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…

AGM and 2015 subs.

It’s AGM time again — it comes around very quickly. Please come along to the clubhouse after our usual training run on Wednesday 13th May. Special for our AGM, pizzas will be served in the lounge first before we go upstairs to the tea room. It’s quiet up there so we should be able to all hear the proceedings – but be warned its in a very bad state of repair, unlike us!

It’s a time to reflect the highlights of the past year (hopefully no low lights) and set the scene for the coming year. Please come along and share your ideas and thoughts for running (and much more) with Helsby Running Club in 2015/2106 and lets try and make it happen!

The agenda and last year’s minutes are attached.

Last year we increased the number of committee roles and this seems to have worked quite well. Spreading the load amongst more people enables us to do more as a club but there is always more we can do and things we can do differently. From the committee meeting held last week all members bar two are willing to stand again. Please note though that all the positions are up for grabs so if you wish to get involved in any of these roles then please let us know as we are always keen to have new faces on the committee as this breeds new and fresh ideas. It’s your club so please consider helping out in any way you can.

Sadly Gareth has decided to step down as 4 Villages Race Director; we thank Gareth for the last two year’s organisation. Laura B-H has volunteered to take over the position but if anyone else would like to take on the role or act as assistant please let me know.

Adrian has moved to St Helens and although will still be running for us will find it more difficult to act as Border League co-ordinator. Thanks for the emphatic enthusiasm and encouragement in drumming up support for the series.

For all committee roles, if you would like to know more on what they entail and what’s involved please ask me (, 07960 570827) or any of the committee.

Committee elected at the 2014 Spring AGM.
Chair – Jackie
Secretary – Phil
Treasurer – Jo
Club Coach – Joe
Men’s Captain – Colin T
Men’s Vice captain – Mario
Ladies Captain – Jane A
Ladies Vice Captain – Carol
Press Officer – Carol (+Adair)
Social Secretary – Dave and Lesley
Half Marathon Director – Gareth
HCSC – Betty
Border League Co-ordinator – Adrian and Vanessa
XC Co-ordinator – Jayne J
Webster Wobbler organiser – Chris BH
Sandstone Trail organiser – Andy R
Deputy Sandstone Trail organiser – Chris H
Webmaster – Steve
Club Stats – Ian and Donna
Welfare Officers – Louise, Jenny and Ivan

A few more dates for your diary

Wednesday 22nd April – Final Border League of the season at Wrexham followed by the Presentations. 7pm start, LL13 9RG. Meet up at the club at 5:45 for lift share. The men are aiming to close the gap between 1st and 2nd in the 2nd division contest (promotion assured if we get the turnout we have been getting all season) and the ladies consolidating their 4th (or even 3rd?) place in Division 1; plus several well earned individual Helsby category winners. Well done to all who have taken part over the season.

Wednesday 29th April – Chris B-H will talk on Mountain Marathons and kit – the sorts of tricks people use to bring down weight, what they eat, which way to run, navigation, overnight camping, the ever growing number and type of events. To add balance to this Jane, Rachel, Lesley and Jackie will chip in with their experiences from further back in the field carrying heavier loads! (note change of date for this talk from that advertised a while back as the original date of the 15th clashed with the Spring 5).

Friday 12th, 19th or 20th June – TBC (subject to the Tough Team Challenge date being announced!) – Annual Presentation Evening at the Club House, 8pm. Our annual prize giving for the Summer 2014 Road and Fell Championships and the 2014/2015 Cross Country and Border League Championships plus much more. Followed by a Bring Along Supper and Chris Igoe’s famous and energetic disco.

Yours in running,

Helsby Running Club – Chair

Please note that subs will be due from the AGM, so please bring either cheque or cash on the night, or if it’s easier to do a bank transfer ask for account details and email me when done.

Subs will remain at £35 for ordinary member, £25 for pensioner member (65+ for men, 60+ for lady at 1st May 2015) and £15 for junior member.

Subs need to be paid as soon as possible after the AGM preferably by the end of May, but no later than the end of June. If subs are not received by the end of June, members will be resigned with England Athletics meaning they will no longer be affiliated with Helsby Running Club, will not be covered by EA insurance and will be subject to the £2 levy when entering races.

To make my life easier, if you don’t want to renew your membership, please let me know and I will resign you from EA and quit bothering you with reminder emails.

Any problems, please let me know.
Many thanks,
Treasurer and membership secretary

Downloads: Minutes from 2014 AGM2015 AGM agenda

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (5-4-5 to 12-4-15)

Helsby runners were out in force throughout the North West in Saturdays Parkruns. Highlights were a 2nd place and PB for Neil Finegan at Ellesmere Port, a PB for Chris Hatton at Widnes and a V50 age category win for birthday girl Helen Owens in her first race in the age category. Congratulations all.

A I full report for all Helsby members at this weeks Parkruns can be found at the link below.

On Saturday, Helsbys resident ultra runner, Andy Robinson, was in West Yorkshire and sent the following short report from the Calderdale Hike….

“I ran in the second race of the Runfurther ultra series on Saturday, the Calderdale Hike in West Yorkshire.  This was a 37-mile route round the moors and valleys around the Calder Valley, on a complicated and scenic route.  The Calderdale Hike has a new route every 3 years, and this was a new route year.  As a consequence plenty of runners got lost or took less than optimum routes between checkpoints.  I’d been out recceing the route, so managed to finish in a respectable time of 6.55.  I was equal 11th from 75 finishers, 2nd MV50 and 2nd MV60.   I’ve written a race report though, and you can find that on the Runfurther website:”. Cheers Andy, well done.

Also on Saturday Phil Roberts, Phil Gillard and Jamie Dowdall (who was running for Darwin) ran the Wardle skyline fell race. Phil came 38th in time 55.04, Jamie came 79th in time 59.24 and Phil Gillard came 86th time 01.00.47 . Phil Roberts reports that186 people took part the pulls were not to brutal but hit a cobbled road last quarter of the route and a small up hill to get to the finish which you could call the sting in the tail.

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Sunday was the penultimate race of the Border League at Caernarfon, club captain Col Thompson reports….

“A race in gale force winds is never a good thing, or is it? Judging by the amount of PBs acquired by the Green Army contingent at Caernarfon on Sunday it seems that when you’re blown towards the finish along a coast road by 60 mph winds it really favours those 10k times! Excellent running all. The results below speak for themselves with 10K PBs from Sue Buck, Adam Gordon, Jo Farwell, Shan McCarthy and myself,  we had no fewer than 8 sub 40 min 10k times in the mens team, which really shows the depth in talent we have in the club now. As promotion looks more and more imminent we can start looking forward to next season and with results like these I’m sure we can compete with the best in the league. Congratulations to Colin Bishop for leading the men home with an excellent sub 35 min run and 1st in his age group, also a big shout out to Chris Fitzpatrick who is showing an amazing rate of improvement by breaking the magic 36 min barrier and a top 20 position. The men were 2nd in Division 1, just behind a strong Eryri squad. Well done chaps!

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It was panic stations in the ladies camp when a few almost never made it to the start line after a navigation error en route but arrived just in the nick of time! Jo Lacking led the team home and ran another blinder for a 42:48 time and 3rd in her age group and Carol Shaw once again won her age group with a fine display of running. Also well done to Debbie Read who had a superb race to grab 2nd in her age group on her maiden club race. The ladies were 5th in Division 1 on the day. Well done to all!

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Thank you to Joe and Mario for their support and Jackie who hung up her racing flats for the day to try her hand at photography. Also thank you to Jane Bishop for sorting race positions and providing the delicious cookies!”
All results here:

Also on Sunday, Steve Riley tackled the Mow Cop fell race for the first time and sent in this report.

“Nobody was going to be impressed by my 10k time so instead of joining
the brave warriors heading West to Caernarfon I headed East to the
wilds of Staffordshire and the Mow Cop fell race. I’d never been to
Mow Cop before, I’d heard of the Killer Mile but this one was six and
a bit and somehow squeezed in 1300′ of climbing. For a village outside
the bounds of the Peak district we managed to find a fair few hills in
the rolling countryside. More tough trail than actual fell race, it
had a bit of everything – single track, fields, mud, forest, bog and
even a bit of tarmac. 53rd and 1h57s, firmly mid-pack. Top notch
banana bread at the finish. Worth a look-out for next year.”
Cheers Steve and well done!

The same day Jim Jones journeyed to the South coast to compete in the Brighton marathon and, despite getting blocked in during the opening miles, was rewarded with a sub 3:45 finish in his first marathon. Great running Jim.


An important reminder for next Wednesday night. Its the final Border League race at Wrexham Industrial Estate with the final team placings in the Mens and Ladies Leagues still to be decided. In particular the Men, whilst promotion to Division 1 seems likely as runners up, could still win the division with a strong showing so a good turnout would be greatly appreciated. An Email with further details, times etc will be going out over the next few days, please keep an eye out for it.

As ever, please send you race reports to

Helsby RC Racing News Easter 2015

Happy Easter everyone! A good turn out at the fells and roads at the weekend, seems everyone has been burning off those Easter egg calories! Thank you for all the reports this week, please keep sending them to


dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fLots of green vests out for the parkruns and a few new PBs too! Widnes saw 3 PBs from Derek, Carl and Dave Madders and all in the top 10 with Derek on the podium for silver. Good stuff guys! Neil Finegan had another strong run for a new PB at Delamere showing a return to form after a recent injury. Well done to everyone else who took part, Helsby results below:

Warrington parkrun
79 Rhea THOMAS 00:25:01

Riverside parkrun
10 Edward HALLIWELL  00:19:25

Delamere parkrun
7 Neil FINEGAN 00:19:18
27 Scot STEEL  00:20:51
63 Janet ROBERTSON 00:22:51
72 Louise MCEVELEY  00:23:30

Keswick parkrun
60 Rachel ARNOLD  00:25:15

Ellesmere Port parkrun
21 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:23:49

Widnes parkrun
2 Derek MORRIS 00:18:29
5 Carl PRATT 00:20:05
9 David MADDERS 00:20:46

Full results here:

Road Running

Halewood 5k

On Saturday Colin Thompson found himself toeing the line at the Halewood Triangle Park with a small number of local athletes for the monthly Halewood 5k. Perfect race conditions and a pancake flat course saw him run a sub 17 minute time,  4th overall and 1st in age category. This is a brilliant little race series and is part of a Grand Prix with awards and prizes on offer if you do enough races. The best thing is they are free!

4th  Colin Thompson  16:59 (1st in age cat)

More info and full results here:

Air Products 10k

Colin Bishop travelled to Crewe on Easter Sunday to partake in the Air Products 10k. The course is described as “flat and fast” which Colin took full advantage of by belting out an eye watering 34:20 and 9th overall. Big congratulations to Colin for another superb time and PB!

9th  Colin Bishop  34:20 (1st in age cat)

Full results here

Hale 5

A new event from BTR saw the resurrection of the Hale 5 on Easter Sunday which has been absent from the racing calendar in recent years. Geoff and Janet Shaw ventured to Merseyside to represent Helsby and both had an excellent race with Geoff running a sub 40 minute time and Janet grabbing 2nd in her age category. Well done The Shaws!

Results below:

103rd  Geoff Shaw 36:56
262nd  Janet Shaw  46:42 (2nd in age cat)

Full results here:


Fell Running

Lots of action at the fells this weekend with Andy Smith, Sue Buck and Phil Gillard all flying the Green Army flag. Andy and Phil have sent in the following reports, thanks guys. First up is Andy:

Rivington Pike

“A sunny Saturday at Easter and it’s off for a real classic fell race. Hailed as the oldest fell race in Britain, the Rivington Pike race is run in the traditional manner – from the Crown pub in Horwich. It’s a straight up – as hard as you can – to the monument on Rivington Pike. Turn, and straight back down – as quick as you can. Crowds line the whole route up and down to cheer the runners on, it’s got a great atmosphere. And to toe the start line with the legend that is Ron Hill (yes! taken part in a race with great man himself) turns participation into a privilege.  A fast and furious race of 3.25 miles, with no respite for us mortals, it’s a great hard sustained effort. The winning time of 17:40 is a 5k time many of would die for on the flat, for the rest of us just happy to finish  an enjoyable run out for a glorious day out on the fells.”

146th Andy Smith  27:38
221st Sue Buck (2nd claim) 32:25


And over to Phil…

Pendle race report

“So, there we were, the whole of Easter Saturday ahead of us, so many races, so little time, I thought I would give Helen the choice; Fran Four – no too remote, Rivi Pike – no too short, how about a trip to Bali – ooh that sounds great. Unfortunately my spelling isn’t great either, so when we set off on the M56, it wasn’t to the airport, it was to Lancashire and the village of Barley, just at the bottom of Pendle hill.

Driving into the village, we were greeted to the colourful site of the kid’s races which had already started – loads of little fell running munchkins in club colours, all of them with the potential to become the next Brownlees.

The village of Barley seems to be in a time warp, an honesty box in the car park, two thriving pubs, a village green and gentle stream running through.

Registering at the village hall, there was no requirement for kit and the route looked like a subset of the Stan Bradshaw race a few of us ran earlier this year.

There is something about Easter races in Lancashire, the whole of the county seems to turn out and as we left the hall you could see the trig point on Pendle hill with spectators who had made the trip up earlier in the day

Leaving Helen in the tea shop, my warm up took me on the race route, up past the reservoir and along Ogden Clough and so onto the race itself.

Nearly three hundred entrants and we were off. A steady grind for about one mile up past the reservoir, following a track to the open fell, where the terrain got a bit rougher, this was also the route down, so as well as trying to gain places it was a case of scanning the best lines in readiness for the descent. Up onto the shoulder of the hill and then the route took us back down into the valley, allowing us a lung busting climb back up to the trig point. The number of spectators seemed to have increased, I guess the warm sunshine had brought out the rambling fraternity judging by the number of walking poles and gaiters.

A lovely descent with a couple of technical sections to keep you interested and back onto the track by the reservoir for a fast downhill finish by the village hall. There was evidence of few ankle rolls and falls with a few ice buckets and blooded knees in evidence but everybody seemed in good spirit.

In true Lancashire terms this was a grand day out, the kind of event supported by the whole of the community, you couldn’t hope to mix with such friendly and positive folk.”

Oh and the result

155th  Phil Gillard  49:01


Please remember it is the penultimate Borders League on Sunday 12th April in Caernarfon. We need as many green vests there as possible, if you can spare a morning we would be most grateful. Info and directions can be found here A number of people meet at the club house to share lifts, details can be found on our Facebook page.

That’s all this week, if I have missed anything please get in touch and I will update the blog. Happy running all!



Helsby RC Racing News 23rd – 29th March 2015

G’day fellow racing and running enthusiasts. Welcome to the first Owens Oracle of Helsby RC Race Results.   It’s like Teletext but not as good…


At Delamere we had a trio of leggy lovelies…

Christopher Murray: 22:05
Louise McEveley:   25:15
Lesley Feakes: 26:41

On to Widnes parkrun….

Carl Pratt (PB!): 20:49
David Madders (probably still bladdered so makes his PB even more spectacular!): 21:35
Carol Shaw (my idol): 22:49
Chris Hatton: 29:49

Three Shires 

Ben Williams, who is on great form at the moment, completed a tough Three Shires event on Saturday. Here is his report:

Just a quick report from the LDWA Three Shires event which I completed today.

The event has got a choice of distances, the basic route being 20 miles, and then you can choose to add a couple of different loops on to it. Adding both loops to the core route makes it 29 miles, which I went for.

The weather was worse than forecast, with heavy showers off and on all day, making the ground even boggier than it would already have been. A lot of the paths were too boggy to be runnable, even walking was a challenge on some of them (getting my excuses in early).

The first section of the run took us straight up Gun Hill and then across to and along the Roaches ridge path, where the wind was so strong that I didn’t dare to make the tiny deviation to visit the trig point. Then we went down to Gradbach, and across the bridge at Three Shires Head where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire all meet. The first optional loop came before checkpoint 2, an extra 2 miles straight up and down Shutlingsloe (Cheshire’s Matterhorn, as somebody pointed out to me halfway up). For anyone who doesn’t know it (as I didn’t) it’s basically a massive conical hill, every route up to it is steep. The weather cleared at the top and gave a distant view of Beeston Castle.  Then to the second checkpoint for tea and cheesy oatcakes, plus malt loaf and hot cross buns (and loads of other stuff).

Then the second optional loop, a 7 mile section in Cheshire, some of which was a slog and just felt like doing miles for the sake of it, which ended back at checkpoint 2.

The final section was better, going high across the moors and below the Hanging Stone back to the start, for a lovely meal of salad and quiche, plus pudding and more sugary tea.

I finished in 7h 40m, which I’m a bit disappointed with. Having run quite strongly in the first section, Shutlingsloe just took all the energy out of my legs and from then on I could only run parts.

Llantysilio Fell Race 

Then we had Jim Jones and Tim Palmer flying the flag for Helsby RC at the Llantysilio Fell Race on Saturday. The race route takes in just over 6 miles of the Dee Valley with 2100ft of ascent along the Llantysilio mountain ridge. Gale force winds on the highest parts of the ridge made for challenging conditions. The marshals from Tattenhall Runners did a great job hosting the race. The marshal by the trig point on Moel y Gamelin did particularly well not to get blown off the mountain! This year saw a different and improved route off Moel y Gamelin. At the time of writing, there are still no results up but the race was won by Rob Grantham of Pensby, with Helsby runners Jim Jones and Tim Palmer finishing 21st and 28th respectively.

Vale of Clwyd 10k

The 4th Vale of Clwyd 10k took place in Llandyrnog on Sunday. 87 athletes set off in a torrential downpour and waded through ankle deep water in some parts of the course.

Helsby was represented by Jim Jones who finished in 6th place and won the M40 category.

Full race report and results available here:

Helena Tipping 10k

The Helena Tipping 10K was held at Wrexham Industrial Estate in wet and windy conditions on Sunday which affected the finishing times throughout the small field. Colin Bishop and Gary O’Connor were the only Helsby representatives with Colin coming 3rd overall and 1st MV55 and Gary finishing 15th and 2nd MV45. Both on great form but I do have to mention that poor Gary had a poorly ankle and also cycled a few miles to the race. What an inspiration he is to Ironmen.

Liverpool Half Marathon 

On to the annual BTR Liverpool Half Marathon. Gaz terrified the life out of all the Facebook regulars who were running it, by posting a photograph of weather forecast predicting 48mph winds and heavy rain and a long, drawn out **ahem** sensible discussion ensued about what a disaster for us tough road runners, this race would be running it in Hurricane conditions. Thankfully his wonky weather app was wrong and on the morning of Sunday 29 March 2015 a group of very excited Helsby RC runners jumped out of bed and opened their curtains to see the rain hammering down but no hurricane. We are however a hard-core lot and not ones to let a bit of rain stop us from reaching our dreams…

I shall fast forward through all the Joanne Lacking dithering to get ready and go straight to the race. Liverpool Half is not the easiest course, you would imagine it is flat but the first half isn’t and then the last section is quite twisty. It is very well organised and well supported (even in the rain). The weather ended up working favourably for many of us and all had a great run. The super duper athlete that is Colin Thompson (no relation to Daley, I am told) was first in for Helsby and had as usual, a very fast run with a fantastic 1:17:47 and 19th place overall. Following Colin from behind was the Squirrel aka Chris Fitzpatrick and a brilliant PB of 1:18:48, (32nd place) which puts him in great form for London marathon to smash his marathon PB. He even manages to carry a very fancy water bottle throughout too, what a man. His partner in their tarmac slapping, London training road crimes, and who has shocked many local running folk by hanging up his mountain shoes for the time being, for road ones (and according to Strava, he sometimes uses a TREADMILL!) Chris Baynham-Hughes ran a cracking 1:22:13 and the sub 3 dream looks like it will be a reality. Well done Chris. Then we have Carl Pratt, who not only smashed his Half PB to bits by running a 1:30:13, he also ran a 5k PB the day before at Widnes parkrun! Brilliant running! Behind Carl was our new firecracker, Darren O’Connor who is gaining pace at a tremendous speed and ran a 1:31:14.

On to the females and the first spot goes to Joanne Lacking, who is consistently knocking out brilliant runs and ran an extra 7 miles including the Half, (which she treated as a training run for London marathon) and STILL ran a course PB and a cracking 1:34:02. Then there was me…. A course PB was had (1:43:18) and I also ran an extra 7 miles with the Athlete Lacking so a good result for me for a training run. On to what has to be the biggest PB in the shortest time in Helsby history, Rhea Thomas knocked a huge 18 minutes from her Wrexham Half time last month., huge congratulations to Rhea! Stephen Roach, who is running London dressed in chef’s whites carrying a huge heavy pan with the aim of getting a world record, ran Liverpool as a practice run in his chef regalia (complete with pan of Scouse) and unbelievably managed it in 1:53:27!   Well done Ste, that is some achievement. Good luck for London. Then we have Claire Swift who ran a cracking 2:04:22 to bring our little Liverpool run to a close. Well done everyone.

10k TT

Another excellent turn out at the 10k Time Trial last Wednesday, thank you to everyone who turned up and took part. A storming run from Neil Finegan to take the win showed how well he is progressing as is Jenny Illidge who broke the 6k course record again! Also well done to Jo Lacking for another win for the ladies. A special thank you Joe, Louise and Tanya (Timing) and Mario (Marshall at School Lane).

Results Below:

10k results 25-03-15


Helsby RC Racing News 16th – 22nd March 2015

Lots of road running to get through this week. Please remember to send any race reports to otherwise it is unlikely to get into the news!

Road Running

Coniston 14
The Coniston 14 saw 3 Helsby vest out in glorious spring conditions for the annual run around Lake Coniston.

Adrian 165th 1:42:49 Excellent times as its fairly undulating and we didn’t warn Adrian of the big hill at 11 miles!
Lesley 475th 1:58:44 Great sub 2 hour for this course.
Jackie 643th 2:05:47 Legs still very tired from the Haworth Hobble


Fantastic runs all around from what I can see!

Wilmslow Half

Five runners headed out for the Wilmslow half. Unfortunately I don’t have any details apart from the times.

Place Name Clock time Chip Time
246 Ivan Davies 01:26:18 01:26:08
1127 David Madders 01:42:33 01:42:22
1253 Mike Searle 01:44:20 01:44:09
1550 James Gray 01:48:43 01:47:22
2015 Elizabeth Thomas 01:54:54 01:52:50

Rome Marathon

Tanya Meredith took a tough mission for the Green Army – jetting off to Rome for the marathon! Despite feeling rotten with a throat infection Tanya delivered a 5 minute PB running at “50%” – clearly a lot of room to smash that PB then! In Tanya’s words: It’s the most amazing course you will ever see. I’m not religious but the Vatican blew me away it was breathtaking

Borders League

Colin T gives us the breakdown from the border league, however before we go there I’d like to highlight that the men’s team are close to the promotion they have been chasing for the past couple of seasons, if we get a good turn out at the final two races we should see that happen this year:

Round 5 of the Borders League saw a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Mold and an excellent turn out from the green vests. With various races on at the weekend we expected to have a slightly depleted team, but the new members turned up in droves to ensure we had a strong squad for the 5 mile undulating course and the Green Army really stole the show! Excellent running once again from Colin Bishop saw him storm around for an 11th placed run and 1st in his age category. Adam Gordon had another strong run showing his consistency in the league and Jim O’Hara, who is back from injury, didn’t disappoint with an excellent 58th. New member Neil Finegan, in his Borders League debut, had a superb race to grab 62nd place showing what great potential he has along with Darren O’Connor and Ian Rutherford who both produced some fantastic running. New member Chris Murray donned the green vest and found himself entangled in a close fought battle with Ade Jackson (who had ran the Coniston 14 the previous day!) and just pipped him to the finish line. Great stuff guys. Ben Williams is really starting to show some good form this year and a strong debut run from John Whitehead along with Graham Lloyd ensured the men’s team secured 2nd in Division 2 on the day. Well done chaps!c0700b73-d40f-4d50-ad9a-3012177cbdf8

The ladies team had a brilliant day, star of the show award has to go to June Swift who ran a blistering race to secure 1st back for the Helsby ladies and 1st in her age category. Well done June, I’m sure there is plenty more to come! Jo Lacking and Jane Ashbrook both ran their compression socks off to break the top 10 & 15 and Carol Shaw showed her class once again to secure 2nd in her age category. Excellent running from Vanessa and Janet Robertson saw them both inside the 40 minute mark and Sue Buck and Rhea Thomas had a close race to push each other to the finish line. Emily Smith just keeps getting quicker and had a beaming smile at the finish to show how much she enjoys the pain of Borders League racing! Jo Farwell and Shan McCarthy both ran well to help the ladies team top division 1 on the day. Big well done ladies!

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank
11 11   Colin BISHOP 28:18 MV50 1
22 22   Colin THOMPSON 29:31 SM 13
52 51   Adam GORDON 31:28 MV40 11
58 56   Jim O’HARA 31:50 SM 22
62 60   Neil FINEGAN 31:55 MV40 15
72 68   Darren O’CONNOR 32:36 SM 25
75   5 June SWIFT 32:53 SF 1
78 73   Ian RUTHERFORD 33:10 MV40 19
100   9 Joanne LACKING 34:38 SF 4
103 94   Chris MURRAY 34:41 SM 32
105 96   Adrian JACKSON 34:48 MV40 22
124   15 Jane ASHBROOK 35:47 FV35 5
137 119   Benjamin WILLIAMS 36:32 SM 38
141   19 Carol SHAW 36:43 FV50 2
150 130   John WHITEHEAD 37:09 SM 41
155   23 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 37:21 FV45 4
181   34 Janet ROBERTSON 39:20 FV45 7
204   43 Sue BUCK 41:34 FV45 10
206   44 Rhea THOMAS 41:44 SF 11
211   48 Emily SMITH 42:21 SF 13
228   56 Jo FARWELL 44:13 FV40 8
229 173   Graham LLOYD 44:15 MV45 29
233   60 Shan MCCARTHY 44:48 FV40 9

Full results here:
The men are currently 2nd overall in Division 2 and the ladies 4th  in Division 1. The men are placed very well for promotion although unlikely to catch West Cheshire now who have had a fabulous season, however, it’s important to get a good turn out for the final 2 races in April to cement our promotion and celebrate an excellent season. Likewise for the ladies who could continue their winning ways and finish the season on a high!

Fell Running 

Nice to see the fell section are getting out so frequently – certainly inspiration to me and I can’t wait to finish the road training to finish so I can join in!

Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts and myself ran the Ras Yr Aran Fell Race on Saturday and finished 17th, 79th and 80th respectively. We all agreed that this was one of the tougher 10 mile races we’d done.

The route has a series of steep rocky climbs to the summit of Aran Fawddwy and returns the same way. The last of the clouds made way to glorious sunshine as we set off, and a few of us discovered we had too many layers on. Some fantastic views of Bala and the surrounding area if you were confident enough to take your eyes of where you was putting your feet.

Full results here:

Park Run

dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fPark run is still proving popular with the Green army – quite rightly so! Look after the 5 & 10 Ks and the rest looks after itself!





Position Gender Position Name Club Run Time
8 8 Neil FINEGAN Helsby RC 00:19:42
13 13 Darren O’CONNOR Helsby RC 00:20:41
14 1 Jenny ILLIDGE Helsby RC 00:20:46
20 19 Christopher MURRAY Helsby RC 00:21:03
51 49 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:23:19
191 136 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:33:22
192 137 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:33:23
Ellesmere Port
19 18 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:22:33
64 49 Chris HATTON Helsby RC 00:27:49

Upcoming races and reminders

No counters this week, but There are some races in the NCC (Non-Club Counters) calendars. These calendars are there for you to add to. If you see a race you fancy or think others might then add it into the calendar, they are all open. It’s easiest to use google calendar to update these, but you can do so from any other web connected application; e.g., outlook. I’ll try to pull together a user guide for the most common ones.

In the mean time there is the Liverpool half this weekend as well as two fell races: Caused Pike on Saturday and Lad’s leap on the Sunday – both are in the NCC – Fell calendar.

Helsby RC weekly update (8-3-15 to 15-3-15)

It was a relatively quiet week for Helsby members at the various local Parkruns

Ade Jackson and Neil Finegan were the sole Helsby representatives at St Helens and Ormskirk Parkruns respectively while Louise McEveley, Paul Gillard, Ste Wiggins, Paul Bulmer, Clare Morton, and Helen Gillard turned out at Delamere.

Full Helsby Parkrun results are below:

On the same day was the 20 mile time trial kindly organized by Colin Thompson to help people with their spring marathon training. The result are below and special thanks go to Louise Spruce, Jo Farwell and Carol Shaw for helping out with the timing, marshalling and tail running duties. Cheers!!


Also on Saturday was the Masters Cross Country at Ruthin where Colin Bishop secured second place in the V55 category. Well done Col!!

Jackie Keasley kindly sent in the following report from the Haworth Hobble Ultra.

“Saturday was the first race in the Run Further Series; remember Andy Robinson’s talk just after Xmas advertising the Ultra series Andy helps organise?! Inspired by his enthusiastic talk, the opportunity of running around parts of Yorkshire and even Lancashire I have never been too, and it being one of the shortest races in the series, a mere 32 miles, I entered!  Its simple to enter, just click that button and pay the price, a bargain £13 for a full day out with food & drinks all inclusive!!! A long March race was always going to be difficult particularly with going away on holiday for 3 weeks in Feb and before good conditioning races like Coniston 14 to start the legs rolling.

After 4 hours sleep,( Friday was the CWAC awards in Chester), I met Andy & Max in Frodsham at 5am.  A fast journey over the Pennines with the temperature gauge hovering between 1 degree C and zero on the approach to Haworth. The skies were overcast but the moors were mist free which was a relief.   Time for coffee and museli bars before putting on warmer clothing and lining up at the bottom of the steep cobbled Haworth main street. A parade through the deserted town and onto the moors towards the flagstoned Pennine Way. Past a succession of reservoirs and wind turbines on good  gritstone tracks, followed by a cross country type muddy section. We dropped steeply down stepped pathways (that looked like entering someone’s private garden) into Hebden Bridge. Past Mankinhole YHA and up to the imposing Stoodley Pike before starting the roller coaster part of the race with steep drops through woodland and cobbled roads into the Calder Valley. Then straight back up again to Hepstonstall, straight back down again to Horse bridge then up again to onto the high open moors. Then, having completed a marathon it was a mere 6 mile undulating high level track back to Haworth.

Amazing running by Max to secure 23rd place in a field of the country’s top ultra runners; Marcus Scotney & Jez Bragg in 6th & 7th place says it all! (quote from Andy) . Despite running with a broken wrist Andy finished in 112th place, having fallen 3 times, each time managing to role onto his good side. I came 264th out of 390 runners.

Winner   Chris Singleton     4:09:10

23rd        Max Wainwright  5:00:08

112th      Andy Robinson    5:48:51

234th      Jackie Keasley     7:21:14

Highlights  –  The check points along the way were amazing; freezing cold water (suspect stored in marshall’s cars overnight) but plenty of hot drinks, hot dogs (no thanks!), doughnuts, posh biscuits & even whisky (no thanks again)!  I was expecting to be at the back of the field navigating all day as the route was not flagged. But there were runners around me all the race and a majority of them had done it before so were worth following especially passing through the towns and villages en-route. It was worth mapping the route out in advance (thanks Andy for taking Max and me through the whole route last Wed eve) but in the end didn’t look at the map once! It was comforting to know that at the back of the field there were a few walkers too with an 11 hour cut-off time.

Lowlights – Toughest race I have ever done; stumbled at 6 miles and wrenched left leg and hip which made the rest very uncomfortable. Chuckled many times during the last 2/3 of the race as miraculously every part of my body with the exception of my head ached and given the previous evening and lack of sleep this was incredible! Also chuckled about it being the “Hobble” as that certainly what it looked like. As the tail end of the field made their way through a country park full of strollers the last mile into Haworth, understandably they stared at us in disbelief! Have scoured the map for Wuthering Heights but it’s a myth so have decided to rename the whole area Withering Heights! “

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Thanks for the report Jackie.

Just a couple of announcements to finish off with. This Sunday is Race 5 in the Border League with both the mens and womens teams doing very well in their divisions, the race is held in Mold and good turn out could really set up an exciting climax to the season with 3 races left so please attend if at all possible.

Also, the following reminder from Jackie.

Thursday 19th March, CWAC’s Chester HQ (facing the Roodee car park)
Venue: Room G1, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP
Strategic Planning Committee – 4:00 pm

I know its mid-week but for those who can spare the time, it would be great to have some green army presence at the meeting, so please wear your club hoody. The plan is for some Helsby Runners to run from the Helsby Clubhouse to attend the meeting in Chester and we’ll get the press to record the “Green Army” assault! We need to be at the Chester HQ at 3:30, so for those who want to run the whole distance, meet at the club at 2pm. For those who would like a shorter option (4.5miles), meet at the layby on the main road in Mickle Trafford (just before Dee Road goes off right) at 2:30. From Guilden Sutton we will take the greenway into Chester. Bill will be able to take our kit from the start into Chester and supply drinks. There will be enough cars available to give lifts back to Helsby after the meeting.



Helsby Race News 4th-10th March 2015

Hi everyone

Once again, thank you for all the reports this week. It’s been another busy one for the Helsby contingent so I’ll get started with the weekly parkrun report:


dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fWith a few big races taking precedence this weekend it was expected to be a quiet Saturday at the parkruns, but we had 11 runners lining up at the various courses with some doing the double and racing the next day! Delamere had the biggest turn out with 9 Helsby runners, Laura Baynham Hughes flew around the course for a podium finish and Donna Geer and Tim Palmer both obtained new PBs! Nice one folks!

Helsby results below:

St Helens parkrun

A total of 121 runners took part.

View full results for St Helens parkrun event #37


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
5 5 Adrian JACKSON Helsby RC 00:20:35

Warrington parkrun

A total of 250 runners took part.

View full results for Warrington parkrun event #61


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
67 11 Rhea THOMAS Helsby RC 00:25:01


Delamere parkrun

A total of 275 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #101


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
28 28 Tim PALMER Helsby RC 00:21:47
35 34 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:22:14
42 2 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES Helsby RC 00:22:42
101 11 Lesley FEAKES Helsby RC 00:25:54
120 18 Donna GEER Helsby RC 00:26:35
126 22 Jackie KEASLEY Helsby RC 00:27:11
245 161 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:35:14
247 162 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:35:15
246 85 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:35:15

Road Running

Borders League Race #4 (Prestatyn) 8.8km (approx.)

Sunday saw our 4th borders league race at Ffrith Beach Arena in Prestatyn which is a brand new race in the Border League calendar. A 2 lap course with an out and back section along the promenade and a loop around the park arena would have made this a very fast course, if only the weather gods were looking out for us (it did make it good to spot the other Helsby runners and shout encouragement on the way though!) The conditions were quite challenging from the start with heavy rain and wind present for most of the race but the 15 Green Army members braved the weather and ran their socks off to produce some brilliant results.

Congratulations to Colin Bishop on another fantastic run for 8th place and first Helsby runner home (also 1st in his age category) with Colin Thompson close behind in 9th. Chris Baynham Hughes ditched his fell shoes this time to partake in some tarmac slapping and whizzed around to secure a top 50 position with Adam following in 55th. Ian Rutherford slipped into the green vest for his maiden club race and had a stormer to secure 69th and the ever improving Adrian Jackson having a brilliant run to break into the top 100 for the first time and secure 71st. Andy Smith and Ben Williams both had a good race with Graham Lloyd running strong to chase down the Helsby pack. The men finished 2nd in division 2 on the day, well done guys!

In the ladies corner, Joanne Lacking was in good form once again to take the chequered flag for the Helsby ladies and secure 3rd in her age group. Well done Jo! Vanessa and Carol both had solid runs with Carol securing 3rd in her age category. Sue Buck, Shan McCarthy and Jackie Keasley all produced some great running to round up the Helsby pack and secure some valuable points for the club. The ladies team finished 5th on the day.

Helsby results:

8th       Colin BISHOP                                  29:10 (1st in age cat)
9th        Colin THOMPSON                         29:11
46th     Chris BAYNHAM HUGHES         32:05
55th      Adam GORDON                              32:27
69th     Ian RUTHERFORD                        33:25
71st       Adrian JACKSON                           33:39
139th    Andy SMITH                                   37:34
157th    Benjamin WILLIAMS                   38:29
232th Graham LLOYD                               45:44

105th   Joanne LACKING                            35:43 (3rd in age cat)
129th   Vanessa GRIFFITHS                      37:02
156th    Carol SHAW                                     38:25 (3rd in age cat)
209th   Sue BUCK                                         42:13
223th Shan MCCARTHY                           43:58
228th   Jackie KEASLEY                              44:52

Full results here:

The men are currently 2nd overall in division 2 and the ladies 5th in division 1. We still have 3 races left so we need to try and get a good turn out for these final races folks! The next race is more local (hosted by Wrexham Tri) and approx. 5 miles. Final details are still to be announced but the date to put in your diaries is March 22nd.


Wrexham Half Marathon

On Sunday 3 Helsby vests ventured to Wrexham for the inaugural Wrexham half marathon, a new event by Run Wales. Gaz O’Connor has sent the following match report:

“3 Helsby runners, Darren O’Connor, Scot Steel and Gary O’Connor braved the wind and rain to take part in the inaugral Wrexham Half Marathon (not to be confused with the Village Bakery Half Marathon that also takes part in Wrexham). The course starts and ends in the town centre but the majority of the race takes part on undulating rural and A roads on the outskirts of Wrexham. The standout Helsby performance of the day was from Darren who made light of the conditions to take 2 minutes off his PB, taking it down to 1:32:48.”

Well done guys, some great running there. Nice to see new members Darren and Scot running so well.

Helsby results:

18th      Gary O’Connor         1:24:08
49th     Darren O’connor     1:32:48
81st      Scot Steel                  1:39:47

Full results can be found here:

Fell Running

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

FB_IMG_1425994394476On Saturday there was a good turn out at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. Looking at the results it’s clear to see what an astonishing run Max Wainwright had to secure 3rd overall and win a prize. Good going Max to mix it with some of the best fell runners in the business. A comment from Jim read “It was great to see so many green vests at one of the further afield fell races today. Decent finishes were had by all too – well done guys. And special congratulations to Max who came 3rd today in a massive field of over 175 runners!”

Good stuff guys!

Upcoming races and reminders

20 Mile TT Sat 14 MAR. Don’t forget it’s the 20 mile time trial this Saturday. The main event will be at 10am at Silverdale Park in Mickle Trafford CH2 4TA. An earlier one is at 7am for the speedier folk.

7amGroup 1 (sub 3 hour pace) – there are a small number of runners in the club aiming for the magical sub 3 hour mark. This group will cater for those who wish to run at 6:50 min miles or faster.

10amGroup 2 (any pace) – this is the main event and this group will cater for any pace and is inclusive of all abilities.

Jackie has also sent the following reminder:

We wish Jane Ashbrook and the whole of Helsby Community Sports Club good luck in CWAC annual sports awards which will be announced at the annual CWAC sports award dinner this Friday in Chester. Jane, Chris, Colin and Jackie will be there to support along with representatives from the club.

The following week, the long awaited planning for the new club house build will be considered at a CWAC council planning meeting.  It would be great if we can have some green army club hoodies there at the meeting to emphasise the importance of the case for continuing sport in the area. The plan is to run there from Helsby.  Meet at the club to leave at 2:15pm for the 8 mile run to Guilden Sutton, then along the green lane into Chester.  We will have a photo shot for the Chronicle as we arrive.   I know its a work day so time is limited for most but if you can run, or meet us part way along or just in Chester that would be great.  For those not wanting to run as far, Bill can give a partial lift, provide water and carry our sweatshirts to Chester.   Plus give us a lift home!

Details of the meeting are:

Thursday 19th March, CWaC’s Chester HQ
Venue:   Room G1, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP
Strategic Planning Committee – 4:00 pm

That’s all this week folks, if I have missed anything please let me know at or and I will update the blog.




Helsby Race News 23rd Feb to 1st Mar 2015

Hi everyone

Another busy week of racing for the Green Army, and lots of new PBs too! Thank you for all the reports this week, please keep them coming, it adds so much variety to the blog each week. All reports can be sent to


dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fParkrun just seems to get bigger each week! Saturday saw Helsby RC members in 5 different parkrun locations and a few new PBs to boot! Congratulations to Tim Palmer for storming to a new PB at Newbury, Rhea Thomas and Donna Geer for new PBs at Delamere and Jo Lacking for a podium finish at Widnes. Well done to everyone else who ran at these events.
Helsby results below:

Newbury parkrun

A total of 360 runners took part.

View full results for Newbury parkrun event #167

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
26 26 Tim PALMER Helsby RC 00:21:27
201 42 Jenny PALMER Helsby RC 00:28:22

Princes parkrun, Liverpool

A total of 235 runners took part.

View full results for Princes parkrun, Liverpool event #206

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
2 2 Colin THOMPSON Helsby RC 00:17:39

Delamere parkrun

A total of 242 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #100

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
47 42 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:22:29
120 17 Rhea THOMAS Helsby RC 00:26:43
136 24 Jane ASHBROOK Helsby RC 00:27:46
142 27 Donna GEER Helsby RC 00:28:12
141 26 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:28:12

Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 77 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #20

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
25 20 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:24:05

Widnes parkrun

A total of 187 runners took part.

View full results for Widnes parkrun event #7

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
20 2 Joanne LACKING Helsby RC 00:20:56
32 6 Helen OWENS Helsby RC 00:23:22
44 7 Lesley FEAKES Helsby RC 00:24:40

Road Running

High Legh 10k (road counter #2)

Sunday saw our 2nd road counter of the season with 8 green vests toeing the start line at High Legh. Over to Gaz O’Connor for a full match report:

“The Cheshire village of High Legh was the venue for the 2nd Helsby road racing club counter. The forcasted bad weather and high winds failed to materialize and runners set off along the mostly flat course in dry conditions with only the occasional gust of high wind.

Colin Bishop was first Helsby male runner to finish, managing 7th place overall, with Jane Ashbrook first Helsby female, also 7th in the ladies race. PBs were recorded by Ade Jackson, Gary O’Connor and Adam Gordon with Jo Farwell, ably paced by Donna Geer, also taking nearly a minute off her course PB.

High Legh 10K is a small, friendly, well organized race run on a fast course with plenty of PB potential and I’d definitely recommend people give it a try if they get the chance. Also thank you to Joe and Mario for their support!”

Well done Gaz and all who took part.

Helsby results below:

Pos Name     Chip Time Gun Time
7 Colin BISHOP M   00:35:00 00:35:02
25 Gary O’Connor M   00:38:48 00:38:52
29 Adam GORDON M   00:39:42 00:39:46
43 Adrian JACKSON M   00:41:06 00:41:11
53 Ian LANDUCCI M   00:41:59 00:42:02
92 Jane ASHBROOK F   00:44:27 00:44:35
146 Geoff SHAW M   00:47:48 00:47:53
304 Jo Farwell F   00:54:55 00:55:30  

Full results here:




Port Sunlight 10k

Ivan was out for the BTR Port Sunlight 10k on Sunday and was flying solo for the green vests. Although he forgot his vest he still shouted the war cry of “Green Army!” much to the bemusement of the other runners! He certainly made it count though, storming around the course to a sub 38 minute time and new PB. Massive well done Ivan!

First Name Surname Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time
Ivan Davies 00:37:56 20 00:37:54

Full results here:

Fell Running

Pipe Dream Fell Race

Also on Saturday the 3 fell running Amigos travelled to Dolgarrog for the Pipe Dream Fell Race. Phil Roberts has sent the following report in:

“Hi me Phil Gillard jim jones did the pipe dream fell race on Saturday, theses are a times and positions:

Phil Roberts time 42:43 position 29th
Phil Gillard time 46:56 position 56
Jim jones time 47:31 position 59th

Nice one. Tough climb at start and fast technical finish but bit in middle is good- will remind you of days on mega drive playing super mario😄”

Well done chaps!

Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 8 MAR. 11am
Name: Borders League Race #4
Ffrith Beach Arena, Victoria Road West,
Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 7AR
Further Details: With the mens team so close to promotion it would be nice to get a good turn out for this. The Green Army needs you! Car sharing is usually from the club house, please check our Facebook page for updates.

20 Mile TT
Sat 14 MAR. 7am (group 1) 10am (group 2)
Silverdale Park, Station Ln, Mickle Trafford, Chester, CH2 4TA
Details: Similar in concept to the 10k time trial we hold each month, this will be a 20 mile timed run from Mickle Trafford to Shotton and back using the Millennium Greenway cycle route. This is tailored for those doing spring marathons, but anybody is welcome to have a go and you can turn back at any point along the route if 20 miles is too much. The course is flat and traffic free and we will have a lead bike, tail runner and marshall so nobody will get left behind. All times will be recorded and uploaded to the blog.

The run will be split into 2 groups:

7amGroup 1 (sub 3 hour pace) – there are a small number of runners in the club aiming for the magical sub 3 hour mark. This group will cater for those who wish to run at 6:50 min miles or faster.

10amGroup 2 (any pace) – this is the main event and this group will cater for any pace and is inclusive of all abilities.

More details to follow.


Helsby Race news 15-2-2015 to 22-2-2015 **Updated with Birchwood XC results**

Helsby runners were out at Parkruns on Saturday at Delamere, Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Warrington. Highlights include PBs for Chris Baynham-Hughes and Ellen Harris at Delamere and a 2nd place finish for Colin Thompson at Widnes. Well done all! Full, consolidated Parkrun results for Helsby RC members can be found at the link below.


Also on Saturday, Helsby members Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts, Ian Houghton and Phil Gillard journeyed to Bleasedale for the 5 mile long Circle Fell Race with Max first home for Helsby in 7th position overall.


Sunday saw the final race in the Sunday Cross Country League at a very muddy Birchwood. Colin Thompson sent in the following report:

“We had a good turn out of Green vests for the final Cross Country Sunday League race at Birchwood Park on Sunday. Birchwood is one of the tougher races in the series and with 4 laps of energy sapping cold ankle deep mud and steep embankments it certainly puts your mental and physical strength to the test. Colin Bishop led the way for the men and new member June Swift, in her first XC race for the club, was first back for the ladies! Excellent result June and well done to Colin for another top ten position. The announcement at the post race award ceremony revealed that Helsby men secured 4th overall in the series with the ladies an excellent 3rd. Well done to everybody who participated in any of the races to help the Helsby, Lymm and Warrington teams, I’m sure with the growing number of talent we have within the club we can aim even higher for next season!”

Full results here


Also on Sunday was Rhyl 10 mile race where Darren O’Connor, Gaz O’Connor and Helen Owens braved the windy conditions along the Rhyl seafront. Darren, in his first race in a Helsby vest, got his 2015 off to a storming start to beat his target time by a over 5 minutes while Helen Owens secured 3rd place in the F35 category.

Just a couple a quick reminders: Wednesday is the 10K time trial (including a shorter 6K option), meeting as usual at the club house at 18:30 before heading down to the start near the Wheatsheaf pub. Also, Sunday 11am is High Leigh 10K (race is full, no entries on the day), the 2nd club road counter of the season. Good luck to everyone attending either run.