Weekend round-up 14th – 15th July 2012

Hi all

After last weekend’s green sea of vests (Steve’s apt description) at the Druid, maybe it was a weekend of relaxation for majority of Helsby runners with a quiet calendar of road and fell, or a weekend of secret training! As far as I can tell, only one race….

Helsby’s Phil Gillard, always looking for the next challenge was in North Wales at the Tal-y-Fan race on Saturday at Rowen, nr Conwy. This is advertised as 12.8km distance with over 2500ft of climb. Some great pictures already available here http://www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/talyfan2012.html but no results as yet. From the photos looks like Phil had a strong run. Technical course with distance surely suits him.

Phil said “it was good weather conditions but very wet underfoot – all the tracks were very soggy although the long trek over the moor to the stone circle was comparatively dry. A nice atmosphere in the carnival with all runners being cheered into the main field, Helen enjoyed the dog show!”

This race has been a club counter in the past so always worth having a go in case it gets chosen again. Tal-y-Fan is a fairly tough race and navigation skills are often necessary. Results for Tal-y-Fan should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk or race organisors  www.eryriharriers.org.uk

If anyone else was out racing at the weekend please let me know as I’ll update the blog as required. Talking of which, feedback would always be good so why not add a comment about the Druid last week here https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/druid-fell-counter-6-wednesday-july-11th-2012-also-inter-club-competition/

Enjoy your running


Spectrum, Tattenhall, Helsby inter-club series

A quick reminder of the three-way champs we’ve started with our friends at Tattenhall and Spectrum Striders. One race down, two to go…


There are 3 races for the first season, one chosen by each club:

Day  Race Distance
Wed 11 Jul  The Druid  (nr Mold)  8k/366m  5 miles/1100ft
Wed 8 Aug  Whittle Pike  (nr Rawtenstall)  8.2k/488m  5.1 miles/1400ft
Sat 22 Sep  King John’s Castle  (nr Mold)  7.4k/264m  4.6 miles/850ft

Each club has these races in their club fell race championship.


These are the rules for 2012. There will be a review after the first season to see how they are working and see if any tweaks to the scoring are necessary.

  1. Up to 7 men and 3 women will be counting runners for each club.
  2. Men score 21 points down to 1 point.
  3. Women score 21 points down to 13.
  4. There are extra bonus points in every vet category – 5, 3, & 1.  Vet categories are those used by the race organiser.
  5. There are also 2 bonus points for each male or female runner above the scoring team of 7 men and 3 women.
  6. 2nd claim members do count in this league.