Edale Skyline, Wilmslow Half, Wrekin Fell March 2012

Hi all

This weekend saw the classic Edale Skyline race, and one of the Helsby Long Distance Trail Race counters at 21 miles and over 4000ft of ascent in total. 299 runners finished with a great winning time of 2.41.55 in what were obviously warm conditions.

Four green vests out for Helsby, ably led by Chris Baynham-Hughes to secure the full set of points. (Please bear in mind Chris had run the Hardmoors 55 the week before!)

Helsby positions and places below

44th      Chris Baynham-Hughes         3.27.10

123rd    Andy Robinson                       3.56.04
208th    Ed Halliwell                             4.19.09
266th    Jackie Keasley                       4.44.36

Full results available below


This weekend also saw the Wilmslow Half Marathon, the first Cheshire GP counter with over 4000 runners on the day

Results and photos available here


Two Helsby runners enjoying the day with positions and times below

879th    Mike Searle                 1.42.33
2799th  Nesta Hawker             2.03.37

Mike has written a highly entertaining and descriptive account of his day here, just check out the previous Helsby Blog article or simply click the link below


Also out at the weekend was the ageless Robbie Webster competing in the Wrekin Fell Race, full results here


Robbie Webster was 87th in 1.21.52

There are also photos of the day available on the Welsh Fell Runners website


We also have a great write-up of Chris’s Edale race with plenty of description, video and photos in Chris’s blog account (also has detailed information and extremely interesting write-ups of his training for the Bob Graham)


Video’s of Andy Robinson and Ed Halliwell final descent at Edale are included on the blog.

It’s very promising to see people writing up about their races and events and sharing the day with other people, keep them coming! The more people that write about races and share their thoughts the better, as it adds a depth to the Helsby blog that can’t be gained just from listing positions and times. Please feel free to add or send something in the future, even one or two sentences can make a difference!



Mike’s tale – Wilmslow half marathon 2012

For me, the weekend of the clocks going forward is synonymous with a race I’ve completed 8 times – the Wilmslow 1/2M and with an excellent race package Wilmslow is an event I like to target annually.

So being ‘a Wilmslow old hand’, I know that very early arrival is key, given the congestion caused by an influx of 5,000 runners and the limited parking, so despite the 1030 start, I always look to arrive by 9 o’clock in order to avoid traffic troubles and stress!

But my 2012 event turned out slightly differently . . .

On Saturday night I packed up my gear and reset my watch an hour ahead in readiness for the ‘lost hour’ on Sunday. Even more efficiently, I didn’t need to adjust my alarm clock, having invested in a ‘fancy dan’ radio controlled model which constantly adjusts the time according to the signal from Greenwich and importantly for this weekend, automatically adds the hour for the start of British Summer Time. So I fell asleep with no concerns about my pre-race organisation.

On Sunday morning my alarm duly woke me and after a few minutes snoozing, I was up and enjoying a leisurely  breakfast – in fact everything I did was leisurely because of course I was SO efficient with my pre-race organisation. I planned to leave at 0815 which would easily see me parking at Wilmslow by 0900. So you can imagine my shock on checking my race watch to see the time registering 0910! Surely I couldn’t have made a mistake, not with all my efficient planning?

I had no idea what had happened but thereafter panic ensued! Realising that I was now in a 2 races, one a 1/2M and the other to get to the start line on time, I hastily gathered my gear and raced out of the house at breakneck speed, leaving at 0915. Wilmslow is a mere 30 minutes drive away but today I knew that the ‘nose-to-tail’ traffic would double that time and sadly I wasn’t mistaken. After 30 minutes of frustrating crawling into Wilmslow, I managed to park up at 1020 – about a mile from the start! No time to visit the toilet, check my laces, Vaseline up or prepare in any sensible way; my warm-up consisted of a decent speed mile to the start where I just managed to get into the pack before the gun fired!

Well despite my highly stressed pre-race ‘routine’, a beautiful sunny day ensued and with my goal of completing a long run as opposed to racing, the event went well. Of even greater interest was being applauded by Emmerdale actor (and very good standard runner) Tony Audenshaw at the 11 mile point who had come out in support and he gave me a cheery ‘well done Helsby’ as I laboured by. I’m afraid that my reply of ‘thanks Bob’ was not going to endear me to him but I couldn’t for the life of me remember his real name and in my fatigued state, I genuinely thought that his TV character name was actually his true name!

So against the odds, I can now add another Wilmslow to my tally and on investigating the problem alarm clock, it seems that the radio control element is no more. Typical. In our digital age you just can’t trust analogue signals any more these days! So I’m off to Argos now to buy one of those double bell, wind-up models that you can hear ticking from every room in the house. Whilst I may not get much sleep between now and next March, I can guarantee that I won’t miss Wilmslow in 2013!

Mike Searle, disorganised runner and failed name-checker.

Best wishes                           


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Helsby Olympic Torchbearer – Joe Beswick

Hi all

First the great news, Joe Beswick has been officially selected as an Olympic Torchbearer.

It appears the press are already on the case so look out for an article about Joe in the Chester Chronicle soon.

Joe has been informed he’ll be running a leg near Macclesfield and according to the schedule it will be on or around 9.45am on Thursday May 31st


I understand this is a working day for a lot of people and obviously not the ideal location but for those who can make it, what an opportunity to give some time back to Joe and show our support not just for what he does at the running club but for what he has done for the community as a whole.
Helsby Legend Joe beswick at Llantisilio

Liverpool half marathon results and Hardmoors55 2012

Hi all

Official email for this weekend’s Liverpool half March 18th below

“The race had yet another brilliant turn out with 7600 entries taken and Olympic legend Kriss Akabusi got the event under way in his own inimitable manner. Kriss, who was visiting Liverpool specifically to get the 2012 RunLiverpool Marathon message out was suitably impressed with the turnout saying…

“Wow!! What a sensational turnout. I didn’t realise Liverpool had such an enthusiastic running community and the numbers taking part today were wicked. I’ve got to say a massive well done to everyone that took part.”

There were just over 6,300 finishers with many chasing PBs on generally flat course – just the one incline at 1.5 miles which most take in their stride.

If you are looking for your Half Marathon time then take a look on http://www.tdl.ltd.uk and event photographs can be found on http://www.randrphotos.co.uk Let’s hope you are looking your best!”

And it does indeed look like a fast course with two Helsby runners achieving impressive PB’s.


6300 runners in total completed the course so it is a big event by any standards. 4 of those were from Helsby with chip time and finishing position below and Colin leading the way.

155th Colin Thompson 1.27.51
207th Jane Ashbrook 1.29.34
969th Roy Gaskill 1.37.08 (Chip Position 695th)
2035th Alison Meakin 1.54.27

For those not satisfied with a mild 13 miles there was also the Hardmoor 55 this weekend. As noted previously club member Chris Baynham-Hughes not only attempted but had those 55 miles in his pocket.

A stunning and dogged performance saw Chris come in joint 5th within a mind boggling 9 hours and 9 minutes
Official results not yet out but should appear here http://hardmoors110.org.uk/cms/?q=node/278

Well done to everyone’s achievements this weekend, if I’ve missed anyone or any events, as usual, please let me know.


Jane 3rd at Stafford 20!

News flash: Jane Ashbrook took 3rd female at this weekend’s Stafford 20 …sounds like the London preparation is going well! More on Jane’s physio blog.

Roy Gaskill 2nd at the resolution 10k 04/03/12 heaton park

Well done to Roy Gaskill who ran in the Resolution Run Charity 10k at Heaton Park on Sunday 04th March. Roy is a fairly new member at the club but managed a brilliant sub 40 10k, clocking in at 39.35 for a 2nd place finish. Great stuff.

Unfortunately no official results available yet but put a photo of Roy in action below

Rachels celebratory run

Please find a link to Rachels 50th run when Rachel and some Helsby ladies and guests ran the Helsby Three Peaks Challenge, photo montage courtesy of Jackie

For those who are not aware of this challenge instigated and engineered by our very own Ian Landucci there is a link on the Helsby blog here

Looks like a brilliant day was had by all, and a great time at 3 hours too considering all the smiles with the day rounded off by Champagne on top of Helsby Hill

Indeed, girls just wanna have fun.


Birchwood XC final NW series race 04/03/12 and silverware

Final Results are now available online for the Northwest Cross Country Series.


Just click on the Birchwood link to take you to a .pdf file.

Sunday saw the last race in the series at Birchwood Forest Park starting at 10.00am, a 4 lap course which is an open route for spectators to watch proceedings but also interesting at 4 laps for the runners. Total distance seemed to be just over 5 miles. Julian from Spectrum did a small rain dance Saturday night to fill his pond but unlike previous years was more of a puddle, still, it’s good fun for a splash or two as you’ll see on the various photos available.

For anyone following this series they’ll know how close Helsby ladies were to putting their name on the silverware (with the joint help of Lymm & Warrington) but with some of the key Helsby ladies from previous races missing it was going to be a tight call as to whether they would win on the day.

Jayne Joy did all she could and more to bound home as overall ladies winner, a phenomenal achievement considering she was 17th in her first race of this series. Janet Robertson followed brilliant for a 13th position finish. There were 43 ladies in the race. Unfortunately on the day the women just missed out on top spot to finish 2nd team. It was now going to be a close call as to which ladies team would win the trophy overall! Stay tuned…..

With Joe on his knees asking for runners on Wednesday night it was a delight to see some new faces for the cross country. With Jim O’Hara as energetic as a cat on a hot tin roof, and this was after running a fell race in Shropshire on Saturday and Colin running his first race in a green vest, Adrian, Adair and Andy meant we had a good team for the day.

Some brilliant runs were had too, Jim took his good road form onto the fields to worry Adair who came in 11th although Jim was looking over his shoulder to see where Jayne was he still finished a strong 30th , and with Colins first cross country event to finish 42nd shows his potential. Fastest finish of the day went to Adrian and I think his highest position yet at 77th, Andy tidied up the Helsby pack for 97th. With the other runners from Lymm and Warrington this placed Helsby men’s team 5th on the day and fifth overall in the team series.

Helsby Ladies and Mens positions and placings as follows

1st        Jayne Joy

13th      Janet Robertson


11th      Adair Broughton

30th      Jimmy O’Hara
42nd     Colin Thompson
77th      Adrian Jackson
97th      Andy Smith

But what about the ladies final team position?

Waiting for the results was admittedly quite tense, especially as Steve Saunders (series organiser) kept everyone guessing till the very end due to it being a tie between the two top ladies teams! After countback big cheers and delighted faces all round as Helsby were mentioned as Northwest XC winners and for the first time will have their name engraved on the trophy!

Massive congratulations not just for those who ran on the day but for all Helsby participants in the series, a job well done and I’m sure enjoyable too (well maybe after the races at least).

There was much support on the day too, with Joe and Mario keeping us going each lap and Jackie taking photos. Thanks also to Kathryn and Steph.

It has been a delight to be in a race and be part of a successful cross country season for Helsby and hopefully is just the start of future success. All bodes well for next season!

Special thanks also to Jackie for a brilliant photo/video of the race that completely sums up the day and post race celebrations! Well worth a watch and something to show your friends and family I think.


I’ve also attached a photo from Jackie to the email.

Photos also from Dave Pinnington


Lastly, thanks to Andy Smith for the well earned round of drinks!