Helsby weekend round-up 17-18th November 2012

Hi all

Some magnificent results this weekend and a mixed bag of events to boot. Saturday was all fell and long distance trail, Sunday was road and half marathon.

Saturday morning saw the popular Penmaenmawr fell race where both Jayne and Jimmy put on the green vest to display their hill legs against the best North Wales has to offer. A short review on the Eyryi website states “A cracking 192 runners finished the oldest fell race in Wales on a stunning day which was soaking underfoot”. Let’s be honest, it was once again another stunning performance by Jayne, 1st lady home and well clear of the next lady as well as being 1st in for Helsby. I’m sure Jim was as impressed as everyone else was on the day. Keep up the good work Jayne and well done Jimmy.

Mario and Joe were out in support, along with club mascot Sharon ‘Basher’ Basford from Tattenhall who was nominated driver for the day, many thanks also to them. Helsby position and places as below with some links to photos from Alistair and Pete Douglas.

30th                   Jayne Joy         1.27.57 (1st lady overall)
35th                   Jim O’Hara        1.30.09

Full results now on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk

Pictures by Alistair here http://www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/penfell2012.html

And from Peter Douglas here http://www.prdouglas.co.uk/

Saturday was also the Brecons Ultra, which is a 2 lap and 45 mile contour round the Brecons taking in the legendary Gap (old Roman road). where neither Chris or Adair ran as well as last year with Chris not in top form still performing brilliantly well for a 14th overall. I take my hat off to him. It was a stunning day in the Brecons though, where mist and drizzle last year became blue sky and an autumnal glow this year, the one bonus for running a little slower than normal.

Provisional Results here


Other event details (for those who want to do it next year…..!)


and a cheeky little video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgc-Ykh6x4g

But 45 miles wasn’t even the longest run of the day, not with Andy Robinson around, who managed 50 miles in the Lakes. Some details from Andy for another magnificent achievement.

I ran from Silecroft (near Millom on the Cumbrian coast) to Shap on Saturday: just over 50 miles across the Lakes, with 11400 ft of climbing.  Four of us did the whole run: Gary Thorpe, who organised it, Neil Ashcroft (Ambleside), who you know, & another Andy whose surname escapes me.  I came in some time after the others – they’re quick lads!  More details on the FRA website

Sunday saw the final road counter of our current year which was the Conway Half Marathon.

Full Results for Conway are on the TDL service website here http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1285

Both Geoff Shaw and Andy Smith have provided a race report which are included below.

Geoff Shaw writes “A 12 start and a queue of traffic 5 miles from start meant a rushed prep with race number added whilst standing in another queue in a pub loo. Then off to the start, of course another queue as the start funnel filled awaiting the organiser’s gun. Bang, off we all went on a nice and warm day, along a half closed road and then onto the estuary with its soft sand causing a bit of a slip and slide before emerging onto the prom and heading for Llandudno. Nice and flat so far but a left past the Grand Hotel and the climb started and the temperature dropped. Up and up the Orme for two miles until a welcome moment of a drink and a energy gel. I should have had the gloves as gel tubes and cold fingers don’t work together, so a fight with the teeth saved the day. Then down and down till the same prom came and the same slippery sand to follow. An unwelcome ramp took us to the final bridge with the finish in sight. Job done !!”

Andy Smith writes “Sunday saw the return of Helsby Runners to
Conwyfor the start of a race from the shadow of the ancient
castle.A few months ago Chris Bayham-Hughes was heading south
for an epic run over the Welsh mountains; yesterday 9 Helsby
runners set off in the other direction for the somewhat
shorter distance of 13.1miles in the Conwy Half Marathon.

A cool, clear autumnal day made for ideal running conditions
for the race which headed north along the shores of the
River Conwy estuary before passing through Llandudno
and the long slow drag up and round the Great Orme.
A steady two miles of more or less continuous uphill,
with the sea below us to the right and cliffs above us
to the left, we eventually reached the high point at the
aptly named "Rest and be Thankful" cafe. No rest for
the wicked though, as after a quick gulp of water from
the water station, it was a fast descent and long run
back into Conwy to finish on quayside.

Colin Thompson lead the Helsby contingent home in an
excellent time of 1:25:53 with Jane Ashbrook being the
first Helsby lady home in 1:38:01. Geoff Shaw scored a superb
first placed category win with the other Helsby runners
finishing as follows (chip times):

35th       Colin Thompson            1.25.51
271st     Jane Ashbrook              1.38.01
318th     Geoff Shaw                  1.42.39 (1st in age cat)
490th     Helen Owens                 1.45.58
553rd     John Thompson                        1.47.09
584th     Andy Smith                   1.47.51
701st     Jackie Keasley              1.51.19 (3rd in age cat)
893rd     Chris Igoe                     1.57.11
894th     John Gallon                  1.56.00 (3rd in age cat)

Great run everyone and a fantastic win for Geoff in his new age category and a storming run for Colin too taking the Helsby chequered flag.

Photos of Conwy below courtesy of Bill and Jackie

Remember it’s cross country this Saturday for those who want to go and support. Four people have put their names in the pot, Jayne Joy for the ladies in the European XC trials at 1.20pm and Phil Gillard, Andy Smith and Steve Riley for the men at 2.00pm, both races Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Sunday is the Northwest League race at Birchwood as per details sent in an earlier club email, organized by Spectrum Striders so details are on the website link below.


Good luck to all who run.


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