Welcome to the weekly round up, starting with a reminder of what’s coming up over the next week:
Wednesday 27th July 2016 – The Green Green Grass of Home – a great little fell race of 5 miles and 1500ft of climb which has been well attended by Helsby in the past – 7.30 pm £4.00 on day only. Allow 15mins to get to start – Venue: Golden Lion Inn, Llangynhafal, near Denbigh (GR 129633).
“Saturday 30th July 2016 – North Wales Half Marathon – Our next club road counter. I did this a few years ago before word got out about what a good race it is. It’s a bit hilly and has ‘a bit’ of off road too! If the weather’s good you’ll get a great view of the castle before you drop back into Conwy for the home run. Hopefully anybody wanting to do it will have already entered as, looking at their website, it may now be full.
Saturday 30th July 2016, 2pm –Push up the Pincyn Another cracking fell race that is also a good family day out. The race is integrated into the annual village show at Clawddnewydd, Denbighshire. It’s 6.2miles with 1300ft of climb but quite a good introduction to fell running. Be prepared to climb over the bale of hay on the way out and then again on the home run!
Sunday 31st July 2016 – Arenig Fawr Fell Race – One I haven’t done yet but looks a toughie – AM 13km/1000m 8miles/3300ft PM/LK/NS/ER, Details: 1.00 pm £4.00 on day only, Venue: Parking and registration near Arenig quarry (GR SH 830392).
Hopefully we’ll have some reports from the above races for the blog next week. Remember to send any contributions to: email@example.com
It was great to hear from Tom De Jong again who has submitted a race report from the Mystery 5k on Tuesday last week:
“Tuesday saw the mystery 5k event, Colin Thompson and myself took part in this monthly event and it is a reasonably fast course. There was a really strong field and Colin Thompson ran a superb time getting into the top 10 of a high standard race. I ran myself as I’m trying to get my 5k times down which seems to be working, it’s a great race if anyone is interested doing the next 1. here are the results.
7th Colin Thompson 17.17
80th Tom De Jong 22.25
Holme Moss Fell Race
Holme Moss FR was on Sunday. Still awaiting the results but thanks to Ben Fletcher for sending in the report:
“Me, Jim and Phil decided to tackle the Holme Moss fell race, now there is some confusion over what the distance is of this race, the website says 15.9m but people who have ran it before say 18m, well it was 18m.
The start of the race is at Cartworth Moor Cricket Club which is the 2nd highest in the country. We were blessed with almost ideal running conditions both underfoot and climate wise, I say almost as it was a little humid. The forecast had predicted dark clouds and heavy rain from midday, the worst we got was light rain for all of 5 minutes, which was a welcome relief in the humid air.
The race started and after a short bit on a track we plunged down onto the lower slopes of the moors and bogs.
Holme Moss lays claims to be one of the best climbs on the fell scene. After descending Bareholme Moss and crossing the brook you’re ‘treated’ to a tough scramble up through rocks and bracken before the imposing Laddow Rocks come into view. Whilst standing at the foot of Laddow it looks almost impossible to ascend, especially when rock climbers are spotted roped up onto its rock face, after a short scramble we were up onto the top.
For many the race really starts once Laddow is climbed and the Pennine Way is reached, places and time can really be picked up whilst running up the slabs towards Black Hill.
The final climb up from Riding Wood is only short, but blimey it’s steep. Holding the undergrowth for leverage!!
The Cricket Club was a welcome sight after 18miles of tough running.”
The results should be published at: http://www.holmfirthharriers.com/club-events-a-results
Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run
Gaz O’Connor won the Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run over the weekend. Well done Gaz! He did send in a race report but I censored 25% of it and that only left three words. Still- a valiant effort 😉 well done mate.
Snowdonia Trail Marathon
The marathon with a sting in the tail! Sunday saw the second hosting of this race which is now definitely on my list of favourite races. This year I again clocked well over 28 miles despite it being a prescribed route. Difference being I knew what to expect this year and ran it 28 minutes faster, finishing 75th from 414. Conditions were similar to last year – very wet and slippy but the wind and rain wasn’t quite as persistent. The route starts in Llanberis and takes in Rhydd du, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, and Pen y Pass before Snowdon and then taking you on a long fast descent back to Llanberis. The last few miles being the ‘sting’ for those expecting to find the finish at around 26 miles. Its a trail race that does seem to be popular with a lot of runners used to the road and quite a few people seemed to be struggling because of their choice of footwear. I know I’m not as fit as I was when I ran this race last year and therefore reckon my improvement on last year is simply down to shoes that I was comfy in (mudclaws) and 12 more months experience of mountain running.
We had 9 people out at various parkruns on Saturday. Consolidated club results can be viewed by following this link, but congratulations to Colin Thompson who finished first at Widnes in 18:02
Marshalling at The Lakes Skyrunning Event
Chris Baynham-Hughes queried whether this was appropriate for the blog. Well I think it is, so it’s in the blog. Cheers Chris.
“This weekend I was out on duty in my role for SkyRunningUK. This took the form of marking out ~ ¼ of the course (Ambleside up Fairfield, down to Grisdale tarn, up Dollywaggon Pike to Helvellyn then across Swirral edge to Catstycam and down to the dam wall) looking after competitors, registration, carrying a full sized video tripod up St Sundays Crag, marshalling on the top of Pinnacle ridge and finally getting to run out ~1/2 the course chatting to competitors so I can write up some sort of report. For those of you that have ever thought about marshalling at an event like this, I thoroughly recommend it. It was a terrifically rewarding experience to give back to the sport that we love and the competitors appreciation really shines through.
The event organiser had employed a team of 5 camera men including a drone pilot to capture some footage of the race. They have already put out a teaser which can be found at the link below. Let’s just say that the weather was a little different from when Max and Phil had a run at this last year (here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLbzEuO6eWY ) This year’s race: https://www.facebook.com/LakesSkyUltra/videos/1780773285469621/ “
I think that’s all the racing news for this week. Please do keep sending any reports in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Even a couple of lines, and maybe a link to the results, all helps to pull the blog together.
Club Constitution update
Just to finish, you may well have already received an separate email about this – after last Wednesday’s club run, the Club adopted a new constitution (and supported the HCSC bar takings) – see: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/constitution/ for the details.