Spectrum, Tattenhall, Helsby inter-club series

A quick reminder of the three-way champs we’ve started with our friends at Tattenhall and Spectrum Striders. One race down, two to go…

Races

There are 3 races for the first season, one chosen by each club:

Day  Race Distance
climb
Wed 11 Jul  The Druid  (nr Mold)  8k/366m  5 miles/1100ft
Wed 8 Aug  Whittle Pike  (nr Rawtenstall)  8.2k/488m  5.1 miles/1400ft
Sat 22 Sep  King John’s Castle  (nr Mold)  7.4k/264m  4.6 miles/850ft

Each club has these races in their club fell race championship.

Rules

These are the rules for 2012. There will be a review after the first season to see how they are working and see if any tweaks to the scoring are necessary.

  1. Up to 7 men and 3 women will be counting runners for each club.
  2. Men score 21 points down to 1 point.
  3. Women score 21 points down to 13.
  4. There are extra bonus points in every vet category – 5, 3, & 1.  Vet categories are those used by the race organiser.
  5. There are also 2 bonus points for each male or female runner above the scoring team of 7 men and 3 women.
  6. 2nd claim members do count in this league.
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Birchwood XC final NW series race 04/03/12 and silverware

Final Results are now available online for the Northwest Cross Country Series.

http://www.btinternet.com/~steve.saunders/ss/xcountry_11.htm

Just click on the Birchwood link to take you to a .pdf file.

Sunday saw the last race in the series at Birchwood Forest Park starting at 10.00am, a 4 lap course which is an open route for spectators to watch proceedings but also interesting at 4 laps for the runners. Total distance seemed to be just over 5 miles. Julian from Spectrum did a small rain dance Saturday night to fill his pond but unlike previous years was more of a puddle, still, it’s good fun for a splash or two as you’ll see on the various photos available.

For anyone following this series they’ll know how close Helsby ladies were to putting their name on the silverware (with the joint help of Lymm & Warrington) but with some of the key Helsby ladies from previous races missing it was going to be a tight call as to whether they would win on the day.

Jayne Joy did all she could and more to bound home as overall ladies winner, a phenomenal achievement considering she was 17th in her first race of this series. Janet Robertson followed brilliant for a 13th position finish. There were 43 ladies in the race. Unfortunately on the day the women just missed out on top spot to finish 2nd team. It was now going to be a close call as to which ladies team would win the trophy overall! Stay tuned…..

With Joe on his knees asking for runners on Wednesday night it was a delight to see some new faces for the cross country. With Jim O’Hara as energetic as a cat on a hot tin roof, and this was after running a fell race in Shropshire on Saturday and Colin running his first race in a green vest, Adrian, Adair and Andy meant we had a good team for the day.

Some brilliant runs were had too, Jim took his good road form onto the fields to worry Adair who came in 11th although Jim was looking over his shoulder to see where Jayne was he still finished a strong 30th , and with Colins first cross country event to finish 42nd shows his potential. Fastest finish of the day went to Adrian and I think his highest position yet at 77th, Andy tidied up the Helsby pack for 97th. With the other runners from Lymm and Warrington this placed Helsby men’s team 5th on the day and fifth overall in the team series.

Helsby Ladies and Mens positions and placings as follows

1st        Jayne Joy

13th      Janet Robertson

 

11th      Adair Broughton

30th      Jimmy O’Hara
42nd     Colin Thompson
77th      Adrian Jackson
97th      Andy Smith

But what about the ladies final team position?

Waiting for the results was admittedly quite tense, especially as Steve Saunders (series organiser) kept everyone guessing till the very end due to it being a tie between the two top ladies teams! After countback big cheers and delighted faces all round as Helsby were mentioned as Northwest XC winners and for the first time will have their name engraved on the trophy!

Massive congratulations not just for those who ran on the day but for all Helsby participants in the series, a job well done and I’m sure enjoyable too (well maybe after the races at least).

There was much support on the day too, with Joe and Mario keeping us going each lap and Jackie taking photos. Thanks also to Kathryn and Steph.

It has been a delight to be in a race and be part of a successful cross country season for Helsby and hopefully is just the start of future success. All bodes well for next season!

Special thanks also to Jackie for a brilliant photo/video of the race that completely sums up the day and post race celebrations! Well worth a watch and something to show your friends and family I think.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/QEq9ormtrSieRY35mC53e9r_kjT-XS1g9bMfHhn_jqk?feat=email

I’ve also attached a photo from Jackie to the email.

Photos also from Dave Pinnington

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepinno/sets/72157629146553096/

Lastly, thanks to Andy Smith for the well earned round of drinks!

Regards

Adair

Burtonwood 5 mile results 16th july 2011

Please find attached full results for the 8th Helsby Road Counter of the season, the Burtonwood 5mile, Saturday 16th July 2011

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/other-races/burtonwood-5-mile-race/2011-results

Managing to dodge the rain but still fighting hard against the wind were the following:

16th         Adair Broughton                29.28
64th         Geoff  Shaw                       35.33
71st         Carol Shaw                        37.40
98th         Janet Shaw                        43.07

Thanks also to Joe for supporting on the course and for Mick Charman taking photos on the day. One of Mick’s photos attached.

Afterwards we were treated to the fun run which included a beer drinking Dracula being carried in a coffin.

Please note the next Road Counter is the popular Pie and Peas event which is a 5mile Multi-terrain race organised by Vale Royal on Wednesday 3rd August. This event does generally fill up. Details here:

http://www.valeroyalathleticclub.co.uk/News2011@34.html

Regards

Adair

Lymm 5k results 2011

Hi all

Please find attached results for the Lymm 5k Helsby road counter Saturday 25th June

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/lymm-5k/2011-results

It appears only Helsby runners with the surname Shaw were allowed to participate in this event

Helsby positions and times below

116th      Geoff Shaw                        21.35
137th      Carol Shaw                          22.21
221st       Janet Shaw                         26.08

It should also be mentioned that Joe was out once again supporting this race, so possibly a Helsby Supporters record by Joe as he was also out supporting (and marshalling on some) at races Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then taking track on Monday!

NOTE: The next race in the Helsby Road series is at 11.00am Sunday 3rd  July. This is the Penny Lane 10k

More details can be found here: www.pennylanestridersrunningclub.co.uk/PLS10KRace.aspx

Regards

Adair