Saturday 25th saw the Push up the Pincyn fell race which forms part of the Clawddnewydd show, details here which provides a good race description http://www.clawddnewydd.org.uk/pincyn.html
Full results and race report as well as a link to some great photos are all available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk .Three green vests were out for this one, Jayne, Phil and Adair.
The advertised distance is just over 6 miles with 1300ft climb but due to recent weather and the race organisers unable to utilise the show field this distance was increased to just over 7 miles as the start and finish were at the village hall instead. The first false start I’ve been involved in made for some light hearted banter and smiles were still evident as runners attempted to leap the hay bale which has become a common (or defining) feature of this race at just over the mile point. In some ways it is a tough trail race rather than a more traditional fell race but there are certainly some sustained climbs in it even if they are not as severe as experienced recently. It is a low key race and with a great atmosphere so certainly one I would recommend for Helsby runners.
Jayne stayed close to Welsh International and record holder for the 6 mile course Andrea Rowland’s to secure a fabulous 2nd place and be in with a shout for the raffled prizes. Jayne’s raffle ticket was number 13, unlucky for some, as her prize was a tin of corned beef! Maybe next year for the gnome or the lollipop? Alistair Tye’s photos of the event here below.
Helsby positions and times below and thanks also to Helen for her support on the day.
5th Adair Broughton 53.55
12th Jayne Joy 59.30
26th Phil Gillard 68.54
Sunday 26th was our 7th road counter and 3rd ten mile event. I’ve had some race reports for this event from Helsby runners so please find Geoff’s and Ed’s reports below.
Geoff said “Well the initial discussion was about the men’s 20 points as Mr Adair wasn’t there and where were the ladies? Not one ladies green vest in sight. So off we all went down the first decent and up the first climb before the three climbs to be known as Box Hill for reasons going on in a parallel activity. The sun shone, for a while, it rained, for a while as mile by mile went by. Joe, Mario and Janet shouted their cheer as we passed them by, again and again. Finally the finish was in sight, after of course the final assent of Box Hill, to a bottle of beer named Joggers Tipple which is yet to be sampled. Top points went to Colin, with Ian not far behind. A good run for the men but a ghost run for the ladies.”
Ed states “The Great Warford 10 was both a club counter and in the Cheshire Grand Prix for 2012. Helsby’s turnout was six men and no ladies, so some big points going begging! It was my first run over the course, and I’d been warned that there were some little hills involved, but after Moel Famau on Wednesday night they weren’t anything to be worried about. The course was over three laps of 2, 4 and 4 miles, which proved to be an interesting variation on normal runs. I liked being able to mentally break the race down into chunks and knowing what to expect on the other laps, but the first 4 mile lap after the 2 mile one did seem to go on for a while. The setting was beautiful, nice country lanes and the start/finish at the David Lewis centre was really nice for warm-up and warm-down. Plenty of parking, flapjack and a bottle of beer afterwards made it a very nice morning out, and thankfully the rain held off until the journey home.
As for the race, a great battle between Ian and Colin for the rare 20 points freed up by Adair’s absence, results as follows:
345 runners completed the course (a record I think I heard).
Thanks to Mario and Joe for the support.”
Full results and link to photos available below
Race Results can be found at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2012/warford.pdf
Many thanks for the race reports.
Please note the next road counter is already upon us, the popular Pie and Peas race www.valeroyalathleticclub.co.uk and according to the website places still available. Hope to see you there