Helsby RC Weekly Update 4-10-2015 to 11-10-2015


Helsby runners were in action at Delamere, Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Wetherby.

The full, consolidated results are at the link below:


Borders League.


There was a great Helsby turn out for the first Borders League race, Colin Thompson and Chris Fitzpatrick both sent in reports.

First Col…..

The Green Army’s first Borders League of the season went off with a bang and with BL Coordinator Fitzy rallying the troops all summer we had a fantastic turn out (over 30 runners!) It was brilliant to see lots of new faces on the day enjoying the race and by the looks of things everyone put in some serious tarmac slapping effort!

Capenhurst is effectively 2 laps of the 5k course so it’s very flat and with perfect weather (for a change) we saw some great times on what turned out to be just over 5 miles. Big congratulations to England international Col Bishop for taking first home honours for the men and Joanne Lacking showing some fine form to take the chequered flag for the ladies. We also had some age category podiums which are shown in the results below. A big well done everyone!

The men’s team currently sit 6th in Division 1 and ladies are 7th so it goes to show how tough the competition is, but that shouldn’t distract from an excellent race had by all and I’m sure over the coming months we will gradually work our way up the table. Also a big thank you to Joe and Mario who were supporting out on the course and Jane Bishop for supplying the post race treats.

All Helsby results are shown here:

19  Colin BISHOP  28:22 (1st in age cat)


31  Chris COLLINS  29:06

54  Adam GORDON  30:15

87  Colin THOMPSON  31:39

100  Jim HIGGINS  32:07

109  Ian RUTHERFORD  32:32

134  Joanne LACKING  33:27

158  Chris MURRAY  34:16

166  Ian HAMLING  34:27

181  Gary O’CONNOR  35:12

192  John ROSSITER  35:40

208  Geoff READ  36:16

211  Tim IGOE  36:20

214  Benjamin WILLIAMS  36:22

233  Carol SHAW  36:52

241  Roy GASKILL  37:10

262  Andy SMITH  37:57

264  June SWIFT  38:01

275  Geoff COLLINS  38:33

276  Geoff SHAW  38:36

277  John WHITEHEAD  38:45

313  Christopher IGOE  41:03

317  Rachael HOLDEN  41:37

324  Leah BINNS  42:27

328  Jo FARWELL  42:33

337  Shan MCCARTHY  44:02

338  Graham LLOYD  44:12

346  Nicola CASH  44:50

352  Debbie READ  45:25

357  Gill FITZPATRICK  45:47

361  Janet SHAW  47:09  (2nd in age cat)

363  Rebecca GIBSON  47:23

And full results here


Team results


.and now Chris’ report

So 34 of us (1 short of a record turnout, thanks Helen Owens) donned our lovely Green Vests and headed down to Capenhurst for the much anticipated season opener of the Borders league. I believe record numbers turned out for most clubs on the day and also the quality throughout the field had took a step up yet again this year, and looking at the results you can see it had, some really good runners there, even sub 2.33 marathoners.

Having spent all week geeing up the troops and making sure we had enough members there so we didn’t get any penalty points, I was amazed with the amount of people who turned out to be honest, obviously there was no need to worry. Both the men’s and ladies team are now in the top division, and after speaking to you all, a lot of 5 mile PB’s were had me included, which is great to hear on which was an extremely quick course, this was a proper tarmac lovers heaven. Now after a week of telling everyone the rules of the borders league and you’re not being able to drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to the race, I thought I’d post a pic of me having a non-alcoholic Guinness or 7 on Facebook, just to prove how committed I am to the cause.

Anyway down to the results, 1st in for the Men was our Bish (Colin Bishop), who was made up and over the moon with his 19th place so much so he didn’t want his picture taken, c’mon bish smile for the camera. Although someone did actually get a proper quality pic of him and Richie Webster pegging it to the line, I must say our Bish, looked proper cool as always, well done mate. 1st home for the ladies was Joanne Lacking, who had a cracking little sprint finish to beat off some other runners. This was then how the rest of us came into the finish, urged over the finish line by other members of the green army who were all shouting for blood. There was a few new faces there as well, glad to meet you all, and also a few runners from Delamere Spartans, who are now also falling in love with the tarmac slapping like us roadies and have joined Helsby RC as 2nd Claim, welcome aboard CC and Leah, and thanks to CC for shouting at me near the finish and putting the frighteners up me thinking there was someone behind me about to nick some points (I turned around and it was him, he was urging me to beat him, work that one out!).

It was a tough start to the season with the mens team coming in 6th out of 7th in a very competitive league and also the ladies propping up the bottom of the table, but this was due to a lot of runners not being able to make it and also a few who were sick on the day (whilst racing!! Well done June for finishing, amazing) we are not worried though, as the season goes on we will see both teams start to climb the table I’m sure

Thanks to the amazing support from Jane, Mario and Joe as per usual on the day and Adrian for coming down as well, even though he’s injured he took a break from eating pie’s (St Helens joke) and came over and supported us, whilst his son took out a few runners with a snipers gun at the start line, good to see you mate.

Breidden fell race

There was a strong Helsby turnout at the Breidden fell race. Jim O’Hara was first home for Helsby in 22nd place overall. Meanwhile Vanessa Griffith won her age category and Jane Ashbrook was second in hers. Well done all.


Full results are below


Also on Sunday Gareth Boyd ran hillyYorkshire marathon in 3 hours 50, great running!



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