Helsby weekend round-up 19th-20th October 2013

Hi all

The morning of Saturday 19th October saw the 33rd Delamere Park Run with a great Helsby turnout of 11 runners. Chris Baynham-Hughes obviously taking the British Fell Relays in his stride did his first Parkrun and achieved a podium and a PB just in front of Colin Thompson. First lady home was Carol Shaw.

3 Chris BAYNHAM-HUGHES 18:54 SM35-39 70.19 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
4 Colin THOMPSON 18:55 SM30-34 69.34 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:09 27  
20 Ivan DAVIES 20:09 SM35-39 66.75 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 5  
26 Tom DE JONG 21:12 JM15-19 62.19 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:44 3  
38 David FEAKES 22:40 VM50-54 65.59 % M 35 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 12  
41 Carol SHAW 22:58 VW50-54 73.88 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 15  
63 Louise MCEVELEY 24:27 VW45-49 66.26 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 12  
64 Kevin SMALLWOOD 24:33 VM40-44 56.42 % M 55 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:25 5  
73 Lesley FEAKES 25:21 VW45-49 65.35 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 13  
95 Alison MEAKIN 27:03 VW55-59 69.75 % F 18 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:34 13  
129 Donna GEER 29:16 VW40-44 53.76 % F 34 Helsby RC First Timer! 1

Also on Saturday was Andy Robinson having a rather substantial 50 miler. Andy’s report below

“Just to let you know I ran the Round Rotherham 50 on Saturday. 50 miles in 9:11:07, winner took 6:52:14 & I came in 38th out of 236 finishers. Results here.

It’s a fast course: not many hills, so I found it really hard going. Still, it was warm & only drizzled a bit. Pretty muddy underfoot in places, of course, but not as bad as I was expecting. Better start my taper for the OMM next weekend now!”

On Sunday Jo Farwell ran the Green Drive 5, her race report below

“A little something to add to this weeks round up!

I did a really nice 5 mile race this morning in Lytham…the Green Drive 5.

A nice flat fast course starting and ending in the beautiful historic 18th Century tree lined footpath of Green Drive, Lytham. And it certainly lived up to it.

I went to secondary school here, and we used to do cross country down Green Drive. Well the majority of the others did, I was more concerned with making sure I had my fags tucked in my gym knickers! Who’d have thought that 27 years later I’d be running this 5 mile race finishing in 40.10 knocking 3 minutes off my PB, and was the 36th lady in a field of 110. I tried my hardest to get in under the 40mins with my last mile being my fastest…but alas not this time. That said, I’m really chuffed with my time….being part of Helsby running club with everyone’s support is certainly paying off!! Thank you all…. Jo

184th                 Jo Farwell                     40.10

Full Results for the Green Drive 5 here http://www.ukresults.net/2013/green5.html

Sunday was also the definitive fell running event of the 2013 calendar, the British Fell Relays. Full details available on the website below with a link to results, splits, photos and a race report from the excellent commentator on the day below.


Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes who has provided me with a quick rundown of Helsby runners positions as can be seen below.

For the men, 54th overall from 99 against some serious opposition is something we should all be proud of, especially after such a great starts from Chris Fitzpatrick and Jenny Illidge in their first fell relay race likewise with the ladies and a fantastic 28th overall helped by some strong running from everyone involved.

Chris F = 80th

Adair and CBH = 57th

Phil and Steve = 113th

Jimmy – 67th

Overall = 54th (in class out of 99)


Jenny – 108th (8th lady)

Vanessa and Laura = 155th (27th ladies)

Jackie and Nesta = 165th (34th ladies)

Jayne = 96th (10th lady)

Overall = 28th (in class out of 38)

Many thanks also to Phil Gillard organising the men’s team and entering us and sorting the Gazebo etc and to Joe for organising the ladies team, and for his support on the day alongside Mario and Jenny’s parents and everyone else who gave Helsby runners some big cheers.

It was a tricky day weather wise, with winds at some points upto 70mph, and a job for everyone to keep warm. Feedback on the fellrunner.org website shows very positive comments for the day although lots of people thought the navigation leg was a very tough one compared to other years.

The day was probably best summed up by Jackie’s comments in an email today “I keep getting image flashes today of hours spent in a grey slate quarry amongst keen muddy runners dodging rain showers and strong gusts interspersed by lots of cheering & camaraderie!”

We may even have two men’s teams next year if people show a strong liking for the fells in what should be a great 2014 for Helsby on the hills.



and some photos from Jackie

Chris & Adair Post Leg 2

Chris & Adair Post Leg 2

Nesta & Jackie Leg 3 Navigation

Nesta & Jackie Leg 3 Navigation

Chris Fitzpatrick - Leg 1 Mission accomplished

Chris Fitzpatrick – Leg 1 Mission accomplished

Laura & Vanessa Leg 2

Laura & Vanessa Leg 2

Leg 3 Boys Phil & Steve

Leg 3 Boys Phil & Steve

Leg 1 Runner Jenny

Leg 1 Runner Jenny

Leg 1 Start

Leg 1 Start

Also this weekend was the ‘Beat the Reaper’ race that Roy Gaskill ran in at Croxteth Park. No results as yet but Tom DeJong was out supporting. Roy’s time was 40.59 on a multi-terrain 10k coming home in a great 11th position overall.

There is some detail here though  http://www.poolrunnings.co.uk/reaper/

Finally I’d like to report that Winter Training will commence at 6.30pm at Castle Park, Frodsham on this coming Monday 28th October. Everybody and all abilities welcome but please make sure to bring either spikes or trainers with good grip as majority of the running will be on grassy fields. Any other questions just ask.

Keep on running



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