Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 17th – 23rd Nov 2014

Lakeland Trails Series
Starting off with a bang this week is a series win for Tim Palmer on the 10km Lakeland trails series; simply fantastic. The Palmer household was not happy just to leave it there though, as Jenny scooped a fantastic 6th place in the vet Ladies and 9th lady overall. Congratulations and very well done indeed!

Park Run
Park run continues to spread – making the results capture harder, but introducing more courses to play with on a Saturday morning. Great to se so many Helsby vests at these events. Notable mentions this week go to Ellen Harris – making her debut for Helsby in a superb 24:40, Donna Geer and Carl Pratt both bagging PBs and the ever superb Colin Bishop for taking home the win in St. Helens. Well done all!

Name Time Position Location
Dave Madders 21:41 26 Delamere
Janet Robertson 23:48 58 Delamere
Ellen Harris 24:40 67 Delamere
Jane Ashbrook 24:41 68 Delamere
Lesley Feakes 26:13 82 Delamere
Shan McCarthy 27:13 96 Delamere
Donna Geer 28:26 113 Delamere
Jen O’Hare 28:27 114 Delamere
Paul Bulmer 34:25 183 Delamere
Louise McEveley 34:26 184 Delamere
Jo Farwell 34:27 185 Delamere
Ben Williams 25:04 34 Ellesmere Port
Colin Thompson 18:01 4 Warrington
Carl Pratt 21:21 20 Warrington
Colin Bishop 17:34 1 St Helens

Penmaenmawr fell race
Celebrating its 40th running, the fell race at Penmaenmawr has a strong following. There were plenty of Helsby vests on display despite the mass panic when we all realised that there was no entry on the day (in fell running it is highly unusual that you can sign up in advance let alone that you actually have to). That was the only unusual thing about this race though as like every other fell race it had fantastically tough but rewarding hills, incredible scenery, varied conditions under foot, beer at the end and fantastic value for money (£10 covered race entry, a lovely ceramic mug, a bottle of real ale, a hot dog and soup and a roll).
 Warming Up.

The race started off with a rude awakening racing up on to the top, but gradually flattened out as the race stretch out with glorious views across to the Carneddau on one side which took my breath away… ok, so the hill had helped.. and on the other side views out across the sea to Anglesey. The race then crosses some slightly rough ground and bog before returning around over some undulating, but mainly flat ground before the final steep single track descent.

Max gave a hint of what he is capable of by holding 5th position ahead of Jez Brown until the downhill section undid him. A stunning 9th place overall and 3rd in his category, matched only by Andy Robinson who came in 3rd for his age category too.

Phil Gillard and Jim Jones battled it out, but Phil’s rich vein of form saw him through with less than a minute separating them in the end. Steve Riley celebrated his 50th birthday too according to the age categories on the results – you must have a good moisturiser Steve.

Max Wainwright 01:17:54 9 3rd in Age Category
Chris Baynham-Hughes 01:27:25 35 12th in Age Category
Phil Gillard 01:31:16 54 12th in Age Category
Jim Jones 01:31:56 58 25th in Age Category
Steve Riley 01:37:21 86 22nd in Age Category (happy 50th Birthday Steve)
Phil Roberts 01:38:18 94 23rd in Age Category
Andy Robinson 01:39:02 98 3rd in Age Category
Paul Foster 01:50:36 145 57th in Age Category

Results were celebrated within the traditions of fell running:

Conwy Half
Over to Roy for a round up from a half that proves popular with the club year on year despite The  Great Orme section (we all know how you road runners like it pancake flat, no wind, not too hot, not too cold, not too much camber in the road, etc. J) – over to Roy before I outstay my welcome:
What a great day for the Conwy half, me, Louise and Joanne travelled to Conwy only to find we were unable able to park and ended up having to park a mile away! Anyway turned out to be a good warm up for a tough race but I won’t waffle on, here are the results:

Roy Gaskill 1.34.19 235
Gareth Boyd 1.36.45 322
Joanne Lacking 1.36.53 325
Louise McEverley 1.38.55 403 PB
David Feakes 1.39.27 421
Laura Baynham-Hughes 1.40.03 438 PB

Great running from everyone on what is probably a tougher course than last year, sadly Jane had to pull out with an injury, so all the best with the recovery.

Well said Roy!

Just to point out the progress of two of our runners here managing to deliver a PB despite the bumps in the way. After a spot of fell running this year Laura confessed that she got to over the first hill and thought, what are they all moaning about, this isn’t a hill… she wasn’t thinking that on the final hill mind! Still Laura managed a fantastic PB and agonisingly close to that sub 1:40 which is bound to come soon. Another fantastic performance from Louise prompting Ste Wiggins to call for a drugs test such has been her fantastic form lately. Well done to all.


Sat       29th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm  Note this is a pre-entry race, by 18th Nov mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat       29th Nov   Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham; theme – Xmas Jumpers, meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30 pm. For more info ask Chris fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com
*** No excuse to miss one of the two Sunday races ***  

Sun      30th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 4, North West Sunday League, Arrowe Park, 10 am, meet at club at 8:45am if you wish to travel together.

Sun      30th Nov   Fell Counter No 11, Dave Staff Memorial Race, 5m, 370m 11:30 am; an ideal introduction to fell running, meet at club at 10am if you wish to travel together

Club News & Race Info

Dear Helsby Runner

There is plenty going on over the next few months on the running front so here’s a number of dates for your running club diary.

The Cross Country and Border League races are now underway, with a great turn-out yesterday at Chrisleton for the first Border League. The Border League races are 5-6 miles and mainly on roads or good trails. The cross country races are a similar distance, all off road with as much mud and water as possible!  They are great fun and well worth doing. If you are new to them, try the Sunday league series as they tend to be more informal with a whole mixture of abilities and speeds. There are still some Road and Fell Counters left to complete the 2014 championship season. Unfortunately some of the races clash, so some days there is even a choice of which race to do!   Next year we will try and avoid as many clashes, but sometimes it just cannot be helped as we participate in several leagues. If you have not tried a Fell Race before then the Dave Staff Memorial Race is an ideal one to debut, as its fairly short and does not go too high on the Lancashire Moors around Darwen.    

Here is a quick update one what is coming up. The green events are Helsby Running Club counters, red Christmas events you may be interested in doing and blue are Four Villages related events.

Sat       22nd Nov   Fell Counter No 10, Penmaenmawr Fell Race, 10m, 600m, 10:30 am, a tough but popular fell counter

Sun      23rd Nov   Final Road Counter, Conwy Half Marathon, 10 am.  Voted one of the top 5 scenic marathons there is still time to enter http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

Sat       29th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm  Note this is a pre-entry race, please let Paul Foster know by 18th Nov mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat       29th Nov   Running Club Xmas Night out in Frodsham; theme – Xmas Jumpers, meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30 pm. For more info ask Chris fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Sun      30th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 4, North West Sunday League, Arrowe Park, 10 am

Fell Counter No 11, Dave Staff Memorial Race, 5m, 370m 11:30 am; an ideal introduction to fell running

A number of our runners are sporting moustaches for November to help raise money for the Movember Foundation for prostate cancer http://uk.movember.com/.  Jane Bishop has kindly volunteered to make her usual selection of yummy cakes for both Sunday’s Cross Country Race and the Fell race and asks for donations to be made that day towards this good cause. So please come along and support these races if you can!!

Wed       3rd Dec     Talk after our club training run, with chip buttie supper,  in the bar at the Club House.  From “Couch Potato to Marathon Runner” by our own Claire Louise Miller.

Sun       7th Dec     Final Fell Counter, Cardington Cracker, 9m, 800m, 11 am; a tough but rewarding one around the Shrophsire Hills of the Long Mynd.

Sat       13th Dec    Cross Country Counter No 5, Liverpool & District League,  Stadt Moers, 2 pm

Wed    17th Dec  Christmas Club Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with handicap starts (which I am currently compiling!!).      Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave  will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com )   NOTE we have three club entries for the London Marathon so please bring along your London Marathon rejection slips and we will draw for the three places this evening.

Sat       20th Dec   Frodsham Xmas Run,  a joint run with Spectrum organised by Andy Smith & Sue Buck, followed by lunch in the Bulls Head. Meet at 8:45 am  for 2 laps, 10:15 am for 2 laps. Virtually our summer run to Frodsham in reverse, each lap 7 miles. If you would like to stop for food afterwards , the cost is £7 and the options are to pre order chilli & rice, meat lasagne or veggie curry. Please let Andy know your food orders by 14th Dec adsmith600@btinternet.com

Thu      25th Dec     Xmas Day Delamere Park Run 9 am (TBC) , to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!   (NOTE – No club run Xmas Eve!!)

Fri       26th Dec      Goshawk Run 12:00 pm, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run.  Its also the Race the Walls in Chester, but you probably need to pre-enter http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/roadracing/RoundtheWalls.

Sun    28th Dec      Cross Country Counter No 6, North West Sunday League, Stadt Moers, 10:00 am

Wed   31st Dec      Four Villages Course Reccie.  As its New Years eve, instead of our club run in the evening it has been suggested we meet at the club at 9:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. More details from Carol    carols21@hotmail.co.uk  (NOTE-  no club run this evening!!)

Sat     3rd Jan         Cross Country Counter No 7, Cheshire Cross Country Championships, Birchwood TBC, 1 pm ladies, 2 pm men, junior races from 11 am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.   But please don’t be put off; it’s a great team day out for all levels of runners. Must be born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 22nd Dec  mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat      10th Jan       Four Villages Clean Up Morning Session (if required, see below)

Sun     11th Jan       Cross Country Counter No 8, North West Sunday League, Runcorn Town Park, 10 am. We need to support Warrington Road Runners in organising this race.,If any one can help marshal this race please let Janet Robinson know in advance Janetmrobertson@gmail.com

Sat      17th Jan       Four Villages Set up Morning, 9 am at the club. Very important so  please come along and help set up this year’s race. Many hands make light work and it’s great fun too seeing what lies behind organising such a large race. Depending on the state of the club house we may organise a working/clearing   up party the Saturday morning before too.

Sat      18th Jan       Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 11 am. Entries are now over 2,000 with a limit of 2,250. Whether you run or help on the day let’s hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by race director Gareth Boyd and the whole of Helsby Running Club. Volunteers are required for marshalling, at the start and finish and Sports Club. If you can help or nominate someone to help (if you are running it) please let Dave Feakes (marshalls) davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com or Gareth  garethboyd@financialrecruitment.biz know.

Sat      24th Jan       Northern Cross Country Championships, Pontefract, Yorkshire, TBC, 2 pm ladies 3 pm men, juniors races from 11pm. Another good day out for runners & spectators! Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months. Pre-entry, so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before 5th Jan mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat     24th Jan        Helsby Running Club Xmas Party. We thought this year, that with an already busy Dec and Jan, it would be good to hold a post Four Villages Saturday Night Xmas Party, at Helsby Community Sports Club, with Chris Igoe’s famous disco and a buffet supper, bring a salad or starter, more details nearer the time from Dave & Lesley.

Hope to see you out and about running on the run up to Xmas, a happy Xmas and New Year when it comes and hope to see you at many of these events into 2015!

Any questions please ask me,  Men’s Club Captain Colin Thompson col808@hotmail.com or Ladies Club Captain Jane Ashbrook  janebetts@gmail.com or any committee member



Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (9-11-14 to 16-11-14)

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update (9-11-14 to 16-11-14)

Saturdays Parkruns saw Helsby runners at Delamere and Ellesmere Port. Colin Bishop secured second place at Delamere with Emma Barnes getting a PB at the same race. Full results for Helsby runners at both races can be found at the link below.


Also on Saturday was the Under 23s mile race with Jonathan Quigg winning the male race in 6.23 closely followed by Harry Peake in 6.31, while Ellen Harris lead home the ladies in 7:35 with Beth McCarthy in second place in 8:07. Pictures below:

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Chris Bayham-Hughes, Jim O’Hara and Max Wainwright journeyed to the Brecon Beacons to attempt the 46 mile ultra. Chris’ report is below.

The line up was a little different this year at what is generally the last big race of the season for me; The Brecon Ultra. My first official ultra back in 2011 (although I had soloed the Sandstone Trail) is ~46 miles of trails ranging from canal tow path, farmers fields, fire road and awkward rocky bridleway to more fields, country lanes and back to the canal tow path… oh, and you do two loops. This year Jim ‘Tap it out’ O’Hara and Max Wainwright joined me – Max only joining us with about 1 week to go due to a drop out from the usual guys I go with. It’s a very sociable ultra and great for beginners as the navigation is very simple and the terrain is forgiving given that it also packs in 5600ft of climb. The first real hill is not really runable but the other two are…. although this also makes it tough as you don’t get a nice walk here and there without feeling guilty!

Max had been out doing some last minute panic training with a 13, 16 and 27 miler in the week leading up to the race, but Jimmy and Max headed out together whilst I caught up with some friends and tried to run a more sensible pace for me. Every year now I arrive knackered at the start line for this due to all the other adventures I’ve conspired to pack in leading up to it. Once we left the canal and headed up the views of the beacons were just awesome. Greens combined with browns, bronze and ambers to give a breathtaking visual feast. Added to this we were above the clouds which added a different dimension and uplifted the soul even more. Max and Jimmy passed the half way point in under 3 hours… yes, that’s right, 23 miles and 2800ft of climb with some sections of rough terrain in it, in under 3 hours, so to put this into context, I’d argue this is the equivalent of comfortably dipping under a 3 hour marathon knowing there is a second 23 miles to come – impressive stuff! I had fallen heavily twice but had a solid first lap in roughly 3 hours and 22 minutes, and I started to think that getting back in time to watch the match (Wales international) was possible; by the end of the canal (~3 miles later) I knew it wasn’t!

I’d high hopes for the boys though, I knew they were comfortably top 5 and both were going strongly. I started to slip down the field as my year caught up on me. As the field stretched more and more it was impossible to know how close any chasers were or if anybody else ahead was struggling. I knew I wasn’t going to catch anybody so I continued to enjoy the view and plod it out; I won’t lie, I wanted it to be over. Finally arriving at the finish in 14th in ~7:53 I was almost an hour slower than my best on the course (6:56) but I was far more interested in how Max and Jim had done.

The stories varied and a shared hatred for the canal tow path (apparently shared by all the faster runners whereas the slower runners aren’t so keen on the hills second time around). Jimmy told me; “Two doctors tried to pull Max off on the mountain” to which I thought; “That’s a bit beyond the call of duty!” until I realised that mind was in the gutter and in actual fact Max had pushed himself to a point where he was white/ grey and wobbling a little as he came off the mountain. Max had been firmly in 3rd until mile 32, eventually finishing in a superb 7th position with Jimmy in 10th. I have no doubt that both Jimmy and Max would make great ultra runners if they wished to. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be long before they were winning races outright. The results aren’t up, but I think Max was back in ~7:15 and Jimmy 10-15 minutes behind him. What’s a few minutes between friends anyway! Tepid showers, a couple of beers and fish and chips on the way home topped off a another great race and great year.”


Congratulations to Helen Gillard who ran her first 10K on Sunday- the Stilton Stumble, completing the undulating course in 60.14. Well done, Helen.


Tim Palmer ran the Arnside Knott Fell Race on Sunday and kindly submitted this report:

I was supported by Jenny and some friends from Settle Harriers. The race is a scenic route through the woods up to the summit of Arnside Knott; it maximises the available climb by taking you below the high tide mark after the 1st hill and before the 2nd hill. The cakes are truly excellent and a major challenge of the race is choosing which cake to have…! The field in both the senior race and the junior races beforehand was dominated by Ambleside.”


Jackie Keasley has passed on the following upcoming dates and races.

Sat       22nd Nov   Fell Counter No 10, Penmaenmawr Fell Race, 10m, 600m, 10:30 am, a tough but popular fell counter. IF you wish to car share please email Chris B-H  chris.baynham-hughes@atos.net

 Sun      23rd Nov   Final Road Counter, Conwy Half Marathon, 10 am.  Voted one of the top 5 scenic marathons there is still time to enter http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

 Sat       29th Nov   Cross Country Counter No 3, Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 2pm  Note this is a pre-entry race, please let Paul Foster know by 18th Nov mooeyf@hotmail.com


Lastly, a reminder from Chris Fitzpatrick that the Xmas Christmas do is now Saturday 29th November 7.30pm at Helter Skelter in Frodsham.. Xmas jumpers are compulsory, anyone not conforming to the dress code will be expected to perform a forfeit on the Karaoke. You have been warned!!!



Four villages (almost!) full

Entries are now closed as the race nears its race limit. There are a handful of invites and manual entries to take care of. After that the race will reopen for the final few of places (less than 50). These places will again be via the Fabian website as before.

You can check you’re on the existing start list here: www.fabian4.co.uk/start/list.aspx?EventID=1113

See you in January!

Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 8th – 9th Nov 2014

Hi everyone

Another busy weekend of running for the Green Army!

Firstly the Saturday parkruns:

Delamere saw 4 Helsby vests on the start line. Congratulations to Gareth Boyd for first over the line for Helsby and Rachel Arnold for first Helsby lady home. Also well done to both Gareth and Jackie for doing the double this weekend and attending the Borders League the next day! More on the Borders to follow.

15 Gareth BOYD 20:51 VM40-44 66.43 % M 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 15
36 David FEAKES 23:00 VM50-54 65.14 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 25
57 Rachel ARNOLD 24:37 VW50-54 69.80 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 13
75 Jackie KEASLEY 25:46 VW55-59 70.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 7

I think a special mention should go to our young rising star Harry Peake who stormed around the course in 21:43. Harry has been attending our 16-23 training group and his hard work is starting to show in his race times. One to watch in the future!


Warrington saw 2 Helsby runners and another PB from the ever improving Carl Pratt! A great run from Alfie Grady saw him first Helsby finisher and just pipping Carl to the finish line, brilliant running chaps!

25 Alfie GRADY 21:30 JM15-17 62.79 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:56 31
26 Carl PRATT 21:36 SM30-34 59.88 % M 25 Helsby RC New PB! 2


And finally over in Ellesmere Port saw sole Helsby runner Ben Williams with a solid run taking 41st place. Well done Ben.

41 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 26:01 VM35-39 51.31 % M 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:45 19


Saturday saw our intrepid fell running specialists Chris Baynham-Hughes, Jimmy O’Hara, Jayne Joy and Phil Gillard running up and down mountains in Llanfachreth. Report from CBH to follow:

A soggy Saturday in Llanfachreth (near Dolgellau) saw the unstoppable Jimmy O’Hara, Phil Gillard, Jayne Joy and me lining up against some of the finest fell runners in Wales as the Rhobell Fawr race got underway. The race was part of two championships (the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series). The course is a very traditional up and down the mountain affair which, coupled with a dry stone wall directly to the top, made navigation a non-issue despite some low hanging cloud.

The weather proved a blessing, providing a cooling intermittent drizzle and didn’t impede the simply incredible views on offer across the Meirionnydd. Foel Offrwm looked so inviting I was deeply tempted to extend the race, but by the time I got back I was spanked (both in terms of being physically knackered and metaphorically by Jimmy who has just had an awesome year).

Big thanks to Mario and Joe who were both on cheering duties – especially their strategic placement that meant that I couldn’t slack off without being seen for roughly a mile near the finish (I had nobody behind me and I really wanted to – my face in the attached photo is a result of says it all).

Place Time Name Team Age Cat
10 00:57:05 OHARA, Jim Helsby M34
30 01:01:15 BAYNAM-HUGHES, Chris Helsby M38
42 01:08:20 JOY, Jayne Helsby F33
48 01:10:22 GILLARD, Phil Helsby RC M53


And Jim, with another double weekend of racing, participated in the Manchester Area League cross country in Sherdley Park. Good running from Jim saw him 238th in a competitive field of 389 runners. Well done Jim!

Senior Men   238/389   James Jones         V45 34/62   West Cheshire AC                 44:02


Now to the main event of the weekend, the first Borders League race of the year! On Sunday, 35 (yes 35!) Helsby runners made the journey to Cheshire View in Christleton to do battle with some of the best running clubs Cheshire and North Wales have to offer. It was a tremendous turn out from the club, which must be a record number in recent years! Conditions were race perfect on the undulating 5.75 mile course.

The ladies had 14 runners out and delivering a brilliantly executed run saw Joanne Lacking first to the finish for Helsby, also well done to Carol shaw for 3rd in her age group and Jackie 2nd in hers. Great stuff ladies! A special mention should go to all our first timers in this race series, everyone seemed to have a great time with some even managing to smile at the finish line after a tough race! It was great to see so much effort being put in by everyone and it was rewarded with lots of PBs being smashed! The ladies team were 4th on the day, well done everyone!

The men had a huge 21 runners out and phenomenal running from Colin Bishop saw him first Helsby runner home, 6th overall and 1st in his age category! But the men were coming in thick and fast and with everybody giving it maximum effort we ensured the mens team topped the 2nd division on the day! A big well done guys, that has to be the best result for a long time! Thank you to our support on the day, CBH (and his 2 boys), Louise, Jane Bishop (who also provided the delicious cookies) and of course Joe and Mario. Don’t forget the next one is on 7th Decemeber in Chester so put it in your diary, Adrian wants 40+ runners next time!

Helsby results below: 

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
6 6   Colin BISHOP 32:16 MV50 1 Helsby
10 10   Colin THOMPSON 32:33 SM 8 Helsby
36 36   Chris FITZPATRICK 34:49 SM 20 Helsby
56 54   Ivan DAVIES 36:21 SM 26 Helsby
63 61   Derek MORRIS 36:43 SM 29 Helsby
74 70   Adam GORDON 37:18 MV40 14 Helsby
85 80   Paul FRODSHAM 37:40 MV55 4 Helsby
89 83   Roy GASKILL 37:48 MV45 16 Helsby
108 99   Gareth BOYD 38:36 MV40 20 Helsby
109 100   James JONES 38:43 MV45 18 Helsby
116 107   Ian LANDUCCI 38:58 MV50 9 Helsby
121 111   Adrian JACKSON 39:19 MV40 22 Helsby
152   18 Joanne LACKING 40:26 SF 5 Helsby
154 135   Carl PRATT 40:28 SM 51 Helsby
159 137   Tim IGOE 40:42 SM 52 Helsby
168 144   Tim PALMER 40:59 MV45 28 Helsby
191 160   Dave MADDERS 42:06 MV40 27 Helsby
194   32 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 42:13 FV35 10 Helsby
195   33 Carol SHAW 42:17 FV50 3 Helsby
219   40 Janet ROBERTSON 43:22 FV45 7 Helsby
227 185   Andy SMITH 43:38 MV50 23 Helsby
234   46 Helen OWENS 43:48 FV35 12 Helsby
253 201   Mike SEARLE 44:38 MV50 25 Helsby
273   64 Jackie KEASLEY 45:51 FV55 2 Helsby
278 211   Benjamin WILLIAMS 46:33 SM 63 Helsby
296 221   Christopher IGOE 48:11 MV50 29 Helsby
312   86 Jenny O’HARE 50:04 FV40 18 Helsby
313   87 Shan MCCARTHY 50:07 FV40 19 Helsby
319 228   Graham LLOYD 50:21 MV45 41 Helsby
326   94 Jenny PALMER 51:12 FV40 20 Helsby
327   95 Donna GEER 51:57 FV45 16 Helsby
333   99 Alison MEAKIN 52:47 FV60 5 Helsby
334   100 Emma BARNES 52:53 FV35 18 Helsby
335   101 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 52:53 FV45 18 Helsby
336   102 Tanya DOWNES 53:18 FV35 19 Helsby


Full results: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/results2014-15R1.html

Green Army!

Green Army!

Just a couple of reminders:

5k Time Trial: Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn (Sun-16th Nov, start time 10am) FREE

Next Fell Counter: Penmaenmawr Fell race (16.1km / 10m, 594m / 1949ft) (Sat – 22nd Nov)

Next Road Counter: Conwy Half (Sun – 23rd Nov)

Next XC Counter: Sefton Park (Sat – 29th Nov) and Arrowe Park (Sun – 30th Nov) FREE

That’s all folks, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I’ll amend the blog accordingly.

Colin T

Helsby Running Club Weekly Update 27/10 – 2/11

I’m guest in the chair for the weekly roundup and there is a lot to get through so hold tight!

Firstly I’d like to highlight Colin Thompson who was invited to slip into a Cheshire vest this week – fantastic achievement Colin well done (glad to see you’re taking your captaincy seriously and leading from the front).

Secondly, if I have missed anybody/ anything off please let me know and I will update the blog.


Park Run:

There was no Delamere Park Run this week due to Hell Runner, however the third running of the Ellesmere Port Park run saw Jim Jones testing out the course in a superb time:

14 Jim JONES 20:57 VM45-49 69.85 % M 14 Helsby RC First Timer!

It also saw a welcome return of ‘friend of the club’ Jeff McQueen to take second place.

Warrington Park run saw Alfie Grady take the the course and secure 24th in the process

24 Alfie GRADY 22:09 JM15-17 60.95 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:56

Great running both of you!

Hell Runner:

The “Green Army” shout resonated from its originator at the start of the 2014 edition of Hell Runner. Yes, not content with breaking his rib there last year, veteran runner Fitzy decided to toe the line again; with the gauntlet thrown down it was Jim Higgins that picked it up so he could roll around in Delamere’s best bogs. Report from the Mighty Fitzpatrick below:

Hellrunner is 12 miles of or errrr Hell. It’s a run through Delamere which see’s you run all on trails, take on The Hills of Hell, Lucifers Lake, and the Bog of Doom, but for me it’s my favourite race of the year as it’s totally different to the runs I normally do, and the atmosphere is brilliant amongst 1800 plus competitors. I would really like to see more of the Helsby posse down there next year. A wrong turn and a twisted ankle cost me dearly but never too bothered as it puts a real big smile on my face just finishing this one, and Saturday seen myself and Jim cross the line together, after running separately for nearly all of the race, cannot wait for next year which will be my 7th!

Pos. Finish time Chip time Participant Category
30 01:56:51 01:56:42 James Higgins (M) Senior
31 01:56:51 01:56:46 Chris Fitzpatrick (M) Vet 35+

Kilburn Kanter

Ben Williams was not content with the short stuff this weekend and took on the Kilburn Kanter. This is an LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) event; runners are welcome at their events and many would argue that without them then ultra running would have a very short history. Over to Ben for his report:

I ran the Kilburn Kanter on 1st November, a 24 mile/3600 foot ascent tour around the Hambleton Hills in the North York Moors national park. It starts deceptively gently apart from one long early climb, and most of the hard work comes in the second half. The biggest climb is up to the top of Sutton Bank, and is only a couple of miles from the end.

The weather was fantastic, though the ground was still pretty boggy in many places. The views were stunning, and as with all LDWA events, the checkpoints were incredibly well stocked with goodies. The whole event was really well organised and friendly.

I recorded 5h 46 m, which was a nice surprise as my Garmin had died on the way round and I thought I had run longer.

These LDWA-organised events are tremendous value – this one had tea and toast at the start, almost unlimited drinks and snacks at checkpoints, a full meal at the end (pasta and meatballs, then apple crumble for me, but there were other choices), parking, certificate, a badge (my first since cubs!), loads of marshals and a detailed route description – all for a tenner! They’re well worth checking out on the LDWA website – look for ‘challenge events’

Fantastic work Ben, a difficult part of the world to run in, but clearly rewarding!


Arley Hall 10k
Sunday saw 10 Helsby vests toeing the line for the Arley Hall 10k… well, 9 9official Helsby vests and a “ghost runner”, but more of that later! Over to Carol Shaw for the summary of the event:

It was a fantastic morning for running and great see so many PBs achieved on the Arley Hall route, Jo Lacking finished first for the ladies and was 13th female overall, with a PB of 42.09. Jenny O’Hare and Shan McCarthy finished just one second apart with PBs of 53.18 and 53.19 respectively. Donna Geer then finished in 55.10 a whopping 2 minute PB! The PBs didn’t stop there as Alison Butler came in 55.50, Tanya Meredith followed in 55.56 and Emma Barnes, who was still struggling with a knee injury kept the PBs flowing in 58.05.

Jane’s training is obviously working wonders and it fantastic to see these results, especially as several of the runners haven’t been running that long. I hope we get similar results next Sunday at the first Borders League Race at Christleton!

For the men, Roy was first back for Helsby in 41:08 and our resident ghost runner (Dave Madders) also ran and delivered a PB of 41.46. He doesn’t appear on the results as he was running with someone else’s number. Tsk, tsk.

Position Name gun time. Chip time cat. Cat pos gender Position Club
494 Roy Gaskill 00:41:13 00:41:08 V45 12 Male 126 Helsby Rc
777 Joanne Lacking 00:42:48 00:42:09 Female 7 Female 13 Helsby Rc
1193 Carol Shaw 00:44:45 00:44:26 V50 4 Female 24 Helsby Rc
990 Jennifer O’Hare 00:54:15 00:53:18 V40 28 Female 144 Helsby Rc
883 Shan Mccarthy 00:54:16 00:53:19 V40 29 Female 145 Helsby Rc
497 Donna Geer 00:56:06 00:55:10 V45 25 Female 186 Helsby Rc
191 Alison Butler 00:56:16 00:55:50 Female 103 Female 191 Helsby Rc
389 Tanya Downes 00:57:55 00:56:56 Female 127 Female 239 Helsby Rc
75 Emma Barnes 00:59:02 00:58:05 Female 144 Female 264 Helsby Rc

Thanks Carol, although you did miss out one other runner on the day, a certain Carol Shaw who came in a stunning 4th in her category in 44:26. Fab running from all concerned!

Abergele 5:

Last week saw our very own Colin Thompson received a very well deserved call up to represent Cheshire at the Abergele 5. A really fantastic achievement, not least because it wasn’t that long ago that Col was still putting away a packet of fags every day! I’ve no doubt you’ll all join me in congratulating Colin on the fruits of his hard work… but how did he do? Over to Colin for the details:

It was Friday morning when I received the phone call “Are you running the Abergele 5 on Sunday Colin?”, “Yes”, “Good, you’re in the Cheshire team!” “Oh go on then!”

The race was a representative match between Cheshire, North Wales and Staffordshire, each team consisting of 10 runners, 6 men and 4 ladies with the team scoring the most points winning the trophy. I arrived an hour before the start time and met up with Adrian Thiemicke (Cheshire team manager) and he handed me a Cheshire vest and showed me the portakabin for baggage storage. I then met the other Cheshire runners, lined up for some photos, quick warm up and before I knew it I was on the start line. The course, I’d been told, was a very undulating 5 mile route, starting from the bottom of St Georges Road, looping around the surrounding back roads and finishing in a field adjacent to the A55. The standard of runners was very high, as well being a county race it also incorporated the North Wales road champs.

My strategy was to start off tentatively and gradually build throughout the race, hilly courses aren’t my strength so I knew if I went off too quick I’d blow up too soon. The strategy seemed to work well and I felt good after the first mile so I picked up the pace and it wasn’t long before I caught the leading lady and we battled it out for most of the race, only towards the finish I managed to pull a small gap and crossed the finish line in 28.41, 3rd Cheshire runner home and 3rd in my age group – 15th overall! Both the ladies and the mens course records were smashed on the day, with various other age group records being set. All of the other Cheshire runners seemed to have a good race, 1 in the top 3, another top 10, a couple of other age cat trophies won too. Unfortunately we didn’t win the match, losing out to North Wales, but it didn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits, big smiles all round at the award ceremony.

It was a brilliant day and one I won’t forget. I felt very honoured to have been selected for the county, something that was a distant dream when I coughed and spluttered around my first 10k race a few years ago. Thank you to Louise for her support on the day and also my parents who made the journey over, they’ve both never been to watch me race before so it made the day that little bit more special.

Full results here: https://www.abergeleharriers.co.uk/S52k14/rptResult.html

Seriously fantastic running Colin – not the last time you’ll be pulling on the Cheshire vest I suspect!

Clwydian Hills:

Now for the grand finale! The Fell running (can anybody tell the editor’s bias?). 11 Helsby vests clearly in agreement that such a splendid day should be marked with a tough 15km and 3000ft beast of a race. A combination of factors had put this race onto the list of Fell club counters for a second year running – the proximity being down the list behind a fantastic course and the smallest of margins that had separated the first three Helsby vests in 2013. With Helsby newcomer and Max “hill eater” Wainwright squaring up to the heavy weight Jimmy “the machine” O’Hara would it be achingly close again?

Finally underway the lack of knowledge of the route from the front runners showed as they missed a turning up the first hill. Some interesting lines were taken on the first descent of the day (I for one deciding to go down the middle of the two lines and finding the worst possible outcome). The wind threatened to make life difficult as we approached Offa’s dyke and turned towards Moel Arthur, but it generously died down for the duration of the race. A thrilling descent was followed by an exhaustingly runnable climb that seemed to never end. The summit of Moel Famau within touching distance the route then took a perilously steep and heather covered descent before the leg destroying climb up the gully to the summit.

Helsby’s cheering squad led by my boys but fully backed up by Laura and Helen Gillard greated us at the top before the final descent back to Clicain. A tough but thoroughly rewarding route with stunning views right the way over North Wales.

What about the race I hear you cry! Well, at the crest of the first hill the race was decided as Max badly rolled his ankle – even still it would have taken a monumental effort and performance to have taken on Jimmy who stormed home in 5th place overall. Jimmy knocked something like 8 minutes of his time from the previous year and showed what a classy season he is having. Fantastic work Jim and well deserved!

Fresh from a bike accident in the week Jayne Joy still picked herself up to take 3rd lady and Rachel also picked up 3rd lady for her category – not bad considering the reluctance Rachel had to get to the start line (typical fell runner!) Jim Jones took 4th place on the day for Helsby having done the double on the weekend (is there a race Jim isn’t at?)

Full results are below showing great performances across the board. For those of you that haven’t tried the fell running I can’t recommend it highly enough – give yourself a challenge and embrace the mud. I can guarantee you won’t be last and will have a great time. All this for a bargain, as Paul Foster put it: ‘… tea,soup,bread and a mince pie at the end all for £6’ couldn’t have said it better myself! Fancy giving it a go? Then why not join in the Dave Staffs Memorial race Sunday 30th Nov – Just over 5 miles and 1200 ft.

Position Name Club Class Time Notes
5 Jim O’Hara Helsby R.C M 78:40
29 Chris Baynham-Hughes Helsby R.C M 88:24
35 Jayne Joy Helsby R.C F 90:09 F 3rd
51 Jim Jones Helsby R.C M40 94:33
55 Max Wainwright Helsby R.C M 96:19
58 Edward Halliwell Helsby R.C M40 96:33
63 Phil Gillard Helsby R.C M50 97:19
77 Andy Robinson Helsby R.C M60 102:20
99 Paul Foster Helsby R.C M 110:10
100 Rachel Arnold Helsby R.C F50 110:27 F50 3rd
104 David Peter Feakes Helsby R.C M50 111:47


Border League!

Yes it’s that time again, the border league starts this Sunday in Christleton. Full details here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/9-nov-west-cheshire/

These are FREE and we’ve been close to promotion so every runner toeing the line is important. They are great fun and highly recommended.

For the rest of the races check out:



Next Fell Counter: Penmaenmawr Fell race (16.1km / 10m, 594m / 1949ft) (Sat – 22nd Nov)

Next Road Counter: Conwy Half (Sun – 23rd Nov)

Next XC Counter: Sefton Park (Sat – 29th Nov) and Arrowe Park (Sun – 30th Nov) FREE


Helsby Fireworks

Friday 7th at the Club there will be the annual Helsby fireworks display. Entry is a bargain at just £3 for adults and £2 for children. There will be fairground rides and refreshments available and Chris Fitzpatrick will be there, but don’t let that put you off! Fireworks start at 7:30 pm.