Helsby’s double iron man !!

Hi everyone

I know that my arresting subject title for this email will have had you all scurrying to your computer in response to my clarion call for the Ironman race!!

Of course the reality is far different because in fact within the club we have only 2 official ‘Ironmen’; Ivan Davies & Dave Madders.

And it was Dave who last weekend put himself on the line for a second time in what is arguably the ultimate all-round endurance challenge of them all, namely swimming 2.4 miles (open water mind, no namby pamby swimming pools you know!), cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles consecutively in the salubrious surroundings of Dartford! And that’s not all! Just to put extra spice into the challenge (a standard Ironman for Dave is SO yesterday!), the race started at the ‘interesting’ time of 6 o’clock in the evening, which means that  competitors get the ‘opportunity’ to race right through the night, finishing around breakfast time the following morning! How attractive is that!

Well I’m delighted to report that despite those minor challenges, Dave knocked over an hour off his debut Ironman time from last year, finishing in an official time of 13:22:41 (that’s 13 hours by the way!).

Results here


I also know that Dave’s race build-up was far from smooth, with a dodgy hamstring and a chest infection which curtailed his training for 4-5 weeks; making his achievement all the more impressive. He also suffered a ‘clothing malfunction’ during the swim where his goggles kept filling with water and he lost time having to repeatedly stop and empty them. However in the second discipline, Dave’s bike strength really came to the fore and he averaged over 17 ½ mph for the entire 112 mile bike section (despite stopping several times to take on food). Now having been forced myself recently to take to 2 wheels in search of my cardiovascular ‘fix’, I can confidently report that 17 ½ mph is a damn good speed to maintain for an hour, let alone over 6 hours – and whilst I have the luxury of resting my saddle-hardened buttocks after my much shorter efforts, Dave followed up with a full marathon in a touch over 4 hours!


Now Dave is far too modest to highlight his impressive achievement – so I am! Hence BIG congratulations to Dave, our club double Ironman champion.

Best wishes                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Mike Searle, Training Director, body4life Health & Fitness

mike.searle@body4life.co.uk   www.body4life.co.uk

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Cheshire AA handicap – whitley 10k

Well done to Helsby’s Dave Madders topping the Cheshire Athletics Handicap Chart for the recent Whitley 10k


Excellent work and much deserved

Blackrod half marathon race report – Dave Madders

Report of Dave Madders weekend half marathon

Just a brief report on the blackrod half marathon I did on Sunday.

As prep for the Manchester marathon I’m doing on Sunday I decided to enter on the day the blackrod half marathon on Sunday just gone. a very small race of aprox 50-100 people near Bolton. The weather was atrocious and the terrain a mix of paths and very muddy trails made the going tough.

My aim was to complete the course in around marathon pace a feel pretty good at the end.

There were only mile markers at 5, 8 & 10 and when I went through 5 miles in a new PB I was pleasantly surprised ( no garmin ) however very bad signposting meant about 25 of us went a mile in the wrong direction!!

Nevertheless I felt really strong and despite the torrential rain and thick mud I really enjoyed it.

I finished having done closer to 15 miles than 13 and time didn’t matter but was about 1.49 and gave me confidence for the forthcoming marathon this week to break 4 hours for the first time. ( I’ve done 4.02 in my last 3 marathons!! )

Map of the route attached


Results now available



Helsby’s Dave Madders 1st at Cheshire (Delamere) Half Marathon!

Well done to Dave Madders for a great run in the 3rd Cheshire (Delamere) Half Marathon at the weekend.

and in his words…

“I attach as promised a surprising photo of me holding a running trophy and I didn’t steal it or kick anyone to deserve it! 
A friend invited me to join him in the 3rd Cheshire (Delamere)  Half Marathon a little known event with around 50 entrants half running and half walking around the pathways and trails of Delamere Forest all in aid of parkinsons disease.

I had promised my friend that I’d take it easy and run with him but when the gun went and only a dozen or so looked like they were going to compete for the top three male prizes on offer, the competitive streak came out! I ran half a mile with my mate and only seven or eight runners were in front so terribly I said bye and left him for the dots in the distance. The scenery was superb and the weather absolutely ideal for running. The organisation was superb with every turn being easily signposted. The route consisted of two laps of the forest and by the end of lap 1 I thought I was in fourth place, outside the prizes but not catching the leaders, but then at the drinks station an organisor said good going Dave your in third! Had he got it wrong or had I?….

I spent the next 45 mins busting a gut in case I was in third , I didn’t want to be overtaken but also I could be in fourth so I needed to put it in and try and get another place. For 6 1/2 miles I saw no one and cursed those numerous other runners who were out having a run but weren’t in the race as every time I saw someone running I put in a ridiculous 1/2 mile ‘sprint’ and I limped across the line in just over 1.40 not knowing how I’d done when the organiser handed me water and asked if I’d mind sticking around for the prize giving. I’d done it I’d got my first ever ( and hopefully not last ) running trophy! 

Running round delamere with the promise of coffee and cake after the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning 
Dave Madders”

Big congratulations are in order for the run and thanks for the free advertising for Helsby too!