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Helsby weekend round-up 23rd – 24th November 2013

Hi all

Lots to report this week but please note there are also lots of additional items to look at following the results.

Four out for the Green vest on Saturday morning at the 37th Delamere Park Run with first home Ivan Davies in a great 11th place overall followed by Dave Madders with a course PB and first lady in for Helsby Janet Robertson followed by Jane Ashbrook in her warm-up for Sefton with Charlie.

11 Ivan DAVIES 20:07 SM35-39 66.86 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 7  
21 David MADDERS 21:29 VM40-44 63.54 % M 19 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
32 Janet ROBERTSON 23:20 VW45-49 69.43 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 7  
116 Jane ASHBROOK 33:27 VW35-39 45.24 % F 39 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 16  


Full results here

Saturday afternoon was the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park which also incorporates the Liverpool & District XC League and trials to see who represents Great Britain at the European Cross Country. The standard would be the highest from any race we usually compete in!

Great runs from Jayne and Jane in the ladies race which also incorporated the Under 23’s category as did the Senior men’s race so don’t underestimate the achievement of Jayne and Jane, brilliant performances against the countries best I assure you.

Colin Thompson ran a fantastically paced race to shine on the day. As this race also formed part of the Liverpool & District there is a separate set of results for that which can be found specifically on the l&d site. For the purposes of this report we’ll include results for the whole.

Senior ladies (including U23 category race)

63rd                   Jayne Joy                                 31.25
101st                 Jane Ashbrook                          35.26

Senior men (including U23 category race)

204th                 Colin Thompson                        36.31
222nd                 Adair Broughton                        37.18
270th                 Chris Baynham-Hughes            38.41
434th                 Steve Riley                               45.09
470th                 Andy Smith                               47.45

For full results and other details please see here

For the Liverpool & District aspect see here (results to follow)

Brilliant support all the way round this year at Sefton from Joe, Mario, Louise and possible someone giving Joe a run for his money in those particular stakes was young Charlie Ashbrook. Worthwhile doing this race for that alone!

Saturday was also the Tour of Pendle where long distance guru Andy Robinson took the challenge… “It was probably the hardest fell race I’ve ever done – harder than the Edale Skyline. 27km with 1500m of climbing & all of the climbing steep. The final long climb to the top of Pendle had everyone on all fours. A great race!”

For full results see here

Good running from Phil and Paul at the David Staff Memorial Race on Sunday. Paul states “This is a great fell race, good club and great location..I was 9 minutes faster than last year so running with Helsby is truly paying off” Nice words to hear.

And some thoughts from Phil “Lancashire seems to have a number of (runnable?) hills with towers on top which warrants somebody to organise a fell race, Rivington springs to mind and many Helsby runners have participated in this historic race. Darwen (near Blackburn) also has tower and is the focus for at least three races, the Aggie’s race, the Darwen gala and this weekend the David Staff memorial. Paul Foster has connections in this area and as a result of conversations on club runs he has motivated me to try the gala race earlier this year and the David Staff race too.

So on Sunday morning Paul, I and 140 other runners set off from the kiosk in Sunnyhurst woods, climbed up to the reservoir up to the Tower, down Aggie’s staircase back up towards the Tower and hurtled back through the woods for a very enjoyable short, runnable race. Of specific note was Paul’s improvement on his time last year – from 55m 4s to 46m 32s”

Sounds like we should include at least one of these races in our fell races next year!

68th       Phil Gillard                    45.10
80th       Paul Foster                   46.32

Full results here

It was the Conwy half marathon on Sunday as well as the Border league recce. Race report from Jackie below

“Conwy Half yesterday saw 6 Helsby vests at the on the quayside on Conwy, cross the Conwy road bridge and along the coast by Deganwy to LLandudno. Anti-clockwise around the Great Orme road, with 3 steep and steady up hill pulls top the cafe by South Stack lighhouse. Then a wonderful cruise down to West Beach with views over Snowdonia. Back along the coastal track, some parts quite sandy, with views towards Conwy castle and the finish. Not too cold , no wind and almost sunny in parts! Well supported by crowds along the way. Excellent runs by all!”

Well done to Roy, first male home and to Joanne for first lady.

181st                 Roy Gaskilll                  1.33.49
381st                 David Feakes                1.39.10
477th                 Joanne Lacking             1.42.12
628th                 Kevin Smallwood          1.45.32
885th                 Jackie Keasley              1.50.42
897th                 Lesley Feakes               1.50.56


Front Runners Conwy Half 2013

Front Runners Conwy Half 2013

Joanne Conwy Half 2013

Joanne Conwy Half 2013

Please note that the next race in the Helsby Club counter calendar is 3rd Sunday League race at Arrowe Park, 11.30am start

It’s also the Cardington Cracker which I am sure a number of Helsby Vests will run as it’s a classic.

Regarding the Border League races we have had an official message through regarding headphones. Message as below in red

“Dear All,

You have probably seen the reminder on the website about runners not wearing head-phones. At last Sunday’s race the referee, John Driscoll, had to caution someone about wearing head-phones. Could you please tell all your runners that head-phones are not allowed and if worn, could result in them being excluded from the results.


David Nalder – Secretary Borders League”

I believe the Border League reccie went well, but a few more marshalls and support is required for Dec 15th. Please let Vanessa know asap if you can help!!

And a few social things

Chris Fitzpatrick has asked if I could put something in the round-up about having a few Xmas beverages at some point… “as a few of us have been talking about it, if you could ask everyone to email me with the dates they could be free In December weeknight or weekend (I’m presuming not a lot would be free at weekend due to Xmas parties) but will try an pick something that everyone can make or most of us can make or maybe after a weds night run? So please let Chris know some suitable dates!

Please also note about the Helen Clitheroe evening organised by Spectrum Striders

An Evening with Helen Clitheroe: British Olympic and Commonwealth Athlete

Talking about her personal experiences, What it takes tobe an elite athlete, training tips and a Q +A session.

Where?;at Birchwood Golf Club When?:Friday 29 November 2013 Doors open at 19:00 Tickets £10 each (includes food)

To reserve places, please send Steve Pickford an email at, payment is by cash on the night.

Helen Clitheroe is a British middle- and long-distance runner who has competed in the 1500m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In May 2011 Great Manchester Run saw her produce a career best for the 10k as she completed a dominant performance to win the race in a time of 31:45 minutes. Organised by Spectrum Striders in their 30th Anniversary Year (Supported by England Athletics and the Cheshire Athletics Network)

Keep on running


Four villages half marathon — now full

Online entry to the race is now closed as we’ve reached our license limit. A small number of cancellations will be available in late December, date to be announced. Transfers are still possible and arranged by the donating runner themselves.

Helsby weekend round-up 16th-17th November 2013

Hi all

And I thought Winter was the quieter season. Full set of results for this weekend below.

One results missed off previously, the results from the Capesthorne Hall half marathon on Sunday 3rd November….4 runners out for Helsby, on a very early, cold, wet and windy morning. Despite the rotten weather it was a lovely course and a nice warm up for the Helsby 4 villages! Unchipped times below….

Ivan Davies                 1.33.44
Carol Shaw                 1.42.25
Dave Madders            1.45.08
Jo Farwell                   1.57.12

Link to full results

Saturday was the 36th Delamere Park Run with a strong turnout of 10 Helsby runners with first home Dave Madders in a new PB. Lesley was first Helsby lady. Well done also to Kevin Smallwood for his PB.

20 David MADDERS 21:50 VM40-44 62.52 % M 19 Helsby RC New PB! 5  
24 Stephen WIGGINS 22:26 SM20-24 58.10 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 10  
25 David FEAKES 22:34 VM50-54 65.88 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 13  
39 Kevin SMALLWOOD 23:39 VM40-44 58.56 % M 37 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
73 Lesley FEAKES 25:44 VW45-49 64.38 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 14  
103 Donna GEER 29:24 VW40-44 53.51 % F 21 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:29:16 3  
116 Louise MCEVELEY 31:10 VW45-49 51.98 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 15  
117 Paul BULMER 31:11 VM50-54 48.85 % M 84 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:40 2  
123 Mike SEARLE 32:06 VM50-54 45.95 % M 85 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:47 6  
128 Jane ASHBROOK 32:30 VW35-39 46.56 % F 39 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 15

Astonishing and perfectly timed run from Jayne Joy saw her complete her Penmaenmawr double having retained her winning title from last year. Looks like some people got lucky and didn’t experience too much trouble in the notorious bog section, whereas others did! Thanks also to Joe and Mario out on the course. The 40th anniversary next year so give it a try.

14th                  Adair Broughton          1.23.18
18th                  Jayne Joy                   1.25.00 (1st lady overall)
                  Andy Robinson           1.36.31
th                  Phil Gillard                   1.39.16

For full results see here

or for a report from Eryri Harriers see here

Brecons Ultra was also on Saturday, a mere 46 mile jaunt round the Brecon Beacons. All the details are here

Dragons Back legend Chris Baynham-Hughes came in a magnificent 6th place and gentleman Jim O’Hara ran with Sharon from Tattenhall as a pair to feature well up the field.

6th                    Chris Baynham-Hughes         7.15.22
th                Jim O’Hara & Sharon             11.55.09

And surely the biggest Helsby field we have seen in a long time was the feature of the Border League race held at Tattenhall. Not a flat 9.8km either. Well done to Colin Bishop for a fabulous 1st in age category and first in for Helsby for the men and to Jane for first Helsby lady home. Full results can be found below but Helsby position and times were as follows

28th                  Colin Bishop                35.22 (1st in age cat)
                  Colin Thompson          36.08
                Roy Gaskill                 40.48
th                Tom DeJong               42.06
150th                Dave Feakes              42.49
                Jane Ashbrook            43.05
th                Alison Halsall               43.10 (1st
in age cat)
              Dave Madders             43.48
st                Albert Berry                 44.04 (1st
in age cat)
rd                Carol Shaw                 44.21 (3rd
in age cat)
                Joanne Lacking          44.35
                Phil Gillard                   44.49
                Mike Searle                 45.10
                Adrian Jackson           45.26
               Paul Foster                  45.44
                Geoff Shaw                45.53
                Stephen Wiggins         46.00
                Vanessa Griffiths        46.23
nd               Claire-Louise Miller     46.49
265th                Louise McEveley        48.50
266th                Ben Williams               48.55
                Helen Owens              49.08
                Lesley Feakes             50.23
                Lizzie Thomas             51.48
rd                Alison Meakin             52.06 (2nd
in age cat)
                Jo Farwell                   53.12
                Graham Lloyd             54.10
th                Janet Shaw                 57.09 (2nd
in age cat)
th                Donna Geer                59.10

Some great performances in this race overall and the ladies should be especially happy for a 3rd place in Division One for the team event. Helsby men were 4th in Division Two. Thanks to all who were out in support including Joe and Mario who have expressed their thanks for the large turnout via email and for Jane taking some photos on the day which will be put on the blog soon.

Phil doing the weekend double

Phil doing the weekend double

















Please note it’s the Four Villages planning meeting that will follow Wednesdays run. 8:30 in the club bar. (November 20th)

Please come along and support Gareth and our half marathon. There are still a number of tasks and jobs to allocate which can be done by those planning to run or not to run. Many hands make light work…etc etc !!

And for those that know Buckley’s Johnny Morris, as a little celebration of John Morris’s 70th birthday we are meeting on Wednesday 20th November 6.30pm at the bottom car park of Moel Famau for a short run then back to the Colamendy pub for beer and cake.

Keep on Running


Helsby Border League 15th December

Dear All
As most of you know (I think), Helsby RC is hosting a Border League race on 15th December, on Wigg Island, off the coast of Runcorn.
On Sunday 24th November at 11 am, Adrian and I are organising a recce of the course for all Helsby runners who would like to come along, including those of you who are already familiar with it.
To help make race day itself a success, we will need a minimum of 6, but ideally 8 marshals.  If you are not intending to race on 15th December, please would you consider volunteering; and if you are likely to run, do you have a relative or friend who you could volunteer?!
The idea is that, on the day of the recce, we will be able to show the ‘volunteer’ marshals their positions and brief them on any particular hazards or issues.
What you need to do:
If you are likely to come along to the recce as a runner, please could you let me know so we get an idea of numbers; but, most importantly, please could you let me know if you are willing to marshal or know of anyone else who can marshal and whether you/they can also make it on 24th November      (
Directions to Wigg Island
Directions are very straightforward:  from Junction 12 of the M 56, follow the A 557 Weston Point Expressway, past the turn off for Runcorn Station, past the Bridge and Runcorn Town Centre turn offs and then follow the brown sign for Wigg Island.
Many thanks
Vanessa & Adrian

Helsby weekend round-up 9th – 10th November 2013

Hi all

Saturday morning saw the 35th Delamere Park Run 5k with Helsby’s Carol Shaw first home for the club and 2nd lady overall and Kevin Smallwood taking the honours for the men as well as a new PB.

32 Carol SHAW 23:18 VW50-54 72.82 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 16  
43 Kevin SMALLWOOD 23:54 VM40-44 57.95 % M 40 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
48 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 24:33 SM35-39 54.04 % M 44 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:44 13  
51 Louise MCEVELEY 24:42 VW45-49 65.59 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 14  
74 Alison MEAKIN 26:22 VW55-59 71.55 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:34 14  
98 Donna GEER 29:25 VW40-44 53.48 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:29:16 2  

For full results check here

Saturday noon was the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race near Dollgellau, an out and back 6 miler run with 1900ft ascent. You can follow the wall for easier navigation on the climb up but it’s not necessarily the optimum route, especially coming down. This is a gorgeous area to run and interesting in that it is an extinct volcano. Conditions were muddy underfoot as photos show but a brilliant low key fell race, definitely one to try. Just watch out for the rocks and the wall, yes it is somehow possible not to see a wall when you are running!

9th                    Adair Broughton          1.03.48

For more details, photos or video and map, check out the Meirionnydd website or the Welsh Fell Runners websites as below

Adair at Rhobell taken by Ifs Richards

Adair at Rhobell taken by Ifs Richards

On Remembrance Sunday it was already the third race of the Cross Country season, this time being the Northwest XC at Beacon Park, near Skelmersdale. Well done for a good turnout of 17 Helsby runners. Helsby positions as below, no times recorded. First man home for Helsby with another amazing run was Colin Bishop with Jenny Illidge claiming the honours for the ladies. There were some very notable performances on the day so well done to everyone taking part and to all those offering support.

For Helsby ladies

5th                    Jenny Illidge
                    Rachel Adams
                  Jane Ashbrook
                  Janet Robertson
                  Rachel Arnold
                  Joanne Lacking
th                  Clare-Louise Miller
40th                  Lesley Feakes

And for Helsby men

13th                  Colin Bishop
                 Colin Thompson
                  Roy Gaskill
               Tom DeJong
                Steve Riley 1
                  Dave Feakes
                Paul Foster
                Adrian Jackson
st                Andy Smith

Team Results are also below but please note that we are also teamed with Lymm & Warrington.

Helsby Mens ‘A’ team were 5th and Helsby Mens ‘B’ Team were 4th on the day. Helsby Ladies ‘A’ team were 2nd and Helsby Ladies ‘B’ team showing our current strength in depth were 1st. This meant our combined team were 5th but after two races Helsby Mens ‘A’ team are currently 3rd and Helsby Ladies ‘A’ team are a fantastic joint first! The combined team after two races are third.

For full results and details please see race organisors website at

The next Northwest XC is at Arrowe Park at the later time of 11.30am on Sunday 1st December.

As always if I’ve missed any results for over the weekend please let me know as I can get them updated on the blog.

Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 2nd-3rd November 2013

Hi all

This cold weather is not deterring anyone from running it seems!

There was no Delamere Park run this weekend as it was the Hellrunner Hell up North and looks like that took precedent. Checking the website it is difficult results to sort out for that particular race so not sure if there were any Helsby runners present? I’ve attached the results for anyone who fancies a perusal.

Unfortunately I’d missed off last week’s Delamere Park Run from the round-up so for 26th October the results were as below. As you can see five out for Helsby with two of the runners even competing in Sunday’s Clarke Gardens XC. Well done to Colin Thompson for a podium position, 2nd overall and first Helsby home and to Jo Farwell for first Helsby lady.

2 Colin THOMPSON 18:50 SM30-34 69.65 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:09 28  
13 Ivan DAVIES 20:14 SM35-39 66.47 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 6  
17 Gareth BOYD 21:06 VM40-44 65.17 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 7  
87 Jo FARWELL 26:35 VW40-44 58.75 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 10  
137 Ivor JOHNSTONE 31:19 VM45-49 45.61 % M 93 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 5

Sunday saw our final fell counter and a good showing for Helsby throughout the field. This was the Clwydian Hills Fell Race, which was also the final race in the North Wales Series too.

Full results for the Clwydians are now on the Welsh Fell Runners Website.

There were 11 out for Helsby which is a good turnout for a tough race at roughly 9 miles and 3000ft of climb which included the infamous stone gulley as the final ascent. Conditions were cool and wet underfoot but the rain held off for the race. Helsby positions and places as follows.

13th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              85.08
21st       Adair Broughton                        86.10
22nd       Jim O’Hara                                86.21
35th       Jayne Joy                                 89.52 (3rd overall female)
68th       Andy Robinson                         102.56
71st       Phil Gillard                                104.20
76th       David Feakes                            106.25
77th       Janet Robertson                        107.25
104th     Andy Smith                               124.49
108th     Lesley Feakes                           146.50
109th     Nesta Hawker                            146.50

Well done to Chris Baynham-Hughes for first in for Helsby on the day. Jayne Joy was the only Helsby prizewinner for the race picking up 3rd lady overall. However, as this was also the awards for the whole of the North Wales Championship Jayne also picked up the award for 2nd lady overall for the series which is a brilliant accomplishment over some particularly tough races. Be sure to congratulate Jayne when you see her.

Thanks also to support from Joe and Mario on the day.

Jackie was also out running on Sunday at the Derwentwater 10 miler. Jackie ran a brilliant race to secure 2nd in her age category. A good race report follows from Jackie below

218th                Jackie Keasley  1.23.37

“Ran the Derwentwater 10 race on Sunday. Its a classic race with the autumn colours always at their best. Starting in the square in Keswick, going out on the main Borrowdale road, crossing the river at Grange, then back on the hilly C road under Cap Bells to Portinscale and finishing at Keswick High school. The first snows of the year appeared on the tops overnight. The weather was kind with sunshine and heavy showers, some of them hail, but only one heavy one during the race. After the Coniston 14 race the other week, it felt much shorter and I finished still feeling strong at the end, overtaking lots of tired legs on the home straight in 1:23:37.

After the race, we were in no hurry to leave as we were staying in Keswick that evening. Over a cup of tea in the school hall, a fellow runner chatted saying she recognised me. We compared and contrasted lakes races, fell races and mountain marathons that we had both done and put it down to that! The presentation in the school hall followed. Local runner Ricky Lightfoot (who won the World Trail Championship in Llanwrst this year) won the race in 53:29 and I was amazed to pick up the 2nd lady V55 prize (although only missed out on 1st by 11 secs!). This led to my fellow runner finding out my christian name and age and working out that we were at college together in Durham 33 years ago! Neither of us ran or were particularly sporty (with the exception of table tennis) then but we were members of the same walking group. The day ended perfectly when she said I hadn’t changed at all!



The Start

The Start

At the finish...job done

At the finish…job done

In other news

Phil Gillard has provided me with details for the National Cross Country Championships which are to be held on 22nd February at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Phil has the entry forms so if anyone would like to race then please let Phil know as soon as possible. In Phil’s words “to the best of my knowledge this is a chance to run with the cream of the crop (and get lapped by them too), a big event with lots of atmosphere, the men’s race is 12K and at 15:00, the ladies race is 8K and at 14:20”

Don’t forget it’s also the Helsby Social Clubs Musical firework display and funfair this Friday 8th November. Entries are £3 for adults and £2 for children. The display starts at 7.30pm

Also a week Wednesday, November 13th is Jane Ashbrook’s Prevention and management of common running injuries, which will be held following the club run but preceded by a fish supper. If you are attending please make sure you have replied to the recent email from Dave Feakes.

Until then

Keep on running