A most Scenic Half Marathon – Langdale

 The  most scenic Half Marathon Road Race in England” by Jackie

Sunday saw 4 Helsby runners dash up to the lake district to run the infamously hilly Langdale Half. There’s the option of going around twice but only 96 runners managed the marathon compared to the 400+ Halfers. It’s not a course for personal bests – there are many hills  – the steepest being a 1 in 3 within a mile of the start, up and over Blea Tarn into Little Langdale. How on earth anyone can carry on around a second time and do the hills again is mind boggling! 
It was a fantastically clear and sunny day, but not too hot so ideal for running and brilliant for views. 
David Feakes       1:55:07     Still going strong at end
Jackie Keasley     1:57:21     Delighted with fastest time over last 3 years. 
Mike Hallsworth    1:57:49    First timer; legs gave in at end!
Lesley Feakes       2:16:08    Best smile at end 
1st marathoner         3:04:21
1st 1/2 marathoner    1:17:48
Mike had come up on his motorbike and headed for home very soon after finishing – he did wonder whether he would be able to get off when be got home – hope to see you at the Helsby run tomorrow! 
The rest of us sat in the sun outside the Stickle Barn, eating, drinking and listening to a live singer; punctuated by cheering the last of the Halfers and the first Marthoners. A pefect end to a great race!

Sutton 6 – From the Sidelines by Mike Searle

Guilden Sutton 10K, Sunday 20th September 2009 – Report from the sidelines!

 Due to family commitments (eldest daughter’s 14th birthday), I couldn’t run at Guilden Sutton but being local – well, Mickle Trafford, I managed to slip out for 20 minutes to cheer our Helsby runners, which also gave me a spectator’s perspective as opposed to a participant’s.

 A chaotic melee of runners warming up, chatting and generally hanging around greeted me as I attempted to drive past the start to get a good viewpoint – so I can now appreciate the problems that non-running road users experience on Sunday mornings!

 Off went the horn and first Helsby runner down the road was Ian Landucci, running well – he even had time to wave (clearly not working hard enough!). Soon afterwards came Geoff Shaw, running efficiently as always, swiftly followed by Dave Madders (looking far too relaxed!), Carol Shaw (working well), Ian Hilditch (a rare outing for Ian) and Janet Shaw (great to see her back racing after serious back problems).

 By the second lap, everyone was well strung out, with the leader a good 100 metres in front and  by this stage I could really appreciate the effort put in by leaders, mid-packers and those further down the field alike. You know, when we race, we retreat into our own little race world and you can feel that it’s just you that’s battling the elements, pace, fatigue and other runners, with everyone else on cruise control. However, having seen every single runner come past me, each one was ‘putting it in’ irrespective of their position – useful to remember for your next race!

 Whilst the sunny skies were very pleasant for your reporter, I expect by half-way, a few runners were wishing it was dull and chilly – I’m sure plenty of runners were glad it was only 10K! Despite the warm weather there were some very good performances on the day, with Ian Landucci slicing under the 40 minutes barrier and coming in first for Helsby.

Final results were:

Ian Landucci – 39:36
Geoff Shaw – 43:11
Dave Madders – 46:51
Ian Hilditch – 48:28
Carol Shaw – 49:14
Janet Shaw – 55:39

Well done to everyone and it was great to witness a race ‘from the other side’ for a change!

Mike Searle

Best wishes


Mike Searle

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Helsby Road Race Summer Series – Final Standings

Well the results are all in and the counting has been done and the winners of the Helsby 2009 Summer Road Race Series are;

 Ladies Champion with 135 points   –  Carol Shaw

 Mens Champion with a maximum 140 points  –  Adair Broughton

 Congratulations to all 28 members of the club who competed during the series. Well done to Janet and Geoff Shaw who topped the participation charts competing in 9 and 10 races respectively.

 The full table of results can be found in the link below

  Final Standings

Race Series Trivia

 Youngest competitor – 33

 Oldest Competitor  – 67

 Most popular race – Pie and Peas with 17 runners  (encouraged by the pies no doubt)

 Least Popular Race – Warford 10 Mile (Might be more popular next year, see Best Finishing Souvenir below)

 Most Scenic Course – Lake Vyrnwy

 Best Finishing Souvenir – Specially commissioned Bottle of Real Ale at the Warford 10

 Loudest and most consistent Supporter – Joe Beswick


 A fine Sunday morning in Mickle Trafford saw 245 runners line up for the Sutton 6, which despite the name is an accurately measured 10km. In the excellent conditions the race was won by Nick Jones of Spectrum in 31:39, the 2nd fastest 10km by a Cheshire runner this year.

 The race consisted of one short lap and one long lap with a few undulations to keep it interesting.

 This race was the last in the Cheshire Grand Prix and consequently had a high turn out from many of the Cheshire clubs.

 The Helsby results were

 49  Ian Landucci     39:36

92  Geoff Shaw       43:11

129 Dave Madders  46:51

151 Ian Hilditch      48:28

159 Carol Shaw       49:14

211 Janet Shaw        55:39

Full results can be found at



With our supporter in chief not too well at present excellent encouragement was provided by Adair, Mike Searle and Andy Smith. However they have all got a long way to go to compete with Joe’s vocal support.