Helsby weekly round-up & inter-club fell results

Hi all

Results are now available for the 30 mile, 7000ft long distance trail counter that four from Helsby attempted on a marvellous Saturday just over a week ago.


With all four Helsby runners in the top ten a great result for the club, and a 1, 2, 3 from Adair, Ian and Andy showed the effort put in on the day. Outstanding views on the run, so much so that Jackie went to revisit an area she enjoyed after the King John’s Castle fell counter on Saturday, aptly named Pothole Crags (which is essentially the highest part of the Trail up the Beast race). Interestingly the Open to Offas route also takes in part of The Druid , The Lletty, the Llangynhafal Loop and The Beast Races. We’ll probably do some recce’s of the route next year if anyone fancies it.

1st                   Adair Broughton          5hrs 04mins
2nd                 Ian Landucci                  5hrs 47mins
3rd                  Andy Robinson             5hrs 59mins
Joint 8th     Jackie Keasley                  7hrs 15min

Running for 7 hours (and on Monday for a few hours too I believe) didn’t stop Jackie having a pop at the 3rd Wirral Multi-Terrain beach race nr Wallasey last Tuesday night. Jackie was joined by 12 other Helsby runners. It was a mixed night with the weather, as those on a long warm-up got completely drenched whereas sensible people sought shelter in the pub! Interesting route choice early on also determined a good run or not with two distinct groups starting out at the beach either heading left or right. (Note for the future, take the route to the right!) Both Jackie and Jayne were 3rd in their respective categories but stealing the show that night was Carol Shaw coming in 1st for her category. Current standings after three races can be found in the full results on RO’s website below but Helsby positions and times extrapolated


14th               Adair Broughton          25.30
68th               Colin Thompson           29.04
84th               Roy Gaskill                    29.59
100th            Adrian Jackson              31.12
112th            Albert Berry                    32.15
119th            Geoff Shaw                      32.41
137th            Tom DeJong                    33.42
148th            Chris Hatton                   36.01

5th                  Jayne Joy                          28.57 (3rd)
26th               Janet Robertson          33.09
31st                Carol Shaw                       33.38(1st)
42nd              Jackie Keasley               35.52 (3rd)
58th               Janet Shaw                      39.36
The race series finishes this Tuesday night at Arrowe Park (Cherry Orchard car park), it’s a 6.30pm start, no registration but race costs £1. Prize giving should follow shortly afterwards for those eligible for a prize. Remember it’s the best 3 of your 4 races so worth checking where you stand currently and be aware of the people you might need to beat! Might be worth having some shoes with grip too if the recent rain is anything to go by.

Thursday night John Thompson was out at the Ron Hill birthday 5k nr Rochdale. Superb run for John on a hilly 5k. Full results here


103rd            John Thompson            23.17

Saturday was the Great Langdale Half marathon, a run that Dave and Lesley have done over the last few years and saw them well up in a field of nearly 400 with PB’s for both, great work.


86th               David Feakes                  1.47.17
133rd            Lesley Feakes                 1.53.35

Lesley and Dave at the Great Langdale Half 2012

How different the weather was for Saturday and the King John’s Castle Inter Club and Fell Counter at the Raven Inn. Brilliant blue skies welcomed runners and enabled a nice beer in the front of the pub for prizegiving afterwards. The Raven Inn made everyone welcome even providing soup and tea and coffee as part of race entry, another fell bargain at £4. Thanks go to Martin Contrviend and John Linley for organising this race. John had also made some age category winner t-shirts unique for the event.

So how did it go……………

It’s not as tough in terms of climb as some of the other fell races, but was tricky in navigation in parts, and made you work hard in places, so the results don’t tell the full story as some runners will have lost time in parts. There was a stile very early on which was used this year as the farmer would not allow a gate opened but apart from that it’s a good race and thankfully we had Joe and Bill marshalling out on the course where it crossed a road, and supporting in fine voice as always. General feedback was good.

Provisional results are already done by Julian who copied them down on the day.


It makes interesting reading for those that like stats. Helsby were 2nd on the day and 2nd overall in the series, which is a fair result I think and probably as expected if we go by club size. I think the Druid showed when we have a full compliment of runners we are very strong. Saturday we missed some of our good runners and it may have made things a little closer by the end but overall I hope everyone enjoyed the series and will continue to support the races next year. Of note we only had 9 runners out compared to Spectrums 14. We’ll make sure the races are all suitable to get to this time too! Pat on the back for everyone who did one or all of the races and if you do have any comments on the series please let me know.

Full results should appear in time on the Welsh fell runners website www.wfra.org.uk but Helsby positions as below (times will be updated on the blog once received)

2nd                 Adair Broughton          35.10
6th                  Jim O’Hara                   36.52
12th               Ian Landucci                   38.30
22nd              Andy Robinson              42.39
33rd               Steve Riley                      43.52
44th               Janet Robertson          45.18
54th               Andy Smith                      48.06
60th               John Thompson            49.58
65th               Jackie Keasley               51.58

And we still have more races to go……..

Sunday was the Southport 10k legacy event, have found a website but no results yet, will keep an eye out though and 4 Helsby ran, definitely Roy, Adrian and Helen and have been informed one othe, which gave Roy a 1st v45 and Adrian a 2nd v40, well done guys.


I’ll add results to the blog once published.

As always if anyone wants to write a brief report about their race then it’l be great to receive them and add a different perspective to the blog.


Winter draws on

Yes, it’s an old joke – but it got your attention.
With the equinox past and the September multi-terrain races almost over, we will shortly be back to the winter round of road training runs on a Wednesday night. The first official club winter run will be on Wednesday 3rd October and will be the customary muster run to Frodsham and back, followed by an informal social in the club bar afterwards – see earlier email from David & Lesley.
If you still have an itch for mud which road training just ain’t going to scratch, then on Saturday 6th October we’ll start some cross country training sessions with Warrington Road Runners & Lymm Runners whom we are joining forces with for the Sunday League XC series of races. The format of the training will evolve over the winter and we are kicking off with some circuits of Town Park, Runcorn (including a few goes of the infamous ski slope!) , meet at the Runcorn Ski Centre at 9:30am and hopefully the centre should be open for us to grab a hot drink afterwards.


Helsby weekly round-up Sept 11th – 16th 2012

Hi all

Once again, as summer slowly wans into autumn, it’s been a busy week for Helsby running personnel.

Last Tuesday saw Race 2 in the September Wirral Multi-terrain series. Full results and current placing’s are on Steve Saunders website here www.stevesaunders.co.uk Helsby position and times below, with a special congratulations to Adrian for breaking into the top 100 for the first time, something he’s been aiming to do since last year, great effort. Sterling effort by Carol for a 2nd place in her category and Jayne and Jackie both 3rd in theirs. 15 of us ran in total. Team placings can also be seen on the full results pdf document.

Mixed bag of weather on the night, and what could have been a golden beach sunset turned into a windy and heavy shower for the 2nd lap of the beach run. Still great fun for everyone I’m sure! Race distance was 4.9miles with road to begin then beach and the Wirral Way to finish.  Another beach run this Tuesday as race 3 is at Harrison Drive, Wallasey at the earlier time of 6.30pm. Hopefully we can still have a good crowd out, and remember there’s no registration, just turn up in the Helsby vest and run. You’ll need a pound though but not a bad price for a race.

12th         Adair Broughton                   30.18
69th         Ed Halliwell                          34.23
93rd         Roy Gaskill                          36.27
97th         Adrian Jackson                    36.57
107th       Steve Riley                           37.37
115th       Geoff Shaw                          38.06
127th       Albert Berry                          39.20
143rd       Tom DeJong                        40.17
161st       Chris Hatton                         43.35

4th            Jayne Joy                             35.00 (3rd)
24th         Vanessa Griffiths                    39.24
32nd         Carol Shaw                           40.53 (2nd)
41st         Jackie Keasley                      43.21 (3rd)
63rd         Janet Shaw                           46.59
65th         Betty Grieve                          47.33

Saturday was the Open to Offas 30 mile and 7000ft cake festival round the Clywdians which happened to have a race on at the same time. Some details on the LDWA website



Results now out as above but Andy Robinsons time is down as 20 mins slower than he actually was, so I’ll send a separate email when they arrive but four of us out from Helsby and all having a brilliant day, great weather and great scenery and to be honest really quite spoiled at the end with endless tea being offered. It is definitely one for the calendar to try if you have not had a go at this type of event even if you don’t feel like racing. Good to see Ian Hilditch out on the course too. Adair, Ian Landucci, Andy Robinson and Jackie all ran.

Sunday was our penultimate (11th) road counter, the now traditional local Sutton Six. Provisional results here


Looked a nice day for running, easy to say for those of us taking it easy with the camera, had done some practising in France last week with my zoon lens (but the real reason was that I was just too scared of Jayne’s current form to want to race against her)


By all accounts it was a bit windy on some parts of the course and feedback suggested that it more undulating than expected but still a course that people get their PB’s on. Jayne and Jane now both under the magic 40 minutes this year which meant Jayne was first home for Helsby with a new PB of 39.14 that earned her 2nd place in the race. And the sub40 so soon after the sub 90 half marathon means she’s already redefining her targets for next year. A cracking run by Roy saw him first green vested man in a close battle with Jim O’Hara. Ten runners out for Helsby with Monday night track star Jason taking 4th junior and 45 minutes dead on his first 10k. Joe was out watching on the course helping those hunting PB’s. Helsby positions and placings as follows:

31st         Jayne Joy                            39.14
61st         Roy Gaskill                          42.00
63rd         Jim O’Hara                          42.10
82nd         Adrian Jackson                   43.54
96th         Geoff Shaw                          44.57
106th       Dave Madders                      45.11
127th       John Thompson                    47.12
136th       Carol Shaw                          47.54
139th       Andy Smith                         48.08
174th       Tom DeJong                        52.33
193rd       Janet Shaw                         55.56

Oats all round! Has Andy already had his……….?

Hope I’ve not missed anything.

I’ll be heading to the club at 5.30pm this Wednesday for a faster hill run if anyone fancies it to try and utilise a bit of the light while its remaining. I’ll also send a reminder out later in the week about our next club fell counter this Saturday which is also the final race in our Inter-club series. If you’ve not tried a hill/fell race yet definitely one to try.



Claire house charity run and carry event 23rd September Colomendy Arms

Please find attached details of a Draymans Run and Carry Charity event for Claire House Charity from Johnny Morris, Buckley Runners

Distance 3km, Run for 2km, Carry for 1km

Venue: Colomendy Arms, Cadole, Sunday 23 September 2012 @ 11.00am

Entry fee £5


Details on attached pdf

Claire House Charity Event 23rd September 2012

Four villages half marathon 2013

Joy - Four Villages Half MarathonThe race was cancelled because of the weather and you should have had email updates. We still have a few reduced T-shirts for sale and commemorative finisher’s mugs for anyone that wants to collect or cover the postage.

One of our goals has always been to support local community groups and charities. Many runners have been in touch to ask that their money be donated to charity. Thank you!  We’ll be back!

The refund window has now closed.

Pic courtesy of Mick Hall photos.

Helsby weekly round-up 4th – 9th Sept 2012

Hi all

Where do I begin? Well there’s only one answer isn’t there! It has to be Chris Baynham-Hughes completing the Dragons Back Race which is one of the phenomenal achievements of a lifetime for Chris, oh apart from completing a brilliant Bob Graham earlier in the year! Thankfully It’s been well noted by people at the club offering support via email and donations, talking about it on training runs and track, following Chris each day online etc so there is not much else I can add in this instance, and we now know how tough Chris is after his recent email regarding the race so all I can say is what a fantastic effort and more details for those interested here


With a few less miles to worry about than Chris Tuesday night saw the start of the Wirral Multi-terrain Series at Royden Park, Frankby. Results state 4.69 miles in distance. It was a pleasant night which meant numbers were increased from last year, nearly 275 runners in total. Thanks to Bill and Jayne on the course offering support and for Jayne sorting out money and positions at the end too.

Results are available from Steve Saunders website here


Helsby positions and times as follows and I’ve included age group positions too, as there are prizes for top three in each age category. Team results are included in the official results on the website above.

6th        Adair Broughton          28.56 (2nd)
61st      Ed Halliwell                 33.21 (18th)
98th      Roy Gaskill                 35.35 (15th)
120th    Adrian Jackson           37.04 (14th)
127th    Geoff Shaw                37.40 (10th)
136th    Albert Berry                 38.35 (6th)

24th      Vanessa Griffiths        39.04 (3rd)
25th      Janet Robertson         39.08 (4th)
40th      Nesta Hawker             42.21 (8th)
42nd     Jackie Keasley           42.35 (3rd)
64th      Janet Shaw                 45.39 (8th)
67th      Betty Grieve                46.33 (9th)

Link to some photos by Bill here https://picasaweb.google.com/jackieoutandabout/2012SeptRoydenParkWirralMT?authkey=Gv1sRgCO_D-qSspcb6Ug&feat=email#

Next race is Tuesday 10th September, also 7.00pm and at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston. Great atmosphere and races to be part of, best 3 of 4 count and still 3 races to go so doesn’t matter if you have missed one. £1 a race too, proper bargain.

Following on from Tuesday’s multi-terrain, Friday was the last in the Deestriders Summer MT league. Jayne consolidated her recent wins with an emphatic victory, cheered in by special guests Tom and Adrian and with Joe and Mario in support too. Joe now has some vocal competition with Adrian on the course! Great if you are a Helsby runner as we all know.  Prize giving followed the race and in between plates of chips Jayne picked up a tidy trophy so hopefully a photo of that will follow shortly for the blog. Great runs too for Jimmy (who once again biked here, he’ll be the fittest guy in Helsby soon and with Ivan Davies and David Madders out with the green vest it was a good night for Helsby. (Worth thinking about this series for next year everyone.)

Results of all four races here: http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/results/offroad2012.aspx

4th        Adair Broughton          30.55
9th        Jim O’Hara                 32.49
20th      Jayne Joy                   34.24
23rd      Ivan Davies                 34.40
36th        David Madders           39.14

Running Friday obviously had no effect on some. Sunday was our 10th club counter, the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon. Jayne Joy took four minutes or so from her PB to now join the sub 90 category for 5th lady. Jane Ashbrook had a fantastic race too for a 3rd place category win. Joe picked up the prizes. Also out on course with Joe and Mario supporting were Charlie and Chris and Janet Shaw. Well ran everyone.

34th      Adair Broughton          1.19.05
81st      Ian Landucci               1.25.32
114th    Jayne Joy                   1.27.48
152nd   Jane Ashbrook            1.31.26
244th    Gareth Boyd               1.36.54
318th    Geoff Shaw                1.40.44
398th    Carol Shaw                 1.44.54

Hopefully there will be some photos of the day at Mick Hall’s website http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?action=viewphotos&eventid=103799

Also at the weekend was the half marathon at Warrington http://www.english-half.co.uk/ Results here and well done to Tony for such a strong run http://www.winningtimeuk.com/index.php?page=results

193rd           Tony Gavin             1.39.30

Sunday was the Salford 10k with results as below


Ivan had another great run (after running Friday to), knocking on the door of 40 minutes as well as Dave Madders also well up the field.

75th      Ivan Davies                 40.54
189th    David Madders           45.22

Sorry if the race reports are a little short but lots going on this week. It’s great to see how well everyone is running.

Lots coming up too, this Saturday is the Open to Offas LDTR event, 30 mile with some climb (Chris might do it before breakfast), email for more info

Sunday is the local Sutton Six 10k organised by West Cheshire, which is our 11th club counter, so if you are looking to do a final 10k this year or want to pick up some club counter road points that’s the one to do.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone or any events, last few track sessions remaining, so be at Helsby High School 6.30pm tonight for a little speed work.


Across wales walk & the dragon bites

Well done to Andy Robinson, continuing with his now legendary and consistent long distance runs, he attempted to run across Wales in one day, last Saturday! Some details here


This event sees walkers and runners heading from the England/Wales border near Clun to the coast near Aberystwyth. At 45 miles this is some challenge. Andy didn’t just complete it he came in 3rd place with a time of 8 hours and 50minutes. The joint winners were not too far ahead with 8 hours and 38 minutes. By all accounts the fastest recorded time is 8 hours so a great effort by Andy (although he has been quicker on the route by 20 minutes in much better conditions)

So if that’s navigating Wales East to West Chris Baynham-Hughes is still heading from North to South via every mountain in site, now on his 2nd day of the Dragons Back (I’d wrongly stated he was already on Day two yesterday, ooops). Reports from the website are stating it was a lot more difficult than expected for the top runners and eagled-eyed Ed has spotted who we think is Chris from the Day one photos here…can you see him too


Day one report here


Chris is still accepting donations so have a look at his profile page


or offer a good luck message to him on the Helsby blog here


Don’t forget it’s the start of the Wirral Multi-terrain series tonight at 7pm Royden Park, Frankby. Race is only £1 is all off road and is also a team event so the more green vests we have the better!