Helsby RC Racing News 23rd – 29th March 2015

G’day fellow racing and running enthusiasts. Welcome to the first Owens Oracle of Helsby RC Race Results.   It’s like Teletext but not as good…
At Delamere we had a trio of leggy lovelies…
Christopher Murray: 22:05
Louise McEveley:   25:15
Lesley Feakes: 26:41
On to Widnes parkrun….
Carl Pratt (PB!): 20:49
David Madders (probably still bladdered so makes his PB even more spectacular!): 21:35
Carol Shaw (my idol): 22:49
Chris Hatton: 29:49
Three Shires 
Ben Williams, who is on great form at the moment, completed a tough Three Shires event on Saturday. Here is his report:
Just a quick report from the LDWA Three Shires event which I completed today.
The event has got a choice of distances, the basic route being 20 miles, and then you can choose to add a couple of different loops on to it. Adding both loops to the core route makes it 29 miles, which I went for.
The weather was worse than forecast, with heavy showers off and on all day, making the ground even boggier than it would already have been. A lot of the paths were too boggy to be runnable, even walking was a challenge on some of them (getting my excuses in early).
The first section of the run took us straight up Gun Hill and then across to and along the Roaches ridge path, where the wind was so strong that I didn’t dare to make the tiny deviation to visit the trig point. Then we went down to Gradbach, and across the bridge at Three Shires Head where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire all meet. The first optional loop came before checkpoint 2, an extra 2 miles straight up and down Shutlingsloe (Cheshire’s Matterhorn, as somebody pointed out to me halfway up). For anyone who doesn’t know it (as I didn’t) it’s basically a massive conical hill, every route up to it is steep. The weather cleared at the top and gave a distant view of Beeston Castle.  Then to the second checkpoint for tea and cheesy oatcakes, plus malt loaf and hot cross buns (and loads of other stuff).
Then the second optional loop, a 7 mile section in Cheshire, some of which was a slog and just felt like doing miles for the sake of it, which ended back at checkpoint 2.
The final section was better, going high across the moors and below the Hanging Stone back to the start, for a lovely meal of salad and quiche, plus pudding and more sugary tea.
I finished in 7h 40m, which I’m a bit disappointed with. Having run quite strongly in the first section, Shutlingsloe just took all the energy out of my legs and from then on I could only run parts.
Llantysilio Fell Race 
Then we had Jim Jones and Tim Palmer flying the flag for Helsby RC at the Llantysilio Fell Race on Saturday. The race route takes in just over 6 miles of the Dee Valley with 2100ft of ascent along the Llantysilio mountain ridge. Gale force winds on the highest parts of the ridge made for challenging conditions. The marshals from Tattenhall Runners did a great job hosting the race. The marshal by the trig point on Moel y Gamelin did particularly well not to get blown off the mountain! This year saw a different and improved route off Moel y Gamelin. At the time of writing, there are still no results up but the race was won by Rob Grantham of Pensby, with Helsby runners Jim Jones and Tim Palmer finishing 21st and 28th respectively.
Vale of Clwyd 10k
The 4th Vale of Clwyd 10k took place in Llandyrnog on Sunday. 87 athletes set off in a torrential downpour and waded through ankle deep water in some parts of the course.
Helsby was represented by Jim Jones who finished in 6th place and won the M40 category.
Full race report and results available here:
Helena Tipping 10k
The Helena Tipping 10K was held at Wrexham Industrial Estate in wet and windy conditions on Sunday which affected the finishing times throughout the small field. Colin Bishop and Gary O’Connor were the only Helsby representatives with Colin coming 3rd overall and 1st MV55 and Gary finishing 15th and 2nd MV45. Both on great form but I do have to mention that poor Gary had a poorly ankle and also cycled a few miles to the race. What an inspiration he is to Ironmen.
Liverpool Half Marathon 
On to the annual BTR Liverpool Half Marathon. Gaz terrified the life out of all the Facebook regulars who were running it, by posting a photograph of weather forecast predicting 48mph winds and heavy rain and a long, drawn out **ahem** sensible discussion ensued about what a disaster for us tough road runners, this race would be running it in Hurricane conditions. Thankfully his wonky weather app was wrong and on the morning of Sunday 29 March 2015 a group of very excited Helsby RC runners jumped out of bed and opened their curtains to see the rain hammering down but no hurricane. We are however a hard-core lot and not ones to let a bit of rain stop us from reaching our dreams…
I shall fast forward through all the Joanne Lacking dithering to get ready and go straight to the race. Liverpool Half is not the easiest course, you would imagine it is flat but the first half isn’t and then the last section is quite twisty. It is very well organised and well supported (even in the rain). The weather ended up working favourably for many of us and all had a great run. The super duper athlete that is Colin Thompson (no relation to Daley, I am told) was first in for Helsby and had as usual, a very fast run with a fantastic 1:17:47 and 19th place overall. Following Colin from behind was the Squirrel aka Chris Fitzpatrick and a brilliant PB of 1:18:48, (32nd place) which puts him in great form for London marathon to smash his marathon PB. He even manages to carry a very fancy water bottle throughout too, what a man. His partner in their tarmac slapping, London training road crimes, and who has shocked many local running folk by hanging up his mountain shoes for the time being, for road ones (and according to Strava, he sometimes uses a TREADMILL!) Chris Baynham-Hughes ran a cracking 1:22:13 and the sub 3 dream looks like it will be a reality. Well done Chris. Then we have Carl Pratt, who not only smashed his Half PB to bits by running a 1:30:13, he also ran a 5k PB the day before at Widnes parkrun! Brilliant running! Behind Carl was our new firecracker, Darren O’Connor who is gaining pace at a tremendous speed and ran a 1:31:14.
On to the females and the first spot goes to Joanne Lacking, who is consistently knocking out brilliant runs and ran an extra 7 miles including the Half, (which she treated as a training run for London marathon) and STILL ran a course PB and a cracking 1:34:02. Then there was me…. A course PB was had (1:43:18) and I also ran an extra 7 miles with the Athlete Lacking so a good result for me for a training run. On to what has to be the biggest PB in the shortest time in Helsby history, Rhea Thomas knocked a huge 18 minutes from her Wrexham Half time last month., huge congratulations to Rhea! Stephen Roach, who is running London dressed in chef’s whites carrying a huge heavy pan with the aim of getting a world record, ran Liverpool as a practice run in his chef regalia (complete with pan of Scouse) and unbelievably managed it in 1:53:27!   Well done Ste, that is some achievement. Good luck for London. Then we have Claire Swift who ran a cracking 2:04:22 to bring our little Liverpool run to a close. Well done everyone.
10k TT
Another excellent turn out at the 10k Time Trial last Wednesday, thank you to everyone who turned up and took part. A storming run from Neil Finegan to take the win showed how well he is progressing as is Jenny Illidge who broke the 6k course record again! Also well done to Jo Lacking for another win for the ladies. A special thank you Joe, Louise and Tanya (Timing) and Mario (Marshall at School Lane).
Results Below:
10k results 25-03-15

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