Club News & Race Info

Club News & Race Info

Dear Helsby Runner

There is plenty going on over the next few months on the running front so here’s a number of dates for your running club diary.
The Cross Country and Border League races are now underway, with a great turn-out yesterday at Chrisleton for the first Border League. The Border League races are 5-6 miles and mainly on roads or good trails. The cross country races are a similar distance, all off road with as much mud and water as possible!  They are great fun and well worth doing. If you are new to them, try the Sunday league series as they tend to be more informal with a whole mixture of abilities and speeds. There are still some Road and Fell Counters left to complete the 2014 championship season. Unfortunately some of the races clash, so some days there is even a choice of which race to do!   Next year we will try and avoid as many clashes, but sometimes it just cannot be helped as we participate in several leagues. If you have not tried a Fell Race before then the Dave Staff Memorial Race is an ideal one to debut, as its fairly short and does not go too high on the Lancashire Moors around Darwen.    
Here is a quick update one what is coming up. The green events are Helsby Running Club counters, red Christmas events you may be interested in doing and blue are Four Villages related events.
Sat       22nd Nov   Fell Counter No 10, Penmaenmawr Fell Race, 10m, 600m, 10:30 am, a tough but popular fell counter
Sun      23rd Nov   Final Road Counter, Conwy Half Marathon, 10 am.  Voted one of the top 5 scenic marathons there is still time to enter http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon
Sat       29th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm  Note this is a pre-entry race, please let Paul Foster know by 18th Nov mooeyf@hotmail.com
Sat       29th Nov   Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham; theme – Xmas Jumpers, meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30 pm. For more info ask Chris fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com
Sun      30th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 4, North West Sunday League, Arrowe Park, 10 am
Fell Counter No 11, Dave Staff Memorial Race, 5m, 370m 11:30 am; an ideal introduction to fell running
A number of our runners are sporting moustaches for November to help raise money for the Movember Foundation for prostate cancer http://uk.movember.com/.  Jane Bishop has kindly volunteered to make her usual selection of yummy cakes for both Sunday’s Cross Country Race and the Fell race and asks for donations to be made that day towards this good cause. So please come along and support these races if you can!!
Wed       3rd Dec     Talk after our club training run, with chip buttie supper,  in the bar at the Club House.  From “Couch Potato to Marathon Runner” by our own Claire Louise Miller.
Sun       7th Dec     Final Fell Counter, Cardington Cracker, 9m, 800m, 11 am; a tough but rewarding one around the Shrophsire Hills of the Long Mynd.
Sat       13th Dec    Cross Country Counter No 5, Liverpool & District League,  Stadt Moers, 2 pm
Wed    17th Dec  Christmas Club Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (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.  For the supper Lesley & Dave  will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com )   NOTE we have three club entries for the London Marathon so please bring along your London Marathon rejection slips and we will draw for the three places this evening.
Sat       20th Dec   Frodsham Xmas Run,  a joint run with Spectrum organised by Andy Smith & Sue Buck, followed by lunch in the Bulls Head. Meet at 8:45 am  for 2 laps, 10:15 am for 2 laps. Virtually our summer run to Frodsham in reverse, each lap 7 miles. If you would like to stop for food afterwards , the cost is £7 and the options are to pre order chilli & rice, meat lasagne or veggie curry. Please let Andy know your food orders by 14th Dec adsmith600@btinternet.com
Thu      25th Dec     Xmas Day Delamere Park Run 9 am (TBC) , to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!   (NOTE – No club run Xmas Eve!!)
Fri       26th Dec      Goshawk Run 12:00 pm, 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 http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/roadracing/RoundtheWalls.
Sun    28th Dec      Cross Country Counter No 6, North West Sunday League, Stadt Moers, 10:00 am
Wed   31st Dec      Four Villages Course Reccie.  As its New Years eve, instead of our club run in the evening it has been suggested we meet at the club at 9:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. More details from Carol    carols21@hotmail.co.uk  (NOTE-  no club run this evening!!)
Sat     3rd Jan         Cross Country Counter No 7, Cheshire Cross Country Championships, Birchwood TBC, 1 pm ladies, 2 pm men, junior races from 11 am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.   But please don’t be put off; it’s a great team day out for all levels of runners. Must be born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 22nd Dec  mooeyf@hotmail.com
Sat      10th Jan       Four Villages Clean Up Morning Session (if required, see below)
Sun     11th Jan       Cross Country Counter No 8, North West Sunday League, Runcorn Town Park, 10 am. We need to support Warrington Road Runners in organising this race.,If any one can help marshal this race please let Janet Robinson know in advance Janetmrobertson@gmail.com
Sat      17th Jan       Four Villages Set up Morning, 9 am at the club. Very important so  please come along and help set up this year’s race. Many hands make light work and it’s great fun too seeing what lies behind organising such a large race. Depending on the state of the club house we may organise a working/clearing   up party the Saturday morning before too.
Sat      18th Jan       Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 11 am. Entries are now over 2,000 with a limit of 2,250. Whether you run or help on the day let’s hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by race director Gareth Boyd and the whole of Helsby Running Club. Volunteers are required for marshalling, at the start and finish and Sports Club. If you can help or nominate someone to help (if you are running it) please let Dave Feakes (marshalls) davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com or Gareth  garethboyd@financialrecruitment.biz know.
Sat      24th Jan       Northern Cross Country Championships, Pontefract, Yorkshire, TBC, 2 pm ladies 3 pm 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, so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 5th Jan mooeyf@hotmail.com
Sat     24th Jan        Helsby Running Club Xmas Party. We thought this year, that with an already busy Dec and Jan, it would be good to hold a post Four Villages Saturday Night Xmas Party, at Helsby Community Sports Club, with Chris Igoe’s famous disco and a buffet supper, bring a salad or starter, more details nearer the time from Dave & Lesley.
Hope to see you out and about running on the run up to Xmas, a happy Xmas and New Year when it comes and hope to see you at many of these events into 2015!
Any questions please ask me,  Men’s Club Captain Colin Thompson col808@hotmail.com or Ladies Club Captain Jane Ashbrook  janebetts@gmail.com or any committee member
Jackie
Chair 

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