Helsby weekly round-up Sept 16th – Sept 21st 2014


It was the Wirral Multi-terrain series Race 3 at Thurstaston on Tuesday 16th September and a good showing for Helsby saw 14 runners don the green vest for a beach and trail run on a nice spot of Wirral coastline. Colin Thompson secured a top ten for first in for Helsby and a 3rd place in his category while Jenny Illidge took the female honours. Well done to Carol who was also 3rd in her age category on the night. A great effort by team Helsby and well done all.

7th         Colin Thompson                               29.06 (3rd in age cat)
51st        Chris Baynham-Hughes                 32.30
60th         Adam Gordon                                   32.53
64th         Tom DeJong                                       33.32
100th      Jim Jones                                             35.31
112th      Adrian Jackson                                  35.55
128th      Steve Riley                                          36.54
147th      Geoff Shaw                                        38.33

17th         Jenny Illidge                                       35.46
18th         Joanne Lacking                                  36.19
27th         Vanessa Griffiths                             37.03
37th         Carol Shaw                                          38.34 (3rd in age cat)
38th         Louise McEveley                              38.45
46th         Helen Owens                                     40.01

Helsby Mens ‘A’ team were 12th on the night and Helsby Mens ‘B’ were 34th. Helsby Ladies ‘A’ were a brilliant 5th place on the night and Helsby ‘B’ were 11th highlighting the strength in depth at the club. Well done to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place in her category for the series with one race to go.

Delamere Park Run 5k number 78 on 20th September saw two Helsby vests with Jim Jones having a great run equalling his PB for 19th overall and Emma Barnes establishing a new course PB for 123rd.

19 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:14 18
123 Emma BARNES 28:57 VW35-39 52.50 % F 32 Helsby RC New PB! 9

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

It was also the Warrington Park Run 5k and Helsby’s Joanne Lacking ran to a new course PB for a superb 15th overall

15 Joanne LACKING 21:19 SW30-34 69.90 % F 2 Helsby RC New PB! 9

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

The King Johns Castle on Saturday 20th September was our 8th Fell Counter of the season. This is a great race organised by John Linley which starts from the Raven Inn at Llanarmon yn lal. Full results can be found below. I’ve included the full results as they are not yet available online.

Well done to David Feakes and Rachel Arnold who took the full fell counter honours. In Rachel’s words “Great race, small field , homemade soup sitting outside pub at end. Don’t think he has me down as a vet 50 but came away with big box of choccies anyway ! Jane A walked a bit with sprained ankle but there were a couple I think doing their first ever fell race – ideal starter” or as Tim Palmer states “Thoroughly enjoyable”

Well done to Rachel and Jenny Palmer who were prize winners on the day and to Jen O’Hare on completion of her first fell race!

King John’s Fell Race 2014
Position Name Age Group Time
1 Karl Steinegger Ambleside M 38.41
2 Rob Grantham Cheshire Tri M40 39.40
3 Geff McQueen West Cheshire M45 39.53
4 Neil Ashcroft Ambleside M45 40.41
5 Steve Toogood Buckley M50 41.00
6 Vic Belshaw Denbigh M50 43.25
7 David Norman Wirral M50 43.47
8 Dave Baugh Denbigh M50 44.51
9 Peter Agnew Denbigh M50 45.00
10 Graham Davies Mysteruns M50 46.01
11 Richard Borne Mysteruns M45 45.27
12 Chris Wilcox Clwydians M60 46.27
13 Andy Pritchard Buckley M40 46.44
14 Steve Broadfoot Knowsley Harr M50 46.48
15 Keri Parry Denbigh F 46.57
16 Alan French Wrexham M60 47.27
17 Neil Gerrity Newcastle AC M 47.55
18 David Feakes Helsby M50 47.56
19 Jim Jones Helsby M45 48.04
20 Kean Rowlands Eryri M55 48.34
21 Steve Riley Helsby M50 48.39
22 Gwyn Owen Unattached M 48.53
23 Dylan Roberts Wrescam Tri M 49.44
24 Tony Benton Denbigh M50 50.00
25 Tim Palmer Helsby M45 50.44
26 Dave Robert Say Denbigh M65 51.30
27 Paul Foster Helsby M40 51.33
28 Sandra Rowlands Eryri F45 51.55
29 Rachel Arnold Helsby F 52.14
30 Jane Ashbrook Helsby F 55.24
31 Fred Jones Denbigh M60 55.41
32 Lesley Peakes Helsby F45 57.40
33 Ceri Anwen Belshaw Denbigh F 57.45
34 David Owen Prestatyn M60 61.35
35 Jenny Palmer Helsby F40 61.48
36 Sue Ridings Clwydians F55 63.25
37 Katy Baugh Denbigh FU23 64.18
38 Jen O’Hare Helsby F40 67.07


Sunday 21st September saw the (English Half Marathon) EHM Festival of Running 10k with an outstanding run by Colin Bishop to win by a country mile and achieve a PB of just outside 35 minutes. Brilliant stuff and photo of Colin and his trophy will be on the blog.

1st           Colin Bishop                       35.12 (PB)


Colin's Shiny Trophy!

Colin’s Shiny Trophy!

Full results http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=114869

Also as part of the same ‘event’ the EHM Festival of Running Half Marathon was the penultimate road counter for this season and attracted 12 green vests for the challenge. Colin Thompson took the full road counter points and Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady. Well done to to Carl and Louise who both obtained PB’s on the day and I know Adrian had trained hard for this event and was awarded with a brilliant run and time also. Well done all.

11th         Colin Thompson               79.40
115th      Roy Gaskill                          91.50
176th      Adrian Jackson                  94.28
202nd      Jane Ashbrook                  95.41
250th      Stephen Roach                 98.32
257th      Carl Pratt                             97.40 (PB)
278th      Nick Massey                       98.57
318th     Joanne Lacking                  1.40.47
332nd      Louise McEveley              1.41.11 (PB)
363rd      Stephen Wiggins              1.42.03
526th      Gareth Boyd                      1.46.02
631st       Lesley Feakes                    1.49.31
735th      Joe Turner                          1.50.05

Full results below


Colin Squared

Colin Squared

It was also the Guilden Sutton Six (or Sutton Six) on Sunday which saw four Helsbians out with three under the sub-40 barrier showing that Helsby has a strong club now. Excellent effort by everyone.

13th         Chris Fitzpatrick                38.07
21st         Gary O’Connor                  39.36
23rd        Adam Gordon                   39.58
71st         Mike Searle                        47.24

Details and results http://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/roadracing/Sutton6

As stated last week I will now be away for three weeks and Colin Thompson has kindly offered to do the round-up for next week Monday 29th September. If anyone finds the King Johns Castle results then please let me know over the next couple of days.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 9th – 14th September 2014

Hello all

Final results (Race 4) are now out for the Deeside Multi-terrain series, a Friday night on 5th September. Two out for Helsby. There should also be results available for the final placing of the series but they are yet to go online.

11th         Derek Morris                                     30.04
32nd        Jim Jones                                             34.53


It was race 2 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series, a trail and beach run near Wallasey on Tuesday 9th September which had 340 runners out in total. Was it the nice weather or the beach that attracted so many? Colin Thompson looked good for a top ten to be first Helsby male home and Joanne Lacking showing her good form for first Helsby lady home.

9th           Colin Thompson                               24.49
61st         Tom DeJong                                       27.27
76th         Adam Gordon                                   28.02
111th      Tim Igoe                                               30.05
129th      Jim Jones                                             30.37
168th      Geoff Shaw                                        32.59
170th      Stephen Wiggins                              33.09
21st         Jo Lacking                                            31.17
30th         Vanessa Griffiths                             31.48
49th         Helen Owens                                     34.04
51st         Carol Shaw                                          34.17
76th         Jackie Keasley                                   36.58

Helsby Mens ‘A’ Team (first 5 runners) were 15th on the night, and ‘B’ team were 43rd. Helsby ladies ‘A’ team (first 3 runners) were 11th on the night and ‘B’ team were 25th. Great effort everyone.

Special mention goes to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place for her age category after the first two races.

Race organisor states next Race Tuesday 16th September starts at 18:30 at the bottom of Station Road, Thurstaston. Please ask all runners to park sensible and see you Tuesday.

Full Results and current team standings can also be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Delamere Park run 5k number 77 was on Saturday 13th September with Ed Halliwell in fine fettle taking the green vest honours. Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady home. Well done to Alfie, Jim and Jane who combined for a trio of PB’s for the course. Well done to the nine Helsby runners.

14 Edward HALLIWELL 20:00 VM40-44 68.75 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 6
21 Alfie GRADY 20:42 JM15-17 65.22 % M 20 Helsby RC New PB! 26
25 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
34 Jane ASHBROOK 21:49 VW35-39 69.67 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 28
100 Jackie KEASLEY 25:33 VW55-59 70.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 5
158 Louise MCEVELEY 30:30 VW45-49 53.66 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 43
159 Stephen WIGGINS 30:31 SM20-24 42.44 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 27
160 Paul BULMER 30:44 VM55-59 50.00 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 18
209 Ivor JOHNSTONE 39:33 VM45-49 36.41 % M 139 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 14

Full Results


Colin Thompson was the only Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run number 34 but he certainly made it count with a sub 18 minute run for 1st overall.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:55 VM35-39 73.58 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 45

Full Results


It was the Peris horseshoe and half on Saturday with two intrepid adventurers in Tim Palmer and Jim O’Hara nailing one of each. Tim’s excellent race report below.

The Peris Horseshoe (Ras Pedol Peris) is one of the classic Welsh fell races. The full horseshoe is AL 17.5 miles 8597ft ascent (28.2km 2590m) and half is AM 8.5 miles 4500ft ascent (13.7km 1372m). As it was my first long fell race, I opted for the Half Horseshoe that finishes at Pen-y-Pass (and at the finish was glad that I made that choice!) The half starts in Llanberis haf hour before the full race; after a few hundred metres on the flat, it is straight onto the steep climb through the quarries and beyond to the summit of Elidir Fawr (924m / 3,031ft). After 3 miles with ½ mile of ascent and just over an hour, I was at the summit – the tremendous views and downhill cheered my spirits. It is then onto Y Garn (947m / 3,017ft) and Glyder Fawr (999m / 3,247ft) – both with substantial climbs onto them. I was passed by the two leaders of full Peris Horseshoe  on the climb up Y Garn – my spirit was again cheered to see that even they couldn’t run up it. After a fast descent, I was passed a cheerful Jim at the top of Devil’s Kitchen, who soon disappeared out of sight on the climb up Glyder Fawr. The descent off Glyder Fawr to Pen-y-Pass was steep and the best route isn’t obvious – there were almost as many variants on it as runners! It was then on to finish, cheered on by an enthusiastic and vocal Jenny by the bins of the youth hostel (as described by Mike Blake, the race director, in his briefing). My time was 2:51 – full results awaited. Whilst I was racing, Jenny had found a nice 5 mile run (with about 400ft of climb) around Llyn Padarn for the car park in Llanberis – well marked just follow the posts with the white ring on them. The weather was kind to both of us with sunny spells and some cloud; I benefited from the cooler temperatures on the mountain tops and the light breeze.

Report from Mike Blake of Eryri


Full results should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website shortly (I’ll update blog when results are out but I believe Jimmy had an amazing 6th place in the full horseshoe, kudos Jimmy, we are liking the cut of your jib)


Sunday 14th September was the popular Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and ‘Degsy’ Morris was first in for Helsby with Joanne Lacking in excellent form for 1st Helsby lady. Results below showing chip time and gun time and well done to all who ran.

185th      Derek Morris          1.32.51
205th       Tom DeJong           1.34.05
220th       Joanne Lacking     1.34.29
244th       Dave Madders        1.35.42
550th       James Gray             1.47.00
797th       Emily Smith            1.57.18

Full results


In other news

I will be away travelling in South America for a few weeks so it would be great if someone could do the round-up starting from Monday 29th September including Monday 6th October and Monday 13th October!

It may be best if it’s on a rota basis rather than put the onus on one individual? Chester chronicle like the information submitted as early as possible now and they can be contacted on their email chester.sport@cheshirenews.co.uk, basically with runners names and times and the event only.

I’ll mention again before I go.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 2nd – 7th September 2014

Hi all

Tuesday 2nd September was Race 1 of the September Multi-terrain series was a 4.7m affair at Royden Park near Thurstaston. Nine out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first home for the men and Vanessa first from the Helsby ladies.

11th         Colin Thompson               29.34
69th         Tom DeJong                       33.00
130th      Steve Riley                          36.58
133rd      Adrian Jackson                  37.19
147th      Geoff Shaw                        38.51
25th         Vanessa Griffiths             38.09
32nd        Jo Lacking                            38.28
50th         Helen Owens                     41.08
63rd        Carol Shaw                          43.18

Mens ‘A’ Team 19th and Ladies ‘A’ Team were 11th and Ladies ‘B’ Team were 37th.

Race organiser apologises for delays exiting car park but supposedly the Hotel owner had decided to deliberately block his car at an exit and was being more than a little awkward.

Full results are available from www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Next Race is at Harrison Drive opposite the Derby pool 19:00 start, tonight!

Delamere Park Run on Saturday 6th September saw ten green vests with Ed Halliwell leading the Helsby contingent home. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady.

12 Edward HALLIWELL 20:35 VM40-44 66.80 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 5
18 Gareth BOYD 21:03 VM40-44 65.80 % M 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 12
20 Alfie GRADY 21:31 JM15-17 62.74 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:48 25
26 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 23
45 Jim JONES 23:07 VM45-49 63.30 % M 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 16
59 Rachel ARNOLD 24:38 VW50-54 69.76 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 12
62 Lesley FEAKES 24:49 VW45-49 66.76 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 26
162 Paul BULMER 31:26 VM55-59 48.89 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 17
163 Claire MORTON 31:31 VW55-59 56.69 % F 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:05 13
164 Louise MCEVELEY 31:32 VW45-49 51.90 % F 55 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 42



Sunday 7th September saw Shelf Moor Fell Race, the third of our Inter-club series of races and a good race by Jimmy saw him take home the full 20 points. Rachel Arnold was 1st Helsby lady home. As this was the third and final race in the Inter-club series I have heard that Helsby have done enough to take home the title so well done to everyone who has been involved in any of the races!

Steve Rileys comments from facebook “Top run out today at Shelf Moor, Glossop. Smiley faces at the end from Jimmy (after a 5000′ warm up yesterday), Phil , Steve, Paul, Janet, Rachel and Jackie. Joe in full voice as per usual. About 6 miles and 1500′. Hills, sunshine, peat bogs, rocks, smiles. Rumour has it we did enough to snatch the inter club championships from Spectrum, Pensby and Tattenhall. Get in!”

11th         Jim O’Hara                          50.31
56th         Phil Gillard                           1.02.36
59th         Steve Riley                          1.02.52
78th         Paul Foster                         1.09.09
79th         Rachel Arnold                    1.09.21
81st         Janet Robertson               1.10.34
92nd        Jackie Keasley                   1.17.10

Details and results here



Regarding the Inter-club series please find all the relevant results from the Spectrum website


and well done to Spectrum for organising and collating all the results.

Sunday saw a great result for Adrian at the Delamere Montane Trail 10k where he was 18th from over 160 runners. He ran so well he was awarded a special pink t-shirt, full evidence will appear on the blog shortly

18th         Adrian Jackson                  50.17

The Adrian

The Adrian

Full results available below


Also on Sunday Jenny and Tim Palmer ran in the Lakes. A report from Tim below

“Jenny and I ran in the Lakeland Trails Derwentwater 10k Trail Race on Saturday and we too received pink T shirts for doing so. The race starts at Fitz Park In Keswick and is very much a race of three parts: after a lap of the park, it is 2.5 miles along the old railway (now a cycle/foot path) alongside (and sometimes over) the River Greta, then a steep climb 400ft in about 1.5miles finished off an exhilarating fast descent back to Keswick. The weather was kind to us and the views were great.

Jenny 1:00:53 122nd out of 278
Tim 0:49:04 31st out of 278 

Full results are:http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Keswick14/rptResult10km.html

Note: that on the provisional results we are listed as Deeside Orienteering Club, not Helsby – this should be changed on the full results”

Sunday was also the Salford 10k with four out for Helsby and a storming run by Ivan Davies saw him take home first for a Helsby in a classy sub 40 time. Not sure who the 4th runner was but Dave Madders has been watching too much Doctor Who and was in more than one time and place so all credit to him.

107th      Ivan Davies                         39.30
126th      Roy Gaskill                          40.20
186th      Dave Madders                  42.18
244th      Dave Madders                  43.30

Results available here http://www.tdl.ltd.uk

If I’ve missed anything from the round-up please let me know as I’ll update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running


Anglesey Ring of Fire Report by Chris Fitzpatrick

Hello all

CBH (or GBH as Phil calls him) has asked me to send something out about our boys weekend away doing the “Epic” Ring Of Fire 135 Ultra race where you circumnavigate around the beautiful Island of Anglesey.  CBH rants on a little doesn’t he so I will try and keep this short as possible (very hard).  First of all, before we even got to the start line last Friday, the amount of well-wishers, and good luck message from everyone, especially the Helsby RC posse was nothing short of amazing and gave us all the boost we needed.

We arrived at Hollyhead Breakwater Park all a little nervous and were praying for good weather, strong winds and a cloudy sky greeted us but thankfully the rain stayed off until later that night so we touched lucky. CBH went off like he was a Gazelle being chased by a Lion, (he was the Gazelle I was the Lion) and if it wasn’t for his constant “selfies” he might have had a good chance of finishing 1st on that day, endless climbs up and down beautiful countryside summed up day 1 and over 6500ft of the total weekends 13000ft ascent/descent was on this first day. I eventually caught up with him and we managed to finish Day 1 together after taking a wrong turn after some great advice from Boydy. Phil came in a few hours later and we were all wondering where Ste Wiggo was and getting a little worried, for him to stroll in to our digs for the night at a leisure centre with a big smile on his face around 10.30pm that night, as only Wiggo could! Showers, food and a little sleep all put us in good spirits for day 2, which was the one I certainly feared the most.

To run 65 miles in a day is a massive effort, to run it, after having very little sleep and after being woken up at 4.45am (by CBH’s trombone like bum) is pretty hard. We all took off from the Leisure centre we had stayed at, no injuries, just tired legs and frazzled brains from day 1, the only way personally I could see myself getting around today was to break the day up into little chunks, so hour by hour, we kept ticking off the miles, coming into the checkpoints to a lot of smiling faces, especially from Jackie and Bill, I for one, cannot thank the you enough if you took the time to come and cheer us on at some point, you really were inspiring me to keep on going, even though my face didn’t look like I appreciated it at times, hearing “green army” chants was just what I needed to hear. Again myself and CBH spent a lot of time together day 2 (this has led to rumours I know!) meeting new friends along the way, sharing stories, and really looking forward to our Ice Cream at Beaumaris and seeing CBH’s family who had travelled down for the day to cheer him on, whilst I was having some food, his 2 little lads chatted away to me, and it took all the pain away from my tiring legs, we came through the half-way point, changed clothes, and foolishly for me changed socks, which is where it all started to go downhill for me personally. Blisters! If you’ve had them before then you will know what I’m talking about, but I had blisters on blisters, and for the last 35 miles of day 2 felt like I was running on pins, it really was excruciating pain. Our aim was to get in before the dark, which we managed to do, just, 6am – 8.15pm, over 14 hours running/walking and we had finished day 2. This is where I have total respect for Phil Roberts and Ste Wiggins, for Phil to navigate at night, and also to come in at 3.05am, have 1 hours sleep, and then get up and go again on the last day amazes me, I think I would have given up, and although Ste got pulled up at 4am and 60 miles into the 65 he needed to complete, which was the cut-off point, he would have no doubt continued to run and probably would have gone into day 3 without any sleep if he would have been allowed to.

I was that tired that next morning, that day 3 was all about just finishing, whether I ran or walked. We got to the start line at 6am that Sunday morning, only 60 ish people had now managed to make this point out of 131 starters, and everyone shuffled out of Almwch down onto the beach for the last 33.6 miles. Straight away, every step hurt my blisters, but I’d come this far so wasn’t giving up now, we seen Phil just before the race started and he looked in good spirits even with 1 hours sleep. We came into one of the check points to find bacon and sausage butties were on offer which cheered me right up, although I was now struggling to eat anything and drink anything. Another day of plodding and ticking off miles on what was a cracking day weather-wise, although this did lead to sunburnt Calves, neck and ears!! Forgot the Factor Fitzy. My only regret from the last day was I could not keep up with CBH, when you do something like this you don’t want to slow people down, or be the one who has to leave someone behind, so we had agreed all weekend we will do our own thing, only think there was 25 mins difference in the end, plenty of smiling Helsby faces at all the checkpoints again, especially, Jackie, Bill and Laura. I really did think I would get lost a lot more than I did on this course, but I had to finish in style didn’t I, taking a slightly wrong turn which meant I came across the finish line backwards! The event photographer made me run over the finish line the correct way, and this just finished me off.

Have spoken to all the lads since, we are have a lot more stories we can tell you all, we were all down and out for a few days after, some calling in sick, some with temperatures, some with rock like calves, and if your out for drinks on Friday, I will be sure to tell you all about them. Last mention must go to Gareth Boyd, who was like a personal maid, most of the weekend, running to get us coffee, helping with our bags etc, I really do appreciate it and can’t wait to see you run this next year, I will be supporting you mate!

Was that short enough 🙂

Chris F

Helsby weekly round-up 30th August – 1st September 2014

Hi all

Still waiting on results for the Crowden Horseshoe and the Ring of Fire…but for now

Delamere Park Run 5k number 75 on Saturday August 30th saw a good podium finish for Colin Bishop who was 2nd overall in 17.31. Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady home for 67th overall in 24.16. Well done to Alex and Claire who both recorded PB’s on the day. Nine out for Helsby in total.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:31 VM50-54 86.96 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 39
16 Alex FITZMAURICE 20:16 SM25-29 63.65 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 3
34 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 22
45 Jim JONES 22:46 VM45-49 64.28 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 15
67 Janet ROBERTSON 24:16 VW45-49 67.45 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 18
87 Lesley FEAKES 25:25 VW45-49 65.18 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 25
106 David WIGGINS 26:16 VM55-59 58.50 % M 90 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:08 6
117 Claire MORTON 27:05 VW55-59 65.97 % F 21 Helsby RC New PB! 12
206 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:03 VM45-49 43.57 % M 146 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 13

Full results for the Delamere Park run as below


Also on Saturday was the Warrington Park Run 5k number 32 which saw Tom DeJong inside the top ten for 6th overall in 19.23 and first Helsby man home followed by Joanne Lacking who was first Helsby lady and a brilliant 2nd lady overall for 29th in 22.05 followed by 4th lady overall Helen Owens in 37th in 23.29

6 Tom DE JONG 19:23 SM20-24 67.24 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10
29 Joanne LACKING 22:05 SW30-34 67.47 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:48 8
37 Helen OWENS 23:29 VW35-39 64.73 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:20 10

Full results for Warrington Park run as below


Saturday was the Maesgwm Muddle a new race for Snowdonia and not one for the faint hearted weighing in at 8.7miles with 2789ft climb. A good description of the route is included in Phil Gillard’s great race report below

“Shall we have starter and pudding?

One of my favourite training runs in Snowdonia starts in Llanberis, goes south down the Snowdon valley with a climb up to Foel Goch, along the ridge to Foel Gron and onto Moel Ellio, from there it is a grassy descent back down to Llanberis. It is homely run which leaves you very satisfied afterwards, much like steak and ale pie, chips and peas in your favourite pub.

I was delighted to learn that Mike Blake had created a new race called the Maesgwm Muddle which used this route as its core, I was even more delighted to learn that it had been chosen as one of the rounds of the British Fell Championship. So on Friday, Helen and I set off to camp in Llanberis with the anticipation of a nice walk on the Friday, do the race on the Saturday and a few beers to celebrate on the Saturday evening. What a great way to spend a weekend, enhanced by the site of Jimmy and Sharon who also ran

The start and finish of the race was right next to our campsite, so a quality field runners set off in full view of Helen, sat in her camp chair, drinking a Costa.

So, back to that steak and ale pie; steak and ale pie is a great main course and is a good wholesome meal in its own right, our starter prior to the main course was a hands and knees climb up Moel Cynghorion (much like climbing the stairs when you were two years old) followed by a steep descent back into the Snowdon valley. This ascent / descent was in the third mile of the race which I recorded as a 29 minute mile!

Ok the starter was a bit filling but I am sure I will enjoy the pie and chips and I did; a mile or so up a gradual track followed by a few hundred meters of climb up to the Foel Goch and then the ridge which was fantastic despite the swirling mist. The grassy descent was equally as good.

You know that feeling when you feel full but everybody else orders a pudding and you feel obliged to join in, well it was a bit like that the pudding was a steady, muddy climb through some beautifully coloured heater and then retrace your steps back to onto my normal route back to Llanberis.

A real tough race in some fantastic company and by the way we ate out that night and I did have starter, main and pudding”

40th         Jim O’Hara                          1.44.02
137th      Phil Gillard                           2.14.16

Full results are available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk

And photos here http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/pages/gallery/2014-gallery.php?gall_id=444

And here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets/72157646666902477/

Sunday 31st August was the Crowdon Horseshoe. This is a race of 8 miles and 1699ft ascent. Race report by Jim Jones

“I did the Crowden Horsehoe today. It was a great route but a tough 8 mile course. The sheer drops along some of the paths are not for the faint hearted! There were also some really rocky paths with several streams to negotiate on the way out, and an uneven rocky descent on the way back. The peat bogs across the top were a challenge in themselves with no way of knowing if they would be ankle or waist high until you went through them. The weather was good today but it’s a course where you could easily go astray (as has apparently happened with some runners on previous years) if the weather closes in. It was good to see the hosts doing random kit checks. This is a popular race and the big turn out today caused quite a bottleneck at the first style, so anyone wanting to get ahead will have needed to fly off the start.”

Route below: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/579813836

Not seen the results yet but I think they’ll appear here: http://www.dpfr.org.uk/results/index

As hopefully many of you are aware it was the Anglesey Ring of Fire this weekend, amounting to about 33 Park Runs over three days! Among the many were four intrepid Helsby adventurers. We have no results as yet but photos are courtesy of Jackie have now been uploaded to our flickr account as below


I’ve also had some information from Jackie as attached

To be going on with, From their Facebook page:-

And the Ring O’ Fire 2014 winner is John Knapp #71 in a time of 23:25

Second is Val Swinger #128 in a time of 23:44

Third is Dion Leonard #43 in a time of 24:56

135 signed up. 106 started. 56 finished. The stats tell a story. It’s a tough but beautiful race. Well done to everyone who tried and a huge congratulations to those hardy 56 who finished. Thanks to everyone who made it so special. A massive thanks to our army of marshals who sacrifice a lot to support us. So long as the demand is there Bing, Q, Rich and team will keep the fire burning. Hope to see you back in 2015. We’ll be launching next year’s event in the next few weeks. Results will also be uploaded in next day or two. Sleep first!

Good luck to everyone running in the September Multi-Terrain series this month, a fabulous set of races to be part of!

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 20th – 24th August 2014


The eagerly anticipated Robbie Wobbler was held for the second year on Wednesday August 20th and a great turnout on the evening saw another success for Helsby Running Club. Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for his email regarding the race and his brilliant handling of the event as well as everyone involved.

Full results as below.


Also on Wednesday night was the Capenhurst 5k with two fantastic performances from Joanne and Helen

105th      Joanne Lacking                  20.09
160th      Helen Owens                     22.58

Full results and photos are at http://www.ellesmereportrunningclub.org.uk/capenhurst_5k.htm

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k with nine Helsby vests on show. An excellent 2nd place overall for Colin Bishop saw him 1st in for Helsby as was Janet Robertson for 3rd in her category. Well done to all who ran.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:30 VM50-54 87.05 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 38
23 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:35 SM25-29 59.77 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:33 2
59 Janet ROBERTSON 23:51 VW45-49 68.62 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 17
64 David FEAKES 24:21 VM50-54 61.53 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 21
82 Lesley FEAKES 25:11 VW45-49 65.78 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 24
95 Jackie KEASLEY 26:10 VW55-59 68.28 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 4
117 Claire MORTON 27:43 VW55-59 64.46 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 11
121 Jen O’HARE 27:59 VW40-44 54.97 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
184 Ivor JOHNSTONE 35:00 VM45-49 41.14 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 12



Two out a the Warrington Park Run also on Saturday with a number one spot for Colin Thompson followed by Tom DeJong securing a fabulous new PB in the process. Both Helsby runners were inside the top ten.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 44
9 Tom DE JONG 19:08 SM20-24 68.12 % M 9 Helsby RC New PB! 9



Jim Jones was doing his bit for the Scottish Independence debate by sticking Cheshire on the map on the Northern part of our United Kingdom. His race report below

“The race went from the island of Berneray to Lochmaddy on the Island of North Uist. (the islands are connected by a causeway). We were taken to the start by bus and spoilt with a very generous lunch, after a hot shower, in the Hammersay House Hotel at the finish. The route was undulating on a single track road with fantastic scenery all the way.  It was a well hosted event and a great excuse to visit a fantastic place.

17th         Jim Jones                             1.47.02

route below:


Also – a race report from the local community newsletter:

2 Islands Half Marathon – Berneray to Lochmaddy

The third running of this annual race took place on Saturday 24 August in near perfect conditions. A record number of runners and walkers took part (48), including those from Berneray, Uist and the islands, but also this year from the mainland, the south of England, Germany and Australia!

Ross Clark of Hunters Bog Trotters set a record time for the event of 1:16:56, shaving 11 minutes off the previous fastest time – yes he went pretty much like a rocket!

The organisers would like to thank all for coming – it seems folk enjoyed it, and many are aiming to come back for more next year! The organisers also want to thank all those who helped and especially the management and staff of Hamersay House Hotel in Lochmaddy, who put on a splendid spread for us after the event and provided a great venue for the presentations and some much-needed R&R! The full results are available here. There are plenty of pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

(2014 results should be updated soon)

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cilcain Show Race, a loop from Cilcain to Moel Famau and back. Jackie’s race report below

‘Tom, Phil Roberts, Max and me did the Cilcain Moel Famau fell race yesterday. Results not out yet. Great race to do on a wet bank holiday! Mist virtually down to Cilcain itself! Cool for running, as muddy as it gets. Well done to Max for a top finish and to Phil & Tom for battling it out on the uphill road finish after all the mud (results not out yet, so not sure on their exact positions). Good to see Steff Charman back fell running again. Mick has a good run too.  The rain didn’t dampen the ever faithful support from Joe & Mario, thanks. Just spotted the pair of them at Lynn Ogwen at Saturdays Tryfan down hill race for Peter Douglas’s memorial too! Photo on the Welsh Fell Runners Website at http://www.wfra.org.uk).  Village day very well supported despite the rain, the usual, live music, morris dancers, dog show, greasy pole, best marrow and victoria sponge etc etc.  I spent my left over entry money on produce from the plant store, the lads on a well earned pint at the pub!

Details and hopefully 2014 results should appear on the Cilcain show page soon.


or possibly the Welsh Fell Runners website http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

As always ,if I’ve missed any events or races then please let me know to keep the blog updated. It’s great to receive race reports no matter what the discipline or distance so thanks to all who send them in.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 13th – 17th August 2014

Greetings carbon based bipeds

Firstly, congratulations to Jayne Joy who was joint 6th in the British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge for 2014 which included her Inter-county achievement and a race in her England vest. Full results below.


Pilgrims Cross on Wednesday 13th August was honoured with two Helsby vests at this Rossendale organised 6 miler with over 1000ft of ascent. Phillip Roberts showing his good form was first Helsby home followed by the irrepressible Jim Jones, both under the hour.

47th         Phillip Roberts                   50.57
95th         Jim Jones                            59.09

race map http://www.racemaps.org.uk/pilgrimscrossfellrace.htm

and full results http://www.rossendaleharriers.co.uk/results/PilgrimsCrossResults2014.pdf

Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 16th saw an amazing four new PB’s from Helsby runners, Colin, Max, Dave and Louise! Colin Bishop was a solid 1st overall with new Helsby runner Max Wainwright 3rd overall, fantastic to see two Helsby members in the top three. Great running from Vanessa saw her 34th overall to claim 2nd lady and first in for Helsby. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:15 VM50-54 88.31 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 37
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 17:53 SM25-29 72.13 % M 3 Helsby RC New PB! 2
18 David MADDERS 20:45 VM40-44 66.27 % M 17 Helsby RC New PB! 18
27 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:33 SM25-29 59.86 % M 26 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
34 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:54 VW45-49 75.65 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8
37 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 20
59 Carol SHAW 23:08 VW50-54 74.28 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 22
64 Louise MCEVELEY 23:47 VW45-49 68.82 % F 6 Helsby RC New PB! 41
95 Lesley FEAKES 25:33 VW45-49 64.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15

Full results below


Warrington Park Run 5k saw another number 1 spot for Colin Thompson our sole Helsby representative at this race so he’s making it count :d

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:14 VM35-39 72.30 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 43

and full results


Saturday afternoon was the Catherine Dowdall Darwen Gala Memorial Race in honour of Jamie’s wife Catherine and it was a brilliantly organised event raising money for charity as well as a reflective afternoon. Jim O’Hara was having the race of his life although we are still unsure why he and six others decided to head to Bolton after visiting Darwen Tower but it did give other people in a green vest the opportunity of a scalp. Mario won his usual best in class category and Joe was out on the tower in fine voice along with Phil Gillard and Helen offering fantastic support as ever. Prize giving had Jamie on stage sounding more composed and professional than the Radio DJ’s hosting the Gala.

Darwen Gala

Paul Fosters race report follows

“The race finally got started in the gala field after a slight delay due to the fete being late arriving which helped a few late runners who also got stuck behind the procession.

Race Start

The race starts with a quick climb through the park woods then up to Darwen Tower. Once you got to the top it was perfect conditions for a quick glance around to see some popular faces of Phil and Helen Gillard and of course ‘Mr Helsby’ Joe cheering everybody on. After a quick run down then round and back up to the moors we followed the path along to a single track which took us straight across ready for the run down back through the heather to the finish in the park. A highlight for me was seeing Phil Gillard pop up out of the heather like a meerkat taking photos and shouting where is Jim O’Hara. Once we all arrived back in the park and a chance to ask Jim what went wrong it was time to sample the free pint and hot dog which certainly put a smile back on Jim’s face.

Post Race

After all the runners watched the ferret and falcon display it was time for the presentations which Jamie compered in his usual good form. I would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the race but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to other commitments. Maybe next year we can put it on the fell counter so Jim O’Hara can have another crack at it.

The race raised £390 for sarcoma cancer and £100 for Bolton mountain rescue which is fantastic.”


9th           Adair Broughton               37.52
14th         Jamie Dowdall                   40.11 (2nd claim Helsby)
22nd        Mario Foschi                      42.15 (1st in age cat)
30th         Jim Jones                             43.38
47th         Paul Foster                         45.45
71st         Jim O’Hara                          51.31

For a map of the route (but not Jimmy’s route as it won’t fit on the scanner)


For full results and information see http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala.html

Sunday 17th was the Birchwood 10k with a near sub-40 run from Ivan seeing him first in for Helsby.

92nd        Ivan Davies                         40.04
97th         Derek Morris                     40.26
110th      Roy Gaskill                          41.01
196th      Dave Madders                  43.41
564th      David Wiggins                    54.44

Full results


Sunday also saw the Two Hillforts Fell Race which starts and finishes in Llandyrnog, North Wales. This was a testing course and as the race organiser stated in his email report ‘In bright and breezy conditions, a field of 46 runners took to the starting field beside the pub and sped off towards the heather-clad hills. Soon the fields gave way to the start of the long climb up to Penycloddiau’. Jayne Joy looked in complete control as she tackled this first Marilyn of the Clwydian Range and went on to secure 1st lady and 5th overall in a time that took 3 minutes off the previous record. Definitely worth considering this race next year for those that like running in the Clwydians. A good club counter I’d say.

5th           Jayne Joy                             74.06
9th           Adair Broughton               77.00

Full results are on the Welsh Fell Runners site with some lush green photographs


The Swiss Iron Trail race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes.

“Coincidence can be a kind master. Whilst planning our summer holidays I was just about to book the ferry when an email arrived from the Swiss iron trail. The dates looked familiar so I entered into negotiations with the boss and a race on the way home was approved. Result. I’d been looking at this race previously as the T201 a whopping 201km and 11,500m of ascent had my mind boggling. A potential target for the future, but not one just before a 3 day return drive to Blighty. So I entered the T41 a curious title for a 43km race with just over 2600m of up and just a little less in descent. We got going with a time trial around the lakes of Lenzerheide (4km on the flat) before heading up the surrounding mountains on our way to Davos. Sitting neatly in 11th as we hit the climb the going got tough. I caught the guy in front half way up the mountain (he was from the Netherlands) and chatted the rest of the way before leaving him right at the top. The trails were very runnable and in most case were wide fire roads to allow access to the cable cars of this skiing and  mountain biking playground.

I spent the rest of the race cat and mouse with an Austrian chap over 9th place – he was very serious about the whole thing; over taking me whilst I took selfies and enjoyed the intermittent view between the clag. A relatively small error over a turning sent me down the mountain but it was reasonably quickly recovered. Unfortunately the beauty of the course was only revealed to us on an infrequent basis and the weather took a turn for the worst, even snowing at points. I hit the bottom of the final climb roughly 2.5 minutes behind the Austrian who had put on a bit of a lead due to me tripping over a little earlier and deciding I needed to take on some sugar and not do myself an injury before the Ring O’Fire in two weeks time – he also gained by not stopping at the check point to resupply, but I was confident I could make up the time he’d gain on the climb through channelling my inner Mario on the downhill – where I had originally managed to pass him. I arrived into Davos to excited screams from the boys. Realising I wasn’t going to catch the elusive Austrian I ran carrying the boys in for the final section. Thankfully Laura pointed out we were a little further away than I had thought so James went on my shoulders and Rhys ran in hand in hand with me in 5 hours, 46 minutes – my slowest marathon to date I think J. Certainly a fab end to the holiday.

Curiously I ended up in 7th for my age group and 11th overall, this surprised both Laura (who had counted people in and had me in 8th) and me – I guess the wrong turn cost me ~5 places as I passed others in the check points. A shame, but not why I had turned up for this race. The first 5 runners were all sponsored athletes with 3 in the Mammut pro team, so not too shabby in the end. To the big question though, would I go back for the 201? If the weather was right I may very well do, just don’t tell Laura. :d”

and photos


Let me know if I’ve missed any events or challenges achieved this week as I can always keep the blog up to date. Enjoy the remaining bits of the summer and good luck to all those marshalling, running or enjoying the festivities at the Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday night.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 6th – 12th August 2014


Pie and Peas on Wednesday 6th August was our 10th road counter of the season and thirty Helsby vests ensured a sea of green for the supporters on the night. What an awesome turnout for the club. Well done to Colin Bishop, Colin Thompson and Carol Shaw who were all age category winners on the night and to Max Wainwright who won first unattached but is now a Helsby runner! Looks like there is even more excellent competition within the club. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby and Joanne was first lady. Well done to all who ran and have a look at the team photo for some nice poses! Also, as Jackie told me “Special mention to Paul Bulmer who ran around with his guide runner plus Jane A in a brilliant 55min on a fairly tricky course for Paul.”

6th           Colin Bishop                       28.26
8th           Colin Thompson               29.08
13th         Max Wainwright               30.00
25th         James Higgins                    32.08
33rd        Tom DeJong                       33.02
37th         Roy Gaskill                          33.27
44th         Phillip Roberts                   33.37
46th         Adam Gordon                   33.46
62nd        Ian Landucci                       34.52
72nd        Adrian Jackson                  35.40
90th         Joanne Lacking                  36.25
102nd      Stephen Wiggins              37.04
111th      Alex Fitzmaurice               37.32
112th      Tim Igoe                               37.42
113th      John Thompson                37.43
115th      Carl Pratt                             37.44
116th      David Hilton                        37.52
120th      Jim Jones                             38.05
128th      Vanessa Griffiths             38.39
135th      Carol Shaw                          38.58
143rd      Mike Searle                        39.41
160th      Jackie Keasley                   41.35
163rd      Chris Igoe                            41.42
180th      Graham Lloyd                    43.14
224th      Mike McShane                  46.28
234th      Jenny Palmer                     47.37
244th      Emma Barnes                    51.08
248th      Alison Butler                      52.45
255th      Jane Ashbrook                  55.12
256th      Paul Bulmer                        55.12

Prize winners for the Pie and Peas


and full results


We run for Pie

We run for Pie

Paul Bulmer & Jane

Ponderosa Fell Race in North Wales also on Wednesday saw two Helsby out.

7th           Jim O’Hara                          28.56
69th         Rachel Arnold                    40.21

On Thursday night it was the third race in the Deestriders series. No results as yet but they should appear here shortly


Delamere Park Run Number 72 on Saturday 9th August saw nine out for Helsby with Colin Bishop getting even faster for a new course PB and the nailed on win. Max Wainwright is certainly one to watch hitting a podium on his first attempt for 3rd overall. Vanessa was first Helsby lady home. Great work from Dave Madders and Emma Barnes saw two new course PB’s on the day.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:23 VM50-54 87.63 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 36
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 18:04 SM25-29 71.40 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
8 Ivan DAVIES 19:32 VM35-39 69.37 % M 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:32 15
24 David MADDERS 20:57 VM40-44 65.63 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
47 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 22:27 VW45-49 73.79 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 7
154 Emma BARNES 29:29 VW35-39 51.55 % F 30 Helsby RC New PB! 8
170 Jane ASHBROOK 30:52 VW35-39 49.03 % F 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 27
181 Paul BULMER 32:02 VM55-59 47.97 % M 137 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 16
182 Carol SHAW 32:25 VW50-54 53.01 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 21

Full results


Warrington Park Run 5k race number 29 saw Men’s Captain Colin Thompson secure success for the number 1 spot on the day. Excellent stuff.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:12 VM35-39 72.44 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 42

Full results


Sunday 10th August saw the ‘Welcome Tavern 10k’ in Preston. Colin Thompson who was a fantastic 2nd states this was “an undulating multi-terrain course starting and finishing at the Welcome Tavern pub. Nice low key event with brilliant organisation and great commemorative medal at the finish” Tom DeJong ran well for 15th overall.

2nd          Colin Thompson                               36.49
15th         Tom DeJong                                       42.27

Saturday also saw two different Tours of Bradwell, Jim O’Hara in the half tour and Andy in the full tour. Some words from Andy below

“Jim & I were both running at Bradwell in the Peak District on Saturday, Jim in the Half Tour of Bradwell, me in the Full Tour.  Jim came 6th, I was 41st.  Race website & results are here, and the photos can be found via my Runfurther website here.”

Full link to results


Sunday saw Jim Jones at the Lowther Lakeland Trail and in Jim’s words “Its a great 13 mile route and the Lowther Show is a brilliant day out. Shame about the rain today with the regards the show. However, the conditions were near ideal for the duration of the race with light rain throughout. This is one that I’ll be putting in my diary for next year.

Think I finished 39th in 1:56 (Garmin time) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/562127949 Results should appear here:  http://www.lowthershow.co.uk/what-s-on/lowther-trail-run

In other news

This Saturday is the Darwen Gala and Memorial Race, information sent from Paul via email previously http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala-new.html “The Darwen Gala fell race has been renamed this year in memory of my sister in law and Jamie Dowdall’s wife Catherine. Jamie runs with the Darwen Dashers but often trains with Helsby through the winter. The race is good for all runners, hills are runnable, up to Darwen tower along the moors then back, race is 4.7 miles and is about a mile longer than previous years which makes this a better race and finishes with a free beer. Darwen Gala also forms part of the the day, so bring yourself or all the family for a great fun filled day.”

Don’t forget it’s the brilliant Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday 20th August, the club organised hill event of the season with ascent, descent, trail, woods, charm and cake.

Wednesday 20th August @ 7pm, parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham, WA6 6HH.  registration from 6:15pm

If you can’t run and would like to help then Chris could always do with some marshals or a photographer so drop him a line at TheWobbler@baynham-hughes.com This is a fantastic event and will be once again with the enthusiasm and dedication of Helsby members. It’s events like this that have helped the tremendous growth of the club and with Chris’s hard work we can make things a little less stressful by lending him a hand.

For those not fancying the hills there is also the Ellesmere Port 5k on the same night which is dedicated to a local runner who died far too young, an event I’ll be running or marshalling at as required as Neil was a friend of mine. Details and entry as below


as always if I’ve missed anything then let me know. I’ll try and keep the blog updated with results not yet published.

Keep on running


Helsby running club weekly round-up 2nd – 5th August 2014

How ya doin’?

Delamere Park Run Race Number 71 5k was on Saturday August 2nd and Colin Bishop kept up his winning ways against last year’s Robbie Wobbler winner Dave Alexander. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady. Five ran in total as below

1 Colin BISHOP 17:37 VM50-54 86.47 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:24 35
65 Rachel ARNOLD 24:41 VW50-54 69.62 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 11
164 Stephen WIGGINS 32:11 SM20-24 40.24 % M 108 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 26
165 Paul BULMER 32:11 VM55-59 47.75 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 15
175 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:49 VM45-49 42.58 % M 116 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 11


It was the monthly Halewood 5k also on Saturday where Tom ran in first u20 followed by Dave Madders securing a new PB for the course

37th         Tom DeJong                       19.57 (1st u20)
45th         Dave Madders                  20.20 (New PB)

Full results https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/home/weekly-results

Teggs Nose Fell Race was also on Saturday August 2nd and three Helsby were out in attendance, Colin Thompson, Phillip Roberts and Tom DeJong.

Well done to Colin Thompson first in for Helsby at Teggs followed by Phillip and Tom (on his 2nd race of the day!)

12th         Colin Thompson                               1.05.01
28th         Phillip Roberts                                   1.12.55
50th         Tom DeJong                                       1.18.43

Full Results now available at http://www.macclesfield-harriers.co.uk/

or why not watch a clip of the start https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn4E-3VcbOM

Worsthorne Fell Race near Burnley was a near 11k trail and moor race with 900ft climb with three Helsby out on Sunday 3rd August. Three lady Internationals were in the race with Jayne Joy 2nd of the bunch to enjoy another day on the podium. Adair and Mario were both 2nd in their age categories. Fantastic support from Joe meant we got to see him twice on the course (I’m thinking Joe could probably walk round the course faster than half the field running it!)

22nd        Jayne Joy                             47.03
27th         Adair Broughton               48.48
52nd        Mario Foschi                      53.51

Full results here


and comedy gurns, legs and arms here


Arenig Fawr on Sunday was a North Wales Fell counter and a classy field will always be in attendance for these races. Phil was the only Helsby runner but did the club proud with a solid run.

Race report by Phil Gillard.

“When a sheep trod feels like a motorway – a lot of my racing this summer has been in races which start and finish at a carnival or fete, Arenig Fawr was different. The start and finish is a quarry to the north of Bala – a stark and remote location. The race is organised by Yannis; Yannis is a purist and a proper “mountain man” and the race reflects this, having run the inaugural running of this new route last year, I knew what to expect. The other thing Yannis is really good at organising is a support crew with experienced marshals and a team providing copious amounts of refreshments both pre and post race, so to be greeted with a cup of coffee when you had completed your race entry form was fantastic.

The race starts from the base of the quarry and winds up a zig-zag path for about a mile until you reach the base of a gully much like the one at the far end of Moel Famau but twice as long. Once you reach the top of the gully then you are on your own, the route is not marked the terrain is unforgiving (tussock, bog and rock) and the paths are non existent. From the top of the gully you climb to checkpoint 1 on a small knoll and then contour round under Arenig Fawr for about 2 miles to find checkpoint 2 and then descend into the valley below Moel Llyfnant to be faced with a mile of climb to the summit (checkpoint 3), as you are climbing the lead runners are descending via the same route; an inspirational site to see the likes of Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee descending at real pace. Back into the valley and then another tussocky climb up the top of Arenig Fawr, the conditions at the top were very windy, pity the poor marshals on checkpoint 4. The route between checkpoints 4 and 5 is probably the best running – a semi circular flattish run to avoid the cliffs to the left and then a tremendous grassy boggy descent to checkpoint 6 and the finish.

The joy of running in this type of terrain is the remoteness, there is something special about being able to make progress over difficult ground, trying to select the best line to make your travel as short as possible without taking in too much height gain / loss and avoiding difficult terrain. The sheep trods make life a little easier but the sheep aren’t always following the race route!”

33rd        Phil Gillard                           2.13.17

Full results www.wfra.org.uk

North Wales Half Marathon was also on Sunday and Helsby’s Jim Jones was the sole representative having a great run in the process. Race report from Jim below.

“I signed up on the day and did the North Wales Half Marathon. This race is promoted as one of the most scenic half marathons and I wasn’t disappointed. The views of the castle from the top of Conwy mountain at around 9 miles were fantastic. Fortunately the weather had also cleared a bit by then for what was nearly all down hill to the finish.

Notwithstanding the 600ft climb from Penmaenmawr village to the top of Sychant Pass, the toughest part of the race today was probably the first 3 miles with a strong head wind and blustery rain before we turned inland. The race website describes the first 1.2 miles as being on ‘hard sand’ (I must have been on the wrong beach!)”

Route and results below,

112th           Jim Jones                     1.51.29



Borrowdale is a classic fell race of 17miles and over 6500ft of ascent and our classy runner Jim O’Hara ran one of the best races he’s had in a green shirt for a sublime 34th overall taking a few named scalps along the way. Well worth a congratulations to Jim when you next see him.

34th         Jim O’Hara                          3.48.50

Jimmy does the Splits as below

Location Leg Total
Bessyboot 00:40:34 00:40:34
Esk Hause 00:44:33 01:25:07
Scafell Pike 00:25:11 01:50:18
Styhead 00:21:42 02:12:00
Great Gable 00:21:43 02:33:43
Honister 00:27:23 03:01:06
Dale Head 00:22:12 03:23:18
Finish 00:25:32 03:48:50

And Full results


Worth also noting that a runner was seriously injured at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Please do not take running in the fells lightly. Wear the right kit and spend time on navigation if required. No need to take risks out there!


If I’ve missed any news or events then please let me know. It’s great when I receive race reports and adds so much colour to the blog, please keep them coming

Keep on running



Club Talk – Eating Disorders in Sport Wednesday 30th July 2014

Wednesday night 30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run (approx. 8pm), Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!!

Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

If you know anyone else who may be interested please let them know

Everyone welcome