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!