Helsby RC Racing News 18th-24th May 2015

It’s that exciting time of the week again!  I bet you all have been waiting with utter delight and excitement to see what the Green Army have been up to.

Track Running

On a May spring evening, Chris Fitzpatrick and Colin Thompson decided to turn pro athletes and rock up to a Trafford AC Grand Prix 5k race on a track in Stretford.  Only 6 others decided this was also a good idea and armed with their Garmins and 2 day hangovers, they ran 12 laps of the Stretford track.  Colin finished in 6th position in 17:19 with Chris finishing in 7th, not too far behind in 17:35.  (Gaz kindly informing him, this was second to last…).   There was much despair when Chris clocked his Garmin had 3.23 miles as the distance and thought the track was long…  A hilarious discussion on Facebook ensued with Chris coming out looking a right plonker.   However, well done lads.

The Most Excellent Fell Adventures of Max, Phil & Jim (and other fell racing adventures…)

Some brilliant fell running is happening at the moment at Fellsby RC.  Joe Beswick is positively 18 again with all the excitement of it all!

There is a wonderful bromance developing at Helsby RC, between Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts and Jimbo Jones (with the added delight of CBH at many of these shindigs).   They spend many a Spring weekend flouncing up fells, holding hands whilst discussing what is the best gear to look as feminine as possible, in.  Phil seems to be adept at picking the most girly of fell shoes.

They kicked the weekend off with a very tough race at Moel Eilio, 3000ft of climb in 9 miles and Max who is on fire at the moment, finished in a brilliant 2nd place in 1:11.  The most improved fell mincer has to be Phil Roberts though, he is a racing snake at the moment and all down to clean eating, not drinking like a Docker and consistent training, Phil finished in an impressive 20th place in 1:20 .  Chris Baynham-Hughes behind Phil in 1:24 (35th)  and finally Jim Jones in a not too shabby 1:33 and 56th place.

Report from Chris….

Warm, close weather and good visibility greeted four intrepid Fellsby runners on Saturday for what has to be one of the great fell race routes; Moel Eilio. A long steep start took us up to the top of Moel Eilio after which we were treated to fantastic undulating ridge running and utterly spectacular Snowdonia scenery to distract us from the effort to get to the top of Moel Cynghorion. Broadly it was the reverse of the 2013 fell relays leg 2 route (which borrows heavily from the magnificent Paddy Buckley route), this meant from the top of Cynghorion it was a bonkers descent back down to Llanberis.

Four very happy faces returned safe and well – despite Jim running backwards to play with his new toy (GoPro), Phil Roberts putting in a major shift to deliver a fantastic run (kicking my backside by about 5 minutes) and mighty Max proving he can’t be that much of a downhill Princess as he glided home to an absolutely stunning second place finish in a North Wales Counter. He’s reported to have had a look that casually said “Meh, I’ve got it covered” when he was informed about the runner behind him. Now I know Max is a class act, but he stretched even beyond my expectations of him on this one. Hat is tipped yet again! So the lesson I’m taking away is that three out of the four have been racing in the fell at every opportunity this year and give evidence to the theory of “the more you race the better you get”, whereas I need to get practicing in the hills if I’m going to get close to being competitive again.

Fantastic day that couldn’t even be marred by Max’s hair looking more and more like Bieber’s every time we see him.

Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run, Trefonen

The first of our “mini fell series” saw a superb turn out of green vests on Sunday. Even the organiser thanked us before the start which was replied with a resounding cry of “Green Army!” Around 20 vests lined up for the short undulating route around the hills of Trefonen. This course is a great introduction to fell/hill racing, challenging enough to make you work hard with the sharp hills but also short enough to not have you crawling over the finish line. A flat tarmac finish was a welcoming surprise and by the looks of things everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. An award ceremony in the village hall afterwards saw Max win a prize for a fantastic 2nd place overall and first home for the Helsby men whilst Joanne Lacking was first home for the Helsby ladies (and 1st in her age cat). Also a big congratulations to Janet Robertson for winning her age category on the day. A black Labrador called Eddie also tried to steal the limelight but they had no category for Canines 🙂 A huge congratulations to all our fell beginners, no results have been published so far so we are unable to determine the positions in the series but this will be updated in the blog once they become available.

Hutton Roof fell race

Over to Phil Gillard for report on the Hutton Roof…

Bank holiday races are great; normally based around a village fete, not too taxing so the locals can join in and loads and loads of brilliant cakes – the Hutton Roof race is no exception. Just on the cusp of North Yorkshire and South Cumbria; a picturesque little village with lovely people who bake brilliant cakes (have I mentioned that before?).

The one disadvantage of Bank holiday races is the traffic, Saturday brought lots of slowing moving traffic in abundance and so the Helsby runners who set off to run the race found getting there on time the most challenging part of the day (but once you got there the cakes were brilliant). The one exception being Jane who was staying close by anyway (Jane enjoyed the cakes too). Mario, Jane and Phil made it, although Mario was just on time, Steve Riley made it but not in time to race (despite not being able to race, he got the opportunity to try the cakes)

The race itself starts from the fete and then takes you on a climb similar in height and gradient to Helsby hill, things then level out onto a single track through some woods and then out onto the limestone ridge with fantastic views – good fast running on grass, the temptation here is to go fast and not save enough for the major climb of Farleton Knott – about 400m of hands on knees work which is rewarded by a traverse of some gnarly bit of rocks and then a fast return over grassland and back through the woods with a nice downhill finish. Seven miles of sheer unadulterated joy, a race anybody who is used to our hill run would find really rewarding.

One piece of advice I would give to the organisers is perhaps to have cake stops rather than water stops, we had to wait until we finished and fortunately there were loads left despite Helen running amok with cake tokens from my wallet.

All three Helsby runners came in pretty close succession and were then able to enjoy the cakes along with Joe who earned his reward (of cake) as a result of his fantastic support.

Ox Ultra, Oxfordshire

Then we had our ultra fell runner stalwart, Andy Robinson complete the Ox Ultra, which in his words he describes as “36 miles of fast trail running, but in my case, not so fast”.  Ha!  Well 26th out of 158 finishers seems very fast to me and a huge well done to you, Andy.  Very inspirational to many.


Delamere parkrun results:

Louise McElveley: 22:49
Janet Robinson: 22:49
Rhea Thomas: 27:13
Claire Morton: 33:09
Paul Bulmer: 33:09
Steven Wiggins: 33:09

Warrington parkrun results:

Joanne Lacking: 21:33 (3rd female)

Widnes parkrun results:

Colin Thompson:  17:43 (3rd male)
Derek Morris: 25:43

Special mention to Jane Ashbrook and Louise McEveley who this weekend, are both running marathons.  Jane is running Edinburgh and Louise is a maniac and has chosen the Excalibur in Wales, for her first 26.2 miler!  Good luck ladies!  Go smash it!


Helsby RC Racing News 11th-17th May 2015


Apologies for the delay to the delivery of your weekly news, entirely my fault as I thought I was doing it next week! Right, on with the News, I won’t lie, it’s massive! It also has details of a new County level runner to join the few that have swapped their green vest for a black Cheshire one. I’ll leave you to find out all about it below.

Couple of events to point out (full details at the bottom of this mail):

  • Club night out in Frodsham – Fitzy is organising so you know it’ll be good!
    • ‘Hola Green Army So the planned night out is still going ahead, usual routine, Sunday 24th May, 7.30pm, Helter skelter, and then on to a few other boozers nothing too heavy, hopefully see you there 🙂  Fitzy ‘
  • Road: Grocontinental relay on Thursday 9th July at Dearnford Lake
    • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved please email him col808@hotmail.com
    • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com
  • Fell Counter – Hutton Roof Crags #Fellsby
  • North Wales Fell counter – Moel Eilio #Fellsby
  • NEW to Fells Mini Series #Fellsby
    • Mynydd Myfyr
    • Robbie Webster’s Wobbler
      • I’ve got plenty of Marshals now, so thanks to every body that has volunteered!
      • Please see cake appeal mail sent earlier – all proceeds going to Nepal Earthquake victims

Have a great half term and enjoy your running wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!


Road Running

Windermere Marathon

The Marathon results continue to fly in for the Helsby road runners. Given the location and course profile I think that Darran O’Connor needs to make the most of his form and training by getting out with the Fellsby contingent, but let’s not detract from the story in hand – over to you Darran on what was a clearly stunning performance!

“All the months of long runs and hill sprints boiled down to this. The course profile and message boards all warned of the hills but a quick course reccy on Saturday had me worried I’d get round in one piece. My original goal of beating my only previous marathon time of 3:26:00 was really looking doubtful. The morning of the race lifted my spirits as the conditions were perfect for running. Walking to start line I was full of nerves – luckily I met Helen Owens just before we set of and she was in her usual good spirits. We set of to the sound of a local drum band which gave me a boost. 

I had a pacing plan in mind and my hand was covered in biro to remind me of the worst hills! The hills started almost right away – the steepest of all was at mile 7 which reduced most people to walking (not me!!) randomly there were 2 guys playing bag pipes half way up the killer hill! I stuck to my plan through out until I got to mile 20 where there was another 1 mile of horrible hills. I was hoping to up the pace in the last 4 miles but my legs were spent by that time and these ended up being my slowest miles in the race.

Finished in 51st place with a new pb of 3:19:14. Over the moon with that! Saw Helen cross the line and she looked really strong finishing with a big smile! I would recommend this race to anyone – the atmosphere, scenery and organisation were great. Definitely the hardest race I have ever done – I think a flat one is on the menu for my next one!”

Fantastic performance Darran. And yet another marathon for Helen.. how many this year already? Helen beat the efforts of Ivan and me to come as close to a major time milestone as possible in a time of 3:59:59! Kudos.

Christleton 5K

Won in a stunning 14:31 you know a race has attracted a top field when Colin is not even in the top 50 despite an incredible PB of 16:27!!!!

Amazing runs across the board with PBs all over the place. Unfortunately apart from Colin, Fitzy and Laura BH I don’t know who else PB’ed as I’ve not got a report or a list of everybody’s previous PBs! Congratulations to all runners flying the #GreenArmy flag!

 Pos First name Last name Club Chip Time Chip Pos Category Pos
57 Colin Thompson Helsby RC 16:27 58 Senior 37
86 Chris Fitzpatrick Helsby RC 17:07 85 Senior 54
123 Adam Gordon Helsby RC 17:38 119 Over 40 22
132 Neil Finegan Helsby RC 17:47 129 Over 40 23
166 Ian Rutherford Helsby RC 18:41 166 Over 40 28
195 Ian Landucci Helsby RC 19:33 197 Over 50 8
203 Christopher Murray Helsby RC 19:45 202 Senior 97
209 Tim Igoe Helsby RC 19:58 208 Senior 101
215 Joanne Lacking Helsby RC 20:07 213 Over 35 3
248 Laura Baynham-Hughes Helsby RC 21:10 247 Over 35 5
266 Geoff Shaw Helsby RC 22:16 267 Over 60 9
298 Jo Farwell Helsby RC 24:45:00 299 Over 45 6
309 Donna Geer Helsby RC 25:39:00 309 Over 45 8
311 Mike Searle Helsby RC 25:55:00 311 Over 50 15
319 Janet Shaw Helsby RC 28:10:00 320 Over 60 1

Results are here: http://chestertri.niftyentries.com/Results/Christleton-5K-2015

Chester Half Marathon
With a predominantly flat course Chester is a favorite within the tarmac lovers of the club. This course has a sting in the tail as the finish is up the hill past Telfords Warehouse and through the Northgate.

A new course record was set in 1:02 and change – phew!

First home for Helsby was Degs in a cracking 1:25 followed by Alison Halsall in a superb 1:30! Well done to all that took to the line. Full Results below:


Pos Fname Surname Club Cat Cat Pos Gun Time Chip Time Chip Pos
138 Derek Morris Helsby RC MV40 23 01:25:57 01:25:46 140
313 Alison Halsall Helsby RC FV45 2 01:31:01 01:30:39 316
368 Adrian Jackson Helsby RC MV40 62 01:32:25 01:31:54 368
507 Scot Steel Helsby RC MV40 91 01:34:45 01:34:32 525
748 Louise Mceveley Helsby RC FV45 7 01:38:59 01:38:17 773
1059 David Madders Helsby RC MV40 161 01:43:06 01:42:28 1134
1095 Paul Roberts Helsby RC MSEN 585 01:43:36 01:42:30 1137
1639 Lesley Feakes Helsby RC FV50 16 01:49:29 01:48:24 1746
3441 Donna Geer Helsby RC FV45 103 02:07:25 02:03:17 3471

If there are any race reports for either of the two races above then send them in and they will be added to the blog pages.

Fell Running

Now to the main event – I’m not bias at all 🙂

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This year The #Fellsby contingent were slighltly lower in numbers due to various commitments, but Jimmy, Jim Jones, Phil Roberts and friend of the club Jeff McQueen all took to the start line for a breathless adventure. Sadly the results are still not out yet, but it’s clear from the photos that the boys had a great time out there!

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Under the radar at the Inter County Fell Running Championships

Max thought he could get away with it but social media has uncovered that he ran in a Cheshire vest at the Inter Country fell running championships!!!

No surprise to those of us that have seen him run uphill – “Glides” is the word I use! Over to Max for details (which I had to prize out of his modest self!

‘A 7 ish mile fell race in betws y coed. Two laps of a very fast course with lots of twists and turns one big ascent. Nice and sunny day bit too fast for me though. Think I did fairly well but not sure what position I came in as I haven’t checked – second out of the Cheshire vests though’.

Well Max, I finally found the results and here are the cut down version with a few people in for context. Tom Addison was 8th in 48:27! Awesome run Max, especially considering the course didn’t play to your strengths. Maybe it was the Alan Partridge super short shorts? (Context: see this link from 2:52 – http://tinyurl.com/ooas8xg ) I’m sure the rest of the club will join me in congratulating you!

Pos   Num  Name  Club Time
1 367   Andrew Douglas Scotland West 45:26
2 341   Chris Smith Middlesex 46:15
3 385   Tom Adams Yorkshire 47:14
29 308   Andrew Lamont Cheshire 52:03
38 336   Rob Grantham Merseyside 53:50
47 350   Jez Brown North Wales 54:41
49 305   Max Wainwright Cheshire 55:11
67 307   Tom McGaff Cheshire 58:12
71 309   Karl Steinegger Cheshire 58:36


Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Helsby has a few long distance fans – completing challenges from the Bob Graham and the Ring o’Fire to our very own Sandstone trail Race Challenge.

Until now we only had one centurion, but it would appear that number has now doubled! Over to Andy for the details!

Apocalypse 100
‘This weekend I ran the Apocalypse 100 in Shropshire, 100 miles, including 3 ascents of the Long Mynd.

It was an awesome event! Great weather, brilliant views across Shropshire & the Welsh hills. We didn’t have time to stop for picnics though. Best bit: hammering down off the Long Mynd to the finish. Worst bit: offroute in the middle of a rape field at 1am in pitch dark.

I ran the first half with Nigel Aston, then the 2nd half on my own, through the night. Good to see Nigel, & he helped me through a rough patch at around miles 35 to 45. Good to see Charlie Sharpe, Carmine de Grandis & Alison Brind too – all doing the 50-mile option (which was just the first half of the 100).

I must have paced it about right, since I finished 4th in about 24:09:14. Daniel Hendrikson won in 20:15:14, Paul Collier 2nd in 20:56:00. The full results are here, & I’ve written a race report and posted it toRunfurther.com. Charlie Sharpe won the 50-mile race.’

Huge Kudos Mr. Robinson – a top 5 finish to boot! Clearly a great way to relax after putting on an excellent race the week before. Here are the belated details from the other side of an ultra event.

Sandstone Trail Challenge

I’ve now put a report up on the club website here, and I’ve attached a few of the best photos of club members.

We had 198 finishers, half walkers, half runners as usual.   The results are out, and you can find them here.  We had a great day on Saturday, with fine performances from the Helsby runners.  First home was Charlie Sharpe in 4:33, first woman was Tracy Entwistle in 5:23.  Helsby runners were:

7th Chris Fitzpatrick, 5:05
35th Jim Jones, 6:08
46th Jane Ashbrook, 6:29 (7th woman)
49th Derek Morris, 6:42
85th & 86th Ste Wiggins & Ben Williams, 7:43
110th Ian Hilditch, 8:52

I hope I haven’t missed anyone out there, but it’s possible!

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Trail running

Found this in the junk mail box… no idea why it got redirected, but as a result it got missed from previous reace news – time to rectify that!

http://www.lakelandtrails.org/staveley/results.php Jenny and I (Tim) did yet another Lakeland Trails race this weekend. As usual lovely scenery and atmosphere, quite fast as the major ascents were on tarmac – country lanes. A big plus as far as Jenny and I were concerned is that it starts and finishes with a few hundred metres if Wilfs – excellent for pre race brews and post race lunch. As usual for these races, 10k turns into 11.5k…

Park Run

Great to see green vests still making an appearance on the Park run scene. If you’re new to the club and haven’t been out racing yet then the Park run is a perfect start. Really relaxed, great atmosphere and ALL abilities.

Cheeky first place for the evergreen Mr. Colin Bishop and great to see Louise S, Rhea, Andy Smith, Rachel, Jenny O’Hare and Paul Bulmer being guided around by Louise M and Claire Morton.

Well done all!

Full results here: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Upcoming races and reminders


Date: Sat 23rd May

Fell Counter: 
Hutton Roof Crags (BM) 11.3km/ 397m
When: 14:30
Where: Hutton Roof Village Hall, nr Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2PG
Further Details: www.huttonroof.org.uk
Includes Country Fair so bring the family!

For those of you looking for a PDF version of the calendars, please click this link.


If you have any events to add to it then please contact Tim Palmer

PS – You’ll notice some of the events are in several times, that is because they are in multiple calendars which is better for those that use the electronic calendars. For the PDF users it’ll be an annoyance, but just scroll on by! 🙂

Date: Sat 23rd May
Moel Eilio (AM) 12.9km/ 915m (NW Counter)
When: 13:00
Where: Outside Plas Garnedd , Llanberis, LL55 4LF
Calendar: North Wales Fell Counters

Date: Sun 24 May 2015
Mynydd Myfyr (BS) 6.5km/ 150m – £4-5
Where: Trefonen Village Hall, approx. 2 miles SW of Oswestry. SY10 9DY
Calendar: New to Fells (Mini Series)
A great introduction to off-road running and racing. Approximately 6.5 Kilometres (4 miles) of mixed terrain on trail paths, through farmland and wooded areas and country lanes including climbs totaling 150 metres plus (500ft). Supporting the delightful Trefonen Hill Walk Weekend, which raises funds for various charities. Prizes for first 3 Men and Women plus age group prizes 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+ Venue is SY10 9DA.
Entries are taken on the day. More details can be found at oswestryolympians.com

Wed 27 May 2015
19:30 – 20:30 Batch Bash (AS) 4.8km/ 305m
Where: Yew Tree Inn, All Stretton, SY6 6HG
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3880

Sat 30 May 2015
08:00 – 12:30 Excalibur (BL) 42.2km/ 1676m
Where: Moel Famau Car Park GR173612
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3607

11:00 – 12:00 Duddon (AL) 29km/ 1830m
Where: Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley, Cumbria.
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3665

Sun 31 May 2015
Snowdon HM £23
Calendar: NCC – Road

10:30 – 11:30 Edenfield (BM) 10.3km/ 477m
Where: Edenfield Cricket Club, Gincroft Lane, BL0 0JW
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3705

12:30 – 13:30 Saddleworth (AS) 4.8km/ 290m
Where: Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7NH.
Calendar: NCC – Fell
Description: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3671

Wed 3 Jun 2015
Robbie Webster’s Wobbler (AS)
When: Registration from 6:15-7pm. Race start 7:15
Where: Best Western Forest Hills Hotel, Overton Dr, Frodsham, WA6 6HH
Description: A fantastic little race run by Helsby RC with cakes. Want more? See: http://tinyurl.com/pv2njjn
Calendar: New to Fells (Mini Series)

Thursday 9 Jul 2015
Grocontinental Relay
Dearnford Lake.
Description: We had a good attendance from the Green Army last year so we are putting together teams again. Teams of 3 each do a 2 mile leg. All good fun! Please find a link here to the event flier with all the details http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk/DLR/DLR_Entry.pdf

  • Colin Thompson is coordinating the mens teams, if you wish to be involved please email him col808@hotmail.com
  • Jane Ashbrook is coordinating the ladies teams janebetts@gmail.com

Club Captains Reports

Ladies captain report 2014/2015 by Jane Ashbrook

What a year the ladies have had! We have 11 new lady members (49) and are frequently getting bigger and bigger numbers attending training sessions on Monday morning, Monday evening and Wednesday evening. A number of new runners have competed in their first Parkruns, 10k’s, Borders Leagues, cross countries and fells this year. Hopefully with some encouragement and the introduction of the mini fells we’ll see even more ladies braving some races this year…it’s really not as scary as you think!

Massive thanks to Joe and Mario for their overwhelming support and encouragement, to Colin for the introduction of the Wednesday time trials and 20milers to test us out and to our fantastic chair Jackie and the rest of the committee for all their hard work this year!

Individual achievement of the year must go to Jayne Joy who achieved outstanding success on the fells last summer. Building on a great performance at the Inter counties cross countries in May last year she went on the win numerous fell races and earn herself an international vest coming 3rd in the Karimor Home Counties International in June and 7th in the European trials later in the same month. We are so proud of her amazing achievements and after a really tough end to the year including illness and injury we wish her our very best and a speedy recovery in time for some fells before the summer is out…I for one am missing her big smiley hugs at the end of the race!

Cross country: It was always going to be difficult to replicate the winning success of last year particularly with Tracy Entwhistle from Warrington injured and our own JJ out for most of the season. BUT the troops came good and came a brilliant 3rd team overall out of 13 teams and the top three teams were very close in the end. Each year the field gets bigger and stronger so I think we can be really proud of our performance.

Borders League: Thanks go to vice-captain Carol Shaw for co-ordinating teams for these races. Ladies came a respectable 4th in Div 1 with Joanne Lacking placing 3rd in the individual senior ladies and Carol Shaw winning a very closely fought V50 battle…fantastic stuff! Some other great results to mention are Emily Smith and Rhea Thomas were 13th and 16th respectively in the overall standings and Shan McCarthy 8th in the V40 and Vanessa Griffiths 5th in the V45.

Fell relays: In October we joined the mens and mixed teams to compete in the British Fell relays championships. Jayne, Vanessa, Laura, Jenny, Rachel and I battled the wind and rain to secure a very respectable 27th out of 45 female teams.

Other achievements: There have been many other fantastic achievements this year, sorry if I’ve missed any off but here’s a little list of my favourites from early 2015!

Joanne Lacking: VLM 3:18:25…just brilliant!

Donna Geer: HM 2:01:59 (that’s a whole 20min faster than 2014!!)

Shan McCarthy: HM 1:58:58 (10mins quicker than 2014)

Jo Farwell: 10k 51:05 (an impressive PB after a long lay off with injury)

Emma Barnes: 5k 26:52 (over 30secs faster than 2014)

June Swift: 5th Lady in her first Borders League appearance, looking forward to next season!

It has been an absolute pleasure to captain such an amazing group of ladies this year and I am so proud of all of your personal achievements over the season. Thanks for your continued support of my endurance sessions and beginners groups and helping to ensure that Helsby remains a friendly and inclusive club with something for everyone.


Mens captain report 2014/2015 by Colin Thompson


My first year as Captain (or Captain Marvel as Phil R calls me 🙂 and what an honour it has been, I hope I have done a reasonable job since taking over the reins last year. I had some big shoes to fill when Adair stepped down (size 12’s I believe) but I have tried to carry on the good work he did for the club over his 8 year reign – and I seem to have come in just at the right time! Helsby has done fantastically well in all disciplines of racing this year. This success is all down to you guys who turn up to training each week, enter the races and put in maximum effort.

A fantastic year and with more runners and increasing enthusiasm really highlights the current success of Helsby Running Club. Great to see an array of new faces and the energy they have given to the club as well as the fast times that are now being produced. Helsby are definitely on the map and a force to be reckoned with!

Increased numbers at track on Monday nights, with different training plans and similar to last year we have had a consistent winter training session on Monday nights at Castle Park. Thanks to Head Coach Joe and Vice-Captain Mario as always for committing their time, knowledge and support at training and races. They are always on hand to answer any running related questions and their knowledge is invaluable.

Thanks also goes to Jane Ashbrook for offering alternative sessions on a Monday to offer members a variety of training options.


What an amazing year we have had on the road. With some fast new members joining this year they have really injected an energy into the team and as a result the more established members have had to up their game which is really starting to show with some superb PBs on display from everybody.

We’ve had a magnificent 10k time of 34:20 ran by our top vet Colin Bishop (which is still the fastest in the UK this year by far for his age group) which also must be one of the quickest 10k times by a Helsby runner for many years. Further up the field we’ve had an array of sub 20 5k and sub 40 10k times which is the bench mark for most club runners.

More and more members are using parkruns each week as part of their training and rightly so. Look after those 5k and 10k times and the rest will follow. A lot of success here with many Helsby wins, 1-2 finishes and lots of PBs. Keep it up chaps!

Also a very successful spring marathon season with a few of our runners breaking that much sought after sub 3 hour target time. One of the most astonishing things here was the ease CBH went from fell runner to road geek, even resorting to posting Garmin splits on social network sites! Chris Fitzpatrick led the charge with a 2.50 time at Manchester, a big PB for him and 12th fastest time in Cheshire this year. Well done guys.

The men’s team also won the recent Mid-Cheshire 5k event which was a great triumph and shows the strength and depth in talent we have in the club currently. I must add that this race had some of the best clubs in the North West present (Liverpool Harriers, Knowsley Harriers etc.) which makes this achievement even more remarkable!


Great work from Andy Robinson revitalising and continuing with the Sandstone Challenge and seeing it develop each year in an event that gets consistent good praise. Some excellent running from Helsby this year saw a number of new PBs. Well done to all who took part and thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their free time to help the event run smoothly.

Borders League

Great news this year, if you haven’t already heard the Helsby men were 2nd in Division 2 after a closely fought battle with West Cheshire AC all season. A massive well done to all the guys who turned up to the races and fought hard for those valuable points.

This means the men will be promoted to Division 1 which (I have been reliably informed) hasn’t happened for around 15 years, so a huge well done chaps, let’s keep the momentum going into next season where I strongly believe we can compete with the best teams in the top Division.

Well done to Colin Bishop for 1st in his age category this season, he finished well ahead of 2nd place this year.

Thank you to BL Co-ordinator Adrian Jackson for his hard work and rallying the troops for each race. Sadly he’s standing down this year so a role is up for grabs.

Cross Country

Helsby men’s team were once again running as partners with Lymm and Warrington. Some good efforts saw us finish 4th from 14 teams. Great result and I’m sure it’s something we can improve on next season but we need the runners. We also had some participation in the L&D league which was good to see. Well done to Adrian for finishing top of the Helsby XC championships, one of the most improved runners this year I think you will agree.


The fells have always been very popular with Helsby RC and we still get a big turn out at the races. Hopefully this will continue with more runners trying something new out of their comfort zone. Jimmy O’Hara pretty much dominated last season but with Mighty Max now in the mix and Phil Roberts improving rapidly it’s going to be an exciting season. Also with the addition of the “Mini-Series” (new this season) we are hoping for some of the newer runners to try their hand at the hilly stuff.

Last year saw our third inter-club fell championship which overall went down well. The races for the inter-club trophy are suitable for anyone who does the normal summer hill run. Congratulations to Helsby for their second successive series win.

British fell relays was another success in October with some strong running from everyone involved. Helsby men’s team finished a brilliant 83rd from the 187 open teams in the event. Thanks once again to Phil Gillard for his team selection and continued organisation of this event.

Thank you to CBH for organising the Wobbler again which is gaining in popularity each year. This year promises to be even bigger so we need a good turn out and members to offer their help and support. Helsby won the team award again last year, well done to all those who took part.

Tattenhall Tough Team

It’s on again in June. (Teams of three). Helsby always do well at this. Worth thinking about teams now. I know a few teams have entered already so let’s get it sorted.


These September races are popular with the club and are a nice warm up gig for the XC season. Helsby Men’s ‘A’ team were 13th last season which is an improvement on the previous year but hopefully we can improve more on that this year if we get the numbers.

There is also a four race multi-terrain summer series at Shotton, Deeside. Just ask if you want any more info on this although I don’t think this has team results.


We also had a few members embarking on some epic ultra races. The Ring of Fire took place last September and we had 4 Helsby runners (Fitzy, CBH, Ste Wiggins, Phil Roberts) crazy enough to take on the challenge. For those who are unaware of this race, it’s a 135 mile coastal ultra marathon around the perimeter of Anglesey, not for the faint hearted! I believe Ste Wiggins is returning this year for another go, he must be a glutton for punishment!

Other notable races have been Gaz O’Connor embarking on the epic Centurion ultra race (100 miles) and had a fantastic first foray into the ultra long stuff and also new member Chris Murray completing the Continental 12 hour relay solo. Andy Robinson seems to be at an ultra every week too. Well done guys!

Race reports

A lot more people are writing race reports which is great to see. It adds a bit more variety to the blog each week and it’s nice to get a personal perspective from the race. So thank you to all those who contributed this year and hopefully this will continue.

Blog & Media

A big loss last year when Adair stepped down from doing the round-up each week, it left a daunting task for his successor! It was suggested we do a share of the news each week so the onus wasn’t on the one person, therefore Gaz O’Connor, Chris Baynham-Hughes and Helen Owens all came on board which I think you will agree has worked well and gives the news much more variety each week. More use of Mail-Chimp too which gives the news a more professional look. Thank you Chris for suggesting this.

A big thanks to Steve Riley as he does a lot of work behind the scenes with the blog, Helsby website, Twitter and flickr too. Steve also answers many of the clubs emails and is always encouraging everyone, a great asset to the club. Also the Facebook page is getting a lot of use now and is good for information to be quickly posted out to members.

Thanks to Ian Landucci for maintaining details of all runners at our club counters and keeping a points record which is vital for the awards ceremony we can enjoy.

Thank you to CBH for taking the time to co-ordinate the electronic race calendars this season which makes it much easier to load the club counters onto your phone/tablet or computer calendars.


An idea is to have a Sunday training run, maybe 10am each Sunday. The 20 mile time trial went down well not long ago so maybe we could use the Greenway. This could just be an informal run and the beauty is you can turn back at any point along the route depending on how far you would like to run. Something we can discuss.

The 10k TT was introduced last year and has had a steady following since. I am happy to continue with this over the summer, or maybe we could have a break and use it as part of our winter training program? Another one to discuss.

Club records would be good to have on the blog but would take some time to find and collate all the data. Any volunteers?

Any other ideas, thoughts or issues then please let us know and send me an email or please bring comments to the AGM.

That’s all folks, hope you have enjoyed reading. Once again thank you for all your hard work this year and long may it continue! Any questions then please email or ask at the AGM.


Sandstone round-up

Sandstone trail 2015

The 2015 results are now up. The lost property is listed in the results too. I’ve written a short report about the event with a few photos in it. There are more photos on the web, and we’ll add the rest soon. There are some blogs and photos up on the Delamere Spartans website too. Steve Roberts’ blog – he had a hard time of it and didn’t finish, but we hope he’ll be back for another go next year. Nick Wishart’s blog – Nick finished 5th this year. John Kleiser took some photos and a short video as well. More here. Congrats to everyone that walked, ran, baked, marshalled, drove, photographed, fed and watered. Massive team effort, well done Andy, well done Helsby and friends!

Helsby RC Weekly Update (4-10-2015 to 10-5-2015)

Please send all race reports to helsby-race-reports@outlook.con

Delamere Spartans 10K Trail Race.

This race took place on Bank Holiday Monday and is a welcomed new fixture on the race calender, with Phil Gillard (1st Male Helsby), Alison Halsall (1st Lady Helsby) were amongst a strong Helsby contingent. Well done all. Full results are below.

The Sandstone Challenge.


Chris Fitzpatrick wrote the following report from Saturdays 33 mile Sandstone Challenge.

Is there a better pound for pound race (sorry challenge) about?

No is the answer, unless you speak to some of them mountain goats we have at the club running those fells week in week out. Early start for a few of us marshalling the cars into car park spaces, you would think this is easy but believe me some people really do amaze you with their driving skills. Anyway, onto the important stuff, I think this may have been one of the strongest fields we have ever had on the start line of the STC 5 finishes I think under sub 5 hrs, 2 previous winners in Dave Douglas and Nick Wishart from the Spartans, a few nifty Helsby Runners and the one and only Charlie Sharp, who pretty much wins everything he enters these days, even with his top off, whilst taking selfies and photos along the route whilst listening to music.
The weather was so much better than last years wash out (that’s because Phil Roberts wasn’t in the country, apparently he was tarmac slapping the streets of Prague), we only had a little light rain, mainly cloudy with a chance of meat balls, and a little wind, perfick as Del boy says. The first few miles was tough, sub 7 minute miles trying to keep up with the “sharpe” runners of this world but by the time we got to the first few farmers fields, the field really started to take shape, and everyone started doing their own thing. After the farmers fields comes the hills of Bickerton, and Beeston, which really are killers on the legs, I was sandwiched in between a Spartan Butty with Chris Collins, Dave Douglas ahead and Nick Wishhart close behind, this was pretty much the same all through to about 22 miles, when my legs just gave way (think it was the sight of Col T in delamere that put me off as he looked so fresh high fiving everyone after being chased around his local park run that same morning by 2 ageing women!!)
Anyone who has done an ultra before will know its not all about the legs feeling good when you get to 25 miles and the legs start to go wobbly, the real battle is in your head, just like Helen has every day about going on Facebook, I could have quite simply of given in, but I didn’t, and don’t let that put you off as I am I’m so glad I didn’t as I was greeted at the bottom of Jacobs Ladder by CBH shouting “c’mon squirrel there’s some nuts up here, get them legs up, run up the stairs ya f*nny”, ok cheers Chris thanks for the encouragement:) it did actually help but don’t tell him 🙂

I was now in a familiar patch running along Frodsham hill reaching the highest point thinking, Christ, I’ve got to go down the hill now quads bursting out me skin!! finally I could see the twin peaks and the green army flags to be cheered in to cattle bells, and a massive round of applause from everyone in the community centre where I must say the volunteers and helpers really come into there own, pies, mushy peas and gravy please, cup of tea sir, yes please, it really does exceed itself this race.


So Helsby RC runners had PB’s galore, myself knocking 12 mins of my previous best time, Ben, and Ste both smashing it, Degs doing it for the first time as work had given him a day off without striking so he helped his mate around the course, and Jane doing her first race over marathon distance, hope I got that right Jane?  And Jim Jones openly admitting he was questioning himself why he was out there, he did it though, everyone who completed it deserves a massive round of applause and so does Andy Robinson, and his team, a truly epic event….thank you!

First home was Charlie Sharpe in 4:33, first woman was Tracy Entwistle in 5:23.  Helsby runners were….

7th Chris Fitzpatrick, 5:05
35th Jim Jones, 6:08
46th Jane Ashbrook, 6:29 (7th woman)
49th Derek Morris, 6:42
85th & 86th Ste Wiggins & Ben Williams, 7:43
110th Ian Hilditch, 8:52

Neil Finegan and Darren O’Connor continued their rich vein of form at Delamere Parkrun with PBs and a 4th place finish for Neil.
Meanwhile at Widnes Parkrun, Helsby RC stole the show, with Colin Bishop and Colin Thompson capturing the top 2 places. Great running lads!!!
Full, consolidated Parkrun results for all Helsby runners last week can be found at the link below:


Great Manchester 10K Run

Carl Pratt sent in the following report from the big race of the weekend.

Another tired morning following a gig Saturday night getting home at 1am, up early for porridge and the train to Manchester. We got there an hour before the race so went to weatherspoons to relax first. Just my gel and a pint of water pre-race! The beer comes later! Although there were less serious runners actually enjoying a pre-race beer believe it or not!

After leaving Weatherspoon’s, some nice runners allowed me to jump the barrier and squeeze in to the congested start area. The race started with an interesting warm up routine which involved around 30,000 people doing squat and lunge type exercises. Personally I decided not to join in as I have always preferred not to warm up for 10km and above and those kind of exercises are not ideal to warm the legs up for a run in my opinion.

We got underway slightly late. Despite putting a predicted time of 35-40 minutes down and getting an orange number, I was surprised to find myself behind the 50 minute pacer and various charity runners in costumes. Similar to London 2 weeks ago, I had to zig zag the course and jump up and down kerbs to get past the crowd and run at a target pace of just over 4min/km. At around 3km I passed the 45 minute pacer and was able to focus on a more steady pace.

The first 4km going towards Old Trafford were quite generous with a gentle downhill stretch. 5km split time 20:26.  It started to get tough between 6-8km going back uphill on the dual carriageway towards Deansgate, however the wind was behind which helped (they even said so on the telly!).  By the 8km split of 33:02, the chances of a pb had slipped so I had to dig deep to achieve the quickest time my legs would allow. I passed the 9km marker then there were markers for 400m and 200m (which always seem to put me off for some reason). There was no sprint finish on the not so nice final uphill section under the railway bridge to the finish line. A time of 41:25 is exactly a 4 minute improvement on last year’s GMR but 35 seconds short of my PB set at Liverpool spring 10k last week. I’ll take that and keep pushing for that 2015 sub 40!

The goody bag contained 5 packs of Chinese curry noodles, Lucozade, a cereal bar, t shirt, a very cheap looking medal and a box of raisins!
And on to the main reason for entering this very expensive race…The bars afterwards were great, plenty of banter and atmosphere with lots of runners.  The beer went down very well indeed! There were lots of people running for very worthy charity’s and enjoying their achievement.

Louise McEveley ran it in 57:22 with a very well-paced negative split run (5k time 00:29:12)

The Fred Whitton Challenge by Steve Riley.


This Sunday I rode around most of the hills in the Lake District with
former captain Adair Broughton, Paul Porter (who ran with us until
last year when he retired injured) and James Hack from the Delamere
Spartans. It was horrible, it was brilliant. 112 miles and around
13,000 feet of climbing with all your old favourites – Kirkstone Pass,
Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Cold Fell, Hard Knott (spit), Wrynose.
Even the hills that don’t get a billing are way bigger than anything
we have around here. Billed as “Britain’s hardest sportive” we shared
the road with around 2000 other cyclists through some pretty foul
weather. Special mention to Adair – I spoke to him on the Saturday
from a sunny Grasmere to finally persuade him to come up (he hasn’t
really done any training) – sets his alarm for 3am, breakfast, drove
up, rode the course battering my time by a full hour, had a pie and
peas and drove home again. Too early to write off the Adair legend
that’s for sure!

Rainow Fell Race.

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It was out to the fells on Wednesday evening for Rainow 5 mile fell race. The race is a club counter and attracted a very strong Helsby showing with club members figuring prominently at the top end of the field and Max Wainwright first home for the men, Jane Ashbrook first Helsby Lady.

Results below:

Louise McEvely, James Gray and Ian Rutherford have been kind enough to send in reports from Rainow.

Louises Report:

Having run the Sandstone Trail Race and Robbie Webster’s Wobbler I am not totally new to off-road races, but the Rainow Fell Race was my first one not on home turf, so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I was a little apprehensive and turned up in plenty of time to register and get changed.

I wasn’t sure if I needed a full array of kit to take with me so had compass, waterproofs, hat, gloves, scarf, kitchen sink (just in case) but only one sock, however, much to my relief Laura came to the rescue with a pair of walking socks.  As it turned out the only piece of kit being advised was a waterproof and this was optional, so I dumped the rest and went off to the start line feeling a bit nervous but was pleased to see so many green vests and friendly faces. The race was off and I quickly got into my stride and felt quite comfortable until the first gate, where all runners patiently waited in arrival order to pass through, apart from one lady who skipped 9 places (yes I counted) much to everyone else’s disgruntlement. So that was it she was on my hit list and I was determined to catch her, needless to say the next bit of the race was a very steep grassy climb up to White Nancy which was a tough one.

Once at the top the view was stunning over to Bollington and a view over to Macclesfield town as we ran along the ridge. I was feeling like we must be at least on the homeward straight only to realise we had just about clocked 2 miles, but pressed on to catch the gate lady and triumphantly passed her on the ridge. From there it was a downhill stretch which is where the pros really made up the distance, as I picked my way down with cautious steps, the old hands hurtled towards the bottom with breakneck speed. We were then finally on the homeward stretch and I was praying that there would be no more hills. I crossed the finish line cheered on by the barmy green army and was very pleased with my time.

A great night, a great team and very toasty feet (thanks Laura a life saver) I am definitely down for the next and would urge any others who haven’t done a fell to get out there and give it go!

Ians Report:
As a long-term runner I must confess to have never raced or for that matter done any real running of note away from the roads.   So what happens when you join a club like Helsby with such a strong Fell Running heritage?  Something was about to give.  I was starting from the beginning here though, the concept of having essential kit to me was an emergency fiver in your back pocket and a stop-watch.

Having my naivety corrected by the knowledgeable ones (who will remain nameless in case they get bullied for helping a road-runner) and obviously now having thoroughly read and digested FRA SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR FELL RACES and RULES FOR COMPETITION Section 1 through 12 including that tricky often overlooked subsection b, I proceeded to target the next suitable (less threatening) first race.

RESULT – it was declared a ‘no-kit’ event – so I now wouldn’t embarrass myself caring my Tesco waterproofs in my Gola rucksack around the 5-mile course that was yesterdays Rainow 5!

I arrived early and got registered.  Unluckily for Phil Gillard as the next Helsby runner to arrive he had to endure my constant questions from then on until literally the start of the race, sorry again Phil – but somewhere amongst this discussion and clearly directed by my stupid and pointless questions about split-times and pace (not really really) this wise old fox turned to me and stated “Ian, you do realise this is a Fell Race not a Fell Run.”  No further explanation necessary.  I had no further questions.

We were off!  Took it easy, knew things would obviously get tougher, nothing too much to worry about and lo and behold we’ve stopped. I’m in a race and I’m not running… this is new territory.   A-ah a gate, okay few deep breaths; well this is easy I though, we all get to take a breather – I start chatting to my fellow Helsby, even offering a relaxed joke and off we go again, some gentle ups, some downs – I try to sprint down a grass section and overshoot things a tad, I use the gate to slow me down but end up having to apologise to the runner in front as I’ve now just banged the gate against him – he’s cool and runs off.  Things are going well, someone mentions something about Nancy – she must be a good runner I thought – Oh mother of god!  My run, becomes a plod, becomes baby-steps, becomes a stagger; I can feel my heart trying to explode out of my chest, parts of my legs are on fire.  We’re not in Christleton anymore – are we?  I get to the top after seemingly an age and somehow or other it seems you’re now expected to start running again!  People start flying past me and a quick check of the Garmin (yes, yes I know) shows I’m only around one and a half mile in….Bugger.
I actually recover fairly quickly and feel confident once more to start running harder, I even pass a few runners on the level parts but just blown away by how quickly some people are able to descend, it’s such a skill.  Another steep last stage, but one where I kept some rhythm and maintained a fairly even pace throughout the climb and then its down all the way to the final few hundred yards of the race with even a smidge of tarmac at the end to see me home in a sprint finish with some fellow Helsbies.   I finished in a happy 43’40 wanting more.

James Report:

I’ve wanted to do a fell for ages, I’d heard about the value for money, the stunning scenery, friendly atmosphere and of course the tea and homemade cakes …  So after finally getting my act together, I was ready to have a crack at the Rainow 5.

I was told that Rainow was a good choice for beginners and not too brutal.  In hindsight I’d probably go with that description – it was brutal enough, but also short enough to remain fun.

I paid my fiver in the village hall and joined the Green Army outside positioning myself in the middle of the pack.  The race started promptly and we were off down the lane. Left on to a cobbled lane up a hill, across a field – bit of early jostling for position in the mid-pack area and straight on to my first queue.  Very civilised.   A few knowing nods and a bit of small talk later I made it through the gate and belted down the field to the next queue.  Bit of a breather, I could get used to this.

The climb to the White Nancy is quite early on in the race and having made the mistake of pushing up hills too fast and too early in the past I opted to try and save as much energy as possible by kind-of-like hiking up it… Although there was still plenty of the race and hills to come, that for me was the most challenging part.  Once at the top, it took a while to get my breath and run with what felt like any co-ordination as the oxygen slowly made its way back to my legs and arms.  The rest of the race however was great fun.

I took away some valuable lessons.  I’m not very quick at descending.  I knew that already but it became apparent during the race.  Secondly, I can (or at least could on this occasion) climb quite well and I found myself in a race with two or three people who would fly past me on the downhills but who I was able to catch up overtake on the flat and uphill.  I got a better understanding of where my strengths and weaknesses lie.  I’ve been overtaken on roads in the past and never usually catch up. But in this race I was much more competitive going uphill and I wasn’t really expecting that before the race.  I finished in 47.09 which I was pretty happy with.

Overall it was a very friendly and welcoming event, no pretence, just a case of turn up and leg it up a hill.  Stop around for a bit at the end and have a cake.  What’s not to like?

It was a great introduction, and I’d fully recommend a similar race to anyone thinking of having a go.

Thanks for the reports Louise, James and Ian.

Lastly, just a quick reminder that the club AGM is on Wednesday night after the training run.



Helsby RC Racing News 27th Apr – 3rd May 2015

Hi everyone

Lots of action this week from road, trail, fell and we also had an ultra thrown in. Thank you for all the reports, please keep them coming to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com or it’s unlikely to get into the news.


Mid-Cheshire 5k

Thursday saw a new event spring up on the racing calendar, the Mid-Cheshire 5k in Kingsley. Advertised as “lightning fast” it didn’t disappoint with an array of new PBs from a strong Helsby squad. Starting near the cricket club the race runs in a 4k anticlockwise loop through beautiful countryside with a fast downhill finish for the final kilometre. 20 Green Army members lined up to do battle and we had some excellent results, age group wins, PBs and a team win for the men! Colin Thompson was first back for Helsby to take bronze after a close battle with Colin Bishop (who won his age cat) and congratulations to ladies captain Jane Ashbrook who was first back for the Helsby ladies. A brilliant run once again from Carol Shaw saw her win her age group, Jackie Keasley 2nd in hers and Janet Shaw 3rd. Well done to everyone else, some very impressive times, please see the results below:

3 16:47 133 Colin Thompson 16:47 1
5 16:52 14 Colin Bishop 16:52 1
20 18:17 62 Neil Finegan 18:13 8
31 19:04 164 James Higgins 19:01 12
32 19:08 115 Ian Rutherford 19:04 13
42 19:29 99 Darren O’connor 19:25 14
46 19:46 80 Adrian Jackson 19:43 19
58 20:32 3 Jane Ashbrook 20:27 4
78 21:59 118 Carol Shaw 21:54 1
82 22:31 149 Stephen Wiggins 22:26 19
89 23:12 119 Geoff Shaw 23:06 9
99 24:25 57 Jo Farwell 24:17 5
102 24:32 58 Lesley Feakes 24:26 7
105 24:48 132 Rhea Thomas 24:40 7
109 25:16 163 Jackie Keasley 25:09 2
116 26:14 67 Donna Geer 26:07 9
125 28:51 8 Emma Barnes 28:44 11
128 29:22 120 Janet Shaw 29:16 3
130 29:59 68 Helen Gillard 29:47 11
131 29:59 69 Phil Gillard 29:50 12

Full results here: http://cutefruitevents.niftyentries.com/Results/MidCheshire5K2014?Page=1&OrderBy=OverallPos&RaceId=1&Gender=All&Category=All&Search=helsby&PageSize=10

Liverpool Spring 10k

Sunday saw 3 Helsby runners toeing the line in Sefton Park for the Liverpool Spring 10k. Carl Pratt, Alfie Grady and Claire Morton all executing a solid race on an undulating course around the perimeter of Sefton Park. A message from Alfie read “I did the Spring 10k in 46 minutes. Lesson learnt, do more training.” Plenty more to come from you Alfie, well done all.


Helsby results below:

126  0:40:53  Carl Pratt
404  0:46:27  Alfie Grady
1950  1:02:33  Claire Morton

Full results here: http://www.chipresults.co.uk/mobile/Results.aspx?event=2015LiverpoolSpring10K

Northern Vets 10k

Colin Bishop travelled to Sale to take part in the monthly 10k race and showed his class once again by winning the event by a large margin. Please find a report below sent in by Colin:

“Following heavy overnight/early morning rain on Bank Holiday Sunday I donned my running shoes and headed over to Sale for the NVAC monthly run, due to health and safety issues – resurfacing of the footpaths the usual 10K was reduced to a just short of 5 miles (@4.6-4.7) The race started and finished at the side of Sale Harriers track – as it was being used by the young Sale Harriers – a pleasant course that took us out along the canal towards the river and then back to the finish, wet, slippery underfoot at times. Pleased to say I was first home for both my age cat and the first runner home overall with a winning time of 26.32 with the regular winner Rob Jackson of Horwich coming in second place with a time of 27.34.”

Well done Col!


10k TT

We had 6 Helsby runners at the monthly 10k time trial, a lower number than expected due to the Mid-Cheshire 5k the following day. Congratulations to Mike Seale who stormed around to take the win (sans smile – he must have been trying!). Well done to everyone else. Good to see Roy Gaskill back running again after some time out. Results below:

10k results 29-04-15

Keswick Half Marathon

Jane Ashbrook completed the Keswick half marathon. Jane reports that it was hilly but lovely and rained a lot. Well done Jane. Results can be found here: http://www.keswickhalfmarathon.co.uk/2015-results/


Andy Smith has sent the following report for the Lord’s Seat fell race. Over to you Andy…

“One of the delights of working up in Cumbria, especially once the lighter nights roll round, is the occasional mid-week fell race in some quiet far flung corner of the Lake District.

Wednesday 29th April was just one such occasion and saw me visiting the mountain biking centre in Whinlatter Forest for the Lord’s Seat fell race, the second in the Lord of the Forest series (although I’m not sure how many races are in this series – it may be only two).

Arriving a bit later than planned, my warm up seemed to consist of a sprint to the registration desk, a sprint back to the car and then a sprint to the start line with a bit of hasty stretching once there as the start was delayed for a few minutes – not exactly what they teach you on the coaching courses.

The race itself was very runnable, being largely on forest tracks which gently rose before we finally broke out from the tree line and onto the fell side proper. A short climb took us onto Derwent Fell, with fine views across the bright lights of Keswick and into the heart of the Lake District. Below was Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond that the brooding bulk of Skiddaw, its flanks streaked with later season snow. Turning west, some high level bog trotting lead to our second summit, Lord’s Seat. From there a short grassy descent took us back into the forest and the forest trails to return us to the visitor centre, punctuated only by a short,  steep, muddy drop through trees (with a couple of enthusiastic children to cheer us on “You’re doing great! Don’t be chicken!”) before a final short sprint to the finish. I came 84th in 50:51 (full results at http://www.keswickac.org.uk/) and drove back with that happy feeling that comes from a nice run out that breaks the routine of life.”

Great result and report Andy, well done!

Pendle Cloughs

Phil and Max both ran the Pendle Cloughs fell race, no reports for this but results are below. Well done to Max for grabbing 3rd place!

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Llangynhafal Loop

Jenny and Tim Palmer both competed in the Llangynhafal Loop fell race. Tim reports that there was lots of wind and rain; nice open fire in the Golden Lion pub afterwards. Well done the Palmers!



FB_IMG_1430768436084It appears we have a new ultra runner in our midst, it must be the green vest that brings out the slightly crazy side of people. Chris Murray ran solo at the Conti Lightening 12 hour race and had a superb race. Well done Chris! A short report from Chris below:

“Had a solo attempt at the Conti Lightening 12hr run at the weekend. Managed a solid 50k in 6ish hours. Hoping to build on it and run a few more miles next year.”

No results yet but keep an eye on this link: http://www.contilightningrun.co.uk


Delamere Spartans 10k

Neil Finegan is in fine form at the moment and is very much the man to watch. He ran an excellent race to take 6th overall in a tough field of runners. A short report from Neil below:

“Delamere Spartans 10k today – excellent race even for a tarmac plodder like me. Tough, muddy but great fun. All for a fiver. Would really recommend it to everyone for next year’s event. Finished 6th.”


Well done Neil and to all the other Green Army runners who participated, please find all results here:

6  Neil Finegan  00:42:48
23  Alison Halsall  00:49:29
35  Janet Robertson  00:52:10
37  Jim Gray  00:52:38
48  Carol Shaw  00:54:13
52  Andy Smith  00:54:56
63  Lesley Feakes  00:56:53
64  Rachel Arnold  00:57:37
74  Emily Smith Female  01:00:36

Full results: http://www.delamerespartans.org.uk/sites/default/files/Spartan_10000_Results.pdf


And last but no means least the results from the weekends parkruns. Stand out performances this week belong to Neil Finegan and Carl Pratt for a Helsby 1-2 at Widnes and a PB for Ben. Great stuff guys!


19 Scot STEEL 00:20:42
41 Gareth BOYD 00:22:27
100 Lesley FEAKES 00:25:23
282 Paul BULMER 00:36:47
281 Louise MCEVELEY 00:36:47


1 Neil FINEGAN 00:18:45
2 Carl PRATT 00:20:23

Ellesmere Port

14 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:22:32

Upcoming races & reminders

Remember it’s the Rainow fell race on Wednesday 6th May and a club counter. Suitable for novices like me! Meet up at the club for those wanting to travel to Rainow, say 5:30/45. Keep an eye on Facebook for travel updates.

Tattenhall have confirmed their annual tough team challenge on Friday 19th June, here is the link to the flier ttr2015_entry. Always a popular one with the Green Army, so hopefully a record number of Helsby Teams will take on the challenge this year.  We will be sorting out teams over the next few weeks.

As a result of this race being confirmed our annual club presentation/celebration evening will be on Friday 12th June  –   Annual Presentation Evening at the Club House, 8pm. Our annual prize giving for the Summer 2014 Road and Fell Championships and the 2014/2015 Cross Country and Border League Championships plus much more. Followed by a Bring Along Supper and Chris Igoe’s famous and energetic disco.

AGM on Wednesday May 13th following our club run, 8:30 in the club house. It’s a time to reflect the highlights of the past year (hopefully no low lights) and set the scene for the coming year. Please come along and share your ideas and thoughts for running (and much more) with Helsby Running Club in 2015/2106 and let’s try and make it happen!

That’s all this week, thanks for reading. If anything is amiss please let me know col808@hotmail.com