Wobbler on the web

robbie-4There’s a nice piece on the Chester Chronicle website on the Robbie Webster Wobbler (I’m told it might be in the paper next week, so keep your eyes peeled).


Helsby weekly round-up 20th – 24th August 2014


The eagerly anticipated Robbie Wobbler was held for the second year on Wednesday August 20th and a great turnout on the evening saw another success for Helsby Running Club. Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for his email regarding the race and his brilliant handling of the event as well as everyone involved.

Full results as below.


Also on Wednesday night was the Capenhurst 5k with two fantastic performances from Joanne and Helen

105th      Joanne Lacking                  20.09
160th      Helen Owens                     22.58

Full results and photos are at http://www.ellesmereportrunningclub.org.uk/capenhurst_5k.htm

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k with nine Helsby vests on show. An excellent 2nd place overall for Colin Bishop saw him 1st in for Helsby as was Janet Robertson for 3rd in her category. Well done to all who ran.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:30 VM50-54 87.05 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 38
23 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:35 SM25-29 59.77 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:33 2
59 Janet ROBERTSON 23:51 VW45-49 68.62 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 17
64 David FEAKES 24:21 VM50-54 61.53 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 21
82 Lesley FEAKES 25:11 VW45-49 65.78 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 24
95 Jackie KEASLEY 26:10 VW55-59 68.28 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 4
117 Claire MORTON 27:43 VW55-59 64.46 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 11
121 Jen O’HARE 27:59 VW40-44 54.97 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
184 Ivor JOHNSTONE 35:00 VM45-49 41.14 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 12



Two out a the Warrington Park Run also on Saturday with a number one spot for Colin Thompson followed by Tom DeJong securing a fabulous new PB in the process. Both Helsby runners were inside the top ten.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 44
9 Tom DE JONG 19:08 SM20-24 68.12 % M 9 Helsby RC New PB! 9



Jim Jones was doing his bit for the Scottish Independence debate by sticking Cheshire on the map on the Northern part of our United Kingdom. His race report below

“The race went from the island of Berneray to Lochmaddy on the Island of North Uist. (the islands are connected by a causeway). We were taken to the start by bus and spoilt with a very generous lunch, after a hot shower, in the Hammersay House Hotel at the finish. The route was undulating on a single track road with fantastic scenery all the way.  It was a well hosted event and a great excuse to visit a fantastic place.

17th         Jim Jones                             1.47.02

route below:


Also – a race report from the local community newsletter:

2 Islands Half Marathon – Berneray to Lochmaddy

The third running of this annual race took place on Saturday 24 August in near perfect conditions. A record number of runners and walkers took part (48), including those from Berneray, Uist and the islands, but also this year from the mainland, the south of England, Germany and Australia!

Ross Clark of Hunters Bog Trotters set a record time for the event of 1:16:56, shaving 11 minutes off the previous fastest time – yes he went pretty much like a rocket!

The organisers would like to thank all for coming – it seems folk enjoyed it, and many are aiming to come back for more next year! The organisers also want to thank all those who helped and especially the management and staff of Hamersay House Hotel in Lochmaddy, who put on a splendid spread for us after the event and provided a great venue for the presentations and some much-needed R&R! The full results are available here. There are plenty of pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

(2014 results should be updated soon)

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cilcain Show Race, a loop from Cilcain to Moel Famau and back. Jackie’s race report below

‘Tom, Phil Roberts, Max and me did the Cilcain Moel Famau fell race yesterday. Results not out yet. Great race to do on a wet bank holiday! Mist virtually down to Cilcain itself! Cool for running, as muddy as it gets. Well done to Max for a top finish and to Phil & Tom for battling it out on the uphill road finish after all the mud (results not out yet, so not sure on their exact positions). Good to see Steff Charman back fell running again. Mick has a good run too.  The rain didn’t dampen the ever faithful support from Joe & Mario, thanks. Just spotted the pair of them at Lynn Ogwen at Saturdays Tryfan down hill race for Peter Douglas’s memorial too! Photo on the Welsh Fell Runners Website at http://www.wfra.org.uk).  Village day very well supported despite the rain, the usual, live music, morris dancers, dog show, greasy pole, best marrow and victoria sponge etc etc.  I spent my left over entry money on produce from the plant store, the lads on a well earned pint at the pub!

Details and hopefully 2014 results should appear on the Cilcain show page soon.


or possibly the Welsh Fell Runners website http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

As always ,if I’ve missed any events or races then please let me know to keep the blog updated. It’s great to receive race reports no matter what the discipline or distance so thanks to all who send them in.

Keep on running


2014 Road and Fell Championship Updates

Due to popular demand you will now find the latest standings for the 2014 Road and Fell championships on their home pages.

If you like Half Marathons you are in for a treat with the last 2 races in the road series. Firstly we have the Warrington Half on 23rd September and then to round off the series the Conwy Half on 23rd November. I did the Conwy Half a couple of years ago and can thoroughly recommend. It starts and finishes under the walls of Conwy castle and follows the coast line most of the way. Well OK there is a bit of a climb up the Great Orme but what goes up must come down and once down its flat running all the way to the finish.

Just have look at the videos on the Conwy Half website to see how scenic it is


As for the fell championship it’s only just getting going with 7 races still to go. The next one is at Shelf Moor on 7th September.

If you still haven’t tried the Fells yet you really should. If you fancy an easier one to start try the King John’s Castle on 20th September. This is a fairly local race just over the Welsh Border and is very runnable though the last 20m up a near vertical slope makes the sprint finish interesting.

Club champions back to 1980

Champion!Download the complete list of club champions since 1980 — men’s, women’s, road, fell, xc, Border’s League as well as summer and winter handicap winners and winners of the Joe Beswick trophy for services to the club.

Helsby Champions since 1980

I’ve added a new page to the menu on the left, but for anyone who might not see it there, I’ve put it up as a news story too. Let me know if you have any missing information (eg names for the summer handicap winners for 2009 and 2011).


Helsby weekly round-up 13th – 17th August 2014

Greetings carbon based bipeds

Firstly, congratulations to Jayne Joy who was joint 6th in the British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge for 2014 which included her Inter-county achievement and a race in her England vest. Full results below.


Pilgrims Cross on Wednesday 13th August was honoured with two Helsby vests at this Rossendale organised 6 miler with over 1000ft of ascent. Phillip Roberts showing his good form was first Helsby home followed by the irrepressible Jim Jones, both under the hour.

47th         Phillip Roberts                   50.57
95th         Jim Jones                            59.09

race map http://www.racemaps.org.uk/pilgrimscrossfellrace.htm

and full results http://www.rossendaleharriers.co.uk/results/PilgrimsCrossResults2014.pdf

Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 16th saw an amazing four new PB’s from Helsby runners, Colin, Max, Dave and Louise! Colin Bishop was a solid 1st overall with new Helsby runner Max Wainwright 3rd overall, fantastic to see two Helsby members in the top three. Great running from Vanessa saw her 34th overall to claim 2nd lady and first in for Helsby. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:15 VM50-54 88.31 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 37
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 17:53 SM25-29 72.13 % M 3 Helsby RC New PB! 2
18 David MADDERS 20:45 VM40-44 66.27 % M 17 Helsby RC New PB! 18
27 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:33 SM25-29 59.86 % M 26 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
34 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:54 VW45-49 75.65 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8
37 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 20
59 Carol SHAW 23:08 VW50-54 74.28 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 22
64 Louise MCEVELEY 23:47 VW45-49 68.82 % F 6 Helsby RC New PB! 41
95 Lesley FEAKES 25:33 VW45-49 64.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15

Full results below


Warrington Park Run 5k saw another number 1 spot for Colin Thompson our sole Helsby representative at this race so he’s making it count :d

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:14 VM35-39 72.30 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 43

and full results


Saturday afternoon was the Catherine Dowdall Darwen Gala Memorial Race in honour of Jamie’s wife Catherine and it was a brilliantly organised event raising money for charity as well as a reflective afternoon. Jim O’Hara was having the race of his life although we are still unsure why he and six others decided to head to Bolton after visiting Darwen Tower but it did give other people in a green vest the opportunity of a scalp. Mario won his usual best in class category and Joe was out on the tower in fine voice along with Phil Gillard and Helen offering fantastic support as ever. Prize giving had Jamie on stage sounding more composed and professional than the Radio DJ’s hosting the Gala.

Darwen Gala

Paul Fosters race report follows

“The race finally got started in the gala field after a slight delay due to the fete being late arriving which helped a few late runners who also got stuck behind the procession.

Race Start

The race starts with a quick climb through the park woods then up to Darwen Tower. Once you got to the top it was perfect conditions for a quick glance around to see some popular faces of Phil and Helen Gillard and of course ‘Mr Helsby’ Joe cheering everybody on. After a quick run down then round and back up to the moors we followed the path along to a single track which took us straight across ready for the run down back through the heather to the finish in the park. A highlight for me was seeing Phil Gillard pop up out of the heather like a meerkat taking photos and shouting where is Jim O’Hara. Once we all arrived back in the park and a chance to ask Jim what went wrong it was time to sample the free pint and hot dog which certainly put a smile back on Jim’s face.

Post Race

After all the runners watched the ferret and falcon display it was time for the presentations which Jamie compered in his usual good form. I would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the race but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to other commitments. Maybe next year we can put it on the fell counter so Jim O’Hara can have another crack at it.

The race raised £390 for sarcoma cancer and £100 for Bolton mountain rescue which is fantastic.”


9th           Adair Broughton               37.52
14th         Jamie Dowdall                   40.11 (2nd claim Helsby)
22nd        Mario Foschi                      42.15 (1st in age cat)
30th         Jim Jones                             43.38
47th         Paul Foster                         45.45
71st         Jim O’Hara                          51.31

For a map of the route (but not Jimmy’s route as it won’t fit on the scanner)


For full results and information see http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala.html

Sunday 17th was the Birchwood 10k with a near sub-40 run from Ivan seeing him first in for Helsby.

92nd        Ivan Davies                         40.04
97th         Derek Morris                     40.26
110th      Roy Gaskill                          41.01
196th      Dave Madders                  43.41
564th      David Wiggins                    54.44

Full results


Sunday also saw the Two Hillforts Fell Race which starts and finishes in Llandyrnog, North Wales. This was a testing course and as the race organiser stated in his email report ‘In bright and breezy conditions, a field of 46 runners took to the starting field beside the pub and sped off towards the heather-clad hills. Soon the fields gave way to the start of the long climb up to Penycloddiau’. Jayne Joy looked in complete control as she tackled this first Marilyn of the Clwydian Range and went on to secure 1st lady and 5th overall in a time that took 3 minutes off the previous record. Definitely worth considering this race next year for those that like running in the Clwydians. A good club counter I’d say.

5th           Jayne Joy                             74.06
9th           Adair Broughton               77.00

Full results are on the Welsh Fell Runners site with some lush green photographs


The Swiss Iron Trail race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes.

“Coincidence can be a kind master. Whilst planning our summer holidays I was just about to book the ferry when an email arrived from the Swiss iron trail. The dates looked familiar so I entered into negotiations with the boss and a race on the way home was approved. Result. I’d been looking at this race previously as the T201 a whopping 201km and 11,500m of ascent had my mind boggling. A potential target for the future, but not one just before a 3 day return drive to Blighty. So I entered the T41 a curious title for a 43km race with just over 2600m of up and just a little less in descent. We got going with a time trial around the lakes of Lenzerheide (4km on the flat) before heading up the surrounding mountains on our way to Davos. Sitting neatly in 11th as we hit the climb the going got tough. I caught the guy in front half way up the mountain (he was from the Netherlands) and chatted the rest of the way before leaving him right at the top. The trails were very runnable and in most case were wide fire roads to allow access to the cable cars of this skiing and  mountain biking playground.

I spent the rest of the race cat and mouse with an Austrian chap over 9th place – he was very serious about the whole thing; over taking me whilst I took selfies and enjoyed the intermittent view between the clag. A relatively small error over a turning sent me down the mountain but it was reasonably quickly recovered. Unfortunately the beauty of the course was only revealed to us on an infrequent basis and the weather took a turn for the worst, even snowing at points. I hit the bottom of the final climb roughly 2.5 minutes behind the Austrian who had put on a bit of a lead due to me tripping over a little earlier and deciding I needed to take on some sugar and not do myself an injury before the Ring O’Fire in two weeks time – he also gained by not stopping at the check point to resupply, but I was confident I could make up the time he’d gain on the climb through channelling my inner Mario on the downhill – where I had originally managed to pass him. I arrived into Davos to excited screams from the boys. Realising I wasn’t going to catch the elusive Austrian I ran carrying the boys in for the final section. Thankfully Laura pointed out we were a little further away than I had thought so James went on my shoulders and Rhys ran in hand in hand with me in 5 hours, 46 minutes – my slowest marathon to date I think J. Certainly a fab end to the holiday.

Curiously I ended up in 7th for my age group and 11th overall, this surprised both Laura (who had counted people in and had me in 8th) and me – I guess the wrong turn cost me ~5 places as I passed others in the check points. A shame, but not why I had turned up for this race. The first 5 runners were all sponsored athletes with 3 in the Mammut pro team, so not too shabby in the end. To the big question though, would I go back for the 201? If the weather was right I may very well do, just don’t tell Laura. :d”

and photos


Let me know if I’ve missed any events or challenges achieved this week as I can always keep the blog up to date. Enjoy the remaining bits of the summer and good luck to all those marshalling, running or enjoying the festivities at the Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday night.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 6th – 12th August 2014


Pie and Peas on Wednesday 6th August was our 10th road counter of the season and thirty Helsby vests ensured a sea of green for the supporters on the night. What an awesome turnout for the club. Well done to Colin Bishop, Colin Thompson and Carol Shaw who were all age category winners on the night and to Max Wainwright who won first unattached but is now a Helsby runner! Looks like there is even more excellent competition within the club. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby and Joanne was first lady. Well done to all who ran and have a look at the team photo for some nice poses! Also, as Jackie told me “Special mention to Paul Bulmer who ran around with his guide runner plus Jane A in a brilliant 55min on a fairly tricky course for Paul.”

6th           Colin Bishop                       28.26
8th           Colin Thompson               29.08
13th         Max Wainwright               30.00
25th         James Higgins                    32.08
33rd        Tom DeJong                       33.02
37th         Roy Gaskill                          33.27
44th         Phillip Roberts                   33.37
46th         Adam Gordon                   33.46
62nd        Ian Landucci                       34.52
72nd        Adrian Jackson                  35.40
90th         Joanne Lacking                  36.25
102nd      Stephen Wiggins              37.04
111th      Alex Fitzmaurice               37.32
112th      Tim Igoe                               37.42
113th      John Thompson                37.43
115th      Carl Pratt                             37.44
116th      David Hilton                        37.52
120th      Jim Jones                             38.05
128th      Vanessa Griffiths             38.39
135th      Carol Shaw                          38.58
143rd      Mike Searle                        39.41
160th      Jackie Keasley                   41.35
163rd      Chris Igoe                            41.42
180th      Graham Lloyd                    43.14
224th      Mike McShane                  46.28
234th      Jenny Palmer                     47.37
244th      Emma Barnes                    51.08
248th      Alison Butler                      52.45
255th      Jane Ashbrook                  55.12
256th      Paul Bulmer                        55.12

Prize winners for the Pie and Peas


and full results


We run for Pie

We run for Pie

Paul Bulmer & Jane

Ponderosa Fell Race in North Wales also on Wednesday saw two Helsby out.

7th           Jim O’Hara                          28.56
69th         Rachel Arnold                    40.21

On Thursday night it was the third race in the Deestriders series. No results as yet but they should appear here shortly


Delamere Park Run Number 72 on Saturday 9th August saw nine out for Helsby with Colin Bishop getting even faster for a new course PB and the nailed on win. Max Wainwright is certainly one to watch hitting a podium on his first attempt for 3rd overall. Vanessa was first Helsby lady home. Great work from Dave Madders and Emma Barnes saw two new course PB’s on the day.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:23 VM50-54 87.63 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 36
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 18:04 SM25-29 71.40 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
8 Ivan DAVIES 19:32 VM35-39 69.37 % M 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:32 15
24 David MADDERS 20:57 VM40-44 65.63 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
47 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 22:27 VW45-49 73.79 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 7
154 Emma BARNES 29:29 VW35-39 51.55 % F 30 Helsby RC New PB! 8
170 Jane ASHBROOK 30:52 VW35-39 49.03 % F 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 27
181 Paul BULMER 32:02 VM55-59 47.97 % M 137 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 16
182 Carol SHAW 32:25 VW50-54 53.01 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 21

Full results


Warrington Park Run 5k race number 29 saw Men’s Captain Colin Thompson secure success for the number 1 spot on the day. Excellent stuff.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:12 VM35-39 72.44 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 42

Full results


Sunday 10th August saw the ‘Welcome Tavern 10k’ in Preston. Colin Thompson who was a fantastic 2nd states this was “an undulating multi-terrain course starting and finishing at the Welcome Tavern pub. Nice low key event with brilliant organisation and great commemorative medal at the finish” Tom DeJong ran well for 15th overall.

2nd          Colin Thompson                               36.49
15th         Tom DeJong                                       42.27

Saturday also saw two different Tours of Bradwell, Jim O’Hara in the half tour and Andy in the full tour. Some words from Andy below

“Jim & I were both running at Bradwell in the Peak District on Saturday, Jim in the Half Tour of Bradwell, me in the Full Tour.  Jim came 6th, I was 41st.  Race website & results are here, and the photos can be found via my Runfurther website here.”

Full link to results


Sunday saw Jim Jones at the Lowther Lakeland Trail and in Jim’s words “Its a great 13 mile route and the Lowther Show is a brilliant day out. Shame about the rain today with the regards the show. However, the conditions were near ideal for the duration of the race with light rain throughout. This is one that I’ll be putting in my diary for next year.

Think I finished 39th in 1:56 (Garmin time) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/562127949 Results should appear here:  http://www.lowthershow.co.uk/what-s-on/lowther-trail-run

In other news

This Saturday is the Darwen Gala and Memorial Race, information sent from Paul via email previously http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala-new.html “The Darwen Gala fell race has been renamed this year in memory of my sister in law and Jamie Dowdall’s wife Catherine. Jamie runs with the Darwen Dashers but often trains with Helsby through the winter. The race is good for all runners, hills are runnable, up to Darwen tower along the moors then back, race is 4.7 miles and is about a mile longer than previous years which makes this a better race and finishes with a free beer. Darwen Gala also forms part of the the day, so bring yourself or all the family for a great fun filled day.”

Don’t forget it’s the brilliant Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday 20th August, the club organised hill event of the season with ascent, descent, trail, woods, charm and cake.

Wednesday 20th August @ 7pm, parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham, WA6 6HH.  registration from 6:15pm

If you can’t run and would like to help then Chris could always do with some marshals or a photographer so drop him a line at TheWobbler@baynham-hughes.com This is a fantastic event and will be once again with the enthusiasm and dedication of Helsby members. It’s events like this that have helped the tremendous growth of the club and with Chris’s hard work we can make things a little less stressful by lending him a hand.

For those not fancying the hills there is also the Ellesmere Port 5k on the same night which is dedicated to a local runner who died far too young, an event I’ll be running or marshalling at as required as Neil was a friend of mine. Details and entry as below


as always if I’ve missed anything then let me know. I’ll try and keep the blog updated with results not yet published.

Keep on running


Helsby running club weekly round-up 2nd – 5th August 2014

How ya doin’?

Delamere Park Run Race Number 71 5k was on Saturday August 2nd and Colin Bishop kept up his winning ways against last year’s Robbie Wobbler winner Dave Alexander. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady. Five ran in total as below

1 Colin BISHOP 17:37 VM50-54 86.47 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:24 35
65 Rachel ARNOLD 24:41 VW50-54 69.62 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 11
164 Stephen WIGGINS 32:11 SM20-24 40.24 % M 108 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 26
165 Paul BULMER 32:11 VM55-59 47.75 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 15
175 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:49 VM45-49 42.58 % M 116 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 11


It was the monthly Halewood 5k also on Saturday where Tom ran in first u20 followed by Dave Madders securing a new PB for the course

37th         Tom DeJong                       19.57 (1st u20)
45th         Dave Madders                  20.20 (New PB)

Full results https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/home/weekly-results

Teggs Nose Fell Race was also on Saturday August 2nd and three Helsby were out in attendance, Colin Thompson, Phillip Roberts and Tom DeJong.

Well done to Colin Thompson first in for Helsby at Teggs followed by Phillip and Tom (on his 2nd race of the day!)

12th         Colin Thompson                               1.05.01
28th         Phillip Roberts                                   1.12.55
50th         Tom DeJong                                       1.18.43

Full Results now available at http://www.macclesfield-harriers.co.uk/

or why not watch a clip of the start https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn4E-3VcbOM

Worsthorne Fell Race near Burnley was a near 11k trail and moor race with 900ft climb with three Helsby out on Sunday 3rd August. Three lady Internationals were in the race with Jayne Joy 2nd of the bunch to enjoy another day on the podium. Adair and Mario were both 2nd in their age categories. Fantastic support from Joe meant we got to see him twice on the course (I’m thinking Joe could probably walk round the course faster than half the field running it!)

22nd        Jayne Joy                             47.03
27th         Adair Broughton               48.48
52nd        Mario Foschi                      53.51

Full results here


and comedy gurns, legs and arms here


Arenig Fawr on Sunday was a North Wales Fell counter and a classy field will always be in attendance for these races. Phil was the only Helsby runner but did the club proud with a solid run.

Race report by Phil Gillard.

“When a sheep trod feels like a motorway – a lot of my racing this summer has been in races which start and finish at a carnival or fete, Arenig Fawr was different. The start and finish is a quarry to the north of Bala – a stark and remote location. The race is organised by Yannis; Yannis is a purist and a proper “mountain man” and the race reflects this, having run the inaugural running of this new route last year, I knew what to expect. The other thing Yannis is really good at organising is a support crew with experienced marshals and a team providing copious amounts of refreshments both pre and post race, so to be greeted with a cup of coffee when you had completed your race entry form was fantastic.

The race starts from the base of the quarry and winds up a zig-zag path for about a mile until you reach the base of a gully much like the one at the far end of Moel Famau but twice as long. Once you reach the top of the gully then you are on your own, the route is not marked the terrain is unforgiving (tussock, bog and rock) and the paths are non existent. From the top of the gully you climb to checkpoint 1 on a small knoll and then contour round under Arenig Fawr for about 2 miles to find checkpoint 2 and then descend into the valley below Moel Llyfnant to be faced with a mile of climb to the summit (checkpoint 3), as you are climbing the lead runners are descending via the same route; an inspirational site to see the likes of Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee descending at real pace. Back into the valley and then another tussocky climb up the top of Arenig Fawr, the conditions at the top were very windy, pity the poor marshals on checkpoint 4. The route between checkpoints 4 and 5 is probably the best running – a semi circular flattish run to avoid the cliffs to the left and then a tremendous grassy boggy descent to checkpoint 6 and the finish.

The joy of running in this type of terrain is the remoteness, there is something special about being able to make progress over difficult ground, trying to select the best line to make your travel as short as possible without taking in too much height gain / loss and avoiding difficult terrain. The sheep trods make life a little easier but the sheep aren’t always following the race route!”

33rd        Phil Gillard                           2.13.17

Full results www.wfra.org.uk

North Wales Half Marathon was also on Sunday and Helsby’s Jim Jones was the sole representative having a great run in the process. Race report from Jim below.

“I signed up on the day and did the North Wales Half Marathon. This race is promoted as one of the most scenic half marathons and I wasn’t disappointed. The views of the castle from the top of Conwy mountain at around 9 miles were fantastic. Fortunately the weather had also cleared a bit by then for what was nearly all down hill to the finish.

Notwithstanding the 600ft climb from Penmaenmawr village to the top of Sychant Pass, the toughest part of the race today was probably the first 3 miles with a strong head wind and blustery rain before we turned inland. The race website describes the first 1.2 miles as being on ‘hard sand’ (I must have been on the wrong beach!)”

Route and results below,

112th           Jim Jones                     1.51.29



Borrowdale is a classic fell race of 17miles and over 6500ft of ascent and our classy runner Jim O’Hara ran one of the best races he’s had in a green shirt for a sublime 34th overall taking a few named scalps along the way. Well worth a congratulations to Jim when you next see him.

34th         Jim O’Hara                          3.48.50

Jimmy does the Splits as below

Location Leg Total
Bessyboot 00:40:34 00:40:34
Esk Hause 00:44:33 01:25:07
Scafell Pike 00:25:11 01:50:18
Styhead 00:21:42 02:12:00
Great Gable 00:21:43 02:33:43
Honister 00:27:23 03:01:06
Dale Head 00:22:12 03:23:18
Finish 00:25:32 03:48:50

And Full results


Worth also noting that a runner was seriously injured at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Please do not take running in the fells lightly. Wear the right kit and spend time on navigation if required. No need to take risks out there!


If I’ve missed any news or events then please let me know. It’s great when I receive race reports and adds so much colour to the blog, please keep them coming

Keep on running