Malvern Marathon 2013

Please find race report from Dave Feakes regarding their ‘Malvern Marathon’

Probably not a wise move on our part to participate in a marathon after our lack of training however, we weren’t about to waste a £12 entry fee and so we competed in the Malvern Marathon on Saturday. For those of you who don’t know it, Malvern is a pretty little town located south of Worcester at the base of the Malvern Hills. The race involves 4,800ft of ascent on tracks and paths and includes the length of the Malvern Hills. The run is organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association and has well stocked check points at quarter race intervals similar to the Sandstone Trail Race. The weather was very kind to us and the first half of the race to the market town of Ledbury went well. We had overlooked the fact that most of the climbing was in the second part of the race and so our pace dropped somewhat as we got closer to the finish. Lesley and I had decided to run together and I proved to be the weak member of the team but I know Lesley will be too modest to share this fact with other members of the Club.

We had a fantastic day and would certainly recommend the event to other Club members.


  • · David and Lesley – Time: 06:52

Helsby weekly round-up 19th June – 24th June 2013

 Hi all

Last Wednesday was the Hot Foot Up Famau fell race. Results are now online here with short race report.

Jim O’Hara was first in for Helsby with some great performances on the night from other Helsby runners. Helsby position and times as follows

19th                  Jim O’Hara                             42.15
st                  Paul Foster                              54.25
95th                  Helen Owens                          61.35
th                  Nesta Hawker                         62.03

Thursday night was already our 7th road counter of this season, the Woolston 10k. Fantastic showing for Helsby saw 16 members out on the night. There was great support on the figure of eight Woolston Park laps from Joe and Louise. There was at least two PB’s on the night from Colin Thompson and Ben Williams. Colin Thompson was first man home for Helsby and Jane Ashbrook first lady home. It’s also worth noting that Jo Farwell had biked 20 miles to get to the race! Well done.

Helsby position and places as follows (these results subject to change as Ben’s time and position were not recorded correctly and organisor is sorting)

16th                  Colin Thompson                      37.46
                  Adair Broughton                      38.59
                  Ian Landucci                           41.00
                  Gareth Boyd                           41.11
                  Roy Gaskill                             41.16
                Jane Ashbrook                        44.26
                Adrian Jackson                       44.47
                Joanne Lacking                      45.08
                Janet Robertson                     46.06
                John Thompson                      46.10
                Tom deJong                            48.20
                Clare Louise-Miller                  48.55
xxx                  Ben Williams                           49.23
                Jo Farwell                               54.49
                Janet Shaw                             56.01
nd               Rhona Cook                            60.00

Friday night was the ever popular Tattenhall Tough Team event with a good showing from Helsby on what was a glorious night for spectating but maybe starting off as a little muggy for running. Some good team names chosen as you can see from the results.

It was great to see Ivor Johnstone setting the race off and support from Tough Team regular Mike Searle. Support also on the night from Joe and Louise. Some photos from Mike Hallsworth (also out marshalling) are in the attached pdf file (TO FOLLOW)


Full results are available from the Tattenhall website

First home for Helsby was ‘Triple J’ in 18th place with the fabulous team of Jane Ashbrook, Jayne Joy and Jenny Illidge who were also 2nd ladies team overall. Following ‘Triple J’ were the ‘21st Century Schizoid Men’ who in 20th place and 4th male vets overall, the Schizoids consisted of Andy Robinson, Steve Riley and Gareth Boyd. The team in 28th place overall was Team Pink with Helsby guest Colin Thompson. Helsby ‘Over the Hillers’ were next in for 30th place and 2nd Ladies vets team overall. Over the hillers were Rachel Arnold, Jackie Keasley and Vanessa Griffiths. 31st place was another Helsby team consisting of Tim Igoe, Stewart Greene and Les Scott). ‘Tried & Tested’ were 38th team home with guest runner for Helsby’s Louise McEveley, swiftly followed by team name of the night ’50 Shades of Green’ who were Laura Baynham-Hughes, Clare Miller and Joanne Lacking. 44th team home were a Helsby mixed team of Betty, Chris Igoe and Graham

Delamere Park Run on Saturday morning saw 8 out for Helsby with strong running from the front from Ivan as first man home and Joanne with her first park run first lady home. Helsby position and times below but for full results please check here

13 Ivan DAVIES 19:57 SM35-39 67.42 % M 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 2  
15 Roy GASKILL 20:07 VM45-49 72.16 % M 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:05 6  
33 Derek GALLAGHER 22:17 VM60-64 71.95 % M 32 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8  
45 Joanne LACKING 22:56 SW30-34 64.83 % F 4 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
78 Ian HILDITCH 25:35 VM70-74 70.68 % M 65 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
80 Clare MILLER 25:44 SW25-29 57.51 % F 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:17 4  
81 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 25:45 SM35-39 51.52 % M 66 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:17 6  
127 Jo FARWELL 32:54 VW40-44 47.47 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:00 5

Heading into Saturday afternoon it was the Lymm 5k, which was race 3 of the Cheshire Grand Prix series. Full results available on Spectrum’s website here. Geoff Shaw led the Helsby pack for the men and Helen Owens for the ladies.

Helsby position and times as below

175th                Geoff Shaw                22.35
                Helen Owens              23.51
th                Janet Shaw                 27.17

Sunday morning was our 4th fell counter of the season which was the ‘tougher than most in our fell series” Moel-y-Gamelin race, starting and finishing at the Ponderosa’ café at the horseshoe pass. Strong field for this one as it was a North Wales counter and Welsh Open counter also.

It was wet and windy and only men of steel started with just the club vest on….New honours taken too with Jim O’Hara having a fantastic run to be first home for Helsby, hopefully this will now give him the confidence to know how good he can be. Jayne Joy was first lady home and a senior lady prize winner too (more wine for Jayne). Even with the tricky conditions the course record was broken by the leading male.

Joe and Mario out in support on the course.

Hopefully results to follow online shortly with a more detailed report when that happens. Results should appear either at Wrexham Road Runners or Welsh Fell Runners website. or

Keep on running


Walking the walk – Edinburgh 2013

Hi all

Please find race report from Jo Farwell regarding here marathon moonwalk for charity. The Fundraising page is below

Walking the walk – Edinburgh 2013

A few photo’s from Saturday nights / Sunday morning’s marathon moonwalk.

We didn’t start until 11.45pm, so a little frustrating waiting around for 3hrs, but a good time was had by all. Even my trotters survived, with just one blister on my heel and that didn’t stop us romping home the last 4 miles, taking numerous scalps along the way!!

It was a bit miserable in the wee small hours of Sunday morning between 2 and 4am, it got quite cold and there was a bit of drizzle but there was something quite special about seeing the sun come up over the coast in the quiet of the morning….saying that the hot chocolate helped!!

Finished in just short of 7hrs, and we were so glad that we didn’t have to go around again, unlike the crazy ladies that were doing the ‘Over the Moon’ double marathon!

So all in all a good weekend, the weather was kind to us and we managed to raise a little bit of money for a great cause.

Jo xx

Walking the WAlk 2 Walking the walk 3

Helsby weekly round up 11th June – 17th June 2013

Hi all

Trail up the Beast on Tuesday 11th was our third fell counter of the season and has become a popular race for Helsby members while also enticing new people to try fell running each year. It was a busy night with some talented local athletes out. There were lots out for Helsby too and a great evening was had by all, especially at the comedy prize giving afterwards which was almost like a Helsby procession at times with winners for Helsby including Chris, Jayne, Vanessa, Janet, Rachel and Tom. Chris Baynham-Hughes was first in for Helsby after a closely fought battle with Jim O’Hara. Jayne Joy was first lady home overall and smashed the course record by over a minute showing her improvement appears to know no bounds. Adrian and Tom were also much faster on the course than the same time last year. 14 out for Helsby in a field of 90 runners.

For a brief race report and full results please check out the Welsh Fell runners site below

Helsby positions and places as follows

9th                                             Chris Baynham-Hughes            37.41
11th                                           Jim O’Hara                                38.24
14th                                           Jayne Joy                                 40.07
18th                                           Adair Broughton                        41.50
27th                                           Colin Thompson                        44.53
29th                                           Steve Riley                                45.00
30th                                           Ian Landucci                              45.09
40th                                           Adrian Jackson                         47.20
49th                                          Vanessa Griffiths                      48.28
50th                                           Janet Robertson                        48.32
57th                                           Paul Foster                               50.25
58th                                           Rachel Arnold                           50.40
77th                                          Tom De Jong                            54.15
80th                                           Nesta Hawker                          57.19

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run, five out for Helsby led by Steve Riley for the men and Janet for the ladies with two great new course PB’s from Janet and Ben. Well done

Helsby position and times as follows

22 Steve RILEY 22:06 VM45-49 65.69 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:21 3  
29 Janet ROBERTSON 22:36 VW45-49 71.68 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
39 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 23:17 SM35-39 56.62 % M 33 Helsby RC New PB! 5  
51 Helen TUDOR 24:12 VW45-49 67.63 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:58 7  
67 Alison MEAKIN 25:54 VW55-59 72.84 % F 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:45 5  

For full results please see here

Saturday saw Andy Robinson compete in the Welsh Vegan 3000s, some details below and a race report from Andy:

“ Just a note to let you know I ran the Vegan Welsh 3000s race on Saturday. 31 miles & over 13000 feet of ascent, which is a lot more up than any other race I’ve ever done – only the Joss Naylor & the Bob Graham have had more climbing. It really was a great day out, if a bit windy on the tops. 11:14 and 11th place for me, & I’m happy enough with that. I’d guess there were about 30 finishers – the results aren’t out yet, but quite a few failed to finish. The Snowdon section was cold, claggy, & we even had some hail. Crib Goch was dropped from the race due to the weather: I thought I might do it anyway, but my hands were numb despite the gloves so I decided that could wait until another day. The going was harder than I expected over the Glyders section, & that slowed me down & tired my legs out a lot: there’s a lot of scree & a lot of boulders, & the rest of it has a lot of stones sticking up (anyone else tripped on the top of Skiddaw? There were miles like that). The Carnedds were much better running once we’d flogged up Pen yr Ole Wen – just as well as I was running on empty by then. It stayed windy & cold on the tops, but the clag lifted after Snowdon & the running conditions weren’t bad at all, with good views. I didn’t know the route at all apart from the top of Snowdon, so it was good exploration for me too. And a finish in a pub beer garden, sitting out in the sun – what more could you want?”

Great report Andy and well done!

Sunday was the inaugural run of Sport in the Port 10k and 5k. For more information and results please visit the website below. Out for Helsby in the 10k were Roy and Clare. I’ve not seen any other Helsby members in the results so if you ran please let me know and I can update the blog accordingly. Over 600 runners out in the 10k so great positions for Roy and Clare too with Clare hitting under 50 minutes for the first time, good stuff!

58th       Roy Gaskill                   41.01
215th     Clare-Louise Miller         48.01

Also on Sunday was the Cross Bay Challenge that Lesley and Dave feakes participated in. Please find some words from Dave below

Lesley and I ‘competed’ in the Cross Bay Challenge on Sunday 16th June which is a half marathon across Morecambe Bay from Hest Bank near Carnforth to Flookburgh. Both of us had not run seriously for several weeks and so we naively thought this would be a good way to ease our way back into competitive running. The course is definitely flat but the sand and water crossings meant that it was not a PB course. A very enjoyable and well organised event that I would recommend to others. To members who are thinking of running the event, please note that the combination of sand and seawater can lead to serious chafing and so I recommend the use of vaseline (no further details should be necessary).

· David – Time: 01:57:49, position: 214

· Lesley – Time: 02:00:36, position: 238

We’re competing in the Malvern marathon this weekend which runs over the Malvern Hills and we’ll let you know how we go on.

Wish everyone good luck in the Tough Team Challenge on Friday.”

I’d also like to add that we have a talented cyclist (as well as runner in our Helsby midst). Jim O’Hara, somehow fresh from his close battle with Chris at the Beast on Tuesday was an amazing 10th place in the Etap Eyryi Canol 76 mile bike ride. Full results for this are on the tdl website.

I’d love to hear about other events (than running) people are involved in, so whatever your other achievements please let us know

Keep up the good work




Helsby weekly round-up 5th-10th June 2013

Hi all

A warm Wednesday night saw the Birkenhead Park 5 mile race where Helsby’s Colin Thompson had a great run for 25th place

25th      Colin Thompson                      30.18
Full results

Deestriders Multi-terrain Race 1 (from a series of 4) was on Thursday 6th June. Quite a number of Helsby vests were out with first home for Helsby Adair Broughton followed by Jim O’Hara, Colin Thompson, Ivan Davies and Gareth Boyd.

11th                  Adair Broughton          29.25
                  Jim O’Hara                 29.44
                  Colin Thompson          30.17
                 Ivan Davies                 31.27
th                  Gareth Boyd               31.32

Other details and full results can be found here

There were three Helsby out for the Bowden 5k also on 6th June led by Geoff Shaw. Full results below.

147th                Geoff Shaw                22.21
                John Thompson          22.26
th                Janet Shaw                 26.43

Saturday morning was the Delamere Park Run with another fine performance from Colin Bishop and a fantastic course PB for Gareth Boyd. Carol Shaw was first Helsby lady home.

4 Colin BISHOP 18:11 VM50-54 83.13 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 7  
8 Gareth BOYD 19:08 VM40-44 71.86 % M 8 Helsby RC New PB! 4  
13 Ivan DAVIES 20:24 SM35-39 65.93 % M 13 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
22 Steve RILEY 21:33 VM45-49 67.36 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:21 2  
38 Carol SHAW 26:04 VW50-54 65.09 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 8  
59 Helen TUDOR 26:04 VW45-49 62.79 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:58 6

Also on Saturday was the tough North Wales Fell Series Moel Hebog Race. A storming run by Jayne saw her finish 3rd lady overall with some brilliant competition. Jane Ashbrook was going to run but a serious ankle injury on the date meant she had to sadly miss the race but she was out on the course in support. Adair Broughton also ran.

36th                  Jayne Joy                   67.12
st                  Adair Broughton          80.40

Alistair Tye photos of Moel Hebog here

and Pete Douglas photos here

Other photos here

For full results please see:

There were five Helsby runners out at the Liverpool Tunnel 10k on Sunday led home by Roy Gaskill for a brilliant 115th

115th                Roy Gaskill                 41.05
476th                Joanne Lacking          46.32
                Chris Igoe                    50.01
th              Alison Meakin             51.52 (3rd
in age cat)
th              John Gallon                 53.57 (2nd in age cat)

For full results please see here

Once again a fantastic and active and successful week for those at Helsby Running Club, keep up the good work



Paps of Jura fell race 2013 by Jackie Keasley

Paps of Jura Fell Race 2013

10:30 on Saturday 25th June saw me nervously standing on the start line with 224 other runners. This was the 30th/40th Anniversary (see note below) of the Paps of Jura Fell Race (28k 2370m of ascent, with 7 summits, all very rocky and remote terrain!)

As the website states “The Isle of Jura Fell Race is undoubtedly a ‘classic’ in every sense of the word – being a true test of mountain craft, athleticism and fell running technique.” It is one of the toughest challenges in British hill racing – as shown by the course records:

Men Mark Rigby, 1994. 3:06:59 Ladies Angela Mudge, 2008. 3:40:33 MV40 Billy Bland, 1988. 3:09:36 LV40 Angela Mudge, 2012. 3:55:35 MV50 Stewart Whitlie, 2012. 3:42:02 LV50 Fiona Maxwell, 2011. 4:19:47 MV60 Kieran Carr, 2008. 4:12:57 LV60 Wendy Dodds, 2011. 4:59:14 Duirachs Mark Shaw, 2002. 3:53:24 Ileachs Donald MacPhee, 1993. 3:45:44

The journey to the start line, right outside the Jura Distillery at Craighouse, is a challenge in itself. Of all the islands in the west of Scotland, the Isle of Jura, although one of the most beautiful, remains one of the most mysterious and least known. Almost 30 miles long and 7 miles wide, Jura is the third largest of the islands of Argyll, yet is one of the most inaccessible in the British isles, requiring at least two ferry crossings: four if you come across Arran which we did. I was lucky enough to have a lift from a friend Phil Bellamy and his daughter Isla, who were there to support Phil’s brother Stuart. Some runners actually kayak across from the Mull of Kintyre. Only one road exists, following the southern and eastern shoreline. The rest of Jura is wild and rough, accessible only to stalwart walkers, sea kayakers and hill runners. To most visitors the appeal of Jura is threefold: scenery, history and wildlife. Sorry, fourfold, I forgot malt whisky!

The 7 summits are:-

Dubh Bheinn 530m

Glas Bheinn 562m

Aonach-bheinn 499m

Bheinn a Chaolais 733m (1st Pap)

Bheinn an Or 785m (2nd Pap)

Bheinn Shiantaidh 757m (3rd Pap)

Corra Bheinn 573m

Each of these had checkpoints with a cut-off time and the pace to the first 3 checkpoints was double the pace to the latter ones. I can only assume this was to weed out any weaker/ having a bad day runners, as once onto the Paps, even dropping out is just as tiring an option, with a hugh chasm of rough ground to get back to Craighouse.

Conditions were perfect; clear skies, sunny, reasonably dry under foot with a cooling light breeze. One km on a good track soon spilled us all out into the first mega bog. Fortunately I had been given a blow by blow account, from Stuart Bellamy, (a veteran on his 6th race), the night before, of the key stumbling areas of the race. Keep right he said, otherwise you will be upto your waist like I was last year trying to overtake on the left. I got away with just a calf deep whisky coloured peat bog. Then it was follow the leader’s steady pace on a reasonable trod to the first check point in 1 hr with 10mins to spare before cut-off. Felt much happier, and was 25mins ahead of the cut-off by checkpoint 3. A hugh psychological boost. What’s more the terrain between the first 3 tops was very runnable which was a hugh bonus. Felt much more confident now and relaxed. Time for some sustenance to celebrate on Anoach Bheinn, so I started nibbling a cheese wrap. Then suddenly a very steep descent requiring all fours, with deep heather, slippy mud, rock and screes. Stuffed the wrap in my mouth to free my hands and then started to choke and brought it all up!

Now onwards to the Paps. Dropped down to a very low col then a 650m steep ascent up a steep grass rake, then scree, then rocks onto the 1st Pap. Familiar territory now as Phil Gillard and I had done just the 3 Paps on the Scottish Islands Fell Race in 2010 (although that day the tops were in clag unlike the perfect conditions of today). Steadily onwards thinking of the race in bite size chucks. Up to the next top, down to the next col, up to the next top etc etc. A bit of cramp between Paps 2 and 3 called for a huge drink from the stream and and a handful of jelly babies; a great cure. Going to Pap 3, I was aware of a bit more chit chat from fellow runners. In particular Pennine runners who asked after Mario. One veteran of the race was slower going up but knew the exact lines down and was happy to share the info so he helped me find the very important trod at 450m around the 3rd Pap, that is required to avoid a precipice. Tired but elated I reached the 7th summit, then tucked in behind Pennine runners who increased the pace downhill beyond my natural pace. By now it was all about finishing a.s.a.p. so I gritted my teeth and kept going. Just had enough energy to hop over an adder sunbathing on the path metres before the road head at Three Arches Bridge. It was a relief finally to see Phil & Isla waiting at the bridge and a full bottle of cool lucozade was downed in one before the final 3 mile road race to the finish line. Every runner was piped in over the finish line – an amazing feeling!.

Back just in time for race tea, sandwiches and cakes (all home made by the islanders); and the presentation, by Joss Naylor, in the atmospheric Cooperage of the distillery. Category winners got presented with 3 bottles of Jura malt whisky each by Joss Naylor plus lots of other worthwhile memorabilia from the distillery. 22 runners who broke 4 hours were presented with cut-glass whisky glasses.



1st Hector Haines HBT 3:18:29

2nd Andrew Fallas Carnethy 3:24:43

3rd Ian Holmes Bingley MV40 3:28:32

8th Stewart Whitlie Carnethy MV50 3:36:03

20th Jasmin Paris Carnethy 1st Lady 3:54:51 (See page 68 of Spring 2013 Fellrunner)

22nd Helen Bonsor Carnethy 2nd lady 3:59:12

23rd Rhys Findlay-Robinson Dark Peak 4:00:07 (See page 66 of Spring 2013 Fellrunner)

34th Stewart Bellamy Mercia MV40 4:11:25

63rd Heather Marshall 3rd lady Dark Peak 4:34:58

60th Robert Taylor Pennine MV60 4:32:21

99th Jenny Caddick Dark Peak FV40 4:54:48

156th Joan Wilson Carnethy FV50 5:32:29

207th Jackie Keasley Helsby FV50 6:23:14

213rd Roger Ashby Pennine MV70 6:51:30

Last runner 7:35:16,

8 did not finish

Note: 40th anniversary of the founding and 30th anniversary of the re-organisation of the race, as in its first few years it failed to be run due to lack of marshalls willing to climb the huge distances to the 7 summits!). History explained in FellRunner Spring 2013 mag page 70)

Photos available here

Helsby weekly round-up 29th May – 2nd June 2013

Hi all

Jura Fell Race was on Saturday 25th May and our Chairman Jackie was in attendance and which she completed brilliantly in just over 6 hours for 207thplace…. Please note this race is 28km with 7 mountain summits and total climb of 2370m! Huge congratulations to Jackie for that one. For full details of the race see here or to see Jackie’s full report of the race please visit the separate blog article


Saturday morning was the Delamere Park run with another convincing win by one of the fastest runners in Cheshire, Colin Bishop. First lady home for Helsby was Vanessa for a fantastic 26th place.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:50 VM50-54 84.77 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 6  
26 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:59 VW45-49 74.45 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
39 Carol SHAW 23:05 VW50-54 73.50 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 7  
47 Helen OWENS 23:57 VW35-39 63.19 % F 11 Helsby RC First Timer! 3  
79 Derek GALLAGHER 27:22 VM60-64 58.59 % M 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49

For full results see here

Saturday was also the Welsh 1000m peaks race, certainly a tough one in the Calendar. Chris Baynham-Hughes was the sole representative for Helsby. Please find Chris’s race report below

“Cracking weekend out in Llanberris with the family. Reliably woken up by the boys I headed out to my 3rd attempt at the Welsh 1000m peaks race. Two years previous I’d had my worst showing in a Helsby vest which saw me sat down half way around realising I’d bitten off more than I could chew. Once the pain had faded a couple of weeks later I vowed to return and get my dignity back. Alas last year was a wash out and revised course, so the good weather forecast was very well received.

The truth was that I had it easy, I just had to get to the top of Snowdon taking in all five 1000m peaks in Wales starting from the coast. Laura on the other hand was attempting to climb Snowdon from LLanberris with Rhys (4 in August) and James (2 in July). All was going well until the descent from the Carneddau to Llyn Ogwen where I badly rolled my ankle. I hobbled down in serious pain and my heart sank as 15+ people passed me. On the verge of my first DNF in order to limit the damage I decided to run the flat road and see how it was. I was able to isolate it so I figured I may as well try the up. It wasn’t too bad so I cracked on up the knarly Gribin ridge which turned into a semi-rock climb. Agony down the red spot path lead to salvation on the way up Snowdon. Genuinely running up the PYG track with good form was a world away from the sorry excuse for a shuffle that I had managed two years previous. Descending from Garnedd Ugain I tripped and narrowly missed my face on the rocks; at the same time my leg cramped and I let out a yelp much to the distress of those around me who thought I’d cracked my face on the rocks. Thankfully not so just enough left to push (literally with the tourists) to the end.

The real hero of the day was Laura though, whilst they didn’t make it to the top, they did get well over half way! All that was left was to enjoy the sunshine of the weekend. Turned out we were camping next to the chap that came second; he was in the lead on Snowdon before Colin Donelly passed him “like a very relaxed train”… not bad for a vet 50

Whilst I lamented what could have been I was also really pleased with the end result all things considered. 16th in 4:52:25. “

16th       Chris Baynham-Hughes  4.52.25

For photos of the day please visit

Official website and full results available here

Saturday afternoon Hollin’s Green 5k race was our 6th road counter of the season. Nine men were out and the two men’s teams finished 8th and 15th. 1st lady home for Helsby was Janet Shaw.

Helsby positions and places as follows

40th       Adair Broughton            18.47
51st       Gareth Boyd                 19.04
61st       Ivan Davies                   19.29
66th       Ian Landucci                  19.53
106th     Dave Madders               21.05
114th     John Thompson            21.48
120th     Geoff Shaw                  22.01
130th     Andy Smith                   22.27
169th     Ian Hilditch                    24.44
197th     Janet Shaw                   26.34

For full details and results see here

Sunday was the brilliant Hospice run and hopefully a full report and photos will be in the Chronicle shortly as well as an update on the blog.

Elsewhere on Sunday three Helsby runners were out enjoying the weather at the Edenfield Fell Race, organised by Rossendale Running Club. Jayne Joy on winning form in the fells has continued that success even further from home. Jayne was first lady home, first home for Helsby and was three seconds off the course record. The great achievement shows Jayne is now turning fell running into an art form. Also running were Adair Broughton and Paul Foster.

20th       Jayne Joy                     53.11
43rd       Adair Broughton            56.51
80th       Paul Foster                   65.35

For a map and previous race report please see here

Full Results availablehere here

Also out on Sunday was the Helsby long distance trail winner Andy Robinson in the Northants Ultra 35. Andy’s race report as follows “too flat and too much road”!

15th       Andy Robinson 5.36.03

Results available here

Well done once again to everyone getting the Helsby vest out on display


The hospice half — 20,000 quid!

haltonhavenFor the first time in our 32 year history we had to cancel our January Half Marathon because of treacherous snow and ice conditions. Many of our suppliers were incredibly generous in waiving their fees with just 24 hours notice of the cancellation, for which we thank them. Just as significant though were the individual small acts of kindness of our runners who chose to donate their refunds to charity.

Particular mention to our headline sponsor Essar, for their continued support for the race that never was — great to rely on them in these changing times.

With some swift programming from fabian4 we were able to offer automated refunds for participants (after costs for things like traffic closures, race numbers, chips, etc) …but we also gave our runners the option to donate their entry fees, which they did overwhelmingly by two to one!

What all this adds up to is that we were able to make our usual contributions to the community groups that normally help us out on the day and make two very significant donations to our bigger causes — the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester and Halton Haven, Runcorn — both providing incredible support to people with some serious health problems. Many of us in the club have been touched by the services they offer whether directly to loved ones or further afield to friends, neighbours, etc.

The two major donations of just over £10,100 each should make things easier for the two hospice organisations for a short time at least. Both hospices rely on donations to keep the doors open and it is a continuing challenge just to keep running, so were very pleased to be able to do our little bit. Rather than just post a cheque we decided to get a run in anyway and deliver the two cheques by hand…

hospiceSo it was that we met in Backford early on Sunday morning, 2 June. The cheque handed over and a lovely reception from the staff there and we set off into the sunshine, stopping off at the club some 8 miles later to pick up a couple more recruits and refresh with juice and jelly babies. We continued on familiar ground through Frodsham and out the other side towards Runcorn, with just a final miserable hill at 13 miles between ourselves and our final destination at Halton Haven …they all seem big after 2 hours running! Thanks to the 20 or so club stalwarts for turning out on Sunday morning for the Hospice Half, and for our drivers, photographers and juice providers. 14.6 miles all in, so a Long Half really!

Many thanks again to our suppliers, our race entrants and our supporters for making it possible and for the two hospices for looking after us so well. If you’re looking to do a bit of fundraising yourself we can’t think of a finer cause.

Lots more pictures from the day at

Mynydd Myfyrr hill run fell counter 2 May 27th 2013

Hi all


Please find results for the 2nd fell counter of this season, the 4 Mile Mynydd Myfyrr Race, held in Trefonen, near Oswestry and organised by Oswestry Olympians on Bank Holiday Monday


This particular race has now been in our calendar for a number of years, not least because it’s a good race for those trying fells for the first time but also its friendly and low key community atmosphere which raises money for local charities.


It was great to see ten green vests on display with some fantastic performances all round. Chris Baynham-Hughes not just good on the long showed he has a fine turn of speed on the shorter races too. Jayne Joy as energetic as ever was close to the ladies record to finish 1st lady overall and head straight to the chocolates for her prize.


Thanks to Joe and Mario in support on the course and to Mick Charman taking some excellent photos


Helsby positions and placings as follows


7th        Chris Baynham-Hughes                     24.15
        Adair Broughton                                  24.54
th      Jayne Joy                                           25.41(1st
      Gareth Boyd                                       26.12
      Andy Robinson                                   27.41
      Richard Mitchell                                  29.12
      Derek Gallagher                                 29.46
      Andy Smith                                         30.11
      Beverly Mitchell                                  32.53
th      Nesta Hawker                                     36.47

For full results online see here


photos courtesy of Mick Charman


Nesta Bev Andy Boydy Toysy Moon  Bev Andy Richard Jayne Adair & Gareth CBH