Helsby weekend round-up 8th-9th December 2012

Hi all

Many thanks to Dave and Lesley for keeping us up to date with upcoming events for the club and one thing I’d like to add is that for the Christmas handicap on 19th December we will be honoured to have our Olympic Torchbearer and Olympic helpers out in their Olympic kits so remember to bring your cameras while we have them all together.

Sorry for delay in round-up email but I’ve been waiting for some results that are yet to appear.

Shortly after Christmas on the 5th and 6th of January we have two XC Races. The Sunday race on the 6th is our Northwest league which many of you are familiar with but the race on the Saturday, should you be fit enough or crazy enough to do both is the Cheshire Championships. I’ll need to send off details of anyone who wants to run on the Saturday as soon as possible so if you do want to race in the Cheshire Champs please send me your interest with Name, Age Category, 1st line of Address with Postcode and Date of Birth before 19th of December. This will allow some time for postal delivery of our runners over the Christmas period.

Now for last weekend’s round-up

Stadt Moers Liverpool and District Cross Country saw two Helsby vests out, the indomitable and indefatigable duo of Steve Riley and Andy Smith in a race of 111 out in total. Steve’s apt and succinct race report below

“Course report: dirt, water, corners, climbs, descents, some phlegm. 3 laps. In short, perfect”

Hopefully Steve and Andy will be able to give us some good advice on this course as it will be the same location as the Northwest League XC race on Sunday 30th December. More details will follow on that nearer the event. Well done to Steve and Andy, 1st and 2nd club counter positions.

Full results for Saturday’s L&D XC here:


72nd     Steve Riley                 43.11
100th    Andy Smith                 50.56

Really Wild Boar Fell Race was also on Saturday, a Howgill classic with added full winter conditions. Some details here


Adair and Jayne ran (or more correctly trudged through snowdrifts) this with a superb 3rd lady from Jayne behind two England Internationals.

Sunday saw a splash of Santa Dash in Runcorn with some excellent results for Helsby runners in the red vest and the white beard.

Some details here but no results anywhere as yet


News from the frontline was an estimated 500 Santa’s out, with Roy heading home in 4th and Adrian just behind in 5th. Dave and Lesley Feakes were also spotted alongside another mystery runner for Helsby. Well done to everyone taking part in that race, and for charity too which is great to see. I’ll endeavour to update the blog as soon as results appear online.

Also on Sunday was the Stockport 10. Some information from the organiser’s here:


and also full results here: http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/pdf/Stockport10.pdf

We also have a good report from Ivan on this: “4 Helsby vests out for the Stockport10 on Sunday. For those unfamiliar with this race, it is superbly organised by Stockport harriers with the added bonus of starting and finishing on their excellent running track. The race got underway shortly after 10am as their “Joe” carried the Olympic torch around the track to the tune chariots of fire’ playing on the speaker system. This was really well received by the runners and perhaps something we could look at for the 4 villages?

It’s a challenging 10mile course with some muddy off road sections and two tough climbs at 5 and 8 miles. It’s a shame it clashed with other events as this is a really good race that attracts some top runners. See the results for what must have been a superb finish as the first 3 home were separated by only 3 seconds. Incidentally, Andi Jones who came 3rd was/is a top GB distance runner, the fact two beat him is a measure of the quality of the athletes this race attracts. Special mention to Gareth Boyd who stormed home in 1.07.13 for a new 10 mile PB, taking 5 mins or so off a previous best.”  

Helsby results as follows

91st      Gareth Boyd               1.07.19 (New PB)
127th    Ivan Davies                 1.09.01
320th    Dave Madders           1.17.56
331st    Helen Owens              1.18.25

Well done everyone at Stockport. 

It’s the 3rd Border League race this Sunday at 11.00am, directions here, location is Christleton. The distance will be roughly 10k


Due to the extreme conditions and limited parking, race organisers have requested car sharing as much as possible. It might be worth asking round at the club tonight to see if anyone lives local to you.

There will be one more Castle Park session on Monday 17th December and then we’ll have a Christmas break. I’ll send out details when sessions will restart in the 2013 




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