Helsby weekend round-up February 9th-10th 2013

Hi all

There were various races over the weekend including Fell, XC and road with Helsby members participating in each of the disciplines.

Saturday saw one of the first fell races of the season, the 6mile 2000ft Tarren Hendre, which was the first counter in the 2013 WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). There are 9 races in this series.

Results and photographs are already out on the Welsh fell runners website which also states that the “weather conditions were damp and misty, resulting in a number of runners going astray. It was very wet and muddy underfoot.” Quite true! For a lot of the race runner’s visibility was reduced to about 35ft. Local knowledge of the route might have been helpful for the four Helsby runners as I’m not sure any of us took optimum lines or took the best route choice.

The race started with a brisk run in a forest track to being a suddenly steep and meandering thin forest trail, quite a shock to the system but it was good to see Joe half way up the climb in support. After that there was some more fire road until another steep and slippy climb, almost like the infamous gulley of the Llangynhafal loop but with added water cascading down. The route soon opened up but there was no view along the tops, runners were lucky to see their own feet. A further climb along a fence line in tussocky grass felt like an eternity but the majority of the climb was now done.

The race then changed to a slippy but fun downhill dash for a few miles, either boggy grass, or muddy barely used forest trails. Overall quite a tough workout for six miles but watching Tom looking so strong at the end was great to see. Fantastic results for Helsby too with Jayne Joy starting the season where she left off last year hitting the podiums with a 2nd place against tough opposition and less than a minute behind Adair. I’ve now stopped taking bets whether Jayne will be the fastest fell runner in Helsby in the near future.

Mario had a storming run for 1st v60, hopefully just one of many victories he will have this season. There were 76 finishers in total. For full results and some less than elegant modeling of mud please visit the Welsh Fell Runners website as


with some further stunning further photos on Pete Douglas website here


Helsby positions and places as follows

16th       Adair Broughton            1.04.14
21st       Jayne Joy                     1.05.06
24th       Mario Foschi                 1.05.44
60th       Tom DeJong                 1.20.27

Tom Strong on the downhill section

Tom Strong on the downhill section

The next race in this series is Ras Yr Aran Sat 23rd March, 10 miles 3100ft so a little bit tougher than Tarren Hendre

Sunday was the Liverpool & District Cross Country Championships, full results below


 and we have the race report from Steve below.

“A few more than 140 characters this time…                                 

Bit of drizzle, low single digit temperatures. Slightly laboured race around the now familiar Clarke Gardens course in South Liverpool. Last cross country of the season for us and the final of the L&D Champs,with a few team and individual places still to be decided, so some impressive performances at the front. Meanwhile, further back down the field…

Steve Riley, 86, 47’46
Andy Smith, 106, 50’54 (3rd in age cat)
Jackie Keasley, 129, 56’39 (1st in age cat)

Jackie finished with a massive smile on her face – always one to enjoy the tougher conditions. Great to see Andy Smith finding some late season form and moving up the field. I normally enjoy the mud and heavier going but I was a good few places off the pace this time

Lessons learned:

Don’t do a long one the day before if you’re a lightweight.

Go to bed early and put down the wine even earlier.

Eat your breakfast earlier, so it at least has time to get some way through your stomach.

Don’t make the beginner’s mistake of racing hard over the second half of the second lap because you misheard something …and then have another full lap to go! You’ve done it before remember.

Take the 20 points and stop whinging.

Lesson for anyone else reading: there are good club championship points going spare. Don’t let the champs turn into a prize for turning up! Much as I like being first Helsby, you fast folk should be beating me 🙂

See you on the start line next season, for the filth-fest that is cross country. You’d be mad not to!


I’ve had no other results through yet but I do know it was the Southport ‘Maddog’ 10k at the weekend too. This is the official webpage so results may follow shortly


Race report of the Maddog 10k is gladly received from Colin Thompson who had a stunning run for a sub 38 10k! Well done to Colin on another superb run.

“The Maddog Southport 10k (for the trivia buffs this is named after a member of Southport Hesketh Round Table who died suddenly – Tony McWade whose nickname was “Mad Dog”) is a locally organised 10k race which is in its 3rd year running. It’s a very flat course starting from Stanley High School, along the waterfront to a 5km marker, a small loop and back down the coast road to the finish line. This is a popular event and attracts a large number of runners, 2000+ on the day, there was also a kids fun run and wheel chair race too. Conditions were perfect (cool with slight drizzle and light wind) and after a small delay due to flooding we were off. I somehow managed to blag my way into the “elite” pen (yeah right!) so had a clear race ahead with some very serious looking runners, I managed to hang on to a few of them to the 5k mark but slowly died in the second half. I finally limped over the finish line in a respectful 37.52 & pos-31 – a big PB for me so was happy with the result. I recommend this race to anybody looking for a 10k PB as I don’t think you will find another one as flat in the local area.” http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1291






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