Up the beast

Last night’s fell counter ‘Up the Beast’ (they seem to be dropping the prefix ‘Trail Race’, and rightly so!) was by turns, a roaring success, an eye opener, a great debut, or a right torment. Depending on who you were. I lost count, but I think we had 13 Helsby vests out last night, which is clearly fantastic.

A sneaky race, with two really tough ascents and plenty of off-piste action, some of which required a bit of scrambling technique! The second big climb (not that there was much flat) went on for a long time, really taxing lungs and calfs.

We came away with 5th and 6th overall, 3rd male (Adair) and 1st female (Jane). Albert also came away with another age group category and Paul took a well-deserved spot prize in a really strong debut on the fells. Chris BH is running like a train at the moment and starting to trouble Adair’s heels.

Special mention to Jim who’d cycled there for hardman points.

Full results now available here


Helsby positions and times were as follows:

5th           Adair Broughton                               38.30
6th           Chris Baynham-Hughes                 38.55
16th         Jim O’Hara                                          42.53
22nd        Jane Ashbrook                                  44.55     1st Lady
33rd        Paul Porter                                         46.31
36th         Steve Riley                                          47.19
42nd        Phil Gillard                                           48.04
43rd        Andy Robinson                                 48.23
54th         Albert Berry                                       50.00     1st Male O/60
56th         Andy Smith                                         50.34
62nd        Vanessa Griffiths                             51.42
69th         Carol Shaw (& Mario)                     55.22



Tattenhall tough team challenge recce wed 15th june 6.45pm

It’s June, the trails are erupting with lush vegetation, sunny skies and light nights are here again and the longest day is approaching.

And of course that means only one thing . . .

The classic Tattenhall Tough Team Race will soon be here (Friday 24 June, 1915).

Traditionally I like to organise (in the loose sense of the word!) a ‘pre-TTTR- recee’ of the course as an alternative to our usual Weds evening run.

The recee covers the same race route, including the legendary Railway (a delight not to be missed!) but at a social pace, inclusive for all. Approx 9 miles, half road, half off-road (terrain very similar to our Weds evening run), great views and environment. It’s fab! Followed by refreshment in Tattenhall. How good is that! And no date clash with any midweek races!

So, I hear you saying ‘that sounds great Mike, right up my avenue, how do I get involved?’

Easy – here are the details:

• Date: Weds 15th June

• Start time: 1845 (to allow extra travelling time to Tattenhall)

• Meeting point: Outside the Tattenhall recreation club, (where the Borders league starts)
• Afterwards:

o There are good male and female showering facilities in the recreation club but it can be a little bit of a lottery whether the club is actually open. Most times we’ve been OK.
o Drinks and conviviality in a local Tattenhall hostelry (we usually favour the Sportsman’s as it’s very close and has a good selection of beers & ales) to follow the run & showers.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome, it’s a social run (save your heroics for the actual race on June 24th) and a very enjoyable one at that!

I’ll look forward to seeing you there – you won’t be disappointed!

Best wishes, Mike Searle

Birkenhead park open 5 mile results 8th june 2011

Hi all

Results for the three laps, Birkenhead Open 5mile, one of our Road Club Counters can be found here


or click on www.wirralac.co.uk and scroll to the bottom of the page

5 Helsby Runners out for the evening and positions and times as below.

18th         Adair Broughton               28.55
39th         Ian Landucci                       30.55
60th         Jane Ashbrook                  33.15
74th         Geoff Shaw                        34.47
117th      Janet Shaw                         42.27

Well done to all taking part and to Joe for support on the course.



Bowdon 5k results thursday 9th june 2011

Hi all

Please find attached latest results for the Bowden 5k  Thursday 09/06/11


Another storming run sees Janet Robertson gain 1st in her category to follow on from her Dunham Massey 5k win.

136th      Janet Robertson    22.20

Well done Janet



Sandstone trail 2011 — Deeside version

As if the excitement of last month’s Challenge event wasn’t enough, Geoff Shaw lets us know that entries for the splendidly enjoyable Deeside Orienteering version of this event open shortly…

Sandstone Trail races on 2nd October 2011 open on 1st July 2011. Details of the 17 mile A race from Duckington to Delamere and the 10.6 mile Beeston to Delamere can be found on the Deeside Orienteering website.

Deestriders off-road grand prix race 1 results

Hi all

Results for Race 1 of the 4 Race Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix are now available


This race is a roughly 5m multi-terrain race that takes in some playing fields, track & woods and with a course that changes slightly each year. Three Helsby runners were showing the green vest at this one.

9th           Adair Broughton               30.39
49th         Geoff Shaw                        36.29
85th         Janet Shaw                         45.44

Next Race in the series is Thursday 7th July 7.30pm



Abersoch 10k results

Hi all

Well done to Jane and Kevin flying the flag for Helsby at the Abersoch 10k held 04th June 2011. Jane secured 5th in category and 7th lady overall.

54th         Jane Ashbrook                  44.38
379th      Kevin Bell                             65.21


Full results here.


and photos of the day at Mick Hall’s site




Welsh 1000m peaks race results


Results now available for the classic Welsh 1000m Peaks race on the Welsh Fell Runners website


Helsby’s Chris Baynham-Hughes,  on what was a very warm day, ran the course which is also known as the Snowdonia Summits marathon in a brilliant 5 hours 40 minutes which secured him, in a championship race, 52nd place.


Phil and Helen were also on the course for support, climbing Carnedd Dafydd, which was Helens first +1000m climb!

For more information about this event see here


For  more photos of competitors and the views available on that day see here


Well done Chris



Championship records at the northern vets league leigh sports village

Hi all

The legend that is Joe Beswick obtained two championship records at Leigh Sports Village on 16th May 2011

See the results here


Records were obtained in the Javelin and Discuss for his age category

Be sure to congratulate him when you see him.

Thanks to Mario for keeping me informed about the records as looks like Joe didn’t want to mention it!



Hollins green 5k results

Hi all

Please find attached results for the Hollins Green 5k held on a rather warm Saturday afternoon

Once again some strong performances from Helsby with Janet Robertson taking 1st place in her category.
Helsby times and placings below

120th    Carol Shaw          22.43
121st     Janet Robertson  22.47
166th    Liz Dobson          25.38

This also gave Helsby ladies 5th placed team. Well done!