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



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