Your news please!

typewriterJust a quick reminder – PLEASE send your news in so we’ve all got something to read in the weekly blog updates.

Our blog writers have an uphill job getting reports out of you (and we know Col hates hills). Make their job easy – send it in! Doesn’t have to be about fast stuff. Maybe you got your parkrun under 30 mins for the first time?

Let’s hear from some of the new people – what was your first Borders League like? What was it like turning up for a club run for the very first time? If you’re at a race, have a quick word at the finish “Who’s going to send a couple of sentences about this?”. Don’t worry about the Enger-lish. Come on, don’t be shy!


Sport Relief 2018

We’re back for another one. Great, fun, family oriented event — as much about participation as racing!


It’s simple, just come along and sign up on the day. We’d love to see you there for what should be a fun day. Definitely not for clubbies only, you’re more likely to be pushing a stroller than wearing a Helsby club vest …though of course if you get the bug, we’ll be happy to support you on your running journey. And if that all fails to whet your appetite …there’s a subsidised bar to rehydrate/celebrate/drown your sorrows.

Sport Relief is about bringing communities together and we’re proud to take part. It’s more fun to take part than to watch it on the telly!

Run it, walk it, skip it, come along and join in the fun and if you feel keener & fitter then there are 3 and 6 mile versions too. Age 1 up!

Chris BH – Rockman and UTMB challenges


Our long-standing ultra runner member Chris Baynham-Hughes is too polite to grub for money within the club but if anything deserves a couple of quid, it’s this bonkers double challenge of the Norway Rockman swim-run, PLUS the legendary UTMB around Mont Blanc.

You’ll know Chris as our Wobbler race director but we don’t see much of him on club nights because Mrs BH normally gets the family pass on Weds. What you might not know is Chris suffered a desperately severe head injury ten years ago when he was living in London. He’s had an awful lot of help from all sorts of people along the way including the team at the Countess of Chester and HIP (Head Injured People in Cheshire). If it hadn’t been for their deeply committed and professional care he might still have a screw loose! This is his way of putting a bit back.

You can read the rest of the story on the Chester Chronicle website

Chuck him a couple of quid at his fundraising page and don’t forget to click the Gift Aid thingy if you’re eligible.


Weekly round-up – 15 May

Hello Green Army

Seeing I’m doing the blog this week I think I’m going to give my 10 year old daughter the best spot in the report this week…..over to Holly Fitzpatrick.

Race for Life 5k – Delamere 15th May
I ran the race for life for my friend Jack who died of cancer at the age of 10 recently. There was about 170 people on team Jack yesterday including lots of teachers and my friends from St Berts School. Together we raised over £15,000 for his charity which is brill. I ran it in the time of 41 minutes. Maisy (my dog) came over the finish line even before my Mum! My Mum went over the finish line after me but I did do a sprint finish! I had loads of fun running the race in memory of Jack!
A truly humbling experience watching from the side-lines, it was great to see a community come together and raise so much money for a fantastic cause, well done all

Park Run – Runners were out in Warrington, Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Widnes, Wepre, & Erddig, with our Bish claiming 1st spot again after a few weeks of injury, he’s back on form which is great news.

List of consolidated results below
Andy Robinson did the Marlborough Downs Challenge on Sunday:
33 fast miles across the Wiltshire hills on a lovely sunny day with great views. 119 finishers.
1st: Andy Davies, Mercia Fell Runners, 4:17:18
25th & 1st MV60: Andy Robinson, Helsby RC, 5:32:37
Full report on
Superb running from Andy 1st MV60, your back on form just in time for Excalibur next weekend.
A report from Gaz O’Connor on the Chester Half Marathon.
Perfect weather greeted the 6000 runners at the start of Chester Half marathon on the Roodee racecourse on Sunday morning. The undulating course has changed from previous years and now heads out through Mollington from the city centre and heads back for a finish near the town hall.

There was a strong showing from the Green Army, notable performances were Jim Higgins celebrating his 30th birthday by bagging a PB just a week after running the Sandstone Challenge and Jenn Naylor, despite shamelessly flouting the new UK Athletics regulations by wearing headphones, also getting a PB. Alison Halsall was first lady home for Helsby with Gaz O’Connor first male.
Full results are below

Good to see Gaz back on form as well, excellent running from all on Sunday.

A quick mention to new-ish member Graham Ireland, he did Hidden Howgills in Cumbria this weekend, according to Steve Riley it’s a marathon with hills (is it as hilly as Manchester though eh Steve?)

And last but not least a report from Laura Baynham-Hughes for one of our Fell Counters last Saturday in near perfect racing conditions.
Moel Eilio Fell Race, 14th May 2016
Moel Eilio was the Inter-Counties Fell Racing Championships race for 2016 and of course most importantly the next fell counter for the Helsby Fell Championships. A great turn out of green vests arrived in Llanberis for perfect fell racing weather. Blue skys and glorious sunshine saw 5 Felsby ladies and 7 Felsby men line up for a fell race with attitude. The race starts just up the hill out of LLanberis. A top notch field headed up the track and onto the fells, and up and up and oh up some more! Then it is a fantastic run across the undulating ridge, ready for a final climb and a not for the faint hearted descent before you are across a stream and back down the track to the finish. For once I remembered to actually look up and take in the views which were spectacular. I also fell in the river which was slightly embarrassing but also quite refreshing! Of course big thanks to Felsby’s cheering squad of Jo and Mario who were out on the route and thanks also to Suzanne, June and Chops (Felsby’s new mascot) for their support too. Jim and I had the honour of wearing the Cheshire vest and I think we did Helsby proud!
A massive congratulations to Laura and Jim for representing Cheshire at this event, just shows what talent we have at our running club at present

89 75.34 Jim O’Hara Cheshire
116 80.26 Phillip Roberts Helsby Running Club
123 81.54 Ben Fletcher Helsby Running Club
129 82.47 Chris Baynham-Hughes Helsby Running Club
193 90.43 Laura Baynham-Hughes Cheshire (FSnr 37)
219 93.59 Janet Ashbrook Helsby Running Club
236 98.38 Tim Palmer Helsby Running Club
245 100.34 Janet Robertson Helsby Running Club
249 101.03 Jim Jones Helsby Running Club
277 109.59 Rachel Arnold Helsby Running Club
281 112.26 John Whitehead Helsby Running Club
283 116.26 Sue Buck Helsby Running Club
Cheshire Ladies – 9th overall (Laura 3rd for the team)
Cheshire Men – 16th overall (Jim 3rd for the team)
Dates for your diary
It’s a road counter this coming Friday 20th May at Christleton on a very fast course, it’s sure to be a good turn out, and I believe it is sold out, don’t let that stop you coming down to cheer the green army home.
We also have a lot of runners taking part in Excalibur Mararthon/Half Marathon/10k this coming Saturday 21st May, I believe this one is stunning and has a hill or 2 thrown in for good measure.
I put out a post on Facebook last week about Tattenhall Tough Team challenge, this year its Friday 17th June, we are looking to enter loads of teams as per usual, I’m still gathering a list of all names wanting to do it, and we can then sort out teams closer the date. If you’ve never done this before you run in a group of 3, the aim is to stick together, and the last one over the finish line, the clock stops. It’s one of our favourite races of the year and costs approx. £8 per person. If your interested then email me if you haven’t already responded on FB.

Don’t forget to send in your race reports, without them, well, we have nothing to write about.

That’s all folks…Happy running green army!

Gresty’s Waste time-lapse

Our Richard left his camera running on a tripod for at the Gresty’s Waste checkpoint on the Sandstone Trail Challenge last week.

Here’s 3 hours of footage condensed into  just 6 minutes. If you’ve got really good eyesight you might spot yourself …obviously our faster runners will have been moving too fast!

2016 AGM & officer’s reports

So thanks for a great running year with the #greenarmy and here’s to a successful 2016/17 season.

We held our AGM last week – thanks as ever for everyone that contributed in major and minor ways over the last year. Long may it continue.

One of the subtle shifts over the last couple of years is the willingness of people to just give things a go – someone has an idea, chats it through with a couple of people and then makes it happen. That’s testament to the great spirit that makes this such a buoyant time for the #greenarmy.

Have a look through the Chair’s, Women’s and Men’s Captains reports below. Great reading:

AGM Officers Reports 2016

Free gait analysis and Nike shoe discount

Next week we have an event taking place in store specifically aimed at men, whereby several activities will be taking place. These include free Gait analysis for the runners, and free training advice and tips. Furthermore, we are able to offer 30% off Mens Running and Training Footwear to all those who take part in any of the event’s activities.


Get your legs fixed!

mind-bodyNot just your legs, get everything fixed…

Hannah from the club has kindly arranged a club discount for all RunHelsby members at her family business, based in Frodsham:

They offer a whole range of treatments but probably of most interest to clubbies are sports massage and acupuncture.

Give them a call on 01928 898 446