Hi everyone. Helsby RC have been busy over the weekend with a great turn out at two local fixtures. If there’s any more that I’ve missed, please let me know and I’ll update the blog.
NW Sunday XC League – Race 1 at Clarke Gardens
Thanks to Chris Fitzpatrick for sending in the first of the race reports regarding the X-Country event on Sunday:
“It was the first race of the cross country season on Sunday, and a whopping 27 of us turned out in what was a great morning in Liverpool to run a cross country, blue skies and lots of sun, not too cold, perfect racing conditions. It’s a good course as well for your first XC, it was great to see loads of new faces. It’s a pretty flat course with a few hills and a bit of mud thrown in to test you, and also a few bottle necks so you can catch your breath. Lots of good performance on the day, especially from Colin Bishop who is on the comeback trail from injury, finishing 11th, closely followed El Capitano, and first back for the ladies was Jenny Illidge, followed by Flo Jo.
The men’s team currently sit 6th out of 22 teams, which is a great start to the season with much more to come, and also a good start from the ladies sitting 8th out of 22 teams, and only 1 point separating them and local rivals Delamere
Next race is this coming Saturday 29th at Arrow Park in the Saturday league, the next Sunday league race is 13th November at Beacon Park, Skelmersdale, which is a slightly harder course, would be great to see even more at the next one.
Fulls results below
Clwydian Hills Fell Race
Also on Sunday, there was another event that has always been popular with Helsby RC. I’m sure it was a difficult choice to make for many people on Sunday, X-Country or Fell Race? Anyway, over, to Tim Palmer who sent in this report:
“Whilst nothing like the turn-out at the cross country at Clarke Gardens, five Helsby runners (Neil Finegan, Ben Fletcher, Jim O’Hara, Tim Palmer & Steve Riley) turned out for the Clwydian Hills Fell Race. By all reports the temperature was much lower than last year, the weather was perfect fell running weather – sunny and cool. The new course (revised for last year’s race) is 8 ½ miles with about 2,700ft of climb (at least according my Garmin); it has a number of climbs culminating the ‘gully’ followed by a fast and furious descent from top of Moel Famau back down to Cilcain. Whilst Jim was chasing the leaders, Neil and Ben were having their own battle just a bit further back (finishing within 2 secs of each other). The Helsby results were:
10th Jim O’Hara 1:24:20.5
21st Neil Finegan 1:29:49.8
22nd Ben Fletcher 1:29:51.6
74th Tim Palmer 1:43:09.6
85th Steve Riley 1:46:41.5
Helsby RC were 5th placed in the team prize.
There are lots more photos of the above two events, courtesy of Andy Smith, Dave Pinnington, and Phil Tugwell. (follow the links on their names)
Helsby had no less than 12 athletes participating across 4 different Parkruns on Saturday morning. Helsby’s consolidated club results can be viewed HERE.
Dates For Your Diary
Firstly a reminder from Jackie Keasley:
Keeping Well in the Community
“This coming Saturday, 29th Oct, from 9:30 to 12:30 at Helsby Health Centre there is an event promoting “Keeping Well in the Community”. For the last few years Helsby Running Club have had a stand telling them about our club and more importantly promoting the benefits of running; from both a health and social/mental point of view. It’s always worthwhile attending and time well spent. Betty & I will be there for the full session but if any of you can pop down for say 30 mins or an hour to extol the virtues of running that would be great! How about popping in for a few minutes after your Park Run, sweat & mud acceptable! Please post if you think you can pop down.
Cheers & thanks
Liverpool & District X-Country League
Also this coming Saturday 29/10/16 is the first X-Country fixture in the Liverpool & District League. Hopefully we’ll have another great turn-out. This fixture starts a little later at 2pm and is at Arrowe Park – so you could even pop into the above event at the Health Centre beforehand.
Don’t forget that you can check out all the upcoming fixtures on Tim’s race calendar.
I think thats it for this week. Please keep any reports or contributions coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org