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


or http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

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 fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com 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 steve.pickford@talktalk.net, 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



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