Helsby weekly round-up 23rd – 29th May 2016

Glorious weather saw plenty of green vests out and about racing at various locations over the weekend. Thanks for all the reports this week and if you would like to send any reports in future don’t forget the email address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.


Don’t forget it’s our second “mini trail” race of the series at Deeside sports club on Thursday, start time is 7.30pm. It would be good to see lots of green vests at this and hopefully some newer members who would like to try their hand at some trail running. It’s a great introduction to off road racing and the 5 mile long flat(ish) course isn’t too taxing either. £3 on the night or £10 for the series (4 in total) – bargain! Here is a link to the entry form with all the information and directions:


Race for Allen (Halewood 5k)

Knowsley Harriers staged a special race on Thursday evening to raise funds for the husband of one of their members who has been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly this is terminal and the time left is short. Allan has a desire to spend one last Christmas with his wife and young daughter and the drugs available to extend his time left are expensive and not available on the NHS.

Colin Bishop, Joanne Lacking and Helen Owens all made the journey to Halewood to support the cause and great running from Col saw him neck and neck with one of Knowsley Harriers best runners (nicknamed Bulldog) and both crossed the line in the same time but photo evidence saw Colin just edged out into 2nd place at the finish line in 17.01. A superb effort and time, well done Col! Jo and Helen also had a fantastic run to win their respective age categories despite it being heavily congested at the start. Well done ladies.

I’ve been informed that Knowsley Harriers managed to raise over £1700 which is a fantastic amount of money and will hopefully help Allen and his family.

Helsby results

2nd Colin Bishop 00:17:01 (1st in age cat)
44th Joanne Lacking 00:20:42 (1st in age cat)
83rd Helen Owens 00:22:20 (1st in age cat)

Full results – http://tinyurl.com/jd4lel7


Bish vs Bulldog

Liverpool Rock n Roll


Double trouble

This well-established race series has been gaining in popularity since appearing in Liverpool a few years ago and with 5k, 10k, half and full marathon options there is plenty of choice for everyone and some (slightly crazy) people choose to do multiple events. Scorchio weather should have scuppered any chances of a PB but sifting through our FB page it looks like we had 2 PBs so it’s a big well done to Joanne Lacking (5k) and Tanya Meredith (half) especially as the weather conditions weren’t exactly ideal for fast times. Jo also managed to steal a podium position with 3rd lady overall. Nice one Jo! Both Tanya and Clare Miller did the 5k and half marathon double so big Kudos ladies. Pam Hankinson ran a stormer to tidy up the Helsby pack in her half marathon debut, well done Pam and well done to everyone else who raced. I have tried my best to filter out the Helsby results but due to nature of the website it’s not possible to filter by clubs so if I have missed anyone out please let me know. 3 excellent reports have been received for this race, thanks to Carl, Tanya and Clare for their excellent reports, first up is Carl:

“Way off a PB but got through the RnR full in 03:51:22. Having to deal with a couple of injuries just glad to have managed the full with not much long distance training since March avoiding the temptation to downgrade to the half.

Felt great until 18 miles. I’ve always said you need to get near the full 26 miles in training to do a consistent 26.2!! Maybe I’ll try again at Chester once I forget about the sheer pain on sunday!

The splits say it all! Still enjoyed it though. I Just love the Liverpool based races and in particular going around goodison park!

  • 10k 46:34
  • 13.1m 01:40:42
  • 20m 02:42:12
  • 23.1m 03:17:56

Now that’s over with I might even start doing some of the club runs again (after a little bit of rest!)”

Tanya next…

“Well, what can I say, hot hot hot. A beautiful sunny sunday saw 5 helsby runners out pounding the streets of liverpool for the third year of the rock n roll half marathon. It delivered everything it promised, bands, beer and bling a plenty.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their race and came away contented. Pam Hankinson ran her first half marathon and I don’t think it will be her last, she did amazingly well in the heat. Myself and Clare Miller ran the race together and team work prevailed for a good finish time for us both, pb for me and post baby pb for Clare. For the lads, Gaz O,Connor and Ian Hamling put in fantastic runs, was great to see gaz running past as we set off  with cheers of “green army” ringing out . Blingtastic medals topped off a brilliant day.”

And Clare…

“There were a few of us that have turned out for the rock n roll Liverpool 5k on Saturday 28th May, sorry if I’ve missed anyone but I know myself, Tanya and Joanne did it and I think I speak for everyone when I say it didn’t disappoint. This was the first race in the series of four races taking place that weekend.The weather was perfect, warm but runable and with approx 3,500 runners the atmosphere was electric. We lined up in our corals (Tanya and I happened to be at the very front of ours and I’ll be honest it felt amazing to start a race off and have the lead, albeit briefly!) and we were off. As we were both doing the half marathon the next day we decided to run easy and comfortable and preserve our energy for the next day.

The course itself is absolute PB potential, in fact it would be worth looking at it as a club counter as not only do you get an amazing atmosphere and a big medal you get to take it the beauty of the iconic Liverpool waterfront, complete with bands at every mile! The finish also was amazing inside the echo arena in low lighting with the finish line all lit up and all sorts of smoke machines, I felt like I’d won it! Definitely recommend and to be honest I’ll just sign up again now I think I enjoyed it that much (plus I got another post natal pb with Tanya and I doing 28.17 which I’m really pleased with considering it felt really easy).

Special mention to ladies captain Joanne Lacking who once again smashed her pb And got 19.25, she’s going from strength to strength at the moment. We should call her the postman as she always delivers”

Full Helsby results below


3rd Joanne Lacking 19.23 (PB)
1057th Tanya Meredith 28.17
1059th Clare Miller 28.17


146th Gaz O’Connor 1.28.50
333rd Ian Hamling 1.35.29
1294th Kate Mann 1.50.26

2834th Tanya Meredith 2.04.38 (9 minute PB!)
2863rd Clare Miller 2.04.54 (post baby PB)
3852nd Pam Hankinson 02:13:00 (first half marathon)


570th Carl Pratt 3.51.22


Mynydd Myfyr Fell Race

A short and sharp course (4m & 500ft of climb) saw 8 greens vests lining up on a sunny Sunday morning for our first mini fell counter in the series. Congratulations to Phil Roberts who was first over the line for Helsby in 6th place and Sue Buck (our only female representative) who was first home for the ladies. A special mention should go to new member Craig Todhunter on his maiden race for Helsby, he looks to have been hot on Phil’s heels. Those felsby boys best watch out, there’s a new contender in town!


Helsby results below

6th Phillip Roberts 00:24:37
8th Craig Todhunter 00:24:56
15th Paul Frodsham 00:26:40
26th Ian Rutherford 00:28:46
30th Tim Palmer 00:29:33
42nd Ben Williams 00:32:40
50th Sue Buck 00:34:59
52nd Stephen Wiggins 00:36:09


Blackpool 10 miler

The Wiggins duo Dave and Ste found themselves running in the Blackpool promenade 10 miler at the weekend and Ste has sent in this excellent report, thanks mate and well done to both!

“Please see the shakey report from the Blackpool promenade 10 miler:

We set off towards Blackpool for the much anticipated Blackpool 10 miler. The sun was beginning to shine and we could feel the temperature creeping up. We’d decided to get there early so we could call in at a maccies on route to grab a brew and a brekky.

We eventually found a place to park and the registration HQ (a tent and 6 port a loos) after our numbers had been collected we went back to the car to apply sunscreen and vaz up as it’s known. The temperature had increased even more and I was sweating cobs just doing the warm up.

Our race prep wasn’t the best, my dad is battling a knee injury and I’d given blood the night before so a slightly woozy run it would be. The course is multi lap with the same long climb on each lap. The first of three laps takes you up along the promenade (dodging the dog walkers) and then turning around and heading back towards the tower.

This is then repeated two more times with the heights of the course being the go cart track and the trams ricketing past. I was starting to struggle around 6 miles and my Dad was doing a stirling effort in dragging me round. I then needed to stop at 7 1/2 miles, 8 miles and 9. Finally we reached the finish in 1:31:06.

Relieved that the race was over and slightly annoyed we hadn’t beaten the 1:30 we consoled ourself with a pie and a pint in a local pub, after all I hadn’t drunk a thing the night before! Both myself and dad agreed we would do the race again as despite the laps the course was actually enjoyable and we got a cracking tan to boot!”

77 188 David Wiggins David Wiggins Helsby RC V55 1:31:06.0
77 189 Stephen Wiggins Stephen Wiggins Helsby RC Senior 1:31:06.0

Dunham Massey 5k

Last report of the week from Davyd and an excellent run from him considering he’s been off for a couple of weeks on his holidays enjoying himself….how dare he!

“A warm and muggy evening on Thursday the 26th May saw 219 runners take part in race 1 at Dunham Massey. These races are 5k and are the North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix series. There were 3 green army vest on the start line and the route was two and a half laps of a 2k loop with the “uphill’ section being tackled 3 times, not reportedly a quick course.”

Full results can be found here

76th – Davyd Michell – 20:50
128th – Michael Williams – 23:03
157th – Geoff Shaw – 24:35

The remaining dates for the series are

2    Fri 3-Jun-2016    Birchwood Brook 5k    7:30pm    Spectrum Striders RC
3    Thu 9-Jun-2016    Bowdon    7:15pm    Altrincham & District AC
4    Thu 16-Jun-2016    Dunham Massey 5k #2    7:15pm    Altrincham & District AC
5    Sun 19-Jun-2016    Hollins Green 5k    10am Spectrum Striders RC

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Please find a link below to all the consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns, well done all who took part.

That’s all this week, happy running all!


Helsby RC blog. Week ending 22/05/2016

Welcome to the weekly round-up. What a week for Helsby Running Club. There has been loads going and it has been great to get lots of contributions in the inbox. I hope I haven’t missed anything!

Please keep sending contributions to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

First, a reminder of upcoming events:

Tonight! Wednesday 25th May at 8.30pm (after the club run) in the clubhouse. ICEFALL Through Adversity to Everest by Alex Staniforth. If you want feeding too, you should have already Leslie know.

Sunday 29th May – Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run. 11.30am Trefonen Village Hall SY10 9DF. This is the next counter in the club mini fell series.

Thursday 2nd June – Deeside Off-Road Grand Prix (race 1) 7.30pm Tata (formerly Corus) Sports and Social Club, Rowley Drive, Shotton. This race is a club counter in our mini trail series.


Walton Park 5 mile

This week’s racing reports start with  a contribution from Degsy, who did the Walton Park 5 mile on Tuesday night.

“The Walton Park 5 mile race is a cracking little 5 miler on paths around Walton Park. As I lined up at the start as a lone Green army runner I was surrounded by liverpool Based clubs mainly the fake green army (Kirkby milers) LRC and Knowsley harriers. Once again I failed to cry green army at the start hooter (sorry Gaz I was too outnumbered) it’s a fairly flat race with a medal and a set of number clip thingies waiting for you at the finish. My time was 31.07 ish (I’m so keen with my reports the official times haven’t been published yet 😉 ). Apologies if anyone else ran this I didn’t see you.”

Thanks Derek. The results are now available and as far as I can see, you were the sole Helsby representative – well done mate. http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=229

Christleton 5k

There was a fantastic Helsby turnout on Friday night to the Christleton 5k. Thanks to Tanya for sending in the results and race report:

“On 20 May 16 Helsby runners attended Christleton 5K, remeasured two weeks before to ensure it was corrected. A wide variety of clubs attended and proved to be a fast field of runners. The weather was kind and ideal for running. First in for Helsby was Colin Bishop with a fantastic run and first lady, getting stronger by the race, was Jo Lacking. A very ecstatic bunch of helsby runners at the end all with personal bests, all very much deserved.
Colin Bishop 16:49
Colin Thompson 17:08
Adam Gordon 17:25
Gaz O’Connor 18:21
Ian Rutherford 18:37
James Higgins 18:45
Richard Hankins 19:08
Ian Hamling 19:08
Jo Lacking 19:38
Ian Landucci 20:21
Carol Shaw 21:51
Helen Owens 21:59
Jenn Naylor 22:53
Geoff Shaw 24:25
Tanya Downes 24:47
Janet Shaw 28:53 “

Well done everybody, and extra congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB on that course. I believe our Colin Bishop now holds the course record for V55 – brilliant work! The official results, and lots of race photos can now be accessed at:  https://chestertri.niftyentries.com/Results/Christleton-5K-2016

The old County Tops Fell Race

Chris Baynham-Hughes, true to form, identified another new venture and completed the old County Tops Fell Race on Saturday. Thanks for following the excellent write up Chris:

“I’d heard about the Old County Tops race from a few people, but had never really looked into it. All I knew was that it was a classic fell race and that I should give it a go at some point. The race is run in pairs and a friend of mine I’ve met through ultra running (Matty Brennan) asked me if I was up for it; the date fitted so I said yes and thought no more about it. Fast forward to a night before a recce where I sat down to look at the route… my jaw dropped… I wondered what on earth I had agreed to.

At over 35 miles and 11,600ft of climb the bald stats are enough to concern anybody, but add in the sheer volume of rough ground, contouring, insane descents, bogs and river crossings and it is a genuine test of stamina. The race itself came in waves, the final 3 miles were absorbed by teams trying to chase us down and we weren’t prepared to given an inch… the ridgeline to Coniston old man and back was punctuated by breaks in the clag and incredible views; shadows dancing over ancient valleys, real wow moments… the run through the valley between Scafell pike and the beastly climb up to the Coniston ridge line was all about the bog – falling hip deep into a bog generated an initial panic before I remembered to lean forward slowly and patiently raise my leg as I “swam” out of it. As I escaped the clutches of the bog I heard a loud cheer from behind my misfortune found the attention of friends we’d overtaken earlier (good times)…. Getting on and off Scafell Pike itself was simple insanity mixed with the odd bits of panic as my leg went in and out of cramp just as I needed precision to climb down the wet crags in one piece… From Helvellyn to Angle Tarn was totally rough and totally exhilarating; the wind battered us with horizontal monsoon-like rain leaving us with the narrowest of vision – dare we look at all. I find in the mountains that wind is the most deadly for the mind and that the line between exhilaration and frustration is very thin; the direction and blend of rain and underfoot conditions meant this was just about kept in check and thus made for one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve had in a long time, I felt completely and utterly allive. The trip over to, up and subsequently down Helvellyn was all about control, not going too fast but keeping in contention, picking the best lines, eating well and keeping hydrated.

In summary it was one of the best races I have ever done. The paired element means you enjoy an incredible journey with a good friend. Like I’ve mentioned above, the race just keeps on giving – with several fast water crossings appearing out of the blue there was always something new to put a huge grin on your face and really feel like you were on an adventure. The old school organisation was faultless and gave a feel to the race that commercial exploits just don’t grasp or achieve. Put simply, if I can only do one race a year… this has to be very high up the list of contenders.

In the end we raced in to the finish in 8:34:16. I’ve no idea where we finished, neither is it of any consequence to me. Sometimes it’s about the event, the journey, the experience and the camaraderie – this turned the dials up to 11 on all four counts.


Excalibur Trail Marathon

So whilst CBH was galavanting around the Lake District, fourteen of us took on one of his ‘training runs’. l enjoyed reading the following report from a road-runners perspective sent in by Chris Fitzpatrick. And the results show that you don’t necessarily have to run off road all the time to be able to do well in these events. Gaz O’Connor did a PB at Christleton the night before this! Over to Fitzy:

“14 of the green army headed up to the Clwydian range on Saturday to take part in the Excalibur Marathon, described by some (Ben Williams) as the toughest UK marathon, although CBH has already spoken to me about this and just laughed at me (he’s hard-core though). For those like myself this was a bit out of my comfort zone, I’m used to doing the odd occasional ultra-marathon, and I also consider myself a good marathon runner, but I did not realise this would be as tough as it was.

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We arrived at race HQ in Moel Famau car park, registered, done our kit check and then went and sat back in the car as it was lashing down, Phil Roberts then gave myself and Gaz a lesson in what kit we should and should not have, obviously his kit was better than ours he quite quickly pointed out. The rain then stopped right up until 9.30am, right on cue for the start of the race, the heavens opened, and continued to rain probably for the next 2 hours. I had been a bit nervous before the race on the navigation, but rest assured this course was excellently marshalled and excellently signposted, even myself who gets lost around a 400m running track found it quite easy.


I had not prepared myself for some of the climbs this course had to offer, and even more so for the descent on the other side of these massive hills, which was why whilst typing this I am still in a lot of pain, road running just does not prepare your muscles for this type of event. Once the rain started to clear up a bit, you could see why so many people love walking/running up here, the views were spectacular. Mile 11 we were greeted by a marshal who said “up that way please” for the next 15 minutes (yes a 15 minute mile on my garmin, unheard of!) , I managed to run a mile up hill, whilst a few competitors ran past me, how they ran up it I do not know. All through this race there was very rarely a flat bit of the course, you were either going uphill or downhill. Eventually I reached 20 miles and had been forewarned by CBH that there is a gradual incline for 2.5 miles and not to stop running, at this point your body is screaming at you to stop, I didn’t stop and was greeted with a bit of tarmac at the top of the hill for my reward, only to be told by the checkpoint helpers I had another massive climb to make up part of the course we had earlier come down. GREAT!

By this point Mr “I’ve got better kit than yours” was catching me up and Phil soon over took me as he looked really strong going up the last hill on Moel Famau. We both descended back down to the finish line a minute apart, well done Phil, finishing in 8th and myself in 9th overall. Big mention to Andy Robinson, 1st MV60, Steve Riley, 2nd MV50 and Lesley Feakes 3rd FV50.

A great day was had by all and there was a bonus at the finish line with a beer van at the event. I would definitely recommend more of us doing this again next year, as they also offer 10k and half marathon options.

See you all soon


Thank Chris. I’d just like to add that it was brilliant to see Mario and Joe out on the the course giving their support again. I think I must of seen them at least 3 times at different points in the race :-). Helsby results are below:

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Run for the 96 -5k

A truly worthwile  event was attended by Claire Louise Miller on Sunday and she has sent in the following write-up:

“Today, Sunday 22nd June I took part in the 2nd year of the run for the 96, which is a 5k run in memory of those who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster, obviously with this year being the year the families got the justice they fought so hard for this was always going to be an emotional day.

The likes of Alan Kennedy, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Rafa Benitez and sinbad from Brooke were there to show their support along with some of the families of the 96 including Margaret Aspinall who made sure she hugged, kissed and thanked every runner that passed and she was even giving out medals and kisses at the end, very emotional day.

The course itself was a cracking 5k, if a little short my garmin recorded a finishing time of 25.57 however there were a few bottlenecks and a lot of weaving and overtaking walkers, prams etc. Would be interesting to see this course as a parkrun as it is really quick but today was more of a fun run if I’m honest.

Medal, goody bag and a t shirt were good and the race was organised by BTR so it was very well organised.”

Well done Claire and thanks for sending in the report. For anybody wanting  to know more about this event or wishing to support it in the future, the website is well worth a visit:  http://www.btrliverpool.com/#!run-for-the-96-5k/c1em3

Sunderland Strollers Pier to Pier Race

A bit further North! Geoff Collins was also racing on Sunday and has sent in the following excellent report with photos:

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 09.23.07“A visit to one of my favourite parts of the country, the North East. Few people outside the North East know about this brilliant 7m race put on by Sunderland Strollers. It’s a multi terrain race. It starts on the beach by the South Pier at South Shields. Sea Road nearby, is the famous finishing point for the Great North Run.

The route heads South East up over the sand dunes onto National Trust headland known as The Leas. At this point the 1128 runners can follow either of several footpaths towards the cliffs at Marsden Bay. The day was perfect for this race. Sunny not too warm, light westerly wind, good visibility, and dry underfoot. Just one water stop by Souter lighthouse at the half way point. The route follows the coastal cliff top path as it winds its way up, and down towards Whitburn Bay. The views are spectacular as you travel over a variety of surfaces underfoot.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 09.24.04Further on past Parsons Rocks and yet another lighthouse, you enter the prom at Seaburn near Sunderland. Tempting as it was, I didn’t stop for ice cream. Time for a final push of speed! Finally with the lighthouse and pier at Roker Point looming into view ahead, you drop onto the beach for that final sprint to the finish. 

First male finisher was Andy Burn 37m 15s (Jarrow & Hebburn AC), First Lady finisher Alyson Dixon 41m 29s (Sunderland Strollers). I was the first (and only) finisher for Helsby in 57m 17s.

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The goody bag with baseball cap, number belt, handmade glass lighthouse medal, chocolate and crisps all for £21 I thought was excellent value!

Geoff Collins”


And as if the week was not busy enough …………. we had 10 Helsby members participating across 6 different Parkruns on Saturday! Well  done Colin Bishop for finishing 1st at Widnes and to Laura Baynham-Hughes for being 2nd lady to finish at Delamere. Our consolidated club results can be viewed  here

Thanks for all the contributions this week. Please keep sending them in to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

keep on running 🙂


Weekly round-up – 15 May

Hello Green Army

Seeing I’m doing the blog this week I think I’m going to give my 10 year old daughter the best spot in the report this week…..over to Holly Fitzpatrick.

Race for Life 5k – Delamere 15th May
I ran the race for life for my friend Jack who died of cancer at the age of 10 recently. There was about 170 people on team Jack yesterday including lots of teachers and my friends from St Berts School. Together we raised over £15,000 for his charity which is brill. I ran it in the time of 41 minutes. Maisy (my dog) came over the finish line even before my Mum! My Mum went over the finish line after me but I did do a sprint finish! I had loads of fun running the race in memory of Jack!
A truly humbling experience watching from the side-lines, it was great to see a community come together and raise so much money for a fantastic cause, well done all

Park Run – Runners were out in Warrington, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Widnes, Wepre, & Erddig, with our Bish claiming 1st spot again after a few weeks of injury, he’s back on form which is great news.

List of consolidated results below
Andy Robinson did the Marlborough Downs Challenge on Sunday:
33 fast miles across the Wiltshire hills on a lovely sunny day with great views. 119 finishers.
1st: Andy Davies, Mercia Fell Runners, 4:17:18
25th & 1st MV60: Andy Robinson, Helsby RC, 5:32:37
Full report on Runfurther.com
Superb running from Andy 1st MV60, your back on form just in time for Excalibur next weekend.
A report from Gaz O’Connor on the Chester Half Marathon.
Perfect weather greeted the 6000 runners at the start of Chester Half marathon on the Roodee racecourse on Sunday morning. The undulating course has changed from previous years and now heads out through Mollington from the city centre and heads back for a finish near the town hall.

There was a strong showing from the Green Army, notable performances were Jim Higgins celebrating his 30th birthday by bagging a PB just a week after running the Sandstone Challenge and Jenn Naylor, despite shamelessly flouting the new UK Athletics regulations by wearing headphones, also getting a PB. Alison Halsall was first lady home for Helsby with Gaz O’Connor first male.
Full results are below

Good to see Gaz back on form as well, excellent running from all on Sunday.

A quick mention to new-ish member Graham Ireland, he did Hidden Howgills in Cumbria this weekend, according to Steve Riley it’s a marathon with hills (is it as hilly as Manchester though eh Steve?)

And last but not least a report from Laura Baynham-Hughes for one of our Fell Counters last Saturday in near perfect racing conditions.
Moel Eilio Fell Race, 14th May 2016
Moel Eilio was the Inter-Counties Fell Racing Championships race for 2016 and of course most importantly the next fell counter for the Helsby Fell Championships. A great turn out of green vests arrived in Llanberis for perfect fell racing weather. Blue skys and glorious sunshine saw 5 Felsby ladies and 7 Felsby men line up for a fell race with attitude. The race starts just up the hill out of LLanberis. A top notch field headed up the track and onto the fells, and up and up and oh up some more! Then it is a fantastic run across the undulating ridge, ready for a final climb and a not for the faint hearted descent before you are across a stream and back down the track to the finish. For once I remembered to actually look up and take in the views which were spectacular. I also fell in the river which was slightly embarrassing but also quite refreshing! Of course big thanks to Felsby’s cheering squad of Jo and Mario who were out on the route and thanks also to Suzanne, June and Chops (Felsby’s new mascot) for their support too. Jim and I had the honour of wearing the Cheshire vest and I think we did Helsby proud!
A massive congratulations to Laura and Jim for representing Cheshire at this event, just shows what talent we have at our running club at present

89 75.34 Jim O’Hara Cheshire
116 80.26 Phillip Roberts Helsby Running Club
123 81.54 Ben Fletcher Helsby Running Club
129 82.47 Chris Baynham-Hughes Helsby Running Club
193 90.43 Laura Baynham-Hughes Cheshire (FSnr 37)
219 93.59 Janet Ashbrook Helsby Running Club
236 98.38 Tim Palmer Helsby Running Club
245 100.34 Janet Robertson Helsby Running Club
249 101.03 Jim Jones Helsby Running Club
277 109.59 Rachel Arnold Helsby Running Club
281 112.26 John Whitehead Helsby Running Club
283 116.26 Sue Buck Helsby Running Club
Cheshire Ladies – 9th overall (Laura 3rd for the team)
Cheshire Men – 16th overall (Jim 3rd for the team)
Dates for your diary
It’s a road counter this coming Friday 20th May at Christleton on a very fast course, it’s sure to be a good turn out, and I believe it is sold out, don’t let that stop you coming down to cheer the green army home.
We also have a lot of runners taking part in Excalibur Mararthon/Half Marathon/10k this coming Saturday 21st May, I believe this one is stunning and has a hill or 2 thrown in for good measure.
I put out a post on Facebook last week about Tattenhall Tough Team challenge, this year its Friday 17th June, we are looking to enter loads of teams as per usual, I’m still gathering a list of all names wanting to do it, and we can then sort out teams closer the date. If you’ve never done this before you run in a group of 3, the aim is to stick together, and the last one over the finish line, the clock stops. It’s one of our favourite races of the year and costs approx. £8 per person. If your interested then email me if you haven’t already responded on FB. Fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com

Don’t forget to send in your race reports, without them, well, we have nothing to write about.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

Helsby Championship – Current Standings 22nd May

The road series is already half way through and clear leaders are starting to emerge from the pack in both the ladies and men’s tables. In the age group categories the competitions are still pretty tight with no clear leaders in most of the categories.

In the fell champs results of the last 2 races, Dinas Bran and Moel Eilio have not yet been published (unless anyone has spotted them hidden away somewhere) so I can’t really comment on the current standings. Reckon the next two races will be interesting though as they are probably the toughest two in the calendar.

Current Standings

As per my previous post if you spot any updates or people missing from the results let me know.

Ian L



Gresty’s Waste time-lapse

Our Richard left his camera running on a tripod for at the Gresty’s Waste checkpoint on the Sandstone Trail Challenge last week.

Here’s 3 hours of footage condensed into  just 6 minutes. If you’ve got really good eyesight you might spot yourself …obviously our faster runners will have been moving too fast!

2016 AGM & officer’s reports

So thanks for a great running year with the #greenarmy and here’s to a successful 2016/17 season.

We held our AGM last week – thanks as ever for everyone that contributed in major and minor ways over the last year. Long may it continue.

One of the subtle shifts over the last couple of years is the willingness of people to just give things a go – someone has an idea, chats it through with a couple of people and then makes it happen. That’s testament to the great spirit that makes this such a buoyant time for the #greenarmy.

Have a look through the Chair’s, Women’s and Men’s Captains reports below. Great reading:

AGM Officers Reports 2016

Helbsy RC News 1-5-2016 to 8-5-2016

Upcoming races.

14th May 13:00 Fell Champs Counter at Moel Ellio

20th May 19:15 Road Champs Counter at Christleton 5K

We  also have Tattenhall tough team challenge coming up on Friday 17th June, to anyone newbies it’s an excellent event, I think we can still pay on the night so wondering who’s interested, you can send me your team of 3 or just respond saying yes you fancy it and we shall work teams out closer the time. Thanks Fitzy

Special note:

The setup of Chester parkrun in the grounds behind the countess of Chester hospital is now nearing conclusion.  They are putting on a test run next Tuesday 17th May at 18:30.  At present they have about 25 Chester tri members coming to try out the course and provide some feedback – an invite was sent to Helsby but appears to have not got through.

If anyone is free next Tuesday for a 5k then please feel free to attend – your feedback could be important in the setup of the run and it is a good chance for the organising team to be put to the test.  The venue is the countess of Chester country park.

Parkrun :

Helsby members were in action at Widnes, Ellesmere Port, Warrington and Pennington. Highlights included a win for Col Bishop at Pennington and a course PB for Rhea Thomas at Warrington.

Full, consolidated results for Helbsy parkrunners are below.


Halewood 5K.

Gaz O’Connor, Joanne Lacking and Helen Owens all recorded course PBs at the fast and flat (and also not net downhill) Halewood 5K on Saturday . Special mention must go to Helen for impressively continuing her quest to improve her race times at the expense of her race photographs.



Louise McEveley was the sole Helsby representative at Rainow 5 Fell Race and reports it was a stunning afternoons running. Louise finished the race in just under 53 minutes. Well done, Louise.

Helsby vs. Felsby (Dinas Bran Fell Race)

The Green Army headed over to Llangollen last Wednesday night for our second instalment of Helsby v Felsby, to what was a Fell counter race as well. Helsby were taking a 26 point lead into the race over our mountain loving chums, and I for one was confident we could compete with them “it’s only 4.4 miles” I was saying to myself, how hard can it be? I had to re-think that thought after seeing a few casualties drop out due to other commitments, but I was still hoping for a good turn out, as the main aim of this was to increase numbers at our borders league and fell races.

Whilst registering I heard someone say there was only 30 runners in the event last year, so when I counted the number of heads with green tops on in our pre race photo I was amazed that we had 27 runners starting the race, eventually to find out 79 in total ran in, so we made up more than a third of the field…..amazing.

We started on a very flat field, brilliant, to be told 1 lap of the field, out and take a right up a little bit of an incline. We left the field and there was a lot of tarmac with a little incline, we turned the next corner to be greeted by what can only be described as one hell of a horrendous hill. Us that were about to run the Sandstone Trail a few days away, started to worry a little (well us roadies did, ok well just me and Ian Rutherford). You gradually climb the hill to then head onto the fells which even at the bottom gave us spectacular views of the surrounding valleys so I was keen to get to the top and see the rest. I must admit, I can see why Felsby love running in these hills, it was a superb summers evening and to turn around and see a trail of runners all climbing this massive hill was amazing. Now how Joe got to the top of it before all of us and looking not out of breath at all baffles me……”weyyyyyyyy heyyyyyyyy c’mon Helsby” he shouted as per usual, it always inspires me to put that little bit extra in and I am sure it does with the others.

Then it dawns on you, that you have to come down, and this is what sets a fell runner apart from a roadie, I’m quite strong going up hills, but coming down hill is a skill, and I was getting over taken by everyone, they seem to glide down the hill like a ballerina, it’s brilliant to watch, although soul destroying at the same time. We did another lap of the hill going back up and down again, to wind our way down to a very fast finish.

Some great performances on the night, Jim O’Hara proving he’s king of the hills, and Laura Baynham-Hughes showing us all how its done and coming in first for the ladies. Chris Baynham-Hughes only beat me because he pulled me back on the start line by they way!!

Now I think we all know the results and it pains me to say Felsby battered us on the night, and overall over the 2 legs had a clear winning margin, 965 points to 758 points for Helsby. They had their big guns out on the night that mattered, but all in all I think we all had a lot of fun over the 2 races and it will be something we will look to do again next year, it proved to be a resounding success. I have a little trophy to present to CBH the winning teams captain, picture to follow, if I can tear him away from all the media attention he’s now getting after his Sandstone Trail Challenge win at the weekend.

See you all soon…Fitzy
The 2016 Sandstone Trail Challenge (by Andy Robinson)
I’ll write a more complete account of the day and post it to the STC web pages in the next day or two.  The photos will be going online too, once I’ve got them to Steve & he’s found the time to post them.  In the meantime…
We had a great day, with no major problems other than the usual shredding of my nerves.  Many pies were eaten.  The weather was a bit hot for running, but not nearly as hot as it could have been, as the sun was behind hazy clouds for most of the day.  The slower walkers got rained on, but nobody from Helsby RC came even close to that.  201 runners and walkers started off from Whitchurch, and 179 of them finished.  Helsby had 13 starters and 11 finishers.  I’ve no intention of naming and shaming Dave Madders and Chris Murray – at least they gave it a good go.  Where exactly was Ivan though?  I shall want to see the letter from his parent or guardian.

Helsby came in 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th, and we had 4th woman home too.  Stand up Chris Baynham-Hughes, Chris Fitzpatrick, Jim O’Hara, Phil Roberts and Jane Ashbrook!  If you can.  Chris’s storming of Frodsham Hill to get past Lawrence Eccles again was one of the performances of the day.  We also reclaimed the MV70 title and record – or rather Ian Hilditch did – another of the day’s highlights.

Full Helsby results:
1.  4:50  Chris Baynham-Hughes
3.  4:54  Chris Fitzpatrick
6.  5:07  Jim O’Hara
9.  5:16  Phil Roberts
22.  5:50  Jane Ashbrook (4th woman)
23.  5:53  Jim Higgins
24.  5:54  Gareth Boyd
35.  6:18  Ian Rutherford
36.  6:18  Derek Morris
80.  7:39  Ste Wiggins
92.  8:18  Ian Hilditch  (Ian reclaimed the MV70 record by knocking 8 minutes off Adrian Sumption’s 2015 record)

Other highlights were:

2.  4:51  Lawrence Eccles of Penny Lane Striders
4.  5:01  Chris Collins, first Spartan home
5.  5:06  Dave Clamp of Knutsford Tri, setting a new MV50 record
11.  5:21  Luci Lamb, first woman, and 2nd Spartan
57.  7:02  Carole Morrison of Pensby Runners, first FV50
110&111  9:28  Pip Adamson and Oliver Ormrod, joint first men under 18
127  10:10  Shannon McCue, first woman under 18, and a new record
129  10:10  Jean Lyon, first ever FV70, and a new record of course!



Sandstone Trail Challenge (by Ian Rutherford)

This is my review of the Sandstone Trail Challenge from a first timers’ perspective. Having never ran beyond marathon distance before this was another new running experience initiated as part of my Green Army membership. I would describe my specific training for this as ‘indifferent’. As a lot of you know I run good mileage month to month generally but stepping this up in terms of complementing trail terrain, adding mileage to individual runs – some now in excess of marathon distance and joining this all together with hillier profiles really took it out of me.

Meeting up at the community centre helped relieve a few nerves; lots of friendly faces; lots of combined experience helping me get to grips with the task ahead. The pre race organisation was flawless and despite spending what felt like hours driving to Whitchurch just underlining what a very long way we have to run back really is, well that and Steve Wiggins’ speech 😉 I found myself on the start line on a sunny and already warm Saturday morning.

Bizarre to some no doubt, one of my biggest fears was actually getting lost during the run (training runs on the SST suggested this as a real and likely scenario) so with that in mind I had set to try and stay with some those with experience of the trail. So with best wishes from The Major and Andy’s watch striking the start time, we were off! So within 25 minutes or so that plan to stick with those with SST experience was already going wrong. The first few mile was pleasant easy running along the canal; my initial plan to tag with Phil Roberts was already crossed off; I felt I was already running too fast (trying to pay the distance the respect it deserves you understand) but still only observed him getting further and further away; no probs I thought I know Jane is behind me and there’s obviously still a good group of us together at this early stage – so just keep going as is.

The next few miles of undulating fields; mostly ploughed and hardened in the recent warm sunny spell made for really uncomfortable ‘ankle-breakers’ – running with any tempo was a struggle and for the first time that day I had practical reminder that this was not going to anything other than a real test to just finish. Getting to Duckington was my first milestone and the semi familiar scene having run the ‘A-Race’ last year. Again not much opportunity for site seeing but the views on the highest parts of the SST around here were just stunning – but unsurprisingly this was hard work; at times the climbing became nothing more than a yomp (I remember running them in the A-Race but clearly already 10-12 miles in and with more than 20 still to do, I was mindful). The field started to thin out around me now and was running mostly on my own; always paranoid I’d missed a yellow sign.

A word about the check-points/water stations (official and unofficial) – again brilliantly organised; so friendly, couldn’t do enough to help and really great encouragement again from so many friendly faces – a big thank-you!

From around this point I was joined by Deggsy, he looked strong and soon was starting to get away from me and mentally crossed another one off my list to run with. Just before the 4th checkpoint Jim and Gareth came alongside – again both looking way stronger than me. We arrived at the checkpoint roughly together and were soon joined by Jane who didn’t even look to be breaking a sweat. Much liquid and Jaffa-cakes later; the legs now seriously tired and stiffening with every stop the four of us set off together; Jane had a brief reunion with her family on the roadside who had managed to find her. We entered the trail once again and a rather pompous lady on horse-back thought it’d be good to give us a ‘gee-up’ “You’re about to get overtaken by a girl” she told the three of us; a quick glance behind confirmed what we knew – “That’s not a girl” I replied “That’s Jane!”  The steep climbs saw us mix running with more yomping but Jane just carried on and on with the higher-pace; by now I was also struggling to match Gareth and Jim’s climbing ability and with Jane long-gone I found myself stranded again. On one of the straighter field sections I could just glance Degs again and I seemed to be albeit slowly getting closer. Within a couple of mile, I was with him again and we remained together for the rest of the run. It was great to company on that final section – cheers Degs.


Counting off the miles to the final checkpoint we ambled – anything approaching good flowing running long since a distant memory; we eventually arrived into Manley Common having thankfully lost the crowds of Delamere Forest and honestly I’ve never been more relieved to see Joe & Mario in my life. Fozy kindly refilled my hydro-pack (thanks mate) and off again once more. On home turf but in that we know how tough it is; we stumbled through the hilly sandstone. With less than a third of a mile to go, following the zig-zag path down to the end of the trail before you hit the road in Frodsham I managed to fall over and end up on my backside; normally this would be no biggie but for the first time in six hours my calf muscles weren’t carrying me and they ballooned in spasm – I gave a massive yelp; a lady runner passed us and then thankfully Degs put his Sunday league football knowledge into practices and pushed back my feet to stretch the muscle – PAIN!

Arriving across the field in to the community centre together; a smiling Jackie to confirm our finish I was all in. It took me a good few mins to get my head together I must be honest – refreshed with a cheese pie and a cuppa!

Official time for me (and Degs) was 6h 18mins; really happy (and proud) to just finish this absolute beast of a race; on the day there were many better and I spent the next hour or so in their company at the community centre absolutely listening to their experiences and feeling made up for everyone. What a day and thanks for all who made it possible.
Also there was the Sandstone Trail Marshals’ Run, on Monday 2 May:

6:32  Andy Robinson
7:16  Ben Williams
11:15  Charlie Roberts

Ste and Dave Wiggins and Ellen Roberts provided support, so many thanks to them.  Ben’s run took 40 minutes off his PB and was a really good performance in pretty muddy conditions

Thanks for all the race reports everyone, please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com



Helsby 2015 – 2016 Stats and latest 2016 – 2017 Updates

As promised in Jackie’s write up I have attached the full stats for the 2015-2016 season

Helsby 2015-2016 Final Results

I have also been asked to publish the latest standings for the 2016 – 2017 season on a more frequent basis to encourage more competition (not that you need encouragement).

Current Standings

Publish 1

I would also be interested in any feedback you have on how we publish the results.

Also if you spot any errors in the results please let me know.






Helsby RC weekly round-up 25th Apr to 1st May 2016

Hi everyone

A very busy week for the Green Army and an excellent selection of reports in the inbox. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed. As usual all reports to be sent to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Strap into your seat belts, it’s a long one!

Helsby RC Awards Presentation Evening

A fantastic evening at our annual awards cermony! Well done to everyone who won an award and a big thank you to Jackie (host), Chris Igoe (DJ), Dave & Leslie Feakes (Catering) and Donna Geer & Ian Landucci (Stataticians). Jackie has sent the following report in which includes all the winners from the evening:

Here’s a list of the awards made at our presentation evening on Friday celebrating a year of excellent running at Helsby Running Club. We can run well and party well!! Here’s a list of trophy winners for the 2015/16 club counter season. Well done to all who ran throughout the year and here’s to lots of club counters by all this season!
For those interested in the detail, a full set of results/calculations will be put on the blog soon (we need to strip out the age data before it goes viral!)
A reminder about this coming Wed #Helsby vs #Felsby competition at Dinas Bran 4.3m 1150ft, 7:15 start LL20 8TG, for those wanting to car share please meet at the club ready to leave at 6pm.
A reminder about the fist race in the mini trail series at Thurstaston Country Park  Tues 10th at 7:15, again meet at club at  6:15
Plus the running club AGM the following evening 11th after out club run, 8:30 in the
in the upstairs tea room – please come along and discuss what you want of Helsby Running Club over the next 12 months. The plan is to keep it shorter this year by having written reports circulated in advance, with questions & answers on what and how we do things followed by the all important election of officers. If anyone would like to become part of the committee then please let me know in advance of the meeting jackiekeasley@btinternet.com. Jane Ashbrook is stepping down as Ladies Club captain; we thank Jane for all her input and ideas these last couple of years.
Cheers and thanks
Roads Championship
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Champion Chris Fitzpatrick
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Runner Up Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s Senior Winner Colin Thompson
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V40 Winner Neil Finegan
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V45 Winner Gary O’Connor
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V50 Winner Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Shaw
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies Champion (Joint) Joanne Lacking
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies Champion (Joint) Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V40 Winner Jo Farwell
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V45 Winner Donna Geer
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V55 Winner Jackie Keasley
Helsby Running Club Road Running Championship 2015 Ladies V60 Winner Janet Shaw
Fells Championship
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Runner Up Phil Gillard
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s Senior Winner Phil Roberts
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V45 Winner Jim Jones
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V50 Winner Steve Riley
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Men’s V60 Winner Andy Robinson
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Ladies Winner Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Fell Running Championship 2015 Ladies Runner Up Laura Baynham-Hughes
Cross Country Championship
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 1st Place Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 2nd Place Ben Fletcher
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Men’s 3rd Place Chris Murray
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 1st Place Jane Ashbrook
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 2nd Place Lesley Feakes
Helsby Running Club Cross Country Championship 2015/16 Ladies 3rd Place Vanessa Griffiths
Borders League
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 1st place Chris Fitzpatrick
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 2nd place Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 3rd place Colin Thompson
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Men’s 4th place Ian Rutherford
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 1st place Jo Lacking
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 2nd place Carol Shaw
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 3rd place Laura Baynham-Hughes
Helsby Running Club Borders League 2015/16 Ladies 4th place Rachel Holden
Club Champions
Helsby Running Club Men’s Club Champion 2015/16 Ian Landucci
Helsby Running Club Ladies Club Champion 2015/16 Jane Ashbrook
Mini Fells
Helsby Running Club Men’s Mini Fells Champion 2015/16 Men’s 1st place Adam Gordon
Helsby Running Club Ladies Mini Fells Champion 2015/16 Ladies 1st place Laura Baynham-Hughes
Runners Runner
Helsby Running Club Runners Runner 2015/16 Laura Baynham-Hughes
Most Improved Runner
Helsby Running Club Most Improved Runner 2015/16 Mens Winner Ian Hamling
2015/16 Ladies Winner Alison Halsall
Greatest Comeback
Helsby Running Club Greatest Comeback 2015/16 Overall Winner Gareth Boyd
2015/16 Runner Up Claire-Louise Miller

Borders League #7 (Prestatyn)

An excellent report has been sent in from BL Coordinator Fitzy for our final race at Prestatyn:

So this was our last borders league race of the season and was probably the most important for the men, having fighting off relegation over the last 2 meetings we had to make sure we had 10 runners turn up and make sure we didn’t get any penalty points, and after an end of season fixture change for a midweek race from Shotton to Prestatyn I was a little worried we might struggle….oh how wrong was I!
Another superb turn out by the men’s and ladies team seen us fight hail, wind and rain for an out and back course along the sea front, which was great going out but not so great coming back with a full on head wind.
Some fantastic performances on the night yet again but I won’t single anyone out what I will say is it’s been a pleasure seeing you all turn up week after week and making me a very happy man. We are the envy of other clubs and I really do think that we will just get stronger, even some of the Felsby crew seemed to have enjoyed the races (probably because there free)
Some awards that we received included 1st V35 for Jo Lacking, 9th & 10th Overall men, myself and Col T, and 2nd V50 lady for Carol S.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it as much as me, now for a few months off before pre season training starts in July and I start moaning at everyone for breaking rule 4.3 thou shall not drink 48 hours before a borders league race.
For full results see below

Mid Cheshire 5k

It was great to see an array of green vests at our 5th road counter on Thursday. By all accounts the weather wasn’t very favourable but with a lightening quick course it was always a good opportunity to have a crack at a 5k PB. Over to Fitzy with another fab report…

30 of the green army travelled a hell of a long way to Kingsley on Thursday night which could only be described as a lightning fast 5k course, and I now know the reasons why, a mile downhill seen everyone post extremely quick first miles splits whilst the second wasn’t so fast as it was all “uphill”. You are then greeted with the start line again with still another 1k to run, yet again all downhill to the finish
You can see why some of the top running clubs around the northwest had plenty of runners out in a very strong field. pb’s galore were being broken much to the annoyance of Gaz and Helen sat on their sofa’s at home 🙂
If you’ve not done this before and want a PB this is the best course around by far and at a tenner it’s great value for money, they even through in hale for at least 5 mins at the end…lovely
For full results
Helsby results:
41st Chris Fitzpatrick 00:17:20
46th Colin Bishop 00:17:30 (1st in age cat)
54th Adam Gordon 00:17:41
94th Christopher Murray 00:18:52
101st James Higgins 00:19:07
104th Ian Hamling 00:19:12
108th Jane Ashbrook 00:19:15 (2nd in age cat)
113th Richard Hankins 00:19:20
133rd Paul Frodsham 00:19:44
135th Joanne Lacking 00:19:47 (2nd in age cat)
141st Davyd Michell 00:19:56
162nd Carl Pratt 00:20:23
182nd Tim Palmer 00:20:54
184th David Feakes 00:20:55
200th Michael Williams 00:21:25
201st Carol Shaw 00:21:38 (2nd in age cat)
234th Rachael Holden 00:22:29
235th Stephen Wiggins 00:22:38
245th David Madders 00:22:47
255th Debbie Read 00:23:11 (3rd in age cat)
269th Geoff Collins 00:23:35
296th David Wiggins 00:25:03
299th Jackie Keasley 00:25:16
306th Lesley Feakes 00:25:32
357th Janet Shaw 00:29:36 (2nd in age cat)

Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Twixt in between Borders, 5k and 10k Green Army members still managed to get out onto the hilly stuff. Big thanks to Tim Palmer for this report…

As a local favourite but not a counter this year, the Llangynhafal Loop saw a Helsby turn-out of 7. Janet Robertson, Sue Buck, Jim Jones and Tim Palmer running; Joe, Mario and Andy Smith supporting/marshalling/taking photos. On arrival at the Golden Lion, the weather kept most in their cars or the pub and the walk to the start wasn’t much better (some of the Helsby contingent were sure whether it was hail or snow). However the weather improved for the race. The infamous gully was as always a challenge; but the last climb (which is a bit of sting of the tail) was improved with Helsby supporters at the bottom and top – thanks Joe, Mario and Andy. Tim was the first Helsby runner home just ahead of Jim; followed by Janet and Sue. As usual, all ended up in the Golden Lion for the presentation – a highly recommended race. Full results awaiting on www.wfra.org.uk


Saddleworth Cake Race

image1Any race with “cake” in the title is worth a go at, Ben Fletcher and Jamie Dowdall certainly thought so and found themselves towing the line in Saddleworth, over to Ben for his take on the race…

I decided to give the Saddleworth Cake Race at Diggle a go. This fell race is famous for the cakes after the race & it didn’t disappoint, there were 3 huge tables full of them! It was £5 to enter or free if you supplied a cake bargain!

At just short of 10miles 1700ft over Saddlewoth moor it’s a cracking race. I wasn’t expecting to see anyone I knew, then Jamie Dowdall in his Darwen vest shows up. After a quick chat with Jamie we were off into the hills.

Ben Fletcher 1.18.03 22nd Jamie Dowdall 1.33.18 89th

Full results


 Liverpool Spring 10k (6th road counter)
The Liverpool Spring 10k is 2 laps of Sefton Park, billed as flat but not exactly – some energy sapping long gradients and tight turns certainly made it a bit of a challenge, as did the horrible weather. That didn’t hinder our Green Army contingent from setting PBs galore though, a huge well done to everyone for running so well and some of our newer members who have improved so much recently. Big thank you to Colin and Jane Bishop for their support on the day, Jane even had a selection of fresh baked cakes for us at the finish to replenish those depleted carbs! Result!
Please find the Helsby results below:

16th Colin Thompson 0:35:26
83rd Gary O’Connor 0:38:47
136th Richard Hankins 0:40:38
172nd Davyd Michell 0:41:47
198th Carl Pratt 0:42:00
382nd Helen Owens 0:45:43
383rd Rachael Holden 0:46:02
669th Stephen Wiggins 0:49:00
732nd Rhea Thomas 0:49:48
1092nd Tanya Downes 0:53:36
1101st David Wiggins 0:53:42

Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun results from Saturday. Well done to everyone who ran, especially Col Bishop for another fantastic win at Widnes! Well done mate.
And finally, it’s big congratulations to June Swift and Jim O’Hara who have been selected to run for Cheshire at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships on 14th May. Well deserved after a brilliant season, be sure to congratulate them on their fantastic achievement.
Phew! That’s it this week. Many thanks for all the excellent reports, if I have missed anything please get in touch and I can always update the blog later on.