Helsby weekend round-up 26th-27th January 2013

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Only the Northern XC results this week as far as I know.

Well done to the hardy and brave souls who tackled winter conditions at Knowsley on Saturday afternoon. Jane and Jenny had brilliant runs in what looked like very tricky situations to both finish in the top half of an outstanding field of talent and I believe they had a very close race all the way which is always good to see. Massive congratulations also to Nesta in choosing a difficult cross country race to enter as her first foray. As always she did everyone at Helsby proud. Senior ladies race was roughly 8k.

Steve Riley, first in for Helsby, can be seen enjoying himself thanks to Dave Pinnington who was out on the course taking photographs many of which have already appeared on his website. Senior men’s race was a strength sapping 12k.



For full results see the link below but Helsby positions and times extracted as follows

Senior Women

81st       Jane Ashbrook              39.13
84th       Jenny Illidge                  39.21
202nd     Nesta Hawker                55.12 

Senior Men

425th     Steve Riley                   61.38

Steve tackling the Northerms

Steve tackling the Northerns

Andy and shoe

Andy with the one which tried to get away – Moral : even if you are up for the race, check that your shoes are too if you want your race to last more than five minutes.


Thanks also to support on the day from Joe and Mario too, sorry if I’ve missed anyone but I wasn’t able to get there on the day to support.

The final cross country is Sunday 10th February at Clarke Gardens, Liverpool, a course we have run with the Northwest league but this race is with the Liverpool & District league.

For this race we need to send in a list of entries before 4th February as per instructions below. I will be away in Ireland until after this date so would it be possible to send me your interest in this race before Thursday 31st January as I will not have access to my computer until Tuesday 5th February (hence the results for the Borders race may also be late unless someone else would like to send out a round-up email)

Once I have a list of names we’ll need someone to take a cheque on the day to Clarke Gardens as I’ll be fell racing this particular weekend at the Tarren Hendre fell race so also unable to make that particular cross country race.


Championships 10th February Clarkes Garden 11am

The Liverpool & District Cross Country Union Championships will be held at Clarkes Gardens on Sunday 10th February 2013 with an 11am start.

I would be grateful if you would submit entries to me in excel format and include dates of birth (not age category) no later that Monday 4th February 2013.

The entry fee is £1.00 per athlete. Please bring you payment in a cheque format on the day and made payable to Liverpool & District Cross Country Union. Submit Entries

No guests or second claim athletes are allowed to run in the championships.

Directions are now online for this weekends 5th Border League race which is at Holyhead on Sunday.


The race, as normal, will be at 11.00am and due to the distance I’d suggest car sharing wherever possible. AA Route planner from Helsby is suggesting a 1 hour 50 minute journey time.

It may be quite a unique race, not least being the first race organised by Cybi running club but the fact that it is to be held on a motorbike and car racing circuit. See the information below


A map of the course can be found at: http://www.angleseycircuit.com/information/circuit-map.

It is approx 5 mile course, made up of a single loop of the ‘Club Circuit’ followed by two complete

loops of the ‘International Circuit’, funnelling off into the Pit Lane to finish. If the wind is kind to us it promises to be a fast course.

Training is still ongoing at Castle Park Monday nights at 6.30pm so will be good to see you there, everyone and all abilities welcome.


Helsby weekend round-up 19-20th January 2013

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Obviously it was a disappointment this weekend that the popular Helsby Half Marathon didn’t go ahead but there is still a result to send out!

Andy Robinson had a great run out in the snow racing the Hebden, his words below

“I ran the Hebden (22 miles) yesterday in 4:40, my slowest time ever. 71st out of 128 finishers. Mind you, it was my first run of any sort for 6 weeks apart from the Handicap, so I was happy to finish….the fightback to fitness starts now! It was a great run out in the snow, & now I’m aching all over…

More information about the event can be found here


Well done to Andy on a fine achievement after coming back from injury.

I’ve had a few enquiries about the next Borders race, it’s Sunday Feb 3rd at 11.00am and if rumours are true it’s at the following location


More details should appear shortly on the official Border League website, so I will update as and when further information appears




Helsby weekly round-up 12th – 13th january 2013

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It was the 4th Border League of the season on Sunday, the roughly five and half mile four lap tour of Birkenhead Park. Luckily the weather was kind (although cold), with great support as usual from Joe, Mario, Jane, Sharon from Tattenhall and many others from different clubs. Good race for supporters as they can see the race unfold due to the design of the course. The race was organised by Birkenhead so many thanks to them.

Great turnout for Helsby men with 14 green vests which gave us a really good score for the team results, well up in Division Two for the day in third place….is it too early to start talking possible promotion next season? Great runs from Colin Bishop and Albert Berry saw them both first place in their respective categories. Well done. Three ladies out with the Helsby vest, with great races individually, Jayne 2nd in her category and 3rd overall and Laura in 7th( fantastic results if this is her first Border League outing?) but it made a big difference to the ladies team score not having the 4th counter. For a small club we do very well (as shown in the cross country) so with three more races to go Helsby ladies will pull that back.

22nd     Adair Broughton          31.51
27th      Colin Bishop                32.09 (1st in age cat)
63rd      Colin Thompson          33.53
76th      Jayne Joy                   34.20 (3rd Lady, 2nd in age cat)
86th      Jim O’Hara                 34.43
106th    Ivan Davies                 35.51
135th    David Feakes              37.26
150th    Roy Gaskill                 38.02
151st    Laura Taylor                38.07
155th    Albert Berry                 38.12 (1st in age cat)
164th    Adrian Jackson           38.26 (2 minutes faster than last year!)
176th    Geoff Shaw                38.59
179th    Tom De Jong              39.15
193rd    Mike Searle                 40.05
199th    Dave Madders             40.22
238th    Andy Smith                 42.59
283rd    Janet Shaw                 48.57

Full results are available below


Well done also to Colin Thompson and Tom De Jong running so well after competing in a 5k Park Run on the previous day, which also saw Tom secure a new PB. Fantastic effort guys.

The next Border League is in Holyhead Sunday 3rd February normal time of 11.00am, so maybe there will be less out from other clubs, a good time to consolidate positions in the league for team scores if we can get the numbers there. Unfortunately I will apologise in advance as I’ll be away in Ireland for a wedding on this date. Details and directions will appear on the Border League website soon.

Castle Park training will start again Monday 14th January at 6.30pm

If I don’t see anyone this week good luck to all running the Helsby Half this Sunday and thanks in advance to those helping on Saturday and Sunday.



Helsby weekly round-up 5th – 6th January 2013

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Many thanks to Andy for distributing Saturdays amazing results. I’ll reiterate part of them here as I’ll use them as the basis for the round-up email and blog article.

Saturday was the Cheshire County Cross Country Championship which saw Jayne Joy finish in third position and securing her selection to represent the county in the inter county championships later this season. Jenny and Jane were also given county forms to fill in. The Helsby ladies team also scored a third team position in a closely fought contest with only 5 points separating the top 4 teams of Vale Royal, Chester Tri, Helsby and Wilmslow.

The ladies and men’s courses were slightly different in distance but utilised the same parts of the area. Very muddy field made contouring corners difficult and parts of the fields were very wet to sap energy but this was a good course for spectators who could watch a lot of the race from one or two locations. It was great to see how much effort everyone was putting in and I think Helsby ladies are punching well above their weight for the size of our club, something we should all be proud of.

Jayne’s results is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

3rd       Jayne Joy.             31:06
13th      Jenny Illidge.         34:29
14th      Jane Ashbrook      34:43
34th      Janet Robertson.   37:52
41st      Carol Shaw.           38:48

Representing the men at the Cheshires were Adair, Steve and Andy – although with less glory than the ladies. 

26th        Adair Broughton.  44:53
89th        Steve Riley.          54:17
120th      Andy Smith.          61:03

Full results can be found on


There was also fantastic support on the course from Richard and Rachel, Phil and Helen, Jenny’s parents and of course Joe and Mario.

Thanks to Jenny for photo

Medals ahoy! 3rd Team

Medals ahoy! 3rd Team

Colin Thompson  and Tom were out on Saturday at the Halewood 5k (free race 1st Saturday of every month) with 41 runners out in total and Colin writes “No PBs for either of us but we still had a solid race on a nice course”. Tom also ran Sunday so well done to Tom for his double that weekend.

13th       Colin Thompson            20.20 (2nd in category)
25th       Tom De Jong                22.39 (age category winner)

Full results for Halewood below

Sunday was the final Sunday league cross country event, held at Walton Hall Park in Liverpool, where the joint Helsby, Lymm, Warrington RR ladies team won the series trophy for the second consecutive year with Jayne winning the ladies individual trophy. Once again, a terrific performance from the ladies over all the races.

Both Lesley and Jayne were in the top half of the field for the 5.25 mostly flat course and Helsby had two men in the top ten which bodes well for next season. It was also a bigger field than the previous race with 132 men and 51 ladies.

Well done to all who ran, especially those doing the double. A strong performance by the men saw them 4th team on the day (rather than the usual 5th). Let’s build on this for next year!

3rd         Jayne Joy
21st       Lesley Feakes

8th         Adair Broughton
10th       Colin Bishop
37th       ChrisBaynham-Hughes
82nd       David Feakes
88th       Adrian Jackson
102nd     Tom De Jong
112th     Andy Smith

Once again many thanks to Dave Pinnington for showering runners with great photos of the day


Please note the further chapters in Chris Baynham-Hughes Dragons Back blog are now available here http://baynham-hughes.com/Blog/

(There is a link to Steve’s and Chris’s respective blogs on our Helsby wordpress site too)

And for everyone who likes planning their racing year in advance I’ve now done the first draft of this year’s events listing on the blog is now available here:


If you know of any other races I need to add just send me the details. It’s definitely time to start thinking of your favourites as over the next few weeks we’ll hopefully get the summer calendar sorted. By summer, we mean from March to November!

If anyone would like to add their choices for the Long Distance Trail Series please let Andy Robinson know too.

Also, Joe has asked if anyone has a car or has a family member who has access to a car with roof bars who will be able to take the race clock for the half marathon after the start. Please contact Joe Beswick if you can help (or contact me and I can forward the relevant details)

Reminder that this Sunday is already the 4th Border League Race, the laps of Birkenhead Park. See you there at 11.00am. For details please visit www.bordersleague.org.uk



New Years Eve and New Years Day round-up 2012/2013

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Well done to Gareth Boyd for a sub 3 hour 30 marathon on New Years Eve. That’s one way of earning a pint.

A race report from the Liver New Year’s Eve Marathon 2012 from Gareth below

‘Despite being repetitive (4 laps of the prom) and being rather wet and windy – This was a really good race. It was local, low key, friendly and is defo a PB course.

Approx 100 runners competed – with great camaraderie throughout. It was fantastic to even get some support/clapping from passers by along the route – although, I’m sure one passer by did mutter the words “you’re just showing off” during lap 3!?

I’m informed that I did confuse some people (as I headed towards the finish ‘looking like the leaning tower of Pisa’ ) by running past the finish line, not stopping – running on for another 15 metres of so, before running back to the finish line -then running past the start/finish line and then heading back just to ensure I’d reached 26.2 on my garmin. Admittedly, this may have looked a bit strange…..

Anyway, I’m pleased to say that I did have a good run and managed to secure a PB of 3.29.38 and was smiling for the next 24 hours. The smile has now disappeared slightly, as I am doing a great cowboy walk impression

Two final comments :-

– hats off/respect to the brave brave runners who then turned up to race again on New Year’s Day

– the race was won in 3.00.12 by Frodsham based Dave Clamp


New Years Day was the Thornton Hough to Willaston Charity Race of 3.5 miles. All profits go to the Wirral Autistic Society with goody bags sponsored by Levers. Joe and Mario were there to offer support and great run from Jayne securing 2nd lady and Adair 5th overall. No results for this one though as fairly low key although does attract just under 100 runners, many from local clubs.

Hopefully see many of you on Saturday or Sunday this weekend for the two XC races.