Weekend round-up 14th – 15th July 2012

Hi all

After last weekend’s green sea of vests (Steve’s apt description) at the Druid, maybe it was a weekend of relaxation for majority of Helsby runners with a quiet calendar of road and fell, or a weekend of secret training! As far as I can tell, only one race….

Helsby’s Phil Gillard, always looking for the next challenge was in North Wales at the Tal-y-Fan race on Saturday at Rowen, nr Conwy. This is advertised as 12.8km distance with over 2500ft of climb. Some great pictures already available here http://www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/talyfan2012.html but no results as yet. From the photos looks like Phil had a strong run. Technical course with distance surely suits him.

Phil said “it was good weather conditions but very wet underfoot – all the tracks were very soggy although the long trek over the moor to the stone circle was comparatively dry. A nice atmosphere in the carnival with all runners being cheered into the main field, Helen enjoyed the dog show!”

This race has been a club counter in the past so always worth having a go in case it gets chosen again. Tal-y-Fan is a fairly tough race and navigation skills are often necessary. Results for Tal-y-Fan should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk or race organisors  www.eryriharriers.org.uk

If anyone else was out racing at the weekend please let me know as I’ll update the blog as required. Talking of which, feedback would always be good so why not add a comment about the Druid last week here https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/druid-fell-counter-6-wednesday-july-11th-2012-also-inter-club-competition/

Enjoy your running

Adair

Short of a sprint finish?

Not prepared to give up unless you can’t actually stand up any more? Fancy the chance to win an event just once in your life?

I have to confess that I’ve yet to compete in a ‘club counter’, and I’ve only worn my Helsby club vest once so far since I joined the club last autumn (2008). I’m sure I’ll do the odd club race when one fits into my training schedule, but they’re not really my sort of runs. What I really like doing is long trail and hill runs, generally 20 miles or more, out in the best bits of the hill country. There are plenty of these events close enough to Helsby, in the Peak District, Lancashire, the Calder Valley in Yorkshire and… read more here

[Thanks to Andy Robinson for an excellent piece]