Lakeland Trails Series
Starting off with a bang this week is a series win for Tim Palmer on the 10km Lakeland trails series; simply fantastic. The Palmer household was not happy just to leave it there though, as Jenny scooped a fantastic 6th place in the vet Ladies and 9th lady overall. Congratulations and very well done indeed!
Park run continues to spread – making the results capture harder, but introducing more courses to play with on a Saturday morning. Great to se so many Helsby vests at these events. Notable mentions this week go to Ellen Harris – making her debut for Helsby in a superb 24:40, Donna Geer and Carl Pratt both bagging PBs and the ever superb Colin Bishop for taking home the win in St. Helens. Well done all!
|Ben Williams||25:04||34||Ellesmere Port|
|Colin Bishop||17:34||1||St Helens|
Penmaenmawr fell race
Celebrating its 40th running, the fell race at Penmaenmawr has a strong following. There were plenty of Helsby vests on display despite the mass panic when we all realised that there was no entry on the day (in fell running it is highly unusual that you can sign up in advance let alone that you actually have to). That was the only unusual thing about this race though as like every other fell race it had fantastically tough but rewarding hills, incredible scenery, varied conditions under foot, beer at the end and fantastic value for money (£10 covered race entry, a lovely ceramic mug, a bottle of real ale, a hot dog and soup and a roll).
The race started off with a rude awakening racing up on to the top, but gradually flattened out as the race stretch out with glorious views across to the Carneddau on one side which took my breath away… ok, so the hill had helped.. and on the other side views out across the sea to Anglesey. The race then crosses some slightly rough ground and bog before returning around over some undulating, but mainly flat ground before the final steep single track descent.
Max gave a hint of what he is capable of by holding 5th position ahead of Jez Brown until the downhill section undid him. A stunning 9th place overall and 3rd in his category, matched only by Andy Robinson who came in 3rd for his age category too.
Phil Gillard and Jim Jones battled it out, but Phil’s rich vein of form saw him through with less than a minute separating them in the end. Steve Riley celebrated his 50th birthday too according to the age categories on the results – you must have a good moisturiser Steve.
|Max Wainwright||01:17:54||9||3rd in Age Category|
|Chris Baynham-Hughes||01:27:25||35||12th in Age Category|
|Phil Gillard||01:31:16||54||12th in Age Category|
|Jim Jones||01:31:56||58||25th in Age Category|
|Steve Riley||01:37:21||86||22nd in Age Category (happy 50th Birthday Steve)|
|Phil Roberts||01:38:18||94||23rd in Age Category|
|Andy Robinson||01:39:02||98||3rd in Age Category|
|Paul Foster||01:50:36||145||57th in Age Category|
Results were celebrated within the traditions of fell running:
Over to Roy for a round up from a half that proves popular with the club year on year despite The Great Orme section (we all know how you road runners like it pancake flat, no wind, not too hot, not too cold, not too much camber in the road, etc. J) – over to Roy before I outstay my welcome:
What a great day for the Conwy half, me, Louise and Joanne travelled to Conwy only to find we were unable able to park and ended up having to park a mile away! Anyway turned out to be a good warm up for a tough race but I won’t waffle on, here are the results:
Great running from everyone on what is probably a tougher course than last year, sadly Jane had to pull out with an injury, so all the best with the recovery.
Well said Roy!
Just to point out the progress of two of our runners here managing to deliver a PB despite the bumps in the way. After a spot of fell running this year Laura confessed that she got to over the first hill and thought, what are they all moaning about, this isn’t a hill… she wasn’t thinking that on the final hill mind! Still Laura managed a fantastic PB and agonisingly close to that sub 1:40 which is bound to come soon. Another fantastic performance from Louise prompting Ste Wiggins to call for a drugs test such has been her fantastic form lately. Well done to all.
Sat 29th Nov Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm Note this is a pre-entry race, by 18th Nov email@example.com
Sat 29th Nov Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham; theme – Xmas Jumpers, meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30 pm. For more info ask Chris firstname.lastname@example.org
*** No excuse to miss one of the two Sunday races ***
Sun 30th Nov Cross Country Counter No 4, North West Sunday League, Arrowe Park, 10 am, meet at club at 8:45am if you wish to travel together.
Sun 30th Nov Fell Counter No 11, Dave Staff Memorial Race, 5m, 370m 11:30 am; an ideal introduction to fell running, meet at club at 10am if you wish to travel together