Plenty of action this week.
Wednesday 4th June saw the Boars Head Hill Race in Cheshire with sole representative for Helsby Phil Gillard in fine form. Full results and race report available at the website linked below.
132nd Phil Gillard 65.05
Wednesday night was also the Birkenhead 5 miler organised by Wirral AC in Birkenhead Park and the Helsby contingent were led home by Paul Frodsham who was also 1st in his age cat. Looks like many PB’s were achieved so please check the official results as below. Well done also to Alison Butler who runs with Jane, as this was her first race!
39th Paul Frodsham 31.34 (1st in age cat)
41st Gary O’Connor 31.49
55th Phillip Roberts 33.43
60th Jane Ashbrook 34.12
77th Joanne Lacking 35.13 (PB)
84th Laura Baynhan-Hughes 35.50 (PB)
91st David Hartley 36.45
118th David Wiggins 42.25
122nd Shan McCarthy 43.07 (PB)
133rd Donna Geer 46.57
Thursday 5th June saw Race 1 of the 4 race Off-road Deestriders Multi-terrain series with a good turnout for Helsby. Captain Colin Thompson led from the front to secure 5th overall and other performances bode well for Helsby individuals to do well in the competition. It is an athlete’s best 3 of the 4 performances that count so it is still possible to do the series.
5th Colin Thompson 28.03
9th Jim O’Hara 28.42
13th Derek Morris 29.28
20th James Hughes 30.53
32nd Tom DeJong 33.42
36th Adrian Jackson 34.10
Also on Thursday was Dunham Massey where Geoff Shaw led the three Helsby runners home to finish 115th in 23.07.
115th Geoff Shaw 23.07
140th John Thompson 24.03
179th Janet Shaw 28.18
Thursday night was also the Henderson’s End Fell Race and a race report from Jim Jones follows
“I couldn’t make it to the Deeside off road series on Thursday so did the Hendersons End Fell Race which was closer to where I was working. It’s a BS category event that takes in Rivington Pike and Winter Hill. Meant to be 6 mile but Garmin clocked over 7. It was a great route and well organised by Lostock AC.”
Results and route below.
56th Jim Jones 67.35
Friday night 6th June saw Paul Foster and Jamie Dowdall in the Castleton Fell Race. Paul writes “I have a lot of admiration for the castleton fell race this was my first ever fell race 4 years ago. It’s a good race with always a good turnout of over 200 runners for a Friday evening”
100th Jamie Dowdall 58.15 (2nd claim Helsby)
159th Paul Foster 1.05.12
No Delamere Park Run this week but Louise McEveley had a great run to finish first Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run Saturday 7th June followed by super running from Jane and Charlie Ashbrook.
|62||Louise MCEVELEY||24:38||VW45-49||66.44 %||F||7||Helsby RC||First Timer!||38|
|111||Jane ASHBROOK||29:34||VW35-39||51.18 %||F||29||Helsby RC||First Timer!||24|
It was also the 6th Halewood Merservend 5k of the year on Saturday where Roy states “very wet morning but stopped during the race but very slippery (runner fell over on the return point)”
Great running from Derek Morris saw him with a new course PB and 2nd in his age cat followed by Roy and Helen Owens also with a PB but taking first in her age category too. Well done to Helsby at this race.
11th Derek Morris 18.40 (2nd in age cat)
17th Roy Gaskill 19.28
48th Helen Owens 22.52 (1st in age cat)
At Kendle Colin Bishop had another storming run when he competed in the tough Bendrigg 10k and his race report is below”
“Just letting you know I competed in the Bendrigg 10K (Kendal) this Saturday 7th June. It was a tough road race with one hill after another, the 9k marker was kindly marked as ‘Heartbreak Hill – certainly was heart-breaking, being able to see Jane’s blue coat at the top of the hill knowing I needed to run up there to the finish!!
Weather was appalling – thunder lightening and wet underpants even before the start of the race let alone during the race. The race has been won for the past 8 years by a young local with a cracking time of around 32 minutes. Well, glad to say I came second to the young local (his time was 32 55) with what I would call a pretty reasonable time of 36.12, also getting my age category.”
No race results yet but may appear here soon
2nd Colin Bishop 36.12 (1st in age cat)
Tim Palmer ran in the Penyghent Fell Race on Saturday. Race report as follows “as we needed to be in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday evening, Jenny and I decided to do the Penyghent Fell Race (AS – 5.5m, 1650ft) organised by Settle Harriers. After a delayed start (forgotten shoes), we arrived in Horton-in-Ribblesdale to find the weather as forecast – heavy showers with the top of Penyghent in the clouds. Given the weather, Jenny (sensibly) opted not to race but just to jog up the Pennine Way to join a friend from Settle Harriers who was marshalling at Hull Pot. I opted to race, the first mile is fast as it on the road and then the climb begins – long and steep in places to the summit of Penyghent at 694m. The descent was fast and wet with differing conditions underfoot and a climb onto Whitber Hill. I finished in just under 1hr 13min.”
(Please also note that the “Penyghent Race organisers were inisting on the standard kit be carried and enforcing this by spot checks at the finish. This was announced at registration and the start. From talking to a marshall in the pub later, I believe that one runner will be dis-qualified
and reported to the FRA for not carrying full waterproof body cover.”
Thanks to Tim for that information so please when running the fells ensure that you have the right kit
If you are unsure, see Section 12 of the following document regarding kit
More info on the race Penyghent available at the following link
Full results should appear here in time
Saturday was the illustrious and local Sandstone Trail Race deflty organised by our very own Andy Robinson. A full report by Andy is below along with the results and apologies if I’ve missed anyone in the results. Let me know if so and i’ll update the blog. Thanks goes to all those who helped, baked or took part.
15th Ed Halliwell 6.01
20th Gareth Boyd 6.16
29th Andy Smith 6.42 (Mens v50 winner)
30th Lesley Feakes 6.46
31st Dave Feakes 6.46
38th Joanne Lacking 6.57
39th Phillip Roberts 6.57
67th Ben Williams 8.08
68th Stephen Wiggins 8.08
87th Ian Hilditch 9.00
and race report
Lots of pictures on our flickr site.
Also on Saturday was the Welsh 1000m Race. Provisional results only at present showing position. Well done to our two intrepid fell runners Chris and Jim
27th Chris Baynham-Hughes
38th Jim O’Hara
Provisional results and more information on this toughie below
Onto Sunday 8th June which saw the Liverpool Tunnel 10k but couldn’t find any Helsby in the results this year. Let me know if I’ve missed anyone. Link to results website as below
No other results either for Sunday so a well earned rest day it seems. Please correct me if I’m wrong!
In other news.
Please note that the Lions Weaver Run has been cancelled due to lack of pre-entries.
Trail Up The Beast is on Tuesday 10th June and is one of our Inter-club Fell races so well worth attending if you can as this is a competition between the local clubs as well as being a club Fell counter! Limited car parking so please car share if possible. More details are on www.wfra.org.uk
As always, keep on running,