Welcome to the weekly racing news. A big thank you to everyone who sent in a report this week, it’s much appreciated.
First up is the 10k TT results from last week:
- Mike Fryer 38.09
- Chris Lloyd 42.57
- Ian Landucci 45.42
- Jane Ashbrook 51.52 (first lady 👍)
- Ste Wiggins 54.54
- Hannah Ryan 55.28 (first timer and a PB!)
- Neil Fergusson 57.24
- Chris Igoe 1.01.09
- Kai Horsley 1.10.02
- Karen Horsley 1.10.52
- Christine Webber 1.11.33 (first timer, well done!)
- Dave Wiggins 37.21
- John Gallon 42.14
- Graham Lloyd 42.15
Thank you to everyone who turned up and a big warm welcome to all the first timers, we hope you enjoyed it.
A big shout out to all the volunteers:
Louise Spruce – Race Director & Results
Tracy Woods – Timing
Phil Gillard – Timing
Ed Halliwell – Tail Runner
See you all next month!
Aintree half marathon
Report by Susan Woodward Moor
As part of my London marathon training I have signed up for a few races spread out over February and March. The Half Marathon at Aintree was one I have never done before.
The sky was blue but we were running in chilly gale force winds which obviously was nice at some points, as it whisked you along the course but a major battle for a lot of it.
The venue is pretty exciting, it’s really interesting to see all the nooks and crannies of Aintree. You run past the pens where the horses wait to race, the weighing rooms and of course past all the jumps and hedges. It’s a twisted course meandering up and down the site but not at all boring.
There was not much in the way of crowd support but that didn’t really matter. It is well organised and you can park on site for free as long as you get there early enough. Lots of clean loos and the usual stands offering massage, refreshments etc. The half marathoners start an hour before the 5 and 10k runners. There is a friendly atmosphere and I saw quite a few familiar clubs.
I came second in my category but was not particularly pleased with my time. I did ok considering the high winds. I would definitely do this again as a training run. A nice change with no hills 😀.
Report by Steve Riley
Some like running fast on a good surface and don’t like getting dirty. Some don’t mind getting dirty and enjoy the full blooded slog of trench warfare, pure racing battle. Fans of the former were well advised to stay away from Croxteth Park on Sunday, the scene of one of the best/worst venues in the Sunday League xc series.
Eleven brave warriors fell into the latter category and were treated to a real festival of filth. Roll call: Ian Hamling, Kevin Smith, Ed Halliwell, Steve Riley, Andy Smith, Steve Wiggins (M), Jane Ashbrook, Christine Roach, Rachel Arnold, Rachael Holden, Sue Buck (F). Well done everyone on what was a tough but rewarding course. Skin’s waterproof and we all have washing machines. Seriously, tarmac people – give it a go! Pure racing. Still a couple of fixtures to enjoy.
Well done to Ian leading the Helsby men’s charge and Jane coming home first woman, despite a late belly flop in the penultimate puddle. Bigger puddles were available – see our Steve bravely sacrificing his own race to rescue a floundering NRC runner in the final straight.
Results here: https://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/
Please find a link to the consolidated Helsby results from the Saturday parkruns, well done to all our members who took part.
That’s all this week folks, thanks again for the race reports, please keep sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep on running…