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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

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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.

HRC Borders

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

 

 

Weekly Round up 16-4 to 22-4

Notices

Firstly a bit of “good news, bad news” to start the blog off. Please welcome new member Chris Lloyd to the club, also Derek Morris and Helen Owens are back.

Also, Tim Palmer asks that people check their Emails for the “opt in” message sent a few weeks back to stay on the clubs mailing lists.

On to the races, CBH sent in this report from the Lake District

Teenager with Altitude and the Anniversary Waltz.

A rather hot Saturday saw four Helsby vests in the stunning Newlands valley for the final running of the Teenager and Anni Waltz. The Anni Waltz was established by Wynn and Steve Cliff to mark their wedding anniversary, but with Steve’s sad passing following a long and inspirational battle with Motor neurone disease, Wynn has decided this would be the last time she runs it. I know Wynn personally as she orchestrated the support for my Bob Graham back in 2012. Steve and Wynn were true servants to fell running – involved in the FRA, Wynn was even an honorary member of the Bob Graham club having spent years supporting rounds (up to 50 per year!) The numbers at the event were simply huge and it was a fitting tribute to Steve and his life.

Max, Jimmy and I toed the line at the Teenager whilst Laura took on the Anni Waltz – those that ran it as a fell counter last year will attest to the brutal start of the Waltz. After a short run down the road it’s straight up Robinson (the last top on the Bob Graham) and then it’s round to Dale Head, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells before descending back down to the start; at 11.5 miles and 3600 feet of ascent it’s a stiff challenge. The Teenager packs in an extra 4000 feet of climb in a mere 4 additional miles – a total beast of a race.

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Unsurprisingly it was Max that took an early lead in the Teenager over Jimmy and me. Jimmy and I exchanged the lead a few times and ran together for parts, but it was easy to get totally distracted by the surrounding beauty. Days like this in the lakes are rare and the views were simply endless. I’d never been to this part of the lakes and, as always, I was blown away by it. We’re so fortunate to have it 2 hours down the road from us.
Race wise Max was off near the front and never came back into sight. He passed Laura near the top of Robinson and finished joint 18th and over 30 minutes ahead. Given the quality of field that’s a simply fantastic performance! I managed to overtake Jimmy around Whiteless Pike and then, despite descending the wrong side of the mountain due to being momentarily drawn in by the views of Buttermere, I managed to get back on track and maintain the slim lead down to Newland Hause.

From here I ran scared, never knowing where Jimmy was, whether he’d got a better line than me or when he was going to breeze past me. Suffering a bout of cramp down the inside of my left leg as I climbed from Dalehead tarn up to Maiden Moor my heart sank as I expected the inevitable. Impossible to stretch out, I had to crack on and hope it would subside. Only three streams exist on the route so water had been a problem; as I descended from maiden moor I was a dead man running. My hopes of catching up with Laura on the route were long gone.

The final descent was pitiful and the finally ~1k of road was pure torture as ghosts of Jimmy flew past me, but I hung on and finished in just under 4 hours. Laura had a great race, in a truly massive field. The results are not out yet and I couldn’t see straight to note them down on the day! Every participant received an engraved glass from their respective race, a meal and free beer. A true community race that has put £000’s to charity over the years, has kept a community centre open and all for £9 a head. I sincerely hope that somebody else picks up the race and ensure it continues… I certainly want to run it again!

Davyd Michell sent in these 2 race reports

Two Sundays ago 4 green army vests took to the start line at the Bebington oval for 4 laps of the track in the Wirral AC 1 mile. This was the 1st race of 4 in the Wirral endurance series, the others being a 3k, 5k and 10k.
Its not often that you get to run a timed mile race and this meant quite a large field of 25 runners took to the line with some familiar faces from border league races present. The pace was as expected quick and the field spread out rapidly. 1st green vest home was Fitzy in a quick 5:07.01 for 7th place, Ian was next in 13th with and impressive 5:37.09 given that he has been strong armed into the race have already done a tough hill session in the morning!. I had a good battle with Peter and just managed sneak home inside 6mins with 5:59.12 for 17th with Peter one place behind in 6:11.47. Full results are here

Mens – https://tinyurl.com/yalnw5go
Womens – https://tinyurl.com/yd2www3h

Two days later saw me on the start line in Battersea park for the Veterans Athletic Club 5 miler. This happen to coincide with a work trip to London and made a pleasant change from and evening in hotels/work. The event is open to any Vet and is held monthly on a Tuesday night, if you happen to be a member of a masters athletics club you also get a £1 discount so this was a bit of a bargain for me at £4 for a certified 5 mile race. It was a nice sunny evening and 33 runners lined up for just under 3 laps of the park. The course is flat and apart from dodging a few other parks users and makes for a pretty quick course. I came home in a uneventful 34:31 for a mid table 15th position and something to build on for future races as work will enable me able to make most of the series.

Details of the dates of the other races can be found here as I know there are a few of us that find ourselves in London for work.
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Fixtures.html

Full results here
http://www.vetsac.org.uk/Results-2018.html#17/04

parkrunFull, consolidated results for the week for Helsby members can be found below
https://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 9th April to 15th April 2018

Hello Green Army

A few notices to kick off.

A message from Tim Palmer.

Welcome Jason Tate who has just joined the Green Army, also a welcome back to Leah Binns as a club member after a year off.

Also, just a prompt to you all , if you want to continue receiving the blogs  you will now need to opt-in either by updating your settings i) by the link in the recent email [scheduled to be sent at Wed, April 18th 1:00 am] or ii) by the link in the footer of the blog. For members, they do this twice!

A quick heads up from me

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thanks

And another – Borders League season finale is nearly upon us

Borders League Race 7 is to be held on Weds 25th April. All details below. It would be great to get a good turn out again for the last race of the season, and guarantee our place where we belong in the top division. For anyone who has not raced this before we need to pre-register you for this one, you cannot turn up on the night and just run like normal. I need your details in by Monday 23rd April at the very latest. Please let me know if you are attending.

fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thank you

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

And Another 

Dearnford Lake Relays are open for entries. 7:30 pm Thursday 12th July 2018. Anyone want in? This will sell out very quickly, if you let me know, i will organise the teams similar to how we have done others based on power of 10 results. Mens/ladies/mixed teams can be sorted.

It’s £6 per person. Email me or let me know on our Facebook page. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

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

And another 

Are you aware we now have a club training session on Friday mornings. Friday Fun Club (FFC) is now an official club run. 6am prompt, every Friday from Red Brow Lane, Runcorn, WA7 1QY. Park up at the canal bridge.

This is the kind of stuff we get up to below. It’s available for all abilities, nobody will be left behind, and with the brighter mornings we are expecting numbers to start increasing. We have a regular group of up to 10 at present, feel free to come along and join in

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Thanks to Carol Shaw for sending a report in

Chester Spring 5 – Wednesday April 11th 2018

20 green vests took part in our 4th race in the road series, the Chester Spring 5, last Wednesday. The weather conditions were perfect for running and although there were concerns about water out on the course, we all ran through the puddles without a problem. Chris Fitzpatrick was first home for Helsby in a chip time of 28.39, even though he had previously run the Manchester Marathon three days before!

Debbie and Carol won age category prizes, and Carol, Christina and Debbie all finished within a minute of each other. Many thanks to Geoff Collins and Neil Finnegan for their support out on the course, and as always a big thank you to Joe and Mario for cheering us all on.

Full results below

https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Chester-Spring-51

Thanks to Bish for sending this one over – Radcliffe 10k trail race

Sunday morning took me off to Radcliffe for a trail race with a sting in the tail. Radcliffe A.C. had to amend the course due to repair works on the canal. Then had to change race HQ. Finally this morning had to contend with loose horses on the course, who very kindly left plenty on poo mine’s on the course.🐎😠

Anyway the route started on the track off onto a well potholed path with plenty of puddles, over the canal then into pathways and  trails through the woods with a hill 3 miles in oh yes a final gradual climb back up the potholed path down onto the track for the finish.
With 303 runners happy to say I finished a respectable 12th with first in age cat.
Winner from Salford with a comfortable time of 36.39.
Not an expensive race to enter organised by a friendly running club worth the travel
Cheers Bish
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Nice one Bish (Poo mines? ha ha ha)

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Warrington, Delamere, Widnes, Stretford, & Northwich. Full consolidated results below

Big mention to Derek (Degsy) Morris, who looks like he’s joined the club again after injury just at the right time, winning Pheonix Park Run. Well done mate great to see you back

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all folks

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up from Monday 02/04/18 to Sunday 08/04/18

Hello Green Army!

It looks like its been a busy week. Thanks to everyone who has sent something into the mailbox. Remember to keep sending anything that you want to be included in the weekly round-up to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Reminders:

Sandstone Trail Challenge – Saturday 12/05/2018 – Help Needed

A message from Ben Williams regarding the STC:

“Helsby RC are again organising the Sandstone Trail Challenge on Saturday 12th May. The event is sold out, most of the pre-organising is done and now we have to put on our usual great event! To do this we need volunteers – thanks to everyone who’s already offered, but we need more please. The event runs all day and into the evening, and we particularly need help later in the day. There are checkpoints to man, the finish area to look after and various other tasks – plenty to go around!

For all you bakers out there. we’ll need cakes to give out at the finish as well! 

If you can help please let me know on facebook, or by email to sandstonetrailchallenge@hotmail.com , or grab me on a Wednesday night.

thanks all!

Ben”

Mid Cheshire 5k (with curry) – Friday 27/04/2018

A message from Chris Fitzpatrick:

“Hello Green Army

Friday 27th April we have the Mid Cheshire 5k taking place in Kingsley, 7.15pm start. A few of us are going for a curry straight after in Frodsham around 8.30-9pm, depending on how fast you run it!!!

If you would like to join us please email me so we can book a table, the sooner the better please. You are more than welcome to come along even if not racing, just let me know. 

Thanks

Fitzy”

Racing news:

Grisedale Grind – Wednesday 04/04/2018

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Thanks to Steve Riley for sending in his holiday report:

“Imagine the excitement of popping the fell calendar in your bag for a family week in the Lakes, only to find there was an evening race 10 minutes up the road? The weather was equally exciting and started to snow  a couple of hours before. It was supposed to be an out and back up Grisedale Pike but was shortened to a half height route, with a white-out on top. Just for kicks they threw in an extra climb at the start to soften us up. Magic race – recommended – hardest 2.2 miles I’ve run!”

Pollensa Half Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

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Next, we have another holiday report from Richard Hankins. Thanks Richard:

“Pollensa is a medieval town in the North of Mallorca, nestled at the foot of the Tramontanamountains. Geoff ‘been there and run it’ Collins told me about the race. At Euro 18 to enter it is good value for money. 
The route travels initially painfully slowly 1.5 times around the running track, it then heads out onto the main road from Pollensa to Palma….beautifully closed by the Guardia Civil. The first three straight miles are downhill as far as Puerto Pollensa. Around the back of the town then onto the coast for three glorious windy miles along the seafront. This town attracts a lot of English visitors – and their was a lot of love for the Helsby vest as I made my way past tourists eating their breakfast on the patio. Image-2.png-2
The last four miles were along beautiful country lanes, through ancient olive groves and citrus fruit orchards. A real treat…even better than Wrexham Industrial Estate despite the uphill gradient. The final mile was circuits of the medieval streets of the old town: great support from the locals and the town band playing as you passed through the square creating a great atmosphere.  Lots of sharp turns and cobbles, however, made this difficult running.
Overall, a fab event I’d love to do again. Not the fastest race but one of the best experiences. I didn’t get an official time as I had failed to attach the chip on the back of my number to my shoe and I only noticed after the race that everyone had. But I was 95th at 1:31 by my reckoning.”

Borders League, Mold – Sunday 08/04/2018 (Helsby v Felsby race 1 of 2)

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Thanks to Ian Rutherford for sorting out the scoring for the Helsby v Felsby competition and seeing in the following report:

Helsby v Felsby after race 1 – Borders League, Mold.

So, after the previous Borders was postponed due to bad weather, the Helsby v Felsby competition kicked off at the following Borders meeting upon the 5-mile Mold course. I think genuinely recognised as one of the tougher Borders courses on the circuit.

Thirty Greenarmy turned up for this, 18 representing Team Helsby, 12 Felsby. The lure of the Manchester Marathon extracting a few from the overall totals, I trust they’ll be back though for the return leg on the Hills.

It was a great contest too. Colin Bishop first home in 37th position overall and just 6 seconds ahead of Chris Collins in 40th. A great H v F contest in itself. With Adam and Colin both well in the top 50 it was a very satisfactory day for the Greenarmy men who have more than consolidated their position in 4th in Division 1. With twice as many runners for Team Helsby over Felsby it’s not surprising a good lead at this stage.

The women keep going from strength to strength and have the foundations of genuinely competitive racing team; led from the front by June once again. June finished second in a brilliant 31’20 with Alison Hassall 7th.

The remaining ladies all representing Team Felsby ensure a healthy lead on Team Helsby though.

The full results are as follows and show a slender lead overall for Team Helsby over Felsby which is consistent with previous years of the competition.”

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Manchester Marathon – Sunday 08/04/2018

Well done to all the Helsby crew who completed the Manchester Marathon on Sunday and thanks to Chris Fitzpatrick for sending in the report:

“Sunday seen 5 of the green army head over to Manchester to do the marathon along with 10,000 other competitors. This marathon is an expensive one, and in past years it hasn’t met up to certain standards you would expect, with the course being short, countless stories of baggage problems, but this time the organisers got everything right. Enough parking, a big enough baggage tent, friendly marshalls before and after the race, lots of entertainment, and the Manchester crowd from start to finish really was great. This race now has the feel of a big city marathon, and i think it will continue to grow over the coming years.

The course for those who haven’t done before it is super flat, definitely a PB course, although a few changes early on seen us run around the local streets with a lot of twists and turns but it then takes you out to Sale, Timperley and back into Manchester centre for a finish line that seems to go on forever. It was also perfect running conditions, no wind, no rain, cloudy and about 9-10c. 

I had given up booze for the whole of my training, and I had trained extremely hard putting in a lot of mileage with only 1 goal, a sub 2.45 marathon which would get me a championship place for London next year. After initially feeling great early on, i started to struggle from mile 13 onwards and my average 6.08 min/miles by mile 20 starting to turn into 6.20 plus miles, and slowly got worse and worse. I could see my goal slipping away, and the demons in my head went into overdrive when my body really started to hurt and were just saying give up. I’m happy to report i didn’t give up, however i did miss out on my time by 1 second. Well 2 seconds now as they have rounded my time up, 2.45.01, a massive PB by nearly 5 minutes, but so so disappointing to get so close, but i had nothing left in me, my feet felt like they dragged along the tarmac for the last 6 miles. Overall i am happy at the way the training went and way the race panned out, and i was even happier when i got home to be greeted by a nice cold Guinness.

Well done to everyone who ran, a marathon is only a 10k race i read afterwards, it’s a 32k warm up with a 10k race at the end. You’re not wrong there! it’s a bloody tough one as well.

Full results for Helsby runners below

http://www.chiprace.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=38&RId=1865

 

Parkrun – Saturday 07/04/2018

We had 15 Helsby members participating across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday. Great to see Colin Bishop still up there in the rankings – 2nd place at Phoenix by 1 second! Ooh… I bet that was battle. Well done Col!

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC.

That’s it for this week.

Cheers,

Jim

 

 

 

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

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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

Helsby weekly roundup 19-3 to 25-3

Firstly a message from Chris Fitz
This years Dearnford Lake Relays are to be held on Thursday 12th July 7.30pm. It opens for entries early April, and will sell out very quickly. It was £5 each last year (£15 per team), presume it will be the same this year.

For those who have not raced it before, you team up as a relay team of 3, someone runs the first leg, someone second leg, and yep you guessed it someone the 3rd leg as well (Sorry I have to explain this as Rachel still struggles to grasp what a relay means). Each leg is 1 lap of the lake as surrounding fields and is 2 miles long.

Once I know numbers we can sort teams, we try and put you in a team of similar paced runners but we will cater for everyone. After the race, it’s a beer and a burger….Bonus!

If interested contact
fitzpatrick__chris@hotmail.com

CBH sent in this report from LLantysilio Fell Race

Weather was decent for our first fell counter of the season at Llantysilio this weekend and the race was well supported by the Green Army (so much so we won a prize for the club with the most entries!) Situated just outside Llangollen, the race starts with a brief bit of road before a stiff climb up to the first top and onto a series of fields and farm tracks.

Between the sweat and tears I was just about able to enjoy the scenery before we headed up and along the fire road tracks to Moel-y-Gamelin. The clag was hanging around the tops on the way there so keeping sight of people ahead became difficult, but made for a great game of cat and mouse with no respite or place to hide. From the top, rather than dropping down to the Ponderosa on the Horseshoe pass the race turns right along a long and fantastic series of well defined single track paths which really make or break the racers. Hoovering up the guys in front on the final climb and along this single track was very positive, but in the end I ran out of distance to breach the top ten. The final section returns to the tarmac for a killer “never ending” finish.

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All in all a great race, won by friend of the club Jez Brown of Buckley and the 20 Fell points going to Adam Gordon and Laura Baynham-Hughes – Laura also managed to bag 3rd overall and was first vet 40… again a little bit more distance and that could well have been a second place. Special mention to Emily Smith who was taking on her first fell race. Coming into the finish with a massive smile on her face (and that wasn’t just pure relief). Fantastic work by all the Felsby section of the Green Army – if you’ve ever been tempted or are curious then come along next time and give it a go. There is always a lift, warm welcome and a true sense of freedom to be had.

Results and (lots of) photos can be found on the Helsby Facebook page

 

Parkrun

The full consolidated results for Helsby parkruners can be found below. Highlights include a win for Colin Bishop at Phoenix and 2nd Lady for Rachael Holden at Widnes

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

 

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 12th March to 18th March 2018

Hello Green Army

Lets get the notices and messages out the way first of all.

A note from Tim Palmer

Message to all club members who are a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)
Over the last few years, a number of club members have successful obtained this Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification. Unfortunately, some of those haven’t completed the final step of getting the safeguarding (DBS) check. If you haven’t done this, you are not insured as a LiRF. The UK Athletics website says: “To be insured having taken this course [LiRF] it is a legal requirement that you also apply for and gain the relevant safeguarding check provided by your Home Country. The process for this varies between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.”
However, all is not lost. It is relatively easy to get a DBS check, this can be done online on the England Athletics website with both Jo Farwell and me (Tim Palmer) being able to do the document checks. So it is just a matter of filling the form in online and then arranging to meet one of us with your various documents (passport, driving licence, utility bill, etc). We then can verify these on online and there is no need to send off the documents or copies. The full instructions are available at:

Both Jo and I have recently done these checks for club members, so please feel to ask us questions about it.
Tim
Some notices from Jackie
Important dates for your diary :-

Helsby Running Club AGM – Wednesday May 16th 8:30pm after training, in
the upstairs room at HCSC; chips or sandwiches provided.

Helsby Running Club Annual Presentation Evening – Friday 15th June, from
6:30pm at HCSC; a Summer BBQ for all the family (hopefully) followed by
our annual, Road, Fell, Trail, Cross Country & Border League awards +
overall Club Championship+ disco to celebrate too!

Please keep these dates free.

Sadly, Chris Hatton’s wife, Sandra passed away last Sunday after a
number of years of illness. Out thoughts go out to Chris and it was
great seeing him turn up to train last Wed despite a tough week. Funeral
will be early April, TBA. Sandra & Chris marshalled each year at a
number of our races without fail, until Sandra was not well enough to
turnout. I will always remember her settled in by the Motor Museum 4VHM
marshalling spot; with camping gear & stove on the go for hot brews &
handing out lashings of tasty flatjacks!

Thanks

Jackie

This weekend will also see the first of our fell counters and the second road counter.  
The fell race is Llantysilio (AS) 9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft, 11am start from Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, Nr Llangollen, GR 179448 (why never a post code for simpleton’s like me????)
The road counter is the Liverpool 10 miler, Pier Head, Liverpool, 9am start.
Good luck to anyone running them.
Also, after the abandonment of the last Borders League race at Tattenhall, this will not be re-arranged, it will be a 6 race series this season not 7. The next race up is Sunday 8th April, in Mold, 11am start. This will be the 1st leg of the Helsby V Felsby competition now as well. A massive turn out is much needed please.
Also, i am pleased to announce that the popular Friday Fun Club is now an official club run, and will be added shortly to the club website for everyone to see. Well done to Ian Rutherford and the regulars for keeping this going. For those who are not on social media, there’s normally a group of 5-10 runners most weeks that turn up at 6am prompt, Friday mornings, Red Brow Lane, Runcorn. The run normally lasts no longer than an hour and is usually around 6 miles, and depending on what racing is going on over the weekend it would normally consist of a hill session in the Firs, or a nice gentle plod around Sunny Runny, Hatton, and Daresbury. Plenty of mustering and all abilities welcome. Message Ian or myself if you have any questions.
Also talking about new runs, for anyone that cannot do 6.30pm Wednesday night club runs as they are just a little too late, then there are folk who have been meeting up at 6pm every Wednesday instead. The 6.30pm start is still the main club run and will continue to be so, but if you feel that you need to set of the little bit earlier than everyone else so you are all finishing at the same time then feel free to join the gang. Both the 6.00pm and 6.30pm groups will muster so anyone new to the runs or club, will not get left behind, we want to cater for everyone at Helsby.
Last notice, Mid Cheshire 5k is on the 27th April, and after this race last year a group of us went for a curry down Frodsham, and we are planning on doing this again. You don’t have to race to be able to qualify to come for the curry so if you want to come along let me know so I can book at table, it will probably be around 9pm ish, email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or message me on FB/Twitter.
OK onto a few race reports
 
Ras y Aran

The three Helsby vests of Jim O’Hara, Phil Gillard and myself braved the cold and blizzards and headed to Bala for Ras y Aran on Saturday. I hadn’t done the race before and was a bit worried when Chris informed me on route it was a tough one!! Now he tells me! It is an out and back race with a steady climb up and a lots of lovely descent on the way back down!  Due to the weather we did a shorted route mainly for the safety of the marshals and one I was glad of when we got turned around at check point 1 – not sure I would have fancied another 2 miles up to the summit in those conditions.  Pleased we made the trip over and big thanks to Chris and the boys for cheering us on. Also pleased to be 4th lady back and a nice bottle of vino for 1st V40. Good running from the gents. Results http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/ras%20y%20aran%20result%202018.html

 Also, Just a reminder it is our first fell counter on Saturday at Llantysilio. Would be great to see lots of green vests out on the fells. It is a great race – if you have any questions about kit requirements or route then just ask.

http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/llantysilio-fell-race/

Well done Laura, it was pretty bleak on Saturday, hope Phil has his leggings on and not his short shorts!!
Sue Buck dragger herself away from the sun bed to send this one in

Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k Race

The Joe Shellhorn Falesia 5k is organized by the group I was running with for the benefit of the many running groups who train in the Algarve at this time of year.

I’m not normally a fan of 5ks, but I was talked into it with comments such as  “it’s hilly and they’ve dug the road up for you so it should be right up your street!” So at 4 Euros, I thought I’d give it a go and was glad that I did.

There was a record entry this year with 150 runners taking part. The course is a hilly 2 ¾ laps starting with a fast downhill and finishing on what is now known as Falesia mountain! The event is well-organized with plenty of marshals and support for the runners.

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Debbie Read was also flying the flag for Helsby and was first FV60. Well done Debbie

Full results can be found here: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flookaside.fbsbx.com%2Ffile%2FFalasia5k2018Final.pdf%3Ftoken%3DAWznpuYTbIdli7rcDahkGdDupdbQ9BeYb8GyPGANCr18vyOb3g_vWPZJq9Rf1Pxr2vh88xCaRbue0B9Oc_PuuScfV_Vc6G639Y87W_WBqHZmlJA_lkSuOt9k7WOH259SkM0ndiECjULJq2U47lvECiko2JSDgF_iq8Eb1SNE07HB2KbCY33du_v0CrQb3GK10co&h=ATPD6FsIjdXKlHi2u-L_-yaKiN6cRDZnnT1UDPWzpegax2Imj4FGbxLw2Ks4i76BubvD_qhpm7nYNeueRioBe6daxJiz2GzIPuB4w5kZ-9FiBLka6Nl89IVjTzbA

Sue

Looks like you had a ball especially after seeing these photo’s

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Betty & Jackie sent a few bits in for the Sport Relief event last Sunday

Well done to all the Helsby Running Club volunteers,  we had 58 entries of all ages on a very cold day. Probably the only Sports Relief Mile event with a race clock and official adjudication!!

I have to say Helsby Running Club knows how to host a race!

Click on the link below for results and some photo’s

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Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Delamere, Golden Beach, Ellesmere Port, Penhryn, Birkenhead, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s all from me, have a nice weekend

Fitzy

Helsby RC weekly round-up 5th to 11th March 2018

Welcome to this week’s round-up. It was a very busy weekend of racing for the Green Army, it’s great to see so many of you out and about racing. Before the news Jackie has sent in a quick reminder regarding the Sport Relief Fun Run…

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It’s for all ages and abilities so come along and join the fun & raise money for Sport Relief & our nominated local charities (suggestions welcome). Have got a number of volunteers and helpers on the day but for the full set could do with 4 more, please let me know if you can help asap jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Thanks
Jackie

Chester Ultra

Report by Gareth Boyd

Got up at silly o’clock last Saturday for a short drive to Waverton. Registered and was welcomed by a friendly ‘Green Army’ face – Mr Ben Williams (who was kindly volunteering throughout the day). No fancy dress this time – not for ultras 😉 but made sure that I appeared on the front of starting line for race pics 😎. 6am the race started and I made sure that I held an easy pace, not going off too quickly and dying half way around. The 1st 5/6 miles are run on road and then you join the canal – after this it was basically like playing ‘can you spot an area of ground which isn’t muddy! ‘ I kid you not – it was like cross country but approx 40 miles of it 😲😳.

At approx 25 miles we reached Helsby Hill and I was greeted by Betty and Steve (cheers guys) – great to see you guys. We then headed over to Frodsham Hill and then in Delamere.

The last 10k runs along yet another canal – a muddy canal of course.  At this stage most of us were keen to get the race over and done with – I managed to pass a number of runners and finish in position 57. I actually had to pass the finish line twice, as 1st time around, the official camera wasn’t around 🙄. The reward – ok, the usual t-shirt and a lovely burger and hot drink. Awaiting office results but think my finish time was 10.40 hours. Worth noting that Charlie Sharp smashed the course record by 20 mins – now 7.12 hours #wow . Unlikely Charlie, however, I didn’t fall during the race 😎

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Gaz’s catalogue pose!

Knighton 20

Report by Fitzy

Sunday seen me travel down to Stafford to take part in my marathon warm up race, a 3 lap, 20 miler along the country lanes of Knighton. This race formerly known as the Stafford 20 attracts a lot of people like myself, who are looking for a long distance race which is ideal preparation for our spring marathons, mostly Manchester or London. It was pretty much near perfect running conditions, a bit overcast and nice and cool.

If you haven’t already heard , because I’ve not really talked about it much, I’ve given up drinking since new year, and I am following a 14 week plan and so far so good, not missing one session, and following the high mileage this plans sets you, and I’m reaping the rewards at present, although there are a few downsides but I’ll make up for that come April 8th.

I had heard from a few club members that the course had been moved to a new location but the country roads where pretty much the same and were undulating with some long climbs. The first mile and a half was all down hill, so I set off at my marathon race pace and was happy with the first 3 miles, until I hit the first hill which you could see the top of as well in the distance. It was nothing too bad but a long drawn out climb is in my opinion worse than a short steeper climb. Once over the top, it reminded me a lot of the 4VHM course, lots of ups and downs, but nothing too bad. My pace held on to my average needed and lap 1 ended with a big steep climb back up to the club house and past the car park, the very same car park that after 2 laps of it David Madders thought, nah, I’m going home after passing his car one too many times for his liking a few years back.

Lap 2, more of the same really, held onto the pace quite well, was starting to bank a few seconds on each mile, for them to be clawed back on the climbs, but all along I was thinking if I can do this on this course, then I should be able to hold out on marathon day, as Manchester only has 150ft of elevation on the whole 26.2 miles compared to 700ft on 20 for this course. The last lap seen me overtake 6th, and then 5th who had come to a stop with cramp, finding myself finishing in 4th but 1st MV40 home, earning a nice £25 voucher and a crisp £10 note. My finish time was 2 hours 3 mins and 25 secs. A very enjoyable day out and more importantly it’s now given me the confidence going into the marathon in just under 4 weeks time and I feel full of confidence. I cannot wait to crack open that first beer on 8th April, just hope it’s a PB victory beer.

Full results are here:
https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/results%20velo-runner-knighton-20.pdf

Loggerheads 10k

Report by Darren O’Connor

I attended the loggerheads 10k trail race on Saturday morning and it was good to see fellow Helsby runner Mike Barnard in attendance too. The 10k route was 2 x 5k laps around loggerheads Country Park which involved hills, technical descents and a quite large leg busting stair climb. I have to admit, I found the course challenging – particularly the stair climb which zapped my legs (queue laughs from the fell runners) However it was a lot of fun and catered for all abilities including the option to do a 5k loop and even run with your dog if you wanted. I finished in 17th place overall so could be worse. For me, this race really highlighted the difference in running on trails compared to roads and should serve as a wakeup call if I’m going to have any hope of getting round the Causeway Coast trail ultra in September!

The Howarth Hobble

Report by Ian Rutherford

1Sandwiched between two beautiful spring days, the unrelenting rain-spray of the M6, M65 en-route to West Yorkshire kind of set the tone for the what was in-store on this particular Saturday.  Observing the roadside snow drifts didn’t do much to uplift my cheer as we meandered through the hills towards the pretty village of Haworth.  In the car was the entire Greenarmy cast, hill runner extraordinaire Max Wainwright himself (asleep in the back of the car), driver Ben Crossley and googlemaps navigator my good-self.  That was as much navigation as I was prepared (or qualified) to do for the rest of the day I can assure you.  Arriving in good time for registration and set-up we made our way to the start line in the main street (note they made us start at the bottom of the steep hill).  Just shy of 400 runners (and probably a handful of hiker-walkers) assembled in the rain and heavily overcast conditions, though light winds and mild temperatures in truth didn’t make it feel too bad at all if I’m honest.

Max had already hooked up Buckley’s Jez Brown and Ben and myself wandered further back on the start line to do some last-minute faffing with our kit.  At around 8.10 we were off and the slow trot up the cobbled hill began.

The course is a 32-mile anti-clockwise loop from / to Haworth over the West Yorks and East Lancs hills taking in sizeable towns of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.  Total elevation for the course is approx. 5000ft.

Things get interesting and picturesque quickly as we run alongside the vast reservoir at Stanbury.  The terrain is already demanding and within the first few miles everyone is already wet-footed and soaked through.  The slippy rock makes running at any speed difficult but given the number of already steep climbs this became less of an issue and some yomping had already begun.

Ben was finding the terrain much easier underfoot and made light-work of the climbs; he even had time to take some excellent pics.  We found ourselves chalking off the miles efficiently enough, going through the checkpoints and securing a quick biscuit. At roughly the half-way stage we observed some supporters/helpers one of which carrying a sign indicating hotdogs and sure enough around the bend, on top of the moor was Checkpoint 4 with tables laden with hotdogs (and veggie dogs), soup, tea etc.  Very welcome.  At this point mine and Ben’s elation was quickly curtailed, seeing Max, fully clothed and if honest looking somewhat off-colour.  It was obvious his race had finished.  After ensuring he was okay and that his lift back to Haworth was happening, Ben and myself plodded onwards.

We were both moving well and constantly picking up people, taking comfort that we were definitely going the right way.  On one of the faster downhill sections, I had my customary fall and with Ben’s first-aid help managed to bandage my knee up sufficiently.  We lost around 10 mins in doing so.

The most significant elevation is ‘backended’ on this course, with two huge moorland hills, Stoodley Pike being one of them with its ghostly monument poking through the mist and lots of cobbled-road coming in to Hebden climbing up to Heptonstall.  Ben took a shot of whiskey at the check-point just before this, the biggest climb, at roughly 20 miles, me, I went for a cheese and onion pasty.

Both tired now and hearing that the penultimate checkpoint had ran out of water didn’t go down well and Ben, now flagging a tad, demonstrated his resourcefulness in taking water from a trail-side spring.   Replenished and perked up, we tried upping our pace with minute on, minute off running / walking these final very steep climbs.  The most significant snow drifts were evident on these final moors just before re-entering Haworth, knee-deep in places.

A final push, both running well, we made it back to the finish clocking an unremarkable 6hours 48m finishing in joint 167th but it was chalked off and with huge grins we got some refreshment and joined a snoozing Max in the car.

For the record this year’s winning time is an amazing 4hours 33m by Ken Sutor of Cheshire Hash and Buckley’s Jez Brown (who a lot of us know at the club) was a brilliant 8th in 4hours 59m.

 

 

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Please find a link to the Saturday parkruns below. Well done to everyone who ran, especially our Bish with a brilliant win at Phoenix Park!

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

That’s all this week folks, thank you so much for all the brilliant reports, it makes our job a lot easier and gives a bit of variety to the blog each week. Please keep them coming, the email address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running!

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC weekly round-up from 26th Feb to 4th March 2018

Hello Green Army.

Did anything happen last week? I’m a bit late with the blog this week as I’ve stepped in while El Capitono is taking a well deserved break. I had thought I’d have loads of reports in the inbox but it seems the weather was too rough for road-running last week. So a few of us had to take to the fells where a bit of snow added to the fun.

Pipe Dream       Saturday 3rd March 2018

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The snow didn’t put off 4 Helsby from entering the 13th hosting of the wonderful Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog. This is one of my favourite fell races even though I never IMG_5692do well on it. It always reminds me of the 90’s video game of the Mario brothers running along the pipes. The race starts with a steep climb up steps along the pipes and you then follow the pipes over the fells for a while before descending back to Dolgarrog via fields and a wooded area, which can get a bit tricky underfoot. A relatively small field of 47 turned out this year, and we all appreciated the decision of the organisers to go ahead with the race in what could have been quite testing conditions. All went well on the day and everyone came back. Helsby were represented by Max Wainwright (4th), Chris Baynham-Hughes (16th), Phil Gillard (39th), Jim Jones (40th) and Katie Louise stepped in to help out with marshalling on the day.

And fantastic cakes were provided by the Dolgarrog Community Centre.

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The weather seems to of had an impact on park run numbers at the weekend too. We still fielded 7 Helsby runners across various park runs though. Our consolidated club results are HERE

 

New Member!

A warm welcome to Jake Holmes who has recently joined the club. Looking forward to running with you Jake.

That’s all for the short blog this week. If there happens to have been a road race not cancelled in the area, please send me details at helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and I’ll update the blog.

Cheers,

Jim