GGGH fell counter race 7 results 25th July 2012

Results for the Green Green Grass of Home are now available on the Welsh Fell Runners website.

A brief report from Martin, results and some outstanding photographs all available from the following link

This race was our 7th club counter and it is great to see so many Helsby runners turning out for the fells this year, which has definitely built on the enthusiasm shown from last year. Certainly the race on this particular night could have been called the Green Green of Helsby with 17 vests on display from the 90 taking part and 87 finishers.

I have to agree with Andy Robinson that the GGGH is the best of the three races in the Clwydian series (the others being Hotfoot and the Druid) as the route is varied but tough and always somehow slightly different each year, whether purposefully or not!

Runners meander from the registration at the Golden Lion nr Llangynhafal to the start of the race (also the start of the Llangynhafal Loop race earlier in the year) and wait patiently and possibly nervously till Martin stands tall and describes the route, setting us up for the first short steep climb up the green grass which quickly hits a fairly wide stony track, seemingly innocuous but with enough incline and distance to separate the field early on, which then presses us on to a crossroads at the Offas Dyke path.

About three-quarters of the way up that first path we see head past Alistair Tye taking photographs (bonus points available if anyone could smile at this point) we then encounter Joe marshalling and supporting, where runners then contour round the side of Moel Famau before heading to the atmospheric summit, clouded in mist where Huw, the apparition in yellow, sent us back down the Offa’s Dyke path to again be deviated away from runnable trail to bracken, heather and fern, ‘where even the sheep don’t tread’ as Steve Riley has written previously. A final and stiff climb soon beckons where Helsby’s Chris Hatton positioned himself for photographs. Look forward to seeing those!  Fun but energy sapping downhill, seeing Joe and his yellow marshals flag in the distance, trying not to face plant again as your foot mysteriously disappears into a boggy trap, runners then hit the same stony trail from the start of the race, turning left into the ferns before the splendid short and sharp descent and cheers from the more sensible watchers and a group of children doing Mexican waves means you have finished a race and an accomplishment.

But really that’s just the start of the night as prize giving is an entertainment show all in itself.

(It should also be noted that Martin mentioned runners should check for ticks, especially after the wet weather, so always worth remembering to do that when you have been out in the fells.)

Some great runs and battles on the night with standout performance once again going to Jayne who was first lady by a good margin and also beating talented local runner and last year’s winner Lisa Grantham.

Helsby have now also been contacted by Easyjet as they want some consultation by Jayne to teach their pilots how to do a perfect take-off and landing. Photo evidence below. Brilliant.

Helsby ladies stole the spotlight with Jackie showing her class in winning her age category convincingly, holding off other runners at the finish. Jim O’Hara is on good form and great to see Adrian pick up a prize of a horn too. (Martin said it was because he’d heard about Adrian’s sprint performances at track and thought Adrian could use it as a warning to other runners as he tears round the track on his 200m relays). Best prize of the night surely the scouse earring collected by Jayne, it almost looks like a hula-hoop.

Helsby position and places as follows

4th Adair Broughton 45.09
9th Jim O’Hara 47.03
13th ChrisBaynham-Hughes 48.15
20th Jayne Joy 50.50
22nd Ian Landucci 51.56
26th Steve Riley 52.35
29th Colin Thompson 52.51
30th Edward Halliwell 53.16
33rd Mario Foschi 53.52
35th Andy Robinson 54.07
46th Phil Gillard 55.59
49th Paul Porter 56.18
52nd David Feakes 57.08
64th Tom de Jong 62.03
66th Adrian Jackson 62.34
75th Jackie Keasley 67.32
78th Andy Smith 67.58

Many thanks to all who turned up for such a great night and hopefully this green ocean can continue onto Whittle Pike, the next club counter and also Race 2 in our Inter-Club Fell running series. Whittle Pike is the Spectrum nominated race on Wednesday 8th August. Details courtesy of Spectrum are below. It should be about an hour’s drive from Helsby and I will send some more details and a reminder out a few days before the race.





Green green grass of home fell counter results 27th july 2011

Hi all

‘The Green Green Grass of Home’, sounds like a pleasant evening run over the gentle rolling fields of Wales stated new fell runner Jayne before having a go at this popular midweek Moel Famau escapade.

Full commendation also goes to new Helsby member Adrian who only popped to the club to see if there was a vest for him and ended up being driven to his first fell race. Some people do jump right in! And what a night he had too heading home with a bottle of wine.

And how about this comment from Ed recently on our blog ‘There’s nothing more spiritually fulfilling than tanking it downhill only to have to turn around and trudge back up to the path you should have been on’.

So it wasn’t all plain sailing, there’s not much give in the course, running uphill, undulating paths, little time to enjoy the views, lots of ferns, tussocky undergrowth…..and some good downhills! But the one thing that was not lacking on the night were the smiles. Check this one out, looks like someone isn’t working hard enough! Good spot by Phil

Alistair took some great photos on the night, Joe mentioned the hazy golden sunset over Snowdonia as he marshalled and supported just below the summit of Moel Famau. After finishing the race, heartbeat slowing down, the warm evening air cooling down, you can really soak up the atmosphere of this location.

As well as Alistairs site, Pete Douglas was out taking photos and video also which should appear here shortly

However, star of the show and the night and now dominating the welsh fell runners website is Andy Smith wearing the Number 50 proudly signifying that he is now 18 years old with 32 years of experience. Race organiser had also brought along with him a cake for Andy and organised a fell running sing-a-long outside the Golden Lion. Great summary by Martin the race organiser on that site here. Full results will appear in time also.

Stunning performances on the night by all Helsby runners, which bodes well for our possible Helsby v Tattenhall v Spectrum Fell Challenge next year if it comes off. Jane was 5th lady overall and Jackie and Janet were age category winners, superb. (But Jane always appears to pick alcohol as her prize?) …. then again I guess the skateboarding gnome had already been taken. Albert showed his perpetual talent, an engine more powerful than his motorbikes that can push him to win on any terrain.

But there was some sad news, Paul Porter didn’t win a spot prize! However, looks like his luck rubbed off on Colin who picks up a technical training top instead.

123 runners in total, 15 of them Helsby, it’s a good number of Green shirts out on the fells this year and great to see. Thanks also to Mario who ran the course with Jayne. Helsby positions and places as below:

14th Adair Broughton 44.51
18th Jim O’Hara 46.21
38th Jane Ashbrook 54.19
44th Paul Porter 54.56
49th Phil Gillard 55.23
50th Janet Robertson 55.31
60th Edward Halliwell 56.13
73rd Jayne Joy 57.39
79th Albert Berry 58.49
85th Andy Smith 59.42
87th Colin Scarisbrook 60.52
89th Rachel Arnold 61.09
93rd Adrian Jackson 61.43
99th Jackie Keasley 64.03
119th Robbie Webster 74.01

It’s the Gyrn Gallop on Saturday but the Wednesday following the Pie and Peas will see the Ponderosa, another popular event for Helsby hitting the fells, so details to follow on that one



Llangynhafal Loop Fell Counter 1 Results

Well what a great turnout for the first fell counter for this season.
Seven hardy Helsby souls braved the route while two marshals in Andy and Joe were stuck with the wind at the top of Moel Famau. Thanks for the support! I’d almost suggest it was better to run as we had some nice sheltered running in the first valley leading up to the stone gully, where the sun broke through the clouds. Once at the top there was a great opportunity to run along the path on nice undulating ground albeit with some stronger winds but the route down from Moel Famau was helped with some great support trackside from the Helsby contingent watching and also with Joe shouting “it’s all downhill from now on”……apart from a little sting in the tail of another climb mysteriously forgotten about…..i’m sure Alec has forgiven him now…
Some great performances too, with new Helsby recruit Danny storming home against some very experienced runners in 7th place, an achievement noticed by the organizer at prize giving and it will be great to see what Danny can achieve in the upcoming races. Well done also to Chris Baynham-Hughes running in his first fell race and from what I can tell he thoroughly enjoyed it. A great result from Chris and once he finds his hill legs he’ll just keep improving.
So if anyone has not yet tried a fell race with Helsby just ask around, the next club counter is Llantisilio on Sat 24th April so you have a few weeks to train on Helsby hill until then.
Results of Helsby runners as follows:
7th     Daniel Chan                 43.38
22nd  Adair Broughton            47.51
37th   Chris Baynham-Hughes 51.38
50th   Ian Landucci                 53.01
66th   Phil Gillard                    56.51
78th   Alec Robertson             58.21
104th Robbie Webster            71.14
Full Results and pictures available now on the WFRA website here:
Just look for the Llangynhafal Loop race photos and results on the main page.