Lletty Fell Race – Intercounties


I’ll begin with race organiser Martins’ words…………..”Having held this race in August last year on a hot and humid day we decided to move it to an earlier date for some fresher spring weather…” 

For a race report and links to photos please see the Welsh Fell Runners website here: 



Needless to say it was a tough race, probably the toughest in the Helsby Fell Running Calendar for the year, but some great performances from all Helsby runners to be proud of. Nine runners in total. 

Special mention once again to Danny Chan wearing a Cheshire vest and being second counter home which is a tremendous achievement! 

Rachel Arnold also had a storming run beating some County runners in the process. 

Helsby runners results below but full results in the attached pdf which show county placings 


50th        Daniel Chan                    1.28.49 

102nd     Adair Broughton              1.40.57 

141st      Chris Banyham-Hughes   1.50.13 

170th      Phil Gillard                       1.58.42 

180th      Rachel Arnold                  2.02.35 

184th      Jim O’Hara                       2.05.32 

191st      Chris Hatton                     2.09.00 

208th      Andy Smith                       2.35.08 

210th      Robbie Webster               2.38.47 



Breaking News – Helsby Runner takes Cheshire Vest

Danny in his number 1 vest

Danny in his new number 1 vest

Congratulations to Helsby runner Danny Chan who has been awarded a Cheshire Vest for the Inter-Counties Fell Race, Lletty Farm 22nd May 2010.

Full report to follow post race

Good luck to Danny from all at Helsby!

Helsby 2010 Summer Race Series – May Update

With some warm and sunny weather over the last few days it seems that summer might have arrived at last. Evening races are now abundant and the Wednesday night club runs over the Helsby Fells are in full swing.

It may therefore come as something of a surprise to learn that we are already a third of the way through the summer road series and a quarter of the way through the fell series. So if you want to compete in the club championship you better get cracking.

This years series has already seen a good number of the club members competing.

Road Series

So far the table for the road league sees some familiar names at the top, with Janet Shaw leading in the woman’s Table and Adair Broughton dominating the men’s table with a maximum score in every race competed in and several PB’s to boot.

Road Series Current Standings   –  Roads may 2010

Fell Series

In the Fell series Jane Ashbrook is holding the top spot in the ladies table and I’m predicting that once some holidays and injuries are out of the way will have a few more names competing against her.

Probably the most interesting league so far is the men’s fell series. Whilst Adair is holding his customary top spot he is not having it all his own way with Danny Chan scoring maximum points in two of the races. Further down the table the competition is also hotting up with Chris Baynham-Hughes performing well in his first 2 races and several other runners not far behind.

Fell Series Current Standings  –  Fell May 2010

So if you want to take part in the series or just compete in some excellent races the next dates for your diaries are

Fell Saturday 22nd May – Letty Fell Race


Fell Bank Holiday Monday 31st May Mynydd Myfyr


Road Wednesday 9th June – Birkenhead Park


Road Sunday 13th June – Comberbach Fete 5k


Note the closing date for postal entries for Comberbach Fete 5k is 1st June and the race limit is 100 so probably worth getting your entry in ASAP

Also don’t forget the Long Trail Race series with the next race, The Baslow Boot Bash on Saturday 12th June


Hope to see you on some of these races soon



Chester Half Marathon Results

2146 finishers in this years Chester Half Marathon from those runners who braved the course. With a cool start to the day, a little wind, almost ideal weather and as i’ve been told, a lot better than the hailstones of last year!

Thanks to Steve Riley for wheeled support and also to Janet Shaw on the course. Hopefully i’ve not missed anyone from the results but well done to Alex for his first race for Helsby and a great run too! (We promise to get a vest to you soon.)

I think this is also David Hartley’s first race for Helsby…..

Well done everybody and sorry if I never got to say hi to everyone today

Full results here and Helsby results below.


22nd    Adair BROUGHTON        1:19:50

200th    Alex FITZMAURICES     1:32:14

238th    Geoff SHAW                  1:33:48

828th    Michael HALLSWORTH   1:48:13

872nd   David HARTLEY               1:49:08

973rd    Alison MEAKIN                1:53:00

1611th  Valarie BALL                    2:05:45

1747th  Elizabeth DOBSON          2:12:16

For Photos of the day please see Mick Hall’s website on Tuesday


Helsby Track Training on Monday nights 7.00pm ALL WELCOME, ALL ABILITIES

and if anyone has been doing other events then please let us know!

Chester half marathon 2010

Full report later, but quick mention here of Adair’s superb run at the Chester today …22nd position overall in a good field and sub 80 minutes. Both results to be proud of. I also spotted Mike Hallsworth, Geoff Shaw and Alison Meakin on their way round, but had to get home before the finish. Hope you had a good run all!


Rainow 5 fell race

A hearteningly strong showing from the green vests over at Rainow last night (a lovely village just outside Macclesfield, home to two ex members of New Order, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Stone Rose, it says here).

A shortish race (5 miles), without too much climbing (750′), this is a fairly beginner-friendly event. Or depending on your perspective, short enough to make you feel obliged to really, really try. And consequently get really, really tired. Anyway, there were some good performances on a perfect evening for running, with Jane notably taking 3 minutes off last year and coming home with a prize, and Adair knocking a staggering 2 mins off last year, from what was already a good baseline.

Quite an undulating course with one short sharp grind up to the folly of White Nancy (built to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, but this time witnessing a more friendly form of conflict).

Back in the second tier for the men, there was a veritable log-jam of green vests, with 4 of us battling away and finishing within about 10 places and another shortly behind. Strong support from Joe for all, poor bloke didn’t know who to cheer for hardest!

Running last night were:

13. Adair Broughton, 36m 20

37. Chris Baynham-Hughes, 40m 06

41. Steve Riley, 40m 44

43. Jim O’Hara, 41m

46. Ian Landucci, 41m 20

53. Jane Ashbrook, 42m 23

85. Chris Hatton, 46m 22

117. Andy Smith, 52m 54

132. Robbie Webster, 59m 31

Full results on the Macc site http://www.mh.k313.com/mh/index.php.

Pencil it in for next year if you fancy it – if you can do a Wednesday club hill run, you can do this.


2010 AGM

The presentation evening and AGM will be on Wednesday 27th May. We’re combining the club AGM with our presentation evening. If you object to this and think we ought to allocate more time to AGM business, please let me know and we’ll try and arrange a separate date.

We’ll start at 8:30pm (after the Wednesday night run) with the AGM, which we’ll endeavour to keep concise, then a break for a fish and chip supper, then on with the presentation of awards from the club championship race series of 2009/10. Updates via email prior to the event. Pass the message on if you know of anyone missing from the email list.



Borders League Results

 Border League results are now in so please peruse at your leisure


The handicap results will be published at a later date so i’ll forward a link as and when they appear.

Helsby positions for the last race as follows:

21st    Adair Broughton    24.29

90th    Jane Ashbrook      27.39

98th     Ian Landucci        28.04

133rd   Steve Riley          29.30

155th   David Feakes         30.34

166th   Vanessa Griffiths 31.15

169th   Janet Robertson  31.26

183rd   Andy Smith         32.17

191st   Jackie Keasley    32.45

Well done to all runners who participated in this particular race or any event of the series. 


as you can see from the Team Results Helsby’s mens team finished bottom of Division 2. It gives us some room for improvement!


fantastic news for Helsby Ladies who finished top of Division 2!!

The next club counter is the RAINOW on Wed 12th May @ 7.30pm. This is an ideal introduction to fell racing at 5 miles and 750 feet. Why not have a look at Ian Landucci’s excellent summary on the Helsby blog


For other details please see http://www.fellrunner.org.uk

If anyone is meeting at the club could they please reply all and let us know


Christleton 5k Results

Hi all

Provisional results have been received in .xls for the Christleton 5k held on Friday 7th May. Please contact if you would like a copy.

Full results should appear on http://www.ukresults.net very soon.

Some videos of this event are also available via Ellesmere Port Running Club website here:


Unfortunately an ex Helsby runner and also a Helsby Club Champion a couple of years ago Mick Charman suffered a heart attack at the end of this race. I believe Mario has spoken to Steph and the latest information we have is that they are keeping him in (The Countess) for tests.

If anyone would like to send a get well card or a note to wish him well then please contact me (h99adair@aol.com) and I will provide their address.

Let’s hope Mick makes a full and speedy recovery and I know everyone at Helsby would like to wish him well.

Helsby runners results as follows:

40th Adair Broughton    17.20

86th Ian Landucci         18.53

136th Geoff Shaw         20.19

170th Vanessa Griffiths 22.04

175th Carol Shaw         22.58

201st Janet Shaw        26.08

and remember Track training is at 7.00pm Monday nights at Helsby High School 

Steve Riley at the Three Peaks

Well it’s certainly been a purple patch for Helsby runners in the last week or two, with some great performances over distances long and short and some good write-ups too. With this in mind, I’m almost hesitant to add to the wordcount by blowing my own little trumpet…

Yorkshire Three Peaks fell raceIf you care though, there’s a write-up of the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race over on my blog at furious cycling.  I’d wanted to run the Three Peaks, ever since I’d started to get interested in fell running. The thought of racing over that sort of distance seemed preposterous; so unlikely. That alone was enough to tickle my fancy.

Two years ago Phil Gillard ran it when it was a World Championship event. Talking to him afterwards, he was clearly a man who’d gone through something (…shortly afterwards Phil was under the surgeon’s knife for rebuilding, Steve Austin style). Last September I had a go at the cyclo cross version of the same three hills, with a bit of road thrown in. This seemed like a nice way of doing the double. Read on here…

Keep those stories coming folks!