Helsby RC Weekly Round-up 17th – 21st Dec 2014

Hi everyone

Wednesday saw our annual Xmas Handicap race and it was great to see a good mix of old and new faces making this a big event on the night. Well done to Ellen Harris for storming around for the win and thank you to Jackie for taking the time to organise this and all our volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. Also big thank you to Dave & Lesley for coordinating the soup and mince pies for our supper. For those who missed Jackies original email please see her race report and results below:

“Our tightly contested annual Xmas Handicap followed by a Soup Supper and Secret Santa took place last Wednesday with 35 runners fighting it out along to the High School and back. Thanks to the timing marshals and Joe & Mario for turning runners around at Godscroft Lane. Congratulations to winner Ellen Harris, who has joined us as a result of Jane’s recent 16-23 taster sessions. Lots of banter about allocated handicaps, but in the middle of the field there were a lot of very close packed finishing times with plenty of runners to chase down on the final chip shop straight. Colin ran at the back most of the race due to a rather adverse handicap! He still did the fastest time though! Well done to everyone who took part.   Best Santa prezzie of the evening has to be the turkey hat!!”

Full results below:

    Rounded Starting Time Position Handicap Actual
FirstName LastName   00:08:00   Time Time
Ellen Harris   00:00 1 25:53 25:53
Michelle Hardwick   02:30 2 27:26 24:56
Jake Oldfield-Connor   04:30 3 31:03 26:33
Donna Geer   03:00 4 31:42 28:42
Alison Butler   00:30 5 31:43 31:13
Graham Lloyd   05:30 6 31:50 26:20
Tim Igoe   09:30 7 31:59 22:29
Adam Gordon   12:00 8 32:59 20:59
Benjamin Williams   07:30 9 33:06 25:36
Charlie Close   10:00 10 33:10 23:10
Adrian Jackson   11:00 11 33:12 22:12
Shan McCarthy   05:00 12 33:21 28:21
Emma Barnes   02:30 13 33:28 30:58
Chris Ashbrook   07:00 14 33:31 26:31
John Gallon   04:30 15 33:43 29:13
Jenny O’Hare   04:30 16 33:47 29:17
Rachel Arnold   08:00 17 33:48 25:48
Joanne Lacking   11:00 18 33:49 22:49
Phil Gillard   11:00 19 33:52 22:52
Christopher Igoe   05:30 20 33:53 28:23
Carol Shaw   09:30 21 33:54 24:24
Mike Searle   09:30 22 33:57 24:27
Andy Robinson   10:30 23 33:59 23:29
James Higgins   12:30 24 34:01 21:31
Janet Robertson   09:00 25 34:04 25:04
Gareth Boyd   12:30 26 34:06 21:36
Roy Gaskill   12:00 27 34:33 22:33
Jane Ashbrook   11:30 28 34:47 23:17
Vanessa Griffiths   10:00 29 34:53 24:53
Mike McShane   03:00 30 35:02 32:02
Stephen Wiggins   09:30 31 35:10 25:40
Carl Pratt   10:00 32 35:14 25:14
Colin Thompson   14:45 33 35:32 20:47
Mike Farwell   10:00 34 36:08 26:08
Claire Louise Miller   07:00 35 38:59 31:59


    Rounded Starting Time Position Handicap Actual
FirstName LastName   00:08:00   Time Time
Colin Thompson   14:45 33 35:32 20:47
Adam Gordon   12:00 8 32:59 20:59
James Higgins   12:30 24 34:01 21:31
Gareth Boyd   12:30 26 34:06 21:36
Adrian Jackson   11:00 11 33:12 22:12
Tim Igoe   09:30 7 31:59 22:29
Roy Gaskill   12:00 27 34:33 22:33
Joanne Lacking   11:00 18 33:49 22:49
Phil Gillard   11:00 19 33:52 22:52
Charlie Close   10:00 10 33:10 23:10
Jane Ashbrook   11:30 28 34:47 23:17
Andy Robinson   10:30 23 33:59 23:29
Carol Shaw   09:30 21 33:54 24:24
Mike Searle   09:30 22 33:57 24:27
Vanessa Griffiths   10:00 29 34:53 24:53
Michelle Hardwick   02:30 2 27:26 24:56
Janet Robertson   09:00 25 34:04 25:04
Carl Pratt   10:00 32 35:14 25:14
Benjamin Williams   07:30 9 33:06 25:36
Stephen Wiggins   09:30 31 35:10 25:40
Rachel Arnold   08:00 17 33:48 25:48
Ellen Harris   00:00 1 25:53 25:53
Mike Farwell   10:00 34 36:08 26:08
Graham Lloyd   05:30 6 31:50 26:20
Chris Ashbrook   07:00 14 33:31 26:31
Jake Oldfield-Connor   04:30 3 31:03 26:33
Shan McCarthy   05:00 12 33:21 28:21
Christopher Igoe   05:30 20 33:53 28:23
Donna Geer   03:00 4 31:42 28:42
John Gallon   04:30 15 33:43 29:13
Jenny O’Hare   04:30 16 33:47 29:17
Emma Barnes   02:30 13 33:28 30:58
Alison Butler   00:30 5 31:43 31:13
Claire Louise Miller   07:00 35 38:59 31:59
Mike McShane   03:00 30 35:02 32:02


A festive themed parkrun on Saturday saw a good turn out from Helsby at Delamere and Ben flying solo at Ellesmere Port. Colin Bishop had a great run for sub 18 minutes and first back for Helsby whilst Ellen Harris, fresh from her victory at the Handicap race, saw her first lady home. Also congratulations to Phil Gillard for setting a new PB on the day! Well done everyone.

Delamere parkrun

A total of 207 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #90


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jacob BROWN Vale Royal AC 00:16:40
7 1 Tessa MCCORMICK Vale Royal AC 00:17:40
10 9 Colin BISHOP Helsby RC 00:17:48
39 35 Phil GILLARD Helsby RC 00:21:27
115 25 Ellen HARRIS Helsby RC 00:26:26
151 41 Jane ASHBROOK Helsby RC 00:29:52
188 127 Ivor JOHNSTONE Helsby RC 00:35:09
200 130 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:39:24
201 71 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:39:25
202 131 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:39:26


Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 54 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #9


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard FARLEY West Cheshire AC 00:20:04
10 1 Anest MÜLLER West Cheshire AC 00:22:21
24 20 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:25:39


Saturday also saw our long trail specialist Andy Robinson run the epic Tour de Helvellyn, full report from Andy below:

“On Saturday I ran the Tour de Helvellyn: 38 miles and 8000ft of climbing in the Lake District. It’s a great event, starting from Askham, south of Penrith. It goes over the moors to Ullswater, then over Boredale Hause (399m) to Patterdale, over Sticks Pass (749m) to the north end of Thirlmere. This year we then had to run on the back road along Thirlmere, as the usual route in forestry was temporarily closed. I didn’t enjoy that bit much. The it was back to paths & tracks from Dunmail Raise steeply up Raise Beck to cross the pass (574m), skirt Grisedale Tarn & yomp down the valley to Patterdale. Then we retraced the outward route over Boredale Hause & back to Askham. Conditions were great: wet underfoot of course, but cool and with the wind against us in the first half, making the return feel a lot easier. It was certainly a lot easier than when I ran it in 2011 when there was deep snow on Sticks Pass. I had a really good run, finishing in 8:06:04, 37th of 154 finishers. I was first V60 by 90 minutes, and 6th V50. I’d have been 4th V50 if I hadn’t started off too early & had to wait 10 minutes for the first checkpoint to open. No idea how I managed to run so well – I wasn’t expecting it. If anyone wants a good challenging winter ultra in the mountains, this is the race to do!”

Full results are here.

Excellent running Andy and well done for your age category win!


Reminders from Jackie:

There will be no more 2014 Monday night training sessions; the next one is Jan 5th. A big thank-you to Joe, Mario and Jane et al for putting everyone through their rigorous weekly training sessions at both Helsby High School and Castle Park in 2014. Here’s a reminder of what’s going on over the Xmas period into the start of 2015 on the running front:-

Thu     25th Dec     Xmas Day Delamere Park Run 9.00 am  to work up an appetite for your turkey dinner! Xmas costumes welcome!   (NOTE – No club run Xmas Eve!!).

Fri       26th Dec      Goshawk Run 12:00 pm;an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run.  It’s also the Race the Walls in Chester.

Sun    28th Dec      Cross Country Counter No 6, North West Sunday League, Stadt Moers, 10:00 am. To lift share please meet at the club ready to leave at 9am. It would be great to see the Green Army out in force for this to run off all the turkey and mince pies. Our flag and tent will be there.

Wed   31st Dec      Four Villages Course Reccie.  As its New Year’s Eve, it has been suggested we meet at the club at 9:30 am for a run around the Four Villages course. There is the option of cutting it short in a number of places to about half the distance. More details from Carol    carols21@hotmail.co.uk
10K Time Trail to see the New Year out in style! Colin Thompson is organising a final time trail of the year, meet at the club at 6:30pm.

Sat     3rd Jan
         Cross Country Counter No 7, Cheshire Cross Country Championships, Bolesworth Castle, near Tattenhall. 1 pm ladies, 2 pm men, junior races from 11 am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators!  A chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals.  Pre –entry which is now closed. As a club we are expected to marshal a spot on the course. Please can we have a number of volunteers to help out whilst watching. Please let Janet Robinson know asap Janetmrobertson@gmail.com   Mon 5th Jan            Last date for entering the Northern XC Championship in Yorkshire, please let Paul know mooeyf@hotmail.com 

Mon 5th Jan             First Monday Night Training session of the New Year at Castle Park, 6.30pm.

Wed 7th Jan             First Club Night of the New Year, our usual training run followed by a talk by Andy Robinson on “Ultra Running”, hopefully to inspire us to do even longer runs in 2105!. Chip Barm supper.

Sun     11th Jan       Cross Country Counter No 8, North West Sunday League, Runcorn Town Park, 10 am. We need to support Warrington Road Runners in organising this race., If any one can help marshal this race please let Janet Robinson know in advance Janetmrobertson@gmail.com

Sun     11th Jan       Border League No 3, Birkenhead Park, 11 am.
Please note the Runcorn  Town Park Sunday League Cross Country on the 11th Jan actually clashes with the Border League at Birkenhead. Thus that day we need a good turn out at BOTH races plus volunteer marshals for the XC, to emphasise : if you can help marshal please at this and/or the Cheshire Championships on 3rd Jan please let Janet know asap.

A big thanks to all everyone for making 2014 a memorable year for Helsby Running Club. Thanks for everyone contributions which have all added up to a busy, successful and enjoyable year of club running. A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all and your families and supporters. Here’s to a very successful running 2015 for you and Helsby Running Club.

Cheers  Jackie
Your Chair


That’s all this week, if I have missed any results or races please email me col808@hotmail.com and I will update the blog. If I don’t see you before have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Colin T


Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 13th – 14th Dec 2014

Hi all

A cold and frosty Saturday morning saw frozen parkrun courses which resembled more of an ice rink than footpaths, but undeterred by the cold snap we had a good turn out from Helsby at the various parkruns. Stand out performances belong to Joanne who was 3rd lady at Warrington and Jenny Illidge 2nd lady at Delamere. Well done ladies and well done to everyone else who attended and braved the cold conditions.

Warrington parkrun

A total of 100 runners took part.

View full results for Warrington parkrun event #47

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Colin THOMPSON Helsby RC 00:18:20
14 1 Louise BLIZZARD Belgrave Harriers 00:22:06
16 15 Phillip ROBERTS Helsby RC 00:22:15
18 17 Carl PRATT Helsby RC 00:22:32
23 3 Joanne LACKING Helsby RC 00:23:50
29 4 Helen OWENS Helsby RC 00:24:24

Delamere parkrun

A total of 137 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #89

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Lawrence ECCLES Penny Lane Striders 00:18:23
6 1 Gemma Louise BARNETT Vale Royal AC 00:19:47
8 7 Edward HALLIWELL Helsby RC 00:20:14
11 2 Jenny ILLIDGE Helsby RC 00:20:53
14 12 Ian LANDUCCI Helsby RC 00:21:15
20 18 Gareth BOYD Helsby RC 00:21:51
34 5 Carol SHAW Helsby RC 00:23:22
35 6 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:23:23
46 40 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:24:09
48 7 Rachel ARNOLD Helsby RC 00:24:23
119 84 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:34:29
120 85 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:34:29
126 87 Ivor JOHNSTONE Helsby RC 00:36:26

Ellesmere Port parkrun

A total of 49 runners took part.

View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #8

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard WEBSTER Wallasey AC 00:18:59
10 1 Helen JOHNSON Ellesmere Port RC 00:21:47
22 19 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:24:43

The weather had warmed up a bit by mid-afternoon which saw the Liverpool & District cross country race at Stadt Moers with 7 Helsby vests making the journey over. A solid performance by the Helsby contingent with CBH taking the first home honours and comfortably in the top 50 and Jane Ashbrook first in for the ladies. Also congratulation to Claire Morton for running her first XC on a chilly day – we hope you’ll be back! Steve R says “great course, one of the best. I’d recommend it to anyone who fancies the return match in the Sunday League on Sunday 28th. Beginner friendly, easy to find” Well done all!

Liverpool and District Cross Country League
Race 3 – Stadt Moers – Sat 13th Dec 2014

Pos        Name                                                              Time                            Club 

46 Chris Baynham – Hughes 39 – 05 Helsby
65 Jim Jones 41 – 19 Helsby
77 Gareth Boyd 43 – 09 Helsby
88 Steve Riley 44 – 02 Helsby
94 Adrian Jackson 44 – 34 Helsby
99 Jane Ashbrook 45 -39 Helsby
127 Claire Morton 57 – 12 Helsby


Sunday saw Colin Bishop travel down south to London town to compete in the Regents Park 10k. Race report from Colin to Follow:

“Regents park today. Very cold frosty morning. Fairly flat as you know. Came 8th in a time of 35.17. Bit of a farce winner not wearing his number but allowed to take the finish. Enjoyed the race though. Good turnout with 600 runners.”

Well done Colin, great result once again!

And not one to miss a double racing opportunity at the weekend saw Jim Jones compete in the Litton Christmas Cracker fell race on Sunday. In Jims own words:

“I was away in the peak district doing the inaugural Litton Christmas Cracker fell race. Was lucky with the weather. It was very wet, but from the rain that had already fallen, What a fantastic route. It had a bit of everything a true multi terrain race. Some fast road/trail running with also some tough slippy climbs and descents. The half mile wading along the swollen bank of the River Wye was interesting – not quite knowing where the river bank ended and dropped into the river! With 1178ft of climb over 7.6 miles it was more technically challenging than some of the longer races I’ve done lately. Went over on my ass once and took a wrong turning but still finished 51st out of 166, so pretty chuffed. And I won the raffle afterwards! This race was well hosted by Tidesewell Running Club and I reckon they’ll easily reach their race limit of 200 next year.”

Thanks for the write up Jim and well done!

And finally to the most important race of the year – the Halton Haven santa dash! We heard that Roy had been training all year for this particular race, and came well prepared with race gels and recovery shakes (and knee high stockings!) 6 Helsby santas (5 men and a lady, or was it? It was hard to tell!) lined up for the short sprint over the Runcorn bridge, down the expressway to Astmoor and back along the busway to a finish outside the Brindley Theatre. It was a brilliant morning with Fitzy and myself crossing the finish line together to take the win (not hand in hand luckily, that’s how rumours start) Roy 4th and Joanne taking the win for the ladies. Phil Roberts and Charlie soon followed, but in a fun run like this most of us managed to repress our racing instincts, forgot about race times and just enjoyed the carnival atmosphere – plus it was hard to concentrate anyway with the amount of wolf whistles Fitzy was receiving on route! A mince pie and a pint of Guinness in the Ferry Boat topped off a fantastic morning. Also, I must add, the money raised going to an important charity at the Halton Haven Hospice.

Need I say more?

Need I say more?


Wed 17th Dec – Christmas Club Handicap
followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.

Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with handicap starts (which I am currently compiling!!).  Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave  will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up (davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com)
NOTE we have three club entries for the London Marathon so please bring along your London Marathon rejection slips and we will draw for the three places this evening.

That’s all this week. Enjoy the handicap on Wednesday and hopefully we’ll get a good turn out. If I have missed any results please get in touch and I’ll update the blog.


Helsby RC Racing news!

24-Nov > 30-Nov 2014

It’s a beast this week!

Road Running

Ravenstonedale 10k
The incredibly fast glide of Mr. Colin Bishop was on display at the Ravenstonedale 10k. In a strong field Colin came 6th in a time of 36:28. The course featured several hills around a beautiful village. One worth doing according to Colin; that word is law so look out for this one next year road runners!

Fell Running 

David Staff Memorial Fell race or Darwen’s theory of evolution – part 2
To start the report, I would beg your indulgence and allow me to paraphrase Darwin’s theory of evolution part 1 (the original) – a load of slow moving creatures moved out of their swamps onto the land, moved over continents into new lands, developed new skills and become a super species- the human.

Darwen’s theory of evolution part 2 relates to the evolution of the next level of super species – Helsby Running club’s ladies in the form of Jackie and Jane. How can they drink the amount they did on Saturday evening, retire to their swamps, emerge on Sunday morning, move over continents (Cheshire to Darwen, Lancashire), learn how to walk / run again and then deliver fantastic results, it is beyond belief. A super species if ever there was one.

Now onto the detail of the race, a short sharp route up from Sunnyhurst woods to the Darwen tower, across the moors, traverse back across the other side of the hill, climb slightly back towards the tower and then let go on the 1 mile descent back to the bandstand in the woods – a kind of fell running equivalent of a 5K – all runnable and nowhere to hide.

……………and by the way there we also some examples of the (slightly less) super species – Helsby men and Helsby supporters in the form of Bill, Jenny, Mario and Joe. Provisional results below:

  • 41st – Phil Gillard – 35.34
  • 70th – Tim Palmer – 37.40
  • 86th – Jane Ashbrook – 39.07
  • 96th – Paul Foster – 39.35
  • 138th Jackie Keasley – 45.22


Cross Country

Sefton Park
Race report from current chairman Jackie Keasley

A quick note on Saturdays Liverpool & District XC. A top class event and amazing to see all the top runners with a huge number of U23 in the field.   Results are on local Liverpool & District site and UKA site.

In the end I arrived late and ended up doing the men’s open race instead (I was runner 1294 in the mens race, no name assigned in results yet!), a good  thing really as it meant the “men” has a team of 6 in the race! Just short of 6 miles in 3 big laps of Sefton Park. A great atmosphere with a large vocal crowd and race commentary that could be heard throughout the race.

My second and third laps were an incredible contrast but both enjoyable and memorable!  I got lapped towards the end of my second lap, but it was an amazing seeing top speed athletes fly past all pushing each other and the finish line with very lively commentary. The third lap saw a hardy bunch of also rans continue around the park, in quiet solitude, an amazing contrast that sums up the full spectrum of running! As the race was won by 2 Scots, whilst steadily running through the beech tree walk at the far side of the park, Flower of Scotland and the Gay Gordons followed by Bay City Rollers and the Beatles echoed out, I’ll remember that for a while!

Chris Fitzpatrick writes:
6 Helsby runners arrived at Sefton Park all in awe of the talent on show for this 9.8km XC, it was a qualifying race for British Athletics cross country team that travels to Bulgaria in 2 weeks time for the world XC championships, Mo Farah and Andy Vernon have ran this over the past few years and Gemma Steel was taking part in the womens race again which she won last year, and yes she won again this year.

Its safe to say we didn’t qualify for the English team and can still take part in the santa dash instead. Great running from everyone, although Jackie fancied running with them elite men instead of the women as she arrived a little late, and as she said “I loved being lapped by the elite men”, think a few of us managed not to get lapped and I even beat CBH 🙂 ( it was actually Adrian) but sssshhhh don’t tell him (Ed: I am outraged, but also pleased as I’m sure Adrian got a faster time than I would have!)

Not quite sure how the results have worked out but there was nearly 600 runners but think the elites have been stripped out of these below?

Place Name Name Time Gen Notes
49 Chris Fitzpatrick 00:38:03 M Nearly sick
93 Jim Jones 00:41:38 M
108 Chris Baynham-Hughes 00:43:41 M Adrian
125 Steve Riley 00:45:43 M
138 Andy Smith 00:47:51 M
147 Jackie Keasley 00:51:18 F Top 10

Arrowe Park
Former Chairman Andy Smith provides an account of Sunday’s XC action.

A fine, still, sunny autumnal morning made for perfect running conditions for the second cross country race of the weekend. Going firm to soft.

I’ve raced at Arrowe Park loads of times over the years and still have a fondness for it as a cross country course, it isn’t the most technically challenging course, but has enough variety in it to keep it interesting. This year for the first time it the course was run in an anticlockwise as opposed to the more normal clockwise direction which made some differences. Leaving the narrow path through the tussocky grass until later in the lap removed this bottleneck, but the tight turns round the infield straight after the start still made for some jostling for position before the gentle climb to behind the hospital could shake the field out into some sort of order.

With 8 green vests lining up to the start line we had some impressive running from the Green Army; Gaz pulling on his spikes for the first time since he was 14; Colin B fresh from a tough 10 k in the Lake District; Colin T fresh from his new found interest in nordic skiing; Adrian looking fresh from his good run in Sefton Park – myself feeling less fresh from the previous day; and Ian Landucci, Lesley and Vanessa just looking fresh as daisies as always.

Thanks to Jane for support on the course and an impressive array of cakes for afterwards – more than we could eat, despite our best efforts.

Yet to see the results, but I think the combined men’s team were 2nd on the day against some very strong competition on the day. Well done to all the Helsby team.

Steve normally still sends me the results, so I’ll forward then on to you when I get them

Long Distance Trail & Ultras

Dark & White mini Mountain Marathon 
Ok, so not a long distance trail or an ultra, but it doesn’t fit anywhere else so here is Andy Robinson’s report from the weekend.

I ran in the Dark & White mini Mountain Marathon in the Peak District yesterday: 4 hours of navigation in thick cloud From Edale & around Kinder Scout.  I came in 48th out of 162 finishing teams (teams of 1 or 2 runners), 9th V50 out of 35 teams.  Results are here.  It was a great event, with everyone’s navigation skills given a full workout.

RunFurther Ultra Championships
After the race we had the AGM and prizegiving for this year’s Runfurther Ultra Championships – I won the V60 category for 2014, full details here.  I won a £25 voucher and some running socks.  I’ve spent the voucher on more socks – can’t have too many socks.  Then I got bladdered with the rest of the committee.  I’ll talk about the Runfurther series as part of my talk on Wed 7 January.

Fantastic result Andy, huge congratulations!!!

Peak Raid 3 mini Mountain Marathon 
I also ran in this race from Totley, near Sheffield, the weather was better & I wasn’t.  I could only manage 69th out of 100.

Ben Williams reports from London where the streets are paved with gold… but what are the parks like? Over to Ben to find out:

I took advantage of a weekend with friends in London to run Bushy parkrun near Hampton Court – the ‘home’ of parkrun. It attracts much bigger numbers than our local runs, but the route is open enough to accommodate everyone easily. The surface was a mix of grass and compacted mud, with very little of the run on tarmac. The most impressive thing is the way that the volunteers deal with almost 1000 runners, especially in the finish area. 23:31 got me 266th out of 964 finishers.

Looking at the winning time I suspect they are a pro in disguise!

Speaking of Pros, Colin Thompson showed his calss to take first in the Warrington Park run – Top work Colin!

Position Gen Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:08
266 242 Ben WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:23:31
Position Gen Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Colin THOMPSON Helsby RC 00:17:44
21 2 Joanne LACKING Helsby RC 00:21:26
22 20 Phillip ROBERTS Helsby RC 00:21:44
41 6 Helen OWENS Helsby RC 00:23:24
Position Gen Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
98 21 Shan MCCARTHY Helsby RC 00:26:49
112 27 Claire MORTON Helsby RC 00:27:24
144 43 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:31:02
145 102 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:31:03
196 69 Jenny ILLIDGE Helsby RC 00:38:08

Upcoming races and reminders

Sun 07th Dec. 11am
Name: The Cardington Cracker (Fell Counter)
Postcode: SY6 7JZ
Details: 9m, 800m, a tough but rewarding one around the Shrophsire Hills of the Long Mynd.

Sun 07th Dec. 11am
Name: Tattenhall – Border League Race 2
Details: 9.8K on country lanes, 11am  .http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

Wed       3rd Dec     Talk after our club training run, with chip buttie supper,  in the bar at the Club House.  From “Couch Potato to Marathon Runner” by our own Claire Louise Miller. Please let Leslie & Dave know you are coming asap davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com

4 Villages – Help Required
We’re currently short of Marshals. The 4VHM is critical to club funds, is why your membership is so cheap and it is the blue ribbon event for the club. Please contact Dave Feakes if you can help out.

Runners please remember it’s unusual for runners to run in their own club’s race, certainly when it is on this scale. Please could you provide a volunteer to help out with the marshalling (friend, family member, etc.) They get a good spectator spot guaranteed!

Don’t worry if you’ve not marshalled before, we will let you have full details of the role prior to the event together with a very attractive marshal’s vest.

Sandstone Trail Challenge open for entries!
Andy has update the website for this popular Helsby Race. 33 and a bit miles of fun is on offer and yes, there are jaffa cakes! One of the best value ultra distance challenges right on your doorstep so don’t be shy, roll up, roll up! http://www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/sandstone-intro.htm

Naturally Andy will also be looking for volunteers so if you don’t fancy running it but can help out then the date for your diary is Sat 9th May 2015. Please let Andy know if you can help.

Community Corner

Let’s get active in the community

Helsby Parish Council would like to develop the land where Sherwood Court once stood(by the Library), as a outdoor adult exercise park. They need to do feasibility study, so they are applying for a grant from Active Cheshire to enable them to take this project forward. So please vote and hopefully we can improve this run down area of the village.


Jackie, Betty and Colin, were also out on Saturday promoting Helsby Running Club at the open-morning event supporting the local GP Health Centre PPG initiative called ‘Keeping Well In the Community’ or ‘KWIC’ at Helsby Community Centre.

Xmas Drinks

No, We’ve not idea what Dave is doing either, but it makes for a good photo!

Chris Fitzpatrick, the ringleader for the Helsby Christmas night out shares his drinks report:

Helsby Night out was…well a typical Helsby night out, lots of laughter, lots of drunk people, and lots of great xmas jumpers on show, thanks to everyone who came and had a right old knees up, I hear people are now joining Helsby RC just to be able to come out with us, never mind running.

Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 8th – 9th Nov 2014

Hi everyone

Another busy weekend of running for the Green Army!

Firstly the Saturday parkruns:

Delamere saw 4 Helsby vests on the start line. Congratulations to Gareth Boyd for first over the line for Helsby and Rachel Arnold for first Helsby lady home. Also well done to both Gareth and Jackie for doing the double this weekend and attending the Borders League the next day! More on the Borders to follow.

15 Gareth BOYD 20:51 VM40-44 66.43 % M 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 15
36 David FEAKES 23:00 VM50-54 65.14 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 25
57 Rachel ARNOLD 24:37 VW50-54 69.80 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 13
75 Jackie KEASLEY 25:46 VW55-59 70.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 7

I think a special mention should go to our young rising star Harry Peake who stormed around the course in 21:43. Harry has been attending our 16-23 training group and his hard work is starting to show in his race times. One to watch in the future!


Warrington saw 2 Helsby runners and another PB from the ever improving Carl Pratt! A great run from Alfie Grady saw him first Helsby finisher and just pipping Carl to the finish line, brilliant running chaps!

25 Alfie GRADY 21:30 JM15-17 62.79 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:56 31
26 Carl PRATT 21:36 SM30-34 59.88 % M 25 Helsby RC New PB! 2


And finally over in Ellesmere Port saw sole Helsby runner Ben Williams with a solid run taking 41st place. Well done Ben.

41 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 26:01 VM35-39 51.31 % M 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:45 19


Saturday saw our intrepid fell running specialists Chris Baynham-Hughes, Jimmy O’Hara, Jayne Joy and Phil Gillard running up and down mountains in Llanfachreth. Report from CBH to follow:

A soggy Saturday in Llanfachreth (near Dolgellau) saw the unstoppable Jimmy O’Hara, Phil Gillard, Jayne Joy and me lining up against some of the finest fell runners in Wales as the Rhobell Fawr race got underway. The race was part of two championships (the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series). The course is a very traditional up and down the mountain affair which, coupled with a dry stone wall directly to the top, made navigation a non-issue despite some low hanging cloud.

The weather proved a blessing, providing a cooling intermittent drizzle and didn’t impede the simply incredible views on offer across the Meirionnydd. Foel Offrwm looked so inviting I was deeply tempted to extend the race, but by the time I got back I was spanked (both in terms of being physically knackered and metaphorically by Jimmy who has just had an awesome year).

Big thanks to Mario and Joe who were both on cheering duties – especially their strategic placement that meant that I couldn’t slack off without being seen for roughly a mile near the finish (I had nobody behind me and I really wanted to – my face in the attached photo is a result of says it all).

Place Time Name Team Age Cat
10 00:57:05 OHARA, Jim Helsby M34
30 01:01:15 BAYNAM-HUGHES, Chris Helsby M38
42 01:08:20 JOY, Jayne Helsby F33
48 01:10:22 GILLARD, Phil Helsby RC M53


And Jim, with another double weekend of racing, participated in the Manchester Area League cross country in Sherdley Park. Good running from Jim saw him 238th in a competitive field of 389 runners. Well done Jim!

Senior Men   238/389   James Jones         V45 34/62   West Cheshire AC                 44:02


Now to the main event of the weekend, the first Borders League race of the year! On Sunday, 35 (yes 35!) Helsby runners made the journey to Cheshire View in Christleton to do battle with some of the best running clubs Cheshire and North Wales have to offer. It was a tremendous turn out from the club, which must be a record number in recent years! Conditions were race perfect on the undulating 5.75 mile course.

The ladies had 14 runners out and delivering a brilliantly executed run saw Joanne Lacking first to the finish for Helsby, also well done to Carol shaw for 3rd in her age group and Jackie 2nd in hers. Great stuff ladies! A special mention should go to all our first timers in this race series, everyone seemed to have a great time with some even managing to smile at the finish line after a tough race! It was great to see so much effort being put in by everyone and it was rewarded with lots of PBs being smashed! The ladies team were 4th on the day, well done everyone!

The men had a huge 21 runners out and phenomenal running from Colin Bishop saw him first Helsby runner home, 6th overall and 1st in his age category! But the men were coming in thick and fast and with everybody giving it maximum effort we ensured the mens team topped the 2nd division on the day! A big well done guys, that has to be the best result for a long time! Thank you to our support on the day, CBH (and his 2 boys), Louise, Jane Bishop (who also provided the delicious cookies) and of course Joe and Mario. Don’t forget the next one is on 7th Decemeber in Chester so put it in your diary, Adrian wants 40+ runners next time!

Helsby results below: 

Rank Rank M Rank F Name Time Category Category Rank Club
6 6   Colin BISHOP 32:16 MV50 1 Helsby
10 10   Colin THOMPSON 32:33 SM 8 Helsby
36 36   Chris FITZPATRICK 34:49 SM 20 Helsby
56 54   Ivan DAVIES 36:21 SM 26 Helsby
63 61   Derek MORRIS 36:43 SM 29 Helsby
74 70   Adam GORDON 37:18 MV40 14 Helsby
85 80   Paul FRODSHAM 37:40 MV55 4 Helsby
89 83   Roy GASKILL 37:48 MV45 16 Helsby
108 99   Gareth BOYD 38:36 MV40 20 Helsby
109 100   James JONES 38:43 MV45 18 Helsby
116 107   Ian LANDUCCI 38:58 MV50 9 Helsby
121 111   Adrian JACKSON 39:19 MV40 22 Helsby
152   18 Joanne LACKING 40:26 SF 5 Helsby
154 135   Carl PRATT 40:28 SM 51 Helsby
159 137   Tim IGOE 40:42 SM 52 Helsby
168 144   Tim PALMER 40:59 MV45 28 Helsby
191 160   Dave MADDERS 42:06 MV40 27 Helsby
194   32 Laura BAYNHAM HUGHES 42:13 FV35 10 Helsby
195   33 Carol SHAW 42:17 FV50 3 Helsby
219   40 Janet ROBERTSON 43:22 FV45 7 Helsby
227 185   Andy SMITH 43:38 MV50 23 Helsby
234   46 Helen OWENS 43:48 FV35 12 Helsby
253 201   Mike SEARLE 44:38 MV50 25 Helsby
273   64 Jackie KEASLEY 45:51 FV55 2 Helsby
278 211   Benjamin WILLIAMS 46:33 SM 63 Helsby
296 221   Christopher IGOE 48:11 MV50 29 Helsby
312   86 Jenny O’HARE 50:04 FV40 18 Helsby
313   87 Shan MCCARTHY 50:07 FV40 19 Helsby
319 228   Graham LLOYD 50:21 MV45 41 Helsby
326   94 Jenny PALMER 51:12 FV40 20 Helsby
327   95 Donna GEER 51:57 FV45 16 Helsby
333   99 Alison MEAKIN 52:47 FV60 5 Helsby
334   100 Emma BARNES 52:53 FV35 18 Helsby
335   101 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 52:53 FV45 18 Helsby
336   102 Tanya DOWNES 53:18 FV35 19 Helsby


Full results: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/results2014-15R1.html

Green Army!

Green Army!

Just a couple of reminders:

5k Time Trial: Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn (Sun-16th Nov, start time 10am) FREE

Next Fell Counter: Penmaenmawr Fell race (16.1km / 10m, 594m / 1949ft) (Sat – 22nd Nov)

Next Road Counter: Conwy Half (Sun – 23rd Nov)

Next XC Counter: Sefton Park (Sat – 29th Nov) and Arrowe Park (Sun – 30th Nov) FREE

That’s all folks, if I have missed any races or results please let me know and I’ll amend the blog accordingly.

Colin T

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Helsby weekly round-up 8th – 9th February 2014

Hi all

Sorry for the delay this week but have had to wait for the Northwest Cross Country results to be finalised and distributed.

Delamere Park Run number 49 on Saturday 8th February saw Dave Feakes first home for Helsby in a great 23rd overall. Next home and first Helsby lady was Laura Baynham-Hughes for 32nd and a brilliant course PB. Well done to Hugh Barnes for his PB also. Nine out for Helsby in total, so well done to all who ran.

23 David FEAKES 22:18 VM50-54 67.19 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 16  
32 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:46 VW35-39 66.11 % F 3 Helsby RC New PB! 12  
34 Jim JONES 22:54 VM45-49 63.39 % M 31 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 6  
56 Carol SHAW 24:17 VW50-54 69.87 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 17  
73 Jackie KEASLEY 25:22 VW55-59 70.43 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 3  
79 Hugh BARNES 26:05 JM15-19 53.35 % M 69 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
97 Lesley FEAKES 27:05 VW45-49 61.17 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 19  
110 Ian HILDITCH 27:33 VM70-74 65.64 % M 88 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 21  
134 Louise MCEVELEY 29:26 VW45-49 55.61 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 26  

Full results available on the link below


Sunday saw the final Northwest Cross Country XC at Birchwood and a lower turnout from all clubs than in some of the XC races this year but we had a good showing from Helsby with 11 runners in total. First man home was Colin Bishop and first Helsby lady was Vanessa. I’ve heard no reports from the race but I’m presuming it was a muddy one!

9th        Colin Bishop
      Chris Baynham-Hughes
      Steve Riley
      Dave Feakes
      Paul Foster

13th      Vanessa Griffiths
      Janet Robertson
      Rachel Arnold
      Jackie Keasley
      Leslie Feakes
th      Lizzie Thomas

Overall for the season this secured 4th place for Helsby men and 3rd place for Helsby ladies. Helsby are also teamed with Lymm and Warrington.

Full results will be on Steve Saunders website as below


It was also the Liverpool & District XC Championship Sunday 9th February at Clarkes Gardens. Well done to John Hardman sole Helsby representative. Full results attached below. Not a bad turnout considering it clashed with the Northwest XC.

96th                  John Hardman            60.29


Sunday was also the Maddog 10k at Southport with 5 out for Helsby. Race report from Colin Thompson below:

“Myself, Steve Wiggins, Helen, Jo Lacking and Clare braved the rain and gale force winds to run the Southport Maddog 10k on Sunday. This, as always, is a brilliantly organised 10k race and a personal favourite of mine. On a good day it’s one of the fastest courses around, an up and back route along the prom, but sadly everybodys time was a fair way off their best due to the terrible weather conditions. We all still had a great run though and the brave singers (Elvis is still alive and well it seems) and supporters on route was excellent and one of the best goody bags and medal at the finish was a nice end to a very enojyable race.

8th         Colin Thompson           39.:03
220th     Stephen Wiggins          47:11
288th     Joanne Lacking            46:23
384th     Claire Miller                  48:20
512th     Helen Owens                49:54



Hope everyone who managed to run enjoyed the cross country season and with some great performances this year it certainly bodes well for next year too.

As always,

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 25th-26th January 2014

Hi all

It is a mixed yet quality bag of racing this weekend including three different Park Runs, some cross country and an overnight mountain marathon!

Saturday was the 47th Delamere Park Run and always the most popular of the local races. A top ten finish for Chris Baynham-Hughes saw him first home for Helsby followed by Jim Jones and Tim Palmer with a new PB. Louise McEveley was first lady home and well done also to Louise Spruce with a new PB.

8 Chris BAYNHAM-HUGHES 19:46 SM35-39 67.54 % M 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:54 2  
31 Jim JONES 23:02 VM45-49 63.02 % M 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 4  
46 Tim PALMER 23:49 VM45-49 61.44 % M 41 Helsby RC New PB! 9  
62 Louise MCEVELEY 24:41 VW45-49 66.31 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 24  
105 Ian HILDITCH 27:36 VM70-74 65.52 % M 83 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 19  
127 Paul BULMER 28:54 VM55-59 53.17 % M 96 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 7  
186 Donna GEER 33:33 VW40-44 46.90 % F 71 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:31 5  
214 Louise SPRUCE 38:34 SW30-34 38.38 % F 92 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
215 Jo FARWELL 38:36 VW40-44 40.46 % F 93 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 12  

For full results see here:


Saturday morning also saw the inaugural Warringon Park Run with a guest appearance from Helsby’s very own Roy Gaskill.

21 Roy GASKILL 20:18 VM45-49 71.51 % M 20 Helsby RC First Timer! 11

For full Warrington results see below:


And there were also two Helsby out in the first of their two runs of the day at the 150th Princess Park Run. Colin and Tom deciding on a faster warm-up than most headed to this venue with Colin even securing a new PB for the course as well as a sub 18 minute effort.

6 Colin THOMPSON 17:40 SM30-34 74.25 % M 6 Helsby RC New PB! 30  
49 Tom DE JONG 20:50 SM20-24 62.56 % M 49 Helsby RC First Timer! 4  

For full results see here


It was a big event in the XC calendar on Saturday afternoon at Knowsley Safari Park where the Northerns Cross Country were being held. No better words than Jackie’s in describing the day so please see Jackie’s report as below:

“The XC on sat was gruelling! You may have had other reports. The mud was worse than the Cheshire’s if you can believe that! Rachel & I turned up early with Patrick who was running in the juniors so he could watch the u15’s finish. Vale Royal did very well but at a cost of honking up for some!

After 1/2 hour of sun, a storm set in with hail & strong freezing winds. Mario & Jo found us the only non-muddy spot in the massive start area that was also sheltered, behind the tea marquee. It was a challenge standing on the ladies start line; the race actually got easier as circulation to limbs gradually came back. Two laps of a large & small loop with hills, strong winds in 1 direction, easier on the downward bits with wind assisted running. It was strong running by all ladies on a challenging day. On finishing, I returned to our sheltered spot to quickly put on warm clothes to go & watch the men start. Then all hell let loose as the large tea marquee took off. It was amazing it did not injure anyone as it has large metal posts. There were flying gas cylinders & tea urns. By the time we made it safe, mainly ladies, as all the men had already started, we were frozen, particularly Patrick who had been standing around a very long time. So we headed for home before the men finished. Sorry about that. Well done to all who braved the conditions, particularly to Mario & Joe who must have been wet & frozen throughout the whole ordeal!”

Some youtube videos of the day here




Helsby positions and places as below.

Ladies Race 8km

156th                 Janet Robertson                        42.28
164th                 Rachel Arnold                            43.01
170th                 Clare Louise Miller                     43.20
185th                 Jackie Keasley                           44.55
219th                 Nesta Hawker                            48.08

Mens Race 12km

301st                 Colin Thompson                        54.32
372nd                 Derek Morris                             58.00
387th                 Tom DeJong                             58.52
445th                 Gareth Boyd                             1.01.51
449th                 Steve Riley                               1.02.06
501st                 Stephen Wiggins                       1.05.08
523rd                 Andy Smith                               1.06.50

For full results  of the Northerns Cross Country please see here


Chris Baynham-Hughes not content with just a park run for the weekend headed to the Marmot Dark Mountains overnight marathon. He’ll write a more substantial report for his own blog soon but in his words regarding this weekend…

“I’ll be writing this up later as it was an experience and a half, but it’ll have to wait a little as I’m horrendously sleep deprived having spent the weekend out on the Marmot Dark Mountains race.

This is an overnight mountain marathon which was in the peak district this year. I can’t really think of a more extreme event that I have taken part in. For those out there that don’t know what a mountain marathon is, I will attempt to explain: essentially it is akin to orienteering over a huge distance, it has an overnight and self-sufficient element to it with competitors carrying tent, sleeping bag, cooker and various items for safety in case things go wrong – in our case a bothy bag had been added to the kit list (despite us having a tent too!). My running partner (Braddan) and I were out for 15.5 hours and for a good 8 of those I couldn’t feel my feet. It had started well with us nailing the navigation for the first 4 check points despite there being some pretty tricky nav requirements.

Anybody who has been up Kinder Scout in the daylight will know how treacherous it can be with all the groughs, but at night with only head torches to guide it becomes extremely difficult without mist, but with mist it is almost impossible…we had mist reflecting the beams from our head torches and it slowed us right down. We had every type of weather apart from sun and I ended up on Bleaklow in a full on blizzard running compass bearings in white out conditions. We experienced everything from freezing cold to rain, sleet, snow, mist, and wind ranging up to 70+++ Easily one of the toughest events I’ve ever done… It was utterly bonkers. All self-inflicted of course.

How did we do? Well we failed the course! Yep, the final box was placed within 100 ft of another box and it was the only box we didn’t check the CP Letters on as we were facing 70+ mph winds and got complacent about being home and dry.. well, home at least. I have to say though, I thoroughly enjoyed myself (believe it or not!).”

Good effort Chris!

As always please let me know what events (not just running either) you have been upto as I will always try to put them on the blog and I can miss events if you haven’t let me know.

Jackie has asked to remind you all that it’s the 4 villages wash-up meeting in the clubhouse after weds run, 8.15pm start if possible. The plan is for the committee to break off at 9 for a meeting for 30 mins (promise), then if there is still time we can talk about summer road & fell counter ideas. (Maybe someone can do a fish & chip run for us with our orders to give us sustenance!)

Also, some information from Gareth Boyd below

a) Calling all HRC members – don’t forget that we are having a post Helsby Half review meeting (discussing what worked well and things we can improve on etc) this Wednesday after the club run – everyone and any constructive feedback is welcome

b) I have 5 free places for the Liverpool Half Marathon (23rd March 2014) and 1 x free place available for the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon (25th May 2014). Anyone whom supported the Helsby Half event (ie helped out beforehand/in the build up, on the day etc) and would like to get either one of the 5 half marathon places or the 1 marathon place, please could they email me at garethboyd@financialrecruitment.biz and I will put interested names into a ballot and draw this Wednesday pm after the post Half review meeting

Think that’s it for the week…

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 11th – 12th January 2014

Hi all

Saturday 11th Janaury saw the 45th Delamere Park Run with ten out in the green vest led home by first man Ivan Davies and first lady Joanne Lacking. Well done also to Lesley Feakes for the weekend double.

11 Ivan DAVIES 19:48 SM35-39 67.93 % M 11 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:19:47 11  
36 David MADDERS 22:57 VM40-44 59.48 % M 36 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:21:29 10  
63 Joanne LACKING 24:16 SW30-34 61.40 % F 3 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:22:45 4  
69 Helen OWENS 24:56 VW35-39 60.70 % F 5 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:24 5  
73 Lesley FEAKES 25:06 VW45-49 66.00 % F 6 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:24:15 18  
88 Kevin SMALLWOOD 26:00 VM40-44 53.27 % M 80 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:39 8  
155 Ivor JOHNSTONE 31:29 VM45-49 45.74 % M 110 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:28:04 7  
159 Paul BULMER 32:09 VM55-59 47.80 % M 111 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:28:33 5  
160 Claire MORTON 32:10 VW50-54 54.82 % F 49 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:27:52 3  
161 Louise MCEVELEY 32:10 VW45-49 50.36 % F 50 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:49 23  

For full results see here


Warrington Road Runners, our team compatriots alongside Lymm in the Northwest Cross Country League hosted the Runcorn Town Park XC this Sunday 12th January. This was the penultimate race in what has been a bigger league this year with many new teams involved. The 4.8m course on the day was also slightly altered from previous years to have a little more climb at the start of the race. Conditions were good in parts, to very muddy at the back end of the course. The cold morning with frost on the ground made for a picturesque backdrop for the many photographers out on the course. Links below if you fancy a look at the photos.

A fabulous turnout for Helsby with some sensible people retiring from the race and excellent support from Joe, Mario and Jane, with added refreshments from Jane post race meant we had 19 finishers enabling both Helsby male and female teams to secure 4th on the day. Helsby ladies are currently in 2nd and Helsby men 4th.

We also had a good run from Jamie Dowdall but due to 2nd claim member rules unfortunately he never appeared in the results, fabulous to see in the Helsby vest though and a great runner to have in the team.

2nd Jayne Joy
11th Jenny Illidge
19th Jane Ashbrook
30th Rachel Arnold
39th Claire-Louise Miller
43rd Lesley Feakes

10th Colin Bishop
17th Colin Thompson
34th Chris Fitzpatrick
37th Derek Morris
40th Chris Baynham-Hughes
63rd Roy Gaskill
75th Gareth Boyd
84th Tom DeJong
86th Steve Riley
93rd David Feakes
113th Andy Smith
119th Adrian Jackson

For full results and further team statistics please

visitwww.stevesaunders.co.uk and follow the cross country links.

Photos from Helsby Flickr’s account taken by Adair here www.flickr.com/runhelsby


Put em Up, Put em Up!

Put em Up, Put em Up!

Photos from Dave Pinnington below


Missing from last week’s round-up was another tough one by the ever intrepid Chris Baynham-Hughes over Christmas (or maybe it’s a short one by his standards?) Account of ‘Tour de Helvellyn’ by Chris below.

“I did the Tour de Helvellyn. The course is roughly 38 miles from Askham, around Helvellyn (over sticks pass and down then back over passed Grisedale tarn) and is impossible to fully prepare for due to random weather possibilities for a race in the lakes on the Saturday before Christmas. With the weather forecasted for 90mph winds and persistent rain combining to bring a perceived temperature of -14 I headed out to the start line expecting a tough day. I wasn’t race focused, just looking to have a good day out – the event has a rolling start so it’s tactical to race it, making sure you start out at the right time can play a big part in overall performance and position. I started out early so I could get back to a family do and timed it just right to go through the 2nd checkpoint which doesn’t open until a set time; i.e., no point in starting too early! The wind was pretty strong, but more like 50 gusting to 70mph I’d have said and I was comfortable heading around in shorts and a paramo jacket. I also managed to miss the rain mostly with about 20 minutes worth of downpour, but the real foot soaker was running 100+m through 1.5ft deep water on the way into Patterdale due to flooding. No doubt it looked like a scene from Baywatch as I skipped through the ice cold water… ahem… moving on. Due to the rolling start I ran on my own at a comfortable pace all the way around thus was very pleasantly surprised to knock ~50 mins off my previous time despite the conditions. I managed 20th place against a pretty stiff field so was pretty chuffed all in all. Made a bit of room for the turkey at least.”

Well done to Chris for that one.

In other news, our Cheshire Champion Jayne Joy made a guest appearance in Athletics Weekly , see the attached link and thanks to Mario for the copy. The results section also references our Helsby runners on the day.

Athletics weekly XC Results

Many thanks also from Gareth for those who helped out at the weekend with the half-marathon preparations and let’s all make it one to remember this weekend. Still lots to do this weekend pre and post race and good luck to all who are running.

Chris Fitzpatrick has asked me to include the following in the round-up.

After the success of the xmas night out, we thought what better way to celebrate another successful half marathon than to organise a night out before the serious marathon training kicks in

So Friday 7th Feb 7.30pm Helter Skelter, a few of us are meeting up, would be great to see as many out as last time.

As always, keep on running


Helsby Festive round-up Christmas 2013

Hi all

Hope the Christmas festivities have been good to everyone.

There has already been a couple of Delamere Park runs since the last round-up email, not least one on Christmas day! Well done to Colin Bishop for his podium place and to Janet leading the Helsby ladies home. Special congratulations also to Stephen Wiggins securing a PB so soon after his last one.

3 Colin BISHOP 18:16 VM50-54 83.39 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 19  
15 Stephen WIGGINS 21:58 SM20-24 59.33 % M 13 Helsby RC New PB! 15  
18 David MADDERS 22:16 VM40-44 61.30 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
25 Janet ROBERTSON 23:00 VW45-49 70.43 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
41 Jackie KEASLEY 24:39 VW55-59 72.48 % F 9 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
47 Louise MCEVELEY 25:07 VW45-49 64.50 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  
62 Jo FARWELL 26:55 VW40-44 58.02 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 11  
64 Ian HILDITCH 26:57 VM70-74 67.10 % M 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  


Saturdays park run saw Gareth Boyd first in for Helsby with Janet Robertson once again first lady home.

22 Gareth BOYD 20:55 VM40-44 65.74 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 9  
35 David MADDERS 21:54 VM40-44 62.33 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
46 David FEAKES 22:33 VM50-54 65.93 % M 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 14  
47 Janet ROBERTSON 22:41 VW45-49 71.42 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
48 Stephen WIGGINS 22:49 SM20-24 57.12 % M 46 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 15  
102 Lesley FEAKES 26:02 VW45-49 63.64 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 16  
120 Ian HILDITCH 27:30 VM70-74 65.76 % M 95 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  
146 Ivor JOHNSTONE 29:58 VM45-49 47.66 % M 105 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 6  
150 Claire MORTON 30:23 VW50-54 58.04 % F 44 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
153 Paul BULMER 30:27 VM55-59 50.47 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 4  
154 Louise MCEVELEY 30:28 VW45-49 53.17 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  



For full results please see the link below


Boxing day saw the Round the Walls race take place in Chester, albeit without the walls due to an icy start to the day. Runners in their new Christmas trainers were treated to a two lap figure of eight muddy loop within the roodee racecourse.

It was a good showing for some of Helsby’s best runners with Colin Bishop, Jayne Joy and Geoff and Janet Shaw on good form…..Maybe it will entice Geoff to try some cross country races ! Colin and Jayne were both prize winners with Colin even beating local fell running legend Jezz Brown. It was also an interesting race to support due to all the familiar faces and to the naked gladiators and Father Christmas trying to run off all the mince pies and sherry he’s been indulgent with. Thanks also to Jane out on the course in support.

15th                         Colin Bishop       19.53
30th                         Jayne Joy             21.09
193rd                      Geoff Shaw        26.43
338th                      Janet Shaw         31.35

For full results please see below


Race 5 of the Northwest XC league was the 2nd event this year at the Stadt Moers course held on Sunday 30th December. Numbers were down from other races this season in this league, obviously due to the festive period but performances were as good as ever. Positions only available.

7th                           Colin Bishop
11th                         Colin Thompson
54th                         Chris Fitzpatrick
56th                         Roy Gaskill
83rd                        Gareth Boyd
90th                         Tom deJong
101st                       Stephen Wiggins
106th                      Paul Foster

6th                           Jenny Illidge
17th                         Rachel Arnold
19th                         Vanessa Griffiths
34th                         Jackie Keasley

This placed Helsby Men’s team 4th on the day and Helsby ladies 3rd. Overall Helsby men now stand in 4th and Helsby ladies 2nd. Well done to everyone and to Joe and Jane and others offering their support on the day.

And i’ve had no other information received but if anyone has any other results or events they’ve done as always let me know and enjoy your New Years Eve whatever you might be upto.

Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 7th-8th December 2013

Hi all

Early round-up this week as all results are in.

Two park runs this weekend, Delamere and York both on Saturday 7th December.

This weekend saw the 39th Delamere Park Run and even with a cold Helsby’s Colin Bishop managed to secure his usual podium place! I also believe Charlie Ashbrook received his 10 park run t-shirt, so well done to Charlie. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady home. Congratulations also go to Donna and Paul both securing course PB’s. 7 runners out for Helsby.

3 Colin BISHOP 18:29 VM50-54 82.42 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 17  
55 Rachel ARNOLD 24:08 VW50-54 70.30 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 7  
95 Louise MCEVELEY 28:18 VW45-49 57.24 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 17  
99 Donna GEER 28:31 VW40-44 55.17 % F 28 Helsby RC New PB! 4  
100 Paul BULMER 28:33 VM55-59 53.82 % M 72 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
101 Stephen WIGGINS 28:38 SM20-24 45.52 % M 73 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 11  
130 Jane ASHBROOK 34:45 VW35-39 43.55 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 17  

For full Delamere results please see the following link


A little further than Delamere Ben Williams took on the York Park run where Ben was 65th in 22.59.

65 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 22:59 SM35-39 57.72 % M 60 Helsby RC First Timer! 15

Full results for the York park run are available as below, not a bad time for the winner it seems!


Anyone else been further afield than York to do a Parkrun?

Saturday was also Race 10 in the MerseyVend 5k Grand Prix series with a top ten finish for Colin Thompson with a fantastic sub 18 minute run. Also running was Dave Madders

10th       Colin Thompson                        17.45
54th       Dave Madders                          20.52

For full results see the link below and look for 7th December results (scroll to the bottom)


Saturday afternoon was the 3rd race in the Liverpool & District XC League at the great Stadt Moers course over in Knowsley. For those who missed this race the course is repeated (minus a small first lap) in a few weeks for the Sunday League XC. Well worth a trip!

This particular race was a club counter over one small lap and three large laps accounting for just under 10k on what is an undulating course. (Spikes a must have!) It was a really good standard for this race too with the likes of Johnny Mellor in the starting line-up among others. Jayne Joy shone on the day with a podium finish and tore up the ground after the first couple of laps to close a big gap and finish just behind 2nd lady.

34th       Adair Broughton                        36.27
38th       Jayne Joy                                  36.44 (3rd lady)
41st       Chris Baynham-Hughes            37.22
76th       Jane Ashbrook                          42.21
80th       Steve Riley                               42.44
104th     Chris Hatton                              49.38
108th     Clive Wilkinson                          52.34

Helsby were 6th team from 11 so well done to everyone who ran. Special thanks once again to the support round the course offered by Joe and Mario

Full results can be found here


Sunday was a day of Santa’s and three wore a Helsby vest including our very own now champion Father Christmas Colin Thompson. Not content with a top ten finish on Saturday Colin decided to add a flash of red and white to his usual green and take part in the Runcorn Santa Dash alongside compatriots Roy Gaskill and Tom DeJong as well as another 600 runners. In Colin’s own words

“Myself, Tom and Roy were out for the Halton Haven Santa Dash yesterday (Sunday 8th December). A short 4k race starting in West Bank Widnes, up over the Silver Jubilee Bridge down the expressway to Astmoor, back along the busway to the old town and finish outside the Brindley theatre. About 600 runners out and a good run by all from Helsby, we occupied 3 of the top 5 places! I managed to sneak a win, Roy 3rd and Tom 5th. Great fun and a nice mince pie at the end finished off a very enjoyable race. Thanks Col PS there are no results for the santa dash as it wasn’t timed unfortunately.”

Make sure you congratulate Colin on his win and for Roy also on the podium and to Tom for his top 5 finish. Hopefully we’ll see Colin’s winning performance make the front page of the Runcorn Star.

Photo of one of our dashing Santa’s as below

Tom DeJong takes delivering presents very seriously

Tom DeJong takes delivering presents very seriously

Also on Sunday was the Stockport 10 miler. Two out for Helsby and well done to Dave for weekend double. Full results below

134th     Ivan Davies                   1.08.19
329th     Dave Madders              1.15.20


I’ve had no other results through but if I’ve missed anything out as always please let me know as I can update as necessary.

Keep on running