North west cross country race 5 results – walton park

Please find attached the results for Race 5 of the Northwest Cross Country. Helsby positions as follows

29th Jim Savage
52nd Andy Smith

8th Janet Robertson

Well done to those taking part. Please find a link to a full copy of race results @


Road and Fells Championship 2011 – Decisions Meeting

It’s nearing that time of year when our club Road and Fell Championship races need to be decided.

If anyone would like to add/nominate certain events to fit into the calendar then by all means let myself, Steve, Andy, Phil, Joe, Ian etc know by next Wednesday night 2nd March, as we’ll hold a meeting after the run, roughly 8pm, to go through the calendar and hopefully choose specific events for the two series.

Views and ideas are always welcome about which races to include and everyone is welcome to the meeting.

If you would like any more information then please contact or why not leave some ideas on the comments section here



Wirral Track Events 2011

Bebington Oval Wirral 7.45pm Start £1.00 to enter

More info
Races are £1.00 to enter and start at 7.45pm
Wed 23rd March 5k
Wed 20th April 3k
Wed 18th May 5k
Wed 22nd June 1 mile
Wed 20th July 10k
Wed 24th Aug 5k
Thur 22nd Sept 3k
Wed 19th Oct 5k

Walton Park Cross Country Sunday Feb 27th 11.00am

Hi all

This Sunday 27th February sees our penultimate Cross Country event in out Winter Championship Calendar, the Northwest XC at Walton Park Hall Sports Centre @11am

Details can be found here courtesy of Spectrum Striders

Remember, free tea, coffee and snacks available for all runners post event, and another event FREE to enter, the only prerequisite is wearing the club vest.

This is a good entry level course for those who have not yet tried a cross country event. For more details just ask at the club talk pre-run on Wednesday night or email any questions/ add comments here.

Good luck


Border League and Cross Country Updates – Feb 2011

With just a few races left in both the Border League and Cross Country series races I have updated the tables with the latest positions.

The last few Border League Races of the season offer a great opportunity not just to support the club but also to get some excellent  preparation ready for the summer road series. Details of which will be announced soon.

Border Results Feb 2011

X Country Feb 2011


Sandstone trail challenge 2011

We’re relaunching the much loved Sandstone Trail Challenge for 2011. A formidable challenge for runners and walkers alike, this event has a long history of involvement from Helsby RC and we’re relaunching it as an LDWA event for the current year.

Not just for runners! We’re a running club, but this an event for walkers and runners. Indeed half the places will be reserved for walkers, so there’s no danger of them being outnumbered. There’s an interesting round-up from Andy Robinson here.

Find out more on the Helsby website. Any questions, ask at the club  or email See you on May 21! Be warned, it’s likely to sell out, we’re already half full, primarily from word of mouth.

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Four villages buffs now on eBay

The most excellent Four Villages Buffs are now available on eBay. Already being seen around as the apres-race accessory for the discerning runner. These are genuine buffs, generally retailing at 13 or 14 quid, in a never-to-be-repeated 30th anniversary commemorative design.

Fill your boots over at eBay, where you can pay the frankly ridiculous sum of £7.50 for this cult item. And it’s post free.

I was Buff-sceptic, till I tried one. It’s a really functional bit of kit, taking up almost zero space in your pack. I’d recommend getting a spare in case yours is requisitioned elsewhere.

Border league race 4 results – details to follow

Great to see so many Helsby vests on Sunday for the Christleton Border League Race

Quite a cool and cloudy morning with a promise of rain but that did not seem to deter too many people. The course was slightly under 10k due to a slightly modified start, but once free of the housing estate quite a ‘pleasant’ run through country roads with a small muddy track 8k into the race and cobbled bridges to counter.

Gallant running from Dave Madders after cycling to the race and missing the start to finish strongly. Congratulations also to Albert Berry securing 1st position in his age category. Well done also to Nesta and Kay with very strong performances in what is their first Border league event. I’m sure we can all remember how tough that first event is!

Well done everybody as I know some members are training hard for various events and marathons approaching.

Having a full mens team and ladies team really secures our positions in the team tables and gives us something to build on.

Great support once again from Joe Beswick.

If you have any comments and thoughts about the event please add them to the blog. It’s great to have feedback.

For full results please follow the link below

Race Position Mens Position Ladies Position       Age Category Position
42 41   BROUGHTON, Adair 35:06 SM 24
71 67   LANDUCCI, Ian 37:03 V45 11
104 97   O’HARA, Jim 38:55 SM 42
116   8 ASHBROOK, Jane 39:48 LV35 3
164 146   SHAW, Geoff 42:18 V55 12
170 151   BERRY, Albert 42:36 V65 1
187 165   SEARLE, Mike 43:53 V45 31
195   28 GRIFFITHS, Vanessa 44:23 LV45 7
205   34 SHAW, Carol 44:56 LV45 10
211 175   KIDD, Tony 45:34 V40 26
223 180   MADDERS, Dave 46:40 SM 59
251   61 GRIEVE, Betty 50:29 LV50 5
252   62 PIRALI, Kay 51:02 SL 19
253   63 HAWKER, Nesta 51:11 LV45 16
258   67 SHAW, Janet 52:33 LV55 3

Farndon 10k cancelled due to road closure cost

The Farndon 10k Road Race on 6 March has been CANCELLED. Peter Norman says the West Cheshire SAG (Safety Advisory Group – ) have insisted on road closures. The costs (£1225) are too high and can’t be afforded at the current race entry fees.

However, the course will be marked out on the day in case anyone turns up for a free training run — 1:00pm, Sunday 6th March 2011. Thoughts?