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We meet every Wednesday for a 6:30pm start at the Helsby Community Sports Club. We’re now on the summer program of mainly offroad runs — don’t be intimidated, nothing too hard and we have folk of all paces out. Getting started: give it a go. Come and say hello, make yourself known. Something like “Hello I’m new, I’d like to go for a run” should do the trick. More…

Helsby weekend round-up 18th Oct – 19th Oct 2014

Afternoon everyone

It’s been a busy weekend of running for the Green Army so lots to report this week!

Firstly, the Delamere parkrun once again had a big turn out on Saturday with 8 Helsby runners lining up for the race. Congratulations to Colin Bishop for another podium finish and first Helsby runner across the finish line and well done to Lesley Feakes for first Helsby lady home. Also kudos to Jim Jones for doing the double and racing the British fell relays the next day! Well done everyone, results below:

3 Colin BISHOP 17:46 VM50-54 85.74 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 41
17 Jim JONES 20:51 VM45-49 70.18 % M 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:46 20
41 David FEAKES 23:16 VM50-54 64.40 % M 39 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 24
89 Lesley FEAKES 26:42 VW50-54 62.80 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 27
105 Shan MCCARTHY 27:40 VW40-44 56.87 % F 18 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:25 11
148 Emily Kate SMITH 32:47 SW30-34 45.45 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
160 Paul BULMER 34:07 VM55-59 45.04 % M 114 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 20
161 Louise MCEVELEY 34:07 VW45-49 47.97 % F 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:35 45

Full results here

Also on Saturday was the inaugural Ellesmere Port parkrun which saw 4 Helsby vests on the start line. Well done Dave Madders for first Helsby runner and Joanne Lacking for first Helsby lady and top of the podium for the ladies. Well done guys! Results below.

21 David MADDERS 21:41 VM40-44 63.41 % M 21 Helsby RC First Timer! 20
26 Joanne LACKING 21:50 SW30-34 68.24 % F 1 Helsby RC First Timer! 11
59 Helen OWENS 24:23 VW35-39 62.34 % F 8 Helsby RC First Timer! 11
111 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 31:07 VW35-39 48.85 % F 30 Helsby RC First Timer! 7

Full results

And finally, the Warrington parkrun with sole Helsby runner Carl Pratt flying the flag for the club and storming around in 21:40 for a new PB! Well done Carl.

20 Carl PRATT 21:40 SM30-34 59.69 % M 18 Helsby RC First Timer! 1

Sunday saw 3 Helsby vests lining up for the Farndon 10k. Brilliant running from all, especially John Thompson which may be a new PB? Congratulations to Roy Gaskill for first Helsby runner home. In Roys own words “Farndon 10k a roller coaster ride with wind as well, could not wish for a better course, the hills were not short like Whitley, I even had chance to think about how I tackle the hills, pb was out of the window even keeping under 41 mins had gone away. But look to the future 10k Arley.”

Helsby results:

40th         Roy Gaskill                       41:56
69th         John Thompson              43:55
72nd        Dave Madders                  44:08

Full results here

On the 18th & 19th October Gaz O’Connor embarked on the epic Centurion Running Winter 100 Mile Race. Full report from Gaz.

“The Winter 100 miler is a race held along 50 miles of the Thames Path and 50 miles of the Ridgeway Trail with 4 out and back 25 mile sections in a rough ‘X’ shape that converges on the small town of Goring and Streatley in Oxfordshire where the race HQ and drop bag location is situated.

The first and last 25 mile spurs are relatively flat along the Thames with a hillier 50 miles in along the Ridgeway sandwiched in the middle. The challenge I’d set myself was to finish under 24 hours and get the “100 miles/ 24 hours” belt buckle awarded by Centurion rather than the “Finishers” buckle awarded to runners completing the course after that time.

I was hoping to get the first, flat 25 miles done in under 4 hours without too much effort being expended and then get to half way in under 10 hours to leave myself 14 hours for the final 50 miles but due the extremely muddy conditions on the Thames Path this plan went awry straight away, with the first section taking 4:15 and me having to put a lot more effort in than I’d anticipated.

After quick bite to eat at Race HQ the second section was up onto the Ridgeway Trail, a lot hillier than the Thames Path but also firm under foot which made for better progress than I’d hoped and I got to the 50 mile mark in 9 hours 40 minutes feeling more encouraged about how I was feeling and having clawed back all the ‘lost’ time and more.

It was around 8pm and pitch black coming out of Goring for the 2nd section along the Ridgeway for miles 50 to 75, the next 10/ 11 hours would be run with head torches with wind and heavy rain expected after midnight. The easy part, if there was one, was over. I had a nagging pain in my right shin but, other than that, was feeling good both mentally and physically.

I got talking to a fellow runner called ‘Tom’ who I would end up spending the next 50 miles/ 14 hours with as we helped each other through the little ups and downs of the race. Barring taking a wrong turn when nattering rather than looking out for course markers that cost us an an extra half mile we made great progress along that section, finishing a hilly miles 50-75 in 6 hours 40 minutes, an overall time of 16 hours 30 mins, which left what should have been a relatively easy 7 and half hours for the last, flat, 25 miles to get finished under 24 hours.

Despite getting into Goring at 75 miles feeling great I couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm for the last 25 miles, my shin had swollen up rather badly, every step was painful, and Tom was having trouble with blisters. This made the final section a rather inglorious, unathletic walk/ jog/ shuffle race against time to cover those last 25 miles by hook or by crook and finish under 24 hours which saw us at times struggling to stay under 17-18 minutes a mile. Being in such bad shape with 8 miles to go that 2 and half hours to do it in was looking a very tough proposition seemed quite surreal!

We just about managed to stay on schedule but the sub 24 hours wasn’t really in the bag until we’d put a few efforts with around 5-6 miles to go to leave us with 50 minutes to do the last 2 miles. Words can’t really describe how I felt once I’d looked at my watch and done that bit of basic maths after the painfully slow previous 23 miles which had taken us over 6 and half hours. The last 2 miles were done in a great mood knowing I’d achieved the 24 hour finishing time and belt buckle that I’d set myself the task of getting.

A long day that started with me getting on a train at Chester at 4:20 am on Saturday and ended with me crossing the line for a 23 hour 41 minute finishing time at 9:41am on Sunday was finally over.”

Well done Gaz, that’s some achievement. I believe you are the first ever Helsby RC member to complete a 100 mile race? Great stuff!

Now to one of biggest races in the fell running calendar, the British fell relays! On Sunday, 18 hardy Helsby souls made their way over to Middleton Fells in East Cumbria to do battle with some of the best fell runners in the UK in mild but blustery conditions. Luckily the rain held off for most of the day, only the last leg getting caught up in a cloudburst. The format for each team consisted of 4 legs – a solo leg, a pair for the second leg, a pair for the navigation on the third leg and a solo runner for the fourth. The course seemed to have a little bit of everything, fast tricky grass ridges, steep rocky descents and ascents, stream crossings, thick tussocks and lots of mud! It certainly was a very tough but enjoyable course.

I was paired up with Jimmy O’Hara for the 9 mile second leg and as a more predominant road runner (or tarmac slapper as Jamie calls us!) I did struggle with this course, especially on the more technical areas. I almost felt sorry for Jimmy as he was bouncing over the rough terrain like a spring lamb without breaking a sweat with myself in toe tripping and stumbling my way around gasping for breath trying to hang on! A big thanks to him for pulling me around and giving me lots of encouragement on the particularly tough bits, the phrase “tap it out!” in other words “don’t walk up the hills” will stay with me for a long time, my legs today aren’t thanking him for that! After a final blast to the finish line we both managed to secure 63rd place (Team `A’ securing 83rd overall), a very respectable position considering the competition we were up against.

Everybody else seemed to have a great time, I’ll let the results speak for themselves but I’ve never seen so many smiley faces after such a painfully tough race, each person with their own story to tell. Great running everyone! Also a big, big thank you to Phil for organising this and well done to everyone who turned up to race, we had another big turn out from Helsby RC, or the “Green Army” as we’re now officially called (It’s even on the new Helsby flutter flag!) Special thanks to Joe and Mario who were out and about on course encouraging us all on and Louise who was on child minding duties (which looked harder than the race itself at times!)

Helsby results below:

Team A 

83rd 04:55:02 94 Helsby (BICC) RC – A Open 00:55:05 (121st) 01:35:15 (63rd) 01:22:13 (84th) 01:02:29 (141st) Jim Jones/Colin Thompson/Jimmy O’Hara/Chris Baynham-Hughes/Chris Fitzpatrick/Phil Gillard Leg 1,Leg 2,Leg 3,Leg 4

Team B 

171st 06:07:48 95 Helsby (BICC) RC – B Open 00:57:59 (155th) 01:58:59 (157th) 02:04:40 (195th) 01:06:10 (167th) Adrian Jackson/Steve Riley/Tim Palmer/Jackie Keasley/Jenny Palmer/Paul Foster Leg 1,Leg 2,Leg 3,Leg 4

Team C 

163rd 05:57:09 93 Helsby (BICC) RC Female 00:55:31 (128th=) 02:16:38 (188th) 01:43:06 (171st) 01:01:54 (138th) Jayne Joy/Vanessa Griffiths/Laura Baynham-Hughes/Rachel Arnold/Jane Ashbrook/Jenny Illedge Leg 1,Leg 2,Leg 3,Leg 4

Full results here

Jimmy making it look easy

Jimmy making it look easy

Where's the asphalt?

Where’s the asphalt?

Jayne tickled pink

Laura having too much fun

Laura having too much fun

Steve looking strong

Steve looking strong

Tim flying

Tim flying

Jim Jones

Jim Jones



Adrian digging in

Adrian digging in

We've never seen Fitzy so happy!

We’ve never seen Fitzy so happy!

And finally, on a more wistful note, Adair has decided to stand down from doing the round-up each week and is stepping away from running altogether to concentrate on new endeavours. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank him for all the hard work he has put in to the blog over the years, getting us race results and club news out each week. I’m sure I won’t be the only one to wish him the best of luck for the future.

Moving forwards, myself, Gaz O’Connor and Chris Baynham-Hughes will be sharing the round-up duties each month, if you could please send your race reports or results to any one of us we will make sure it’s included in the blog that week.

Thanks for reading.

Colin T

Helsby weekend round-up Oct 11th – Oct 12th 2014

Hi everyone

Saturday saw the 81st parkrun at Delamere with 9 Helsby runners out. Congratulations to Ed for first Helsby male home, and Jenny Illidge for first Helsby female, 2nd female overall and a new PB! Also well done to Jim Jones and Shan who set PB’s on the day. Well done guys.

12 Edward HALLIWELL 19:58 VM40-44 68.86 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58  
14 Tom DE JONG 20:21 SM20-24 64.05 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:04  
18 Jim JONES 20:46 VM45-49 70.47 % M 17 Helsby RC New PB!  
21 Jenny ILLIDGE 20:52 SW20-24 70.93 % F 2 Helsby RC New PB!  
23 Alfie GRADY 20:55 JM15-17 64.54 % M 21 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:42  
97 Gareth BOYD 26:24 VM40-44 52.46 % M 80 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08  
98 Shan MCCARTHY 26:25 VW40-44 59.56 % F 18 Helsby RC New PB!  
172 Paul BULMER 33:20 VM55-59 46.10 % M 120 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33  
173 Claire MORTON 33:21 VW55-59 53.57 % F 53 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:05

Full results:

Over in Warrington Joanne Lacking was the sole Helsby runner and had a great run to secure 2nd female and 20th overall. Well done Jo!

20 Joanne LACKING 21:41 SW30-34 68.72 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:19  

Full results:

And John Thompson was our sole representative in Wythenshawe with a solid run for 87th place.

87 John THOMPSON 26:37 VM40-44 52.85 % M 74 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:35  

Full results:

Also on Saturday, Jim Jones ran in the Manchester Area XC League, short report from Jim below:

“I did the first fixture of the Manchester Area Cross Country League in Woodbank Park, Stockport yesterday but ran for West Cheshire as second claim. I did get a PB in the Parkrun first so not my best performance

Well done Jim for doing the double!

Saturday also saw the Ceiriog Canter fell race, full report from Steve below:

“We had a pretty good turnout at Ceiriog -

Jim O
Andy R
Andy S
Paul F
Long climb first on road, steep road, rough Landrover track and finally on open fellside. Turn almost back on yourself and get a sneaky glance at the folk behind. Gradual descent on moorland till a sharp turn and a techy climb to the trig point where you’re greeted by the fast folk careering down the singletrack ready to scatter us donkeys like ten pin. 180 degree turn at the top and a return through the heather to meet the folk still climbing. The remainder of the descent was steep fields, a bit of tedious tarmac, steep grassy woodland, under a fallen tree, over a fallen tree and the final stretch along the road with a semi-treacherous greasy turn on the steepest section …that proved even more deadly when the rain came down for those further down the field. Soup, sarnies, cake and tea to finish. Splendid.”

Results and photo’s should appear here soon so keep checking:

Sunday 12th was the second staging of the BTR Wirral Half Marathon & 10k races. The course is point to point in format for both the half marathon and 10k distances, with both races starting in Birkenhead Park and finishing at Coastal Drive New Brighton (with the half marathon runners continuing for another 3.5 miles before turning back for the finish at Coastal Drive). 3 Helsby runners were out for the 10k, and 2 for the half marathon. Over in the 10k, Louise Spruce pulled on the green vest for her first foray into the 10k distance, brilliant running saw her finish under her target time of 1h:15, with Jo kindly pacing her around. Well done ladies! Over in the half marathon saw Carl Pratt storm around in a brilliant 1:36 to secure a new PB, whilst Louise McEveley  (pacing her daughter Megan) secured 1:51. Well done everyone! Helsby results:


10th          Colin Thompson               34:56 PB
864th    Jo Farwell                         1:14:53

865th         Louise Spruce                 1:14:52 PB

Half Marathon

143rd   Carl Pratt                          1:36:10 PB
455th   Louise McEveley              1:51:37

External Results:
Also on Sunday was the Flintshire 10k with Gaz O’Connor out for Helsby and having a solid run after a recent injury. 42:10 saw him first home for Helsby and 2nd in his age category. Well done Gaz!

Results below:

16th     Gaz O’Connor    42:10 (2nd in age cat)

Full results here:

And last, but not least, Sunday saw another race and another win for Colin “The Machine” Bishop at the Dream 5 mile Trail Race in St Helens. Fabulous running once again from Colin saw him fend off some tough opposition to secure 1st place on a tough and hilly course. In the end it was a convincing win and he was over half a minute in front of 2nd place! Be sure to congratulate Colin on his achievement when you see him next.

1st         Colin Bishop       30:18

External results:

Bishop leading the way!

Bishop leading the way!

Just a final note, Roy Gaskill has asked me to remind Helsby RC members about the inaugural 5k time trial event tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Phoenix Park, Castlefields. Hopefully Roy will get a good turn out for this, the full address is below for those who missed my previous email:

Phoenix Park
Castlefields Avenue East
Runcorn Cheshire

Please remember it is a 6:30pm start time and please bring a head torch if you have one, although not essential. I’ve not heard about any other races so if I have missed any results, please let me know Adair is back on blogging duties next week so please make sure any reports or results you have are sent to him.

Colin T

Helsby weekly round-up 30th September – 6th October 2014

Saturday saw a strong turn out for Helsby at Delamere Forest Parkrun in rather damp conditions with new Pbs for Shan McCarthy, Helen Gillard and Louise McEveley. Well done all!!

101 Shan MCCARTHY 27:23 VW40-44 57.46 % F 19 Helsby RC New PB! 9
192 Louise SPRUCE 38:59 SW30-34 38.01 % F 66 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:38:34 3
193 Jo FARWELL 39:06 VW40-44 40.24 % F 67 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 13
107 Jackie KEASLEY 27:51 VW55-59 64.99 % F 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 6
99 Claire MORTON 27:20 VW55-59 65.37 % F 18 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:05 14
156 Helen GILLARD 31:56 VW50-54 53.13 % F 43 Helsby RC New PB! 2
31 Alfie GRADY 21:24 JM15-17 63.08 % M 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:42 28  
139 Jane ASHBROOK 30:24 VW35-39 50.00 % F 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 29
5 Max WAINWRIGHT 18:21 SM25-29 70.30 % M 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:53 3
55 Louise MCEVELEY 23:35 VW45-49 69.40 % F 9 Helsby RC New PB! 44
39 Jenny ILLIDGE 22:14 SW20-24 66.57 % F 6 Helsby RC First Timer!

Also on Saturday, Chris Baynham-Hughes sent in the following race report from the Skyrunning UK Lakes 3×3000 Ultra. Well done Chris, it sounds like one hell of an experience!

Skyrunning* UK Lakes 3x3000s Race Report

Summary – Seriously challenging race in ridiculous weather = long, tough but rewarding day out. Really enjoyed it. Recommended.

Longer version:

With heavy legs I travelled up to the Lakes for what seemed a good idea when I booked it; I also thought it’d be good to run their first season which kicked off with the V3K. Unfortunately I couldn’t run the Peak District one due to holidays and the final one is in Ireland and I can’t make it. Oh well. I’d decided to go up and just enjoy the route – “turn off the racer and turn on the adventurer” was the mantra for the day given that it is in effect a mini Bob Graham. Waking up in a Keswick car park at 4am in torrential rain had me wondering what on earth I was doing there. Getting to the start in full waterproofs to find everybody huddled under any shelter they could find did nothing to eliminate these doubt; neither did finding out that they were cutting the course to miss out Scafell. I didn’t start happy.

Still, I love running in the dark, so head torch on in rain beyond biblical proportions we set off towards Seathwaite. The trails were totally flooded, we waded through water regularly up to our knees (and people still minced around puddles later on down the trail – trying not to get their feet wet). Once we finally started up to Styhead pass I got to look back and see a trail of head torches snaking around the hills which is always an epic sight; I was starting to enjoy myself. I had started off slowly so had no idea where I was in the pack. By this stage there was a clear distance between us and the people ahead so I figured I was around the 40-50 mark as we approached the route change. Rather than taking the corridor route we were to head South East along past Allen Crags and eventually onto open fell land up to High Raise.

I could feel the grin growing as soon as I hit the soft variable terrain. I relished the thigh deep river crossings, the sounds of the waterfalls that had suddenly had life breathed into them over night. Everything was in spate and the rain had finally stopped. I’d stopped to take off my waterproofs and was running in a pertex and shorts but I was enjoying myself so much it took a while to realise that my hands were becoming significantly less dexterous from the cold. I grabbed my over gloves which I’d tied to my pack to I couldn’t lose them… I couldn’t untie them! I tried everything from teeth to fingernails and ended up being thankful that the bungee cord was just long enough for me to wear them with one attached to the bag, it did make me chuckle for the rest of the day though.

The route up Helvellyn put us firmly back on paths as the clag drifted in and out. The views had been spectacular but it appeared I was the only one looking as we crossed one of my favourite ridge lines. Taking in an extra Dodd unnecessarily allowed a bunch of runners to catch up and we cracked on across to Clough head and the ridiculously steep descent down towards Threlkeld. This whole section had been the reverse of the Bob Graham and the Lakeland 100 combined as we made our way to the base of Skiddaw. We came into Skiddaw and I was astonished to be in 16th position; I was sure everybody else must have gone the wrong way, however I left the Latrigg carpark under the misunderstanding that I was a mere up and down of Skiddaw from the finish…. instead we trailed all the way around past Skiddaw house and right out to approach Skiddaw from the North ~20km round trip!

Despite the distance and terrain I found myself racing at the end to hold off two guys behind me – having overtaken one and been overtaken by another on the skiddaw leg. Following my principle of not looking back meant I was running scared all the way into and through Keswick. I crossed the line 16th in 10:21:14 Exactly 5 minutes ahead of the next guy… if only I’d looked behind!

* For those that haven’t heard of Skyrunning, it is a franchise of races primarily in Europe, but spreading worldwide. It’s well known on the ultra scene and attracts the top runners from around the world – see if you’re interested in finding out more about the different categories.

On Sunday Colin Bishop followed up his win at Warrington 10K last week with an impressive second place overall and first in age category at Rainford 10K on Sunday, finishing in 35:03. Well done Col!

4 Helsby runners, Jim O’Hara, Jane Ashbrook, Phil Roberts and Jenny Illidge, made the trip to Breiddens Fell Race with Jim getting 7th place overall in a strong field and Jenny securing 1st position in her category.

Chester marathon and metric marathons were held in perfect running conditions, starting and finishing on the Roodee racecourse. In the main race David Madders capped off a superb few months running by adding a marathon PB to his collection of recent 5K, 10K and HM bests. A well deserved reward for a summer of hard training.

In the metric (16.3 miles) marathon Joanne Lacking, Helen Owens, Carl Pratt, Derek Morris and Gaz O’Connor entered the inaugural running of this race over an out and back section of the last 8 miles of the full marathon course. Joanne finished as 10th lady and 2nd in her category, Gaz was 12th overall, 2nd in his category while Helen finished 3rd in her category. Solid performances from all 5 Helsby runners saw everyone home in under 2:15.

Tim Palmer sent in the following race report from the Lakeland Trails 10K:

“Jenny and I ran the Lakeland Trails Coniston 10k Trail Race on Saturday and didn’t get soaked despite the forecast – it was even sunny for the finish… Tremendous scenery and nice course with about 250m climb in the first 4km, then downhill most of the rest of the course. I took about 10 mins off my 2013 time on the same course and Jenny took about a minute off her 2013 time.”

Full results can be found at:

Also over the weekend Ste Wiggins and Roy Duffy attempted an arduous 3 day, 96 mile trek along the West Highland Way in aid of breast cancer charities. Congratulations on supporting such a worthy cause.


New 5k Time Trial!

Hi all

Roy Gaskill is starting a new 5k time trial, the pilot run will be tomorrow night (Tuesday 7th October) at Phoenix Park, Runcorn with a 6.30pm start time. Full address below:

Phoenix Park
Castlefields Avenue East

It would be nice if we could get a good Helsby turn out to support Roy with his new endeavour. I have ran at Phoenix Park before and it is well lit and all on tarmac footpaths so it is a good venue for this. Also, with Helsby High School track sessions now at a close for the winter, it will slot in well with our winter training program. Although it is well lit Roy has advised everyone to bring head torches.


Helsby weekly round-up Sept 22nd – 28th 2014

Hi all

Last Tuesday (23rd September) saw the final Wirral multi terrain race of the series in Arrowe Park. Brilliant running once again saw good results from all in the green vest (8 out in total). Well done to Vanessa who was first Helsby Lady home on the night, but the star of the night was Carol Shaw who came 3rd in her age group and walked away with a trophy for overall 3rdplace in her age category for the series! Special thanks for Joe and Mario who were out on the course to support and Louise Spruce for sorting out the tokens and race positions.

Helsby positions below:

25th         Colin Thompson                               26.48
43rd        Chris Baynham Hughes                    28.15
89th         Jim Jones                                           31.06
105th      Adrian Jackson                                  32:14
109th      Steve Riley                                         32:26
139th      Geoff Shaw                                        34:57

23rd         Vanessa Griffiths                              33:25
30th         Carol Shaw                                        34:21 (3rd in age cat)

Overall positions for the series can be found here:

Saturday 27th September saw the 79th Delamere parkrun. Brilliant running from Gareth Boyd who secured a top 10 finish and first in for Helsby, and also well done to Dave Madders for another PB (surely one of the most improved runners at the moment!) Great running all.

8th           Gareth Boyd                      20.09
13th         Alfie Grady                        20.42
14th         David Madders                 20.44 (New PB!)
83rd        Stephen Wiggins               24.51

Full results here:

Also on Saturday was the 36th Warrington Parkrun with our sole Helsby representative Colin Bishop who stormed around for a podium finish! Well done Colin.

3rd           Colin Bishop       17.28

Full results:

And keeping the Helsby flag flying in Southampton was Alex Fitzmaurice who had a brilliant run to go sub 20 minutes and secure 4th place.

4th           Alex Fitzmaurice     19:44

Full results:

Saturday also saw the popular Sandstone A race (17.1 miles, 655m climb) and B race (10.6 miles, 288m climb) organised by our very own Geoff Shaw alongside Deeside Orienteering Club. It was a fantastic turn out once again from the “Green Army” (12 in total) and turned out to be a bit of a Helsby award ceremony with Jayne Joy storming around for first lady home in the B race, Vanessa Griffiths 2nd in her category in the B race, Rachel Arnold 1st in her category in the A race and Jim O’Hara with a fabulous run for 3rd  place overall in the A race. Well done to all who participated in this event and it was great to see such camaraderie and enthusiasm from Helsby RC. We also came very close to securing first team but narrowly missed out to Wirral AC, which is an excellent result and shows what a strong club we have at the moment. Thank you to Joe and Mario who once again were out on course in full support and Adair who had cycled over to offer his support. Also thank you to Jenny and Tim Palmer who were out marshalling and cheering Helsby runners on.

Helsby results below:


3rd           Jim O’Hara                          2.02.24
5th           Colin Thompson                2.04.28
65th         Joanne Lacking                  2.34.49
76th         Gary O’Connor                  2.39.47
79th         Louise McEveley               2.40.52
83rd        Rachel Arnold                     2.41.58 (1st in age cat)
86th         Lesley Feakes                     2.43.40
91st         Phil Roberts                        2.45.01


8th           Jayne Joy                             1.18.16 (1st lady overall)
27th         Vanessa Griffiths               1.28.42 (2nd in age cat)
50th         Janet Robertson                1.35.51
67th         Carol Shaw                         1.39.28

A full set of results for the event here:

First Lady!

First Lady!

On Sunday 28th Roy Gaskill headed over to Southport for the Natterjack Seaside 10k as Helsby’s sole representative. Excellent running from Roy saw him edging ever closer to that sub 40 with 40.25 and 45th overall. Well done Roy!

Helsby results below:

45th         Roy Gaskill          40.25

Full results here:

Also on Sunday was the RAB Mountain Marathon with Chris Baynham-Hughes having a great run. Full report from Chris below:

“This weekend I found myself running around the Eastern fells of the Lake District at the RAB Mountain Marathon. For those of you that don’t know what a mountain marathon is, it’s essentially a cross between Orienteering and Fell running. The RAB is a “score class” which means a large number of control boxes are placed around an area, each control is worth a number of points ranging from 5 to 40 points. Competitors cross the start line and are handed a map and a sheet of paper detailing which controls are open that day and how many points they are worth, from there they have a set amount of time to collect as many points as possible by visiting the control and “dibbing” using an electronic key which is strapped to their wrists for the weekend. There is a long score (day 1 is 7 hours, day 2 is 6 hours) and a short score (an hour less each day) and anybody arriving late back to camp starts to lose points for every minute they are late (half an hour late and all points are gone – tough if you’ve just flogged yourself through the mountains for nothing). Competitors can race solo or in pairs and must carry all their kit, including tent, sleeping bag and cooker.

Although I wasn’t the only Helsby vest there (Andy R was there with his daughter) I took to the field with a friend I’ve met through ultras, Matty Brennan. We’re reasonably evenly matched overall (albeit he is a bit quicker) however Matty’s strength is descending and mine is ascending, so I was really pleased at how we managed to run well as a team despite this contradiction. Crossing the start line we hit our first issue in that the maps supplied were laminated – not great that we both had water soluble markers! Our second error in hindsight was planning forwards rather than backwards and not spending enough time studying the terrain… headless chickens spring to mind. The result of this and a misreading of the out of bounds area meant that we missed a fast route through and we spent too long in the lower scoring controls. We left ourselves without enough time to pick up a more distant control yet we strolled in with 45 minutes left on the clock for day 1 and only 205 points in the bag. Despite the frustration at our mistakes we’d had a fantastic day out. A great overnight camp made better by the mild conditions meant that we were fresh for day 2 and quickly proved that we’d got our eye in map wise. Lessons learned from the day before we set off and really nailed day 2 by collecting 210 points; finishing with enough time not to be panicking about being back in time.

The event itself was terrifically well organised and there were a lot of familiar faces for me so it was a great social event. The course planning was outstanding and afforded us really contrasting terrain – day 1 was big and very steep hills and day 2 was tussock, heather and a maze of complicated uncrossable boundaries. To give you an idea of atmosphere, Friday night consisted of a couple of real ales and catching up with friends, Saturday and Sunday were friendly but determined race faces and lots of laughs, the finish included a meal and more of the social. I recommend these events to anybody looking for something different as you can do as much or as little as you want to; I’d be happy to help with advice/ kit for anybody thinking of giving it a try. Matty and I covered roughly 18 miles each day with ~6500 ft of climb on day 1 and ~4500 ft of climb on day 2… oh and we won a prize for 3rd Male team which was a huge surprise given our failings on day 1. Pretty damn terrific all round!”

Great write up Chris and well done to you, Matty and Andy.

Please find a link to the full results and some photo’s of Chris in action below:

Also on Sunday was the Gladstone 9 mile fell race. Report from Tim Palmer below:

“Jim O’Hara, Sharon Basford (Tattenhall), Phil Gillard and I did the Gladstone 9 fell race on Sunday – see:
It was a very fell race and the weather was good particularly as the sun came out after the race when we were sitting in front of the pub. After the race, Jim and Sharon were extolling the benefits and disbenefits of running together as a couple – at least they were still talking to each other… “

Helsby Results:

25th      Phil Gillard                                 1:43:43
35th      Tim Palmer                                 1:47:07
44th      Sharon Basford (Tattenhall)   2:28:16
45th      Jim O’Hara                                 2:28:45

Also the delayed Peris Horseshoe results here:

The Macclesfield Half Marathon on Sunday saw the final race of the Cheshire County Road Race GP. Well done to all those who took part in any of these races, final positions saw 1 male from Helsby (myself) in the top ten, and a lady inside the top 20 of Cheshire. Well done Joanne Lacking!

And finally, a reminder from Adrian Thiemicke regarding the representative match below:
“We have been invited by North Wales to take part in a representative match at Abergele on 2nd November, between North Wales, Staffordshire and Cheshire. I will be picking the Cheshire teams from those eligible runners who have entered the race by 19th October. Please ensure your club’s runners are aware of this.”

Hope I have included all results, if any are missing please email me at I’ll try to add any photos sent to me. Thanks for reading, and keep on running!

Colin T

16 – 23 years old? WIN FREE STUFF!

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If you’re at all interested in running and you’re between 16 and 23 we’d love to get you involved in our youth development sessions coming up.

These are friendly sessions for all abilities with some great prizes at the end of it. Prizes are non-competitive — you don’t have to be the fastest to win!


  1. Mon 13 Oct, 5:45pm. Top field, Castle Park, Frodsham.
  2. Sat 18 Oct, 9:30am. Top field, Castle Park, Frodsham.
  3. Mon 20 Oct, 5:45pm. Top field, Castle Park, Frodsham.
  4. Wed 29 Oct, 6:30pm. Helsby Sports Club, Chester Rd, Helsby.
  5. Sat 8 Nov, 9:00am. Delamere 5k Parkrun, Visitor Centre car park, Delamere Forest. Sign up at
  6. Sat 15 Nov, 9:30am. Run a mile as fast as you can followed by free prize draw! Top field, Castle Park, Frodsham.

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All sessions are led by England Athletics qualified running leaders who are members of Helsby running club. Please contact Jane Ashbrook on 07900697303 or at  or for further information.

Helsby weekly round-up Sept 16th – Sept 21st 2014


It was the Wirral Multi-terrain series Race 3 at Thurstaston on Tuesday 16th September and a good showing for Helsby saw 14 runners don the green vest for a beach and trail run on a nice spot of Wirral coastline. Colin Thompson secured a top ten for first in for Helsby and a 3rd place in his category while Jenny Illidge took the female honours. Well done to Carol who was also 3rd in her age category on the night. A great effort by team Helsby and well done all.

7th         Colin Thompson                               29.06 (3rd in age cat)
51st        Chris Baynham-Hughes                 32.30
60th         Adam Gordon                                   32.53
64th         Tom DeJong                                       33.32
100th      Jim Jones                                             35.31
112th      Adrian Jackson                                  35.55
128th      Steve Riley                                          36.54
147th      Geoff Shaw                                        38.33

17th         Jenny Illidge                                       35.46
18th         Joanne Lacking                                  36.19
27th         Vanessa Griffiths                             37.03
37th         Carol Shaw                                          38.34 (3rd in age cat)
38th         Louise McEveley                              38.45
46th         Helen Owens                                     40.01

Helsby Mens ‘A’ team were 12th on the night and Helsby Mens ‘B’ were 34th. Helsby Ladies ‘A’ were a brilliant 5th place on the night and Helsby ‘B’ were 11th highlighting the strength in depth at the club. Well done to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place in her category for the series with one race to go.

Delamere Park Run 5k number 78 on 20th September saw two Helsby vests with Jim Jones having a great run equalling his PB for 19th overall and Emma Barnes establishing a new course PB for 123rd.

19 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:14 18
123 Emma BARNES 28:57 VW35-39 52.50 % F 32 Helsby RC New PB! 9

Full results

It was also the Warrington Park Run 5k and Helsby’s Joanne Lacking ran to a new course PB for a superb 15th overall

15 Joanne LACKING 21:19 SW30-34 69.90 % F 2 Helsby RC New PB! 9

Full results

The King Johns Castle on Saturday 20th September was our 8th Fell Counter of the season. This is a great race organised by John Linley which starts from the Raven Inn at Llanarmon yn lal. Full results can be found below. I’ve included the full results as they are not yet available online.

Well done to David Feakes and Rachel Arnold who took the full fell counter honours. In Rachel’s words “Great race, small field , homemade soup sitting outside pub at end. Don’t think he has me down as a vet 50 but came away with big box of choccies anyway ! Jane A walked a bit with sprained ankle but there were a couple I think doing their first ever fell race – ideal starter” or as Tim Palmer states “Thoroughly enjoyable”

Well done to Rachel and Jenny Palmer who were prize winners on the day and to Jen O’Hare on completion of her first fell race!

King John’s Fell Race 2014
Position Name Age Group Time
1 Karl Steinegger Ambleside M 38.41
2 Rob Grantham Cheshire Tri M40 39.40
3 Geff McQueen West Cheshire M45 39.53
4 Neil Ashcroft Ambleside M45 40.41
5 Steve Toogood Buckley M50 41.00
6 Vic Belshaw Denbigh M50 43.25
7 David Norman Wirral M50 43.47
8 Dave Baugh Denbigh M50 44.51
9 Peter Agnew Denbigh M50 45.00
10 Graham Davies Mysteruns M50 46.01
11 Richard Borne Mysteruns M45 45.27
12 Chris Wilcox Clwydians M60 46.27
13 Andy Pritchard Buckley M40 46.44
14 Steve Broadfoot Knowsley Harr M50 46.48
15 Keri Parry Denbigh F 46.57
16 Alan French Wrexham M60 47.27
17 Neil Gerrity Newcastle AC M 47.55
18 David Feakes Helsby M50 47.56
19 Jim Jones Helsby M45 48.04
20 Kean Rowlands Eryri M55 48.34
21 Steve Riley Helsby M50 48.39
22 Gwyn Owen Unattached M 48.53
23 Dylan Roberts Wrescam Tri M 49.44
24 Tony Benton Denbigh M50 50.00
25 Tim Palmer Helsby M45 50.44
26 Dave Robert Say Denbigh M65 51.30
27 Paul Foster Helsby M40 51.33
28 Sandra Rowlands Eryri F45 51.55
29 Rachel Arnold Helsby F 52.14
30 Jane Ashbrook Helsby F 55.24
31 Fred Jones Denbigh M60 55.41
32 Lesley Peakes Helsby F45 57.40
33 Ceri Anwen Belshaw Denbigh F 57.45
34 David Owen Prestatyn M60 61.35
35 Jenny Palmer Helsby F40 61.48
36 Sue Ridings Clwydians F55 63.25
37 Katy Baugh Denbigh FU23 64.18
38 Jen O’Hare Helsby F40 67.07


Sunday 21st September saw the (English Half Marathon) EHM Festival of Running 10k with an outstanding run by Colin Bishop to win by a country mile and achieve a PB of just outside 35 minutes. Brilliant stuff and photo of Colin and his trophy will be on the blog.

1st           Colin Bishop                       35.12 (PB)


Colin's Shiny Trophy!

Colin’s Shiny Trophy!

Full results

Also as part of the same ‘event’ the EHM Festival of Running Half Marathon was the penultimate road counter for this season and attracted 12 green vests for the challenge. Colin Thompson took the full road counter points and Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady. Well done to to Carl and Louise who both obtained PB’s on the day and I know Adrian had trained hard for this event and was awarded with a brilliant run and time also. Well done all.

11th         Colin Thompson               79.40
115th      Roy Gaskill                          91.50
176th      Adrian Jackson                  94.28
202nd      Jane Ashbrook                  95.41
250th      Stephen Roach                 98.32
257th      Carl Pratt                             97.40 (PB)
278th      Nick Massey                       98.57
318th     Joanne Lacking                  1.40.47
332nd      Louise McEveley              1.41.11 (PB)
363rd      Stephen Wiggins              1.42.03
526th      Gareth Boyd                      1.46.02
631st       Lesley Feakes                    1.49.31
735th      Joe Turner                          1.50.05

Full results below

Colin Squared

Colin Squared

It was also the Guilden Sutton Six (or Sutton Six) on Sunday which saw four Helsbians out with three under the sub-40 barrier showing that Helsby has a strong club now. Excellent effort by everyone.

13th         Chris Fitzpatrick                38.07
21st         Gary O’Connor                  39.36
23rd        Adam Gordon                   39.58
71st         Mike Searle                        47.24

Details and results

As stated last week I will now be away for three weeks and Colin Thompson has kindly offered to do the round-up for next week Monday 29th September. If anyone finds the King Johns Castle results then please let me know over the next couple of days.

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