Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (5-4-5 to 12-4-15)

Helsby runners were out in force throughout the North West in Saturdays Parkruns. Highlights were a 2nd place and PB for Neil Finegan at Ellesmere Port, a PB for Chris Hatton at Widnes and a V50 age category win for birthday girl Helen Owens in her first race in the age category. Congratulations all.
A I full report for all Helsby members at this weeks Parkruns can be found at the link below.
On Saturday, Helsbys resident ultra runner, Andy Robinson, was in West Yorkshire and sent the following short report from the Calderdale Hike….
“I ran in the second race of the Runfurther ultra series on Saturday, the Calderdale Hike in West Yorkshire.  This was a 37-mile route round the moors and valleys around the Calder Valley, on a complicated and scenic route.  The Calderdale Hike has a new route every 3 years, and this was a new route year.  As a consequence plenty of runners got lost or took less than optimum routes between checkpoints.  I’d been out recceing the route, so managed to finish in a respectable time of 6.55.  I was equal 11th from 75 finishers, 2nd MV50 and 2nd MV60.   I’ve written a race report though, and you can find that on the Runfurther website:  runfurther.com.”. Cheers Andy, well done.
Also on Saturday Phil Roberts, Phil Gillard and Jamie Dowdall (who was running for Darwin) ran the Wardle skyline fell race. Phil came 38th in time 55.04, Jamie came 79th in time 59.24 and Phil Gillard came 86th time 01.00.47 . Phil Roberts reports that186 people took part the pulls were not to brutal but hit a cobbled road last quarter of the route and a small up hill to get to the finish which you could call the sting in the tail.
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Sunday was the penultimate race of the Border League at Caernarfon, club captain Col Thompson reports….
“A race in gale force winds is never a good thing, or is it? Judging by the amount of PBs acquired by the Green Army contingent at Caernarfon on Sunday it seems that when you’re blown towards the finish along a coast road by 60 mph winds it really favours those 10k times! Excellent running all. The results below speak for themselves with 10K PBs from Sue Buck, Adam Gordon, Jo Farwell, Shan McCarthy and myself,  we had no fewer than 8 sub 40 min 10k times in the mens team, which really shows the depth in talent we have in the club now. As promotion looks more and more imminent we can start looking forward to next season and with results like these I’m sure we can compete with the best in the league. Congratulations to Colin Bishop for leading the men home with an excellent sub 35 min run and 1st in his age group, also a big shout out to Chris Fitzpatrick who is showing an amazing rate of improvement by breaking the magic 36 min barrier and a top 20 position. The men were 2nd in Division 1, just behind a strong Eryri squad. Well done chaps!
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It was panic stations in the ladies camp when a few almost never made it to the start line after a navigation error en route but arrived just in the nick of time! Jo Lacking led the team home and ran another blinder for a 42:48 time and 3rd in her age group and Carol Shaw once again won her age group with a fine display of running. Also well done to Debbie Read who had a superb race to grab 2nd in her age group on her maiden club race. The ladies were 5th in Division 1 on the day. Well done to all!
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Thank you to Joe and Mario for their support and Jackie who hung up her racing flats for the day to try her hand at photography. Also thank you to Jane Bishop for sorting race positions and providing the delicious cookies!”
All results here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/
Also on Sunday, Steve Riley tackled the Mow Cop fell race for the first time and sent in this report.
“Nobody was going to be impressed by my 10k time so instead of joining
the brave warriors heading West to Caernarfon I headed East to the
wilds of Staffordshire and the Mow Cop fell race. I’d never been to
Mow Cop before, I’d heard of the Killer Mile but this one was six and
a bit and somehow squeezed in 1300′ of climbing. For a village outside
the bounds of the Peak district we managed to find a fair few hills in
the rolling countryside. More tough trail than actual fell race, it
had a bit of everything – single track, fields, mud, forest, bog and
even a bit of tarmac. 53rd and 1h57s, firmly mid-pack. Top notch
banana bread at the finish. Worth a look-out for next year.”
Cheers Steve and well done!
The same day Jim Jones journeyed to the South coast to compete in the Brighton marathon and, despite getting blocked in during the opening miles, was rewarded with a sub 3:45 finish in his first marathon. Great running Jim.
An important reminder for next Wednesday night. Its the final Border League race at Wrexham Industrial Estate with the final team placings in the Mens and Ladies Leagues still to be decided. In particular the Men, whilst promotion to Division 1 seems likely as runners up, could still win the division with a strong showing so a good turnout would be greatly appreciated. An Email with further details, times etc will be going out over the next few days, please keep an eye out for it.
As ever, please send you race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

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