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

Hi all

Lots to report this week and varied too, a very active and healthy club right now!

Saturday is 5k parkrun day and once again we had runners at Delamere and at Warrington. Ed Halliwell stormed round in a sub 20 for first Helsby honours and podium finish with Jim Jones also securing a parkrun top ten. First Helsby lady was Janet Robertson

3 Edward HALLIWELL 19:58 VM40-44 68.36 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
7 Jim JONES 21:19 VM45-49 68.10 % M 7 Helsby RC New PB! 8
16 Phil GILLARD 22:42 VM50-54 66.01 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:00 3
22 Stephen WIGGINS 23:13 SM20-24 55.78 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 20
24 Derek GALLAGHER 23:29 VM60-64 68.91 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 11
32 Janet ROBERTSON 24:01 VW45-49 67.45 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 13
86 Shan MCCARTHY 27:40 VW40-44 56.87 % F 22 Helsby RC New PB! 7
195 Paul BULMER 36:50 VM55-59 41.72 % M 118 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 11
196 Louise MCEVELEY 36:50 VW45-49 44.43 % F 78 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 30


Colin Thompson was the sole wearer of the Helsby vest at Warrington, a good warm-up for his Borders on Sunday saw him 4th place.

4 Colin THOMPSON 18:03 SM35-39 73.04 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 34

Full results for Warrington below


Saturday and Sunday saw the GinPit Double Marathon with Gareth Boyd challenging himself with the double. Race report from Gareth below

This weekend, I competed in The GinPit Double Marathon again – the same marathon course run twice over 2 days. It’s a low key event (only 45 runners) but extremely well organised with 4 x great marshal/checkpoints points (biscuits/sweets and water  ) along the way.  Most of it is run off road – trail/canal path (lots of mud and water and windy conditions but really flat!)  and it’s a really good way to test those legs if you’re considering running an ultra or two during the year or just doing something different.

Results : –

Day 1     position 22                         finish time 4:14:02

Day 2     position 20                         finish time 4:34:00


Now onto Sunday and there were three Helsby out at the Wilmslow Half with Mike Searle first in for Helsby followed by John Gallon and Chris Igoe.

869th                 Mike Searle                   1.41.07
1626th                John Gallon                  1.50.44
2221st                Chris Igoe                     1.57.22

Full results and details can be found below



It was also the Liverpool Half this weekend with seven green vests on display with the first home Chris Fitzpatrick. Joanne was first Helsby lady. Race report from Jackie below

Liverpool Half an epic this morning too with very strong winds along the Wilderspool promenade for the last 4 miles! Not done this before and it was one of the most iconic half’s I have done for a while.  Finishing in front of the Liver Bulidings with a Samba band playing was on a par with the atmosphere at the London Marathon! The daffodils’ in Sefton Park were lovely too. All these things take your mind off tired legs!

57th                   Chris Fitzpatrick            1.22.43
343rd                 Roy Gaskill                   1.32.04
447th                 Tom DeJong                 1.33.36
711th                 Joanne Lacking             1.37.33
1787th                Claire-Louise Miller        1.47.08
2398th                Jackie Keasley              1.51.19
2493rd               Ben Williams                 1.52.00

For more details please see


or for full results check out TDL


There were 15 runners out for Helsby at the Border League Race 5 on Sunday Deeside College. Thanks to all who turned up and to all the support which is always brilliant. Colin Bishop and Carol Shaw had superb runs for first in their respective categories as did Alison for a great second in hers. Helsby positions and times below.

Helsby ladies were 4th in Division 1 and Helsby men were 2nd in Division 2, great stuff everyone.

18th       Colin Bishop                             24.55 (1st in age cat)
23rd       Colin Thompson                        25.08
80th       Ivan Davies                               28.03
116th     Dave Madders                          30.20
121st     Alison Halsall                            30.48 (2nd in age cat)
123rd     Steve Riley                               30.57
133rd     Carol Shaw                               31.20 (1st in age cat)
139th     Tim Palmer                                31.33
141st     Laura Baynham-Hughes          31.35
181st     Louise McEveley                       34.05
189th     Michelle Hardwick                      34.19
195th     Sally Parkinson                         35.05
203rd     Emily Smith                              36.15
218th     Betty Grieve                              38.03
227th     Ivor Johnstone                          44.44

Full race results


Edale was also on Sunday, a classic fell race with over 300 runners out challenging themselves with the 21 miles and 4500ft ascent. Brilliant run from Jimmy saw a top result against quality company.

19th                   Jim O’Hara                    3.27.28


That’s it for the round-up this week


I’ll be on holiday next week so if anyone would like to keep the blog updated for this weekend’s races i’m sure everyone at Helsby will be appreciative but no problem if not. If anyone would like to do it I can also give you the address for the Chester Chronicle as we get a brief round-up of our races there too so they’ll need to be sent by Tuesday of each week. Normal service will be resumed the subsequent week so it’s not so bad if we miss a week’s worth of news, its really just to let people know the results of races for this coming weekend.

Keep on running


Spring and Summer dates for your Diary

Dear Helsby Runner

With just few Border League races left to go now, April 6th at Wirral and April 23rd at Deestriders. The summer fell and road championships are now underway. There’s plenty of running and races to do with Helsby Running Club this spring and summer.

The summer road and fell club championship race lists is now complete. It’s been updated to include all the interclub fell championship races that have now been agreed between Spectrum, Tattenhall, Pensby and us. They are Up the Beast, Moel Siabod and Shelf Moor. Plus Chris B-H has fixed the date for the Robbie Webster Wobbler on Wed August 20th. There are 12 road races and 13 fell races to choose from in each championship; your best 7 results to count in each championship, a minimum of 4 needed to qualify for a prize. Do come along and try some of the races in each championships. Some of the shorter fell races will be a good introduction to fell races; please check with us which ones, they are great fun!

Plus we have a number of other events this summer which we hope to see you at:

Wednesday April 9th 8:30pm – Strength Training for Runners Talk
Mike Searle’s talk targeting runners for a) performance and b) health. In the club house after our club run with a chip balm supper to sustain us.
Wednesday May 21st 8:30pm – AGM
Please come along with your ideas and comments and help drive the club forward in the direction everyone wants to go! Minutes, agenda and club positions will be circulated before the meeting. If anyone wants to volunteer for posts. please let us know, new blood is always welcome!

Friday 27th June 6:30pm – Summer Handicap, Presentation Evening and BBQ
After last year’s successful presentation evening on a Friday we have decided to repeat it. As a lot of Wednesday evenings in July and August are already busy with club counters and other “must do” races, we thought combining this evening with Phil’s summer handicap competition beforehand would make it an action packed evening and give us big appetites for the BBQ. The Summer 2013 road and fell and the Winter 2013/2014 Cross Country and Border League club championship prizes will be presented at this prestigious annual running club event! Partners and friends welcome to join us for the evening. Dave and Lesley will be in contact about the food arrangements.

Wednesday July 30th 8:30pm – Nutrition for Runners Talk
Jayne Joy talk on food for runners with chip balm supper to whet our appetites!

Wednesday 20th August 7pm – Robbie Webster Wobbler
Our club run this Wednesday will move to Frodsham for the 2nd Robbie Webster Wobbler. Chris B-H is working on the format for this year’s race, e.g. course, land permissions, who we open the race up to etc. Chris Hatton has kindly made some wooden carved trophies for various race categories, details to be issued nearer the time. After last year’s successful evening back at the club following the race we will probably do the same again i.e. use some of the entry fee to provide sandwiches back at the community sports club.

The position on the new club house build, after many years of stagnation and waiting, is at a exciting stage. All club sections (runners, footballers, rugby, tennis, bowls, fishing & social) have reached agreement on the design of the new facilities. The plans are with the developers Brookhouse who plan to issue them to CWAC for final planning approval this month and come up with final costings based on the agreed designs. The new house build will then go out for tender. Brookhouse, who have already invested a lot of money in the project are keen and confident this will all happen quickly and new build could start as early as this Autumn. Our current club facilities will be operational until the new facilities are built. The plans are attached. Sadly there is no running track for us but there is a 2m wide running path around the 3 G pitch and we can obviously use the 3G pitch and indoor sports hall facilities. The changing rooms and bar/lounge facilities look awesome, particularly the bar on the first floor overlooking the sports facilities.

Hope to see you at many of our club training nights, races and these Spring and Summer events.

Any questions please ask me or any committee member.