Helsby weekend round-up 2nd-3rd November 2013

Hi all

This cold weather is not deterring anyone from running it seems!

There was no Delamere Park run this weekend as it was the Hellrunner Hell up North and looks like that took precedent. Checking the website it is difficult results to sort out for that particular race so not sure if there were any Helsby runners present? I’ve attached the results for anyone who fancies a perusal.


Unfortunately I’d missed off last week’s Delamere Park Run from the round-up so for 26th October the results were as below. As you can see five out for Helsby with two of the runners even competing in Sunday’s Clarke Gardens XC. Well done to Colin Thompson for a podium position, 2nd overall and first Helsby home and to Jo Farwell for first Helsby lady.

2 Colin THOMPSON 18:50 SM30-34 69.65 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:09 28  
13 Ivan DAVIES 20:14 SM35-39 66.47 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 6  
17 Gareth BOYD 21:06 VM40-44 65.17 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 7  
87 Jo FARWELL 26:35 VW40-44 58.75 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 10  
137 Ivor JOHNSTONE 31:19 VM45-49 45.61 % M 93 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 5

Sunday saw our final fell counter and a good showing for Helsby throughout the field. This was the Clwydian Hills Fell Race, which was also the final race in the North Wales Series too.

Full results for the Clwydians are now on the Welsh Fell Runners Website.


There were 11 out for Helsby which is a good turnout for a tough race at roughly 9 miles and 3000ft of climb which included the infamous stone gulley as the final ascent. Conditions were cool and wet underfoot but the rain held off for the race. Helsby positions and places as follows.

13th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              85.08
21st       Adair Broughton                        86.10
22nd       Jim O’Hara                                86.21
35th       Jayne Joy                                 89.52 (3rd overall female)
68th       Andy Robinson                         102.56
71st       Phil Gillard                                104.20
76th       David Feakes                            106.25
77th       Janet Robertson                        107.25
104th     Andy Smith                               124.49
108th     Lesley Feakes                           146.50
109th     Nesta Hawker                            146.50

Well done to Chris Baynham-Hughes for first in for Helsby on the day. Jayne Joy was the only Helsby prizewinner for the race picking up 3rd lady overall. However, as this was also the awards for the whole of the North Wales Championship Jayne also picked up the award for 2nd lady overall for the series which is a brilliant accomplishment over some particularly tough races. Be sure to congratulate Jayne when you see her.

Thanks also to support from Joe and Mario on the day.

Jackie was also out running on Sunday at the Derwentwater 10 miler. Jackie ran a brilliant race to secure 2nd in her age category. A good race report follows from Jackie below


218th                Jackie Keasley  1.23.37

“Ran the Derwentwater 10 race on Sunday. Its a classic race with the autumn colours always at their best. Starting in the square in Keswick, going out on the main Borrowdale road, crossing the river at Grange, then back on the hilly C road under Cap Bells to Portinscale and finishing at Keswick High school. The first snows of the year appeared on the tops overnight. The weather was kind with sunshine and heavy showers, some of them hail, but only one heavy one during the race. After the Coniston 14 race the other week, it felt much shorter and I finished still feeling strong at the end, overtaking lots of tired legs on the home straight in 1:23:37.

After the race, we were in no hurry to leave as we were staying in Keswick that evening. Over a cup of tea in the school hall, a fellow runner chatted saying she recognised me. We compared and contrasted lakes races, fell races and mountain marathons that we had both done and put it down to that! The presentation in the school hall followed. Local runner Ricky Lightfoot (who won the World Trail Championship in Llanwrst this year) won the race in 53:29 and I was amazed to pick up the 2nd lady V55 prize (although only missed out on 1st by 11 secs!). This led to my fellow runner finding out my christian name and age and working out that we were at college together in Durham 33 years ago! Neither of us ran or were particularly sporty (with the exception of table tennis) then but we were members of the same walking group. The day ended perfectly when she said I hadn’t changed at all!



The Start

The Start

At the finish...job done

At the finish…job done

In other news

Phil Gillard has provided me with details for the National Cross Country Championships which are to be held on 22nd February at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Phil has the entry forms so if anyone would like to race then please let Phil know as soon as possible. In Phil’s words “to the best of my knowledge this is a chance to run with the cream of the crop (and get lapped by them too), a big event with lots of atmosphere, the men’s race is 12K and at 15:00, the ladies race is 8K and at 14:20”

Don’t forget it’s also the Helsby Social Clubs Musical firework display and funfair this Friday 8th November. Entries are £3 for adults and £2 for children. The display starts at 7.30pm

Also a week Wednesday, November 13th is Jane Ashbrook’s Prevention and management of common running injuries, which will be held following the club run but preceded by a fish supper. If you are attending please make sure you have replied to the recent email from Dave Feakes.

Until then

Keep on running


Weekend round-up 3rd-4th November 2012 – the best in the green vest

Hi all

It was a busy weekend for Helsby with a variety of races over the weekend including road, fell and cross country.

Saturday saw Colin and Tom both with a great result  in the Halewood 5k which was course PB’s for both and a 5k PB for Tom. Great stuff guys, especially as they were out supporting the team at the Northwest cross country the following day.


8th        Colin Thompson          18.57 (course PB)
19th      Tom DeJong               21.40 (1st U20) and new PB

Please note this race is on the first Saturday of every month at 10am, free to enter so you just turn up and run, Costa vouchers for 1st male and female too (Jayne in with a shout there!). Further information below.


Sunday morning saw a cold start to the day, presumably with everyone looking for their de-icer or scraper for the first time. It was a gorgeous blue sky for the race with some crisp air for the lungs to filter and another fantastic turnout for Helsby with ten men and three ladies. This was the 2nd race in the Northwest XC League held at Beacon Park and organised by Skelmersdale.

Once again, the best in the green vest was Jayne Joy who ran a clever race on a trickier cross country than many of the courses to once again win a first position in the league maintaining her number 1 podium position at cross country for this year. The good form appears all throughout Helsby with another top ten finish for Vanessa and with Janet Robertson also in the top half of the field Helsby ladies are continuing to make the club proud. 54 Ladies ran with some guests also.

Some great men’s results this week too with Colin Bishop taking 1st in his age category with an improvement already on last week and it was also fantastic to see club legend Chris Baynham-Hughes back running too.

Helsby ladies, alongside Lymm and Warrington once again took the team prize and the mens team were a position better than last week which now puts the joint mens and ladies team in 3rd place

Full results can be found on Steve’s website:  http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xcountry_12.htm

Thanks to Matrio for course support and sorting team numbers at the end. Six of us went back for sandwiches and tea after the race which is all free!

Helsby positions as below

3rd        Adair Broughton
13th      Colin Bishop
38th      Chris Baynham-Hughes
41        Colin Thompson
54th      Roy Gaskill
63rd      Steve Riley
87th      Tom DeJong
98th      Phil Gillard
108th    Andy Smith
119th    Chris Hatton

1st        Jayne Joy
10th      Vanessa Griffiths
26th      Janet Robertson

Luckily we have some fantastic photos of the Beacon Park cross country from Penny Lane runner Dave Pinnington, so have a look through and see how many Helsby runners you can spot smiling or trying to dodge the mud…


Jim O’Hara was out on the fells for the Clwydian Hills race. This is a 9 mile toughie and Jim managed a brilliant 13th. Pictures of the day can be found below but results have not yet appeared on the www.wfra.org.uk website.


Sunday also saw the Tatton Park half marathon


A brief race report from Caol below:

Helen and Carol Shaw ran the Tatton half

We both ‘bought’ numbers from other runners so this is probably why we aren’t listed as Helsby.

I did 1.41.33 ( still trying to get under 1.40 – haven’t done this since 2007!) Helen 1.46.02.

It’s a really nice course, the first 3 miles are in the park, then it’s through Knutsford along country lanes to Mobberley and Ashley then back into the park to finish.

Maybe one to consider for our club list next year!


The next club race is back to the roads, the 2nd Border League race and luckily with less travelling this time as it’s down the road at Capenhurst, 11.00am on Sunday. Let’s field a strong team for this one if we can

The next cross country Northwest League race 3 is on Sunday 25th November at Birchwood, again at 10am and organised by Spectrum. I’ll send details out nearer the time.

On Saturday 24th November it’s the 2nd Liverpool & District which forms part of the European cross country trials. Expect many runners and a good standard and you’ll need to be pre-entered for this one. Race organisor has sent some information out below so the club will sort out the payment for this with a cheque that covers runners on the day but we’ll need someone to sort out the list of entries. If you want to send me your full name and DOB I’ll keep an excel file to send to Robbie before Monday 19th November. I’m away that weekend and Monday so I’ll have to send the list off on Thursday November 15th so please let me know details by that date.

Sefton Park XC information from Race RO

Sefton Park Entry Information

Clubs should provide a list of athletes (first & surname) along with dates of birth in Excel format to me by email no later than Monday 19th November.

Female athletes should be clearly identified on the entry list. Female athletes may run with the men as in previous years however this again must be stated clearly on your entry list. Female athletes electing to do this will be allocated senior men race bib numbers. Female athletes who wish to run in the women race will be allocated senior women race bib numbers. These race bib numbers are not interchangeable; please don’t compete in the wrong event as you will not be recorded by the chipping system. If you don’t indicate which race athlete will be entered in women race.

You cannot add names on the day however as in previous years we will try if possible to accommodate names changes within your allocation of race numbers, if time and circumstances permit.

Entry fee is £2.00 per athlete this fee should be brought along on the day in a cheque payable to Liverpool & District Cross Country Union. Please collect your numbers from the caravan adjacent to the start no later than 13:00
Start times Senior Women 13:20, Senior Men 14:00

We only have senior men and women bib number allocation, no other age groups.
Any athletes who wish to be entered into the McCain UK Cross Challenge and be eligible for prize money / Cross Challenge points will need to pay the £8 entry fee direct to UKA.

Please keep an eye on Liverpool & District website for

Best wishes

Robbie Wood

(Don’t forget, Castle Park training continues Monday nights at 6.30pm at the top field, everyone is welcome and it is becoming a very good quality half hour session to introduce into your training)