Mynydd myfyr fell counter results 30th may 2011

Hi all

Please find attached a link to the results for the 4th Fell counter of the season the Mynydd Myfyr Hill race at Trefonen nr Oswestry 30th May 2011. On what is normally a sunny day for this event the Helsby runners were instead treated to slight drizzle and cloudy skies but it did not affect any of the enthusiasm for the race.

Some great efforts all round produced winning runs for Jackie and Vanessa both picking up prizes in their respective categories for 1st placings. Well done to all who ran.

Thanks also to the varied support on course. Mario was also in the race running with ex club member Steph Charman

Full results here

Helsby positions and placings below

4th           Adair Broughton               23.50
34th         Phil Gillard                           29.52
37th         Vanessa Griffiths             31.01
43rd        Jackie Keasley                   32.55
44th         Carol Shaw                          33.06
49th         Betty Grieve                      35.33

Please note the next race in the fell series is the ‘Trail up the Beast’ race on Tuesday 14th June. Details can be found here.



Deestriders off-road grand prix series 2011

Hi all

Just a reminder that Thursday 2nd June sees the 1st race in this years Deestriders summer multi-terrain series.

More information here

Races are all about 5 miles on trail and fields and can be entered as a series or individually.

All dates here

Thursday 2 June 7.30pm

Thursday 7 July 7.30pm

Thursday 4 Aug 7.30pm

Thursday 1 Sept 7.00pm

(Start and Finish at Corus (formerly British Steel) Sports and Social Club, Rowleys Drive, Shotton, Deeside. Flintshire.)



Three peaks yacht race 2010 september article in running fitness

Please find attached some links to three scanned pages from last Septembers Running Fitness magazine which featured an article on our intrepid and now legendary runners, sailors & cyclists Jackie, Trevor and Phil who not only attempted but finished well in last years Three Peaks Yacht Race

Read all about it…..

Rob Howard’s article ‘Hardly Plain Sailing’

For more information on the Three Peaks Yacht Race please see

For lots more photographs, information and thoughts as the race progressed you can still visit their blog at the link below

Dunham massey 5k results 27th may 2011

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Please find attached results for the Dunham Massey 5k Friday May 27th 2011

Five runners out for Helsby with positions and times below

96th         Geoff SHAW                      20.32

135th      Janet ROBERTSON           21.46

139th      Vanessa GRIFFITHS         21.55

149th      Carol SHAW                        22.17

201st       Janet SHAW                       25.48

Joe was also out on the night supporting.

If anyone knows of any photos to link to then please let me know



Scottish islands peak race sunday 13th may

Scottish Islands Peak Race

100% powered by sail and running legs!

Sailing 160 miles – Running 61 miles – Climbing 14000ft

Sunday 13th May 2011- Return of the Silver Surfers aboard Yacht Josephine

An excellent report by Jackie at the link below (word document)

Scottish Islands Peaks Race Report

For a full movie report ctrl click   

wind up the volume and sit back for 16 mins!

Mynydd mawr hill run details 30th may 2011 fell counter race 4

Hi all

This coming Bank Holiday sees our 4th Fell Counter, the Mynydd Mawr Hill Run. This has been a club favourite for a number of years, partly due to the short 4 mile course! with lots of support for what is a low key race but mainly due to the friendly atmosphere and refreshments afterwards.

Just past Oswestry is Trefonen with a small village hall, where registration will be. The race is at 11.00am. Details can be found on the entry form below (but please note it is entries on the day only)

Click onMynydd Mawr’

Once you get to Trefonen you will be able to see signs directing you where to park. The postcode for the village hall is SY10 9DY

According to the entry form the course is mixed terrain (all very runnable) with 500’ of climb. There is also a junior’s race on the field by the village hall at 12.30.

Some other information on Trefonen here

For those who want to see more of the area it is the Trefonen Hill Walking Weekend May27th to Monday 30th, details here

Hope to see many of you at the Mynydd Mawr Hill Run on Monday:d



Comberbach fete 5k results helsby road counter 22nd may 2011

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Please find attached a link to results for the Comberbach Fete 5k race on Sunday 22nd May, one of our road club counters.

A small friendly race for charity that proves popular with Helsby runners run around the trails of Marbury Country Park. Positions and times for the ten Helsby runners below. Jane Ashbrook was once again on the podium with a 2nd lady finish and great to see strong performances all round with Helsby fighting for each second and packing tightly at the finish. Well done to all who took part.

4th           Adair Broughton               18:56
5th           Gareth Boyd                        19.39
10th        Jane Ashbrook                   20.51
11th        Andy Smith                          20:53
12th         Geoff Shaw                           20:56
20th         Vanessa Griffiths              21:58
22nd        Carol Shaw                          22:14
35th         Liz Dobson                          24:26
36th         Alison Meakin                   24:39
42nd        Janet Shaw                          25:57

Photos may well follow on the RunHelsby flickr website as below



Post Race Team Talk

Sandstone trail challenge

Wow, what a great success! Proper write up soon, but for now it’s enough to say the event ran really smoothly and if the number of smiles at the end says anything, was one of the best of it’s kind.

Full results

Loads of pictures starting to appear here:

Adair came in for the home team first, with a truly stunning time of 4h 33. Nice one!

Adair, still full of beans at Checkpoint 2

Looking slightly more tired 3 hours later...

Sandstone trail challenge – marshall’s pre-run

Chris Baynham-Hughes writes:

Date: Wednesday 4th May.

For some of us the decision to run the trail goes back further than this, but for Ed the decision was made on the 4th. The evening started so innocently with Ed driving us to the Dinas Bran fell race, but during a discussion about the impending end to end trail attempt resulted in a slip of the tongue from Ed stating that he’d like to do it one day. Well, no time like the present, so by the time we got to the race we were telling everybody else that he was running it with us. By the time we were driving home the post race buzz has left Ed agreeing to run it with us. Result!

Date: Saturday 14th May.

Not content with the planned 33/34 mile run from Whitchurch to Frodsham, I decided that a run to the meeting point was in order… ok, I was late to the rendezvous, but good spirits were maintained. Ed, Steve Riley and myself were all set and Adair had a car packed with our food, his magazines, music and a tub of Vaseline – the mind boggles!

We picked up Andy Robinson and headed out to the start, checking a few final elements in advance of the challenge event on Saturday. The toilets were indeed open and the route to the start simple to follow so all was set. A brief photo call for the intrepid four followed by a minor delay to find satellite signal for my watch and we were off.

The weather was reasonable good for running, no sun to speak off, but it was easily warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt (although Ed did provide us with a strip tease along the way and a number of outfit combinations), rain threatened, but never really got in the way, but the wind did provide a degree of challenge in places.

The opening three miles are thoroughly pleasant and easy to navigate (although I managed to go wrong within 300 yards of the start), but it is deceptive as it is easy to get drawn into going out too quickly down the tow paths… which I did banging out sub 7 minute miles not really in the plan, but they felt slow. Even at this early stage any thoughts of running together have gone out of the window and our competitive edges have come out.

Within a few hundred metres of leaving the path I made my first “inefficient route choice”, back on track I cracked on to the first check point. Adair had agreed to crew for us so with five check points to man he had his work cut out – often supporting can be more difficult than running it; but we’ll get into that later.

Shoe issues fixed and muffin on board I made my next interesting navigational choice and which trying to correct it I spotted Ed behind me. Back on track I waited for Ed to run together and Andy appeared with Steve not far behind so we’d bunched well. I pushed on only to take my most impressive inefficient route choice just past Michael Owen’s race course, but Ed did too so a quick check of the map and a few minutes lost we cracked on.

Adair met us with our food and water and I made the mistake of downing a full sports drink which was to play on my stomach for a good few miles. I managed to leave as Andy came in and cracked on for what turned out to be a bit of a long haul!

It turned out I wasn’t the only one to experience navigational difficulties. I’d built up a head of steam and came into Beeston expecting to see Adair. Nothing. I figured he must be a bit further on due to the parking charges at Beeston, but every possible point I found there was no sight of him. I was really struggling with stomach cramps and didn’t fancy taking anything else on. By the hill just before rock farm I was starting to bonk and seemingly out of nowhere Ed and Andy appeared behind me. Even the stunning view over the Cheshire plains didn’t help as I pushed on.

It was not long before experience trumped youth and Andy took the lead. For those that know the trail it was on the climb over the sandstone which you wonder whether to run it or not. I was walking! A ridiculously apologetic Adair greeted us at Gresty’s waste. I was just behind Andy, but he was off quickly whereas I spent just over 8 minutes refuelling during which time Ed came in. Throughout the entire 8 minutes Adair made excuses for not being at check point 3 or 4… he laid it on so thick and we were so exhausted that we even started to feel sorry for him!

For me, the highlight of the run came just as I was about to leave Delemere forest near Manley common. A lone figure appeared with a dog which as I got closer turned out to be Mario, “you’re going well lad, do you want some water? I’ve got a Milky way in my bag if you want it!” A superb boost just as I was really starting to feel human again. He also informed me that Andy had put almost 8 minutes on me since Gresty’s which put him out of sight. I now had a new goal; maintaining sub 10 minute miles to beat my previous best of 5:29:30. I had my work cut out.

I pushed hard, played all the mind games with myself that I could. The Baker’s dozen was cruel and I didn’t have the time to enjoy the fantastically clear views from the war memorial. A hard final push lead me to arrive at the finish in 5:26:42 just over two minutes behind Andy who made it in 5:24:31. Both my arms were tingling as if I they were about to go into pins and needles. Andy came to the rescue with some magic Kendal mint cake which had me right within a couple of minutes. It seemed refusing the kind offer of a milky way would have been a mistake if it had been any further!

A well deserved pint was ordered for the pair of us whilst we waited for Ed and Steve to arrive. Ed came in next with a superb time of 5:42:55 and Helsby uber supporter Joe arrived just in time to cheer Steve in with an excellent 6:06:50 much to the extreme delight and hero worship of his wife and daughters. A truly fitting end to an excellent morning run!