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
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.