Helsby weekly round-up 23rd – 27th April 2014

Hi all

Two first places for Helsby in this week’s round-up and a race that had no results!

Wednesday night 23rd April saw the last Border League race held by Deestriders. A brief report as to the reasons why the results didn’t stand can be seen on the North Wales Blog below.


Thanks to Donna Geer/Mario who took a photo of the many Helsby runners on the night as seen below. 28 were out in all for Helsby, fantastic turnout.

It was unfortunate that the race wasn’t validated and these things do happen from time to time but taking the season as a whole  it was a fantastic series of races for Helsby ladies and promotion for Helsby men is definitely a good target for Borders 2014/15 and certainly achievable.

Well done to Colin Bishop, first for his age category and to Tom DeJong picking up a 3rd junior title.

Results for the other Border League races over the previous season can be seen below.


Helsby Team

Helsby Team

It was the Delamere 5k Park Run on Saturday 26th with a great 1st place by the formidable Colin Bishop (undoubtedly one of the top ten runners in the country for his age group, so we should be very proud to have him for Helsby!) and first Helsby lady was Louise McEveley. Where was everyone this week?

1 Colin BISHOP 17:55 VM50-54 85.02 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 25
74 Louise MCEVELEY 25:30 VW45-49 64.18 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 34

For full results see below:


Saturday was also the Warrington 5k Park Run where sole Helsby representative Colin Thompson had a silver medal position for another great run.

2 Colin THOMPSON 17:58 VM35-39 73.38 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 36

For full results of Warrington see below


Saturday also saw long distance runner Chris Baynham-Hughes head for a Highland Fling. His race report below…

Saturday morning… and afternoon I decided to take on the Highland Fling (a double marathon along the West Highland way between the start of the WHW (Milngavie) and Tyndrum). It’s a very popular race despite the clash with The Fellsman and many of the familiar faces were there; I’d headed up with three Spartans and Richie Webster from Wallasey RC. The weather was forecast to be atrocious so I was delighted to start without my waterproof on and pretty much stay that way for the entire race.

My lack of race prep showed as I just didn’t’ have the miles in my legs unlike all the recent Helsby marathon heroes we keep hearing about, so after a surprisingly strong start I started to go backwards after about 20 miles. Still, I toughed it out (I can confirm that you don’t get any 50 miler for free) and focused on enjoying the scenery which was superb. It was a bit rough or “technical” underfoot around one of the lochs (earlier in the race you’d skip over it) and some of the trail was in very poor condition, but good company, well organised and one I’d certainly look to do again… but with full training next time! I finished in the top 10%, but only by virtue of it being such a big event (~800 starters), in 9 hours 45 minutes, best of all there was no ankle pain.

The first question I was asked as I passed the finish line was “Do you want a water or a beer?” My kind of race :d”

Sunday 27th April was the Radcliffe 10k Multi-terrain race and a Viking raid by Jayne Joy saw her secure a fabulous victory against some talented opposition and a PB too on an undulating course shows the sort of form she is in.

23rd                  Jayne Joy                   38.25 (1st lady)

Thanks also to Joe and Mario who were out in support on the day. For further details and results see below;




A smiling Jayne Joy http://www.runningpix.co.uk/XCTrailpics/Radcliffe10K1432D/large-44.html

……and for a bit of extra reading

BBC Article. A point of View – How running has changed since the four minute mile


Keep on running


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