Weekly blog 20th Jan to 26th Jan

Hello Green Army

You will all be glad to know that the 2020/21 club counters have now been finalised (with a few dates and start times TBC)

We have done it a bit differently this year, as we wanted to encourage as much participation as possible and make it accessible for everyone. We have had dwindling numbers recently so are doing it this way for this upcoming season, and if we need to change things for next season we can, but the committee got together and thrashed out loads of ideas and this is what we come up with.

Basically, there are 5 disciplines, Road, Fell, Trail, Borders and Cross Country. The Borders and Cross country dates are TBC as we don’t get these fixtures until July/Aug time. There will be 7 races in each discipline. Your best 5 are to count and a a minimum of 3 are needed to qualify for a prize. You will also notice that there are no clashes (yet).

Here is the big change. To qualify for Club Overall Champion, you have had to have ran at least 2 races out of the 7 from each discipline. So that means you’re going to see me on the fells getting lost somewhere in Wales sometime soon.

See more details on our much improved website below with is ace btw (thanks Steve R)


Can I also thank everyone who contributed to this, Tim, Ben, Laura, Phil, Karen, Col, June, Debbie and anyone else, too many to mention who were at the meetings. We have tried to cater for everyone, there will even be a turning up cup I believe as well, so watch this space.

Any questions fire them over

Warrington 5 mile trail series
Race 1: Winter 25th January 2020
by Karen Horsley

If you’re averse to a little mud then this race is definitely not for you!

I’d first heard of this series in 2018 and my plans to run last year were scuppered through injury which left me even more keen to sign up for the 2020 races. It was a lovely surprise to find out that Geoff and Hayley (and Geoff’s friend Carole) were also running, although through illness Hayley couldn’t join us.

Race 1 - Karen end

The four race series is organised by Warrington Running Club and the course start is at Colliers Moss, near Warrington. It’s chip timed and the medals are themed around the seasons with the remaining races being held on 28th March (spring), 27th June (summer), and 17th October (autumn). It was fairly pleasant weather for the winter race, not too cold, not too windy, not too bright, as 368 brave souls waited for the start.

Race 1 - Kai warrior

The series Facebook page had promised mud and they certainly weren’t kidding. The race began along a nice solid track but soon had us slipping and sliding along a single file path, up and down hills and through muddy water troughs with plenty of marshals on hand to help if needed. The 5 miles seemed to pass by relatively quickly because we were having so much fun, as Geoff said, “with mud and puddles almost deep enough to swim in” – how could this race be anything other than fun?! The camaraderie on course was great with loads of encouragement from race marshals, other runners and spectators, I especially liked the young girl on the last hill climb shouting that we’d conquered all the mud! Great running by all, fabulous goody bags and medals and a great sense of pride at what we’d achieved. Very much looking forward to the next race.

Race 1 (1)

Geoff: 00:46:04

Kai: 00:49:55

Carole: 00:57:28

Karen: 01:02:30

Race 1- team




Below are the full results for Helsby members at parkrun this week





Monday 13th – Sunday 19th January 2020!

First blog of the year…

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 2020 promises to be a fantastic year for runners! 

Please please can people send in reports and updates for us to share in this blog. They can be short and sweet or longer as you wish. It’s really interesting to hear first hand what everyone has been up to. 

Send them to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com


Thanks very much to Debbie for this report ..


Saturday saw me don my 2nd claim club vest and join 10 Delamere Spartans to partake in the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia. 

Despite having to scrape ice off the car before leaving home the weather for the run was absolutely glorious – cold, crisp, sunny with not a breath of wind – it certainly showed Coed y Brenin at it’s best.  

Starting at the visitors centre the 1st mile is straight uphill – bit of a shock, but a sign of things to follow! The challenging race is approximately 8 miles of fire tracks and 5 miles single file woodland tracks with the uphills tough and the downhills very enjoyable. With feed stations at 6&10 miles providing drinks and torq gels it’s a very well organised race with encouraging marshals and very well marked.


At the finish you get a travel cup with either soup/tea or coffee and a genuine Buff buff.

If you like running in Delamere and you’re not afraid of hills I’d recommend this race – apparently they do a summer version where you’ve got the option of doing 10k, half or full marathon.



 Thanks sounds tough but lovely!


 Marshalls Eye View of the 4VMH 

A misty day with some sunshine leaking through set the scene for the 4VHM. The conditions were ideal. Not too cold and roads frost free. The Helsby machine worked brilliantly setting everything up as planned. 

I was posted at an early post then moved to the last marshalling post and therefore saw the runners when they were looking both fresh and exhausted. The atmosphere was fantastic at both positions. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves enormously. 



The support for the runners was fantastic with a really vocal crowd at the last post cheering everyone on right till the end. 



Our youngest helper!



Lots of support from clubs..



And lots of shouting and encouragement from the lovely marshalls..



I absolutely love helping at this event. It is wonderful to support such an inclusive race.  Mick and Phil brought a smile to everyone’s face as they flew round. 


Looking forward to next year already.  Many thanks to the team of organisers who do a brilliant job every year.


That’s it … keep sending in your news…😀


Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 23rd to 29th December 2019

Happy new year everyone!

Not much in the inbox last week, I assume you were all enjoying yourselves too much over Christmas! Remember if you do a race please fire a report over to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com, even just a few words or link to the results will be enough, generally if the bloggers weren’t at the race we won’t know about it!

Firstly a message from our Chair Phil:

I trust you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, I certainly did. My running was curtailed a bit by the fact that on Boxing Day, I pulled a stomach muscle celebrating Grimsby’s first goal in 6 matches against Macclesfield but ho hum.

Just a couple of things to mention; we are looking forward to another fantastic 4VHM, Laura’ team are well ahead with the preparations but still need more volunteers, so when these requests come out, please consider that the club’s success is based upon the hard work of the club pulling together.

In anticipation of a successful event and by way of celebration, Paul Frodsham has agreed to give a talk on the History and humour of the club after the club run on Wednesday 22nd January, it is bound to be great fun. Chip butties will be provided, so if you would like to attend please let Louise and Helen know via HelsbyRCSocial@outlook.com

Cheers Phil

Northwest Sunday League XC – Arrowe Park

Please find the belated results from the cross country race at Arrowe Park on 15th December. Well done to Chris Murray who was first home for the Green Army and Rachel Arnold who was first over the line for the ladies.

53rd Chris Murray
85th Kevin Smith
164th Steve Riley
209th Chris Morgan

38th Rachel Arnold
56th Sue Buck
57th Debbie Read


There were two parkruns last week, there was an extra one on Christmas Day which I can’t seem to find the link for unfortunately. Well done to everyone who took part in one, the consolidated results from the Saturday parkrun is below:


That’s all this week, good luck to everyone who is running at the Cheshire XC tomorrow!

See you soon

Col T