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

Hi all

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.



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