5k Colin Gibson charity run may 11th

Hi all – Please find attached some information regarding a 5k charity run taking place at 12noon on 11th May in Norley


At the Tigers Head pub, Norley (WA6 8NT). Saturday 11th May, Registration at 11.30am, run to start at 12:00pm. Be prepared for MUD!!! BBQ, Raffle, Bouncy Castle and other attractions. For more information, registration and sponsorship forms:



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We are raising money for the nuclear medicine department of the Royal Liverpool hospital. To donate go to: https://rlbuht.workwithus.org/Fundraising/Donate.aspx?page=7753

Information provided by Helsby member Liz Nursall

Tear down the wall – race prep evening

Simon from Up & Running Chester has been in touch…

I am just emailing to inform you of an event that we are holding at
the store which you and some of your members may find useful. It is
on Wednesday 10th April from 4.30pm to 7pm and is aimed at people
with events coming up in the next few months. It’s designed to give
lots of race day hints and tips and we have a nutrition expert from
Science in Sport coming to give a nutrition and hydration
presentation. We also have a local physio attending to help with any
injuries. I know many of your runners will be pretty experienced in
this sort of thing, but it may be quite helpful for some. The event
is completely FOC and for your information parking is free on Bridge
Street after 4.30pm.

If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours In Running,
Simon Short
Tel: 01244 345 812



Helsby weekend round-up 23rd-24th March 2013

Hi all

Surprisingly we do have some results to send out this weekend, what with a number of key races being cancelled including the Excalibur Marathon and Ras yr Aran which had Helsby members preparing to run.

Some parts of Cheshire obviously saw less snow than North Wales which meant the popular Wilmslow Half was able to go ahead on Sunday.

Wilmslow official website for results and photos is below


Thanks to Ed for sending in the Helsby results and brief race report, “cold and windy, especially the last few miles back into the headwind”. Looks like Ed was only half a minute off the magic 90 minute barrier but a PB all the same. Times below for Helsby runners are chip times and position taken by gun time. Well done to everyone who ran! Hope you’ve warmed up.

320th                 Ed Halliwell                   1.30.21
536th                 Ivan Davies                   1.35.12
1047th                Helen Owens                1.43.10
1069th                John Thompson           1.43.35
2186th                Chris Igoe                     1.57.11
2221st                John Gallon                  1.57.38

Surely winning the weekend award for toughness and endurance goes to Andy Robinson in the Hardmoors 55. Some of you may know of this race as it was run by Chris Baynham-Hughes last year. Race report below, I’m cold again just reading it.


35th  Andy Robinson 10.56.35

Race was won by Duncan Harris, Sandstone Challenge record holder from Chester Tri in 8.33.15, with 16 DNF’s and 119 finishers.

Andy’s report “Still recovering from the Hardmoors 55 yesterday – the most knackering day I’ve ever had out outside the Lakes. The race was shortened by about 3 miles due to the conditions, but we did all the hard bits! Here’s some of what I posted earlier to the FRA forum:

‘What a hard day out that was. The cold wind blasting at us all the way across the moors was absolutely bitter. Not strong enough to blow you over, but enough to push you sideways at times. But so cold. I wore 3 pairs of gloves, & my fingers still went numb approaching Bloworth Crossing. My eyelashes froze up a few times too. There was a lot of snow on the tops: drifted new snow from Friday night on top of old snow. We had to go through quite a lot of drifted stuff – few long stretches of really deep drifts, but many snow ridges to get through. I wore my microspikes for a lot of the snowy sections & they made a real difference: I passed quite a few on the Kildale to Clay Bank Top section. My wheels fell off eventually, & after the climb up from Osmotherley I was a tottering wreck. I finished though, in 10:56 (my timing), & I was delighted with that.” Results aren’t posted yet, they’ll be here when they are.”

Much respect goes out to Andy for that run.

Yet Andy wasn’t on his own doing a long distance event this weekend. Chris Baynham-Hughes was down in the Brecons for an Ultra. Event website here


7th         Chris Baynham-Hughes              4.19.51

And results here


and some photos http://images.muen.co.uk/-/galleries/2013ultra-1

and Chris’s race report below with a couple of photos to follow when the blog is updated.

“Bad weather course invoked which was the right decision but a great shame as the course itself looks epic. The big problem was looking after the marshals who would have had to have been out in the “challenging” conditions. Since there were two checkpoints they couldn’t get emergency vehicles they moved to a bad weather course a 23 mile course with the mountainous part looped. Another good reason to move to a bad weather course was the mountain craft and experience of many of the runners registered – with a good number turning up in trail rather than fell shoes, this told me all I needed to know and people would have naively put themselves at risk and therefore put others at risk too. The race started off with me in a very unfamiliar position… first! It was a view I hadn’t seen before and it continued up through the first stream/ footpath until we hit the road again where slowly but surely 10 or so overtook me. Not on firing form right now I eased back a bit to enjoy the day, pushing on but not flat out as I’ve not run the distance for a while. As we climbed the first mountain it became clear the conditions were pretty extreme; my main concern in the morning had been actually getting there due to heavy snow on the roads, but as the wind was blowing hard enough to throw competitors over (when combined with the snowy/ icy ground) I figured it was time to get the secret weapon out… my ski goggles!

Googles on, hood up I was protected from the worst of it and helped against the flat light. I landed on my backside 4 times on the way up, but the recent fell races helped me on the way down (or was it just insanity and luck?) as I began to find my feet. Not wanting my goggles to steam up I left them on which should make for comedy pictures in places, but one bloke pointed out that he was preparing to lynch me for them at one point whilst we were up on the mountain. Muddy fields played hell with many people’s footing but even in my very worn mudclaws I just managed to stay the right way up. Lots of technical trails followed with streams running down the middle – I embraced the cold feet feeling and went around for a second lap. It was here where I put the work in (despite 5 successive falls on the way down the mountain including one full flip and 15+ yard slide on my bottom) and slowly but surely I took a few places, but I was never going to make it all up on the leaders, finishing about 40 minutes after Mark Palmer who was in first place. Cracking day out, full respect to the Might Contain Nuts team who put on the best event they could given the conditions and enormous respect to the 120 hardy souls that still turned out to start – many only did one lap, but that was probably enough for anybody with a little sanity left in them. Completed in 4:19:51, finishing in 6th place overall.”

Wasn’t sure I’d even be sending any results out this weekend so a nice surprise to find Helsby members were able to get out and about.

I’ve been informed that Castle Park training will still be on tonightat the usual time of 6.30pm, Joe’s been up to have a look at the field, so whoever is turning up just remember to bring fell shoes or spikes. The more grip the better.



Gin Pit double marathon report March 16th-17th 2013 by Dave Madders

 Race Report Gin Pit Trail Marathon 16th & 17th March by Dave Madders


This weekend, 2 members of Helsby running club, Gareth Boyd and Dave Madders embarked on their first double marathon attempt at the Gin Pit Trail marathon near Leigh Lancashire.

Having both ran marathons previously with pb’s of 3.28 and 3.46 respectively, the distance was not an unknown. What was unknown to both of us was how the body reacts to running the same marathon again the day after when you’re still aching and hobbling from the day before.

Described by the organisers as 11 miles of canal tow  paths, 9 miles of trails ( derived from former railway lines but essentially extremely muddy bridleways ) and 6 miles of roads, the course sounded picturesque and perfect flat running conditions. Unfortunately the extremely wet  weather the previous few days meant a lot of the bridleways and tow paths were flooded and extremely muddy meaning extra effort required in the energy sapping mud!

A very muddy course!

So day  1 saw 39 runners tackling the marathon, Gareth and I adopted a steady steady approach and ran all but the last mile or two together with Gareth finishing in 4 hours 46 mins and me shuffling in closely behind in 4.54.

The following day both of us registered and lined up at the start line alongside 33 other plucky runners of whom only 23 were attempting the double.

If anyone had seen my attempts to get down the stairs for breakfast on Sunday they would not have believed I was about to endure another marathon, yet a funny thing happened, when the gun went and we got running my body seemed to accept the fact that I’m crackers and was putting it through more punishment and instead of shuffling 9 min miles along the drier parts like yesterday, Gareth and I were actually  ‘running’ along at 8 min mile pace!

After ten miles or so I put the ipod on to numb the pain and Gareth and I went at our own pace but both reached hallway point some 10-15 mins quicker than the previous day!

The second half saw us both improve dramatically over the previous day and Gareth ‘sauntered’ home in a very impressive time of 4 hours 13 mins.

I should have been close behind him, however, my sense of direction wasn’t as good as my running on Sunday and I took a wrong turn along the trails 200 yards from the finish! I did an extra 1.5 miles which the organisers kindly didn’t charge me for, but remarkably despite my mishap I finished in 4 hrs 52 mins still 2 mins faster than the previous day.

All 23 runners who attempted the double completed it with Gareth 14th and myself 18th. Looking at the results I’m amazed at the winning double time by Phil Ecclestone of Horwich RMI Harriers who completed both marathons on that wet and very muddy course in a cumulative time of 6 hours 28! Remarkable!

Astley and Tyldesly road runners also put on a half marathon on the Sunday along the first 13 miles of the course in which Helsby running club member Ivan Davies produced a very creditable time of 1 hr 34 minutes. Great time on that course Ivan!

As this event is only 30 minutes away from our club I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a friendly and low key event marathon or double marathon. The organisation was incredible with friendly marshalling and 4 excellent feed stations and despite my navigational mishap which was due to tiredness and stupidity, I must say the signposting along the trails meant the course map and directions provided at the start were never needed with arrows sprayed on the ground/mud at every major turn. The organisers had even mountain biked the course on Sunday morning re-establishing the arrows after Saturday nights heavy rain

One of the few non industrial picturesque views on the course. Worsely village after aprox 9 miles

Canal tow path at aprox 16 miles

Bridge at halfway checkpoint.

For Photographs please see attached report in pdf




Helsby weekly round-up March 16th-17th 2013

Hi all

Another busy week for Helsby members, (hence it taking a while with the weekend round-up). A very active running scene in the northwest and Wales it seems.

For the early risers it was once again the Saturday morning Delamere Park 5k Run which saw another good turnout for Helsby with 9 out in force, and with Steve Riley leading from the front.

For full results please see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

18th       Steve Riley                   21.21
23rd       Vanessa Griffiths          22.17
24th       Dave Feakes                 22.18
27th       Carol Shaw                   22.44
39th       Lesley Feakes               25.00
51st       Ian Hilditch                    26.04
58th       Jo Farwell                     27.55
81st       Roz Jones                    36.27
86th       Jane and Charlie          45.03

Some great performances if you look at the records. Thanks to Steve Riley for pointing out that Ian Hilditch is a category record holder!


A few hours later and a few more miles away a hardy group of Helsby vests began the Llantisilio fell race in North Wales, start and finish at the Sunn Inn, Rhewl. This race has been a club counter before and is organised by Tattenhall Runners. It was a good day too with even a hint of blue sky on occasion along the tops.

It was another superb win for Jayne shortly after her cross country efforts and shows her consistent as well as improving quality in the North Wales fell scene. Jayne wasn’t too far behind Chris and Adair at the final climb, with Chris himself having a strong run and by rights should actually have been first home for Helsby if it wasn’t for misdirection within the last few hundred metres of the race. Good runs by Janet and Andy gave us five out for Helsby in a field of 86 runners.

Thanks to Joe and Mario out on the course in support.

12th       Adair Broughton                        61.04
16th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              62.21
25th       Jayne Joy                                 66.07
64th       Janet Robertson                        78.41
77th       Andy Smith                               90.41

For a short race report and full results just visit the Welsh Fell Runners website at the link below


Pete Douglas and Alistair Tye were both out taking pictures on the day



Sunday saw the Liverpool Half Marathon with four out for Helsby, another great run by Ben saw him knock a full five minutes from his PB, also joined by Laura and Clare in achieving their half marathon PB’s too. Derek was first home for the club (you’ll have to introduce yourself to me Derek as I’m not sure who you are!)

1186th                Derek Gallagher                        1.43.58
1855th                Clare Miller                                1.49.18 PB!
2047th                Laura Baynham-Hughes         1.49.06 PB!
2686th                Ben Williams                             1.54.29 PB!

Full results for Liverpool Half and link to photographs please see link below


St Patricks Day also saw Roy Gaskill run at Tatton Park for Age UK in the ‘Wrap up and Run 10k’, in what he thought was a road race but turned out to be a multi-terrain event incorporating quite a few muddy fields. After slipping a few times a determined Roy still managed a brilliant 28th in a field of over 600 runners with a time of 43.21, one of the performances of the weekend!

28th       Roy Gaskill       43.21   

Please see the event website and full race results from the links below



I have received a brilliant race report by Dave Madders regarding the Gin Pit Double so this deserves it’s own web article on the blog which can be found on the Helsby Blog shortly

In brief, Dave and Gareth did a marathon on Saturday and Sunday with excellent times to boot. Please take a few minutes to read how they got on. 23 runners attempted the double, Gareth’s and Daves positions were 14th and 18th. Brilliant achievement guys and well done from all at Helsby

Full results and other information here


Sunday also saw the first event in the long trail series, the Heptonstall Fell Race. Andy Robinson secured what was a tough 20 points, thoroughly earned and in his words “I won’t call it an easy twenty points though. A great race, finishing up a very steep climb from Hardcastle Crags up to the finish in Heptonstall.”

For full details and results on the Heptonstall race please see the website below


123rd     Andy Robinson 2.51.16

Please note the next Long Distance Trail counter is the Baslow Boot Bash on Saturday 8th June.

This is a friendly 26-mile LDWA event on paths and tracks in the Peak District, with both runners and walkers.  A good introduction to longer events, it’s a personal challenge rather than a race.  I had an email yesterday (18 March) saying it is filling up, so if you want to run this one, get your entry in asap.  There’s a 15-mile option as well, but the club counter is the full 26 miles.  Car sharing would make sense

Please see official website for more details


Castle Park training still ongoing at 6.30pm Mondays and we’ll update as soon as we switch venues to the track sessions at Helsby High School

Keep on running


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

Hi all

A busy weekend!

It was a great day for Helsby and Cheshire on Saturday with Jayne representing the County at the Inter-counties XC in Birmingham at Coften Park. Jayne, for once not in the green vest but wearing the striking black and gold of Cheshire ran a commanding and intelligent race on the muddy and undulating terrain surrounded by the counties most talented runners to finish in 113th place. It was a great team effort for Cheshire, with each runner pushing all the other Cheshire counters to secure a 7th place out of over 30 counties. As Andy Smith states “If Jayne hadn’t pressured Jodie in the final lap, she (Jodie) might not have made that last bit of effort to take a couple of crucial places. Real team work.”

From Jayne’s perspective her race report is here

“Cold, wet, mud, more mud and a bit more muddy substance…perfect cross country conditions!

Coften Park and the day of the UK Inter-county Champs had landed. I don’t think beforehand I’d quite appreciated the massive scope of this event with thousands of runners and spectators of all ages trudging, sinking, skidding about the park, with TV camera’s strategically placed also thrown in the mix.

The senior ladies race was 8000m, exactly 5 miles, essentially 3 laps of the course. At the start horn we were fired out of our respective county pens, to push ourselves round what was a tough undulating course. The standard of women running was admirable – how do people move so quick through such terrain? I won’t lie, it hurt! But at the same time was thoroughly enjoyable and aside from the final climb leading to a descent and the finish (at which point vomit was ever closely looming!) I found myself wishing for it not to be ending so quickly??

What can I say….all in all an amazing experience and a fantastic day. It’s definitely given me an appetite to work for this chance again, if I can work hard enough to pull that off (a feat in itself), then next year’s additional goal is to claim a counter position.

Thanks again go to Joe, Mario, Andy and Adair, Rachel and Patrick for cheering me on and all their support on the day. Also cheers again to everyone at the club who wished me good luck in the run up as it meant heaps and certainly gave me motivation to ‘dig-in’ when the mud threatened to almost swallow me whole :D”

Results here


113th     Jayne Joy         31.22

(to put that time in perspective, think about doing a 5 mile road run in 31.22!)

or why not soak up some of the atmosphere with this short clip on youtube below. Can you spot Jayne?


Photos should follow shortly on flickr and the Helsby blog

Saturday morning saw another Park run, with 5 out for Helsby, please take a look at the latest results here, with Colin Thompson finishing in a fantastic 4th place! Other runners out were Roy, Tom, Ian and Jocelyn. Great stuff


4th         Colin Thompson            18.43 *PB
18th       Roy Gaskill                   20.29
27th       Tom DeJong                 22.16
57th       Ian Hilditch                    26.54
65th       Jo Farwell                     28.36

It was also the St Helens 10k on Sunday, with two Helsby vests on show. Adrian (securing a PB) and Ben both had superb races finishing with great positions in a race of over 1000 runners.

115th     Adrian Jackson 44.49
445th     Ben Williams     52.48

Full results and Information can be found here


It was also the Trafford 10k on Sunday which saw John Thompson improve his time yet again. Some words from John below

“I ran the Trafford 10K on Sunday and managed a PB with 46.23. So times still going in the right direction!

There was a really strong field out which charged off and set a great pace for everyone to follow. The course is very flat and fast and well sheltered so really recommend it to anyone looking for a quick 10K time. Cheers, John”

414th     John Thompson                        46.35

Full Results here


Remember Castle Park training is still ongoing, meet just before 6.30 on Monday nights. If you need any info just ask.

Enjoy your week


Helsby weekend round-up 2nd-3rd March 2013

Hi all

It was a busy weekend for Helsby with a variety of runs and events taking place over the weekend with many people enjoying the blue skies for a change.

Saturday saw Colin Bishop finished 3rd in his category and 9th overall in the Northern Veterans cross country championships at Victoria Park Warrington. Joe and Mario and Jane were there to watch Colin’s great result, mixing it with the best in the area in a quality field highlighting what a good achievement that was.

Saturday morning also saw the inaugural Delamere 5k Park Run and full results can be found below, with some great runs thrown in. I have a feeling this will be a consistent event in the local calendar for Helsby runners


There were eight runners out for Helsby (Just use the sort column in the results to see who was out for Helsby) from over 150 runners in total and I think a new 5k PB for Tom DeJong although I’m unable to find his name in the results?

Vanessa, Nesta and Jackie had a brilliant achievement in the TuffNutz event at Thurstaston over the weekend. Interesting race report from Jackie below

“Just to let you know quickly Vanessa, Nesta & I did the Tuff Nutz at Thurstaston (Sunday) and were delighted to just find out we came 2nd ladies team!

There was only one vet cat rather than a ladies & men’s vet cat, so we were extra pleased coming 2nd senior ladies.

Quick summary : 160 minutes carrying a 6 ft log around an 11 mile muddy circuit, the flat bits were along the slimy sea shore or on the beach into the wind, the hilly bits on Thurstaton hill – a cruise by comparison! With 8 TuffTasks to complete along the way, two involved crawling under netting through wet mud, others carrying loads of sand, buckets of water, climbing up sea walls, balancing on milk crates, railing shuffling, ministry of silly walks plank shuffling, building human pyramids (thank goodness Vanessa landed upright!), a muddy number memory test and impossible boy band and darts number quiz’s with press up penalties for wrong answers (we did 100 between us!).

Anyway we all had a great time and were still laughing & smiling at the end, under our blackened complexions – honest!

Put it in your diaries for next year!”

Results below

Open Category: 1. and TuffNutz Champions – Kugelschreiber – 1’52’42” 2. The Wirral Avago Tri-Squad – 2’02’52” 3. Wirral Warriors – 2’03’44”

Vets: 1. Tex’s Pain Sore Massacre – 2’07’23” 2. Sexy Sexagenarians – 2’21’03” 3. Wrecsam Tri Swinging Sixties – 2’34’59”

Mixed: 1. Veterinary Nutz – 2’13’03” 2. 2 Lancastrians and a squirrel – 2’17’04” 3. Pensby Galz – 2’20’03

Ladies: 1. Jager Bombers – 2’24’43” 2. Helsby Hillers – 2’40’57” 3. Dough Pea Hazel Nutz – 2’44’12”

Please see photos of the event here

Vanessa enjoys the mud

Vanessa enjoys the mud

Jackie looking dangerous I gave you one job At the Finish

Jackie, Vanessa, Nesta

Jackie, Vanessa, Nesta


Also on Sunday was the Cloud Nine Hill Race organized by Congleton Harriers. Please see the webpage below for full results. Dave Feakes cruised home in a great time to be first in for Helsby, quickly followed by Janet and Andy and Lesley who had a double weekend of races so well done for that.


Helsby positions and times as follows

151st    Dave Feakes          1.16.35
    Janet Robertson     1.21.11
    Andy Smith             1.24.48
th    Lesley Feakes        1.26.22

There is still time to do some spring training at Castle Park on Mondays at 6.30pm so please pop along as everyone is welcome and I think those turning up are seeing some significant drops in times lately too.

Apologies for late issuing of the club round-up

Be good