Helsby RC Weekly Update.

Helsby RC Weekly Update.

Upcoming events.
Tattenhall Tough Team
A quick message from Fitzy regarding the above.
Going to sort the teams out this week for team on Friday 17th, if you want to be part of this event send me a quick email Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com
Entries for the September 26th road club counter Macclesfield Half entries are now
open at http://www.macc-half.co.uk.
Robbie Webster’s wobbler – 29th June
Chris BH sent in this request….
I’ll be sending out an official mail, but just a quick note to ask for volunteers for the wobbler at the end of the month please. The wobbler goes ahead and has a great feel to it because of the fantastic support from the Helsby marshals. As has been custom for a few years now, the wobbler also features as one of our inter-club counters so if we are to win again then we need all hands to the pump (all toes to the line). Remember, Spectrum took home the ladies team prize on the night so we need to win that back! If you can do any of the following please let me know:
1.       Help marshal on the night.
2.       Bake cakes for the post race knees up at the club (we raised over £150 for the Nepal earthquake last time)
NOTE: As per the notes from Jackie and the AGM, there is an expectation that everybody in the club pitches in to help in AT LEAST ONE of these events or gets a substitute to do so whilst they race. These events help ensure our fees stay low, so if you’re thinking of running the 4VHM, SST or the wobbler then please consider putting yourself or somebody else forward in your place. Please don’t let this put you off racing.
If you can help please mail
Helsby runners were in action at a host of parkruns this Saturday. Highlights were second places for Colin Bishop and Neil Finegan at Princes Park and Ellesmere Port respectively.
Full parkrun results for Helsby runners can be found below.
Colin Thomspon was at both the Deeside Multi Terrain and Halewood 5K races, he’s sent in reports from both.
Deestriders Off Road GP
The second race of our mini trail championships and race #1 in the series, this course is a 5 mile long (approx) multi-terrain that takes in some fields, track and woodland. 8 Helsby runners were showing the green vest at this and we had some good battles out on the course in lovely sunshine. A no show from the ladies so would be nice to see some at the next one on 7th July.
Results below:
2nd Colin Thompson 26.39
12th Jim Higgins 30.12
13th Ian Rutherford 30.14
17th Paul Frodsham 30.44
22nd Richard Hankins 31.29
25th Davyd Mitchell 32.30
59th Geoff Collins 37.02
71st Ste Wiggins 38.31
Halewood 5k
Saturday saw myself, Helen Owens, Jo Lacking, Carol Shaw & Davyd Mitchell all lining up for the Halewood 5k on a hot and humid morning. A good day at the office for the Green Army saw myself 3rdoverall, Jo Lacking 2nd lady overall and course PB and Helen & Carol both 1st in their respective age groups! Well done gang.
Results here:
3rd Colin Thompson 17.28 (1st in age cat)
20th Jo Lacking 19.54 (2nd lady overall, 1st in age cat)
24th Davyd Mitchell 20.44
29th Carol Shaw 21.13 (1st in age cat)
36th Helen Owens 22.17 (1st in age cat)
Chris BH sent in the following report from the Welsh 1000n Peaks race
Welsh 1000m Peaks
A scorching day saw four Helsby members (3 Helsby vests as I was in civvies) toe the line for the monstrous Welsh 1000m peaks race. It’s a true long distance fell running test. The route starts at sea level a mile from the car parks for Aber falls, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr,  Pen- y- Pass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) – that’s a whopping 31.86 km (19.80 miles), 2678m (8785ft) of ascent. To say that the views were magnificent would be a total understatement… although it’s difficult to see them through the sweat and tears.

It’s fair to say that this race has seen it’s casualities from the club over the years. This was my 5th running of the race having first done it in 2011. The conditions this time were similar to that first year where I ended up sitting down for 5 minutes wondering if I could continue. I’ve returned every year since to try and get my dignity back after that day. Both Jimmy and Max have also both had their quarrels with the course over the years, but it’s addicitive and it’ll be interesting to see if Ben and Phil (debutants this year) will be back for more punishment in 2017. I think it’s fair to say that this race puts you on your backside. It’s not the distance as such, it’s just the constant long climbs followed by long descents and no ridges to run to catch your legs back.
Persistence pays off in this race though. Jimmy arrived at the finish in a magnificent third place! Seriously remarkable run in the conditions. Sadly Jimmy has been given a time penalty which puts him down to 7th in the overall standings. To the letter of the law this is a fair penalty to give as Jimmy ran with a photocopy of the map rather than an officially printed bought one, but for me this is totally bogus. Firstly the difference in weight of an official version vs the one that Jimmy carried is negligible and would have had no bearing on the speed he covered the course. I realise it’s a safety issue, but he’s run the course 3 times in this race alone, it was also perfect conditions. As fell runners we’re bound by the rules (quite rightly) to carry a map, Jimmy did that, it’s simply a technicallity that has led to this 10 minute penalty. Secondly, the scrutiny placed on the map is due to his position, so I’d question whether everybody else that came after Jimmy had the same scrutiny. I’ve no doubt 4th (now third) did, but 5th and 6th and beyond? In my eyes Jimmy flew the flag for the club and came up trumps with a magnificent run; the final standings on paper take nothing away from this.
Ben finished with a smile on his face as did Phil. Both put in fantastic performances given the heat and the crowds on Snowdon. Fantastic work boys!
Heading back down the mountain the classic question was posed though and had unsurprising results:
Ben: “Did you enjoy that Phil?”
Phil: “No!”
I wouldn’t’ bet against them being back for more!
Jim O’Hara – 7th (3rd) – 4:53:19 (4:43:19 – 10 minute penalty for map, see above)
Chris B-H – 19th – 5:30:29
Phil Roberts – 20th – 5:31:11
Ben Fletcher – 36th – 5:57:58
Jackie Keasley sent in this report from the Highlander Mountain Marathon.
Rachel & Jackie had a very hot, sunny and exhausting couple of days running around Glen Cannich amongst the Affric, Mullardoch & Strathfarrer high mountains. In their first and last Highlander Mountain Marathon; the race has been going for 10 years but the organisers have decided that this will be the final one which is a great shame. Its had a great following as it has the attraction of dancing on the Saturday evening with food and drink available for purchase throughout the evening .. or until they run out of beer!!!  The last couple of years both the LAMM and Highlander have competed against each other at similar times of the year and the organisers have decided to focus on one and guarantee it happening and being full. There is also an issue with the land owners as its harder and harder each year to get permissions so hopefully focusing on one will give these events a better chance.
We competed in the C class which covered about 25K each day and 1200+m climbing (if you followed the planners routes) and involved finding 10 well scattered check points.  As in any mountain marathon you very rarely follow paths (and in this part od Scotland there are not many) and spend most of the time going up, down or contouring along ankle twisting rough slopes. Each morning started misty but then we climbed above the clouds (watching deer scatter having suddenly lost their hiding places) to see the still snow covered mountain tops appear above a sea of cloud. It then didn’t take long for the hot sun to burn off everything and blast out it’s heat. We had 7 hours plus of very tough going each day. Normally on these events we have a good natter and catch up for at least some of the time but I could honestly say it was so tough to go keep going in the heat and terrain that all energy was preserved and the odd conversation about navigation, discomfort and wow that’s a fantastic view was all that was said throughout!
Saturdays campsite in Strath Farrer was beautiful located, the stream was deep and icy cold and we joined a lot of runners standing in it to thigh level for 15 minutes to help recovery. It made them numb so it worked for me but it didn’t settle Rachel’s huge blisters and mega underlying aches and pains.  A meal was provided as soon as we finished on Saturday, we ate it them cooked ourselves another 2 course one (plus chocolate) to refuel and hydrate for the next day.  The ceilidh band struck up and it was mazing how many managed to join in energetically! We didn’t think we would have the energy but then were asked to dance and managed to enjoy a  rather long rendition of the Dashing White Seargent – in running shoes and on grass of course!  This guaranteed (along with a couple of drinks) a good nights sleep!
More of the same the next day but Sunday mentally if not physically always seems easier because its the final push.  We finished on a high having just made it back (from 15 hours of what we thought was slow tussock shuffling!) in time for the presentation to hear our names called our for 1st lady vets in C class. We were presented with trophies that thoroughly reminded us (see photo) of our couple of days in the Scottish Hills!  Then it was over to Bill for the endurance part as he drove us home in the camper van with the odd comfort, tea and burger (yes that’s all you can get on the M74 on a Sunday evening) break to get back at 2am. A great memorable weekends running!
Andy Robinson ran the Northhants Ultra and sent in this brief report
Northants Ultra
35 miles in the Northamptonshire countryside, and a bit too flat and fast for me!  Mind you, I’m going well at the moment and took 2 minutes off my PB and (I think) about 40 minutes off the MV60 course record.  I’ve got a trophy and prize to prove it.  I’ve posted a full race report at Runfurther.com, full race results at
1st:  Stephen Marks, Rugby & Northants AC, 4:12:29 (course record)
30th:  Andy Robinson, Helsby RC, 5:34:21
171 finishers
As usual all reports to


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