Helsby weekly round up 11th June – 17th June 2013

Hi all

Trail up the Beast on Tuesday 11th was our third fell counter of the season and has become a popular race for Helsby members while also enticing new people to try fell running each year. It was a busy night with some talented local athletes out. There were lots out for Helsby too and a great evening was had by all, especially at the comedy prize giving afterwards which was almost like a Helsby procession at times with winners for Helsby including Chris, Jayne, Vanessa, Janet, Rachel and Tom. Chris Baynham-Hughes was first in for Helsby after a closely fought battle with Jim O’Hara. Jayne Joy was first lady home overall and smashed the course record by over a minute showing her improvement appears to know no bounds. Adrian and Tom were also much faster on the course than the same time last year. 14 out for Helsby in a field of 90 runners.

For a brief race report and full results please check out the Welsh Fell runners site below


Helsby positions and places as follows

9th                                             Chris Baynham-Hughes            37.41
11th                                           Jim O’Hara                                38.24
14th                                           Jayne Joy                                 40.07
18th                                           Adair Broughton                        41.50
27th                                           Colin Thompson                        44.53
29th                                           Steve Riley                                45.00
30th                                           Ian Landucci                              45.09
40th                                           Adrian Jackson                         47.20
49th                                          Vanessa Griffiths                      48.28
50th                                           Janet Robertson                        48.32
57th                                           Paul Foster                               50.25
58th                                           Rachel Arnold                           50.40
77th                                          Tom De Jong                            54.15
80th                                           Nesta Hawker                          57.19

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run, five out for Helsby led by Steve Riley for the men and Janet for the ladies with two great new course PB’s from Janet and Ben. Well done

Helsby position and times as follows

22 Steve RILEY 22:06 VM45-49 65.69 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:21 3  
29 Janet ROBERTSON 22:36 VW45-49 71.68 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
39 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 23:17 SM35-39 56.62 % M 33 Helsby RC New PB! 5  
51 Helen TUDOR 24:12 VW45-49 67.63 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:58 7  
67 Alison MEAKIN 25:54 VW55-59 72.84 % F 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:45 5  

For full results please see here


Saturday saw Andy Robinson compete in the Welsh Vegan 3000s, some details below and a race report from Andy:


“ Just a note to let you know I ran the Vegan Welsh 3000s race on Saturday. 31 miles & over 13000 feet of ascent, which is a lot more up than any other race I’ve ever done – only the Joss Naylor & the Bob Graham have had more climbing. It really was a great day out, if a bit windy on the tops. 11:14 and 11th place for me, & I’m happy enough with that. I’d guess there were about 30 finishers – the results aren’t out yet, but quite a few failed to finish. The Snowdon section was cold, claggy, & we even had some hail. Crib Goch was dropped from the race due to the weather: I thought I might do it anyway, but my hands were numb despite the gloves so I decided that could wait until another day. The going was harder than I expected over the Glyders section, & that slowed me down & tired my legs out a lot: there’s a lot of scree & a lot of boulders, & the rest of it has a lot of stones sticking up (anyone else tripped on the top of Skiddaw? There were miles like that). The Carnedds were much better running once we’d flogged up Pen yr Ole Wen – just as well as I was running on empty by then. It stayed windy & cold on the tops, but the clag lifted after Snowdon & the running conditions weren’t bad at all, with good views. I didn’t know the route at all apart from the top of Snowdon, so it was good exploration for me too. And a finish in a pub beer garden, sitting out in the sun – what more could you want?”

Great report Andy and well done!

Sunday was the inaugural run of Sport in the Port 10k and 5k. For more information and results please visit the website below. Out for Helsby in the 10k were Roy and Clare. I’ve not seen any other Helsby members in the results so if you ran please let me know and I can update the blog accordingly. Over 600 runners out in the 10k so great positions for Roy and Clare too with Clare hitting under 50 minutes for the first time, good stuff!

58th       Roy Gaskill                   41.01
215th     Clare-Louise Miller         48.01


Also on Sunday was the Cross Bay Challenge that Lesley and Dave feakes participated in. Please find some words from Dave below

Lesley and I ‘competed’ in the Cross Bay Challenge on Sunday 16th June which is a half marathon across Morecambe Bay from Hest Bank near Carnforth to Flookburgh. Both of us had not run seriously for several weeks and so we naively thought this would be a good way to ease our way back into competitive running. The course is definitely flat but the sand and water crossings meant that it was not a PB course. A very enjoyable and well organised event that I would recommend to others. To members who are thinking of running the event, please note that the combination of sand and seawater can lead to serious chafing and so I recommend the use of vaseline (no further details should be necessary).

· David – Time: 01:57:49, position: 214

· Lesley – Time: 02:00:36, position: 238

We’re competing in the Malvern marathon this weekend which runs over the Malvern Hills and we’ll let you know how we go on.

Wish everyone good luck in the Tough Team Challenge on Friday.”

I’d also like to add that we have a talented cyclist (as well as runner in our Helsby midst). Jim O’Hara, somehow fresh from his close battle with Chris at the Beast on Tuesday was an amazing 10th place in the Etap Eyryi Canol 76 mile bike ride. Full results for this are on the tdl website.


I’d love to hear about other events (than running) people are involved in, so whatever your other achievements please let us know

Keep up the good work





Helsby weekend round-up 11th-12th august 2012

It was a busy weekend for Helsby runners, a mixed bag of results and races for those out and about.

Jimmy and Phil had great runs in the tough North Wales fell race ‘Gladstone 9’ on Sunday. A much deserved top ten finish for Jimmy showing his continuing improvement on the hills. ‘Baking hot’ for them heading out and I believe a bit windy heading home but the rain did hold off thankfully.

Results and photographs of the day below. Once again we can thank Alistair for being out taking shots.

8th        Jim O’Hara     1.28.49
35th      Phil Gillard       1.52.11

Full results available on the WFRA www.wfra.org.uk


Also on Sunday was the Nike Challenge 10k, a 24 lap track race near Cheshire Oaks. I know of at least one PB from the ever improving and tenacious Tom, hitting 43.04. Not long till Tom heads towards the 40 minute barrier I bet. Colin had a stormer for another sub 40 and 6th place overall and Roy ran well too finishing in front of Tom.

6th        Colin Thompson          39.12
14th      Roy Gaskill                 41.48
15th      Tom De Jong              43.04

What’s great about this result is that Colin, Roy and Tom are newer members of Helsby all getting better each race and I think helps to show training with people does make a difference. Would love to have some feedback about how different racing on a track is for that distance compared to road so please let us know.

For full results see http://my3.raceresult.com/details/index.php?eventid=12323&lang=es

Or to go straight to the pdf document


The ever energetic Jackie has sent a couple of race reports as below. After running a trail half marathon on Sunday she was still zooming round track doing sprint relays on Monday night!

Words from Jackie……..A few races to report… 

Firstly somewhat belated, the Trail counter, The Gritstone Tryal on July 29th was a 13 mileish orienteeringish event around the Staffordshire borders, taking in parts of the Gritstone Trail, The Dane Valley and the tussocky Roaches. A map was given out to study an hour before the start for us to work out the fastest route linking 5 well spread out check points. Most runners went the same way to check point 1, but various routes to checkpoint 2 about 7K away were taken. A number of the faster runners re-traced their footsteps (as I was still slowly approaching checkpoint 1) to go a longer but “faster” way along the river Dane. I took the more direct hilly route and was only overtaken by them close to checkpoint 2!  So speed is not everything in these races!  On towards the Roaches where a short cut I took resulted in a mix of bracken & bramble & cut legs to tell the story. Finally a tussocky pull up to the top of the Roaches. Thanks Andy (Robinson) for telling me beforehand that it was better to stay on the road as long as possible as the tussocky terrain was impossible to make good progress on. A really good race with a difference. Shame only 30 runners in total entered, a good one to support with Helsby runners next year? 

12th      Andy Robinson           2:47:33
27th      Jackie Keasley           3:09:28 

Yesterday, Sunday 12th August, the tides were set right for the Cross Bay Challenge Half Marathon across Morecambe Bay from Flookborough near Grange over Sands to Hest Bank near Morecombe. Note: The only known race in the world to cross a tidal bay! Historically the quickest route from Cumbria to Lancashire at low tide, the bay crossing dates back to the 13th century when monks from the local abbeys served as guides to travellers. Direct it’s only 9 miles so to make it a half the route took us on a tour of the bay, winding and splashing in and out across the sands past Grange towards Silverdale before turning and heading in a huge loop out towards the main channel and finally back to Hest Bank. High winds and a spell of heavy rain in the middle of the bay, which was ankle deep in water anyway, with no land visible on either side was quite exhilarating to say the least! Then followed the crossing of the river Kent channel which was thigh deep and fast flowing involved quite a bit of concentration. At one point Nesta pointed out a boat that separated us from visible land, an eerie experience!  After 8 miles we turned downwind, the sun came out and we were running on dry solid sand so the pace picked up. One of the slowest yet totally flat races you will ever do. Its in Nesta’s 100 races to do before you die book and well worth a try!

365th    Jackie Keasley    2:17             (62ndlady)
378th    Nesta Hawker    2:23              (88th lady)

out of                           561        193  finishers

Runners World Votes Cross Bay Challenge 4th best Trial Race 2011