Helsby RC weekly round-up 23rd to 29th April 2018

Hello all

Lots to report this week so let’s get started!


No track this coming Bank Holiday, Joe and Mario are having a well earned break. Track will commence the following week.

We have a couple of races coming up:

Tuesday 8th May – Walton Park 5 mile (6th road counter), still places left:


Tuesday 8th May – Thurstaston Multi-Terrain Challenge – Pay on the night (£5 aff)


Felsby Vs Helsby – Dinas Bran fell race – Weds 9th May – Pay on the night

Tough Team Challenge

Last shout to anyone who would like to take part in the Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge on 22nd June.

I have four men’s teams confirmed so far, these are:

Col T
Danny Ryder

Rich Hankins
Ian Hamling
Gaz Boyd

Mike Williams
Phil Gillard
Roy Gaskill

Trevor Lewis
Ed Halliwell

Please let me know by Sunday as I’ll be posting entries out then (col808@hotmail.com) or Facebook.

Dearnford Relay

Last shout out to anyone wanting to take part in the Dearnford Lake Relays in July. Fitzy has the following up to now who would like to take part. Ideally we need 2 more, and he will then sort teams.

Rachael Holden
John Whitehead
Col Thompson
Gill Fitz
Helen Owens
Paul C
Jane A
Geoff C
Jim Higgins

Please message Fitzy if you wish to take part.

Borders League – Shotton

Report by Fitzy

Last Weds seen us travel over to Shotton to take part in the last race of our Borders League season. Both men’s and ladies teams had built up a good season’s points tally  to pretty much guarantee top flight status. 20 Helsby runners attended this one, 16 men and 4 ladies all started along side the River Dee, on a chilly and windy evening. The course seen you head along the river side to double back on yourself, and head off down the Greenway cycle path, a little loop of the local industrial estate and then back along the riverside to a very fast finish, on which was a very flat course.

First home for the men was myself followed by Chris Collins and the captain Col Thompson, first home for the ladies was Rachael Holden, followed by Debbie Read and the returning Helen Owens (welcome back). The ladies team incurred penalty points on the night as only had 3 finishers which meant they finished last on the night but 5th overall. The mean came 5th on the night, but 4th overall for their highest season finish to date for quite some time.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has taken part this season, whether you ran, supported or baked cakes, you know who you all are. I think it’s only right that I would love for us to try and move up the table next year, but i would love to see us get more and more runners to these races. It is noticed how many smiley green army faces there is month after month, and I’ve also been told we are all pretty loud as well.

Pre-season training starts in August, so you can all have a few months off now from me nagging and I’ll be back later in the summer to start pestering away again for the new season in Sept/Oct.

HRC Borders

Mid-Cheshire 5K

Report by Carol Shaw

13 Helsby runners took part in Mid Cheshire 5K at Kingsley on Friday April 27th. The rain held off throughout the race, and the running conditions were perfect. Chris Fitzpatrick was the first runner home with a pb time of 16.53. Chris’ efforts were also captured on the film footage from the drone! Rachel Holden also got a pb with a time of 22.22. Carol won an age category prize. Dave Feakes, Carol and Rachael finished within seconds of each other. Susie Woodward Moor ran well and finished in 22.48. Almost exactly the same time as last year. Thanks to Vanessa, Andy and Sue for their support out on the course.


Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Report by Laura Baynham Hughes

Saturday saw the 2nd fell counter of the season with a trip over to North wales for the Llangynhafal Loop. This is a regular counter in the Helsby fell championship, a great local race and this year was also part of the North Wales Fell series. 4 ladies and 4 men donned the green vest for a jaunt around the hills on a glorious day – not forgetting Joe and Mario out on the course and my own personal cheering squad of the B-H boys! You always have to be a bit concerned when the first thing the race director says to you on arrival is ‘ don’t worry, but there is a bull in the field you need to walk through to get to the start, if you are concerned you can go down the lane and around – up to you!” Right, through the field it is then!

Luckily we all made it to the start field in one piece and had a really enjoyable race. Max had a cracker, finishing in 3rd place overall, Janet enjoyed a sprint finish thanks to Anne from Wirral (first time Janet wasn’t beaming as she crossed the line!), great to see Rebecca back joining the fellsby crew and I was chuffed with my 2nd place (more wine for the fridge!). Hope to see some more #greenarmy vests at next fell counter which is Lads Leap in Glossop on 19 May. If you want to give the fells a go but not sure about kit or got any questions just ask as it would be great to see more green vests enjoying these great races.


Please find a link to the HRC consolidated results. Well done to everyone who took part, especially Jenny Illidge for a fantastic win at Phoenix Park!!

That’s all this week folks, thank you to everyone who sent in a report, we couldn’t do the blog without you so keep them coming!! The HRC inbox is helsby-race-reports@outlook.com.

Keep on running…

Col T



Helsby RC Racing News 18th-24th May 2015

It’s that exciting time of the week again!  I bet you all have been waiting with utter delight and excitement to see what the Green Army have been up to.

Track Running

On a May spring evening, Chris Fitzpatrick and Colin Thompson decided to turn pro athletes and rock up to a Trafford AC Grand Prix 5k race on a track in Stretford.  Only 6 others decided this was also a good idea and armed with their Garmins and 2 day hangovers, they ran 12 laps of the Stretford track.  Colin finished in 6th position in 17:19 with Chris finishing in 7th, not too far behind in 17:35.  (Gaz kindly informing him, this was second to last…).   There was much despair when Chris clocked his Garmin had 3.23 miles as the distance and thought the track was long…  A hilarious discussion on Facebook ensued with Chris coming out looking a right plonker.   However, well done lads.

The Most Excellent Fell Adventures of Max, Phil & Jim (and other fell racing adventures…)

Some brilliant fell running is happening at the moment at Fellsby RC.  Joe Beswick is positively 18 again with all the excitement of it all!

There is a wonderful bromance developing at Helsby RC, between Max Wainwright, Phil Roberts and Jimbo Jones (with the added delight of CBH at many of these shindigs).   They spend many a Spring weekend flouncing up fells, holding hands whilst discussing what is the best gear to look as feminine as possible, in.  Phil seems to be adept at picking the most girly of fell shoes.

They kicked the weekend off with a very tough race at Moel Eilio, 3000ft of climb in 9 miles and Max who is on fire at the moment, finished in a brilliant 2nd place in 1:11.  The most improved fell mincer has to be Phil Roberts though, he is a racing snake at the moment and all down to clean eating, not drinking like a Docker and consistent training, Phil finished in an impressive 20th place in 1:20 .  Chris Baynham-Hughes behind Phil in 1:24 (35th)  and finally Jim Jones in a not too shabby 1:33 and 56th place.

Report from Chris….

Warm, close weather and good visibility greeted four intrepid Fellsby runners on Saturday for what has to be one of the great fell race routes; Moel Eilio. A long steep start took us up to the top of Moel Eilio after which we were treated to fantastic undulating ridge running and utterly spectacular Snowdonia scenery to distract us from the effort to get to the top of Moel Cynghorion. Broadly it was the reverse of the 2013 fell relays leg 2 route (which borrows heavily from the magnificent Paddy Buckley route), this meant from the top of Cynghorion it was a bonkers descent back down to Llanberis.

Four very happy faces returned safe and well – despite Jim running backwards to play with his new toy (GoPro), Phil Roberts putting in a major shift to deliver a fantastic run (kicking my backside by about 5 minutes) and mighty Max proving he can’t be that much of a downhill Princess as he glided home to an absolutely stunning second place finish in a North Wales Counter. He’s reported to have had a look that casually said “Meh, I’ve got it covered” when he was informed about the runner behind him. Now I know Max is a class act, but he stretched even beyond my expectations of him on this one. Hat is tipped yet again! So the lesson I’m taking away is that three out of the four have been racing in the fell at every opportunity this year and give evidence to the theory of “the more you race the better you get”, whereas I need to get practicing in the hills if I’m going to get close to being competitive again.

Fantastic day that couldn’t even be marred by Max’s hair looking more and more like Bieber’s every time we see him.

Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run, Trefonen

The first of our “mini fell series” saw a superb turn out of green vests on Sunday. Even the organiser thanked us before the start which was replied with a resounding cry of “Green Army!” Around 20 vests lined up for the short undulating route around the hills of Trefonen. This course is a great introduction to fell/hill racing, challenging enough to make you work hard with the sharp hills but also short enough to not have you crawling over the finish line. A flat tarmac finish was a welcoming surprise and by the looks of things everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. An award ceremony in the village hall afterwards saw Max win a prize for a fantastic 2nd place overall and first home for the Helsby men whilst Joanne Lacking was first home for the Helsby ladies (and 1st in her age cat). Also a big congratulations to Janet Robertson for winning her age category on the day. A black Labrador called Eddie also tried to steal the limelight but they had no category for Canines 🙂 A huge congratulations to all our fell beginners, no results have been published so far so we are unable to determine the positions in the series but this will be updated in the blog once they become available.

Hutton Roof fell race

Over to Phil Gillard for report on the Hutton Roof…

Bank holiday races are great; normally based around a village fete, not too taxing so the locals can join in and loads and loads of brilliant cakes – the Hutton Roof race is no exception. Just on the cusp of North Yorkshire and South Cumbria; a picturesque little village with lovely people who bake brilliant cakes (have I mentioned that before?).

The one disadvantage of Bank holiday races is the traffic, Saturday brought lots of slowing moving traffic in abundance and so the Helsby runners who set off to run the race found getting there on time the most challenging part of the day (but once you got there the cakes were brilliant). The one exception being Jane who was staying close by anyway (Jane enjoyed the cakes too). Mario, Jane and Phil made it, although Mario was just on time, Steve Riley made it but not in time to race (despite not being able to race, he got the opportunity to try the cakes)

The race itself starts from the fete and then takes you on a climb similar in height and gradient to Helsby hill, things then level out onto a single track through some woods and then out onto the limestone ridge with fantastic views – good fast running on grass, the temptation here is to go fast and not save enough for the major climb of Farleton Knott – about 400m of hands on knees work which is rewarded by a traverse of some gnarly bit of rocks and then a fast return over grassland and back through the woods with a nice downhill finish. Seven miles of sheer unadulterated joy, a race anybody who is used to our hill run would find really rewarding.

One piece of advice I would give to the organisers is perhaps to have cake stops rather than water stops, we had to wait until we finished and fortunately there were loads left despite Helen running amok with cake tokens from my wallet.

All three Helsby runners came in pretty close succession and were then able to enjoy the cakes along with Joe who earned his reward (of cake) as a result of his fantastic support.

Ox Ultra, Oxfordshire

Then we had our ultra fell runner stalwart, Andy Robinson complete the Ox Ultra, which in his words he describes as “36 miles of fast trail running, but in my case, not so fast”.  Ha!  Well 26th out of 158 finishers seems very fast to me and a huge well done to you, Andy.  Very inspirational to many.


Delamere parkrun results:

Louise McElveley: 22:49
Janet Robinson: 22:49
Rhea Thomas: 27:13
Claire Morton: 33:09
Paul Bulmer: 33:09
Steven Wiggins: 33:09

Warrington parkrun results:

Joanne Lacking: 21:33 (3rd female)

Widnes parkrun results:

Colin Thompson:  17:43 (3rd male)
Derek Morris: 25:43

Special mention to Jane Ashbrook and Louise McEveley who this weekend, are both running marathons.  Jane is running Edinburgh and Louise is a maniac and has chosen the Excalibur in Wales, for her first 26.2 miler!  Good luck ladies!  Go smash it!


Good Friday magic mile results

Great turn out today…thanks to all the helpers and runners, good job! Special thanks to Albert for some great Beery prizes…if you want more check out: www.dbbrew.com

Good Friday Magic Mile Results 2013. (organised by Jane Ashbrook)

Position Time Name Cat
1 5.56 Colin Thompson 1 M
2 6.12 Matt Larkin 2 M
3 6.14 Roy Gaskill 3 M
4 6.16 Tom De-Jong 4 M
5 6.27 Adrian Jackson 5 M
6 6.31 Ivan Davies (and George) 6 M
7 6.56 Robert Salmon 1(u16)
8 7.02 Janet Robertson 1 L
9 7.26 Owen James 2(u16)
10 7.33 Peter Causton 7 M
11 8.10 Jo Farwell 2 L
12 8.12 Jamie Cartwright 3(u16)
13 8.18 Larkin family 1 R
14 8.20 Alex Causton 4(u16)
15 8.42 Mollie Stradling 3 L
16 8.45 Sarah Larkin 4 L
17 8.53 Charlotte Case 5(u16)
18 9.08 Toby Causton 6(u16)
19 9.16 James Bell 7(u16)
20 10.00 Lydia Case 8(u16)
21 10.01 Sharon Case 5 L
22 10.02 Danial O’Hare 9(u16)
23 10.02 Franks O’Hare 8 M
24 10.43 Heather Salmon 10(u16)
25 10.44 Mike Salmon 9 M
26 11.11 Charlie Ashbrook 11(u16)
27 11.12 Chris Ashbrook 10 M
28 12.15 Maya Bell 12(u16)
29 12.16 Nathalie Bell 6 L
30 12.27 Emma Haliday 13(u16)
31 12.27 Jessica Butler 14(u16)
32 12.42 Robinson Family 2 R
33 12.42 Paul Porter and family!
34 14.33 William Butler 15(u16)
35 14.33 Alison Butler 7 L
37 DNF Chris Larkin
38 DNF Joe Bell


Robbie Webster

Hi all

Obviously it’s with great sadness that I send out this weekend’s results as there is a notable name missing from the results. Last year Robbie Webster was either first or second v70 in each Border League race and even this year was still running in the hills, often seen at a fell race or bounding over Helsby in the daytime.

Below is a profile of Robbie that Joe and Mario have given me as many of the new runners may not have known Robbie plus more long term members might like to look at too, as it covers many of Robbies best times. It will be nice to add some comments to this blog article if you get the chance and maybe share some memories or wish your best to his family

Profile – Robbie Webster                                         Robbie at Hathersage 2011

Robbie didn’t start running till he was 31 but achieved a sub 3 hour marathon and 35 minute ten k among other accomplishments as well as some great battles at races in the club against the likes of Andy Todd.

I know many of you will have your own memories to cherish and I for one will be thankful that I got to spend a little time with Robbie at races and see him enjoying the hills, especially him tackling Cadar Idris earlier this year and the banter he had with Jimmy at each of the fell races was brilliant to behold. Being in the hills walking was something he did with a lot of his spare time and I know many of you will feel the same loss. If you get a moment next time you are in a fell race, have a think of Robbie and a look round when you reach a summit and remember we should make the most of all the time we get and let’s never forget what value a person’s spirit can give even when they are enjoying a separate journey, or a race that they can now enjoy by taking an eternity to complete.

I speak on behalf of everyone I am sure that this is a sad loss for Helsby Running Club but also we should be thankful Robbie enjoyed many years at Helsby in some grand times, such as driving the team mini-bus and being part of the big racing adventure on many weekends.

For those who wish to go to his funeral the details are below. If you need any more information please contact Mario as he has been brilliant in looking after Robbie these last few months and is in communication with Robbie’s family

Robbies funeral arrangements.

The Service and Burial will be 1.30 in Alvanley church (opposite White Lion Pub) on Friday December 28th.

Family flowers only have been requested and Donations to the Intensive Care Unit at ‘The Royal Liverpool Hospital’ would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

The get together afterwards is at BICC club.

The address for condolence cards is,

c/o Vicky Sims
Honeysuckle Cottage,
Nr Craven Arms,


2nd claim Helsby Runner English 1500m champ!

The England Athletics Championships took place last weekend and Stephen Mitchell is now the 1500m champion.

If you are interested you can see videos of his heat (heat 1) and final on the England Athletics website – englandathletics.org.

Click on the EATV button towards the top left, select championship action and choose the 2012 senior and Aviva parallel success champs. Stephen runs in the Bristol and West colours of white with a red band. There is also a video of an interview with him after the final on the Athleticos web site.


No track session monday 4th June & June race details

Thanks to everyone who was at track last night and I believe that set a new record of attendance.
Obviously those at track know that the BBC were filming Joe coaching the session which was a surprise for everybody (so maybe that accounted for our times being a second or two faster last night!) and hopefully Joe will now be seen on the extended Northwest Tonight BBC1 on this Friday June 1st between 7 and 8.00pm (The show is a live event for the torch heading into Liverpool with other coverage of some of the Northwest’s torchbearers). If you happen to miss it and Joe is on TV I will send an i-player link out which should give you 7 days to watch it.
Please note: there will be no track session next Monday Bank Holiday June 4th
but for those wanting a run out on that day there is a great little introductory fell / hill race that Helsby always support and have a good showing in each year. Details here
The race is approx. 4 miles and equivalent to a run up Helsby Hill in ascent. It Will be great to see many of you there. Tea and cakes available in the community hall after the event and I think they have a kids fun run too.
For those that can’t make Monday then there is another localish trail event at Thurstaston, where we start the multi-terrain September series, although it uses a different course. This race is now run by Pensby but expect 6 miles of trail, beach and woodland. If you get a nice night can be a tremendous race running along the beach. Details here:
My running calendar might be down for a few days so I’ve attached a PDF of June’s races to keep everyone informed. If you need any more information just ask.
I’ll also be sending out a confirmation email regarding our Macclesfield day out for Joe’s torch run shortly.