Moel y Gamelin

An excellent race I can thoroughly recommend, though at 9.5 miles on a hot day, hard work at times. Starting from the Ponderosa Café so plenty of food and drink available.

Helsby future all starsThe course involved some quite steep ascents and descents for the first couple of miles, followed by a much easier Moorland section. Drinks stations were provided on this part as the route conveniently crosses a minor road a couple of times. The sting in the tail with this course in the last couple of miles when you retrace your steps back over the hills, which made the sight of the Ponderosa Café and the nice grassy descent to the finish line very welcome.

Finishing positions:
Ian Landucci
Steve Riley
Phil Gillard
Robbie Webster/Mario Foschi (photo finish)

If smiles were miles, these two would be winners!
Finish times not yet available.


Particularly well done to Robbie for completing his first fell race since his comeback.

Editor’s note: what Ian describes as the ‘sting in the tail’ actually resembled a scene from the trenches. It was a war of attrition out there, sworn enemies sharing water and jelly babies, brave warriors reduced to a shuffle with only the thought of being heckled by Joe[1] at the top pulling them onwards. It was great!

[1] It’s almost guaranteed that wherever you race, our man Joe Beswick will pop up from behind a tree or trig point to shout encouragement. Easily worth a place or two for everyone 🙂

Edit: Lots of pics now up here.

Birkenhead 5 results

With Adair partying down in Glastonbury I thought I would take on his role as results reporter.

Birkenhead Park 5 Mile – 3rd June
I have just received a response from the race organiser of the Birkenhead Park 5 miler with the results. The delay to getting the results out was due to him being on holiday.

27th    Adair Broughton       29:40
40th    Ian Landucci            31:24
63rd    Steve Riley             33:06
71st    Geoff Shaw              33.49
90th    Carol Shaw              36.52
103rd  Andy Todd               40:20
113th  Sarah Price              42:07
114th  Vanessa Griffiths      43:07
118th  Janet Shaw              45:15

Full results.


Tattenhall Tough Team Results 2009

Please find a direct link to the Tattenhall Tough Team challenge results

and some pictures of the notorious or is that nefarious railway

A great atmosphere, some diverse terrain (albeit with some road heading
out and back), good support, the grim reaper, cake and team prizes.
What more could be asked?

So firstly let’s congratulate Helsby’s leading ladies ‘BevanJan’ who
were the Ladies Category Winners! The team, with some clues in the name, consisted of Beverley Roberts, Vanessa Griffiths and Jane Ashbrook.  Well done! ….and the wine was fantastic btw

Supporting this result were the ‘Hells B Team’, captained by Ian
Landucci supported by Adair Broughton and Keith Middleman
(unfortunately not a Helsby Runner, otherwise known as a ringer! No
comments Mike :D) who managed to finish in a fine 4th place overall,
after a good sprint finish by Ian, to make them the ‘Mens Category
Winners’…. can we find a fit and feisty 3rd runner next year to help us
get under the 60 minutes?? I think Steve might be that man!

And another special mention to a team that had three Helsby runners was the Mens Vets team, with the spirited name of ‘Let’s work together’,
with a fantastic run by Dave Feakes who was running with Mario Foschi
and Richard Mitchell to finish a fine 14th place overall.
Congratulations to them. And they were all still smiling at the finish, =D a good sign.

Maybe the best name of the night goes to the next Helsby team
‘Madonna’s orphaned Children’, comprised of Mike Searle, Dave Madders
and John Gallon. Great running!

And Jackie Keasely somehow found the energy to run at Tattenhall as a
solid preparation for Freckleton on Sunday. Now that’s commitment.
Definitely not ‘over the Helsby Hillers’ and supporting her were Leslie
Feakes and Rachel Arnold. Once again great running.

see you all (and more) there next year

Jackie and Ron Hill at Freckleton

Jackie Keasley of Helsby Running club (in her words)

….Had the priviledge of running 1/2 mile or so with Ron Hill!!  – He still holds the FHA course record – its been intact for 30+ years! He’s now 70 and told me this was his last ever half, but would continue with the fells as they take less of a toll! As he finally raced ahead of me I was left wondering what drives him on still – sharing the field with the likes of me!   I think I know what drives him on – we all have it – its the experience of taking part, sometimes the enjoyment comes after the pain but there is a buzz with every race (& training session) even if the times are slower!  Its great to do club counters but running also gives us the options of running all over the country/world (LAMM two weekend ago, Saunders the w/e after next, 10 marathons in 7 cities in 7 countries etc etc) and I am proud each time to run in my Helsby vest. For all of us the further afield we run the more we advertise our club.

So very well done to Jackie who had also competed in the Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge on Friday Night!

Edit: Here’s a picture of Ron in winter plumage…

Results for the Comberbach 5k held 14th June 09

Please find attached the results for the Comberbach Fete 5k. Well done to everyone taking part. Great location too!
Below are the results for Helsby runners.
1st    Adair Broughton        18.03
9th    Geoff Shaw               20.18
10th  Jane Ashbrook          20.23
18th  David Feakes            21. 32
20th  Vanessa Griffiths       21.57
25th  Lesley Feakes          25.07
39th  Carol Shaw               27.35
45th  Janet Shaw               27.58
The next road counter is the Burtonwood 5m on Sunday 18th July 4.00pm. Put on the Helsby vest and have an enjoyable run!
some details on the spectrum striders website as follows
(Please note that this race is organised Burtonwood Bridge ARLFC, assisted by Spectrum Striders Running Club.)The Burtonwood 5 mile road race (and 1.8 mile fun run) is run from The Bridge Inn pub, Phipps Lane, Burtonwood, Warrington, WA5 4HD.  There will be a free hot dog or beef burger for all entrants in the road race and fun run.  Entry on the day will be available at an extra charge of £1.  Minimum age to enter the race is 15 years old on the day, the fun run is open to all ages.

To download the entry form in PDF format see this link

The flying Mitchell

Steve Mitchell, sometime Helsby runner, seems to be going like a train at the moment, knocking 4 seconds off his 1500m for a truly impressive 3:46.24 earlier this month at a meet in Watford.

Here he is in action winnning a recent 800m in Birmingham…

Well done Steve.

Edale Fell Race Results

Greetings, Please find attached a link to the Edale Fell Counter Results

Helsby placings as follows:
35th Adair Broughton 44.34
62nd Ian Landucci 48.16
101st Phil Gillard 52.06
132nd Andy Todd 54.57

Well done to all taking part and to show you the fun you are missing out on, there are some photos here (Phil)

Please note the next Fell Counter is on Sunday 28th June at 11.00am, Moel-y-Gamelin (AM) with further details at

Regards Adair

Comberbach 5k – 14 June

The next counter in club’s road race championships is a local 5k. 11am start in Marbury Country Park, near Northwich. An ideal first road race or for those who don’t want anything too serious on a Sunday morning. Part of Comberbach Fete, children’s race at 10:30. Sunday lunch bite and pint in the village local afterwards? Details at

Mike’s tough team dress rehearsal

Hi everyone — The classic Tattenhall Tough Team Race is later this month and traditionally, I have always organized a ‘pre TTTR recee’ as an excellent alternative to our usual Weds night run.

Anyone who has run the TTTR before knows that elements of it certainly live up to its name! However the recee is deliberately a relaxed, social, group run, in what is an extremely scenic area. For anyone unfamiliar with the route, it is about 50% road and 50% offroad, with the offroad sections similar to our own Weds evening run and taking in some parts of the Sandstone Trail and Peckforton Hills amidst very attractive countryside.

Attached: ToughTeamMap. We then follow up the recee with a couple of drinks in Tattenhall which sits very nicely!

The plan is as follows:

  • All meet at the Tattenhall Recreation Club by 18:30. (The Club is Tattenhall runners clubhouse and where their Border league starts and finishes). Tattenhall is quite small so it’s pretty easy to find anyway. Link:
  • Run start by 18:45.
  • On return, use the showering and changing facilities at the clubhouse (which are good standard)
  • Decamp to Tattenhall for a couple of drinks – wa-hey!

I discussed it at the club and there’s already a gang raring to go but obviously not everyone was present. Everyone is welcome and please note that it will be a social, comfortable run for all. So please come along next Weds eve for something a little bit different from our usual fare – you won’t be disappointed. Hope to see you there!

Best wishes,