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



One thought on “Helsby weekend round-up 2nd-3rd November 2013

  1. Adair’s modesty outdoes him again.

    Second U40 in the North Wales Fell championship was Adair himself, so be sure to congratulate him as well when you see him.
    See photo at http://www.wfra.org.uk

    Well done to both Adair and Jayne for stunning performances in a tough series – and of course everyone else who took part in any of the races.


    (sorry I could send this by email, but the mail list is now too long and my ISP won’t let me send to such long lists)

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