Helsby weekly round-up 24th – 29th June 2014

Hi all

Lots to report this week from podiums and PB’s to trophies and dodgy dance moves!

Thursday 26th saw the Warrington 10k at Woolston park. This is a 2 lap course starting in the centre of the park, then 2 laps around the surrounding roads, fields, woodland and a bit of trail path thrown in. With this being a Cheshire Championship race it was a higher standard than usual with 2 new mens and ladies course records broken on the night. 3 Helsby vests were out, with good running from Tom Dejong taking 8 minutes off last years time and securing a new PB in the process. Well done also to John Thompson who ran a great race and is getting some form back after being out with injury for some time.

Helsby results below:

22nd        Colin Thompson               36:35

75th         Tom Dejong                       40:59

183rd      John Thompson                47:54

Full results: http://www.warringtonroadrunners.co.uk/10KResults/results2014Provisional.pdf

On Friday 27th, 14 Helsby vests turned out for the summer handicap. Many thanks to Phil for organising the race, and thanks to all the marshalls and runners who turned up on a wet Friday night to do battle. Great running from all, but the clear winner was Adrian Jackson who stormed around the course to take the title. Well done Adrian!

Please find the final race positions below:

1. Adrian Jackson

2. Laura Baynham-Hughes

3. Jane Ashbrook

4. Jim Higgins

5. Janet Robertson

6. Gareth Boyd

7. Tim Palmer

8. Tom

9. Chris Igoe

10. Roy Gaskill

11. Louise McEveley

12. Jackie Keasley

13. Chris Fitzpatrick

14. Betty Grieve

On Saturday 28th 4 Helsby vests turned out to run the 67th Delamere parkrun. Brilliant running once again from Colin Bishop who took the top spot in 17:57. Also well done to Emma Barnes who was first Helsby lady home.

Helsby results here:

1st           Colin Bishop       17:57

9th           Ivan Davies         20:26

124th      Emma Barnes    32:20

137th      David Madders 34:32

Full results here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/


Also on Saturday saw Chris Baynham-Hughes and Andy Robinson compete in the Vegan 3000s Ultra Race. Full report from Chris below:

V3K Ultra – The Vegan 3000s Ultra race (aka The Welsh 3000 footers

Saturday morning (4am!!!) saw Helsby runners Andy Robinson and Chris Baynham-Hughes jump on a coach bound for Nant Gwynant (South Side of Snowdon) to take on the Welsh 3000 footers. For those that don’t know about them, there are 15 * 3000 foot peaks in Wales which are neatly compacted between three ranges: the Snowdon Range, The Glyderau and The Carneddau. Although the traditional challenge starts from the peak of Snowdon and finishes at the peak of Foel Fras, we were lucky enough to have to climb Snowdon first and then finish in Rowen making the entire course 55km and 4500m of ascent.

Andy had made the race part of the ultra running championships which he and a couple of others have taken over and it was also the first Skyrunning UK race to be held… oh, we had to stick to a vegan diet too as part of the World’s only vegan ultra race. Everything else aside, the route is nothing short of magnificent. Some things are classic for a reason and anything involving Crib Goch is bound to be special.

We were very fortunate with the weather to start with, however it deteriorated over the day to leave myself (at least) thoroughly confused and disorientated. As the event took off I found myself in the very unusual position of race leader, although thankfully two of the guys cracked on to ensure I felt more at home. Summiting Snowdon in 1 hour and 4 minutes things were going well. So well that some nifty footwork on the ridge to Crib Goch meant I returned to “one time race leader” for that summit and in an act of pure comedy have been the subject of tweets to Killian, Anna Frost and Emily Frosberg (who replied clearly talking about the runner rather than the race… ahem, maybe not!)

Losing places on the descent but gaining on the climb saw me firmly in third place until the top of Glyder Fawr where I spent a good five minutes looking for a clip that hadn’t been put out yet (as I found the guy putting them out as I hit Glyder Fach). Disaster then struck as the clag came in and I managed to come off the Glyders heading towards Pen-y-Pass. Furious with myself I tracked along the miners path to find my 15 minute lead on the guy in 4th cut to nothing.

Having never been in 3rd position in a race before I found myself very keen to retain the position and managed to put some space between us again. The clag on the Carneddau was dreadful and a bad line to Yr Ellen allowed others to catch up including a guy I know to be far faster than me. In many respects the clag became my saviour after that, despite a lot of zigzagging I made the remaining tops. As I began the descent from Foel Fras (pretending Jimmy was behind me so I wouldn’t ease up) my secret weapon arrived in the form of new member Phil Roberts out on the Foel Fras fell race. The boost to find a fellow Helsby runner was unbelievable and mentally had me on a short fell race with him towards the finish over Drum and whooping on the awesome grassy descent to the roman road. I fell behind Phil before we got to the Roman road, but his work had been done, allowing me to hold onto a podium finish; my first ever.

Meanwhile Andy Robinson who had not run for 4 months due to injury cracked on round to take a magnificent 36th place. Given the competition, the extreme nature of the event and his absence from the hills that is nothing short of amazing! I’m sure he’ll agree it was an outstanding day out and one for our expanding band of Ultra runners to think about for next year.


  • Chris Baynham-Hughes – 3rd – 9h 11m 0s
  • Andy Robinson – 36th – 13h 33m 42s

Brilliant report Chris and well done on your podium position, and well done to Andy too. It seems you can’t keep Helsby off the podium right now!

On Sunday 29th 4 Helsby runners travelled to Warrington for the Arley Hall 10k. Good running once again from all, with Joanne and Derek in fine form securing new PB’s. Well done guys!

Race report from Roy:

“Well Colin this is the report for the arley summer 10k, what a great morning for a race, conditions perfect, me and jo arrived about 1 hr early needed to had stiff legs from the handicap followed by dancing (tell me did I look stupid, if so I wont do it again) cos left car in helsby me jo and chris fitz had to run for are cars 7 miles, anyway good race from all of us, I dont want to go on about me, but Derek brill race from him pb, joanne also got a pb outstanding running will convince her to do the we love Manchester ha ha, and also ste wigs, what about him he was racing a horse let him tell you about that. and also are new runner alfie grady good result from him”

19th         Derek Morris                     38:16

38th         Roy Gaskill                          40:15

80th         Alfie Grady                         43:21

82nd            Joanne Lacking                  43:18

132nd      Stephen Wiggins              46:21

Full results here: http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/2014_running_results_master.php?recordID=The+Arley+Hall+Summer+10k+2014


And last but by no means least….the Helsby Running Club awards night! Full report from Jackie to follow but I’d just like to take the opportunity to say what an absolutely fantastic evening it was. There was laughter, fine food & drink, great company and some very interesting dance moves happening (video evidence on Facebook!) Also, of course, was the main awards event organised and hosted brilliantly by Jackie. A massive thank you to Jackie, Dave & Leslie for the buffet, Donna & Ian for the stats and Chris Igoe for being our new resident DJ! Also well done to everyone who won an award. The enthusiasm and hard work shown by all club members over the past year is what makes our running club so special. Here’s to another great year of running!


Colin T

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Next Sunday, 6th July 12:30 is the Frodsham Downhill Race, from Forest Hills down to the Castle Park. Helsby help the organisers with this race, John G is doing the signs and Gareth is looking for a few people to help with timekeeping. Please let Gareth know (garethboyd@financialrecruitment.bizers) if you can help out. Thanks

Plus planning has already started for the Four Villages, how time flies!  There will be a kick-off meeting in the clubhouse after our club on Wed 9th July, 8:30. Chip balms provided to sustain us.


Friday evening was a memorable handicap, BBQ, presentation & disco. A big thanks to everyone for making it a success despite the heavy rain for the handicap and BBQ. Nothing stops Helsby RC enjoying itself!

Lots of awards were given out, congratulations to all who ran in a total number of 529 club counters! The details of all the club championships will be put on the blog asap.

Helsby weekend round-up 29/30th March

On Saturday It was the 55th Delamere parkrun with 8 out for Helsby. Great run from Colin Bishop saw him first overall and first in for Helsby with a time of 17:47 which equals his PB. Brilliant running from Laura Baynham Hughes saw her 2nd lady home overall and first Helsby lady with a new PB of 22:23. Also well done to Dave Madders and Jim Jones for setting new PBs. Please find the results below:

1 Colin BISHOP 17:47 VM50-54 85.66% M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 23
24 Jim JONES 21:16 VM45-49 68.26% M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 9
26 David MADDERS 21:20 VM40-44 64.45% M 26 Helsby RC New PB! 14
40 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:23 VW35-39 67.24% F 2 Helsby RC New PB! 14
79 Derek GALLAGHER 24:48:00 VM60-64 65.26% M 68 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 12
137 Claire MORTON 28:34:00 VW50-54 61.73% F 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:52 5
167 Ivor JOHNSTONE 30:50:00 VM45-49 46.70% M 124 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 9
222 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 40:55:00 VW35-39 37.15% F 77 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 4

Full results here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Also it was the 10th Warrington parkrun and great running from Helen Owens and Joanne Lacking ahead of their marathon next week. Please find the results below:


22 Joanne LACKING 21:48 SW30-34 68.35% F 4 Helsby RC First Timer! 5
39 Helen OWENS 23:20 VW35-39 64.86% F 5 Helsby RC First Timer! 7

Full results here:


Sunday saw the first road counter of the year at the Cheshire 10k in Arley Hall in Northwich. This was a flat and fast course starting in the beautiful grounds of Arley Hall, heading out onto the surrounding roads for 1 lap and then back to the hall for the finish. It was a highly competitive race at the sharp end of the field with the winner breaking the 30 minute mark! Although Helsby refused to be outclassed and with 8 Helsby vests out and some impressive times everyone did a fantastic job! Excellent running from Clare Miller saw her take a minute off her best 10k time for a PB and first Helsby lady home, Dave matched his 10k PB and Roy getting close to that sub 40! Well done to everyone who turned out for this race and special thanks to Mario and Rhona Cook who came along to support. Please find Helsby times below:

I couldn’t seem to view the official results so these are extracted from Run Britain and don’t show any age category positions. If you think you got an age cat podium position please let me know and I’ll get the blog updated. One we know is Jackie taking top honours in her cat, top effort when you think of her warm-up at Coniston the day before (below)!

[Ed — Colin will be too modest to mention it, but he secured a brilliant PB at Arley, great confidence booster showing what quality shape he’s in and payback for recent hard training!]

31st                  Colin Thompson          35:26

105th                Roy Gaskill                 40:17

176th                Dave Madders            42:59

274th                Geoff Shaw                46.42

286th                Clare Miller                  47:06

287th                Derek Gallagher         47:08

347th                Jackie Keasley           48:51

762nd               Janet Shaw                 59.49

Link to the full results: http://www.racetimers.co.uk/cheshire-10k-results-march-2014/


On the Saturday was the Coniston 14 with 3 Helsby vests out. Dave Feakes was first Helsby runner home and brilliant running from Carol Shaw 2nd in her age category and first Helsby lady. Also well done to Jackie for doing the double at the weekend! Helsby results below:

221st                David Feakes              1:47:55

302nd               Carol Shaw                 1:52:06 (2nd in age cat)

453rd                Jackie Keasley           2:00:29

And a link to the full results: http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/


Also a few words from Jackie below:

CWAC Sports Awards 2014

On Thursday the Cheshire West and Chester Annual Sports Awards presentation dinner took place at the Portal Hotel near Tarporley. Jane Ashbrook had nominated Helsby Running Club as Club of the Year, but unfortunately we did not make it to the final 3.  Jo Farwell was nominated as Volunteer of the Year for her involvement in  Sky Breeze Ladies cycling plus Helsby Running Club and made it to the last 3 so was invited to the dinner which a number of us attended. It was a great sporting evening with over 200 people attending. Jo was pipped by a couple who run the Phoenix BasketBall team in Chester.  Her friend, who Jo nominated, Sarah Brailsford, won the Special Achiever award, for Breeze Ladies cycling.  Another couple on our table won the Best Special School award, so our table was very successful. For the full set of awards see


The highlight was the pre-dinner speaker, Mark Colbourne, paraolympic london 2012 cyclist, mens individual pursuit C1 gold medal winner. He broke his back paragliding in 2009, then took up cycling to complete a charity ride for a friend for rehab and got hooked. He won his medal at the age of 42 and broke the world record!  They showed the whole win on the screen to cheers.  He now travels giving inspirational talks!  Photos attached of me and Jo, holding his gold medal I got that same feeling as holding Joes’s torch!

Sunday April 6th 11am  – Border League – Wirral

Last but one Border League race, all runners count with the competition hotting up for final team placings, both mens and ladies team currently lying 3rd in their divisions. A new 5.2 mile course along the promenade at New Brighton (CH45 2PB 11am) or meet at the club at 9:45am if you want to lift share.

Finally a reminder, for a week wednesday:

Wednesday April 9th 8:30pm   – Strength Training for Runners Talk 

Mike Searle’s talk targeting runners for a) performance and b) health. In the club house after our club run with a chip balm supper to sustain us.

Cheers, Jackie

If I have missed anyone off the results or missed a race please email me or Steve Riley and we’ll endeavour to get the blog updated.

Thanks, Colin T