Helsby May Bank Holiday round-up 2014

Hi all

It was the Christleton 5k on Friday but any concerns about weather were without foundation if results are anything to go by! Good turnout for Helsby in what was already the 6th road counter of the season with Colin Thompson taking the Helsby win in a fantastic time of 16.43 for 58th overall. Well done to Vanessa for first Helsby lady home in 233rd overall.

58th                   Colin Thompson                        16.43
128th                 Derek Morris                             18.21
159th                 Tom DeJong                           19.13 (ran under Ivans name)
176th                 Roy Gaskill                               19.37
179th                Jim Higgins                              19.46

185th                 Ian Landucci                              19.51
233rd                 Vanessa Griffiths                      21.02
235th                 Joanne Lacking                         21.08
244th                 Dave Madders                          21.19
255th                 Mike Searle                               21.45
258th                 Carol Shaw                               21.48
278th                 Geoff Shaw                              22.28
294th                 John Thompson                      23.24

Full results


Saturday morning saw the 63rd Delamere Parkrun 5k with three out for Helsby. Colin Bishop secured first in for Helsby and a fantastic 2nd overall.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:43 VM50-54 85.98 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:38 28
27 Jim JONES 22:13 VM45-49 65.87 % M 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 11
42 Derek GALLAGHER 23:52 VM60-64 67.81 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 16


Full results


Saturday was also the Bedgelert to Snowdon Challenge. This was a tough race from Bedgelert to the summit of Snowdon and attracted some of the best runners from across the country including England Internationals and Commonwealth runners. A fantastic race to support and we had Jayne Joy first in for Helsby for 17th place followed by Jim O’Hara in 24th. Thanks to Joe and Mario out on the course in support.

Some photos of the day on the Helsby Flickr website


Results should appear on the WFRA website shortly


Saturday was the Hutton Roof Fell Race with three green vests out. Report from Phil Gillard with a couple of links he sent below, for photos and results

“Really nice romp across the Yorkshire Moors with one stiff climb from a lovely village show. A shower before the race made the limestone a bit slippy but apart from that perfect..”

Some nice photos here


and a report from Paul Foster here

“This was my 2nd visit to the Hutton Roof fell race in 2 years, great 7.5 mile race with 1300 ft of climb. The race is part of the Hutton Roof fete which is good for a family day out if the weather holds out and of course the homemade cakes.

Drove up with Jamie Dowdall and arrived in plenty of time to register and go hunting for the homemade cakes. Just as we were heading towards the village hall for a brew I heard my name being shouted, with not many clubs from the North West it was good to see another Helsby runner Phil Gillard..

The race it’s self is a great race, small climb to get you up onto the first level then runnable gradual climbs until you drop down before the scramble up the face of Hutton Roof crag then it’s back with more gradual climbs and descents back to the finish.

I would recommend this race for anyone wanting to try a fell race.”

37th                   Jamie Dowdall              1.00.27 (2nd claim)
129th                 Phil Gillard                    1.11.20
178th                 Paul Foster                   1.16.41

For full results


Jackie completed her second Jura race on Saturday – an achievement in itself, the provisional results have her finishing in 6:01:25 – 178th position

More information can be found here


Sunday was also the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon where Helsby’s Tom DeJong and Gareth Boyd ran. I’ve had a message from Tom his time was 3.52.28 and he ran in the name of Jed and Gareth finished in 3.54.49. Well done Tom and Gareth.

Full results


If I’ve missed any events then please let me know and hopefully you’ve all had a nice bank holiday weekend.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 14th – 20th May 2013

Hi all

Once again a busy week!

Last Tuesday May 14th was the 6 mile Thurstaston Multi-terrain challenge where Jackie came in 3rd in her category for a great run.

Full results below (although they do state 14th June and not May)


72nd       Jackie Keasley              52.42

Last Wednesday saw Andy Smiths marking his new territory with a run in the short but tough Latrigg Fell Race. Please find race report below

92nd       Andy Smith                   32.27

“For my first foray into lakeland fell running as a pseudo-local, I picked the AS  category Latrigg fell race from Keswick. 3m with a 951ft climb to the top of Latrigg shouldn’t be too taxing, but with a course record set by the legendary Kenny Stuart in the early 1980’s of 16:37 (which is still a damn good time for a flat road 5k, let alone one with a big hill in the middle of it), it clearly attracts a better class of runner than me.

The start and finish area were in Fitz Park in Keswick, a venue I had last visited when taking part in the World Masters Mountain Championships back in 2005 (was there and got the teeshirt), the showers of the afternoon held off and a field of about 90 runners assembled for the start. A fast start (for some) out of the park led onto a stretch of road, then farm track crossing over the busy A66 to lead to a steep climb through woodland before breaking out onto the fellside. The views opened out, with stunning vistas away to the south down the Borrowdale and Thirlmere valleys to the hills beyond. Reaching the top of Latrigg, we turned round and headed back. The descent was steep and I quickly regretted leaving my fell shoes in Runcorn. Dropping back through the woods, it seemed to get even steeper and slipperier – trail shoes really weren’t cutting the mustard and an already poor descender lost heaps of time here. I crossed the finish line in 32:26 by my watch – my slowest ever time for a 5k, Kenny’s record looked safe for another year.

Results should be posted sometime on the Keswick AC and FRA websites.



Friday was the Christleton 5k, our 5th road counter of the season, and a really strong field was itself pulled along by a sub 14 minute run by Jonny Mellor. Colin Thompson was first in for the men in 17.36 and Vanessa was first home for the ladies in an impressive 21 minutes to be 2nd in her age category. In fact, Vanessa, Alison Meakin and Janet Shaw were all 2nd in their categories in what was a quality field all round. Well done Helsby ladies!



Colin Thompson



Edward Halliwell



Ian Landucci



Roy Gaskill



Jason Ollier



Adrian Jackson



Vanessa Griffiths



Geoff Shaw



Carol Shaw



John Thompson



Jo Farwell



Alison Meakin



Janet Shaw



Full results here


Saturday morning was the Delamere Park run with another victory for Colin Bishop, maintaining his good form and with Laura Baynham-Hughes also on a podium for her category. Five Helsby runners out with full results here


1st Colin BISHOP 17:58 VM50-54 84.14 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 5
33rd Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 24:14 VW35-39 61.90 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:57 4
37th Lesley FEAKES 24:37 VW45-49 66.49 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 6
51st Ian HILDITCH 25:45 VM70-74 70.23 % M 41 Helsby RC New PB! 6
59th David FEAKES 26:15 VM50-54 56.63 % M 48 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 5

Saturday was the Ras y Gader, a club fell counter last year and Helsby long distance guru Andy Robinson decided to head there, well in the top half of the field too so a solid run from Andy. 188 out in total.

“...included me running the Cader Idris fell race. 76th in 2:00:16. Conditions were just about perfect, unlike when you got mud & heat last year!”
Offical website below
and some pictures of the Cader race here


and now for something completely different. Please take a look at Chris Baynham-Hughes Saturday night special, an assist at the female Paddy Buckley round record.

“At 3am on Sunday morning I set off with Karl (Son of Wayne Percival – former Helsby), Rob Woodall (Long distance fell supremo and holder of the Paddy Buckley extended tops record) and most importantly Nicky Spinks as she attempted to break the Paddy Buckley record. We started out on Leg 1; The longest of the lot from Capel Curig to Nantmor. The route starts with a stiff climb to Moel Siabod then takes in the bogs and multiple peaks to the quarry at the base of Foel Ddu near Blaenau Ffestiniog where we met Wayne for his usual incredible standard of logistical support (it was like walking into a café/ sweet shop!)

Foel Ddu is next on the way to the Moelwyns before looping back to Nantmor via Cnicht. Conditions were perfect, if not a little warm. Thankfully I managed to keep up despite going up to my thighs twice in bogs and doing mini sprints back and forth to Nicky when she needed food or water. The highlights have to be the sunrise crossing the tops towards the quarries and the view from the top of Moelwyn Bach The peace and tranquillity up there was astounding and the sights brought back memories of the Dragon’s back. I confess to being left for dead on the climb up Cnicht with only Karl just managing to keep up. I did manage to catch up well before the road though, just in time to supply a well needed gel and banana. The section was finished in roughly 5 hours and 36 minutes which was just incredible and well up on the record breaking schedule she had set herself.

Watching my phone for text updates throughout the day built the excitement as Nicky neared a sub 19 hour finish. The clock just beat her to that, but she comfortably took the record by 17 minutes, finishing in 19 hours and 2 minutes. Phenomenal.”

Was Sunday actually a day of rest?

Well done to all the performance once again, can’t wait to join you out there sometime!

Keep on running