Art of the Olympics

Our little arts centre in Frodsham has secured quite a coup – an exhibition of Olympic Poster artwork and work from local sculptor Tony Evans. There’s some real evocative stuff in there, that’ll take you straight back in time as a sports fan – Munich 1972 for me. There’s also a lecture on on 7th February at 7pm – phone the office if you want tickets.

Kim Horton, Castle Park Arts Centre, off Fountain Lane
01928 735832


Halewood weekly bugrun 5K

Great idea. Liverpool Running Bugs are holding a free weekly 5k series. Halewood Park, Okell Drive, L26 7WQ. Every Sat at 1pm, open invite, just register and turn up, that’s it. More here:

Helsby runners results

Hi all

Well what a day that was and what a good feeling to be able to send out results with so many names on!

Don’t really need to describe the weather though…, a bit windy should do it, but it didn’t seem to deter many of the Helsby contingent producing great times in the conditions. I know it was Jayne’s , Adrian’s and Hannah’s first foray into the half marathon so hearty congratulations for them producing very impressive times to now build on. Dave Feakes, wearing the elegant number 50, isn’t convincing anyone that he reached that category today, not with the PB he secured! Well done also to Jane Ashbrook for a 2nd place in her category.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to speak to everyone today so if there any more PB’s out there or tales to tell please let me know and I’ll get this report updated for the blog. Photo links on other blog reports or twitter/runhelsby

And I should really reiterate what so many people have said today, that it’s with lots of hard work from many individuals, and some in particular, that the Helsby half is continually so successful. It’s a real honour to be part of a club that has people with so much commitment, drive and energy and I think the enthusiasm now evident at the club is clear for all to see.

Great support round the course too

Results for the Historic Helsby Half 2012 below

Individual results for Helsby runners extracted below (if I’ve missed anyone please let me know!). I’ve used gun position and time for this so check your chip times as they’ll be quicker!

24th         Adair Broughton               1.17.49
144th      Ian Landucci                       1.28.26
153rd      Chris Baynham-Hughes 1.28.52
191st       Jim O’Hara                          1.30.22
231st       Jane Ashbrook                  1.31.51  (2nd in age category!)
269th      Ivan Davies                         1.33.06
289th      Jayne Joy                             1.34.03
307th      Ed Halliwell                         1.34.33
311th      Paul Porter                         1.34.37
332nd      Gareth Boyd                      1.35.43
336th      Alex Fitzmaurice               1.35.49
404th      Steve Riley                          1.37.49
445th      Dave Feakes                      1.38.54
460th      Geoff Shaw                        1.39.03
462nd      Adrian Jackson                  1.39.04
560th      Carol Shaw                          1.41.32
624th      Albert Berry                       1.43.35
670th      Hannah Hughes                1.44.49
793rd      Lesley Feakes                    1.48.05
958th      Chris Igoe                            1.52.47
969th      Dave Madders                  1.53.00
996th      John Thompson                1.53.55
1000th    Alison Meakin                   1.53.57
1184th    Nesta Hawker                   1.59.55
1224th    Betty Grieve                      2.01.27
1275th    Liz Dobson                          2.03.39
1423       Peter Causton                   2.11.07
1426th    Kay Pirali                              2.11.15
1487th    Ivor Johnstone                  2.15.49
1622nd   Kevin Bell                            4.04.28
However, the highlight and performance of the day surely goes to Kevin Bell for completing what is a record breaking 31st Helsby Half marathon in 4 hours 4min and 28 seconds. Kevin was determined to finish and shows not just what this race can mean to individuals but also acts as testament to their character. I think this in itself puts a great perspective on all our performances on the day. I’ve also been informed that Kevin’s wife may well be bringing along his collection of medals one night after a Wednesday run which will be great to see.

Keep on running


Four villages festival of wind and running

Thanks to all our marshalls, volunteers, runners and spectators. Another brilliant event!

Some tough running conditions saw a Tipton Harriers 1-2 in the Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon this weekend. Martin Williams lead home the field in 1:08:32, with 89 seconds in hand over team mate Ben Gamble, who improved on two 4ths and two 3rds in consecutive previous years (albeit in a slower time, giving some idea of the conditions). Christian Prior, City of Chester Triathlon, completing the podium and first from a local club, a further 28 seconds behind.

This was the 31st edition of a highly regarded opener to many people’s season. The first race was established as a local answer to the first London Marathon. Both events draw an incredibly loyal and friendly crowd, with the Four Villages ever popular with north west club runners as well as attracting high quality club entrants from further afield, together with a healthy cohort of civilians.

In the women’s race local Gemma Connolly was first home in 1:21:05, improving on last year’s 4th, followed by Belgrave’s Louise Blizzard just 4 places behind and first F40, getting closer to a PB time set 8 years ago. Completing the trio another travelling runner, this time from the East Midlands, Nicki Nealin of Huncote Harriers (another strong F40).

The strong and blustery winds and an exposed course, meant that the course record was never under threat. Nevertheless further down the field were numerous PBs — including Adair Broughton first from host club Helsby RC in 24th with 1:17:49 — on what’s never an easy course. The steady climbing from mile 7 to 10 normally finds out any weakness in legs nearing their limit.

Despite the unpredictable wind, the weather gave us a good temperatures for running and a massive improvement on some forecasts. A personal highlight was seeing clubmate Dave Feakes get a pretty respectable PB on his 50th birthday. A great race, that always gets good feedback. Here’s to the next one!

Steve Riley

More pics at

Dave Pinnington’s pics on Flickr

Results and event video over on the main site at


Women’s results
Gemma Connolly 01:21:05 St Helens Sutton (55th overall)
Louise Blizzard 1:22:00 Belgrave Harriers (59)
Nicki Nealin 1:23:32 Huncote Harriers (70)

Men’s results
Martin Williams 1:08:32 Tipton Harriers
Ben Gamble 1:10:01 Tipton Harriers
Christian Prior 1:10:29(PB) City of Chester Triathlon Club

Runcorn town park NW XC results 15th Jan 2012

Hi all

Results are now available for the North West Series XC held at Town Park Runcorn 15th January 2012, see below for link

Some cold weather hardened what is usually a muddy course but with a beautiful blue sky and frost on the ground a near perfect day for cross country ensued.

Photos in the blog below courtesy of Mick Charman of Spectrum

Other photos online courtesy of Dave Pinnington of Penny Lane

Once again the Helsby ladies continued to impress which has now put them in lead position for the team results to date, so be sure to congratulate them! The mens team are currently 5th.

Many thanks also to the support on the day from Mario and Joe and friends and family and also to Kathryn Roberts who helped marshall on the day.

Helsby positions and places as follows:

Mens Results

10th Adair Broughton
59th Roy Gaskill
81st Steve Riley
91st Adrian Jackson
116th Andy Smith

Ladies Results

3rd Jayne Joy
4th Jane Ashbrook
16th Janet Robertson
17th Rachel Arnold

Please note the next NW XC will be on 5th February at Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, details will follow regarding that race.

Dash in the dark

You like running, you like darkness? Now’s your opportunity to combine the two interests. Clwydian Range Runners’ Dash in the Dark series is back this winter. Three race from Coed Llandegla, first one’s tonight:

Friday 20th Jan 2012
Friday 10th Feb 2012
Friday 2nd March 2012

Monday training, Castle Park

Just a quick reminder that Castle Park training at Frodsham, taken by Joe and Mario, is on Monday nights, from 6:30pm. Meet off Netherton Drive (just off Howey Lane). Parking available.
Sessions last about half an hour, will be great to see some new faces there too. Not just for fast folks!

Fancy being sponsored?

Hexx, the people making our hoodies, also run a grassroots sponsorship program for aspiring sportspeople. The scheme offers a clothing package, nutrition and media support. It’s not just for elites and seeks to encourage people aiming for big improvements in their sport (I can think of a couple of people!). Not limited to runners, so if you’re active in another sport or know someone interested let them know. Deadline for applications: 27 Feb.

Read more in the attached PDF: HexxTalent-2012.

Abergele border league results sun 8th jan 2011

Hi all

Please find attached results for the latest Border League Race at held at Abergele Sunday 8th Jan.

Described as an accurately measured 5 mile out and back course, oh, with a random bit through a caravan park,   14 Helsby runners started and finished the race with some strong performances thrown in, including a 5 mile PB for Adrian, well done. Age category highlights included podium finishes for Jane Ashbrook with 3rd, Vanessa in 3rd, Albert in 2nd and Robbie in 3rd.

Helsby positions and times listed below

22nd        Adair Broughton               28.42
79th         Ian Landucci                       31.37
118th      Roy Gaskill                          33.22
125th      Jane Ashbrook                  33.38
135th      Jayne Joy                             34.04
148th      Adrian Jackson                  34.51
155th      Vanessa Griffiths             35.15
156th      Albert Berry                       35.16
186th      Carol Shaw                          36.25
201st       Andy Smith                         37.07
206th      Phil Gillard                           37.23
255th      Betty Grieve                      40.12
263rd      Jackie Keasley                   40.53
304th      Robbie Webster               45.18

Helsby ladies should also be congratulated for finishing in first position on the day in Division two, with some more races left to run they can now provide a strong challenge for promotion. Helsby men consolidated their position in mid table of Division Two on the day.

Helsby ladies also finished in 2nd place in the improvers trophy table so shows what a great year they are having.

The link below should also take you to the handicap rankings, which is a great way of seeing what your current form is and if you are improving.

Sadly, and rather remiss of me, I’ve missed sending this on previous results and so I should mention that on two previous races in this current Border League series we have had two Helsby ladies win the handicap rankings. Betty won the Prestatyn race 1 and Vanessa won at Birkenhead Park race 2. These are great performances which should have been noted previously. (Sorry!)




Cheshire Championship XC results 7th jan 2012

Hi all

Full weekend for Helsby runners and many thanks for those doing the double, starting with Saturday’s windy and muddy Winsford escapade to Knights Grange. (Sundays Border League results will hopefully follow shortly)

Results here

Saturday’s race was the Cheshire Championship Cross Country, quality fields with Helsby ladies once again retaining their 2nd place vets category medals spearheaded by Jane Ashbrook in a brilliant 10th place closely followed by the shockingly improving Jayne Joy not far behind in 12th.

Jane and Jayne may well be representing Cheshire in the future with these performances.

Janet who was 3rd in her category and Rachel also had strong runs to maintain their podium places for the team result. Well done ladies. Of note Helsby ladies were 4th overall so bodes well for next year.

Support was ever present in the form of Joe, Mario and Vanessa and due to separate races for the men and ladies we could also support each others races. There is a great spirit to team events.

Mens race was 10k with 4 laps, ladies 7.5k with 3 laps.

Mens results

37th         Adair Broughton               47.27
114th      Phil Gillard                           58.37

Ladies results

10th         Jane Ashbrook                  40.03
12th         Jayne Joy                             40.29
23rd        Janet Robertson               45.26
25th         Rachel Arnold                    45.47
34th         Jackie Keasley                   51.07

Next cross country is the Northwest League at Runcorn Town Park this Sunday 15th January, start time of 10.00am. Details here

This will be a great introduction for those not yet longing for the mud, good atmosphere, local and free tea/coffee and sandwiches after. Give it a go!