Helsby RC weekly round-up from 20th to 26th August 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another Helsby RC weekly round-up.

Upcoming Events

Borders League and Cross Country Fixtures – Tim Palmer has recently updated the calendar to include all these fixtures which are free to enter for club members. Just turn up on the day in your club vest and run. You can view the calendar HERE

Request for Assistance – Next, we have a request for assistance at two County Events. Please let Jackie Keasley know if you are able to assist with either of the events in the email pasted below:

“Dear Cheshire Officials

I would be grateful if you let me know if you are available to assist at two endurance events being held in Cheshire this autumn. 

“The first is the North West Counties Road Relays, which is being held at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8th September 2018, first race at 10.10am. The North West Road Relays were due to be hosted by Greater Manchester this year, but they were unable to provide a suitable venue so Cheshire has stepped in at the last minute to ensure the event goes ahead. There are more details on the attached prospectus. We am looking for officials to help at the start, finish and take-overs. Please let me know as soon as possible if are available.

Secondly, the Cheshire Schools Athletic Association is hosting the Dave Sunderland Inter County Schools Cross Country event on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Knights Grange, Winsford. This annual event will involve teams from up to 10 counties. Cheshire County AA have agreed to assist Cheshire Schools at this event and again we are looking for officials to work at the start and finish. Please let me know if you are available. 

Finally, please note that the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships are being held at Birchwood on Saturday 5th January 2019. I will be in touch again nearer the time to ask for availkabilities for this event.

Regards
Alan Morris
Cheshire County Officials’ Secretary”

Helsby Sports Club Event – Betty Grieve has sent in a reminder of an opportunity to support Helsby Sports Club and have a good night out on Friday 7th September:

giggle shack

 

Racing News

The Race Across Scotland – Saturday 18th August 2018

Our first report this week is from Gareth Boyd about his amazing crossing of Scotland. Thanks for sending in the report Gareth – and well done mate! I thought the crossing of Dartmoor was epic (see below) but you’ve trumped me 😉

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“The Race Across Scotland – commenced 6.10am 18th Aug. It covers the breadth of Scotland on terrain best used for sheep grazing and hiding bodies 

The route covers at least 212 miles and over 29,000 feet. It’s far more scenic than the Transpennine Trail but for at least 70% of the course, terribly terribly boggy/wet 

Originally there were 200 entrants, of which 130 made it to the start line. 68 runners had to retire during the event, leaving 62 who finished within the 100 hours time limit.

I finished in 90 hours 58 mins. Position 38.

It was great to finish another 200 mile + race but I’m disappointed that I walked much of the course. 

The winning time was 65.03

Worth noticing that Delamere Spartans own Becky Wightman had a superb race and finished joint 2nd lady” 

 

The Crossing of Dartmoor – Saturday 25th August 2018

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Those of you who view my Strava feed will have noticed I’ve been running on Dartmoor quite a bit over this summer. While working in the area I have been meeting up with a group of off-road runners each Wednesday night at a different location somewhere on Dartmoor for a 6ish mile run. The Wednesday night runs are hosted by puretrail.uk and are free for anybody to attend. Just check their website on the Wednesday morning for that day’s meeting point and turn up in suitable off-road gear at 6.30pm. So if you are anywhere near Dartmoor I would highly recommend looking them up.
Puretrail also organise a lot of off-road races in the southwest region. On Saturday I completed The Crossing of Dartmoor – a 34 mile race from the picturesque village of Belstone at the northern edge of Dartmoor to South Brent on the southern edge of the national park. After a heavy downpour on the Friday it was pretty boggy underfoot but we were blessed with a window of good weather all day Saturday. Had the weather closed in, as it often does on Dartmoor, it would have been a completely different kind of race. As it turned out we had pretty good running conditions and a chance to take in the views, which included lots of Dartmoor ponies along the way. We had an unfortunate encounter with a hornets nest at mile 32 and I was stung on the back of the head! It hurt a lot! Other than that, it was a fantastic day out. I finished the race 32nd of 86 in 7hrs 1min.
Puretrail have a Facebook page dedicated to the weekly Wednesday night runs.

 

Barrow Summer Saunter Half Marathon – Sunday 26th August 2018

Most people train for a half marathon but Colin Thompson just throws half marathons into his training plan! Well done Colin on a  great run, and thanks for sending in the report:

“I’m currently into the 7th week of the P&D marathon training plan and some of the quality training runs are long runs at marathon pace. Sunday was due to be the longest and final one of the plan, 18 miles with 12 at MP and rather than run around a deserted industrial estate on my own like I’d done with the previous runs I thought I’d find a local half marathon so I’d have some company and it’s always easier running fast in race conditions. Local half marathons on the date were pretty thin on the ground but one which stood out was a fairly low key race in Barrow in Furness, a race series called “Summer Saunter” which comprised a 5k, 10k, HM and marathon on a lapped coastal course all on the same day. Perfect! We decided to make a weekend of it so B&B was booked and off we went.

On race day the weather was pretty horrendous, there were strong winds and heavy rain, not ideal for a fast run! We arrived a little late so I didn’t have time to warm up so my plan was to run the first mile “easy” and then pick up the pace and run the final 12 miles at the required pace. Looking around I was surprised how few had turned out, there were 50 runner max, the weather must have put off a few people!

The race started and I stuck to the plan, ran the first mile easy then settled into a fast but controlled pace, after the third mile I noticed I’d worked my way into second place and was gaining on the race leader, a local runner who was doing the 10k. This is where things started to go a bit wrong. I hadn’t planned to lead the race at all and didn’t want to overtake him as the course was a bit confusing, I didn’t know the area and there were no marshals anywhere, only a few signs and bits of tape. I didn’t want to get lost so I decided to track him thinking I’d run the first lap with him and then I’d know the route for the second lap, he was doing a good pace so seemed like a sensible move. Foolishly I stopped taking any notice of the signs too! As we approached mile 4 he stopped and threw his hands up and announced that we’d gone wrong somewhere, we’d actually ran a mile past a “turn here” sign so by the time we’d figured this out and tracked back we had ran 2 miles the wrong way and lost a load of time! It’s ok I thought it’s just a training run so I tried to settle back into the required pace but I was really battling the elements, then the course went into fell mode and meandered over some steep slag banks, trail, wooden steps and a twisty slippery dock. I decided at that point to forget about pace and just concentrate on running a good race and see if I could maybe catch the leaders on the second lap. Unfortunately first place was just too far ahead but I did manage to get second place somehow, not bad considering I’d lost so much time!

It was a shame it went wrong, I probably would have been upset if I was properly racing it and lost out on a win due to a navigation error, they should at least have had a marshall at the turn around point as the sign wasn’t very clear. The guy who was running the 10k was very upset and actually demanded his money back! I was a little more diplomatic and explained that for future events they should have more marshals out on course but this race series is in it’s infancy so hopefully they will address this for future events. On a nicer sunnier day it would be a good little event to have a go at if you are in the area, just remember to read the signs!

Cheers
Col T”

Ras y Cnicht – Sunday 26th August 2018

It was great to see Adam Gordon’s name in the results of yet another fell race over the weekend. In a very respectable finish position too! Nice work Adam!

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“A short report on a very short race!
A weekend camping in Beddgellert with the family gave me the perfect opportunity to take on the 9th fell counter of the year. A bit of research promised a short race of just over 6km and 560m of ascent, steep rocky terrain, a scramble to the summit and some of the best views in Snowdonia. It was not to be!
The weather was awful. Strong winds and torrential driving rain meant that it was considered too dangerous to race to the top, so the race was cut short and we were turned around before the final scramble to the summit.  There would have no views to be had anyway. The weather also meant that only about half the usual number of runners turned up, and I was the only Helsby vest (hidden under my waterproofs) on the start line. I wouldn’t have been there either if I hadn’t been staying so close.
The race itself was an exercise in getting up and down without doing myself and injury. I made it to the top in 4th place but lost a few places on the way down because I just wasn’t brave or mad enough to let go on the wet, rocky slopes.
In the end, I managed to stay on my feet and hang on for 7th place. All good fun but I’m glad I hadn’t made the 4 hour round trip for it.  If the race had been on Saturday? which was a beautiful day, it would have been a cracker!
Full result HERE
Cheers
Adam”

Parkrun – Saturday 25th August 2018

Well done to Chris Fitzpatrick and Peter Rodriguez who finished 1st and 2nd respectively at Phoenix on Saturday. Our consolidated club results for all parkruns on Saturday can be seen HERE

 

That’s it for this week folks. If I’ve missed anything please let me know and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers,

Jim

 

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 13th to 19th August 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks blog, we had three brilliant reports in the inbox this week, thank you so much to those who contributed, it makes our job so much easier.

Before we get to the racing news please find a message below from Janet with the confirmed dates for this seasons NWSL cross country champs.

For new members or those who have not done these yet, this is a great series of races which are free to enter, just turn up in your club vest. Each race is followed by a social get together with tea and sandwiches.

28 October Clarke Gardens
18 November Beacon Park
16 December Arrowe Park
13 January Runcorn Town Park
3 February Croxteth Park
24 February Birchwood

A big thanks to the organisers for trying hard to avoid clashes with other races. Other cross country events are:

Nationals, Harewood House, Leeds, 23 February Northerns, Pontefract Racecourse, 26 January Cheshires, Birchwood, 5 January

Liverpool and District Cross Country Races are already included in Tim Palmer’s amazing race calendar.

Chirk Relays

Report by Colin Bishop

Thursday evening saw several of the Green Army head over Chirk for 3 leg multi-terrain relay 2miles each. Helsby put up 4 teams 2 Male and 2 Female.

The 3 Cs first home for Helsby 4th place overall but 3rd in senior  mens category

Greenwithenvy …Ian, Davyd and Peter home in 12th place.

Helsbellies1…Christina, Laura and Carol home 2nd  in senior ladies category with Helsbellies2 …Debbie, Jackie and Vanessa 5th for ladies senior category

The course had a downhill start with few climbs and downhill finish over multi-terrain.

The relay also involved us carrying a baton which included our chip 😲 wish I could spell that the way Michael Johnson pronounces it. 😄😄😄 Fabulous scenery. Well worth putting in the diary for next year.

Results can be found here:

http://www.ticktiming.com/page3.html

Race the Train

Report by Sue Buck

I’d last done this race in 2015 when a few of camped to celebrate Jane’s birthday. I can’t remember whose idea it was to camp and run it again, but as I’d particularly enjoyed the event party afterwards, I decided to join in the fun and camp for the weekend.

Jackie and I had a relaxing morning before setting off to cheer Janet on as she ran the 10k.

Janet looked strong and happy as she came past us and beat the train!! Well done Janet!

The 14km is very much a race of 2 halves. The first 7 miles are on tarmac (first mile), followed by good farm tracks and footpaths, so it’s possible to run quite hard. The route then turns round and follows a muddy single track on the side of a hill, through some forest, the ‘bog of doom’ and a short traverse before rejoining the route from the 1st half for about 3.5 miles back to Tywyn.

The race is very well-organized, with water stations at a lot of the farms, well-marshaled, loads of support and has the feel of a big road race with a lot of cheering and high-fiving in the town. One for the diary for next year, although as lovely as the 14 miler is, the 10k covers the best part of the course!

I’ve not had a race go quite this well in a very long time and to be honest, I was not expecting it either as I was convinced that I wasn’t very fit for various reasons. I was worrying during the first half that I’d gone out a bit quick, but felt OK, so kept trying to ignore that nagging doubt. Just after the turn round, something weird happened and the endorphins really kicked in and I felt great – I clearly need a 7 mile warm up!! This feeling kept with me for the rest of the race!!! Was this down to the half a malt loaf I’d eaten pre-race???

Imagine my surprise at the after show party when I discovered I was first FV50!!! Jackie said she’d never seen me move so fast when I ran up to get my prize!!!

Well done to all the Helsby vests that ran. Richard Hankins was first home for the men and narrowly missed beating the train and Chris was first home for the women.

Full results here: http://www.racethetrain.com/results-for-2018/

Ellesmere Port 5k

Report by Richard Hankins

The Ellesmere Port 5K was the 9th of our 12 road counters for this year. A local club race around Capenhurst it has been on the calendar for some years. Last year number collection was an issue and the race started late, but the use of i-pad check in removed those issues. The race starts on the main road which isn’t closed before the runners line up and this makes the event chaotic at this stage. Once off it is a largely flat single loop finishing at Urenco, but very congensted for the first 500 metres if the start line melee leaves you out of place. Ten Helsby runners turned out, one of the best turn outs for a road event this year. The weather was fine with a bit of a headwind but times were not stunning with only one runner below 16 minutes. Chris Fitz led the team home in 20th place at 17:41. Notable performances also from Ian and Peter and a new PB for Rachael.

Overall, a convenient local race. But, never seems that fast and would definitely benefit from more loos!

 

Position Finish time Number First name Last name Net time Net position Club Club Position Gender Gender position Category Category position
20 00:17:41 230 Chris Fitzpatrick 00:17:37 20 Helsby Running Club 1 Male 19 Vet 40 5
48 00:18:41 267 Ian Hamling 00:18:37 50 Helsby Running Club 2 Male 45 Senior Male 29
58 00:19:08 233 Peter Rodriguez 00:19:03 58 Helsby Running Club 3 Male 54 Vet 40 11
81 00:20:01 156 Richard Hankins 00:19:53 79 Helsby Running Club 4 Male 73 Vet 45 12
97 00:20:33 106 James Higgins 00:20:28 99 Helsby Running Club 5 Male 87 Senior Male 39
111 00:21:02 270 Robert Hough 00:20:57 114 Helsby Running Club 6 Male 99 Senior Male 41
143 00:22:02 142 Trevor Lewis 00:21:53 143 Helsby Running Club 7 Male 119 Vet 45 17
148 00:22:23 268 Rachael Holden 00:22:18 151 Helsby Running Club 8 Female 26 Senior Female 8
155 00:22:32 39 Roy Gaskill 00:22:25 157 Helsby Running Club 9 Male 128 Vet 50 16
198 00:24:18 265 Geoff Collins 00:24:09 199 Helsby Running Club 10 Male 151 Vet 60 9
213 00:24:49 1 Chris Morgan 00:24:39 216 Helsby Running Club 11 Male 159 Vet 65 5
268 00:28:30 226 Gillian Fitzpatrick 00:28:16 268 Helsby Running Club 12 Female 80 Vet 35 13
283 00:30:18 228 Janet Shaw 00:30:07 283 Helsby Running Club 13 Female 93 Vet 65 2
305 00:35:49 11 Stephanie Charman 00:35:37 305 Helsby Running Club 14 Female 108 Vet 65 4

 

Birchwood 10K

And last (but by no means least 😉 please find a report from Fitzy below for the Birchwood 10k, his first outing in a Cheshire vest and well deserved! Over to Fitzy….

A handful of the green army headed over to the Birchwood 10k on a wet but warm Sunday morning. I had found out 3 weeks ago that this race was an Inter Counties race, and I had been selected for the mighty Cheshire. I think I had been picked maybe due to a few people being away, but was still over the moon to have been selected. Maybe they looked at my spring running times and hadn’t taken into account that all I have done for the past 3 months is eat and drink over our glorious summer.

Anyway, out of the 6 runners for Cheshire, I managed to break into the top 4 counters which would go towards us scoring. That was all i wanted to do, make sure I wasn’t last home, and make sure I got a counter. I loved the experience, but I said yes thinking i would get a free race entry and free Cheshire vest, I was wrong, I paid for the entry, and paid for the vest. I have since found out the fell lads got the vest for free and race entry….whats going on, I need to change over to Felsby no doubt.

Anyway we came 3rd, out of 3 counties ha ha, coming in behind Staffs and North Wales, with some really strong runners at the top end of the list, the Cheshire ladies however had a great run and came first, so well done to them.

Also well done to Peter, Ian, John and Karen, full results below.

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/images/stories/striders_downloads/results/striders_races/10k2018/10k2018individualresults.pdf

Helsby men also came 6th out of 38 teams with a total time of 2:41:23

Chris Fitzpatrick 36:32

Peter Rodriguez 39:58

Ian Hamling 40:39

John Rossiter 44:14

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/images/stories/striders_downloads/results/striders_races/10k2018/10k2018maleclub_v2.pdf

 

Parkrun

Please find the consolidated parkrun results below. Well done to all the Green Army members 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, please keep them coming – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Colin T

Weekly update 6-8-18 to 12-818

Notices
Firstly a message from Phil Gillard about the Fell Relays

Ladies and gents,

We have entered 3 teams in this year’s fell relays which will be held on Saturday 20th October in Grasmere (the Lake District). For those of you who are new to this event, it is a relay event staged over four legs the first and last legs are solo affairs (this year between 4 and 5 miles), the second leg is a pairs leg (about 7 miles) and the third leg is a pairs navigation leg, so teams of 6 runners.

I have had a look over the legs and they look really interesting! – https://britishfellrelays2018.org.uk/category/course-information/leg-3/

In order to enter you need 3 things:
• To have some fell racing experience, it is ok if you are not that confident we can put you on one of the shorter legs or match you with a more experienced runner.
• To have full kit required for most fell races
• To let me know if you are interested
Once we know who is interested we will put the teams together.
I will also arrange a day up in the Lakes for those who want to reccie the routes – probably legs 1 and 2 because leg 4 is fully flagged
So please either send me a message or e-mail on phil.gillard1@btinternet.com
Cheers Phil

Jackie Keasley asks that anyone who can help with the following please contact here at jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Dear Cheshire Officials
I would be grateful if you let me know if you are available to assist at two endurance events being held in Cheshire this autumn.
The first is the North West Counties Road Relays, which is being held at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8th September 2018, first race at 10.10am. The North West Road Relays were due to be hosted by Greater Manchester this year, but they were unable to provide a suitable venue so Cheshire has stepped in at the last minute to ensure the event goes ahead. There are more details on the attached prospectus. We am looking for officials to help at the start, finish and take-overs. Please let me know as soon as possible if are available.
Secondly, the Cheshire Schools Athletic Association is hosting the Dave Sunderland Inter County Schools Cross Country event on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Knights Grange, Winsford. This annual event will involve teams from up to 10 counties. Cheshire County AA have agreed to assist Cheshire Schools at this event and again we are looking for officials to work at the start and finish. Please let me know if you are available.
Finally, please note that the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships are being held at Birchwood on Saturday 5th January 2019. I will be in touch again nearer the time to ask for availkabilities for this event.
Regards
Alan Morris

Cheshire County Officials’ Secretary
The Road Relays are being held at Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2JD

on Saturday, 8th September 2018

10:10 Under 11 Girls/Boys 3 x 1.2km £10 per team
10:45 Under 13 Girls 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
11:25 Under 13 Boys 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:00 Under 15 Girls 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:00 Under 17 Women 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
12:30 Under 15 Boys 3 x 3.1km £10 per team
13:00 Senior Women 3 x 6.2km £15 per team
13:00 Under 17 Men 3 x 6.2km £10 per team
14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.2km £20 per team
Age Groups as at 31 August 2018. Under 13s must be at least 11 years old on the day.
Juniors (U20s) compete in the Senior events.

ALL runners must be first claim members of their club for road running; CLUB VESTS must be worn.

All athletes must be paid up members of England Athletics

County qualification : Club athletes can only compete in the county championship in which they are eligible by birth or residence. Rule 9 UKA rule for competition 2015
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AWARDS: North West awards to the first eligible team in each event and fastest leg awards in each age category. Each County will decide on the awards for their respective County Championship.
Cumbrian Clubs are entitled to enter the North West Relays.

ENTRIES : Please note carefully

1. Online Only via Sportsoft at http://www.race-results.co.uk
2. Each club is responsible for ensuring all runners used on the day are eligible as described above as 1st claim for road running on the date of competition and their EA affiliation is paid.

Closing date for entries is Sunday 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018

No Late Entries !!

This event is organised by Cheshire County Athletic Association with the
co-operation of The Forestry Commission, Delamere Forest.
Note that parking at Delamere is pay and display: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7ptdab
Whitefield car park is the nearest to the start and finish area, and the designated car park for the event.

Fitzy sent in this poster from the British Mile Relays

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Debbie Reade sent this in from the 2 Hillforts Fell Race
Sunday afternoon saw 8 Felsbies travel to Wales to take part in the 2 Hillforts Fell Race. Great to see Mario back racing on the fells, unfortunately, something pinged in his calf and he had to walk the last 2 miles.

The race is 9.25 miles (15k) long with 2000 ft (516m) ascent and covers the two bumps along from Moel Famau – Penycloddian and Moel Arthur.
Although classed as a fell race, it’s more like a hilly multi terrain race with quite a lot of Tarmac, some fields, cart tracks, woods, wide grassy tracks and just the one technical descent amongst bracken and heather.
The route was very scenic with some beautiful views and was well marshalled at main turnings and well marked with tape at the more remote, however there were a couple of very long pathways which, although it seemed obvious which way to go it could have done with a bit more tape to reassure you that you were going the right way, especially if you couldn’t see the runner in front.

The admin however was shambolic. Entry to the race varied depending which site you used – the organiser’s said pre entry only and the Welsh Fellrunners site said entry on the day (as it happens both were valid) We decided to pre enter but that may have been a mistake as there was a software malfunction and it seems that the online entrants data was incorrect. Chris and I were down as F40, Sue was a senior, several were unattached, one of our emergency contacts got an email thanking him for entering the race – and so the list went on. Consequently, although Chris finished 1st F50 (4th lady overall) and I was 1st F60 we missed out on the wine or chocolates.

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81 runners took part – 52 male and 29 female.
Adam 7/52
Edward 13/52
Christine 5/29
Phil 33/52
Debbie 10/29
Becky 14/29
Sue 15/29
Mario 48/52

Parkrun
Full results from this weeks parkruns are below
http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721
Cheers
Gaz

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up, from Monday 30/07/18 to Sunday 05/08/18

Reminders

Sunday 12th August 2018 – 2 Hillforts Fell Race

The next counter in our club Fell Championship Series is this Sunday at the 2 Hillforts Fell Race. This year it is also our next race in the Inter Club Fell Series so we need as many Helsby vests to turn up as possible. From what I remember of this race there shouldn’t be any navigational difficulties and a lot of it is quite runnable. Details of the race can be found HERE

Wednesday 15th August 2018 – Ellesmere Port RC 5k (formerly Capenhurst 5K)

We also have our next club counter in the Road Championship Series this coming week. Its a fast local race and all details can be found HERE 

 

Racing News

Cybi Coastal Marathon – Saturday 4th August

Thanks to Ben Williams for sending in this report on the Cybi Coastal Marathon. It was good to read as this sounds right up my street. Possibly one for next year. Over to Ben:

“Saturday 4th August was the inaugural Cybi Coastal Marathon, circumnavigating Cybi Island off Anglesey using the coastal path plus a diversion up to the top of Holyhead Mountain. The event is inspired by the Ring O’Fire, and it’s very much like a one day version of that. The route included paved paths, roads, trail, beach, clifftop path and a rocky scramble. There was very little shade on whole sections, and on a day where the weather was much hotter than forecast that took its toll.

Personally I took off far to quickly on the runnable first section, and just got progressively slower from there. There were excellent Green Army performances by Craig Connor and Degsy Morris, who came in 8th and 15th respectively, and a strong effort by Ste Wiggins who unfortunately timed out at the last checkpoint. 

Hopefully this will become an annual event, and I’d recommend it to anyone. 
cheers
Ben”

Vale of Clwyd 10k – Sunday 5th August 2018

New Course Record!

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Myself and Hannah Cowley entered the VOC 10k on Sunday morning. Conditions were hot and sunny for this undulating course around the country lanes of Llandyrnog. I’ve done this race a few times now and always enjoy the ‘local’ feel about this race. The hot weather made a lot of runners try and run in the shade of the high hedges. Despite the conditions, Hannah Cowley had an amazing first run at this event. She finished 4th overall and won the Ladies Race with a new course record of 37:57. She smashed the previous course record of 40:03 which has stood since 2014! I finished quite a while after Hannah in 8th place but managed to pick up 1st Vet 50 category. All in all a good morning for Helsby RC.

Full results can be seen HERE

 

Pie and Peas Race – Wednesday 01/08/2018

We had 13 Helsby vests at the Pie and Peas Race last Wednesday. If anybody has a write, please send it in and we’ll add it to the blog. In the meantime the results can be seen HERE. 

 

Parkrun – Saturday 04/08/2018

As is usual, we had loads of runners at various Parkruns on Saturday, Our consolidated club report is available HERE

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There wasn’t anything in the inbox this week, but if there’s anything you want including in the next round-up please send it to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers,

Jim

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd – 29th July 2018

Hello Green Army

Straight into the race reports, and I cannot believe it, Degsy’s reports are back, go make a brew, get a pack of biscuits, he’s very well known for lengthy race reports is Degs.

Ill keep it short and sweet as ever… firstly thanks to steve Riley and the club for the free place at Aintree half marathon. Woke up to pouring rain and wind but inspired by Roy’s heroics from his training run the day before his 10k. I pulled on my green vest and headed off for Aintree. I’m currently following the “cram” marathon plan in readiness for the Cybi coastal marathon…. 10 x better than the famous P&D plan… basically “cram” as many miles into 4 weeks as possible so this race landed perfectly for my plan.
I’ll start with the good;
1. Its was a free place
2. Organisation and marshals were great.
3. flat as a pancake course ( not my mrs’s lumpy pancakes)
The bad;
1. 4 soul destroying laps
2. Awful weather
3. Uninspiring course
4. Not much support but to be fair i wouldn’t have stood around in that weather either
Cheers everyone
Degsy
Well, at least i haven’t demolished a pack of ginger nuts, only managed one. Nice one Degs, good to see you back mate

 

Over to Jim Jones for his report

After weeks of endless sunshine, the great British weather resumed normality for the Kentmere Horseshoe fell race on Sunday. We were blessed with gale-force winds, horizontal rain and low clouds. Six Helsby hardy souls braved the conditions for our 7th club fell-counter. Having looked at the forecast Sunday morning, if I hadn’t already made plans to travel up with Tim and Steve I’d have quite happily stayed at home. The Kentmere is a classic 12 mile route with about 3700ft of elevation, most of it quite runnable. Navigation was tricky this year though with low cloud causing a few deviations from the usual route! No results have been put online yet but I think the finishing order for Helsby was: Chris Baynham-Hughes, Tim Palmer, Laura Baynham- Hughes, Jim Jones, Steve Riley, Rachel Arnold.

Cheers,

Jim

Over to …… myself for mine 

9 Helsby vest’s made it over to a big hill beginning with LL in Wales for the Green Green Grass of home Fell race last Weds evening. Now as you know, i’m a road runner (beep beep), so I’m never going to be the first to say lets do this race with loads of enthusiasm, but the day before I had convinced myself i wasn’t doing it, but who could refuse a road trip with the legend that is CBH, the mad man that is Ben “Gary” Crossley, and Peter “surprise package” Rodriguez.

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The one thing i do enjoy about fell races is the scenery, and this didn’t disappoint, the views all around of the Clywidian range (is that correct?) were lovely on a nice warm summers evening. After registering in the local boozer for only £4, we headed off to the start, which in itself could have been it’s own fell race, taking 15 minutes to get there and a hell of a lot of climbing en-route. We went for a bit of a warm up and checked out the start of the race, which straight away was up a big bloody hill, it was that steep i thought it was the stairway to heaven. The race organiser then told us the directions of the course, and to be perfectly honest, after he said up this hill and turn left i lost interest, and i was chuckling away to myself thinking what have i let myself in for.
A big green army shout as we headed off by just me (thanks guys) got a few laughs and off we went, and as per usual i started way too fast. The first part of the course was unforgiving for me, the climbs just went on for what seemed forever. Colin Bishop started strong and i started to lose sight of him quite quickly. We hit the top of the hill after walking the majority of it, and then what seemed like everyone overtaking me going down it, including Ben and Peter who actually shouted “get out of the way you’re too slow” or something along them lines.
I find with fell running the i struggle more going down hill than i do up, it really is an art, people just don’t care about falling over like i do, and they fly down these hills whereas i seem to put all 12 stone down with every thud of my feet. Once at the bottom of the hill the course evened out a little, and at last i started to feel at home and started to pick up the pace a bit, catching up with Ben, but there was no chance we could catch Peter who was off, himself admitting the fear of being overtook by us was inspiring him to have one of his best runs ever (we had been ripping each other all day on who would finish first and last….good bants!)
Myself and Ben then battled it out for the next few miles, along with 1st lady from Buckley. Looking at my Garmin i could see there was only about a mile to go, and i pushed on to get a decent lead over Ben and i thought thats it he’s not going to catch me, but i could also see we were still up in the gods, and with 0.8 of a mile to go we got to the top of the last hill which we had to come down. This is where i lost my head “where’s the path, where’s the trail, where’s the road down” i said to myself, all i could see was heather, thick heather, that apparently the race organiser had warned us about in his race instructions earlier on. Having to pick my legs up to knee height to try and jump over all of this heather absolutely destroyed me, whilst Ben must have just laughed at me as he just sprung down the hill like Zebedee. What i didn’t realise with fell races is you can just come straight down, rather than zigzagging like i did trying to find a trail and completely messing up. Once down to the bottom there was a short sprint to the finish and I was greeted by Bish, Peter, & Ben who had all beasted me and were looking pretty fresh.
Bish won his age cat, and Rachel Arnold i believe, but can i find the results? No chance, apparently they will be available by the summer of 2019. Even though there’s a lot of moaning in this report, i secretly enjoyed the night, and it was even better in the beer garden eating some of Jane’s picnic she brought along, which was a great way to finish the night, thank you.
As I say, unsure of the results as yet but think the order went something like this
Colin Bishop, Peter Rodriguez, Ben Crossley, Chris Fitzpatrick, CBH, Ed Halliwell, John Whitehead, Rachel Arnold, and Jackie Keasley
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Please find the consolidated parkrun results below for last Saturday.

http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721&eventdate=2018-07-21

That’s all folks, please keep sending your reports in. The Helsby inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 16th – 22nd July 2018

Hello all

Firstly a big apology for the lateness of the blog this week, there was some confusion on my part as to who’s turn it was to do the blog!

Without further ado here are the reports from last week, big thanks to Phil G, Chris Collins and Laura BH for sending them in.

Summer Handicap 2018

Firstly a big thanks to all the marshals, timekeepers etc.

The positions were as follows:

Name Finish position
Tim Igoe 1
Neil Fergusson 2
Thomas Atherton 3
Ben Crossley 4
Charlie Ashbrook 5
Peter Rodriguez 6
Jane Ashbrook 7
Paul Alexander 8
Chris Dodd 9
Steve Riley 10
Mike Barnard 11
Vanessa Griifiths 12
Gareth Boyd 13
David Smith 14
John Whitehead 15
Chris Fitzpatrick 16
Chris Hatton 17
Geoff Collins 18
Graeme Lloyd 19
Chris Igoe 20
Jackie Keasley 21

The times were as follows:

Position Name Minutes Seconds
1 Ben Crossley 19 3
2 Peter Rodriguez 19 14
3 Chris Fitzpatrick 19 23
4 David Smith 20 14
5 Tim Igoe 20 29
6 Gareth Boyd 21 4
7 Chris Dodd 21 45
8 Steve Riley 21 53
9 Charlie Ashbrook 23 10
10 Jane Ashbrook 23 17
11 John Whitehead 23 51
12 Thomas Atherton 23 53
13 Neil Fergusson 24 47
14 Vanessa Griifiths 24 55
15 Paul Alexander 25 0
16 Mike Barnard 25 37
17 Geoff Collins 26 50
18 Chris Hatton 27 42
19 Graeme Lloyd 28 14
20 Chris Igoe 29 13
21 Jackie Keasley 32 47

Snowden International 2018

Weekly Update 8-7-18 to 15-7-18

New Members

Please can you all welcome Liam Jones and Ben Gelister who have just joined the club. Also, please can you welcome back Jonathan Hardman who has rejoined after an absence of a year or two.

Its off to Snowdon for this weeks first race report
Jason and I (Rebecca Tate, aka Mildred Thehen!) completed the Always Aim High Snowdonia trail half marathon yesterday. It was the most gruelling run I’ve ever done, by a large margin! As a sub-2 hour runner on the flat, this one took me over 3 hours 30! But with over 4,000 feet elevation gain, which hurt just as much down hill as it did up hill, that’s not surprising!

We started at 9.45am from Llanberis, with the usual sunshine and a nice breeze. The first few miles were the sorts of uphill gradient we have locally, with some beautiful scenery, most memorably running along the side of a valley with the long swirly colourful snake of runners up on the path ahead and behind.

Then the proper climbing set in and we could only walk for miles, until we were up into a cloud, with the summit hoped for but never in sight! There we experienced the more traditional British summer weather: cold, windy and foggy, lovely! Eventually we reached the top, and didn’t quite head to the summit, but took the Llanberis Path back down.

This is where the falls started, with each heavy thud marking another person crashing down. The camaraderie was great, with runners stopping to help each other and check they were ok, and the cheerful injured carrying on with blood dripping from elbows, knees and alarmingly, heads.

Apparently those that I saw were alright, though in the distance the Air Ambulance seemed to be having a busy day. Hopefully all were ok.
Once we got out of the cloud, the spectacular views and sunshine returned; we ran past the halfway café and could see the little mountain trains chugging up and down, and the blue lake of Llanberis at the bottom.

As we reached the town again, via the agonisingly steep tarmac lane, we had only completed 10 miles. In some pain by now, we expected there might be a gentle jog round the lake to make up the distance. We were very wrong. “It’s only a Parkrun left now” I thought, also very wrongly. No, we were sent up to the top of the old slate quarry on the opposite side of the lake, another climb of around 800 feet all within less than a mile!

It was descending from here that I became the next faller, failing to spot a stone and going completely over on my ankle; I felt it crunch. However, having strapped it up with my neck buff, it got me back down to the finish and seems unscathed, which is more than can be said for every other bit of my legs today…!

The finish took us back to the event field, where some enthusiastic crowd support was a real boost. The event organisers had issued free cowbells to supporters, and had printed our names on the race numbers, so all the way round we were being shouted on by name by complete strangers! Gels and energy drinks at the drinks stations were very welcome too. There were lots of snacks at the finish, and stalls to browse, and a lovely atmosphere.

I came 146th out of 316 for gender, 481st overall. Jason was 5 minutes quicker, finishing 437th overall. He’s walking quite normally today, so clearly wasn’t trying hard enough!

And onto Col B for a report on the Dearnford Relay

Wednesday 11th July saw 7 teams of 3 from Helsby head over to Alderford Lake for a 6 mile multiterrain relay. Each team member running a 2 mile leg around the lake. Congratulations to Fitzy, El Capitano and myself for 3rd place in the men’s this is an improvement on the previous 2 years when we have achieved 4th place. All teams from Helsby had cracking runs with the ladies getting 4th place. We had 4 mens team in the top 19 out of 21 male teams with 3rd, 10th, 16th and 19th place. Ladies had two teams with 4th and 10th place and one mixed team who I believe came 20th put of 36 mixed teams. So my maths is not fantastic but I work out we had 7 teams who all did really well out of 79 teams.

This really is worth the ride out and putting in the diary for next year.😊
Great team spirit from all at the green army thanks for support from Richard and his boys, Joe, Mario, June and bump, Louise and Jane and anyone I may have missed off. Big thank to Mrs B for our post race picnic…..Quote a few envious looks from other teams.
Cheers Bish

parkrun

Helsby members were out in parkruns throughout the area including an amazing Helsby first and second male and first female at Phoenix Park. Full results for the week are below

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

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 2nd July to 8th July 2018

Hello Green Army

Not only do we have 1 race report this week about a certain race, not only do we have 2, but we have 3, all on the same race. Bravo!!

Lets get straight into it.

Step up Lad number 1 – Ian Rutherford

So, the best laid plans to be proper organised for this event, including a pre-visit to the North East for a full reckie of the course had long since been forgotten. The kit-check and prep starting on the Friday evening a mere few hours before setting off. At 3.50am, Saturday, Davyd pulled up and in the still dark very early morning we began to load up the car and off we set. Soon light and yet another beautiful hot and sunny day was in prospect. Travelling any distance in England so early is always fraught with difficulty; over-night road works still in place right across the motorway network so lots of detours and diversions needed but we had plenty of time to play with so it was all good. Just outside Wooler, we found an accommodating service stop for coffee. The scenery now proper stunning in the foot of the Northumbrian National Park; it was also a lot greener than the desert plains of Costa-del-Cheshire I noticed.

Having found the location easy enough we got parked and walked up to register. The folks at Wooler RC couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly and a great atmosphere was the theme for the entire day. Back to the car and Davyd now in full boy-scout role, complete with camping stove and voila – tea and toast was served. That wouldn’t be the last time today I was appreciate of his efforts.

Getting changed and final tinkering with kit, including a change of shorts – the orange ones sadly just attracting to many unwanted pests (make your own jokes) we made a slow walk back up the hill to the club-house. Still a bit of time to kill including meeting up with Geoff who was running with his friend, both having done this on numerous occasions. From the club it was about a five min walk to the start with a brief stop as Davyd and I were both selected for a random kit check. Having to carry full waterproofs, hat, gloves on what was already a scorching hot day seemed a bit excessive but I understand rules are rules.

So off we went around 200+ of us. Lots of DNS apparently; just too dam hot for a lot.

The road soon left behind, you enter the beautiful national park; most definitely one of the most picturesque parts of the country this is, I shall be visiting the area again.

The first few miles were gentle, obviously feeling fresh, the terrain nothing particularly technical and checkpoint number 1 successfully negotiated. Once up and over Cheviot knee, the climb to the proper summit begins. I could sense Davyd just starting to fall away from me. The sun now high and strong in the sky; my body temperature starting to properly climb. I kept checking back, occasionally mustering for him. The Cheviot climb was long and hard with plenty of skilled climbers demonstrating their superior and more efficient skills as they went past. Occasional turns and exchanging thumbs up with Davyd below me, I managed to successfully overcome the craggy rocky summit. The views were off the charts, totally clear sky, it was stunning. Davyd safely up, posed for the obligatory photo and on we went to the actual checkpoint at the Trig point. And that readers, is where the run flipped on its head. The terrain and decent off the Cheviot is like nothing I have ever experienced before. I remember Geoff some weeks ago and again this morning explaining it’s like jumping off a cliff, privately you’re thinking at the time, ‘oh it can’t be that bad’… but oh my, he nailed the description perfectly. Mincing very gingerly, almost at 90 degrees angle from in front of me I try to get down; not going to lie, I was thinking I was about to die. Davyd in front then proceeds to sit down and literally start to what I can only describe as ass-surfing down the mountain. I’m proper hating this now and genuinely working ever so hard just to stop myself from tumbling down the hill, not breaking a leg or worse. The decent goes on forever, Davyd is now just a distant blob and getting ever further away, there are people literally flying past me and I’m aware I’m getting in the way. There is absolutely no path, it’s just heather and brush, unable to see were each foot is planting. I’ve still no idea how I got to the bottom in one piece; but the fun was only just beginning. Across a stream the ascent of Hedgehope was now underway. It started with actual scrambling,

hauling my weary figure up onto a mound. I was having a proper meltdown. I was broken and we’d only covered around 9 miles. So, how’s Davyd I hear you ask, didn’t he have a wobble even before the Cheviot summit? This guy was amazing. Suddenly I found myself in the company of Kilian but in a Helsby vest 😉 Seriously, the transformation was dramatic. He was absolutely buzzing, full of energy and encouragement; he was dealing with my sense of humour failures well. Honestly, I’m still unclear what happened to me, did I attempt to go off to quick, had I been taking enough liquid, had I eaten enough. Just don’t know. My confidence shot, the terrain way to technical for my tarmac plodding skills I knew I was well out of my depth. Climbing the foot of Hedgehope was relatively okay, feeling a little better, I tried to pull myself together, then the terrain changed once again; away from flat open grass land, to craggy rock and heather. I was struggling again. Davyd, the top fella he is, was an endless source of encouragement and support; I kept apologising, I felt I was spoiling his day; I’ll tell everyone now; he would have knocked at least 30 mins, maybe more off his time had he wanted too. The ascent of Hedgehope was way more tough than Cheviot. Terrain so much more challenging (for me at least), I was proper cooked. And we were finally half-way, oh joy!

Roll up rollup, all the fun of the fair continued as Langlee Craggs was the next ride in town, the teddies were being proper thrown about now. We didn’t take an optimum route off the cragg face and found ourselves knee deep in brushland and heather. Getting through that, almost unable to lift my feet high enough. The danger of following people and assuming they know the route right there. Where it was runnable, I was just about capable of a slow-stagger; kept trying though, just needed to get this done. Davyd, had a bit of cramp but otherwise looked strong. The miles were getting done and the terrain became much more Ian friendly; mile 14 an impressive 11.5 mins.

The run in was yet another challenge. The rocky and eroded trail of Carey Burn. The heat in the valley was oppressive. Dusty and challenging terrain on very tired feet was a right struggle, but knowing the end was, if not in sight but relatively imminent was keeping me going. Once out of the ravine, back on to the national park track, it was the proper final acts. A shout of “Away Pet” as a local lady ran past us as if out for a park run and then establishing that England were just one up from the driver of the Northumbria Water tanker half a mile from the end.

And so, it was done. An unimpressive time, completely down to me I’m afraid. A cold hose down and then some genuine hospitality from the volunteers in the centre, lots and lots of food and drink and the England match on the big projector occupying the attention of the others.

I will never forget this day. So many special things happened and it was a proper insight in to fell running for me. Walking back to the car, past the local hostilely, the shouts for the England match loud and happy. Finally got to take my shoes off and began the journey home. Swapping drivers just before we hit the M1, all I will say is thank the lord Davyd’s car is an automatic 😉

Great report Ian, Lad number 2 looked after you well.

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Over to Lad number 2 – Davyd Michell

One Friday night its cold a wet outside, your having a few beers and your mate messages you, I’ve found a race…its 20 miles and its in Northumberland and its called the Chevy Chase, what you think?
Immediately the name caught my imagination, what a great name for fell race over the cheviots, I’m in. A few weeks later the reality dawned that i’ve never ran over 14 miles and that was on the road, still I have 4 months on training to get ready.

Fast forward that 4 months and I’d done quite a bit of training but not as much as i’d hoped, we’d planned to do some longer runs over similar terrain and even a recce, none of that actually happened, still, we’d be ok!?!
The race was on Saturday and the Thursday 2 days before I meet up with Ian for a social run and to formulate a plan of action. The plan was simple – get up a stupid o’clock and drive 230 miles north and run, then drive home.
Friday was all about getting the kit and gear together, I had most bits from my walking days but this still gave me the opportunity to obviously buy some new gear, as everyone loves new gear. So Friday morning I had the chance to try out my new running vest, perhaps a bit last minute! 🙂 much to the amusement of the Friday Fun Club

3am Saturday morning the alarm went off and I got up to go and pick up Ian, we had a 230 mile journey and registration opened at 8:30am for a kit check with the race starting at 10:30. Despite the best effort of Highways England to close off the M60 and A1 for a large section it was no match for us, we were on a mission.
We duly arrived bang on 8am, got our gear together and went and registered. This now gave is 2.5 hours of time to kill. As all good scouts know be prepared, and we were. I’d stuck the camping stove, chairs and kettle in the car so it was time to brew up and get the breakfast on. We also bumped into fellow green army runner Geoff who was also running.

10 am we headed off to the start ready to go, we were loaded up with 2 litres of water each, emergency food, waterproofs, map compass etc as this was run under fell running rules. The other issue was the weather, it was now getting pretty hot at around 25 degrees. After a random spot kit check we were ready to go.
10:30 and we were off. The first mile or so is on road before you head off onto a path and make your way to Cheviot Knee, before tackling the main accent of the 2800ft of Cheviot itself. We started off nice and steady trying not to get carried away, we were covering the ground well and reached the knee in good shape in around 70 minutes. From there the land started to rise rapidly and the main assent had well and truly started, it was at this point I started to feel it a bit, it was getting hot and I was feeling it in my legs. Ian was looking good and was making it look easy. I dug in, but it wasn’t pretty but with Ians encouragement we arrived at the summit.

The view was spectacular and we took a minute to look around whilst getting our trackers check in. The next bit we knew was going to be tough, it evolved a descent off the side of the summit without a path. We headed out following a few other runners and then the route appeared before us…wow..it really was downhill. The steepness was surprising to two tarmac slappers, we picked, fell and slid our way to the bottom and the stream that split the route up the next accent. My legs were shaking, thighs screaming and I was so hot. I’d made it down a minute or so ahead of Ian and just stood in the stream cooling off my feet and throwing water over my head in an attempt cool down.

We gathered our thoughts and then set about climbing straight up the next peak that was Hedgehope, again there was no path and we had to yomp our way up towards the ridge. I started to feel a bit better and my legs were starting to come back to life a bit after the struggle of the pervious peak. The two summits are probably only a few miles apart but that section had taken us an hour by the time we reach the next check point at the summit of Hedgehope. It had also taken its tole on us a bit as the going had been tough. The good news was that was the major climbing over, but we had only covered about half distance.

We descended Hedgehope and thankfully this was not as steep the Cheviot and set on our way to the next checkpoint. The terrain was tricky and quite technical and some parts were just awful with thick gorse, it was my turn now to offer the encouragement. We made it out of that section and we were on a path, thank god! The only issue was that the path was quite eroded and followed a stream with a 3m fall into it if you got it wrong. This coupled with the fact we were 14 miles in and there seemed to be no breeze that had blessed us on the higher ground made tough going. I was now in uncharted territory in terms of distance, but my legs were holding up well and I was having a much better second half of the run than the first.  We reached the final checkpoint at 17 miles and knew we only had 3 to go, but hells path stood in our way, a short half mile assent that normally you’d just push on over, but today was a different story. It was a tough climb and we were both now feeling it at the top, still all downhill to the finish, but even that hurt.
We joined the original road that we’d started on and had a mile or so to go. As we turned off the road to the final path we could hear the welcoming sound of the YHA were it all was going to end soon. We rounded the corner and crossed the line together, we’d done it. 5 hours 20 minutes of running, yomping and in places walking. I think its fair to say we were both knackered, the heat and terrain had done its best but we came through.
The race was impeccably orgainised, they had managed to get water out to even the most remote of checkpoints (a first for the race I understand) given the heat. We now set about replacing as many calories as we could before we had to set off home.

As I write this, reflecting on the run I’m still on a bit of a high. The opportunity to run with my mate in some stunning scenery, meet some great people on the way round and support a great small running club who put on an amazing event has made it the event of the year for me so far, which is going to be hard to beat.  My legs are in bits, stairs are an issue but I can see that this won’t be a one off.  Roll on next year…..

Reckon we could maybe muster a few more bodies for next year, this sounds like a great race

Step up Geoff Collins for report number 3

Chevy Chase Fell Race Wooler Northumberland – Sat 7 July.

What a difference a year makes.  After my attempt last year missing a checkpoint I’m back again for another go at the 62nd Chevy Chase fell race.  The conditions were very different, dry sunny and baking hot with no rain for weeks and no bog.  Last year it was very wet and spongy underfoot.

Its 20 miles through some of the finest scenery in Northumberland giving runners the opportunity to ‘channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge’ say the organisers.  The route takes you deep into the heart of the land of the ‘far horizon’.  Indeed the views were truly spectacular you could even see the distant coast towards Beadnall.  A fantastic day apart from the heat and the flies to be in the fells.

This year Helsby RC had a higher profile with two of our best, Ian Rutherford and Davyd Mitchell also taking part.  Together with my Newcastle friend Jill who knows the area well, we ran together as a team of two, with much discussion over pacing to ensure we didn’t get timed out on the check points.  There is an overall time limit of 6hrs to complete the event.  Times are tight particularly at Hedgehope, after that it gets easier.

We met Davyd and Ian in the carpark brewing up and cooking toast on a camping stove.  Madly they left at 3am and drove up on the day!  I felt so grateful for my comfy bed and leisurely breakfast at Jill’s house in Newcastle.

You go up Cheviot 2,676 feet dropping down into a deep valley before heading up Hedgehope 2,348 feet.  Total climb is over 4,000 feet.  Its organised by the friendly Wooler Running Club who take over the youth hostel as the race HQ.

It’s an unmarked route with 7 check points.  Being able to navigate is key particularly in poor visibility, and of course to make sure you find the all the checkpoints!

This was my first race since the end of last year.  Following my knee injury and diagnosis of a stress fractured patella and other age related wear and tear issues.  My training on Helsby Hill & Sandstone.

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Well done guys, really tough going in this heat

Carol Shaw sent in this report

8 Helsby runners took part in the Ladies 5K race organised by Spectrum Striders last Wednesday, July 4th.
Jane Ashbrook was first from Helsby to finish in 8th place in 21.52 and was 2nd in her age category.
Carol Shaw was next in 20th place in 23.18, then Debbie Read in 22nd place in 23.25, Vanessa Griffiths 29th in 24.09, Rhea Howard Armitage 66th  in 28.43, Leah Binns 67th in 28.50 and Donna Geer 78th in 29.29.
Many thanks to Debbie for providing us with prosecco, strawberries and chocolate after the race.
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And last but not least Roy didn’t send in a race report, but asked me kindly to include this in the blog …so here goes

We love Manchestor 10k 

Roy ran a respectable 46.51, but could have done better but got sun stroke, it was boiling hot!

Well done mate

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Widnes & Whitehaven. Full consolidated results below

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

If someone could kindly send in race reports for Dearnford Lake Relays, and maybe the midweek fell race, send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

See you all soon

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 25th June to 1st July 2018

Hello Green Army

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine, long may it continue.

Dearnford Lake Relays are next Thursday 12th July, teams have now been finalised and this is your running order, if you want to change around discuss with your teams and let me know please.

Junior and Senior Wig set off to Llyn Brenig for jaunt around the fairy freckled cow. The race prep had gone fantastically and we had found and settled into a Mcdonalds around 9:15 ish, fed and water we carried onto towards Denbigh with the temperature increasing by the minute.

For those that have done this race or have been to Llyn Brenig will know the views are breath taking and with the beautiful sunshine it was even more so. We got parked and walked down to ‘Race HQ’ which consisted of a tent and two port a loos.

Standing on the start line myself and Dad decided we weren’t going to win it today and to let the other folk have a go. We settled into our normal position at the back of the pack and waited for the start. Already too hot the race started promptly at 11:32 straight up a hill. The first 3 miles is fairly undulating but with a bit of cover from the trees around the reservoir. After a mile and a half I’d stopped for a walk (as had my dad as it turns out).

After more walking up another hill we reached the water stop and the cross over section of the race and the reservoir. We had yet another massive hill and turned around to see how much of a lead I had built up over my Dad, he was right behind me! After this an epic battle of wits and nerves was being run at around 11 minute miles with my Dad finishing 10 seconds behind me.

The finish of the race is across the damn after running through some sheltered woodlands. We crossed the line, got our god awful t shirts and headed back to the car. On the way back we stopped at a café for ham, egg and chips because after all it had been an whole hour and a half since we had last eaten.

Jackie has sent in this on the Saunders Mountain Marathon

This weekend’s sizzling Saunders Mountain Marathon weekend in the Lakes
was as tough as they come due to the heatwave!  Fortunately the Lakes
had one day’s heavy downpour 10 days ago so the main steams were flowing
& drinkable as it would have been impossible to carry all the water
needed during these 2 days – no noticable effects yet!  Don’t think I
have ever seen the Lakes as crystal clear as at the moment, the heat
normally makes things hazy but not this time for some reason.

This year the race started from Grasmere, heading up Easedale and
overnighting at Stonethwaite in Borrowdale. There was quite a Helsby
“and friends” contingent this year which meant quite a #greenarmy
encampment as we all managed to squeeze our tents in close to each other
at the overnight camp.  It also meant a lot of unexpected bumping into
each other in the hills, especially on Saturday as the courses
zig-zagged up and down and around the high rocky central fells via the
Langdale Pikes, Esk Pike, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara &
Bessy Boot. Along the way we passed tarns galore; Easedale, Codale,
Stickle, Angle, Sprinkling plus lots of diddy ones.  Some competitors
took a dip in each to cool down! On the way up Esk Pike I spoke to a
dripping lady on the Klets course who had already had 7 swims & it was
only midday!  Checkpoints to visit along the way included streams, path
junctions, hills, humps, sheep folds, tarns, ponds; some rather craftily
“hidden” away. The joy of this event is even if you are in an area you
think you know well you are guaranteed to go somethere new or approach
familiar terrirory from a completely different angle!  On Sunday the
route back was through lower territory & more grassy under foot in
parts; coming back via Greenup Edge, Ullscarf, Wythbrun, High Easedale &
finally Silver How.

Carrock Fell

Laura & Chris     6:21  4:21    10:42  5th  overall

Jackie & Kate     8:50  7:29    16:19  37th overall 1st Female Vets

Chrstine & Sue  11:20 7:35   18:55  43rd  overall (out of 43 with 24 dnf)

Rachel & Lesley  8:58   dnf    unfortunately missed the last checkpoint
on the final day.

Wansfell

Sheila & Georgina 7:73 5:58 13:22 54th overall  4th Female Vets (out of
79 with 10 dnf)

Well done to Laura on her debut at this 2 day event & for finishing 5th
overall.  I must mention this…. the highlight for me was actually
overtaking Chris & Laura at checkpoints 2 and 3 on the first day by
sneaking off on a slightly more direct route! See 1st photo to prove it!
As you can see by the results though that certainly made them gallop on
like Gazelles after that, taking 2.5 hrs less on Sat & 3hrs on Sunday!
On Saturday we kept playing cat & mouse with Lesley & Rachel too seeing
them several times including right at the end as we virtually crossed
the line together (we had slightly different start times). Top marks to
Christine & Sue for endurance on Saturday; for both of them this was
their first major navigation event and multi-day mountain race and they
kept going for 11:20 hrs on Saturday despite all that heat when many
would, & did, throw the towel in. It seemed sensible on Sunday to make a
foursome and keep together to ensure a slightly shorter day for all.  As
a postscript Kate & I did have an advantage over everyone else at the
very beginning & end with the checkpoints on the highground between
Grasmere & Langdale. Between us we know it very well, Kate being lucky
enough to spend a lot of time in Grasmere and me in Chapel Stile; so its
our back garden training ground throughout the whole of the year.

Sounds like an amazing weekend and so good to see a lot of you all turn up and have a crack at it. Well done all

helsby 1helsby 2helsby 3helsby 4helsby 5

 

Park run seen runners out in Hyde Park. Pheonix, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

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

 

That’s all folks, please keep sending in race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 18th to 24th June 2018

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks racing news. Firstly a gentle reminder that all reports should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com if you wish for your race to be included in the racing news, we don’t generally look at Facebook as it’s too time consuming and it’s easy to miss reports on there.

Please find a message below from Andy Smith regarding the Frodsham downhill race on Sunday:

A plea for help. In addition to all our other race related activities, once again we have been asked to help out with  course signing, finish area management and results for the Frodsham Downhill Run at the Castle Park Festival this Sunday. We already have a trusty band of Helsby RC helpers, but would benefit from a couple more volunteers to help out. If you can spare an hour or two in the morning to help out in the park or on the course please get in touch – it would be much appreciated.

It’s a great family event and I know that a fair number of our members and their families take part, so a great opportunity to support them. Run starts at 12:30 and we’ll be setting up in Castle Park from about 9:30.

Cheers
Andy

Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge

A big thank you to Alison Halsall for her report, please see below…

“The Green Army were out in force again at the annual Tough Team Race. It was a gorgeous evening for it with six ladies team and four mens team taking part. They don’t call it tough for nothing but there are some wonderful views over the Cheshire hills with most runners complaining about the last long road section rather than the steep climb up the old railway track to the welcome of the Grim Reaper. There was support on the course from Mario and Joe (who popped up in the middle of the last field as usual) and it was great to see all of the Helsby teams running to the finish line together. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable event, the chilli, cakes and beer afterwards are great too! Oh and Helsby won the 1st vet ladies prize, a bottle of prosecco each thank you very much (Jane Ashbrook, Laura Baynham-Hughes and Alison Halsall)”

Pennine Barrier 50-mile Ultra Trail 

A fantastic report has been sent in by Ben Crossley for the Pennine Barrier 50 mile ultra, an amazing achievement, hat is fully tipped! Over to Ben…

“Friday 22nd June Paul Cunningham and I set off to the Dales in the ‘love machine’ (I’ll come back to this) to raise the bar to the next level in our running careers, to conquer….THE PENNINE BARRIER.

Ah yes! The ‘Big Bazza’, the ‘Penny-Barry’ an ultra-marathon trail run, consisting of 50 miles of hard hitting trail from Malham following the Pennine Way before joining up with the Yorkshire Three Peaks route.  

Of course it was going to be tough, we knew it was, not one bit of us was denying how tough this was going to be, but did we shy from the challenge.. NAH AH! Game on! Operation F’K ‘em had commenced.  

2pm there we were in the ‘love machine’ a white Citroen Rally – transit like van that had been DIY’d in to our HQ for the weekend. To be fair it had been done out quite well. There was a double gas hob, sink with pump action water dispenser. Two seat dinner area which folded into what would be my first bed of the trip. Then the further rear was a double bunk with, if I remember rightly, a throw like cloth backing of the Hindu God Ganesh.  

The vehicle had also plenty of vinyl on the outside, one in particular caught my attention and stayed with me. ‘THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. I DON’T REMEMBER EATING A F**KING LEGEND!!’  Superb! This was our home for the weekend and we loved it!  

I digressed. Ok so we arrived in Malham around 4:30 in the pm. Registered had our kit checked. Then headed for a little walk to Malham Cove followed by some grub and a shandy in the local boozer before retiring for an early night, in anticipation for the next day. 

4:30 in the am! It was time to get up. flapjack and Imodium in the gut, washed down with a couple of coffees and there we were, on the starting line bouncing ready to rumble.  

 Ben C

The race started at 6am. Front runners broke ahead from the start up to Malham Cove. This included the well-respected, West Chester’s Tom Booth and ultra-runners John Bottomly, Ken Sutor, Ben Hoyle, Aaron Reeves, Sally Ford, Mel Edwards and the ever too giddy for his own boots, Benjamin Crossley (ME).  

The idea here was to get a good start up the first climb of Malham Cove and not to be caught in the single lined traffic of the 270 runners. Once we broke out on the top of the cove, the first burst started to reduce, and the main front runners now started to make a hefty gap.  

We followed the Pennine Way up past Malham Tarn and up over them there hills to Fountains Fell. Which after a slow but steady ascent, the rapid descent was much welcomed, and I let gravity do the hard work while my legs just ticked over.  

A mile down the road was the first checkpoint. We were now 12 mile in and approaching the first of the 3 peaks. I quickly refilled my water supplies, grabbed a banana and a chocolate doughnut and hit the trails.  

Pen-Y-Ghent was as you’d expect… a motorway of people. We had to weave in and out of hikers, in fact it wasn’t just hikers, it so happened to be the Sikh Three Peak Challenge. 100s, if not 1000s of people trailing on for miles. It wasn’t till I got down to the viaduct in Ribblehead that the crowds really started to clear.  

By this point I was at check point 2. 21 miles in and starting to feel the run. It had started to get warm and I was going through water fast. I stopped at the check point for 5 minutes perhaps to refresh and have a little stretch. I had started to get a little niggle in my knee, I just knew it was down to my IT band being tight, so there I was in pigeon pose while trying to gasp the hot air in to my lungs.  

Feeling refreshed I set off towards what had been the most long winded ascent(other than Snowdon) I have ever tackled. Whernside. Eugh. It’s not so much difficult, its just long and boring, I just wanted it to be over. Even the company of single serving friendship chitty chatty you pick up on the way could not pull my head out of how much I was disliking this climb.    

Once at the top you had a clear view of the fells in the Lake District in the distance. Seeing views like this is what its all about. My head quickly cleared of negativity as I smiled to myself and muttered ‘this is f’king awesome’ .  

Happy again I descended Whernside, cheering hikers on that were climbing from the other side before arriving at the 3rd checkpoint. I’ll point out here I made a quick dash for the toilet at the local farm shop. It was the only time I needed a wee on the entire run. Your body just shuts down I’ve noticed while it concentrates on feeding blood to your muscles, rather than your organs. 

Leaving the 3rd check point, again fully stocked on water and snacks. I’ll just add here how important it is to eat on these runs. Despite how little hunger you may be feeling with your stomach shrinking but at the same time full of water.. you must eat. If there’s anything that’s going to get in your way of completing these challenges, it’s not intaking enough calories, and by this point I was most certainly feeling it. Shovelling pieces of pizza, chocolate muffin and cheese and pickle sandwiches into me yap. I carried with me protein bars and energy gels as reserves, and they all got eaten.  

Ingleborough, what a short but hefty ascent is that. You can’t see it from a distance but as you get closer, there is a vertical scramble staircase. Followed by about 40 ft of rocky terrain as you reach the trigpoint. WOW!!!  I was cream crackered at this point and starting to get very uneasy on my feet.  

I clipped my foot getting back down which almost ended badly TWICE. Once I was close to slipping off the side of the peak, which would have ended in a shredded Ben bouncing down the jaggered rocks. The second I was talking about how much of a pleb you’d feel falling in front of everyone, in doing so, I clipped my foot and started wind milling down the trail. It turns out I had the gods on my side both times and no dirt was eaten this time. Just a little shuck up and a lot more aware of my footing. 

Check point 4! And the 3 peaks had been conquered. I didn’t waste anytime at this checkpoint, knowing I only had 15 mile to go. I quickly refilled my bottles grabbed another banana and went on my way. I was gutted to realise there was still a nasty little climb going up towards Pen-Y- Ghent that we had to get up. eugh…. Why .. why more climbing.. I was starting to go through the motions here and complaining to myself while stomped up to the kissing gate. 

I turned round and couldn’t see any runners behind me. I knew I had made good timings and I was surely somewhere in the top 50.  This was my aim. I wanted a sub 11 and to be in the top 50, I want a gold medal. Not silver or bronze, but gold. GB Ultras award gold medals to the top 50, silver to 51- 100 and Bronze to anyone over that. My aim now was to hold my ground.  

As I reached the final checkpoint , which again I quickly just refilled one water bottle, I asked where I was in the race, to which the marshal replied 42nd.. “come on Ben. Home run now. Just get home”. I kept repeating this over and over in my head, while I picked off a couple of runners and seemed to be experiencing what could only be explained as the mind of someone with bipolar. I wasn’t sure whether I was happy, tired, warm, cold, sad, full of beans.. it was very confusing which all most ended terribly.  

1 mile from the end, Janet’s Fross, I lost my head. Everything started to spin, I couldn’t see straight, and I was starting to stumble. I franticly searched the pockets of my vest looking for some sort of sugar shot. I found two soggy extra strong mints. This was it!! This what I needed. In they went, and I walked for 5 minutes, before having a final push to the finish.  

I’d done it! Id completed the Pennine Barrier. I was greeted by Emma Marks, of GB Ultras and Macclesfield RC who handed me a GOLD medal while chattering ‘WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG, WE’VE BEEN WAITING”. The feeling was unbelievable, I was so exhausted but so happy I just started hugging anyone and everyone I saw. 11hrs 5mins was my finishing time and I came 39th. 

The race was won by Ken Sutor with a new course record of 8hr 19 followed by Tom Booth 8hr24 and John Bottomley 8hr45.  

The top 3 ladies were Sally Ford 9hr44, Nicola Brown 10hr8 and Mel Edwards 10hr36. 

I almost forgot.. some gritty runners went back out for the 100 mile, breaking the barrier. This was won by the impressive Craig Clements setting a new course record with 24hr51, followed by Martin Rutherford 25hr05 and Alex McMann 25hr44. Seeing these chaps come home in one piece yet broken and still humble is just pure inspiration. This is where I want to be. 

As I sat in the van on the way home the next day my mind started to flood with thoughts. ‘If I can do 50 now, why can’t I do more’. This must be what goes through anyone’s head when starting out down this road…. Our only barriers are our own minds. Well, I believe I can.. the hills and trails are where I feel comfortable in life, why wouldn’t I want to devote my time into this (again) humbling sport. I want to see how far I can push myself, see what will break me.  

 I’m going all in…”

Moel y Gamelin Fell Race

“It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of fell running, don’t get me wrong I think that as an event they are fantastic – cheap as chips to enter, always in stunning locations and they seem to always start and finish at a pub which is an added bonus! I have just never been a fan of the race itself, going up the hills is ridiculously hard and coming down is even harder, I’ve never quite got my head around it. You need to have an ability to switch off the fear gland in your brain and really let go which I have never been able to do as my tarmac slapping “don’t get injured” part of the brain goes into overdrive. I also struggle to pace them correctly and generally make a hash of it.

I promised myself that this year I would attend more of them to try and mix it up a little and get out of my comfort zone. I started with “Up the Beast” a couple of weeks ago but I had a bit of nightmare, I started well enough and was in the top ten but I didn’t respect the hills enough and slowly died a death and went backwards. It’s very different tactics compared to roads, I’m generally pretty good at pacing a road race but on a fell you can’t go off too quick and maintain a pace and I didn’t reserve enough energy on the flatter bits, I was determined to pace it better at the next one.

Moel y Gamelin popped up in my Facebook news feed and looked a great one to have a crack at, it’s 10 miles long with 2887 ft of climb and mostly on trail path. I’d never done such a long fell race before so I decided give it a go and then had to run around like a headless chicken borrowing various bits of kit off everyone (full kit required for this one, who ever needs to own a whistle??) Me and Lou loaded up the car and set off picking up Jane, Laura and Duncan Harris (Chester Tri) on route to the Horseshoe Bypass in Llangollen.

The race starts and finishes opposite the Pondersa Café and the mercury was pushing 30 degrees, probably not the most ideal conditions! A big thank you to Phil Gillard for lending me his fell shows before the start by the way, he pointed out that my road racing flats where probably not best suited to the rough and rugged terrain that was to come and how right he was! 🙂

The race started and as planned I went off very steady, the route starts on a grass hill and you quickly hit a gravel track for the long climb up to Moel y Gamelin, you then find a sharp decent which had me scrabbling for grip, thank god I had those trail shoes on! The route was very undulating, up and down up and down until around mile 4-5 where you get a bit of rest bite on flatter grassy terrain. I had managed to work my way through the traffic and here I saw Mario handing out water which went over my head, he mentioned I was in 10th place but the heat was starting to have an adverse affect on me at this point. After another mile a water stop appeared into view so I stopped, took on plenty of water and ate an energy bar, I lost a few places but the sacrifice was worth it as I was feeling more energised after this.

The route loops back and hits the gravel path again and after a short while the colossus of the final climb appears into view which is certainly the hardest, over 500 feet! I was glad I’d taken on some fuel as I was feeling pretty good here and only lost one place on the hill. After this it’s pretty much downhill and hang on to the finish where I managed to get 15th place which I was made up with. I thoroughly enjoyed the race, I’d paced it well and took on fuel and water where necessary and the views were stunning. A Helsby runner converted to a Felsby? Not quite hanging up those racing flats yet but I will definitely being doing a few more this year 🙂

Congrats to all the Felsby runners, especially Laura BH for getting second place (I think) for the ladies and first Helsby lady to finish. Adam also had a great run to bag 6th overall and first Helsby runner home. A big thank you to Louise, Joe and Mario for supporting us on the day also.”

No results out yet but keep an eye out here:
http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5810

Col T

Parkrun

Please find a link to the consolidated results from last Saturdays parkruns, Delamere saw a superb second place from Derek Morris who is on the comeback after some time out with injury, well done mate and a big well done to everyone who took part in one.

That’s all this week, as usual please let me know if there are any results or reports missing and I will endeavour to update the blog.

Cheers
Col T

 

 

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