Helsby RC News – from Monday 11th to Sunday 24th September 2017

Welcome to the weekly round-up. There really isn’t much at all in the inbox this week. Please try and send any race reports, even if it’s only a couple of sentences, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Turning up Competition (TUC Cup)

Don’t forget – the best way of making sure you accrue points for the TUC Cup is to send a race report, or just a link to the results of a race to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

The current standings and races that have been included are in the link below. If you attended a race and its not in the list, even if you was there as a supporter,  just let me know and I will add it.

TUC CUP standings

 

Upcoming Events

Borders League – Fixture 1 at Ellesmere Port – Sunday 01/10/17

We need as many people as possible at our first race of the Borders League this Sunday. Anyone who has ran in this competition before will know that it is a fantastic series of races, and totally free to enter for club members. Just turn up in your club vest – and remember to shout “Green Army!” at the start. Full details are available HERE

Congleton Half Marathon – Sunday 01/10/17

We also have our next Club Road Counter  this Sunday which unfortunately clashes with the Borders League fixture. We have however now  added the Conway Half Marathon to the end of the Road Counter Series so that you still have an opportunity to get points for the Road Series if you are doing the Borders League.  Details of our Road Counter Series are HERE

 

Racing News

With the absence of any reports in the inbox, I can only mention the races I’ve attended myself over the last week. I’m sure there will have been more going on but I didn’t find much from my quick trawl of social media.  If anything has been missed please let us know and we’ll include it in the next blog.

Wirral Multi-Terrain race 3 of 4 at Harrison Drive, Wallasey – Tuesday 19/09/17

We were blessed with a beautiful evening for a run along Wallasey Beach on Tuesday night. The start was delayed for 15 minutes to allow people time, after an incident on the motorway, to get there. Hopefully everyone who wanted to race did so. This is probably my favourite fixture of the 4 because the mile or so run along the beach on the way out, and then again on the return, helps spread the field a bit. It seems to suit me as I need a couple of miles to get going! And I don’t seem to get caught up in the congestion that can occur at some of the other fixtures. We had nine Helsby vests in the race and Mario was there in support. Colin Thompson was first home for Helsby in the mens race in 3rd place followed by Adam Gordon in 9th. Laura Sayer-Hall was first home for Helsby in the ladies race. Well done everybody who ran. The fixture results are available HERE

Macclesfield Half Marathon – Sunday 24/09/17

I decided to tip up for the Macc Half on Sunday as there were still entries on the day. The undulating course seemed to suit me and I surprised myself with a Half Marathon PB of 95:40. As I ran onto the sports track at the finish the commentator on the PA system identified me as Helsby Runner and announced the “great race in January” that we host. So a positive result there too 🙂

Parkrun

It’s great to see Helsby continuing to show Parkrunners how to do it. Some fantastic results across the Parkruns again for Helsby, but notable that Fitzy finished 1st at Phoenix again and Colin Bishop was 2nd at Widnes. Maybe we should start taking the opportunity to promote Helsby RC at Parkruns by wearing our training tops more often? – Just a thought.

Consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC

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And finally for this week, if you’re free on Friday night then why not take the opportunity to support Helsby Community Sports Club and pop along to the the live music night from 7.30pm. Details below.

Thanks,

Jim

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Helsby RC weekly round-up 11th to 17th September 2017

Hello Green Army

Welcome to this weeks round-up. A few of our members have been out and about on road, trail and fell so let’s get started…

Firstly it’s big congratulations to our top mountain and fell runner Max Wainwright for running the Glen Coe Skyline race, looking at the photos it looks totally bonkers! A top 50 finish is outstanding, hopefully Max will get a report over to us soon telling us all about his adventure.

Wirral Multi Terrain Race 2 – Thurstaston

Please find a link to last Tuesdays Wirral Multi Terrain results below:

http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/mt/2017/mtrace2_17.pdf

A great turn out of the green vests saw 13 toeing the line, CC was first back for the Helsby men (7th overall) and Alison Halsall was first back for the ladies (9th overall). Well done both!

Debbie also won her age category and now sits at the top of her table. Well done to Deb and well done everyone else who turned out for the club, I had a hamstring niggle so decided to sit this one out and offer some support from the side lines, it was great seeing everyone putting in some serious effort, also nice to see everyone stay behind and cheer in Betty at the finish, that’s what teamwork is all about!

Thank you to Mario for sorting out the tags and thank you to the support from Louise, Jenny and Joanne Illidge and Leah. Don’t forget the final race is at Arrowe Park next Tuesday 26th Sept.

Sutton 6

Our penultimate road counter of the year saw 10 green vests at Guilden Sutton for the fabulous Sutton 6 race. Great low key event, cheap as chips to enter and a well organised and marshalled course. What more would you want?

I managed to fight off a challenge from Fitzy to take the full points for the men and Susie Woodward-Moor had a great run to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Well done everyone!

Helsby Results:

16           Colin Thompson                35:58
22           Chris Fitzpatrick               36:44
35           Ian Rutherford                  38:14
54           Richard Hankins               39:47
81           Peter Rodriguez                42:03
83           Jim Jones                            42:19
142         Geoff Shaw                        48:19
146         Susie Woodward-Moor   48:55
149         Geoff Collins                      49:03
226         Janet Shaw                         01:01:06

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EHM 10k & Half Marathon

No reports for these 2 races in the inbox, if you did either the 10k or half please fire over a quick report so we can include it in the blog. I do know Colin Bishop managed to get a brilliant 3rd place and 1st in his age group in the 10k. Well done Bish!

Results here: http://ehm.contest-sports.com/results/

Wirral 10k

Debbie Read has sent over this fantastic report for the Wirral 10k. Over to Deb…

“Lucy is 9 years old and has an inoperable and terminal brain tumour. Her uncle, a runner from The Wirral, has started a fund raising page called Lucy’s Pineapple Fund. Lucy, who loves pineapples is now in Mexico receiving treatment.

BTRrunliverpool organise many races on Merseyside including The Whistle Stop Tour, Run the Tunnel and The Santa Dash. They hosted The Wirral 10k/half marathon at the weekend and had some goodies left over.

Using the power of social media a local running club on The Wirral arranged a “casual run”  open to all on their club night using the officially measured 10k route. Runners were asked to pay a £5 donation to Lucy’s Pineapple Fund (many gave more) and in return they got a technical T-shirt, a medal and a goody bag curtesy of BTR.

So, on a sunny but very windy evening I found myself, along with about 100 other runners, running along New Brighton Prom.

We started near the clown roundabout and ran along the pedestrianised promenade following the lead bike towards Seacombe. At the ferry terminal the lead bike became a human traffic cone and encouraged everyone on their return to the clown, and boy did we  need it! What was a tail wind on the way out made it a very challenging 5k return journey – the last 1k in particular as we turned the corner at the fort was brutal. At the finish line we were all given our goodies, along with lots of snacks, drinks and homemade cakes.
No marshals, no timing, no prize winners but what a fabulous event.

I believe nearly £1000 was raised.

(Jim, do I get a point? )”

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Burton 10k

Betty has sent in a report for the Burton 10k, thank you Betty and well done.

“Sunday I ran the Burton 10k fun run, it was my first time at this event and it is a lovely course with good facilities and management.

There are 5 and 10k routes, open to adults and children, plus a mini fun run on the field for tots aged under 5yrs.

It was great seeing club runners from the local area doing the 5k with their kids.
The course has full road closures and starts on roads heading toward Ness Gardens before turning down toward the Dee estuary with stunning views before continuing on the Dee cycle path and boardwalk.

The Course returns to the Galdstone community centre, for the finish, where the under 5’s egg and spoon race was underway. There is a family BAB, refreshments and Bar.
I would recommend this race for a fun family day out.”

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King John’s Fell Race

Please find the results from King John’s fell race and our 11th counter below.

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/King%20John_s%20Castle%202017.xlsx?token=AWwNI7YdAL7fdc2kzuSQs1X7unQLRFqxcPZngDRxGgbMsXX_jhl-7s0Uas1D-fvxnmPelVjiE1hPSSl-5eI-3gUdAio-313o9i39x9GW5-TgdWMYisTujJBhXdFtVXgroUTqfjINueBfGdohZHpd-RMtUZi_ggLvt2megfsmCAfceHaZhJQzWG2-eZ3FOfFkNM-8eGnKXyecbO-j37pATfhO

No reports for this so I can’t comment much about the race but looking at the results it appears Adam G had a stormer for a top 3 finish and first Helsby runner home! Well done mate. Also well done to Laura BH for first Helsby lady and age cat winner!

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Please find a link to the consolidated results for the Saturday parkruns. Well done to Jane Ashbrook for an excellent first lady at Delamere!

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

That’s all this week folks, sorry about the delay this week. If I have missed anything please let me know so I can update the blog.

Happy running!

Cheers
Colin

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 4th to 10th September 2017

Hello Green Army

Not a lot in the inbox at all this week so it’s a quiet one, well apart from another chapter in CBH’s auto-biography.

A quick note from Laura

ESSAR 4 Villages Half Marathon

The Four Villages Half Marathon which is on Sunday 21st January opens for entries on 1st October for what will be the 35th race. You can enter online from 1st October at https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/35th-ESSAR-Four-Villages-Half-Marathon.

 For new members, this race is organised by Helsby Running Club and is a popular race in the running calendar. As a reminder if you are a Helsby member and would like to run then we kindly ask that you nominate a volunteer to help out on race day or that you help out on Saturday 20th January. We are only able to put on this race with the help of all club members and the income from the race enables us to keep subs lower than they would otherwise have to be. The race also supports lots of local community groups and charities! I have kept a number of places in reserve for club members to give you time to organise your volunteer for race day. Any questions then give me (Laura@baynham-hughes.com) a shout.  And of course if you are able to help out in the run up to the race then please let me know as there is lots to do!

 Finally please spread the word once we are open as it would be great to get record numbers running for our 35th race!

I believe we have a fell and road counter this weekend, Saturday 16th is King John’s Castle Fell race, and Sunday 17th is the Sutton 6 road race. 

All the previous seasons results can be found here so would be great to get good turn out’s this weekend.

https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2017-road-and-fell-champs/ –

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

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Big mention to Ste Wiggins and Col Thompson, both running their 100th park runs within the last week, well done guys. Col celebrated with a win at Pheonix whilst Wiggo celebrated with a biscuit, along with a few others from the Green Army

CBH has been swimming again (and a bit of running) although after watching the highlights and seeing some of it live, i can honestly say i would not have ventured out in a boat, never mind swim in the conditions he did. Over to Chris

It’s swimming, but not as I’ve ever known it!

ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Championships

What a few days! On Sunday I found myself on a boat on my way to Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago. Sitting two hours from Stockholm itself amidst over the 3000 islands that make up the archipelago Sandhamn is beautiful and well worth a visit in its own right, but we arrived with the sole purpose of making our way to Utö, some 75km away. Taking in 24 runs (65k) and 22 swims  (10k+!) it is a truly epic adventure. The runs were a mixture of wet and dry rocks, “trail” (from walking as we ducked branches and moved around trees through to nice forest trails) through to fire road and even a bit of Road (you’d have loved it Fitzy) and the swims were… well… something else!

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This little video gives an impression of the conditions ( https://www.facebook.com/otillorace/videos/1417863121644623/ ), but the conditions on here are pretty benign compared to other parts of the water. The longer swims had the exits marked by a powerful strobe, but frequently we were unable to see them due to the size of the swell, having to tread water for a few moments to confirm we were heading in the right direction and weren’t drifting/ being pulled of course by the currents. The swell made breathing difficult, not least because of a concertina effect that as I went to breathe Liz would get pulled back by the wave and I would get pulled under before I could catch my breath, the elastic would then propel Liz forward onto my feet, dunking my legs so I couldn’t make any progress in the swim! On the swim linked above Liz was being propelled so far forward that her goggles were bouncing off my feet! Without doubt these were the most challenging conditions I’ve ever swum in.

 The first swim found my style deeply mismatched to the conditions. One of the strange things about swimrun is that competitors are allowed to use aids; e.g., many run with pull buoys (floats that sit between the thighs) and almost everybody uses hand paddles. Paddles slow down your stroke and the larger the paddle the slower the stroke; however the swimrunner must balance this against a natural slowing of their stroke over the course of the event, so the paddles make a real difference later on. Due to this I use large hand paddles and my technique is therefore based upon a very streamlined, slow, but very powerful, stroke for maximum efficiency. As Helmuth Graf von Moltke, famously said; “No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy” Moltke is less well remembered for saying; “a slow stroke doesn’t help you survive in 1.5-2m swell and currents from all angles!” Missed strokes and getting a mouthful of brackish water were the order of the day.

Considering that the vast majority of competitors are now qualified or highly experienced (there is a point system to gain entry) the already high failure rate needs to be considered in that context. The organisers stated that the swims would be ~15 degrees which is quite warm, but they were certainly much colder. With so many swims and so many short runs, keeping warm was a challenge and we saw a number of competitors dropping because they simply couldn’t warm up. Thankfully I’d listened to one of the teams on the boat in this regard and had put on my neoprene vest, or we could have quite easily become one of the statistics. The ‘pig swim’ at 1.4k is followed by a number of short island hops and saw many teams desperately trying to get beyond them to the half marathon stage. At 20k it’s just short, but once past the 2k of ducking branches, climbing over fallen trees and desperately trying not to rip our wetsuits we were able to get into a real groove. Forrest tracks punctuated by traditional Swedish architecture ranging from ‘love shacks’ to seriously impressive properties gave way to a road and we started to really eat up the teams. We might not have been quick, but we were consistent!

Once the half marathon has been ticked off we figured we were just a hop and a skip from the finish, but the swims took on a whole new experience. With strong currents from our left, but wind and waves from our right it was totally confusing. Starting further up the island to adjust for the current, but still finding ourselves swimming almost perpendicular to the current and ‘ferry gliding’ across gave cause for concern. At one point I became convinced we were going to miss the island and buried myself physically to make it to the exit point; I have never hugged a rock so hard! We survived and made it to the finish in Utö in 11th place in the mixed category in 11h 21m 53s. I think we were first Brits and only one non-Swedish team finished ahead of us. Against the best in the world I’ll take that!

The winning team took less than 8 hours to complete the course. Just to put that into context, the winners covered 75k, 10k of which was swim, and I reckon maybe 30-40k was heads up running rather than rock hopping, tree dodging, etc. They have to manage getting in and out of the swim, swim in shoes and run in a wetsuit…. At nearly 10k per hour. If that is not just mind blowing then I don’t know what is!

An incredible adventure, absolute bucket list race and certainly one of the more ridiculous things I’ve done. One more way to take on mother nature and see just how small we really are!

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Well done CBH great work.

I know a few others had races last weekend, Ian Rutherford and Richard Hankins both did Lake Vyrnwy, with Ian coming in 1st V45 and Rich getting a PB, well done guys. 

Last Thursday seen quite a few of us do the 1st Steve Saunders Multi-terrain race over on the Wirral, this being my first one, and it was extremely enjoyable, they are on every Tuesday in September and are a massive £1 to enter. Results and fixtures below

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

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That’s it for this week. See you all soon

Fitzy

 

 

 

Helsby RC News – from Monday 28/08/17 to Sunday 03/09/17

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up. Please keep sending any race reports, or anything you want including, to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Before the racing news there are a couple of messages and reminders.

Sunday League XC

A message from Jackie regarding the upcoming X-Country League:

“Please find the provisional Sunday League XC dates for your diary. A full list of our Winter club counters including Borders, Liverpool & District + Sunday League XC will be issued once all is confirmed. 
 
 
“Following the recent Sunday League XC fixtures meeting the following dates were agreed for the coming season. Every attempt was made to avoid clashes, but as usual, there are unfortunate unavoidable clashes due to the very busy nature of our sport

The fixtures are as follows :-

29 October Clarkes Gardens hosted by Penny Lane Striders

12 November Beacon Park hosted by Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers

10 December Arrowe Park hosted by Pensby Runners

14 January Town Park Runcorn hosted by Warrington Road Runners

28 January Walton Hall Park hosted by Liverpool Running Club. Please note that this race is still to be confirmed and the date and venue may change.

25 February Forest Park Birchwood hosted by Spectrum Striders.

Race 5 will be advised when finally confirmed.”

In addition, the Northerns are 27th January (Leeds) and the Nationals are 24th Feb (London). The Cheshire Cross Country Champs will be Saturday 6th January 2018 (Delamere according to the event listing on http://cheshireaa.com/fixtures.aspx).

Plus the Liverpool & District dates are:

Fixtures 2017/18
Match 1  28th October Arrowe Park

Match 2  25th November Sefton Park
Match 3  9th December Beacon Park
Champs 11th February Clarkes Gardens

Hope to see you running in the mud soon!

Cheers

Jackie”

Hi’ Vis’ Vests and Hoodies

A brief message from Donna regarding club kit:

“Good evening ladies and gentleman…. it is fast approaching the time when we will soon need to wear hi-viz vests when running back to club or even out on our own! If anybody needs one please let me know I will be at club most Wednesday’s for the next few weeks if anybody requires one. If anybody also would like a hoodie please let me know what size you want so we can order some in before it’s chilly enough to require them! Please email me if you want or post below with sizes and requirements safe running everyone

 

Club Drop in Sessions & Coach Development

Another message from Jackie:

“Please see message below from Nick Settle from England Athletics
Anyone interested in any of these courses please let me know. There’s one to take you from being a run leader (LiRF, Leader in Running Fitness) to a coach if anyone is interested. Our club has many qualified LIRF’s (Colin, Chris B-H, Gareth, Roy, Mario, Graham, Donna, Jennie, Carol) but if anyone else would like to train as a new one please let me know. 
 
Coach Development

 England Athletics have created an new winter/spring coach development programme to help your coaches to further improve your athletes’ performance and reduce their risk of injury. There are a number of local coach development workshops organised in regions, including Movement Skills, Physical Preparation, Athletics 365, LiRF to CiRF and specific technical days.

For workshop details and to sign up, visit: www.englandathletics.org/coachdevelopment

Please can you send this message and attached poster onto your club coaches and promote with-in the club. 

Thanks for read and speak to you soon.

Many thanks

Nick 

Nick Settle
Club Support Manager (Cheshire, Cumbria, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland & County Durham)”

Turning Up Competition (TUC Cup)

There has now been a full month of the TUC competition and there is now a page on the club blog where the current standings will be updated.

Remember you will only be credited points if we know about the race. If there are any races missing just let me know and I will update the spreadsheet. Whilst I attend a few races myself I don’t always remember who’s attended in support. So again, if anyone is missing points for attending a race just let me know and I’ll update it.

I reckon the current leader of the men’s table must be down to a lack of reporting of races by everyone else!

Mens Table

Ladies Table

Supporters Table

Entries highlighted in green indicate member did not run but attended in support. The TUC Cup page can be viewed HERE

 

Racing News

Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix – Final Race – Friday 01/09/17

So now for some racing news, and the first report has been sent in by Richard Hankins about the final race of the Deestriders off road GP:

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“Friday saw the last of the four races in the annual off road grand prix series run by Deestriders. The club have been struggling with a lack of facilities and as a result the series was late to be announced. By the third race the rugby club’s changing rooms had been boarded up with a sign stating they did not meet health and safety requirements and nobody must enter. For the final race we were told the club house would be open and there would be the usual awards ceremony. Dave Wiggins, Chris Igoe, Colin Bishop and myself turned out for Helsby. It was a perfect evening, cool with a light breeze, despite that the overall turnout was down. We set off as usual, I tried to keep up with Col Bishop which worked perfectly for about 100 metres before he buggered off.  The front three runners, all from Prestatyn, immediately showed pretty outstanding speed which they retained throughout the race. Col ran a brilliant race – fourth placed by my reckoning (results have not been published) and well ahead of fifth. I pulled out with a sore shin about a mile in, having already completed the required number of races I didn’t think it was worth exacerbating the injury further. Dave and Chris kept up a good tempo for a respectable finish. We then headed in for the awards ceremony. Whilst the clubhouse had been opened, the bar had not, so there was no food or drink. As the lights had also failed we all sat there as darkness descended. Then came a bizarre awards ceremony at the start of which it was announced that the results may be wrong as they couldn’t see the scores in the darkness. Two people wearing head torches handed out the trophies. I took third vet 45, which has greatly increased my number of running trophies from 0. Col B took nothing however, as they had erroneously missed his results for the race off the final calculation – he was clearly the winner of the vet 55 category and deserved better. Sad to see our friends at Deestriders doing their best in such difficult circumstances….let’s hope for better next year.”

Thanks for sending in the report Richard. It is good to see that the results have since been updated and published. Great to see 3 Helsby runners with podium places in the series results:

Colin Bishop – 1st vet 55, Richard Hankins – 3rd vet 45, Jim Jones – 3rd vet 50

Full results HERE

Ben Nevis Race – Saturday 02/09/17

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On Saturday I was one of 600 who took on the classic Ben Nevis Race. I’d never been up the Ben before so what better way could there be than racing up there! It is a true classic and certainly a challenge to get back down in a decent time given the steepness of the descent. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the da and the views were fantastic. I was still a bit nervous form a tumble I took in the Snowdon race a few weeks ago so took my time and – and a few pictures along the way. I still finished in a reasonable time of 2hrs 50mins and had a great day out.

Results are HERE

Ring O’ Fire & Firelighter – 01/09/17 to 03/09/17

We had 3 Helsby warriors in Anglesey over the weekend. Well done guys and thanks to Ben Williams for sending in this great report:

“I don’t really know where to start with this one. For those who don’t know it, the Ring O’Fire is a 3-day, 135-mile circumnavigation of Anglesey, using the coastal path. This year the first day was opened as a stand-alone ultra in its own right, called the Firelighter. Ste Wiggins and I entered the full event, and Boydy entered the Firelighter. Each checkpoint had a cutoff time, which had been tightened this year, making the average pace needed a bit challenging.

The first day covers just over 35 miles, from Holyhead to Amlwch. After a sendoff from the Mayor of Holyhead and the local MP, along with Max and Katie, off we went through Holyhead and across onto Anglesey itself. I knew the first section was flat, and I wanted to make the most of that and fresh legs and so I headed off quickly to build a cushion against the dreaded cutoff. I managed to pass CP1 with probably an hour to spare, and from there on until CP3 my dad kept popping up with snacks and encouragement as well. The route got progressively harder as it turned the corner onto the north of the island, where the clifftop path keeps diving down into narrow coves and then climbing back out again – usually with massive wooden steps. There was an unofficial water stop where a couple had moored their yacht on a secluded beach and were handing out snacks and drinks, seems like a nice life! At one point my foot slipped sideways on a clifftop path and I cramped up, unable to move while following runners had to climb past me on the single track as I apologised profusely.

I managed to keep my time cushion, though I didn’t extend it, and finished day 1 in the dark after 8h 45m (35.3 miles on my Garmin).  Gareth finished the Firelighter in 7h 14m, and unfortunately Ste had to drop out.

I didn’t take ‘advantage’ of the offer of overnight floorspace in Amlwch leisure centre, and instead went back to a cosy cottage for a chippy tea and a bath.

The second day began well, everyone ran in a group through Amlwch and so I set a reasonable pace for the first few miles. Again the cutoff times would be a challenge, but I built a small cushion by CP1. However then the wheels fell off, although there were other runners in my orbit I was really running alone and struggling to make progress. No injuries beyond cramp, I just couldn’t get myself going somehow – walking was fine, but I just couldn’t run. Shortly after leaving CP1 I had to stop because of pain in my right thigh – looking back I think it was ‘just’ cramp, but I wasn’t sure if I’d damaged something. From that point on my average pace dropped below what was required, and as I hobbled towards CP2 I made the decision that I’d had enough. I wasn’t timed out – I had about 15 minutes to spare, but I would have been timed out at CP3 and I felt better quitting rather than being forced out.

I’m not sure I’ll be back, I’ve got even more respect for the Green Army who’ve done this event now and I think it’s a step too far for me. I’m glad I tried though, and I learnt a lot.”

 

Parkrun

We had 14 Helsby athletes out at various Parkruns on Saturday. Fitzy was showing them how to do it again at Phoenix with another 1st place while Debbie Read was 1st lady to finish over at the Ellesmere Port Parkrun. Well done everyone!

Consolidated club report.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading.

Jim

Weekly round up 21-8 to 28-8

With no birthdays, anniversaries or bar mitzvahs to announce this week we can get straight to the running. First off some club champs news and upcoming races.

2016/17 Borders League Championships –

Congratulations to last season Border League series Championship winners

Men
1st Colin Thompson
2nd Chris Fitzpatrick
3rd Ian Rutherford
4th Neil Finegan

Ladies
1st Laura Baynham-Hughes
2nd Alison Halsall
3rd Joanne Lacking
4th Jane Ashbrook

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Apologies I’ve been trying to give these awards out over the last month or so, the original plan was at the Summer Handicap but only Ian was there! Colin was presented his at Saturdays Phoenix Park (where Davyd celebreated his 50th parkrun & birthday). Will give the rest out as I see folks and if not at the 1st Borders League on 1st Oct.

 

Wirral September Multi-terrain Series

Tuesday evenings in Sept are nearly upon us! That means it’s the popular Wirral Multi-Terrain series of four races, these are also part of this years Trail club counters. Each of the 4 races is held over various terrain such as sand, rocks, mud and hills at distances between 7.5k and 10k. They are varied, competitive but great fun with no prior experience required! So why not give them a try?! Just turn up wearing your Helsby vest, give a £1 to Joe or Mario on the night and t…hen hand them your position tag after finishing.

That’s it, the rest is done by us submitting your club details. Either try an individual race or take part in the series.
Races are:-

5th Sept
Royden Park, Thurstaston – 1900
for lift sharing please meet at the club at 6pm.

12th Sept
Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston19:00

19th Sept
Harrison Drive, North Wirral Coastal Park, Wallasey
18:30

26th Sept
Toby Carvery, Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, CH49 5LW
18:30

 

Parkrun

Helsby runners were in action in Saturdays parkruns. Highlights include Colin Thompson and Ian Rutherford finishing first and third respectively at Phoenix park. Full results for club members can be found at the link below.

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

 

Jackie K sent this on from Harrock Hill Race

Last Wednesday there was a mad crawl (rather than dash, the traffic was horrendous ) along the M56 & M6 to get to the Farmers Arms at Bispham Green near Parbold for the 2nd race in the Inter Club Fell Relays between Spectrum, Warrington Road Runners, Delamere (no Spartans in sight) & Helsby. It was touch and go whether we made it for the 7pm start but thanks to phoning through to Chris & Debbie to get them to register us we just made it to the start line.

A glorious sunny evening with the sun setting as we ran a very undulating course over, around and back over Parbold Hill with a lovely section through the private estate of  up Harrock Hall. Lots of mud particularly at the many cow field gates plus quite a bit of single file running. Not really a fell race but a very good trail race.  A great pub to end up in for the prize giving that was a gem. Splendid boxes of vegetables, fresh from the nearby fields of the Fylde were presented to all prize winners plus series winners as this was the last of 4 races throughout the Summer. Janet was was 2nd lady V50 and made this arty vegetable arrangement with her prize.  Will update you with the Inter Club competition results so far when they are calculated by Spectrum. This was race 2 of 3, the 3rd and final race in this mini-series being our fell club counter King Johns Castle on Sept 16th. We have the interclub championship trophy to retain so a good turnout will hopefully bring it home again!
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Steve Riley
M50
Helsby
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Phil Gillard
M55
Helsby
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Christina Roach
L55
Helsby
00:49:06
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Janet Robertson
L50
Helsby
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John Whitehead
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Debbie Read
L60
Helsby
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Rachel Arnold
L55
Helsby
00:52:41
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Chris Hatton
M65
Helsby
00:54:35
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Jackie Keasley
L55
Helsby
01:01:37

Ian Rutherford was at the Mid Cheshire 5k in mid week.

This race has quickly established as a must do race for anyone looking to secure a fast time or even PB. As such it attracts a very high-quality field. As most people remember it secured the England Champs status at the Spring running of this event with the top 50 all running inside 16 mins.

There were 17 green vests on display last Thursday for what turned out to be ideal running conditions in an otherwise disappointing August.

Full Helsby RC results are as follows, however to comment upon a few noticeable performances:

Watching Mark Gittins gliding past, very smooth action and completed a fantastic 17’11. As we know Mark is capable of some genuinely quick running and it looks like he is getting right back to his potential once again. Great to see with the Borders on the horizon. Well done June Swift, Helsby first lady and 8th overall in her cat. Very good to see Phil Tomkinson back racing and considering his length of lay off a decent 20’08 I’d say.

There were PB’s for Mike Williams, Ben Crossley & myself…finally  (apols if I have missed anyone else).

Other well-placed category finishers worth note are Vanessa Griffiths 8th and Chris Morgan 7th. Fantastic.

Last and by no means least, we’re very proud in as stated a massively competitive race to have a green-army clad category winner – very well done to Carol Shaw; a very decent 21’55.

 

Ste Wiggins sent in this report from Giberdyke 10 milers

As I am not cool enough to go to festivals like some of our other members I was tasked with taking my younger brother to Leeds festival, my plan was to stay down the road and pick him up in 4 days time. Once I had actually dropped him off I thought it would be a good idea to a final race as a last prep for the Ring O Fire and to give me something to do. I scoured runners world and eventually found the Giberdyke 10 miler. I managed to get a last minute place and settled down on Saturday night for an early night with the disco lights and rave music from the punters coming back from Leeds Fest. The Mayweather McGregor fight was on that night and at 4:13 am (or whatever time the other tents started shouting) I was awoken. I put my coat on and went back to sleep (yes it was that cold in the van or the ‘Villa de T5 Transporter’).

I arrived at Giberdyke in good time and got my race number, I sat in the van trying to stay awake and contemplated a warm up. Eventually I figured I should, from jogging up and down the road I knew this would be a slow run. Whether it was the lack of sleep, half cooked mushroom pasta (Mushroom for improvement . . .) or the two weeks in Portugal but I opted to plod round and use it as prep for the ROF.

We joined the start line and the sun was starting to beat down on our backs, I had my last yawn and got ready for the off. The route consisted of farmers fields and an industrial estate, nice enough for the first 0.2 of a mile but a bit boring otherwise . .

My plan was to stick to 9 – 10 minute miles and take it easy, the first 5 miles went perfectly to plan but my emporium of excuses was catching up with me and in the next 5 miles I needed a wee, felt incredibly sleepy and had a sore stomach. Fortunately the route being flat meant I could just toddle along but unfortunately I had no shade to hide in. I pushed on with the industrial estate coming into view and knew I was nearly home. It was now a race between the clock and my stomach. Fortunately enough I hung onto the stomach aspect. I did the 10 miler in 1:39:xx not a great time but not bad after 14 days of Lager.

All in all a great race, for £14 I got a T shirt, some cracking chaffed bits and a look at some caravans. Champion!

To keep the swimmers happy I got back had a shower and dived into some lager.

Thats it for this week. As usual please sent race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Cheers

Gaz

Helsby RC weekly round-up 14th to 20th August 2017

Hello Green Army

Couple of notice’s before we do the reports.

Davyd turns 40 this weekend and to celebrate he will be doing Pheonix Park Run on Saturday, 9am start. It’s also his 50th Park run, and i believe he’s bringing cakes, so would be a great way to start his weekend of celebrating with some of the green army. Happy birthday mate.

We have a dilemma, our last road counter at Congleton half on 1st October, clashes with the first Borders League race and also the Sandstone A & B races. There are a few that have already entered, so the committee decided to add another (13th) road counter in, so people who normally commit to the Borders and the always popular Sandstone races, still have chance to do one more road counter. We have decided that Conwy Half on 19th November will be the additional race. This was also chosen so it didn’t clash with any of the Sunday XC dates that have just been finalised, list of dates coming out very soon.

Richard Hankins wanted to remind us of the following race

It’s is the Cilcain show race on Monday.  Details here http://cilcainshow.org.uk/page30.html .

Right then, onto the race reports, over to Ben Fletcher who is back running, great news for the Borders League team that is 🙂 

After a long absence from racing due to injury, I finally got to do my first race of the year, the Weasdale Horseshoe fell race. The race is part of the Ravenstonedale Show which is a typical Cumbrian show, with sheepdog trials, tug of war, wellie wanging and even the egg and spoon race which I fancied entering in myself!

The Weasdale Horseshoe is roughly 8.5 miles with just over 2000ft of climbing which takes you over the Howgill Fells of Hooksey, Randygill Top and Green Bell.

The race started at the top of the showfield before heading out onto the open fells over some very boggy tussock ground, which was good fun as I ended up knee deep in mud and ditches a few times. Once on the open fell the route choice is up to you, as long as you have reached the two checkpoints, which I found straight forward, unlike a few runners who got lost and decided to add a bit extra on! Once round the horseshoe it was back down and through the mud and ditches and back into the showfield which was a uphill finish, just what you want with a crowd watching you!

I finished in 12th place and 3rd v40.

Results

1st Phil Davies (Borrowdale FR) 59.39

12th  Ben Fletcher (Helsby RC)  1.17.14

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Good to see you back Ben

Jackie and a few others have been racing trains again. 

This weekend it was “Race the TRain” weekend in Tywyn, mid Wales.
What a grim start to the weekend! A wet week in Wales followed by a 2 hour intense deluge Friday evening meant we “surfed” our campervan into the camping field/mooring skidding very close to Dave & Lesley’s Delila.  Then sat snug in the van listening to the rain outside waiting for Rachel & Mollie to arrive close to midnight!  They insisted on putting their tent up despite me trying to persuade them to squeeze into our van. A quick discussion before we settled down made me sleep at lot easier. Lesley & I had entered the full 14 miler & Rachel & Mollie the 10 K but Rachel volunteered to swap with me. A fine deal I thought as I’ve taken a few bumps/falls these last few weeks & felt 14 miles of mud was tempting another one.
Even more rain overnight,  but it dawned slightly brighter & drier thank goodness. The 10K meant a morning ride on the steam train to the far end of Tal-y-Lyn valley. Mol & I shared a cabin with a chatty  group of runners from Holland, over specially for the race.  Yes its an international race!  Then at 11am we were off. When you’ve done the full race many times then the 10K is a delight!   The full race is out and back, the first few miles road & repeated at the start & finish with a large off road loop consisting of 5 miles of meandering & undulating fields & farmland to the train terminus at Abergynolwyn. Then a higher run back climbing & undulating along the valley sides. The 10K consisted of the return higher & hillier loop, but the difference is you do it on fresh legs. So it was thoroughly enjoyable with much more energy for the muddy, slippery sometimes calf deep boggy bits!   Mollie did really well, shooting off way ahead of me but alas a slip and her road shoes slowed her down & I caught up and we encouraged each other over the final miles (only for her to sprint ahead again in the final uphill 100m!).
There was a great viewing spot close to our campsite where the trail crosses the railway line and our support team were there to cheer us on before making their way to the start of the long race at 2pm.  Time for a quick shower & snack before making our way to the same bridge to clap the full race runners on their way. A quick nip into Tywyn for afternoon tea (where all the shops were running out of cakes due to the sudden influx of hungry runners) & then back to the same spot to cheer everyone back in.   Mud, smiles, sweat  & grimaces galore; there was even someone hopping (over the stony bits) who had lost his shoes miles earlier in the very deep bog!   Rachel & Lesley came in looking challenged & fairly beaten but by the time we made our way to the finish to greet them they were their usual happy selves and on a high at their achievement – as we were!    All washed down by a great evening back on the campsite with celebration drinks & BBQ to finish the day off perfectly. A slow & short wander along the beach to Aberdovey for coffee & cakes on Sunday, getting back to the vans just before the afternoon rain set in!  Yet another memorable and most enjoyable Race the Train “Summer” weekend! It comes fully recommended!
Cheers Jackie
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Last week seen the 12th road counter at the Ellesmere Port 5k (Capenhurst as we know it) and there was a fair few green vests out

Some great performances, first back for the Men was Colin Bishop and 1st in his V55 Age Cat, 1st back for the women Jane Ashbrook and 1st in her Age cat, really good work considering she was still jet lagged. 10 Helsby vests in total

Full results here; https://eprc.niftyentries.com/Results/Ellesmere-Port-RC-5K

Park run seen runners out in Pheonix, Chester, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Keswick, Widnes, Croxteth, & Wepre. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

That’s it for this week, keep the reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Have a great bank holiday weekend

Fitzy

Helsby RC News – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th August 2017

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly Round up. Please keep sending any race reports or anything you want including to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events and Reminders

We kick off this week with a few reminders –  firstly an email from Jackie Keasley:

A reminder of our next Interclub Fell Championship counter
In (between Helsby, Spectrum, Warrington & Delamere Spartans).

Wednesday 23-Aug-2017 7:30pm Harrock Hill (nr Parbold) 8.4k / 275m 5.2 miles / 902ft

Message from club member Gareth Boyd – Chester Running Tours

I’d like to invite Helsby RunningClub members on a free 5k tour on the evenings of 22nd and 29th Aug. 7pm start. For info please see http://www.chesterrunningtours.co.uk/

Those of you who are interested should email Gareth at info@chesterrunningtours.co.uk highlighting which date works best for them. We wish Gareth good luck in his new running for all venture.

The 18th NORTH WEST COUNTIES ROAD RELAYS

Last year Delamere this year Blackpool!

Stanley Park Blackpool, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ
Saturday, 09th September 2017

13:20 Senior Women 3 x 5.2km £15 per team
14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.6km £20 per team

Club will pay. All runners must be first claim members of Helsby for road running; CLUB VESTS must be worn. County Qualification: Club athletes can only compete in the County Championship in which they are eligible by birth or residence.

Last call for GreenArmy team members please? So far we have Fitzy, Gaz, Col T, Roy & Jane. It would be great to say make up 2 men’s & 1 ladies team. Please let me know asap if you are interested in making up our teams

Thanks & Cheers

Jackie”

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And a reminder from Phil Gillard regarding the 2017 Fell Relays:

2017 fell relays

The 2017 fell relays will be held in Llanberis on Sunday 15th October, for those of you not familiar with the event it is where all the great and good of the fell running community meet up for a brilliantly inclusive relay race. The format of the event is:

Leg 1 – solo runners – 8.8k
Leg 2 – pairs – 14.9k
Leg 3 – pairs – navigation
Leg 4 – solo – 8.35k

with each runner handing over to the next member of the team.

This year we have entered two male teams and one female team.

Laura has already started organising the ladies team, so ladies if you want to take part, then please get in contact with her 

For the chaps, if you want to take part, please get in contact with me –

There are two pre-requisites for being able to take part:

You need to have all the safety kit – windproof / waterproof trousers and jacket (with hood), gloves, hat, whistle and compass, along with a bumbag or similar to carry it in
A couple of AM races under your belt

There is still plenty of time to get all this together

So, let Laura or I know if you would like to take part in the best fell running day of the year

Phil”

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Racing News

2 Hillforts Fell Race – Sunday 13/08/17

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A great race report has been sent in by Chris Collins:

“Firstly I will start by saying I’m not normally 1 for blogs nor am I an English grammar teacher but Jim asked me so nicely to do this and I couldn’t think of a valid excuse not to so here we go…

Sunday afternoon,1pm race start and the weather looks good as well as the temperature being near the 20’s. After spending a week in France eating and drinking I knew I wouldn’t have ran if I didn’t turn up. Having done this race before I knew what to expect, low key, great organisation, great atmosphere and on a good day some nice views from the 2 hill tops.

Once registered I spotted Jim Jones, we chatted and he told me how he had raced yesterday. Secretly inside I was over the moon knowing he may be heavy legged made my confidence grow at the fact I could be first home for our club!

Anyway to the race. This course is basically a long climb up to Penycloddiau (where there was once a hillfort) slight drop in altitude before a shorter climb up to the top of Moel Arthur (you guessed it, there used to be a hillfort there too) from there it’s all downhill to the finish.

For anyone who is interested results and a race round up can be found here http://walkrunclwydian.co.uk/2-hillforts-fell-race-2017-results/

Highly recommend the events Joe Cooper and Out-Fit put on regularly, not only do they have a great feel he also does these events to raise money for chosen charities.

Big shout to Jim for turning up and giving a good race after already giving his all on Saturday, I’m sure if he hadn’t of ran Saturday he would have had me!”

Thanks again for the report Chris. It was also great to see Leah there in support and taking photos.

NB Chris Collins was a little too modest to say in his report that he finished in 4th Place and won the MOPEN category! Well done mate!

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Maesgwm Muddle fell race – Saturday 12/08/17

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Jim O’Hara and myself did the Maesgwm Muddle race on Saturday, Sharon Basford was also along running for Tattenhall, and what fun we had. It was a 10 mile race with some 3800ft of climb. The route loosely covers the Moel Eilio race route in reverse – with a couple of out and back add-ons! The most notable add-on being the first climb and then 20747973_1405593029489699_7589964420039885550_odescent of Moel Cynghorion, which was very steep, grassy and wet. Coming down a few opted to slide on their backsides. I tried it for a while until my sizeable load caused me to pick up so much speed I was worried I might not be able to put the breaks on! Visibility was bad on top, and a few people who didn’t know the route were using map and compass or tagging on to those who knew the route (or had gpx!). This was definitely one of the more technical races regarding descents that I’ve done, with the more experienced fell runners able to make good time on the downhill. It was a well hosted event by Mike Blake of Eryri and a great day out. Not seen the results yet but they should appear on the WFRA site.

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Parkrun

Well done to everyone who was out at Parkruns this weekend. Phoenix Park runners were shown what Helsby RC are all about when Chris Fitzpatrick turned up for the first time there – and finished 1st! Followed in 2nd place by Ian Rutherford! Brilliant running guys. Our Parkrun cosolidated report is available HERE

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That’s it for this week. Happy running!

Jim

Weekly Update 31-7-17 to 6-8-17

Reminders

The 18th NORTH WEST COUNTIES ROAD RELAYS

(Inc. Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside Championships).

Being held at Stanley Park Blackpool, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ on Saturday, 09th September 2017

13:20 Senior Women 3 x 5.2km £15 per team

14:30 Senior Men 4 x 6.6km £20 per team

Anyone interested please being in a team contact Jackie on

jackiekeasley@btinternet.com
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

This is a new, local race organised by Warrington Athletic Club.

http://tiny.cc/3g5zmy
The Warrington Athletic Club Olympians 8 mile Road Race is now open to entries on the Run Britain website. It’s on Sunday 27th August at 9.30am starting from Victoria Park. it’s in the new Warrington Road Race Grand Prix.

The Run Britain website states it is a 8 mile 2 lap road race on paths within and outside Victoria Park Warrington, starting and finishing on a running track and taking in some of Warrington’s iconic landmarks.

Onto the reports, Ben C sent in this from the Ponderosa Fell Race

We arrived to a wet, foggy and what could have been said to be a miserable setting in the hills of Llangollen for the Ponderosa 2017 fell.
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We could not see anything from the end of the carpark. Still, as always, the runner’s vibes were high as we all set off walking down to sign up with our pennies ready. Took us a good 5minutes… must have been 30 meter, the Frodfather, being stopped by every man and his dog to say hello, “must be some sort of local running celebrity”, “think it’s his tan to be honest”. £4 to run, no kit check, savvy!

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Back to the car we trotted to get suited and booted, “bladdy hell, its gunna be a wet one, is it a coat job?” “You kidding??!! We’re from Helsby, Vests only!!” and there we were jogging up field, vests out for the ladies, high-fiving Joe and Mario whist en route as we headed to the start.

7pm arrived and the runners assembled, 9 of us from team Helsby (Paul Frodsham, Paul Cunning ham, Debbie Read, Christine Roach, Rachel Arnold, The Roberts Due, Jim O’Hara and myself). The whistle blew and off we went,
92 runners started the ascent. It wasn’t a complete nightmare to be fair, most managed to keep a steady pace all the way up. After the ascent, there was a narrow lose stoned bike trail that we had to single line dash across, seemed to go on forever. Everyone eagerly trying to get a chance to pass those in front whilst not falling over on the unstable rocks under our shoes… wasn’t going to happen. By this point the rain had stopped and the low clouds had started to pass.

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The trail final opened up down a descent, runners finally getting their chance to take the person in front of them, others taking a minute to catch their breath, whether it by the ascent or the view of the rainbows over the valley. Either way it was beautiful!

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As we finally winded our way down and around the hill, we meet with Mario once again, warning us that we were about to hit a bog! and didn’t we just. There was no running through this.. runners piling up on one another, struggling to keep their shoes on. Christine fell in, luckily not all the way, but it was up to her knees. My runners are still a wet, mushy mess now at home stinking out the kitchen.

The finish line was there! If we could just make it up this final little ascent. I’d like to think everyone struggled with that last bit. I know I sure did.

We made it! The race was over. We had all managed to get our sorry for nothing, wet, boggy asses over the finish line, all with smiles on our faces!!

The race was won by Michael Corrales (NWRRC) 26.59mins followed by two runners from Mercia Fell Runners, Billy Stirling 27.44mins  and James Craig 28.04mins.

Our own Jim O’Hara came 9th with a time of 29.55. Well Done Jim!!

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I’m proud to say I was only 20 seconds behind the Frodfather with a time of 35.00mins (I thank you) Debbie and Christine were the winners of their categories!! Absolutely smashing it as usual! Much respect ladies!

Over all, for a 4 mile course and the weather leaving us with an ‘orrible stinky bog, it was a tough but enjoyable race.

 

Fitzy sent in this from the Pie and Peas race.

My first race back from injury and really wasn’t sure whether to race or not but what a race to come back to, pies & peas at the end of it. This sells out pretty quickly every year and i can now understand why, held in a lovely little village, which is very tight for the cars to get down and also the runners.

We arrived just in time for the heavens to open, and that continued exactly until the end of the race. The race takes you out of the village road of Davenham and onto the trail paths surrounding it, down to the Salt works and what i think was the River Weaver, a bit of undulation and back into the village for a lap of the green and past the finish line.

A few great results from Adam Gordon, 2nd Vet 40 and 15th Overall, 9 out of the top 10 were Vale Royal in a very strong field, and Carol Shaw 1st FV55. All in all 10 Helsby vests out on a thoroughly enjoyable night, and then back to the Legion for the best bit, pie and peas….lovely stuff

Full results here

https://vrac.niftyentries.com/Results/Pie-Peas-5-2017

Jim Jones sent in this from The Peaks Skyline race

On Sunday 06/08/17 I completed the Peaks Skyline race which starts and finishes in Buxton. The route is 29.7 miles long with some 6600ft of climb and takes you to the five trigs of Axe Edge, The Roaches, Shutlingshoe, Shining Tor, Burbage Edge. I finished in 7 hours which was longer than I’d anticipated. But it was my first long run since I injured my knee in the Snowdon race 3 weeks ago. Not being able to run distance or hills while injured but continuing to eat like an ultra runner didn’t help much yesterday. I struggled the last few miles but at least the rain stayed away – and I stayed on my feet for a change. I finished 67th from 105 runners.

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Helsby runners were in parkrun action across the area. Highlights include a 1st place for Col Thompson at Phoenix Park. Full results for Helsby members are below

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

 

Thats it for this week. As usual all reports to helsby-race-reports@outlool.com

Cheers

Gaz

 

 

Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th July 2017

Hello Green Army

Not much going on this week, only the one report, and that’s about a Swim as well. Don’t forget without reports we cannot put much in the blog, send them in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. Would be great to get some new writers as well.

As i’m typing this i’m reading on Social Media that Gaz O’Connor (who should have done the blog this week) has just completed the Deadwater Ultra Marathon, 225 miles from Scotland to Wales, running for 6 consecutive days. Sure we will hear about it next week, but I for one want to congratulate you, what an amazing achievement, well done mate.

Park run seen runners out in Bramhall, Pheonix, Chester, Medina I.O.W, Delamere, Shrewsbury, & Widnes. Full consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Right over to CBH for the only report of the week, Helsby Swim Run club we will be known as soon. (note; i always get a mention in his reports, he must be missing me)

Breca Buttermere
Another weekend, another SwimRun! This time I stayed in the country and travelled up to Keswick for Breca Buttermere. To say the course was ambitious would be an understatement… after 21.9k of running, 4k of swimming over 7 swims, and all the transitions in between, the race heads up from Buttermere to Robinson along for a further 14.5k of the Anniversary Waltz route before dropping down to Derwent water for 2 swims (1500m total) separated by an island hop and a final 900m run to the finish. Phew! Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/y8ad46k2
This time I was partnered with Tin Wilcock, my long-term partner in endurance sport, and what a privilege it was to spend time out with the him. We’ve done so many races together now, from our first ultra, through mountain marathons to UTMB, to winning the inaugural ‘Escape from Meriden’, I knew I was going to have a great day out in his company.
These days I find I don’t just want to rock up to an ultra unless I get to share it with one of the friends I’ve made through the club or through all my previous events; I see them as adventures to be enjoyed, sure I’ll compete, but that’s not the primary goal anymore, it’s the challenge, the adventure, the beauty and sharing it with friends that makes it for me.
Lining up I clocked Ben Abdelnoor and immediately thought the race was won if he has a half decent partner, there wasn’t much time for such thoughts as we set off and immediately got caught out by a dodgy course marking! Right from the first run I was feeling knackered, but we squeaked over the rollercoaster terrain and transitioned well into our first swim.
Sizing up other swimmers and knowing where other team’s strengths is a really important part of SwimRun, assuming you are racing (rather than just enjoying a day out). We’d decided that we were going to start off well and see how things went. The second swim was 1k and boy was it choppy! We bobbed up and down like corks and it felt for quite some time that we were not moving. Added to this a number of the other team’s ahead insisted on swimming banana shaped routes to the flags which kept making me question whether I was losing the ability to swim straight in the choppy waters; I wasn’t.
It’s the little wins that give you strength. Knowing that others were swimming extra distance, or didn’t have a swim tow rope (Tin and I consider this mandatory kit), spanking people in the swim so they know they must get well ahead in the run to maintain position (Liz and I were on the opposite side of this in Engadin!) bantering with other teams for dropping things repeatedly, or hearing the team argue. Focusing on the bits that are working for you, rather than the bits that aren’t, can bullet proof your psyche.
Every event requires a nemesis to keep things interesting and ours came in the form of one half of a mixed team. He clearly had a problem harnessing his competitive nature and was not only totally out of sync with his partner (and not even remotely interested in adjusting for the greater good) but he certainly didn’t like being overtaken due to dropping his goggles. His reaction was to elbow me out of the way on a narrow path; mine was to try and raise my jaw back up from astonishment. We’re all competitive, but these long endurance events just aren’t the place for that kind of behaviour… certainly not in the first few K. He instantly became a comedy figure and one we’d be quite happy to finish in front of.
Setting off up the climb to Robinson we spent extra time in transition whilst our comedy nemesis and his partner panicked their way through the aid station following our overtake of them in the swim. We suited down, topped up fluids, got fruit and gels in then cracked on. We were soon overtaken by a couple of farmers, one of which was a Sheppard… no prizes for guessing who could walk up a mountain quickest!
The route up is great as it affords competitors with good views of any teams ahead. For the first time in the race I realised that we could now see third place… unfortunately we could also see fourth, fifth and sixth too!
Hitting the ridge line, I realised I had absolutely nothing to give. By the time we saw Dale head we were a good 7-10 minutes behind 3rd-6th and spoke about how happy we’d be with a top ten finish. Dropping from Dale head we could see that one of the teams were really struggling. Their ‘beaten’ body language was set against the beauty of the Newlands valley… Tin got inspired.
Tin chased and I did everything I could to hold on. We finally took them on Maiden moor and put on our best cheery conversational voices (psychology is everything). To our utter astonishment they were still fully suited and wearing caps and goggles on their heads – I was roasting and I was fully suited down, goggles around my arm and cap in hand! The trip out to the Anni Waltz to cheer on Helsby runners earlier in the season left me with a nice bit of knowledge of the best line of Maiden moor; we were running free.
Descending to Derwent water allowed us to pick off another team (triathletes can’t descend Fitzy J) suddenly we were in 5th and not planning on relinquishing it. Hitting the road disaster struck, we’d lost the markers and were off course, a quick backtrack and we managed to finally find them again. To our astonishment we also found our comedy nemesis (much to his dismay). Overtaking them and heading to the final two swims I was confident we could seal 4th.
We… ok, I, had an enormous faff getting into the penultimate swim. I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Thrashing away in the swim were the farmers and the comedy nemesis and his partner. The four teams had been so far ahead, but had taken it in turns to break like wet KitkKats! At this point Tin was wondering what I was doing and I was just making sure nothing was going to need fixing whilst in the water. We set off to the island just ~ 100 swimming metres behind third and fourth.
Arriving at the island I started to get concerned… had I been over confident of our swimming prowess? We hadn’t appeared to take much out of them and Tin was doing his shoe lace up which he hadn’t thought he had time to do before the last swim. I desperately wanted to get moving. We got into the final swim 60+ metres behind the two teams with me stating the obvious, “We’ve got to go balls out on this one Tin!”
The water had got choppy. Waves attacked us from behind whilst I tried to time my stroke so I could surf in on the wave… I don’t believe I ever sussed it! Within the first 200m we’d taken the farmers. Without a tow rope they were struggling in the water, and really struggled with the chop. Just the comedy nemesis to go.
The biggest problem we had on the swim was the concertina effect of the tow rope and the waves. This manifested in me going to breathe, Tin being pulled backwards on the wave and me being pulled underwater by the rope. It was killing me! We exited the water a couple of minutes ahead and Tin confessed to being wobbly – it wasn’t over yet, but I was confident we could walk the 900m to the finish and still snatch third. Job done!
Amazing event, recommended to anybody with a sense of adventure that can swim!
Epilogue – we met our nemesis later at the prize giving (they won the mixed), he introduced himself and got chatting to Tin. Blamed his partner for being so slow and made out like he would have beaten us soundly if it wasn’t for her. There was definitely one loser there this weekend!
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Yet again superb photo’s
Shout out from our Chair Jackie, lets rally the troops

Interclub Fell Championship Counters between Helsby, Spectrum, Warrington & Delamere Spartans).

Consists of 3 races, the first one was last month’s Wobbler. Spectrum are still computing the results for this which gives points for absolute positions, all finishers plus extra veteran points, so everyone counts & the more runners the merrier!

We have a titles to defend as we have won these interclub fell champs every year so far… the remaining races are:

Wednesday 23-Aug-2017 7:30pm Harrock Hill (nr Parbold) 8.4k / 275m   5.2 miles / 902ft

Saturday 16-Sep-2017 11am King John’s Castle (nr Mold) 7.4k / 264m 4.6 miles / 866ft

Let’s retain the title again!

Sure there will be a mass of Green at both events

 

And last of all well done Jane Ashbrook, picture of Jane and Charlie at At the @ActiveCheshire,   pass on your passion celebration for inspirational women in sport

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That’s it for this week, hope to see you all soon

Fitzy