UKA fell relays, liverpool marathon & sandbach 10k results


It was a choice of fell, road or multi-terrain for the energetic and active Helsby brigade this weekend, so needless to say lots of results to give and some fantastic achievements in there too.

Thanks to everyone providing me with information on what you have been up to as it really helps the searching and just to reiterate if I miss anyone’s results it’s usually because the runner isn’t down as Helsby so it’s always worth letting me know if that’s the case.

And if seeing these results whets your appetite to ‘up’ your training then by all means head along to Castle Park nr Frodsham on Monday nights at 6.30pm to do a roughly half hour session of speed work with Joe and Mario. Head torches optional but can be useful! First session will start October 22nd.

UKA British Hill & Fell Relays Sunday 14th October 2012

I’ll start with what is now a regular and popular occurrence in the Helsby calendar, the British Fell Relays, sporting such athletes as the World Orienteering Champion and most recent UK, British and English Fell Running Champions, who all knew they were in good company once they saw the Helsby hoodies turn-up.

Similar to the event last year at Kettlewell, the nearly one thousand fell runners were treated to a gorgeous day of blue sky and fantastic scenery, a day that could almost have been part of our missing summer if it wasn’t for the welcoming frost and autumnal colours once reaching the destination early doors.

The relays were organised by Mercia with all four legs starting and finishing in Church Stretton and utilising the beautiful and rugged and hilly terrain of the Shropshire hills. As far as I could tell things ran smoothly and everyone appeared to be enjoying the atmosphere and day, possibly either before or after their respective runs I should add, with the start and finish side-by-side giving all runners a chance to cheer on their comrades in arms at each leg handover.

Many thanks go to Phil for organising and sorting the teams, arriving early to register and then to put up the Helsby gazebo in a prime location, close to tea and cake.

If anyone is interested in the four different legs and maps of the route then please look on the Mercia fell runner’s website here

An earlier event in our fell calendar ‘Callow’ was a tough introduction but gave a good indication of what shoes to wear for the terrain and what the actual running would be like. A great way of seeing the area would be looking at the many photos already up on various websites including Alistair Tye’s here.

More photos will follow from various websites so please keep checking back on the blog to stay updated as I’ll add them when I get to hear about them.

Helsby had two teams out from the 151 teams that finished and quite possibly Helsby’ s best results yet, especially for the ladies.

Jayne and Dave Feakes took the pressure leg, leg 1 where all the anticipation and excitement and energy is concentrated in the colourful array of club vests in the starter pen. A vocal crowd cheered the runners as they screeched past burning some good fell tread in the short road section early on before the real endeavour of hills took place. Jayne had a storming run for an 11th lady overall (against some serious competition) and Dave ran well on legs that were less than seven days after a marathon. We nurture some tough cookies at Helsby it seems.

Jimmy and Adair had their work cut-out to try and catch Vanessa and Lesley who were enjoying the run of their lives getting to checkpoint 2 and almost 45 minutes into their run before pleasantries were able to be exchanged. It felt like leg 2 was tough, with a middle section leading everyone into a false sense of security before the final climbs, with hands on knees and sterling support from Joe and Mario forcing out the last of our commitment to hand over to the great team of Phil and Steve for the thinking man’s leg, the navigation. Vanessa and Lesley still smiling all the way in were able to hand over to Jane and Janet to embark on some hills with added route choice. Even with flags I don’t know where I’m going so well done to the two navigation teams whose times surely show some sublime ‘orienteering’ skills.

Andy and Nesta were on the anchor leg, I believe leg 1 in reverse, and after waiting round and supporting everyone else taking photos and eating fantastic homemade flapjacks both securing great times to put the two teams not too far apart.

The results link above will show individual splits and times so peruse to your heart’s content but the final team standings were

Helsby men achieving a 102nd place in accumulative time of 5.05.56 and Helsby ladies toe to toe nearly all the way with 123rd and 5.32.08.

Hopefully we can continue our good progress next year in October when the 2013 relays will be announced.

Some photos of Leg 1 have appeared on the cliclic website as below

but if you like 3D action why not check out the Youtube videos available for each leg

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Interesting reports from the day for those at the sharp end

Liverpool Marathon Sunday October 14th 2012

I don’t need to write much about this marathon as Ivan has written a fantastic race report below. Ivan led the green vest home. Full results can be found at the following link but I’ve extracted out Helsby runners. Well done for all your runs and excellent work by Tom DeJong in his first marathon and all runners were easily in the top half of the field.

308th Ivan Davies 3.28.05
637th Colin Thompson 3.44.37
1944th Tom DeJong 4.27.58
2215th Ivor Johnstone 4.41.31

Ivan’s race report

The Liverpool marathon and run Wirral 10k both started from Birkenhead park, with the 10k following the same route before peeling off just after New Brighton. It was extremely tempting to make that sharp left turn at 6.2 miles as it turns out the medals were identical to those doing the full marathon!

After leaving the park the runners headed off towards New Brighton and up almost as far as Hoylake before turning around and running back along the front towards Birkenhead again. Basically a half marathon on the Wirral and then another half in Liverpool itself. To coin a phrase ‘ it was definately a game of two halfs’, as the first 13m were very flat and the second half not so…The runners then crossed into Liverpool via the Queensway tunnel, which for anyone who’s ran it in the 10k event they hold, has a cruel incline halfway. The start of this uphill was almost at the 13mile point and lasted for approximately 2 miles.

From this point onwards the main thing that sticks in my mind is just how much of the second half was uphill!! We exited the tunnel to lots of cheering and huge crowds but the road was still definitely going up until about 15 miles when we headed towards Liverpool one and up a very very cruel hill past the Anglican cathedral to mile 18. The next 10k or so was all in Sefton park before at last some downhill back past the cathedral and towards the finish by the Liverpool museum.

A great race with superb support and great organisation, although I’m not sure that it’s for those after a pb. I was slightly downbeat by my time of 3.27 which put me in 313th out of about 5000 and 59th in age cat. I stayed for the presentations and was surprised to see not a single lady finished under 3 hours.

Perhaps those hills got to the elite athletes too..

Sandbach 10k

Also on Sunday was the Sandbach 10k, a multi-terrain event. The only club representative was John Thompson who had a great run for 56th place in a time of 49.25. Nice work



Just uploaded a video and some photos of the Helsby gang in action at the Fell Relays.