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 Racing News 16th – 22nd March 2015

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

Road Running

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

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


Fantastic runs all around from what I can see!

Wilmslow Half

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

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

Rome Marathon

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

Borders League

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

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

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

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

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

Fell Running 

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

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

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

Full results here:

Park Run

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





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

Upcoming races and reminders

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

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

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

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

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

Full Helsby Parkrun results are below:

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


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

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

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

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

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

Winner   Chris Singleton     4:09:10

23rd        Max Wainwright  5:00:08

112th      Andy Robinson    5:48:51

234th      Jackie Keasley     7:21:14

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

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

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Thanks for the report Jackie.

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

Also, the following reminder from Jackie.

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

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



Helsby Race News 4th-10th March 2015

Hi everyone

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


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

Helsby results below:

St Helens parkrun

A total of 121 runners took part.

View full results for St Helens parkrun event #37


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

Warrington parkrun

A total of 250 runners took part.

View full results for Warrington parkrun event #61


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


Delamere parkrun

A total of 275 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #101


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

Road Running

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

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

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

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

Helsby results:

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

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

Full results here:

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


Wrexham Half Marathon

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

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

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

Helsby results:

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

Full results can be found here:

Fell Running

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

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

Good stuff guys!

Upcoming races and reminders

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

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

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

Jackie has also sent the following reminder:

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

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

Details of the meeting are:

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

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




Helsby Race News 23rd Feb to 1st Mar 2015

Hi everyone

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


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

Newbury parkrun

A total of 360 runners took part.

View full results for Newbury parkrun event #167

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

Princes parkrun, Liverpool

A total of 235 runners took part.

View full results for Princes parkrun, Liverpool event #206

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

Delamere parkrun

A total of 242 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #100

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

Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 77 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #20

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

Widnes parkrun

A total of 187 runners took part.

View full results for Widnes parkrun event #7

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

Road Running

High Legh 10k (road counter #2)

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

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

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

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

Well done Gaz and all who took part.

Helsby results below:

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

Full results here:




Port Sunlight 10k

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

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

Full results here:

Fell Running

Pipe Dream Fell Race

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

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

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

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

Well done chaps!

Upcoming races and reminders

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

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

The run will be split into 2 groups:

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

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

More details to follow.


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

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


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


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

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

Full results here


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

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



2015 Road and Fell Champioship


2015 Summer Championships

Road Championship
1. Sunday 15th February 11am Wrexham Village Bakery Half
2. Sunday 1st March 11am High Legh 10K
3. Wednesday 15th April 7pm Chester Spring 5
4. Friday 15th May 7.15pm Christleton 5k
5. Sunday 28th June 10.30am Penny Lane Striders 10K
6. Wednesday 5th August 7.30pm CGP Pie & Peas 5m
7. Saturday 15th August 11am Race the Train
8. Wednesday 26th August 7:15pm Capenhurst 5K
9. Sunday 12th July 10am Chirk Castle Half Marathon
10. Sunday 30th August 11am Ellesmere 10K
11. Sunday 20th September 11am CGP Sutton 6m
12. Sunday 4th October 9am Chester Metric Marathon
13. Sunday 18th October 11am Cheshire Half Marathon

Your best 7 results to count a minimum of 4 needed to be eligible for a prize. Separate men’s and ladies championships will be run


CGP –  Cheshire Grand Prix Race
Fell Championship
1. Saturday 14th February 12am NWC Moel Y Ci (BS)
2. Saturday 18th April 2pm NWC Ras Y Moelwyn (AM)
3. Wednesday 6th May 7.30pm Rainow 5 (BS)
4. Saturday 23rd May 2.30pm Hutton Roof Crags (BM)
5. Wednesday 3rd June 7.30pm ICC Robbie Websters Wobbler(AS)
6. Sunday 19th July 1pm Kentmere Horseshoe (AM)
7. Saturday 25th July 11am Gryn Gallop (BM)
8. Saturday 8th August 2.30pm ICC Teggs Nose (BM)
9. Saturday 22nd August 2pm Chipping Show (BM)
10. Monday 31st August 1pm NWC Cilcain Show Mtn Race (AS)
11. Sunday 6th September 11am Shelf Moor (AS)
12. Sunday 11th October 11am NWC Breidden Hills (AM))
13. Saturday 21st November 10am Penmaenmawr (BM)

Your best 7 results to count a minimum of 4 needed to be eligible for a prize. Separate men’s and ladies championships will be run

Mini – Fell Championship
1. Sunday 24th May 11am Mynydd Mawr (AS)
2. Wednesday 3rd June 7.30pm Robbie Websters Wobbler(AS)
3. Wednesday 17th June 7pm ICC Hot Foot up Moel Famau(AS)
4. Wednesday 22nd July 7am Green G Grass of Home (AS)
5. Saturday 19th September 11am St Johns Castle (AS)
The mini-fell series is aimed at encouraging Helsby runners to give Fell running a go, our more experienced fell runners will offer support in these race. The series is open to all to participate and we will keep a ranking, however to be eligible for the trophies participants must have competed in no more than 4 fell races previously. Your best 4 races to count. The races are short, steep and thoroughly rewarding!


ICC   -   Interclub (Helsby, Tattenhall, Spectrum, Pensby & Delamere Spartans)
              Fell Championship Counter, a presentation evening will be organised
              a Wednesday evening in August/September (date TBC).
NWC  – North Wales Fell Championship Race


For Fell runs please note FRA rules; runners should arrive at races prepared to carry all of the following “best practice” equipment:
• Waterproof whole body cover • Other body cover appropriate for the weather conditions including, as a minimum, hat and gloves but also e.g. a fleece • Map, preferably waterproof, of the race route and surrounding area • Compass suitable for navigating the course (GPS type equipment is not acceptable) • Whistle • Emergency food (long races).

More details from:-
Jackie Keasley (01928-724905 / 07960-570827 /

Colin Thompson (07872 121898 /

Jane Ashbrook (07900 697303 /

Joe Beswick (01928-732427 /

Please see websites for entering and race details and to check start times.
Website links are on Chris’s Google Calendars-

Fell Races

New to Fell – Mini Series

Road Races

Helsby Race News 9-15th Feb 2015

Lots to get through this week, thanks to all for the race reports, keep them coming!

Road Running

Village Bakery Half Marathon
 Our first road counter of the season and a huge 16 Green Army members travelled to Wrexham Industrial Estate to tackle the 13.1 mile distance. 2 laps of an industrial estate is a little uninspiring but this course is all about fast times and with perfect running conditions and a flat course it was a tarmac slappers paradise which ensured PB’s galore from the Helsby contingent!

Go Paul!

Go Paul!

First home for Helsby was Colin Thompson to take the maximum points with Chris Fitzpatrick and Gaz O’Connor following closely to both take a huge chunk of time off their PB’s which bodes well for their London Marathon ambitions in April. Degsy Morris had another stormer to go sub 90 mins and strong running from Ian Landucci and Phil Roberts saw a very competitive mens team on the day. Special mention to Paul Bulmer who, after months of preparation and training, pulled on his running shoes and managed to run a fabulous time of 2:34:09 which is a truly inspiring performance. Paul was running for his charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, full link below, it would be very generous if people could contribute to this charity to support his efforts.

Over to the ladies and Joanne Lacking was in fine form smashing out a 1:33:13 for another PB and taking the chequered flag for the Helsby ladies and maximum points. Helen Owens and Michelle Hardwick were chasing hard and both had a fantastic run to go sub 1:45 and take 2nd and 3rd with Lesley Feakes following closely behind. Well done ladies! Shan McCarthy broke the magical 2 hour mark, but that wasn’t enough so she decided to break 1:59 also. That’s just greedy! Well done Shan, all the hard training has definitely paid off. Donna Geer also had a stormer taking a whopping 11 minutes off her PB, the lady is on fire, especially with that sprint finish in her armour! Rhea Thomas had her first foray into the half marathon distance and although she was a little disappointed with her time I would say that she had a great first race, a half marathon is a difficult one to judge with the pacing so you now have a base to build off and a bench mark to beat next time. Louise McEveley and Claire Morton both ran as guide runners for Paul to tidy up the Helsby pack. Thank you ladies.

Special mention to our Green Army support team in the form of Joe and Mario who were out on course offering us encouragement and support, Louise, Max, Alison Bulmer and it was great to see Adair near the finish cheering us on. Max ditched his running shoes this time to show off his new found love of photography (and tight jeans), I will post some pictures onto the blog in due course, but if you can’t wait till then the official photos can be found here:

Full Helsby results below:

Pos No. First name Last name Gun time Chip Time Category Pos
17 571 Colin Thompson 01:17:37 01:17:36 Snr Male 8
41 178 Chris Fitzpatrick 01:20:55 01:20:50 Snr Male 22
65 416 Gary O’connor 01:24:00 01:23:50 Vet 45 6
108 398 Derek Morris 01:28:20 01:28:00 Vet 40 22
136 322 Ian Landucci 01:30:29 01:30:25 Vet 50 14
167 319 Joanne Lacking 01:33:13 01:33:02 Vet 35 7
217 494 Phillip Roberts 01:38:06 01:37:47 Snr Male 84
273 426 Helen Owens 01:43:26 01:43:06 Vet 35 10
297 241 Michele Hardwick 01:45:07 01:44:46 Vet 35 12
326 172 Lesley Feakes 01:48:57 01:48:36 Vet 50 3
418 361 Shan Mccarthy 01:59:23 01:58:58 Vet 45 16
433 197 Donna Geer 02:02:23 02:01:59 Vet 45 18
485 569 Rhea Thomas 02:11:06 02:11:06 Snr Female 36
535 75 Paul Bulmer 02:35:03 02:34:09 Vet 55 24
537 362 Louise Mceveley 02:35:03 02:34:08 Vet 45 26
538 399 Claire Morton 02:35:03 02:34:08 Vet 55 8

Full results can be found here:

Fell Running 

Moel y Ci
This week also saw the first Fell counter of the season. In hindsight a bit of a trek for such a short race which saw only four Helsby vests running, although a very simple drive maybe contributed to the far greater than expected overall turn out… or maybe that was the fact it was £4 for a race, soup and a roll; you be the judge!

Max leading the way

Max leading the way

Max took no prisoners as he immediately took on “one time race leader” status. The difference between the rest of us mere mortals and Max is that he held on to that lead for quite some time – pictured above leading the likes of Matthew Roberts, Lloyd Taggart and Rob Grantham!

Sadly Jimmy was relegated to a spectator due to an injury so Max had free reign at the front. Laura BH was also spectating on child care duty, but was gutted she didn’t bring her kit to bag the 20 points so early in the season. Andy Robinson, Phil Gillard and I panted and puffed at the back in a race which primarily featured the cruelest of gradients – the type you can run every step… just. For those of you that haven’t tried the fells yet I’ll let you into a secret… we walk every now and then! The switch of muscle groups and managing that switch correctly allows for a proper recharge before the next runable section. Check this great little video for a better impression of the wonders that are fell racing. Hopefully we’ll see you at a counter or at the mini series!

Before I get back to the race I should say that Max has been trying to work on his running nickname. He’s tried to get “Mighty Max”, “Max the Magnificent”, “Wonderful Wainwright” and others to stick to no avail. I digress, but Max was well and truly living up to these names as he hit the summit right in there with the race leaders. The views getting to the summit were nothing short of spectacular; including an view of the Glyders from I’ve never seen before – inspiring stuff!

The top sections were narrow single track paths making over taking difficult before the initially steep downhill section. It was at this point Max was gifted a nickname from a fellow competitor. I guess it was fair to say that he was a little frustrated not being able to pass when he christened Max “Downhill Princess”, but through strife comes genius :D

So to the results, Andy Robinson was very happy in 109th (55.12) although that may have had just as much to do with the high club points accrued in the hunt for the Vet60 title against Super Mario! Phil was beaming with 97th (53:50) and I was chuffed with 37th (45:50) against such a packed field. Our very own Downhill Princess came through to take 7th over all (39:50 ) a full minute ahead of Jez Brown – as a benchmark of success that is kudos indeed! Full results here

Parbold Hill
A splinter group decided to head the other way and take on Parbold hill. No race report so the results will speak for themselves instead! Great to see Helsby Vests out representing the club. Top work to all involved in what was clearly a stacked field. Vanessa also took home the V50 prize and was 23rd Female – awesome stuff!
55th – Phillip Roberts (55.35)
184th – Vanessa Griffiths (1.00.42)
256th – Andy Smith (1.06.20)
313rd – Edward ‘Charlie’ Roberts (1.11.01)

Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Anglezark Amble
Ben Williams can’t get enough of the long stuff right now – has he done more ultras this year than our ultra ringleader Andy Robinson? Here is the report:

I spent Saturday run/walking the LDWA Anglezarke Amble, near Horwich in West Lancs .

Underfoot conditions ranged from wet to terrible, and some moorland sections involved wading through full-on bogs. Because of this a lot of the course was pretty unrunnable, but there was good banter between groups of us as we slid around the hills and moors.

The course starts steeply – Rivington Pike and Winter Hill are climbed inside the first three miles – then becomes more ‘undulating’, with some fantastic downhills in places. Walkers have the option of a 16-mile course, but runners are expected to do the full 24.5 mile course which also takes in Entwistle and then Darwen Tower, before the courses rejoin to cross Great Hill.

The cloud base was too low to allow any views at all, in fact the Winter Hill mast was virtually invisible even from 50 yards away! I became a bit ‘navigationally challenged’ coming off Darwen Moor, in virtually zero visibility, and had to use my compass in anger for the first time (and Google Maps on my phone, never write off modern technology :)  ) . Luckily I found the right path though.

I timed the run at 5h 44 min. My official time somehow is 5.38, but these aren’t the kind of events where time desperately matters anyway.
As usual with LDWA events, there were well-stocked checkpoints and a hot meal included at the end. And all for about seven quid!

Oh, and a quick gear review… a chap running behind me near Entwistle slipped over in the mud, slid a good few metres on his bottom, dusted himself down and announced ‘f’in Hoka trail shoes – don’t bother’. I guess that’s as good a field test as any :)

Funnily enough Ben I remember doing the Peris Horseshoe with friend of Helsby Jeff McQueen wore a pair, there were some great photos of him barefoot carrying them :)

Park Run

dc5d115e-df2f-4dfa-939b-3346c85b1a0fAll the action described above did nothing to stop the Green Army taking on the local Park Runs. Results below – well done to all!




Warrington parkrun
Pos.    Gen Pos.
17    17    Carl PRATT    Helsby RC    00:21:25

Delamere parkrun
4    4    Colin THOMPSON    Helsby RC    00:17:48
69    11    Ellen HARRIS    Helsby RC    00:24:28
102    15    Louise MCEVELEY    Helsby RC    00:26:29
118    97    Stephen WIGGINS    Helsby RC    00:27:54
117    96    David WIGGINS    Helsby RC    00:27:54

Ellesmere Port parkrun
4    4    Neil FINEGAN    Helsby RC    00:19:33

Widnes parkrun
1    1    Colin BISHOP    Helsby RC    00:17:20
6    5    Ivan DAVIES    Helsby RC    00:18:59
8    7    Adrian JACKSON    Helsby RC    00:19:47
14    13    Alfie GRADY    Helsby RC    00:20:50
18    17    David MADDERS    Helsby RC    00:22:03

Full details here

Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 22 FEB. 10am
Name: Birchwood (XC Counter)
Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington
Further Details: Here

Chips! oh, and a 45 minute film about Steve Birkinshaw’s incredible Wainwrights run last summer. Well worth a watch. 8:30 Wednesday at the club. Let Dave and Lesley know if you want chips.

Helsby Race News 2-8th Feb 2015

Welcome to this week’s racing news. We have fells, cross country and Park run updates. Please remember to send all race reports to

If you are in a race then a brief report will be fantastic, if there are other people from Helsby there then please decide amongst yourselves as to who will submit a report.

On with the news!

Fell Running 

Wadsworth Trog
The relentless Jim Jones has been at it again, here’s his report: The 19.5 miles I did possibly a little bit more than I should have done due to a navigational error between checkpoints 11 and 12 on the featureless Wadsworth Moor (I should have trusted my compass bearing instead of following the handful of runners in front who also went wrong!)

Weather conditions were good. It stayed dry and hill fog that had threatened to descend only appeared for a couple of miles. The good visibility was in contrast to the conditions on the ground. The recent rise in temperature made for varied running conditions as we ascended and descended along the course. Ankle deep snow in a few places but mostly wet muddy and treacherous in places with thick ice – the grazes on my knees and elbows being testament to this.

An enjoyable but tough course, particularly the climb on the last mile and what turned out to be a sprint finish around the cricket pitch as someone tried to pip me at the post.

71st – 3:33:00 – that’s a fair old distance there Jim!

Long Mynd Valleys Race
Phil Gillard and Jimmy O’Hara took to the long and mynding road! 7 miles of glorious sunshine, crunching through the snow, followed by 4.5 miles of gradients that only the Shropshire hills can provide.

Clearly a stacked field with Jimmy coming in 75th (34th in Cat) – 2h22:58 and Phil Gillard taking 17th in his age category 118th overall in 2:37:48 Excellent work chaps!

Whilst staying with friends in Settle Harriers, I was persuaded to do one of Helm Hill’s Kendal Winter League races, Fairmile, on Sunday 9th – their website describes it as:

“This race is a real beauty and a personal favourite. A classic horseshoe on the edge of the Howgills it’s around 2.5miles long with 1400′ of climbing. From the start the race climbs steadily through the bracken with the incline increasing gradually towards the first summit. First timers might get caught out by thinking that they’ve done all the climbing at this point (I did!), but the race route drops down into a col before climbing steeply up to cairn at the second summit. At this point you swing round to the west, take a deep breath and throw yourself into the long descent. If the ground is hard you’ll feel this in your legs in the morning. There’s a tricky little river crossing to negotiate at the bottom, followed by a flat run into the finish. Once you’ve done Fairmile you can start calling yourself a proper fell runner.”

As they say, it is a proper fell race. Most of the first mile is uphill at 1 in 4….and the average uphill gradient was 1 in 5 The weather at the bottom was thick mist/cloud but up on the summits, it was glorious sunshine. I finished in 39:31 – 81st of 108 and about 14 minutes behind the winner – see here for results 

If anyone is in the area, I would recommend this race series – although it is probably too far to make the journey from Helsby.

Cross Country

Beacon Country Park
A fantastic turn out and it has been suggested that it was the loudest “Green Army” shout so far as the Helsby mud lovers took to Beacon Country Park. Colin Bishop was first home in 9th place overall, followed by Colin Thompson in 19th and Jim Jones in 55th. In the Ladies it was Jane Ashbrook who took the Helsby spoils (10th lady overall) followed by Laura Baynham-Hughes and Venessa Griffiths in 16th and 17th respectively. 14 runners in total, see the full results here

On the day this saw Helsby men in 4th and Helsby Ladies 5th overall in the team event. Series standings have the men in 4th, but the Ladies are in 3rd overall! The next race is at Birchwood on the 22nd, it’d be great to beat the turn out and the Green army cry, so take the plunge and have a go!

Park Run

Rhea Thomas stormed around to take 10th lady over all just 26 seconds ahead of Shan who took 12th Lady.

Colin Bishop shot round in a tightly foughts race to take 3rd place, Janet Robertson also took 3rd placed lady and Louise McEvely took 6th lady.

Ellesmere Port
EP saw Neil Finegan romp home in 4th with a sub 20 minute run around a slippy course – Ben Williams slid into  take 20th male.

Widnes saw the greatest turn out for Helsby Alfie Grady, Carl Pratt and Dave Madders in 16th, 21st and 28th for the men and Carol Shaw, Donna Geer and Emma Barnes in 2nd, 9th and 13th.

Well done to all runners, remember, take care of the 5 & 10kms and the distance takes care of itself. All results are here:

Upcoming races and reminders

Jackie sent out a mail via Jo with all the
Sat 14th Feb 12pm
Name: Moel y Ci (Fell counter)
Postcode: LL57 4BB
Further Details:

Sun 15th Feb. 11am
Name: The village bakery half (Road counter)

Wednesday 18th February - Steve Birkinshaw’s Wainwrights Film
Spend just under 45 minutes with this heart-warming tale and you’ll enjoy inspiration, true grit, pain and extreme endurance all wrapped up in stunning cinematography, mind blowing views and beauty. This award winning film documenting the incredible journey Steve Birkinshaw took as he attempted to beat a Joss Naylor record by visiting all 214 Wainwright tops. An incredible feat of physical human endurance, sleep deprivation and an insight into the highs and lows of distance mountain running.

Helsby RC Weekly Update (23-1-2015 to 1-2-2015)

There was a record turn out for the 10K and 6K time trials on Wednesday with 29 runners, including some runners new to Helsby RC, braving a cold, windy evening. There were plenty of PBs set with Ed Halliwell and Jo Lacking first home in the 10K while Chis Igoe and Vanessa Griffiths lead the way in the 6K. The full results can be downloaded by clicking the link in the panel to the left of this article.

At Saturdays Parkruns Helsbys Max Wainwright won at Delamere, securing a PB along the way while Ade Jackson ran a PB time to finish 4th at St Helens. The full, consolidated report for Helsby RC Parkrunners can be found below.

Sunday saw The Green Army travel to Beacon Park for Race 5 of the Sunday Cross Country League, It was an extremely cold morning with the 4.5 mile course very muddy underfoot. Helsby/ Lymm/ Warrington men finished 4th in the team race while the combined ladies team was 6th. Well done everyone for turning out in such challenging conditions.


Full individual results, when avaliable,  will be posted at and also updated in this blog