Helsby Race Reports 22nd -28th August

Helsby Race Reports 22nd -28th August

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (22/8/16 – 28/8/16) 
Hello Green Army
Best way to start the weekly report if you ask me is to give massive congratulations to two of our hardy ultra runners, a round of applause please for Gareth Boyd and Chris Baynham-Hughes, Gareth completing a 200 miler from coast to coast, starting in Southport, and ending up in Hull over 4 days, and CBH completing Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, 170km I think around the French Alpes. Can’t wait to read there race reports, I’ll give you guys some time to send them in considering you can probably barely walk right now (then again you don’t write with your feet). I know having ran a few ultras with these 2 numpties how hard it must be of been……..for other competitors having to listen to their voices for such long periods. RESPECT gents truly unbelievable achievement.

Park Run – We had runners out in the Chester, Delamere, & Widnes this week, volunteers needed for Widnes next week if anyone can help out, then again most park runs need volunteers, give them a shout if you can.
List of consolidated results below
First of the race reports come from Chris Murray
Eleven green vests braved the rain on Wednesday evening for the Mid Cheshire 5k in Kingsley. The bad weather seems to be a common theme with this race as we had the cold and hail to contend with when it was run in April. There were some quick times due to the first and last miles being all downhill with Colin Thompson coming home first out of the Helsby squad in 17.04 and Chris Fitzpatrick following closely in 17.26. I battled with Philip Tomkinson for 3rd Helsby vest across the line but he left me in the rain finishing in 18.34. A special mention goes to Debbie Read finishing first in her age category and Vanessa winning fastest female Kingsley resident; not sure there is a prize for that last one.
All the results can be found here: http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/Mid-Cheshire-5K-2-2016?ResultSetupId=923e5e04-99d8-4513-a4fc-f54c5fcee00e
Cheers Chris, it’s a proper hilly one this one, if ran backwards
Suzanne Fletcher sent in a report for the St Helens Dream Trail Race
I saw this race advertised and with it being local and cheap to enter I thought I’d give it a go. Ran by St. Helens Sutton AC it offered both a 5k & 10k option, I went with the 10k being two 5k loops and it was tough! Set in Sutton Manor Park and around the iconic Dream statue, it was a tough course with plenty of hard short hills, mainly on grass and gravel tracks, it reminded me of a XC but in sunshine & warm weather !
Results out of a field of 181.
1st Catherine Howard of Knowsley Harriers 41.09
20th Phil Tomkinson 46.04
68th Suzanne Fletcher 55.12 (11th lady)
Sounds like a perfect course for a winter XC maybe

Over to Richard Hankins for I think a report on a former club counter race in years gone by, the Ellesmere 10k
Looking at the results from previous years this has been a popular event with Helsby runners, although I think this year I was the only one. The promise of a fast course and some fantastic motorcycling roads en route attracted me. Its a well organised club event which is cheap to enter and the facilities were good. The ‘fabulously fast’ course is a nice mixture of rolling country roads and a few K on tracks around the mere and along the canal. There were, however, far more inclines than expected and the much hyped PB potential seemed a bit mythical to me. The results were also unusually hard to find – no text or email, although you can find them on the timing company’s website if you google around. Overall, its a nice race to do – but not a classic. I finished 40th out of 556 and 6th MV 40 in a rather disappointing 41:33.
Dates for your diary
Road runners, it’s the Halewood 5k this Saturday 3rd September, a free timed event organised by Knowsley Harriers, its a fast out and back course, check it out.
Felsby crew will be travelling to Shelf Moor Fell Race this Sunday, which is a 5.7 mile race and packs a hefty 1499ft of ascent/descent. Nice!
That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

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