Results are out for the Borders although not all age category positions have been added or team results or times.
It was a fine morning for the 19 Helsby members who headed to Capenhurst for the 2nd race in the Border League. It was ideal running conditions, cool with little wind and no rain so good times were hopefully assured for the 5.4 mile course.
Utilising the same run as the Capenhurst 5k in August but doing two laps instead of one this was always going to feel like a fast race with no undulations like the previous race at Caernarvon. In some ways it was a pity it was not a 10k course as a few people would have had pb’s I’m sure
After a respectful minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday Colin Bishop in his first foray into the Border league gave a commanding performance to be first in for Helsby and Jane Ashbrook ran well for a superb top ten ladies finish. As mentioned 19 were out for Helsby in total with 13 men and 6 women from a huge field of over 350 in total, near enough 100 more than at Caernarvon so hopefully no-one is too disappointed with their placing’s and thanks to every runner out as hopefully this helps consolidate our league position for both teams.
It was great to watch the race unfold from the perspective of my bike, and I have to admit somewhat easier!! and it was fantastic to see the efforts put in by Helsby runners.
Also out on the course in support were Joe and Mario so many thanks to them.
Positions only below (blog to be updated when full results are out)
43rd Colin Bishop
80th Colin Thompson
120th Jim O;Hara
136th Roy Gaskill
141st Jane Ashbrook
173rd Steve Riley
176th Adrian Jackson
177th Dave Feakes
179th Albert Berry
190th Vanessa Griffiths
191st Dave Madders
209th Geoff Shaw
219th Carol Shaw
263rd Andy Smith
269th John Thompson
288th Lesley Feakes
326th Mike Searle
330th Janet Shaw
337th Betty Grieve
Next Borders is also a local one, Christleton, on Sunday 16th December at 11am, a good time of year to put some of the soon to be Christmas calories in the bank.
And don’t forget Castle Park training continues Monday nights 6.30pm
Below is also a race report from Ed Halliwell who ran in an awesome 17th at the Tatton 15k. I will leave you in his capable hands….
The Stroke Association Resolution 15k – Tatton Park – Sunday 11 November
Anyone who has read running magazines (or sat next to Mike Searle in the bar) will know about the vast number of studies done into how to best prepare for a race in the final few days before it. I think they are missing a trick. I think they have exhausted trying to find the best way to best way by trial and error, and should take a new approach – find the worst way to prepare, and then simply do the opposite in future. I accidentally trialled a ‘worst way’ approach this weekend.
Had took it easy during the week, and was going to have a nice restful Saturday taking my Scouts to the Distict 5-a-side cometition. Unfortunately one of the sides didn’t turn up, so rather than having gaps in the programme a scratch side of leaders was put together to play five 7-minute friendlies against Scouts. It doesn’t sound that bad even when I type it now, but playing against thirteen-year-olds who were still in nappies the last time I played was seriously lung-bursting. And I was in jeans for the first two matches before I found a pair of shorts in the car.
So when I woke on Sunday morning my ‘race-face’ was very much absent, and replaced by a ‘please-don’t-make-me-do-it-face’, but I’ll never go sub-90 for the half with that attitude, so I dragged myself off to Tatton Park. It is a good point here to apologise for not going to the Border League race – I don’t get to race much so wanted something more suitable for Half Marathon training, so 15k was perfect.
The Stroke Association Resolution 15k is probably more of a fun runners run than a serious race, but it’s advertised on Runners World and hence still gets a good few serious runners in it. After DJ Dave had given us all the motivation we needed to run as far away from him as possible (playing Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run’ when I got there), we set off round the paths of Tatton Park. After the rain recently and a final shower on Sunday morning, these were not in the best shape, and in many places resembled some of the squishier parts of our Summer Run, but it was a lovely course all-in-all, and definitely a good work out for the legs. We generally went around the outskirts of the park, so didn’t get in the way of walkers/day-trippers (and vice-versa).
Overall the organisation was excellent, but as it was a primarily a run for charity and not a race you had to deal with timing yourself. However, one of the Marshalls in the last couple of kilometres had been keeping count so I knew my position on the run in.
Football – W4 L1 – Lost our heads against Frodsham Scouts
Running – 1h 6m 50s – 13th out of about 250. More importantly only 17 seconds behind the magic 6m 51s mile pace, which is alright given the terrain.
Some early dates for your diaries, next winter’s borders league dates and venues:
26/02 Wrexham Tri
25/04 Deestriders (presentation evening).
You’ll note we’re hosting the March event. Start making those sandwiches!
Wednesday 27th April sees the final Border League Race of the 2010/2011 season.
This is a shorter and flatter course than the other Border League races at just over 6km
Please note the assumed start time is 7.00pm so for those wishing to car share I’d suggest meeting at the club at 6pm
Further (although not much) information can be found on the Border League website here
POSTCODE for directions is given as LL13 9RG but parking, start and finish is where the Half Marathon, or Helena Tipping 10ks go from, at the Clubhouse. There will be drinks and prizegiving available after the race for those that wish to stay.
Directions to the Clubhouse/Parking are here:
Will be great to see as many of you as can make it
Icy conditions presented themselves to the Helsby Green that showed up near Hoylake on Sunday morning. Due to this, race organisers decided to wait for the low sun to warm the race route but even after three fifteen-minute delays icy patches still prevailed.
It was then decided that the race would be run but only as a non-scoring race. Some runners on a tight schedule had to leave and others decided not to risk slipping on the icy conditions.
The race start was moved to begin away from the worst of the ice but there were still slippy areas throughout. The race was a shortened 4.9miles according to the results available via the link below
Over two hundred did eventually ‘race’ and results attached for information only.
26th Adair Broughton 28.46
53rd Ian Landucci 30.45
162nd Chris Hatton 37.56
178th Alec Robertson 39.39
214th Robbie Webster 44.54
Please note the next Border League race is Sunday 13th February. Details will follow nearer the time.
An almost record turnout for Helsby in recent times! 11 men and 6 women, plus Joe, Mario and dog in support. Lovely chilly morning. Two laps of the Capenhurst 5k course – a nice little route on quiet lanes. Pretty good as road runs go. Around 5.5 miles total.
29 BROUGHTON, Adair 31:09
56 LANDUCCI, Ian 32:40
105 O’HARA, Jim 34:58
106 DAVIES, Ivan 35:01
118 ASHBROOK, Jane 35:38
139 RILEY, Steve 36:33
147 HALLIWELL, Ed 36:59
168 SHAW, Geoff 37:59
194 SCONCE, Dave 39:06
228 KIDD, Tony 40:59
238 SHAW, Carol 41:42
239 GRIFFITHS, Vanessa 41:49
253 WEBSTER, Robbie 43:07
258 KEASLEY, Jackie 43:24
263 LLOYD, Graham 43:49
288 SHAW, Janet 46:46
303 HALL, Angela 50:46
Robbie took his age category prize, Jackie 3rd and Janet 2nd in theirs respectively. Newcomer Angela also placed nicely at 4th in her cat. Nice one!
Honourable mention to Ed, who lost 10 or 20 places by stopping to help the runner who tripped alongside him right at the finish line (unless it was him that stuck a foot out, that is!). Kevin Bell also appeared but for some reason wasn’t a counter.
Hopefully you’ll have seen Andy’s email on the winter Border’s League and Cross Country series. The dates are now up on the menu over there on the right hand side and there’s a reminder below.
Both of these are good sets of events and a good opportunity to keep yourself fit over the winter without those nasty expensive entry fees!
- Sunday 24th October Caernavon 11am
- Sunday 14th November Ellesmere Port 11am
- Sunday 12th December Wirral 11am
- Sunday 13th February West Cheshire 11am
- Sunday 13th March Mold 11am
- Sunday 27th March Deeside 11am
- Wednesday 27th April Wrexham 7pm
- Saturday 30th October, Arrowe Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
- Sunday 31st October, Clarke Gardens 10am (Sunday League)
- Saturday 27th November, Sefton Park TBC (Liverpool & District)
- Sunday 5th December, Arrowe Park 11:30am (Sunday League)
- Saturday 11th December, Beacon Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
- Saturday 8th January, Birchwood TBC (Cheshire Champs)
- Sunday 16th January, Runcorn Town Park 10am (Sunday League)
- Sunday 6th February, Clarke Gardens 11am (L&D Champs)
- Saturday 19th February, Alton Towers TBC (National Champs)
- Sunday 27th February, Walton Park 10am (Sunday League)
- Sunday 6th March, Birchwood 10am (Sunday League)
Sunday 31st January – Walton Park, Liverpool
Race 4 in the North West League.
A cold crisp day with a covering of snow on the ground saw race 4 in the Sunday League Series. The full results have not yet appeared on the web however the finishing positions were;
Andy’s hopes of an easy run in to the finish were scuppered when Mick Charman (Helsby old Boy now Spectrum) appeared on his shoulder. However all credit to Andy for raising a sprint and getting the extra point for Helsby. Unfortunately injury forced Roy to finish his race early, but he’s hoping to be out at the Cheshire Champs on Sunday.
A good race was rounded off with a fine selection of sandwiches and other goodies.
Sunday 7th January – Clarkes Gardens, Liverpool and District Championships
A very strong field turned out for Liverpool and District Championships a race dominated at the front by Liverpool Harriers. The competition was strong right down the field and the Helsby finishing positions were
45 Adair Broughton 38:47
85 Ian Landucci 42:47
137 Andy Smith 52:15
Full Results can be found at http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/l&d/2009-10/champs_results2010.pdf
The next Cross Country is the Cheshire Champs at Reaseheath, Nantwich. This is a pre-entry race so if you haven’t already entered you will have to look at other alternatives, but don’t worry you won’t have to look far.
Sunday 14th February – Race 3 in the Border League
This race is along the coast at Abergele, details can be found at the Border League website http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/
If you would prefer a Cross Country then the next one is at Birchwood on Sunday 21st February
Hope to see some of you over the next couple of weeks.