Quick reminder: the summer 2012 road and fell series are listed in the links over there on the right, together with the long trail series. Usual rules, complete enough of the series and collect points based on your position to be eligible for a prize. Separate standings for men, women and old folks.
I’m sure he won’t mind us mentioning it, but club stalwart Phil Gillard is now Officially Old.
Choosing to celebrate his move up into a new V50 category with a run out at Hathersage last night, old age clearly seems to be working well for him. Phil’s had a good year so far and a steady improvement in his times, ticking off a fair few fell races along the way.
The club’s present to Phil was the Hathersage Gala fell race in the counter series. 7 vests made it over to the beautiful gritstone high peak, somewhat further afield than our normal outings, and were rewarded with a 4.5m loop with just over 1000′ of climbing. A warm evening and a big turnout, mostly runnable terrain with a couple of short scrambly sections over the back of Higgar Tor (a special place for your author!). Jim made hay with a fast start to avoid most of the queues at the early stiles, caused by the big field, to lead the Helsby charge. A fit local population, along with the catchment of the outdoorsy capital of the UK (Sheffield) meant it was a pretty high standard race with many great performances from talented unattached runners, as well as the regular Peak clubs, and a good dose of people just giving it a go.
A record turnout on the night for the 4.5mile (BS) race with 243 runners in total, 7 of them with the Helsby green vest led by a commanding performance by Jim O’Hara but with strong runs all round.
Full results available here, although I’m not sure why there appears to be no v70 category!
Helsby runners positions and times as below
37 Jim O’Hara 36.44
65 Ian Landucci 38.55
123 Steve Riley 43.07
127 Phil Gillard 43.22
187 Andy Smith 48.01
224 Jackie Keasley 53.33
239 Robbie Webster 58.26
Well done to everyone taking part. Creditable mention for a decent run from Jackie, straight off the back of a tough two days in the Lakes for the SLMM.
Steve (with a prompt from Adair)
…hopefully some pics to follow from Bill and Helen.
The next Helsby Fell Counter is on Wednesday 13th July @7.30pm, ‘The Druid’ (AS) near Moel Famau with details available here www.wfra.org.uk
This coming Bank Holiday sees our 4th Fell Counter, the Mynydd Mawr Hill Run. This has been a club favourite for a number of years, partly due to the short 4 mile course! with lots of support for what is a low key race but mainly due to the friendly atmosphere and refreshments afterwards.
Just past Oswestry is Trefonen with a small village hall, where registration will be. The race is at 11.00am. Details can be found on the entry form below (but please note it is entries on the day only)
Click on ‘Mynydd Mawr’
Once you get to Trefonen you will be able to see signs directing you where to park. The postcode for the village hall is SY10 9DY
According to the entry form the course is mixed terrain (all very runnable) with 500’ of climb. There is also a junior’s race on the field by the village hall at 12.30.
Some other information on Trefonen here
For those who want to see more of the area it is the Trefonen Hill Walking Weekend May27th to Monday 30th, details here
Hope to see many of you at the Mynydd Mawr Hill Run on Monday:d
Results for Dinas Bran 4th May, Race 2 of our Fell series are now attached. I’ve been informed they will be placed on the Ysgol Dinas Bran website found here
An impressive showing of 11 green vests (which would roughly amount to 20% of the field) from 51 made sure this was an interesting and competitive race for all involved. Dinas Bran is a fairly robust course with some steep climbs and descents, with great scenery too (if you could spare a few moments to look round), that provided a shorter than usual but still nonetheless challenging route.
On registering I was surprised to find that Prince William was also running, until it turned out that it was in fact Chris Baynham-Hughes and it was only a case of mistaken identity (don’t worry, Chris knows what I’m talking about!). So no opportunities to see Kate or to blag a free helicopter ride home.
However, there were some close battles as can be seen from the results and photos from the night, which can be found at Pete Douglas’s website below. Bonus points awarded to anyone who can find a smiley face after the ascent.
Helsby Positions and times below
8th Adair Broughton 34.28
10th Chris Baynham-Hughes 34.58
15th Ian Landucci 36.59
19th Edward Halliwell 38.32
20th Steve Riley 38.50
29th Andy Robinson 40.37
30th Phil Gillard 40.49
39th Andy Smith 43.05
41st Chris Hatton 44.00
42nd Rachel Arnold 44.00
48th Jackie Keasley 47.00
Congratulations to Jackie Keasley for 1st in her age category!