Club champions back to 1980

Champion!Download the complete list of club champions since 1980 — men’s, women’s, road, fell, xc, Border’s League as well as summer and winter handicap winners and winners of the Joe Beswick trophy for services to the club.

Helsby Champions since 1980

I’ve added a new page to the menu on the left, but for anyone who might not see it there, I’ve put it up as a news story too. Let me know if you have any missing information (eg names for the summer handicap winners for 2009 and 2011).


Weekend Round-up XC results 27th – 28th October 2012

Hi all

Cross country on both days of the weekend, with two very different day’s weather wise. One Helsby member even did the double.

Saturday, 2.00pm saw the 1st Liverpool & District XC at Beacon Park. Andy Smith first home for Helsby on what is normally a tricky cross country course, with the notorious ski slope beckoning twice in the race. Andy tackled it with consummate ease as normal, so we’ll be looking to him for any advice on the course this coming weekend when the Northwest Sunday league heads to Beacon Park.

Full Results are now available for Saturdays race at the Liverpool & District website below. Quote from the organiser below

“Match Results are now in from Beacon Park, A lovely afternoon  and the course was not as wet as normal. Thanks to Skem/Bound for once again providing us with a testing course.”

106th    Andy Smith     48.34

However, Clarke Gardens on Sunday WAS a wetter course than normal with an additional stream appearing this year. However, the grey autumnal and drizzly skies in no way diminished enthusiasm for what was a brilliant turnout for Helsby with 9 men and 4 ladies to really get a good start for the league season. Full results available from Steve’s website here:

Jayne Joy started this season as she finished the last with a brilliant 1st lady from the 57 who ran in total. Vanessa was also in the top ten for a great 9th lady overall with Carol Shaw and Lesley both easily in the top half of the field. This put Helsby ladies in 1st position for the team standings. Helsby also run with Lymm and Warrington.

Fantastic effort from talented new member Colin Bishop coming in 17th overall in a field of 148 men. This placed Colin 2nd in his age category and really helps to bolster our team this year. Lots of battles also going on for 3rd Helsby member with Steve running a strong last lap to come in just before Phil,  Adrian and Dave Feakes who all had brilliant runs on the day. Tom deJong ran well not long after his Liverpool marathon efforts. Adair, Andy Smith and Chris were the other Helsby runners out. Helsby helped the mens team to finish in 5th place.

Remember there are no times issued for this league so always worth taking a stop watch if you want those recorded. The course was 1 small lap and 2 large laps with an estimated mileage of 4.9 miles.

Many thanks to all the support on the course which was very prevalent, especially to Joe and Mario and Wayne Percival.

Helsby positions and placings as below

6th                    Adair Broughton
17th                  Colin Bishop
92nd                 Steve Riley
95th                  Phil Gillard

97th                  Adrian Jackson
102nd               David Feakes
112th                Tom DeJong
134th                Andy Smith
138th                Chris Hatton

1st                    Jayne Joy
9th                    Vanessa Griffiths
18th                  Carol Shaw
24th                  Lesley Feakes


The next cross country is the Northwest League 2 Race at the very traditional Beacon Park nr Skelmersdale. Race is at 10am but unfortunately no extra hour in bed this week! Link below is for directions to Beacon Park taken from Spectrums website

(The venue is off Beacon Lane nr Skelmersdale, WN8 7RU. )

Don’t forget, Castle Park training continues on Monday nights 6.30pm on the top field, all welcome

Jackie has put together another fantastic montage of the fell relays at Church Stretton earlier this month with a great soundtrack, well worth a look. Many thanks to Jackie for doing this, especially as she wasn’t able to be with us on the day


Winter draws on

Yes, it’s an old joke – but it got your attention.
With the equinox past and the September multi-terrain races almost over, we will shortly be back to the winter round of road training runs on a Wednesday night. The first official club winter run will be on Wednesday 3rd October and will be the customary muster run to Frodsham and back, followed by an informal social in the club bar afterwards – see earlier email from David & Lesley.
If you still have an itch for mud which road training just ain’t going to scratch, then on Saturday 6th October we’ll start some cross country training sessions with Warrington Road Runners & Lymm Runners whom we are joining forces with for the Sunday League XC series of races. The format of the training will evolve over the winter and we are kicking off with some circuits of Town Park, Runcorn (including a few goes of the infamous ski slope!) , meet at the Runcorn Ski Centre at 9:30am and hopefully the centre should be open for us to grab a hot drink afterwards.


Birchwood XC final NW series race 04/03/12 and silverware

Final Results are now available online for the Northwest Cross Country Series.

Just click on the Birchwood link to take you to a .pdf file.

Sunday saw the last race in the series at Birchwood Forest Park starting at 10.00am, a 4 lap course which is an open route for spectators to watch proceedings but also interesting at 4 laps for the runners. Total distance seemed to be just over 5 miles. Julian from Spectrum did a small rain dance Saturday night to fill his pond but unlike previous years was more of a puddle, still, it’s good fun for a splash or two as you’ll see on the various photos available.

For anyone following this series they’ll know how close Helsby ladies were to putting their name on the silverware (with the joint help of Lymm & Warrington) but with some of the key Helsby ladies from previous races missing it was going to be a tight call as to whether they would win on the day.

Jayne Joy did all she could and more to bound home as overall ladies winner, a phenomenal achievement considering she was 17th in her first race of this series. Janet Robertson followed brilliant for a 13th position finish. There were 43 ladies in the race. Unfortunately on the day the women just missed out on top spot to finish 2nd team. It was now going to be a close call as to which ladies team would win the trophy overall! Stay tuned…..

With Joe on his knees asking for runners on Wednesday night it was a delight to see some new faces for the cross country. With Jim O’Hara as energetic as a cat on a hot tin roof, and this was after running a fell race in Shropshire on Saturday and Colin running his first race in a green vest, Adrian, Adair and Andy meant we had a good team for the day.

Some brilliant runs were had too, Jim took his good road form onto the fields to worry Adair who came in 11th although Jim was looking over his shoulder to see where Jayne was he still finished a strong 30th , and with Colins first cross country event to finish 42nd shows his potential. Fastest finish of the day went to Adrian and I think his highest position yet at 77th, Andy tidied up the Helsby pack for 97th. With the other runners from Lymm and Warrington this placed Helsby men’s team 5th on the day and fifth overall in the team series.

Helsby Ladies and Mens positions and placings as follows

1st        Jayne Joy

13th      Janet Robertson


11th      Adair Broughton

30th      Jimmy O’Hara
42nd     Colin Thompson
77th      Adrian Jackson
97th      Andy Smith

But what about the ladies final team position?

Waiting for the results was admittedly quite tense, especially as Steve Saunders (series organiser) kept everyone guessing till the very end due to it being a tie between the two top ladies teams! After countback big cheers and delighted faces all round as Helsby were mentioned as Northwest XC winners and for the first time will have their name engraved on the trophy!

Massive congratulations not just for those who ran on the day but for all Helsby participants in the series, a job well done and I’m sure enjoyable too (well maybe after the races at least).

There was much support on the day too, with Joe and Mario keeping us going each lap and Jackie taking photos. Thanks also to Kathryn and Steph.

It has been a delight to be in a race and be part of a successful cross country season for Helsby and hopefully is just the start of future success. All bodes well for next season!

Special thanks also to Jackie for a brilliant photo/video of the race that completely sums up the day and post race celebrations! Well worth a watch and something to show your friends and family I think.

I’ve also attached a photo from Jackie to the email.

Photos also from Dave Pinnington

Lastly, thanks to Andy Smith for the well earned round of drinks!



North West XC race 5 results – sunday 5th february 2012

Hi all

Please find attached results for the 5th race of the North West XC season which was held in Walton Park and hosted by Liverpool running club on Sunday 5th February

Full results below:

According to feedback from other runners this was an improved and longer than advertised, two lap course, although still fairly flat and in good xc running conditions on the day. Distance was roughly 5.3 miles.

Helsby ladies continue to show their class and XC quality, confidently striding to an impressive two point victory in the team event on the day. Still improving brilliantly is Jayne Joy. It should be noted that this is her first season at the cross country and from her first race coming 17th ran a composed and clever race to out sprint one of the top performing women in this league to finish 2nd lady.

All Helsby ladies finished in the top half of the field so shows the strength in depth we have at the club and we should congratulate and be impressed by all the performances.

Disappointingly we only had two male finishers in this race but thanks to everyone who turned up to race or to their much needed and grateful support. As usual Joe and Mario were in fine voice supporting and thanks also to Jane Ashbrook and Andy Smith supporting on the last lap too.

There is a great atmosphere at these particular XC events, not to mention the free refreshments available afterwards so if you want to be part of it there is still the final race of the season to look forward too or try. There is still a little debate about the date for this but information will be sent out as soon as it is available.

Details of Helsby runners and positions from Sunday’s race are below:


7th        Adair Broughton

88th      Steve Riley


2nd       Jayne Joy

13th      Vanessa Griffiths

16th      Carol Shaw

17th      Rachel Arnold

19th      Janet Robertson

Photos also available courtesy of Steph Charman



Runcorn town park NW XC results 15th Jan 2012

Hi all

Results are now available for the North West Series XC held at Town Park Runcorn 15th January 2012, see below for link

Some cold weather hardened what is usually a muddy course but with a beautiful blue sky and frost on the ground a near perfect day for cross country ensued.

Photos in the blog below courtesy of Mick Charman of Spectrum

Other photos online courtesy of Dave Pinnington of Penny Lane

Once again the Helsby ladies continued to impress which has now put them in lead position for the team results to date, so be sure to congratulate them! The mens team are currently 5th.

Many thanks also to the support on the day from Mario and Joe and friends and family and also to Kathryn Roberts who helped marshall on the day.

Helsby positions and places as follows:

Mens Results

10th Adair Broughton
59th Roy Gaskill
81st Steve Riley
91st Adrian Jackson
116th Andy Smith

Ladies Results

3rd Jayne Joy
4th Jane Ashbrook
16th Janet Robertson
17th Rachel Arnold

Please note the next NW XC will be on 5th February at Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, details will follow regarding that race.

Cheshire Championship XC results 7th jan 2012

Hi all

Full weekend for Helsby runners and many thanks for those doing the double, starting with Saturday’s windy and muddy Winsford escapade to Knights Grange. (Sundays Border League results will hopefully follow shortly)

Results here

Saturday’s race was the Cheshire Championship Cross Country, quality fields with Helsby ladies once again retaining their 2nd place vets category medals spearheaded by Jane Ashbrook in a brilliant 10th place closely followed by the shockingly improving Jayne Joy not far behind in 12th.

Jane and Jayne may well be representing Cheshire in the future with these performances.

Janet who was 3rd in her category and Rachel also had strong runs to maintain their podium places for the team result. Well done ladies. Of note Helsby ladies were 4th overall so bodes well for next year.

Support was ever present in the form of Joe, Mario and Vanessa and due to separate races for the men and ladies we could also support each others races. There is a great spirit to team events.

Mens race was 10k with 4 laps, ladies 7.5k with 3 laps.

Mens results

37th         Adair Broughton               47.27
114th      Phil Gillard                           58.37

Ladies results

10th         Jane Ashbrook                  40.03
12th         Jayne Joy                             40.29
23rd        Janet Robertson               45.26
25th         Rachel Arnold                    45.47
34th         Jackie Keasley                   51.07

Next cross country is the Northwest League at Runcorn Town Park this Sunday 15th January, start time of 10.00am. Details here

This will be a great introduction for those not yet longing for the mud, good atmosphere, local and free tea/coffee and sandwiches after. Give it a go!



NWXC Results race 3 arrowe park 4th dec 2011

Hi all

Well it’s been nearly a month! but results are now online for the Arrowe Park XC race that was Race 3 in the Northwest XC series held on 4th December 2011.

Full results can be found at the website below

as well as some photographs I managed to take here

After having slept a couple of times since the race I will have to apologise for a limited report, however, I can remember some great Helsby performances, a little bit of mud and a few spots of rain held under a sky the colour of concrete.

Ian Landucci stormed round for the men in 1st place for the Helsby contingent and 28th place overall ably followed by Roy Gaskill who ran admirably well considering it was his first foray into cross country.

Helsby men’s positions and times as below:

28th         Ian Landucci      
61st         Roy Gaskill
83rd        Adrian Jackson
90th         Andy Smith

However, it is with the Helsby ladies where some significant improvements were spotted with Jayne leading home the charge for an amazing 5th place overall, with Vanessa chasing hard behind for a great 13th and Rachel just behind in 18th which meant all the Helsby ladies finished in the first half of the field.

5th           Jayne Joy
13th         Vanessa Griffiths
18th         Rachel Arnold

The ladies team is currently in joint 2nd place with all to play for! Well done.

The next race in this series is Town Park, Runcorn on 15th January. It will be great to have some strong teams for what is a local race.

Thanks also to support from Joe and Mario on the day

good looking and green




Stadt Moers cross country

Saturday afternoon saw Paul Porter and Steve Riley line up for the Stadt Moers (sounds much more exciting than Huyton) cross country, with a light drizzle threatening to turn into rain. Another in the Liverpool and District league, and one of the better courses in my opinion. The country park doesn’t look initially promising, but a clever course design and some interesting terrain, makes for a good outing. In the event it stayed dry for the race, but there was still plenty of mud on the ground.

We started off with a smaller loop of around 500m to thin out the 140-ish strong crowd, and then moved on to complete 3 laps of the full loop. Around 5.5 miles all in, I’d guess. Paul had a good run in his very first cross country outing and now I think it’s safe to say he’s got the bug. Steve was able to capitalise on the mud by wearing spikes and pushing it a bit more on the corners and descents to just stay ahead of the stronger runner. If you can’t be fast, be cunning!

One of the reasons this I like this course is that it’s fairly intricate and loops back in a couple of places, so there’s always something to see — faster runners to chase or slower runners to stay ahead of. Recommended for next time.

Thanks to the organisers and thanks again to Dave Pinnington for the pic. See you at the next one!

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!