Regular training: Wednesday evening

Latest: we have a growing band of beginners and intermediates …a very welcoming group that looks out for each other and is growing in confidence. Ideal for anyone not wanting to tackle the full distance. Give it a go!

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 RC News from 15th to 21st August 2016.

Welome to the weekly round-up. First of all a quick reminder that we have the Cilcain Show Mountain Race coming up on the Bank Holiday Monday of 29/08/16. It’s one of our club counters and there will be a whole programme of events at the Cilcain show so why not make it a family day out. At a distance of only 4 miles its a great introduction to fell running. The race starts in Cilcain village center at 1pm and registration is from to 12.20pm.  You can see full details of the day and also a watch film of last years race by following this LINK

Catherine Dowdall Memorial Fell Race


Only one report in the mailbox this week. Thanks to Tim Palmer for pulling  this report together:

“Saturday saw 8 Helsby runners (plus Jamie Dowdall (running in his 1st claim Darwen Dashers) and Helen in support) at the Darwen Gala Catherine Dowdall Memorial Race in Darwen, Lancashire . This race is run in memory of Jamie’s late wife. As the British weather had resumed its normal summer service, the race was run in strong winds and showers. Whilst short (4.7 miles), the race has a bit of everything in it: nearly 600ft of climb in the first mile only to lose ½ of it almost immediately, couple of miles over the moor (some on fast single track) with a fast and furious descent in the last mile first off the moor and then within the park.

The Helsby contingent (helped by being more than 10% of the runners) walked away with 5 individual prizes (6 if you count the one that Jamie won) plus both men’s and ladies’ team prizes.
Pos, Name, Time
3 Jim O’Hara 00:36:39 3rd man
15 Tim Palmer 00:42:05 1st M50
19 Jim Jones 00:43:56 2nd M50
22 Phil Gillard 00:45:45 1st M55
34 Suzanne Fletcher 00:50:07 3rd lady
40 Paul Foster 00:53:12
44 Debbie Read 00:54:36
55 Jackie Keasley 01:00:12

Debbie commented on Facebook: “Tough but great fun – great value too £5 and you get a half of real ale, bottle of water, hot dog, banana and apple!” ‘’

Ellesmere Port RC 5k

I haven’t seen a report but their was nearly a whole army of green vests at the Ellesmere Port 5k on the evening of Wednesday 17th August. Colin Thompson and Joanne Lacking were first home for Helsby, in admiral times, in the respective mens and ladies races. Well done everyone who took part. If anyone has completed a race report please forward it to the inbox and Ill update the blog.

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Birchwood 10k

We had one Helsby athlete at the Birchwood 10k on Sunday. Neil Finegan clearly had something left in the tank after his 17:31 5k finish on the Saturday and managed a brilliant 37:14 10k the day after. Well done Neil.

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Green vests were again far and wide this weekend. We had five members at five different Parkruns! Well done guys. Our club consolidated results can be viewed by following this  LINK

Well I think that’s it for this week. Please keep sending any reports into:

If you don’t have time to write a report just send in an email with details of the race and maybe a link to the results. It all helps to pull the bog together.

Thanks and keep on running🙂,


Helsby weekly round-up 8th to 14th August 2016

Hi everyone

Firstly, sorry about the lateness of the blog this week, there was some confusion as to who’s turn it was. Just 2 reports in the inbox so we’ll go straight to the racing news. First up is Ben who attended another LDWA event on Saturday. Over to you Ben…

LDWA Marsden Moors Meander

Report by Ben Williams

“I plodded the LDWA ‘Marsden Moors Meander’ on Saturday, a 23 mile event in West Yorks with around 3000ft of climb.

The hard work starts immediately after the typically understated start, with a brutal climb out of Marsden and up towards Rishworth Moor. The only relief is a sharp fell-style run down into a steep valley, spoilt by the climb which goes straight back up the opposite side. The first section is probably the most varied, with repeated climbs, and a run through the farmyard of Stott Hall Farm to the first checkpoint in the shadow of Booth Wood Reservoir. The second section goes onto the moors ‘proper’ – because I was confident I knew the way I’d left the route description in my bag and of course went wrong up on Rishworth Moor. Fortunately I realised fairly quickly and managed to tab cross country to get back on the right path. The handful of people following me didn’t look impressed, but you should never blindly follow the runner in front – especially if it’s me.

I’ve made it a tradition to faceplant at least once during these events, and this time it came just before checkpoint 2 as I was chatting to another runner. I only fell into a deep muddy puddle though, so no harm done. He tried hard look concerned, fair play.

The rest of the route mostly covered open moorland, some of it on the Pennine Way. Conditions underfoot were soaking, paved paths were ok but the typical moorland peat paths were thick with mud and deep puddles. The checkpoints were great as usual, plenty of snacks and drinks and manned by really enthusiastic volunteers, and there was a welcome pasta meal and rice pudding at the end. I finished in 4h 39m, ten minutes quicker than last year which I mainly put down to my new idea of not hanging about at the checkpoints.

All in all a great day, I really do recommend LDWA events to anyone.”

2 Hill-forts Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

“On Sunday 14th August it was the 2 Hill-forts fell race. It was only the 4th year this race has been hosted but there was a good turn out of 103 runners. Just myself and Phil Gillard were there from Helsby. With just under 1900ft of ascent over 9.3 miles this is a fast course. After summiting Moel Arthur, the second of the two peaks, it was something of a 4 mile descent to the finish. The race is certainly multi-terrain, with some stretches of road and good trails through woodland and fields. For anybody watching us come down the relatively short but steep descent from Moel Arthur and onto the 4 mile run home, it must have been obvious who was used to running on the fells and who did more road running. I passed a few on the descent only to be outpaced again on the run home. Conditions were good and dry underfoot, and it was clear day but a warm one. Buckley Runners stole the show by winning both the men’s and women’s race with Jez Brown posting 63:47 and Hayley Evans posting 79:26. Helsby finishers were Jim Jones – 33rd in 82:43 and Phil Gillard – 53rd in 88:08. – NB the women’s race record remains at 74:06 by Helsby’s Jayne Joy in 2014.”

Thanks Ben and Jim for the excellent reports. If anyone else raced last week please drop an email to the usual email address and I can always update the blog (


Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun results from last Saturday. Some great running from everyone, especially Jenny Illidge for a win at Widnes and Nick Ryder with a brand new PB! Keep it up everyone!

That’s all this week, any problems with results etc. please let me know.

Col T

Chris BH – Rockman and UTMB challenges


Our long-standing ultra runner member Chris Baynham-Hughes is too polite to grub for money within the club but if anything deserves a couple of quid, it’s this bonkers double challenge of the Norway Rockman swim-run, PLUS the legendary UTMB around Mont Blanc.

You’ll know Chris as our Wobbler race director but we don’t see much of him on club nights because Mrs BH normally gets the family pass on Weds. What you might not know is Chris suffered a desperately severe head injury ten years ago when he was living in London. He’s had an awful lot of help from all sorts of people along the way including the team at the Countess of Chester and HIP (Head Injured People in Cheshire). If it hadn’t been for their deeply committed and professional care he might still have a screw loose! This is his way of putting a bit back.

You can read the rest of the story on the Chester Chronicle website

Chuck him a couple of quid at his fundraising page and don’t forget to click the Gift Aid thingy if you’re eligible.


Weekly Update 30th July to 7th August


Helsby runners were out at Chester, Ellesmere Port, Croxteth and Widnes parkruns. Notable runs included a first placed female for Jenny Illidge and a second place overall for Neil Finegan at Chester.

Full Helsby results are below


Ponderosa Fell Race

A small band of dedicated fell runners arrived at the top of the Horseshoe pass for the Ponderosa Fell race on Wednesday 3rd, the 7th fell counter of the season. It was a bit blowy for August, but luckily the wind was behind us up the first climb. You then had to concentrate hard through a narrow and deep sheep trod to avoid losing your footing, but were then rewarded by a lovely grassy runnable path back down the valley. It was then a final push up hill to the finish – pleased I had been warned about this, not sure about uphill finishes though! Joe and Mario, our ever faithful marshal/cheering team were out on the course providing much needed encouragement and racing tips.

There was also an interesting approach to prize giving – you were basically given your prize as you crossed the line – full respect for working it out on the hop but slightly odd to be handed a bottle of wine as you cross the finish line!

9th Ben Fletcher 30:07 (1st V40)
34th Tim Palmer 33:25
39th Laura Baynham-Hughes 34:36 (2nd F)
71st Vanessa Griffiths 40:23
74th Rachel Arnold  40:50

Would be great to see a few more out for the next few counters which are coming up in August/Sept. The next race, the Darwen Gala Memorial, is also in the mini fell series so if you want to give the fells a go this would be a great choice.  Shelf Moor is also in the inter club competition so a good turnout is needed to give us the chance of retaining the trophy!

1. Saturday 20 August, 3pm  –  Darwen Gala Memorial (BS)

2. Monday 29 August, 1pm  –  ICC        Cilcain Show Mtn Race (AS)  –  ICC

3. Sunday 4 September, 11am  –  Shelf Moor (AS)  –  ICC


Deestriders Multi Terrain Grand Prix

The 3rd race in the Deestriders GP and 4th in our mini trail series, the course is roughly a 4.5m long multi-terrain that takes in some playing fields, track and woods. 7 Helsby men were showing the green vest at this one, no ladies present though!

Full results for the race should show here soon:

Next and last race in the series is Friday 2nd Sept 7pm.

Col T


Halewood 5K

The green army had a treble of 1st place Category wins at The Halewood 5k on Saturday morning, MV35 for myself and 2nd overall, FV50 for Carol Shaw and FV55 for Debbie Read.

Seeing that it was only the 3 of us doing it then we were all pretty happy with that on what was a lovely summers morning, this free event on the first Saturday of every month is another great way of Improving your speed, is a very flat course and has loads of PB potential and is something different to your park runs and is very local which makes it ideal. Would be great to see a few more new faces next month on 3rd September



Full Results


Results from Wednesdays Pie and Peas race.



Davyd Michell sent in a report from the mid week Endurance Series.

Wednesday saw the last in the Wirral Endurance track series. This is a series of track races ranging from 1 mile to 10K and a chance to run at the famous Bebbington oval, location of the Chariots of Fire film.

Tonight’s race was 5k and blustery conditions met the 25 runners, the race was split into two fields with the fast boys in race 1 and the remainder including myself in race 2. A good competitive race was had by all, and as the field was seeded this lead to some great close racing. I was happy with my 20:13 finish for 4th place.

This is unfortunately the last in this years series and I only found out about it a bit too late, but will keep an eye open for the series next year. The great news is that its only a £1 to enter on the night.

Full Results are here



Chris BH sent this report in from from Stavanger

Once again, not entirely running, but there was 35k of running so it may be worth including.

Rockman Swimrun.

Nice place to run
On Thursday I headed out to Stavanger, Norway to take part in Rockman. A swimRun in the Lysefjorden (home to Pulpit rock and the Kjerag). After not being able to help myself and doing 20 miles around the Fjord on the Thursday I still felt great going into the race. The start was unlike anything I have experienced. We were taken on fast ferries and then they got in as close as possible to the edge before slowly backing away as we all jumped in. So picture the scene, you’re heading towards the sheer cliff face, the hooter goes and the front pair look at each other, then eventually jump whilst we all shout stop to the pilot before they get run over! Next thing I know I’m on the edge ready to jump in, adrenaline through the roof as I hit the water (strapped by a leash to my partner) and then race to the first buoy. Anybody that has been in a race with an open water swim will know the chaos that goes on; add to that everybody is really two people joined by a bungee and it’s something you simply don’t forget.
That's me in the front
We struggled on the first swim as our bungee was too short so I was literally towing my mate for the best part of a KM as he couldn’t use his arms in any sort of rhythm. So climbing up the cliff side path to the next swim was spent trying to undo tight knots in our leash. Three swims later and we finally got the length right and were on our way to Pulpit rock. It seemed a terrible waste to spend just a few moments there scoffing salted liquorice and chocolate. From there on the course just kept on giving. Incredible views, sweet single track, rough technical terrain supported by fixed chains in places. More swims, more climbs and ultimately a swim across the Fjord to the south side to take on the longest wooden stair case in the world (4444 steps). Luckily the food at the aid stations was incredible (at one station the girls had cooked waffles on site thanks to a massive extension plug) Once at the top we had a short cold swim before getting onto possibly the nicest single track trail descent I have ever done; it went on forever!

Into the Fjord

I’ve tried to work out if it’s just the honeymoon period of finding a new sport that has me so hooked on SwimRun, but actually it’s just everything. The environments that these races are in, the opportunity to take on an incredible journey simply using your own power, the insanity of the swims, iconic locations… for Rockman to have been better it would have had to have been the same of everything, just staged on the moon.  was that good.

10 swims, 6 km in total
10 runs, 35 km in total
2500 m elevation gain

This probably explains it better: We finished 17th in ~9 hours 23 minutes. I just hope I can get a place again next year.


Jackie Keasley sent in this report from the Round the Rock Ultra in Jersey.


A very hot day, 23C+, on Jersey yesterday for the 48 mile round the rock ultra. The route is a roller coaster around the whole island with narrow coastal paths and beaches – stunning views all day so extra stops to snap photos! Because the tide was out I cut/splashed across 3 beaches & probably cut 3 miles off. It was optional but allowed!! Great support with extra drinks stations provided by Bill & friends Andy & Sarah who hired a car & kept popping up all day with a picnic!! Time 11hrs 10 mins, 50 mins inside cut off! ! Can’t walk today but happy!


Finally, Ian L has published the latest road and fell standings on:

This shows that all are still close (except Ladies Fell). The summary is:

After 9 out of 13 races

Men’s Road
1. Adam Gordon
2. Col Thompson

Ladies Road
1. Jo Lacking
2. Tanya Downes

After 7 out of 13 races

Men’s Fell
1. Jim O’Hara
2. Chris BH

Ladies Fell
1. Laura BH
2. Rachel Arnold

Thanks for all the reports this week. As usual please send them to



Helsby weekly round-up 25th – 31st July 2016

Hi everyone

A diverse mix of events last week and weekend saw the Green Army undertake races ranging from parkruns, 10ks and fell races to epic 50/100 mile ultras. A huge congratulations to Graham Ireland and our second claim runner Chris Collins for tackling the 50 and 100 mile Lakeland ultra events respectively. More on that to follow with a fantastic report by our Graham.

Also, numbers seem to be on the up for our Monday night track sessions. Paul Frodsham (AKA The Frodfather) has been coaching a group with a bit more intensity added in to spice things up and it’s going very well. Paul’s session runs alongside Joe and Mario’s fantastic track session so there is something there for everyone, please come down and join us on Monday evenings at the high school, with the Borders League looming it’s a great time to add some speedwork to your training.

Before we get to the news please find a few reminders below for some up and coming events this week which may be of interest:


  • Ponderosa fell race BS 6.4km/289m 4miles/950ft
    Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm, £5
    Ponderosa café, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen (GR 193481)
  • Deestriders Multi-terrain GP #3 (4th in mini trail series)
    Thursday 4th August, 7.30pm, £5
    Start and Finish at Tata (formerly Corus)
    Sports and Social Club
    Rowleys Drive, Shotton
    Deeside. Flintshire
    0.75m from Asda Store at Queensferry Traffic Lights heading towards Flint
  • Halewood 5k
    Saturday 6th August, 10am, free!
    The Environment Centre, Okell Drive
    Halewood, Merseyside L26 7XB

Green Green Grass Fell Race

Report by Laura B-H

“Green Green Grass fell race is a popular local race in the Clwydian hills. Not one of our counters this year, but 8 green vests still made the trip on a lovely Wednesday evening to represent Felsby. Some great running from the lads and ladies. Congratulations to Janet for winning the FV50 prize and having the biggest smile at the end of the race!”

Results for Helsby

7 Jim O’Hara M 42.06
10 Adam Gordon M40 42.56
13 Ben Fletcher M40 45.00
35 (4th) Laura Hughes F 51.24
59 (1st V50) Janet Robertson F50 56.07
67 Susanne Fletcher F 59.09
74 Ben Williams M 61.28
75 Rachel Arnold F50 62.12


North Wales Half Marathon

Our 9th road counter of the season (how time flies!) saw 10 green vests toeing the line in Conwy. Some excellent results on what I’m told was a tough course (beach and stiles in a road race, really??) and some Helsby runners were in the prizes too. Well done everyone! Jenny has sent in this excellent report, thanks Jen!

Report by Jenny O’Hare

“Ten of the Green Army turned out for this road counter on Saturday and results for Helsby can be viewed on this link below (thank you Ian Rutherford).

Some notable results include Laura B-H who not only came  first in her age category but also was second lady overall!  For the men, Adam Gordon and Neil Finegan finished an incredible 9th and 10th respectively and every one of us survived to run another day  – definitely worth mentioning!

As a race, this half definitely had something for everyone… sand, sea air, fast flat road, undulating hills, really steep hills, off-road tracks and trails, steep down-hills (track and road), incredible fell-style terrain and beautiful views combined with a local village atmosphere and lots of local support.

The first and last mile were across the (energy-sapping but beautiful) beach followed by four miles of fast tarmac along the promenade towards Penmaenmawr village.  The climb begins from mile 5 and follows the Old Conway road up to the Mountain View pub.  With a total climb of 312 Metres this race is not the easiest half marathon but it is stunning – and memorable.  Travelling back down Conway Mountain from mile 9 was very tricky as it was hard not to be distracted by the incredible views but it was more fell/trail than road at this point and concentration was vital.  The last few miles bring you back down towards the beach and are a good opportunity to pick up the pace again (if your legs are not destroyed) on good old solid tarmac.  Then you only have one last mile of sand to deal with…

My own personal highlights include seeing Joe and Mario at the top of the Sychnant Pass (I nearly cried), and the views…Did I mention the views??  This is a fab race if you like a challenge, or if, like me you are just not sure whether you prefer, road, trail, fell, town, coast or country, this race has everything.   I absolutely loved it!”

Excellent results everyone. Congratulations to Laura and Adam for bagging the maximum points in the road counter series, great running on a tough course!

Helsby results:

9th  Adam Gordon  01:28:51
10th  Neil Finegan  01:30:18
26th Ian Rutherford  01:40:13
29th  Phil Tomkinson  01:42:24
45th  Laura Baynham-Hughes  01:45:14 (2nd lady overall!)
106th  David Feakes  01:56:51
150th  Paul Roberts  02:01:40
1720nd  Lesley Feaks  02:05:18
238th  Jennifer O’Hare  02:14:50
294th  Tanya Downes  02:25:54

Full results here:

Photos here:

Lakeland 50 (50 miles, 9,500ft climbing), Dalemain to Coniston

Report by Graham Ireland

“Leaving myself plenty of time, I set off on Friday towards Coniston to see the start of the 100 mile race, (a clockwise loop starting and finishing in Coniston), watch the token rendition of Nessun Dorma, and smugly sit back knowing I’d taken the “easy” 50 mile option. That and waving off our very own Chris Collins, who hadn’t taken the easy option! Friday M6 traffic however had other plans for me, and missing all the above I managed to get there at exactly the right time to register with everyone else who’d signed up, complete with children, grandparents, dogs and what seemed like the entire population of the Lake District! 

At the compulsory briefing the next morning I looked round to size up the competition, and to my great delight I was sat next to a guy who’d been weighed in at 120kg, (compulsory weigh in at registration), and looked like he’d never ran a day in his life… At least I wasn’t going to be last, but fair play to him all the same!  Brushing off the panther sighting a few days before as just the crazy ramblings of a man from St Helens, (organisers words, not mine), and the jokes about the 100 mile competitors all working in IT, (sorry Chris), we all headed off to Dalemain for the start. 

Gun went off at 11:30 and we started on the 4 mile loop of the estate before heading out onto the course proper.  Leaving the woman with a Husky harnessed to her chest for dust, (surely there should be a rule against that… Although she did look Russian!), I blitzed the first 10 miles.  Out of the first CP and up to the highest point on the course and my day started to go downhill, literally and figuratively.  Pretty sure the Husky woman had poisoned the jelly babies at the first CP the night before! After what seemed like forever I made it down to Haweswater and round to CP2 at Mardale Head where I was met by the friendly faces of the Delamere Spartans. Big thanks to them for sorting me out and sending me on my way, topped up on soup and a questionable selection of sandwiches, (I’m a ham and cheese man myself), I limped my way off round the rest of the course.

The biggest test of will came not with any climbing or running, but at CP5 Chapel Stile, (or CP13 for the 100 milers), where we were met with a fire pit and sofas…. Is it me or is that just cruel? I managed to drag myself away… just, head torch on, for the final 10 mile push.  Things got distinctly wet thereafter under foot, with blisters and pain management the name of the game. 

By the time I hit the last CP I was feeling terrible, but with just 3.5 miles and 1000ft of climbing to go I was nearly there.  Massive thanks again to the marshal who sorted me out with with a cup of tea and told me to man up and get on with it, both of which I needed. I set off up the Tilberthwaite steps and started to feel human again, (still not sure what he put in that tea!), and bombed it down the other side into Coniston and the finish in 13 hours 17 minutes and 260th overall, over 1 hr 30 mins better than 2014. 

Tough race, but great atmosphere, very well organised, and fantastic marshals.  Would recommend to anyone looking for that sort of distance. 

Final note and massive kudos to Chris Collins who arrived in Coniston less than 1 minute before me after completing the full 100 mile course, and with an amazing overall placing.  I’m sure he’ll have his own stories to tell, but hats off sir, a truly amazing achievement.”


Congratulations Graham and Chris, amazing achievement guys!

Helena Tipping 10k

FB_IMG_1470210867260_resizedAlso on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k which saw 3 Helsby vests pounding the roads of Wrexham Industrial Estate. The first 5k is pretty much downhill but you then need to claw back the lost elevation for the second half and if judged correctly can be a very fast course. Carol Shaw had an excellent race to win her age group and Gaz was very close to his PB, just missing out by a few seconds. I managed to achieve one of my fastest 10k times of the year so was very happy with the result. Well done everyone, a great day was had by all and thank you to Louise Spruce for her support and taking the photographs. Also a quick mention to RD Michael Harrington (cute fruits) for the flawless organisation and quick publishing of the results, I’d recommend any of his races as his team always delivers a fantastic event on the day.

Helsby results below:

12th Colin Thompson 35.34
45th Gaz O’Connor 39.04
122nd Carol Shaw 46.34 (1st in age cat)

Full results can be found here

Photos here:


An excellent weekend of parkruns saw Jenny Illidge storm around to take 1st lady at Chester parkrun and Widnes saw a podium finish for Fitzy who grabbed a brilliant 2nd place overall. Well done both and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkrun, please find the consolidated results for Helsby below:

That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any races or results. All future race reports to the same email address –

Col T

Helsby RC News for week ending 24/07/16

Welcome to the weekly round up, starting with a reminder of what’s coming up over the next week:

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – The Green Green Grass of Home – a great little fell race of 5 miles and 1500ft of climb which has been well attended by Helsby in the past – 7.30 pm £4.00 on day only. Allow 15mins to get to start – Venue: Golden Lion Inn, Llangynhafal, near Denbigh (GR 129633).

“Saturday 30th July 2016 – North Wales Half Marathon – Our next club road counter. I did this a few years ago before word got out about what a good race it is. It’s a bit hilly and has ‘a bit’ of off road too! If the weather’s good you’ll get a great view of the castle before you drop back into Conwy for the home run. Hopefully anybody wanting to do it will have already entered as, looking at their website, it may now be full.

Saturday 30th July 2016, 2pm –Push up the Pincyn Another cracking fell race that is also a good family day out. The race is integrated into the annual village show at Clawddnewydd, Denbighshire.  It’s  6.2miles with 1300ft of climb  but quite a good introduction to fell running. Be prepared to climb over the bale of hay on the way out and then again on the home run!

Sunday 31st July 2016 , 10am – Helena Tipping Wrexham 10K 10:00 The Clubhouse, Wrexham Industrial The Clubhouse, Wrexham Industrial Estate, LL13 9RG

Sunday 31st July 2016 – Arenig Fawr Fell Race – One I haven’t done yet but looks a toughie – AM 13km/1000m 8miles/3300ft PM/LK/NS/ER, Details: 1.00 pm £4.00 on day only, Venue: Parking and registration near Arenig quarry (GR SH 830392).

Hopefully we’ll have some reports from the above races for the blog next week. Remember to send any contributions to:


Mystery 5k

It was great to hear from Tom De Jong again who has submitted a race report from the Mystery 5k on Tuesday last week:

“Tuesday saw the mystery 5k event, Colin Thompson and myself took part in this monthly event and it is a reasonably fast course. There was a really strong field and Colin Thompson ran a superb time getting into the top 10 of a high standard race. I ran myself as I’m trying to get my 5k times down which seems to be working, it’s a great race if anyone is interested doing the next 1. here are the results.

7th Colin Thompson 17.17
80th Tom De Jong 22.25

Holme Moss Fell Race

Holme Moss FR was on Sunday. Still awaiting the results but thanks to Ben Fletcher for sending in the report:

“Me, Jim and Phil decided to tackle the Holme Moss fell race, now there is some confusion over what the distance is of this race, the website says 15.9m but people who have ran it before say 18m, well it was 18m.

The start of the race is at Cartworth Moor Cricket Club which is the 2nd highest in the country. We were blessed with almost ideal running conditions both underfoot and climate wise, I say almost as it was a little humid. The forecast had predicted dark clouds and heavy rain from midday, the worst we got was light rain for all of 5 minutes, which was a welcome relief in the humid air.

The race started and after a short bit on a track we plunged down onto the lower slopes of the moors and bogs.

Holme Moss lays claims to be one of the best climbs on the fell scene. After descending Bareholme Moss and crossing the brook you’re ‘treated’ to a tough scramble up through rocks and bracken before the imposing Laddow Rocks come into view. Whilst standing at the foot of Laddow it looks almost impossible to ascend, especially when rock climbers are spotted roped up onto its rock face, after a short scramble we were up onto the top.

For many the race really starts once Laddow is climbed and the Pennine Way is reached, places and time can really be picked up whilst running up the slabs towards Black Hill.

The final climb up from Riding Wood is only short, but blimey it’s steep. Holding the undergrowth for leverage!!

The Cricket Club was a welcome sight after 18miles of tough running.”

The results should be published at:

Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run

Gaz O’Connor won the Raes Y Cae 10K Fun Run over the weekend. Well done Gaz!  He did send in a race report but I censored 25% of it and that only left three words. Still- a valiant effort😉 well done mate.

Snowdonia Trail Marathon

The marathon with a sting in the tail! Sunday saw the second hosting of this race which is now definitely on my list of favourite races. This year I again clocked well over 28 miles despite it being a prescribed route. Difference being I knew what to expect this year and ran it 28 minutes faster, finishing 75th from 414. Conditions were similar to last year – very wet and slippy but the wind and rain wasn’t quite as persistent. The route starts in Llanberis and takes in Rhydd du, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, and Pen y Pass before Snowdon and then taking you on a long fast descent back to Llanberis. The last few miles being the ‘sting’ for those expecting to find the finish at around 26 miles. Its a trail race that does seem to be popular with a lot of runners used to the road and quite a few people seemed to be struggling because of their choice of footwear. I know I’m not as fit as I was when I ran this race last year and therefore reckon my improvement on last year is simply down to shoes that I was comfy in (mudclaws) and 12 more months experience of mountain running.


We had 9 people out at various parkruns on Saturday. Consolidated club results can be viewed by following this link, but congratulations to Colin Thompson who finished first at Widnes in 18:02

Marshalling at The Lakes Skyrunning Event

Chris Baynham-Hughes queried whether this was appropriate for the blog. Well I think it is, so it’s in the blog. Cheers Chris.

“This weekend I was out on duty in my role for SkyRunningUK. This took the form of marking out ~ ¼ of the course (Ambleside up Fairfield, down to Grisdale tarn, up Dollywaggon Pike to Helvellyn then across Swirral edge to Catstycam and down to the dam wall) looking after competitors, registration, carrying a full sized video tripod up St Sundays Crag, marshalling on the top of Pinnacle ridge and finally getting to run out ~1/2 the course chatting to competitors so I can write up some sort of report. For those of you that have ever thought about marshalling at an event like this, I thoroughly recommend it. It was a terrifically rewarding experience to give back to the sport that we love and the competitors appreciation really shines through.

The event organiser had employed a team of 5 camera men including a drone pilot to capture some footage of the race. They have already put out a teaser which can be found at the link below. Let’s just say that the weather was a little different from when Max and Phil had a run at this last year (here ) This year’s race: “

I think that’s all the racing news for this week. Please do keep sending any reports in to Even a couple of lines, and maybe a link to the results,  all helps to pull the blog together.

Club Constitution update

Just to finish, you may well have already received an separate email about this – after last Wednesday’s club run, the Club adopted a new constitution (and supported the HCSC bar takings) – see: for the details.

Happy Running,


Helsby RC Constitution

At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 20 July 2016, Helsby Running Club adopted a new constitution. The text of the constitution is available below or as a PDF here. Minutes of the meeting are available here.

At the same time, the Club adopted Codes of Practice covering volunteering and social media, which are available here.


1) Name of Club

a) The Club shall be known as Helsby Running Club (“the Club”).

2) Purpose and Use of this Constitution

a) This Constitution is to set out the agreed rules between the members of the Club to allow the fair, efficient and effective running of the Club.

b) All members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with its content; and also the associated codes of conduct, policies and other documents.

c) The Club encourages all those who refer to this constitution to do so with an open and positive approach.

3) Objectives

a) The objectives of the Club shall be:

i) To encourage the practice, promotion, development and participation of amateur athletics and healthy recreation in Helsby, Cheshire and the wider community.

ii) To provide training and coaching for members.

iii) To organise open, club, and club handicap running races.

iv) To organise teams to represent the Club in championships and leagues and in such other competitions as the Committee shall decide.

v) The Club shall cater for the following athletics disciplines:

(a)          Road Running

(b)          Cross-Country Running

(c)           Fell Running, and

(d)          Trail Running.

vi) To support Helsby Community Sports Club (HCSC)’s management of their facilities in Helsby for the benefit of this Club, other sporting sections of HCSC and the wider community

vii) To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.

viii) To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

b) The Club shall seek to be affiliated to England Athletics, and other national or regional amateur athletic bodies as the Committee consider appropriate in order to carry out the objectives of the Club.

4) Club Colours

a) The Club colours shall be green with white piping (as registered with England Athletics)

b) The Management Committee will be responsible for the design of club kit

c) First claim members are required to wear these colours when competing for the Club, unless the rules of competition provide exemption.

d) Second claim members running in an open race, are required to run in the colours of their first claim club if the first claim club is registered in the discipline of that race (e.g. track & field, cross-country, road running, fell running, trail running, race walking).

e) The definition of first and second claim are those used by England Athletics.

5) Club Equity Statement

a) This Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

b) The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

c) The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

d) All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

e) The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to disciplinary procedures described in clause 14 of this constitution.

6) Membership

a) Membership of the Club shall be open to persons aged 16 years old and over who are amateurs as defined by England Athletics at that time, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.

b) Children under the age of 16 attending training, races or any club activity must be accompanied by their parent or guardian who shall be entirely responsible for them.

c) For young people age 16 or 17, a parent or guardian is to be entirely responsible for their attendance at all club activities.

d) Each membership application must be made on the appropriate form. The appropriate subscription must accompany the application for membership.

e) Honorary life membership of the Club may be conferred upon any member by a majority vote of those present at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in recognition of someone who has performed an outstanding service, or who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club.

f) Any member wishing to resign from the Club must do so in writing or by email to the Secretary.

g) Resignation shall be considered by the Committee within one calendar month of receipt and will be held as effective from the date of tendering. Resignations will not be accepted if the member either owes money to the Club or holds Club property; in these cases, the resignation will not be accepted until the money has been paid or the property returned.

h) All members will be subject to this constitution and by joining the Club will be deemed to accept this constitution and associated policy and codes of practice that the Club has adopted.

7) Subscriptions

a) Annual subscriptions shall become due for payment on 1st May each year or at the AGM whichever is later, with the amounts being determined by the AGM.

b) The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

c) Any member failing to make payment by 30th June shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of membership on that date and may be expelled provided that notice has been sent at least twice to the member’s last known email address informing him/her of the proposed action.

8) Management

a) The club will be managed through the Management Committee consisting of the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Ladies’ Captain and Men’s Captain who shall be Officers of the Club together with a maximum of seven other members. All shall be elected at the AGM and remain in office until the conclusion of the AGM of the following year.

b) The Management Committee may as appropriate nominate the other committee members to undertake other roles such as Race Organisers, Vice-Captains, Welfare Officer, etc during their year of office. These roles are not specified to allow the Club and the Management Committee flexibility.

c) Five elected Management Committee members are required for a quorum for a Management Committee meeting to take place providing the Chairman or Secretary is also present.

d) The Management Committee meetings will be convened by the Secretary and held no less than four times per year.

e) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members, but co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.

f) Any elected member of the Management Committee who is absent from three successive meetings, illness exempted, may at the discretion of the Management Committee, be replaced for the remaining elected term of the Management Committee.

g) The Management Committee may appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the Management Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider appropriate.

h) The Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the Club.

i) The Management Committee will have powers to appoint subcommittees as necessary and appoint advisers to the Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business

j) The Management Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The Management Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.

9) Annual General Meeting

a) The AGM shall be held in the month of May (or June) as dictated by the practical circumstances applicable at that time.

b) At the AGM the meeting will:

i) Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.

ii) Receive reports from the Chairman, Secretary and other Management Committee members.

iii) Receive a report from the Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts.

iv) Receive a report from those responsible for certifying the Club’s accounts.

v) Elect the Management Committee.

vi) Agree the membership fees for the following year.

vii) Consider any proposed changes to the Constitution.

viii) Deal with other relevant business.

c) At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to members of the date, venue and agenda items for the AGM by email or in writing.

d) All members of the Club at the meeting who are aged 18 years or more shall have one vote. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting, vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting shall be by ballot.

e) The quorum will be the lower number of i) a quarter of the voting members or ii) 25 voting members.

10) Extra-Ordinary General Meeting

a) An EGM may be called by the Management Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution or any other Club business too urgent to wait for the AGM.

b) An EGM must be called if a tenth of voting members so petition the Secretary in writing.

c) 21 days’ notice of an EGM must be given to the all members by email or in writing together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall be conducted.

d) Procedures for voting shall be as used for the AGM.

11)          Finance

a) The club treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club.

b) The financial year of the club will run from 1st May and end on 30th April

c) All club monies will be banked in accounts held in the name of the club.

d) An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.

e) Any cheques drawn against club funds should be signed by two of the following: the Secretary, Treasurer and Chair, or any other specifically nominated person.

f) All members of the Club shall be jointly and severally responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.

g) Expenditure above agreed budget levels may only be authorised at a Management Committee meeting.

12)          Property and Funds

a) The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in the Club.

b) The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.

c) The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:

i) Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment.

ii) Employ members and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present.

iii) Pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting guests;

d) The Club may make donations to charities, CASCs or other not for profit organisations working for community benefit.

e) Indemnify the Management Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).

f) The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.

13)          Personal Data

a) The Club will only ask for and hold sufficient information to administer the Club and communicate with its members. This may include medical information for emergency purposes.

b) This data will only be used for the bona-fide club purposes, and only shared with other members of the club who need the information to carry out their agreed duties. It may also be shared with organisations to which the Club is affiliated to (such as England Athletics).

c) Individual members are responsible for informing the Club of any change of personal details such as address, telephone number, e-mail address and medical conditions.

14)          Discipline and Appeals

a) All concerns, allegations or reports of poor practice/abuse relating to the welfare of children and young people will be recorded and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with the club’s child protection policy and procedures. The club Welfare Officer is the lead contact for all members in the event of any child protection concerns.

b) All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be presented and submitted in writing to the Secretary.

c) The Management Committee will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged. The committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.

d) The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days of the hearing.

e) There will be the right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 7 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.

15) Dissolution or Merger

a) A resolution to dissolve or merge the Club can only be passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or EGM. Notice of such a resolution must have been given in the notification of the AGM or EGM. The Management Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.

b) After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Management Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:

i) To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or

ii) To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or

iii) To England Athletics for use by them for related community sports.

16) Alterations to the Constitution

a) The Constitution may be altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.

17) Priority

a) Interpretation of all the above rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002).

b) This constitution and rules remain subordinate to England Athletics’ Rules of Competition.

18) Revision History

a) This Constitution was formerly adopted at the EGM held on 20 July 2016 and replaces the club’s previous constitutions (last updated in 1999) used since its formation in 1982.


Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (11/7/16 to 17/7/16)

Hello Green Army

It’s warm out there at the minute, not ideal running weather unless you’re stood around at the side of a running track topping up your tan whilst coaching others eh Froddy!

Park Run – So I’ve only just started going to park run, and what a great event it is. I nearly sent in a report of my 4th place at Widnes this week, sure you all wanted to hear about that, but luckily for you lot there’s a few race reports come in so I will spare you all. Maybe another week. Don’t forget the more reports in this blog the better, please lets see some new races reports, they are great to read. Send them to

We had runners out in the Wire, Widnes, Chester, & Delamere.

List of consolidated results below

Laura BH sent in a report for another of our Fell Counters

7 Felsby travelled to the Lakes on Sunday for the next fell counter in the Helsby Fell series, the Kentmere horseshoe. This was my first classic lakes fell race and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was glorious as over 300 competitors set off up a steep track before heading onto the fells. The 12 miles took in 1000m of climb and the tops of Ill Bell, Highstreet and Kentmere pike, where my cheering squad popped up with cow bells and high fives. It was then downhill with a pretty hairy finish down what I can only describe as a river bed! Was a bit concerned before the race as it was my first time on a pretty much unmarked course but I needn’t have worried as the visibility was good and I had plenty of people to follow! A great day out and definitely worth the trip.

Results for Helsby

21st Jim O’Hara 01:46:10

74th Ben Fletcher 02:02:24

83rd Philip Roberts 02:04:07

143rd Laura B-Hughes 02:15:26 (19th Female)

147th Tim Palmer 02:16:15

162nd Steve Riley 02:2-:54

177th Jim Jones 02:22:49

267th Sue Buck 03:12:46 (64th Female)

Over to Degs for another in depth race report he is now becoming famous for, must have taken a fair few hours to put this together, cheers Degs

A green army of 1 took on the Cheshire half marathon at Arley Hall. It’s was a decent event around the country lanes of northwich with stunning views of bushes either side of the road, although not all roads were closed so a few cars did pass but I didn’t see any probs. My race went in stages as follows


  1. Mile 1-5 felt like i was Mo Farah
  2. Miles 6-10 i felt like I was running in treacle
  3. Miles 10-13 felt like I was running up the down escalators.


All in all a good event but a bad race for me. Lesson learnt for me was you must get the long training runs in you can’t blag 13 miles.




Jackie was up to her usual antics at the weekend doing another tough challenge, when you going to do a nice easy 5k?

Lyke Wake Walk Challenge

Saturday 9th July 5:40am Sheepwash Car Park was my start time for the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk Challenge which covers the entire length of the North Yorkshire Moors, starting in Osmotherley and finishing 42 miles later on the north sea coast at Ravenscar. The start times from 5am were handicapped to try and get everyone finished by 5pm. This club organized race by the Quaker Running Club from Darlington is a gem with the most amazingly organized check points every half dozen miles or so along the route, each with very friendly support, deck chairs, and buffet food varying from rice pudding and peaches through to water melon and sausages, with tons of cake varieties all washed down with flat coke or tea!  After the Saunders the other weekend, wet and fog bound July Saturdays are the norm and today was no exception with heavy rain forecast from 10 till mid afternoon – and the timing was spot on! This together with a lot of rain the previous month and in particular the previous week guaranteed a bog fest!. The previous Saturday the local mountain rescue team were called out to rescue someone stuck in a bog! When I recced the 2nd half a few weeks previous I sunk in up to my thighs but fortunately managed to extract myself! On refection I reckon a marathons worth of the total distance was bog or mud all in generous proportions!

Anyway it was an amazing day, in the quiet early morning shift I was lucky enough to pal up with a guy called Howard for the first half and we egged each other on sharing stories (he was recovering from a brain tumor op earlier this year and was determined to run to recover) and he also led a few variations which were slightly longer but less hilly & muddy & therefore faster! As the rain set in and the boggiest part of the course started I pulled ahead but didn’t feel too bad leaving him as by now the race was getting populated as the faster runners came though. It’s a real tonic to do a handicapped race and have company all the way through the race (normally as the going gets tough towards the end it gets very lonely out there at the back of the field!).   Late afternoon the weather improved and the sea loomed in the distance which gave me the kick I needed to keep on running rather than walk. The last couple of miles I even managed to upt the pace when  I realised sub 10 hours was possible, straight into finish in the grounds of the Raven Hotel which we had managed to book into for the night for a good wash & dinner proudly wearing my mum’s Lyke Wake Walk badge!.

For those Ultra runners out there I can recommend this one, just over £20 to enter and the best organized friendly club race there is … after the Sandstone Trail Challenge of course! Next year’s race in Saturday 8th July.

1st male Ben Hamilton 6:06

1st female Shelli Gordon 6:58

70th Jackie Keasley 9:52

Out of 111 with 5 dnf.

Dearnford Lake Relay

This event gets more and more popular each year and entries sold out before race day, meaning we could only put 4 teams into it this year, we will definitely book something earlier next year as it didn’t disappoint yet again. It’s a long way to run a leg of 2 miles in part of a 3 leg race. After a somewhat difficult journey getting to the venue after a bike accident on roads close by, we all managed to get there just on time for the start, which seen our team that finished 4th the last 2 years, to actually grab 3rd spot overall. Colin Thompson, Colin Bishop and myself where over the moon. The ladies upstaged us though grabbing 2nd place overall, stop being so good!! The 2nd mens team came 11th overall, and the mixed team 22nd. A great night was had by all, only problem was we didn’t stop for a burger and a pint, due to the crash making it a bit difficult to get home. There’s always next year.

Full results

Dates for your diary

Not a lot going on this weekend, but a quick mention about Monday night training at Helsby High on the grass track. We had an excellent session just gone, we had the 5k time trial, thanks Helen, Joe & Mario’s normal track session, and Paul Frodsham speed session, which consisted of 16 x 400m sprints with 1 mins recovery, next week it will be 8 x 800m, come along and give them a go, all sessions cater for everyone, fast or slow ish.

We have provisional dates for the borders league races for next season, I will post them once they are all confirmed.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!


Weekly update 3 July to 10 July

Firstly a poster from Betty regarding the club clean up operation this weekend.



Helsby members were in action at Widnes, Ellesmere Port, Delamere, Birkenhead park and Widness. Full results are below.

Next up a couple of reports from Wednesdays Ladies 5K at Forest park, Warrington, the first from Debbie Read, the second from Tanya Downes.

This lovely little race, organised by Spectrum Striders is an ideal race for both experienced runners (course record: 16:59) and novices (last one home this year 41:15)

Starting and finishing on grass, the mainly flat course is a mixture of footpaths, woodland trails and pavements.
All runners get flowers at the finish and if you hang around at the prize giving there are 20 lucky dip prizes-usually running socks, to be won.

Forest Park ladies 5k

7 Helsby ladies and one spartan ran last wednesday at forest park 5k, hosted by spectum striders. Luckily the rain held off the 155 runners, although hot and humid it was good running weather. A multi terrain route took us through woodland paths with a tarmac middle section. Enjoyed by all, some good times gained and flowers at the end.
29th Debbie Read 23:19
38th Suzanne Fletcher 24:28
47th Leah Binns 25:14 ( helsby 2nd claim)
49th Tanya Downes 25:28
67th Jenny OHare 27:07
80th Emma Barnes 28:46
101st Donna Geer 30:36
105th Pamela Peake 31:09.


Thursday night saw a great turn out from Helsby for the 2nd Deestriders Multi Terrain Grand Prix with club captain Col Thompson again securing 2nd place overall. Well done, Col.

Tanya also sent in this report from the Surrey Badger Half Marathon on Sunday.

Surrey badger 1/2 marathon

One lone helsby runner set off for the hills of the south downes in surrey to participate in the surrey badger 1/2 marathon. A perfect day for running, slightly overcast but still warm. A very “undulating ” trail course with some wicked inclines and equally spectacular declines thrown in for good measure; beautiful views, supportive marshals and a vineyard start and finish. Knocked 19 minutes off my last visit there so very pleased with myself.
2:19, a lovely badger t-shirt and bottle of beer

If you fancy a race further a field, this, any many of the others in Dorking are well worth a weekend away for.
Tanya x

Carl Pratt ran the week long Tour of Merseyside, here’s his report.

Tour of Merseyside 2016 – 6 races in 7 days! 52 miles total. The aim was to beat last years time of 06h:10m:50s.

No detailed blog this year but here’s my summary….
Sunday – Race 1 – Southport half marathon.

New route this year with a section through the town. (last year was an out and back on a long boring B road so definitely an improvement).

Started off looking like it was going to be a sub 1:30 and a PB but got to 6 miles, hitting the prom and an almighty headwind hit taking away the dream of a PB.

2015 – 01h:33m:19s

2016 – 01h:33m:27s
8 seconds slower.

Monday – Race 2 – Thurstaston 6 mile multi terrain
Conditions much better than last year. Bit of a niggling blister on my toe but managed to forget about it and run a decent race. It starts on the beach, goes up hills and steps very similar to our summer route and ends on a flat trail for a couple of miles. Managed to keep up a nice pace up to the finish and gain a few seconds back from the total cumulative time.
2015 – 44m:08s
2016 – 43m:22s
46 seconds quicker

Tuesday – Race 3 – 10 mile Walton loop line cycle track
A very rare negative split race for me. First 5 miles were a struggle but managed to find something from somewhere for the last 5 miles. The results showed 10 places were made up in the 2nd half of the race from 49th to 39th place. Happy with that.
2015 – 01h:09m:33s
2016 – 01h:09m:54s
21 seconds slower

Thursday – Race 4 – 5 mile Otterspool (basically PLS 10k without going off the prom)
Tradition is fancy dress day on the Thursday . have taken it far too seriously in previous years and not done the fancy dress so got persuaded to join in this year. The spandex and 80s rock wig on the hottest race gives me the excuse for this one!
2015 – 34m:12s
2016 – 34m:52s
40 seconds slower

Friday – Race 5 – Stadt Moers XC
Legs decided to lock up on this one, maybe the laces were too tight. Didn’t enjoy this roller-coaster profile course this year but managed to hang in and avoid a total disaster.
2015 – 41m:44s
2016 – 42m:40s
56 seconds slower

Saturday – Race 6 – 12 mile costal – New Brighton to Hoylake and back
The final race left me 1min, 12 seconds behind last year with a time of 01:26:42 needed. I calculated that I could do this with 4m:25s/km on the Garmin. Not impossible but would require a very good race.

Up to 5 and a half miles it was paced perfectly, however the turnaround mile was on the beach which was very wet and sludgy. Managed to get off the beach still in contention with just over 5 miles to go but the extra weight in the soaked trainers took its toll and knocked me back to around 4m:50s/km so sadly no chance of the personal record.
38 seconds slower

Total Overall
2015 – 06h:10m:50s
2016 – 06h:12m:47s
1 minute 57 seconds slower

As always a really good event, already booked on for next year. The running is starting to feel good again after a frustrating Achilles injury. Sub 6 hour for 2017? Maybe!


Janet Robertson sent in a report from the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon,

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) 2016

In January, with six months preparation time ahead, agreeing to enter the SLMM to mark my 50th birthday seemed a brilliant idea. In June, preparation began. I managed a few slightly longer than usual runs, blew the cobwebs off my compass and altimeter, and looked (unsuccessfully) for my copy of the book “Mountain Navigation for Runners”.
On 2nd July, when after five hours ‘running’ we found ourselves battling against severe wind, lashing rain and resultant cold on the high mountain ridge at High Street, I wondered whether for next year’s birthday I might just go to the pub.


These events require more than fitness. Jackie Keasley and Rachel Arnold have a long history of completing mountain marathons, including a recent win at the Highlander. It is this experience that enables them to find a small wrinkle in a contour line 2 km away across featureless moorland. I was partnered with Rachel for the weekend while Jackie opted for a weekend walking her course with non-Helsby member Georgina who had been knocked back by injury, and another non-Helsby team Sheila with son Adam. Rachel’s navigational skills were masterful and she patiently herded me in the right direction, even during her own personal battle when she lost all feeling in her feet due to the cold.

As well as the issues of navigation and the effects of the cold, the serious nature of travelling over mountainous terrain was highlighted by two incidents which led to competitors having to be helicoptered off the final descent on day one. Happily, both were reported to be OK.

Spirits were high at the overnight campsite. One unique feature of the SLMM is that you can order beer to collect on your arrival! After a delicious evening meal of beanfeast and noodles, rated by Rachel as looking “disgusting”, we settled down for the night on bubble wrap (Rachel) and a bed made of balloons (me) in a miniscule tent.



Day two started with an epic wait in the toilet queue, to be met with an organiser who had the glamorous job of handing out rations of toilet paper. After that, a pleasant if tiring day followed, with nice weather, stunning views, and a flatter course.

Results: who cares, we got back in one piece and had an amazing time …
Rachel Arnold & Janet Robertson (Carrock Fell). Total time 12:04:18. 51st. 1st VF.
Jackie Keasley & Georgina (Wansfell). Total time 09:54:05. 61st. 3rd VF.

The results from Wednesdays Summer Handicap.

By handicap position

Jamie Kong 1
Graham Ireland 2
Dave Wiggins 3
Dave Feakes 4
Andy Robinson 5
Tom de Jong 6
Phil Gillard 7
Ben Williams 8
Adam Gordon 9
Vanessa Griffiths 10
Tim Igoe 11
June Swift 12
Dave Goodier 13
Chris Igoe 14
Ste Wiggins 15
Phil Roberts 16
Laura BH 17
Charlie Roberts 18
Geoff Collins 19
Kate Mann 20
Nick Ryder 21
Helen Owens 22

and by finishing time

Adam Gordon  17 56
Phil Roberts  19 17
June Swift  20 25
Graham Ireland  20 35
Laura BH 21 27
Phil Gillard 22 2
Andy Robinson 22 4
Dave Feakes 22 25
Jamie Kong 22 49
Nick Ryder 22 52
Vanessa Griffiths 23 1
Tim Igoe 23 10
Dave Goodier 23 55
Ben Williams 24 16
Tom de Jong 24 18
Helen Owens 25 39
Dave Wiggins 25 42
Geoff Collins 25 50
Kate Mann 26 1
Ste Wiggins 26 7
Chris Igoe 27 36

Charlie Roberts 28 8

Lastly a quick picture from Friday nights BBQ, many thanks to all that attended and helped in the organisation.



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July & August Dates for your Diary!

Helsby Running Club – July & August Dates for your Diary

There’s a lot going on this next couple of months on the HRC running front. Here’s a reminder so you can hopefully come along and join in.

Firstly it’s our Annual Club Summer Handicap on Helsby Hill this evening. Meet at the club at 6:30pm.

Thursday 7th July – Deeside Off Road Grand Prix – Race 2 – our second counter in our Trail Mini Club Championships. A 4.5 mile off road race from Tata Sports & Social Club at Shotton CH5 1PY. To lift share meet at the club at 6:30pm.  Here’s the details and entry form:-

Friday 8th July  – HRC Summer BBQ – 7:30pm start at the club – We are keeping the handicap and  BBQ separate in order to make this a summer social evening open to family, friends and their children and in doing so supporting the HCSC by promoting bar takings!  The club will provide the BBQ items but please bring along a salad or pudding/sweet to make the usual excellent spread. Please email Lesley letting her know you are coming and what you are bringing.

Wednesday 20th July  – HRC Extraordinary General Meeting – 8:30pm in the bar after our club run.  As mentioned at our recent AGM a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to produce a new club constitution that will allow us to apply for Community Associated Sports Club Status (CASC) which will benefit Helsby Running Club into the future. Here are links to the agenda, new draft constitution and our new club codes pf practice. The meeting won’t take long but we do need a quorum to get this through so please come along!

Saturday & Sunday 16 & 17th July  – Helsby Community Sports Club Force Weekend –The Rugby section are organising their annual RugbyForce weekend and will be tackling a number of projects which will benefit all sections. There are many small jobs that could be done with a little effort to help improve the club house and keep us chugging along until new build comes along.  i.e. refurbishing the club’s upstairs meeting room ahead of it being transformed into a gym, partitioning the bar alcove to create a new meeting room, carrying out a deep-clean and some general maintenance on the club kitchen, painting the snooker room and a longer stretch of the green railings outside the club (the first impressions as you enter the club!). All materials will be provided, but please bring tools along if you can.

Here’s a video link of what’s required:-

Message from Rugby section – In the spirit of working together as one club, that as per the last refurbishment exercise in 2014, we could count on all of the club’s sections to support this.  I’d therefore like to ask for each of the sections to publicise the event to their own members, but also having done so – to look at potential jobs that you’d like to undertake and feedback as to what you’ll take responsibility for.  This is a great opportunity to come together and remind ourselves about what we are really about…a Community Club.

As we use the kitchen area for our functions, it would be good to get involved with this as well as other general tasks. Please if you can help out even for just a few hours let me know -it would be great to get volunteers from our whole wide membership not just our regular volunteers!!

Inter Club Fell Championship – Last week’s Wobbler saw Helsby take the lead in this year’s inter club mini fell championship:-

Points Points No of Runners
grand total sub-total bonus men ladies
320 Helsby RC 260 60 27 13
227 Spectrum Striders RC 221 6 8 5
133 Delamere Spartans 133 0 5 2
82 Warrington RR 82 0 6 1

Full results on

There has been a mix up with Spectrum having put down Teggs Nose as the next Counter (we thought it was Shelf Moor). So there is an extra date for your diary.

Saturday 13th August – Teggs Nose – 2:30pm – BM 11.7K 525m – Organised by Macclesfield Harriers.   Note the final counter in this series is the Moel Fammau Mountain Race on Summer Bank Holiday Monday.

Cheers and see you very soon hopefully!

Jackie Keasley
Your Chair