Hodgson Brothers and British Relays 2016
After much headscratching and last minute phone calls the relays were upon us. This has to have been our best season ever if you are counting podium places or number of teams entered. Of the four in the Hodgson Brothers relay the ladies came in an excellent 2nd place winning through with toe to toe battles with Keswick and Ambleside. Hannah and Sharon bringing the baton home with the fastest leg 4 after stirling work by the rest of the team. Despite not the best of starts the mens v40 fought back to claim 3rd and all Helm teams were led home by the mens open team coming in 6th. Results. A fortnight later we were up to the banks of Loch Lomond for the British Relays with an amazing 7 teams entered. After several false dawns in this competition, everything fell into place for the leading Helm teams, the mens open came 4th and were 2nd English team after Dark Peak, the ladies claimed a fantastic 3rd, the mens v40 came 2nd. Finally the ladies v40, with credit going to nav leg runners Jayne and Marie managing to stick at it and bag the controls in challenging conditions, overall to come in 1st! Results.
A good turnout for this classic race sandwiched between the relays. This was the final English championship counter with Helm hoping to secure several medal positions. Results are here and the championship table when updated will appear here.
Cumbria Way Ultra
Well done Andy Horrobin, 1st solo runner in the 73 mile ULTRA race from Ulverston to Carlisle - a stunning effort. RESULTS.
A determined contingent of 18 Helm runners made the trip to Merrick in Glen Trool to contest the Scottish leg of the British championship decider. An extension to the Merrick hill race saw the runners tackle an unforgiving four miles of terrain after the steady run to the summit. Sharon Taylor (pictured in the earlier race a Donard Commedagh) secured second place in the British champs with a super third. We eagerly await the results to hopefully confirm medals for the men's and ladies' v40 teams and the ladies' open team....watch this space.
Congratulations Ben Proctor KOM
With his spectacular 3rd place at Scarfell on Saturday Ben secured the King of the Mountains title for his efforts at Snowdon, Ben Nevis. At Scarfell he was clearly pushed to clinch this title by Lee who returned to form for fifth and a great debut in Helm colours for Sam Greene in 18th.