Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 8th – 9th Nov 2014

Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 8th – 9th Nov 2014

Hi everyone
Another busy weekend of running for the Green Army!
Firstly the Saturday parkruns:
Delamere saw 4 Helsby vests on the start line. Congratulations to Gareth Boyd for first over the line for Helsby and Rachel Arnold for first Helsby lady home. Also well done to both Gareth and Jackie for doing the double this weekend and attending the Borders League the next day! More on the Borders to follow.

15 Gareth BOYD 20:51 VM40-44 66.43 % M 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 15
36 David FEAKES 23:00 VM50-54 65.14 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 25
57 Rachel ARNOLD 24:37 VW50-54 69.80 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 13
75 Jackie KEASLEY 25:46 VW55-59 70.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 7

I think a special mention should go to our young rising star Harry Peake who stormed around the course in 21:43. Harry has been attending our 16-23 training group and his hard work is starting to show in his race times. One to watch in the future!
Warrington saw 2 Helsby runners and another PB from the ever improving Carl Pratt! A great run from Alfie Grady saw him first Helsby finisher and just pipping Carl to the finish line, brilliant running chaps!

25 Alfie GRADY 21:30 JM15-17 62.79 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:56 31
26 Carl PRATT 21:36 SM30-34 59.88 % M 25 Helsby RC New PB! 2

And finally over in Ellesmere Port saw sole Helsby runner Ben Williams with a solid run taking 41st place. Well done Ben.

41 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 26:01 VM35-39 51.31 % M 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:45 19

Saturday saw our intrepid fell running specialists Chris Baynham-Hughes, Jimmy O’Hara, Jayne Joy and Phil Gillard running up and down mountains in Llanfachreth. Report from CBH to follow:
A soggy Saturday in Llanfachreth (near Dolgellau) saw the unstoppable Jimmy O’Hara, Phil Gillard, Jayne Joy and me lining up against some of the finest fell runners in Wales as the Rhobell Fawr race got underway. The race was part of two championships (the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series). The course is a very traditional up and down the mountain affair which, coupled with a dry stone wall directly to the top, made navigation a non-issue despite some low hanging cloud.
The weather proved a blessing, providing a cooling intermittent drizzle and didn’t impede the simply incredible views on offer across the Meirionnydd. Foel Offrwm looked so inviting I was deeply tempted to extend the race, but by the time I got back I was spanked (both in terms of being physically knackered and metaphorically by Jimmy who has just had an awesome year).
Big thanks to Mario and Joe who were both on cheering duties – especially their strategic placement that meant that I couldn’t slack off without being seen for roughly a mile near the finish (I had nobody behind me and I really wanted to – my face in the attached photo is a result of says it all).

Place Time Name Team Age Cat
10 00:57:05 OHARA, Jim Helsby M34
30 01:01:15 BAYNAM-HUGHES, Chris Helsby M38
42 01:08:20 JOY, Jayne Helsby F33
48 01:10:22 GILLARD, Phil Helsby RC M53

And Jim, with another double weekend of racing, participated in the Manchester Area League cross country in Sherdley Park. Good running from Jim saw him 238th in a competitive field of 389 runners. Well done Jim!
Senior Men   238/389   James Jones         V45 34/62   West Cheshire AC                 44:02
Now to the main event of the weekend, the first Borders League race of the year! On Sunday, 35 (yes 35!) Helsby runners made the journey to Cheshire View in Christleton to do battle with some of the best running clubs Cheshire and North Wales have to offer. It was a tremendous turn out from the club, which must be a record number in recent years! Conditions were race perfect on the undulating 5.75 mile course.
The ladies had 14 runners out and delivering a brilliantly executed run saw Joanne Lacking first to the finish for Helsby, also well done to Carol shaw for 3rd in her age group and Jackie 2nd in hers. Great stuff ladies! A special mention should go to all our first timers in this race series, everyone seemed to have a great time with some even managing to smile at the finish line after a tough race! It was great to see so much effort being put in by everyone and it was rewarded with lots of PBs being smashed! The ladies team were 4th on the day, well done everyone!
The men had a huge 21 runners out and phenomenal running from Colin Bishop saw him first Helsby runner home, 6th overall and 1st in his age category! But the men were coming in thick and fast and with everybody giving it maximum effort we ensured the mens team topped the 2nd division on the day! A big well done guys, that has to be the best result for a long time! Thank you to our support on the day, CBH (and his 2 boys), Louise, Jane Bishop (who also provided the delicious cookies) and of course Joe and Mario. Don’t forget the next one is on 7th Decemeber in Chester so put it in your diary, Adrian wants 40+ runners next time!
Helsby results below: 

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
6 6   Colin BISHOP 32:16 MV50 1 Helsby
10 10   Colin THOMPSON 32:33 SM 8 Helsby
36 36   Chris FITZPATRICK 34:49 SM 20 Helsby
56 54   Ivan DAVIES 36:21 SM 26 Helsby
63 61   Derek MORRIS 36:43 SM 29 Helsby
74 70   Adam GORDON 37:18 MV40 14 Helsby
85 80   Paul FRODSHAM 37:40 MV55 4 Helsby
89 83   Roy GASKILL 37:48 MV45 16 Helsby
108 99   Gareth BOYD 38:36 MV40 20 Helsby
109 100   James JONES 38:43 MV45 18 Helsby
116 107   Ian LANDUCCI 38:58 MV50 9 Helsby
121 111   Adrian JACKSON 39:19 MV40 22 Helsby
152   18 Joanne LACKING 40:26 SF 5 Helsby
154 135   Carl PRATT 40:28 SM 51 Helsby
159 137   Tim IGOE 40:42 SM 52 Helsby
168 144   Tim PALMER 40:59 MV45 28 Helsby
191 160   Dave MADDERS 42:06 MV40 27 Helsby
194   32 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 42:13 FV35 10 Helsby
195   33 Carol SHAW 42:17 FV50 3 Helsby
219   40 Janet ROBERTSON 43:22 FV45 7 Helsby
227 185   Andy SMITH 43:38 MV50 23 Helsby
234   46 Helen OWENS 43:48 FV35 12 Helsby
253 201   Mike SEARLE 44:38 MV50 25 Helsby
273   64 Jackie KEASLEY 45:51 FV55 2 Helsby
278 211   Benjamin WILLIAMS 46:33 SM 63 Helsby
296 221   Christopher IGOE 48:11 MV50 29 Helsby
312   86 Jenny O’HARE 50:04 FV40 18 Helsby
313   87 Shan MCCARTHY 50:07 FV40 19 Helsby
319 228   Graham LLOYD 50:21 MV45 41 Helsby
326   94 Jenny PALMER 51:12 FV40 20 Helsby
327   95 Donna GEER 51:57 FV45 16 Helsby
333   99 Alison MEAKIN 52:47 FV60 5 Helsby
334   100 Emma BARNES 52:53 FV35 18 Helsby
335   101 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 52:53 FV45 18 Helsby
336   102 Tanya DOWNES 53:18 FV35 19 Helsby

Full results: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/results2014-15R1.html

Green Army!
Green Army!

Just a couple of reminders:

5k Time Trial: Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn (Sun-16th Nov, start time 10am) FREE
Next Fell Counter: Penmaenmawr Fell race (16.1km / 10m, 594m / 1949ft) (Sat – 22nd Nov)
Next Road Counter: Conwy Half (Sun – 23rd Nov)
Next XC Counter: Sefton Park (Sat – 29th Nov) and Arrowe Park (Sun – 30th Nov) FREE

That’s all folks, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I’ll amend the blog accordingly.
Colin T

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