Here are the results and Jackie’s report on the Oakmere Way Club Championship Race; this is the first of five races that will count towards this year’s club championship – see dates-for-your-diaries-update-10-july-21 for more details.
After weeks of dry hot weather, it finally broke on Wednesday afternoon with a dramatic thunder & lightning storm. Fortunately, it cleared up nicely by mid-afternoon for setting out the course and all was well till the start at 6:45 when a few thunderclaps (minor compared to earlier) started during the safety brief. No sooner did the 20 brave eager Helsby vest clad runners set off the thunder subsided but the heavens opened for a cool running start along the Oakmere Way. A 4+ mile varied route (on the much quieter side of Delamere) along mainly wide grassy tracks with a short road section tested everyone’s race stamina after such a long break for most. Initially, I thought 4 miles was a tad too short, but most agreed at the end, which finished with a hill, was enough! Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to our newest club member Greg, wearing his Helsby Vest for the very first time who won.
Afterwards, we all piled back into the Delamere Station Cafe, this time inside to keep warm and had copious amounts of recovery food & beer (for some), thanks to Claire and her team for staying open and thanks to marshals Ed, Geoff, Denise, Bill, Tim and timers Helen, Jen, Jo & Kathryn.
It wasn’t photo weather but here’s a photo of the lily pads on the unnamed Oakmere Lake passed towards the end. Taken yesterday morning on checking we’d collected all the signs in. It’s even nicer in the afternoon in the sunshine when the lilies are fully opened, check it and the route out sometime?
PS Greg – please can you let us have your No 1 finish disc back – thanks!
Helsby RC event using Old Pale, Delamere – 11th or 13th August – organised by Fitzy