Helsby weekly round-up 27th Feb – 5th March 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. The Borders pretty much dominated our weekend with us hosting a race this season and the Green Army can be proud of staging a fantastic event, kudos to Chris Fitzpatrick and Vanessa for working hard behind the scenes and putting it all together!

Before we get to the racing news please see some reminders below for events and races coming up soon:


Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
9.9km/6.2m 640m/2100ft
Sat 25/03/2017 11:00
Sun Inn, on B5103, Rhewl, nr Llangollen, GR 179448

Sun 26/03/2017 09:30
Cheshire 10K
Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

Also don’t forget this Friday, 10th March (tomorrow)  is our annual presentation evening starting at 7:30pm in the Helsby Community Sports Club Lounge. We have invited representatives from the groups that helped us out at this years Four Villages and at the start of the evening we will be handing out their donation cheques. Then it’s onto supper, our annual running club presentation, with entertainment and disco by our own Chris Igoe.  Plus your first drink courtesy of the running club!  Hope to see you there!

Helsby Vs Felsby

Ok so another big race weekend out of the way. Can only mean one thing, onto the next one. After the success of last years Helsby V Felsby, part 2 will take place very soon. For anyone who does not know about this then its a brilliant laugh, us roadies take on the Felsby crew and vice versa. We nominate a road race which will be our last borders league race on Weds 26th April, in Wrexham, this will be the 1st leg, and the Dinas Bran Fell race on Weds 3rd May will be the second leg, starting at 7.15pm.

All i need is for you to contact me, send me an email fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com or via Facebook, to let me know whether you are a road runner or a fell runner? I will then try and make the teams as fair as possible and work out a points scoring system. Would also be nice to have 2 new captains to rally the troops this year. It was brilliant to see the numbers increased at both races last year, and us roadies need to take the trophy off the Fell runners to restore a bit of pride, and before CBH’s head gets too big.

So who’s in? Stick the dates in your diary, everyone who turns up will be getting points for your team, so don’t just think you have to be fast, the more the merrier.

More details to follow soon.
Cheers Fitzy

10k TT

First up is the belated results from last month’s 10k TT, apologies for the delay. It’s congratulations to Phil Roberts for a superb run to take first home honours and Danielle Ryder for another fantastic run to take the win for the ladies. The last and final one of the season is on 29th March. A reminder will go out nearer the time but please put this date in your diaries, it would be great to get a big turnout for the final one of the season.


1  Phil Roberts  40.42
2  Colin Thompson  42.26
3  Jay Bradley  45.25
4  Roy Gaskill  46.57
5  Danielle Ryder  50.02 (1st lady)
6  Peter Causton  54.20
7  Charlie Roberts  55.38

Borders League No.5 – Manley Mere

Rubbish weather but a fantastic race put on by the Green Army, a big thank you to Chris Fitz and Vanessa for working hard to deliver a fantastic race. Fitzy sent over a few words which are below:

To whoever was involved at todays race, whether it was giving up your time, running or supporting.

Well the weather certainly tried to put a spoiler on todays race but it did not dampen our spirits. Myself, Vanessa & Jackie would like to thank you all for giving up your spare time to help out with our Borders League race. The feedback on social media has been brilliant and plenty of people commented at the end of the race to say how much they enjoyed it. Even race adjudicator David Nalder had this to say.

Congratulations, great race. Nice course. Well organised and marshalled.

Man of many words, but considering the weather that was thrown at us we should all be extremely proud of putting on yet another great event, and it would not have taken place without you, so again, thank you very much.

Just waiting for the results now, but looks like the mens and ladies teams smashed it today.

See you all soon Chris, Vanessa & Jackie

Fitzy was correct, both the men’s team and ladies team smashed it on the day with a 3rd and 2nd team place respectively, with regards to the men’s team position I think that is the best result for a very long time, maybe since the Frodfather days so superb running chaps!

As for the individual performances there are just too many to mention but some stand out results belong to Debbie Read, Alison Halsall and Colin Bishop who all won their age categories. A massive well done everyone, it goes to show what a strong team we have when we get a big turn out!

Thank you to all the volunteers who marshalled on the day and Jane Bish for the fantastic cakes!


Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Cat Cat Rank
16 16   Colin THOMPSON 29:15 SM 12
19 19   Colin BISHOP 29:26 MV55 1
21 21   Chris FITZPATRICK 29:33 SM 13
28 28   Chris COLLINS 29:49 SM 18
35 35   Adam GORDON 30:15 MV40 6
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 30:29 MV40 7
52 52   Ian RUTHERFORD 31:18 MV40 13
53 53   Mark GITTINS 31:23 SM 28
56 56   Jim O’HARA 31:29 SM 30
86 81   Philip TOMKINSON 33:07 SM 44
99 93   Richard HANKINS 33:47 MV45 14
106   8 Jane ASHBROOK 34:06 FV40 2
108   9 Alison HALSALL 34:17 FV45 1
109 100   Chris MURRAY 34:18 SM 48
119   11 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 34:54 FV35 5
120 109   Gareth BOYD 34:54 MV40 23
124 112   James JONES 35:12 MV50 6
126 113   Phillip ROBERTS 35:17 MV40 24
130   14 Joanne LACKING 35:22 FV35 6
140 123   David SMITH 35:36 SM 56
159 139   Jay BRADLEY 36:55 SM 60
161 140   Roy GASKILL 37:05 MV50 9
185 153   Phil GILLARD 38:10 MV55 10
202   40 Debbie READ 39:05 FV55 1
203   41 Danielle RYDER 39:06 SF 8
210 166   Paul CUNNINGHAM 39:33 MV45 30
212   45 Carol SHAW 39:45 FV50 6
216 171   Stephen ROACH 39:53 SM 67
223   48 Janet ROBERTSON 40:09 FV50 7
259 194   Christopher IGOE 42:16 MV50 18
261 195   Stephen WIGGINS 42:24 SM 70
278   77 Leah BINNS 44:09 SF 15
284   80 Michelle HARDWICK 44:57 FV35 18
285   81 Emily SMITH 45:08 FV35 19
293 207   David WIGGINS 46:47 MV55 17



The Green Army was out in force on Saturday at the various parkruns and the ladies were the dominant force! It’s congratulations to Rachael Holden who was first lady home at Phoenix parkun and Janet Robertson was first lady at Ellesmere Port! Well done ladies and well done to everyone else who took part in a parkun.

Consolidated Helsby results below:


That’s all this week. Please let me know if I have missed any results or races. All reports can be sent to the usual email address – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Col T


Helsby RC weekly round-up 6th to 12th Feb 2017

Hello all

A quiet(ish) week for the Green Army, just one report in the inbox. If you raced last week and would like it included in the blog please fire it over to the usual email address: helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Manley Mere…

We are still short on volunteers for our up and coming race on Sunday 5th March,  ideally we could do with another 3-4, if you could oblige then email me please. fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

Also would be great to see as many of the green army racing this one as well, think the record is 40 runners, would be great to smash it, it’s also a lovely course so if you haven’t raced for a while or are there every month, then the more the merrier unless you have kindly volunteered.


Parbold Hill Race

Report by Colin Bishop

My introduction into hill running, I have to say this is a well organised/marshalled race, route well marked out.  A few surprises along the route, styles, and a few hay-bales to hurdle, gates to open, don’t think either of us expected them,  a couple of hills and plenty of mud on a bitterly cold day. Think more mud than most XC’s we have done.Glad the snow and rain held off 😁

With lots of raised eyebrows about my choice of footwear (road shoes) 😱 off I went…..Glad to say I stayed upright and managed a respectable 9th place, with a well deserved 13th Male place for Neil.

Congratulations to both of us in winning our age groups.

Thanks to Mario, Neil’s Dad and Jane for support

Cheers Colin B (AKA Bambi on Mud!!)



Well done to all who tackled a parkrun over the weekend, please find a link to the consolidated Helsby RC results below. Mark Gittins takes the award for furthest parkrun this week – Melbourne!! Can’t get much further than that! Well done mate and superb time too.

Also it’s a huge well done to Debbie Read who had a fantastic run to take first lady honours at Phoenix Park, it was once again a Helsby clean sweep! Ian was also on the podium with an excellent 3rd place after a closely fought battle with Steve Thompson. Well done troops!


That’s all this week, please let me know if I’ve missed any races or results.


Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th Jan 2017

Hello all

Welcome to this weeks round-up. Thank you for all the reports this week, remember if you do a race and want to fire over a report please send to helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Before the news please read a quick message from Fitzy regarding the Borders race at Manley Mere…

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with some marshalling duties on Sunday 5th March for our forthcoming Borders League race, we are especially keen to get 1 or 2 first aiders out on the course if at all possible. Can you let us know if you can help out, please email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com.

10k TT

Last Wednesday evening saw 14 runners lining up on the Greenway for the 10k time trial. A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold (the Greenway was like an ice rink!) Nice to see some new faces too.

First back was a tie between myself and Danny Ryder, first lady back was Laura BH with another fantastic run. Phil Tomkinson also broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time which shows how much he has improved and is a testament to his hard training, more to come from Phil this year I’m sure. Well done to everyone else!

Special thanks to our volunteers this week who were Louise (RD), Mario and Joe (results and timing), Tim Palmer (tail runner) and Richard Hankins (Marshall).


1  Danny Ryder  39.08
1  Colin Thompson  39.08
3  Phil Tomkinson  39.51
4  Daz O’Connor  40.46
5  George Highley  40.45
6  Davyd Michell  42.46
7  Laura Baynham-Hughes  44.01 (1st lady)
8  Jay Bradley  45.15
9  Danielle Ryder  46.02
10  Roy Gaskill  46.18
11  Ben Williams  48.33
12  Geoff Collins  51.45
13  Lesley Feakes  54.52
14  Dave Feakes  54.52

Northern XC Champs – Knowsley Safari Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Seeing i had the privilege to run around the muddiest of courses at Birchwood a few weeks back and got a bit of stick because i said mud a lot, thought i’d send in a quick report about the Northern XC Champs on Saturday, which was 100% the worst mud i have ever seen. Over the 12k course there was honestly not one bit of grass you could run on, and after the first lap i felt awful and had such heavy legs from trudging through “the mud” that i really just wanted to give up and go home. By the time i got to the 3rd lap i had to pause for a minute whilst i was a little bit ill on the side lines. What would have been a really good course to run became a mud bath, it was 12k of wading through and trying your best not to fall over.

Myself, Steve, Degsy and Davyd were the male representatives whilst Jane, Rachel and Lesley did the same course but 2 laps for the ladies 8k race. Knowsley safari park was a great location to race at, just a pity “the mud” for me spoiled it a little, yes i know it was a XC race and you expect mud.

Full results below


Tarren Hendre Fell Race

Report by Jim Jones

Three of us made the 4 hour round trip to Abergynolwyn Village in Gwynedd for the Tarren Hendre fell race. It was well worth the trip though for a tough but well hosted race by Meirionnydd Running Club. Nearly all the 2000ft of climb was in the first 3 of the 6 miles! As we descended from the clouds, the latter 3 miles was either boggy moorland or mud up to the knees as you descended through woodlands – great fun!. This was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association’s North Wales Series. Jim O’Hara was first back for Helsby in 25th place (he did have difficulty finding his way back to the car though!), followed by Phil Roberts 47th and then me, Jim Jones 75th.

Full results here: http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/results/tarrenhendreresult2017.html#

Marmot Dark Mountains

Report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

Arriving at Dark mountains this year was rather strange. This is one of my favourite events as it is just so tough. The idea is to have a full mountain marathon in one night rather than two days. It’s in winter so the weather has been bonkers every year and that’s what was so strange. It was mild and my default winter waterproof was ditched in favour of an ultra-lightweight affair. What could go wrong?

href=”https://helsbyrunningclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/wp_20170129_09_37_39_pro.jpg”>wp_20170129_09_37_39_proMax and I got off to a good start. Nailed check point 1, max retrieved me from an error (which I still can’t fathom) and back on track to CP2. Then the trouble began. Navigating at night is difficult at the best of times, but when there is a freezing mist around you reducing your visibility to 3-5 metres it’s just insanely hard. We for CP2 we were just 7 metres away from a 2.5m high cairn and we couldn’t see it, we turned and ran the other way. As always our Macro navigation was fine, but our micro just let us down.

It was really cold with sustained periods of hands fully numb to the wrists and feet to the ankles (I was running in a very warm long sleeve base layer, warm Windstopper top, primaloft jumper and waterproof jacket, full windstopper legs, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture.) We had a relatively light blizzard for most of the night, snow covered frozen peat hags and groughs underfoot, long bearing based navigation over a featureless landscape in thick clag. It’s to this end that we picked up the final 4 check points in the light of the next day, finishing in 4th overall… out of 4 finishers (everyone else gave up and the winner of our class is a GB team orienteer).

Fantastic night out, deeply frustrating but strangely rewarding. I love that the running club has introduced me to Max; we never gave up, never got angry with each other, cut from the same cloth. Can’t wait to take on the Dragon’s Back with the big man in May.

WRC 5 mile trail race

A big well done to our top vet Colin Bishop on an excellent victory at the WRC winter 5 mile trail race on Saturday. Quote from Col off Facebook: “Winter WRC trail race. Came first. Really pleased” He’s a man of few words but he lets his running do the talking!

Colin’s time was 29.43 which is a fantastic time for a trail race and he beat all the young whipper snappers too! More to come this year I’m sure Bish!


Phoenix parkrun

Report by Colin Thompson

Phoenix park is a little gem in the heart of Runcorn, built on the site of the old Norton Priory high school it has a skatepark, cafe, climbing boulder, childrens play area and a small reservoir. When I heard a parkrun was starting there I was very keen to try it out as it’s very local to us Runcorn members.

Myself and a few others from the club attended the trial run last week and it quickly became evident that it was going to be one of the more challenging parkruns. 2.5 laps and 3 times up a steep hill to the high point of the park, tight turns and muddy canal tow path, it wasn’t going to be a PB course that’s for sure!

The inaugural race arrived on Saturday and I ventured down, on arrival I was greeted by Jo Lacking, Phil Tomkinson, Mike Williams, Roy Gaskill and Fitzy (marshalling). The weather was awful, the course, as I expected, was quite challenging – hills, slippy mud and tight turns made it a tough and technical little course. It was thoroughly enjoyable though and a lovely little park with nice views and a fantastic team of marshalls. I’ll certainly be back for more and to help out with the marshalling in future.

Big thanks to Grant and his team for getting this up and running and all the marshalls who stood there and cheered us on in horrible wet weather. Myself and Jo Lacking were first male and female runners home making it a Green Army clean sweep! 201 runners in total toed the line which i was made up to see for the first run. Hopefully will see a few more of you there this year to support this event 🙂

Please find a link to the consolidated results from all the parkruns on Saturday. Well done to everyone else who raced!


That’s all this week folks. Please let me know if any results are missing and I’ll update the blog.

Col T

Helsby RC Xmas round-up 2016

Hello all

Welcome to the Xmas round-up, plenty of green vests were out in action, thank you for all the reports this week. Before we get to the news there are just a couple of reminders below.


If anybody would like to run in the northern XC race at Knowsley safari park on Saturday 28th January 2017 Please can you let me know by Tuesday 10th Jan either on the Facebook post or send an email to mooeyf@hotmail.com.

Women’s 8k race is 2.15 pm Men’s 12k race is 3.05 pm


Norton Intervals

To compliment Joe & Mario’s Monday night track session, myself and Roy have started to do intervals at the Norton run on Thursday evenings. They consist of 1 mile and 1k reps, tempo runs and speed drills. Come on down if you want to get some extra speed into those legs. We train on the Astmoor Industrial estate in Runcorn which is flat and traffic free. Sessions are on every Thursday at 6.30pm, all abilities welcome. Start is outside Bilfingers at the end of Tudor Road WA7 1BD. 

Tour De Llyn Lladaw

Report by Jim Jones

I started my fell running for 2017 with a run around Llyn Llydaw reservoir on New Year’s morning. Weather was pretty foul as I set off in wind rain and hail. Typically of Snowdonia weather, it did change for the better as I came off the Miner’s Track to do a clockwise circuit of Llyn Llydaw. Running around the steep banks of Llydaw was pretty tricky in places with the footing mostly boggy or slippery rocks. I took a couple of tumbles while taking in the stunning views of snow topped Crib Goch and Y Liwedd. Chip timing and staggered starts means you are just racing against the clock in this race – not that I was taking it seriously. For me its a chance to be out in the mountains knowing I’ve got a good support team – and it was very well organised and supported for just £3! The route is between 5 and 6 miles with about 600ft of climb. I haven’t seen any results yet but they should appear at: http://www.gorphwysfa.org/races.htm

Jubilee Plunge

Report by Jim Jones

Tuesday 27th December was a cold but clear day as Phil Gillard and I were among 81 fell runners gathered on top of Moel Famau for the 2 mile mad descent to the Golden Lion pub in Llangynhafal. There is no prescribed route, but options are pretty limited in such a short race. Phil and I looked at the limited route choices on our way up. It’s familiar ground to anyone who has done the Green Grass of Home or Llangynhafal Loop races. After setting off in a broad line behind a way-marker the terrain soon dictated what was most likely to be the finishing order as most slotted into single file before taking a steep ‘off piste’ descent to a single tracked road. I’d found myself running just behind Phil, and that’s probably how it would have finished – if he had seen the small drainage ditch along the roadside! I did pause to check he could pick himself up off the road, but not long enough for him to catch me up again. Great fun on a bank holiday, and just £1 to enter!

The first runner home was Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners in 11:11, followed by Jez Brown of Buckley in 11:23. Finishing for Helsby: Jim Jones, 40th, 15:43 and Phil Gillard, 43rd, 15:55.

Full results and some more pictures at: http://www.denbighharriers.com/news/

Chester Round the Walls

Report by Neil Finegan

An unusual race for the cold Boxing day morning,  with 495 runners assembled at the racecourse in Chester in a sold out event running for its 45th time.

What made it unusual was that it was a course with so many twists,turns, steps and pedestrians that you couldn’t really pick up any speed or get into a rhythm. Instead you could just enjoy the scenic route and atmosphere without the pressure of it being an all out sprint.  And lets face it, on boxing day most of us aren’t really up to a all out sprint around Chester. From the start on the racecourse we went out onto the narrow  canal towpaths before heading onto the Chester walls themselves at the cathedral.  From there it was through the clock tower,  dodging tourists (who were very supportive) and round to the river Dee.  Here the course opened out a little with wider and straight paths – so there was a chance for the last third of the 6.5 km course to stretch the legs and an opportunity finally to overtake without risking your neck!

It was a great way to burn off the excess of Christmas – a nice friendly atmosphere and to top it all as a momento you received a nice mug with a map of the course on it,filled with hot chocolate.  It is a unique race – and it was easy to see why it sold out.

First back for Helsby was Colin Bishop in 7th and winning his category,  followed by myself (15th) ,  Richard Hankins (44th who stormed out of the blocks),  Tim Palmer (60th) , Chris Morgan (263), Ste Wiggins (268) and Dave Wiggins (302)

Full results are here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Results/Essar-Round-The-Walls# 



Plenty of green at the parkruns over the festive season, it looks like we had one on Xmas day, NYE and NYD! It’s fantastic to have these options available to us and it’s testament to the tenacious effort of the volunteers who turn up and put on a fantastic run for us in rain wind or shine. Well done to everyone who managed to get to one. We also have a report from our top vet Colin Bishop. Over to Col…

“Just thought would let you know about Keswick parkrun, they were one of the parkruns that organised an extra run on NY day, what a lovely course, fairly flat for Keswick along the old railway line,

as usual with parkrun’s friendly welcoming group

4th position not too bad for a bitterly cold morning run

would recommend this one should anyone be up that neck of the lakes

Cheers Colin

P.S. good turnout for Helsby at Chester run the walls on Boxing Day – commemorative mug for all the finishers made a nice change”

Helsby consolidated results can be found here:


That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please fire them over to the usual email address and I’ll update the blog – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Col T

Helsby RC Xmas Handicap Results

Xmas Handicap

Only 19 runners on Wednesday night at our annual Xmas Handicap with quite a few more turning up afterwards some laden with cooking pots). Nevertheless it was a most enjoyable run & evening with hot soup just which just hits the spot and gives a festive feel!  Thanks to those who time keeped, Louise, Jo, Helen, Kathryn & Andy & Joe & Mario at the turnaround point, Dave & Lesley for organising the supper & all those who made a delicious variety of soups.

Well done to handicap race winner John who did the double by winning this years summer handicap too. Fastest time was Colin in a tad under 19 mins. From my perspective it was amazing being in a race being overtaken by fast runners and crossing the finishing line within sight of Colin!!  Over half the field came in within a minute so the handicaps based on the last 3 Border League results or power of 10 parkrun/5K times were not too far out!

A Happy Xmas & New Year to you all and here’s to some good running & races in 2017.


Name Position Handicap  Handicap Actual
Time   Time
John Gallon 1 32:18 00:00 32:18
Kate Mann 2 32:31 00:06 32:25
Davyd Mitchell 3 33:54 12:00 21:54
Ben Williams 4 34:08 10:00 24:08
Phil Tomkinson 5 34:16 14:00 20:16
Steve Wiggins 6 34:21 07:30 26:51
Tim Palmer 7 34:27 11:30 22:57
Phil Gillard 8 34:30 10:00 24:30
Mark Gittins 9 34:42 14:30 20:12
Richard Hankins 10 34:47 13:00 21:47
Roy Gaskill 11 34:50 11:00 23:50
Colin Thompson 12 34:58 16:00 18:58
Geoff Collins 13 35:13 08:30 26:43
Jackie Keasley 14 35:58 00:05 35:53
Jenny Illidge 15 36:52 12:00 24:52
Charlie Ashbrook 16 36:57 07:30 29:27
Jane Ashbrook 17 36:59 07:30 29:29
Chris Igoe 18 37:23 08:00 29:23
Janet Robinson 19 38:13 08:00 30:13

Helsby weekly round-up 28th Nov -4th Dec 2016

Hello all

A busy weekend of racing but before we get to the news please some reminders from Jackie below for some events and races coming up soon

Wednesday 7th Dec Club talk by our own Gareth Boyd  entitled Where’s the bike Son? 200 miles on the Trans_Pennine Trail!  On his completion of this Summer’s mammoth UK coast to coast Ultra.  In the Helsby Community Sports Club bar, following on from our training run, at 8:30pm, with a free supper. So we order the right number please let Lesley & Dave know you are coming davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Helsby RC Xmas night out – Saturday 10th December, meeting at Helter Skelter at 7.30pm, Christmas jumpers a must!!

Sat 10th December – 3rd Liverpool & District XC Club Counter – Beacon Park

Sat 10th December – Helsby Community Sports Club Xmas Party with a meal & band.

10th & 11th December – Four Villages Residents Letter Drop – We have leaflets to give out along the route advising of the road closures. Laura has a team for this but would always welcome more help.  Laura@baynham-Hughes.com. Entries are building up slower than normal this year and we could do with advertising our race as much as possible. We have some fliers to give out which are on the front desk at the Sports Club or available from Laura. If you can distribute them at races you go to, work, sport, leisure centres, clubs, community centres, shops etc it would all help reach our limit.

Sun 18th December – 4th Sunday League XC Club Counter – Arrow Park

Wed 21st Dec – Xmas Handicap followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.  Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with staggered starts. Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up. I’m currently compiling the handicaps and plan to use your latest Border League Results, if you’ve not run one then firstly why (!?!?) & secondly please let me have your latest 5K/10K times. jackiekeasley@btinternet.com

Xmas Day –  Delamere Park Run 9 am (TBC) , to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!

Boxing Day – Goshawk Run 12:00 pm, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run. This run was instituted by John Claire, our club chair for many years race. Sadly John passed away this year but I am sure folks will turn up as always  to run  in his memory. It’s also the Race the Walls in Chester, 10:30am, but you probably need to pre-enter https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Round-The-Walls

Sat 31st Dec – Four Villages Course Reccie.  It has been suggested we meet at the club at 10:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. Splitting into paced groups of 1.30, 1.45 & 2hr times approx. Colin will co-ordinate and if you would like to volunteer to pace a group please let him know col808@hotmail.com

Sat 7th Jan – Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Birchwood. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.   But please don’t be put off; it’s a great team day out for all levels of runners. You must be born in Cheshire or have resided here for last 9 months. Pre-entry so if you wish to run please let Paul Foster know before Xmas,   mooeyf@hotmail.com

Sat 14th Jan – Four Villages Set up Morning, very important so  please come along and help set up this year’s race. Many hands make light work and it’s great fun too seeing what lies behind organising such a large race. More info from Laura in the New Year.

Sat 15th Jan – Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 10:30am.. Whether you run or help on the day let’s hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by race director Laura & the whole of Helsby Running Club. If you can marshal or help on the day and have not already said please let Dave Feakes know davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com or Laura.   Laura@baynham-Hughes.com

New Thursday Night Speed Training at Runcorn – Colin & Roy are now running speed sessions from Tudor Road Runcorn, 6:30pm, WA7 1SX each Thursday. Rotating through each month, the sessions will include 4 x 1 mile repeats, 5 mile run (options are fartleks, tempo runs etc), 6 x 1k repeats, pyramid session, 5 mile run. For more information contact Roy Gaskill & Colin on facebook or col808@hotmail.com .

Hope to see you out and about running on the run up to Xmas and into 2017. A Happy Xmas and an enjoyable New Year to you all.

Your chair

Now to the news, thank you very much for all the reports this week it makes our job so much easier. Remember all future reports should be sent to the usual email address which is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com

First up is an excellent report from our BL Co-ordinator Fitzy…

Borders League Race No. 3 – Birkenhead Park

Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

“This Sunday seen 21 of us take a trip over to Birkenhead for Race 3 in the Borders League Season. A lot of clashes with the Cross Country and Fell Counters meant a lower than normal turn out but there was still enough of us to make sure we didn’t get any penalty points. 


Neil & Ian battle it out!

A nice cold winters morning greeted us for what is  if you ask me one of the more boring races of the season, 4 laps of the park, a truly inspiring run, so even more made up we got the numbers that we did on the day. Some great individual performances, seeing Colin Thompson come home 17th, followed by myself and Neil Finnegan making up the top 3, but my man of the match performance for the men was Ian Rutherford, who pushed Neil all the way to the line, so much so he made him sick! Top running by Ian who is just getting stronger and stronger each week. Us men finished 6th of the day, but still remain in 5th just out of the relegation places. Also glad to see Ian Hamling didn’t get too hurt with the little cut he had on his hand from a fall, he’s a brave lad isn’t he.

The ladies ran incredibly well coming in 3rd on the day which means they are probably only 1 more race away from dragging themselves back from the foot of the table and slowly climbing back up to where they belong near the top. Laura BH, Alison Halsall and Flo Jo all pushing each other really hard to finish 1,2,3 for the ladies. 


Race 4 will see us go to Deeside on Sunday 22nd Jan, it’s a week after the 4VHM so another good turn out would be appreciated, and hopefully we will get it. 

Thanks again to the continued support of Mario and Joe, and also Louise with her mince pies.”

Helsby results:

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
17 17   Colin THOMPSON 30:41 SM 11 Helsby RC
26 26   Chris FITZPATRICK 31:37 SM 18 Helsby RC
39 39   Neil FINEGAN 32:18 MV40 7 Helsby RC
40 40   Ian RUTHERFORD 32:21 MV40 8 Helsby RC
46 46   Adam GORDON 32:43 MV40 11 Helsby RC
78 76   Philip TOMKINSON 33:50 SM 35 Helsby RC
88 85   Mark GITTINS 34:06 SM 41 Helsby RC
143   13 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 36:32 FV35 5 Helsby RC
146 132   Ian HAMLING 36:38 SM 58 Helsby RC
153   15 Alison HALSALL 36:55 FV45 1 Helsby RC
155   16 Joanne LACKING 36:58 FV35 7 Helsby RC
164 146   James JONES 37:24 MV50 14 Helsby RC
168 150   Davyd MICHELL 37:29 SM 63 Helsby RC
176   21 Jane ASHBROOK 37:51 FV40 5 Helsby RC
209 180   Roy GASKILL 39:10 MV50 20 Helsby RC
239   43 Christina ROACH 40:45 FV55 1 Helsby RC
242 199   Stephen ROACH 40:56 SM 72 Helsby RC
243 200   Benjamin WILLIAMS 40:57 SM 73 Helsby RC
244 201   Michael WILLIAMS 40:59 SM 74 Helsby RC
273 218   Geoff COLLINS 42:42 MV60 15 Helsby RC
326   89 Emily SMITH 48:00 FV35 17 Helsby RC

A big well done to Alison Halsall and Christina Roach for a win in their respective age categories! Great stuff ladies 🙂

Full results here:


NWSLXC – Otterspool

Report by Chris Murray

“Having missed out on the previous two XC fixtures I was determined to get to Otterspool for the 11am start of the 3rd Sunday league race come Hell or high water/Santa dash. With 2 other club meets on the same day there was still a modest turn out of 9 Helsby faces. The race itself was 3 laps of the field and woods with a few “hills” and mud thrown in for good measure; a varied and fun course. The only negative that could be said about the route was that there were a few bottle neck sections where you could get held up but a bit of friendly shoving and elbowing seen you through without to much lost time. All in all a great race and a great performance by the Green Army contingent.”

Helsby Men
13 Colin Bishop
75 Chris Murray
91 Gareth Boyd
96 Darren O’Connor
126 Stephen Riley
151 John Whitehead
167 Paul Foster

Helsby Ladies
37 Suzanne Fletcher
38 Rachel Arnold

Men’s team 11th overall
Ladies team 15th overall

Cardington Cracker

Report by Sue Buck

“What a cracking race it was too. A beautiful, winter’s day saw 5 of the Fellsby contingent make their way south down to the small village of Cardington in Shropshire. The race is run over 4 hills of varying gradients, from the steep, nearly hands and knees climb up the Lawley, to the last gentle ascent over the Wilderness. I had done this race in 2013 and remembered really enjoying it. What I hadn’t remembered was that it is actually quite tough, covering 9 miles and 2600ft of ascent. 

The race starts in a field, with a sprint to a gate, and then meanders over to the Lawley. Having climbed the Lawley, we were treated to a frosty ridge run, with fantastic views over the Shropshire countryside, followed by a fast, grassy descent.

I found the ascent up Caer Caradoc particularly tricky this time as it was steep, relentless and slippery in places. It was worthwhile though as at the top, we were once again treated to a ridge run, with fantastic views, before the steep descent to the stream. 

A bit of flat running took us to the start of the 3rd ascent, starting on the side Helmeth Hill, past the Gaerstone Rock and then finishing with the checkpoint on Willstone Hill. At this point, I took the opportunity to take in where I’d been as you could see the whole course.

The descent off Willstone Hill was very steep and very slippery. Someone mentioned that in races gone by, people had used bin liners to slide down some of these hills and to be honest, a bin liner descent would have suited me better!! 

The last sting in the tail is the gentle ascent over the Wilderness, before the dropping down over the fields to the finish. I had a good race, knocking 4 minutes off my previous time. 

Great running everyone, but a particular shout out to Tim, who’d knocked 9 minutes off his previous time in 2014.”

Helsby results:

Pos   Time Name

19  1:26:58 O’HARA, Jim
48  1:33:33 FLETCHER, Ben
97    1:42:49 ROBERTS, Phillip
100  1:43:11 PALMER, Tim
231  2:19:43 BUCK, Sue

251 finishers, last finisher 2:51:44.

Full results: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0ZWxmb3JkYXRobGV0aWNjbHVifGd4OjZhYWY3MzIyZmQ5MjU4YTI

Thanks to Andy for standing out in the cold taking pictures!



Stockport 10

Report by Debbie Read

“Sunday 4th December – so many races, so much choice! Feeling somewhat guilty for not doing a club race I entered one of my favourite races the Stockport 10 – a hilly (I like hills), 10 mile (I like 10 miles) mainly Tarmac (not my favourite) with a mile or so of trail (Yey)
Standing on the start line in perfect running conditions David and I wished each other well and we set off around the athletic track alongside 1500 runners, David leaving me in his wake. After leaving the track, we ran through the park for a mile or so then hit the pavements, roads, housing estates, farm tracks and trails of Stockport and after a final long hill at mile 8-9 re-entered the park and did a lap of the track to finish.
A well organised race with lots of marshals – would recommend it.

p.s. In the clubhouse after the race I was talking to a Stockport runner next to me – I was wearing my Green Army Hoody and he told he’s entered the 4 villages. We compared our race times and he told me he did 50:03 ( looking at the results he was only the winner!) 5 minute miles, could we be on for a new course record?”

468th Debbie Read 1.21.52 (3rd in age cat)

Ed: Debbie is too modest to mention she got 3rd in her age group. Well done Debbie, great result in such a large field of runners! Not sure what happened to Dave, his result comes up as DNF, is that Drunk and never finished? 😉


Please see the consolidated results from the Saturday parkruns. Well done to all who took part.


That’s all this week, thanks again for all the fab reports. Anything missing please let me know.

Col T

10k TT results 30-11-16

Hi all

Thank you to everyone who turned up to support the 10k TT on Weds evening, we had 14 runners lining up at the Greenway on a cool crisp evening, an evening that saw 2 brand new course records! It’s congratulations to new member Danny Ryder who, on only his second visit to the club, smashed the club record with a brilliant 37.07! Well done Danny, a lot more to come from you I’m sure. Laura B-H had an excellent run to steal Jo’s crown and lower the ladies record to 43.25, well done Laura and well done to everyone else, it was great to see some fantastic running from the troops.

Also a big thank you to the 10k TT team who are Louise Spruce (RD), Joe & Mario (timing/results), Chris Fitzpatrick (marshall) and Davyd Michell (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys.

Next one to put into your diaries is Weds 28th December, hope to see you all there again.

Full results here: 10k-tt-30-11-16-v2

Col T

Helsby weekly round-up 7th – 13th Nov 2016

Hello all

Before the news please see some reminders from Paul Foster and Jackie below:

L&D Cross Country

The next Liverpool and district XC on Sat 26th November Sefton Park Liverpool at 2pm is a pre entry event.

All names have to be submitted a week on Wednesday 16th November so if anybody would like to run please send me your name and date of birth to:


So please don’t forget to email me with your details..

To all new runners this is still a free event for every Helsby runners as long as you are first claim and wear your Helsby vest..

Thanks Paul..

A week Weds its the start of our Autumn talk season. Please come along and support these events.  They follow on from our club training runs on a Wednesday in our Helsby Community Sports Club bar, starting as soon as we have recovered, bought drinks and had a bite to eat, at about 8:30. The club will provide food  to help recovery and sustain us (chip butty season is upon us with the cold nights!). To help with the food order please let Lesley know by the day before if you are coming along davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

Wed 23rd Nov Chris Baynham-Hughes on his amazing achievement of completing this summer’s Ultra Trail De Mont Blanc.   Plus our club place London Marathon Draw.

Warrington Way 40

Congratulations to all our members who tackled the Warrington Way Ultra at the weekend, some details below and a report from Ian Rutherford (who found the time to run a hard track session the next day – machine!!)

“Run forty miles around the outskirts of Warrington in November they said.  It’d be fun they said.

Do you know what?  It was.

This event gets a bit of stick it seems and for sure it’s not Chamonix but apart from a couple of busy roads and the occasional logistics depot 😉 it’s a surprisingly rural course encompassing Trans Pennine Way, numerous canal & nature reserve trails, country lanes and maybe a few too many muddy farmers fields.  It’s starts and ends in lovely Lymm town centre and it was really good to see such large numbers supporting the race.

fb_img_1479289425801_resizedThe weather forecast for the duration of the event was improving as the week beforehand progressed but it was all to obvious that a significant deluge of rain had already fell in the week and continued to do so right up until kick off on this damp, dark and lets be honest miserable early Saturday morning.

With waterproofs on we assembled on the start line and at 7.30am prompt the hooter went to signify the off.  Wiggo led the Greenarmy cry and off we went.  My own strategy was to go easy and just try and find a decent group to hang with; especially one with good nav knowledge.  I couldn’t have executed this plan any better as the runners started to thin out with the very differing paces I latched on to a small group of three others at around the 5 mile mark.  Running at around 8’30 mile pace this was an ideal group.  Chatting with the guys it became clear these were a group of Lymm Runners and one of them Steve Davis (no not that one) had ran the course many many times as he had actually co-helped design the course route alongside the Race Director (which was nice).  So I knew as long as I could hold on I wouldn’t get lost which was my primary concern.  A real fleeting visit to the first checkpoint, not even time to take off my waterproof jacket and on we went. Approx 1h’27 for the first ten miles; everything feeling good and feet only slightly damp, spirits were high!  Next 10 miles in to checkpoint 2 was 1h’29 so fairly consistent.  A slightly longer stop allowing a quick refreshment and on the move again, this time heading towards an area I know well around Hatton where checkpoint 3 was. Our group of four had become a group of 2 as the others had dropped off the pace, the human sat-nav Steve and myself.  We hovered up Dean Allison at around 24 miles from North Wales Road Runners and this was to be a three that finished together.

fb_img_14792895595801h’39 for this next 10-mile split, so it was clear we were tiring and whilst you could never describe this course as remotely hilly (just under 1000ft for the whole 40 miles); the little elevation there was, was mainly in this stage.  A brief stop again; and nice to see my young lad here with some drink changes and we were off again.  This final stage was the most difficult terrain wise; predominantly across farmland that was waterlogged and churned up under very heavy and tired legs.  1’h43 for this leg.  We were well cheered home in Lymm town centre and the three of us joined hands as we ran across the finish line together in joint 14th position and a total time of 6h’18 mins.

I was mightily pleased with this run and thought I’d ran it as well as I could have hoped.  I would have definitely struggled with navigation if needed and feel good that over a forty-mile race not one person overtook me after the start and had managed to gradually climb up the places the entire way.

Of course I wasn’t the only green vest on the grid; 4 others all took on the challenge.

Jim Jones 61st in 7h’37

Andy Robinson 65th in 7h’41

Dave Madders & Steve Wiggins coming home together in 9h’10 in joint 97th.

Dave let me know afterwards that although he enjoyed it said it was much harder than the L2M 50; this gives a good idea on how tough the conditions were on the day.

Organisation of this event was faultless and Lymm Runners should be rightly proud of this event.”

Arley 10k

One of the fastest 10k’s in the racing calendar saw 5 green vests running around the beautiful Arley Hall on Saturday. Emma Barnes has sent in a report for this race, Thank Em and congrats on the PB!

“I ran the Arley 10k on Saturday.
A lovely rural route around the lanes of Antrobus.
The weather was grim!!
The start was delayed by 10 minutes!
No green army shouts I’m afraid, as the race got underway. (Sorry Chris)!
I set off well and managed to keep a reasonable pace around the picturesque route. There was not much support out on course……not surprising really.
By the time I had finished I looked like I had completed a cross country!!! My poor new road shoes!

Finish time of 56:42 – PB!!”

A few other green vests were also in the results, well done to all who took part. Not sure if anyone else secured a PB but please let me know if you did and I’ll update the blog.

Pos Net Pos Name Race No Time Chip Time Category Gender Gender Pos Club
368 341 RHEA THOMAS 1547 00:47:38 00:45:57 Female Female 42 HELSBY RC
405 417 JAMIE KONG 880 00:48:41 00:47:36 Male Male 356 HELSBY RC
844 797 DAVID WIGGINS 1690 00:58:21 00:54:47 V55 Male 618 HELSBY RC
853 895 EMMA BARNES 93 00:58:29 00:56:41 V40 Female 233 HELSBY RC
1160 1184 GILLIAN FITZPATRICK 526 01:05:40 01:03:19 V35 Female 434 HELSBY RC

Full results here http://www.cheshire10k.com/cheshire-10k-results-12th-november-2016/

Sunday League XC – Beacon Park

We could not have asked for a nicer day to run with great views from Beacon Hill in Skelmersdale, a light wind and no rain. Still muddy as hell though, but that’s the way we like it! The course encompasses two laps of undulating terrain and plenty of mud, a few slips and falls along the way saw some battle scars!

The ladies had a great day at the office with some excellent individual performances which saw them 4th overall in the table. Laura B-H led the way and showed her strength on the hills to secure a superb top ten finish. Jenny Illidge was in her element with all the puddles to jump in but still found the time to put in a great performance to secure a top 30 finish and 6 of our ladies all featured in the top 50. Well done, fantastic running all!

The men’s team had their best run for quite some time, Colin Bishop showing his class once again to storm around for 13th place but man of the match has to go to Neil Finegan who still isn’t 100% fit through injury but came through the field like a train to take 14th place, just a few seconds behind the mighty Bish! 3 runners featured in the top 20 and with many other fantastic individual performances the men secured 4th team overall. Probably our best position in the league for quite some time. Let’s keep it up chaps!

Thank you to Mario and Jane Bishop for their support on the day, Jane also provided some delicious cakes!

Mens Results

13th      Colin Bishop
14th      Neil Finegan
16th      Colin Thompson
41st      Chris Fitzpatrick
62nd    Chris Baynham Hughes
77nd    Gareth Boyd
89th      Phil Roberts
146th    Steve Riley
151st    Mike Williams
189th    Paul Foster

Ladies Results

8th        Laura Baynham Hughes
24th      Jenny Illidge
31st      Janet Robertson
42nd      Rachel Arnold
44th      Debbie Read
49th      Susan Fletcher
76th      Susan Buck

Lots more photos of the day are available here courtesy of Andy Smith

Full results can be found on www.stevesaunders.co.uk

The next Sunday League is at Walton Hall Park on Sunday 4th December but please note we have a clash with a borders league on this day. Which ever race you choose it will be great to see lots of support at both so let’s get a big turn out folks!

Athens Marathon

Tanya Downes travelled to Athens to take part in the original marathon, a report will be on the way soon for this but in the mean time be sure to congratulate Tanya on an excellent run and we look forward to reading all about it.


A bit quiet at the parkruns, it must have been all those pesky races over the weekend! We still had a small number showing at Widnes & Delamere and a new PB for Geoff Collins at Chester! Well done all.


That’s all this week. If have have missed anything please let me know. Remember our email address is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com if you want to send us any race reports to include in the blog.

Col T

10k TT 02-11-16

A big thank you to everyone who turned up for the 10k time trial last night at the new Greenway course, we had 12 runners toeing the line ready to do battle. A fabulous run from Chris Fitzpatrick saw him storm around in 37.47 for the win and a good 3 minutes ahead of anyone else! Jo Lacking had a great run to take the win for the ladies, Chris and Jo both now hold the course records. Well done to everybody else, it was great to see some new faces on the night too (as well as the old faces!). Feedback was generally good for the new course so we will stick to the Greenway for the foreseeable future but if you have any comments about how we can improve the run please drop me a message or see me at club.

Special thanks to the 10k team – Louise Spruce (race director), Joe (timing), Mario (results), Leslie Feakes (tail runner). It wouldn’t be possible without you guys! Also thanks to Meadow Lea Farm Café for use of their car park 🙂

Full results in the link below:


The next one will be on Weds 30th November so put it in your diaries folks!


Helsby RC weekly round-up 24th – 30th Oct 2016

Hi everyone

Firstly apologies for the delay this week, been waiting on a couple of reports. This week we had 2 marathons, an XC a 10k and a hellraiser! All will become clear on that last one with Debbie Reads fab report!

Before we get to the news Fitzy and Vanessa have asked me to send out the info for this Sundays Borders League in Chester (nice and local for us lot!). All the information can be found in the PDF link below. We need a good turn out for this folks so if you can spare an hour or two on Sunday morning to support the club it would be much appreciated. For info we need 10 men and 4 ladies for a complete team. Please be aware that the start time for this one is 10am.


Lausanne Marathon Weekend (10k option)

It’s great to see Richard Hankins running so well at the Lausanne 10k. Richard is a fairly new member but is already showing big improvements in his race times since joining the club. His report can be found below, thanks Richard.

“This is an fantastic weekend of running that the whole family can enjoy: on the Saturday there are children’s races of ten different distances and age groups. My children and niece and nephew all took part in these. They are well organised and enclosed within the park so very safe and family friendly. There are also walking events of various distances and styles (Nordic, speed, leisurely). The Sunday is the serious business with a beautiful marathon that mostly follows Lake Geneva and a half marathon on a one way route from Vevey to Lausanne. My brother and I, however, did the 10K. A fast but undulating route starting in the City by the main park, heading out of town on wide closed roads into the Swiss countryside before circling back through the cobbled streets of a small village and finishing on the banks of Lake Geneva at Ouchy. The quality of the runners was breathtaking with the first man (Bernard Matheka)coming in at 28.18 and the first woman (Delia Sclabas) at 34.16.  A fast and flowing course I came in 44th out of 625 vet 40s at 39:42 (a PB and first sub 40 10K). My brother came in just behind me at 79th vet 40 at 42:23. For those who fancy a European escapade this event is well worth the cost and hassle.”

Halloween Hellraiser

This event looked like a cracker and the feedback is always excellent, entry fee is a bargain too! Maybe one to consider as a club counter next year perhaps? Debbie Read has sent in the following report, thanks Debbie.

“On an appropriate drizzly Sunday morning Suzanne and Debbie took part in South Cheshire Harriers’ 10 mile multi terrain race – Halloween Hellraiser in Nantwich. It was a lovely event, enjoyed by them both – very well organised with lots of encouraging marshals. Excellent club facilities with showers, hot food and drinks available. All runners got a goody bag which had a towel and a bottle of beer. Suzanne’s husband Ben cycled out and did a wonderful impression of Joe and Mario popping out and about on the course with much appreciated encouragement. Fancy dress was optional and Suzanne found herself being chased by the Grim Reaper!”

Dublin Marathon

fb_img_1478178364044A report should appear for this soon and I will update the blog accordingly but in the meantime it’s a massive well done to the ladies who took part in the Dublin marathon on Sunday – Donna Geer, Jenny O’Hare, Louise McEveley and Nesta Hawker, some of them in their first ever marathon! Jo Farwell went over to support also. Can’t wait to read the report for what looked like a fantastic weekend.



Snowdonia Marathon

Jim Jones just can’t stay away from the long hilly stuff and found himself toeing the line at the Snowdonia Marathon with 3 other green vests. Advertised as the “toughest marathon in the racing calendar” it isn’t for the faint hearted but Jim and the chaps took it all in their stride and ran a fabulous race. Over to Jim for his full report…

“Four of us took on the Snowdonia Marathon this year. Jim O’hara was first back for Helsby in a brilliant time of 3:18 – nearly 7 minutes faster than last year. Jim O’Hara was followed by Jim Jones at 3:53, Derek Morris at 4:05 and Graham Lloyd at 4:55. Conditions were good with some light rain at the start. The course is mostly on road but with a steep descent on trail for the last couple of miles, which was quite slippy. It proved to be something of a ‘sting in the tail’ for many who are less used to running off-road (I’m sure Degsy will testify to that 😉 . The men’s race was won by Russell Bentley (unattached) in 2:35:05 and the women’s race was won by Joanne Nelson of Darwen Dashers in 3:03:53.”

Full results link here: http://tdleventservices.co.uk/race-results.php?event=2468

L&D XC – Arrowe Park

A big thank you to Phil Tomkinson for his report on the first L&D of the season, an excellent turn out of green vests and some close battles by all accounts. Over to Phil…

“Saturday afternoon saw the first race of the Liverpool & District Cross Country League at Arrowe Park, and there were 9 Helsby runners in attendance. The course was about 9.5k and basically consisted of 3 laps round 2 big fields, plus a few seconds spent running though some woods towards the end of each lap. Although not the most inspiring route, this layout did mean we ran past Joe and Mario several times so there was plenty of encouragement on offer. Resuming their duel from last weekend’s fell race, Ben Fletcher and Neil Finnegan were again separated by only a few seconds. This time Ben was first home for Helsby in 19th place, and overall we finished 6th out of 11 participating clubs. Two races into my debut cross country season my experience so far has been most notable for the surprising lack of mud – my shiny new spikes are still gleaming. Whether this will still be the case in a few months time remains highly doubtful.”


Helsby results were as follows:

19th   Ben Fletcher   35:52
20th   Neil Finnegan   35:56
45th   Ian Rutherford   37:26
47th   Chris Baynham-Hughes   37:42
62nd   Phil Tomkinson   39:07
63rd    Chris Murray   39.20
109th   Davyd Michell   43:52
140th   Rachel Arnold   48:21
154th   Jackie Keasley   52:16


Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun stats from last Saturday. Excellent running from Tim Palmer saw him attain a big PB and 8th overall at Warrington and another PB for Adele Croxton at Widnes saw her 2nd lady overall! Well done both and well done to all those who took part in parkrun.


That’s all this week, anything missing please let me know. All future report should be sent to the usual email address – helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running…

Col T