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






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