Stratford half race report from west cheshire member Mike Perchard

Please find the following report from Mike Perchard of West Cheshire regarding the Stratford Half 2012 on Sunday 29th April which has been forwarded by Helsby running club member Geoff Shaw. Although Mike is not a member of Helsby running club it is always interesting to hear and read of other races so if you do know of any interesting reports or articles we will endeavour to include them on the blog where appropriate.

I did the Stratford half today which made the conditions on your 2010 Sandstone trail race seem positively balmy.

As the race was due to start at 9:30, I’d decided to book an overnight stop in Redditch which is only about 30 miles away from Stratford. That was a pity really as otherwise I’d have just not turned up and written off my entry fee. As it was, I got up early and set off for the race. The wind was really strong and there were a couple of trees across roads on the way but I made if for 8:15 so had plenty of time. The temperature was hovering between 4 degrees and 3.5 degrees (it did just make 5 degrees by lunchtime) and the rain was incessant. I had real trouble deciding how much to wear but ultimately went in shorts and my vest on top of a short sleeved tee shirt. I also took my waterproof jacket in a small bag strapped to my wrist but didn’t use it in the end.

The plan had been to run a 1 lap and a 2 lap race (i.e. half and full marathons) but 10 minutes before the start, the organisers announced that, due to the dreadful conditions out on the course, the full marathon was being scrapped. I started off much closer to the back than I realised (couldn’t see where the start was from my position in the masses) so started relatively slowly which didn’t really help warming up.

Once we got out into the country and on the exposed sections of the course, the driving rain stung that much I seriously thought of taking shelter under a tree but if I had, I’d still be there.

The final 3 miles to the finish area were along a cycle way and unfortunately it was straight into a strong headwind. To be fair, it wasn’t driving rain all the way along here. Occasionally, it turned to hail. The cycle way was obviously along a disused railway in a very slight cutting. Unfortunately, that meant all the rain drained onto the track and lots of it was underwater. I passed loads of people here as they were trying to avoid the puddles and running up the bank. I was so wet, I didn’t see the point of pussyfooting around and just went straight down the middle. Once we got to the finish area, the final 100 metres was across grass and my Mudclaws would have come in really useful.

I’m afraid I can’t even tell you what time I did as my Garmin succumbed to the wet and it won’t turn on any more. I charged it up overnight so I know it wasn’t flat. I think I was somewhere between 1:45 and 1:50 but by the time I finished, I didn’t really care that much. My hands were that cold, I couldn’t even unzip the pocket on my shorts to get my car key out so had to ask a stranger for help.

Still, there’s always next year.


Spring 5 results – road counter 1 wed 4th april 2012

Hi all

Results are now available for the first Helsby race in the summer series.

This was the West Cheshire 5 Mile also known as the Spring 5 and a race also in the Cheshire GP Series.

For those interested in their Cheshire standings after this race some information should appear on the Cheshire AA site soon

Some great running once again from the 15 Helsby vests with Ian Landucci, just like at the Borders, crossing the line for the full points on offer. Jayne was first in for the ladies with what is a new PB.  Jayne and Jane were both in the first ten ladies home, awesome! There were other PB’s on the night, I know Adrian and ED got one, possibly Roy? and Ian was surely close knocking on the door of the sub 30 minutes. Anybody else?

It was also great to see ex club member Brandon Taylor enjoying the English Spring having a run out with support from his brother Max. Mario was also out on the course offering support.

Helsby positions and places as below:

45th         Ian Landucci                       30.16
93rd        Ed Halliwell                         32.00
103rd      Roy Gaskill                          32.33
104th      Jayne Joy                             32.35 (2nd senior lady)
119th      Jane Ashbrook                  33.23 (3rd Lady v35)
134th      Adrian Jackson                  34.00
147th      Geoff Shaw                        34.23
166th      Mike Searle                        35.05
188th      Albert Berry                       35.53 (3rd Male v65)
201st       Carol Shaw                          36.26
206th      Janet Robertson               36.34
278th      Andy Smith                         39.56
281st       Jackie Keasley                   40.04
295th      John Thompson                  41.14
323rd      Janet Shaw                         42.59

Some photos available from the night on Helsby’s Flickr website, just use the link below

After the Runcorn Bridge race the next road club counter is the Wrexham 10 Mile, info will be sent nearer the event.

Finally, enjoy your Easter eggs



Chester spring 5 – provisional results

Chester spring 5 provisional results are now online here:

25th                  29:34 BROUGHTON, Adair

43rd                  31:03 LANDUCCI, Ian Edward

113th                34:29 ASHBROOK, Jane E

128th                35:11 BOYD, Gareth

144th                35:52 SHAW, Geoff

180th                37:26 ROBERTSON, Janet

185th                37:40 SHAW, Carol

238th                40:11 KEASLEY, Jacqueline

268th                41:33 MEAKIN, Alison

304th                43:55 SHAW, Janet

308th                44:24 HAWKER, Nesta

314th                44:38 PIRALI, Kay