Helsby weekend round-up 22nd-23rd February 2014

Hi all

It was the Delamere Park Run 5k race number 50 on Saturday 22nd February with two in the top ten for Helsby and the first place to boot! Well done to ColinBishop for first place in 18.17 followed by Ivan in20.07 with a great run for 6th. Laura Baynham-Hughes was first lady home in 23.06 for a fab 28th overall.

1 Colin BISHOP 18:17 VM50-54 83.32 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 21  
6 Ivan DAVIES 20:07 SM35-39 66.86 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 12  
12 Gareth BOYD 20:56 VM40-44 65.68 % M 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10  
28 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 23:06 VW35-39 65.15 % F 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:46 13  
37 Carol SHAW 23:34 VW50-54 71.99 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 18  
43 Janet ROBERTSON 23:53 VW45-49 67.83 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 12  
56 Louise MCEVELEY 24:55 VW45-49 65.69 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 27  

For full results


It was also the Liverpool Princess Park run on Saturday with another podium finish for Helsby taken by Colin Thompson with a fast 5k in 18.01. Tom DeJong ran in a time of 20.35 for 26th place but unfortunately did not have his barcode to be entered as a named person in the results.

3 Colin THOMPSON 18:01 SM35-39 73.17 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:40 31

For full results


Jim Jones did the Moel y CI on Saturday, a tough fell race over in Snowdonia. Jim states “Found it pretty tough coming back down and lost a lot of places to the experienced fell runners.

Hopefully have a better run on the Pipe Dream in Dalgarrog on Saturday.”

78th                   Jim Jones         56.17

Full results of the race below


and photos hopefully available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk or here


In other news

This Wednesday 26th post club run is the meeting night for those who want to be included in the decision making process of our summer road and fell calendar. If you are going make sure you’ve contacted Dave or Lesley regarding your chip balm order!

Please don’t forget this weekend is the Border League race 4 hosted by Wallasey and held in Birkenhead Park at the usual start time of 11.00am Sunday.

More information below


Penby’s Tuffnutz 11mile team Endurance event (multi-terrain running and obstacles) is on again this year but it does unfortunately happen on the same day as a Border League race. Jackie has sent the link for more information which is below but the date is Sunday 6th April 2014 at 11.00am at Thurstaston. I’ll include the flyer on the blog or see here


Chris Fitzpatrick and Jackie have both asked me to mention about the Helsby beer festival, message from Chris below;

“I believe the Helsby Beer Festival comes to town on 7th & 8th March, and we don’t need an invite to go out and enjoy ourselves, so there’s a few of us meeting up and going to the sports club on Friday 7th, approx. 7.30pm. You will need tickets for this one, they are £3 each, you can pick them up at the sports club, Helter Skelter, Chester Rd Shell Garage and a few other places. Would be good to see you all there.”

As always

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 15th-16th February 2014

Hi all

A mixed bag this week with some individuals putting the Helsby vest out and about and further afield.

No Delamere Park run this weekend due to weather!

Saturday was the Parbold Hill Race where Jim Jones, sole Helsby representative had a great race in a quality field of 450 runners.  

190th                Jim Jones       93.03


Sunday saw the Windy Hill Fell Race where Phil Gillard ran. Phil’s excellent report below.

“I always look forward to the first day of a new sporting season; I love the first day of a new football season – bright sunshine, freshly washed kit and so much optimism and enthusiasm. Sunday was the first day of my fell running season and the feelings were similar, after the very poor weather of the last few week the Penine moors were in pristine condition and couldn’t be resisted.

Race HQ was Littleborough rugby club, a large field of over 230 runners from either side of the Penines, so some chance to mix it with them Yorkshire folk. The first couple of miles are on reasonably good track, passing both under and over the M62 to get to the base of Blackstone Edge, which I recall (from previous races) as a boggy muddy mess, the route up to the trig point for this race was much more runnable despite all the recent bad weather.

After some fairly tricky rocky ground after the trig point we hit the Penine way – a paved road in a sea of tussock, a couple of miles of this allowed the pace to pick up until we hit the footpath over the M62 and with my inclination to vertigo was an Indiana Jones type challenge, I can assure you the wobble in my legs was not down to lack of fitness.

Another 3.5 miles to go to make up the full 9 mile distance and what a delight this was – fast cruising on well formed track until we got back to the Rugby club.

A really nice way of breaking in the new season.”

149th                Phil Gillard       1.27.02

Full results at the following link as below


It was also the Village Bakery Half marathon on Sunday with two out for Helsby, Jackie and Carol. Jackie has sent an interesting report

“A lovely warm sunny morning yesterday saw Carol and me drive the labyrinth of roads through Wrexham Industrial Estate to the start of the Wrexham Village Bakery Half.

Some of the course is around the industrial estate and then a short and long lap into the countryside. We set off dead on 11, with no announcements, and within a few hundred metres came to a T junction where some runners turned left and some right. I think which way you turned depended on whether you had done the race before or not; as I had not I just followed the majority. It made a nice change to do a road race after so many muddy training and XCs recently. It’s amazing for me to admit that! Within a few miles we passed the finish area and headed off into the countryside. After a memorable week of gales, fallen trees and floods, it felt like spring had started; lovely running temperature, sun shining, birds singing, views out to the flooded lower Dee. All interspersed now and again by wafting smells of baking from the Villages Bakery, who sponsor the race. Back past the finish again and into a longer loop deeper into the pleasant countryside, narrower country lanes this time but still no puddles and mud, amazing! Finally the last few miles through the industrial estate seemed to go on and on, and it did – it was only when I finished that those with Garmin watches were saying we’d clocked up nearly 14 miles!

It all came clear then about the start, which by this time I had forgotten about. Carol had turned the other way at the start and finished the course in an excellent 1:42 having clocked up exactly a half marathon distance on her watch. However, because she came in with other runners she knew were definitely faster than her, she did not go through the funnel. Now that’s honesty for you! Not having a fancy watch, I didn’t know any difference and passed through the funnel at 1:53.

We are still awaiting official results but they may take a while to sort out, if at all! All runners got a bakery fruit loaf which was delicious! Anyway, it was a most pleasant morning of running despite a few problems on the course.”

Full results should appear here in time


283rd                Jackie Keasley           114.37

Full Results now available on ukresults.net with a note to say majority of runners did an extra half mile!


and don’t forget a couple of other mentions from Jackie

Wednesday 26th Feb – after our club run, get together in the bar to set the Summer Road & Fell Counters with chap butty supper!

Helsby Beer Festival : Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March

With 20 Real Ales (many new) and a range of Fruit Wines & Ciders, plus a conventional bar, the 5th Helsby Beer Festival promises to be a great weekend! There will be hot and cold food, plus LIVE music on both Friday and Saturday night and tickets are only £3.00 – available from Helsby Community Sports Club, Chester Road Shell Petrol Station or the Helter Skelter Pub & Frodsham Brewery. Phone Stuart on 07969 000878 for more details.

If I’ve missed any of your races just email me and I’ll add them to the Helsby blog!

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 8th – 9th February 2014

Hi all

Sorry for the delay this week but have had to wait for the Northwest Cross Country results to be finalised and distributed.

Delamere Park Run number 49 on Saturday 8th February saw Dave Feakes first home for Helsby in a great 23rd overall. Next home and first Helsby lady was Laura Baynham-Hughes for 32nd and a brilliant course PB. Well done to Hugh Barnes for his PB also. Nine out for Helsby in total, so well done to all who ran.

23 David FEAKES 22:18 VM50-54 67.19 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 16  
32 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:46 VW35-39 66.11 % F 3 Helsby RC New PB! 12  
34 Jim JONES 22:54 VM45-49 63.39 % M 31 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 6  
56 Carol SHAW 24:17 VW50-54 69.87 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 17  
73 Jackie KEASLEY 25:22 VW55-59 70.43 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 3  
79 Hugh BARNES 26:05 JM15-19 53.35 % M 69 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
97 Lesley FEAKES 27:05 VW45-49 61.17 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 19  
110 Ian HILDITCH 27:33 VM70-74 65.64 % M 88 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 21  
134 Louise MCEVELEY 29:26 VW45-49 55.61 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 26  

Full results available on the link below


Sunday saw the final Northwest Cross Country XC at Birchwood and a lower turnout from all clubs than in some of the XC races this year but we had a good showing from Helsby with 11 runners in total. First man home was Colin Bishop and first Helsby lady was Vanessa. I’ve heard no reports from the race but I’m presuming it was a muddy one!

9th        Colin Bishop
      Chris Baynham-Hughes
      Steve Riley
      Dave Feakes
      Paul Foster

13th      Vanessa Griffiths
      Janet Robertson
      Rachel Arnold
      Jackie Keasley
      Leslie Feakes
th      Lizzie Thomas

Overall for the season this secured 4th place for Helsby men and 3rd place for Helsby ladies. Helsby are also teamed with Lymm and Warrington.

Full results will be on Steve Saunders website as below


It was also the Liverpool & District XC Championship Sunday 9th February at Clarkes Gardens. Well done to John Hardman sole Helsby representative. Full results attached below. Not a bad turnout considering it clashed with the Northwest XC.

96th                  John Hardman            60.29


Sunday was also the Maddog 10k at Southport with 5 out for Helsby. Race report from Colin Thompson below:

“Myself, Steve Wiggins, Helen, Jo Lacking and Clare braved the rain and gale force winds to run the Southport Maddog 10k on Sunday. This, as always, is a brilliantly organised 10k race and a personal favourite of mine. On a good day it’s one of the fastest courses around, an up and back route along the prom, but sadly everybodys time was a fair way off their best due to the terrible weather conditions. We all still had a great run though and the brave singers (Elvis is still alive and well it seems) and supporters on route was excellent and one of the best goody bags and medal at the finish was a nice end to a very enojyable race.

8th         Colin Thompson           39.:03
220th     Stephen Wiggins          47:11
288th     Joanne Lacking            46:23
384th     Claire Miller                  48:20
512th     Helen Owens                49:54



Hope everyone who managed to run enjoyed the cross country season and with some great performances this year it certainly bodes well for next year too.

As always,

Keep on running


New session: Thursday thrash

We now have an extra session on Thursdays, 7pm led by Chris Baynham-Hughes and Roy Gaskill. Typically around 40 mins and built around hill reps and circuits. Useful extra session for those that can’t make Wednesdays, who find 6:30pm a bit early or who just can’t get enough. Again a range of abilities and inclusive. Meet at Runcorn Rowing Club, Cholmondeley Rd, WA7 4XT

Four villages t-Shirts and medals update

Most people who didn’t pick a medal and contacted us should now have received theirs. We still have a fair number of t-shirts that weren’t collected on the day. Can you get in touch with entry details and your address to arrange postage. Email runners@helsbyrunningclub.org.uk by 19 Feb please! Or we’d be delighted if you’d join us for a run on Weds for a 6:30pm if you’re able to collect in person or send a friend. 

Helsby weekend round-up 1st – 2nd February 2014

Hi all

It was race number 48 at the Delamere Park 5k Run and normal service was resumed with Colin Bishop taking a podium place in 2nd overall followed by first lady home for Helsby Janet Robertson.

2 Colin BISHOP 18:23 VM50-54 82.86 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 20  
40 Janet ROBERTSON 23:42 VW45-49 68.35 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 11  
47 Jim JONES 24:34 VM45-49 59.09 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 5  
57 Louise MCEVELEY 25:39 VW45-49 63.81 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 25  
60 Jackie KEASLEY 25:47 VW55-59 69.30 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 2  
83 Ian HILDITCH 27:30 VM70-74 65.76 % M 65 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 20  
118 Donna GEER 30:21 VW40-44 51.84 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:31 6  

Full results as below


Saturday morning was also the Halewood 5k wth four out for Helsby led home by Colin Thompson who was 15th overall followed by Ivan and Tom with course PB’s and Dave Madders.

15th                   Colin Thompson                        17.46
29th                   Ivan Davies                               19.23
38th                   Tom DeJong                             20.04
74th                   Dave Madders                          23.05

Full results for Halewood are available below, just scroll to the bottom of the page.


Saturday afternoon saw Clive Wilkinson head to the Tarren Hendre fell race and his race report is below

“Decided to make the journey into Wales to give fell running a try. Unfortunately a forecast of strong winds resulted in the summit section of the race being removed from the course on the advice of the Mountain Rescue Team. This left a steep walk, followed by a lot of trail running and a very muddy descent. Weather wasn’t too bad in the end although we did have hailstones at one point.

Finished 22nd in a field of 49 with a time of 52:01

Clive Wilkinson”

Well done to Clive on what was a fantastic results for his first fell race!

Full results for Tarren Hendre are already up on the fellrunner website and a report usually follows on the Welsh Fell Runners website. Links as below.



Sunday was the 3rd Border League of the season at Abergele. There were 18 runners out for Helsby so a good showing with Helsby positions and times as below. Some great performances out there too with Colin Bishop leading the men home and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady.

22nd                   Colin Bishop                             28.29 (1st in age cat)
24th                   Colin Thompson                        28.38
103rd                 Roy Gaskill                               33.08
119th                 Tom DeJong                             33.45
134th                 Jane Ashbrook                          34.56
144th                 Vanessa Griffiths                      35.24 (3rd in age cat)
150th                 Joanne Lacking                         35.37
163rd                 Stephen Wiggins                       36.13
171st                 Laura Baynham-Hughes            36.39
180th                 Carol Shaw                               37.01 (3rd in age cat)
181st                 Andy Smith                               37.03
186th                 Adrian Jackson                         37.20 1
89th                 Claire-Louise Miller                    37.31
196th                 Geoff Shaw                              37.51
214th                 Louise McEveley                       38.50
248th                 Betty Grieve                              43.38
254th                 Ben Williams                             44.22
264th                 Janet Shaw                               47.08 (3rd in age cat)

Overall Helsby ladies were 4th team in Division 1 and Helsby men were 7th in Division 2.

For full results please see http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Sunday was also the Mercia organised Long Mynd Valleys race where sole Helsby participant Jim O’Hara had a fantastic run in a quality field for 29th overall in 2.05.47.

For full results and other information and photos please see this link


and finally

Jackie Keasley would like to say

Thanks for coming along to last Weds 4 Villages Wash up meeting. It was well attended & there were many good ideas & comments for next year’s race, easier to do now than next year whilst it’s fresh in our minds & legs!

We have had plenty of suggestions for our summer road & fell counters. Please come along on Wed 26th Feb 8.30 to the bar after our club run, where we will sort out the counters lists for this summer championships. Sustenance for the evening will be chip baps organised by Dave & Lesley who will be in touch.