Dunham Massey 5k Fri 25th May 2012
Friday night saw three Helsby runners (but not sure the correct names have been listed?) at the ever popular Dunham Massey 5k organised by Altrincham & District. This trail 5k is a two lap course round the picturesque and traffic free paths of Dunham Massey with the race starting at the National Trust House. Helsby positions and places as below. (Of note first female was Tracy Entwistle in a time 19.19 who runs for Warrington Road Runners and is part of our ladies winning Cross Country team)
110th Geoff Shaw 21.25
153rd Janet Salmon 23.06
201st Janet Shaw 26.55
Cader Idris Fell Counter Sat 26th May 2012
Saturday was our 2nd fell counter and a tougher race than the majority in the calendar. This was the Cader Idris race that starts and finishes in Dolgellau. It’s a 10.5 mile route (if you manage to always go the right way!) that starts and finishes in Dolgellau centre after reaching the summit of Cader at Penygadair, but it’s a testing route due to the steep metalled Cader road for a good 2.5km which then takes you into quite dense forest trail adjacent to Gwernan lake, which looked quite appetising in the heat (but maybe swimming part of the course wouldn’t do well for the times) and then opens up to bright sunlight and the technical ascent on the pony path. From there it is lots of hard work and hoping the Helsby hill training has paid off.
Lots of photographers out on the course so there are some links to photos below which as well as promising some interesting running styles and techniques does show the terrain runners were dealing with. There were some falls from Helsby runners which thankfully were nothing too serious but shows you need to keep concentration on races such as this. There is also opportunity for route choice and time to be saved on the descent although not all of us made good choices in this instance. Definitely a race some of us have to come back too!
One of the key battles of the day was coping with the heat so thanks to the man with the hosepipe on the run in at the end.
Helsby had ten green vests on display and sterling work from Phil Gillard who was jet lagged from a transatlantic trip. Dave Feakes certainly enjoyed the day out and was great to see Ian, Mario, Alec and Robbie eating up the ground.
Jayne Joy already with a series of wins in fell races this season had the opportunity to step up a grade to a North Wales Championship race (which meant there was a record turnout of nearly 240 people) and compete against some of the best female runners in the country. Her 5th place shows the class act she is fast becoming but also what hard work is ahead of her! Jayne was only a few minutes behind Adair at the top of Cader so all bets are now off that she might be the fastest in the club soon!
Smiles could be seen on the faces of Lesley and Jackie who in such tough conditions, on the surface, appeared to be making light work of it. Maybe their legs are telling a different story now. Should I mention Jackie actually cycled to the race (but not from Helsby) to put us leisurely car drivers to shame.
I’d fully recommend this race for a more experienced fell runner, as majority of people take over two hours to complete the race and it shouldn’t be taken too lightly. It is also a very atmospheric race as you start to the sound of the Batala Drummers http://www.batalabermo.org/drummers.htm and finish to a chorus of cheers from many spectators in the finishing area.
Needless to say the ever vocal Joe was out on the course as was Helen and family and Bill offering jelly babies and water to the needy. Thanks guys! Was nice and sociable after the race with some food from the organisers and lots of discussion of individual races and then onto the most memorable part of the day, the first official pint of summer!
Helsby Positions and Times as follows.
31st Adair Broughton 1.50.33
67th Jayne Joy 2.00.21
71st Ian Landucci 2.02.30
105th Mario Foschi 2.09.05
168th Dave Feakes 2.21.11
187th Phil Gillard 2.27.24
189th Alec Robertson 2.29.05
192nd Jackie Keasley 2.30.27
204th Lesley Feakes 2.36.04
237th Robbie Webster 3.36.00
Photos from Gwynfor James here (on the up)
And Alistair Tye here (going down)
More photos and video should follow from Peter Douglas on his website quite soon
There is the Mynd Mawr Hill run in Trefonen, nr Oswestry next Bank Holiday Monday so for those who want an introduction to fell running or fancy something a little more challenging than the average road run but nothing to serious in regards to fell racing then it will great to see you in this ideal friendly and low key race. I will send a reminder over the weekend. Race will be at 11.00am and is 4miles and approx. 500ft.
In the meantime, Joe and Mario still continuing their Monday night track sessions so will be great to see faces new and old there, Helsby High school 6.30pm
And if I’ve missed any events then let me know as I’ll add them to the weekend round-up on the blog