Welcome to this weeks round up. Lots to report on so let’s get cracking. First a couple of announcements from our VC Fitzy:
Saturday 14th March with see our C25K group graduate at Delamere Parkrun after 9 weeks hard training. We are also providing marshals on the day, along with pacers. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, I think we now have enough in place to cover all positions, however if you still want to come down and run it or just support them, then please do so, and make sure you wear green. It is very important that we advertise Helsby Running Club on the day, so would be brilliant to see a sea of green.
Volunteers need to be there for 8.15am please. Thank you
Borders league race 5
Sunday 15th March is race 5, being staged by Wrexham. Would be great to see good numbers again after the last few races, and again if anyone hasn’t ran these races then they are free, just turn up in your Helsby vest and run as fast as you can. Easy ! it’s a 5.9 mile course BTW
Post code for the the race is one of these
Redwither Business Park (LL13 9UE), Redwither Tower (LL13 9XT) & Redwither Business Centre (LL13 9XR) , full details on below link
10k time trial
Thank you everyone who turned up for the 10k time trial on 26th Feb, well done to Col Bishop on the win, closely followed by Mike Fryer. Karen Horsley was our first and only lady. We had a few runners running the 6k option and well done to Dave Wiggins took the chequered flag.
A big thank you to all the helpers who were Louise Spruce (RD & timing), Tracy Woods (timing), Christine Webber (tags) and Phil Gillard (tail runner).
As Phil mentioned in the club email last week, after 6 years of monthly 10k time trials myself and Louise are stepping down and taking a break for a while as we both have a lot on this year. If anyone would like to carry it on then please let me know and I can pass on all the equipment needed (timing sheets, stop watches, tags etc) and give some guidance, there’s not much to it but needs a little organising of helpers (timing and marshals) and collating of results. Please email me if interested firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Col Bishop 37.38
- Mike Fryer 37.51
- Kevin Smith 40.22
- Chris Lloyd 42.47
- Ian Llanducci 45.26
- Mike Barnard 49.40
- Ste Wiggins 50.09
- Kai Horsley 51.42
- Jason Tate 52.40
- Karen Horsley 1.07.28 (first lady)
- Dave Wiggins 36.42
- Graham Lloyd 40.46
- John Gallon 42.45
- Chris Igoe 42.47
Wrexham freedom 20 miler
Report by Susie Woodward-Moor
Another day, another marathon training race. This time it was the Freedom 20Miler at Wrexham Stadium on Sunday 8th March. This race suffered damage to its reputation when there was severe flooding one year but they adjusted the route and today it all went like clockwork. Sunny and rainy, rainbows too.. the 10 mile route wanders around Wrexham Industrial Estate and out into the countryside. There are 2 races, 10 or 20 miles- not a huge number of runners so pretty quiet and calm.
On the second lap things got a bit harder from mile 15 … I finished strong though so that’s good. Lots and lots of people doing it as marathon training and I would definitely recommend it as a great local opportunity to test your pace, what you eat etc.
The facilities are all fine. I would describe it as a no frills no nonsense race which was prefect for what I wanted.
One more big race to go before marathon day …
Knighton 20 miler
Report by Richard Hankins
The Knighton 20 mile race replaced the Stafford 20 miler a few years ago due to issues with congestion around Staffs. I’m not entirely sure who organises it (one of the local running clubs I suspect)…it has the strangest website and the organiser’s approach to pre-race emails is a little odd. But, at £16:00 to enter it is three times the distance and half the price of the Chester 10K!
Knighton is more a hamlet than a village, but on the outskirts there is a large modern factory. The event starts and finishes at the factory’s social club. It’s well organised with loads of parking and volunteers serving tea, coffee and cake at the start/finish. The course is three laps of a 6.3 mile course. It’s on open roads but there is little traffic so that was fine. The course undulates with just under 1000ft of ascent. The roads are small quiet country lanes with a good helping of mud and a flood at one point.
With 600 starters it is a small event, but there was enough of a crowd to get some competition between the runners. I spent the first 12 miles trying to hang on to a Trentham runner and the last four trying to catch a guy who’d overtaken me around 14 miles. I just beat both of them in the end and the competition helped me exceed my target time of 2:30, finishing in 2:29:09. I can’t actually find any results for the event so I’m not sure of either my chip time or position.
Overall, a great marathon training run but also a good race. It is an unusual distance and one that brings it’s own challenges. I’d certainly be keen to run this one again.
Well done to everyone who took part in a parkrun on Saturday, please find the consolidated results below:
That’s all this week, thanks for reading and keep on running!