This Girl Can!

This_Girl_Can_Logo-200pxHelsby Running Club is a proud supporter of This Girl Can — the current campaign to get girls and women more involved in sport. Running is such a simple sport there’s no barrier to entry, just a pair of trainers and a commitment to giving it a go.

In the last couple of years we’ve had masses of women join us and all have found a friendly welcome. Some of them have gone from beginner to talented runner, but it’s not all about speed. We’ve got a home for you whatever your pace.


Get in touch to find out about our beginner, improver and experienced runner sessions.

Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 17th – 18th January 2015

Hi everyone

Please find a few words from our Chair Jackie below:

“Sunday was a tough day to take for Helsby Running Club, for both organisers, helpers and runners, with the cancellation of our race. Ironically this year we were more organised than ever with a big “Green Army” effort to put the race on. We could not have done any more. Unfortunately we cannot organise the weather. It was so unkind, particularly given the sunny Saturday when we set up and yesterday which was a good running day.

Anyway, although there’s quite a bit to do to wind the race down, lets move onwards …. and upwards…

On Wednesday after this weeks club run, we will be meeting in the bar to discuss and fix the race calendar for this year’s road and fell fixtures. Please come along if you wish to get involved. Plus I am sure there will be Gareth’s Four Villages wash up group going on as well. At the bar, Kyle will be making and selling bacon barms to use up some of the leftovers from yesterday. We sampled them in the bar at the end of yesterday and they are delicious! Your support is welcome! Plus next Saturday,24th January there is plenty on. Paul Bulmer who was due to run yesterday and had a lot of sponsorship hanging on the race would like to do the Four Villages next weekend. Alison does not think he will be well and fit enough to run next year and after all his training he would like do it next week. So Saturday 11am at the club house for a Club Four Villages Half Run. We will try and organise a drinks station in Manley and remember if anyone wants a shorter route there is the cut-off at Nortons Lane which saves 3 miles and there are other short-cuts. We just need some course leaders after December’s training run! Any volunteers please?

Then following this its the HRC club, not to be missed, Xmas Party. Please come along and wash away Xmas and the Four Villages blues. Chris Igoe on the disco,(Wheels of Steel) plus the band Nifties will be playing a session whilst we eat. It’s a bring along buffet with a selection of hot food (lasagne/chilli/a vegetarian option) available. All we require from you is an indication of numbers (family and friends welcome) and a donation of salads, nibbles or a pudding/cake/sweet to add to the feast.. Starts at 7:30. Please let Lesley know numbers

It would be great if we can fill the club–house. It will make it warm and cosy (just like the last amazing party Chris did) plus supports the sports club bar, which these days very much depends on good custom!”

Cheers in running and partying!

[Edit, 20 Jan] Here’s the Chester Chronicle’s take on it and some good quotes from one of our runners:


In other news, two Helsby runners ran at the Delamere parkrun, congratulations to Louise McEveley and Ivor Johnson who both flew the flag for HRC at this event. Alfie Grady was our sole Helsby representative at the inaugural Widnes Parkrun and ran a great time to get a top 20 position. I have reccied this course myself a few times and it looks like a fast one so maybe one to try for a PB?

Delamere parkrun

A total of 205 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #94


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Russell BENTLEY Kent AC 00:17:20
10 1 Vicky MCKINNON Wilmslow RC 00:21:15
60 12 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:25:31
170 111 Ivor JOHNSTONE Helsby RC 00:34:32


Widnes parkrun

A total of 206 runners took part.

View full results for Widnes parkrun event #1


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Stephen MAKIN Wigan Phoenix 00:16:50
17 17 Alfie GRADY Helsby RC 00:21:07
28 1 Pauline HORSFALL St Helens Striders 00:23:13


Also on Saturday, our long trail stalwart Andy Robinson was out running in Calder Valley, full report from Andy below:

“On Saturday I was running in the Calder Valley in the snow for 22 miles.  The event was the Hebden, a hilly and intricate route around the sides of the valley and over the moors that I’ve run many times before – it’s a great warm-up race for the year.  I took it easy this year, or tried to, since I’m still coughing after my Xmas cold.  And I took the dog with me, to pull me up the hills & pull me over going down them again.  Ben Mounsey was 1st in 2:59, and I was close behind him.  Until Merlin had to stop at the first tree, then we somehow lost touch.  We finished 54th out of 156 finishers, in 4:25, 20 minutes outside my p.b.  But what a great event it is in the snow!  Full results are at

Well done Andy, especially getting out there with the man flu!


Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 01 FEB. 10am
Name: Beacon Park, Skelmersdale (XC – club counter)

‘Sunday League’ events include free tea & sandwiches after the race, for race info see click on X-country


That’s all this week, if I have missed anything please let me know and I’ll endeavour to get the blog updated.

Happy running everyone!


Helsby Weekly Update (4-1-15 to 11-1-15) **Updated with Runcorn Park XC results**

Saturday 11-1-15

There was no Parkrun at Delamere Forest this weekend due to extreme weather warnings but Helsby runners turned out at Warrington, Wythenshaw and Ellesmere Port Parkruns with Louise McEverly getting first lady at Ellesmere Port in her debut on the course. Congratulations and great running Louise!!

Full results for Helsby Parkrun runners can be found below.

Sunday 12-1-15

There was a superb Green Army turn out at the third Border League race at Birkenhead Park. The mens team continued their push for promotion by winning the Division 2 race while the ladies were 3rd in their Division 1 race. This leaves the men in second place in division 2 and the ladies in 4th in Division 1. First man home for Helsby was Colin Bishop, first lady was Joanne Lacking. Great running everyone, lets keep the momentum going!!!!


Full results and standings from the Border League are below.

Individual Race Results.
Team Race Results.
Overall Team Standings:
Overall Individual Standings:

The same day also saw Helsby runners at the Sunday League Cross Country at Runcorn Park racing as part of a combined team with Lymm and Warrington running clubs. Gill Collen from Warrington Running Club submitted the following report via Jackie Keasley.

“Well done for flying the flag for Helsby; I didn’t expect to see as many today as there was the clash with the Borders league and you might be pleased to tell the girls that HLW ladies were first team today and 3= with Knowsley, behind Birkenhead with Spectrum still leading in the overall standings.

It would be good if the Helsby girls can get out there for the next two races and give Spectrum a run for their money! So, HLW have won two races and so have Spectrum but in our other races we were placed much lower, 8th and a 5th to their 2nd and 3rd; I’m sure they will have a strong team out for the last race (theirs!).”


Full results below: When done all, especially Ed Halliwell getting first home for Helsby on his debut.

Click to access race4_14.pdf

Lastly, Phillip Roberts was Helbys sole representative at the Cannock Chase trig point race where he finished in 47th position out of around 170 runners in a time of 1 hour 44 minutes run over a very complicated course. Well done Phil.



Christmas Round-up 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

We’re conscious that there is some confusion each week as to who is doing the report, so we’ve decided to create a central email address to send in any reports you have from the week. If you get it over to this mailbox by the end of Monday then it’ll make the news! We really appreciate and love to hear from you all and your thoughts on races so drop them here and we’ll make sure we all get to share it: Thanks,
Chris, Col, Gaz.

Right, on with the round up

Road Running

Halewood 5km TT
Let’s kick off with a win! Yes speedster Joanne showed husband to be Phil who wears the running shorts in their house by beating him and taking the overall ladies win! Well done Jo, nice to see Phil put in his place! A great run from Helen Owens saw her close to snatching a new PB for the course. Full results are here. Looks like it could be a great little series, details are here

Fell Running 

Bowstones Fell Race:
Phil and Charlie Roberts “overcame the ice, mud and the bottle of trooper ale for all those that finished the Bowstones fell race. Very enjoyable!”

Not sure if Phil’s talking about the race or the beer there, but why separate! Sadly I don’t think the results are up yet so apologies to anybody else that ran it!

Cross Country

Roving report Phil Gillard brings us news from the…

Cheshire Champs

Janet Robertson described the conditions as gloopy, which is an adequate description of the conditions, however looking into the word gloopy in a bit more detail, it is also the Russian word for stupid, usually referring to a moment of specific stupidity in a usually intelligent person. So taking this definition a bit further – 11 intelligent runners from Helsby in a moment of specific stupidity decided to pit their running wits against the best that Cheshire could offer.

The setting was the Bolesworth estate, the kind of weekend pad that Joe and Mario are used to frequenting; being replete from a breakfast of kedgeree and devilled kidneys, they collected Bob (the dog) from the gamekeeper and strolled down onto the rolling parkland to help marshal. Their marshalling position was next to the ornamental lake, a great place from which to cover all of the laps of a complicated series of courses which allowed runners of all ages to make use of the this fantastic location.

The atmosphere at these events changes as the day progresses, the morning is taken up by the junior races, it is great to see the little people racing off cheered on by parents and coaches alike, as the size and age of the participants increases, the size of the field decreases until we get to later on in the day and we move into the senior races where we see the club tents and banners start to turn up. The Helsby flag being the most stylish of course with our “GREEN ARMY” brand standing out.

The heritage of the setting was appropriate for the chivalry extended in the running order of the races – women and children first and so, when it came to the Senior Mens race, the conditions were very very muddy. These conditions were a major contribution to Roy’s muscle strain which forced him to drop out, Roy if you want to look for the cause of you injury, look no further than the “pesky kids” and womenfolk for creating these conditions.

Onto the races; Danny Cliffe won the mens race by a country mile, the womens race was a great contest between two Vale Royal runners with Sarah Murphy coming out on top; Sarah is the daughter of Helsby club members Trevor and Josie Murphy. Helsby vests were spread throughout the field with strong running and great effort from all participants – Colin T, Gareth, Adrian, Tim, Andy, Tom and Roy for the men and Jenny, Janet, Laura and Rachel for the ladies. Jenny was asked to be reserve for the Cheshire team and Rachel won her vet category. Full results are on this link

Thanks Phil and really fantastic result for both Rachel and Jenny – could we soon be seeing another of the Green Army donning the Cheshire vest? I think the bid puddles helped, once a kayaker… 🙂

Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Andy Robinson starts the year as he means to continue it!

Hardmoors 30

On New Year’s Day I ran the Hardmoors 30 ultra: 30 miles on disused railway line and coastal path around Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby in North Yorkshire.  The coastal path was great as usual, but the old railway got a bit boring after a bit.  Anyway, the weather was good: shorts & thermal top worked OK, & the race was one of John Steele’s, so very well organised.

The full results are at  First in was Ben Hamilton in 3:43:01, & I came in 46th out of 192 finishers in 5:09:44, & won a trophy for first MV60.  I’ll get a write-up of my race onto the Runfurther website later today.

Top work Andy! A trophy is a fantastic way to start the year (so I’m told). For those thinking of dabbling in the world of Ultra distance running I can also recommend Jon’s Hardmoors events – a nicer guy you will not meet!

Park run

Delamere: Results are here, well done to all those that got out there and ran off the Turkey, especially Ed for his new PB and Max Wainwright for winning it! Max was clearly feeling strong as he was quoted in his post race interview as saying; “I’d have rather done 50k my body would have found it easier. Nice run home on the sandstone trail though.”

St. Helens: Colin zipped in to finished 2nd (to a 20 year old whose park run PB is 15:43!) Whilst Adrian managed to set a PB! Full results here

Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 11 JAN. 10am
Name: Runcorn Town Park (XC – club counter)
Further Details: Battle of the locals… will Chris Fitzpatrick’s secret training on the course pay off or will the Colin’s romp home to victory? Or will neither go due to the border league clash?

‘Sunday League’ events include free tea & sandwiches after the race, for race info see click on X-country

Sun 11th Jan. 11am
Name: Birkenhead Boarder League (Road)

Club Talk: Andy Robinson will be talking about the wacky world of Ultra distance running on Wednesday night after the club run. If you want to enjoy chips whilst you listen then please ensure you’ve let Dave and Lesley know as per the email circulated by Jo last week.