Helsby Championship – Current Standings 22nd May

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

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

Current Standings

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

Ian L



Helsby 2015 – 2016 Stats and latest 2016 – 2017 Updates

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

Helsby 2015-2016 Final Results

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

Current Standings

Publish 1

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

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






2015 Road and Fell Champioship


2015 Summer Championships

Road Championship
1. Sunday 15th February 11am Wrexham Village Bakery Half
2. Sunday 1st March 11am High Legh 10K
3. Wednesday 15th April 7pm Chester Spring 5
4. Friday 15th May 7.15pm Christleton 5k
5. Sunday 28th June 10.30am Penny Lane Striders 10K
6. Wednesday 5th August 7.30pm CGP Pie & Peas 5m
7. Saturday 15th August 11am Race the Train
8. Wednesday 26th August 7:15pm Capenhurst 5K
9. Sunday 12th July 10am Chirk Castle Half Marathon
10. Sunday 30th August 11am Ellesmere 10K
11. Sunday 20th September 11am CGP Sutton 6m
12. Sunday 4th October 9am Chester Metric Marathon
13. Sunday 18th October 11am Cheshire Half Marathon

Your best 7 results to count a minimum of 4 needed to be eligible for a prize. Separate men’s and ladies championships will be run


CGP –  Cheshire Grand Prix Race
Fell Championship
1. Saturday 14th February 12am NWC Moel Y Ci (BS)
2. Saturday 18th April 2pm NWC Ras Y Moelwyn (AM)
3. Wednesday 6th May 7.30pm Rainow 5 (BS)
4. Saturday 23rd May 2.30pm Hutton Roof Crags (BM)
5. Wednesday 3rd June 7.30pm ICC Robbie Websters Wobbler(AS)
6. Sunday 19th July 1pm Kentmere Horseshoe (AM)
7. Saturday 25th July 11am Gryn Gallop (BM)
8. Saturday 8th August 2.30pm ICC Teggs Nose (BM)
9. Saturday 22nd August 2pm Chipping Show (BM)
10. Monday 31st August 1pm NWC Cilcain Show Mtn Race (AS)
11. Sunday 6th September 11am Shelf Moor (AS)
12. Sunday 11th October 11am NWC Breidden Hills (AM))
13. Saturday 21st November 10am Penmaenmawr (BM)

Your best 7 results to count a minimum of 4 needed to be eligible for a prize. Separate men’s and ladies championships will be run

Mini – Fell Championship
1. Sunday 24th May 11am Mynydd Mawr (AS)
2. Wednesday 3rd June 7.30pm Robbie Websters Wobbler(AS)
3. Wednesday 17th June 7pm ICC Hot Foot up Moel Famau(AS)
4. Wednesday 22nd July 7am Green G Grass of Home (AS)
5. Saturday 19th September 11am St Johns Castle (AS)
The mini-fell series is aimed at encouraging Helsby runners to give Fell running a go, our more experienced fell runners will offer support in these race. The series is open to all to participate and we will keep a ranking, however to be eligible for the trophies participants must have competed in no more than 4 fell races previously. Your best 4 races to count. The races are short, steep and thoroughly rewarding!


ICC   –   Interclub (Helsby, Tattenhall, Spectrum, Pensby & Delamere Spartans)
              Fell Championship Counter, a presentation evening will be organised
              a Wednesday evening in August/September (date TBC).
NWC  – North Wales Fell Championship Race


For Fell runs please note FRA rules; runners should arrive at races prepared to carry all of the following “best practice” equipment:
• Waterproof whole body cover • Other body cover appropriate for the weather conditions including, as a minimum, hat and gloves but also e.g. a fleece • Map, preferably waterproof, of the race route and surrounding area • Compass suitable for navigating the course (GPS type equipment is not acceptable) • Whistle • Emergency food (long races).

More details from:-
Jackie Keasley (01928-724905 / 07960-570827 / jackiekeasley@btinternet.com)

Colin Thompson (07872 121898 / col808@hotmail.com)

Jane Ashbrook (07900 697303 / janebetts@gmail.com)

Joe Beswick (01928-732427 / joebeswick@supervet1.com)

Please see websites for entering and race details and to check start times.
Website links are on Chris’s Google Calendars-

Fell Races

New to Fell – Mini Series

Road Races

2014 Road and Fell Championship Updates

Due to popular demand you will now find the latest standings for the 2014 Road and Fell championships on their home pages.

If you like Half Marathons you are in for a treat with the last 2 races in the road series. Firstly we have the Warrington Half on 23rd September and then to round off the series the Conwy Half on 23rd November. I did the Conwy Half a couple of years ago and can thoroughly recommend. It starts and finishes under the walls of Conwy castle and follows the coast line most of the way. Well OK there is a bit of a climb up the Great Orme but what goes up must come down and once down its flat running all the way to the finish.

Just have look at the videos on the Conwy Half website to see how scenic it is


As for the fell championship it’s only just getting going with 7 races still to go. The next one is at Shelf Moor on 7th September.

If you still haven’t tried the Fells yet you really should. If you fancy an easier one to start try the King John’s Castle on 20th September. This is a fairly local race just over the Welsh Border and is very runnable though the last 20m up a near vertical slope makes the sprint finish interesting.

Warning – Hyponotremia

As a warning to everyone in the club I thought I should share my experiences of this week with you all.


Spent the day laying a patio in hot summer sunshine making sure I was drinking plenty of water.


Went for a 2 hour training run in the morning, again drinking plenty of water and took a sports gel to keep me going. Spent the rest of Sunday working on the patio, again making sure I was drinking plenty of water to cope with the hot weather.


Collapsed in work and needed CPR to get me round. I was then rushed into Macclesfield hospital where I spent the next 2 days recovering.

The diagnosis was Hyponotremia, which basically means my sodium levels had dropped down far too low. The combination of very hot weather and drinking lots of water meant that I had sweated and diluted too much salt out of my system. When this reaches extreme levels it can, as in my case, cause you too collapse.

Thankfully I’m still here but I do have a couple of cracked ribs from the CPR which are rather painful.

Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be a very common situation but given the potentially serious outcome I thought it would be worth sharing with you all.

The solution to the problem is to make sure you re-hydrate properly using sports drinks which provide electrolyte replacement and don’t just rely on water alone.

I will hopefully be back running in a few weeks time and will be making sure I have car boot well stocked with electrolyte drinks.



Border League Race 3 – Tattenhall

Sunday morning and Tattenhall hosted round 3 of this years Borders League.

Saturday’s forecast was for driving rain from the West and passing over Tattenhall at around 10am. Well nearly correct the rain  reached Tattenhall at about 1030 am and stayed there for a couple of hours. So the shivering runners started in a shower and progressively got wetter and wetter. If not from above it came from below as the tide of water rolling down the hills soaked into the progressively heavier and heavier trainers. Even Joe and Mario looked soaked as we past them once and then twice as they, as always, cheered on the Helsby contingent.

Like Helsby the running club at Tattenhall has the great advantage of being near the central Sandstone ridge of Cheshire and they made good use of it. The only flat part of the course was the bit used for the first and last miles which follows the same route as that for the Tough Team Challenge. The other 4 miles of the course were much more interesting taking an undulating circular route past the entrance to the grounds of Bolesworth castle. Having done quite a few of the Border League courses I can safely say that this is one of the toughest.

The race was excellently organised. For those feeling a little bit peckish and needing to warm up hot soup and sandwiches were available in the club house after the race. I must admit they did look very tempting but I had to dash back home to catch the European X Country championships on the tele.

So how did we get on

Helsby positions and placings as follows

42nd   Ian Landucci  37.35

104th  Jim O’Hara  41.40

124th  Jane Ashbrook   42.41

144th  Geoff Shaw  43.30

154th Albert Berry  44.41

163rd  Vanessa Griffiths  45.20

180th  Carol Shaw  46.25

221st  Andy Smith  51.22

265th  Janet Shaw  57.53

266th  Robbie Webster  59.13

Full results can be found at


Some great runs were had, Ian Landucci 1st home for Helsby, Jane top ten finish with a 4th in her age category, Albert and Robbie maintaining great form for a 2nd in their respective category, Vanessa on the podium with 3rd.

Special congratulations surely has to go to all the Helsby ladies who managed to place Helsby ladies top of Division Two on the day, something for everyone in the club to be very proud of and for the guys to aspire too.

Thanks to Joe and Mario for turning out to support despite the conditions.


The next Border League is 8th January at Abergele. Details will be sent nearer the time and maybe a good race to banish a few Christmas cobwebs before the Helsby half.


Ian, Geoff and Adair



Helsby Road Series 2011

Warford 10 Mile (Photographed by Steph Charman)



Another excellent series of road races made up this years contest. The competition was spread over a longer period than normal starting off in early April with the Spring 5 at Chester and finishing with the Conwy Half marathon in November.

A variety of distances were chosen to provide a good range, 5km, 5 mile, 10km, 10 mile and half marathon. The courses varied from flat and fast road races like Christleton 5km to multi terrain with hills at the Pie and Peas. The scenery also varied greatly from the park at Birkenhead, to the Runcorn bridge and on to the coastal scenery of the Great Orme at Conwy.

Over the season 22 runners split equally between the sexes competed.

In the Ladies competition the winner was Carol Shaw, running 9 out of 12 races and being first Helsby lady in 5 of them. In 2nd spot having done 10 out of the 12 races was Janet Shaw. Third place went to Jane Ashbrook who was first Helsby lady in the 6 races she ran.

The winning spot in the men’s series went with the form books and was won convincingly by Adair Broughton. He took the first spot for Helsby in 9 out of 10 of the races he competed in. Ian Landucci took 2nd spot having just about managed to squeeze in the 7 race quota. However perhaps the largest round of applause should be given to Geoff Shaw who took 3rd spot and was the only runner to complete all 12 races.

The final table for the series is shown below

Roads End of Season 2011

Finally I would just like to point out that as I write this report we have just heard that next years Christleton 5km has been cancelled due to traffic management issues. This is the latest of a number of races that have been stopped over the latest couple of years due to similar issues including the Cabbage Canter and the Farndon 10km. Therefore I would like to put out a plea to all Helsby runners for next year to try and support as many of the local races as you can while we still have them.

Ian L

Fell Series 2011

With the Breidden Hills race on 9th October the Helsby 2011 Fell season reached its conclusion.

Another fine year of racing with a couple of significant events taking place.  On 4th July Phil Gillard celebrated his 50th birthday by racing in the Hathersage Gala fell race. Then only a few weeks later it was almost deja vou when Andy Smith celebrated his 50th by racing in the Green Green Grass of Home, he even got the number 50 to commemorate the event.

Phils 50th Birthday - Hathersage (copyright Helen Moss)

The season also saw many of the latest Helsby recruits getting their first taste of the Fells. They all seemed to enjoy the experience and two of them Jayne Joy and Paul Porter liked it so much that they signed up for the Fell Relays. Hopefully this trend will continue next season.

The Ladies series was won by Jackie Keasley with Jane Ashbr0ok in 2nd and Rachel Arnold in third. The Three Peaks and mountain marathons are obviously excellent training

No surprise that the winner of the Mens series was Adair Broughton who seems to be getting quicker each year. Jim O’Hara moved up the table this year for a well deserved 2nd place and Phil Gillard might now have reached his 50th year but that didn’t prevent him from taking 3rd spot.

The full results are attached below

Fells End of Season 2011

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who took part in the series.  I hope to see you all out racing the fells next season.


Helsby 3 Peaks Challenge

Having been tied up most weekends this summer with a major DIY project my running had to take a bit of a back seat. So with the prospects of the first free weekend for sometime coming up I decided to make the most of the opportunity and get some training in ready for the Sandstone Trail Race.

For some time I had been pondering over the idea of doing the 3 peaks. However I didn’t want to spend 10 hours in a car travelling the length of the country to visit the three highest points in Scotland, England and Wales. I didn’t either want to wait until next April for the slightly more local Yorkshire version.  No my version was far more convenient.

So it was on a fine Sunday morning that I set off to jog the 3 miles up to the top of Eddisbury Hill. My starting point for this challenge was the central stone of the stone circle overlooking Delamere Forest. From here the plan was to run to the trig point on Helsby Hill and then to the Memorial on the top of Frodsham Hill. To complete the course the plan was to then return back to the starting point on Eddisbury Hill.

Given that my longest run over the previous 2 months was only a little over an hour I headed off towards Helsby at a steady pace. Following mainly footpaths but with some roads to keep a fairly direct route I reached the trig point on the top of Helsby Hill in a little over 53 minutes. The second stage of the route was probably the most familiar as a lot of it followed the normal summer time Wednesday club run route until it joined the Sandstone trail which I joined to head up to the Frodsham Hill memorial. This leg the shortest of the three saw me reach the railings at the memorial 32 minutes. Now all that remained was to get back to Eddisbury. Keeping a fairly direct route and sticking mainly to the trails, though some road couldn’t be avoided I returned to my starting point in almost exactly 1 hour.

After a few well earned minutes admiring the views and trying to identify the distant geographic features that are commemorated by metal plaques arranged round the centre stone circle I slowly jogged the last 3 miles home.

My total time for the Helsby 3 peaks route was 2 hours 26 minutes and 9 seconds. The total distance covered was 15.4 miles and I can safely say it made for a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday morning run.

The Challenge

So now that I’ve set a time for the route it seemed a good idea to throw open the “Helsby 3 Peaks Challenge” to everyone else at the club.

The rules of the challenge are pretty straight forward.

To run between the three peaks listed below following a circular route which must start and finish at one of the 3 summits.

  • The central stone of the Eddisbury Hill stone circle
  • The Trig point on Helsby Hill
  • The railings surrounding Frodsham Hill memorial


Great Warford 10 mile results (Road Counter 10)

Results from the Warford 10 mile race can be found on the attached link.



5 green vests toed the line for this 3 lap course which finishes in the grounds of the David Lewis centre in Great Warford. A nice breeze helped to keep the temperature down on what otherwise might have been a hot day.

Performance of the day has to go to Jane Ashbrook who not only  finished inside 70 minutes but also took home the prize for 2nd lady. Jane together with Alison Meakin and Nesta Hawker also came 3rd in the ladies team event.

Support was provided by Janet and Steph

Helsby positions and times as follows

30th Ian Landucci 64.57

66th Jane Ashbrook 69.55

96th Geoff Shaw 73.56

169th Alsion Meakin 85.02

197th Nesta Hawker 89.54

Also well done to Mick Charman who finished 93rd in 73.36

Steph and Mick  have very kindly provided some pictures from todays race