Christmas fun, runs and curry…

There’s plenty going on this Xmas and New Year on the running front so here’s a number of dates for your running club diary.
The Cross Country and Border League series are well under way with record attendances which is brilliant as it puts us high up in the leagues. The next Border League is our own at Wigg Island organised by Vanessa and Adrian. The recce went well last Sunday, but car park and course marshals are still required so if you can help or know someone who can please contact Vanessa & Adrian (see below).
Here’s a quick update one what’s coming up. The green events are Helsby Running Club counters and organised eventsred extra Xmas events you may be interested in doing and blue English Athletics related events.
Sunday     1st Dec     North West Sunday League Race 3 – Arrowe Park – 11:30 start (to allow Santa Dash first)
Saturday   7th Dec     Liverpool & District Cross Country League – Stadt Moor – 2pm start
Friday         13th Dec  Social Club Xmas drink and get together in Frodsham – meet at the Helter Skelter at 7:30pm
Saturday     14th Dec     Leadership in Running Fitness Course – Bolton – Chris BH, Jennie & Roy are attending this course, funded by Sport Cheshire.
Sunday 15th Dec        Border League organised by Helsby Running Club at Wigg Island. Vanessa and Adrian’s plans are well under way after a successful reccie last weekend. They are currently organising course marshals, the finish line and car park attendants and a few extra helpers are still required. A separate email will follow from Vanessa and Adrian but in the meantime if you can help please email
Wednesday 18th Dec  Christmas Club Handicap followed by a curry supper. Meet at the club at 6:30 (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 + curry supper (organised by Lesley & Dave who will email you asking for food orders )   
Saturday 21st Dec     Frodsham Xmas Run,  joint run with Spectrum organised by Andy Smith followed by lunch in the Bulls Head. Meet at 8:45 for 2 laps, 10:15 for 2 laps. Virtually our summer run to Frodsham in reverse, each lap 7 miles. Andy will send out final details and food order
Wednesday 25th Dec     Xmas Day parkrun 9:30, the parkruns have been so successful that Gareth & Co are even organising one on Xmas morning to work up at appetite for your turkey dinner!
Thursday 26th Dec     Goshawk Run 12:00, an informal 3 mile run from the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth. Just turn up and run. Its also the Race the Walls in Chester, but you probably need to pre-enter . 
Sunday 29th Dec    North West Sunday League Race 3 – Stadt Moor – 10:00am 
Saturday 4th Jan   Cheshire Cross Country Championships – Birchwood – 1pm ladies, 2pm men, junior races from 11am. Show case XC of the year for runners & spectators! – Chance to see and run with Cheshire’s best and to try and qualify for a Cheshire vest and the Nationals, but don’t be put off its a good team day out for all levels of runners. Must be born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months, pre-entry, if you wish to run please let Jayne Joy know before 25th Dec.
Sunday 5th Jan    Marathon Workshop in Stockport 9-1, if anyone wants to attend this free course organised by English Athletics, please let me know and I will check availability. See attached flier.
Saturday 12th Jan  Four Villages Half Marathon Club Tidy up Working Party, 9am at club. Vey important – Please see the note below from Gareth
Saturday 18th Jan  Four Villages Set up Morning, 9am at the club. Again very important – Please see note below from Gareth.
Further to our update meeting last Wednesday, I’m pleased to confirm that we seem to be on track re 4 Villages preparation. As many of you will know, a lot of the ‘hard graft’ will occur in the final few weeks/weekends, and to ensure that we get the club house ‘ship shape’ for the event, Jackie and I are looking for volunteers to join as a ‘working clean up group’ on Sat 11/1/2014 – 9am start – this will include clearing up outside/various tasks (just be prepared to muck in). I appreciate, everyone is busy with work/family life etc but please remember the club cannot not hold this event properly without the support of its members. Thanks in advance for your continued support – please email me if you can support us on the 11th Jan & or the 18th Jan.   We still have vacancies for an extra van driver or two. We will hire a van over race weekend to help transport everything to the finish on Sat and Sunday, plus errands to pick up equipment etc. On Saturday afternoon a pick up of the isotonic drinks in Newton le Willows is required (Manchester marathon have offered us 2,500 bottles free if we can pick them up!). Dave and Lesley are sorting out the course marshals and any help on this front would be appreciated
Saturday 19th Jan Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 11am, entries are now full. Whether you run or help on the day lets hope it’s a brilliant race day, proudly organised by Gareth and Helsby Running Club.
Saturday 25th Jan Northern Cross Country Championships, Knowsley Safari Park,  2pm ladies 3pm men, juniors races from 11pm. Another good day out for runners & spectators! – Must be 1st claim for Helsby to be eligible, born in Cheshire or have resided for last 9 months, pre-entry, if you wish to run please let Jayne Joy know before 5th Jan. 
Saturday    9th Feb    Leadership in Running Fitness Course – Bolton – Mario, Gareth, Carol, Louise and Donna are attending this course funded by Sport Cheshire.
As a result of the Leadership in Running Fitness Courses attended by many members, in the new year Chris & co hope to organise an extra training session (fartlek, endurance, hill reps etc), extra hands will be available to help Joe with his speed track sessions on a Monday and for Jane with her ever growing beginners groups. All good and positive news for running with Helsby Running Club in 2014!
I have put together another google calendar with these extra events in, please try cutting and pasting this into the calendar. 
A happy Xmas and New Year when it comes and hope to see you at many of these events this Yuletide and into 2014!.

Border league results 11th Nov 2012 – Tatton 15k

Hi all

Results are out for the Borders although not all age category positions have been added or team results or times.

It was a fine morning for the 19 Helsby members who headed to Capenhurst for the 2nd race in the Border League. It was ideal running conditions, cool with little wind and no rain so good times were hopefully assured for the 5.4 mile course.

Utilising the same run as the Capenhurst 5k in August but doing two laps instead of one this was always going to feel like a fast race with no undulations like the previous race at Caernarvon. In some ways it was a pity it was not a 10k course as a few people would have had pb’s I’m sure

After a respectful minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday Colin Bishop in his first foray into the Border league gave a commanding performance to be first in for Helsby and Jane Ashbrook ran well for a superb top ten ladies finish. As mentioned 19 were out for Helsby in total with 13 men and 6 women from a huge field of over 350 in total, near enough 100 more than at Caernarvon so hopefully no-one is too disappointed with their placing’s and thanks to every runner out as hopefully this helps consolidate our league position for both teams.

It was great to watch the race unfold from the perspective of my bike, and I have to admit somewhat easier!! and it was fantastic to see the efforts put in by Helsby runners.

Also out on the course in support were Joe and Mario so many thanks to them.

Positions only below (blog to be updated when full results are out)

43rd       Colin Bishop
80th       Colin Thompson
120th     Jim O;Hara
136th     Roy Gaskill
141st     Jane Ashbrook
173rd     Steve Riley
176th     Adrian Jackson
177th     Dave Feakes
179th     Albert Berry
190th     Vanessa Griffiths
191st     Dave Madders
209th     Geoff Shaw
219th     Carol Shaw
263rd     Andy Smith
269th     John Thompson
288th     Lesley Feakes
326th     Mike Searle
330th     Janet Shaw
337th     Betty Grieve

Next Borders is also a local one, Christleton, on Sunday 16th December at 11am, a good time of year to put some of the soon to be Christmas calories in the bank.

And don’t forget Castle Park training continues Monday nights 6.30pm



Below is also a race report from Ed Halliwell who ran in an awesome 17th at the Tatton 15k. I will leave you in his capable hands….

The Stroke Association Resolution 15k – Tatton Park – Sunday 11 November

Anyone who has read running magazines (or sat next to Mike Searle in the bar) will know about the vast number of studies done into how to best prepare for a race in the final few days before it.  I think they are missing a trick.  I think they have exhausted trying to find the best way to best way by trial and error, and should take a new approach – find the worst way to prepare, and then simply do the opposite in future.  I accidentally trialled a ‘worst way’ approach this weekend.

Had took it easy during the week, and was going to have a nice restful Saturday taking my Scouts to the Distict 5-a-side cometition.  Unfortunately one of the sides didn’t turn up, so rather than having gaps in the programme a scratch side of leaders was put together to play five 7-minute friendlies against Scouts.  It doesn’t sound that bad even when I type it now, but playing against thirteen-year-olds who were still in nappies the last time I played was seriously lung-bursting.  And I was in jeans for the first two matches before I found a pair of shorts in the car.

So when I woke on Sunday morning my ‘race-face’ was very much absent, and replaced by a ‘please-don’t-make-me-do-it-face’, but I’ll never go sub-90 for the half with that attitude, so I dragged myself off to Tatton Park.  It is a good point here to apologise for not going to the Border League race – I don’t get to race much so wanted something more suitable for Half Marathon training, so 15k was perfect.

The Stroke Association Resolution 15k is probably more of a fun runners run than a serious race, but it’s advertised on Runners World and hence still gets a good few serious runners in it.  After DJ Dave had given us all the motivation we needed to run as far away from him as possible (playing Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run’ when I got there), we set off round the paths of Tatton Park.  After the rain recently and a final shower on Sunday morning, these were not in the best shape, and in many places resembled some of the squishier parts of our Summer Run, but it was a lovely course all-in-all, and definitely a good work out for the legs.  We generally went around the outskirts of the park, so didn’t get in the way of walkers/day-trippers (and vice-versa).

Overall the organisation was excellent, but as it was a primarily a run for charity and not a race you had to deal with timing yourself. However, one of the Marshalls in the last couple of kilometres had been keeping count so I knew my position on the run in.


Football – W4 L1 – Lost our heads against Frodsham Scouts

Running – 1h 6m 50s – 13th out of about 250.  More importantly only 17 seconds behind the magic 6m 51s mile pace, which is alright given the terrain.


Cross country and borders league dates 2011/12

Cross country dates, first race October 29th, Beacon Park. Borders League dates, first race October 16th, Prestatyn

Links are over on the right there and also on the forum at Get involved!

2011/12 borders league dates

Some early dates for your diaries, next winter’s borders league dates and venues:
16/09 Prestatyn
13/11 Wallasey
11/12 Tattenhall
08/01 Abergele
26/02 Wrexham Tri
11/03 Helsby
25/04 Deestriders (presentation evening).

You’ll note we’re hosting the March event. Start making those sandwiches!

Final border league race wed 27th april – wrexham ind estate 7pm

Hi all

Wednesday 27th April sees the final Border League Race of the 2010/2011 season.

This is a shorter and flatter course than the other Border League races at just over 6km

Please note the assumed start time is 7.00pm so for those wishing to car share I’d suggest meeting at the club at 6pm

Further (although not much) information can be found on the Border League website here

POSTCODE for directions is given as LL13 9RG but parking, start and finish is where the Half Marathon, or Helena Tipping 10ks go from, at the Clubhouse. There will be drinks and prizegiving available after the race for those that wish to stay.

Directions to the Clubhouse/Parking are here:

Will be great to see as many of you as can make it



Border league race 3 – non-competitive

Icy conditions presented themselves to the Helsby Green that showed up near Hoylake on Sunday morning. Due to this, race organisers decided to wait for the low sun to warm the race route but even after three fifteen-minute delays icy patches still prevailed.

It was then decided that the race would be run but only as a non-scoring race. Some runners on a tight schedule had to leave and others decided not to risk slipping on the icy conditions.

The race start was moved to begin away from the worst of the ice but there were still slippy areas throughout. The race was a shortened 4.9miles according to the results available via the link below

Over two hundred did eventually ‘race’ and results attached for information only.

26th Adair Broughton           28.46

53rd Ian Landucci                  30.45

162nd Chris Hatton                37.56

178th Alec Robertson           39.39

214th Robbie Webster            44.54

Please note the next Border League race is Sunday 13th February. Details will follow nearer the time.


Capenhurst border league

An almost record turnout for Helsby in recent times! 11 men and 6 women, plus Joe, Mario and dog in support. Lovely chilly morning. Two laps of the Capenhurst 5k course – a nice little route on quiet lanes. Pretty good as road runs go. Around 5.5 miles total.

29 BROUGHTON, Adair 31:09
56 LANDUCCI, Ian 32:40
105 O’HARA, Jim 34:58
106 DAVIES, Ivan 35:01
118 ASHBROOK, Jane 35:38
139 RILEY, Steve 36:33
147 HALLIWELL, Ed 36:59
168 SHAW, Geoff 37:59
194 SCONCE, Dave 39:06
228 KIDD, Tony 40:59
238 SHAW, Carol 41:42
239 GRIFFITHS, Vanessa 41:49
253 WEBSTER, Robbie 43:07
258 KEASLEY, Jackie 43:24
263 LLOYD, Graham 43:49
288 SHAW, Janet 46:46
303 HALL, Angela 50:46

Robbie took his age category prize, Jackie 3rd and Janet 2nd in theirs respectively. Newcomer Angela also placed nicely at 4th in her cat. Nice one!

Honourable mention to Ed, who lost 10 or 20 places by stopping to help the runner who tripped alongside him right at the finish line (unless it was him that stuck a foot out, that is!). Kevin Bell also appeared but for some reason wasn’t a counter.

Full results here.

Winter race series

Hopefully you’ll have seen Andy’s email on the winter Border’s League and Cross Country series. The dates are now up on the menu over there on the right hand side and there’s a reminder below.

Both of these are good sets of events and a good opportunity to keep yourself fit over the winter without those nasty expensive entry fees!


  1. Sunday 24th October Caernavon 11am
  2. Sunday 14th November Ellesmere Port 11am
  3. Sunday 12th December Wirral 11am
  4. Sunday 13th February West Cheshire 11am
  5. Sunday 13th March Mold 11am
  6. Sunday 27th March Deeside 11am
  7. Wednesday 27th April Wrexham 7pm

Cross country

  1. Saturday 30th October, Arrowe Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  2. Sunday 31st October, Clarke Gardens 10am (Sunday League)
  3. Saturday 27th November, Sefton Park TBC (Liverpool & District)
  4. Sunday 5th December, Arrowe Park 11:30am (Sunday League)
  5. Saturday 11th December, Beacon Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  6. Saturday 8th January, Birchwood TBC (Cheshire Champs)
  7. Sunday 16th January, Runcorn Town Park 10am (Sunday League)
  8. Sunday 6th February, Clarke Gardens 11am (L&D Champs)
  9. Saturday 19th February, Alton Towers TBC (National Champs)
  10. Sunday 27th February, Walton Park 10am (Sunday League)
  11. Sunday 6th March, Birchwood 10am (Sunday League)


Recent Cross Countries

Sunday 31st January – Walton Park, Liverpool

Race 4 in the North West League.

A cold crisp day with a covering of snow on the ground saw race 4 in the Sunday League Series. The full results have not yet appeared on the web however the finishing positions were;

Adair Broughton
Ian Landucci
Steve Riley
Andy Smith
Kevin Bell
Roy Tunstall

Andy’s hopes of an easy run in to the finish were scuppered when Mick Charman (Helsby old Boy now Spectrum) appeared on his shoulder. However all credit to Andy for raising a sprint and getting the extra point for Helsby. Unfortunately injury forced Roy to finish his race early, but he’s hoping to be out at the Cheshire Champs on Sunday.

A good race was rounded off with a fine selection of sandwiches and other goodies.

Sunday 7th January – Clarkes Gardens, Liverpool and District Championships

A very strong field turned out for Liverpool and District Championships a race dominated at the front by Liverpool Harriers. The competition was strong right down the field and the  Helsby finishing positions were

45    Adair Broughton    38:47
85    Ian Landucci         42:47
137  Andy Smith           52:15

Full Results can be found at

The next Cross Country is the Cheshire Champs at Reaseheath, Nantwich. This is a pre-entry race so if you haven’t already entered you will have to look at other alternatives, but don’t worry you won’t have to look far.

Sunday 14th February – Race 3 in the Border League

This race is along the coast at Abergele, details can be found at the Border League website

If you would prefer a Cross Country then the next one is at Birchwood on Sunday 21st February

Hope to see some of you over the next couple of weeks.