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

Helsby weekly round-up 12-13th October 2013

Hi good people

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k event, always popular with Helsby members and this week making no exception. Tom DeJong, with not much recovery time from his four hour Chester Marathon less than a week ago blasted home first for Helsby in a new PB for 15th place overall and 2nd in his age category. Tom was quickly followed by Rachel Adams on her first Delamere outing taking 1st in her category and 16th place overall. Well done also to Andy Robinson having a stretch out before his night on the town and his next day fell run and still managing to secure a PB as did Jo Farwell showing good form. There were eight runners out for Helsby in total.

15 Tom DE JONG 20:44 JM15-19 63.59 % M 15 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
16 Rachel ADAMS 20:52 SW30-34 70.93 % F 1 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
17 Andy ROBINSON 20:59 VM55-59 75.77 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
44 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 23:25 VW35-39 64.06 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:53 10  
56 Rachel ARNOLD 24:20 VW50-54 69.73 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 6  
57 Louise MCEVELEY 24:23 VW45-49 66.44 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 11  
72 Jo FARWELL 25:22 VW40-44 61.56 % F 15 Helsby RC New PB! 9  
111 Ivor JOHNSTONE 30:15 VM45-49 47.22 % M 78 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 4

Full results for Delamere can be found here


4 Helsby runners ran the Coniston 14 race this Saturday. This was put back to October having been cancelled due to snow last march. “Cool, windy but the sun shone all the race & the colours were just starting to turn autumnal & the view of the Coniston Fells just kept us going!” states Jackie

181st                 Dave Feakes     1:46:11
321st                 Steve Wiggins   1:55:47
354th                 Lesley Feakes   1:57.20
455th                 Jackie Keasley 2:01:22 (3rd in age category)

Results on TDL website as below


Sunday was our penultimate Fell Counter which was also a Welsh Champs race held at Breidden Hills and organised by Mercia Fell Runners.

Full results already available here


It’s been a good year on the fells for competition within the club and this held true at Breidden with a good battle for first male counter between Chris Baynham-Hughes and Adair, who both happen to be running the pairs leg at the British Fell Relays, so obviously some astute planning by Phil Gillard there! Jayne Joy was 2nd lady overall in a quality field, and getting closer at each race to some of the countries best fell runners. Jayne also picked up a wine up as her prize (some things never change then?). Great to see nearly as many Helsby ladies out as the men too with nine out wearing the green vest. Thanks also to Joe and Mario offering lots of support as usual on the course.

Helsby positions and places as below

16th                   Adair Broughton                        1.03.43
17th                   Chris Baynham-Hughes              1.03.52
27th                   Jayne Joy                                 1.07.22(2ndlady)
72nd                   Steve Riley                               1.15.22
76th                   Andy Robinson                         1.17.17
82nd                   Phil Gillard                                1.18.16
94th                   Vanessa Griffiths                      1.20.31(3rdagecat)
125th                 Nesta Hawker                            1.36.09
128th                 Jenny Illidge                              1.42.47

And more info and details for next year here


Sunday was the Erddig 10k, brief race report from Ben below. Great to see Ben doing such a variety of races!

“Just a quick one for the newsletter/blog – I ran the Erddig 10K today. It’s a really nice trail run around the National Trust estate in Wrexham, mainly on woodland paths, starting and finishing in front of Erddig Hall. It was two 5k laps, ending with a steep hill up.

Unfortunately there’s a big discrepancy between the time I recorded and my chip time. I recorded 50m50s, the chip time is 51m26s. Either way it wasn’t a PB anyway. One advantage of running in a low key ‘local’ race is I still came 28th out of 117 finishers”


If I’ve missed anything this week please let me know

Keep on running


Coniston 14

Dave Feakes was kind enough to drop us a line about the Coniston 14, a popular race with a few Helsby runners. Apologies for not getting this up sooner!

Team Helsby

It’s a fantastic 14 mile road race around Coniston lake which I would highly recommend to Club members. The organisation and hospitality are excellent and they even arranged for the sun to shine on us during the race this year which was very welcome.


The Feakes

The course is very undulating and so we appreciated the fact that it reverted back to the 14 mile course as opposed to the 17 mile course used for the previous 2 years due to flood damage. 



Results (and excuses!) 

Dave  Feakes   1:50:39  436th
Lesley Feakes  1:57:43  663rd  (very well done on a course PB)
Carol Shaw       2:00:02  735th (didn’t feel too well)
Jackie Keasley 2:00:42  752nd (hills a problem after Edale!) 
1492 finishers, pretty much top half for everyone. A great achievement on a tough course.
Please, keep the stories coming!


Coniston 14 race report

Coniston 14, Saturday 9th April 2011

Report by Dave Feakes

The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and this year Helsby Running Club were represented by Jackie Keasley, Lesley Feakes and David Feakes.

For next year’s entry please see http://www.coniston14.co.uk

The hilly route usually follows the 13.875 miles of road that circles Coniston water however, due to the flood damage to the bridge at the southern end of the lake, the route has been extended to 17 miles for the last couple of years.

The Lake Districted provided a wonderful sunny day for the event with temperatures above 20 degrees C.

All 3 Helsby runners had a good race, especially Jackie, who demonstrated that all her training miles are paying off.

Helsby positions and times are given below:

303rd     Jackie Keasley             02:23:50

418th     David Feakes                 02:30:07

749th     Lesley Feakes               02:47:06

Full results and other details here


Photo post-race here… (Somehow they look far too fresh for this to be post-race ! :d)

Smiles all round