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


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