a dinghy on standby for emergencies- surreal! The final famous Bog of Doom, I have to say was rather a disappointment and tame after all what had gone before, although the consistency was different to the rest, green & slimy smooth pea soup as as opposed to thick & brown lumpy gravy!.

I shouldn’t really have set off as I am still suffering from a fall leaving me with a weak left left arm due to a chipped elbow, but the thought of not getting my £37+ worth hurt me. I escaped from home to cries of ……, & instead took a walking stick which was really helpful all the way around. Also I went around very steadily & gently not really racing. It was still amazing how many folk I overtook though, having started off at the very back of wave 3. There was also a shorter version Valhalla which I got muddled up with along the way so good or bad there was company and queuing all the way around. 

Some moments of the day the really made me chuckle along the way & on reflection afterwards; it’s always best to laugh rather than cry!

– The worst thing about the water features was getting out as this usually involved getting up a high slippy bank which with one good arm was a problem. One guy behind could see I was struggling & offered to help, the next thing I was given a two handed bum lift onto the bank for which I thanked him perfusively!

– Another water feature was waist deep with lots of logs above water level. Some folks (including me) straddled them, others balanced along connecting ones. Suddenly a lady balancing alongside me started to wobble & I came to her rescue by giving her my stick which she was extremely grateful for!

– Being in the 3rd wave there were quite long queues entering the water features & some folks going slower than me were starting to feel the chill both in & out of the water. Following the 400m dip which was at 10+ miles, a lot of folks started cramping up all at the same time. Particularly the burley chaps (sorry to be sexist but these were the ones I noticed!). With the silence of the woods interspersed by loud shouts, cries & swearing of broken men! At this stage also, despair, exhaustion & frustration was setting in & they hurled themselves helplessly into the tricky parts hoping to get over quickly, only to find themselves stuck in deep mud with little energy to extract themselves. In the meantime I made my way following my survival plan of quiet, steady & gentle concentration through the surrounding turmoil! 

– Towards the end many runners realised how useful my stick seemed at keeping going so were seen snapping away in the woods making their own walking aid!

– With a couple of miles to go, having just crossed the switch back road back to the Visitor Centre side, there was loud music & lights & a dark marquee to run through. This had a lot of folks, including me, thinking what next, “a pitch dark tunnel section” but surprise surprise it was the last drinks station serving flap jack too!

– Chris & Peter sampled the fire brigade’s fundraising hospitality at the end & were hosed down by them. By the time I got in they had ran out of water so I wandered back to the car at Barnesbridge & had a wash & change in a hidden bit of a cleanish pool neat the carpark.

All in all a “fun” character building day our in our Delamere!

Chris & Peter came in in 2:09, I took nearly twice as long 3:50 but was chuffed to be first in my new age category!”

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Please find the consolidated parkrun results from the weekend, some fabulous running from the green army which included a first lady for Jenny Illidge at Phoenix! Superb Jenny and a big well done to everyone else who took part.

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

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

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

 

 

Helsby weekly round up 3rd – 16th Sept 2018

Hello all

We have two weeks of reports for the price of one this week, bargain! Thank you so much for all the brilliant reports, makes our job so much easier and thank you to some of our newer members who have taken the time to write one.

Lots to report this week so lets get started…

Firstly a big warm welcome to new member Kevin Smith who joined us last Friday, we hope you enjoy your time at Helsby RC!

We have Bingo night tomorrow night at the club house (21st September), please see the flyer below for details…

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Border Training Session

June has come up with a great idea of a little get together and training session for those thinking about or already planning to do the Borders League Race 1 on Sunday 14th October, or any of them over the course of the season. The main aim of this is for anyone who has not took part in a Borders league race before to come along to this session, as it will give you a good idea of what the courses are like, and what distance most races are (normally between 5-6 miles). This will be run around the Norton 5 route (Roy’s old training run).

We shall have pacers running the route at 7, 8, 9 & 10 minute miles. The majority is off road, but high viz vest’s are a must, and head torch (although not essential) would come in handy.

We shall meet on Thursday 11th October on Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1BD for 6.25pm, and start the run at 6.30pm prompt.

We really want people to understand that Borders league races are not elitist, they are for everyone at the club, and the good thing is they are free of charge. It would be great to see some new faces, and also some of the Helsby and Frodsham crew head over to sunny runny for the evening.

Any questions feel free to contact myself or June

Cheers
Fitzy

North West Counties Road Relays 

Delamere, Saturday 8th September 

Report by Karen Horsley

On Saturday I had the dubious pleasure of running for my club in the North West Counties Road Relays, it was wet.  Very, very wet.  I was the anchor leg of the ladies B-team, which meant I was standing around in the rain for over an hour before I had to run.  The race was two laps of the mere (lake) on forest paths, so not a true road race.  Running last was hard because the field had spread out, so I was effectively running the race on my own.

I put in a reasonable first lap, with the rain streaming down my face and my feet squelching in my shoes, and buoyed on by cheers and encouragement from my club mates I began the second lap.  I was doing well (as well as I could anyway) but then the first wave of dizziness washed across my brain – this is something that happens quite often when I run – at which point I started putting in small walk breaks and kept going.  More dizziness, more walking.  And then ‘Sue’ overtook me, I have no idea who Sue was but I was determined she wasn’t going to beat me, so upping my pace a little I soon took back my place and carried on up a small incline and round a bend…

It was then I almost blacked out.  Big wave of dizziness, blurry/dark vision.  I was suddenly very unsteady on my feet and was reaching out for something to grab hold of, with memories of my previous concussion worryingly ringing alarm bells in my mind.  Fortunately, there were marshals on hand to guide me to the side and give me a drink of water, they said maybe I should walk to the finish line, I said that I’d be fine doing a slow-ish run and off I went accompanied by ‘a minder’ – actually a lovely lady from my club who had witnessed my wobble.

Finished the race in around 37 minutes and dizzily wobbled over to the club’s men who were still waiting to race, they looked after me very nicely, giving me something to eat and holding me up while I pulled some dry joggers over my dripping wet leggings.  Still feeling a little dizzy and, now that I wasn’t running, so very cold.  I weaved my way to the car park where hubby picked me up and I could thankfully remove my saturated shoes and socks.

Fast forward to 7pm and news that the results were online… and that ladies B-team had been recorded as incomplete.

So not only did I spend 2.5 hours in the pouring rain.
Almost blackout.
And still valiantly make it across the finish line.

But due to some administrative error my time hadn’t been recorded.

Guess who’s not very happy?

I’m hoping this can be rectified but for now I’ll simply say that every single person who ran today was a true hero!

For the club, both ladies’ and men’s A-teams came 6th for Cheshire.

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Report by Richard Hankins

In the brochure that comes with your number it says: ‘This race is an old fashioned kind of event, and these days is quite unique – it does not have a major sponsor and it is organised by real people volunteering their own time for the good of their community. Please do not expect a ‘Great North’ or similar type of commercial event. If you can understand the homemade-ness of this event you’ll have a great time!’ Presumably then, the GNR is organised by unreal people? Anyway, I think what they are saying is it won’t be a slick event….and it isn’t. The start is particularly chaotic – the start line was not clear and the pack had assembled across it. They had no speaker system and trying to get 1500 people to move backwards concurrently was a challenge. It also led to a lot of runners being out of place.

Once you’re away, however, the stress of arriving and getting started are soon forgotten. It’s an excellent natural course, uphill to the dam for the first mile and then following the shores of the lake to mile 12, with a fast descent to the finish. It is scenic, predominantly flat and well surfaced. The roads aren’t closed, but a one way (anti-clockwise) system operates. This isn’t ideal and prevents you taking the shorter route at times. I set off aiming for 6:30 miles with a dream of finishing in 1:25. I kept these up for 8 miles and then started to struggle dropping to 6:45 for the rest of the race and coming in at 1:26:50 – a new PB, although only seven second under my time last year. Col T was also there using the event as part of his prep for the Chester Marathon, he came in at 1:20:47.

It is a fantastic course and I’d say it is well worth the drive and minor irritations of the event. If you’re looking for a PB, the profile is perfect with downhill just where you need it. It’s my second year, I’d be surprised if I don’t go again next year.

Multi-Terrain Race 1 – Royden Park

Report by Fitzy

If you haven’t done these races before they are a must. £1 entry, 4-5 miles of of grass, trail, tarmac, sand, and mud, hence the name. Every Tuesday through September, although by the time you have read this the second one would have been and gone.

Low numbers turning up on this one, the men just managing to get a team out with 5, and the ladies only 2, incurring penalty points, we need 5 men 3 ladies. Unfortunately for Laura Sayer-Hill she turned her ankle on the course and DNF. I know she made a good recovery though so that’s the main thing.

Adam, as per usual storming around the course in an impressive 18th place followed by me, and Peter, and Vanessa coming in just ahead of Debbie for the ladies. Good to see you back racing again Vanessa.

Full results below

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mt/2018/mtrace1_18.pdf

Guilden Sutton 10k 

Report by Geoff Collins

This year 14 Helsby Runners took part in the Guilden Sutton 10k on Sunday 16th Sept.  Formally known as the Sutton 6 this is the new name West Cheshire Running Club are calling it.  Also a club counter for us. It’s basically two small circuits round the village of Guilden Sutton passing my house and a longer loop continuing past the Chester Rugby Club down the A51 and returning back up Wicker Lane.  Annoyingly there is a little hill right at the end of the race.  It’s a fantastic good value race put on by a local running club with just 246 finishers this year.  Low numbers mainly because of the other races going on nearby.  I was also supporting our young friend Amy Batchelor running her first 10k.

Chris Fitzpatrick 35:24
Adam Gordon 36:48
P Tomkinson 36:50
H Cowley 36:58  1st lady
P Rodrequez 39:25
J Higgins 43:19
R Hough 44:08
R Gaskill 46:21
G Collins 50:06
S Woodward More 51:29
(A Batchelor 52:35 1st F U20)
C Igoe 53:55
S Wiggins 57:09
J Gallon 1:00
J Shaw 1:05

There were some outstanding performances and very quick times.  Fitzy and Adam getting PB’s, possibly Phil too, Hannah 1st lady finisher well done Hannah very close to our first three finishers!  I wonder if that’s why they got their PB’s!

Three Shires Fell Race

Report by Tim Palmer

I was the only Green Army runner in last Saturday (15th)’s Three Shires Race in the Lake District. Three Shires is one of the shortest of Long category Lakeland fell race (distance: 20km / 12.4miles climb: 1220m / 4003ft). Conditions looked good at the start as you were able to see the summits and there was even some sunshine; however early in the race, the weather settled into low cloud on the fells ensuring everyone had to navigate. It is certainly a race for those who like hills – the first main climb onto Weatherlam is a mile at 1 in 3; this is followed by three more major climbs. I finished 167th out of 233 in 3:18:46. The top three finished in under 2hrs with 1st and 2nd being decided in the final 100 metres. It is good race in a lovely setting – also the Three Shires Inn where the race starts and finishes is very welcoming.

Multi-Terrain Race 2 – New Brighton

Report by Fitzy

A much bigger turnout for Race 2 of the Multi Terrain last Tuesday, seen us head over to the beech at New Brighton. After Royden Park’s Forrest and hills, this week it was all about it being flat and sand, and lots of it. I was quite surprised just how hard the sand actually was, it was more like a road race, perfect for me. The top order did see some familiar road running faces at the front of the pack as well.

Before the race had started, I could see this little green dot in the distance, legging it to the start line, it just so happened to be Geoff Collins, arriving just as the hooter went off, and poor Geoff had 300 plus runners heading towards him, whilst he tried to join the back of the race. The first mile was a sprint down the beech, through a few puddles, and back along the tarmac next to the beech, which then took you into the local country park, next to Wallasey golf course. Up and down a few tiny hills, and back out onto the beech for just over a mile sprint finish. It was a short one, just over 4 miles but great fun indeed. It’s a pity it was cloudy as apparently the sunset there is great.

I was home 1st, followed by Adam and Peter, and for the ladies Laura Sayer-Hall was back 1st, Debbie 2nd and Helen Owens back racing again was 3rd.

Race 3 is at Wirral Country Park, followed by Race 4 at Arrowe Park.

Full results on Steve’s website.

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/

King John’s Castle Fell Race, Llanarmon-Yn-Ial, a hilly 5 miles-ish

Report by Janet Robertson

We were lucky enough to have a perfect day for this race. The organiser reminded us not forget to look at the views before he set us off and I am glad he did as it is a stunning area. Cracking runs from all the Helsby runners. A big well done to Jane who was 2nd lady and 1st V40. Great scenery, friendly people, a lovely pub, free chip butties, and I came away with enough fruit and veg winnings for some fruity fell race art fun … all for only £5. What is there not to love?

Ras Cyrn y Brain

Report by Laura B-H

6 Green vests made the trip to Ponderosa on 2nd September for Ras Cyrn y Brain, our 10th Fell race counter.  This race has only been going a few years, but there was a reasonable turn out and it was the last in the WFRA’s north wales series. Starting by the Ponderosa café we took a steady climb up to the telephone tower, down the other side through the top of Llandeglla forest, and back around for another climb up to the tower and back down to the finish. A very runnable course and nice mix of terrain. Good showing for Helsby with Adam finishing 6thth overall and 1st V40. Great to see Chris H out on the fells and thanks as always to Joe and Mario for support on the course.

6 ADAM GORDON 00:52:05
16 BENJAMIN CROSSLEY 00:58:43
25 JIM JONES 01:01:10
31 LAURA B-HUGHES 01:02:34
55 PHIL GILLARD 01:09:04
60 PAUL CUNNINGHAM 01:10:30
74  CHRIS HATTON 01:18:50

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Please find the consolidated results for HRC at the weekly parkruns. A big well done to all member who took part in one and extra kudos to our Bish for a superb win at Phoenix Park, well done mate!

That’s all folks, thanks again for the reports, it’s great to see everyone running so well. All reports are to be sent to the HRC inbox – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Thanks
Colin T

Helsby RC weekly round-up 21st to 27th May 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this week’s blog, a big thank you to everyone who has sent in a report this week, it makes our job so much easier! Please keep them coming to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before we get to the racing news please see a reminder below about some races next month which you may be interested in, these are all club counters.

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Edinburgh Marathon

Report by Richard Hankins

I have always said I’d Never run a marathon: the training trashes your weekends and the last 5 miles are hell I thought. However, after June Swifts efforts last year at the Edinburgh Marathon I thought I’d give one a go. The training was tricky due to the harsh winter weather and as expected destroyed many a weekend. It also compromised my holiday when I slipped on a long run and ended up in a Majorcan hospital. The marathon was at the start of the school hols and my wife has family in Fife so we were able to combine it with a holiday.

The event itself is really well done. It starts on the university grounds, passes the national museum and Scott monument before heading out to the coast. The weather was cool and overcast but with a 15 mph headwind from mile 5 to 17. The route follows the coast along a scenic old road past fishing ports and arcades heading due East. At 17 miles it diverts in a semi-circle through the grounds of a stately home and reruns on the same road in the opposite direction to finish in Musselburgh. The support was amazing with kids handing out sweets and oranges and bands playing. Loads of water stations and gel stations. I went off too fast completing each of the first three miles in under 7 mins. I then held steady at 7.10 for 10 miles and around the halfway mark hit my 7:30 target. By mile 18 I couldn’t hold it and the last five

miles each took over 8 minutes. They were hellish and I had to stop for cramp twice. I limped home however finishing in 3:25 about 5 mins slower than I hoped.

Finishing 7 miles from the start creates a further challenge. Miranda ended up getting an Uber to Musselburgh as the train was full. We managed to get a bus back but it took well over an hour. Overall a great race and fast and flat, but likely to be effected by coastal weather.

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North Cheshire 5k

Report by Debbie Read

Last Thursday saw the start of The North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix – a series of 5k races over 5 weeks around the Warrington/South Manchester area. The 1st race (my favourite) was set amongst the deer in the grounds of Dunham Massey on a beautiful summer evening. Just two green vests represented Helsby in the subtly challenging course. Davyd came home in 20:23 and despite tweaking my back gardening I finished in a time of 24:28, managing to get myself £15 prize money! (Since been spent on pain killers) The next race is on Thursday at Birchwood, mainly traffic free, entry on the night available.

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Ras Moel Eilio

Report by Tim Palmer

A hot windy day in Llanberis saw 7 Green Army runners in Llanberis for the Ras Moel Eilio – a favourite with some Felsby. It climbs Meol Eilio at the end of the ridge that runs NW from Snowdon. It follows this for some way before dropping steeply (about 1/2 mile at 40% grade) back to the valley with a fast (if your legs are still working) run for a couple of miles to the finish. The run along (and up and down) the ridge offers fanatastic views.

The race winner did the 7.75miles and 3000ft of climb (and descent) in 1:06:32 with first lady finishing in 1:25:35. The Helsby results were:

27th 1:26:51 Jim O’Hara

41st 1:33:07 Ben Crossley

45th 1:34:38 Laura Baynham-Hughes (5th lady)

59th 1:41:28 Tim Palmer

67th 1:48:47 Jim Jones

79th 1:57:16 Paul Roberts

86th 2:04:52 Sue Buck

In all, there were 91 finishers

Thanks to Andy Smith for support and photos and Chris, James and Rhys Baynham-Hughes for support.

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Please find a link below to the Helsby RC consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to everyone who took part in one.

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

That’s all this week folks, thanks again for all the fab reports, if I have missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

Your news please!

typewriterJust a quick reminder – PLEASE send your news in so we’ve all got something to read in the weekly blog updates.

Our blog writers have an uphill job getting reports out of you (and we know Col hates hills). Make their job easy – send it in! Doesn’t have to be about fast stuff. Maybe you got your parkrun under 30 mins for the first time?

Let’s hear from some of the new people – what was your first Borders League like? What was it like turning up for a club run for the very first time? If you’re at a race, have a quick word at the finish “Who’s going to send a couple of sentences about this?”. Don’t worry about the Enger-lish. Come on, don’t be shy!

Email: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th April 2018

Hello all

Lots to report this week so let’s get started!

Reminders

No track this coming Bank Holiday, Joe and Mario are having a well earned break. Track will commence the following week.

We have a couple of races coming up:

Tuesday 8th May – Walton Park 5 mile (6th road counter), still places left:

https://www.active.com/liverpool-merseyside/running/distance-running/walton-park-5-miler-2018

Tuesday 8th May – Thurstaston Multi-Terrain Challenge – Pay on the night (£5 aff)

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/openingframe.htm

Felsby Vs Helsby – Dinas Bran fell race – Weds 9th May – Pay on the night

Tough Team Challenge

Last shout to anyone who would like to take part in the Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge on 22nd June.

I have four men’s teams confirmed so far, these are:

Col T
Bish
Danny Ryder

Rich Hankins
Ian Hamling
Gaz Boyd

Mike Williams
Phil Gillard
Roy Gaskill

Trevor Lewis
Ed Halliwell
Froddy

Please let me know by Sunday as I’ll be posting entries out then (col808@hotmail.com) or Facebook.

Dearnford Relay

Last shout out to anyone wanting to take part in the Dearnford Lake Relays in July. Fitzy has the following up to now who would like to take part. Ideally we need 2 more, and he will then sort teams.

Fitzy
Vanessa
Rachael Holden
John Whitehead
Col Thompson
Leah
Gill Fitz
Froddy
Roy
Helen Owens
Bish
Paul C
Jane A
Geoff C
Davyd
Jim Higgins

Please message Fitzy if you wish to take part.

Borders League – Shotton

Report by Fitzy

Last Weds seen us travel over to Shotton to take part in the last race of our Borders League season. Both men’s and ladies teams had built up a good season’s points tally  to pretty much guarantee top flight status. 20 Helsby runners attended this one, 16 men and 4 ladies all started along side the River Dee, on a chilly and windy evening. The course seen you head along the river side to double back on yourself, and head off down the Greenway cycle path, a little loop of the local industrial estate and then back along the riverside to a very fast finish, on which was a very flat course.

First home for the men was myself followed by Chris Collins and the captain Col Thompson, first home for the ladies was Rachael Holden, followed by Debbie Read and the returning Helen Owens (welcome back). The ladies team incurred penalty points on the night as only had 3 finishers which meant they finished last on the night but 5th overall. The mean came 5th on the night, but 4th overall for their highest season finish to date for quite some time.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has taken part this season, whether you ran, supported or baked cakes, you know who you all are. I think it’s only right that I would love for us to try and move up the table next year, but i would love to see us get more and more runners to these races. It is noticed how many smiley green army faces there is month after month, and I’ve also been told we are all pretty loud as well.

Pre-season training starts in August, so you can all have a few months off now from me nagging and I’ll be back later in the summer to start pestering away again for the new season in Sept/Oct.

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Mid-Cheshire 5K

Report by Carol Shaw

13 Helsby runners took part in Mid Cheshire 5K at Kingsley on Friday April 27th. The rain held off throughout the race, and the running conditions were perfect. Chris Fitzpatrick was the first runner home with a pb time of 16.53. Chris’ efforts were also captured on the film footage from the drone! Rachel Holden also got a pb with a time of 22.22. Carol won an age category prize. Dave Feakes, Carol and Rachael finished within seconds of each other. Susie Woodward Moor ran well and finished in 22.48. Almost exactly the same time as last year. Thanks to Vanessa, Andy and Sue for their support out on the course.

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Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Report by Laura Baynham Hughes

Saturday saw the 2nd fell counter of the season with a trip over to North wales for the Llangynhafal Loop. This is a regular counter in the Helsby fell championship, a great local race and this year was also part of the North Wales Fell series. 4 ladies and 4 men donned the green vest for a jaunt around the hills on a glorious day – not forgetting Joe and Mario out on the course and my own personal cheering squad of the B-H boys! You always have to be a bit concerned when the first thing the race director says to you on arrival is ‘ don’t worry, but there is a bull in the field you need to walk through to get to the start, if you are concerned you can go down the lane and around – up to you!” Right, through the field it is then!

Luckily we all made it to the start field in one piece and had a really enjoyable race. Max had a cracker, finishing in 3rd place overall, Janet enjoyed a sprint finish thanks to Anne from Wirral (first time Janet wasn’t beaming as she crossed the line!), great to see Rebecca back joining the fellsby crew and I was chuffed with my 2nd place (more wine for the fridge!). Hope to see some more #greenarmy vests at next fell counter which is Lads Leap in Glossop on 19 May. If you want to give the fells a go but not sure about kit or got any questions just ask as it would be great to see more green vests enjoying these great races.

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Please find a link to the HRC consolidated results. Well done to everyone who took part, especially Jenny Illidge for a fantastic win at Phoenix Park!!
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, thank you to everyone who sent in a report, we couldn’t do the blog without you so keep them coming!! The HRC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running…

Cheers
Col T

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 26th March to 1st April 2018

Hi all

Firstly can we give a warm welcome to our new members, we have had three people joining us in less than a week which is great news! They are Ian Peers, Rebecca Tate and Mark Amphlett. Welcome to the club! We hope you enjoy your time here at Helsby Running Club.

Before the racing news please see a message from Jackie below:

Thinking ahead to warmer (& drier) running this Summer ….

Our 4th Trail series counter is Race the Train, it’s a great opportunity to make it a HRC club camping weekend. There something for all the family with steam train rides and..

Rotary Challenge (14 miles)
Quarry Challenge (10k)
Dolgoch Challenge (5.5 miles)
Tynllwynhen Challenge (3.5 miles)
& Toddlers Trot
http://www.racethetrain.com/

The last couple of years we have used a Towyn campsite within close walking distance of the start, finish, town & beach. If you would like to come along & join in the Summer run & fun then the campsite details are:-

http://pallmallfarmcaravanpark.org.uk/

Pall Mall Campsite Towyn 01654 710384.   Note it’s the Towyn in Gwynedd. LL36 9RU, not the one near Rhyll!
It’s best to reserve a spot by giving them a ring now (no depost required) as Towyn fills up with tons of running club campers (to add to the atmosphere).  Hopefully see you there!

Reminders

Our 4th road counter (the Chester Spring 5) is next Wednesday 11th April. It’s a fast 5 mile course and compared to other road races is good value for money at only £11 entry fee. We normally get a good turn out from HRC so get your entries in folks!

All details can be found in this link:
https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Spring-51

Rivington Pike Fell Race

Report by Tim Palmer

On Easter Saturday, Max and I ran in the Rivington Pike Fell Race, one of the oldest fell races having been run since the 1880s. It is a short fell race, 3 miles and 700 feet of climb from Horwich to the top of Rivington Pike and back– so a bit like a Parkrun on steroids! The course record by John Wild in 1981 of 15:53 is very impressive.

This year, about 350 runners took part with a good representation of north-western clubs – both road and fell. The course has a bit for both as about half of it is on tarmac; although I was grateful for fell shoes on the steep descent from the top of the Pike. Max finished 19th in 21:05 and I finished 142nd (13th Vet 50) in 26:47.

Thanks to Katie for support at the top gate; and to Horwich RMI Harriers & AC for putting the race on.

Hale 5

Sadly no reports for our 3rd road counter at the Hale 5 race which is a shame as it looked like a fantastic event, it would have been nice to get a review from a runners perspective.

Congratulations to Ian Hamling for first Helsby runner home in a very impressive time of 31:35 (which I believe is a PB) and Rachael Holden who scored another PB in 37:21 to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Also well done to John Rossiter for an age group win and well done to all seven green vests who turned up. Brilliant running all!

Helsby results below:

41th Ian Hamling 31:35
65th John Rossiter 34:22 (1st in age cat)
85th Roy Gaskill 36:11
109th Rachael Holden 37:21
178th Geoff Shaw 40:26
267th Edward Roberts 43:34
427th Janet Shaw 50:47 (3rd in age cat)

Full results here –
http://www.ukresults.net/2018/hale5.html

parkrun

Well done to everyone who managed to get to a parkrun on Saturday morning, the weather was pretty miserable but that didn’t deter our hardy members! Congrats to Bish for a win at Phoenix (after a cracking battle with myself) it’s good to see him getting his speed back. Also a great run from Janet Robertson saw her second lady at Delamere. Well done to everyone else, parkruns are brilliant for a bit of quality training so it’s good to see people using them each week.

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A link to the Helsby consolidated results can be found here:
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

That’s all this week folks, don’t forget if you do any racing and want it to be included in the blog the following week please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T