Christmas fun, runs and curry…

There’s plenty going on this Xmas and New Year on the running front so here’s a number of dates for your running club diary.
The Cross Country and Border League series are well under way with record attendances which is brilliant as it puts us high up in the leagues. The next Border League is our own at Wigg Island organised by Vanessa and Adrian. The recce went well last Sunday, but car park and course marshals are still required so if you can help or know someone who can please contact Vanessa & Adrian (see below).
Here’s a quick update one what’s coming up. The green events are Helsby Running Club counters and organised eventsred extra Xmas events you may be interested in doing and blue English Athletics related events.
Sunday     1st Dec     North West Sunday League Race 3 – Arrowe Park – 11:30 start (to allow Santa Dash first)
Saturday   7th Dec     Liverpool & District Cross Country League – Stadt Moor – 2pm start
Friday         13th Dec  Social Club Xmas drink and get together in Frodsham – meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30pm
Saturday     14th Dec     Leadership in Running Fitness Course – Bolton – Chris BH, Jennie & Roy are attending this course, funded by Sport Cheshire.
Sunday 15th Dec        Border League organised by Helsby Running Club at Wigg Island. Vanessa and Adrian’s plans are well under way after a successful reccie last weekend. They are currently organising course marshals, the finish line and car park attendants and a few extra helpers are still required. A separate email will follow from Vanessa and Adrian but in the meantime if you can help please email
Wednesday 18th Dec  Christmas Club Handicap followed by a curry supper. Meet at the club at 6:30 (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with handicap starts (which I am currently compiling!!). Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards + curry supper (organised by Lesley & Dave who will email you asking for food orders )   
Saturday 21st Dec     Frodsham Xmas Run,  joint run with Spectrum organised by Andy Smith followed by lunch in the Bulls Head. Meet at 8:45 for 2 laps, 10:15 for 2 laps. Virtually our summer run to Frodsham in reverse, each lap 7 miles. Andy will send out final details and food order
Wednesday 25th Dec     Xmas Day parkrun 9:30, the parkruns have been so successful that Gareth & Co are even organising one on Xmas morning to work up at appetite for your turkey dinner!
Thursday 26th Dec     Goshawk Run 12:00, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run. Its also the Race the Walls in Chester, but you probably need to pre-enter . 
Sunday 29th Dec    North West Sunday League Race 3 – Stadt Moor – 10:00am 
Saturday 4th Jan   Cheshire Cross Country Championships – Birchwood – 1pm ladies, 2pm men, junior races from 11am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators! – Chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals, but don’t be put off its a good team day out for all levels of runners. Must be born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months, pre-entry, if you wish to run please let Jayne Joy know before 25th Dec.
Sunday 5th Jan    Marathon Workshop in Stockport 9-1, if anyone wants to attend this free course organised by English Athletics, please let me know and I will check availability. See attached flier.
Saturday 12th Jan  Four Villages Half Marathon Club Tidy up Working Party, 9am at club. Vey important – Please see the note below from Gareth
Saturday 18th Jan  Four Villages Set up Morning, 9am at the club. Again very important – Please see note below from Gareth.
Further to our update meeting last Wednesday, I’m pleased to confirm that we seem to be on track re 4 Villages preparation. As many of you will know, a lot of the ‘hard graft’ will occur in the final few weeks/weekends, and to ensure that we get the club house ‘ship shape’ for the event, Jackie and I are looking for volunteers to join as a ‘working clean up group’ on Sat 11/1/2014 – 9am start – this will include clearing up outside/various tasks (just be prepared to muck in). I appreciate, everyone is busy with work/family life etc but please remember the club cannot not hold this event properly without the support of its members. Thanks in advance for your continued support – please email me if you can support us on the 11th Jan & or the 18th Jan.   We still have vacancies for an extra van driver or two. We will hire a van over race weekend to help transport everything to the finish on Sat and Sunday, plus errands to pick up equipment etc. On Saturday afternoon a pick up of the isotonic drinks in Newton le Willows is required (Manchester marathon have offered us 2,500 bottles free if we can pick them up!). Dave and Lesley are sorting out the course marshals and any help on this front would be appreciated
Saturday 19th Jan Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 11am, entries are now full. Whether you run or help on the day lets hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by Gareth and Helsby Running Club.
Saturday 25th Jan Northern Cross Country Championships, Knowsley Safari Park,  2pm ladies 3pm men, juniors races from 11pm. Another good day out for runners & spectators! – Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months, pre-entry, if you wish to run please let Jayne Joy know before 5th Jan. 
Saturday    9th Feb    Leadership in Running Fitness Course – Bolton – Mario, Gareth, Carol, Louise and Donna are attending this course funded by Sport Cheshire.
As a result of the Leadership in Running Fitness Courses attended by many members, in the new year Chris & co hope to organise an extra training session (fartlek, endurance, hill reps etc), extra hands will be available to help Joe with his speed track sessions on a Monday and for Jane with her ever growing beginners groups. All good and positive news for running with Helsby Running Club in 2014!
I have put together another google calendar with these extra events in, please try cutting and pasting this into the calendar. 
A happy Xmas and New Year when it comes and hope to see you at many of these events this Yuletide and into 2014!.