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Seniors' News

British Mountain Running Trial - Skiddaw

Well done Chris Richards on winning the uphill trial and being selected for the British junior men's team and he will be joined by Imogen Burrow for the junior women...

Weets - English Championship rnd 2

A day of mixed weather greeted the respective competitors to the men's and women's races down in Barnoldswick. First up the women ran in scorching sunshine and then the men in a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning.  Overall we had a some strong team performances, firstly Sharon Taylor (5th) Hannah Russell (8th) and Bianca Dyer (24th) led the ladies to 2nd team and 1st u23 for Hannah. The ladies v40 also did well with Bianca, Kath Aubrey and Ali Richards counting.  In the men all the teams faired well and we now lie 2nd in the team championship. Tom A led us home in 11th, with Mark A in 14th and packing well in support were Adam Perry (32) Tim Cowin (43) and Ben Procter (44). Tim, Rick and Keiran counted for the v40s and after a flyer from John Cooper the v50 have also moved up the table to 4th supported by Rick and Shaun Addison. Men's results. Women's results. Team standings. Let's get everyone to Tebay...

Hutton Roof and Jura

Whilst many were off either to Jura or Weets, a good local showing for Helm at Hutton roof fair. First home for Helm was Kirk Wadsworth in 7th and good runs from Craig Burrow and Paul McFarlane ensured 2nd mens team, and not to be outdone the women also were 2nd team thanks to Keeley Smith, Tessa Hagendoorn and Jenny Wroe. Awaiting results from Jura, but rumour has it we were well represented by Mick Hoffe 1st v60, and Lucy Spain, Catherine Niblock and Carrie Gibson.

A Big Catchup

So much has happened in the past couple of weeks it is a bit of a challenge to keep up with the performances of so many in the club. Back in mid-April saw Adam Perry organise the first Howgill fell race - a gruelling tour of the popular training ground. Many from the club came out to marshall and also complete in an event that was won in some style by Rob Jebb. Adam had also shown he was coming into some form by coming 2nd in the Teenage with Altitude race, and little did we know that he was also planning another attempt at the Lakes 24hr record this weekend. Adam was targeting 78 peaks to be completed in 24hrs, and after the 90miles just missed out. This was a remarkable attempt, especially considering the weather conditions, and left those both supporting him and watching the 'tracker' in the small hours lost for words. One day....

Meanwhile another runner displaying fine form is Chris Richards who won Saturday's Whernside uphill race taking some notable scalps on the way, and building on a fine 2nd at Rivington pike a fortnight ago, although his best prize was a goblet for winning Moel Wnion the week before.

The 2nd British championship at Stuc a Chroin saw a strong Helm contingent, and the men came away with the team prize with Josh Jardine in 7th Tom Addison 8th Adam Perry 17th and Mike Ainsworth 19th. Hannah Russell took first u23 and Billy first v60. Also on a distance theme we had Andrew Horrobin coming home 4th in the 53 mile Highland Fling, with Catherine Slater and Emma Dent also completing this 'Ultra'.

The Three Peaks Race also took place with the Helm ladies coming away with the team prize through Sharon Taylor (5th), Fiona Marley-Patterson, and the improving Rowan Ranner.

KWL Arant Haw race was won by Tim Cowin and Hannah Russell and brought the series to a close. Josh Jardine won the men's league and Hannah R the ladies, Ali Richards was fv40 winner with Bianca Dyer a close 2nd. Imogen B was 2nd under 23 and Helm also had Sam Mason and Jacob Aubrey in 2nd and 3rd u21.

 

 

Ken Shuttleworth

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Ken Shuttleworth died peacefully at home this morning. Ken was Life President and one of the founder members of the club, organising the Winter League for many years. It was his time as a milk tanker driver and delivery driver for Builders Supply that gave him an intimate knowledge of some of the more obscure parts of the county, asking farmers and landowners on his rounds if they wouldn't mind holding a fell race on their land. I will always be grateful to Ken for making the club so welcoming as I might not have discovered fell running without him, and certainly wouldn't have met and married Jennifer. He was always quietly proud of the club he'd helped to create, and always kept up with the club's results even after his active involvement. The club's focus on juniors wouldn't have been the same without his influence and we all owe him a great deal of thanks. His funeral is pencilled in for a week on Monday (the 15th of May) at the Parish Church at 10:30, which I'll confirm next week.

Alistair Dunn

Slieve Donard - British Championship Rnd 1

News in from Ireland; Tom Addison wins the first race of the British championship and another stunning run from Josh Jardine in 3rd, and the evergreen Billy Procter takes 1st v60. More to follow but here are the results and some pictures on the BARF Facebook page.

 

New Dungeon Gill race

This short sharp race straight up and down Harrison Stickle, has varied in its route over the years with the direct line up and down the hazardous crags now discouraged. Nonetheless a really good turnout for Helm, with a number of prizes won; Josh Jardine was edged out into second by Carl Bell of Keswick, but came away with 1st u23. Tim Cowin was 2nd v40 in 5th overall with Keiran H 8th and Paul Reilly 16th helping us to the team prize. Good runs also from Ben Kent 3rd u23 and Jim Andrews 3rd v50. Results.

Long Mynd Valleys - English Championship round 1

Shropshire is apparently the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's 'Shire', and on a warm spring day, standing on the start line for this year's English championship opener, it was easy to see why. With a race profile that looked distinctly like it had come straight out of Billy's imagination, many of us felt daunted and strangely reassured at the same time. Tom A won here in 2014 and so it was to be again as he paced his race perfectly to out-descend his rivals on the final run in. If Tom's wasn't run of the day then it had to be Josh Jardine, who made many sit up an take note as he ran in 6th and 1st u23 in his first champs race.   Helm had taken a strong team across all the categories and hopefully we will be well placed when the team results appear. The men's open team look to be placed second with Mark A, Mike A, and Adam P, coming in next for Helm.  Sharon Taylor was first lady home for Helm in 7th with Hannah Russell continued her fine form to come in 10th and 1st u23, and of course Billy enjoyed this route to win the v60 category. Too many other great runs to list here so you'll have to check out the results

KWL Longsleddle

This was the first time this race had been held, and with such varied terrain and a beautiful setting hopefully it is destined to become a regular fixture.  Tom A (1) and Josh J (2) and Hannah R (1) warmed up nicely for the champs race at Long Mynd. Results

 

Runners in the Mist

Another opaque Black Combe race for the runners meant navigation skills were needed, add to that some mud wrestling in the start and finish fields and you have the recipe for a great race.  23 Helm Hill runners put on the vest for this Club Championship race. Ben Proctor was the highest Helm finisher in 8th, Hannah Russell continued her great form with 2nd female. Full results on fellrunner.org.uk

A tough weekend -High Peak Marathon and Cautley KWL

42 miles around the Peak District' boggy and wet hills, in winter, setting off at 11pm at night?! Are you mad?!   Clearly Helm Hill Runners' Adam Perry, Shane Ohly and Garry Beardwood are.   Major congratulations to Adam and Shane who, partnred in their team of 4 by Jim Mann and Nick Barber, WON in just under 8.5hrs.  Congrats also to Garry's team who finished in a creditable 10th position. 

Sunday's Cautley KWL saw Helm's Josh Jardine continue his winning streak to romp up and down the brutal slopes of Gt Dummock in an impressive first place with Hannah Russel equally impressive run for first woman and Jacob Aubrey leading the U21's coming home in 4th overall. The lost property collection also grew impressively this week. 

 

A busy weekend - High Cup Nick - Sedbergh KWL and Badger Blast

There were some great performances over the weekend and first up was the club championship counter at High Cup Nick. Tom A continued his good form with a win and was backed up for the team prize through Adam Perry (6th), Josh Jardine (7th) and Tim Cowin (15th) and 3rd v40.  Rick Stuart had a fine run to take 1st v50 after 'lying around ill' for months.

Sunday saw Mark Addison come 2nd at the Badger Bar blast, (same time as the winner?) and Sedbergh KWL delivered it's usual less than expensive mud experience, with Mike Ainsworth quickest to the shower, followed in second by Tim Cowin. Hannah Russell took the ladies honours, with Imogen Burrow in 3rd. Bianca Dyer and Ali Richards continued their battle for LV40 and this time it was Bianca.

A special belated well done to Josh Jardine who last week dominated the KWL Cunswick race.

Carnethy

Once upon a time winning the claymore at Carnethy seemed unattainable, but now we have done it twice in three years.  This year two minibus' of Helm runners made the trip north more in hope than expectation, being fully aware of the quality of runners that we would meet on the start line. 'Run of the day' would have to go to.....err....everybody who got around the course in what can only be described as arctic conditions with the organisers confirming 40 - 50 mph winds and a windchill of -20C.  Such is the strength in depth of Helm we won both the men's and ladies' team prizes which includes of course the claymore - can anyone think of a better trophy?  The men's quartet consisted of Tom A (2nd) Mark A(7th) Josh Jardine (13th) and Adam Perry (14th), and the ladies were led by a stunning run from Hannah R who won the race outright with Sharon T(4th) and Catherine N.  Both teams were ably supported by many who helped by pushing the counters of other teams further down - truly a team effort.  Special thanks to Carnethy RC for the day, who had so many marshals out in such conditions allowing the race to go ahead.

See here for a report and results.

Birkrigg

Well done to Mike Ainsworth who took the honours at Birkrigg in the KWL, leading home Luke Bowen and Jon Rylance of Ambleside, and in the ladies Nina Walkingshaw of Howgill held off Imogen B and Carol Evans (Settle). Results

 

KWL 2017 off to a flyer

After all the organisation over the winter months, not even the most optimistic of us would have foreseen the popularity of the first two races; with both Scout Scar and Giggleswick attracting over 200 senior runners. Garry Greenhow, Sam Watson, and Charlie Lowther took the first 3 places on the scar with Kieran H coming 4th (1st v40) and 1st Helm. Hannah R led us home for the ladies with Catherine Slater coming in 2nd in her 1st race for Helm, with Ali Richards 1st v40. Results.

Giggleswick race saw Alistair Russell (Kendal) hold off Adam Perry for Helm and Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale) edge ahead of Kieran H again 1st v40. The ladies saw Bingley's Victoria Wilkinson come in 1st with Imogen Burrow for Helm 2nd lady and 1st u23. A fine run from Bianca Dyer took the LV40 for Helm. Results.

Great pictures by Andy Holden of Stuart Allen and Ali Richards.

Tour of Helvellyn and Helvellyn 10k

Well done to the Helm runners in both these events Andy Horrobin came a superb 2nd overall and 1st v40 in this endurance event with Stuart Allan, Emma Jennings, Emma Dent and Sharon Hutchinson also competing. Results.

Also Sharon Taylor kept up the pace in the 10k race around Thirlmere coming in 1st followed by Jonny Marchant, Gill Ramsey and Lyndsay Harrod.

Fancy Dress run

The rain held off this year and Allsorts assembled at the Rifleman's for the run that startles walkers out on Cunswick scar.  The winners this year were Paul and Sarah Senior's Smurfs who just shaded it (in blue) from Jonny's wee willy Winkie and Paul and Jenny's where's Wallys. Thanks to Ali and Rick for organising especially the 'refreshments' at Cunswick hall to aid the return ascent of Gamblesmire lane. Photos and videos on Twitter. Pic by Duncan Richards.

Seniors' News (2016)