Helsby RC blog. Week ending 24/04/2016

Helsby RC blog. Week ending 24/04/2016

Welcome to the weekly round up. First of all a quick reminder of what’s coming up this week:

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 27/04/16 7.15pm is the final race, and presentation night, of the Borders League. This event is now being hosted by Prestatyn RC at The Frith, Prestatyn. Postcode for sat nav users is LL19 7AR. Any new club members please check with Chris Fitzpatrick that you have already been registered for the league.  Also anyone wanting to car share can meet at Helsby clubhouse at 6pm.
Thursday 28/04/2016 7.15pm is the Mid Cheshire 5k, which is one of our road counters.
Friday 29/04/2016 7pm – is of course, our annual Presentation Evening at Helsby Community Sports Club. David and Lesley are organising the catering so please let them know before this Wednesday if you will be attending.
Saturday 30/04/2016 1pmLlangynhafal Loop – A great little ‘morning after’ fell race. Venue is the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal LL16 4LN. Allow for 10 minute walk from the venue to the actual start.
Sunday 01/05/2016 10.30am -we have another road counter with the Liverpool Spring 10k at Sefton Park.


Reeth Trail 20km

On Sunday Laura Baynham Hughes had an excellent run on the Reeth Trail 20km race and has sent in the following report:
“I travelled to beautiful Swaledale this weekend for the Reeth Trail event, organised by gr8events. When I signed up I was a bit lax in my research on where it was (thought it was in the Lakes) – it turned out to be in North Yorkshire, but it was well worth the trip. A well organised ‘trail’ race with 10km and 20km options, I opted for the 20km route after enjoying the Sandstone trail A race last year. I would say it was more like a long runnable fell race with plenty of climb and some good descents, but was just missing rough ground and any really steep sections – I had to run the whole thing!! I really enjoyed the route and would recommend the race – we made a weekend of it and camped down the road as it is a good few hours away. Swaledale is great and well worth a visit. It was a bit strange doing a race though and being the only Green Army representative and not recognising any other runners. It was also missing Helsby’s chief cheering squad – kept expecting Joe and Mario to pop up on the course and I did miss their support. I did have a Baynham-Hughes cheering squad at the end though which made sure I didn’t let up on the descent for the finish. Really pleased with my time and position (25 overall, 5th lady, 1h 48mins).”
Thanks for the report Laura, and well done.

Goldrush Cani-cross

Jo Farwell and Wilma were running the trails in Coed y Brenin on Saturday. The Gold rush is described as a challenging 8.5 mile trail race and those entering with their dogs run the same route as the main race but start 30 minutes later. Well done Jo and Wilma.

Whitely 10k

There were 7 Helsby runners at the Whitely 10k on Sunday. Phil Roberts was first home for Helsby, followed by Carol Shaw who finished first in her category. Well done Carol! Also congratulations to Kate Mann on completing her first race in a Helsby vest, and welcome to the club Kate.
Full results are available here

London Marathon

Well done to the six Helsby vests who made the trip to London on Sunday. Its also apparent from social media that they had a fantastic following of supporters! Some excellent results here: Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 22.49.09


Well, Helsby continue to pop in park runs all over the UK. This week we had Carl Pratt running at Crystal Palace and Andy Smith at Workington Parkrun. There was a massive turnout of  9 Helsby runners at Delamere this week. The highlight of the parkruns though has got to have been at Widnes where Colin Thompson and Colin Bishop posted 1st and 2nd respectively – with just 20 seconds between them! Well done guys. Let me know when you two are doing the same park run again – I’d like to watch!
The Helsby consolidated parkrun results are available here

The Fellsman

And finally, a report from last weekend submitted by Andy Robinson:
“I ran the Fellsman on Saturday: a 61-mile race across tops and bogs in
the Yorkshire Dales. Two of my toes are still numb, and I’m still
knackered. It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. The weather
was very cold but otherwise great, but the ground was as wet as it’s
ever been for the Fellsman, and that’s saying a lot, because it’s pretty
wet even in a good year. The results aren’t up yet, but the winner took
about 11:30, and I finished in about 17:45, rolling in to the finish at
02:15 on Sunday morning. That’s why I wasn’t at the Helsby vs Felsby
race! I’ve written up an account of my race on Runfurther.com, and the
results will appear on www.fellsman.org.uk soon.”
Well done Andy, and thanks for sending the report in.
I think that’s it for this week. Please keep sending any reports or contributions t0 helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

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