Extend your season wisely! The ins and outs of head torch selection

I’ve had a few questions about head torches from the club so I thought I would share my “buyers guide”. The primary thing to get right with a head torch is to be honest with yourself about what you are going to use it for. Get that right and the rest falls into place. Hopefully my musings on the subject can prevent people making some very expensive mistakes. Check out the blog posting here: http://baynham-hughes.com/Blog/?p=868


Helsby weekly round-up 17th-23rd September 2013

Hi all

Last Tuesday 17th September was the third Wirral Multi-terrain Race, the Harrison Drive Beach run near Wallasey. With less wind than previous years and the sand behaving itself it was a good night for running. Numbers are still down on Helsby participants for this event compared to previous years but we still had five green vests out making the most of the last midweek races before winter.

Many thanks to Mario for sorting the numbers at the finish and to Joe and Mario for the big shouts throughout the race, which always helpful, especially on that tough beach run-in at the end.

21st                   Adair Broughton            25.33
98th                   Geoff Shaw                  31.42
102nd                 Stephen Wiggins           31.56

32nd                   Louise McEvely             33.23
47th                   Janet Shaw                   38.16

Our mens team were 22nd on the night and our ladies team were 16th

Please note the final race of the season is this Tuesday night 24th September. It’s a 6.30pm start at Arrowe Park, the venue for our Northwest Cross Country (park at the Cherry Orchard pub car park). Free Buffet and prizes follow. Just £1 to enter and no registration required, just the Helsby vest to be worn.

Full results and current standings are available at Steve’s website here www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Saturday morning saw the 29th Delamere Park Run 5k with first in for Helsby and 2nd overall Colin Bishop in 17.55 and first Helsby lady Louise McEveley in 57th in 24.00 for a new PB. Well done also to Kevin Smallwood for his for his PB.


2 Colin BISHOP 17:55 VM50-54 84.37 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 14  
30 Stephen WIGGINS 22:22 SM20-24 58.27 % M 29 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 9  
57 Louise MCEVELEY 24:00 VW45-49 67.50 % F 5 Helsby RC New PB! 9  
62 Kevin SMALLWOOD 24:28 VM40-44 56.61 % M 57 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
86 Ian HILDITCH 25:24 VM70-74 71.19 % M 76 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 15  
93 Alison MEAKIN 25:53 VW55-59 72.89 % F 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:34 12  
149 Jane ASHBROOK 36:23 VW35-39 41.59 % F 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 13

For full results please see here


 Saturday morning also saw our tenth fell counter of the season, the King John’s Castle Hill Race and with all still to play for in the Men’s Championship. It’s a shame Chris Baynham-Hughes couldn’t make it but respect should be given to Chris for helping out a friend instead in Snowdonia which is a very unselfish act. There are still two fell counters remaining so all still to play for. Jim O’Hara and Adair had a tough and close battle all the way round with the lead changing during the race to make it interesting on the day. Jayne Joy had a superb run for 1st lady overall. Adair was 2nd and Jim O’ Hara 3rd overall. Steve Riley and Paul Foster also had good runs.

The course was reversed from previous years and a hill has been added so it’s now a really good race to try. I hope the numbers are up next year because it deserves a good turnout.

Many thanks to Joe and to Mario for marshalling and for support.

Full results  on www.wfra.org.uk .

2nd Adair Broughton 40.53
3rd Jim O’Hara 41.14
5th Jayne Joy 43.21
20th Steve Riley 50.16
22nd  Paul Foster 52.00

Sunday was the Aintree 10k which saw Roy Gaskill 16th overall and a brilliant 2nd in his category. Roy came in feeling strong in 41.41. Also running was Tom De Jong.

16th                   Roy Gaskill                   41.39 (2nd in age cat)
123rd                 Tom DeJong                 48.47

More information on the Aintree 10k here http://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/running/the-grand-10k-run-at-aintree

But for full results please see chiptimes as below


It was the Natterjack Seaside 10k in Southport yesterday, with two Helsby runners out making the most of the nice weather and both under the 40 minutes. It was a new PB for Colin by nearly a minute and only another minute off the winner so a fabulous run by Colin, be sure to congratulate him.

Results and link below:

6th                    Colin Thompson            36.46
28th                  Derek Morris                 39.41


Last week we also had two runners in the Great North Run. Mo hasn’t decided to join Helsby (yet) but Donna Geer chose this as her first half marathon and secured a time of 2.12.50. Well done to Donna and now her training can begin in earnest for the four villages. Also out on course was Helen Tudor battling through the crowds to secure a time of 2hrs and 24secons.

Alistair Tye, photographer for many of the fell races has been taken ill, and for those that know Alistair you can pass on your best wishes via Eryri’s website here


Keep on running


Stuart Holliday PHd research project on mental health – survey & details

Hi everyone

I have been approached by Stuart Holliday, a PHd psychology researcher at the University of Central Lancaster, who is carrying out a long-term research project on mental health and well being for both runners and non-runners.

Attached are some details about the project, which looks very interesting, particularly for members who may have experienced any issues surrounding their own weight management/running performance etc.

The link below takes you to an anonymous survey which takes 10-15 minutes to complete, will help the project and will also increase awareness and understanding about this issue.


Having bordered on an eating disorder myself when running a very high running mileage in the 1990’s (5’ 7”, male, 8 ½ stone – it’s neither good for health nor a good look!!), I am sure there are many amongst us who can understand the problem but even if you’re not or have never been affected, your input will still be of equal value.


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Peris Horseshoe Sept 2013- Race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

The Peris Horseshoe – Taking on the best of the best!

Let us make no bones about it, the Peris horseshoe is a beast. 2600m (8500ft) of climb is squeezed into a mere 29KM (17.5 miles) and six splendid peaks: Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Moel Cynghorion. Full details and .GPX files can be found here: http://home.fellrunningroutes.org.uk/routes-information/PerisHorseshoe

Those looking for a stern challenge can take on the half Peris which starts in Llanberris and after a short flat race to the quarry entrance it is up, up, up to Elidir Fawr, a short descent and fantastic run-able track around to the short climb to Y Garn, then another relatively short descent takes you to the base of Glyder Fawr. Summit there and the red spot path is all that stands between you and the finish at Pen-y-Pass. Those looking for a challenge at the extreme end of the fell racing scale can attempt the full horseshoe; it is truly epic, but it is certainly not something to take lightly.

In many respects the course is insanity, but it is also simply stunning and on the right day provides more visual treats per mile than any other race I know of. Baring a few relatively minor mishaps, the race went well, to plan and I finished absolutely knackered and elated. 4 Hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds officially (oh those two seconds). My target estimate had been sub 5 hours so a very good day out for me.

It was a huge shame that Adair had to pull out of the full and Jayne from the Half Peris; but a wise decision made as you can’t stand the start line of this race with any doubts. My only regret on the day is not getting to see the elite boys in full flight (the race was won by Rob Jebb in 3:12:29!!!) but to do that I would not have been able to race so on balance there are no regrets!

I’ll certainly be back next year! Full blog here: www.baynham-hughes.com/Blog/?p=855


Helsby weekly round-up 10th-16th September 2013

Hi all

Tuesday 10th September was the second Wirral MT of the four race series held in Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park. There were eight out for Helsby in total with some great support from Joe and Mario.

15th                  Adair Broughton          30.16
                  Tom DeJong               35.06
                Stephen Wiggins         37.37
                Geoff Shaw                37.52

42nd                 Louise McEvely          39.57
                  Jackie Keasley           41.02
th                  Janet Shaw                 45.24 (2nd
in age cat)
70th                    Betty Grieve                46.08

This puts Helsby’s mens team 19th on the night and Helsby ladies ‘A’ team 18th and ‘B’ team 33rd.

Please see Steve Saunders website for full results of this race or to look for details on tonight’s Beach race, which is at the earlier time of 6.30pm at North Wirral Coastal Park, Harrison Drive, Wallasey. Please remember these races are only £1 and no registration is required, just turn up on the night in the green vest.


Saturday 14th was the 28th Delamere Park Run 5k which looked like a close finish for the top three!

2 Colin BISHOP 18:00 VM50-54 83.98 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 13  
46 Ian HILDITCH 25:21 VM70-74 71.33 % M 41 Helsby RC New PB! 14  
55 Louise MCEVELEY 26:29 VW45-49 61.17 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:11 8  
61 Betty GRIEVE 27:11 VW50-54 64.07 % F 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:54 4  
70 Ivor JOHNSTONE 28:33 VM45-49 50.03 % M 50 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 2  
72 Paul BULMER 28:40 VM50-54 53.14 % M 51 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
73 Stephen WIGGINS 28:40 SM20-24 45.47 % M 52 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 8

For the full results or any details on these Park Runs please visit the website below


Saturday was also the British Champs race (and North Wales Champs race) Peris Horseshoe with the only Helsby runner out on the day Chris Baynham-Hughes. This race is a big one, over 17 miles and 8000ft climb so not for the faint hearted and a fantastic result for Chris in a quality field. Results are on the Welsh Fell Runners site alongside some photos released by Alistair Tye. Race report should follow from Chris which I’ll update on the blog.

64th                  Chris Baynham-Hughes         4.20.02

See here www.wfra.org.uk

Sunday 15th was the Sutton Six, a Cheshire Grand Prix race and our last Helsby road counter of the season. This race is organised by West Cheshire and began as a six-miler in 1982, becoming a 10k in 1993. It starts on Belle Vue Lane with a 3.3k lap, followed by a longer lap which repeats the first 2k, heading out along lanes on a measured course (12/016) around Guilden Sutton to finish at the village hall. Well done to Derek Morris for the Helsby road counter win and to Carol Shaw picking up the full points. XCredit also to Ian Hilditch for doing the weekend double.

39th                  Derek Morris               39.22
                  Ivan Davies                 40.13
                  Roy Gaskill                 40.34
                Geoff Shaw                45.57
                Carol Shaw                 47.09
                Jackie Keasley           48.17
               Ian Hilditch                  51.53
th                Janet Shaw                 56.50

Full results and other race information here


Sunday was also the Lake Vyrnwy Half and surprisingly no Helsby runners there this year (which must be a first in a long while!) but I’ll keep the results in just for completeness, now that I found them.

For full results see here http://www.ukresults.net/2013/vyrnwy.html

However, we did have a runner at the South Cheshire 20 which was the in-form Gareth Boyd who is preparing for the Chester Marathon. Race report from Gareth as follows

“Just to let you know that I ran the South Cheshire 20 yesterday in a time of 2.42.10 (unofficial – no results up at this stage)

Brief race report

I think a number of runners had been scared off by the predicted rain/bad weather on this occasion – they really missed out!

1) Firstly, we had no rain – result.

2) Secondly, the course is a challenging but scenic one.

3) Thirdly, the marshals were fantastic – very positive and enthusiastic – especially the lady at mile 18.

4) Drink stations with mars bars/jelly babies along the courseJ

5) A simple but nice goody bag at the end – including porridge oats and a gingerbread man

Happy with my time – took the first 15 miles easy ish (running with a group of guys from various running clubs, also training for autumn marathons). Probably the hardest part of the race, was running into ‘unfair’ wind at the end of race/the last 100 metres. Bring on Chester marathon..”

Details for the 20 should appear here

http://www.southcheshireharriers.org.uk/ with full results as below


90th                  Gareth Boyd               2.42.11

In other news I’ve had an email from Gill at Warrington Road Runners regarding Cross Country training for the upcoming season. Email as below

“Just to let you know if any Helsby runners are interested, (we are) going to hold some cross country training sessions at Town Park, the first one being Saturday 5 October at 9 am. (where did September go?). Meeting at the Runcorn Ski Centre for 9 am, the format will be jog round the main lap of the course and then start off with 2 x 5 mins on three different sections of the course which is increased week by week, finish with a warm down jog. As it’s based on time, suits all levels.”

So if anyone fancies a little early xc practice then be sure to be there on Saturday 5th October and thanks to Gill and Jayne for informing us of these sessions

Thanks all

And keep on running


Robbie Webster Wobbler – September 2013

The Robbie Webster Memorial Race – Robbie Webster’s Wobbler.

Firstly I’d like to say what an honour and a privilege it was to stage a race in memory of the great Robbie Webster. I found Robbie an inspirational and passionate runner. Sadly Robbie passed away in 2012, yet in that same year he was regularly seen in the Helsby vest running the fells; completing both Cader Idris and Moel y Gamlin in 2012 – and far from last too! On a personal note, seeing Joe Beswick back on his feet again cheering everybody on and getting to incorporate Joe’s path into the race route seemed very fitting.

93 runners toed the line to pit themselves against Frodsham hill’s many climbs and beautiful trails. Five proper climbs were incorporated in the route seeing a total of 346m of ascent in just over 8.25km. A simply incredible turn out for the race, let alone that it was a closed race!

I clearly tempted fate by suggesting that people were going to find it very difficult to go wrong… only for a small group of runners to do just that (including two that had recce’d the course). Despite this hiccup everybody still appeared to enjoy it and we learnt our lesson for next time.

A fantastic run by Dave Alexander from West Cheshire…. set the course record at 39:40 and the only sub 40 minutes on the night, staying strong to hold off Jeff McQueen (also West Cheshire) into second place and Graham McNeil from Wilmslow who was third.

On the ladies side a win by Pensby runner Lisa Grantham followed by Ali Lewis for second and Sarah Roberts for third both also for Pensby.

Category Men Women
V40 Adair Broughton Vanessa Griffiths
V50 Colin Bishop Karon Forster
V60 Martin Contviend Anne Hewitt
V70 Ian Hilditch No Eligible Runner

Full results here Robbie_Webster’s_Wobbler_results_4-Sep-2013_v4

Interclub rivalry: A second honour was that the race was The Wobbler was the final race in the interclub Fell race series. Tattenhall, Pensby Spectrum and Helsby duelled it out again this year with Spectrum going in to the final race with an 18 point lead. In the end Helsby took the win by a 64 point margin! For me personally this was the icing on the cake – great running Helsby! Final scores for the series were:

786 – Helsby RC

722 – Spectrum Striders

588 – Pensby Runners

347 – Tattenhall Runners

The course didn’t give in easily leading to one retirement and a number of bumps and scrapes visible at the end as the light began to fade. The weather helped to showcase Frodsham hill’s splendour with a number of runners commenting on the beautiful yellow/ orange/ red shafts of light dazzling through the trees – colour depending upon runner speed!

It was great to see so many faces back at the Helsby RC clubhouse for the social afterwards. The Sandwiches, homemade quiches and cakes did an excellent disappearing act along with the odd beer or two.

I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank the Forest Hills Hotel and health club for allowing us to use their car park and facilities, Les Hewitt for taking over registration and doing the results for the interclub champs so quickly, all the marshals without whom the race wouldn’t have taken place; all those that helped bounce ideas and tweak the final course, the cake bakers and finally I’d like to thank all the runners for taking part, I hope you all enjoyed it!


If you took part, your opinion matters! We want to make the event the best we can so we need to hear from you: Please take 3 minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C8HCFMD


Some great pics from our friend Mick Charman, taken from the monument:


Nick Wishart from the Spartans took these at the top of the 2nd steps (or was it the third set J). Some people feeling the climb!


To follow – Mike Hallsworth has a big batch that we’ll get up when he’s back from holiday and Richard Stradling has around 300 pics with almost everyone captured, to be uploaded to www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby

If anybody else has photo of the event, please contact Steve Riley (riley.steve@virgin.net) so we can upload them to our Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby


Profits from this race have been donated to the Royal Liverpool Hospital on Robbie’s behalf.


PS – The Wobbler will return next year, but probably a little earlier in the year so we can start it a little later without racing against the light. It will also be open to all next year.


Jackie Keasley’s Dyffrn Conwy Mountain Triathlon 2013

Sunday 8th was the Dyffrn Conwy Mountain Triathlon – a brilliant race organised by a very enthusiastic team of dedicated kayakers, runners & mountain bikers.

http://www.map17events.org.uk/ The organiser, Ellie Salisbury who is part of Fabian and processes our Four Villages entries, encouraged me to take part despite me not having been in a kayak for 20 years. Ellie put me in touch with Chester & Conwy Canoe clubs and over the last month I have been encouraged all along the way by the most friendly club members who have taught me the basics over 6 sessions on the Dee (thanks to Jean & John et al), River Conwy (thanks to Penny & James et al) and Manley Mere (thanks to Dave Feakes for the loan of his 2.3m pyranha).

On Saturday tea time, Bill & I met up with Penny from Conwy Canoe club who had kindly arranged for us to pick up a 5.2m Kirton Tempest kayak. It didn’t fit in the camper van so 3 other competitors, who were also there picking up their kayaks, helped us attach it safely to the high roof of our camper van. We overnighted at the race base, Trefriw Rugby Club. Following a team brief at 9:30 there was a mad dash to the RSPB reserve at Conwy. After launching the kayaks we lined up on the start line at the bridge embankment with the iconic Conwy Castle looking down on us.

Weather was mixed with sunshine and showers with a southerly wind. The start was 1 hour before high tide. A 13K open water estuary paddle followed. I could not believe the different conditions met en-route; choppy wind blown waves, made worse by a passing motor boat, whirl pools, faster flowing currents, interspersed by tranquil patches. The notes said follow the scum for the best current! This was a good tactic but in that scum was a lot of debris including seaweed and floating logs, which caused a wobble when the paddle caught. All this was a bit nervy for me who was paranoid about capsizing – I have not got the greatest affinity for water ! Under the Tal y Cafn bridge for a photo shot and onto the finish at Dolgarrog. The river was quite narrow and it was the most amazing feeling paddling, alone by this time, but not quite at the rear. The silence was amazing, alongside the most gigantic reed beds (SSSI) wafting in the breeze. A muddy reception team dragged me up the slippery bank and took care of the kayak.

A quick stretch, then off on a 13K fell run. There was an early steep climb up to the Llyn Cowlyd Reservoir following the hydro pipeline (yes it’s got to be steep). Lots of encouraging marshals along the way, and the provision of drinks & jelly babies at the dam before a further climb to 500m (in heavy rain). Despite the rain and drinks I could not get rid of the dry salty taste from the kayaking. Bog and slippery paths down through bracken and bramble in parts followed. Yes summer is over and the ground is now back to normal after the dry spell! Finally crossed the Crafnant road for the final steep drop down to the Rugby Club.

A quick changeover, more jelly babies & a banana, and a thankful sit down on the bike. Then up the steep tarmac road to the Marin Trail Carpark for an 18K ride, dodging on and off the Marin Trail. A figure of 8 route around Lynn y Park. A mixture of forest tracks and narrow single track, current forestry operations making some of the wide tracks very muddy and hard work especially as by now it was pouring down. Managed to ride more of the Marin than I imagined, and have now got over my phobia of riding through deep puddles you can’t see the bottom of. An enforced rest to release a jammed chain, before a final series of slippery slate drops defeated me and I ran with the bike instead. A muddy track with fords and finally down to a waiting crowd at the muddy finish. A fabulous quick hot shower at the Rugby Club made me look more respectable; rugby showers are obviously designed for mud ! Into the bar, just in time for the presentation, a delicious veggie curry and cuppa + pint of shandy.

All in all a brilliant experience in an amazing location, just 1 hour from here. A very well organised complex event with a incredible number of marshals and helpers on the day + it must have taken many hours to plan. So a big thankyou to the Ellie and the organisers, marshalls & helpers at Map17 events + a very big thankyou to all those friendly paddlers at Chester & Conwy for all the encouragement and help along the way this last month.


Mens solo winner 3:28 Adam Norfolk London Fire Brigade Tri

Ladies solo winner 4:47 Caroline Dallimore Mynyddwyr De Cymru

Team winner 3:14 Team C T & C * There was also a team event with individuals competing each leg, to include one lady per team

My time 5:37 Kayak 1:34 Run 1:55 Bike 2:07

Only 4 solo ladies and 3 of those were V50+ !!!



bike kayak_finish run_start_2 start_1 start_2 start_3 tempest_1 tempest_2_in_the_middle tempest_3 tempest_4

Cheers and thanks again


P.S. Hope to be back next year with a bit more training and experience !

Helsby weekly round-up 3rd – 8th September 2013

Hi all

Tuesday night saw the first Multi-terrain of September at Royden Park. This race is similar in ways to Helsby, with wooded sandstone trails and some nice views over the Dee Estuary and North wales. There were less Helsby runners out than previous years, but undoubtedly that was something to do with the brilliant Robbie Webster race on the subsequent night. Results for males and females are taken separately. It is also a team event

This is the route


18th      Adair Broughton          30.09 (2nd in age cat)
      Colin Thompson          30.29
      Geoff Shaw                37.13
   Stephen Wiggins         39.53

22nd     Vanessa Griffiths        37.58
     Louise McEvely          43.36
      Alison Meakin             44.11
th      Janet Shaw                 46.16 (1st
in age cat)
th      Betty Grieve                46.20

This made Helsby men’s team 19th on the night and Helsby ladies A team 12th and B team 27th. Hopefully we can improve on that in the subsequent races!

For full results and information on the remaining races please visit www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Wednesday night was our final Inter-club fell counter and the highly anticipated Robbie Webster Wobbler. With some brilliant planning and organisation from Chris Baynham-Hughes and his team of helpers (proper thanks will be in the full race report!) the night was definitely a success.

We’ll add a separate blog report of the race but one thing we should make known is that after some fantastic support from club members in this series Helsby managed to win the much coveted and highly prized Inter-Club trophy. This definitely highlights the current strength in depth at Helsby and something I’m sure that would have made Robbie Webster very proud.

For a quick look at results and team points and summary please visit Spectrums website here


Friday night was the final race in the Multi-terrain series at Deeside. Brilliant running from Colin Bishop saw him claim 1st in his age category over the four runs and 7th on the night. Looked like we were going to get very wet but the skies actually lightened a little and the race was in near perfect conditions. Thanks to Jane for support on the night.

7th        Colin Bishop                27.32
        Adair Broughton          27.48  

Please see here for full results


Saturday was Delamere Park run with 5 Helsby green

41 Janet ROBERTSON 22:57 VW45-49 70.59 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 5  
43 Carol SHAW 23:15 VW50-54 72.97 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 13  
51 Louise MCEVELEY 24:11 VW45-49 66.99 % F 9 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
64 Kevin SMALLWOOD 25:15 VM40-44 54.85 % M 54 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
66 Ian HILDITCH 25:34 VM70-74 70.73 % M 56 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:32 13

Saturday was also the ‘Across Wales Walk’ with a  race report from Andy Robinson.

“  I ran the Across Wales Walk again on Saturday (my 7th consecutive year).  45 miles from Anchor Bridge near Clun in Shropshire to the seaside at Clarach Bay near Aberystwyth, taking in Plynlymon on the way.  First in was John Parry in 8:27 & I was second in 8:35.  I won’t be running fast on Wednesday night!  The weather wasn’t too bad considering how awful the forecast was, & we got good views from Plynlymon.  Head wind the whole way, but it was a great event.  Results probably won’t be posted for weeks yet..” Well done to Andy on another fabulous long distance achievement.

It was the Spire Healthcare English Half Marathon in Warrington yesterday, some good results once again for team Helsby on a hilly and windy course! Please find the results below and a link to the full results also.

(Some superb times there and well done to all who ran. This was also a club road counter.)

13th                 Colin Thompson                      80.15
27th                 Chris Fitzpatrick                      83.29
111th               Roy Gaskill                             90.56
140th               Gareth Boyd                           92.18
186th               Tom DeJong                           95.40 
282nd              Dave Feakes                          99.49
323rd               Adrian Jackson                       1.41.56
347th                Stephen Wiggins                     1.41.48
423rd               Laura Baynam Hughes           1.44.51
472nd              Lesley Feakes                         1.47.03
517th               Jason Ollier                             1.48.23
1025th             Emily Smith                            2.03.50


Sunday was also the Dyffrn Conwy Mountain Triathlon – a brilliant race organised by a very enthusiastic team of dedicated kayakers, runners & mountain bikers, which Jackie Keasley had entered. I’ve received a fantastic race report from Jackie so will add this to the blog as a separate article with photos so be sure you take a look at the blog!

Event details here http://www.map17events.org.uk/

As you can see a busy week was had by all at Helsby so make sure you come back to the Helsby blog to read more about the Robbie Webster Wobbler and Jackie’s Kayaking Triathlon.

Keep on running



Helsby weekly round-up 28th August – 2nd September 2013

Hi all

Last Wednesday was the 4th Harrock Hill race of the season with three out for Helsby, Adair Broughton, Jayne Joy and Paul Foster. Good prizes too as they were big boxes of vegetables and fruit! Jayne Joy was 3rd lady overall.

The race was also the venue for the Northwest Cross Country league meeting attended by Jayne Joy who sorted out the dates for the upcoming season and also managed to keep Helsby in a team with Warrington and Lymm as it was looking close to Helsby being split up due to their recent success of the last couple of years. (It will be looked at again next year). The cross country dates for the Northwest league have already been updated and placed on the latest running calendar available on the Helsby Blog as below.


Official results for Harrock Hill Race 4 http://fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2144

10th      Adair Broughton          35.24
38th      Jayne Joy                        38.58 (3rd lady overall)
94th      Paul Foster                  44.12

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run, already up to race number 26 and as ever a great Helsby turn-out. Colin Bishop on the podium with 3rd place overall in 17.59 and Janet Robertson first lady home for Helsby in 22.46 and also on the podium with 3rd lady overall. Well done to Betty for securing a new PB for the course.

3 Colin BISHOP 17:59 VM50-54 84.06 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 12  
15 Gareth BOYD 20:11 VM40-44 68.13 % M 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 5  
37 David FEAKES 22:30 VM50-54 66.07 % M 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 11  
42 Janet ROBERTSON 22:46 VW45-49 71.16 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 4  
47 Stephen WIGGINS 23:03 SM20-24 56.54 % M 44 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 7  
68 Lesley FEAKES 24:32 VW45-49 66.71 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 12  
70 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 24:40 SM35-39 53.78 % M 64 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:44 12  
76 Louise MCEVELEY 25:12 VW45-49 64.29 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:35 6  
80 Alison MEAKIN 25:41 VW55-59 73.46 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:34 11  
82 Betty GRIEVE 25:54 VW50-54 67.25 % F 11 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
107 Ivor JOHNSTONE 28:04 VM45-49 50.89 % M 91 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
124 Kevin SMALLWOOD 30:42 VM40-44 45.11 % M 96 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
149 Jane ASHBROOK 32:10 VW35-39 47.05 % F 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 12  

Full results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Shelf Moor was on Sunday, a race over in the Peak District and sole Helsby representative was the back on form Phil Gillard. Phil states “great conditions for running, nice steep climb after a mile of track and then a beautiful bouncy peaty run across and down the moors.”

69th                  Phil Gillard                   61.34




As always if there has been any other events you’ve been involved in and I’ve missed please let me know as I’ll update the blog each week with anything previously missed.

As many of you know it’s the final Inter-club fell race on Wednesday night the Robbie Wobbler, so please come and run or support as we have a great chance of winning the series this year! Register from 6pm at Forest Hills, Frodsham, but remember there will be a prompt 6.45pm start.

However, I realise many of you will be ‘sensibly’ resting for Wednesday but tomorrow night, Tuesday 3rd September is also Race 1 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series at Royden Park, Frankby with a 7.00pm start and a fee of £1 per runner. These are a great series of races all run over different terrain and historically been very popular with Helsby runners. They are also team events so the more we have out for Helsby the better.

For more details on this series please see www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Enjoy your running and maybe see many of you Tuesday and/or Wednesday