It was a misty morning for those driving from the northwest, at least until the Welsh border where blue skies welcomed the early starters for the opening ceremony of this season’s Border League inter-club competition held at Caernarfon. The start and finish were a short distance from the castle, a splendid backdrop for the first 4k alongside the estuary, with its shimmering silver speckles of autumn daylight on what was a very still day.
256 runners competed and completed the approx. 10km course, a flat start but with some undulations to take everyone just outside their comfort zone and equally take the pressure off it being a PB course.
Sixteen runners out for Helsby which highlighted the growing improvement of both our ladies and men’s teams:
16th Adair Broughton 36.31
59th Ian Landucci 39.43
68th Jim O’Hara 40.15
88th Jayne Joy 41.11
91st Roy Gaskill 41.26
106th Colin Thompson 42.26
117th Jane Ashbrook 43.23 (2nd in age cat)
139th Adrian Jackson 44.45
140th Albert Berry 44.48 (1st in age cat)
150th Geoff Shaw 45.27
154th Vanessa Griffiths 45.44 (3rd in age cat)
160th Carol Shaw 46.01 (1st in age cat)
164th Helen Owens 46.20
195th Tom DeJong 48.03
224th Chris Hatton 51.47
252nd Janet Shaw 56.41
A fantastic showing once again by the six Helsby ladies, with Jayne and Jane superb for top ten finishes and Jane, Vanessa and Carol all on podium finishes for their age categories. This gave the newly promoted Helsby ladies team a brilliant 3rd overall which really helps to consolidate their position in the Division 1 right behind Chester Tri.
It was a good result too for the men with a full complement of ten securing 4th position in Division two, which is probably one of our strongest showings for some time. Star performance once again goes to Albert Berry for securing pole position in his category.
Many thanks to Mario who not only supported, helped with traffic management (on a busier course than expected with cars) but also sorted the numbers out at the end.
Thanks also to Albert for printing and providing some great photos of everyone who was at the Sandstone Race a few weeks ago.
Full results of the Borders available here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/
Race 2 is Capenhurst, nearly on our doorstep so will be good to have a big field of Helsby for this race on Sunday 11th November at 11.00am. Remember it’s a roughly 10k course and flat and fast, free to enter, just need to wear the club vest.