Helsby weekend round-up 21st-22nd December 2013 & Handicap Results

Hi all

Hope everyone has had a great year of running and can keep up the good progress made in 2013.

The weekend saw the Delamere Park run but we also had the club handicap last Wednesday. Thanks for Jackie for sending me a ‘race’ report as below.

Helsby Running Club Xmas Handicap Dec 18th by Jackie

After a fairly dry day, the weather forecast was spot on for Wed evening; “a strong weather front of heavy rain, wind and hail will come in 6ish and be at its strongest for the next 2 hours”! This made for a gutsy 3 mile sprint to Godscroft Lane and back; a challenge for everyone, particularly those in Xmas outfits! Against the weather on the way out, helped (???) on the way back.

The start was moved so that we could shelter under the partially covered Tesco trolley park. Strict instructions were given that the steps onto the main road were out of bounds, so extending the course by a few hundred metres!

The wild, wet conditions did not help me in my first foray at organising this event, with a fistful of handicap times based on Andy’s meticulous spreadsheet (Yes it averages your road running times over the last 10 years, this gives newcomers a significant advantage !!!)

37 runners set off, avoiding shoppers, for the highly competitive sprint. Due to stopwatch malfunction, soggy record sheets and raffle ticket problems, only finishing positions were recorded; and only the first 25 places are reliable as after this runners were so focused on aiming for the shelter of Tesco they missed the finishing line! Anyway from the reactions afterwards, an exhilarating race was had by all and this was rounded off by a great evening back at the club (I bet even the showers were welcoming) with secret Santa and a tasty choice of curries from Sher Khan.

Thanks to Joe & Mario for riding the storm at Godscroft Lane, Ben, Kathryn & Helen for helping at the finish and Dave & Lesley for organising the food. Well done everyone, particularly to newcomer Ray Duffy who won the prestigious Xmas Handicap Trophy. Looking forward to seeing Ray and all the new members wear their Helsby vest in 2014!

A Happy Xmas and New Year to you all and here’s to some good running and races in 2014!


1 Ray Duffy

2 Jenny Palmer

3 Adrian Jackson

4 Colin Thompson

5 Clive Wilkinson

6 Tim Palmer

7 Emily Smith

8 Derek Morris

9 Roy Gaskill

10 Tom Dejong

11 Paul Foster

12 Steve Wiggins

13 Sally Parkinson

14 Claire Louise Miller

15 Chris Ashbrook

16 Jane Ashbrook

17 Jamie Dowall

18 Rachel Arnold

19 Dave Feakes

20 Joanne Lacking

21 Jo Farwell

22 Gareth Boyd

23 Andy Robinson

24 Les Scott

25 Carol Shaw

26 Michelle Hardwick

27 Lesley Feakes

28 Phil Gillard

29 Michelle Cully

30 Betty Grieve

31 Chris Hatton

32 John Gallon

33 Janet Robinson

34 John Hardman

35 Chris Igoe

Apologies as I don’t have placings for Graham Lloyd, Tim Igoe & Clive Twrie. At the end of the evening there were a couple of prizes leftover, given that it was a secret Santa, some folks must be missing one. Please let me know if you missed out!



Well done to Colin Bishop for his usual podium place at the Delamere Park Run 5k last Saturday and to Stephen Wiggins for his PB. Louise was first Helsby lady. Full results below.

3 Colin BISHOP 18:20 VM50-54 83.09 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 18  
14 Ivan DAVIES 20:11 SM35-39 66.64 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 10  
26 David MADDERS 21:31 VM40-44 63.44 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 7  
30 Stephen WIGGINS 22:00 SM20-24 59.24 % M 27 Helsby RC New PB! 13  
62 Louise MCEVELEY 25:27 VW45-49 63.65 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 19  


Enjoy your Christmas everyone and if you participate in any events (other than the long established Christmas Lunch challenge) then please let me know

Keep on running