Cross country on both days of the weekend, with two very different day’s weather wise. One Helsby member even did the double.
Saturday, 2.00pm saw the 1st Liverpool & District XC at Beacon Park. Andy Smith first home for Helsby on what is normally a tricky cross country course, with the notorious ski slope beckoning twice in the race. Andy tackled it with consummate ease as normal, so we’ll be looking to him for any advice on the course this coming weekend when the Northwest Sunday league heads to Beacon Park.
Full Results are now available for Saturdays race at the Liverpool & District website below. Quote from the organiser below
“Match Results are now in from Beacon Park, A lovely afternoon and the course was not as wet as normal. Thanks to Skem/Bound for once again providing us with a testing course.”
106th Andy Smith 48.34
However, Clarke Gardens on Sunday WAS a wetter course than normal with an additional stream appearing this year. However, the grey autumnal and drizzly skies in no way diminished enthusiasm for what was a brilliant turnout for Helsby with 9 men and 4 ladies to really get a good start for the league season. Full results available from Steve’s website here:
Jayne Joy started this season as she finished the last with a brilliant 1st lady from the 57 who ran in total. Vanessa was also in the top ten for a great 9th lady overall with Carol Shaw and Lesley both easily in the top half of the field. This put Helsby ladies in 1st position for the team standings. Helsby also run with Lymm and Warrington.
Fantastic effort from talented new member Colin Bishop coming in 17th overall in a field of 148 men. This placed Colin 2nd in his age category and really helps to bolster our team this year. Lots of battles also going on for 3rd Helsby member with Steve running a strong last lap to come in just before Phil, Adrian and Dave Feakes who all had brilliant runs on the day. Tom deJong ran well not long after his Liverpool marathon efforts. Adair, Andy Smith and Chris were the other Helsby runners out. Helsby helped the mens team to finish in 5th place.
Remember there are no times issued for this league so always worth taking a stop watch if you want those recorded. The course was 1 small lap and 2 large laps with an estimated mileage of 4.9 miles.
Many thanks to all the support on the course which was very prevalent, especially to Joe and Mario and Wayne Percival.
Helsby positions and placings as below
6th Adair Broughton
17th Colin Bishop
92nd Steve Riley
95th Phil Gillard
97th Adrian Jackson
102nd David Feakes
112th Tom DeJong
134th Andy Smith
138th Chris Hatton
1st Jayne Joy
9th Vanessa Griffiths
18th Carol Shaw
24th Lesley Feakes
The next cross country is the Northwest League 2 Race at the very traditional Beacon Park nr Skelmersdale. Race is at 10am but unfortunately no extra hour in bed this week! Link below is for directions to Beacon Park taken from Spectrums website
(The venue is off Beacon Lane nr Skelmersdale, WN8 7RU. )
Don’t forget, Castle Park training continues on Monday nights 6.30pm on the top field, all welcome
Jackie has put together another fantastic montage of the fell relays at Church Stretton earlier this month with a great soundtrack, well worth a look. Many thanks to Jackie for doing this, especially as she wasn’t able to be with us on the day