Helsby RC Racing News 16th – 22nd March 2015

Helsby RC Racing News 16th – 22nd March 2015

Lots of road running to get through this week. Please remember to send any race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com otherwise it is unlikely to get into the news!
Road Running
Coniston 14
The Coniston 14 saw 3 Helsby vest out in glorious spring conditions for the annual run around Lake Coniston.
Adrian 165th 1:42:49 Excellent times as its fairly undulating and we didn’t warn Adrian of the big hill at 11 miles!
Lesley 475th 1:58:44 Great sub 2 hour for this course.
Jackie 643th 2:05:47 Legs still very tired from the Haworth Hobble
Fantastic runs all around from what I can see!
Wilmslow Half
Five runners headed out for the Wilmslow half. Unfortunately I don’t have any details apart from the times.

Place Name Clock time Chip Time
246 Ivan Davies 01:26:18 01:26:08
1127 David Madders 01:42:33 01:42:22
1253 Mike Searle 01:44:20 01:44:09
1550 James Gray 01:48:43 01:47:22
2015 Elizabeth Thomas 01:54:54 01:52:50

Rome Marathon
Tanya Meredith took a tough mission for the Green Army – jetting off to Rome for the marathon! Despite feeling rotten with a throat infection Tanya delivered a 5 minute PB running at “50%” – clearly a lot of room to smash that PB then! In Tanya’s words: It’s the most amazing course you will ever see. I’m not religious but the Vatican blew me away it was breathtaking
Borders League
Colin T gives us the breakdown from the border league, however before we go there I’d like to highlight that the men’s team are close to the promotion they have been chasing for the past couple of seasons, if we get a good turn out at the final two races we should see that happen this year:
Round 5 of the Borders League saw a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Mold and an excellent turn out from the green vests. With various races on at the weekend we expected to have a slightly depleted team, but the new members turned up in droves to ensure we had a strong squad for the 5 mile undulating course and the Green Army really stole the show! Excellent running once again from Colin Bishop saw him storm around for an 11th placed run and 1st in his age category. Adam Gordon had another strong run showing his consistency in the league and Jim O’Hara, who is back from injury, didn’t disappoint with an excellent 58th. New member Neil Finegan, in his Borders League debut, had a superb race to grab 62nd place showing what great potential he has along with Darren O’Connor and Ian Rutherford who both produced some fantastic running. New member Chris Murray donned the green vest and found himself entangled in a close fought battle with Ade Jackson (who had ran the Coniston 14 the previous day!) and just pipped him to the finish line. Great stuff guys. Ben Williams is really starting to show some good form this year and a strong debut run from John Whitehead along with Graham Lloyd ensured the men’s team secured 2nd in Division 2 on the day. Well done chaps!c0700b73-d40f-4d50-ad9a-3012177cbdf8
The ladies team had a brilliant day, star of the show award has to go to June Swift who ran a blistering race to secure 1st back for the Helsby ladies and 1st in her age category. Well done June, I’m sure there is plenty more to come! Jo Lacking and Jane Ashbrook both ran their compression socks off to break the top 10 & 15 and Carol Shaw showed her class once again to secure 2nd in her age category. Excellent running from Vanessa and Janet Robertson saw them both inside the 40 minute mark and Sue Buck and Rhea Thomas had a close race to push each other to the finish line. Emily Smith just keeps getting quicker and had a beaming smile at the finish to show how much she enjoys the pain of Borders League racing! Jo Farwell and Shan McCarthy both ran well to help the ladies team top division 1 on the day. Big well done ladies!

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank
11 11   Colin BISHOP 28:18 MV50 1
22 22   Colin THOMPSON 29:31 SM 13
52 51   Adam GORDON 31:28 MV40 11
58 56   Jim O’HARA 31:50 SM 22
62 60   Neil FINEGAN 31:55 MV40 15
72 68   Darren O’CONNOR 32:36 SM 25
75   5 June SWIFT 32:53 SF 1
78 73   Ian RUTHERFORD 33:10 MV40 19
100   9 Joanne LACKING 34:38 SF 4
103 94   Chris MURRAY 34:41 SM 32
105 96   Adrian JACKSON 34:48 MV40 22
124   15 Jane ASHBROOK 35:47 FV35 5
137 119   Benjamin WILLIAMS 36:32 SM 38
141   19 Carol SHAW 36:43 FV50 2
150 130   John WHITEHEAD 37:09 SM 41
155   23 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 37:21 FV45 4
181   34 Janet ROBERTSON 39:20 FV45 7
204   43 Sue BUCK 41:34 FV45 10
206   44 Rhea THOMAS 41:44 SF 11
211   48 Emily SMITH 42:21 SF 13
228   56 Jo FARWELL 44:13 FV40 8
229 173   Graham LLOYD 44:15 MV45 29
233   60 Shan MCCARTHY 44:48 FV40 9

Full results here: http://tinyurl.com/nzgphul
The men are currently 2nd overall in Division 2 and the ladies 4th  in Division 1. The men are placed very well for promotion although unlikely to catch West Cheshire now who have had a fabulous season, however, it’s important to get a good turn out for the final 2 races in April to cement our promotion and celebrate an excellent season. Likewise for the ladies who could continue their winning ways and finish the season on a high!
Fell Running 
Nice to see the fell section are getting out so frequently – certainly inspiration to me and I can’t wait to finish the road training to finish so I can join in!
Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts and myself ran the Ras Yr Aran Fell Race on Saturday and finished 17th, 79th and 80th respectively. We all agreed that this was one of the tougher 10 mile races we’d done.
The route has a series of steep rocky climbs to the summit of Aran Fawddwy and returns the same way. The last of the clouds made way to glorious sunshine as we set off, and a few of us discovered we had too many layers on. Some fantastic views of Bala and the surrounding area if you were confident enough to take your eyes of where you was putting your feet.
Full results here:
Park Run
dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fPark run is still proving popular with the Green army – quite rightly so! Look after the 5 & 10 Ks and the rest looks after itself!

Position Gender Position Name Club Run Time
8 8 Neil FINEGAN Helsby RC 00:19:42
13 13 Darren O’CONNOR Helsby RC 00:20:41
14 1 Jenny ILLIDGE Helsby RC 00:20:46
20 19 Christopher MURRAY Helsby RC 00:21:03
51 49 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:23:19
191 136 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:33:22
192 137 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:33:23
Ellesmere Port
19 18 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:22:33
64 49 Chris HATTON Helsby RC 00:27:49

Upcoming races and reminders
No counters this week, but There are some races in the NCC (Non-Club Counters) calendars. These calendars are there for you to add to. If you see a race you fancy or think others might then add it into the calendar, they are all open. It’s easiest to use google calendar to update these, but you can do so from any other web connected application; e.g., outlook. I’ll try to pull together a user guide for the most common ones.
In the mean time there is the Liverpool half this weekend as well as two fell races: Caused Pike on Saturday and Lad’s leap on the Sunday – both are in the NCC – Fell calendar.

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