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                           


Mike Searle, Training Director, body4life Health & Fitness

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