Helsby weekly update 17th July – 22nd July 2013

Hi all

I believe some people are still not aware of Ian Landucci’s blog warning of Hyponotremia posted a couple of weeks ago. Please read when you get the chance and let’s hope Ian is well soon and all from Helsby wish him the best in his recovery.


There were two races last Wednesday night, the Sefton Park 5 Miler and The Druid Fell Race. Colin Bishop running his first of two Five mile races this week was the sole Helsby representative for the Tony Barnes Memorial Race. Colin is in fine form highlighted by him securing a PB on the night. Full results as below.


13th                  Colin Bishop                29.04

The Druid Fell Race was a club counter but also the first of three in our Inter-club fell competition so it was great to see such a fantastic turnout for Helsby including some fell virgins…..but will they be back for more? Twenty out for Helsby with the ever improving Jim O’Hara leading the cause in blinding aplomb finishing in 6th place overall. Prize winners on the night included Janet Robertson picking up a well-deserved age category position. Thanks to Joe and Mario for support and marshalling on the night. Well done also to those that managed to dodge the cows on the night. Over 150 runners were out for this race and the race organiser was able to donate £400 to the local hospice which shows supporting these low key and cheap races is really worthwhile.

(Race organisor would also like to thank Adnow Jackson who drove to his house to offer him a lift to the race, very kind!…sorry Adrian, couldn’t resist)

6th   35.52   Jim O’Hara
9th   36.13   Chris Baynham Hughes
14th   37.27   Adair Broughton
30th   40.22   Colin Thompson
46th   42.31   Roy Gaskill
55th   43.32   Steve Riley
58th   43.36   Gareth Boyd
59th   43.41   Andy Robinson
64th   44.26   Paul Porter
78th   45.48   Janet Robertson
81st   46.10   Tom De Jong
84th   46.17   Adrian Jackson
89th   46.42   Paul Foster
97th   47.14   Vanessa Griffiths
99th   47.25   Jim Jones (2nd Claim for Helsby)
111th   48.43   Rachel Arnold
120th   50.19   Ben J Williams
123rd   51.10   Chris Hatton
134th   54.38   Joanne Lacking
135th   54.40   Helen Owens


For full results please check out the Welsh Fell Runners website here 


Also, Pete Douglas was once again out on the course finding our best gurning shots here


In terms of the Inter-Club competition between the four clubs of Helsby, Spectrum, Tattenhall and Pensby we are now in 2nd position and only 12 points behind Spectrum. Let’s hope we have a good turnout at Teggs nose on Saturday 3rd August, especially with a couple of our good runners back in action to complement what was a brilliant achievement by all involved on the night, which should hold us in good stead. Remember if you turn up, no matter what your ability you will help Helsby score points.

Saturday morning saw the Delamere Park Run where seven Helsby members were led home by the sub 20 minute man Roy Gaskill. Four new course PB’s were also achieved on the morning so well done to all taking part and special congratulations also to Laura Baynham-Hughes not just first lady home for Helsby but 1st lady overall on the day. Chris will have to watch out!

8 Roy GASKILL 19:53 VM45-49 73.01 % M 8 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
13 Andy ROBINSON 21:24 VM55-59 74.30 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:01 2  
27 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 22:50 SM35-39 58.10 % M 27 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
29 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:53 VW35-39 65.55 % F 1 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
41 Carol SHAW 23:54 VW50-54 70.99 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 9  
64 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 27:08 VW35-39 55.77 % F 15 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
109 Jane ASHBROOK 36:25 VW35-39 41.33 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 10  

Saturday afternoon was the Burtonwood 5 Mile road race, our 8th Road Counter of the season and a race which is now a common fixture in our Calendar. This year it was also part of the Cheshire Grand Prix series of races so a quality field was expected. Colin Bishop showed his class with a top three finish in his age category and first male home for Helsby and extra kudos goes to Jo Farwell who biked there and back from Helsby also securing top points for the club counter. Well done to all runners on what was a warm day.

I should also mention the great support on the day from Joe, Jane and Louise. Photo’s of the day courtesy of Louise will appear on the Helsby blog. And just to make it clear we always appreciate your shouts of encouragement, keep them coming!

Full results can be found here courtesy of Spectrum Striders


Helsby position and times as follows:

22nd                 Colin Bishop                29.05
                 Colin Thompson          29.52
                  Adair Broughton          30.07
                  Gareth Boyd               33.30
                Adrian Jackson           35.38
                Tom DeJong               36.58
               Andy Smith                 38.15
th                Jo Farwell                   43.58

For standings in the Cheshire Grand Prix please check the following link in the next few


Keep on running everyone, and don’t forget it’s the Green Green Grass Fell Counter this Wednesday, details here in the upcoming races section, and luckily race organisor only lives a few metres away from the course start!


Please let me know if I’ve missed any results as I’ll update the blog accordingly.


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