Helsby RC weekly round-up 22nd to 28th February 2016

Welcome to the weekly round. Before we go into the past weeks running news please take time to read a message about the Wednesday club runs:

Hopefully you all will have received the email regarding the new structure to the Wednesday club runs. If not please let us know so we can forward this on to you. Also we will be handing out some printed versions.

This Wednesday (2nd March) will be the Muster run to Frodsham, therefore as well as leaders we need some tail runners to volunteer. We already have some group leaders organised as follows:


Group A – Leader – Colin Thompson

                  Tail Runner required


Group B – Leader – Jo Lacking

                  Tail Runner required


Group C – Leader – Jackie Keasley

                  Tail Runner required


Beginners – Leader – Betty Grieve

                     No tail runner required                    


Over the Hillers (headtorch run to the hills) – Leader – Andy Robinson

                              No tail runner required


If you are interested in volunteering to tail run please let one of us know (email below or Facebook). The role will be to stay at the back of your chosen group and make sure nobody get left behind. At each muster point the group leaders will run back to meet the tail runner and as a group run back to the muster point. In theory everybody should keep moving and stick together as a group.



Colin & Jane


And now over to a report submitted by Colin Thompson:

High Legh 10k

It was great to see plenty of green vests at our 2nd road counter of the season. Top notch organisation from Lymm Runners made this a very enjoyable race, they even managed to organise lovely sunny weather! The course is definitely PB potential but certainly isn’t flat, more mildly undulating with a little bit of off road (much to the bemusement of the roadie contingent!) A loop around the High Legh countryside makes it a visual feast with spectacular views and many of the locals came out to cheer on the athletes which was nice to see.

Now to the results, it was PBs galore with 5 of our runners securing new PBs and Jane Asbrook securing 2nd lady overall! Well done Jane! Both the men’s and ladies teams were 2nd overall and with 6 of our runners all under 40 minutes it was a very successful day at the office for the Green Army! A big well done to all who participated!

As always, a big thank you to Joe and Mario for their support, it really gives you a spring in your step when they suddenly emerge shouting their words of encouragement!

Helsby results are below:

7th Colin Thompson 35:45

12th Chris Fitzpatrick 36:12

18th Neil Finegan 37:25 (PB)

20th Adam Gordon 37:31 (PB)

26th Ian Rutherford 38:24

36th Darren O’connor 39:04 (PB)

52nd Jane Ashbrook 40:43 (2nd lady)

62nd Joanne Lacking 41:32

70th Ian Hamling 42:16 (PB)

159th Michael Williams 46:09

163rd Helen Owens 46:24

199th Rachael Holden 48:11 (PB)

240th Jenn Naylor 50:11

Full results here http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1fh/splits.html

Photo’s kindly taken by Mick Charman can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/helsby/


Thanks Colin, for the report. Next it’s over to Andy Robinson who has completed another Long Distance Walking Association event – but as a runner! Well done Andy:

South Shropshire Circular LDWA challenge event

I had a great day out on Saturday running the South Shropshire Circular

LDWA challenge event. Based in Clun, this was 25 miles and 1400 metres

of climbing, on a route that was a secret until registration on the

day. Shropshire’s great for running hills, & although it was a bit hazy

we still got the views. Map and compass work was key – at least for me

as I had nobody to follow all day. One runner got past me by taking

easy options rather than the recommended route, so I finished 2nd in 4:47.



As ever, there was a great representation of Helsby RC across various Parkruns this past weekend with Colin Bishop again taking a pole position for Helsby– great work Colin! And it looks like some people were just having a warm up for the High Legh 10k! – Rachel Holden, Ian Hamling and Michael Williams:

Warrington parkrun:

Rhea Thomas 25:27 99th 17th gender position

Delamere parkrun:

Phil Gillard 24:20 80th 74th Gender Position

Rachel Arnold 24:57 93rd 11th Gender Position

Geoff Collins 25:26 106th 89th Gender Position

Claire Morton 29:14 182nd 44th Gender Position

Ellesmere Port parkrun:

Benjamin John Williams 25:34 22nd 19th Gender Position

Widnes parkrun:

Ian Hamling 20:27 11th 10th Gender Position

Michael Williams 22:06 18th 17th Gender Position

David Madders 22:41 25th 24th Gender Position

Chris Hatton 24:24 46th 41st Gender Position

Rachel Holden 28:27 90th 23rd Gender Position


10k Time Trial results

Wednesday saw another Helsby 10k Time Trial take place. I know Colin has already sent a separate email out, but just in case you missed it:

Hi everyone

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to the 10k TT last night, we had 23 people toeing the line! Great to see some new faces too, we hope you enjoyed it!

Congratulations to Phil R on a brilliant run to take the chequered flag and Jane Ashbrook who was first back for the ladies and a brilliant 2nd overall! Well done to everyone else, some impressive times last night.

Over in the 6k Vanessa had a stormer to cross the line first in 28:28, well done Vanessa!

Big thank you to our volunteers, Louise (results coordinator) Joe (timing) Mario (marshall) Jo Farwell (tags) June Swift (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys!

Please find a link to the results below:


The next and final one will be on 30th March, we will then have a break over the summer.

Hopefully see you all there!




Upcoming Events

Sunday 6th March

An invite from Andy Robinson (Club members will have received meet up details in their weekly email):

On my birthday, Sunday 6 March, I will be running from my house

to the Leigh Arms. Start time 11am. It’ll be 5.5 miles, fairly flat, mostly

river and canal paths, possibly with some mud but it’s drying out fast.

I’ll then be having a few beers, possibly a sandwich, & walking back

along the river (about 2.5 miles, flat). There’ll be a walking party too

(i.e. my family). Anyone wanting to join me is welcome, we’ll go at the

pace of the slowest. Or you could just turn up at the pub. Dogs welcome.

And yes, you can bring your mother as well if you want.

Andy Robinson


Inter Counties Fell Running Championships

The Inter Counties Seniors Fell Running Championships take place on Saturday, May 14, at Ras Moel Eilio, Llanberis.

The selection process for the Cheshire team is through Nick Bishop who can be contacted on 07919 565904 or at: nick@nickbishopsolutions.co.uk 

Anyone wanting to be considered for selection should either contact Nick via your club representative or direct. A race to act as a form guide is to be held on Sunday, April 17, at the Mow Cop Fell Race. A junior event is being held at Stretton, Shropshire, on Saturday, July 2

http://www.mowcoprunner.com/Pages/MCHillRace.aspx shows the details for the 2015 race.

If you want to be considered for selection and meet the requisite County eligibility, please enter the race and advise Nick of your intention. A decision based on results from Mow Cop and other races/known form will be made to determine Cheshire selection.

A separate junior event is being held this year at Stretton, Shropshire on Saturday 2nd July. Full details are not yet available. Any clubs with suitable juniors and who are considered of the appropiate standard, should also let Nick know. No trial will be held for the juniors.

Please contact Nick for further details: nick@bishopsolutions.co.uk / Mobile: 07919565904


Pipe Dream Fell Race

-Saturday 5th March 12pm from Dolgarrog Community Centre

A great little fell race well worth the drive. Further details at http://www.wfra.me.uk.

Why not see if you can spot the Helsby faces at last years event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4hOi9C1f_E

I think that’s it for this week. If I have missed anything or if there are any reports to add please let me know and I will update the blog. In the meantime please keep the race reports coming in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com




Free gait analysis and Nike shoe discount

Next week we have an event taking place in store specifically aimed at men, whereby several activities will be taking place. These include free Gait analysis for the runners, and free training advice and tips. Furthermore, we are able to offer 30% off Mens Running and Training Footwear to all those who take part in any of the event’s activities.


Helsby weekly round-up 15th to 21st Feb 2016

Hello Green Army

Lots and lots of training runs going on this week, and even more pictures on social media of Garmins, Dirty legs, and muddy hands…thankfully though we have one or two race reports come in, otherwise I would have had to describe my 22 mile training run, which would have really brightened up your day, especially after seeing Joanne struggling to get her beep out whilst passing me.

Park Run – I see Ben Williams was running a bit further afield than usual in Harrow, and plenty of the green army were dotted about at the more local runs, Widnes, Warrington, Delamere, and Birkenhead which seen Gaz O’Connor beaten to the line by a VW. Well done Gaz. Bish as per usual was 1st with an impressive 17.48 finishing time.

List of consolidated results below

Chris B H dragged himself away from his late night viewing and ran a little 10K, quite small for him really with a friend of the club Jeff McQueen, who came 3rd, good going that Jeff, over to GBH

Dash in the Daylight – Llandegla 10k

Friday night I heard rumours of a 10k race at Llandegla forest on the Saturday morning. Turned out it was real and that friend of the club Jeff McQueen was over from his new home in Hull to race… would have been rude to miss it! I guess I missed this post from Steve:


Clwydian Range Runners put the race on and I’m guessing it followed a similar format to their Dash in the Dark series… only this was the dash in the daylight.

Llandegla forest have just unveiled two running/ walking routes which are signposted through the forest. Following skiing route grading, there is a blue route and a longer tougher red route (10K). The route itself would make for a terrific weekly trail run along the lines of Park run, but that’s a different matter.

The range runners had put on extra signs so it was simple to follow at race pace, but I think otherwise you’d need to keep your wits about you. For those that don’t know it, Llandegla was turned into a mountain biking Mecca a good few years ago now, with numerous trails being carved out and maintained, a café and a car park at the start/ finish. They pay for it all through grants, volunteers and car park fees (£4.50), use of everything thereafter is free. The addition of running trails is a great one.

Back to the race, it was the usual faces from the local fell running scene in front followed by Jeff and a long gap before I came through with new member Matt Huntbatch hot on my heals (Matt is clearly destined to join Fellsby I think ). It was a roller coaster of a route, combining fire roads, forest ‘rides’ and trails. Despite it half killing me I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I reckon it would also be worth looking at getting out there to run the course as an early weekend outing for those inclined – perfect to take the family and the bikes for a ride before/ after.

Results: http://tinyurl.com/gsk89aq
1st – Jez Brown 42.42
2nd – Karl Steinegger 43:00
3rd – Jeff McQueen 46:07
7th – CBH – 49:09
13th – Matthew Huntbatch – 52:00

Rhyl 10 mile

Darren O’Connor made a trip over to Rhyl to buy some rock, here’s his report:

Made the trip to lovely Rhyl for the second year in a row to tackle the 10 mile coastal route. The course is pancake flat and is 5 miles out and back. Coastal runs are always a bit blowy (Was this the Norton 5 training run?) but Sunday was particularly bad with a full on head wind for the 2nd half of the race. Getting sand blown into the mouth and eyes for 5 miles was not great craic!

Was hoping to beat last years time and get a sub 1:10:00. Covered the first half in 32 minutes and took me almost 38 minutes for the second! Crossed the finish line on 1:09:37. Pleased with the time and reckon there could some really good times to be had on that course on calm day. I would do the race again – I like the distance and if nothing else it’s great half marathon training!

Well done Darren, if only the wind was behind you for the second half eh

XC Sunday League – Birchwood

Sunday seen the last Cross Country of the season, and possibly the muddiest as well at Birchwood, over to El Capitano for a little report:

The final XC Sunday league of the season saw 11 Helsby vests turn up to the quagmire AKA Birchwood Park. Those on social media will have seen the various photos floating around scaring the life out of everyone with what looked like a lake on a section of the course! We knew we were in for a wild one! Numbers were a bit down due to various injuries, “tired” legs from the roadies and someone thinking the start time was 11….not mentioning any names….*cough* Chris Murray 😉

Anyway on to the race, yes it was a total mud fest, knee deep in places but loads of fun. The ladies team in particular had a fantastic race with Jane Ashbrook and Laura B-H achieving 4th and 10th respectively and Rachel Arnold ran so quickly the soles of her shoes fell off! Brilliant running Green Army and well done to everyone else.

Big thank you to Joe, Mario, Ben Fletcher, Janet Robertson and Andy Smith for their support on the day and Joe and Mario throughout the whole season. Congratulations to Liverpool RC for the team win (men) and Spectrum Striders (ladies). Hopefully if we can get a few more green vests to each race next season we can have a good go at competing with some of the top teams. We certainly have the talent within the club.

Full results can be found in this link:

Helsby/Warrington/Lymm were 6th overall for the men and 4th for the ladies. Thank you to everyone who turned up to race and support the club over the season.

Andy Smith kindly took a few snaps which can be found in this link:


Upcoming races and reminders

El Capitano celebrated his birthday this week, he’s looking good for a V40 now isn’t he. Weds will see the 6k and 10K time trial take place at 6.30pm, from the Wheatsheaf to Mickle Trafford and back. Park at the club for a gentle jog to the start line or meet at the pub.

Also, there is a meeting tomorrow night (Weds) after the time trial in the club to discuss the pacing groups for the weds night runs, to see what is working well and not so well. Everyone is welcome

This Sunday will see Liverpool beat Man Citeh in the Carling cup final (Jim’s turn for the blog next week, oh no!) oh and there’s a small matter of the second road counter of the season at the High Legh 10K, 11am start, good luck everyone.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

Helsby V Felsby

Hello Green Army

Just a quick email to gage people’s interests and thoughts about a little club competition I have thought about for a while now, all based around a bit of friendly banter that we have between our brilliant running club members. As most of you know, we have a large section of runners who prefer road races and a large section who prefer the fells and trail races. For those of you on social media you will always see the odd status with us taking the mickey out of one another about whether the road counters should have been classed as a road counters or where they trail races etc etc etc.

So I had a thought. For a good year or so I have been trying to get more of the “Felsby” contingent to come along and do a road race around a glorious industrial estate with us roadies, and they have been trying to get me to come and do more fells races, as it’s out of both of our comfort zones. So I thought, why not have a little club competition over 2 races, 1 road race and 1 fell race, and the best team wins. Simples!

So I asked Jackie and a few others at the club and the response has been good up to now. The aim, not that we need to, will be to drive up numbers at the races that we wouldn’t normally do, and at the same time have a little bit of friendly banter along the way.

Now what I want to know is how many of you want to be involved and which team do you want to bat for? Helsby or Felsby? We will look at the final teams and try and make them fair so we make it competitive as well. So we are looking at the 1st leg being a Borders league race (THESE ARE FREE OF CHARGE, JUST TURN UP IN YOUR GREEN VEST, this is aimed at the Felsby lot that don’t like paying more than a fiver to enter a race, however there is no soup and beer at the end of this race) in Buckley on Sunday 17th April, followed by the 2nd leg at Ysgol Dinas Bran on Weds 4th May.

So what I want to know is are you interested? Yes / No. Which team do you want to bat for? Helsby / Felsby

If you could send me a response asap that would be very much appreciated fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Thank you and see you all soon


Get your legs fixed!

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Hannah from the club has kindly arranged a club discount for all RunHelsby members at her family business, based in Frodsham: www.mindbodysolutions.co.uk/

They offer a whole range of treatments but probably of most interest to clubbies are sports massage and acupuncture.

Give them a call on 01928 898 446

Dates for your diary

We have a number of #greenarmy social events coming up to take us from Winter to Summer. These events are important as Helsby Community Sports Club desperately needs its sporting sections to use it (or loose it) in order to keep it going until new build comes along. The main income is subs and bar takings, so anything we can do to get folks in the bar is helpful. Planning permission is now fully signed off and currently companies are competitively tendering for the new build contract. It will take a bit longer for the legal side, then building the new club house will start and until such time the old needs to keep going. Please support these events to secure our future home of sport.

HRC Talks
Wed 17th Feb Dave’s Talk on Swimming the Channel. Sandwiches provided, so we get the right number please let Lesley know if you are coming in advance davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Wed 16th Mar Tim’s Talk on Orienteering

Wed 20th April Phillip Pearson – President of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside Athletic Club – on his book “Fit To Run; The complete guide to injury-free running”

HCSC Events
Weekend of 4/5/6th March Helsby Beer Festival

Sun 20th Mar Helsby Sport Relief Mile
Helsby Running Club are organising the running side of this event. There will be 1, 3 & 6 mile options around the grounds and facilities of the community sports club, including the football and rugby pitches, the surfaces are mixed and the routes are interesting, varied and hopefully fun for all the family! You can run it or walk it, everyone is welcome, all ages too! We would like as many participants as possible in this worthwhile event. You can apply online at http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=5808&location=WA6 9py&event-type=run plus there will be entries on the day. Please circulate this poster.

We will need 20 or so marshals on the day plus a finish team. So please let jackiekeasley@btinternet.com know if you can help out otherwise we will be asking you ?!?!

HRC Events

Friday 29th April – Annual Presentation Evening – we have a few ideas for the format of this evening, including club subsidised transport! We’ll discuss this after Dave’s talk this Wed to ask what you would like?!?!
Wed 11th May – Club AGM – please come along and discuss what you want over the next 12 months of Helsby Running Club.
Fri 8th July – Summer Handicap & BBQ – it’s been suggested we have the handicap on Wed 5th and our friends and family summer BBQ, with handicap awards on the Friday evening. Again we’ll ask you to agree with the format after Daves talk this Wed.

That’s it for now folks. See you at a running social soon!


Your Chair

Helsby Update: 8th Feb 2016 to 14th Feb 2016


Helsby members were at Delamere, Warrington, Bexley Park, Lyme Park and Widnes parkruns. Highlights included wins for Colin Bishop and Colin Thompson at Croxteth Hall and Warrington respectively, an age category win for Donna Geer at Bexley and a PB for Davyd Michell at Delamere. Full, consolidated results are at the link below.



Jackie Keasely, Ste Wiggins and Andy Robinson did the Anglesark Amble on Saturday and Jackie posted this report.

“Anglesark Amble over the Lancashire moors north of Bolton, misty on Winter Hill this morning then sunshine but cold wind the rest of the day. 39.3km 1230m of climbing. Well done Andy with an excellent time of 4.50, not that much slower than 5 years ago when at pinnacle of fitness for completing the Joss Naylor round a few months later. Steve & I chatted our way round in 6.07, thanks for the banter & encouragement! Best food ever at the end of a race! Local speciality dish of Potato Pie & red cabbage! Just hit the spot & very colourful!”


Also on Saturday Phil and Charlie Roberts ran the Bangor 5 mile fell race, heres what Charlie had to say about the day….

“High sole mates…..Our Phill brutally forced me to enter the Bangor 5 mile fell race.As it happend it turned out a beautiful clear sunny day the run from a village called ?????. up to Moel y Ci peak and back had everything mud forest rocky inclines and well marked and marshaled also beautiful views of snow capped mountains. The most bizzare thing on the first mile on a steep muddy incline near the crest of hill three horses charged through about twenty off us from the rear at a fine old speed one them wacked me with its flank as it went past….Any how I was not last 1hour 14 minutes and at the end we had chicken soup and barms well done Eryi??? . Pursued by chickens last month and horses today……”

Village Bakery Half Marathon

Sunday saw a fab turn out from the Green Army at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon. With conditions nearly perfect for running, Neil Finegan scored a PB (1:21:22) and was first home for the men while Jo Lacking (1:30:45) was first lady also in a PB time.

Other fab performances included PBs for Rachael Holden, Jenn Naylor and Adam Gordon. A special mention must go to Helen Owen who, despite having the sniffles and wearing see through leggings (not a good look for women of a certain age), managed to enjoy the day AND record a solid time. Fab running everyone.



As usual a big “thanks” to Joe and Mario for their great support at various points along the course.

Full results are below.


As usual please send all race reports to helsby_race_reports@outlook.com



Helsby RC weekly round-up 1st to 7th Jan 2016

Hi everyone

Lots of green vests in action at the weekend and two race reports sent in, thank you, it’s very much appreciated. Please keep them coming as they really help compile the blog each week, especially if the author isn’t at the race! The email is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com


Sun 14th Feb Village Bakery Half Marathon Road Counter (race full)
Wed 17th Feb Dave’s Talk on Swimming the Channel
Sun 21st Feb Sunday League XC (race #6 final in the series)
Sun 28th Feb High Legh 10k Road Counter (race full)
W/E 5/6th March Helsby Beer Festival
Sun 6th March Wrexham 20 mile road race. A new race which is probably worth mentioning for those spring marathon runners.
Details here – http://www.runwales.com/events/wrexham/

Long Mynd Valleys

Our first fell counter of the season and 3 of our Felsby contingent were out in force. Well done chaps. CBH takes over the reins with his full report:

untitled“The first Fell counter of the year got off to a stiff start! Numerous injuries to the Felsby team (and one person reporting that their “fell shoes broke in half”) meant numbers were down on the day. It was a tough start to the year with 18.5k and 1370m (4500ft) of climb – most of which was in the last 5k – but a very rewarding one. The weather was overcast and grey, but thankfully no clag which would have made completing this race a very different prospect!

untitled3For those that haven’t run in the Long Mynd before it is fantastic, rising either side of Church Stretton the terrain is steep and a mix of grass, heather, tussocks and the odd muddy path. The views are fantastic although the course gave little option to view it as we tumbled down steep descents and climbed slippy re-entrants.

In the end Jimmy O’Hara took the spoils for Helsby untitled2with a stunning run; comfortably under the two hour watershed. I followed on as did Phil Roberts and a myriad of familiar faces. Fantastic atmosphere afterwards as runners tried in vain to wash off the mud in the streams and grab their soup and roll before some standard car park nudity.

Next up is Llantysilio on the 26th March. A cracking race put on by Tattenhall, hopefully injuries will have abated by then and Felsby will be back to a full contingent… I even heard a rumour that Chris Fitzpatrick may slip on some serious daps and join in… you heard it here first ladies and gents!”

Helsby results here:

10th Jim O’Hara 1:55:55
39th Chris Baynham-Hughes 2:08:57      
54th Phillip Roberts 2:17:14

Full results at http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/2734

Next Counter: 26th March 11am – Llantysilio (AS) [NW] Distance: 9.9km / 6.2m Climb: 640m / 2100ft

L&D XC Clarke Gardens

Chris Murray seems to be a big fan of the muddy stuff and found himself the sole Helsby representative at the L&D XC in Clarke Gardens. Well done on an excellent race and for flying the Helsby flag. Please find Chris’s report below:

“The L&D Champs was another fantastic XC race last weekend held in Clarke Gardens by Mossley Hill AC. The sun was out and the mud was shin deep but that didn’t deter 152 brave souls from braving the farm yard conditions. As the sole Green Army vest I did my best to get a good time and not let the side down finishing 72nd in a time of 44 mins 16 sec. The course itself was four shorter laps making up a total of 6 miles rather than the 3 laps of the Sunday League course with the last couple hundred yards a energy sapping quagmire. All in all I had fun and I’m looking forward to the next race on the 21st at Birchwood Forest Park.” 


Nick Beer 10k

FB_IMG_1454932469726_resizedNew member Davyd Michell ventured over to Llandudno in stormy conditions to partake in the Nick Beer 10k. This race is a popular one and always attracts a strong brace of athletes and Davyd ran his socks off to produce a superb PB in 46.17 and 152nd place. Well done and great time considering you go up and down the Orme and it was blowing a gale! must be all those tempo runs you’ve been doing 🙂

All results can be found here http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2164

Halewood 5k

The Halewood 5k is a free monthly 5k race which starts at the Environment Centre in Halewood and is an out and back course along the Transpennine Trail. It’s almost completely flat so it attracts some of the best local runners and has even had some national runners take part – Jonny Mellor holds the course record at 14.45!

5 Helsby vests toed the line on Saturday morning, Colin Bishop in his first HW5k race was first back for Helsby, 3rd overall and 1st in his age category. Well done Col! Jo Lacking had a superb run to finish first for the Helsby ladies, 4th lady overall and 1st in age cat. Rachael Holden just keeps getting better and got another PB and it’s great to see Ian Hamling running well again to dip under 21 minutes.

Please see Helsby results below:

3rd Colin Bishop 17.23 (1st in age cat)
6th Colin Thompson 17.36 (1st in age cat)
24th Joanne Lacking 20.28 (1st in age cat)
25th Ian Hamling 20.45
46th Rachael Holden 23.19 (New PB!)

If you would like to get involved in one of these excellent races they are staged on the first Saturday of each month at 10am.

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


Please find below all Helsby results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to Ryan Cash for a new PB and well done to everyone else for taking part.


13 Neil HUGHES 00:21:17
36 Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:01
96 Ryan CASH 00:26:08 (New PB!)


12 James HIGGINS 00:20:43
30 David FEAKES 00:23:19
57 Derek GALLAGHER 00:25:16
68 Rachel ARNOLD 00:25:38
100 Lesley FEAKES 00:27:20

That’s all this week. Thanks for reading and if I have missed any results or reports please let me know.


Helsby weekly round-up 25th to 31st January 2016

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up, before we get started please find some details on a few events/talks coming up soon:

Wed 17th Feb Dave’s Talk on Swimming the Channel
Wed 9th/16th or 23rd March TBC – Tims Talk on Orienteering
W/E 5/6th March Helsby Beer Festival
Sunday 20th March 2pm Sport Relief Mile, 3 or 6  there is a weblink for entries

A cracking course for all the family, around the grounds of the Helsby Community Sports Club. Enter you and your family now!

We will need support on the day to put this event on, more later.

Friday 29th April Presentation Evening
Wed 11th May AGM
Wed 29th June – The Wobbler
Friday 8th July Summer Handicap

Plus another local race for your diary
Sunday 3rd July Frodsham Downhill Race

Northerns XC Championship (Witton Park)

Now on to the news. A big well done to the hardy and brave souls who tackled the brutal conditions at the the Northerns XC on Saturday afternoon. The course looked horrendous from the various photographs floating around Facebook. Ian Rutherford has sent in a fabulous report and even managed to keep his spikes on this time 🙂 over to Ian…

“Six Helsby vests made it up the M6 to Witton Park nr. Blackburn on this cold, breezy but initially bright afternoon – comprising 2 ladies and 4 men.

As is the way of things, there were eight previous races of various lengths on the course prior to the senior woman and men’s events ensuring classic XC underfoot conditions were available for our enjoyment when the times arrived.

First job upon arrival was to pitch the tent and hoist the flag (easy tiger) and by way of advice for future events, just remember to take one vital bits of kit for this task– it’s called a Tim Palmer. His magic performed we all huddled inside as the weather closed in, the sunshine disappeared and the hailstones began to fall.

Having semi-seriously contemplated ‘throwing a sickie’ it was soon time for Jane and Laura to prepare for the off in the 7.7Km 3-lap Woman’s race. But there was a problem. We appeared to now be ‘locked-in’ the tent much to Jane’s amusement; thankfully (I think) between Laura and Tim they managed to open the tent and we all headed out.

Both men and woman’s races had seriously large fields (358 finishers in the Woman’s and 719 in the men) the runners were spread on one of the longest start lines I’ve ever seen. As expected, for a Northern Champs event it was a high-class field and some remarkable XC running was on show.

Jane and Laura ran strong races, the weather deteriorating all the time – both kept smiling as they went around once more for another lap – sadly it was time for us blokes to head back and get ready.

Jane & Laura returned euphoric after their race – beaming smiles all round with key advice “if you see any grass run on it, but doubt you will”. Er…thanks….

The men’s course was over 12Km and consisted of 4 full laps of the course.   Again more wintery conditions were evident and it is with huge credit to Jane & Laura for staying on to support, they must have been frozen after their race.

Great performances all round with good competition between the Helsby vests; Tim showing all of his trail and fell experience on the muddy climbs looking incredibly strong I thought. 

Senior women’s result

30:21 Claire Duck – Leeds City Athletic Club 1st
38:33 Jane Ashbrook 100th
40:33 Laura Baynham-Hughes 142nd

Senior men’s result

43:16 Charlie Hulson – Sale Harriers 1st
65:42 Ian Rutherford 469th
67:02 Tim Palmer 494th
67:09 Gareth Boyd 498th
70:51 Steve Riley 573rd

I can’t end this report without mentioning two further points: firstly, yet again the remarkable support and dedication shown by Joe and Mario to travel all that way and spectate in such wintery conditions. They really shouted us on and we all know how much this really lifts us – so a BIG thank you once again. Secondly and of vital importance at least to me: I managed to keep my shoes on

Thanks all. Ian.

Marmot Dark Mountains

CBH and Max were running up and down mountains in the dark again, big Kudos to the lads for another fantastic display of running and thanks to CBH for sending in this excellent race report…


Calm before the storm!


“For the second year running I teamed up with Max for Marmot Dark Mountains, an event that looks to squeeze two days of a traditional mountain marathon into a single, long, dark, night… in winter. It’s easily one of my favourite events of the year, navigation, night running, crazy weather, mountains and frankly it’s one of the principle justifications for my kit obsession!
What an incredible night out. We were dead lucky with the weather, only a few moments of horizontal sleet/ hail, which thankfully for our faces turned to snow for the final half of the race. However the snow made it very tricky as the light blizzard simply reflected the light from our torches.

The course itself was majestic. Really runnable, tricky enough in the dark to really challenge navigationally (or maybe that was just us Max?) it was just fantastic fun, on more than one descent I was whooping like a loony. Too little precision in our nav and being out of tip top form put us into 4th overall.

Those that have read my accounts of these sorts of events before will know of Shane Ohly’s unbeatable race organisation and his fantastic team. Everybody is amazingly friendly and incredibly helpful; they are all mountain enthusiasts and just get it. This makes a huge difference and I cannot recommend Shane’s events highly enough. This year Shane’s added tracking to all his navigation events so those of you that like a bit of dot watching can really get into and follow the race. Mountain marathon’s are particularly interesting… dare I say exciting in this regard as one can watch the tactics and the race unfold. Ian Rutherford seemed to be enjoying it live at least: https://twitter.com/rutherian/status/693584550908317697

So another dark mountains under our belts, highly recommended to those with the experience required who want to push themselves out of their comfort zone. If it wasn’t for the fantastic Marmot 24 I’d say it’s my favourite MM…. but I simply can’t decide between the two.

Full results here http://www.marmot-dark-mountains.com/results/2016-results/


Loads of green vests out for the parkruns on Saturday and couple of new PBs too! Well done to everyone. Great to see Ian Hamling back in action after a recent injury too. Please find Helsby results below:

Warrington parkrun

63 Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:40
122 Ryan CASH 00:26:10
128 Rhea THOMAS 00:26:23

Delamere parkrun

21 Gareth BOYD 00:21:15
34 Davyd MICHELL 00:22:38 (New PB!)
86 Suzanne FLETCHER 00:25:07
92 Geoff COLLINS 00:25:18
125 Derek GALLAGHER 00:26:10
214 Hannah SADAOUI 00:30:18

Widnes parkrun

2 Colin BISHOP 00:18:02
16 Joanne LACKING 00:20:47
22 Ian HAMLING 00:21:44
24 Carl PRATT 00:21:52
26 David FEAKES 00:22:18
55 Rachael HOLDEN 00:24:10
69 Chris HATTON 00:25:01
96 Lesley FEAKES 00:26:34
107 Jen O’HARE 00:26:58 (New PB!)
134 Jenny PALMER 00:28:42

Birkenhead parkrun

14 Gary O’CONNOR 00:19:42

That’s all this week. If I have missed any races or results please let me know. Don’t forget that all reports and results should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Keep on running….