Helsby News. Week ending 27/03/2016

Welcome to the Helsby RC weekly round-up of events. It appears to have been a busy week with lots going on around the club. If I’ve missed anything do let me know and I’ll add it to the blog. Please remember to send any race reports or contributions into helsby-race-reports@outlook.com. It doesn’t have to be anything lengthy – just a sentence or two and/or a link to the results of a race all helps to pull the blog together.

Helsby 10k Time Trial

We start this week’s news with a report on the Wednesday night time-trial from our club captain, Colin Thompson:

“A big thank you to all who attended the 10k TT on Wednesday and everyone who has supported the event over the winter. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Joe, Mario, Louise, Jackie, Ste Wiggins, Meg and Roy (tail runner). Thank you to everyone who has helped out with timing and tail running over the last few months, see you all in October when we’re back on the roads.

Great running again from everyone and it’s fantastic to see those times tumbling down each month. We also had a race clock which gave people that extra sprint to the finish! Big kudos to Becca Gibson for stepping up to the 10k distance for the first time, great effort! Well done to everyone else, hope you have all enjoyed it and it benefits those summer races.

Winners were:

Colin Thompson (37.42, 1st overall 10k)
Jane Ashbrook (43.07, 1st lady 10k)
Graham Lloyd (41.09, 1st overall 6k)
Natalie Tilling (41.13, 1st lady 6k)

Full results below:


1 Colin Thompson 37.42
2 Adam Gordon 37.55
3 Phil Roberts 38.58
4 Paul Frodsham 41.53
5 Richard Hankins 42.35
6 Jane Ashbrook 43.07
7 Laura BH 43.10
8 Ian Landucci 43.26
9 Davyd Mitchell 43.44
10 Jim Higgins 43.56
11 Nick Ryder 44.16
12 Dave Feakes 44.46
13 Alistair Rough 44.56
14 Ste Roach 46.27
15 Phil Gillard 47.29
16 Hanna Sadaoui 47.57
17 Charlie Roberts 51.47
18 Emily Smith 53.59
19 Dave Wiggins 54.12
20 Mike Searle 57.04
21 Tim Igoe 57.04
22 Chris Igoe 59.31
23 John Gallon 1.01.00
24 Becca Gibson 1.02.46


1 Graham Lloyd 41.09
2 Natalie Tilling 41.13
3 Vanessa Griffiths 41.13″

Llantysillio Fell Race

12901429_1285012298179918_5523487094849146293_o On Saturday 26th March our second club fell counter was a race hosted by Tattenhall Runners. Thanks to Laura Baynham-Hughes for the race report, and to SJ Photography for the photos.

“Five Fellsby vests turned out for the Llantysilio fell race on Saturday, organised by Tattenhall. Unfortunately the Easter weekend meant some of the Fellsby regulars couldn’t make it. It is a great race, around 6miles with plenty of ups and downs! Warming up we spotted 2 luminous jackets hanging off the side of a narrow steep ascent. Chris12909630_1285004088180739_769745958924479294_osaid that will be Joe and Mario, I said don’t be daft, needless to say when we were going up the first steep climb I had to eat my hat. First cheer of the day from Helsby’s most dedicated support team!
The race started off, a light drizzle and up the first climb. Was quite pleased that I managed to keep Chris in view for first few miles. A really runnable race, with plenty of good climbs and some great descents (was trying to emulate Mario with varying success). The wind was crazy, at the top of the last climb I was nearly knocked over several time. The bloke behind me said later he thought I was getting off the path to let him pass but then I would jump back on. No I was getting blown off the path – and as if I would let someone behind me get in front!

12891618_1285009291513552_9056436311150911428_oIt was then a long descent to the finish with a second cheer from Joe and Mario on route. A sandwich and beer finished the race off nicely.

Not sure if official results out yet but Fellsby finished in following order:
Jim O’hara (12th)
Chris Baynham – Hughes
Laura Baynham – Hughes (7th lady I think)
Steve Riley
Andy Robinson”

A great report from Laura, but its also good to have another account from Steve Riley – “Small but perfectly formed turn-out for the Llantysilio fell race this weekend, with a few of the usual suspects busy with family stuff, work, and maybe the rotten forecast playing a part. Anyways, my first time at this close-ish race organised by our friends at Tattenhall, and definitely one to recommend for the future.

Jim O’Hara, me, Andy Robinson and both halves of the Baynham-Hughes power couple in action at the same event for a change. We met up in drizzly pub car park at Rhewl, nr Llangollen, ahead 6 miles and 2000′ of some great terrain and all the weather could throw at us. Jim, Chris, closely followed by Laura (giving CBH a visible shock). Steve and Andy bringing in the more modest half of the field. You’d be daft not to do next year’s.”

It is anticipated that the full results will be posted at: http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our-races/llantysilio-fell-race/

More pictures are available on the SJ Photography Facebook page:

Cardiff Half Marathon

On Saturday 26th March,  Britain’s Mo Farah won a bronze medal as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won back-to-back World Half Marathon titles in testing conditions in Cardiff ……and Helsby Running Club’s Darren O’Connor knocked a whopping 5 minutes off his PB in a time of  1:26:32. Well done Darren!

Liverpool to Manchester Ultra-Marathon

Also on Saturday, the band of Helsby ultra  runners continued to grow,  with Dave Madders completing a humongous 47 miles along the Trans-Pennine Trail and the River Mersey, from Liverpool to Manchester, on what was a very blustery day. Well done Dave – a fantastic achievement.

Air Products 10k

Thanks to Colin Thompson for this race report:

“Due to a busy weekend in the racing calendar only 4 green vests made it to Crewe for our 3rd road counter at the Air Products 10k. Good news for those who made the journey as some championship points were up for grabs! My maiden race at this 10k but I’d heard rumours of “fast course”and it didn’t disappoint, 2 laps around a pancake flat industrial estate made it very much pb potential.

Fantastic running from the Helsby contingent saw Davyd Mitchell take a full minute off his PB to sneak under 43 minutes and brilliant running from Dave Feakes and Tanya Downes tidied up the Helsby pack. It’s worth noting that this was Tanya’s first race in a while due to illness so a fantastic effort from her. Well done everyone.

Please see results below:

11th Colin Thompson 36.12
97th Davyd Mitchell 42.53 (PB)
141st Dave Feakes 45.04
275th Tanya Downes 56.58


Hale Village 5 Mile

Six Helsby vests were out at the Hale Village 5 Mile Race on Sunday 27th March. Colin Bishop was first home for Helsby and in 9th overall in a time of 28:23 followed by Phil Roberts at 32:14 and in 45th place. Joanne Lacking was the first Helsby lady to finish and 5th overall in the ladies race at 32:58.

Full results available at: http://www.ukresults.net/2016/hale5.html


Helsby members ran in four different Parkruns this week:

Warrington Parkrun – Congratulations to Carl Pratt on his new PB of 19:57. Rhea Thomas also completed Warrington in 45:27.

Delamere Parkrun – We had seven people at Delamere. Vanessa Griffiths finished first for Helsby in 22:47 followed by Janet Robertson at 23:21. Chris Igoe and John Gallon completed their first Delamere parkruns  in 26:11 and 29:37 respectively – well done fellas!  Carol Shaw, Claire Morton and Jo Farwell also ran at Delamere.

Keswick Parkrun – Further afield,  Rachel Arnold completed the Keswick course in 27:55.

Ellesmere Port Parkrun – Nick Ryder and Geoff Collins ran Ellesmere Port course in  22:06 and 24:14 respectively.

The Parkrun consolidated Helsby club report can be viewed at: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1721

Upcoming Events:

Halewood 5k

Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 10am – Knowsley Harriers AC,  Halewood Club House, Okell Drive, L26 7XB


Opportunity to Represent Cheshire

This year, Cheshire will be involved in three informal inter-county events versus Staffordshire and North Wales…

Sunday 19th June, Stone St Michaels 10k http://www.stone10k.co.uk/Stone_St._Michaels_10K_Road_Race.html
Sunday 21st August, Birchwood 10k http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/birchwood-10k/race-info
Sunday 30th October, Abergele 5 mile

The Cheshire teams for each of these races will be selected from those eligible runners who have pre-entered the race by a set date.

Thanks for reading,


Helsby Weekly Update 7-3-2016 to 13-3-2016


Helsby runners were out in force at Delamere, Widnes, Warrington, Croxteth and Ellesmere Port parkruns. Full consolidated results are at the link below.


Jim Jones sent in this report from Carding Mill Canter….

It was great to get back into the fells at the Carding Mill Canter on Saturday, after four months of forced rest. It was the first time I’d ran this race, or been to the Carding Mill Valley – and what a great place it is! The valley is managed by the National Trust and could be a great family day out. The race was just over 5 miles with about 1700ft of climb. The sky was overcast with some light drizzle as the race started, but the clouds remained high enough for us to enjoy the views. We were straight into a tough 600ft climb after the first stream crossing, which was just after the start. I did my best to stay out of ‘race mode’ and enjoy the run without setting off any more injury worries. Thankfully it worked, so I’m now looking forward to the Ras Yr Aran next Saturday and hopefully trying to keep one or two other green vests in sight.

Full results below.


CBH sent in the following report from Edale Skyline Fell Race

Picture the scene, it’s Saturday morning, you’re just about to head out to the park run at 8:30 and a text arrives asking if you’re lost. “Noooooooo!!!!” cue frantic dash around the house to grab fell kit, cursing the fact you were convinced the race was on Sunday…. Until of course you realise that it is on Sunday and the panic turns to amusement as you realise that the person you’d offered a lift to has been sat in their running gear for the past 45 minutes waiting for you to turn up. Naturally I wouldn’t be so indiscrete as to name names, but suffice to say it amused me as I ran around Delamere.

So Phil Roberts and I arrived to a misty Edale which was soon to burn off to reveal perfect running weather. For those that don’t know Edale, it’s a classic fell race and I’d argue it’s equivalent to running 50k at marathon pace. Despite it only being 21 miles it fits in 1373m or over 4500 ft in old money. After a stiff zig zag ascent the route circles over Edale starting with the rough technical side of Kinder, onto cracking trails out to Win Hill before dropping like a stone to Hope and the prospect of a long open climb to Lose Hill and on to Mam Tor. Since it was such an incredible day there were countless parascenders hand gliders and supportive tourists until we got off Mam Tor. This is where the race starts to bite. Two sections remain, the peat bogs and marshes around to kinder then the bogs, rocks and, frankly, slog of Kinder back to the start. Jimmy and Sharon cheered us into the first of the two sections… always good to see a friendly face out there enjoying the race.

The final two sections featured plenty of snow and a guarantee that you couldn’t trust anywhere you put your feet. This led to the highlight of my race… stopping to help a stranded runner out of a bog. It was like birthing a calf! Two of us had his arms and I genuinely started to believe that his shoulder would dislocate before we even got him out past his hips! I love the fact that whilst racing in the fells everybody’s first priority is for the welfare of themselves and other racers. I won’t lie though, this was the only real enjoyment to be had over Kinder once you’re 16 miles in. I can’t explain the joy of seeing the final check point at Ringing Roger; I got gasps and a cheer for my nimble footwork skipping across rocks as I passed a Chinese family and went all out at the final descent. All in all it was a great day in the office.

Local rivalry wise it was Jez Brown of Buckley who took the spoils in 3:21:54 (17th) followed by me 3:36:17 (29th), Dave Douglas and Nick Wishart(Spartans) a sunburnt Phil Roberts 4:10:41 (95th) and Jon Hardman (Cheshire Hill racers) 4:49:47. Unfortunately I can’t find any photos of Phil and his pipe yet, but after two days of being in his running kit ready for the race I reckon it had to be soaked off him. J

Full results:

Liverpool Half Marathon.

Col Thompson sent in a report from Sundays race in Liverpool.

The Liverpool half marathon will always hold a special place in my heart, a few years ago I wheezed my way around in my first ever half marathon and I have loved it ever since. It’s not the fastest half around and quite expensive to enter compared to the club organised events but the atmosphere and meticulous organisation from BTR certainly makes up for the hefty entry fee.

The course is a Liverpool city centre start and finish, running up to Sefton park via Upper Parliament St (the only significant hill really) a lap of the park, down to Otterspool prom and a 4 mile sprint to the finish outside the Liver building.

We had glorious weather for the 11 green vests and 5000 other runners who lined up to tackle the 13.1 mile distance and some superb running saw some new PB’s too. Excellent running from Fitzy who was snapping at my heels for most of the way and took a substantial chunk off his PB. Well done mate, bodes well for the Manchester marathon. Jim Gray also ran his socks off for a new PB although he reports he was “running through treacle” for most of the way! It’s also worth mentioning that Alison Halsall had a fabulous run to steal 3rd in her age group. Well done Alison! A big well done to everyone else too, especially Clare Miller who took a late entry and ran her first race since giving birth not long ago.


Please see all Helsby results below. I have shown chip times as these are normally the more flattering 🙂

25th COLIN THOMPSON 01:17:26 (PB)
28th CHRIS FITZPATRICK 01:17:41 (PB)
373rd ALISON HALSALL 01:32:47 (3rd in age cat)
514th CARL PRATT 01:36:21
832nd JAMES GRAY 01:40:50 (PB)
928th NATHAN DAVIES 01:43:54
1085th STEPHEN ROCHE 01:46:01
1518th MICHAEL WILLIAMS 01:43:46
3111th DAVID WIGGINS 02:05:23
3112th STEPHEN WIGGINS 02:05:23
4269th CLARE MILLER 02:24:11

Knighton 20 miler.

Neil Finegan wrote the following report from Knighton 20 miler.

In its first year of running,  the Knighton 20 is the replacement for the old Stafford 20 and most runners who have completed both courses agreed that it was a massive improvement on the old course.

It was certainly popular –  a sold out event with runners doing either the 20 miles or the relay option (for the sensible runners)  And it was a beautiful spring day – the sun beating down on the runners for the first time this year with not a cloud in the sky.  Thankfully the organisers installed some nice flooded road sections to run through – obviously working on the assumption water soaks up through your shoes.   The course was on country lanes,  described as “undulating” (about a 600ft climb over the course) On the long straights you could see the whole course ahead of you and by lap 3 there was the impressive sight of over 500 runners competing in the 2 events snaking their way through the countryside.
It was well supported,  particularly through the start area where the groups of relay race runners added to the atmosphere.  And a great cross section of club runners to chat to on the way around – most runners were treating the race as intense training towards another big event (mainly marathons and ultras) and this gave the race a nice friendly atmosphere.
A nice scenic race,  technical t-shirt and a warm welcome for just £14 – decent value for money.  Perfect for anyone training for a spring marathon who wants to push themselves that bit harder in training. The biggest issue was just the fact that it was 3 laps.  That whole problem of running past the start again and trying not to give in to the temptation to stop. But the beauty of the countryside around Knighton,  combined with perfect weather made it a great race.

There were 3 Helsby runners,  myself (2:14) Gareth Boyd (2:49) and Dave Madders who “retired” at the end of the second lap. Over 400 runners completed the 20 mile race with the top 5 managing to come in under 2 hours.


Don’t forget folks Wednesday training is our Fartlek run to Frodsham. All abilities welcome and is a brilliant speed session.

We have group leaders organised as follows:

Group A – Paul Frodsham (sub 45 min 10k approx.)

Group B – June Swift (sub 53 min 10k approx.)

Group C – Jane Ashbrook (above 53 min 10k + beginners)

Tim’s Talk on Orienteering

This Wednesday 16th March, Tim will talk on orienteering including some useful tips for navigating when we are running. In the club bar at 8:30, sandwiches provided. Lesley will be in touch about numbers.

Sport Relief Mile
Sunday 20th March at 2pm – the afternoon of the Tattenhall Border League Race.  1, 3 or 6 mile options. Why not come along & watch & support all our milers? It’s open to all ages (under11’s accompanied by an adult), young & old, & you can run or walk it or be wheeled! So why not take part?   Entries on the day or at


We are organising this. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help. I’ll be in touch next week. Nearly there with help but another couple would be great. Please let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours.


It should be good fun!

Finally an important message from Fitzy regarding the Tattenhall Border League race on this coming Sunday,

Ok so you’ve had a month off from me pestering you, it’s back to business, you could use this as a warm up to next months Helsby V Felsby race as well. Yes its borders league race 5 next Sunday 20th March, and after the last turnout and fabulous performances on the day both the men’s and ladies teams are in much better positions than they were, still room for improvement though eh! The race is at Tattenhall, right on our doorstep, I want a record borders league turnout next weekend if possible, it’s stands at 35 currently, I’m sure it can be beat. 11am start as per usual …. Green army






Helsby RC weekly round-up 29th Feb to 6th March 2016

Hi everyone

No reports in the inbox this week so I’ve had to make it up sorry. Apologies in advance if the reports are a little short. If I have missed anything please let me know and I can always update the blog. As usual, all reports should be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

St Helens 10k

It’s great to see Adrian Jackson back and running well after a knee operation last year. He found himself running in the St Helens 10k on Sunday and he had an excellent race to get 44.22 in position 186th. Well done Ade!


Full results can be found here http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php

Wrexham Marathon Festival

This looked like a brilliant event (although there’s a rumour the toilets at the venue were worse than those in “Trainspotting!”), it included a full and half marathon plus this year they added a 20 mile race into the mix. Starting in Wrexham town centre the course takes the runners out to Wrexham industrial estate and surrounding roads before heading back into the centre for the finish.

We had 3 green vests lining up for the HM and Dave Madders was our sole Helsby runner in the 20 miler. Dave had a stormer considering he hasn’t ran more than 13 miles for a while and finished in a brilliant sub 3 hour time. Well done Dave! Meanwhile in the HM Gaz O’Connor put in a good performance to return first for Helsby and well done to Helen Owens and Ben Williams for a strong race both finishing in the low 1:50’s.

Half Marathon

112th Gary Oconnor 01:47:07
129th Ben Williams 01:50:34
156th Helen Owens 01:53:54

20 Mile

57th David Madders 02:56:32

Full results here http://tdleventservices.co.uk/index.php

Cloud 9 Fell Race

Sue Buck slipped into the green vest for her maiden race as a 1st claim Green Army member at the Cloud 9 fell race on Sunday. A solid run saw her complete the race in 1:33:48 and grab 199th place. Well done Sue! Janet Roberston was also at the race and a superb run from her saw a 1:24:54 finish time in position 155. Big well done ladies!

Janet reports “a fun mud fest and a spectacular display of cakes!”


Full results here http://www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/Cloud%209%202016%20Results.pdf


Please find all Saturday parkrun results below. Some good running and another win for Bish and Jo Lacking at Widnes. I think they have forgotten how to lose! Well done to everyone else who took part.

Helsby results below:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast

43rd Michael WILLIAMS 00:23:03

Warrington parkrun

4th Colin THOMPSON 00:17:55
81st Rhea THOMAS 00:25:42

Delamere parkrun

39th David FEAKES 00:22:42
99th Geoff COLLINS 00:25:33
103rd Stephen WIGGINS 00:25:43
152nd Lesley FEAKES 00:27:47

Ellesmere Port parkrun

19th Benjamin John WILLIAMS 00:27:54

Widnes parkrun

1st Colin BISHOP 00:17:40
5th Ian HAMLING 00:20:02
10th Carl PRATT 00:20:43
11th Joanne LACKING 00:20:50 (1st Lady)
49th Rachael HOLDEN 00:24:22
55th Chris HATTON 00:24:48

Wednesday training

Tomorrow’s training will be the “eyeballs out” run which is a simple run to Frodsham and back as a group but in the last few miles the pace is ramped up so you are running at a fast pace back to the club.

We could do with some volunteers to lead each group so if anyone would like to do this please get in touch with myself (col808@hotmail.com), Jane Ashbrook (janebetts@gmail.com), Jackie Keasley (jackiekeasley@btinternet.com), Joe Beswick (joebeswick@supervet1.plus.com) or Mario (maf0808@btinternet.com). Alternatively you can contact us on Facebook.

Groups are:

Group A (approx. sub 45 mins 10k) Leader required

Group B (approx. sub 53 mins 10k) Leader required

Group C (approx. above 53 mins) Leader required

Beginners Leader – Betty Grieve?

Over the Hillers Leader – Andy Robinson?

That’s all this week, happy running folks!


Summer Club Championship Races + More Dates for your Diary

2016 Summer Championships 
An new series has been added, plus a few updates.

Trail Mini Series
A new mini-Trail series has been added to our list of 2016 summer club counters.  These races are already popular with Helsby runners and will give newer runners a chance to venture off–road with us. Your best 5 races from 9 to count. All races are between 4.5 and 6 miles on paths, tracks, grass, old railway lines, beaches and sand dunes. Plus good value – the total entry fee for all 9 races is £22!!

Fell Mini Series
To balance things up a bit we have made the series 3 from 5 instead of 4 .

Inter-Club Fell Championship
The interclub fell championship counters have been announced. These are The Wobbler, Cilcain Show Race and Shelf Moor. Members from Helsby, Spectrum, Warrington & Delamere Spartans will compete for the championship that we have won the last two years running.

Felsby vs Helsby
Thanks to Fitzy for suggesting this greenarmy challenge – 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!  The races are the Buckley Border League on 17th  April & Dinas Bran on Wed 4th May. Please let Chris know which team you would like to bat(tle) for! fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Tim’s Talk on Orienteering
A week Wed on Wednesday 16th March, Tim will talk on encouraging us to orienteer too and will give us some useful tips for navigating when we are running. In the club bar at 8:30, sandwiches provided.

Sport Relief Mile
46934db5-d4a7-474d-8067-aa57e56ccb82Sunday 20th March at 2pm – the afternoon of the Tattenhall Border League Race.  1, 3 or 6 mile options. Why not come along & watch & support all our milers? It’s open to all ages (under11’s accompanied by an adult), young & old, & you can run or walk it or be wheeled! So why not take part?   Entries on the day or at http://www.sportrelief.com See poster below.

We are organising this. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help. I’ll be in touch next week. BUT We could still do with another half dozen marshals please. Please let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com  It should be good fun!

Club Presentation Evening
Friday 29th April – The 2015/2016 Border League series will just have finished so we will be having our annual celebration evening of awards from the 2015 Road & Fell Championship and 2015/16 cross country & Border Leagues series
A few ideas have been floated around about the format of this evening. A sit down meal (laid on by external caterers) at £15-20 per head, or our usual highly successful buffet whereby everyone brings a main or sweet along plus some club goodies thrown in.

To support the Helsby Community Sports Club and keep the doors open before the new facility comes along we need to fill the club house and spend money over the bar!  (competitive tendering for the new house build that will finance it is currently taking place).  To encourage maximum participation, we have come up with the idea of organising club paid transport to & from the evening from the Runcorn & Chester directions.

Please can you let us know what food option you would prefer & if you support the transport idea?   To jackiekeasley@btinternet.com or reply on facebook.

Last but not least. In order to calculate the Fell Championships from last year we need to know who ran in the St Johns Fell Race on Saturday 19th Sept 2015 so we can award points!  The race got a little chaotic with some runners going the wrong way so they never published results. We’d like to include points for this race for those who made the effort to go there. I know of Laura, Rachel, Louise McK & Rachel did it & possibly Emma, Sue B & Debbie R. Not sure about our chaps?    If folks can please think back and let me know/confirm whether they ran it and who did you finish in front of or behind that would be great. PLEASE BE HONEST!!!

That’s it for now.

Sorry it’s a bit long-winded, there’s a lot going on!

Cheers in running
Your Chair