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 weekly round-up 25th to 31st January 2016

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up, before we get started please find some details on a few events/talks coming up soon:

Wed 17th Feb Dave’s Talk on Swimming the Channel
Wed 9th/16th or 23rd March TBC – Tims Talk on Orienteering
W/E 5/6th March Helsby Beer Festival
Sunday 20th March 2pm Sport Relief Mile, 3 or 6  there is a weblink for entries

A cracking course for all the family, around the grounds of the Helsby Community Sports Club. Enter you and your family now!

We will need support on the day to put this event on, more later.

Friday 29th April Presentation Evening
Wed 11th May AGM
Wed 29th June – The Wobbler
Friday 8th July Summer Handicap

Plus another local race for your diary
Sunday 3rd July Frodsham Downhill Race

Northerns XC Championship (Witton Park)

Now on to the news. A big well done to the hardy and brave souls who tackled the brutal conditions at the the Northerns XC on Saturday afternoon. The course looked horrendous from the various photographs floating around Facebook. Ian Rutherford has sent in a fabulous report and even managed to keep his spikes on this time :-) over to Ian…

“Six Helsby vests made it up the M6 to Witton Park nr. Blackburn on this cold, breezy but initially bright afternoon – comprising 2 ladies and 4 men.

As is the way of things, there were eight previous races of various lengths on the course prior to the senior woman and men’s events ensuring classic XC underfoot conditions were available for our enjoyment when the times arrived.

First job upon arrival was to pitch the tent and hoist the flag (easy tiger) and by way of advice for future events, just remember to take one vital bits of kit for this task– it’s called a Tim Palmer. His magic performed we all huddled inside as the weather closed in, the sunshine disappeared and the hailstones began to fall.

Having semi-seriously contemplated ‘throwing a sickie’ it was soon time for Jane and Laura to prepare for the off in the 7.7Km 3-lap Woman’s race. But there was a problem. We appeared to now be ‘locked-in’ the tent much to Jane’s amusement; thankfully (I think) between Laura and Tim they managed to open the tent and we all headed out.

Both men and woman’s races had seriously large fields (358 finishers in the Woman’s and 719 in the men) the runners were spread on one of the longest start lines I’ve ever seen. As expected, for a Northern Champs event it was a high-class field and some remarkable XC running was on show.

Jane and Laura ran strong races, the weather deteriorating all the time – both kept smiling as they went around once more for another lap – sadly it was time for us blokes to head back and get ready.

Jane & Laura returned euphoric after their race – beaming smiles all round with key advice “if you see any grass run on it, but doubt you will”. Er…thanks….

The men’s course was over 12Km and consisted of 4 full laps of the course.   Again more wintery conditions were evident and it is with huge credit to Jane & Laura for staying on to support, they must have been frozen after their race.

Great performances all round with good competition between the Helsby vests; Tim showing all of his trail and fell experience on the muddy climbs looking incredibly strong I thought. 

Senior women’s result

30:21 Claire Duck – Leeds City Athletic Club 1st
38:33 Jane Ashbrook 100th
40:33 Laura Baynham-Hughes 142nd

Senior men’s result

43:16 Charlie Hulson – Sale Harriers 1st
65:42 Ian Rutherford 469th
67:02 Tim Palmer 494th
67:09 Gareth Boyd 498th
70:51 Steve Riley 573rd

I can’t end this report without mentioning two further points: firstly, yet again the remarkable support and dedication shown by Joe and Mario to travel all that way and spectate in such wintery conditions. They really shouted us on and we all know how much this really lifts us – so a BIG thank you once again. Secondly and of vital importance at least to me: I managed to keep my shoes on

Thanks all. Ian.

Marmot Dark Mountains

CBH and Max were running up and down mountains in the dark again, big Kudos to the lads for another fantastic display of running and thanks to CBH for sending in this excellent race report…


Calm before the storm!


“For the second year running I teamed up with Max for Marmot Dark Mountains, an event that looks to squeeze two days of a traditional mountain marathon into a single, long, dark, night… in winter. It’s easily one of my favourite events of the year, navigation, night running, crazy weather, mountains and frankly it’s one of the principle justifications for my kit obsession!
What an incredible night out. We were dead lucky with the weather, only a few moments of horizontal sleet/ hail, which thankfully for our faces turned to snow for the final half of the race. However the snow made it very tricky as the light blizzard simply reflected the light from our torches.

The course itself was majestic. Really runnable, tricky enough in the dark to really challenge navigationally (or maybe that was just us Max?) it was just fantastic fun, on more than one descent I was whooping like a loony. Too little precision in our nav and being out of tip top form put us into 4th overall.

Those that have read my accounts of these sorts of events before will know of Shane Ohly’s unbeatable race organisation and his fantastic team. Everybody is amazingly friendly and incredibly helpful; they are all mountain enthusiasts and just get it. This makes a huge difference and I cannot recommend Shane’s events highly enough. This year Shane’s added tracking to all his navigation events so those of you that like a bit of dot watching can really get into and follow the race. Mountain marathon’s are particularly interesting… dare I say exciting in this regard as one can watch the tactics and the race unfold. Ian Rutherford seemed to be enjoying it live at least:

So another dark mountains under our belts, highly recommended to those with the experience required who want to push themselves out of their comfort zone. If it wasn’t for the fantastic Marmot 24 I’d say it’s my favourite MM…. but I simply can’t decide between the two.

Full results here


Loads of green vests out for the parkruns on Saturday and couple of new PBs too! Well done to everyone. Great to see Ian Hamling back in action after a recent injury too. Please find Helsby results below:

Warrington parkrun

63 Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:40
122 Ryan CASH 00:26:10
128 Rhea THOMAS 00:26:23

Delamere parkrun

21 Gareth BOYD 00:21:15
34 Davyd MICHELL 00:22:38 (New PB!)
86 Suzanne FLETCHER 00:25:07
92 Geoff COLLINS 00:25:18
125 Derek GALLAGHER 00:26:10
214 Hannah SADAOUI 00:30:18

Widnes parkrun

2 Colin BISHOP 00:18:02
16 Joanne LACKING 00:20:47
22 Ian HAMLING 00:21:44
24 Carl PRATT 00:21:52
26 David FEAKES 00:22:18
55 Rachael HOLDEN 00:24:10
69 Chris HATTON 00:25:01
96 Lesley FEAKES 00:26:34
107 Jen O’HARE 00:26:58 (New PB!)
134 Jenny PALMER 00:28:42

Birkenhead parkrun

14 Gary O’CONNOR 00:19:42

That’s all this week. If I have missed any races or results please let me know. Don’t forget that all reports and results should be sent to

Keep on running….


Helsby RC weekly round-up 18th to 24th January 2016

Borders League 2016. Race 4 at Abergele.

Borders League 2016, Race 4 – Abergele.

Welcome to the weekly round-up. The main event this past week was Race 4 of the Borders League with a fantastic turn out of green vests. So straight over to Chris Fitzpatrick, our Borders League Co-ordinator, for a race report:

30 of the green army travelled over to Abergele for the 4th borders league race of the season, and both men’s and women’s teams needed to put in a good performance so they could live to fight another day in the top division. Now unlike the freezing temperatures of the weekend before it was almost tropical down in Abergele although the wind which was right into our faces for the first 2 miles was hindering any PB’s, although because it’s and out and back course a lot of us thought the wind might carry us home, how wrong we were, as it decided to change to a side wind on the way back, you know us roadies don’t like wind and hills! After the first 2 miles you go up a steep hill and into a caravan park, which was proper weird, we did a few laps of a caravan or 2 and then decided to turn around and head home. It was a really strong field as always so competition right through the field was fierce all the way to the finish line with some really brilliant performances and a few PB’s to boot. Great to see Adrian back running as well welcome back mate and good also to see a few new faces running there first borders for Helsby, well done Mark and Adele

El Capitano was first home for the men and Flo Jo first for the ladies. Can I say a massive thank you to all the supporters out on the course as well, few injuries and people feeling under the weather did not stop them coming down and cheering us all on, it’s very much appreciated.”

Thanks for the report Chris, and your rallying of the troops. The results have now been released. Helsby’s current standings in the men’s and women’s 1st Division reflect a great team effort, and we also have a number of people really making a mark in the individual categories. Well done everyone.

Full provisional results are now available at:


Despite the phenomenal turn out at the Borders League on Sunday, we had no less than 12 athletes participating in various Parkruns on the Saturday.

Widnes Parkrun was popular with Helsby this week where Colin Bishop finished 2nd overall – well done Colin. And congratulations to Rachael Holden on her new PB at Widnes. Whilst over at Delamere there was also some great running with PBs by Neil Hughes and Ryan Cash.

Helsby’s consolidated Parkrun results can be viewed at:


Four (or five!) of us did the Ashurst Beacon fell race on Saturday – just up from the Beacon Park xc course. Tim Palmer led home the charge (not counting Jamie Dowdall in his Darwen yellow) with Steve Riley, Janet Robertson and Chris Hatton braving the mud on a deceptively tough course. More trail race than out and out fell territory but lots of mud and a grinder of a 2 mile climb out from the valley to finish at the Beacon summit. Nice event.


Upcoming Events/Fixtures:

Wednesday 27th January 2016 Helsby RC 10k Time Trial – meet at Helsby Sports Club at 6.30pm – don’t forget to keep safe and wear your high-visibility vest if you have one.

Saturday 30th January 2016 Northern XC Championships at Witton Park Blackburn. Senior Women’s Race starts at 14:50 and the Senior Mens Race starts at 15:00. Full details can be viewed at:

Please keep the reports coming in to:



Helsby weekly round-up 11th-17th January 2016

Hello Green Army

WOW….What a weekend that was, I’m knackered. Not much to report on this week, only 1 race, only the BEST HALF MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY took place, on our doorstep, organised by us, you, Helsby Running Club,  and boy oh boy what an unbelievable weekend it was. So before I put in Degs’ mahoosive race report,, a few mentions and dates for your diary.

A note from Andy Robinson – Sandstone Trail Marshals’ Run on Monday 2 May – a message from Andy

Every year I run the Trail before the Challenge to check the route out.  This year I’ll be doing this on Monday 2 May (Bank Holiday) a few days before the main event.  I know some of the Green Army couldn’t get a place, and anyone’s welcome to join me on the 2nd instead – the price is to help out on the 7th (eg helping to man a CP).  If you’re interested let me know (  I’m also looking for volunteers to provide support on the 2nd, who can drive us down to Whitchurch & then park up at the CPs to provide water etc……………..Sounds good this if you fancy a nice little 34 miler

Borders League Race 4 – Sunday 24th January –Abergele 11am Start

Caravan Park, Beech House Road Postcode LL22 7PP
Both the mens and ladies team are looking for a good turnout once again from the green army, any questions, contact me on social media or

Park Run – Bit of a quiet one this week for obvious reasons but for consolidated results see below

So onto the big one

Four Villages Half Marathon #4VHM Over to Degs for his race report

So where do I even start with this one? Gotta start with thanks to all involved in making the race happen and what an event you all created. Not seen a bad comment about it. It had everything, great support, dopes in last year’s numbers complaining of not being in the results (yes some people hey, surely not a member of the Green Army Gaz?) and of course the non-stop “it’s snowing will it be on” updates on social media. Onto the race, arrived early straight from nights (cue violins and sad music) to help with the car parking and what a job I did ;-) didn’t see any crashes at all. Great to see everything running so well in the baggage area, number transfers etc all being so professionally ran. Lined up at the start with some muppet wearing last year’s number and then we were off. Great support for green army members within the first 50m. The first few miles passed quite quickly, had a chat with a couple of other runners (all wearing this year’s number I might add) lovely countryside to run through and great to have full road closures. Miles 8-10 I found tough but was pleased to see the route changed slightly as I was waiting for the steep hill normally around mile 10. Once at mile 10 having taken Captain Cols advice and attacking the first 10 miles its great knowing you have the best 3 mile finish to any race I’ve done, mainly downhill and the only race I’ll ever clock sub 6 minute for miles 12 and 13. Coming down the last hill wow what support “Green Army” screems heard for miles (Gareth Boyd) and a nice shiny PB to start the year off for me. Brilliant to see and hear so much support for our home race definitely spurred me on for my pb. Well done all Runners great times by all, supporters and volunteers!


I echo what Degs has said, I think all the positive comments on social media and there has been tons of it, really tells you how well Laura and her team have done putting on for me the best half marathon I have ever ran in (and also helped out in). Every single one of you who has been involved over the past 6 months right through to race day,  the race could not go ahead without this fantastic support.  Seeing we have only 1 race report come in from the day, I’ve put a comment from a mate myself and CBH know from when we ran Ring Of Fire a few years back….Adam has summed it up perfectly

Joining the ranks to thank the Helsby team for a great event. In order of my day I was impressed by the weather updates, ease of parking, catching up with old and meeting new Green Army friends, the fact that you were able to support some number transfers on the day, MOTD on TV in the clubhouse to watch pre race, great route with support plus helpful & encouraging marshals everywhere they were needed, downhill finish, reflective memento vest, massage, loads of food options post race and a PB to cap it all off. If I lived closer I’d love to join the team……..See you at the next one.

I think there are too many great stories and PB’s galore to put a mention in for all of you, but well done to Colin Thompson and June Swift for being 1st male and female home. One of my highlights was seeing a picture of Charlie getting chased by a few chickens, and the other was the fantastic support out on the course from loads of you, again too many to mention. Our “GreenArmy” chant really was being shouted very loudly throughout the whole 13.1 miles.

Full list of results below


That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

Quick Four Villages catchup

24076658309_f1d08496f4_zWow. Brilliant event!

Thanks to all of our organisers, volunteers, marshals, runners, supporters, the people of Helsby and those living around the course, the weather (you gave us a fright again!) …basically everyone that played a part in making this little race such a massive success.

A few links for you:

Race results

Race pics

Chester Chronicle race report

Chester Chronicle follow-up and picture gallery

FaceBook chat (you need to join, all welcome)


Helsby RC Weekly Update 3-1-2016 to 10-1-2016.


The big news from Saturdays parkruns was Helbys amazing 1-2-3 finish at Widnes with Derek Morris joining the proper runners, Colin Bishop and Colin Thompson, to complete the podium. Amazing achievement lads.

Full, consolidated results for Helsby parkrunners can be found below.

Ben Fletcher sent in this report from The Auld Lang Syne fell race…

The Auld Lang Syne fell race is traditionally known as the end of season fell finale and attracts a strong field of runners, most in fancy dress. It is so popular you have to get your entry in quick, all 420 places sold out in 2 days, luckily our cheque arrived in the post on time and we made the start list.

New Year’s Eve (race day) arrived and we were both full of colds, but we decided to go for it anyway and just enjoy it.
We arrived at Penistone Hill in West Yorkshire and it was a tad bit chilly, we registered and got ready mingling with everything from Stormtroopers to a weightlifter with his extra large Dumbbell!

The legendary Dave Woodhead started us off with a bagpiper playing as we left the quarry and headed into the hills.

The route was a out and back with a loop taking in Top Withens summit and had a nice slippy bit in the middle where you drop down into a beck where I was having a great battle with Tony the Tiger and Suzanne was battling it out with a Stormtrooper and a Sumo.

Really recommend this race, plus you get the bonus of a bottle of Old Leg Over beer at the end.
Ben 113th 57.10
Suzanne 329th 72.29

Cheers Ben.

Sunday saw the Cheshire County XC Championships, John Whitehead has kindly sent in this report.

So after days of rain on the lead up to the County Champs it was inevitable it was going to be a wet and muddy course so much so the course inspection the day prior brought a revision, The Senior Ladies would now run 6.2km and the Senior Men 9.3k… On the Day the weather at Reeseheath College was overcast, threatening rain and of course very muddy perfect XC conditions.

The Ladies were off first at 13A:40, as the gun went a charge from the line was made for two Laps of the surrounding fields and woodland, conditions underfoot were wet and gloopy in the mud to say the least especially through the cabbage patch. Support as always from Joe and Mario was there with a “Come on Helsby” at the points when it was really needed. June Swift led the Helsby charge for the Ladies holding her own and within touching distance of the leaders until ½ a lap to go when the mud got the better of her and she hit the deck (they don’t teach you how to stay on your feet in slippy mud, running in circles, on a track and over only 800m) fair play to her she got back up and recovered to finish in 10th Place and secure an invite as a reserve for the county team. Jane Ashbrook followed home shortly afterwards in her newly refurbished spikes courtesy of Joe and Vanessa claimed 1st place in her age category with a lovely gold medal to match.


Next onto the Men who were given an extra lap round the fields of mud, my personal aim “Don’t get lapped”… 14:30 on the dot the gun sounded and we were off with Paul Frodsham and Ian Rutherford in his new spikes leading the Helsby charge for the men. Ian unfortunately had a nightmare keeping his shoes on in the cabbage patch with his Garmin recording in graphic detail the nightmare of losing his Left Spike 9 times and the right 6 times (if anyone is looking for a new pair of spikes size 9 please see Ian), fair play though most people would of given up but not Ian he kept going each time and made as much ground up as possible to Mario’s encouraging words “If you can keep your shoes I think you’ll make up a few places”. I bet my suggestion at the start of the race, we should of used Gaffer tape to hold our spikes on doesn’t seem so stupid now!


Paul Frodsham was the first Helsby Male home, though we thought it was Mo Farah with his celebratory pose coming into the finish, The good news for myself though is, I didn’t get lapped, though Daniel Cliffe from Liverpool Harriers who won the race in a very impressive 31:03 came close if it wasn’t for a sprint finish on my second lap. So all in all a good day out for Helsby RC.

Full results from the day are below

Cheers John

Also getting a notable mention this week is Darren O’Connor running Disney Marathon in a commendable 3:40 while taking time to soak in the sights and enjoy the experience rather than flat out race. Well done, Daz.


And finally a great piece of news from June Swift…..

Mario and Joe were nominated to receive a #BigThankYou as part of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.  I’m delighted that both Joe and Mario were chosen to represent athletics and received a call from Steve Cram and Paula Radcliff.  Please click on link below:



Helsby RC Xmas & New Year round-up 2015

Hi everyone

Happy new year to you all and welcome to the Xmas & New Year round-up. A few green vests were out and about racing over the festive period so let’s get started with an excellent report sent in by Ben Fletcher…

Auld Land Syne Fell race

untitled“The Auld Lang Syne fell race is traditionally known as the end of season fell finale and attracts a strong field of runners, most in fancy dress. It is so popular you have to get your entry in quick, all 420 places sold out in 2 days, luckily our cheque arrived in the post on time and we made the start list.

untitled3New Year’s Eve (race day) arrived and we were both full of colds, but we decided to go for it anyway and just enjoy it.

We arrived at Penistone Hill in West Yorkshire and it was a tad bit chilly, we registered and got ready mingling with everything from Stormtroopers to a weightlifter with his extra large Dumbbell!

The legendary Dave Woodhead started us off with a bagpiper playing as we left the quarry and headed into the hills.

untitled4The route was a out and back with a loop taking in Top Withens summit and had a nice slippy bit in the middle where you drop down into a beck where I was having a great battle with Tony the Tiger and Suzanne was battling it out with a Stormtrooper and a Sumo.

Really recommend this race, plus you get the bonus of a bottle of Old Leg Over beer at the end.”


Ben 113th 57.10

Suzanne 329th 72.29 

video of start

Liverbirds (double marathon)


Ivan and Dave Madders ventured to Liverpool on new years eve to catch the first race of the Liverbirds double, over to Dave for his report….

“Each new years eve ( and new years day if you’re particularly keen ) there is a marathon along Otterspool promenade in Liverpool called the Liverbird marathon double. No frills, £20 entry, paid direct to a choice of 2 charities, supply your own drinks/supplies and you’re away.

Ivan davies and myself entered this year and duly arrived on the promenade with 200 or so other madmen for the 10am start.

The route goes alongside the Mersey from adjacent to the albert dock Travelodge up to the end of the prom at Aigburth and back with this 6.55 mile loop being ran 4 times.

Ivan being a 3 hour marathoner set off like a greyhound leaving me to shuffle along at 8.30 pace. After 2 laps the weather as forecast took a turn for the worst with strong winds and driving rain creating horrendous conditions for marathon running.

Ivan suffering with a pulled groin soldiered on for 3 laps ( in a very solid time of 2.25 ) whilst I shuffled my way to the finish in a time of around 4.24.

38 plucky souls did both days with elite runner Terry Forrest running an unbelievable 2.38/2.45 successive marathons.

Great Craic between runners made this event a worthy effort with great support from other runners plus Its not every race the winner high fives all the other competitors on his way to a 2.38!

Awful conditions but I’ll be back!”

NWSL XC Race #6 (Arrowe Park)


We had a good turn out of green vests for the penultimate cross country race in the Sunday League series and it was fantastic to get a full team out for both the men and ladies despite the appalling weather. The venue was at Arrowe Park (hosted by Pensby) and the course consisted of 2 laps of energy sapping gloopy mud around the park. Thank you to all who turned up and well done to Ben Fletcher who had a stormer to take the first Helsby home honours and top 20 finish  and Joanne Lacking for another fine display of running to take the chequered flag for the ladies. Also big kudos to Tanya Downes for her first foray into XC running on what was a tough course, she seemed to enjoy it and will hopefully be back for more pain! The next and final race is on Sunday 21st February at Birchwood Park – make a note in your diaries.

A big thank you to Joe, Mario, Suzanne Fletcher and Chris Collins for their support around the course, Mario also coordinated the tokens and race positions at the finish. Please find the Helsby results below:

19th Ben Fletcher
21st  Colin Thompson
61st  Phillip Roberts
67th  Derek Morris
96th  Paul Frodsham
108th  Ian Landucci
115th  Tim Palmer
143rd  David Feakes
202nd  Edward Roberts

15th  Joanne Lacking
17th  Jane Ashbrook
32nd  Vanessa Griffiths
68th  Rachael Holden
73rd Lesley Feakes

96th  Tanya Downes

The mens team were 5th on the day and the ladies 4th.

Full results here


A few more parkrun results than usual due to some extra events over Christmas. Please find all results below. Congrats to Colin Bishop on a double win at Widnes and well done to everyone else who took part. Helsby results below:



84th Phil GILLARD 00:24:50
94th Geoff COLLINS 00:25:18
101st Louise MCEVELEY 00:25:43
207th Anne BELL 00:30:58

Ellesmere Port

28th Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:28:22 


1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:42
29th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:15
47th Chris HATTON 00:25:26



2nd Colin BISHOP 17:41
72nd Rhea THOMAS 26:56


Gloucester North

35th Jackie KEASLEY 00:30:16 


22nd Gareth BOYD 00:20:32
55th David FEAKES 00:23:30
151st Lesley FEAKES 00:28:14
160th David WIGGINS 00:28:35
161st Stephen WIGGINS 00:28:36 


1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:46
15th Joanne LACKING 00:22:03
20th Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:02 


68th Geoff COLLINS 00:23:46

All results can be found here


  • Wed 6 Jan4VHM medal making – we need lots of help to re-packing this years medals – please come along to the HCSC bar after our training run and help out as many hands make light work, chip barms provided.
  • Sat 30 Jan – Northern Cross Country Championships, Blackburn. Another good day out for runners & spectators! Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry, so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 13th Jan

That’s all this week. If you got this far thank you for reading and please let me know if I have missed any races. Remember, all results and reports should be sent to otherwise we could easily miss something if posted on social media.

Keep on running!


Xmas Handicap Results 2015

Xmas Handicap Results 2015

A keenly fought race out on Helsby High Street last night (20 runners came in within 3 minutes)!

Congratulations to Hannah Sadaoui on winning the handicap race and to Chris B-H for the fastest time.
Results here:-

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

Cheers Jackie

PS A couple of quick messages
Raffle tickets for 3 Xmas Hampers for Helsby Community Sports Club funds are on sale. Please buy them from Jo to keep the club going in 2016. Draw on News Years Eve; you don’t need to be there!

4 Villages advance road closure signs are now up, With  strong winds forecast, pleae put back up any signs you see fallen down.

Helsby RC weekly round-up 14th – 20th December 2015

Merry Christmas to you all!

After a fantastic Christmas Handicap and disco last night and with no racing in the week it’s all down to the Park runners to fill the final upadte before Santa comes to town.

Position      Gender Position      parkrunner      Club      Run Time  

1    1    Unknown ATHLETE    Unattached    00:16:00
27    1    Holly WEEDALL    Vale Royal AC    00:20:05
101    84    Geoff COLLINS    Helsby RC    00:25:22
103    18    Rachel ARNOLD    Helsby RC    00:25:35
150    32    Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES    Helsby RC    00:28:23
152    33    Jane ASHBROOK    Helsby RC    00:28:24
158    36    Jo FARWELL    Helsby RC    00:28:52
159    37    Claire MORTON    Helsby RC    00:28:54

Phenomenal time from the unknown athlete for that course… sign him up! Some great club rivalry going on there too. Nice to see that Park run is as popular as ever within the club.

Ellesmere Port saw Mr. Ben Williams in action:
Position      Gender Position      parkrunner      Club      Run Time  
1    1    Richard FARLEY    West Cheshire AC    00:19:06
16    1    Anest MÜLLER    West Cheshire AC    00:22:24
23    20    Benjamin John WILLIAMS    Helsby RC    00:24:25

But the real action was at the Widnes Parkrun with a Helsby Clean sweep. take a bow people!

Position      Gender Position      parkrunner      Club      Run Time  
1    1    Colin BISHOP    Helsby RC    00:17:37
12    1    Joanne LACKING    Helsby RC    00:20:50
14    13    Ian HAMLING    Helsby RC    00:21:04
36    34    Michael WILLIAMS    Helsby RC    00:24:36
38    4    Rachael HOLDEN    Helsby RC    00:24:47

Santa’s gift to the club!
Santa has been and left us a box of customised hi viz vests. These limited edition Helsby Green hi-viz vests with #GreenArmy on the back in reflective lettering are a gift to every club member. If you are a member of the club and weren’t able to make the Christmas handicap then please contact Jo Farwell to find out how you can pick yours up. There are three sizes, S (S/M) Medium (L/XL) and Large (XXL) (Chinese sizes :) )

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Helsby RC Weekly Update 7-12-2015 to 13-12-2015

Helsby RC Weekly Update 7-12-2015 to 13-12-2015

Its been a bit of a quiet week for the Green Army in the run up to Xmas.

Helsby runners were out at Delamere, Ellesmere Port and Widnes parkruns. Full club results are at the link below:

The only race reports this week are from the 2 cross country races, Saturdays Stadt Moers and Sundays Runcorn Town Park.

Firstly from Ian Landucci,

Not sure if the weather was a factor but I was the only green vest that turned up for the L&D XC Mud Fest at Stadt Moers.
Not only had it been raining for at least 12 hours before the race but the organisers had gone to the trouble of putting on a junior race in the morning to make certain the there was enough mud for everyone.
Those of you who have done cross country races before will know that the usual courses we run on have some muddy sections in between the grassy bits. This course was identical except without the grassy bits.
But what about the race I hear you ask. Well it was thoroughly enjoyable I finished just inside the first 50 thoroughly soaked through through and covered in mud. Whilst I missed seeing another green vest at the race it did mean I had the very rare experience of coming in as first Helsby counter.

All that remained was to dash home and get the kit clean in time for the Sunday XC at Runcorn. But reckon I can leave someone else to describe that one.
Added bonus on Sunday afternoon was to switch on the telly at the exact moment that the coverage of the Euro XC championships was starting. Though made me laugh to see the lack of mud. Not quite sure it can really be described as a cross country more of a slightly off road race.
Ian L

Hello all Fitzy here

Sunday seen 20 of the green army head to my back garden for the Town Park Cross country (or as some said dog poop alley, pick it up will you!!!!) sorry rant over. Rain rain and more rain for the last few weeks and especially the day before meant we arrived and it was like looking more like Loch Ness, water everywhere, and I’m sure we spotted a little nessie, then again it might of just been a turtles head.

Anyways, lots of new faces this season in the XC and it’s great to see, even Rachael With her brand new and very loud new racing spikes, they’re not so clean now. The race started for over 200 folk, after a almighty shout of green army especially from Jane Ashbrook, you’ve got no shame you Jane, and we were greeted with the first puddle, sorry I mean lake, I did ask Ben are you going through it or around, being the road loving runner I am, and he said straight through, so I had to follow suit.

Now one of our second claim members from the mighty Delamere Spartans got caught on video tippy toeing around another mahoosive puddle, let’s not let him ever forget this, he’s meant to be a Spartan after all! I’ll let you all guess who it was (CC)

So onto the first half a ski slope climb, and into mini Wembley as us locals know it and out into the park, over a little slippy trolls bridge and back on yourself until you come to what some would describe as the bog of doom, although those who’ve done Hellrunner would laugh at them if they thought that was bad, then back into mini Wembley and up the full ski slope which made for some good viewing going up and coming down. The race was 2 laps so that meant 2 ski slopes and 2 half’s

Just before reaching the first ski slope squirrel went foraging for some acorns and went for a little bit of a fall right into some bushes, although I got up and dusted myself down my knee took a right wallop and obviously held me back from winning the race (I did struggle after this if you want to give me sympathy)

The battle at the front was intense and Ben and Col were having a right ding dong Ben just having the legs on Col, who might I add isn’t fully fit yet, great work El Capitano, Jo Lacking was loving the mud and was first back for the girls, Vanessa Griffiths won her age category, whilst run of the day for me was Chris Murray who every time I turned around could always see him, he’s loving the XC series as he said, great to see David Feakes back and looking strong, always like to know he’s fighting fit as he normally BBQ’s us our food on nights out, great work mate. These were just a few highlights on what for me is the best XC race of them all because it’s in my back garden.

Full results at:

Cheers for the reports Ian and Chris. You’ve rescued a very quiet week.