Helsby Weekly update 2nd – 8th July 2013

Hi all

Updated results with information about the Delamere Park run changed (didn’t sort in position or times, sorry for the confusion).

Wednesday was the Forest Park Ladies 5k with a good showing for Helsby from the 170 runners out in total. Great running from Vanessa meant she was first lady in for Helsby. Full results below


21st       Vanessa Griffiths          22.06
23rd       Joanne Lacking             22.21
25th       Janet Robertson            22.24
32nd       Jane Ashbrook              22.37
43rd       Clare-Louise Miller         23.36

Thursday was Race 2 in the Deestriders Multi-Terrain Summer series. Colin Bishop stormed round the course to finish 6th overall and easily first in his age category.

6th         Colin Bishop                 27.42
14th       Jim O’Hara                    28.47
18th       Adair Broughton            29.18
23rd     Colin Thompson           29.42

36th       Ivan Davies                   31.31
39th       Gareth Boyd                 31.47
52nd       Tom DeJong                 34.51

Full results for the first two races here


Saturday morning was the Delamere Park Run with first in for Helsby Ivan Davies for 17th in 20.02 with a tight finish with Roy Gaskill for 18th in 20.03. First lady in was Joanne Lacking for 56th in 22.49 then Stephen Wiggins next in with 24.33 and 75th place followed by Louise McEveley in 76th in 24.35 .

Please note results below not in order

18 Roy GASKILL 20:03 VM45-49 72.40 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
76 Louise MCEVELEY 24:35 VW45-49 65.90 % F 10 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
75 Stephen WIGGINS 24:33 SM20-24 53.09 % M 66 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
56 Joanne LACKING 22:49 SW30-34 65.16 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:45 3  
17 Ivan DAVIES 20:02 SM35-39 67.14 % M 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 3  

Full results for the Park run here


Also on Saturday was the Moel Siabod Fell Race at Capel Curig with Jayne Joy securing a brilliant 2nd lady overall in tough conditions. Adair Broughton also ran. Joe and Mario were also at the race offering fantastic support as always. Full results should follow in time here


Paul Foster ran in the Tockholes Fell Race (Darwin) on Saturday in the 6miles and 1000ft race where he achieved 34th place (from 58 runners), completing the course in 54.46

Sunday was the Leigh 10k. Website here but unable to find results as yet


Also on Sunday was the Fairy Freckled Cow Multi-terrain race at Alwen Reservoir with sole Helsby representative Ben Williams having a great run for 67th in 57.56 and first in for Helsby. 143  in total finishers so well done to Ben for that run.

Full results here


and please find an informative race report from Ben below

“Just a quick report on the Fairy Freckled Cow trail race which I ran today. It’s a really friendly race, very informal, round the Alwen Reservoir.  I recorded the distance at 6.75 miles, a bit shorter than the 7m I was expecting. It’s sort of home territory for me – Dad’s from Nantglyn, one of the nearest villages.

The main factor was the heat – some of the race was on forest trails, but people (including me…) were struggling on the open moorland section. The 1130 start didn’t help on that front. The lake sure looked tempting, and plenty of runners seemed to be taking a dip after the finish.

Most of the entrants seemed to be club runners, including what looked like most of Wilmslow RC (27 finishers), so I was worried that the standard might be a bit out of my league, but I managed to find a group who were around my pace and stick with them around the course.

Funniest thing about the day – the big official ‘toilets’ sign pointing into the woods. Well, it made me chuckle.


Cheers for the race report Ben, it’s always interesting to receive others perspectives on the many different races out there.

And as for race reports many thanks to Jackie for all the details on this weekend’s Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Pictures to follow on the blog and the race report is from three people, Andy, Jackie and Chris BH.

The 35th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 6th / 7th July 2013 – a challenging, hot, sunny & most memorable GB sporting weekend!

2 days of running with an overnight camp. Starting below Black Combe in the far south west corner of the Lake District competitors headed north onto Corney, Ulpha and Birker Fells. After an initial steep climb the area flattened out to give good running on all courses. The overnight campsite in warm sunshine was its usual mix of relaxing, meeting old friends and making new ones. On the Sunday the courses climbed back out onto the open fells before a fast run back down south to the finish.

words form Andy  Jackie & Chris

What a lovely weekend eh?  And a great area to run or walk in.  Good set of results too:

Chris B-H: Klets run in style, without getting lost too many times  (16th total time 12:14:20, a good workout for the Lakeland 100 in at the end of the month)

Jackie & Rachel:  First female vets in the Carrock Fell class. No prize for that I think, but a great achievement all the same.  We saw Jackie at the finish & she looked as fresh as before she started.  A great comeback mountain marathon race for Rachel after a knee op and achilles treatment over the last 12 months. Knee swelling on Sat evening left me thinking I was going to have an easier run in on Sunday, but that was not the case, a miraculous recovery meant a steady pace set by Rachel on Sunday with me on catch up all morning! Definitely back into form and looking for more as purchased a new pair of mudclawas from Pete Blands at the end of the race!!! (71st total time 7:39:13, age adjusted position 23rd 7:39:13)

Esther & I didn’t complete Beda Fell either day, missing out some of the controls as Esther found the rough ground hard work. Not surprising really, as she’d been so busy with GCSEs and music activities over the past few months she’d done virtually no physical exercise at all.  Before we’d finished she was already planning her campaign to get fitter & have another go next year.  (well done Esher, you look as fresh at the start as the finish, despite a covering a large distance on rough ground carrying an overnight pack in exhausting heat!)

Karen Nash (a british vet fell running legend):  Klets run & completed with cracked ribs, which is just bonkers

Chris V: (Andys friend)  Klets day 1 completed without actually training.  No idea how you did that Chris.  Wheels appear to have come off yesterday, but I haven’t had the full story of that yet, just seen the results.  We’ve still got your sleeping bag, Chris – no noodles or soup spilt down it as far as I know. Day 1 9:22:15

Fantastic work on both days, it was a tough course – would I be right in assuming that you decided enough was enough at Black combe? That heather around the side was enough to put anybody off – my shins are rubbed raw! Karen’s route around there was genius!

Some photos courtesy of Jackie here

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Good to see you all!

Fantastic weekend topped off by the sport (and I managed to get back without knowing the Lion’s score so I could watch it pseudo live!)

The most nerve racking/exhausting part of the weekend was listening to the tennis final on the radio coming home in the van!  Great result for everyone!!! Saunders comes highly recommended as an intro to mountain marathons, ask any of us for more details!

Keep on running everyone and let’s not forget Chris Baynham-Hughes Dragons back talk, which will start 8.15pm after the club run this Wednesday. If you could let Lesley or Dave know if you are going too that would be great