Weekend round-up 18-19th August 2012

Hi all

There was another good variety of running and other activities this weekend for us to examine and thanks to Mike Searle for his email regarding Dave’s outstanding achievement from his night-time ironman. (article on above blog link) I’m more than a little bit in awe as I’m sure everyone else is.

On Saturday 5 green vests were racing the train, and with a train time of 1.48.27 Helsby’s Jane Ashbrook was closest in a big field of over 800 runners.

For full results see below


Helsby positions and times as below:

133rd                Jane Ashbrook            1.50.33
328th                Dave Feakes              2.04.00
385th                Janet Robertson         2.07.39
478th                Lesley Feakes             2.15.05
503rd                Jackie Keasley           2.18.00

And some photos of the day here


Sunday was the Birchwood 10k which was also a Cheshire Grand Prix event which always attracts a strong field. Spectrum Striders organise this one and preliminary results already on their website. Geoff Shaw was first in for Helsby.


Helsby positions and times as follows:

259th                Geoff Shaw                  45.18
397th                John Thompson           49.30

Hopefully I’ve not missed anyone but if so please send me details or race reports as I can add them to the blog.

Wednesday sees our 9th Road Counter the fast and flat Capenhurst 5k. A local race, often very popular with local runners too but you should be ok to turn up on the night if you haven’t already entered.

Details here & online entry & previous results here


Monday night tracks still progressing well, Helsby high school 6.30pm on Mondays for those who still want to give these a try




Race the train, towyn, LD counter

After a Friday evening sat around the fire keeping warm at Cae Du (a gem of a camp site overlooking the sea, recommended by Jane) and a lesuirely morning dolphin and seal spotting from the campsite, we were all raring to go waiting for the 2:05 Taly-Lynn train to raise its head of steam and hoot, to start the race to Abergynolwyn and back.


The usual weather and running conditions awaited us….mist, rain, wind and a very muddy course. It’s the 6th consecutive year I’ve done this race; its always the 3rd Sat in August, it always rains and the course is always calf deep in mud (at one point in particular). It’s every bit as good as Hell Runner!

Train took 1:47:48 secs, the winner Andrew Hunt from Cardiff AC, 1:21:31 (not quite the course record of 1:18:15). 181 runners beat the train. Jane only just missed out with a time of 1:50:42, claiming the 3rd Lady V35 prize for the 2nd year running. Dave and Janet had a close fought battle at the end and Jackie had hers before it started (falling of bike on way to start!).

Jane Ashbrook             1:50:42             210th

Dave Feakes                 2:07:12             484th

Janet Robertson            2:07:32             490th

Jackie Keasley              2:16:33             622nd

Lesley Feakes               2:19:07             645th

918 runners in total

+ well done to Charlie Ashbrook for competing in the kiddies fun run, ably assisted by Chris.

Another pleasant evening sat around the fire followed thanks to Robert (Janet’s son) co-ordinating the firewood collection earlier on in the day and Lesley providing the marshmallows. A few glasses of wine had by all before retiring to Dave and Lesley’s Gazebo as the rain set in. The mesh sides just meant it turned into a shower as the wind blew the rain in! Mind you we all needed another one following our attempts after the race to shower/de-mud in Towyn Rugby Club, the combination of lots of muddy runners and a trickle of water made Helsby Community Sports Club facilities look pretty good!!



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