Helsby weekly round-up 15th to 21st Feb 2016

Helsby weekly round-up 15th to 21st Feb 2016

Hello Green Army
Lots and lots of training runs going on this week, and even more pictures on social media of Garmins, Dirty legs, and muddy hands…thankfully though we have one or two race reports come in, otherwise I would have had to describe my 22 mile training run, which would have really brightened up your day, especially after seeing Joanne struggling to get her beep out whilst passing me.
Park Run – I see Ben Williams was running a bit further afield than usual in Harrow, and plenty of the green army were dotted about at the more local runs, Widnes, Warrington, Delamere, and Birkenhead which seen Gaz O’Connor beaten to the line by a VW. Well done Gaz. Bish as per usual was 1st with an impressive 17.48 finishing time.
List of consolidated results below
Chris B H dragged himself away from his late night viewing and ran a little 10K, quite small for him really with a friend of the club Jeff McQueen, who came 3rd, good going that Jeff, over to GBH
Dash in the Daylight – Llandegla 10k

Friday night I heard rumours of a 10k race at Llandegla forest on the Saturday morning. Turned out it was real and that friend of the club Jeff McQueen was over from his new home in Hull to race… would have been rude to miss it! I guess I missed this post from Steve:
Clwydian Range Runners put the race on and I’m guessing it followed a similar format to their Dash in the Dark series… only this was the dash in the daylight.
Llandegla forest have just unveiled two running/ walking routes which are signposted through the forest. Following skiing route grading, there is a blue route and a longer tougher red route (10K). The route itself would make for a terrific weekly trail run along the lines of Park run, but that’s a different matter.
The range runners had put on extra signs so it was simple to follow at race pace, but I think otherwise you’d need to keep your wits about you. For those that don’t know it, Llandegla was turned into a mountain biking Mecca a good few years ago now, with numerous trails being carved out and maintained, a café and a car park at the start/ finish. They pay for it all through grants, volunteers and car park fees (£4.50), use of everything thereafter is free. The addition of running trails is a great one.
Back to the race, it was the usual faces from the local fell running scene in front followed by Jeff and a long gap before I came through with new member Matt Huntbatch hot on my heals (Matt is clearly destined to join Fellsby I think ). It was a roller coaster of a route, combining fire roads, forest ‘rides’ and trails. Despite it half killing me I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I reckon it would also be worth looking at getting out there to run the course as an early weekend outing for those inclined – perfect to take the family and the bikes for a ride before/ after.
Results: http://tinyurl.com/gsk89aq
1st – Jez Brown 42.42
2nd – Karl Steinegger 43:00
3rd – Jeff McQueen 46:07
7th – CBH – 49:09
13th – Matthew Huntbatch – 52:00
Rhyl 10 mile
Darren O’Connor made a trip over to Rhyl to buy some rock, here’s his report:
Made the trip to lovely Rhyl for the second year in a row to tackle the 10 mile coastal route. The course is pancake flat and is 5 miles out and back. Coastal runs are always a bit blowy (Was this the Norton 5 training run?) but Sunday was particularly bad with a full on head wind for the 2nd half of the race. Getting sand blown into the mouth and eyes for 5 miles was not great craic!
Was hoping to beat last years time and get a sub 1:10:00. Covered the first half in 32 minutes and took me almost 38 minutes for the second! Crossed the finish line on 1:09:37. Pleased with the time and reckon there could some really good times to be had on that course on calm day. I would do the race again – I like the distance and if nothing else it’s great half marathon training!
Well done Darren, if only the wind was behind you for the second half eh
XC Sunday League – Birchwood

Sunday seen the last Cross Country of the season, and possibly the muddiest as well at Birchwood, over to El Capitano for a little report:
The final XC Sunday league of the season saw 11 Helsby vests turn up to the quagmire AKA Birchwood Park. Those on social media will have seen the various photos floating around scaring the life out of everyone with what looked like a lake on a section of the course! We knew we were in for a wild one! Numbers were a bit down due to various injuries, “tired” legs from the roadies and someone thinking the start time was 11….not mentioning any names….*cough* Chris Murray 😉
Anyway on to the race, yes it was a total mud fest, knee deep in places but loads of fun. The ladies team in particular had a fantastic race with Jane Ashbrook and Laura B-H achieving 4th and 10th respectively and Rachel Arnold ran so quickly the soles of her shoes fell off! Brilliant running Green Army and well done to everyone else.
Big thank you to Joe, Mario, Ben Fletcher, Janet Robertson and Andy Smith for their support on the day and Joe and Mario throughout the whole season. Congratulations to Liverpool RC for the team win (men) and Spectrum Striders (ladies). Hopefully if we can get a few more green vests to each race next season we can have a good go at competing with some of the top teams. We certainly have the talent within the club.
Full results can be found in this link:
Helsby/Warrington/Lymm were 6th overall for the men and 4th for the ladies. Thank you to everyone who turned up to race and support the club over the season.
Andy Smith kindly took a few snaps which can be found in this link:
Upcoming races and reminders
El Capitano celebrated his birthday this week, he’s looking good for a V40 now isn’t he. Weds will see the 6k and 10K time trial take place at 6.30pm, from the Wheatsheaf to Mickle Trafford and back. Park at the club for a gentle jog to the start line or meet at the pub.
Also, there is a meeting tomorrow night (Weds) after the time trial in the club to discuss the pacing groups for the weds night runs, to see what is working well and not so well. Everyone is welcome
This Sunday will see Liverpool beat Man Citeh in the Carling cup final (Jim’s turn for the blog next week, oh no!) oh and there’s a small matter of the second road counter of the season at the High Legh 10K, 11am start, good luck everyone.
That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

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