Winter monday night training 6.30pm castle park

Hi all
We have agreed with Chester and Cheshire West Council that Castle Park and grounds can be utilised for winter training on Monday nights.
These training sessions will commence Monday 24th October at 6.30pm and hopefully continue until we can regain use of Helsby High School track in April 2012.
Joe Beswick has spent time measuring some different routes and a risk assessment has been completed and approved by the council. Training routes will be on well kept paths or grass (very even ground) and a typical training session should last about 45 minutes including warm up and down.
Castle Park can be found on google maps here
If you have problems accessing the link or need further information then do not hesitate to contact.
There is street parking adjacent to where we will all meet on Netherton Drive off Howey Lane but you could also park in Frodsham as Castle Park is only a few minutes jog away from Frodsham centre.
It will be great to see many of the familiar faces from the summer Monday night training sessions and anyone else is of course welcome. Training sessions will suit all abilities and will be directed by Joe Beswick.

Fell Series 2011

With the Breidden Hills race on 9th October the Helsby 2011 Fell season reached its conclusion.

Another fine year of racing with a couple of significant events taking place.  On 4th July Phil Gillard celebrated his 50th birthday by racing in the Hathersage Gala fell race. Then only a few weeks later it was almost deja vou when Andy Smith celebrated his 50th by racing in the Green Green Grass of Home, he even got the number 50 to commemorate the event.

Phils 50th Birthday - Hathersage (copyright Helen Moss)

The season also saw many of the latest Helsby recruits getting their first taste of the Fells. They all seemed to enjoy the experience and two of them Jayne Joy and Paul Porter liked it so much that they signed up for the Fell Relays. Hopefully this trend will continue next season.

The Ladies series was won by Jackie Keasley with Jane Ashbr0ok in 2nd and Rachel Arnold in third. The Three Peaks and mountain marathons are obviously excellent training

No surprise that the winner of the Mens series was Adair Broughton who seems to be getting quicker each year. Jim O’Hara moved up the table this year for a well deserved 2nd place and Phil Gillard might now have reached his 50th year but that didn’t prevent him from taking 3rd spot.

The full results are attached below

Fells End of Season 2011

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who took part in the series.  I hope to see you all out racing the fells next season.


Excalibur marathon – march 2012

On Sunday 31st March we are holding, undoubtedly, the UK toughest marathon. This charity run/walk challenge traverses the spectacular Clywdian Range AONB in North East Wales over full marathon distance and with 4,600 ft of ascent. Maximum time allowed 12 hours. Refreshments are available en route with a hot meal at the finish. This event is run under WFRA and LWDA guidelines.

Visit for more information. You can register via the attached form, or via

If any of your members are interested and have any questions please ask them to contact me.

Daniel Thomas, Event Fundraiser
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Tel: 0151 343 0883

Border league race 1 results – prestatyn october 2011

Border League

Prestatyn Results Race 1 Sunday 16th October

Results are now out and can be found at the link below

Helsby managed to field both a men’s and women’s team which has placed us currently mid table in division two for both teams so many thanks to all runners who turned up in what was a very big field for a Borders race with 310 runners finishing on a roughly 5.1mile course.

This race starts at the Nova centre in Prestatyn and heads towards Rhyl and back mainly along the promenade. With wind facing you on the first half of the course and behind you on the way back in it was to be a tactical race for most. It is also very flat so a very different proposition to Kettlewell the day before.

Once again thanks to Joe for his support on the course.

Helsby runner’s positions and placing as follows:

19th       BROUGHTON, Adair        28.54

66th       LANDUCCI, Ian                  31.07

102nd    O’HARA, Jim                       33.15

123rd     GASKILL, Roy                     34.22

172nd    SHAW, Geoff                     36.19

175th     SMITH, Andy                      36.31

188th     JACKSON, Adrian             37.01

193rd     SHAW, Carol                       37.14

240th     GRIEVE, Betty                    40.21

283rd     SHAW, Janet                      43.51

297th     WEBSTER, Robbie            46.15

Next race will be closer to home at Wallasey so details will follow.

Some hill training Monday night at the club 17th October 6.45pm if you fancy it



British fell relays 2011 Kettlewell 15th october

British Fell relays 2011 in Kettlewell

Results are now up

Many thanks to Phil Gillard for his great organisation for this event which ran smoothly from registration to team choice  all the way to logistics on the day. Thanks also have to go to Rachel for driving, for Steve Riley for driving and for the ever present support from Joe Beswick as well as Helen and Bill.

The weather could not have been any better for any time of year. A cold and misty morning welcomed the bright eyed runners embarking to the Olympic village at Kettlewell for what is surely the principal event in the fell running calendar, the British fell relays.

Kettlwell is located in the Yorkshire Dales and to quote Professor Moorman “the charm of Kettlewell is an abiding charm, and to those of us whose life is spent amid the hurley-burley of city life, the village seems the peculiar abode of peace and quiet beauty; its limestone terraces, with their fringes of hazel and rowan coppices give to the district a characteristic beauty. But the special glory of Kettlewell is not that of colour, but of line. Situated at the junction of the main valley of the Wharfe valley, which descend from the Coverhead Pass, Kettlewell is the converging point of many contour lines, and to the eye which delights in the flow and ripple of sky line there is a beauty in Kettlewell which is all its own.”

Unfortunately the peace and quiet was to be broken for one day as converging from all parts of the UK, were pairs of fell running shoes and some very athletic looking people who wanted to run as fast as possible to as high as possible and back again, all for some tea, cake and respect.

Once parked up the sun decided to be quite friendly for autumn and offer its warmth and a blue sky free of cloud with surprisingly little wind made running conditions perfect. However, you could still lose a leg or two in the higher ground as happened quite frequently to all runners in the boggier sections of the run.

Helsby had two teams from the 182 finishing on the day and great performances were had by both. Both teams managed to have their 4th leg runners head off before the ‘mass start’. This meant we had been running well.

The teams were as follows

Leg1 – Paul
Leg 2 – Chris, Adair
Leg 3 – Phil, Steve
Leg 4 – Jim

Leg 1 – Janet
Leg 2 – Jane, Vanessa
Leg 3 – Jackie, Rachel
Leg 4 – Jayne

Information on individual legs can be found on the results but in summary:

Helsby men’s team finished 85th and the ladies 167th which is an excellent effort all round, especially considering the fantastic standard of clubs that enter this event. Our best Helsby results for a number of years.

Plenty of photos to follow from a number of websites and photos Helsby runners took themselves on the day. Hopefully they will be sorted later this week and updated on the Blog, so keep heading back!

Some photos to peruse in the short term

and photos from Adair, Jayne and Bill here

kettlewell fell relays 2011 001



Cross country and borders league dates 2011/12

Cross country dates, first race October 29th, Beacon Park. Borders League dates, first race October 16th, Prestatyn

Links are over on the right there and also on the forum at Get involved!

Stuart Mills ultra talk – 19 November

Our friends over at Delamere Spartans are hosting a night with Stuart Mills, an ultra runner at the absolute top of his game…

“Stuart will talk about the highs and lows of ultra running, from his win in the 2010 Lakeland 100 mile race to the problems which led to him not completing the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc this year.

This is a rare opportunity to meet someone at the absolute top of our sport. Stuart’s talks are incredibly inspirational and you will walk away from the evening with a whole new perspective on your running and potential.”

Should be great. More details at

Breidden Hills results final fell counter 9th october 2011

Hi all – Results now out for the final fell counter of the season which took place at Breidden Hills Sun 9th October for those that fancied a little altitude as an alternative to the Chester tarmac. A tough race with a strong field that included three intrepid Helsby runners making the expedition.

As can be seen from the quality photos below, lots of colour and an interesting route with Steve Riley romping home in first place for Helsby, swiftly followed by Phil and Andy

Helsby positions and places as below

92nd Steve Riley 1:18:37

105th Phil Gillard 1:20:30

124th Andy Smith 1:30:26

Full results can be found on Ian Landucci will update the final fell series standings shortly



Chester marathon results and race report from Gareth Boyd

Hi all

Huge congratulations are in order for the seven Helsby runners who ran the marathon today at Chester. Fantastic effort by all for some really great times, in what, I presume, was quite a windy race.

Chester Marathon website here:

Helsby runners and positions as follows:

636th                Gareth Boyd                03:43:04

1151st              Ivan Davies                  04:04:06

1154th              David Madders           04:04:10

1803rd              Michael Mcshane       04:37:14

1907th              John Thompson           04:41:54

2125th              Chris Igoe                    05:00:59

2237th              Ivor Johnstone             05:16:38

Atmospheric race report from Gareth Boyd below to help give you an idea of the day:

So a day on from Chester Marathon and yes whilst I currently move/shuffle around like an extra from a Zombie movie – all I can really say about Chester Marathon is – great course, great weather, a PB and more!

Having had hardly any sleep on Friday night – tight chest/cold – I really thought running was a ‘no go’ but zipping up the ‘man suit’ and having a supportive wife (although she does think there was nothing wrong with me, just anxiety!), I managed to get to the start line.

The race course is a great venue and the weather was perfect throughout. With a relatively small field (4000) it was great and a nice surprise to bump into Chris, Ivor and Mike at the start. Whilst there was a slight delay to the official start time (traffic), good crowd support and an excitable Town Cryer helped to lift excitement.

The first few miles actually takes runners through Chester City Centre and its famous landmarks before leading you out to the Welsh border and beyond. Volunteers (at drink stations) were really enthusiastic throughout – even Elvis could be seen handing out drinks at mile 14/15!, whilst local village crowds/support got into the spirit of things/cheering us on – I think I even saw a fellow Helsby running club member in the crowds. It was great to run with Ivan and Dave for about 5 miles – thanks again for the ‘magic’ pill, Ivan!

After mile 18, it was really a case of ‘digging in’ and getting to the end as quickly as possible in one piece. The final few miles (including a ‘hill’ at mile 24 ) took runners back into the City – with the last mile plus passing along the Dee (with a nice brass band playing) and entrance back into the racecourse for a Grandstand finish. Ok, maybe I did ‘show boat’ a little but I’m pleased to say I finally went sub 4.

As a local ‘marathon’ I would definitely recommend this race/event and I am certain participant numbers will grow year on year. 2 other memorable things worth mentioning a) the crazy women driver (mile 23) who was determined to mow down as many runners as possible and b) getting the chance to say ‘hello’ to MarathonTalk’s ( Tony Audenshaw (AKA – Bob from Emmerdale).

Three Peaks Challenge report by Steve Riley

Well worth a read if you get the chance, a brilliant piece of writing by Steve Riley on his recent Three Peaks CycloCross Challenge in Yorkshire
Great effort Steve!