Birchwood north west xc race 6 results

Hi all

Please find attached the ‘belated’ results for the 6th and final race of the North West Cross Country League which was held at Birchwood 5th March 2011. Helsby positions as follows.

9th Adair Broughton
47th Steve Riley
51st Phil Gillard
54th Gareth Boyd
58th Andy Smith

7th Janet Robertson
12th Rachel Arnold

Full Results can be found on Steve Saunders website here:

Just a reminder that the Thurstaston Summer Multi-terrain Challenge takes place on the 10th May details can be found at under Multi-terrain. This is a great event taking in roughly six miles of the Wirral Country Park with varied terrain of beach, trail and woodland.



Cheshire xc championships

Well done to everybody who took part in the Cheshire Championships XC at the weekend.

It was a muddy course, designed by Julian from Spectrum, with zig-zag funnels through puddles and some disappearing and reappearing logs to jump over and many small hills to climb, on the multi-lap course at Birchwood Forest Park.

It was four laps for the senior ladies and five for the men. Full result, although provisional for now can be found here

So it is with great delight I can inform you that our ladies vets secured 2nd place overall! (Jane, Janet and Rachel). Be sure to congratulate them.

Brilliant running from Janet Robertson saw her secure first place V40 and Jackie Keasley following strongly behind was 3rd V50. Well done.

Ladies positions as follows:

14th JANE ASHBROOK              41:56

20th JANET ROBERTSON         43:53

25th RACHEL ARNOLD              46:31

32nd JACKIE KEASLEY                49:37

Mens positions as follows:

26th ADAIR BROUGHTON       45:37

72nd STEVE RILEY                        51:28

106th PHIL GILLARD                    57:49

115th ANDY SMITH                      1:00:12

Thanks also to Ian Landucci for turning up but suffered an injury mid race and to Joe for his usual and brilliant support on course.

Edit: Mick Charman, formerly of this parish, was there with camera. Pictures starting to appear here: More to come…

Birchwood xc

Thanks to Spectrum for putting on an excellent race yesterday up at Birchwood, Warrington. Opening the curtains on Sunday to a fresh dump of snow put a seed of doubt in place over the run going ahead. Shouldn’t have worried, the race was on and the snow only added to the fun. As did the Icey Puddle of Doom (a trench of mud and slush, barely above freezing point). Still at least we only run through it 4 times. After a good half lap of running the feeling came back into my toes ….just in time for the Slippery Banks of Dread, a set of steep rollers with no other purpose than to sap your leg strength.

Good runs from Ian, Steve and Andy S completed the Helsby turn-out. Really you’d be mad to not try a cross-country at least once in your running career.

…luckily for you it’s not too late. Normally Birchwood closes the season, but this year we’ve got a bonus event on 7th March with the rescheduled Runcorn Town Park. Again a good course. Have a go!

Pic from Mick Charman‘s set on the Spectrum site.