The Druid on Wednesday 16th July is always a popular race with Helsby members. Twelve green vests were out to take on the challenge of Foel Fenli with Chris Baynham-Hughes and Joe marshalling and supporting. Great running from Jim O’Hara saw him 5th overall and 1st Helsby man home and Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady. Three Helsby prize winners on the night so well done to Tom, Mario and Janet for their age category wins.
5th Jim O’Hara 35.59
18th Phillip Roberts 40.38
26th Adam Gordon 22.59
27th Phil Gillard 43.11
29th Tom DeJong 43.15 (1st in age cat)
34th Mario Foschi 44.05 (1st in age cat)
43rd Janet Robertson 45.12 (1st in age cat)
48th Laura Baynham-Hughes 45.46
50th Adrian Jackson 45.51
57th Joanna Lacking 46.54
66th Jim Jones 48.09
68th Paul Foster 48.15
No official results are onlined but results should follow shortly here, if anyone wants a copy of the results in the meantime just email me and I can send them on.
Also on Wednesday was the Sefton Park 5 Miler where Gary and Derek had a close race to finish a second apart.
60th Gary O’Connor 33.15
61st Derek Morris 33.16
Thursday night was the Sale Sizzler with four out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first Helsby man home and Louise first Helsby lady.
34th Colin Thompson 17:19
262nd John Thompson 22:39
431st Louise Spruce 34:38
433rd Michelle Cully 34:56
Full results here:
Onto the weekend and the most popular park run this weekend was not Delamere but the Newbury Park Run where Tim and Jenny put Helsby on the map. Tim’s Newbury excursion is detailed below!
“As we were visiting my parents, Jenny and I did the Newbury Parkrun this Saturday rather than the more usual Delamere or Warrington. This is on Greenham Common, which those of you of a certain age will remember for RAF Greenham Common, US cruise missiles and peace protesters; it has now
reverted to common land with odd remmants of the old air base. Either Joe’s Monday night training or the course, or more likely a bit both, enabled me to take over 2 minutes off my Parkrun PB. The turnout was much larger than at Delamere with over 330 runners.”
|26||Tim PALMER||21:36||VM45-49||67.75 %||M||24||Helsby RC||First Timer!||11|
|174||Jenny PALMER||28:13||VW40-44||55.35 %||F||33||Helsby RC||First Timer!||2|
Colin Bishop who has made Delamere Park Run his own with many recent wins dominated the field again for a 1st place.
|1||Colin BISHOP||17:41||VM50-54||86.15 %||M||1||Helsby RC||PB stays at 00:17:35||33|
Similarly, in the Warrington Park Run Colin Thompson raced round for another Helsby victory.
|1||Colin THOMPSON||18:06||VM35-39||72.84 %||M||1||Helsby RC||PB stays at 00:17:43||41|
Jayne Joy our International Star was selected for an invite only race, the ‘Snowdon Super Cup’ which is part of the Snowdon Mountain race weekend. Weather conditions meant a delayed start and a shortened course, so a different day than was expected for Jayne. Great support from Mario and Joe at the halfway café’ really buoyed Jayne on to be 9th female in a very elite field of athletes. Another proud day for Helsby.
25th Jayne Joy 38.29
More details below
and full results
Warton Crag Fell Race also on Saturday was a 6 miler with 150m of climb, described by Phil Gillard here
“As you travel up to the Lakes and just north of Lancaster, there is a limestone outcrop to the west of the M6, this is called Warton Crag and the location for the aptly named Warton Crag fell race. The race is on the same day as Warton sports and carnival; the good people of Warton really go to town with a parade of floats, stalls, teas and cakes and some sports, the highlight of which is the fell race.
The race starts off on the carnival field and winds itself through the village until we reach the bottom of the crag which in terms of terrain and height is much like Helsby hill. Once the top is reached there is short steady descent into the rolling North Lancashire hills for a pleasant undulating meander through woods, pasture land, country roads and the grounds of a somebody’s country pad. Very runnable and not too taxing. It is also nice to run alongside some less familiar vests of Dallen, Chorley, Trawden, Red Rose Runners and Helm Hill
With the run complete is was time to head to Manchester for a very pleasant meal and night out”
A great run from Phil saw him 30th overall
30th Phil Gillard 51.40
And full results
Burtonwood 5 Miler cancelled due to necessity for road closures, details below.
Roy was first in for Helsby at Sundays Penny Lane Striders 10k and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady as well as first in her age category. Great running everyone on what would have been a hot day.
43rd Roy Gaskill 41.41
51st Gary O’Connor 42.20
64th Tom DeJong 43.29
66th Jane Ashbrook 43.33
88th Joanne Lacking 45.22
100th Phillip Roberts 46.03
139th David Hilton 48.55
201st Clare Louise Miller 52.55
236th David Wiggins 58.08
238th Stephen Wiggins 58.16
Full results available from
as always, if I’ve missed an event then do let me know as I can update the blog as necessary.
Keep on running
Wednesday 23rd July it’s the 6th fell counter of the Helsby season, the Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel. Please meet at the club for 6pm for car share
Wedneday 30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.