Helsby Road Series 2011

Warford 10 Mile (Photographed by Steph Charman)



Another excellent series of road races made up this years contest. The competition was spread over a longer period than normal starting off in early April with the Spring 5 at Chester and finishing with the Conwy Half marathon in November.

A variety of distances were chosen to provide a good range, 5km, 5 mile, 10km, 10 mile and half marathon. The courses varied from flat and fast road races like Christleton 5km to multi terrain with hills at the Pie and Peas. The scenery also varied greatly from the park at Birkenhead, to the Runcorn bridge and on to the coastal scenery of the Great Orme at Conwy.

Over the season 22 runners split equally between the sexes competed.

In the Ladies competition the winner was Carol Shaw, running 9 out of 12 races and being first Helsby lady in 5 of them. In 2nd spot having done 10 out of the 12 races was Janet Shaw. Third place went to Jane Ashbrook who was first Helsby lady in the 6 races she ran.

The winning spot in the men’s series went with the form books and was won convincingly by Adair Broughton. He took the first spot for Helsby in 9 out of 10 of the races he competed in. Ian Landucci took 2nd spot having just about managed to squeeze in the 7 race quota. However perhaps the largest round of applause should be given to Geoff Shaw who took 3rd spot and was the only runner to complete all 12 races.

The final table for the series is shown below

Roads End of Season 2011

Finally I would just like to point out that as I write this report we have just heard that next years Christleton 5km has been cancelled due to traffic management issues. This is the latest of a number of races that have been stopped over the latest couple of years due to similar issues including the Cabbage Canter and the Farndon 10km. Therefore I would like to put out a plea to all Helsby runners for next year to try and support as many of the local races as you can while we still have them.

Ian L

Conway half marathon results – final road counter

Sunday 20th November saw the final road counter of the season, the Conwy Half Marathon.


Eight Helsby vests managed to cross the border in what was a good day weather-wise for the time of year, with some blue sky showing through on occasion. The route is scenic, starting and finishing at Conwy Castle but heading out to Llanduddno and up the Great Orme, which shows how good Helsby times were, and well done to Ian for a sub 90 half marathon that included the Orme and especially to Jane finishing 3rd in her age category! However, surely run of the day goes to birthday boy John Gallon for his 2nd place. Hope you picked up some prizes Jane, John?

Full results lookup below but Helsby positions and times are as follows. (Gun times and position)

59th      Ian Landucci                1.27.56
151st    Adair Broughton         1.35.42
186th    Jane Ashbrook             1.37.25
275th    Geoff Shaw                  1.41.35
395th    Carol Shaw                  1.46.35
605th    John Gallon                 1.53.59
612th    Jackie Keasley             1.54.53
1128th  Julia Tickridge             2.25:00

Conwy Half photos should appear on Mick Halls site shortly


Great effort everyone



High Legh 10k — 26 Feb 2012

Chris Lees, from our new friends at Lymm Runners has been in touch. He’s also Race Director for the High Legh 10k…

Hi all – As the new Race Director for the 2012 event, I thought I would email the many running and athletic clubs local to the race direct. Please find attached a PDF with details about the race, which is now in its 5th year.

I hope you can distribute the details amongst your club and it would be great to see you on the start line in February. It is a very friendly community event with a fast road course predominantly on quiet country lanes. We are also putting together a decent goody bag for your efforts.

Many regards,
Chris Lees, Race Director

Download information sheet >> ROBERT MOFFAT MEMORIAL info sheet

2012 long trail series

Andy Robinson has been consulting interested runners and has proposed the following dates and events for the 2012 long trail series…

  1. Wuthering Hike (Haworth Hobble), Sat 10 March. 33 miles, 4400 ft of climbing. This is a great race.
  2. Edale Skyline, Sun 25 March. 21 miles, 4500 ft. Testing AL fell race. Fills up quickly, so enter early in the new year.
  3. Sandstone Trail Challenge Marshals’ event, Sat 5 May. 33 miles, 3700 ft.
  4. Gritstone Tryal, Sun 29 July, 15 miles, 2000 ft. This is a navigational event, so map & compass work will be needed. I’ve never done it, but it looks interesting!
  5. Race the Train, Sat 18 August, 14 miles. The only one for which entries are already open.
  6. Open to Offas, date not set yet, but probably Sat 15 September. 30 miles, 7000 ft(?). An LDWA classic in the Clwydian hills.
  7. Sandstone Trail A Race, date not set yet: either Sun 30 September or Sun 14 October. 17 miles, 655m of climbing.
Let us have your thoughts in the Comments box below!

Andy Robinson

Three peaks challenge record

So… after much deliberation i decided i needed to muscle in on this 3 peak challenge business to see for myself what the deal is.

With Adair (probably reluctantly) roped in as navi we set off from the top of helsby hill at a ridiculously early hour on what should have been a restful day off from work. Fortunately the weather was in favour, no rain always a bonus! I will confess it did cross my mind that having never run such a distance in one go this could prove to be a tad hard going. Now on reflection i should have perhaps contemplated this fact in a bit more depth but i guess ignorance is bliss!

Helsby to frodsham 27 minutes… not too bad and almost getting into things by this point and enjoying being out. Then on to Eddisbury. Fortunately made for a pretty long but straight route through with the help of some ramblers, and was cockily feeling strong… until the climb (yep that hurt!). Landed at Eddisbury 1hour 25 mins in.

After persuasion to refuel (a new experience for me having always been an hour long runner!) we made back for the last of the peaks..homeward bound. I wont lie-this was the toughest part of the whole run-not just for the cattle hearding component, angry farmers, or for the little dip into the hip deep bog (slightly off track?!) but because my body decided to fall out with me begging the question ‘what on earth are you doing?!’. I now can fully appreciate the true meaning of the phrase ‘dig in’!!!

The pain of the last mile i think will stay with me for some time yet, but that last push was worth it-Helsby Hill-2hours 29 minutes 28 seconds. New lady record!!! – and hats off to the men, and ofcourse ladies, who have gone before me. One hell of a tough run but thoroughly enjoyable (i can say that confidently now the pain is begining to subside?!). I may not hold the record for long but for today i can feel pretty good about the whole experience!


Border league race 2 results – Birkenhead Park 13th November 2011

Hi all

Race 2 in the Border League organised by Wallasey was held at Birkenhead Park. 4 laps enticed a good Helsby contingent to follow Albert’s sound advice and count the laps down instead of up! The total distance was somewhere in the region of 5.5 miles.

Observing  a minutes silence at 11.00am for Remembrance Day as soon as the whistle went it was just like running in Central Park, although of course on a smaller scale. Fallen leaves created a nice Autumnal backdrop and once again good weather prevailed. There were some very impressive performances by Helsby runners in their respective categories, with Albert and Robbie both second and Vanessa not far behind with a 4th place.

Finish of the day goes to Mike and Jayne having a great battle in the last few metres. Poor Joe didn’t know who to shout for!

Thanks to Phil for missing a much desired fell race to support the club and a note must also be made to the new contingent of Helsby runners who are bringing in a much needed enthusiasm and talent to the club with races like this. They are making a big difference.

With 11 men out for Helsby, we are now 2nd in Division two which is brilliant to see. Could we aim for promotion? But it’s not just the men, Helsby ladies were also 2nd in their division. Let’s hope we can keep this up. But no pressure anybody, first and foremost we have to enjoy the running.

Joe offered support on many occasions, finding a good vantage point to watch the race unfold, a benefit of laps maybe and thanks also to Mario’s support, as well as his organising of numbers at the end

Full results can be perused here:


Helsby positions and times as follows














SHAW, Geoff






JOY, Jayne












BERRY, Albert









SHAW, Janet





The next race is organised by Tattenhall, fairly local and possibly our local ‘derby’. It’s on Sunday 11th December, I know everyone will have all their Christmas shopping done by then :d so it’ll be good to have another strong showing.

Thanks to Andy Blair from Tattenhall for use of the photos in this blog article


Northwest sunday league XC race 2 results – beacon park 6/11/11

Hi all

Results are now out for the 2nd Northwest Sunday Cross Country league held at Beacon Park, Skelmersdale 6th November 2011

Full results can be found on www.stevesaunders.co.uk Just head to the XC Section

Runners could not have asked for a nicer day to run with great views from Beacon Hill of the Welsh mountains and Liverpool, a grand blue sky and not even a whisper from the golden leaves yet to fall. This is a classic cross country course encompassing two laps of undulating terrain, plenty of mud (you could lose a shoe if you are not careful!) and with the majority of spectators choosing to watch at the top of the first climb made for an interesting morning. Joe, of course, was out supporting in fine voice.

Sandwiches and tea and coffee were available after, if you knew how to get there!

Once again the ladies dominated proceedings with some stunning individual performances that now see a three way tie for the lead in the female team standings. On the day only 1 point separated the first and 2nd lady teams, the 2nd of which was Helsby. All Helsby ladies featured in the top half of the field. Jayne and Vanessa showed their strength on what was a tougher course than last week to finish many places higher than before.

The men stay in 6th place in the league table. Helsby positions below.

Mens Results

9th        Adair Broughton
97th      Phil Gillard
116th    Andy Smith

Ladies Results

8th        Jane Ashbrook
11th      Jayne Joy
14th      Vanessa Griffiths
18th      Rachel Arnold
21st      Janet Robertson

Some photos of the day are available courtesy of Spectrum Striders


The next Sunday League is closer to home at Arrowe Park on Sunday 4th December but please note the later start time of 11.30am (to allow some runners to get from the Liverpool Santa Dash I think). It’s getting exciting to see how the ladies will perform next time out but we could really do with some more men having a run out. Arrowe Park is fairly flat so a good introduction to those wanting to try some cross country.



Sunday league xc results clarke gardens 30th oct 2011

Hi all

Results are now out for the 1st Northwest Sunday league event which was at Clarke Gardens 30th October, a race of one small lap and two large totalling 4.9 miles.

Ideal conditions on the day, a lot less muddy than previous years and with little wind, although there was a muddy section through the woods and stream with Jane seeming to find most of the mud on her own.

Adrian and Jayne Joy had fantastic runs considering it was their first foray into XC so well done to them.

A slightly different format this year with Helsby teaming up with Lymm and Warrington Road Runners to help make the league more competitive.

Photographs of the race can be found here courtesy of Dave Pinnington of Penny Lane Striders


and for a view by the enemy why not check out Julians link for Spectrum, great to get another perspective.


Helsby positions as below but not times are provided for these races, it’s places that counts!


6th        Adair Broughton
94th      Steve Riley

99th      Adrian Jackson

120th    Andy Smith


7th        Jane Ashbrook

16th      Vanessa Griffiths

17th      Jayne Joy

38th      Jackie Keasley

For a full results listing please see below or visit http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk


This currently places the ladies in 2nd place in the team standings with the men in 6th.

Well done to all taking part. Please note the next Sunday League is this Sunday at Beacon Park with directions available at the link below


Start time of 10.00am so please leave adequate time for driving.

And let’s not forget free tea and sandwiches after the race too!

Hope to see many of you there on Sunday.



Kettlewell the video

An utterly brilliant video/photo montage of Helsby’s recent British Fell Relays event made by Jackie Keasley.

For just 5 minutes of your time this video really encapsulates what the day was about, a lot of hard running but many more smiles.

Take a look here