Hotfoot up Moel Famau

Last Wednesday saw another outing on this friendly mid-week race, the first of the ‘Clwydian Summer Trots’ series. It goes a little something like this: up, down, up, down, uu-up, doWN. That big up is the horrendous stone gully leading almost to the top of Famau. Really we’ve run up there sufficient times to know better by now. It’s not a fit place to walk, let alone attempt to race. Nevertheless several Helsby vests were out for this great little race.

Some characteristically bonkers prizes from organiser Martin – a water pistol, chocolate, watering can and sleeping mat, amongst the usual beer and wine.

Helsby positions:

8 Adair Broughton Helsby 40.17

17 Jim O’Hara Helsby 43.38

23 Steve Riley Helsby 45.37

29 Jane Ashbrook Helsby 47.13

50 Chris Hatton Helsby 53.05

62 Robbie Webster Helsby 61.11

Jane came away with 2nd female prize and Jim took a spot prize for ‘most creative final descent’. Well done both! Full results from WFRA. and pics from


Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge

On the evening of Friday 18th June you had a choice.

Option 1 was to put your feet up, break open a 6-pack and cheer our boys on in the presumed formality of their World Cup match against Algeria.

Option 2 was to enjoy the delights of the 17th annual  Tattenhall Tough Team Race, including subjecting yourself to the horrors of ‘The Railway’!

Despite the not inconsiderable challenge that The Railway involved, (including the risk of allowing a doppelganger for The Grim Reaper who was positioned at the top and offered everyone a helping hand to negotiate the final step!) and of course with the benefit of hindsight (perhaps!), everyone who decided on Option 1 was left with a sour taste in their mouth.

In contrast, those opting for Option 2 enjoyed a beautiful balmy evening with the sun setting over the hills of Beeston and Peckforton, fantastic views, followed by excellent refreshments in the Tattenhall Club afterwards.

On the night Helsby fielded 4 teams out of a field of 53 (159 runners in total) which was an excellent showing, not least because the Ladies Vet’s team comprising Rachel Arnold, Vanessa Griffiths and Lesley Feakes won the Ladies Vets Prize. A well deserved congratulations to them!

I’m not surprised that Lesley’s laughing!

Everyone enjoyed an excellent evening’s run with great team spirit and camaraderie and such is the lure of the event, next year’s race will already be in our diaries.

Helsby results are as follows:

29th, 80:32, The Old Greens – Andy Smith, Albert Berry, Mike Searle

34th, 83:23, Here for the view – Rachel Arnold, Vanessa Griffiths, Lesley Feakes

42nd, TGI Friday – Graham Lloyd, Dave Feakes, Karen Jones

49th, 91:15, Living in hope – Chris Igoe, Ivor Johnstone, John Gallon

Full results are available at

And pictures at

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Trail Up The Beast – Fell Counter Results

Hi all

With 20 runners not completing the course and others taking a wrong turn maybe it was the Beast that actually won this race.

Even so, with a slightly modified course including a few more forest twists and an extra scramble up the Beast it was an interesting night for Helsby runners.

With said green vested crew getting closer to each other with every race and some very promising early running from Jim O’Hara everyone was working hard on what was a sunny night but not overly warm due to the deep forest cover for much of the race. Definitely an interesting course and one I’d recommend to keep in the calendar, short,sharp and varied. Well done to all involved and for Joe working hard vocally in the woods. And if Jim hadn’t took a wrong turn would Chris have caught him….? The tension builds…

Please find attached a link to some photos of the Trail up the Beast Race

A link to the full results can be found on the WFRA website here (below the Moel Hebog Pic)

Results for Helsby Runners below here:

7th       39.53               ADAIR BROUGHTON
9th       42.17               CHRIS BAYNHAM HUGHES
26th     50.00               ALEC ROBERTSON
28th     50.10               JIM O’HARA
37th     52.20               CHRIS HATTON
47th     59.44               ROBBIE WEBSTER

Well done to all

Next fell counter is the Moel y Gamelin. Details on the Helsby blog if required

Three peaks yacht race (updated!)

Those silver surfers have now got their own blog at

You can also track their progress at on the Josephine.

A quick reminder of their donation pages…

Race For Life

Breaking News

Helen’s first race in a Helsby Vest!

“Helen Moss ran her first race as a member of Helsby Running club taking part in the Race for Life event in Lllay near Wrexham and posting a stunning unofficial first race time of 23 mins 38 seconds, commenting on her acheivement she told the blog that she couldn’t wait to take part in her next event with a view to working up to the Border League series”

Congratulations to Helen on a brilliant first race and time from everyone at Helsby!

Comberbach 5k Results – Road Club Counter


Please find attached the results for the Comberbach 5k Club Counter at Marbury Park on Sunday.

Well done for Jane Ashbrook heading home as 1st lady, a result she managed last year also. So can it be the hatrick next year Jane?

Helsby Runners results as follows:

2nd    Adair Broughton    17.55

6th    Alex Fitzmaurice    19.06

10th    Jane Ashbrook     19.58

11th    Geoff Shaw          20.34

21st    Andy Smith          22.48

29th    Carol Shaw           23.30

39th    Janet Shaw          26.12

Thanks also to some great support in this race from Mario, Kathryn and Joe



Birkenhead Park 5 Mile Road Counter Results

Hi all

Please find attached the results for the Birkenhead Park Open 5 Mile Road Race Club Counter.

Full results to be found here

Helsby runners positions and placings below:

14th Adair Broughton            29.06

39th Alex Fitzmaurice            31.53

58th Geoff Shaw                        33.36

68th Steve Riley                       34.56

83rd Carol Shaw                        38.20

86th Jackie Keasley                 38.35

101st Janet Shaw                      43.06

A promising start for Alex, definitely one to look out for in the future!

For those preferring the faster 5k over the 5mile don’t forget it’s the next Road Counter in the series on Sunday @ the Comberbach Fete 5k. Details as below:



Capenhurst 10k Results

Please find attached a link to the full results for the Capenhurst 10k June 6th 2010

Well done to Jane Ashbrook winning 3rd lady overall

All Helsby runners as follows:

5th Adair Broughton  37.18

20th Jane Ashbrook  42.36

25th Ivan Davies  44.51

45th Alison Meakin 53.07

Thanks also to Geoff Shaw, Mario and Joe offering good roadside support.