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 blog. Week ending 24/04/2016

Welcome to the weekly round up. First of all a quick reminder of what’s coming up this week:

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 27/04/16 7.15pm is the final race, and presentation night, of the Borders League. This event is now being hosted by Prestatyn RC at The Frith, Prestatyn. Postcode for sat nav users is LL19 7AR. Any new club members please check with Chris Fitzpatrick that you have already been registered for the league.  Also anyone wanting to car share can meet at Helsby clubhouse at 6pm.

Thursday 28/04/2016 7.15pm is the Mid Cheshire 5k, which is one of our road counters.

Friday 29/04/2016 7pm – is of course, our annual Presentation Evening at Helsby Community Sports Club. David and Lesley are organising the catering so please let them know before this Wednesday if you will be attending.

Saturday 30/04/2016 1pmLlangynhafal Loop – A great little ‘morning after’ fell race. Venue is the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal LL16 4LN. Allow for 10 minute walk from the venue to the actual start.

Sunday 01/05/2016 10.30am -we have another road counter with the Liverpool Spring 10k at Sefton Park.


Reeth Trail 20km

On Sunday Laura Baynham Hughes had an excellent run on the Reeth Trail 20km race and has sent in the following report:

“I travelled to beautiful Swaledale this weekend for the Reeth Trail event, organised by gr8events. When I signed up I was a bit lax in my research on where it was (thought it was in the Lakes) – it turned out to be in North Yorkshire, but it was well worth the trip. A well organised ‘trail’ race with 10km and 20km options, I opted for the 20km route after enjoying the Sandstone trail A race last year. I would say it was more like a long runnable fell race with plenty of climb and some good descents, but was just missing rough ground and any really steep sections – I had to run the whole thing!! I really enjoyed the route and would recommend the race – we made a weekend of it and camped down the road as it is a good few hours away. Swaledale is great and well worth a visit. It was a bit strange doing a race though and being the only Green Army representative and not recognising any other runners. It was also missing Helsby’s chief cheering squad – kept expecting Joe and Mario to pop up on the course and I did miss their support. I did have a Baynham-Hughes cheering squad at the end though which made sure I didn’t let up on the descent for the finish. Really pleased with my time and position (25 overall, 5th lady, 1h 48mins).”

Thanks for the report Laura, and well done.

Goldrush Cani-cross


Jo Farwell and Wilma were running the trails in Coed y Brenin on Saturday. The Gold rush is described as a challenging 8.5 mile trail race and those entering with their dogs run the same route as the main race but start 30 minutes later. Well done Jo and Wilma.

Whitely 10k


There were 7 Helsby runners at the Whitely 10k on Sunday. Phil Roberts was first home for Helsby, followed by Carol Shaw who finished first in her category. Well done Carol! Also congratulations to Kate Mann on completing her first race in a Helsby vest, and welcome to the club Kate.
Full results are available here


London Marathon

Well done to the six Helsby vests who made the trip to London on Sunday. Its also apparent from social media that they had a fantastic following of supporters! Some excellent results here: Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 22.49.09


Well, Helsby continue to pop in park runs all over the UK. This week we had Carl Pratt running at Crystal Palace and Andy Smith at Workington Parkrun. There was a massive turnout of  9 Helsby runners at Delamere this week. The highlight of the parkruns though has got to have been at Widnes where Colin Thompson and Colin Bishop posted 1st and 2nd respectively – with just 20 seconds between them! Well done guys. Let me know when you two are doing the same park run again – I’d like to watch!

The Helsby consolidated parkrun results are available here

The Fellsman

And finally, a report from last weekend submitted by Andy Robinson:

“I ran the Fellsman on Saturday: a 61-mile race across tops and bogs in
the Yorkshire Dales. Two of my toes are still numb, and I’m still
knackered. It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. The weather
was very cold but otherwise great, but the ground was as wet as it’s
ever been for the Fellsman, and that’s saying a lot, because it’s pretty
wet even in a good year. The results aren’t up yet, but the winner took
about 11:30, and I finished in about 17:45, rolling in to the finish at
02:15 on Sunday morning. That’s why I wasn’t at the Helsby vs Felsby
race! I’ve written up an account of my race on, and the
results will appear on soon.”

Well done Andy, and thanks for sending the report in.

I think that’s it for this week. Please keep sending any reports or contributions t0



Helsby RC update 3-4-16 to 10-4-16

Upcoming Events:

Firstly a quick reminder from Chris F about the upcoming Border League/ Helsby vs. Felsby Challenge on this coming Sunday at 11am/

It’s borders league time… yes it’s that time of month again and it’s even bigger this month as the northwests finest fell runners will be turning up and trying to take us on our own Tarmac patch!!! Expect Phillip Roberts Chris Baynham-Hughes Adam Gordon (yes that’s right he’s defected to Felsby) all Tarmac slapping this coming Sunday, were over in Mold, if your using a sat nav use CH7 1HT, it’s a measured 5 mile race and starts at 11am.

Final teams cannot be decided until the day of the race for Helsby v Felsby but it’s pretty even up to now, maybe 1 or 2 more Felsby men needed, I expect this to be the biggest gathering of green yet to date, oh and for all you Felsby crew it’s free but you don’t get a pie and a pint afterwards so bring your own!!

Wed 20th April – 8:30pm – Phillip Pearson – President of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside Athletic Club – on his book “Fit To Run; The complete guide to injury-free running”

Message from Phil – I will be bringing some copies of my book.  If any of your members would like to purchase one at £10 instead of the official £12.99 they are welcome.  However, please stress that this is not with the intention of making profit (it just about covers my costs) and if nobody buys one I would not be at all offended or worried!


Borders League 7 (Deestriders) Wed 27/04/2016 19:15  NB. Moved to Prestatyn

 CGP Road Mid Cheshire 5K (CGP) Thu 28/04/2016 19:15 Kingsley Cricket Club, Kingsley,
Cheshire, WA6 8HY

Club Helsby RC – Presentation Evening Fri 29/04/2016 19:00
Helsby Community Sports Club,
Chester Rd, Frodsham WA6 0DL,
United Kingdom



Helsby runners were in action across the area, highlights include a 2nd place for Colin Tompson at Warrington and a PB for the ever improving Davyd Mitchell at Delamere. Full, consolidated results for Helby RC parkrunners can be found below.


Race reports

Fitzy also sent in the following report from sunny Manchester

The sun was out on Sunday and I’ve got Brit abroad vest lines to prove it! 6 of the green army made it over Manc land after plenty of months training for what for some was there A race (ok just me) but even so 26.2 miles is to be respected so a lot of graft went into training for this one for all of us.

Bad traffic and a quite horrendous baggage drop off zone didn’t help my pre race nerves but I managed to get to the start line 1 minute before the race started.

It was near perfect race conditions and the hooter sounded and we were all off. One thing Manchester marathon does well is it attracts a big field, and it really is sight to see so many runners in the distance pounding the pavement along the streets of Manc land. For me I had a great start and felt really fresh going through the half way point, and it was a bonus as seen all the other Helsby runners apart from Jenn. Boydy was in a Cheerleaders outfit and I felt like going over and giving him a kiss he looked stunning, Gaz and Helen were running as someone else, but I still managed to spot them “greeeeeeeeeeeeeenarmy” was at its loudest when they passed. Then little quiet Louise with the loudest shout of the day she really does have a gob on her.

Now for £60 plus £10 for parking I expect this marathon to run like clockwork and a few of the mile markers were out of sync, the course measured a bit long, and I know this annoyed some people, but overall a great day was had, until people got to the baggage area that is to be greeted by long queues. A nice PB for me, Louise got a Good for Age entry at next years London marathon for her fantastic time, and Jenn running her first marathon was very impressive indeed. Big shout out to Gaz and Helen who managed sub 6 hrs, fantastic running from them both and even more so from Gaz having to put up with Helen for that amount of time!

98th out of 9260  Chris Fitzpatrick 2 hrs 49 mins 54 secs
3805th Louise McEveley 3 hrs 55 mins 29 secs
4007th Gareth Boyd 3 hrs 57 mins 20 secs
4404 Jenn Naylor 4 hrs 41 secs
8289th Helen Owens & Gaz O’Connor 5hrs 7 mins 33 secs (Gaz beat Helen BTW)

It will be interesting to see in the coming days what feedback this marathon gets, it’s perfect for PB hunters, but it did let itself down this year if you ask me with some of the basics  a big race should get right.
Jim Jones’ report from even sunnier Lanzarote.

Haria Maraton de Montana

On Saturday 9th April I took part in  a ‘trail race’ hosted by he Haria Trail team in Lanzarote. There were 3 races on the day a 42k, a 26k and a 10k. I opted for the 26k. The race started and finished in the town of Maguez. My preference for the British imperial system of measurement for logging my miles,  and my very poor Spanish gave me a couple of difficulties. We set off straight into a gradual climb off course volcanic sand as we left Maguez and it was not long before we were running a ridge with stunning views. The temperature quickly rose to around 22c with a light wind for the first few miles. It was then pretty much up and down with some tough climbs and fast descents.

I reckoned there to be about 40 runners who set off in the 26k race and I was quite happy being with the first half until I got to about 10 miles. By then the field was well spread out and I realised I could see no one in front or behind! It wasn’t a navigation event and I was just thinking how well marked the course was when I realised I couldn’t see the next flag. So I carried on until I did picked up another flag,  but then found myself taking to a couple of Spanish runners on the 42k route.  The guys did their best to put me right but when I said I had already ran 10 ‘miles’ they thought  I was looking for the 10k route – confusing or what!.

By this time I was wishing it was a navigation event, and that I wasn’t relying on route markers. So I retraced my steps and picked up where I went wrong. I can only surmise that I drinking water as missed the sign because it did seem obvious when I eventually found it. The unexpected additional miles were tough but I felt a bit better about my error when I managed to pass a couple of 26k runners for the second time during the last couple of miles.
Ban Williams sent in this report from the Woldsman 50 mile ultra

Ste Wiggins and I took on the LDWA Woldsman 50 mile event on Saturday.

Ste’s an old hand at these ultras but this was the first time for me to take on this distance. I’ve entered a few LDWA events in the past, but only up to 30-ish miles.
The route took us around parts of East Yorkshire, past a deserted medieval village, two ruined churches, and a long row of dead moles hung on a farm gate (we sped up at that point…). There were no really big hills, but plenty of short sharp climbs and long gradual drags, and so the total ascent mounted up. The weather was mixed, heavy rain in the morning made the field sections very muddy – the sun came out in the afternoon but the damage underfoot was already done and long sections were really slippy underfoot and pretty much unrunnable. Unfortunately this slowed our time right down, and we had to finish in the dark, luckily the closing sections were fairly easy to navigate. Although the only time on the whole day we got lost was within half a mile of the finish, where we took a wrong turn in a wood, but luckily came out in near enough the right place.


As usual with LDWA, the event was impeccably organised and very low-key, which for me adds to their attraction. There were well-stocked checkpoints around every six miles, breaking the run up nicely into manageable chunks, and meaning I could eat my own bodyweight in sausage rolls and flapjacks on the way round.

One hint I would offer to anyone doing these type of events is to read any blogs written by past entrants, these give a good idea of what to expect and maybe some navigation tips. Doing this meant at least we were prepared for the route to be long, and so we weren’t left crying at the roadside when the watch ticked over 50 miles (though we both felt like it)

Total distance – 51.67 miles
Ascent – 4790 feet
Time – 13h 44min

Tanya Downes was kind enough to send in 3 reports from Ashford Half. Luckily enough they were all identical so I’ve chosen to post the middle one.

Ashford and district 1/2 marathon
On a glorious sunny day I set off to complete a sneaky 1/2 marathon to start my family break away. There had been a late change of route due to flooding at the running club headquarters and the photocopied map via email didn’t show much. About 400 people doing either the 1/2 or full marathon (2 laps) started out at 9am. And up we ran, I have never seen so many roads that go up with so little down to compensate, it was described as undulating ( i think it must have been written by Phil Roberts) and made Helsby feel flat. By mile 7 my legs were goosed. A walk / run got me home in 2:35 and after only 3 weeks back running I was pleased with that. Beautiful day, fantastic scenery and friendly running club. Hills on Wednesdays for me I think.

Arley Hall 10K.

Donna Geer, Emma Barnes and Rebecca Gibson rann Arley 10K on Sunday, Emma and Rebecca got PBs with Donna doing very well coming back from injury prior to running London Marathon next weekend. Well done ladies

Thanks for the reports guy and gals as usual please send them to



Helsby weekly round-up 28th March to 3rd April 2016

Hi everyone

A busy weekend of racing for the Green Army with 3 road races and a fell to report. Thank you for all the reports sent to the inbox, please keep them coming each week, they should be sent to the usual email address

Before we get started just a few word regarding Wednesday training:

It’s our first Wednesday hill run of the year and it will be in a similar format to the road with 4 different groups to cater for all abilities.

Traditional hill run muster:

Muster points:

  1. Middle walk (top of first steep off road section, Helsby hill)
  2. Middle walk (top of steep road section, Frodsham hill)
  3. Top of Sandstone steps.
  4. Bench after Frodsham Golf course with views across to Helsby.
  5. Bench at top of Snidley Moor.
  6. Bottom of steep hill at Sandy Lane junction.
  7. Commonside at Sandstone trail junction.
  8. Cross roads end of Commonside (option to run straight back to club via The Rock).
  9. Trig point Helsby Hill.

Groups as winter runs:

A: sub 43 min 10kers
B: sub 53 min 10kers
C: 53 min+ 10kers
Beginners: not regularly running 10k (hill route will be cut short appropriate to group)

Please muster within your group and run back to the tail runner at each muster point.

You are welcome to push yourself and run up a group but you must inform the group leader if you start to get dropped and either run on at your own pace or fall back to the next group. The idea is that each group should not be too spread out, but we don’t want to lose anyone on the hill!!

We need some volunteers to lead each group on Wednesday, if you can help please get in touch.

Now on to the news…

Fron Four Fell Race

It’s great to see Jim Jones back competing after being out with injury for a while, he was our sole Helsby representative at the Fron Four fell race but he certainly made it count by stealing 3rd V50! Well done Jim!

Jim has sent in this brief race report…

I was one of only about 20 runners who ran the Fron Four fell race near Caernarfon on Saturday 2nd April, the weather possibly deterring a few people. I knew it was going to be a tough one, having done it last year with the sun shine. This year there were some strong winds and a heavy rainfall resulted in any pathways turning into streams. The wind didn’t even keep the cloud away, and I found myself having to run on a compass bearing a couple of times. The race is listed as 7.1 miles with 2350ft of climb but this obviously depends on your route choice – I’ve actually done well over 8 miles each time. I picked up a prize for 3rd vet 50.

Results should appear at

Halewood 5k

Myself, Ivan and Dave Madders returned to Halewood for the monthly 5k event. Ivan had a great run in preparation for his half marathon the next day….more on that later.

Please find the Helsby results below:

9th Colin Thompson 17:39
24th Ivan Davies 19:02
43rd Dave Madders 22:06

A few people have asked about this race, please find a link below to the website showing all the details. Remember this is a free event on a super fast course, it would be nice to see a few more club members there each month.

Darwen Heritage Half Marathon

3 of our green troops ventured to Darwen for the Heritage half marathon on Sunday. By all accounts it wasn’t exactly easy with over 1200 ft of climb! Well done to Jackie, Ian and Neil for flying the Helsby flag, Ian has also sent in this excellent report…

Has the argument for supporting running races put on by runners for runners ever have been made so compelling?  Darwen Dashers should be rightly proud of this ‘new’ race; the organisation was flawless and thanks to our very own Paul Foster for advertising it in the first place!

£17 – a half marathon in the fantastic and stunning Lancs countryside, medal, beer and tech t-shirt!  Even the spring sunshine came out right on cue!

From over 400 runners, there were three green vests on display – myself, Neil and our very own Commander in Chief Jackie.


The race is described as “similar to the old ‘Roller Coaster’ route, but with a new venue and slight alterations…on scenic undulating roads south of Darwen Lancs.”  Well rollercoaster is an excellent description as there are so very few actually flat sections:


The support from the local area was amazing, outside the obvious ‘big-commercial’ events I have never experienced anything like it; even in some of the most rural areas, there was plenty of cow-bells and encouragement from the road-side; and I’ll be honest it was not only appreciated but much needed – this was a tough run!


Neil as we know goes from strength to strength and finished in 13th position overall and was 2nd in MV40 Cat; absolutely brilliant run to complete this challenging course in a staggering 1’25:56.  Although as is the way these days, I couldn’t get near him; I was made up with my run of 1’29:48 which was effective for 29th overall and 7th in MV40 cat.  Both Neil and I ensured we had the ear of the Race Director at the end with the microphone to ensure Jackie got a big Green Army welcome – beaming smiles and waving Jackie crossed the tape at 2’09:50 and 4th in her category!


1st Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers) Snr Men 01:12:40 (next in was 1’19 wow!)
13th Neil Finegan M40 (2nd from 57 in cat) 01:25:56
29th Ian Rutherford M40 (7th from 57 in cat) 01:29:48
298th Jackie Keasley F55 (4th from 7 in cat) 02:09:50

Assuming the Dashers put this on next year we could do an awful lot worse as a club than promoting this race hard!  I also have deliberately not mentioned Darwen Dashers naked charity calendar (doh!), thankfully Jamie Dowdall was away when they shot it!



Good photos of Neil & Ian on these links

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Another half marathon on Sunday saw 4 Helsby vests toeing the line at the Wilmslow half. It was almost 5 runners but luckily Ivan found out he hadn’t actually entered the race after opening his race pack in the morning and found a different race entry altogether and promptly returned to bed! I shall pass you over to Jim Gray who has sent in another fab report…

Wilmslow Half Marathon was brilliant to take part in this year – the event was well organised, the crowd support along the way was great and the sun was shining.  So much so that a concerned spectator shouted that she hoped I was wearing sun cream!..

The route reaches out from Wilmslow into the Cheshire countryside taking runners (almost 4000 on sunday) on a wide loop around Mobberley and back.  The course undulates and there’s a good mix of gentle downhills and flat stretches however you start noticeably climbing again from about 7 miles steadily all the way back to the finish.  I’m sure I’m not alone in finding the last 3 miles particularly challenging and you really have to dig deep to push on to the end, definitely is all part of the fun.

Well done to Ste Roach who trimmed a massive six minutes off his recent liverpool time to run 1:40.23.

Four Helsby runners in action:

Ste Roach: 1:40.23
Me (Jim) 1:42:39
Mike Williams: 1:46:41
Paul Roberts: 2:12:47

Full results here:


All the consolidated Helsby results from last Saturdays parkruns can be found below. Well done all who took part, especially Colin Bishop and Joanne Lacking who both won silver at Widnes and another PB for the ever improving Davyd Mitchell at Delamere. Nice one!

London Marathon

Geoff Collins has sent the following request:

London Marathon race report, surely not yet,  is this an April fools day joke?  No it isn’t yet but it will be in three weeks time!

I have a request,  I’m running this year’s London Marathon for the charity Save the Children.   I did say I would never do this again for charity, but somehow after a glass of wine or two I changed my mind!

Most people at Helsby might not know I‘m doing this for charity and might like to sponsor me.  I would be very grateful if anyone could sponsor me for this good cause.  You can do this via;  or   I’m also writing a blog about my preparations for this on Word Press under Geofftherunner.

Thats’ all this week. Thanks again for all the great reports. Please let me know if I have missed anything.



Helsby News. Week ending 27/03/2016

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up of events. It appears to have been a busy week with lots going on around the club. If I’ve missed anything do let me know and I’ll add it to the blog. Please remember to send any race reports or contributions into It doesn’t have to be anything lengthy – just a sentence or two and/or a link to the results of a race all helps to pull the blog together.

Helsby 10k Time Trial

We start this week’s news with a report on the Wednesday night time-trial from our club captain, Colin Thompson:

“A big thank you to all who attended the 10k TT on Wednesday and everyone who has supported the event over the winter. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Joe, Mario, Louise, Jackie, Ste Wiggins, Meg and Roy (tail runner). Thank you to everyone who has helped out with timing and tail running over the last few months, see you all in October when we’re back on the roads.

Great running again from everyone and it’s fantastic to see those times tumbling down each month. We also had a race clock which gave people that extra sprint to the finish! Big kudos to Becca Gibson for stepping up to the 10k distance for the first time, great effort! Well done to everyone else, hope you have all enjoyed it and it benefits those summer races.

Winners were:

Colin Thompson (37.42, 1st overall 10k)
Jane Ashbrook (43.07, 1st lady 10k)
Graham Lloyd (41.09, 1st overall 6k)
Natalie Tilling (41.13, 1st lady 6k)

Full results below:


1 Colin Thompson 37.42
2 Adam Gordon 37.55
3 Phil Roberts 38.58
4 Paul Frodsham 41.53
5 Richard Hankins 42.35
6 Jane Ashbrook 43.07
7 Laura BH 43.10
8 Ian Landucci 43.26
9 Davyd Mitchell 43.44
10 Jim Higgins 43.56
11 Nick Ryder 44.16
12 Dave Feakes 44.46
13 Alistair Rough 44.56
14 Ste Roach 46.27
15 Phil Gillard 47.29
16 Hanna Sadaoui 47.57
17 Charlie Roberts 51.47
18 Emily Smith 53.59
19 Dave Wiggins 54.12
20 Mike Searle 57.04
21 Tim Igoe 57.04
22 Chris Igoe 59.31
23 John Gallon 1.01.00
24 Becca Gibson 1.02.46


1 Graham Lloyd 41.09
2 Natalie Tilling 41.13
3 Vanessa Griffiths 41.13″

Llantysillio Fell Race

12901429_1285012298179918_5523487094849146293_o On Saturday 26th March our second club fell counter was a race hosted by Tattenhall Runners. Thanks to Laura Baynham-Hughes for the race report, and to SJ Photography for the photos.

“Five Fellsby vests turned out for the Llantysilio fell race on Saturday, organised by Tattenhall. Unfortunately the Easter weekend meant some of the Fellsby regulars couldn’t make it. It is a great race, around 6miles with plenty of ups and downs! Warming up we spotted 2 luminous jackets hanging off the side of a narrow steep ascent. Chris12909630_1285004088180739_769745958924479294_osaid that will be Joe and Mario, I said don’t be daft, needless to say when we were going up the first steep climb I had to eat my hat. First cheer of the day from Helsby’s most dedicated support team!
The race started off, a light drizzle and up the first climb. Was quite pleased that I managed to keep Chris in view for first few miles. A really runnable race, with plenty of good climbs and some great descents (was trying to emulate Mario with varying success). The wind was crazy, at the top of the last climb I was nearly knocked over several time. The bloke behind me said later he thought I was getting off the path to let him pass but then I would jump back on. No I was getting blown off the path – and as if I would let someone behind me get in front!

12891618_1285009291513552_9056436311150911428_oIt was then a long descent to the finish with a second cheer from Joe and Mario on route. A sandwich and beer finished the race off nicely.

Not sure if official results out yet but Fellsby finished in following order:
Jim O’hara (12th)
Chris Baynham – Hughes
Laura Baynham – Hughes (7th lady I think)
Steve Riley
Andy Robinson”

A great report from Laura, but its also good to have another account from Steve Riley – “Small but perfectly formed turn-out for the Llantysilio fell race this weekend, with a few of the usual suspects busy with family stuff, work, and maybe the rotten forecast playing a part. Anyways, my first time at this close-ish race organised by our friends at Tattenhall, and definitely one to recommend for the future.

Jim O’Hara, me, Andy Robinson and both halves of the Baynham-Hughes power couple in action at the same event for a change. We met up in drizzly pub car park at Rhewl, nr Llangollen, ahead 6 miles and 2000′ of some great terrain and all the weather could throw at us. Jim, Chris, closely followed by Laura (giving CBH a visible shock). Steve and Andy bringing in the more modest half of the field. You’d be daft not to do next year’s.”

It is anticipated that the full results will be posted at:

More pictures are available on the SJ Photography Facebook page:

Cardiff Half Marathon

On Saturday 26th March,  Britain’s Mo Farah won a bronze medal as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won back-to-back World Half Marathon titles in testing conditions in Cardiff ……and Helsby Running Club’s Darren O’Connor knocked a whopping 5 minutes off his PB in a time of  1:26:32. Well done Darren!

Liverpool to Manchester Ultra-Marathon

Also on Saturday, the band of Helsby ultra  runners continued to grow,  with Dave Madders completing a humongous 47 miles along the Trans-Pennine Trail and the River Mersey, from Liverpool to Manchester, on what was a very blustery day. Well done Dave – a fantastic achievement.

Air Products 10k

Thanks to Colin Thompson for this race report:

“Due to a busy weekend in the racing calendar only 4 green vests made it to Crewe for our 3rd road counter at the Air Products 10k. Good news for those who made the journey as some championship points were up for grabs! My maiden race at this 10k but I’d heard rumours of “fast course”and it didn’t disappoint, 2 laps around a pancake flat industrial estate made it very much pb potential.

Fantastic running from the Helsby contingent saw Davyd Mitchell take a full minute off his PB to sneak under 43 minutes and brilliant running from Dave Feakes and Tanya Downes tidied up the Helsby pack. It’s worth noting that this was Tanya’s first race in a while due to illness so a fantastic effort from her. Well done everyone.

Please see results below:

11th Colin Thompson 36.12
97th Davyd Mitchell 42.53 (PB)
141st Dave Feakes 45.04
275th Tanya Downes 56.58″

Hale Village 5 Mile

Six Helsby vests were out at the Hale Village 5 Mile Race on Sunday 27th March. Colin Bishop was first home for Helsby and in 9th overall in a time of 28:23 followed by Phil Roberts at 32:14 and in 45th place. Joanne Lacking was the first Helsby lady to finish and 5th overall in the ladies race at 32:58.

Full results available at:


Helsby members ran in four different Parkruns this week:

Warrington Parkrun – Congratulations to Carl Pratt on his new PB of 19:57. Rhea Thomas also completed Warrington in 45:27.

Delamere Parkrun – We had seven people at Delamere. Vanessa Griffiths finished first for Helsby in 22:47 followed by Janet Robertson at 23:21. Chris Igoe and John Gallon completed their first Delamere parkruns  in 26:11 and 29:37 respectively – well done fellas!  Carol Shaw, Claire Morton and Jo Farwell also ran at Delamere.

Keswick Parkrun – Further afield,  Rachel Arnold completed the Keswick course in 27:55.

Ellesmere Port Parkrun – Nick Ryder and Geoff Collins ran Ellesmere Port course in  22:06 and 24:14 respectively.

The Parkrun consolidated Helsby club report can be viewed at:

Upcoming Events:

Halewood 5k

Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 10am – Knowsley Harriers AC,  Halewood Club House, Okell Drive, L26 7XB

Opportunity to Represent Cheshire

This year, Cheshire will be involved in three informal inter-county events versus Staffordshire and North Wales…

Sunday 19th June, Stone St Michaels 10k
Sunday 21st August, Birchwood 10k
Sunday 30th October, Abergele 5 mile

The Cheshire teams for each of these races will be selected from those eligible runners who have pre-entered the race by a set date.

Thanks for reading,


Helsby Weekly Update 7-3-2016 to 13-3-2016


Helsby runners were out in force at Delamere, Widnes, Warrington, Croxteth and Ellesmere Port parkruns. Full consolidated results are at the link below.

Jim Jones sent in this report from Carding Mill Canter….

It was great to get back into the fells at the Carding Mill Canter on Saturday, after four months of forced rest. It was the first time I’d ran this race, or been to the Carding Mill Valley – and what a great place it is! The valley is managed by the National Trust and could be a great family day out. The race was just over 5 miles with about 1700ft of climb. The sky was overcast with some light drizzle as the race started, but the clouds remained high enough for us to enjoy the views. We were straight into a tough 600ft climb after the first stream crossing, which was just after the start. I did my best to stay out of ‘race mode’ and enjoy the run without setting off any more injury worries. Thankfully it worked, so I’m now looking forward to the Ras Yr Aran next Saturday and hopefully trying to keep one or two other green vests in sight.

Full results below.

CBH sent in the following report from Edale Skyline Fell Race

Picture the scene, it’s Saturday morning, you’re just about to head out to the park run at 8:30 and a text arrives asking if you’re lost. “Noooooooo!!!!” cue frantic dash around the house to grab fell kit, cursing the fact you were convinced the race was on Sunday…. Until of course you realise that it is on Sunday and the panic turns to amusement as you realise that the person you’d offered a lift to has been sat in their running gear for the past 45 minutes waiting for you to turn up. Naturally I wouldn’t be so indiscrete as to name names, but suffice to say it amused me as I ran around Delamere.

So Phil Roberts and I arrived to a misty Edale which was soon to burn off to reveal perfect running weather. For those that don’t know Edale, it’s a classic fell race and I’d argue it’s equivalent to running 50k at marathon pace. Despite it only being 21 miles it fits in 1373m or over 4500 ft in old money. After a stiff zig zag ascent the route circles over Edale starting with the rough technical side of Kinder, onto cracking trails out to Win Hill before dropping like a stone to Hope and the prospect of a long open climb to Lose Hill and on to Mam Tor. Since it was such an incredible day there were countless parascenders hand gliders and supportive tourists until we got off Mam Tor. This is where the race starts to bite. Two sections remain, the peat bogs and marshes around to kinder then the bogs, rocks and, frankly, slog of Kinder back to the start. Jimmy and Sharon cheered us into the first of the two sections… always good to see a friendly face out there enjoying the race.

The final two sections featured plenty of snow and a guarantee that you couldn’t trust anywhere you put your feet. This led to the highlight of my race… stopping to help a stranded runner out of a bog. It was like birthing a calf! Two of us had his arms and I genuinely started to believe that his shoulder would dislocate before we even got him out past his hips! I love the fact that whilst racing in the fells everybody’s first priority is for the welfare of themselves and other racers. I won’t lie though, this was the only real enjoyment to be had over Kinder once you’re 16 miles in. I can’t explain the joy of seeing the final check point at Ringing Roger; I got gasps and a cheer for my nimble footwork skipping across rocks as I passed a Chinese family and went all out at the final descent. All in all it was a great day in the office.

Local rivalry wise it was Jez Brown of Buckley who took the spoils in 3:21:54 (17th) followed by me 3:36:17 (29th), Dave Douglas and Nick Wishart(Spartans) a sunburnt Phil Roberts 4:10:41 (95th) and Jon Hardman (Cheshire Hill racers) 4:49:47. Unfortunately I can’t find any photos of Phil and his pipe yet, but after two days of being in his running kit ready for the race I reckon it had to be soaked off him. J

Full results:

Liverpool Half Marathon.

Col Thompson sent in a report from Sundays race in Liverpool.

The Liverpool half marathon will always hold a special place in my heart, a few years ago I wheezed my way around in my first ever half marathon and I have loved it ever since. It’s not the fastest half around and quite expensive to enter compared to the club organised events but the atmosphere and meticulous organisation from BTR certainly makes up for the hefty entry fee.

The course is a Liverpool city centre start and finish, running up to Sefton park via Upper Parliament St (the only significant hill really) a lap of the park, down to Otterspool prom and a 4 mile sprint to the finish outside the Liver building.

We had glorious weather for the 11 green vests and 5000 other runners who lined up to tackle the 13.1 mile distance and some superb running saw some new PB’s too. Excellent running from Fitzy who was snapping at my heels for most of the way and took a substantial chunk off his PB. Well done mate, bodes well for the Manchester marathon. Jim Gray also ran his socks off for a new PB although he reports he was “running through treacle” for most of the way! It’s also worth mentioning that Alison Halsall had a fabulous run to steal 3rd in her age group. Well done Alison! A big well done to everyone else too, especially Clare Miller who took a late entry and ran her first race since giving birth not long ago.


Please see all Helsby results below. I have shown chip times as these are normally the more flattering:-)

25th COLIN THOMPSON 01:17:26 (PB)
28th CHRIS FITZPATRICK 01:17:41 (PB)
373rd ALISON HALSALL 01:32:47 (3rd in age cat)
514th CARL PRATT 01:36:21
832nd JAMES GRAY 01:40:50 (PB)
928th NATHAN DAVIES 01:43:54
1085th STEPHEN ROCHE 01:46:01
1518th MICHAEL WILLIAMS 01:43:46
3111th DAVID WIGGINS 02:05:23
3112th STEPHEN WIGGINS 02:05:23
4269th CLARE MILLER 02:24:11

Knighton 20 miler.

Neil Finegan wrote the following report from Knighton 20 miler.

In its first year of running,  the Knighton 20 is the replacement for the old Stafford 20 and most runners who have completed both courses agreed that it was a massive improvement on the old course.

It was certainly popular –  a sold out event with runners doing either the 20 miles or the relay option (for the sensible runners)  And it was a beautiful spring day – the sun beating down on the runners for the first time this year with not a cloud in the sky.  Thankfully the organisers installed some nice flooded road sections to run through – obviously working on the assumption water soaks up through your shoes.   The course was on country lanes,  described as “undulating” (about a 600ft climb over the course) On the long straights you could see the whole course ahead of you and by lap 3 there was the impressive sight of over 500 runners competing in the 2 events snaking their way through the countryside.
It was well supported,  particularly through the start area where the groups of relay race runners added to the atmosphere.  And a great cross section of club runners to chat to on the way around – most runners were treating the race as intense training towards another big event (mainly marathons and ultras) and this gave the race a nice friendly atmosphere.
A nice scenic race,  technical t-shirt and a warm welcome for just £14 – decent value for money.  Perfect for anyone training for a spring marathon who wants to push themselves that bit harder in training. The biggest issue was just the fact that it was 3 laps.  That whole problem of running past the start again and trying not to give in to the temptation to stop. But the beauty of the countryside around Knighton,  combined with perfect weather made it a great race.

There were 3 Helsby runners,  myself (2:14) Gareth Boyd (2:49) and Dave Madders who “retired” at the end of the second lap. Over 400 runners completed the 20 mile race with the top 5 managing to come in under 2 hours.


Don’t forget folks Wednesday training is our Fartlek run to Frodsham. All abilities welcome and is a brilliant speed session.

We have group leaders organised as follows:

Group A – Paul Frodsham (sub 45 min 10k approx.)

Group B – June Swift (sub 53 min 10k approx.)

Group C – Jane Ashbrook (above 53 min 10k + beginners)

Tim’s Talk on Orienteering

This Wednesday 16th March, Tim will talk on orienteering including some useful tips for navigating when we are running. In the club bar at 8:30, sandwiches provided. Lesley will be in touch about numbers.

Sport Relief Mile
Sunday 20th March at 2pm – the afternoon of the Tattenhall Border League Race.  1, 3 or 6 mile options. Why not come along & watch & support all our milers? It’s open to all ages (under11’s accompanied by an adult), young & old, & you can run or walk it or be wheeled! So why not take part?   Entries on the day or at

We are organising this. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help. I’ll be in touch next week. Nearly there with help but another couple would be great. Please let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours.

It should be good fun!

Finally an important message from Fitzy regarding the Tattenhall Border League race on this coming Sunday,

Ok so you’ve had a month off from me pestering you, it’s back to business, you could use this as a warm up to next months Helsby V Felsby race as well. Yes its borders league race 5 next Sunday 20th March, and after the last turnout and fabulous performances on the day both the men’s and ladies teams are in much better positions than they were, still room for improvement though eh! The race is at Tattenhall, right on our doorstep, I want a record borders league turnout next weekend if possible, it’s stands at 35 currently, I’m sure it can be beat. 11am start as per usual …. Green army






Helsby RC weekly round-up 29th Feb to 6th March 2016

Hi everyone

No reports in the inbox this week so I’ve had to make it up sorry. Apologies in advance if the reports are a little short. If I have missed anything please let me know and I can always update the blog. As usual, all reports should be sent to

St Helens 10k

It’s great to see Adrian Jackson back and running well after a knee operation last year. He found himself running in the St Helens 10k on Sunday and he had an excellent race to get 44.22 in position 186th. Well done Ade!


Full results can be found here

Wrexham Marathon Festival

This looked like a brilliant event (although there’s a rumour the toilets at the venue were worse than those in “Trainspotting!”), it included a full and half marathon plus this year they added a 20 mile race into the mix. Starting in Wrexham town centre the course takes the runners out to Wrexham industrial estate and surrounding roads before heading back into the centre for the finish.

We had 3 green vests lining up for the HM and Dave Madders was our sole Helsby runner in the 20 miler. Dave had a stormer considering he hasn’t ran more than 13 miles for a while and finished in a brilliant sub 3 hour time. Well done Dave! Meanwhile in the HM Gaz O’Connor put in a good performance to return first for Helsby and well done to Helen Owens and Ben Williams for a strong race both finishing in the low 1:50’s.

Half Marathon

112th Gary Oconnor 01:47:07
129th Ben Williams 01:50:34
156th Helen Owens 01:53:54

20 Mile

57th David Madders 02:56:32

Full results here

Cloud 9 Fell Race

Sue Buck slipped into the green vest for her maiden race as a 1st claim Green Army member at the Cloud 9 fell race on Sunday. A solid run saw her complete the race in 1:33:48 and grab 199th place. Well done Sue! Janet Roberston was also at the race and a superb run from her saw a 1:24:54 finish time in position 155. Big well done ladies!

Janet reports “a fun mud fest and a spectacular display of cakes!”


Full results here


Please find all Saturday parkrun results below. Some good running and another win for Bish and Jo Lacking at Widnes. I think they have forgotten how to lose! Well done to everyone else who took part.

Helsby results below:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast

43rd Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:03

Warrington parkrun

4th Colin THOMPSON 00:17:55
81st Rhea THOMAS 00:25:42

Delamere parkrun

39th David FEAKES 00:22:42
99th Geoff COLLINS 00:25:33
103rd Stephen WIGGINS 00:25:43
152nd Lesley FEAKES 00:27:47

Ellesmere Port parkrun

19th Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:27:54

Widnes parkrun

1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:40
5th Ian HAMLING 00:20:02
10th Carl PRATT 00:20:43
11th Joanne LACKING 00:20:50 (1st Lady)
49th Rachael HOLDEN 00:24:22
55th Chris HATTON 00:24:48

Wednesday training

Tomorrow’s training will be the “eyeballs out” run which is a simple run to Frodsham and back as a group but in the last few miles the pace is ramped up so you are running at a fast pace back to the club.

We could do with some volunteers to lead each group so if anyone would like to do this please get in touch with myself (, Jane Ashbrook (, Jackie Keasley (, Joe Beswick ( or Mario ( Alternatively you can contact us on Facebook.

Groups are:

Group A (approx. sub 45 mins 10k) Leader required

Group B (approx. sub 53 mins 10k) Leader required

Group C (approx. above 53 mins) Leader required

Beginners Leader – Betty Grieve?

Over the Hillers Leader – Andy Robinson?

That’s all this week, happy running folks!


Summer Club Championship Races + More Dates for your Diary

2016 Summer Championships 
An new series has been added, plus a few updates.

Trail Mini Series
A new mini-Trail series has been added to our list of 2016 summer club counters.  These races are already popular with Helsby runners and will give newer runners a chance to venture off–road with us. Your best 5 races from 9 to count. All races are between 4.5 and 6 miles on paths, tracks, grass, old railway lines, beaches and sand dunes. Plus good value – the total entry fee for all 9 races is £22!!

Fell Mini Series
To balance things up a bit we have made the series 3 from 5 instead of 4 .

Inter-Club Fell Championship
The interclub fell championship counters have been announced. These are The Wobbler, Cilcain Show Race and Shelf Moor. Members from Helsby, Spectrum, Warrington & Delamere Spartans will compete for the championship that we have won the last two years running.

Felsby vs Helsby
Thanks to Fitzy for suggesting this greenarmy challenge – For a good year or so I have been trying to get more of the “Felsby” contingent to come along and do a road race around a glorious industrial estate with us roadies, and they have been trying to get me to come and do more fells races, as it’s out of both of our comfort zones. So I thought, why not have a little club competition over 2 races, 1 road race and 1 fell race, and the best team wins. Simples!  The races are the Buckley Border League on 17th  April & Dinas Bran on Wed 4th May. Please let Chris know which team you would like to bat(tle) for!

Tim’s Talk on Orienteering
A week Wed on Wednesday 16th March, Tim will talk on encouraging us to orienteer too and will give us some useful tips for navigating when we are running. In the club bar at 8:30, sandwiches provided.

Sport Relief Mile
46934db5-d4a7-474d-8067-aa57e56ccb82Sunday 20th March at 2pm – the afternoon of the Tattenhall Border League Race.  1, 3 or 6 mile options. Why not come along & watch & support all our milers? It’s open to all ages (under11’s accompanied by an adult), young & old, & you can run or walk it or be wheeled! So why not take part?   Entries on the day or at See poster below.

We are organising this. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help. I’ll be in touch next week. BUT We could still do with another half dozen marshals please. Please let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours.  It should be good fun!

Club Presentation Evening
Friday 29th April – The 2015/2016 Border League series will just have finished so we will be having our annual celebration evening of awards from the 2015 Road & Fell Championship and 2015/16 cross country & Border Leagues series
A few ideas have been floated around about the format of this evening. A sit down meal (laid on by external caterers) at £15-20 per head, or our usual highly successful buffet whereby everyone brings a main or sweet along plus some club goodies thrown in.

To support the Helsby Community Sports Club and keep the doors open before the new facility comes along we need to fill the club house and spend money over the bar!  (competitive tendering for the new house build that will finance it is currently taking place).  To encourage maximum participation, we have come up with the idea of organising club paid transport to & from the evening from the Runcorn & Chester directions.

Please can you let us know what food option you would prefer & if you support the transport idea?   To or reply on facebook.

Last but not least. In order to calculate the Fell Championships from last year we need to know who ran in the St Johns Fell Race on Saturday 19th Sept 2015 so we can award points!  The race got a little chaotic with some runners going the wrong way so they never published results. We’d like to include points for this race for those who made the effort to go there. I know of Laura, Rachel, Louise McK & Rachel did it & possibly Emma, Sue B & Debbie R. Not sure about our chaps?    If folks can please think back and let me know/confirm whether they ran it and who did you finish in front of or behind that would be great. PLEASE BE HONEST!!!

That’s it for now.

Sorry it’s a bit long-winded, there’s a lot going on!

Cheers in running
Your Chair

Helsby RC weekly round-up 22nd to 28th February 2016

Welcome to the weekly round. Before we go into the past weeks running news please take time to read a message about the Wednesday club runs:

Hopefully you all will have received the email regarding the new structure to the Wednesday club runs. If not please let us know so we can forward this on to you. Also we will be handing out some printed versions.

This Wednesday (2nd March) will be the Muster run to Frodsham, therefore as well as leaders we need some tail runners to volunteer. We already have some group leaders organised as follows:


Group A – Leader – Colin Thompson

                  Tail Runner required


Group B – Leader – Jo Lacking

                  Tail Runner required


Group C – Leader – Jackie Keasley

                  Tail Runner required


Beginners – Leader – Betty Grieve

                     No tail runner required                    


Over the Hillers (headtorch run to the hills) – Leader – Andy Robinson

                              No tail runner required


If you are interested in volunteering to tail run please let one of us know (email below or Facebook). The role will be to stay at the back of your chosen group and make sure nobody get left behind. At each muster point the group leaders will run back to meet the tail runner and as a group run back to the muster point. In theory everybody should keep moving and stick together as a group.



Colin & Jane


And now over to a report submitted by Colin Thompson:

High Legh 10k

It was great to see plenty of green vests at our 2nd road counter of the season. Top notch organisation from Lymm Runners made this a very enjoyable race, they even managed to organise lovely sunny weather! The course is definitely PB potential but certainly isn’t flat, more mildly undulating with a little bit of off road (much to the bemusement of the roadie contingent!) A loop around the High Legh countryside makes it a visual feast with spectacular views and many of the locals came out to cheer on the athletes which was nice to see.

Now to the results, it was PBs galore with 5 of our runners securing new PBs and Jane Asbrook securing 2nd lady overall! Well done Jane! Both the men’s and ladies teams were 2nd overall and with 6 of our runners all under 40 minutes it was a very successful day at the office for the Green Army! A big well done to all who participated!

As always, a big thank you to Joe and Mario for their support, it really gives you a spring in your step when they suddenly emerge shouting their words of encouragement!

Helsby results are below:

7th Colin Thompson 35:45

12th Chris Fitzpatrick 36:12

18th Neil Finegan 37:25 (PB)

20th Adam Gordon 37:31 (PB)

26th Ian Rutherford 38:24

36th Darren O’connor 39:04 (PB)

52nd Jane Ashbrook 40:43 (2nd lady)

62nd Joanne Lacking 41:32

70th Ian Hamling 42:16 (PB)

159th Michael Williams 46:09

163rd Helen Owens 46:24

199th Rachael Holden 48:11 (PB)

240th Jenn Naylor 50:11

Full results here

Photo’s kindly taken by Mick Charman can be found here


Thanks Colin, for the report. Next it’s over to Andy Robinson who has completed another Long Distance Walking Association event – but as a runner! Well done Andy:

South Shropshire Circular LDWA challenge event

I had a great day out on Saturday running the South Shropshire Circular

LDWA challenge event. Based in Clun, this was 25 miles and 1400 metres

of climbing, on a route that was a secret until registration on the

day. Shropshire’s great for running hills, & although it was a bit hazy

we still got the views. Map and compass work was key – at least for me

as I had nobody to follow all day. One runner got past me by taking

easy options rather than the recommended route, so I finished 2nd in 4:47.



As ever, there was a great representation of Helsby RC across various Parkruns this past weekend with Colin Bishop again taking a pole position for Helsby– great work Colin! And it looks like some people were just having a warm up for the High Legh 10k! – Rachel Holden, Ian Hamling and Michael Williams:

Warrington parkrun:

Rhea Thomas 25:27 99th 17th gender position

Delamere parkrun:

Phil Gillard 24:20 80th 74th Gender Position

Rachel Arnold 24:57 93rd 11th Gender Position

Geoff Collins 25:26 106th 89th Gender Position

Claire Morton 29:14 182nd 44th Gender Position

Ellesmere Port parkrun:

Benjamin John Williams 25:34 22nd 19th Gender Position

Widnes parkrun:

Ian Hamling 20:27 11th 10th Gender Position

Michael Williams 22:06 18th 17th Gender Position

David Madders 22:41 25th 24th Gender Position

Chris Hatton 24:24 46th 41st Gender Position

Rachel Holden 28:27 90th 23rd Gender Position


10k Time Trial results

Wednesday saw another Helsby 10k Time Trial take place. I know Colin has already sent a separate email out, but just in case you missed it:

Hi everyone

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to the 10k TT last night, we had 23 people toeing the line! Great to see some new faces too, we hope you enjoyed it!

Congratulations to Phil R on a brilliant run to take the chequered flag and Jane Ashbrook who was first back for the ladies and a brilliant 2nd overall! Well done to everyone else, some impressive times last night.

Over in the 6k Vanessa had a stormer to cross the line first in 28:28, well done Vanessa!

Big thank you to our volunteers, Louise (results coordinator) Joe (timing) Mario (marshall) Jo Farwell (tags) June Swift (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys!

Please find a link to the results below:

The next and final one will be on 30th March, we will then have a break over the summer.

Hopefully see you all there!




Upcoming Events

Sunday 6th March

An invite from Andy Robinson (Club members will have received meet up details in their weekly email):

On my birthday, Sunday 6 March, I will be running from my house

to the Leigh Arms. Start time 11am. It’ll be 5.5 miles, fairly flat, mostly

river and canal paths, possibly with some mud but it’s drying out fast.

I’ll then be having a few beers, possibly a sandwich, & walking back

along the river (about 2.5 miles, flat). There’ll be a walking party too

(i.e. my family). Anyone wanting to join me is welcome, we’ll go at the

pace of the slowest. Or you could just turn up at the pub. Dogs welcome.

And yes, you can bring your mother as well if you want.

Andy Robinson


Inter Counties Fell Running Championships

The Inter Counties Seniors Fell Running Championships take place on Saturday, May 14, at Ras Moel Eilio, Llanberis.

The selection process for the Cheshire team is through Nick Bishop who can be contacted on 07919 565904 or at: 

Anyone wanting to be considered for selection should either contact Nick via your club representative or direct. A race to act as a form guide is to be held on Sunday, April 17, at the Mow Cop Fell Race. A junior event is being held at Stretton, Shropshire, on Saturday, July 2 shows the details for the 2015 race.

If you want to be considered for selection and meet the requisite County eligibility, please enter the race and advise Nick of your intention. A decision based on results from Mow Cop and other races/known form will be made to determine Cheshire selection.

A separate junior event is being held this year at Stretton, Shropshire on Saturday 2nd July. Full details are not yet available. Any clubs with suitable juniors and who are considered of the appropiate standard, should also let Nick know. No trial will be held for the juniors.

Please contact Nick for further details: / Mobile: 07919565904


Pipe Dream Fell Race

-Saturday 5th March 12pm from Dolgarrog Community Centre

A great little fell race well worth the drive. Further details at

Why not see if you can spot the Helsby faces at last years event:

I think that’s it for this week. If I have missed anything or if there are any reports to add please let me know and I will update the blog. In the meantime please keep the race reports coming in to




Free gait analysis and Nike shoe discount

Next week we have an event taking place in store specifically aimed at men, whereby several activities will be taking place. These include free Gait analysis for the runners, and free training advice and tips. Furthermore, we are able to offer 30% off Mens Running and Training Footwear to all those who take part in any of the event’s activities.


Helsby weekly round-up 15th to 21st Feb 2016

Hello Green Army

Lots and lots of training runs going on this week, and even more pictures on social media of Garmins, Dirty legs, and muddy hands…thankfully though we have one or two race reports come in, otherwise I would have had to describe my 22 mile training run, which would have really brightened up your day, especially after seeing Joanne struggling to get her beep out whilst passing me.

Park Run – I see Ben Williams was running a bit further afield than usual in Harrow, and plenty of the green army were dotted about at the more local runs, Widnes, Warrington, Delamere, and Birkenhead which seen Gaz O’Connor beaten to the line by a VW. Well done Gaz. Bish as per usual was 1st with an impressive 17.48 finishing time.

List of consolidated results below

Chris B H dragged himself away from his late night viewing and ran a little 10K, quite small for him really with a friend of the club Jeff McQueen, who came 3rd, good going that Jeff, over to GBH

Dash in the Daylight – Llandegla 10k

Friday night I heard rumours of a 10k race at Llandegla forest on the Saturday morning. Turned out it was real and that friend of the club Jeff McQueen was over from his new home in Hull to race… would have been rude to miss it! I guess I missed this post from Steve:

Clwydian Range Runners put the race on and I’m guessing it followed a similar format to their Dash in the Dark series… only this was the dash in the daylight.

Llandegla forest have just unveiled two running/ walking routes which are signposted through the forest. Following skiing route grading, there is a blue route and a longer tougher red route (10K). The route itself would make for a terrific weekly trail run along the lines of Park run, but that’s a different matter.

The range runners had put on extra signs so it was simple to follow at race pace, but I think otherwise you’d need to keep your wits about you. For those that don’t know it, Llandegla was turned into a mountain biking Mecca a good few years ago now, with numerous trails being carved out and maintained, a café and a car park at the start/ finish. They pay for it all through grants, volunteers and car park fees (£4.50), use of everything thereafter is free. The addition of running trails is a great one.

Back to the race, it was the usual faces from the local fell running scene in front followed by Jeff and a long gap before I came through with new member Matt Huntbatch hot on my heals (Matt is clearly destined to join Fellsby I think ). It was a roller coaster of a route, combining fire roads, forest ‘rides’ and trails. Despite it half killing me I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I reckon it would also be worth looking at getting out there to run the course as an early weekend outing for those inclined – perfect to take the family and the bikes for a ride before/ after.

1st – Jez Brown 42.42
2nd – Karl Steinegger 43:00
3rd – Jeff McQueen 46:07
7th – CBH – 49:09
13th – Matthew Huntbatch – 52:00

Rhyl 10 mile

Darren O’Connor made a trip over to Rhyl to buy some rock, here’s his report:

Made the trip to lovely Rhyl for the second year in a row to tackle the 10 mile coastal route. The course is pancake flat and is 5 miles out and back. Coastal runs are always a bit blowy (Was this the Norton 5 training run?) but Sunday was particularly bad with a full on head wind for the 2nd half of the race. Getting sand blown into the mouth and eyes for 5 miles was not great craic!

Was hoping to beat last years time and get a sub 1:10:00. Covered the first half in 32 minutes and took me almost 38 minutes for the second! Crossed the finish line on 1:09:37. Pleased with the time and reckon there could some really good times to be had on that course on calm day. I would do the race again – I like the distance and if nothing else it’s great half marathon training!

Well done Darren, if only the wind was behind you for the second half eh

XC Sunday League – Birchwood

Sunday seen the last Cross Country of the season, and possibly the muddiest as well at Birchwood, over to El Capitano for a little report:

The final XC Sunday league of the season saw 11 Helsby vests turn up to the quagmire AKA Birchwood Park. Those on social media will have seen the various photos floating around scaring the life out of everyone with what looked like a lake on a section of the course! We knew we were in for a wild one! Numbers were a bit down due to various injuries, “tired” legs from the roadies and someone thinking the start time was 11….not mentioning any names….*cough* Chris Murray😉

Anyway on to the race, yes it was a total mud fest, knee deep in places but loads of fun. The ladies team in particular had a fantastic race with Jane Ashbrook and Laura B-H achieving 4th and 10th respectively and Rachel Arnold ran so quickly the soles of her shoes fell off! Brilliant running Green Army and well done to everyone else.

Big thank you to Joe, Mario, Ben Fletcher, Janet Robertson and Andy Smith for their support on the day and Joe and Mario throughout the whole season. Congratulations to Liverpool RC for the team win (men) and Spectrum Striders (ladies). Hopefully if we can get a few more green vests to each race next season we can have a good go at competing with some of the top teams. We certainly have the talent within the club.

Full results can be found in this link:

Helsby/Warrington/Lymm were 6th overall for the men and 4th for the ladies. Thank you to everyone who turned up to race and support the club over the season.

Andy Smith kindly took a few snaps which can be found in this link:


Upcoming races and reminders

El Capitano celebrated his birthday this week, he’s looking good for a V40 now isn’t he. Weds will see the 6k and 10K time trial take place at 6.30pm, from the Wheatsheaf to Mickle Trafford and back. Park at the club for a gentle jog to the start line or meet at the pub.

Also, there is a meeting tomorrow night (Weds) after the time trial in the club to discuss the pacing groups for the weds night runs, to see what is working well and not so well. Everyone is welcome

This Sunday will see Liverpool beat Man Citeh in the Carling cup final (Jim’s turn for the blog next week, oh no!) oh and there’s a small matter of the second road counter of the season at the High Legh 10K, 11am start, good luck everyone.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!