The club meets every Wednesday for a 6:30pm start at the Helsby Community Sports Club. In the summer, we enjoy off road runs of varying lengths, in the lovely rolling countryside around Helsby and Frodsham. Other options are available for those afraid of getting trainers dirty!
If you’ve not been before, give it a go. Say hello to someone and make yourself known, something like “Hello I’m new here, I’d like to go for a run” should do the trick.
You don’t need to train up just to make an appearance, and you won’t be left behind. We have fast people; we have slow people. Mostly we just have people that enjoy running.
Drop in a couple of times and see if you like it. Nobody will ask you for money (not just yet anyway!).
We have hot showers at the club house and the chance of a nice sit down afterwards with beer or orange juice, depending how virtuous you are.
We also have a quality session on Mondays at 6.30pm, in the summer months at Helsby High School, if that’s more your thing for track training.
Early Friday morning, there is a Friday Fun (or Fitness?!) Club meets at Runcorn. Usual meet: 6am Red Brow Lane. It is arranged by Ian Rutherford via our Facebook page. New faces always welcome.
In Winter, generally October to April, we meet on Monday evenings at 6.30pm at Castle Park top field for winter quality work. All abilities welcome. Just look out for some headtorches and say hello!
Just off Chester Road (A56) on the way into Helsby on the left from the Chester /M56 direction. Through the narrow green iron gates and you’ll see people milling around in assorted sportswear. If you reach Tesco, you’ve gone too far!
THE COMPLETE VERSION…
Main Club Night
Wednesday 6:30pm Helsby Community Sports Club, WA6 0DL
The 2019 Summer program is:
|Date||Location||Start from club||Comment||Other races|
|3 Apr||Hill (route)||Yes||Steady route finding for new members|
|10 Apr||Chester Spring 5||No|
|17 Apr||Hill||Yes||Steady route finding for new members|
|24 Apr||Borders League||No||Prestatyn|
|1 May||Delamere||No||Orienteering – Deeside OC event
Based at: Linmere Visitor Centre
|8 May||Dinas Bran (FvH)||No|
|22 May||Delamere||No||Routes of the Forest – DIRT routes?|
|29 May||Time Trial||Yes||Guilden Sutton Greenway||Pensby Seaside runs|
|5 Jun||Up the Beast (ICC)||No|
|12 Jun||Tattenhall||Yes||Tough team reccie||Hot foot up Famau
Castle Park Orienteering
|19 Jun||Wobbler (ICC)||No|
|26 Jun||Delamere||No||Time trial||Pensby Seaside runs|
|10 Jul||The Druid (ICC)||No|
|17 Jul||Summer Handicap||Yes|
|24 Jul||Green Green Grass o Home||No|
|31 Jul||Time Trial||Yes||Guilden Sutton Greenway||Ponderosa|
|7 Aug||Pie & Peas||No|
|14 Aug||Hill||Yes||Guess your time competition|
|21 Aug||Brown Knowl||No||Hill run|
|28 Aug||Time Trial||Yes||Guilden Sutton Greenway|
|4 Sep||Hill||Yes||Guess your time competition|
|25 Sep||Time Trial||Yes||Mickle Trafford|
- For locations away from the club, please watch our Facebook page. The locations and details will also be notified by email.
- When there is a run away from the club, there is almost always at a run from the club at 6:30pm as well.
- Key: those in Red are counters within our club championships; ICC = Inter-club Fell Championship; FvH = Felsby vs Helsby competition
- Map and description of summer hill route is available here.
- PDF version of the above table is available here: Summer Programme 2019 PDF.
All levels and distances catered for. Come along before 6:30pm to allow us to organise into groups.
In the summer months, we are lucky enough to be able to run mainly off road on Helsby and Frodsham Hill, where its trail and hill terrain. The route is 7.5-9 miles with 350-400m of climbing; each climb is never more than 70m but there are many of them! We split into the speed groups above and go at a pace that is comfortable for each group with an appropriate number of muster points.
Group 1 Training
Each Wednesday we will run the normal hill/trail route with 2 short muster points. The first muster point will be at the top of the steps in the wooded area below Jacobs Ladder, the second will be at the top of Helsby Hill by the trig point. This is to allow us to re-group as it’s a difficult route so we may get a little too spread out otherwise. It will be a steady pace; nothing too quick so everybody should be able to keep up. From the top of the hill it’s back to the club house as fast as you can.
Group 2 & 3 Training
Trail/Hill route each Wednesday with a few extra muster points: top of Foxhill road just before we enter the woods, top of steps below Jacobs Ladder, bottom of Snidley Moor where it meets the Sandstone Trail, Commonside (if required).
Group 4 and beginners training
Shorter muster versions of the above, there are many cut-offs and short cuts on the route.
Monday 6:30pm Castle Park in Winter; Helsby High School in Summer
Joe and Mario organise our Monday night sessions. When it’s light, structured track running on the grass track behind Helsby High School (WA6 0HY). When it’s dark, winter quality session, with hill reps, in Castle Park, Frodsham (WA6 6DG). Park and meet at the bottom of Netherton Drive.
More details from:
- Jackie Keasley (01928-724905 / 07960-570827 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Colin Thompson (07872 121898 / email@example.com)
- Juni Whitehead (07772 427338 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Laura Baynham-Hughes (07967 209703 / Laura@baynham-Hughes.com)
- Joe Beswick (01928-732427 / email@example.com)
- Club email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Club website: http://www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk
- Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/613972545301587
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