Quick Four Villages catchup

24076658309_f1d08496f4_zWow. Brilliant event!

Thanks to all of our organisers, volunteers, marshals, runners, supporters, the people of Helsby and those living around the course, the weather (you gave us a fright again!) …basically everyone that played a part in making this little race such a massive success.

A few links for you:

Race results

Race pics

Chester Chronicle race report

Chester Chronicle follow-up and picture gallery

FaceBook chat (you need to join, all welcome)



Llandegla forest – new route and new race

Anyone that’s done a bit of mountain biking will be familiar with the built trails at Llandegla, so the announcement of two new dedicated running trails and a new race are welcome news…


The Clwydian Range Runners are pleased to announce that a brand new, permanent, fully waymarked running route has been installed at Llandegla forest. There are two 10km routes (red & blue) and although parts of them are the same they differ in terms of the experience and ability required of the runner.

The Range Runners have been working on this for just over 12 months now and as a way of thanking the people involved we are hosting an opening race around the course.

The date is Saturday 20th February 2016
Registration between 09:30 – 10:30 for an 11am race start
Cost will be £5

Kit: due to us not being able to forecast the weather in February, which can be hit and miss from year to year, we will be expecting runners to have waterproof or windproof jacket, hat & gloves.

There will be the usual prize giving and thank you’s afterwards and the centre, as many of you know, serves great hot and cold drinks, cakes and light meals.

Llandegla_Running [route map and other information]
dash in the daylight v6 [race info, same as the graphic above]

RunHelsby on Strava

strava2I know lots of you use GPS watches and phones to record your runs. If you’ve not heard of it Strava is a brilliant tool for keeping track of your runs and comparing your progress (or lack of!).

There’s a bunch of us all sharing routes in Strava club — no more secret training!

Join the fun at https://www.strava.com/clubs/39022

This week’s training:

Dash in the Dark – night trail run series

The Clwydian Range Runners are pleased to announce the dates for this years Dash in the Dark series of night time trail races at the One Planet Adventure mountain bike centre, Llandegla. They are:
Friday 27th November
Friday 11th December
Friday 15th January
The timings remain the same, 6pm registration, 7pm start. Soup and a roll £1, free parking.
Also, please make your members aware of the minimum equipment list and the requirement to abide by the rules laid down by the Welsh Fell Running Association.
In order to control the number of people entering can I ask that this be kept within the running club scene as much as possible please.
We look froward to seeing at one of our races soon,
Gareth Jaggard

Running with the Kenyans

AdharanandFinnAdharanand Finn, author of ‘Running with the Kenyans’ and ‘The Way of the Runner’ is coming to Sparta! He’ll be visiting the Delamere Spartans on the evening of Sat 10th Oct to talk about his experiences training with elite athletes in Kenya and Japan.

There will be beer! Places are £5 for guests and non-members. This won’t be a mega-technical talk and should be a good night out for partners etc. Did I mention beer? Book your place by emailing tickets@delamerespartans.org.uk or posting below.

Should be great – he’s a good writer and has spent time with the best distance runners on the planet!

Inter club fell competition

Well done to Helsby Running Club for winning the Inter Club Fell Competition between Helsby, Spectrum, Delamere Spartans and Tattenhall for the third year running!

Race 1 was our Wobbler, Race 2 Hot Foot up Moel Famau and Race 3 this weekend’s Teggs Nose. Impressive Helsby turnout’s and performances particularly for the first two races sealed our win. Thanks and well done #greenarmy #fellsby contingent.

             Total   Tegg's Nose   Hotfoot      Wobbler		
Helsby        773        172         271          330
Spectrum      633        252         173          208
Delamere      324         62          93          169
Tattenhall    244          0         182           62


Full results: Inter-club fell race competition 2015 – standings after race 3

2014/15 championship winners

We’re delighted to announce the following winners of the 2014 road and fell championships and the 2014/15 XC and Border’s League winners. Congratulation all on your trophies, representing a lot of dedication and hard work. Thanks also to everyone else for taking part — you’re all winners!

Roads Championship
2014 Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
2014 Men’s Runner Up Roy Gaskill
2014 Men’s Senior Winner Stephen Wiggins
2014 Men’s V40 Winner Dave Madders
2014 Men’s V50 Winner Ian Landucci
2014 Men’s V60 Winner Geoff Shaw
2014 Ladies Champion Joanne Lacking
2014 Ladies Runner Up Louise McEveley
2014 Ladies V50 Winner Carol Shaw
Fells Championship
2014 Men’s Champion Jim O’Hara
2014 Men’s Runner Up Phil Gillard
2014 Men’s Senior Winner Chris Baynham-Hughes
2014 Men’s V40 Winner Paul Foster
2014 Men’s V45 Winner Steve Riley
2014 Men’s V50 Winner Dave Feakes
2014 Men’s V60 Winner Mario Foschi
2014 Ladies Winner Rachel Arnold
2014 Ladies Runner Up Jackie Keasley
2014 Ladies V35 Winner Jane Ashbrook
2014 Ladies V45 Winner Janet Robertson
Cross Country Championship
2014/15 Men’s Champion Adrian Jackson
2014/15 Men’s 2nd place Steve Riley
2014/15 Men’s 3rd place Andy Smith
2014/15 Ladies Champion Jackie Keasley
2014/15 Ladies 2nd place Jane Ashbrook
2014/15 Ladies jnt 3rd place Janet Robertson
2014/15 Ladies jnt 3rd place Vanessa Griffiths
Borders League
2014/15 Men’s Champion Colin Thompson
2014/15 Men’s 2nd place Colin Bishop
2014/15 Men’s 3rd place Adam Gordon
2014/15 Ladies Champion Carol Shaw
2014/15 Ladies 2nd place Joanne Lacking
2014/15 Ladies 3rd place Shan McCarthy
Club Champions
2014/15 Men’s Club Champion Colin Thompson
2014/15 Ladies Club Champion Joanne Lacking
2014/15 Most Improved Man Colin Bishop
2014/15 Most Improved Lady Emma Barnes
2014/15 Greatest Comeback Adrian Jackson
2014/15 Joe Beswick Runner’s Runner Steve Wiggins

The full spreadsheet is here, together with previous winners – Helsby Champs 2014-2015

Four Villages charity donations

A big thank you to everyone who opted to donate their refund from the 2015 Essar Four Villages Half Marathon to our charity partners.

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been able to donate over £25,000 to local groups involved in the race and our two local hospices, Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester. We’ve already had fantastic feedback on the difference this money will make to these organisations. So a big thank you again.

We’re now planning for 2016 and are making some changes to try to ensure the weather doesn’t beat us again. As you may remember, we asked all 2015 entrants if it should be moved to later in the year. Around 1,500 entrants responded and over 70% wanted it to remain in January.

We’re pleased to let you know next year’s race will take place on Sunday 17 January 2016. Entries open 1 October 2015. Check back in September for entry details. We hope to welcome you again to our race in January.

Best wishes,

The Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon Team