Helsby weekly round-up 14th – 20th May 2013

Hi all

Once again a busy week!

Last Tuesday May 14th was the 6 mile Thurstaston Multi-terrain challenge where Jackie came in 3rd in her category for a great run.

Full results below (although they do state 14th June and not May)


72nd       Jackie Keasley              52.42

Last Wednesday saw Andy Smiths marking his new territory with a run in the short but tough Latrigg Fell Race. Please find race report below

92nd       Andy Smith                   32.27

“For my first foray into lakeland fell running as a pseudo-local, I picked the AS  category Latrigg fell race from Keswick. 3m with a 951ft climb to the top of Latrigg shouldn’t be too taxing, but with a course record set by the legendary Kenny Stuart in the early 1980’s of 16:37 (which is still a damn good time for a flat road 5k, let alone one with a big hill in the middle of it), it clearly attracts a better class of runner than me.

The start and finish area were in Fitz Park in Keswick, a venue I had last visited when taking part in the World Masters Mountain Championships back in 2005 (was there and got the teeshirt), the showers of the afternoon held off and a field of about 90 runners assembled for the start. A fast start (for some) out of the park led onto a stretch of road, then farm track crossing over the busy A66 to lead to a steep climb through woodland before breaking out onto the fellside. The views opened out, with stunning vistas away to the south down the Borrowdale and Thirlmere valleys to the hills beyond. Reaching the top of Latrigg, we turned round and headed back. The descent was steep and I quickly regretted leaving my fell shoes in Runcorn. Dropping back through the woods, it seemed to get even steeper and slipperier – trail shoes really weren’t cutting the mustard and an already poor descender lost heaps of time here. I crossed the finish line in 32:26 by my watch – my slowest ever time for a 5k, Kenny’s record looked safe for another year.

Results should be posted sometime on the Keswick AC and FRA websites.



Friday was the Christleton 5k, our 5th road counter of the season, and a really strong field was itself pulled along by a sub 14 minute run by Jonny Mellor. Colin Thompson was first in for the men in 17.36 and Vanessa was first home for the ladies in an impressive 21 minutes to be 2nd in her age category. In fact, Vanessa, Alison Meakin and Janet Shaw were all 2nd in their categories in what was a quality field all round. Well done Helsby ladies!



Colin Thompson



Edward Halliwell



Ian Landucci



Roy Gaskill



Jason Ollier



Adrian Jackson



Vanessa Griffiths



Geoff Shaw



Carol Shaw



John Thompson



Jo Farwell



Alison Meakin



Janet Shaw



Full results here


Saturday morning was the Delamere Park run with another victory for Colin Bishop, maintaining his good form and with Laura Baynham-Hughes also on a podium for her category. Five Helsby runners out with full results here


1st Colin BISHOP 17:58 VM50-54 84.14 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 5
33rd Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 24:14 VW35-39 61.90 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:57 4
37th Lesley FEAKES 24:37 VW45-49 66.49 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 6
51st Ian HILDITCH 25:45 VM70-74 70.23 % M 41 Helsby RC New PB! 6
59th David FEAKES 26:15 VM50-54 56.63 % M 48 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 5

Saturday was the Ras y Gader, a club fell counter last year and Helsby long distance guru Andy Robinson decided to head there, well in the top half of the field too so a solid run from Andy. 188 out in total.

“...included me running the Cader Idris fell race. 76th in 2:00:16. Conditions were just about perfect, unlike when you got mud & heat last year!”
Offical website below
and some pictures of the Cader race here


and now for something completely different. Please take a look at Chris Baynham-Hughes Saturday night special, an assist at the female Paddy Buckley round record.

“At 3am on Sunday morning I set off with Karl (Son of Wayne Percival – former Helsby), Rob Woodall (Long distance fell supremo and holder of the Paddy Buckley extended tops record) and most importantly Nicky Spinks as she attempted to break the Paddy Buckley record. We started out on Leg 1; The longest of the lot from Capel Curig to Nantmor. The route starts with a stiff climb to Moel Siabod then takes in the bogs and multiple peaks to the quarry at the base of Foel Ddu near Blaenau Ffestiniog where we met Wayne for his usual incredible standard of logistical support (it was like walking into a café/ sweet shop!)

Foel Ddu is next on the way to the Moelwyns before looping back to Nantmor via Cnicht. Conditions were perfect, if not a little warm. Thankfully I managed to keep up despite going up to my thighs twice in bogs and doing mini sprints back and forth to Nicky when she needed food or water. The highlights have to be the sunrise crossing the tops towards the quarries and the view from the top of Moelwyn Bach The peace and tranquillity up there was astounding and the sights brought back memories of the Dragon’s back. I confess to being left for dead on the climb up Cnicht with only Karl just managing to keep up. I did manage to catch up well before the road though, just in time to supply a well needed gel and banana. The section was finished in roughly 5 hours and 36 minutes which was just incredible and well up on the record breaking schedule she had set herself.

Watching my phone for text updates throughout the day built the excitement as Nicky neared a sub 19 hour finish. The clock just beat her to that, but she comfortably took the record by 17 minutes, finishing in 19 hours and 2 minutes. Phenomenal.”

Was Sunday actually a day of rest?

Well done to all the performance once again, can’t wait to join you out there sometime!

Keep on running