Helsby Weekly Update 1 Jan – 8 Jan

Parkrun:

Helsby runners were in action at Chester, Telford, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Widnes. Highlights included a first place for Colin Bishop and a Ladies 3rd place for Adele Croxton, both at Widnes. Well done.

Full, consolidated results are at the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Saturday was the Cheshire XC Championships. Chris Fitzpatrick, who was sporting a rather fetching side parting for the occasion, sent in this report.

Birchwood Forest Park was the venue again for the Cheshire championships and due to the lack of rain over the previous few days the 4-5 lap course was by the time we got out on it extremely muddy, probably the muddiest course I have ever taken part in, and it was the thick gloopy mud that made running extremely hard and really did make you work very hard to get any speed up at all.

The ladies race set off with 7 green vests for 4 laps of the field with Jane Ashbrook, Laura BH and Christine Roach making it the 1,2,3 and the team 9th out of 18 on the day.

The men’s race had 10 green vests for 5 laps of the field with Neil Finegan continuing his excellent form coming home first and also picking up a spot on the Cheshire reserve team, having chased him for a few laps I know how well he is running, brilliant yet again Neil. He was followed by myself and Ian Rutherford close behind for the 1,2,3. The men’s overall team came 5th out of 15 teams which is a great position considering some of the bigger clubs we beat, and the old boy vets claimed 3rd place beating teams like Vale Royal and getting themselves a nice Bronze Medal. Well done Neil, myself, Ian and CBH, make sure you wear them all the time and everywhere you go.

All in all a fun but very muddy day out, big thanks to the support on the day from Foz, Mario and Joe and also the club chauffeur Davyd who’s new name is Captain Picard for his ability to get us from 0 to warp speed so quickly

Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/h6zbh5t

Also on Saturday was the Halewood 5K with Colin Thompson finishing in 2nd place overall and Jo Lacking getting 2nd Lady. Great running guys.

Cheers
Gaz

Helsby RC Xmas round-up 2016

Hello all

Welcome to the Xmas round-up, plenty of green vests were out in action, thank you for all the reports this week. Before we get to the news there are just a couple of reminders below.

Reminders

If anybody would like to run in the northern XC race at Knowsley safari park on Saturday 28th January 2017 Please can you let me know by Tuesday 10th Jan either on the Facebook post or send an email to mooeyf@hotmail.com.

Women’s 8k race is 2.15 pm Men’s 12k race is 3.05 pm

Cheers
Paul

Norton Intervals

To compliment Joe & Mario’s Monday night track session, myself and Roy have started to do intervals at the Norton run on Thursday evenings. They consist of 1 mile and 1k reps, tempo runs and speed drills. Come on down if you want to get some extra speed into those legs. We train on the Astmoor Industrial estate in Runcorn which is flat and traffic free. Sessions are on every Thursday at 6.30pm, all abilities welcome. Start is outside Bilfingers at the end of Tudor Road WA7 1BD. 

Tour De Llyn Lladaw

Report by Jim Jones

I started my fell running for 2017 with a run around Llyn Llydaw reservoir on New Year’s morning. Weather was pretty foul as I set off in wind rain and hail. Typically of Snowdonia weather, it did change for the better as I came off the Miner’s Track to do a clockwise circuit of Llyn Llydaw. Running around the steep banks of Llydaw was pretty tricky in places with the footing mostly boggy or slippery rocks. I took a couple of tumbles while taking in the stunning views of snow topped Crib Goch and Y Liwedd. Chip timing and staggered starts means you are just racing against the clock in this race – not that I was taking it seriously. For me its a chance to be out in the mountains knowing I’ve got a good support team – and it was very well organised and supported for just £3! The route is between 5 and 6 miles with about 600ft of climb. I haven’t seen any results yet but they should appear at: http://www.gorphwysfa.org/races.htm

Jubilee Plunge

Report by Jim Jones

Tuesday 27th December was a cold but clear day as Phil Gillard and I were among 81 fell runners gathered on top of Moel Famau for the 2 mile mad descent to the Golden Lion pub in Llangynhafal. There is no prescribed route, but options are pretty limited in such a short race. Phil and I looked at the limited route choices on our way up. It’s familiar ground to anyone who has done the Green Grass of Home or Llangynhafal Loop races. After setting off in a broad line behind a way-marker the terrain soon dictated what was most likely to be the finishing order as most slotted into single file before taking a steep ‘off piste’ descent to a single tracked road. I’d found myself running just behind Phil, and that’s probably how it would have finished – if he had seen the small drainage ditch along the roadside! I did pause to check he could pick himself up off the road, but not long enough for him to catch me up again. Great fun on a bank holiday, and just £1 to enter!

The first runner home was Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners in 11:11, followed by Jez Brown of Buckley in 11:23. Finishing for Helsby: Jim Jones, 40th, 15:43 and Phil Gillard, 43rd, 15:55.

Full results and some more pictures at: http://www.denbighharriers.com/news/

Chester Round the Walls

Report by Neil Finegan

An unusual race for the cold Boxing day morning,  with 495 runners assembled at the racecourse in Chester in a sold out event running for its 45th time.

What made it unusual was that it was a course with so many twists,turns, steps and pedestrians that you couldn’t really pick up any speed or get into a rhythm. Instead you could just enjoy the scenic route and atmosphere without the pressure of it being an all out sprint.  And lets face it, on boxing day most of us aren’t really up to a all out sprint around Chester. From the start on the racecourse we went out onto the narrow  canal towpaths before heading onto the Chester walls themselves at the cathedral.  From there it was through the clock tower,  dodging tourists (who were very supportive) and round to the river Dee.  Here the course opened out a little with wider and straight paths – so there was a chance for the last third of the 6.5 km course to stretch the legs and an opportunity finally to overtake without risking your neck!

It was a great way to burn off the excess of Christmas – a nice friendly atmosphere and to top it all as a momento you received a nice mug with a map of the course on it,filled with hot chocolate.  It is a unique race – and it was easy to see why it sold out.

First back for Helsby was Colin Bishop in 7th and winning his category,  followed by myself (15th) ,  Richard Hankins (44th who stormed out of the blocks),  Tim Palmer (60th) , Chris Morgan (263), Ste Wiggins (268) and Dave Wiggins (302)

Full results are here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Round-The-Walls# 

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Plenty of green at the parkruns over the festive season, it looks like we had one on Xmas day, NYE and NYD! It’s fantastic to have these options available to us and it’s testament to the tenacious effort of the volunteers who turn up and put on a fantastic run for us in rain wind or shine. Well done to everyone who managed to get to one. We also have a report from our top vet Colin Bishop. Over to Col…

“Just thought would let you know about Keswick parkrun, they were one of the parkruns that organised an extra run on NY day, what a lovely course, fairly flat for Keswick along the old railway line,

as usual with parkrun’s friendly welcoming group

4th position not too bad for a bitterly cold morning run

would recommend this one should anyone be up that neck of the lakes

Cheers Colin

P.S. good turnout for Helsby at Chester run the walls on Boxing Day – commemorative mug for all the finishers made a nice change”

Helsby consolidated results can be found here:

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

That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please fire them over to the usual email address and I’ll update the blog – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC News from 19th to 25th December 2016

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas and still managed to get out and do a bit of running – the Parkruns have certainly been busy! It’s been a bit of an odd week for the race calendar. There’s nothing in the inbox but I know quite a few people have been taking part in races the past few days. To avoid any confusion I’ve only included events from the Monday to Sunday, as we usually do. So there’s still plenty of time to send in reports from the past few days, and they’ll be picked up in the next blog. We did of course have the Xmas Handicap on Wednesday, which has already been covered in a separate update.

Parkrun

On Christmas Eve we had a fantastic turn out of 12 runners from Helsby at Delamere, and a total of 19 Helsby members across all Parkruns. The results were pretty awesome too. Neil Finnegan finished 3rd at the Chester Parkrun, while Darren O’Connor and David Wiggins both set new PBs. Delamere runners were not to be outdone though! New PB’s were set at Delamere by Colin Thompson, Davyd Mitchell and Tim Palmer. Meanwhile …… up in Keswick, there was a new PB by Alfie Grady.

There was an additional Parkrun on Christmas day at Delamere and we had a further 7 people participate there. Parkrun’s consolidated weekly results finish on the Saturday so hopefully any Parkruns’ hosted on Christmas Day will be included in next weeks consolidated report.

This is probably a good point to acknowledge all the time given up by Parkrun volunteers throughout the year. I know that Helsby RC members have been key to organising and marshalling some of the local Parkruns for some time now. Well done and thanks to all the volunteers.

Consolidated Parkrun results Helsby RC

Dates For Your Diary

So I think that all remains for this week’s blog is a few reminders, and dates for your diaries.

New Years Eve -31st December 2016

4 Villages Half Marathon Recce – You should have already received a detailed email about this from Colin Thompson. Meet at the club at 10.30 and there will be different paced groups to cater for all abilities so that nobody is left behind.

Also please remember that we are still looking for people to help out with the 4VHM on 15/01/17. Please contact Laura Baynham-Hughes if you haven’t already offered your services, or if you know someone else who wants to help.

New Year’s Day – 1st January 2017

I’m not aware of any road races over the next week, but there are two races in the Welsh Fell Running Calendar on New Year’s Day; the appropriately named ‘Morning After’ in Church Stretton, and ‘Tour de Lyn Lydaw’ in Snowdonia:

The Morning After – BS category race – 8km/275m 5miles/900ft – 11am, £5 on the day – Church Stretton Social Club, Essex Road, Church Stretton.

Tour de Lyn Lydaw – CS category race – 8km/181m 5miles/594ft – 10.30am, £2 on the day – Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, Snowdonia.

Saturday  – 7th January 2017

X-Country Cheshire Championships – Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington – time TBC

*****

And something to chew on:  according to Runners World – 3 Quality Street = 122 calories = 1 mile.

Best Wishes for 2017, from the Helsby RC Bloggers.

Jim

 

 

Helsby RC Xmas Handicap Results

Xmas Handicap

Only 19 runners on Wednesday night at our annual Xmas Handicap with quite a few more turning up afterwards some laden with cooking pots). Nevertheless it was a most enjoyable run & evening with hot soup just which just hits the spot and gives a festive feel!  Thanks to those who time keeped, Louise, Jo, Helen, Kathryn & Andy & Joe & Mario at the turnaround point, Dave & Lesley for organising the supper & all those who made a delicious variety of soups.

Well done to handicap race winner John who did the double by winning this years summer handicap too. Fastest time was Colin in a tad under 19 mins. From my perspective it was amazing being in a race being overtaken by fast runners and crossing the finishing line within sight of Colin!!  Over half the field came in within a minute so the handicaps based on the last 3 Border League results or power of 10 parkrun/5K times were not too far out!

A Happy Xmas & New Year to you all and here’s to some good running & races in 2017.

Cheers
Jackie

XMAS 2016 HANDICAP FINISH POSITIONS & TIMES
Name Position Handicap  Handicap Actual
Time   Time
John Gallon 1 32:18 00:00 32:18
Kate Mann 2 32:31 00:06 32:25
Davyd Mitchell 3 33:54 12:00 21:54
Ben Williams 4 34:08 10:00 24:08
Phil Tomkinson 5 34:16 14:00 20:16
Steve Wiggins 6 34:21 07:30 26:51
Tim Palmer 7 34:27 11:30 22:57
Phil Gillard 8 34:30 10:00 24:30
Mark Gittins 9 34:42 14:30 20:12
Richard Hankins 10 34:47 13:00 21:47
Roy Gaskill 11 34:50 11:00 23:50
Colin Thompson 12 34:58 16:00 18:58
Geoff Collins 13 35:13 08:30 26:43
Jackie Keasley 14 35:58 00:05 35:53
Jenny Illidge 15 36:52 12:00 24:52
Charlie Ashbrook 16 36:57 07:30 29:27
Jane Ashbrook 17 36:59 07:30 29:29
Chris Igoe 18 37:23 08:00 29:23
Janet Robinson 19 38:13 08:00 30:13

Helsby RC Update 12th – 18th Dec

Hello Green Army

Not a lot to report on currently with it being the Christmas season, but if anyone or anyone you know would like to help out or Marshall at the forthcoming 4VHM on Jan 15th then please email laura@baynham-hughes.com , as we are still looking for volunteers to help out on race day.

We had park runners at Warrington, Chester, Delamere, & Penrith, full list of consolidated results below

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

Sunday seen the last Cross Country for the year take place at Arrow Park, and we managed to get 6 gents and 6 ladies to the start line which meant no penalty points were incurred at what is a very difficult time of year to get to. Great performances from Colin Bishop and Neil Finegan seen them come in 9th and 18th, whilst the ladies team did well on the day with Christine Roach coming home first, followed by Debbie Read and Rachel Arnold.

The men came 9th and ladies 11th, which means the men sit joint 8th and ladies joint 11th overall. Runcorn Town Park is next up at the end of January. A full list of the results below

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

As i said not a lot to report on which means i can’t mess the blog up this time…can I?

On behalf of all the bloggers, myself, Colin, Gaz and Jim, have a great Christmas and New Year.

Fitzy

 

Helsby RC update 4th Dec to 11th Dec

Announcements.

Sun 18th December – 4th Sunday League XC Club Counter – Arrow Park – 10am – For those who want to lift share please meet at the club at 9am.

Wed 21st Dec – Xmas Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with staggered starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.

For the supper Lesley & Dave will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up. I’m currently compiling the handicaps and plan to use your latest Border League Results, if you’ve not run one then firstly why (!?!?) & secondly please let me have your latest 5K/10K times.

jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Message from Lesley – We are looking for volunteers to provide a pan of home made soup, please let me know if you are able to help out

davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Many thanks, Lesley

Xmas Day –  Delamere Park Run 9 am, to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!  It has now been confirmed that this ParkRun is definitely on so get your presents unwrapped early and aim for Delamere!
Parkrun

Helsby runners were out at Delamere, Widnes and Bramley parkruns. Highlights included a first place for Colin Thompson at Delamere and 2nd place for Colin Bishop at Widnes. Full results are below.

http://tinyurl.com/kvq2x25

 

There were no reports submitted this week. Helsby runners were at the cross country at Beacon Park on Saturday the 10th and the results are supposed to be at the link below, unfortunately at the time of writing the link appears to be dead.

http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld-cross-country/

Not one of my better blogs, sorry.

Gaz

Helsby weekly round-up 28th Nov -4th Dec 2016

Hello all

A busy weekend of racing but before we get to the news please some reminders from Jackie below for some events and races coming up soon

Wednesday 7th Dec Club talk by our own Gareth Boyd  entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail!  On his completion of this Summer’s mammoth UK coast to coast Ultra.  In the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, following on from our training run, at 8:30pm, with a free supper. So we order the right number please let Lesley & Dave know you are coming davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Helsby RC Xmas night out – Saturday 10th December, meeting at Helter Skelter at 7.30pm, Christmas jumpers a must!!

Sat 10th December – 3rd Liverpool & District XC Club Counter – Beacon Park

Sat 10th December – Helsby Community Sports Club Xmas Party with a meal & band.

10th & 11th December – Four Villages Residents Letter Drop – We have leaflets to give out along the route advising of the road closures. Laura has a team for this but would always welcome more help.  Laura@baynham-Hughes.com. Entries are building up slower than normal this year and we could do with advertising our race as much as possible. We have some fliers to give out which are on the front desk at the Sports Club or available from Laura. If you can distribute them at races you go to, work, sport, leisure centres, clubs, community centres, shops etc it would all help reach our limit.

Sun 18th December – 4th Sunday League XC Club Counter – Arrow Park

Wed 21st Dec – Xmas Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with staggered starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up. I’m currently compiling the handicaps and plan to use your latest Border League Results, if you’ve not run one then firstly why (!?!?) & secondly please let me have your latest 5K/10K times. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Xmas Day –  Delamere Park Run 9 am (TBC) , to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!

Boxing Day – Goshawk Run 12:00 pm, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run. This run was instituted by John Claire, our club chair for many years race. Sadly John passed away this year but I am sure folks will turn up as always  to run  in his memory. It’s also the Race the Walls in Chester, 10:30am, but you probably need to pre-enter https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Round-The-Walls

Sat 31st Dec – Four Villages Course Reccie.  It has been suggested we meet at the club at 10:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. Splitting into paced groups of 1.30, 1.45 & 2hr times approx. Colin will co-ordinate and if you would like to volunteer to pace a group please let him know col808@hotmail.com

Sat 7th Jan – Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Birchwood. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.   But please don’t be put off; it’s a great team day out for all levels of runners. You must be born in Cheshire or have resided here for last 9 months. Pre-entry so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before Xmas,   mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat 14th Jan – Four Villages Set up Morning, very important so  please come along and help set up this year’s race. Many hands make light work and it’s great fun too seeing what lies behind organising such a large race. More info from Laura in the New Year.

Sat 15th Jan – Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 10:30am.. Whether you run or help on the day let’s hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by race director Laura & the whole of Helsby Running Club. If you can marshal or help on the day and have not already said please let Dave Feakes know davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com or Laura.   Laura@baynham-Hughes.com

New Thursday Night Speed Training at Runcorn – Colin & Roy are now running speed sessions from Tudor Road Runcorn, 6:30pm, WA7 1SX each Thursday. Rotating through each month, the sessions will include 4 x 1 mile repeats, 5 mile run (options are fartleks, tempo runs etc), 6 x 1k repeats, pyramid session, 5 mile run. For more information contact Roy Gaskill & Colin on facebook or col808@hotmail.com .

Hope to see you out and about running on the run up to Xmas and into 2017. A Happy Xmas and an enjoyable New Year to you all.

Jackie
Your chair

Now to the news, thank you very much for all the reports this week it makes our job so much easier. Remember all future reports should be sent to the usual email address which is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First up is an excellent report from our BL Co-ordinator Fitzy…

Borders League Race No. 3 – Birkenhead Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

“This Sunday seen 21 of us take a trip over to Birkenhead for Race 3 in the Borders League Season. A lot of clashes with the Cross Country and Fell Counters meant a lower than normal turn out but there was still enough of us to make sure we didn’t get any penalty points. 

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Neil & Ian battle it out!

A nice cold winters morning greeted us for what is  if you ask me one of the more boring races of the season, 4 laps of the park, a truly inspiring run, so even more made up we got the numbers that we did on the day. Some great individual performances, seeing Colin Thompson come home 17th, followed by myself and Neil Finnegan making up the top 3, but my man of the match performance for the men was Ian Rutherford, who pushed Neil all the way to the line, so much so he made him sick! Top running by Ian who is just getting stronger and stronger each week. Us men finished 6th of the day, but still remain in 5th just out of the relegation places. Also glad to see Ian Hamling didn’t get too hurt with the little cut he had on his hand from a fall, he’s a brave lad isn’t he.

The ladies ran incredibly well coming in 3rd on the day which means they are probably only 1 more race away from dragging themselves back from the foot of the table and slowly climbing back up to where they belong near the top. Laura BH, Alison Halsall and Flo Jo all pushing each other really hard to finish 1,2,3 for the ladies. 

 

Race 4 will see us go to Deeside on Sunday 22nd Jan, it’s a week after the 4VHM so another good turn out would be appreciated, and hopefully we will get it. 

Thanks again to the continued support of Mario and Joe, and also Louise with her mince pies.”

Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
17 17   Colin THOMPSON 30:41 SM 11 Helsby RC
26 26   Chris FITZPATRICK 31:37 SM 18 Helsby RC
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 32:18 MV40 7 Helsby RC
40 40   Ian RUTHERFORD 32:21 MV40 8 Helsby RC
46 46   Adam GORDON 32:43 MV40 11 Helsby RC
78 76   Philip TOMKINSON 33:50 SM 35 Helsby RC
88 85   Mark GITTINS 34:06 SM 41 Helsby RC
143   13 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 36:32 FV35 5 Helsby RC
146 132   Ian HAMLING 36:38 SM 58 Helsby RC
153   15 Alison HALSALL 36:55 FV45 1 Helsby RC
155   16 Joanne LACKING 36:58 FV35 7 Helsby RC
164 146   James JONES 37:24 MV50 14 Helsby RC
168 150   Davyd MICHELL 37:29 SM 63 Helsby RC
176   21 Jane ASHBROOK 37:51 FV40 5 Helsby RC
209 180   Roy GASKILL 39:10 MV50 20 Helsby RC
239   43 Christina ROACH 40:45 FV55 1 Helsby RC
242 199   Stephen ROACH 40:56 SM 72 Helsby RC
243 200   Benjamin WILLIAMS 40:57 SM 73 Helsby RC
244 201   Michael WILLIAMS 40:59 SM 74 Helsby RC
273 218   Geoff COLLINS 42:42 MV60 15 Helsby RC
326   89 Emily SMITH 48:00 FV35 17 Helsby RC

A big well done to Alison Halsall and Christina Roach for a win in their respective age categories! Great stuff ladies 🙂

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

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NWSLXC – Otterspool

Report by Chris Murray

“Having missed out on the previous two XC fixtures I was determined to get to Otterspool for the 11am start of the 3rd Sunday league race come Hell or high water/Santa dash. With 2 other club meets on the same day there was still a modest turn out of 9 Helsby faces. The race itself was 3 laps of the field and woods with a few “hills” and mud thrown in for good measure; a varied and fun course. The only negative that could be said about the route was that there were a few bottle neck sections where you could get held up but a bit of friendly shoving and elbowing seen you through without to much lost time. All in all a great race and a great performance by the Green Army contingent.”

Helsby Men
13 Colin Bishop
75 Chris Murray
91 Gareth Boyd
96 Darren O’Connor
126 Stephen Riley
151 John Whitehead
167 Paul Foster

Helsby Ladies
37 Suzanne Fletcher
38 Rachel Arnold

Men’s team 11th overall
Ladies team 15th overall

Cardington Cracker

Report by Sue Buck

“What a cracking race it was too. A beautiful, winter’s day saw 5 of the Fellsby contingent make their way south down to the small village of Cardington in Shropshire. The race is run over 4 hills of varying gradients, from the steep, nearly hands and knees climb up the Lawley, to the last gentle ascent over the Wilderness. I had done this race in 2013 and remembered really enjoying it. What I hadn’t remembered was that it is actually quite tough, covering 9 miles and 2600ft of ascent. 

The race starts in a field, with a sprint to a gate, and then meanders over to the Lawley. Having climbed the Lawley, we were treated to a frosty ridge run, with fantastic views over the Shropshire countryside, followed by a fast, grassy descent.

I found the ascent up Caer Caradoc particularly tricky this time as it was steep, relentless and slippery in places. It was worthwhile though as at the top, we were once again treated to a ridge run, with fantastic views, before the steep descent to the stream. 

A bit of flat running took us to the start of the 3rd ascent, starting on the side Helmeth Hill, past the Gaerstone Rock and then finishing with the checkpoint on Willstone Hill. At this point, I took the opportunity to take in where I’d been as you could see the whole course.

The descent off Willstone Hill was very steep and very slippery. Someone mentioned that in races gone by, people had used bin liners to slide down some of these hills and to be honest, a bin liner descent would have suited me better!! 

The last sting in the tail is the gentle ascent over the Wilderness, before the dropping down over the fields to the finish. I had a good race, knocking 4 minutes off my previous time. 

Great running everyone, but a particular shout out to Tim, who’d knocked 9 minutes off his previous time in 2014.”

Helsby results:

Pos   Time Name

19  1:26:58 O’HARA, Jim
48  1:33:33 FLETCHER, Ben
97    1:42:49 ROBERTS, Phillip
100  1:43:11 PALMER, Tim
231  2:19:43 BUCK, Sue

251 finishers, last finisher 2:51:44.

Full results: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0ZWxmb3JkYXRobGV0aWNjbHVifGd4OjZhYWY3MzIyZmQ5MjU4YTI

Thanks to Andy for standing out in the cold taking pictures!

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/49120421@N08/sets/72157677455470635/

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Stockport 10

Report by Debbie Read

“Sunday 4th December – so many races, so much choice! Feeling somewhat guilty for not doing a club race I entered one of my favourite races the Stockport 10 – a hilly (I like hills), 10 mile (I like 10 miles) mainly Tarmac (not my favourite) with a mile or so of trail (Yey)
Standing on the start line in perfect running conditions David and I wished each other well and we set off around the athletic track alongside 1500 runners, David leaving me in his wake. After leaving the track, we ran through the park for a mile or so then hit the pavements, roads, housing estates, farm tracks and trails of Stockport and after a final long hill at mile 8-9 re-entered the park and did a lap of the track to finish.
A well organised race with lots of marshals – would recommend it.

p.s. In the clubhouse after the race I was talking to a Stockport runner next to me – I was wearing my Green Army Hoody and he told he’s entered the 4 villages. We compared our race times and he told me he did 50:03 ( looking at the results he was only the winner!) 5 minute miles, could we be on for a new course record?”

468th Debbie Read 1.21.52 (3rd in age cat)

Ed: Debbie is too modest to mention she got 3rd in her age group. Well done Debbie, great result in such a large field of runners! Not sure what happened to Dave, his result comes up as DNF, is that Drunk and never finished? 😉

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Please see the consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to all who took part.

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

That’s all this week, thanks again for all the fab reports. Anything missing please let me know.

Cheers
Col T

Helsby Racing News 21st-27th November 2016

Hello Green Army

So sorry for the late round up this week, Father Chris has been busy with his Elf antics, although there’s not much to write about, it’s been a quiet week, however we have a very busy week coming up.

A few notices first of all

We have the Borders League @ Birkenhead, Cross Country @ Otterspool, and Cardington cracker fell race, all on Sunday 4th December.

Anyone wanting to meet up from the club house I would advise 9.45am for the Borders league, and maybe 8.45am for the cross country.

The post code for the Borders League is CH43 8SQ, See link below for full details.

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

Paul Foster has sent in a mesage about the Cross Country

CHANGE OF VENUE RACE 3 SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER.

 
Please note the new venue is Jericho Lane L17 5AR – the football pitches towards the bottom of the Lane on the left.
Also note that there is limited parking on Jericho Lane and Otterspool Drive, so please try to car share wherever possible. The post race refreshments and results will be in the Cellar Bar at Aigburth Peoples Hall, L17 0DJ which is back over Aigburth Road and next to Sefton Park and is sign-posted (about 5 minutes walk).
The start of the race is 11.00 am to avoid a clash with the Santa Dash. Please advise all your members of the changes.
Also NOTE we are not sure if you can wear spikes yet…so worth bringing two pairs just in case

Also, my mate Boydy is doing a talk on how to not get lost on an ultra, see below for details; 

 Wed 7th Dec Gareth Boyd talk entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail! On this summer’s UK coast to coast Ultra, guaranteed to warm you up and make you feel tired & exhausted.

Our talks follow on from our club training run in the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, starting as soon as we have “showered”, recovered, bought drinks and had a bite to eat, at about 8:30pm. The club will provide food to help sustain us (chip butty season is upon us with the cold nights!). To help with the food order please let Lesley know by at least the day before if you are coming along davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

At our last talk the London Marathon Draw took place and Steve Wiggo & Jane A were the lucky runners drawn out the hat. Good luck to them and anyone else training for Spring Marathons. 

gareth

Also a message from Betty about the Helsby Festival this weekend

If your little Elves fancy joining thi Saturday’s  Ho Ho Helsby parade,
meet at Vicarage Lane, St Pauls before 6:00pm. Festive dress and prams allowed!!!
I plan on wearing my Helsby Hi-vis vest and Santa hat!!!
Sort of a Santa Dash all welcome – the road will be a full closure so the fast
ones can race ahead if they like!!

There was also a bit of confusion about the Helsby Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December, as this clashes with the Helsby Community Sports Club Christmas Party. These are separate events, the Sports club event is ticket only at £25 including a meal.  Ask at the bar if you fancy it, however i think the majority of us will be heading into Frodsham starting in Helter Skelter at 7.30pm for a night of fun and singing as per usual. Christmas jumpers compulsory unless you wear your Helsby vest.

For any new members who haven’t experienced a Helsby RC Christmas Party make sure you come down you will be more than welcome, they are great nights out.

So onto the only race report of the week, from last Saturdays Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park Liverpool, from moi. 

A lot us us panicked about getting to the start line on time for this one due to the bridge being extremely busy, but we all got there just in time, although Ian Rutehrford looked whiter than daz white after experiencing Davyd’s driving in his new car. On what was a very cold day, with lots of fog around Sefton Park, it was a perfect day for running with Olympians Andy Vernon, Callum Hawkins and eventual winner Andrew Butchart, and a strong ladies line up with past winner Jemma Steel towing the line, who also won yet again on the day.

It really is great to see these professional athletes do what they do best and make it look so easy. The mens race consisted of 3 laps of a pretty flat field, with a little mud, but nothing as bad as Skem which was much harder, reckon we would take a few Olympians out if they ran a course like that.

Rachel and Suzanne put in good performances for the ladies whilst Col T, Ben and Bish made up the top 3 for the men. This if you like a bit of cross country is the one to do, it’s great being at an event hearing the roaring of the crowds, and seeing the mass start must be amazing to watch as well. Well done to all who took part

Results below

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=148464&type=full&servicetype=Attachment

That’s all for this week enjoy your running

Fitzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

10k TT results 30-11-16

Hi all

Thank you to everyone who turned up to support the 10k TT on Weds evening, we had 14 runners lining up at the Greenway on a cool crisp evening, an evening that saw 2 brand new course records! It’s congratulations to new member Danny Ryder who, on only his second visit to the club, smashed the club record with a brilliant 37.07! Well done Danny, a lot more to come from you I’m sure. Laura B-H had an excellent run to steal Jo’s crown and lower the ladies record to 43.25, well done Laura and well done to everyone else, it was great to see some fantastic running from the troops.

Also a big thank you to the 10k TT team who are Louise Spruce (RD), Joe & Mario (timing/results), Chris Fitzpatrick (marshall) and Davyd Michell (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys.

Next one to put into your diaries is Weds 28th December, hope to see you all there again.

Full results here: 10k-tt-30-11-16-v2

Cheers
Col T

Helsby RC News from 14th to 20th November 2016.

Thanks everyone who has sent something to the inbox this week. There’s been loads of good stuff going on with Helsby RC. If anything there anything that needs adding please still send in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com and we’ll add it to the blog and or the next round-up.

Dates For Your Diary

After-run talks and London Marathon draw  – A brief reminder from Jackie:

“This Wed after training it’s meant to be Chris BH talking on his Mont Blanc Ultra plus our London Marathon Draw. Unfortunately Chris has been called away with work. BUT Dave Feakes has kindly stepped in at the last minute to talk again on his cross channel swimming exploits. A lot of folks missed Dave’s amazing talk and have asked for a repeat so here’s your chance. Please let Lesley know  if you are coming along then we can order the right number of chips.

Thanks to those who have already let me have their London rejection slips. If you have not already let me know please bring slip on evening or email me. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers

Jackie”

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2017

The 2017 Sandstone Trail Challenge is on Saturday 6th May. Entries open on 1st December, and the link to enter is HERE. Its expected to fill up very quickly so be sure to set yourself a reminder if you want to secure a place.  We’ll need plenty of volunteers on the day, and if you can help you’re welcome to run the Marshal’s Event which will probably be on 1st May.

Liverpool & District XC Fixture 2

This coming Saturday 26/11/16 at 2pm – 2nd Race in the Liverpool & District XC League at Sefton Park

Racing News

Penmaenmawr Fell Race

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Thanks to Tim Palmer for sending in the Penmaenmawr report:

“Due to liberal use of Helsby RC excuse book (including: I would prefer to run 90+ miles in 24 hours as the crow flies much it along the A41 and I have a sore ankle so I will go and set a PB and win a Parkrun instead), the eight Green Army runners who turned up for the Penmaenmawr Fell Race was fewer than those who entered. The race takes its place as the finale of the North Wales fell season; although a BM, it has a bit of everything – steep climb to start, a bog halfway round, a lovely runnable section looking over the Conwy valley and a steep single track finish; and then free soup and a bottle of beer. The weather was kind (sunny intervals).

The Helsby results were:
10th – Jim O’Hara – M Open – 1:21:21

27th – Phillip Roberts – M V40 – 1:30:30

35th – Tim Palmer – M V50 – 1:33:55 – 6th V50

45th – Laura Baynham-Hughes – F V40 – 1:37:09 – 5th Lady; 1st V40

54th – Jane Ashbrook – F V40 – 1:40:13 – 8th Lady; 2nd V40

95th – David Feakes – M V50 – 1:52:10

119th – Lesley Feakes – F V50 – 2:02:32

120th – Debbie Read – F V50 – 2:02:48
Thanks to Vanessa, Joe and Mario for their welcome support half-way. An excellent race – I would recommend it to everyone.

Tim”

Escape from Meriden

Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for sending in a great write up on his awseome antics over the weekend:

“Escape from Meriden
It was a simple but cracking concept. Start in Meriden (centre of England), wearing a tracker you have to escape as far away as you can (as the crow flies: @Jim Higgins – that’s the shortest distance between the start point and the end point :D) and it’s all tracked by Live GPS updates. No support thumbnail_15135928_10154831326098933_344765914849607950_n-1from the organisers, no set route but that’s what made it more interesting for spectators. Competitors would earn different rewards based upon how far away they got:

  • 0-30 miles = Paper
  • 30-60 miles = Silver
  • 60-90 miles = Gold
  • 26 leagues (90 miles) or above = Black

I ran my first ultra with Tin Wilcock back in 2011 and we’ve had so many adventures together since. This seemed a good excuse to have a good catch up and thus we put in an entry and took a typically disorganised approach to the event. We had two choices, either go for the 90 miles, or draw something rude on the tracker with our GPS trace (we imagined people watching saying, “where are they going!!! Then slowly realising as our juvenile activity became clear).

My mother would never have forgiven me so we figured the canals would be good and running home would broadly do it. Our route broke down as:

  • 26 miles to the start of the Shropshire Union canal at Wolverhampton (mixture of road and canal)
  • 30 miles on Shropie to Market Drayton
  • 30 miles to Chester via roads including the A41 from near Bickerton
  • Parkgate road out to West Kirby

We arrived with 15 minutes to go before the start and many competitors in orange Tyvek jumpsuits. At first I thought it was a big fancy dress, then realised that they were giving them out to us ‘prisoners.’ As we congregated at the monument signifying the centre of England there was a real buzz about the place; wondering where everyone was going. It was at this point that Tin produced a couple of paper print outs for our maps – about 26 miles squeezed onto A5 and scant detail. 5 minutes down the road the buzz had gone, I felt for the people that had entered solo, this was thumbnail_15085647_10154831326153933_5217354026377493793_ndefinitely an adventure for two.

Troubles:
I’d not been able to load the .GPX file that Tin had sent me – not even to my computer, so there was something wrong with it. I wasn’t too concerned as Tin had got it onto his Garmin, but as we were about to start it hit me how ill prepared I was to navigate home. We did head off in the right direction, but following a breadcrumb on a garmin is not ideal. I managed to pull out some detail from the maps, but when the Garmin showed and critical error and then started making patterns on the screen it looked all over.

I’d already had a near miss having slipped off an icy wall, but this time I found myself approaching a hooded figure at 3 in the morning to ask for directions. Naturally I startled him, but in his words that was because he thought I was “some kinda Power Ranger!” We got our directions and thankfully my suggestion of taking the batteries out for a while to ensure there was no residual charge and getting away from the glitch in the track seemed to help and we were back in business on the GPS. In hindsight we simply would have had to have stopped without it.

Al Fresco
A 24 hour run requires certain bodily activity; so when Tin announced he needed to find a bush I helpfully pointed out some decent cover. He opted for an alternative and went about business. In the interest of efficiency I decided to find cover too and emerged only to find that the building next to the bushes I’d first suggested was actually the Police station. Good job it was about 2am!

Tow Path
I expected the route to be simple once on the canal, but not only were we cursing the ice, we almost went miles off course as the canal split. It looked like the only way was over the bridge, so that’s what we did, but luckily Tin caught that we were off the breadcrumb and thus saved us miles! From then on every bridge was treated with suspicion!
By the time we got to Market Drayton we were exhausted, blood sugar was low and we’d had enough. The mud on the tow path was more than we’d expected and we’d some how added an extra two miles so just when we thought we were there we found we were literally miles away. We talked about stopping because we were no longer enjoying it and I suggested we rewarded ourselves with a slap up Morrison’s breakfast – no expense spared!

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Shoes off:
Coke and a breakfast did the trick, but we got a few funny looks. Tin instantly took his shoes off to air his feet and I did the same. We looked so dishevelled that nobody dared to approach us. Refuelled and back on it we set off feeling nearly new. We knew we needed to keep our blood sugar up and that the coke would wear off quickly and we got our heads down to get through the miles. It was all road from here.

Working hard:
I’ll not lie, this was one of the hardest things I’ve done. We really worked at it, against the clock, breaking the adventure down into sections, concentrating on average pace, ensuring we fuelled well. After a 40 minute stop, refuel and change in Chester we dragged our aching corpses out the door and painfully started out for the final 20 miles. By this stage I couldn’t really eat, so when our awesome support crew appeared part way down Parkgate road with Pizza I was gutted I just couldn’t stomach it.

We battled through the miles, working together, pushing how long we ran for before rewarding ourselves with a walk. By this stage we’d had a few texts urging us on (thanks – you know who you are) and then one from Laura saying that team 89 had dropped out, so it was down to us. We didn’t give a monkeys about over all position, it’s not that kind of race, we just wanted to get the 90 miles… but as confirmation that we were going to win it filtered through I’d be lying if I said we weren’t chuffed. We’d worked incredibly hard as a team and physically supported each other throughout; it felt like we’d really earned this one so a trophy to add to the converted black medal was just the cherry on the top.
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Not finished yet:
We crossed the 90 mile mark and carried on to the beach at West Kirby. Our support crew for the final section had been Wallasey’s own Richie Webster who just happens to be a lifeguard in his spare time. He’d been responsible for Hilbre Island for some time and nipped back home to get into his Land Rover whilst we started out across the beach to the island. Don’t try this without back up in the dark! Befuddled Tin started drifting off course heading out towards Wales instead. Luckily Richie started flashing the full beams and beeping his horn and after a few minutes we finally caught on and turned to the island. Sadly the tide wasn’t far enough out for us to go beyond Little I, but mission accomplished, much confusion caused on social media and driving back across the sand to the marina was a pretty satisfying feeling!

The stats:
111 miles covered. 11 hours and 10 minutes. 1st place. Only team to get over 90 miles.

Learning points:
Coca Cola is your friend. Ensure you’ve got a backup GPS. Don’t even think about doing this one alone.”

Combe Crawler

From CBH’s 111 miles  to my 8! On Sunday 20/11/16 I ran in the  ‘Combe Crawler’ hosted by Ilfracombe Running Club in 15181512_731329050348533_9061065067655436711_nNorth Devon. The race starts and finishes at Marlborough Park, the ground of Ifracombe FC, and is eight and half miles with some tough climbs and stunning views of the 15170872_1152144251501246_2808751442595209276_n coast. With gales the day before and the day after the race, the weather gods smiled down on us for race day. Loads of water and mud on the ground, but no rain or wind for the race!  The route is mostly off road but there are a few bits of tarmac running and good runnable trails. It goes through the grounds of Watermouth Castle and along the coast of Watermouth Cove and into Hele Bay. There’s
then  a tough climb up Hillsboro and then back down into Ilfracombe before the final climb back up to the finish With 1700ft of climb its a tough, fast race. I finished 16th overall and won the Vet 50 category for a cracking trophy. Full results and more race info HERE

Athens Marathon

Helsby RC have been on tour again! Tanya Meredith sent in this fab sport after visiting Athens. Well done Tanya!

“Athens Marathon, The Authentic.

The marathon race was created in 1896 to honor the legendary run of Greek messenger Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens. On 13th November, remembrance Sunday, 18640 runners boarded buses at 0515 and we made our way up to Marathonas. From the journey up there I could see that is wasn’t going to be a race that was easy on the legs but one that would be easy on the eye.image1

On arrival at Maratonas we were directed into the small Olympic stadium to warm up. Sitting in the stands you had an amazing view over the mountains and looked down on runners from across the world all warming up. Amongst the masses were the elite runners doing laps of the field, intermingled with other runners, you got the feeling of inclusion and acceptance that everyone there was equal.

On talking to other runners old and young the consensus was that they were not there for a specific time but to become one more person in the history of the route, to be able to stand tall and say “I’ve run Marathon”. The sense of occasion was only heightened by the sight of the Olympic flame burning brightly from within the stadium, bringing it home as to where I actually was.image2The route itself is very kind on the legs for the first 10k, we ran around the mount where the torch lighting ceremony takes place before any Olympics and then head out on the road to Athens. From 11k to 32 K it was a strength sapping incline with a 20m down hill thrown in for good measure. I knew from this point that this race was not one for a PB but to soak up the occasion and significance of the route and the race. The support along the course was amazing, children handing out olive branches and high fives joined sounds of Bravo and Greek music blasting out along the way. The last 10k, thankfully, was downhill and I made the most of this by getting my fastest miles in to ensure a strong fast finish.

The last mile is solid with supporters, which makes for a very emotional finish; running into the Panathenaic Stadium was an unforgettable experience. To run in the footsteps of the great marathon runners and athletes of the Athens Olympics surrounded by cheers was breathtaking.

I am now amongst the finishers who can say that I have truly run in the footsteps of Pheidippides and completed the “authentic marathon” .”

Tatton Park half marathon!

Now over to Neil Finegan for his really interesting review on the inaugural Tatton Park Half:

“A new race comes with risks attached. You never know how good or bad it will be until you run it. Be prepared for the most negative race review ever (is there a prize for this?)

The only positive thing I can say about this race is that it made me realise what a fantastic and professional job we do with the 4 villages. Sundays run at at Tatton Park was a masterclass in how not to organise a race.

Firstly there was the parking chaos. At 8 in the morning I was 0.4 of a mile from the car park to start my race at 9:35. I eventually parked at just after 10! The problem seemed to be that the organisers tagged a 10k run onto the event (starting at 9) which overloaded the roads nearby. It was a real shambles with inexperienced Marshals not helping.

So I eventually started the race – 30 minutes late and having to battle through the crowds of headphone wearing runners. Then came the next issue – a poor course full of dog legs to stretch the distance out. Narrow paths with cones down the middle to separate the runners going in 2 directions, made over taking near impossible. Then the conditions underfoot would go from path to woodland trail, to roads full of potholes full of water. It’s such a beautiful park but about 1/3 of the race was spent running down a road near a housing estate instead of inside the grounds. And if you were running the half like me, you had the fun of 2 laps of this chaos.

The course was also poorly designed – having to cope with the 2 different events and now with the added pressure of lots of runners starting at random times. The majority of the Marshals were completely disinterested. I had a few occasions where I had to shout at them “which way?” Then there were the big cycling groups also using the narrow paths oblivious to the race going on around them.

So you finished in a muddy field with a nice shiny medal but thinking that there are much better ways to spend your £22 and time. The tannoy announced my “fantastic clock” time of 1:44 (versus my chip time of 1:23). Having spent the race weaving past runners, I was surprised by that at least.

Definitely would not recommend this one for next year.”

Thanks for the heads-up on that one Neil, it makes me feel like running in the hills!

Rachel Holden and Joanne Lacking also braved Tatton Park for the 10k event. Full results can be viewed HERE.

Conway Half Marathon

And now over to Geoff Collins who seems to have fared better with the organisation of the Conway Half:

Race Report Conwy Half Marathon 20th November 2016

This year was the eighth Conwy half marathon, seven of which I have run previously. Although this has been a club counter in the past it wasn’t this year, there were just two Helsby runners Paul Roberts & myself Geoff Collins. I think both of us were surprised to see each other there. Overall race numbers were slightly down this year with just 2,408 finishers.

Driving towards Conwy the weather conditions improved considerably leaving the rain and cloud behind for much dryer, warmer and brighter conditions on arrival. Ideal conditions for running really with little wind. The area does seem to have its own micro climate. Driving to and parking in Conwy was an absolute doddle unlike a certain place elsewhere. There are plenty of cafes and tea shops for a warm drink and a decent toilet before the race!

Voted as one of the top 5 most scenic half marathons in the UK by Runners World, I must admit this is one of my favourite races. But then I’m always happy at the seaside! There are fantastic views over the coastline, the Deganwy estuary, Anglesey and Snowdonia. The race starts and finishes on the Old Quay just below Conwy Castle. This year they altered the course keeping us off the flatter coastal footpath because of too much sand. Instead the route followed the road from Deganwy into Llandudno. This isn’t so flat but it’s not too hilly either!

From Llandudno the route heads past the pier up towards the Great Orme. There were a lot of spectators near the pier. One of the Warrington RC runners amused me as he turned to the crowd and said ‘its very quiet round here’! Which certainly provoked a lot of very loud cheering.

Then the hard bit starts, the climb round and up the Orme. The gradient does easy off a bit before the final slightly steeper bit before you reach the highest point after the Rest & Be Thankful Café. It’s always worth taking a look at the scenery, not just the tarmac in front of you.

Rounding the Orme views of Snowdonia open up as you start the steep descent back to Llandudno. At this point I’m joined by Val from Chester Tri Club, who lives close to me in Chester. It made the last part of the race more interesting as we pushed towards the finish. That was fourth race this year that’s happened on!

It would be good to have this race as a club counter next year!

Results

1st Russell Bentley Eryri Harriers 1hr 09m.

Paul Roberts Helsby 1hr 41m.

Geoff Collins Helsby 1hr 50m.

Geoff Collins”

Parkrun

Despite all the racing going on Helsby still managed field 12 athletes across five different Parkruns, and with some cracking results!  Well done to everyone but just a special mention for Colin Thompson and Phil Tomlinson placed 2nd and 4th respectively at Warrington. Consolidated results can be viewed HERE.

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Well I think that’s all for this week folks. Hope I’ve not missed anything. Keep on running!

Jim

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