Cheshire AA Grand Prix Results inc Whitley 10k

Please find a link to the latest Cheshire County Road Race Grand Prix Results for 2010 which now include the Grand Prix results and also the handicap scheme results for Whitley 10k

Helsby runners who participated in the Whitley 10k may be especially interested.

Special mention surely goes to Lesley Feakes having a storming run to finish 6th overall (combined) in these results.

Check out the full results here

The mens team is currently in 8th place, and ladies in 4th with Carol Shaw currently in 17th place overall in Cheshire!

Well done to all participants and please note the other races in this series are

Chester Half Marathon Sun 16th May

Hollins Green 5k Sat 5th June

Warrington Road Runners 10k Thu 24th June

Great Warford 10mile Sun 15th Aug

Macclesfield Half Sun 26th Sept

As always, enjoy your running


Ashurst Beacon Results

Three Helsby runners, Danny Chan, Chris Hatton and Liz Dobson entered the Ashurst Beacon Race, Newburgh, Lancs on Wednesday night

Full results here

A great run from Danny, certainly putting Helsby on the map which also secured him a podium position!

2nd Danny Chan    39.05

76th Chris Hatton   52.15

110th Liz Dobson   62.20

If anyone competes in races (non counter) or other events, please let us know so we can add some info to the blog, and race reports or a few words and photos are also most welcome



and thanks to Mick Charman for providing the following link to photos of the event

Llantisilio Fell Race Results

Please find attached a link to the full results for the 2nd Fell Counter, Llantisilio, which was jogged, walked, scrambled and with plenty of downhill action too lots of fast running. Beginning and finishing at Rhewl from the 14th Century Sun Inn.

Once again good weather was enjoyed by the hardy 8 Helsby Green vests and a link to the full results can be found at the Tattenhall website below

Helsby runners positions and times below, and what brilliant running by Danny to finish in 6th place in what was also a third counter in the WFRA North Wales Series so some strong runners were there. Well done also to Andy Robinson competing in what was his first Fell Race for Helsby.

6th    Danny Chan        54.43

15th  Adair Broughton   60.16

54th   Andy Robinson   68.42

66th   Phil Gillard         71.41

69th    Jane Ashbrook  72.39  

91st   Chris Hatton       80.39

95th   Andy Smith        87.56

103rd Robbie Webster  99.07

and for the more discerning viewer here is a photo to the best prize of the day

Full sets of pictures below



The Anniversary Waltz

Jackie Keasley & the Anniversary Waltz

On checking my diary, I realised that a walking weekend staying at a basic mountaineering club hut in the upper reaches of the Newlands valley, 4 km from Stair clashed with this years Aniversary Waltz. Having secured an online entry a few days before, on Saturday I quickly swapped walking boots for running shoes and jogged down on a warm sunny morning to arrive at the start line just in time to see the start of this year’s inaurgural ultra race “A Teenager with Altitude”.

The “Waltz” is 11.5 miles and 3600” taking in Robinson, Hindscarth, Dalehead, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells, whilst the “Ultra” is 15.4 miles and 7600′ and takes in Causey Pike and Grasmoor first! Plus, whilst the main races are underway there are a number of junior races U10, U12.. U18.

The village hall was bustling with runners picking up their numbers and ladies serving hot tea and an amazing range of homemade cakes. I happended to mention that the best would be gone by the time I returned, to be told that I could reserve one. So I selected the biggest piece of chocolate cake ever and it was put behind the counter with my name on!

At 11:30 the Waltz got underway, the flatish valley start was avoided as the route took you immediatley uphill to pick up a higher bridle way to the lovely Newlands church 2 km up the valley. The route pulls gradually up below High Snab Bank before climing very steeply (sometimes on all 4s) to reach the rocky NE ridge of Robinson. The summit cairn was a most welcome sight. A gentle down and a much less steep climb up Hindscarth followed. Then another gradual down and a shorter climb up Dalehead (this run was getting easier not harder!). Runners were taking various lines down to Dalehead Tarn so I just followed the most popular route. A steam at the Tarn outflow provided the only drinking fell water of the race (essential to combat the hot sunshine).

Wayne (an ex-Helsby fell runner) was the most welcoming of martials on High Spy. An increase of pace over the very runnable terrain of Maiden Moor was followed by the last push up Cat Bells. A final, leg thumping, clock watching, descend ensured I came in under 3 hours (2:55). The best was yet to come … chocolate cake.

 But first there was more, lots of runners were sitting around in the sunshine eating platesful of delicious lancashire hotpot and red cabbage which was being dished out to all runners. Then on entering the village hall to claim my cake there was a bar set up and free Hawshead beer was being served to all! A few pastic cupfulls later and feeling fully fortified I made my way back up the valley to our remote mountain hut (with no shower), bathed in the river and awaited the walkers return to exchange stories of a memorable first proper summer’s day of the season.

Photo – Only Cat Bells to go.

Cheers Jackie

Road Counter 2 – Whitley 10k Results

A misty start to the morning with a blue sky acting as the perfect ceiling to Spring welcomed the Helsby runners embarking on the country lanes of Whitley on Sunday morning.

Results are already out and available on Spectrums website.

Great support from Joe as always and thanks to Phil Gillard for popping up in various places on his bike. Really helped at the end!

Helsby runners as follows

18th        Adair Broughton    36.43

102nd     Geoff Shaw           43.27

151st      David Feakes        46.33

213th      Carol Shaw           49.40

230th      Jackie Keasley     50.10

288th      Lesley Feakes      53.37

291st      Liz Dobson           53.42

323rd      Janet Shaw          55.51

Enjoy your running



2012 Olympics Athletic (or other) Tickets

Register your interest now for the London 2012 Olympic Games

The world’s greatest sporting events are coming to London! Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will go on sale in 2011. You can make a start by registering your interest with us.

This is the official website. Tickets will go on sale 2011



Helsby Running Club member Liz Dobson,  Sport and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Runcorn, is offering a discount of £5 on all treatments (excluding block bookings) for Helsby Running Club Members.

Please see Liz‘s website for further details on the service she provides: 

or email:

Liz can also be contacted on 01928 715259 or 07507 518854.

Helsby’s Gareth Boyd takes 1st place in Cheshire!!

Attached are the handicap results for the first Cheshire GP race of the  season, the Chester Spring 5 mile.

Congratulations to the two winners, Gareth Boyd of Helsby RC, who won the  handicap on the Pie and Peas race last August, and Christine Geraghty of  Wilmslow RC who each improved on their recent best form by 3 handicap codes. 
Cheshire County AA are again providing handicap prizes to the male and female  handicap winners for each of the 7 GP races in 2010 as well as a plaque to the  overall points winner at the end of the season based on the mixed handicap  results. 
For this season I have tightened the time scale for the minimum of 3 races to  qualify for the handicap from 24 to 18 months.  Any road races, not just GP  races, count.
John Driscoll
Cheshire County AA

Well done to Gareth from everyone at Helsby.  Would Gareth like to share some words on his training regime………….

Helsby’s Dave Madders 1st at Cheshire (Delamere) Half Marathon!

Well done to Dave Madders for a great run in the 3rd Cheshire (Delamere) Half Marathon at the weekend.

and in his words…

“I attach as promised a surprising photo of me holding a running trophy and I didn’t steal it or kick anyone to deserve it! 
A friend invited me to join him in the 3rd Cheshire (Delamere)  Half Marathon a little known event with around 50 entrants half running and half walking around the pathways and trails of Delamere Forest all in aid of parkinsons disease.

I had promised my friend that I’d take it easy and run with him but when the gun went and only a dozen or so looked like they were going to compete for the top three male prizes on offer, the competitive streak came out! I ran half a mile with my mate and only seven or eight runners were in front so terribly I said bye and left him for the dots in the distance. The scenery was superb and the weather absolutely ideal for running. The organisation was superb with every turn being easily signposted. The route consisted of two laps of the forest and by the end of lap 1 I thought I was in fourth place, outside the prizes but not catching the leaders, but then at the drinks station an organisor said good going Dave your in third! Had he got it wrong or had I?….

I spent the next 45 mins busting a gut in case I was in third , I didn’t want to be overtaken but also I could be in fourth so I needed to put it in and try and get another place. For 6 1/2 miles I saw no one and cursed those numerous other runners who were out having a run but weren’t in the race as every time I saw someone running I put in a ridiculous 1/2 mile ‘sprint’ and I limped across the line in just over 1.40 not knowing how I’d done when the organiser handed me water and asked if I’d mind sticking around for the prize giving. I’d done it I’d got my first ever ( and hopefully not last ) running trophy! 

Running round delamere with the promise of coffee and cake after the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning 
Dave Madders”

Big congratulations are in order for the run and thanks for the free advertising for Helsby too!

Track nights are GO!

Summer has started! Monday night training sessions are now back on. Meet at the grass track behind Helsby High School on Mondays at 7pm. Make your own way in.

For anyone, new to track training don’t be put off. It’s as hard as you make it — we’re certainly not all fast — and the sessions are arguably more beginner-friendly than the regular Wednesday runs. After all you’re never more than 200m from the start! See you there.