Helsby Half Mara

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16/01/2009 at 16:56
ye, i ran that one, Dave. Touch & go whether it would go ahead. As I remember, the middle third of a road about 6 miles in was shiny with ice.
cougie    pirate
16/01/2009 at 16:59
I remember that year. I had numb toes til about mile 11.
16/01/2009 at 18:48

Well I've done no real training since Christmas Eve and still trying to get over a cold! Should be fun Sunday, just have to use it as a hard push training run for the GNW!

Hope to see you all there!


16/01/2009 at 20:42

Same here WRW - will see how it goes during the first part of the race. Training run yesterday, approx. 8km was ok-ish and did avery slow 20 minutes on my own today.

Rest tomorrow as my brother, who's more experienced than me in long distance running (ran 2h59 marathon last Sunday back home in Belgium in freezing conditions, -10 at the start!) is arriving in the morning and will show him the course in the afternoon.

Depending on how I feel , we might plan to go for 2 hours instead of 1h50. Will get another chance in Wilmslow or chester. Above all it's my 1st 1/2 marathon and a learning experience!

I am number 191 on Sunday!


16/01/2009 at 20:59

I'm no. 246

Finished my taper this evening with a 3 miler & a good stretch. 38 hours and counting......

First race of this length for 4 years - Helsby 2005 was the last one. PB'ed, but started an injury cycle which came to a head 2-3 months later with very bad sciatica, and subsequent steep decline in performances (too long a story). Hoping to get within a couple of minutes of my 2005 mark.

Seen the hail forecast - hmmmm, don't know where that's come from. Quite blowy as well - a sou-westerly which I reckon won't be too bad after the first mile or two - will be a tailwind on the uphill parts of the course.

17/01/2009 at 07:38

Might be a blessing in disguise, I can blame the weather for my poor performance!


17/01/2009 at 11:41
My thoughts exactly.
17/01/2009 at 13:51
Good luck tomorrow everyone. I hope the weather is OK for you. I've got a number but I can't use it. Never mind.
17/01/2009 at 19:05


 Anyone who has ran the race knows if there will be mile markers every mile? We went round the course this afternoon and saw all the signs but no mile markers?!

Good luck to everyone!! Dreadful weather out there...let's hope it will clear up tomorrow morning!!


17/01/2009 at 20:43
there always have been mile markers! i think they are put out as late as possible to stop norty peeps making off with or moving them

Good luck, all you 4 Villagers. tomorrow, i'll be at York Racecourse for the Brass Monkey but hope to be back in Helsby next year.
cougie    pirate
18/01/2009 at 13:39
Well what an excellent race - great course - great organisation - great weather - great results service and great to see so many forumites there !
If you havent done this one before - mark it down to do next year.
18/01/2009 at 14:20
Really brilliant race. My first half, was aiming for 1.45 and did 1.43 so really pleased. Weather was amazing considering i was expecting hail, medal is really nice, results up already, best of all i only live a 20 min walk from the finish. Bring on 2010!
18/01/2009 at 14:30


Not ran the expected 1h50, but it was my first so really happy with 1h53'05 (or there abouts). Can we see official results yet?

Well done to everyone!!!


Viking    pirate
18/01/2009 at 14:38

I managed to beat my pb that has stood since 1996 today so am chuffed to bits! Crossed the line in 1:48:22 great race as always that is five years in a row for me.

Received a text as soon as I had finished with a well done message and my gun time, chip time, and position from the organisers which I thought was a good touch!

Off out to celebrate now

18/01/2009 at 14:48

Well, considering I'm borderline 14st and haven't ran hardly anything since Amsterdam back in October (certainly nothing over 9 mile)... I did alright... 1:25:44 on my watch which is fine with me.

 16lbs to lose before Village bakery now... 

Well run to Mike S, you get the benefits now you're training hard and injury free... seriously well done.

 EDIT: Just received text also... Gun Time 1:26:60 ???? Chip Time 1:26:05 and 113th place. God knows where that time came from as it doesn't match my watch?

Cheers Pug

Edited: 18/01/2009 at 14:51
18/01/2009 at 15:13

Got a great PB and really did make an effort on this. Thaks to the organisers and marshals for all their hard work!

Is this not on the events listing? 

Edited: 18/01/2009 at 15:14
18/01/2009 at 15:25

Pug - surely 1:26:60 is 1:27:00? good run (off your watch time)

Well done Mike S,  you looked good as you passed me (spectating on the bend just after 10 mile marker).

18/01/2009 at 16:05
Pug. Not a bad time for a 'fat boy'. I bumbled round in 1:31:15 which given my current level of fitness wasn't too bad. Actually managed a 'sprint ' finish and as I wasn't needing oxygen at the end I probably could (and should) have run quicker. Great conditions and the usual excelent organiastion we've become accustomed to. Well done to all.
18/01/2009 at 16:06

Managed 2h14m, 16 minutes of a PB for me but since I've been ill for a fortnight and not ran since Christmas Eve I'm quite happy with just getting round.

Excellent marshalling, well organised and great weather. Liked the medal also!


18/01/2009 at 16:11

What a fantastic Race!  I beat my champagne target and did (Chip) 1:44:37  - consistent 8 min miles - beating my previous pb of 1:52.  Superb weather - excellent organisation, nice medal. 

Thanks to Viking for the lift there - and thanks to the two Pirates (was it Cougie and Iron Rose) "ambling" along at 7min miles - who I tagged behind for mile 3 so I had a minute in the bank!

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