Chester Half Marathon 2014
There was a very good turnout from the Deestriders at the hugely popular Chester Half Marathon on Sunday 18 May. Everyone battled round the slightly rerouted course bravely in very hot conditions, some fighting through stomach cramps and some carrying injuries- Craig Thomas Davies that includes your blister! Lindsey Bellis, kindly acting as a sub 2.10 pacer, came to the aid of one of her group who collapsed in the twelfth mile. Despite the attritional conditions there were smiles at the end (grimaces of pain in some cases?) I really enjoyed helping out at this one even though I had to lug 4 sports bags at a time and corral people who run faster than I do- and didn't envy you runners- but very well done!
Border League Race 2 - Wigg Island – 15th December 2013
Almost 300 runners, plus helpers and supporters descended on Wigg Island, Runcorn for Helsby’s new 5.5 mile Border League course. Andy Edwards, who less than 24 hours previously had represented North Wales in the national cross country at Builth Wells, was not able to race and as such kindly supported and noted the Deestriders’ numbers.
There was nervous laughter from the field as they were informed, just before setting off, that they would be running three non-identical laps of the place where mustard gas was produced in World War Two. However there was no need to worry- the course was well marshalled and conditions were good on the undulating, twisty, slightly off road route.
The in-form Steve Hayes was first in for the club with 31.34. Craig Davies would normally have been close by but ran into difficulties with a foot problem during the race, still finishing in a creditable 32.50. Chris Hyndman did well as third counter for 36.59. New boy Stewart McElmeel, who proposed to girlfriend Lindsey Bellis in Paris last month, gave a great performance (38.37). Martin Witty on his way back from injury managed a determined 39.17 and Paul McGowan was next in with a good time of 40.38. Kev Burns makes excellent tea and coffee for his clubmates at races and he was also a very welcome final counter with 41.55, although Fred Aird pushed him to the line (41.58). The ever present Mike O’Brien was next in with 43.21, with Mike Norris anchoring the men’s team with 45.59. In the women’s race, senior women’s champion Jay Jennions continues to defend her title, finishing fourth in a strong display that sent her deep into the men’s field for 36 minutes exactly. Lindsey Bellis gave her usual gutsy performance for 48 minutes exactly and second counter.